Social Scene: 02/01/14

Members of  Lancashire Dotcom Walkers present Chrissie Moore and Mark Blundell, owners of The Stork at Conder Green with a certificate to acknowledge the pub as the walking group's pub of the year.
Members of Lancashire Dotcom Walkers present Chrissie Moore and Mark Blundell, owners of The Stork at Conder Green with a certificate to acknowledge the pub as the walking group's pub of the year.
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This week’s Social Scene news.

Bridge club

Lancaster Bridge Club results for week ending Friday, December 20.

Monday evening: NS 1st Richard Kirkman and Stephen Breuer; 2nd Margaret Nolan and Michael Nolan; EW 1st Colin Mitchell and Sandra Bell; 2nd David Needham and Frank Sutcliffe.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1st Richard Willey and Joan Lambert; 2nd Jean Nightingale and Joan Rose; EW 1st Hilary Lewis and Daphne Davis; 2nd Jean Higham and Doreen Hardman.

Wednesday evening: NS 1st Audrey Ellis and Susan Winder; 2nd Tony Saville and Jean Higham; EW 1st Margaret Nolan and Michael Nolan; 2nd Joyce Snellgrove and Elizabeth Huckerby.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1st Alan Paylor and Chris Chippendale; 2nd Beryl Helliwell and Ken Maguire; EW 1st Jennifer Griffith and Pamela White; 2nd Deborah Robinson and Liz Dean.

Friday evening: NS 1st Stephen Raine and Liam Aspden; 2nd Hilary Jones and Pat Bottell; EW 1st Pat Ormesby and Joyce Snellgrove; 2nd Don Nicolson and Sylvia Truesdale.


Draw date December 27, 2013. First prize of £500: 33,164 Kendal. Second prize of £50: 33,224 Kendal. Third prizes of £10: 02501, 30,113, 35,467, 44,368, 55,528. No jackpot prize winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £4,500. To join telephone 01524 752444.

Deaf drama group

A drama group in Lancaster for young creative deaf people is ready to welcome new members in January.

The Dukes Deaf Drama Group opens its doors on January 7 and every Tuesday evening throughout term time.

It was inspired by Deaf Jam, a signed karaoke event held at The Dukes in September, which proved a hit with deaf young people.

“I saw a lot of creativity at Deaf Jam and thought it would be great if this could happen more regularly,” said freelance theatre director, Jilly Sumsion.

The sessions which run from 7.30-9pm at DT3 just up Moor Lane from The Dukes, are open to deaf people aged 16 plus, their support or their friends.

There will be drama games, plenty of fun and laughter and opportunities to work towards a performance piece.

“We hope the group will help people to build their self-confidence, express themselves and meet new people. They have to be willing to have a go but no previous acting experience is required, “ said Jilly.

Knowledge of sign language is not essential though there will be experienced signers at the sessions

“The Dukes is one of the best theatre companies for valuing and treating people as equals,” said Jilly. “Their voices are heard and help influence what goes on in the building and they become very much part of The Dukes family.”

The sessions are £5 per week (support goes free). For more information or to book your place, email

Rambling Club

Torrisholme Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Burton-in-Kendal on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

The ‘A’ walk will be led by Andrew Holden and starts from Burton-in-Kendal joining the Lancaster Canal (north), leaving the canal at Dukes Bridge to climb Farleton Fell. Return to Burton is via Pickles Wood and Slape Lane. Eight miles and 800 feet. There will be mud.

The ‘B’ walk will be led by Madge and Ray Salisbury and starts 400 yards before the motorway bridge at Tewitfield, taking the footpath over the M6 and then via Kirkgate Lane to Priest Hutton.

On the edge of the village there will be a pick up at footpath which goes via Dalton Old Hall to the Hutton Roof National Nature Reserve.

A good path is followed to the trig point (886 feet) on Hutton Roof Crags. The route to Burton goes via Lancelot Clark Storth, Pickles Wood and Slape Lane.

The route rises steadily from the start to the trig point which is reached after 4 miles. Distance is just over six miles and the ascent is 800 feet.

The ‘C’ walk will be led by Mildred and Hilde and is a circular starting at Burton, walking up Vicarage Road, then using paths which pass the lime kiln towards Clawthorpe Hall and on to Sheerness before making their way to Lancaster canal and Hanging Hill.

Finally crossing the motorway bridge and back into Burton. Four miles.

Pick-up time is 11am from Torrisholme Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme.

Guests and new members are always welcome and you can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837273707. You can download a copy of the winter programme from

The next Wednesday evening social event will be a games night and raffle on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7.30pm (compère Alan Whittaker) in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension.

Light refreshments will be served but please feel free to bring your own wine.

All welcome. £2 entrance.

Garden Society

The December meeting of the North Lancashire Group comprised three short lectures by members.

Keith Bankier showed images of the Lake Van area in Eastern Turkey commencing at the city of Van and travelling via the Bendimahi Falls, over the Tendurek Pass (2644m) to Dogubayazit.

Keith showed photographs of the many endemic irises of the region together with Fritillaries, and Ranunuculus species.

Carol Kellett provided images of a 3,200 mile journey in China from Beijing to Shanghai and Xian illustrating her talk with photographs of Chinese gardens seen on the tour.

Alan Oatway presented a series of images on the Meconopsis collection at Holehird, near Windermere.

The collection had examples of species found in the wild including Meconopsis horrida and Meconopsis punica plus many of the 23 cultivars in the collection – for example, Meconopsis cookii and the yellow Meconopsis paniculata.

Eleven of the cultivars had been awarded Garden Merit Status by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Chairman, Frank Hoyle gave the vote of thanks after which members enjoyed festive mince pies and coffee.

The Alpine Garden Society’s next meeting is January 16, 2014 when Brian Burrow will give a talk on growing and propagating alpines in the North of England.

Pact meeting

Heysham South PACT, (Police and Communities Together), meeting. This will take place on Monday, January 6, 2014 commencing at 7pm.

The venue is Heysham library meeting room. (Please use side entrance). Residents of council ward area Heysham South are invited to attend.


Lancaster Fellwalkers’ last walk of the year was in the Tebay area.

The weather was fine which meant there were lovely views. The A+ group climbed into Grayrigg Forest from the Kendal to Tebay Road and walked to Whinash Beacon and Mabbin Crag, 
descended to Huck’s Bridge and took a route via the Whinfell ridge and Roundthwaite to Tebay.

Leader N. Passant 11 miles 3000 ft of ascent.

The A walkers started from Morrison’s in Kendal, walked along the River Mint to Moalbank, Patton Bridge, climbed to the TV mast at Borrowdale and crossed the Lune river into Tebay.

Leader M. Scarisbrick. 12 miles. 1700 ft of ascent

A- group leader J. Harding took a circular route from Tebay via Greenholme along Bretherdale to Bretherdale Head and returned via Dyke and Roundthwaite. 8.5 miles and 1000 ft of ascent.

A circular route was also taken by the B group led by J. Shepherd.

They walked to Waskew Head, Gaisgill, Coatflatthak and Lowscales. eight miles and 1000 ft of ascent.

Next walks at Grasmere 12th January 2014 .

Fo r more information go to www.lancasterfellwalk or phone 01524 858243.


With the Russian Winter Olympics starting on February 6-23, the world’s attention will turn to Russia and the international teams competing in Sochi.

After the huge popularity of British Olympics on television, for three weeks everybody’s eyes will turn towards Russia.

In celebration of this event Masha From Russia is holding a 10 week Russian Language Course giving an insight into a language and culture of Russia and Russian people.

This course is specifically designed to suit the people with no previous or with the limited knowledge of the Russian language and deliver a person centered tuition in a fun and easy way which online courses and CDs are unable to match, alongside traditional Russian Samovar tea and biscuits.

Masha is an extremely enthusiastic and fully qualified Moscow born Russian tutor, now living and teaching in Lancaster. The 10 weeks course starts on January 13 at Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, 
Lancaster, at 7pm to 8.30pm.

To enroll contact Masha on 074 32 62 84 75 or email:

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