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Lisa Preston (right) hands over a cheque for �3006.34 to Debbie Holmes, day hospice senior staff nurse at St John's Hospice. Lisa held a fundraising quiz night and auction in memory of her uncle Terry Docherty, who spent time in St John's Hospice.
Lisa Preston (right) hands over a cheque for �3006.34 to Debbie Holmes, day hospice senior staff nurse at St John's Hospice. Lisa held a fundraising quiz night and auction in memory of her uncle Terry Docherty, who spent time in St John's Hospice.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, June 1, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Russell Moore from Preston. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Langdales. The A party, led by David Marsland, walked from Grasmere along Far Easedale to Greenup Edge, High Raise, Stake Pass, Angle Tarn, Rosset Gill, Mickleden and back to the New Dungeon Ghyll. Party B, led by Pam Smith, walked from Grasmere to Easedale Tarn, Sergeant Man, High Raise, Harrison Stickle, Stickle Tarn and down to the New Dungeon Ghyll.

The C party, led by Mike Sherriff, walked from Elterwater to Dale End, Slaters Bridge, Low Hall Garth, Castle Howe, Blea Moss, Blea Tarn, Side Farm and back to the New Dungeon Ghyll. The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, June 8, in the Borrowdale area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, this Sunday, June 1, the 10am Family Communion Service with Sermon Service will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery. This will be followed by the church meeting at 11.30am.

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

This Sunday, June 1, at 10.30am, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, the Morning Service will be led by C Widess.


Thursday of this week, May 29, is a very special day in the life of Torrisholme’s Parish Church. As the church is dedicated to the ascension, the parish will celebrate its Patronal Festival on this day.

At 7pm there will be a Sung Eucharist including the Rite of Confirmation. The celebrant and preacher will be the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster, who will also confirm the 10 candidates. All parishioners are encouraged to attend and support the candidates in this great step of faith.

Other midweek services continue as normal, all said Eucharists, on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, all led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, June 1, Easter 7: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Junior Church will meet from 10.50am in the main hall, following the half-term break, before joining the adults in church.

The Ascension Church complex has space to let at reasonable rates, especially the lounge, a comfortable room that seats up to 70 people. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for further information or to make bookings.

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.

A charity event will be held to raise funds for the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club at the Jubilee Working Men’s Club this Friday, May 30, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by the band the New Orleans Z’Hulus, a group of musicians who play in the ‘old’ New Orleans tradition. All the members have either lived or spent a considerable time in New Orleans, recording or playing with the greats of this fine music. Tickets are £9 in advance from Norman on 01524 855772 or £10 on the door.

A varied programme of Song and Dance was presented by Ian Drummond to the members of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society at their latest meeting.

Among the songs were Basin Street Blues performed by Louis Armstrong, Bring Him Home sung by Alfie Boe, and instrumental versions of Summertime and Lullaby of Birdland by the Modern Jazz Quartet and George Shearing respectively. Ian also included movements from Tchaikovsky’s string quartet No 1, Mendelssohn’s cello sonata and the Jacques Lousier trio playing Bach’s Air on a G String.

The dancing featured Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Rudolph Nureyev, with ensemble pieces from Oklahoma, Oliver and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps the most intriguing performance was by a very junior Sammy Davis – singing, dancing and eating a hamburger.

John Day proffered a vote of thanks to Ian on behalf of all the members, and Bernard Hough was commended for his technical assistance and patience in preparing the programme.

The society next meets tomorrow, May 28, for a Speciality Night, five presenters with a single, secret theme. All are most welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.


Ballroom dance classes are held at St Martin’s Church centre, opposite Lidl Supermarket, every Wednesday from 7pm. The first hour is very much for beginners, the second for more advanced dancers and the final session takes the form of a social dance.

The teacher is Chris Simpson who can be contacted on 01539 821405. New recruits of any ability always welcome.

Services at St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate’s only church, are Said Eucharist on Thursdays at 10am and Sung Eucharist on Sundays at 9.30am when Junior Church also meets.

These services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Visit the church website at

The centre is available for private hire on Friday evenings and Sundays from lunchtime for parties or other activities, contact Alan on 01524 419174.

Westgate Primary School’s summer fair is being held at the school on Friday, June 6, from 6pm to 8.30pm. The event is taking a World Cup theme and will include ball skill games. Headmaster Steve Robinson will be cooking the burgers and there will be plenty of cakes and biscuits on sale. Morecambe Shrimpettes will be displaying their cheer leading and the school’s Hip Hop Club will be dancing. 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.

Do you like Gilbert and Sullivan? The St Barnabas G&S Singers will be performing the Gondoliers later in the year, and have started rehearsals on Fridays at 7.30pm in church. The church is also looking for new choristers, adults and children (age eight and over) to sing at the Sunday service. If anyone would like to join either or both, please contact the choirmaster Stephen Schofield. Choir practice is every Tuesday at 7pm in the vestry (Chatsworth Road door).

Service times this week – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am, 6pm Evening Prayer; Weekday Low Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon. Anyone who would like to join the congregation at any of the services would be most welcome. The service times are also on

The church charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. Donated items will be gratefully received. For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre, please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Sunday, June 1, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mrs Pam Denton. Everyone welcome.

On Saturday, June 7, Junior Church will host a Coffee Morning from 10am to noon, with the usual stalls, raffle and good coffee. Also on Saturday, June 7, David Tattersall, organist at Sefton Road, will celebrate 30-years as organist with an organ recital starting at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 either by ticket or on the door.

A guided walk, the Naples of the North, will start from outside the Breeze Cafe by the Battery at 2pm on Saturday, May 31. The walk will explore the music halls, pleasure gardens, grand villas and domestic details from an area once known as Little Bradford. Places on the walk are £3 per person. Further details from the tour guide Peter Wade on 01524 420905.


The Church Anniversary will be celebrated at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, June 1. The preacher will be Rev Paul Davis from Preston who is the chair of the Lancashire Methodist District. This will be the first time Paul has preached at Wesley since he was appointed chair last September.

There will be a service for Ascension Day at St Peter’s Church at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 29. On Sunday, June 1, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s Church at 9.30am and Mattins at 11am at St James.

Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet on Monday, June 2, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the speaker will be Peter Yates, chauffeur to Eric Morecambe. This will be an open afternoon when all are invited to attend. Admission £1.50 including refreshments.

Trips are being arranged for the group, one of lunch with an afternoon drive and a coffee stop in Kirkby Lonsdale, and another to Southport. Names will be taken at the next meeting. Further information from Pauline Reeves on 01524 850817.

Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, hold Prayer Meetings on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments. This Sunday, June 1, the speaker will be

Stephen Taylor, and on Sunday, June 8, it will be Rev Alan Longworth with communion. Enjoy a bacon butty on the first Saturday of the month.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place in the Heysham Library meeting room, Heysham Road, (please use side entrance) on Monday, June 2, at 7pm.

All residents of Heysham South are invited to attend.


On Sunday, June 8, there will be a Eucharist Service at 10.45am and Junior Church at St Helen’s Church, Overton. Join members for fellowship and light refreshments after the service.

A Men’s Breakfast Meeting will be held at the Globe Hotel, Overton, on Saturday, June 7, 9am for 9.30am.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Baptism Service at 2.30pm on Sunday, June 8.

The local Food Bank collection basket is located in church every week, tinned and dried goods very welcome. Fairtrade goods are also for sale, just ask.

The website has contact and diary dates. Facebook the Friends of St Helens Overton page.


The May meeting of the parish council was the annual meeting when councillors elect officers. As stated at the annual parish assembly Peter Millard has resigned from the council. He has moved to Bolton-le-Sands and although he is technically able to remain on the council as he lives within two miles of the parish boundary, he believes it is time to move on. Stewart Scothern has taken on the role of chairman and Joanne Leeman that of deputy chairman.

There is now a vacancy on the parish council and anyone interested in filling this role should contact one of the existing parish councillors or Mrs Doreen Brookes, clerk to the parish council, on 01524 825464.

The parish council accounts have been audited and can be inspected. Anyone who wishes to inspect the accounts should contact Mrs Brookes.

During the weekend of the summer solstice, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, there will be an exhibition about village life 100 years ago at the outbreak of the Great War. It will encompass how people lived and the effect the war had on the village. The background of the men listed on the memorial plaque for the First World War has been researched and the findings will feature in the exhibition. Much of the work for the exhibition has been undertaken by members of the village History Society but there will be input by the pupils of St Luke’s School in the village. On the Sunday there is a planned guided walk around the village for which a charge will be made.

The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, June 7, from 10am to noon, in the memorial hall. In addition to the usual opportunity to socialise, purchase patisseries, books, craft items and much more, it is expected that the summer edition of the village newsletter will be available.

Slyne Rota Kids are raising money for a village defibrillator. They are hosting a traditional afternoon tea in St Luke’s Primary School on Shady Lane from 1.45pm to 4pm on Wednesday, June 25. There will be performances by the school choir, school band and other musicians.

Tickets, which cost £3 each, are available from the school office, church and Slyne Pre-School.

The Kenyan Project workshops have closed for the summer. They will restart on, Tuesday, September 16, in the same place and at the same time. Collection and distribution of newly made clothing for premature babies and children up to the ages of 14-years will still continue. The project started by sending items to Kenyan but now has included other areas of Africa.

The organisers thank all those generous people who have given their practical support.

Anyone who requires more detail should contact Susan on 01524 823928.


Bolton-le-Sands Gala will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee on Saturday, June 7, from 1pm to 4pm, on the playing fields at the community centre.

The gala gives an opportunity for all the village to get together – villagers, families and friends, visitor, local businesses and local clubs – to showcase the Bolton-le-Sands village and all it has to offer. Free admission and fun for all the family.

One of the highlights in the concerts of Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, is the annual show celebrating St George’s Day, to be held this Saturday, May 31, at 7.30pm. Though not always on the day itself, the show still goes on, and this year’s production will be the 10th – promising to be better than ever.

Inspired by a St George’s Day festival in 2003, organiser Margaret Hutchinson felt the good-spirited festivities could be recreated at Holy Trinity, so brought together a cast and crew of home-grown talent which resulted in a variety show enjoyed by all ages. The team received much praise and encouragement to do it again, and again, and 10 years later, here they are. This however will be the last one of its kind – Margaret wants to find new ways of marking St George’s Day in future and end this long-running success on a high.

Forever England will celebrate English music, culture and character, past and present, with affection and humour, with a Last Night of the Proms-style finale. Tickets are £10, two for £15, with larger group deals. Price includes buffet supper, souvenir programme and prize draw. Proceeds to much-needed roof repairs.

Contact Margaret on 01524 824110 for further information.


The Rotary Clubs of Carnforth, Lancaster, Lancaster Loyne and Lunesdale have joined forces with Unique Kidz and Co to host a charity concert performed by the Swing Commanders and GI-Jive at Morecambe Winter Gardens this Saturday, May 31, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online from at £16 each inclusive of booking fee and postage. There will be a best dressed competition, photo booth and bar. Period 1940s dress is optional.

Unique Kidz and Co provides specialist services for disabled children and their families. The charity was founded in 2009 by two mums of disabled children unable to find suitable child care or social activities for their children. Unique Kidz and Co now support more than 120 children with a range of disabilities.

The charity allow parents and carers of disabled children to return to work or education, spend time with other family members, or have some much needed respite through the provision of holiday clubs, after school clubs, weekend trips, projects for under fives, support for siblings, consultation workshops and specialist training for practitioners.

1st Carnforth Scout group would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out at the recent working party on May 24. The team filled the skip with the huge amounts of fly tipping, burning as much as possible.

The land is now ready to use again and the Scouts are looking forward to taking part in traditional Scouting events on the field.

The group is holding its annual meeting at the Royal Station Hotel on Saturday, July 5, at 7pm. Guests are welcome to attend and discover the Scouts’ exciting plans for the future. Please contact Zoe on 07786 516113 if you would like to attend.

Carnforth Loco Men’s Sick and Welfare Fund is holding its annual reunion at Carnforth Railway Club, Warton Road, on Friday, June 6, at 7pm. All ex-railwaymen welcome.

On Saturday, June 7, Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Art on Platform One from 10am to 4pm, where local artists will be exhibiting their art. Free admission.