What’s on in July

‘What’s On’ at the Arts Centre in July

New Scrabble Group

A new Scrabble Group is to be held on Tuesday afternoons at the Arts Centre 2pm till 3.30pm.  The first meeting for anyone interested will be on Tuesday 17th September 2019.

July Art Exhibition

Cathy Daniels makes a welcome return to the Arts Centre with her ever popular paintings.  Cathy is a self-taught artist and her original and quirky  pictures of animals and people delight the eye and bring a smile to the viewer.  Her reasonably priced art may be seen from the 2nd to the 25th July. 

Exhibition Organizer: Sheila Tearle. Tel. 01995 603816

Garstang Ukulele Group

Strumming on the Moon

Saturday 20th July is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, when Neil Armstrong famously stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar landing module with his concert ukulele and said, “This is one small pluck for man, one giant strum for mankind”.

Neil normally played a baritone but the space restriction on board Apollo 11 meant that he had to take a smaller instrument. The objective of the Apollo mission had been to test the theory that the sound of a ukulele would travel through a vacuum, potentially making it the only sound that could be heard on the moon. Seven years earlier in 1962 President John F Kennedy said,

We set sail on this new sea because there is new music to be gained, and new chords to be learned, and they must be learnt and used for the progress of all people. For ukulele science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on players, and only if the Ukulele Strummers occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.

Since then it has become possible to play the ukulele in Garstang and for it to be heard in Inskip or Australia via satellite technology and social media.

We shall be celebrating the moon landing the following day, Sunday 21st July with three stages of ukulele music at the Garstang Ice Cream Festival.

Bob Sapey


Garstang Floral Art Group

The next meeting of The Garstang Floral Art Group on Tuesday July 18th is to be a visit to the lovely gardens at Lower Dutton Farm, Gallows Lane, Ribchester. The 2 acre gardens are a mixture of formal beds, with mixed herbaceous beds, shrubs, a pond, small woodland and a wildlife area. There is ample parking and we will meet  ready for a guided tour at 2pm. Refreshments will be served during the visit.

Booking is essential and should be made no later than Monday July 10th 

Ring Mary on 01995 605210 or June on 01995 602505. 

Recorded Music Group

Our June meeting enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Desmond Hicks in which music by Beethoven and Mahler was blended with an excellent talk illustrating the parallels and differences in their careers.

Our next meeting will be at 7:30 on Monday the 1st of July.  Guest Graham Jackson will present “West Meets East”, a sequel to his “East Meets West” that we enjoyed on his last visit.  Come and join us for the evening — entry is £1 for members, £2 for visitors, including refreshments at the interval.

For more information, find us on the Arts Society web site, or phone Gordon Semple on 01995 602337 or David Greenwood on 01995 602875 — or just come along!

Needlework Group

We meet in the Arts Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10am 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 on (01995) 606408 or just turn up!


If you are interested in woolcrafts (knitting, crochet, maybe felting) or would like to know what we do, please come along to the Arts Centre in Garstang at 7.00pm on Tuesday evenings (except the first of the month) or Friday afternoons at 2.00pm, where we will make you very welcome.

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 659004


The Bridge Group will meet in July on Mondays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 7 pm and on Tuesdays the 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th at 1.30 pm.

For any further details contact Bob on 01995 603524.

Poetry Appreciation Group 2019

Friday July 26th  2pm-4pm

Ann Wicks leads this months topic entitled Humour.  Ann is famed for her humorous readings of both poetry and prose so we should have a jolly time. In the meantime you all have plenty of scope to join her. We can all look forward to an entertaining session!. 

Visitors   are   always very welcome to the Poetry Group. Come and sit and listen or join in if you wish.

For more information please contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605

The James Dodding Poetry Prize

 The Poetry Appreciation group are holding a Poetry Competition for Primary Schools to celebrate the life and work of James Dodding, our former patron who sadly passed away last year. The theme is Canals and Waterways. 

Application forms are available in local primary schools or can be obtained from the Arts Centre or the High Street Paper Shop in Garstang. The closing date for entries is July 13th 

For more information please contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605