Social Scene: 22/08/13

Morecambe Beer Festival at the Winter Gardens.'Victoria Nevison with young helpers, Rebecca and Matthew Hardaker.
Morecambe Beer Festival at the Winter Gardens.'Victoria Nevison with young helpers, Rebecca and Matthew Hardaker.

A weekly look at local life.


The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place on Tuesday, August 27, at 7.30pm, at Bare Village Club, Morecambe, and will feature a talk by John Usher on National Service Aircrew – Experiences as Air Signaller and Special Electronic Counter Measures Operator. All welcome.

The Association will hold their 70th Anniversary Wings Appeal Concert on Saturday, August 31, 7.30pm, at United Reformed Church, Sefton Road. The concert will feature Morecambe Brass Band with guest soprano Louise Geatch. Tickets £6 from 01524 412987.


On August 18, Morecambe and District HF Rambling club walked in the Grassington area. The A party, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Settle to Langscar Gate, Malham Cove, Gordale Bridge, Weets Top, Park House, Langer House, Threshfield Moor, Lane House, Threshfield, Linton Falls and into Grassington. The B party, led by Gill Gale, did a circular walk from Grassington to Linton Falls, Hebden Bridge, Yarnbury, Bare House and back to Grassington.

Party C, led by Pat Roberts, also did a circular walk from Grassington to Conistone Dib, Conistone, Dib Scar, Grass Wood, along the River Wharfe and back.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, August 24, in the Seatoller area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


A guided walk, The Train now Standing ..., departs from outside The Platform (Morecambe’s one-time Promenade Railway Station) at 2pm this Saturday, August 24. The walk visits the sites of Morecambe’s many past railway stations as well as a crossing keeper’s cottage and evidence of the electric railway that linked Morecambe, Heysham and Lancaster. Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


Everyone is involved when the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society begin their new season on Wednesday, August 28, with a change to their published programme. They begin with a Members’ Choice evening that night; and John Day will now present his programme on Wednesday, September 4.

Meetings are held in the Vestry at the Church of The Ascension in Torrisholme, Morecambe, and begin at 7.30pm. Further information is available from Gordon on 01524 421537 or Margaret on 414660. Visitors are always welcome.


The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy group will be held on Wednesday, August 21, at 2pm, in the Vestry of the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe. Anyone with breathing difficulties is invited to attend.


Speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, this weekend will be Doreen Hodgkinson from Prestwich who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship on Saturday, August 24, at 7.30pm, and Helen Taylor from Blackpool will visit on Sunday, August 25, to conduct the Divine Service and demonstrate her mediumship.

There is an Open Circle every Wednesday at 7.30pm taken by local mediums. On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are the healing services with Spiritualist National Union trained and trainee healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church heating. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualist old and new meet to discuss spiritualism and its helpful impact on lives and local mediums demonstrate their abilities. All are welcome to these services, disabled access and facilities, wheelchair friendly. For further information contact Ann on 01524 424209.


Results for week ending Friday, August 16, for Lancaster Bridge Club. Monday evening: NS 1 Richard Willey, Jean Higham; 2 Richard Kirkman, John Bristow; EW 1 Joan Lambert, Carol Wood; 2 Deborah Robinson, Sylvia Truesdale. Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 2 Jean Higham, Doreen Hardman; EW 1 Yvonne Leydon, Mavis Foster; 2 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis. Wednesday evening: NS 1 Michael Cox, Sandra Bell; David Lowe, Ronald Howarth; EW 1 Tony Saville, Jean Higham; 2 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson. Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Colin Barton, Angela Clare; 2 Dorothy Barber, Olive Jones; EW 1 Keith Bradshaw, Margaret Ingram; 2 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis. Friday evening: NS 1 Jane Stephens, Harry Stephens; 2 Titch Little, Pat Little; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Sandra Bell; 2 Don Nicolson, Sylvia Truesdale.


On Friday, August 30, the RSPB Lancaster Local Group has organised an evening’s bird watching led by former senior warden John Wilson. The evening will be centred around the newly rebuilt Allen and Eric Morecambe hides that provide excellent views of the many waders and wildfowl that are about at this time of year. The event is free of charge and both RSPB and non-RSPB members are welcome. The group is meeting in the Allen Hide car park, grid ref SD475376, at 6.30pm.

The Lancaster RSPB Local Group consists of volunteers and would like to hear from anyone who would like to join the local group committee – you don’t have to be an expert birdwatcher just enthusiastic. If you would like to join please contact either the secretary Michael Gardner on 01524 65211, or membership secretary Jennifer Rae on 01524 736211. Alternatively email


Draw date August 16, 2013. First prize of £500: 35576 Windermere. Second prize of £50: 47731 Lancaster. Third prizes of £10: 03180, 08466, 34210, 34535, 35967. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £2,600. To join telephone 01524 752444.


A group of teenagers is organising a Family Fun Day for all members of the community to raise money for the local charity Animal Care. The event will take place this Saturday, August 24, between 11am and 3pm, at St Paul’s Parish Hall, Scotforth Road, Lancaster.

A number of stalls will include apple bobbing, crafts, hook-a-duck, tin can alley, biscuit decorating and much more. Refreshments will also be available.


Five riders braved cold rain showers as they set off northwards from Beaumont College for Mike Bridges’ CTC ride to Staveley. A brisk first climb to Nether and Over Kellet warmed them while the rain receded, leaving clear views as they reached Burton-in-Kendal. From here minor roads with little traffic took them via Ackenthwaite and Hincaster, where another two members joined the group just before the morning break at Sizergh Castle.

One of the original members returned directly to Lancaster after the break, whilst the remainder breasted the first climb of the day westwards towards Levens village before turning right along the picturesque Lyth Valley to Brigsteer and Underbarrow. The route was even more scenic (and undulating) as they climbed a series of slopes towards the village of Crook, before descending to Staveley for lunch.

A brief shower forced a temporary return to the wearing of waterproofs as the group followed the cycleway to Ings. However, the weather soon cleared, becoming brighter and sunny later. This allowed a wonderful panorama of views from the narrow gated road leading over the fells from Ings for a return visit to Crook.

The return route down the Lyth valley differed slightly from the outward one, with an alternative traverse of Underbarrow and a diversion to Brigsteer, enabling a valley floor route as far as Levens village, with a short section on the A590 and A6 before returning to minor roads. At this juncture a fresh breeze sprang up, causing an additional resistance to riding. However, the wooded lanes of the Silverdale AONB provided scenic shelter as the group headed for the RSPB restaurant at Leighton Moss for a welcome break. En route there was evidence of the recent heavy rains in the form of high river levels and flooded fields, but although surplus water running across the road had been encountered earlier in the day, it was absent here and at no time did it cause any hindrance to the riders.

After the break one or two riders decided to make the most of the afternoon sun by making their own way home. The rest followed lanes to Crag Bank, just outside Carnforth, continuing the rest of the way into Lancaster via the canal towpath, in warm sunshine. Altogether it had been an excellent day out.

On Sunday Richard Trevitt will lead a tea ride from Haverthwaite Lane Ends starting 9.30am to Hawkshead, with an al fresco lunch stop at Wrynose/Duddon, tea at Broughton.


On August 17 around 40 intrepid members of Lancaster Beekeepers braved the elements for their annual summer barbecue which was hosted this year by Stuart and Jessie Brakewell. The great British tradition of barbecuing in the pouring rain was well and truly upheld and a thoroughly great time was had by all. Spirits were undaunted and everyone enjoyed a wonderful array of food. It was an afternoon to remember.

If you would like to know more about bees, why not visit the Beekeepers’ stand at the Aughton Pudding Festival on Bank Holiday Monday or have a look at website


Carnforth Choral Society resumes its autumn session on Thursday, September 5, 7.15pm, at Our Ladies of Lourdes Church Hall, Carnforth. Martin Webster musical director and Richard Bromley pianist would welcome new members in all sections. Carnforth Choral Society is a friendly, mixed group of singers (SATB) and this season will be rehearsing for their Christmas Music and Carols performances at Leighton Hall; Christ Church, Morecambe and Nazareth House, Lancaster in December.