Social News

Lancaster Library.
Lancaster Library.

This week’s Social News.


Christ Church (United Reformed) Church, Broadway, Morecambe, invites everyone for coffee and chat this Saturday March 28 in the small hall from 10am to 11.45am.


Thurnham WI’s next meetings will be on Tuesdays April 28 and May 26, when the speakers will talk on Inside a Lakeland Farmhouse, Project Linus UK and The Seven Ages of Woman.

The group usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Thurnham Institute at 7.30pm. New members welcome.heart concern

The group’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 14 when the speaker will be Heather Marlow Stephenson with the topic Antarctica.

The first of the group’s social walks will be on Saturday April 11 at 2pm at the Longlands Hotel, just north of Carnforth. Stout footwear is recommended as the canal towpath will be used. All welcome.

History group

Lancaster and District Family History Group’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday April 1, when Russell Brown will be giving a talk entitled The Wartime Aviation of the Fylde. For more information please visit website or telephone 01524 7851504.

Alpine society

The next meeting of the North Lancashire Group of the Alpine Society will be held on Thursday April 16, 7.30pm, at Greaves Methodist Church, Lancaster, for a mini show of Alpine plants and a members’ photographic competition.


The next meeting of the Civic Society will be held on Wednesday April 8 when the talk will be on the Heysham/M6 Link Road.


Churchgoers at the Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two mediums this weekend. This Saturday March 28 at 7.30pm Steven Hemingway from Blackpool will attend and on Sunday March 29 Mark Vance, also from Blackpool, will conduct the Divine Service at 2.30pm. Both mediums will give a short address on the Philosophy of Spiritualism before a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the temple’s Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to discuss Spiritualism, with meditation, prayers and readings.

Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service where Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance. Come along and experience the peaceful atmosphere. Also on Wednesdays, at 6.30pm, there is time for a chat, with refreshments, before the Open Circle which starts at 7.30p.


The King’s Own and Lancaster in 1915 is the subject of the next talk at the City Museum on Friday May 8 at 1pm, with Mr Donnelly.


Lancaster’s atheist church – part of the international Sunday Assembly Movement – meets at 11am on the third Sunday of every month at the Gregson Centre, Moorgate, Lancaster. Everyone is welcome and the content is purely secular, but people of any religion are also invited to join. To find out more go to or telephone James on 01524 35757.


Central Ladies Tuesday Group would like to thank all who helped to make the coffee morning at Torrisholme’s Ascension Church such a marvellous success. The event raised approximately £550 for the annual Chernobyl Children’s holiday.


The Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society’s monthly meeting took place on March 16 when Keith Middleton gave an interesting demonstration of making bonsai containers from expanding foam, timber, compost and PVA glue and slate. Growing fuchsias as bonsai plants is becoming increasingly popular and home-made pots not only look good but are very cost effective.

The society’s next open meeting will be held on Monday May 18 at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be top grower Norman McMullen who will be talking about his way of growing fuchsias for pleasure and showing.

New members and visitors welcome, admission free. Further details from Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit


Lancaster Bridge Club results for week ending Friday March 20. Monday evening: NS 1 Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; 2 Tony Saville, John Bristow; EW 1 Deborah Robinson, Sylvia Truesdale; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Carmel Ryan. Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw; 2= Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2= Ashley Toms, Tony Saville; EW 1 Vera Towers, Dorothy Barber; 2 Sheila Horton, Sylvia Truesdale.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; 2 Mike Speed, Stan Hayes; EW 1 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan; 2 Joyce Snellgrove, Lawrence Bland. Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2= Michael Wardle, Olive Jones; 2= Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; EW 1 Jean Russell, Margaret Ingram; 2= Keith Bradshaw, Stephanie Arkwright; 2= Anne Clark, Sheila Greenwood.

Friday evening (80th birthday party): NS 1 Vivien Cleaver, Mike Cleaver; 2 Jean Higham, Richard Willey; EW 1 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Breuer; 2 Frank Sutcliffe, Carmel Ryan.


On March 21 Lancaster Beekeepers held their sixth annual meeting at St Paul’s Parish Hall. The meeting was preceded by a talk by Phil Chandler, the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper and an acknowledged expert on alternative or sustainable beekeeping. Phil’s talk was entitled Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives in which he was keen to emphasise that the three main principles of natural or balanced beekeeping were that it should be bee-friendly, people-friendly and eco-friendly.

At the conclusion of the annual and business meeting several certificates were presented to members of the club who had passed British Beekeepers’ Association exams. Lancaster Beekeepers’ Certificates awarding honorary lifetime membership of the club were presented to Richard and Linda Wilson in recognition of their many years of outstanding service.

Forthcoming events include a lecture by an eminent Professor of Entomology from the USA, Prof Keith Delaplane, on Thursday April 16 at Lancaster House Conference Centre, and a Basic Beekeeping Competency Course starting on Saturday May 2 for four consecutive Saturdays.

For further information on these events and if you would like to know more about beekeeping and the activities of Lancaster Beekeepers, please go to


Lancaster library events in the run up to Easter – Friday March 27, 7pm to 9pm, open ‘private view’ of exhibition by local artists, meet the artists, buy their work; Sunday March 29, 10am to 3pm, Vintage Fair with clothes and bric-a-brac.


At 7.30pm this Friday March 27 the Lancaster RSPB Local Members’ Group is holding an indoor meeting at Over Kellet Village Hall when Peter Smith will be making a presentation entitled Seagulls to Eagles, an illustrated talk about the birds that may be seen from our coasts to the mountain tops. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The piano was well-favoured as a members’ choice during the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

Chopin, Louise Ferrance, a piano concerto by Jan Dussek and two of Charlie Kunz’s medleys were especially well received. Bizet’s Pearl Fishers’ duet, a Kathleen Ferrier aria, the catalogue song from Don Giovanni and songs by Annie Lennox and Paul Anka comprised all the vocals.

There was, however, Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words played by Jacqueline du Pre and his violin concerto as instrumental pieces to compare with two Mantovani recordings and a couple by Harry Roy and his band from the 1930s. The society’s own composer introduced his Turkish Rock composition; there was the theme from The Deer Hunter and Carl Ziller’s concert overture to The Birdseller. But top marks must go to Sky’s updated rendering of JS Bach’s toccata and fugue.

Chairman Dorothy Loach commended Gerry Maguire for his “masterful control of the music”, as he stood in for the absent Bernard Hough. When the society meets on Wednesday April 8 it will be for another of Bernard’s video presentations. All are welcome to attend the Church of the Ascension’s Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.


Morecambe Camera Club held the final competition of the season, the Annual Digital Image Competition. John Fletcher was welcomed back to judge, commenting on the high quality of the images entered.

Results – Best colour image: 1 John Hughes, 2 David Dempster, 3 Ellen Bell. Panel of four: 1 Keith Knowles, 2 John Hughes, 3 Fernley Stribling. Nature: 1 John Hughes, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 David Dempster. Portrait: 1 Phil Bell, 2 Bryan Trigwell, 3 Keith Knowles. Pictorial: 1 Keith Knowles, 2 Julie Loreto, 3 Kate Mabson. Table top: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Janet Taylor, 3 Kate Mabson.

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


Draw date March 20 2015. First prize of £500: 39633 Bolton-le-Sands. Second prize of £50: 30532 Holme. Third prizes of £10: 01039, 08422, 08691, 15004, 34093. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £2,500. To join telephone 01524 752444.


The next walk for Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club will be in the Silecroft area this Sunday March 29. If wishing to join the walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702 or visit


Morecambe Bay Movie Makers joined Lancaster Photographic Society for a 50/50 evening of movies and AV presentations. The movie makers showed their main film, Inspirational People, which followed the Olympic torch travelling through the local area, followed by a number of shorter movies including a comedy animation, building of the Heysham Link road and holidays.

The hosts gave three AV travelogue presentations of St Kilda, Myanmar and Thailand, making for a colourful international journey enjoyed by both groups.


Tomorrow Friday March 27 at 7.30pm the Ascension Church, Torrisholme, Morecambe, will welcome the St Laurence Singers to perform Stainer’s Crucifixion, a musical setting of the Passion Story. Tickets are available from the church at £5 or pay on the door.


The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street, Morecambe, offers activities for the over 50s from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm. The centre also has a cafe for lunch, snacks and refreshments. Activities on offer include short mat bowling, tai chi, art, whist, pilates, bridge, dancing, Scrabble, table tennis, discussion groups and writers’ and singers’ groups.

Computer courses are available for all abilities and the camera club meets monthly. To find out more either visit the club or telephone 01524 415502.


Reflexions is a course held at Morecambe Library on Thursdays until May 21, 3pm to 4.30pm, when unique sessions build a ‘toolbox’ for natural self-healing, to maintain health, harmony and balance. For further information and to book telephone Joyce Ardis on 01524 812827. The cost per session is £8.


The next meeting of the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will be held on Monday April 20 due to bank holidays when the speaker will be Mr N Currie with a talk entitled My Criminal Past.

The meeting will be held at 2pm at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, admission £1.50 which includes a raffle and refreshments.

New members always welcome.

There are two seats still available for the trip to Boundary Mill on Monday April 27 and an outing is being arranged to the Yorkshire Dales, date to follow. All enquiries please to Pauline on 01524 850817.