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The George and Dragon, St. George's Quay, Lancaster.
The George and Dragon, St. George's Quay, Lancaster.

A weekly look at local life.


CancerCare draw date December 12 2014. First prize of £500: 100115 Kendal. Second prize of £50: 07978 Carnforth. Third prizes of £10: 03299, 05712, 09517, 31576, 35480. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,100. To join telephone 01524 752444.


The Lunesdale Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), promoting real ale and cider in the district which stretches from Tewitfield to Garstang and out to Ribblehead and Austwick, is holding a gentle afternoon stroll on Christmas Eve around the ‘Northern City of Ale’ sampling beers produced for Christmas, starting at the White Cross at 12.30pm.

Further details can be obtained from pubs officer Lawrence Bland on 01524 39447.

The next branch meeting will be held on Monday, January 5, at the George and Dragon on The Quay, Lancaster, starting at 8pm.


A large congregation, ranging from young uniformed cadets to retired servicemen, supported Lancaster Military Heritage Group’s annual carol service at Lancaster RC Cathedral on December 9.

The service was arranged by Fr Andrew Dawson, assistant priest at the Cathedral, together with Major Jimmy Evans and Colonel Peter Dew on behalf of the group. Singing was led by the cathedral choristers and organist Damian Howard.

Chaplain to Lancashire Army Cadets, Fr John Moriarty, reflected on the Battle of Dunkirk and D-Day during World War Two and prayers were led by the Rev Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster, and the Rev Robert Canham, former minister of Trinity United Reformed Church, Lancaster.

Readings were given by Able Cadet Lauren Wallword, of Morecambe and Heysham Sea Cadets; Colour Sgt James Nichol, of Lancashire Army Cadets; Cpl Lily Knight, of 345 (City of Lancaster) Squadron, Air Training Corps; Sgt Amy Crossley, of 455 (Morecambe and Heysham) Squadron, Air Training Corps; Squadron Leader Brian Jefferson, of the RAF Volunteer Reserve; Colonel Alan Jolly, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire; and Coun Susie Charles, Mayor of Lancaster.

A collection was divided between Lancaster District Homeless Action Service and the cathedral.

Colonel Dew welcomed everyone and Captain John Lean, chairman of the group, expressed thanks.

Afterwards, seasonal refreshments were served by cathedral volunteers in the social centre.


NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for more people in Lancaster to make time to give a gift only they can give and make a blood donation at the session at the Lancaster TA Centre, Caton Road, on Friday, January 2, between 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. Telephone 0300 123 2323 to make an appointment.


The meeting of the North Lancashire Bridleways Society on November 11 was attended by Mark Weston, the Bhs Director of Access, Safety and Welfare. Mark received a cheque for £1,000 from North Lancashire Bridleways Society towards the access fund. It is imperative that the historic Rights of Way are noted on the definitive map by 2026.

Guest for the evening was Jo Birbeck who gave an excellent talk about the horses she has helped, their problems and the methods she used.

The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday January 13 at the Hest Bank Memorial Hall, Slyne, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be Peter Bousted, a renowned fell breeder and international judge.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting the premiere of the club’s video diary of last year was shown.

This diary is a collection of members’ movies of places, events and happenings notable to each contributor. The diary had been edited by Graham Easton with a linking commentary and theme.

The second part of the evening was used to look at some excerpts of the early entries for this year’s edition of the video diary.

During the interval Graham Easton was presented with the Fred Dibden Trophy for services to the club over the past year and in particular for coordinating the current club project, the videoing of the construction of the M6 to Heysham Link Road.


The last meeting of the year for Morecambe Camera Club was the usual social evening with a buffet provided by members which produced an excellent spread. Competition secretary Anne Staniforth had arranged several fun quizzes making lots of banter.

The group is now looking forward to the New Year when on Thursday, January 8, there will be the results of competition three with its three set subjects

For further details of the club please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at


There was a selection of pieces for the final Members’ Choice evening of the year at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

A Spanish Nativity carol sung by The Priests, another carol by Aled Jones, two items from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kyje Suite, Frosty the Snowman by the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride played by the Royal Marines who were also featured playing songs from the 1920s.

These were all interspersed with classical orchestral music including Dvorak’s eighth symphony, Albinoni’s adagio, Mozart’s first symphony (at the tender age of 9) and three Hungarian dances.

In lighter classic vein were an aria from Tosca, the Fron Male Voice Choir, Music of the Night sung by Michael Crawford, and a Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu played on the clarinet by Emma Johnson.

There were also a couple of songs from 1930, a member’s own composition from East of Vienna and two silly songs from The Grand Duke, before the chairman Dorothy Loach brought the evening to a close with a final carol – Good King Wenceslas.

Bernard Hough was heartily commended for once again arranging all these varied selections into an acceptable order. After the Christmas festivities the society will meet for the first time in 2015 on Wednesday, January 7, when the presenter will be Tony Kadelbach. Further information is readily available from Gordon on 421537.


The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s last walks of this year will be on a full day, finishing at Appleby, this Saturday, December 20.

The A walk will be led by Andrew Holden, the B walk by Jenny Hebblethwaite and the C walk by Elsie Dowthwaite.

Pick-up time will be 9am from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Non-walkers are welcome to book on the coach.

The group’s next social evening will be a Jacob’s join supper with games and a raffle on Wednesday, January 14, to be held in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension. All welcome, members and non-members.


The speaker at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End, Morecambe, this Saturday December 20 at 7.30pm will be Stuart Wilson and on Sunday December 21 at 2.30pm it will be Adrian, Sue and Linda.

On both occasions the mediums will talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism before demonstrating their mediumship. Both services will be candlelit with mince pies and a cup of tea or coffee after.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service with all welcome. No charge for healing just free will offering for church heating. Experience the benefit received from this peaceful service.

Also on Wednesdays there is an Open Mediumship Circle where local mediums give demonstrations after a talk about their beliefs.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet.

After the service this Sunday, December 21, the church will close until Saturday, January 3, with thanks to all who have helped the church in activities over the year. The church is collecting food, beverages, toiletries, bedding, sleeping bags, flasks, clean clothing, jeans, hats, gloves, scarves, etc, for the homeless shelters. There are also collections of tinned and dried food for the animal shelter.

Everyone is most welcome to all the services. The church is wheelchair friendly with disabled access and facilities available.


On Sunday December 21, at 9.30am at St James’ there will be a service, Blue Christmas, for people who may be grieving or sad at this time of year.

This will be followed by Parish Communion at 11am, and at 4pm there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

On Christmas Eve at 6pm there will be a Christingle Service and at 11.30pm Communion will be held.

On Christmas Day Holy Communion will be at 9.30am and on Sunday, December 28, Parish Communion will be held at 11am.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday December 5.

Monday evening: NS 1 Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; 2 Richard Willey, Jean Higham; EW 1 Ros Lucas, Liz Dean; 2 Colin Barton, Deborah Robinson.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; 2 Tony Saville, Ashley Toms; EW 1 Yvonne Leydon, Jean Russell; 2 Ann Cleet, Mavis Noden.

Wednesday evening: 1 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; 2 Tony Saville, Jean Higham; 3 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; 4 Mary Cameron, Douglas Cameron.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 3 Jennifer Griffith, Pamela White; 4 Yvonne Leydon, Mavis Foster.

Friday evening: NS 1 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 2 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; EW 1 Allan Holden, Barry Robertshaw; 2 Ros Lucas, Pat Bottell.

Results for week ending Friday December 12.

Monday evening: NS 1 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood; 2 Jean Higham, Richard Willey; EW 1 Deborah Robinson, Liz Dean; 2 Ros Lucas, Stuart Seward. Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; EW 1 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows; 2 Doreen Hardman, Jean Higham.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Mike Rothwell, Sally-Ann Rothwell; 2 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Colin Mitchell; 2 David Lowe, Jackie Pye.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Angela Clare, Alan Paylor; 2= Jean Nightingale, Beryl Robertshaw; 2= Eva Hutchinson, Olive Jones; 4 Alan Waters, Mary Waters.

Friday evening: NS 1 Stephen Raine, Liam Aspden; 2 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; EW 1 Jean Higham, Margaret Nolan; 2 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson.


Ian Kelly gave a fascinating account of the life of Beau Brummell to members of the Lunesdale Decorative and Fine Arts Society (LADFAS), which also, it transpired, turned out to be a mini social history of Georgian 

Few listening to this delightful and amusing lecture could have been aware of the importance of Brummell to the social life of the city, or the impact he made on the uniform of men throughout the world to the present day.

Brummell’s father was the son of a London courtesan living in one of the top rooms of the Prime Minister’s house, in what is actually 10 Downing Street.

His father was able to become one of the richest men in London due to the entrepreneurial ethos of the city.

His mother was a courtesan and the parents lived together for many years before marrying to legitimise their two sons.

Both sons went to Eton, and it was here that Brummell designed, and had executed a uniform for the two brothers, which is approximately the uniform of the school today.

The next talks will be on Tuesday January 20 when Julian Richards will give a talk entitled Inspired by Stonehenge, and Tuesday February 17, when Dominic Riley will give a talk entitled The Whole Art of the 

The venue is Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall and talks start promptly at 2.15pm.