Community Beat

The revamped Orchard adult inpatient mental health unit in Lancaster was officially opened today by MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw. Eric cuts the ribbon with L-R: Councillor Sheila Denwood, Ward Manager Bev Craw, and Chief Executive of the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Heather Tierney-Moore.
The revamped Orchard adult inpatient mental health unit in Lancaster was officially opened today by MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw. Eric cuts the ribbon with L-R: Councillor Sheila Denwood, Ward Manager Bev Craw, and Chief Executive of the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Heather Tierney-Moore.

This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. On Sunday, August 17, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Bob Dawson from Rossendale. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

The Ladies’ Friendship Group had a very busy July, starting with two excellent speakers early in the month – Mr Ashcroft on The Bay Crossings and also a talk with slides on the Leighton Moss habitat. The summer outing this year was to Houghton Garden Centre, near Carlisle, followed by the Gretna Gateway outlet. The weather was brilliant that day and the trip was enjoyed by all.

The annual Summer Afternoon Tea and Party was held on July 30, this year taking the theme of all the fun of the fair which proved to be a great success. A visit to Blackpool Opera House to see the stage musical Mamma Mia rounded the programme off nicely. Everyone is now enjoying a summer break.

The group resumes meetings on Wednesday, September 3, at their regular meeting place in the church hall at the rear of St Mary’s Church on Matthias Street, behind Gala Bingo.

New members always welcome to join the group which meets most Wednesdays. For further details please contact the secretary Mrs V Smith on 01524 414807, who would be delighted to give information.

A guided walk, The Train now Standing, departs from The Platform (once Morecambe’s Promenade Railway Station) at 2pm this Saturday, August 16. 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 £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, 01524 420905.

Morecambe Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, in conjunction with Flora Pro Active, will be holding a free health check in the Arndale Centre. The health check consists of a blood test for cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and a BMI score, which will result in the client obtaining their heart age.

This free event will be held this Saturday, August 16, from 9am to 5pm, but if you can’t get to the Arndale Centre you can get a free health check from Morecambe Sainsbury’s Pharmacy.

There will be a charity event at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club this Sunday, August 17, from noon to 4pm, sponsored by Premierline Direct in aid of St John’s Hospice.

The event will include six teams competing in sporting challenges and there will be a bouncy castle, penalty shoot-outs, face painting and a large raffle with prizes donated from the Festival Market, Silver Tree, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and many other local businesses.

A walk along the promenade and through early Victorian Morecambe, looking at its history through its buildings, books and personal anecdotes, will start from the town hall gardens this Sunday, August 17, at 2pm. The walk is free and will be on pavements throughout.


This Sunday, August 17, at 10.30am, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, the Morning Service will be led by Norman Boothroyd.

At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, this Sunday, August 17, the 10am Family Communion Service with all-age activities 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.

Morecambe and Heysham Women’s Conservative Luncheon Club meetings will recommence on Wednesday, September 3, at Morecambe Golf Club, 12.30pm for 1pm, lunch £12. Annual subscription is £6, new members always welcome. The club has a different speaker each month. For further information contact 01524 416253.


A new yoga class will be starting at the Ascension Hall, Michaelson Avenue, on Wednesdays, from September 10, 10am to 11.15am, £4.50 per session. Men and women of any age and beginners welcome.

Jilly Edmundson teaches yoga from a ‘mindfulness’ perspective, encouraging practitioners to work totally in tune with their own body. Some of the benefits of yoga include improved flexibility, strength, concentration, balance, posture, sense of calm and well-being. For more information telephone Jilly on 01524 791126, visit or email

The Ascension Church is soon to play host to the Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra. On Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm, there will be an evening of Music for Organ and Orchestra, featuring the church’s stunning new pipe organ and including works by Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi and Albinoni. Tickets, priced at £10, are already on sale, available from the church, Fr Chris on 01524 413144 or Alan on 419174.

The Ascension Church is proud to announce that Fr Chris has become a dad for the first time. His wife Dawn gave birth to Lucy Maria on Wednesday, August 6. Congratulations to them both.

Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday, August 17, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: 8am Said Eucharist, 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, continue as normal on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Everyone welcome.

The Ascension Church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to noon in the lounge. This is not just for church members – the regulars would love to welcome new faces. Why not pop in?

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held on Wednesday, August 20, in the Church of Ascension Vestry at 2pm. Anyone with breathing difficulties will be welcome.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Bentham, this Saturday, August 16.

The A walk, led by Linda Mills, will start from the bridge at Wray, walking through fields to Hindburn Bridge then on to Cragg Hall, Birks Farm and Furnessford Bridge, Oakhead and on to the Great Stone of Fourstones. The walkers will then follow paths to H olly Tree, Branstone Beck and Staggarth before crossing the railway line at Ridding Lane and into Bentham. A walk of approximately eight and a half miles.

The B walk, led by Norma Nicholls, will be a circular, starting from Station Road, Bentham and crossing the River Wenning before taking a path leading to Staggarth, and on to Branstone Beck through fields and woodland towards Holly Tree, Sunnybank Farm and Lane End then over a short section of moorland to Fourstones, followed by fields, pasture land and lanes to Fleet Green, Willow Tree and Low Bottom, before dropping down through the riverside caravan site, and back on to Station Road. A seven mile walk.

Led by Elaine Hall, the C walk will be a riverside walk starting at High Bentham, walking through woods and fields along the River Wenning to Low Bentham, then back on the other side to High Bentham, with several stiles. A distance of four miles.

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

This Sunday, August 17, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by David Whitfield. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes, a united service attended by other local churches.

On Tuesday, August 19, at the Church of the Ascension in the lounge, Dr M Bukhari, Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, will be the speaker and there will be an opportunity for questions at a meeting detailing an osteoporosis medical update. Please remember that any question should be of a general nature and handed in on arrival. Personal concerns are best discussed with a GP. The meeting starts at 2pm.

Places are limited and a lot of interest is expected therefore it is imperative to let the group secretary know if you wish to attend on 01524 413933, email

The aims of the group are to support, offer advice and provide information to osteoporosis sufferers and their carers in the Lancaster, Morecambe and outlying areas. The group also try to raise awareness of the disease in the community and help the National Osteoporosis Society with their campaigns.

Meetings are held bi-monthly at the Church of Ascension, Michaelson Avenue, on Tuesdays, usually starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm. The committee tries to provide a variety of speakers covering medical subjects, research news and topics of general interest.

There is no annual membership fee, all is asked for is a donation on the night (£2) to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments. The meetings are open to all.


Dance sessions at St Martin’s Church Centre on Wednesdays evenings have now ended for a summer break. Classes will begin again on September 17. For more information or to book a place for the new term telephone Chris Simpson on 01539 821405.

Services at St Martin’s Church this week are Said Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Sung Eucharist on Sunday at 9.30am, both 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 holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am to which everyone is invited and hosts John and Pat Farling are always willing to show people round Westgate’s only church. The church centre is currently available to hire on Fridays from 4.30pm and on Sundays from 1pm, contact Alan on 01524 419174.


A Charity Weekend in aid of St John’s Hospice will be held at Heysham Mossgate Sports Facility on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. The event will include bouncy castles, obstacle courses, raffles, games, face painting, a table top sale, beat the goalkeeper and refreshments – fun for all the family. To donate raffle prizes or to book a stall please contact Vicky on 01524 855019.

This Sunday, August 17, Parish Communion will be held at 9.30am at St Peter’s Church, followed at 6.30pm by Evening Prayer there.

On Sunday, August 24, Parish Communion will be held at 9.30am at St Peter’s, with a Service of Morning Prayer at 11am there. A service of Holy Communion will be held at 11am at St James.

Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, Heysham, holds a Prayer Meetings on Tuesdays at 7.30pm which is followed by refreshments and on Wednesdays from 10am to noon there is a coffee morning.

The next Messy Church event at Wesley Methodist Church will be held this Saturday, August 16, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, and will take a different form than usual. This will be a fun day when there will be a bouncy castle, barbecue, games and a time of favourite songs and choruses. Why not go along and enjoy the fun, bearing in mind that children must be accompanied by an adult?

Mrs Sandra Lucas will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday, August 17, at 10.30am. Rev Charles Makonde will be the preacher at 6.30pm when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. This week the well known mezzo soprano Wendy Sharrock will be the guest soloist.


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.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesdays at 10am, all welcome. This Sunday, August 17, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mrs Pam Denton of Sedbergh.

A RAFA Concert with the Morecambe Band will be held at the church on Saturday August 30, 7.30pm, with tickets costing £6.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two guest speakers this coming weekend. Stephen Hemmingway from Preston will be the medium for Saturday, August 16, at 7.30pm, and Helen Taylor from Blackpool will be the medium for Sunday, August 17. Both speakers will give a short talk about Spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

At the church on Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour, a cheerful, uplifting time where the group discuss Spiritualism, prayers and readings. A healing service is held at 2.30pm on Wednesday, and also on Wednesday at 7.30pm there is the Open Circle where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship after a short talk on their understanding of Spiritualism.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.

This 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. Anyone who would like to join members of the church 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 please give 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 the congregation 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 www.ourchurch.

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


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 is 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.