Community Beat

Stephen Elliston (second left) from Morecambe who won �1,000 on The Bay radio's popular 'Phantom of the Bay' game where listeners hunt 'The Phantom' all over the Lancaster and Morecambe district, and South Cumbria. Stephen is pictured here with fellow Phantom hunter Pam Nuttall and radio presenters Tony 'Cooky' Cookson and Danny Matthews. Kerry Hawker from Heysham also won �1,250 on the game.
Stephen Elliston (second left) from Morecambe who won �1,000 on The Bay radio's popular 'Phantom of the Bay' game where listeners hunt 'The Phantom' all over the Lancaster and Morecambe district, and South Cumbria. Stephen is pictured here with fellow Phantom hunter Pam Nuttall and radio presenters Tony 'Cooky' Cookson and Danny Matthews. Kerry Hawker from Heysham also won �1,250 on the game.

This week’s Community Beat news.


The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, will be holding its Autumn Fair on Friday, November 21, from 11am to 1pm which will include home-made cakes, crafts, books and nearly new. Admission £1 which includes a tea or coffee. All welcome.

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 contact David on 07957 860958.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday November 16 at 6.30pm the speaker will be Pat Catlow from Heysham. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Grasmere area. The A party, led by Graham Dootson, walked from Ambleside to Loughrigg Fell, Silver How, Blea Rigg, Easedale and into Grasmere. The B party, led by Brian Lloyd, also walked from Ambleside to Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Terrace, Red Bank Wood, along the lake to White Moss and into Grasmere.

Party C, led by Jack Roberts, did a circular walk from Grasmere to Hammerscar Plantarion, Loughrigg Terrace, passing the caves, then turning back to Grasmere via Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake.

The group’s next walks will be on Sunday November 23 in the Askam area, If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is www.morecambehf

Bare and District WI will be holding a Christmas coffee morning at the Platform on Thursday November 27 from 10am to noon. All welcome to browse the various stalls.


This Sunday, November 16, at 10am at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, the Family Communion Service with all-age activities will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery.

Christ Church will be presenting Peter Pan in March 2015 and anyone interested in being a part of this production, whether it be on stage or behind the scenes, should attend at 7pm in the large hall on Mondays. Further details can be obtained from Robert on 07776 070373 or Steven on 07808 669782.

On Sunday November 16, during Prisons Week, the Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church at 10.30am will be led by Jenny Butcher.

Another Glimpse through the Manse Keyhole is the title of the talk to be given by Geoff and Jean Lear to the guild on Monday November 17 at 2pm.

The Men’s Fellowship will enjoy their annual lunch at the Headway Hotel on Tuesday November 18 at noon.

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 on November 3 members watched two 45-minute programmes of movies from the Mercury Movie Makers, Leeds and Bournemouth Video Club. The movies included travelogues from around the world, craft documentaries, comedy dramas and natural history subjects. During the interval a hot pot supper and tea were served.

The next open meeting of Soroptimist International of Morecambe and Heysham will be held at Bare Village Club this Thursday November 13 at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to all women. Bonnie Mitchell will be talking about her adventures, trials and tribulations as a teacher on her recent trip to Libya. For further information telephone 07901 691539.


This Sunday, November 16, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be the regular United Service, with other local churches, led by Sarah Gorst.

On Saturday, November 22, at 7pm the popular Lakes Gospel Choir from Windermere will entertain at an event held in aid of St John’s Hospice. All welcome, tickets £8 (under 16s £5) from the stewards, or pay at the door.

The church Art Group, which meets every Monday from 1pm to 3pm, is looking for new members.

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.

The 16th Morecambe Scouts Christmas post will be in operation again this year across the Lonsdale District. It is run by the Scout groups in the area including the 16th Morecambe. All proceeds are used in the development of the district’s young people.

Stamps are now on sale for 30p, available at Booths Torrisholme, John Martin News and Gill’s Pantry Bare. Post boxes will be in place at these shops from Wednesday, November 26, until the last collection on Tuesday December 16.

The post will be delivered by all the group’s members with the help of parents. The delivery area is from Forton in the south to Milnthorpe in the north and includes Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Overton, Hest Bank, Bolton-le-Sands, Silverdale, Carnforth (town only), the Kellets, Caton and Hornby. See posters in shops for the full delivery area.

This is the group’s biggest fundraiser, operating across the Lonsdale Scout District. It could not go ahead without the full co-operation of parents and the kind support of local shops.

It is hard work but previous experience has shown that everyone derives satisfaction from the joint effort.

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of Ascension on Wednesday November 19 at 2pm. Anyone with breathing problems will be welcome.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday November 16: 8am Said Eucharist and 11am All-Age Sung Eucharist including the baptism of Fr Chris’ baby daughter Lucy Marie. The officiant at this service will be Fr Damian Porter, Vicar of St Oswald’s, Warton, Young families are encouraged to attend.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Wednesday’s service this week will include the Ministry of Healing with laying on of hands.

All the services will be led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

A community coffee morning is held every Saturday in the church lounge from 10am to noon, open to everyone.

The Ascension Church complex currently has rooms available for hire and is now taking bookings for 2015. Facilities are good, parking is easy, bus services are excellent and there is access for the disabled. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 to discuss terms and rates or to make bookings. Children’s parties are always welcome.

On Thursday Morecambe Camera Club welcomed friends from Holme Photographic Society for an inter-club competition. Each club entered 25 images for judging by Jane Lines. There were some excellent images and Jane gave each image a mark out of 20 holding back the best six, of which four scored 19 and the top two 20. There was one from each club with a beautiful Aurora shot from Holme and an excellent natural history shot from Morecambe’s John Hughes.

It was a close contest but congratulations go to Holme for winning on the night. Next week the club will have an evening of AVs from members including some produced from the summer shoots.

For further details of the club please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at


St Martin’s Thursday Lunch Club will meet this week November 13. Light lunches of soup and sandwiches will be served from noon at a cost of £2.50, everyone welcome. Also if over 55 stay on after lunch for an afternoon of bingo. The next Lunch Club will be held on November 27

The Scout movement is having an open meeting at St Martin’s Church Centre, opposite Lidl, this Friday November 14 from 6.30pm to 8pm, with a view to holding group sessions in the church hall in the future. Children and parents are invited to attend to register interest and find out more.

Services at St Martin’s Church this week are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday and Sunday All-Age Sung Eucharist at 9.30am, both led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries regarding hire of the church centre should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.


Every Wednesday at 10am Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds its Shoppers’ Fellowship and the speaker this week will be Captain Mark Spencer Arneaud.

This Saturday November 15, the coffee morning will be hosted by the Brownies and Guides, from 10am to noon, everyone welcome to attend.

Family Worship this Sunday November 16 at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Geoffrey Lear.

The Wives’ Group is holding a musical afternoon on Wednesday November 19 with entertainment provided by Val Baulard and Friends. Starting at 2pm entry is £3.50 which includes afternoon tea.

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.

The Temple of Light Spirit Church on West End Road will welcome two mediums. This Saturday November 15 at 7.30pm, Annette Barnes and Jean Entwistle from Fleetwood will give a demonstration of mediumship and Stephen Beastall from Blackpool will be in attendance for the Divine Service this Sunday November 16 at 2.30pm.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour, a pleasant friendly service of meditation, prayers and sharing. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service with SNU trained and accredited healers.

Also on Wednesdays, at 7.30pm, there is the Open Circle when local mediums talk on the philosophy of Spiritualism and also demonstrate their mediumship. Everyone is most welcome to attend any of the services. The church has disabled access and facilities.

President Anne Shackleton and the church committee wish to thank all who helped to make the recent coffee morning a success.

There is an open invitation to join members at St Barnabas’, Regent Road, at any of the services, especially now as the church looks forward to Advent and the start of a new church year and the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

If interested in a child beginning Sunday School please contact Fr Tom or attend the 10am Sunday service.

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; weekdays Said Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon and Saturday 10am. Anyone who would like to attend 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 the web site For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.


On Monday November 17 at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will hold a fashion show given by Marion’s Fashions of Morecambe – smart fashions for the over 40s.

The show will start at 2pm, admission £3 including refreshments. Tickets can be obtained from members of the guild or on the door, everyone welcome.

On Monday, December 1, Val and Friends will entertain at the group’s Christmas party. New members always welcome, why not go along?

A Christmas Fair will be held at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, November 15, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be various stalls, a hamper competition, raffle, chocolate tombola and children’s bran tub. Mince pies, shortbread and chocolate yule log will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Mr Peter Brophy will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday November 16 at 10.30am.

There is to be a joint World Missions Service at Torrisholme Methodist Church at 6.30pm on Sunday when the preacher will be Rev Eddie Sykes. Consequently there will not be an evening service at Wesley.

The Ladies Tuesday Circle Group will meet at 7.30pm on November 18 when Miss Susan Wilson will speak about Sykes and Wisdom. All ladies welcome.

This Sunday November 16 Parish Communion will be at St James’ at 11am, followed at 6pm by a service of Evening Prayer.

On Friday December 5 at 7.30pm there will be a Christmas concert by K Shoes Male Voice Choir and tickets are now on sale. Please contact 01524 853923.

At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, prayer meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. A coffee morning is held every Wednesday from 10am to noon. The speaker at 10.30am this Sunday November 16 will be Dougie March.


At St Helen’s Church this Sunday November 16 there will be a Eucharist Service 10.45am. Junior Church will recommence on this day. Join members for fellowship, tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

Fair Trade items are available each week and a small selection of cards is on sale. The church continues to collect food items for the local Food Bank’. Tinned and dried goods are most welcome.

Members of the church travelled to Blackpool Tower to join in with the Blackburn Diocese, From Darkness to Light, with Archbishop John Sentamu. A huge success and wonderful to see the famous illuminations.

Junior Church and friends visited the Blackpool Illuminations on Saturday, after a fish and chip supper en route. Great fun for all.

Please note PASADA are figures that are passed from one family to another prior to Christmas.

Friends of St Helen’s next meeting at the memorial hall will be held on Wednesday November 26 at 2pm when Trinity Bell ringers will provide the entertainment. Admission £2.50 including tea and biscuits.

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Middleton Parish Council has two vacancies for interested parties who wish to join the council. Applications can be made by any residents who live in a three mile radius expressing their interest and why they wish to join the council. Please apply in writing to the Parish Clerk, 34 Carr Lane, Middleton, Morecambe, LA3 3LA, within 14 days of the vacancy advertisement on Saturday November 15.


The Kenyan Project, Into Africa, wishes to thank everyone who sewed, knitted and crocheted articles of clothing for Glad Tidings Orphan Care, Malawi. The van was packed on the evening of the last Friday in October with boxes filled with aid, cycles and disability aids, all generously donated.

The ship bearing the container will leave for Malawi this Thursday November 13. The container is expected in the Salima district of Malawi by the end of January 2015.

The next workshop will be held on Tuesday November 18 and the venue as usual will be the Mawson Room, Memorial Hall, Slyne-with-Hest, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The project will be at the Community Coffee Morning on Saturday December 6 from 10am to noon, where some of the ladies’ work will be on sale. For more information contact Susan on 01524 823928.

The village held its annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday in the memorial hall with 75 people in attendance. The service was taken by Rev Pauline Bicknell with Rev Yolande Burns who read from the book of Micah in the Old Testament. The wreaths were laid by Mike Nelson and Neil Hodgson. Brian Staveley played the piano and Chris Stoneham played the Last Post and Reveille on his trumpet. The Union Flag was paraded by Tom Winder and Daniel Leighton paraded the Scout’s colour with Milly Williams and Frances Byron jointly parading the Brownies’ colour.

After the service there were refreshments in the supper room and the opportunity to socialise.

This Sunday November 16 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when David Ryder will speak on the subject The Bible’s call to repentance. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday November 17, Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.


The annual Service of Remembrance for the fallen of two World Wars and subsequent conflicts was held at Carnforth War Memorial Gardens on Sunday.

The service was preceded by a parade led by the Union Flag carried by a member of the Carnforth Scouts and standards from the Dunkirk Veterans and Normandy Veterans Associations, Salvation Army and Air Training Corps.

The service was conducted by Rev Bob Neale and names of the fallen from Carnforth read out by Major Angela Tucker from the Salvation Army. The Mayor of Carnforth, Town Coun Ken Bond read For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon and Deputy Mayor City Coun Tony Johnson read the Kohima Prayer and Chindit Prayer.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Police, Fire Service, uniformed Cadet Services, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies, local churches and civic organisations. The Mayor took the salute for the march past and afterwards light refreshments were 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.

On Monday November 17 at 7.30pm the Friends of Carnforth Station are hosting their monthly film night in the Furness and Midland Hall. The programme will consist of two ‘60’ films. The first film will be Living with Lizzie No 6201 followed by Steam in the 60s after the interval. Admission will be £4 inclusive of light refreshments.


Warton Pre School is holding a jumble sale to raise funds for much needed toys and equipment. The event will be held on Saturday November 29 in Warton Church Hall, 9am to noon. Admission will be 50p and there will be everything from toys to clothes to bric-a-brac.

The Children’s Society is hosting a chidren’s nearly new sale on Saturday November 22, 10am to noon, in Warton Church Hall. Entrance will be £1. For sale will be maternity and baby clothes (birth to 11-years-old), toys and books. For further details contact Della on 07894 669714.

Warton’s North West Cancer Research Annual Fair on November 1 was a great day, with local author Deborah Swift opening the event. The day raised £1,996 with a good attendance. Thanks to all.

Warton Village Hall will be the venue for the Carnforth and District Twinning Association’s Lancashire Night on Thursday November 27 at 7.30pm with a hotpot supper and dessert with a champagne toast. Bring your own wine/soft drinks. Tickets £7.50 from Angela 735397, Hilary 730533 or Bernard 736740.

Warton Crag WI’s next meeting will be held on Thursday November 20 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Members and guests will be making Christmas decorations with the guidance of Pam De Feu. For further information on membership contact Dorothy on 01524 732152.