What’s on in August

Garstang Arts Centre

Lunch Time Concerts – 1.00pm to 2.00pm – All Thursdays
Free Admission, donations are much appreciated.

August 4th: THE CARETAKER (A Ukulele Band and not the play)
August 11th: SIMON HALLIDAY AND THE LEGATO MUSIC SCHOOL (Garstang’s own music school)
August 18th: MARTON SINGERS (songs from Musical Theatre and Gilbert and Sullivan)
August 25th: KELL WIND TRIO (Classical music for Flute ,Clarinet and Bassoon)
September 1st: ELSWICK 8 (Vocal / Instrumental Group from Elswick Singers)
September 8th: IAN WHALLEY (Piano)


Nine previous winners of the 2020 and 2022 Open Art Competitions will exhibit their new work at a special exhibition starting on Tuesday 2nd August through to Thursday 25th August. This promises to be an exceptional exhibition with an opportunity to purchase an original piece of art by a prize winning artist.
Sheila Tearle Tel. 01995 603816


There is still time to enter the ‘plein air’ (painting outdoors) competition to be held
in and around Garstang on Saturday 3rd September.
Visitors can enjoy watching original pieces of art being created and take in all that
our wonderful historic town has to offer.
Judging will take place at Garstang Arts Centre at 4-30 pm by acclaimed en plein air
artist Daniel Roy Sharples and prizes awarded at 5-00 pm.
The closing date for entry to PAINT GARSTANG is the 13th August.
For further information please contact the Arts Centre 01995 606648 or
Sheila Tearle 01995 603816 or visit Garstang Arts Centre website.

Garstang Ukulele Group

Rumours are reaching us of a new group called the Canal Gangsters (what a great name for a band). Reputedly they are a Garstang Ukulele Group tribute band, though to date they can only play 3 chords and not all of those are good ones. So do be deceived, book the real Garstang Ukulele Group, not the cheap imitation.

Bob Sapey http://www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk


At our meeting in July we discussed ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover, a memoir of the author’s journey from an upbringing in a strict Mormon family to a scholarship in Cambridge which was not an easy one. Our discussions revolved around extremism, the effects of being bipolar and the position of women in some religions. Even those who hadn’t managed to read the book were able to contribute.
Our second book, ‘The Single Thread’ by Tracey Chevalier was a historical novel set in 1932. It tells the story of a young woman coming to terms with the death of her brother and fiancé in the war. The subsequent death of her father and deteriorating relations with her mother encourage her to make a new start. Set in Winchester the plot develops through the embroiderers at the Cathedral. The book has an unconventional twist to it.
Our next two recommended books are ‘Blackberry Wine’ by Joanne Harris, a magical realism novel following on from ‘Chocolat’. We’ll also be reading ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ by Anne Tyler, which encompasses three generations of the Whitshank family over seven decades. It’s set in the twentieth century.
The meeting is on August 9th 
For any further information contact
Linda 07795064266 or Sandra 01995603436

Garstang Musical Productions

Rehearsals have started for ‘Calendar Girls’ and we are having a fab time. The music is beautiful and script is hilarious. The dates are Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th October. Evening doors open at 7pm performance starts at 7:30pm. Saturday matinee doors open at 13:30pm and performance starts at 2pm. Location: Garstang Community Academy. Pre book tickets now on our Garstang Musical Productions Facebook page.

Rebecca Sudell 07985 372234


Do you like all things woolly? Did you start knitting/crocheting/felting in Lockdown. We could be just the group for you to join. We inspire and learn from each other, working on our own things and sometimes on local projects. We are very friendly and informal.
We meet on Tuesday 7-9pm and/or Friday 2-4pm. Everyone welcome. There will also be tea and biscuits.
Contact: Sue Lowe (01995) 601831

Scrabble Group

The Scrabble Group meet on Tuesday afternoons at the Arts Centre 2.00pm to 3.30pm.  Everyone welcome.
Jean Mavin 07501704385

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

Other Groups:

Songbirds, Meet every Monday 1.30 to 3.30pm
Creative Card Making, 4th Monday in the month 10am to 12noon
Folk Dancers, Tuesday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm, September to May
Garstang Paintng Group, every Wednesday, 1.00pm
John Towers Big Band, every Friday, 7.45pm
Sounds Right, 1st & 3rd Monday in the month, mornings
Watercolour Workshop, Monday mornings
Paint & Chatter, Fridays, 10am to 12noon

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Judy Osborne (01995) 600996