Community Beat: 17/09/13

Judges and officials at the 65th annual show of Over Kellet and District Horticultural Society in the village hall on Saturday.
Judges and officials at the 65th annual show of Over Kellet and District Horticultural Society in the village hall on Saturday.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Fusion Church, for a new generation, now meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway. All welcome, entrance at the rear of the building.

The Women’s Fellowship of Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18, at 2pm, with Sister Vivien.

This Sunday, September 22, the 10.30am Morning Service with Holy Communion will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.

A coffee morning for the church flower fund will be held on Tuesday, September 24, at 10am, hosted by Lilian Shaw.

A Macmillan Nurses Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, September 28, at Christ Church, Broadway, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be a competition for the best Victoria sponge or chocolate cake, entries to be in the church hall by 10.15am.

Morecambe Bay Movie Makers have completed their summer monthly meetings at the Owl’s Nest in Bare and will start their new programme of weekly meetings on Monday, September 30, at 7.30pm, in St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare.

During the summer break members have been busy with their own movies as well as club projects, which included filming of the 50th year celebration of Cedric Robinson as Queen’s Guide to the Sands, the Bioblitz Nature Project at Arnside and assisting with a professional movie company making a futuristic drama feature film on location near Kendal.

Bay Cat Rescue is hosting a Ladies Swish Clothes Swapping Party on Thursday, September 26, from 7pm, at Morecambe Golf Club. Bring along any good quality clothing, shoes or accessories you no longer wear and swap them for a whole new look.

Enjoy a drink, nibbles and some giggles as you browse the items and stalls. You can take away as many items as you brought and any extra items can be yours for a small additional fee.

This superb evening is not to be missed, so gather your pre-loved items and your girlfriends and get swishing. Tickets are £5 and include a welcome drink, reserve yours by contacting with your details or call Katrina on 07951 748560 for more details.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, September 22, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Michael Mellia (psychic artist) from Liverpool. Further information available from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.

An event in aid of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, for Macmillan cancer Support, will be held in the memorial hall of Morecambe Parish Church on Friday, September 27, 10am to noon. The morning will include a cake sale, book sale, craft stall, free blood pressure checks, diabetes advice and free healthcare advice from a Boots pharmacist.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, September 22, 17th after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church in the memorial hall, 10am Parish Eucharist, 5.30pm Choir Practice, 6.30pm Choral Evensong.


Do the stars of Strictly Come Dancing fill you with envy? Now is your chance to join dance classes for beginners starting on Wednesday, September 25 at St Martin’s Church Centre, and weekly thereafter. Registration will be at 6.30pm.

Or you may wish to strut your stuff at monthly social dances starting at the Ascension Church Hall on Saturday, September 28, from 7.30pm, and then on the last Saturday of every month. Telephone 07946 100123 for more information.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, September 22, Trinity 17: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. The preacher at 11am will be parish reader David Wilde.

Junior Church meets from 10.50am in the main hall and is keen to welcome new children. Ask for Carolyn Wallace on arrival.

Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, continue as normal at 7pm on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, plus an extra celebration at 7pm on Monday, September 23. All welcome.

The Ascension’s Main Hall currently has availability on Tuesdays from 7.30pm and Thursday mornings up to 11.30am. St Martin’s on Westgate has Friday evenings available. Facilities at both venues are excellent. Telephone Alan on 01524 419174 for more information or to make bookings.

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 at 2pm tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18. Mr Keith Tattersall will speak about his work on the railway.

Selecting Child Prodigies for his theme, Ron Lawson was able to present another interesting and informative programme of recorded music at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

For his first subject, Arthur Sullivan, Ron chose the overture to Iolanthe, the Te Deum, and excerpts from The Hot Mikado. Turning then to Mendelssohn, he introduced an octet composed when Felix was only 16, a piano sonata and three extracts from the oratorio, Elijah.

After the interval came a Trumpet Tune by the blind organist John Stanley, before Ron turned his attention to Johann Hummell to feature a trumpet concerto and a concerto for piano and violin. His programme concluded by returning to Mendelssohn with Rest in the Lord and the Final Chorus from Elijah.

In his vote of thanks David Robinson enthused about the various selections and their excellent presentation.

When the society meets tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18, the evening will be shared between Anne Arkwright and Sheila Forshaw. All are invited to The Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.


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, September 18. Families with children are invited to come along and enjoy crafts, Bible stories, 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 Church on Sundays at 9.30am and on Thursdays at 10am. This Sunday’s preacher is David Wilde. For baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Fr Christopher Holden on 01524 413144.


Church Matters is the topic of this Sunday’s service at Stanley Road Baptist Church as celebrations continue for 100 years of Baptist witness in the West End. Steven Hewitt will be speaking and there will be activities for children in SPACE. The church’s Anniversary Cafe and Exhibition continues to be open on weekday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm, until September 27. The exhibition includes photographs and artefacts and would particularly appeal to people interested in church history, or the history of Morecambe, or who remember Sion and Olivet Baptist churches before they merged. As well as the exhibition, excellent cream teas are available at very reasonable prices.

The exhibition will continue over the church’s Harvest weekend, which is on September 28 and 29, from 1pm to 4pm. Looking further ahead, representatives of the London City Mission are coming to the church to speak about the Mission’s work on Friday, October 4. Doors will open at 10am with refreshments and the meeting will start at 10.30am.

A full programme of classes are being run at the Red Rose Community Centre on West End Road. Boxercise classes run from 7pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, boxing classes Monday to Friday 5pm to 7.30pm, Ju jitsu Tuesdays 6.30pm, Thursdays 7.30pm and Sundays 6.30pm, with Pilates, karate and yoga all starting in October. Sports courses and beauty therapy courses start on October 21. For more details call 07789 261768.

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.

Thirteen members of Sefton Road Ramblers again enjoyed a walk in the Lake District. The 10 members of party B, led by Tony Marston, walked from the Lythe Valley taking in Fell Edge and Whitbarrow Scar. Members will be taking part in the Ramblers’ autumn trip next, walking part of the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire.

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. Every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, the IMPACT Youth Group is held which includes various activities. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details. Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.

Sefton Road United Reform Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am, all welcome. This Saturday, September 21, there will be a coffee morning from 10am to 12.30pm. This Sunday, September 22, Harvest Festival Sunday, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by the church minister Rev Graham Maskery.

The St Barnabas G&S Singers is a new music group formed from past members of the former Heysham Operatic Society and St Joseph’s Operatic Society together with other singers who have a love of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

The aim of the group is to perform all the G&S repertoire in concert format and not only keep these enduring masterpieces alive for those who know them but also to introduce them to new audiences.

The group’s first performance will be a concert version of HMS Pinafore to be given on Friday, September 27, at 7.30pm, in St Barnabas Church, Regent Road. Tickets are £6 to include tea/coffee or wine and are available from Tourist Information in Morecambe and Lancaster or from St Barnabas Church shop (open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Thursday). U16s are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.

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 or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

A new term of music workshops, gigs and events starts at community music charity More Music on Monday, September 23, including gigs by acclaimed musicians Chris Wood, contemporary jazz band Get The Blessing and ex Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs.

New classes this term include Bay Youth Voices, a new choir for young people singing a repertoire of contemporary pop and rock songs, which takes place at the Hothouse on Tuesdays from 6.30pm.

More Music’s new autumn brochure has been distributed across the district and can be downloaded as a PDF from

There will be a Community Open Day this Saturday, September 21, from 1pm to 5pm, where free music workshop taster sessions will be held all afternoon at the Hothouse.

Full details of everything More Music has to offer can be found at, by emailing or calling 01524 831997.

Guests at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Marlene Leeming Moore from Blackpool who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship on Saturday, September 21, at 7.30pm, and Jackie Fawcett from Burnley will visit on Sunday, September 22, at 2.30pm, to conduct the Divine Service and demonstrate her mediumship.


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, September 22, 17th after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

Mr David Park will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, September 22, at 10.30am. Living Purpose, a gospel group from Arkholme, will be the guests at the Sunday Night at Wesley service at 6.30pm when the preacher will be Rev Ted Pullan.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18, at 10am, Holy Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church followed by Parent Praise at 6pm (both clergy permitting).

This Saturday, September 21, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP will be held at St Peter’s. Also on Saturday there will be a coffee morning in St Peter’s Hall from 10am to noon for St Peter’s Roof Fund.

This Sunday, September 22, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church followed by Morning Prayer CW at 11am. At St James’s at 9.30am there will be Sunday School and at 11am Holy Communion.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18, there will be a Prayer Meeting at 7.14am at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, followed at 10am by coffee and chat until noon. This Sunday, September 22, Cath Willis will be the speaker at 10.30am.


St Helen’s Church Service (held in the memorial hall, Overton) on Compassion Sunday, September 22, Eucharist Service at 10.45am. Tea, coffee and biscuits follow all the services.

The Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday, September 29, at 10.45am, with the Harvest Supper and Auction of Produce on Monday, September 30, 7pm, at the Globe Hotel, Overton with auctioneer John Hughes. Funds raised to go to the Church Restoration Fund and Bishop of Blackburn’s Harvest Appeal.

A Tea Dance, in aid of the Sunderland Point Mission Church, is to be held at the memorial hall, Overton, on Saturday, September 28, 3pm to 5pm. Tickets/entrance £5 including afternoon tea.


There will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, this Sunday, September 22, at 2pm, when Richard Eglan will speak on the subject What the Bible Teaches about Armageddon. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, September 23, Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group is held at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for information.

The cross-bay walk on the second Saturday of September was changed to start from Gibraltar Farm Caravan Site, Silverdale, to Humphrey Head, Flookburgh, owing to the dangerous sands at the Keer Channel. Jack Woodcock will lead the final walk of the season on Sunday, September 29, starting at 11.30am from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands.

The 2013 bowling season is drawing to a close. The competitive results, however, have been mixed. In many cases it has been ‘as you were’ with Slyne’s Lancaster A team, captained by Ivor Johns, stabilising its position in Division One of the Lancaster League while, in the Morecambe Wednesday League, Slyne’s A team, captained by George Gibson, just failed to retain its position in the top flight.

Members of the B teams enjoyed the season without having reached the heights hoped for in the spring. However, both teams (captained admirably by Bruce Gardner and Bob Clegg) ended up in mid-table and are already looking forward to next season.

The C and D teams, captained by David Ruddick and Alan Holden, had a great season. David’s team were promoted as champions while Allan’s D team consolidated its position with an improved ranking on last year.

Twenty-six club members turned out on September 8 for the John Randell Trophy. The weather was fine for the rescheduled final and after a tight game Tony and Mary ended up winners with a score of 21-17.

The President’s competition has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 6, starting at 10.30am.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club on the second Monday of September Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Margaret Woodend second and Margaret Western third. The games of dominoes were won by Pat Jenkinson with Chris Roland second and Joan Hunter third. The next meeting of the club will be held on Monday, September 23, from 2pm to 4pm, in the memorial hall.

Pat Jenkinson won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the second Friday of September. Joan Hunter held second place and June Gardner was third. The next meeting will be held on Friday, September 20, from 6.45pm to 9.15pm in the memorial hall.


On August 13, Bolton-le-Sands WI held an open meeting which was attended by members and guests. The business of the meeting was conducted as usual but the entertainment was delivered by the group’s very own members who staged Memories of our School Days. At the meeting on September 10, president Hazel Short welcomed a very large number of people, members, guests and would-be members. Members are able to pick up tickets for Happy Jack, the play by Leeds Library Players on Saturday, November 9. Joan Baker gave notice of the visit to White Christmas at Tatton Park on Wednesday, December 4, leaving at 10am, tickets are £8.50. Judith Spotswood reminded everyone of Knit and Natter at the Blue Anchor on the third Tuesday of the month and also of the large number of entries for the Garstang Show on September 25/26 and hoped a lot of members would attend.

Jacqueline McDonald and her friend Lyn provided the entertainment for the group at their last meeting. The vote of thanks was given by Jacky Ireland. Jackie Ireland won the competition.


The 65th Annual Show of the Over Kellet and District Horticultural Society was held in Over Kellet Village Hall on Saturday, September 14, and attracted a similar number of entries to the previous year but a significant increase in afternoon visitors.

As in previous years, entries came from both society members and non-members across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The guest opener was Yvonne Cannon, head gardener from Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel. Show day was blessed with excellent weather and, in his opening remarks, Eric Butler, show organiser, also referred to the weather pattern throughout the 2013 growing season and its effect on the horticultural entries. Whilst standards were good, both open and local flower sections experienced a drop in entries due to earlier hot weather shortening the flowering periods. However, in the fruit and vegetable sections, the reverse had happened and the end result was that total entry for all horticultural classes was the same as last year. Cookery saw similar numbers to 2012, whilst craft showed an increase, the only drop being in the children’s and young persons’ section. Thanking all those who had contributed to getting the show up and running, he pointed out that a total of 50 members had contributed in one way or another towards getting the show underway. When it came to trophies, Kevin Briggs of Warton with five trophies won the Members’ Challenge Trophy for the member with most points in show, whilst Brian Noon of Lancaster took six trophies including both the RHS Banksian Medal for most prize money and the trophy for the best horticultural entry in show. In other sections, Delia Marwood of Carnforth and Sue Ward of Nether Kellet each won two cookery trophies whilst craft trophies were well distributed. The children’s and young persons trophies were shared equally by the Meaden family of Over Kellet and the Burkhart family of Caton.

Trophy winners – Clara Hayton Memorial Trophy: Kevin Briggs; Cecil E Taylor Memorial Trophy: Eric Greenough; Hall Garth Trophy: Kevin Briggs; F I Townsend Cup: Margaret Western; P Wellock Memorial Trophy: Helen Thomas; Elizabeth Wilson Cup: David Woodhouse; Wellesley Wilson Cup: Kevin Briggs; Flower and Plant Centre Trophy: Vera Assiak; James Carter Memorial Trophy: Brian Noon; Rose Bowl Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Kevin Briggs; Geoff Makinson Memorial Trophy: Brian Noon; Cutforth Cup: Sandra Klijn-Passant; Penton Bowl: Brian Noon; John Robert Lambert Challenge Cup: Brian Noon; Banksian Medal: Brian Noon; Cannan and Isobel Dixon Memorial Trophy: Delia Marwood; The Dixon Family Cup: Delia Marwood; Florence Manleigh Cup: M Preston; D G Hopewell Perpetual Trophy: Jenny Graham; Women’s Institute Trophy by Miss Wilkinson: Sue Ward; Silver Pierced Cake Dish: Sue Ward; Parkinson Trophy: Katie Hones; Infants Children’s Cup: William Meaden; Lower Juniors Children’s Cup: Ethan Burkhart; Upper Juniors Children’s Cup: Grace Meaden; Teenagers’ Trophy: Adam Burkhart; Members’ Challenge Trophy: Kevin Briggs; The Westmorland and North Lancashire Federation of Horticultural Show Societies Blue Ribbon: Brian Noon.