What’s on in November

November Art Exhibition

Two members of Garstang Arts Centre Painting Group invite you to their joint exhibition which continues until Thurs. 15th November.

HOLLY BALASUBRAMANYAM had no experience of art when she started to paint at the Arts Centre many years ago.  Her favourite medium is pastel but she also tries to mix acrylics & ink into her work.  The monthly demonstrations and workshops at the Painting Group  provide her with new ideas and techniques.

FELICITY HALLSWORTH takes inspiration from her watercolour sketchbook which accompanies her along the fells & the tarns of the Lake District & the coastal paths of Cornwall. Although mainly working in watercolour & acrylic, new mediums entice her …..  from printing & collage to brusho & pastel.

On the 20th November MARGARET RODWELL’S solo exhibition “Natures Bounty” aims to show the beauty of nature –  whether it is a landscape bathed in sunlight or covered in snow, or flowers from all four seasons of the year.

Margaret works in watercolour, pastel & mixed media & her exhibition closes on Thursday 13th December.

Work by all three artists is offered for sale; an opportunity to buy an original piece of art.

Sheila Tearle Tel. 01995 603816


The Ukulele part 2

The early 20th century was a period of popularity for the ukulele in America. From Al Jolson to Joan Crawford, everyone seemed to be playing the ukulele. During the First World War the YMCA in America sent hundreds of ukuleles for American troops to enjoy and in the process the instrument was introduced to Europe. However, while its popularity waned in the US during the depression of the 1930, a Lancashire lad called George Formby was making it very popular here.

George played the banjolele which is a ukulele with a banjo resonator. His right-hand action was magic as he strummed his triplets at such a speed as to create his signature sound. George was full of inuendo and his songs have endured for almost a hundred years. The George Formby Society have four conventions each year in Blackpool, the next one being on the 17/18 November at the Imperial hotel.

For many people, if you mention the ukulele they think first of George Formby. However, most community ukulele groups play very little of his music, though we now have four Formby songs in our repertoire.

Come and join us on Sundays from 2-4 at the Arts Centre.




During November The Arts Centre Bridge Group will meet on Monday 5th  12th  19th  and 26th at 7pm. The Tuesday dates are November 6th  13th and 27th meeting in the Music Room at 1-30pm.

New members are always welcome at this friendly group. Don’t worry if you are a complete beginner as there is always help and advice from more experienced players. For more information contact Bob Burns on 01995 603524.


The next meeting of the Garstang Floral Art Group will be held in the Arts Centre on Tuesday November 20th at 2-00pm when we have a welcome return visit from Margaret Boyle of Fusion Flowers. Margaret will be giving a demonstration, creating several arrangements with a Christmas Theme. (Please note this is not a workshop as the Floral Art programme states) Margaret is very creative and always brings along some new ideas for us to try. Visitors are very welcome and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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



This   months meeting,  led by Anthony Coppin and is entitled TIME .  This is a vast   subject . Present Time ,  Time Past , Time to come , Keeping Time , Lost Time , Doing Time ! not to mention Clocks and Watches . You are sure to be able to find time to find some great poems .We can look forward to a very interesting   afternoon .

After tea we are finishing the plan for next year’s programme There are just a couple of months to   complete . If you have any item that you would like to appear on next year’s programme just add it to the list.  We are looking for eager volunteers to lead !  We always welcome visitors . If you have not been before just come along .   You   can just sit and listen or join in if you wish. As usual the meeting ends with tea and cakes!

For more information contact Marie Whalley   01995 603605 .


Launch of Poetry Anthology

On Saturday November 24th we are launching “Rolling Words” a poetry anthology to celebrate the life of Professor James Dodding, who was our patron and who started Garstang’s poetry group. Sadly he passed away this year .The Anthology is a collection of original poems by members of the poetry group .

The launch takes place at 7pm at Garstang Arts Centre and we cordially invite you to come along. The books are priced at £4.50 and would make an ideal Christmas gift. Publication of the Anthology is part of series of events to commemorate the life and work of a very gifted man.



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 or Hilary on (01995) 606333


Judy Osborne  (01995 600996)