Community Beat: 19/11/13

Steve 'Golly' Goulding and Paul Hayes from The Paul Hayes Collection, Steve Blunstone from Barclays Bank and Sue McGraw from St John's Hospice with a cheque for �2011.50 raised by the band at a sold-out live music night 'Rock Back The Clock' held at the Platform in Morecambe. Funds raised were match funded by Barclays and donated to the hospice. Acts appearing on the night included ex-Bay City Roller Eric Faulkner, Derek's Dirty Hands and Hush. The band also thanked  Darren Kennedy Caterers and Katrina Huntington from The Platform.
Steve 'Golly' Goulding and Paul Hayes from The Paul Hayes Collection, Steve Blunstone from Barclays Bank and Sue McGraw from St John's Hospice with a cheque for �2011.50 raised by the band at a sold-out live music night 'Rock Back The Clock' held at the Platform in Morecambe. Funds raised were match funded by Barclays and donated to the hospice. Acts appearing on the night included ex-Bay City Roller Eric Faulkner, Derek's Dirty Hands and Hush. The band also thanked Darren Kennedy Caterers and Katrina Huntington from The Platform.

This week’s Community Beat.


Parties In The Attic at the Empire Bazaar, Marine Road West, a new children’s party venue, will be holding an opening event this Saturday, November 23, from 11am to 4pm. Fun for everyone with snacks, cakes and treats, so go along and take a look. Also local artist Rob Newbiggin will be there to talk about his new art classes.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, November 24, at 6.30pm, Ron Duffey from Huyton will be the speaker. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, November 24, Christ the King: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 5.30pm Choir Practice, 6.30pm Choral Evensong.


Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, at Christ Church URC, Broadway, there will be a Christian Aid presentation entitled Beyond Belief, with refreshments at 7pm and the talk starting at 7.30pm, free entry.

An After Market Cafe and Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Thursday, November 28, from 10.30am to 1pm, at Christ Church URC, with all proceeds going to St John’s Hospice. There will be delicious home-made cakes, butties and soups and a variety of craft stalls for that special Christmas gift. Further information from Bernice on 01524 298661.

Make Christmas even more fun by attending the church’s Christmas Cracker Show on Thursday or Friday, December 12 and 13, at 7.30pm. Comedy, Christmas songs and a chance to win Who Wants To Be A Christmas Millionaire, with fantastic prizes.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on November 11, members welcomed Brian Aldous, an expert in 3D movie making and images. His presentation started with him demonstrating a number of cameras available for 3D filming and talked about software for editing. He then showed and explained the making of a selection of 3D movies and AV sequences made by himself and other enthusiast in 3D imaging. The movies included travelogues, close up photography, Sci-Fi drama, railway heritage and special events.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, and on Monday, November 25, members will hold the first competition of the season, the Dave Sephton Competition.

The Morning Service this Sunday, November 24, at 10.30am, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Rev Charles Makonde. The Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on Tuesday, November 26, from 10am, with many stalls.

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.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship at 10am every Wednesday. This Sunday, November 24, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by minister Rev Graham Maskery. Everyone welcome. The next coffee morning on Saturday, November 30, will be hosted by the RNLI.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, at noon, the Priests of the Society of the Holy Cross will be holding their Annual Requiem Mass at St Barnabas, Regent Road, and Fr David Arnold will preside. All very welcome. The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are – Sunday: Mass 8.30am, Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon. For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The focus will be on the persecuted church around the world this Sunday, November 24, at Stanley Road Baptist Church as the work of Open Doors is featured. Visitors are welcome to the service, which starts at 10.30am. There will be activities for children in SPACE and refreshments served afterwards.

At 6.30pm members will join with friends from Caton and Lancaster Baptist Churches to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Baptist Witness in the West End of Morecambe.

Thank you to all those who supported the recent Galloway’s Choir concert at the church. The church was full and more than £300 was raised for the work of Galloway’s Society for the Blind and church funds.

The Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two speakers this weekend. Pam Drury from Blackpool will speak on Saturday, November 23, at 7.30pm, and Jackie Taylor from Bolton will conduct the Divine Service this Sunday, November 24, at 2.30pm. Both guest mediums will speak about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and also demonstrate their mediumship.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle taken by local mediums who demonstrate their mediumship after a talk on their beliefs. The usual healing services are held on Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm. On Tuesdays at the Temple there is the Bright Hour at 2.30pm where the group discuss Spiritualism and its beneficial effect on people’s lives.

The church is wheelchair friendly, disabled access and facilities available.

Dreams came true for a group of 30 visually impaired people on a recent holiday to Portugal, organised by local charity Galloway’s Society for the Blind. Undoubtedly the highlight of the week long trip which included parascending, boat trips and excursions, was the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the local dolphins.

Galloway’s service user Dave Harris said “We all want to say a massive thanks to Galloway’s, Lyn the trip leader and the volunteers who have escorted us and made this amazing trip possible”.

If you would like to know more about how you can get involved and support Galloway’s or would like to know more about the services for visually impaired people please contact Helen Aunger at the Morecambe Centre on 01524 414846.


There will be a coffee morning in aid of the Philippines Disaster Fund on Saturday, November 30, in St Peter’s Church Hall, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, with tickets costing £1, donations also gladly accepted. Donations of cakes and small bric-a-brac items and raffle prizes would also be much appreciated. Proceeds will be given to the Red Cross for the Philippines Disaster Fund.

Mr Bernard Vause will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, November 24, at 10.30am. During the service shoe boxes will be received on behalf of the Operation Christmas Child Organisation. The boxes are filled with Christmas gifts for poorer children in other parts of the world. The preacher at 6.30pm will be Mrs Jillian Graham.

Today, Tuesday, November 19, at 7.30pm, there will be a Prayer Meeting at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, a Prayer Meeting will be held at 7.14am with refreshments and chat from 10am to noon. This Sunday, November 24, at 10.30am, the speakers will be the Khobnias and communion will be followed by a buffet lunch. On Sundays choir practice is held at 6.15pm.

This Friday, November 22, between 7pm and 10pm, there will be a Lancashire Evening at St James’s. On Saturday, November 23, a Christmas Fair Coffee Morning will be held between 10am to 1pm in St Peter’s Hall to raise funds for the church roof. On Sunday, November 24, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s, followed at 11am by Morning Prayer there. At St James, at 9.30am, there will be Sunday School, followed at 11am by a service of Morning Prayer. On Tuesday, November 26, at 8pm, the Ladies’ Group will meet in St Peter’s Hall.

Get the festive looks with Galloway’s Society for the Blind. Kitty Brown’s Boutique is holding a fashion show at Heysham Golf Club on Friday, November 29, at 7.30pm. There will also be presentations from DF Studio at David Franks for hair, skin care and beauty products from Annabel’s and photography by Eleanor from Photobaby will be there to capture all those special moments. Please come along and join in the festive fun. Tickets £10 with a glass of mulled wine and mince pie on arrival, contact Dawn at Galloway’s on 01524 414846.


The next walk of the Church of the Ascension Rambling Club from its winter programme will be a full day, finishing at Settle, this Saturday, November 23. The A walk will be led by Andrew Holden, a circular starting at Settle. The route is known and way-marked as the Settle Loop to the east of Settle and climbs Lambert Lane, visiting Scaleber Force and onwards along Stockdale Lane towards Kirkby Fell. The return is via Lancliffe Scar and Jubilee Cave, to Lancliffe and into Settle, a relatively easy walk of 10 miles with 1,600ft of ascent.

The B walk will be led by Jenny Hebblethwaite and begins in Settle, ascending Constitution Hill to Banks Lane, crossing fields before emerging at the road and walking on to Langcliffe village where we cross the car park to ascend to Lower Winskill, Higher Winskill and descending to Catrigg Force. The return to Settle will be via the Carlisle-Settle railway track and Lime Kilns, seven miles and just over 1,000ft.

The C walk led by Catherine Hodson will be a circular from Stainforth car park. After visiting Catrigg Force it goes through farmland to Winskill and the lovely village of Langcliffe before taking the riverside path to Stainforth Force. The landscape is impressive with superb views, quaint villages and history, just under five miles with an ascent of 525ft and eight stiles.

The pick-up is at 9am from Torrisholme Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. A copy of the programme can be downloaded from

The next Wednesday evening social event will be a slide show entitled The Lune, presented by David Rush on December 11 at 7.30pm in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension, all welcome, £2 charge.

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be in the vestry of the Church of Ascension tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, at 2pm, when Derrick Hudson will show slides of local interest. Anyone with breathing problems is invited to attend.

Last weeks meeting of Morecambe Camera Club was entitled Shared Techniques in which several members passed on tips they had for using Photoshop or Elements. These varied from recomposing a picture to burning and dodging using a multiple layer technique. Rob showed a series of painting with light images which attracted a lot of interest. The club’s next meeting will consist of members showing their results from the two summer outings. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at

With a DJ presentation skill akin to the late lamented Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman, Gordon Clapham provided a splendid pop memorabilia programme for members of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society at their latest meeting. A selection of 30 tracks, with facts and figures about many of them, made for a full two hours of entertainment.

The Beach Boys, the Stylistics and the Everly Brothers were the featured pop groups; soloists included Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Emile Ford, Ralph McTell, Rosemary Clooney and Brenda Lee. Also included was Burt Kaempfert, the James Last Orchestra and the Black Watch Band. Classical highlights comprised two polkas by Strauss and The Swan played by Andre Rieu before Gordon ended his programme with a recording by the Hastings Girls Choir.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach remarked how individual presenters brought their own distinctive style and colour to their programmes, and this had been no exception.

At the society’s meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, Dorothy Mingins will present her programme of recorded music. All are welcome in the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, November 24, the Feast of Christ the King: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Junior Church will meet as normal from 10.50am in the main hall before joining the adults in church.

The Ascension Church will hold its annual and very popular Christingle Service on Sunday, December 1, at 4pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents and young children to share together in a service that supports the excellent work of the Children’s Society.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharist, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Light refreshments are served after the 10am services.

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.


On November 12, Bolton-le-Sands WI held their annual meeting. Mrs Hazel Short welcomed Rosemary Blanchfield to overlook the voting. Hazel thanked Pam for playing the piano, Jacky for the flowers and the tea hostesses, happy birthday wishes were extended to several ladies and members were pleased to hear that Betty Cottam is making good progress in her recovery and Joan Watson is also home from hospital and recovering slowly.

There had been good support for the charity event Happy Jack and the total raised was £884, thanks to the committee for their hard work and the local firms for their generosity.

The record was read by Jean Dennis and notice was given of various local and national events. The walking group report from Jean Bayliss stated Sylvia Cooper and Pauline Sterritt are now co-organisers, all members welcome. Don’t forget Knit and Natter on Tuesdays at the Blue Anchor.

The meeting was introduced to the new members Carol Shortland, Lesley Ireland, Margaret Wilson and Beryl Parton. The scrap book was on display, many thanks to Joyce Bond, Jacky Ireland and Helena Mullard for their hard work plus all the contributors.

There was a vote of thanks for speakers and of course the coffee mornings, the first one in the New Year being on Thursday, January 16. Marian Davies reported on the Autumn Council Meeting she and Joan Baker attended in October and gave an amusing account of the day.

The financial statement was circulated and reported on by Dorothy Carruthers. It was added that a donation of £100 would be sent to the ACWWW in due course which was approved by the meeting.

For the 2013 record, read by Jean Dennis, the group had a good and varied year with the craft, theatre, cinema and walking groups all being successful.

The money raised at the coffee mornings went to three charities.

In her president’s report Hazel thanked all the committee, secretary and vice-presidents for their support throughout the year and Dorothy Carruthers for her work as treasurer. She also thanked all members who may not be on the committee but who help in many ways. The competition winners for 2013 were first Jacky Ireland and second Jennifer Fothergill.

The vote for president 2014 followed. Rosemary Blanchfield, the WI advisor, introduced herself and gave an update on the arrangements being put in place for the centenary baton route around Lancashire in 2014.

The meeting agreed to re-elect the committee en bloc. Nomination papers were handed out for the vote for president and to the group’s delight Hazel Short was duly elected as president for the forthcoming year. Jacky Ireland gave a vote of thanks to all of the committee for their hard work and it was agreed it had been a good year.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on November 11 when the speaker was Malcolm Lawrie, the chairman of the Bonfire and Firework Committee. The committee started in 1972 and he joined in 1979. Over the time Malcolm has been on the committee there have been many changes in legislation. At this year’s bonfire 700 shells were let off in 24 minutes. Nearly all of the fireworks are hand fired and lit with a special lighting stick. There is a firing order and a call for the particular firework to be fired. The fireworks are set at angles to fire; they do get some duds, but not many.

With the committee’s experience over the years their insurance is now costing less, but is still more than £1,000 for a year’s cover plus the committee must pay for road closures and signage costing £250 for a security firm to put them in place.

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School is looking to appoint welfare assistants to join their team of professionals who support children during their lunch break. If you would like further information please contact Mr Cross, Mrs Carroll or Mr Curwen in school.

It was a pleasure to welcome Eileen from Operation Christmas Child into school. Eileen shared a video with the children and explained why the school has decided to support the Shoebox Appeal again this year. The children were very keen to provide a Christmas gift to a child in need overseas and should have all taken home a leaflet containing relevant information. The school hopes to be able to send lots of boxes this year and the closing date for receipt of boxes in school is Friday, November 29,

It has been an interesting time in school with a number of innovative and exciting things happening. The Year 6 children (and their teachers) spent a little time preparing a ‘spontaneous’ flash mob performance of I’ve Got a Feeling, but with their own lyrics promoting books and reading. The event was staged at lunchtime and the rest of the school were amazed by the performance. Well done to all of the children.

Children in Year 1 and 2 held a Brazilian-style carnival. To a pumping Samba beat (thank you Mr Martin) the children danced and sang wearing their amazing carnival masks and playing instruments. Everyone had a wonderful time.

A beautiful wreath was created by the children and Miss Garnett and many of the infant children visited the BLS War Memorial to pay their respects to those brave local people.

Well done to the 40 or so dancers who represented the school so well at the recent 10th annual Lancashire Schools’ Dance Festival held at the Guild Hall in Preston. The children were a real credit to the school and to their families. It was especially nice to be able to celebrate Emma’s 10th birthday on stage at the 10th anniversary performance.

Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, will be holding its Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 30, between 1pm and 3pm at Bolton-le-Sands Primary School. Entrance £1, children free. The event will include a Father Christmas grotto, stalls, games and refreshments. The School Choir will be singing during the afternoon. Everyone welcome for a fantastic festive afternoon.


The Travelling Theatre Company will present My Brilliant Divorce at Middleton Parish Hall, Low Road, this Friday, November 22, at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, £4 entry fee payable on the door. Drinks will be available in the social club or bring your own.

All services for St Helen’s Church are being held at the memorial hall, Overton, until the church roof works are completed. On November 24, Christ the King Sunday, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for fellowship, tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

Food Bank Basket, tinned and dry goods still needed for local distribution. During the interregnum contact, diary dates and gallery of images are available on website


The food collections for the Balmoral Children’s Centre continue at St Luke’s Church on Shady Lane on Thursdays from 10am until noon. Most food items are wanted with the exception of fresh meat and dairy produce, items requiring refrigeration and items at or beyond their use by date.

The churches are also collecting items for Homeless Action Lancaster. Items required include clothing in good condition, soap, towels, shampoo and washing powder. Anyone wishing to donate items can leave them in church or take them to the food collection point in the vestry on Thursdays.

There will be a Christmas Fair in the Church Institute, Shady Lane, this Saturday, November 23, from 2pm to 4.30pm, run by St Luke’s Church. The festive stalls will include a bottlebola, cakes, chocolate, raffle and tombola. There will be a charge of 50p for entry, which will include tea and biscuit.

On Friday, November 29, the Horticulture Society will run a Whist and Domino Drive starting at 7.15pm in the memorial hall.

This event is open to non-gardeners as well as members of the society. Entrance is £3 and there will be a range of prizes.

This will provide an opportunity to share dreams of next year’s floral and vegetable delights whilst engaging in a sociable indoor pastime during a dark, late autumn evening.

Although the green is closed for the winter the bowling club continues with a social programme with members meeting on Tuesday afternoons throughout the winter. Enquiries about membership can be made on 01524 823596 or

There are also friendly bridge sessions on Saturdays between 1.30pm and 4pm, telephone 01524 823378 for details.

Urban Saints, the village youth group that meets on Friday evenings, will run the next community coffee morning on Saturday, December 7, from 10am to noon.

The group is raising funds for some members to travel to Mexico and live in a tent whilst helping to build a house for homeless Mexicans.

This Sunday, November 24, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Paul Williamson will speak on the subject Bible belief and practise.

All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet on Monday, November 25. Call Kate on 077390 31739 for further information.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting a Rail Ale Beer Festival on Platform 1 and in the Furness and Midland Hall at Carnforth Station this Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, from noon to 9pm. All welcome.

A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held on Saturday, November 30, 8pm to midnight, at the Railway Club, Carnforth.

Entertainment will be provided by Tommy J and the Midnights.

Entry by ticket only, £5 including buffet. Contact Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 732723. Adults only please.

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Railway Club on Sunday, December 15, 2pm to 5pm, The event will include a tea party, magic show, games, music and a gift from Santa for each child.

Entry by ticket only, with 20 tickets remaining, £3 per child. Fancy dress optional with a prize for best girl and best boy.

Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852.


Warton Village Society presents a Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 1, in Warton Church Hall, 4pm to 6pm. There will be hot food and refreshments, stalls and Santa’s Grotto.

The Nativity Play will be in the Old Rectory following the Christingle Service starting at 3.30pm at St Oswald’s Church.

Warton Methodist Church is hosting a Big Fat Family Quiz this Saturday, November 23, at 6pm, with a pie and peas supper.

Contact Anth on 07784 228174 for tickets.

Leighton Hall Christmas Fair will be held on Wednesday ,December 4, 10am to 2pm. Admission of £3.50 includes coffee and a mince pie.

Carnforth Choral Society will be singing carols.