Community Beat: 25/02/14

MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris presents two cheques for �500 each to the Children's Unit at the RLI, accepted by charity co-ordinator, Judith Read and to the Double Joy orphanage in Kenya, accepted by Eric Roseden. The money was raised through a sponsored coast to coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland, involving children from Bay View Child Care Homes, organised by Paul Johnson (left) and Hannah Horner.
MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris presents two cheques for �500 each to the Children's Unit at the RLI, accepted by charity co-ordinator, Judith Read and to the Double Joy orphanage in Kenya, accepted by Eric Roseden. The money was raised through a sponsored coast to coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland, involving children from Bay View Child Care Homes, organised by Paul Johnson (left) and Hannah Horner.

This week’s Community Beat.


Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, March 2, the Sunday next before Lent: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Evening Prayer (said).

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, March 2, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Bob Dawson from Rossendale. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.


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

The next meeting of The Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at The Headway Hotel, Marine Road East, on Tuesday, March 11. Lunch at 12.15pm will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Liz O’Neill entitled A Funny Thing Happened In India. The talk is free and all are welcome. If you wish to join members for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday, March 9, to book.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on February 17, members were able to review the many club movie projects undertaken in the last 12-months. The editors/producers explained, with the aid of excerpts from the movies, the problems they had encountered in their work and how this could be improved in future projects. The opportunity was then taken to discuss in detail the next two projects which include filming for a local drama group and a club comedy movie with respect to what had been learnt from this year’s movie project review. The club meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, St Christopher’s Way, Bare.


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, March 2, the eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Phil Barber. Junior Church resumes after its half-term break meeting in the hall from 10.50am. New children always welcome, ask for Carolyn Wallace on arrival.

Midweek services at The Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held every week on Tuesdays at 7pm, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Also call in on Saturdays to the regular weekly coffee morning held in the lounge from 10am to noon.

Lent begins next week. Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday when The Ascension Church will have two Eucharists, at 10am and 7pm, both incorporating The Rite of the Imposition of Ash. All are invited to mark the beginning of the season of Lent in this traditional way.

The Ascension Church Complex and St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, both have rooms for hire at reasonable and competitive rates. Each venue has easy access for the disabled and handy parking. Children’s parties are welcome at weekends. All enquiries should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174. Visit the website at

A day in London was the feature of Kathy Brainsby’s programme of recorded music at the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. Two movements from Eric Coates’ London Suite were included, as was Walton’s Crown Imperial. Kathy also chose ballet music from La Bayadere, opera from La Traviata, and a Nightingale Serenade played by Andre Rieu, as she meandered around the capital, completing her programme with Bond’s version of the 1812 overture.

Christopher Rudd’s programme derived from a Baltic Cruise and included ballet music by Hugo Alfven and Glazunov, the Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius and the Pentecost Hymn by Buxtehude. Interspersed with these shore visits around the Baltic was music from life on board the cruise ship – dancing from My Fair Lady, food from Oliver and songs by Ella Fitzgerald and Martine McCutcheon.

The society next meets tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, when Gerry Maguire will be the presenter. All are invited for a 7.30pm start in The Ascension Vestry.

At Torrisholme Methodist Church this Sunday, March 2, at 10.30am, Sunday Worship will be led by Earle Rendle. The Fair Trade stall will be available, together with refreshments, in the hall after. Richard McGregor will lead the 6.30pm Evening Service.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Windermere, this Saturday, March 1. The A walk will be led by Graham Dyson starting outside Staveley at Reston Farm on the A591, up to Raw Ghyll, Hugill Hall and The Heights then walking along lanes and fields to High Borrans and Borrans Lane, passing Bishop Plantation and Moore Howe to Near Orrest, before ascending the dizzy heights of Orrest Head and down into Windermere, seven miles with 900 feet of ascent.

The B walk will be led by Andrew Lean starting from Ings, walking to Hag End, Grandsire, School Knot, and High Lickbarrow and descending into Windermere. Due to sogginess and mud there will be a certain amount of hard surface walking, six miles and 900 feet.

Anne Feather and Colette Follett will lead C walk starting at Ings, crossing the main road and taking a lane up to St Anne’s Farm, then via field paths to Grassgarth, High House and High Borrans, taking a quiet road to Causeway Farm and then fields to skirt round Orrest Head and into Windermere, about four and a half miles and a total of 550 feet undulating with two stiles.

Pick-up time is 11am from The Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. A copy of the winter programme can be downloaded from

The annual meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, and it is hoped that as many members as possible will attend as there are important items to discuss.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Saturday, March 1, there will be a coffee morning from 10am to noon. Everyone welcome. On Sunday, March 2, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Paul Brewerton. Join members in worship at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

A Fashion Parade will be held on Wednesday, March 5, from 2pm, with The Kitty Brown Boutique, previously known as Town and Country Fashions, cost £3.50 including afternoon tea.

Ash Wednesday, March 5, is the beginning of the six weeks of Lent. At St Barnabas, Regent Road, there will be two services during the day at which attendees can receive the mark of ashes on their forehead – the 10am Mass and 7pm Sung Mass. Anyone who would like to attend either of the services would be most welcome.

Services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic and the service times are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; 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 donations can be left in the shop.

The service times are also on 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.

Members of the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome Stephen Cavis from Southport as their speaker this Saturday, March 1, and on Sunday, March 2, at 2.30pm, Christina Walling of Morecambe will be the speaker. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service followed at 7.30pm by an Open Circle where local mediums give a short talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and a demonstration of their mediumship. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour which includes discussions about spiritualism. Everyone is welcome at all services. The church is wheelchair friendly, disabled access and facilities available.


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


Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, March 2, the Sunday next before Lent: 8am Holy Communion; 10.30am Parade Service (change of week), 4pm Evensong.

The next meeting of The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will be held on Monday, March 3, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the speaker will be Nathan Walker on Tax, Care and Toy Boys. Admission £1.50 including refreshments and a raffle. New members welcome.

The next committee meeting will be held at Betty Fenton’s on Wednesday, March 12, at 2pm. The trip to Boundary Mill will take place on Monday, March 24, and costs £12. Contact Pauline on 01524 850817 for further information.

The preachers at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, this Sunday, March 2, will be Mike Prendergast at 10.30am and Frank Picken at 6.30pm. The Ladies Tuesday Circle Group will meet at Wesley on March 4 at 7.30pm when well known local gardener Les Foden will speak about Gardening for All. All ladies welcome.

This Wednesday, February 26, St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee from 2pm to 4pm and also open on Saturday, March 1, from 2pm (weather permitting). On Sunday, March 2, at St Peter’s Church, Parish Communion will be at 9.30am, and at St James, Sunday School is at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (BCP) at 11am.

Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, March 3, starting at 7pm, at Heysham Library meeting room (please use side entrance). Residents of council ward area Heysham South are invited to attend.

Events at The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road. Today, Tuesday, February 25, Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm. Wednesday, February 26: 7.14am followed by coffee morning between 10am and 11am. On Sunday, March 2, Mr Brian Porter will be giving his testimony.


Family Prize Bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm this Saturday, March 1. Everyone welcome including the kids. Refreshments available but bring a bottle if you wish.

There will be a coffee morning in aid of The Primrose House Trust at the Holistic Centre on Middleton Road from 10am to noon this Saturday, March 1. There will be tea, cakes and a raffle and tombola. All welcome.


There will be a public meeting this Sunday, March 2, at 2pm, at The Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Tony Nield will speak on the subject What is the Purpose of Life? All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, March 3, Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room.

The Horticultural Society has changed the date of the Spring Bulb Show to Saturday, March 8, starting at 2pm in the Memorial Hall.

At the Police and Community Together meeting prior to the March meeting of the parish council there was a clear crime reduction message. Lock garages and garden sheds, plus put things away; do not leave them in view. There have been several thefts from front gardens, garages and sheds recently, hence the warning.

City Coun Sylvia Rogerson drew the attention of the parish council to the poppy scatter to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, being spearheaded by City Coun Margaret Pattison. The parish council identified the triangle of grass outside the church, the green in Peacock Lane and the foreshore as three areas of parish council land where poppy seeds could be scattered. Anyone who wants poppy seeds Coun Pattison has some for sale at £2 per packet.

In answer to a question from County Coun Tony Jones, Doreen Brookes stated that the local History Group has researched the people whose names are on the plaque commemorating the villagers who died in World War One and there would be an exhibition of the findings in the memorial hall during the weekend of June 21 and 22. Other topics that will form part of the exhibition are: the effect of the war on the village; village life 100 years ago; the building of the memorial hall.

Anyone who would like to be involved should contact a member of the local History Group or Doreen Brookes on 01524 825464. The involvement could be helping with the exhibition, providing memorabilia from the war to exhibit or stories of the time, either written or ones that people have been told.

The parish council was pleased to note that an oak tree has been planted in the recreation ground to commemorate the life and contribution to the village of Jean Mowle, who was a tree warden for decades and served as a parish councillor for many terms.

At the second meeting of the Over 60s Club in February, Doreen Spencer won the games of whist with Marie Anderson second and Marjorie Bainbridge third. Olive Spavin and Isa Gibson jointly took fourth place. The next meeting of the club will be held in the memorial hall starting at 2pm on Monday, March 3, when members will gather to play whist and dominoes.

At the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in February, Barbara Norfolk nabbed first place in the games of whist, with Ted Staveley second, Margaret Eccles third and Marie Anderson fourth. The high halves were shared between John Bainbridge and Brian Coates. At the same meeting Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes with Cynthia Dickenson second and Jean Connor third.


The Community Playground Project’s coffee morning raised £295 for playground funds. Thanks to all who gave support. The project has received further generous community donations from: Bolton-le-Sands Primary School FOBLES who donated the proceeds from their last mufti day; M Archer and Son; St Mary of the Angels 100 Club; The Bonfire Committee; and village residents. The Community Playground Project is grateful to the Bowling Club and Sheila Rigby for nominating the project as the recipient of funds raised at the annual Mike Rigby Trophy to be held on Sunday, April 13, at Bolton-le-Sands Bowling Club. 

Through a lot of hard work, commitment and support the committee is very close to its target. This is a final fundraising push to achieve their target and ensure the playground achieves its full potential. Please support any upcoming events and thank you again to all who have supported, and continue to support, this eagerly anticipated project.

The Ladies of Note are holding a concert in aid of playground funds on Saturday, March 22, and the United Reformed Church has kindly offered to host the evening – a programme to suit all ages, featuring songs from the shows, folk music, pop hits and more. This musical night of entertainment will start at 7pm and refreshments will be provided. Tickets cost £5 and are available from The Playground Committee, The Ladies of Note and The United Reformed Church.

Alysia Gilda is starting new Tap Classes for adults and boys. Tap dancing is fun, helps fitness and is entertaining; anyone can have a go and in only a short time master the basic tap technique and develop a step vocabulary which is combined to create routines.

Adults start tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, at 8pm, and boys only on Thursday, February 27, at 4.30pm. Classes are held in St Mary’s Catholic Hall (opposite the library.) Please telephone 822207 for further details or Facebook the dance school.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on February 10. The speaker was member Robert Swain who gave an illustrated talk on his trip to Melbourne.  

Tickets for the Virtual Balloon Race are now on sale, priced £3 each, from Bolton-le-Sands School office. All the money received will be donated to St John’s Hospice in Lancaster and this project will be their main fundraising activity heading towards Lent.

The former Priest in Charge at Holy Trinity, Rev Gerwyn Capon, has been appointed as the new Dean of Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. Gerwyn will be inducted this Friday, February 28, and the school will be represented at this special service.

The Big Pedal will begin on Monday, March 3, where as many children as possible will be encouraged to cycle, scoot or walk to school as part of a national drive to reduce the number of vehicles on the road at peak times.

Holy Trinity Mothers’ Union held a Wave of Prayer Service in church on February 19, praying together for the work of the MU in the Blackburn Diocese, Free State, Ibadan North, Nsukka, Sekondi and Shyogwe. The theme was Sowing the Future Together. The Enrolling Member Kath Lane led the service, with readings and prayers being said by members of the committee.

An interesting presentation followed about the work of the Morecambe Food Bank. Annette Smith from the food bank explained how they were a Christian organisation set up following the model and standards of The Trustle Trust. Hunger is not just a third world problem, if social security benefits stop or are readjusted, there is often a window of several weeks before families have any money to buy food. Using a voucher system, three days worth of food is provided in times of crises. There are now permanent collection points in many of the supermarkets and Holy Trinity Church for donations of food from the public to give people hope and dignity.

The next meeting of the Mother’s Union will be the general meeting where the speaker will be Ms Catherine Townsend on the subject of The Memory Quilt.

There is also a coffee 
morning at the Old Boys’ Grammar School on Wednesday, March 5.


The Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.30pm at Carnforth Civic Hall. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 5. All welcome.

Carnforth Town Council now has a new Facebook page where members of the public can view details of forthcoming events, meetings and photographs of the town. This is still in development but hopefully will become a useful addition to the Town Council’s website.

As part of Carnforth’s commemoration of the Great War of 1914 – 1918, it has been proposed that poppy seeds be scattered in the War Memorial Gardens and poppies be included in the town’s hanging baskets and other prominent positions throughout the town.

A Service of Commemoration will be held in the War Memorial Gardens at 7pm on Monday, August 4, the date war commenced in 1914. A photo of Albert Halton VC, who was born in Warton, and his medals, plus a scroll of those men who died in the conflict, will be relocated from the Civic Offices to the Civic Hall for all to view.