Town and Country: 03/04/14

Lancaster Sainsburys customer service manager, Claire Handy, presents inflateable beds to Captain John Walker from the 1st Skerton Boys Brigade and Girls Association
Lancaster Sainsburys customer service manager, Claire Handy, presents inflateable beds to Captain John Walker from the 1st Skerton Boys Brigade and Girls Association
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This week’s Town and Country news.


Wendy Dowbiggin

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Members of Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall last Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Faith Wilson and Brenda Denby. In the afternoon the group watched a slide show about the Isle of Mull.

Sixteen members of High Bentham WI enjoyed an excellent meal at the Bridge End Tearooms, Wray, with thanks to Karen for making the group so welcome.

The event was organised by Wendy and Chris and further meals and theatre trips will be organised over the coming months.

The WI will meet tonight, Thursday, in the lower hall of the town hall when the speaker will be Dennis Moore with a talk entitled Laughter is the Best Medicine. Visitors welcome.

The weather may not have been too kind but it failed to dampen the mood of Year Three and Four children from High Bentham Community Primary School on their residential trip to Malham Cove.

In true High Bentham School spirit the children braved the inclement weather and achieved their long sponsored walk.

The annual Malham’s Got Talent fixture proved to be as popular as ever with magicians, comedians, dancers and singers and entertaining yo-yo stunts from Connor.

The overall winner of the contest was Joseph Ward who sang Counting Stars with his backing musicians on tambourines.

In close second place was Bluebell Williams and Evie Martin, and Daniel Spencer was third.

The children then spent the night at Malham Youth Centre.

Forthcoming local events include the following:

This Saturday, April 5, the coffee morning will be held for Ingleton and District Twinning Group, starting at 10am.

Also on Saturday, the Queen Elizabeth School Kirkby Lonsdale Jazz Band will be performing at the Methodist Church from 7.30pm.

This Sunday, April 6, Bentham Footpath Group’s walk will be at Hellifield, eight miles, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am.

On Tuesday, April 8, the group will walk amongst daffodils at Staveley, again meeting at Lairgill at 9.30am.


Karen Hillis

This Sunday, April 6, at 4pm, in Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, there will be a choral evensong service on Passion Sunday. This is a special service for Lent and everyone is very welcome.


Jay Barkley

MOTO in the Community Help for Heroes quiz raised £320.

There will be a spring fair on Tuesday, April 8, at Morewood School from 3.15pm. Everyone welcome.

Burton Pre-School Family Easter Fun Afternoon will be held on Friday, April 18, 1pm to 3pm, at Morewood School. The event will include a treasure hunt, egg decorating and refreshments.

The Age UK Information Roadshow, for older residents of Burton and Holme, will take place on Tuesday, 
April 8, at Holme Village Hall from 10am. For further information contact Ruth Taylor on 01539 728180.

The Daffodil Show will be held on Sunday, April 20, at the King’s Arms. Entries must be in between 10.30am and noon and the auction will start at 1.30pm.


Jean Thornber

Burton-in-Lonsdale Bowling Club is located at the Recreation Field.

The new bowling season has started and the club would like to invite new members and visitors to the green.

Existing members practice on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and new members are always welcome.

The club plays friendly matches against a number of local clubs and has a team in South Westmorland Seniors’ League on Mondays.

Tuition and equipment is available for beginners. Just visit the green or contact John Mason on 01524 61919.

Burton-in-Lonsdale Parish Council heard a second consultation by North Yorkshire County Council regarding the future of Richard Thornton C of E Primary School ended on March 26, just three weeks after it began.

The usual consultation period is six weeks, however the county considered that, as one consultation had already taken place, the second consultation would be only three weeks’ duration.

The first consultation showed residents to be overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the school open; 
the school governors proposed an alternative plan to 
keep the school open to which the village was then given just three weeks to consider and respond by both post and the Internet.

The parish council is most disappointed that neither Bradford Diocese nor the County Council supported keeping the school open, despite the many cogent arguments in support of retaining the school and maintaining the village’s social fabric.

The parish council noted its success in registering the village’s only pub, the Punch Bowl, as a Community Asset.

This follows concern regarding the future of the pub, which is now currently for sale.

The community has just six weeks from March 24 to register its interest in buying the Punch Bowl; if the community wishes to go ahead with the purchase it will need to raise money and complete the sale by the end of six months after registering its interest.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 24, venue to be confirmed.

Please note the Annual Parish Meeting, normally held at the end of April, has been postponed until Thursday, June 26.

This is because the local council elections will be held on Thursday, May 22, 
some three weeks later than usual, to coincide with the European elections, saving electoral expenses, and delaying both the annual meeting of the parish council and the annual parish meeting.

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


Larry Branyan

Steam Lives On, an exhibition of steam locomotive photography by Andrew Fowler, the official photographer of Ribble Steam Railway in Preston, will be on view in the Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre from today, Tuesday, April 1, through to Sunday, June 29. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm daily, free admission.

Local artists will display their work from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, April 5, at Carnforth Station’s Platform One.

A Ghost Hunt at the station will take place this Saturday, April 5, from 8pm to 2am. Tickets can be purchased at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Gift Shop. Telephone 01524 735894 for details.


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The Caton and Halton branch of the Lunesdale Committee of North West Cancer Research (NWCR) will hold the annual coffee morning on Saturday, April 5, at Victoria Institute, Caton, from 10am to noon.

Tickets are available on the door and cost just £1 which includes coffee and tea plus a selection of home-made biscuits.

The coffee morning will also feature stalls selling cakes, books, crafts and plants.


John Bateman

Spring into Easter with the WI this Saturday, April 5, from 10am to noon in the parish hall. For £2.50 per person enjoy coffee and hot cross buns with delicious cakes on sale and an Easter Egg game for young and old.

Time to sort out jumble ready for the Parish Hall Jumble Sale on Saturday, April 12, from 10am to noon. Jumble can be taken to the hall on Friday, April 11, between 2pm and 4pm.


Chris Kynch

There was a good turnout of Hornby District Ramblers for one of the longer walks in the programme, a distance of about seven and a half miles.

Joint leaders Beryl Morphet and Anne Storey also arranged a shorter walk of about four miles for part of the way, for those unable to walk the full distance.

The group parked at the Smithy Inn, Holme, where full waterproofs were donned, given the weather forecast of driving rain, sleet and strong winds.

They set off along the grassy canal path for a clockwise circuit of Farleton Fell starting north. Between some sharp showers, there were some delightfully clear, sunny vistas over the fields and Farleton Fell to the east, and to the snowy summits of Kentmere and the Lake District in the western distance.

At Dovehouses Bridge the main party left the canal to go via Nook Bridge, Airbank, Puddlemire Lane and Whin Yeats and on to meet the Limestone Link path to lead back via Holme Park Farm to Holme.

Three walkers took the short walk, and on the way back were entertained by reminisces of childhood pranks and the village bobby from a member who grew up in Holme.

Both groups returned for refreshments of tea and scones at the Smithy Inn.

Michael Hall gave an illustrated talk entitled Herbal Medicines, Fact or Fiction? to Hornby’s Countryside Society meeting.

Chairman Sam Ashton introduced Michael, whose early background included botany, zoology and physics, and who had worked for a pharmaceutical company and in academia.Michael spoke of the long traditional reliance on herbs to cure ills.

An image of a physic garden used by monks in Oxfordshire showed a large area in which herbs had been cultivated.

He described the arrival of ‘quackery’, roughly in line with the industrial revolution and showed a delightful list of names such as ‘elixirs’, each claiming mostly spurious cures and remedies for a wide range of maladies.

After questions, Michael was warmly thanked for the fascinating and entertaining talk.

Abba’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated at Hornby Institute this Saturday, April 5, with Sweded Dreamz Abba Tribute. Tickets cost £10 (children £5) and a 70s disco is included. For more details of the show, see

The annual parish meeting of St Margaret’s Church, Hornby, will be held at 11.30am this Sunday, April 6, in the church.


Caroline Thompson

There will be an Evensong Service at St Oswald’s Church this Sunday, April

6, at 6.30pm.


John Brown

Ingleton Playgroup is holding an Easter Fun Day at the community centre on Thursday, April 10, from 10am to 3pm. The cost is £2 per child, adults free, everyone welcome.

There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, an egg hunt, Lisa-Marie’s Nail Bar and much more.

Kid’s lunches and adult refreshments will be available to buy. All money raised will go to Ingleton Playgroup.


Janet Purvis

On Sunday, April 13, there will an Easter Family Disco in Middleton Parish Hall starting at 7pm, with hot dogs, spot prizes and dancing for all. Everyone welcome, admission at the door.

This Sunday, April 6, the fifth Sunday in Lent, St Helen’s Church will hold a 10.45am Eucharist Service. Junior Church will meet within the service.

Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

During Lent each Sunday at 6.30pm a Short Compline service will be held.

The Lent discussion group will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2, at 7pm, in the Vicarage, Chapel Lane.

The Vestry and Annual Parochial Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 27, after the 10.45am Eucharist Service.

The meeting will cover the church warden vacancy and PCC members to be elected, finance and fabric reports.

An opportunity to hear what has been happening during 2013-2014 at St Helens Church.

Fair Trade goods are on sale after the service in church.

Also the food basket is always in church for the local food bank. Dried and tinned goods please.

Contact details and information on


John Leach

This Sunday, April 6, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Philip Weatheral will speak on the subject The Bible teaching about the Sabbath.

All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, April 7, there will be no Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information about the group.

Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club held its official opening day on March 22.

Although the weather was not ideal for bowling there were more than 50 people participating who all 
enjoyed their pie and peas lunch.

President Mary Lofthouse was thwarted by the bad weather but she did don her waterproofs and bowled the first wood of the season.

One or two of the other members did roll their woods but decided not to stay too long.

There are still a few membership places left if anyone in Slyne or elsewhere is thinking of taking up the game.

The first club competition will be held this Saturday, April 5, and members are looking forward to taking part in this competition. Contact Ann Clegg on 01524 811847 if you are interested in joining.

The annual parish assembly will be held on Monday, April 14, at 6.30pm, in the memorial hall, an open meeting of the electorate and everyone is welcome to attend.

It is an opportunity to meet the councillors and raise any matter with the parish council.

There will also be a speaker, Ms Sonia Edwards from Global Renewables.

The monthly parish council meeting will be held on the same day starting at 7.30pm.

The annual meeting of St Luke’s Mothers’ Union was held on the last Wednesday of March.

The meeting started with a service of Holy Communion conducted by Rev Pauline Bicknell.

Mrs Maureen Shackleton read the minutes of the previous meeting, followed by the treasurer’s report.

Mrs Julie Mitchell retired from the role of treasurer and Mrs Marisa Fisher was appointed in her place.

Mrs Sylvia Nicholson resigned from the committee and Mrs Diane Thompson was elected.

Mrs Maureen Shackleton received a vote of thanks. Prayer partners exchanged gifts before the meeting closed.


Carol Millar

The March meeting of Warton Crag WI was treated to a very interesting and entertaining talk on sewers by Geoff 

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17, in Warton Village Hall, and will be a social evening and quiz night.

New members welcome. Contact Hilary on 01524 730533.

The North Lancs and South Cumbria Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association is holding a coffee morning in Warton Church Hall from 10am to noon on Saturday, April 12.

There will be cakes, home-made produce, books, gifts and cards for sale as well as a raffle. Everyone welcome.


Joan Halstead

The March meeting of Wennington and District WI took place at the Tunstall Women’s Institute when Andy Lowe gave an interesting talk about architecture in the Lake District.

The evening was rounded off by a superb supper provided by the Tunstall ladies.

A cheese and wine charity evening held on March 14 was well supported and enjoyable.

The charity voted for by members is Women’s Aid which will benefit by the splendid sum of £1,000 as a result of the evening.

This is a wonderful effort and president Sue O’Brien duly thanked everyone who helped to make the evening such a huge success.

The next meeting 
will be held on Wednesday, April 9.