Community News

This week’s Community News.


Mike Pugh

Whist and Dominoes were held on November 19 in the Over Wyresdale Parish Hall. The Whist winner was Peter Self (182), followed by Barbara Murphy (172) Bernard Gornall (171) and Brian Garlick (166). First place in the Dominoes was a three-way tie on 90 points between Phyllis Dainty, Marian Richardson and Harry Crompton with your correspondent being 4th on 89.

There will be another session on Wednesday December 17 and the January event - Wednesday 21 - will be organised by and for the Christchurch Parish.

The Annual General Meeting of Abbeystead WI was held on Monday, December 17.

All the officers and committee members agreed to remain in post for another year and were re-elected.

The accounts for the year showed a small surplus. Christmas will celebrated at the newly refurbished Fleece, Dolphinholme, on Wednesday, December 10. Women’s Institutes in England will be celebrating their Centenary in 2015.

The first Abbeystead meeting will be on Monday, January 19 at the Parish Hall and will include an auction of unwanted Christmas items!


Derek Coultherd

Austwick parish hall will be showing the film The Grand Budapest Hotel (15) In association with TRAMPS on Friday, December 12, at 7 for 7.30 p.m.

The comedy stars Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law and Tilda Swinton. Admission £5.00. Themed refreshments available

The next meeting of Austwick W.I takes place on Thursday, December 11, at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall and will be an open meeting.

It promises to be an enjoyable evening so please bring along friends and relatives for festive refreshments and entertainment by Happy Butterflies.

Santa will be bringing his sleigh, accompanied by his elves from the Rotary Club of Settle, to Austwick on Monday, December 9, starting at 5.30pm. He is looking forward to meeting children of all ages.”

At the church on Friday, December 5, Carols and mulled wine at Harden Coach house Austwick starting at 6.30pm all welcome.

On Sunday, December 7 Holy communion at Austwick and Eldroth at 9.30pm followed by a WI Carol service at Austwick at 2pm.

On Thursday, December 11, Austwick School’s Christmas Production is at 1.30pm in the Church and at 12 for 12.30pm afternoon fellowship lunch in the Village Hall followed by From Highlands to The Highlands an audio visual presentation presented by Sheila Gooch.

Melanie Greenhaigh will be leading a wreath making workshop in Austwick Parish Hall – exact date to be confirmed.

To book your place please contact Melanie tel. 51313 tickets are £8, including seasonal refreshments, please bring any baubles you wish to include in your display and a small supply of greenery additional foliage rings and ribbons etc. will be provided – do join them for a fun morning


Mary Taylor

The next meeting of the Ewecross Historical Society will be held in January in the Methodist Church where Oliver Wilkinson will speak on British POWs in WW1.

Bentham Agricultural Society wishes to thank everyone who supported their annual coffee morning in Bentham Town Hall on November 29 which raised £367. The first of 12 raffle prizes was won by V Lawson; competition winners were M Harrison, M West and S Houghton.

At the AGM held in November, officers elected were chairman John Dawson, secretary Val Lawson and treasurer Jillian Ashton.

The annual quiz is to be held on February 13 in Bentham Town Hall.

The annual show next year is to be held on Saturday,September 5. at Bentham Auction Mart by kind permission of the directors of the Auction Mart.

Mrs Iris Malkinson has raised £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Haematology Oncology Unit at the Airedale General Hospital. The active fundraiser sold her homemade jams and chutneys at a host of car boot sales.


Patricia Bradley

Bolton-le-Sands WI December meeting will include food, drink and song.

Names are needed for the Denman bursary as the draw will be made at the January meeting.

Names also needed for the delegate to the national annual meeting in London in June. It is hoped a member of the Royal Family will attend.

The Craft Group’s quilting will now be held at the Fire Station on the Wednesday afternoon after the WI meeting.

Varous event of the Wildlife and Nature Group are to be held in 2015. More members welcome.

On Wednesday 10th December Ladies of Note are giving a special festive concert in Holy Trinity church, Bolton-Le-Sands at 7.30pm.

Ladies of Note is an enthusiastic group of singers celebrating modern songs from a variety of styles including traditional, folk, film music and classic pop.

Tickets are £7 and available on the door including mulled wine, mince pies and a brilliant concert! Money raised for Raise the Roof, Open the Door Appeal at Holy Trinity church to raise funds after the roof lead theft.


Jay Barkley

Burton WI’s next meeting will be the members’ Christmas party at the hall on Thursday, December 11.

Burton Singers’ Christmas Concert will be held at the hall on Saturday, December 20, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets cost £8 inclusive of mulled wine and nibbles and will be on sale at the village shop.

All proceeds to North West Air Ambulance and South Lakes Age UK.

The popular ‘Christmas Cracker’ coffee morning hosted by the very amiable Rev Graham Burrows,attracted a large crowd of early birds who snapped up a variety of cakes,crafts, early Christmas presents and cards whilst children’s supervised activities kept the young ones occupied.

A busy and happy event which raised over £650.00 towards church funds.

Burton Children’s Sports Committee bingo session will be on Thursday, December 4,(6.30pm) at the village hall.

Children’s parties at the village hall:Years 3-6 on Saturday, December 6, (6.30pm-8.30pm), pre-school year 2 on Sunday, December 7 (2pm-4.30pm).

Burton Art and Crafts Society members enjoyed Fiona’s Clucas’s demonstration on the making of festive decorations using natural materials: wreathes of holly,ivy,willow and birch were on display with dried garden flowers,all trimmed with ribbons and dried fruits.

Members Jean Hall and Hazel Parker, were thanked for their efforts in organising the society’s display of Poppy Art and crafts at the recent WW1 exhibitions in Burton and Holme village halls.

Fiona Clucas was introduced by Chairwoman Kath Hayhurst, Paula Firth gave a vote of thanks.

The next meeting for members only will be a workshop on January 31 ‘Painting in Oils’ with Graham Twyford.

The final day of the successful WW1 Commemorative Exhibitions, took place at Holme village hall where many people from Burton, Holme and elsewhere gathered to visit the comprehensive display.

And later during the afternoon,were visibly affected by a spontaneous performance of a WW1 song “We Will Remember Them” sung by the local dramatics cast of the recent sell-out play ‘The Home Front 1914-1918’ written by Geoff Pegg.

The lyrics were quickly taken up by everyone present;a most poignant and fitting finale to the hugely popular Commemorative Exhibitions held in Burton-in Kendal and in Holme during November.

A small group of Fell Walkers led by Kath Hayhurst,started off from Morecambe Bay shore at Hest Bank heading north to see the many wading birds on the sands. Changing direction to Mill Lane, Bolton-le- Sands,across the A6 to the canal bank then, south admiring the lovely gardens nearby.

Continuing westwards,across the railway to return to the cars where there was a magnificent sunset reflecting on to the sea.

Whilst at the Old Corn Mill area, Kath explained that her husband’s great,great grandfather was the miller there during 1851. A most interesting and enjoyable 4.5 mile walk.


Jean Thornber

All Saints Church is holding its annual Advent Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 10 to noon in aid of church steeple repairs.


Larry Branyan

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 21, at the Railway Club from 3pm to 6pm, £3 per child, ticket only with a limited number available. Fancy dress is optional and there will be a prize for the best boy and best girl costume. Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or from the Railway Club on 01524 732723.

A Christmas Bingo and Afternoon Tea, free for over 65s, will be held on Tuesday December 23, from 3pm to 5pm, at the Railway Club. Tickets, which are limited, can be obtained from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 01524 732723.

Age UK Lancashire is to hold a Drop-In Service at the Civic Hall, North Road, Carnforth, on Thursday, December 11, from 10am to noon.

The event is open to anyone who would welcome help, support or information on Age Uk services and products.

The next meeting of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society Furness Lakes and Lune Branch will take place on Friday, December 5, at 7.30pm at the County Hotel, Carnforth.

The subject will be the annual meeting of the branch followed by the annual Stephen Machell Trophy Railway Picture Quiz set by John Broughton. All welcome, a small contribution requested.

At the November meeting of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society members and friends were entertained by Society Chairman Gordon Davies with his presentation of American wanderings west from Denver.

The next meeting is on Friday, 5th, and is a branch AGM followed by a quiz.

Carnforth Choral Society will be presenting two Christmas Concerts, an attractive 
mix of traditional and international carols at Leighton Hall, Yealand Conyers on Sunday, December 14 (tickets £10) and then at Christ Church, Broadway, Morecambe on Thursday, December 18 (tickets £8).

Both concerts commence at 7.30pm.

Seasonal refreshments will be served. Tickets are available from Gill on 01524 730089.

Carnforth Town Council is sponsoring a Best Dressed House for Christmas competition that will run from December 1 until December 17.

The competition is free to enter. Entry forms are available from the Kitty Brown Boutique and the Visitor Information Centre at Carnforth Station.

Owners of the top three houses will be invited to the Carnforth Town Council meeting on December 17, to receive cash prizes in the sum of £150 (1st), £5) and £25 (3rd).

Carnforth Rotary Club will be hosting their annual Christmas sleigh with Father Christmas visiting the Carnforth and the surrounding districts on the following dates and start times:

Sat 6/12 (11.30am) Morecambe Festival Market; Sat 6/12 (3pm) Bare Lights Switch On.

Sat 6/12 (5pm) Bolton-le-Sands (North); Sun 7/12 (5.20pm) Bolton-le-Sands (South).

Mon 8/12 (6pm) Carnforth Brow & Carnforth South; Tue 9/12 (6pm) Slyne with Hest; Wed 10/12 (5.30pm) Mill Head & Warton West; Thurs 11/12 (6pm) Burton Central & Kings Arms.

Fri 12/12 (5.30pm) Crag Bank; Sat 13/12 (5pm) Halton; Sun 14/12 (5pm) Hest Bank; Mon 15/12 (5pm) Nether Kellet & Over Kellet; Tue 16/12 (6pm) Carnforth Council Estate.

Wed 17/12 (6pm) Silverdale; Fri 19/12 (5.40pm) Warton Central.


Eileen Stott

Visit Thurnham Glasson Christmas Market in the village hall, Glasson Dock, on Friday, December 5, from 6pm to 9pm.

The event is sponsored by Glasson Coffee Morning and has the support of the whole community and this year will be held in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres and Cancer Research UK.

Local crafts people will be offering their hand-made silver jewellery, photographs, Christmas gifts, cards and general goodies and Father Christmas will be in his grotto.

Also there will be a special appearance from caricaturist Mike Bryson who will be entertaining with some live drawings throughout the night.

Thurnham Glasson Primary schoolchildren will be providing the singing at this great fundraising evening. For more details please visit


Paul Woodruff

St Wilfrid’s School will hold a Christmas Fair on Friday December 5, 5pm to 7pm, with lots to enjoy.

Sounds from the Hound will feature Elektrik Farm on Friday, December 5 at 8pm.

Father Christmas will be back in the parish on Saturday, December 13, at Halton Park House from 10am to noon when there will be lots to do including face painting and carol singing. Entry is £3, children £1, with all proceeds to St Wilfrid’s Church. Telephone 01524 812654 for information.

Anyone with some time to spare to help volunteers to plant items donated to the Centre@Halton should contact Maureen on or 01524 811316.


John Bateman

There will be no meeting in January of the Holme Mothers’ Union’s with the annual meeting being held on Tuesday, February 3. Dorothy Thornton will have a good selection of Mothers’ Union greeting cards for sale.

Visitors are always welcome at meetings which start at 2pm. Talks are interesting and varied and suitable for both men and women.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the Mothers’ Union should contact Dorothy Thornton or any other member who will be glad to help.

Holme Parish Hall will be holding a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 6, from 1pm to 5pm.

Entry of £3 will include a glass of mulled wine or tea or coffee and a mince pie. A variety of local businesses will be offering a wide range of goods for sale.


Chris Kynch

Countryside Society members enjoyed an illustrated talk by Tom Lord about ‘Caring for Butterflies on an Upland Dales Farm’.

He showed slides of the farm, near Stainforth, in limestone country of the Dales, and at an altitude of 1000 ft, which surprised many of the audience as butterflies are more common at lower levels.

Tom took over the farm from his grandfather, and decided to see what would happen if he removed grazing sheep from one area of the farm.

A wonderful meadow of wild flowers emerged from seeds which had been in the soil all the time.

He showed images of flowers including devil bit scabious and yellow rock rose, which attract particular butterflies or their caterpillars, and of butterflies such as the northern brown argus, dark green fritillary and common blue.

Many members who are keen amateur photographers said they were amazed at the quality of his photography.

Tom’s work encouraging butterflies, by restricting sheep grazing, and leaving a margin around the edges of fields which are cut for hay, is supported by the Higher Stewardship scheme.

His talk was greatly appreciated by the audience of about thirty five people, and was said to be one of the best ever hosted by the Countryside Society.

A Christmas Coffee Morning will be held by the United Benefice at Hornby Institute on Saturday, December 6, between 10.30am and 12 noon. There will be mince pies, a produce table and a raffle. The Parochial Church Council of the united benefice will meet on Tuesday 9th at 7.30pm in Hornby Institute.


Caroline Thompson

There will be a service of Holy Communion with laying on of hands at St Oswald’s Church this Sunday November 30 at 10.30am.

The Festive season will soon be underway in Horton-in Ribblesdale.

The annual Christmas Parish Party will be taking place in the Village Hall on Friday, December 12, the doors will open at 7.p.m and a buffet supper will be served from 7.30.p.m.

Admission is £5 per adult and £2.50 for children. EntertAinment will be provided by Kelly and the Buskers and Sharon Selman.


Sue Brown

Ingleton Rural Community Association’s (IRCA) Christmas Bingo event is asking for prizes and helpers please.

A committee has been formed regarding the regeneration of the village centre and the first meeting will be held on Thursday, December 11, at 5.30pm.

The panto jumble sale will be held on Saturday December 13.

Late Night Shopping will be held on Friday, December 5, and the parade will be at the grotto at 6pm, this year with the theme Frozen.

Future events for the swimming pool include a Christmas draw on Thursday, December 4, at the centre’s bingo night.

The Old People’s Welfare Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 12. Ingleton Methodist Church provides a meal for people on their own on Christmas Day, anyone in need please get in touch.


Mary Taylor

The next meeting of the Tatham History Society, is on Saturday December 6 and will include John Wilson, Mike Winstanley and Andrew Taylor talking about Farming the Fell: Commons and Stinted Pasture.


Janet Purvis

The Overton Players will proudly present their Christmas Panto Pinocchio at Overton Memorial Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 4, 5 and 6. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm curtain up.

There will be an additional performance of a Saturday matinee on December 6 at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £3 for children and will be available at the hall on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, or telephone the box office on 07986 710884. There will be refreshments a bar and a raffle.

POSADA figures (nativity) have begun their journey visiting a different home each night. Help them journey around the parish by adding your name to the list in church.

The Sunderland Point Mission will hold a service on Sunday, December 14, at 2.30pm.

Church contact and diary details are available on or visit Friends of St Helen’s Church Facebook page.


John Leach

The community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 10am to noon in the memorial hall run by St Luke’s Church.

The Little Lambs, a parent, baby and toddler group, meets at the Christadelphian Meeting Room on Mondays. Contact Kate on 07739 031739.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the fourth Wednesday of November. Subscriptions for 2015 were collected and members paid the balance for the meal they will be attending the following Wednesday. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a Jacob’s Join afternoon tea.

Edith, who sold cakes after Sunday Church Service, has raised the £50 she was challenged to raise for charity from only two events. She will be selling bric-a-brac at the community coffee morning on Saturday, December 6.

So, there will be another chance to increase the funds she is raising for charity. She has a list of charities that purchasers of her wares have suggested would be a good cause.

Her class, at school, will vote which of the nominated charities should receive the money Edith raises.

The horticultural society will host a whist and dominoes evening on Friday, December 5, starting at 7:15pm in the Memorial Hall. All are welcome to attend this social evening, when no gardening expertise will be required!

The last meeting of the Equipment Fund in November had a Christmas spirit.

Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second place, June Gardner gaining third place, Mini Bowker bagging fourth place, Pat Jenkinson jumping in at five, Jean Connor coming sixth and Eileen Massey making seventh.

The games of whist were won by Marjorie Bainbridge with her husband John coming second whilst Margaret Western came third. Olive Spavin secured fourth place, Sylvia Standrell sailed in at five, George Metcalfe make sixth place, Marian Coates came seventh, Helen Stephenson stepped in at eight, Marie Anderson achieved ninth place, Ted Staveley snatched tenth place, Mary Barker bagged eleventh place, Henry Milner made twelfth place and Nancy Rolston rolled in at thirteenth.

The next meeting will be on Friday, December 12, in the Memorial Hall.

On Sunday, December 7, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian meeting room, Main Road, A6, Slyne when Mr Alan Bishop will speak on the subject “The Origin of Evil”.

All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.


Paula Kendall

There will be a Christingle service in aid of the Children’s Society at St Oswald’s Church on Sunday, December 7, at 4pm. A lovely family event, all welcome.

All welcome at the Christmas family dominoes on Friday, December 12, at 7.30pm at Westhouse Village Hall. Ticket price £2.00 includes entrance, mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks. There will also be a raffle.

St Oswald’s Church invites all to their Crafty Christmas Crackers on Saturday, December 13 from 10.30am-12 noon. Mid-morning coffee and a light lunch to follow.

All children to be supervised. Contributions and help welcomed, please contact Rosemary Hartley 015242 42207.

Christmas Services at St Oswalds: carol service on Sunday, December 21 at 4pm. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome. Christmas Day communion service is at 9.30am.


Her programme, entitled “Emotions”, gave Dorothy Mingins plenty of opportunity to mix favourite, well known classical pieces with others less familiar to the many members at the latest meeting of the Morecambe & Heysham RMS.

A nocturne by Chopin, his concerto No 21 by Mozart, and Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” helped give the piano prominence in these selections, which were interspersed with a sonata for trumpet & strings by Maurizio Cazzati, a violin concerto by Louis Spohr and another by Bruch before Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” ended the first part of Dorothy’s programme.

In the second half were two outstanding arias by Maria Callas and a live recording of Sir Thomas Beecham introducing one of his famous “lollipops”. Pieces by Haydn, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky were also included before Dorothy ended her programme with a Christmas carol sung by the Huddersfield Choral Society.

The chairman, Dorothy Loach, offered an ‘emotional’ Vote of thanks on behalf of all the members and visitors present.

The society’s last meeting before the Christmas Festivities will be a Members’ Choice on 10th December. For further information please contact Gordon on 421537.


Carol Millar

The next event of the Gardening Club will be a quiz night on Wednesday, January 14 – general knowledge, all invited, tickets will be available in the New Year from the Post Office and committee.

For further information on the club and its activities contact Emma Parsons on 01524 734493.

The next meeting of the Warton WI will be the Christmas party in December. Membership details from Pam on 01524 733835.

Warton Village Society’s Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday, December 7. After the Christingle Service in St Oswald’s there will be stalls in the church hall in aid of Warton village hall. The event will also include Santa’s grotto, mulled wine, refreshments and carol singers.

The Elderley’s music night in the Village hall, hosted by the Women’s Institute in aid of charity, was again a great success raising well over £600 for Motor Neurone Disease. Thank you to everyone who helped and attended on the night. WI membership details available from Pam on 01524 733835.

Archbishop Hutton’s School are to host a Christmas Fair on Friday 5th December, 2pm – 4pm in the School. Raffle, Tombola, Refreshments and Father Christmas. Details available from Lindsey on 07766 708661.

Coun Woodruff, representative of The Parish of Halton -with- Aughton attended the November meeting of the parish council.

Speaking during The suspension of standing orders,he wished to make it clear he was fully aware of the concerns of residents over the potential development near Forgewood.

Whilst there was no planning application presented, at the moment, however should there be an application, Coun Woodruff, would request it should be placed before the planning committee giving residents an opportunity, to either object, or support the proposal.

The next parish council meeting is on Wednesday December 10 at 7.15pm at the community centre.

Everyone is welcome, and may speak on any matter!

There is Christmas bingo at Aughton, Saturday, December 6, at 7.30pm with great prizes, as ever, everyone can play. Free Refreshments and a great raffle.


Norma Hall

The Christmas party of the Yealand WI will be held on Wednesday December 10, as usual in the village hall.

A session of indoor bowls will open 2015 at the WI meeting on Wednesday, January 14. Visitors always welcome.