Community Beat: 11/02/14

United Utilities project manager Dawn Harrington and civil engineer Gary Harrison present cheques from the community fund  totalling �4815 to representatives of the YMCA, The Cedars, Positive Future NW, 33rd Lancaster Sea Scouts and Global Link
United Utilities project manager Dawn Harrington and civil engineer Gary Harrison present cheques from the community fund totalling �4815 to representatives of the YMCA, The Cedars, Positive Future NW, 33rd Lancaster Sea Scouts and Global Link
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, February 16, the third Sunday before Lent: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church (memorial hall), 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Choral evensong.

On February 2 the church held a Christingle Service where all the money raised went to the Children’s Society. The event was well received by all those who attended and the children loved receiving the Christingles. All the oranges were supplied by Sainsbury’s at Morecambe.

The Weight Watchers meeting held every Saturday morning at Morecambe Library will move to the Memorial Hall, Poulton Square, while the library is closed for renovations starting at the end of February. Further information from

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, February 16, the speaker at 6.30pm will be Gordon Walsh from Blackburn. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.


Events and services at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road. This Sunday, February 16, the Morning Family Service at 10.30am will be led by Alison Brophy. On Monday, February 17, the Guild’s subject will be Antiques Roadshow, starting at 2pm. Peter Logan will give a talk entitled Rumania, Dracula Country, to the Men’s Fellowship at 10am on Tuesday, February 18.

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 Christ Church URC, Broadway, this Thursday, February 13, visit The Valentine’s After Market Cafe, 10.30am to 1pm, and enjoy bacon butties, soup, wonderful cakes and much more. All proceeds to Church Action on Poverty.

On Sunday, February 23, there will be a Pet’s Service and Blessing at 10am, to celebrate God’s creations. All pets must bring responsible owners please.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on February 3, the annual Warriner Trophy competition was held with the subject Transport, limited to a maximum running time of five minutes.

In equal third place was Tim Churchill with The History of Glasson Dock and Dave Weatherley with the story of The Jeepney Buses in the Philippines.

Second place went to Graham Easton who traced methods of transport created by nature through to the modern equipment.

The winner was Chris Abram with a movie that followed the development of the wheel from the Stone Age to the present day. The subject for next year was chosen as Leisure.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall.


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.

Scale Hall Townswomen’s Guild will hold the first of its two monthly meetings, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12, in the Ascension Church lounge from 2pm. The group is keen to recruit new members.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, February 16, the sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All-Age Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Everyone welcome.

The Ascension Church complex and St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate, all part of the Parish of Torrisholme, have rooms to let at reasonable and competitive rates. Both venues have facilities for the disabled and reasonable parking. For more information or to make bookings contact Alan on 01524 419174,

Later this year The Ascension Church is to have a newly refurbished, high quality pipe organ installed. Fund raising is ongoing and members of the local community are invited to be generous in supporting this exciting project at this parish church.

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of Ascension on Wednesday, February 19, at 2pm, when the speaker will be Karen Hatch, Regional Oxygen Leader for Lancashire. Anyone with breathing difficulties welcome.

At Torrisholme Methodist Church this Sunday, February 16, there will be Sunday Worship at 10.30am led by Jenny Butcher. The evening service at 6.30pm is the regular Churches Together event and will be held at the Church of the Ascension. For more information and photos of the active church life, see

A programme that featured several pairings of pieces of music was presented at the latest meeting of The Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society by the chairman, Dorothy Loach. Arias from La Boheme and The Merry Widow were first, and others included songs by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, two tunes by Tommy Dorsey, and French songs by Charles Trenet and Jean Sablon. Perhaps the most remarkable was the Hawaiian War Chant and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture.

Dorothy also included the ballet music from Khachaturian’s Spartacus, Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, Bruch’s violin concerto and Massenet’s Meditation from Thais. In lighter vein was jazz from the DSCB and Glen Miller and Al Martino’s Spanish Eyes before the programme ended with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. In his vote of thanks John Day remarked upon the variety of the music in the programme.

When the society meets tomorrow, February 12, the evening will be shared by Doreen Bennett and Gordon Arkwright. All are most welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

Morecambe Camera Club’s Thursday meeting included the One Print Competition. Since the club going totally digital projected this is the only print completion the club runs with three sections Open Colour, Mono and Natural History. It is always a very enjoyable club evening with all members marking the prints which are laid out in their respective sections.

Results, Open Colour: 1 Keith Knowles, 2 Fernley Stribling, 3 Chris Hellier. Mono: 1 Julie Loreto, 2 David Dempster, 3 Keith Knowles. Natural History: 1 Bryan Trigwell, 2 Anne Staniforth, 3= Chris Hellier and Keith Knowles. It was very encouraging to see some of the new members featuring in these results.

The next meeting will include the results of competition four where John Fletcher will be welcomed back as the judge. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit

The National Osteoporosis Society Morecambe Bay Support Group will meet on Tuesday, February 18, at the vestry of The Church of Ascension when Madi Dodd will be talking about Reflexology.

The aims of the group are to support, offer advice and provide information to osteoporosis sufferers and their carers in the Lancaster, Morecambe and outlying areas. They hold meetings bi-monthly at The Church of Ascension, on Tuesdays, usually starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm. The committee provide a variety of speakers covering medical subjects, research news and topics of general interest.

There is no annual membership fee, all is asked for is a donation on the night, £2, to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments. The meetings are open to all. Further information can be obtained from Christine Bushby, Secretary of the Support Group, telephone 01524 413933, email

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Grasmere, this Saturday, February 15. The A walk will be led by Graham Dyson, a circular from Grasmere taking the Easedale Road to ascend Helm Crag then along to Gibson Knott and Rough Crag to Steel Fell. Descent is via Helmside to return into Grasmere, eight miles and 2,390ft.

The B walk will be led by Sylvia Dyson, a circular from Grasmere heading towards Easedale and taking the path to Blindtarn Gill to ascend to Raw Pike, past Castle Howe to Blea Rigg and descending via Easedale Tarn and Sour Milk Gill back into Grasmere, seven and a half miles and 1,800ft.

The C walk, led by Ray Salisbury, will start from Elterwater Road end, walking to the Britannia Inn in the village before turning left and following the road in the direction of Ambleside, then joining a footpath which provides an easy ascent through Low Wood (National Trust) passing behind and below the Youth Hostel. The road down Red Bank is crossed and into a wood with a good track, then downhill to the side of Grasmere to follow the lakeside path to the Red Bank road and into Grasmere village, four miles with no stiles and 400ft of ascent.

Pick-up time is 9am from The Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Guests and new members are always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the winter programme from

The next Wednesday evening social event will be a hotpot supper, quiz and raffle tomorrow, February 12, at 7.30pm, in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension, cost £5.60. Please note supper must be pre-booked with Anne Lyons, treasurer.


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


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. The teaching will explore the Bible’s claims about God as this Sunday is the last in a series looking at Habakkuk. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church. This Saturday, February 15, the coffee morning from 10am to noon will be hosted by the choir. This Sunday, February 16, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Rod Evans. All welcome at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

There is an open invitation to anyone who would like to join members for worship at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, at any of the services, which are traditional Anglican. The service times this week are – Sunday: Mass 8.30am and Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, will welcome two mediums this weekend. Connie Bridge from Cheshire will be the speaker this Saturday, February 15, at 7.30pm, and Jackie Taylor from Bolton will speak on Sunday, February 16. Both mediums will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Mediumship before giving a demonstration.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a Spiritual Healing Service for all with spiritualist trained healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church upkeep. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is the Open Circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship after a short talk about their understanding of spiritualism. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour where local people discuss spiritualism and its beneficial effect on lives.

The church is wheelchair friendly and with disabled facilities.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, February 16, the third Sunday before Lent: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

A representative from The Penny Farm Horse Sanctuary, which deals with rehabilitation for horses, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild on Monday, February 17, at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, at 2pm. Names and payment are being taken for the birthday lunch on Monday, March 10, and a trip is organised to Boundary Mill with more to follow. New members always welcome. Admission £1.50 which includes refreshments and a raffle.

A Valentine’s Lunch will be held at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, February 15, from noon to 1.30pm. There will be thick vegetable soup, sandwiches and crisps, cakes and biscuits, tea and coffee. Tickets are £5 and there will be a raffle. The proceeds are for the Kambe Timboni School in Kenya. For more information please telephone 01524 409062.

The preachers at Wesley on Sunday, February 16, will be Norman Boothroyd at 10.30am and Rev Makonde at 6.30pm when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered.

The Ladies’ Tuesday Circle Group will meet on February 18 at 7.30pm when Damien Carr will speak about Aspects of Jewellery. All ladies of other churches or none welcome.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12, St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee from 2pm to 4pm and also open this Saturday, February 15, at 2pm (weather permitting).

This Sunday, February 16, at St James’, Sunday School will start at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (CW) at 11am. At St Peter’s Church there will be Parish Communion at 9.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm and this will be a Celebration of Marriage. All are very welcome to attend.

Events at Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road: Wednesday 7.14am to 8.14am Prayer Meeting followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon. Bible Study is held on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 9pm. This Sunday, February 16, Jonathon Stewart will lead the 10.30am service.


Rev Canon Huw Thomas, Church Wardens and the PCC are very pleased to announce that the Service of Thanksgiving this Sunday, February 16, at 10.45am will be held in St Helen’s Church. Join members and give thanks for a long awaited return to church, and thanks to the memorial hall committee. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Contact and diary details available on

There will be a Sunderland Point Mission service on Sunday, February 23, 2.30pm, Evening Prayer BCP.


Thirty-five members of Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club met for their first meeting of 2014 at Morecambe Golf Club when Guy Topping of Barton Grange Garden Centre gave an extremely interesting talk on how the centre was planned and developed into the site it is today. The club’s president Mrs Heather Jackson gave the vote of thanks.

Nancy Rolston won the games of whist at the meeting of the Over 60s Club with Dorothy Stoyles second and Marjorie Bainbridge third. At the same meeting Eileen Massey won the games of dominoes whilst Jean Uttley took second and Mary Lofthouse third.

Hest Bank Ladies held their annual meeting during their February meeting which comprised a sociable dinner. Pat Nelson, after many years as chair, did not seek re-election. The group has a new chair in Pat Barker with the rest of the officers remaining the same.

Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes when the Equipment Fund met for the first time in February with Audrey Eaton second and Pat Jenkinson third. The games of whist were won by Margaret Eccles with Sylvia Standrell and Helen Stephenson joint second, Marjorie Bainbridge fourth whilst John Bainbridge and Olive Bell bagged joint fifth. Brian Coates and Ted Staveley took the high halves.

There will be a public meeting this Sunday, February 16, at 2pm, at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when James Hallsworth will speak on the subject The Problem of Evil. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will not meet on Monday, February 17.


Chairman of the Parish Council, Coun Keith Budden, opened the February meeting by reflecting on the tragedy that occurred 10 years ago when fatefully 23 Chinese cocklers lost their lives. Even though everyone is aware of the dangers of the foreshore, it was reported that the Coastguard was called out on February 2, when a car was stuck in the high tides on the foreshore at Wild Duck Hall. A member of the public expressed her concern at this and requested more signage to warn visitors of the dangers of driving on to the foreshore and sands.

Dog fouling on the foreshore is becoming an increasing problem especially for families who bring their children to play there. However the dog warden has confirmed that the foreshore is covered by fouling legislation and he will be monitoring dog walkers who fail to pick up after their pet.

PC Head attended the parish council meeting and reported on the two crimes committed during January.

The parking of vehicles outside the primary school is still causing concern to other road users and pedestrians and the police will arrange a meeting with the head teacher and representatives of Lancashire Highways to try to find an answer to this on-going problem.

The Parish Assembly will take place in the Community Centre on Thursday, April 24, at 7.30pm. Residents of the parish are invited to come along and listen to the chairman who will report the activities of the parish council over the past year.

Fundraising for the new playground continues and the committee is hopeful work can start shortly.

The road over the level crossing at St Michael’s Lane will be closed to traffic from 9pm on Saturday, April 12, to 10am on Sunday, April 13, to allow Network Rail to carry out necessary repairs.

Permission was given to the Bonfire Committee to hold the annual fireworks display on the playing fields on Saturday, November 8.

The budget for 2014-2015 was set and despite the fact that the parish council will no longer be receiving the compensatory grant to offset the reduction in tax base by the equivalent amount of council tax support given to claimants, the parish council has managed to keep its parish tax rate the same for the past six years.

Neighbourhood policing has been fortunate to obtain funds from Lancashire County Council to purchase bike marking kits from a national company, They are offering to security mark bicycles belonging to members of the public free of charge. Just go along to Bolton-le-Sands Fire Station this Saturday, February 15, between 11am and 1pm.

Teachers from Bolton-le-Sands Primary School took 52 children to the Manchester Arena to join the Young Voices Choir of more than 8,000 young people. As usual the children sang really well and were a credit to the school. The whole event was very exciting and the children were able to witness top class professional musicians, singers and dancers in action. It was a special treat this year to sing as backing singers to Stacey Solomon, the X Factor star, who was this year’s star performer.


The Friends of Carnforth Station will be hosting a film night on Monday, February 17, at 7.30pm in Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Furness and Midland Hall. Admission is £3 on the door inclusive of light refreshments.

On Friday, February 21, the High Society Jazz Band will be performing at the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room at Carnforth Station from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Admission is free although donations are welcome to offset the cost.