Community Beat: 08/04/14

At the captain's last dinner dance at Morecambe Golf Club, Chris Gartside (second left), captain and Dorothy Harris (second right), lady captain, presented cheques for �2,700 to Sally Farnell, local organiser for the Stroke Association and Jonathon Prichard, chairman of the Lancaster District Special Care Baby Unit. The donations were collected throughout the year of office of the two captains from a variety of fundraising events.
At the captain's last dinner dance at Morecambe Golf Club, Chris Gartside (second left), captain and Dorothy Harris (second right), lady captain, presented cheques for �2,700 to Sally Farnell, local organiser for the Stroke Association and Jonathon Prichard, chairman of the Lancaster District Special Care Baby Unit. The donations were collected throughout the year of office of the two captains from a variety of fundraising events.

This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, April 13, at 6.30pm, the speakers will be Don and Judith Graham from Cumbria. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.


At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Palm Sunday, April 13, the 10.30am Morning Service will be led by David Humpleby. Rev and Mrs G Lear will give a talk entitled Through the Manse Keyhole to members of the Guild on Monday, April 14, at 2pm. On Tuesday, April 15, at 10am, the Men’s Fellowship will hear a talk by Jenny Butcher on Corruption in the 1865 Lancaster Election.

Lenten lunches will be available this Thursday, April 10, from noon to 1pm, at Christ Church, Broadway. Delicious home-made soups and breads, with all proceeds to Christian Aid.

This Palm Sunday, April 13, at Christ Church, the 10am Morning Worship service will be conducted by Janet Thompson.

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

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting club member Peter Craven, a qualified pilot, gave a presentation on Ariel video productions. Using projected data from his lap top he showed the principles of gliding followed by the methods of attaching a movie camera to the aircraft both internally and externally to the fuselage. The presentation showed how to produce the best possible images, which were demonstrated by watching a gliding lesson over the Lake District. All the cameras and mountings were available for members to examine during the meeting. The evening concluded with some members showing examples of their own airborne footage.

Morecambe Bay Art and Craft Society is holding a one-day Spring Exhibition this Saturday, April 12, at St Christopher’s Church Hall, St Christopher’s Way, from 10.30am to 4pm, free admission, refreshments available.

The first evening meeting for this year of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club on Tuesday, April 22, at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Gordon Bartley entitled She’s Airborne, She Flies – A History of Concorde. The talk is free and all are welcome.

Morecambe and District Philharmonic Choir will present Music For Spring this Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm, at Morecambe Parish Church, with conductor Stephen Boyd and accompanist David Tattersall. Tickets £7 (including wine and nibbles) available from choir members, by contacting Martyn on 07875 395122 or on the door.


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 Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s last walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Kirkby Lonsdale, this Saturday, April 12.

The A walk will be led by Andrew Holden starting at Cowan Bridge, following Leck Beck to Bull Pot Farm and climbing Barbon Low Fell before descending to Fellfoot Road and returning to Kirkby Lonsdale via Higher Casterton, 10 and a half miles with 1,500 feet of ascent.

The B walk will be led by Norma Nicholls starting at Newton, with a road walk up to Outfield Farm, along farmland to Docker, round Docker Hall on to Docker Moor, skirting New Park forest, heading up to Hutton Roof by road, taking the footpath at Fishery Farm, crossing fields to reach the Limestone Link into High Biggin and Low Biggin, and arriving in Kirby Lonsdale, seven miles with 200 feet of ascent.

Walk C, led by Elaine Hall, will follow Barbon Beck through fields and the golf course to High Beckfoot Farm and Low Beckfoot Farm, then uphill to a conifer plantation and through fields to Casterton Hall before walking way down to Devil’s Bridge and Kirkby Lonsdale, five miles and five stiles.

Pick-up time will be 9am from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme.

Guests and new members are always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the summer programme from

Are you ready for a heart pumping, muscle shredding, sweat dripping, high intensity cardio workout? Insanity is now being taught at the Church of the Ascension on Tuesdays, 7.30pm. Pay as you go at £4.50 or buy eight classes and get 10. Contact Cheryl on 07711 335807 or email

This Sunday, April 13, at the Methodist Church, there will be a Palm Sunday Communion at 8.30am with Rev Eddie Sykes. Later at 10.30am he will lead Morning Worship, followed by the usual refreshments in the hall. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Malcolm Smith.

The St Lawrence Singers will feature in a concert at the church this Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm. All are welcome, tickets £5 (children £1). Earlier the same day the Happy Hikers walking group will meet outside the church at 12.45pm for a gentle Saturday ramble (up to three miles, occasional mud). To see more about the church please go to

The Ascension Church, together with the Thorpe View Day Centre, is hosting a coffee morning this Friday, April 11, from 10am to noon, in the lounge, with crafts and cakes and fun activities. All proceeds will be shared between St John’s Hospice and the Mosamaria Trust.

Services at the Ascension Church this Palm Sunday, April 13,: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The 11am service will begin in the main hall followed by a procession into church commemorating Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, followed by a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. The Ascension Church will have a Said Eucharist at 7pm each evening, Monday to Wednesday, as well as the Wednesday 10am celebration. On Maundy Thursday, April 17, at 7pm, there will be a Sung Eucharist including the ceremony of foot washing recalling the events of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. A vigil will be kept until midnight.

Ecumenical services will also be held during Holy Week – on Monday at the Ascension, on Tuesday at the Good Shepherd and on Wednesday at the Methodist Church, all at 7.30pm.

Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, in the Ascension Vestry, for a programme prepared and presented by Mervyn Catterall. All are most welcome to attend for a 7.30pm start.

The National Osteoporosis Society Morecambe Bay Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 15, at the vestry of the Church of Ascension, when there will be a talk given by a dietician with time for questions.

The aims of the group are to support, offer advice and provide information to osteoporosis sufferers and their carers in Lancaster, Morecambe and outlying areas. They also try to raise awareness of the disease in the community and help the National Osteoporosis Society with their campaigns.

The society holds meetings bimonthly at the Church of Ascension, Michaelson Avenue, on Tuesdays, usually from 7pm to 9pm. The committee provides a variety of speakers covering medical subjects, research news and topics of general interest.

There is no annual membership fee but donation on the night of £2 to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments are welcomed. The meetings are open to all. Further information can be obtained from Christine Bushby on 01524 413933, email


Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes will be held at St Martin’s Church Centre (next to the William Mitchell) every Wednesday. A Social Rhythm Ballroom Class for beginners will run from 7pm to 8pm, International Ballroom and Latin 8.15pm to 9.30pm and Social Dancing until 10.30pm. Have fun and learn to dance with accredited teacher Chris Simpson. No booking necessary. For more information email

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

St Martin’s Church centre has the following activities every week: Zumba with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm; Rosemary Conley slimming classes with Liz on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 7pm; karate classes for youngsters on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm; Ballroom dance classes on Wednesdays from 7pm. Call in for further information. The centre is also available for private parties, telephone Alan on 01524 419174.

Services are held at St Martin’s on Thursdays at 10am Said Eucharist, and on Sundays at 9.30am Sung Eucharist, led by Fr Chris, the Vicar of Torrisholme. There is Junior Church for children every Sunday, and also for young children is Families@Five on Wednesday, April 16, involving crafts, games, food and an act of worship. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that all services over the Easter weekend will be held at the Ascension Church, Torrisholme, and not at St Martin’s.

Morecambe Camera Club’s final meeting of the club’s year was the annual meeting. Chairman Bryan Trigwell delivered his comments and confirmed that after four years he was standing down. He thanked the committee and members for all their help saying that the programme had been varied and had included several excellent speakers.

Treasurer Pam Gardner presented the club’s finances which were quite healthy. Competition secretary Anne Staniforth ran through the competitions the club had held which had enjoyed good support from members. There was a proposal to reduce the number of competitions taking the monthly total back to four. This was to be considered by the programme secretary.

There is to be a slight change in the description of the Natural History competition section to include zoo animals following the L&CPU format. The election of officers was straightforward, Roger Gittins taking over as chairman and keeping his programme secretary post as well. David Dempster will take over as club secretary. David Stretton is taking over from Peter Bagnall as web master. Over the years Peter has done an excellent job with the club’s website which has brought in new members. David is wished every success with this post.

The group’s presentation dinner will be held on Thursday, May 8, at the Clarendon Hotel. It is hoped to arrange some photo shoot visits during the summer.


Morecambe’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses will hear a brief talk on the anniversary of Jesus’ death, Monday, April 14. The talk will explain why Jesus’ death is so important. This free event will take place at the Kingdom Hall, Battismore Road, at 7.45pm and 9pm. All welcome.

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.

Palm Sunday, on April 13, marks the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. The times of the Holy Week service can be found on the web site. During Lent, following the Friday noon Mass, a £3 poverty lunch has been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. This Friday, April 11, will be the last opportunity, so please support the lunch. If wishing to donate but not able to attend the last lunch, donations can be left at the charity shop or with Fr Tom at any of the other services in church.

The services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, are traditional Anglican Catholic, and the service times this week are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 6pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two guest mediums this weekend. Steven Hemingway from Blackpool will be the speaker on Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm, and Jean Entwistle from Fleetwood will conduct the Divine Service on Sunday, April 13, at 2.30pm. Both guests will share their knowledge of spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

There is a Healing Service at 2.30pm on Wednesdays with Spiritualist National Union trained and accredited healing mediums in attendance. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is the Open Circle where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship. The Temple’s Bright Hour on Tuesdays at 2.30pm is a pleasant, friendly time, for kindred minds to get together and share their thoughts about Spiritualism. All are welcome to the services. The church is wheelchair friendly and disabled facilities are available.

Every Wednesday Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am. This Saturday, April 12, the coffee morning will be hosted by the Brownies and Guides of the church. Everyone welcome from 10am until noon. This Palm Sunday, April 13, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Keith Tattersall. Join members for worship in the friendly church on Sefton Road.

As part of the Holy Week Services, on Wednesday, April 16, at 7.30pm, the augmented choir at Sefton Road Church will be singing Olivet to Calvary, an event not to be missed.

The Morecambe Branch of the Prophetic Witness Movement International would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone this Saturday, April 12, at 4.30pm and 7pm, at the Salvation Army Church and Community Centre (by kind permission), 131 Balmoral Road. Pastor David Moore will be speaking on the subject of Israel and the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ. Free admission. If attending both sessions please take packed food for the interval, coffee and tea will be provided. For more details please contact Dianne on 01524 855323.


At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, there will be a Prayer Meeting tonight, Tuesday, 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, the 7.14am Prayer Meeting will be followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon. This Sunday, April 13, the speaker will be Rev Allan Longworth and the service will include Communion.

This Palm Sunday, April 13, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s Church at 11am, and an Evening Service at 6.30pm with choir and music for Holy Week. At 9.30am at St James there will be a Family Service at 9.30am.

Events for Easter include on Good Friday at 10am a Hot Cross Bun Service at St James. At St Peter’s at 2pm there will be a Good Friday Meditation, and on Saturday, April 19, there will be a Coffee Day in St Peter’s Church Hall in aid of the Roof Fund. This will be between 10am and 1pm and will include the usual stalls, raffles and tombola.

The Wesley Methodist Junior Church will hold a Family Craft Coffee Morning this Saturday, April 12, from 10am to noon. Share in some Easter handicrafts or just enjoy a coffee, cakes and a chat. There is no charge but donations will be gratefully received. Norman Boothroyd will be the preacher this Sunday, April 13, at 10.30am. Wesley’s youth and young-at-heart will give a Palm Sunday presentation at 6.30pm when the service will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes.


Services at St Helen’s Church, Overton, for Holy Week – Palm Sunday, April 13, there will be a 10.45am service of Eucharist and a 6.30pm service of Compline; On Maundy Thursday, April 17, there will be a 6.30pm Eucharist followed by Stripping the Altar; and Good Friday, April 18, at 11am there will be an Easter Vigil, Stations of the Cross. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the services and to join members for refreshments and fellowship after the Sunday morning service.

At 2.30pm on Palm Sunday, April 13, at Sunderland Point Mission, there will be a BCP Evening Prayer.

Auditions for the Vicar of Dibley will be held by the Overton Players this Thursday, April 10, at 7.30pm, in the Ship Hotel, Overton.

Fancy yourself as a Mrs Cropley, Jim Trott or Geraldine Granger, then go along and give it a go, there are lots of parts to cast in this production.

New players always welcome. For more information telephone Chris on 07795 112487.

An Easter Bunny Hop will be held this Sunday, April 13, at 7pm, at Middleton Parish Hall, entry 50p. The event will include a best Easter bonnet competition, games and a disco.


This Sunday, April 13, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Neil Gallilee will speak on the subject Distressed? Worried? The Bible has the answer. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

The Little Lambs group will not meet on Monday, April 7. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.


Advance notice of blood donor sessions to be held on Saturday, May 3, at the Civic Hall, North Road, Carnforth, 10am to 12.30pm and 2 to 4pm. Please call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre will show a series of children’s films in the Furness and Midland Hall this Saturday, April 12, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Carnforth author Philip Grosse will be signing copies of his new book, Railways of Carnforth, the Town and its Ironworks, in the Furness and Midland Hall at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre at 7pm on Monday, April 14.

He will open with a lighthearted talk, Brief Encounter with a Book, followed by an illustrated presentation, The Station that Nearly Died. Admission is £1.50 inclusive of light refreshments. The book can be purchased at the special launch price of £20.


Help is wanted by the First Warton Scout Group urgently looking for somewhere to relocate a 24ft container used to store various camping items. Alternatively a dry storage area or any space for storing tents and camping gear would be appreciated.

If anyone has any space or ideas please contact Sue Nutter (chair) on 01524 735997. New Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are always welcome, contact Sue or see