What’s on in December

The Arts Centre December 2018

December Art Exhibition

“NATURE’S BOUNTY” An exhibition of art by local artist Margaret Rodwell.

Whether it is a landscape bathed in sunlight or covered in snow, or flowers from all four seasons of the year;  Margaret aims to show the beauty of nature’s bounty in her solo exhibition of watercolour, pastel & mixed media.

The exhibition is on at the Arts Centre from Tues 20th November until Thurs 13th Dec.

Garstang & District Open Art Competition/Exhibition

Entries are invited for the 2019 Garstang & District Open Art Competition/Exhibition – 8th Jan to 7th Feb.

For further details & entry forms please click here or from Sheila Tearle. Tel. 01995 603816

The Ukulele at Christmas

If you’ve been following my brief history of the ukulele, don’t despair as it will continue next month, but as it is almost Christmas, it is time to get down to the shops, or online and buy ukuleles for all the people you love. Here’s some buying advice.

There are 4 main types of ukulele – soprano; concert; tenor and baritone. Most people start with a soprano which can cost as little as £25. At this price they usually sound much the same so it is safe to buy online, but check the reviews to make sure it will stay in tune.

But going this cheap may be a false economy as you will probably want to upgrade well before Easter. It is better to spend a bit more, about £40-50, and get something like a Makala Dolphin. That way it may be next Xmas before you are looking to upgrade – remember there’s no such thing as owning just one ukulele.

Concerts are a bit larger than a soprano and people with larger fingers may find that useful. The starting price is about £45, but you can go up to more than a thousand. It is worth visiting a music shop to hear and feel the instruments before choosing which to buy as you’ll probably find one you really love. Tenors are a bit larger again and have a slightly lower tone. Prices here will start at around £70.

If you are buying for someone who already plays the guitar, it may be worth considering a baritone ukulele. All other ukuleles, sopranos, concerts and tenors are tuned to GCEA whereas the baritone is tuned DGBE, the same as the top 4 strings of a guitar. This means the chord shapes are the same, making it easier to change instruments. As the name suggests it also has a lower tone and as with the tenors, their prices start at about £70.

While your loved ones will be thrilled to receive their first ukulele, they will be delighted if you also buy them a tuner. These are widely available for about £10.

There are some other variations you will come across when looking at ukuleles. While most ukuleles are acoustic, some have pickups fitted so they can be played through an amplifier which is ideal if you wish to perform as a soloist or in a small group. There are also solid body ukuleles that have to be played through an amplifier. Another variation is the banjolele, a ukulele with a banjo resonator and made famous by George Formby.

And finally, how are they going to learn? There are some great online materials and we have some good links to get them started on the Resources page of our website (see below) including electronic versions of our eight songbooks containing about 450 songs.

And on the 6th January, they can come and join us at the Garstang Arts Centre. We’re there every Sunday from 2-4 pm.

Bob Sapey


Bridge Group

The Arts Centre Bridge Group will meet in December on Mondays the 3rd & 10th @ 7pm and on Tuesdays the 4th and the 11th @ 1:30pm.

An Introduction to Bridge

In the new year we will be running a series of lessons. No prior knowledge is required as we will be starting at the very beginning.  It’s a golden opportunity to learn a bit about the game that’s enjoyed by millions of people.

You will be assured of a warm welcome with a coffee/tea and  premium biscuit after the lesson.

Bridge is never boring.  If you are not trying to make a contract you are doing your best to stop one.

If you are interested and you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact me.

Full details will be published in the green book in the new year.

The bridge group would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone good health and a happy Christmas.

Contact Bob at burns147@btinternet.com

Or (for us senior citizens) tel: 01995 603524


FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH  2-4pm  This   month’s meeting is entitled ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS  and is an opportunity for members to read their favourite Christmas poem or short story. There will be the usual goodies for tea and the chance to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

Visitors are always welcome, you can just sit and listen or join in if you wish.

For more information contact Marie Whalley on 01995 603605 .

Folk Dance Group

We meet on Tuesday evenings 7.30 -9.30pm from September to May.  We offer a varied programme of old and new English country dances.  Beginners welcome.

4th December followed by the Christmas break.  We start again on 8th January 2019.

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

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!


Songbirds is a very friendly ladies 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!

We meet every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at 1.30pm. On the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month there will be piano accompaniment, but on the 2nd and 4th (& 5th) Mondays we will sing along to CDs/computer. Dates will be on The Arts Centre noticeboard.

For more information ring Avril on (01995) 602904



Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)