What’s on in February

Art Exhibition

We are delighted to welcome Ava Joliffe as our next artist and at 13 years old, the youngest exhibitor at the Arts Centre.  From a very early age Ava showed an aptitude for drawing but at the age of 3 she was taken ill and quickly declined.

Despite being disabled with multiple complexities, Ava’s art progressed in both style and medium to her preferred medium of digital art. Ava’s future aspiration is to illustrate and publish children’s books and, as a British Sign Language user,

she is also keen to promote and be an advocate for deaf and disabled artists in the UK.

Please take time to visit the Arts Centre and see Ava’s work from Tuesday 11th February to Thursday 5th March.

Sheila Tearle Tel: 01995 603816

Poetry Appreciation Group

Friday February 28th  2pm-4pm.

This month’s title is LOVE, which is quite appropriate as this month is when we celebrate St Valentine’s Day. So we should be able to find many suitable poems. However we can express love for many things, pets, music, children, beauty in all its forms to name but a few. That gives us plenty of scope. We should have a very interesting afternoon.

Visitors are very welcome, just come along a meet us, you’ll enjoy yourself.

For more information contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605

Craft and Collectors Fair

Saturday February 15th between 9.30am and 3pm.

This is the first Fair of the year. As always we have a wide selection of stalls. From handmade wooden items, small antiques and collectables, hand crafted jewelry, lovely note-books and exclusive items like Fairy Doors, pottery, beautiful ornaments made from eggs, exotic items from the Far East, books, scarves, unusual ornaments etc.

This month we have a stall on behalf of Motor Neurone Disease.  It’s all worth browsing round and there are lovely refreshments too.  Entry is FREE !  

Bridge Group

The Arts Centre bridge group will meet on Mondays the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th of February at 7pm, also on Tuesdays the 4th, 11th, and 25th at 1.30 pm.

All welcome.

For further details ring Bob on 01995 603524. 

Ukulele Group

There are two important feast days in the ukulele calendar in February, the first on the 14th February when we celebrate the first ukulele martyr, Valentino. In the 3rd century CE Valentino was an active member of the Ukulele Rebellion, tending to players who had been wounded by Roman soldiers, but more importantly repairing their instruments so that the sweet sound of GCEA might be heard throughout the Mediterranean. In 496 CE Pope Gelasius I successfully claimed Valentino for the Catholic church by establishing the Feast of Saint Valentine on the 14th February, but ukulele players throughout the Western world will recall the true meaning of this day.

The second ukulele celebration in February is Mardi Gras, often known in the UK as Pancake Day and celebrated by the overeating of fried batter. In ukulele circles Mardi Gras commemorates the start of the great persecution of the C chord. In 1535 Henry 8th decreed that no one would be allowed to play the C chord during Lent and offenders were sentenced to spend 40 days and nights listening to the sound of banjos.  Ukulele players found an ally in the king’s wife, Anne Boleyn, but she was to pay a high price the following year for supporting the ukulele. Now each year at the beginning of Lent the taste of pancakes is accompanied by the sound of the C chords – major, minor, major 6, minor 7, and major 7.

Happy strumming in February.

Bob Sapey


Garstang Camera Club Newsletter – February 2020

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 5th 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.

12th February will be our Humanities competition, with experienced Lytham judge Ken Ainscow DPAGB BPE4. 

On the 19th 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.uk

Garstang Musical Productions

Garstang Musical Productions is a friendly and lively amateur musical theatre group who perform a vast array of shows and concerts.  We have been delighting our local community audiences for over 25 years.  We aim to perform two productions a year and still have time to arrange theatre trips and social evenings.  The group meets on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm and we warmly welcome new members, performers and helpers alike!

We are currently rehearsing for My Fair Lady to be performed 4th to 7th March 2020.

For more information contact Emily Hanson on 07893 786895

Garstang Floral Art Group

The next meeting of the Floral Art Group will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday 18th February commencing at 2.00pm. The speaker will be Yvonne Pinder of  “Pinny’s  Pots”.  Yvonne will demonstrate how she decorates terracotta pots and will  bring pots for sale with a floral theme. Refreshments will be served after the demonstration and visitors are always 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 11th February, 10.30am – 12noon at The Arts Centre.  Then on the 2nd Tuesday every month. 

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 2.00pm till 3.30pm.  Everyone welcome.

Secretary: Judy Osborne (01995) 600996

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