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Picture courtesy of Keith Knowles from Morecambe Camera Club - a sunset from the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
Picture courtesy of Keith Knowles from Morecambe Camera Club - a sunset from the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
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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.

The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street offers activities for the over 50s from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm. The centre also has a cafe for lunch, snacks and refreshments.

Activities on offer include short mat bowling, tai chi, art, whist, pilates, bridge, dancing, Scrabble, table tennis, discussion groups and writers’ and singers’ groups.

Computer courses are available for all abilities and the camera club meets monthly.

To find out more either visit the club or telephone 01524 415502.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meet at the Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street for Sunday Services. They start at 6.30pm and the speaker on March 22 will be Connie Bridge from Lowton. For more information contact Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 01524 824304.

On Sunday March 15 Morecambe and District HF Rambling club walked in the Keswick area. The A party led by John Ashall walked from Wythburn to Dob Gill, Harrup Tarn, Watendlath Fell, Brund Fell, King’s How, Troutdale and into Keswick. The B party led by Mike Sherriff walked from Swirls to Brown How, Fisher Place Gill, Legburthwaite, High Rigg, St Johns, Sykes Farm, Nest Brow, Castle Rigg Farm, Spring Woods, Castlehead Wood, Cockshot Wood and into Keswick. The C party led by Bryan Lloyd walked from Legburthwaite to Smaithwaite Banks, Dale Bottom, Nest Brow, Castlerigg, Springs Wood and into Keswick. The next walks will be in the Silecroft area on Sunday March 29. If you would like to join a walk phone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. Or visit


A fundraising fitness morning will be held at Heysham Jubilee Institute on April 18, to raise funds for the Institute, which relies on local donations and hall rentals.

The event will take place at the Jubilee Institute in Heysham village, starting from 10am (registration from 9.30am) and those who attend will experience fun taster sessions in Zumba Fitness.

This event is open to adults aged 16+ and tickets cost just £10 for the whole morning, or those wishing to take part in only one class can contribute £5. All proceeds will be donated to the Jubilee Institute. Contact Natalie Rusiuk on 07932265155 or 01524 745084. Email

The Wesley Methodist Junior Church is holding an Easter Coffee Morning with hot cross buns on Saturday March 21 from 10.30am to 12 noon. There will be an Easter bonnet competition and a raffle. There is no charge but donations for junior church funds will be welcome. The preachers at Wesley on Sunday March 22 will be the Rev Ted Pullan at 10.30am and Sister Vivien Ward at 6.30pm.

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Easter service details can found on, the church notice board and magazine. Fair Trade Easter eggs and goods available in church each week. The next service at Sunderland Point Mission will be held on Sunday, March 29, Palm Sunday, at 2.30pm.

St Helens Church services will be on Sunday Marchn 22 at 10.45am for the Eucharist Service and Junior Church, and Compline at 6pm (every Sunday in Lent). Join for fellowship and coffee and biscuits after the 10.45am service. There will be a Holy Communion Service on Wednesday March 25 at 10.30am (every Wednesday in Lent).

There will be a Vestry and Annual Parochial Meeting at St Helens Church on Sunday April 12, after the 10.45am Eucharist Service, open to all parishioners.

Friends of St.Helens will meet on Wednesday March 25 at 7pm in Overton, Memorial Hall. There will be an illustrated talk by Mike Gosling (Geologist and Botanist), entitled, Andes to Amazon. The Geology and Fauna of Equador, £3.50 including refreshments. Also a raffle.


The meteorological spring is here though the astronomical spring is just around the corner and Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club is preparing for the new season.

The opening day will be on Saturday, March 21, at noon. There will be the usual opening day lunch of pie and peas at noon and if anybody would like to visit they will be made very welcome.

The club has prepared a number of in-house competitions this year and it is also introducing a new competition where members of the club invite a friend from another club to play in the event. If you are looking for a new pastime and think you would like to take up bowling please contact the club secretary Ann Clegg on 01524 811847 for details. There will also be several social events, for example bowls whist on a Friday evening.

Ladies of the Kenyan Project – into Africa, work tirelessly making clothes and knitted toys for abandoned babies and orphaned children.

They knit, sew and crochet clothes for children aged from premature birth up until 14-years-of-age. Those that feel they cannot hand make buy new clothes, especially underwear.

Boxes of clothes are going out on a regular basis to where the opportunity and need arises.

The project always has a record of where and to whom the aid has been received. The next container going out to Malawi will be on Monday, May 18, for the Glad Tidings Orphan Care.

The project holds workshops on the first and third Tuesday of every month starting at 1.30pm until 3.30pm in the Mawson Room, Memorial Hall, Slyne-with-Hest. For more information please contact Susan on 01524 823928.

The next community coffee morning will be on Saturday, April 4 (Easter Saturday) from 10am until noon in the Memorial Hall.

New members will be made welcome at the next meeting of the Equipment Fund which will start at 7.15pm on Friday, March 20 in the Memorial Hall.

There will be a public meeting at Christadelphian meeting room, Main Road, A6, Slyne on Sunday March 22 at 2pm. Mr Stephen Adams will speak on the subject “God gave us the Bible. Why?”. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. On Monday March 23 there will be ‘Little Lambs’ parent, baby and toddler group. Call Kate on 07739031739.


Bare and District WI had a lovley day out at Southport for the Spring council annual meeting attended by hundreds of WI members from all over Lancashire. It was held in The Southport Theater,Sally Kettle( Atlantic Rower) and Dame Stella Rimmington of MI5 fame. were wonderful speakers and held the WI ladies in awe.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting the Cumbria Trophy Competition was held, which was for members who had never won a competition. The rules were that the movie could not be longer that 3 minutes 20 second and the subject was open.

Taking first place was Richard Gaskell with “La Cite Medievale Carcassonne” a historical documentary of the ancient walled city in France. Second place went to Martin Wade with “Broome” the story of the Australian town famous for the World’s largest oysters. In third place was Christine Wade with “Budapest by night” a journey through the city looking at the many floodlit buildings and bridges at night.

The second part of the meeting featured the premier of the latest club movie “The Jokers” which has club members telling their favourite jokes with suitable movie images inserted in the background. In addition members showed a selecion of their movies, one of which was the installation of the remembrance poppies at the Tower of London in 2014.

Fusion Church, for a new generation, meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway. All welcome, entrance at the rear of the building.

This Sunday March 22 at 10.30am the Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Rev Ken Clapham.

At Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, Morning Worship at 10am this Sunday March 22 will be conducted by Rev Richard Gill.


Torrisholme Rambling Club this year celebrates its 50th anniversary year and it is holding an Anniversary walk to celebrate 50 years of walking on March 21 next. This will be in the Loughrigg area of Ambleside - the place and time where our first walk was held.

Services on Sunday March 22, Lent 5, at the Ascension Church are at 8am Said Eucharist and 11am Sung Eucharist with Junior Church. Both services will be led by Father Chris; the preacher at 11am will be parish reader Alan Forshaw. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists are held every Tuesday at 7pm and Wednesday at 10am, both including stations of the cross during Lent, and at 10am on Saturdays. All these services are led by Father Chris who is also your contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any patoral matter. Enquiries regarding the hall complex should always be directed by Alan on 01524 419174.

The feast of the Anunciation, also known as Lady Day, on Wednesday next March 25 will be marked at the Ascension Church with a celebratory Sung Eucharist at 7pm. The service will give thanks for the work. The Mothers Union; members from all over the Lancaster and Morecambe Deanery are invited but anyone is welcome to attend. The guest preacher will be Canon Brenda Harding.

On Friday March 27 at 7.30pm the Ascension Church will welcome the St Laurence Singers to perform Stainer’s Crucifixion, a musical setting of the passion story. Tickets are available from the church at £5 or pay on the door; all are welcome.

Midweek services, at the Ascension Church for Said Eucharists, are held at 7pm on Tuesdays and at 10am on Wednesdays both including Stations of the Cross during Lent, and at 10am on Saturdays.

All the services at the Ascension Church will be led by Father Chris who is your contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter, he is also available at church from 6pm on Tuesdays for any enquiries.

Please note that all matters concerning the Church 
Hall Complex should always be directed to Alan on 
01524 419174.

A chequerboard of classic FM Favourites was Maurice Simmill’s description of his programme presented to the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. With lots of background information and commentary Maurice included 17 items – all by well-known composers. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries got the evening off to a rousing start, calmed by Debussy’s Arabesque and Faure’s “In Paradisum.” This was kept flowing by Charpentier’s Te Deum and Delius’ Florida Suite and roused again at the interval by Bach’s mighty toccata and fugue for the organ. The second half of Maurice’s programme had a similar mixture of passions provided by Verdi’s triumphal march from Aida. Handel’s coronation anthem “Zadok the Priest” and Beethoven’s “Emperor” piano concerto, contrasting with Mozart’s adagio for violin and orchestra, Elgar’s serenade for strings and Field’s piano concerto No2, before ending with the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s rousing fourth symphony. The meeting on March 18 will be a members’ choice evening. Further information about RMS is available from Gordon on 01524 421537.


Holy Trinity Church has an office hour every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, an opportunity to find out about the life of the church and the things being done in the community of Bolton-le-Sands and Nether Kellet.

The office hour is also an opportunity to arrange weddings and baptisms.

Natalie Rusiuk, instructor and director of United Fitness will be holding pilates workshops at Heysham Jubilee Institute in the near future so anyone who is interested in coming along can contact her on 07932265155 or 01524 745084.

Bolton-le-Sands Horticultural Society is repeating last year’s ‘seed swap’ at the Bolton-le-Sands village library on Saturday March 21. This will be at 10am - 12 noon. Bring along your surplus seeds and exchange them -try something new and unusual. If you can’t make it on the day, donated seeds can be left, in advance, at 7 Slyne Road or 123 Main Road. Please put your name on so the group can thank you.


Fairfield Over 55s Club meets every Thursday at St Martin’s Church at 1pm for bingo and refreshments. All welcome.

Dance classes for all ages and abilities now take place at St Martin’s Church Centre every week. Adults can join Chris Simpson on Wednesday evenings from 6.45pm whilst youngsters are welcome to join Tina and Laura on Saturdays between 10am-1pm.

Fernando is really keen to welcome new faces to his weekly Zumba sessions at St Martin’s Church Centre each Monday from 7pm-8pm.

Westgate Scout Group will hold a Spring fair and open day to raise funds for the scout hut. The event will take place on March 21 from 10.30am - 4pm to promote scouting in the area and also to open the doors of the Scout Hut to the local community.

There will be table tops for sale at £10 each contact Carol Holmes on 07754890007 or J Alexander on 07531945014 for details.

On the day there will be a recruitment area, table top sale, bric a brac stall, bouncy castle, face painting, free police bike marking, teddy tombola, adult tombola, refreshments, body shop hand massages, games galore, chocolate fountain and fruit kebab stall, cake stall and guess the weight of the cake.

Karate classes are held at St Martin’s Church Centre every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm led by Mrs Carol Gaston. There is always opportunity for new members to sign up, simply turn up at the centre and make yourself known.

St Martins Church Centre is available for private hire at 3pm on Saturdays and from 1pm on Sundays. Childrens parties are especially welcome at these times. Contact Alan on 01524 49174 for more information and to make bookings.

Services at St Martin’a Church this week are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday and Sung Eucharist with Junior Church at 9.30am on Sunday, Lent 5. These services will be led by FR Chris who is also your contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. The preacher at Sunday’s Eucharist will be parish reader Alan Forshaw.


Coun Margaret Pattison from Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council and Coun Ron Sands from Lancaster City Council, together with the Police, Helpdirect and Disability Online, hold an advice surgery every Tuesday from 11am at West End Impact, 4-10 Heysham Road, Morecambe, LA3 1DG, facing the doctors’ surgery at the Battery.

If you have any local issues 
or just fancy a chat call in. 
All casework strictly confidential. Alternatively telephone 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 Sunday, March 22, St Barnabas will be very pleased that Philip, the new Bishop of Burnley will be coming to the 10am Mass. If you want to meet your new bishop why not come to the service.

During Lent following the 12noon Friday Mass there will be the £3 Poverty Lunch of soup and bread, and this year all monies raised will be for St John’s Hospice, so please take the time to give this your support.

The Sunday service times at St Barnabas, Regent Road are : 8:30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 4:00pm Evening Worship. Weekday Mass services are: Monday 7pm; Wednesday 10am; Thursday 11am, Friday 12noon and Saturday 10am. Our service times are also on our web site

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

For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of our parish centre please contact Father 
Tom on 01524 415216.

At the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road Tuesdays at 2.30pm is the The Temples Bright Hour.

This is a caring and sharing group meeting. A mixture of prayer, meditation, readings and mediumship. Everyone welcome.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm- Spiritual Healing. Wednesdays 6.30pm - 7.15pm- tea, coffee biscuits 50p come and chat ask questions and share information. Everyone welcome Wednesday at 7.30pm- open circle - a friendly welcome is given to all.