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The Lancashire Federation WI County Show at Garstang Country Hotel Virginia Leigh with her welly flower display.
The Lancashire Federation WI County Show at Garstang Country Hotel Virginia Leigh with her welly flower display.
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This week’s Community News.


Sue Hayward

Advance notice that on Sunday November 16 at 7.30pm Pentabus Theatre will bring Each Slow Dusk, an explosive and haunting play by one of the UK’s exciting new writers, to Arnside Educational Institute. Tickets will be adult £8, child £5, family (two plus two) £21. Box office 01524 762254,


Derek Coultherd

A reminder that the Austwick Village Show Annual Open Meeting will take place on Wednesday October 8 at 7.30pm in the parish hall. Following the formal proceedings there will be a discussion on classes for next year’s show, so please attend with ideas to make 2015 even more successful.

Church news – this Sunday October 5, Holy Communion at Austwick will be held at 9.30am followed by a Harvest Service at Eldroth at 7pm. Then on Monday October 6, the Harvest Supper and Domino Evening will be held in Eldroth Village Hall from 7pm.

Austwick bowling green will close from this Sunday October 5 to allow for refurbishment over the winter period. This concludes an enjoyable season with mixed success having played 11 inter club games winning three, drawn two and lost six, as well as 11 club matches. A very enjoyable pastime in beautiful surroundings.


Marian Davies

On September 9 Bolton-le-Sands WI met for their monthly meeting when Mrs Hazel Short welcomed the group and informed members that prior to the meeting the defibrillator had been handed over and would be held in the Spar Shop. A notice will be displayed on the window stating: Emergency Defibrillator donated by the WI located inside.

Hazel thanked Judith Harper for the flowers, in memory of Helena Mullard. Birthday greetings to lots of members this month and a special birthday greeting for Gertie Simpson who was 100-years-old on September 3.

Jean Dennis read the correspondence giving notice to all members of future events, both national and local. LFWI are looking at the possibility of arranging some informal darts evenings, watch this space. The Federation Fun Quiz will again be held on January 26 2015.

Joan Baker gave a short report on the Walking Group and the Wildlife and Nature Interest Group. The Walking Group had recently visited the Fairy Steps and the Lancaster walk is to be repeated. A new Scrabble group seems likely, please see Pauline Sterritt.

Speaker Miss Patricia Clarke, The Lady Cobbler, told how her career began when her father died and of her determination to carry on the business at Regent Road, Morecambe. She had lots of people to thank and with the help of a kindly bank manager and after learning the trade for two years, she finally became a ‘lady cobbler’. Hazel Short gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for a flower arrangement in a shoe was won by Jacky Ireland.

One hundred and thirty six teddies have been knitted and will go to the LFWI Office. A further 35 will be entered in the County Show at Garstang. Names are requested for new committee members.


Jay Barkley

There will be a fashion show tonight Thursday October 2 at Burton Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £3 pay at the door. Proceeds towards the upkeep of the hall.

The Onion Show will be held this Sunday October 5 at the King’s Arms. Please note entries will be accepted from 10am to noon. The Grand Auction will start at 2pm.

The Annual Harvest Fair will be at the hall on Saturday October 18, 10am to noon, for plants, local produce and early Christmas goodies. Refreshments will be available, ample free parking with disabled access.

The fine weekend weather drew many visitors to the popular annual Craft Market at the hall. There was plenty on display from the imaginative array of hanging mobiles created by people of all ages, a colourful collection of hand painted traditional canalia canal-ware and popular crochet bags, hats and scarves from Anne Nichols at the Crochety Rabbit.

Other exhibits included an array of stylish handmade tiles, coasters and tulip planters in colours of vibrant blue, aquamarine and turquoise by Rachel at Hoyleart Ceramics; paintings, prints and cards by local artist Cally Lawson; cosy hand-knitted woollen mittens and fine embroidery from Anita Yearsley; and Judith Favret exhibited numerous handsome items from hand-made paper.

The children were kept busy in the Make Your Own Section supervised by Zoe and Freya. The event was catered by Rachel Martin from Vintage Village Hall renowned for sumptuous cakes and pastries. A sizeable sum was raised towards hall funds.

Burton Fell Walkers, led by Clive Horsford, left the northern outskirts of Skipton making their way across Flasby Fell to the summit of Sharp Haw with its extensive views then continuing past Rough Haw to the hamlet of Flasby. The return journey was made through Crag Wood across field paths which included a diversion to avoid a difficult road crossing.


Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council

The Parish Council reminds all residents to ensure they are included in the Electoral Register, the newest version of which will be published in December. If registration is missed residents can register up to April 2015 in time for the General Election in May 2015. However residents are advised to register in good time to avoid being left off the register. For more information, go to or telephone 01756 700 600 and ask for Electoral Services.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday October 23 in the village hall.

For more information about the above or related matters please contact the Clerk Susan Gregory on 015242 62863, email, or visit the webpage

Burton-in-Lonsdale Ladies’ Friendship Group presents Paul Hays, aka Mr Morecambe, who will give a talk entitled My Life In Antiques in Burton-in Lonsdale Village Hall on Thursday October 16 at 7pm. Tickets are available from Burton Village Shop and on the door. Refreshments will be served.

Burton-in-Lonsdale Macmillan Coffee Morning raised £403 last Friday and was very well attended by both locals and visitors alike. A big thank you to Jill Peel for organising this event and to all the bakers who provided delicious goodies to go with the coffee.


John Bateman

Results from the recent Holme Grown Allotment Society annual show.

Colouring completion for fun: Zara Fecit and Elizabeth Wilson; The Lesley Martin medal for the best in the children’s section up to four years: Alex Hampshire; Jo Birkbeck trophy for the best in children’s section up to 7 years: Hannah Barton; AT Catering trophy for the best in children’s section eight to 11 years: Helena Constantine; Mick Lord trophy for the best in children’s section 12-16 years: Jodie Wilson, who also won the trophy in memory of Mike Prill for the best in all children’s sections.

Beetham Nurseries best in flowers: M and J Irvine; Marwin House best flower arrangement: Kelly Hampshire; Keenedge best adult photography: Ian Wilkinson; LRS Communication best home produce: Wendy Critchley; WI Choice trophy for overall winner of home produce and handicrafts classes: Jane Walton; John and Mandy Irvine biggest marrow: Lisa Hans Brooker; Lime Tree Stores biggest cabbage: Julieann Parker; CAV (Guy Constantine) biggest onion: Colin Mason; Hair Design longest runner bean: M and J Irvine; Holme Post Office trophy for best single entry of fruit or vegetables: M and J Irvine; D J Tiling best scarecrow: Lisa Hans-Brooker; Storth Machinery best allotment: M and J Irvine; Smithy Inn overall champion: M and J Irvine.


Chris Kynch

The joint benefice will hold the Hornby Harvest Celebrated Service at St Margaret’s Church, Hornby, this Sunday October 5 to be followed by a bring and share lunch. Sunday School will be held at the same time as the service, as it is the first Sunday of the month. Children must bring an adult to church with them.

Knitters are invited to start knitting now for Christmas Boxes 2014 which will be sent overseas in November. For further information contact Elizabeth Tinker on 015242 21130 or after a service in St Margaret’s.

Hornby Scouts are now meeting every Wednesday between 7pm and 8.30pm and Hornby Beavers every Friday between 6pm and 7pm. Both meet at Hornby St Margaret’s Primary School.

Caroline Thompson

Members of Penyghent Gun Club have had a very competitive time recently with three shoots taking place over a short period of time.

The first event was a team shoot versus Caton Gun Club which was held in Horton Quarry by kind permission of Hansons. The layout was a 30 bird sporting plus a two man 25 bird flush.

Caton were the winners with an aggregate score of 19.7 points per gun to Horton’s 19.00 per gun. The two top scorers for the winners were D Hoggarth with 29 points and M Sagar with 22.

The top guns for Penyghent Gun Club were K Humphrey and R Carr who both scored 22 points and R Bold with 21. A two man flush was also won by the visiting club.

The away day shoot took place at Kelbrook Shooting Lodge when a 50 bird sporting layout tested the competitors. K Humphrey was the winner of the Away Day Gold Cup with 43 kills, second was K Bennett with 40 and third was R Carr with 39.

The return match shoot versus Caton Gun Club was the last in the series of the busy period. It took place at New Parkside Farm, Caton, and again Caton were the victors with an aggregate score of 18.14 per gun to Horton’s 15.9.

The top guns for Caton were L Hoggarth with 23 kills and J Sykes with 22. Top guns for Horton were R Carr with 20 and E Sharpe and A McLernon both with 17.

A 40 bird two man flush was won by the Penyghent Club and members K Humphrey and P Fox who scored 28 points. Runners-up were Caton members D and L Hoggarth with 23.

The next members’ shoot will be held on Sunday October 12 in Ring Pot Pasture at 1pm. Members please note the earlier time due to the winter season commencing.

The teachers, parents and children of Horton-in-Ribblesdale School will be holding an open day on Friday October 10. Everyone is welcome to visit between 2pm and 6pm; there will be plenty to do and see for both adults and children including taking part in Forest School activities, viewing lessons in progress, watching sports and music demonstrations and even experience teaching for yourself with a session of Maths for Parents.

Refreshments will be served and there will be the opportunity to view examples of children’s work and explore the beautiful setting and grounds.

Horton school offers outstanding care and teaching for children from nursery to Year 6; small classes mean an excellent teacher-to-pupil ratio, so each child gets personal attention to help them develop their potential to the full. An ethos of responsibility and respect is encouraged, and a climate in which pupils feel emotionally relaxed but educationally challenged.

Visitors often comment on the caring, family atmosphere and the school results speak for themselves – achieving the best SATS results (combined for boys and girls) in North Craven, and an outstanding OFSTED report.

A wrap-around care from 8am-6pm (for reception onwards) is also offered with orchestra, sports and film clubs, in conjunction with Austwick and Clapham Schools.

A Harvest Ceilidh will be held at Langcliffe Institute this Saturday October 4. There will be a Jacob’s join supper and proceeds from the bar will go toward the Friends of Horton School. The evening’s entertainment starts at 7.30pm. Admission is £10 per adult and accompanied children free.

A Harvest Songs of Praise will take place at St Oswald’s Church this Sunday October 5 at 3pm. Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band will be playing during the service.

An auction of produce and supper will follow in the Golden Lion. Tickets for the supper need to be ordered to give an idea of numbers – please contact 07973 983306, 01729 860251 or 015242 62242.


Janet Purvis

St Helen’s Church, Overton, will hold their Harvest Festival Service this Sunday October 5 at 10.45am, which will include a short presentation from the Junior Church. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Fair Trade goods are on sale in church and there is also a basket for the local Food Bank collection.

The next service at the Sunderland Point Mission will be held this Sunday October 5 at 2.30pm, Evensong BCP.

Have you got your ticket for the Harvest Hot-Pot Supper and Auction of Produce at the Globe Hotel, Overton, on Monday October 6? Supper will start at 7pm. Tickets adult £6, child £3. The auction will start at approximately 7.30pm with a professional auctioneer. This is a fun way to raise funds for the church and the Bishop of Blackburn’s Harvest Appeal. Tickets available from PCC members and in church (numbers by Friday October 3 please). Further details can be obtained from 01524 855636.

The Friends of St Helen’s Church would like to send a huge thank you to Ruth Gibbons who entertained the group recently. Look out for the next event.

Contact and diary dates available on

Prize Bingo will be held in Overton Memorial Hall this Saturday October 4 at 7.30pm. All welcome.


Joyce Rogerson

Millhead Over 50s held their weekly Tuesday meeting in the village hall. Members met to play dominoes, enjoy a cup of tea and a good old chat. Domino winners were O Joel, I Finan, D Weatherill, A Morris, J Thompson, N Moss, L Joel, E Willacy, E Greenwood, R Atkinson and E Simpson.

Birthday teas were held for E Greenwood, A Morris and E Willacy. New members always welcome.


John Leach

This Sunday October 5 at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Tony Bradshaw will speak on the subject The Heavens – God’s handiwork. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday October 6 Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

The Memorial Hall held its 14th annual meeting on the penultimate Monday of September which started with a minute’s silence in memory of David Mowle, who was the vice-chairman of the committee and who worked tirelessly to improve the hall and ensure that it used fuel efficiently.

Chairman Brian Staveley commented that he and Doreen Brookes were the only remaining members of the original Memorial Hall Committee from when the present organisation of running the hall was inaugurated. He would welcome someone taking over the role of chairman.

In his annual report Brian stated that the year had been notable as the hall had improved security, installed a new heating boiler, redecorated the main hall and updated the lighting system. The year had also seen the commemoration of the outbreak of World War One. The reason the hall was initially built was to commemorate the losses suffered by the village in that conflict.

Security has always been a high priority and the decision to replace three ageing wooden doors with steel ones was taken with this in mind. The replacement of the heating system was dictated by the improvements in thermal design and efficiency that have been gained over the last half century of the previous boiler’s use rather than its failure. The replacement boiler together with the insulation of the ceiling and walls is expected to make the building noticeably warmer during the winter and less costly to run. The cost of this work was £27,700, which was funded by the Memorial Hall Appeal, the community coffee mornings, the parish council, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Lancashire Environmental Fund and Memorial Hall reserves. The Lancashire Environmental Fund’s contribution was more than 42 per cent of the total cost.

The Lancashire Environmental Fund was set up in 1998 as a not-for-profit organisation to support community and environmental projects within Lancashire with grants generated by the Landfill Communities Fund. Funds are provided by landfill operators SITA UK Limited and Neales Waste Management and are enhanced by a 10 per cent third party contribution from Lancashire County Council.

Of lesser impact for the hall but nonetheless important is the reorganisation and redecoration of the store room. Brian thanked Mrs Angela Chesters the hall caretaker and her family for doing this. He also mentioned a small subgroup of ladies on the Memorial Hall Committee who were instrumental in the selection and installation of a new cooker in the kitchen. There were many people involved in a successful year for the Memorial Hall and he extended his thanks to all of them.

Chris Fox gave the treasurer’s report. The reduction in reserves was planned. They had been built-up so they were available for major project work. In answer to a question about the Memorial Hall Appeal Chris stated that the committee had considered re-launching it but had decided against doing so. The chairman stated that the fund had been useful when bidding for grants as the hall had some of its own funds to match money gained from grants. It might be time to re-launch it but it is an issue that the committee keeps under regular review.

The hall committee all resigned at the meeting and a new committee of 13 people were elected (some re-elected) to the committee.

In the open forum the notices stating that the Memorial Hall car park is for the use of hall users was praised. Brian said that the idea came from the Karate Club for which he thanked them. It partially works and is an improvement.

At the end of the meeting Susan Rae thanked the chairman, the officers and all the committee for their work in maintaining and improving the hall. This sentiment was endorsed unanimously by the meeting.

Mrs Doreen Brookes, the clerk to the parish council, has been told that the police will not be able to attend every meeting of the parish council to give a crime report but will only attend when there are specific issues to discuss. The reported crimes can be seen on – from the home page enter you postcode and the reported crime for that area can be seen by month in which it was reported.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the last Wednesday of September when Mrs Maureen Shackleton introduced the speaker Mrs Enid Natland, Deputy President of Lancaster Archdeaconry. Mrs Natland gave an enthusiastic account of her time as a member of the Mothers’ Union and the far reaching work done by its members. Projects ranged from providing holidays in a caravan in Morecambe for families who have met with hard times and providing free cookery books in food banks. Mothers’ Union gave support to carers and prison visits. In addition members knitted vests and bonnets for premature babies and made aprons for dementia patients.

This work was possible because of many enjoyable fund raising events. It is with sorrow that she felt this work does not get the publicity it deserves. Mrs Shackleton gave the vote of thanks. St Luke’s Mothers’ Union will host an entertainment by Ladies of Note in the church hall on Wednesday October 15 at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 including refreshments and a raffle.


Paula Kendall

The annual Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal will be held on Tuesday October 7 at Westhouse Chapel from 1.30pm onwards. Please go along, collect a box and support this wonderful cause. Refreshments provided.

St Oswald’s Church will host a children’s Messy Play session this Saturday October 4 from 4pm to 6pm. It will be a creative event, for family and friends, where the theme will be light. All welcome to try the crafts and enjoy a tasty tea. Children to be supervised by their parent/guardian. More details from Rosemary Hartley on 015242 42207 and Elizabeth Cooper on 015242 41836.


Joan Halstead

At the meeting of the Wennington and District Women’s Institute held on September 10 speaker Ann Harding gave an entertaining and lively talk about the Victoria Hall in Settle. Ann was very proud of the fact of its continual use for entertainment. There is tremendous support in the area for the Victoria with many volunteers to help with the daily organisation. Members were very interested to hear how the whole project started and a few resolved to pay this famous hall a visit in the future.

The group’s annual meeting will be held on Wednesday October 8.


Michael Rothwell

The Mourholme Local History Society started its season with an illustrated talk by Simon Williams about The Matchless Disaster of 1894, in which a boat of holiday trippers came to grief off Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale, with many fatalities. Simon’s book about this largely forgotten incident was on sale at the meeting.

At the next meeting, which will take place on Wednesday October 22 at 7.30pm in Yealand Village Hall, Andrew Schofield of North West Sound Archives will present Caught in Time. Visitors welcome.