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SLIMLINE comic Frank Carson is on cracking form after a new health scare prompted him to fight the flab.

Laughing man Frank, who at 82 is still one of Britain’s hardest working comedians, is happy to share the secret of his success ... porridge! Frank, who lives in Blackpool, said: “Every morning I take an ordinary teacup and fill it full of porridge oats. I mix it with water, cook it and add a spoonful of honey. It’s delicious! “By the time you get to lunchtime you still won’t be hungry,” said Frank. Frank has lost almost five stone over two years from a starting weight of 17st. 11lbs but the dial on the scales was heading upwards again and he had put on more than a few pounds when, last month, he woke gasping for breath. “It was a Saturday/Sunday morning and I got out of bed and I couldn’t breathe. I tell you, I was really frightened. I called for a taxi to to take me to Victoria Hospital.”

Porridge! It’s a cracker for comedian Frank. Elizabeth Gomm reports

Frank, who has a history of heart problems and has a pacemaker, said he was suffering a severe reaction to a recent anti-flu jab. He praised everyone at Victoria, in A&E, and in the cardiac care unit where he spent eight days. “I found it the greatest five star hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I’d say to anyone who grumbles about the NHS and having to wait for treatment: ‘Remember there’s a sick person in front of you!’ Whilst on the road to recovery, Frank refocused on his battle of the bulge, launched two years ago after a chat with one of his all-time great sporting heroes, Lord Sebastian Coe. “I asked him if he still does any training and if he still goes running. He said he does so many miles a day, it saves on buying bigger suits!

Then up to more than 17 stone, Frank, getting ready for a function, took a look at the mirror and didn’t like what he saw. “I was looking at my corpulent gut and I knew I wasn’t looking my best. Looking your best should be epitome of every act, even a clown. “As a comedian I just had to look funny, I didn’t want people to laugh at my size but at my jokes. “Taking off the weight, I have lost age and look younger!” Ruth, his wife of 59 years, keeps him on the right road to fitness. “She fights with me over my weight and hides any chocolate, or puts it in the bin. She’s kept me alive for most of my 82 years and I’d like to make it a few more!” ■ Think breakfast, Page 6

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One last push for presents appeal

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Battling baby comes home

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Students put on the style

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One last effort before our 2009 appeal comes to an end. Elizabeth Gomm reports YOU won’t have to break into your piggy bank to help our Eve appeal, which is hoping to raise enough money to buy a new bed for Brian House Children’s Hospice, Bispham.

With a price tag in the region of £3,000, these are no ordinary beds and are specially designed to meet the needs of youngsters at the hospice. As Eve Presents of Mind Appeal is coming to a close, we want you to make one big push to help us raise enough money to buy at least one of the beds which need replacing at the hospice – by turning your cast-offs into cash. All we are asking you to do is search your cupboards and wardrobes for anything, new or nearly new, that is no longer of any use to you – unwanted gifts, fashion mistakes, outgrown toys, ornaments etc. Everything you give will be used to stock Trinity Hospice Charity Shops across the Fylde, with every penny raised going straight to Brian House. Brian House exists almost entirely on voluntary contributions and it currently supports 85 families from the Fylde. Lisa Martin, community fundraiser, said that donations at every level were down on last year as, with cash at a premium, charities fall victim to the credit crunch. “We are asking individuals, schools, churches, workplaces, pubs and clubs to gather together unwanted adult and children’s gifts and donate them to the Presents of Mind Appeal. “Brian House offers day care, respite and end-of-life care to all Fylde children who have a life limiting illness. Please help us to help our children.” You can take your gifts, unwrapped please, to any of the following collection points: BLACKPOOL: Trinity Hospice Shop, 54 Clifton Street; McDonald and Company Estate Agents: 29 Whitegate Drive and 1a Leeds Road; Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Forest Gate; Warings Solicitors, Cedar Square. BISPHAM: Trinity Hospice Shop, Red Bank Road and 32 Collins Avenue; McDonald Estate Agents, 81-83 Red Bank Road; Lancashire Fire and rescue, Red Bank Road.



BUY A BED: Pictured on one of the specialised beds Eve Presents of Mind Appeal would like to buy: health care assistant Viv Thompson, consultant paediatrician Nanda Kumar, and senior staff nurse Vicki Murphy. GIFTS GALORE: Grace Turner, four, of Hambleton with some of Presents of Mind gifts donated by Eve readers. LAYTON: Trinity Hospice Shop, 153155 Devonshire Road. FLEETWOOD: Trinity Hospice Shop, Lord Street; McDonald Estate Agents, 198 Lord Street; Vincent Solicitors, 110 Lord Street; Scotch Bakery, 182-184 Lord Street; Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Radcliffe Road. SOUTH SHORE: Trinity Hospice Shop, 99 Highfield Road and 43 Waterloo Road; McDonald Estate Agents, 119 Highfield Road; Lancashire Fire and Rescue, St Annes Road. POULTON: Trinity Hospice Shop, Tithebarn Street; McDonald Estate Agents, 6 Chapel Street; Double D’s, Village Walks. CLEVELEYS: McDonald Estate Agents, 6 Brighton Ave, Cleveleys.

KIRKHAM: Silverdells, 61 Poulton Street. LYTHAM: Upstairs Downstairs, 81, Clifton St, Lytham. ST ANNES: PDM Lettings, 109 Headroomgate Road; Lancashire Fire and Rescue, St Andrews Road North. PREESALL: Over Wyre Medical Centre, Pilling Lane. THORNTON: Thornton Fisheries 11, Victoria Rd East. FRECKLETON: PDM Lettings,49a Lytham Road. HOW ARE YOU HELPING: Tell us how you are helping our Presents of Mind Appeal by calling Elizabeth Gomm on 361831 or emailing

Help at hand for a way to well-being

RELAXING TIME: The Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

A RELAXING day out had the feel good factor for local mental health service users. There was a focus on overall wellbeing at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Day at Blackpool Pontins. Organised by the Mental Health Forum, the event was held to provide information, enjoyment and a chance to relax. Delegates could listen to guest speakers who talked about a range of subjects, including medication, and were able to take part in alternative therapies, yoga, pottery and

get advice. Funding for the day – held at The Dunes Conference Centre – came from the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme. Barbara Brown, herself a carer for her son and a member of the Mental Health Forum, said: “One of the benefits was the social aspect. Meeting like-minded people, speaking to those with similar experiences. “The idea of the day was to focus on the holistic, physical, emotional – everything for well-being. “It can be quite isolating. There is

still a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues. Many people still don’t like to talk about it. “We hope there was something for everyone here.” Colette Garsyth, secretary of the forum, added: “It was day all about enjoyment. “We offered people the chance to take part in different activities that can be beneficial, like pottery, alternative therapies, such as massage. “We wanted service users to feel comfortable and enjoy the day.” Service user Phil – who did not want

to be fully identified, but who is 36, from St Annes – said the event was very good. He said: “There is a lot of information out there, but you don’t always know how to access it and this event brought everything together for you to get the information and advice in one place. “I particularly liked the alternative therapies, which can be very beneficial. I have been a service user most of my life and have seen things change over the years, improvements have been made.”


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Beat the blues with a bargain

Early arrival Reilly made his debut 24 weeks early and weighed just 1lbs 12ozs. Helen Steel reports THAT’S my boy! Proud mum Joanne Nelson has every reason to smile as she proudly cuddles her beautiful baby, Reilly. She has high hopes that she has the brave little battler home for good after eight months spent in and out of hospital. “He’s our superstar,” said Joanne. Reilly Hogarth weighed just 1lbs 12oz when he made his arrival at 26 weeks on May 9 last year. The fragile infant was so tiny his little hands were the size of his mum’s thumbnail and his waist measured barely two inches. His birth was a frightening time for Joanne, a first time mum at 44, and her partner Michael Hogarth of Station Road, Poulton. They had just returned from a month in Thailand, relaxing on the beach, swimming and snorkelling, when Joanne went for a routine scan at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Still in high-spirited holiday mode, Joanne’s spirits were shattered when she was told her waters had already broken. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It was awful, I wasn’t ready. “I was given steroids to mature the baby’s body, and the next thing I knew I’d woken up and my baby was in the special care baby unit.” “Approaching the incubator felt totally surreal. He looked like a tiny fairy, with arms like breadsticks. “He was covered with tubes, and when Michael reached in with his hand, it swamped his whole body. “His skin wasn’t fully developed to cope with the outside environment, it looked like tissue paper.” Their fragile little dot was a fighter. Weighing just 1lb 12oz, going down to a miniscule 1lb 8oz, Reilly battled for life, supported by the loving and expert medical care of staff in the special care unit. “All 24 staff were amazing. I stayed in the hospital in the room for parents, and would look forlornly through the incubator every day. But staff went beyond the call of duty and looked after me and Reilly constantly. “When I left it was terrible, we’d been through such trauma and were leaving without our baby. “The nurses gave me constant updates though, and we could ring whenever we wanted.” Reilly spent the first three months of his little life in hospital and even after being allowed home has been readmitted time and time again.

HAPPY SHOPPERS: Freeport Fleetwood

PROUD MUM: Joanne Nelson with son Reilly and (above left) the tiny baby in an incubator shortly after his birth

A LITTLE BATTLER He suffered a brain bleed, three blood transfusions and had an increased risk of developing cerebral palsy. “It was such a worrying time” Joanne said. “The nurses had done everything they could to prepare us, giving us use of the parent’s room to look after Reilly while they monitored us. “Outreach nurses from the department came to monitor him and provided us with invaluable advice.” Reilly managed his longest stay out of hospital in December but was admitted just before Christmas with a lung infection. Joanne said: “It was such a dreary Christmas. But he’s out now and looking better than ever. He was bright and bubbly on New Year’s Day,

when we reconstructed the big day for him.” It has been a rough ride for Joanne and Michael but they are hopeful he will now stay well. “ It has been worth every minute – he is a superstar, a beautiful baby.” “When he was born he was smaller than Michael’s hand, and now he’s bouncing on his dad’s knee. “We’re so grateful to the staff at the Special Care Unit. “We love Reilly more than words can say.” ■ Do you have a special story to tell? Contact women’s editor Elizabeth Gomm on 361831 or email elizabeth.gomm@blackpoolgazette.

THERE are £250 worth of Freeport Fleetwood vouchers up for grabs in our easy-to-enter competition! Forget the January blues and the credit crunch, Eve has teamed up with Freeport Fleetwood outlet shopping village to offer 25 lucky readers the chance to win a £10 voucher each to spend on any of the fantastic offers available at the centre in 2009. For bargains in January and all year round, visit Freeport Fleetwood outlet shopping village. The centre plays host to over 50 stores, all absolutely crammed full of offers every single day with savings of up to 60 per cent off rrp. What’s more, with the famous Sale of Sales now on, the low prices are even lower and the big savings are massively bigger. The centre has something for everyone, with top homeware and fashion brands offering items at a fraction of the price on the high street, so you’ll be sure to bag a bargain. For a new winter wardrobe why not try Bench, The Designer Room and Autonomy, and if it’s a new look for the home you are after, a trip to Past Times and the fantastic Home Curtains & Bedding store is a must. The village is open seven days a week, from 10am6pm Monday to Sunday and late night Thursday until 8pm. On Sunday, due to Sunday trading laws, Pavers, Marks & Spencer Outlet, Next Clearance, KIDS International and Reebok & Rockport are open 11am-5pm. For further information about the centre please telephone 01253 877377 or visit To be in with the chance to win one of the vouchers, simply answer the following question: How many stores are at Freeport Fleetwood? Then email your answer together with your name, address and daytime telephone number to: headed Freeport Fleetwood competition. Closing date for entries is noon Friday, January 30.Gazette competition rules apply. The Gazette is a member of the Johnston Press Group plc. Johnston Press plc will use your information to contact you by mail, email, phone, fax or SMS to let you know about our, or our business partners’, products, services, and special offers. By giving us your email address and phone numbers, you agree that we may contact you by these methods for marketing. If you do not wish to receive information from us or from our business partners tell us so in your response. For your information we may monitor communications for quality and training purposes.



Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Breakfast is

BEST THINK breakfast ... that’s the message being rolled out to Blackpool students this week.

Blackpool and The Fylde College bosses are backing Farmhouse Breakfast Week by promoting the importance of starting the day on a healthy note. Students are notorious for skipping this important first meal of the day or for grabbing a chocolate bar and can of fizz instead of spending a few minutes filling up on a healthier option. All this week catering students in the Ashfield Bistro, one of the sixth floor eateries at the college’s Bispham Campus, will serve tasty breakfasts ranging from traditional full English, to light-bite healthy options or continental flavour pastries. Restaurant manager Peter Walwyn said: “We will offer breakfast in the Bistro all morning, from 10.30am, so it is avail-

Soup and a spa visit up for grabs

Students to find out why the day’s first meal is a class apart! Elizabeth Gomm reports able at a time best for our students and staff.” Catering students will cook tasty options as part of their own cookery training. Peter, who always starts his day with a bowl of cereal, followed by bread with homemade preserve, said: “Breakfast is an important start to the day, the nutritional benefits are well known, but we know students are likely to skip it. That is why we are supporting this promotion and it may well be a springboard to serving breakfast in future in the Bistro.” Other staff will send out the “Think Breakfast” message to students via tutorials. Organisers of Farmhouse

Breakfast Weeksay there are three reasons to eat breakfast: ■ Benefits mental thinking. A breakfast such as wholegrain cereals, including porridge can have a really positive impact – not just on physical performance, but on mood and concentration levels too! ■ Improves mood. Studies carried out at the University of Bristol examined the breakfast habits of 126 volunteers between 20 and 79 found that those who ate breakfast every day were less depressed! ■ Boosts metabolism and energy levels. A selection of breakfast recipes has been created for the week in a booklet and online,

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Blackpool and The Fylde College student Adam Kirby prepares for the breakfast week

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More aim to fight effects of ageing COSMETIC SURGERY continues to increase in popularity at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital compared to five years ago, with overall figures growing by 78 per cent across the Spire Healthcare hospital group. Over a five-year period, there has been a staggering 303 per cent growth in women and 168 per cent growth amongst men in their 60s having cosmetic surgery procedures. There has been a 175 per cent increase in men in their 70s and 133 per cent increase in women of the same age group. However, the sharp rise in “60+ surgery” indicates more men and women are pursuing surgery to combat ageing. Spire Fylde Coast Hospital offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures in a clean, calm and relaxed environment, and has the following tips and advice to help people make an informed decision: 1. Check your surgeon’s credentials: All reputable UK surgeons are registered with the GMC (General Medical Council). Plastic surgeons are usually registered with industry bodies such as BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons). All members undergo thor-

ough screening and are annually audited. 2. Continuity of care: Gold standard aftercare is essential after any surgical procedure. The cost of surgery in the UK includes follow-up visits and all remedial work. It is therefore important to check what post-operative support that you will get as part of your care package. 3. The importance of consultation: The consultation process is vital in helping the consultant to moderate client expectation to ensure a successful outcome. The consultant’s role first and foremost is to protect the patient and to determine the most suitable procedure that will have the desired outcome. Any reputable surgeon will explain the risks of surgery and how these can be overcome. The cosmetic service at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital includes breast enlargement, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, facelift and nose reshaping; as well as nonsurgical procedures. All treatments are carried out by trained clinicians and registered surgeons. Patients receive a full consultation with their surgeon where they can evaluate the most suitable procedure. ● Statistics courtesy of Spire Healthcare, December 2008

FINDING time for yourself can be difficult, especially when you have a family to look after. It’s important to have some ‘me time’ and enjoy a proper lunch and that’s why, courtesy of Green Giant, Eve is pleased to offer one lucky reader the new range of tasty Green Giant soups and a pair of spa day gift vouchers* which include a massage, manicure or pedicure and a facial for you and a friend to the total value of £250. The perfect way to change your lunchtime to ‘me time’! The soups are hearty and delicious and are available in three tasty variants, Country Garden Vegetable, Vine-Ripened Tomato and Farm Harvest Mushroom. Each warming soup contains one of your five a day (recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables) and has less than 130 calories per serving. For more information on the Green Giant range, visit For a chance to win, answer this question: Q. Portobello are a type of what? a) Mushrooms b) Mussels Send your completed coupon to: Green Giant Competition, Promotions Department, PO Box 55, Blackpool, FY4 2GF. Closing date is February 3, 2009. Gazette rules apply. Entrants must be UK residents and 18 or over. * Gift vouchers are valid from FridaySunday until June 21. Book with your chosen spa. For more spa information and to find your local spa visit

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Bloomfield (East) Community Association, St Heliers Road, hosts the Primetimers Over 55s from 10amnoon on Tuesday, Mother and Toddler Group on Wednesday 1.30pm-3pm, Saturday coffee drop in 10.30am to noon.

Pipe Band

Pipers and drummers including learners are required by St Annes Pipe Band. Practice every Friday at 7.30pm at St Thomas' Scout HQ, St Thomas Road, St Annes. Contact 729587

Senior Citizens

A senior citizens’ social club meets on Wednesday for sequence dancing at the Senior Citizens' Hall, Cleveleys, 1.30pm-4pm.

Poco Loco

Poco Loco, the Blackpool School of Samba, plays Brazilian-based rhythms using surdos (bass drums) and other smaller percussion instruments. Every Wednesday at the First Step Centre, Dickson Road, Blackpool,7pm9pm.Contact 358432 .

Blackpool Brass

Blackpool Brass meets for rehearsal on Tuesday and Friday at the band’s new HQ , The Pavilion, rear of Marton Institute. 8pm. The training band meets Friday, 6.30pm. Contact 890436.

Over 60s

Whiteholme Over 60s Club, Bispham, welcomes newcomers .Monday and Friday: bingo , Tuesday: keep fit; Wednesday: whist , Thursday: dancing. 2pm to 4pm. Contact 823865.

Larkholme events

Larkholme Community Centre, Larkholme, Fleetwood, welcomes newcomers for Monday: bingo 2pm; tai chi 4.45pm; Tuesday, line dancing 1.30pm; Wednesday, gentle keep fit 11am; Thursday: coffee morning 10.30am; quilting 2pm, Friday: sequence dancing 2pm; ladies circle 8pm.

Senior citizens

Newcomers welcome to Warrenhurst Senior Citizens’ Club, Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood. Monday: bingo 7.30pm; Tuesday: keep fit 10am; Wednesday: sequence dancing 2pm; Saturday: bingo 7.30pm.

Tea Dance

St Stephen-on-the-Cliffs, North Shore, has an afternoon tea dance every Wednesday, 2pm-4pm. £1.50

Folk Dance

North Shore Folk Dance Club meets tomorrow at all Hallows Church, All Hallows Road, Bispham, 7.30pm. No partner needed and all are welcome. Contact: 890486.

Methodist Church

Cleveleys Park Methodist Church has a coffee morning every Wednesday, 10.30am. and a Mix and Meet Group on Wednesday, 2pm, for people on their own to enjoy a cuppa and make new friends. Contact 876051.

Support group

Blackpool and Fylde Widows’ and Widowers’ Association meets on January 7, tomorrow at the Trades Club, Chadwick Street, Blackpool, 7.30pm. Contact: Lavinia on 623119.

Cleveleys Coffee

Cleveleys United Reformed Church, Rossall Rd, has a coffee morning every Wednesday from 10.30am.

South Shore

South Shore Community Centre (The Old Library) Highfield Road, hosts the following weekly events: Mondays, watercolour painting 10am, social bridge 1.15pm; Wednesday, social chat and games 10am; Thursday, arts and crafts 10am, patchwork for beginners 2pm; Friday, watercolours 2pm.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Mayor of Blackpool hosted a charity dinner inner was held at the Gurkha Buffet Restaurant and Bar, Blackpool. From left, Gary Pretty, Philomena Cribbin-Dunne and Colin Shrive. More pictures in Life! magazine on Saturday.

Claremont lunch

Claremont First Step Community Centre’s Senior Citizen Luncheon Club at Methodist Buildings, Dickson Road,meets every Friday, 1pm. £2. Contact 299306.

Barbershop Harmony

Blackpool & Fylde Barbershop Harmony Club meet every Tuesday at Brun Grove Workingmens’ Club. Contact Pete Lavelle 867218.

Bispham Coffee

Bispham United Reformed Church, Cavendish Road, has a coffee morning tomorrow 10.30am-11.30am.

Photo society

Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society meets at 7.30 pm, every Thursday evening at Heyhouses C of E Junior School, Clarendon Road North, St Annes.

Fylde RA

The Ramblers’ Association will be walking in Parbold and Harrock Hill and Worthington tomorrow and in the Forest of Bowland Sunday. Contact: 865976.

Bridge Club

The Gazette Bridge Club welcomes players at 7pm at the Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Contact 354513.

Kirkham Arts

Kirkham Arts Society meets tomorrow at the Community Centre, 7.15pm. Contact 01772 632202.

Coast Ramblers

Fylde Coast Ramblers will walking in Inglewhite on Saturday.Contact 401135.

Poulton Band

Poulton Band welcomes new players to rehearsal nights on Tuesday and Friday 8pm-10pm at Band HQ, Station Road, Poulton. Contact 886823

Arts Society

Blackpool Arts Society meets on Thursday for an appraisal with Chris Stevens, and for a coffee morning on Saturday, at the Studio, Wilkinson Avenue, 7.30pm. Weekly sessions at

Contact us

Any local organisation which would like information to appear should send details to:

Elizabeth Gomm, Eve, Social Page, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool, Business Park, Blackpool, FY4 2DP or e-mail

to arrive by first post Thursday for inclusion on the following Tuesday

the studio include: General painting Tuesday and Thursday ,2pm, Friday, 9.30am and 2pm; portrait sessions Tuesday, 7.30pm, and Wednesday 10am; Life drawing Wednesday 2pm. New members always welcome. Contact 407541.

Windmill arts

The Windmill Arts Society meets on Friday at the Frank Townend Centre, Beach Road, Cleveleys, 1.30pm3.30pm. Contact 855072.

Craft club

A weekly craft group meets at Holy Cross Church, Central Drive, Blackpool, every Friday,1.30pm3.30pm. £2.

Over 50s

Claremont Over 50s welcomes new members. Meetings at the Claremont Community Centre, North Shore, every Wednesday, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Contact Hilary 353160.

Hambleton WI

More than 70 people attended Hambleton WI’s first meeting of the year following a ,leaflet drop around the village. Speaker Elaine Fossett gave a fascinating talk about her life in showbusiness, as a Blackpool landlady, in PR, as charity fundraiser and as a mum and grandmother – her daughter is married to singer Aled Jones. On Monday, February 7 , the WI meets at Hambleton United

Reformed Church Hall. The speaker will be Carl Green on the Cleveleys Coastal Defence Scheme. This meeting is open to husbands, partners and friends. 7.30pm. Contact701862 or 700859.


The Parkinsons Disease Society will be entertained by Ray Wilson and Eddie Garside when it meets on Monday at its new venue – Warren Manor, Warren Drive, Cleveleys, at 7.30pm. All welcome to this friendly group which provides support and advice for all those affected by Parkinsons. Contact 393086 or 868086.

Art workshop

An art workshop class meets every Friday at the Frank Townend Centre, Kensington Road, Cleveleys, 9am. Contact: 863369

Lytham Green WI

Lytham Green WI were entertained by Chipping cheesemaker Bob Kitchen who gave a demonstration of his craft, handed out samples, and talked about his life. Shirley Thornton won the competition and Sylvia Boardman and Christine Franklin were raffle winners.

Young widows

The Young Widows Group meet on Monday at the Lindum Hotel, St Annes, 7.30pm. Contact 346133.

Historical Society

Blackpool Historical Society has a talk from Paul Cross on the Battle of Preston tomorrow at Blackpool Cricket Club, 7.30pm. Visitors £2.

Geographical Society

The local Geographical Society has a talk on shoreline management from Wyre Council’s principal engineer, Carl Green, on Monday at Blackpool Sixth Form College, Highfurlong, 7pm. All welcome.


Lunch Club

Lytham St Annes Women’s Luncheon Club will be entertained by storyteller Jean Hilton on Tuesday next at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham. Noon.


The Bookworms Reading Group meets tomorrow, 7.30pm, at the Victoria Hotel, Cleveleys. Contact 886146.

Supper Club

Cleveleys Ladies Supper Club has a talk from John Caley “A Captain remembers” on Tuesday next at the Briardene Hotel.

Flower Club

North Fylde Flower Club has its AGM on Thursday at St Michaels Village Hall, 7.30pm.

Lund WI

Lund WI members enjoyed a talk from Doris Bagwell on Preston Guild in the Past. Competition,winner was Lena Robinson with Nancy Dalley and Sheila Ellis runners-up.The next meeting is at the Newton Village Hall on February 19, 7.30pm. Robert Kitching will talk on cheese making. New members welcome. Contact 01772 684300.

Jumble sale

A jumble sale an auction takes place at St Paul’s Worship Centre, Egerton Road, North Shore, on Monday, 6.30pm.

Merchant Navy

The Blackpool Merchant Navy Association meets at the Guards Club on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool at 11am this Sunday. Ex or Serving Merchant Seamen will be made most welcome.


TLC, Adult Carer's Support Group, meets for fellowship, information and support on Monday at St Thomas’s Church Lounge, Caunce Street, Layton, 7pm-9pm.

Panto time

St Annes WI were treated to a mini version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , performed by the committee.With Joan Farnworth as Snow White, Gill Stamp as the prince and by Dorothy Sutherland as the wicked queen. Wyn Smyth played the piano.All costumes created by the cast. Jane Molyneux and her colleague, Lisa Martin, were special guests at the meeting and talked about the work of Trinity Hospice and Brian House. Marjorie Johnson was competition winner. The next meeting is on Friday, February 6, 2.30pm, at United Reformed Church, St George’s Road. New members welcome. Contact Barbara on 722750.


The Fylde CSMA group meets on Thursday at Blackpool Cricket Club, 7.30pm, for a talk by North west Air Ambulance, Contact: 349414.

Trefoil Guild

Poulton trefoil Guild meets on Tuesday next week, at the Guide HQ, Station Road, 7.45pm. Anyone involved or interested in guiding is welcome to this social gathering.

Toy sale

Marton Methodist Church, Midgeland Road, has a toy sale on Sunday, 2pm5pm.

Coffee morning

Tuesday Club

A coffee morning with stalls takes place on Saturday at the Verona Hall, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, 10.30am-noon.

Wyre Ramblers

Linda Moss will tell how God has changed her life at Blackpool Women Aglow on Monday at the Hilton Hotel. 7.30pm. Meal £8.25. Contact Gaynor on 751810.

Poulton and Carleton Tuesday Club has a quiz set by Jim Jackson on Tuesday next at the UR Church Hall, Queensway, 2pm. Wyre Ramblers will be walking in Coniston on Sunday. Call 876676 for details.

Women Aglow


Tuesday, January 27, 2009



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Tuesday January 27th 2009. Womens lifestyle magazine filled with fashion, family and friends.