What’s on in February

February Exhibition

Members of the Northern Potters Association (West) are making a welcome return to the Arts Centre on February 12th for their wall-hung exhibition of ceramic art.  N.P.A. aim to promote ceramics through a network of support, information & exposure across the region to people who work, or have an interest in clay.

The exhibition will run until Thursday 7th March.

Sheila Tearle Tel. 01995 603816



The first Craft and Collectors Fair of this year starts on SATURDAY FEBRUARY  16th  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 jewellrey to suit all pockets , photographs, hand- made notebooks, wooden articles such as pens, door wedges and small toys,  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 homemade cakes. Light refreshments are served all day.    Entry is Free  !      



 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22ND from 2-4pm  . This month’s topic is Transport – led by Gary Walmsley. It is a huge topic covering trains boats, planes, cars and  bicycles, not to mention animals! It should be very entertaining.  We look forward to hearing from you all.  As usual guests are always welcome.  For further information contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605 



The next meeting of The Floral Art Group to be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday 19th February at 2-00pm is going to be something quite different. We are welcoming Brenda Brown from Great Eccleston who will lead members in a workshop to design greeting cards with a floral theme. Brenda is very experienced in many crafts and runs the Card Design Group also based at the Arts Centre. All materials will be provided so it is essential to book a place if you wish to take part in the workshop. Members and visitors are very welcome to come along and watch if they do not wish to take part. Light refreshments will be served after the workshop.

For more information contact June on 01995 602505 or Mary on 01995 605210.


Garstang Ukulele Group

On 23rd July 1936 an archeological dig on what is now the Millennium Green uncovered a 17th century grave containing two adult skeletons, one male and one female, and a number of objects. It was clear from the wounds to their skulls that these two young people had died violently and were then left to rot in the marshy edges of the River Wyre to decay and disappear.

What was unclear in 1936 was the reason for their slaying although two possibilities were proffered at the time. Had they been set upon by a gang of thieves, killed and robbed or were they lovers who had fallen foul of their families and become victims of an honour killing?

Recent re-examination of the objects found with them has suggested another possibility. Music archeologists have identified the remains of two 4-stringed instruments – machine heads and bridges made of bone – which together with the recent discovery that Cromwell had included musicians in his purge of art, suggests these two may have died at the hands of a Roundhead iconoclast.

Fortunately today you can play the ukulele in Garstang without fear of death, so long as you can play C6 and Am7.

Come and join us at the Garstang Arts Centre each Sunday from 2-4 pm.

Bob Sapey



Recorded Music Group

David Greenwood opened 2019 with a well-chosen programme of “Absolute Beginners”, featuring youthful work by composers and by performers in classical and popular music.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 4th February from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, when David Ralphs will present “Vienna, City of My Dreams”.  David’s February programmes have become something of a tradition and are always well attended.

Visitors are always welcome.  We ask members for £1, visitors £2.  Complimentary refreshments are available at the interval.

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!


Bridge group

This month the Art Centre bridge group will meet on Monday 4th at 7 pm and Tuesday 5th 12th and 26th at 1.30 pm.

An introduction to bridge.

Thank you to all those people who have shown an interest in coming to our series of lessons. The 1st lesson will be on Monday 11th Feb at 7.30. The course will run for 6 weeks. There will be a charge of £1.50 to cover expenses. 

If you are interested but have missed the cut off please give me a ring in case any spare places become available.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Bob. 01995603524



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.

February dates are 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

Contact: Alan and Joan Anderson  (01524) 61483


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!



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


Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)