Community Groups in Garstang
There are over 50 voluntary groups in Garstang, all thriving and widely supported, listed below are just a few.
BOWLAND PENNINE MOUNTAIN RESCUE
Bowland Pennine MRT is based in Garstang and provides 365-day Mountain Search and Rescue service in both the rural and urban districts of Lancashire, and beyond when assisting other teams. Lancashire Police or the Ambulance Authority will call out the team when our services are required. Another part of the team's activities is that of education. We regularly give talks on first aid and mountain safety to Schools, Rotary and Round Table groups, Universities, Women's Institutes, Scout groups, Rambling Groups - in fact any organisation or group of individuals that request our advice or a talk. The Team only has one intake of potential operational members each year, and this normally takes place in autumn. For more information or to learn about volunteering opportunities please visit www.bowlandpenninemrt.org.uk
Garstang Subscription Bowling Club is situated at the bottom of the main High Street car park. The green and clubhouse are always popular and visitors and new members are always welcome. Club opening hours are everyday from 9am until dusk. Members can bowl for pleasure (mornings) or play in various leagues (usually afternoons and evenings). Contact the Club Secretary on 01995 606962 for more details.
We meet at 7.00p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the Garstang Sports and Social Club. On Thursday we have a host so everyone is guaranteed a partner. Visitors and New Members are welcome. Contact Eddie Zielinski 01524 791581 or e-Mail email@example.com.
The British Legion is in the Old Town Hall on the High Street. For more details please contact 01995 603039.
This is held every Thursday from 10-11.30am at St Thomas' Parish Hall. An excellent selection of home produced cakes, pies, jams and pickles, also plants, fruit and vegetables and high quality crafts. Refreshments and parking is available. Tel: 01995 602346 for further details.
Garstang has a very popular cricket club, which caters for all ages. The ground is by the river Wyre next to the football pitch and at the bottom of the main car park. For more information on the local cricket see garstangcc.intheteam.com or call 01995 601586.
The Garstang Cycling Club was formed in July 2003 and now has over 70 members, about a third of them female. Ages range from 15 to over 70. The aim of the club is to encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities to dust down their bikes and come and explore the local countryside in the company of like minded others. For more information on joining as a guest, routes, events etc please call 01995 640300 or log onto www.garstangcyclingclub.net
We are volunteers who are trained to respond to life threatening emergencies whilst an ambulance is on its way. For more information or to learn more about becoming a volunteer please contact Mark Lewis on 01772 903989.
Garstang Football Club
Garstang Football Club are a local team who play in the local Lancashire leagues and welcome anyone interested in playing football to contact them. The Club usually play competitive games once or twice a week, and have a training night once a week. Home matches are played at the Garstang Sports and Social Club fields by the main car park and river. For more information visit www.garstangfc.com.
Garstang Lakeland Club
Come and join us for family-friendly led walks in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. We are a friendly group who meet on the third Sunday of every month to share walks in the beautiful countryside around Garstang. This is our 20th year of walking together. For details contact - Michael Collins (01995 604358) Gwnfor Williams (01995 604538) Robert Hogg (01995 603206)
This is the Garstang and New Koforidua Linking Association. NK in Ghana is the twin town of Garstang. The aim of this partnership is to create lasting links and friendships between the two towns. The group meet monthly in the Crown Pub. If you would like further information please call Bruce Crowther on 01995 602637.
Garstang and District Gardening Club meets for lectures and gardening advice sessions from September to April. Its current venue is St Thomas's parish hall. Meetings (Monday nights, once a month) begin at 7.30pm. Summer events include evening and day visits and coach trips to gardens of interest. There's a summer show with flowers, fruit and vegetables (early September) and a spring show aimed to coincide with the annual meeting. It was formed in 1987 by retired Myerscough College lecturer Ben Andrews and fellow gardening enthusiasts. For more details and how to contact the club, see the club's website.
GARSTANG & DISTRICT ARTS SOCIETY
The GDAS run the Arts Centre, which is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Centre is open to the public and has on display various exhibitions and events. Why not pay a visit and enjoy the tasty homemade cakes and beverages! Please contact 01995 606648 for more details of exhibitions etc.
Affiliated to the GDAS are a number of arts based groups:
- Card Making 01995 670519
- Calligraphy 01254 251534
- Camera Club 01995 602857
- Exhibitions-School Room 01995 603058
- Exhibitions-Music Room 01524 791139
- Floral Art 01995 605210
- Folk Dancers 01524 36734
- Garstang Musical Productions 01995 601050
- John Towers Band 01995 606549
- Newsletter 01995 604755
- Painting Group 01253 812270
- Patchwork & Needlework 01995 605761
- Poetry Appreciation 01995 603605
- Recorded Music 01995 604856
- Painting Class 07969 177369
- Scrabble 01772 462448
- 200 Club 01995 603605
- Wine Circle 01995 600824
Garstang Musical Productions
Garstang Musical Productions is friendly and lively amateur musical theatre group who perform a vast array of shows and concerts. We have been delighting our local community audiences for over 25 years and past productions have included Guys & Dolls, South Pacific, Me & My Girl and The King & I to name a few.
We meet on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm at The Arts Centre and we warmly welcome new members - performers and helpers alike! For more information please contact 01995 601050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARSTANG & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB
A typical Lions Club usually consists of between 20 and 40 members, from all walks of life and backgrounds, united in a common aim to help those less fortunate than themselves. In Garstang, we meet every month to discuss community service, fundraising and social activities. New members are always welcome. For more information please see our newsletter, call David Lewis on 01995 605146 or click here to visit our website
GARSTANG CANOE CLUB
The Canoe Club caters for all ages and abilities and new members are always welcome. We are able to supply canoes and paddles and run various courses. For more information please contact Michael Graham on 01524 63118.
GARSTANG FAIRTRADE STEERING GROUP
The GFSG is responsible for maintaining fairtrade status in the town and encourages local people and business to stock and use fairtrade produce. We orgainse events to promote fairtrade and the fairtrade mark, especially during fairtrade fortnight which is held around March each year. New members of all ages are always very welcome! Please contact Mrs Ruth Bruce on 01995 602784 for more information or visit www.garstangfairtrade.org.uk
Garstang Transition is aiming to make Garstang a Transition Town, to complement its Fair Trade town status. The Transition Network is a global, grassroots movement planning to reduce mankind's dependency on fossil fuels. Rather than wait passively for governments to act or disaster to strike, it mobilises the creativity of communities to make everyday life more resilient and sustainable.
The issues are huge. You have to get your head around such grandiose concepts as Climate Change, Peak Oil and Energy Descent. It's all too easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But the Transition movement is about each of us taking small steps to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels If enough of us do enough, we can do a better job of looking after this place.
Our website is garstangtransition.org.uk
Garstang Unplugged supports, promotes and encourages all acoustic music and the club encourages all levels of ability. We welcome performers, singers, songwriters, and most definitely those who just want to come and listen. Club nights are the last Wednesday in each month, for eleven months a year and start at 8.30pm at the Kenlis Arms call 01995 602795 or go to www.garstangunplugged.com
The Garstang Gymnastics Club is on Longmoor Lane in Nateby and has over 200 members. To get involved in the sport or to find out more information contact Mandy Thompson on 01995 600800. For further information visit www.garstangschoolofgymnastics.co.uk.
GARSTANG HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The society meets September to April to hear a talk on a variety of historical / archaeological topics. Everyone is welcome. A website is in the process of being created and a link to this will be put on this section when it is completed. In the meantime contact 01995 605824 for further information about our programme.
Garstang Ladies are looking to recruit players to strengthen the squad. If you are interested, please contact us by sending us a message via the website, facebook or call/text the individuals below.
Garstang Ladies 1‘s play in the North Regional, Division 2 League and are keen to strengthen the squad - if you are interested, contact Lindsay Norton (captain) on 07842 432249 or Dave Gee (Manager) on 07774 792824.
Garstang Ladies 2's are also keen to hear from any players wanting to join - the squad already boasts a wide range of players from beginners level through to experienced players, veterans and are keen to hear from players of any level. If you are interested, please contact Megan Ditchfield (captain) on 07779 522231.
Garstang Juniors and the third team squad are re-grouping and there are several opportunities to join and strengthen the squad. Please contact Dave Gee (Manager) on 07774 792824.
For information on, volunteering opportunities and overall organisation please contact Ron Freeland on 01995 606384. To become a member of Friends of the Green or for details of events such as lectures and coffee mornings please contact Joan Williams on 01995 605202.
Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) Garstang
The Garstang branch of the MNDA was formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the disease, to raise funds to continue vital research and to help the MNDA support those who have the illness.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) attacks nerve cells in the brain (motor neurones) these form nerves that send messages to the muscles. As these neurones gradually die the nerves stop conducting and muscles they supply stop working. The disease is devastating because it destroys the ability to walk, dress swallow and talk but leaves a healthy and alert mind trapped inside a body that can’t move but can think and feel. In the majority of cases MND is a rapidly progressive and fatal illness that can affect any adult. In the UK alone some 5000 people are living with the disease at any one time. The cause is unknown and there is as yet no known cure.
We are a small group but in spite of that our first year of fundraising was very successful and in this, our second year, we would like to do even better. Please watch out for our collections – we will announce them on the front page of www.garstang.net
If you would like to join our group or volunteer to help at an event please contact Marie Whalley on 01995 603605
If you would like to know more about the illness or if you or one of your family have the illness and need support please contact Hilary Walklett at email@example.com
The Garstang group has been around since 1981 and offers a wide range of graded walks throughout the year. All walks start at the Discovery Centre in Garstang. New members are always welcome. For further information and to request a programme please contact Carol Stenning on 01995 601478.
Rotary in Garstang and Over Wyre
Rotary is the largest organisation providing service to others in the World. We are dedicated to helping the young, the elderly and those disadvantaged through sickness and disaster around the Globe.
Local activities include the provision of job interviews for our school children and youth along with leadership courses. For our senior citizens we hold an annual brass band concert and provide turkeys for their Christmas lunch in association with the WRVS. We offer places at the Calvert Trust outward bound facility for the young and old with a variety of disabilities.
Overseas, Rotary is a prime mover in the elimination of Poliomyelitis throughout the world with both the direct involvement of Members and financial help.
On occasions you will see Rotarians around the town raising funds with a Duck Race, the Santa Sleigh and shaking tins on exceptional occasions collecting for a specific disaster or tragedy.
Rotary is open to men and women from all walks of life. All we ask is that you are prepared to give up some of your time to help others. In this process there is an opportunity to enjoy common friendship and the active social life within the Club.
The Rotary Club of Garstang and Over Wyre meets each week on Wednesday evening at 07-30 pm at the Best Western, Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, Bowgreave Drive Garstang PR3 1YE.
For Further information please contact Don Goodier firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01995 603720.
Alternatively please visit our web site www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.asap?ClubID=1171
Garstang Rugby Football Club play at Hudson Park, just off Lancaster Road. We are on the look out for players and welcome all ages. Come and join us at training, which takes place each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 18:30 on the rugby pitch. Email us on email@example.com. Why not come down to a game at Hudson Park on a Saturday afternoon? For more information contact Frank Purvis, secretary on 01995 601664
The Garstang Running Club caters for all standards and abilities. Beginners are always welcome along with more experienced runners, why not join us for training? There is a good mix of roadrunners, cross-country, rough stuff & fells. GRC organises 3 road races a year - Gallop 10k, Half Marathon & Guy's 10 mile. The club runs on Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7.00pm, Sundays @ 8.00am and we meet in the Sports & Social Club car park, Garstang. Various social runs regularly arranged, for light evenings and Sundays. Please visit www.garstangrc.co.uk
SCOTTISH DANCE GROUP
Stretch your mind and your muscles! Scottish country dancing is an ideal way to exercise and socialise. We meet every Monday at 7.30pm at the Garstang United Reformed Church, Croston Weind. Beginners are welcome. For more information contact Roger Brooks 01995 601995.
SCOUTS & GUIDES
The scouts and guides, cubs and brownies meet at the Scout Headquarters on Kepple Lane, Garstang.
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. For more information on Garstang Soroptomists please contact 01995 606604.
Garstang Amateur Swimming Club is a competitive swimming club based in Garstang, Lancashire, UK with a growing number of swimming members of all ages. Swimmers of all abilities are catered for from skills development through to Regional competitions. If you are interested in joining the Garstang Gators you can contact Garstang Swimming Centre, located on Birch Road, Garstang, on 01995 604340. Please ask for a representative of the Swimming Club.
Garstang Tennis Club is situated on the edge of the town centre next to the football field. The tennis club welcomes new members and also runs various classes for young people. For more information please contact Colin Taylor on 01995 606832.
We are a friendly group of people, with an interest in live theatre, who present a panto and full scale musical each year whilst still finding time for theatre trips, social outings and events.
We meet from September to June, two nights a week in the Garstang Room of the Community Centre, Garstang from 7.30pm until about 10.00pm
New members are always welcome whether you fancy appearing on stage or to help out with the important back stage / front of house tasks. For more details please contact 01995 600649 or view our website www.garstangtheatregroup.co.uk
The Garstang Town Trust is a charity, which looks after a number of prominent buildings in the town and runs the Thursday market. The Town Trust also awards grants to local deserving organisations. For more information on the Town Trust or the weekly market stall - availability & rates: please contact Kate Rowe – 01995605561 or 07973133294.
The Garstang Wine Circle was established in 1970. The total membership has varied between 50 and 70 persons. We would normally expect a monthly attendance between 45/50 people.
Our membership is best described as having a mixed interest in wine. A small proportion is seriously interested in learning all about wine and viticulture; for a few, meetings are largely regarded as a social event and not a specific learning experience. The great majority of members fall between the two extremes. The Wine Circle meets at 07-30 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month, with the exception of July and August. Meetings are held in the Garstang Arts Centre.
We also have additional visits to local Vintners and the occasional overseas trip. The annual subscription for Garstang Wine Circle year 2010-11 (September/August) is £15.00 per member. The meeting fees per member is £6.00, for a tasting evening including a light supper. Visitors are welcome for a maximum of two visits a fee of £8.00 per occasion. A condition of membership of Wine Circle is that Members must join the Garstang Arts Centre, if they are not already a member. The annual subscription fee is currently £18.00 per head and is payable in January each year.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. For more local information on the Garstang branch please call 01995 605982.
WRVS lunch clubs give older people the opportunity to leave the house, and to meet old friends and make new ones in a warm and friendly setting. Lunch clubs give them the chance to socialise while enjoying a hot meal. The service is often supported by community transport, so that people can be picked up from home and taken back at the end of the session. The Garstang lunch club runs on Thursday mornings in the Community Centre.
Garstang has its own monthly magazine the Focus Magazine. All members of the community regularly contribute stories, articles and information to this publication and it is posted to every home in the area. It is an excellent resource for information ranging from events, group news, recipes and details of local tradesmen.
Minutes of the latest Town Council meetings are also available to the community through this community website and also in the local library.
The community, including the Town Council, Area Partnership and Chamber of Trade also regularly submits articles to the local press: the Lancashire Evening Post, Blackpool Gazette and the Garstang Courier.