Social Scene: 30/01/14

Lancashire Coastal Way.
Lancashire Coastal Way.
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This week’s Social Scene.


St John’s Hospice weekly draw 094. First prize £750: 10234. Second prize £250: 10394. Third prize £50: 16943. Runners-up prizes £10: 10614, 11310, 10504, 16920, 10495. Runners-up prizes £5: 16090, 16120, 14982, 15097, 10424.

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


The annual 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, February 11.

Lunch will be at 12.30pm and the meeting will follow at 1.45pm.

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


The monthly meeting of the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society took place on January 20 when society president Ken Richardson gave a talk and slide show illustrating various aspects of fuchsia 
growing, with emphasis on showing.

Of special interest were slides of the various large displays that the society has entered in shows, over the last 25 years, and how they have changed from the straightforward displays of the early years to the more ambitious ones of today.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 17, at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm, when the guest will be John Altham who will give a talk entitled Sailors, Sea and Sausages. New members and visitors welcome, admission free.

Further details can be obtained from Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit


Results for week ending Friday, January 24, for Lancaster Bridge Club.

Monday evening: NS 1 Barry Robertshaw, Allan Holden; 2 Guy Griffith, Robert Fildes; EW 1 Jean Higham, Colin Barton; 2 Beryl Helliwell, Carmel Ryan.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw; EW 1 Doreen Hardman, Jean Higham; 2 Ann Cleet, Mavis Noden.

Wednesday evening: 1 Stephen Raine, Colin Mitchell; 2 Titch Little, Pat Little; 3 Alan Paylor, Chris Chippendale; 4 Don Nicolson, Deborah Robinson.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Alan Paylor, Mildred Taylor; 2 Harry Smith, Dorothy Smith; EW 1 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; 2 Norman Horton, Allan Holden.

Friday evening: 1 Barbara Douglas, Joyce Snellgrove; 2 Chris Chippendale, Stephen Breuer; 3= Titch Little, Pat Little; 3= Vivien Cleaver, Mike Cleaver.


Lunesdale Camera Club’s most recent meeting was a members’ evening where three members gave personal presentations.

Peter Hyde opened the evening with a very interesting talk which linked his interest in his family history and his hobby of photography by illustrating the required rebinding of two historical books.

Nick Callendar then gave a very enthusiastic presentation on his approach to Knowing Your Camera, but especially on learning how to quickly operate the camera to ensure an opportunity of capturing light in the landscape is not lost.

The evening ended with Shaun Rogerson demonstrating the use of software to rescue and improve images.


Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Or are you are a carer of a fibromyalgia sufferer?

Paul Grant, who has fibromyalgia, would like to hear from other sufferers and/or their carers.

He aims to start a local support group covering Lancaster and Morecambe.

If you are interested in attending a meeting email Paul at paul250156@gmail.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on January 20, the annual meeting was held with chairman Graeme Isherwood reporting a successful year for the club.

His report recalled the meetings, competitions and projects completed by members. Treasurer Michael Ellis presented the annual accounts which showed the club in a satisfactory financial position.

The existing committee was re-elected and new projects discussed.

The club meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe. On Monday, February 3, the subject for the Warriner Trophy competition is Countryside.


Lancaster and District Art Society’s 2014 programme got off to a colourful start with a demonstration of acrylic paints by Yorkshire artist Nigel Overton.

He kept his audience transfixed with a wonderful version of a seascape.

It was Nigel’s first visit to the society and he took the opportunity to introduce members to a paints produced by Pip Seymour in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

He explained how the range had been developed to achieve maximum intensity and coverage.

Nigel was introduced and thanked by Peter Lovett-Horn, the society’s chairman.

The society meets each Friday at 7pm at The Methodist Church, Torrisholme, Morecambe.

In the coming weeks demonstrations include: February 7, Graham Twyford, painting in pastels; February 21, Lou Morton, painting in water media; March 7, Norman Long, figure 
painting in oils from a photograph.

The society is also holding a workshop, conducted by Kate Bentley, on Saturday March 15.

It will cover a coastal landscape in watercolour.

Membership of the society costs £25 and anyone interested in joining should contact secretary Colin Pickering on 01524 61226. Newcomers can attend club nights at a cost of £2.


Kings, Queens and Princes were in attendance at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society courtesy of Margaret Rudd who included them in her programme.

Among those present were Prince Charming from the ballet by Prokofiev, the Elizabethan serenade by Ronald Binge and several anthems from the coronation of King George II.David Robinson’s programme of music was cleverly entitled You may not have heard the last of this, and featured final movements of symphonies and piano concertos.

He began with Beethoven’s first piano concerto, included others by Michael Hess, Amy Beach and Mozart and symphonies by Rimsky Korsakov, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky.

In her vote of thanks Dorothy Loach remarked upon the dramatic music in David’s programme, the Coronation anthems still in use and the number of Russian composers that had been featured.

When the society meets on Wednesday, February 5, it will be Dorothy herself presenting a programme.

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


Torrisholme’s Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Lytham St Annes, this Saturday, February 1.

The A walk will be led by Mary Cousins, starting near the Ship Inn at Freckleton to walk the Lancashire Coastal Way, walking through farmland to the River Ribble and its confluence with the River Douglas, then towards Warton and through fields to Warton Bank.

The coastal way leads to Lytham Dock’s boat repair yard to follow a creek to the A584 and Lytham Windmill and finally into St Annes, seven miles of flat walking.

The B walk will be led by Alan Whittaker, starting from Warton, on hard surface at first before joining the Lancashire Coastal Way which is a grassy bank overlooking the wildfowl sanctuary, through Lytham and joining the promenade at 
Ansdell before finishing at St Annes, seven miles and very flat.

Walk C will be led by Jenny Hebblethwaite, starting from Salcotes Road, through Green Drive, followed by a short road walk to Lytham Station, turning into Witch Wood to Ansdell.

Another short road walk to the Lancashire Coastal Way, taking time to see the bird life on Fairhaven Lake, and walking to St Annes Pier via the promenade, sand dunes and the Alpine Gardens. Approximately five miles, totally flat. Pick-up time is 11am from The Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme.

Guests and new members always welcome and booking by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707.

A copy of the winter programme is available from

The group’s next Wednesday evening social event will be a hotpot supper, quiz and raffle on February 12 at 7.30pm in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme, Morecambe, cost £5.60.

Please note supper must be pre-booked with Anne Lyons, treasurer.


Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting was the results of competition three with set subject Song Titles.

The judge was David Bibby who has judged for the group many times before and as usual had spent considerable time with the images delivering the results with possible improvements, encouragement plus a touch of humour to a very good turnout of members.

Set subject: 1 Mike Staniforth, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 David Dempster; Highly commended: Ann Rigg and Anne Staniforth. Open: 1 John Hughes, 2 Bryan Trigwell, 3 Rosemary Brayshaw. Highly commended: Peter Bagnall and Ann Rigg. Natural History: 1 John Hughes, 2 Mike Staniforth, 3 Derek Mackie; Highly commended: Derek Mackie.

The next meeting will include a showing of AVs made by members.

This format is becoming more popular as it is an easy way to save photographs and show them on either a TV or computer.

For further details of the club, which meets at The Church of the Ascension vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at


The speaker at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, this Saturday, February 1, at 7.30pm and also Sunday, February 2, at 2.30pm, will be Jamie Donnelly from Blackpool who will talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrate her mediumship.

On Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is a Spiritual Healing Service where Spiritualist National Union trained healers are in attendance. On Wednesdays at 7.30pm there is an Open Circle when local mediums give a demonstration of their mediumship after a discussion about their belief.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualists old and new meet for a chat with kindred minds to talk about Spiritualism and its impact on lives.

Everyone is welcome at the services. The church is wheelchair friendly, disabled access and facilities available.


A talk by Andy Walsh entitled Inside Story: Three Counties Cave System Connections, will be given on Friday, February 7, at 1.30pm at Heysham Library. Free entrance.


St Peter’s hall will be open on Saturday, February 1, from 2pm (weather permitting). On Sunday, February 2, there will be Parish Communion at 9.30am at St Peter’s Church and at St James Sunday School at 9.30am followed by Morning Prayer (BCP) at 11am.


Heysham Townswomen’s Guild’s members and friends will meet at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, at 2pm, on Monday, February 3, when the speaker will be Paul Wilson with a talk entitled The Lighter Side of Funerals.

The group’s birthday lunch on Monday, March 10, has been booked at The Clarendon. Pauline Reeves will provide information of planned trips at the meeting next Monday. Admission £1.50 including refreshments and raffle.


Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, February 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.