Town and Country: 16/01/14

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This week’s Town and Country.


Susan Hayward

Faustus, the multi award-winning folk group, is performing at Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, on Saturday, March 8, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £13 from the box office, email Sue Hayward or telephone Sue/John Gibbs on 01524 762460.

Nominated as best group in the 2009 BBC2 Folk Awards, the Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).

They have a range of experience between them, brought together in a virtuosic display of musicianship, rooted deeply in the English tradition.


Derek & Celia Coultherd

At the January meeting of Austwick WI members and friends were treated to a light hearted and humorous account of The Children of Chernobyl when Helen Jarvis recounted stories of her time as a volunteer host looking after children in this country and described her adventures on her trip to Belarus.

The next meeting of the group will be held on Thursday, February 13, when Julia Stagg will talk about her life in Japan.

Austwick Parish Hall’s council film evening will present About Time, a romantic comedy directed by Richard Curtis, which is rated at 12A, to be shown in the hall this Friday, January 17, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission is £5 at the door or £4.50 in advance at Cross Leigh Stores.

Themed refreshments available.

Next months film will be Martin Sixsmith’s Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan on the Friday, February 7.

Church news and services for this Sunday, January 19: 9.30am Holy Communion at Austwick, 11am Holy Communion at Clapham and 7pm Even Song at Eldroth. There is also Holy Communion in Austwick Church every Wednesday at 10.30am.

On Monday, January 20, there will be a worship committee meeting at 7.30pm in the Vicarage.

The Afternoon Church Fellowship will meet in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, January 22, when the speakers will be Alan Jupp and Roger Mitchell on The Tour de Provence. Proceedings will start at 1.30pm, all welcome.


Wendy Dowbiggin

015242 61573

Members of Age Concern met at the masonic hall on Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Faith Wilson and Jill Warren. The lucky raffle winner was Ronnie Tomlinson. During the afternoon members had their memories tested with a quiz supplied by the centre organiser Christine.

Recently some of the members enjoyed a trip to The Dukes Theatre for A Christmas Carol, followed by tea at The Bridge End Cafe, Wray.

The organisers of the New Year’s Eve Ball held in the town hall are pleased to announce that the event raised £1,050 for The North West Air Ambulance, and would like to thank everyone who supported the wonderful evening and those who donated to the service.

Bentham’s Praise Choir held their annual lunch at Catch 23, Borwick, when 22 ladies enjoyed an excellent Christmas meal.

On behalf of the group Jill Warren presented their music teacher Judith Harrison with a bouquet of flowers in thanks for her committed work with the choir over the year.

Bentham’s Community Primary School children enjoyed a treat last week when a panto, Cinderella, visited the school. Swimming lessons are starting again and this time is it Year Three who will be taking part.

More than £200 was raised at the Community Link coffee morning and organisers would like to thank all who attended or assisted in any way.

Forthcoming local events include the following. Today, Thursday, January 16, Low Bentham WI will hold its annual meeting at the Victoria Institute at 7.30pm, which will include a supper followed by an art session with Kay Piper.

The waste paper collection will be held at Lairgill car park tomorrow, Friday, January 17, 8.30am to 11am.

The coffee morning this Saturday, January 18, will be in aid of Friends of Bentham Station, starting at 10am. This Sunday, January 19, Bentham Footpath Group’s walk will be at Roeburndale, eight miles, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am.


Patricia Bradley

The Horticultural Society will be hosting its annual general knowledge quiz at the community centre on Friday, January 31, at 7.30pm. The price is £10 per table of four, to be submitted before Saturday, January 25.

Booking forms are available from David Regan, 46 Greenwood Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, 01524 823025,

Contractors will start work on the playground site at the end of this month. The project is expected to take 10 weeks to construct and the playground will be closed during this period. The playing fields will still be open for use.

The organisers are close to achieving their fund raising target but there is still work to do.

The committee would value any support for upcoming activities to ensure that the new playground achieves its full potential.

A coffee morning is being held on Thursday, January 23, from 9.45am to 11.30am in the community centre. There will be various stalls as well as a raffle.

Tickets are £1 and can be purchased from any member of the committee, parish council and the clerk on 01524 825263.

The new playground will have a flagpole but as yet there is no design for the flag and a children’s Design a Flag competition is being held.

The flag can be any design and pretty much any shape. Entries need to be handed to Mr Cross via the school office on or before Wednesday, January 22.

Members of the committee will choose the winning entry which will be made into a flag that will be flown on special occasions at the new playground.

The Alysia Gilda School of Dance is starting the new year supporting The Grand Theatre’s New Spaces Project.

To date the school has raised more than £3,000 and is hoping to add to this total when the children and adults perform at The Grand on Sunday, January 26, at 3pm.

All seats are £6.50 and can be booked online from or telephone the box office, 01524 64695.

This is a variety show with colourful costumes and plenty of enthusiasm from the students, aged from four to adults. Please support the group and help to support the beautiful Grand Theatre.

The Friends of Bolton-le-Sands School are holding a night of fun and sophistication at Morecambe Golf Club on Saturday, March 15, starting at 7.30pm with canapes and a welcome drink on arrival, casino entertainment and dancing to the top local band 24/7.

Tickets will go on sale shortly and numbers will be limited. See the FOBLES notice board for more details.


Jay Barkley

Burton WI members enjoyed a most interesting lecture by the popular John Falkingham. Based upon his time in India and Nepal with stunning photography, he brought to life a remarkable journey and thought provoking cultural experience.

The competition was won by Sue Humphries and the raffle by Sue Coates. The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 13, at the hall.

The Crown Green Bowling Club is keen to welcome new bowlers of all abilities. Monday night is club night, more details from Malcolm Brownsord, telephone 01524 781405.

Ladies Badminton meets every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the hall. If you would like to join please contact Stephanie Micklethwaite, telephone 01524 781073.

Ruth Taylor from Age UK South Lakeland is available on 01539 728180 to deal with any queries and would be happy to make a home visit.

Silver Songsters – due to a lack of support it is regretted that there will be no further sessions at Burton Memorial Hall.


Burton In Lonsdale Young Farmers

It was a night to remember for young farmer and budding auctioneer Jack Edmondson as he took to the rostrum at Bentham Auction for Burton Young Farmer’s charity auction on January 8.

Fifteen-year-old Jack, who is also vice-chairman of Burton-in-Lonsdale Young Farmers’ Club, took centre stage in front of a packed ring at Bentham Auction to sell seven lambs and one goat that had been kindly donated by local farmers and sold to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Burton-in-Lonsdale YFC.

Top price on the night was £100 for a Dorset cross lamb donated by Sam Atkinson of Cantsfield and a Swaledale tup hogg from club president Frank Brennand sold at the same price.

The highlight of the sale was a 22kg goat also donated by Frank Brennand which set Jack his biggest challenge but he managed to sell it for £90 to David Holmes.

Senior auctioneer Steven Dennis handed over his gavel to young Jack, who is keen to one day become an auctioneer.

The sale was conducted at Bentham’s weekly Wednesday evening sale alongside 2,500 prime lambs and on the same evening as Young Farmers’ annual show, where Jack Edmondson also took top honours as he was awarded champion with his 48kg Beltex cross lamb which went on to sell for £220.

The sale of the seven lots raised a total of £742 and during the sale other members of Burton-in-Lonsdale YFC went round the ring with collection buckets which raised the total amount collected to an impressive £1,068.

Club chairman, Mark Easterby said he was thrilled by the success of the sale: “It’s been a great night for the club as we’ve raised a lot of money for charity in memory of former member Graham Gardener, it’s also been good to raise the profile of the club.

“We are very grateful to all the farmers who kindly donated lambs and Bentham Auction for hosting the event.”

Animals were kindly donated by: WA Lambert and Son, David and Val Lawson, Frank Brennand, Mason and Gardner, Raymond and Mark Easterby, Jeff Pickles and Bernard Gill.


Chris Kynch

07711 384888

A free ‘Celebrate OUR Play Park’ Spectacular Fireworks Event followed by hog roast (hopefully enough for everyone) will start at 6pm this Saturday, January 18, with thanks to Community 

The firework display will be held on the green, Fell View, to view from the play park. All welcome. In the event of strong winds the event may be postponed until Saturday, January 25.


Rory-Joe Daniels

Clapham School was built in 1864, making 2014 its 150th anniversary. As part of this the school is asking for anyone in the community who may have old photographs from their school days or stories of their time at Clapham School to contribute these.

The school will photocopy any photos and collate them with some older documentation that remains at the school and then share these reminisces back with the village.

All children from the three Confederation schools will have the opportunity to take part in Film Club which will run on Monday evenings at Horton School.

Children will be provided with popcorn and a drink to accompany an appropriate film for the primary phase of education.

In addition, the children will be able to go online afterwards for reviews, get more details on the making of films and pose questions to industry professionals.

Tai Chi Qigong classes will begin today, Thursday, January 16, in Clapham Village Hall from 9am to 10am. The sessions cost £5 but new members can take advantage of a free trial session.

Tai Chi is gentle exercise for flexibility, balance, co-ordination, ease of breathing and relaxation. The class is open to anybody, for more information contact Tony Bennett on 07747 001907 (text only) or David Kingsley on Clapham 51240.


Gill O’Donnell

Community Cinema will present its next film at 3.30pm this Sunday, January 19, at The Richard Whiteley Theatre. This is the 12A film, Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Tickets cost £5 via the website or 01729 893180.

It’s never too early to start enjoying sport and thinking about Wimbledon. Tennis Aces offers LA Mini-tennis coaching to juniors every Sunday morning.

The 9am to 10am session is for four to eight-year-olds, the 10am to 11am session is for eight and nine-year-olds and the 11am to noon session for 10 to 11-year-olds. Sessions cost £6 per child and take place in Giggleswick Sports Hall. For further details contact 01729 825100 or 07816 878321.

The latest classes by the Alison King School of Dance are ‘strictly’ for children. The school is offering ballroom, Latin and classical sequence dancing sessions for children only at The Richard Whiteley Theatre.

Classes cost £3.50 and the 12pm to 1pm slot will cater for three to six-year-olds, the 1pm to 2pm slot will cater for seven to 11-year-olds and the 2pm to 3pm slot is for 12+ ages.

Partners are not necessary and parents are invited to stay and observe if they wish. Ballroom dancing is an ideal way for children to socialise and make friends as well as to learn poise, balance, flexibility and develop stamina, a range of motion and self esteem.

For details of these classes and adult classes in the area contact 01729 840118 or 07857 532511.


Paul Woodruff

The possible ending of evening and weekend bus services to Halton is of real concern. Residents are advised to contact Lancashire County Council on the matter as the consultation ends tomorrow, Friday, January 17,, County Coun Susie Charles or MP Eric Ollerenshaw.

Halton Road and Church Brow will be closed shortly from the mini-roundabout and the bus stop will be out of use. As things stand a temporary stop will be placed half way up High Road Hill between the roundabout and the old school stop. This matter needs urgent attention. The bus is going to be out of reach for many.

Contact Coun Woodruff on 01524 811770 or with any ideas to help with the problem.

The next Sounds From The Hound gig will be held on Friday, January 31, starting at 8.30pm, with Gaz Brookfield and Joe McCorriston.

The Centre @ Halton has recently announced its programme of events for 2014 which includes a Children’s Nearly New Sale (March 1) and Bon Giovi tribute band (March 29).

Over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, there will be a willow weaving and crafts event including a ceilidh.

There will be a great Family Fun Night at the Centre on Saturday, February 1, from 6.30pm to 11pm. The night will be hosted by well known entertainer and compere Kyle Oram.

There will be games for the whole family, snacks, a disco and a bar. Tickets purchased in advance will cost £3 for adults and £2 per child, or £4 for adults and £3 per child on the door.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Any funds raised will contribute the ongoing refurbishment and upgrades to The Centre.

Tickets can be purchased from the Coffee Shop in The Centre, from the centre’s manager on 01524 811316 or from Halton Village Newsagents.


John Bateman

Holme Sports and Community Centre Committee would like to thank the South Westmorland Neighbourhood Forum for a grant of £300 towards the erection of a sign at the entrance to the sports field.

There will be a quiz in aid of parish hall funds in The Smithy Inn on Thursday, January 23, starting at 8pm.


Chris Kynch

A total of six planning applications requiring discussion were considered by Hornby-with-Farleton Parish Council. The first created much interest with residents of the parish.

This application involves the demolition of the barn and construction of six residential dwellings on Station Road. The clerk was asked to contact the Highways Department to invite them to a meeting to discuss the access to the site. The parish council voted in favour of this application but with comments made about the access and parking.

The other planning application to cause concern was the proposal to construct eight dwellings on Station Way.

This caused much controversy. Mr Martin Burns, who spoke on behalf of the residents, raised a number of issues which were noted by the parish council, including the proximity to Intaglio Engraving, the number of dwellings on the site and access to the four properties towards the south of the site.

In the end the parish council accepted this planning in principle but councillors would like to see a greater mixture of houses with housing for the elderly being included.

The clerk was asked by the parish council to contact the Financial Ombudsman regarding the problems the council is still having with the NatWest bank.

The lengthsman has announced his intention to retire at the end of this financial year. The clerk was asked to report various issues to the Highways Department. Finally, it was agreed that the parish council would once again donate £50 to Wagtail Playgroup and Toddlers.

The outgoing clerk of Claughton Parish Council, Caroline Goleczka, has given notice of closure.

Claughton Parish Council had recovered from planned closure a few years ago which would have resulted in a merger with Hornby-with-Farleton Parish Council. At a meeting held on October 14, 2013, the council voted unanimously to close by March 2014.

This decision was based on a lack of local interest and support and the absence of any candidates to fill current vacancies (that of clerk and two councillors) despite extensive advertising of these vacancies.

Meanwhile Lancaster City Council is advising on the process of closure.

Ken Green will give an illustrated talk on Water and Waterside Wildlife at the next meeting of the Countryside Society. The talk starts at 7.45pm tomorrow, Friday, January 17, and will be held in Hornby Institute.

A jumble sale will be held this Saturday, January 18, by Hornby St Margaret’s Primary School from 10am to noon. The sale will be at the school and will raise funds for the PTA.

There will be a 50p entrance charge on the door. Donations for the sale may be left tomorrow, Friday, in the school foyer anytime up until 7pm.

Hornby Pensioners will hold a coffee morning and bring and buy between 10.30am and noon this Saturday, January 18, in Hornby Institute.

Hornby Art Group’s present exhibition is available for viewing during January, in the Gallery on the first floor of Hornby Institute. Works are based on close-ups of seeds, nuts, hips and haws or flower heads. Art in progress during January will be inspired by lakes and ponds or insects such as butterflies and dragonflies. For further information regarding the group please contact either Ann Nash on 015242 22595 or Kath Helme on 015242 21845.

Hornby Community Swimming Pool has two new Aquacise fitness classes to help local people keep trim and in shape.

They take place on Tuesdays (8pm to 9pm) and Thursdays (11am to noon).

The small and friendly classes are run by a fully qualified instructor and are open to everyone of any fitness level. Exercise in water is a great way to tone up with less strain on bones, joints and muscles.

The Tuesday evening sessions cost £4.50, while the Thursday morning sessions cost £4.

For more information about these classes, swimming lessons or opening times please visit or call 015242 21119.

The pool is open seven days a week for public swimming, lessons, over 50s swimming, fitness lane swimming, £1 swims, holiday swimming and much more.


Caroline Thompson

Members of Penyghent Gun Club met in Horton Quarry before the Christmas break by kind invitation of Hansons, to compete for the Andrew Chapman Memorial Cup.

K Humphrey and R Bold were the marshals. S Bamber was the winner of the shoot with R Carr in second position and R Bold third. A 10-bird pool shoot was won by R Carr.

The first shoot of the new year was held at Cragg Hill Farm by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs P Sutcliffe and family. R Carr was the winner, E Sharpe was second and R Bold third. The next shoot will be at Coniston shooting ground on Saturday, January 25, starting at 10am.

The annual dinner and presentation evening will be held at Settle Rugby Club on Friday, January 31.

Will all those wishing to attend please submit their names and payment by Saturday, January 25. Members please bring a raffle prize on the night.


Sue Brown

The police officer present at the January Ingleton Parish Council meeting reported that there had been 44 incidents in the area over the past month, six of which were crimes, the most serious being sheep theft.

The officer commented on the numerous incidents of stock theft during the past year and the difficulty of apprehending the culprits.

The issue of drugs in the area was discussed and the Crimestoppers telephone number will be printed in the Ingleton Newsletter.

Coun Brown asked for confirmation that there was no truth in the rumour of the intention to end free parking tickets for centre users. The chairman stated emphatically that there was no likelihood of this.

A letter had been received from residents in the Bottoms requesting a small removal of the banking opposite their house to improve parking facilities.

It was agreed that there would be no objection to this from the councillors providing it was understood that planning should be applied for and there would be no transfer of ownership of the land.

The clerk would report on lights that were not working on Main Street and in the village centre.


Janet Purvis

St Helen’s Church services are held in the Memorial Hall, Overton, until roof repairs are completed.

This Sunday, January 19, Epiphany 3, there will be a Eucharist Service and Junior Church at 10.45am followed by refreshments.

There is a small selection of cards and merchandise available to purchase in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.

The food basket collection is made every week for the local food bank, dry and tinned goods welcomed.

The Children’s Society collection boxes available, contact secretary Janet on the church website Contact and diary details for church information is also available on the website.


Gill O’Donnell

The next Artisan’s Fair will take place this Saturday, January 18, at Victoria Hall between 9am and 2pm. There will be a vintage themed cafe and an opportunity to meet with Alan Evans of Settle Music to discuss any music needs as well as a cross stitch workshop.

The Three Peaks Folk Club next meets this Saturday, January 18, in Settle Social Club when the guests for the evening will be Holbeck Moor Mummers.

The club starts at 9pm and there will be a range of floor singers and traditional music and song. All welcome. The club is free but there will be a collection on behalf of St Gemma’s Hospice.

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, will start with the Settle Big Breakfast this Saturday, January 18, at Friends Meeting House. This will start at 8.15am. To reserve a place contact 01729 825285.

On Sunday, January 19, at 3pm, there will be a Unity Service at Settle Parish Church. On Monday, January 20, there will be a Prayer for the Year session at Settle Christian Fellowship at 7.30pm which will be followed on Tuesday, January 21, by a simple lunch for Christian Aid at St John’s Hall between 12pm and 1.30pm.

On Wednesday, January 22, there will be a meeting for worship at Friends Meeting House at 3pm.

The next meeting of Settle Photographic Group will take place on Monday, January 20, at 7.30pm at Town Head.

The evening will include a members’ gallery on the theme of Size and a presentation by Margaret Smith on the subject of RAW Imaging, exploring the potential of using this format. New members always welcome.

The next charity dance will take place on Saturday, February 1, at Settle College. This will start at 8pm and run to 11.30pm. All proceeds from this dance will go to St John’s Church Appeal (120+ Project). To book a place please contact 01729 823259/824038.

Advance notice that this year’s Settle Rotary Merry-go-Round Dinner will take place on Friday, February 21.

This is an opportunity to enjoy a three course meal in good company with each course being served in a different restaurant.

The venues taking part this year are The Lion, The Plough, The Hart’s Head, The Craven Arms, The New Inn, The Boar’s Head, The Gamecock, Ravenous, The Talbot and The Maypole.

The groups will meet at 7pm at the dining room of Giggleswick School.

Tickets cost £18.50 per head and can be booked via Rotary Club members or 01729 822445.

Funds raised this year will support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Settle Swimming Pool.


John Leach

This Sunday, January 19, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Ben Sutcliffe will speak on the subject

The Tower of Babel Reaching to The Kingdom. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

On Monday, January 20, the Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will be held at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Further information available from Kate on 07739 031739.

In the autumn of last year Lancaster Beekeepers held a Honey Show in the memorial hall.

At the time several people expressed an interest in keeping bees and other residents of the village have talked about it since.

Lancaster Beekeepers is running an introduction to beekeeping course on Saturday, March 15, in the Truckhaven Conference Centre, Carnforth, from 9.30am to 4pm. The cost of the course is £60 including lunch, coffee and tea throughout the day and course notes.

For further information or to book a place please contact Fred Ayres on 01524 811978, email

At the first meeting of the Over 60s this year Ruth Staveley won the games of dominoes with June Gardner second and Betty Rawsthorne third.

At the same meeting Eva Steel won the games of whist with Marjorie Bainbridge bagging second and Dorothy Stoyles third.

The Over 60s Club meets fortnightly on Monday afternoon in the memorial hall to play dominoes and whist.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 20, from 2pm until 4pm. New members welcome.

The Equipment Fund met on the second Friday of January when Mick Wilson won the games of whist, with Barbara Norfolk second and Isa Gibson third, the club’s oldest member, and John Bainbridge took the high halves.

Jean Connor won the games of dominoes with Audrey Eaton earning second and Cynthia Dickenson third. The Equipment Fund meets fortnightly on Friday evening in the memorial hall to play whist and dominoes.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, January 24, from 6.45pm to 9.15pm. New members welcome.

At their January meeting Hest Bank Ladies were informed about the history of education in the village by Heather Wakelin, a member of the village History Group.

She described education provision in the village from the 19th century onwards. This was an educational evening, in more senses than one, which the ladies 


Tunstall WI president Mrs Ann Burton welcomed members to the January meeting which saw a good attendance with three new members.

Speaker Mrs Ann Taylor showed slides and talked about the Quaker Tapestry at Kendal and its origin. She was thanked by Mrs Jennifer Stephenson.

Mrs Bunty Lecky-Thompson read the minutes of the previous meeting and various notices about forthcoming events, one being the annual regional quiz on Monday, January 27, at Arkholme.

Tunstall is entering three teams as usual.

The monthly walk at Hest Bank will be held on Thursday, January 23.

Ann re-read the proposed resolutions for the annual meeting and after a discussion members voted. Birthday gifts were handed out and refreshments served to end the evening.