Social Scene: 13/03/14

Ramblers set off on a guided walk from Warley, with the Calderdale Ramblers Association
Ramblers set off on a guided walk from Warley, with the Calderdale Ramblers Association
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This week’s Social Scene.


Lunesdale Camera Club members were invited to bring along two images which they liked, their own, other people’s or a combination. Each contributor then gave a short presentation explaining the reasons for their choices. The images presented covered a wide range of genres, landscape, portrait, abstract, black and white, etc, each one generating a lively debate. This innovative evening was voted a great success and one which will undoubtedly be repeated. A big thank you to David Taylor for including it in the programme.

Visitors and new members always welcome, further details from George Smith on 01524 733020.


Draw date March 7, 2014. First prize of £500: 39049 Warton, Carnforth. Second prize of £50: 40605 Torrisholme. Third prizes of £10: 00501, 00720, 03324, 06488, 60652. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £800. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Lancaster and District Family History Group held their monthly meeting at Barton Road on March 5, when Dr Stephen Caunce gave a talk entitled Hiring Fairs. The meeting was well attended and many questions followed the talk. Dr Caunce concentrated on the fairs in the North West in the farming communities, which still continued into the 1950s.

The chairperson announced several dates when WW1 themed items were to be held and members were invited to submit stories about their ancestors who served in The Great War for the book the group is compiling. The WW1 themed Members’ Forum in June is to be an open meeting, visitors £1. The next meeting of the group will be held on Wednesday, April 2, and the talk will be entitled The Effects of The Railway on 19th and 20th Century Culture by J Ellwood. New members welcome. For more information please telephone 01524 751504.


Heart Concern held its annual meeting on March 4 reporting a successful year. Speaker Mike Davies from Search and Rescue Morecambe Bay gave a very interesting talk and visual display of rescues and exercise. The next meeting of Heart Concern will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7.30pm, at St Thomas Centre when the speaker for the evening will be Alison Ongley from the Guild of Weavers. For more information about Heart Concern visit www.heartconcern.


In the local league Kendal beat Bare Village 3.5-0.5, Lancaster A beat University B 4-0 and Morecambe A beat the Dragons 3.5-0.5.

Kendal 3.5 Bare Village 0.5: D Shaw 0.5 P T Seery 0.5, J Dobson 1 T Hayes 0, D Dean 1 D Wood 0, D Cowling 1 J Metcalfe 0. University B 0 Lancaster A 4: J Ebockayuk 0 R Collins 1, J Bastow 0 J Beckett 1, J Elosua 0 W Fairbairn 1, P Wileman 0 L Ba Thein 1. Dragons 0.5 Morecambe A 3.5: B Cornish 0 J Lyth 1, W Fairbairn 0.5 C Heald 0.5, L Bland 0 N Jameson 1, J Chibnall 0 S Parker 1.

League positions: Morecambe A P5, 9pts; Morecambe Knights and Lancaster A P6, 9pts; Kendal P6, 7pts; Dragons P6, 6pts; University A P4, 4pts; Bare Village P6, 2pts; University B P7, 0pts.

In the second round of The Lansil Cup, Kendal beat Lancaster A on board count after a 2-2 draw.

Cup Draws, Lansil Cup semi-finals: Kendal v University Staff, Morecambe A v University A. Nolan Cup semi-finals: Bare Village v Dragons; Morecambe Knights v University B. Quick-Play semi-finals: Morecambe v Lancaster A; University B v University Staff. Level final: G House v R Collins. Handicap final: T Hayes (3) v J Marshall (3). Under 110 final: J Marshall v L Ba Thein.


Results for week ending Friday, March 7, for Lancaster Bridge Club. Monday evening: NS 1 Sheila Dearnley, Barbara Bruce; 2 Stephen Breuer, Richard Kirkman; EW 1 Mandy Middleton, Isabelle Baron; 2 Chris Fox, Joyce Fox. Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; 2 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; EW 1 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis; 2 Audrey Clayton, Sylvia Truesdale. Wednesday evening: 1 David Strawbridge, Sandra Bell; 2 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; 3= Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 3= Malcolm Hartley, Michael Cox. Thursday afternoon: 1 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 3 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 4 Keith Bradshaw, Stephanie Arkwright. Friday evening: 1 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 2 Richard Kirkman, Janie Kirkman; 3 Ros Lucas, Jean Higham; 4 Titch Little, Pat Little.


The cultural phenomenon that is The Sunday Assembly is coming to Lancaster. In cities across the world, non-religious community groups are gathering (normally once a month) to hear short inspiring talks and sing secular songs.

The first Lancaster Sunday Assembly will take place at 11am, this Sunday, March 16, in The Gregson Community Centre on Moorgate. The topic, aptly, is Beginnings.

The Sunday Assembly motto is Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More. Anyone is welcome – the assemblies were set up originally by atheists looking for something ‘like a church’ and the content is purely secular (no references to God), but people of any religion welcome. To find out more visit Facebook page or call Ruth on 07887 732547.


Lancaster Fellwalkers walked in the Chipping area on March 9.

B group walked via fields to Stanley and Dinkling Green then to Graystonely and to Chipping via Leagram Hall with leader M. Tyson.

The A- walkers went to Fell Foot and climbed Parlick, walked the ridge to Fair Snape and Wolf Fell, descending to Saddle End and via Burnslack and Lickhurst into Chipping, with leader M Maslin.

Group A walked to Fell Foot, across fields to Blindhurst, then Bleasdale and on to Bleasdale Moor. They climbed Fair Snape Fell via Fiensdale Head, went on to Parlick and back again to Fell Foot and Chipping, leader L Atkinson.

The A+ group walked to Cold Coates, Nob Barn, Lower Cock Gliding Club, climbed Parlick, on to Fair Snape Fell, Saddle Fell, then via Burnslack, Stanley, Lickhurst Farm, Greystonely, Knot Hill and into Chipping via Greenlands Farm, leader C Waddon.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on March 3, members welcomed Duncan Moore who has had a career in various forms of media throughout his working life. He explained his involvement in local radio, pop group management and television production. His presentation gave an insight into each area with on screen examples including his latest role as props manager for the Sky TV series Stella, where he was responsible for all the equipment used by the actors from cars to domino pieces. Duncan was able to answer the many questions put by members about his work in radio and television projects.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe, and on Monday, March 17, will welcome Ernest Jennings, the hon sec of Halifax Cine and Video Club, who has built his own cinema.


Sunday services at St Paul’s Church, Scotforth Road, Lancaster: 8am Holy Communion (traditional); 9.45am All Age Communion (first and fifth Sunday), Holy Communion (second, third and fourth Sunday), Junior Church in the hall for children in Years 1 to 6; 6.30pm Evensong (traditional).

Sunday services at The Hala Centre, Beck View, Hala: 11.15am All Age Worship (first Sunday each month), Holy Communion (second and fourth Sunday), Morning Worship (all other Sundays); Junior Church meets in the lounge for children in Years 1-6, each week except first Sunday each month.


An afternoon tea in aid of The Eve Appeal will be held this Saturday, March 15, at The Church of Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe, between 1pm and 4pm. There will be a raffle, Pampered Chef presentation, an auction, face painting, tea, coffee and plenty of cakes. Entry is £1 for adults which includes a hot drink, and free entry for children.

TV personality Paul Hayes will be conducting the auction at 3pm with great prizes such as a bracelet and charm from Banks Lyon Jewellers and a pamper day from Jo and Cass. If you cannot make it but want to help simply click the donate now button and donate through the Just Giving website.


Morecambe Camera Club members received the results of the last set subject competition judged by Neil Pasco, again a judge who gave constructive criticism and advice.

Results – Set subject: 1 Roger Gittins, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Peter Bagnall; Highly commended: David Greenwood and Mike Staniforth. Open: 1 Anne Staniforth, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Chris Hellier; Highly commended: John Hughes and Fernly Stribling. Natural history: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Derek Mackie, 3 Fernley Stribling; Highly commended: Keith Knowles and John Hughes.

The next meeting will include the L&CPU folio of digital images. For further details of the club, which meets at The Church of the Ascension vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at


The next walks from the winter programme for The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club will be on a full day finishing at Skipton, this Saturday, March 15.

Pick-up time is 9am from The Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe. Guests and new members always welcome, to book contact Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the winter programme from


U3A sessions are now held in The Ascension Church vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe – photography on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm; arts and crafts on the second Thursday, 2pm to 4pm; mythology on the second Friday from 10am to noon; and cards and dominoes on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. There is also social/games sessions on the first and third Monday from 2pm to 4pm offering snooker, table tennis, table football and darts. Contact Pauline on 01524 770682 to find out more or to book a place.


This Saturday, March 15, The Ascension Church lounge, Torrisholme, Morecambe, is hosting a fund raising and awareness event for ovarian cancer. Contact Vicky on 01524 415762 or just call in to offer support.


The coffee morning on March 6, held at The Ascension Church, Torrisholme, in aid of The Chernobyl Children’s Holiday Fund, raised £500. The Central Ladies Tuesday Group would like to thank all who supported this event. Eighteen children will visit at a cost of £600 per child. On top of this each child has to have a visa costing £100. The Government covered the cost of the visas but this funding has been withdrawn, which means £1,800 more to be raised for this area and £65,000 nationally. If any other groups would like a talk on this worthwhile work telephone Mike Cowan on 01524 67751 or email


The guest medium at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, this Saturday, March 15, at 7.30pm, will be Hillary Butler from St Annes. Sheila Hall from Preston will be the medium who will visit on Sunday, March 16, at 2.30pm. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to discuss Spiritualism and ask questions. On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a Healing Service, and on Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an Open Circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship.


There will be a Nearly New Sale of children and baby clothes plus toys, baby equipment and maternity clothes, at St James’ Hall (next to The Old Hall), Heysham, this Saturday, March 15, from 10am to 3pm. Admission £1. Further information from Lisa Jackson on email The event is to raise funds for the new roof at St Peter’s Church.


On Monday, March 17, The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will hold its annual meeting which will be followed by a quiz and refreshments. This will take place at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, admission £1.50 including refreshments and raffle. The guild welcomes new members and meets the first and third Monday of each month with interesting speakers and enjoyable day trips.


Heysham South Neighbourhood Police Team will be offering free bike coding at Heysham Library, Heysham Road, Heysham, this Saturday, March 15, between 11am and 1pm.