What’s on in April

April Art Exhibition

The April exhibition of paintings which opens on the 9th April  is by local artist Anita Tomlinson.  Anita began painting forty years ago and gradually developed her own style.  She has exhibited in many galleries both locally and also in Canada.  She has also won three awards in London.  Anita’s work will be displayed until Thursday the 2nd May.

Sheila Tearle Tel 01995 603816.



SATURDAY APRIL 20th and is open to the public from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm . We have a wide selection of stalls displaying a variety of items such as beautiful jewellery to suit all pockets, from photographs, hand- made notebooks, wooden articles such as pens, door wedges and small toys, to hand-made cushions, aprons and hand sewn craft items. We also have cards, collectables, small antiques and hand crafted pottery, also unique objects made from egg shells. Finally delicious home-made cakes .Light refreshments are served all day . Entry is Free  !


The 200 Club

The 200 Club consists of a number of individuals and businesses in Garstang and it contributes approximately £1000 each year to the running costs of the Arts Centre. The Spring Draw will be held on Saturday 6th April as part of the Charles Flatt Quiz. The Quiz this year has been set by the Camera Club and teams from other Groups will compete in the event which is a sociable and entertaining evening, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome, nibbles provided, bring your own drinks.  If you haven’t paid your £13 annual subscription yet, make sure it is in before the draw or your number will not be included.  With a top prize of £400 it is well worth having a number.  There are still a few spare numbers so do contact me if you would like to join.

Anne Marie Whitehead  01995 603311


Garstang & District Arts Society AGM

The AGM of the Garstang & District Arts Society will be held on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm at the Arts Centre. All are welcome to come along and hear reports from all the Groups that use the Arts Centre. We need  someone to take over the running of the membership subscriptions, so if you would like to get involved with the running of the Arts Centre, do get in touch with myself or  call in and see Hilary at the Arts Centre any Tuesday or Thursday.

Anne Marie Whitehead – Secretary 01995 603311



The next meeting of The Floral Art Group is to be a workshop led by Brenda Newhouse who will show us how to make a floral basket for Easter. This will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday 16th April starting at 2-00pm. If you do not want to take part in the workshop but would like to watch we always welcome “viewers” Light refreshments will be served after the workshop.

For more information and a list of what to bring please contact June on 01995 602505 or Mary on 01995 605210.


Garstang Ukulele Group

Some people have mentioned that they think I should be writing ‘normal’ notices, so in April the Garstang Ukulele Group will be performing in Forton at the United Reform Church on the 2nd and in Garstang at Wesley’s cafe in the Methodist Church on the 29th. Full details are available on our website at www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk along with contact details for anyone interested in either booking or joining us.

Traffic Jam – Our latest development is the formation of a sane alternative to carol singing. Why choose to go outside and sing when the weather is likely to be cold and dark. It makes much more sense to go al fresco in the summer which is what our new group Traffic Jam will be doing. When the evenings are light and warm you may find us around and about Garstang.

Ukulele Jukebox – Now, how about some punk rock on the ukulele. If that sounds interesting check out Ukulele Jukebox at www.ukulelejukebox.uk and come to hear us play at Sheafstock on the 19th April or at the Sedbergh Artisans Market on the 27th.

Bob Sapey


Recorded Music

Our March meeting had a very good evening with Paul Capell’s selection of music for tales of the supernatural.  His choices ranged from Mozart’s Magic Flute to Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, with Weber, Liadov and many more — and the introductions were as good as the music!

Our next meeting will be on Monday 1st April, from 7:30 to 9:30, when Jeff Ashworth will present “Really Open”.  Come and join us — entry is £1 for members and £2 for visitors, and refreshments at the interval are free.

For more information, 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!



 The bridge group will meet this month on Monday evenings on the 1st,8th,15th and 29th at 7pm and Tuesday afternoon on the 2nd,9th,23rd and 30th at 1.30.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Bob   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!


Garstang Folk Dance Group

We meet on Tuesday evenings 7.30 -9.30pm from September to May, in the Arts Centre.  We offer a varied programme of old and new English country dances.  Beginners welcome, no partner needed.  April dates are 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th.

Contact: Alan and Joan Anderson  (01524) 61483



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



Friday April 26th  2pm – 4pm. This month’s topic led by Marie Whalley is entitled Undersea World.  Two thirds of the earth is covered by sea.  Beneath those waters lie many strange and wonderful things.  From ancient drowned cities to the wrecks of hundreds of ships over the centuries. There are of course numerous fish and great sea creatures such as Whales and Giant Octopi and active volcanoes.  Visitors are always very welcome. Come and sit and listen or join in if you wish.

For more information please contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605


Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)