Community Beat: 01/10/13

This week’s Comunity Beat news.


Morecambe’s Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. The speaker for this Sunday, October 6, at 6.30pm, is yet to be announced. Further details from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.

On Sunday Morecambe and District HF Ramblers walked in the Howgills. The A party, led by Mike Aveyard, did a circular walk from Sedbergh to Winder, Crook, Arrant Haw, Calders, The Calf, White Fell Head, Bram Rigg Bottom, Seat Knott, Logbank, Settle Beck and back to Sedbergh. The B party, led by Gill Gale, walked from Cautley to Cautley Spout, The Calf, Calders and into Sedbergh.

Party C, led by Jack Roberts, walked from Rawthey Bridge, along the Roman Road to Cautley. Fawcett Bank, Ellerthwaite, Hollin Hill, Stone Hall, Underbank and into Sedbergh.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, October 5, in the Borrowdale 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, October 6, the 19th Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church in the memorial hall, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Evening Prayer (Said).


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.

This Sunday, October 6, Guild Sunday, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, Rev George Barton will lead the 10.30am Morning Service. On Monday, October 7, at 2pm, there will be a Guild opening meeting with Bare Witness, and the following day, Tuesday, October 8, the Guild will host the coffee morning.


The monthly PACT meeting will be held in the Ascension Lounge tomorrow, Wednesday, October 2, from 6pm. An opportunity to air views with local police and councillors.

The Pampered Chef comes to the Ascension Church lounge this Friday, October 4, at 7pm. There will be a live cooking demonstration and the event will raise funds for Cancer Research UK. There will also be a cake and a gift stall and a grand raffle. Tickets £2 each including a drink and goody bag. Telephone Tracy on 07527 951113 to find out more.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, October 6, Trinity 19: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Phil Barber. Junior Church will meet in the main hall from 10.50am before joining the adults in church.

Midweek Eucharists are held at 7pm on Tuesdays and 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, all led by Fr Chris, who is also the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals and all pastoral matters. Find out more about the Ascension Church and St Martin’s Westgate, on the new website

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. All welcome.

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.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, October 6, the 10th after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

The next quarterly Ecumenical Bring and Share Breakfast will be held in the hall of the church of St John the Divine, St John’s Road, this Saturday, October 5, at 9am. Rev Charles F Makonde will speak about the Kambe Timboni School in Kenya which he was instrumental in setting up whilst he was living there.

The 9am monthly Service of Holy Communion at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, October 6, will be led by Rev Charles F Makonde. The preachers at 10.30am and 6.30pm will be Messrs Eric Stead and Maurice Longton respectively.

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

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 2, at 10am, Holy Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church and at 2pm the Mothers’ Union Opening Service will also be held at St Peter’s followed by refreshments in St Peter’s Hall. Parent Praise will be at 6pm in St Peter’s Church.

On Saturday, October 5, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP will be held at St Peter’s and at noon Holy Matrimony. On Sunday, October 6, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s and at 2pm Holy Baptism. At St James’ at 9.30am there will be Sunday School and at 11am Morning Prayer BCP.

Today’s Writer’s are a group of enthusiastic amateur writers who meet on the first three Fridays of each month in the meeting room at Heysham Library, from 10.30am to 12 30pm. The cost is £1.25. The meeting is very informal, it is not a class. Some of the group write poems, some short stories, some plays. They each read our work and then invite comments from the group.

Heysham Play Readers meet on the last Friday of each month, same time, same place, to read and discuss plays, some written by members of the writing group, others by established dramatists. Again this is a very informal group and no prior knowledge of drama, or any acting experience is required. It is just for fun. Both groups would welcome new members.

For more information contact Heysham Library on 08450 530005, email, or just call in the library at 396-398 Heysham Road, where the staff will be happy to help.


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


There will be a special meeting involving London City Mission at Stanley Road Baptist Church this Friday, October 4. Steve Dunn is a railway chaplain and he will share about his work and that of the Mission. Refreshments will be served from 10am with the meeting starting at 10.30am. All welcome.

This Sunday’s 10.30am service at Stanley Road is a Communion Service, led by Pastor Steven Hewitt. There will be activities for children in SPACE and refreshments will be served afterwards. Members will be running another quiz in the Cumberland View at 6.30pm.

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.

It was a partly new walk for Sefton Road Ramblers on Wednesday last week. The 12 members, led by their walks’ coordinator John Buckley, left Brock Valley Picnic site and followed the footpath for about three miles alongside the River Brock via Brock Bottom to Brock Side. They then turned east and made their way across the fields to Lower House and on to Winn House where they stopped for lunch. The new return route in the afternoon took the party by the way of Whitechapel and to Beacon Fell. The last part of the walk passed Middle and Lower Lickhurst back to the starting picnic site starting point.

The 10 members of the B party, led by Tony Marston, walked from Bull Beck car park via Moorcock, Claughton and the River Lune. This week’s walk is the first of the autumn programme and will be in the Brethersdale area, south of Shap, members meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

Do you and your children like to sing? Why not join the St Barnabas Choir? The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and is now seeking new members both young and not so young, aged eight and over. For more details please contact the choirmaster Stephen Schofield. Choir practice is on Fridays at 6.45pm in the vestry (Chatsworth Road entrance).

The services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, are traditional Anglican; and the service times – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass, 6pm Evening Prayer; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, 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 baptism’s, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church, and on the first Wednesday of each month this includes Holy Communion.

This Saturday, October 5, Prayer Breakfast at St John’s Church commences at 9am. On Sunday, October 6, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Keith Tattersall. Everyone welcome.

Guests at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend, Harvest Festival, will be Kathy Swan from Atherton who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship on Saturday, October 5, at 7.30pm; and Annette Barnes from Fleetwood will visit on Sunday, October 6, at 2.30pm, to conduct the Divine Service and demonstrate her mediumship.

The church will be open on Saturday to receive donations of fruit, vegetables, tins, tea, coffee, sugar and flowers. After the weekend the produce will be distributed to the homeless in the district.

There is an Open Circle every Wednesday at 7.30pm taken by local mediums. On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are the Healing Services with Spiritualist National Union trained and trainee healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church heating.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualist old and new attend. All are welcome to these services, disabled access and facilities, wheelchair friendly.


The Library Theatre Travelling Company will be performing My Perfect Divorce at Middleton Parish Hall on Friday, November 22, at 7.30pm. This is the first time the travelling company has appeared in Middleton and it promises to be a very enjoyable event.

Other events planned for the next few months include a talk on the island of St Kilda, the Christmas Fair and the soon approaching children’s Halloween disco.

The parish council has a vacancy . Contact the clerk Barbara Williams on 01524 854752.

This Sunday, October 6, Morning Prayer at 10.45am and Junior Church will be held by St Helen’s Church. Join members for fellowship, tea, coffee and biscuits after the service, held in the Memorial Hall, Overton. Contact and diary details whilst in the interregnum period are available on website

Sunderland Point Mission will hold an Evening Prayer Service on Sunday, October 13, at 2.30pm.

Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection leaflets on what is NOT required and what is acceptable available, plus ideas for craft items, will be available on Sunday in the Memorial Hall, Overton. Individual items welcome to make up a box. Please note items needed by the end of October. Food Bank Basket – tinned and dried goods are appreciated to distribute in the local areas.


A guided walk, Hest Bank – Mawson’s Garden Village, starts from the level crossing on Hest Bank shore at 2pm this Saturday, October 5. The walk highlights arts-and-crafts buildings by the landscape designer and architect Thomas Mawson and how these came to characterise Hest Bank. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

This Sunday, October 6, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Tom Colston will speak on the subject Resurrection and Judgment. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday, October 7, Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for details.

When the Equipment Fund met on the penultimate Friday of September Margaret Western won the games of whist whilst three people, Marjorie Bainbridge, Margaret Eccles and Helen Stephenson, tied for second place. The high halves were taken by Mari Anderson and Colin Nuttall. Concurrently, Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Jean Connor second and June Gardner third. The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be held on Friday, October 4, 6.45pm to 9.15pm in the memorial hall. New whist and domino players will be given a warm welcome.

Betty Rawsthorne won the games of dominoes at the last meeting of the Over 60s Club in September, with Eileen Massey second and June Gardner third. Margaret Western won the games of dominoes with Isa Gibson second and Nancy Ralston third. The Over 60s Club meets on a Monday once a fortnight in the memorial hall from 2pm to 4pm. The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, new members welcome.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the last Wednesday of September when Rev Ken Clapham gave a fascinating account of his friendship with astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Charlie Drake. Through this friendship he was able to tell of their dangers and difficulties when on the moon. The buggy used to explore the lunar landscape had a maximum speed of eight miles per hour and there was the danger of falling and damaging their oxygen equipment.

The light and emptiness of the moon had a spiritual quality, which was enhanced by the flag they planted having the emblem of a Christian cross.At the end of the presentation members were able to see a specimen of the food used by the men, one tile from the exterior of the shuttle which resisted extreme temperatures, a piece of white moon rock, metal from Apollo 16 and photographs of the missions. Mrs Maureen Shackleton gave a vote of thanks on behalf of members.

The war grave in the burial ground in Bottomdale Lane now has formal recognition with a plaque on the gate at the pedestrian entrance that reads At this location are Commonwealth War Graves. Mrs Brookes, clerk to the parish council, confirms that there is one and no more.

The annual meeting of the memorial hall was held on the penultimate Monday of September. The hall has been well use over the last year, which has resulted in an excess of income over expenditure. Since the year end several small jobs have been undertaken during the summer when activity in the hall decreases. These include some cavity wall insulation, painting and hand rails for the stage.

It is planned to replace the door to the main hall to improve both the security of the hall and its appearance. It had been intended to undertaken more insulation and energy saving measures during the summer but the grant money was not available in time. Consequently an extension is being sort during which time the grant funding can be spent.

Two new members were elected to the hall management committee. This is good news as it means the committee is being refreshed.

It was noted that the karate club is now offering a session for adults; the next community coffee morning will be from 10am to noon on Saturday, October 5; there will be a community tea party on Sunday, October 6, run by Urban Saints to raise money for house building in Mexico; and Lancaster Beekeepers are having their show on Saturday, October 12, from 2pm to 4pm.


Members of the Rail Correspondence and Travel Society will meet at the County Hotel this Friday, October 4, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, to hear Tim Roberts of Network Rail give a talk entitled All in a Day’s Work. All welcome.

Line Dancers at The Saddle and Spurs, Lancaster Road, Carnforth, are taking part in The Ultimate Danceathon, a national sponsored event in aid of Save The Children. Dancers will dance non-stop for one hour from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday, October 7. Anyone wanting to go along and watch will be more than welcome.

The Carnforth Station Heritage Station is hosting a new exhibition entitled A Brief Encounter with Noel Coward in the Bateman Gallery which will run until Wednesday, December 18. The Heritage Centre is open from 10am to 4pm daily. Admission is free, although donations are always welcome. Tickets are on sale for £25 each at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Gift Shop (01524 735894) for Ghost Hunt at the Station on Saturday, October 12. The event will run from 8pm to 2am.


Warton’s Community Cinema is showing Monsters’ University, a family film, this Sunday, October 6, in Warton Village Hall. Doors open at 1.30pm and the film starts at 2pm. Tickets at £3 each are available from Warton Post Office or by calling Della on 07894 669714.

Looking forward to November and December, Warton Drama Group will be performing Heda Gabler in Warton Village Hall at 7.30pm on November 20-22 and at the Heron Theatre on December 6 and 7. Further details available from Sue Wilcock on 01524 735058.

Warton Sports annual meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, at 8pm, in the Methodist Church.

It’s Race Night in the Village Hall on Friday, October 18. It is adults only and there is a prize for the best dressed At the Races. Tickets are £2.50 from Lucy on 07896 846118 or Lindsey on 07766 708661. Hosted by Archbishop Hutton School proceeds in aid of AHS’s PTA.