Social Scene: 19/12/13

Members of  Lancashire Dotcom Walkers present Chrissie Moore and Mark Blundell, owners of The Stork at Conder Green with a certificate to acknowledge the pub as the walking group's pub of the year.
Members of Lancashire Dotcom Walkers present Chrissie Moore and Mark Blundell, owners of The Stork at Conder Green with a certificate to acknowledge the pub as the walking group's pub of the year.
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This week’s Social Scene.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 088. First prize £750: 17058. Second prize £250: 11692. Third prize £50: 14927. Runners-up prizes £10: 11674, 15041, 16395, 15789, 10220. Runners-up prizes £5: 16494, 17023, 10198, 11307, 14940.

To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


Draw date December 13, 2013. First prize of £500: 1068958 Arnside. Second prize of £50: 1001817 Kendal. Third prizes of £10: 01160, 41394, 1002815, 1005153, 1064166. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £4,300. To join telephone 01524 752444.


The second competition of the winter season for Lancaster Photographic Society was judged by John Fletcher from Clitheroe, a member of Ribblesdale Photographic Society.

A feature of this competition was for images of Lancaster and District, and the winner would be awarded the Ron Atkinson trophy.

Dave Moorhouse was a worthy winner with an evocative image of Castle Hill in evening light, which according to the judge illustrated to perfection an older part of the city.

Other results wer: Colour Projected Images, Highly Commended: Beautiful Golden Moth, Mike Atkinson; Big Sky over the Bay, Sheenagh Crumley.

Lighting the Landmarks, Colin Yates; Steam Bath, Ruth Wood; The Irony, Joe Marshall; Castle Hill, Dave Moorhouse. Colour Projected Images, Commended: Burg Al Arab Hotel, Dubai and Skerton Bridge, both Syd Cumbus.

Chasing, Dave Moorhouse; Cider in the Sun, Sheenagh Crumley; Evening Fun, Judith Orr; Floating above the Nave, Sally Anderson; Lune, Andy Reilly.

Market Square, Alan Phillips; Blackpool Illuminations, Mike Atkinson; Millennium Bridge Reflections, Vic Crumley; Shimmering Boys, Tricia Wilcock; Waiting for the Wife, Stephen Greenhall.

Monochrome Projected Images, Highly Commended: Cairnholy Neolithic Tomb, Mike Atkinson; Memorial, Karen Chandisingh; The Escalator, Sheenagh Crumley; The Peleton, Hannes Pretorious; Somewhere in Time, Nick Callender.

Monochrome Projected Images, Commended: Ginnel, Alan Phillips; Bradley,Colin Yates; Lancaster Castle and Priory, Allan Hartley; Lancaster Street, Nick Callender; Boat at Sunderland Point, Stephen Greenhall; Quernmore, Karen Chandisingh; Neglected, Dave Morrhouse; Shelter, Simon Ingham.


Lancaster Fellwalkers stayed local and walked in the Arnside area on Sunday, which was followed by a delicious festive meal at The Longlands, Tewitfield.

The A group started at Sandside, via Beetham, Holme and climbed Farleton Knott, a total of 12 miles.

The other three groups all started their walks at Arnside.

B group took in Arnside Tower to Eaves Wood of eight miles.

A- walkers climbed Arnside Knott, then to the Pepperpot via Arnside Tower and via the canal to the Longlands, , 10 miles.

The A+ walkers went to New Barns, climbed Arnside Knott and walked via Arnside Tower over Warton Crag to Warton, 13 miles.


Forty members of Morecambe Bay Probus Club enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch at the Headway Hotel on December 10.

After the meal the raffle was held and prizes distributed to winning members.

Chairman of the club, Derrick Hudson, in closing the function, wished everyone season’s greetings and reminded members that the first club meeting in the New Year will be held on Tuesday, January 14, when Bob and Brenda Bushby will be presenting one of their travelogues.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on December 9, chairman Graeme Isherwood took on the role of quiz master for the Christmas Quiz.

Members split into teams of four to attempt to answer questions and the winning team members were each presented, in pub quiz tradition, with a can of beer and a packet of crisps.

The next meeting of the group will be held on Monday, January 6, in St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe.


Morecambe Camera Club’s last meeting of 2013 was a social evening with a buffet supplied by members, again with an excellent spread.

Anne Staniforth had organised two novel quizzes with the members teaming up on their tables.

Gill Taylor, who several members knew from her Photoshop classes, called in to inform the group about a forthcoming lottery donation to develop the West End and asked if the club would be agreeable to get involved with a project taking photographs of the area.

This was agreed and it was decided to take these as groups or individuals and after collating them pass them on to Gill.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 2, with the One Print competition.

This is the club’s only print competition and will be judged by members.

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


The latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society was a Members’ Choice featuring 23 selections for an audience of 34 members.

Several Christmas carols were interspersed with more classical pieces and songs, and all supposedly limited to a maximum six minutes presentation time.

Bach, Chopin and Tchaikovsky were featured twice; Faure, Vivaldi and Weber only once.

Bernard Hough was thanked by the chairman for his presentation of the recordings.

Further information about the society is available from Gordon on 01524 421537 or Margaret on 414660.

For the first meeting of 2014 Tony Kadelbach will present a programme of recorded music on Wednesday, January 8.

All are welcome for a 7.30pm start in The Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe.


Speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, Morecambe, will be Steven Hemingway from Blackpool this Saturday, December 21, at 7.30pm and Steven Cavis from Southport on Sunday, December 22, at 2.30pm, at the Divine Service.

Both will give a short talk on the philosophy of spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

The church will close following this Sunday’s Divine Service, re-opening on Saturday, January 11, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be Jean Entwistle from Fleetwood.

Anne Shackleton and the Temple of Light committee thank all who helped to make the coffee morning successful and proceeds went to North Lancashire Voluntary Counselling Services. Further information can be found on


This Sunday, December 22, there will be a service of Parish Communion at St Peter’s, followed at 11am there by Morning Prayer.

In the evening at St Peter’s at 6.30pm will be the service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas.

Please join members for this quiet reflection on Christmas. At St James at 11am there will be a service of Holy Communion.

On Christmas Eve at St James there will be a Christingle Service at 6pm. On Christmas Day at 10am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s, and on Sunday, December 29, at 11am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, December 13 are:

Monday evening: NS 1 Tony Saville, John Bristow; 2 Rose Parker, Graham Freakes; EW 1 Ros Lucas, Stuart Saward; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Carmel Ryan.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; EW 1 Yvonne Leydon, Mavis Foster; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Mike Speed, Stan Hayes; 2 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; EW 1 David Strawbridge, Sandra Bell; 2 Stephen Raine, Colin Mitchell.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw; 3= Jennifer Griffith, Pamela White; 3= Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose.

Friday evening: 1= Stephen Lamley, Elizabeth Huckerby; 1= Tony Saville, Jean Higham; 3 Rose Parker, Nuala Holland; 4 Douglas Cameron, John Lea.


The next walks from the winter programme for the Church of the Ascension Rambling Club, Torrisholme, will be on a full day, finishing at Ambleside this Saturday, December 21.

The A walk will be led by Linda Mills and starts from Ings, walking to Moor Howe via Broadgate Farm.

From there, a lane leads to Troutbeck Church and then on to Nanny Lane before ascending to Wansfell Pike via Baystones, and a steep descent to Stock Ghyl waterfall and into Ambleside, nine miles and 1,991ft.

The B walk will be led by Tom Hodgson starting from Ambleside, walking to High Sweden Bridge and Scandale Bottom to cross the River Scandale and return to Ambleside, seven miles.

The C walk will be led by Anne Danson and Elaine Hall starting from the Skelwith Bridge Hotel, crossing a field before climbing through woods to Loughrigg Tarn, then round the bottom of Loughrigg Fell and back down into Ambleside, undulating with three stiles and beautiful views, four and a half miles.

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


Carols were heartily sung at Lancaster Military Heritage Group’s Christmas carol service at Lancaster Priory on December 10.

Readings were given by Lord Shuttleworth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire; Coun June Ashworth, Mayor of Lancaster; Col M Underhill, Regional Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association; Squadron Leader Brian Jefferson, treasurer of the group; and cadet representatives. Singing was led by the Priory choir directed by Don Gillthorpe. Jeremy Truslove was organist.

Ex-service and cadet standards were paraded. A collection raised funds for the Priory Mustard Seed Charity for the homeless.

The congregation was welcomed by Col Peter Dew, secretary, and thanks were expressed by Capt John Lean, chairman. The Vicar of Lancaster, the Rev Chris Newlands, gave the blessing. Afterwards mulled wine and mince pies were served.


Oliver Everett gave a delightful lightning tour of Windsor Castle to members of the Lunesdale Decorative and Fine Arts Society (LADFAS).

He spoke about the castle’s occupants and its changes through the centuries, starting in about 1080 and ending in 2002.

Windsor Castle has been much painted and documented through the ages, and instead of photos of the current building, Mr Everett showed many delightful water colours and drawings which evoked times past far better than photographs.

The next talks will be on Tuesday, January 21, when Michael Howard on Towards a Grander Vision: Claude Monet and his Landscape Paintings; and Tuesday, February 18, when Margaret Reid (curator) will give a talk entitled The Windermere Steam Boat Museum.

Lectures start at 2.15pm prompt.