Social Scene: 03/04/14

Paul James from Heysham Power Stations during the presentation of two buggies to Regent Park Crown Green Bowls Tuition Centre in Morecambe, from left, Alan Tizard, Ian Thompson, Brian Cooke and Graham Buckley
Paul James from Heysham Power Stations during the presentation of two buggies to Regent Park Crown Green Bowls Tuition Centre in Morecambe, from left, Alan Tizard, Ian Thompson, Brian Cooke and Graham Buckley
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This week’s Social Scene.


A fundraising dog walk followed by a fun dog show will be held to raise monies for two Lancaster charities, Piccadilly and Wolfwood.

Piccadilly provides day time support for people with mental health and learning disabilities and Wolfwood rescues and rehabilitates wildlife alongside caring for and rehoming rescue dogs.

This event will be held at the Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster, this Sunday, April 6, from 1pm, with £5 donation per dog to walk and £1 per dog per class for the dog show. Contact to book a dog.


The March meeting of the Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum heard a fascinating talk by Gordon Fletcher about his recent expedition to Greenland.

His two week trip had included kayaking around the ice fields at the foot of glaciers, trekking over the glaciers themselves including inspecting the deep crevices, and taking ferries to local beauty spots.

His magnificent photographs were accompanied by a thoughtful and informative commentary which brought the Greenlanders’ way of life and economy to clear focus.

The room was held spellbound for the duration of the talk.

The next talk, on Wednesday, April 23, will follow the annual meeting, and will be by David Hennesy about new wetland areas adjacent to the Lune Aqueduct.


Results for week ending Friday, March 20, for Lancaster Bridge Club were as follows:

Monday evening: NS 1 Rose Parker, Graham Freakes; 2 Allan Holden, Barry Robertshaw; EW 1 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood; 2 Guy Griffith, Robert Fildes.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Tony Saville, Ashley Toms; 2 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; EW 1 David Roth, Ann Cleet; 2 Manuel Merino, Manuel Delgado.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Chris Chippendale, Stephen Breuer; 2 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; EW 1 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; 2 Stephen Raine, Liam Aspden.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Michael Wardle, Olive Jones; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 3 Alan Paylor, Gillian Mawby; 4 Deborah Robinson, Liz Dean.

Friday evening: 1 Stephen Raine, Sandra Bell; 2 Titch Little, Pat Little; 3 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 4= Rosemary Speak, Gillian Mawby; 4= Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden.


The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street, Morecambe, is a centre for the over 55s providing fun, leisure and educational activities.

New computer courses will be starting after Easter at the centre.

A complete beginners’ course will start on Tuesday, April 29, 10am to noon, running for seven weeks.

Downloading and organising camera photos course also starts on April 29, 1pm to 3pm.

Taster days will be offered on Wednesdays. For prices and further information please telephone 01524 415502.

Also the new café is providing hot two-course meals, toasted sandwiches, baked potatoes and a wide range of other snacks and refreshments.


The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at the Headway Hotel, Marine Road East, Morecambe, on Tuesday, April 8.

Lunch will be booked for 12.15pm and this will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Bob and Jane Latin entitled The Holy Land – A Personal View.

The talk is free and all are welcome. To book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 412987 by Sunday, April 6.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting members welcomed Lancaster Photographic Society to a joint 50/50 meeting.

During the first half the society gave an A/V presentation of award winning photographs from their recent competitions set in categories including landscape, buildings, animals, portraits, etc.

Following an interval the hosts showed a selection of movies including local events and history, a promotional movie, preserved trams and trains, finishing with a high speed holiday in Thailand.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe.


Members, wives and friends of Morecambe Bay Probus Club met on March 25 for the Annual Ladies Coffee Morning at the Headway Hotel.

The visiting speaker Mr R Collins spoke about his life of service aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and the contact he had with members of the Royal Family.

The talk was well received and provided an interesting insight into the daily routines on board the ship.

Members are reminded that the Annual Club Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at the Headway Hotel, noon for 12.30pm.

This function is not confined to members only but is also extended to wives and friends, and a good support would be appreciated.

Further details concerning menu choice, etc, please contact either Peter Burrow on 01524 33780 or Norman Woodhead on 400235. New members always welcome.


A Charity Auction and Raffle in aid of the Breast Care Unit, RLI, will be held this Saturday, April 5, from 7pm, at Bare Village Club, Bare Lane, Morecambe.

In addition to the auction and raffle entertainment will be provided by a table-top magician, live music and a DJ. Admission is free.


The annual digital image competition, the final competition for the season for Morecambe Camera Club, was held last Thursday.

This competition is quite complex with six sections. The judge was an old friend of the club’s, Gordon Jenkins, and this was his last time as judge as he is retiring.

As usual Gordon took a sympathetic approach to members’ images giving some useful tips and encouragement all delivered with his usual sense of humour.

Gordon has attended the club for many years, judging and giving talks on Photoshop and other subjects. He will be missed and the club made a presentation to him to show appreciation.

The competition results were – Panel of four: 1 Anne Staniforth, 2 Roger Gittins, 3 Gordon Curry; Highly commended: David Dempster and Peter Bagnall.

Natural history: 1 Gordon Curry, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Gordon Curry; Highly commended: Keith Knowles and Peter Bagnall.

Portrait: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Bryan Trigwell, 3 Mike Staniforth; Highly commended: Keith Knowles and Peter Bagnall.

Mono: 1 Peter Bagnall, 2 Keith Knowles, 3 Peter Bagnall; Highly commended: Roger Gittins and Fernley Stribling.

Table top: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 David Dempster, 3 Mike Staniforth. Best annual colour: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Gordon Curry, 3 Peter Bagnall; Highly commended: Bryan Trigwell and Mike Staniforth.

The next meeting will be the club’s final meeting of the season, the annual meeting.

For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at


The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two speakers this coming weekend. Marlene Leeming Moore from Blackpool will visit this Saturday, April 5, at 7.30pm, and Joyce Holden from Fleetwood will attend this Sunday, April 6, at 2.30pm.

Both will share their mediumship after a short talk on their understanding of Spiritualism.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour, a caring and sharing group meeting which includes a wonderful mixture of prayer, meditation and readings, all welcome.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm is the Healing Service when insured and accredited healers are in attendance. Wednesdays at 7.30pm is the Open Circle at which local and visiting mediums give a demonstration of mediumship.

All are welcome to any of the services. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


The next Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, April 7, starting at 7pm in the Heysham Library meeting room, Heysham Road (please use side entrance).


This Sunday, April 6, at 9.30am, Sunday School will be held at St James, whilst at 9.30am Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s, followed by Morning Prayer (BCP) at 11am at St James’.

On Tuesday, April 8, at 8pm, the Ladies Group will meet in St Peter’s hall and on Thursday, April 10, at 7.30pm, the Prayer Group will meet, for details telephone 01524 854904. Please note there is no soup and sandwich lunch this month.


Despite the fact that it was Mothering Sunday, there was an excellent turnout for CTC Lancaster and South Lakes run to Wrea Green and the riders were blessed with a dry and sunny day, albeit somewhat windy at times.

A rather traditional route was taken initially in order to reach the coffee stop in double quick time – along the B5272 to Cockerham, Garstang and Catterall before turning at Stubbins Lane to follow Sustrans Route 6 as far as Bilsborrow.

From there it was only a couple of miles to the delightful stop at Light Ash Farm.

Suitably refreshed and joined by the Scorton contingent they took very quiet roads to Inskip and Wharles, then the slightly busier ones to Kirkham and Wrea Green for lunch.

The return journey took the riders north through Singleton and Elswick, before crossing the River Wyre at the Cartford Toll Bridge.

When travelling east along Skitham Lane they faced the headwind as far as Nateby, where a turn north brought relief from the wind returning via Bay Horse and the university to complete a ride of around 60 miles.

The run this Sunday, April 6, will be led by Patience and Len with a 9am start at Beaumont College, followed by coffee at Clapham, destination Wigglesworth.


Draw date March 28, 2014. First prize of £500: 720120 St Annes-on-Sea. Second prize of £50: 06528 Overton. Third prizes of £10: 00705, 04687, 07203, 08567, 36160.

No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,100. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Spring sunshine tempted a party of Lancaster Ramblers Association members to take an easy Sunday afternoon walk.

Setting off from Leighton Moss, the group made their way to Bank Well, one of the original wells in this limestone area.

They continued across fields to Silverdale Church and then to Elmslack enjoying the sunshine during a refreshment break.

The route went along Eaves Wood and across to woodland near Haweswater where rare Toothworth flowers were seen, a parasitic plant without leaves.

The walk was completed through Trowbarrow Quarry before the group reluctantly returned home.