Social Scene: 20/03/14


Social Scene news for this week’s Lancaster Guardian.


Garstang Gardening Club members gathered at The Crofters Hotel, Cabus, on March 10 for their annual spring show, and there was more than a touch of the new season in the air as members brought along some of their early flowers and floral arrangements.

Officials were delighted with the number of entries which were judged while the club’s annual meeting was taking place in the next 

Chairman Ray Pearson reported a successful 12 months for the club, which included lectures on gardening topics, garden trips nationally, regionally and locally and the 2013 spring and summer 

He paid tribute to retiring treasurer Roger Broadbelt who has agreed to stay on the committee

Following the annual meeting chairman Ray Pearson congratulated the winners of the 2014 spring show.

Three daffodil bulbs (provided by the club): 1 Mary Curwen (who also won The Cath Morris Memorial Trophy), 2 Roger Broadbelt, 3 June Jenkinson.

Mini daffodils in a pot: 1 June Jenkinson, 2 Raymond Jenkinson, 3 Robert Sutcliffe. Any other bulb: 1 Richard Kellet, 2 Peter Wiseman, 3 Patricia Collins.

Three standard daffodils: 1 Raymond Jenkinson, 2 Mary Thornber, 3 Ben Andrews.

Three mini daffodils: 1 Hilary Birtwistle, 2 Robert Sutcliffe, 3 Christina 

Spring arrangement (max width 24 inches): 1 Karen Ogden, 2 Elizabeth Bertenshaw, 3 Ben 

Spring arrangement (max width 12 inches): 1 Karen Ogden, 2 June Gornall, 3 Mary Thornber.

Hellebore bloom: 1 Janet Sharp (who also won The Patricia Letton Memorial Trophy), 2 Ben Andrews, 3 Don Worsnop.

Officials and committee elected were – chairman Ray Pearson, vice-chair Hilary Hine, minutes secretary Sue McDade, treasurer Jennifer Westcott, programme secretary Ruth Cowell, publicity officer Anthony Coppin, shows secretary June Gornall. Committee members Nancy Cowell, Bob Sutcliffe, Roger Broadbelt and Andrew Thompson.

For more photos and information visit

l See page 115 for winner pictures on Town & Country.


The Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society will be holding a lecture on Thursday, March 27, at 7.30pm, in St Paul’s Hala Community Centre, Hala Square.

The lecture will be given by Dr Fiona Edmonds, Director of Studies in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge, on The Vikings and The Development of The North-West. Visitors welcome. For more information contact the membership secretary on 01524 382975.


Robert Rolfe, the Associate Editor of the AGS Bulletin, was the guest speak for the March meeting of the North Lancashire Group of The Alpine Garden Society.

Robert is an intrepid traveller and an author of two books and numerous articles on alpine flora.

He has a particular interest in Andean plants and has made seven visits to Peru and Bolivia to discover the indigenous plants of the high alpine cordillera.

Robert presented his lecture entitled Peregrinations in Southern Peru which illustrated the varied flora of the Cordillera Blanca in south west Peru.

He was based in Puno and used private transport to reach the high passes. After questions Frank Hoyle proposed a worthy vote of thanks for a superb lecture with excellent photography.


Lune Valley Keep Fit Association held its annual meeting on March 7 at Carnforth High School.

The meeting was followed by a taster session for this year’s dance performance, which is being choreographed by Sandra McPeake from Manchester.

The team will be performing to Johnny Be Good and it promises to be lively. Rehearsals start at Carnforth High School Dance Studio on Friday, April 11, at 7.30pm. Any new members would be very welcome.

For more information telephone Ann on 01524 822738.


Advance notice of a car boot sale at Crooklands Farm, Crooklands (on the A65 opposite Crooklands Hotel), to be held on Sunday, May 11, in aid of Dallam School’s PTA. Starting at 8am the cost is £5 per car, £7.50 per van.

Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

To book please contact Jayne Haddow on 015395 61438/mobile 07791 


Local people are invited to a fun day, full of free activities and competitions, about mental health research and bipolar disorder.

The event has been organised by Lancaster University’s Campus in the City, which gives member of the public the opportunity to meet researchers.

The free day runs from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday, March 26 and 27, at Campus in the City next to Costa Coffee in St Nicholas Arcades, Lancaster.


Results for week ending Friday, March 14, for Lancaster Bridge Club.

Monday evening: NS 1 Ron Flude, Gillian Mawby; 2 Allan Holden, Barry Robertshaw; EW 1 Mandy Middleton, Isabelle Baron; 2 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Tony Saville, Ashley Toms; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; EW 1 Doreen Hardman, Jean Higham; 2 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Margaret Nolan, Michael Nolan; 2 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; EW 1 David Strawbridge, John Farmer; 2 Stephen Breuer, Chris Chippendale.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; EW 1 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw; 2 Deborah Robinson, Liz Dean.

Friday evening: NS 1 Colin Mitchell, Stephen Raine; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; EW 1 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan; 2 Don Nicolson, Sylvia Truesdale.


How did Victorian Manchester get enough clean water to let its growing population and industries thrive?

Expanding Thirlmere and piping its water by gravity alone to the city was the solution.

John Butcher from United Utilities explained to the Lancaster Civic Society’s March meeting, how the 120-year-old scheme was built in just eight years, opened in 1894 and is still in great condition.

Major tunnels, buried culverts, inverted siphons and pipelines convey 11 per cent of the North West’s water supply for 83 miles to near Bolton.

This masterpiece of Victorian engineering let Manchester expand and yet it also produced the earliest serious environmental protest group in Britain from which came the National Trust.

Water supply is still controversial.

Should it be paid for by metered usage, like electricity?

But what if some cannot afford it?

These and other issues intrigued the large audience who were fascinated by the intricacies behind the mundane and critical need for a safe, reliable supply of water. The society’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, when Martin Stockley will talk on public-realm urban design. Meetings are held in Lancaster Town Hall at 7.30pm.


There will be a Craft Fair at Morecambe Community High School this Saturday, March 22, from 10am to 1pm. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children.

All profits will go to the MCHS PTFA, who continue to support the students by providing funding for items such as the minibus for the Outdoor Education department.


Cockerham’s How To Show night was packed full of useful information.

The speakers had put together some excellent presentations of interest to those who have never taken part in a show as well as experienced exhibitors and told of the pitfalls to avoid as well as the pointers to 

Anne Marie Whitehead from Garstang started off the proceedings with preserves and cookery.

Anne is a qualified WI Judge and had made several things to demonstrate what makes prize winning preserves, cakes and loaves of bread.

Garstang Camera Club’s competitions secretary Lewis Thompson presented a selection of shots from landscapes to portraits explaining what detracts from a photo and what makes a winner.

After a break Les Foden from Morecambe spoke about flowers and pot plants. He told of some of the mistakes he made in his early days of showing and his slides gave many tips on how to achieve the perfect bloom.

The date for Cockerham Show this year is Saturday, August 9.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on March 10, the Cumbria Competition was held for a movie of any subject but limited to three minutes 20 seconds running time.

This was the duration of the old super eight film cassettes.

The winner was Michael Ellis with Blackpool Trams showing the open boat style of tram both in Blackpool and those transferred to the Beamish Museum, all set to music of their time.

Second place went to Peter Craven with BYEC, the registration reference of a glider which was filmed from take-off to landing, flying over the Lake District with cameras on the ground, attached to the wing and in the cockpit, with a commentary to explain the journey.

Taking third place was Malcolm Morrison with Morecambe Storm looking at the recent storm wave action on the promenade and the aftermath of damage and debris that was caused.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe. On Monday, March 24, the group will welcome Lancaster Photographic Society for a 50/50 evening of movies and A/V presentations.


A programme entitled Overtures and Preludes enabled Maurice Simmill to present a fascinating selection of music at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

The Marriage of Figaro was the first of 10 overtures which also included Wagner’s opera Mastersingers and those from Die Fledermaus, HMS Pinafore and Carmen. Maurice went on to include Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Beethoven’s Egmont.

Interspersed with these were two preludes by Chopin, one by Rachmaninov, Copeland’s Appalachian Springs, Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and the prelude from La Traviata. All these selections were enhanced by a wealth of interestingly imparted information.

David Robinson delivered the vote of thanks for this enjoyable programme of recorded music.

When the society meets on Wednesday, April 9, the evening will be shared between Mervyn Catterall and Dorothy Shenton. All are welcome to attend The Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.


On Thursday, Fernley Stribling projected the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Unions (L&CPU) image folios at the meeting of Morecambe Camera Club.

These are images that have featured at the top of the L&CPU’s individual competitions from clubs in the union.

Also projected were the results of the accumulator and five image competitions.

The accumulator competition has a single image entered by members and put into the monthly competitions.

This is then judged by each of the five monthly competition judges, the total points added after the final monthly competition.

The results were as follows: 1 John Hughes, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Derek Mackie.

The results of five image competition held last week were also projected: 1 Fernley Stribling, 2 Anne Staniforth, 3 Keith Knowles, 4 Bryan Trigwell, 5 Keith Knowles.

The evening finished with Fernley Stribling giving a tutorial on Adobe Elements which should help new members.

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


Guest medium at The Temple of Light on West End Road, Morecambe, this Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm, will be Kathy Swann from Atherton. Hazel Side from Radcliffe will be the medium on Sunday, March 23, at 

Both will speak on the philosophy of spiritualism before demonstrating their mediumship.

On Tuesdays there is the Temple’s Bright Hour at 2.30pm where like minded people meet for a chat about spiritualism and its effect on lives.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a spiritual healing service for all, and at 7.30pm is the Open Circle where mediums speak on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate their mediumship.

All are welcome to attend the various services. Wheelchair access and disabled facilities available.


An evening of light music and humorous tales will be held at St James’ Church tomorrow, Friday, March 21, from 7.30pm, to raise funds for St Peter’s Church roof. Tickets £7, and the event will include wine and juices, cheese and nibbles and a raffle. Telephone Ederic on 01524 853923 or Sylvia on 01524 853906.


St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee this Saturday, March 22, from 2pm (weather permitting).

This Sunday, March 23, Sunday School will be held at St James is at 9.30am followed by Holy Communion at 11am and at St Peter’s Church 
Parish Communion is at 9.30am and Morning Prayer at 11am.

During Lent there will also be a service of Evening Prayer (BCP) at St Peter’s each Wednesday at 7.30pm which will include time for prayer and reflection for this penitential season.


A period of drier weather recently has made walking in the countryside more pleasant, certainly for the footpath checking walks carried out by the Lancaster Group of The Ramblers’ Association, on this 
occasion in Littledale, near Caton.

The day started off with a cold fog obscuring the landscape, but the sun appeared conveniently around noon making for a very pleasant lunch break.

One group found few problems, a missing signpost where a path left a tarmaccadum road and, further on, a rotten waymarker post which, having fallen over, pointed in the wrong direction.

The other walkers were not so fortunate.

Part of their route included a path which was the subject of a proposed Diversion Order as long ago as 2009, but nothing has yet happened to make this an enjoyable walk.

Though partly way-marked, it was not easy to follow especially as a good part of it did not agree with the Right of Way shown on the Ordnance Survey map.

The latter was checked, found to be blocked, and impassable.

Lancashire County Council will be informed of these problems so that they can keep improving the footpath network.

If you come across Any difficulties on Rights of Way can be reported to the group’s footpath secretary on 01524 32816.


At the annual meeting of Settle Amateur Operatic Society president Freda Hargreaves and chairman John Reid welcomed 46 members.

There was a short silence held in memory of members and friends who had passed away during the year.

Thanks were expressed to all who helped contributed to the success of Calamity 

Treasurer Mr K Foster reported a loss during the year of £419 and a loss on Calamity Jane of £3,648, due to the high costs of staging 

The social committee had enjoyed another good year of fund raising and thanks were expressed to all who give support.

They were able to hand over a cheque for £3,000, which almost covers the loss on the last production.

All officers and the management committee were re-elected.

The two new members of the social committee are Gillian Cannon and Wendy Lawson.

It was decided to leave the level of subscriptions unchanged, but if any member wished to top-up their subscription this would be very gratefully accepted. Subscriptions should be paid to Jean Parsons by 
August 31.

The Junior Theatre Group has around 30 members aged between seven and 17 and has been busy rehearsing for a performance of Bugsy Malone which is to be presented at Victoria Hall on Saturday, April 5, at 6pm.

The show voted by members to be the group’s production this year was Guys and Dolls.

The producer will be Pat Harding and musical director Pam Whitehead.

The get together for this will take place at The Old Courthouse, Settle, on Wednesday, May 7, at 

There be a meeting for anyone interested in applying for a part in the show on Monday, May 12, at The Courthouse at 7.30pm and the first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, May 14, at 7.30pm, again at The Courthouse.

New members are always welcome, both to contribute on and off stage.


Draw date March 14, 2014.

First prize of £500: 00638 Garstang.

Second prize of £50: 35842 Morecambe.

Third prizes of £10: 00751, 01331, 07932, 33875, 958231.

No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £900.

To join contact 01524 752444.