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The Lets Get Movin' adult disability group at their annual presentation taken at Lancaster and Morecambe College. Certificates were presented by councillor Keith Budden. Also pictured are Tracey Austin (dance teacher) and Lesley Oldfield (group organiser).
The Lets Get Movin' adult disability group at their annual presentation taken at Lancaster and Morecambe College. Certificates were presented by councillor Keith Budden. Also pictured are Tracey Austin (dance teacher) and Lesley Oldfield (group organiser).
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, August 10, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Mary Johnson from Maryport. Further information can be obtained from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Patterdale area. The A party, led by David Marsland, walked from the Kirkstone Inn up Red Screes to Scandale down Caiston Glen to Brothers Water, Hartsop, Hayeswater, Angle Tarn, Boredale Hause and into Patterdale.

Party B, led by David Hartley, walked from Limefitt Caravan Park to Long Green Head, Scots Rake, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag, Hayeswater, Hartsop, Dubhow and into Patterdale. The C party, led by Mike and Beryl Sherriff, walked from Glenridding to Lantys Tarn, along Grisedale to Ruthwaite Lodge, Elmhow, Thornhow and into Patterdale.

The group’s next walks will be in the Hawkshead area. For further information or to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


This Sunday, August 10, at 10.30am, Morning Communion Service will be led by Rev Charles Makonde at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road. The coffee morning on Tuesday, August 12, at 10am, will be raising funds for the Timboni School in Kenya.

At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, this Sunday, August 10, the 10am Morning Worship Service will be conducted by Janine Swinburn. 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 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, August 12. Lunch at 12.15pm will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Fr Tom Davis, Parish Priest of St Barnabas Church, Morecambe, entitled A Walking Pilgrimage – By Coach, about his recent trip to Santiago de Compostela. The talk is free and all welcome. To book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 412987 by Sunday, August 10, to book a place.

The branch will be hosting a local charities coffee morning at the Platform on Thursday, August 14, from 10am to noon. Entrance £1 (children free) with stalls including bric-a-brac, tombola, books, cakes and produce.

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 keyboard are available for use. The first Wednesday of 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.

The next concert will be an evening of live music with Tony Stace on Sunday, August 17, at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 including refreshments. With easy access for the disabled the concert will be held at St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way.


This Sunday, August 10, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Rev Eddie Sykes will lead Holy Communion at 8.30am, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Janine Swinburn and Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Geoff Lear.

The monthly PACT meeting for August will be held in the Ascension Church lounge tomorrow, Wednesday, August 6, from 6pm. This is an opportunity to make views known to local police and councillors and people are encouraged to attend.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, August 10, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris who is also 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. All welcome.

The Ascension Church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to noon. The friendly regulars would love to see new faces calling in. Coffee or tea and biscuits costs £1 and all proceeds support this parish church.

The church complex currently has rooms to let at reasonable and locally competitive rates. If looking for a venue for September or even the new year contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more details or to make a booking.


Services at St Martin’s Church Centre, next to the William Mitchell, are Said Eucharists on Thursdays at 10am and Sung Eucharists on Sundays at 9.30am. These services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of the Parish of Torrisholme, to which St Martin’s belongs. He is also the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Local residents who have never seen the inside of St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate’s only church, are specially invited to call in at the regular community coffee morning on Saturdays from 10am to 11.30am, when the hosts John and Pat Farling would be delighted to show visitors around.

The centre is currently available for hire on Fridays from 4.30pm and on Sundays from 1pm. Children’s parties always welcome. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more information or to make bookings.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Sunday, August 10, Family Worship with Holy Communion at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery. Everyone welcome at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

Advance notice that on Saturday, August 30, there will be a RAFA Concert with the Morecambe Band at the church at 7.30pm, tickets £6.

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.

On Friday, August 15, at 7pm, there will be a Sung Mass at St Barnabas, Regent Road, to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This celebrates the departure of Mary from this life, and the assumption of her body and soul into heaven. Anyone who would like to join the congregation at this special service would be very welcome.

Every Thursday there is a coffee morning between 10am and 1pm in the St Barnabas’ Parish Centre. It is hoped to make this an ongoing community event for all ages to meet, so the church is asking for support. 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 and Friday noon. Anyone who would like to join members at any of the services would be most welcome. The service times are also on

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

Speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, this Saturday, August 9, at 7.30pm, will be Les and Lorraine from Bolton-le-Sands, and Joyce Holden from Fleetwood will be the speaker on Sunday, August 10, at 2.30pm. The speakers will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and a demonstration of their mediumship.

At the church on Tuesdays at 2.30pm the Bright Hour is a caring and sharing group, a wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation, readings and mediumship, everyone welcome.

Wednesdays at 2.30pm is Spiritual Healing – put yourself in the care of the dedicated healers. Spiritual healing can help emotional as well as physical conditions. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm the Open Circle is a popular, uplifting service which is open for any medium to pass on messages. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


There will be a coffee afternoon at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, August 9, from 2pm to 4pm, with a cake stall, raffle and lucky ticket number, with proceeds for church funds. Mike Prendergast will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday, August 10, at 10.30am and Maurice Longton and members of his family will lead the Sunday Night at Wesley service at 6.30pm in their own inimitable way.

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, from 11am to 2pm. Bacon butties will be available from 11am to noon and from noon to 2pm soup and sandwiches will be served.

The event will also include a tombola, cake stall and good-as-new stall.

Everyone welcome, proceeds directly for the benefit of the children.

St John’s Mothers’ Union welcome everyone to a coffee morning to be held in St Johns Church hall on Saturday, August 9, from 10.30am to noon. There will be a stall and a raffle, admission £1.50. Monies raised in aid of Mothers’ Union charities.

Greenfingers Community Project will host an open day at Daisy Bank Allotments on Smithy Lane from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, August 10. There will be stalls, competitions, raffles and people are welcome to come along and see the developments at the allotments. For queries please telephone Les Jones on 07832 292470.

Prayer meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. Refreshments are available after the meeting. Coffee mornings, serving toast and biscuits, are held every Wednesday at 10am to noon. The speaker at the Nazarene Church this Sunday, August 10, will be Rev Alan Longworth with communion.

This Sunday, August 10, at St Peter’s Church at 9.30am, there will be a Family Service, followed at 11am by Parish Communion there. At St James there is Sunday School at 9.30am followed by a service at 11am.


St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service at 10.45am this Sunday, August 10, Join the congregation after the service for refreshments. Please note Junior Church is on holiday until September. Items for the local Food Bank will be in church, tinned or dried items welcome. Fair Trade goods will also be on sale after the service.

This Sunday, August 10, at Sunderland Point Mission, there will be an Evensong Service with Book of Common Prayer at 2.30pm.

Save the date – Harvest Supper and Auction at the Globe Hotel, Overton, at 7pm, on Monday, October 6.

Contact details and diary dates available on


A guided walk, Mawson’s Garden Village, will start from the level crossing on Hest Bank shore at 2pm this Saturday, August 9.

The walk will highlight the influence of the landscape designer Thomas Mawson and how arts-and-crafts Mawson buildings came to characterise Hest Bank. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person.

For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


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.