Community Beat

The Bolton-le-Sands Women's Institue donated life-saving equipment to the local Spar Shop in the village.
The Bolton-le-Sands Women's Institue donated life-saving equipment to the local Spar Shop in the village.

This week’s Community Beat.


The last evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club on Tuesday, September 23, at 7.30pm. This will cover the work the branch has been doing and forthcoming events and will be followed by a buffet at a cost of £3 per person. Everyone is welcome but if wishing to partake of the buffet please contact Jane on 01524 412987 by Friday, September 19, to be included in the numbers.

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 use the society’s Organ Roland.AT 45 or various keyboards are available. 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 Mark Smith and Alan Cookson this Sunday, September 21, at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 including refreshments with easy access for the disabled. The concert will be held at St Christopher’s Hall.

Rev Geoffrey Lear will lead the 10.30am Morning Service this Sunday, September 21, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road. The coffee morning to be held on Tuesday, September 23, from 10am, will be hosted by Pam and Graham Wickers in aid of church funds.


It was predominantly a vocal night at the second Members’ Choice evening of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society (RMS). Three songs by Kathleen Ferrier, another three from Cox and Box, a song by Doris Day and another by Guy Mitchell involved audience participation. Arias from The Magic Flute, Traviata, Turandot and another by Pavarotti were all well received.

In addition to these were two Russian marches, a suite by the American composer E McDowell, the Dam Busters’ March and the theme from The Archers radio series as instrumental items; which also included music for flute by Faure and Annie’s Song played by James Galway. Yet another local composition celebrated the lost Lancashire tribe of the Satantii with a march.

Further songs by Helen O’Connell and Art Garfunkel were included before the evening ended with two songs by the inimitable Fats Waller.

Bernard Hough was again commended for his masterful arranging of the various selections into an enjoyable programme, and grateful thanks were expressed to David Robinson as he stepped down after 16 years as the society’s treasurer.

The RMS next meets on Wednesday, September 24, for a programme devised and presented by Raymond Faulkner. All are invited to attend the Ascension vestry for a 7.30pm start.

This Sunday, September 21, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Norman Boothroyd. David Park will lead the Evening Worship at 6.30pm. Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, there will be an evening of comedy and music beginning at 7.30pm. All welcome. Admission free with a retiring collection for charity, followed by refreshments.

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be in the vestry of the Church of Ascension tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 2pm, when Derrick Hudson will show slides of Lourdes and Oberammergau.

Tuesday night is Zumba night in the Ascension Church hall. Sessions are held every week from 6pm to 7pm with new teacher Hayley Payton who is keen to welcome members old and new.

Yoga with Jilly Edmundson is held in the Ascension lounge every Wednesday from 10am to 11.15am, again all welcome.

This Friday morning, September 19, the Ascension Church and Thorpe View Day Centre are hosting a coffee morning to raise funds for the Mosamaria Trust and St John’s Hospice, in the lounge. Then on Friday, September 26, as part of the Big Coffee Morning, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care, all are welcome at the Ascension lounge once again. Please support either or both of these events.

Only 10 days remain to obtain a ticket for an evening of Music for Organ and Orchestra at the Ascension Church, The concert, given by the Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra, will be held on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm. This is a definite first for Torrisholme, so don’t miss out. Tickets are priced at £10 available from the church, from Fr Chris on 01524 413144 and from John Martin Newsagents.

Services at the Ascension Church on Sunday, September 21, the Feast of St Matthew: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All-Age Eucharist, involving local uniformed groups. These services will be led by Fr Chris who is 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. Everyone welcome.

Enquiries regarding the church halls should be addressed to Alan on 419174,


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am every Wednesday, all welcome. This Saturday, September 20, the coffee morning will be held from 10am to noon with the usual stalls and a warm welcome. This Sunday, September 21, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mrs Janine Swinburn. Everyone welcome to join in worship.

While building works are carried out at St Barnabas’, Regent Road, all the weekday services will be held in the choir vestry using the entrance on Chatsworth Road; Sundays are as usual in church.

This Sunday, September 21, the church will be hosting the annual Battle of Britain Service for the RAFA when the preacher will be Fr Toby Webber, Chaplain to the Bishop of Blackburn. As this service is well attended early arrival is recommended.

Then on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm, the St Barnabas’ 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 either the parish shop or church, and are £6 including refreshments.

Harvest Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, September 28, and this year the church is asking for toiletries, pencils and baby clothes to send to orphanages in Kenya as part of the Kenyan Project into Africa.

On Fridays during September, following the noon Mass, there will be the £3 Poverty Lunches to support the Emmaus Project which is the other Harvest Thanksgiving charity.

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 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 or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Bernard Vause will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church at 10.30am this Sunday, September 21. Sunday Night at Wesley will be led by Mrs Denise Scholes at 6.30pm when young people from the Capernwray and Wray areas will take part. Following the summer recess the Wesley Guild will recommence on Monday, September 22, at 2.30pm, when Derek Matthews, who is an organist, will speak about Organs and Pipes. The guild meets on the second and fourth Mondays from September to March and is an open meeting for men and women of any denomination or none.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West Road will welcome two guest mediums this weekend. Aiden Hall from Belmont will be the medium for Saturday, September 20, at 7.30pm, and Diana Threllfall from Morecambe will be the medium for the Divine Service on Sunday, September 21. Both mediums will share their philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

There is a healing service at 2.30pm on Wednesdays when SNU trained and accredited healers are in attendance. Also on Wednesdays, at 7.30pm, is the open circle run by local mediums who demonstrate their mediumship after a short talk about their beliefs. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm is the Temple’s Bright Hour where the group discuss Spiritualism, prayers, readings. etc. Everyone most welcome to attend each of these services, the church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled access and facilities available.


Dance classes with Chris Simpson begin again tomorrow, Wednesday, at St Martin’s Church centre from 7pm, and will be held every Wednesday thereafter. This is the chance to join in the ‘strictly’ experience. St Martin’s Thursday lunches resume this week for the over 55s and fortnightly in future. A light lunch will be available from noon at a cost of £3, after which there follows an afternoon of bingo.

Services at St Martin’s: Said Eucharist on Thursday at 10am, All-Age Eucharist on Sunday at 9.30am especially suited to young families. These services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. To hire St Martin’s centre contact Alan on 419174.


St Peter’s Church has closed for approximately nine months for repairs to the roof and from now on members will be joining worship at St James’. Every Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 11am unless otherwise stated. On the second Sunday in the month there will be a Family Service at 9.30am. Please join the congregation at St James’.

A reminder of the auction to be held at the Midland Hotel on Thursday, September 25, hosted by Paul Hayes of TV fame. This auction to raise funds for the church roof replacement at St Peter’s. For tickets or more information please email

Prayer meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, and from 10am to noon on Wednesdays there is the coffee morning. The speaker at 10.30am this Sunday, September 21, will be Steve Weatherill.


At St Helen’s Church this Sunday, September 21, Celebrating St Matthew, International Day of Prayer for Peace, there will be a Eucharist Service at 10.45am with Junior Church within the service. New members always welcome. Contact details and diary dates available on

Join the congregation for fellowship and refreshments after the service when Fairtrade produce will be on sale. Donations of tinned and dried goods are welcome for the local Food Bank.

At the Sunderland Point Mission the next service will be held on Sunday, October 5, at 2.30pm.

Please note the proposed Friends of St Helens meeting organised for Wednesday, September 24, has been cancelled.

Save these dates: Sunday, October 5, at 10.45am, Harvest Festival will be held in church and the children will give a short presentation; Monday, October 6, at 7pm, in the Globe Hotel, Overton, there will be the Annual Harvest Supper and Auction of Produce, with tickets available from PCC members and in church – adults £6, children £3.

A guided walk, Secrets of Sambo’s Grave, will start from the end of the tidal causeway at Sunderland Point at 2pm this Saturday, September 20. The walk will include the now rare opportunity to examine fibres from the famous Cotton Tree as well as hearing a graveside reading from the full version of Sambo’s Elegy. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


This Saturday, September 20, Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, is holding an open day in church to raise awareness of the Raise the Roof, Open the Door Appeal. The church would ask people to lend photographs of baptisms, weddings and special occasions held there. These photographs will be part of a large display to show what the church means to its congregation.

If anyone has any questions contact Karen Hillis on 01524 824001 or Nikki Garnett on 825484. The open day will be from 11am to 3pm and everyone is very welcome to visit the church and to see how assistance can be given preserve the church for future generations.


This Sunday, September 21, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, when Milton Simpson will speak on the subject God’s Gift of Immortality. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Contact Kate on 07739 031739 for information on the Little Lambs baby and toddler group held on Mondays at the Christadelphian Meeting Room.

A new date has been set for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Cross Bay Challenge after dangerous sand conditions forced the cancellation of the September 6 scheduled fundraising walk from Arnside to Kents Bank.

Now the charity is hoping that conditions on Saturday, October 4, perfect as that is the new date Cedric Robinson, Queen’s Guide, has given to the charity for the re-scheduled challenge. To take up a challenge place in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which fundraises to bring world class cancer care locally to patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria, telephone 01772 523728.

The Equipment Fund met after its summer break on the first Friday in September when Beryl Mason won the games of whist. Marie Anderson achieved second place with Mary Staveley sneaking into third place ahead of Ted Staveley who was fourth. The high halves were taken by Olive Bell and Doris Alderson. At the same meeting Jane Gardner won the games of dominoes with Pat Jenkinson taking second and Audrey Eaton third. The next meeting will be held on the evening of this Friday, September 19, in the memorial hall. The group meets to play whist and dominoes. New members welcome.

The September community coffee morning was run by the Karate Club, a lively affair with the empty cups being collected by young members of the club. The next community coffee morning will be run by the Over 60s on Saturday. October 4, in the memorial hall, from 10am to noon.

The Autumn 2014 issue of the village newsletter was available at the coffee morning. Copies continue to be available from the memorial hall and from village shops.

The annual meeting of the memorial hall will be held on Monday, September 22, at 7.30pm in the small hall of the memorial hall. It will provide an opportunity to learn about the remedial work that has been undertaken on the hall during the summer and to discuss other improvements that the committee is planning and make suggestions.

Betty Rawsthorne won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Over 60s Club on September 1, with Chris Rowen second and June Gardner third. The games of whist were won by Mary Barker, with Marie Anderson second and Marjorie Bainbridge third. The club meets fortnightly.

Those who wish to make a contribution to the relief of poverty can donate food items at St Luke’s Church between 10am and noon on Thursdays. This is run jointly by the United Reformed Church and St Luke’s Church and supported by the parish council, which provides publicity in its newsletter. The churches are also collecting items for Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service. Items required include clothing in good condition, soap, towels, shampoo and washing powder. Items can be left in the church building or taken to the food collection point in the vestry on Thursday mornings.


All interested persons are cordially invited to the inaugural meeting of the Friends of Carnforth Coke Ovens being held at the Canal Tavern at 7.30pm on Monday, September 22. There will be an opportunity to look at various documents and talk about the conservation of the ovens and their location and it is hoped to have a plan of action from the Canal and River Trust (CRT). The proposed constitution of the Friends will be discussed with a key feature being a partnership working with the CRT. The group will then need to take a roll of members and elect a chairman, secretary and treasurer.

Further time will be spent viewing slides of a traditional charcoal burn. Further information available from 07721 007379.

The Carnforth Townswomen’s Guild met on September 9 at the Salvation Army Hall when the talk and demonstration was given by Billy Winn of Hornby Butchers. He demonstrated how to make sausages from scratch and was helped by Jacqueline Simpson, one of the members of the guild.

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


On Sunday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Dent area. The A party, led by John Ashall, did a circular walk from Dent to Hinning Hill, Aye Gill Pike, Rise Hill, Black Hill, High Ellershaw Edge, Cowgill and back to Dent along the Dales Way. Party B, led by Marian Bellwood, also did a circular walk from Dent to Flinter Gill, High Pike, Deepdale Head, Mire Garth, Bridge End and back to Dent along the Dales Way.

The C party, led by Mike Sherriff, walked from Dent to Flinters Gill, Nun House, Outrake, Holly Bush, Willans, Bridge End and back to Dent along the Dales Way.

The group’s next walks will be this Sunday, September 28, in the Malham area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street now welcomes everyone over the age of 50. The centre has a new Zumba class starting on Wednesdays at 11.15am. Also, if you have ever fancied having a go at art then why not go along to the centre on Wednesday, October 8, at 1pm, to give it a try. No experience or equipment required. All welcome.

The next meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe branch of the Family History Society will be held this Thursday, September 18, at 2pm, at Morecambe Library and will include a talk by Jan Graffins entitled Stoneyhurst Collections. Jan is the Curator of Collections at Stoneyhurst College so the talk should be very interesting as well as informative.

Unique Kidz is holding a charity day at Trimpell Sports and Social Club this on Saturday, September 20.

There will be 15 bands from around the UK performing for the charity that provides specialist services for disabled children and their families. The first act will start at 12.30pm.

Tickets cost £8 and can be paid on the day of the event at the club.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, September 21, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Pam Drury from Blackpool.

Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.