What’s on in November

What’s on in November

Art Exhibition by David Burrow

David Burrow is a Lancashire artist, born in Liverpool in 1945.  He studied at Preston School of Art, Liverpool and Exeter during the 1960’s.  With a passion for Cubism and a love of artists like Pablo Picasso & Georges Braque, David has developed his own distinctive style.  His latest exhibition, which runs until the 14th November, brings together original work in oil and pastel.  Enjoy intriguing and colourful portraits, stunning European landscapes from the “Harz Mountains” in Germany to “The Bordeaux Road” in France and the beauty of still life paintings.

Sheila Tearle 01995 603816

Garstang Floral Art Group

The November meeting will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday, 19th November at 2.00pm, when we welcome the return of Jennet Bretherton from Whitechapel. Jennet’s demonstrations are always popular with our members and the theme for this one is “Come Rain or Shine”.  The arrangements will be raffled after the presentation and light refreshments will be served. Visitors are always welcome at this friendly group.

For more information ring June on 01995 602505 or Mary on 01995  605210.

Bridge Group

The Art Centre Bridge group will meet in November on Monday the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th at 7pm. On Tuesdays the 5th, 12th and 26th at 1.30 pm.

For any further details please contact Bob Burns on 01995 603524.

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!

Ukelele Group  –  Christmas Shopping

November seems to be a reasonable time for Christmas shopping, for buying ukuleles for all your family. But if you are new to this, what should you look out for?

There are 4 main types of ukulele – soprano; concert; tenor and baritone. Most people start with a soprano which can cost as little as £25. At this price they usually sound much the same so it is safe to buy online, but do check the reviews to make sure it will stay in tune.

However, going this cheap may be a false economy as you will probably want to upgrade well before Easter. It is better to spend a bit more, about £40-50, and get something like a Makala Dolphin. That way it may be next Xmas before you are looking to upgrade – remember there’s no such thing as owning just one ukulele.

Concerts are a bit bigger than a soprano and people with larger fingers may find that useful. The starting price is about £45, but you can go up to more than a thousand. It is worth visiting a music shop to hear and feel the instruments before choosing which to buy as you’ll probably find one you really love. Tenors are a bit larger again and have a slightly lower tone. Prices here will start at around £70.

If you are buying for someone who already plays the guitar, it may be worth considering a baritone ukulele. All other ukuleles, sopranos, concerts and tenors are tuned to GCEA whereas the baritone is tuned DGBE, the same as the top 4 strings of a guitar. This means the chord shapes are the same, making it easier to change instruments. As the name suggests it also has a lower tone and as with the tenors, their prices start at about £70.

While your loved ones will be thrilled to receive their first ukulele, they will be delighted if you also buy them a tuner. These are widely available for about £10.

There are some other variations you will come across when looking at ukuleles. While most ukuleles are acoustic, some have pickups fitted so they can be played through an amplifier which is ideal if you wish to perform as a soloist or in a small group. There are also solid body ukuleles that have to be played through an amplifier. Another variation is the banjolele, a ukulele with a banjo resonator and made famous by George Formby.

And finally, how are they going to learn? There are some great online materials and we have some good links to get them started on the Resources page of our website (see below) including electronic versions of our songbooks containing over 500 songs.

Bob Sapey



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

Our October meeting drew members and visitors from as far as Chorley and Kendal.  Guest presenter Michael Cookson chose a programme of works by French composers, alternating instrumental works with vocal, some familiar, some not so familiar, and all blended with fascinating introductions and anecdotes.  A memorable evening.

Our own Gordon Bell will be our presenter on 4th November, with a programme titled “Desert Island Decade.”  I don’t know what will be in it … come along and find out!  Visitors are always welcome.  £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!

Poetry Appreciation

Friday 22nd November 2pm – 4pm. This month’s session replaces that listed in our programme. Margaret Gaade will lead on the poems of Harry Batty, our dear friend who passed away this year. Harry’s poems were many and varied,  ranging from amusing such as Pole Dancing, to the thought provoking diatribe on the state of Blackpool .

We hope you will you will find the programme thoughtful and a tribute to Harry .

Visitors are always welcome please contact Marie Whalley  01995 603605 for more details

Scrabble Group

The Scrabble Group meet on Tuesday afternoons at the Arts Centre 2.00pm till 3.30pm.  Everyone welcome.

Book Club

New Book Club, starting 12th November, 10.30am – 12noon at Garstang Arts Centre.  Will be on the 2nd Tuesday, monthly.  For more information please contact The Arts Centre 01995 606648

Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)