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Focus Youth, which meets on the top floor of the Post Office buildings, Market Street, is holding an open day this Saturday, August 30, from 11am to 3pm. Meet the team and find out what the group is all about and the fun involved, with singing and performing. For more information please contact David on 07957 860958.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, August 31, the speaker at 6.30pm will be Steve Beastall from Blackpool. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

A guided walk, Poulton and Old Morecambe, starts from the Police Station in Poulton Square at 2pm this Saturday, August 30. The walk explores the music halls, pleasure gardens, grand villas and domestic details from an area once known as Little Bradford. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


The next evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club tonight, Tuesday, August 26, at 7.30pm, when there will be a talk by Chris Robson entitled Lord Arthur William Tedder, Marshal of the Royal Air Force. The talk is free and everyone is welcome.

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

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Thursday, August 28, at 7.30pm there will be a concert featuring Wendy Sharrock, and on Sunday, August 31, the 10.30am Morning Service will be led by Rev Geoffrey Lear.

At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, this Sunday, August 31, the 10am Morning Worship will be conducted by Denise Clarke. The following Sunday, September 7, Rev Graham Maskery will conduct the 10am Family Communion Service with Sermon Service. 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.


This Sunday, August 31, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Sandra Lucas. Good News Trust’s local library will be in attendance. The Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Peter Brophy.

Zumba sessions at the Ascension Church hall, formerly led by Jade Taylor, will resume on Tuesday, September 2, from 6pm to 7pm. The new teacher will be Hayley Payton who will be delighted to welcome former and new members.

Tickets are now on sale for an evening of Music for Organ and Orchestra to be held in the Ascension Church on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm. The Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra will entertain and feature the church’s new pipe organ. Tickets cost £10, all proceeds will support the organ appeal.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, August 31, the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Phil Barber. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesday at 7pm and Wednesday at 10am, both with Fr Brian Pithers, and on Saturday at 10am with Fr Phil.

Don’t forget the church’s weekly coffee morning on Saturdays from 10am to noon, in the lounge, all welcome.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks will be on a full day, finishing at Southport, this Saturday, August 30.

The A walk, led by Linda Mills, will start at Freshfield near the National Trust site, 10-11 miles. Walk B, with Alan Whittaker, will also start at Freshfield, an essentially flat route of nine miles. Catherine Hodson will lead walk C which will include a circular of the village of Churchtown, five miles.

Pick-up time will be 9am from the church. Guests and new members are always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Non-walkers are welcome to book the coach to take advantage of a shopping or leisure day out in Southport.

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Services at St Martin’s Church centre this week: Said Eucharist on Thursday at 10am led by Fr Tom Davis, Parish Priest of St Barnabas, Morecambe; and Sung Eucharist on Sunday at 9.30am led by Fr Tom Bill, one time curate of the Parish of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Light refreshments follow these services, all welcome.

John and Pat Farling host a community coffee morning in St Martin’s Church centre on Saturdays from 10am to 11.30am, all welcome to take a look round Westgate’s only church. Please note, however, there will not be a coffee morning on Saturday, September 6, but back to normal on September 13.


Northgate Football Club will be holding a car boot sale tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, at Acre Moss Lane field. Starting at 9am the cost is £5 per car, with all proceeds to the Northgate club. Further details from 07511 927514.

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 its Shoppers’ Fellowship, all welcome.

This Saturday, August 30, at 7.30pm, the church will be the venue for the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association’s annual concert with the Morecambe Band and soloist Louise Greatch. The theme of the concert will be Saturday Night at the Movies and will include film music favourites, old and new. Tickets cost £6, available from Jane Latin on 01524 412987.

This Sunday, August 31st, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Brenda Willis. Everyone welcome to join in worship at the friendly church on Sefton Road. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, September 6, hosted by Margaret Wellock in aid of the Deep Griha Appeal.

On Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm, the St Barnabas’ Church G & S Singers will be performing a concert version of The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund. Tickets are on sale from the end of the month from either the parish shop or in church, and are £6 including refreshments.

During September the church is looking for new members to join the choir – adults and also boys and girls from age eight. A coffee morning will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 11am to 2pm, to raise funds for the choir. If interested in the choir please make contact through the web site or attend the coffee morning.

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

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two mediums this weekend, Harry and Lily O’Dell from Carlisle. Their first service will be this Saturday, August 30, at 7.30pm, followed by the Divine Service this Sunday, August 31, at 2.30pm. On both occasions the mediums will give a short talk on their understanding of spiritualism followed by a demonstration of their mediumship. There will be readings on Sunday morning by appointment with Harry and Lily.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm the Temple’s Bright Hour is held, a cheerful, uplifting time of meditation, prayer and readings. On Wednesdays, at 2.30pm, there are Spiritualists National Union trained and accredited healers in attendance, and at 7.30pm the pen Circle is attended by local mediums.


David Umpleby will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, August 31, at 10.30am. The Sunday Night at Wesley service at 6.30pm will be led by Keith Tattersall and the special guest will the exceptional trumpet player Rev Stephen Pendlebury.

At St Peter’s this Sunday, August 31, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 11am, whilst at St James’, Sunday School will be at 9.30am, followed by a service at 11am there.

There will be a exhibition of art and flowers at St Peter’s from Saturday, September 6 to Friday, September 12. This is a chance to view artworks to be auctioned off at the Midland Hotel on Thursday, September 25, hosted by Paul Hayes, to raise funds for the church roof replacement.

The church will be open Saturday, September 6, 11am-3pm; Sunday, September 7, 1pm-3pm; Monday, September 8 to Friday, September 12, 11am-3pm. For tickets or more information please email Please note St Peter’s Church will be closing for approximately nine months on Sunday, September 14 for the repairs works to take place.

At Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, a prayer meeting is held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm followed by refreshments. The coffee morning every Wednesday from 10am to noon offers toast and biscuits. The speaker at the church at 10.30am this Sunday, August 31, will be Jonathon Stewart.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place at Heysham Library meeting room on Monday, September 1, starting at 7pm. Residents of Heysham South are invited to attend. Please use side entrance.


Don’t miss tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, at 7pm, in Overton Memorial Hall, for the Friends of St Helen’s talk on Bees and Bee Keeping, price £2.50 including refreshments. Come along and find out what to feed the bees. Everyone welcome.

The Overton Players are hosting a unique Murder Mystery Evening at Overton Memorial Hall. Murder in the Fifties is an original piece written and directed by Alex Wilcox and performed by the Overton Players in aid of memorial hall funds. It will be performed for one night only on Friday, September 19, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, which include supper, are available in advance only and cost £7.50. They can be reserved by emailing or telephoning 07795 112487.

There will be a special prize for the best dressed audience member – 1950s of course This is an adult only event, please feel free to take alcoholic beverages.

Middleton Festival will take place this Saturday, August 30, starting at noon, and will include side stalls, a coconut shy, a tombola, gladiator duels and much more. Refreshments will be available and money raised will be shared between Macmillan Nurses and repairing the play park. Weather permitting the festival will be held on the village green, if not in the village hall. For further details contact Barbara Williams on 01524 854752.


A Railwayana and Model Train Fair will be held at Carnforth Station on Sunday, September 7, open to the public from 9am to 2pm. Take along any unwanted railway items to sell or have valued. Stall holders will be allowed to set up from 8am. For information or to book a stall please telephone David on 07796 184694.


The Over Kellet and District Horticultural Society’s Show will be held in the village hall on Saturday, September 13. Judging will take place between 9.45am and 12.30pm and the doors will open to the public from 2pm. The presentation of trophies will be made by MP David Morris at 3.30pm and the sale of produce will start at 4pm. Admission for adults is £1.50 and children 20p.


Bolton-le-Sands Horticultural Society’s 86th show was widely acclaimed as the best in recent years and the display of flowers, fruit and vegetables was truly spectacular.

The show was opened by Miss Betty Cottam, a stalwart of the Horticultural Society over many years. Miss Cottam told of the society’s heyday in the 1950s when there had been more than 1,000 exhibits and the show had to be held in two halls.

She said it was nice to see that it was still possible to put on a wonderful show despite such things.

Local entries were indeed the highest for several years and there were big increases across the board in open flowers, local flowers and local fruit and vegetables, the latter being nearly double the figure for previous years.

Despite recent tricky growing conditions (long periods of dry weather followed by flooding rain and then to top it off howling gales) the display of flowers was a joy for the visitors who flocked to the show.

The stunning display of dahlias proved that the dedicated art of growing show blooms is alive and kicking.

Dahlia entries were the biggest of recent years and the display was magnificent.

However, one particular exhibitor, Dr K Briggs of Warton, swept the boards in both flowers and vegetables, walking away with nine trophies in all. To achieve such a feat requires total dedication, attention to detail and of course tending plants and flowers for many months. Committee and public alike were overawed by the standard of exhibits and the skills shown by all the exhibitors.

The committee was pleased to welcome several new local exhibitors to the show.

It’s always nice to see new faces and this will hopefully encourage more people to have a go next year.

Visitor numbers were up on recent years and the committee received many favourable comments on the standard of exhibits.

The auction of donated produce at the end of the show raised a total of £84, half of which will be donated to the group’s charity of the year, RSPB Leighton Moss.

The hard work and dedication of the exhibitors, volunteers and visitors paid off with a higghly successful event.

The society is still in great need of new committee members with further information available from the acting secretary Brenda Muir on 01524 824018.

Trophies – Mary Baldwin rose bowl: K Briggs; Miss Foster vase: K Briggs; W Sharples trophy: K Briggs; R Moore cup: B Noon; H Hill trophy: K Briggs; H M Foster cup: D Steele; T O Walker cup: M Cammack; Mrs M A Grubb cup: A Morgan; Mrs D Orr challenge cup: Kerenza Lentell; Mrs J Whithington challenge cup: Piran Lentell; Mrs A Woods challenge cup: Jonty Lentell; C W Grubb cup: K Briggs; Dr A Brock trophy: J Speak; B S Cottam cup: D Hack; E Rawlinson trophy: K Briggs; Alderman E G Smith cup: K Briggs; S R Long cup: K Briggs; The Westmorland and North Lancashire Federation of Horticultural Show Societies blue ribbon: B Noon; National Sweet Pea Society: K Briggs; National Dahlia Society: D Woodhouse; Banksian Medal: D Hack; Len Parkinson trophy (large garden): 1 Mr T and Mrs R Piearce, 2 Mr and Mrs P Waddington, 3 P and J Brown, h/c Mr S and Mrs B Garland; Harold and Mary Pennington trophy (small garden): 1 Mr B Gladstone, 2 Mr C and Mrs W Hargreaves. Arthur Briggs trophy (patio garden): 1 Mrs V Shaw.

Results – Open flower section – One rose: 1 J Speak, 2 R Holmes; Five roses: 1 J Speak; Cluster roses: 1 J Speak, 2 J Langan; Gladioli, three spikes: 1 K Briggs, 2 R Holmes; Gladioli, six pips: 1 K Briggs, 2 E Lentell; Gladioli, one spike: 1 and 2 K Briggs.

Border carnations: 1 J Speak, 2 R Holmes, 3 M Western; Pansies: 1 M Western, 2 J Langan; Asters: 1 M Western, 2 B Noon, 3 M Briscoe; Fuchsias: 1 and 3 J Speak, 2 D Regan; Annuals, two vases: 1 K Briggs, 2 R Holmes; Annuals, one vase: 1 K Briggs; Mixed annuals: 1 R Holmes, 2 K Briggs; Mixed cut flowers: 1 K Briggs, 2 R Holmes; Herbaceous perennials, one variety: 1 J Langan, 2 K Briggs; Herbaceous perennials, mixed: 1 R Holmes, 2 M Western, 3 K Briggs.

Dahlias – Cactus/semi cactus: 1 A and O Western, 2 D Woodhouse, 3 M Briscoe; Decorative: 1 A and O Western, 2 M Briscoe, 3 D Woodhouse; Pom-poms: 1 J Speak, 2 and 3 K Briggs; Three ball: 1 A and O Western, 2 and 3 D Woodhouse; Waterlilies or collarette: 1 and 2 D Woodhouse, 3 K Briggs.

Basket or bowl: 1 K Briggs, 2 M Briscoe, 3 D Woodhouse; Large/giant: 1 D Woodhouse, 2 D Regan; Tuberous begonias: 1 and 3 D Hack, 2 A Jolley; Flowering plant, under 13cm: 1 B Morris, 2 and 3 R Holmes; Flowering plant, over 13cm: 1 J Ainsworth, 2 R Holmes; Fuchsia, single: 1 A Woodward, 2 R Holmes; Fuchsia, double: 1 D Hack; Fuchsia, standard/semi standard: 1 A Woodward.

Pelargonium, pot 13cm or under: 1 and 2 A Woodward; Pelargonium, pot over 13cm: 1 and 2 D Hack, 3 A Woodward; Pelargonium, scented leaves: 1 E Lentell, 2 A Woodward; Pelargonium, any other type: 1 and 2 A Woodward; Five house plants: 1 L Beltcher; Hardy fern: 1 K Briggs, 2 and 3 R Holmes.

Greenhouse fern, pot over 13cm: 1 R Holmes, 2 B Morris; Greenhouse fern, pot 13cm or under: 1 L Belcher, 2 B Morris; Cactus/succulent: 1 A Brown, 2 J Langan; Flower and vegetable: 1 B Noon, 2 A and O Western, 3 K Briggs; Patio tub, hanging basket or container: 1 D Hack, 2 J Ainsworth.

Open vegetable/fruit section – Soft fruit: 1 A Dean, 2 A Brown; Hard fruit: 1 A Dean, 2 K Briggs, 3 B Noon; Stoned fruit: 1 M Craddock, 2 D Hack, 3 A Brown; Tomatoes: 1 R Holmes, 2 J Speak, 3 A and O Western; Cherry type: 1 A Jolley, 2 J Speak, 3 A Brown; Truss tomatoes: 1 A Jolley, 2 R Holmes, 3 M Craddock; Radish: 1 D Hack, 2 B Noon, 3 A Jolley; Onions, under 1kg: 1 and 2 B Noon, 3 A and O Western; Four onions: 1 B Noon, 2 A and O Western, 3 A Jolley; Onion, one under 150gm, shallot: 1 B Noon, 2 A Jolley.

Potatoes white: 1 A Jolley, 2 and 3 B Noon; Potatoes coloured: 1 A Jolley, 2 A Brown, 3 J Langan; Shallots large: 1 and 2 B Noon, 3 A Jolley; Shallots to pass through ring: 1 and 2 B Noon, 3 J Speak; Cucumber: 1 A Jolley, 2 M Briscoe, 3 J Speak; French beans: 1 and 2 B Noon, 3 J Speak; Broad beans: 2 R Holmes; Runner beans: 1 and 2 J Speak, 3 A Jolley.

Peas: 1 and 2 B Noon, 3 K Briggs; Marrow: 1 B Noon, 3 K Briggs; Heaviest marrow: 1 K Briggs, 2 A Brown, 3 M Craddock; Capsicums: 1 A Dean, 2 J Wheeldon, 3 B Noon; Lettuce: 1 and 2 B Noon; Beetroots: 1 and 2 K Briggs, 3 B Noon; Carrots: 1 B Noon; Turnips: 1 and 2 B Noon, 3 K Briggs; Rhubarb: 1 J Speak, 2 A Brown, 3 K Briggs; Any other vegetable: 1 B Noon, 2 A Jolley; Three different vegetables: 1 B Noon, 2 A Jolley, 3 A and O Western.

Local flower section – Collection of house plants: 1 K Briggs; French marigolds: 1 D Hack, 2 K Briggs, 3 M Western; Sweet peas: 1 K Briggs; Roses, same variety: 1 J and B Bond; Rose scented: 1 and 2 A Woodward, 3 M Western; Gladiolus: 1 and 3 K Briggs, 2 M Briscoe; Pansies: 1 K Briggs, 2 J and B Bond; Annuals, mixed: 1 K Briggs, 2 W Hargreaves.

Annuals, one variety: 1 and 2 K Briggs; Herbaceous perennial: 1 D Hack, 2 K Briggs, 3 M Western; Dahlias: 1 and 3 K Briggs, 2 M Briscoe; Carnations or pinks: 1 K Briggs; Flowering pot plant, pot 13cm or under: 1 B Morris, 2 J Jones, 3 A Woodward; Flowering pot plant, pot over 13cm: 1 and 3 D Hack, 2 K Briggs; Foliage pot plant, pot 13cm or under: 1 and 2 J Jones; Foliage pot plant, pot over 13cm: 1 J and B Bond, 2 D Hack, 3 J Jones; Orchid: 1 M Graham, 2 L Belcher, 3 G M Bailey.

Local vegetable section – Cucumber: 1 M Western, 2 A Dean, 3 M Briscoe; Truss tomatoes: 1 and 2 B Muir, 3 A Brown; Five tomatoes: 1 B Muir, 2 D Regan, 3 J and B Bond; Tomatoes cherry type: 1 B Muir, 2 A Brown, 3 J and B Bond; Onions: 1 M Craddock, 2 J and B Bond, 3 A Brown; French beans: 1 J and B Bond, 2 A Dean, 3 K Briggs.

Runner beans: 1 and 3 K 
Briggs, 2 M Craddock; Broad beans: 1 and 2 K Briggs; Pods of peas: 1 and 2 K Briggs, 3 B Muir; Cabbage: 1 K Briggs, 2 M Craddock, 3 W Hargreaves; Lettuce: 1 K Briggs; Potatoes: 1 I Hutton, 2 A Brown, 3 K Briggs; Marrow: 1 K Briggs, 2 and 3 A Brown; Courgettes: 2 and 3 K Briggs; Any other vegetable: 2 A Dean, 3 K Briggs; Dish of fruit: 1 K Briggs, 2 A Brown, 3 J and B Bond.

Floral art – Gent’s buttonhole: 1 A Morgan, 2 J Langan, 3 J Bull; Lady’s corsage: 1 C Speight, 2 J Bull; Garden flowers: 1 A Morgan, 2 J Jones, 3 C Percival; Mardis gras: 1 J Bull, 2 C Speight, 3 A Morgan; Summer holiday: 1 L Owen, 3 J Jones.

Homecraft – Strawberry jam: 1 D Steele, 2 A Dean, 3 H Rawsthorn; Raspberry jam: 1 B Bainbridge; Blackcurrant jam: 1 D Steele; Any other jam: 1 P Fuller, 2 A Dean, 3 R Catteral, h/c A Dean; Jelly: 1 and 3 A Dean, 2 P Fuller; Marmalade: 1 P Fuller, 2 and 3 A Dean; Lemon curd: 1 C Percival, 2 D Kenyon Jackson, 3 R Catteral; Chutney: 1 and 3 A Dean, 2 L Belcher.

Bread: 1 H Rawsthorn, 2 D Steele, 3 E Lentell; Chocolate cake: 1 D Kenyon Jackson, 2 D W Bailey, 3 L Owen; Cherry cake: 1 D Steele, 2 V Lofthouse; Rich fruit cake: 1 R Catteral; Victoria sandwich: 1 R Catteral, 2 D W Bailey, 3 D Steele; Fruit scones: 2 D Steele, 3 B Bainbridge.

Fruit pie: 2 D Steele, 3 E Lentell; Plain biscuits: 1 D Steele, 2 R Wright, 3 B Bainbridge; Shortbread: 1 D Steele, 2 and 3 C Percival; Gingerbread: 1 and 3 R Catteral, 2 B Bainbridge; Pastry fruit flan: 1 E Lentell; Madeira cake: 1 C Percival.

Children’s classes – 
Flower/gardening, miniature 
garden – Two-six years: 1 B Percival Smith; World Cup trophy – Two-six years: 1 K Lentell; Seven-11 years: 1 P Lentell; 12-15 years: 1 J Lentell. Postcard of local landmark – Two-six years: 1 K Lentell; Seven-11 years: 1 J Lentell, 2 P Lentell. Baking – Two-six years: 1 K Lentell; Seven-11 years: 1 P Lentell, 2 K Lentell, 3 J Lentell; 12-15 years: 1 J Lentell.

Handicraft – Embroidery: 1 and 2 M Cammack; Tapestry: 1 M Cammack; Any other hard craft: 1 A Brown; Hand knitted item: 1 V Lofthouse, 2 L Owen; Cushion: 1 J Spotswood, 2 V Lofthouse, 3 L Owen; Patchwork: 1 J Spotswood, 2 D Kenyon Jackson, 3 M Cammack.