Community Beat

Carnforth Rotary Club president Bill Reading, Linda Bowker and Dr David Wrigley.
Carnforth Rotary Club president Bill Reading, Linda Bowker and Dr David Wrigley.
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This week’s Community Beat.


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.

The next walk for Morecambe and District HF Rambling club s 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

Morecame Camera Club held their final competition on Thursday for their club season Annual Digital image competition. This has five sections and sees some of the previous winning images. They welcomed back John Fletcher to judge. The results were Best Colour Image 1st John Hughes, 2nd David Dempster, 3rd Ellen Bell. Panel of Four 1st Keith Knowles, 2nd John Hughes, 3rd Fernley Stribling. Nature 1st John Hughes, 2nd Mike Staniforth, 3rd David Dempster. Portrait 1st Phil Bell, 2nd Bryan Trigwell, 3rd Keith Knowles. Pictorial 1st Keith Knowles, 2nd Julie Loreto, 3rd Kate Mabson. Table Top 1st Mike Staniforth, 2nd Janet Taylor, 3rd Kate Mabson. Next week is our AGM, which will include plans for summer activity. For further details of the club please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 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

A jumble sale is being held this Saturday March 28 at 2-4pm at St James’ Church, Heysham to raise funds for St Peter’s Sunday School. Admission is £1 for adults and includes a hot drink and a biscuit, children go free. There will be a wide selection of jumble for sale; adults and children’s clothing, good quality books and toys and general bric-a-brac. Also, there is a tombola, cake stall, sweet stall for children and a raffle with plenty of prizes available.

The next messy church event will be held at Wesley Methodist Church on Saturday March 28 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. There will be various craft activities, a short act of worship, followed by a meal. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The preachers at Wesley on Sunday March 29 will be the Rev Charles Makonde at 10.30am and Mrs Sandra Lucas at 6.30pm. There will be a Holy Week Service at Wesley on Tuesday March 31 at 7.30pm conducted by the Rev Charles Makonde.

The piano was well-favoured as a members’ choice during the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

Chopin Louise Ferrance, a piano concerto by Jan Dussek, and two of Charlie Kunz’s medleys were especially well received. Bizet’s Pearl Fishers’ duet, a Kathleen Ferrier aria, the catalogue song from Don Giovanni and songs by Annie Lennox and Paul Anka comprised all the vocals. There was, however, Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words played by Jacqueline du Pre and his violin concerto instrumental pieces to compare with two Mantovani recordings and a couple by Harry Roy & his band from the 1930s. The society’s own composer introduced his Turkish Rock composition; there was the theme from The Deer Hunter and Carl Ziller’s concert overture to The Birdseller. But top marks must go to Sky’s updated rendering of JS Bach’s toccata and fugue. The chairman, Dorothy Loach, commended Gerry Maguire for his “masterful control of the music”, as he stood in for the absent Bernard Hough.

When the society meets on April 8 it will be for another of Bernard’s video presentations. All are welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.


Slyne-with-Hest Bowling 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.

On Sunday March 29 at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian meeting room, on Main Road, Slyne when Mr Andy Otterwell will speak on the subject “All good things come to those who wait”. All welcome and refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday 30 March there will be jno ‘Little Lambs’ parent, baby and toddler group. Call Kate on 07739031739.

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.

At the March meeting of the parish council during the open forum a question was asked about green spaces in the village. If there is a green space you believe is important go to Councillor Malcolm Thomas reported an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) had sent him a list of locations in the village that were particularly prone to dog fouling. During the subsequent discussion other areas were identified and Coun Thomas undertook to inform the EHO so action could be taken. It was agreed the Sheffield stands for cycle parking should stay where they are. The Memorial Hall committee had received a complaint that a motorist had driven into them and that motorists had asked for them to be moved. The stands have been there for a number of years and are used by people who cycle to the hall. It was suggested to repaint the stands in bright luminous colours.

Other locations have been considered but it was agreed they need to be lit (both for security and so cyclists can see to chain their bikes after dark).

At the second meeting of the over sixties club in March Eileen Massey won the games of dominoes with Marjorie Bainbridge (taking a break from playing whist) coming second and Jean Uttley third.

At the same meeting Sue, a new player at the club, won the games of whist with Henry Milner taking second place, Isa Gibson third and joint fourth place being taken by Sylvia Standrell and Mary Barker.

The next meeting will be on Monday March 30 at 2pm in the Memorial Hall when new players will be welcomed.

At the last meeting of the equipment fund in March, Chris Bell won the games of whist. Kath Morris made second place, John Bainbridge bagged third place, Brian Cornish captured fourth place with John Gallacher gaining fifth place. The high halves were taken by Kev Staveley and Colin Nuttall.

At the same meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter holding second place and Pat Jenkinson taking third place. New members will be made welcome at the next meeting which will start at 7.15pm on Friday April 3 in the Memorial Hall.


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

There will be a coffee morning on Saturday March 28 at 10am to 11.45am in the Small Hall at Christ Church. Coffee and tea with biscuits or hot cross buns and raffle.

Morecambe Bay Movie Makers joined Lancaster Photographic Society for a 50/50 evening of movies and A/V presentations. The movie makers showed their main film “Inspirational People” which followed the Olympic torch travelling through the local area followed by number of shorter movies including a comedy animation, building of the Heysham link road and holidays.

Following a refreshment break the hosts gave three A/V travelogue presentations of St Kilda, Myanmar and Thailand making for a colourful international journey enjoyed by both groups.

The services for at Christ Church for Holy Week are as follows; Sunday March 29, Palm Sunday, at 10am for a family communion service with sermon service conducted by Rev’d Graham Maskery. On Monday, March 30 at 6.30pm meditation with Rev’d Graham Maskery. Tuesday March 31 at 6.30pm meditation with Rev’d Graham Maskery. Wednesday April 1 at 10.30am holy communion service conducted by Rev’d Graham Maskery. On the same day at 6.30pm meditation with Rev’d Richard Gill. Thursday April 2, holy Thursday at 6.30pm holy communion of the Last Supper service conducted by Rev’d Graham Maskery. Friday April 3, Good Friday 2pm An Hour at the Cross with Holy Communion Service conducted by Rev’d Graham Maskery. Sunday April 5. Easter Day at 10am, Easter Eucharist Service conducted by Rev’d Graham Maskery, followed by Easter eggs and sparkling wine.


The feast of the Anunciation, also known as Lady Day, tomorrow, Wednesday, 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.

Central Ladies Tuesday group are once again holding a coffee morning at Torrisholme Acension Church on Tuesday, March 24 fro 10am-12noon.

This is in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s annual holiday to Morecambe. Last year they raised £500 which enable one of the children to attend so they hope to do so again.

Admission is £1.50 and there willbe a raffle, tombola and more.


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.

This is a notice to all members of Bolton-le-Sands WI, if you wish your name to go forward into the hat for an opportunity to go to the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on June 2, you must let Jean Dennis, secretary know as soon as possible. The draw is to be made at the coffee morning to be held in the Community Centre, Bolton-le-Sands on Thursday April 2.

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.

The Annual Assembly of Bolton-le-Sands will be held on Thursday March 26 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre where residents can have their say in matters relating to Bolton-le-Sands. Refreshments will be provided.

Join Alysia Gilda and pupils at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Bolton-le-Sands when she opens the doors to her Dance School on Saturday March 28. She invites children from the age of 3 to join in the dance classes and enjoy meeting new friends and their parents. Pre-school 9.30am; reception 10am and Year 1 at 10.45am.

Please contact Miss Gilda on 822207 or Facebook page to register your interest.

Holy Trinity Mothers’ Union held its monthly meeting on Wednesday March 18 in the Village Hall. Kath Lane, the enrolling member welcomed 50 ladies and the speaker, Pat Ashcroft. The hymn ‘Such Love’ was sung and Hazel Short, the secretary, read a passage from the Bible with Kath continuing the worship with prayer.

A short time for business matters followed, the first item being a collection of five pence per person for a long serving member who is retiring. Next item was the sale of Pauline Timms’ lemon cheese which raised £86. 

Pat Ashcroft gave a talk called ‘Arctic Dog Sleighing’. This challenge was to raise money for Mencap. The talk included how to drive a sled, clothes worn, food prepared and eaten, and life experienced in the Arctic, functioning at -20 degrees.

The speaker was thanked and the meeting closed with tea and biscuits.

The next meeting is on April 15 in the village hall. An archive afternoon with the speaker being Enid Natland Walk a mile (smile), is a sponsored walk from the Midland Hotel to Sandylands on Saturday May 30 in aid of MU Diocesan Funds- all welcome. Holy Trinity Church will hold a Lenten lunch in Church on Wednesday April 1 – soup, bread and cheese £6.

This will follow the MU coffee morning in the Old Boys’ School.

Easter Bingo organised by Bol ton-le-Sands Angling Club is being held in the Community Centre on Thursday April 2 at 7-7.30pm. All are welcome.


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.

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 Martin’s 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’s 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.

It’s eyes down for bingo at Westgate Primary School, Morecambe next Wednesday March 25 to raise money for children’s activities and resources. There are hampers to be won. Doors open at 6.30pm - eyes down 7pm. Free entry. £1 a game.


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.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church will hold its weekly meeting of the shoppers fellowship on Wednesday at 10am.

On Wednesday April 1 the augmented choir will be performing ‘Stainers Crucifixion’ and on Sunday March 29 there will be a family worship at 10.30am.

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.

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 noon 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.

Church goers at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road welcome two mediums this weekend.

On Saturday, March 28, at 7.30pm Steven Hemingway from Blackpool will be there and on Sunday, March 29, Mark Vance also from Blackpool will conduct the Divine Service.

Both mediums will give a short address on the philosophy of Spiritualism before they give a demonstration of their mediumship.

Tuesdays at 2.30pm is the Temples Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new come together for a chat with kindred minds to discuss spiritualism , there is meditation, prayers readings.

Wednesdays at 2.30pm is the Healing Service. Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance, come along and experience the peaceful atmosphere. Wednesdays at 6.30pm there is tea,and coffee for 50 pence, cake 50 pence and time for a chat before the Open Circle which starts at 7.30pm run by local mediums who talk about the philosophy of Spiritualism their understanding of it before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled access.

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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. Easter Lilies in memory of loved one, £2.50 each. Speak to the ‘flower arrangers’ in church. Easter cards also available in church, and other related merchandise.

There will be a Holy Communion Service at St Helens Church 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.Helen’s 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.

On March 19 Middleton Indoor Bowling club members competed for the Edward M Baxter Memorial trophy. After some very close early round matches, the semi finals were even more exciting with narrow wins for Tricia Smith against Elaine Hall and Ron Clarke against Wilf Parr. The final was also well contested with Tricia Smith coming out on top and becoming the first holder of the EM Baxter trophy.

Anyone who is interested in trying this form of bowls will be very welcome on a Thursday morning, when the club meets from 9am until 11.30 am, in the Middleton Village Hall.