Social Scene

Holiday Inn, Lancaster.
Holiday Inn, Lancaster.

This week’s Social Scene.


The meeting of the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society took place on January 19 when the guest was Lancashire historian Steve Williams.

Steve gave a very interesting, and at times moving, talk entitled Kitchener’s Pals about the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pals Battalions of World War One and covered their recruitment, training, battles and the aftermath. He was also able to give good practical advice on researching WWI and genealogy in general.

The next meeting of the society will be held on Monday, February 16, at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm, when local nurseryman Ken Green will give a talk on gardening with wild flowers.

New members and visitors welcome, admission free. Further details from Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit


How Britain’s Special Forces have developed was the subject of a talk by Robin Ashcroft to Lancaster Military Heritage Group at Skerton Liberal Club on January 22.

Mr Ashcroft, a geographer and mountaineer, formerly served in the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment. He explained that the skills of a geographer and explorer came together with the skills of a soldier to produce the Special Forces, whose motto is Who Dares Wins.

Mr Ashcroft recounted the history of the Special Forces, covering personalities involved, and included the Special Boat Service and also the Iranian Embassy siege in London in 1980 involving SAS soldiers.

The group’s next event is the annual dinner at Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday, March 5, when the speaker will be Maj Gen Kevin Abraham, recently retired director-general of Army Reform.


The next meeting of the North Lancashire Branch of the Western Front Association (WFA) will take place on Monday February 2 at 7.30pm in the King’s Own Regiment Museum, Lancaster Museum (New Street entrance).

Dave O’Mara will speak about the heroic actions of the Belgian Army in WW1 and how the deeds of the fallen have been remembered. This is a change from the planned talk about the Battle of Langemarck in 1917 which has been postponed to a future meeting.

Entrance donations of £3 are invited and the event will include a raffle and refreshments.

More information about the North Lancashire Branch of the WFA, including the meetings planned for 2015, can be found at


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday January 23. Monday evening: NS 1 Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; 2 Richard Willey, Jean Higham; EW 1 Barbara Bruce, Pat Bottell; 2 Keith Condliffe, Sheila Horton.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; EW 1 Betty Clarke, Sheila Horton; 2 Yvonne Leydon, Jean Russell.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 2 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Liam Aspden; 2 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 2 Alan Paylor, Eva Hutchinson; 3 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 4 Michael Wardle, Olive Jones.

Friday evening: NS 1= Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; 1= Richard Kirkman, Janie Kirkman; EW 1 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson; 2 Stephen Raine, Liam Aspden.


Draw date January 23 2015. First prize of £500: 544861 Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 43128 Arnside. Third prizes of £10: 01016, 33034, 41871, 42681, 760411. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,700. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Eleven walkers of the Lancaster Group of the Ramblers’ Association braved the cold weather to complete a nine-mile circular walk in the Knott End area.

Using part of the Wyre Way and passing through the villages of Stalmine and Pilling the group encountered lots of mud and lots of animal life.

Fields of geese, rural enterprises of duck and pheasant rearing, llamas and emus added to the interest along with Shetland ponies and curious cattle.

A backdrop of snow-topped Bowland Fells, the shore of Preesall Sands and the many skeins of geese across the winter sky all contributed to a most enjoyable day out.

If you would like to join one of the walks telephone David on 01524 811366 or visit

The group’s next walk will be held this Saturday January 31 at Clapham starting at 9am. Then there will be a walk on Wednesday February 4 at Skelmergh (near Kendal) starting at 9.30am.

Walkers meet at the Kingsway overflow car park on Caton Road.


Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project (AHORP) is pleased to restart its series of Wednesday lunchtime fund-raising concerts in the Trinity United Reformed Church, High Street, Lancaster, on February 4.

Regular visitor Colin Porter will travel from Liverpool to give one of his interesting programmes of organ music which are always well received.

David Hopkins, who is the resident organist of the URC, will play on his home ground on Wednesday February 11 and AHORP chairman Colin Parsons will performs music by JS Bach’s second cousin Johann Walther on Wednesday, February 18.

The concerts now start at 12.30pm and last for 50 minutes. Entry is free with donations invited for the much needed organ restoration. Enquiries to 01524 840187.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting the annual meeting was held in St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe. Chairman Graeme

Isherwood reported another successful year with well attended meetings and increased membership.

There had been social events, technical meetings, movie shows, competitions and film making nights completing a varied programme. His report congratulated members for the ongoing project on filming the construction of the new M6 to Heysham Link Road.

A new committee was elected to serve for the next one and two years subject to club rules. Chairman Graeme Isherwood, secretary Ken Russell, treasurer Michael Ellis, committee Stan Sharpe, Tim Churchill, Dave Weatherley, Richard Gaskell and Peter Craven.


Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting included a talk entitled Travel Photography by Alan Hartley. Alan, a very experienced local photographer, has been a member of Lancaster Photographic Society since 2001. He is also an Associate of the RPS.

The first part of his talk included images taken from various parts of the UK and other countries whilst he gave tips on how to make travel photography interesting and ideas on the best way to keep photographs for future viewing.

After the break Alan showed photographs of a trek with a group into Pakistan with superb views of the wonderful mountains to Concordia, the Throne of the Gods, plus photographs of villages and life along the way. He had also taken a considerable number of portraits of the characters he met which added considerable colour to the talk.

Bryan Trigwell gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club for the excellent talk and photographs.

The group’s next meeting will be the third monthly competition with set subject Bridges.

For further details of the club, which meets at the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe, please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at


Due to the many wishing to take part, members are only allowed six minutes in which to present and play a piece of music at each Members’ Choice evenings at Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. When they present their own programme there’s no such limit.

For his latest presentation David Robinson chose seven pieces of over six minutes that he’d been unable to use as a Members’ Choice item.

These included piano concertos by Poulenc, Massenet and Shostakovich, Elgar’s cello concerto played by Jacqueline du Pre.

Margaret Rudd’s programme was simply entitled Her Favourites, which turned out to be hugely popular with other members.

The nine pieces included Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a violin concerto by Paganini, Mozart’s clarinet and two British light classic radio and TV themes.

When the society next meets on Wednesday, February 4, the presenter will be Doreen Bennett. All are welcome to attend the Church of the Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.


Guest mediums at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, this weekend will be Pam Drury from Blackpool at 7.30pm on Saturday January 31 and Jackie Taylor from Bolton on Sunday February 1 at 2.30pm.

Both speakers will give a short talk on the Philosophy of Spiritualism before a demonstration of their mediumship.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities. Everyone welcome.


Today’s Writers are a group of amateur writers of varying experience who meet in Heysham Library every Friday morning, except the last Friday in each month, at 10.30am.

The sessions are very informal. The group was started in January 2010 and over the last five years have produced some interesting work.

The group is friendly and welcoming, no writing experience is necessary, just a desire to create something unique.

On the last Friday of the month the writing group becomes a play reading group reading plays by well known playwrights and also experimenting with dramas produced by the writing group members.

Members are always glad to see new faces so why don’t you give it a try? For more information please contact Heysham Library on 0300 123 6703 or email


Friends of Greaves Park are organising a Litter Pick on Saturday, February 7, at 2pm. The group will meet at the 53rd Scout Hut (that’s the one near the southernmost entrance to the park, off Belle Vue Terrace).

All equipment will be provided. For further details please email


Last weekend people throughout the country were peering into their gardens as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Here in Lancaster, a small but keen group of birdwatchers from the Friends of Williamson Park and the local U3A group met just after dawn to see what birds were visible in the park.

The mild, dry morning meant that there were birds aplenty to hear, and occasionally see, amongst the trees. Species logged included bullfinch, gold crest, nuthatch and greater spotted woodpecker.

Throughout the day visitors to the park were invited to pick up a checklist and do their own survey.


A Yogathon will be held in aid of the friends of the Chernobyl Children this Sunday, February 1, from 11am to 3pm at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Caton Road, Lancaster.

There will be four sessions starting on the hour with a minimum donation of £5 per session (all proceeds to the charity). Some mats will be available but participants should provide their own if possible.

Book through the Spirit Health Club on 01524 843579 or just turn up on the day. For more information visit


The Junior Royal Northern College of Music will present Music For All at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Norwood Drive, Morecambe, this Saturday, January 31, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £8 and £4 with proceeds going towards the new kitchen project.