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Thanks to Martin Shaw for tweeting us these stunning pictures of the sunset on Morecambe Promenade on Sunday evening.
Thanks to Martin Shaw for tweeting us these stunning pictures of the sunset on Morecambe Promenade on Sunday evening.
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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 groups 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.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday January 25 at 6.30pm the speaker will be Cynthia Warne from Carlisle. For further information contact 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling club walked in the Chipping area. The A party, led by David Marsland, walked from Oakenclough to Fiendscale Head, Fairsnape, Nick’s Chair, Parlick and into Chipping.

Party B, led by David Hartley, started at Chipping to Lingey Hill, Parlick, Fairsnape Wolf Fell, Saddle Fell and back to Chipping.

The C party, led by Tony Dixon, started at Chipping to Saddle End Farm, Burnslack, Lickhurst Farm, Higher Greystoneley, Knott Hill, Leagram Hall Farm and back to Chipping.

The group’s next walks will be on Sunday February 1, in the Horton-in-Ribblesdale area. Telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702 if wishing to join a walk. The web address is


At Christ Church United Reformed Church, Broadway, this Sunday January 25, the 10am Morning Worship service will be conducted by Rev Geoffrey Lear.

David Umpleby will lead the 10.30am Morning Service this Sunday January 25 at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road.

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 January 12 the chairman Graeme Isherwood gave a presentation on what can be achieved using the computer programme After Effects. Using a laptop and projector he was able to show a number of processes of how multi-layers of images can be combined and manipulated to give both dramatic and simple effects to the final programme. To illustrate the power of the software he showed a number of examples produced by film makers from around the world as an example of the difference that can be made to a movie in post-production.

Education for street children in Swaziland (PIES) is a project originally conceived by Soroptimists of Morecambe & Heysham. On Thursday, January 22, Soroptimists from all over Lancashire and Cumbria will converge on Morecambe to receive an update on the project which is now supported across the entire region. The Friendship evening will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Morecambe and Heysham at Bare Village Club. For further information tel: 07901 691 539. Visit


This Sunday January 25 at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Ken Clapham. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes and will include Holy Communion.

Coming up, on Saturday January 31, there will be a varied and exciting performance by the Junior Northern Royal College of Music starting at 7.30pm. Tickets available at church, priced at £8 and £4 including refreshments. All welcome.

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.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday January 25, the Conversion of St Paul: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist with Junior Church. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held every Tuesday at 7pm and every Wednesday and Saturday at 10am. All services are led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

The Ascension Church now runs a very popular craft group meeting in the vestry on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, from 7pm to 9pm. The next session will be held on Monday January 26, everyone welcome.

Also why not visit the church’s weekly coffee morning held in the lounge from 10am to noon every Saturday?

More Music from the Movies, taken from his remarkable video collection, was presented by Bernard Hough at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. These movies were from the early 1960s, beginning with Dean Martin and Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing, Nancy Kwan in Flower Drum Song and scenes from West Side Story – including the amazing choreography to America. Robert Preston starred with Shirley Jones in The Music Man, and Bernard also featured Judy Garland’s last film from 1963.

After the interval, 1964 should have included two Julie Andrews’ films – Mary Poppins, of course, but not (by some failure of the casting couch) My Fair Lady. However she did feature in several scenes from The Sound of Music – especially the spectacular opening sequence of aerial photography. And, as a special treat for the secretary, Bernard included in this programme several scenes from The Cool Mikado, a British film of Michael Winner’s.

When the society meets tomorrow Wednesday January 21 it will be for a shared evening of presentations by Margaret Rudd and David Robinson. All are most welcome to come along to the Ascension vestry for a 7.30pm start. Further information from Gordon on 01524 421537.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Keswick, this Saturday January 24.

The A walk, led by Graham Dyson, will start from Ashness Bridge, following Barrow Beck then Ashness Gill to the summit of High Seat (608m), heading north to Bleaberry Fell (590m) and on to Walla Crag (379m). From there the descend will be via Rakefoot and Castlerigg into Keswick, seven miles with an ascent of 2,170 feet and three Wainwrights.

The B walk, led by Alan Whittaker, will be a circular from Keswick along the old railway line then on a steady climb to the Stone Circle at Castlerigg, continuing on Tarmac then fields to the side of Walla Crag and through Great Wood before dropping down to Derwentwater Lake and along the side of the Lake back to Keswick, eight miles and 400 feet of ascent.

Walk C, led by Linda Mountford, will start in Threlkeld village at the foot of Blencathra, walking through the village and joining the disused railway line to Keswick. The railway line crosses the River Greta nine times, and this river was an important source of power for the mills. The walk will pass through Burns and Brundholme Woods which provided charcoal for the copper and iron smelting in the 18th Century, four miles and flat with no stiles, finishing in Keswick town centre.

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.

The group’s next social evening will be a beetle drive and raffle on Wednesday January 28 to be held in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension. All welcome, members and non-members, entrance £3.

Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting for the print competition saw an excellent turnout despite the bad weather. This is the only print competition the club holds and has three sections – open colour, nature and mono and members can enter one print in each section. The entries are then judged by members attending the meeting.

The results were – Open colour: 1 Keith Knowles, 2 Kevin Lodge, 3 Janet Taylor. Nature: 1 John Hughes, 2 Kevin Lodge, 3 Julie Loreto. Mono: 1 Chris Hellier, 2 Julie Loreto, 3 John Hughes.

During the second half of the evening Fernley Stribling explained the club’s relationship with the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union for new members, then showed DVDs from the L&CPU featuring the club’s entries into some of their 2014 competitions and of their folio of images.

The next meeting will include an illustrated talk by Allan Hartley entitled Travel Photography. For further details of the club contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at


The Scouting Movement is launching two new groups at St Martin’s Church Centre this Friday January 23 – Beavers at 5.30pm and Cubs from 6.30pm. Parents wishing their young sons to be involved should arrive at the centre (near Westgate Medical Practice) on Friday at the relevant time. Sessions will be weekly thereafter.

Services at St Martin’s Church Centre at 10am on Thursdays, Said Eucharist, and 9.30am on Sundays, Sung Eucharist with Junior Church. Services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.


At Sefton Road United Reformed Church tomorrow Wednesday January 21, as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, at the Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am the speaker will be Rev Steven Hewitt.

The coffee morning this Saturday January 24 will take place from 10am to noon and will include the usual stalls. On Sunday January 25, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mrs Janine Swinburn, all welcome.

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.

Are you thinking of attending church in the New Year? If you decide to visit St Barnabas’ on Regent Road you would be warmly welcomed. Sunday school for the children meets in the parish centre at 10am after gathering in church. If you would like a child to join the Sunday School either contact Fr Tom or call in at the church shop.

The Sunday service times at St Barnabas 8.30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 4pm Evening Worship; weekday Mass: 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 The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre.

The Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome guest mediums this weekend. Mark Vance from Blackpool will visit this Saturday January 24 at 7.30pm and for the Divine Service Sunday January 25 at 2.30pm the speaker will be Helen Taylor from Blackpool. Both mediums will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship after a discussion about Spiritualism. On Wednesdays the church is open from 6.30pm for refreshments at 50p. Also on Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service where accredited healers are in attendance. Tuesday Bright Hour is a pleasant mixture of prayers, meditation, readings, mediumship, hymns and discussion on spiritual matters.


As St Peter’s is closed all activities and services are held at St James’, next to the Old Hall.

This Sunday January 25 the Sunday School will meet at 9.30am, followed at 11am by a service of Holy Communion. On Monday January 26, the Hooks and Needles Group will meet at 2pm, all welcome for crafts and good conversation. On Wednesday January 28, a service of Parent Praise will be held at 6pm, all welcome.

The next Messy Church event at Wesley Methodist Church will be held this Saturday January 24 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm when the subject will be Creation. There will be various activities, games, a short informal type of worship and a meal. This venture has grown since its inception but there is still room for more at attend. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.

The preachers at Wesley this Sunday January 24 will be Rev Charles Makonde at 10.30am and Rev David Tidswell at 6.30pm when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered.


At St Helen’s Church on the third Sunday of Advent, January 25, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Everyone welcome to join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. Contact and diary details available on

Friends of St Helen’s hope to meet on Wednesday January 28, from 2pm to 4pm, at the memorial hall, Overton. Join the group for a drink and a chat.

The recent Children’s Society collection raised £81. Thank you to all who donated at the Christingle Service.


On January 13, Bolton-le-Sands WI held its first meeting of 2015, which should be a very busy year of celebrations as it is 100 years since the Women’s Institute was founded. President Mrs Hazel Short welcomed everyone and sent best wishes to a number of members who were unable to attend due to ill health. Particular thoughts are with Gertie Simpson who is in hospital, and it is hoped she makes a good recovery.

Hazel thanked Gill Allen for playing the piano, Heather Budden for the flowers and everyone who had helped to set up the hall.

Secretary Jean Dennis was unable to attend and therefore Mary Pearson gave notice of various local and national events which will take place in the near future, in particular the annual quiz at Borwick on Monday January 26 and the annual meeting at Southport on Thursday March 12 when the main speaker will be Stella Rimmington, the first female director of MI5, but more importantly the group’s president Hazel will receive her 50 year certificate, well done Hazel.

Sylvia Cooper thanked everyone who had provided material to help make sanitary towels for girls in rural Africa.

Interest groups – Scrabble: see Pauline Sterritt. Darts: first meeting will be held on Monday February 2 at 2.30pm at the Blue Anchor, see Brenda Wood. Wildlife and Nature: this group will be joining the Great Britain Bird Watch being run by the RSPB with various watches throughout the month and all details being collated on Friday January 30, see Patience Cooper. Craft: quilting on the second Wednesday at the Fire Station at 1.30pm; Knit and Natter on the third Tuesday at the Blue Anchor at 10am. There is a craft afternoon planned for May, and the theme for the County Show this year is Much more than Jam and Jerusalem, see Judith Spotswood. Walking: lots of walks planned; the Saturday walk for February will be on Friday 13, not the usual Saturday – see Jean Bayliss, Sylvia Cooper or Pauline Sterritt.

Guest Sue Naylor gave a talk entitled Bach Flower Remedies. Sue introduced herself by saying in recent years she had become interested in healing and in particular Bach Remedies. The vote of thanks was given by Joyce Bond.

In members’ time the resolutions were read and voted on. The results will go to the LFWI for consideration and the resolution with the most votes from the county will go to the Centenary Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in June. The draw for the Denman Bursary was won by Jackie Ireland.

Bolton-le-Sands Horticultural Society is holding the Annual Grand General Knowledge Quiz on Friday January 30 at 7.30pm at the Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre. Enjoy a great night out, entrance is £10 for a team of four people. Bring your own bottle and glasses (or even a full picnic if that’s what takes your fancy). There will be tea/coffee and a raffle.

All entries to quiz master Mr D Regan, 46 Greenwood Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, telephone 823025. Please make sure entries arrives as soon as possible to ensure your table is reserved at this very popular event.


Margaret Western won the games of whist at the first meeting of the Over 60s Club of the year, with Marjorie Bainbridge second and Isa Gibson third. At the same meeting Chris Rowan won the games of dominoes with Eva Steel taking second, Jean Uttley third and Audrey Eaton fourth.

At the first meeting of the Equipment Fund this year Cynthia Dickinson won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton second and Pat Jenkinson third. The games of whist were won by Mick Wilson with Marjorie Bainbridge second and Ted Staveley third. The high halves were taken by Olive Bell and Helen Stephenson.

Tickets (£8.50) for the Burns Night ceilidh in the memorial hall this Saturday January 24 are available from Helen and Martin Brownjohn on 01524 824023.

This Sunday January 25 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Marshall Vickers will speak on the subject Why Israel has no King. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

For information on Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group which meets at the Christadelphian Meeting Room on Mondays, telephone Kate on 07739 031739.


The Rotary Club of Carnforth is hosting the 19th Annual Young Musician Competition on Saturday March 7. Organised by the Youth Service Committee, the competition will be split into three age groups (under 12s; 12 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years on the day of the competition) with the addition in 2015 of Group D for vocal duos or instrumental duos and trios. The competition is free to enter.

Full details are available on the Carnforth Rotary Club website or from Kath Bromilow on 07843 529979.

Winners of the competition will be among those invited to perform in the Music for a Summer Evening charity concert in the Lancaster Priory in June 2015, an event to which all are welcome.


Warton Crag Women’s Institute had a very successful evening of music, provided by the Elderleys, before Christmas raising £633 for MND. The January meeting was an interesting and amusing slide show on Life in Antarctica by Simon Almond who was stationed there for 10 years.

New members and visitors are always welcome and the meeting on Thursday February 19 will include speaker Julie Ashworth and Skye talking on Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Membership details from Pam De Feu 01524 733835 or, web site

Warton Gardening Club had a very successful quiz night to start off the New Year. The venue for meetings is the same, the village hall, but the night has changed from Wednesday to the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm. On February 12 the meeting will include a talk by Kevin Preston, from Castle Green Hotel, entitled Secrets of Growing Veg. Membership details from Sybil Loxam on 01524 732641 or see club entry on

A special event will be held on Saturday January 31 at Warton Methodist Church at 6.30pm in aid of The Leprosy Mission, a Thrive or Survive supper with quiz. All are welcome, tickets are £10 each, please telephone Roger or Jane on 01524 732913 for more information.