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Pop up Village cafe for Save Our Hospice organisd at the home of Mariam Plowright for St John's Hospice serving tea, scones and cakes at The Square Burton-In-Kendal. Pictured are Claire Weymouth, Maria Brown, Mariam Plowright and Anna Wieclawska with Robert Richmond on the piano.
Pop up Village cafe for Save Our Hospice organisd at the home of Mariam Plowright for St John's Hospice serving tea, scones and cakes at The Square Burton-In-Kendal. Pictured are Claire Weymouth, Maria Brown, Mariam Plowright and Anna Wieclawska with Robert Richmond on the piano.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, September 28, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Jim Cunningham from Maryport. Further information available from 01524 832919 and 824304.

A joint Animal Charity Coffee Morning will be held at the Platform on Thursday, October 2, from 10am. Local animal charities will have table top stalls and Save A Pet will be selling refreshments. Various stalls will include books, toiletries, bric-a-brac, hand-made cards and much more. Free admission, all welcome.

A guided walk, Victoria and Albert, explores the theme of sin and salvation among the pleasure palaces and places of worship in Victorian Morecambe.

The walk starts outside the Winter Gardens at 2pm this Saturday, September 27. Places are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

There will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Morecambe Parish Church memorial hall this Friday, September 26 between 10am and noon. There will be cakes, coffee, a raffle, a bake-off and Boots Pharmacy will be on hand. Admission is free.

As part of the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Birchall Blackburn Law, at 45 Victoria Street, is holding an event with coffee and cake from 11am to 1pm this Friday, September 26. Why not pop along to support this worthy cause?


A Harvestival Family Service, led by Rev Charles Makonde, will be held at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday, September 28, starting at 10.30am.

The last evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club tonight, 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.

Fusion Church, for a new generation, meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway. All welcome, entrance at the rear of the building

A coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses will be held at Christ Church, Broadway, this Saturday, September 27, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, with everyone welcome.

The service this Sunday, September 28, at 10am, will be taken by Rev Geoffrey Lear.


Torrisholme Toddlers meet on Tuesdays, 10am to 11.30am, term-time only, in the Church of the Ascension hall. For ages newborn to four years, playtime for the babies and a social gathering for adults.

This Sunday, September 28, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes. The Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be the regular United Service, which on this occasion will be at the nearby Church of the Ascension.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a full day, finishing at Haworth, this Saturday, September 27.

The A walk, led by Mark Shackleton, will be a circular from Haworth, starting from the car park and joining the Bronte Way leading to Penistone Country Park. The group will ascend the trigpoint at Penistone Hill for a magnificent view of the surrounding area before descending to rejoin the Bronte Way and on to Moor Side Lane and Drop Farm to follow a moorland path to pass Leeshaw reservoir.

Walkers will ascend Bond Clough Hill and Oxenhope Stoop Hill then cross open moorland (very boggy) to Dick Delf Hill to join the Pennine Way, passing the ruins at Top Withins to Upper Heights Farm and turning off to descend to Bronte Bridge. The will follow the Bronte Way back to Moor Side Lane and retrace their steps back into Haworth. Some magnificent views with lots of heather on the moorland. The highest point will be Dick Delf Hill at 1,4695ft, eight and a half miles.

The B walk, led by Sylvia Dyson, will be a circular from Haworth starting at the car park, walking to Stanbury, Master Stone, Top Withens and back across Haworth Moor to Bronte Bridge, Enshaw Knoll and into Haworth, eight miles with 900ft of ascent.

Walk C, led by Elaine Hall, will be the Railway Children Walk, a circular starting from Haworth Railway Station, walking to Oxenhope, Oakworth and back to Haworth through fields and paths alongside the railway. It has many gates and few stiles.

Pick-up time is 9am from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members are always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707.

Non-walkers are welcome to book on the coach to take advantage of visiting picturesque Haworth, a well known tourist destination and home of the Bronte sisters and heritage Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

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The Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra will visit the Ascension Church this Friday, September 26, with a concert starting at 7.30pm. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the country’s leading youth orchestras on home ground. Tickets are available from Chris on 01524 413144 or from John Martin Newsagents, priced at £10 including light refreshments. It will also be possible to pay on the door.

Also this Friday, from 10am to noon, in the Ascension Church lounge, Debbie will be hosting an event as part of the Big Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Please do your best to support this worthy cause.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, September 28, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The preacher at 11am will be Parish Reader David Wilde.

Also on Sunday, at 6.30pm, there will be Choral Evensong featuring the choir of St Oswald’s, Warton, accompanied by the church’s stunning new pipe organ. The service will be followed by supper, for ticket holders only. Tickets available from Fr Chris on 01524 413144.


Dance classes are held every Wednesday from 7pm at St Martin’s Church Centre (across from Lidl), a chance to join in the ‘strictly’ experience. Details are available from teacher Chris Simpson on 01539 821405, or just turn up at the hall.

St Martin’s is also home to Zumba sessions with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm, and has karate lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm – ask for Carol Gaston on arrival.

Services at St Martin’s Church are held on Thursdays at 10am (Said Eucharist) and on Sundays at 9.30am (Sung Eucharist). Services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Junior Church also meets at 9.30am on Sundays. New children should ask for Briony on arrival.

A community coffee morning is held every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am, hosted by John and Pat Farling, who welcome new coffee goers.


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.

While building work is carried out at St Barnabas’, Regent Road, only the Sunday 10am Mass will be held in church. All other services will be held in the choir vestry using the entrance on Chatsworth Road.

This 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 this 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 help 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 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 enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am every Wednesday. This Sunday, September 28, at 10.30am, a Harvest Festival will be held at the church. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, October 4. All welcome to attend services and events at Sefton Road.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome guest medium Mary Johnson from Maryport this Saturday, September 27, at 7.30pm and also on Sunday, September 28, at 2.30pm, at the Divine Service. Mary will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship at both events.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship after a discussion on Spiritualism. Also on Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm the Temple Bright Hour is held, a caring and sharing group meeting.

A wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation, readings and mediumship with every one welcome to all of the services.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, September 28: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm evensong. All welcome.

Harvest Festival celebrations are being held this weekend at Wesley Methodist Church.

A gift day will be held this Saturday, September 27, from 2pm to 4pm, when the 
minister and treasurer will receive gifts from church members.

The preacher at 10.30am and 6.30pm this Sunday, September 28, will be Rev George Barton. The Wesley Church Choir and the Wesley Worship Group will be singing in the morning and the guest soloist in evening will be Mrs Jean Stanyon.

At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, a prayer meeting is held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. On Wednesdays, from 10am to noon, there will be a coffee morning. The speaker at 10.30am this Sunday, September 28, will be Pastor Cath Willis.

An Art Auction hosted by Paul Hayes in aid of St Peter’s roof fund will be held at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, this Thursday, September 25, from 7.30pm. Tickets £5 can be obtained from 01524 853906.


St Helen’s Church there will be a Eucharist Service at 10.45am this Sunday, September 28, which will include Junior Church. Join the congregation for refreshments after the service.

On Sunday, October 5, the Harvest Festival Service will start at 10.45am and will include a short presentation by the Junior Church.

Fair Trade goods are on sale in church and a food collection for the local food bank.

Also on Sunday, October 5, there will be a Harvest Eucharist Service at 2.30pm at Sunderland Point Mission.

A Harvest Hot Pot Supper and Auction of Produce will be held at the Globe Hotel, Overton, on Monday, October 6, starting at 7pm, with tickets at £6 for adults and £3 for children. This is a fun way to raise funds for the church and the Bishop of Blackburn’s Harvest Appeal. Tickets available from PCC members and in church (numbers required by October 3). Further details available from 01524 855636.

The Friends of St Helen’s Church will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24, from 2pm to 4pm, at the memorial hall, Overton. Entrance £2.50 including refreshments. Ruth Gibbons will be entertaining the group.


The planning applications to Lancaster City Council to demolish Islay and Seaway were discussed in the open forum prior to the September meeting of the parish council. Islay and Seaway are two residences on The Shore, Hest Bank. Parish Coun Stephen Jones had requested Lancaster City Council to issue a Building Preservation Notice.

The reasons for this are: these two houses were originally built as the summer residence and music room for the family of Thomas Mawson and their musical interest (Islay being built as the music room) and being thus carefully designed for its coastal setting;

the properties are a unique part of the Arts and Craft Movement having been designed by one of its leading exponent, as one single dwelling known as The Bungalow and being thus carefully designed for its coastal setting;

the properties should be considered of being of special architectural and historic interest in a national context as they are in danger of demolition which would affect its special interest.

Further Thomas Mawson has been described as “the most prolific garden, park and civil landscape maker of Edwardian times, a man who designed parks and gardens for royal families and leading industrialists of the time. His wide-ranging abilities made him the most sought after professional, he used his architectural skills to shape house and garden into the landscape.” (Thomas Mawson life, garden and landscape by Janet Waymark 2009.)

The parish council later endorsed this request as it is not keen for the replacement of these dwellings given their historical and architectural interest in the development of the village.

The parish council will replace the waste bin that has disappeared from the green in Peacock Lane. The original bin has disappeared. If anyone knows where it is would they inform the clerk to the parish council on 01524 825464.

The new gates have been hung at the entrances to the recreation field and the parish council is keen to work with the group of mothers who have some clear ideas of the improvement they wish to see. The parish council is trying to get the football pitch sorted so it is safe to use and has met with the contractor.This Saturday, September 27, is scheduled to be a busy day for St Luke’s Church when it holds a series of exciting family events. Mystified people will be observed leaving the church hall at 2pm, as they partake of a treasure hunt around the village. All ages are very welcome, but under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. It is anticipated to take around two hours to complete and prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up.

If it is a fine day there will be a barbecue starting at 5.30pm in the church grounds. Should it rain, it will be held in the hall. At 7.30pm the hall will host a sports quiz. Again families are welcome to join in by creating their own team, or just turn up and make up another team. For further details contact Jonathan on 01524 824029.

The village thespians will stage two one-act plays for two performances in the memorial hall, on Saturday, October 18, and Saturday, October 25, at 8pm, bar open from 7.30pm. These plays contain adult humour and the audience is restricted to over 18s.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club in mid-September Margaret Western won the games of whist with Marie Anderson second and Nancy Rolston and Marjorie Bainbridge joint third. At the same meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Jean Uttley second and Chris Rowen third. The Over 60s Club meets on alternative Mondays at 2pm to play whist and dominoes. New players welcome to attend. The next meeting will be held on September 29.

At the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in September, June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton second and Sheila Makenson third. At the same meeting Sylvia Standrill won the games of whist while George Metcalfe made second, Henry Milner third and Marjorie Bainbridge fourth. The high halves were taken by Mary Barker and Brian Cornish. The Equipment Fund meets on alternative Fridays at 7.15pm to play whist and dominoes.

The next meeting will be held on October 3 and new players are welcome to attend.


This Friday, September 26, a coffee/tea and cake sale will be held at St Mary’s Hall, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Entrance will be £1.50 for adults and 70p for children. Stalls will include home-made cakes, bring and buy, a tombola, guess the weight of the cake and a raffle. All funds raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tombola and raffle prizes are needed as well as bakers to make cakes. Help will also be needed in the kitchen. Please telephone 01524 823013.