Community Beat: 22/04/14

Morecambe MP David Morris during a visit to Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster, to find out about a student project which has reached the finals of The National Science and Engineering competition with, from left, Mrs Alison Bates, assistant head of science; Miss Naomi Genitoni Smith, Mrs Seddon, deputy headteacher and Mrs Lowe, head of sixth form.
Morecambe MP David Morris during a visit to Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster, to find out about a student project which has reached the finals of The National Science and Engineering competition with, from left, Mrs Alison Bates, assistant head of science; Miss Naomi Genitoni Smith, Mrs Seddon, deputy headteacher and Mrs Lowe, head of sixth form.
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Community Beat news from this week’s Visitor.


Blood donor sessions will take place at the Platform, Morecambe, today, Tuesday, April 22, 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7pm.


This Sunday, April 27, at 10am, there will be a Church Family Service conducted by the NISCU Group (Northern Inter Schools Christian Union) at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway.

Janet Widdess will lead the 10.30am Morning Service this Sunday, April 27, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road.

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 held at St Christopher’s Church Hall on April 14, the Annual Open Competition was judged by Duncan Moore, Wendy Moore and Corrine Ashton, former professional film makers.

There were 21 entries in the competition and taking the overall winner’s position and best in the open class was Chris Abram with Transport of Delights which followed the development of transport from the invention of the wheel to present day.

The winner of the documentary class was Tim Churchill with The Rebuild of Caton Road Power Station, a combination of old photographs and cine film showing the rebuild of the high pressure power station in Lancaster.

Taking first place in the holiday class was John Selby with Masai Mara which followed a tented safari holiday in Africa.

There were two special awards, one for best sound which went to Geoff Harrison for Somewhere in England, a vintage air show set to music with sound effects, and best natural history was given to Bob Skelly for A Brief Encounter, a short close-up film of a racoon exploring its habitat.


Torrisholme Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s first walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Tebay, this Saturday, April 26.

The A walk, led by Andrew Holden, will start at High Burrow Bridge following Borrowdale south, climbing Combe Hollow and Whinfell Common. Descent will be to Borrow Beck and on to Low Borrowbridge before turning north to follow the River Lune to Tebay, seven miles and approximately 1,100ft of ascent.

B walk, led by Tom Hodgson, will start on the A6 Kendal/Shap road at Hucksbridge, going down into Borrowdale Valley and crossing the river to climb up Breasthigh Road to a height of 600ft, then heading in an easterly direction from the fell top of Dennison Hill through to Jeffrey’s Mount and descending to Roundthwaite, with a short lane walk under the motorway and railway on to a field path to cross a footbridge over the River Lune and into Tebay. Seven miles and 1,100ft of climb.

Anne Lyons will lead the C walk, starting at Hucksbridge, going down into the Borrowdale Valley and following a path along the river via High and Low Borrowdale to the A685 to join the coach for the journey into Tebay, four and a half miles of level walking.

Pick-up time will be noon from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members welcome with further details from Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the new summer programme from

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.

Are you ready for the most heart pumping, muscle shredding, sweat dripping, high intensity cardio workout? Insanity is now being taught at the Church of the Ascension on Tuesdays, 7.30pm. Pay as you go at £4.50 or buy eight classes and get 10. Contact Cheryl on 07711 335807 or email

This Sunday, April 27, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship will be led by Rev Geoff Lear. The evening worship at 6.30pm will be a Service of Healing and Wholeness led by Rev Eddie Sykes, with Holy Communion.

There will be Said Eucharists at the Ascension Church this week on Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 10am, Friday at 9am and Saturday at 10am, each a further opportunity to make Easter Communion.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, April 27, Easter 2: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist. Junior Church will resume after the Easter break from 10.50am in the main hall. At 6.30pm Stations of the Resurrection will celebrate the Easter stories with a special service followed by drinks at the Vicarage. All these services will be led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals and any pastoral matter.

The Ascension Church Craft Group will meet again on Monday, April 28, from 7pm to 9pm, in the vestry. Meetings are normally twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays. All invited to join this new and thriving group.

The Ascension Church complex has rooms available for private hire at competitive rates. Children’s parties are welcome, especially at weekends.

Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more information and to make bookings.


Services at St Martin’s Church centre this week are 10am Thursday, Said Eucharist, and Sunday, April 27, Easter 2, at 9.30am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme. Junior Church meets at 9.30am, also each Sunday, before joining the adults in church. Everyone welcome. Please note that Fr Chris is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries concerning hire of the centre should be addressed to Alan on 419174.

A coffee morning hosted by John and Pat Farling will be held at St Martin’s Church centre every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. This is a great opportunity to call in and find out more about Westgate’s only church.


A Bible talk entitled Why Would a Loving God Permit Wickedness will be given at the Morecambe Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Battismore Road, this Sunday, April 27, at 10am and 1pm.

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.

After many years of waiting the West End and Heysham North Allotments, Osborne Road, has a new toilet thanks to a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery. This facility will be a great asset to the allotments especially for the disabled members and the schoolchildren.

Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church. This Saturday, April 26, the coffee morning from 10am to noon will be hosted by Margaret Wellock for Sangam.

This Sunday, April 27, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Brenda Willis.


A Prayer Meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday, at 7.30pm, at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23, the 7.14am Prayer Meeting will be followed by a coffee morning from 10am to noon.

On Sunday, April 27, the speaker will be Robert Adamson.

A coffee morning, run by St Peter’s Church Ladies Group, will be held at St James’ Church hall this Saturday, April 26, from 10am to noon, with proceeds in aid of local charities. Stalls will include home baked cakes, a raffle and a white elephant stall, and refreshments will be available.

This Sunday, April 27, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s followed by Morning Prayer there at 11am. At St James at 11am there will be a Service of Holy Communion.

A jacket potato lunch will be held at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, April 26, from noon to 1.30pm. There will be various fillings, sweets and tea or coffee for £6. There will also be cake and jewellery stalls and a raffle. Proceeds are for church funds.

Mrs Lynne Blair will lead the monthly Family Service at Wesley at 10.30am this Sunday, April 27, and Mrs Shirley Eaton will be the preacher at 6.30pm.


The annual parish assembly was held on the second Monday of April. After the usual formalities of the minutes of the previous annual assembly Peter Millard gave the chairman’s report.

He announced that he would not be seeking re-election and thanked his colleagues on the parish council, particularly Doreen Brookes the clerk. He also mentioned the work of John Stelfox who is the current tree warden.

He reported that the construction of the link road is causing considerable disruption with the road to Halton being closed at will and the delays on the A6 are expected to become more severe. The improvements to the burial ground are being taken forward in collaboration with the football club in Bottomdale Road. The parish council is exploring the feasibility of the football club and the burial ground sharing parking.

The parish council is also discussing with the tennis club the development of a multi-purpose sports area, with the tennis club leading on development and then maintaining it. There will have to be agreement about who will be able to use this facility. The chairman and the clerk had met the contractor who performed the work on the recreation field and agreed the outstanding work.

Turning to the foreshore, Peter stated that the contractor had done a commendable job repairing storm damage. He was, though, surprised to learn that the parish council is responsible for the course of Hatlex Beck from where it enters the foreshore to where it discharges into the sea. This includes the culvert under the foreshore, which suffered some storm damage and will be expensive when work is required. He concluded that he was leaving the parish council in a strong financial position that was due to the actions of the parish council and particularly the actions of the responsible financial officer, another role performed by Doreen Brookes.

Doreen Brookes explained the financial statement. John Stelfox gave the tree warden’s report, detailing the two violations, four planning applications and one new tree preservation order during the past year.

Sonia Edwards of Global Renewables – Recycling gave a presentation explaining how refuse is sorted and reprocessed. Global Renewables is a county council owned business that sorts, recycles and disposes of rubbish that is collected by the city council. There were several villagers who asked: “What is the purpose of separating refuse as it is all mixed up in the refuse collection lorry?” Sonia stated that at Global Renewables they are able to separate all the recyclable refuse but if it is contaminated with dirty refuse it fetches a lower price, so ultimately costs council tax payers more.

On April 5, Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club played its first of the season’s home competition. It was a scratched pair competition and there were 18 competitors who braved the April showers. Although the weather was not too good all that attended enjoyed their first game and enjoyed the Jacob’s join lunch provided by members. The runners-up were Tony Morris and his partner for the day Ann Clegg; the winners were Stuart Scothern and David Cunningham, congratulations to them.

At the first meeting of the Equipment Fund in April, Margaret Eccles won the games of whist with Marjorie Bainbridge second, Brian Cornish and Marion Coates joint third whilst George Metcalfe and a new player Tony took the high halves.

Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist at the second meeting of the Equipment Fund in April with George Metcalfe making second place, Nancy Ralston third whilst Margaret Western and Sylvia Standrell snatched joint fourth place. The high halves were taken by Margaret Eccles and Brian Coates.

The Equipment Fund meets on alternative Fridays at 6.45pm to 9.15pm in the memorial hall to play whist and dominoes. The next meeting will be held on May 2. New players welcome.

Marie Anderson won the games of whist at the last meeting in March of the Over 60s Club. John Bainbridge bagged second place with Doreen Spencer third. There were joint winners of the games of whist at the first meeting in April of the club when Sylvia Standrell and Henry Milner tied with equal scores. Nancy Ralston realised third place.

The next meeting of the Over 60s will be held on Monday, April 28, at 2pm. Dominoes and whist will be played and new players as well as existing members welcome.


A charity night ins aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club on Saturday, May 17, 8pm to midnight, with vocal entertainment provided by Jimmy Towers. Tickets cost £5 including buffet and can be purchased from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the club on 732723. Entry by ticket only.


The April meeting of Warton Gardening Club was treated to a very interesting slide show and talk on the secrets of successfully growing dahlias by Jim Gott. The next meeting, in Warton Village Hall, will take place on Wednesday, May 14, with a talk from Colin Peacock on The Work of the Local AONB Today. New members welcome.

The coffee morning in the church hall on April 12, in aid of Motor Neurone Disease, raised in excess of £284. Thanks to all who helped.