Social Scene: 21/11/13

The view from Arnside Knott.
The view from Arnside Knott.

This week’s Social Scene.


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, November 15.

Monday evening: NS 1 Colin Barton, Ros Lucas; 2 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood; EW 1 Keith Condliffe, Sheila Horton; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Carmel Ryan.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; 2 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Sandra Bell; 2 Tony Saville, Jean Higham.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; 2 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; EW 1 Audrey Clayton, Sylvia Truesdale; 2 Jennifer Griffith, Pamela White.

Friday evening: 1 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; 2 Rose Parker, Nuala Holland; 3 Titch Little, Pat Little; 4 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens.


Lunesdale and Kent Estuary National Trust Group is holding a meeting on Saturday, December 14, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morecambe, starting at 2.30pm, with the subject Pearly Kings and Queens of Lancashire. Visitors welcome.


In the local chess league, Morecambe A beat Bare Village 4-0, University A beat University B 3-1, Lancaster A beat Morecambe Knights 3.5-0.5 and the Dragons beat Kendal 3-1.

Bare Village A 0 Morecambe A 4: P T Seery 0 G House 1, N Peace 0 J Lyth 1, B Bourn 0 C Heald 1, T Hayes 0 S Murray 1. University A 3 University B 1: K Sinouh 1 A Kotzampasis 0, G Kirkov 0 A Neale 1, J Flynn 1 V Angelov 0, M Smith 1 J Elosan 0.

Morecambe Knights 0.5 Lancaster A 3.5: M Farthing 0 R Collins 1, N Jameson 0 J Beckett 1, J Marshall 0 C Fisher 1, G Bennett 0.5 L Ba Thein 0.5. Dragons 3 Kendal 1: L Bland 0.5 J Dobson 0.5, J Chibnall 0.5 J Rashleigh 0.5, W Fairbairn 1 D Dean 0, L Ba Thein 1 (default) 0.

In the Quick-Play first round, University Staff beat Bare Village 5-3: P T Seery 0.5 S Taylor 1.5, N Peace 0 S Bayley 2, D Wood 0.5 W Fairbairn 1.5, J Metcalfe 2 (default) 0.


Typical November weather, dismal drizzle and mist, did not prevent Lancaster Fellwalkers members enjoying the walks in the Shap area. The A+ group started from the Shap memorial on the A6 and climbed Little Yarlside, Great Yarlside, Tarn Crag, into Mosedale and over Seat Robert into Shap with leader H Ward, 13 miles, 2,100 feet of ascent.

It was the same starting point for the A walkers who also climbed Little and Great Yarlside and then from Ulthwaite Rigg took the bridleway to Sleddale Hall and via Cocklethwaite into Shap with leader M Thomason, nine and a half miles with 1,000 feet of ascent.

The A- group started from the A6 and walked to Wet Sleddale, over Seat Robert to Tailbert, and into Shap via Shap Abbey with leader J Harding, nine miles with 1,000 feet of ascent.

The B group also started on the A6 and walked to Wet Sleddale, Sleddale Hall, Thornship Gill and via Keld and Shap Abbey into Shap with leader H Preston, eight miles, 800 feet of ascent. Website


The Friendship Centre, a social centre for over 55s on Robert Street, Lancaster, has some new activities on offer. These and all the current activities are available to new and existing members.

Computer classes offer tutor support and there is the Wednesday Games Club featuring Scrabble, crosswords, Sodoku and much more.

The centre also offers a budget Fish and Chip Friday in addition to their great Wednesday two-course lunches – both at just £3 including tea/coffee, and the daily entrance fee of just £1 includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

The current range of classes and activities include local history, art group, sequence and line dancing and keep fit. Now is the ideal time to try the Friendship Centre which is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week, from 10am to 1pm.

See website for more details or call development worker Paul on 07814 174147 for more details.


An exciting programme of natural history images was presented by guest speaker Maxwell Law at the latest meeting of Lancaster Photographic Society. Maxwell’s lecture entitled Earth, Wind and Flight described his passion for bird photography illustrated with superb images of birds photographed in the Orkney Islands, throughout Britain and on journeys by camper van to the Algarve in Southern Portugal.

His passion for the natural world was illustrated in part one by a series of mounted prints of landscapes and birds.


Some members of the Ramblers Lancaster Group had a short but enjoyable walk from Dent on a calm, sunny day.

After ascending the path beside Flintergill, admiring the waterfalls on the way, they turned left into the Green Lane track. There were a number of stops along the way to enjoy the autumn colours and views of the Howgills.

Occasionally eyes had to be on the track to avoid either mud or ice. A descent down rocky, stony Nun House outrake brought the group to Deepdale Lane.

A slightly longer route was therefore taken to remain in the sunshine and follow the River Dee back to Dent.


Draw date November 15, 2013. First prize of £500: 39072 Carnforth. Second prize of £50: 38477 Highgrove, Lancaster. Third prizes of £10: 36610, 40392, 42897, 44758, 89074. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,900. To join telephone 01524 752444.


At the meeting of Lancaster Civic Society on November 13, Martin Purdy (Lancaster University) explained why and how Westfield War Memorial Village began after 1918 – housing for Lancaster ex-servicemen with disabilities.

Thomas Mawson’s vision (partly garden city, partly model village) became reality on the Storey family estate.

Despite Government scepticism (they preferred integration to a separate community), local donations and the King’s Own Regiment got it started. Mawson’s son in the King’s Own was killed at Ypres. Interwar the Storey family (with its long military pedigree) kept the village afloat financially.

More servicemen and women have needed support since Wold War Two and the many other conflicts after 1945. Today the village remains a close-knit community of ex-service people, one of very few left in Britain.

The society’s next lecture will be on Wednesday, January 8, on the Morecambe Bay Partnership.


Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Silverdale/Arnside area on November 16. The weather was cloudy but dry. All three parties enjoyed their walks with thanks to the leaders of the day.

Lesley Dodgson leading the A party started at Yealand Redmayne walking to Cringlebarrow Wood, Yealand Manor, Queens View, Quakers Stang, Silverdale, Red Rake, Far Arnside, Arnside Point, and Arnside Knott.

Maria Atkinson led the B party, walking from Warton, climbing to the Beacon, over to salt marshes, Heald Brow Hill, Garlick Woods, Gibraltar Farm, Hollins Farm, Heathwaite and Shore Path.

Andrew Lean led the C party walking from Silverdale, Hollins Lane, The Green, Townsfield, Elmslack, Castlebarrow, Middlebarrow Common, Heathwaite, and Arnside Knott.

Anyone wishing to join the walks are always welcome. All journeys are by coach with various pick-up points.

Full details of the activities can be obtained by telephoning Pat Emerson on Morecambe 410702 or Mike Sherriff on Morecambe 410438.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on November 11, members welcomed Brian Aldous, an expert in 3D movie making and images.

His presentation started with him demonstrating a number of cameras available for 3D filming and talked about software for editing.

He then showed and explained the making of a selection of 3D movies and AV sequences. The movies included travelogues, close up photography, sci-fi drama, and railway heritage.

The group meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe, and on Monday, November 25, members will hold the first competition of the season, the Dave Sephton Competition.


The Temple of Light United Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome two speakers this weekend. Pam Drury from Blackpool will speak on Saturday, November 23, at 7.30pm, and Jackie Taylor from Bolton will conduct the Divine Service this Sunday, November 24, at 2.30pm. Both guest mediums will speak about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and also demonstrate their mediumship.

This is in addition to the usual Wednesday Open Circle taken by local mediums who demonstrate their mediumship after a talk on their beliefs.

The usual healing services are held on Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm. On Tuesdays at the Temple there is the Bright Hour at 2.30pm where the group discuss Spiritualism and its beneficial effect on people’s lives.

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


Dreams came true for a group of 30 visually impaired people on a recent holiday to Portugal, organised by Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the week long trip which included parascending, boat trips and excursions, was the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the dolphins.

Galloway’s service user Dave Harris said: “We all want to say a massive thanks to Galloway’s, Lyn the trip leader and the volunteers who have escorted us and made this amazing trip possible”.

If you would like to know more about how you can get involved and support Galloway’s or more about the services contact Helen Aunger at the Morecambe Centre on 01524 414846.


There will be a coffee morning in aid of the Philippines Disaster Fund on Saturday, November 30, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Heysham Village, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, with tickets costing £1, donations also gladly accepted.

Donations of cakes and small bric-a-brac items and raffle prizes would be much appreciated. Proceeds will be given to the Red Cross for the Philippines Disaster Fund.


Tomorrow, Friday, November 22, between 7pm and 10pm, there will be a Lancashire Evening at St James’s. On Saturday, November 23, a Christmas Fair Coffee Morning will be held between 10am to 1pm in St Peter’s Hall to raise funds for the church roof.

On Sunday, November 24, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s, followed at 11am by Morning Prayer there.

At St James, at 9.30am, there will be Sunday School, followed at 11am by a service of Morning Prayer. On Tuesday, November 26, at 8pm, the Ladies’ Group will meet in St Peter’s Hall.


Last week’s meeting of Morecambe Camera Club was entitled Shared Techniques in which several members passed on tips they had for using Photoshop or Elements.

These varied from recomposing a picture to burning and dodging using a multiple layer technique.

Rob showed a series of painting with light images which attracted a lot of interest.

The club’s next meeting will consist of members showing their results from the two summer outings.

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


With a DJ presentation skill akin to the late lamented Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman, Gordon Clapham provided a splendid pop memorabilia programme for members of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society at their latest meeting.

A selection of 30 tracks, with facts and figures about many of them, made for a full two hours of entertainment.

The Beach Boys, the Stylistics and the Everly Brothers were the featured pop groups; soloists included Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Emile Ford, Ralph McTell, Rosemary Clooney and Brenda Lee. Also included was Burt Kaempfert, the James Last Orchestra and the Black Watch Band. Classical highlights comprised two polkas by Strauss and The Swan played by Andre Rieu before Gordon ended his programme with a recording by the Hastings Girls Choir.

When the society meets on Wednesday, December 4, the evening will be shared by Pat Modley and John Jones. All are welcome in the Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start.