Social Scene: 03/10/13

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This week’s Social Scene news.


Results for week ending Friday, September 27, for Lancaster Bridge Club.

Monday evening: NS 1 Margaret Nolan, Michael Nolan; 2 Donald McGowan, Richard Willey; EW 1 Robert Fildes, Frank Sutcliffe; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Carmel Ryan.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Joan Lambert, Richard Willey; 2= Manuel Merino, Olive Jones; 2= Tony Saville, Ashley Toms; EW 1 Anne Clark, Sheila Greenwood; 2 Yvonne Leydon, Mavis Foster.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Colin Mitchell, Frank Sutcliffe; 2 Sandra Bell, Ros Lucas; EW 1 Michael Nolan, Margaret Nolan; 2 Titch Little, Pat Little.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Mariet Allen, Chris Chippendale; 2 Dorothy Barber, Olive Jones; EW 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Carol Wood, Margaret Ingram.

Friday evening: NS 1 Stephen Raine, Sandra Bell; 2 Titch Little, Pat Little; EW 1 Joan Lambert, Audrey Clayton; 2 Lorna Lloyd, Pat Bottell.


On Sunday Morecambe and District HF Ramblers walked in the Howgills.

The A party, led by Mike Aveyard, did a circular walk from Sedbergh to Winder, Crook, Arrant Haw, Calders, The Calf, White Fell Head, Bram Rigg Bottom, Seat Knott, Logbank, Settle Beck and back to Sedbergh.

The B party, led by Gill Gale, walked from Cautley to Cautley Spout, The Calf, Calders and into Sedbergh.

Party C, led by Jack Roberts, walked from Rawthey Bridge, along the Roman Road to Cautley. Fawcett Bank, Ellerthwaite, Hollin Hill, Stone Hall, Underbank and into Sedbergh.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, October 5, in the Borrowdale area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is www.morecambe


The Pampered Chef comes to the Ascension Church lounge, Torrisholme, Morecambe, tomorrow Friday, October 4, at 7pm.

There will be a live cooking demonstration and the event will raise funds for Cancer Research UK. There will also be a cake and a gift stall and a grand raffle. Tickets £2 each including a drink and goody bag. Telephone Tracy on 07527 951113 to find out more.


Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, October 7, at 7pm, at Heysham Library meeting room, Heysham Road, Morecambe, (please use side entrance). Residents of council ward area Heysham South are invited to attend.


This Saturday, October 5, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP will be held at St Peter’s and at noon Holy Matrimony. On Sunday, October 6, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s and at 2pm Holy Baptism. At St James’ at 9.30am there will be Sunday School and at 11am Morning Prayer BCP.


Today’s Writer’s are a group of enthusiastic amateur writers who meet on the first three Fridays of each month in the meeting room at Heysham Library, Heysham Road, Morecambe, from 10.30am to 12 30pm. The cost is £1.25.

The meeting is very informal, it is not a class. Some of the group write poems, some short stories, some plays. They each read our work and then invite comments from the group.

Heysham Play Readers meet on the last Friday of each month, same time, same place, to read and discuss plays, some written by members of the writing group, others by established dramatists.

Again this is a very informal group and no prior knowledge of drama, or any acting experience is required. It is just for fun. Both groups would welcome new members.

For more information contact Heysham Library on 08450 530005, email, or just call in the library at 396-398 Heysham Road, where the staff will be happy to help.


Guests at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, this weekend, Harvest Festival, will be Kathy Swan from Atherton who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship on Saturday, October 5, at 7.30pm.

Annette Barnes from Fleetwood will visit on Sunday, October 6, at 2.30pm, to conduct the Divine Service and demonstrate her mediumship.

The church will be open on Saturday to receive donations of fruit, vegetables, tins, tea, coffee, sugar and flowers. After the weekend the produce will be distributed to the homeless in the district.

There is an Open Circle every Wednesday at 7.30pm taken by local mediums. On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are the Healing Services with Spiritualist National Union trained and trainee healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church heating.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualist old and new attend. All are welcome to these services, disabled access and facilities, wheelchair friendly.


A Photographic Meander Round the Bay was the title chosen by David Rush for a fascinating presentation to Lunesdale Camera Club recently.

The bay of the title being Morecambe Bay and the meander took his audience on a journey from Piel Island through scores of locations all the way round to Fleetwood.

His audience was entertained throughout and even given a culinary guide with his recommendations as to where the best scones or meringues might to be found.

Chairman Shaun Rogerson gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the members and the resulting round of applause showed how much they had enjoyed the evening.

Lunesdale Camera Club always welcomes new members, details can be found on the clubs website or telephone 01524 733020.


The Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum’s September meeting took the form of member’s contributions. Jim Saville read a number of humorous poems several of which he had composed. Eric Greenhough showed slides of his recent visit to the Cutty Sark following its restoration after a disastrous fire. The hull details and method of suspension to allow viewing of the whole ship were impressive.

Don Burnett took the group to Cadiz 21 years ago to see the Tall Ships Race. A magnificent fleet of full rigged ships was spread before their eyes. Ex-mariners shed tears of nostalgia.

Robert Swain led everyone through the Fitzroy Park in Melbourne to see the memorial cottage celebrating James Cook. An exhilarating meeting almost covering the seven seas.

The Friends next meeting on October 27 will include a talk by Jim Saville about the Cinderella Homes that used to exist in Morecambe.


Lancaster’s Cancer Research UK Shop, located at 54 Market Street, will be having a fun day this Saturday, October 5.

The event in the shop will include a tombola, raffle and a cake stall to help celebrate the grand opening of the new vintage/retro department.

All money raised from this event will go towards the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.


Lancaster City Brass is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stuart Moore as the band’s new musical director. Stuart brings a wealth of experience with him and the members are looking forward to working with him in rebuilding the band back to its former glory.

The band is busy rehearsing for its upcoming concerts at the Lancaster Music Festival in October and also at the University of Cumbria in November (tickets now available).

Anyone wishing to join the band is more than welcome to go along to rehearsals on Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Contact details and directions are available on


Love apples, orchards and wildlife? Then visit the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Apple Day this Saturday, October 5, between 10am and 4pm at Orchard Barn, Briery Bank, Arnside.

Held in a magnificent 250-year-old orchard, this is a great day of fun and learning for all the family.

Taste and buy varieties of apple which you don’t see in the shops, get advice on buying and looking after fruit trees, taste freshly-pressed apple juice and other orchard produce, learn about beekeeping, make your own broomstick and much, much more.

Children (and adults) will also be able to enjoy orchard-based games and some great performances from local poet and storyteller John Rice.

For more information about Apple Day visit or telephone the AONB Office on 01524 761034. Admission adults £1, children free.


Lancaster Beekeepers will hold their Annual Honey Show on Saturday, October 12, in Hest Bank Village Hall, Hanging Green Lane. Doors open from 2pm to 4pm and all welcome.

There will be free honey tasting and local honey for sale. Other delights will include hand crafted honey and beeswax products and refreshments.

For more information about the club go to


Draw date September 27, 2013. First prize of £500: 06334 Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 03163 Kendal. Third prizes of £10: 06108, 34119, 36437, 44063, 44461. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,200. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Lancaster and District Conservation Volunteers are looking to welcome both new and former volunteers of all ages for their autumn and winter conservation work programme.

If you are interested in the natural or local environment, and want to learn or brush up on practical land management skills, or take part in the ‘green gym’, then you may be interested.

The group was set up in 1984 and is now part of the Community Network of the Trust for Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV).

The small band of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers has worked very hard over the past 29-years to improve the quality of the local environment for community benefit.

They undertake tree planting and maintenance; hedgerow restoration and management; dry stone walling, pond and school nature reserves; orchard management; footpath management and fencing.

This summer has seen the group helping to create a bee and butterfly garden at Hazelwood farm in Silverdale, while the autumn will see the group back at Belmont Farm, Slyne, to continue long standing hedgerow work.

The working parties go out alternate Sundays throughout the year, between 9.15am and 4.30pm, and there are regular pick-up points in both Morecambe and Lancaster. Tools, gloves and refreshments are provided.

Membership rates are unaltered for 2013/14 at £10 (£5 unwaged), including insurance cover.

Further details, including the current work programme, can be found on or from Liz and David Alexander on 01524 412938, or email at


Lancaster Cyclists Touring Club set forth on Sunday for Mike Hutchinson’s run to Cartford Bridge, preceded by an excellent week’s cycling based in Pickering on the edge of the North Yorks moors.

There 27 members had enjoyed a variety of rides and walks throughout the region in unexpected Indian summer conditions, an experience to remember during the forthcoming autumn and winter seasons.

Sunday’s ride was along more familiar lanes, to bring eight riders to their eventual coffee stop at Scorton where more members awaited them.

The glorious sunshine was sadly on its way out as the cyclists continued southwards, then west to cross the motorway and A6 at Bilsborrow and through a network of minor roads which brought them eventually to the lunchtime stop at Cartford Bridge by the River Wyre.

By then the sun had risen to bid a fond and final farewell to the group, who responded by basking outside the cafe to make the most of the occasion before heading northwards, bound for a traverse across Cockerham Moss and a hoped-for ice cream stop just short of the village.

Eager anticipation was however forestalled by the long queues with similar intent, so the group decided to head for home after an initial stay to recall the pleasures of the ride and the highlights of the past holiday week.

The club’s social programme began on October 1, at Hala Hall, where everyone enjoyed the digital images recalling the recent Girls’ Week on the Isle of Man, where lady members enjoyed a man-free week to savour the cycling delights of that