This week’s Community Beat news.
Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting was the Christmas dinner held at Morecambe Golf Club with 43 members and guest attending.
Following an excellent meal, trophies were presented with the Fred Dibden award for club member of the year going to Tim Churchill and the Eric award for the most entertaining movie of the year going to Dave Weatherley, who also received the Radio Lancashire Trophy for the best sound track in the recent Preston Movie Makers Millennium Competition.
The Ascension Church will have a Sung Eucharist at noon tomorrow with prayers for the New Year. All are invited to begin 2014 in this special way. Said Eucharists will be held at 7pm on New Year’s Eve and on Saturday at 10am.
Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday, January 5, the Feast of the Epiphany will be 8am Said Eucharist and 11am Sung Eucharist. Junior Church resumes after the Christmas break at 10.50am in the hall. This is a good time for new children to start. Ask for Carolyn Wallace on arrival.
All New Year services at the Ascension Church will be led by Father Chris who is also the contact on 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. To hire rooms at the Ascension Church or St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, you should call Alan on 419174. Both venues have availability for 2014. Fr Chris and the church wardens wish every reader a happy and peaceful New Year.
The next walks from the winter programme of Torrisholme Rambling Club will be on a half day, finishing at Burton-in-Kendal on Saturday, January, 4.
The ‘A’ walk will be led by Andrew Holden and starts from Burton in Kendal joining the Lancaster canal (north), leaving the canal at Dukes Bridge to climb Farleton Fell. Return to Burton is via Pickles Wood and Slape Lane. Eight miles and 800 ft. There will be mud!
The ‘B’ walk will be led by Madge and Ray Salisbury and starts 400 yards before the motorway bridge at Tewitfield, taking the footpath over the M6 and then via Kirkgate Lane to Priest Hutton. On the edge of the village we pick up a footpath which goes via Dalton Old Hall to the Hutton Roof National Nature Reserve. A good path is followed to the trig point (886 feet) on Hutton Roof Crags. The route to Burton goes via Lancelot Clark Storth, Pickles Wood and Slape Lane. The route rises steadily from the start to the trig point which is reached after four miles. Distance is just over six miles and the ascent is 800 feet.
The ‘C’ walk will be led by Mildred and Hilde and is a circular starting at Burton, walking up Vicarage Road, then using paths which pass the lime kiln towards Clawthorpe Hall and on to Sheerness before making our way to Lancaster canal and Hanging Hill. Finally crossing the motorway bridge and back into Burton. 4 miles.
Pick up time: 11am from Torrisholme Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme.
Guests and new members are always welcome and you can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837273707. You can download a copy of the winter programme from torrisholme-ramblers.freeservers.com.
The Ramblers’ next Wednesday evening social event will be a Games night and Raffle on January 8 at 7.30pm (compère Alan Whittaker) in the Lounge of the Church of the Ascension. Light refreshments will be served but please feel free to bring your own wine.
Services at St Helen’s Church are to continue being held in the, Memorial Hall, Overton, until further notice.
The roof repairs have been delayed.
Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2014 Eucharist Service, 10.45am and Junior Church Presentation.
Join the church for fellowship and welcome in the New Year with a tea,coffee and biscuits after the service.
Food Bank items continue to be collected for local distribution. Thanks to all who have donated items.
See the church website at www.overtonchurch.org for contact and diary details.
The next event at Sefton Road United Reformed Church will be a coffee morning on Saturday, January 4, from 10am to noon.
Everyone is welcome to go along. The usual stalls, raffle and good coffee will be on offer. Family Worship will be on Sunday, January 5, at 10.30am.
The first Shoppers’ Fellowship of the new year will be on on Wednesday, January 8, at 10am.
The next meeting of Heysham South Police and Communities Together (PACT) will take place on Monday, January 6, at 7pm at Heysham Library meeting room (please use side entrance). Residents of the council ward area Heysham South are invited to attend.
Since early December an evening promenade around the village has been rewarded by the sight of white and coloured lights. Some flash on and off while others give a constant glow. The darkness of the winter’s evening is punctured by these tiny lights that bring a brightness and gaiety to the village. In mid-December the Christmas trees and lights were put on the Memorial Hall, adding to the festive atmosphere.
In July 2014 three members of Hest Bank Urban Saints youth group are going to South Africa to undertake a charity project where they will be spending eleven days building a house for a family and visiting orphanages and HIV clinics. Urban Saints works with the charity AMOR and the house building will be in a township called Botleng near Delmas.
The three young people going are currently fundraising to make this life changing trip possible and will be at the Slyne-With-Hest coffee morning serving drinks and cakes on Saturday, January 4, where they will be raising money towards the trip.
If you thought members of Urban Saints are planning to travel to Mexico at Easter, you are correct. The group ran the December community coffee morning to help raise funds for “Rebuild Mexico”. The members going to Mexico are 14 to 16 years old and currently studying for GCSEs. The three members of Urban Saints going to South Africa are 18 years old and currently studying for A levels.
The parish council has learnt that there will no longer be a police presence at every parish council meeting. The number of officers has been reduced and one of the consequences is that there will not be a police report at every parish council. The crime statistics are available on the police web site, http://www.police.uk/lancashire/B26/crime/. Officers will attend meetings to discuss specific issues.
A check of the police web site, on Wednesday, December 18, revealed that there were 17 crimes reported in the parish during October but they were the latest figures available.
At the December meeting of the parish council county councillor Tony Jones reported that work on the link road has started.
He also alerted the parish council that the county council has to reduce expenditure by £300m over the next three years. This is in addition to the reduction of £270m that has already been made.
He asked that the parish councillors read and comment on a document that was an agenda item at the three tier authority meeting. He also stated that there is much disquiet about the contract with One Connect. He expects there to be an investigation and he hopes that the resulting report is made public unless there are indications that there has been criminal activity, when the report should be passed to the constabulary.
During the open forum concern was expressed about the proposed closure of the canal towpath between Halton Road Bridge and Beaumont Hall Bridge. The suggested diversion for cyclists might be the best available but Lancashire County officers appear not to have examined the proposal. This happened with the diversions in Lancaster, resulting in the contraflow for cyclists being lost, which is the opposite of county design guidelines. There are two steps that need to be taken. The first is to ensure that the best route for the diversion is implemented and that there is adequate consultation for future proposed diversions.
There was also discussion about the current planning application for 35 Hatlex Lane. Mr Edmonds, the current resident of Whitewalls, stated that the planning application is a result of the building being erected on the site of 35 Hatlex Lane being 3.6 metres from Whitewalls rather than 4 metres instead of the previous planning application.
This does not sound very much but it makes access to his garage very difficult, as he requires a straight run at the gap as there is insufficient space to manoeuvre. In addition he has suffered a loss of amenity and light. He requires artificial light in one of his principle rooms.
Further, of specific interest to the parish council, the density of buildings is now one of the highest in the parish and it involves a house, which is a listed building that was once surrounded by 100 acres of land. This high density contravenes the parish plan and the parish design statement.
Chris Knowles, of Slyne with Hest Football Club attended and spoke about the club’s desire to extend the length of the pitches and to have an off-road car park. He enquired whether the club could use the car park that is proposed for the burial ground. In reply Peter Millard, chair of the parish council, stated that the parish council is investigating whether some of the land the parish owns in Bottomdale Road could be used for allotments, as it has a duty to provide them where it is feasible. He thought it would make sense to have joint use of the car park, which has planning permission, particularly if it was used at different times by the various users. The parish council would be looking for a contribution towards the cost of the car park.
The fourth item raised in the open forum was the pile of detritus of the canal towpath around an overflowing rubbish bin. Lancaster city council empties this bin on behalf of the Canal and Rivers Trust. The council sometimes stop collecting rubbish if it has not been paid by the Canal and Rivers Trust.
The bin at the corner of Ashworth Drive and Hatlex Lane is the responsibility of the parish council. There is usually spare capacity in it as dog walkers appear to be unable to walk up and over the bridge to use the bin. They also appear unable to take their rubbish home with them.
At the parish council meeting the continuing work on the recreation ground was discussed.
It was decided to tidy the foreshore after the storm but funds would have to found to effect repairs. Funds are also required to create the car park at the burial ground.
The county council has announced an extension of the consultation period about the reduction in the bus subsidy. This will affect the village, as it did several years ago when the frequency of buses through the village was reduced from two to one.
The proposals will eliminate some of the route 5 services that pass along Coastal Road and Marine Drive and some buses on route 55 that go through the centre of the village.
All the consultation documents and the full list of services affected are available on www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.
You can also email your comments/views to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Bus and Supported Transport Manager, Lancashire County Council, Room D3, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 0LD.
The closing date for responses has now been extended to Friday, January 17.