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Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Susie Charles, Westgate Ward Councillor, David Smith and the Langridge Tenants and Residents Association prepare to officially open a new state of the art play area for older children on the estate.
Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Susie Charles, Westgate Ward Councillor, David Smith and the Langridge Tenants and Residents Association prepare to officially open a new state of the art play area for older children on the estate.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, July 20, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Matthew Milburn Vance from Blackpool. Further information from 01524 832919 and 824304.

A guided walk, Eric’s Morecambe, starts from the Eric Morecambe statue at 2pm this Saturday, July 19. The walk traces Eric’s early life taking in places where he performed as a boy and the backstreet terrace where he was born. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


This Sunday, July 20, the 10.30am Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by David Umpleby. Michael Holmes will host the coffee morning on Tuesday, July 22, from 10am, raising money for church funds.

Advance notice that Bare Methodist Church will be celebrating 80 years in the present building over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3. On Saturday, August 2, from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4.30pm, the church and hall will be open for exhibitions, organ music, refreshments, children’s activities and DVDs of past activities. From 5pm to 6.15pm there will be a concert in the church.

On Sunday, August 3, the 10.30am Anniversary Service will be led by Rev Andrew Champley, followed by refreshments in the hall. From 2pm to 4pm the church and hall will be open with the same activities as on Saturday.

No tickets required, everyone welcome.

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 the recent meeting of Bare and District WI, members heard a talk by Gail Newsham about the Pride of Preston, the Dick Kerr Ladies Football Team. Formed in the World War One period the team played until the FA banned female teams.

The next meeting of the WI will be held this Thursday, July 17, which will include a cookery demonstration by Julie Caton at 7.30pm at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare. Thanks to all those who helped at the recent coffee morning at the Platform.

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, July 22, at 7.30pm, when there will be a talk by John Rogan from Morecambe Library on researching family history entitled What is your Name? The talk is free and everyone is welcome.


The Ascension Church’s Family Weekend has arrived, a Celebration of Community Life. This Saturday, July 19, there will be sponsored walks in the morning and from 6.30pm in the church halls a fun night featuring the High Society Jazz Band, a quiz and hog roast with licensed bar. Tickets are £8 (including supper), children free.

On Sunday, July 20, at 11am, there will be an All-Age Celebration in church including Gift Day for Junior Church followed at 2pm by a garden party at the vicarage.

There will be craft stalls, a charity market, traditional games and afternoon teas, all serenaded by the Salvation Army Band. Tickets are £3, including cream tea, children free.

Tickets are available after church services or from Fr Chris at the vicarage, 63 Michaelson Avenue, telephone 01524 413144. All proceeds will support the on-going organ appeal. Join in the celebrations.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Rivington, this Saturday, July 19.

The A walk, led by Grace Green, will be a circular from Rivington, starting from the village centre heading towards Rivington Hall Barn and then following paths through the woods and gardens to meet the main path that leads to Rivington Pike. Walkers will descend from the Pike towards Brown Hill and Pike Cottages before taking the path up and around Wilder’s Moor, then down Adam Hill to Moncliffe Stone Quarries. After a short road walk they will follow the path through Wilderswood to Jepson’s Bridge and then the footpath alongside Lower Rivington Reservoir back to Rivington. Approximately eight miles and 1,200ft of ascent.

Walk B, led by Norma Nicholls, will be a circular starting from the bridge at Harrow Lane, taking the path following Upper Rivington and Anglezarke reservoir before turning to White House and up to Grey Heights Wood and crossing over the water before climbing to Manor House, Jepsons Farm and down to Alance Bridge, Dean Wood and returning to the Rivington, seven miles.

C walk, led by Amanda Birnie, will start from the Country Park Centre, walking to Rivington Hall and following paths down to the castle through to Horrobin Lane and Tarrow Reservoir before crossing over the Upper Reservoir and following the path down the side to the Bowling Green Hotel, four miles.

Pickup time will be noon from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members always welcome, further information from Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the summer programme from

Eric Morecambe House, Harrow Grove, is holding its annual Summer Fair this Saturday, July 19, from 2pm. As well as the usual raffle, tombola and bric-a-brac stalls there will be strawberry cream teas and a chance to win a large home-made sponge cake. Donations for the raffle, tombola or bric-a-brac will be gratefully received. Further information from 01524 831104.


Services at St Martin’s Church Centre this week will be Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday, July 17, and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday, July 20, the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This service will be an All-Age Celebration which young families are encouraged to attend.

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

St Martin’s Church holds a coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am, and hosts John and Pat Farling invite everyone to join them.


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 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 go along and have a chat or telephone 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. This Sunday, July 20, the church will continue a series of talks in the Book of Ruth, a story of God’s kindness to outsiders and His sometimes surprising ways of bringing about his plans to bless. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Every Wednesday at 10am Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds its Shoppers’ Fellowship, everyone welcome. This Saturday, July 19, the coffee morning from 10am to noon will be hosted by the Brownies and Guides, with the usual stalls, a raffle and good coffee.

This Sunday, July 20, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Geoffrey Lear, again all welcome.

During July and August there will be an additional 10am Mass on Saturdays at St Barnabas, Regent Road, and on Thursdays there is a coffee morning between 10am and 1pm in the Parish Centre. It is hoped to make the coffee mornings an ongoing community event for all ages to meet, so please support the event.

The services at St Barnabas 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, Friday noon and Saturday 10am. 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. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

At the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, tomorrow, Wednesday, July 16, at 7.30pm, A Special Charity Night will be held to raise funds for St John’s Hospice, when Colin and Jeanette from Blackpool will be presenting an Evening of Mediumship, donation of £5. Arrive early to ensure a seat and help this worthwhile cause.

The medium for this Saturday, July 19, will be Maureen Smith from Southport, and Ron Coey from Blackpool will be the medium for Sunday, July 20. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service, and on Tuesdays at 2.30pm the Bright Hour is when the group discuss Spiritualism, prayers and meditation with demonstrations from local mediums. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities. Everyone welcome to all services.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind will be launching a radio podcast today, Tuesday, at 2pm, at their Balmoral Road Centre. Memories of Balmoral Road, a collaborative project between Lancashire Adult Learning and members of Galloway’s Society for the Blind, is an exciting radio podcast including music, chat, interviews and information on living with sight loss.

The programme has been compiled, written, recorded, edited and produced entirely by visually impaired people. Further information available from Nia Coleman on 01524 414846.

Galloway’s is urgently appealing for top class donated items for its annual coffee morning to be held at Silverdale Village Hall on Saturday, July 26. The charity is in need of good quality items such as crockery, art work, nearly new clothes and linens. Last year the event raised more than £500 towards the charity’s work with local visually impaired people. All goods can be dropped off during office hours at the charity’s offices at 91 Balmoral Road.


The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet on Monday, July 21, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the speaker will be James Horton, guide at Lancaster Castle. This will be followed by afternoon tea. Admission is £1.50 including tea and raffle, everyone welcome. The next meeting of the group will be held on Monday, September 1, with Martin Webster, Wattonerth Four, four men in harmony. No meetings in August.

The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, holds a Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 7.30pm which is followed by refreshments. Every Wednesday, from 10am to noon, a coffee morning is held at the church. The subject for the Nurture Group, Thursday 7pm to 9pm, is Looking at the 10 Commandments. The speaker this Sunday, July 20, will be Rev David Montgomery and the service will be followed by a buffet.

Advance notice of a charity weekend to be held in aid of St John’s Hospice at Heysham Mossgate Sports Facility on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. The event will provide fun for all the family with bouncy castle, obstacle courses, raffles, games, face painting, beat the goalie and a table top sale. To donate raffle prizes or to book a stall please contact Vicky on 01524 855019.

The next ecumenical bring and share breakfast will be held at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, July 19, at 9am, when the speaker will be Geoffrey Moore, Chaplain to the North West ports. Everyone welcome.

The preacher at Wesley at 10.30am this Sunday, July 20, will be Norman Boothroyd. The preacher at 6.30pm will be Mrs Shirley Townley and the guest soloist Mrs Sheila Gardner.

This Sunday, July 20, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church, followed at 6.30pm by a service of Evening Prayer (BCP). At St James this Sunday, Morning Prayer, Common Worship will be held at 11am.

Heysham Neighbourhood Council is to hold a public meeting at Heysham Village Institute on Tuesday, July 22, at 7.30pm. The meeting will be to discuss the proposed wind turbine application by Peel Energy for a single 77-metre tall turbine on the north wall of Heysham Harbour. A representative from Peel will be at the meeting to answer any questions.


This Sunday, July 20, there will be a Eucharist Service at 10.45am at St Helen’s Church which will include Junior Church to celebrate end of term. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. Said Communion is held on Thursdays at 6.30pm until further notice.

The next service at Sunderland Point Mission will take place on Sunday, August 10, at 2.30pm.

The Friends of St Helens will hold a strawberry tea at the memorial hall on Wednesday, July 30, from 2pm to 4pm. Church contact and diary details available on also events and gallery pictures on Friends of St Helen Church Overton Facebook page.

Fair Trade produce is available each Sunday and there is a collection basket for the local Food Bank with tinned and dried goods appreciated.


This Sunday, July 20, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when John Mills will speak on the subject Why I should read my Bible. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Information on Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group, can be obtained from Kate on 07739 031739.

Once again the prestigious Morecambe Bowling League Visitor Cup competition was hosted by Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club on July 5. It was a perfect summer’s day for this event with 62 competitors from all over the area taking part.

This event was so well supported that it began at an early time of 9am and ended at 8.15pm. It was a long day for all the players and officials taking part.

It was quite a day out with competitors bringing along their families who all enjoyed the facilities provided by members of the bowling club.

The winner was Alan Gillpin from Hale Bowling Club and the runner-up Arnie Smith from Bare Village Bowling Club.

This event was sponsored by Morecambe Press to whom club members send their sincere thanks. Look out for the date of next competition.

During the second weekend of July, St Luke’s Church held a Summer Fair and Flower Festival in the church, church hall and the grounds. The windows of the church were decorated by various church organisations.

The Urban Saints’ decoration included a display describing the work members are undertaking in South Africa, there was a striking display entitled Golden Anniversary, the Sunday School produced a bright and lively display of flowers that the children could have made, there was a display of some of the poppies crafted as part of the primary school work that contributed to the Great War Exhibition in the Memorial Hall and there was one display where the colours in the roses matched those on the covers of the Ordnance Survey maps that were under the bouquets.

There were games, a plant stall, raffle and diverse other stalls in the grounds. The hall hosted the sale of cakes, greetings cards, chocolatebola and beverages.


Bolton-le-Sands Art Society will hold its annual art exhibition at St Mary’s Hall, Main Road, from Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27, open from 10am to 6pm daily, closing at 4pm on the Sunday. The event will include refreshments, a raffle and an art exhibition by the local primary school.

Another busy meeting of Bolton-le-Sands WI was held on July 8, when Mrs Hazel Short, President, welcomed everybody with a few words about the death of Mrs Helena Mullard, a past president, committee member and well loved friend.

Hazel then reported on the fact that over the last few months the group has had many new members and membership would have to be closed at this time.

She reminded the meeting that committee members are needed to run such a large institute and the group was asked to give this serious thought.

She thanked Joan Baker for organising such a successful day out at Boundary Mills and Townley Hall and particularly thanked Joan for organising the weather, which was perfect.

On display were the embroidered names of family members who had lost their life in World War One to be forwarded for inclusion in a quilt.

Reports were heard from the Walking Group, Nature and Wildlife and an update on the arrangements for the WI Show at Garstang in September.

The talk for the evening had a different look, Stay Safe by Lancashire CC Trading Standards, which by means of short plays highlighted safety in the home. The vote of thanks was given by Brenda Wood.

Details were given of the August meeting which will be a games night of whist, dominoes, Beetle and Scrabble, with refreshments with a difference.

In members’ time the delegate to the WI Annual Meeting held in Leeds gave a thorough and interesting report.

Advance notice was given of a proposed Christmas lunch at Garstang Country Hotel, followed by a visit to Barton Grange, and it is hoped this will be on Wednesday, December 3.


Carnforth Townswomen’s Guild held their 400th meeting on July 8, when chairman Janet Sullivan and members enjoyed a celebratory cake.

The guests for the evening were Denise Armer and Jane Halpin from Unique Kidz who spoke about their charity which provides specialist services for disabled children and their families.

The guild meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army hall at 7.30pm, ladies would be made most welcome.


Warton Crag Women’s Institute celebrated its 75th birthday on July 10. In 1938, 24 ladies got together and held a meeting, and then in January 1939 the Warton Crag WI was formed.

Within a few months 
membership rose to almost 100 but also, with the start of WWII in 1939, the ladies were very soon involved with all the war work expected of the WIs all over the country, which was a great deal more than jam making.

Almost 50 members were welcomed by the President to the celebration party in the village hall.

Amongst the exhibits on show were four scrap books from over the years and the original first minute books. A photographic slide show of some of the many social activities was enjoyed by everyone as was a reading of Lancashire poems by Trevor Singleton. A buffet supper was provided by Alison Thompson Catering. The evening was closed with a toast to the WI and the future.

New members always welcome. Contact Hilary on 01524 730533 for membership details.