Community Beat - 13/08/13

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This week’s Community Beat news.


Take part in seances, Ouija board and table tipping experiments and also use the latest electrical ghost hunting equipment as you delve into the past at Morecambe Winter Gardens on Saturday, September 28. Priced at £49 per person, buffet included. For more information telephone 0843 289 1215.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, August 18: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 10am All Age Worship with Journey into the Unknown Holiday Club in the memorial hall, 6.30pm Holy Communion (common worship).

On Saturday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Grasmere area. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Dunmail Raise to Harrup Tarn, Ullscarth, High Raise, Thrunacar Knot, Pavey Arc, Blea Rigg and into Grasmere.

The B party, led by Pam Smith, did a circular from Grasmere to Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, Far Easdale Ghyll and back to Grasmere.

The C party, led by Pat Roberts, did a circular walk from Grasmere to Goody Bridge, Easedale Beck, Sourmilk Gill, Easedale Tarn, around the tarn and back to Grasmere.

The group’s next walks this Sunday, August 18, will be in the Grassington area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


This Sunday, August 18, the Family Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Mrs Jenny Butcher at 10.30am.

The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place today, Tuesday, August 13, at the Broadway Hotel. At 1.45pm there will be a talk by Wg Cdr Bob Latin on Vulcan Restoration – A Lesson in Planning. All welcome.

Bare Necessities Preschool Playgroup, Methodist Church Hall, St Margaret’s Road, is holding a play morning for new starters on Friday, September 6, 10am to 11am. A chance to have a chat and a look around at what’s on offer for ages two to four years.

The Bay Organ and Keyboard Society meets on the second and forth Wednesday of each month at St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way, Bare. Membership is £4 for the year, £2.50 on the club nights, including refreshments. Members can play on the society’s organ Roland.AT 45 and various keyboard are available. The first Wednesday 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 club’s 40th anniversary year will be held this Sunday, August 18, at 7.30pm, with organist Kevin Morgan. Kevin started playing the piano at the age of three and is a prize-winning Fellow of The Royal College of Organists, a Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, London, in addition to holding bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees.

Lancaster City Brass will be performing alongside Burneside Band in Happy Mount Park this Sunday, August 18, and if the weather holds out it promises to be a great concert.

After a short break the band will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, September 4, at 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The band is looking for a new musical director along with some new members to fill empty seats. Anyone interested in joining the band can check out the website and contact details on


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

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, August 18, Trinity 12: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Phil Barber. The preacher at 11am will be Captain David Thorp of the Church Army. Midweek services continue as normal at 7pm on Tuesdays and 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, all Said Eucharists. Everyone welcome.

Do you remember the visits of Opera Plus to the Ascension Church? Then prepare to be enthralled by Encore Opera Group. The group will present A Feast of Music in church on Saturday, September 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets will shortly be on sale priced at £6 including wine and nibbles.

Joe Jingles, led by Chris Court and offering a fun time with music for mums and babies, has an extra session on Monday, August 19, from 9.45am in the Ascension lounge.

The Ascension Church main hall usually has two sessions free in the autumn, Tuesdays from 7.15pm and Thursday mornings. Telephone Alan on 01524 419174 for further information about the Ascension Hall complex or St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate. Parties always welcome.

The next meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe branch of the Family History Society will be held this Thursday, August 15, at the hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd (just off Torrisholme Square) starting at 7.30pm and will include a talk by Brian Smalley entitled Family History through Photographs. Brian will show how family photographs helped to piece together his ancestors and added valuable information for his family tree.

The National Osteoporosis Society Morecambe Bay Support Group is holding a Coffee Afternoon on Tuesday, August 20, at the Church of Ascension (the Vestry) from 2pm to 4pm. A warm welcome and a happy sociable afternoon is guaranteed. Admission £2 to include refreshments. There will be a cake stall and tombola.

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 also try to raise awareness of the disease in the community and help the National Osteoporosis Society with their campaigns. Further information can be obtained from Christine Bushby, secretary of the support group, telephone 01524 413933, email


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.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am every Wednesday, coffee followed by fellowship. The coffee morning this Saturday, August 17, will be hosted by the Prayer Shawl Group, from 10am to noon, when the usual warm welcome awaits. This Sunday, August 18, at 10.30am, Family Worship will be conducted by Rev David Greenwood from Garstang. All welcome to worship at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

Sefton Road Ramblers visited the Coniston area last Wednesday. Leaving their start point near Glen Mary Bridge the 15 members, led by Jed Hearsey, followed footpaths passed High and Low Yewdale to Coniston. From there they headed north by way of Boon Crag Farm, Tarn Hows Wood stopping for lunch and Tarn Hows where they enjoyed the views. The walk continued along the Cumbrian Way to High Oxen Fell and on to Hodge Close, finally across Holme Fell passed Yew Tree Tarn back to the start point.

The 10 members of party B, led by Tony Marston, walked from Silverdale taking in Elmslack, Eaves Wood and Jack Scout. Next week’s walk will be in the Bull Pot area, members to meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

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.

This Saturday, August 17, the Society of Mary will be holding the Assumptiontide Devotion at St Barnabas, Regent Road, starting at 11.30am with Rosary, at noon Angelus, Outdoor Procession and a Solemn Concelebrated Mass, and at 3.15pm Benediction. The Principle Celebrant will be Fr Ian Brooks, Parish Priest of St Paul’s, Toxteth, and the preacher will be Canon Nicholas Turner. Anyone who would like to attend would be most welcome at all or any of the services.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass, 6pm Evening Prayer; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

Events at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road include healing services for all on Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm, when Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance for which there is no charge just free will donation for church funds.

This Saturday, August 17, at 7.30pm, and also on Sunday, August 18, at 2.30pm, at the Divine Service, Mary Johnson from Maryport will be the speaker and on both occasions she will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an open circle run by mediums from the area. Tuesdays at the Temple includes the Bright Hour get together. All are welcome, disabled access and facilities available, wheelchair friendly.


Deacon Jane Gibson will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, August 18, at 10.30am. Keith Tattersall will lead the Sunday Night at Wesley service at 6.30pm when the soloists will be Jean Stanyon and Ederic Ibbotson.

This Sunday, August 18, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s, followed at 11am by Morning Prayer at St James’s. On Saturday, August 24, at 8am, Holy Communion will be held at St Peter’s. At 11am to 2pm there will be a Soup and Sandwiches Lunch in aid of Leeds Children’s Home at St James. Then on Sunday, August 25, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s followed at 11am by Morning Prayer there. At 11am Holy Communion will be held at St James’s.

A Celebration of Flowers and Music will be held at St Peter’s Church over the August Bank Holiday weekend in aid of the roof fund. On Saturday, August 24, there will be music from Alice Pell on the harp from 11am to noon and Ken Streets with organ music from 2pm to 3pm. The Holmes family will be singing on Sunday, August 25, from 1pm to 2pm and they will be followed by Alice Pell on the harp from 2pm to 4pm.

On Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, the Entertainers will be singing from 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm, and from 2pm to 3pm organ music will be provided by Ken Streets.

Entrance £2, children free. Refreshments will be available in the church hall.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, August 18: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 2.30pm Evensong at Sunderland Point.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14, a prayer meeting will be held at 7.14am at The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. From 10am to noon refreshments will be available. On Sunday, August 18, Stephen Taylor will lead communion at 10.30am.


The long awaited restoration work at St Helen’s Church has started and after this date, for a period of approximately 12 weeks, the church will be closed to the public and the churchyard surrounding the church with become designated a construction site. The instructions of the site manager must be obeyed. There will be no access to the water tap and people bringing flowers to graves will need to bring water with them.

During this work, usual Sunday services at 10.45am will be held in Overton Memorial Hall. For enquires regarding baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Mrs Christine Mashiter, church warden, 01524 852451 or 07795 112487.

This Sunday, August 18, the Eucharist Service at 10.45am will be led by Rev S Maskrey, with refreshments after. No Junior Church until September.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a coffee morning this Saturday, August 17, from 10am to noon, at 3 First Terrace, Sunderland Point, in aid of re-wiring of the mission building. Admission will be £1 and there will be cakes for sale and a raffle.

The next service will be held this Sunday, August 18, at 2.30pm, which will be a Said Evensong.

This will be a joint service with members of St John’s Church, Sandylands.


Bolton-le-Sands Floral and Horticultural Society is holding its 85th Annual Summer Show this Saturday, August 17, at the community centre. All entries must be received by Ms Louise Belcher no later than 9pm on Thursday 15th. Exhibitors can set up between 7pm and 9pm on Friday 16th and 8am and 10am on Saturday 17th. The show will be opened by Michael Short, past secretary, at 2pm on Saturday. Refreshments will be available plus a raffle and charity auction of exhibits with half the proceeds to be donated to the RNLI.


During the second week of August there was only one walk across the bay, on August 11, from Silverdale to Flookburgh in overcast conditions with a headwind but at least the rain kept off. Welcome refreshments were on hand at the Humphrey Head Centre at the end of the walk.

The next two walks are on Saturday, August 17, to Grange-over-Sands starting from Hest Bank at 1pm, and Sunday, August 18, to Silverdale or Grange-over-Sands starting from Hest Bank at 1.30pm and 3pm from Silverdale.

In terms of cross bay walks, the Keer Channel is a matter of concern at the moment. The flash flooding on the first Monday of August, along with the high tides, have produced quicksand on its entire length from Warton to the Kent Channel. How this will affect the remaining walks of the season remains to be seen. There are no walks planned from Hest Bank during high tides.

This Sunday, August 18, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when D Clarke will speak on the subject Why Was I Made This Way? All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

There will be no Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for information.

The 25th Annual Show of the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society took place at Slyne-with-Hest Memorial Hall on August 4. Nineteen exhibitors from the Lancaster and Morecambe area, Leyland, South Lakes and Barnoldswick staged 108 entries of high quality plants to give a varied and colourful spectacle, although entries were down considerably on last year due to the weather which had inhibited growth and encouraged pests and diseases and resulted in a record 14 classes having no entries.

Top exhibitor in the open classes was Norman McMullen from the South Lakes area, whose expertise earned him nine trophies including most points in show and best in show. Top exhibitor in the intermediate classes was enthusiastic local grower Dave Kimberley. The trophies were presented by society president Ken Richardson and all exhibitors were given a special rosette to mark the society’s 25th anniversary. President’s Trophy and BFS Bronze Medal: N McMullen; N Jackson Memorial Trophy and Loyne Medal: N McMullen; Stan Telford Cup: H Carr; Dennis Pease Trophy: N McMullen; F and H Coates Plaque: N McMullen; Smithy Cup: H Carr; Second Society Cup: D Kimberley; N and L Corless Plaque: N McMullen; Third Society Cup: N McMullen; F and H Coates Plaque: K Richardson; K Armistead Silver Tray: H Carr; B Lewis Cup: D Costigan; B Ferguson Loyne Trophy: R Wilmshurst; N and L Corless Plaque: N McMullen; Mick Fitzgerald Cup: N McMullen; Pat and Bert Carney Rose Bowl: K Richardson; BFS Crested Spoon: N McMullen; BFS Crested Spoon: E Reynolds; BFS Blue Rosette: D Kimberley; Society Plaque: C Costigan.


A Model Railway Weekend will be held at the Heritage Centre, Carnforth Station, Warton Road, this Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. There will be nine layout of various gauges, stalls selling model railway items, a gift shop and the famous Brief Encounter Refreshment Rooms. The display will be open 10am to 4pm each day with admission £2 for adults, children free.


The first Warton Garden and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 2pm to 5pm, in Warton Church Hall. The show is brought to you by Warton Gardening Club. There will be stalls selling gardening equipment and crafts as well as demonstrations of crafts from the garden. Refreshments will also be available.

There are many show categories with a prize in each, open to Warton residents only, for adults and children. For more details and/or an entry form contact Jane 01524 735772, Emma 01524 734493 or Sybil 01524 732641. Entry forms are also available from Warton Post Office or see the Warton website