Town and Country

New family friendly area at Lancaster City FC developed in conjuction with Unique Kidz and Co.  Ann Hope, commercial manager Jim Johnstone, Caroline Costello with Jonathon Pearson and manager Darren Peacock with other staff and children behind.
New family friendly area at Lancaster City FC developed in conjuction with Unique Kidz and Co. Ann Hope, commercial manager Jim Johnstone, Caroline Costello with Jonathon Pearson and manager Darren Peacock with other staff and children behind.

This week’s Town and Country.


Wendy Dowbiggin

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Springfield Bowling Club played league matches on April 14. The A team, playing at Heversham, won 5-3, and the B team, at home to Bowness B, won 6-2.

On April 19 the club lost a friendly at Ingleton 7-1. League games played on April 21 saw the A team at home to Milnthorpe winning 8-0 while the B team lost away at Warton B 7-1.

Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall last Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Faith Wilson and Hazel Kennell. During the afternoon members enjoyed a quiz arranged by Christine Pearson, club organiser.

Forty-two members of the Bentham Footpath Group met at Bentham Gold Club for a meal on April 11 which was followed by a very testing quiz supplied by Maureen Ellis based on views taken in local villages.

High Bentham Community Primary School pupils Korben Coates, Seth Johnson, Josh Park-Lea, Olivia Robinson, Morgan Gilmore, Evie Slinger, Thomas Walker and Travis Taylor took part in the North Craven Football Tournament held at Ingleton Primary School on April 24.

The Bentham team got through to the final beating Giggleswick, Austwick, Settle B and Hellifield along the way. The final battle took place between Settle A and Bentham and although the team played their socks off the final score was Settle A 4 Bentham 0. All the players were presented with runner-up medals.

The pupils who took part in the sponsored walk at Malham collected an outstanding £283.01 from their sponsors.

This year the school is proposing to hold a musical celebration involving all the children, in the last academic year at the old Bentham School site.

The idea is to celebrate their time at the old school prior to moving to the new premises in January 2015. The evening celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 16, the whole experience taking place on the school field.

Parents, relatives and friends will be invited to take along a picnic basket and refreshments and join in the prom-style production.

At a recent coffee morning more than £400 was raised for Springfield Bowling Club, and last Saturday High Bentham WI raised £250 for the group’s funds. The organisers thank everyone involved.

Forthcoming local events include the following. Tonight, Thursday, May 1, High Bentham WI will meet at the town hall at 7.30pm for birthday celebrations and a hot supper will be provided.

Members are asked to take along World War One memorabilia and Stanley Wilkinson will give a talk about Bentham’s involvement in the war.

The coffee morning in the town hall this Saturday, May 3, will be raising funds for St John the Baptist Church, Low Bentham. The event will start at 10am.


Karen Hillis

The ancient English practice of Beating the Bounds during Rogationtide early in May was a walk by villagers around the boundaries of their parish to mark them out and residents can honour the tradition in an enjoyable way by going for a walk together within the parish.

Walkers should meet at 10am on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, outside Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, for about a two-hour circular walk within the parish, staying on public footpaths with some roads, hills, farmland, and muddy bits.

The group will follow tradition by starting and ending with a prayer for the parish, with a few pauses along the way for a prayer for the land and the farmers, and to give thanks for the beautiful places. Bring stout shoes, children and dogs.

Noah’s Story Box with stories and songs for babies and toddlers will be held at the Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, on Wednesday, May 7, at 11am.

All parents, grandparents and carers are welcome to attend for coffee, juice, songs and stories. This will continue to be a monthly event with the next date being Wednesday, June 4.


Claire Helme

There was a good attendance at the April meeting of the Gardeners’ Club. As this was the last indoor meeting until September details of three events to be held in May and June were given.

The first will be the Coffee Morning/Bring and Buy Sale on Saturday, May 10, in the Memorial Hall, from 10am to noon.

Following this there will be two garden visits. The first a coach trip to Northallerton and Thornton Hall Garden at Staindrop which will take place on Wednesday, June 11. There will be an evening garden visit to 8 Oxenholme Road, Kendal, on Tuesday, June 24.

The speaker for the evening was Joseph Clements who has, for the past two years, been an apprentice gardener at Levens Hall.

During this time he also spent time at the Valley Gardens on Tresco in the Scilly Isles.

He gave a great insight into aspects of being a trainee gardener in large renowned gardens and his great enthusiasm for his work was clear to see.

He has just been offered a place on a three year diploma course at Kew Gardens.

St Mary’s Church held an Hour at the Cross on Good Friday and the service was led by Mrs Annette Mackenzie. Members of the congregation read moving meditations connected with the story of the crucifixion.

On Easter Sunday the service was taken by the Rev Andrew Schofield and Mrs Annette Mackenzie.

The church was beautifully decorated with daffodils and refreshments were enjoyed after the service.


Jay Barkley

Erin Still, a student from Queen Elizabeth School, was chosen Sports Day Rose Queen at the annual Daffodil Show. The show attracted dozens of entries in each of the 26 classes, attended by a large crowd of residents and visitors.

The children’s section showed skill, innovation and imagination from a decorated hard-boiled egg cleverly kitted-out as a skier, a tray of decorated hand-made chocolate eggs from the Guides and colourful papier-mâché and felt eggs from the brownies and rainbows.

The many and varied open classes of daffodils, rhubarb, hens’ eggs, Easter cakes, scones, pies, home-made bread and preserves made a colourful display. The judges were Sue and Alan Humphreys.

The grand raffle and auction of promises rounded-off a good-humoured, busy day as almost £1,600 was raised for local good causes, this being a record amount from this popular show.

Burton Children’s Committee Sports Day will be held on Monday, May 26, at the school field. This year’s theme is Favourite Books.

Forty people gathered to celebrate St George’s Day with afternoon tea at Burton Memorial Hall decorated with flags and bunting in true St George’s Day style.

The event coincided with a friend’s 90th birthday celebrated in traditional song accompanied by Burton and Holme hand-bell ringers. The afternoon continued with a quiz based on the rivers of England.

The bell ringers’ final performance of Land of Hope and Glory was sung by everybody with great enthusiasm and much flag-waving and the event concluded with a blessing from Rev Bill Highton.

The next library coffee morning will not be held until Monday, June 2, at 10am, due to May Bank Holiday.


Jean Thornber

Burton-in-Lonsdale WI held its April meeting in the village hall when the speaker was Jane Burns who gave a fabulous demonstration of floral art, the items which were then raffled in aid of WI funds.

The next meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, May 1, at 7.30pm, when the WI resolution will be voted on, followed by members’ readings of favourite poems.

Burton-in-Lonsdale Methodist Chapel is collecting items for Morecambe Food Bank on Fridays, May 2, 9 and 16, at the coffee mornings, which are held each Friday from 10.15am to 11.30am.

If unable to attend one of the collection dates the Community Shop, which is open 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday mornings, will have a collection point.

Burton-in-Lonsdale Parish Council was delighted to learn the grant application to Sport England for £50,000 for a new sports pavilion has been successful.

Allied to this there are a number of events and new clubs coming to the fore, namely a fun run and a bowls taster session on Saturday, May 10, a new men’s football team and a women’s rounders team.

The parish council supports the Burton Regeneration Group’s work in promoting sporting activity in the village and welcomes new members and participants. More information can be obtained from the clerk, Susan Gregory.

The parish council learnt, with great sadness, North Yorkshire County Council Executive has decided to continue with the closure proposal process regarding Burton-in-Lonsdale’s Richard Thornton C of E Primary School.

There is a period, closing on Thursday, May 15, to which further representations can be made to the County Council.

The full statutory proposals are available on the County Council’s website at

Anyone who wants to object to or make comments on the proposal should send them to the Corporate Director – Children and Young People’s Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE, by 5pm on May 15.

The executive will then meet again to take a final decision on these proposals on Tuesday, May 27.

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 next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 22, in the Chapel Room.

Please note the annual parish meeting, normally held at the end of April, has been postponed until Thursday, June 26, because 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 contact the clerk, Susan Gregory, on 015242 62863, or email


Larry Branyan

A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club on Saturday, May 17, 8pm to midnight, with vocal entertainment provided by Jimmy Towers. Tickets cost £5 including buffet and can be purchased from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the club on 732723. Entry by ticket only.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Art on Platform 1 from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, May 3, featuring work by local artists.

The Rotary Club of Carnforth’s annual Giant Car Boot Sale will take place at Ryelands Park, Lancaster, Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, from 8am to 4pm.

This event attracted more than 500 stalls last year and thousands of visitors. Car booters: cars £10, vans/car and trailer £15, trade stands £25. Access available to set up from 7am.

Food and drink sales strictly by prior arrangement with the organiser. Free entry for the public.

Loads of parking available on site, disabled parking area, £1 donation per car. Enquiries to


M Waites

A Grand Book Sale will be held at Christ Church, Glasson Dock, this Saturday, May 3, from 10am to 4pm, with a wide range of hard and soft backed books, pamphlets and cigarette cards. Home-made refreshments will be available all day.


Paul Woodruff

Footpath number two, Halton with Aughton riverside via top weir is closed for around six months to enable work on the Halton Hydro. There is an alternative route. Contact Countryside Services on 01772 534709 for information.

The After Dark Theatre Company is holding a Criminal Cabaret with the theme Grease at the community centre this Saturday, May 3, 7pm prompt. Dress in 50s/60s style is welcomed although not compulsory.

Tickets £13, which includes a light supper, and attendees are invited to take their own drinks. Further information available from Debbie Baxter on 07970 896279.

The second Friday Concert will be held on May 9 at St Wilfrid’s Church at 7.30pm when entertainment will be provided by Fylde Friends, tickets £5.

Luke Concannon will give an in-house concert at Halton Mills on Thursday, May 15, at 8pm, £10 per ticket. Further information available from 07582 789406,

Halton Women’s Institute held a Coffee, Cake and Craft event on April 12, kindly supported by Halton United Reformed Church with the use of their facilities, in aid of the Support Our Hospice Campaign.

The morning was well attended by WI members of Halton and support from other groups, parishioners of the United Reformed Church and villagers enabling the event to raise the wonderful total of £540. Thank you to everyone for the support.


John Bateman

The Easter Sunday family treasure hunt for Easter eggs turned into another great village event organised by the Holme Festival of Sport team. Numerous families, totalling 77 people in 22 teams, registered for the 2.30pm start at the Smithy Inn.

Various clues and anagrams took the teams, made up of children, parents and grandparents, on a winding course through the village which eventually led back to the Smithy.

Initially five teams ended up in first place so times had to be taken into account which left two teams, Manderson Mayhem and The Lowthers, in joint first place, We’re Only Here For The Beer in third place and two teams in joint fourth, Happy, Happy, Happy and The Bunny Bouncers.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants and many thanks go to local ladies Karen Loco and Anne Barnes who set the course and organised the clues.


Chris Kynch

Hornby Village Trust, long standing Lune Valley member of the Bay Tourism Association, has joined with the association to put on a great party night in the perfectly restored 1950s dance hall of Hornby Institute, with sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 10, at 7.30pm for 8pm, in aid of the St John’s Hospice Appeal. It is inspired by the thought: “Do you remember when Cliff Richards was considered to be a dangerous rebel?”

Live music will be provided by Bootstraps and there will be light refreshments, a bar and nibbles. Tickets cost £15, available from the Hornby Village Trust on 015242 22227.

Everyone is welcome either on the dance floor or just to sit back and wallow in the nostalgia.

Hornby District Ramblers walked around six miles in the area of Staveley in pleasant weather.

The ramble started from Mill Yard and took the party of about a dozen past Crag Farm, Cowan Head and Bowston, returning along the River Kent and Beckmickle Woods, renowned for natural ‘wild’ daffodils.

Although these were fading some early bluebells compensated. The party enjoyed refreshments at Wilf’s Cafe after the walk.

As part of the Forest of Bowland Festival, a walk and exploration in the company of Dr Rod Everett will look at the effects of water flow in Roeburndale – past, present and future.

The event is free for adults, and accompanied children aged 15 years or over are welcome. Based at Backsbottom Farm, Roeburndale, it will take place between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday, May 7.

Tea and coffee will be provided and participants are invited to bring a picnic to eat at the farm beforehand. Booking is essential, contact 015242 22214 or


Caroline Thompson

A special Lambing Service will be held this Sunday, May 4, and rather than taking place in St Oswald’s Church, the venue will be Newhouses Farm by kind invitation of the Davidson family. The service will be held at their family farm at 2.30pm. Everyone most welcome.

Members of Penyghent Gun Club have enjoyed taking part in two competitions recently, both events held in Horton Quarry by kind invitation of Hansons.

S Bamber was the marshall for the first competition which was a 25 bird down the line and five pairs off each peg shoot. R Bold was the winner of the Penyghent Cup, second was K Humphrey and third K Iball. A 10-bird pool shoot was won by P Fox.

The second down the line shoot was held a week later when K Humphrey was the marshall and also the winner of the Hanson Cup with 75-points.

Second was R Bold with 66 and third was S Bamber with 59. A pool shoot win was shared between four members who all had five kills each – R Carr, R Bold, K Iball and K Humphrey.

The next members’ event is a team shoot at home versus Arncliffe on Friday, May 9. Any member wishing to help with the setting up of the competition please meet at 5pm.


Janet Purvis

Bingo will be held this Saturday, May 3, in the Overton Memorial Hall, at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

This Sunday, May 4, Easter 3, the Eucharist Service and Junior Church will meet at 10.45am at St Helen’s Church. Join members for refreshments after the service.

The food basket for local Food Bank is in church each Sunday. Dried and tinned goods appreciated.

Contact details and diary dates available on

Thank you to all who attended the recent Vestry and APM meeting on 


Alison Marshall

Excerpts from the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science 2013 exhibition are on show at the Gallery on the Green in Settle.

This exhibition shows images produced by scientists to support their work and from photographers showing where and how science is conducted. Many of the images combine elements of both science and art.

The fascinating selection include images on all scales, from those taken with the aid of an electron microscope to astronomical images.

A number of very specialised techniques have been used, including time-lapse photography, magnetic resonance imaging, 3D reconstructed imaging and high speed photography.

This huge variety of photography allows us to explore worlds where such images are used as everyday tools in medicine, engineering and many other fields. They do this in a way that can inform, question, or simply inspire.

The exhibition, entitled Hidden Worlds, will run until Saturday, June 28.

More information is available from the RPS website, from where images may also be purchased (

Further information and details of how to get to the Gallery on the Green are available from Settle Tourist Information office, or see the website


John Leach

This Sunday, May 4, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Karl Swan will speak on the subject Lessons from Noah. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

The Little Lambs group will not meet on Monday, May 5, Further information available from Kate on 07739 031739.

The Urban Saints, who travelled to Mexico for a fortnight over Easter, have returned after a successful trip.

They helped build four houses one week and five houses the next week for homeless families.

There will be a presentation about the trip and the young people’s achievements in mid-May.

The county council is imposing a temporary 30mph speed limit on the A6 from the entrance of Beaumont College to the junction with Hest Bank Lane. This temporary speed limit is due to start tomorrow, Friday, May 2, and last for over two years until May 6, 2016, and be applied between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

The level crossing by the foreshore is scheduled to be closed from 11.45pm on Saturday, May 31, until 9.45am on Sunday, June 1. This is to allow work on the level crossing.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the penultimate Wednesday of April when the speaker, Canon Christine Mullineaux, gave a talk entitled My Family.

She spoke of the aims of the Mothers’ Union to support family life. The Mothers’ Union runs parent groups to give young children an environment safe from the many forms of exploitation.

Parents are encourage to give their children confidence by talking and discussing their problems and teaching Christian values. The Mothers’ Union supported legislation in the United Nations to prevent violence against women and children. Mrs Pauline Nixon gave the vote of thanks.


Carol Millar

Warton Crag Women’s Institute will celebrate its 75th birthday this year and wishes to put together a celebration scrapbook.

If anyone has any photographs, posters, memories, stories or other memorabilia regarding this WI please email, or post to Carol Millar, 1 Church Hill Avenue, Warton, Carnforth.

In the early years members came from surrounding areas, as well as Warton.


Phil Hal

Wennington and District WI met on April 9 when the members were rewarded with an interesting talk by Jane Chilton entitled My Work in Nepal. Jane gave a real insight into the conditions in Nepal in varying parts of the country.

Her work was mainly with children and women and she described the problems that exist in many areas but also the real successes with regard to the improvement in education.

The members were impressed with Jane’s commitment to her work and wished her well in the future.

The next meeting of the group will be held on Wednesday, May 14.