Social Scene

Judges and officials at the Garstang Gardening Club Show.
Judges and officials at the Garstang Gardening Club Show.

This week’s Socai Scene news.

Music society

The first meeting of the new season of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society was a dreamy presentation by the Society’s Vice-Chairman, John Day about Summer Holidays.

He began this with one of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (summer), Perry Como singing about Far Away Places, and then played part of Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony.

The holidays, focused on cruising, included La Mer sung by Charles Trenet, the Hebrides overture, the Blue Danube and the theme from Titanic.

There were several different songs to the Moon, and a also variety of music used to identify several different countries and holiday destinations.

A “moonstruck” Dorothy Loach gave the Vote of Thanks.

The next two meetings – on September 3 and 10 – will be given over to Members’ Choice selections. Further information is available from Gordon on 01524 421537, or just come along to The Ascension Vestry in Torrisholme for a 7.30pm start.


On Sunday, August 31, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Keswick area.

The A party led by David Marsland walked from High Side Farm to Ullock Pike, Carlside, Skiddaw, Little Man, Jenkin Hill, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and back to Keswick.

The B party led by Pat Emerson walked from Threlkeld to the Blencathra Centre, Skiddaw House, Burnt Horse, Lonscale Fell, and along the Cumbria way to Keswick.

The C party led by Maria Atkinson did a circular walk from Keswick along the River Greta through Bruntholme Wood to Latrigg and back.

Their next walks will be on Sunday, September 14 in the Dent area. If you would like to join a walk phone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. Their web address is

Temple of light

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road will have two guest speakers this weekend – Trevor Shaw from Fleetwood will be there on Saturday, September 6, at 7-30pm and then Stephen Cavis will be there on Sunday, September 7, at 2.30pm.

Both mediums will give a short talk about their understanding of spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

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

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service, S.N.U. trained and accredited healers are in attendance.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm are the Temple Bright Hour get togethers where spiritualists old and newcome for a chat with kindred minds to discuss spiritualism and its beneficial effect on lives readings, prayers meditation.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


Draw date Friday, August 30, 2014. First prize of £500: 37623 Halton. Second prize of £50: 166663 White Lund. Third prizes of £10: 03063 06443 08248. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,300.To join telephone 01524 752444


Led by Gill Gale, 15 walkers recently completed a three day trek to Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, taking in some impressive wild country, archaeological sites and varied museums on the way.

The group carried their own belongings between hostels and much of the 24 mile route followed the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.

Starting at Barton Mill station the first day covered six miles via Housesteads Fort/Museum and ended in pouring rain at Once Brewed hostel.

A planned evening visit to Vindolanda was abandoned and good use made of the drying room.

On the second day the group walked eight miles between Once Brewed and Greenhead in hot weather enjoying outstanding views across the untamed empty spaces of North Northumberland punctuated only by mile castles and other excavations.

A visit was made to the Roman Army Museum before descending to Greenhead hostel for the night.

Dinner at the adjoining pub was much appreciated.

The final day was a 10 mile stretch from Greenhead via Gilsland to Brampton. Here the country was gentler and greener and the wall much less impressive.

The group stopped at Birdoswald Fort/Museum and later at 12th century Lanercost Priory for tea before heading for Brampton Junction and the train home.

For further information contact David 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! We meet in Esquires Coffee House in Cheapside, Lancaster, on the second Tuesday of each month, 7-8 pm. We sit round tables with a free hot drink, chat, share ideas and experiences, and have discussions informed by clips from well-known films.

Our aim is to create a safe space where we can all explore ideas, compare experiences, and learn from each other.

The next meeting is on Tuesday the 9th of September, when we’ll be thinking about whether lies can ever be justified, guided by clip from Some Like it Hot.

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The Lancaster & Skipton Rail User Group holds its Annual General Meeting, on Friday, September 19, in Bentham Town Hall, at 7-30 pm.

The speaker will be Chris Beet, son of Dr Peter Beet, founder of the former Steamtown railway museum based at Carnforth.

Peter Beet personally saved 23 locos from being scrapped. Not unexpectedly, therefore, Chris was, like his sister (and his mother) brought up with railways.

Each member of the family owned at least one locomotive. The background of the family’s life for decades was the Steamtown project and the development of the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.

It is hardly surprising, then, that Chris should pursue a career in railways, first as an engineer at the National Railway Museum and more recently working with West Coast Railways.

We are looking forward to hearing him speak about his life in railways or, perhaps more accurately, railways in his life. This is an open meeting, and all are welcome.


Twenty six members attendedthe September meeting to listen to Caroline Eames, a forensic scientist.

She gave us a very enjoyable and interesting talk on her work, especially on DNA.

The social walk for this month is on Saturday. Setpember 13th at 2pm. at Beetham Mill. All welcome.

The October meeting will be on Dragon Boat Racing.under the heading of “paddle for life”.

For more information. visit our web page, www.heartconcern.