Community Beat - 16/07/13

CAP ONLY- Andrea Cottam raised money for St John's Hospice from a sponsored head shave at Heysham Power Station and a charity night at County snooker club. Andrea (left) is pictured handing over her cheque for �2075 to Anna Scott from St John's Hospice, with Karen Marsden (right).
CAP ONLY- Andrea Cottam raised money for St John's Hospice from a sponsored head shave at Heysham Power Station and a charity night at County snooker club. Andrea (left) is pictured handing over her cheque for �2075 to Anna Scott from St John's Hospice, with Karen Marsden (right).

This week’s Community Beat.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, July 21, at 6.30pm, the speakers will be Harry and Lillian O’Dell from Carlisle. Further information from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.

A Summertime Table Top Sale will be held at Morecambe Parish Church, in the rectory gardens, in aid of the church roof fund, this Saturday, July 20. Starting at 10am until 2pm the sale will include refreshments, hand-crafted cards, toys, games and puzzles.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, July 21, 8th Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.45am Krackers, 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

The Rainbow Centre will be holding their annual meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, at 1.30pm. All welcome.

On July 13, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Silecroft area. The group’s next walks will be this Sunday, July 21, in the Brampton area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

Focus Youth, from Morecambe Bay Christian Fellowship, will present an evening of entertainment this Friday, July 19, with live music from Rufus Garside and their special guest as well as fun and games throughout the evening. It all kicks-off at 7.30pm at Morecambe Bay Christian Fellowship, Market Street.


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.

Families@Five will be held at St Martin’s Church at 5pm tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17. No costs involved. Children please bring your parent or carer.

Services of worship are held weekly at St Martin’s Church on Sunday at 9.30am and Thursdays at 10am. Captain David Thorp will be the preacher this Sunday, July 21. For baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Fr Christopher Holden 01524 413144.


The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of the Ascension tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, at 2pm.

Scale Hall Townswomen’s Guild will meet in the Ascension Church lounge at 2pm tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17. The group meets on the second and third Wednesdays of each month and is keen to welcome new and younger members.

Sparrows Pre-School and Playgroup is holding an open day in the Ascension Church main hall this Friday, July 19, an opportunity for parents and children to see what is on offer in September.

Do you have an interest in flower arranging? If so you may wish to join the Morecambe Bay Flower Club meeting in the Ascension vestry this Saturday, July 20, from 1.30pm.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, July 21, Trinity 8: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The preacher at 11am will be Captain David Thorp. Midweek services continue as normal but on Monday, July 22, at 7pm, there will be an extra Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of St Mary Magdalene.

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 Road School is holding a Summer Fair this Thursday, July 18, from 10.30am to noon and 1pm to 2.30pm. There will be refreshments, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, plants, games and various stalls.


There will be an afternoon tea in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care at Stanley Road Baptist Church, this Saturday, July 20, from 2pm to 4pm. As well as food and refreshments, there will be various stalls to browse, including a cake competition. Entrance is free with a 50p donation per item for your afternoon tea (20p for children). All money raised to go to Macmillan. Everyone welcome.

It is a Family Communion service this Sunday, July 21, at Stanley Road Baptist Church at 10.30am with all members invited to join in the service. Instead of children going to their own activities in SPACE, everyone will stay together to celebrate what is a central part of the worship.

In the afternoon, from 5pm to 6.15pm, it is the first of the Big Sing Community Choir events. This is free and open to anyone – however talented - who would like to sing in a group. And, at 6.30pm, there is a beetle drive at the Cumberland View.

Sefton Road Ramblers enjoyed good weather for their walk up Ingleborough. Next week’s walk is in the Kentmere 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. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details. Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.On Saturday, August 17, the Society of Mary will be holding the Assumption Tide Devotion at St Barnabas, Regent Road, with a Solemn Concelebrated Mass of the Assumption at noon. Anyone who would like to attend the mass would be most welcome. 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. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Every Wednesday at Sefton Road United Reformed Church a Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at 10am. On Saturday, July 20, there will be a coffee morning from 10am to noon hosted by the Guides and Brownies, with the usual stalls and good coffee. Everyone welcome. On Sunday, July 21, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Mr John Elshaw of the Gideons Society.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind is holding a coffee morning at the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, on Saturday, July 27, 10am to noon. Entrance is 50p including refreshments and there will be fruit and veg stall, bric-a-brac, good quality items of clothing for sale and a raffle. If anyone has any items they would like to donate could they please call Dawn on 01524 414846 or drop them into the Galloway’s Centre, Balmoral Road, Morecambe.

Speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Lillian and Harry O’Dell from Carlisle who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating their mediumship on Saturday, July 20, at 7.30pm and also Sunday, July 21, at 2.30pm at the Divine Service. There will also be private readings. Of special interest, on Wednesday, July 24, there will be a charity night held in aid of Wolfwood animal rescue/sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. The guest mediums for this event will be Janette and Colin from Blackpool. Donations will be £5, £3 for members. Please come along and support this worthwhile cause.


Rev Peter Brown will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, July 21, at 10.30am.

A circuit farewell will take place at Torrisholme Methodists Church at 6.30pm prior to several members of staff leaving the circuit, including Rev Paul and Mrs Wendy Beard from Torrisholme, who will be moving to Woking. There will therefore be no evening service at Wesley Church.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, July 21: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, at 10am, Holy Communion will be held at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise (both of these services subject to availability of clergy). On Saturday, July 20, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP is at St Peter’s

On Sunday, July 21, at 9.30am, Parish Communion is at St Peter’s, followed at 11am by Morning Prayer CW at St James’s. At 6pm a Confirmation Service will be held at St Peter’s Church. On Wednesday, July 24, at 10am, Holy Communion is at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise (both of these services subject to availability of clergy). On Saturday, July 20, between 10am and 12.30pm, there will be a coffee morning for the Roof Appeal in St Peter’s Hall, with cake stalls, bric-a-brac, a raffle, etc. Please help to raise the money needed for this special project.

Today, Tuesday, July 16, at 7.30pm, a Prayer Meeting will be held at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, a Quiet Time prayer meeting will be held at 7.14am followed by a coffee morning between 10am and noon. On Sunday, July 21, Rev David Montgomery will lead the 10.30am service.


A guided walk, Secrets of Sambo’s Grave, starts from the end of the tidal causeway at Sunderland Point at 2pm on Saturday, July 20. The walk tells the story of Sambo’s Grave and includes the now rare opportunity to examine fibres from the famous Cotton Tree as well as hear grave side readings from the full version of Samboo’s Elegy. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

There will be a Tea by the Sea on the lawn at the Reading Room, Sunderland Point this Sunday, July 21, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with refreshments, the usual delicious cakes on sale, plus numerous tea cosies and craft work from the Sunny P Craft Factory. Home produce also on sale. The event will be inside if it is wet.

This Sunday, July 21, there will be a Eucharist Service at 10.45am at St Helen’s Church. Please note no Junior Church until September, they are on holiday. There will be a Family Eucharist as usual. Refreshments and fellowship after the service.

Also this Sunday, July 21, at 6pm there will be a Confirmation Service at Peter’s Church, Heysham.

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Bolton-le-Sands Art Society is holding its annual Art Exhibition in St Mary’s Hall, Main Street, Bolton-le-Sands, from this Thursday, July 18, to Sunday, July 21, open from 10am to 6pm daily (Sunday 10am to 4pm). The featured local artist is Graham Twyford. Entrance is free and refreshments will be available.

When members of the Bolton-le-Sands WI committee arrived at the hall for their meeting on July 9 they were greeted with the news that the speaker was unable to attend, and so began the tales of the unexpected. Mrs Brenda Wood was taking the meeting and had to start thinking on her feet. She announced the news and members and visitors were welcomed including two members from Bare and District WI. Details were given for the trip to Carlisle on Tuesday, July 23, there are some seats still available, leaving Ricky’s at 9am. Jean Bayliss then gave an update on the forthcoming walks: this Wednesday, July 17, starting at the Old Boys School 10am and a further one planned for Wednesday, September 11. Details of the August meeting were announced, which is shown in the programme as a social evening the theme being Memories of Schooldays. The entertainment is being provided by the group’s own ‘in house’ talent so a night to be looked forward to.

Glenys Dennison from Bare and District WI had been the delegate to the council meeting held recently in Cardiff and she gave a concise and interesting report. There had been a very upbeat report from the chairman, interesting and amusing talks from various speakers including Griff Rhys Jones and John Humphries, both of whom brought the house down. She had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

It was then time for tales of the unexpected, Brenda brought out the microphone and asked members to volunteer to speak for one minute on a variety of topics. What followed turned out to be hilarious. Topics ranged from getting old, men, new shoes and children’s names, with Brenda ending the session remembering her time as a primary school teacher, more laughter.


Peter Millard, chair of the parish council, has been asked to ascertain which areas of the parish would be interested in setting up ‘No cold calling areas’ around the village. These can only be set up if all the people on a certain road, street or avenue agree. They are supported by the police and trading standards and have been shown to be effective in reducing such visits and ‘doorstep crimes’ in which callers trick their way into people’s homes. The nearest one is Mayfield Avenue in Bare and details can be found on the web by entering ‘no cold callers’ or ‘doorstep crime’. Please send expressions of interest to Doreen Brookes, clerk to the parish council. In last week’s report about the Visitor’s Cup competition at the village bowling club the runner-up was Mark Ashbourne. Regrettably his name was misspelt.

The Horticultural Society Summer Show will be held on Saturday, August 24, in the memorial hall. Anyone who has potential exhibits can contact Margaret Western on 01524 823988 for a copy of the schedule.

The second week of July was a busy week on the bay, during which the weather was absolutely brilliant. On Wednesday, 60 competitors from Dallam Runners athletic club staged their annual race across the bay from Flookburgh to Red Bank, Bolton-le-Sands. Michael Wilson led the event to the Kent channel and Alan Sledmore took over to lead the runners into Red Bank. Drinks and a buffet were provided after the event at the Packet Boat. On the Saturday, 18 Land Rovers from Shropshire Land Rover Club crossed the bay, starting from Red Bank. It was not possible to cross to Ulverston due to the possibility of getting caught in the incoming tide, so the egress was at Stonegates, Holker. It was a brilliant day out in aid of Help the Heroes with lots of photos.

On the Sunday there was a walk from Gibraltar Farm Caravan Park, Silverdale, to Humphrey Head, Flookburgh, in aid of Queenscourt Hospice, Southport. One hundred and seventy walkers took part in glorious conditions. Jack Woodcock led the walk with Michael Wilson on tractor support and Alan Sledmore on quad. The next walk is this Saturday, July 20, starting from the foreshore, Hest Bank, at 2pm to either Silverdale or Grange-over-Sands.


The annual meeting of the Lancaster Canal trust will be held this Thursday, July 18, at the village hall, Over Kellet, at 7.30pm. Further information from frank Sanderson on 015395 66967,


This Friday, July 19, the High Society Jazz Band will make their monthly return to the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room at Carnforth Station’s Heritage Centre from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Admission is free although a collection will be taken to offset costs.The Northern Jazz Orchestra will be performing in concert on Platform One at Carnforth Station on Wednesday, July 24, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16 and can be purchased from the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room on 01524 732432.

Gail Brown wishes to thank all who supported the Help for Heroes event held at the Railway Club. A big thank you to Tracey and the bar staff and to Dave Carling for the entertainment. Special thanks to all who donated raffle prizes, the raffle raised £206.

The Carnforth Corps of the Salvation Army is to open a Charity Shop at 19 New Street, Carnforth, at 10.45am on this Thursday, July 18. The Mayor of Carnforth Coun Bob Roe will perform the opening ceremony and the Carnforth SA Band will be in attendance. Offers of voluntary help for running the shop will be gratefully received to Captain Angela Tucker on 01524 734076. shop