Community Beat: 29/10/13

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There will be a Missionary Fair at St Christopher’s Church in the church hall on St Christopher’s Way this Saturday, November 2, from 10am to noon, with various stalls and a raffle. Entry is £2 including refreshments.

Fusion Church, for a new generation, now meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway. All welcome, entrance at the rear of the building.

The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place on Tuesday, November 12, at the Broadway Hotel. Attendees are welcome for lunch at noon, please ring Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday, November 10, to book a place. This will be followed by a talk by Lionel Bather on NATO Navigation Training in Canada at 1.45pm. All the talks are free (although there is a raffle) and everyone, including non-members, welcome.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on October 21, the club discussed their next in house movie project. Members viewed two different edited versions of the 2012 project The Great British Bake Off, a variation on the TV programme, to investigate how it could have been improved. The project for this year is to make a movie to a well known song or poem which has still to be chosen by members.

The group meets on Mondays at St Christopher’s Church Hall.

This Sunday, November 3, Morning Service at 10.30am at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.

The Guild will welcome speaker Michael Holmes on Monday, November 4, at 2pm, with a talk entitled We Will Remember Them.

On Tuesday, November 5, at 10am, the Men’s Fellowship will hear speaker Admiral Sir John Kerr on the topic Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, November 3, the speaker will be Laura Birch from Blackpool at 6.30pm. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Staveley area. The A party, led by Dave Marsland, walked from Mosergh Farm in Longsleddale to Capplebarrow, Ancro Brow, Mere Crag, Stockdale, Tills Hole, Cock Law Fell, Green Quarter Fell, Birk Rigg, Barley Bridge and into Staveley. The B party, led by Maria Atkinson, walked from Ings to Kentmere Tarn and along the River Kent to Stavely.

Party C, led by Marian Bellwood, walked from Stavely to Craggy Plantation, Hag Foot, Hundhowe, Bowston, Cowan Head and back to Staveley. The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, November 2, in the Dunsop Bridge area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, November 3, All Saints Sunday: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Evening Prayer.


Happy Feet Theatre School will be joining the kids’ Halloween fun at Lancaster Castle on Thursday evening, October 31. The dancers are performing for the Horrible Halloween Children’s Party. The event is promising a packed evening of fun with each youngster receiving a trick or treat bag, which they will be able to fill by knocking on the doors of the castle and meeting the castle’s ghostly residents.

The evening will consist of a shadow puppet show and workshop, trick or treat within the castle walls at doors of Castle and meeting Lancaster Castle’s ghostly residents, children’s Halloween disco, face painting, fancy dress competition for adults and children, ghostly storytelling and a spooktacular art installation by local artist Sarah Hicks.

This Saturday, November 2, at 10am, the Ascension Church will keep the Feast of All Souls in the form of a Requiem Mass. There will, as always on Saturdays, be the opportunity for light refreshments after the service in the lounge.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, November 3, the Feast of All Saints, will be 8am Said Eucharist and 11am Sung Eucharist. Junior Church returns after the half-term break, beginning at 10.50am. Also, at 4pm, there will be a memorial service to which those who have been bereaved in the last year, have been invited. Anyone is welcome to attend. Candles will be lit during the service each representing a named loved one. There will be refreshments following this act of worship.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. All services will be led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for baptisms, weddings, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Morecambe Car Club, promoting safety and sport for car enthusiasts of all ages, meets at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm.

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.

Bernice Meagher’s Favourite Music proved equally favourable with all the other members of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society at their latest meeting. A nice mixture of 13 classical and popular selections began with Mahler’s 5th symphony and ended with Parry’s Jerusalem; but also managed to include Massenet’s meditation from Thais and Shostakovich’s romance from The Gadfly. Bernice was able to feature her favourite pianist, Lang Lang, playing Liszt’s Lieberstraum No3, and her favourite singer, Placido Domingo, in a duet with Harry Connick Jnr amongst her other choices.

After the interval David Hall presented a similarly mixed programme of classical and modern selections.

Classical CDs (purchased from Jean Kelsall’s collection) included Mors et Vita by Gounod, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme by Paganini and Rossini’s William Tell overture. Interspersed with these were songs from The Carpenters, The Corrs and The Bee Gees, an aria by Montserrat Caballe and two songs by Katie Melua.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach referred to “the sweetest sounds” which described the music perfectly. When the society meets on Wednesday, November 6, Enid Whitaker will present her programme of recorded music. All are cordially invited to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

The Susan Wilson School of Drama is launching hourly drama sessions for six to 12-year-olds for only £4 a week. The launch is next Monday, November 4, 5pm to 6pm, at Torrisholme Methodist Church Hall. Please attend on that day or telephone 07778 694411. There is also teaching available for LAMDA examinations (for any age) in small groups, cost £5 an hour.

Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting was devoted to a series of audio visual programmes given by Julie England and Keith Storey from Lytham, both experts in this format. The evening consisted of a series of short shows varying from Julie’s underwater photography in the Caribbean to wildlife in Africa with Keith‘s show of the life in the coal mines based on his grandfather’s life using archive photos, all in black and white, which suited the subject perfectly. A vote of thanks on behalf of the club for a great show was given by Roger Gittins. For further details of the club, which meets in the Ascension Vestry, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Cartmel, on Saturday, November 9.

The A walk will be led by Brian Townson, a circular from Cartmel, following the Cistercian Way to join the Cumbrian Way to Ellerside. After climbing the summit of How Barrow for a fantastic view, the path follows the ridge to Grassgarth, passing Scroggs Wood and Calkeld Wood. A short road walk will take members to Great Allotment, Overidge, Well Knowe and the race course to Cartmel, eight miles and 600ft of climb.

The B walk will be led by Norma Nicholls, a circular starting from Cartmel, crossing the race course, through woodland on to pasture and lanes towards Wall Nook on to a traffic free lane to Over Ridge, then up to Speel Bank farm where incredible views of Coniston Fells and the Leven Estuary can be seen.

The return path follows the Cumbrian Coastal Way, followed by a short distance on the Cistercian Way, then a short road walk and finally through woodland back into Cartmel, six and a half miles.

The C walk will be led by Colette Follett, starting on the Grange to Cartmell Road at High Fell Gate then following field paths to Templand, Birkby Hall and on to Low Bankside to follow the Cistercian Way into Cartmel, approximately four and a half miles and very little height.

Pick-up time will be 11am from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members always welcome, Book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. The next Wednesday evening social event will be the Members’ Slide Show, presented by Linda Mills and featuring photos taken by members from January to June this year, to be shown on November 13, at 7.30pm, in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension.


Crook Hill near Newby Bridge was the starting point for the recent walk of Sefton Road Ramblers. The 12 members, led by Andy Cope, walked across Canny Hill and Bigland Allotment to Low Brow Edge and on past Bigland Tarn which gave views of the Leven Estuary and Lakeland hills. After lunch near Speel Bank the group continued by way of Over Ridge, Greenhurst and High Cark Hill to Seatle, then via Field End and Hazelrigg.

The 10 members of party B, led by Tony Marston, walked from Aughton via the River Lune to Crook and Highfields. Next week’s walk will be in the Kirkby Lonsdale area, members to meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

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.

West End Impact is located at 4-14 Heysham Road and included in their list of events is the following. Every Tuesday morning there is a parent cafe where people can bring their toddlers and have a coffee and a chat whilst the children play in the supervised play area.

Every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, the IMPACT Youth Group is held which includes various activities, snooker/pool, games, Wii on a big screen or can just be used to chill out with friends. Trips are organised such as visiting the fire station, Regent Park Studios, swimming and much more. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details.

Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.

Church by the Bay offer a warm welcome to anyone on Sunday mornings at West End Primary, Chatsworth Road. The meeting starts at 10.30am. Everything is explained and visitors can join in as much as they feel comfortable. This term they are thinking about what the Bible claims about Jesus. See their website for more information: or contact Gerry, or 07597 386 370.

The All Souls Day Requiem Mass will be kept this Friday, November 1, with a noon Said Mass, and a Solemn Requiem Mass at 7.30pm. If 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 All Saints Service will be held this Sunday, November 3, at 10am. Services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, are traditional Anglican, and the service timesare – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church. This Saturday, November 2, the coffee morning will be hosted by the Wives Group, with the usual stalls, raffle and coffee.

This Sunday, November 3, Family Worship will be held at 10.30am, everyone welcome. On Wednesday, November 6, the Wives Group will host a musical event with afternoon tea, when Gill Allen and Friends will entertain, cost £3.50, pay at the door.

The speaker at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this Saturday, November 2, at 7.30pm, will be Maureen Smith from Southport who will talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and also demonstrate her mediumship.

On Sunday, November 3, at 2.30pm, at the Divine Service the speaker will be Kath Noonan from Blackpool who will also speak on the Philosophy of Spiritualism. On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are healing services for all. On Wednesdays there is an open circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship after a talk about spiritualism. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together Everyone is most welcome to all the services. The church is wheelchair friendly, disabled access and facilities available.

Steven Hewitt will be speaking at Stanley Road Baptist Church this Sunday, November 3, on the theme of The Bs of being a Baptist, as he looks at core principles of being part of the church. There will be activities for children in SPACE as well as refreshments served afterwards. The service starts at 10.30am. All welcome. Church members will be running another pub quiz at the Cumberland View at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the Galloway’s Choir charity concert at the church on Friday, November 8, at 7.30pm, are available, priced £5. Telephone 01524 851208 or email


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

Moving On, for the bereaved and hurting, will be held at Torrisholme Cemetery Chapel, Westgate, this Sunday, November 3, from 11am to 1.30pm. Not a service, but a space. Light a candle, listen to music, rest and reflect, talk to someone about your loss.

Welcome and light refreshments provided by The Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery.

Services of Holy Communion are held weekly at St Martin’s Church, Westgate on Sundays at 9.30am and Thursdays at 10am.

On Sundays a Junior Church is provided for children to attend during the service.

All welcome. For baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Fr Christopher Holden on 01524 413144.


Members of Heysham Townswomen’s Guild and friends will meet at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, at 2pm on Monday, November 4, when entertainment will be provided by Gill Allen and Martin with Music For You. New members always welcome, admission £1.50 with refreshments and free raffle.

Rev Derek North will lead the 9am Holy Communion service at Wesley Methodist church this Sunday, November 3.

The preachers at 10.30am and 6.30pm will be Denis Yates and Mrs Jenny Butcher respectively.

The ladies Tuesday Circle Group will meet on Tuesday, November 5, at 7.30pm, when Missed Cues will be the title of a talk by Steve Beattie which will reflect his 50 years on the stage. This meeting is open to ladies of any denomination or none who will be made most welcome.

Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, November 4, at 7pm, at Heysham Library meeting room. Please use side entrance. Residents of council ward area Heysham South are invited to attend.


This Sunday, November 3, at 10.45am, St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service and Junior Church, and at 6pm an All Souls Service, at the Memorial Hall, Overton. Join members for fellowship, tea, coffee and biscuits after the morning service.

Tinned and dry goods still needed for local distribution for the Food Bank basket. The Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.45am on November 10 will be followed by a Jacob’s join lunch (no Junior Church).
The PCC will meet on Tuesday, November 12, at 7pm. During the interregnum contact, diary dates and gallery of images are available on website

Sunderland Point Mission will meet on Sunday, November 17, for a Remembrance Service with Eucharist, at 2.30pm.


Bay View Garden Centre will be holding a Ladies Evening, raising funds for Cancer Care, on Wednesday, November 6, starting at 6.30pm.

Amongst other demonstrations including Kitty Brown’s Clothes Road Show, planting winter and Christmas pots, Christmas Tree decorating, etc, David H Smythe of TV’s Ready Steady Cook and The Adelphi fame will be demonstrating his cookery skills. This promises to be a great and entertaining evening, limited to 100 tickets, no entry on the evening, telephone 01524 733780.

Dr Who is coming to Bolton-le-Sands.

Yes it’s true. Dr Who will be visiting Bolton-le-Sands in the near future. Here’s what you need to know.

On Friday, November 8, from 7pm to 8.30pm in Bolton-le-Sands Library, Dr Who will perform a story written by a local child. Will you be the author? 

If you are in a KS2 class (Classes 6-10) and would like to enter the competition, please write a story and hand it to Jacky at BLS Library before the closing date of this Saturday, November 2. As well as the story there will also be monster mask making and a Dr Who quiz. Further information and free tickets available from Bolton-le-Sands Library.

Watch the fantastic firework display this Saturday, November 2. Gates will open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and the fireworks at 7.15pm. Entry on the night will be £4. In the interests of safety no private sparklers or fireworks allowed on the field. Main Street will be closed to prevent traffic congestion.

Do you enjoy entertaining? Do you have a talent you would like to share, on your own or as part of a group? Then come along and be part of Bolton-le-Sands Entertains on Saturday, December 7, in the community centre. All funds raised in aid of the Community Playground Project. For further details please contact either Emma at or Cath at

Local mum Catherine Harrison recently braved the legendary Born Survivor assault course and raised an amazing £258 for the BLS Community Playground Project.

Well done Catherine.

Born Survivor has been designed by elite Royal Marine British Commandos.

Set in the Lake District it has 38 hard core military style obstacles, 1,000 feet of climbing and 10km of brutal Lake District terrain.

More good news for the Community Playground Project, the committee has just received a cheque from the Galbraith Trust for £1,349 to purchase picnic tables for the new children’s playground facility.

Holy Trinity Mother’s Union is holding a coffee morning in the village hall this Thursday, October 31, from 10am.

Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council will be holding its monthly meeting in the Old Boy’s School on Monday, November 4, at 7pm.

Local businesses, clubs and societies wishing to advertise on the parish council website, please contact the clerk on


At the meeting of the Equipment Fund in mid-October, June Gardner won the games of dominoes with a score of 10, with Audrey Eaton second with seven whilst Eileen Massey made third with a score of four, one ahead of Jean Connor. At the same meeting Nancy Ralston won the games of whist, Henry Milner was second, Marian Coates third and Sylvia Standwell fourth. The high halves were taken by Beryl Mason and Brian Coates.

Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Over 60s Club in mid-October with Sheila Makenson second and Eileen Massey third.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the penultimate Wednesday of October when Mr George Nightingale spoke about the history of Carnforth Railway Station. He took the members from 1800 when it was a small village of 28 cottages to 1841 when the railway was run by three companies and the transport links of the canal and the railway created conditions to build a steel works with the subsequent increase in the population so by the early 1900s it was a railway centre with a postal sorting office. Mr Nightingale had intended for his presentation to be illustrated but the pictures were unavailable due to a computer problem. He undertook to return to show the pictures. Mrs Diane Stephenson gave a vote of thanks.

At the October meeting of the parish council the report of the Local Government Boundary Commission was noted with disappointment since the views of the council, that the villages of Slyne-with-Hest and Bolton-le-Sands are two distinct communities, have not been taken into account in forming a Bolton and Slyne electoral three-member ward for future city council elections.

Details of the proposal can be found at

The parish council should have a full complement of councillors from the November meeting as Roland Stretch of Manor Road has been co-opted as a councillor. He has lived in the village for 46 years, so has a wealth of local knowledge.

The parish council decide to look again at the provision of allotments.

Though it has not succeeded in the past it was believed it is worth exploring this issue further.

Councillors decided to replace the two dilapidated seats at the junction of Hest Bank Lana and Throstle Grove with a new one. The council learnt that there is a new community beat police officer, who is Neil Smith.

The council noted that the May Fair Committee has become depleted. There are funds that would enable future events to be organised but none are planned for next year. There is a need for replacement committee members with fresh ideas. Please contact the clerk to the parish council Mrs Doreen Brookes on 01524 825464 if you have any ideas how to achieve this.

Stage Struck, the drama group that introduces children to the delights of being a thespian, is hosting a psychic evening with Marilyn this Thursday, October 31, Halloween, at 7.30pm in the memorial hall.

Entry costs £10, which includes supper and there will be a bar available. People under 16 years will have to be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets available from Carol on 01524 833599, Stuart on 07557 877793 and Rachel on 07830 353836.

The group is also holding a casino evening on Tuesday, November 19, jointly with Lancaster Bulldogs Basketball Team.

Tickets at £10 are available from Carol Pratt or members of Lancaster Bulldogs.

The village annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, November 10, in the memorial hall and will be followed by refreshments in the supper room.

The next community coffee morning will be held this Saturday, November 2, in the memorial hall from 10am until noon. This coffee morning will be run by Hest Bank Ladies.


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 732723. Adults only please.

An event, Waterways and Iron Roads, will be held at the Furness and Midland Hall, Carnforth Station, at 2pm on Saturday, November 9.

This will include a talk by David Currington entitled The Lancaster Canal, Recent Restoration and Future Possibilities, followed by Bob Roe and George Nightingale with Carnforth Station, Resplendent, Redundant, Revived.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Noel Coward day in the Furness and Midland Hall this Thursday, October 31. Two 20 minute films, Home and Away, will be shown about Coward’s homes in Switzerland and Jamaica, at 2.30pm. John Knowles, secretary of the international Noel Coward Society, will be giving an illustrated talk, A Brief Encounter with Noel Coward. The talk will focus on the writing of Still Life as part of the collection of Coward’s one-act plays and the development of the play into the film Brief Encounter.


The annual fundraising fair, in aid of North West Cancer Research, will take place this Saturday, November 2, in Warton Church Hall, from 2pm. The fair will include gifts, cakes, Christmas cards, toys, books, jams and preserves, dried flowers,a teddy tombola, raffle and tombola. Tickets £1 including tea and cakes. Donations for any of the stalls would be much appreciated, contact Dorothy (732152) or Hilary (730533)

1st Warton Scout Group will be holding their annual meeting on Monday, November 4, at 6.30pm in Warton Village Hall. If you want to know more about what they do then please go along.

Beaver Scouts are the youngest members starting at the age of six, Cubs at the age of eight and Scouts at the age of 10/11.

They currently have around 60 children involved, excluding the Young Leaders (age 14-18) that help organise their activities.

All members of the community invited.

They are also looking for storage facilities for all their equipment in the Warton/Yealand area.

If anyone has, or knows of, a storage facility or any spare room please contact Sue Nutter on 01524 735997. Any space would be gratefully received.

Warton Arts and Crafts Group’s Autumn Exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17. Original local art and craft work will be on display together with tea, cakes and a raffle. Open 10am to 4pm each day in Warton Church Hall, admission free.