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This week’s Social Scene news.


Lancaster’s Clandestine Cake Club enters its third year, starting with an event in Lancaster with a nursery rhyme theme on Tuesday, September 23, at 7pm.

For more details see

New and old members all welcome to come and eat cake. Get those books out and start baking.


Draw date September 12, 2014. First prize of £500: 30639 Arnside. Second prize of £50: 36629 Windermere. Third prizes of £10: 01995, 04024, 30023, 30327, 38609.

There wil be no jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,500. To join telephone 01524 752444.


At the first meeting of the new season, Lunesdale Camera Club chairman Shaun Rogerson extended a welcome to all and particularly those prospective new members in attendance.

Following club announcements the new season’s programme was away to a fine start with a digital knockout for all members.

The members were in light hearted mood and the knockout generated lots of good humoured comment and followed its familiar pattern of elimination leading to an eventual overall winner, Peter Hyde doing especially well with first and third, separated by Nick Callendar.

Results: 1 Demoiselle, Peter Hyde, 2 Hugo Boss, Nick Callendar, 3 Past and yet to come, Peter Hyde.

New members are always welcome and details can be found on the club website or by contacting George Smith on 01524 733020.


Seventeen cyclists from the Cyclists’ Touring Club met by the entrance to Beaumont College for the club secretary’s ride to Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh on September 14.

The initial section of the chosen route went along the canal towpath until crossing the aqueduct at which point they descended on to 
the Millennium Path for Halton.

After leaving Halton village and climbing the groups turned right by the Red Well Inn and made their way to coffee via Arkholme and Whittingham.

Sedbergh was reached by a route taking in a series of minor roads past Underley Hall, Mansergh Hall, Rigmaden and Halbeck – all to the west of the Lune River.

This was a hilly route and Sedbergh proved an ideal location for a picnic lunch.

The ride back was to the east of the river and after the old railway bridge near Middleton, the leader opted for the narrow lane that runs parallel to the main road.

On crossing the A65 one group headed immediately south towards Nethertown and the Highwayman and the main road on the south side of the river; the rest took the outward route back to the Kellets.

The complete ride was about 60 miles in length and provided the basis for a very enjoyable day’s cycling.

This Sunday, September 21, the ride will leave from outside Booths, Scotforth, at 9am and travel to Cobble Hey and Beacon Fell.


Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society’s first lecture of the 2014-2015 winter programme will take place on Thursday, September 25, at 7.15pm, when Dr Sarah Rose, Research Associate, Department of History, University of Lancaster, will talk on Richard III and Lancashire.

New members and visitors welcome.

All lectures take place in St Paul’s Hala Community Centre, Hala Square, Scotforth.

For more information please contact the membership secretary on 01524 382975.


How the role of magistrates has changed over the past 900 years was explained to members and guests of the Friends of Lancaster City Museum at a Heritage Open Day event at the museum on September 12.

Jim Dickinson, co-ordinator of Magistrates in the Community in Lancaster, traced the office back to Anglo-Saxon times.

He spoke of the impact of religion in the 16th Century, lawlessness in the 17th Century, the involvement of magistrates in the Pendle Witches trial and their duties in World War II.

The magistrates’ court was housed in the museum and later the present town hall until the existing courthouse opened in 1985.

Changes continue now with court closures and bench mergers but the principle of being tried locally by your peers remains.

Friends’ chairman Coun Roger Mace welcomed everyone and Mr Dickinson was introduced by Alan Sandham, a magistrate colleague.


Results for week ending Friday, September 12, for Lancaster Bridge Club.

Monday evening: NS 1 Jean Higham, Richard Willey; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Margaret Nolan; EW 1 Ros Lucas, Liz Dean; 2 Isabelle Baron, Mandy Middleton.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; EW 1 Ashley Toms, Tony Saville; 2 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 David Strawbridge, John Farmer; 2 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Colin Mitchell; 2 Joyce Snellgrove, Elizabeth Huckerby.

Friday evening: NS 1 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 2 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Liam Aspden; 2 Tony Saville, Jean Higham.


The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street, Morecambe, now welcomes everyone over the age of 50. The centre has a new Zumba class starting on Wednesdays at 11.15am.

Also, if you have ever fancied having a go at art then why not go along to the centre on Wednesday, October 8, at 1pm, to give it a try.

No experience or equipment required. All welcome.


The Bay Organ and Keyboard Society meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way, Bare, Morecambe. Membership is £4 for the year, £2.50 on the Wednesday club nights, including refreshments.

Members can use the society’s Organ Roland.AT 45 or various keyboards are available. The first Wednesday of attendance is free so why not give it a try.

The society also holds concerts on the third Sunday of the month during the summer. The next concert will be an evening of live music with Mark Smith and Alan Cookson this Sunday, September 21, at 7.30pm.

Admission is £5 including refreshments with easy access for the disable. The concert will be held at St Christopher’s Hall.


The next meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe branch of the Family History Society will be held today, Thursday, September 18, at 2pm, at Morecambe Library and will include a talk by Jan Graffins entitled Stonyhurst Collections.

Jan is the curator of Collections at Stonyhurst College so the talk should be very interesting as well as informative.


Unique Kidz is holding a charity day at Trimpell Sports and Social Club, Out Moss Lane, Morecambe, this on Saturday, September 20.

There will be 15 bands from around the UK performing for the charity that provides specialist services for disabled children and their families. The first act will start at 12.30pm.

Tickets cost £8 and can be paid on the day of the event at the club.


The last evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club, Morecambe, on Tuesday, September 23, at 7.30pm.

This will cover the work the branch has been doing and forthcoming events and will be followed by a buffet at a cost of £3 per person.

Everyone is welcome but if wishing to partake of the buffet please contact Jane on 01524 412987 by Friday, September 19, to be included in the numbers.


It was predominantly a vocal night at the second Members’ Choice evening of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society (RMS).

Three songs by Kathleen Ferrier, another three from Cox and Box, a song by Doris Day and another by Guy Mitchell involved audience participation.

Arias from The Magic Flute, Traviata, Turandot and another by Pavarotti were all well received.

In addition to these were two Russian marches, a suite by the American composer E McDowell, the Dam Busters’ March and the theme from

The Archers radio series as instrumental items; which also included music for flute by Faure and Annie’s Song played by James Galway.

Yet another local composition celebrated the lost Lancashire tribe of the Satantii with a march.

Further songs by Helen O’Connell and Art Garfunkel were included before the evening ended with two songs by the inimitable Fats 

Bernard Hough was again commended for his masterful arranging of the various selections into an enjoyable programme, and grateful thanks were expressed to David Robinson as he stepped down after 16 years as the society’s treasurer.

The RMS next meets on Wednesday, September 24, for a programme devised and presented by Raymond Faulkner.

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


Only a few tickets remain for an evening of Music for Organ and Orchestra at the Ascension Church, Torrisholme, Morecambe. The concert, given by the Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra, will be held on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm.

This is a definite first for Torrisholme, so don’t miss out. Tickets are priced at £10 available from the church, from Fr Chris on 01524 413144 and from John Martin Newsagents in Torrisholme.


The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two guest mediums this weekend.

Aiden Hall from Belmont will be the medium for Saturday, September 20, at 7.30pm, and Diana Threllfall from Morecambe will be the medium for the Divine Service on Sunday, September 21. Both mediums will share their philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

There is a healing service at 2.30pm on Wednesdays when SNU trained and accredited healers are in attendance.

Also on Wednesdays, at 7.30pm, is the open circle run by local mediums who demonstrate their mediumship after a short talk about their beliefs.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm is the Temple’s Bright Hour where the group discuss Spiritualism, prayers, readings. etc.

Everyone most welcome to attend each of these services, the church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled access and facilities 


St Peter’s Church has closed for approximately nine months for repairs to the roof and from now on members will be joining worship at St James’.

Every Sunday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 11am unless otherwise stated. On the second Sunday in the month there will be a Family Service at 9.30am.

Please join the congregation at St James’.

A reminder of the auction to be held at the Midland Hotel on Thursday, September 25, hosted by Paul Hayes of TV fame.

This auction is to raise funds for the church roof replacement at St Peter’s. For tickets or more information please email


The North West Anglo-Russian Friendship Group has organised a talk about The Urals, the range of mountains which splits Europe from Asia. The speaker will be Prof Paul Dukes of Aberdeen 

The event will be held on Friday, September 26, at 6pm, in the Friends’ Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.

There will be no charge, but there will be a collection to pay for room hire. Everyone welcome.


After nine years, the Relate office in St Leonard’s House, St Leonard’s Gate, Lancaster, will move to new premises in The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster LA1 1PX.

There they will have appropriate facilities provided by LDCVS (Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions). This is scheduled to take place by the beginning of October.