Community Beat - 11/07/13

BARE: The Bay Organ and Keyboard Society meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at St Christopher’s Hall,

St Christopher’s Way, Bare. Membership is £4 for the year, £2.50 on the Wednesday club nights, including refreshments.

Members can play on the society’s organ Roland.AT 45 or various keyboards are available for anyone who wants to have a go. The first Wednesday’s attendance is free so why not give it a try. The society also holds concerts on the third Sunday of the month during the summer.

The next concert of the group’s 40th anniversary year will be on Sunday, July 21, at 7.30pm. The organist will be Paul Gregson who is fairly local as he live at Hawkshead and plays for five local churches. He also plays the Wurlitzer organ at the Royalty Cinema in Windermere when silent films are shown.

The next evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club on Tuesday, July 23, at 7.30pm.

There will be an illustrated talk by Graeme Austin on Walking the Cumbria Way from Ulverston to Carlisle. All welcome.

Christ Church, Broadway, will hold a Garden Party this Saturday, July 13, 1.30pm to 4pm with games, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola, tea and cake. Come along and enjoy yourselves.


Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, July 14, the seventh Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 10am All Age Worship and Junior Church Festival, 6.30pm Holy Communion – Common Worship (said).

The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, will be holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 1.30pm, all welcome.

The next meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe Branch of the Family History Society will be held on Monday, July 15, at 2pm, at Morecambe Library and will be another in the Who do you Lancastrians think you Are? series.

The group will be researching the local Edmondson Families and Peter Joslin will demonstrate the websites used to explore the Edmondson name in this area over the last 300 years, so if you have Edmondson connections bring your family trees, photos and stories along.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, July 14, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Eric Arnfield from Great Harwood. Further information from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.

A guided walk, Sons of the Sands, starts from the corner of Lord Street across from Gala Bingo at 2pm this Saturday, July 13. The walk celebrates the lives of two Morecambe men both born in 1857 – the artist William Woodhouse and the geologist Professor John Edward Marr. Places on the walk are priced £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

On July 7 Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Lorton Vale area. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Braithwaite to Barrow Door, Sail, Wandope, Eel Crag, Sand Hill, Hopegill Head, Whiteside and into Lanthwaite Green.

The B party, led by Frank Whittle, walked from Low Lorton to Thackthwaite, Watching Crag, Low Fell, Sourfoot Fell, Smithy Fell, Fellbarrow and back to Low Lorton. Party C, led by Pat Emerson, walked from Lanthwaite Green to Lanthwaite Hill, Pickett Howe, below Whiteside Fell, High Swinside and into Low Lorton.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, July 13, in the Silecroft area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


Are you looking to keep fit this summer? You could try Zumba with Jade Taylor in the Ascension Church hall from 6pm to 7pm every Tuesday, or perhaps line dancing with Michael Holmes on Mondays from 7.30pm. You could also visit Weightwatchers in the church lounge on any Thursday morning or evening.

If your interests are more leisurely then you could join the Young at Heart Social Club on Monday afternoons – there’s even transport arranged by contacting Carole or Dave on 01524 401711, or perhaps a game of bridge on Friday afternoons in the vestry.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, July 14: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All Age Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The 11am service will include Junior Church Gift Day when each child receives a gift as a token of love from the church family. Families are encouraged to attend.

Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, all led by Fr Chris who is also the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Don’t forget the weekly coffee morning on Saturdays from 10am in the church lounge. By attending people support their local parish church in its work.

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 next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of Ascension on Wednesday, July 17, at 2pm. The respiratory nurse, Helen Booth, will speak about the use of oxygen. Anyone with breathing difficulties will be welcome.


Fusion Church, part of the Partners in Harvest international network of churches, meets every Sunday at 10.15am at the Globe Arena, all welcome.

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

A Summer Fair and Classic Car Display will be held at St Martin’s Church, Westgate, this Saturday, July 13, 11am to 2pm. No admission charges. Attractions will include model railways, Happy Feet dance troupe, cafe and various stalls including plants, bric-a-brac, jewellery, cakes, tombola, raffle, etc.

Also at St Martin’s Church, a Songs of Praise Service will be held on Sunday, July 14, at 4pm. This is in celebration of the anniversary of the church, with all friends of the church past and present welcome. There will be a buffet following the service.

Families@Five will be held at St Martin’s Church at 5pm on Wednesday, July 17. Families with children are invited to come along and enjoy crafts, Bible story, songs and a family meal. No costs involved. Children please bring your parent or carer.

Services of worship are held weekly at St Martin’s on Sundays at 9.30am with a Junior Church on Thursdays at 10am. For baptisms, 
weddings or funerals please contact Fr Christopher Holden on 01524 413144.


It’s a special Sunday this week, July 14, at Stanley Road Baptist Church as the children in SPACE receive prizes to mark the end of their year. The lively, all-age service will be led by Aled and Ali Lamb with members of the youth group from Lancaster Baptist Church. Afterwards, there will be a buffet lunch. The service starts at 10.30am.

In the evening it is the return of the annual car treasure hunt. Meet at 6.30pm at the church.

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.

West End Impact is located at 4-14 Heysham Road and included in their list of events is the following. Every Tuesday morning there is a parent cafe where people can bring their toddlers and have a coffee and a chat whilst the children play in the supervised play area. Every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, the IMPACT Youth Group is held which includes various activities, snooker/pool, games, Wii on a big screen or can just be used to chill out with friends. Trips are organised such as visiting the fire station, Regent Park Studios, swimming and much more. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details.

Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.

Andy’s Cheesy Disco, held on June 28 at the Cumberland View Hotel, raised £313.24 for Help for Heroes.

Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church, coffee followed by worship together, everyone welcome. This Sunday, July 14, Family Worship and Holy Communion will be held at 10.30am on the occasion of the 113th Church Anniversary Day, service conducted by Minister Rev Graham Maskery. Help members celebrate at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

The next coffee morning on Saturday, July 20, will be hosted by the Brownies and Guides.

This week’s events at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road are as follows: Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm, healing services for all, when Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance, for which there is no charge just free will donation for church funds. This Saturday, July 13, at 7.30pm, mediums Laura Birch and Lorraine Horren from Blackpool will be the speakers. Then on Sunday, July 14, at 2.30pm, Iain Carlos from Nelson will be the speaker. They will all give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship. Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an open circle run by mediums from the area. Tuesday at the Temple is the Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new come for a chat and to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, spiritualism is discussed. All are welcome. Disabled access and facilities available, wheelchair friendly.

This Friday, July 12, at 7pm, there will be a Traditional Jazz Evening at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, featuring singer Val Baulard and the Boscats – an instrumental quartet. This is a fund raising event for the Friends of Regent Park. Tickets are £10 which includes wine and canapes and are available from the St Barnabas shop. Then on Saturday, July 13, at 11am, there will be another opportunity to Pray the Rosary. The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass and 6pm Evening Prayer; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, so please call in. If anyone has any good quality items they would like to donate they would be greatly appreciated. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.


The next quarterly Ecumenical Bring and Share Breakfast will be held at the Salvation Army Church Centre, Balmoral Road this Saturday, July 13, at 9am. Alan Healey will speak about his role as the Railway Chaplain in Cumbria. Everyone is welcome. For further details please ring 01524 409062.

Rev Charles F Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, July 14, at 10.30am. There will not be an evening service as the chair of the Methodist Lancashire District, Rev Stephen Poxon, is moving to London shortly and a farewell service is being held at the Drive Methodist Church in St Annes at 5pm, when Methodists throughout the district will be able to show their appreciation for Stephen’s leadership.

Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet at Wesley Methodist Church on Monday, July 15, at 2pm. They will be enjoying a chairman’s afternoon with entertainment followed by a cream tea. Everyone is welcome to attend. The guild’s coffee morning will be held at the Platform this Thursday, July 11, from 10am to noon. Admission for the coffee morning will be £1.50, including refreshments and free raffle.

There will be no meetings in August and meetings will return on Monday, September 2.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 10, at 10am, Holy Communion will be at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise there (both these services clergy permitting). On Saturday, July 13, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP is at St Peter’s. Also on Saturday between noon and 2pm soup and sandwiches will be served at St James’s, a chance to meet up with friends.

On Sunday, July 14, at St James at 9.30am there will be a service of Family Communion and Prizegiving. At 11am Parish Communion with baptism is at St Peter’s followed at 6.30pm by Evensong there. On Monday, July 15, at 6pm, there is a Confirmation Rehearsal at St Peter’s, followed at 7.30pm by a PCC Meeting in St Peter’s hall.

On Wednesday, July 17, at 10am, Communion will be at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise there (both these services clergy permitting).

On Saturday, July 20, between 10 and 12.30pm there will be a Coffee Morning to raise funds for St Peter’s Church roof repair. With coffee/teas, cake stall, bric a brac stalls, raffle. Please help raise funds for this urgent project.

Fellowship Night With Stephen Weatherill will be held at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, tonight, Tuesday, July 9, followed by a light buffet. Please bring scones, sandwiches or other small items. This Wednesday, July 10, at 7.14am Quiet Time prayer meeting will be held followed by a coffee morning between 10am and noon. On Sunday, July 11, at 10.30am, Rev Alan Longworth will lead Communion.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, July 14: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parade Service – Scout presentations followed by Sausage Sizzle and annual meeting, 4pm Evensong.


Due to very poor support for the Farmers’ Market, which was due to take place this Saturday, July 13, at Overton Memorial Hall, this event has been cancelled.

This Sunday, July 14, at 10.45am, a Eucharist Service will be held at St Helen’s Church, followed by refreshments. Junior Church celebrated their last session on Sunday with prize giving. They recommence in September. Mrs D West retired as Junior Church Co-ordinator and was presented with a small gift, flowers and cards as a thank you.

Please note the church will be closed after Sunday, August 4, for three months approximately while the roof is repaired. Church services will continue at the memorial hall.

Thank you to the Flowers and Friends Group for a lovely Strawberry Tea on July 6, and to all who supported the event. To date £365 has been raised towards the Church Restoration Fund. Whilst in the interregnum period services continue as normal thanks to visiting priests. Church contact and diary details available on


Shining Stars is a group for babies and toddlers and their carers. They meet on Fridays during term time from 9.15am to 11am at the United Reformed Church in Bolton-le-Sands. Informal activities are organised for the children including craft, art, dressing up corner, books and jigsaws with a break half way through for drinks and biscuits and then continuing with more activities including story time and singing. This year, their fifth, 14 children are leaving for pre-school or school. Recently they were presented with Bible sticker books and good wishes for the future.

The club closes on Friday, July 19, and re-opens on Friday, September 13.

The closing date for the Village Garden Competition is this Sunday, July 14. Judging will take place between July 15 and 21 on design, planting and maintenance. There are three categories – large garden, small garden and patio garden. Entries to Mr Atack (410451) or Ms Belcher (824191)

There have been some great fundraising achievements for the community playground project. Local schoolgirl Poppy Rix (aged five) has raised nearly £150 by swimming an amazing 20 lengths of the Carnforth Pool at last month’s sponsored swim (organised by CPP’s Emma Bousfield). Harry Mason handed over the fantastic sum of £501 which he raised by running 1.25 miles in May.

Some lost pets have been reported to the local Petsearch: an oriental looking male cat with tabby head and brown body with a black strip on neck has been lost from Nether Kellet. Stolen from Marine Drive, Hest Bank, three rabbits (mother and two babies); the mother is large and white, one baby is black and white and the other is white with blackish ears and black around its muzzle. A male tabby cat has been lost from Hunter Street. Carnforth, he has a little white patch under his nose, on his chest and on his paws. If anyone has any information please contact Margaret on 823013 or email her at


Body and soul, the exercise class for the older person, takes place weekly on Thursdays starting at 2pm in St Luke’s Church hall. It costs £15 for 10 weeks and the next batch of 10 weeks starts on Thursday, July 18. There will be a free taster session on Thursday, July 11.

The class, which is run by a qualified instructor, is designed to help people improve their mobility, reduce their risk of falling and gain confidence. There is no upper age limit and transport is available. Refreshments and an optional short act of worship follow the class. If you wish to book a place telephone Val on 01524 824089 or turn up on the day.

The Equipment Fund met on the last Friday of June when members played either dominoes or whist. Ruth Staveley won the games of dominoes with Eileen Ezard second and Cynthia Dickenson third. The next meeting will be on held this Friday, July 12, from 6.45pm to 9.15pm in the small hall of the memorial hall.

There was a joint meeting of the Cubs and Scouts in the village on the first Thursday of July. At the end of the meeting there were presentations to those leaders who are leaving. In 2001 Julie Pearce was chair of the management committee and started helping at Cubs. She became a qualified leader seven years ago but is now leaving. Her daughter Emma Pearce is also leaving the village Cub pack. She has also been associated with Cubs for 12 years, initially as a helper for seven years and then as a qualified leader for five years. However she is not completely breaking the link with Scouting as she will be part of the Lonsdale District team for Cubs.

The Scout leader Kim Worthington is also leaving. As are two other leaders – her son Paul Worthington and Ian Parrington. Kim restarted the Scout troop in 2007 from scratch.

The future for these two uniformed youth groups diverges. There is a team of leaders to run Cubs. However the Lonsdale District Scout Team will run the Scout troop until October when it will close if a specific team of leaders does not coalesce to run the troop. Anyone who is interested in helping run the village Scouts should enquire at the Scout and Guide hut or telephone Pat Nelson on 01524 824350.

Pat Jenkinson won the games of dominoes at the first meeting of the Over 60s Club in July. June Gardner gained second whilst Betty Rosethorne reached third. The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, from 2pm to 4pm in the small hall of the memorial hall when whist or dominoes will be played and members will be able to choose which they wish to play.The July community coffee morning was run by Urban Saints, the youth group that meets on a Friday evening. The coffee morning was vibrant though slow to start. There were plenty of stalls with a variety of wares though the usual supplier of scrumptious home-made cakes and pastries had competition from a stall Urban Saints ran.

Urban Saints are fund raising. Some members intend to travel to Mexico at Easter next year to help build houses for homeless people. They need to find £1,300 for each person both to travel to Mexico and purchase building materials. Some other older members intend to travel to South Africa in the summer of next year to help build houses for homeless people and work for a few days at an HIV hospital. As part of their fund raising efforts they will be hosting an afternoon tea party in the memorial hall on Sunday, October 6, from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets will go on sale in September.

The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, August 3, in the memorial hall from 10am to noon. It will be run by the tennis club.

There was much contention for parking places on the first Saturday of July, for there was not only the community coffee morning but Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club played host for this year’s Visitor Cup competition. There were approximately 50 people who entered the competition and an early start was the order of the day.

The bowlers were blessed with a glorious summer’s day and all around the green were many spectators supporting their players and enjoying the event.

The winner was Peter Eccles from Cumberland View and runner-up Mark Ashburn from Hale.

It was a very enjoyable day and if you would like further information about the village bowling club please call the club secretary Ann Clegg on 01524 811847.

The rearranged cross bay walk for the Leprosy Mission took place on July 6 from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands in glorious conditions. The many children on the walk had a great time splashing about in the water as they followed the Kent channel for three miles on route. Jack Woodcock led the walk with John Broomhill back-marking and four quad bikes were on duty supporting the walk.

The next walk will be held this Sunday, July 14, from Silverdale Gibraltar Farm Caravan Park to Flookburgh starting at 10.30am. There will be a walk on Wednesday, July 17, from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands starting at 11.30am, and on Saturday, July 20, from Hest Bank to Silverdale, which is six miles, or to Grange-over-Sands for those wanting the full nine miles walk. Return transport is provided on the walks.

Further information from 01524 824693.

This Sunday, July 14, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian meeting room, Main Road, A6, when Andrew Pearce will speak on the subject The Miracle of Christ in the Old Testament. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, July 15, Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group meets at the Christadelphian meeting room. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.


A night in aid of Help for Heroes will take place this Saturday, July 13, at Carnforth Railway Club, with entertainment provided by Dave Carling. Limited tickets £4 including buffet, from Gail Brown on 01524 730852.


Warton Children’s Sports Day, to be held on Saturday, July 20, is the diamond jubilee of the event as the first sports were held in July 1953. This will be a traditional village children’s sports day for all the family

The parade round the village, with floats led by the St Andrew’s Pipe Band, starts outside the Malt Shovel inn at midday. This year’s VIP is local resident Jean Wilkinson, who will be transported in a classic 1929 Ford Model A Tourer.

Races, displays, stalls, etc, will be on the Archbishop Hutton’s School field throughout the afternoon. There will also be a display of classic cars and motorbikes on the school field.

The local brewery, the Old School Brewery, will be making a sports day brew in celebration of the diamond jubilee.

The day will be followed by an evening for all the family at the Malt Shovel, with food and entertainment for both young and old, a free bouncy castle, a live band and DJ and fund-raising for the Trust Tilly, St John’s Hospice and the North West Air Ambulance.

Eden Whittaker, landlord of the Malt Shovel, will be having his beard shaved off to raise money for Trust Tilly and St John’s Hospice.