June News

The Arts Centre remains closed until further notice but several of the groups that meet here have contributed information about what is happening to them at present.

Arts Exhibitions

Due to the closure of the Arts Centre, the pre-booked art exhibitions since March have sadly not been able to take place.  We hope to re-book the painting groups and individual artists when the Arts Centre re-opens – hopefully in the not too distant future.

There is a lot of exciting and innovative bodies of work to show and hope you will continue to support these very talented artists when things get back to normal.

Sheila Tearle  –  01995 603816

Garstang Ukulele Group

The joy of playing the ukulele is being able to do so with lots of other players, standing close to hear each other and to play together, in time. It is an activity that not only requires a degree of individual skill, but also cooperation and collaboration. In our Garstang Ukulele Group we are predominantly over 60 with many players in their 70s and 80s so we are not keen on becoming the victims of herd immunity. Unless we get a vaccine to Covid 19, it seems unlikely that we will be able to either rehearse or perform until well into 2021.

In the meantime, some of the group are meeting on Zoom each week and others are practising alone or with a friend. One member was playing with neighbours following the Thursday evening applause for the NHS, while others have made recordings for our Facebook group. As restrictions ease it may be possible for smaller groups of players to meet.

Stay safe.

Bob Sapey


Despite technology presenting a challenge , members of the Arts Centre Bridge club have persevered and are able to keep in touch playing the game we love on line. We have been joined by a number of members from the Garstang Bridge Club. 

All members meet to take part on Monday evenings and the door has been opened for friends to have a game whenever they feel the need. 

Thanks to all members for staying with it and a big thank you to table hosts.

Thanks also to Judy and the Green book team for keeping us in touch. 

Best wishes to all and stay safe.

Bob  –  603524

Poetry Appreciation Group

Members of the Poetry Appreciation Group were contacted recently, by Lyndsey Wilson from the Spot On Lancashire (SOL) service. This is a grassroots arts service run by people who bring cultural events to rural and outlying communities in Lancashire. The service is supported by Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council, and several other sources.

SOL originally contacted Poetry Group member Carolyn Worthington concerning a poem about the lockdown written by Mary Hodges and featured in the Garstang Courier. Entitled All the Same, the poem is now featured on the SOL site. They enquired about any further poems, inspired by the lockdown that members may wish to submit for inclusion on their website. Several local poets submitted poems, which were very well received.

We are very grateful to Lyndsey and the team at Spot On Lancashire for giving our poets this opportunity to have their poetry enjoyed by a wider audience.

You can view the poems on the SOL website at the following link:

On a sadder note, it is with regret that I have to report on the death of Elsie Hartley. Elsie passed away peacefully on May 30th at the age of 101. 

Elsie was a keen member of the Poetry Appreciation Group for several years. Unfortunately, Elsie could not continue to attend the meeting following her move to a care home in Clitheroe.

It is a fond memory that we were able to celebrate Elsie’s 100th birthday at one of our Friday meetings, in the usual manner, with cakes and drinks.

Our thoughts go out to Elsie’s family at this sad time.

The funeral is limited to family and family flowers only. We have sent a donation on behalf of the Poetry Appreciation Group. If anyone would like to give a personal donation the family have chosen a charity called MUSIC  FOR ALL which helps young people to learn instruments and supports struggling musicians. 

If members would like to send an individual donation they can contact www.justgiving.com/musicforall  or send to Clitheroe Funeral Services , 10-12 Whalley Road, BB7 1AW 

Marie Whalley  –  603605

Garstang Musical Productions

Garstang musical productions have moved our rehearsals online. We are using zoom to plan, prepare and rehearse for exciting new community events and performances for the future. Until then, please like our Garstang musical productions Facebook page and thank you for all your continued support.

Rachel Sudell