Social News

Haworth Station, with the village of Haworth in the background.
Haworth Station, with the village of Haworth in the background.

This week’s Social News.


The Olive Branch is a Christian charity which serves and helps the socially disadvantaged in the Lancaster area. Its food bank, which provides free emergency food to local families in difficulty, is preparing for an increased demand as the winter season approaches.

In conjunction with Lancaster Priory in the season of harvest festivals, and with a focus on giving to those in need, it is organising a four kilometre fun run/walk to raise funds and awareness 
of its work for the local community.

The run starts at Lancaster Priory at 4pm on Saturday, October 4, and will proceed along St George’s Quay.

More runners or walkers are needed to make this a real success, and members of the public are invited to encourage the participants along the way.

Registration is £4 per person. To obtain a form and register please contact The Olive Branch, 1 Westbourne Road, Lancaster, LA1 5DB, telephone (01524) 555715, email


The next meeting of the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society will be held on Monday, October 20, at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be Tom Atherton who will give a talk on growing sweet peas.

New members and visitors welcome. Admission free. For further details contact Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit


Lancaster Fellwalkers were blessed with a warm, sunny day with fantastic views for their walks in the Coniston area.

H Preston led B party from Blawith to Beacon Tarn and on the Cumbria Way to Coniston Water. Their walk was nine and a half miles with 500ft of ascent.

All other walks started at Torver. A minus, led by M Leach, went to Torver Low Common, Greaves Ground, Brocklebank Ground, Torver High Common and Walna Scar Road on a walk of 11 miles and almost 2,000ft of ascent.

M Scarisbrick led A party on a strenuous walk of 11 miles and 3,800ft of ascent.

They went via White Maiden, Walna Scar Road, Brown Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Swirl How and Levers Water.

A plus party, led by C Dalziel, had a similar walk with an additional two miles taking in Wetherlam. All walks ended in Coniston village with welcome refreshments.

The next outing is to Downham for walks in the Pendle area on Sunday, October 5.

For further information and photos of these and recent walks visit the club website on or telephone 01524 858243.


Members of the Keep Fit Association from the Lune Valley area will be joining colleagues from across the UK at South Cheshire College, Crewe, for the Association’s annual meeting and a day of keep fit activities, on Saturday, October 4. Organisers expect around 300 to take part.

During the day teams will perform demonstration keep fit items, and tutors from the North West Region will lead keep fit sessions of movement to music.

Ann Wardle, a local teacher from Bolton-le-Sands, will be leading one of these sessions.

The day’s proceedings will include the 57th National Annual Meeting of the Keep Fit Association.

Organisers hope that the day will provide a major opportunity for women and men of all ages, who appreciate the benefits of dance and movement, to share high-quality exercise and an enjoyable social occasion.


The North Lancashire Group of the Alpine Garden Society started the new autumn season with a lecture entitled Patagonia by Alan Oatway, a member of the local group and of the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird, Windermere.

Patagonia is at the extreme south of Argentina and Chile, below latitude 37 degrees south, with the Andes providing a harsh climate, windswept landscapes, glaciers and high snow capped mountains.

Superb photography enabled Alan to provide the audience with images of his theme of plants, peaks and penguins. A visit was made to Punta Arenas to see the Magellanic Penguins.

Alan emphasised that touring in Patagonia involves careful planning because of the remoteness, sparse population and lack of tourist accommodation near to good plant sites.

In spite of the difficulties first rate images of the great variety of Patagonian flora was shown in the lecture and appreciated by the audience.

A well deserved vote of thanks was proposed by Frank Hoyle.


Lancaster Chess Club’s annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 30, in the club room at the Reform Club, Great John Street/Stonewell, at 7.30pm. Old and new members are invited to attend.

The club will then met every Tuesday and Friday evening. Further details from secretary Dick Collins (01524 60242).

Morecambe Chess Club meets every Wednesday evening at Morecambe Cricket Club on Woodhill Lane. Further details from secretary Norman Blade on 01524 421125.

The annual meeting of the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Chess League, will be held at Lancaster Chess Club on Friday, October 17. Further details from secretary Lawrence Bland (01524 39447).


Draw date September 19, 2014. First prize of £500: 12609 Poulton-le-Fylde. Second prize of £50: 09612 Borwick, Carnforth. Third prizes of £10: 00673, 00973, 33452, 35310, 44666. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,600. To join telephone 01524 752444.


A joint Animal Charity Coffee Morning will be held at the Platform, Morecambe, on Thursday, October 2, from 10am. Local animal charities will have table top stalls and Save A Pet will be selling refreshments.

Various stalls will include books, toiletries, bric-a-brac, hand-made cards and much more. Free admission, all welcome.


A guided walk, Victoria and Albert, explores the theme of sin and salvation among the pleasure palaces and places of worship in Victorian Morecambe.

The walk starts outside the Winter Gardens, Morecambe, at 2pm this Saturday, September 27. Places are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


Torrisholme’s Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a full day, finishing at Haworth, this Saturday, September 27.

The A walk, led by Mark Shackleton, will be a circular from Haworth, starting from the car park and joining the Bronte Way leading to Penistone Country Park. The group will ascend the trigpoint at Penistone Hill for a magnificent view of the surrounding area before descending to rejoin the Bronte Way and on to Moor Side Lane and Drop Farm to follow a moorland path to pass Leeshaw reservoir.

Walkers will ascend Bond Clough Hill and Oxenhope Stoop Hill then cross open moorland (very boggy) to Dick Delf Hill to join the Pennine Way, passing the ruins at Top Withins to Upper Heights Farm and turning off to descend to Bronte Bridge.

The will follow the Bronte Way back to Moor Side Lane and retrace their steps back into Haworth. Some magnificent views with lots of heather on the moorland. The highest point will be Dick Delf Hill at 1,4695ft, eight and a half miles.

The B walk, led by Sylvia Dyson, will be a circular from Haworth starting at the car park, walking to Stanbury, Master Stone, Top Withens and back across Haworth Moor to Bronte Bridge, Enshaw Knoll and into Haworth, eight miles with 900ft of ascent.

Walk C, led by Elaine Hall, will be the Railway Children Walk, a circular starting from Haworth Railway Station, walking to Oxenhope, Oakworth and back to Haworth through fields and paths alongside the railway.

It has many gates and few stiles.

Pick-up time is 9am from the Church of the Ascension. Guests and new members are always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707.

Non-walkers are welcome to book on the coach to take advantage of visiting picturesque Haworth, a well- known tourist destination and home of the Bronte sisters and heritage Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Download a copy of the summer programme from


The Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra will visit the Ascension Church, Torrisholme, Morecambe, tomorrow, Friday, September 26, with a concert starting at 7.30pm.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the country’s leading 
youth orchestras on home ground.

Tickets are available from Chris on 01524 413144 or from John Martin Newsagents, Torrisholme, priced at £10 including light refreshments. It will also be possible to pay on the door.


The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome guest medium Mary Johnson from Maryport this Saturday, September 27, at 7.30pm and also on Sunday, September 28, at 2.30pm, at the Divine Service.

Mary will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship at both events.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship after a discussion on Spiritualism. Also on Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing 

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm the Temple Bright Hour is held, a caring and sharing group meeting.

A wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation, readings and mediumship with every one welcome to all of the services.

The church is wheelchair-friendly and has disabled facilities.


Fifteen riders met at the Boot and Shoe for the CTC Lancaster and South Lakes ride to Beacon Fell Park, led by Nigel Cole.

Setting off on a bright but slightly chilly morning, they crossed the A6 and made for the tranquillity of the Lune Cycle Path at Aldcliffe via the canal path at Deep Cutting. Heading south past 
Condor Green and along Jeremy Lane, they briefly returned to the main Cockerham road but were soon happily back to the quieter lanes around Forton.

After re-crossing the A6 at New Holly the cyclists headed for Scorton and along the NCN 6 to Sandholme Bridge, where they climbed the long hill for a welcome coffee stop at Cobble Hey.

Ten riders then continued on an anti-clockwise circular route to Beacon Fell Park in warm sunshine along Oakenclough Lane, past the Bowland Fells Gliding club, with extensive views towards Bowland, Pendle and Longridge fells.

They then turned back west, riding up Rigg Lane and around to the visitor centre for their lunch break.

Afterwards they descended back to Garstang via Walmsley Bridge and Claughton before heading north west once again.

At Winmarleigh a sharp right turn headed them back east to Scorton for final refreshments before returning to Lancaster, up Cleveley Bank and along Miller’s Brow for a last view of the fells.

They then dropped down to Galgate and followed the cycle track back to Scotforth, ending a most enjoyable and varied ride of 54-miles in glorious late summer sunshine.

This Sunday’s ride is to Kendal, led by Mike Hutchinson and Rosie Dooley, leaving Beaumont at 9am.


Results for week ending Friday, September 19, for Lancaster Bridge Club. Monday evening: NS 1 Margaret Nolan, Michael Nolan; 2 Guy Griffith, Robert Fildes; EW 1 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood; 2 Stephen Breuer, Gordon Phillips.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; 2 Jean Nightingale, Yvonne Leydon; EW 1 Margaret Ingram, Mary Waters; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw.

Wednesday evening: 1 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 2 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan; 3 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Raine; 4 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Alan Paylor, Angela Clare; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Ken Maguire; 3 Alan Waters, Mary Waters; 4= Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 4= Keith Bradshaw, Stephanie Arkwright.

Friday evening: 1 David Strawbridge, Sandra Bell; 2= Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 2= Douglas Cameron, John Lea; 4 Yvonne Leydon, Mavis Foster.