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Focus Youth meets every Friday from 7pm to 9pm on the top floor of the Post Office buildings, Market Street. The group provides a safe environment for young people aged 11 to 16-years-old to have fun and build new friendships. To find out more and what’s on this month please contact David on 07957 860958.


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 November 11. Lunch (optional) will be at 12.15pm and this will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Eric Smith on Boats, Planes, Trains and Elephants. The talk is free and all are welcome. If wishing to book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by this Sunday November 9.

The last meeting of the year will be the branch Christmas lunch at the Headway Hotel on Tuesday December 9. If you would like to attend and have not received a menu please contact Jane on 01524 412987 as soon as possible.

This Sunday November 9 at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, Morning Worship at 10.15am will be conducted by Frank Hadwen (please note the later start time of the service).

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday November 9 at 10.30am the Morning Remembrance Service will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.

Derek and Judith Shaw will host the coffee morning on Tuesday November 11 starting at 10am, raising funds for the church.

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

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting members welcomed Pauline Harrison a film maker from Preston and a North West Region Institute of Film Makers committee member. Pauline talked about her cine film making background and how she has now transferred them to DVDs. She showed a selection of films including newsreels of Preston, the last horse drawn milk round in Preston, artificial flower making, a visit to Amsterdam and a reunion of the Tiller Girls, as she was once one of them, treading the boards at famous theatres and dancing at a number of Royal Command performances.

On October 28 at the Headway Hotel the meeting of Morecambe Bay Probus Club heard an extremely interesting and informative talk on the work and development stages in the construction of the new M6-Heysham link road by Tony Crawford from Costain, the major developer. As a result of the talk and ensuing discussion members were able to be much more informed on the progress being made.

The next meeting on Tuesday November 11 will be the club’s annual meeting when a new chairman, secretary and other officers will be elected and a full attendance is requested. Subscriptions of £22 for the coming year will be due at this meeting.

The following meeting on Tuesday November 25 will include a musical presentation, Sounds of Christmas, by Tony Kadelbach. The club’s outing to Manchester’s Christmas market will be held on Thursday December 4 at a cost of £10. Further information from Roger Basham on 01524 823529.


A Requiem for Remembrance Sunday will be held at the Ascension Church this Sunday November 9 at 10.50am, especially recalling, this centenary year, the gallant men of the local area who gave their lives in World War One for justice and peace.

Following the service poppy crosses will be placed in the Poppy Scatter Garden, set aside to commemorate the centenary anniversaries of 1914-1918.

There will also be an 8am Said Eucharist on this day. Please use these opportunities to remember and reflect.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. All services are led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries concerning the church halls should always be directed to Alan on 419174.

The monthly PACT meeting for November will be in the Ascension lounge from 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday November 5. Local police and councillors are eager to hear residents’ thoughts and concerns.

The very popular Ascension Church Craft Group will meet on Monday November 10 from 7pm to 9pm in the Vestry and again on Monday November 24. New members are always made welcome, whether expert or novice.

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.

Morecambe Camera Club held a meeting entitled Shared Techniques, where six members passed on tips from their photography experiences. This varied from Photoshop tips to some great images from John Hughes on his sport and nature photography, two entirely different subjects the latter needing a great deal of patience.

There was also details on how to produce arty montages and how to set up a simple studio in your home, with Tony showing the kit needed to take some clever indoor shots. At the next meeting the club will hold a competition with friends from Holme Camera Club, at Morecambe.

For further details of the club please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at The club meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm from October to April at the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Shap, this Saturday November 8.

The A walk will be led by Tom Hodgson, a circular from Shap, walking through fields and tracks to Swindale then open fell walking, taking in the area around Rowantree Crag and Great Ladstones before descending to Keld and back to Shap.

Walk B, led by Madge and Ray Salisbury, will start from the bus stop near the Greyhound at the south end of Shap and follow a quiet road before crossing fields to Keld. The way will follow fields above the north side of the Lowther valley to Rosgill before descending to the River Lowther, crossing via the bridge and joining the Coast to Coast Walk to Shap Abbey bridge. From there the group will climb the road towards Shap and turn right on to a narrow enclosed footpath to the Keld Road before returning to the north end Shap via the Oggelby Stone.

The C walk, led by Anne Lyons, will start from Rosgill, walking down to Shap Abbey and back into Shap village by the pub. A distance of four and a half miles with several stiles.

Pick-up time will be 11am 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.

The group’s next social evening will be a members’ slide show on Wednesday November 12, to be held in the lounge of the Church of Ascension at 7.30pm. Admission is £3 and light refreshments will be served.

For the first part of her latest presentation to the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society Enid Whitaker had devised a programme entitled Symphonies and Songs. Selecting five composers – Haydn, Britten, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Schubert – Enid played a movement from one of their symphonies, together with a song they had composed (or arranged in the case of Benjamin Britten).

After the interval Enid chose a topical theme with music to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night. Items included Weber’s overture Ruler of the Spirits, Berlioz’s minuet Will o’ the Wisps, De Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, a polka Feuerfest by Josef Strauss and, of course, excerpts from Handel’s music for the Royal Fireworks. Gordon Arkwright offered the vote of thanks on behalf of the members for a well-presented programme.

When the society meets on Wednesday November 12, Gordon Clapham will be the presenter. All are invited for a 7.30pm start in the Ascension Vestry.


Looking ahead the next date for St Martin’s Lunch Club is Thursday November 13. Light lunches of soup and sandwiches costing £2.50 per head are served from noon, everyone welcome. Anyone over 55 is invited to stay after lunch for an afternoon of bingo.

The Scout movement is holding an open meeting at St Martin’s Church Centre on Friday November 14 from 6pm to 8pm to explore the possibility of setting up packs for youngsters from the Westgate area. Local families are encouraged to attend.

Services at St Martin’s Church this week are 10am Said Eucharist on Thursday and on Sunday 9.30am Sung Eucharist including Junior Church with Bryony. The celebrant and preacher on Sunday will be Fr Phil Barber. All welcome.


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 Wednesday at 10am and will include Holy Communion. The speaker will be Rev Charles Makonde.

This Sunday November 9 Family Worship will be held at 10.30am, everyone welcome. The next coffee morning on Saturday November 15 will be hosted by the Brownies and Guides, from 10am to noon.

There will be a Remembrance Day Service this Sunday November 9 at 10am at St Barnabas’, Regent Road, all welcome. The services at St Barnabas’ are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 4pm Evening Worship; weekday Low Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon and Saturday 10am.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm Monday to Thursday in the parish centre. The service times can also be found on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Helen Taylor from Blackpool on Saturday November 8 at 7.30pm and Sheila Hall, a medium from Preston, will take the Sunday November 9 Divine Service at 2.30pm. Both speakers will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism.

The church is holding a coffee morning this Thursday November 6, from 10am to 12.30pm. The event will include refreshments, bring and buy, books, bric-a-brac and readings from 11am to 12.30pm. All donations for tables would be welcome.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Circle with Spiritualist National Union trained and accredited healers in attendance. Also on Wednesdays at 6.30pm refreshments at 50p are followed by the Open Circle run by local mediums.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour, an interesting mix of prayer, meditation, sharing of knowledge, views, opinions and mediumship, Everyone is most welcome to all the services. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


This Saturday November 8 at noon there will be soup and sandwiches served at St James’ and this Sunday November 9, Remembrance Day, there will be a Family Service at St James’ at 9.30am followed at 11am by Parish Communion.

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.

The preachers at Wesley Methodist Church on Remembrance Sunday November 9 will be Norman Boothroyd at 10.30am and David Umpleby at 6.30pm. The Wesley Guild will meet on Monday November 10 at 2.30pm. Professional film maker Chris Abram will present his latest film of Morecambe Bay. Many of the views have been taken from a helicopter and are of an exceptional standard. This meeting is open to both men and women and all will be welcome.


There will be a bird watching walk led by Alan Smith of the Sunderland Point Community Association this Saturday November 8. Meeting at 10am at Potts Corner, Middleton Sands, the group will view the high tide wader roost then walk to Sunderland Point Reading Room for hot soup at 1pm before returning to Potts Corner.

For further information and to book a place contact Alan Smith on 01524 858784 or email In the event of adverse weather conditions the event will be cancelled.

At St Helen’s Church this Sunday November 9, the Remembrance Service will be held at 10.45am. Please note no Junior Church. Uniformed Groups will attend to introduce PASADA. All will be revealed in church. Everyone welcome to join the congregation for refreshments after the service. Fair Trade goods available and cards for Christmas.

The church continues to support the local Food Bank. Tinned and dried goods very welcome.


This Sunday November 9 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when John Thorpe will speak on the subject The Bible and the Big Bang. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

The Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group meets at the Christadelphian Meeting Room on Mondays, further information available from Kate on 07739 031739.

The URC Murder Mystery Evening on the last Saturday of October was enjoyed by 48 diners who were well fed while having to work out ‘who done it’ during the professional presentation which was enacted by After Dark Entertainment.

Act Too, thespians of the village, staged two short adult comedies on the penultimate Saturday of October with a repeat the following Saturday. These were enjoyed by the audiences and raised funds for Stage Struck, the group that introduces children to the stage.

There are now two vacancies on the parish council as Moyna Hargest has resigned due to pressure of her work. Details of how to become a parish councillor can be found on the village noticeboards. Alternatively speak to any of the councillors or the clerk to the council.

The work to replace the existing drains in Hest Bank Lane to alleviate the risk of flooding in Slyne will be undertaken in 2015. It is believed that all the residents affected by this upgrading have been notified directly and officers from Lancashire County Council will attend the parish council meeting on Monday November 17 to answer any questions about the scheme.

The fable of the recreation field continues. The football pitch still requires work. The parish council intends to cut back some vegetation and improve the fence around the children’s play area. The parish council welcomes the formation of Frogs, an action group committed to improve the recreation field.

Stage Struck will host a family domino evening on Saturday November 22 starting at 7pm in the memorial hall. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained from members of Stage Struck, Doreen Brooks on 01524 826454 or Rachel on 01524 825241.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the fourth Wednesday of October when Canon Andrew Holliday described the journey that led to his Christian faith. As he has considered his own journey he has wondered about the baptism of infants. When young he was a choirboy in a small village. Later, when living in Winchester and as a teenager, he did not attend church. However as he passed the cathedral he was aware of its power.

After leaving college he worked in Claridges, London, where he met people of different faiths. Each day he passed a church and eventually entered and regained his faith. With the support and encouragement of the vicar he studied for the ministry. His message is to journey together throughout life, strengthen by faith and be sensitive to each person’s needs. Mrs Pauline Nixon gave the vote of thanks.

At the last meeting of the Over 60s Club in October, Mary Barker won the games of whist with Margaret Western coming second and Marjorie Bainbridge in third place. There were three players, John Bainbridge, Eva Steel and Marie Anderson, who jointly shared fourth place. At the same meeting Chris Rowan won the games of dominoes with Jean Uttley second and June Gardner third.

The Over 60s Club meets on alternate Mondays to play whist and dominoes at 2pm in the memorial hall. The next meeting will be on November 10, new members welcome.

With seven weeks until Christmas there are two Christmas Fairs scheduled one week apart in the village.

On Saturday November 15, Wolfwood, the charity that cares for rescued wildlife and unwanted dogs, will hold its Christmas Fair from 10am to noon in the memorial hall. Admission will cost 50p, which will include coffee and a biscuit. There will be stalls, gifts, a raffle, tombola, cakes, chocobola, bottlebola and more.

The following Saturday November 22, St Luke’s Church will hold a Christmas Fair from 2pm until 4.30pm in the church hall. Admission will cost 50p, which will include coffee and a biscuit. There will be a raffle, tombola, jewellery, bottlebola and cards.

The annual Service of Remembrance will be held at 4pm in the memorial hall this Sunday November 9.

The November community coffee morning in the memorial hall was run by the ladies badminton group that meets in the hall from 9.30am to noon on Thursdays. The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday December 6 from 10am to noon in the memorial hall.

At the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in October, Olive Bell won the games of whist with Sylvia Standrell second and Henry Milner third. Margaret Western and Brian Coates tied for fourth place whilst Marjorie Bainbridge and Brian Cornish took the high halves. The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be held on Friday November 14 at 7.15pm in the memorial hall when new members will be made welcome.


This year’s preparations for the annual bonfire and firework display at Bolton-le-Sands are progressing well. This year’s show will take place this Saturday November 8. The bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and the fireworks are scheduled to start at 7.15pm.

Tickets are available in advance from the local shops and the price is £4 for adults and school-age children, with pre-school children free. Payment at the gate on the night will be £5. In addition to the usual stalls and entertainment there will be a hog roast this year.

As in previous years Main Street and Mount Pleasant Lane will be subject to a road closure notice from 6pm to 8.15pm. The road closure is required to ensure safe pedestrian access to and from the display as the popularity of the event grows and a crowd of more than 3,000 people is expected.

The Bonfire Committee would like to thank the local businesses for their continued support. There will also be a bucket collection in aid of St John’s Save our Hospice campaign.

This Sunday November 9 the uniformed groups will march to the War Memorial for a short service at 10.45am starting at Cross Hill. A road closure has been put in place along Main Road to ensure the safety of all those attending. This will be followed by a shortened family service in Holy Trinity.


An annual Service of Remembrance for the fallen of two World Wars and subsequent conflicts will take place at Carnforth War Memorial Gardens this Sunday November 9 at 11am. The service will be preceded by a parade starting at Carnforth Civic Offices followed by a march past. Light refreshments will be served at the Civic Hall.

Carnforth Rotary Club is hosting a nostalgic Remembrance Concert performed by the Greater Manchester Police Big Band at Lancaster Town Hall starting at 7.30pm on Saturday November 15. Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased on the door or online at All proceeds will be donated to SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association) and other uniformed organisations.

Gail Brown wishes to thank locals who kindly donated to the community bench placed in the park at the corner of Alexander Road. Thanks also to the Rotary Club of Carnforth, the Railway Club and the Ex-Servicemen’s Club. The bench is in honour and respect to our armed forces, past and present.

Gail also wishes to thank Carnforth Council which is going to donate a second bench in honour and respect to our D-Day veterans.


Overton and District Horticultural Society’s 48th Autumn Show was a resounding success due in no small part to the entries of Overton St Helen’s School. Almost every child entered at least one item and the tables were overflowing with poetry, paintings, handicrafts and models.

There was a staggering 198 competitors showing 520 exhibits and a large number of visitors to the show in the afternoon. The auction of produce after the show was conducted by John Hughes of L & K Auctions who helped to raise £187.50 for the society funds and charitable causes.

The Blue Ribbon for best exhibit of flowers or veg was won by Bill Howarth of Southport for a vase of autumn flowers.


Open chrysanthemums – Vase chrysanthemums: Bill Howarth; Spray chrysanths: Bill Howarth. Open flowers and pot plants – Winter pansies: Tom Langan; Large HT roses: Linda Mashiter; Pot plant foliage: Bill Howarth; Pot plant flowering: John Speak; Cactus: Bill Howarth; Succulent: Roy Mashiter; Mixed autumn flowers: Bill Howarth; Foliage, berries, seed heads: Tom Langan.

Open veg, fruit and eggs – Any other veg: Jason Booth; Pumpkin: Kate Bargh; Marrow: David Birkett; Onions: Brian Noon; Onions from sets: Brian Noon; Cabbage: Brian Noon; Brussels sprouts: Bill Howarth; Carrots: Andrew Western; Leeks: Bill Howarth; Large/med onion, shallot: Brian Noon; Four veg: Brian Noon; Potatoes white: Bill Howarth; Potatoes coloured: Bill Howarth; Shallots under one inch: Brian Noon; Shallots over one inch: Brian Noon; Dessert apples: Bill Howarth; Culinary apples: Bill Howarth; Pears: Bill Howarth; Plate of fruit: Bill Howarth; Eggs: Roy Mashiter.

Handicraft – Oil painting: Alan Greenhalgh; Watercolour: Ann Patterson; Picture (other medium): Carol Peel; Needlecraft: Tina Miller; Handicraft: David Brain; Halloween lantern: Karen Ginocchio.

Photography – Humorous caption: Janet Morgans; View through a window: Alan Morgans; Mountains or hills: Brian Patterson; Night time: David Leatham; The gathering: Alan Morgans; Beginning with M: David Leatham; Any other photo: Darren Slater.

Preserves – Marmalade: Lynne Molloy; Pickles: Karen Ginocchio; Lemon curd: Kate Bargh; Jar of jelly: Sue Williamson; Chutney: June Clarkson; Jam: Mrs Pickles.

Cookery – Carrot/veg based cake: Susan Gormley; Chocolate cake: Carmen Jackson; Apple pie: Ann Patterson; Fruit scones: Ann Patterson.

Sweet biscuits: Lynne Molloy; Victoria sandwich: Susan Gormley; Mince pies: Susan Gormley; Savoury flan: Kath Walsh; Small cakes: Susan Gormley; Cheesecake: Carmen Jackson; Something for Halloween/bonfire night: Jessica Miller.

Children seven and under – Painting/drawing: Nicole Brown; Nursery rhyme/poem: Polly-Jean Rowles; Painted stone paperweight: Florence Gudgeon; Model, Lego or other kit: Alfie McNeill; Model, other: Willem Rawes; Handicraft: Alfie McNeill; Collage: Fern Mashiter; Wooden spoon decorated: Alfie Robinson; Decorated wellington: Fern Mashiter.

Children eight to 11 – Poem: Charlotte Cassidy; Necklace, brooch or bracelet: Amelia Slater; Model, Lego or other kit: Joshua Todd; Model, other: Maddie Hutton; Handicraft: Zara Jane Perry; Christmas card: Ellie Longton; Painting/drawing: Amelia Slater; Collage: Isaac Hargreaves; Halloween cup cakes: Harry Walker.

Children 12 to 15 – Pencil study: Chloe Howson; Photograph: Hannah Jackson; Handicraft: Jade Mashiter; Decorated Halloween cake: Jessica Miller; Painting: Jade Mashiter.