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Organisers Reece Knowles, Darren Mount , Matthew Turner and Robert Denwood hand over a cheque for �868.68 to St John's Hospice raised at an 'old skool' dance music night at the Trimpell Club in Morecambe. All the organisers and DJs gave up their time for free. Live PA and DJ set came from Awesome 3 and DJs included Andy Duckmanton.
Organisers Reece Knowles, Darren Mount , Matthew Turner and Robert Denwood hand over a cheque for �868.68 to St John's Hospice raised at an 'old skool' dance music night at the Trimpell Club in Morecambe. All the organisers and DJs gave up their time for free. Live PA and DJ set came from Awesome 3 and DJs included Andy Duckmanton.
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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 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.


This Sunday January 18 at 10am at Christ Church United Reformed Church, Broadway, 10am Family Communion Service with all-age activities will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery.

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday January 18 the 10.30am Morning Service will be led by F Bowden. On Monday January 19 at 2pm the Guild will welcome speaker Peter Logan with a talk entitled Travels with my Camera, and on Tuesday January 20 at 10am the Men’s Fellowship will hear a talk entitled Working with the Navajo Nation with Rev Eddie Sykes.

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 showcase raffle was held when 18 short movies and rushes were shown, each entry receiving a raffle ticket to be included for the prize draw at the end of the evening. The films shown included a comedy animation, travelogues from around the World, craft documentaries, promotional movies, local events and a historical research documentary. Members voted for the most entertaining movie, which went to the comedy animation made by Graeme Isherwood. The animation followed the efforts of the main character to build a model aircraft, which unfortunately kept on returning to collide with him, before it made him turn to stamp collecting.


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.

Scale Hall Townswomen’s Guild will hold its first meeting of the New Year tomorrow, Wednesday January 14, from 2pm in the Ascension Church lounge. New members always welcome.

The Happy Feet School of Dance and Theatre holds regular classes in the Ascension’s main hall on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm, on Thursdays and Fridays from 4.30pm and all day on Saturdays. Call in to see Sarah for further information.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday January 18, the second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All-Age Eucharist attended by local uniformed groups and 6.30pm an extra service for Torrisholme’s churches marking the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Everyone always welcome at the Ascension Church.

The church also holds a community coffee morning on Saturdays between 10am and noon, open to everyone.

The annual meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe branch of the Family History Society will be held this Thursday January 15. It will be held at the church hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, The Square. Doors will open as usual at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

After the election of officers there will be a short presentation by Lynn Wilman and Stephanie Lawton on WWI and WWII memorials in the Lake District, an illustrated talk about unusual war memorials on the fells.

Anyone with an interest in family history is welcome to come along this year and support the branch.

Tony Kadelbach presented another well-ordered programme entitled Travellers’ Choice, to the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. With several classical composers being inveterate travellers there was plenty of scope.

Mendelssohn’s sojourn in Scotland and composition of his Scottish Symphony, Chopin’s stay in an inclement Majorca inspired his Raindrop prelude, and Borodin’s imaginative trek across the Russian Steppes were three of the finest. Several railway journeys were included, Vivian Ellis’ Coronation Scot, themes from the Orient Express and even an aptly named polka by the youngest of the Strauss brothers – Edward.

More personal reflections were of Spain’s Concierto de Aranjuez, the Student Prince in Heidelberg, Troldhaugen in Norway, four songs by two different Canadian singing groups, and a stay in New Zealand featuring duets by Russell Watson and Hayley Westenra.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach singled out the Chopin prelude and the film music by Richard Rodney Bennett.

The next meeting will be a video presentation by Bernard Hough. All are invited to attend the Ascension vestry for a 7.30pm start tomorrow, Wednesday January 14.

There was a near 100 per cent attendance for the first meeting of Morecambe Camera Club of 2015, with 37 members attending for the results of the three set subject competition. Judge John Smith, the current President of the L&CPU, had obviously spent a considerable time judging the excellent entry of 132 images, giving constructive criticism.

Results, Something Red: 1 David Greenwood, 2 Janet Taylor, 3 Fernley Stribling, highly commended Phil Bell. Industrial Landscapes: 1 David Dempster, 2 Fernley Stribling, 3 Derek Mackie, highly commended Keith Knowles. Night Scenes: 1 Keith Knowles, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Fernley Stribling, highly commended John Hughes.

Next week there will be an in club competition, the one print competition with one print for each of the three sections – open, nature and mono. Fernley Stribling will also be showing the L&CPU folio images.

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


Services at St Martin’s Westgate’s only church, are Said Eucharist at 10am every Thursday and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sundays when the Junior Church also meets. This is a good time for new children to join, ask for Bryony on arrival.

Most services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is also the contact on 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.


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.

At Sefton Road United Reformed Church every Wednesday at 10am the Shoppers’ Fellowship is held and tomorrow January 14 it will be led by Rev Philip Barber. This Sunday January 18, Family Worship at 10.30am is Ramblers Sunday and the preacher will be Bernard Vause.

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday January 24.

Sunday January 18 is the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and ecumenical events are taking place in the West End at 10am each day beginning with Monday at St Barnabas’, Tuesday at St John’s, Wednesday at Sefton Road and Thursday at St John’s.

Guest mediums at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Steve Beastall from Blackpool on Saturday January 17 at 7.30pm, and on Sunday January 18 at 2.30pm Stephen Cavis from Southport will be the guest medium. Both speakers will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 6.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship after discussion on Spiritualism. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Clinic, put yourselves in the care of the dedicated band of healers.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour, a caring and sharing group meeting with a wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation, readings and mediumship.

Everyone welcome to all of the services. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.

Are you thinking about visiting church now it is the New Year? If you decide to visit St Barnabas’ on Regent Road there will be a warm welcome. Sunday School for the children meets in the parish centre at 10am after gathering in church.

If you would like your child to join the Sunday School either contact Fr Tom or call into the church shop.

The Sunday service times at St Barnabas’ are 8.30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 4pm Evening Worship; weekday Mass services are: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon and Saturday 10am. On the first Saturday of each month Praying the Rosary follows the 10am Mass.

The service times are also on web site

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre.


All services are held at St James’ at present due to the closure of St Peter’s for work to the roof, which is due to start shortly. Each Monday at 2pm the Hooks and Needles group meet at 2pm for conversation and crafts, etc; on Wednesdays at 6pm the Coffee Church meets; and on Thursdays the Sunbeams Group meets at 9.30am.

The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, holds prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 7.30pm and coffee mornings are held every Wednesday from 10am to noon.

The speaker at the 10.30am service this Sunday January 18 will be Steve Lee.

Norman Boothroyd will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday January 18 at 10.30am. An Ecumenical Service will be held at Stanley Road Baptist Church at 4pm and consequently there will not be a service at Wesley at 6.30pm.


This Sunday January 18 at St Helen’s Church a Eucharist Service will be held at 10.45am with Junior Church. Join the congregation for refreshments after the service.

Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Eucharist Service at 2.30pm this Sunday January 18.


A Burns Night celebration ceilidh will be held on Saturday January 24 at Hest Bank memorial hall. Music will be provided by the excellent ceilidh band Striding Edge who will call the steps for the dances. This is a fun evening with lots of vigorous and enjoyable dancing, including addressing and toasting the haggis and a raffle. All proceeds will go to the Help for Heroes charity.

Bring your own liquid refreshment and something for the Jacob’s join buffet. Haggis and a ‘wee’ dram provided. Tickets at £8.50 available from Helen and Martin Brownjohn on 01524 824023.

The January meeting of Hest Bank Ladies was addressed by Gary Rycroft, who provided an interesting, informative and amusing account of the life of a practising solicitor.

More than £350 has been raised towards the cost of purchasing a defibrillator that will be sited on an exterior wall of the memorial hall. Another £1,300 has to be found so fundraising activities will continue. Anyone who is willing and able to make a donation, which can be gift aided, can hand the donation to the hall administrator Mrs 
Doreen Brookes, or hall treasurer Chris Fox. Cheques should be made payable to Slyne with Hest Memorial Hall.

This Sunday January 18 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Mark Tongue will speak on the subject Jesus said ‘follow me’. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

For information on the Little Lambs baby and toddler group held on Mondays at the Christadelphian Meeting Room contact Kate on 07739 031739.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting an exhibition for the Lune Rivers Trust in the Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station to March 28. The Lune Rivers Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of the whole of the River Lune, the River Keer and their many associated tributaries in Cumbria, Yorkshire and North Lancashire.

A Jazz Lunch will take place at the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room at Carnforth Station from 12.30pm to 2.30pm this Friday January 16. Admission is free.

The Friends of Carnforth Station are holding their monthly film night in the Furness and Midland Hall at Carnforth Station on Monday January 19 at 7.30pm. The programme will start with Steam in the 60s followed by Steaming through Yorkshire. Admission is £4 inclusive of light refreshments.

Carnforth Rotary Club President Bill Reading would like to thank all who donated during the Santa Sleigh visits to Carnforth and local villages just before Christmas which raised £7,431, an increase of 7.7 per cent on last year. The money raised will be distributed to projects in Carnforth and the 13 villages for worthy causes over the next six months. The group needs help to determine the most worthy causes, so if anyone has a local cause that needs support, please email secretary Cliff Randall, email:

The Rotary Club would also like to thank three companies who made the visits possible; Mitsubishi Norjak for supplying the Sleigh towing vehicle, Speights of Lancaster for providing the tangerines for Santa to hand out to children, and to Mitchell’s brewery for storing the Sleigh through 2014.