What’s on in August


Saturday August 3rd  10.00 – 2.30

The Arts Centre is having a Fund Raising  Stall outside the Market Hall. Come along for some great bargains and interesting items. Children’s games, Bric a Brac, Books, Kitchenalia, Jewellery, Crockery etc, maybe the odd antique perhaps. It’s well worth a visit!


Saturday August 17th 10.30 -2.30   

This is the last of this year’s Craft and Collectors Fairs with our usual eclectic mix of beautiful handcrafted items such as jewellery, pottery, handmade notebooks and cards, aprons, cushion covers, wonderful decorative items made from egg shells, hand turned wooden objects and pens, exotic items from the Far East and lots of decorative items, small antiques and collectables. Finally delicious homemade cakes and refreshments served all day. Entry is FREE !


Friday August 23rd  2pm – 4pm

This week the poetry session forms part of the annual Garstang Arts Festival. We begin the first part of the session with a poetry reading by Anna Easton who is a local poet with  several published works. I’m sure she will be very lively and entertaining. In the second half members are invited to read poems about Canals and Waterways which is the focus of this year’s Garstang Arts Festival being the centenary of the Lancaster Canal. As always, visitors are always very welcome to the Poetry Group. They can just come and sit and listen or join in if they wish.

For more information please contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605


Following on from the very successful Open Exhibition/Competition in January, the five prize winners will  exhibit their latest work in a joint exhibition commencing on the 30th July.  A further opportunity to see the work of Nancy Blackburn, Melvyn Stephenson, Peter Thompson, Alison Dawson and Robert Guy Pugh.


More information here

The exhibition will run until Thursday 22nd August.  All the paintings will be for sale.  Sheila Tearle Tel; 01995 603816

Garstang Ukulele Group

Ukulele Rebellion (UR)

While the children of XR are protesting all around the Earth about its destruction by carbon hungry adults, the UR (Ukulele Rebellion) is also gathering a pace. Amongst the plethora of new government-controlled Quangos being planned for a post European UK is the British Ukulele Music Society which plans to restrict the number of chords being played to those known to the Cabinet and to ban the use of the left hand. Henceforth it will be illegal to play anything other than in C6 or Am7.

The Garstang Ukulele Group have joined with others from around the country to protest the centralised control by these government BUMS. We plan to spend the summer engaged in rebellion by playing more than 3 chords and we shall form them with our left hands. We shall strum on the beaches of Morecambe, we shall strum in the fields of Chipping and we shall strum on the streets of Garstang. We will never be silenced.

If you are interested in learning to play the ukulele or just interested to learn more about it, we shall be having an Open Day at the Garstang Arts Centre on Sunday 25th August, 12.30-4.30. This will include opportunities to join us in our rebellious playing.

Check out our website at www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk


The August meeting of The Garstang Floral Art Group will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday August 20th at 2-00pm. This will be an Open Meeting as part of the Arts and Music Festival and visitors are very welcome. The speaker will be Sara Barrow from Flowers with Passion in Longridge. Sara, who is a former Gold Medal winner at the famous Chelsea Flower Show, has been our speaker several times and always comes with something different. Her theme for the demonstration this year will be “When East meets West”.  Arrangements will be raffled and refreshments served after the demonstration. Cost including refreshments £5 payable on the door.

Any further details ring June on 01995 602505 or Mary on 01995 605210

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

Recorded Music Group

Guest presenter Graham Jackson’s “West meets East” at our July meeting explored the influence of Eastern music on Western composers and performers.  With influences ranging from Turkey to Japan, on musicians from Haydn and Mozart to john Lennon and Evelyn Glennie, this was a fascinating and immensely enjoyable programme.

Our next meeting, on Monday 8th of August, will be the Group’s AGM followed by a selection of music from discs brought along by members, starting at 7:00 pm instead of the customary 7:30.

For more about the Group and the programme for 2019, 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 one evening!


The bridge group is taking a break during August. There will be no meetings on either the Monday evening or the Tuesday afternoon.

Looking forward to seeing everyone refreshed on the 2nd September.



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.


THURSDAY AUGUST 1st – THE DUNELM DUO – Lynne Williams (Flute), Rob Rainford (Piano)



THURSDAY AUGUST 22nd – MARTON SINGERS (songs from musical theatre/Gilbert and Sullivan)

THURSDAY AUGUST 29th – HARRY COLLEDGE AND FRIENDS – Harry Colledge (Clarinet), Lindsay Benson (Flute), Russell Irwin (Bassoon), Dave Chadwick (Piano)


All recitals start at I p.m.