Social Scene: 16/01/14

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This week’s Social Scene.


Heart Concern’s first speaker of the new year was Dr Brodison, a cardiologist from the RLI, who gave an interesting talk entitled The Future of Cardiology within the NHS.

The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday, February 4, when the speaker will be John Higginson. The annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at the St Thomas Centre, Marton Street, Lancaster, at 7.30pm. All welcome.


Lancaster and District Family History Group held their monthly meeting at Barton Road, Lancaster, on January 8, which was well attended. The meeting was an informal Members’ Forum and several members gave varied short talks, after which the group enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies.

The next Member’s Forum in June, which is to be a World War One themed event and members are invited to bring artefacts and information about the war.

The next meeting of the group is the annual meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 5, at Barton Road. Several committee members are resigning and nominations for new officers are invited.

Andy Hornby will speak about The Winders of Wyresdale. New members are invited. Enquiries to 01524 751504.


The first meeting of 2014 for Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society was a most interesting presentation by Gwynfor Williams from Garstang entitled From Wales to Australia, which traced two farming families from North Wales leaving and settling in Queensland Australia in the early 1900s. Gwynfor is a descendant of one of the families and a committee member of the society.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, February 28, when members will celebrate St David’s Day (March 1) with a dinner at The Bow Window Restaurant in Bare. Further details available on 01524 903373 or 01524 770797.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 092. First prize £750: 10265. Second prize £250: 17156. Third prize £50: 15601. Runners-up prizes £10: 14923, 15995, 11191, 10582, 10736. Runners-up prizes £5: 16694, 10076, 16136, 16776, 10152. To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on January 6, the Showcase Raffle was held. Members showed movies of approximately five minutes duration in exchange for a raffle ticket which was drawn on the night for more than a dozen prizes.

The movies included local events and the natural history, holidays from across the world, main line steam trains and experimental work in motion speed. The movie voted as most entertaining was produced by Irene Mosey with a documentary of the Ravenglass Railway.

On Monday, January 20, the group, which meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe, will hold its annual meeting.


The Rainbow Centre on Clarence Street, Morecambe, has re-opened after the Christmas break and would like to wish all members and new members a happy new year.

There are new classes starting and the computer classes have a few spaces left. If you are over 55 and looking for new interests and a chance of meeting people then the Rainbow Centre could be the place for you.

For more information on the computer classes please telephone 01524 415502.


The Ladies Friendship Group restarted after the Christmas break with a delightful afternoon enjoying a talk about owls given by Bob Rushworth. He brought along two owls who behaved beautifully throughout.

The group has places available for new members and secretary Mrs V Smith can be contacted for details on 01524 414807.

The group meets most Wednesday afternoons in St Mary’s Church Hall on Matthias Street, Morecambe (behind Gala Bingo).


The next meeting of the Lancaster and Morecambe Branch of the Family History Society will be held tonight, Thursday, January 16, at the church hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd (just off Torrisholme Square), Morecambe, starting at 7.30pm.

This is the group’s annual meeting and after business matters there will be a presentation on how to save and transfer valuable family history files with GEDCOM, GEnealogical Data COMmunication, which is a means for exchanging details between different genealogy software programmes.


The first meeting of 2014 for the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society will be held on Monday, January 20, at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm, when society president Ken Richardson will give a talk and slide show on all aspects of fuchsia growing.

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


The Friends of Lancaster Library (FOLL) is a voluntary group which works closely with library staff but functions independently of the library service with its own constitution, funds and objectives.

To support the Friends’ group with ideas of events or to help to organise events attend the launch of FOLL on Thursday, January 23, at Lancaster Library, 6pm. Further information available from


The Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society resumed its meetings after the Christmas break with Tony Kadelbach’s Life Time of Music.

Beginning with the Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Jessell’s Parade of the Tin Soldiers.

Eight years of piano lessons were celebrated with three tunes by Charlie Kunz and Beethoven’s Fur Elise before a visit to the theatre that inspired a lifetime interest in operetta and musicals.

Tony selected the overture to George Gershwin’s Funny Face, a medley from Emmerich Kalman’s Gypsy Princess and the overture from Oklahoma as reminders of these. He also included an excerpt from The Boy Friend as one of several musicals in which he and his wife had appeared.

The society’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 22, and will be shared between David Robinson and Margaret Rudd. All are welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry, Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.


Morecambe Camera Club welcomed Kendal Photographic Society for an inter club competition with a good attendance from both clubs.

The competition is made up of 25 images being submitted from each club to an outside judge who in this case was John Fletcher from Longridge.

After a close competition Morecambe was declared the winning club.

The next meeting will include an illustrated talk from Lee Metcalfe entitled Panoramic Lancaster.

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 president and committee of the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, would like to thank everyone who helped to decorate the church for the candle light services and all voluntary workers who assist in the day-to-day services.

Joyce Holden from Fleetwood will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship this Saturday, January 18, at 7.30pm, whilst on Sunday, January 19, Gordon Walsh from Preston will conduct the Divine Service at 2.30pm.

On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are Healing Services when Spiritualist National Union trained and accredited healers are in attendance.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple’s Bright Hour and Wednesdays at 7.30pm is the Open Circle run by local mediums. A warm welcome to all is extended to each one of these services. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.


The next meeting of the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will be held on Monday, January 20, at 2pm, at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, when the speaker will give a talk on Sightsavers. Admission £1.50 which includes refreshments and a raffle. The group’s birthday lunch had been booked and more trips are in the pipeline. All welcome.


This Sunday, January 19, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church at 9.30am, whilst at St James’ at 9.30am the Sunday School will meet, followed by Morning Prayer at 11am.

The Hooks and Needles Group meets in St Peter’s hall on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm, a friendly group for people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, etc, all welcome. On Wednesdays the hall is open between 2pm and 4pm for refreshments.


Draw date January 10, 2014. First prize of £500: 02324 Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 87204 Fleetwood. Third prizes of £10: 04310, 32090, 33914, 43668, 44189. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £4,700. To join telephone 01524 752444.


On January 8 Lancaster Civic Society was pleased to welcome Susannah Bleakley of the Morecambe Bay Partnership, to talk about the organisation’s recent initiatives and its future plans.

Susannah has led the partnership for 15 years and the idea is to concentrate less on visitor volume than on an increase in higher-spending visitors by what is presented as available in the area and how the offer is presented.

An exhibition of photographs of Morecambe Bay that formed part of the Vision 2020 Exhibition of the Southbank of the Thames is to come to the Morecambe Arean in May and June.


Once again the judging of the Lunesdale Camera Club’s most recent competition had been made by a panel of volunteers from the members.

On the evening the panel shared the need of commenting on the merits of each image and how they had arrived at their conclusions.

Set prints – Very highly commended: Patterned sky (N Callender); Moonglow (D Taylor). Open prints – Very highly commended: Shelley (F Balaam).

Set digital – Very highly commended: Morecambe sunset (S Rogerson); Golden hour (N Callender). Open digital – Very highly commended: Three of a kind (M Wallace; Californian condor (J Bentham); Sunset fisherman (T Wallace).

Contact George Smith on 01524 733020 for details.


Results for week ending Friday, January 10, for Lancaster Bridge Club. Monday evening: NS 1 Richard Willey, Jean Higham; 2 Richard Kirkman, Stephen Breuer; EW 1 Dorothy Shuttleworth, Mildred Thomas; 2 David Needham, Frank Sutcliffe.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Dorothy Barber, Mildred Taylor; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; EW 1 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis; 2 Anne Clark, Sheila Greenwood.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Raine; 2 Joyce Snellgrove, Lawrence Bland; EW 1 Tony Saville, Jean Higham; 2 Michael Cox, Sandra Bell;

Thursday afternoon: 1 Ken Maguire, Beryl Helliwell; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 3 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 4 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw.

Friday evening: NS 1 Stephen Lamley, Elizabeth Huckerby; 2 Barbara Douglas, Joyce Snellgrove; EW 1 Lorna Lloyd, Audrey Clayton; 2 Stephen Raine, Sandra Bell.


It was raining when The Ramblers’ Lancaster Group of 10 set off from Settle on Sunday.

However, the forecast promised improvement and the afternoon proved to be beautiful, the route following a bridleway of approximately 10 miles, The Settle Loop.

The wind was chilly but a bright winter sun gave tremendous clarity to every feature.

For the last two and a half miles the group feasted on the lovely Ribble Valley as they descended slowly, sometimes through limestone crags, back to Settle.

For further information about the group please telephone 01524 811366.