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St Mary's Catholic Primary, Morecambe
St Mary's Catholic Primary, Morecambe
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This week’s Community Beat news.


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.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday November 23 at 6.30pm the speaker will be Jean Entwhistle from Blackpool. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday November 23, the 10.30am Morning Service will include Sister Vivien, Women Against Violence.

Morning Worship at 10am this Sunday November 23 at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, will be conducted by Janet Thompson.

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 Christmas Coffee Morning will be held this Saturday November 22 at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, from 10am to noon, in the small hall. The event will include a raffle, cake stall, white elephant and book stall and a guess the name of the bear game.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on November 10 members welcomed Richard Curry, the North West Region IAC treasurer and international movie judge. Richard’s presentation took members through the judges’ training procedure for the British International Amateur Film Festival and told of his experiences whilst being a BIAFF judge over a number of years.

Following his talk a selection of the test DVDs were shown and members were asked to judge them to compare their conclusions against the actual judging panel. The evening was informative and there were movies to watch, enjoy and learn, with examples from around the world.

The club meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall.


The popular Lakes Gospel Choir from Windermere will be visiting Torrisholme Methodist Church this Saturday November 22. Tickets £8, under 16s £5, doors open at 6.30pm.

This Sunday November 23, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Sandra Lucas. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Bernard Vause with Peter Logan’s illustrated Insights into North Korea.

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

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Helmshore, near Rawtenstall, this Saturday November 22.

The A walk, led by Graham Dyson, will start just outside of Helmshore, walking past Holden Wood Reservoir and picking up the Haslingden Way then over Musden Head Moor and along the side of Tor Hill towards Wet Moss and over Bull Hill before dropping down into Helmshore – eight miles and 1,450ft.

Walk B, led by Madge and Ray Salisbury, will start from Farmers Glory on the B6236, taking the Rossendale Way south up to Haslingden Moor then climbing steadily, passing Copy Farm before turning westwards via Windy Harbour Farm. After skirting Jameston Quarry the walk will continue to Clough Head Picnic area on the B6232 where there are toilets, picnic tables and a cafe, then follow footpaths to rejoin the Rossendale Way above the Calf Head Reservoir and around the moor via Hill End before descending to Helmshore. Six and a half miles with 870ft of ascent and 1,150 feet of descent.

The C walk, led by Alan Whittaker, will start at Ramsbottom near the East Lancs Railway, then follow the Irwell valley across fields then later on an old railway line and Tarmac to Irwell Vale. There will be a short climb out of the valley then good paths through a park to Helmshore Mill. The mill is very interesting and worth a look for anybody that wishes. Four and a half miles and 200 feet of ascent.

Pick-up time will be 9am from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Non-walkers are welcome to book on the coach. Download a copy of the new winter programme from

The Ascension Church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to noon. This will be extra special on November 29 when as well as coffee and mince pies, home-made crafts, cakes and produce will be on sale. Why not call in to be tempted?

The church will be holding its annual Christingle Service on Advent Sunday November 30 at 4pm. All young families are encouraged to share in this popular forerunner to the Christmas season.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday November 23, the Feast of Christ the King: 8am Said Eucharist and 11am Sung Eucharist together with Junior Church. Both services will be led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Enquiries regarding the church halls should always be addressed to Alan on 419174. Readers may also like to visit the church’s website at

It was Pick of the Pops night at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society as Gordon Clapham delved once again into his huge collection of pop memorabilia to present a fascinating, toe-tapping programme of recorded music. More than 20 selections covered the 1940s (the Andrews Sisters) to the 1980s (Queen) and artistes as varied as Frankie Laine, Abba, Tommy Dorsey, Chuck Berry and the Luton Girls’ Choir.

Three classical pieces used in adverts were included, as was a piano prelude by Debussy and Rossini’s overture to William Tell. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra were featured several times with their Hooked On ... series of recordings.

It was generally agreed that Gerry Maguire summed it up succinctly in his vote of thanks: “That’s entertainment”.

At the next meeting it will be Gerry’s own turn to present a programme. All are welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start tomorrow Wednesday November 19.

With an all time high of 42 members this season, on Thursday Maxwell Law gave an illustrated talk entitled Earth, Wind and Flight to Morecambe Camera Club. Maxwell retired at 55 and with partner Marion they purchased a camper van. This became their home and members were treated to pictures from as far north as Iceland through all parts of Scotland, England and Wales on to France, Spain and Portugal.

Maxwell passed on some useful tips on nature photography, one being that he used inexpensive camouflage netting to allow him to get close to his subject. During the break members were able to view a large selection of his prints.

A vote of thanks was given by Tina Harrup. The meeting next week will be the second outside judged competition with set subject Architecture.

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


St Martin’s Church Centre hosts a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10.30am to noon, and on December 6 this will be a Christmas special with stalls, cakes, tombola and refreshments from 10.30am to 1pm. All welcome.

The following groups meet regularly at St Martin’s Church Centre – Zumba with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm; karate with Carol on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm; ballroom dancing with Chris on Wednesdays from 7pm; and over 55s bingo on Thursdays from 1pm. If any of these activities are of interest, then simply turn up on the right day at the time stated. Everyone welcome.

Services at St Martin’s Church this week are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday and Sung Eucharist with Junior Church on Sunday at 9.30am, both led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Enquiries concerning hire of the church centre should be directed to Alan on 419174.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am which this week will include speaker Rev David Tidswell.

Tomorrow Wednesday November 19 at 2pm the Wives Group is holding a Musical Afternoon with Val Baulard and Friends. Everyone welcome, entry £3.50 which includes refreshments.

This Sunday November 23, Family Worship will be held at 10.30am. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday November 29, 10am to noon, hosted by and for the RNLI. Please support this worthy cause.

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 mediums at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road will be Gordon Walsh from near Preston this Saturday November 22 at 7.30pm, and for the Divine Service at 2.30pm this Sunday November 23 it will be Pam Catlow. Both speakers will give a short philosophy on Spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour where the group discusses Spiritualism, with readings, meditation and prayers – a caring and sharing group.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm is the Healing Circle Spiritualist National Union when trained and accredited healers are in attendance. Wednesdays at 6.30pm is refreshments at 50p, then the Open Circle at 7.30pm run by local mediums.

The church is making a collection of food and beverages, toiletries and warm winter clothing, scarves, blankets, etc, for the homeless. Also dried and tinned food, blankets and towels for Wolfwood.

Everyone is most welcome to all the services, the church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled access and facilities available.

As we look forward to Advent and the start of a new church year, and the birth of Jesus at Christmas, why not think about visiting church? Everyone is warmly welcomed at St Barnabas’ on Regent Road. If you would like a child to begin 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; weekday 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 any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.


Rev Charles Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday November 23 at 10.30am when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. Mr Arthur Eaton will be the preacher at 6.30pm.

A representative from Omega Travel will suggest holiday ideas at the Wesley Guild on Monday November 24 at 2.30pm.

Men and women of all ages welcome.

Tomorrow Wednesday November 19 at 6pm there will be a Service of Parent Praise/Coffee Church at St James’. This Thursday November 20 at 9.30am Sunbeams meet at St James’.

This Sunday November 23, Parish Communion will be held at St James’ at 11am. Advance notice that on Friday December 5 there will be a Christmas Concert with K Shoes Male Voice Choir.

Tickets £8 obtainable 
by telephone on 01524 
853923, and which will 
include a glass of wine and a mince pie.

At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, prayer meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.

A Coffee Morning, with toast and biscuits, is held from 10am to noon every Wednesday.

The speaker at 10.30am on Sunday November 23 will be Kevin McCann. The service will be followed by a buffet.


At St Helen’s Church on Christ the King Sunday November 23 at 10.45am there will be a Eucharist Service and Junior Church. PASADA figures (nativity) have begun their journey visiting a different home each night.

On Sunday November 30 the Family Service at 10.45am will include Debbie Green of Northern Inter Schools Christian Union. Refreshments will be available after each service and time to reflect and catch up.

At the Sunderland Point Mission the next service will be held on Sunday 14 at 2.30pm.

The Friends of St Helen’s will meet on Wednesday November 26, from 2pm to 4pm, at Overton Memorial Hall when entertainment will be provided by the Trinity Handbell Ringers. Entrance £2.50 including refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Contact and diary details available on


At the first meeting of the Over 60s Club in November two of the three winners at dominoes recently joined the club with Norma Martell winning, Jill Beswick bagging second place and Mary Lofthouse third. At the same meeting Helen Stephenson and Mary Barker were joint winners in the games of whist with Isa Gibson and Olive Spavin tying for third place.

The club meets on alternate Mondays to play whist and dominoes at 2pm in the memorial hall. The next meeting will be on November 24, new members welcome.

Olive Bell won the games of Whist at the meeting of the Equipment Fund in mid-November with Marie Anderson second, Brian Coates third and John Bainbridge fourth. The high halves were taken by Marjorie Bainbridge and Sylvia Standrell. At the same meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Sheila Makenson second and Pat Jenkinson third.

The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be held on Friday, November 28 at 7.15pm in the memorial wall when new members will be welcome.

The United Reformed Church Sunday School enjoyed a sponsored cycle ride on the third Sunday of November to raise money for Children in Need. The participants started from Teal Bay and went along the promenade to the Battery and returned, a distance of six and a half miles, which is not much for enthusiastic cyclists used to covering 100 miles a day but a considerable challenge for some of the small children involved.


Age UK Lancashire will be holding a monthly Drop-In Service at the Civic Hall, North Road, Carnforth, for anyone who would welcome help, support or information on Age UK services and products.

The organisation’s local Personal Advisor, Alison Stirzaker, will be available from 10am to noon on Thursday November 20 and Thursday December 11.

Anyone is welcome to call in and meet with her to discuss any matter or problem that is affecting your later life. It could be about benefits, help with caring issues, bereavement or just someone to talk to.

Feel free to call in and see what Age UK Lancashire could do to help. Telephone 0300 303 1234 for further information.

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday December 21 at the Railway Club from 3pm to 6pm, £3 per child, ticket only with a limited number available. Fancy dress is optional and there will be a prize for best boy and best girl costume. Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or from the Railway Club on 01524 732723.

A Christmas Bingo and Afternoon Tea, free for over 65s, will be held on Tuesday December 23, from 3pm to 5pm, at the Railway Club. Tickets, which are limited, can be obtained from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 01524 732723.

On November 10, Carnforth Mayor Coun Ken Bond, together with former Mayors Roly Parker and George Birkett, had an early start at 4am travelling to Carnforth’s Twin Town of Sailly sur la Lys to join in their Remembrance Day Service and to mark the start of World War One 100 ago.

The civic party arrived in Sailly sur la Lys at 4pm and later that evening laid wreaths at three local War Memorials, accompanied by the Mayor of Sailly Jean Claude Thorez, local councillors and members of the public.

On Remembrance Day they took part in a parade, Mass and the laying a further four wreaths and lunch with about 100 others including councillors, war veterans and members of the public.

A trip to Arras followed on Wednesday with a visit to Notre Dame de Lorette in Vimy where thousands of French servicemen were buried in this War Cemetery.

This also involved a visit to the museum and reconstructed underground trenches with models of the conditions during World War One with commentaries and a battlefield tour.

A second battlefield tour had been arranged for after lunch but they had to leave early to prepare for a trip to the Menin Gate in Ypres, where they were among a limited number allowed to lay a wreath during the evening service.

Commenting on their return on Thursday, the Town Mayor said: “An exhausting schedule had been arranged for our visit but it was well worth it. The memory of the hospitality and friendship extended to us will never be forgotten and to have seen at first hand only a small number of Military Cemeteries which abound in France, brought home the loss of life during those terrible time of war.”

Carnforth Rotary Club hosted a nostalgic Remembrance Concert performed by the Greater Manchester Police Big Band at Lancaster Town Hall which was attended by Carnforth Mayor Coun Ken Bond, Mayor of Lancaster; Coun Susie Charles and the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Dr Barry Johnson together with their partners, former service personnel and more than 200 people.

The audience was entertained by nostalgic songs from the 1940s sung by George Pinnington, Clara Williams and Helena Rafala. All proceeds will be donated to SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association) and other uniformed organisations. The concert was organised by Carnforth Rotarian and Lancaster Police Officer Kath Bromilow MBE and was a great success.