Community Beat - 23/07/13

Warton Children's Sports.'Bearded ladies from The Nib, James Close and  Dave Robinson.
Warton Children's Sports.'Bearded ladies from The Nib, James Close and Dave Robinson.
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This week’s Community Beat news.


Bare Necessities Preschool Playgroup, which meets in the Methodist Church hall, St Margaret’s Road, is holding a play morning for new starters on Friday, September 6, 10am to 11am. Time to have a chat and a look around. The playgroup offers places for two to four-year-olds. Further information from 01524 415975.

A guided walk, Puttin’ on the Ritz, starts from outside the Broadway Hotel at 2pm this Saturday, July 27. The walk includes an Art Deco hydro, Morecambe’s former Odeon Cinema and a period garage. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

The next Summer Thursday Concert at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be held this Thursday, July 25, at 7.30pm, given by The Ladies of Note singers. Admission is £5 including refreshments. All are welcome and proceeds will be divided between the church and Christian Aid.

St Christopher’s Church will be holding a coffee morning with stalls and a raffle this Saturday, July 27, between 10am and noon. Tickets £2 (including refreshments) or pay at the door. In aid of church funds.

The final event for the Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society before the summer break was a visit to Media City in Salford where members and friends enjoyed a tour of BBC studios. Meetings will restart on Friday, September 6, at 7.30pm, in the council room at St Christopher’s Church. The group will have a Musical Journey listing life experiences, presented by Betty Morrow. New members welcome. Contact telephone 770797 or 903373.


Seek out the spooky and take part in seances, Ouija board and table-tipping experiments and also use the latest electrical ghost hunting equipment at Morecambe Winter Gardens, with a Simply Ghost Night on Saturday, September 28. Priced at £49 per person contact 0843 289 1215 for further information and to book, or visit

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, July 28: 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Evening Prayer.

On Sunday Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Brampton area. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Castle Carrock to Garth Marr, Castle Carrock Fell, Cumrew, Kings Forest of Geltsdale, Kelky Fell, Talkin Fell and back. The B party, led by Mike and Beryl Sherriff, also walked from Castle Carrock to Gelt Woods, Greenwell, Hynam, Simmerson Fell, Garth Head and back.

Party C, led by Hilary Ashall, walked from Talkin Tarn Country Park, to Gelt Wood, Middle Gelt, Greenwell, Garth Marr and into Castle Carrock. The club’s next walks will be in the Coniston area this Saturday, July 27. If you would like to join a walk phone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, Morecambe. This Sunday, July 28, the speaker at the 6.30pm service will be Connie Bridge from Lowton. The church will be closed from Sunday, August 11, to Sunday, September 1, inclusive, and will re-open on Sunday, September 8. Further information from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.


Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, July 28, Trinity 9: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, continue as normal on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, all led by Fr Chris who is also the contact for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

The Ascension Church holds a coffee morning every Saturday in the lounge from 10am to noon. Please accept this as an open invitation to attend and share the banter and laughter. By popping in you will support the work of the parish church.

The Ascension Church complex together with St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate, has rooms for hire at reasonable and locally competitive rates. This is a good time to sort out any requirements for the autumn/winter period. Both venues are equipped for the disabled and have parking available. For more information or to discuss a booking ring Alan on 419174. Children’s parties most welcome.

Sunday saw Morecambe Camera Club’s second summer visit where members met at Ingleton to explore the village and surrounding area for photographs to produce a show for an AV evening arranged for next season. The weather was very kind in not being too hot but with favourable light conditions. This visit gave members a chance to catch up with news from around the club. There have been no further visit dates organised but those present thought it would be a good idea to arrange one or two, especially with the weather holding out at present. For anyone interested in joining the club please view the draft programme for the club’s October start on the website. For further details please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at The club meets at Ascension Vestry, Michaelson Avenue, Torrisholme.

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It is the finale of the Ambassadors series this Sunday, July 28, at Stanley Road Baptist Church as Steven Hewitt discusses Know your Strength. The service starts at 10.30am and there will be specific activities for children in SPACE.

At 5pm, it is the second of the Big Sing Community Choir gatherings. Last Sunday 33 people came along, with some singing in a choir for the first time. Newcomers are welcome this Sunday from 5pm to 6.15pm. It is free.

On St James Day, Thursday, July 25, at 7.30pm, there will be a Solemn Mass at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road. Then on Saturday, August 17, the Society of Mary will be holding the Assumptiontide Devotion at St Barnabas, with a Solemn Concelebrated Mass of the Assumption at noon. Anyone who would like to attend the mass would be most welcome.

The services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass and 6pm Evening Prayer; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, so please call in. If anyone has any good quality items they would like to donate they would be greatly appreciated. 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.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Sunday, July 28, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Minister Rev Graham Maskery, all welcome. The next coffee morning on Saturday, August 3, will be hosted by Margaret Wellock in aid of the Deep Griha Society in India.

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.

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 where people can bring their toddlers and have a coffee and a chat whilst the children play in the supervised play area. Every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, the IMPACT Youth Group is held which includes various activities, snooker/pool, games, Wii on a big screen or can just be used to chill out with friends. Trips are organised such as visiting the fire station, Regent Park Studios, swimming and much more. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details.

Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.

Guest speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Stephen Cavis from Southport who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating his mediumship on Saturday, July 27, at 7.30pm, and on Sunday, July 28, at 2.30pm, Stephen Beastall of Blackpool will conduct the Divine Service.

Of special interest, this Wednesday, July 24, there will be a charity night in aid of Wolfwood animal rescue/sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. The guest mediums for this event will be Janette and Colin from Blackpool. Donations are £5, £3 for members. Please come along and support this worthwhile cause.

On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are healing services with SNU trained healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church funds. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together. All are welcome to these services, disabled access and facilities, wheelchair friendly.


Fusion Church, part of the Partners in Harvest international network of churches, meets every Sunday at 10.15am at the Globe Arena, all welcome.

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

Holiday at Home, a fun day of activities for the over 55s, will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 10am to 4pm, at St Martin’s Church, Westgate. The programme includes crafts, sing-a-along, gentle exercises to music, games, a quiz and buffet lunch. Come along and meet new friends and join in as much as you are able. To book your place please contact David on 01524 831379.

Services of worship are held weekly at St Martin’s Church on Sundays at 9.30am and on Thursdays at 10am. For baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Fr Christopher Holden on 01524 413144.

Moving On, for the bereaved and hurting, will be held at Torrisholme Cemetery Chapel on Sunday, August 4, from 11am to 1.30pm. Not a service but a space. Light a candle, listen to music, rest and reflect, talk to someone about your loss. Welcome and light refreshments provided by the Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery. For more information contact David Thorp on 01524 831379.


Heysham Library, in partnership with Lancaster University students, is holding an International Storytelling and Arts Day this Thursday, July 25. This is a free event and the activities are aimed at children from five-years-old. Session run from 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, July 28: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

Mrs Jean Bampton will lead the monthly family service at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, July 28, at 10.30am. The first of this year’s Sunday Night at Wesley services will be at 6.30pm when the Trinity Worship Group from Goosnargh will take part. Don Semple will lead the service.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24, at 10am, Holy Communion will be held at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by Parent Praise (both services clergy permitting). This Saturday, July 27, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP is at St Peter’s. On Sunday, July 28, at 9.30am, Parish Communion is at St Peter’s, followed at 11am by Morning Prayer CW at St Peter’s. At 11am, Holy Communion will be held at St James’s. On Wednesday, July 31, at 10am, Holy Communion is at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by Parent Praise (both services clergy permitting). St Peter’s church hall is open daily between 10am and noon and 2pm to 4pm for tea/coffee, etc.


This Sunday, July 28, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian meeting room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when there will be a DVD shown on the subject Accurate Bible predictions. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Two cross bay walks took place during the third week of July, one on the Wednesday and the second on the Saturday. Both were well attended during this wonderful spell of weather and both went to Grange-over-Sands. The walk on Wednesday was mainly rambling clubs and the crossings of the Keer and Kent Channels were a delight with wide crossing points to help cool down the hot conditions. On the Saturday walk the option of a short walk to Silverdale was taken by only two people; the rest stayed on board for the full walk to Grange-over-Sands, once again crossing over wide channels and the children on the walk had a wonderful time splashing about in the shallow water. The egress into Grange was at the side of the railway station, which is normally unsuitable because of the marsh conditions, but with all the dry weather of late it was ideal.

There is a break in the walks for the next week owing to the very high tides. The next walk will be on Wednesday, July 31, from Hest Bank to Flookburgh starting at noon followed by a walk on Saturday, August 3, from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands starting at 2.30pm and a short walk on Sunday, August 4, from Silverdale to Grange-over-Sands starting at 4pm.

During the open forum at the July meeting of the parish council some residents from Hasty Brow raised concerns about the planning application for 205 solar photovoltaic panels at Brantholme. Their concern is that the erection of this array would change the use of the land from domestic and agricultural use to industrial and is inappropriate in the green belt. The parish council later decided to write to Lancaster City Council, as the planning authority, stating that it regards the development as inappropriate use of green belt and agricultural land.

The parish council noted that phase one of the work on the recreation field is almost complete and the completion certificates from the contractor and architect are expected soon. There will be some pruning in the autumn, which is when the freshly seeded grass, including the football pitch, will be first mown. The wild flower meadow will be mown later in the season when the flowers have seeded. The pond and wildlife area will be left for the indigenous species to become established. Some areas will be tidied in the coming weeks and the path will be marked in 100 metre lengths. The intention is to plant an oak tree in the autumn.

Funds are now being sought for phase two of the improvement work.

Members of the May Fair committee met at the Hest Bank Hotel for their annual meeting. The committee were re-elected, with the addition of Fiona Marroni as vice-chair. Accounts were presented by Diana Bell that showed that the field day on June 22 made a small loss but that funds were healthy. A review of the field day concluded that the event went well considering the weather forecast and the late relocation to the memorial hall field. Thanks were expressed to all the helpers on the day and the businesses that supported the raffle. Batala, the school choir and the origami workshop were a welcome addition to the stalls and entertainment. Members reluctantly decided not to set a date for a village event in 2014 due to a lack of volunteers, making organisation on the day itself a difficult task. The committee agreed to continue and would meet to review progress on its other projects and to consider holding a smaller event at the spring/summer community coffee morning. Thanks were expressed to all committee members past and present who have worked hard to organise a fun event for the village over the last eight years.

Stage Struck, the thespian group that encourages young people to participate in theatrical productions, will be holding an introductory meeting on Thursday, September 5, at 7.30pm in the memorial hall. Anyone who is interested in helping or whose child enjoys performing in front of an audience is welcome to attend.


The Ladies of Note invite everyone to a coffee morning on Thursday, August 1, from 9.45am to 11.30am in Bolton-le-Sands Village Hall. There will be a grand raffle, Kitty Brown’s Accessories and Jewellery, home-made cakes, jams and chutneys, crafts and cards, fancy goods, garden produce, books, dvds and much more. Tickets are £1 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. All proceeds to the Ladies of Note music fund

There is another coffee morning being held from 10am onwards on Thursday, August 8, at Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre and all proceeds will be donated to the Community Playground Project. There will be coffee, tea, squash and biscuits available as well as a raffle and stalls. Entry is £1. For further information please contact Mike Ashton 077470 24333 or Jim Stewart 07946 819467.

Bolton-le-Sands Village Garden Competition was judged in glorious weather on July 15. There were some new entrants this year and all the gardens were of a very high standard, each with its particular features of design and planting – a real pleasure for the judges to enjoy in such conditions. The Horticultural Society would like to thank the gardeners and congratulate them on their efforts. Results – Large Garden: 1 Mr and Mrs P Waddington, 2 Mrs D Orr, 3 Mr S and Mrs B Garland. Small Garden: 1 Mr B Gladstone, 2 Mrs E Small, 3 Mr and Mrs B Coates, 4 Mrs V Shaw. Patio Garden: 1 Mrs K Mather, 2 Mrs E Small, 3 Mrs V Shaw.

It has been an interesting end of term for children at Bolton-le-Sands Primary School. Year 3 and Year 4 children enjoyed a great day at Leighton Moss. Year 5 children spent two days and one night at Borwick Hall. In glorious sunshine they went canoeing, played games, enjoyed a nature walk, were challenged by a high ropes and climbing course and competed at orienteering.

The children had a great time and really developed their team working skills. Years 1 and 2 spent a fantastic day at the visitor centre at Manchester Airport.

To bring the academic year to a close the children will take part in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for the whole school today, Tuesday, and the Leavers’ Service will be held at Holy Trinity Church tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24, where presentations will be made by Mrs Janet Thompson, Chair of Governors.


The July meeting of Warton Crag WI was treated to a very interesting talk and slide show by Jackie Foott from Dent on the conservation of the Northern Red Squirrel.

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The group then enjoyed an excellent supper with raffle and country scene competition.

The next meeting of the WI will take place on Thursday, September 19, with a speaker from Birchall-Blackburn Solicitors on Planning for the Future. Information and membership details are available from Hilary on 01524 730533.

The North Lancs and South Cumbria Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Associations’ recent weekend of Open Gardens was a resounding success with well over 20 gardens open – ranging from small spaces to over an acre – to walk through.

The weather was perfect and the garden owners answered hundreds of questions between them. The weekend raised more than £1,300.

The local branch of the MND Association works to help those living with MND, their families and carers, and is very grateful to all those who made the weekend possible.

Call in at the tea shop whilst you have your car washed at Warton Methodist Church on Borwick Lane on Saturday, August 3, then on to PlayFest on Sand Lane where there will be live bands, bouncy castles, refreshments and much more.