What’s on in October

What’s on in October

October Art Exhibition

A member of the Arts Centre Painting Group, Evan Gray, has always had a pencil or paintbrush in his hand and art has always been of interest to him, especially watercolour, but as he now feels he is reaching the status of ‘ancient of days’ he finds himself moving from what would normally be expected to be produced by a water-colourist to cartoons.

Evan’s wonderful collection of topical and humorous cartoons will bring a smile and at only £10 each, will be easy on the pocket too.  

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 24th September and runs to Thursday 17th October.   

Sheila Tearle 01995 603816

Garstang Ukulele Group

Regular readers of this column will be aware that in the 17th century, two young ukulele lovers were hunted down by Cromwellian soldiers in their purge of British art. Until now this was considered a rare event in Lancashire with the Millennium Green bodies being unique north of Chester.  However, in the past 6 months secret excavations have been taking place off Woods Lane, near Woodlands Country Park where four more bodies and a hoard of musical instruments have been found.  These remains are thought to be about a century later than the Cherestanc lovers, clear into the Hanoverian era.

Dr Jan Somersby, emeritus professor of cider studies at the Carlsberg University of Catterall has described the find as evidence of a continuing purge of real music by a secret society of nocturnal harpsichord players.  Discontent at not being able to play outside in the sunshine, they would roam the country at night seeking to destroy the instruments of anyone who played music in daylight.  Dr Somersby believes that when they were disturbed by the Wood Lane string quartet, their fury led to an abominable act of terror, in which all four were brutally slain.

For modern music without any slaying, why not check us out at www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk

Bob Sapey

Bridge group

The Bridge group will meet in October on Mondays the 7th,14th,21st and 28th at 7 pm. And on Tuesdays the 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th at 1.30 pm.

If you require any further info please contact Bob on 01995 603524.

Poetry  Appreciation Group

FRIDAY 25th October  2.00pm – 4.00pm

This month’s session is rather special and not as advertised in our current programme.  Margaret Gaade will lead a tribute to our dear friend  Harry Batty, who passed away this year. Harry was a very gifted poet who has left a legacy of wonderful poems.  We hope you will be able to come the session.

For further information please contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605

Garstang Floral Art Group

The October meeting of The Garstang Floral Art Group will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday October 15th commencing at 2.00pm.

Our speaker will be Matthew Smith from “Brighter Blooms” based in Preston. The title of Matthew’s presentation is “Spring Flowering Bulbs” when we will look at various bulb displays.

There will be bulbs for sale and a chance to ask Matthew’s advice on planting and after care.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

For any more information 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 Chris Rodwell’s “Duos and Quartets” at our September meeting drew a large attendance, with many visitors.  Chris explored all manner of duos and quartets, vocal and instrumental, with and without orchestra, and his introductions were as good as the music.

We have another guest presenter in October — Michael Cookson, well known to readers of Musicweb International, will present a programme titled “The Beautiful Voice.”  Michael’s programmes always feature outstanding performances interspersed with humorous and fascinating anecdotes.  Monday the 7th, Garstang Arts Centre, starting at 7:30 pm and finishing about 9:30.

Don’t miss it.  Visitors are always welcome, and the £2 admission includes refreshments at the interval.

For more information about the Group, 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 Scrabble Group will be on Tuesday afternoons at the Arts Centre 2pm till 3.30pm.  Everyone welcome.

Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)

ARTS CENTRE FUNDRAISING  STALL  held on Saturday 7th September, raised  £157 for the Arts Centre. 

Many thanks to all who sent items for sale and those who helped on the stall.

Marie Whalley


Saturday  2nd November,  9.30am – 12noon in the URC Church Hall, Garstang.  Charities represented are St Johns Hospice, Motor Neurone  Disease, Croston House, Parkinson’s Disease, Rosemere Cancer, Sue Ryder, Save the Children, CRY, Horse and Pony Protection Association, The  Children’s Society.

John Whalley  01995 603605