Community Beat

Thomas Rigg Memorial Football Tournament Charity football match, organised by Aran Rigg at Lancaster and Morecambe College.'Pictured are Cancer Care XI with FC Britannia and (front) Jack House, Lft. Arthur Bailey from TS Duke of Lancaster Sea Cadets, Joe House, Aran Rigg and Lisa House.'19th July 2014
Thomas Rigg Memorial Football Tournament Charity football match, organised by Aran Rigg at Lancaster and Morecambe College.'Pictured are Cancer Care XI with FC Britannia and (front) Jack House, Lft. Arthur Bailey from TS Duke of Lancaster Sea Cadets, Joe House, Aran Rigg and Lisa House.'19th July 2014

Community Beat news.


Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will feature a concert with the Ladies of Note at 7.30pm this Thursday, July 31.

This Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3, the church will celebrate its 80th anniversary in the present building.

On Saturday, 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 the showing of DVDs of past activities. From 5pm to 6.15pm there will be a concert in the church.

On Sunday, the 10.30am Anniversary Service will be led by Rev Andrew Champley followed by refreshments in the hall. From 2pm to 4pm the programme of events will be the same as Saturday afternoon.

Everyone welcome, no tickets required.

This Sunday, August 3, at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, the 10am Family Communion Service with Sermon Service will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery. See website

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 Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a full day, finishing at Cockermouth, this Saturday, August 2.

The A walk will be a circular led by Tom Hodgson, starting at Fernbank Park leading down to the River Cocker to Stanger Farm then on to the holy well at Stanger Spa. From there the walkers will take field paths and lanes to Shatton Lodge Farm and Hall Bank, and after a short road a lane to Westray before crossing the A66 and ascending to Slate Fell. Then its downhill back to Cockermouth, nine and a half miles and 500ft of climb.

The B walk, led by Sylvia Dyson, will start at the head of Bassenthwaite Lake near Station Cottage, passing Dubwath, the Ruddings then crossing the River Derwent to Hardwick Croft. The group will pick up the Allerdale Ramble to finish in Cockermouth, seven and a half miles and 750ft of ascent.

The C route, led by Anne Ray, will be a flat walk along the River Cocker, four to five miles.

Pick-up time will be 9am from Torrisholme’s Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members always welcome, further information from Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the new summer programme from

The Ascension Church’s Family Weekend was a great success attracting lots of visitors including many young families. The Vicarage Garden Party in particular was blessed with glorious sunshine drawing quite a crowd, many saying that the church should hold that sort of event more often. Another blessing was that more than £1,500 was raised over the two days for the organ appeal. A big thank you to all helpers and supporters.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, August 3, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, on Monday, August 4, the Ascension Church will hold a Vigil of Prayer, beginning with a Eucharist at 7pm. This will be followed by a Silent Watch of Prayer until 11pm recalling the day and time when war was declared. Everyone is welcome to share in all or part of this special event.

The church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to noon in the lounge. This is open to everyone so please pop in as the regulars are a very friendly crowd.


This Sunday, August 3, at 2pm, St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, will be holding a Service of Commemoration of the outbreak of World War One, with the laying of a wreath by the Mayor of Lancaster and attended by David Morris MP. This has been inspired following the discovery of a forgotten WW1 Memorial which is fixed to the wall of West End Primary School on Westminster Road. This memorial was unveiled on Saturday, February 3, 1923, by the headteacher Mr Hodgkinson, who had fought himself and had survived. It would seem this became neglected, and forgotten, with the erection on the Cenotaph.

The memorial commemorates the boys of the school from the Morecambe and Sandylands area who fought and died. The youngest was just 16.

They are Harrison Bailey of Regent Road, Stanley Bates of Claremont Road, Harold Carter and Harry Riley of Albert Road, William Kershaw of Hampton Road, William Newell of Westminster Road, John Nuttall of Springfield Street, Thomas Parker of Gardner Road and James Carter.

A small exhibition regarding these men will be in church, but West End Primary School will be working on this in greater detail in the autumn term to be unveiled in time for Remembrance Sunday.

It is hoped that great many of the West End and Sandylands residents will attend this service to remember local heros. If anyone recognised the names or has further information please email or telephone 01524 415216. In those unforgettable words, on Sunday, August 3 – we will remember them.

The 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, Friday noon and Saturday 10am. 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.

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.

Every Wednesday at 10am, Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers Fellowship to which everyone is welcome. This Sunday, August 3, at 10.30am, Family Worship at 10am will be conducted by David Umpleby. Again all welcome.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two mediums this weekend. Jean Entwistle from Fleetwood will visit this Saturday, August 2, at 7.30pm, and on Sunday, August 3, Sheila Hall from Preston will conduct the Divine Service at 2.30pm. On each occasion the mediums will give a short talk on their understanding of Spiritualism before a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour discussion group attended by local mediums, all who are interested in a life after this one. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service attended by Spiritualist National Union trained healers. No charge for healing just a free will offering to church funds. Also on Wednesdays there is the Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumistic abilities.

The Temple of Light Church would like to thank all who took part in the recent evening of clairvoyance in aid of the St John’s Hospice Fund, which raised a total of £322.70. It was a wonderful evening which was enjoyed by all with mediums Jeanette and Colin Greenough from Blackpool, who attended for free to support this wonderful cause. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.

Advance notice of a Dementia Awareness Fun Day to be held at Woodhill House, Woodhill Lane, Morecambe, to raise funds for the residents’ amenities and also to show the everyday lives of people living with dementia. The home is also hoping to make a donation to a dementia research charity. The fun day will be held on Friday, August 29, starting at 2pm. Donations for a tombola and raffle would be appreciated.


St Martin’s Church centre, opposite Lidl Supermarket, holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am when hosts John and Pat Farling are happy to show people round what is Westgate’s only church.

Services at St Martin’s Church each week are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursdays and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sundays. The 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.

Held recently St Martin’s Church Summer Fair raised £524 for parish funds. A big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the event, especially visitors from the local community.

The church centre is available for hire on Fridays from 4pm and on Sundays from 1pm, and welcomes children’s parties. Contact Alan on 419174 for more information and to make bookings.


St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service this Sunday, August 3, at 10.45am, to which all are invited to join the congregation. The service will be followed by refreshments and fellowship and Fair Trade produce will be available. Also, on Monday, August 4, at 10pm, there will be a Solemn Commemoration Service on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Sunderland Point Mission Church will hold a service on Sunday, August, 10, at 2.30pm – Book of Common Prayer Evensong.

The Friends of St Helen’s are holding a Strawberry Tea, with bring and buy and a raffle in Overton Memorial Hall from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow, Wednesday July 30. All welcome.

Overton Memorial Hall urgently needs enthusiastic committee members and an open meeting will be held on Monday, August 4, at 7pm. If you are interested in the future of the hall then please go along.


The local committee of the Leeds Children’s Holiday Camp at Silverdale is holding a Soup and Sandwich event at St James’ Church Centre, Heysham Road, on Saturday, August 9, between 11am and 2pm. Bacon butties will be available from 11am to noon and from noon to 2pm soup and sandwiches will be served. There will also be a tombola, cake stall and good as new stall. Everyone welcome, all proceeds directly for the benefit of the children.

Rev Charles Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, August 3, at 10.30am, when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. Charles will also lead worship at 6.30pm when the guest musician will be David Tattersall.

This Sunday, August 3, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be at St Peter’s, followed at 11am by a service of Morning Prayer. At St James, Sunday School will be held at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer at 11am there.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place at Heysham Library on Monday, August 4, at 7pm. Residents of Heysham are invited to attend. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, will be in attendance.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, August 3, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Helen Taylor from Blackpool. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.


Although the Kenyan Project Workshops ceased in June for the summer, the ladies have continued to be productive.

The group has decided to change its name to the Kenyan Project into Africa.

The organisers thank every lady who has contributed in donating newly made clothing, from premature birth up to 13/14-year-old boys and girls.

Through the summer the group has sent aid to Kenya, Malawi and Gambia. Over the next weeks donations of clothing will go to Zambia, Kenya and Uganda.

Anyone wishing to see the group’s files of this amazing story over the last three years will be able to do so at the first meeting of the autumn session on Tuesday, September 16, from 1.30pm, in the Mawson Room of the Memorial Hall, Slyne-with-Hest.

The group has a photographic record of the growth of this work.

Normally workshops are held at 1.30pm to 3.30pm every first and third Tuesday in the month. For more information about this work please contact Susan on 01524 823928.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the fourth Wednesday of July when Mrs J Mace gave an interesting account of a visit she made to Myanmar, which was previously called Burma. The population comprises Muslims, who live in the north, Buddhists and Christians. Although Christians are in a minority there are 8,655 members of the Mothers’ Union who are celebrating their centenary this year.

Mrs Mace travelled by road, plane and the River Irrawaddy from Rangoon to Mandalay and Myingyan. Her slides showed the magnificent temples, pagodas and carvings with their roofs and statutes covered in gold. In spite of this opulence the people are poor and work very hard in workshops and in the fields and it is hoped that tourism will improve the economy and the living conditions of the population. Mrs Marjorie Udall gave the vote of thanks.

In the open forum prior to the July meeting of the Parish Council concern was expressed about the state of the recreation field; specifically the safety of the nature pond and the state of the play equipment.

The easiest way to describe the rec is a mess. It was said that a dog had been stuck in the mud around the pond. Parish councillors shared these concerns.

The council had pursued the contractor to complete the work though at the time of the meeting this had not been achieved.

The work during the last two years has been to drain the field, which was originally given to the parish council 
as it was recognised that it would never be suitable for housing as there is an underground spring and water drains from the surrounding fields on to it.

There was general agreement that there should be goalposts for the football pitch.

The Parish Council ordered them 18 months ago but have not had them delivered as the pitch has not been suitable for use.

There was agreement that there should be an all-weather pitch. Work on this is planned to take place after the existing work has been completed.

The original idea for the pond was it to be a wildlife area and the pond was not expected to be there all year round.

The Parish Council had been advised that it would dry up in the summer, particularly if trees, for example willows, were planted near it as these would take up the water. The trees have to mature for this to be effective.

It was agreed to explore managing the recreation field as a separate entity rather than the parish council having it as part of its remit.

An advantage of this approach is that the recreation field could apply for grant funds for which the parish council is not entitled to 

Later in the week the pond was scrapped out so it would be a clear pond rather than an area of marsh. The zip-wire was repaired and the slide was removed to be sited somewhere more appropriate in the future.

The gate at the entrance to the recreation field by the tennis club is in good condition. The Parish Council has arranged to replace the gate at the middle entrance to the field and install a gate at the other entrance furthest from the tennis club.

There was a short discussion during the open forum about the Bottomdale Road continuing to have the same speed limits (30mph past the burial and football grounds then 60mph) as before the work on the link road started. The road now has buses and lorries travelling on it.

When compared with the 30mph limit imposed on the A6 it does not make sense. This is a matter that is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council and should be referred to it.

There remains a vacancy on parish council.

Anyone who is interested in improving the facilities and ambiance of the village and would like to take on this role should contact one of the existing parish councillors or the clerk.

Their contact details are on the notice board outside the memorial hall and in the village newsletter.

The Parish Council has received complaints about the weeds in gutters and drains. Street cleaning is undertaken by Lancaster City Council whilst Lancashire County Council is responsible for the roads as the highway authority.

This issue should be referred to those authorities.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club on the penultimate Monday of July, Joan Bell won the games of dominoes with June Gardner second and Joan Hunter third. At the same meeting Isa Gibson won the games of whist, with Margaret Western second and Marie Anderson third. The next meeting of the Over 60s Club will be held on Monday, September 1, in the memorial hall.

The Equipment Fund met on the last Friday of July when Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist with George Metcalfe second, Margaret Western third and fourth Marian Anderson.

The high halves were taken by Doreen Spencer and Margaret Eccles.

At the same meeting Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton second.

The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be held on Friday, September 5, in the memorial hall.

The next community coffee morning will be held this Saturday, August 2, from 10am to noon in the memorial hall.

The Lancaster and District Fuchsia Society Show will be held in the memorial hall this Sunday, August 3, from 2pm.

This Sunday, August 3, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when David Clarke will speak on the subject Logic, common sense, science and faith. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, 
will not be meeting but further information can be obtained from Kate on 07739 031739.


A Children’s Party will be held at the Railway Club, Carnforth, on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 24, from 3pm to 6pm.

Tickets are priced at £2.50 per child and the event will include games and a tea party. Fancy dress optional, with a prize for the best boy and best girl. Each child will also receive a gift.

Entry by ticket only, which are limited and can be obtained from Gail on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 732723.

This Saturday, August 2, Art on Platform 1 will take place at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre with local artists exhibiting their work from 10am to 4pm.

Carnforth Town Council is holding an Ecumenical Service on Monday, August 4, in the War Memorial Gardens, Carnforth, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, starting at 7pm.

The service will be conducted by the clergy of all 
five Carnforth churches 
and Carnforth’s Salvation Army Band will provide music for the hymns with vocal accompaniment from the Carnforth and District Choral Society.

The event will be attended by the Right Worshipful Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Susie Charles, and Carnforth Town Mayor, Coun Ken Bond.

Coun Bond said: “Millions of lives of British, Dominion services and civilian lives were lost both during the 1914-1918 war and its aftermath.

“Their sacrifices should never be forgotten and I hope and trust the general public will support the Town Council in acknowledging the 
enormous debt we owe to them.”