Town and Country: 05/09/13

A team of cyclists from the Gounds Maintenace department at Lancaster City Council were waved off on their cycle ride from Morecambe to Bridlington by Mayor of Lancaster coun June Ashworth. Cycling the Way of the Roses are, Tony Bolsover, Gary Johnson, Amie McAvoy, Damon Parkinson, Salvetore Lebaldi, Neil Morris, driver Phil Christianson and Mark Davies.
A team of cyclists from the Gounds Maintenace department at Lancaster City Council were waved off on their cycle ride from Morecambe to Bridlington by Mayor of Lancaster coun June Ashworth. Cycling the Way of the Roses are, Tony Bolsover, Gary Johnson, Amie McAvoy, Damon Parkinson, Salvetore Lebaldi, Neil Morris, driver Phil Christianson and Mark Davies.
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This week’s Town and Country news.


Derek & Celia Coultherd

There will be a coffee morning this Saturday, September 7, from 10am to noon in the parish hall to raise money for hall funds.

Donations of items for the stalls, ie books, dvds, bric-a-brac, cakes or produce, good quality clothing and raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the hall this Friday, September 6, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Please give your support.

Austwick Bowling Club’s result against Kirkby Lonsdale on August 25 was a narrow win to Kirkby, 6-5, 122 points to 100.

On Sunday members competed for the Coulthurst Trophy which was presented to the club 28 years ago by Mrs Coulthurst of Gargrave.

It was an afternoon of seven jacks and the eventual winner was Kathleen Morphet with runner-up Bernard Barraclough. This Saturday, September 7, is Captain’s Day, starting at 1.30pm.


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Age Concern met at the masonic hall where they enjoyed a tasty lunch.

The guest for the afternoon was Sue Bradley, a saxophonist from Clitheroe, who entertained the group with her music. The lucky raffle winner was May Burton.

At another of the group’s weekly meeting lunch was served by Madeline Wilcock and Mary Hartley, and the lucky raffle winner was Margery Sloane.

The sun shone for the annual Low Bentham Street Market which was held on August Bank Holiday Monday.

There were various stalls including bric-a-brac, clothing, crafts, cakes and an excellent raffle.

Refreshments were served throughout the event and at the end of a busy day the Victoria Institute added £1,087 to their refurbishment funds.

The committee would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support.

Twelve members of the Youth cafe in High Bentham enjoyed a week helping in the community and their jobs ranged from window cleaning, litter picking, washing toys at the Toddle In Playgroup at the Methodist Church, making crafts to sell at a coffee morning in the town hall on Saturday, September 14 and baking a treat to take home.

The young people enjoyed their tasks and all credit to them and the organisers, particularly Sue Yardy, for thinking of others and not just themselves.

Also helping during the week were members of Yorkshire Housing and NYCC Youth.

The craft class held a stall at the Low Bentham Street Market and raised £130 to be donated to the local branch of MENCAP.

Last Tuesday the ladies of the class enjoyed a delicious lunch at 37 Main Street, and would like to thank Denise and her staff for their wonderful hospitality. They will certainly be visiting again.

The Bentham Beer and Food Festival went well. On Saturday there were several crop stalls around the town where people could purchase or add to the stall with their own crops.

On Monday the Black Bull had a bouncy castle and entertainment but the highlight was the arrival of the Thwaites Brewery shire horses.

This Saturday, September 7, the Bentham Agricultural Society Show will be held in the auction mart. Entries for the handicraft and photographic sections are good and hopefully, if the weather stays clement, the horticulture will be of a high standard. Dog show entries will be taken on the day and there will be no horse classes. Enquiries to or telephone/fax 015242 61606.

Springfield Bowling Club’s A team played away at Endmoor A winning 7-1 on August 28. Last Saturday the club held the finals day.

The Ladies Rose Bowl was won by Sue Bosworth who beat Helen Cross 21-14; the Ladies Jim Bush Cup was won by Sue Riley who beat Julie Fisher 21-12.

The Men’s Challenge Cup was won by Roger Bosworth who beat Geoff Lawson 21-16; the Butterfield Cup was won by Tom Davies who beat Roger Bosworth 21-13.

Forthcoming local events include the following: This Saturday, September 7, there will be a coffee morning in the town hall in aid of the Junior Football Club, starting at 10am.

On Wednesday, September 11, Bentham Footpath Group’s walk will be at Birks, five miles, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am.


Patricia Bradley

Petsearch, a register of lost and found pets, would like to thank everyone who supported and assisted the coffee morning at Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre when £147 was raised to keep this important service going.


Kathryn Smith

THE second Burton Fest saw a packed memorial hall entertained with sounds of traditional jazz, rock ‘n roll and Country and Western from the international rockers Micky Jupp and Mo Witham.

In all four great bands took to the stage with Black Cat opening the programme followed by Burton’s own band T-Bone Blues.

A surprise appearance by the stylish and popular Manakin Birds from Lancaster gave a whole new meaning to clog-dancing as their lively routines brought the house down.

A superb evening’s entertainment ended as the enthusiastic audience hit the dance floor to the sounds of Back from Beyond.

Despite torrential rain the Open Garden Event in Hutton Close raised £173 towards the Church Tower repair fund.

The Fun Day Summer Extravaganza on August 24 raised £757 towards the Wheels for Alex appeal fund.

Ten members of the Fell Walking Club enjoyed a walk from Gummer How car park via Fell Foot Brow and Staveley in Cartmel to Simpson Ground reservoir.

After partaking of refreshments they continued to Sow How Lane and finally up Gummer How to take in the extensive view from the summit.


Rory-Jo Daniels

The starting date for the 2013 Clapham Lectures on Vernacular Architecture is Tuesday, September 17, at 7pm in Clapham School, not as published last week.

The Lune Valley, Cumbria and the Dales will feature in the five weekly lectures to be given by Kevin Illingworth of Hebden Bridge. The cost is £25.

To book or for more information telephone 015242 51323 or 51324.

Clapham’s Macmillan Coffee Morning this year will once again be held at Arbutus House, home of Jackie and David Kingsley. It will take place on Friday, September 20, from 10am to noon.

St Matthew’s Church, Keasden, was consecrated on September 22, 1873, at 2pm. To mark this special anniversary the church members invite you to join them for a Service of Thanksgiving and their Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 22, at 2pm


Gill O’Donnell

As part of the National Heritage open days the chapel at Giggleswick School will be open to the public on Saturday, September 14, between 11am and 4pm, and on Sunday, September 15, between 1pm and 4.30pm.

There will be a display on the history of the chapel and musical recitals during the weekend. All welcome.

The Autumn season at the Richard Whiteley Theatre commences on Thursday, September 12, with a piano recital by Charles Own.

Recognised as one of the finest British pianists of his generation this recital of piano favourites will include Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Debussy’s Claire de Lune.

This event is a special fund raising concert in aid of Elizabeth Finn Care, a charity which helps more than 300 people in the North of England by providing assistance with the costs of household and disability items.

Tickets cost £15, to include a glass of wine or soft drink, and are available via or 01729 893180. Please note that this event will take place in the school chapel.


Paul Woodruff

Rajah the Mechanical Elephant was back in Halton (his birthplace) at Luneside Engineers last Saturday to officially open the Halton Mill Co-housing Project.

It is hoped the mill will be a hub of activity for small businesses, social enterprise, freelancers, artists and crafts.

For further information contact Fiona Frank on 07778 737681 or email

It was good to see so many ex-Luneside employees and engineers in attendance, many of whom were at the birth of Rajah.

There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the mill and/or site on Sunday, September 8 or 22, contact the above number.

The next event, Sounds from the Hound, will be held this Friday, September 6, from 8pm, all welcome, no charge. Idol Minds and Joe McCorriston will be providing the entertainment and Tracy and Colin will be serving excellent food and ale.

Don’t forget the ‘Celebrate The Centre’ day at the Centre, this Saturday, September 7. Pop along for information on how the centre runs and how you could help. There will also be refreshments, all welcome.

The annual meeting of the Halton Community Association will be held at the Centre on Wednesday, September 18, at 7.30pm.

Bingo will be held at Halton Social Club this Saturday, September 7, from 8pm. This club goes from strength to strength thanks to the work of a few dedicated supporters with new members always welcome and membership renewals invited.


John Bateman

Twenty-eight members of Holme Bowling Club turned out to compete in the Grasscare Trophy sponsored by Brian and Sue Cooper.

This was a doubles competition, with the 14 pairs randomly drawn on the day, competing on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday.

After the initial rounds the semi-finals were played with Steve Ashburn and Olivia Lee taking on Brian Cooper and Maureen Hewitt.

In the other semi-final Steve Varcoe and David Parker played Matty Stewart and Mavis Hill.

Steve Ashburn and Olivia won their match 21-7 with Steve Varcoe and David coming out on top in their game 21-11.

Winners of the day were Steve and Olivia winning comfortably 21-10 over Steve and David.

This was to be Brian and Sue’s swan song in the sponsoring of the competition and Ian Hayton thanked them for running the competition for the last 17 years.

Also, congratulations to Matty Stewart on winning the Junior Waterloo against tough opposition from around the country. A worthy winner.


Chris Kynch

Slides with Music, with Norman Godfrey, is coming to Hornby Pensioners who next meet this Saturday, September 7, in Hornby Institute. The meeting will start 7pm and will be followed by a Jacob’s join supper.

Hornby Art Group begins its year at Hornby Institute tomorrow, Friday, September 6, between 2pm and 4pm.

Anyone with an interest in drawing or painting is invited to attend to find out more, talk to members, and may join free for a month of Wednesday afternoon meetings to see if this is for them.

Alan Webster’s work and life is being celebrated in the current exhibition, in the gallery of Hornby Institute.

Alan was a long-standing and much loved member who passed away this summer. His wife, Jean, has kindly allowed his works to be on show, illustrating his very individualistic, artistic style.


Mrs C Thompson

The Annual Horton-in-Ribblesdale Show will take place this Saturday, September 7, and everyone involved is hoping the good weather continues until then.

The Friends of Horton School will be busy providing the catering on the field with light refreshments available all day.

They will also be serving a show supper in the school from 7pm at a cost of £6.50 per main meal and £3.50 for a sweet, with discounts for children’s meals.

Please contact the secretary of Horton Show, Paula Swainson, for more details and ticket purchases or Helen Armstrong from the Friends of the School.

A bar will also be provided at the event.

There are good entries all round in the indoor classes particularly with the confectionery and horticultural sections.

Sheep entries remain consistent but there is a slight dip with entries in the Texel classes.

Indoor entries can be accepted in the school this Friday from 6pm to 7pm and on the morning of the show.

There will be children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon on the field, and the dog and pet show (entries taken on the day) will take place at approximately 2pm.

Vintage tractors and cars are to be on the field by 10am, entries open to anyone and accepted on the day.

Car boot stalls are welcome and enquiries for trade stands please contact the secretary on 01729 860435.


Janet Purvis

Bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall this Saturday, September 7, with eyes down at 7.30pm. All welcome including children.

Overton and District Horticultural Society’s 68th Annual Show, held on August 31, was a riot of colour.

There were 200 more entries than last year provided by 20 more exhibitors, of which a good proportion were new to the show – some new to showing.

The hall was crammed with flowers, vegetables, cookery and children’s exhibits. The photography section saw 112 entries from 17 exhibitors and almost every other section of the show had more entries than last year.

The sponsor was solicitors Ratcliffe and Bibby and its practice manager Val Draycott presented the trophies at the end of the show.

John Hughes of Lancaster and Kendal Auctions was the auctioneer of produce and helped to raise almost £320 for the show’s funds and charities.

The blue ribbon for best exhibit in show went to Brian Noon of Lancaster for the top tray class of mixed vegetables.

Special awards – Westmorland and North Lancs Federation Blue Ribbon: Brian Noon; President’s Challenge Cup: John Speak; Memorial Hall Men’s Committee Cup: Lesley Casson; Harry Whiteside Cup: John Speak; Joe Knipe Cup: John Speak; Horticultural Trophy: Linda Wilson; Horticultural Cup (flowers): John Speak; Horticultural Cup (veg): Brian Noon; Mrs S Gardiner Trophy: Ann Brown; Chairman’s Ruby Cup: Hannah McDonagh; Geoffrey Knowles Cup: John Speak; Small Onion Trophy: D and R Birkett; Large Onion Trophy: Barry Goodley; Horticultural Cup (children’s): Hannah McDonagh; Edith Rose Trophy: Angela Rankin; Preserves Trophy: Kate Bargh; Photography Trophy: Margaret Taylor; Best Kept Flower Garden: Mr and Mrs Hutchinson; Best Baskets, Tubs and Containers: Mr and Mrs Hutchinson; Best Vegetable Garden: Mr and Mrs Hutchinson.


Millhead Over 50s held their weekly Tuesday meeting and a birthday tea was held for two members, Elaine Willacy and Edna Greenwood, who celebrated their birthdays in August.

Domino competition winners were Mrs L Joel, J Thompson, I Finan, N Moss, A Morris, E Willacy, D Weatherill, E Greenwood, R Atkinson and E Simpson.


Gill O’Donnell

There will be the premiere of Coward at Victoria Hall tomorrow, Friday, September 6, a play by Justsome Theatre Company showing a speculative view of the life of Noel Coward.

On Sunday, September 8, there will be an afternoon mandolin and voice workshop led by Simon Major and Hilary James between 2pm and 4.30pm.

This precedes an evening concert by the duo. For details of tickets and times contact the box office on 01729 825718 or

Registration and training for Settle United Junior Football Club will take place this Saturday, September 7, at Settle College Lower School site (by the pool) between 9.30am and 11am.

Old and new members welcome. Refreshments will be served in the new clubhouse. For details contact 07973 627364.

The next charity dance will take place this Saturday, September 7, at Settle College from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. To book please contact 01729 823259/ 824038. All proceeds will be in aid of Langcliffe Village Defibrillator Appeal.

This Saturday, September 7, Shirley Jones from the West Yorkshire Archive Service will be visiting The Folly to run an afternoon (2-4pm) of family fun entitled Quills, Seals and Ciphers, which will provide an opportunity to try writing with quills in code and creating documents.

Please note children must be accompanied by an adult.

At 7pm she will then give a talk about the restoration of the Fountains Abbey Stockbook. Tickets for this are £6 including refreshments and are available via the Folly or 01729 822893.

Settle Voices Community Choir meets every Monday in the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, at 1pm to 3pm in term time. The sessions are run by Janet Russell, a natural voice practitioner, and no auditions are required. New members welcome. For more information visit or telephone Liz on 01729 823777.


J Leach

This Sunday, September 8, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Paul Rose will speak on the subject In the Beginning. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, September 9, Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for information.

Three cross bay walks took place last week. On Bank Holiday Monday 70 walkers went from Silverdale to Flookburgh in glorious conditions.

Last Saturday there was a walk from Hest Bank to Grange comprising two groups of walkers, one group from Heysham Power Station participating in aid of Marie Curie and the second from Skipton Rotary Club in aid of their nominated charity.

On Sunday another walk from Hest Bank to Grange took place in aid of Freedom from Torture. The going was heavy with a strong westerly wind and lots of surface water.

The Keer channel is still a challenge with quicksand along its full length. The next walk will be held on Saturday, September 14, from Hest Bank to Grange, starting at noon.

One manifestation of the Kenyan Project in Slyne-with-Hest is a twice monthly craft afternoon on the first and third Tuesday in the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Mawson Room of the Memorial Hall where everyone is made welcome.

During these afternoons participants produce handmade clothing for children in Kenyan.

This gives a focus of creating something with an end purpose, whilst also providing friendship and company for many who enjoy meeting together. This results in one community serving another.

The other manifestation is the stalls at the Community Coffee Morning on the first Saturday in the month from 10am until noon.

Some of the money raised has paid the medical bills at a small orphanage in Mombasa. Thank you to everyone who has helped.

One lady, Norma, from the village craft afternoon, recently visited New Life Homes in Kenya.

With her went three large suitcases full of lovely hand knitted and beautifully sewn clothes made in Slyne and the sister group in Ormskirk and surrounding areas.

She had the opportunity to visit and work at the homes and centres in Kilimani Nairobi and Bethel Homes in Nakuru during her three week visit.

She returned with many stories to tell and plenty of photographs, many with the babies and children wearing the clothes that she took. One lady donated some small knitted teddies that are clearly seen in the photographs, being cuddled by the children.

While Norma was working at the centre, abandoned babies were admitted to the home and one little girl was named after her. Just think – when a child dies of Aids/HIV related illness it is sad – when the child dies unaided it is a disgrace.

Some of the older children for various reasons do not find a foster family or adoption, so Norma started a craft workshop after school for them.

The children were very eager to learn new skills and maybe find some way of becoming self-sufficient in the future.

Since the Kenyan Project started many little Fish and Chip jumpers have been donated.

These vests were knitted for Malawi babies leaving hospital without clothes and wrapped in newspaper.

This summer the Kenyan Project has found a means to get them – three huge boxes plus new briefs for many girls – to their destination.

For more information on Kenyan Project please contact Susan on 01524 823928.

At the last meeting of the Over 60s Club in August the whist players decided to play dominoes with the outcome that Mary Lofthouse lifted first place by winning eight games while there were three players, Ada Phillips, Isa Gibson and Jean Connor, who secured second place by each winning four games.

The next meeting of the club will be held on Monday, September 9, at 2pm, in the memorial hall. New members always welcome.

The next community coffee morning will be held this Saturday, September 7, from 10am to noon in the memorial hall.

At the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the penultimate day of August Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist with Ted Staveley second, Marie Anderson third and Olive Stavin fourth.

The high halves were taken by Helen Stephenson and Colin Nuttall. There was a shortage of domino players, which resulted in Cynthia Dickenson and Jean Connor winning a game each.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, September 13, at 6.45pm in the memorial hall, new members welcome.