Community Beat: 22/10/13

Community Beat
Community Beat

This week’s Community Beat.


Morecambe Taekwon-Do is looking for new members to attend classes at Christ Church Hall, Broadway. The club is small and friendly and meets on Tuesdays as follows – under 12s: 6.30-7.30pm; adults (12+): 7.30-9pm. All ages and ability levels welcome with the first lesson free of charge.

Contact Mandy Clement on 0782 8687284, visit or just turn up at the start of a class for more details.

Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society enjoyed an origami demonstration and workshop given by Stephen Watson from Leyland on October 4 at St Christopher’s Church council room, St Christopher’s Way. On Friday, November 1, the meeting will include a talk/presentation on Switzerland by Linda Mills. New members welcome, please arrive for 7.30pm, it is not necessary to be Welsh speaking. Contact 01524 770797 or 01524 903373 for further information.

This Sunday, October 27, at 10.30am, Morning Service will be led by Helen Bradley at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road.

Fusion Church, for a new generation, now meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway.

The Mayor’s Charity Coffee Morning will be held this Friday, October 25, from 10am to noon, at Morecambe Golf Club. The event will include a raffle, bric-a-brac, a book stall and tombola. Tickets, £3.50, can be obtained from the Mayor’s Office, Town Hall, Lancaster, 01524 582070, or pay on the door. The Mayor’s charities for 2013/14 are the RNLI Morecambe and the North West Air Ambulance.

Morecambe Bay Art and Craft Society will be holding their one-day Autumn Art and Craft Fair this Saturday, October 26, from 10.30am to 4pm, in St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way. Admission is free. There will be a grand raffle and refreshments will be available throughout the event.


The Ladies Friendship Group has enjoyed a varied programme over the past three weeks – a delightful talk entitled Viennese Connections with an audio show of mixed Viennese music, given by Tony Kandlebach and an excellent and fascinating talk on the making of jewellery with diamonds and silver, given by Damien Carr of Carrs the Jewellers in Garstang was very much enjoyed by the ladies. The Autumn Outing took place to Wigan and Ena Mill. A very wet day but this didn’t dampen the members’ spirits.

If any lady wishes to join the group the secretary Mrs V Smith, 01524 414807, would be delighted to give further details.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, October 27, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Christina Walling from Morecambe. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, October 27, the last Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist.

A guided walk, Echoes of Art Deco, starts from outside The Platform at 2pm this Saturday, October 26. The walk begins and ends with the iconic Midland Hotel and takes in other buildings from Morecambe’s 1930s heyday, including one directly inspired by the Midland itself. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

Creative Drawing Classes at Morecambe Library will start on Monday, October 28, organised by Kath McDonald. The classes will be taught sessions for beginners and people with some experience wishing to develop their skills. They will run 10am to noon every Monday, cost £8 per session. For further information and to book a place contact Kath on 01524 64328, 077 499 328 99 or email


Torrisholme Toddlers meet on Tuesdays, 10am to 11.30am, term-time only, in the Church of the Ascension hall. For ages newborn to four years, playtime for the babies and a social gathering for adults.

The Ascension Church has set up a craft group meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month. If you have a passion for craft of any kind or would like to learn more, go along to the next session on Monday, October 28, at 7pm, in the vestry, all welcome.

Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday, October 27: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, with celebrant and preacher Fr Chris. Junior Church is taking a break for half-term and will resume on Sunday, November 3, at 10.50am, when the church will celebrate The Feast of All Saints. Also on November 3, at 4pm, there will be a memorial service for all those families who have been bereaved during the last year. Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharist, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. On Monday, October 28, there will be an extra Eucharist at 7pm to celebrate The Feast of Saints Simon and Jude.

A visit from Kendal Recorded Music Society provided the opportunity for an even greater variety of music than usual at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. The five presenters from Kendal chose pieces by Bach, Shostakovich and Schubert – a cantata numbered 21, a string quartet number 7 and two pieces from Rosamunde respectively. There was also music from Psycho featuring a string quartet and the final two Pictures at an Exhibition played on piano.

The Morecambe & Heysham selections were somewhat lighter and less formally presented. A Puccini aria from La Boheme played on a cornet, the largo from a JS Bach concerto, two baroque concertos by Scarlatti and Vivaldi and two movements from Haydn’s symphony No 48. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, it will be the turn of Bernice Meagher and David Hall to present a programme each. All are welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.


Fairfield Over 55s Club meets for bingo at St Martin’s Church every Thursday at 2pm. Everyone welcome, refreshments available.


This Saturday, October 26, there will be a Christmas Fair at St Barnabas from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, admission £1, with various stalls, all proceeds will help support the church. The All Souls Day Requiem Mass will be kept on Friday, November 1, with a noon Said Mass and a Solemn Requiem Mass at 7.30pm. If you will be attending and would like the name of a loved one who has died to be read out at both services, please email or contact Fr Tom.

The services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, so please call in. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday at 10am Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship. Sunday Worship on October 27 at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery with everyone welcome. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, November 2.

Forward notice from The Wives Group that on Wednesday, November 6, they are holding a musical afternoon with Gill Allen and Friends, everyone invited for a 2pm start. Entrance £3.50 including afternoon tea.

Coun Margaret Pattison from Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council and Coun Ron Sands from Lancaster City Council hold a surgery every Tuesday from 11am onwards with the police, Helpdirect and Positive Thinking at West End Impact, 14 Heysham Road. If you have anything you want to talk about in private come and have a chat or ring 07896 916216.

The 12 members of Sefton Road Ramblers walked in the Moor Howe area recently.

The next walk is in the Newby Bridge area, members to meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

An old friend returns to Stanley Road Baptist Church this Sunday, October 27, as former minister Rev Graham Doel takes the service at 10.30am. Graham and his family left Morecambe in 2010 and since then Graham has started working for BMS World Mission. He will share about his work for BMS on Sunday. There will be activities for children in SPACE and refreshments served afterwards. Tickets for the Galloway’s Choir concert at Stanley Road on Friday, November 8, are on sale, priced £5. Telephone 01524 851208 or email for tickets.

Church by the Bay offers a warm welcome to all on Sunday mornings at West End Primary, Chatsworth Road. Meetings start at 10.30am, and members join in as much as they feel comfortable.


There will be an Autumn Fair held in St John’s Church Hall this Saturday, October 26, at 2pm, organised by the Mothers’ Union. It will be opened by Mrs Janet Reeves and there will be various stalls and a raffle. Admission £1.

St John’s Mothers’ Union is hosting a Fashion Evening in St John’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday, November 4, at 7.30pm, with fashions by the Kitty Brown Boutique of Carnforth. Admission £5 including refreshments. Money raised is for the Relief Fund Overseas. Please support this worthy cause.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, October 27, the last Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

A concert is being held at Wesley Methodist Church this Friday, October 25, at 7pm. The artistes will be Val Baulard, Jean Stanyon, Ederic Ibbotson and Brian Lancaster with accompanist Gill Allen. Admission £5 to include tea and biscuits. Proceeds are for music for the Wesley Church Choir.

The Junior Mission For All (JMA) weekend will start with a coffee morning this Saturday, October 26, from 10.30am to noon, which will include a cake and bring and buy stalls. The preacher on Sunday, October 27, at 10.30am, will be Rev Derek Oldham from Barnoldswick, when awards will be given to those who have been collecting for JMA during the past 12 months. Derek was a member of a team of five volunteers who went to Uruguay in March to further develop a relationship focused on the social outreach projects of the Methodists in that country. Rev Ken Clapham, the Vicar of Over Kellet, will be the preacher at 6.30pm.

This Saturday, October 26, at 8am, Holy Communion will be at St Peter’s. On Sunday, October 27, Parish Communion is at St James at 9.30am followed there at 11am by a service of Morning Prayer.

At St James’ Holy Communion is at 11am. On Wednesday, October 30, there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 10am, followed at 6.30pm by a service of Parent Praise, both of these subject to clergy availability.

There will be a Prayer Meeting today, Tuesday, at 7.30pm, at the Nazarene Church, 2 Knowlys Road.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, there will be a Prayer Meeting at 7.14am and from 10am to noon refreshments and chat. On Sunday, October 27, at 10.30am, the speakers will be the Khobnias, followed by buffet lunch.


St Helen’s Church, Overton, will hold Bible Sunday, this weekend, October 27, at 10.45am, with a Eucharist Service and Junior Church at the memorial hall and refreshments after the service. On Tuesday, November 3, an All Souls Service will be held at 6pm.

Leaflets relating to Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection are available on Sunday in the memorial hall. Individual items welcome to make up a box. The last day for collection will be this Sunday, October 27. Also tinned and dry goods still need for local distribution.


The United Reformed Church hosted a murder mystery evening in the church institute. The evening finished with an observational quiz.

There will be a public meeting this Sunday, October 27, at 2pm, at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Mark Tongue will speak on the subject Angels – Who are They? All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

The Little Lambs will not meet on Monday, October 28. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.


The first meeting of the new season of the Men’s Group took place in the Blue Anchor Hotel on October 24, with a hot-pot supper and a quiz. The quiz master was chairman Keith Budden who had compiled the questions.

Preparations for the annual village bonfire and firework display are progressing well. This year’s display will be on Saturday, November 2. The gates will open at 6pm and tickets are now available from the local shops at £3. Entry on the night will be £4. The bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and the fireworks at 7.15pm. In the interests of safety no private sparklers or fireworks are allowed on the field. Main Street will be subject to a road closure notice, as last year, to prevent traffic congestion. The Bonfire Committee would like to thank all of their sponsors .

The Holy Trinity Church Mothers’ Union meeting took place in the village hall on October 16 following the summer break. Their new presiding member Kath Lane opened the meeting with prayer and worship and Hazel Short read the lesson. The church is holding a birthday party to celebrate its 200 years on the present site and this will take place on Sunday, October 27, at Morning Worship. A plea to buy calendars to support The Somalia Trust was made. Cost £3 each.

Correspondence was read including a thank you card from Pam Bentley, the retiring enrolling member. There was also a letter from the Deanery to thank all members who raised more than £600 towards the Overseas Fund.

Pat Ashcroft, their intrepid explorer, was introduced as speaker who came to talk about her Mencap Charity trek to Iceland. Further events include a coffee morning in the Old Boy’s School on Wednesday, November 6, and on Wednesday, November 20, Words and Music for Advent in the village hall.

Tim Cross sends thanks on behalf of the school and Holy Trinity Church to everyone who has sent in donations of food, toiletries, etc, for use by the Morecambe Food Bank. If anyone would like to make a donation, Holy Trinity Church will be collecting items throughout this month. A donation can be made directly to the church or via the school.


Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Carnforth is holding an open day and charity afternoon this Thursday, October 24, between 1.30pm and 5.30pm. The children are raising money for St John’s Hospice, their chosen charity. There will be coffee and cakes. Admission is free.

A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club, Carnforth, on Saturday, November 30, 8pm to midnight. Entertainment will be provided by Tommy J and The Midnights.

Limited tickets, at £5 to include a buffet, can be obtained from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 01524 732723. Adults only please.

A Fashion Show will be held by Kitty Brown Boutique at Christ Church, Carnforth, this Friday, October 25, from 7.30pm. Entrance £3, with raffle and refreshments. All welcome.


Around 100 Warton Crag WI members and guests were treated to an excellent lively musical evening of 60s and 70s music by The Elderleys (Bill, Ian, Mike, John and Dave) in the village hall on October 12. The event raised £600 for the charity MIND. WI membership information is available from Hilary on 01524 730533. The Elderleys contact is Ian on 07940 440260.

The first Warton Garden and Craft Show was a success with a good turnout on what was a busy weekend in the village. All of the show categories had entries, with the Thomson family gathering prizes for chocolate cake, fairy cakes and garden on a plate. John and Jane Sumner also did well with longest legume and chutney.

Garden Club members will discuss the show at their next meeting on 13 Wednesday, November 13, which is also their annual meeting. A guest speaker and the usual tea and cakes will be an added extra to the annual business round-up.

Wargamers will be Fighting Bosworth at Warton PO this Saturday, October 26, at 1pm, viewers welcome. Contact George on