Social Scene: 27/02/14

Photograph of Windermere.
Photograph of Windermere.
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This week’s Social Scene.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 098. First prize £750: 10426. Second prize £250: 17399. Third prize £50: 15078. Runners-up prizes £10: 17316, 16991, 17206, 17169, 11526. Runners-up prizes £5: 14958, 11621, 17140, 10448, 15409.

To find out more about playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery please visit or call Anna on 01524 382538.


Lancaster Fellwalkers made the best of a very bad day when very strong, blustery winds and heavy rain on February 23 meant that the leaders of all the walks had to re-assess and change their plans.

Bassenthwaite was the area visited and all plans for gaining height were altered to take lower routes around the hills behind Skiddaw.

A+ group went to Dodd Wood and walked to Skiddaw House and back, via Dash Falls with leader N Passant.

Party A kept to lower routes around Back of Skiddaw and climbed Binsey with leader A Pickering. A- group were unable to walk the miners’ road from Threlkeld due to an impassable stream, so re-traced their steps and took the old railway line into Keswick, with leader M Ainsworth.

B group took a route through farm fields and lanes around the Binsey area.


Lancaster Photographic Society welcomed Peter Cordell from Mawdsley, near Southport, to present his lecture entitled Journey to Afghanistan.

Peter is a member of Chorley Photographic Society with an interest in travelling to some of the world’s remotest destinations in search of wild mountain landscapes and alpine flora.

Peter illustrated the talk with digital images of the terrain, surrounding side valleys, snow capped peaks and the limited flora of the area.

The indigenous population existed on arable subsistence farming and this was only possible with irrigation using the melt water from the mountains.

The journey inwards took over five days, mostly following the River Wakham, firstly in Tajikistan before crossing the river into Afghanistan at a remote bridge which served as a border crossing, a process which could take up to three hours. The vote of thanks for a most interesting evening was proposed by Bill Wilcockson.


Draw date February 21, 2014: First prize of £500: 36134 Kendal. Second prize of £50: 42013 Lancaster. Third prizes of £10: 35439, 38340, 39334, 43515, 93884. No rollover jackpot prize this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £600. To join contact 01524 752444.


Lunesdale Camera Club welcomed guest speaker Adrian Almond of Milnthorpe whose presentation, A Man for all Seasons, was excellent in every way.

After introducing himself and his background in photography Adrian proceeded to illustrate his talk with one superb image after another.

His varied interests include landscape and railway photography together with outdoor action shots of aircraft and motor sport.

He explained his individual, methodical approach to each subject and his interesting commentary included detail of equipment and technique.

Adrian willingly fielded questions from members throughout his presentation and chairman Shaun Rogerson gave a well deserved vote of thanks.

Guests are always welcome to join members and detail of meetings can be found on the club website or contact George Smith on 01524 733020.


The next meeting of The Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at The Headway Hotel, Marine Road East, Morecambe, on Tuesday, March 11.

Lunch at 12.15pm will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Liz O’Neill entitled A Funny Thing Happened In India.

The talk is free and all are welcome.

If you wish to join members for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday, March 9, to book.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on February 17, members were able to review the many club movie projects undertaken in the last 12-months.

The editors/producers explained, with the aid of excerpts from the movies, the problems they had encountered in their work and how this could be improved in future projects.

The opportunity was then taken to discuss in detail the next two projects which include filming for a local drama group and a club comedy movie with respect to what had been learnt from this year’s movie project review.

The club meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, St Christopher’s Way, Bare, Morecambe.


Lunesdale Decorative and Fine Arts Society met on February 18 when members heard Ms Margaret Reid give a talk entitled The Windermere Steamboat Museum.

In thanking the speaker the chairman referred to the lecture as “a delicious plum pudding of a talk”, and that is exactly what it was.

A new museum is to be built and should open at the end of 2015.

It should have four different structures: one for education, one for the main display, one for fragile artefacts to be restored and the last for all other purposes.

All will face the dock.

These structures will eventually tell the story of Lake Windermere’s historical journey to become one of the largest tourist centres in Britain.

One of the earliest exhibits is hoped to be the loan, from Abbot’s Hall, of Turner’s sketch of the lake in 1821.

Then Windermere and Bowness were tiny villages, with generations of small boat builders who made their living from the lake. The great change came with both steam and the railways.

The next talks will be on Tuesday, March 18, when Prof John MacKenzie will give a talk entitled Pomp and Power: Architecture of the British Empire, and Tuesday, April 15, when Prof Brendan Cassidy will give a talk entitled Michelangelo’s David. Lectures start at 2.15pm prompt at Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall.


A day in London was the feature of Kathy Brainsby’s programme of recorded music at the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

Two movements from Eric Coates’ London Suite were included, as was Walton’s Crown Imperial.

Kathy also chose ballet music from La Bayadere, opera from La Traviata, and a Nightingale Serenade played by Andre Rieu, as she meandered around the capital, completing her programme with Bond’s version of the 1812 overture.

Christopher Rudd’s programme derived from a Baltic Cruise and included ballet music by Hugo Alfven and Glazunov, the Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius and the Pentecost Hymn by Buxtehude.

Interspersed with these shore visits around the Baltic was music from life on board the cruise ship – dancing from My Fair Lady, food from Oliver and songs by Ella Fitzgerald and Martine McCutcheon.

The society meets at The Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe.


The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Windermere, this Saturday, March 1.

The A walk will be led by Graham Dyson starting outside Staveley at Reston Farm on the A591, up to Raw Ghyll, Hugill Hall and The Heights.

They then walked along lanes and fields to High Borrans and Borrans Lane, passing Bishop Plantation and Moore Howe to Near Orrest, before ascending the dizzy heights of Orrest Head and down into Windermere, seven miles with 900 feet of ascent.

The B walk will be led by Andrew Lean starting from Ings, walking to Hag End, Grandsire, School Knot, and High Lickbarrow and descending into Windermere.

Due to sogginess and mud there will be a certain amount of hard surface walking, six miles and 900 feet.

Anne Feather and Colette Follett will lead C walk starting at Ings, crossing the main road and taking a lane up to St Anne’s Farm.

Then it was via field paths to Grassgarth, High House and High Borrans, taking a quiet road to Causeway Farm and then fields to skirt round Orrest Head and into Windermere, about four and a half miles and a total of 550 feet undulating with two stiles.

Pick-up time is 11am from The Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707.

A copy of the winter programme can be downloaded from

The annual meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, and it is hoped that as many members as possible will attend as there are important items to discuss.


Members of the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, will welcome Stephen Cavis from Southport as their speaker this Saturday, March 1, and on Sunday, March 2, at 2.30pm, Christina Walling of Morecambe will be the speaker.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service followed at 7.30pm by an Open Circle where local mediums give a short talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour which includes discussions about spiritualism.

Everyone is welcome at all services.

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


The next meeting of The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will be held on Monday, March 3, at 2pm, at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, when the speaker will be Nathan Walker on Tax, Care and Toy Boys. Admission £1.50 including refreshments and a raffle. New members welcome.

The next committee meeting will be held at Betty Fenton’s on Wednesday, March 12, at 2pm.

The trip to Boundary Mill will take place on Monday, March 24, and costs £12. Contact Pauline on 01524 850817 for further information.


St Peter’s Hall will be open for tea/coffee on Saturday, March 1, from 2pm (weather permitting). On Sunday, March 2, at St Peter’s Church, Parish Communion will be at 9.30am, and at St James, Sunday School is at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (BCP) at 11am.


Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, March 3, starting at 7pm, at Heysham Library meeting room, Heysham Road (please use side entrance). Residents of council ward area Heysham South are invited to attend.


At February’s meeting of the North Lancashire Branch of the Western Front Association (WFA), Dave O’Mara described how American and other foreign volunteers joined the French Foreign Legion to help defeat the Germans.

One volunteer who enlisted in Paris in August 1914 was the poet Alan Seeger, uncle of the American folk singer Pete Seeger.

He is most famous for his poem entitled I Have a Rendezvous with Death, and was killed on July 4, 1916, whilst fighting in the French Army sector during the Battle of the Somme.

Dave’s talk provided other excellent examples of the commitment to a cause, the bravery and sacrifice that was present amongst those men who chose to fight for another country.

The next talk to the North Lancashire WFA will take place on Monday, March 3, at 7.30pm, in the King’s Own Regiment Museum, Lancaster (New Street entrance).

The talk is entitled Shall I Never Dance Again? and the speaker will talk about his great uncle’s war diary which describes his enlistment, training, service and wounding.

Entrance donations of £3 are invited.


Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society’s monthly meeting took place on February 17 when 
John Altham gave an informative and funny talk entitled Sailors, Sea and Sausages.

John drew on his years of experience as a Royal Naval Officer and ship’s chandler to give a behind the scenes look at life in the Royal Navy.

The next meeting of the society will be held on Monday, March 17, when a talk on owls will be given by Barn Owl Bill supported by his feathered friends.

New members and visitors welcome.

Admission free at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, starting at 7.30pm.

Further details from Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit