What’s on in August 2017

August Art Exhibition

As part of the prize, the winners of the Open Arts Competition that took place in January this year, will be showing their recent work at a special exhibition running from the 1st August to the 24th August.   The artists include Donald Dakeyne, Margaret Rodwell & Paul Wilson.  Donald is a topographical artists with a remarkable gift for presenting the unique beauty of the North Western landscape.   Besides her usual love of watercolour & pastels, Margaret experiments with mixed media & oils & Paul began drawing at the tender age of 4 years; now taking regular commission. An opportunity to buy  an original piece of art at a reasonable price. Sheila Tearle Tel. 01995 603816


 Our August Fair is the last one this year . It’s your last chance to see our great collection of stalls selling small antiques and collectables, cards, handmade wooden objects and pens , pottery , cushions and aprons . Also vintage cutlery and coins , books , wonderful jewellery , hand made notebooks and decorations , delicious homemade cakes and hand crafted ornaments made from eggs ! Light refreshments are available all day. There are some wonderful gifts and great bargains . Follow the signs on the A6 and in town . ENTRY IS FREE   !

For more information contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605

Lunchtime Concerts – Thursdays 1pm to 2pm

August 3rd      –           HARRY COLLEDGE (Clarinet) and Blackpool Symphony Orchestra Friends (Flute, Bassoon and Piano)

August 10th   –           MARIE RATCLIFFE (Piano) ROY WHITE (Trumpet)

August 17th    –           BRADLEY JOHNSON (Classical Guitar) TBC

August 24th    –           PALM COURT CONCERT (June Baker and Friends)

August 31st    –           IAN WHALLEY (Piano)

September 7th –       MARTON SINGERS (Songs from musical theatre)

Free admission – Donations are always very much appreciated

Poetry Appreciation

Friday August 25th from 2pm – 4pm . Come along and join the Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group with the theme celebrating Lancashire . We have invited the Tin Pot Poets, Ron and Sally Williams to perform some of their Lancashire dialect and standard English poems . Followed by contributions from some of our members You will have a grand time !   Tickets are £3 for non –members including light refreshments.

Marie Whalley 01995 603605


The next meeting of Garstang Floral Art Group will be in the Arts Centre on Tuesday 22nd August at 2-00pm. Our speaker will be Joan Hardwick from Southport. Joan, who is a member of NAFAS will give a demonstration with the theme of “Carnival Capers” Joan’s presentations are always very entertaining, creating some beautiful floral arrangements which will be raffled at the end of the meeting. This meeting will be open to non members as part of the Arts and Music Festival. Cost of entry is £5 and includes refreshments. For more information please contact Mary Thornber on 01995 605210 or June Gornall on 01995 602505.

GarFest – Garstang’s first Ukulele Festival

The Garstang Ukulele Group will be hosting GarFest at the Tithe Barn on Saturday, 26th August from noon to midnight. The whole event is entirely free, including all the workshops.

There will be lots of music all day long, starting with a free beginners workshop at 12.00. If you are interested in coming and want to know more ring Bob Sapey on 01995 604621.

There will be a musical bring and buy sale in the marquee, so if you have anything you would like to sell or donate, please contact Carole Worthington on 01995 601643.

During the afternoon there will be a number of opportunities for people to perform on open mic stages or to busk in the tent. There will be large groups, small groups, individuals and bands. In the afternoon we have the Fylde Ukulele Network (FUN), Banjos, Ukuleles and Guitars (BUGs) and the Ukulele Club of Liverpool along with the Lancaster U3A and Halton Ukes. The evening will include the Sandstones from Morecambe, Ukuladies from Heysham and Untethered, possibly Cumbria’s foremost ukulele band. There will also be performances from Hana Gilmour, Peter Thompson and Terry Kinney. The climax of the evening will be a performance by Ukulele Jukebox, who offer a unique mix of harmonies and punk rock.

For more information about GarFest have a look at our website – www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk.

Bob Sapey      www.ukulelejukebox.uk


The Arts Centre Bridge Group will be taking a break during August but will reconvene in September. For more information contact Bob Burns on 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!


We will begin our 7th year with an Open Session during Garstang Arts Festival – all are welcome to come and sing with us at 1.30pm on Monday 21st August.

Continuing as a ladies group we are making some changes from September. On the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month there will be piano accompaniment, but on the 2nd and 4th Mondays we will sing along to CDs/computer. We plan to meet during school holidays but will still close on bank holidays. Dates will be on The Arts Centre noticeboard.

Songbirds is a very friendly group – we do not give performances, just enjoy singing a wide repertoire and welcome those who have never sung in a group before, as well as those who sing well but do not want the commitment of a ‘proper’ choir!

For more information ring Avril on (01995) 602904 or Hilary on (01995) 606333

Judith Osborne (01995) 600996