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Morecambe Bay from the Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park. Photo: David Hurst.
Morecambe Bay from the Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park. Photo: David Hurst.
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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 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 Easter weekend sees the start of this year’s programme of guided walks in and around Morecambe. Good Friday has an exploration of Morecambe’s Art Deco buildings starting from the Platform; Easter Saturday’s walk around Poulton and Old Morecambe starts from the Police Station; Easter Sunday sees a search for Morecambe’s railway history starting from the Platform and Easter Monday an exploration of Morecambe’s West End starting from the Breeze Cafe.

Each walk starts at 2pm and places on the walks are priced £3 per person. For further details call the tour guide, Peter Wade on 01524 420905 or pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centres in Morecambe and Lancaster.

The ladies friendship group, who meet Wednesday afternoons in the church hall at the rear of St Mary’s Church on Matthias Street behind Gala Bingo, have enjoyed three lively meetings during the past month. A talk on the Great Wall of China given by Mrs Ashcroft, who embarks on active adventures in aid of Mencap each year. Another afternoon talk was given on The Plight of the Humble Bee. The last meeting in March was the annual general meeting, followed by a quiz entitled the Numbers Game. Refreshments were served as usual by members of the committee. The new programme for the coming year 2015/16 is now in place and starts on April 1. Aside from the speakers on two meetings a month, the group has lunches and outings throughout the year. New members would be made very welcome indeed. Mrs Veronica Smith, the club secretary, would be delighted to give any details if you ring her on 01524 414807.

On Sunday March 29 Morecambe and District Rambling Club walked in the Silecroft area. The A party led by David Marsland went up Black Combe. The B party led by David Hartley also went up Black Combe. The C party led by Bert Simister walked from Kirk Santon to Silecroft. The next walks will be on Sunday May 24 in the Ennerdale Bridge area, if you would like to join a walk phone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting members welcomed Christine Mackie the actor. Christine talked about her career and the interaction between agents, producers, directors and other actors. She was able to play her show reel with excerpts from many well know TV drama programmes including Coronation Street and Downton Abby.

As the members were all interested in the technical details of making the programmes she explain the production process in her scenes to create the final programme seen by the TV audiences. At the end of the presentation there was a question and answer session which was informative and entertaining.

Services at Christ Church (United Reformed) Church, Broadway, for Holy Week: today Tuesday March 31, 6.30pm meditation with Rev Graham Maskery; Wednesday April 1, 10.30am Holy Communion Service conducted by Rev Maskery and 6.30pm meditation with Rev Richard Gill; Holy Thursday April 2, 6.30pm Holy Communion of the Last Supper Service conducted by Rev Maskery; Good Friday April 3, 2pm an hour at the cross with Holy Communion Service conducted by Rev Maskery; Easter Day Sunday April 5, 10am Easter Eucharist Service with Rev Maskery followed by Easter eggs and sparkling wine.

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

The Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road Morecambe welcomes two guest mediums this weekend Malrleen Leeming Moore from Blackpool will be here on Saturday 4th April at 7-30pm . On Sunday 8th March at 2-30pm Stevee Beastall also from Blackpool will be the medium. Both speakers will give a short talk on the philosophy of Spiritualism before a demonstration of their mediumship. Wednesdays at 2-30pm - Spiritual Healing for all. Wednesdays at 6-30pm Tea coffee 50p Wenesdays at 7-30pm Open Circle A friendly welcome is given to all. This is a popular service which is open for any medium to pass on messages Seasoned mediums as well as fledglings from our devolpment circles work to make a link with the spirit world and bring comfort to those who need it. Tuesdays at 2-30pm “Bright Hour “ This is a caring and sharing group meeting A wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation readi+ngs and mediumship, Everyone welcome. The Church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.and is on the bus route.

The Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church is hosting a coffee morning on Thursday, April 2, between 10am and 12pm, 50p admission with a free cup of tea or coffee and have a slice of home made cake for 50p.

There will be a book stall, bring and buy, jewellery stall, and bric-a-brac. Private readings starting 11am £20. Are you interested in becoming a spiritual healer if so come along and have a chat with Christina Walling our healing leader, or for a small donation experience a session of spiritual healing.

Bare Methodist Church will be holding a Good Friday service on April 3 at 10am which will be led by Judith Jeffrey with music and reflections by Bare Witness followed by hot cross buns and refreshments. On Sunday April 5 Easter Sunday at 10am there will be a communion baptism by Rev. Charles Makonde. On Tuesday April 7 the mens fellowship at 10am, “a lifetime in music” speaker will be Tony Kadelback. On Sunday April 12 at 10.30am the morning service will be by Janine Swinburn. On Tuesday April 14 at 10am there will be a coffee morning funds for the Kalauski Mission hosts will be Gill and Martin Webster. On Sunday April 19 at 10,30am there will be a morning service by sister Vivien. On Tuesday April 21 the mens fellowship at 10am “red for danger” by Keith Tattersall. On Sunday April 26 at 10.30am the morning service will be led by Rev. David Tidswell.


The observation of Holy Week continues at the Ascension Church. Tonight at 7pm there will be a Said Eucharist, and tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am Said Eucharist with stations of the cross at 7pm an extra Said Eucharist.

Central Ladies Tuesday Group would like to thank all who helped to make the coffee morning at Torrisholme’s Ascension Church such a marvellous success. The event raised approximately £550 for the annual Chernobyl Children’s holiday.

On Maundy Thursday April 2, at 7pm, the Ascension Church will observe the Rite of Footwashing within the Eucharist of the Last Supper, followed by a silent prayer vigil until midnight.

On Good Friday April 3, a Walk of Witness to Torrisholme Barrow will follow a 10am Said Service at the Methodist Church. The Ascension Church will then observe Prayers at the Cross at 2pm.

Easter Day April 5 will begin with a Sunrise Celebration on Torrisholme Barrow at 6.30am – a united service – to greet the first light of Easter, before walking down to the Ascension Church for the blessing and lighting of the Easter Candle and the renewal of baptismal vows. Cooked breakfast will follow. At 10am (note earlier time) there will be a Sung Eucharist of the Resurrection in which the people of St Martin’s, Westgate, will share. Easter week, beginning April 6, will have a Said Eucharist at the Ascension Church on Monday at 7pm and on Friday at 9am as well as the regular services on other weekdays. Everyone is welcome.

The next walks for the Torrisholme Rambling Club will be on a full day, finishing at Hebden Bridge on Saturday April 4. The ‘A’ walk will be led by Brian Townson and starts from the caravan sales shop in Lydgate, with a steep ascent through woodland, then fields and farm tracks to Todmorden Edge (1,000 ft) before descending to Dobroyd Castle and into Todmorden. The group will then take the Calderdale Way for a short distance and ascend to Rake End and Gaddrings Dam, joining the Pennine Way to Stoodley Pike Monument (1,200 ft) before descending on the Pennine Bridleway into Hebden Bridge via Lower Rough Head and Horsehold. 10 miles, undulating and approximately 2,400 ft of climb.

The “B” walk will be led by Linda Mills and starts just before Hebden Bridge, walking up past the church and into Eaves Wood, then steeply upwards to Heptonstall where we will spend a little time viewing the remains of an ancient church before proceeding downwards through tracks and woodland to Midgehole. The group will cross Hebden Water at New Bridge and follow it through woodland to Gibson Mill before a short climb to Hardcastle Craggs. They will proceed upwards through Walshaw Wood and turn to join the bridleway to take to Shackleton, passing Lady Royd Farm and Mansfield House and descending through woodland to New Bridge before crossing a footbridge to follow the river to Hebden Bridge. Eight miles, 1,597 ft and undulating.

The ’C’ walk will be led by Colette Follett and starts at the Wharf in Sowerby Bridge, following the Rochdale Canal along the towpath to Hebden Bridge. Due to ongoing repair work the route may have small diversions along the way. Mostly flat and easy walking. No stiles and just over five miles. Pickup time will be from 9am from Torrisholme Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. (The coach commences pickups from Heysham Towers at 8.45am) Guests and new members are always welcome and you can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837273707. Non-walkers are welcome to book on the coach if there are spaces.


Please note that there will be no services at St Martin’s during Holy Week and the Easter weekend. Instead members are invited to join the congregation at the Ascension Church, Torrisholme, where a warm welcome awaits. Services there after will continue as normal, Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday April 9 and Sung Eucharist with Junior Church at 9.30am on Sunday April 12. These services will be led by Father Chris who is your contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral concern.

St Martin’s Church Centre currently has availabilty on Saturdays from 3pm and on Sundays from 1pm. Children’s parities are especially welcome. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 to make bookings or seek more information.

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


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, 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.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meet at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. Sunday services start at 6.30pm, the speaker on April 5 will be Pam Catlow from Heysham. For further information contact Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 01524 824304. There will be no service on April 12 due to refurbishment at the centre.

St Barnabas, Regent Road, on Wednesday evening will hold a mass and address at 7pm. On Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm there will be a thanksgiving for the Institution of the Last Supper, and then Watch until 9.30pm. On Good Friday there will be Stations of the Cross at 10am, Litany at 12 noon and the Liturgy and reading of the Passion at 2pm. On Holy Saturday there will be the Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at 8pm; and on Easter Day at 10am Procession and Solemn Mass. The Sunday service times are: 8:30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 6pm Evening Worship. Weekday Mass services are: Monday 7pm; Wednesday 10am; Thursday 11am, Friday 12noon and Saturday 10am. Service times are also available at The charity shop opens from 10am - 1pm Monday to Thursday in the parish centre.

For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

A guided walk, The Naples of the North, starts from outside the Breeze Cafe by the Battery at 2pm on Easter Monday, April 6. The walk explores the music halls, pleasure gardens and grand villas of an area once know as Little Bradford. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details call the tour guide, Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


A prize bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall on Saturday April 4. The doors open at 7pm with eyes down at 7.30pm. All ages welcome. For more details contact

St Helen’s Church on Wednesday April 1 at 10.30am will hold a holy communion service. On Maunday Thursday April 2 at 6.30pm “Stripping the altar.” There will be a Good Friday service on April 3 at 10.45am “Stations of the Cross - Vigil.” On Easter Day, Sunday April 5 at 10.45am there will be a Junior Church meet. Refreshments after the service. Contact and diary details available at Also on Facebook at ‘Friends of St Helens.’

On Sunday April 12, after the 10.45am service, the Vestry and Annual Parochial Meeting will be held in Church. Fair Trade goods available. The church continues to collect for the ‘Local Food Bank’ with a basket in church each week. Tinned and dried goods acceptable. Easter Lilies in memory of loved one, £2.50 each. List in church. Easter cards also available.


The next meeting of the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will be held on Monday April 20 due to bank holidays, when the speaker will be Mr N Currie with a talk entitled My Criminal Past. The meeting will be held at 2pm at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, admission £1.50 which includes a raffle and refreshments. New members always welcome.

There are two seats still available for the trip to Boundary Mill on Monday April 27 and an outing is being arranged to the Yorkshire Dales, date to follow. All enquiries please to Pauline on 01524 850817.

Spotlight writing surgeries will be held at Heysham Library on Thursday April 16 from 1pm to 3pm. Whether just starting out or been writing for some time, for feedback on your work attend a one-to-one surgery with Spotlight organisers Ron Baker and Sarah Fiske.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance as a sample of writing will be required prior to the surgery. To sign up for a 20 minute writing surgery email or telephone 01524 381642. The cost is £5, free to unwaged.

On Thursday April 2, Maundy Thursday, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 6.30pm and on Friday 3rd, Good Friday there is a Children’s Hot Cross Bun service at 9.30am, followed at 2pm by a Meditation for Good Friday. On Easter Sunday at 11am a service of Holy Communion will be held, with an Easter Egg Hunt. All service are at St James.

There will be a service at Wesley Methodist Church on Good Friday at 2pm which will be led by the Rev Charles Makonde. On Saturday April 4 at 7pm at Wesley there will be Easter Reflections, an evening of word and song telling the glorious Easter Story. Refreshments will be served and everyone will be welcome. There will be a Holy Communion Service at 8.30am on Easter Sunday and morning worship at 10.30am will be led by Mr David Umpleby and will feature the Wesley Church Choir. The Rev Charles Makonde and the Wesley Players will lead evening worship at 6.30pm.


Organised by the Friends of St Luke’s Slyne-with-Hest Primary School, a village May Fair will be held on Friday May 8. This fun filled family event will include a shield procession through the village, Maypole dancing, bouncy castle, human fruit machines, a barbecue and much more. A number of local groups are involved and there will be a great range of stalls, including crafts, nail art and tattoos, cakes, etc.

The shield procession will start from the memorial hall on Hanging Green Lane at 5pm. All families are welcome to take part, just bring along a shield representing family life. The procession will then walk to Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s CE Primary School on Shady Lane. The fair will follow from 5.30pm to 8pm.

On Sunday April 5 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian meeting room, Main Road, A6, Slyne when Mr Dave Ryder will speak on the subject “Why I believe in a God I cannot see.” All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. On Monday April 6 there will be no ‘Little Lambs’ parent, baby and toddler group. Call Kate on 07739031739.

The annual general meeting of St Luke’s Mothers’ Union took place on the last Wednesday of March. The meeting commenced with a service of Holy Communion conducted by Rev Pauline Bicknell. Mrs Maureen Shackleton, enrolling member, read aloud the minutes of the previous meeting and reported on the events of the past year. She also presented the treasurer’s report. Rev Pauline Nixon is to replace Mrs Marcia Fisher as treasurer and the rest of the committee is unchanged.

Overseas boxes were collected and gifts were exchanged with prayer partners. Mrs Pam Stiller gave a vote of thanks. The next meeting will be on Wednesday April 22 at 2pm in the vestry Meeting Room when Mrs Christine Mullineaux will speak on the subject of “Celtic Spirituality.” New members will be welcomed.