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Ministers at Morecambe Salvation Army, Cpt Mark Spencer-Arneaud and Cpt Jane Spencer-Arneaud with some of the rucksacks filled with clothes, which were donated by staff at Sainsbury's.
Ministers at Morecambe Salvation Army, Cpt Mark Spencer-Arneaud and Cpt Jane Spencer-Arneaud with some of the rucksacks filled with clothes, which were donated by staff at Sainsbury's.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Focus Youth meets every Friday from 7pm to 9pm on the top floor of the Post Office buildings, Market Street. The group provides a place 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.


Carnforth Choral Society’s Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday December 18 at Christ Church United Reform Church, Broadway, starting at 7.30pm with doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £8 and are available from CCS members or Gill on 01524 730089. They will also be available on the door subject to availability.

Festive services will be as follows: Sunday December 21 10am, Family Communion Service with all-age activities conducted by Rev Graham Maskery; Wednesday December 24 10.30am, Holy Communion Service conducted by Rev Graham Maskery – service in small chapel followed by tea/coffee in the small hall; Wednesday December 24 4pm, Blessing of the Christmas Crib conducted by Rev Graham Maskery; Wednesday December 24 11.30pm Midnight Mass with Rev Graham Maskery, light refreshments from 10.45pm; Thursday December 25, Christmas Day, 9.30am (note earlier start) Family Communion Service with Rev Maskery; Sunday December 28 10.30am, joint service at Sefton Road Family Communion Service with sermon Service with Rev Maskery; Wednesday December 31 10.30am, New Year’s Eve, Holy Communion Service in small chapel followed by tea/coffee in the small hall.

Churches together in Lancashire is linking with BBC Radio Lancashire for a live broadcast at the Dog and Partridge at 7pm this Thursday December 18, all welcome.

There will be an informal Carol Party this Saturday December 20 at 5pm in the large hall, light refreshments available.

The group meeting for December will be a Christmas Party.

Join the fun and fellowship tomorrow Wednesday December 17 at 7.30pm in the large hall.

For January the meeting will be a Pudding Evening on Wednesday January 21, 7pm in the small hall, taste as many puddings as you wish. Also please bring any unwanted playing cards and jigsaws for the Seaman’s Mission.

After New Year there will be a Sunday service on January 4 at 10am, joined by the congregation from Sefton Road 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 the premier of the club video diary of last year was held. This diary is a collection of members’ movies of places, events and happenings that have been notable to each contributor.

The diary had been edited by Graham Easton with a linking commentary and theme.

The second part of the evening was used to look at some excerpts of the early entries for this year’s edition of the video diary.

During the interval Graham Easton was presented with the Fred Dibden Trophy for services to the club over the past year and in particular for coordinating the current club project, that is the videoing of the construction of the M6 to Heysham Link Road.

Christmas Services at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road: this Sunday December 21 at 2pm the Christingle Service with the Boys Brigade will include speaker Jenny Butcher; on Christmas Day there will be a short service at 10am led by Deacon Judith Jeffrey; Deacon Jeffrey will lead the Morning Service at 10.30am on Sunday December 28; On Sunday January 4 at 10.30am the Morning Covenant Service will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.


Services at St Martin’s Church this week are Said Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and All-Age Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday December 21, Advent 4. The celebrant and preacher at this service will be Fr Phil Barber. Everyone welcome.

The Christmas Eucharist for the whole parish of Torrisholme will be held at St Martin’s at 10am on Christmas Day when Fr Chris and Fr Phil Barber will concelebrate.


This Sunday December 21 at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be a Children’s Nativity Service. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be a Carol Service led by Rev Eddie Sykes.

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.

Guests and new members for Torrisholme Church of the Ascension Rambling Club are 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 midweek services all Said Eucharists, continue as normal on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Everyone is welcome at all Ascension Church services.

Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club next walks will be in the Kendal area on Sunday December 21. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

Christmas services at the Ascension Church will be as follows: Sunday December 21, Advent 4: 8am Said Eucharist; 11am Junior Church will present a Christmas Drama during the All-Age Eucharist; 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight with members of Morecambe Brass Band followed by mulled wine and mince pies; Christmas Eve at 11.30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity. Please note that the Sung Eucharist for the whole parish of Torrisholme on Christmas Day will be held at St Martin’s, Westgate, at 10am. Everyone welcome.

Lancashire Sings Christmas in association with BBC Radio Lancashire – the local venue is Eric Morecambe House on Harrow Grove in Torrisholme. Folk are asked to gather there at 6.30pm on Thursday December 18.

The ever-popular carols in the square will be held at 6pm on Christmas Eve accompanied by members of Morecambe Brass Band. Everyone, young or old, is encouraged to come and help make this the biggest sing-a-long ever.

The last meeting of the year for Morecambe Camera Club was the usual social evening with a buffet provided by members which produced an excellent spread. Competition secretary Anne Staniforth had arranged several fun quizzes which produced a lot of banter. The group is now looking forward to the New Year when on Thursday January 8 there will be the results competition three with its three set subjects.

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

There were not so many seasonal selections for the final Members’ Choice evening of the year at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

A Spanish Nativity carol sung by The Priests, another carol by Aled Jones, two items from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kyje Suite, Frosty the Snowman by the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride played by the Royal Marines who were also featured playing songs from the 1920s. These were all interspersed with classical orchestral music including Dvorak’s eighth symphony, Albinoni’s adagio, Mozart’s first symphony (at the tender age of 9) and three Hungarian dances. In lighter classic vein were an aria from Tosca, the Fron Male Voice Choir, Music of the Night sung by Michael Crawford, and a Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu played on the clarinet by Emma Johnson.

There were also a couple of songs from 1930, a member’s own composition from East of Vienna and two silly songs from The Grand Duke, before the chairman Dorothy Loach brought the evening to a close with a final carol – Good King Wenceslas.

Bernard Hough was heartily commended for once again arranging all these varied selections into an acceptable order.

After the Christmas festivities the society will meet for the first time in 2015 on Wednesday January 7 when the presenter will be Tony Kadelbach. Further information is readily available from Gordon on 421537.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s last walks of this year will be on a full day, finishing at Appleby, this Saturday December 20.

The A walk will be led by Andrew Holden, the B walk by Jenny Hebblethwaite and the C walk by Elsie Dowthwaite.

Pickup 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.

The group’s next social evening will be a Jacob’s join supper with games and a raffle on Wednesday January 14 to be held in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension. All welcome, members and non-members.


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 tomorrow, December 17, the speakers will be Keith and Vivien Tattersall. This Sunday December 21, the fourth Sunday in advent, Family Worship will be held at 10.30am, and at 4pm there will be the Nine Lessons and Carols Service with refreshments.

The Christmas Morning Service will be at 11am.

Will you be on your own on Christmas Day? If so then why not come to the St Barnabas’ Christmas Day meal? Once again through the kindness of people, Fr Tom will be able to serve a Christmas Day dinner at noon in the Parish Centre.

The Christmas services start with the Christmas Carol Service on Sunday December 21 at 4pm after which there will be mince pies and mulled wine. Then on Christmas Eve there will be a 10am Said Mass, the Crib Service at 4pm and Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be 8.30am Mass, Solemn Mass at 10am and Carols round the Crib at 4pm.

The services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, 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.

During Advent, after the Friday noon Mass, there will be a £3 Poverty Lunch with monies raised going towards the work of the Additional Curates Society.

Anyone who would like to join the congregation at any of the services would be most welcome. The St Barnabas’ Church charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday in the parish centre. The service times are also at

The speaker at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End this Saturday December 20 at 7.30pm will be Stuart Wilson and on Sunday December 21 at 2.30pm it will be Adrian, Sue and Linda. On both occasions the mediums will talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism before demonstrating their mediumship. Both services will be candlelit with mince pies and a cup of tea or coffee after the service.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service with all welcome. No charge for healing just free will offering for church heating. Experience the benefit received from this peaceful service.

Also on Wednesdays there is an Open Mediumship Circle where local mediums give demonstrations after a talk about their beliefs.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet.

After the service this Sunday December 21 the church will close until Saturday January 3 and thank all who have helped the church in all its activities over the year. The church is collecting food, beverages, toiletries, bedding, sleeping bags, flasks, clean clothing, jeans, hats, gloves, scarves, etc, for the homeless shelters. There are also collections of tinned and dried food for the animal shelter.

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


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.

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.

Carnforth Choral Society will be presenting its second of two Christmas Concerts, an attractive mix of traditional and international carols, at Christ Church, Broadway, Morecambe, on Thursday December 18 (tickets £8). The concert starts at 7.30pm. Seasonal refreshments will be served. Tickets are available from Gill on 01524 730089.

Carnforth Rotary Club has been hosting its annual Christmas sleigh with Father Christmas visiting the Carnforth and the surrounding districts on the following dates and start times: Tuesday December 16 (6pm) Carnforth Council Estate; Wednesday December 17 (6pm) Silverdale; Friday December 19 (5.40pm) Warton Central.


On Sunday December 21, at 9.30am at St James’ there is a service Blue Christmas for people who may be grieving or sad at this time of year. This will be followed by Parish Communion at 11am, and at 4pm there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

On Christmas Eve at 6pm there will be a Christingle Service and at 11.30pm Communion will be held at 11.30pm.

On Christmas Day Holy Communion will be at 9.30am and on Sunday December 28, Parish Communion will be held at 11am.

At Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road a Prayer Meeting is held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. A coffee morning, with toast and biscuits, is held every Wednesday from 10am to noon.

You are invited to join in with Lancashire Sings Christmas linking live to the broadcast on BBC Radio Lancashire. This will be at Wesley Methodist Church this Thursday December 18 at 7pm. There will be well known carols and plenty of fun, a Christmas carol hat competition, paper quizzes and seasonal refreshments.

The children and young people of the Wesley Junior Church will be taking part in an all-age Nativity Service on Sunday December 21 at 10.30am which will be led by the Rev Charles Makonde. The annual Carols with the Band Service will be held at 6.30pm and will be led by Mrs Janine Swinburn. The City of Lancaster Brass will accompany the carols and play seasonal music.


St Helen’s Church Services: Christingle and Eucharist Service on Sunday December 21, 10.45am, is in aid of the Children’s Society. Collection candles to be returned by December 21.

On Christmas Eve the Carol Service will start at 6pm and the Midnight Eucharist at 11.45pm. The Christmas Day Service will be held at 10.45am.

Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Eucharist Service at 9am on Christmas Day.

Junior Church will carol sing around the village on Monday December 22 leaving the memorial hall, Overton, at 6pm. Please make them welcome and give support to raise funds for charity.

A basket to collect tinned and dried goods is in St Helen’s Church each week for the local food bank.

Information regarding Christmas services can be found on Please note there will be no Friends of St Helen’s meeting in December.


This Sunday December 21 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, when Terry Blackburn will speak on the subject The Bible teaching about the Coming Judgement. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

The village churches have organised an ecumenical carol singing around the village. Tonight December 16, at 6.30pm, they will be at Hillcroft in Throstle Grove and at 7.45pm they will be at Greenroyd in Hest Bank Lane.

On Thursday December 18 at 6.30pm they will be at the Thorns on Coastal Road from where they will walk to the Hest Bank Hotel for Beer and Carols at 8pm. This is part of The Big Sing with a collection for Christian Aid. Anyone who would like to sing carols is welcome to join the group.

The December community coffee morning was run by St Luke’s Church. There were many stalls and at times the tables were full with coffee drinkers chatting. The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday January 3 from 10am to noon in the memorial hall. It will be run by the hall management committee and will form part of the fund-raising for a defibrillator to be sited outside the hall. More information about the defibrillator and how it is used will be available at the coffee morning.

The community coffee morning is not the only social event on the first weekend of January. There will be an afternoon tea party on Sunday January 4 at 3.30pm in the church hall. This will give people the opportunity to socialise as a village towards the end of the festive season and will raise money for the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.

Any planning of floral splendour or increased vegetable yields was peripheral to the main purpose of the Horticultural Society meeting on the first Friday in December, as the society hosted a whist and domino drive.

Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist with Mick 
Wilson winkling his way to second place, Barbara Norfolk third, Olive Spavin fourth with Colin Baxter bagging fifth place.

The games of dominoes were won by Isa Gibson with Eva Steel stepping into second place and Miya Bainbridge third, Ruth Staveley fourth and Gill Beswick fifth.


The monthly meeting of the Holy Trinity Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on December 8 when the speaker was Barry Guise with an illustrated talk on Windmills of Britain. Being December it was the meeting when ladies were present.

Mr Guise told how windmills were the most popular type of building in Britain and that 150 years ago there were 10,000 working in the country.