What’s on in October

200 Club Autumn Draw

The 200 Club Autumn Draw will be held on Saturday 6th October at the Arts Centre at 7.30pm.

There will be entertainment in the form of an Audio Visual Show by Adrian Whittaker (a mixture of digital slide shows set to music. Some serious, some funny & some just plain daft”).

Everyone welcome, bring your own drinks, and nibbles will be provided.

Anne Marie Whitehead  (01995 603311)



October Art Exhibition

We welcome EMMA UNDERWOOD as an exhibitor at the Arts Centre.  Whilst studying at various colleges, Emma mastered a wide range of artistic styles. Now, as an emerging artist, she is building a strong fan base regionally, nationally & internationally, finding success with her contemporary watercolours of wildlife and animals; hares, rabbits and highland cows being hugely popular.  Emma’s exhibition starts Tuesday 25th Sept and continues until the 18th Oct.

Following on two local artists, Felicity Hallsworth & Holly Balasubramanyam  will be showing their work until the 15th November.

Sheila Tearle 01995 603816.



Christmas Craft Fair 2018


Garstang Ukulele Group

The instrument we now know as the ukulele was first named that by Hawaiians, although their pronunciation was and is oo-koo-leh-leh. In the mid 19th century King David of Hawaii went on a journey around the world seeking out ways of increasing the prosperity of his islands. He invited many people to come and settle in Hawaii and in the 1870’s a number of Portuguese emigrants from Madeira arrived and they brought their small 4 and 5 stringed instruments with them. When they played these the Hawaiians thought the movement of the strings reminded them of jumping fleas (oo-koo-leh-leh) and so this became its new name. From the very start the Hawaiians took this funny little instrument to their hearts.

In the 1890’s the independence of Hawaii was threatened by American and European businessmen who wished to exploit the islands and by the end of the 19th century Hawaii had been colonised by the USA.  During the early 20th century many Americans began to visit and they enjoyed the sounds of the ukulele during their excursions to these islands. They brought the instrument back to the US with them and it soon became part of the popular culture. From there it has found its way back across the Atlantic and to Garstang.

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

Bob Sapey




During October The Arts Centre Bridge Group will meet on Monday 1st  8th  15th  22nd  and 29th at 7pm. The Tuesday dates are October 2nd  9th  23rd and 30th 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 October 16th at 2-00pm. The speaker will be well-respected local gardener, Barrie Mason. Barrie will be telling us “How to Put Our Gardens to Bed for Winter” Barrie always passes on advice and practical tips in a way we can understand and is happy to answer any queries.

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


Poetry Appreciation   –  Friday October  26th  2pm – 4pm

 This months topic ,which is led by Bill Barnes, will be Health and Safety.  Is it sensible advice?  Will it save us from ourselves? Or is it the nanny state interfering again?  Let’s see what the poets say.

All are welcome to our meetings .  Refreshments are provided. For more information contact Marie Whalley 603605



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)