Community Beat

A sponsored Toddle for Children in Need raised �300 and Wacky Warehouse are hoping to continue to raise money by organising events like this throughout the year, to go towards their final total for Children in Need. The children that have taken part in this event are called Malachy, Janey-Anne, Maddy, Daisy, Leo and Poppy, with a little help from the Wacky Warehouse mascot Wesley.
A sponsored Toddle for Children in Need raised �300 and Wacky Warehouse are hoping to continue to raise money by organising events like this throughout the year, to go towards their final total for Children in Need. The children that have taken part in this event are called Malachy, Janey-Anne, Maddy, Daisy, Leo and Poppy, with a little help from the Wacky Warehouse mascot Wesley.

This week’s Community Beat.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, June 22, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Chris Robinson Waddington from Preesall. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Tittle Tattle has arrived in Morecambe. Meet new people and make friends at Morecambe Library on Thursdays from 10am to noon. With refreshments, games, quizzes and fun in a friendly environment. Further information from 01524 383394.

A guided walk, The Train now Standing, departs from outside the Platform (once Morecambe’s Promenade Railway Station) at 2pm this Saturday, June 21. The walk visits the sites of the town’s many past railway stations as well as a crossing keeper’s cottage and evidence of the electric railway that once linked Morecambe, Heysham and Lancaster. Places on the walk are priced at £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


This Sunday, June 22, at 10am, the Church Family Service to be held at Christ Church (United Reformed) Broadway, will be conducted by Norman Boothroyd.

Morning Service this Sunday, June 22, at 10.30am, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Janine Swinburn. On Tuesday, June 24, the 10am coffee morning for church funds will be hosted by Deacon Judith Jeffrey.

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

The next evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club on Tuesday, June 24, at 7.30pm. Appropriately for Armed Forces Week there will be a talk by Coun Darren Clifford, Armed Forces Champion at Lancashire County Council, on Honouring the Community Covenant. The talk is free and everyone welcome.

The association is organising a coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire, on Wednesday, August 6. The fare is £12 per person, entry to the museum is free. Contact Jane Latin on 01524 412987 to book a place.

The Bay Organ and Keyboard Society meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way, Bare. Membership is £4 for the year, £2.50 on the Wednesday club nights, including refreshments. Members can play on the society’s Organ Roland.AT 45 or various keyboards are available for anyone who wants to have a go. The first Wednesday attendance is free so why not give it a try. The society also holds concerts on the third Sunday of the month during the summer.


This Sunday, June 22, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by David Umpleby.

This Saturday, June 21, the Happy Hikers walking group will meet at church at 12.45pm for a relaxing afternoon ramble of two or three miles, car-sharing to a local start point. All welcome, bring strong footwear.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Lindale, this Saturday, June 21.

The A walk, led by Tom Hodgson, is a circular using fields and lanes via Meathop, Halecat, Witherslack, Nichols Wood to the Fell Road and taking a path over Dixon Heights back to Lindale, eight and a half miles and 600ft of climb.

The B walk, led by Norma Nicholls, will be a circular, starting and ending at the pub. The group will take the B5271 for a short distance, then pass through a housing area to a path leading to Hampsfell Farm and Bishops Allotment before climbing Hampsfell via the Cistercian Way. The descent will be via the Cistercian Way into Cartmel, with a short road walk to cross the golf course, and then a good path to High Farm, before skirting the lower edge of Hampsfell to Hampsfell Farm and into Lindale, six and a half miles.

The C walk, led by Colette Follett, will be a circular from Lindale. After crossing the bypass the group will make their way to High Newton via Eller How and Yew Tree Farm. From there they will follow lanes and fields to Hampsfield Hall and ascend approx 300ft to High Hampsfield Farm then a short walk back down to Lindale, four miles and 350ft in total.

Pick-up time is noon from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the new summer programme from

The next Wednesday evening social event will be a Treasure Trail led by last year’s winners Collette Follet and Anne Feather on Wednesday, July 9, which will start and finish at the Strawberry Gardens, Heysham, at 7pm. If requiring a lift please be at the Church of Ascension before 6.30pm. All welcome.

The Ascension Church recently held a Grand Spring Draw as part of a major fund raising initiative to purchase a new organ, and almost £2,000 was raised. The church wishes to thank all the local businesses who generously sponsored the draw and donated prizes, and sincere thanks to all who purchased tickets.

The new organ will be installed in the Ascension Church from Monday, June 23, and brought into immediate use. Special musical events are planned as the year progresses which will be publicised, as well as other ventures to defray the cost.

Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday, June 22, the Feast of Corpus Christie: 8am Said Eucharist and 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Everyone welcome to the services and to the coffee morning held every Saturday from 10am to noon in the lounge.

The Ascension Church complex currently has rooms available from hire. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more information or to make a booking. Children’s parties welcome.

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.

To end the current season of meetings, after the annual meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society, Bernard Hough presented a video programme of International Proms. This was a lively orchestral concert included such rousing music as Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla overture, a Hungarian and a Slavonic dance, Strauss’s Kaiserwaltzer and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1. The concert also featured three talented young soloists – a violinist, a harpist and a conductor.

The Recorded Music Society programme dates (always a Wednesday) will be available next month, meetings begin on August 27 and further information is available from Gordon on 01524 421537.


St Martin’s Church Centre, opposite Lidl Supermarket, is home to the following activities every week – Preschool with Wendy each weekday except Thursday from 9.30am to 3.30pm; Zumba with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm; Slimming with Liz on Tuesdays from 5.30pm; Karate with Carole on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm; Dancing with Chris from 7pm on Wednesdays; Bingo for the over 55s on Thursdays from 1.30pm. New members welcome at all the groups.

Are you a cat lover? Then call in at St Martin’s Church Centre this Saturday, June 21, when a fund raising day is being held for Cats Protection with a wide variety of stall and activities.

Services at St Martin’s, Westgate’s only church, Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursdays and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sundays when Junior Church also meets with Bryony. Services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is also the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries regarding hire of the centre should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.


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.

Everyone has plans, goals, things they want to achieve. But what plans last? What goals count? This Sunday, June 22, Church by the Bay will be hearing about Paul’s goal from the letter of Philippians. His goal counts, it’s a winning goal – resurrection from the dead.

See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

The Morecambe Branch of the Prophetic Witness Movement International would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone this Saturday, June 21, at 7pm, at the Salvation Army Church and Community Centre (by kind permission), 131 Balmoral Road. Dr Paul Wilkinson will be speaking on the subject of What On Earth Are We Waiting For? Free admission. For more details please contact Dianne on 01524 855323.

The Armed Forces Day Service will be held at St Barnabas, Regent Road, on Saturday, June 28, at 2.30pm. Standards will be mustered at 2pm and the congregation is asked to be seated by 2.15pm. As this event is very popular it is advised people attend early to guarantee a seat. There will also be the laying up of the Burma Star Banner above the Memorial Altar.

Services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 6pm Evening Prayer; Weekday Low Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. Anyone who would like to join members at any of the services would be most welcome.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. Every Thursday from 10am to 1pm there is a tea and coffee morning in the centre, so please call in. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday at Sefton Road United Reform Church the Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at 10am, coffee first. The speaker this week will be Rev Mike Peatman.

This Saturday, June 21, there will be a Coffee Morning from 10am to noon, with the usual stalls, raffle and good coffee. This Sunday, June 22, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mr B Jones.

Everyone welcome.

The guest medium for this weekend at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will be Chris Waddington from Barrow whose first service will take place this Saturday, June 21, at 7.30pm, then this Sunday, June 22, at the Divine Service, at 2.30pm. Chris will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship on both occasions.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship after discussion on Spiritualism. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service, put yourselves in the care of the dedicated band of healers. Spiritual healing can help emotional as well as physical conditions.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour, a caring and sharing group meeting with a wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation, readings and mediumship. Everyone welcome to all of the services. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, the Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays is held at 7.30pm and followed by refreshments. The coffee morning, with toast and biscuits, is held every Wednesday from 10am to noon. On Thursdays, from 7pm to 9pm, the Nurture Group will be looking at the 10 commandments. This Sunday, June 22, speaker Alan Marsden will be continuing the teaching on Daniel.

The preachers at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, this Sunday, June 22, will be Malcolm Smith at 10.30am and Mrs Sandra Lucas at 6.30pm.

This Sunday, June 22, at 9.30am, there will be Parish Communion at 9.30am at St Peter’s followed at 11am there by a service of Morning Prayer. At St James there will be a service of Holy Communion at 11am.

On Tuesday, June 24, Heysham High School will be welcoming the internationally renowned Benyounes String Quartet.

They will be holding workshops with the school’s musicians and in the evening they will be performing a concert in school.

Tickets for the performance can be bought from school reception priced £6 (£5 for concessions).


The Friend’s of St Helens will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 25, in Overton Memorial Hall when Canon Huw Thomas will give an audio visual presentation entitled A New Egypt? All welcome, £2.50 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

The Overton Players will be performing The Vicar Of Dibley on Thursday, July 3; Friday, July 4; and Saturday, July 5, at Overton Memorial Hall. Tickets are now on sale. They can be reserved by telephoning Ann Hatton on 07986 710884 or from the memorial hall on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm. Price £7.50 including a first drink. Licenced bar available. Doors open at 7pm, curtain up at 7.30pm.


This Sunday, June 22, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Luke Brown will speak on the subject The Devil – A Personification of Sin. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Little Lambs, a parent, baby and toddler group, meets on Mondays at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

Every hour someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. It affects 127.000 people in the UK – which is around one in 500 of the population. One in 20 people are under 40 when they are diagnosed. Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there is currently no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

Lancaster and Morecambe Support Group offers friendship, information and support for people affected by Parkinson’s and their carers. The meetings are held every Friday, from 10am to noon, at the Oak Centre, St John’s Hospice, Slyne Road. The group’s services include exercise class and dance and movement class alternating each week, day trips and lunches out. All are welcome to just drop in for a chat. Refreshments always to hand, as is a free taxi service if needed.

For more information and support on the drop in session in Lancaster please contact Patricia Howard on 01524 770831, 077728 85260, email

A guided walk, Mawson’s Garden Village, starts from the Memorial Hall, Hanging Green Lane, at 2pm this Sunday, June 22. The walk examines arts-and-crafts buildings by the landscape designer and architect Thomas Mawson and how these came to characterise the village a century ago. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club revised the format for the Florence Manleigh Trophy Competition that was held on the second Sunday of June. Rather than the usual knock-out style when 50 per cent of the players are eliminated after round one, the round robin format used on this occasion meant that all players had a full day’s bowling.

The sun shone for most the day with only a few showers, which very happily happened whilst everyone was enjoying the scrumptious Jacob’s join lunch.

The eventual winners of the trophy were Barbara Norfolk and Tony Morris, and the worthy runners-up were Barbara Ellis and Dennis Williamson.

The next internal club competitions are the Men’s and Ladies’ Merit, which will be held on Saturday, August 9. In the meantime, on Saturday, July 5, the Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club is hosting the prestigious Visitor’s Cup. Invariably the standard of play at this competition is of a very high standard and well worth watching.

There will be an exhibition about life 100 years ago. This will be held in the memorial hall during the weekend of the summer solstice, June 21 and 22. This is part of the commemorations of 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War.

The local history group has researched the people whose names are on the plaque commemorating the villagers who died in the First World War and the findings will be shown in the exhibition. Other topics that will form part of the exhibition are the effect of the war on the village, village life 100 years ago and the building of the memorial hall.

The exhibition will be open from 10.30am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday though the formal opening will be at noon on the Saturday. On Sunday starting at 2pm from the memorial hall there will be a guided walk around the village led by Peter Wade. The cost will be £3 per person.

The 1st Slyne-with-Hest Scout Group will hold an open evening on Thursday, June 26, from 6.30pm to 8pm, and is open to all young people aged between six and 18-years-old and their parents and carers.

At the moment there are four sections running: Beavers from six to eight-years-old, Cubs from eight to 10 and a half-years-old, Scouts from 10 and a half to 14-years-old, Explorers from 14 to 18-years-old.

During the open evening the leaders hope to give young people a taster of some of the activities that the Scouting movement provides.

There will be a traditional afternoon tea party on Wednesday, June 25, from 1.45pm to 4pm, in St Luke’s Primary School in Shady Lane. This has been organised by Slyne Rota Kids and proceeds will go towards buying a village defibrillator. There will be entertainment in the form of the choir and other musicians. All are welcome. Tickets cost £3 and are available from the school office, Londis and the local church.

The United Reformed Church is offering strawberry teas this Sunday, June 22, at 3pm, at Stout House (formerly Whitewalls). Tickets cost £3.50 from church members or telephone Val on 01524 824089.

At the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in May, Mick Wilson won the games of whist with George Metcalfe and John Bainbridge joint second and Beryl Mason fourth. The high halves were taken by Sylvia Standrell and Brain Coates. Audrey Eaton won the games of whist at the same meeting whilst Sheila Makenson made second place and Cynthia Dickenson third.

Ted Staveley and Marie Anderson jointly won the games of whist at the first meeting of the Equipment Fund in June with Chris Jones third, John Bainbridge fourth and Margaret Western fifth. The high halves were won by Margaret Metcalfe and Helen Stephenson. The games of dominoes were won by Cynthia Dickenson with June Gardner second and Sheila Makenson third.

The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be held on Friday, June 27.

June Gardner won the games of dominoes at the first meeting of the Over 60s Club in June with Audrey Eaton second and Cynthia Dickenson third. At the same meeting Ted Staveley won the games of whist with Margaret Western second, Margaret Metcalfe third and Dorothy Stoyles fourth. The next meeting will be held Monday, June 30.


There was a packed village hall for the June meeting of Bolton-le-Sands WI and President Hazel Short welcomed everybody, thanked Barbara Bainbridge for the flowers and wished Happy Birthday to all who had a birthday this month.

Notice was given of the Autumn Council Meeting when the speaker will be the former pastry chef to the Queen. Details of the various events around the county and the proposed pictures for the 2015 Calendar were on display.

The group is to sponsor the handicraft section at the Horticultural Show. On feedback from Debra on an appeal for a bespoke wheel chair for Samuel the good news in that they are nearly there with funding. A thank you letter from Kath Ion had been received in response to the yellow roses given to her for her 50th Wedding Anniversary.

President Hazel Short then reported on the Gala Day, when it rained and everyone got wet. However, after donating £10 to the Scouts and £10 to the Gala Committee, there was £58 for the charity fund and the defibrillator has now been ordered. Committee members are needed, in particular an assistant treasurer, volunteers please.

Patience Cooper, on the Wildlife and Nature Group, stated there is to be a meeting every other month in future. Pauline Sterrit gave a report on the Walking Group with another successful walk along Warton Village and Warton Cragg. Judith Spotswood from the Craft Group talked about the County Show and said that lots more teddies had been made. Quilting and Knit and Natter are now well established events and notice was given of the Craft Day on October 21 which will have an Christmas theme. The August meeting will be a games night.

The speaker was Mrs Eileen Belshaw with It Shouldn’t Happen to a Nurse – Part Two. The vote of thanks was given by Joyce Bond.

Hazel was happy to announce that the group’s new charity will be CancerCare. Alice Tennant spoke of her wonderful day when she met the Queen. Alice was delighted to receive a letter advising her she was to receive Maundy Money from the Queen at Blackburn Cathedral and what followed proved to be a day to remember.

Hazel reported on visiting a conference, Inspiring Women, in Chester, where she had met the National Executives and Trustees. The competition, an old fashioned remedy, was won by Jacky Ireland.


This Friday, June 20, the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room at Carnforth Station will be hosting its monthly jazz lunch with the High Society Jazz Band from noon to 2pm. The event is free although donations to offset the cost are welcome.

The Rotary Club of Carnforth is hosting its annual Music for a Summer Evening concert at the Priory, Lancaster, on Friday, June 27, at 7.30pm. Local young musicians who took part in the annual Young Musician competition last March will be performing. Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased on the door or by contacting John Blowes Profits will be donated to the Westmorland Music Council for Tuition Grants.