This week’s Town and Country news.
Derek & Celia Coultherd
After the well-attended annual meeting of the Austwick Field and Local History Society on Wednesday, Mike Slater gave members a fascinating insight into the topic of local date stones, of which more than 500 have been recorded within 15 miles of Settle.
At the next meeting on Wednesday, November 20, Jean Asher will speak about the beginnings of Quakerism in the Settle area in the late 1600s. The meeting will be held in Austwick Parish Hall at 7.30pm, visitors welcome.
Once again the Game Cock will be hosting a charity fund raising event supporting Austwick School. It is hoped residents will join in the fun and help make this an enjoyable community event on Thursday, October 31. Offers of help and auction items would be very welcome.
Meeting from 5.30pm with a guided wander for the village children starting at 6pm – please light a pumpkin or Halloween decoration at home if you want a Trick or Treat visit from the village children.
The children will return to the Game Cock for snacks and the beer garden treasure hunt for which a torch is essential
At 7.30pm a pie and peas supper will be followed by the charity fund raiser auction of donated items in support of Austwick School. Items for the auction very welcome, they can be collected or dropped into the Game Cock.
Tickets for the event will cost £4.50. Last year more than £1,000 was raised which helped in the provision of sports equipment. Scary monster theme costumes very welcome but not essential to enjoy the Austwick Halloween.
Wenning Poultry Club held its 25th Show (silver jubilee) at Bentham Auction Mart on October 12. Messrs P Kerfoot, R Askew, P Metcalfe, R Mason and J Harrison ably judged the 360 birds and eggs and cups and trophies were presented by Gill Newhouse, show president.
Principal winners – Best soft feather, hard feather and OEG bantam: Messrs G and A Hillary; 2013 bred hard feather: Mr Bury; 2013 bred soft feather: G Thornton; Modern game: Mr R Bannister; Juvenile exhibit: J and W Bellard; Rock: Mr D Singleton; Leghorn and Ancona: Mr P P Stadden; Wyandotte: Mr J Maddock; Australope: Mr E Bailey; True bantam: Mr K Hebblethwaite; Waterfowl: Eastwood and Wills; Silkie: Mr K Capstick; Eggs: Mr G C Taylor.
The club’s annual meeting will be held at Ellers Farm, Caton, on Thursday, November 14, at 7.30pm. Night shows will be held at Westhouse Village Hall on Fridays, January 10 and February 21, 7pm, all welcome.
At a coffee morning held in the town hall £257 was raised for the local branch of the Conservative Association. Another coffee morning, held at the Victoria Institute, raised more than £300 for institute funds. The organisers of both events would like to thank all involved.
Members of Age Concern met at the masonic hall where they enjoyed a delicious lunch served by Betty Lund and Betty Mountain. The lucky raffle winner was Edna Parnell. Visitor Diane Rees spoke on her experiences as a helper at the Olympic Games.
At their coffee morning in the town hall, Age Concern funds were raised by more than £300.
The Bright Hour met at the Methodist Church on October 15, when the president led the devotions. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Grace Jones. Sarah Gorst spoke on her experiences as a volunteer in Sierra Leone. At the end of the meeting there was a free will offering which amounted to £51 for World Mission.
High Bentham Community Primary School congratulate those children who took part in the recent Craven Primary Schools Cross Country finals: Laura Broadwell, Olivia Robinson, Cameron Askew and Kira Paris Ryan. Both Kira and Olivia qualified to compete at Catterick Race Course later this year.
A team of children took part in the football competition at Settle narrowly missing out on qualifying for the North Craven finals.
From October 7 to 11, Emma Sharp (Class 5) managed to read an astounding 99,051 words, whilst Georgia-May Harrison (Class 4) clocked up 40,903 with Harry Armstrong (Class 3) reaching an amazing 7,495.
Forthcoming local events include the following events. Bentham Footpath Group’s walk tomorrow, Friday, October 25, will be at Yealand, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am. The coffee morning this Saturday, October 26, will be in aid of Tatham Fells School, starting at 10am.
On Thursday, October 31, at Bentham Methodist Church, there will be a talk entitled Discover India, with Peter and Cecile Nock, 7pm. Tickets £4, children £2, include refreshments, available from Temptations on 61643. All welcome.
Town Council matters from the meeting held on October 7.
As parking restrictions were on the agenda two residents asked for items to be considered. The first commented on the single yellow line outside the Horse and Farrier and problems associated with vehicles parking on it making visibility difficult when exiting from the end of Duke Street.
The second, representing We Are Bentham, acknowledged that the new enforcement was working in moving people into the car parks, but asked whether the council would support extending the 30 minute parking on Main street to 45 minutes or an hour.
When discussing town hall hiring charges it was proposed that the rates should stay the same for the coming year as they went up in 2013. An amendment was tabled to leave the local rates the same and increase the non-local hiring rates by five per cent. A vote was carried by four to two.
Bentham Footpath Group held its annual meeting at the Looking Well. All committee members, walkers and leaders and those undertaking conservation work, were thanked for the many ways in which they had contributed to a satisfying walking year.
David Toft was approved as general secretary and Jean Jones as treasurer. The rest of the committee remains unchanged.
The first meeting of the new season of the Men’s Group took place in the Blue Anchor Hotel on October 24, with a hot-pot supper and a quiz. The quiz master was chairman Keith Budden who had compiled the questions. An enjoyable evening was had by all present.
Preparations for the annual village bonfire and firework display are progressing well. This year’s display will be on Saturday, November 2.
The gates will open at 6pm and tickets are now available from the local shops at £3. Entry on the night will be £4. The bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and the fireworks at 7.15pm. In the interests of safety no private sparklers or fireworks are allowed on the field. Main Street will be subject to a road closure notice, as last year, to prevent traffic congestion.
The Bonfire Committee would like to thank all of their sponsors and everybody who helps to make the display a success.
The Holy Trinity Church Mothers’ Union meeting took place in the village hall on October 16 following the summer break.
Their new presiding member Kath Lane was delighted to welcome nine new members and two returning members this year.
The church is holding a birthday party to celebrate its 200 years on the present site and this will take place this Sunday, October 27, at Morning Worship.
A plea to buy calendars to support The Somalia Trust was made. Cost £3 each.
There was also a letter from the Deanery to thank all members who raised more than £600 towards the Overseas Fund.
Pat Ashcroft, their intrepid explorer, was introduced as speaker who came to talk about her Mencap Charity trek to Iceland.
Further events include a coffee morning in the Old Boy’s School on Wednesday, November 6, and on Wednesday, November 20, Words and Music for Advent in the village hall.
Tim Cross sends thanks on behalf of the school and Holy Trinity Church to everyone who has sent in donations of food, toiletries, etc, for use by the Morecambe Food Bank.
If anyone would like to make a donation, Holy Trinity Church will be collecting items throughout this month. A donation can be made directly to the church or via the school.
The new school sports kit has arrived. Many thanks to Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council; The FOBLES; Waters and Atkinson Limited; Wright and Lord Limited; Burton and Fisher Limited; Bowker Electrical Limited; VMC Developments Limited; Mr and Mrs J Wright and Mr and Mrs K Hobbs for their kind sponsorship.
Do you like working with children? The Primary School is looking to add to their team of welfare assistants who work at lunchtimes to manage the children during their lunch break. Please contact the school for more information.
Junior Church meets at the Old Boy’s Grammar School on Sundays at 10.15am. All children aged three to seven years very welcome; as with Rock Solid who meet in the Scout Hut on Sundays at 10am; all junior (KS2) children are invited to go along.
At a recent committee meeting, the FOBLES (Friends of Bolton-le-Sands) agreed to support a number of exciting school projects, including:
1 Funding the Construction Club who will be building a real electric go-kart.
2 Purchasing a lighting system and a stage system for the school hall to enable the school to present even more fabulous plays, discos and parties.
3 Match funding Mathletics, a really creative way of developing maths skills whilst competing against other children from around the world.
4 Part funding of the new sports kit.
5 Paying for their texting service.
The October meeting of the Local History Society heard a very interesting and well illustrated talk by Peter Marshall on Inn Signs. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 18, in Burton Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, when Dr Jean Turnbull will give a talk on Turnpike Roads in Westmorland.
AT the parish council meeting PCSO Coleman reported that there had been no significant crime in the village during the month.
County Coun Bingham reported that budget cuts might mean that the mobile library would not be replaced, work on the flooding problems at Tanpits Lane and Neddy Hill was in hand and that grit supplies were sufficient for the winter.
He also noted that a grit bin had been requested for the junction of Station Lane and Tanpits Lane.
The council confirmed the appointment of Jane Johnson as the new parish clerk who would commence her duties immediately.
An acceptance response would be sent to SLDC on the conditional offer of a grant of £5,850 for a study into a footway to Clawthorpe.
The council decided to go ahead with the purchase of a Children at Play sign for St James’ Drive but would seek a further estimate for a Westmorland sign.
Coun Hopwood reported that Aggregate Industries now had no plans to go ahead with a wind turbine at the Holme Park Quarry site.
Aggregate Industries had also agreed to report the flooding on the A6070 at the quarry entrance and request improved drainage. It was also likely that a time extension would be sought to the extraction licence for the quarry which currently expires in 2023.
The Memorial Hall Management Committee was not opposed to the idea of a one way system for the car park provided the council paid for signage.
Other suggestions included permission to park at the Kings Arms and a covered area for cycles at the school, but neither the police nor the school supported the idea of cones to restrict parking.
Burton WI enjoyed David Poole’s A Year at Leighton Moss with excellent photographs of the many varieties of birds visiting during the year and surprising his audience with stunning pictures of the varied wildlife including the stags, inhabiting the Moss.
The next meeting, the annual meeting, will take place on Thursday, November 7, followed by a fun quiz.
The annual autumn event of the Harvest Fair will be held this Saturday, October 26, selling local produce, plants and Christmas goodies; bacon butties and popcorn if you are hungry; tombola and games to keep the children busy plus a kid’s competition for the best autumn collage. From 10am to noon in Burton Memorial Hall.
There will be a Pre-School Halloween Party this Saturday, October 26, at the hall, from 5.30pm to 8pm.
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Carnforth is holding an open day and charity today, Thursday, October 24, between 1.30pm and 5.30pm. The children are raising money for St John’s Hospice, their chosen charity. There will be coffee and cakes. Admission is free.
A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club, Carnforth, on Saturday, November 30, 8pm to midnight. Entertainment will be provided by Tommy J and The Midnights. Limited tickets, at £5 to include a buffet, can be obtained from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 01524 732723. Adults only please.
A Fashion Show will be held by Kitty Brown Boutique at Christ Church, Carnforth, tomorrow, Friday, October 25, from 7.30pm. Entrance £3, with raffle and refreshments. All welcome.
There was a good turn out for the October meeting of Carnforth Town Council only one councillor being absent.
Amongst business transacted councillors decided that employees of the town council would in future be paid the national living wage as a minimum.
There was a representation from a resident who is hoping to establish a before and after school club using the Civic Hall.
Councillors gave approval in principle to the concept of this venture. Consideration was given to the reinstatement of previously vandalised park benches at the Kellet Road playground and the matter was to be looked into further.
A report was given from a meeting held at one of the local quarries and it was outlined how production would increase in the near future to supply materials for the construction of the Heysham Link Road meaning longer working hours and staff recruitment.
Other matters touched upon were the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, refurbishment of the toilets and reinstatement of signage at the Civic Hall and the question of flags to be flown from the flag poles in the War Memorial Gardens.
Mrs E Mason
A domino drive and raffle, organised by Chapel-le-Dale Events Committee, was held on October 13 at the Station Inn, Ribblehead, with proceeds to St Leonard’s Church.
The next event will be held on Sunday, November 3. Domino winners were T Lund, J Mason, Mrs M Atkinson, J Handley, M Middleton, S Sykes and A Mason. Mr C Middleton was awarded the booby prize.
The Cave Rescue Organisation will hold a CR Olympics and fundraising auction in conjunction with the New Inn, this Saturday, October 26.
The fun-filled family day will start at 10am and runs until 4pm and will include activities involving an artificial cave, a climbing wall, archery and a Land-Rover pull competition. There will also be a duck race, a classic car display and much more.
On Saturday evening a charity auction will take place at the New Inn from 6pm onwards, lots to include two weeks’ luxury villa accommodation in Florida, a pint a day for a month and outdoor gear. More details are available on www.cro.org.uk.
Clapham School’s Year 5 and 6 football team has reached the final of the Craven Schools’ Football Championship, which will take place at Skipton on Tuesday, November 12. The team finished in top spot in its half of the league on the day to qualify for the final.
The Year 3 and 4 team reached the final of their qualifying competition, in which they were narrowly defeated by Settle.
Another Give and Take event is planned for Clapham Village Hall on Saturday, November 9, 10am to noon. This is a chance to pass on any unwanted items and pick up something for free, all in the name of recycling.
A leaflet is to be distributed shortly to households in the area explaining details of the event.
If you need help transporting goods to the hall, contact Jill Buckler on Clapham 51030 or Ann Stewart on 51118. Items can be dropped off at the hall on Friday, November 8, between 6pm and 7pm.
On Tuesday, November 5, Caroline Horton will return to the Richard Whiteley Theatre, this time to stage her new show Mess, a play about obsession and addiction – with songs.
The play was developed with assistance from the Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry.
On Thursday, November 7, the theatre welcomes the Neil C Young Trio, guaranteeing a night of feel good instrumental jazz.
On Saturday, November 9, local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger launch their new exhibition Wild and Restless Nature in the Foyer Gallery. This exhibition will run through to December 8.
Community Cinemas will be showing Planes as part of the family films series and the month concludes with pupils from the school itself taking to the stage from November 28-30 for their production of West Side Story. Details of all tickets and times available via www.giggleswick.org.uk/rwt or 01729 893180.
Nineteen pupils of Giggleswick Primary School were presented with certificates for participating in the Summer Reading Challenge, which was organised by the Library Service. Congratulations to them for their efforts and also to the pupils who participated in St Alkelda’s Harvest Festival and to those pupils in Class 3 who achieved level 2 in their recent Bikeability course.
A special well done to Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Edie Eccleston and Jimmy Howarth who, along with other pupils, represented North Craven in the Craven Schools’ Cross Country Event.
Thanks too to everyone for their support for the school’s recent harvest festival assembly. The food items have been distributed to elderly persons in the village and the money raised at the event has been donated to WaterAid.
On October 16, Halton Women’s Institute held its annual meeting where president Mrs Hodgson gave her report reflecting on a wonderful year where the group had grown from strength to strength and enrolled seven new members.
After the usual ballot Sandra Hodgson was re-elected as president for another year. A wonderful Jacob’s join supper and social time ended the evening.
The WI Christmas and Craft and Fair will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2pm to 4pm, at the centre, tables available to rent, contact the secretary on 01524 812687.
The paper collection will be held this Saturday, October 26, and papers should be left for collection by 9am. For further information on the Beavers contact 07780 622477 and for the Scouts contact 811360.
The Halton Community Association’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 30, at 7.30pm, everyone welcome.
A coffee morning will be held at St Wilfrid’s Nursing Home tomorrow, Friday, October 25.
Everyone is welcome to join in a morning of meeting, chatting and coffee.
Aughton Christmas Bingo will be held at Aughton Village Hall on Saturday, November 23, 7.30pm, with all proceeds to St Saviours Church, Aughton.
Tomorrow, Friday, October 25, the Luncheon Club will be held at Halton Community Centre. Places need to be booked with Maureen on 811316.
Peter Edge led Hornby District Ramblers on a walk of just over five miles, after parking at the National Trust car park at Sizergh.
The well attended ramble started with a gradual climb, bring the party to the beautifully situated Helsington Church with views across the Lythe Valley and beyond to the Lake District fells.
They proceeded on to the escarpment of Helsington Barrows, an even finer viewpoint.
Most of the party went on to the trig point where lunch had been planned, and descended to a wooded way at a lower level to meet up with the others.
On their return to Sizergh there were refreshments at the National Trust cafe. The next ramble will be in the Witherslack area, leaving Hornby car park at 8am this Saturday, October 26.
Hornby Mothers’ Union had a very good turn out, with visitors, at the October meeting. It began with the service then Anthony Smith and his wife gave an illustrated talk about St Oswald’s Way. Anthony is the Whittington Church organist.
They described how he walked the long distance path from Hadrian’s Wall to Holy Island on his own, camping out in all weathers, to raise funds for Freedom From Torture.
Hornby Art Group is currently exhibiting works based on either the use of monochrome, or a representation of what summer means to members of the group.
These may be viewed until the end of November in the first floor gallery of Hornby Institute. The new project of the group is based on close-ups of seed heads, hips and haws of flower heads.
Popular jazz vocalist Sue Parish swings into Hornby Village Institute on Friday, November 8, with a top class band.
For her fifth annual concert at Hornby Sue will be joined by sensational pianist Paul Kilvington, along with superb bassist Frank Grime and drummer Hugh Lawrence.
All three musicians are stars of the North West jazz scene and create the perfect ensemble to match Sue’s vivid vocals. Doors and bar open at 7.30pm, music from 8pm, tickets £10 on the door or telephone 015242 22227.
Mrs C Thompson
The monthly meeting of Horton Parish Council was a brief affair during which it was agreed that the chairman should attend the Remembrance Day service in November and to lay a wreath on behalf of the council and parishioners.
A job description and other documents for the recruitment of a new clerk were agreed and applications are now invited from anyone interested in taking over from the present clerk in April 2014.
Further information and an application form are available from the chairman of the council whose contact details can be found on the parish website and on parish notice boards.
A decision on setting a council budget for the next financial year was held over to the November meeting. Council meeting dates for 2014 were agreed and will be published on notice boards and the website.
The clerk was instructed to write to NYCC Highways about certain road safety matters including repainting white lines at the Helwith Bridge junction, broken road margins at School House and a dropped gully at Rowe Farm.
The next meeting will be held in the village hall on Monday, November 11, at 7.30pm.
Sue Brown, president of Ingleborough WI, opened the October meeting and welcomed members and guests. Speaker Norman Harris gave a talk entitled Machu Picchu – The Hard Way. Sue Brown gave the vote of thanks.
Rehearsals for the carol service are to take place on the first and last Monday in November at Dorothy’s, more singers required. The group’s meeting on Monday, November 11, will include a talk by Heather Onion, From Fleece to Fibre, at 7.30pm, at Ingleborough Community Centre.
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St Helen’s Church, Overton, will hold Bible Sunday, this weekend, October 27, at 10.45am, with a Eucharist Service and Junior Church at the memorial hall and refreshments after the service. On Tuesday, November 3, an All Souls Service will be held at 6pm.
Leaflets relating to Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection are available on Sunday in the memorial hall.
Individual items welcome to make up a box. The last day for collection will be this Sunday, October 27.
Also tinned and dry goods still need for local distribution. During the interregnum contact, diary dates and gallery of images are available on the website.
Settle Eco-Nite is holding a Give and Take day this Saturday, October 26, 9.30am to 2.30pm at Victoria Hall.
The aim is to encourage people to give away their unwanted items (which must be in very good condition) and take away anything of interest to them.
Rather than transport large items there will be a table available for displaying photographs of the items.
Residents are invited to support the work of the Sue Ryder organisation, Manorlands Hospice, at a coffee morning at Friends Meeting House this Saturday, October 26, between 9.30am and 12.30pm. All welcome.
Settle Parish Church will be open this Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, and residents are invited to enjoy displays of work by some of the skilled folk in the town.
The Deadwood Stage is coming to Settle this week when Settle Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage at Victoria Hall on Monday, October 28, at 7.30pm with their production of Calamity Jane.
The tale of the adventures of the Wild West frontierswoman runs all week to Saturday, November 2, with a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon. Tickets available from Victoria Hall box office, 01729 825718.
There will be a showing of the 12 cert film Bagdad Cafe by Tramps at Langcliffe Institute on Wednesday, October 30, at 7.45pm. This is a feel good comedy set in a truck stop in the Californian desert.
North Craven Strollers meet to undertake local walks of around one hour’s duration every Wednesday at 1.30pm at the Millennium Gardens. On October 30 there will be an out of area walk around Stainforth. Please met at 1.30pm to share transport. For details contact 01729 824537.
The United Reformed Church hosted a murder mystery evening in the church institute.
The evening finished with an observational quiz, which tested the audience about the detail they could have seen and heard during the play and they were then asked to state who was the murderer with the reasons for accusing that suspect.
The last domestic bowling competition of the 2013 season was held at Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club on October 6. It was the President’s Trophy competition and the fact it was a success was due largely to the efforts of Barbara Norfolk who organised and ran the proceedings.
There was a great deal of excellent bowling during the day but none better than that produced by Derrick Whittle who beat Ray Wood 21-12 in the semi-final and Tony Morris 21-16 in the final.
Tony had earlier defeated Mal Curwen 21-14 in a semi-final match that was closer than the score suggests.
The trophy and prizes were presented by the club’s president Mary Lofthouse.
Both Slyne-with-Hest veterans’ teams consolidated their positions in the top division.
The A team, captained by the late Billy Kenyon and supported admirably by Bob Welsh, secured a third place finish while the B team, captained by Mal Curwen, secured a hard earned seventh place finish.
It was with great sadness that club members heard that Billy Kenyon had died in St John’s Hospice on October 2 after a long fight against cancer. His wife, Pat, was by his side. Billy will be sorely missed by his many friends in the club and in the surrounding area.
The last Floodlit League match of the season was an away game against Galgate on October 8, but Slyne-with-Hest were two points clear at the top of league three so a win would probably earn the team promotion for the second year in succession. Unfortunately the team were unable to complete the job on the night and Galgate won the match 10-4.
However, those four hard-earned points would prove to be of immense importance, as everything rested on Bare B’s final game of the season against the Station Hotel team from Caton. Slyne-with-Hest were six points clear in first place but victory would guarantee Bare B a place in next season’s second division at the expense of Slyne-with-Hest.
On the night Bare were unable to do this. They had three winners and therefore ended up with exactly the same number of points as Slyne. However, Slyne had secured 12 points against them at home earlier in the season and they had only scored 10 points against Slyne at Bare. So Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club ended up as champions and were therefore promoted.
The green closed on October 20 to allow it to be made ready for another enjoyable and competitive bowling season. The Presentation Evening will take place at Morecambe Golf Club on Friday, November 22, at 7pm for 7.30pm. The annual meeting will take place in the clubhouse on Monday, December 9, at 7pm.
There will be a public meeting this Sunday, October 27, at 2pm, at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Mark Tongue will speak on the subject Angels – Who are They? All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. www.thisisyourbible.com.
The Little Lambs will not meet on Monday, October 28. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.
Around 100 Warton Crag WI members and guests were treated to an excellent lively musical evening of 60s and 70s music by The Elderleys (Bill, Ian, Mike, John and Dave) in the village hall on October 12.
The event raised £600 for the charity MIND.
WI membership information is available from Hilary on 01524 730533. The Elderleys contact is Ian on 07940 440260.
The first Warton Garden and Craft Show was a success with a good turnout on what was a busy weekend in the village. All of the show categories had entries, with the Thomson family gathering prizes for chocolate cake, fairy cakes and garden on a plate. John and Jane Sumner also did well with longest legume and chutney.
Garden Club members will discuss the show at their next meeting on Wednesday, November 13, which is also their annual meeting.
A guest speaker and the usual tea and cakes will be an added extra to the annual business round-up.
Wargamers will be Fighting Bosworth at Warton PO this Saturday, October 26, at 1pm, viewers welcome. Contact George on firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 2pm on Saturday, November 2, Gillian Rimington is leading an AONB Literary Walk – Yealand to Silverdale, Celia Fiennes to Elizabeth Gaskell.
This area has been home to several prominent writers and poets, notably Elizabeth Gaskell, Gordon Bottomley, Fitzroy Maclean and Elfrida Vipont.
The walk will follow the literary tracks of these four and try and relate some of their work to local places.
The walk is free but places must be booked by emailing LTevents@arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk or ringing 01524 761034.