Community Beat: 01/04/14

Children aged five to nine from the Twinkletoes Dance School on Torrisholme Road took part in a workshop by the internationally acclaimed Northern Ballet. They learned work based on the children's ballet Three Little Pigs.
Children aged five to nine from the Twinkletoes Dance School on Torrisholme Road took part in a workshop by the internationally acclaimed Northern Ballet. They learned work based on the children's ballet Three Little Pigs.
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The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street is a centre for the over 55s providing fun, leisure and educational activities. New computer courses will be starting after Easter at the centre. A complete beginners’ course will start on Tuesday, April 29, 10am to noon, running for seven weeks. Downloading and organising camera photos course also starts on April 29, 1pm to 3pm.

Taster days will be offered on Wednesdays. For prices and further information please telephone 01524 415502. Also the new café is providing hot two-course meals, toasted sandwiches, baked potatoes and a wide range of other snacks and refreshments.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, April 6, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Pam Drury from Blackpool. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.


The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at the Headway Hotel, Marine Road East, on Tuesday, April 8. Lunch will be booked for 12.15pm and this will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Bob and Jane Latin entitled The Holy Land – A Personal View. The talk is free and all are welcome. To book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 412987 by Sunday, April 6.

Bare Witness from Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will entertain the Ladies Fellowship Club at St Mary’s Hall at 1.45pm tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2. This Sunday, April 6, the 10.30am Morning Service at the Methodist Church will be led by Rev Charles Makonde. The coffee morning on Tuesday, April 8, held in aid of Kalalushi, will be hosted by Gill and Martin Webster, starting at 10am.

Lenten lunches will be available on Thursdays, April 3 and 10, from noon to 1pm, at Christ Church, Broadway. Delicious home-made soups and breads, with all proceeds to Christian Aid. This Sunday, April 6, the 10am Church Family Communion Service will be led by Rev Graham Maskery.

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

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting members welcomed Lancaster Photographic Society to a joint 50/50 meeting. During the first half the society gave an A/V presentation of award winning photographs from their recent competitions set in categories including landscape, buildings, animals, portraits, etc. Following an interval the hosts showed a selection of movies including local events and history, a promotional movie, preserved trams and trains and finishing with a high speed holiday in Thailand.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe.

Members, wives and friends of Morecambe Bay Probus Club met on March 25 for the Annual Ladies Coffee Morning at the Headway Hotel. The visiting speaker Mr R Collins spoke about his life of service aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and the contact he had with members of the Royal Family. The talk was well received and provided an interesting insight into the daily routines on board the ship.

Members are reminded that the Annual Club Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at the Headway Hotel, noon for 12.30pm. This function is not confined to members only but is also extended to wives and friends, and a good support would be appreciated. Further details concerning menu choice, etc, please contact either Peter Burrow on 01524 33780 or Norman Woodhead on 400235. New members always welcome.

St Christopher’s Church is holding a Spring Fair this Saturday, April 5, between 10am and noon, with various stalls and a raffle. Entry £3 including refreshments.

A Charity Auction and Raffle in aid of the Breast Care Unit, RLI, will be held this Saturday, April 5, from 7pm, at Bare Village Club. In addition to the auction and raffle entertainment will be provided by a table-top magician, live music and a DJ. Admission is free.


This Sunday, April 6, 10.30am Morning Worship at Torrisholme Methodist Church will be led by Rev George Barton followed by refreshments in the hall. At 4.30pm the General Church meeting will be held followed by a faith tea and a short service in place of Evening Worship. The St Lawrence Singers will feature in a concert at the church on Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm. All are welcome, tickets £5 (children £1). To see more about the church and its people go to

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 monthly PACT meeting for April will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2, from 6pm in the Ascension Church lounge. A chance to make your views known to local police and councillors.

Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday, April 6, Lent 5: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist. The latter service will be followed immediately by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting at which churchwardens, church officials and church council members are formally elected. This will conclude with a Jacob’s join lunch for all to enjoy.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, on April 8 led by Fr Brian Pithers, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, both led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Everyone is welcome at all services.

The Ascension Church complex and St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate, both have rooms for hire. Each venue is equipped for the disabled and has easy parking. Children’s parties are always welcome especially at weekends. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for information and bookings, or visit the website at

The annual digital image competition, the final competition for the season for Morecambe Camera Club, was held last Thursday. This competition is quite complex with six sections. The judge was an old friend of the club’s, Gordon Jenkins, and this was his last time as judge as he is retiring. As usual Gordon took a sympathetic approach to members’ images giving some useful tips and encouragement all delivered with his usual sense of humour. Gordon has attended the club for many years, judging and giving talks on Photoshop and other subjects. He will be missed and the club made a presentation to him to show appreciation.

The competition results were – Panel of four: 1 Anne Staniforth, 2 Roger Gittins, 3 Gordon Curry; Highly commended: David Dempster and Peter Bagnall. Natural history: 1 Gordon Curry, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Gordon Curry; Highly commended: Keith Knowles and Peter Bagnall. Portrait: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Bryan Trigwell, 3 Mike Staniforth; Highly commended: Keith Knowles and Peter Bagnall. Mono: 1 Peter Bagnall, 2 Keith Knowles, 3 Peter Bagnall; Highly commended: Roger Gittins and Fernley Stribling. Table top: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 David Dempster, 3 Mike Staniforth. Best annual colour: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Gordon Curry, 3 Peter Bagnall; Highly commended: Bryan Trigwell and Mike Staniforth.

The next meeting will be the club’s final meeting of the season, the annual meeting. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at


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

Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes will be held at St Martin’s Church Centre (next to the William Mitchell), every Wednesday. A Social Rhythm Ballroom Class for beginners will run from 7pm to 8pm. International Ballroom and Latin 8.15pm to 9.30pm and Social Dancing until 10.30pm. Have fun and learn to dance with accredited teacher Chris Simpson. No booking necessary. For more information email


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.

Church By the Bay meets on Sundays at West End Primary School, Chatsworth Road. The meetings start at 10.30am and attendees are encouraged to join in as much as they feel comfortable. The current teaching series is looking at what the Bible has to say about guidance and God’s will. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

During Lent St Barnabas Church is holding the £3 poverty lunch following the Friday noon Mass, with all monies raised donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, so please support the lunches. If wishing to donate but not able to attend a lunch, donations can be left at the charity shop or with Fr Tom at any of the other services in church.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic and the service times this week are Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; 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. For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216. The service times can also be found on

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. On the first Wednesday of the month the worship includes Holy Communion. This Sunday, April 6, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Denis Yates.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two speakers this coming weekend. Marlene Leeming Moore from Blackpool will visit this Saturday, April 5, at 7.30pm, and Joyce Holden from Fleetwood will attend this Sunday, April 6, at 2.30pm. Both will share their mediumship after a short talk on their understanding of Spiritualism.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour, a caring and sharing group meeting which includes a mixture of prayer, meditation and readings, all welcome. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm is the Healing Service. Wednesdays at 7.30pm is the Open Circle at which local and visiting mediums give a demonstration of mediumship. All are welcome to any of the services. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.

The next Ecumenical Bring and Share Breakfast Fellowship will be held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church this Saturday, April 5, at 9am. Following the breakfast Edith Farrow and Freda Addison will speak about the Leeds Children’s Holiday Camp at Silverdale. Free entry but donations for the charity will be gratefully received.


The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, April 7, starting at 7pm in the Heysham Library meeting room (please use side entrance).

This Sunday, April 6, at 9.30am, the Sunday School will be held at St James, whilst at 9.30am Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s, followed by Morning Prayer (BCP) at 11am at St James’.

On Tuesday, April 8, at 8pm, the Ladies Group will meet in St Peter’s hall and on Thursday, April 10, at 7.30pm, the Prayer Group will meet, for details telephone 01524 854904. Please note there is no soup and sandwich lunch this month.

Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, will hold a Prayer Meeting tonight, Tuesday, at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 7.14am Prayer Meeting will be followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon. On Sunday, April 6, the speaker will be Cliff Small.

Mr Keith Tattersall will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, April 6, at 10.30am. The second Pure Praise event will take place at Wesley at 2.30pm. This is a service of music, lively worship and praise to which everyone is welcome. Consequently there will not be a service at 6.30pm.


On Sunday, April 13, there will an Easter Family Disco in Middleton Parish Hall starting at 7pm, with hot dogs, spot prizes and dancing for all. Everyone welcome, admission at the door.

This Sunday, April 6, the fifth Sunday in Lent, St Helen’s Church will hold a 10.45am Eucharist Service. Junior Church will meet within the service. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. During Lent each Sunday at 6.30pm a Short Compline service will be held. The Lent discussion group will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2, at 7pm, in the Vicarage, Chapel Lane.

The Vestry and Annual Parochial Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 27, after the 10.45am Eucharist Service. The meeting will cover the church warden vacancy and PCC members to be elected, finance and fabric reports. An opportunity to hear what has been happening during 2013-2014 at St Helens Church.

Fair Trade goods are on sale after the service in church. Also the food basket is always in church for the local food bank. Dried and tinned goods please. Contact details and information on


This Sunday, April 6, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Philip Weatheral will speak on the subject The Bible teaching about the Sabbath. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, April 7, there will be no Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information about the group.

Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club held its official opening day on March 22. Although the weather was not ideal for bowling there were more than 50 people participating who all enjoyed their pie and peas lunch. President Mary Lofthouse was thwarted by the bad weather but she did don her waterproofs and bowled the first wood of the season, one or two of the other members did roll their woods but decided not to stay too long. There are still a few membership places left if anyone in Slyne or elsewhere is thinking of taking up the game.

The first club competition will be held on Saturday, April 5, and members are looking forward taking part in this competition. Contact Ann Clegg on 01524 811847 if you are interested in joining.

The annual parish assembly will be held on Monday, April 14, at 6.30pm, in the memorial hall, an open meeting of the electorate and everyone is welcome to attend. It is an opportunity to meet the councillors and raise any matter with the parish council. There will also be a speaker, Ms Sonia Edwards from Global Renewables.

The monthly parish 
council meeting will be held on the same day starting at 7.30pm.

The annual meeting of St Luke’s Mothers’ Union was held on the last Wednesday of March. The meeting started with a service of Holy Communion conducted by Rev Pauline Bicknell. Mrs Maureen Shackleton read the minutes of the previous meeting, followed by the treasurer’s report. Mrs Julie Mitchell retired from the role of treasurer and Mrs Marisa Fisher was appointed in her place. Mrs Sylvia Nicholson resigned from the committee and Mrs Diane Thompson was elected. Mrs Maureen Shackleton received a vote of thanks.


Steam Lives On, an exhibition of steam locomotive photography by Andrew Fowler, the official photographer of Ribble Steam Railway in Preston, will be on view in the Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre from today, Tuesday, April 1, through to Sunday, June 29. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm daily, free admission.

Local artists will display their work from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, April 5, at Carnforth Station’s Platform One.

A Ghost Hunt at the station will take place this Saturday, April 5, from 8pm to 2am. Tickets can be purchased at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Gift Shop. Telephone 01524 735894 for details.


The March meeting of Warton Crag WI was treated to a very interesting and entertaining talk on sewers by Geoff Wood. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17, in Warton Village Hall, and will be a social evening and quiz night. New members welcome. Contact Hilary on 01524 730533.

The North Lancs and South Cumbria Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association is holding a coffee morning in Warton Church Hall from 10am to noon on Saturday, April 12. There will be cakes, home-made produce, books, gifts and cards for sale as well as a raffle. Everyone welcome.


The Caton and Halton branch of the Lunesdale Committee of North West Cancer Research (NWCR) will hold the annual coffee morning on Saturday, April 5, at Victoria Institute, Caton, from 10am to noon. Tickets are available on the door and cost just £1 which includes coffee and tea plus a selection of home-made biscuits. The coffee morning will also feature stalls selling cakes, books, crafts and plants.