Town and Country: 20/03/14

Spring floral arrangements winner Karen Ogden.
Spring floral arrangements winner Karen Ogden.

Town and Country news.


Ruth Ainsworth

Wrap up warm for the first Landscape Trust walk of the season to be held this Saturday, March 22, Winter Trees and Twigs.

Elspeth Gregory will give a short field talk at Arnside Cemetery Chapel before leading a guided walk of around two miles to identify iconic local tree species in their winter outfits.

All walks are free to join in, but places must be booked in advance. More information is available by telephoning Arnside and Silverdale AONB on 01524 761034.


Patricia Bradley

Bolton-le-Sands WI now has 104 members which is great news and president Mrs Hazel Short welcomed members old and new, plus guests, on March 11.

Hazel thanked Pam for playing the piano and June Ralphson for the lovely flowers which would be passed to Helen Mullard who was sent best wishes for a speedy recovery.

A number of members visited The Ashton Memorial for the arrival of The Centenary Baton and then walked to Lancaster Castle to celebrate 100 years of the WI.

The Group Meeting 2014 will be held at Yealand on Wednesday, April 30 with 20 tickets available at £5. Thank you letters had been received from the ACWW and NW Ambulance for donations.

Reports received included Judith Spotswood (craft) reminding everyone of Knit and Natter held on the third Tuesday of each month at The Blue Anchor.

There are now 12 people in The Quilting Group and as from tomorrow, March 19, they will meet in The Blue Anchor.

She gave full details of the Craft day on Tuesday, April 29, from 2pm to 4pm, when there will be silver jewellery, fused glass and flower arranging, plus drop-in sessions for mosaics and photography.

Also on offer will be afternoon tea and tickets will be on sale next month at £2.

Judith asked if members would accept the challenge to knit 100 Teddy Bears for Tragedy, a good cause to help children caught up in a sad event in their lives.

Joyce Bond of the entertainment group announced that she has been able to arrange a singing session, possibly in the Old Boys School, and with sufficient support this could be sometime in June. She is still negotiating line dancing – more later in the year.

Joan Baker (outings) said she was trying to organise a trip to Townley Hall and Boundary Mills, details to follow. There will be a New Members’ Day on Tuesday, April 1.

Speaker Mrs Joanne Halliwell arrived dressed as an Edwardian for her talk entitled Betsy the Scullery Maid, and the vote of thanks was given by Brenda Wood.

In members’ time there was an interesting talk and demonstration from The First Responders due to the group’s aim to raise enough money to purchase another defibrillator.

Brenda Wood won the competition for an Edwardian kitchen utensil and £114 was made on the raffle.

Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council has one vacancy which must be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in joining The Parish Council should apply to The Clerk to the Council, 2 The Shore, Bolton-le-Sands, LA5 8JR, not later than Monday, March 31.

Anyone interested must be a British, Commonwealth or Irish Citizen or a citizen of another European Union Member of State; be 18 years of age on the day he/she is nominated; not be disqualified.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

1 Be a registered local government elector for the parish.

2 Their principal or only place of work in the 12 months preceding the day on which the person is nominated as a candidate has been in the parish, or

3 Having during the whole of the 12 months preceding the day of nomination occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish, or

4 Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding the day of nomination resided in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on March 10.

The short annual meeting was followed by a talk by David Bateman on the Ripley Legacy. David Bateman was Deputy Head at Ripley School and is still one of the Governors. 

He spoke of Thomas Ripley who was born in 1790 and went to Liverpool where he built up a new and successful business, and also met Julia Reay, who he married on July 14, 1828. 

Thomas died in August 1852. Both he and Julia were Christians, and wanted to give something back to Lancaster.

When he died he left the then enormous sum of £150,000, which was used to build a hospital (the word then referring to a home) for 150 boys and 150 girls, all of whom were fatherless or orphans.

The hospital opened in November 1864. Following the death of Julia in 1881, the Ripley Trust was set up, leading to the present building seen today. 


Claire Helme

WI President Jane Taylor and secretary June Prew attended the reception at Lancaster Castle for the arrival in the city of the WI’s Centenary Baton which was held on February 25.

The following day eight members of Borwick and Priest Hutton WI, along with other WI members from the local area, met at Carnforth Railway Station to bid farewell to the baton as it left Lancashire for the next stage of its journey which is through Cumbria.

The baton will arrive at the National Annual Meeting at The Royal Albert Hall in June 2015 after a journey throughout the UK.

The president welcomed members to the March meeting when information was given of future events including the birthday outing, which this year will be to The Imperial War Museum North to see the exhibition From Streets to Trenches which is being staged to commemorate the start of World War One.

The speaker for the evening was Maurice Steele from Holmrook in Cumbria. His talk was entitled Made in Cumbria which took the form of a slide show showing various events which take place in the county.

He covered Damson Day in the Lythe Valley, hound trailing, the Steam Gathering at Flookburgh and ended with some wonderful slides of the valleys, mountains and villages of The Lake District.

The National Trust local group will presents a talk, Tea Plantation in India, at Borwick Village Hall on Saturday, April 12, at 2.30pm.


Larry Branyan

The Friends of Carnforth Station is hosting a Family History Road Show from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, March 29, in The Furness and Midland Hall and The Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station. Take along your family history information along and get advice on starting your family tree.

Find information about sources and meet other family historians. Admission £2. All proceeds to Carnforth Station Trust.


Paul Woodruff

Around 30 people attended the Halton Hydro open day when visitors were given an update on the progress along with a view of the future for the hydro, its role within the community and the financial benefits along with the community role.

Many of the attendees had already invested in the scheme.

Everyone with an interest is welcome to do so. Around £976,000 is needed for the project and the more investment the less to borrow. If interested please contact the hydro sales office or telephone 01524 220010.

A further public meeting will be held at The Community Centre on Thursday, April 10, at 7pm, with an opportunity to meet the directors and an update on progress and investment.

Bon Giovi (tribute band) hits Halton on Saturday, March 29, 7.30pm to midnight, at The Community Centre, with local band Stopwatch Wilson as support. Tickets £13 from The Centre or the village newsagents.

The new signage is in place on Green Lane and Schoolhouse Lane and early indications are they are effective along with the local quarries and other transport organisations involvement.

Larger traffic is much reduced. The situation is for a six month trial period. Let the parish council, county council or Coun Paul Woodruff know your views.

The Over 55s Luncheon Club is in full swing on the second and fourth Friday of each month. The cost of £4 includes a two course lunch and tea/coffee. New members always welcome. Contact The Centre on 01524 811316,


John Bateman

Tonight, March 20, starting at 8.30pm, there will be a at The Smithy with all proceeds going to Dallam School PTA. Next week, Thursday, March 27, will be the annual WI quiz night starting at 8.30pm.

The Mother’s Union Lady Day service will be held at Milnthorpe Church on Tuesday, March 25.

Pupils from Wings School, Whasset, invited guests from the village to attend a photography exhibition on March 13.

Proceeds from the sale of the photographs, taken over the last six months, are to be donated to Derian House Hospice for Children.

Visitors commented on the high standard of photography on display.

Burton and Holme First Responders and Age UK are holding an Emergency Life Support Course (Heartstart) in the Parish Hall on Thursday, March 27, from 7pm to 9.30pm. Please telephone 01524 781715 to book a place.


Chris Kynch

Hornby with Farleton Parish Council was pleased to hear that Lancaster City Council had agreed to maintain Hornby Swimming Pool for another year.

The parish council voted to object to the planning application 14/00114/FUL to erect an 80 metre high wind turbine at Sunny Bank Farm, Kirkby Lonsdale.

The parish council interviewed, and appointed from April 1, Ian Sedgwick, who is already lengthsman for Melling and for Tatham.

Following a playground inspection it was decided to ask the lengthsman to report on the feasibility of repairing the rotted leg to the cradle swing, and meanwhile remove the seat, which had failed the inspection, to ensure the swing was not used until safe.

Councillors considered an application to build two detached single storey dwellings and access at The Old Vicarage.

Two villagers presented objections on grounds of access problems.

An alternative entrance from the main road was suggested. The council decided that should permission be granted conditions should be imposed to deal with the access problems.

The parish council was said to be responsible for providing a burial ground for the parish, and an expired planning permission dated the year 2000 would have expanded the graveyard into the site.

The burial ground was said to be already encountering constraints on double graves. However this was not deemed a base for objection to the application to build two dwellings there.

A letter had been received by the clerk, asking for trees to be planted along the river bank.

A long discussion followed about why villagers were unaware that many trees had been planted already.

It was thought that people mistook willow sticks that would grow into trees, and had pulled them up.

Tree guards were not considered appropriate, and also saplings had been washed away. A piece would be put into Contact, the village newssheet, to raise awareness and protect the young 

Barry Forde, of B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) gave an illustrated talk to an open meeting of Hornby with Farleton Parish Council.

He showed on a map the area of the 23 rural parishes and 3,500 properties which B4RN aims to cover, and described progress so far, following planned B4RN routes through the countryside.

So far B4RN has completed links to Quernmore, Over Wyresdale, the tops of Littledale and Roeburndale, Arkholme, Gressingham, with other parishes almost finished.

Hornby has been down the list, along with other B4RN designated parishes which BT has started to improve, but is scheduled for B4RN next year.


Caroline Thompson

The monthly whist drive was held at The Golden Lion. The winners for the ladies were B Garnett, D Pullen, M Wellock and M Davis.

The gents winners were M Davis, M Wright (sub), V Jones (sub) and H Jackson. The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday, April 8, at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome, new players and old, novice or experienced.

Members of Penyghent Gun Club met at High Birkwith Farm by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Morphet and family.

E Sharpe and A McLernon were the field marshals for the 30 bird sporting layout competition.

The winner of the High Birkwith Trophy with 22 kills was K Humphrey, second was R Carr with 21 and third was R Bold with 17.

A 10-bird pool shoot followed which was won by E Sharpe with nine kills. The next members’ shoot will be on Sunday, April 6, in Horton Quarry at 1pm.

There will be a 10.30am Morning Service in St Oswald’s Church this Sunday, March 23.

Horton parish councillors met on March 10 for the monthly meeting and were pleased to learn that arrangements had been made for the secure storage of council records and archive.

Enquiries had revealed that superfast broadband via fibre optic service would be available in the parish from early summer.

The clerk and chairman had met the new manager of Greenfield forest and understood that consideration was being given to securing an alternative timber transshipment route via Cam woodland and the B6255 to avoid Newhouses Lane.

Turning to planning matters councillors recommended that an application for listed building consent to re-point Helwith Bridge be granted by the planning authority.

It was noted that the application for a rail head at Arcow Quarry would be considered by the YDNPA Planning Committee.

The planning officer had recommended that the application be granted subject to several conditions including all those recommended by the parish council.

It was understood to still be the intention of Hanson to install a rail head at Horton Quarry as and when the capital funding was available.

Councillors offered a vote of thanks to the outgoing clerk Ian Flemming for all his endeavours on behalf of the council and community over the past five years.

He will formally hand over his position to the newly appointed clerk Belinda Roos on April 3. The next council meeting will be held on Monday, April 14, at 7.30pm, in the village hall.


Sue Brown

President Sue Brown welcomed members of Ingleborough WI, their guests and members of link institute Hellifield to their 92nd birthday party.

After singing Jerusalem, accompanied by Dorothy Baines on the keyboard, a delicious Jacob’s join meal was served.

Carole Butcher from Tatham Fells WI gave a hilarious reading from the works of Joyce Grenfell and Sue Brown gave the vote of thanks. Members were reminded of The Group Rally to be held at Horton on Friday, May 9, and The Spring Council Meeting, now moved to Grassington Town Hall instead of Skipton on Thursday, March 27.

The Meet and Make Group, which has raised more than £2,600 for the church roof fund, is holding a coffee and craft day on Saturday, March 29, from 10am, in St Mary’s Church. The speaker for the April meeting will be Chris Mitchell whose talk is entitled We’re Making Bags of Difference and the competition will be for an evening bag.

This Saturday, March 22, MISCU is holding a jumble sale at the centre, and in the evening at 7pm The Helen Howard School of Dance is holding a Village Variety
 Show. This Sunday, March 23, there will be a Toy Train Fair from 10am to 3pm at Mealbank Hall (the Scout hut). The jumble sale at the Centre on Saturday, March 29, is for The Twinning Group.


Mary Taylor

Kristina Smith and Alan Shallcross from solicitors Birchall Blackburn Law spoke to Tatham Fells Women’s Institute on March 11.

They stressed the importance of making or updating a will and of creating power of attorney, outlining several distressing situations when this had not been 

Jenny Batty thanked the speakers who judged the competition for my worst present, with winners Mary Kidd, Carole Thurnham and Sue Dodgson.

President Carole Thurnham reported on the WI Centenary Baton change in Lancaster Castle tearoom, when she and Carole Butcher had joined members from other institutes.

Lancashire Federation Chairman Mary Gibson had told of the progress of the baton as it is passed round the country and this was the last exchange in Lancashire as it passed into Cumbria.

Members had enjoyed an outstanding performance of An August Bank Holiday Lark by Northern Broadside at The Dukes in Lancaster on March 14. Jenny Herd reported on the latest walk, the Lowgill Loop, the next will be at Ingleton on Tuesday, March 25.

Future events were outlined and there were refreshments from Jenny Batty and Olive Beard.


Janet Purvis

At St Helen’s Church this Sunday, March 23, the third Sunday in Lent, there will be a 10.40am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for refreshments after the service.

During Lent, each Sunday at 6.30pm there will be a Short Compline service.

An informal Lent group meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, at 7pm, at 
The Vicarage. Contact details and information can be found on


John Leach

There were 38 ladies present at the March meeting of the Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club.

The ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch then Simon Denerley, community engagement officer from Help Direct, gave an interesting and informative talk.

After listening most attentively the ladies were given an information pack and freebies along with detailed accounts of services for the people of Lancashire.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, when Anne Thornton will demonstrate cake decoration for Easter. Please note there continues to be a waiting list to join this Luncheon Club.

Art classes continue in the memorial hall. New students are always welcome and the cost is £35 for four weeks of drawing (Tuesday 10am to noon) or painting (Wednesday 10am to noon) and £25 for the workshop class (Wednesday 1pm to 3pm).

There is now a Facebook page, Palmer Art Zone, where prospective students can view the work produced and current students can display their work.

Students can also contact Jean Palmer, 
who runs the classes, via Facebook or on 07913 

Stage Struck, the thespian group that introduces youngsters to the stage, is presenting Oliver at The Winter Gardens for four performances from Wednesday, March 26 to Saturday, March 29.

Tickets cost £8 and £7. For more information and tickets telephone Rachel on 01524 825241, Carol on 833599, Doreen on 823377 or email


Paula Kendall

Westhouse Chapel’s hospitality event held on February 27 was enjoyed by many. Home-made soup and refreshments were served and a kindly Christian word was spoken by Thomas 

Lent services are being held at St Oswald’s Church, Thornton-in-Lonsdale, each Sunday at 9.30am with visiting speakers exploring The Lord’s Prayer.

On This Sunday, March 23, the speaker will be Dr Michael Clark and n Mothering Sunday, March 30, Mrs Grace Metcalfe will attend.

All welcome to this special service with hospitality and a small gift of flowers.

Open Door Bible Study meetings are being held on a Thursday evening for all those who wish to learn more about prayer during Lent.

Tonight, March 20, at Westhouse Village Hall and on March 27 at the Church Room in Burton-in-Lonsdale.