Town and Country

Hornby Sheep Show and Sheep Dog Trials.
Hornby Sheep Show and Sheep Dog Trials.

Town and Country news.


Derek Coultherd

Last Saturday Austwick Bowling Club played for the President’s Cup. The competition had been postponed from the August 9 due to bad weather, but this time all went well with everyone having a good day and the eventual winner being J Wild, with runner-up J Sunderland.

The following day did not go to well for the Austwick team when they visited Kirkby Lonsdale for a friendly match losing to the hosts by 7-2.

This Sunday, August 31, there will be a club competition for the Coulthurst Trophy.

This Sunday, August 31, there is no service in Austwick but a United Service at Keasden at 10.30am. There will be the usual weekly Holy Communion at Austwick on Wednesday at 10.30am.


Val Lawson

Bentham Agricultural Show, a traditional agricultural show, excluding horse classes, will be held on Saturday, September 6, at Bentham Auction Mart.

President of the show is local sheep farmer Frank Brennand from Chapel-le-Dale.

Entries for the companion dog show and children’s pets can be taken on the day.

The show will be open from 9am to 4pm, adults £6, contestants £5 and £1 children.

Further information can be obtained from Val Lawson on


Karen Hillis

On Friday, September 5, Holy Trinity Church will be holding a campfire social at Red Bank headland, Bolton-le-Sands, from 7pm. There will be an open barbecue, live music and worship. Please bring your own food and any musical instruments. Everyone welcome.


Jay Barkley

There will be a fund-raising event for the NSPCC on Sunday, September 28, from noon to 4pm, at Woodlands, Clawthorpe – afternoon tea plus lots of stalls of books, home-made cakes, toys and new to you. Tickets £2 for adults, free entry for children. To be held indoors if wet.

Burton Children’s Sports Committee’s annual meeting will take place at the hall on Tuesday, September 9.

Helena Nixon led two recent walks by Burton Fellwalkers.

Eleven members travelled to Rosthwaite, Borrowdale, ascending via Tongue Gill and Rigg Head Quarries, climbing above Eel Crags to the top of High Spey and continuing along the ridge to Maiden Moor via Black Crag to Narrow Moor and Hause Gate.

Moving down from there to above Manesty the return was made by the upper path above Grange, through the camp site on the riverside to Rosthwaite. Although the weather was mixed the walk was enjoyable.

A few days later seven members walked from Arnside Promenade to New Barnes cutting through the caravan park to join the coastal path to Far Arnside, returning via the upper path to New Barnes.

Walkers enjoyed the spectacular views over the viaduct and refreshments in the sun outside Bob In before returning to the promenade. A lovely sunny afternoon walk.

For more information about the Fellwalkers please contact the secretary Kath Kirkman on telephone 01524 781245 or

To find out about any of the services which Age UK South Lakeland can offer older residents, please contact Ruth Taylor on the helpline 01539 728180.

Burton Boys Brigade, for the first time, entered a team for the 2014 Cleveland Hike.

Headed-up and trained by Derek Stevenson, Ali and Tom Burrows with Jack Wheelhouse gained enough points to come 11th out of the 28 teams entered. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 11.

The Local History Society’s August meeting was a visit to St John’s Church in Lancaster hosted by Mandy Holten.

This Georgian church, now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, was built in 1754-55 and contains galleries over the aisles and numbered box pews as well as gleaming woodwork and sumptuous stained glass.

The winter programme begins on Monday, September 15, with a talk on Wordsworth in Cumbria by the Wordsworth Trust.

At the parish council meeting it was reported that planning permission had been granted for Dalton Old Hall Farmhouse, Moss House Farm, and the King’s Arms Hotel, but refused for Brantwood.

A written police report detailed some minor incidents – a hoax phone call, patio doors found open, a vehicle obstruction on Main Street and anti-social behaviour on Morewood Drive.

A councillor had met with an area manager from Rowlands Chemists and representatives from Holme Parish Council to clarify the position over delivery of prescription medicines.

Rowlands stated that for legal reasons they could no longer deliver to the post office as a pharmacist had to be on duty when medicines were handed over and this had to be by a trained person.

Home delivery was available between 9am and 6pm weekdays and Saturday mornings. A special arrangement could book a timed delivery and it was also possible to make arrangement for the delivery to be made to a neighbour.

The bridge in the Boon Town playground was in a poor and potentially dangerous condition and it was decided to remove it. The junior slide was also in a poor condition and options would be explored to rectify both these problems.

The feasibility study into a footpath from Burton to Clawthorpe had suggested two options.

The report would be sent to the county council stressing the need for this footpath highlighting the danger of walking on the roadside and the excessive speed of traffic from the recent Traffic Survey.

Aggregate Industries had submitted a Request for a Scoping Opinion on a Proposed Time Extension for Holme Park Quarry.

In response to the concerns of residents and its own deliberations, the council would respond to the county council with various other issues which it wished 
to be raised in the Scoping Report.

The Historic County of Westmorland sign had been received and would be installed in due course.

A quote had been received to replace the housing for the map displayed on Main 

It was suggested that it might be more appropriate to display the Millennium Map of the village than the an 
OS map.


Larry Branyan

A Railwayana and Model Train Fair will be held at Carnforth Station on Sunday, September 7, open to the public from 9am to 2pm. Take along any unwanted railway items to sell or have valued. Stall holders will be allowed to set up from 8am. For information or to book a stall please telephone David on 07796 184694.


Richard Daniels

Over the Bank Holiday weekend St James’ Church held a Flower Festival entitled Lest We Forget, to commemorate the contribution made by people from the local area to World War I.

This moving exhibition used research compiled by local historian Ken Pearce along with Ann Sheridan and her husband George.

Made up of photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from local people, along with beautifully decorated flower arrangements, the exhibition reflected different aspects of the war.

According to the 1911 census 135 men were eligible to serve, it is believed between 110 and 123 of these enlisted, 33 lost their lives (this was twice the national average) and seven won medals (four times the national average).

There are now plans to take this research further in order to compile a more complete record of just how the war affected Clapham. Refreshments were served in church throughout.

Clapham village hall was again chosen as the venue for Settle Photographic Group’s exhibition this weekend.

Photographer Stephen Garnett opened the display at a preview on the Friday evening as around 90 photographs, with wide and varied themes, went on show to the public.

The group, who were formed in 2008 and now have a membership of around 50, were once again delighted with the number of visitors to the event.

There are always keen to welcome new members, so visit


Paul Woodruff

Coffee morning season starts at the United Reform Church on Saturday, September 6. Excellent cakes and conversation from 10am.
The URC Women’s Guild’s new session starts on Wednesday, September 10, at 2pm, when Dennis Yates will be the speaker. Everyone welcome.

Gifts of fruit and vegetables will be auctioned at the close of the meeting. Further information available from Mary Curwen on 01524 811414.

The second Friday Concert at St Wilfrid’s Church will be held on Friday, September 12, with the High Society Jazz Band providing the entertainment. The event will start at 7.30pm and tickets at £5 include refreshments at the interval.

Contact Evelyn Shaw on 811126, Gladys Wren on 811689 or Mary Stoneham on 811659, or pay on the door, all proceeds to the church fund.

There will be more jazz at the Community centre @ Halton, on Saturday, September 13, from 7.30pm. Tickets at £10 include a light supper, and can be obtained from the centre and Halton newsagents.

The Over 55s Luncheon Club at the Centre starts up again on Friday, September 12. If interesting in joining this extremely popular club contact Maureen Richardson on 01524 811316.


John Bateman

Holme Grown Allotment Society’s (HGAS) fifth annual village show will take place this Sunday, August 31, in the parish hall. The show will be open to the public from 1pm to 3pm with free admission.

There will be children’s classes, a scarecrow competition, vegetables, home produce and much more.


Caroline Thompson

It has been a busy time at St Oswald’s Church with a number of successful events taking place.

The Blackhorse Jazzmen entertained in church recently, giving an insight into where jazz music originated and the people who played it.

Supper was served during the interval and thanks are extended to Janet Gudgeon and friends for organising the food. In the second half some of the audience felt the need to dance and sing along creating a fantastic atmosphere, and £190 was raised for church funds,

The following day refreshments were served in church and stalls with books and home-made produce were open for business.

Hand-made cards of local views and church scenes were available and Christmas cards are now being produced. Call into the church at anytime to browse and purchase books or cards, or both please.

At 4pm the tower was opened for a Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers Western Branch monthly meeting.

This was the first visit for many to ring on the newly augmented ring of six and it was fantastic to see ringers from Bingley, Halifax, Idle and Skipton as well as locals from the Settle area, and an old friend to Horton – Hilary Atkinson from Kendal.

Thank you to all the ringers who purchased refreshments and books from the stalls in church and thank you to all that made the day a success.

The bells rang out on the Sunday with a church service taken by Rev Stephen Dawson. After refreshments many of the congregation left for a walk around the parish.

Leaving church with the view of Pen-y-Ghent in front they headed along the back lane, joining Vicarage Lane for a while, then taking the path across the field to Brant’s Gill Head, keeping to the level and joining the Pennine Way.

There was a little shower as they passed the Crown Hotel – shame it was before opening time.

The congregation then made their way along the river to Tay bridge, before crossing the river where there was chance to catch a glimpse of a steam train on its way to Carlisle.

Continuing over the bridge and through the fields on to Chapel Lane, St Oswald’s and lunch were in sight, and thank you to Mrs Daley for putting the kettle on and setting the table, a great end to fantastic weekend.

A total of approximately £700 was raised over the period for church funds.

The church service this Sunday, August 31, will be at 10.30am at St Peter’s Church in Stainforth.


Hornby and District Sheepdog Trials and Sheep Show was held on August 19 at Raw Ridding Farm, Wray, sponsored by Bentham and District Farmers Auction Mart Company Limited Bentham. The president is Stephen Dennis (Bentham) and the vice-president Thomas Gorst (Sedbergh).

Each year the society raises money for a different charity. In 2013, £3,150 was raised to help the work of the Neuro Drop In Centre in Lancaster, and this year the society was collecting for St John’s Hospice, Lancaster.


H and A M Woodhouse memorial cup: M Ward; Matt Huddleston cup: M Ward; Len Richardson memorial cup: F Brennand; J K Gorst memorial cup: M Fawcett and Son; Masham Sheep Breeders Association: M Fawcett and Son; Harry Huddleston.

Memorial Cup: C Hewitt; Gorst family cup: J and M Whitfield and Sons; Committee cup: J W Gorst; Future farmers trophy: Jack Edmondson; New Breed UK trophy: J D Whitfield; I’anson Brothers Limited trophy: H Huddleston and Son; N R Bargh memorial cup: H Huddleston and Son; Jim Longton cup: H Huddleston and Son; Vale of Lune Harriers cup: C Hewitt; Cargo Fuel Oils Limited cup: C Hewitt.


Country bred – Ram lamb: M and C Huddleston; Shearling ram: Hey and Sons; Aged ram: M Ward; Gimmer lamb: M and C Huddleston; Gimmer shearling: M Ward; Breeding ewe: M Ward; Group: M Ward; best female: M Ward (breeding ewe); Best male: M Ward (aged ram).

Dalesbred – Ram lamb: J J and J M Dawson; Shearling ram: F Brennand; Aged ram: F Brennand; Gimmer lamb: J J and J M Dawson; Gimmer shearling: F Brennand; Breeding ewe: J J and J M Dawson; Group: J J and J M Dawson.

Best female: J J and J M Dawson (gimmer lamb); Best male: F Brennand (shearling ram); Champion Dalesbred: F Brennand (shearling ram); Reserve champion: J J and J M Dawson (gimmer lamb).

Masham – Gimmer lamb: M Fawcett and Sons; Pair of gimmer lambs: M Fawcett and Sons; Five gimmer lambs: M Fawcett and Sons; Gimmer shearling: J K Gorst and Sons; Breeding ewe: M Fawcett and Sons; Champion Masham: M Fawcett and Sons (gimmer lamb); Reserve champion: J K Gorst and Sons (gimmer shearling).

Mule – Gimmer lamb: J D Whitfield; Pair of gimmer lambs: J D Whitfield; Five gimmer lambs: J D Whitfield; Gimmer shearling: J and A Lawson and Son; Breeding ewe: C Hewitt; Champion Mule: C Hewitt (breeding ewe); Reserve champion: J Whitfield (gimmer lamb).

Leicester – Ram lamb: R Raw; Ram (shearling upwards): J D Whitfield; Gimmer lamb: H Huddleston and Son; Gimmer shearling: H Huddleston and Son; Breeding ewe: J D Whitfield; Group: H Huddleston and Son; Best female: J D Whitfield (breeding ewe); Best male: J D Whitfield (ram); Champion Leicester: J D Whitfield (ram); Reserve champion: J D Whitfield (breeding ewe).

Texel – Ram lamb: H Huddleston and Son; Ram (shearling upwards): H Huddleston and Son; Gimmer lamb: J Sanderson; Gimmer shearling: H Huddleston and Son; Breeding ewe: H Huddleston and Son.

Group: H Huddleston and Son; Best female: H Huddleston and Son (gimmer shearling); Best male: H Huddleston and Son (ram); Champion Texel: H Huddleston and Son (gimmer shearling); Reserve champion: H Huddleston and Son (gimmer shearling).

Swaledale – Ram lamb: J J and J M Dawson; Shearling ram: J W Gorst; Aged ram: J W Gorst; Gimmer lamb: A and L Huddleston; Gimmer shearling: J J and J M Dawson; Breeding ewe: J J and J M Dawson; Group: J J and J M Dawson; Best female: J J and J M Dawson (gimmer shearling); Best male: J W Gorst (aged ram); Champion Swaledale: J W Gorst (aged ram); Reserve champion: J J and J M Dawson (gimmer shearling).

Teeswater – Ram lamb: J and M Whitfield and Sons; Shearling ram: J K Gorst and Sons; Aged ram: J and M Whitfield and Sons; Gimmer lamb R Dawson; Gimmer shearling: J and M Whitfield and Sons; Breeding ewe: J K Gorst and Sons; Group: J and M Whitfield and Sons.

Best female: J and M Whitfield and Sons (gimmer shearling); Best male: J and M Whitfield and Sons (aged ram); Champion Teeswater: J and M Whitfield and Sons (gimmer shearling); Reserve champion: J K Gorst and Sons (breeding ewe).

Future farmers (aged 16 and under) – Upland male: Henry Fawcett; Upland female: Henry Huntington; Lowland male: Jack Edmondson; Lowland female: Ben Lawson; Champion future farmers: Jack Edmondson; Reserve champion: Ben Lawson.

Sheepdog trials

Open class: 1 Alan Bradley (Fox) 80, 2 Ross Watson (Don) 79, 3 Joe Relph (Carl) 79, 4 Arthur Temple (Don) 78, 5 Ross Watson (Taff) 77, 6 Richard Hutchinson (Fly) 77. Novice class: 1 Phil Rigby (Nell) 75, 2 Andrew Hunter (Tess) 72, 3 David Whitehead (Dan) 66, 4 Pat Murphy (Gael) 59.


Sue Brown

Chairman Carl Lis welcomed members to the August meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA). It was noted that the recent high winds had blown the swimming pool gazebo over the fence and done some damage to the guttering.

Coun Lis reported that Coun Macauley was attempting to form an allotment group.

Planning permission has been granted for the splash park at the pool. Ingleton Literary Institute Endowment Trust has given a grant of £15,000 and the Race Night at the Working Men’s Club raised £415, many thanks to all who helped organise this.

The pool closes this Sunday, August 31, with a special fun day to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

The Old People’s outing is today, August 28, going to Ripon then for tea at Tennants of Leyburn. Their jumble sale will be held on Saturday, October 18.

St Mary’s Church had a good attendance for all the World War 1 events. The afternoon tea with soloist Laura Ayre raised £350.

The jumble sale will be held on Saturday, September 13 and the Gift Weekend is September 26/27/28, for people who don’t regularly attend church but would like to contribute towards its considerable upkeep. This is also Harvest Weekend.

The Horticultural Show will be held on Sunday, September 7.

The next panto will be Sleeping Beauty, see Jayne if you would like to be involved.

The WI Group Show will be held on Saturday, September 20.

Under Craven District Council jurisdiction it was pointed out to members that the dog warden is obliged to inspect the sports field in person on a regular basis.

The winner of £20 in the 200 Club was Sue Lis, second with £10 was John Clapham and Sue Airey, the Swimming Club and Ian Bairstow each won £5.


Allan Muirhead

Shopkeepers in Kirkby Lonsdale are being offered £100 in prizes to dress their windows, and their staff, in Edwardian style for the town’s first Edwardian Weekend, from Friday to Sunday, September 5 to 7.

The money is being put up by town council chairman Allan Muirhead, who said: “We want this inaugural weekend to be a real success and I hope the shopkeepers will 
help to create the right atmosphere”.

The best efforts will be selected by the town’s Rector, Rev Richard Snow.


Janet Purvis

The Overton Players are hosting a unique Murder Mystery Evening at Overton Memorial Hall.

Murder in the Fifties is an original piece written and directed by Alex Wilcox and performed by the Overton Players in aid of memorial hall funds.

It will be performed for one night only on Friday, September 19, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, which include supper, are available in advance only and cost £7.50. They can be reserved by emailing or telephoning 07795 112487.

There will be a special prize for the best dressed audience member – 1950s of course This is an adult only event, please feel free to take alcoholic beverages.

Middleton Festival will take place this Saturday, August 30, starting at noon, and will include side stalls, a coconut shy, a tombola, gladiator duels and much more.

Refreshments will be available and money raised will be shared between Macmillan Nurses and repairing the play park.

Weather permitting the festival will be held on the village green, if not in the village hall. For further details contact Barbara Williams on 01524 854752.


David Hasted

The Over Kellet and District Horticultural Society’s Show will be held in the village 
hall on Saturday, 
September 13.

Judging will take place between 9.45am and 12.30pm and the doors will open to the public from 2pm.

The presentation of trophies will be made by MP David Morris at 3.30pm and the sale of produce will start at 4pm. Admission for adults is £1.50 and children 20p.


Rita Smith

Members and friends of Wray Over 60s Club recently enjoyed a coach trip in what was a very pleasant day, with lots of sunshine.

The first stop of the day was Houghton Hall Garden Centre at Carlisle for a coffee break and time to browse and then journeyed to Kielder Water, with the trip round the lake showing the magnificent scenery, before stopping at the visitor centre for lunch.

There was a stop in Hexham for a little retail therapy, before the coach headed home alongside Hadrian’s Wall, with a detour to see a section of the wall and take photographs.

The next trip will be on Tuesday, September 16, to Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle, returning via Richmond and Wensleydale. Non-members are very welcome at a cost of £10, plus £7 entry into Bowes Museum. To book telephone Angela on 015242 21896.