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Local resident Kim Francis-Arkwright and council colleagues John Sutcliffe and Gareth Walmsley with free compost. Lancaster City Council was giving away free compost produced from all the garden waste and kitchen waste that had been collected in the green bins. This compost was distributed from Morecambe Sainsbury's car park, helping to highlight Sainsbury's commitment to recycling and no waste to land fill policy.
Local resident Kim Francis-Arkwright and council colleagues John Sutcliffe and Gareth Walmsley with free compost. Lancaster City Council was giving away free compost produced from all the garden waste and kitchen waste that had been collected in the green bins. This compost was distributed from Morecambe Sainsbury's car park, helping to highlight Sainsbury's commitment to recycling and no waste to land fill policy.
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This week’s Social Scene news.

HOSPICE LOTTERY

St John’s Hospice weekly draw 111. First prize £750: 17224. Second prize £250: 16697. Third prize £50: 15121. Runners-up prizes £10: 17568, 17094, 11464, 11343, 10630. Runners-up prizes £5: 11527, 17229, 15427, 15443, 11471. To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit www.sjhospice.org.uk/lottery or call Anna on 01524 382538.

TANDEM CLUB

Weather conditions were ideal for Frank and Ruth’s Tandem Club ride to Alston, starting from Brough. This annual event tests riders’ abilities to tackle numerous Pennine climbs and descents through quite testing terrain, beginning with the long haul up to Selset Reservoir, with increasingly amazing back views across to the South Lakes for those able to break their concentration from pedalling ever onwards and upwards.

At last the peak was reached, followed by a rewarding descent to the River Tees and coffee at Middleton-in-Teesdale. Thereafter, the route continued westwards along the Tees valley before heading uphill once more for the long, long climb through the open landscape, eventually reaching the top near Carrigill before cruising down the long-awaited descent to Alston for a belated picnic lunch.

It was pleasant basking in the sunshine and shelter, watching the world go by, before girding up loins once more for the next ascent, the long climb through Gilderdale Forest up to Hartside Summit. Once reached, riders paused to take in the clear views across to the distant Lakes before starting the long, steep descent down the winding road to Melmerby and a noticeable rise in temperature, just in time for a welcome tea stop at the bakery.

The return back to Brough took the tandemists along some delightful though undulating lanes through Kings Meaburn, emerging eventually at Appleby-in-Westmorland for a much-needed tea break before tackling the final miles back through Warcop and Great Musgrave, to conclude an epic and thoroughly rewarding outing of 75-miles.

RAMBLERS

On Sunday, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Langdales. The A party, led by David Marsland, walked from Grasmere along Far Easedale to Greenup Edge, High Raise, Stake Pass, Angle Tarn, Rosset Gill, Mickleden and back to the New Dungeon Ghyll. Party B, led by Pam Smith, walked from Grasmere to Easedale Tarn, Sergeant Man, High Raise, Harrison Stickle, Stickle Tarn and down to the New Dungeon Ghyll.

The C party, led by Mike Sherriff, walked from Elterwater to Dale End, Slaters Bridge, Low Hall Garth, Castle Howe, Blea Moss, Blea Tarn, Side Farm and back to the New Dungeon Ghyll. The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, June 8, in the Borrowdale area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is www.morecambehframblingclub.co.uk.

CHARITY EVENT

A charity event will be held to raise funds for the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club at the Jubilee Working Men’s Club, Torrisholme, Morecambe, tomorrow, Friday, May 30, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by the band the New Orleans Z’Hulus, a group of musicians who play in the ‘old’ New Orleans tradition. All the members have either lived or spent a considerable time in New Orleans, recording or playing with the greats of this fine music. Tickets are £9 in advance from Norman on 01524 855772 or £10 on the door.

MUSIC SOCIETY

A varied programme of Song and Dance was presented by Ian Drummond to the members of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society at their latest meeting.

Among the songs were Basin Street Blues performed by Louis Armstrong, Bring Him Home sung by Alfie Boe, and instrumental versions of Summertime and Lullaby of Birdland by the Modern Jazz Quartet and George Shearing respectively. Ian also included movements from Tchaikovsky’s string quartet No 1, Mendelssohn’s cello sonata and the Jacques Lousier trio playing Bach’s Air on a G String.

The dancing featured Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Rudolph Nureyev, with ensemble pieces from Oklahoma, Oliver and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps the most intriguing performance was by a very junior Sammy Davis – singing, dancing and eating a hamburger.

John Day proffered a vote of thanks to Ian on behalf of all the members, and Bernard Hough was commended for his technical assistance and patience in preparing the programme.

When the society meets on Wednesday, June 4, it will be for a re-arranged video presentation by Bernard Hough. All are most welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.

GUIDED WALK

A guided walk, the Naples of the North, will start from outside the Breeze Cafe by the Battery, Morecambe, at 2pm on Saturday, May 31. The walk will explore the music halls, pleasure gardens, grand villas and domestic details from an area once known as Little Bradford. Places on the walk are £3 per person.

Further details from the tour guide Peter Wade on 01524 420905.

TOWNSWOMEN

Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet on Monday, June 2, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, when the speaker will be Peter Yates, chauffeur to Eric Morecambe. This will be an open afternoon when all are invited to attend. Admission £1.50 including refreshments.

Trips are being arranged for the group, one of lunch with an afternoon drive and a coffee stop in Kirkby Lonsdale, and another to Southport. Names will be taken at the next meeting. Further information from Pauline Reeves on 01524 850817.

PACT

The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place in the Heysham Library meeting room, Heysham Road, (please use side entrance) on Monday, June 2, at 7pm. All residents of Heysham South are invited.

FINE ARTS SOCIETY

Lunesdale Decorative and Fine Arts Society (LADFAS) heard a lecture by Kevin Karney entitled Life and Times of the Sundial: A Perspective on Civilisation’s most Enduring Timekeeper. Not only were the displays elegant and beautiful to look at, but the intellectual content was sophisticated and very well thought out, catapulting the group through the history of human timekeeping from Babylonian to modern times finishing with Einstein’s Theory of Time, and always relative to the humble but absolutely central sundial.

The next talk will be given on Tuesday, June 17, when Dr Xavier Bray (Dulwich Picture Gallery) will give a talk entitled Goya’s Portraits: The Spirit of an Age. This meeting will include the LDFAS annual meeting and the proceedings will start at 1.45pm. There are no lectures in July and August.

ORGAN CONCERTS

While the Ashton Hall was being used for the European elections the regular lunchtime organ concerts in aid of the Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project (AHORP) have been taking place in St John’s Church in Chapel Street, Lancaster, for the last three weeks.

This beautiful 200-year-old church with its interesting organ and wooden box pews attracted large audiences to hear the playing of Charles Edmondson of Kendal, Alistair McEwan from Scotland and David Hopkins of the Lancaster United Reformed Church. On May 14 a number of people from Vellore in India attended as their church is associated with the Lancaster URC which they were visiting that week. St John’s made everyone very welcome and all enjoyed the concerts.

Free Wednesday lunchtime concerts in the Ashton Hall resume on June 4 with Peter Morrison and Ian Hunter. They start at 12.40pm and a retiring donation is appreciated.

The 10th Lancaster Organ Festival, this Saturday, May 31, organised by the Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project, celebrates Lancaster as the City of Organs. Three of the city’s most renowned instruments will be showcased on the same day to give an exciting demonstration of what the city has to offer.

At 2pm, Damian Howard will play in the RC Cathedral and Ian Pattinson will give a recital on the newly restored Priory organ at 4pm. The magnificent Ashton Hall organ is featured at 6pm in a performance by Peter Littman from the Isle of Man.

Tickets for each concert cost £5 and are available at the door with reductions for accompanied children. For enquiries please telephone AHORP on 01524 840187.

BRIDGE

Results for week ending Friday, May 23, for Lancaster Bridge Club.

Monday evening: NS 1 Stephen Breuer, Richard Kirkman; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; EW 1 Colin Mitchell, Jean Higham; 2 Barbara Bruce, Pat Bottell.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Manuel Merino, Manuel Delgado; EW 1 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows; 2 Eva Hutchinson, Chris Chippendale.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 David Lowe, Ronald Howarth; 2= Michael Cox, Sandra Bell; 2= Stephen Breuer, Chris Chippendale; EW 1 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson; 2 Barbara Bruce, Pat Bottell.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Colin Barton, Angela Clare; 2 Eva Hutchinson, Alan Paylor; 3 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 4 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith. Friday evening: NS 1 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Raine; 2 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; EW 1 Don Nicolson, Sylvia Truesdale; 2 Lorna Lloyd, Pat Bottell.

BEEKEEPERS

Lancaster Beekeepers (LBK) saw a further eight people catch the buzz and complete their Beekeeping Basic Competency Course on May 24. They had all attended the Introductory Day Event in March and were keen to progress and learn the basic beekeeping skills. Over a period of four weeks the trainees spent a whole day at LBK’s apiary where they had a number of lectures, presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experience of inspecting a beehive and handling bees. All are now keen to acquire their own bees and to delve into the fascinating world of beekeeping.

If you are interested in finding out more about beekeeping, talking to beekeepers, looking inside a hive or just visiting the group’s apiary, then why not go along to the Open Day at the Apiary on Sunday, July 27, 10.30am to 4pm.

There will be bookable ‘bee tours’ at 11am and 2pm. For further details please telephone 01524 811978.

If you would like to know more about beekeeping in general and the activities of Lancaster Beekeepers see www.lancaster-beekeepers.org.uk.

KEEP FIT

Members of Lune Valley Keep Fit Association will be travelling to Fleetwood’s Marine Hall this Saturday, May 31, for the North West KFA regional event. The day will include a variety of dance and exercise classes suitable for all ages, followed by performances by teams from areas across the North West. The Lune Valley team will be giving a lively performance, dancing to Johnny B Goode. A coach is travelling from Carnforth and Lancaster to Fleetwood and anyone wishing to join the group for the day to participate, or spectate, please contact Ann on 01524 822738 for details.

CANCERCARE

Draw date May 23, 2014. First prize of £500: 104138 Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 08312 Lancaster. Third prizes of £10: 04224, 04294, 30307, 37415, 42859. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,900. To join telephone 01524 752444.