Community Beat: 21/01/14

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This week’s Community Beat.


The 10.30am Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday, January 26, will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.

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

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on January 13, the new Show Reel introductions were filmed. The Show Reel is a collection of movies made by club members and available for exchange with other movie organisations around the world. Each movie was introduced by the maker or one of the team, against a green screen, which enables different backdrops to be added in the editing process before the Show Reel DVDs are produced. The Show Reel will be on two DVDs with 14 movies lasting a total of just under two hours.

On Monday, January 27, the group will welcome Sam Pratt, the owner of Capture North Video Company, at their meeting at St Christopher’s Church Hall.


Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, January 26, the third Sunday of Epiphany: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Meeting and Prayers to open Retreat in Daily Life.

Chattercakes meets at Morecambe Library every Monday, 10am to noon, for coffee, cake and chat, a chance to make new friends, share recipes and natter.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, January 26, the speaker will be Steve Beastall from Blackpool. The service will start at 6.30pm. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Staveley area on January 19, when conditions were cloudy with hilltop mist. Walk A, led by John Ashall, went from Staveley following a path to Littlewood, Potter Tarn, Gurnal Dubbs, East View, Garnett Bridge, Longsleddale, Hollin Root, Staveley Head Fell, Ghyll Bank, Low Elfhowe, Staveley. B walk, led by Liz Evans, walked from Staveley, Staveley Park, Mirefoot, Potters Tarn, Frost Hole, Birk Field, Littlewood Farm, Barley Bridge, Staveley.

Walk C was led by Bert Simister, also walking from Staveley to Cowan Head, Braban House, Mirefoot, Hagg Foot, Staveley.

The next outing will be centred around Ribblehead on Sunday, February 2. Anyone wishing to join members are very welcome, more information can be obtained from either Pat Emerson on 01524 410702 or Mike Sherriff 01524 410438.


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.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, January 26, third in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Junior Church meets from 10.50am in the main hall before joining the adults in church. Carolyn Wallace is the person to ask for on arrival.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. All are welcome to attend services. There is also a regular Saturday coffee morning from 10am to noon in the lounge frequented by a very friendly group of people, again all welcome.

The Ascension Church complex and St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate, have rooms for hire at reasonable and competitive rates. Both venues have facilities for the disabled and good parking space. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more information or to make bookings for either venue. Children’s parties are welcome at both sites, especially at weekends.

A model railway exhibition will be held in the Ascension Church vestry from noon on Monday, January 27. Parents are welcome to bring along youngsters to watch the trains.

Morecambe Camera Club welcomed Lee Metcalfe who gave an illustrated talk entitled Panoramic Lancaster. This was entirely different to the normal landscape photos usually seen. Lee had travelled the area and selected excellent vantage points to take his photos which were made up to produce a panoramic image, this achieved by taking a number of shots ‘stitched’ together using a dedicated programme for the task. One of his images was done to order and has been printed over three metres long and displayed on an estate agent’s wall. The tips given certainly gave members something to think about.

For further details of the club contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at The club meets at the Church of the Ascension vestry.

Musical Films of the Past was the subject of Bernard Hough’s latest presentation to the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. From a 1915 film of Carmen to an excerpt from Annie Get Your Gun in 1950, the programme covered a variety of movies.

These included Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer, Shirley Temple as a talented and appealing seven-year-old, and Jeanette MacDonald as The Merry Widow. Bing Crosby featured from 1932 and Bob Hope from 1938 in the Big Broadcast series of films; and Nelson Eddy starred as The Chocolate Soldier. From the same era, but from nearer home, were Gracie Fields (1931) and George Formby (1941).

In his vote of thanks John Day paid tribute to all the hard work by Bernard in producing the 26 or so individual items and the enduring quality of songs from the 40s and 50s.

When the society meets again tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22, it will be audio only for Margaret Rudd and David Robinson. All are welcome to attend the Ascension vestry for a 7.30pm start.


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 week is the start of the new sermon series Habakkuk: How Long O Lord? See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This week, as part of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the speaker will be Rev Linda Macluskie. This Sunday, January 26, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Maskery. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, February 1. All welcome to the services and events.

There is an open invitation to anyone who would like to join members for worship at St Barnabas, Regent Road, at any of the services, which are traditional Anglican. The service times week 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 and any donated items should be delivered to the shop. 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.

The Morecambe Branch of the Prophetic Witness Movement International would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone this Saturday, January 25, at 7pm at the Salvation Army Church and Community Centre (by kind permission), 131 Balmoral Road. Mr Alan Willis will be speaking on the subject of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which will be followed by refreshments. Free admission. For more details please contact Dianne on 01524 855323.


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


Services this Sunday, January 26, at St John the Divine, Sandylands: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

Yoga teacher (Yoga with Bev) Beverley Fox raised £100 for St Peter’s Church roof appeal by holding a charity yoga event at Heysham Library on December 21.

Mr Earle Rendle will lead the monthly family service at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, January 16, at 10.30am. The preacher at 6.30pm will be Mrs Sandra Lucas.

Tomorrow, Wednesdays, January 22, there will be a Prayer Meeting at 7.14pm following by a coffee morning at 10am at The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. This Sunday, January 26, The Khobnyas will speak at 10.30am with communion and buffet to follow. The annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28.


On the third Sunday in Epiphany, January 26, at 10.45am, St Helen’s Eucharist Service and Junior Church will be held in the memorial hall, Overton. Join the congregation for fellowship and refreshments after the service. Food basket items are still being collected for the local food bank.

Advance notice of the Fairtrade Fortnight from Sunday, February 23, when items on sale after the service will be raising support for banana producers in Colombia.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Eucharist Service at 2.30pm this Sunday, January 26.


The Friends of Bolton-le-Sands School are holding a night of fun and sophistication at Morecambe Golf Club on Saturday, March 15, starting at 7.30pm with canapes and a welcome drink on arrival, casino entertainment and dancing to the top local band 24/7. Tickets will go on sale soon and numbers will be limited. See the FOBLES notice board for more details.

Approximately 55 ladies attended the annual meeting of the Holy Trinity Church Mothers’ Union in the village hall on January 15. Enrolling member Kath Lane welcomed everyone and a short service of worship followed with secretary Hazel Short reading a passage from the Bible. Apologies were given and everyone was encouraged to pray for sick and housebound members.

Treasurer Trish Cooper gave a very comprehensive financial report followed by a report from the secretary on an eventful 2013. The enrolling member also gave a report and thanked everyone who had helped her in her new role giving special thanks to Hazel and all the members of the committee. She was saddened to lose three committee members but welcomed three new members to take their place. She was looking forward to the new year and felt sure it would be busy and successful.

The speaker for the event, Steve Turner a Fire Safety Officer, was introduced and gave a talk with slides about safety in the home. The meeting closed with a prayer and refreshments.

Forthcoming events include a coffee morning on Wednesday, February 5, in the Old Boys’ School from 10am, and a Wave of Prayer Service in church on Wednesday, February 19, when the address will be on the subject of the food bank.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on

February 13, when the talk was given by Roger Mace who spoke on South Africa, a country he had visited with a Saga tour.

The talk started with the Boer Trecker Memorial near Pretoria. Roger then moved on to the Kruger National Park where it was quite cold at the time so the animals were active rather than lying around. The tourists were taken around in a vehicle with a viewing platform and saw elephants, rhinoceros, zebra, lions, white-headed eagle and several others. Next month the speaker will be Robert Swain with a talk entitled Marvellous Melbourne.

On January 16, six boys from Year 6 of Bolton-le-Sands Primary School had the opportunity to take part in a Lord of the Flies dance workshop at St Michael’s C of E High School in Chorley. The event was organised by Matthew Bourne’s celebrated dance company. Matthew is a renowned dance choreographer whose dance company featured in the film Billy Elliot. Talented individuals were given the chance to be involved in a dance production of Lord of the Flies at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.

Meanwhile at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster, local charity Unique Kidz & Co is hosting its first Variety Night this Saturday, January 25. The evening promises a great line-up with Steven Hall from Britain’s Got Talent and Lancaster’s Paul Akister from The X Factor amongst the array of talent on show. This family event will be a lot of fun and all proceeds will go to Unique Kidz and Co’s Kit it Out for the Kidz campaign.

Then on Sunday, January 26, The Grand Theatre New Spaces Project is being supported by the Alysia Gilda School of Dance when the children and adults perform there at 3pm. All seats are £6.50.

For either event bookings can be made online from or telephone the box office on 01524 64695.

The Community Playground Project fund raising event in December, Bolton-le-Sands Entertains, was an enjoyable evening of family entertainment, raising £500 for the playground project. Thank you to the village shops and businesses that provided prizes for the community raffle and to all the performers and everyone who helped in making the evening a success.

Community support towards this much needed playground refurbishment continues, with donations received this month from BCS Accountants and Tax Consultants, Bolton-le-Sands Women’s Institute and a very generous contribution from a village couple. The next fund raising event is a coffee morning this Thursday, January 23, in the Community Centre, 9.45am to 11.30am.

Bolton-le-Sands village hall was full of WI members ready for the first meeting of 2014 on January 14. President Hazel Short welcomed the group, sending best wishes to members unable to attend. The tea hostesses were thanked in advance and special thanks was given to Jacky Millard, solely in charge since Jean Griffiths has left the area. Although Rita Davenport could not attend she had sent some lovely flowers.

A cheque for £500 was presented to Bob Bond as the representative for the Playground Appeal. Bob thanked everyone and informed the meeting that they were on target to raise the £80,000 needed thanks to good support from local business and lots of hard work.

Hazel thanked all who had contributed to making the Christmas party such a success and also thanked Joan Baker for arranging good weather for the trip to Tatton Park.

There were four resolutions to consider and when the votes were counted the resolution calling for more provision of non-acute hospital beds won the day. This will now go forward to the national annual meeting for further consideration.

Secretary Jean Dennis gave notice of various activities being held locally. There will be three teams from Bolton-le-Sands visiting Borwick on Tuesday, January 28, for the Federation Quiz. There will be a coach travelling to Southport on Thursday, March 13, for the LFWI council meeting, more details next month.

Hazel thanked Jean Dennis for compiling the 2014 programme and made two particular requests – please support the Thursday coffee mornings and as the WI is all about friendship please circulate and mix well with all members.

Speaker Simon Almond gave a talk entitled Life in Antarctica. He had answered an advertisement for a joiner and builder to join an Antarctic survey and out of 400 applicants he was successful originally for three years although he ended up staying 10 years. He showed photos of living accommodation and wild life such a seals, penguins and rare birds. The vote of thanks was given by Pauline Forrest.

The competition was won by Brenda Wood.


There will be a quiz and hotpot supper in St Luke’s Church Hall starting at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 8. Tickets cost £8 per person, including supper, though participants will have to take their own drink if they want something other than water. The maximum team size is six.

Attend as a team or join with others at the beginning of the evening.

Tickets are available from members of the United Reformed Church and in the church vestry during the weekly food collections on Thursday between 10am and noon.

The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, February 1, from 10am to noon, in the memorial hall in Hanging Green Lane. The Scottish Country Dance Group, that meets on Tuesday evening in the main hall, will run the coffee morning and provide the opportunity to learn about Scottish country dancing.

Items for sale will include scrumptious cakes, craft items, books and greetings cards. There are usually parish and Lancaster City councillors present should people attending wish to suggest improvement in the way government operates locally.

There will be Burns Night Ceilidh this Saturday, January 25, from 7.30pm until midnight in the memorial hall with music provided by Striding Edge. The food will be a Jacob’s join and revellers should take their own drinks. The cost is £8.50, which includes haggis and a shot of whisky.

For tickets contact Helen on 01524 824023, Tricia 822471, Paula 824353 or Lynne on 824104. The dress code is as smart as you like.


The next meeting of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society will be held on Friday, February 7, at the County Hotel, Carnforth, starting at 7.30pm, when David Bousfield will present Carlisle Bridge and All That, a history of railways in the Lancaster area. Non-members welcome.

Carnforth and District Art Society, a small friendly group, meets the first and third Thursday of every month, from 2pm to 4pm, at Carnforth Civic Hall, North Road.

Contact Angela de Carteret on 01524 822283 for more details.


In spite of the terrible weather Warton Gardening Club started off the New Year with a well attended and lively quiz night in the village hall with a welcome hot pot supper being served.

The meeting on Wednesday, February 12, will include a talk entitled A Garden Room – Design Ideas for Future Seasons, by Clare Spendlove. Please take along photographs of your present garden if you would like design advice. Individual meetings are £3 per person or annual membership is £6, payable on the evening or available from Warton Post Office.

Warton Allotments has completed a very successful first year and is looking forward to the second season.

The group is volunteer based and self managed.

For information on the remaining plot please contact David Clough on 01524 736829 or email