Social Scene

This week’s Social Scene news.


Record numbers of visitors, totalling almost 60,000, were attracted to Lancaster City Museum in the past year by the Silverdale Viking Hoard, the Friends of Lancaster City Museum learned at their annual meeting on May 15.

So, despite being urged to buy the hoard for the museum’s collection, it was disappointing that the city council recommended that the county council purchase it instead, retiring chairman Alan Sandham reported.

This will result in the hoard going on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

Cuts to local authority funding have led to the Friends being asked to help attract alternative sources of income.

Talks are continuing over the management of the museum, involving Lancaster City, Lancashire County and now Preston City Councils. The Friends have called for building maintenance issues to be addressed promptly.

Mr Sandham thanked county museum officers, Friends’ fellow committee members, museum staff and members themselves for their work and support. Membership stands at 90.

Coun Roger Mace, of Kellet ward, was elected chairman, and Paul Thompson takes over from Peter Donnelly as secretary.

The meeting was followed by a talk by Mr Donnelly, curator of the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, on how the outbreak of World War One in 1914 affected Lancaster and the regiment.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, May 16.

Monday evening: NS 1 Stephen Breuer, Richard Kirkman; 2 Jean Birkett, Sylvia Truesdale; EW 1 Chris Chippendale, Frank Sutcliffe; 2 Sandra Bell, Deborah Robinson.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Joan Lambert, Chris Chippendale; 2 Ashley Toms, Tony Saville; EW 1 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw.

Wednesday evening: 1 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; 2 Malcolm Hartley, Michael Cox; 3 Joyce Snellgrove, Lawrence Bland; 4 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Colin Barton, Angela Clare; 2 Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; EW 1 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas.

Friday evening: 1 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson; 2 David Strawbridge, Sandra Bell; 3 Mavis Foster, Jean Higham; 4 Douglas Cameron, John Lea.


Hadrian’s Wall was the destination for the Lancaster Fellwalkers on May 18. Three leaders each led their group on walks of varying distances along and by the side of the Wall, said to be the world’s finest surviving Roman frontier.

B party, led by J Brown, was first off the coach at Once Brewed Visitor Centre walking east on the Military Road for a mile and a half and then turning westwards to follow the wall from Crag Lough in a 10-mile walk.

The A party, led by M Tyson, started their 12-mile walk from Housesteads, and A plus party, led by D Ward, started from Brocolitia on a 15-mile walk.

All groups had a splendid day walking in bright sunshine with the pleasure of a cooling breeze in the beautiful scenery of Northumberland with iconic views of this historic monument. All walks ended at Greenhead with refreshments at the welcoming pub before the journey home.

The next outing is to Grasmere on Sunday, June 1. For further information and photos of these and recent walks visit the club’s website on or telephone 01524 858243.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 110. First prize £750: 17405. Second prize £250: 10241. Third prize £50: 17423. Runners-up prizes £10: 11647, 17205, 10678, 11375, 11217. Runners-up prizes £5: 11617, 10661, 14865, 11603, 16637. To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


University Staff won the Quick-Play final beating Morecambe 2.5-1.5 in a 10-minute replay after a 4-4 draw. Morecambe 4 (1.5) University staff 4 (2.5): G House 1.5 (1) S Taylor 0.5 (0), C Heald 1 (0) S Bailey 1 (1), N Jameson 1 (0) A Daryanto 1 (1), M Farthing 0.5 (0.5) S Wildman 1.5 (1).

University A play Kendal in the Lansil Cup final, and the Dragons play Morecambe Knights in the Nolan Cup final.

Glenn House beat Dick Collins in the Level final, Tom Hayes beat John Marshall in the Handicap final and Louis Ba Thein beat John Marshall in the Under 110 final. Nick Jameson was the Player of the Season, Dick Collins and John Lyth were joint Lightning champions. The Dragons won the end of season jamboree.


Draw date May 16, 2014. First prize of £500: 35981 Natland, Kendal. Second prize of £50: 31092 Heysham. Third prizes of £10: 02983, 03980, 09533, 37364, 41717. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover will be £1,800. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Lancaster RA Rambling Group enjoyed a delightful seven mile walk around Bampton Grange led by Libby Hacking.

The group enjoyed spring sunshine, seeing sweetly scented bluebells and rolling hills with stunning views of the majestic Lake District mountains until descending to the impressive remains of Shap Abbey.

For further information on the group telephone David on 01524 811366.


At May’s meeting of the North Lancashire Branch of the Western Front Association (WFA) Tim Lynch from West Yorkshire spoke about the Dad’s Army in the Great War.

He explained the role of the militia, yeomanry and rifle clubs, especially during the time of the Industrial Revolution and how the government had to deal with internal security problems prior to WW1.

Particular problems were suffragettes who were capable of throwing bombs, and the very serious situation in Ireland which resulted in many men becoming Special Constables.

The next talk to the North Lancashire WFA will take place on Monday, June 2, at 7.30pm, in the King’s Own Regiment Museum, Lancaster (New Street entrance). The talk is entitled British Cavalry in the Great War – The Myth and Reality.

With the 100th anniversary of WW1 fast approaching it will be interesting to hear what the speaker has to say about the cavalry in the battles and encounters from August to December 1914. Entrance donations of £3 are invited.


Morecambe Bay Movie Makers held their first monthly summer meeting on May 12 in the Owl’s Nest, Bare, Morecambe.

A presentation of trophies and certificates was made for the club’s competitions held during the last 12 months, to those who were unable to attend the recent presentation dinner.

Twenty members attended, enjoying a social evening plus the planning summer events and film projects.


The Ladies Friendship Group has now settled into the 2014/15 programme and members have enjoyed talks and slide shows as well as two social events.

The Bare Witness Choir was very well received in April with Music from the Musicals and Echoes through Time was an excellent talk on Preston and the Guild Walks using postcards almost 100 years old.

More lighthearted was the St George’s Day fun afternoon and the group’s birthday luncheon, held recently at the Clarendon Hotel, Morecambe, after which Mrs McIntyre gave a very amusing talk on her life working on board a cruise ship.

Last week Major Watkins gave an extremely interesting talk into the work of the Salvation Army.

The group has a very varied programme of talks, lunches and outings, as well as more relaxed and informal afternoons.

If any ladies are interested in joining please contact the secretary Mrs V Smith, 01524 414807, who would be delighted to provide more information. The group meets in St Mary’s Hall, Mathias Street, Morecambe, most Wednesday afternoons.


The latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society was a members’ choice evening, with 30 members present.

During the first half of the evening the music ranged from Verdi’s march from Aida and Paganini’s second violin sonata to Gershwin’s Summertime and George Formby’s Mr Woo.

The second half included a composition by one of the members followed by a wide range of musical choices and a sea-shanty from Lancaster’s Sea Festival.

The society’s next meeting on Wednesday, May 28, is described as a speciality night which will feature five presenters and a single theme.

All are welcome to the Church of the Ascension vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.


The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Staveley, this Saturday, May 24.

The A walk, led by Linda Mills, will start from the railway crossing just before Staveley and include Ghyll Pool, Taggleshaw Nature Reserve and ascend Brunt Knott at 1,400 feet.

B walk, led by Karen Dixon, will include Ghyll Pool and Frost Hole with the main climb is up to Potter Tarn and undulating. The highest point is 820 feet, lots of stiles and about seven miles.

Andrew Lean will lead the C walk, starting at Plantation Bridge will head to Staveley via Cowan Bridge and lanes to Littlewood Farm, Scroggs Farm and Scroggs Bridge to Sunnybank, to Wilf’s Cafe and/or the Brewery Tap or choice of pubs. Under five miles, undulating and 300 feet with very few stiles.

Pick-up time is noon from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe. Guests and new members always welcome contact Colette Follett on 07837 273707. The summer programme can be seen at


The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two mediums this weekend, Helen Taylor from Blackpool will speak at 7.30pm this Saturday, May 24, and Pam Catlow will conduct the Divine Service on Sunday, May 25, at 2.30pm. Both mediums will give a short talk on spiritualism.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour and Wednesdays is the Healing Circle at 2.30pm, and at 7.30pm the Open Circle run by local mediums.

The church has disabled facilities and is wheelchair friendly.


This Sunday, May 25, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 9.30am and a service of Morning Prayer (Common Worship) at 11am. There will also be a service of Holy Communion at St James at 11am.


Forty-eight members of the M&D Social Group enjoyed a scenic tour of Wharfedale visiting the historic towns of Sedbergh, Hawes and Skipton. The weather was glorious, the views outstanding and the towns interesting.

On Wednesday, May 28, members will take a guided tour over the Forest of Bowland ending at Boundary Mill for discounted shopping, and on Wednesday, June 11, will join a Marks and Spencer Walking Heritage Tour of Leeds followed by free time.

The group welcomes visitors and new members and pick-up points are located in Heysham, Morecambe, Bare, Torrisholme, Skerton, Slyne, Bolton-le-Sands and Carnforth. For further information telephone 01524 824652.