Social Scene: 24/10/13

Winter Gardens Morecambe
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This week’s Social Scene.


Draw date October 18, 2013. First prize of £500: 44523 Levens, Kendal. Second prize of £50: 08214 Lancaster. Third prizes of £10: 02505, 08152, 08477, 30596, 37069. No jackpot winner. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,500. To join call 01524 752444.


Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society enjoyed an origami demonstration and workshop given by Stephen Watson from Leyland on October 4 at St Christopher’s Church council room, St Christopher’s Way, Bare, Morecambe.

On Friday, November 1, the meeting will include a talk/presentation on Switzerland by Linda Mills.

Contact 01524 770797 or 01524 903373 for further information.


The Mayor’s Charity Coffee Morning will be held tomorrow, Friday, October 25, from 10am to noon, at Morecambe Golf Club.

The event will include a raffle, bric-a-brac, a book stall and tombola.

Tickets, £3.50, can be obtained from the Mayor’s Office, Town Hall, Lancaster, 01524 582070, or pay on the door.

The Mayor’s charities for 2013/14 are the RNLI Morecambe and the North West Air Ambulance.


Morecambe Bay Art and Craft Society will be holding its one-day Autumn Art and Craft Fair this Saturday, October 26, from 10.30am to 4pm, in St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way, Bare, Morecambe.

Admission is free. There will be a grand raffle and refreshments will be available throughout the event.


The Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society will meet on Thursday, October 31, at 7.15pm, at St Paul’s Worship and Community Centre, Hala Square, Lancaster.

The speaker will be Prof Stephen Constantine, from the Department of History, Lancaster University, with a talk entitled The Island of St Helena and the end of the British Empire.

Further information is available from the membership secretary on 01524 382975.


A guided walk, Echoes of Art Deco, starts from outside The Platform, Morecambe, at 2pm this Saturday, October 26.

The walk begins and ends with the iconic Midland Hotel and takes in other buildings from Morecambe’s 1930s heyday, including one directly inspired by the Midland itself.

Places on the walk are priced at £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


There’ll be ghostly goings-on this Hallowe’en at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens when a pair of Twilight Tours follow in the footsteps of television’s Most Haunted.

Spooky stories from the theatre’s past and the findings of paranormal investigators will be mixed with a few surprises in the dark. The tours will be at 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Thursday, October 31.

Places are priced at £7 per person (group rates available) and must be booked in advance by calling Peter Wade on 01524 420905. The tours aren’t suitable for children or those of a nervous disposition.


Creative Drawing Classes at Morecambe Library will start on Monday, October 28, organised by Kath McDonald. The classes will be taught sessions for beginners and people with some experience wishing to develop their skills.

They will run 10am to noon every Monday, cost £8 per session. For further information and to book a place contact Kath on 01524 64328, 077 499 328 99 or email


A visit from Kendal Recorded Music Society provided the opportunity for an even greater variety of music than usual at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

The five presenters from Kendal chose pieces by Bach, Shostakovich and Schuber, from Psycho featuring a string quartet and the final two Pictures at an Exhibition played on piano.

The Morecambe and Heysham selections were somewhat lighter and less formally presented. A Puccini aria from La Boheme played on a cornet, the largo from a JS Bach concerto, two baroque concertos by Scarlatti and Vivaldi and two movements from Haydn’s symphony No 48. When the society next meets on Wednesday, November 6, Enid Whitaker will be the presenter for the evening.

All are welcome to attend the Ascension Vestry for a 7.30pm start.

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


This Saturday, October 26, at 8am, Holy Communion will be at St Peter’s. On Sunday, October 27, Parish Communion is at St James at 9.30am followed there at 11am by a service of Morning Prayer.

At St James’ Holy Communion is at 11am. On Wednesday, October 30, there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 10am, followed at 6.30pm by a service of Parent Praise, both of these subject to clergy availability.


The next meeting of Lancaster Birth Support Group will discuss this sensitive topic. Local community midwife Julie Fallows will be at the meeting to talk about the issue and answer any questions, as well as meditation teacher Toni Fraser.

Lancaster Birth Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Gregson Community Centre in Lancaster.

For more information visit, search Facebook for Lancaster and Morecambe Birth Support, or call Ruth 07887 732547 or Jean 07913 389009.


Despite the poor forecast seven members of the Cyclists’ Touring Club turned up for Nick Hall’s ride to Chipping. They headed to Cockerham, through Winmarleigh arriving at Bell Farm near Stakepool for breakfast.

Steady rain accompanied them to on to Garstang.

Reduced to five the group carried on quieter lanes to the south of Beacon Fell, arriving Chipping for a lunch stop.

The return to Lancaster was on roads through Bleasdale and inevitably there were further showers, covering over 50 miles on a thoroughly enjoyable route in varied countryside.

Sunday’s CTC ride to Wray will be held jointly with the Rough Stuff Fellowship in commemoration of the late president. The Fred Lloyd Memorial Ride will leave Beaumont at 9am and will involve some off-road sections.


Lancaster Fellwalkers walked from Ambleside to the pretty village of Hawkshead on Sunday, although the lovely views were limited by some heavy showers.

The B walkers started at Brathay Church and walked via Skelwith Fold to Iron Keld, arriving in the village over Hawkshead Hill, with leader J Shepherd, ascent 1,000ft, eight miles.

The A- group walked along Under Loughrigg, took the Cumbrian Way via Park Farm, to Tarn Hows, Hill Fell and via Hawkshead Hill to the village, with leader H Nixon, ascent 1,500ft, 10 miles.

The combined A+ and A group also walked to Tarn Hows, and climbed Black Crag to descend into Hawkshead. Their leader was D Ward, ascent 2,950ft, 12.5 miles.

The next walks will be taken on Sunday, November 3, from Bolton Abbey to Skipton. Coach bookings on 01524 858243, website


Dr Susan Kay-Williams gave a funny and instructive talk about textiles to members of the Lunesdale Decorative and Fine Arts Society (LADFAS) entitled Imperial Purple to Denim Blue: how their colours have evolved through the centuries, and how power, achievement and desire have been woven into their changing fabric.

The next talks will be on Tuesday, November 19, when Bill Shannon will give a talk entitled Hic Abundant Leones: Medieval and Early Modern Maps; and Tuesday, December 17, when Oliver Everett will give a talk entitled The History of Windsor Castle and its Royal Occupants, 1080 – 2002. The Christmas social event will start at 1.45pm, otherwise lectures start promptly at 2.15pm.


The October meeting of the North Lancashire Group of the Alpine Garden Society was held recently when one of the group’s own members, Peter Bland from Inglewhite, presented his illustrated lecture entitled Where Shall I Plant This? Peter explained the history of his two acre garden which he has transformed over 36 years.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, when John Richards will speak on the Cultivation of Asiatic Primulas.

The group meets at Greaves Methodist Church, Lancaster, at 7.30pm. Further information and contact details can be found at


Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir invited guests to an Autumn Soiree in the Music Room of Leighton Hall, by kind invitation of Mrs Suzie Reynolds. The choir was conducted by its musical director Derek Walters and the accompanist was Gill Allen.

The varied programme included, appropriately, a first performance of a male voice arrangement by Derek Walters of Joseph Kosma’s Autumn Leaves.

They welcomed two soloists. Alison Findlay played the Celtic harp and accompanied the choir with a new obligato to the male voice classic, Gwahoddiad; and soprano Emily Scott, a student at the University of Cumbria, sang Giordani’s Caro mio ben and a Maori Folk Song.

The next major concert will be the Wednesday Carol Concert in the Ashton Memorial with the Ladies of Note, December 18. Tickets are available from Williamson Park, Lancaster.


Drew Haley of Northern Rail was the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Lancaster and Skipton Rail User Group (LASRUG). Recounting many lively anecdotes, Drew described his railway career, which began as a guard on the Southern Region of British Railways in 1986. Drew was warmly thanked by Gerald Townson, LASRUG secretary.

Hugh Turner, LASRUG co-chairman, reported on a busy year. It was frustrating that the group’s efforts to secure the provision of a shelter in the westbound platform at Giggleswick station had still not borne fruit.

Preparations for the award of a new franchise were under way; LASRUG was formulating its aspirations, and had written to all MPs whose constituencies lay along the line and to all the local authorities, asking for their support in seeking an improvement in the frequency of the train service.

The Friends of Bentham Station had been a great success, and it was hoped similar groups could be formed at other stations along the line. LASRUG had been active, with the Community Rail Partnership, in producing leaflets to promote the line.

The raising of two speed restrictions, at Eldroth and Settle Junction, had improved timekeeping and a new car park had been opened at Gargrave.

Membership was now over 120. Gerald Townson was congratulated on his award for the Outstanding Volunteer Contribution of the Year at the recent Community Rail Awards.

A presentation was made to Wendy Smith on her retirement from the post of secretary, in recognition of her hard work, especially in the production of the newsletter, with her excellent photographs.


Lancaster Beekeepers’ (LBK) Honey Show 2013 proved to be successful once again, with more than 100 entries of honey, wax, cake, mead and products made from honey and wax. The show was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements both of the bees and their keepers.

The awards included Linda Wilson for most points in show (EWA Hermacinska Cup); Colin and Jean Timewell for best tasting honey (Colin Newsham Trophy); Dawn Boswell-Challand who won the Novice Trophy and Jenny Gilpin who won the BBKA Blue Ribbon Award for Best Exhibit of Honey.

Further information about Lancaster Beekeepers is available on


Results of Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, October 18.

Monday evening: NS 1 Janet Barnes, Janis Allan; 2 Colin Barton, Stephen Breuer; EW 1 Guy Griffith, Robert Fildes; 2 Ros Lucas, Stuart Saward.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Mary Smith, Judith Elliot; 2 Chris Chippendale, Graham Freakes; EW 1= Mary Dobson, Freda Burrows; 1= Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; 2 Mike Speed, Stan Hayes; EW 1 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 2 Ros Lucas, Gillian Mawby.

Thursday afternoon: 1 Alan Paylor, Raymond Watts; 2 Barry Jolly, Alethea Jolly; 3 Carol Wood, Margaret Ingram; 4 Jean Nightingale, Joan Rose.

Friday evening: NS 1 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; EW 1 Lorna Lloyd, Audrey Clayton; 2 Joyce Snellgrove, Barbara Douglas.