Community Beat – 06/08/13

Morecambe Arndale manager Sue Byers presents two cheques for �300 each to Anna Scott community fundraiser for St John's  Hospice and Coun Terrie Metcalfe representing Breast Cancer Care. The money was raised during Ladies Week in the Centre.
Morecambe Arndale manager Sue Byers presents two cheques for �300 each to Anna Scott community fundraiser for St John's Hospice and Coun Terrie Metcalfe representing Breast Cancer Care. The money was raised during Ladies Week in the Centre.

This week’s Community Beat news.


This Sunday, August 11, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, Holy Communion at 10.30am will be led by Rev G Lear. On Tuesday, August 13, at 10am, the coffee morning for Methodist Homes for the Aged will be hosted by Mrs Kath Hustwick.

The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place on Tuesday, August 13, at the Broadway Hotel. Telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 412987 by Sunday, August 11, to book lunch for noon, which will be followed by a talk by Wg Cdr Bob Latin on Vulcan Restoration – A Lesson in Planning, at 1.45pm. All welcome.


The Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will be holding a local charities coffee morning at the Platform, Morecambe, this Thursday, August 8, from 10am to noon. Stalls will include books, cakes, bric-a-brac, tombola and more. Entrance £1 includes refreshments, children free.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, August 11, Saint Laurence: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Evening Prayer (said).

July was a very busy month for members of the Ladies Friendship Group, which included an interesting talk and demonstration on patchwork and quilting by Pamela Coates and also a colour slide show and talk on Chile and Easter Island given by Joyce Mace. The annual summer outing involved a trip to Shrewsbury on a very warm sunny day, the highlight being a very leisurely and enjoyable river cruise through the town, with an amusing commentary pointing out all the places of interest. Well worth a visit.

At the last meeting on July 31 the members enjoyed traditional afternoon tea followed by an afternoon of fun with a signs of the zodiac theme.

The group resumes for autumn on Wednesday, September 4, with a talk entitled The Icing on the Cake. If any ladies would like to join the group they would be made most welcome. The group meets in St Mary’s Church Hall, behind the church on Matthias Street (which is situated behind the Gala Bingo) three Wednesdays a month usually. If interested please contact the secretary Mrs V Smith on 01524 414807, who would be happy to provide more details.

Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Broughton-in-Furness area on Sunday. Weather conditions were bright and sunny and all three parties enjoyed superb walks. Party A, led by John Ashall, walked from Ganthwaite Moor ascending Great Burney, Little Burney, across Subberthwaite Common to Beawith Knott, Tottlebank Height, Beacon Fell, Tarn Riggs, Yew Bank, descending to Woodland, Latter Riggs to finish in Broughton-in-Furness.

Both B and C parties commenced their walks in Broughton. B walk, led by Bert Simister, walked from Broughton to Wall End, Latter Rigg, Woodland Church, Green Moor, Woodland Grove, returning to Broughton via the disused railway path.

C walk was led by Mike Aveyard walking from Broughton, West Park, Hartley Ground, west side to Broughton Mills, Height House, Wallenrigg, disused railway path, East Park to Broughton. The club outing this Saturday, August 10, members will be walking the Fells in the Grasmere area. Contact Pat Emerson on 01524 410702 or Mike Sheriff on 410438.

At a recent meeting of Morecambe Bay Probus Club, members, together with wives and friends, attended the Ladies Annual Coffee Morning at the Headway Hotel, where they were welcomed by the club chairman Roy Kitchen. The guest speaker for the event was Brian Halliwell from Blackpool, who has visited the club on previous occasions. His talk centred on Northern Comedians, a subject of which he was very knowledgeable, and this was accompanied by a series of cartoon sketches which Brian had drawn, illustrating the various characters.

At the conclusion of the meeting the chairman thanked the speaker for his interesting talk, and also members of the Social Committee for arranging the refreshments.

The next club meeting will be held at the Headway Hotel on Tuesday, August 13, at 10am, when the speaker will be Kath Willis from the Lancaster Street Pastors. A good support from members is requested.


A Garden Party will be held at Torrisholme Methodist Church this Saturday, August 10, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be a bouncy castle, a red/white/blue stall, raffle and side stalls. Refreshments will be available. This event has been arranged by the Methodist Women in Britain committee.

The Monthly PACT meeting for August will be held in the Ascension Church lounge tomorrow, Wednesday, August 7, from 6pm.

All local residents are encouraged to attend to share concerns with local police and councillors.

Joe Jingles sessions with Chris Court offering fun time for mums and babies will be held on the next two Mondays, August 12 and 19, from 9.30am in the Ascension Church lounge.

Also on Monday, August 12, in the vestry from lunchtime onwards there will be a model railway exhibition to which accompanied youngsters and adults are invited.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, August 11, Trinity 11.8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris.

Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, again led by Fr Chris, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for baptisms, weddings, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Enquiries concerning the halls at the Ascension Church or at St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.


Fusion Church, part of the Partners in Harvest international network of churches, meets every Sunday at 10.15am at the Globe Arena, all welcome.

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


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. Trips are organised such as visiting the fire station, Regent Park Studios or swimming. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details.

Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.

On Saturday, August 17, the Society of Mary will be holding the Assumptiontide Devotion at St Barnabas, Regent Road, starting at 11.30am with Rosary, then at noon there will be Angelus, Outdoor Procession and a Solemn Concelebrated Mass. The Principle Celebrant will be Fr Ian Brooks, Parish Priest of St Paul’s, Toxteth, and the Preacher will be Canon Nicholas Turner. Lunch (£5) is at 1.45pm and at 3.15pm Benediction. Anyone who would like to attend would be most welcome at all or at any of the services, but for catering purposes lunch has to be booked and paid for by Saturday, August 10.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass and 6pm Evening Prayer; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and 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 also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am including Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of the month. This Sunday, August 11, Family Worship with Holy Communion will be held at 10.30am conducted by Minister Rev Graham Maskery. Everyone welcome. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, August 17.

Events at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road: Mondays 7.30pm and Wednesdays 2.30pm, healing services for all, when Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance, for which there is no charge just free will donation for church funds. This Saturday, August 10, at 7.30pm and also on Sunday, August 11, at the 2.30pm Divine Service, Sheila Hall from Preston will be the speaker. She will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an open circle run by mediums from the area, and on Tuesday the Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet, all are welcome. Disabled access and facilities available, wheelchair friendly.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, August 11: 10.30am United Parish Service with baptism. No services will be held at 8am and 4pm.

St John’s Mothers’ Union will be holding a Cream Tea this Saturday, August 10, at 2.30pm in St John’s Church Hall. There will be a raffle and a stall. Everyone is most welcome, admission £2.50.

A Celebration of Flowers and Music will be held at St Peter’s Church over the August Bank Holiday weekend in aid of the roof fund. On Saturday, August 24, there will be music from Alice Pell on the harp from 11am to noon and Ken Streets with organ music from 2pm to 3pm. The Holmes family will be singing on Sunday, August 25, from 1pm to 2pm and they will be followed by Alice Pell on the harp from 2pm to 4pm. On Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, the Entertainers will be singing from 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm and from 2pm to 3pm organ music will be provided by Ken Streets. Entrance £2, children free. Refreshments will be available in the church hall.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 7, at 10am, Holy Communion is at St Peter’s, followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise there (both these services are subject to clergy availability). On Saturday, August 10, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP is at St Peter’s. On Sunday, August 11, at 9.30am, Family Communion is at St James’s. At 11am Parish Communion is at St Peter’s followed at 6.30pm by a service of Evensong there. The church hall at St Peter’s is open daily for refreshment between 10am and noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Rev Charles F Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, August 11, at 10.30am, and he will lead the 6.30pm Sunday Night at Wesley service. Gospel singer Mrs Sheila Gardner will be the soloist and members of Midge Hall Methodist Church will be attending the service after spending the afternoon in Morecambe.

A guided walk, In search of Turner’s View, starts from the bus turnaround in Heysham Village at 2pm this Saturday, August 10. The walk compares JMW Turner’s painting Heysham and Cumberland Mountains with what is today known as Turner’s View, as well as looking into the circumstances of the artist’s visit almost 200 years ago. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

This Wednesday, August 7, at 7.14am, there will be a prayer meeting at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, followed by refreshments and the opportunity for a chat from 10am to noon. On Sunday, August 11, Rev Alan Longworth will lead communion at 10.30am.


Important notice from the Parish Church of St Helen’s, Overton. The long awaited restoration work is due to commence on Monday, August 12, and after this date, for a period of approximately 12 weeks, the church will be closed to the public and the churchyard surrounding the church with become designated a construction site. The instructions of the site manager must be obeyed. There will be no access to the water tap and people bringing flowers to graves will need to bring water with them. During this work, usual Sunday services at 10.45am will be held in Overton Memorial Hall. For enquires regarding baptisms, weddings of funerals please contact Mrs Christine Mashiter, church warden, 01524 852451 or 07795 112487.

This Sunday, August 11, the 10.45am Eucharist Service in the memorial hall will be led by Canon Julian Frost, with refreshments after the service. Junior Church will recommence in September.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a coffee morning on Saturday, August 17, from 10am to noon, at 3 First Terrace, Sunderland Point, in aid of re-wiring of the mission building. Admission will be £1 and there will be cakes for sale and a raffle.

The next service will be held on Sunday, August 18, at 2.30pm, which will be a Said Evensong. This will be a joint service with members of St John’s Church, Sandylands, followed by refreshments.


Bolton-le-Sands Floral and Horticultural Society is holding its 85th Annual Summer Show on Saturday, August 17, at the community centre. All entries must be received by Ms Louise Belcher no later than 9pm on Thursday, August 15.

Exhibitors can set up between 7pm and 9pm on Friday (16th), and 8am and 10am on Saturday (17th). The show will be opened by Michael Short, past secretary, at 2pm on Saturday, August 17. There will be refreshments available and a raffle and charity auction of exhibits with half the proceeds to be donated to the RNLI.


At the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in July Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Sheila Makenson second and Jean Connor third.

Audrey Eaton also won the games of dominoes at the first meeting of the Equipment Fund in August when Ellen Ezard was second and Ruth Staveley snatched third. At the same meeting Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist, with Nancy Ralston second whilst George Metcalfe made and John Bainbridge bounced into joint third place. Olive Bell bagged the high halves.

Scrumptious cakes, craft items, witty greetings cards and books were for sale at the August community coffee morning, which was run by the Tennis Club. There were also two tombolas and a raffle. All this in addition to the opportunity to sit, socialise and learn what is happening in the village. The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to noon in the memorial hall.

The schedule for the Horticultural Society Summer Show has been published with more than 100 classes to enter. The classes are grouped in sections of: cut flowers and plants from the open garden; house plants gown under protection; flower arrangements; cacti and succulents; entries by school children; fruit and vegetables; cookery; arts and crafts. A full schedule can be obtained from the society’s secretary, Mrs Margaret Western, on 01524 823988.

The summer show will be held on Saturday, August 24, in the memorial hall from 2pm to 4.30pm. The latest time to enter an exhibit will be 7pm on the Thursday before the show and the latest the exhibit can be placed in the memorial hall will be 10am on the day of the show.

It has been a very busy time out on the bay with Jack Woodcock leading all the following walks. On the last Wednesday of July a walk from Hest Bank to Flookburgh just beat the rain. However, for the first time ever the leaders could not get over Humphrey Head, so the party of 95 walkers had to go around the bottom; at least it saved them a climb.

On Thursday, August 1 a party of children in the care of Lancashire County Council went on a walk from Silverdale to Grange-over-Sands. At first it was hard going but eventually, after splashing around in the water on a very hot day, the children had a ball out on the sands and cannot wait to have another go. On Saturday, 500 people took part in the annual St John’s Hospice walk from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands. The weather was kind, the sands were golden most of the way and the channels were a delight to cross. The party watched escort tractor drivers haul in a huge catch of mullet and sea bass before escorting the walk on the final stretch to Grange. Many tired walkers took advantage of a lift on quads to the Kent channel off Grange. Kirkby Lonsdale coach hire provided the return transport free of charge.

On Sunday there was a short walk from Silverdale to Grange in aid of the Scouts and once again the walkers managed to beat the worst of the weather and came ashore in central Grange. The next walk will be this Sunday, August 11, from Silverdale to Cark, starting from Gibraltar Farm at 9.30am, followed by a walk on Wednesday, August 14, from Silverdale to Hest Bank starting from Silverdale at 10.30am, coaches leave Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

Ruth Staveley won the games on dominoes at the meeting of the Over 60s Club on the last Monday in July. June Gardner gained second place with Betty Rawsthorne relegated to third.

This Sunday, August 11, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Clovel Harley will speak on the subject Christ’s death and its importance to you. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. For information on Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group call Kate on 07739 031739.


A Model Railway Weekend will be held at Carnforth Heritage Centre, Carnforth Station, Warton Road, on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. There will be nine layouts of various gauges, stalls selling model railway items, a gift shop and the famous Brief Encounter Refreshment Rooms. The display will be open 10am to 4pm each day with admission £2 for adults, children free.