Social Scene

Jetty at Ruskin's former home Brantwood. Looking North West accross Coniston Water to Coniston Old Man.
Jetty at Ruskin's former home Brantwood. Looking North West accross Coniston Water to Coniston Old Man.

This week’s Social Scene news.


Draw date April 25, 2014. First prize of £500: 39459 Hest Bank. Second prize of £50: 30340 Morecambe. Third prizes of £10: 01981, 07577, 08754, 33886, 38414. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,500. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Exactly 200 years since the Battle of Toulouse, Martin Edmonds gave a talk to members and friends of Lancaster Military Heritage Group at Skerton Liberal Club about the battle’s place in British military history.

The battle was part of the Peninsular War and involved the French commanded by Nicolas Soult against Britain, France and Portugal commanded by Wellington, with a total of almost 8,000 casualties.

The group’s plans to commemorate Armed Forces Day at Lancaster Castle on Saturday, June 28, will be discussed at the annual meeting on Tuesday, May 6.


Photographer Darren Andrews was one of three speakers at an evening arranged by the Friends of Lancaster City Museum to coincide with his exhibition entitled Beloved.

Darren was joined by Dr Bruce Bennett, director of film studies at Lancaster University, and Roger Frankland, vice-chairman of Lancaster Civic Society, to discuss how loved ones are commemorated by headstones, statues and personal memorials in cemeteries.

The speakers, who answered questions from members and guests.


The Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project moves its lunchtime fundraising concerts to St John’s in Chapel Street for the following three recitals.

On Wednesday, May 7, Charles Edmondson from Kendal will attend, followed by Scotsman Alistair MacEwen on May 14 and Lancastrian David Hopkins on May 21. The concerts will return to the Ashton Hall at the end of May.

All concerts start at 12.40pm and last for 50 minutes. Entry is free but donations are invited in aid of the restoration.

Everyone should welcome the chance to hear these magnificent Lancaster organs. For further details please telephone 01524 840187.


The annual meeting of the Lancaster Photographic Society was held recently when retiring president Sally Anderson gave a review of the events of the past year and reported its successful year.

Christian Cable, programme secretary, spoke about the syllabus highlights and Vic Crumley presented a comprehensive report on the competitions held during the year when more than 40 members had entered images in both colour and monochrome sections.

Officers elected for the 2014/15 season are as follows: president Mike Atkinson, vice-president Stephen Greenhall, hon secretary Chris Thoume, hon treasurer Mandy Foreman, programme secretary Sally Anderson, competition secretary John Allred. Committee members are: Colin Yates, John Metcalfe, Hannah Rose.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 107. First prize £750: 16466. Second prize £250: 10732. Third prize £50: 17017. Runners-up prizes £10: 15532, 14719, 10596, 11475, 15012. Runners-up prizes £5: 17324, 16929, 16439, 15967, 16144. To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, April 25.

Monday evening: NS 1 Jean Higham, Richard Willey; 2= Gill Wildon, Mick Donnelly; 2= Barbara Douglas, Joyce Snellgrove; EW 1 Mary Waters, Margaret Tyres; 2 Sheila Dearnley, Barbara Bruce.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Tony Saville, Ashley Toms; 2 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; EW 1 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows; 2 Doreen Hardman, Jean Higham.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 2 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; EW 1 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan; 2 Allan Holden, Barry Robertshaw.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Ken Maguire; EW 1 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw; 2 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis.

Friday evening: 1 David Strawbridge, Sandra Bell; 2 Richard Kirkman, Janie Kirkman; 3= Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; 3= Barbara Douglas, Joyce Snellgrove; 3= Douglas Cameron, John Lea.


On April 27, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Mungrisdale area.

The A party, led by John Ashall, did a circular walk from Mungrisdale to Bannerdale Crags, Bowscale, Sharp Edge, Blencathra, Souther Fell and back to Mungrisdale.

Party B, led by Pat Emerson, also did a circular walk from Mungrisdale to Bowscale, Bannerdale Crags, White Horse Bent, along the River Glenderamackin and back to Mungrisdale.

Party C, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Mungrisdale to Bannerdale, Mousethwaite Combe, Souther Fell and back to Mungrisdale.

The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, May 11, in the Loweswater area. Further information can be obtained from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702,


This Sunday, May 4, at St Peter’s Church, Heysham, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am, whilst at St James there will be Morning Prayer at 11am. St Peter’s Hall is now closed until further notice, pending an upgrade.


Members, wives and guests of Morecambe Bay Probus Club met at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe, for their annual club lunch on April 22, where they enjoyed an excellent meal.

Chairman Derrick Hudson welcomed the ladies and the honoured guests, including the chairman of Scotforth Probus Club and his wife, Steve Harding and Mrs Harding.

The club’s next event will be a day coach trip to York on Tuesday, May 6. There are still seats available, cost £12, details available from Tony Kadelbach on 01524 422946 or Roger Basham on 823529.

The next ordinary Probus Club meeting will be held at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe, on Tuesday, May 13, at 10am, when the speaker will be from the charity organisation CancerCare.


Celebrating a significant birthday in an enigmatic way, Olive Ward was very particular with her selections for the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

In the first half of her programme she chose works by Tchaikovsky, John Ireland, the Japanese composer Yasushi Akutagawa, Glazunov, Elgar, and Haydn before providing birthday cake at the interval.

In similar vein Olive began the second half with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, an Intermezzo by Granadas, extracts from Adam’s ballet Giselle, two songs from South Pacific – Honey Bun and Happy Talk, a Tarantella by Liszt and the first movement of the Yellow River piano concerto.

Finally, because it was St George’s Day, Olive patriotically ended her programme with the Elizabethan Serenade by Ronald Binge.

When the society meets on Wednesday, May 7, in the Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, it will be host to members from Garstang RMS for a shared programme of recorded music.


Members of the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two guest speakers this weekend.

Pam Drury from Blackpool will visit this Saturday, May 3, at 7.30pm, and Mathew Vance, also from Blackpool, will attend on Sunday, May 4, at 2.30pm. Both guests will speak about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle at 7.30pm where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship.

A Spiritualist Healing Service is also held on a Wednesday, at 2.30pm.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour which gives the opportunity to chat and enjoy the company of kindred minds.


The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will next meet on Monday, May 19, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, when the talk will be about Heysham’s heritage. Everyone welcome including new members.

The meeting on Monday, June 2, will be an open session as the speaker will be Peter Yates, chauffeur to Eric Morecambe, so friends and partners of members will be most welcome. Admission £1.50 including refreshments and a raffle.


At April’s meeting of the North Lancashire Branch of the Western Front Association, Chris John from Birmingham described the development of British and German tanks during WW1 before describing the first British/German tank/tank battle in April 1918.

The tanks that were first used by the British on the Somme in 1916 which were unreliable, very slow and conditions inside were terrible for the crew.

After seeing the successful use of British tanks at the battle of Cambrai in September 1917 the Germans developed A7V tanks which could travel at five miles per hour and had a crew of 16.

The next talk to the North Lancashire WFA will take place on Tuesday, May 6, at 7.30pm in the King’s Own Regiment Museum, Lancaster (New Street entrance). The talk is entitled The WW1 Home Guard. Entrance donations of £3 are invited.


Over Easter, the Lancaster Group of Ramblers Association enjoyed a brilliantly sunny day which showed to perfection the scenery of the South West Lake District, north of Broughton-in-Furness.

The group set out from the forestry car park north east of Broughton Mills and took the footpath to the splendid, new-built stone bridge over Appletreeworth Beck following the track which runs north to the left of the wood.

The walk led sharply up White Pike affording magnificent views towards Coniston.

The route downhill gave relaxed opportunities to take in the panorama, but also lovely was the walk next across the valley fields to Seathwaite with its huge outcrops of smooth rock.

From there the walkers climbed south on the track alongside Caw, where the party split with some doing the sharp climb for more fine views and others walking along Long Mire to meet up at Stephenson Ground.

From there it was a short mile on road and through woodland back to the cars.

For further information on the Ramblers Association please contact David on 01524 811366.


Are you interested in the ‘big questions of life’ (such as meaning, values and purpose), but bored or disinterested in church? Café Church might be for you.

The group meets in Esquires Coffee House in Cheapside, Lancaster, on the second Tuesday of each month, 7pm to 8pm, and chats freely and shares ideas and experiences.

There are discussions informed by clips from well-known films, a different theme and film each month.

There are no right or wrong answers and the church is neither teaching nor preaching but does 
make explicit what a Christian perspective on each 
theme is.

The aim is to create a safe space where everyone can explore ideas, compare experiences, learn from each other and be challenged.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13, during Dying Matters Week, and the group will be thinking about The Last Thing We Talk About, guided by a clip from It’s a Wonderful Life. For more information visit or email


At their April meeting The Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum enjoyed a wonderful talk by David Hennessy of the Canal and River Trust about his work as Project Officer on the recent renovation of the Aqueduct Bridge over the Lune.

His passion and enthusiasm for the project shone through and he impressed members with his illustrated presentation.

The educational and heritage improvements to this Lancaster treasure will greatly enhance the appeal of the aqueduct as a visitor attraction.

The provision of a dedicated car park on Caton Road gives much improved access to the location.