Community Beat: 03/09/13

Mayor of Lancaster Coun June Ashworth with the tile which was laid to mark the reopening of  The Cornerstone Lancaster community hub. She is pictured with Ann Shaw from Thumprint and minister of Lancaster Methodist Church rev Steve Charman.
Mayor of Lancaster Coun June Ashworth with the tile which was laid to mark the reopening of The Cornerstone Lancaster community hub. She is pictured with Ann Shaw from Thumprint and minister of Lancaster Methodist Church rev Steve Charman.
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This week’s Community Beat news


Bare Necessities Preschool Playgroup is holding a play morning for new starters this Friday, September 6, 10am to 11am, at the Methodist Church Hall, St Margaret’s Road. A chance for have a look around. The playgroup offers places to children aged two to four-years-old.

The Morning Service this Sunday, September 8, at 10.30am, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Bernard Vause.

On Tuesday, September 10, at 10am, a coffee morning will be held for Methodist Women in Britain and organised by Olive Porter.

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


Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, September 8, 15th Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 10am All Age Worship, 6.30pm Common Worship Holy Communion (said).

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, September 8, at 6.30pm, the speakers will be Don and Judith Graham from Cumbria. Further information from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.

On September 1, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Ribblesdale area. The A party, led by Graham Dootson, walked from Helwith Bridge to Long Lane, Dale Head, Pen-Y-Ghent Gill, Foxup, Plover Hill, Pen-Y-Ghent, Bracken Bottom and into Horton.

The B party, led by John Fleming, walked from Stainforth, to Dale Head, Fountains Fell, along the Pennine Way to Churn Milk Hole, Bracken Bottom and into Horton.

Party C, led by Marian Bellwood, walked from Langcliffe to Dick’s Ground Plantation, Lower and Upper Winskill, Catrigg Force, Moor Head Lane, Helwith Bridge, along the River Ribble into Horton.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, September 7, in the Bassenthwaite area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

The Trimpell Club will feature entertainment by Dan Doherty at 8pm this Friday, September 6, and from Lee Martin at 6pm on Sunday, September 8.


Sunday saw the induction of the Rev Eddie Sykes to the ministry at Torrisholme Methodist Church. Eddie is moving to Morecambe from the Nassau Circuit in the Bahamas where he has spent the last nine years as Superintendent Minister. His wife Susan is from the Bahamas and is a primary school teacher by profession. They have two sons living in America. In addition to his responsibilities at Torrisholme, Eddie will also oversee the work at Caton and Tewitfield Methodist Churches.

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.

Good News Trust is a national charity which runs a fleet of vehicles providing mobile Christian lending libraries, on a local basis, to regular meetings of Christian groups. Their service is free of charge.

Good News Trust delegates from England, Wales and Scotland will soon gather in Morecambe for their 29th annual convention. On Wednesday, September 11, at 7pm, the charity offers an invitation to hear a talk by the Mission Aviation Fellowship, a charity which runs a fleet of aircraft and provides pilots supporting third world aid projects. This will be held at Torrisholme Methodist Church. There will be a retiring collection for MAF. All welcome.

On Saturday, September 14, Encore Opera will be visiting the Ascension Church to present A Feast of Music, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6 including wine and nibbles and are already selling fast. Telephone Alan on 01524 419174 to purchase tickets. All proceeds will be donated to Morecambe’s lifeboat and hovercraft, both of which have been very busy this year.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, September 8, Trinity 15: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The preacher at 11am will be Capt David Thorp. Junior Church resumes after the summer break at 10.50am in the main hall, an excellent opportunity for new children to attend. Ask for Carolyn Wallace on arrival.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, this week with Fr Brian Pithers; Wednesdays at 10am with Fr Phil Barber; and on Saturdays at 10am with Fr Chris, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries concerning the halls at the Ascension or St Martin’s Westgate, should always be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.

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, which is tonight, September 3.

There will be a fund raising coffee morning in aid of the Macmillan Nurses this Friday, September 6, from 10.30am in the residents’ lounge of the Eric Morecambe House, Harrow Grove. There will be a bric-a-brac stall and raffle and everyone is welcome to come along and support this worthy cause.

The new season of meetings of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society got off to a fine start with a members’ choice evening of more than 20 selections of recorded music.

Beginning with Morning from Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite, other classical pieces included Faure’s in Paradisum and a Romance, piano pieces by Chopin, Mozart and Ravel, a violin concerto by Max Bruch, and the intermezzo from Manon Lescaut. These were interspersed with vocals by Janet Baker, a Pavarotti and Celine Dion duet, Jamie Cullen and Hayley Westenra.

In lighter vein the RAF Band was featured twice, together with an Austrian Brass Band, and a selection from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, plus two songs by Caro Emerald, Chris Rea and vocals by Fats Waller and Edith Piaf. A 19th century Russian ballad by a brass baritone was easily recognisable as a famous 60s pop song by Mary Hopkin.

In her vote of thanks the chairman Dorothy Loach paid particular tribute to Bernard Hough for his arrangement of the various selections. At the next meeting tomorrow, September 4, John Day will be the presenter in the Ascension Vestry at 7.30pm.


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


A community cafe is opening next Monday at Stanley Road Baptist Church for three weeks with the promise of the best value cream tea in town. This autumn marks 100 years since a Baptist church opened in the West End and a number of activities have been planned.

First of those is the cafe, which will be in the church hall and will be serving from 2pm to 4.30pm, each weekday from Monday, September 9 until Friday, September 27. There will be a friendly welcome and a chance to see displays of the history of the Baptist church. All ages are welcome and there will be toys available for young children.

The Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will be holding its annual Battle of Britain Service on Sunday, September 15, at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, at 6.30pm. Mustering of Standards will be at 6pm and the congregation is asked to be seated by 6.15pm. Light refreshments will be available after the service.

Sunday school for children at St Barnabas, Regent Road, is held at 10am, and if you would like your child to attend please bring them along. If you would like to speak to someone first either contact Fr Tom or call in at the shop and speak to either Menna or Irene.

Services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times are 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 2pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, so please call in. The service times are listed on For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of our parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

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.

Every Wednesday at 10am Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship, including Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month. This Saturday, September 7, there will be a Coffee Morning from 10am to noon which will include a special event for the Motor Neuron Association. On Sunday, September 8, Family Worship with Holy Communion will be conducted by minister Rev Graham Maskery. Everyone welcome.

The weather was a little cooler for the Sefton Road Ramblers’ walk in the Dent area. Led by Andy Cope the 12 members left the unspoilt and remote village of Dent and climbed steeply up Flinter’s Gill to Green Lane, a track that contours around the hills overlooking Dent, and made their way along the track to High Pike where they stopped for lunch. They continued across White Shaw and followed Deepdale Beck passing several farms to join the Dales Way at Mill Bridge. The final part of the walk followed the Dales Way alongside the River Dee back to Dent.

The 12 members of the B party led by Tony Marston visited the Lake District walking from White Moss Common taking in Rydall and Grasmere. Next week’s walk is in the Lake District to climb Helvellyn, members to meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

Guest speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Heather Beckett from Goosnargh, Preston, who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship on Saturday, September 7, at 7.30pm; and on Sunday, September 8, at 2.30pm to conduct the Divine Service, Jean Entwistle from Fleetwood will attend who will also demonstrate her mediumship.

At the church on Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are healing services with SNU trained healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church funds. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is the Open Circle where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualist old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to discuss spiritualism and its helpful impact on lives and local mediums demonstrate their abilities. All are welcome to these services, disabled access and facilities, wheelchair friendly.


Rev Charles F Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, September 8, at 10.30am, when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. The preacher at 6.30pm will be Mrs Hazel Quelch and will feature the New Dimensional Experience, a Christian choir from Kidderminster.

A guided walk, Hidden Heysham, starts from the bus turnaround in

Heysham Village at 2pm this Saturday, September 7. The walk includes names carved into the cliffs at the time of the Great War, memories of the Fairy Chapel, the visit of the artist JMW Turner and the stories behind Heysham’s famous ancient monuments. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

The Nazarene Church on Knowlys Road will hold a Prayer Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, at 7.14am, followed at 10am by refreshments.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, at 10am, Holy Communion will be held at St Peter’s, followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise (both clergy permitting). On Saturday, September 7, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP will be held at St Peter’s. On Sunday, September 8, at 9.30am, Family Communion will be held at St James’s and at 11am Parish Communion is at St Peter’s, followed at 6.30pm by Evensong there. On Tuesday, September 10, at 8pm, the Ladies Group meet in St Peter’s Hall.

A big thank you to all who supported the Flower Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, which raised more than £2,500 towards the new roof.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, September 8: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parade Service, 4pm Healing Service.


Bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall this Saturday, September 7, with eyes down at 7.30pm. All welcome including children.


This Sunday, September 8, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Paul Rose will speak on the subject In the Beginning. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, September 9, Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for information.

Three cross bay walks took place last week. On Bank Holiday Monday 70 walkers went from Silverdale to Flookburgh in glorious conditions. Last Saturday there was a walk from Hest Bank to Grange comprising two groups of walkers, one group from Heysham Power Station participating in aid of Marie Curie and the second from Skipton Rotary Club in aid of their nominated charity. On Sunday another walk from Hest Bank to Grange took place in aid of Freedom from Torture. The going was heavy with a strong westerly wind and lots of surface water.

The Keer channel is still a challenge with quicksand along its full length. The next walk will be held on Saturday, September 14, from Hest Bank to Grange, starting at noon.

One manifestation of the Kenyan Project in Slyne-with-Hest is a twice monthly craft afternoon on the first and third Tuesday in the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Mawson Room of the Memorial Hall where everyone is made welcome. During these afternoons participants produce handmade clothing for children in Kenyan. This gives a focus of creating something with an end purpose, whilst also providing friendship and company for many who enjoy meeting together. This results in one community serving another.

The other manifestation is the stalls at the Community Coffee Morning on the first Saturday in the month from 10am until noon. Some of the money raised has paid the medical bills at a small orphanage in Mombasa. Thank you to everyone who has helped.

One lady, Norma, from the village craft afternoon, recently visited New Life Homes in Kenya. With her went three large suitcases full of lovely hand knitted and beautifully sewn clothes made in Slyne and the sister group in Ormskirk and surrounding areas.

She had the opportunity to visit and work at the homes and centres in Kilimani Nairobi and Bethel Homes in Nakuru during her three week visit. She returned with many stories to tell and lots of photographs, many with the babies and children wearing the clothes that she took. One lady donated some small knitted teddies that are clearly seen in the photographs, being cuddled by the children.

While Norma was working at the centre, abandoned babies were admitted to the home and one little girl was named after her. Just think – when a child dies of Aids/HIV related illness it is sad – when the child dies unaided it is a disgrace.

Some of the older children for various reasons do not find a foster family or adoption, so Norma started a craft workshop after school for them. The children were very eager to learn new skills and maybe find some way of becoming self-sufficient in the future.

Since the Kenyan Project started many little Fish and Chip jumpers have been donated.

These vests were knitted for Malawi babies leaving hospital without clothes and wrapped in newspaper. This summer the Kenyan Project has found a means to get them, three huge boxes plus new briefs for many girls, to their destination.

For more information on Kenyan Project please contact Susan on 01524 823928.

At the last meeting of the Over 60s Club in August the whist players decided to play dominoes with the outcome that Mary Lofthouse lifted first place by winning eight games whilst there were three players, Ada Phillips, Isa Gibson and Jean Connor, who secured second place by each winning four games.

The next meeting of the club will be held on Monday, September 9, at 2pm, in the memorial hall. New members always welcome.

The next community coffee morning will be held this Saturday, September 7, from 10am to noon in the memorial hall.

At the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the penultimate day of August Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist with Ted Staveley second, Marie Anderson third and Olive Stavin fourth.

The high halves were taken by Helen Stephenson and Colin Nuttall.

There was a shortage of domino players, which resulted in Cynthia Dickenson and Jean Connor winning a game each. The next meeting will be held on Friday, September 13, at 6.45pm in the memorial hall, with new members welcome.


Petsearch, a register of lost and found pets, would like to thank everyone who supported and assisted the coffee morning at Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre when £147 was raised to keep this important service going.