Town and Country news.
Derek & Celia Coultherd
This Sunday, December 22, Holy Communion will be held at 9.30am and at 2pm Carols and Lessons, and on Christmas Eve a Crib Service will be held at 4pm and at 11.30pm Midnight Mass, all at Austwick Church. On Christmas Day there will be Family Communion at Eldroth at 9.30am.
There will be mince pies and mulled wine, along with carol singing at the Traddock from 6pm on Monday, December 23, everyone is welcome, but don’t forget to bring a torch.
If anyone would like to provide flowers in the church for a Sunday during 2014 the rota is at the back of the church, and the ladies who regularly arrange the flowers would be happy to carry this out.
Also at the back of the church there is an ongoing book stall with a mix of hardbacks, paperbacks and magazines which are all available for exchange for a small donation, with proceeds going towards the upkeep of the church.
Austwick hosted the WI Carol Service this year at the Church of the Epiphany which was followed by light refreshments in the parish hall.
At the December meeting Sita Brand entertained members and friends with humorous stories and an insight into how Settle Stories originated.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9, with Geoff Rushton with a talk entitled Sculpture and Becoming an Artist.
The Christmas dinner for the group will be held on Tuesday, January 14, at The Traddock, If members you would like to attend and haven’t registered they should telephone Sue Dewhirst on 51190.
Austwick Parish Hall hosted a highly enjoyable evening on Saturday which showcased a wide variety of local talent.
The audience of almost 100 were treated to a number of acts whose ages ranged from six to over 80, reminiscent of the old variety shows.
The programme included a number of comedy sketches, readings and musical renditions, and also featured the local Three Peaks Confederation Orchestra made up of pupils from the primary schools of Austwick, Clapham and Horton.
The line-up promised and delivered a warming and hugely entertaining evening enjoyed by young and old alike. Proceeds raised from the evening will be put towards the hall’s much-needed capital refurbishment plans.
Thanks must go to all those who made the evening such a huge success.
Age Concern members met at the masonic hall for their Christmas party where they enjoyed a delicious lunch of turkey with all the trimmings and of course Christmas pudding.
The Christmas competition was won by Clifford Park, Ethel Wrathall and Edna Parnell and the raffle was won by Hilda Wilson.
Peter and Mary provided the music and members joined in the singing.
Many thanks to the cook, helpers and all who contributed to the day.
A coffee morning held in the town hall for Bentham Homing Society raised £280 approximately for funds, and the committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the event so successful.
Recently children from High Bentham Community Primary School enjoyed a production of The Snow Queen given by The Working Space Theatre.
The school is beautifully decorated for Christmas and this week the children have been showing how talented they are with performances of KS1 production and KS2 carol service at the Methodist Church.
The school will close tomorrow, Friday.
Members of High Bentham WI enjoyed a night a Bentham Golf Club recently at which Joni Weekly was awarded the prize for coming first in the competitions held throughout the year.
Second place went to Verene Smith. Isabela Carr entertained the group with amusing stories.
The WI will meet on Thursday, January 2, when member Cecile Nock will be giving a talk entitled The Silk Road.
Ten members of Low Bentham WI visited The Grand Theatre, Lancaster, for the pantomime. In the evening they were joined by other members at The Punch Bowl for an excellent meal.
Bentham Craft Class held its Christmas lunch at The Black Bull Hotel which was delicious.
After the meal John Henderson entertained the group with Scottish songs.
Items from the December Bentham Town Council meeting area as follows:
The council will ask NYCC Highways to consider the installation of dropped kerbs between Angus Fire and Wenning Bridge, Station Road, if they consider the pavements wide enough.
The clerk was asked to contact Angus Fire again and also Network Rail regarding the station approach which continues to deteriorate.
To discuss the parish grant proposals for 2014/15 from Craven District and agree a response – Craven’s suggestion that it will only make 50 per cent of the Government’s parish grant available as it has not been ring fenced was discussed alongside information from NALC.
NALC had met with CLG Minister Brandon Lewis regarding the council tax benefit support grant, voicing concerns over the uncertainty with any billing authorities threatening to withhold all or part of the grant and the effect it will have on parish precepts or services.
The minister stressed he was supportive in ensuring the grant was passed on and agreed to approach directly any billing authority where the grant might be withheld.
The council agreed that the current situation was very unsatisfactory, as it had been last year when the precept was being considered.
It was agreed that the council would proceed to set a precept in January without expectation of a grant from Craven.
If any grant is available it can be used to offset increases in precept in the following year as with this year’s grant.
It was reported that at a Goodenber Play Area meeting it had been said that the association had been awarded grant funding to purchase a bouncy castle and generator.
At the LASRUG meeting it was stated the Community Rail Partnership is looking at taking over the station building lease following the demise of Little Red Bus.
LASRUG will be taking an on-train survey looking at the rolling stock and quality of service from Skipton to Heysham.
The monthly meeting of the Bolton-le-Sands Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on December 9, which was the meeting when ladies were invited and sherry and mince pies were served during the break.
The speaker was the chairman, Keith Budden, who spoke on his year as Mayor of Lancaster in 2008-09, and various pictures were shown.
Holy Trinity Mother’s Union held its Christmas party in the village hall on December 11, when the ladies from the United Reformed Church and St Mary’s were invited.
Presiding member Kath Lane welcomed everyone and introduced the speaker David Bateman.
David’s talk was entitled The History of Ripley School, from its beginnings as a children’s orphanage to its present day as a very successful comprehensive school.
Unfortunately because of limited time only half the story was told. It is planned to have part two at a later date, which everyone agreed would be eagerly anticipated.
Sheila Parker played the piano for carol singing, Nancy Goodrich, the vicar, said Grace and a delicious party tea was enjoyed. The next meeting, the annual meeting, will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, January 15.
BORWICK & PRIEST HUTTON
Once again the staff at Borwick Hall opened their doors to the residents of Borwick and Priest Hutton as a gesture of thanks and goodwill for all their help and consideration over the past 12 months.
The kitchen staff had prepared a very tasty buffet supper along with a selection of fairy cakes that were so good that certain residents (who will have to add an extra mile to their daily exercise) had no problem in consuming at least two.
During the meal Fiona Hanlon played light music on her acoustic guitar and afterwards a selection of tunes, mainly suggested by the audience, and led a rousing Christmas sing along.
The group was amazed at her versatility and ability to pick up virtually any tune that was requested.
It was only at the end of the evening that those present were saddened to learn that her son Michael, aged 22, had died in the South of France last April whilst following his dream career in sailing.
Since then Fiona has been actively involved in efforts to establish funding for a bursary in his memory to train young sailors at the UK Sailing Academy. A sum of £105 was collected and donated to the charity.
All who attended thanked Aled Butler, hall manager and his staff as well as Fiona for a most enjoyable evening.
The congregation enjoyed a candlelit carol service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday. The service was led by reader Annette Mackenzie and local children carried nativity figures to the crib and read lessons.
Afterwards coffee and mince pies were enjoyed in the memorial hall.
Two Christmas parties were organised by Burton Children’s Sports Committee entertaining more than 100 children from Burton and the surrounding villages.
Ages three to six enjoyed a disco, musical games, hot dogs and soft drinks whilst the younger group enjoyed pass the parcel, balloon games and a sit-down tea with a visit from Father Christmas. Each child received a gift.
Both were well organised events, supervised throughout by parents and the hard working committee providing two memorable parties for happy, well behaved children in the run-up to Christmas.
Admission was free, financed by funds generated from village events organised during the year by the committee
Burton Playgroup meets on Wednesdays in the hall from 10am to 11.30am for crafts, story time, songs and a chance to meet other mums, dads and carers.
The cost is £1.50 per child, 50p per extra sibling and under six months. The first visit is free.
There will be Christmas Day service at St James’ Church, Burton, at 10.30am.
The next WI meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9, at the hall, which will include John Falkingham’s lecture India/Nepal - A Cultural Experience. New members and visitors welcome.
Advance notice for an Action Aid Quiz Night on Thursday, January 23, at The Smithy Inn. Further information from Gil and Graham Caley on 01524 782299.
A Magical Christmas Evening with the Burton Singers will be held in the memorial hall this Saturday, December 21, when they will be performing traditional, folk, pop, jazz and swing Christmas songs with an opportunity for everyone to sing along to some popular favourites.
Tickets, costing £7.50, can be purchased at Burton Village Store and include a glass of mulled wine and Christmas nibbles, £3 for children (12 and under). Bottles of wine and soft drinks will be available to buy on the night.
Doors will open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Proceeds from the evening will go to two local charities, Unique Kidz and Co which supports disabled children and Manna House which works with homeless people.
If you would like to find out more about the Burton Singers please call Val Still on 07799 246415 or 781161.
Carols and Lessons will take place at St Matthew’s Church, Keasden, this Sunday, December 22, starting at 6.45pm. On Christmas Eve, the Crib Service will be at St James’s Church, Clapham, starting at 5pm. On Christmas Day, Family Communion will be at held at both churches, starting 10.30am at Keasden and 11am at Clapham. All are very welcome to attend.
Bethel Chapel will be holding a Christmas Nativity at 11am this Sunday, December 22. This will be followed by a carol service in the evening at 6.30pm (mince pies and coffee). The Christmas Day service will start at 10.30am.
The Clapham Park Calendar, containing stunning images from around the county, costs £4 and helps raise funds for the park. They are available from the shop or from Dave Crutchley at Gildersbank (Clapham 51433).
This week pupils of Giggleswick Primary School enjoyed a range of exciting activities as part of Pirates’ Day, organised to mark the culmination of the school’s Big Splash project.
Many came dressed as pirates and during the day they learnt how to caulk the timbers, push the capstan, throw the grappling iron and pike their enemies.
They also used their maths and English skills to solve pirate problems involving cannon balls, hunting for treasure and baking gem biscuits. In addition, each child designed and made a panel for a sea creatures’ collage and sang sea shanties.
There was a great turn out for the annual Christmas disco with 90 per cent of the pupils able to attend. Thank you to all the parents who organised the event and to those who helped during the evening.
The school is also very grateful to Michael Preston for running the disco and to Father Christmas for calling in with lots of presents.
Thanks also to everyone who attended the open morning; it was great to see so many people at the school, and there were many positive comments about the pupils’ progress and all their lovely work displayed around the school.
This Sunday, December 22, there will be a traditional festival of lessons and carols at St Alkelda’s Church at 6.30pm. All welcome.
The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal raised £978.42 in the Halton-with Aughton parish collection. On behalf of the Lancaster branch chairman Ron Clement would like to say thank you to everyone involved.
There will be a Carol Service at St Saviour’s Church in Aughton tonight, Thursday, December 19, starting at 7pm. Then this Saturday, December 21, St Wilfrid’s Church, Halton, will host a Carol Service starting at 4.30pm.
The December meeting of the URC Women’s Guild was chaired by Mrs Meryl Tough with speaker Mrs Judith Whitehouse.
The Crook O’Lune bridge should re-open this Friday, December 20.
Thereafter the road bridge traffic lights should be removed and see the Crook back to normal.
Don’t forget the Scout’s paper collection on Saturday, December 28, 9am.
Ethan McKinley-Rooke would like to thank all who sponsored him when he dyed his hair shocking pink. Donations from friends, Facebook, the Smithy Inn and Lakeland Limited raised a magnificent £568 for Macmillan Nurses and St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston in memory of his mum.
An enthralled audience of more than 60 attended the Holme School in the 70s slide show presented by former teacher Colin Milner in tribute to his friend Mike Prill.
The show was thoroughly enjoyed by all and covered life at school and about the village including the annual August Bank Holiday Festival, and raised over £260 for school funds.
Holme Parish Hall Committee held their second Christmas Market on December 7 a, and the busy day included a cookery demonstration by Rob from Lune Valley Smokehouse. The event raised a fantastic £339.46 for the hall and the committee thank all who helped in any way.
Holy Trinity Church is holding a Family Carol Service this Sunday, December 22, starting at 10.30am. The Midnight Communion Service will be held on Christmas Eve at 11.15pm. All are welcome.
The Holme Festival of Sport Santa Dash starts at the end of Hillside this Sunday, December 22, at 5pm. All entrants should be at the top end of Hillside outside number 18 for 4.30pm and will get a warm drink to see them on their way.
Don’t forget if you live on the route please light up your house to guide the mass of running Santas.
The route starts at the top of Hillside, runs through Pear Tree Park, down Mayfield Avenue and back through Pear Tree Park, Trinity Drive and The Square ending at the Smithy Inn where all finishers will receive a medal, a mince pie and a drink.
The other major village sporting event of the Christmas period, the Bowling Club Duck Race, starts on the beck at 2pm on Boxing Day, make sure you sponsor a duck.
The monthly whist drive was held at the Golden Lion recently when the winners for the ladies were M Wellock, A Humphrey, D Pullen and B Garnett; gents winners were V Jones (sub), Sid, M Wright (sub) and J Mercer (sub). The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday, January 14, at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
At the monthly meeting of Horton Parish Council on December 9 thanks were offered by a resident for the work recently completed by various authorities to alleviate flooding at four locations in the parish.
It was reassuring that even at these times of severe budget restraint action could still be taken to address local issues.
The clerk reported that further representations to Network Rail about continuing problems at the maintenance unit had resulted in a promise of remedy. To date nothing had been done so the clerk to write again.
Councillors agreed a precept of £8,800 for the coming financial year. This was the fourth year in a row that the precept had been held at this sum. Any shortfall in expenditure next year will be met from council reserves.
Grants of £150 were approved for Settle Swimming Pool and Horton family bonfire.
Revised standing orders governing the administration and practices of the council had been issued by the National Association of Local Councils.
The clerk had prepared a draft incorporating the changes into the council’s current standing orders and these will be discussed and agreed in January.
Councillors noted a report on Holme Farm camp site prepared by a planning officer for the YDNPA planning committee. This proposed that the requirement for a management plan previously the subject of a draft legal agreement be amended to a planning condition.
Councillors were informed that two self-seeded trees causing problems in the churchyard had been removed and that the traffic calming measures at Selside had been refurbished with positive results.
A letter received from a resident expressing concern about proposed changes to the local bus service prompted observations that the service was much under-used but it was a vital service for those residents who could not drive.
The clerk will explore with Settle Town Council and others the possibility of providing a minibus service staffed by volunteers.
The chairman had attended several events on behalf of the council including the Remembrance Day service, the installation of the new vicar and a workshop on future quarry planning policy.
Councillors were delighted to learn that two new bells had been acquired for Horton Church and that these would be hung as soon as necessary work had been completed to the bell tower.
This would provide a full ring of six bells and further enhance the work of the vibrant local bell ringing group.
Also, Ingleborough Archaeology Group is planning to undertake a dig near Selside next summer and invite local residents to become involved.
Much to the excitement of all involved the Archbishop of York had recently visited the consortium of local schools and seemed much impressed with the outstanding quality of education provided. Work was to begin soon to improve the condition of Horton School’s building.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 13, at 7.30pm in the village hall.
The Ingleton and Thornton Old People’s Welfare Committee entertained 120 over 70s and their partners at their Christmas party.
They dined on ham and beef salad with hot salad potatoes, followed by scones, home-made cakes, hot mince pies and trifle.
Twenty-seven donated raffle prizes were distributed, the raffle raising £236. A miniature illuminated Roman villa made by Eddie Pennington was won by Carl Lis.
Kirkby Lonsdale Junior Brass Band performed beautifully on their first public performance and Dorothy Baines played her keyboard for community sing-a-long carols. A jolly band of volunteers (mostly men) did all the washing up.
Bibby’s Coaches kindly transported people to and from the centre with volunteer drivers taking the less able bodied to their homes.
Walter Tooby thanked the committee and helpers for all their hard work in providing a completely free party and also raising the funds to pay for it.
Ingleton Parish Council has reported on the issue of the resident delivering eggs in the market. After consultation with the market stall holders and as no formal complaint had been received, the council has decided to take no further action on this matter.
Ingleborough WI held its annual and Christmas meeting on December 9 and president Sue Brown welcomed everyone.
Business matters were dealt with and during the annual meeting it was unanimously agreed that Sue Brown be re-elected to the post of president.
The group then took a short break and enjoyed a buffet supper before commencing Christmas festivities. Members read poems, played various pieces of music and finally the choir sang three Carols accompanied by Dorothy at the keyboard.
The first meeting of the New Year will take place on Monday, January 13, when Dave Checkley will speak Caves – Key to Ancient History of the Earth.
The competition will be a photograph of the local area. This meeting will start at 7pm to enable members to pay their subscriptions, presentation dinner fees and to receive money from the savings fund. The presentation dinner takes place on Wednesday, January 29, at Ireby Farm Cafe.
Chris Bonsall spoke regarding funding for the 2014 Folk Weekend at the start of the December Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA) meeting.
It was agreed that a jumble sale would be held to raise funds for the Folk Weekend.
Thanks were given to those who helped to clear the barn and would any group putting things in the barn please try to keep it tidy.
An enjoyable evening was had at the Christmas Bingo and many thanks to all who helped.
The chairman of the Parish Council announced that in future complaints to the council will only be discussed if they are in written form.
Thanks were expressed to everyone who helped make the Late Night Shopping evening such a success and also to those who sold raffle tickets, a profit of £50 was made.
One hundred and twenty people enjoyed the Old People’s Welfare Christmas party. Many thanks to all who helped especially those who did the washing up.
The St Marys Church traditional joint Carol Service with the Methodist Chapel was very well attended and enjoyed by all. The Make and Meet group tea towel is now on sale ,cost £4.50.
The winner of £20 in the 200 Club was Mr Broom, second with £10 was Sally Gregory and Sue Airey, Mary Kendall and John Tennant each won £5.
LOWGILL & TATHAM
Andrew Taylor, chairman of Tatham History Society, welcomed members to the Old School, Tatham Fells, on December 7, for the annual meeting and an illustrated talk on Reading the Local Landscape.
All officers and committee members were re-elected.
The speaker Edward Huddleston described the origins of hills and hollows in Tatham with the aid of many photographs, some taken recently from a balloon.
A photograph of an accident on Burnmoor around 1938 proved to be an overturned grocery van belonging to J Foster Limited, whose shop was on the site of the present Co-op.
Father Christmas gave added excitement to the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Christmas coffee morning held in the Old School on December 7.
He gave gifts to all the children as their parents bought Christmas gifts and cakes from the stalls. The event, including raffle and tombola, raised £740 for church funds.
Liz Whitfield and Mary Longton organised a very successful Lowgill Over 60s Party held in the Old School on December 12, and were helped by their families and Dot Harrison.
Following supper guests took part in several games. Fran Higgin and Christina Gardner won the Christmas carol quiz.
Liesel Fox gave amusing readings and Edward Huddleston posed an intriguing music quiz. Peter Osborne entertained with several sketches accompanied by Edward on his guitar.
The evening continued with Mary Longton accompanying Christmas carols at the keyboard.
MIDDLETON & OVERTON
St Helen’s Church Services are being held in the Memorial Hall, Overton, until roof repairs are completed.
This Sunday, December 22, at 10.45am, there will be a Eucharist Service and Junior Church; Christmas Eve, Nine Lessons and Carols Service at 6pm and Midnight Eucharist 11.45am; Christmas Day a Eucharist Service at 10.45am.
The church has cards and small items on sale each week, to raise funds for the restoration and repairs.
Pupils from Wilson’s Endowed CE School, Over Kellet, celebrated the coming of Christmas at their annual Christingle Service in St Cuthbert’s Church.
The church was filled with candlelight as the children sang Away in A Manger.
Children between five and 11 years old are invited to a one-day fun packed Holiday Club at St John’s Church hall in Settle on Thursday, January 2. The club is free and will run from 10am to 3pm, so bring a packed lunch.
Call Pauline on 07931 511652 for further details.
A variety of events for all ages is on offer in the run up to Christmas at the Victoria Hall. Tomorrow, Friday, December 20, there will be a chance to explore a Victorian Christmas with Blast from the Past, an entertainment featuring music, song, stories and 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 will provide the musical entertainment at the Artisans’ Fair in the Victoria Hall, is Saturday, December 21, between 11.30am and noon. After the Christmas break the choir will start its singing sessions again on Monday, January 13, from 1pm to 3pm, in the Friends’ Meeting House, Kirkgate.
New members very welcome. For more information telephone 01729 823777 or visit the website http://www.settlevoices.org.uk/.
The Christmas Exhibition, entitled Seen and Unseen, at Linton Court Gallery (Gavagan Art) is open for business up until this Saturday, December 21, and features the work of various artists.
The exhibition is open on Friday and Saturday, between 11am and 3pm.
There’s still time to pick up lots of wonderful Christmas treats at the Settle Artisans Fair at Victoria Hall this Saturday, December 21, from 9am to 2pm.
There will also be refreshments served throughout the day and Santa is coming along to help wait at tables in the vintage cafe.
There will be a guest evening at Settle’s Three Peaks Folk Club this Saturday, December 21.
Held at Settle Social Club the evening starts at 8pm and runs through to midnight, and along with the usual club singers the programme will feature special guest Chris Milner.
There will also be an appearance by the Holbeck Moor Mummers. Admission is £2.50 and all are welcome.
This Sunday, December 22, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when John Thorpe will speak on the subject The Real Meaning of Christ’s Birth.
The canal towpath between Halton Road Bridge, which is just north of the aqueduct, and Beaumont Hall Bridge, which is where Green Lane crosses the canal, will be closed from Monday, January 20, for six weeks so a culvert can be installed under the canal.
Lancashire County Council has imposed the order to close the towpath and states that it has been informed that an alternative route is available via Lancaster Road, Whalley Road and Halton Road for cycles and wheelchair users or Green Lane and Halton Road for pedestrians.
This Sunday, December 22, a Carol Service will be held at St Oswald’s Church at 4pm followed by refreshments and at Westhouse Methodist Chapel at 6.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be a Morning Service at St Oswald’s at 9.30am.
Thank you to everyone who supported the recent jazz night at St John’s Church, Yealand Conyers, which raised almost £1,200 for the church development fund.
There will be two main services at St John’s over Christmas.
On Christmas Eve there will be a Crib Service, Jesus’ Birthday Party, for all the family at 5.30. Sunday, December 29, is St John’s Day, after whom the church is named.
The main service for the whole benefice of Warton, Yealand and Borwick on that day will be held at St John’s Church at the time of 10.30am, followed by festive refreshments.
There is no service at St John’s on Christmas Day; the main service for the benefice is a Family Eucharist which will be held at St Oswald’s Church, Warton, at 11am.