‘What’s On’ in May


Friends & fellow artists, Patricia Roberts & Mary Queen  will be holding a joint exhibition of their work from Tuesday 7th May to Thursday 30th May.  All the paintings are for sale; an opportunity to own an original piece of art at a reasonable price.

Sheila Tearle  Tel. 01995 603816


Garstang Ukulele Group

As readers of the Focus will have noticed, I like to delve into the history of the ukulele and in the Victorian tradition of writing a British history, only the facts are altered to make the story more interesting. This month I’ve been inspired by the geographical flexibility of The Bay on ITV where Morecambe has gained a harbour very similar to Whitehaven and Grange over Sands is now situated this side of Silverdale.

Traditional history tells us that the ukulele was taken to Hawaii by the Portuguese and then found its way back to Europe via the USA. But ancient papers recently uncovered in the archives of the Garstang Courier suggest that the ukulele may have originated in Catterall. In 1509 a luthier from Abbeystead came to work in Catterall and he was surprised by how small the locals were. So he developed a small 4 stringed instrument especially for them and its popularity soon spread to Garstang. Towards the end of the 16th century an adventurer from Garstang took one on his travels to Madeira and swapped it from some fortified wine. All this was lost in the mists of time, but now we can fill in that missing link.


Ukuleles in May

Easter is over and Spring is getting serious. The daffs are dying, and the birds are ravenously feeding their young. What better time of the year to play the ukulele?  We are having out own open mic evening when any member of the group can get up and perform for an appreciative and supportive audience. We restrict this event to members and their personal guests, but there is no restriction on membership of the group, so if you fancy trying out the ukulele come along any Sunday and join us. Contact details are on our website – www.garstangukulelegroup.co.uk

Bob Sapey


Bridge Group

The Bridge Group will meet this month on Mon 13th & 20th @ 7.00pm and Tues 7th, 14th and 28th at 1.30pm. Further details please contact Bob on 01995 603524



 Friday May 24th  2pm – 4pm. This month’s topic led by Graciela Lemos and Jeff Ashworth is entitled Seasons.

From the budding of Spring to the depths of Winter, the seasons affect plants, animals and people. Poetry through the ages has reflected those changes in their many forms. There is a wonderful collection of poems for us all to choose our favourites. Visitors are always very welcome to the Poetry Group. Come and sit and listen or join in if you wish.

For more information please contact Marie Whalley 01995 603605



The May meeting of The Garstang Floral Art Group is to be a visit to Daisy Clough Nurseries at Scorton. The date is Tuesday May 21st and members will meet at Daisy Clough at 2-00pm for an introductory talk by one of the owners. This will be followed by a floral demonstration by Tracy, the in-house florist, with time to browse the nursery and shop and finally tea and cakes in the delightful restaurant.

The cost is £7-50 per person and advance booking is essential. Car sharing can be arranged.

To book a place ring Mary on 01995 605210 or June on 01995 602505 no later than Tuesday 7th May.


Recorded Music Group

Our April meeting had a very enjoyable evening with Jeff Ashworth’s “Really Open”, a well-chosen programme of three centuries of music with a strong emphasis on melody.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13th May, from 7:30 to 9:30, when Morecambe RMS will join us for an evening of music chosen by members of both societies.  These annual events are always a great success — come and join us.  Entry is £1 for members, £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!


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.  May dates are 7th, 14th and 21st.

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


Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)