What’s on in January

Open Art Exhibition / Competition

At 11-00 am on Saturday 11th January, local artist Terry O’Toole will judge and present awards to the five prizewinners of the Open Art Competition. Everyone is invited to attend.

The exhibition will continue until Thursday 6th February.  All the work will be for sale; an opportunity to own an original piece of art.

Sheila Tearle Tel; 01995 603816

Poetry Appreciation Group

Friday 24th January, 2pm – 4pm.  This month’s topic is something we can all take part in.  Poets, whose surname begins with U, V or W.  That gives us all plenty of scope!

Visitors are very welcome, just sit and listen or join in if you wish.  We look forward to seeing you.

For more information contact Marie Whalley (01995) 603605

Craft and Collectors Fair 2020

The first of our Craft and Collectors Fairs takes place on 15th February, from 9.30am until 3.30pm.  Tables are available at a very reasonable price.

For more information contact Marie Whalley on 01995 603605

Happy New Ukulele

It is 2020 and I hope that Santa brought everyone a ukulele for Xmas. I did write and ask for a Big Island, fretless bass. Unfortunately, it’s only made with frets, but enough of disappointments, let’s look at what 2020 has to promise.

The Garstang Ukulele Group already have quite a few gigs lined up and there will be more to come. We tend to do about 50 gigs a year. But for the moment the list looks like this:

January 11: CHAOS, Chipping Village Hall, 6.00-8.00

January 16: Salvation Army friendship group, Raikes Parade, B’pool, FY1 4EL, 2.00

March 4: Bushell House, 11.00

April 1: Galloway’s, St Helen’s church hall, 2.00

April 11: Over Wyre Arts Society, St Bernard’s church hall, Knott End, 2.00

April 27: Wesley’s Cafe, 7.00-9.00

April 30: Goosnargh & Whittingham WI, 9.00

May 16: Bleasedale Tower open garden, 1.00-3.00

June 24: Over 60’s Friendship Group, Cricket Club, 10.00-11.30

July 4: Garstang Scarecrow Festival 

July 8: Galloway’s, St Helen’s church hall, 2.00

July 19: Garstang Ice Cream Festival

September 1: Ribby with Wrea WI, 7.15-9.30

December 4: Garstang 3Ls, URC hall, 2.00

December 9: Parkinson’s Disease Society, St Anthony’s, Fulwood, 7.30-10.00

December 10: Calder Vale WI, 7.30-9.30

There is always a full and up to date list of events on our website and many are open to all.

In addition to our main group, Traffic Jam will be hoping to get out and about on market days as soon as the weather is warmer. We wish to celebrate sunshine.

And in Catterall the New Brockholes Arms has begun to have regular ukulele music. Ukulele Jukebox (www.ukulelejukebox.uk) who play a mix of folk, punk, rock and pop will be there on the last Friday of each month from 7.30 pm. In addition look out for the return of the BUG band (www.facebook.com/bugband2019/) who played there in 2019 – it’s a great sound.

If you are interested in playing ukulele it really does help to play with a group. We have people of all abilities in our group and we provide tuition for beginners. It costs just £2 a week plus membership of the Garstang Arts Society, currently £25 pa.

Or you may be interested in booking us to play for a community group or at an event. We usually get paid a donation of about £30-50, but we’re happy to play for less to help good causes.

Please contact me at on 01995 604621 or by email at bobsapey @ gmail.com, and do take a look at our website – www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk.

Bob Sapey

Bridge Group

The bridge group will meet in January on Mondays the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 7.00 pm, and on Tuesdays the 7th, 14th, and 28th at 1.30 pm.  All welcome.

Further details from Bob on 01995 603524.

Garstang Floral Art Group

The first meeting of the New Year will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday January 21st at 2-00pm.

Our speaker will be Paul Macauley who is the Head Gardener at the Abbeystead, home of the Duke of Westmorland. The title of Paul’s presentation is “A Gardener’s Life”.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation and a short AGM will follow.

Members will be able to collect the new programme for 2020 and as always visitors will be very welcome at this friendly group.

For 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

Book Club

The next meeting will be on 7th January, 10.30am – 12noon at The Arts Centre.  Then on the 2nd Tuesday every month, (11th February). 

For more information please contact Linda Ward (01995) 602948 or Sandra Marson (01995) 603436

Scrabble Group

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


In January, the club presented a garden voucher to June Gornall who retired from the club committee this year after some 15 years’ service including times spent in the roles of Vice Chairman, Club Secretary, Programme Secretary and Treasurer. We thank June for all her hard work on behalf of the club. June is still a member after over 30 years and her help and advice is always appreciated.

On the 5 th February, we have a visit from Steve Proctor DPAGB BPE4* telling us the stories behind some fabulous images from his portfolio. This will also be the final night on which members can bring in their images for the ‘Anything Goes’ photographic competition to be held in March
12 th February will be our Humanities competition, with experienced Lytham judge Ken Ainscow DPAGB BPE4.
On the 19 th we have a talk entitled Sgt. Pearson by Stan Pearson, a look at his father’s experience in WW2 in Italy. We also take a look at the Wildlife of India following a recent visit from member Ken Harrison.

Later in the year, as well as competitions and workshops we have presentations by various speakers
including Toni Pioli on ‘Nature’, Gary Waidson on ‘Working with Layers in Photoshop’ and a ‘Lightweight Approach to Landscapes’ by Robin Whalley.

If you are interested in photography, come along as a visitor and see if you feel we can help. Meet our members who can help with your queries about equipment, photo editing or photography in general. Or just come along as a visitor to one of the talks by visiting lecturers. The cost to visitors is just £4 including refreshments.

Visit our website or email us for more information.
Peter Knight, Club Chairman
Email: info@garstangcameraclub.co.u

Judy Osborne  (01995) 600996