Garstang Focus Magazine - January 2018

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Issue 208

What’s on in Garstang



Claughton Sequence Dances (also 16th & 30th)


‘Pilling Mossland - Farming in the 19th Century’ - Pilling Historical Society 9

Knit and Natter - Garstang Library (weekly - also Fridays)


Toddler Rhyme Time - Garstang Library (weekly)


Woolcraft - Garstang Arts Centre (weekly)


Garstang Folk Dance Group - Garstang Arts Centre (weekly)



‘Iceland in Winter’ - Garstang Camera Club (also 10th & 17th)


Memory Cafe - Garstang Library (also 15th)


Bowland Choir - Garstang Library (weekly)


Needlework Group - Garstang Arts Centre (weekly)



Garstang URC Coffee Morning - Bowland Mountain Rescue




Garstang Stamp Club - Garstang Library

Tablet Drop-in Session - Garstang Library (weekly)


RVS Lunch Club - St Thomas’ Community Hall



Meat Bingo - Caldervale Country Club (also 19th)




Baby Bounce and Rhyme - Garstang Library (weekly also Mon)


Story Time for the Under 5s - Garstang Library (weekly)


Paint & Chatter - Garstang Arts Centre (weekly)




Calder Vale Methodist Church Coffee Morning - Leprosy Mission

Bingo and live entertainment - Caldervale Country Club (weekly)

Garstang Town Council Surgery - Garstang Library


Junior Chess Club - Garstang Library (weekly)


Under 10s Coding Club - Garstang Library (weekly)



Social Bingo - Caldervale Country Club (weekly)


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Sequence Dancing - Kirkland Memorial Hall (weekly)


Monday 8th ‘Music from 3 Cities’ - Garstang Recorded Music Society


Play and Chat - Garstang Library (weekly)


Scottish Country Dance Group - URC Church Hall (weekly)


Bridge Group - Garstang Arts Centre (also 9th, 23rd & 30th)


Songbirds - Garstang Arts Centre (weekly)


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What’s on in Garstang



Scorton WI - ‘Victorian Marriage and Love’


Coffee Stop - Inglewhite Church (also 23rd)


Art Exhibition - Garstang Arts Centre


Wednesday 10th

Folk@TheOak - Royal Oak


Garstang Phoenix WI - ‘Eating Well - Feeling Great’


Galloway’s Social Club - St Helen’s Church Hall, Churchtown


YMCA Health Checks - Garstang Library


‘A Ramble Round Catterall & District’ - Garstang Historical Soc


Thursday 11th ‘Wilde Reflections’ - Garstang Library


Making New Futures - Garstang Library (also 25th)


Garstang Library Reading Group (also 16th)




Friday Focus - Garstang Free Methodists (also 19th & 26th)




Garstang Ramblers - Claughton




Garstang Wine Circle - Garstang Arts Centre


Floral Art Group - Garstang Arts Centre


Garstang Ladies Speakers


Wednesday 24th

Cherestanc WI - ‘Creative Thread - Landscapes in Fibre’ 6


Bingo - Royal British Legion



Meet the Author - ‘The Custom of the Trade’ - Garstang Library



Time to Chat - Garstang Library


Poetry Appreciation Group - Garstang Arts Centre




Garstang Ramblers - Lancaster Moor Hospital




Garstang Free Methodists - Tea Time Church




Coffee Stop - Catterall Village Hall

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Church But Not on a Sunday - Inglewhite Church



Rose Charity Night - Hilton Hotel, Blakpool

Free Heart Screening - CRY - Garstang Community Academy

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Garstang URC, Croston Rd, Garstang

Charity Dance Group

Garstang URC Charity Coffee Mornings on the first Thursday of each month 10:00am – 12 noon at Garstang United Reformed Church, Croston Road.

We meet on alternate Thursdays at Barton Village Hall. Dancing from 7:45pm to 11:15pm with various music groups. Home made refreshments. Admission £3. We donate all our profits to local charities.

Thu 4th Jan Bowland Mountain Rescue (Presentation of cheque). Sat 1st Feb Rosemere Cancer Foundation (Preston hospital). Hilary Ralphs (01995) 603056 Email:


Barbara Holden (01995) 601348

GARSTANG STAMP CLUB Thurs 4th Jan ‘To the Alps in Times Gone By’ - Dennis Jones. Thurs 18th Jan - Postcard Evening

Proceeds will be divided between The Leprosy Mission and the Chapel. Usual stalls.

Meetings are in the Meeting Room of Garstang Library from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Beginners and enquirers welcome to attend before joining. Subscriptions Adults £10 Under 18 £1.

Edith Gorst 602078

D. Jones (01995) 602665

Monthly Coffee Mornings Sat 6th Jan 10:00 am - 12 noon


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Wed 10th Jan 7:30pm The Royal Oak, Market Place, Garstang

Meeting for Worship Sundays 10:30am - 11:30am Garstang Friends Meeting House Calder House Lane PR3 1ZE

An informal folk music session meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month. All instruments and voices welcome. Just turn up and join in. Austen Lynch 07794 197 680

CALDERVALE COUNTRY CLUB What’s On Fri 5th & 19th Jan - Meat Bingo. Eyes down 7:30pm.

Sun 28th Jan 2:00pm Free admission to the film ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow), part of the series of films giving hope for the future. Our meetings are followed by refreshments. Contact Daphne Sanders (01995) 641284 for further detais or visit www.lancsquakers.

Memberships for 2018 available to all. £12 only. Come and join this friendly club.

Room Hire We also have rooms that are available for community groups to hire. If you are interested in using the Meeting House for a one-off or regular meeting please use the contact details above for more information and to arrange to view the facilities.

Ros Ashworth (01995) 60377

Ian Barke 07939 235 389

Every Saturday night - Live entertainment and bingo from 7:30pm. £2 on the door. Every Sunday - Social Bingo. Eyes down 8:00pm.

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We would like to wish Sue and her team and readers of Focus a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Sun 28th Jan 4:00pm - 6:00pm - Tea Time Church. Games, crafts, children’s worship and buffet tea. Aimed at young families but all welcome.

Please put this date in your new diaries. The Inner Wheel Charity Quiz night will be held in the URC on Sat 17th Feb starting at 7:00pm. There will be hotpot and desert. More details next month. Christine Holland

GARSTANG RAMBLERS Sat 13th Jan - Claughton Sat 27th Jan - Lancaster Moor Hospital All walks start from the Garstang Community Centre Car Park and are subject to weather and the leader’s discretion. If you want to know more about the group or individual walks please give me a ring. Carol Stenning (01995) 601478

Friday Focus - FOCUS on Film. Fri 12th Jan 10:15am. A Film shown on a large screen, followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to discuss what you’ve seen. All Welcome. Friday Focus - FOCUS on the Bible. Fri 19th Jan 10:15am. Bible Study - ‘The Bread of Life’. Friday Focus - FOCUS on People. Fri 26th Jan 10:15am. Meet the Pastor’s wives. All welcome. Garstang Free Methodist Church (01995) 602852

KIRKLAND WI We meet the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, The Avenue, Churchtown, Nr. Garstang. New members and visitors always welcome. It’s a great way to meet neighbours and friends. Dorothy Walmsley (01995) 602558

CHERESTANC WI Wed 24th Jan 7:30pm URC Church Hall, Croston Road, Garstang Our speaker this month will be Linda Robinson who will be giving a talk entitled ‘Creative Thread – Landscapes in Fibre’. Please feel free to come along and join us. We meet at 7:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. It is a great way of getting to know local people. New members and visitors always welcome. For further details, or to arrange for a current member to greet you at the door contact Eileen Berry (01995) 603005 or Davida on (01995) 603863 Linda Bark


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GARSTANG PHOENIX WI Wed 10th Jan 2:00pm Garstang United Reformed Church Hall. The members of Garstang Phoenix WI will be welcoming Ruth Gibbons as our speaker for the January meeting. Ruth will be extolling the virtues of eating well, feeling great - a well planned speaker after the over indulgence of Christmas. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm in Garstang United Reformed Church Hall. Visitors and prospective new members are always warmly welcomed. Why not make a new years resolution and get involved with a new interest? May I take this opportunity on behalf of the committee to wish all members, both past and present, best wishes for the coming year. Lesley Wilson (01995 605274)

FORTON WI We have a happy mix of members from the village and further afield, including Garstang, Catterall and Lancaster. New members and guests are always very welcome. Further details from Pat Murgatroyd (01524) 791580 or Christine Smith (01524) 793549

SCORTON WI Tues 9th Jan at 7:30pm Scorton Methodist Chapel For our first meeting of 2018 we will look back to the time of Queen Victoria. Susan Douglass will tell us the story of Victorian Marriage and Love in the life of Henrietta Mary Miller. Many of us know little of Victorian life apart from the works of Dickens so this should be very informative. New members are always most welcome. Mary Hodges (01995) 604755


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HOUGHTON WEAVERS Advance Notice The Houghton Weavers will be appearing at Cockerham Village Hall on Mon 12th Feb. Tickets will cost ÂŁ10 and are available from Anne Curwen (01253) 790346. The concert has been arranged by Pilling Memorial Hall Committee and any funds raised will go towards the New Community Hall in Pilling. Come along and enjoy this evening of folk music and fun! Andrew Bell (01253) 790649

MEAT BINGO Winmarleigh Village Hall Meat Bingo takes place on the first Wednesday of the month from September through to May. Eyes down 7:30pm prompt. Refreshments are served at half time. All the meat is locally sourced. Everybody is welcome! Hilary Fryer (01995) 600715

OUT RAWCLIFFE BOWLING CLUB Annual General Meeting Mon 5th Feb 5th 7:30pm All welcome. Chris Creer

PHOENIX DANCE GROUP Barton Village Hall We meet every Saturday from 7:45pm to 11:15pm. Come and join us and enjoy Sequence Dancing with music by Alan Cookson on the key board. Admission ÂŁ4.00 including refreshments. For further information call Christine (01995) 679264 or Hazel (01524) 791177. Bill Cowan


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CLAUGHTON SEQUENCE DANCES Claughton Memorial Hall Tues 2nd Jan - John Lancaster Tues 16th Jan - John Lancaster Tues 30th Jan - John Lancaster Claughton sequence dancing for your enjoyment.with pleasant company, gentle exercise and good music. Beginners welcome. Price £3.50 including tea and biscuits. Dancing to John Lancaster. Contacts: Hazel (01524) 791177 or Christine (01995) 679264 Bill Cowan

PILLING HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Hugh Sherdley Memorial Lecture Tues 2nd Jan 7:30pm Methodist Church Meeting Room, Pilling ‘Pilling Mossland Farming in the Century’. Speaker James Houghton.


We meet the first Tuesday in the month from September to March at 7:30pm in the Methodist Church meeting room, Pilling. Annual subscription £10. Visitors £2. Mary Shepherd (01253) 790306

ROSE CHARITY NIGHT Sat 3rd Feb 7:00pm Hilton Hotel Blackpool Wine reception 7:00pm. Sit down four course meal at 7:30pm. Finish 1:00am. DJ, raffle, auction, photographer and more. Tickets £35 each. All proceeds to the Breast Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Mandy Parlane 07850 469 043

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GARSTANG RECORDED MUSIC SOC. Normal programmes resume on Mon 8th Jan with ‘Music from Three Cities’. Visitors are always welcome. We meet in Garstang Arts Centre starting at 7:30pm. £2 entry for non-members includes refreshments at the interval. Enquiries to David Greenwood (01995) 602875 or myself. Or visit www.garstangartssociety. and find us under ‘Activity Groups’. Or just come along! Gordon Semple (01995) 602337

CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young Matthew Hesmondhalgh Memorial Fund A Free heart Screening Event will be held on Sat 3rd Feb at Garstang Community Academy. If you are between 14 - 35 and would like

to have your heart tested free of charge appointments are available on-line at www. At the foot of the testmyheart homepage there is also the opportunity to complete an on-line screening interest form if this date is unsuitable. CRY will then contact you directly when there is a screening in the North West. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all for your support during 2017. It is only with your help we are able to put on these screening events in Garstang. For further info call/text Paula 07785 106 976 or Email Paula Hesmondhalgh

ST MICHAEL’S LADIES SOCIAL CLUB In December members enjoyed an excellent meal at the Grapes Inn at St. Michael’s. There was lots of lively conversation and lovely background music. A reminder that, because of elections, the Jan meeting will also be held at the Grapes Inn, St. Michaels at 7:30pm. Our thoughts lately have been with the family of Pamela Anderson, who passed away in November. Pam was a popular member, who in her own words, had a magical life. She was a retired teacher and her husband William, a head teacher, founded the Wardle, Anderson brass band at his school. This music was played at Pam’s funeral service and her favourite poem, ‘Warning’, by Jenney Joseph was read, starting, ‘When I am old I shall wear purple.’ I think we all know it! Very best wishes to all members for the New Year. The 2018 programme is now complete. See you all soon. Judith Hunter


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HEALTH CONFUSION First of all - Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had an enjoyable time over the Christmas holiday period. I stopped by my local coffee shop this morning to grab a Flat White before my working day began. Whilst I was waiting for it to be made I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation at a nearby table... An elderly gentleman was explaining to his friends at the table that he had read in the paper last week that drinking up to six cups of coffee a day are good for you and can help prevent cancer and heart disease amongst other things. What struck me about this was not the subject matter he was talking about - though if I had six cups of coffee a day I’d be zipping around faster than road-runner - but the fact he had garnered this snippet of information from a newspaper

These little gems of health information are drip fed to us regularly in the media presumably because they have nothing important to write about and to my mind they are responsible for confusing people about how to maintain health. In fact, as I write this the latest headline is eat a bowl of salad to prevent dementia; eating real food will most definitely help to prevent dementia, but the headline misses the simple fact that it is processed foods that contribute to these health problems. However, it does not pay to have a headline saying processed foods cause diseases! No doubt the very same newspaper will have a myriad of adverts for horror foods in its pages. In the last few months at my health food shop in Garstang I have seen demand suddenly rise then fall after a while for kefir (it is good for your gut and immune system) and inulin (it helps you sleep). We had inulin last year too as it helps burn off brown fat! I won’t bore you with the details about that but the information is out there if you want to find it. Before that it was raspberry ketones for weight loss! All these trends come and go over a few months as people look for a magic bullet to help their health improve. It is human nature to look for the easy options and a magic pill is so tempting to many of us but I have news for you - there is no magic bullet. There is no magic pill that will give you extraordinary good health all your life. In my opinion much of this idea stems from the pharmaceutical industry who by stealth have brainwashed us into thinking our health is maintained by taking pills. It is not. They have bought up our healthcare systems and turned them into massive dispensing systems for countless drugs handed out without thought or logic. An example of this is that millions of people


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HEALTH CONFUSION (cont) are given anti inflammatory drugs when they have an injury. So let’s unravel the almost pavlovian response from many people to take such a drug when they have pain: First of all, what is acute inflammation? It is a rapid response by your body to an injury - it causes swelling, immobility, redness, heat and pain - but why does it do this? Simple - the acute inflammatory response happens to heal your injury, yes, that’s right, it is a HEALING response. Which begs the question - if acute inflammation heals you why on earth would you take an anti inflammatory that actually suppresses your body’s attempts at fixing you? There is no logic in doing this and in my experience, repeatedly suppressing your body in this way leads to worse trouble down the line such as damaged joins, weakened soft tissues and chronic pain. However, it is inconvenient to think of it like this so we are

fed the message that pain is bad so get rid of the pain with a pill. Yet pain is our friend - just look at the terrible condition called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) where children with this problem will eat scalding hot food or bite off their own tongue! Pain protects us so look for WHY you have pain and get it fixed if you can. Sadly, because of media bombardments and misleading advertising along with a medical system that focuses on disease, we are left without any sense of how to maintain health and look for snippets of miracle cures in the media. But good health is not a pill - it is a way of life - actually a pleasurable way of life. Take joy in cooking real food from raw, high quality organic ingredients. Exercise and stretch your body every day and laugh a lot! Ensure your relationships are based on mutual respect and love and live in a clean environment. You own there keys to your health, not snippets in newspapers or pills from drug companies. Nick Tofalos (01995) 602833

FYLDE BIRD CLUB Tues 23rd Jan, 7:45pm The River Wyre, Poulton ‘Estonia’ with Barrie Cooper and AGM. We meet on the 4th Tuesday each month. We have speakers and other events throughout the year. £14 for a single member, £10 for a senior, juniors £5 or for a family £22 each year. Visitors £3.00.


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Our meetings recommence every fortnight from Wed 10th Jan.

After the Christmas break, our busy Winter Programme restarts on Wed 3rd Jan with a visit from local photographer David Bibby EFIAP CPAGB BPE3*. Always an interesting speaker with some great images he will be showing us his presentation ‘Iceland in Winter’.

We meet at St Helen’s Church Hall, Churchtown, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and anyone suffering from eye problems are most welcome to come along and join us. If you live in Garstang and the surrounding area we may be able to provide free transport to and from the venue. Just give me a telephone call for further information. We are a very friendly mixed group of people and you will be made most welcome. Most meetings we have either a speaker, entertainers, or quizzes, and over a cup of tea and biscuits you can speak to others who may have similar eye problems as yourself or just enjoy a natter. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. Lorna Musgrave (01995) 471319


On Wed 10th Jan we will be looking at members images put forward for selection for a competition with Holme Photographic Society to be held in February. Members will also be showing images taken for our ’Indoors’ assignment and we will be introducing the assignment for our next Workshop which will be ‘Mono’. Our meeting on Wed 17th Jan will be the second of our competition nights, our Annual Assignment, which will be ‘Textures’ and also our Portrait competition.

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GARSTANG CAMERA CLUB (cont) which takes place in March. This is an Open Competition, so entries can be on any subject and we have categories of Colour Print, Mono Print or Digital Images. New members are always welcome. We have a mixture of talks from skilled photographers, workshops to help improve your photography and competitions with expert judges who will give constructive comments about your images.

Seen Fina Days

During February we have a presentation by Stan Pearson entitled ‘Two Hours from Home’. Adrian and Sue Whitaker will give us an Audio Visual Presentation. Also in February we will make the final selection of images to be put forward for the ‘Battle with Holme’. Wed 7th Feb is the final date for members to enter their images for the Annual Competition

To get a feel for our small and friendly club, come along as a visitor for a small entrance fee and if you then wish to enrol, the membership subscription is halved for anyone who joins in January. Visit our website at for more details or email info@ Peter Knight 07807 084 899

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recent activities.

The Lions have given generously to the local Memory Café throughout the year which has helped to facilitate a number of

These included a Christmas decoration making activity in December; a games session held in November which included skittles, magnetic darts and bagatelle. A buffet lunch was arranged with carol singing on Mon 18th Dec and another lunch is to be provided in the Royal Oak on Fri 5th Jan. On Sat 2nd Dec the North West Children’s Support Group took a party of around 25 children to the pantomime. The Lions supported the day by funding the transport for the children, parents, and carers.

Our final 2017 delivery of clothes, toys and toiletries etc was made to the Fylde Coast Women’s Aid in mid-December. This project is very much a shared and ongoing operation with significant collections being made throughout the year by Kirkland WI, Garstang Soroptimists, the Inner Wheel Club of Garstang and Over Wyre and Garstang and District Lions. If you have any unwanted Christmas presents of new clothes (babies, small children or ladies ); new toys, new cosmetic or new toiletry items, then our collection point is The Resource Centre (the offices of the old Liberal Club) on Bridge Street. We would be grateful for any of these items which would then be taken to the Women’s Aid offices for distribution to their various centres. Events The Mencap Christmas Lunch held Sun 10th


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GARSTANG & DISTRICT LIONS (cont) Dec was a great success with no empty tables and no empty stomachs either. Over 80 guests sat down to a delicious meal provided by Andrea and her staff at the Kenlis Arms. Later there was a carol singing session arranged by Garstang Musical Productions and the usual visit from Father Christmas. Our special thanks for their generous donations go to Hamlet’s Butchers, Direct Poultry, Sainsbury’s and I Love Home. All of our guests seemed to have had a great time and we hope to see them all again next year. The Lions organised the Santa’s Grotto on the two bitterly cold Victorian Evenings. As always, this was very busy and also much appreciated by the children, their parents and grandparents with many precious family photographs taken.

On Sun 14th Jan the Lions will be assisting with car parking at the Garstang Academy 10k and Fun Run. The Lions Charter Evening is to be held on Sat 10th Feb at the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite with turkey definitely not being on this menu. Get in Touch As always, the Gartsand and District Lions would welcome in 2018 any new members or people who are just interested in seeing what we do. Information is on the website at www. Just speak to any member or come along to our meeting on the third Tuesday of the month in the Royal Oak at 8:00pm. Chris Wilkinson - Garstang and District Lions

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GARSTANG TOWN COUNCIL Garstang Town Council would like to wish you all a Happy & Prosperous New Year. New Councillor A big, warm welcome to our newest Councillor, Cllr Jonathan (Jonny) Leech who has been co-opted onto the Council. We look forward to working with him. Town Council Facebook Page We are pleased to announce we now have a Facebook page. Please like and follow our page to keep up to date with the latest planning applications in the area, agenda items and resolutions plus local events. We will also update the page with the latest updates from Wyre Council. Dangerous Railings We have again raised the problems with the damaged railings at Park Hill Road and

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Moss Lane with Lancashire County Council. Apparently the guard railing has to be ordered as they don’t keep any stock. County Cllr Turner has assured the Town Council that it would be repaired before Christmas. Garstang Scarecrow Festival 2018 Cllr Webster and her Scarecrow Festival team are working very hard behind the scenes organising Garstang’s Scarecrow Festival to be held from Fri 20th July to Sun 22nd July. The theme, decided by the community for 2018, is ‘Children’s Cartoon, TV and Film Characters’ so get your thinking caps on. This will be a fun filled weekend for all the family and will also raise money for local charities. Details on how to enter this event will be published in due course. Please keep up to date by liking our Garstang Scarecrow Festival page on Facebook. If your business, school, nursery or preschool would like further information on how to become in involved in this event please email Cllr Elizabeth Webster at Garstang in Bloom Awards The following awards have been achieved in 2017: •

Environmental Awards for Schools 2017 - St Thomas’ C.E. Primary School, Garstang (1 of only 3 awarded in the county).

Young Wyre in Bloom; Order of Gold, St Thomas’ C.E. Primary School, Garstang.

Biodiversity Award (Small) Kepple Lane Park, Garstang.

RHS Parks Award Gold Medal: Kepple Lane Park, Garstang.





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GARSTANG TOWN COUNCIL (cont) Millennium Green. •

Best Small Town Gold Medal: Garstang in Bloom.

It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding, Sandbriggs Court.

It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding, Millennium Green.

It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding, Kepple Lane Park.

The Town Council wish to congratulate all the community groups on their recent award successes. Garstang Youth Council Garstang Youth Council held their annual AGM in October. Youth Cllr Nathan Halford took over the Chain of Office from outgoing Youth Mayor Lucas Brown. The room was packed with community heads from many

of Garstang’s local organisations including Scouts, Guides, schools, police, Garstang Theatre Group and many charity reps. Nathan has been a member of GYC for many years and was proud to accept and follow a family tradition of civic duty. His charity for the year 2017/18 will be the Millennium Green. Youth Cllr Oliver Atkinson announced that the annual GYC award for Citizen of the Year would go to Sandra Perkins. He gave thanks for all her support and hard work that she does for Garstang. Oliver thanked Lynn Harter on behalf of all fellow Youth Councillors for the many years of hard work she had put into building a Youth Council and giving the young people of the town an opportunity to voice their concerns or ideas to those who make decisions that will affect their own future. Lynn is stepping back from her YC duties, although she made it clear she will continue to follow their progress with interest, and offer help if and when needed. Garstang Youth Council would like to thank Wyrebank for offering the room free of charge for the evening, and Booths for the refreshments. Next Council Meeting & Surgery Two councillors will available during our surgery on Sat 6th Jan at 10:00am at the Library to discuss questions or concerns regarding the Garstang ward. The next meeting of the Town Council will be held at 7.30pm on Mon 15th Jan again at the Library. Don’t forget to check our website for regular updates www.garstangtowncouncil. org and our new Facebook page. Mrs Edwina Parry - 07592 792 801 Town Clerk


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Coffee Stop provides a regular Tuesday morning meeting place for local people. We run as a community cafe staffed by volunteers. Call in anytime between 10:00am and 12 noon. Why not give us a try in January? Call in for a cuppa as we begin 2018.

Charity Number: 208795

We will be open in Inglewhite Church Hall on Tues 9th and 23rd Jan and in Catterall Village Hall on Tues 30th Jan.

There are seven Almshouses arranged in a crescent with a communal lawn to the front and individual gardens to the rear and are located in Dimples Lane, Garstang.

Church but not on a Sunday begins with an invitation to Garstang Fish & Chips ( Park Hill Road ) on Thurs 1st Feb at 6:30pm. Come and see if an informal, small group style of church might work for you. All welcome. For further details regarding any of the above see Inglewhite Church website or contact me. We would love you to join us. Lesley Hardman (01995) 641175

William Henry King Almshouses are charitable Almshouses administered by a Trust set up by the will of the late William Henry King. The Trust is described by the Charity Commission as: ‘Almshouses for the poor of Garstang’.

In accordance with the Trust Deed residents need to be elderly people of the local area being of limited means. The Trust now has a vacant Almshouse and the Trustees are advertising for a new resident with a projected move-in date for the beginning of February 2018. The Trust is responsible for all repairs of the fabric of the Almshouses both internal and

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W. H. KING’S ALMSHOUSES (cont) external and pays for all electricity consumed in each Almshouse, so long as consumption is deemed to be at a sensible rate. The Trust also pays for the water charge and maintenance of the gardens to the front of the Almshouses adjoining Dimples Lane. Residents are responsible for their individual gardens to the rear of each Almshouse and their own Council Tax. The Trustees understand that residents have been successful in obtaining Local Authority assistance for payment of Council Tax. The vacant Almshouse is a single occupant property. The Trust is not responsible for resident’s own furniture and possessions. Each resident must pay a weekly maintenance charge which is currently set at £70.00 per week for all 52 weeks in any one year. Anyone who would like to take advantage


of this opportunity should apply in writing by Wed 24th Jan with a view to being asked to attend an interview with the Trustees. Please respond to: Simon Noble Clerk & Trustee W.H.King Almshouses Trust Bog House Farm (Oakenclough House) Oakenclough, Garstang, PR3 1ULDr Deakin

GARSTANG MEDICAL PRACTICE Dr Deakin retired at the end of December. He has been an integral part of our practice over the past 28 years, and he will be very much missed. We are sure you will all join the staff and Partners of Garstang Medical Practice in saying a huge thank you for all his hard work and for all that he has done for his patients. We wish him a long and happy retirement.

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GARSTANG MEDICAL (cont) Flu If you have not yet booked your flu vaccination, you can do so now either via reception or online if you are registered for Patient Access. Don’t forget children aged two and three on August 31 2017 (so those born between Sept 1st 2013 and August 31st 2015) are also eligible to receive the flu vaccination in the form of nasal spray. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact reception for advice. Self-Care Self-care is often the best first choice for minor illnesses and ailments. Many common illnesses and complaints such as hayfever, coughs, colds, stomach upset and sore throats can be treated with plenty of rest and over the counter medicines. There is usually no need to consult a doctor or nurse for these minor ailments. In order to help you to know when self-care is safe and appropriate, we have a number of self-care leaflets available in reception, at our onsite dispensary or available on our website at


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GARSTANG LIBRARY From all the team here at Garstang Library we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

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‘Wilde Reflections’ with Anne Gaelan Thurs 11th Jan 6:30pm - 8:00pm. A mixture of music and poetry with a gypsy theme. Tickets are £4.00 each which includes refreshments.

A drop in group session held every 2nd Thursday 10:30am - 12:30pm for people with mental distress to help you to look into education, learning, work and volunteering. For further details and information please contact: Lionel Rice, Employment Development Service. (01524) 700015 / 07738 148 289.

‘The Custom of the Trade’ Shaun Lewis – Thurs 25th Jan 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Author Shaun Lewis will be at Garstang to talk about his book. This event is free. Check out posters in the Library or ask any member of staff for further details. Town Council Representatives from Garstang Town Council will be present in the Library bi-monthly between 10:00am until 12 noon. If you have any issues which you would like to discuss

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GARSTANG LIBRARY (cont) E Book Service please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff who will be happy to help or show you the service on your chosen device. Tablet Drop-in Session If you need a quick solution to any issues on your tablet then come along to our new Tablet Drop-in Session held every Thursday morning 10:00am - 10:30am. Time to Chat Would you like to come for a cup of tea and make new friends in a friendly informal group? Netta and Jenny would like to invite you to ‘Time to Chat’ on the last Friday of every month. For further details contact Netta (01995) 604131 or Jenny 07905 903 955. Next meeting Fri 26th Jan 10:30am 12:30pm Knit and Natter Our knit and Natter group meet at the Library

every Tues and Fri afternoon 2:00pm 4:00pm. The group are always looking for new members to join so if you enjoy knitting or fancy starting up a new hobby just come along to the Library and join in with this friendly group. Refreshments are provided as well as expert help and advice. Memory Cafe Wed 3rd Jan 10:00am - 12 noon. A Free drop-in Cafe for carers and those living with dementia. All are welcome to come along to the Library meeting room, on the first Wednesday of every month, for a chat and cup of tea. Also every 3rd Monday between 2:00pm - 4:00pm Mon 15th Jan. Contact Sandra Perkins (01995) 471236 or simply pop into the Library. Bowland Choir The Bowland Choir meet every Wednesday in the Library at 6:30pm.


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GARSTANG LIBRARY (cont) No experience of singing or reading music is necessary to join the group as they sing together for fun and friendship. Come along and give it a try. New members are always welcome. There is a charge of £4.00. Contact (01524) 831997 anni.tracy@moremusic. Children’s Activities Chess Club Join us every Saturday at Garstang Library for our Junior Chess Club from 11:00am -12 noon. A great way to sharpen your skills while meeting others. Are you under 10 and interested in Coding? Why not come along to our new Coding Club being run on Saturday mornings 10:00am11:00am with our new Reading Hack volunteer Peter.

Play and Chat Every Monday morning at 10:30am immediately after Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Join Sandra and Helen in a calm, friendly environment where educational toys and activities will be provided for young children to play and explore. This toddler group is free of charge but donations are welcome for tea/ coffee. Baby Bounce and Rhyme - Mon and Fri 10:00am - 10:30am. Toddler Rhyme Time - Tues 2:00pm - 2:30pm. Storytime for the Under 5’s - Fri 2:00pm 2:30pm. All these events are free so just come along and join in the fun. Reading Groups Our reading groups will meet on Thurs 11th

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GARSTANG LIBRARY (cont) Jan 2:00pm and Tues 16th Jan 7:30pm. For more information or to book a place at any of the above telephone 03001 236 703 Email Or just pop into the Library and speak to a member of staff. Mobile Libraries Glenys your Mobile Librarian offers a warm, friendly welcome to her ‘Big Yellow Library Van’. The Mobile Library stocks books in a variety of formats and has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles for all ages. If not already a Library member it is easy to join. For details of exact times and locations of stops please ring 07717 543 763 or email garstang. d Op 10 ays en am a w 7 - 4 eek pm

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GARSTANG WINE CIRCLE (cont) Adam brought to the meeting. A delicious white from a grape normally used for sherry, Muscadet and Lambrusco, cheap and cheerful wines that were popular in the past, but reincarnated at a much higher level of quality, and an Austrian Red were some of the interesting collection that we sampled that night. A demonstration that independent shops are always worth a look for something different and interesting. On Sun 10th Dec we held our James Bond themed Christmas Social. It was an excuse for many of the men to turn up in their dinner suits, and some extravagant costumes for the ladies. Quizes on Bond Film Theme Music, and general facts about 007 kept everybody entertained, together with the challenge to build a gadget that ‘Q’ would be proud of from a bag of odds and ends on each table. In the traditions of both James Bond and the circle, wine and good food were an important part of the evening that started with Dry Martinis prepared by Alan and Glynis Jefferson. A collection of wines worthy of such an event selected by Guy Pugh, food prepared by Anne Whitehead and the cookery team, music and theme music quiz selected and presented by Steve Riding, the general quiz by Brian Heaton, and monologues by Ann Wicks, resulted in a thoroughly entertaining and gastronomic evening that was expertly compered by Alan Jefferson. The next meeting of the circle will be at 7.30pm on Mon 16th Jan at the Arts Centre when circle member Jennifer McNamee will give a presentation on wines from Bordeaux. Details from Don Goodier (01995) 603720. Mervyn Stokes

GARSTANG PAINTING GROUP Happy New Year to everyone. Time to bring out your new paints, brushes or mixed medias! January







subscriptions! But then the new programme will be revealed to all members and the New Year really begins in glorious technicolour with the ‘Open Exhibition’ at the Garstang Arts Centre. Pictures must be entered on Sat 6th Jan between 10:30am and 12:00 noon, (entry forms having been submitted in December). The exhibition will open on the following Tuesday. All pictures will be available to visitors for sale. The year begins for the Painting Group on Wednesday afternoons when we practice all we have learned in 2017 and work towards a year of exciting and colourful inspired works of art! Happy painting everyone. Contact Carolyn Wood (01253) 812270

ST AIDAN’S NEWS (cont) The build-up to Christmas is always a busy yet exciting time in schools. Once again, this has been the case at Saint Aidan’s. We held our second Personal Development Day of the academic year. This is a day when regular lessons are collapsed for the day and students have the opportunity to get their teeth into an important topic for the entire day. Year 7 travelled to Blackburn Cathedral for a variety of faith-based workshops. Year 8 studied Leadership Skills whilst Year 9, with an eye on their upcoming GCSE options, looked at Career Choices. Year 10 spent the day learning about healthy relationships and Year 11 had five hours of tailored revision sessions to prepare for their mock GCSE examinations. In late Nov we attended the Blackpool Gazette Education Awards. We were fortunate enough to win the Careers Aspiration Award and Headteacher of the Year as well as be highly commended in a number of other categories including Secondary School of the

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ST AIDAN’S NEWS (cont) Year. Individual students who were honoured were Charlotte Werner and Rowan TjepkemaVermeulen whilst Mr Dalton was highly commended in the Teacher of the Year category. All in all, a very enjoyable and successful night. In a similar vein, Year 9 student Emily Checkley was chosen as Rotary Young Chef in a bake-off and will represent the school in future heats. In school, we have enjoyed our Year 7 Christmas Disco, Senior Citizen’s Party and P.T.A. Christmas Fair, which raised well over £3,000 for the Association’s funds. The Year 7 students also had the opportunity to have an afternoon at the theatre, watching ‘Aladdin’ at The Duke’s in Lancaster. Whilst on the theatre theme, we were very grateful to the Rev. Paul Critchley, from

Poulton Methodist Church, and his team who came in to present ‘Brothers in Arms’. This was a very moving production set in the trenches of World War One and was excellently received by Year 9 students and staff alike. As we approach the 100th Anniversary on the 1918 Armistice, this was a timely reminder of the sacrifices that were made. We finally got our Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoe boxes off on their journeys around the world. The final total was a whopping 258. We cannot thank enough those who donated boxes and items! Phew! Another busy term over. I can only close by thanking all in the local community for their support and wishing all readers a very happy and successful 2018. Andy Smith, Headteacher

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COMPUTER ADVICE (cont) installing an extra security product rather than just relying on the basic one in Windows and again check to see if there is a ‘find my device’ option. If you’ve bought a second-hand device, remove the previous owner’s settings and data if this hasn’t already been done. Ensure the device is running the most updo-date version of the operating system and apps before using it. If you’re now going to sell or dispose of your old phone, tablet or computer, carry out a reset and be sure you’ve removed all your data and personal information – you should be able to find out how by looking on the manufacturer’s website. As ever if you have any questions or concerns about computer security then please do get in touch. Joan Bailey 07528 173 891

OVER 50’S CHARITY LUNCHES Beat the winter blues and join us for our Over 50’s Charity Lunches at Garstang Golf Club (soup and sandwiches, tea or coffee) with entertainment, raising money for local boy Luke Carter’s operation. Luke attends St Thomas School. Tickets only £10 each from Sweets, High Street, Garstang. Further information from David 07984 405 739 or Sue 07946 826 133

RVS LUNCH CLUB The Lunch Club meets each Thursday at St Thomas’ Community Hall, Church Street at. 12:00 noon. If you are aged 60+ and live alone in the Garstang area you can join us. We serve a two course meal and a cup of tea for £4.50. Judith (01253) 932271

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SOROPTIMISTS Women inspiring action, transforming lives Good News! Backpacks fantastic achievement. We are so proud to announce that, with the help of our many friends, we have now sent 300 backpacks off to Mary’s Meals! We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us over the past years, and to say that we intend to carry on helping very poor children to get an education through this very worthwhile project. Please continue to support us – if Santa brought any new backpacks to your house, please could we have your old one? Garstang Victorian Festival We hope you all enjoyed your parched peas on the Victorian Festival nights on Garstang High Street. Garstang Soroptimists raised a total of £365 this year for our two charities – ‘Classrooms in the Clouds Nepal’ (our club charity) and ‘Women, Water and Leadership’ (Soroptimist International charity for 2017-2019).

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SOROPTIMISTS (cont) Lights fund. We hope the lucky winner enjoys our choices. All Work and no Play etc It’s not all work being a Soroptimist. We had fun at our Christmas meal at The Crofters, where everybody was asked to wear a Christmas jumper to mark Christmas Jumper Day – a Save The Children Fund event, slogan ‘make the world better with a sweater’. A prize was awarded for the best look (well done Lesley). We provided our own entertainment and raised a bit of money as well. May the members of your local Soroptimist club wish you all a very Happy, Peaceful, and Healthy New Year! Short of a New Year resolution? Why don’t you join this boundless network? It could be the best thing you’ve ever done! We meet twice a month at the Garstang Hotel and Golf Club. 7.30pm, on the second and fourth Wednesday (but not in December). Interested ladies from throughout the Over Wyre and Garstang district are always very welcome. Muriel Burnham-Airey (01995) 606604

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE GROUP Classes are on Monday evenings at 7:30pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, PR3 1FL. New members will be made most welcome - no previous dancing experience necessary. Cost (including tea and biscuits) £3. For further information contact Pam (01995) 603536 or Ian (01995) 603998 or just come along! Marlene Towns

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CAT SMITH MP Hello everyone. I hope you’ve all had the Christmas you wished for and that 2018 brings you love, happiness and lots of opportunities to laugh and be with friends and family. When I look back at the year just gone I can’t help but reflect on how extraordinary it’s been. From the surprise election and inauguration of Donald Trump to a snap general election that none of us had anticipated. When a sudden election is called, the impact on an MP’s constituency office is enormous. For a start, the MP is no longer an MP and therefore we can’t continue helping our constituents. Our staff have to take leave and it can be an uncertain time as they don’t know if they’ll have a job once the election is over!


Having only fought an election two years before I didn’t think I’d be doing it all over again! Fortunately eight weeks after the election was called my team still had jobs and I was returned with a much bigger majority. Thank you to those of you who voted for me. And thank you to those who voted. I believe it’s so important for all of us to engage in the democratic process. This year I’ve argued to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds. Currently 1.5 million young people are denied their full rights as citizens and their ability to influence decisions made by politicians about issues that affect their lives. At 16 you are eligible to pay tax, get married or even join the army. It’s time to give our young people the respect they deserve. This year has also seen some very dark times. The terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the bombing of London and Manchester

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CAT SMITH MP (cont) and the despicable targeting of young people who’d all been so excited to see their favourite singer. My heart goes out to those families who had to face their first Christmas without their children and loved ones.

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The back end of the year also saw more flooding. I met many of the victims at my ‘Chat with Cat’ session at Knott End Library in December. I’ll continue to put pressure on the Environment Agency and local authorities to clear the dykes and gullies which have silted up and become clogged with vegetation meaning the water has nowhere to drain away to.

This project affects the people of Preesall and Knott End over to Fleetwood where a huge outfall pipe will discharge thousands of tons of brine into the sea at Rossall.

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On your behalf myself and my team have fought to right injustices and solve personal crises. I have written more than 7,000 emails responding to constituents or writing on their behalf to Government Ministers, local councils and agencies. I will continue to do so in the coming year.

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As always, if I can be of any help to you, please do get in touch with me. Email me on cat. but remember to include your full postal address. As the Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood I can only take up individual cases if you live in my constituency. That includes Knott End, Preesall, Pilling, Cockerham, Forton, Scorton and Dolphinholme. If you want to meet with me to discuss any issue, local or national, please phone my office on (01253) 490440 to book an appointment in one of my regular advice surgeries. For many, the start of a new year can bring mixed emotions. A time of new beginnings and fresh starts comes with it a time of reflection and promises that more often than not tend to be short lived. Whether your resolutions consist of joining the gym and cutting out the chocolate biscuits or painting the shed and taking the kids swimming more often, remember, ‘a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other!’ Best wishes to you all in 2018. Cat Smith MP

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BEN WALLACE MP First of all, I would like to wish you all a happy New Year. I sincerely hope you and your family have had a good Christmas and are looking forward to 2018. I don’t have to tell anyone how eventful 2017 was for many reasons. Westminster continues to be extremely busy and I am looking forward to meeting the challenges that the New Year will inevitably bring. School Visits Just before Christmas I visited schools which, as I have said many times, is particularly enjoyable. The questions students ask me vary, from a reception class pupil asking if I had met the Queen to being grilled on Government policy by sixth form students.

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I hope to welcome more schools from the constituency down to Westminster to visit and I also intend to continue to visit and champion our outstanding schools locally. Flooding Flooding continues to be an important issue which has affected residents from across the constituency. The heavy rainfall in November caused flooding in many areas. Although the banks of the Wyre held, some properties in the area did flood due to the sheer amount of rain. At the end of last year the Environment Agency published its ‘Upper Middle Wyre Strategy Report’. I had hoped this long awaited report would look at improving flood defences in the constituency. However, I am concerned that the real focus of the report appears to be the future of the flood basins in Catterall and Garstang, with the case being made for them to be decommissioned. The flood basins have been operated more frequently than envisaged in recent years and have, in my opinion, reduced the risk of flooding further downstream. The Environment Agency has acknowledged that decommissioning the flood basins will increase the number of properties at risk of flooding and proposes no means of mitigating this increased flood risk. I am greatly concerned and have called the Agency to meet with me to discuss this further and ensure that my constituents are protected. I would like to commend the various local flood groups in the area who ensure that local residents are kept informed of progress being made to tackle flooding. They also play an important role in alerting residents to flood warnings. I know the Churchtown Flood Forum have also been using their expertise and personal experiences of flooding to help

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BEN WALLACE MP (cont) residents who have been affected recently by flooding in other areas. Fracking You may recall that when the Communities Secretary considered Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse their application to commence fracking, he gave the company an opportunity to address concerns which had been raised about the transport arrangements to and from their Roseacre Wood site. Cuadrilla is now consulting on three possible HGV routes. I will be objecting to all the routes proposed as I do not consider them to be safe or viable. I would encourage you to participate in the consultation process. Further details can be found on Cuadrilla’s website atr site/roseacre-wood. The consultation closes on Wed 10th Jan. Mental Health Another priority issue which I will continuing to raise in the year ahead is mental health, particularly crisis care. I am due to meet the Chief Executive of Lancashire Care in the coming weeks to discuss crisis care and the provision of mental health in-patient beds across the county. As well as raising concerns which have been highlighted to me as a result of individual cases, I will be offering my support to lobby for greater central government funding for our area.

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If 2018 is half as eventful as last year, then we are in for another roller coaster ride. I continue to believe that even though many things are sent to test us here in North Lancashire, we have the resolve to deal with them. We remain an area of high employment and due to our amazing schools our young people are ready for any challenges they may face. If I can be of any assistance to you please email me at or write to me at the House of Commons (The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA). Alternatively you can contact my office at the House of Commons on 0207 219 5804 or my Constituency Office on (01995) 672977. Ben Wallace MP

Entries for the popular Open Competition may be seen in the Arts Centre from Tues 9th Jan until Thur 8th Feb. Judging will be by professional artist, Les Darlow who will give a short critique and present the prizes to the winners on Sat 20th Jan at 11:00am. All welcome. Sheila Tearle (01995) 603816 Garstang Ukulele Group Ukulele group members were performing somewhere every month last year and we performed over 50 times in total. In January we’ll be in Forton and Chipping and we are looking forward to some new bookings. We usually perform for about an hour with a set of familiar songs, a bit of country, folk, easy listening and sometimes rock n roll.




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GARSTANG ARTS CENTRE (cont) There are usually between 12 - 18 of us at a gig, unless it’s on a Sunday afternoon (our normal practice time) when it might be 30 40! We charge between £20 - £50 depending on whether we are playing for a community or commercial organisation but we also play free for community fundraising events. We also enjoy playing in pubs when other musicians can join us in choosing songs from our songbooks. All we need is an invitation. If you’re a community group, nursing home, pub or charity and you’d like to book the best ukulele group in Garstang, contact Bob Sapey (01995) 604621 bobsapey@gmail. com Happy New Year! Poetry Appreciation Group Fri 26th Jan 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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This is the first poetry meeting of the New Year. We begin with a nice relaxed session we can all be involved with. The title is ‘Poems by Poets who begin with L, M or O’. There’s plenty of scope so let your imagination run free! We look forward to seeing you in January. Contact Marie Whalley (01995) 603605. Bridge Group The Arts Centre Bridge Group will recommence on Mon 8th Jan 7:00pm and continue to meet each Monday throughout January, also on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30pm on the 9th, 23rd and 30th Jan. New members are always welcome at this friendly group. Don’t worry if you are a complete beginner as there is always help and advice from more experienced players. For more information, please ontact Bob Burns (01995) 603524. Across 1. Modern wireless exchange system (9) 7. Networked (10) 10. Distract (6) 11. A toast! (6) 14. Getting better (10) 15. Vigilance (9) Down 2. Optical instrument (4) 3. The first garden? (4) 4. Types of giraffes (6) 5. Tie to (6) 6. Amends (5) 8. Neck warmer (5) 9. Writing instrument (6) 10. Chauffeur (6) 12. Surface material of grain (4) 13. Wildebeests (4)

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GARSTANG ARTS CENTRE (cont) Garstang Floral Art Group The first meeting of the New Year will take place in the Arts Centre on Tues 16th Jan at 2:00pm. The speaker will be Matthew Smith from Brighter Blooms. who will talk to us about planting and care of Zantedeschias and other summer flowering bulbs. There will be an opportunity to purchase bulbs at the meeting. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. The programme for 2018 will be available will be made very welcome. Contact June (01995) 602505 or Mary (01995) 605210.

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We meet on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 12 noon. If you enjoy knitting, crochet, embroidery, patchwork, applique or would like to learn, do come and join this friendly, helpful group. Contact Ann Kelsall (01995) 606408 or just turn up! Songbirds We continue as a ladies group. On the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month there will be piano accompaniment, but on the 2nd and 4th Mondays we will sing along to CDs/computer. We will still close on bank holidays. Dates will be on The Arts Centre noticeboard. Songbirds is a very friendly group – we do not give performances, just enjoy singing a wide repertoire and welcome those who have never sung in a group before, as well as those who sing well but do not want the commitment of a ‘proper’ choir! Contact Avril (01995) 602904 or Hilary (01995) 606333. Paint & Chatter Fri 10:00am - 12 noon We are a group for people who like to paint and draw in a social atmosphere. No tuition available. Bring you own artist materials or finish work you’ve already started. Small annual charge for the use of the Arts Centre. Contact Jean Hayes 0759 487 990.

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GARSTANG ARTS CENTRE (cont) Woolcraft Please come along on Tuesday evenings (except the first of the month) at 7:00pm. We work on individual and group projects, often raising money for charities. Everyone is welcome. Experienced or beginner, we will support you! There will also be tea and biscuits! Contact Kate Crook 07759 659 004. Garstang Folk Dance Group We meet on Tuesday evenings 7:30pm 9:30pm from September to May. We offer a varied programme of old and new English country dances. Beginners welcome. Contact Alan & Joan Anderson (01524) 61483. Judy Osborne (01995) 600996

GARSTANG RUNNING CLUB The inaugural Myserscough 10 Road Race on Sun 3rd Dec was a tremendous success. Runners came from far and wide and there

were many positive comments about the route, the organisation and, in particular, the venue. The traffic was light and the weather good that Sunday morning – certainly not as cold as a week later! First in was Jack Woods from Ilkley Harriers in 53 minutes and 54 seconds – a mere 8 seconds ahead of Tommy Harrison from Bolton United Harriers. They had stayed together throughout the race but Jack came off best in the finishing straight. It was four minutes before anyone else appeared! First lady was more local – Emily Japp from Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde in 60 minutes and 41 seconds. There were 258 finishers in total with Garstang RC members doing well. They were Chris Horner (23rd), Graeme Murray (26th), Phil Cray (43rd), James Cornall (52nd), Stewart

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GARSTANG RUNNING CLUB (cont) Lamb (93rd), Amie McAvoy (95th), Claire Godfrey (141st) and Elizabeth Anderson (198th). Amazingly this was Elizabeth’s first race over 10k so she was well pleased. She recently joined the club following the setting up of a running group at Myerscough College in partnership with the Running Club. The Running Club is very grateful to all who took part and particularly to Myerscough College for allowing us to hold the event there and Garstang Lions for sorting out the carparking. We look forward to next December! Entries are already open. In the meantime our next event is the Garstang Gallop 7 mile on Sun 25th March. This is our annual charity race and this year we are supporting people with Addison’s Disease. Although rare, one of our members suffers from this - a condition brought about by the failure of the adrenal glands. If you are interested in taking part in the race

details are on the club website. The race starts on the High Street and winds its way round Dimples, Barnacre and Cabus to finish at the Water Intake Road in between the rugby and football pitches. If you want more information about the running club visit the website at www. or contact me. Frank Miller (01995) 604030

GARSTANG HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Society’s first session of 2018 is an unusual angle on a local topic - the history of Catterall. At first glance the village to the south of Garstang does not appear to have much of an industrial heritage, but take a closer look around the byways, field paths and at some of its old homes and you’ll discover more about the area’s past than you could ever imagine.

SWISH SWAPSHOP Ladies Charity Evening of fashion and fun including refreshments, sweet treats and a fashion show at Garstang Free Methodist Church Windsor Road Saturday 20th January 2018 at 7.30pm Drop off your clean, pressed swish items on a hanger with a size sticker at Garstang Free Methodist Church between 10am and 12noon on the day. Tickets are free with ALL money donated on the night to Grace Ministries Food Bank in Morecambe Tickets available from Garstang Fish & Chip Shop or Ring 01995 602852


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Village resident Mr John Waite (nom de plume Joe Lane), a retired engineer, recently wrote a book titled ‘A Ramble Round Catterall and District’ in which he examined the area’s forgotten industrial past.

The first meeting of the New Year is on Tues 16th Jan 7:15pm for 7:30pm.

Mr Waite will be outlining some of his findings at Garstang United Reformed Church on Wed 10th Jan at 7:30pm. Entry is free for members (£3 for visitors, including postlecture refreshments). For more information ring Peter Burrell (01995) 601054. Anthony Coppin

POULTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY We meet in the Methodist Church Hall Queensway, Poulton every Thursday at 7:30pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome to come to any meetings. You will find our website at Wed 4th Jan - Workshop Evening - Getting the most from your camera, Macro photography, Making a photobook, Compiling an Audio Visual presentation, Layers and colour profiling, Nik effects. Wed 11th Jan - The first Club Competition of 2018 – Members’ Projected Digital Images judged by Paul King. Wed 18th Jan - ‘Street Photography’ with Alf Myers. Alf is a passionate street photographer. He will present a selection of his images and talk us through the techniques involved in capturing them. Wed 25th Jan - ‘The Long Road South’ with Justin Garner. An illustrated talk about Justin’s journey though South America where he travelled south though Peru and Chile. The images in the talk will cover nature, landscapes and travel photography. Christine Storey

You will be most welcome to pay us a visit and perhaps put that New Year Resolution into practice. All year you have been meaning to start something new, to challenge yourself, to meet new people. This is the opportunity. Members will be speaking on the title ‘Look What You’ve Got’. Past experience indicates that this will generate short speeches that will be interesting, stimulating and very often hilarious. There will be no pressure to participate, just watch, listen and enjoy. No qualifications or experience are required to be a member of a Speaker’s Club. Members will tell you that the biggest benefit is a boost in confidence; if that could apply to you then take that first step and come along.

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GARSTANG LADIES (cont) events in the Garstang area – one is top secret at the moment! However, I can say that it is a colourful event that will appeal to every member of your family, whatever age they are – we hope to For more information visit our website at bring you more news in the next edition. Find us on Facebook or to contact a club Look out for the big announcement. Garstang Ladies is a very friendly speaker’s club which meets in the comfortable surroundings of the Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club on the first and third Tuesday of each month from September to May.

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ST JOHN’S HOSPICE 2018 is St John’s Hospice’s 32nd year of caring for local patients and the people who love them. So many things have changed since we opened in 1986, but the two constants have been the compassionate care and dedication of our team, both staff and volunteers, and the unstinting support of our local community. Each year you bake cakes, climb mountains, play our lottery, donate furniture, donate time, walk, run and cycle for us in a bid to raise much needed funds. I am sure you know by now that hospice care is not fully funded by the NHS. At St John’s we receive just one third of our annual running costs, the rest is raised by wonderful people like you. If you are making a 2018 resolution, why not resolve to get involved in fundraising for the hospice this year? In 2018 we are planning some exciting

Another important date for your diary is Sat 10th Nov. We will be holding our first winter ball at the Garstang Country Hotel. Our hospice balls in Lancashire and Cumbria are legendary – people attend year after year. Places are limited, so call Helen Soutar now on (01524) 382538 to provisionally book tickets for what is sure to be a sumptuous and funfilled evening. On behalf of the patients and families at the hospice, thank you for your continued support. There would simply be no hospice care without you. Wishing you all a peaceful and healthy 2018. Sue McGraw - Chief Executive St John’s Hospice (01524) 382538

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NO GAS STORAG including the pumping station and brine outfall pipe, with washing out of the caverns due by the end of 2018. Halite anticipate that gas will be stored in the caverns by 2020. Nine caverns will be built in the first phase followed by another ten depending on a financial viability assessment.

Halite Energy announced in October that they were beginning construction of the Preesall underground gas storage project in early 2018. Work is due to begin with the access road from the A588 (Hall Gate Lane) in February or March followed by other basic infrastructure

The project is a huge infrastructure project that will massively industrialise our local area and is unwanted by the overwhelming majority of local residents. There are concerns about safety and the geology of the project. Traffic is another concern with up to sixty two lorries a day allowed on our already damaged roads plus traffic from construction workers. Halite are currently undertaking surveys and other works that are conditions of the development consent order before they can begin. These include marine surveys, archaeological surveys and environmental surveys and traffic management plans. These have to be signed off by the relevant agencies as well as Wyre Borough Council before they can start. Halite has re-opened a community liaison panel for communication with local people. The panel is made up of 18 - 20 people, mainly from local Councils and representatives from local MPs. We asked for a place on the panel and are happy to pass on your comments and questions to Halite via the panel. You can also contact Halite directly on info@halite. net and (01772) 672244. A newsletter is also due to be produced by Halite but the timing is unknown. Our group ‘No Gas Storage’ has held three information meetings for local people in Knott End and Fleetwood. Our next meeting is on Fri 19th Jan, 7:30pm at Knott End


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NO GAS STORAGE (cont) Golf Club. Halite Energy have provisionally agreed to attend. We have a campaign on the brine discharge aspect of the proposal as this is one of the first elements to begin. In the Development Consent Order 19,000 tonnes of salt are allowed to be discharged 2.3km off Rossall per day. Local residents with expert knowledge of the sea, fisheries, marine life, and coastline have grave concerns that this will destroy our delicate marine ecology, and impact heavily on local livelihoods.

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The toxic brine will be extremely dense, eight times the concentration of the receiving ambient waters. Halite recognise that there will be a significant area where no species could survive. This will be known as the dead zone, a benthic desert. Mobile species have the ability to move away from inclement conditions but all sedentary species will be lost. Without sufficient dilution and mixing the toxic lake will sit on the seabed, growing in size with time. Even with mixing, the waters around the dead zone will be above ambient salinity, affecting species that are not salt tolerant. Any change in species numbers at any trophic level will upset the well-established food webs of the area with potentially devastating effects. We are promoting a petition to Parliament to ask for a debate on whether this project is of such national significance that it warrants the destruction of our marine life. We are also coordinating a letter writing campaign. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to be involved. Email: You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: No Gas Storage; www. Claire Quaid (01253) 812954

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GREY MATTER TEST (ans page 55) 1. Mehmed VI was the last Sultan of which Empire? 2. Who was the male lead in the films ‘American Gigolo’, An Officer and a Gentleman’ and ‘Pretty Woman’? 3. The Bushmen are native to which desert? 4. ‘The Liberty Bell March’ was the theme tune to which television programme? 5. Which English city lies on the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril? 6. Which cricket reference book was first published in 1864? 7. How many bits are there in a byte? 8. In which country did the Boxer rebellion take place in 1900? 9. What are Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Kilauea on Hawaii? 10. Which Elizabethan courtier introduced the potato and tobacco to England?


11. In the Middle Ages, which wood was most often used to make longbows? 12. Which endangered species is the symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature? 13. Who composed the ‘1812 Overture’ about the French invasion of Russia? 14. A tanner is responsible for the production of goods comprising what? 15. Regarding railways, what did GWR stand for? 16. Which dance means ‘two step’ in Spanish? 17. ‘The March of the Toreadors’ appears in which opera? 18. A ruby wedding celebrates how many years of marriage? 19. According to the proverb, what do many hands do? 20. Who was ‘The Maid of Orleans’?

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