Community Beat: 14/01/14

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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 first meeting of 2014 for Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society was a most interesting presentation by Gwynfor Williams from Garstang entitled From Wales to Australia, which traced two farming families from North Wales leaving and settling in Queensland Australia in the early 1900s. Gwynfor is a descendant of one of the families and a committee member of the society.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, February 28, when members will celebrate St David’s Day (March 1) with a dinner at The Bow Window Restaurant in Bare. Further details available on 01524 903373 or 01524 770797.

Forthcoming services and events at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, include the following. This Sunday, January 19, the Morning Service at 10.30am will be led by Denise Scholes. On Monday, January 20, at 2pm, Rev Jane Gibson will speak to members of the Guild on The Rural Ministry in our North Lancs Circuit, and on Tuesday, January 21, at 10am, the Men’s Fellowship will welcome speaker John Weedy.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on January 6, the Showcase Raffle was held. Members showed movies of approximately five minutes duration in exchange for a raffle ticket which was drawn on the night for more than a dozen prizes. The movies included local events and the natural history, holidays from across the world, main line steam trains and experimental work in motion speed. The movie voted as most entertaining was produced by Irene Mosey with a documentary of the Ravenglass Railway.

On Monday, January 20, the group, which meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, will hold its annual meeting.

The next meeting of the Bare and District WI will be held this Thursday, January 16, at St Christopher’s Church Hall at 7.30pm, when speaker Geoff Wood will give a talk entitled The Life and Times of a Sewer Rat. All welcome.


Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, January 19, the second Sunday of Epiphany: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Youth Service.

Chattercakes meets at Morecambe Library every Monday, 10am to noon, with coffee, cake and chat and a chance to make new friends and share recipes. Further information from 0845 053 0005.

The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street has re-opened after the Christmas break and would like to wish all members and new members a happy new year.

There are new classes starting and the computer classes have a few spaces left. If you are over 55 and looking for new interests and a chance of meeting people then the Rainbow Centre could be the place for you.

The centre’s cafe serves a range of hot food and drinks. For more information on the computer classes please telephone 01524 415502.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, January 19, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Ron Coey from St Annes. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.

The Ladies Friendship Group restarted after the Christmas break with a delightful afternoon enjoying a talk about owls given by Bob Rushworth. He brought along two owls who behaved beautifully throughout. This was a very informative talk, destroying along the way many of the myths which surround the ‘wise old owl’ theory.

The group has places available for new members and secretary Mrs V Smith can be contacted for details on 01524 414807. The group meets most Wednesday afternoons in St Mary’s Church Hall on Matthias Street (behind Gala Bingo). There are regular speakers on a wide variety of subjects, occasional lunches, outings and theatre visits. Most ladies are over 60, very friendly and would make new members most welcome.


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 Ecumenical Bring and Share Breakfast Fellowship will be held at Torrisholme Methodist Church this Saturday, January 18, at 9am, when Insp Kirsty Banks Lyon will speak about Sharing My Faith In the Police Force. This is an open meeting and members from other churches or none are welcome.

Joe Jingles with Chris Court meets in the Ascension Church lounge every Monday from 9.30am, a time of music and fun for mums and babies/toddlers.

Also meeting on Mondays at 2pm the Young at Heart Club and transport is available by contacting Dave or Carole on 01524 401711.

ACTIV8 Martial Arts has training sessions for youngsters on Mondays from 6pm in the Ascension’s main hall, ask for Bobbi on arrival.

Line dancing follows from 7.30pm with Michael Holmes, with new members always welcome.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, January 19, the second in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All-Age Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Young families are encouraged to share in the 11am service. Also on Sunday at 3pm there will be an Inter-Church Service at the Ascension marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity when the preacher will be Rev Eddie Sykes, Methodist minister.

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

Enquiries regarding the halls at the Ascension or St Martin’s Westgate, should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174. Also explore the Ascension website on

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Pooley Bridge, this Saturday, January 18. The A walk will be led by Linda Mills starting from Troutbeck just off the A66, eight and a quarter miles and 2,110 feet of ascent.

The B walk, led by Sylvia Dyson, will be a circular from Pooley Bridge, seven and a half miles with an ascent of 800 feet.

Walk C, led by Andrew Lean, will start at Stainton (near Rheged), a pleasant walk of five and a quarter miles, 450 feet of ascent and a few insignificant stiles.

Pick up time is 9am from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members are always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. A copy of the winter programme is available on

The group’s next Wednesday evening social event will be a slide show presented by Linda Mills entitled Walking in Switzerland on January 22, at 7.30pm, in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension. All welcome, £2 entrance.

The next meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe Branch of the Family History Society will be held this Thursday, January 16, at the church hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd (just off Torrisholme Square) starting at 7.30pm.

This is the group’s annual meeting and after business matters there will be a presentation on how to save and transfer valuable family history files with GEDCOM, GEnealogical Data COMmunication, which is a means for exchanging details between different genealogy software programmes.

The Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society resumed its meetings after the Christmas break with Tony Kadelbach’s Life Time of Music. Beginning with the Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Jessell’s Parade of the Tin Soldiers, Tony progressed to famous bands on the wireless featuring Jack Hylton, Ray Noble and Glen Miller.

Eight years of piano lessons were celebrated with three tunes by Charlie Kunz and Beethoven’s Fur Elise before a visit to the theatre that inspired a lifetime interest in operetta and musicals. Tony selected the overture to George Gershwin’s Funny Face, a medley from Emmerich Kalman’s Gypsy Princess and the overture from Oklahoma as reminders of these. He also included an excerpt from The Boy Friend as one of several musicals in which he and his wife had appeared.

In her vote of thanks chairman Dorothy Loach remarked upon there being “no business like show business” and commended Tony for his excellent presentation and the wide variety of interesting music.

The society’s next meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, and will feature a video presentation by Bernard Hough. All are welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

Morecambe Camera Club welcomed Kendal Photographic Society for an inter club competition with a good attendance from both clubs. The competition is made up of 25 images being submitted from each club to an outside judge who in this case was John Fletcher from Longridge. In his introduction he commented on the high standard of the images he had received with several from both clubs achieving maximum points. After a close competition Morecambe was declared the winning club.

The next meeting will include an illustrated talk from Lee Metcalfe entitled Panoramic Lancaster.

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


Fairfield Over 55s Club meets for bingo at St Martin’s Church every Thursday at 2pm.

Everyone welcome, refreshments available.

Families@5 will be held at St Martin’s Church on Wednesday, January 15, at 5pm.

This is an event for all the family which includes stories, crafts, songs and a meal, which is held on the third Wednesday of each month, free of charge. Everyone welcome.


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, January 19, the church will welcome a speaker from the North West Partnership. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts this Sunday, January 19, with a service each day at a different West End church. The service to be held at St Barnabas, Regent Road, will be held on Monday, January 20, at 10am. Anyone who would like to attend would be very welcome.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: Mass 8.30am and Sung Mass 10am; 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. Any donated items can be left in the shop.

The service times are also on For enquiries regarding baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am.

This Saturday, January 18, the coffee morning will be hosted by the Wives Group, from 10am to noon, with stalls, a raffle and good coffee.

This Sunday, January 19, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Brenda Willis.

Everyone welcome to join members in worship.

The president and committee of the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road would like to thank everyone who helped to decorate the church for the candle light services and all voluntary workers who assist in the day-to-day services.

Joyce Holden from Fleetwood will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship this Saturday, January 18, at 7.30pm, whilst on Sunday, January 19, Gordon Walsh from Preston will conduct the Divine Service at 2.30pm.

On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are Healing Services when Spiritualist National Union trained and accredited healers are in attendance. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new chat with kindred minds about spiritualism and its helpful impact on lives.

Wednesdays at 7.30pm is the Open Circle run by local mediums. A warm welcome to all is extended to each one of these services.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, January 19: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Ecumenical Service for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Rev Geoff Lear will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, January 19, at 10.30am. The local Churches Together group is holding an Ecumenical Service at the Church of St John the Divine, Sandylands, at 4pm and consequently there will not be an evening service at Wesley.

The next meeting of the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will be held on Monday, January 20, at 2pm, at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the speaker will give a talk on Sightsavers.

Admission £1.50 which includes refreshments and a raffle. The group’s birthday lunch had been booked and more trips are in the pipeline. All welcome.

This Sunday, January 19, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church at 9.30am, whilst at St James’ at 9.30am the Sunday School will meet, followed by Morning Prayer at 11am. The Hooks and Needles Group meets in St Peter’s hall on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm, a friendly group for people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, etc, all welcome.

On Wednesdays the hall is open between 2pm and 4pm for refreshments.

Events at The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road.

Today, Tuesday, January 14, at 7.30pm, there will be Bible Study, and on Wednesday, January 15, the 7.17am Prayer Meeting will be followed at 10am to noon by coffee and chat.

This Sunday, January 19, at 10.30am, the speaker will be Mr Ellershaw of The Gideons.


St Helen’s Church services are held in the Memorial Hall, Overton, until roof repairs are completed.

This Sunday, January 19, Epiphany 3, there will be a Eucharist Service and Junior Church at 10.45am followed by refreshments.

There is a small selection of cards and merchandise available to purchase in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.

The food basket collection is made every week for the local food bank, dry and tinned goods welcomed.

Children Society collection boxes available, contact secretary Janet on the church website Contact and diary details for church information is also available on the website.


This Sunday, January 19, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Ben Sutcliffe will speak on the subject The Tower of Babel Reaching to The Kingdom.

All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday, January 20, the Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will be held at the Christadelphian Meeting Room.

Further information available from Kate on 07739 031739.

In the autumn of last year Lancaster Beekeepers held a Honey Show in the memorial hall. At the time several people expressed an interest in keeping bees and other residents of the village have talked about it since.

Lancaster Beekeepers is running an introduction to beekeeping course on Saturday, March 15, in the Truckhaven Conference Centre, Carnforth, from 9.30am to 4pm. The cost of the course is £60 including lunch, coffee and tea throughout the day and course notes.

For further information or to book a place please contact Fred Ayres on 01524 811978, email

At the first meeting of the Over 60s this year Ruth Staveley won the games of dominoes with June Gardner second and Betty Rawsthorne third. At the same meeting Eva Steel won the games of whist with Marjorie Bainbridge bagging second, Dorothy Stoyles third and Henry Milner and George Barker fourth.

The Over 60s Club meets fortnightly on Monday afternoon in the memorial hall to play dominoes and whist.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 20, from 2pm until 4pm.

New members welcome.

The Equipment Fund met on the second Friday of January when Mick Wilson won the games of whist, with Barbara Norfolk second, Isa Gibson third, Jean McAdam fourth and Helen Stephenson fifth. Doris Alderson, the club’s oldest member, and John Bainbridge took the high halves. Jean Connor won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second and Cynthia Dickenson third.

The Equipment Fund meets fortnightly on Friday evening in the memorial hall to play whist and dominoes.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, January 24, from 6.45pm to 9.15pm.

New members welcome.

At their January meeting Hest Bank Ladies were informed about the history of education in the village by Heather Wakelin, a member of the village History Group.

She described education provision in the village from the 19th century onwards.

This was an educational evening, in more senses than one, which the ladies enjoyed.


The Horticultural Society will be hosting its annual general knowledge quiz at the community centre on Friday, January 31, at 7.30pm. The price is £10 per table of four, to be in before Saturday, January 25. Booking forms are available from Mr David Regan, 46 Greenwood Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, 01524 823025,