Community Beat: 11/03/14

Mary Coates 100th Birthday at The Sands Care Home Morecambe. Mary Coates  celebrated her 100th birthday on Valentines Day 2014. Mary was born in Sheffield where her family ran a grocers shop. In 1947 Mary and her sister Nellie moved to Paignton to run a guest house. They moved back up  to Morecambe  where they ran a guest house for many years. She was a founding member of the rainbow club .
Mary Coates 100th Birthday at The Sands Care Home Morecambe. Mary Coates celebrated her 100th birthday on Valentines Day 2014. Mary was born in Sheffield where her family ran a grocers shop. In 1947 Mary and her sister Nellie moved to Paignton to run a guest house. They moved back up to Morecambe where they ran a guest house for many years. She was a founding member of the rainbow club .
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During the next few weeks of Lent home-made soups will be served in The Memorial Hall, Poulton Square, every Thursday, from 11.45am to 1.15pm. All proceeds will go to various charities, this week to Kitale School in Uganda. There will also be a Fairtrade stall each week.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, March 16, the speaker at 6.30pm will be Helen Taylor from Blackpool. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.


This Sunday, March 16, Norman Boothroyd will lead Morning Service at 10.30am at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road. The Guild will hold a joint meeting with Heysham Wesley Guild on Monday, March 17, at 2pm, with guest Flookburgh fisherman Jack Manning speaking on the Cockle Tragedy Rescue.

On Tuesday, March 18, The Men’s Fellowship will meet at 10am with Rev Jeff Thomas on The Steps of St Paul.

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 Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on March 3, members welcomed Duncan Moore who has had a career in various forms of media throughout his working life. He explained his involvement in local radio, pop group management and television production. His presentation gave an insight into each area with on screen examples including his latest role as props manager for the Sky TV series Stella, where he was responsible for all the equipment used by the actors from cars to domino pieces. Duncan was able to answer the many questions put by members about his work in radio and television projects.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, and on Monday, March 17, will welcome Ernest Jennings, the hon sec of Halifax Cine and Video Club, who has built his own cinema.

This Sunday, March 16, at Christ Church (United Reformed) Church, on Broadway, the 10am Family Communion Service with all age activities will be led by Rev Graham Maskery. All welcome.

A fashion show held by Bare Ladies will be held at Christ Church URC, Broadway, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12, starting at 7pm. The entrance of £8 will include wine and cheese and tickets can be obtained from 01524 298661 or on the door. Proceeds to Commitment for Life.

Lenten Soup lunches will take place at Christ Church on Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10, noon to 1.30pm. Enjoy home-made soup and a chat. Proceeds to Christian Aid.

This Sunday, March 16, there will be a Family Communion Service at 10am at Christ Church, Broadway, which will include all-age activities. The service will be led by Rev Graham Maskery. All welcome.


At Torrisholme Methodist Church this Sunday, March 16, at 10.30am, Sunday Worship will be led by Frank Picken. At 6.30pm the regular Ecumenical United Service will welcome congregations from other local churches and will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes.

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.

An afternoon tea in aid of The Eve Appeal will be held this Saturday, March 15, at The Church of Ascension between 1pm and 4pm. There will be a raffle, Pampered Chef presentation, an auction, face painting, tea, coffee and plenty of cakes. Entry is £1 for adults which includes a hot drink and free entry for children.

TV personality Paul Hayes will be conducting the auction at 3pm with great prizes such as a bracelet and charm from Banks Lyon Jewellers and a pamper day from Jo and Cass. If you cannot make it but want to help simply click the donate now button and donate through the Just Giving website. The site is safe and secure and all monies go directly to The Eve Appeal.

Morecambe Camera Club members received the results of the last set subject competition judged by Neil Pasco, again a judge who gave constructive criticism and advice.

Results – Set subject: 1 Roger Gittins, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Peter Bagnall; Highly commended: David Greenwood and Mike Staniforth. Open: 1 Anne Staniforth, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Chris Hellier; Highly commended: John Hughes and Fernly Stribling. Natural history: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Derek Mackie, 3 Fernley Stribling; Highly commended: Keith Knowles and John Hughes.

The next meeting will include the L&CPU folio of digital images. For further details of the club, which meets at The Church of the Ascension vestry, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at

The next walks from the winter programme for The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club will be on a full day finishing at Skipton, this Saturday, March 15.

The A walk, led by Brian Townson, will start from Embsay walking to Eastby and then ascending to Embsay Moor and following a moorland path before descending to Embsay Reservoir. A short road walk will take the group to the outskirts of Embsay, Skipton Woods and into Skipton, nine miles and 600ft of ascent.

The B walk, led by Sylvia Dyson, will be a circular from Skipton walking through the outskirts to ascend the flanks of Skipton Moor and taking the terrace path along the north flanks then through Snow Hill Farm and Carr Bog Farm, passing High Hedge and on to Skipton Pitts and across Vicars Allotment ascending to the summit of Skipton Moor then returning to Skipton, seven miles and 1,100ft of ascent.

Walk C, led by Anne Lyons, will be a linear from Gargrave to Skipton. This will be an easy walk with no stiles and lots of interesting things to see along the way. It will be market day in Skipton with plenty of time to look around, five miles.

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

The group’s next Wednesday evening social will be the Members’ Slide Show, presented by Linda Mills. Set to music, it will contain photographs taken by members on walks from July to December 2013. Admission £2, non-members always welcome.

U3A sessions are now held in The Ascension Church vestry – photography on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm; arts and crafts on the second Thursday, 2pm to 4pm; mythology on the second Friday from 10am to noon; and cards and dominoes on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. There is also social/games sessions on the first and third Monday from 2pm to 4pm offering snooker, table tennis, table football and darts. Contact Pauline on 01524 770682 to find out more or to book.

This Saturday, March 15, The Ascension lounge is hosting a fund raising and awareness event for ovarian cancer. Contact Vicky on 01524 415762 or just call in to offer support.

Services at The Ascension Church this Sunday, March 16, Lent 2: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All-Age Eucharist involving local uniformed organisations. Both services will be 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. During Lent the Tuesday and Wednesday services will conclude with Stations of the Cross. All welcome.

To hire rooms in The Ascension Church complex or St Martin’s Church, Westgate, telephone Alan on 01524 419174. Children’s parties always welcome especially at weekends.

The coffee morning on March 6, held at The Ascension Church in aid of The Chernobyl Children’s Holiday Fund, raised £500. The Central Ladies Tuesday Group would like to thank all who supported this event. Eighteen children will visit at a cost of £600 per child. On top of this each child has to have a visa costing £100. The Government covered the cost of the visas but this funding has been withdrawn, which means £1,800 more to be raised for this area and £65,000 nationally. If any other groups would like a talk on this worthwhile work telephone Mike Cowan on 01524 67751 or email


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. This Sunday, March 16, the church will begin a teaching series looking at guidance and God’s will. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Every Wednesday at 10am Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds its Shoppers’ Fellowship. This Saturday, March 15, a coffee morning will be held from 10am to noon, with the usual stalls and good coffee, plus a plant stall. On Sunday, March 16, Family Worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Eileen Sambrook. All welcome.

At St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, on Fridays during Lent, following the noon Mass, there will be a £3 poverty lunch, with monies raised going to charity, so please give support.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic, and the service times are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre and any donations can be left at the shop. The service times are also on For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The guest medium at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, this Saturday, March 15, at 7.30pm, will be Hillary Butler from St Annes. Sheila Hall from Preston will be the medium who will visit on Sunday, March 16, at 2.30pm. Both mediums will share their knowledge of Spiritualism and give a demonstration of their mediumship. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to discuss Spiritualism and ask questions. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a Healing Service, and on Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an Open Circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship. Everyone is most welcome to all the services. The church is wheelchair friendly with disabled access and facilities available.

Twelve children from West End Primary School are set to put the fun back into dinner times after completing Young Leader Award training delivered by Lancaster City Council. The pupils undertook the 10 hour course which is designed to help young children aged from nine to 13 deliver structured activities to younger children within their school.

The children who passed the award now have the opportunity to implement their new found skills by organising, planning and delivering games and activities for the younger children at their schools in years 1, 2 and 3. These games and activities will help the lunch time assistants to deliver safe, fun and active sessions and encourages the younger children to participate in a more structured activity during their lunch break.

The course is approved by Sports Leaders UK and all the children that completed the training received a certificate and badge. Any schools wanting more information on how their pupils can benefit from the award should contact the council on 01524 582778.


There will be a Nearly New Sale of children and baby clothes plus toys, baby equipment and maternity clothes, at St James’ Hall (next to The Old Hall), Heysham, this Saturday, March 15, from 10am to 3pm. Admission £1. Further information from Lisa Jackson on email The event is to raise funds for the new roof at St Peter’s Church.

On Monday, March 17, The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will hold its annual meeting which will be followed by a quiz and refreshments. This will take place at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, admission £1.50 including refreshments and raffle. The guild welcomes new members and meets the first and third Monday of each month with interesting speakers and enjoyable day trips.

An evening of light music and humorous tales will be held at St James’ Church on Friday, March 21, from 7.30pm, to raise funds for St Peter’s Church roof. Tickets £7, and the event will include wine and juices, cheese and nibbles and a raffle. Telephone Ederic on 01524 853923 or Sylvia on 01524 853906.

The next Messy Church session will be held at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, March 15, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

This will consist of various items of craft work followed by a short act of worship ending with a meal. Everyone is welcome although children must be accompanied by an adult.

The preachers at Wesley on Sunday, March 16, will be David Umpleby at 10.30am and Rev Charles Makonde at 6.30pm when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered,

Heysham South Neighbourhood Police Team will be offering free bike coding at Heysham Library this Saturday, March 15, between 11am and 1pm.

At The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, there will be a Prayer Meeting tonight, Tuesday, at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 7.14am Prayer Meeting will be followed by coffee morning from 10am to noon. This Sunday, March 16, the speaker will be Kevin McCann.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12, St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee from 2pm to 4pm and also open on Saturday, March 15, from 2pm (weather permitting). On Sunday, March 16, Sunday School is at St James at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (CW) at 11am. At St Peter’s Church, Parish Communion is at 9.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm.


The Overton Players will hold their annual meeting at The Ship Hotel, Overton, on Tuesday, March 18, at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in performing, set building, lighting and sound, stage management, backstage duties or front of house duties, please feel welcome to attend. This is a not-for-profit organisation which enjoys amateur theatre and currently performs locally twice yearly.

A horsey table top tack sale in aid of The Grass Sickness fund will be held at the Middleton Club, Middleton, this Sunday, March 16, at 11am. Tables are £10 for sellers and admission is £1 for adults and 20p for children. There will be refreshments, a raffle and guess the name of the teddy. All proceeds go to The Grass Sickness Fund which is the only registered charity in the UK raising funds for research into grass sickness. Grass sickness remains a major cause of mortality in horses and ponies in Britain with more than 95 per cent of cases proving fatal.

This Sunday, March 16, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church at St Helen’s Church. During Lent each Sunday at 6.30pm Short Compline. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Please note the informal Wednesday Lent group meeting for tomorrow, March 12, has been cancelled. It will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at 7pm at The Vicarage.

The PCC meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, at 7pm at The Vicarage, and will include the approval of annual accounts.

The Children’s Society Christingle Candles raised £41.76. Thanks to all the children for their donations.

Contact details and information can be found on

A Knockout Bowls Competition, in aid of Help For Heroes, will be held at Middleton Parish Hall on Saturday, March 22, 10am to 2pm. Entrance £1 plus £1 per game, all welcome.


Exciting news, construction work on the playground has begun and is expected to take 10 weeks to complete. Whilst this is really good news, parents and carers will need to exercise care when using the car park and should discourage children from going near the site. A concert, to raise further funds for the playground project, will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 7pm, in The United Reformed Church, Bolton-le-Sands. The programme will feature songs from the shows and other well-loved tunes. Tickets, priced £5, also include refreshments. This promises to be a lovely evening.

Almost 300 balloons have been purchased by Bolton-le-Sands Primary School all of which have been launched, with proceeds to St John’s Hospice.

Miss Garnett and Mr Cross will be travelling to Manchester on Friday with a number of children from Bolton-le-Sands Primary School whose entries have been short-listed for prizes in a prestigious northern children’s art competition.

Holy Trinity will hold a coffee morning on Thursday, March 20, from 9.45am to 11.15am, in Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre. For £1 enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as well as purchase cakes, jams, cards and books and take a chance in the raffle to help raise funds for the Raise the Roof – Open the Door Appeal at Holy Trinity Church. The Holy Trinity Social Committee recently held a coffee morning and secondhand jigsaw fair where £147 was raised towards the appeal.

Does anyone know of a piano that is surplus to requirements? If so the management committee of Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre/Village Hall would be interested in looking at its suitability for use at the hall. Please contact either Kath Ion on 01524 823434 or Dorothy Carruthers on 01524 824588.


The date of the Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club’s open day was wrong in last week’s paper. It will be on Saturday, March 22, at 11am. The opening day is something every member looks forward to especially the pie and pea lunch, which will be followed by 
President Mary Lofthouse bowling the first wood of the season.

On Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm, there will be a social evening in the church hall with live music provided by Imogen Rae, the acclaimed local singer/songwriter.

Tickets, which are available from Val on 824089, cost £10 and include a ploughman’s supper.

The United Reformed Church Sunday School will be four years old in the middle of the month. This will be commemorated on Sunday, March 16, when there will be a family service at 11.15am. As part of this commemoration the children will be given a book. All are welcome to attend and participate in this happy event.

The canal towpath between Halton Road Bridge, which is just north of the aqueduct, and Beaumont Hall Bridge, which is where Green Lane crosses the canal, has been closed from January 20 for six weeks so a culvert can be installed under the canal. However, the closure has been extended to the end of March because it has been raining.

A section of towpath between Hammerton Hall Lane and Folley Lane is due to be closed from March 24 to May 19 followed by an adjacent section of towpath from May 19 to May 15, 2015. There are diversions planned through the fields.

When the Over 60s Club met for the first time in March, Olive Spavin won the games of whist with Margaret Woodend in second and Marie Anderson third. There were three people who tied for fourth place, Tricia Brown, Margaret Western and Isa Gibson.

At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes, whilst Sheila Makenson made second with Joan Bell third.

The Over 60s Club meets on alternate Mondays in the memorial hall to play whist and dominoes.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, starting at 2pm. New members welcomed.

Miya Bainbridge won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the first Friday in March with June Gardner second and Audrey Eaton third.

At the same meeting the games of whist were hotly contested with Helen Stephenson and Beryl Mason tying for first place with Sylvia Standrell, Brian Cornish and Olive Spavin jointly sharing third place.

The Equipment Fund meets alternate weeks to play whist and dominoes. The next meeting will be held on Friday, March 21, starting at 6.45pm in the memorial hall when any new members will be made welcome.

The Horticultural Society’s Spring Bulb Show was held on the second Saturday of March. Prior to the event there was concern that it might have been scheduled too late in the season. However, these fears were unfounded with 101 entries this year compared with 69 last year. There was much colour, an intensity of scent and a particularly good display of hyacinths. Overall the organisers felt they had a very successful show.

Ruth Staveley won the cup for the most points and Edith Steel won the cup for the best bowl of hyacinths. The children’s cup was won by Shona Lowther.


The Friends of Carnforth Station will hold A Family History Roadshow on Saturday, March 29, 10am to 3pm. Take along family history information to Carnforth Station Heritage Centre for advice on starting a family tree. Admission £2.

The monthly film night will take place on Monday, March 17, at 7.30pm, in Carnforth Station’s Furness and Midland Hall. Alan Murray from The Maritime Museum will give an illustrated talk on The Dukes of Lancaster followed by a film on New Zealand Railways. Admission fee is £3 inclusive of light refreshments.

The High Society Jazz Band will be performing at Carnforth Station’s Brief Encounter Refreshment Room from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Friday, March 21. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

An Introduction to Basic Beekeeping will be held at The Truckhaven Conference Centre this Saturday, March 15, from 9.30am to 4pm. The cost for the day is £60 which includes lunch, refreshments and course notes.

Booking essential on 01524 811978.