Community Beat: 29/04/14

Leanne Harrod and Robin Baxter from Morecambe with their four children, who they had baptised on the same day at St John the Divine church, Sandylands. The children are Cody Phoebe Baxter (aged 7) Harry Kieron Baxter (aged 7), Libby Angela Baxter (aged 4) and Daisy Imogen Baxter (aged 9 months).
Leanne Harrod and Robin Baxter from Morecambe with their four children, who they had baptised on the same day at St John the Divine church, Sandylands. The children are Cody Phoebe Baxter (aged 7) Harry Kieron Baxter (aged 7), Libby Angela Baxter (aged 4) and Daisy Imogen Baxter (aged 9 months).

This week’s Community Beat news.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, May 4, the speaker at 6.30pm will be Jenny Moore from Astley. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On April 27, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Mungrisdale area. The A party, led by John Ashall, did a circular walk from Mungrisdale to Bannerdale Crags, Bowscale, Sharp Edge, Blencathra, Souther Fell and back to Mungrisedale. Party B, led by Pat Emerson, also did a circular walk from Mungrisdale to Bowscale, Bannerdale Crags, White Horse Bent, along the River Glenderamackin and back to Mungrisdale.

Party C, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Mungrisdale to Bannerdale, Mousethwaite Combe, Souther Fell and back to Mungrisdale. The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, May 11, in the Loweswater area. Further information can be obtained from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702,


This Sunday, May 4, at 10am, there will be a Family Communion Service with Sermon Service conducted by Rev Graham Maskery at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway.

This Saturday, May 3, Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will hold the Men’s Weekend Evening Concert, starting at 7pm.

On Sunday, May 4, the Morning Service at 10.30am and Songs of Praise Service at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Charles Makonde and include the Men’s Fellowship Choir. The annual meeting of the Men’s Fellowship will be held at 10am on Tuesday, May 6.

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

Members, wives and guests of Morecambe Bay Probus Club met at the Headway Hotel for their annual club lunch on April 22, where they enjoyed an excellent meal. Chairman Derrick Hudson welcomed the ladies and the honoured guests, including the Chairman of Scotforth Probus Club and his wife, Steve Harding and Mrs Harding.

The club’s next event will be a day coach trip to York on Tuesday, May 6. There are still seats available, cost £12, details available from Tony Kadelbach on 01524 422946 or Roger Basham on 823529. The next ordinary Probus Club meeting will be held at the Headway Hotel on Tuesday, May 13, at 10am, when the speaker will be from the charity organisation CancerCare.


This Sunday, May 4, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am (with Holy Communion) will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Arthur Eaton. On Friday, May 9, there will be a concert for the Rwanda Appeal of Methodist Women in Britain. Refreshments at 7.30pm and a concert serenata with Wendy Sharrock and friends at 8pm, scheduled to end at 9.20pm. Admission £6 at the church.

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.

The Parish of Torrisholme wishes to congratulate Tony Wadeson, organist at the Church of the Ascension, on receiving Maundy Money from HM the Queen at Blackburn Cathedral. This honour was to recognise Tony’s service and commitment to a number of local churches over the past 70 years. Despite now being in his early 80s Tony continues to play at the Ascension every week. His loyalty and dedication are an inspiration.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, May 4, Easter 3: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Junior Church will meet from 10.50am in the main hall before joining the adults in church. Midweek services, all said Eucharists, continue as normal at 7pm on Tuesdays and at 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, all led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Everyone welcome at all services.

The Ascension Church holds a weekly coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to noon in the lounge. The regulars are a friendly bunch who love to welcome visitors and passers-by.

On, Sunday, May 11, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, there will be an 8.30am Holy Communion with Rev Eddie Sykes. Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Sandra Lucas. The Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Janine Swinburn.

Celebrating a significant birthday in an enigmatic way, Olive Ward was very particular with her selections for the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

In the first half of her programme she chose works by Tchaikovsky, John Ireland, the Japanese composer Yasushi Akutagawa, Glazunov, Elgar, and Haydn (but not necessarily in that order), before providing birthday cake at the interval.

In similar vein Olive began the second half with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, an Intermezzo by Granadas, extracts from Adam’s ballet Giselle, two songs from South Pacific – Honey Bun and Happy Talk, a Tarantella by Liszt and the first movement of the Yellow River piano concerto. Finally, because it was St George’s Day, Olive patriotically ended her programme with the Elizabethan Serenade by Ronald Binge.

In her vote of thanks the chairman drew attention to the versatility of the brilliant British orchestras featured in several of the recordings, and Olive was congratulated for her clever and resourceful programme.

When the society meets on Wednesday, May 7, in the Ascension Vestry, it will be host to members from Garstang RMS for a shared programme of recorded music.


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.

At St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, this Saturday, May 3, at 11am, there will be another opportunity to Pray the Rosary. The service is held the on first Saturday of each month with everyone welcome. Services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic, and the service times this week are – Sunday: Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 6pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. Donated items can be left at the shop and they would be gratefully received. 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 telephone 01524 415216.

Members of the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will welcome two guest speakers this weekend.

Pam Drury from Blackpool will visit this Saturday, May 3, at 7.30pm and Mathew Vance, also from Blackpool, will attend on Sunday, May 4, at 2.30pm. Both guests will speak about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship. A Spiritualist Healing Service is also held on a Wednesday, at 2.30pm. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour which gives the opportunity to chat and enjoy the company of kindred minds. Everyone is welcome to all the services.

The church is wheelchair friendly and there are disabled facilities.

Every Wednesday, at Sefton Road United Reformed Church, the Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at 10am. This Sunday, May 4, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Bernard Vause. Everyone welcome. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, May 10.


This Sunday, May 4, at St Peter’s Church, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am, whilst at St James there will be Morning Prayer at 11am. St Peter’s Hall is now closed until further notice, pending an upgrade.

The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will next meet on Monday, May 19, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the talk will be about Heysham’s heritage. Everyone welcome including new members.

The meeting on Monday, June 2, will be an open session as the speaker will be Peter Yates, chauffeur to Eric Morecambe, so friends and partners of members will be most welcome. Admission £1.50 including refreshments and a raffle.


Bingo will be held on Saturday, May 3, in the Overton Memorial Hall, at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

A reminder of the Family Fun Quiz to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30, from 7pm, in Overton Memorial Hall, £2.50 per person including light refreshments. Profits to Friends of St Helen’s Church.

This Sunday, May 4, Easter 3, the Eucharist Service and Junior Church will meet at 10.45am at St Helen’s Church. Join members for refreshments after the service.

The food basket for local Food Bank is in church each Sunday. Dried and tinned goods appreciated.

Contact details and diary dates available on Thank you to all who attended the recent Vestry and APM meeting on Sunday.


This Sunday, May 4, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Karl Swan will speak on the subject Lessons from Noah. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

The Little Lambs group will not meet on Monday, May 5, Further information available from Kate on 07739 031739.

The Urban Saints, who travelled to Mexico for a fortnight over Easter, have returned after a successful trip. They helped build four houses one week and five houses the next week for homeless families. There will be a presentation about the trip and the young people’s achievements in mid-May.

The County Council is imposing a temporary 30mph speed limit on the A6 from the entrance of Beaumont College to the junction with Hest Bank Lane. This temporary speed limit is due to start this Friday, May 2, and last for over two years until May 6, 2016, and be applied between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

The level crossing by the foreshore is scheduled to be closed from 11.45pm on Saturday, May 31, until 9.45am on Sunday, June 1. This is to allow work on the level crossing.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the penultimate Wednesday of April when the speaker, Canon Christine Mullineaux, gave a talk entitled My Family. She spoke of the aims of the Mothers’ Union to support family life. The Mothers’ Union runs parent groups to help give young children a safe environment. Parents are encouraged to give their children confidence by talking and discussing their problems and teaching Christian values. The Mothers’ Union supported legislation in the United Nations to prevent violence against women and children. Mrs Pauline Nixon gave the vote of thanks.


A charity night in 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.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Art on the Platform 1 from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, May 3, featuring work by local artists.

The Rotary Club of Carnforth’s annual Giant Car Boot Sale will take place at Ryelands Park, Lancaster, Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, from 8am to 4pm.

This event attracted more than 500 stalls last year and thousands of visitors. Car booters: cars £10, vans/car and trailer £15, trade stands £25. Access available to set up from 7am. Food and drink sales strictly by prior arrangement with the organiser. Free entry for the public. Loads of parking available on site, disabled parking area, £1 donation per car. Enquiries to


Warton Crag Women’s Institute will celebrate its 75th birthday this year and wishes to put together a celebration scrapbook. If anyone has any photographs, posters, memories, stories or other memorabilia regarding this WI please email, or post to Carol Millar, 1 Church Hill Avenue, Warton, Carnforth. In the early years members came from surrounding areas as well as Warton.


Services at St Martin’s Church Centre this week:

Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday, May 1, led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday, May 4, Easter 3, led by Fr Phil Barber, retired assistant priest.

Junior Church also meets at 9.30am, new children always welcome, ask for Bryony on arrival. St Martin’s Church holds a regular coffee morning every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am hosted by John and Pat Farling.

Everyone welcome.

St Martin’s Church centre is available for hire on Friday evenings.

Contact Alan on 419174 to make a booking.

Children’s parties are also welcome on Sundays from lunchtime onwards.