Community Beat: 06/05/14

Fundraiser Tony Smart MBE presents �100 to Greg Lambert, Visitor and Guardian content editor, to be added to the funds raised at our Sunshine Ball for the Save Our Hospice campaign.
Fundraiser Tony Smart MBE presents �100 to Greg Lambert, Visitor and Guardian content editor, to be added to the funds raised at our Sunshine Ball for the Save Our Hospice campaign.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, May 11, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Laura Birch from Blackpool. Further information available from 01524 832919 and 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, May 13. Lunch at 12.15pm will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Pat Modley, former Tiller Girl, entitled John Tiller and the Tiller Girls. The talk is a free event, all welcome. To book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 412987 by Sunday, May 11.

This Sunday, May 11, at 10am, Morning Worship at Christ Church (United Reformed) Church, Broadway, will be conducted by the Church and Society Group.

Visit the After Market Cafe at Christ Church this Thursday, May 8, from 10.30am to 1pm, for bacon and sausage butties, home-made cakes, tea, coffee, etc. All proceeds to Commitment for Life.

This Sunday, May 11, the Morning Service at 10.30am at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Maurice Longton. The coffee morning on Tuesday, May 13, at 10am, will be held for Methodist Women in Britain.

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

Considered by many to be one of Joseph Haydn’s masterpieces, The Creation is to be performed by Carnforth Choral Society for their spring concert at Christ Church, Broadway, this Saturday, May 10. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £8 from choir members, at the door, or from Gill on 01524 730089.

The choir will be joined by soloists Lorna Sherrin (mezzo-soprano), Ederic Ibbotson (tenor) and Brian Lancaster (bass). Conductor is Martin Webster and accompanist Richard Bromley.

Morecambe Bay Movie Makers held their annual presentation dinner at Morecambe Golf Club. Following an excellent meal the trophies and certificates were presented to the winners and runners-up of the competitions held during the club’s season from September 2013 to April 2014. After the presentation a free raffle was held with a good selection of wines, chocolates and perfumes for the winners. The Movie Makers continue through the summer break with monthly gatherings at the Owl’s Nest in Bare as well as a number of filming projects in the area.


The next walks from the summer programme of the Church of the Ascension Rambling Club will be on a full day, finishing at Hawes, this Saturday, May 10. The A walk, led by Brian Townson, will start from Gearstones on the Pennine Way, walking over Cam Fell with a diversion at Heatorn Hole to climb Dodd Fell Hill before descending over open access ground to pick up the path into Hawes, 1,100 ft and nine and a half miles.

Walk B, led by Jenny Hebblethwaite, will start in Hawes, walking along the Pennine Way to Hardraw Village, ascending the Pennine Way to Cotterdale, Cotter Riggs, Rigghouse to Appersett and returning into Hawes via the disused railway, eight and a half miles and 850ft of climb.

Walk C, led by Elsie Dowthwaite, will start in Hawes, walking to Hardraw Force.

Pick-up time is 9am from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Guests and new members always welcome, further information from Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the new summer programme from

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 Ascension Church complex has rooms available for private hire at reasonable and competitive rates. The lounge in particular has daytime and evening sessions currently free. The room is suitable for most activities except sport, can seat up to 65 people comfortably, has facilities for the disabled including a loop system and features a pull-down screen and attached kitchen. Children’s parties can be accommodated easily. Telephone Alan on 01524 419174 to discuss bookings and terms.

Zumba sessions with Jade Taylor continue in the Ascension’s main hall on Tuesdays from 6pm. Or try Insanity with Cheryl from 7.30pm, also on Tuesdays, for something more intense. New members always welcome.

The Lancaster Friendship Society has its monthly meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 7, from 1.30pm in the Ascension’s vestry. The group is keen to welcome new faces, ask for Richard on arrival.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, May 11, Easter 4: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The preacher at 11am with be Parish Reader David Wilde. Fr Chris is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Visit the church website at


Services at St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate’s only church, are 10am Said Eucharist every Thursday and 9.30am Sung Eucharist every Sunday, led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme. Junior Church meets each Sunday, also at 9.30am, ask for Bryony on arrival. Fr Chris is also the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

The church centre is available for hire on Fridays from 4pm and on Sundays from 1pm, contact Alan on 01524 419174 for make a booking. Visit the church website at

The centre has the following activities on a regular basis – Westgate Pre-School with Wendy Nunn every weekday except Thursday from 9.30am; Zumba with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm; Slimming with Liz on Tuesdays from 5.30pm; karate with Carole from 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; over 55s bingo on Thursday afternoons; and ballroom dance classes with Chris from 7pm on Wednesdays. New members always welcome, just call in to any class.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am, tomorrow with Holy Communion with Rev Charles Makonde. This Saturday, May 10, from 10am to noon, the coffee morning will be hosted by the Ladies Devotional Hour. Everyone welcome. On Sunday, May 11, Family Worship with Holy Communion will be conducted by Rev Paul Brewerton at 10.30am.

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. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

If preferring a traditional church service, and not the latest version, then visit St Barnabas on Regent Road. The service times this week are – Sunday: Low Mass 8.30am, Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 6pm (Geoff Moore, Port Chaplain, will be taking this service). Weekdays: Low Mass on Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. Anyone who would like to members would be most welcome.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre.

The service times can be found on

For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.


The preachers at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, this Sunday, May 11, will be Rev Peter Brown at 10.30am and Mr Earle Rendle at 6.30pm.

This Sunday, May 11, at 9.30am, at St James, there will be a Family Service, and at St Peters, Parish Communion will be held at 11am.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place in the Heysham Library meeting room, (please use side entrance), on Monday, May 12, at 7pm. All residents of Heysham South are invited to attend.

At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, a Prayer Meeting will be held this evening, April 6, at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 7, the 7.14am Prayer Meeting will be followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon. This Sunday, May 11, the speaker will be Rev Alan Longworth followed by communion.


This Sunday, May 11, the fourth Sunday of Easter, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church at St Helen’s Parish Church. Join members for refreshments after the service. The food basket for the local Food Bank is in church each Sunday. Dried and tinned goods appreciated. Contact details and diary dates available on, Some great images and a chance to use the Just Giving page. Children’s Society Boxes to be opened this week. Boxes are available, ask in church.

The next service at Sunderland Point Mission will be held this Sunday, May 11, at 2.30pm.


This Sunday, May 11, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Sam Launchberry will speak on the subject The Bible tells you about the new life you can have. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

The Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group meets on Mondays at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Contact Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club celebrated it 62nd birthday anniversary at its last meeting of the 2013/14 season on May 1. This was manifest by each lady being given a glass of bucks fizz on arrival for lunch at Morecambe Golf Club.

After an excellent meal, Mary Armistead introduced the guest, David Rush, who gave a most interesting talk from his projected travel programme entitled Yorkshire Delights. This was interspersed with his own brand of humour, which had the ladies in stitches, and delightful music. Chris Comorie gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the ladies to David.

Chris continued by thanking the secretary and the committee for all they do to make the luncheon club so enjoyable. At the conclusion of the meeting the secretary said that she was aware that some members were not too well and she had sent them get well soon cards and best wishes from the club. She also mentioned that the summer newsletter would be sent out as usual but stressed that the ladies should read it carefully and take particular note of its contents. She closed the meeting by wishing the ladies a happy and healthy summer.

The 2014/15 season will open with the annual meeting, payment of subscriptions and the opportunity to socialise on Thursday, September 18. This event will be open to members only.

At the last meeting of the Over 60s Club in April, Margaret Western won the games of whist with Isa Gibson second and Henry Milner third. At the same meeting June Gardner gained first place in the games of dominoes, with Ada Phillips second and Joan Bell third. The Over 60s Club meets on alternate Monday afternoons in the memorial hall for members to socialise and play whist and dominoes. The next meeting will be on May 12 starting at 2pm. People who wish to explore if the club is for them will be made welcome.

June Gardner won the games of dominoes at the first meeting of the Equipment Fund in May, with Cynthia Dickenson second and Jean Connor third. At the same meeting Helen Stephenson snatched first place in the games of whist with Doris Alderson second, Mick Wilson third, Ted Staveley fourth whilst Margaret Metcalfe and Marie Anderson tied for joint fifth. The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be held on Friday, May 16, in the memorial hall starting at 6.45pm when whist and dominoes will be played within a sociable ambiance. Although more members have joined recently the club continues to welcome new members and potential players who wish to sample the meeting before committing themselves.


Carnforth Choral Society is a friendly group of singers who rehearse on Thursdays, 7.15pm to 9.30pm, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Carnforth. There are about 50 existing members and new members are always welcome. Visit for more information.

A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club on Saturday, May 17, 8pm to midnight, with vocal entertainment provided by Jimmy Towers. Tickets cost £5 including buffet and can be purchased from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the club on 732723. Entry by ticket only.

The High Society Jazz Band will be performing at the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room on Friday, May 16, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Admission is free although donations are invited to offset the cost.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting a Railwayana Collectors’ Fair on Sunday, May 18, from 10am to 2pm.

Carnforth Sports Day will take place on Sunday, May 18, from 1pm, at the Carnforth High School Sports Field. Attractions will include a bouncy castle, stalls, a prize draw and a fun run. Free admission.


Yealand WI was host to the 65th Keer Valley Group Meeting held in Yealand Village Hall on April 30.

President Mrs Norma Hall welcomed 85 members and introduced the Presidents from Bolton-le-Sands, Over Kellet, Nether Kellet and Warton Crag.

Members of the committee and of Yealand WI were thanked for all the hard work they had carried out in order for the evening to be a success.

WI Advisor Rosemary Blanchfield talked about the various events organised by the Lancashire WI Federation. Mrs Dawn Hancock read out the minutes of the 64th Group Meeting which were duly signed.

Mrs Hall introduced speaker Mrs Hilary Stubbs with a talk entitled Fashion Through The Ages.

Mrs Stubbs spoke about her collection of costumes, many of which had been donated through her family, from the medieval times through to the present day. Members of Yealands WI modelled some of the dresses and many more were available to view.

President of Nether Kellet WI Brenda Harding gave a vote of thanks.

Supper was served as afternoon tea with tables decorated with spring flowers.

The competition for a decorated hat was judged by Mrs Rosemary Blanchfield, the winner being Mrs Jean Holmes from Warton Crag WI. Mrs Christine Bolton, President of Over Kellet WI, gave out an invitation to the 2015 Group Meeting.

Yealand WI is holding an open meeting on Wednesday, May 14, at 7.30pm, in the village hall when Ann Kitchen will present Working for Nature in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB.

All welcome.