Community Beat: 18/03/14

Bill and Ben hope to hook a catch of the day in a front garden on Oxcliffe Road, Heysham.
Bill and Ben hope to hook a catch of the day in a front garden on Oxcliffe Road, Heysham.
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Community Beat news from this week’s Visitor.


There will be A Craft Fair at Morecambe Community High School this Saturday, March 22, from 10am to 1pm. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children. All profits will go to the MCHS PTFA, who continue to support the students by providing funding for items such as the minibus for the Outdoor Education department.

On March 16 Morecambe HF Rambling Club walked in the Grasmere area. The A party, led by David Marsland, walked from Stannah to Swirls, Dunmail Raise, Steel Fell and into Grasmere. Party B, led by Brian Lloyd, walked from Grasmere to Alcock Tarn, Rydal, over the River Rothay, Loughrigg Terrace, Redbank Wood and back to Grasmere.

Party C, led by Bert Simister, walked from Waterhead to Low Sweden Bridge, Rydal Hall, Michaels Fold and into Grasmere. The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, March 30, in the Braithwaite area. Further information available from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702, or

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, March 23, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Mary Johnson from Maryport. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.


Members of Bare and District WI enjoyed a talk by Ian Coggin from Dewlay Cheeses about the process of making cheese and the tasty samples which he provided. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20, with Stephen Watson who will be talking about and demonstrating origami. Members meet at St Christopher’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.

At Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday, March 23, the Morning Service at 10.30am will be led by Rev Ken Clapham. On Tuesday, March 25, the coffee morning starting at 10am will be raising funds for the church and will be hosted by Barbara Young and Marjory Hunter.

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

Lenten lunch will be available this Thursday, March 20, from noon to 1pm, at Christ Church, Broadway. Delicious home-made soups and bread, with all proceeds to Christian Aid.

This Sunday, March 23, Morning Worship at 10am will be conducted by Janine Swindon.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on March 10, the Cumbria Competition was held for a movie of any subject but limited to three minutes 20 seconds running time. This was the duration of the old super eight film cassettes. The winner was Michael Ellis with Blackpool Trams showing the open boat style of tram both in Blackpool and those transferred to the Beamish Museum, all set to music of their time.

Second place went to Peter Craven with BYEC, the registration reference of a glider which was filmed from take-off to landing, flying over the Lake District with cameras on the ground, attached to the wing and in the cockpit, with a commentary to explain the journey. Taking third place was Malcolm Morrison with Morecambe Storm looking at the recent storm wave action on the promenade and the aftermath of damage and debris that was caused.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare. On Monday, March 24, the group will welcome Lancaster Photographic Society for a 50/50 evening of movies and A/V presentations.


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.

A programme entitled Overtures and Preludes enabled Maurice Simmill to present a fascinating selection of music at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

The Marriage of Figaro was the first of 10 overtures which also included Wagner’s opera Mastersingers and those from Die Fledermaus, HMS Pinafore and Carmen. Maurice went on to include Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Beethoven’s Egmont. Interspersed with these were two preludes by Chopin, one by Rachmaninov, Copeland’s Appalachian Springs, Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and the prelude from La Traviata. All these selections were enhanced by a wealth of interestingly imparted information.

David Robinson delivered the vote of thanks for this enjoyable programme of recorded music. The meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, will be a Members’ Choice evening. The society meets at The Church of the Ascension vestry.

On Thursday, Fernley Stribling projected the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union’s (L&CPU) image folios at the meeting of Morecambe Camera Club. These are images that have featured at the top of the L&CPU’s individual competitions from clubs in the union.

Also projected were the results of the accumulator and five image competitions. The accumulator competition has a single image entered by members and put into the monthly competitions. This is then judged by each of the five monthly competition judges, the total points added after the final monthly competition. The results were as follows: 1 John Hughes, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Derek Mackie.

The results of five image competition held last week were also projected: 1 Fernley Stribling, 2 Anne Staniforth, 3 Keith Knowles, 4 Bryan Trigwell, 5 Keith Knowles.

The evening finished with Fernley Striblng giving a tutorial on Adobe Elements which should help new members. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of Ascension tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, at 2pm. Catherine, a member of the Rapid Response Unit will be the speaker. Anyone with breathing difficulties welcome to attend.

Services at The Ascension Church this Sunday, March 23, Lent 3: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist at which the preacher will be Parish Reader David Wilde. Both services will be led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. The 11am Eucharist will be followed immediately by a Lent Lunch supporting the work of Christian Aid.

On Tuesday, March 25, Lady Day, at 7pm, The Ascension Church is hosting a celebration of the work of The Mothers’ Union. This is a deanery event to which MU members from every Anglican church in Lancaster and Morecambe are invited. The guest preacher will be Rev Linda Macluskie, Vicar of St John’s, Sandylands. The service will be followed by a light supper in the lounge.

After nearly 50 years The Ascension Church will once again enjoy the music of a pipe organ to be installed hopefully in June. A Grand Spring Draw is being held to raise funds for this project. The draw has been kindly sponsored by Moon and Coxhill (Opticians) and generously supported by many local businesses. It is hoped that in buying tickets, already in circulation, people will be equally generous towards this parish church. The draw will take place on Ascension Day, May 29.


Fairfield Over 55s Club meets for bingo at St Martin’s Church every Thursday at 2pm. Everyone welcome, refreshments available.


This Saturday, March 22, there will be a meeting of The Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham, beginning with a noon Mass, at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road. Anyone who would like to learn more or travel on the November Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady would be most welcome. Please either contact Fr Tom before this Saturday, or attend the Mass.

During Lent the church will be holding the £3 poverty lunch following the Friday noon Mass, and all monies raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, so please support the lunches. If wishing to donate but not able to attend a lunch, donations can be left at the charity shop or with Fr Tom at any of the other services in church.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic and the service times this week are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre and donated items can be left in the shop. The service times are also on the web site For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

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.

Guest medium at The Temple of Light on West End Road this Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm, will be Kathy Swann from Atherton. Hazel Side from Radcliffe will be the medium on Sunday, March 23, at 2.30pm.

Both will speak on the philosophy of spiritualism before demonstrating their mediumship.

On Tuesdays there is the Temple’s Bright Hour at 2.30pm where like minded people meet for a chat about spiritualism and its effect on lives.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a spiritual healing service for all, and at 7.30pm is the Open Circle where mediums speak on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

All are welcome to attend the various services. Wheelchair access and disabled facilities available.


An evening of light music and humorous tales will be held at St James’ Church this Friday, March 21, from 7.30pm, to raise funds for St Peter’s Church roof. Tickets £7, and the event will include wine and juices, cheese and nibbles and a raffle. Telephone Ederic on 01524 853923 or Sylvia on 01524 853906.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, there will be a 7.14am Prayer Meeting followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon at The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, Heysham. This Sunday, March 23, at 10.30am, the speaker will be Stephen Taylor, and on Tuesday, March 25, a Prayer Meeting will be held at 7.30pm.

The preachers at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, March 23, will be Mrs Sandra Lucas at 10.30am and David Park at 6.30pm.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee from 2pm to 4pm and also open on Saturday, March 22, from 2pm (weather permitting).

This Sunday, March 23, Sunday School will be held at St James is at 9.30am followed by Holy Communion at 11am and at St Peter’s Church Parish Communion is at 9.30am and Morning Prayer at 11am.

During Lent there will also be a service of Evening Prayer (BCP) at St Peter’s each Wednesday at 7.30pm which will include time for prayer and reflection for this penitential season.


At St Helen’s Church this Sunday, March 23, the third Sunday in Lent, there will be a 10.40am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for refreshments after the service. During Lent, each Sunday at 6.30pm there will be a Short Compline service. An informal Lent group meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, at 7pm, at The Vicarage. Contact details and information can be found on


There were 38 ladies present at the March meeting of the Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club. The ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch then Simon Denerley, Community Engagement Officer from Help Direct, gave an interesting and informative talk. After listening most attentively the ladies were given an information pack and freebies along with detailed accounts of services for the people of Lancashire.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, when Anne Thornton will demonstrate cake decoration for Easter. Please note there continues to be a waiting list to join this Luncheon Club.

Art classes continue in the memorial hall. New students are always welcome and the cost is £35 for four weeks of drawing (Tuesday 10am to noon) or painting (Wednesday 10am to noon) and £25 for the workshop class (Wednesday 1pm to 3pm). There is now a Facebook page, Palmer Art Zone, where prospective students can view the work produced and current students can display their work. Students can also contact Jean Palmer, who runs the classes, via Facebook or on 07913 688825.

Stage Struck, the thespian group that introduces youngsters to the stage, is presenting Oliver at The Winter Gardens for four performances from Wednesday, March 26 to Saturday, March 29. Tickets cost £8 and £7. For more information and tickets telephone Rachel on 01524 825241, Carol on 833599, Doreen on 823377 or email


Bolton-le-Sands WI now has 104 members which is great news and president Mrs Hazel Short welcomed members old and new, plus guests, on March 11. Hazel thanked Pam for playing the piano and June Ralphson for the lovely flowers which would be passed to Helen Mullard who was sent best wishes for a speedy recovery.

A number of members visited The Ashton Memorial for the arrival of The Centenary Baton and then walked to Lancaster Castle to celebrate 100 years of the WI. The Group Meeting 2014 will be held at Yealand on Wednesday, April 30 with 20 tickets available at £5. Thank you letters had been received from the ACWW and NW Ambulance for donations.

Reports received included Judith Spotswood (craft) reminding everyone of Knit and Natter held on the third Tuesday of each month at The Blue Anchor. There are now 12 people in The Quilting Group and as from tomorrow, March 19, they will meet in The Blue Anchor. She gave full details of the Craft day on Tuesday, April 29, from 2pm to 4pm, when there will be silver jewellery, fused glass and flower arranging, plus drop-in sessions for mosaics and photography. Also on offer will be afternoon tea and tickets will be on sale next month at £2. Judith asked if members would accept the challenge to knit 100 Teddy Bears for Tragedy, a good cause to help children caught up in a sad event in their lives.

Joyce Bond of the entertainment group announced that she has been able to arrange a singing session, possibly in the Old Boys School, and with sufficient support this could be sometime in June. She is still negotiating line dancing – more later in the year.

Joan Baker (outings) said she was trying to organise a trip to Townley Hall and Boundary Mills, details to follow.

There will be a New Members’ Day on Tuesday, April 1.

Speaker Mrs Joanne Halliwell arrived dressed as an Edwardian for her talk entitled Betsy the Scullery Maid, and the vote of thanks was given by Brenda Wood.

In members’ time there was an interesting talk and demonstration from The First Responders due to the group’s aim to raise enough money to purchase another defibrillator.

Brenda Wood won the competition for an Edwardian kitchen utensil and £114 was made on the raffle.

Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council has one vacancy which must be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in joining The Parish Council should apply to The Clerk to the Council, 2 The Shore, Bolton-le-Sands, LA5 8JR, not later than Monday, March 31.

Anyone interested must be a British, Commonwealth or Irish Citizen or a citizen of another European Union Member of State; be 18 years of age on the day he/she is nominated; not be disqualified.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

1 Be a registered local government elector for the parish.

2 Their principal or only place of work in the 12 months preceding the day on which the person is nominated as a candidate has been in the parish, or

3 Having during the whole of the 12 months preceding the day of nomination occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish, or

4 Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding the day of nomination resided in the Parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on March 10. The short annual meeting was followed by a talk by David Bateman on the Ripley Legacy. David Bateman was Deputy Head at Ripley School and is still one of the Governors. 

He spoke of Thomas Ripley who was born in 1790 and went to Liverpool where he built up a new and successful business, and also met Julia Reay, who he married on July 14 1828. 

Thomas died in August 1852. Both he and Julia were Christians, and wanted to give something back to Lancaster. When he died he left the then enormous sum of £150,000, which was used to build a hospital (the word then referring to a home) for 150 boys and 150 girls, all of whom were fatherless or orphans. The hospital opened in November 1864. Following the death of Julia in 1881, the Ripley Trust was set up, leading to the present building seen today. 


The Friends of Carnforth Station are hosting a Family History Road Show from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, March 29, in The Furness and Midland Hall and The Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station. Take along your family history information along and get advice on starting your family tree. Find information about sources and meet other family historians. Admission £2. All proceeds to Carnforth Station Trust.