Social Scene: 27/03/14

Under the famous clock at Carnforth station, four original members of the LASRUG committee from 1989, after enjoying the 25th anniversary lunch. From left: Pam Warbrick, Colin Price, Jack Warbrick (first chairman) and Margaret Cowling. Jack and Margaret are still members of the committee today.
Under the famous clock at Carnforth station, four original members of the LASRUG committee from 1989, after enjoying the 25th anniversary lunch. From left: Pam Warbrick, Colin Price, Jack Warbrick (first chairman) and Margaret Cowling. Jack and Margaret are still members of the committee today.

This week’s Social Scene.


This year the annual spring lunch for committee members of the Lancaster and Skipton Rail User Group was a special one to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. The lunch was held as usual at The Brief Encounter buffet at Carnforth Station and some of those involved in the founding of the group in 1989 attended as guests. (See picture)


The Annual Print Competition of Lancaster Photographic Society was judged by David Bibby from Cleveleys who is a member of North Fylde Photographic Society. David is a judge with 30-years experience and he was able to provide members with a good analysis of each print and hints on improvement.

Results, Colour prints – Highly commended: Early Morning Walker, John Metcalffe; Gannet, Debbie Wright; Autumn Leaves, Sheenagh Crumley; Commended: Pdong Lady, Myanmar, Allan Hartley; Man Down, Graham Hartley; Morecambe Bay Sands, Vic Crumley; Wren, Debbie Wright; A Winter’s Day, Sally Anderson; London Bridge, Joe Marshall.

Monochrome prints – Highly commended: It’s a Dog’s Life, Graham Harvey; Tree on Limestone, Malham, Mike Atkinson; Escalator, Sheenagh Crumley; Commended: Fisherman, Myanmar, Allan Hartley; Three Monoliths, Avebury, Mike Atkinson; Tubes, Sally Anderson; Tall Ships, Graham Harvey.

Trophies, Best print in colour section: John Metcalffe for Early Morning Walker; Best landscape print: Mike Atkinson for Tree on Limestone, Malham; Best monochrome print and also the best in the print competition: Sheenagh Crumley for Escalator. A worthy vote of thanks to David Bibby was proposed by Mike Atkinson and endorsed by the members.

For the latest meeting, Lancaster Photographic Society joined Morecambe Movie Makers for a 50:50 evening.

Lancaster exhibited a series of themed images arranged and presented by Vic Crumley.

Mike Atkinson then showed a selection of infra red images of various neolithic sites, plus The Ruskin Building at Lancaster University and landscapes showing the infra red effect on green. The presentation finished with two ‘pictures to EXE’ collections by Sheenagh Crumley.

Morecambe Movie Makers completed the evening by showing recently produced films taken by members.


A committee from Lunesdale is full of beans to raise money for a local cancer charity. The Caton and Halton Branch of The Lunesdale Committee of North West Cancer Research (NWCR) will hold the annual coffee morning on Saturday, April 5, at The Victoria Institute, Caton, from 10am to noon.

Tickets are available on the door and cost just £1 which includes coffee and tea plus a selection of home-made biscuits. The coffee morning will also feature stalls selling cakes, books, crafts and plants.


Draw date March 21, 2014. First prize of £500: 57324 Lancaster. Second prize of £50: 35630 Cabus, Garstang. Third prizes of £10: 00276, 01054, 03546, 08438, 32182. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £1,000. To join contact 01524 752444.


On March 18, 30 members of Lancaster Beekeepers met at Hala Carr Community Centre for their annual meeting and annual business meeting.

The meetings were preceded by a talk given by Dr Rowena Jenkins, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Dr Jenkins’ particular area of research is the anti-bacterial properties of honey and its influence on the wound healing process, especially in relation to chronic infections such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and how this might limit cross infections in hospitals.

It seems that it may be possible to ascribe the longevity of beekeepers to their consumption of honey in that, amongst other things, it assists in maintaining healthy gut flora, but further research is needed on this topic.


Lancaster Bridge Club results for week ending Friday, March 21. Monday evening: NS 1 Jean Higham, Richard Willey; 2 Barbara Douglas, Joyce Snellgrove; EW 1 Ros Lucas, Colin Barton; 2 Guy Griffith, Robert Fildes.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; 2 Mike Speed, Stan Hayes; EW 1 Richard Kirkman, Harvey Brown; 2 Tony Saville, Jean Higham.

Friday evening: NS 1 Vivien Cleaver, Mike Cleaver; 2 Douglas Cameron, John Lea; EW 1 Pat Ormesby, Hilary Jones; 2 Lorna Lloyd, Audrey Clayton.


Poulton Residents’ Association is holding its annual meeting tomorrow, Friday, March 28, in the upper room, above the cafe in The War Memorial Hall, Poulton, Morecambe, entrance from the side door, opposite the church porch.

This will start at 7pm. David Croxall, clerk to Morecambe Town Council, will be the guest speaking on the subject Love My Beach, a joint project with Morecambe Bay Partnership.

Poulton’s policing team will talk about the future of community policing in Morecambe and the effect of the proposed changes for the community.

There will be reports from PRA, The Friends of Morecambe Cemetery and The Memorial Garden and from Morecambe in Bloom. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle. All are welcome.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting members welcomed Paul Bagshaw of Channel 10 and Artworks Pictures to talk about and present his movie productions.

The first half of his presentation included documentaries on Cambridge, including interviews from the residents and visitors, a tour of the back streets of Liverpool set to music, the history of modern art and street music from around the country.

The second half of the evening was spent showing two thriller dramas and explaining how they were made.


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, April 8.

Lunch will be booked for 12.15pm and this will be followed at 1.45pm by a talk by Bob and Jane Latin entitled The Holy Land – A Personal View. The talk is free and all are welcome.

To book for lunch please telephone Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 412987 by Sunday, April 6.


The Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery will be holding A Mothers’ Day Service of Celebration and Remembrance at 2pm this Sunday, March 30, at The Chapel, Torrisholme Cemetery, Westgate, Morecambe. Refreshments following the service. All welcome. For further information contact Bill Jackson on 01524 417035.


Twenty-four presenters (from an attendance of 32) made for a longer than usual meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society.

Items ranging from Cliff Richard, The Cascades and Glen Miller, via Topol, Michael Bubble and Bryn Terfel, to compositions by Vidor, Ippolitov and Shostakovich were all well received by an appreciative audience.

There was also ballet music, jazz, operetta and classics.

The next meeting of the society in The Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, will be held on Wednesday, April 9, for a programme of recorded music presented by Mervyn Catterall.

Further information is available from Gordon on 01524 421537, Margaret on 414660 or just attend for a 7.30pm start.


Morecambe Camera Club recently held its 12 image competition which consists of 12 images telling a story.

David Bibby said this was a difficult competition to judge purely on photographic quality and had judged it on the story told by content of each entry and quality.

There were 11 entries giving a total of 132 images and David had obviously spent a considerable amount of time viewing them.

Results: 1 Peter Bagnall, Flowers in my garden; 2 Anne Staniforth, Appleby Horse Fair; 3 Kate Mabson, Fun Flower; Highly commended: Gordon Currie, Steam 2013.

Next week is the final completion of the club’s year, The Annual Digital Image Completion. For further details contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit


Medium Mary Johnston from Maryport will visit The Temple of Light Church Spiritualist Centre on West End Road, Morecambe, this Saturday, March 29, at 7.30pm, and also on Sunday, March 30, at 2.30pm, for The Divine Service. Mary will speak on The Philosophy of Spiritualism and give a demonstration of her mediumship on both occasions.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a healing service for all when Spiritual National Union trained and accredited healers are in attendance, free with donation for church heating. Experience for yourself the peaceful atmosphere.

Also on Wednesdays, at 7.30pm, there is an open circle where local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is The Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet for a chat.


This Saturday, March 29, St Peter’s Hall, Heysham Village, will be open from 2pm (weather permitting). On March 30, Mothering Sunday, there will be a Family Service including communion at St Peter’s Church at 9.30am, and at St James a Family Service with readings at 11am.


The Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet on Monday, April 7, at 2pm at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, when the speaker will be James Turtle from Wiltshire Farm Foods, who will bring along taster samples. Admission is £1.50 including refreshments and a raffle. New members welcome.


Prof John MacKenzie gave an entertaining and enlightening talk to members of The Lunedale Decorative and Fine Arts Society (LADFAS) on the huge building legacy left behind when the British relinquished their hold on an immense empire.

For many years this legacy was left to decay as decolonised peoples celebrated this departure. Now, a younger generation is valuing the architectural heritage left behind, and Prof MacKenzie showed just what a magnificent heritage it was.

The talk started and ended with pictures of the initially most important buildings: the buildings that guarded the newly acquired possessions – the forts.

These abounded in the West Indies and Africa, especially where the British has ousted the Portuguese.

They looked exactly like those found all over Europe, but as the Empire expanded, more magnificent styles of building began to appear.

The next talks will be on Tuesday, April 15, when Prof Brendan Cassidy will talk about Michelangelo’s David, and Tuesday, May 20, when Kevin Karney will talk about Life and Times of the Sundial: A Perspective on Civilisation’s most Enduring Timekeeper.

Lectures start at 2.15pm promptly at Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall.


To mark the 15th anniversary of life saving missions and successful funding by The North West Air Ambulance, A Cabaret Night will be held at Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, Garstang, on Saturday, May 17, from 7.30pm.

The cabaret will be provided by The John Towers 18-Piece Swing Band with vocalists, and tickets at £10 include a hot-pot supper.

Ticket details are available from Keith Mallinson on 07984 477100 or Carole Houston at Wyrebank on 01995 605455.