Social Scene: 24/04/14

Reader pic by Mark Walker.
Reader pic by Mark Walker.

Social Scene news from this week.


Draw date April 18, 2014. First prize of £500: 334088 Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 06933 Morecambe. Third prizes of £10: 07163, 08744, 09522, 30017, 32501. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,400. To join telephone 01524 752444.


Blood donor sessions will be held at Lancaster Town Hall this Friday, April 25, from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. To book an appointment contact 0300 123 23 23.


Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society’s monthly meeting took place on April 14 when members enjoyed an evening visit to Ribblesdale Nurseries at Broughton.

After taking a look around the nursery, members enjoyed an excellent talk by proprietor Phil Dunnet on plants to attract bees and butterflies, the problems being faced by pollinators, and conservation measures being taken to help them.

The next meeting of the society will be held on Monday, May 19, at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be top grower Eddie Reynolds who will give a talk covering all aspects of fuchsia growing. New members and visitors are welcome, admission free.

Further details available from Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit


The recent meeting of Lunesdale Camera Club provided members with the opportunity to enjoy the results of the documentary group whose chosen subject this year was entitled Where the River meets the Sea.

The group works collectively and individually throughout the season to produce impressions of the subject.

On the evening, each of the eight members took it in turns to show sample images of their own and comment upon them.

With the focus from Skerton Weir to the sea, a surprising variety of subjects and interpretations resulted and indicated the time and effort given by each contributor. The final audio visual show produced by David Taylor married the images to suitable background music was, as usual, a tremendous success.

Following a wonderful evening vice-chairman George Smith gave a well deserved vote of thanks to all those involved.

Visitors and those interested in photography are always welcome to join the group, details on the club’s website or contact George Smith on 01524 733020.


The annual meeting of the North Lancashire Group of the Alpine Garden Society was held recently and the following elected for the 2014/15 season: chairman Frank Hoyle, vice-chairman Syd Cumbus, treasurer David Morris, secretary Liz Walsh, membership secretary Barbara Hoyle, show secretary Alan Oatway.

After the meeting the annual photographic competition was held.

The competition, organised by Ann and Ken Kitchen and judged by members, attracted 92 entries.

Winners were as follows: an alpine plant in cultivation: Ken Kitchen; an alpine plant in the wild: Christine Oatway; an alpine plant in close-up: Frank Hoyle; natural history: Ann Kitchen; nature’s patterns: Syd Cumbus.

The best image in the competition was won by Christine Oatway for her photograph of anemone narcissiflora, west of Lake Garda, Italy. Frank Hoyle presented the winner’s trophy to Christine.

Two non-competitive sections showed photographs of mountain landscapes of the European Alps, the High Tatras in Poland, the Spanish Pyrenees, the Dolomites and the Himalayas, all good hunting grounds for the alpine enthusiast.

Many excellent photographs of members’ favourite plants added to the enjoyment of the evening.

The society breaks for the summer and resumes on Thursday, September 18, at Greaves Methodist Church, Lancaster. Further information on


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting held at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe, on April 14, the Annual Open Competition was judged by Duncan Moore, Wendy Moore and Corrine Ashton, former professional film makers.

There were 21 entries in the competition and taking the overall winner’s position and best in the open class was Chris Abram with Transport of Delights which followed the development of transport from the invention of the wheel to present day.

The winner of the documentary class was Tim Churchill with The Rebuild of Caton Road Power Station, a combination of old photographs and cine film showing the rebuild of the high pressure power station in Lancaster.

Taking first place in the holiday class was John Selby with Masai Mara which followed a tented safari holiday in Africa.

There were two special awards, one for best sound which went to Geoff Harrison for Somewhere in England, a vintage air show set to music with sound effects, and best natural history was given to Bob Skelly for A Brief Encounter, a short close-up film of a racoon exploring its habitat.


Torrisholme Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s first walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Tebay, this Saturday, April 26.

The A walk, led by Andrew Holden, will start at High Burrow Bridge following Borrowdale south, climbing Combe Hollow and Whinfell Common.

Descent will be to Borrow Beck and on to Low Borrowbridge before turning north to follow the River Lune to Tebay, seven miles and approximately 1,100ft of ascent.

B walk, led by Tom Hodgson, will start on the A6 Kendal/Shap road at Hucksbridge, going down into Borrowdale Valley and crossing the river to climb up Breasthigh Road to a height of 600ft.

They then head east from the fell top of Dennison Hill through to Jeffrey’s Mount and descending to Roundthwaite, with a short lane walk under the motorway and railway on to a field path to cross a footbridge over the River Lune and into Tebay. Seven miles and 1,100ft of climb.

Anne Lyons will lead the C walk, starting at Hucksbridge, going down into the Borrowdale Valley and following a path along the river via High and Low Borrowdale to the A685 to join the coach for the journey into Tebay, four and a half miles of level walking.

Pick-up time will be noon from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe.

Guests and new members welcome with further details from Colette Follett on 07837 273707.

Download a copy of the new summer programme from


A coffee morning, run by St Peter’s Church Ladies Group, will be held at St James’ Church hall, Heysham Road, Heysham, this Saturday, April 26, from 10am to noon, with proceeds in aid of local charities.

Stalls will include home baked cakes, a raffle and a white elephant stall, and refreshments will be available.


This Sunday, April 27, at 9.30am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s followed by Morning Prayer there at 11am. At St James at 11am there will be a Service of Holy Communion.


For an Easter Sunday run there was an excellent turnout – 15 riders at the start – joined by three others at the coffee stop, for the CTC Lancaster and South Lakes ride.

Mike Hutchinson, club secretary, led the ride to coffee at Farleton View with Fox’s Pulpit as the destination. Unusually, he set off down the A6, but only as far as Bolton-le-Sands, turning off to tackle the first climb up to the crossing of the M6 in Nether Kellet.

The route was more conventional from this point onwards riding up to Over Kellet, then down Kellet Lane to Tewitfield and the A6070 for a short stretch before turning left to Cinderbarrow and then the quiet lanes to Holme and eventually the welcome sight of refreshments at Farleton View Fisheries.

A series of lanes were then used to avoid any problems associated with bank holiday traffic on the major roads.

After Millness, the group crossed the A65 to head in a northerly direction through Goose Green, Middleshaw and then Ewebank.

Here, 26-miles into the ride, the remaining eight riders opted to curtail further struggle into the strong north-easterley and, instead, headed towards Bendrigg and Kirkby Lonsdale.

En route to Old Town they had an alfresco picnic lunch sheltered from the cold wind by a quarry.

After Old Town and Kearstwick there were no objections to afternoon tea in the square at Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Carnforth contingent left via Whittington and Arkholme to their respective homes whilst the group with riders from Gressingham, Lancaster and Sunderland Point chose the route on the eastern side of the Lune, taking in Melling and Hornby, before joining the cycle route into Lancaster.

There were more than 55-miles on the clock and some tired legs, but all agreed that it had been an excellent way to spend Easter Sunday.

On Sunday, April 26, Nigel Cole will be leading the run, starting near the Boot and Shoe, Scotforth, at 9am.

Coffee will be at the Apple Store, Scorton with Goosnargh as the destination of the ride.


On April 15, around 30 members of Lancaster Beekeepers met at Hala Carr Community Centre for their second meeting of the year, when they were entertained to an enlightening and amusing talk by Graham Royle of Cheshire Beekeepers.

Graham is a highly experienced beekeeper who has gained both his Master Beekeeper Certificate and the National Diploma in Beekeeping.

The talk was entitled If Heath Robinson had been a Beekeeper, and aimed to advise on “hints and tips, widgets and thingamabobs”.

Heath Robinson was of course a famous cartoonist, 1872-1944, who was well known for inventing very complicated devices for performing simple tasks.

It transpired that Graham Royle was something of a modern day Heath Robinson who has distilled his many years of experience of beekeeping into devising, instead of complicated devices, simplified techniques for managing hives, coping with the swarming process, extracting honey and cleaning equipment.

With the use of photographs and explanations, Graham was able to show that it is not necessary to buy expensive items of kit but rather with imagination and ingenuity to simplify various tasks.

To find out more about beekeeping and the activities of Lancaster Beekeepers visit


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, April 18.

Monday evening: NS 1 Jean Birkett, Sylvia Truesdale; 2 Manuel Merino, Manuel Delgado; EW 1 Sheila Dearnley, Barbara Bruce; 2 Deborah Robinson, Liz Dean.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; 2 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; EW 1 Audrey Clayton, Sylvia Truesdale; 2 Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 David Strawbridge, John Farmer; 2 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; EW 1 Stephen Raine, Liam Aspden; 2 Pat Bottell, Hilary Jones.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 2 Jennifer Griffith, Pamela White; 3 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose; 4= Keith Bradshaw, Stephanie Arkwright; 4= Alan Paylor, Eva Hutchinson.

Friday evening: NS 1 Barbara Vollands, Joyce Snellgrove; 2 Vivien Cleaver, Mike Cleaver; EW 1 Rosemary Speak, Gillian Mawby; 2 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson.