Social Scene: 12/12/13

A print of a painting being presented to Skerton Liberal Club by Lancaster Military Heritage Group. From left: Derek Hicks, club president; Capt John Lean, group chairman; Brig Peter Rafferty, new Colonel of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment; and Coun Abbott Bryning, who gave the print.
A print of a painting being presented to Skerton Liberal Club by Lancaster Military Heritage Group. From left: Derek Hicks, club president; Capt John Lean, group chairman; Brig Peter Rafferty, new Colonel of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment; and Coun Abbott Bryning, who gave the print.

This week’s Social Scene news.


An important record of Lancaster’s Army Regiment has found a new home in Skerton Liberal Club.

It is a print of a painting of new colours being presented to the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment at Weeton Barracks in Lancashire in 1980.

The print was given to Coun Abbott Bryning, Mayor of Lancaster at that time and a life member of Skerton Liberal Club, who has handed it over to Lancaster Military Heritage Group.

The group has presented the print to hang in Skerton Liberal Club as a thank you for regular use of the club as a meeting place.

The presentation was made on the group’s behalf by Brig Peter Rafferty, new Colonel of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The print shows the colours being presented by Princess Alexandra, Colonel-in-Chief, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.

In a talk entitled Estonia – a Cold War Enigma, Brig Rafferty spoke of how the Battle of Narva on the Estonian-Russian border towards the end of World War Two shaped modern day Estonia and its relationship with the world and particularly the UK. Britain, he said, helped Estonia achieve independence.

Having taken part in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with Estonia’s Scouts Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is now seeking formal affiliation with the Estonian battalion. Brig Rafferty was welcomed by Col Peter Dew, secretary, and thanked by Capt John Lean, chairman.

At Buckingham Palace last month, the Queen, Colonel-in-Chief of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, met Brig Rafferty and his predecessor as Colonel, Brig Mike Griffiths.

She also met Col Mike Diss, outgoing Honorary Colonel of the 4th Battalion; his successor, Mr Jeremy Gorick, former High Sheriff of Lancashire; Lieut-Col Nicholas Wood, who has completed his duty as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion; and his successor, Lieut-Col George Maund.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 087. First prize £750: 11170. Second prize £250: 10233. Third prize £50: 14982. Runners-up prizes £10: 10729, 10046, 15382, 10212, 16132. Runners-up prizes £5: 15584, 11530, 11367, 16390, 15562. To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


High expectations were amply fulfilled at the recent meeting of Lunesdale Camera Club with a talk entitled The Silk Road, Across China in the footsteps of Marco Polo.

Beginning with a greeting in Chinese, club member John Bentham related his experience in travelling from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Beijing, China along this legendary route. The area is notably rich in history, geography, culture, politics and religion and John did the subject proud not just with excellent photography but also by his accompanying comment on all the many aspects of his talk.

Speaking on behalf of the club vice-chairman George Smith gave a vote of thanks for a very entertaining and enjoyable evening. Guests and new members are always welcome, see the website for information or ring George Smith on 01524 733020.


Draw date December 6, 2013. First prize of £500: 44246 Heysham. Second prize of £50: 07179 Warton. Third prizes of £10: 00056, 00668, 37622, 40632, 42411. No jackpot prize this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £4,200. To join telephone 01524 752444.


At the beginning of November, Heart Concern presented equipment to Dr Gallagher for use in the Community Heart Failure Clinic.

On November 13 around 36 members enjoyed a luncheon at the Clarendon Hotel.

December 3 saw the club enjoy their Christmas Social at the RLI Social Club. Around 40 plus members attended and enjoyed good company, music, food and a Christmas quiz.

This Saturday, December 14, there will be a seasonal walk. Members to meet at 1.30pm in the large car park by the canal at Glasson Dock.

It is intended to walk part of the canal and return via the riverside. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served along the way.

The group’s next meeting will be at the St Thomas Centre, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 7, when the speaker will be Dr Brodison, cardiologist at the RLI.


In the local chess league, Bare Village beat University B 3-1, University A beat the Dragons 4-0, Lancaster A drew 2-2 with Kendal and Morecambe A drew 2-2 with Morecambe Knights.

University B 1 Bare Village 3: A Kotzampasis 0 P T Seery 1, A Neale 0 N Peace 1, J Ebockayuk 1 D McLellan 0, C Dargan 0 J Metcalfe 1.

Dragons 0 University A 4: L Bland 0 K Singla 1, J Chibnall 0 G Kirkov 1, W Fairbairn 0 J Flynn 1, L Ba Thein 0 J Elosua 1.

Lancaster A 2 Kendal 2: R Collins 0 D Shaw 1, S Bailey 0.5 J Dobson 0.5, J Beckett 0.5 J Rashleigh 0.5, C Fisher 1 D Dean 0.

Morecambe A 2 Morecambe Knights 2: G House 1 M Farthing 0, J Lyth 0 N Jameson 1, S Murray 0 P Horman 1, N Blade 1 G Bennett 0.

In the Lansil Cup, University A beat the Dragons 4-0. University A 4 Dragons 0: K Singla 1 B Cornish 0, G Kirkov 1 J Chibnall 0, J Flynn 1 L Ba Thein 0, M Smith 1 P Purvis 0.

FAMILY history

Lancaster and District Family History Group held its Christmas Social at Lancaster Golf Club on December 4 which was very enjoyable. Denise Norden gave a fascinating talk about the Jane Austen event in Bath which she attended and demonstrated her outfits and accessories.

After the hot pot supper, quizzes and a raffle, the evening was rounded off with a sing-song accompanied by Brenda Fox on the keyboard and everyone went home in a festive mood.

The next meeting of the group will be held at Barton Road on Wednesday, January 8, which is a Members’ Forum with mulled wine and mince pies. New members welcome, enquiries to 01524 751504.


Morecambe and District Philharmonic Choir present Music for Christmas, plus Carols for Choir and Audience tomorrow, Friday, December 13, at 7.30pm at Morecambe Parish Church, Church Walk. Tickets at the door.


On December 8, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Ravenstonedale area. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Newbiggin on Lune to Great and Little Ewe Fell, Nettle Hill, Hazzler Brow Scar, Potts, Crossley Garrett, Smardale Gill, Breakyneck Scar and into Ravenstonedale.

The B party, led by Tony Dixon, walked from Newbiggin on Lune to Field Head, Potts Valley, Crosby Garrett Fell, Brownber, Smarsdale Bridge and into Ravenstonedale.

Party C, led by Bert Simister, did a circular walk from Ravenstonedale to Park House, Smardale Bridge, Smardale Gill, Demesne Wood, Ravenstonedale Park and back to Ravenstonedale.

The next walks will be in the Windermere area this Saturday, December 14, with further information available from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


At Morecambe Bay Moviemakers’ weekly meeting on December 2 at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Morecambe, the night was devoted to the late Ronnie Wood who had been a member for 25-years prior to his this death earlier in the year.

Ronnie was a jovial character and this was evident in the many movies he made and also appeared in as an actor or presenter.

The night involved showing a selection of his own movies and club productions in which he took a leading role.

Many of his movies were comedies but his skill as an engineer was demonstrated in his documentaries which showed how he had made things varying from a silver dress ring to 13 wooden rocking horses. Even after his death he was able to bring a smile to members’ faces at a nostalgic and enjoyable show, which included his favourite interval snack of jam and cream scones.

On Tuesday, December 17, members will attend their Christmas Dinner at Morecambe Golf Club, 7pm for a 7.30pm meal.


Christ Church Broadway Productions will present A Christmas Cracker tonight and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 and £5. A great Christmas show including a comedy – All that Glistens, magic, Christmas songs and skits. All proceeds to church funds. For tickets telephone 07809 342773 or email


The Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery will be holding a Christmas Service of Celebration and Remembrance at 2pm this Sunday, December 15, at The Chapel, Torrisholme Cemetery, Westgate, Morecambe.

Refreshments following the service. All welcome. For further information contact Bill Jackson on 01524 417035.


Travel was the dish of the day served up by both Pat Modley and John Jones to members at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

With more than 30 pieces of music between them, Pat’s selection of countries and songs included Merrie England,

When Irish Eyes are Smiling, Scotland the Brave, and From Russia with Love. There was also a Yodelling Song from Switzerland, a Song of India by Mario Lanza, a Song of Norway and a chorus from West Side Story to represent America.

John Jones initially chose records with a place name in the title. These included George Formby’s Little Stick of Blackpool Rock, Mississippi, Ferry Cross the Mersey and Streets of London.

His programme was further enhanced by the inclusion of Copacabana by Barry Manilow, Y Viva Espana and Waterloo Sunset; Matchstalk Men representing Salford, The Wombling Song Wimbledon, and Scott McKenzie sang of San Francisco.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach paid tribute to both presenters for their ingenuity. After the Christmas break the society will resume meetings on Wednesday, January 8, when Tony Kadelbach will be the presenter.

Further information about the society is available from Gordon on 421537, Margaret on 414660, or attend at 7pm on the night.


Morecambe Camera Club’s Thursdays meeting was divided into two parts with Chris and Mike passing on tips for studio and table top photography.

It was a meeting with total involvement by members who had brought their cameras along to participate.

The first half of the evening was given to the studio photography.

Mike had set lights up and helped members with setting up their cameras. Following the break it was the turn of table top photography.

This is a section in the annual digital image competition and it was explained this was not still life but a chance to use imagination to create miniature scenes using models and other accessories with various backgrounds.

A light box had been set up and members created scenes from some of the accessories supplied.

Also a demonstration of taking fluid drops being dropped into a receptacle below.

This photography is a very demanding timing being critical and many members had an attempt at this with some good results. Thanks go to Mike and Chris for the evening.

It is also hoped that the table top section of the annual digital image competition will see an increase in the entry.

The next meeting is last for 2013, the Christmas social meeting with the usual buffet.

For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at

The club meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Church of the Ascension vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe.


The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome Mary Johnson from Maryport at the service this Saturday, December 14, at 7.30pm and also this Sunday, December 15, at the Divine Service at 2.30pm. She will give a short talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and also a demonstration of her mediumship on both occasions.

On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are healing services for all. On Wednesdays there is an open circle where local mediums give demonstration of their mediumship after a talk about their beliefs.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together. Everyone is most welcome to all the services.

The church is wheelchair friendly, with disabled access and facilities available.


This Sunday, December 15, the third Sunday of Advent, at 9.30am, Parish Communion is at St Peter’s, whilst at 9.30am at St James’s the Sunday School will meet followed by a service at 11am of Morning Prayer CW.

St Peter’s Hall is open on Wednesdays between 2pm to 4pm for tea, coffee, etc. On Saturday, December 18, at 8pm, there will be a Christmas Concert by the Morecambe Philharmonic Choir at St James’s at 7.30pm, entrance by retiring collection.

Please attend this fun event in aid of the new roof at St Peter’s.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, December 6.

Monday evening: NS 1 Robert Fildes, Guy Griffith; 2 Gill Wildon, Mick Donnelly; EW 1 Ros Lucas, Stuart Saward; 2 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 2 Ruby Bland, Jean Birkett; EW 1 Yvonne Leydon, Mavis Foster; 2 Chris Chippendale, Graham Freakes.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Raine; 2 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; EW 1 Michael Cox, Sandra Bell; 2 Chris Chippendale, Stephen 

Thursday afternoon: 1 Colin Barton, Angela Clare; 2 Hilary Jones, Joan Rose; 3 Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; 4 Keith Bradshaw, Stephanie Arkwright;

Friday evening: 1 Stephen Raine, Sandra Bell; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 3 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; 4 Vivien Cleaver, Mike