What’s on in January

January Exhibition

The entries for the Open Art Competition and Exhibition may be viewed at the Arts Centre from Tuesday 8th January.

We are delighted to welcome professional artist, Peter Threlfall as our judge this year and he will present the prizes to the five winners

on Saturday 12th January at 11-00 am in the Arts Centre.

Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation when Peter will give a short critique of the artists’ work.

All paintings are for sale; an opportunity to purchase an original piece of art.

Sheila Tearle Tel. 01995 603816


 Friday January 25th  2pm -4pm. This month’s topic in which we can all take part in is   Poets who begin with R ,S or T . So there is plenty of scope and it’s not too taxing after the New Year’s festivities ! Enjoy choosing the answers .As usual it will be a very interesting   session . 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



The first of this year’s Craft and Collectors Fairs starts on

SATURDAY  FEB 16th  and run 2 monthly in April , June and August .If you are interested in having a stall please contact

Marie Whalley on 01995 603605



The first meeting in the New Year for the Garstang Floral Art Group will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday 15th January at 2-00pm. The meeting will open with a quick AGM followed by speaker Susan Coyne, who will demonstrate how we can produce lovely floral arrangements using a bunch of flowers from the supermarket. Susan will also show us how to “upcycle”unwanted items in a creative way. This is Susan’s first visit to the Group and promises to be something quite different. Arrangements will be raffled after the demonstration Visitors are always very welcome at this friendly group and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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


The Ukulele part 3

As children, many rock and pop stars in the 20th century learned to play their first chords on a ukulele. But the ukulele was increasingly seen as a toy rather than a serious instrument, and the electric guitar can make a very different sound; where would Jimi Hendrix be if he’d stuck to his ukulele? In the 1960s Tiny Tim did manage to make the charts while playing his ukulele, but in many ways, he was playing its (near) death march.

However, by the mid-1980s a new breed of ukulele player was emerging as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain began to combine humour and great musicality into an act that is still touring the world. And in 2002 we had that iconic moment when Joe Brown played the final song at the Concert for George on his ukulele – I’ll see you in my dreams.

Elsewhere in the USA many ukulele professionals were emerging, and the phenomena of community ukulele groups was beginning. People were discovering that the ukulele was relatively easy to learn and could be used to play a wide range of popular music. What’s more, because of the low sustain of the ukulele, large groups could play together and sound better, something that is not so easy with guitars.

This community musical movement quickly spread to the UK and to Europe and most towns now support several ukulele groups in pubs, clubs and community centres as well as U3As. While many of these groups are dominated by retired people, the ukulele has also begun to replace the recorder as the primary instrument in junior schools.

Garstang is part of that movement, our group has been running for just over 3 years now and while people come and go our membership remains strong at between 40-50. Many of the people in our group also belong to other groups – Lancaster U3A, Preston Strummers, Woodplumpton, Morecambe, Halton. We also have several individuals and small groups who will perform in concerts and open mic events.

In October 2015, most of those who first joined the group had not played a ukulele or guitar before, yet by Easter of 2016 we played our first performance to the Parkinson’s Disease Society in Preston and have been invited back ever since.

If you fancy joining us, do please come along to the Garstang Arts Centre on any Sunday afternoon. We are there from 1 pm and play between 2-4.



Bridge Group

This month the Arts Centre Bridge Group will meet on Mon 7th 14th 21st & 28th @ 7:00pm and Tues. 8th 22nd & 29th @ 1:30pm.

An Introduction to Bridge

We will soon 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 at all interested and you would like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact me. Full details, times and dates, will be published in the next issue of Focus.

Contact Bob at burns147@btinternet.com or tel 01995 603524.


Recorded Music Group

The group meets monthly in the Arts Centre, usually on the first Monday at 7:30 pm.  David Greenwood will open our 2019 season on 7 January with a programme titled “Absolute Beginners.” He won’t say what that means, so you will have to come along to find out!

Visitors are always welcome.  We ask members for £1, visitors £2. Refreshments are available at the interval (at no further charge).

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!


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.

January dates are 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

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)