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This is a collection of village news over several weeks with the latest stories at the top of the page with notice of forthcoming events.  Stories that have appeared during previous weeks appear lower down the page.
The views expressed are not necessarily supported by the Parish Council.

 

Drafted week ending Sunday, 22nd March 2017.

Mothers' Union

The annual meeting of St. Luke's Mothers' Union took place on the penultimate Wednesday of March. The meeting started with a service of Holy Communion with Rev Pauline Bicknell officiating. Mrs. Maureen Shackleton, Branch leader/secretary, read aloud the minutes of the previous meeting and reported on the events of the last year. Rev Pauline Nixon presented the treasurer's report. Overseas boxes were collected and gifts were exchanged with Prayer Partners. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th April at 2pm in the Vestry Meeting Room, St. Luke's Church , when Mrs. Betty Morrow will present "Sing As We Go". New members welcome. There will be a Beetle Drive and Raffle on Saturday 6th May in the Church Hall at 7.00pm. Tickets £1.50 - Proceeds to the Mothers' Union Caravan. Maureen Shackleton

Hest Bank Ladies

For the March meeting of Hest Bank Ladies there was a talk by a representative from Mary’s Meals. This is an organisation that provides meals for pupils in their schools in less developed countries. This has several benefits, such that children are fed and are able to concentrate on their studies and are generally better fed. It encourages parents to send their children to school and increases the proportion of children who attend school. The amazing factoid is that the cost of feeding one child with meals for one year in Malawi was £12.20 though this has increased with the devaluation of the pound since June 2016 to £13.90.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 5th March 2017.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 12th March the United Reformed church will worship at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. The service will be led by Revd. Andrew Champley and will begin at 11.15am. All are welcome, and any children attending are invited to join in the Sunday school activities which take place during the service.

Spring Bulb Show

Despite the dismal day, bright blooms and intoxicating perfumes greeted everyone who attended the Horticultural Society's Spring Bulb Show at the Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Entry numbers were sadly and inexplicably down this year. Many of us will have a pot of hyacinths or an amyrillis that was a Christmas gift, and there are drifts of nodding daffodils in most gardens. The show is open to everyone and is free to enter. There is no need to know the latin names for plants, and Chelsea Flower Show this is not! Although there is no monetary gain, the competition and friendly rivalry adds a spark of excitement. Here's hoping for more competition in the summer show!

Winners in the classes were

Bowl of Tété a tête
  1. John Speak
  2. Bryan Aldren
  3. Meg Heaton
Bowl multiple Daffodil bulbs
  1. John Speak
  2. Chris Cuthbertson
  3. Ruth Staveley
One cut daffodil stem
  1. Bryan Aldren
  2. Tommy Langan
  3. Meg Heaton
Hyacinths one, coloured
  1. Ruth Staveley
  2. Ruth Staveley
  3. Meg Heaton
Hyacinths one, white
  1. Ruth Staveley
  3. John Speak
Hyacinths three, coloured
  1. Ruth Staveley
  2. Bryan Aldren
  3. Ruth Staveley
Hyacinths three, white
  1. Ruth Staveley
  2. Ruth Staveley
  3. Bryan Aldren
Crocus, one species
  1. Bryan Aldren
  2. Margaret Western
  3. John Speak
Other bulb
  1. Margaret Western
  2. Margaret Western
  3. Margaret Western
Houseplant, flowering
  1. John Speak
  2. Margaret Western
  3. Eric Cuthbertson
Flowering orchid
  1. Bryan Aldren
  2. Ruth Staveley
  3. Ruth Staveley
Houseplant, foliage
  1. Ruth Staveley
Vase of spring flowers
  1. June Langan
Flower arrangement
  1. Margaret Western

The Jackson Cup and Fryers Cup were both were both worthily won by Ruth Staveley.

The next talk presented by the Horticultural Society is "Gardening for Wildlife" by Malcolm Alderton. The venue will be the Memorial Hall starting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 8th March. Admission £1 and everyone will be welcomed.

World Women’s Day of Prayer

The World Women’s Day of Prayer claims to be the largest ecumenical movement in the world. Also it is the only one in which Orthodox and Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical come together to worship; covering 170 countries and territories, many more than the World Council of Churches. Within the village three churches take turns at hosting the event. This year the United Reformed Church was the host.

The service was excellently interpreted and led by year six pupils and held in St Luke’s Primary School hall. The theme was the Philippines and the unfairness of social inequities. The congregation were taken on a virtual tour of the Philippines by the pupils using words and pictures. After the service year three, four and five pupils, who had attended the service, enjoyed playtime while year six and the adult guests present remained in the hall for tea and cakes. Was that fair?

Over Sixties

When the Over Sixties Club met on the last Monday of February Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton in second place and Norma Martell third. At the same meeting Joan Bell won the games of whist with Peter Kirkby coming second and Marjorie Bainbridge third. The next meeting will be on Monday 13th March with a 2pm start in the Memorial Hall when whist and dominoes will be played. Everyone who would like to play either or both these games will be made most welcome.

Community Coffee Morning

The community coffee morning on the first Saturday of February was hosted by the tennis club. It was busy with all seating in use and a dearth of scrumptious cakes for those who were not there for the start of proceedings. The next community coffee morning will be on Saturday, 1st April starting at 10:30 until noon in the Memorial Hall and will be hosted by Stage Struck, the thespian group that introduces children to the stage.

Equipment Fund

The Equipment Fund met on the first Friday of March to play whist and dominoes. George Metcalfe won the games of dominoes, with Mike Wilson second, Marjorie Bainbridge third, Margaret Metcalfe fourth, Brian Coates fifth and Mary Barker sixth. The high halves were taken by Chris Jones and Adrian Speller. At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter second and Eileen Massey third.

The nest meeting will be on Friday, 17th March at 7:15pm in the Memorial Hall. All players of whist and dominoes are welcome to attend.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 12th March St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion with confirmation, which will be held at 9:30am and will be led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents are invited to come along with their children, who can attend Sunday school which is held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall where there will be a Fair-Trade stall.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 26th February 2017.

Mothers’ Union

On 26th On February Morning worship for the United Reformed church will be led by Rev. George Barton. All are welcome to this service which will take place at 11:15 am in St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. There will be Sunday school provision for any children present.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 5th March, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by the reader Martin Wakelin. Parents are welcome to come along with their children who can attend Sunday School, which is held in the Church Hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Community Coffee Morning

The next community coffee morning will be on Saturday, 4th March from 10:30am until noon in the Memorial Hall. This coffee morning will be run by the tennis club.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 19th February 2017.

United Reformed Church

On 26th On February Morning worship for the United Reformed church will be led by Rev. George Barton. All are welcome to this service which will take place at 11:15 am in St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. There will be Sunday school provision for any children present.

Over Sixties

At the first meeting of the Over Sixties Club in February Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Mary Barker second and Cath Morris third. At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Joan Bell second and Jill Beswick third.

The Over Sixties Club meets every other week to play whist and dominoes. The next meeting will be on Monday, 27th February at 2pm in the Memorial Hall. All whist and domino players are welcome to attend.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 26th February St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents are invited to come along and bring their children who can attend Sunday school which is held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Equipment Fund

Cathy Williams won the games of whist at the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in February. Brian Coates came second with Mike Wilson third, Beryl Nason fourth, Sheila Maguire fifth and Marjorie Bainbridge sixth. The high halves were taken by Cath Morris and Christine. At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Cynthia Dickenson second and Pat Jenkinson third.

The Equipment Fund meets fortnightly to play whist and dominoes. All players of these games are welcome to participate. The next meeting will be on Friday, 3rd March at 7:15pm in the Memorial Hall.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 12th February 2017.

United Reformed Church

On 19th February, the United Reformed church will worship at 11.15am at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. The minister will be Revd. David Greenwood, and the service will include an infant baptism. All are welcome to come and join this celebration.

On 26th February Morning worship for the United Reformed church will be led by Rev. George Ba_rton. All are welcome to this service which will take place at 11:15 am in St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. There will be Sunday school provision for any children present.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 19th February, the second before Lent, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by Rev Helen Leathard. Parents are invited to come along and bring their children who can attend Sunday school which is held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am.

At 6:30pm St Luke’s will hold a Café church in the church hall. This is a great opportunity to come to church with your friends and family if you enjoy a less formal type of service. Join the church for a relaxed café style environment with hot drinks and cakes. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Change of author

I have reported on village life and events for 19 years. It has been an interesting and informative experience and I have attended activities I would otherwise have missed. I have, in addition, held many absorbing and wacky conversations exposing me to views and opinions that otherwise I would never have believed were credible.

I have tried to make the copy I have submitted bright and breezy with the intention for it to be easy to understand. I had the desire to strip it of persiflage, except for “le mot”. It is for others to determine whether I have been successful in these endeavours.

Now is the time to hang up my quill, before the inkwell runs dry. This will create a vacancy for someone to submit copy to the Visitor, Lancaster Guardian and the village website.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 5th February 2017.

United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church runs an exercise class each Thursday, which is aimed at the older person. Anyone is welcome to come and try the class which is free for the first time, and £20 for a 10 week block, thereafter. It's a small friendly group, with a qualified instructor, and varied exercises which you can do to your own level, so why not come and give it a go, at 1.45pm at the Memorial Hall, (except 2nd Thursday in the month when it begins at 2pm).

On 12th February the United Reformed church will worship at 11.15am at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, led by Mr. Michael Pickles. All are welcome, and children are invited to attend Sunday school during the service.

Over Sixties

At the last meeting of the Over Sixties Club in January Mary Barker won the games of whist with Cathy Williams second and Marjorie Bainbridge third. Norma Martell won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter in second place and Joan Bell third. The next meeting will be on Monday, 13th February in the Memorial Hall.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 12th February St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents are invited to come along with their children who can attend Sunday school, which is held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Community Coffee Morning

The February community coffee morning was run by the Brownie Guides. The hall was full with all the tables occupied with people conversing. Although the usual supply of patisseries was not there the Brownies provided an alternative. The next community coffee morning will be on Saturday, 4th March from 10:30am until noon in the Memorial Hall.

Canal Bridges

There has been some progress with the canal bridges in the village. Yellow “A” signs have been placed on the approaches to the bridges with the legend in black print that reads, “Narrow Bridge Ahead No HGVs Access”. The signs are placed so that HGV drivers have the opportunity of taking another route without having to reverse.

This is a temporary measure. Although HGVs are too long and, or too wide for the bridges they could be delivering or collecting from properties; an example would be a furniture removal lorry. A member of Lancashire Highway team said that to get a permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) takes some time as it requires consultation and the scheme has to be implemented, which at a minimum requires permanent signs and the county does not have the funds for this. Once implemented the scheme needs enforcing as drivers often do not take notice of the signs. A TRO is the mechanism used to place a restriction on the section of road.

We have the perverse situation where the Canals and Rivers Trust is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the bridges. Lancashire County Council has responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the road network, which includes reducing the probability of bridges being struck. Lancashire County has to fund the prevention but the reduced expenditure, from not having to repair the bridges so often, accrues to the Canals and Rivers Trust, which is a charity.

Spring Bulb Show

The spring bulb show will be on Saturday, 25th February starting at 2pm in the Memorial Hall.

Equipment Fund

Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes at the first meeting of the Equipment Fund in February. Joan Hunter held second place and Cynthia Dickenson dived into third place. At the same meeting Christine won the games of whist with Mary Barker second, Chris Jones third, Margaret Metcalfe fourth and Mike Wilson fifth. One of the high halves was taken by Agnes Painter. The next meeting will be on Friday, 17th February in the Memorial Hall.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 29th January 2017.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 5th February, the United Reformed Church will celebrate Holy Communion during their worship at St. Luke's Church, Shady Lane. The service will be led by Revd. David Greenwood and will begin at 11.15am. Children are very welcome at this service and are invited to attend Sunday School.

Mothers’ Union

St. Luke's Mothers' Union met on Wednesday 25th January when Mrs. Maureen Shackleton, branch leader, introduced Mrs. Kath Bill who shared her memories and personal experiences of visits to India over the last 25 years. Kath talked about going on the "Palace on Wheels" special train for 8 days round Rajhastan. She also talked about visits to Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta and Amritsar, the home of the Sikh Golden Temple. Time ran out, so the South of India, the East Coast and Darjeeling will have to wait until her next visit another year. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Sylvia Nicholson. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd February when Reverend Helen Leathard will give a talk on the Outer Hebrides.

Canal Bridges

The canal bridge in Hest Bank Lane has been repaired and re-opened. However within a week of it re-opening one of the stones topping the parapet had been displaced by three inches. It is good that the road has not had to be close but it is disappointing that it has again been damaged. The Canal and Rivers Trust, which is responsible for the maintenance of the bridge, does not have any details of the vehicle that struck the bridge. If you have any information on the subject please tell the Trust by telephone 0 30 30 40 40 or email enquiries.northwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk

The vegetation at bridges 118 (Hest Bank Lane) and 119 (Hatlex Lane) is now expected to be cut back by the end of February.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday, 5th February, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by its reader Martin Wakelin. Parents are welcome to come along with their children who can attend Sunday School which is held in the Church Hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall which will include a Fair-trade stall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Church Hall

The saga of the church hall appears to have attained a modus operandi that is acceptable to both the churches, St Luke’s and United Reformed. The two churches are establishing a charitable trust to specify and build a new hall before eventually running it. This is good news for the village as the present church hall was hardly fit for purpose three decades ago and has deteriorated considerably in the last quinquennium.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 22nd January 2017.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 29th January the United Reformed Church will meet for morning worship at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. The service will be led by Mr Martin Wakelin. Any children attending are welcome to come to Sunday School which takes place during the service.

Parish Council

At the open forum prior to the January meeting of the Parish Council, the planning application at the end of Kirklands was discussed. The planning application is for five large houses. The concerns about the proposal include potential flooding, restricted access to the site and possible effect on existing properties.

The meeting heard that the land is boggy and will require draining. In addition the surface water will have to drain somewhere and it is feared it will drain, faster than it does now, onto the recreation field further exacerbating the floods there. There is concern that the proposed access to the site would lead to contention between vehicles entering and leaving the development. This in turn could lead to queues in Hanging Green Lane. The proposed access is opposite the Memorial Hall and an area where many cars park whilst their occupants use the hall, tennis club or bowling club. One person present stated that he had read that the ground is compressible. His understanding of this is that the ground will shrink when it is drained and this shrinkage could impact the structural integrity of existing buildings near the site. City Councillor Sylvia Rogerson advised residents to submit their comments to the planning office. She further stated that she would expect the application to be referred to the planning committee.

There was also discussion about the canal bridge in Hest Bank Lane. It is the responsibility of the “Canals and Rivers Trust” and it was being repaired at the time of the meeting. There was a view expressed from the floor that action should be taken to stop, or at least reduce the likelihood of, something similar in the future. Mrs Brookes, the clerk to the parish council, explained that the responsibility for the highway rests with the county council. The parish council has previously asked the county council to take some prophylactic measures, such as an environmental weight limit, but no action was forthcoming. After the meeting Lancashire County Council highways department was asked, “What action is Lancashire County Council taking, as the highway authority, to reduce the likelihood of this bridge being damaged in the future?” The reply was, “This bridge is the responsibility of The Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) and you would need to contact them for further information concerning the repair.” This is a clear case of obfuscation. The redeeming feature is that there are county council elections in May; there should be several candidates who might like to give their views on what can be done!

Further questions were asked about the over-hanging ivy on the walls to the seaward side of Hatlex Lane canal bridge, the over-hanging ivy on the wall to the seaward side of Hest Bank Lane canal bridge and the collapsed wall to the seaward side of Hest Bank Lane canal bridge.

Mrs Brookes informed the meeting that these walls belong to the Canals and Rivers Trust and the parish council has asked for remedial work to be undertaken.

Later, as part of the parish council meeting, councillors heard that supplies to implement the emergency plan were being purchased. Representatives from several parish councils were scheduled to meet later that same week to share experiences on developing and implementing emergency plans.

The parish council is to take advice from legal eagles before taking further action on the recreation field. The proposal from the tennis club to recommission the dilapidated play area in the recreation field is on hold until the flooding of the field is resolved. The parish council is having discussions with the city council about leasing the Manor Lane play area. This would be the play area but not the open grass area. The parish council would then install play equipment suitable for younger children.

Community Coffee Morning

The next community coffee morning will be on Saturday, 4th February from 10:30am until noon and will be run by the Brownie Guides, so expect a more vibrant and lively event than on some occasions. Please also note the change in the start time.

Stage Struck

Stage Struck, the group of thespians, who introduce children to the stage will hold a family entertainment evening on Saturday, 11th February in the form of a talent show and quiz evening. It will be in the Memorial Hall from 7pm and tickets cost £5 for the individual and £20 for a family.

Over Sixties

At the second meeting of the Over Sixties Club this year Ruth Staveley won the games of dominoes. Audrey Eaton earned second place and Gill Beswick bagged third place. At the same meeting Margaret Western won the games of whist with Cathy Williams waltzing into second place and Sylvia Standrell snatched third place. The next meeting will be on Monday, 30th January at 2pm in the Memorial Hall. All players of whist and dominoes are welcome to attend.

Horticultural Society

The next meeting of the Horticultural Society will be on Wednesday, 8th February at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall. The talk is entitled, “The Good, the bad and the ugly” and will be delivered by Kevin Preston. The cost will be £1.50 and includes tea and a biscuit and is open to everyone.

Equipment Fund

Mary Barker won the games of whist at the second meeting of the Equipment Fund this year. Chris Jones jumped into second place whilst Margaret Metcalfe made third place. Mike Wilson winkled his way to fourth place with Mari Anderson achieving fifth place and Cathy Williams wandering into sixth place. The high halves were taken by Meriel Speller and Agnes Painter.

At the same meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Eileen Massey making second place and Joan Hunter holding third place.

The next meeting, to which all players of whist and dominoes are invited to attend, will be on Friday, 3rd February at 7:15pm in the Memorial Hall.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 15th January 2017.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 22nd January the United Reformed Church morning worship at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane will be at 11.15am and will be led by Mrs. Pam Carpenter. There will be Sunday school during the service.

The URC exercise group "Body and Soul" now meets each Thursday at the new time of 1.45pm in the Memorial Hall, except on the second Thursday in the month when we meet at the old time of 2pm. All are welcome.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 22nd January St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents and children are invited to come along and the children can attend Sunday school which is held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 8th January 2017.

Equipment Fund

The first meeting of the Equipment Fund this year was held on Twelfth Night. Adrian Speller won the games of whist whilst Beryl Mason made second place, Alison Coates came third, John Bainbridge bounced to fourth place, Brian Coates crept in fifth and Agnes Painter pounced into sixth place. The high halves were taken by Nancy Ralston and Kath Morris. At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Eileen Massey managing second place and Joan Hunter holding third place.

The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be on Friday 20th January when whist and domino players will be warmly welcomed to play. There will also be the opportunity to play whist and dominoes at the Over Sixties club on Monday 16th January during the afternoon.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 15th January, the Second of Epiphany, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by Rev Helen Leathard. Parents and children are invited to come along. The children can attend Sunday school which will be held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am. At 6:30pm St Luke’s will hold a Café church, which will be in the church hall. This is a great opportunity to come to church with your friends and family if you enjoy a less formal type of service. Join us for a relaxed café style environment with hot drinks and cakes. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 1st January 2017.

Activities

This week the village starts its return to normal activities after the festive season. The first meetings in the New Year of the Over Sixties Club and the Equipment Fund are during the first week of January. The first community coffee morning of the year will be on Saturday, 7th January from 10am until noon in the Memorial Hall.

On Wednesday, 11th January starting at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall the Horticultural Society will hold an indoor meeting when Alan Stamford from RSPB Leighton Moss will give a talk entitled “Garden Birds in Winter”. Admission costs £1.50 which includes coffee and biscuits. This will be an open meeting; there is no requirement to be a member of the society to attend. We are fortunate within the village given the diversity and abundance of birds. During the last few days of the year I have seen blue tits, coal tits, long tailed tits, great tits, thrushes, blackbirds, sparrows, dunnocks, jay, jackdaw and magpie in the village.

Do participate to learn what we can do to improve the environment for birds during the harsh months.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 18th December 2016.

Carol Concert

During the evening of the second Sunday in December there was a carol concert performed by Morecambe Brass Band in St Luke’s Church. Last year the concert was cancelled as there was no electricity in the village and the musicians would not have been able to read their music. The format of the evening has changed from that of two years ago with fewer musicians in the band. It used to be a concert where the audience sat and listened to the music. This year there was greater audience participation. The band played some Christmas music to which the audience listened then the audience were invited to choose carols which the band played and the audience sang. There were several iterations of this (concert and participation) during the evening.

After the musical entertainment, those of the audience who chose, enjoyed a scrumptious and sumptuous feast in the church hall.

It was a concert of fewer this year. Not only were there fewer musicians but there were fewer people in the audience and slightly fewer people at the meal. Whether this is because people desire a change of event, or people no longer wish to attend events in the church hall, which is seriously dilapidated, or just a random fluctuation in attendance is difficult to determine.

Canal Bridge

The inevitable has happened. Stone blocks that are part of the parapet of the canal bridge in Hest Bank Lane have been knocked off. Three blocks went in the canal and two on the towpath. Fortunately, no one was under them when they fell. Hest Bank Lane and the canal were closed. The road remains closed.

The parish council has, in the past, put a case to the highway authority, which is the county council, for a weight restriction or size restriction on vehicles using the bridges in the village. The plea fell on deaf ears.

As a consequence of the road closure more traffic is using Hatlex Lane Canal Bridge. This bridge has stone blocks that were partially dislodged prior to the increase in its traffic load. This damage, to the canal bridge in Hest Bank Lane, has occurred less than three months after a substantial section of the canal bridge on Hasty Brow was rebuilt.

St Luke’s Church

On Christmas Eve St Luke’s church will hold its crib service for families, in church at 5pm. This will be led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Later on in the evening at 11:30pm there will be Midnight Holy Communion led by the Rev Helen Leathard.

On Christmas day at 10am there will be a joint service of Family Communion with the United Reformed Church led by Rev Pauline Bicknell. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

The following Sunday 1st January, the First in Christmas, there will be a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by Martin Wakelin.

Church Services at Christmas

A Christmas card listing the church services of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches for the village during the Christmas period has been delivered to houses in the village.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 11th December 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 18th December, the fourth Sunday in Advent, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Helen Leathard. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am. At 5pm St Luke’s church will be holding a Messy Church Christingle, which is an opportunity for adults and Children to come along and make their own Christingles and join in with other craft activities. At 6:30pm the main Christingle Service takes place in the hall led by Martin Wakelin where the winners of the Luke the Sheep competition will be announced. Everyone will be welcome at any of these services.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 18th December the United Reformed church cordially invite you to their carol service and Sunday school nativity play. The children have been working hard rehearsing for this service, and their play this year features the journey of the wise men. The service is at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, and begins at 11.15am.

Activities

The two groups “Body and Soul”, which is an exercise class for the older person and “Shining Stars”, which is a parent and toddler group have relocated from the church hall to the Memorial Hall, as the heating system does not heat the hall adequately. Further details about both groups can be gleaned from the December issue of the parish newsletter that is available from local shops and the Memorial Hall.

Christmas Lunch

The Over Sixties Club and the Equipment Fund enjoyed a Christmas lunch at the Bedford Hotel in St Anne’s. Once their appetites were sated they played whist and dominoes. The whist winners were:

1. Margaret Western
2. Nancy Ralston
3. Sylvia Standrell
4. Marjorie Bainbridge
5. Peter Kirkby
6. Caroline Warren
7. Mary Barker
8. Olive Spavin
9. Beryl Mason
10. Mari Anderson
11. Joan Bell
12. John Bainbridge

The domino winners were:
1. Gill Beswick
2. Chris Rowan
3. Ruth Staveley
4. Norma Martell
5. June Gardner
6. Ada Phillips
7. Joan Hunter
8. Eileen Massey
9. Audrey Eaton
10. Jean Uttley

The next meeting of the Over Sixties Club will be on Tuesday, 2nd January. The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be on Friday, 6th January.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 4th December 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 11th December the United Reformed Church will hold its monthly breakfast service in St. Luke's church hall, Shady Lane at 8am. This is informal worship, and includes a light breakfast. At 11.15 am the main morning worship will be led by Revd. Geoff Lear. At 6.30pm on 11th December, we meet in St. Luke's church for mulled wine and mince pies prior to the Morecambe Brass Band Christmas concert which begins at 7pm and will be followed by a meal in the hall. Tickets are available from various church members.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 11th December St Luke’s church will hold its Carol, Christmas tree and gift service at 9:30am led by Rev Pauline Bicknell. Donated gifts will be warmly received and then distributed to local charities. On the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at all these services.

Luke, the Sheep, and his friends have wandered off around the village and need rounding up in time for Christmas. Each week during Advent five different sheep will turn up in different parts of the village and you only have one week to find them. The locations of the five sheep will go live on the website www.stlukes-slynewithhest.co.uk each Sunday from 27th November. Print off the form from the web-site, find the sheep, write down their names and submit the form. The competition finishes at the Christingle service on 18th December.

Over Sixties

The Over Sixties Club held its last meeting of the year in late November, when Ruth Staveley won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second place. At the same meeting Peter Kirkby won the games of whist with Nancy Ralston romping into second place and Caroline Warren wandering into third place. The next meeting will be on Monday, 2nd January.

Equipment Fund

There was a large turnout for the last meeting of the year of the Equipment Fund. Consequently, they were able to offer ladies’ prizes and men’s prizes for the games of whist, though Margaret Western played as a man! The ladies’ prize winners were:
1. Glenys Huntington
2. Marjorie Bainbridge
3. Sheila Maguire
4. Olive Bell
5. Margaret Eccles
6. Nancy Ralston
7. Beryl Mason

The men’s winners were:
1. George Metcalfe
2. John Bainbridge
3. Margaret Western
4. Ted Staveley
5. Adrian Speller
6. Mike Wilson
7. Brian Coates

The ladies’ booby prize was awarded to Margaret Metcalfe and the men’s booby prize to Colin Nuttall.

At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter holding second place and Audrey Eaton earning third place.

The group has arranged a Christmas lunch in early December but the next regular meeting will be on Friday, 6th January.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 27th November 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Saturday 3rd December the United Reformed church will host the village coffee morning at the Memorial Hall from 10am to noon.

On Sunday 4th December the United Reformed church will worship at 11.15am in St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, when the service will be led by Mr. Martin Wakelin. The Sunday school children will be rehearsing for their nativity play.

Horticultural Society: Whist and Domino Drive

The Horticultural Society will hold its annual Whist and Domino Drive on Friday, 2nd December in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7:15pm. Admission is £3 payable at the door. There will be a light supper and a raffle will be drawn.

Although this is organised by the Horticultural Society everyone is most welcome to attend.

Mothers’ Union

St. Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on Wednesday 23rd November when members paid their annual subscriptions for 2017 followed by a Jacob’s Join afternoon tea which was enjoyed by all members. The next get together will be Christmas Lunch at The Lodge, Slyne on Wednesday 7th December at 12.30.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 4th December, the second in Advent, St Luke’s Church main service will be Family Worship at 9:30am led by the reader Martin Wakelin. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and also at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at the Services.

Luke The Sheep and his friends have wandered off around the village and need rounding up in time for Christmas. Each week during Advent five different sheep will turn up in different parts of the village and you only have one week to find them. The locations of the five sheep will go live on the website www.stlukes-slynewithhest.co.uk each Sunday from 27th November. Print off the form from the web-site , find the sheep, write down its name and submit the form. The competition finishes at the Christingle service on 18th December.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 20th November 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 27th November the United Reformed church will meet at 11:15am at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane for morning worship, led by Revd. George Barton. Any children attending the service are invited to come to Sunday school where they will be beginning their rehearsals for their nativity play to take place during the carol service on 18th December.

Hest Bank Lane

A section of Hest Bank Lane is scheduled to be closed from 8am on Monday, 23rd January until 4pm on Friday 27th January for what is described as “carriageway surfacing inlay works”. The section to be closed is from the junction of Hest Bank Lane with the A6 to outside Northfield, 87 Hest Bank Lane. The closure affects cycles as well as motor vehicles. It is to be hoped that the road is properly resurfaced. When another section of Hest Bank Lane was surfaced the bumps and hollows were merely covered with a layer of tar. Travellers can now drive or cycle over the undulating surface without the option of avoiding the depressions.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 27th November, Advent Sunday, St Luke’s church main service will be Family , which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents are invited to come along with their children, who can attend Sunday school which will be in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and at 4pm there will be an ecumenical service for those who have been bereaved. This is an opportunity to join with others who have been bereaved and remember loved ones. After the service tea and biscuits will be served.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 13th November 2016.

Button and Bow’s

Button and Bow’s is a work group that makes new clothes, blankets and soft toys for needy children where ever they are. It meets in the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday in the month at 1:30pm until 3:30. This is a happy and engaging time of catching up with friends, or even making new friends for the ladies that have joined the group this term. The work sessions will start once again on 3rd January 2017 same place, same time.

Since starting the work sessions in September it has been amazing how much lovely work has been produced and donated. The group sees lots of the work when it is brought to the work sessions but what many people don’t see are the bags of work left at Susan Rae’s kitchen door, with a message. The list of charities that Buttons and Bow’s support is admirable. Since September the group has sent two vehicles filled with boxes of work to Fomo Preston heading for Malawi. Another shipment is ready to be taken in the next two weeks.

Linus Project UK distributes comfort blankets and premature baby hats to local hospitals. Two amounts have been given and another case is ready to be collected. Not only is the sick child given a blanket but their siblings also receive one each as a gift.

Samaritans Purse has been well supplied with hats, gloves, toiletries, small toys and stationary gifts. They are made up into Christmas shoes box presents by Brookhouse Methodists. Hamlin Hospital, Ethiopia has a large case waiting to go to its head office in the Midlands. That case is bursting with joy and colour. An orphanage in Zambia has received lovely sewn cotton garments. A case filled with teddies, jumpers, baby clothes and crayons was taken to Romania. The group has made contact with a Jewish community in Krakow and it will take two large cases filled with beautiful handmade gifts.to Poland

For more information about Buttons and Bows contact Susan on 01524 823 928

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 20th November, the United Reformed church will worship at 11:15am in St Luke's Church, Shady Lane. The service is an all age one, and will be led by our own worship group, newly returned with fresh ideas, from their training weekend in Windermere.

Over Sixties

When the Over Sixties Club met on the first Monday in November June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Gill Beswick burrowing into second place and Audrey Eaton earning third place. At the same meeting Beryl Mason won the games of whist with Mari Anderson achieving second place and Margaret Western winkling her way to third place. The next meeting will be on Monday, 21st November during the afternoon in the Memorial Hall. Whist and domino players will be made welcome.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 20th November, the last before Advent, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by the curate Rev Helen Leathard. Parents are invited to go with their children, who can attend Sunday school, which is held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am.

At 6:30pm St Luke’s will hold a Café church which will be held in the church hall. This is a great opportunity to go to church with your friends and family if you enjoy a less formal type of service. Join the church for a relaxed café style environment with hot drinks and cakes. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Equipment Fund

At the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the second Friday of November Audrey Eaton won the games of whist with Brian Coates and Mari Anderson in joint second place whilst George Metcalfe and Helen Stephenson sailed into joint fourth place and Sheila Maguire made sixth place. The high halves were taken by Kath Morris and Marjorie Bainbridge. At the same meeting Eileen Massey won the games of dominoes with Cynthia Dickenson darting into second place and Pat Jenkinson jumping into third place.

Whist and domino players will be welcomed at the next meeting which is scheduled for Friday evening, 25th November in the Memorial Hall.

Remembrance Sunday

The village ecumenical service for Remembrance Sunday was held at 4pm in the Memorial Hall and led by the triumvirate of Pauline Bicknell, St Luke’s Church, Brenda Mills, United Reformed Church, and Helen Leathard, St Luke’s Church. The wreaths were laid by Stewart Scothern and Eric Hamer. The music was played by Brian Staveley on keyboard though the Last Post and Reveille were played by Tim Weed on his bugle. Three colours were paraded; the Union Flag by Josh Edmundson, the scout flag by Georgie Winder and the Brownie Flag by Ally Rose Coldwell.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 6th November 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Remembrance Sunday, November 13th, the United Reformed Church will meet for breakfast and informal worship at 8am in the church hall, Shady Lane, and will join the Anglican congregation for an act of remembrance at 10.55am in St. Luke's church Shady Lane. This will be followed by the United Reformed church Sunday morning worship which will be led by Revd. Pauline Nixon, during which there will be Sunday school for the children. The United Reformed church will take part in the village act of remembrance at the Memorial Hall at 4pm. At 5pm the Sunday school children will be doing a sponsored swim at the VVV pool in aid of the" BBC Children in Need” appeal. Please support them in this effort.

Horticultural Society

The Horticultural Society will hold its AGM on Wednesday, 9th November at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall. After the formal meeting there will be a discussion on the legal aspects of gardening.

Over Sixties

At the last meeting of the Over Sixties Club in October Norma Martell won the games of dominoes with Jill Beswick bagging second place and Audrey Eaton earning third place. At the same meeting Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist whilst Margaret Western winged it into second place and Helen Stephenson snuck into third place.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 13th November, the second Sunday before Advent, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents are invited to come along with their children, who can attend Sunday school which is held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. At 10:55am there will be a joint Act of Remembrance in church held by St Luke’s and the United Reformed Church.

Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and at 4pm the village Remembrance service in the Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome at any of these services.

Equipment Fund

At the meeting of the Equipment Fund on 28th October the games of whist were won by Marjorie Bainbridge with Sylvia Standrell and Mari Anderson in joint second place whilst Margaret Western and Beryl Mason shared joint fourth place. The high halves were taken by Brian Coates and Nancy Ralston. At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second place and Pat Jenkinson jumping into third place.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 30th October 2016.

Mothers’ Union

St. Luke’s Mother’s Union enjoyed an interesting meeting on the penultimate Wednesday of October when Mrs. Maureen Shackleton, branch leader, introduced Mrs. Lisa Toner who gave an illustrated talk on “ Embrace the Middle East” (tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East). They work to support the vulnerable and disadvantaged in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria regardless of faith or background. Different projects include health education, community development and particularly reconciliation. With a small donation of £50.00 the ladies saw how it is possible to transform the life of a poor Egyptian family. The vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Margaret Cranfield. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 23rd November, and will take the form of a Jacob’s Join afternoon tea.

Wolfwood Christmas Fair

The Wolfwood Christmas Fair will be on Saturday, 19th November from 10am until noon in the Memorial Hall, Hanging Green Lane, Hest Bank. LA2 6JB. There will be stalls with lots of quality Festive Bargains, Raffle and gifts. The entry fee is 50p which includes coffee or tea or squash & biscuit.

Wolfwood supports local dog and wildlife rescue. For more details see www.wolfwood.co.uk

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday, 6th November, the third before Advent, St Luke’s Church main service will be Family Worship at 9:30am led by the reader Martin Wakelin. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and also at 4pm. Everyone will be made welcome at the Services.

Many people living in Slyne enjoy walking through the church grounds. To keep them in good condition the churches are organising a gardening morning on Saturday 12th November between 9am and 12:30pm. The only qualification you need to take part is enthusiasm and any gardening tools you may possess. Tea /coffee biscuits will be provided.

Community Coffee Morning

The November community coffee morning will be on Saturday, 5th November from 10am until noon in the Memorial Hall. In addition to the opportunity to converse you will be able to brace yourself to resist the temptation to buy scrumptious cakes, craft materials, Christmas cards and festive gifts.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday, 6th November the United Reformed Church will worship at 11.15am at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, led by Revd. Timothy Widdes. There will be Sunday school for the children, and the service will include Holy Communion. All are welcome.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 23rd October 2016.

Foreshore

Visitors to the foreshore will have noticed that the Environment Agency has been working on the outflow of Hatlex Brook, where it discharges onto the mudflats. What is visible are new rock-armour, new railings and an additional discharge pipe, which is about a metre higher than the extant one.

Parish Council

The parish council was informed by County Cllr Tony Jones that the county is looking for funds to improve the layout of the junction of Hest Bank Lane and the A6. This junction has been of concern for years as the sight lines are often obscured; and that is before the anticipated increase in traffic that the link road is predicted to generate.

The parish council has been contacted about the proposed parliamentary boundary changes and is being urged to comment on them as a parish council and as individuals.

The parish council is still waiting for expert drainage reports before it decides what to do next about the recreation field.

Remembrance Sunday

The annual remembrance Sunday ceremony in the village will be held on Sunday, 13th November at 4pm in the Memorial Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 30th October, the fourth Sunday before Advent, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Helen Leathard. Parents are invited to come along and bring their children, who can attend Sunday school which is held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Many people living in Slyne enjoy walking through the church grounds. To keep them in good condition the churches are organising a gardening morning on Saturday 12th November between 9am and 12:30pm. The only qualification you need to take part is enthusiasm and any gardening tools you may possess. Tea /coffee biscuits will be provided.

Over Sixties Club

At the last meeting of the Over Sixties Club in September Jean Uttley won the games of dominoes. Eileen Massey made second place and Joan Hunter held third place. At the same meeting Marie Anderson won the games of whist with Margaret Western coming second and Beryl Mason third.

At the next meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton coming second and Pat Jenkinson third. On this occasion Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Margaret Western coming second and Cath Morris third.

Equipment Fund

At the last meeting of the Equipment fund in September Marian Coates won the games of whist with Sheila Maguire making second place and Marjorie Bainbridge bagging third place. Fourth place was achieved by Marie Anderson and Meriel Spellar snatched fifth place. The high halves were taken by Mary Barker and Chris Jones. At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter holding second place and June Gardner gaining third place.

At the first meeting in October three players tied for first place in the games of whist with another three tying for fourth place in the games of whist. First place was shared by Olive Bell, Colin Nuttal and Janet Maguire. Fourth place was shared by Olive Spavin, Marjorie Bainbridge and Mary Barker. The high halves were taken by Margaret Western and Agnes Painter. The whist players appeared to have a better offer elsewhere!

Drafted week ending Sunday, 16th October 2016.

United Reformed Church

The United Reformed church will worship at 11.15am on Sunday October 23rd at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, when the service will be led by Revd. Geoff Lear. Any children attending are warmly invited to join in the Sunday school activities, which take place during the service.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 23rd October, the last Sunday after Trinity, St Luke’s Church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents are invited to bring their children who can attend Sunday school, which is held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services. There is also a service of Holy Communion held on a Thursday at Midday.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 9th October 2016.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 16th October, the 21st after Trinity, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by the curate Rev Helen Leathard. Parents and children are invited to attend. The children can attend Sunday school, which is held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am.

At 6:30pm St Luke’s will be holding a Café church which will be held in the church hall. This is a great opportunity to come to church with your friends and family if you enjoy a less formal type of service. Join us for a relaxed café style environment with hot drinks and cakes. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Quiz Evening

On the second Saturday of October the United Reformed Church held a quiz evening with a hot pot supper. There were six teams engaged in sociable rivalry with one round, appropriately being on the bible. It was a pleasant social evening with a tasty hot-pot supper and scrumptious desserts.

Memorial Hall

The sixteenth annual general meeting of the Memorial Hall was held on the first Monday of October. Prior to this millennium the hall was run by the parish council. The AGM was chaired by Brian Staveley, vice chairman, as the chairman, Rachel Whittle, was indisposed. He welcomed people to the meeting and gave a report. The hall has always passed it annual electricity safety test but it was recognised that the building would eventually need rewiring. With this in mind the initiative was seized and the hall rewired this summer with funds from the community coffee mornings, the appeal fund, the parish council, the Harold and Alice Bridges Charity and the Lancashire Environment Fund. Money has been raised for two defibrillators; one of which is sited on the outside of the Memorial Hall and the second at the Spar with the petrol forecourt on Coastal Road.

Chris Fox presented the treasurer’s report, highlighting significant items of income and expenditure. A new management committee for the hall was elected after which the meeting closed.

Each group that regularly uses the hall can nominate someone to the management committee. Additionally people who live in the village can be nominated to the committee. If you are interested in helping to run this village facility please contact Mrs Doreen Brookes, on 01524 825464.

Torchlight Treasure Hunt

On Saturday, 15th October, the Hest Bank United Reformed church will be hosting a torchlight treasure hunt in Eave's wood, Silverdale, suitable for families. Anyone who would like to come is invited to meet at the Silver Sapling Guide campsite (adjacent to Eaves wood car park) at 6.30pm. Please wear warm clothes and stout footwear.

United Reformed Church

The United Reformed church will worship at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane on Sunday 16th October at 11.15am when the service will be led by Revd. David Greenwood. Any children attending are warmly invited to come to the Sunday school activities which take place during the service.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 2nd October 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday, 9th October, the United Reformed Church will hold breakfast worship in St Luke's church hall at 8am. A light breakfast will be served, and the worship will be of a friendly and informal nature. All are welcome. The main morning worship will be at 11:15am in St Luke's church and will be led by Revd. Graham Harris. Any children attending are invited to come to Sunday School.

Buttons and Bows

Susan Rae has recently returned from a visit to Lasi, Romania. On her return she said, “Buttons and Bows work group make clothes, blankets and toys for needy children locally and abroad.

“The group has enabled another case full of beautiful items to be taken out to Lasi, Romania. Every piece of work was valuable and brought joy to the children. So thank you everyone for your time, efforts and work done at our group and those who work from home.

“We could be tempted to think, ‘Oh, it is only a small case, when so much is needed’. Yet, Jesus has a way of taking small things given in the right way and multiplying them, remember the loaves and fish.

“The Next work group session will be on the first Tuesday in the month, from 1:30 until 3:30 in the Memorial Hall, Slyne-with-Hest.

“We are always pleased to welcome those who would like to know more about the work or who would like to share your skills. So if you sew, knit or crochet or would like to learn, come along to our sessions.”

The neighbourhood plan group spent the spring and summer consulting people about their aspirations for the future of the village. The group has now condensed the feedback from the consultation into a vision statement and objectives that the residents of Slyne with Hest want for the village. A statement of this vision and objectives will be delivered to every house in the administrative parish. This will provide an opportunity for everyone to agree with the statement or suggest amendments.

Mothers’ Union

St. Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on Wednesday 28th September when Mrs. Maureen Shackleton, Branch Leader, introduced Mrs. Judy Judkins who gave an excellent talk on “Volunteering in Tanzania”. Mrs. Judkins went with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) for one and a half years as an Advisory Teacher working with children with disabilities. She was given a small allowance to cover cost of food, transport and accommodation. 85% of primary aged children go to school but teachers are poorly paid and there are few resources for children. East Africa is a beautiful country with many national parks with a thriving tourist industry but it does not benefit most of the population who live on less than £1 a day. Judy worked alongside teachers to help improve the quality of education believing that “Do your little bits of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Gillian Morphet. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th October when Lisa Toner will give a talk on “Embrace the Middle East”.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 9th October, the 20thh Sunday after Trinity, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents and children are invited to come along. Children can attend Sunday school which will be held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services. There is also a service of Holy Communion held on a Thursday at Midday.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 25th September 2016.

Memorial Hall

Slyne with Hest Memorial Hall, which is a registered charity, will hold its 16th annual general meeting on Monday, 3rd October at 7:30pm in the hall. Everyone in the village is entitled to attend and make their views known without taking on any additional role.

New members of the management committee are always welcome. Nomination forms and further information is available from Mrs Doreen Brookes on 01524 82 54 64 and via e-mail: brookes.slynewithhestpc@btinternet.com

Do attend and make your views about how the hall could play a greater role in village life known.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday, 2nd October, the United Reformed Church will celebrate harvest. Those attending are invited to bring gifts of food, either fruit and vegetables, or non-perishable items. The food will then be distributed either to homeless action, or made into gift boxes to be given to older members of the community as a token of our love and appreciation of their contributions to our lives. The service will be at 11:15am in St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, and will include Holy Communion. It will be led by Revd. David Greenwood.

St Luke’s Church: Harvest Festival

On Sunday 2nd October, the 19th in Trinity, St Luke’s church will celebrate its harvest festival at 9:30am led by the reader Martin Wakelin. People are invited to come along with their harvest gifts, which are distributed throughout the local community, and to enjoy the service of family worship.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the church hall where a selection of fair-trade goods will be on sale. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 18th September 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 25th September the United Reformed Church will worship at 11.15am at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. The service will be led by Mr. Bernard Vause. All are welcome and any children attending are invited to come to Sunday School during the service.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 25th September, the 18th Sunday in Trinity, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by the Rev Pauline Bicknell. Parents and children are invited to come along. Children can attend Sunday school, which will be held in the church hall.

After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services. The following Sunday will be Harvest Festival when everyone is invited to come along to this special service with their harvest gifts.

Over Sixties

At the first meeting of the Over Sixties Club in September Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second place and June Gardner gaining third place. At the same meeting Mary Barker won the games of whist with Nancy Ralston romping into second place and Margaret Western winging her way to third place. The next meeting will be on Monday, 26th September in the Memorial Hall when all players of whist and dominoes will be made welcome.

Equipment Fund

Mike Wilson won the games of whist at the second meeting of the Equipment Fund in September. Agnes Painter pranced into second place whilst Nancy Ralston rolled into third place with Meriel Speller snatching fourth place and Cath Morris making fifth place. Ted Staveley and Brian Coates tied for sixth place. The high halves were also tied with Marian Coates and Adrian Speller taking the first high half with Margaret Western and Mary Barker taking the second. At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second place and Eileen Massey making third place. The next meeting will be on Friday, 30th September in the Memorial Hall. All players of whist and dominoes are welcome to attend.

Neighbourhood Plan

The next two meetings of the Neighbourhood Plan group are scheduled for Monday 26th September and Monday, 10th October. Both meetings will start at 7:30pm and the venues are to be confirmed. The Neighbourhood Plan meetings are open to all village residents. The process is to identify how the local community would like to see the village develop. The group has consulted widely on its aims and objectives, which the group is currently refining.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 11th September 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 18th September the United Reformed Church will worship at 11:15am in St Luke's church, Shady Lane, led by Mrs. Pam Carpenter. All are welcome. There will be no Sunday School on that day as the children will lead worship at Halton United Reformed Church at 9:30am.

Button’s and Bow’s Work group.

The first session of the autumn on Tuesday 6th September at 1:30 pm in the Memorial Hall, Slyne was well attended. It was a happy, noisy with chatter afternoon as people were pleased to see one another after the summer break. The organisers say a big thank you to those in the village who came with gifts of wool and sewing items? Also they assure everyone that even the small balls of wool, will be used in making blankets. Anyone wishing to know more about what we do during our sessions in making clothes, toys and blankets for needy children, are welcome to join us.

Equipment Fund

On Sunday 18th September, the 17th in Trinity, St Luke’s church will be holding a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by the curate Rev Helen Leathard. Parents with children are invited to come along. The children can attend Sunday school, which is held in the church hall. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am.

At 6:30pm St Luke’s will be holding a Café church, which will be held in the church hall. This is a great opportunity to attend church with your friends and family if you enjoy a less formal type of service. Join the church for a relaxed café style environment with hot drinks and cakes. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 4th September 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday 11th September, the United Reformed Church will meet for informal worship at 8am in St. Luke's church hall, Shady Lane. A light breakfast will be served before worship. At 11:15am morning worship will be held in St. Luke's church, Shady Lane, and will be led by Revd. Brenda Willis. All are welcome, and any children attending are invited to come to Sunday School.

Over Sixties

When the Over Sixties Club met for the third time in August Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Norma Martell marching into second place and Eileen Massey making third place. At the same meeting Agnes Painter won the games of whist whilst Sylvia Standrell strode into second place and Beryl Mason made third place. The next meeting will on the afternoon of Monday, 12th September in the Memorial Hall on Hanging Green Lane. All whist and domino players will be welcomed.

Equipment Fund

At the first meeting of the Equipment Fund in September Janet Maguire won the games of whist with Mike Wilson winkling his way into second place and Brian Coates coming third. George Metcalfe managed fourth place whilst Helen Stephenson slipped into fifth place and Mary Barker bagged sixth place. At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes with Pat Jenkinson jumping into second place and Cynthia Dickenson coming third.

The next meeting will be on Friday, 16th September in the Memorial Hall. There is the opportunity for new members, who wish to play whist or dominoes, to join. They will be made most welcome.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 11th September, the 16th Sunday in Trinity, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am. This weekend is Crossroads Mission weekend which is happening across the Diocese from 8th to 11th September. The essence of Crossroads is local churches engaging in local mission and to help with this the Rt Revd Frank White Assistant Bishop of Newcastle will be in the Deanery over the weekend. He will be helping with assembly at St Luke’s Primary school on the Friday and on Sunday leading the family communion service where parents and children from the school are especially invited. This will be a special service where certificates for Sunday school and church attendance for the children will be awarded and so anyone from the village and surrounding area is invited to attend. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 28thAugust 2016.

Buttons and Bows

Although Buttons and Bows have not had a work session during the summer months the ladies have continued to produce children’s garments. They have been able to send items out to Malawi and collect gifts for shoe boxes, plus giving comfort blankets and baby hats to local hospitals.

If you would like to use your skills in making clothes for babies and needy children you would be made welcome at the first work session this autumn on Tuesday, 6<sup>th</sup> September at 1:30pm until 3:30pm in the Memorial Hall. All are welcome to share their craft skills, socialise and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

The group has ladies who enjoy being creative at home. So whether you wish to sew, knit or crochet at home or with the group you are welcome to join us.

Susan Rae has told me that some ladies have difficulty purchasing basic materials. More ladies could participate if they had the materials. So, if you have cotton fabrics, knitting yarns whether they are wool or acrylic or other sewing and knitting material would you donate them to this group? In doing so you would enable more ladies to take part and socialise and help clothe orphans. Additionally it will make some space in your house.

If you would like to know more about the work and where the clothes are sent to please contact Susan Rae on 01524 823928

Hasty Brow

Hasty Brow Road is scheduled to be closed from 6am on Monday, 5<sup>th</sup> September for up-to three weeks so the canal bridge can be repaired.

Horticultural Society

The Horticultural Society summer show was on the third Saturday of August. The prize winners are listed below.

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OPEN Cut flowers from the garden
  1. Herbaceous Perennials, 1 vase
1st Don Hack
2nd Margaret Western
3rd June Langan
  2. Annuals not in schedule, 2 species in 1 vase
1st Margaret Western
3rd Karen Gibson
  3. 3 vases each of 1 subject from the garden, 1 of flowers, 2 of foliage, for overall effect
1st Don Hack
2nd Margaret Western
3rd June Langan
  4. Roses, 1 vase of 3 blooms, 1 variety or more
1st John Speak
2nd George Armstrong
3rd Ged Hearsey
  5. The Rose Cycle, 1 vase not necessarily the same variety; 1 bloom fully open, 1 tight bud split, 1 in bud
1st John Speak
2nd Ged Hearsey
3rd June Langan
  6. Rose, 1 rose bloom
1st George Armstrong
2nd John Speak
3rd Alan Jolley
  7. Asters, single, 5 blooms in 1 vase
1st Margaret Western
2nd John Speak
3rc Malcolm Briscoe
  8. Asters, double, 5 mixed blooms in 1 vase
1st Margaret Western
  9. Dahlias, 5 mixed blooms in 1 vase
1st D Fishwick & D Carr
2nd T.E.Hindson
3rd Malcolm Briscoe
  10. Dahlias, 3 Cactus or Semi cactus in 1 vase
1st D Fishwick & D Carr
2nd T.E.Hindson
3rd Malcolm Briscoe
  11. Dahlias, 3 Ball in 1 vase
1st D Fishwick & D Carr
2nd T.E.Hindson
3rd Malcolm Briscoe
  12. Dahlias, 5 pom pons in 1 vase
1st John Speak
2nd Margaret Western
3rd T.E.Hindson
  13. Pansies or Violas 6 on a board upto 900sq.cm area
1st John Speak
2nd June Langan
  14. Bowl of sweet peas for all round effect
1st D Fishwick & D Carr
2nd Alan Jolley
  15. 7 Mixed sweet peas in society vase
1st D Fishwick & D Carr
2nd Annabel Mitchell
3rd Alan Jolley
  16. 7 one colour sweet peas in society vase
1st D Fishwick & D Carr
2nd Alan Jolley
  18. Gladioli 3 Stems
1st John Speak
2nd Karen Gibson
3rd Malcolm Briscoe
  19. Patio pot up to 30cm diameter
1st Christine Cuthbertson
2nd Don Hack
  19a. Hanging basket
1st John Speak
2nd Trevor Piearce
OPEN House Plant grown under protection
  20. Begonia, Tuberous rooted
1st Don Hack
2nd Don Hack
  21. Flowering Orchid 1 pot
1st Ruth Staveley
2nd Pat Nelson
3rc Ruth Staveley
  22. Flowering plant, pot over 15cm, not in class 20 & 21
1st Ruth Staveley
2nd Christine Cuthbertson
  23. Flowering Plant, pot under 15cm , not in class 20 & 21
1st Trevor Piearce
2nd Ruth Staveley
3rd Don Hac
  24. Foliage plant, pot over 15cm
1st Trevor Piearce
  25. Foliage plant, pot 15cm or under
1st Tony Murgatroyd
2nd Ruth Staveley
3rd Trevor Piearce
  26. Fuchsia, pot over 15cm
1st Bryan Aldren
2nd Bryan Aldren
3rd Margaret Western
  27. Fuchsia, pot 15cm or under
1st Bryan Aldren
OPEN Flower arrangement section
  30. Arrangement using 3 Flowers plus foliage
1st Isa Gibson
2nd Morna Murgatroydn
3rd Vicky Lofthouse
  31. Royal birth
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Isa Gibson
3rd June Langan
  32. Using flowers from the garden
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Isa Gibson
3rd June Langan
  33. Ladies Buttonhole
1st Dorothy Atkinson
2nd Vicky Lofthouse
3rd Morna Murgatroyd
  33a. Gents Buttonhole
1st Sheila Riley
2nd Morna Murgatroyd
3rd June Langan
OPEN Cacti and Succulent section
  34. 2 Cacti, pots up to 9cm
1st Celine Desmond
2nd Trevor Piearce
3rd Bryan Aldren
  35. 2 Succulents, pots up to 9cm
1st Trevor Piearce
2nd John Speak
2nd Celine Desmond
  36. 1 Specimen Cactus
1st June Langan
2nd Angela de Carteret
3rd Ruth Staveley
  37. 1 Specimen Succulent
1st Bryan Aldren
2nd Tony Murgatroyd
3rd Celine Desmond
  38. 1 ‘Christmas Cactus (Zygocactus or Epiphyllum); For foliage, shape and condition
1st June Langan
2nd Peter Cooper
3rd Don Hack
Children’s Section
For Children 9 to 11 years
  40. Miniature garden under 900sq cms in area
1st Shona Lowther
2nd April Lowther
  41. A Decorated Welly
1st Shona Lowther
2nd April Lowther
  42. A Photograph of My Holiday
1st April Lowther
2nd Shona Lowther
  43. Model made from recycled materials
1st Shona Lowther
2nd April Lowther
  44. Bowl of Floating flower heads upto 22cm
1st April Lowther
2nd Shona Lowther
For all Children under 16
  49. 4 Decorated cup cakes
1st Shona Lowther
2nd April Lowther
Fruit and Vegetable section
OPEN Vegetable Section
  50. Onions 5 Large
1st Brian Noon
2nd Alan Jolley
  51. Onions 5 each under 227gms
1st Brian Noon
2nd Alan Jolley
  52. Onions 1 Large, 1 Medium, 1 Shallot
1st Brian Noon
2nd Alan Jolley
  53. Potatoes 4 White
1st Brian Noon
2nd Alan Jolley
  54. Potatoes 4 Coloured
1st Brian Noon
2nd Margaret Western
3rd John Speak
  55. Peas 9 Pods
1st Alan Jolley
2nd Brian Noon
  56. French Beans 6 Pods
1st John Speak
2nd Sheila Riley
  57. Runner Beans 6 Pods
1st Sheila Riley
2nd Alan Jolley
3rd Ruth Staveley
  59. Carrots 3; 10cm foliage trimmed
1st Brian Noon
  60. Cucumber 1
1st George Armstrong
2nd Ged Hearsey
3rd Alan Jolley
  61. Marrow 1 table quality
1st Brian Noon
2nd C.J.Smith
  62. Beetroot 3 10cm foliage trimmed
1st Alan Jolley
2nd June Langon
  63. Tomatoes 5
1st John Speak
2nd Brian Noon
3rd Alan Jolley
  64. Shallots 5 Large
1st Brian Noon
2nd Alan Jolley
  65. Collection of 5 different vegetables 3 of each
1st Brian Noon
  66. Apples 5 Dessert
1st Philip Rawsthorn
2nd June Langan
3rd Malcolm Briscoe
  67. Apples 5 Culinary
1st Malcolm Briscoe
  67a. 1 Giant Vegetable
1st Brian Noon
2nd Ged Hearsey
3rd June Langan
LOCAL Vegetable and Fruit section
  68. Onions 4 not to exceed 227grms
1st Alan Jolley
2nd C.J.Smith
  69. Potatoes 3 White
1st George Armstrong
  70. Potatoes 3 Coloured
1st Margaret Western
2nd Alan Jolley
  71. French Beans 3 Pods
1st Eric Cuthbertson
2nd Peter Cooker
  72. Runner Beans 3 pods
1st Alan Jolley
2nd C.J.Smith
  73a. Peas 3 pods
1st Malcolm Briscoe
2nd Alan Jolley
  74. Cucumber 1
1st George Armstrong
2nd Ged Hearsey
3rd Ruth Staveley
  75. Small Tomatoes 6
1st Don Hack
2nd Tony Murgatroyd
3rd Alan Jolley
  75a. Tomatoes 6
1st Dawn Hayhurst
2nd Alan Jolley
3rd John Shakespeare
  76. Rhubarb 3 stems no foliage
1st Carol Lowther
  77. Apples 3 Dessert
1st Tony Murgatroyd
2nd Malcolm Briscoe
  78. Apples 3 Culinary
1st Malcolm Briscoe
  79. Any other Fruit not in schedule
1st Don Hack
2nd Don Hack
3rd C.J.Smith
  79a. Any other Vegetable not in schedule
1st Brian Noon
2nd Tony Murgatroyd
3rd Eric Cuthbertson
OPEN Cookery section
  80. Chutney
1st Ann Hearsey
2nd Ruth Catterall
3rd Morna Murgatroyd
  81. Strawberry Jam
1st Kate Bargh
2nd Morna Murgatroyd
  82. Raspberry Jam
1st Kate Bargh
  83. Blackcurrant Jam
1st Eric Cuthbertson
2nd Ann Hearsey
3rd Kate Bargh
  84. Any other Jam not in schedule
1st Ruth Cuthbertson
2nd Kate Bargh
3rd Eric Cuthbertson
  85. Marmalade
1st Eric Cuthbertson
2nd Tony Murgatroyd
3rd Kate Bargh
  86. Lemon Curd 1/2lb Jar with plain top
1st Andrew Craven
2nd Morna Murgatroyd
3rd Dawn Hayhurst
  87. Homemade Bread any shape
1st Mrs M Woods
  88. Machine made bread
1st Eric Cuthbertson
2nd Tony Murgatroyd
  89. Biscuits 5 not short bread
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Mrs M Woods
3rd Carol Lowther
  90. Cheese scones 3
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Christine Cuthbertson
3rd Ann Hearsey
  91. Tea Bread 1 loaf
1st Dawn Hayhurst
2nd Mrs M Woods
3rd Ruth Catterall
  92. Victoria sandwich baked in 1 tin, jam filled, undecorated
1st Dorothy Atkinson
2nd Ruth Catterall
3rd Tony Murgatroyd
  93. Chocolate sandwich baked in 1 tin, butter cream filling, undecorated
1st Mrs E Shakespeare
2nd Ann Hearsey
3rd Tony Murgatroyd
  94. Carrot cake
1st Ann Hearsey
2nd Vicky Lofthouse
3rd Dawn Hayhurst
OPEN Arts and Crafts section
  96. Original water colour
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Angela de Carteret
3rd Angela de Carteret
  97. Original pencil sketch
1st Nancy Barguero-gee
2nd Nancy Barguero-gee
3rd Morna Murgatroyd
  98. Original in any other medium not in schedule
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd C Prior
3rd Celine Desmond
  99. Colour Photograph max 8”x6" BRIDGES
1st Carol Lowthern
2nd Karen Gibson
3rd Carol Lowthern
  100. Colour Photograph max 8”x6” SINGLE FLOWER
1st Karen Gibson
2nd Karen Gibson
3rd Liz Finley
  101. Colour Photograph max 8”x6” PEOPLE
1st Liz Finley
2nd Liz Finley
3rd Mary Tyson
  102. Hand made greeting card any medium
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Linda Briscoe
3rd Vicky Lofthouse
  103. Cross stitch
1st Dorothy Atkinson
2nd Dorothy Atkinson
  104. Hand knitted garment
1st Norma Martell
2nd Pat Nelson
3rd Dorothy Atkinson
  105. Any other HARD handicraft not in schedule
1st C Prior
2nd John Shakespeare
3th Dorothy Atkinson
  106. Any other SOFT handicraft not in schedule
1st Morna Murgatroyd
2nd Morna Murgatroyd
3rd Rachel Richardson

United Reformed Church

On Sunday, 4th September the Hest Bank United Reformed Church will celebrate Holy Communion at 11.15am. at St. Luke's church, Shady Lane. There will be a Sunday School for any children attending, and the service will be led by Revd. Timothy Widdes. All are most welcome.

Drafted week ending Sunday, 21stAugust 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday, 28th August the United Reformed Church will worship at 11.15 in St. Luke’s' church led by Revd. George Barton. Any children present are invited to take part in Sunday school activities.

Over Sixties

At the meeting of the Over Sixties Club in mid-August Eileen Massey won the games of dominoes with Ruth Staveley snatching second place and Joan Hunter holding third place. At the same meeting Peter Kirkby won the games of whist with Joan Bell bouncing into second place and Marie Anderson achieving third place. The next meeting will be on Monday, 29th August when all whist and domino players will be welcomed.

Equipment Fund

The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be on Friday, 2nd September; four weeks after the previous meeting.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday, 28th August, the 14th Sunday in Trinity, St Luke’s church main service will be Family Communion which will be held at 9:30am and led by Rev Pauline Bicknell. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and Evensong at 6:30pm. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

St Luke’s church is now preparing for Crossroads Mission weekend which is happening across the Diocese from 8th to 11th September. The essence of Crossroads is local churches engaging in local mission and to help with this the Rt Revd Frank White Assistant Bishop of Newcastle will be in the Deanery over the weekend and present at the special service on 11th September. Further details to follow.

Summer Show

There was heavy rain during the afternoon of the third Saturday in August; the day of the Horticultural Society Summer Show. Unfortunately the inclement weather reduced the number of visitors to the show. However inside the Memorial Hall there was a glorious display of colourful and scented flowers, enticing vegetables, mouth-watering baking and envy inducing craft items. There was also a comradely competiveness between people who had, for years, pitted their skills against neighbours. It was a great social activity with much friendly and positive rivalry. Full results should be available next week.

Buttons and Bows

Although Buttons and Bows have not had a work session during the summer months the ladies have continued to produce children’s garments. They have been able to send items out to Malawi and collect gifts for shoe boxes, plus giving comfort blankets and baby hats to local hospitals.

I f you would like to use your skills in making clothes for babies and needy children you would be made welcome at the first work session this autumn on Tuesday, 6th September at 1:30pm until 3:30pm in the Memorial Hall. All are welcome to share their craft skills, socialise and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

The group has ladies who enjoy being creative at home. So whether you wish to sew, knit or crochet at home or with the group you are welcome to join.

Susan Rae has told me that some ladies have difficulty purchasing basic materials. More ladies could participate if they had the materials. So, if you have cotton fabrics, knitting yarns whether they are wool or acrylic or other sewing and knitting material would you donate them to this group? In doing so you would enable more ladies to take part thereby to socialise and to clothe orphans. Additionally it will make some space in your house.

If you would like to know more about the work and where the clothes are sent to please contact Susan Rae on 01524 823928

Drafted week ending Sunday, 14thAugust 2016.

United Reformed Church

On Sunday, 21st August the United Reformed Church morning worship at 11.15 in St. Luke's church will be led by a worship group drawn from the churches at Slyne with Hest, Bolton-le-Sands and Halton. There will be Sunday school for any children attending.

St Luke’s Church

On Sunday 21st August, the 13th in Trinity, St Luke’s church will hold a service of Family Worship at 9:30am led by the curate Rev Helen Leathard. After the service everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the hall. Also on the same day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am.

At 6:30pm St Luke’s will hold a Café church in the church hall. This is a great opportunity to come to church with your friends and family if you enjoy a less formal type of service. Join us for a relaxed café style environment with hot drinks and cakes. Everyone will be made welcome at any of these services.

St Luke’s church is now preparing for Crossroads Mission weekend which is happening across the Diocese from 8th to 11th September. The essence of Crossroads is local churches engaging in local mission and to help with this the Rt Revd Frank White Assistant Bishop of Newcastle will be in the Deanery over the weekend and present at our special service on 11th September. Further details to follow.

Equipment Fund

The next meeting of the Equipment Fund will be on Friday, 2nd September. There will not be a meeting this week as the Horticultural Society will be preparing the Memorial Hall for the summer show.

Horticultural Society

The Horticultural Society summer show will be this Saturday, 20th August from 2pm until 4:30pm in the Memorial Hall. Entry forms have to be submitted by 7pm on Thursday, 18th August and the exhibits have to be in the hall by 10am on Saturday, 20th August. The Memorial Hall will be open from 5pm to 7pm for the submission of entry forms. The summer show is an opportunity to view not only the produce of villagers’ horticultural skills but also their cooking plus arts and crafts skills.