Social Scene: 31/10/13

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This week’s Social Scene.


At the October meeting the Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum heard an inspirational talk by Jim Saville about the Bradford Cinderella Club which had a holiday centre in Hest Bank for underprivileged children.

Founded in the 1890s it provided holidays by the sea for Bradford children who would otherwise have none.

On occasion storm damage or high tides affected the site, but this was always overcome, until in 1977 the damage made them realise the costs were too great.

The site was sold and the money invested to provide support for the children in other ways.

Gradually the impact of onerous regulations about catering, managing children and health and safety made the activity too demanding.

Currently the club provides grants for young people who wish to go on outdoor adventure and training courses.


The next meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place on Tuesday, November 12, at the Broadway Hotel, Marine Road, Morecambe.

Attendees are welcome for lunch at noon, please ring Pat on 01524 413904 or Jane on 01524 412987 by Sunday, November 10, to book a place.

This will be followed by a talk by Lionel Bather on NATO Navigation Training in Canada at 1.45pm. All the talks are free.


Lancaster Photographic Society welcomed Colin Jarvis, a member of Preston Photographic Society, to present his lecture entitled My Journey to an MA in Photography from University of Cumbria.

Colin works semi professionally as a photographer along with teaching at Preston College.

For part two Colin exhibited monochrome long exposure images of subjects as diverse as the Falkirk Wheel, Brimham Rocks and the Malham limestone pavements.


At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on October 21, the club discussed their next in house movie project. Members viewed two different edited versions of the 2012 project The Great British Bake Off, a variation on the TV programme, to investigate how it could have been improved.

The project for this year is to make a movie to a well known song or poem which has still to be chosen by members.

The group meets on Mondays at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe.


Draw date October 25, 2013. First prize of £500: 05950 Oxenholme. Second prize of £50: 07025 Morecambe. Third prizes of £10: 01050, 01251, 01450, 03922, 39332. No jackpot winner this week. Next week’s rollover prize will be £3,600. To join telephone 01524 752444.


On Sunday Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Staveley area.

The A party, led by Dave Marsland, walked from Mosergh Farm in Longsleddale via Stockdale, Birk Rigg into Staveley.

The B party, led by Maria Atkinson, walked from Ings to Kentmere Tarn and along the River Kent to Staveley.

Party C, led by Marian Bellwood, walked from Stavely to Craggy Plantation, Hag Foot, Hundhowe, Bowston, Cowan Head and back to Staveley.

The group’s next walks will be this Saturday, November 2, in the Dunsop Bridge area.

If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


The annual Boatman’s Dinner was held at the Crooklands Hotel, near Kendal, on October 25, when 35 diners attended from a large area including Darwen, Bolton, Lancaster, Morecambe, Penrith and beyond.

The ’boat people’, as they are affectionately called, run, organise and generally look after the narrow boat Waterwitch that sails from Crooklands landing stage from May to October, taking donations and promoting the difficult and expensive restoration of the Lancaster Canal.

Richard Trevitt, chairman of the Trust, introduced Keith Tassart who has worked for many years for British Waterways and has taken on the job of Work Party Supervisor.


Happy Feet Theatre School will be joining the kids’ Halloween fun at Lancaster Castle tonight, October 31.

The dancers are performing for the Horrible Halloween Children’s Party.


Morecambe Car Club, promotes safety and sport for car enthusiasts of all ages, meets at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club, Lancaster, on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm.


Weekly draw number 081. First prize £750: 14814. Second prize £250: 15261. Third prize £50: 10184. Runners-up prizes £10: 15149, 16457, 10073, 16456, 11400. Runners-up prizes £5: 14777, 16407, 10055, 16388, 16475.

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


Bernice Meagher’s Favourite Music proved equally favourable with all the other members of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society at their latest meeting.

A nice mixture of 13 classical and popular selections included Mahler’s 5th symphony, Parry’s Jerusalem, Massenet’s meditation from Thais and Shostakovich’s romance from The Gadfly. After the interval David Hall presented classical and modern selections.

When the society meets on Wednesday, November 6, at Ascension Vestry, Torrisholme, Morecambe, for a 7.30pm start, Enid Whitaker will present her programme of recorded music.


The Susan Wilson School of Drama is launching hourly drama sessions for six to 12-year-olds for only £4 a week.

The launch is next Monday, November 4, 5pm to 6pm, at Torrisholme Methodist Church Hall, Morecambe. Please attend on that day or telephone 07778 694411. There is also teaching available for LAMDA examinations (for any age) in small groups, cost £5 an hour.


Members of Lune Valley KFA enjoyed a day of dance and exercise at the North West KFA’s event Spotlight on Fitness. The event was held at Ellesmere Port and was attended by members from all over the North West.

Classes were held in a variety of dance and exercise styles including a Strictly Come Dancing theme.

Lune Valley performed to Bond Dalalai and some of the local members also performed with the North West Championship Team, using ribbons.

Rehearsals will start in March 2014 for next year’s team item, new members would be very welcome. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Ann on 01524 822738.


The Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society will be holding a lecture on Thursday, November 28, at 7.15pm, in St Paul’s Hala Community Centre, Hala Square, given by Ron Cowell, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology, National Museums, Liverpool.

He will talk on recent excavations at a rare prehistoric hunter-gatherer wetland settlement at Lunt Meadows, Merseyside. Visitors welcome. Further information available from the membership secretary on 01524 382975.


Morecambe Camera Club’s meeting was devoted to a series of audio visual programmes given by Julie England on the Caribbean and Keith Storey from Lytham on African wildlife, both experts in this format.

The club meets in the Ascension Vestry, please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit


The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s walks from the winter programme will be on a full day, finishing at Cartmel, on Saturday, November 9.

The A walk will be led by Brian Townson, a circular from Cartmel, including the summit of How Barrow for a fantastic view.

The B walk will be led by Norma Nicholls, a circular starting from Cartmel, crossing the race course, through woodland to Speel Bank farm where incredible views of Coniston Fells and the Leven Estuary can be seen.

The C walk will be led by Colette Follett, starting on the Grange to Cartmell Road at High Fell Gate then follows field paths and Cistercian Way into Cartmel.

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

The next Wednesday evening social event will be the Members’ Slide Show, presented by Linda Mills and featuring photos taken by members from January to June, to be shown on November 13, at 7.30pm, in Church of the Ascension.


The speaker at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road, Morecambe, this Saturday, November 2, at 7.30pm, will be Maureen Smith from Southport who will talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism.

On Sunday, November 3, at 2.30pm, at the Divine Service the speaker will be Kath Noonan from Blackpool who will also speak on the Philosophy of Spiritualism.

On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are healing services. On Wednesdays is an open circle where local mediums give a demonstration after a talk about spiritualism.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together Everyone is most welcome to all the services.


Members of Heysham Townswomen’s Guild and friends will meet at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, Heysham, at 2pm on Monday, November 4, when entertainment will be provided by Gill Allen and Martin with Music For You.

New members always welcome, admission £1.50 with refreshments and free raffle.


Heysham South PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will take place on Monday, November 4, 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 the last meeting of Lunesdale Camera Club a good attendance of members and guests were treated to an excellent presentation by club member David Taylor on photographing the Street.

Guests and new members are always welcome, further information from George Smith on 01524 733020.


Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fuchsia Society’s monthly meeting was held on October 21 when local gardening expert and BBC Radio Lancashire broadcaster Bill Blackledge gave an interesting talk on autumn and winter colour in the garden and planting up winter tubs and hanging baskets.

The next meeting of the society will be held on Monday, November 18, at Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster, at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be local historian Jenny Paul who will give a talk entitled Turkey, Goose or Stew, Christmas in Victorian Lancaster. New members and visitors welcome, free admission. Details from Mrs G Dennison on 01524 417710 or visit


Results for Lancaster Bridge Club for week ending Friday, October 25.

Tuesday afternoon: NS 1 Richard Willey, Joan Lambert; 2 Rose Parker, Nuala Holland; EW 1 Hillary Lewis, Daphne Davis; 2 Christina Housley, Michael Wardle.

Wednesday evening: NS 1 Alan Paylor, Rose Parker; 2 Chris Chippendale, Lawrence Bland; EW 1 Audrey Ellis, Susan Winder; 2 Richard Willey, Donald McGowan.

Thursday afternoon: NS 1 Chris Chippendale, Angela Clare; 2 Barbara Vollands, Barbara Douglas; EW 1 Carol Wood, Maria Woods; 2 Barry Robertshaw, Beryl Robertshaw.

Friday evening: NS 1 Vic Holden, Helen Holden; 2 Douglas Cameron, Mary Cameron; EW 1 Don Nicolson, Sylvia Truesdale; 2 Joan Lambert, Audrey Clayton.


The Babies Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 2pm, at St Thomas’s Church, Penny Street, Lancaster. Everyone welcome who wishes to remember a lost child.