Community Beat: 07/01/14

Manager of Booths Carnforth Steve Allan with staff in the new cafe.
Manager of Booths Carnforth Steve Allan with staff in the new cafe.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club played host to more than 50 senior citizens for a Christmas tea party at the United Reform Church, Broadway. Entertainment included Morecambe Brass Band Academy youth section plus old favourites of bingo, sing along and a quiz organised by club members. The club also organised a concert party visiting retirement homes in the run up to Christmas.

Morecambe Taekwon-Do, based in Christ Church United Reformed Church, Broadway, has two new classes starting this Saturday, January 11, and running every Saturday until further notice. Details are – Under 12s: 10am to 11am; Adults (12+): 11am to noon. All ages and ability levels are very welcome and the first lesson is free of charge. The classes focus on teaching self-defence skills in a supportive environment, increasing fitness and flexibility and having fun.

Contact Mandy Clement on 0782 8687 284, visit or just turn up at the start of a class for more details.

The Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday, January 12, at 10.30am, will be led by M Predergast.

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.


On January 6, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Sedbergh area. The A party, led by Graham Dootson, walked from Barbon to Castle Knott, Calf Top, Holme Knott, along the River Rawthey and into Sedbergh.

The B party, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Beckside to Killington Bridge, Grassrigg, Greenholme, New Park, Newfield, Foxes Pulpit, Hole House, Hungry Barn, Craggstones, Longbank Farm and into Sedbergh.

The C party, led by Mike and Beryl Sherriff, walked from the Cross Keys Hotel, Cautley Beck, Crook Holme, Fawcett Bank, Buckbank, Straight Bridge, and into Sedbergh.

The next walks will be held on Sunday, January 19, in the Staveley area. For details of walks contact Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, January 12, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Mathew Milburn Vance from St Annes. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, January 12, the Baptism of Christ: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 10am All Age Worship, 6.30pm Holy Communion.

Chattercakes is held every Monday at Morecambe Library, from 10am to noon. A chance for coffee, cake and chat, to make new friends and share recipes. Further information from 0845 053 0005.


The Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society resumes its Wednesday meetings tomorrow, January 8, after the Christmas Break. Tony Kadelbach will be the presenter and all are most welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

The first meeting of 2014 for Morecambe Camera Club was the Members’ Folio Competition. This is run in two sections, colour and mono. There were nine entries with authors entering five colour and two mono images. This year the standard was very high. The results were – Colour section: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 John Hughes, 3 equal Peter Bagnall and Mike Staniforth; Highly commended: John Hughes; Commended: Mike Staniforth; Mono: 1 Fernley Stribling, 2 Fernley Stribling, 3 Mike Staniforth; Highly commended: Mike Staniforth; Commended: John Hughes. Following the presentation Gordon Curry gave a vote of thanks to Bryan Trigwell for compiling and presenting the evening’s show. The next meeting will involve an inter club competition with Kendal Photographic Society.

For further details of the club, which meets at the Church of the Ascension vestry, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at

Most groups that meet in the Ascension Church complex are now up and running once again, among them Zumba with Jade Taylor from 6pm on Tuesdays; the Camera Club on Thursdays at 7.30pm; Bay Bridge Club at 1.30pm on Fridays and the Happy Feet School of Dance and Theatre on Thursday/Friday evenings and all day Saturday.

A new U3A group for arts and crafts meets in the Ascension Vestry on the second Thursday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. For more information about this and other U3A groups meeting at Torrisholme telephone Pauline on 01524 770682.

Carols in the Square was sadly forced indoors by the atrocious Christmas Eve weather for the third year in a row. Even so a huge number of people packed the Ascension Church and clearly enjoyed the experience. A collection for the Samaritans realised £340 which was increased by a further £270 from Torrisholme Methodist Church’s Christmas services.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, January 12, the Baptism of the Lord: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Enquiries about the halls at the Ascension or St Martin’s Westgate, should be made to Alan on 01524 419174. Information is also available on the new website

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 next Messy Church activity at Wesley Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, January 11, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. This will include various craft items and a short act of worship followed by a meal. Children accompanied by adults will be most welcome to share in this new form of worship.

Rev Makonde will lead the annual Covenant Service at Wesley on Sunday, January 12, at 10.30am when Methodists throughout the world are invited to renew their commitment to Christ. Rev Sykes will be the preacher at 6.30pm.

The first 7.14am prayer meeting of the New Year will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8, followed by a coffee morning at 10am, at The Nazarene Church on Knowlys Road.

Heysham Townswomen’s Guild has a good line-up of speakers organised for 2014 and trips are being scheduled. Admission to the meetings is £1.50 which include a raffle and refreshments. New members always welcome. The guild meets at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, further information from 01524 853372.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, on Sunday, January 12: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parade Service, 4pm Healing Service.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am with coffee. This Sunday, January 12, Holy Communion at 10.30am will be led by Rev Maskery. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, January 18.

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.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind is appealing for donations of any unwanted Christmas gifts and items such as clothes, shoes, handbags, etc. They can be dropped off at the centre on Balmoral Road or telephone Dawn on 01524 414846. The society can turn these items into much needed funds to help support local blind people across the North Lancashire area.


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


St Helen’s Church service this Sunday, January 12, the Baptism of Christ: Eucharist Service 10.45am and Junior Church. Please join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service and meet Rev Canon H G Thomas, House for Duty Priest.

Thanks to the Junior Church leaders and helpers, the children gave a wonderful Epiphany presentation on January 5. Well done to everyone involved.

Food basket items are still needed for the local food bank in Morecambe. Dried and tinned goods please. Contact and diary details available on website

The next PCC meeting will be held on Monday, January 13, at 7pm at the Vicarage.


This Sunday, January 12, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Andy Taylor will speak on the subject The Bible and Immigration. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,,

On Monday, January 13, the Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room.

Urban Saints, the youth group that meets on Friday evenings, has organised a sponsored cycle ride from Blackpool Tower to the Eric Morecambe statue on Saturday, January 18, to raise funds for the Rebuild Mexico project. This project will happen at Easter when some members of the group will travel to Mexico to help build a house for homeless families. Donations can be made via with the fund raiser name of wadeson or by telephoning Andrew on 01524 824290.

The community coffee morning was held on January 4 run by Urban Saints for their fund raising.

There will be Burns Night Ceilidh on Saturday, January 25, from 7.30pm to midnight, in the memorial hall with music by Striding Edge. The food will be a Jacob’s join and revellers should take their own drinks. The cost is £8.50, which includes haggis and a shot of whisky. For tickets contact Helen on 01524 824023, Tricia 822471, Paula 824353 or Lynne 824104. The dress code is as smart as you like.

On the first Sunday of January there was an afternoon tea party in the church hall to raise funds for Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service, which included entertainment, mainly by children.

This started with Frances playing her flute with a polished performance particularly as she has only been learning to play for 18-months. This was followed by James on a drum kit, Rose on recorder then Harvey on piano.

The next performer was Lily on the drum kit, Alex on keyboard then Darcey dancing.

The last two child performances were an encore on the drum kit by James, who not content beating out multiple rhythms also sang as he played, then finishing with Darcey on the piano. Lena Etherington then read John Julius Norwich’s drool correspondence on the Twelve Days of Christmas. The entertainment was drawn to a close by John Burns playing the banjo to lead the assembled company in singing five songs.

Darcey Hodgson, who danced at the afternoon tea party, also performed at the St Patrick’s celebrations in the church hall last year.

In the interim she won in the National Irish Dancing Championship in Hemel Hempstead at the end of July by coming first in the Beginners Premiership class, when she was six years old.

On Saturday, March 8, she is scheduled to compete in the Primary class where she will be up against contestants aged seven to 10-years-old.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting a new exhibition in the Bateman Gallery, Changing Tracks – Lancashire’s Railways Since 1945. This exhibition is presented by Lancashire County Council’s Community Heritage Team and displays different aspects of the story of Lancashire’s railways including information about Wakes Weeks, ‘then and now’ images of stations in the county and sources for tracing railway ancestors. Also on show are some superb photographs of trains old and new, including atmospheric black and white images, documenting the continuing history of the county’s railway.

The exhibition is free and will run from 10am to 4pm daily until Monday, March 24.

The Rotary Club of Carnforth’s Santa’s Sleigh collection raised £7,626 from generous public donations over 16 outings. This was up by 6.5 per cent on last year.

Carnforth Rotarians, assisted by members of Carnforth Innerwheel and local police cadets, were out most nights on the run up to Christmas despite the wet weather. Santa’s elves were kept busy drying Santa’s outfit ready for the next day.

Thanks also to Norjac Mitsubishi in Carnforth for providing the sleigh towing vehicle and to Speight’s of Lancaster for the satsumas to hand out to children.

All money raised will be used to support projects in the local area. Some of the money has already been used for vouchers which were handed out to deserving families to purchase toys just before Christmas.

If any local organisation or cause would like to be considered for a financial donation from the proceeds of the Sleigh Collection please email details of the request to


Warton Women’s Institute meets on the third Thursday of the month in the village hall at 7.30pm.

A variety of interesting speakers attend and demonstrations take place and new members for 2014 are welcome.

For further information and membership details contact Hillary Briggs on 01524 730533.

See for Warton Crag 2014 Calendar.

Warton Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, starting in February, in the village hall at 7.30pm.

New members welcome and no gardening experience is necessary.

Warton Bowling club, on Chapel Walk, is starting a new Social Membership for 2014 for those who wish to play friendly games.

Contact John Sumner for details on 01524 735772.

Warton Arts and Craft Group meets every Friday in the church hall from 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome, just pop in.

Warton Classic Vehicle Group is looking forward to an interesting 2014 and welcomes new members. For further information contact Martin Hayhurst on 01524 735948.

If you are interested in Military History and Wargaming then Warton Wargamers would welcome new members in 2014.

Contact George Anderson on 01524 732851 or catch him in the Post Office.