Town and Country

Town and Country.
Town and Country.

This week’s Town and Country news.


2014 is the 10th anniversary of the annual Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail, which is taking place this weekend, Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29.

The trail is a free art and craft event where visitors are presented with a wide range of arts and crafts to view, interact with and purchase. Visitors are welcomed into artists’ homes, studios and workshops, as well as a number of larger public venues and exhibitions.

There are free workshops and demonstrations on offer, delicious home-baked refreshments, as well as a village-linking Trail shuttle bus.

The Trail attracts thousands of visitors and the area is buzzing with people and it is the largest event that happens in this area.

It is hosted primarily by the villages of Silverdale and Arnside, although Storth is increasingly becoming a player in the mix and this year will also be filling the local village hall.

The exhibitors are made up of artists and craftspeople from all walks of life. The only stipulation is that all works should be hand-made by the exhibitor.


Jay Barkley

Burton Pre-School’s annual meeting will take place at the hall on Monday, July 7, at 7.30pm.

If interested in early years education, with time to spare, the management committee is looking for local people to join them to help retain this valuable community asset. For more details call 07917 870001 or visit

Burton and Holme Youth Club barbecue will be held on Friday, July 4, starting at 7.30pm, at Clawthorpe Hall Business Centre. Soon to be year seven and six and parents all welcome to attend. There will be a fund-raising car wash tomorrow, Friday, June 27, at Clawthorpe Hall from 7.30pm. Further details about the club available from Marie Whittaker, 01524 784733.

The Square House in Burton has received the 2014 Trip Advisor award for excellence.

Sarah Hunter is running the Coniston Trail Marathon on Sunday, July 6, to raise funds for the cardiac centre at Westmorland Hospital. Sponsorship forms are available from the village store.

Strawberry Saturday will be held on Saturday, July 5, at the hall from 10am to noon. Lots of strawberry treats.

At the parish council meeting the chairman announced that Station Lane would be closed for resurfacing for up to two days from June 26 and that the next Neighbourhood Forum would be held on July 26, at Witherslack Parish Hall.

A written police report listed a few minor incidents and one assault resulting in an arrest.

County Coun Roger Bingham reported that the county council grants, which he had previously been able to allocate to parish councils, would no longer be available due to budget cuts. This included the grant which had helped to pay for the parish lengthsman.

Most planning applications received were passed by the council without objection except for that relating to erection of a single wind turbine on land associated with Deerslet. Objection was raised on the grounds of visual impact.

The council met in camera to discuss the three applications to fill the position of parish clerk, all candidates were strong contenders but that Mr Peter Smith had been co-opted.

Five hundred copies of each of the four walks in the parish would soon be reprinted and the county council would be asked to repaint white lines at the school, to clear the overgrowth on Slape Lane and address the uneven state of the Boon Town car park.

A working party at Plain Quarry had done general clearance and noted a large amount of dog fouling, to be tackled by the enforcement officer.

The June meeting of the Local History Society was a visit to Hawkshead. Hosted by Paul Gregson, the group visited the Methodist Chapel and Market Hall, including the recently refurbished Assembly Room and old Lock Up.

The next meeting on Monday, July 21, will be a guided walk round Killington.


Larry Branyan

The Rotary Club of Carnforth is hosting its annual Music for a Summer Evening concert at the Priory, Lancaster, tomorrow, Friday, June 27, at 7.30pm. Local young musicians who took part in the annual Young Musician competition last March will be performing.

Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased on the door or by contacting John Blowes,

Profits will be donated to the Westmorland Music Council for Tuition Grants.

A Festival of Art and Fun is being held in Carnforth on Saturday, July 5, from 10am. Art stalls will be located throughout the town with live music, children’s entertainment and games.

On Saturday, July 5, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is hosting its annual Summer Fair from 11am to 2pm.

Local artists will be exhibiting their work on Platform One at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 5.


John Bateman

Holme Community School PTA’s adults only Camel Racing Evening will be held in Holme Parish Hall this Saturday, June 28, at 7.30pm. Entry tickets priced at £5 each are available from school, the Post Office or Lime Tree Stores. The event will include a licenced bar and disco. Tickets selling fast.

Holme Community School held a special Art Exhibition in school on June 20.

A number of visitors from the local community were invited to visit the school throughout the afternoon to take a look at some of the fantastic artwork the pupils have been producing this year.

Also on display was Light the Candle, generously loaned from Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal by the Lakeland Arts Trust.

All the paintings entered in the local WI school painting competition were on display. The children entertained visitors with refreshments accompanied by music and singing.

This Sunday, June 29, Holme Parish Hall is hosting the Village Open Gardens, visit eight village gardens and a Sporty Scarecrow Competition with the object to find 20 scarecrows around the village.

The parish hall will be open for refreshments, a raffle and a plant stall. Tickets £3, which includes the map of the village to plan a route, are available from the Post Office or from the hall on the day. Gardens will be open 11am to 5pm.

On Thursday, July 3, starting at 7pm, Sainsbury’s is hosting a Cookery Demonstration of Summer Recipes in Holme Parish Hall. Tickets are £3 from Holme Post Office or on the door.

At the Mother’s Union open meeting on June 3, David Mower from the RSPB gave a most interesting and informative talk about Leighton Moss and its importance to local wildlife.

His enthusiasm made the members look forward even more the their annual outing to Leighton Moss on Tuesday, July 1, meeting there for lunch at 11.30am.

The ever popular Strawberry Teas will be held on Tueday, July 8, at Holy Trinity Church from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets costing £2 can be purchased from MU members, the Post Office or Lime Tree Stores.

There is no Mother’s Union meeting in August with the first autumn meeting on Tuesday, September 2, when the speaker will be Mrs Card, the wife of a retired Methodist minister and a resident of Holme. Her talk will be entitled What’s in A Name?

Recently Holme Bowling Club ran its annual open competition for the Kudos Trophy.

Both the competition and the accompanying barbecue and bar were very well organised and run by Dan Varcoe and Liam Baxter, and with a card of 48 entrants it was a full day event.

Bowling started at 9.15am and, in ideal warm sunshine throughout the day, continued nonstop until the final game which ended at 7pm.

The winner this year was Dan Varcoe with Carl Dobson runner-up, and the losing semi finalists were Violet Dennison and Martin Richardson.

Ably led by Hayley Baxter, and with quizmaster Colin Mason in the chair, the recent quiz in the Smithy Inn was for the benefit of the Premature Baby Unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary. All members of the 18 teams competing enjoyed an excellent night.

Supper followed the first quiz round and Play Your Cards Right, and then after the final rounds of the quiz, which was won by the Burton Ladies, the raffle draw was made.

Also during the proceedings people were invited to guess the name of a huge teddy bear – it turned out that his name was Niven which was won with a correct guess by Holly McRoy.

Many many thanks go to all who involved themselves, the participants of the quiz as well as those who gave raffle prizes and those who made donations, all of which led to Hayley being able to present a cheque for £406 to the Premature Baby Unit.


Chris Kynch

A coach party will leave Hornby at 8.50am this Sunday, June 29, with pick-up points from other parts of the joint benefice, to take part in the celebrations on the ordination of Anne Pettifor at Carlisle Cathedral at 10.30am. The coach will call at Tebay for lunch on the return journey.

Hornby Brownies and Rainbows are working on the Big Birthday Challenge to celebrate 100 years of the Brownies. The Brownies have chosen to have a pamper party as the final challenge.

Rainbows were highly recommended for their entry into the Wray Scarecrow Festival.

They had also attended Rainbow Day at Guy’s Farm Activity Centre. Guides May, Rose, Alison and Claire completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge making it in the 12 hours deadline. This raised £500 for the leaders’ trip to India.

Third Hornby Scout Group is celebrating after winning the District Cub Challenge Competition.

The group competed against eight other cub packs to demonstrate their skills in camp cooking and hygiene, emergency aid, putting up tents, knotting, tracking and map and compass.

They scored an incredible 114 points out of a possible 120.

Scouts have been working on their outdoor Challenge Badge, including wide games and learning a variety of skills such as tents and fire lighting. They had a night under the stars at Littledale Scout Camp, where they built their own shelters to sleep in and practised their lighting and cooking skills.

Hornby District Ramblers walked in the Austwick area on one of the shorter walks of the programme. They took a well known footpath from Austwick to Clapham.

The weather was grey and cloudy but the cattle trodden mud towards Clapham had fortunately dried up.

In Clapham, some looked inside St James’ Church and then the party went past Ingleborough Hall and up the hill through the two long tunnels and out on to the track flanking Norber.

The views over the Dales were stunning and they took the left path loop for a closer look at the boulders of the Norber Erratics before descending to Austwick.

The party of more than 20 was joined by others for an excellent meal at the Game Cock Inn.

Tonight, Thursday, June 26, Hornby District Ramblers walk will be in the Melling area, starting at 6pm from Hornby car park.

This Saturday, June 28, a walk of between seven and nine miles in the Tatham area will be led by Jenny Herd and Barbara Harrison, starting at 9.30am from Hornby car park.


Caroline Thompson

Members of Pen-y-Ghent Gun Club met recently at Jop Ridding Farm, Austwick, by kind invitation of Mrs P McEvoy.

E Sharpe was the marshall for the 30-bird sporting layout competition and also the winner of the event with 26 kills. Joint second place went to R Carr and new member K Bennett who had 23 kills each. R Carr was the winner of the 10-bird pool shoot.

Members met at Cragg Hill Farm the following week by kind invitiation of Mr and Mrs P Sutcliffe and family and K Humphrey was the marshall in a close fought contest over a 30-bird sporting layout.

R Carr won with a maximum score of 30 kills followed in joint second place by K Humphrey and R Bold who both scored 28. K Bennett was a close third with 27 kills. A 10-bird pool shoot was won by R Carr with nine points.

The next members’ shoot will be at Cragg Hill Farm on Sunday, July 6, at 2pm.

Afternoon teas were served at Langcliffe Institute recently to raise money for St Oswald’s Church funds. A big thank is extended to anyone who helped in anyway. The proceeds from the afternoon amounted to £320.

There will be a United Service of Holy Communion with Baptism at St Peter’s, Stainforth, this Sunday, June 29, at 10.30am.

The church bells will be ringing to mark the occasion of the opening ceremony of Le Tour de France Cycle Race, so please don’t panic if you hear bells ringing at St Oswald’s at 8.45pm on Thursday, July 3.

There will be a service on Sunday, July 6, the third Sunday after Trinity, at St Oswald’s Church starting at 6.30pm.

A group of ringers going by the name of Cumbrian Codgers will be visiting St Oswald’s Church on Thursday, July 10, between 4pm and 5.30pm, completing their day’s ringing at churches on the Settle to Carlisle line.


Sue Brown

Vice-chairman Walter Tooby welcomed members to the June meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA), reporting that the film shows held at the centre had been a success and had made a profit overall.

The beacon is now safely erected on the sports field, thanks to those who assisted. The talk and book signing by Amanda Owen the shepherdess was a success with a good attendance

Plans for the gala are going well, helpers and marshals will be needed on the day, Saturday, July 19.

The parish council has three new councillors.

The Extra Care Facility project has been delayed due to a problem with funding partnerships, therefore the BMX track and skateboarding park will also suffer delays.

There is a meeting with Craven, the parish council and the tradespeople to discuss the issue of the village centre, on Thursday, July 3.

The swimming gala will be held on Sunday, July 20. The pool is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. There will be a sponsored swim on Saturday, June 28.

A Dahlia Show will be held at the community centre on Wednesday, August 27. The Horticultural Show will be held on Sunday, September 7, and schedules will be in the shops at the beginning of July.

The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale made £1,075, many thanks to all helpers. The money will go towards the summer outing on Thursday, August 28.

St Mary’s Church is holding Songs for a Summer Evening this Saturday, June 28, at 7pm, tickets £10 and proceeds for the Cave Rescue Organisation. St Mary’s jumble sale will be held on Saturday, September 13.

There will be a jumble sale in aid of the Folk Weekend this Saturday, June 28, at the community centre at 2pm.

The winner of £20 in the 200 Club was Sue Airey, second with £10 was Alan Robinson and Margaret Seaton, Neville Capstick and Grace McGonnigal each won £5.


Janet Purvis

This Sunday, June 29, St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service and Junior Church at 10.45am. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. Said Communion will be held on Thursdays at 6.30pm until further notice. St John will be celebrated.

The next service at the Sunderland Point Mission will be held on Sunday, July 6, at 2.30pm.

Contact and diary details available on, also events and gallery pictures on Friends of St Helen Church Overton Facebook page.

Fair Trade produce is available each Sunday, also a collection basket for the local Food Bank with tinned and dried goods appreciated.

The PCC will meet on Monday, July 7, at the Vicarage, at 7pm.


John Leach

The outside of the memorial hall was adorned in red, white and blue bunting and the Union Flag was flying on the summer’s solstice for the exhibition of the Great War.

Mavis Foster welcomed everyone to the exhibition and thanked Doreen Brookes, Heather Wakelin, Mary Pearson, Sylvia Lee, Janet Westwell, Harry Lofthouse, Helen Jones of St Luke’s Primary School and all the pupils of the school for their contributions in making the exhibition the excellent success it was.

Harry Lofthouse had a special mention within the exhibition for researching all the military history and it was noted elsewhere that Helen Jones arranged the displays of the children’s work. Mavis introduced Mrs Joyce Casson who formally opened the exhibition.

Mrs Casson has a long association with the village and her family continues to farm. Two of her uncles were wounded during the Great War.

Her uncle, David, who was 21 at the end of the war, sustained a blighty wound and was shipped home to recover and recuperate. He survived the war.

Her uncle, Amos Thompson, was wounded just before the Armistice and died from his wounds two days after Armistice Day. His name is one of the 11 on the memorial plaque for the Great War in the hall. He was the youngest of those from the village who were killed.

Further her grandfather was the chairman of the parish council at the end of the war and he was largely instrumental in the building of the hall as a living memorial rather than a village cenotaph.

Mrs Casson said it was an honour to be asked to open the exhibition, which she regarded as commemorating the heroism of the ordinary man.

Also present for the formal opening was the Mayor of Lancaster Mrs Susi Charles. The exhibition was free to visit though there were collections for both the Royal British Legion and Help for Heros.

The contributions by the pupils of the village school were themed by year group.

Year 6 pupils displayed letters they had written home after the Christmas truce in 1914, while year 5 displayed pictures of the silhouette of a soldier and a cross marking a grave. This was completed with a collage of red poppies in the foreground.

Year 4 wrote solders’ poems where the two first lines and the two last lines were the same in every poem whilst the four middle lines were personal, reflecting those people who the author loved.

They had also painted poppy landscapes. Several people remarked that these were very moving.

Year 3 had written letters home from the trenches. They were poignant and were signed with boys’ names common 100 years ago.

They had also produced pictures of poppies using charcoal, pastel and paint. Year 2 had written letters and postcards from the front and drawn poppies.

Year 1 had drawn pictures of poppies while the Reception Class had made potato prints of poppies. It was a remarkable collection of work and the children reflected the grimness of conditions in their work.

There were biographies of the 11 men who died and are listed on the plague. There were biographies of 43 men who returned from the war.

However, there was also a list of 21 men from the village for whom no details could be traced.

There was a display of memorabilia including uniforms, a pair of leather boots, recruiting posters, an advertisement announcing the rewards for people on land spotting enemy shipping and washed up mines, medals and instructions to policemen.

There was also a display about the men who lost their lives in World War II and another display about Michael John Frear who was brought up in the village and was killed on active service in Aden in 1967 when 18-years-old.

There was a separate display about women at war that covered the home, farming and the factory.

This was a fascinating and informative exhibition about a time when there were only a fraction of the houses in the village that there are today.

The map of the parish dated 1914 showed the two distinct villages of Slyne and Hest Bank separated by fields.

A contemporaneous press report for the opening of the memorial hall describes it “stands on land between the two villages”.

It was a joy to visit and learn about life 100 years ago. Congratulations and thanks are due to those people who devoted time and effort to make this the success it was.

It is not only those people thanked by Mavis Foster in her introduction but also to Mavis herself.

She conceived the idea and brought it to fruition. She emphasised that it was a joint exhibition by the parish council, the history group and the school.

At the second meeting of the Over 60s Club in June, Isa Gibson won the games of whist with Doreen Spencer coming second and Sylvia Standrell third.

The games of dominoes were won by June Gardner with Jean Uttley taking second place and Ada Phillips third. The next meting will be held on Monday, June 30, at 2pm in the memorial hall.

The United Reformed Church held a strawberry tea at Stout House on the fourth Sunday of June. About 100 people participated in the event, which provided a good opportunity to socialise, as well as enjoy the tea.

The June meeting of the parish council decided to defer discussion about the proposal to build 12,000 houses in the district.

Councillors will attend one on the exhibitions in the hope of better understanding the range of proposals and their potential impact on the village.

The discussion will be held at the July meeting of the parish council, which will be held on Monday, July 21, at 7.30pm in the memorial hall.

There will be an open forum at the start of the meeting so villagers who wish to put their perspective to the council will be able to do so at that time.

The parish council is receiving numerous complaints about overhanging hedges and trees. The parish council does not have any powers, other than persuasion, to resolve such issues.

Swifter resolution of these issues would probably be achieved if the person who is aggrieved discussed it amicably with the landowner.

If this fails Lancaster City Council does have authority to raise the concern with the landowner but the process is tediously slow.

Similarly the state of repair of the roads is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council and street cleaning the responsibility of Lancaster City Council.

The parish council continues to chase the contractor that undertook the work on the recreation field to complete the project.

At the meeting the parish council considered an application to build two houses on the foreshore.

The view that it sent to the planning committee of Lancaster City Council is that the application relates to a green field site in the green belt.

Further whilst there could be an academic debate regarding whether the site is in a flood plain the experience of the storms during the last winter illustrates that it is susceptible to flooding and would probably increase the cacophony for enhanced flood defences.


Rita Smith

Wray Over 60s meeting in June included a talk by Kate Melrose and Bridget Huddleston from St John’s Hospice.

They told of the work, the community and the fund raising activities connected with the running of the hospice.