Town and Country: 12/12/13

Staff from the Cumberland Building Society, branch manager, Joanne Atkinson and branch assistant, Anne Taylor, present prizes to pupils from the Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Lucille, Freya, Kathy, Noah, Ania and Lee, who were winners and runners up in the recent Christmas colouring competition.
Staff from the Cumberland Building Society, branch manager, Joanne Atkinson and branch assistant, Anne Taylor, present prizes to pupils from the Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Lucille, Freya, Kathy, Noah, Ania and Lee, who were winners and runners up in the recent Christmas colouring competition.

This week’s Town and Country.


Derek Coultherd

This Saturday, December 14, there will be an evening of music and entertainment for Christmas in Austwick Parish Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets from Cross Leigh Stores are £8 (£4 for children or £20 for a family ticket) including a glass of wine or soft drink and refreshments. This is a fund raising event for the parish hall so please give support.

Church services for Sunday, December 15, are as follows: 9.30am Christingle at Austwick; carols and nativity at Eldroth at 7pm.


Wendy Dowbiggin

015242 61573

Members of Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Sue Park and Lyn Mountain. In the afternoon the group made table decorations for use at their Christmas lunch. The lucky raffle winner was Ethel Wrathall.

Bentham was ablaze with lights and packed with people last Friday for late night shopping.

The shops were set out with Christmas fare and mince pies and drinks were available for lucky shoppers. Santa’s was extremely busy with 162 children visiting him.

There was a bouncy castle and the children from High Bentham Primary School sang carols and Bentham Churches Together sang throughout the evening.

The Youth Club was busy with charity stalls and face painting and a great night was had by all thanks to We Are Bentham.

Last Saturday St John the Baptist Church, Low Bentham, held its Christmas Coffee Morning in the town hall. This was an enjoyable and busy occasion with numerous Christmas stalls, and Class 2 of High Bentham School sang beautifully.

At the end of the extremely hectic morning £565 had been raised for church funds. Thanks are expressed to all who gave their support.

The Christingle at St John the Baptist saw a congregation of 117 adults and children. The service was led by Rev Mabel Parr assisted by Judith Johnson.

Forthcoming local events include the following. This Saturday, December 14, Bentham Homing Society will hold a coffee morning in the town hall from 10am. On Monday, December 16, there will be carols at the Horse and Farrier at 7.30pm when mince pies and mulled wine will be served.

The Auction Mart Carol Service will be held on Wednesday, December 18, at 3pm, when children from High Bentham Primary School will be present.


Patricia Bradley

Eyes down for Christmas Bingo in the Community Centre this Saturday, December 14, starting at 7pm for 7.30pm. The Fishing Club would like to invite everyone to attend, with a chance to win prizes and to have a go on the very large raffle.

A book on the social history of Bolton-le-Sands has recently been published.

This very attractive and interesting book has been written by Barry and Lesley Guise and Keith Budden – all well known locally.

The book is available in the village and at Carnforth Bookshop at a price of £9.99. It is beautifully illustrated with many old photos, maps, etc, and would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Once costs have been recovered the authors intend to donate any surplus income to the Bolton-le-Sands Playground Fund.

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School Choir was invited to sing at this year’s Light up a Life service organised by and on behalf of St John’s Hospice in the Winter Gardens where

Tim Cross, the headteacher, talked for a short time about how his personal experience at the hospice has impacted upon life in school.

This candle-lit event helps families who have lost loved ones to come together in a spirit of hope and remembrance.

Mr Cross was delighted to report that 164 shoe boxes, each filled with gifts, have been collected from school and are now on their way to children in need in Kyrgyzstan. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

The final total of the Morrison’s Let it Grow vouchers collected by Bolton-le-Sands School was 7,696. They have ordered items for the school garden including a CCTV bird box kit for children to watch baby birds hatch and grow. Thank you to everyone who helped in the collection.

The Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union visited the school and delighted everyone with their puppet show and reminded them of the true and lasting meaning of Advent and Christmas.


Jay Barkley

Burton Children’s Sports Committee’s Christmas Bingo was sold out attracting a lively, good humoured crowd. A sizeable sum was raised for local children’s sports.

The St James’s Christmas Cracker coffee morning got off to a seasonal bang, lots of toys, including a huge handsome teddy bear plus mince pies, chocolate cakes, home-bakes and home-made bread all quickly selling out.

Ladies from the village expert with knitting needles had been busy too, with many fine examples of their skills on display.

The children were occupied creating either a person or animal from the Christmas story narrated earlier whilst the Burton Youth Club boys made short work of preparing the hall for business then clearing up at the end of an enjoyable event.

More than £700 was raised towards church funds.

There will be two events at the King’s Arms: Carols by Candlelight tonight, Thursday, December 12, 6pm for 6.30pm, and Tea with Santa on Monday, December 16, at 3.30pm. For booking details call 01524 781409.

A reminder of The Burton Singers’ event at the hall on Saturday, December 21, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets £7.50/children £3.

Ticket price includes mulled wine and festive nibbles. Bottles of wine and soft drinks will be on sale at the time. If you would like to know more about

The Burton Singers please contact Val Still on 07799 246415/01524 781161.

The Wheels for Alex Hoots Band/Auction of Promises event raised the magnificent sum of £3,800 during this final event of a successful campaign.


Jean Thornber

On December 5, Burton-in-Lonsdale WI held its Christmas dinner at Ireby Green Farm Cafe with 20 members and guests enjoying a delicious meal. The next meeting of the group will be held on Thursday, January 2.


Larry Branyan

On Tuesday, December 17, at 2pm, at Carnforth Book Shop, 38-42 Market Street, there will be a talk, discussion and Q&A with Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp, which offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us.

His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire. This is the only event by this best selling author to be held in Lancashire and Cumbria.


Gill O’Donnell

Congratulations to the 38 pupils who achieved 100 per cent attendance for the first half of the term at Giggleswick Primary School.

Recently three of the KS2 pupils took part in North-Central Area Accordion Championships in Bingley and they all played really well.

They were placed in first, second or third positions in each of their various classes, winning at least six trophies. In the entertainment category they entered as The Giggleswick Girls and were placed second. Well done to Caitie Birkett-Bentley (aged 10), Louisa Bullock (nine) and Honey Kaup-Samuels (10).

All pupils enjoyed a performance from by Pasaos Duo, consisting of Owen on percussion, including a vibraphone, and Jen on saxophone, and also took part in workshops.

The pupils played percussion instruments and accompanied a range of tunes, demonstrating their good musical skills and they learnt all about the instruments being used.

Some pupils were even chosen to conduct the pieces. This was an excellent experience for all pupils and was funded by the Friends and subsidised by Nymaz, Youth Makes Music and Live Music Now.

Well done to Ella Richardson, Louisa Bullock, Honey Kaup-Samuels and Mollie Howarth for completing the five kilometres Santa Fun Run in Skipton on December 1.

Along with 1,200 other Santas they helped to raise money for Manorlands Hospice, a great achievement.

Well done also to the following pupils for reading and/or singing at St Alkelda’s Church Advent Service: Jennifer Akin, Caitie Birkett-Bentley, Bailey Pears, Hattie Black, Presley Pears, Melissa Tither, Charlie Black, Oliver Brummitt and Phoebe Oliver.

An additional well done to Melissa, who also took part in a drumming performance and the evening advent carol service. As with all community events, all pupils have been presented with certificates.

To celebrate national numbers day on December 3, pupils participated in a cluster schools’ activity suggested by Settle College.

They chose a whole number which they thought would be the smallest number that no one else would choose. Congratulations to the class winners who were Ned Howarth (with five), Presley Pears (with one) and Amy Simpson (with two).

When all the numbers were looked at the smallest non-duplicate number chosen across the whole school was five, so Ned also won the school prize.

The non-duplicate numbers have now been forwarded to Settle College and they are going to look at all the numbers across all participating schools to find an overall winner.

Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to The Mains area in Giggleswick and then along Stackhouse Lane to Stackhouse on Tuesday, December 17, starting at 5.30pm. He is looking forward to meeting children of all ages and receiving their Christmas letters.


Paul Woodruff

The Crook O’Lune East Bridge (Millennium Path) is set to re-open on Friday, December 20. The bridge has been extensively refurbished and is ready for cyclists and walkers. Eventually the traffic lights will be removed and the pedestrian walkway over the road bridge (Low Road).

Tuesday football nights on the MUGA at the community centre are discontinued from now until January 14. Further information from Steve on

The Special Christmas Lunch for over 55s will be held at the centre on Friday, December 20. Anyone looking to attend but who hasn’t booked yet please telephone Maureen on 01524 811316.

The Coffee Shop will be closed from Monday, December 23, to Friday, January 3, inclusive. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help decorate at the centre between Friday, December 27 and Monday, December 30, please ring 811316. Your help would be most appreciated.

Sounds From The Hound returns on Friday, December 20, with a special evening featuring Molly Warburton and The Shady Days. No charge of course, just great music and great ale.


Chris Kynch

Hornby and Farleton Village Carol Singing will again raise funds for the Christmas Shelter offered between December 24 and 29 to homeless people who would be otherwise be alone on the streets this Christmas. Lancaster District Homeless Action Service provides them with a roof, warmth, company and support as well as warm bedding for after their stay.

On each evening of Thursday, December 19, Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd, the group sets off from St Margaret’s Church at 6.30pm. Different areas are covered each evening.

After singing on the first two nights, all are welcome back to 7 Monteagle Drive for refreshments, and on the third night Andrew and Joanne Calvert have kindly invited the singers into the Village Store for mulled wine and mince pies, and a good old carol sing in the warm.

Everyone is welcome, and the ability to sing is not essential. Anyone who can amble from house to house can join in. Youngsters are great at knocking on doors and shaking tins, and even very young children can have a go at this.

Hornby choirs of St Margaret’s Church and St Mary’s Church will combine to sing for the Hornby Carol Service which starts at 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Church on Wednesday, December 18. There will be mince pies and mulled wine after the service.

The Christmas Fair raised £512 of funds for Hornby Institute. Everyone who helped with tables, cake stalls and refreshments and by attending is thanked.

The next walk of Hornby District Ramblers will be led by Alan and Anthea Ashworth. The ramble, for about five miles, will be in the Barbon area this Saturday, December 14. The party will set off at 9.30am from Hornby car park, where car sharing will be arranged to reduce costs. Strong walking boots or shoes are essential. Telephone 015242 21980 for more details.

The annual Christmas Collection of the Rotary Club of Lunesdale will be in Hornby on Wednesday, December 18, when Santa will be riding his sleigh through the villages. All funds raised are for local charitable causes.

Hornby with Farleton Ladies’ Christmas Dinner is booked for Friday, December 20, and is open for all women of Hornby and Farleton or connected in some way to these villages, to celebrate friendships.

It will be held at the Castle Inn and further details, menu and bookings are available from Jenny Fisher, telephone 015242 21304.


Caroline Thompson

Santa is hoping that all the children of Horton-in-Ribblesdale have been busy writing their Christmas lists because Settle Rotarians will be bringing him with his sleigh and his helpers to Horton on Monday, December 16, starting at approximately 6.45pm after he has visited Stainforth. Please post your letter to Santa in his letter box on his sleigh.


Sue Brown

Three members from Yorkshire Housing attended the December meeting of Ingleton Parish Council. The proposal is to convert Reid House into eight two-bedroom flats.

The rest of the site does not as yet have funding in place for the 12 units of two or three bedroomed houses which are planned.

The chairman commented on the absence of the police at the meeting and it was suggested that they should be contacted to attend the January meeting.

Councillors agreed to the upgrading of lighting in the community centre toilets and also to the installation of a light above the CCTV camera on the centre to improve security.

The clerk reported that the cherry trees had now been removed from the Brow. The chairman reported that the drains at the centre had blocked again and the manager had contacted S Hall to rectify the problem. An application by Coun Weaire and the centre manager on behalf of the library had been successful for arts events which would be taking place next year.

The meeting heard from the chairman that superfast broadband was due to come to the area next summer.

He also reported that free parking for village events would no longer apply as Craven District Council (CDC) would assess the cost and make an appropriate charge.

The chairman confirmed that he had requested CDC to repaint the steps leading down from the community centre car park and had asked whether two handrails could be installed.

Coun Chalmers commented on the poor state of the path from the community centre car park to the lorry park and the chairman confirmed that he had requested action on this. Coun Brown reported on a successful season at the swimming pool and mentioned W Tooby’s plans for a splash park.


Kate Midgley

Kirkby Lonsdale Choral Society will be holding its Christmas Concert in St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, this Saturday, December 14, at 7.30pm.

The programme is beautifully varied with contemporary music with the haunting Seal Lullaby from Eric Whitacre, the expressive O Magnum Mysterium from Morten Lauridsen and the lilting Christmas Lullaby by John Rutter.

There will also be traditional carols. But the highlight of the evening is Beethoven’s stunning Mass in C.

The society will be joined by four soloists: Tracie Penwarden-Allan (soprano), Anne-Marie Kerr (alto), Christopher Steele (tenor) and Paul im Thurn (bass), and the organist will be Peter Noke.

The concert will also feature two instrumental solos from Frances Lovell and Jack Horrocks from Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Congregational carols will end the concert to get everyone in the festive spirit.

Tickets are £8 and available in advance from Churchgate Delicatessen, Kirkby Lonsdale, choir members or via Alternatively they can be purchased on the door. Ticket price includes wine and mince pies. Accompanied children and students are free.

Everyone enjoyed the Christmas parade through Kirkby Lonsdale last Saturday, led by Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band and followed by Father Christmas in the Rotary Club sleigh.

The Pipe Band of Barrow was splendid and Father Christmas lit up all the Christmas trees as if by magic as he passed, finally lighting the large one in the market square near the grotto.


Janet Purvis

St Helen’s Church will not be holding a Morning Service or Junior Church this Sunday, December 15. The next service, in the Memorial Hall, Overton, will be held on Sunday, December 22, at 10.45am, Eucharist with coffee and biscuits after the service.

Christmas service details available on the website Service details have been delivered to homes in the parish.

Food basket items are being collected this Saturday, December 14, 10am to 4pm, at The GYM Church, Green Street, Morecambe.

Have a cup of tea and mince pie and admire the ‘Christmas tree’ designed by Lancaster and Morecambe College students.

Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Carol Service this Sunday, December 15, at 2pm. Mince pies and hot drink in the reading room after. Canon Brenda Harding will lead the service.


Millhead Over 50s held their weekly Tuesday meeting when domino and competition winners were: Mrs Olive Joel (a welcome return after her being indisposed for some weeks), Mrs J Thompson, Mrs A Morris, Mrs L Joel, E Greenwood, I Finan, N Moss, D Weatherill, E Willacy, R Atkinson and E Simpson.


Gill O’Donnell

There is still time to book a place for the community Christmas Day dinner and tea if you know anyone who would like to share in this special event at St John’s Hall which is open to all ages, cost £10 per head. The venue this year will be St John’s Hall and will run from 11.45am to 4.45pm.

To reserve a place please contact 01729 822138. Volunteers are also sought to assist with cooking, serving and arranging the meals and transport.

Settle Rotarians will be bringing Santa with his sleigh and his helpers to Settle at the following times: on Friday, December 13, from 5.30pm, he will be in Townhead, Duke Street and Kings Mill.

On Saturday, December 14, he will be in Booth’s Superstore from 10am to 4pm. He hopes that children of all ages will come and see him. Don’t forget to bring along your letter to post in the special postbox on his sleigh.

A variety of events for all ages is on offer in the run up to Christmas at the Victoria Hall.

This Saturday, December 14, there will be songs and music and a hint of Christmas brought alive by Roger Davies and special guests The Durbervilles.

On Friday, December 20, there will be a chance to explore a Victorian Christmas with Blast From The Past, an entertainment featuring music, song, stories an drama from the era of Dickens and Hardy.

Sunday, December 22, sees a special matinee performance by Pendle Productions of their pantomime Aladdin. For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.

Settle Voices Community Choir are continuing with their round of seasonal singing this coming week. This Saturday, December 14, they will entertain passengers and visitors on Settle Station platform as part of the station’s annual Open Day.

The next fund raising event for Settle Amateur Operatic Society will be the Christmas Coffee Morning to be held at the Old Court House Station Road this Saturday, December 14. All welcome.

Settle Station will be holding its Christmas Open Day this Saturday, December 14, from 10.30am to 4pm. There will be music, mince pies and sherry (or soft drinks). Come to buy local and railway gifts, Christmas cards, Thomas the Tank Engine, etc. No entry charge and all welcome

Drawing choir members from many of the villages in the Settle district, The Langcliffe Singers will this year perform their Christmas Concert in Langcliffe itself. The concert will take place at 7.30pm this Saturday, December 14, at Langcliffe Church, when the choir will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts 1 and 2, under the baton of Nigel Waugh and accompanied by Paul Fisher on the organ. Tickets cost £10 from Cave and Crag Settle, Bentham Post Office or via 07732 352771.

The Christmas Exhibition, entitled Seen and Unseen, at Linton Court Gallery (Gavagan Art) is running until December 21 and features the work of various artists.

Paintings, prints and sculpture will be on display including works by Margaret Uttley, Katharine Holmes, Roy Hubbard, Sam Dalby, Chris Rigby, Marjan Wouda, David Cook, Patricia Haskey, Jacquie Denby, Judith Davies, Frank Gordon, Nik Ingham, Neil Wilson and Simon Nixon.

The exhibition is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am to 3pm; and also Sunday, December 15, when there is an opportunity to see the exhibition, buy that special gift and enjoy a glass of mulled wine between 11am and 3pm.

The next Messy Church session will take place this Sunday, December 15, at St John’s Hall, at 3.30pm to 5pm.

This is a free event open to all and provides an opportunity for families to celebrate together and share a hot meal and to take part in craft activities. There will be an opportunity to donate towards the cost of craft materials.


Silverdale Art Trail

Next year, 2014, is the 10th Anniversary of the annual Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail, which is taking place from Friday, June 27 until Sunday, June 29. Local exhibitors who wish to register for this event and/or to find out more should go to and click on ‘exhibitor login’.

The deadline for online registration is midnight on Friday, February 28. Contact Debbie Copley on 01524 702563 or Clare Martin on 01524 701271 or alternatively email for further information.


John Leach

Members of Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club had to brave the elements on the first Thursday of December to attend the luncheon at Morecambe Golf Club.

Though some ladies who live on the promenade were effectively trapped in their homes, there were 30 ladies who enjoyed a tasty meal.

The after lunch speaker was Betty Morrow who some of the members knew from their youth as Miss Wilson the music teacher at Skerton High School. Her topic was A Musical Tour. This was her life story interspersed with music.

Club president, Heather Jackson, gave the vote of thanks, stating that she hoped Betty would make a return visit.

She reminded members that the next meeting will be on Thursday, February 6, when the speaker will be Guy Topping from Barton Grange Garden Centre.

Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club is hosting a Grand Bingo Night tomorrow, Friday, December 13, in the memorial hall. Doors open at 7pm for a start at 7.30pm. There is no entry cost, just buy as many books as you want. Tea and biscuits will be provided as part of the evening.

Make a Christmas wreath in St Luke’s Church Hall this Sunday, December 15, from 2pm to 4pm. Watch a demonstration then make your own wreath. Please take greenery, eg: holly, ivy and laurel, plus assorted decorations and ribbons, also scissors and secateurs. The cost is £6.50, which includes refreshments. Proceeds go to the Urban Saints Rebuild Mexico Appeal. For more details contact Angela Rowlands on 01524 824675.

On the first Friday of December the Equipment Fund held its Christmas social in the memorial hall. There were so many whist players present that there were two sets of games, one for women and the other for men.

However it appears there was some temporary gender re-alignment for the evening for this concept to work.

In the women’s games Marjorie Bainbridge won with Beryl Mason making second, Nancy Ralston third, Isa Gibson fourth, Margaret Eccles fifth, Mari Anderson sixth, Doris Alderson seventh on the day she celebrated her 96th birthday and Marian Coates eighth.

Meanwhile in the ‘men’s’ games John Bainbridge bagged first place with Colin Nuttall nudging into second, Margaret Metcalfe third, Brian Cornish fifth, Helen Stephenson sixth, Olive Spavin seventh and Margaret Woodend eighth. The booby prize was saved for Eva Steel.

At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with June Gardner second, Ruth Staveley third, Audrey Eaton fourth, Sheila Makenson fifth, Eileen Massey sixth, Jean Connor seventh and Joan Hunter eighth.

The Equipment Fund has not completed its Christmas celebrations. Members are scheduled to go to the pantomime Peter Pan on Monday, December 16, in Blackpool followed by tea at the Bedford Hotel in St Anne’s.

For the December meeting Hest Bank Ladies enjoyed a demonstration of sugar craft. They were shown how three figures, a Father Christmas, a penguin and a choirboy, were assembled. This process took two hours.

There was a buzz at the December community coffee morning in the memorial hall.

There was a diverse range of stalls present including scrumptious cakes and sugar-craft.

The coffee morning was run by Urban Saints, the youth group that meets in the village. It is raising money so some of its members can travel to Mexico at Easter to help build houses for homeless families.

On previous years the December community coffee morning has clashed with a coffee morning that raises funds for the homeless.

This winter the United Reformed Church will be hosting an afternoon tea in January instead. This will be held on Sunday, January 5, in the church hall from 3.30pm onwards.

The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday, January 4, from 10am until noon, in the memorial hall and will be run by Urban Saints again.

The United Reformed Church invites everyone to a carol service with a nativity play this Sunday, December 15, at 11.15am in St Luke’s Church on Shady Lane.

Another carol service, when the knitted sheep will be present, is scheduled for 9.30am on the same day and in the same building.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club in early December the games of dominoes were won by Joan Hunter with Audrey Eaton second and Mary Lofthouse third.

At the same meeting Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Isa Gibson second, Henry Milner third and Margaret Woodend fourth.

The Horticultural Society held its annual whist and domino drive at the end of November.

The domino winners were