Community Beat: 10/12/13

Children from Busy Bees Nursery celebrate the 30th birthday of the company with a cake of Buster Bee, made by cook Rob Hanger.
Children from Busy Bees Nursery celebrate the 30th birthday of the company with a cake of Buster Bee, made by cook Rob Hanger.

This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, December 15, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Steve Beastall from St Annes. Further information available from 01524 68517.

Chattercakes meets every Monday at Morecambe Library from 10am to noon. A chance for a coffee, cake and chat and to made new friends and share recipes.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, December 15, the third Sunday of Advent: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Youth Service.

Morecambe and District Philharmonic Choir present Music for Christmas, plus Carols for Choir and Audience this Friday, December 13, at 7.30pm at Morecambe Parish Church. Tickets at the door.

The next Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walks will be in the Windermere area this Saturday, December 14, with further information available from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


This Sunday, December 15, at 2.30pm, an Afternoon Carol Service led by Rev Charles Makonde will be held at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road. The guild’s Christmas lunch will be held on Monday, December 16 and on Tuesday, December 17, at 10am, the Men’s Fellowship will hold a Christmas Celebration.

Fusion Church now 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 December 2 at St Christopher’s Church Hall the night was devoted to the late Ronnie Wood who had been a member for 25 years prior to his this death earlier in the year. The night involved showing a selection of his own movies and club productions in which he took a leading role. On Tuesday, December 17, members will attend their Christmas Dinner at Morecambe Golf Club, 7pm for a 7.30pm meal.

Morecambe Taekwon-Do, based in Christ Church United Reformed Church, Broadway, has two new classes starting on Saturday, January 11, and running every Saturday until further notice. Details are – Under 12s: 10-11am; Adults (12+): 11am-noon. All ages and ability levels are very welcome and the first lesson is free of charge. The classes focus on teaching self-defence skills in a supportive environment, increasing fitness and flexibility and having fun. Contact Mandy Clement on 0782 8687 284, visit or just turn up at the start of a class for more details.

Christ Church Broadway Productions will present A Christmas Cracker this Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 and £5. A great Christmas show including a comedy – All that Glistens, magic, Christmas songs and skits. All proceeds to church funds. For tickets telephone 07809 342773 or email


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.

The Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery will be holding a Christmas Service of Celebration and Remembrance at 2pm this Sunday, December 15, at The Chapel, Torrisholme Cemetery, Westgate. Refreshments following the service. All welcome. For further information contact Bill Jackson on 01524 417035.

Travel was the dish of the day served up by both Pat Modley and John Jones to members at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach paid tribute to both presenters for their ingenuity. When the society meets tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11, it will be for a Members’ Choice evening.

Morecambe Camera Club’s Thursday meeting was divided into two parts with Chris and Mike passing on tips for studio and table top photography. Thanks go to Mike and Chris for the evening which was enjoyed by all. It is also hoped that the table top section of the annual digital image competition will see an increase in the entry. The next meeting is last for 2013, the Christmas social meeting with the usual buffet. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at . The club meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Church of the Ascension vestry.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, December 15, Advent 3: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All Age Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The 11am service will include a Christmas Presentation by Junior Church, so young families are encouraged to attend. At 6.30pm there will be an Ecumenical Service for Advent at St Martin’s, Westgate. Christmas highlights at the Ascension Church include Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, December 22 at 6.30pm, a service of traditional readings, poetry and popular carols to celebrate the wonder of Jesus’ birth. The service will feature members of Morecambe Band and will be followed by mulled wine, coffee and mince pies. Midnight Mass of the Nativity on Christmas Eve at 11.30pm will include the Blessing of the Club. All welcome. Carols in the Square with Morecambe Band will be held at 6pm on Christmas Eve no matter what the weather. Share in this popular Christmas event when there will be a collection for St John’s Hospice. Midweek service at the Ascension Church are as normal, all led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries regarding the halls should be address to Alan on 01524 419174.


Fairfield Over 55s Club meets for bingo at St Martin’s Church every Thursday at 2pm. Everyone welcome, refreshments available.

Churches Together in Torrisholme and Westgate are holding a Service of Advent Readings and Hymns at St Martin’s Church, Westgate, this Sunday, December 15, at 6.30pm. The service will be lead by Captain David Thorp of the Church Army. An All Age Eucharist Service will be held at St Martin’s Church this Sunday at 9.30am, when the celebrant and preacher will be Fr Philip Barber. Families@5 Christmas Party will be held at St Martin’s on Wednesday, December 18, at 5pm. There will be crafts, food, games and a special visit from Santa. As usual Families@5 is free of charge but please contact Captain David on 01524 831379 if you are attending so that Santa has a gift for each child. Westgate Sings Christmas will be held at the William Mitchell Pub on Thursday, December 19, from 7pm. Come along for carol singing, live music, a festive quiz and a free hot supper. An occasion for all the family held in association with St Martin’s Church and in support of the Children’s Society.


It is the family Nativity Service this Sunday at Stanley Road Baptist Church at 10.30am. This is always a memorable service and it is expected this year’s event to be no different. The service will be followed by the children’s party, lunch together and then an entertainment show, with several members displaying their hidden talents.

Coun Margaret Pattison and Coun Ron Sands 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’s Traditional Christmas Carols will be held this Sunday, December 15, 6pm at West End Primary School, Chatsworth Road. This will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Join members and find out why God sent Jesus from heaven, and why he might just be the best present ever. Church by the Bay also meets every Sunday at 10.30am at West End Primary. See website or contact Gerry, or 07597 386370.

This Saturday, December 14, at 11am, at St Barnabas, Regent Road, there will be another opportunity to Pray the Rosary. The evening worship on Sunday, December 15, will be Evening Prayer and Benediction. The St Barnabas Christmas Carol Service will be held on Sunday, December 22, at 4pm. Services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: Mass 8.30am, Sung Mass 10am and Evening Prayer at 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. Christmas service times are now on the web site. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, please call in the shop with any donations. The service times are on For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday at 10am there is a Shoppers’ Fellowship held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church, with the last meet for this year being held on December 18. The Coffee Morning will be held this Saturday, December 14, from 10am to noon, hosted by the church’s Devotional Hour. There will be the usual stalls, raffle and good coffee with all welcome. On Sunday, December 15, Family Worship at 10.30am will include the children’s Nativity Service, and also on Sunday at 2.30pm the augmented choir with soloists will perform Handel’s Messiah.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome Mary Johnson from Maryport at the service this Saturday, December 14, at 7.30pm and also this Sunday, December 15, at the Divine Service at 2.30pm. She will give a short talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and also a demonstration of her mediumship on both occasions. On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are healing services for all. On Wednesdays there is an open circle where local mediums give demonstration of their mediumship after a talk about their beliefs. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together. Everyone is most welcome to all the services. The church is wheelchair friendly, with disabled access and facilities available.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, December 15, the third Sunday of Advent: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 2.30pm The Messiah at Sefton Road URC.

No Morning Service will be held at Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, this Sunday, December 15, but Carols by Candlelight will be held at 6.30pm which will be followed by mince pies and coffee. On Wednesday, December 18, starting at 10am, there will be games and carols as part of the Christmas Coffee Morning and attendees can take a small gift, up to the value of £1, Christmas wrapped. On Sunday, December 22, Cliff Small will be the speaker at the 10.30am service.

This Sunday, December 15, the third Sunday of Advent, at 9.30am, Parish Communion is at St Peter’s, whilst at 9.30am at St James’s the Sunday School will meet followed by a service at 11am of Morning Prayer CW. St Peter’s Hall is open on Wednesdays between 2pm to 4pm for tea, coffee, etc. On Saturday, December 18, at 8pm, there will be a Christmas Concert by the Morecambe Philharmonic Choir at St James’s at 7.30pm, entrance by retiring collection. Please attend this fun event in aid of the new roof at St Peter’s.

The preacher at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, this Sunday, December 15, at 10.30am will be the Rev Charles F Makonde. The 6.30pm service will be led by Mrs Shirley Townley when the Wesley Church Choir will present a selection of seasonal music and readings.


St Helens Church will not be holding a Morning Service or Junior Church this Sunday, December 15. The next service, in the Memorial Hall, Overton, will be held on Sunday, December 22, at 10.45am, Eucharist with coffee and biscuits after the service. Christmas service details available on the website Service details have been delivered to homes in the parish. Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Carol Service this Sunday, December 15, at 2pm. Mince pies and hot drink in the reading room after. Canon Brenda Harding will lead the service.


Members of Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club had to brave the elements on Thursday to attend the luncheon at Morecambe Golf Club. Thirty ladies enjoyed a tasty meal comprising a bucks fizz reception, a Christmas lunch with a glass of wine and a table gift. The after lunch speaker was Betty Morrow who some of the members knew from their youth as Miss Wilson the music teacher at Skerton High School. Her topic was A Musical Tour. This was her life story interspersed with music. The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 6, when the speaker will be Guy Topping from Barton Grange Garden Centre.

Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club is hosting a Grand Bingo Night this Friday, December 13, in the memorial hall. Doors open at 7pm for a start at 7.30pm. There is no entry cost, just buy as many books as you want. Tea and biscuits will be provided as part of the evening.

Make a Christmas wreath in St Luke’s Church Hall this Sunday, December 15, from 2pm to 4pm. Please take greenery, eg: holly, ivy and laurel, plus assorted decorations and ribbons, also scissors and secateurs. The cost is £6.50, which includes refreshments. Proceeds go to the Urban Saints Rebuild Mexico Appeal. For more details contact Angela Rowlands on 01524 824675.

On the first Friday of December the Equipment Fund held its Christmas social in the memorial hall. In the women’s games Marjorie Bainbridge won with Beryl Mason making second, Nancy Ralston third, Isa Gibson fourth, Margaret Eccles fifth, Mari Anderson sixth, Doris Alderson seventh on the day she celebrated her 96th birthday and Marian Coates eighth. Ted Staveley took the booby prize. Meanwhile in the ‘men’s’ games John Bainbridge bagged first place with Colin Nuttall nudging into second, Margaret Metcalfe third, Brian Cornish fifth, Helen Stephenson sixth, Olive Spavin snuck into seventh place and Margaret Woodend winkled her way to eighth place. The booby prize was saved for Eva Steel. At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with June Gardner second, Ruth Staveley third, Audrey Eaton fourth, Sheila Makenson fifth, Eileen Massey sixth, Jean Connor seventh and Joan Hunter eighth.

The Equipment Fund has not completed its Christmas celebrations. Members are scheduled to go to the pantomime Peter Pan on Monday, December 16, in Blackpool followed by tea at the Bedford Hotel in St Anne’s.

For the December meeting Hest Bank Ladies enjoyed a demonstration of sugar craft. They were shown how three figures, a Father Christmas, a penguin and a choirboy, were assembled. This process took two hours. Though these figurines were made using sugar they will last several years, unless eaten.

Stalls at the December community coffee morning in the memorial hall included scrumptious cakes and sugar-craft. The coffee morning was run by Urban Saints, the youth group that meets in the village. It is raising money so some of its members can travel to Mexico at Easter to help build houses for homeless families. This winter the United Reformed Church will be hosting an afternoon tea on Sunday, January 5, in the church hall from 3.30pm onwards. The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, January 4, from 10am until noon, in the memorial hall and will be run by Urban Saints again.

The United Reformed Church invites everyone to a carol service with a nativity play this Sunday, December 15, at 11.15am in St Luke’s Church on Shady Lane. Another carol service, when the knitted sheep will be present, is scheduled for 9.30am on the same day and in the same building.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club in early December the games of dominoes were won by Joan Hunter with Audrey Eaton second and Mary Lofthouse third. At the same meeting Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Isa Gibson second, Henry Milner third and Margaret Woodend fourth.

The Horticultural Society held its annual whist and domino drive at the end of November. The domino winners were Audrey Eaton, Cynthia Dickenson, Ruth Staveley, Norma Martell, June Langan, Geoff Martell, Joan Hunter, Eileen Massey, Jed Hearsay, Gordon Pagett and Isa Gibson. The whist winners were Mary Dobson, Jean McAdam, Mari Anderson, Beryl Mason, John Bainbridge, Colin Baxter, Barbara Norfolk, John Speak, M Wilson, Margaret Woodend and Mary Barker.

This Sunday, December 15, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Luke Moss will speak on the subject The Bible’s Solution to Death – Resurrection. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. On Monday, December 16, Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.


Eyes down for a Christmas Bingo in the Community Centre this Saturday, December 14 starting at 7pm for 7.30pm. The Fishing Club would like to invite everyone to join in with a chance to win some good prizes and to take a chance on the very large raffle.

A book on the social history of Bolton-le-Sands has recently been published. This very attractive and interesting book has been written by Barry and Lesley Guise and Keith Budden – all well known locally. The book is available in the village and at Carnforth Bookshop at a price of £9.99. It is beautifully illustrated with many old photos, maps, etc and would make a lovely Christmas gift. Once costs have been recovered the authors intend to donate any surplus income to the Bolton-le-Sands Playground Fund.

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School Choir was invited to sing at this year’s Light up a Life service organised by and on behalf of St John’s Hospice, Lancaster in the Winter Gardens where Tim Cross, the headteacher, talked for a short time about how his personal experience at the hospice has impacted upon life in school. Mr Cross was delighted to report that 164 shoe boxes, each filled with gifts, have been collected from school and are now on their way to children in need in Kyrgyzstan.

The final total of the Morrison’s Let it Grow vouchers collected by Bolton-le-Sands School was 7,696. They have ordered items for the school garden including a CCTV bird box kit for children to watch baby birds hatch and grow.

The Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union visited the school and delighted everyone with their puppet show and reminded them of the true and lasting meaning of Advent and Christmas.


On Tuesday, December 17, at 2pm, at Carnforth Book Shop, 38-42 Market Street, there will be a book talk, discussion and Q&A with Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp.


St Oswald’s Parish Church will hold its Festival of Christmas Trees on Saturday, December 14, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday and Monday, December 15 and 16, 1pm to 4pm. Entrance by charity programme at £3. This event will raise funds for various charities and community groups and for St Oswald’s. For further details contact 01524 732946 or 736421. A Tribute to Les Mis, performed by young people, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 (accompanied children free) from St Oswald’s or Warton Post Office.