Social Scene - 11/07/13

Filmmaker Chris Abram at the launch of his latest DVD "Hidden Lancaster" with Queen's guide Cedric Robinson, Council leader Coun Abbott Bryning and Cabinet member for Culture Coun Ron Sands.
Filmmaker Chris Abram at the launch of his latest DVD "Hidden Lancaster" with Queen's guide Cedric Robinson, Council leader Coun Abbott Bryning and Cabinet member for Culture Coun Ron Sands.

This week’s Social Scene.


The next evening meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air 
Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club on Tuesday, July 23, at 7.30pm. There will be an illustrated talk by Graeme Austin on Walking the Cumbria Way from Ulverston to Carlisle. All welcome.


A guided walk, Sons of the Sands, starts from the corner of Lord Street across from 
Gala Bingo, Morecambe, at 2pm this Saturday, July 13.

The walk celebrates the lives of two Morecambe men both born in 1857 – the artist William Woodhouse and the geologist Professor John Edward Marr.

Places on the walk are priced £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


On July 7 Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Lorton Vale area.

The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Braithwaite to Barrow Door, Sail, Wandope, Eel Crag, Sand Hill, Hopegill Head, Whiteside and into Lanthwaite Green.

The B party, led by Frank Whittle, walked from Low 
Lorton to Thackthwaite, Watching Crag, Low Fell, Sourfoot Fell, Smithy Fell, Fellbarrow and back to Low Lorton.

Party C, led by Pat 
Emerson, walked from 
Lanthwaite Green to 
Lanthwaite Hill, Pickett Howe, below Whiteside Fell, High Swinside and into Low Lorton.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, July 13, in the Silecroft area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702.

The web address is


Events at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, are as follows: Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm, healing services for all, when Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance, for which there is no charge just free will donation for church funds.

This Saturday, July 13, at 7.30pm, mediums Laura Birch and Lorraine Horren from Blackpool will be the speakers. Then on Sunday, July 14, at 2.30pm, Iain Carlos from Nelson will speak.

They will all give a short talk on the Philosophy of 
Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an open circle run by mediums from the area.

Tuesday at the Temple is the Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new come for a chat and to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, spiritualism is discussed. All are welcome. There is disabled access and facilities available and it is wheelchair friendly.


Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet at Wesley Methodist Church, Heysham, on Monday, July 15, at 2pm.

They will be enjoying a chairman’s afternoon with entertainment followed by a cream tea. Everyone is welcome to attend. The guild’s coffee morning will be held at the Platform today, Thursday, July 11, from 10am to noon. Admission for the coffee morning will be £1.50, including refreshments and free raffle.

There will be no meetings in August and meetings will return on Monday, September 2.


On Saturday, July 13, at 8am, Holy Communion BCP is at St Peter’s. Also on Saturday between noon and 2pm soup and sandwiches will be served at St James’s, a chance to meet up with friends.

On Sunday, July 14, at St James at 9.30am there will be a service of Family 
Communion and Prizegiving. At 11am Parish 
Communion with baptism is at St Peter’s followed at 6.30pm by 
Evensong there.

On Monday, July 15, at 6pm, there is a Confirmation Rehearsal at St Peter’s, followed at 7.30pm by a PCC Meeting in St Peter’s hall.

On Wednesday, July 17, at 10am, Communion will be at St Peter’s followed at 6pm by a service of Parent Praise there (both these services clergy permitting).

On Saturday, July 20, between 10 and 12.30pm there will be a Coffee Morning to raise funds for St Peter’s Church roof repair.

With coffee/teas, cake stall, bric-a-brac stalls, raffle. Please help raise funds for this urgent project.


Draw date July 5, 2013. First prize of £500: 11708 
Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 00312 Lancaster. Third prizes of £10: 01450, 05996, 08426, 42583, 42967. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £2,000. To join telephone 01524 752444.


A good number of cyclists turned out for Frank 
Feinberg’s ride to Halton Gill, encouraged by the splendid weather and eager to tackle the testing hills of the Yorks National Park.

First though, a gentle descent to the cyclepath along the Lune Valley, then Wray, Wennington and the Benthams, settling in to the first real ascents of the day as Ingleborough and surrounds hove into view.

The gentle breeze was westerly, enabling the group to reach the Clapham coffee stop at a steady rate where more riders joined the group.

After a pleasant and sociable bask in the sunshine, the group set forth for 
Austwick and the steady climb up Swarth Moor, making for Little Stainforth, then Stainforth itself. The brooding presence of Pen-y Ghent loomed as a reminder of the ascent to come, a long, steady climb in increasingly baking temperatures as the cyclists made their way to the top before negotiating a careful descent down the steep drop to Halton Gill for a well-earned picnic lunch. An Audax was taking place, with several dozen cyclists tackling the route in the opposite direction.

A prime reward for endeavour then followed, the gentle scenic descent down Littondale to Arncliffe before turning westwards to tackle the steep and seemingly endless climb up Darnbrook Fell.

A sharp drop to Darnbrook House was followed by a more gradual climb up the other side, heading for 
Malham Tarn which glistened brightly in the distance.

The undulations continued as the riders carried on towards Langcliffe, negotiating with care the steep drop down to the village itself where welcoming tea and cakes awaited at the village hall.

Thereafter, it was but a short ride to Settle and on to Mewith Lane for the familiar ride back home, people peeling off as they neared their various destinations.

All-in-all a splendid day out in superb weather, with great views of the National Park at its very best, and excellent company for the 75+ miles covered.

Dave Hugill will lead next Sunday’s CTC ride to 
Mallerstang from Beaumont at 9am, coffee at Sedbergh. The Tandem Club will meet at Beetham Garden Centre at 9am – 9.30am for their ride to Grange.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, July 5.

Monday evening: NS 1 Jean Higham, Richard Willey; 2 Janet Barnes, Janis Allan; EW 1 John Allen, Gordon Phillips; 2 Deborah Robinson, Liz Dean.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; EW 1 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis; 2 Doreen Hardman, Jean Higham.

Wednesday evening: 1 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Raine; 2 Ron Flude, Gillian Mawby; 3 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; 4 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Dorothy Barber, Olive Jones; 3 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 4= Ken Maguire, Beryl Helliwell; 4= Dorothy Shuttleworth, Mildred Thomas. Friday evening: 1 Audrey Clayton, Pat Bottell; 2 Rose Parker, Nuala Holland; 3 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 4 Barbara Widdows, Patricia Peterson.


The next meeting of the 
Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of 
Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe, on Wednesday, July 17, at 2pm. The respiratory nurse, Helen Booth, will speak about the use of oxygen. Anyone with breathing difficulties will be welcome.

Macular Society

At the monthly meeting of the Macular Society Carnforth Support Group, held at the Carnforth Visitors Centre on Wednesday 26th June, the speaker was Steve Turner, Community Fire Safety Officer of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Steve spoke about the free Home Fire Safety check provided by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service: it is much more than supplying householders with free smoke alarms.

The fire service has links with all services and is able to make referrals where an individual may need further help, for their own safety, at home.

Steve demonstrated several aids. The visual vibrator smoke alarm had saved at least one of the members: it is placed under the pillow, battery operated, it vibrates when it receives a signal from the smoke alarm: those who are hard of hearing remove their hearing aids at night and need something which will stir them into consciousness so that the fire service is called.

The electric plug identifier was also demonstrated by Steve and a member: the strong loop attached to the plug allows it to be removed from the socket with confidence.

Locator dots, distributed by the fire service on behalf of Galloway’s, for those challenged by loss of central vision can be used in a variety of ways, particularly to ensure that the kitchen timer is set correctly.

The fire service realise that they cannot stop everyone smoking, however they have ways of encouraging safety in the home often with the use of locator dots: they may be placed on the edge of ash trays whereas rubbish bins are without.

Steve pointed out that with the help of special smoke alarms it is possible for even the most immobile person to call for help. The fire service is there to advise on all aspects of safety in the home.

Steve distributed request forms to be completed by members needing free advice on home fire safety. Cards were given, to pass on to friends, with the free phone number to request a free home fire safety check : 0800 1691125.