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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.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday February 1 the speaker at 6.30pm will be Muriel Devitt from Barrow. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.


This Sunday February 1 at Christ Church United Reformed Church, Broadway, the 10am Family Communion with Sermon Service will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery.

The next Ecumenical Bring and Share Breakfast will be at Christ Church, Broadway this Saturday January 31 at 9am. Following the breakfast Mrs Margaret Wellock will show slides of the Trans Siberian Railway. Everyone welcome.

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday February 1, the 10.30am Morning Service with the theme Education will be conducted by Rev Charles Makonde. The Guild will welcome speakers George Nightingale and Bob Rowe with a talk entitled Carnforth Rail Station, at 2pm on Monday February 2. On Tuesday February 3 starting at 10am the Men’s Fellowship will hold a quiz morning with Norman Boothroyd.

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 annual meeting was held in St Christopher’s Church Hall. Chairman Graeme Isherwood reported another successful year with well attended meetings and increased membership. There had been social events, technical meetings, movie shows, competitions and film making nights completing a varied programme. His report congratulated members for the ongoing project on filming the construction of the new M6 to Heysham Link Road.

Treasurer Michael Ellis reported a healthy balance sheet, with reserves for contingencies if needed. A new committee was elected to serve for the next one and two years subject to club rules. Chairman Graeme Isherwood, secretary Ken Russell, treasurer Michael Ellis, committee Stan Sharpe, Tim Churchill, Dave Weatherley, Richard Gaskell and Peter Craven.


The Junior Royal Northern College of Music will present Music For All at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Norwood Drive, this Saturday January 31 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £8 and £4 with proceeds going towards the new kitchen project.

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 on Sunday February 1, the Feast of Candlemas: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist. The celebrant and preacher at both of the services will be Fr Phil Barber. Junior Church also meets on Sunday from 10.50am in the main hall before joining the adults in church.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesday at 7pm and on Wednesday and Saturday at 10am, this week all led by Fr Barber. Everyone welcome.

Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting included a talk entitled Travel Photography by Alan Hartley. Alan, a very experienced local photographer, has been a member of Lancaster Photographic Society since 2001. He is also an Associate of the RPS. A visit to his website shows his considerable world travel and enthusiasm for adventure photography.

The first part of his talk included images taken from various parts of the UK and other countries whilst he gave tips on how to make travel photography interesting and ideas on the best way to keep photographs for future viewing.

After the break Alan showed photographs of a trek with a group into Pakistan with superb views of the wonderful mountains to Concordia, the Throne of the Gods, plus photographs of villages and life along the way. He had also taken a considerable number of portraits of the characters he met which added considerable colour to the talk.

Bryan Trigwell gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club for the excellent talk and photographs. The group’s next meeting will be the third monthly competition with set subject Bridges. For further details of the club, which meets at the Church of the Ascension, please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at

Due to the many wishing to take part, members are only allowed six minutes in which to present and play a piece of music at each Members’ Choice evenings at Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. When they present their own programme there’s no such limit.

For his latest presentation David Robinson chose seven pieces of over six minutes that he’d been unable to use as a Members’ Choice item. These included piano concertos by Poulenc, Massenet and Shostakovich, Elgar’s cello concerto played by Jacqueline du Pre, a Vivaldi violin concerto and a concerto for the unusual pairing of viola and clarinet by Max Bruch. David concluded his programme with the rousing March Slav by Tchaikovsky.

Margaret Rudd’s programme was simply entitled Her Favourites, which turned out to be hugely popular with other members.

The nine pieces included Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a violin concerto by Paganini, Mozart’s clarinet concerto and a piano concerto by Beethoven. Margaret also included the famous duet from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, a song by Moira Anderson and two British light classic radio and TV themes.

In her vote of thanks Olive Ward paid tribute to both presenters for their compilations of “... new music and old favourites enjoyed in good company”.

The society’s next meeting will also be shared by two presenters – Jean Lodge and Gilbert Walker – tomorrow Wednesday January 28 at 7.30pm in the Ascension Vestry. All welcome.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Sunday February 1, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Eileen Sambrook. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday February 7. 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.

On Thursday February 12, between 10am and 1pm, there will be a coffee morning in the St Barnabas’ Parish Centre, Regent Road. This will be a regular monthly event and support will be welcomed.

The Sunday service times at St Barnabas’ 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. The service times are also on web site

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 telephone 01524 415216.

Guest mediums at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Pam Drury from Blackpool at 7.30pm on Saturday January 31 and Jackie Taylor from Bolton on Sunday February 1 at 2.30pm. Both speakers will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism before a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the healing clinic where visitors can put themselves in the care of the dedicated band of Spiritualist Nation Union trained and accredited healers. Also on Wednesdays, at 6.30pm, refreshments are served for 50p, then at 7.30pm the Open Circle is taken by local mediums.

On Tuesdays there is the temple’s Bright Hour at 2.30pm, a caring and sharing group with prayers, readings and meditation. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities. Everyone welcome.


Services at St Martin’s Church Centre this week are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday with Fr Tom Bill and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday February 1, the Feast of Candlemas, with Fr Phil Barber. Junior Church with Bryony also meets on Sunday at 9.30am before joining the adults in church.


Today’s Writers are a group of amateur writers of varying experience who meet in Heysham Library every Friday morning, except the last Friday in each month, at 10.30am. The sessions are very informal. The group was started in January 2010 and over the last five years have produced some interesting work.

Some members write poetry, others fiction, others concentrate on personal recollections. Each week there is a suggested topic to write about, which can interpreted in different ways.

The group is friendly and welcoming, no writing experience is necessary, just a desire to create something unique.

On the last Friday of the month the writing group becomes a play reading group reading plays by well known playwrights and also experimenting with dramas produced by the writing group members.

Members are always glad to see new faces so why don’t you give it a try? For more information please contact Heysham Library on 0300 123 6703 or email

Rev Ted Pullan will lead the 9am Holy Communion service at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday February 1. Mrs Denise Scholes will be the preacher at 10.30am at a Family Service and Mrs Janet Widdess will be the preacher at 6.30pm.

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place at Heysham Library meeting room, Heysham Road, on Monday February 2 at 7pm. Residents of Heysham South are invited to attend. Please use side entrance.

Heysham Townswomen’s Guild’s members and friends will meet on Monday February 2 at 2pm at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the speaker will be Margaret Wellock with a talk on her Siberian Journey, always a very good guest. Everyone welcome, entrance £1.50 which includes refreshments.

Names are being taken for the group’s birthday lunch with entertainment on Monday March 9, and also for the trip to Boundary Mill. Contact Pauline on 01524 850817.


This Sunday February 1 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Andy Taylor will speak on the subject The Origin of Morality. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Further information about Little Lambs, the baby and toddler group, which meets on a Monday at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, is available from Kate on 07739 031739.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on January 21 when Rev Pauline Nixon recounted her journey from pharmacist to hospice chaplain. Mrs Marjorie Udall gave a vote of thanks.

The proposed closure of Hest Bank Lane from Monday February 23 until Friday June 19 will not be taking place. It is likely that the closure will be rescheduled for later to allow drainage work to be undertaken.

The January meeting of the parish council decided to increase the parish precept for 2015/16 by £14,850 to £46,600, which is equivalent to 21p per week on a band E property. The reasons for this increase include cutting the grass more frequently than in previous years and the continuing need to improve the recreation field. The increase is to fund this extra work and the parish council hope to reduce the precept in future years.

This is the year for parish council elections. They will be held on Thursday May 7, the same day as the City Council and the General Election. Will you stand? The parish council needs a wide the range of views, from a diverse group of councillors with a wide age range, so issues are fully debated.

The parish council is doing what it can to improve the recreation field but feels let down by its advisers and the contractor.

Members and officers of Lancashire County Council plus people from Costain are scheduled to attend the February parish council meeting on Monday February 16. The purpose is to discuss the adverse effects of the link road on the village and the actions that could be taken to mitigate the impact of these.

The Memorial Hall Committee has raised £537 towards the cost of a defibrillator to be sited on the outside of the hall. The committee recognises that children in the village helped raise funds for the first defibrillator for the village by the end of the 2013/14 academic year. This effort was undertaken under the auspices of Rotakids and appears to have stalled, six months after the funds were raised, over debate about where to locate it.

Stage Struck, the thespian group that introduces children to the stage, will hold a fundraising Talent and Quiz evening on Saturday February 21 in the memorial hall. Entrance will be £5 or £20 for a family. There will be a bar and a raffle.

Sylvia Standrell won the games of whist at the second meeting of the Over 60s Club in January with Nancy Rolston coming second and Henry Milner third. At the same meeting Joan Bell won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter second and Jill Beswick third. The next meeting will be held on Monday February 2 at 2pm in the memorial hall. New players will be made welcome.

Mary Barker won the games of whist at the second meeting of the Equipment Fund of the year. John Bainbridge came second, Mik Wilson third and Nancy Rolston fourth. The high halves were taken by Henry Milner and Sylvia Standrell. At the same meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter coming second and Jill Beswick third.

New players welcome at meetings. The next one will be on Friday February, 6 at 7.15pm in the memorial hall.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Ghost Hunt at the station on Saturday February 7 from 8pm to 2am. For more details and to purchase tickets contact the gift shop on 01524 735894.

The 1st Carnforth Scout Group is scouting for talent. To find out more about Scouting there will be an open evening at Christ Church School on Tuesday February 10 from 6.30pm to 8pm. This is a uniformed group for girls and boys aged five-and-a-half to 14-years-old. The Scouts are also looking for adults who can spare some time to help organise and run the challenges and adventures. More information is available on Facebook

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS) – Furness Lakes and Lune Branch, will meet at the County Hotel on Friday February 6 at 7.30pm. The meeting will include an illustrated talk on Northern Railways in Prospect by Paul Salveson, renowned railway campaigner and writer, director of Passenger Focus and community rail champion. All welcome.