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The Aspect Bar and Bistro team with their Best Bistro in England and Wales award. Left to right, head chef Gavin Riley, Ian Harrington, Judy Edmondson, manager Paul Bury and restaurant manager Ed Selman.
The Aspect Bar and Bistro team with their Best Bistro in England and Wales award. Left to right, head chef Gavin Riley, Ian Harrington, Judy Edmondson, manager Paul Bury and restaurant manager Ed Selman.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


From Thursday December 4 to Saturday December 6 Morecambe Parish Church will be staging a Christmas Festival with a Victorian theme, inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. A display of Christmas trees will be in the church building on Church Street, with each tree provided, decorated and displayed by local organisations, businesses or individuals. There will be a programme of live entertainment at the front of church including readings from A Christmas Carol. Refreshments will be available in church.

Meanwhile Morecambe’s War Memorial Hall will be the venue for the Christmas Fair which will showcase a wide range of products from local traders. The cafe will be open in the hall throughout the festival.

Opening times will be Thursday and Friday 3pm to 8pm and Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm. Admission, which will include both venues, will be £1 for adults, accompanied children free.

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. Further information from David on 07957 860958.

Bare and District WI will be holding a Christmas coffee morning at the Platform this Thursday November 27 from 10am to noon.

Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club enjoyed walks in the Askham area on November 23 when the weather was perfect with pristine views of the Lakeland Fells.

Walk A, led by Graham Dootson, walked from north of Shap (A6) to Out Scar, Bampton Grange, Bampton, Car Hullan, Scales Farm, Askham Fell and Askham. B walk, led by Pat Emerson, took a circular route from Askham, Heughscar Hill, The Cockpit, Helton, returning to Askham via the River Lowther path. Walk C, led by May Lloyd, also took a circular route from Askham, Askham Fell, Helton, Whale to Askham.

The group welcomes anyone wishing to join the weekend and alternate Wednesday walks. Further information can be obtained from Pat Emerson on 01524 410702 or Mike Sherriff on 01524 4140438.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday November 30 the speaker at 6.30pm will be Phil Dykes from Chorley. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Blood donations sessions will be held at the Platform on Tuesday December 2 from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. Appointments can be booked on 0300 123 2323.


Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be the venue for a Christmas Coffee Morning this Saturday November 29, starting at 10am. Sunday November 30, at 10.30am, the Morning Advent Service will be led by Rev Makonde.

Brenda Everett and Martin Webster’s group will present A Christmas Event to the guild on Monday December 1 at 2pm.

At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, on Advent Sunday November 30 the 10am Morning Worship Service will be conducted by Rev Geoffrey Lear and at 6.30pm Rev Graham Maskery will conduct the Advent Carols and Reading Service.

Christ Church will be presenting Peter Pan in March and anyone interested in being a part of the production, whether it be on stage or behind the scenes, should attend on a Monday from 7pm at the church in the large hall. All welcome, no age restrictions. Further details can be obtained from Robert on 07776 070373 or Steven on 07808 669782.

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 there was a review and discussion about the two summer projects. The first movie project was The Big Wild Stocktake which took place at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve. This movie is now shown to visitors at the reserve and on the reserve’s web site.

The second project reviewed was the ongoing filming of the construction of the M6 to Heysham Link Road Over Rail, Road and Water.

Attending the meeting and giving a presentation with up-to-date news on the new road was the Community Liaison Officer for Costain Plc, Antony Crowley. With the input and support of the main contractor Costain Plc. The project is building into a comprehensive record of the link road.

The club is producing monthly link road movies on their web site


The Ascension Church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday in the lounge from 10am to noon. This week, November 29, the event will include stalls offering home-made crafts and gifts, cards and cakes. Admission will be just £1 including coffee and mince pies. All welcome.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday November 30, the first Sunday of Advent: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist when the preacher will be Parish Reader David Wilde. Also on Sunday, at 4pm, the Ascension Church will hold the ever-popular annual Christingle, an occasion for children and all the family, with the lighting of Christingle candles and singing of favourite carols. A fun and festive time followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The hall complex at the Ascension Church offers great facilities for meetings and parties and hosts a wide range of local groups and organisations on a weekly basis. For more information about what goes on or to enquire about making a booking contact Alan on 01524 419174.

For weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter telephone Parish Priest Fr Chris on 01524 413144. Details on the church website at

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 November 30, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Keith Tattersall and the Good News Trust’s local free Christian library van will be attending. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes when the church will be decorated by the traditional hanging of the greens.

Main line trains were once again stopping at Carnforth Station thanks to Gerry Maguire and his innovative programme of recorded music at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. His choice of classical film music included Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto from Brief Encounter, as well as Cavalleria Rusticana from The Godfather and Saint-Saens organ symphony from Babe. Gerry also included Elgar’s Nimrod and Vivaldi’s Winter.

He then turned his attention to the lives of three composers and featured works by Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Mozart to a rapt and attentive audience before ending the evening with two arias sung by Gigli and three carols by Frank Sinatra.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach quoted from a recently received catalogue – The Gift of Music – and described the programme as dynamic and dramatic.

At the next meeting tomorrow November 26 Dorothy Mingins will be the presenter in the Ascension vestry. For further details contact Gordon on 01524 421537.

The National Osteoporosis Society’s Morecambe Bay Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday December 2 at the vestry of the Church of Ascension starting at 7pm. It will be an evening of exercise and fun with Lindsay Wilcox.

The aims of the group are to support, offer advice and provide information to osteoporosis sufferers and their carers in the Lancaster, Morecambe and outlying areas and to raise awareness of the disease in the community and help the National Osteoporosis Society with their campaigns.

The group holds meetings bi-monthly at the Church of Ascension, Michaelson Avenue on Tuesdays usually starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm. The committee tries to provide a variety of speakers covering medical subjects, research news and topics of general interest.

There is no annual membership fee, all is asked is for a donation on the night of £2 to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments. The meetings are open to all.

Further information can be obtained from Christine Bushby, Secretary of the Support Group, 01524 413933, email


St Martin’s Thursday Lunch Club will meet this week, November 27, when light lunches will be served from noon. Everyone is welcome for lunch which costs just £2.50, and if over the age of 55 are invited to stay on for afternoon bingo.

St Martin’s Church holds a community coffee morning every Saturday from 10.30am to noon. On December 6 this will become a Christmas Special which will include stalls, cakes, a tombola and refreshments and will open until 1pm.

Services at St Martin’s Church in the coming week: Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday, Sung Eucharist on Sunday November 30, the first in Advent, beginning at 9.30am. The preacher at this service will be Parish Reader David Wilde.

Services are normally 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.


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 from 10am, and tomorrow, November 25, the speaker will be Mrs Barbara Smith.

This Thursday November 27 from 11am to 3pm the Peer Support Group, which meets in Sefton Road Church Hall, will be holding an open day. Everyone welcome to find out what Peer Support is all about.

The RNLI will host the coffee morning this Saturday November 29 from 10am to noon, with everyone welcome.

On Sunday November 30, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Brenda Willis.

This Sunday November 30 is the first Sunday of Advent, and the start of a new church year so why not make a new start and attend church, more so as we look forward to Christmas. Everyone is warmly welcomed at St Barnabas’, Regent Road.

If you would like your 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 join the congregation at any of the services would be most welcome.

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

The Temple of Light will welcome three guest mediums this weekend. Jackie Taylor from Bolton will attend this Saturday November 29 at 7.30pm and Les and Lorraine from Bolton-le-Sands will conduct the Divine Service this Sunday November 30 at 2.30pm. The speakers will give a short philosophy on Spiritualism before demonstrating their mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour where the group discuss Spiritualism, with readings, meditation and prayers – a caring and sharing group. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Circle when Spiritualist National Union trained and accredited healers are in attendance. Also on Wednesdays, at 6.30pm refreshments are followed by 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 and towels for the homeless. Also a collection of dried and tinned food, blankets and towels for Wolfwood Animal Rescue.

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


Tomorrow Wednesday November 26, Parent Praise/Coffee church will be held at 6pm at St James’ and on Thursday November 27 Sunbeams will be meeting at St James’ at 9.30am.

On Friday December 5 there will be a concert by Kendal Male Voice Choir, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and include and glass of wine and a mince pie. Please telephone 01524 853923 to obtain tickets.

The next Messy Church event at Wesley Methodist Church will be held this Saturday November 29 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. There will be craft activities and a short act of worship followed by a meal. No charge but donations to defray expenses would be welcome. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be a Family Service led by Mrs Janine Swinburn on Sunday November 30 at 10.30am and the preacher at 6.30pm will be Maurice Longton from Roeburndale.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place at Heysham Library meeting room on Monday December 1 starting at 7pm. Residents of Heysham South are invited to attend. Please use side entrance to the library.

Anyone considering fostering might want to pop into Heysham Library, Heysham Road, this Thursday November 27, from 10am to 3pm, when experts from Community Foster Care will be holding an information session.

Foster carers come from all walks of life and can be single, married or divorced; male or female. They must be aged 25-70. Community Foster Care is a not-for-profit agency which matches carers with children. For more info:


The Overton Players will proudly present their Christmas Panto Pinocchio at Overton Memorial Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 4, 5 and 6. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm curtain up. There will be an additional performance of a Saturday matinee on December 6 at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £3 for children and will be available at the hall on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, or telephone the box office on 07986 710884. There will be refreshments a bar and a raffle.

St Helen’s Church will hold a Family Service this Advent Sunday November 30 at 10.45am when Debbie Green from the Northern Inter Schools Christian Union will attend – very popular with the children.

POSADA figures (nativity) have begun their journey visiting a different home each night. Help them journey around the parish by adding your name to the list in church.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a service on Sunday December 14 at 2.30pm.

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

Church contact and diary details are available on or visit Friends of St Helen’s Church Facebook page.


On November 11 Bolton-le-Sands WI held its monthly meeting and the annual meeting for 2014, making a busy night. President Hazel Short welcomed everyone with a special welcome to new members and one visitor from Hereford.

Hazel gave a brief update on the results of the questionnaire completed by members which were, on the whole, quite positive. It would seem there are a few things the committee could learn but by and large the activities on offer are proving popular.

There was a reminder that the December meeting will include food, drink and song.

Jean Bayliss of the Walking Group and Judith Spotswood of the Craft Group gave reports, but as Patience Cooper was not well enough to attend after her cycling accident, Mary Pearson reported on her behalf.

Names are needed for the Denman bursary as the draw will be made at the January meeting. Names also needed for the delegate to the national annual meeting in London in June. It is hoped a member of the Royal Family will attend.

Joyce Bond read out her entry to the recent poetry competition entitled What my WI Means to Me, a splendid poem.

At the start of the annual meeting the financial statement was presented by Dorothy Carruthers, adopted and seconded by Joan Buckley. The committee reports were presented. In the annual report given by Jean Dennis she stated it had been a vibrant year with 109 members, with many thanks to President Hazel Short. The group had raised money for local charities such as CancerCare and purchased a defibrillator for the village.

Jean Bayliss gave the Walking Group’s report presented in her usual amusing way. The group meets on the Saturday after the monthly WI meeting.

Judith Spotswood presented the Craft Group’s report outlining a busy and rewarding year with two craft days and exhibits at the County Show, plus the 138 Teddies for Tragedies. Quilting will now be held at the Fire Station on the Wednesday afternoon after the WI meeting.

The Wildlife and Nature Group started in May 2014 and various events are to be held in 2015. More members welcome.

President Hazel Short’s report included thanks to many people with a special thanks to Jean Dennis secretary for her help and support, and all the members of the committee.

A vote of thanks was given to the committee and the tellers, expressed by Jacky Ireland. At this time the group was delighted to learn that in 2015 Hazel will again be president.

Competition winners for 2014 were: 1 Jacky Ireland, 2 Brenda Wood, 3 Myra Weir.

In members’ time Joyce Bond conducted a fun quiz whilst the committee retired to sort out next year’s duties.

This year’s Holy Trinity Church Christmas Fair will be held this Saturday November 29 in the community centre, for the first time, from 1pm to 3pm. Entrance is £1, children free. There will Father Christmas’ grotto, stalls, games, refreshments and fun for all ages. All funds raised towards Holy Trinity’s Raise the Roof, Open the Door appeal to fix the church roof.

This Friday November 28 at 6pm the Christmas tree lights will be switched on at Abbeyfield, Bolton Lodge, 107 Main Road which will include carols provided by the choir of Holy Trinity Church.


Matthew Lepp attended the October meeting of the Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club when he spoke on the subject of the History of Soap Manufacturing and Bathing. It was a most interesting talk with demonstrations including making a bath bomb.

Matthew and his sister Becky are in a partnership called Tigermuffin Soaps based in Formby and are members of the Arts and Crafts Guild of Lancashire. Matthew was welcome to the meeting by Enid Clarke the club secretary, and Maureen Procter the treasurer gave the vote of thanks.

For the November meeting the ladies welcomed back David Rust with a talk entitled Lovely Lancashire. His wonderful projected travel programmes are always interspersed with his own brand of humour and music. Jean Reddin gave the vote of thanks.

There was a large attendance of villagers from Hest Bank Lane near the A6 at the November meeting of the parish council. They attended for a discussion about the installation of a larger drain as part of the work on the link road. This scheme is designed to reduce the incidence of flooding in this part of Hest Bank Lane and the residents appeared to be reassured that it will.

The parish council believes that the village needs a Neighbourhood Plan, so it can influence the development that will come to the village. Despite all the assurances that the green belt between Lancaster and the village will be preserved the evidence from elsewhere in the country is that there will be pressure to build up to the link road. This would turn Slyne with Hest from a separately identifiable village into a suburb of Lancaster. Anyone who would be interested in helping to develop a neighbourhood plan for the village should contact Mrs Doreen Brookes, clerk to the council, on 01524 825464.

The parish council will plant a beech hedge to the right of the entrance to the burial ground. This will provide a tranquil ambiance for the additional Anglican section of the burial ground once it is consecrated.

The community coffee morning will be held on Saturday December 6 from 10am to noon in the memorial hall run by St Luke’s Church.

There will be a fun dog show in the memorial tall this Sunday November 30. Full details are on the village notice boards.

The United Reformed Church Sunday School cycle ride on the third Sunday of November raised £197 for Children in Need. The following Sunday Edith, who has a challenge from her school to raise £50 for charity in three events, sold cakes and patisseries after the United Reformed Church service. She had a list of suggested charities to which purchasers could add their own suggestions. Her class will vote which of the nominated charities should receive the money Edith raises.

This Sunday November 30 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, when John Moss will speak on the subject What the Disciples of Jesus believed. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

The Little Lambs, a parent, baby and toddler group, meets at the Christadelphian Meeting Room on Mondays. Contact Kate on 07739 031739.


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 the 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.


Members of the Gardening Club were treated to a very entertaining evening at their November annual meeting making Christmas door wreaths under the expert guidance of Anneli Thompson. The next event will be a quiz night on Wednesday January 14 – general knowledge, all invited, tickets will be available in the New Year from the Post Office and committee. For further information on the club and its activities contact Emma Parsons on 01524 734493.

Warton’s Women’s Institute enjoyed a lively evening making Christmas decorations with Pam De Feu. The next meeting will be the Christmas party in December. Membership details from Pam on 01524 733835.

Warton Village Society’s Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday December 7. After the Christingle Service in St Oswald’s there will be stalls in the church hall in aid of Warton village hall improvements. The event will also include Santa’s grotto and much more.