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BSG Solicitors donated �560 to Cancercare after staff and partners raised the funds through a sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay and an office cake sale.
BSG Solicitors donated �560 to Cancercare after staff and partners raised the funds through a sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay and an office cake sale.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


A joint Animal Charity Coffee Morning will be held at the Platform this 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.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday October 5 a Fledgling Service will be held at 6.30pm. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Malham area. Party A, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Kirkby Malham to Weets Top, Lane Head, Bordley Green, Mastiles Lane, Prior Rakes, Malham Cove and into Malham. Party B, led by Gill Gale, walked from Gargrave to Flasby, Helton, Winterburn Reservoir, Weets Top, Janet’s Foss and into Malham.

The C party, led by Brian Lloyd, started at Airton to the River Ire along the Pennine Way to Hanlith, Malham Cove Shorkley Hill, Janet’s Foss and into Malham.

The group’s next walks will be on Sunday October 12 in the Broughton-in-Furness area. Telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702 for further information. The web address is

The Ladies’ Friendship Group restarted at the beginning of September following the summer break. During the summer the group travelled to Blackpool to see the musical show Mamma Mia.

On September 3 the group restarted with a very entertaining talk with music given by Betty Morrow, entitled Sing As We Go. Help Direct visited the meeting on September 10 and gave a talk with lots of information on various subjects which the members appreciated. The group meeting on September 24 concluded with a couple of quizzes, after all the business and the monthly raffle had been dealt with.

The group meets most Wednesday afternoons in St Mary’s Church Hall at the rear of St Mary’s Church on Matthias Street. If any lady wishes to join the group they would be made most welcome. The group is limited to 50 members but there are a few 
places available. Please contact the secretary Mrs V Smith on 01524 414807 for further details.


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 October 14. Lunch (optional) will be at 12.15pm and this will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Val Baulard on Travels with my Vocal Chords. The talk is free and all are welcome. If wishing to book lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday October 12.

At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, this Harvest Sunday October 5, the 10am Family Communion Service with Sermon Service will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery.


The local PACT meeting for October will be held in the Ascension Church lounge tomorrow, Wednesday October 1 from 6pm. A chance to share concerns with police and councillors who want to meet and hear from residents.

Yoga sessions are now held in the Ascension Church lounge every Wednesday from 10am to 11.15am. Leader Jilly Edmundson is keen to welcome new members to her group. For more information telephone Jilly on 07411 018541 or simply call in.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday October 5 the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist when the celebrant and preacher will be Fr Phil Barber.

Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. These services will be led by Fr Chris, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Everyone welcome.

The Ascension Church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday in the lounge from 10am to noon. The regulars would love to welcome new members, so why not pop in and say hello?

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.

On Thursday evening a group of Morecambe Camera Club members met in Lancaster for their third photo shoot this year. This gave members the opportunity to explore various camera settings for night shooting. Unfortunately as the evening progressed it rained, however some good images were taken. This was different to the two summer shoots at the excellent Kite and Vintage Festivals with great photographic opportunities and excellent weather. It is hoped to see some good AVs at the members’ AV evening in November.

The group’s new season starts this Thursday October 2 with members showing their five favourite photos taken this year. New members welcome.

For further details of the club please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at The club meets at the Church of the Ascension vestry every Thursday at 7.30pm.

Entitled Soiree Musicale, Raymond Faulkner’s latest presentation to the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society began with a love theme featuring two popular tunes played on a Wurlitzer, Hymne Nuptial for violin, harp and organ by Dubois, a quiz based upon Rossini on Ilkla Moor by Eric Fenby and, staying in Yorkshire, Elegie by Delius. There followed two lively pieces by Poulenc – both for two pianos.

The second part of Raymond’s programme included a romantic harp concerto by Gliere, Franz Liszt’s Benediction de Dieu, and it ended with two famous dances from Smetana’s Bartered Bride.

In her vote of thanks the chairman Dorothy Loach described the evening as “a dream from start to finish”, as she enthused about the several seldom-heard pieces of music.

Tomorrow Wednesday October 1 Bernard Hough will present a video programme to the society. All are most welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.


While the building works are 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.

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.

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 Wednesday at 10am. This Saturday October 4 the coffee morning will be hosted by the Elders with the usual stalls, good coffee and a warm welcome. This Sunday October 5 Family Worship with Holy Communion at 10.30am will be conducted by the Moderator of the NW Synod, Rev Richard Church.


St Martin’s Thursday Lunch Club has now resumed after the summer break. Lunch will be served from noon this Thursday October 2 and fortnightly thereafter. The cost is £2.50, all welcome, no restrictions. More information is available from John and Pat Farling on 01524 400972.

If you are over 55 you might also like to stay after lunch for an afternoon of bingo. There are good facilities for the disabled.

Services this week at St Martin’s Church: 10am Said Eucharist on Thursday and 9.30am Sung Eucharist on Sunday including Junior Church with Bryony.

Services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

John and Pat Farling host a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am in St Martin’s Church centre, to which everyone is invited to drop-in, enjoy a coffee and take a look around at what is Westgate’s only church.

Regent Bay Caravan Park, Westgate, Morecambe will be holding a psychic night in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation.

Marilyn the Clairvoyant will headline the night on Thursday October 23 at 7.30pm.

A raffle will also take place with prizes donated from local businesses.

These include a golf lesson from Trevor Newsham, golf club professional at Heysham Golf Club, and hair vouchers from local salons, sun bed vouchers and wine.

Tickets are £5 per person and can be bought from the reception at Regent Bay.


St Helen’s Church, Overton, will hold their Harvest Festival Service this Sunday October 5 at 10.45am, which will include a short presentation from the Junior Church. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Fair Trade goods are on sale in church and there is also a basket for the local Food Bank collection.

The next service at the Sunderland Point Mission will be held this Sunday October 5 at 2.30pm, Evensong BCP.

Have you got your ticket for the Harvest Hot-Pot Supper and Auction of Produce at the Globe Hotel, Overton, on Monday October 6? Supper will start at 7pm. Tickets adult £6, child £3. The auction will start at approximately 7.30pm with a professional auctioneer.

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 by Friday October 3 please).

Further details can be obtained from 01524 855636.

The Friends of St Helen’s Church would like to send a huge thank you to Ruth Gibbons who entertained the group recently. Look out for the next event.

Contact and diary dates available on

Prize Bingo will be held in Overton Memorial Hall this Saturday October 4 at 7.30pm. All welcome.


As St Peter’s is now closed for repairs to the roof, all the services are being held at St James’. This Sunday October 5 at 9.30am the Sunday School will meet, followed at 11am by Parish Communion with the new Rector, Andrew Osborn.

On Saturday October 11 there will be a Concert of Songs, Music and Humorous Tales, with a special celebration of the two World Wars. For tickets please contact Barbara on 01524 850255.

Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday October 12 at 9.30am, with a service of Morning Prayer at 11am. In the evening at 6.30pm there will be a service with Music for Harvest.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday October 5: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion and MU Anniversary Celebration followed by a buffet lunch served in church, 4pm Evensong. All welcome.

There will be a coffee morning at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday October 4 from 10.30am to noon. There will be bring and buy and cake stalls with proceeds for Luncheon Club funds.

The Luncheon Club meets every Tuesday during school terms from 12.15pm to 2pm. A two-course lunch is provided followed by entertainment. Anyone is welcome from any denomination or none, and details can be obtained by telephoning Sue on 01524 852996.

Rev Charles Makonde will lead the 9am Holy Communion Service at Wesley this Sunday October 5 and the preacher at 10.30am will be David Park. The bi-monthly Pure Praise Service will be held at 2.30pm and consequently there will not be a service at 6.30pm.

The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild’s members and friends will meet again at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, at 2pm, on Monday October 6, the annual Harvest Festival. Rev Sykes from Torrisholme Methodist Church will be conducting the celebration. Admission is £1.50 including refreshments and raffle, everyone welcome.

The meeting on Monday October 20 will include entertainment by Trinity Bells, with audience participation, which promises to be a fun afternoon, new members always welcome.

The group’s annual trip to Boundary Mill will be held on Monday October 27. All enquiries please to Pauline on 01524 850817. Christmas lunch has been booked at the Strathmore Hotel for Monday December 15.

A Neighbourhood Watch and National Personal Safety Day information event will be held at Heysham Library on Monday October 6 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place at Heysham Library meeting room on Monday October 6 starting at 7pm. Residents of Heysham South are invited to attend. Please use side entrance.

At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, prayer meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, and a coffee morning is held every Wednesday from 10am to noon. The speaker at 10.30am this Sunday October 5 will be Clive Burrow.

Cumberland View Bowling Club is looking for players to make up teams for league matches next year. Anyone interested should call the club secretary as soon as possible on 01524 420016.

A guided walk, Hidden Heysham, will start from the bus turnaround in Heysham Village at 2pm this Saturday October 4. The walk will include names carved into the cliffs at the time of the Great War, memories of the Fairy Chapel and stories about Lancashire’s two oldest churches. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade on 01524 420905.


This Sunday October 5 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Tony Bradshaw will speak on the subject The Heavens – God’s handiwork. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday October 6 Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

The Memorial Hall held its 14th annual meeting on the penultimate Monday of September which started with a minute’s silence in memory of David Mowle, who was the vice-chairman of the committee and who worked tirelessly to improve the hall and ensure that it used fuel efficiently.

Chairman Brian Staveley commented that he and Doreen Brookes were the only remaining members of the original Memorial Hall Committee from when the present organisation of running the hall was inaugurated. He would welcome someone taking over the role of chairman.

In his annual report Brian stated that the year had been notable as the hall had improved security, installed a new heating boiler, redecorated the main hall and updated the lighting system. The year had also seen the commemoration of the outbreak of World War One. The reason the hall was initially built was to commemorate the losses suffered by the village in that conflict.

Security has always been a high priority and the decision to replace three ageing wooden doors with steel ones was taken with this in mind. The replacement of the heating system was dictated by the improvements in thermal design and efficiency that have been gained over the last half century of the previous boiler’s use rather than its failure. The replacement boiler together with the insulation of the ceiling and walls is expected to make the building noticeably warmer during the winter and less costly to run. The cost of this work was £27,700, which was funded by the Memorial Hall Appeal, the community coffee mornings, the parish council, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Lancashire Environmental Fund and Memorial Hall reserves. The Lancashire Environmental Fund’s contribution was more than 42 per cent of the total cost.

The Lancashire Environmental Fund was set up in 1998 as a not-for-profit organisation to support community and environmental projects within Lancashire with grants generated by the Landfill Communities Fund. Funds are provided by landfill operators SITA UK Limited and Neales Waste Management and are enhanced by a 10 per cent third party contribution from Lancashire County Council.

Of lesser impact for the hall but nonetheless important is the reorganisation and redecoration of the store room. Brian thanked Mrs Angela Chesters the hall caretaker and her family for doing this. He also mentioned a small subgroup of ladies on the Memorial Hall Committee who were instrumental in the selection and installation of a new cooker in the kitchen. There were many people involved in a successful year for the Memorial Hall and he extended his thanks to all of them.

Chris Fox gave the treasurer’s report. The reduction in reserves was planned. They had been built-up so they were available for major project work. In answer to a question about the Memorial Hall Appeal Chris stated that the committee had considered re-launching it but had decided against doing so. The chairman stated that the fund had been useful when bidding for grants as the hall had some of its own funds to match money gained from grants. It might be time to re-launch it but it is an issue that the committee keeps under regular review.

The hall committee all resigned at the meeting and a new committee of 13 people were elected (some re-elected) to the committee.

In the open forum the notices stating that the Memorial Hall car park is for the use of hall users was praised. Brian said that the idea came from the Karate Club for which he thanked them. It partially works and is an improvement.

At the end of the meeting Susan Rae thanked the chairman, the officers and all the committee for their work in maintaining and improving the hall. This sentiment was endorsed unanimously by the meeting.

Mrs Doreen Brookes, the clerk to the parish council, has been told that the police will not be able to attend every meeting of the parish council to give a crime report but will only attend when there are specific issues to discuss. The reported crimes can be seen on – from the home page enter you postcode and the reported crime for that area can be seen by month in which it was reported.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the last Wednesday of September when Mrs Maureen Shackleton introduced the speaker Mrs Enid Natland, Deputy President of Lancaster Archdeaconry. Mrs Natland gave an enthusiastic account of her time as a member of the Mothers’ Union and the far reaching work done by its members. Projects ranged from providing holidays in a caravan in Morecambe for families who have met with hard times and providing free cookery books in food banks. Mothers’ Union gave support to carers and prison visits. In addition members knitted vests and bonnets for premature babies and made aprons for dementia patients. This work was possible because of many enjoyable fund raising events. Mrs Shackleton gave the vote of thanks.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union will host an entertainment by Ladies of Note in the church hall on Wednesday October 15 at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 including refreshments and a raffle.


On September 9 Bolton-le-Sands WI met for their monthly meeting when Mrs Hazel Short welcomed the group and informed members that prior to the meeting the defibrillator had been handed over and would be held in the Spar Shop. A notice will be displayed on the window stating: Emergency Defibrillator donated by the WI located inside.

Hazel thanked Judith Harper for the flowers, in memory of Helena Mullard. Birthday greetings to lots of members this month and a special birthday greeting for Gertie Simpson who was 100-years-old on September 3.

Jean Dennis read the correspondence giving notice to all members of future events, both national and local. LFWI are looking at the possibility of arranging some informal darts evenings, watch this space. The Federation Fun Quiz will again be held on January 26 2015.

Joan Baker gave a short report on the Walking Group and the Wildlife and Nature Interest Group. The Walking Group had recently visited the Fairy Steps and the Lancaster walk is to be repeated. A new Scrabble group seems likely, please see Pauline Sterritt.

Speaker Miss Patricia Clarke, The Lady Cobbler, told how her career began when her father died and of her determination to carry on the business at Regent Road, Morecambe.

She had lots of people to thank and with the help of a kindly bank manager and after learning the trade for two years, she finally became a ‘lady cobbler’. Hazel Short gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for a flower arrangement in a shoe was won by Jacky Ireland.

One hundred and thirty six teddies have been knitted and will go to the LFWI Office. A further 35 will be entered in the County Show at Garstang. Names are requested for new committee members.