What’s on in June


The Over Wyre Art Society was founded in 1972 by a handful of local art enthusiasts. Nowadays the subjects of the paintings chosen by the  members give clues about each artist, the animal lover, the traveller, the countryside lover; individual styles of work can also be identified.

The 40 members of the group hope you can find the time to enjoy viewing the paintings which are also for sale. The exhibition runs from Tues. 4th until 27th June.

Sheila Tearle Tel; 01995 603816


Friday June 29th  2pm – 4pm. Eddie Potter leads this month’s topic entitled Fruit. There is a huge range of work published on this topic from the Biblical to the latest  Rap and everything in between. We hope the fruits  of your labour will produce some interesting and entertaining poems!

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


SATURDAY JUNE 15th Our popular Fair runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm. We have a huge range of stalls displaying  a great variety of items from Cushions  and Aprons, Unique objects made from eggs, Jewellery, Handmade notebooks for adults and children, Cards, Small antiques and Collectables, Items from the Far East , Books and Lovely Cakes


Bridge group

The Bridge group will meet at 7 pm on the 3rd ,10th, 17th and 24th of June and at 1.30 pm on the 4th, 11th and 25th.

For further details ring Bob on 01995 605324.

Garstang Ukulele Group

Ukulele Wars

During the late 19th century there was a rift between two groups of fervent ukuleleans. In 1876 several skirmishes were fought over the introduction of a 5th string. In Halifax, Josiah Barnabas Stringfellow had commissioned 25 new soprano ukuleles, each with an extra string and he proposed to set up the Yorkshire Ukulele Orchestra to play these new instruments at events throughout the north of England.

While few people in Yorkshire cared much about the sound of their music, when this orchestra was booked to play in Preston there was considerable discontent. Cllr Thackeray Rollingbottom expressed his outrage and formed a militia to prevent the Yorkist ukuleleans from entering the town. However, Stringfellow had been warned of Rollingbottom’s intentions and he formed his own militia to protect his players on their treacherous journey over tops. Inevitable the two met at Todmorden and took up positions on either side of the Rochdale Canal.

For three days and nights in July 1876 the two militias camped on either side of the canal and shouted obscenities across the water. Passing bargees reported the uproar to be fuelled by local ales and hard spirits. While little physical contact took place, there was a lot of mud (and worse) slinging across the canal which did cause a certain degree of sickness.

However, Cllr Rollingbottom’s youngest son Sebastian made a daring raid on the Yorkist camp on the third night and cut the 5th string on each of the ukuleles. Stringfellow was distraught and some reports say he was close to tears as he retreated with his orchestra and militia.

If you would be interested in becoming a four string player in Garstang, come and join us at the Arts Centre on Sunday afternoons between 2-4 pm.

Bob Sapey



The June meeting of The Garstang Floral Art Group will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday 18th June at 2-00pm. The speaker will be Michelle Unsworth who owns “So Plants” based at Thornley near Longridge.  Michelle, who studied at Myerscough College, specialises in plants that grow well in this area and will be bringing some  along to sell after her presentation. Light refreshments will be served and visitors are very welcome.

Mary on 01995 605210 or June on 01995 602505

Recorded Music Group

In May, Garstang were the hosts for our traditional joint “Members’ Choices” meeting with the Morecambe society — always a very successful evening.

At our next meeting, at 7:30 pm on Monday the 3rd of June, Desmond Hicks will present a comparative study of Beethoven and Mahler.  Desmond’s presentations are always interesting, and this one is unlikely to be an exception.

Come along and find out.  Entry is £1 for members, £2 for visitors, and refreshments at the interval are at no further charge.

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

Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)