Community News

Members of Lunesdale Camera Club had for some time been intrigued by the programme note advising that the judge for competition 5 was to be 'an external 'blind' judge chosen by the chairman' and understandably it had generated a great deal of humour. However all was revealed at the club's recent meeting when the Mayor of Lancaster, Susie Charles turned out to be the anonymous judge.
Members of Lunesdale Camera Club had for some time been intrigued by the programme note advising that the judge for competition 5 was to be 'an external 'blind' judge chosen by the chairman' and understandably it had generated a great deal of humour. However all was revealed at the club's recent meeting when the Mayor of Lancaster, Susie Charles turned out to be the anonymous judge.

This week’s Community News.


Christopher May

Arkholme Village Hall is to present a Spot-On event, The Harmonettes in Dorothy’s War, tonight Thursday March 26 at 8pm.

This excellent new show is told through the fabulous songs of the period – ranging from much-loved favourites to forgotten gems – all sung live in close-harmony. It is based on an extraordinary and little known true story of daring and courage in the Great War. Suitable for all ages, tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children. Please contact 015242 22236/07519 281305, email


Derek Coultherd

The North Craven Heritage Trust (NCHT) will hold its next meeting in Austwick Village Hall on Wednesday April 1 at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Mike Gill on The Malham Mines. Guests are very welcome, please pay £2 at the door.

Next month’s meeting of Austwick WI will be held on Thursday April 9 with a talk by Julie Ashworth about Hearing Dogs.

Holy Communion at Austwick Church takes place every Wednesday at 10.30am.

Austwick Bowling Club’s annual meeting will be held in the parish hall this Saturday March 28 at 1.30pm. Further details from the secretary on 01524 251103/01282 423541. Members and friends welcome.

At the last meeting of the Austwick Field and Local History Society on March 18, David Johnson gave a highly entertaining talk on the Old Inns of the Yorkshire Dales which gave an insight into the history of what has become the public house as we know it today and how the inns changed to reflect the social environment of the day, a most interesting and enjoyable evening. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday April 15 when Edward Downs will speak about the Work of a Forester in the Yorkshire Dales.

This Sunday March 29 there will be a united church service at Clapham beginning at 10.30am with a procession, hopefully with both adults and children attending to wave palms as they walk around the beck area of Clapham. This will be followed by refreshments in St James’ Church.

On Thursday April 2, Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday will be held at Austwick Church at 7.30pm and on Friday April 3, morning devotion for Good Friday will be held at Keasden Church at 11am and a quiet hour at the cross in Austwick at 2pm.


Natalie Rusiuk

Any members of Bolton-le-Sands WI who wish their name to go forward into the hat for an opportunity to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday June 2 should let secretary Jean Dennis know as soon as possible. The draw is to be made at the coffee morning to be held in the Community Centre on Thursday April 2.

The Annual Assembly of Bolton-le-Sands will be held tonight Thursday March 26 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre where residents can have their say in matters relating to Bolton-le-Sands. Refreshments will be provided.

Join Alysia Gilda and pupils at St Mary’s Parish Hall when she opens the doors to her dance school this Saturday March 28. She invites children from the age of three to join in the dance classes and enjoy meeting new friends and their parents. Pre-school 9.30am, reception 10am and Year 1 at 10.45am. Please contact Miss Gilda on 822207 to register your interest.

Holy Trinity Mothers’ Union held its monthly meeting on March 18 in the village hall when Kath Lane, the enrolling member, welcomed 50 ladies and the speaker Pat Ashcroft. The hymn Such Love was sung and Hazel Short, the secretary, read a passage from the Bible with Kath continuing the worship with prayer.

A short time for business matters followed and the sale of Pauline Timms’ lemon cheese which raised £86. 

Pat Ashcroft gave a talk called Arctic Dog Sleighing. This challenge was to raise money for Mencap and the talk included how to drive a sled, clothes worn, food prepared and eaten and life experienced in the Arctic, functioning at -20 degrees. The speaker was thanked and the meeting closed with refreshments.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday April 15 in the village hall. An archive afternoon with the speaker Enid Natland. Walk a mile (smile), is a sponsored walk from the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, to Sandylands on Saturday May 30 in aid of MU Diocesan Funds, all welcome.

Holy Trinity Church will hold a Lenten Lunch in church on Wednesday April 1, soup, bread and cheese £6. This will follow the MU coffee morning in the Old Boys’ School.

Easter Bingo, organised by Bolton-le-Sands Angling Club, is being held in the Community Centre on Thursday April 2 at 7-7.30pm. All are welcome.


Claire Helme

There was a good attendance at the WI open evening for Music in the Lakes given by Fiona Hanlon. Fiona delighted everyone with her singing and guitar playing and the audience participation made it a very enjoyable evening. Proceeds from the event were donated to the bursary fund set up by Fiona in memory of her son Michael who drowned whilst working on a yacht during part of a degree course with the UK Sailing Academy.

At the March meeting five members from Aspull and Haigh WI demonstrated the Little Black Dress. They had entered a competition some years ago run by the National Federation to make a dress from recycled material.

Sixteen people attended the recent Heartstart course at the memorial hall which was led by David Taylor from Holme Community First Responders with the assistance of other members of the team. Anyone who would like to take this course further and would be interested in helping set up a First Responders team in the area should contact Eric Rooney.


Jay Barkley

The Annual Daffodil Show will be held on Sunday April 5 at the King’s Arms. The auction will start at 1.30pm with the grand raffle. Entries to be in by 10.30am to noon. Funds raised this year will go to local Rainbows,Brownies and Guides.

Due to the imminent retirement of Dr Gorrigan, surgery appointments at the hall have not ceased.

Local artist Cally Lawson, with Maddy Wright, is taking part in the Green Door Art Trail on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, at the Burton studio Deerslet. Cally’s Drawing for Absolute Beginners courses at Deerslet will run from April 15 and each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. More details at

Burton Tennis Club’s new membership starts from Wednesday April 1. Application forms are available from the pavilion or from Phil on 01524 782152.

A group of Fellwalkers plus two dogs, led by Helena Nixon, enjoyed a circular walk around the top of Scout Scar. Haze obscured the views but the day was pleasant and dry.

At the annual parish meeting the chairman of the parish council welcomed residents and introduced the guest speaker Steve Rigby, Operations Manager at Holme Park Quarry. A short presentation on the history, operations and future plans for the quarry was given which explained that a proposed further planning application would be for a time extension to continue operations after 2023. This would allow the extraction of the previously approved amount of aggregate.

The chairman presented a short annual report which detailed some of the projects effected during the year and the change of parish clerk. He also noted that given the concern over the proposed development at Church Bank Gardens it would be advisable to consider a procedure to deal with any future large developments.

At the following parish council meeting the police report detailed periods of anti social behaviour at the village hall and in Tanpits Lane, criminal damage to a vehicle in Cocking Yard and a youth on the scaffolding at the church.

Other residents voiced concerns over the proposed development of Church Bank Gardens, the details of which had been given at a public meeting with the developer. Other letters, emails and comments had also been received by the parish clerk detailing the problems and inconsistencies of the developer’s plan. The council decided to send all these comments to both SLDC Planning and to the developer.

The council approved continued membership of the Canal Trust and renewal of the grass cutting contract with Spring View Landscapes. Among reports from councillors it was noted that cars not belonging to parishioners appeared to have been abandoned on the Boon Town car park and this would be reported to the police; that permission had been granted for a wind turbine at Deerslet and that the Great Grey Shrike had returned to Dalton Crags.


Elizabeth Mason

A domino drive was held on March 8 at the Hill Inn with 29 players attending. This was the last of the six winter drives organised by the Ladies’ Events Committee who wish to thank everyone for their support and for donated prizes. More than £600 has been raised to be shared by Chapel-le-Dale Church, North West Air Ambulance, Ingleton Splash Zone and Settle Swimming Pool. The winners on the evening were K Humphrey, C Middleton, D Handley, J Hodkinson, A Atkinson, B Mason, A Bargh and R Mitton. The booby prize went to Gary Atkinson.


Paul Woodruff

The RGB Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic for individual therapy sessions with Rob Barker is held at the Halton Centre on Saturdays from 9am to noon. Each session is 45 minutes long. For appointments contact 07899 497693 or email

On the morning of March 21 a successful Children’s Nearly New Sale was held in the Centre@Halton. More than 20 tables were booked and a wide range of toys, clothes and nursery equipment was on sale. Further funds for the Centre were raised through a raffle.

The next Luncheon Club for the over 55s will be held at the Centre tomorrow Friday March 27 when the topic will be Dementia Champions – learn how to recognise the signs and learn what you can do to help. The lunch starts at 10am and costs only £4 for a very good two-course hot meal. Booking in advance with Maureen is preferred on 01524 811516 or email

Bingo will be held at Aughton Village Hall this Saturday March 28, eyes down at 7.30pm, with all proceeds to St Saviours Church, Aughton. Everyone welcome.

Planning application 14/01344/OUT, Low Road, Halton, will not be heard at the April planning meeting. More information is needed on the application. It is now likely to go to the June meeting. A request has been made by Coun Woodruff for a site visit to precede the meeting.


Chris Kynch

At the March meeting of Hornby Mothers’ Union, Rev Michael Hampson, Vicar of the joint benefice which includes Hornby, spoke to members about Lent. The meeting began with the Mothers’ Union Service and notices, including news of members who are recovering from illness. Michael talked about his feelings on what Lent means to him, which struck chords with the feelings of many members.

Lent Book Group participants will have an opportunity to meet the author of the book they have been studying, Christianity. Linda Woodhead will be at St Margaret’s Church at 7.30pm on Monday March 30.

Hornby with Farleton Parish Council has addressed all residents as a result of regular complaints about the number of vehicles that are parked on the pavements in Hornby. The council has seen this become an increasing problem, but are concerned that vehicles have to park somewhere, and wish to avoid punitive action by authorities, such as yellow lines, which would reduce available parking for residents and compound the problem. So the council politely requests that car owners show consideration and leave enough room on the pavement for pedestrians, prams and wheelchairs to pass unhindered. The parish council reminds parishioners that it has no jurisdiction over traffic enforcement. If parishioners come across a vehicle obstructing a footpath, they should take the number and report it directly to the police.

The weather was bright with some flashes of blue sky for the first of the March walks of Hornby District Ramblers in the Sizergh area, led by Ann Nash. The ramblers parked in the National Trust car park, so as to return for refreshments at the cafe later. They walked along a number of wet lanes and then climbed up to St John’s Church, Helsington, a lovely small rural church with an open bell tower. From there they admired the panoramic views of the Lyth Valley. After lunch a circular route took them back to Sizergh, below Scout Scar.

This Saturday March 28, Hornby District Ramblers will walk for between seven and nine miles in the Malham area, led by Ken Sedgwick (01524 770086). The group will set off from Hornby car park at 9.30am, where shared transport will be available. All are welcome. Strong walking boots are essential and sorry no dogs.

A Family Cryptic Easter Egg Hunt will be held around the village of Hornby on Saturday April 4 starting at Hornby Institute between 1pm and 2pm. Free parking is available in the village. If walking all the trail is should take one hour (allowing for little legs) and is £2 per sheet.

Using the clue (which is a little riddle/rhyme) participants have to figure out where to find the answers and look for the Easter eggs (pictures) hidden along the way.

Each child that participates will get a little something and there is a prize for the overall winner (who gets the most questions right and finds the eggs).


Caroline Thompson

The next whist drive at the Golden Lion will be held on Tuesday April 14 at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome, either experienced or novice players.

The annual meeting of the Village Hall Committee will take place in the hall on Wednesday April 1 at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

There will be a service of Holy Communion for the combined parishes of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Stainforth and Langcliffe at St John’s Church, Langcliffe this Sunday March 29 at 10.30am.


Sue Brown

At the March meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA), all agreed, after an explanation, that the commemorative plinth should be situated in the middle of the flower bed at the Community Centre.

The swimming pool will open on Saturday May 23 and will be emptied and cleaned on Sunday April 12. Staff are now being recruited and applications are invited for office staff and lifeguards. The Splash Zone project has received £188 from Country Harvest and £97 in memory of Stuart Kaye for which they are very grateful. The jumble sale raised £600.

The theatre group jumble sale will be held this Saturday March 28 and the annual meeting on Thursday May 14 and thanks were given to everyone who supported the pantomime.

St Mary’s Church Roof Fund now stands at £57,454.49. Rev Charles Ellis is retiring later this year.

The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale will be held on Saturday May 23 and invitations are being delivered for the outing on Thursday August 27.

The TIC will open for Easter.


H Baines

The Woollen Woods in Bloom is holding a free maker day at St Mary’s Church this Saturday March 28 as part of a nationwide arts project. Knit bugs and beasties and crochet flowers to hang in the trees at the Woollen Woods at Talkin Tarn. Donations welcome for materials or take your own (3.5mm needles, double knitting wool, small crocket hook and buttons with large holes). All skill levels welcome.

See for patterns and ideas.


Janet Purvis

The next service at Sunderland Point Mission will be held this Sunday, March 29, Palm Sunday, at 2.30pm.

Details for St Helen’s Church services for Easter can be found on, the church notice board and magazine.

Fair Trade Easter eggs and goods are available in church each week. There is a food basket for the local food bank in church every week, tinned and dried goods welcome.

March 19 saw Middleton Indoor Bowling club members competing for the Edward M Baxter Memorial Trophy. After some very close early round matches the semi-finals were even more exciting with narrow wins for Tricia Smith against Elaine Hall and Ron Clarke against Wilf Parr. The final was also well contested with Tricia Smith coming out on top and becoming the first holder of the trophy.

Anyone who is interested in trying this form of bowls will be very welcome on a Thursday, when the club meets from 9am until 11.30am, in Middleton Village Hall.


Paula Kendall

St Oswald’s will welcome guest Lent speakers at each Sunday service between now and Easter day. The services will begin at 9.30am, with Admiral Sir John Kerr on March 29 and Archdeacon Paul Slater on April 5. All welcome with refreshments afterwards and time to talk to the guest speakers.

There will be a fund-raising coffee morning at St Oswald’s Church on Wednesday April 8 from 10.30am to noon.

There will be a Special United Service at St Oswald’s Church on Maundy Thursday April 2, led by Rev Anne Russell. Arrive at 6.30pm for a light meal (donations accepted) with a Service of Holy Communion following. A scratch choir will meet at 5.30pm with everyone welcome to join.

Future dates for the diary at St Oswald’s – church clean on Wednesday April 1 from 10.30am; fund raising coffee morning on Wednesday April 8 from 10.30am to noon; Saturday April 25 a lunch time concert with Avelina Wright and Charles Edmondson with a light lunch to follow, starting at noon. Tickets for the concert £6.50 from Rosemary Hartley on 015242 42207.


John Leach

At the March meeting of the parish council, during the open forum a question was asked about green spaces in the village. If there is a green space you believe is important go to Coun Malcolm Thomas reported an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) had sent him a list of locations in the village that were particularly prone to dog fouling. During the subsequent discussion other areas were identified and Coun Thomas undertook to inform the EHO so action could be taken.

It was agreed the Sheffield stands for cycle parking should stay where they are. The Memorial Hall Committee had received a complaint that a motorist had driven into them and that motorists had asked for them to be moved. The stands have been there for a number of years and are used by people who cycle to the hall. It was suggested to repaint the stands in bright luminous colours. Other locations have been considered but it was agreed they need to be lit (both for security and so cyclists can see to chain their bikes after dark).

At the second meeting of the Over 60s Club in March, Eileen Massey won the games of dominoes with Marjorie Bainbridge (taking a break from playing whist) coming second and Jean Uttley third.

At the same meeting Sue, a new player at the club, won the games of whist with Henry Milner taking second place, Isa Gibson third and joint fourth place being taken by Sylvia Standrell and Mary Barker.

The next meeting will be held on Monday March 30 at 2pm in the memorial hall when new players will be welcomed.

At the last meeting of the equipment fund in March, Chris Bell won the games of whist. Kath Morris made second, John Bainbridge third, Brian Cornish fourth and John Gallacher fifth. The high halves were taken by Kev Staveley and Colin Nuttall.

At the same meeting June Gardner won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter second and Pat Jenkinson third. New members will be made welcome at the next meeting which will start at 7.15pm on Friday April 3 in the memorial hall.

Organised by the Friends of St Luke’s Slyne-with-Hest Primary School, a village May Fair will be held on Friday May 8. This fun filled family event will include a shield procession through the village, Maypole dancing, bouncy castle, human fruit machines, a barbecue and much more. A number of local groups are involved and there will be a great range of stalls, including crafts, nail art and tattoos, cakes, etc.

The shield procession will start from the memorial hall on Hanging Green Lane at 5pm. All families are welcome to take part, just bring along a shield representing family life. The procession will then walk to Slyne-with-Hest St Luke’s CE Primary School on Shady Lane. The fair will follow from 5.30pm to 8pm.


Carol Millar

The March meeting of Warton Gardening Club was entertained with a very interesting talk on Gardening for Wildlife by Malcolm Alderton from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The meeting on Thursday April 9 will include Holehird – a Garden for all Seasons by Peter Hoggarth from Lakeland Horticultural Society. Visitors welcome. For further information on the club and membership contact Sybil on 01524 732641.

Local author Deborah Swift gave a very interesting and enlightening talk on the writing of her books and the research that goes into them, at the March Warton Crag WI meeting. The April meeting will be include Hanging Baskets with Les Foden. Visitors welcome. For further information on membership and meetings contact Pam on 01524 733835 or

Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir has been invited to sing at Warton Methodist Church this Saturday March 28 at 7.30pm. The choir’s last visit to the village was about three years ago. Tickets £5 on the door or from church members. Further details from Dr Hugh Cutler on 01524 34454. or 263345.