Social Scene: 20/02/14

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St John’s Hospice weekly draw 097. First prize £750: 10267. Second prize £250: 11458. Third prize £50: 10507. Runners-up prizes £10: 16411, 10236, 10584, 10306, 15056. Runners-up prizes £5: 11415, 10240, 11284, 11452, 17339. To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


Lancaster’s Moor Hospital: Then and Now, was the topic of Dr Sally Pidd’s talk to members of the Civic Society.

Dr Pidd worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Moor Hospital from 1980 until its closure in 2000.

When she started, locked wards were just being phased out, there were only three long-stay wards and rehabilitation was becoming all-important as patients, many of whom had been resident at the Moor for much of their lives, were being prepared to live in the community.

Lancaster’s long association with both the Moor and Royal Albert Hospitals, both of which were big employers in the area, perhaps gave the local population a better understanding of mental illness, possibly assisting the transition to care in the community.

With the closure of both institutions, many former staff bought up boarding houses in Morecambe and cared for patients under the Boarding Out scheme.

Here former patients lived in small communities, often looked after by the same people but with a degree of freedom and personal choice previously undreamt of.

The society’s next talk on Wednesday, March 12, will be entitled The Thirlmere Hundreds.


In the local chess league, Morecambe A beat Lancaster A 3.5-0.5, Morecambe Knights beat Kendal 3.5-0.5 and beat the Dragons 2.5-1.5, and the Dragons beat University B 4-0.

Lancaster A 0.5 Morecambe A 3.5: R Collins 0 G House 1, J Beckett 0 J Lyth 1, C Fisher 0.5 C Heald 0.5, B Cornish 0 S Murray 1.

Kendal 0.5 Morecambe Knights 3.5: J Rashleigh 0 N Jameson 1, J Dobson 0 M Farthing 1, D Dean 0.5 S Parker 0.5, K Jackson 0 J Marshall 1.

Morecambe Knights 2.5 Dragons 1.5: N Jameson 1 W Fairbairn 0, M Farthing 1 L Bland 0, J Marshall 0.5 J Chibnall 0.5, G Bennett 0 L Ba Thein 1.

University B 0 Dragons 4: J Ebockayuk 0 W Fairbairn 1, J Bastow 0 J Chibnall 1, P Wileman 0 L Ba Thein 1, (default) 0 P Purvis 1.

League positions: Morecambe Knights P 6,9pts; Morecambe A P 4, 7 pts; Lancaster A P 5; 7pts, Dragons P 5, 6pts; University A P 3, 4 pts; Kendal P 4, 3 pts; Bare Village P 5, 2pts; University B P6, 0pts.


Draw date February 14, 2014: First prize of £500: 34866 Allithwaite. Second prize of £50: 33355 Milnthorpe. Third prizes of £10: 02508, 06446, 07128, 30445, 37087. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £500. To join telephone 01524 752444.


The Rainbow Centre is a community centre for the over 55s on Clarence Street, Morecambe, which has several new courses starting in the next few weeks with places available.

These include improvers French, holiday Spanish and jewellery and card making. For more information please ring the Rainbow Centre on 01524 415502.


The new Greenspace Groups Forum is for anyone volunteering with a ‘Friends of’ or other similar group, and will be used to generate ideas, share resources and learn new skills.

Although aimed at committee members, anyone is welcome. The next meeting will be held at The York Hotel, Lancaster Road, Morecambe, on Monday, February 24, at 9pm, with the theme Communication.

On Monday, April 7, the group will meet at 7.30pm at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, Morecambe, with a theme of Volunteers. For further information contact Simon Gershon on 01524 542742,


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on February 10, member Dave Weatherley gave a presentation entitled Confessions of a Holiday Guide. Dave is a holiday guide with HF Holidays who arrange outdoor adventure type holidays.

The members were able to view a selection from around the world and learn how they were made.

The group’s meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe, and on Monday, February 24, the group will produce their annual movie.


In a programme she described as “egotistical” at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society, Doreen Bennett featured composers whose surnames spelt out her initials.

Beginning with the Carnival overture by Dvorak and his serenade for wind instruments, Doreen introduced three pieces by Mozart and followed these with three different composers – Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Gordon Arkwright themed his programme around Smetana’s Moldau and other pieces related to rivers.

These meandered through Moon River, Tit Willow from The Mikado and others, before he completed his programme with Ode to the Yellow River by Xian Xing-Hi.

Chairman Dorothy Loach offered a vote of thanks for both presenters.

When the society meets on Wednesday, February 26, the presenter will be Gerry Maguire.

All are most welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.


Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting was the results of competition four, judged by John Fletcher.

John has acted as judge on a number of occasions and always manages to give advice and encouragement to competition authors.

The results were – Set subject, A Day at the Coast: 1 John Campbell, 2 Peter Bagnall, 3 Fernley Stribling; Highly commended: John Hughes and Anne Staniforth.

Natural history: 1 John Hughes, 2 John Hughes, 3 Fernley Stribling; Highly commended: Mike Staniforth and Angela Martin.

Open: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Fernley Stribling, 3 Derek Mackie; Highly commended: Angela Martin and John Hughes.

John Hughes had another very successful competition but it was good to see some new names featuring in the awards.

Next week’s meeting is an illustrated talk by Sheila Davies entitled Exotic Wildlife. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit


The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two guest mediums this weekend.

Mathew Vance from Blackpool will be visiting this Saturday, February 22, at 7.30pm, and Trevor Shaw from Fleetwood will visit on Sunday, February 23, at 2.30pm.

Both mediums will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Mediumship before giving a demonstration.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a Spiritual Healing Service for all with trained healers are in attendance.

On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is the Open Circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship after one of them gives a short talk about their understanding of Spiritualism.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour where local people discuss Spiritualism and its beneficial effect on lives.

The church is wheelchair friendly with disabled facilities.


The Promenade Concert Orchestra will be presenting a talk by Dave Guest, BBC North West chief reporter, at The Hot House, More Music, Devonshire Road, Morecambe, at 3pm on Sunday, March 9. The talk is entitled Scoops, Scandals and Skateboarding Dogs – The Everyday Life of a TV Reporter.

Tickets cost £10 and include a cream tea, and can be purchased from Val Rogerson, 6 Albany Road, Morecambe, LA4 4JY, 01524 412552. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope and cheques should be made payable to The Promenade Concert Orchestra. Booking to be made before Saturday, March 1.


St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee this Saturday, February 22, from 2pm (weather permitting). On Sunday, February 23, at St Peter’s, Parish Communion will be at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (CW) at 11am. St James Sunday School will start at 9.30am and Holy Communion at 11am.


Fortunately there was a lull in the recent storms which allowed members of the Ramblers’ Association to set out on their first footpath-checking walks of the 2014.

These fortnightly explorations aim to take note of the condition of the public rights of way in the Lancaster Group’s area which stretches from Silverdale to Cockerham, Morecambe to Dent.

Due to the unpredictable weather the walkers only strayed as far as Scotforth, Stodday and Aldcliffe.

One group took to the paths to the south around Burrow Beck and Stodday, whilst other walkers went west through the Padfields and Freeman’s Wood.

Not surprisingly the groups came across fallen trees and flooded paths, but the general condition of the routes was good, with only a couple of stiles needing attention. This was a positive start to the new season, but the group will inevitably find problems as the year progresses.

If you come across any difficulties on Rights of Way, ring the group’s footpath secretary on 01524 32816.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, February 14.

Monday evening: NS 1 Richard Willey, Jean Higham; 2 Mike Cleaver, Mick Curran; EW 1 Michael Wardle, Mariet Allen; 2 Sheila Dearnley, Barbara Bruce.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; 2 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; EW 1 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw.

Wednesday evening: 1= Stephen Raine, Colin Mitchell; 1= Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; 3 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 4 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Colin Barton, Angela Clare; 2 Jennifer Griffith, Pamela White; 3 Beryl Helliwell, Alan Paylor; 4 Deborah Robinson, Liz Dean. Friday evening: 1 Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 3= Lorna Lloyd, Pat Bottell; 3= Don Nicolson, Sylvia Truesdale.