Town and Country: 09/01/14

Members of the Kendal and District Cycle Scene present staff at the Cafe at Leighton Moss with a trophy for winning the Best Cafe Award in their second annual award event.
Members of the Kendal and District Cycle Scene present staff at the Cafe at Leighton Moss with a trophy for winning the Best Cafe Award in their second annual award event.

This week’s Town and Country news.


Sue Hayward

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On Saturday, January 25, at 7.30pm, the film Philomena will be shown in Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, starring Judy Dench and Steve Coogan. Tickets £5 are on sale in The Little Shop, The Promenade.


Derek Coultherd

Tomorrow, Friday, January 10, there will be an Epiphany Service that will include the Confederation of Schools at Austwick Church at 1.30pm, all welcome.

There will be Morning Prayer at Austwick this Sunday, January 12, at 9.30am, followed by Holy Communion at Clapham at 11am, Keasden at 2pm and Austwick at 6.30pm.

The next meeting of the Field and Local History Society will be held on Wednesday, January 15, with a film entitled Around and About Yorkshire which features the landscape, buildings, industry and people of Yorkshire. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the parish hall and all are welcome.


Wendy Dowbiggin

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Age Concern members met for their first meeting of 2014 at the masonic hall last Friday when the cook provided a delicious meal which was served by Sue Park and Lyn Mountain.

The lucky raffle winners were Keith Hartley, May Burton, Jeff Lawson and Mary West. During the afternoon a game of card bingo was enjoyed.

The new bus has arrived and those members travelling to the centre enjoyed its maiden voyage.

For the first time for many years Bentham Town Hall was the venue for a New Year’s Eve Ball organised by three local couples.

Guests were met at the door and welcomed into the beautifully decorated ballroom.

Swing band Jackie’s Rhythm Kats provided music for ballroom dancing for the first half of the evening and later more modern music.

An excellent carving buffet was provided by No 37 Main Street and a generous raffle took place.

The profit from the ball will be donated to the air ambulance with the amount released shortly. Thanks are expressed to the organising couples.

Members of High Bentham WI met at the town hall last Thursday when Wendy Dowbiggin, president, welcomed the group wishing everyone a happy 2014.

Secretary Joan Sharman read the correspondence and Wendy introduced speaker Cecille Nott who gave an interesting talk entitled

The Silk Road, which told of journeys she and her husband had made over three visits in 30 years to different parts of the world including China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Cecille, who is a member of the WI, and her husband Peter were thanked by Wendy.

The competition winner for a silk scarf was Margaret Abbot.

A coffee morning held in the town hall for Farmers in Crisis raised more than £300 for the fund.


Jay Barkley

The evening of seasonal songs and music by the popular Burton Singers was well received by a full house at Burton Memorial Hall. John Long, the jovial Master of Ceremonies, introduced a programme which included pianist Stuart Wickes, flautist Lucy Hunn and Marion Plowright’s witty commentary to The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Welcomed by Rev Graham Burrows to a joint service with Holy Trinity Holme, a service of carols and lessons was enjoyed by the large congregation at St James’s Church, Burton.

The Bidding and Prayers were given by David Mills, lessons and readings were narrated among others by Ali Burrows, Judith Ellis, George Flanders and Frances Roberts and the choir was led by Kathleen Mills.

Afterwards refreshments were served in the Atkinson Room.

A reminder that there is to be a change to church services: Morning Worship will be held at both churches each Sunday: St James’ Burton at 11.15am and at Holy Trinity Holme at 9.15am.

The Children’s Society Box Collection raised £219.08.

If you need transport via Burton Voluntary Car Scheme to visit hospital, doctor, dentist, etc, please contact Lynne Herd on 01524 781905. If anyone could spare some time as a driver you would be most welcome. Details from Lynne or Peter Smith telephone 01524 782198.


Larry Branyan

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting a new exhibition in the Bateman Gallery, Changing Tracks – Lancashire’s Railways Since 1945.

This exhibition is presented by Lancashire County Council’s Community Heritage Team and displays different aspects of the story of Lancashire’s railways including information about Wakes Weeks, ‘then and now’ images of stations in the county and sources for tracing railway ancestors.

Also on show are some superb photographs of trains old and new, including atmospheric black and white images, documenting the continuing history of the county’s railway.

The exhibition is free and will run from 10am to 4pm daily until Monday, March 24.

The Rotary Club of Carnforth’s Santa’s Sleigh collection raised £7,626 from generous public donations over 16 outings. This was up by 6.5 per cent on last year.

Carnforth Rotarians, assisted by members of Carnforth Innerwheel and local police cadets, were out most nights on the run up to Christmas despite the wet weather. Santa’s elves were kept busy drying Santa’s outfit ready for the next day.

Thanks also to Norjac Mitsubishi in Carnforth for providing the sleigh towing vehicle and to Speight’s of Lancaster for the satsumas to hand out to children.

All money raised will be used to support projects in the local area.

Some of the money has already been used for vouchers which were handed out to deserving families to purchase toys just before Christmas. If any local organisation or cause would like to be considered for a financial donation from the proceeds of the sleigh collection please email details of the request to


Rory-Jo Daniels

While Clapham village is likely to receive Superfast Broadband (according to Superfast North Yorkshire’s website), Newby and Keasden will not.

If this concerns you or you are dissatisfied with the service you receive at present, you can test you download and upload speeds on and send your results with your postcode to, who will see if there are enough people wanting a better service to form an action group.


Gill O’Donnell

The Adamson Theatre Company from Wesley College, Australia, will be visiting the Richard Whiteley Theatre in January to present two contrasting productions.

Theatre X will be performed tomorrow, Friday, January 10, at 7.30pm, and was conceived as a social commentary created by a series of monologues ranging from Medea and Hamlet through to the Laramie Project and Marat/Sade coupled with music by The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Nick Cave.

On Saturday, January 11, they will present Amadeus, the story of the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.

These are both free performances with donations at the end of the evening.

It’s never too early to start enjoying sport and thinking about Wimbledon.

Tennis Aces offers LA Mini-tennis coaching to juniors every Sunday.

The 9am to 10am session is for four to eight-year-olds, the 10am to 11am session for eight and nine-year-olds and the 11am to noon session is for 10 to 11-year-olds.

Sessions cost £6 per child and take place in Giggleswick Sports Hall. For further details contact 01729 825100 or 07816 878321.

The latest classes by the Alison King School of Dance are ‘strictly’ for children. The school is offering ballroom, Latin and classical sequence dancing sessions for children only at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.

Classes cost £3.50 and the noon to 1pm slot will cater for three to six-year-olds, the 1pm to 2pm slot for seven to 11-year-olds and the 2pm to 3pm slot is for 12+ ages.

Partners are not necessary and parents are invited to stay and observe if they wish. Ballroom dancing is an ideal way for children to socialise and make friends as well as to learn poise, balance, flexibility and develop stamina, a range of motion and self esteem.

For details of these classes and adult classes in the area contact 01729 840118 or 07857 532511.


Paul Woodruff

Lancashire County Council is looking to make large savings on the subsidised bus services in the county.

Service 81a and 81b serving the Lune Valley to Kirkby Lonsdale is under scrutiny for its evening and Sunday services, affecting the whole of the Lune Valley.

A survey and consultation is taking place and if you have any concerns contact them at The consultation runs until January 17.

Funding from the Big Lottery Community Space Fund means Halton Community Centre will be holding a willow weaving and craft activity weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, from 10am to 4pm.

There will also be a ceilidh on the Saturday evening from 5pm to 10pm. Tickets are free and can be obtained in advance from the Coffee Shop.

Halton Club is still going strong and invites members old and new to renew their membership for 2014. Membership is £7.50 and for seniors (with a bus pass) only £5.


Caroline Thompson

There will be a darts and dominoes knockout competition at The Crown Hotel, Horton, this Saturday, January 11, starting at 7.30pm. The event is held in memory of Paul Dunkley. Everyone welcome.


Janet Purvis

St Helen’s Church service this Sunday, January 12, the Baptism of Christ: Eucharist Service 10.45am and Junior Church. Please join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service and meet Rev Canon H G Thomas, House for Duty Priest.

Thanks to the Junior Church leaders and helpers, the children gave a wonderful Epiphany presentation on January 5. Well done to everyone involved. Food basket items are still needed for the local food bank in Morecambe. Dried and tinned goods please. Contact and diary details available on website The next PCC meeting will be held on Monday, January 13, at 7pm at the Vicarage.


Mrs E Simpson

Millhead Over 50s held its pre-Christmas lunch in the village hall when the group enjoyed a buffet supplied by Edelweiss of Carnforth. Carols were sung and members voted the event a huge success.

The following week members enjoyed a festive afternoon tea with everyone received a gift of biscuits and one from Secret Santa. Domino winners were Mrs A Morris and I Finan.


Gill O’Donnell

Following the Christmas break the community choir Settle Voices will start singing sessions again on Monday, January 13, from 1pm to 3pm, in the Friends’ Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle.

New members very welcome. For more information telephone 01729 823777 or visit the website

Hatha Yoga restarts at Settle Primary School with sessions on Wednesdays and Mondays between 7.30pm and 9pm. New members always welcome. Sessions cost £6. For details contact 07947 027188.

The new term of Iyengar Yoga classes will restart this week with sessions for both beginners and mixed ability.

On Mondays there is a mixed ability session between 12.30pm and 2pm at Friends’ Meeting House followed by a beginners session from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.

On Tuesdays there is a beginners session at 6.15pm to 7.15pm followed by a mixed ability session from 7.30pm to 9pm at Townhead Court. Everyone is invited to try a session before committing to the programme.

For details contact 01282 843907.

If you have resolved to get fit and active this year then why not go along to Settle Leisure every Wednesday at Catteral Hall.

The group meets between 7.30pm and 9pm and offers volleyball, touch rugby, hockey and basketball.

Sessions cost £3 and newcomers are always welcome. For details contact 01729 822908.

AthleFIT offers classes for all the family in 2014 and try your first session free. Classes take place at Settle 1st drill hall, Castlebergh Lane.

Sessions include Fridays mixed group at 7pm, Wednesdays (term time) ladies only at 9.30am and alternate Sundays ladies and children (6+) 10.15am with the first session on Sunday, January 12.

Classes are run by Jill Eccleston, local qualified and insured instructor. For more information call 07955 342344 or email

AthleFIT is the brand new fitness programme from England Athletics.

It is the latest initiative after the 2012 Olympics to encourage 500,000 more people to get into exercise and to have fun.

It combines the best of what is fundamentally athletic running, jumping and throwing events applied with the traditional circuit training approach.


John Leach

This Sunday, January 12, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Andy Taylor will speak on the subject The Bible and Immigration.

All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,,

On Monday, January 13, the Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at the Christadelphian Meeting Room.

Urban Saints, the youth group that meets on Friday evenings, has organised a sponsored cycle ride from Blackpool Tower to the Eric Morecambe statue on Saturday, January 18, to raise funds for the Rebuild Mexico project.

This project will happen at Easter when some members of the group will travel to Mexico to help build a house for homeless families. Donations can be made via with the fund raiser name of wadeson or by telephoning Andrew on 01524 824290.

The community coffee morning was held on January 4 run by Urban Saints for their fund raising.

There will be Burns Night Ceilidh on Saturday, January 25, from 7.30pm to midnight, in the memorial hall with music by Striding Edge.

The food will be a Jacob’s join and revellers should take their own drinks. The cost is £8.50, which includes haggis and a shot of whisky.

For tickets contact Helen on 01524 824023, Tricia 822471, Paula 824353 or Lynne 824104. The dress code is as smart as you like.

On the first Sunday of January there was an afternoon tea party in the church hall to raise funds for Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service, which included entertainment, mainly by children.

This started with Frances playing her flute with a polished performance particularly as she has only been learning to play for 18-months.

This was followed by James on a drum kit, Rose on recorder then Harvey on piano.

The next performer was Lily on the drum kit, Alex on keyboard then Darcey dancing.

The last two child performances were an encore on the drum kit by James, who not content beating out multiple rhythms also sang as he played, then finishing with Darcey on the piano. Lena Etherington then read John Julius Norwich’s drool correspondence on the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The entertainment was drawn to a close by John Burns playing the banjo to lead the assembled company in singing five songs.

Darcey Hodgson, who danced at the afternoon tea party, also performed at the St Patrick’s celebrations in the church hall last year.

In the interim she won in the National Irish Dancing Championship in Hemel Hempstead at the end of July by coming first in the Beginners Premiership class, when she was six years old.

On Saturday, March 8, she is scheduled to compete in the Primary class where she will be up against contestants aged seven to 10-years-old.


Paula Kendall & Rosemary Hartley

The Christingle and Dedication Service held at St Oswald’s raised £202 for the Children’s Society.

The words of dedication to bless the new community facility at the church were given by the Rev Canon Ian Greenhaigh, Rural Dean. The service was well attended.

Christmas carols by candle light were enjoyed by a full congregation at St Oswald’s Church and the retiring collection of £165 was donated to the Christian charity Embrace.

Future speakers at the 9.30am services at St Oswald’s will be the Ven Paul Slater, Archdeacon of Craven this Sunday, January 12, and the Ven David Lee Archdeacon of Bradford on Sunday, January 26.

A renewal of marriage vows service will be held on Sunday, February 16, and will be led by Rev Canon J G Hunter and Dr Sheila Hunter.

A domino drive with a pie and peas supper will be held on Friday, February 7, 7.30pm at Westhouse Village Hall. Everyone welcome.


Carol Millar

Warton Women’s Institute meets on the third Thursday of the month in the village hall at 7.30pm.

A variety of interesting speakers attend and demonstrations take place and new members for 2014 are welcome.

For further information and membership details contact Hillary Briggs on 01524 730533. See for Warton Crag 2014 Calendar.

Warton Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, starting in February, in the village hall at 7.30pm. New members welcome and no gardening experience is necessary.

Warton Bowling club, on Chapel Walk, is starting a new Social Membership for 2014 for those who wish to play friendly games. Contact John Sumner for details on 01524 735772.

Warton Arts and Craft Group meets every Friday in the church hall from 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome, just pop in.

Warton Classic Vehicle Group is looking forward to an interesting 2014 and welcomes new members. For further information contact Martin Hayhurst on 01524 735948.

If you are interested in Military History and Wargaming then Warton Wargamers would welcome new members in 2014. Contact George Anderson on 01524 732851 or catch him in the Post Office.