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David Tattersall will celebrate 30-years as organist at Sefton Road United Reformed Church with an organ recital starting at 7.30pm, this Saturday, June 7. Entry is �5 either by ticket or on the door.
David Tattersall will celebrate 30-years as organist at Sefton Road United Reformed Church with an organ recital starting at 7.30pm, this Saturday, June 7. Entry is �5 either by ticket or on the door.
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This week’s Community Beat.


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, June 10. Lunch will be at 12.15pm which will be followed at 1.45pm by a branch meeting. All are welcome to discover more about this local RAFA branch. If attendees wish to book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday, June 8, to book.

Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be represented at the Bare Festival, Princes Crescent, from noon, this Saturday, June 7.

This Sunday, June 8, the Morning Service at 10.30am will be held in the hall and followed by the annual meeting, with Rev Charles Makonde.

The coffee morning on Tuesday, June 10, from 10am, will be hosted by Ron and Barbara Smith, to raise funds for the church.

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


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church will meet at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, Morecambe, LA4 5EX. Sunday service start at 6.30 p.m.

The Speaker on June 8 is Connie Bridge from Lowton.

For furthur information contact Margaret on 832919, or Walter on 824304.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am, which this week, June 4, will include Holy Communion.

This 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, 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.

This Sunday, June 8, Family Worship with Holy Communion at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery. Everyone welcome to worship at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

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.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road Morecambe will welcome two mediums this weekend Stephen Beastall from Blackpool will be the speaker on Saturday, June 7 at 7-30pm and Linda Wane from Lytham will be the speaker on Sunday, June 8 at 2-30pm Divine Service.

On both occasions the mediums will give a talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship. This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7-30pm where local mediums will demonstrate their mediumship after a discusion on Spiritualism.

Wednesday at 2-30pm is the Healing service come and put yourselves in the care of our dedicated group of healers, Spiritual healing can help emotional as well as physical conditions.

Tuesdays at 2-30pm is the Bright Hour this is a caring and sharing group meeting, a wonderful mixture of prayer meditation readings and mediumship.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.

Church by the Bay meet every Sunday at 10:30 am at West End Primary, Chatsworth Road, Morecambe.

This Sunday they continue a series in Paul’s letter to the Philippian church, a letter about joy, contentment and most of all, Jesus.

Church by the Bay hope anyone will feel welcome to join them and the meeting starts and finishes with refreshments and a chance to chat and ask questions.

See their website for more information: or contact Gerry: or 07597 386 370.


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.

On Monday evening June 9th from 7.30 pm the Ascension Church is hosting the Bishop’s Deanery Roadshow, Bishop Julian, the new Bishop of Blackburn Diocese is keen to meet young teenagers aged 14-18.

If you are in that age group and belong to any church in the Lancaster and Morecambe area, then come to Torrisholme on Monday and bring your friends.

Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday June 8th, the feast of Pentecost are 8am said Eucharist and 11am sung Eucharist, both led by Fr. Chris who is your contact on 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Junior church meets from 10.50 a.m. in the hall before joining the adults in church.

Midweek services, all said Eucharists are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 10 am, and Saturdays at 10 am, Also on Saturdays the church holds a weekly coffee morning from 10 am till 12 noon at which everyone is welcome.

The Ascension Church complex currently has availabilty especially in the lounge, rates are reasonable and facilities good.

Contact Alan on 419174 for more information and to make bookings. You might care to visit the church website at

Torrisholme Church of the Ascension’s Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a full day, finishing at Alston on Saturday, June 7.

The ‘A’ walk will be led by Graham Dyson and starts on the A683 at the Hartside Cafe. Heading north over Hartside Height to Black Fell, then over bogs to Tom Smith’s Stone and on to Grey Nag.

Descent from here is pathless until Pennine Way near Whitley Castle (Roman Fort) and on to Kirkhaugh Station before following the South Tyneside Railway into Alston. nine and a half miles (more avoiding the bogs). Ascent = 800 feet. Descent = 1700 feet.

The ‘B’ walk will be led by Sylvia Dyson and starts at the A686 proceeding along a track, and numerous fields to Bayliss, then after a short road walk we join the Pennine Way and cross a footbridge to continue onto Whitlow, Castle Nook and Kirkhaugh Station before following the path alongside the railway line back into Alston. eight miles and just under 1000ft of ascent.

The ‘C’ walk will be led by Colette Follett and is a circular starting in Alston. The group will follow a lane to Annat Walls then field paths via Nattrass Gill to Meadow Flat and Low Silly Hall before taking the South Tyne Trail/Pennine Way back into Alston. There are numerous stiles but terrain is fairly flat and approx four and a half miles.

The pick-up time is 9 am from Torrisholme Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme.

Guests and new members are always welcome, for more information or to book contact Colette Follett on 07837273707.

A copy of the new summer programme can be downloaded from

Torrisholme Church of the Ascension’s Rambling Club’s next Wednesday evening social event will be a summer saunter led by Linda Mills on Wednesday, June 11 and starts from the Black Bull at Brookhouse at 6.30pm.

Anyone requiring a lift to Brookhouse, be at the Church of Ascension , Torrisholme before 6pm.

Refreshments of sandwiches and chips have been arranged at the Black Bull at a cost of £4.95per person.

To book refreshments call Linda on 01524 771177 or sign the board currently circulating around the coach. All are welcome.


St Martin’s Church Centre near Westgate Surgery is the venue for the following activities every week: Westgate Pre School with Wendy Nunis every day except Thursday from 9.30 am, Zumba with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm, Slimming with Liz on Tuesdays at 5.30 pm, Karate for youngsters with Carole each Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Dancing with Chris on Wednesdays from 7 pm.

New members are always welcome.

Services at St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate’s only church, are said Eucharist on Thursdays at 10 a.m and Sung Eucharist on Sundays at 9.30 a.m.

These services are led by Fr. Chris Vicar of Torrisholme who is also your contact on 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funeral or any pastoral matter. The church also holds a weekly coffee morning on Saturdays from 10 a.m. please call in for a cuppa or a chat. Enquiries regarding hire of the centre should be addressed at Alan on 419174

St Barnabas Day is on Wednesday, June 11, and to celebrate there will be a Patronal Festival Mass at 7:30pm. Anyone who is a former member of St Barnabas are welcome to take the opportunity to come back on this special day.

Then on Saturday, June 14 there will be the monthly ‘Praying the Rosary’ at 11am. Services at St Barnabas, Regent Rd, are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are : Sunday - 8:30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 6:00pm Evening Prayer. Weekday Low Mass -Monday 7pm; Wednesday 10am; Thursday 11am and Friday 12noon.

Anyone who would like to attend any of the services would be most welcome . Their charity shop opens from 10am-1pm, Monday to Thursday in the parish centre.

Anyone having a spring clean in their wardrobe and have any items that they would like to donate, please call in at the shop, and they would be gratefully received.

The service times are also available at .

For any enquiries about baptism’s, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.


The May meeting of Warton Gardening club were treated to a very interesting talk on “The work of the local AoNb today” by Colin Peacock.

The next meeting is on September 10 in the Village Hall at 7.30 with a talk by Tom Attwood on “The restoration of the nursery at Halecat”. In the meantime the Gardening Club turns its attention to summer events.

On June 12 at 2pm there will be a guided walk up Warton Crag looking at flowers and butterflies, led by Colin Peacock.

There will be a plant stall as part of Warton Sports Day on July 19.

The Warton Garden and Craft Show will take place at the Church Hall on Saturday, September 6. New members are always welcome.

The May meeting of Warton Crag W.I. were treated to a very informative talk on the Life of the Brontes by Isabel Stirk.

A competition for a book mark was won by Caroline Wolstenholme and an excellent supper was enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on Thursday, June 19 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm with speaker Karen Rainford giving a talk on Local Deserving Youngsters. New members welcome. Membership details from Hilary Briggs on 01524 730533.

Warton Teddy Fest takes place on Saturday, June 14 at 2pm till 4pm in Warton Archbishop’s School field. Bouncy castles, tombola, refreshments, games, live music and people should not forget their teddies.

It has been organised by St. Oswalds Church and the Village Society in aid of Naxal Orphanage in Nepal. See the Parish magazine for further information.

Warton Methodist Church’s free car wash, with coffee shop and cake stall, will be held on the first Saturday of every month throughout the Summer until September. Everyone welcome.


On Sunday, June 8 there will be a Parish Communion service at 11 am at St Peter’s and Morning Prayer (Common Worship) at 11 am at St James. Please note that this is a change from the usual monthly service pattern at St James.”

Wesley Methodist Church is presenting a concert by the Urmston Choral Society from Manchester this Saturday, June 7, at 6.30pm. The admission charge is £5 and everyone is welcome. The preachers at Wesley on Sunday, June 8, will be Frank Picken at 10.30am and Mrs Janine Swinburn at 6.30pm

Nazarene Church, Knowlsy Road hold prayer meeting on Tuesday evenings at 7-30pm, followed by refreshments.

On June 8 the Sunday speaker will be Rev Alan Longworth. On June 15 it will be Pastor Kath Willis and on June 22 Alan Marsden will be continuing the teaching on Daniel.


St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the last Wednesday of May. Mrs Maureen Shackleton introduced the speaker, Mr Nightingale, who had returned to show slides of Carnforth Railway Station.

There were photographs of station staff and various engines from the station’s opening in 1848, from when it was an important railway junction at the beginning of the twentieth century due to the Furness Iron Company, when it closed in the 1960s and the subsequent vandalism to the present time as a tourist attraction with 50,000 annual visitors.

The photographs also included the famous clock with its original pendulum before it was converted to electricity and some scenes from the film “Brief Encounter”.

Mrs Sylvia Nicholson gave the vote of thanks.

Hillcroft Nursing Home will be joining in a national care home open day on Friday, June 20. Local councillors and members of the local community in Slyne are invited to participate on this day.

The home will be holding a barbecue at 12:30 for residents, their families and staff. Local people from Slyne are invited to join 

There will be various stalls and a raffle which to raise money towards the residents’ fund.

The home invites its local community to show the work performed at Hillcroft whilst having a fun day for 
all. All visitors are welcome from 11:30 onwards. The planned finish for the open day is 3pm.


The next Bingo session to be held at Overton Memorial Hall will be on Saturday, June 7 starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in.

On Sunday, June 8 there will be aEucharist Service at 10.45am and Junior Church at St.Helen’s Church, Overton.

Join memebers for fellowship and light refreshments after the service.

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

The local Food Bank collection basket is located in the church every week, tinned and dried goods very welcome. There are also Fair Trade goods for sale.

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


It was the annual “Speciality Night” at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham RMS, when five volunteers present a twenty-minute programme each on a single theme.

This year’s theme was the “Famous Five” books of Enid Blyton, with each presenter choosing a character at random Dorothy Mingins prepared a typical “Five” story as Julian and used a couple of Strauss polkas, the Comedians’ Gallop and some delightful ballet music from the Tales of Beatrix Potter to illustrate this.

Margaret Rudd, as Dick, featured music by Richard Rodgers from South Pacific. Flower Drum Song, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music for her presentation.

As Anne, Rosemary O’Mahoney stuck faithfully to the books’ character as a quiet, cautious, practical girl to include music from the Ballet of the Unborn Chicks, The King & I, Peer Gynt and a Vivaldi oboe concerto.

Ron Lawson’s character, George, centred around 
two songs by George Butterworth sung by Bryn Terfel and two by George Frederick Handel from Semele and from Rinaldo sung by Danielle de Niese.

Last but not least the Chairman, Dorothy Loach, took on the role of Timmy (the dog) with several stories about family pets and music featuring Stephane Grappelly & Django Reinhardt, Kid Ory, Rodgers & Hart, Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky.

The evening was introduced and co-ordinated by the Secretary, Gordon Arkwright. At the final meeting before the AGM Bernard Hough will present another of his video programmes on June 4.

Visitors are most welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.