Community Beat: 28/01/14

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Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, Morecambe. This Sunday, February 2, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Pam Catlow from Heysham. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, February 2, Candlemas: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church, 10am Parish Eucharist, 4pm Christingle Service.


The annual 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, February 11. Lunch will be at 12.30pm and the meeting will follow at 1.45pm. If you wish to book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday, February 9.

This Sunday, February 2, the Morning Service at 10.30am at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Roger Bradley. On Monday, February 3, at 2pm, the Guild will hear a talk by Jim Atkinson, A Year with My Camera, and on Tuesday, February 4, the Men’s Fellowship will hold a quiz morning starting at 10am.

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 20, the annual meeting was held with chairman Graeme Isherwood reporting a successful year for the club. His report recalled the meetings, competitions and projects completed by members. Treasurer Michael Ellis presented the annual accounts which showed the club in a satisfactory financial position. The existing committee was re-elected and new projects discussed.

The club meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare. On Monday, February 3, the subject for the Warriner Trophy competition is Countryside.


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, February 2, the Feast of Candlemas: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, beginning in the main hall followed by a candlelit procession into church. Junior Church will meet as usual in the hall. New children are always welcome, ask for Carolyn Wallace on arrival.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. During the week beginning Monday, February 3, Phil Barber will preside throughout. Fr Chris, however, remains the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. He is also available from 11am on Saturdays at the regular coffee morning in the lounge.

The Ascension’s main hall has availability on Tuesdays from 7pm and St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, from 4.30pm on Fridays. Both are suitable for a wide range of activities. The Ascension also has availability at other times/days in the lounge and vestry. Both venues have facilities for the disabled and good parking. For further information or to make bookings telephone Alan on 01524 419174. Children’s parties are always welcome on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Kings, Queens and Princes were in attendance at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society courtesy of Margaret Rudd who included them in her programme.

Among those present were Prince Charming from the ballet by Prokofiev, the Elizabethan serenade by Ronald Binge and several anthems from the coronation of King George II.

David Robinson’s programme of music was cleverly entitled You may not have heard the last of this, and featured final movements of symphonies and piano concertos. He began with Beethoven’s first piano concerto, included others by Michael Hess, Amy Beach and Mozart and symphonies by Rimsky Korsakov, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach remarked upon the dramatic music in David’s programme, the Coronation anthems still in use and the number of Russian composers that had been featured.

When the society meets on Wednesday, February 5, it will be Dorothy herself presenting a programme. All are most welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Lytham St Annes, this Saturday, February 1.

The A walk will be led by Mary Cousins, starting near the Ship Inn at Freckleton to walk the Lancashire Coastal Way, walking through farmland to the River Ribble and its confluence with the River Douglas, then towards Warton and through fields to Warton Bank. The coastal way leads to Lytham Dock’s boat repair yard to follow a creek to the A584 and Lytham Windmill and finally into St Annes, seven miles of flat walking.

The B walk will be led by Alan Whittaker, starting from Warton. Tarmac at first before joining the Lancashire Coastal Way which is a grassy bank overlooking the wildfowl sanctuary, through Lytham and joining the promenade at Ansdell before finishing at St Annes, seven miles and very flat.

Walk C will be led by Jenny Hebblethwaite, starting from Salcotes Road, through Green Drive, followed by a short road walk to Lytham Station, turning into Witch Wood to Ansdell. Another short road walk to the Lancashire Coastal Way, taking time to see the bird life on Fairhaven Lake, and walking to St Annes Pier via the promenade, sand dunes and the Alpine Gardens. Approximately five miles, totally flat.

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

The group’s next Wednesday evening social event will be a hotpot supper, quiz and raffle on February 12 at 7.30pm in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension, cost £5.60. Please note supper must be pre-booked with Anne Lyons, treasurer.

Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting was the results of competition three with set subject Song Titles. The judge was David Bibby who has judged for the group many times before and as usual had spent considerable time with the images delivering the results with possible improvements, encouragement plus a touch of humour to a very good turnout of members.

Set subject: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 David Dempster; Highly commended: Ann Rigg and Anne Staniforth. Open: 1 John Hughes, 2 Bryan Trigwell, 3 Rosemary Brayshaw. Highly commended: Peter Bagnall and Ann Rigg. Natural History: 1 John Hughes, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Derek Mackie; Highly commended: Derek Mackie.

The next meeting will include a showing of AVs made by members. This format is becoming more popular as it is an easy way to save photographs and show them on either a TV or computer. For further details of the club, which meets at The Church of the Ascension vestry, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at


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


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Saturday, February 1, there will be a coffee morning from 10am to noon with the usual stalls, raffle and refreshments. On Sunday, February 2, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev David Greenwood. All welcome at this friendly church on Sefton Road.

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 Sunday the church will continue the sermon series Habakkuk: How long O Lord? See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

St Barnabas, Regent Road, offers an open invitation to join members of the congregation in worship at any of the services, which are traditional Anglican. The service times are – Sunday: Mass 8.30am, Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon. The church charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. Any items for donation should be left in the shop. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The speaker at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this Saturday, February 1, at 7.30pm and also Sunday, February 2, at 2.30pm, will be Jamie Donnelly from Blackpool who will talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a Spiritual Healing Service where Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an Open Circle when local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship after a discussion about their belief. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to talk about Spiritualism and its impact on lives.

Everyone is welcome at the services. The church is wheelchair friendly, disabled access and facilities available.


A talk by Andy Walsh entitled Inside Story: Three Counties Cave System Connections, will be given on Friday, February 7, at 1.30pm at Heysham Library. Free entrance.

Heysham Townswomen’s Guild’s members and friends will meet at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, at 2pm, on Monday, February 3, when the speaker will be Paul Wilson with a talk entitled The Lighter Side of Funerals. The group’s birthday lunch on Monday, March 10, has been booked at The Clarendon. Pauline Reeves will provide information of planned trips at the meeting next Monday. Admission £1.50 including refreshments and raffle, all welcome.

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

The next Messy Church session at Wesley Methodist Church will be held this Saturday, February 1, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and will consist of various craft activities and a short act of worship followed by a meal. Everyone is welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult

Rev Charles Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday, February 2, at 10.30am, when the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be administered.

A new venture, Power Praise, is being introduced at 2.30pm when an informal act of worship with modern songs is being planned. Although aimed at young people folk of any age will be welcome. There will not be a service at 6.30pm.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29, St Peter’s hall will be open for tea/coffee from 2pm to 4pm and also open on Saturday, February 1, from 2pm (weather permitting). On Sunday, February 2, there will be Parish Communion at 9.30am at St Peter’s Church and at St James Sunday School at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (BCP) at 11am.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, February 2, Presentation of Christ in the Temple: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Candlemas Service of Light with St Helen’s in the village hall, Overton.


Family Prize Bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall at 7.30pm this Saturday, February 1. Everyone welcome including children. Refreshments available but bring your own bottle if you wish.

Until further notice St Helen’s Church services will be held at the memorial hall, Overton. This Sunday, February 2, Presentation of Christ, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for refreshments after the service.

Tinned or dried goods are always welcome for the local food bank collection. Contact and diary details available on

Don’t miss the coffee afternoon for The Friends’ of St Helen’s, tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29, 2pm to 4pm, in Overton Memorial Hall, £2.50.


This Sunday, February 2, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Daniel McCorrie will speak on the subject Our Hope. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room on Monday, February 3. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for more information.

The Kenyan Project held a celebratory tea on the penultimate Tuesday of January. After the tea, which was fit for the gourmand and gourmet, guests were enlightened with a brief recap of the stimulus for the project.

There were and continue to be many abandoned babies in Kenya, who are effectively orphans. There are orphanages in the country that care for these infants and try to find adoptive parents, preferably within Kenya.

After the potted history of the project guests were show two DVDs of the work of two separate orphanages and another about transporting baby clothes to ensure they arrive at their intended destination. The celebration was completed by a demonstration of Irish dancing by Darcy Hodgson, who had commissioned the project to knit her a pair of leg warmers.

The project not only provides clothing for orphans in Kenya; it also creates a sociable meeting of people who enjoy crafts, mainly knitting and sewing. The next meeting of the project will be at 1.30pm on Tuesday, February 4, in the Mawson Room of the memorial mall.

PC Neil Smith, the beat manager for the village, attended the parish council meeting and listened to the concerns about the parking around the school in Shady Lane and dog fouling in the village. He indicated that there will continue to be a police presence in the vicinity of the school at the beginning and the end of the school day.

After the meeting he stated: “I received a number of complaints regarding dog walkers who fail to clean up after their dogs. While I’m confident the majority of dog owners act responsibly, it appears a minority are failing to do so, much to the detriment of the Hest Bank community. This behaviour is unacceptable and must cease. I would like to remind those responsible that dog fouling is an offence for which a guilty party can be issued an £80 fixed penalty notice. Let’s keep our community clean and tidy by clearing up after our dogs.”

There was also a discussion concerning whether The Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting could be rescheduled to coincide with the community coffee morning. Nothing specific was decided, as it will require careful consideration of the implications.

This year’s annual parish assembly will be held on Monday, April 14. This is the same day as the April parish council meeting. Please note that the April parish council is a week earlier than the normal schedule as the third Monday in April will be Easter Monday.

The parish assembly is scheduled to start at 6.30pm with the parish council meeting an hour later. The parish assembly is the annual opportunity to hold the councillors to account for their stewardship of the village during the past year.

The parish council precept will remain at £131,750 for the next financial year, the same as this year. The council tax rate might change if there is an alteration in the number of properties liable for council tax.

The parish council note that Costain has booked the memorial hall to stage an exhibition about the link road. It is scheduled for Friday, February 7, from noon to 8pm.

Stage Struck, the thespian group that provides children with the opportunity to go on stage, will hold a jumble sale on Saturday, February 15, from 2pm to 4pm, in the memorial hall. This is to raise funds for the production of the musical Oliver in the Winter Gardens from Wednesday, March 26, to Saturday, March 29. There will be four performances but no matinee. Tickets are expected to go on sale in early February.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club in mid-January Betty Rawsthorne won the games of dominoes, with Sheila Makenson second and Ruth Staveley third. At the same meeting Beryl Mason won the games of whist with Margaret Woodend second and Doreen Spencer third. The next meeting of the club will be held on Monday, February 3, in the memorial hall starting at 2pm.

The next meeting of the Horticultural Society will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 7.30pm, in the memorial hall when there will be a talk on Brockholes, the nature reserve near Preston.

Nancy Ralston and Sylvia Standrell tied as winners of the games of whist at the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in January. Third place was also tied by John Bainbridge and George Metcalfe whilst the high halves were taken by Beryl Mason and Marie Anderson. At the same meeting Sheila Makenson won the games of dominoes with Miya Bainbridge second whilst third place was taken by Pat Jenkinson. The next meeting will be held on Friday, February 7, in the memorial hall starting at 6.45pm.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the penultimate Wednesday of January when Rev Nancy Goodrick, the vicar at Bolton-le-Sands, led a discussion about families and young people attending church regularly. Members could recall times when whole families attended church and they described the circumstances that encouraged them to be regular worshipers.

They noted that church schools are popular but that teenagers have interests other than church on Sunday. They concluded that there might have to be some changes to encourage young adult to attend services. Mrs Dorothy Proffitt gave a vote of thanks to Rev Goodrick.


Bolton-le-Sands Horticultural Society and Lancashire Libraries are joining forces on Saturday, February 8, for a seed swapping event. Bring along any spare seeds you have, either unopened packets, partial packets or home harvested favourites, to Bolton-le-Sands Library between 10am and noon. Please ensure they are labelled and some instructions provided, and let’s get growing.


Advance notice that an Introduction to Basic Beekeeping will be held at The Truckhaven Conference Centre on Saturday, March 15, 9.30am to 4pm. If you have ever thought of owning a colony of honey bees or are simply curious, then this course will answer all questions.

The cost of £60 includes lunch, refreshments and course notes. Booking is essential via Fred Ayres on 01524 811978 or email

The next meeting of The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society Furness Lakes and Lune Branch will take place on Friday, February 7, at 7.30pm, at the County Hotel, Carnforth. The subject will be Carlisle Bridge and All That, by David Bousfield, an illustrated presentation of the history of the development of railways around Lancaster and Morecambe. All welcome. Small admission charge.


Members at Warton Crag’s WI January meeting were treated to a very interesting and serious talk by Dr B Hancock from the Fistula Association. The slide show and talk on Uganda childbirth injuries gave an insight into the injuries women in these poor countries suffer during childbirth and the work that Dr Hancock and others are doing to help. For further information on this charity contact The next WI meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20, when the speaker will be Billy Winn on Hornby Sausages. For membership details contact Hilary on 01524 730533.

The Children’s Society is hosting a Children’s Nearly New Sale for four to 13-year-olds’ items. Clothing, toys and books will be available in Warton Church Hall on Saturday, February 8, between 10am and noon. Entrance charge is £1. If you are interested in selling items call Della on 07894 669714 or email for further information.


The bus stop situation is still unclear. The Halton Road closure is rather intermittent. However, it is understood that there will be a prolonged closure of Halton Road followed by a similar closure of Foundry Lane. The temporary stop on the High Road hill has been moved to as near the roundabout as possible. The Low Road bus stop will not operate whilst Halton Road is closed. The Old School bus stop remains in use.

This Friday, January 31, Sounds From The Hound will once again provide excellent music with free entry, from 8.30pm.

Latest planning applications received by Lancaster City Council include:


13/01121/ADV, 9 Church Street, Lancaster, advertisement consent for the display of one externally illuminated hanging sign and three trough lights, for Mr Kelvin Ellershaw.

13/01214/CU, St Michael’s Church, Parkgate Drive, Lancaster, change of use of former offices (use class B1) and workspace to five two-bed apartments (C3), for Mister Investment Group.

13/01225/CU, Dale Grove Farm, Dale Grove, Warton, change of use and conversion of agricultural building into a residential dwelling (C3), for Mrs Maxine Armistead.

13/01242/FUL, land surrounding 24 King Street, Morecambe, demolition of an existing bungalow and garage and the construction of 10 two-bedroom houses and eight one-bedroom flats with associated car parking and landscaping, for Milli Developments Limited.

13/01279/FUL, Heysham South Wind Farm Site, Lancaster Morecambe Bypass, Heaton with Oxcliffe, installation of a cable trench to house electrical cabling for an onshore wind farm, for Banks Renewables (Heysham South Wind Farm) Limited.

13/01295/HYB, Lancaster Golf Club, Ashton Road, Ashton, hybrid application for the creation of a golf driving range – full application for the change of use of land from agricultural to leisure use, including the creation of a new access, new access track, new car park and realignment of boundary wall and an outline application for the construction of a golf driving range building, for Club Captain.

13/01301/CU, Moorlands Hotel, Quarry Road, Lancaster, change of use of public house (A4) to four student studio apartments (C3), two six-bedroom student flats (C4) and one seven-bedroom student flat (sui generis), for Mister Group.

14/00013/FUL, Leighton Hall, Leighton Park, Leighton, demolition of existing shed and construction of a detached building to house a biomass boiler/woodchip store, for Leighton Hall Estates.

14/00017/ADV, Cottams Field Brewers Fayre, Mannin Way, Lancaster, advertisement consent for the display of various internally and externally illuminated signs, for Whitbread PLC.

14/00045/CCC, Heysham High School, Limes Avenue, Heysham, construction of a single storey rear extension to sports hall to provide reception, office, teaching accommodation and wheelchair access; 14/00046/CCC, relocation of 2.8m high palisade fencing, for Heysham High School.

14/00055/CCC, Tim Butler Plant Hire Limited, Middleton Road, Heysham, application for an existing lawful development certificate for the use of the site for the import, crushing, storage, recycling and distribution of inert materials including on site sales to the building supply trade, retention of crushing and screening machinery, for Mr Tim Butler.


13/01146/CU, 4 Chapel Barn, Chapel View, Overton, change of use of land to be used as domestic curtilage for the retention of a detached garage, for Mr James Lord.

13/01248/FUL, 25 Victoria Parade, Morecambe, construction of a single storey rear extension, for Mr Colin Burgess.

13/01300/FUL, 198 Brookhouse Road, Brookhouse, Lancaster, construction of a dormer to the rear, for Mr S Whitaker.

13/01302/FUL, 1 Crag Bank Road, Carnforth, demolition of existing detached garage and conservatory, construction of a single storey rear extension, excavation of ground to lower basement floor and create a new external stairwell, for Mr John Morkin.

14/00016/FUL, 4 Lodges Grove, Morecambe, construction of an attached garage to south side elevation and single storey extension to north side elevation and creation of a new access, for Mr and Mrs Matthew and Vicky Lofthouse.

14/00022/OUT, Marshes Farm Cottage, Wennington Road, Wennington, outline application for the conversion of agricultural building into one residential dwelling, for Mr and Mrs C M Berry.

14/00034/FUL, 11 Glen View Crescent, Heysham, construction of a single storey rear extension and two storey side extension, for Mr T Bramble.

14/00028/PLDC, 31 Ashford Road, Lancaster, proposed lawful development certificate for the construction of a single storey rear extension, for Mr Roger Baron.

14/00029/FUL, 5 Clarksfield Road, Bolton-le-Sands, construction of a two storey side extension, for Mr and Mrs D Ingham.

14/00031/CU, Kitchen Ground, Kit Brow Lane, Ellel, change of use and conversion of stone barn to one dwelling (C3), for Mr and Mrs Woodhouse.

14/00033/FUL, 9 Seymour Grove, Heysham, construction of a first floor rear extension, for Mr Simon Mulroy.

14/00035/FUL, 19 Stanhope Avenue, Morecambe, installation of ground mounted solar panels, consisting of 16 photovoltaic panels, for Danny McGahon.

Applications are available to view at Lancaster Town Hall or at