Community Beat: 13/05/14

Eric Judge with items from the Arnside Archive.
Eric Judge with items from the Arnside Archive.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


On May 11, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Loweswater area.

The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Lanthwaite Green to Burnbank, Blake Fell, Fothergill Head, Gavel Pike, Floutern Cep, Hen Comb, Mosedale and back to Lanthwaite Green.

Party B, led by Bryan Lloyd, walked from Lanthwaite Green to Raven Crag, White Crag, Mellbreak, Scale Force, Mosedale and back to Lanthwaite Green.

The C party, led by Jack Roberts, walked from Buttermere to Nether How, Rannerdale, Dale How, Cinderdale Common, Crummock Water and into Lanthwaite Green.

The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, May 25, in the Langdales. For further information on how to join the walkers telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, May 18, the speaker at 6.30pm will be Christina Walling from Morecambe. Further information from 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.


This Sunday, May 18, at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, the 10am Family Communion Service with all-age activities will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery.

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, the 10.30am Morning Family Service this Sunday, May 18, will be led by Jenny Butcher. On Tuesday, May 30, the Men’s Fellowship will visit Leighton Hall, leaving at 10am.

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 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.Various keyboards are available for anyone who wants to have a go. The first Wednesday is free to attend 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 will be this Sunday, May 18, at 7.30pm, an evening of live music with Andrew Nix. Andrew is well known as a organist and very popular.

Admission is £5 and £3 for students with card, including refreshments. Disabled access, wheelchair friendly. The concert will be held in St Christopher’s Hall. For further information visit or telephone 01524 753005 for further details.

Bare and District WI were treated to skin treatments by Sue Shields, when a lot of useful tips were learned. The next meeting will be held this Thursday, May 15, which will be a resolutions evening with a talk from a foundling boy. All welcome. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm at St Christopher’s Church hall, Bare.

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, May 27, at 7.30pm, when there will be a talk by Roger Carter entitled Testing Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent, 1952-58. The talk is free and all are welcome.

St Christopher’s Church is holding a Coffee Morning this Saturday, May 17, for Christian Aid, from 10am to noon. The event will include various stalls and a raffle, and the cost is £3 to include refreshments.


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.

Morecambe Camera Club’s presentation dinner was again held at the Clarendon Hotel where members enjoyed an excellent meal and service. Anne Staniforth, competition secretary, organised the engraving of the trophies which were presented by new chairman Roger Gittins.

They were as follows – Knockout Trophy: David Greenwood; Peter Bagnall Trophy: Keith Knowles; Rosalind Mather Trophy: Julie Loreto; Annual Natural History: Gordon Curry; One Print Natural History: Bryan Trigwell; Monthly Natural History and Accumulator: John Hughes; Ted Hogarth Trophy: Fernley Stribling; Kinlock and Hardy Cups: Peter Bagnall; Continental Car Trophy: Anne Staniforth; Visitor Trophy, Derek Madeley Trophy, Boardman Cup, Table Top, Annual Best Colour Image and Best Image of the Year: Mike Staniforth. Congratulations also go to Mike Staniforth being awarded the Photographer of the Year Award.

The group is looking forward to the outing photo shoots that have been arranged for the summer. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at

The club meets weekly on Thursday, at 7.30pm, from October to March, at the Church of the Ascension Vestry, Michaelson Avenue, Torrisholme.

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of Ascension on Wednesday, May 21, at 2pm. Anyone with breathing problems welcome to attend.

The annual shared programme with Garstang Recorded Music Society provided a wider scope of music for the 24 members of Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society who attended their latest meeting.

The seven visitors all presented a personal choice of music among which were Elgar’s Sevillana, a Debussy prelude, Amadeus Colores by Karl Jenkins and Arthur Butterworth’s Coruscations. The Echo carol, an aria from HMS Pinafore and the wedding Waltz by Dohnanyi completed their selections.

In the second half of the evening five members from the local society introduced two of Liszt’s Hungarian rhapsodies, two pieces by Max Bruch, three arias from the Marriage of Figaro and Chopin’s piano concerto No 1.

When the society next meets tomorrow, May 14, in the Church of the Ascension vestry, it will be for a Members’ Choice evening. Further information is available from Gordon on 01524 421537 or Margaret on 414660.

Joe Jingles sessions with Chris Court are held in the Ascension Church lounge every Monday from 9.30am, a fun time with music and activities for mums and babies – and dads too.

In the afternoon the Young at Heart Social Club meets from 2pm. Transport is available for members, contact Dave on 07903 538023 to arrange. New members welcome.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am.

There is a weekly coffee morning on Saturdays from 10am to noon in the church lounge, passers-by encouraged to call in.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, May 18, Easter 5: 8am Said Eucharist and 11am All-Age Eucharist, both led by Fr Phil Barber. This being the third Sunday of the month there will be Ecumenical Evensong at 6.30pm, also at the Ascension Church, for Torrisholme Churches Together, led by Parish Reader David Wilde. Light refreshments follow the service, all welcome.


St Martin’s Church Centre, opposite Lidl Supermarket, hosts the following activities every week – Westgate Pre-School with Wendy Nunn each weekday except Thursday from 9.30am; Zumba with Fernando on Mondays from 7pm; slimming with Liz on Tuesdays from 5.30pm; Karate with Carole from 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; ballroom dance classes with Chris on Wednesdays from 7pm; and bingo for the over 55s on Thursday afternoons.

All the groups would welcome new members, just call in at the appropriate time.

Services at St Martin’s Church Centre – Said Eucharist on Thursdays at 10am and Sung Eucharist on Sundays at 9.30am when Junior Church also meets, ask for Bryony on arrival. Services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

To book the centre for parties or other activities please ring Alan on 01524 419174. Visit the church website at

Young families are invited to St Martin’s Church Centre for Families @ 5 on Wednesday, May 21, at 5pm, for food, fun and games.


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. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Would you like to sing in a church choir? If so St Barnabas Church, Regent Road is looking for new choristers – adults and children. If interested please contact choirmaster Stephen Schofield. Choir practice is Tuesday at 7pm in the Vestry (Chatsworth Road door).

The service times this week are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am with Celebrant will be Fr Joel Love from Lancaster Priory; Weekday: Low Mass Monday 7pm, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. Anyone who would like to join members at any of the services would be most welcome. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. All donations gratefully received. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday, at 10am, Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship, all welcome. Sunday Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mrs Janine Swinburn. On Saturday, June 7, David Tattersall will have been organist at Sefton Road Church for 30 years, and on that day will be giving an Organ Recital, starting at 7.30pm, tickets £5 or pay on the door.


At the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, a Prayer Meeting will be held this evening, May 13, at 7.30pm. Tomorrow, May 14, the 7.14am Prayer Meeting will be followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon. This Sunday, May 18, the speaker will be Rev Jonny Gios.

Get Connected is offering an invitation to its first year celebrations this Thursday, May 15, from 11am to 2pm, at 79-83 Stanley Road. The organisation would like to share ideas about needs and wants in the community. Go along and take part in an Assets workshop to look at skills which can be shared and taste foods from the community cafe sourced from local traders. For further information contact 01524 410076.

The next Messy Church Session at Wesley Methodist Church will be held this Saturday, May 17, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. This venture is proving more and more popular but any newcomers would be made very welcome. There will be various craft activities followed by a short act of worship, and the event will conclude with a meal.

Rev Geoffrey Lear will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday, May 18, at 10.30am when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. There will be an Ecumenical Service at Wesley at 6.30pm which will be led by Rev Charles Makonde and the preacher will be Geoffrey Moore, the North West Ports Chaplain.


St Helen’s Parish Church service this Sunday, May 18, the fifth Sunday of Easter: 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for refreshments after the service.

The food basket for the local Food Bank can be found in church each Sunday. Dried and tinned goods appreciated. Contact details and diary dates available on, Some great images and a chance to use the Just Giving page.

The Children’s Society boxes were opened on May 6 with total donations of £265.35. Boxes available, ask in church.

The Patronal Festival of St Helen’s will be celebrated on Sunday, May 25, with a bring and share lunch.


This Sunday, May 18, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Michael Grosvener will speak on the subject Why bother with religion? All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday, May 19, the Little Lambs, a parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

The Kenyan Project, a group making new clothes for abandoned and orphan children, hosted the Community Coffee Morning in the Hest Bank Memorial Hall on May 4. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the morning a success.

The last workshop was held on May 6, and the group will start meeting once again in September.

The ladies have worked exceptionally hard through the year and the group has sent out both knitted clothes and sewn items to the partnered homes in Kenya and also into Malawi.

It has amazed the ladies the amount that has been given to send to those in need.

The work has been taken out by individuals who have been willing to take some items in their case or by two containers. The clothing sent has been happily received and used. The Kenyan Project is continuing and newly made clothes will still be received and sent to the homes.

The group once again thanks everyone who lovingly makes and donates; both those who are known and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Anyone wanting more information on the Kenyan Project should telephone Susan on 01524 823928.

The May community coffee morning was a lively affair with several tables selling goods. In addition to the Kenyan Project there were cakes for sale, garden plants and books. Wolfwood had a stall and there was a stall selling Fairtrade goods.

The next community coffee morning will be on held on Saturday, June 7, from 10am to noon, in the memorial hall.

Wolfwood will hold its spring fair this Saturday, May 17, from 10am to noon, in the memorial hall, Hanging Green Lane. There will be a raffle, tombola, cakes, bottlebola, bric-a-brac, plants, books, new gifts, bargains and more. Admission will be 50p, which will include coffee and biscuit. All proceeds will support the local charity, Wolfwood, for rescued wildlife and dogs.

For more details see Everyone is welcome to attend.

Members of Urban Saints, the youth group that meets in the village, will give a report on their trip to Mexico during Easter. They helped build nine houses for homeless families.

The meeting will be in the church hall on Shady Lane starting at 7pm and will finish by 9pm, this Friday, May 16.

Some of the older members of the group will travel to South Africa to perform similar work and there will be a fundraiser for this South Africa ReBuild at the meeting.

St Luke’s Church will hold a summer festival during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. This is being billed as a weekend of fun with something for all the family, raising funds for the Church.

There will be a flower festival over the two days, with displays and the opportunity to arrange flowers under expert guidance.

On the Saturday there will be competitions, stalls, a raffle and ice creams, topped off with the serving of strawberry teas. Additionally the unique Uncommon-Wealth Games will take place in the church grounds, offering a scavenger hunt, games, competitions, welly throwing, paper plate discus throwing and a tug of war. If you fancy the challenge of recognising churchgoers when they were very young have a go at the Baby Photo Competition.

If you would like to be involved in reviving the fun times of the past, please contact Helen (01524 849495) for the flower festival, Jonathan (01524 824029) or Heather (01524 822680) for stalls and ideas, and Andrew (01524 822912) for the games.

The organisers welcome any ideas and help for stalls, as well as donations for the raffle and baby photos.

For the May meeting of Hest Bank Ladies the group went on a guided walk of Poulton and old Morecambe. Nearly 30 members of the group heard stories of the fishing village of Poulton-le-Sands, its manor house and a hidden Victorian cemetery.

Lancaster city council plans to run a consultation to identify sites to build 12,000 additional houses during the next two decades. It has identified where 7,000 houses can be built but is intent on finding sites for a further 5,000 houses. Further the city council is in the process of identifying land for employment, retail and other development.

Much of the green belt between Lancaster and the village is being lost to the link road. However during the planning of the road assurances were given that there would be no development in the green belt other than the road. Slyne-with-Hest merges into Bolton-le-Sands along the canal and planning permission has been granted for the villages to be merged along Coastal Road, so that they will appear as suburban sprawl.

This is despite the village plan and design statement favouring features that value the relatively small and human scale of the village. The city council has organised 14 drop-in events where the process can be explained but none of these are in the village.

There are five areas within the village, seven areas within the parish boundary, that have been identified but these are currently described as “not deliverable”. It is clearly apparent that vigilance is required to retain even some semblance of a civilised and tranquil ambiance in the village. Posters providing more details will appear on the village notice boards.


Bolton-le-Sands Floral and Horticultural Society is holding its annual Spring Coffee Evening and Bedding Plant Sale this Saturday, May 17, from 7pm, in the Community Centre, with plants for sale, a bric-a-brac stall, home-made cakes and a raffle. Donations of plants and raffle prizes welcome.

Shining Stars will be held in the United Reformed Church Hall on Fridays at 9.30am.

It is Christian Aid Week this week and the United Reformed Church is offering a soup lunch after the service at noon this Sunday, May 18.

An Evening of Family Fun will take place at the local primary school this Friday, May 16, from 5pm to 8.30pm. There will be a wide range of fun activities for all the family.

Confirmation classes will begin at Holy Trinity Church for children in Years Five and Six in early June.

A very pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by members of Holy Trinity Mothers’ Union when they held their strawberry tea in the village hall on May 7. The ladies from the United Reformed Church and St Mary’s RC Church were invited and there was a good selection of stalls, a tombola and a raffle. David Bateman gave the second part of his talk on the history of Ripley School and invited all the members to visit the chapel on a day in June. Kath Lane thanked everyone who had helped and wished everyone a good summer as there are no further meetings now until October.


A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club this Saturday, May 17, 8pm to midnight, with vocal entertainment provided by Jimmy Towers. Tickets cost £5 including buffet and can be purchased from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the club on 732723. Entry by ticket only.