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Austwick Community Players go from strength to strength (photo caption: The cast of the 2014 "Oil Tek the High Road" show)
Austwick Community Players go from strength to strength (photo caption: The cast of the 2014 "Oil Tek the High Road" show)
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This week’s Town and Country news.


Sue Hayward

Arnside Highlights will be showing Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, in The Education Institute, Church Hill, on Saturday, March 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 are on sale at The Little Shop or can be reserved through Sue Hayward,

Arnside Educational Institute has once again teamed up with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme to bring Arnside audiences a magical, comedy theatre show about the seven stages of life.

Created by and starring Kevin Tomlinson (winner of The Sunday Times Playwright Award) and Abi Hood (ITV’s The Bill), the two performers play 12 characters in a show that features a strong element of improvisation, with Kevin masterfully taking suggestions from the audience and weaving them into an absurd comedy.

The show will be held on Sunday, May 18, at 7.30pm, at The Educational Institute, Church Hill, with tickets £8 for adults, £5 for children and a family ticket at £21 (2+2). Contact the box office on 01524 762254 or email


Derek Coultherd

The monthly parish walk, led by Ian Greenhalgh, will take place this Saturday, March 15, from Settle back to Austwick, so by bus to Settle then return via Feizor to Austwick. There is no charge for the walk only the individual bus fairs to pay, walkers to meet at the church at 9.30am.

The next meeting of the Austwick Field and Local History Society will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at 7.30pm in the village hall, non-members welcome, admission £2. The speaker will be Tanya St Pierre from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust talking about bumblebees and the importance of wildflowers in the Yorkshire Dales with A Buzz in the Meadows.

In their 2014 show Oil Tek the High Road, Austwick Community Players have delivered another resounding success. It brought together the highly topical subject of The Scottish Independence Referendum and the discovery of oil in The Craven Fault with great comic effect. An administrative error in the Scottish Referendum preparations saw the local postcode of LA2 confused with Loch Angus LA20.

The audiences of the three nights commented that the production was “dazzling”, “superb” and “clever” with “snappy dialogue humour and first class singing”. This year The Players produced new backdrops of Austwick and Feizor which added another dimension to their endeavour.

The fun-filled script gave everyone a chance to shine and revealed some real talent. The costumes were colourful and authentic and the set simple yet very effective enhanced by the colourful new backdrops.

In a tradition going back some 40 years, the play is written, produced and performed by people from Austwick and Lawkland parishes. The show is put on for the public for two nights in aid of the parishes’ annual Over 65s evening and draws in an audience from The North Craven area and beyond. The Players can be guaranteed to deliver great fun to a high standard but this year’s show confirms what the audience has remarked, that they go from strength to strength with talent and professionalism. A great achievement for a small community theatre.


Wendy Dowbiggin

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Members of Age Concern met at the masonic hall on Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Sue Park. During the afternoon the group were shown a DVD of The Queen’s Jubilee. The lucky raffle winner was Marjorie Sloane.

The ladies of High Bentham WI met at the town hall when President Wendy Dowbiggin led the business meeting. Wendy spoke about the journey of The Centenary Baton which arrived at Lancaster Castle after being walked from Williamson Park by various institutes. It was a memorable event and Wendy and a fellow member of the WI had a very enjoyable afternoon tea at the castle along with The Federation Chairman and other WI members from the area. Each institute group had a picture taken with the baton and there was a beautiful cake made by a member of The Lancashire Federation depicting various points in Lancashire.

The speaker for the evening was local Gerald Townson whose talk was entitled Adopting a Station, the station in question being Bentham. Gerald spoke about a group of locals who had taken the adoption on board and the results are there for all to see, beautiful flower beds, notice boards, local artist Jill Barron’s paintings on the platform, an information room and a station which offers a warm welcome to the traveller. Thanks must go to Gerald and The Friends of Bentham Station for their commitment. Sue Camacho thanked Gerald for his talk and the competition for railway memorabilia was won by Julia Sant with Verena Smith second.

On February 27, 53 children from Classes 4 and 5 of High Bentham Community Primary School visited The Grand Theatre, Blackpool. The production was labelled as “the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for anyone aged eight and over of The Taming of The Shrew”. This wonderful performance was given by The Royal Shakespeare Company and was entitled First Encounter. The event included an introduction, a 75-minute version of the play and a chance to talk to the actors.

It was a roller coaster of a play which had boys playing girls and girls playing boys to tell the story of two people’s crazy journey towards becoming the perfect match. The children had been well versed on the play beforehand but were a fine tribute to the school at question time as hands were up all around. Well done to the staff who had the difficult task of caring for the group throughout the day in unfamiliar circumstances.

The school celebrated Shrove Tuesday as their very own chocolate day and the aromas floating around the school were simply irresistible. Children were given the opportunity to move around classrooms and participate in various culinary tasks which ranged from making pancakes, truffles, chocolate fruit and naturally taste testing the end products.

Congratulations to the children who took part in the cross country race at Giggleswick. All the children were excellent ambassadors for the school, with Kira-Paris Ryan coming overall third in the Year 4 race and Jasmine Brennan fourth. Well done to Olivia Robinson who came second in the Year 6 race. The cross country is a cluster school event and the children competed against 12 other schools.

Forthcoming local events include the following. Tomorrow, Friday, March 14, Bentham Footpath Group’s walk will be at Elterwater, 10 miles, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am.

This Saturday, March 15, at The Victoria Institute, Low Bentham, there will be a Chocolate Bingo Night starting at 6.30pm. Also on Saturday, at The Looking Well, from 11am to 4pm Warm Weekends, and 2pm to 4pm Fundamentals of Exposure which includes lunch.

The coffee morning this Saturday will be in aid of St Boniface Catholic Church, starting at 10am.


Patricia Bradley

Exciting news, construction work on the playground has begun and is expected to take 10 weeks to complete. Whilst this is really good news, parents and carers will need to exercise care when using the car park and should discourage children from going near the site. A concert, to raise further funds for the playground project, will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 7pm, in The United Reformed Church, Bolton-le-Sands. The programme will feature songs from the shows and other well-loved tunes. Tickets, priced £5, also include refreshments. This promises to be a lovely evening.

Almost 300 balloons have been purchased by Bolton-le-Sands Primary School all of which have been launched, with proceeds to St John’s Hospice.

Miss Garnett and Mr Cross will be travelling to Manchester on Friday with a number of children from Bolton-le-Sands Primary School whose entries have been short-listed for prizes in a prestigious northern children’s art competition.

Holy Trinity will hold a coffee morning on Thursday, March 20, from 9.45am to 11.15am, in Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre. For £1 enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as well as purchase cakes, jams, cards and books and take a chance in the raffle to help raise funds for the Raise the Roof – Open the Door Appeal at Holy Trinity Church. The Holy Trinity Social Committee recently held a coffee morning and secondhand jigsaw fair where £147 was raised towards the appeal.

Does anyone know of a piano that is surplus to requirements? If so the management committee of Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre/Village Hall would be interested in looking at its suitability for use at the hall. Please contact either Kath Ion on 01524 823434 or Dorothy Carruthers on 01524 824588.


Jay Barkley

Ruth Taylor from Age UK will be present at Burton Memorial Hall on Monday, April 7, from 10am to 11am, to answer any questions about services available to older residents. There will be a taster Seated Exercise Class also on April 7 at the hall immediately after the coffee morning from 11.15am to noon. This event is organised by Age UK South Lakeland.

The next Art and Craft Society workshop, Mosaic Art, led by Catherine Wells, will be held on Saturday, March 29, at the hall, 10am to 4pm. This event is for members only. Please book in advance with Paula on 01524 781984, tickets £5.

The popular Pre-School Retro Night will be held on Saturday, March 22, at the hall, starting at 7.30pm, fancy dress optional. Tickets £6 on the door.

A reminder that the free Emergency Life Support Course will be held on Monday, March 24, 7pm to 9pm, at the hall. This event is run by Burton and Holme First Responders in association with The British Heart Foundation and Age UK. Enquiries to Ruth and David Taylor on 01524 781715.

The Eversley Spring Concert, The Bach St John Passion, will be held on Sunday, April 27, at Dallam School. Tickets £12 available from choir members, on the door or telephone 01524 734223.


Larry Branyan

The Friends of Carnforth Station will hold A Family History Roadshow on Saturday, March 29, 10am to 3pm. Take along family history information to Carnforth Station Heritage Centre for advice on starting a family tree. Admission £2.

The monthly film night will take place on Monday, March 17, at 7.30pm, in Carnforth Station’s Furness and Midland Hall. Alan Murray from The Maritime Museum will give an illustrated talk on The Dukes of Lancaster followed by a film on New Zealand Railways. Admission fee is £3 inclusive of light refreshments.

The High Society Jazz Band will be performing at Carnforth Station’s Brief Encounter Refreshment Room from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Friday, March 21. Admission is free, although donations are welcome to offset the cost.

An Introduction to Basic Beekeeping will be held at The Truckhaven Conference Centre this Saturday, March 15, from 9.30am to 4pm. The cost for the day is £60 which includes lunch, refreshments and course notes. Booking essential on 01524 811978.


Paul Woodruff

Easter Bingo at Aughton Village Hall will be held on Saturday, March 29, starting at 7.30pm, everyone welcome. All proceeds to St Saviours Church in Aughton.

Halton Hydro is holding an open day today, March 13. If interested in the project meet at 11am at Halton Mill. The directors of Halton Hydro will explain how the project came about, funding and opportunities to invest.

The County Council has been working on the underground culvert/pipeline which runs under a large part of the village. The pipeline has been troublesome for sometime causing problems for many homes. Recent work has taken place on Arrow Lane.

A Pamper Evening is taking place at St Wilfrid’s School organised by the PTA, and will be held on Friday, March 28, from 7pm. Early booking is essential at the school’s office.


John Bateman

Forthcoming events in the village include the following. Tonight, March 13, starting at 8.30pm, a quiz night will be held at The Smithy with all proceeds going to Holme Bowling Club’s Juniors. Next week’s quiz on March 20 will raise funds for Dallam School PTA.

On Tuesday, March 18, The Festival of Sport planning meeting will be held in The Smithy starting at 7.30pm. Agenda items will include The Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, and The Summer Festival to be held on July 12 and 13. Any individuals or representatives of other organisations wishing to join in with these very successful activities will be welcome at the meeting.

On Thursday, March 20, in the parish hall at 6.30pm, meet the owls with Bob Rushworth, All welcome including children, tickets available from The Post Office.


Mrs E Mason

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Chapel-le-Dale Events Committee held an enjoyable domino drive and raffle on March 2 at The Hill Inn, when 38 people attended raising £100 for The Air Ambulance. Domino winners were: Mrs A Bargh, S Bargh, Mrs B Morphet, R Easterby, J Airey, Mrs Atkinson and J Mason. Booby prizes were won by Sam and Scott. Many thanks to all who supported the event and also donated prizes.


Chris Kynch

Hornby Brownies are hosting an International Fashion Show to raise money for two leaders taking a Community Project Trip to India. The show will take place on Friday, March 28, at 7.30pm, in Hornby Primary School. Tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for children to include a drink and biscuit.

Alice Roberts, who as a horse rider was seriously injured in a collision with a motor vehicle and owes much to The North West Air Ambulance, has organised a quiz sheet on the theme of Alice in Wonderland to raise funds “to help keep the helicopters flying”. Janette White is thanked for writing the quiz which will be on sale in local shops, through Guiding members or the family. The first prize is a mid-week break in a Box Tree Farm camping pod, Wennington (an alternative will be offered for non-campers). Other prizes include hairdressing vouchers for Bohemian Artistry Salon in Scotforth and afternoon tea for two. Winners will be announced at Alice’s Mad Hatters Tea party at the end of April.

Hornby Guides joined Caton Guides for a muddy walk in the dark to Wray followed by a sleep-over and return walk the following morning. Young Leader Andrea Harvey has gained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, with bronze, silver and gold volunteering sections won through helping Hornby Brownies.

On the Hornby Scout launch night the young people tried their hands at some team building challenges. The high spot of the event was team attempts to use three bamboo canes, string and newspaper to build a catching device for a raw egg dropped from a great height, to be completed within five minutes.

The coming months offer treasure hunts, expeditions and two camping opportunities. On the County Rally Camp, Scouts may try activities such as caving, fencing and climbing, crafts and the radio station. At the summer Red Rose International Camp they will be able to mix with Scouts from around the world, and try their activities. The Scouts meet on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm. Enthusiastic extra volunteers aged 18 or over are sought to help with both Scouts and Beavers.

The Governors of Hornby St Margaret’s Primary School thank parents and all members of the local community who have supported recent fund raising activities. The children have busily raised funds towards providing flushing toilets for schools in part of Africa. The cake stall and a non-uniform day were said to be on the way ‘to two loos’. The PTA is also thanked for their efforts which have enabled the school to acquire extra items such as new playground equipment.

The primary school will hold a table top sale this Saturday, March 15, between 10am and 2pm. Entry costs 50p. Toys, clothes, bric-a-brac and much more will be on sale, and there will be refreshments and a cake stall. Tables cost £10 and may be booked by ringing Claire (07973 768433) or Alison (07899 871333).

More than 30 Hornby Flower Club members saw Joan Bentley from Cartmel create eight beautiful floral arrangements on the seasonal theme Spring. Joan also kept her audience amused with stories. The designs were later raffled. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 7pm, in Hornby Institute when Lisa Winn will design around the theme Easter.

Anyone with surplus clumps of snowdrops, or part clumps, is invited to donate them to St Margaret’s Church to make the edges of the churchyard and base of the tower more beautiful in future. Donors are invited to leave the clumps in polythene bags inside the church porch or for collection telephone 015242 21005.



Martin Knowles and Raymond Lowis were question masters for Tatham Fells Village Society Quiz Night held in the Old School on March 8 when they posed intriguing questions to nine teams of four players each team.

Following five rounds of 20 questions each, a picture identification and a bird quiz, winners were The Bracken Bottom team of Margaret and Eric Baker, Liesel Fox and Edward Huddleston with 95 points, closely followed by Clive’s Clan 92 points, with Higher Stock Bridgers third. Margaret Baker won the first of many raffle prizes.

Carole Butcher thanked the question masters and all participants, and the evening concluded with refreshments provided by the committee. The next meeting on Thursday, April 10, will be the annual meeting when the year’s programme will be discussed.

All officers and committee were elected en bloc at the annual meeting of Tatham Fells Old School Committee held there on March 8 – Edward Mason chairman, Martin Knowles vice-chairman, Carole Butcher secretary, John Wilson treasurer and Gillian Middleton bookings secretary.

The chairman thanked The Women’s Institute, Village Society, Parish Council and individuals for their donations towards the upkeep of the building and to all who had helped in any way. Matters discussed included heating and work to be carried out on a part of the outside wall. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015.


Janet Purvis

The Overton Players will hold their annual meeting at The Ship Hotel, Overton, on Tuesday, March 18, at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in performing, set building, lighting and sound, stage management, backstage duties or front of house duties, please feel welcome to attend. This is a not-for-profit organisation which enjoys amateur theatre and currently performs locally twice yearly.

A horsey table top tack sale in aid of The Grass Sickness fund will be held at the Middleton Club, Middleton, this Sunday, March 16, at 11am. Tables are £10 for sellers and admission is £1 for adults and 20p for children. There will be refreshments, a raffle and guess the name of the teddy.

All proceeds go to The Grass Sickness Fund which is the only registered charity in the UK raising funds for research into grass sickness. Grass sickness remains a major cause of mortality in horses and ponies in Britain with more than 95 per cent of cases proving fatal.

This Sunday, March 16, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church at St Helen’s Church. During Lent each Sunday at 6.30pm Short Compline. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

The PCC meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, at 7pm at The Vicarage, and will include the approval of annual accounts.

The Children’s Society Christingle Candles raised £41.76. Thanks to all the children for their donations.

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A Knockout Bowls Competition, in aid of Help For Heroes, will be held at Middleton Parish Hall on Saturday, March 22, 10am to 2pm. Entrance £1 plus £1 per game, all welcome.


John Leach

The date of the Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club’s open day was wrongly stated last week. It will be on Saturday, March 22, at 11am. The opening day is something every member looks forward to especially the pie and pea lunch, which will be followed by President Mary Lofthouse bowling the first wood of the season.

On Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm, there will be a social evening in the church hall with live music provided by Imogen Rae, the acclaimed local singer/songwriter.

Tickets, which are available from Val on 824089, cost £10 and include a ploughman’s supper.

The United Reformed Church Sunday School will be four years old in the middle of the month. This will be commemorated on Sunday, March 16, when there will be a family service at 11.15am.

As part of this commemoration the children will be given a book. All are welcome to attend and participate in this happy event.

The canal towpath between Halton Road Bridge, which is just north of the aqueduct, and Beaumont Hall Bridge, which is where Green Lane crosses the canal, has been closed from January 20 for six weeks so a culvert can be installed under the canal. However, the closure has been extended to the end of March because of the rain. A section of towpath between Hammerton Hall Lane and Folley Lane is due to be closed from March 24 to May 19 followed by an adjacent section of towpath from May 19 to May 15, 2015. There are diversions planned through the fields.

When the Over 60s Club met for the first time in March, Olive Spavin won the games of whist with Margaret Woodend in second and Marie Anderson third. There were three people who tied for fourth place, Tricia Brown, Margaret Western and Isa Gibson.

At the same meeting Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes, whilst Sheila Makenson made second with Joan Bell third. The Over 60s Club meets on alternate Mondays in the memorial hall to play whist and dominoes. The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, starting at 2pm. New members welcomed.

Miya Bainbridge won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the first Friday in March with June Gardner second and Audrey Eaton third.

At the same meeting the games of whist were hotly contested with Helen Stephenson and Beryl Mason tying for first place with Sylvia Standrell, Brian Cornish and Olive Spavin jointly sharing third place.

The Equipment Fund meets alternate weeks to play whist and dominoes.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, March 21, starting at 6.45pm in the memorial hall when any new members will be made welcome.

The Horticultural Society’s Spring Bulb Show was held on the second Saturday of March. Prior to the event there was concern that it might have been scheduled too late in the season. However, these fears were unfounded with 101 entries this year compared with 69 last year. There was much colour, an intensity of scent and a particularly good display of hyacinths. Overall the organisers felt they had a very successful show. Ruth Staveley won the cup for the most points and Edith Steel won the cup for the best bowl of hyacinths. The children’s cup was won by Shona Lowther.


Paula Kendall

Lent services will be held at St Oswald’s Church, Thornton-in-Lonsdale, each Sunday at 9.30am led by visiting speakers exploring the Lord’s Prayer. This Sunday, March 16, Geoffrey Boult will speak on Hallowed Be Thy Name. Every Thursday in Lent, Open Door Bible Study meetings are held at 7.30pm following the theme of Prayer. Tonight, March 13, at Burton Methodist Church and March 20 at Westhouse Village Hall.


Sue Brown

At the March meeting of Ingleton Parish Council, members supported the application for the demolition of 16 existing garages and construction of six new dwellings for affordable rent with associated parking on land off Burnmoor Crescent. Members objected to the change of use from commercial and domestic premises to full residential use of The Post Office, 8 High Street, Ingleton, as the property is within the core business boundary of the village.

A deep pothole on Lowkber Lane was reported and also a twisted road sign on Oddies Lane, the clerk undertook to pass these matters on. The chairman brought members up to date on the progress for several street lights in the community centre car park. It was felt unacceptable that so many lights should be out and the clerk was instructed to write a letter of objection to Electricity Northwest.

The chairman confirmed that the temporary Post Office would be starting at the community centre this week, opening two days a week. The drainage problem at the centre has now hopefully been resolved.

Members heard that £900 had been raised at the Swimming Pool jumble sale and plans were progressing for the splash park.


Michael Rothwell

Prof Phil Barker of Lancaster University will speak at Yealand Village Hall on Thursday, March 20, at 7.30pm, on Messages from the Mud, a detective story of how the landscape has changed since the last ice age left. This Landscape Trust event is free, all welcome.