Community Beat: 04/03/14

Celebrating the money raised by Lancaster Golf Club for St John's Hospice.The dinner dance took place on Friday, January 10 and raised �2010.  Pictured L to R: Gary yates (Secretary), Kevin Seacy (Event Organiser), Anna Scott (Community Fundraiser for St John's Hospice) & Daniel Sefton (Assistant Secretary)
Celebrating the money raised by Lancaster Golf Club for St John's Hospice.The dinner dance took place on Friday, January 10 and raised �2010. Pictured L to R: Gary yates (Secretary), Kevin Seacy (Event Organiser), Anna Scott (Community Fundraiser for St John's Hospice) & Daniel Sefton (Assistant Secretary)
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This week’s Community Beat.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, March 9, at 6.30pm, the speakers will be Harry and Lillian O’Dell from Carlisle. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On March 2 Morecambe and District Rambling Club walked in the Kirkby Stephen area. The A party, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Rawthey Bridge to Wild Boar Fell, Little Fell, Birkett Common, Southwaite, Great Bell, Nateby and into Kirkby Stephen. The B party, led by Lesley Dodgson, walked from Rawthey Bridge to Murthwaite, Adamthwaite, Banks, Artlegarth, The Green, Lockholme, Bowhead, Lytheside Farm, Wharton Dikes, Moor End, Halfpenny House and into Kirkby Stephen.

Party C, led by Gill Gale, walked from the A685/683 to Moor End, Tommy Road, Croop House, Lammerside Castle, Wharton Hall and into Kirkby Stephen.

The next walks will be on Sunday, March 16, in the Grasmere area, further details available from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

On Tuesday, March 11, the group’s annual meeting will be held at the Church of Ascension, Torrisholme.

This weekend The Trimpell Club has the following entertainment. On Saturday, March 8, Chris Britten, comedian and singer, will be appearing, and on Sunday, March 9, the club will welcome guitar duo Something Like This.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on February 24 members shot their latest club comedy drama video, with the members in front and behind the cameras. The scene was set in a lecture room with everyone eager to learn about the subject of Relativity but soon it became too much for some, who drifted off into their own dream world. The dream sequences will be added in post-production but the lecturer will be dealt a mystery blow taken from the dreams. It is planned for the movie to have its premiere at Easter time.

On Monday, March 10, members will meet for the Cumbria Trophy Competition. The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare.

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

Morning Service at 10.30am this Sunday, March 9, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Rev Geoffrey Lear. On Tuesday, March 11, the coffee morning starting at 10am will be held in aid of NISCU with host Alan Bryning.

A fashion show held by Bare Ladies will be held at Christ Church URC, Broadway, on Wednesday, March 12, starting at 7pm. The entrance of £8 will include wine and cheese and tickets can be obtained from 01524 298661 or on the door. Proceeds to Commitment for Life.

Lenten soup lunches will take place at Christ Church on Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10, noon to 1.30pm. Enjoy home-made soup and a chat. Proceeds to Christian Aid.


At Torrisholme Methodist Church tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5, at 7.30pm, there will be an Ash Wednesday service including the Imposition of Ashes led by Rev Eddie Sykes. On Sunday, March 9, he will officiate in early morning Communion at 8.30am. At 10.30am Sunday Worship will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes and will also include Holy Communion. The Lenten Lunch will follow at 12.15pm in the hall. Jillian Graham will lead the 6.30pm evening service.

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 will be held in The Ascension Church lounge from 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5, an opportunity to make views known to local police and councillors.

The Church of the Ascension’s season of Lent begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, heralding the journey to Holy Week and Easter. The church will have two Eucharists, at 10am and 7pm, both including The Rite of the Imposition of Ash. All invited to attend one of these services to begin the season in its traditional manner.

Services this Sunday, March 9, Lent 1: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Junior Church will meet as normal from 10.50am in the hall. Fr Chris is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. He is often also available at Saturday Coffee, served in the lounge from 10am to noon every week.

Midweek services at The Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. During Lent the Tuesday and Wednesday Eucharists will conclude with Stations of the Cross. All are welcome.

Enquiries regarding hire of The Ascension Church complex or St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate, should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174, visit

Central Ladies’ Tuesday Group will be holding a coffee morning this Thursday, March 6, from 10am to noon, at The Ascension Church, with proceeds to be donated to the Chernobyl Children’s holiday fund. Entry £1.50.

In a personal programme of recorded music Gerry Maguire was able to include several items illustrating various moods to members of The Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society, before narrating a brief life story with other suitable selections. Liszt’s Liebestraum, Flanders and Swann’s Gas Man and Elgar’s Nimrod featured as love, laughter and sorrow in a first half that also included Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite, three dances from Giselle, two operatic arias by Pavarotti and Saint-Saens organ symphony.

Pavarotti singing Panis Angelicus as a memento of school days at The Cathedral and John Denver’s Perhaps Love for courtship were included in Gerry’s personal history, along with two songs from The Mikado and Grieg’s piano concerto before he ended his programme with Frank Sinatra’s It Was a Very Good Year. It was a very good programme.

In her vote of thanks Olive Ward was encouraged to relate similar memories engendered by these selections. The society next meets on Wednesday, March 12, in The Ascension Vestry when Maurice Simmill will be the presenter. All are welcome to attend for a 7.30pm start.


The successful Galloway’s Choir, formed in 2004, has severed connections with The Galloway’s Society for The Blind, although they still support the society whenever possible and practise there every Monday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The next event for the choir is singing for the day care patients at St John’s Hospice on Monday, April 14. For further information contact 01524 423555 or 412281.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer annual service will be held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church at 2pm this Friday, March 7. Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables people to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world. This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Egypt with the theme Streams in the Desert. The speaker will be Rev Graham Maskery. All are welcome to attend, men and women of all ages.

Every Wednesday at 10am The Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at Sefton Road. Also this Wednesday, March 5, there will be a fashion show at 2pm presented by The Kitty Brown Boutique, cost £3.50, pay at the door, which includes afternoon tea.

This Sunday, March 9, Family Worship with Holy Communion will be conducted by Rev Maskery. Everyone welcome to attend the friendly church on Sefton Road. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, March 15.

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. This Sunday members will be taught from 1 Corinthians by a speaker from Carlisle Baptist Church. See or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Tomorrow, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the six weeks of Lent. There are two services at St Barnabas, Regent Road – the 10am Mass and the 7pm Mass – at which attendees can receive the mark of ashes. Please remember it is an obligation for all confirmed members of the church to be ‘ashed’ on Ash Wednesday. Services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic, and the service times are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; 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 and items for donations can be left at the shop. The service times are also on our web site For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The speaker at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this Saturday, March 8, at 7.30pm, will be Maureen Smith from Southport, and on Sunday, March 9, Joyce Holden from Fleetwood. Both ladies will give a short talk on their understanding of spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a healing service for all, followed at 7.30pm with an Open Circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship after a talk about their knowledge of spiritualism. On Tuesdays at the Temple at 2.30pm is the Bright Hour get together where spiritualist old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to discuss spiritualism and its impact on lives and take questions. The church is wheelchair friendly, disabled access and facilities available. All welcome.

Members of the newly formed Lancaster and Morecambe Fibromyalgia Support Group held their first meeting at The Sanctuary Cafe on Heysham Road. Group members discussed what they wanted from the group and it was agreed that everyone wanted more than just a social group. Mutual support from other members was an important aspect of the group and it was also felt that everyone should try and learn all they could about fibromyalgia. This could include speakers on the various aspects of fibromyalgia including sleep and pain management.

Paul Grant was elected chairman of the group, Netty Roberts is group secretary, Rebecca Taylor is information officer and Michelle Blade is press officer. The next meeting will be held on the last Friday of the month alternating between Morecambe and Lancaster. For more information about the group email


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


Rev Charles Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, March 9, at 10.30am when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. Mrs Janine Swinburn will be the preacher at 6.30pm.

The Wesley Guild will meet on Monday, March 10, when a speaker from the Heysham Holistic Centre will describe the work undertaken there.

There are currently vacancies at the Wesley Luncheon Club which meets at the church every Tuesday at 12.15pm throughout the year except during school holidays. A two-course lunch is served followed by various entertainment until 2pm. For further information please contact 01524 852996.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5, St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee from 2pm to 4pm and also open this Saturday, March 8, from 2pm (weather permitting). Also on Saturday, there will be soup and sandwiches at St James from noon. This Sunday, March 9, there will be a Family Service at 9.30am at St James and Parish Communion at St Peter’s at 11am.

Members of the Heysham South Neighbourhood Policing Team will be holding an ITK (In The Know), text and email crime alert registration event on Tuesday, March 11. This will take place in the Heysham Primary Care Centre on Middleton Way between 2pm and 4pm. Please call in.

There will be a Nearly New Sale of children and baby clothes plus toys, baby equipment and maternity clothes, at St James’ Hall (next to The Old Hall), Heysham, on Saturday, March 15, from 10am to 3pm. Admission £1. Further information from Lisa Jackson on email The event is to raise funds for the new roof at St Peter’s Church.


St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the last Wednesday of February when Mrs Maureen Shackleton introduced the speaker David Rush who gave a talk entitled A Photographic Limp through Lancashire. There were lovely photographs of quiet villages with their greens and for each village a tail of witchcraft and haunted buildings. Mrs Marjory Udale gave the vote of thanks.

There will be a Beetle Drive on Saturday, March 15, starting at 7pm, in the church hall in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas Appeal. All are welcome.

It is that time of year once again when all members of Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club are looking forward to getting back into full swing on the bowling green.

Final touches will be taking place on Tuesday, March 18, to finish off the work on the green and tidying the surrounding areas. On Thursday, March 20, the inside of the pavilion will be prepared for the Open Day on Saturday, March 11, starting at 11am. The open day is something every member looks forward to, especially the pie and peas lunch, which will be followed by President Mary Lofthouse bowling the first wood of the season.

After such a wet winter members are looking forward to enjoying some old fashioned balmy summer evenings on the green.

This friendly club is always looking for new members and has a ladies’ team whose matches are played Wednesday afternoons; two teams in the Lancaster League, four in the Morecambe League who play in the evenings; and finally two veteran teams which play Thursday afternoons. The club has lots of woods for use and plenty of members who are more than willing to assist new players. Juniors are also most welcome. Anyone wanting more details please contact Ann Clegg on 01524 811847.

This Sunday, March 9, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Luke Moss will speak on the subject Why the New Testament is essential reading for Christians. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room on Monday, March 10. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.


Carnforth Rotary Club sponsored its second RotaKids Club at Slyne-with-Hest CE Primary School. At the school assembly on February 28, Mr Bill Reading, Vice-President of Carnforth Rotary Club, presented the charter to the Head Teacher Mr Paul Bowden. The club members recited the RotaKids promise – to be fair to all; to serve my community and to show respect for others. Pupils from Years 5 and 6 have elected a chairman, secretary and treasurer as their club officers. The chairman was presented with a chairman’s badge and a pendant which will belong to the club. All of the club members were each given a RotaKids badge.

RotaKids is a great way for youngsters aged between seven and 12-years-old to get together and enjoy working on a fun project carrying out charitable work in their community and the wider world supported by members of Carnforth Rotary Club. The RotaKids have decided to raise money to buy a defibrillator for use in their area.

Carnforth Rotary Club held its 18th annual Young Musician competition on Saturday at North Road Primary School. Twenty-two entrants competed in three age groups – Group A under 12; Group B over 11 and under 15; Group C over 14 and under 19. The judges were Sylvia Ham and Clive Walkley who provided helpful and informative comments for each of the performers. The piano accompanist was Mike Critchlow.

There was a good attendance from parents, friends and teachers. The top three competitors from each group have been invited to perform in Carnforth Rotary Club’s Music for a Summer’s Evening concert held at The Priory, Lancaster, at the end of June.

Group A: 1 Lawrence Diffey (Flookburgh CE Primary) – piano; 2 Eloise Ozanne (Allithwaite Primary) – treble recorder; 3 Edmund Hui (Grange CE Primary) – piano.

Group B: 1 Faye Anna Bowness (QES) – voice; 2 Alistair Burton, (QES) – piano; 3 Daisy Pollitt (LGGS) – voice.

Group C: 1 Molly Olivia Faulkner (Chethams) – violin; 2 Jennifer Morphet (Durham University) – flute; 3 Jayne Potter (Queen Katherine School) – voice.

Carnforth and District Bowling Club, Kellet Road, behind The Cross Keys Pub, would like to announce the opening of the bowling green on Sunday, March 16, at 1pm and would like to welcome both old and new members. Membership £25. For further information telephone 01524 730506.


The February meeting of Warton Crag WI was treated to a lively and entertaining demonstration of sausage making and a very welcome tasting session by Billy Winn representing Hornby Sausages. The March meeting will take place at 7.30pm in Warton Village Hall on Thursday, March 20, when Geoff Wood will speak on The Life and Times of a Sewer Rat. Visitors welcome. Membership details from Hilary on 01524 730533.

The March meeting of the Warton Gardening Club will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 12, in Warton Village Hall. The speaker will be Bill Blackledge on Fertilisers and Manures. Visitors and new members always welcome.


Lancaster and District Choral Society is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning this Thursday, March 6, from 9.45am to 11.30am, in Bolton-le-Sands Village Hall, with various stalls and raffle. Coffee/tea and biscuits £1. All proceeds to Lancaster and District Choral Society funds. Enquiries to 01524 824820.


Tonight, Shrove Tuesday, at 6.30pm to 7.30pm, there will be a Pancake Evening in St Helen’s Church, and tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, there will be an Imposition of Ashes service at 6pm. An informal Lent discussion group will start on Wednesday, March 12, 7pm at the Vicarage, Chapel Lane, and following Wednesdays during Lent. During Lent Sunday evening services will be held at 6.30pm, starting this Sunday, March 9.

Also this Sunday there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. Contact details and information available on

A PCC meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, at 7pm at The Vicarage, approval of annual accounts.

A Sunderland Point Mission Eucharist Service will be held on Sunday, March 16, at 2.30pm.