Town and Country: 06/03/14

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Fusion Church, for a new generation, meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway. All welcome, entrance at the rear of the building.

Morning Service at 10.30am this Sunday, March 9, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Rev Geoffrey Lear. On Tuesday, March 11, the coffee morning starting at 10am will be held in aid of NISCU with host Alan Bryning.


Patricia Bradley

Lancaster and District Choral Society is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning this Thursday, March 6, from 9.45am to 11.30am, in Bolton-le-Sands Village Hall, with various stalls and raffle.

Coffee/tea and biscuits £1. All proceeds to Lancaster and District Choral Society funds. Enquiries to 01524 824820.


Claire Helme

The monthly meeting of the Gardeners’ Club was held on Tuesday when Michael Myers made a return visit to the club having last visited in 2006.

Michael is a lecturer at Craven College in Skipton and also runs a successful gardening business from his home near Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

His talk was entitled Trees and Shrubs for Small Gardens.

It proved to be a very informative evening with excellent slides of trees and shrubs.

He explained the many pitfalls of planting large trees too near buildings but he pointed out that there was always room for trees in gardens provided they are located in the right place.

Members went away with lots of new ideas of unusual trees and shrubs that they could plant in their own gardens.

At the next meeting the speaker will be Catherine Penny with a talk entitled Plant Heritage.

New members always welcome at meetings which are held in the memorial hall on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

There will be a quiz night, with a hot supper included, at Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 15, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £3 for children. Villagers are asked to bring their own drinks and glasses as there will be no bar. Teams should be entered on the notice in the hall.


Jay Barkley

Burton Fellwalkers, led by Oenone Hutchinson, enjoyed a pleasant ramble in the parish of Witherslack.

The weather was mild for the time of year with glimpses of sunshine and signs of spring noted with masses of snowdrops and hazel catkins. The monthly Wednesday walks are less than five miles at a relaxed pace, visitors welcome. Further details available from

The Art and Craft Society workshop, Mixed Media Sketchbooks, by Shelley Rhodes, was enjoyed by participants who produced several paintings whilst exploring different mediums.

The 10th annual Art and Craft Exhibition will be on held May 31/June 1 at the hall. Entry forms are now available from Paula on 01524 781984 (art) and Kath on 01524 781613 (craft).

The parish council heard that there were no objections to an application by Mr and Mrs Swindell for a two storey extension at 10 Thornleigh Drive, Burton.

Applications for two wind turbines at Green Dragon Farm plus outline planning for a single dwelling on land immediately east of number 29 Morewood Drive, Burton, were refused.

An application from Mr and Mrs Green, full planning permission for a dwelling and garage with new vehicular access at The Creamery, Main Street, Burton, gave rise to concerns regarding access.

After a discussion a vote was taken – four in favour, two against, two abstentions – permission granted.

An application for outline planning permission at The Creamery, sought by Mr and Mrs Green, was agreed in principle but Coun Taylor made clear the dislike of outline planning which gives no indication of what will be built.

The council approved the purchase of a grit bin for Tanpits Lane.

It was agreed that the clerk appoint R G Parkins and Partners to start work on a feasibility study for a footpath from Burton to Clawthorpe.

District Coun Roger Bingham reported that the flooding problems at Neddy Hill/Tanpits Lane will be dealt with.

Coun Francis Mason-Hornby reported that The Forestry Commission was due to start shrub clearance to restore the limestone pavements on Dalton Crags.

Outstanding items: Historic County of Westmorland sign awaiting permission from Highways Agency.

Repeat of speed monitoring operation has been requested.

Memorial Hall car park one-way system signage will be an agenda item for the next meeting.

There were no unresolved playground problems but Coun Alan Wren requested the lengthsman paint the swings.

Coun Moira Rowley reported a near-miss incident outside the Kings’ Arms – two passing vehicles driven at speed narrowly missing a pedestrian.

Coun George Isherwood requested the council write to Tim Farron MP regarding pressure central government has imposed on district councils to reduce timescales for planning applications.

Internal controls, risk assessment, effectiveness of internal audit, banking arrangements and investment strategy – this was reviewed, and no changes to current arrangements recommended. It was resolved that the clerk appoint a new internal auditor.


Jean Thornber

At the meeting of Burton-in-Lonsdale Parish Council on February 27, the chairman reported Richard Thornton C of E School governors continue to work hard to keep the school open.

On February 18 a school governors’ delegation went to Harrogate to present its case for keeping the school open for at least another 12 months; the NYCC Education Executive meeting of February 25 felt these were not sufficient reasons to keep the school open and would be conducting a three week consultation of its own, between March 5 and 26, beginning a timetable of events which would close the school on August 31.

Chairman Coun Thompson expressed great disappointment with these events, saying the governors should be applauded for the hard work they have done and in achieving a brief respite in the process, after the November 2013 consultation.

The governors will meet again to see if there are any more ideas that can be used to halt the closure process, or any other options such as creating a Free School, to use the premises (the premises are in the Richard Thornton Trust to be used ‘for educational purposes’).

A representative of Electricity North West, Steve Bradley, gave a short presentation explaining how the local power supply network tries to overcome faults; he also described the parish’s scheduled maintenance programme until 2016.

Following a brief Q&A session, he gave an undertaking to re-examine a local substation’s protection settings with ENW’s planning department, following several years of local supply problems.

Mr Bradley was thanked for his visit, and the parish council looks forward to improved resilience in the local power supply network.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27, venue to be confirmed.

For more information about the above or related matters please contact the clerk, Susan Gregory, on 015242 62863, or email


Larry Branyan

Carnforth Rotary Club sponsored its second RotaKids Club at Slyne-with-Hest CE Primary School.

At the school assembly on February 28, Mr Bill Reading, vice-president of Carnforth Rotary Club, presented the charter to the head teacher Mr Paul Bowden.

The club members recited the RotaKids promise – to be fair to all; to serve my community and to show respect for others.

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 have elected a chairman, secretary and treasurer as their club officers.

The chairman was presented with a chairman’s badge and a pendant which will belong to the club. All of the club members were each given a RotaKids badge.

RotaKids is a great way for youngsters aged between seven and 12-years-old to get together and enjoy working on a fun project carrying out charitable work in their community and the wider world supported by members of Carnforth Rotary Club.

The RotaKids have decided to raise money to buy a defibrillator for use in their area.

Carnforth Rotary Club held its 18th annual Young Musician competition on Saturday at North Road Primary School.

Twenty-two entrants competed in three age groups – Group A under 12; Group B over 11 and under 15; Group C over 14 and under 19.

The judges were Sylvia Ham and Clive Walkley who provided helpful and informative comments for each of the performers. The piano accompanist was Mike Critchlow.

There was a good attendance from parents, friends and teachers.

The top three competitors from each group have been invited to perform in Carnforth Rotary Club’s Music for a Summer’s Evening concert held at The Priory, Lancaster, at the end of June.

Group A: 1 Lawrence Diffey (Flookburgh CE Primary) – piano; 2 Eloise Ozanne (Allithwaite Primary) – treble recorder; 3 Edmund Hui (Grange CE Primary) – piano.

Group B: 1 Faye Anna Bowness (QES) – voice; 2 Alistair Burton, (QES) – piano; 3 Daisy Pollitt (LGGS) – voice.

Group C: 1 Molly Olivia Faulkner (Chethams) – violin; 2 Jennifer Morphet (Durham University) – flute; 3 Jayne Potter (Queen Katherine School) – voice.

Carnforth and District Bowling Club, Kellet Road, behind The Cross Keys Pub, would like to announce the opening of the bowling green on Sunday, March 16, at 1pm and would like to welcome both old and new members. Membership £25. For further information telephone 01524 730506.


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, March 9, at 6.30pm, the speakers will be Harry and Lillian O’Dell from Carlisle. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.

On March 2 Morecambe and District Rambling Club walked in the Kirkby Stephen area.

The A party, led by Mike Aveyard, walked from Rawthey Bridge to Wild Boar Fell, Little Fell, Birkett Common, Southwaite, Great Bell, Nateby and into Kirkby Stephen.

The B party, led by Lesley Dodgson, walked from Rawthey Bridge to Murthwaite, Adamthwaite, Banks, Artlegarth, The Green, Lockholme, Bowhead, Lytheside Farm, Wharton Dikes, Moor End, Halfpenny House and into Kirkby Stephen.

Party C, led by Gill Gale, walked from the A685/683 to Moor End, Tommy Road, Croop House, Lammerside Castle, Wharton Hall and into Kirkby Stephen.

The next walks will be on Sunday, March 16, in the Grasmere area, further details available from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is

On Tuesday, March 11, the group’s annual meeting will be held at the Church of Ascension, Torrisholme.

This weekend The Trimpell Club has the following entertainment. On Saturday, March 8, Chris Britten, comedian and singer, will be appearing, and on Sunday, March 9, the club will welcome guitar duo Something Like This.


Paul Smith

A last reminder that Cockerham Horticultural Committee is to present a How to Show event on Monday, March 10, at 7.30pm, in Cockerham Village Hall, when experts will be giving advice on the successful exhibiting of flowers and pot plants, preserves and cookery and photography.

Admission is £4, payable at the door, to include refreshments.

Whether never exhibited in a show before or a seasoned exhibitor, there will be lots of useful tips which gives time to put it into practice before the show season begins in summer. Further information from 01524 793549.


Paul Woodruff

The Centre @ Halton continued its successful events programme with a Children’s Nearly New Sale on March 1.

The 22 tables sold out very quickly, and there was even a waiting list.

There was a very good turn-out of local families to buy the many goods on sale, 200 adults attended and a large number of children.

Overall the event, together with the raffle, raised £372 which was more than last year. This is a welcome addition to the fund being built up to finance a range of upgrades to The Centre to continue to keep up its high 

Thanks and congratulations to organiser Maureen Richardson and her team of volunteer helpers.

The Centre’s next events will be the Bon Giovi Tribute Show on Saturday, March 29, and The Rasa Theatre production of State of Verbal Undress on Saturday, 
May 10.

There will also be another Children’s Nearly New Sale on Saturday, October 18. Enquiries about all these events can be made to The Centre on 01524 811316.


Rev Charles Makonde will be the preacher at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, March 9, at 10.30am when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. Mrs Janine Swinburn will be the preacher at 6.30pm.

The Wesley Guild will meet on Monday, March 10, when a speaker from the Heysham Holistic Centre will describe the work undertaken there.

There are currently vacancies at the Wesley Luncheon Club which meets at the church every Tuesday at 12.15pm throughout the year except during school holidays.

A two-course lunch is served followed by various entertainment until 2pm. For further information please contact 01524 852996.


John Bateman

Tonight, Thursday, March 6, starting at 8.30pm, there will be a quiz night at The Smithy with all proceeds going to Action Aid .

The Bowling Club will re-open this Saturday, March 8, and subject to favourable weather conditions members can start bowling again from 10.30am. Subscriptions can be paid between 10.30am and noon on either Saturday, March 15, or Sunday, March 16.

Having taken up The Breast Cancer Campaign Challenge to raise £100, The Bowling Club, in conjunction with Pam and Tom at The Smithy, held a pub games night on February 27.

Nine local teams took part each playing pool, darts, dominoes and draughts and the entry fees, together with various donations and the raffle proceeds, led to the raising of a magnificent £260.

After some keen and very close games in all sections, The Bowling Club team tied with The Pub Lot team for first place, each of them having 10 points.

A play-off, by way of a single dominoes game, was won by The Bowling Club who won first prize with the runners-up prize going to The Pub Lot team.

The prize for the most suitably dressed team went to The Ladies Darts team.

Thanks go to all the teams who took part as well as to everyone who contributed in whatever way and especially to Pam and Tom for use of the pub and for providing an excellent supper.


Chris Kynch

Members of the Countryside Society re-elected Sam Ashton as chairman, David Newton as secretary and Ian Holcroft as treasurer.

David and Jean Wright became new members of the committee.

At the meeting it was agreed to try to arrange the society’s summer visit to Foulness Moss.

Part of the Witherslack mosses, the original bog is becoming re-established, and Foulness has become well known for many species of dragonfly, other insects and birds including visiting ospreys.

For many, the members’ evening which follows the annual meeting is the highlight of the year, 
giving individuals an opportunity to share their activities.

Tom Wallace’s superb slides of insects including dragonflies, moths and caterpillars stole the show.

Especially fascinating was a series of images taken at half hour intervals of a chrysalis from which a butterfly slowly emerged, opening wings to dry, 
and then flying off as an adult.

Ian Holcroft briefly updated his sighting of otter families on the Wenning, and displayed prints for members to view.

Sam Ashton showed splendid photos of traditional ploughing with pairs of huge shire horses.

Sam, himself, enters ploughing competitions for tractors which are judged on dead straight, evenly spaced furrows.

David Newton spoke about the wild flowers on which butterflies and caterpillars feed, based on research of the wildlife area of Warton Crag.

Ian Holcroft showed images of red squirrels feeding on nuts from a visit to Scotland.

Squirrels are portrayed picking up and rattling each nut to test how much it weighed to assess whether the nutritional value of the nut would be worth the effort of cracking it open.

The Women’s Day of Prayer will be celebrated at 2pm this Friday, March 7, at St Mary’s Church, Hornby.

A Lent programme will be held in Hornby, at 1 Montbegon, for five Mondays of Lent, at 7pm beginning March 10.

A collection box can be found in St Margaret’s Church, Hornby, for Morecambe Bay Food Bank.

Local care professionals refer individuals and families in crisis to the food bank, using a voucher which is exchanged for three days emergency food.

Donations of items from a shopping list are invited and these are taken weekly to the food bank.


Caroline Thompson

There will be a 9am service in St Oswald’s Church this Sunday, March 9, the first Sunday in Lent.


Sue Brown

Ingleton Community Theatre Group has again excelled with its production of Beauty and The Beast.

The main characters roared, sang and danced beautifully and amazed the audience with their acting and comedy.

The production team should be very proud of the wonderful costumes and all the effects that resulted from their work. 
Really good fun and thanks to everyone.


Janet Purvis

St Helen’s Church will have an informal Lent discussion group starting on Wednesday, March 12, 7pm, at The Vicarage, Chapel Lane, and following Wednesdays during Lent. During Lent Sunday evening services will be held at 6.30pm, starting this Sunday, March 9.

Also this Sunday there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Contact details and information available on

A PCC meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, at 7pm at The Vicarage, approval of annual accounts.

A Sunderland Point Mission Eucharist Service will be held on Sunday, March 16, at 2.30pm.


Joyce Rogerson

The newly formed Millhead Village Social Crown Green Bowling Club opens on Tuesday, April 1, and will welcome new members, any age.

For further details contact Roly Parker on 07776 228950.


R Redman

A sale will be held at Leeds Children’s Holiday Centre, Cove Road, this Sunday, March 9, from noon to 4pm.

The sale will include clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac and much more, all of good quality.

Refreshments will be available.


John Leach

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the last Wednesday of February when Mrs Maureen Shackleton introduced the speaker David Rush who gave a talk entitled A Photographic Limp through 

There were lovely photographs of quiet villages with their greens and for each village a tail of witchcraft and haunted buildings. Mrs Marjory Udale gave the vote of 

There will be a Beetle Drive on Saturday, March 15, starting at 7pm, in the church hall in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas Appeal.

All are welcome.

It is that time of year once again when all members of Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club are looking forward to getting back into full swing on the bowling green.

Final touches will be taking place on Tuesday, March 18, to finish off the work on the green and tidying the surrounding areas.

On Thursday, March 20, the inside of the pavilion will be prepared for the Open Day on Saturday, March 11, starting at 11am.

The open day is something every member looks forward to, especially the pie and peas lunch, which will be followed by president Mary Lofthouse bowling the first wood of the season.

After such a wet winter members are looking forward to enjoying some old fashioned balmy summer evenings on the green.

This friendly club is always looking for new members and has a ladies’ team whose matches are played Wednesday afternoons; two teams in the Lancaster League, four in the Morecambe League who play in the evenings; and finally two veteran teams which play Thursday afternoons.

The club has lots of woods for use and plenty of members who are more than willing to assist new players.

Juniors are also most welcome. Anyone wanting more details please contact Ann Clegg on 01524 

This Sunday, March 9, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Luke Moss will speak on the subject Why 
the New Testament is essential reading for Christians.

All are welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting, www.thisisyourbible.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room on Monday, March 10. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.


At Torrisholme Methodist Church on Sunday, March 9, he will officiate in early morning Communion at 8.30am.

At 10.30am Sunday Worship will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes and will also include Holy Communion. The Lenten Lunch will follow at 12.15pm in the hall. Jillian Graham will lead the 6.30pm evening service.

Torrisholme Toddlers meet on Tuesdays, 10am to 11.30am, term-time only, in the Church of the Ascension hall.

For ages newborn to four years, playtime for the babies and a social gathering for adults.

The Church of the Ascension’s season of Lent begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, heralding the journey to Holy Week and Easter.

The church will have two Eucharists, at 10am and 7pm, both including The Rite of the Imposition of Ash.

All invited to attend one of these services to begin the season in its traditional manner.

Services this Sunday, March 9, Lent 1: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris.

Junior Church will meet as normal from 10.50am in the hall.

Fr Chris is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

He is often also available at Saturday Coffee, served in the lounge from 10am to noon every week.

Midweek services at The Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am.

During Lent the Tuesday and Wednesday Eucharists will conclude with Stations of the Cross.

All are welcome.

Enquiries regarding hire of The Ascension Church complex or St Martin’s Church centre, Westgate, should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.

Visit the website for the parish at

Central Ladies’ Tuesday Group will be holding a coffee morning this Thursday, March 6, from 10am to noon, at The Ascension Church, with proceeds to be donated to the Chernobyl Children’s holiday fund.

Entry £1.50.


Carol Millar

The February meeting of Warton Crag WI was treated to a lively and entertaining demonstration of sausage making and a very welcome tasting session by Billy Winn representing Hornby Sausages.

The March meeting will take place at 7.30pm in Warton Village Hall on Thursday, March 20, when Geoff Wood will speak on The Life and Times of a Sewer Rat.

Visitors welcome. Membership details 
from Hilary on 01524 

The March meeting of the Warton Gardening Club will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 12, in Warton Village Hall.

The speaker will be Bill Blackledge on Fertilisers and Manures.

Visitors and new members always more than welcome.


The successful Galloway’s Choir, formed in 2004, has severed connections with The Galloway’s Society for The Blind, although they still support the society whenever possible and practise there every 
Monday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The next event for the choir is singing for the day care patients at St John’s Hospice on Monday, 
April 14.

For further information contact 01524 423555 or 412281.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer annual service will be held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church at 2pm this Friday, March 7.

Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables people to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world.

This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Egypt with the theme Streams in the Desert.

The speaker will be Rev Graham Maskery.

All are welcome to attend, men and women of all 

Every Wednesday at 10am The Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at Sefton Road.

This Sunday, March 9, Family Worship with Holy Communion will be conducted by Rev Maskery. Everyone welcome to attend the friendly church on Sefton Road.

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, March 15.

Coun Margaret Pattison from Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council and Coun Ron Sands from Lancaster City Council hold a surgery every Tuesday from 11am onwards with the police,

Helpdirect and Positive Thinking at West End Impact, 14 Heysham Road. If you have anything you want to talk about in private come and have a chat or ring 07896 916216.

Church By the Bay meets on Sundays at West End Primary School, Chatsworth Road.

The meetings start at 10.30am and attendees are encouraged to join in as much as they feel comfortable.

This Sunday members will be taught from 1 Corinthians by a speaker from Carlisle Baptist Church.

See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Services at St Barnabas are traditional Anglican Catholic, and the service times are – Sunday: 
Sung Mass 10am, 
Evening Prayer 
4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am, Friday noon.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre and items for donations can be left at the shop.

The service times are also on our web site

For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.


Michael Rothwell

At the February meeting of the Mourholme Local History Society, Dr Andy Gritt gave an interesting account of the workhouses of Lancaster and 

At the next meeting at Yealand Village Hall on Wednesday, March 26, at 7.30pm, to which visitors are welcome,

Dr Brenda Fox will talk to the meeting about The Secrets of Wills and Inventories.