Village Voice 17-02-14

Garstang Community Academy maths teacher Mr Tony Holliday with winners St Michael's on Wyre school of the Community maths challenge
Garstang Community Academy maths teacher Mr Tony Holliday with winners St Michael's on Wyre school of the Community maths challenge

News from around the villages


Calder Vale St John's CE primary School winners of the  Indoor Football Competition at Garstang Community Academy. The group tournament consisted of teams from  Calder Vale, Claughton St Marys, Bleasdale, Winmarleigh and Woodplumpton.

Calder Vale St John's CE primary School winners of the Indoor Football Competition at Garstang Community Academy. The group tournament consisted of teams from Calder Vale, Claughton St Marys, Bleasdale, Winmarleigh and Woodplumpton.

WI celebrations

Lancashire members of the WI are celebrating 100 years since the founding of the organisation.

The celebrations start today (Wednesday) when the specially designed centenary baton officially begins its journey round the county.

The baton left Anglesey, where the first WI meeting in the UK was held in 1915, last month to travel through all the federations in England, Wales and the islands.

The baton, which celebrates the links of friendship and community, will finish its trip at the WI’s centenary annual meeting in June at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

It will travel through Lancashire for one week calling at Barton Grange Garden Centre, Brock, next Monday, February 24, at 2pm before moving on to Lancaster Castle the next day

Calder vale

Football champions

The Calder Vale St John’s Primary School team were crowned champions at the indoor football competition at Garstang Community Academy.

The tournament consisted of teams from Calder Vale, Claughton St Mary’s, Bleasdale, Winmarleigh and Woodplumpton.

St Michael’s on Wyre

Puppet pantomime

The Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company will visit St Michael’s this weekend to entertain audiences with a re-telling of classic fairy tale of “Red Riding Hood” with masks, puppets and music.

The group, from Rossendale, will also use projection and shadow work in the show, which will be performed at St Michael’s Village Hall this Saturday at 3pm.

There will be refreshments available after the performance and also an opportunity to see the puppets and speak to the actors.

This is a chance for young and old alike to enjoy exquisite visuals and pantomime-style silliness.

For further information and tickets, which cost £5 for children and £7 for adults, call: 01995 679 400. You can also pay on the door.

Homemade cakes

“Storm survivors” gathered for the February meeting of St Michael’s Ladies’ Social Club, carrying delicious homemade cakes that would not have looked out of place in any confectioner’s shop window.

Members could not wait to start buying them and the event raised £48 for club funds.

The treasurers, Jeanette, Julie and back up Gene, were sincerely thanked for their work throughout the years, as was Sylvia, the village hall representative.

Grateful thanks were sent to John Gerard, who yet again printed the programme, thoughtfully and beautifully for no payment.

Then the members themselves were thanked for their continued support.

Jeanette gave her report on the club’s healthy finances and gathered names for the “Mama Mia” event in August. Any absent members or friends who would like to go should call Jeanette on 01995 679272.

Lis Isles then set up her well-organised beetle drive, which was supplemented by copious amounts of hot, mulled wine.

The peals of laughter were attributed to this as dice were thrown and members moved from table to table. Members want to thank Lis for a really good fun evening.

The event on March 13 is entitled “Food for Health” and the speaker will be Nick Tofolas – and club members think he may be needed after all that cake!

Bright sparks

Young mathematicians put their number skills to the test in a community school challenge.

And it was schoolchildren from St Michael’s on Wyre who came out top of the table in the competition at Garstang Community Academy.

Pupils from Great Eccleston Copp CE School were in second place and Nateby Primary School in third.

Academy maths teacher Mr Tony Holiday said it had been an enjoyable afternoon of problem solving for all the schools involved.


Parish quiz night

Parishioners from St Luke’s Church are inviting guests to join them to “spend a penny at a quiz night” and help boost funds for new church toilets.

The fund raising event will take place at the Patten Arms in Winmarleigh and will be hosted by Bill Jacques.

Teams of six can be entered in the competition, to be held next Tuesday, February 25, at 8pm . The cost is £2 per person.

Church members are also looking for donations of prizes for the raffle.

Church treasurer Alex Sutcliffe said: “Stretch your brain and memory, join us for an entertaining evening and help us to raise some pennies so that in future visitors to St Luke’s can spend a penny.”


Conspiracy theory

Criminologist Neil Hendrie attended the February meeting of Scorton WI to give an interesting talk on the assassination of President Kennedy.

Members were then invited to decide whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or was part of a conspiracy. The majority decided the killing was an organised plot. Val Purnell thanked Neil for an interesting and unusual talk.

Ann Parkinson and Teresa Holland won the competition for describing the strangest UK law and the raffle was won by Wyn Lambert.

On Tuesday, March 11, members will be given a chance to try Pilates with Hazel Wilson.

Meetings are held in Scorton Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm and new members are always most welcome.


WI diary dates

Hambleton WI has plenty going for the month of March and would welcome new members.

On Monday, March 10, the group will be joined at their monthly meeting by Maxine Feathers, of Tutty Designs, who will reveal exactly what goes on behind the scenes of the Royal Variety and other West End shows plus on cruise ships.

Members are invited to attend with their “best bling” for the competition.

The annual council meeting will take place on Thursday, March 13, in Southport, with the guest speaker being Adam Henson, of “Country File” fame.

Members will be able to get creative at Craft Club in the village hall on March 17 .

On Thursday, March 20 , the Luncheon Club will gather at 12 for 12.30pm at the Bourne Arms, Knott End.

Members will take a trip out on Thursday, March 27, going to Huntleys for morning coffee and shopping and lunch at Samlesbury Hall with guided tour, before setting off home at 4.15pm.

Those going should meet at 9.30 am at United Reformed Church.

For further information on all activities, call Norma on 01253 700787 or email


Nottingham preacher

Hopefully, by the time this report is printed the team from Inglewhite Church who flew out to Sierra Leone to assist International Aid Trust with its work in that country will have returned.

The programme was due to be a varied one, ranging from helping in schools with sports, music and craft work to presenting basic health issues at the local medical centre.

This Sunday Inglewhite Church welcomes Peter Wright, from Nottingham, to lead both the morning and evening services at 10.45am and 7pm.

Toddler Group for mums, carers and children under five to have fun, games and refreshments meets on Monday at 9.30am.

The 20s and 30s group will meet at the Green Man, Inglewhite, at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 27, for a social time, As always, the group would welcome new faces.

More information is available from the church office on 01995 641175 or via the church website.