Town and Country: 21/11/13

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This week’s Town and Country.


Derek & Celia Coultherd

The annual meeting of the Austwick Community Broadband Association will be held on Monday, November 25, at 7.30pm, in the Small Room, Parish Hall, Austwick. It is hoped that all members of the association will attend. Nominations are invited for the offices of chairman, vice-chairman, honorary secretary and also for the committee. Any such nominations should be sent to Peter Goold (hon secretary)

Austwick Parish Hall Council presents F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (12A) staring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan tomorrow, Friday, November 22, at 7pm for 7.30pm, in the parish hall, admission £5 (£4.50 advance purchase at Cross Leigh Stores). Themed refreshments available.


Wendy Dowbiggin

015242 61573

What a fantastic night the Farmstead Charity Fashion Show was – the London Fashion Show could not have done it better.

The atmosphere was electric in the town hall ballroom which was beautifully decorated, the tables were illuminated with giant candelabra.

On arrival the guests were greeted by young men in tuxedos.

Amongst the handsome young men, who incidentally were handing out champagne and canapes to the guests, were Tomi Tatham – a local boxer, and Tom Lister, Carl King of Emmerdale fame.

The fashion show itself was stunning. The businesses taking part had done a great job including Pigtails, Farmstead and other local boutiques. The models showed off the clothes and accessories to great effect and moved like professionals to the music; the dancers looked lovely and danced beautifully.

Tom Lister wowed his fans with his singing, and presentations were made for charities Hope for Justice and Mercy Ministries. The raffle was enormous and thanks must go to local businesses for supporting the evening.

There was a charity shop in the lower hall which did a roaring trade with tea and cakes also on offer.

In all, it was an outstanding evening and thanks must go to Louise Coates of Farmstead and her hardworking band of helpers. When Bentham puts on a show it is hard to beat. The amount raised will be announced at a later date.

Local lady, Iris Malkinson has raised £2,225 for cancer support in 2013, the money going to the Oncology Department at Airedale, Macmillan Nurses and local children’s charity Candlelight.

Iris ran car boot sales, mainly at Settle and on the A6 and sold delicious chutneys and preserves. This is her 15th year raising funds for charities and she has collected £30,000 in that time with cancer support being particularly strong having affected her family.

Cecille Nock gave an interesting talk at the Methodist Church recently about her visit to India, raising £150 for church funds.

The Cancer Support Group coffee morning at the town hall raised £450. The Trash and Treasure Sale held at Low Bentham Victoria Institute raised £672 for its funds. At the coffee morning held in aid of the local branch of the NSPCC £800 was raised.

Forthcoming local events include the following. At Low Bentham WI today, Thursday, November 21, the speakers will be Ann and Helen from the Garden centre at Wray with a Christmas wreath demonstration.

On Saturday, November 23, at the Methodist Church at 7.30pm the Ayrton Family will provide entertainment. The coffee morning this Saturday will be for Bentham Agricultural Society, from 10am.

Bentham Footpath Group’s walk this Sunday, November 24, will be at Winskill, eight miles, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am.

Members of Age Concern met at the masonic hall last Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch followed by a singalong with Ruth. The servers were Kay Piper and Mary Hartley and Keith Hartley won the raffle.

In the absence of the president due to sickness Liz Whitfield led the devotions at the Methodist Bright Hour. Speaker Sue Yardy gave an illustrated talk entitled The Good Shepherd and about the Godly Play Room which is to be opened tomorrow, Friday, November 22, at 3pm.

A Christmas Fair held at the Methodist Schoolroom raised £672 for church funds.

At the Remembrance Service held at St John the Baptist Church a list of names of soldiers who had fallen in the two great wars was read and wreaths laid on the two war graves.

There was an excellent congregation at the War Memorial on School Hill, High Bentham on November 11 and the names of the fallen were read by Rev Mabel Parr. The head boy and girl of High Bentham Primary School read the poem In Flanders Fields.

Prayers were led by Rev Bryan Yardy, Rev Stephen Dawson read the exhortation and the blessing was given by Rev Monsignor Tony Boylan. Wreaths were laid by the Town Council, Craven District Council, St John the Baptist, the Methodist Church, St Boniface Catholic Church and the Royal British Legion.


Patricia Bradley

On November 12, Bolton-le-Sands WI held their annual meeting. Mrs Hazel Short welcomed Rosemary Blanchfield to overlook the voting. Hazel thanked Pam for playing the piano, Jacky for the flowers and the tea hostesses, happy birthday wishes were extended to several ladies and members were pleased to hear that Betty Cottam is making good progress in her recovery and Joan Watson is also home from hospital and recovering slowly.

There had been good support for the charity event Happy Jack and the total raised was £884, thanks to the committee for their hard work and the local firms for their generosity.

The record was read by Jean Dennis and notice was given of various local and national events.

The walking group report from Jean Bayliss stated Sylvia Cooper and Pauline Sterritt are now co-organisers, all members welcome. Don’t forget Knit and Natter on Tuesdays at the Blue Anchor.

The meeting was introduced to the new members Carol Shortland, Lesley Ireland, Margaret Wilson and Beryl Parton.

The scrap book was on display, many thanks to Joyce Bond, Jacky Ireland and Helena Mullard for their hard work plus all the contributors.

There was a vote of thanks for speakers and of course the coffee mornings, the first one in the New Year being on Thursday, January 16. Marian Davies reported on the Autumn Council Meeting she and Joan Baker attended in October and gave an amusing account of the day.

The financial statement was circulated and reported on by Dorothy Carruthers. It was added that a donation of £100 would be sent to the ACWWW in due course which was approved by the meeting.

For the 2013 record, read by Jean Dennis, the group had a good and varied year with the craft, theatre, cinema and walking groups all being successful.

The money raised at the coffee mornings went to three charities.

In her president’s report Hazel thanked all the committee, secretary and vice-presidents for their support throughout the year and Dorothy Carruthers for her work as treasurer.

She also thanked all members who may not be on the committee but who help in many ways. The competition winners for 2013 were first Jacky Ireland and second Jennifer Fothergill.

The vote for president 2014 followed. Rosemary Blanchfield, the WI advisor, introduced herself and gave an update on the arrangements being put in place for the centenary baton route around Lancashire in 2014.

The meeting agreed to re-elect the committee en bloc. Nomination papers were handed out for the vote for president and to the group’s delight Hazel Short was duly elected as president for the forthcoming year.

Jacky Ireland gave a vote of thanks to all of the committee for their hard work and it was agreed it had been a good year.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on November 11 when the speaker was Malcolm Lawrie, the chairman of the Bonfire and Firework Committee.

The committee started in 1972 and he joined in 1979. Over the time Malcolm has been on the committee there have been many changes in legislation.

At this year’s bonfire 700 shells were let off in 24 minutes. Nearly all of the fireworks are hand fired and lit with a special lighting stick. There is a firing order and a call for the particular firework to be fired. The fireworks are set at angles to fire; they do get some duds, but not many.

With the committee’s experience over the years their insurance is now costing less, but is still more than £1,000 for a year’s cover, plus the committee must pay for road closures and signage costing £250 for a security firm to put them in place.

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School is looking to appoint welfare assistants to join their team of professionals who support children during their lunch break. If you would like further information please contact Mr Cross, Mrs Carroll or Mr Curwen in school.

It was a pleasure to welcome Eileen from Operation Christmas Child into school.

Eileen shared a video with the children and explained why the school has decided to support the Shoebox Appeal again this year.

The children were very keen to provide a Christmas gift to a child in need overseas and should have all taken home a leaflet containing relevant information.

The school hopes to be able to send lots of boxes this year and the closing date for receipt of boxes in school is Friday, November 29,

It has been an interesting time in school with a number of innovative and exciting things happening. The Year 6 children (and their teachers) spent a little time preparing a ‘spontaneous’ flash mob performance of I’ve Got a Feeling, but with their own lyrics promoting books and reading.

The event was staged at lunchtime and the rest of the school were amazed by the performance. Well done to all of the children.

Children in Year 1 and 2 held a Brazilian-style carnival. To a pumping Samba beat (thank you Mr Martin) the children danced and sang wearing their amazing carnival masks and playing instruments. Everyone had a wonderful time.

A beautiful wreath was created by the children and Miss Garnett and many of the infant children visited the BLS War Memorial to pay their respects to those brave local people.

Well done to the 40 or so dancers who represented the school so well at the recent 10th annual Lancashire Schools’ Dance Festival held at the Guild Hall in Preston.

The children were a real credit to the school and to their families. It was especially nice to be able to celebrate Emma’s 10th birthday on stage at the 10th anniversary performance.

Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, will be holding its Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 30, between 1pm and 3pm at Bolton-le-Sands Primary School. Entrance £1, children free. The event will include a Father Christmas grotto, stalls, games and refreshments. The school choir will be singing during the afternoon. Everyone welcome for a fantastic festive afternoon.


Claire Helme

The annual meeting of the WI was held at the November meeting. Mrs Jane Taylor was re-elected as president and the committee was re-elected en bloc except for two members who stood down. Reports from the president, secretary and treasurer were read which stated the WI had a very successful and enjoyable year. The finances are in good order.

Final arrangements were announced for the coffee morning to be held at Bolton-le-Sands today, Thursday, November 21, which is a fund raiser for the WI, and the trip to Jackie Iddon’s home in November where members will have lunch, a Christmas flower demonstration and mulled wine and mince pies.

December is going to be a busy month for members as there are plenty of events coming up.

It was reported that tickets were selling well for the Evening of Magic and Mystery on Friday, December 13.

Also in December is the group Carol Service and the WI Christmas dinner. The evening ended with a delicious hot pot supper provided by Alison Thompson from Holme.


Jay Barkley

The annual Holme and District Photographic Exhibition at Burton Memorial Hall attracted more than 180 fine photographs, a varied display which included portraits, seasonal scenes, animals and still life in colour and in black and white. There was a striking series of photographs of a pot holing cave expedition by John Bamber and his team.

Katie Henry won the open competition category for 14 years and under and Rebecca Deighton took first for 15 years and over. Alex Bradley and John Wright judged this competition.

Chairman John Wright later commented on the high standard of the exhibits saying it just gets better every year.

Nine fell walkers, accompanied by one well behaved dog, set off on a six mile round trip from Burton via Waterslack to Arnside and an ascent of Arnside Knott. After lunch the group returned through Silverdale village and Eaves Wood.

Full day walks take place on the third Saturday of each month throughout the year with easier half-day walks on the first Sunday. All meet at the hall car park. The walks are supplemented by a number of social events please see website for details.

A large crowd, including parents with excited, well behaved children, witnessed the lighting of a vast, well constructed bonfire at Burton Recreational Trust Ground, followed by a pyrotechnic extravaganza. Funds were raised towards Children’s Sports.

The grand opening of the redeveloped Morewood Primary School proved popular with the village. A red ribbon to mark the occasion was cut by MP Tim Farron.

The half a million pounds was well spent with the Junior School extended, the old flat roof replaced allowing the Year 3 classroom to be extended and a new staff area.

The Infants’ School has a new roof, reception area, music and quiet rooms, plus a Year 1 classroom.

All this was achieved without losing any outside space.

At the Burton WI’s annual meeting Eileen Kirby was elected as the new branch president.

A vote of thanks was given to Hester Willink the retiring president for steering the branch successfully through the past three years. Hilda Oldby was presented with the Competitor’s 2013 silver cup.

The Wheels for Alex Ceilidh, supported by an enthusiastic full house, raised £410. The final event of this campaign, An Auction of Promises, will take place at the hall on Saturday, November 30, at 7.30pm.

The Children in Need quiz at the Kings Arms raised £100 for this worthy cause.

Together with Encore Opera group and soprano Emily Robinson, the Eversley Choir presented A Night at the Opera to an appreciative audience; the conductor was Ian Jones.

Bargains galore at the Pre School New to You sale made for a cheerful, busy morning.

The Silver Songsters will present a sing-a-long of popular hits from the 1920s onwards, at the hall at 1.30pm on Wednesday, November 27.

Burton Children’s Sports Committee Christmas Bingo will be held on Thursday, November 28, at the hall. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm.

There will be a big raffle, drinks and refreshments available.

Circuit Training takes place at the hall on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7.15pm to 8.15pm, and on Fridays 6.15pm to 7.15pm. For further details please contact John 01524 781707. Ladies Badminton meets at the hall each Tuesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. If anyone would like to join the group please contact Stephanie on 01524 78107.

The library van will be at the hall car park each Monday between 10am and 11am.

The annual Holme and District Photohouse raised £410. The final event in this campaign, an Auction of Promises, will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 30, at Burton Memorial Hall.


Larry Branyan

The Snug Beer Festival will be held this Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, between noon and 9pm, at The Snug, Carnforth Railway Station and the Furness Hall in the Station Heritage Centre. Admission £4 includes festival glass and programme. Proceeds to the Carnforth Station Heritage Trust.

A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held on Saturday, November 30, 8pm to midnight, at the Railway Club, Carnforth. Entertainment will be provided by Tommy J and the Midnights.

Entry by ticket only, £5 including buffet. Contact Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 732723. Adults only please.

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Railway Club on Sunday, December 15, 2pm to 5pm.

The event will include a tea party, magic show, games, music and a gift from Santa for each child. Entry by ticket only, with 20 tickets remaining, £3 per child. Fancy dress optional with a prize for best girl and best boy. Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852.


Rory-Jo Daniels

Chairman of Craven District Council, Coun Donny Whaites, will be attending the parish council meeting on Tuesday, November 26. If there are any questions for him please contact the parish clerk or come along to the meeting itself.

The parish council is considering the development of a community emergency plan that would provide essential information during the first stages of an emergency. If you have any views on this matter, please contact the parish clerk.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 26, in Clapham Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. Parish clerk Ms Gillian Muir can be contacted by email at

Steeton Male Voice Choir will be making a welcome return to Clapham Church. One of the oldest and most respected male voice choirs in Yorkshire, in 2008 Steeton Male Voice Choir celebrated their centenary.

There is an opportunity for an evening of first class entertainment with the choir on Saturday, November 30, at 7.30pm, at St James’ Church.

Tickets are £10 (includes interval refreshments) and free for children under 14. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Sue Mann on 015242 51792 or at the door.

Friends of Clapham School have organised a collection of clothing, bedding, paired shoes, hats, belts and handbags to raise money to help fund equipment and activities for the children.

Please look out for anything that you can contribute for recycling and ensure the bags are at the front of school by 9am on Monday, November 25. There is no limit to the bags they can collect and be paid for, so do collect extra bags or ask neighbours and friends to contribute.

The Friends of Clapham School and the Parent Teacher Association will be holding its Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 7, between 10am and noon, at Clapham School.

There will be luxury handmade crafts, a home baking/cake stall, fun and games, refreshments and a raffle.

There will also be a grotto where Santa will making an appearance. Adult admission is £1.50 which includes a hot drink and mince pie, children admitted free.


Gill O’Donnell

Local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger latest exhibition Wild and Restless Nature is now on display in the Foyer Gallery at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.

This exhibition will run through to December 8. On November 28-30 school students will take to the stage with their production of West Side Story. The community cinema family film afternoons continue on Sunday, December 8, with Turbo, the story of a super-charged snail.

Details of all tickets and times are available via or via 01729 893180.

A Christmas Fair will take place in St Alkelda’s Church tomorrow, Friday, November 22, between 7pm and 9pm, with mulled wine and mince pies, and again on Saturday, November 23, between 10am and 4pm.

There will be the usual range of stalls and refreshments. Santa will be in his grotto between 10am to noon on Friday and from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday.


Glasson Dock is set to host a fabulous charity Christmas Market in support of two fantastic causes – Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS) and UNICEF’s Syria’s Children Appeal.

It is being organised by Glasson’s Community Coffee Morning, which meets every Tuesday, and is using members’ donations to kickstart this community event.

Thurnham Glasson Christmas Market will take place from 6pm to 8pm, on Thursday, November 28, at Glasson Village Hall.

The market will not only feature some wonderful local businesses, but will also showcase the talent of both Thurnham Glasson schoolchildren and Lancaster University’s Gospel Choir.

There will be mulled wine and hot food available, and with support from the churches and the wider community it is set to be a fantastic event.

Donna Wren, from LDHAS, will also be hosting a collection on the evening, so if you have any spare tins or blankets, please bring them along.

Entry is free, but collection boxes will be rattling all evening with all donations split equally between both charities. For more details, to be involved, or to donate a raffle prize, please contact Sophie Black at


Paul Woodruff

Halton WI is holding a Craft and Christmas Fare this Saturday, November 23, at The Centre, Halton, 2pm to 4pm, which will include a visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas Bingo at Aughton Village Hall will be held this Saturday, November 23, from 7.30pm, with all proceeds to Aughton’s church.

Indoor Bowling is held on Tuesdays through to March at the Community Centre, £1.50 including refreshments, all welcome.

The Luncheon Club at the Community Centre goes from strength to strength with the next one tomorrow, Friday, November 22. To book contact 01524 811316.


John Bateman

The village Christmas postal service will resume this year. Stamps have been designed by the pupils at Holme School and are available for 20p each from the school office, Post Office, Lime Tree Stores, the Smithy Inn and Holme Social Club with post boxes available at the same locations.

Stamps are on sale now and the last collection day will be on Thursday, December 12, and the last delivery will be on Monday, December 16.

Please label envelopes with full addresses to enable the service to run smoothly and whatever you do don’t post cards with the school stamps in a Royal Mail postbox.

How many Santas can we get running in Holme? Time to think about getting your entry in for a new event organised by Holme Festival of Sport. This will be a Santa Dash on Sunday, December 22, starting at 5pm, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

All entrants will receive a Santa outfit to wear for the short run. Entry forms are available from the Social Club, the Post Office, Lime Tree Stores and the Smithy Inn. More details will be published nearer the time.

As Christmas approaches the number of village events increase so make sure you get these important dates in your diary with more information nearer the time.

Parish Hall events: Festive Flowers today, Thursday, November 21; Holme WI’s Winter Warmer on Saturday, November 30; and the Christmas Market on Saturday, December 7. And with winter upon us don’t forget you can drop in for coffee and a chat any Thursday from 10am to noon.

School PTA events: Quiz night at the Smithy on Thursday, November 28; and bingo at Holme Social Club on Friday, November 29.

Sandra Towers led the Mothers’ Union meeting on November 5 when Rev Card gave an inspiring talk about the occasions in his life when he believed God’s rockets were pushing and guiding him in certain directions.

On Tuesday, December 3, the Mothers’ Union will welcome the Mewses Choir to entertain at their Christmas meeting, and offer an open invitation to all ages to attend this special concert.

Members of Holme Bowling Club celebrated the annual Presentation Night in The Smithy Inn on November 8. Following a most enjoyable hot pot supper club president Alice Thomas presented the 23 club trophies, with replicas, to the winners and runners-up.

The evening was augmented by a raffle and a crazy quiz which, whilst close to being stupid, was both humorous and enjoyable.

On November 9, more than a dozen charities attended Holme Parish Hall for Charities Day. The hall made a fantastic £215 for the development fund. A big thank you to all involved.

The next event, to be held today, Thursday, November 21, starting at 7.30pm, is Festive Flowers, a demonstration by Carol Phillpott of festive decorations for the home. Tickets £3 to include coffee and biscuits available from Holme Post Office or on the door.

On a bright, sunny, albeit bitterly cold morning, a record congregation of villagers gathered at the War Memorial for the Service of Remembrance led by Rev Graham Burrows ably assisted by Mr Richard Anson.

Following opening prayers the Roll of Honour was called by Tom Kilbane and the congregation’s response to the Binyon lines signalled bugler Reg Gardner to play the Last Post.

A two minutes silence closed with a further Binyon verse and the stirring notes of Reveille.

Commemorative wreaths were laid by Coun Roger Bingham (South Lakeland District Council), Coun Vic Brown (Holme Parish Council), Mr Colin Mason (Holme Social Club) and by Mr Jeff Wilson (the Poppy Collectors).

After closing prayers the congregation retired to Holy Trinity Church for the Sunday Service.

Holme School’s PTA Christmas Fair will be held tomorrow, Friday, November 22, 5.45pm to 8pm, with Santa’s grotto, refreshments, children’s raffle, various stalls, tombola, bottle stall and the famous raffle, with lots of fantastic prizes.

Tickets for the adult’s raffle will be on sale from the school office, Lime Tree Stores, Smithy Inn, the Post Office and Holme Social Club. All welcome, please support the children to raise funds for new equipment for the whole school.


Chris Kynch

At the November meeting of Hornby with Farleton Parish Council, County Coun Williamson drew the council’s attention to the imminent threat from looming budget cuts.

Expenditure on some services is mandatory, but any others, such as health promoting leisure, may be targeted for savings. Lancaster City Council currently provides the day-to-day maintenance of Hornby Swimming Pool and this could be cut by strategic cabinet decision.

He advised that if the parish council felt strongly about the pool being kept open, it should write immediately to say so.

He advised that parish councils of Whittington and Wennington would then also write in support of keeping the pool open.

Parish councillors were very alarmed by the threat to the swimming pool.

The recent Heritage Lottery funding award for a cycleway between Glasson and Walney, for which a route was soon to be agreed, was raised by Coun Towers.

The popular cycle path from Glasson, along the River Lune to beyond Bull Beck picnic site, could be extended to join the cycle route from Wennington to continue northwards.

The efforts of the Lancaster committee of the Lancashire Area of Local Councils to progress the link pathway past Claughton to Hornby and beyond were noted. The hold up was said to be lack of funding.

Councillors also discussed the associated need for a footpath between Hornby and Farleton.

Although a verge could be tarmacadamed for a path, the sticking point was the need to cross the A683 at what is considered to be an accident blackspot, and extending the cycle path would solve this problem.

Elizabeth Graydon, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer, gave a short illustrated talk about her work.

Hornby Village Trust is collecting fabrics, bric-a-brac, etc, at Hornby Institute on Thursday, November 28, in aid of Hornby Institute funds. Contributions can be left there during the day, using any bags.

Hornby Talks returns to Hornby Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 28, with Rogues, Scoundrels, Villains of the Castle.

Stir up Sunday, the last before Advent, on November 24, is celebrated in all the churches of the joint benefice, starting at 8am in Hornby St Margaret’s church.


Caroline Thompson

Members of Penyghent Gun Club met in Ring Pot Pasture by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Wilson and family. E Sharpe was the marshall for the event which was a 30 bird sporting layout. He was the winner of the trophy while R Carr was the victor in the 10 bird pool shoot which followed the main competition.

The club’s following meets were to partake in the two rounds of the Douk Gyhll Tankard Shoot. The venue on both occasions was kindly lent by the Jackson family. R Bold was the marshall for the first round. P Fox was the winner and R Carr won the pool shoot.

The winner over the two rounds was R Carr. A 10 bird pool shoot was won by K Humphrey. The annual meeting of the club was held after the afternoon’s sport.

The next members’ shoot will be held at High Birkwith Farm on Sunday, December 1, at 1pm. Members with trophies please return them to this shoot or to the following one on December 15.

Several members of the public were present at the parish council meeting on November 11 and raised issues including the need for further council representation on the Dole Charities committee, invitation to tender for grazing on Brown Haw Pasture to benefit the Dole charity (all tenders to be with David Gallivan by December 4), the condition of Horton Beck at Overlands and continued issues with the MDU at Horton Station.

The clerk reported that notices advertising his post were now in circulation and those interested were invited to contact the council chairman by Friday, December 20.

Councillors approved a budget of £9,000 for the financial year 2014-2015.

An increase in expenditure was necessary because of parish council elections due on May 22, 2014, for which the council would be charged £1,000 by Craven District Council.

The chairman reported that she had attended meetings of the school Foundation Governors and Exhibition Foundation Governors.

The former had made grants to the school for essential repairs and to cover the cost of insurance.

The latter had considered eight applications from former school pupils for assistance with further education and had approved four.

It was reported that a tree planted at Helwith Bridge to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee had been felled. The clerk was asked to find out whether a preservation order had been made on the tree and if so to request that appropriate action be taken by YDNPA.

The next meeting of the council will be held on Monday, December 9, in the village hall. Residents who wish to bring matters to the attention of councillors are encouraged to attend.

The monthly bingo will take place at the Crown Hotel on Wednesday, November 27, from 8pm. Everyone welcome.

The Annual Parish Party will take place on Friday, November 29, in the village hall from 7pm. Entertainment will be provided by local children and a buffet supper will follow. The Buskers and Tony and Janet will then complete the night’s entertainment.


Sue Brown

Reader Carol Lupton welcomed a large congregation including nine explorers, 18 scouts, 21 cubs, 13 beavers, 13 leaders, parents and grandparents to the Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church.

During the first hymn colour standards were presented at the altar by Chloe Allan for the explorers, Jeah Modar for the scouts, Travis Taylor for the cubs and Robbie Pickard for the beavers. Adam Waters carried the Union Flag. Churchwarden Peter Hudson read the names of the fallen from the two world wars.

The congregation then moved out to the war memorial in bright sunshine to be joined by members of the Methodist Church and many local people and visitors paying their respects.

The Last Post and Reveille were played by Joshua Yardy followed by two minutes silence at 11am. Wreaths were laid on the memorial. Everyone returned to the church where the Rev David Mann preached the sermon. A collection was taken for the British Legion.

President Sue Brown opened the recent WI meeting and welcomed members and visitors. Speaker for the evening, Helen Onions, was introduced and her talk was entitled From Fleece to Fibre.

Members were reminded that the Carol Service takes place on Sunday, December 1, at Austwick, and final rehearsal takes place on Monday, November 25, at Dorothy’s.

Venues for the Presentation Dinner in January were discussed. Two options are The Old Brewery Inn at Ingleton and Ivy Green Farm.

A bursary of £25 has been given to Connie Tooby towards her attendance at Denman next year. A cheque for £13.07 has been forwarded to ACWW.

The next meeting will be on Monday, December 9, with a Christmas theme and members were requested to bring along their favourite CD, poems, etc.


Mary Taylor

Andrew Lowe captivated members of Tatham Fells Women’s Institute as he revealed how to read the past with his superb slides of Lakeland Villages.

Mr Lowe’s enthusiasm and knowledge generated many questions and he was thanked by Mary Taylor.

Thank you letters had been received from St John’s Hospice and from the Old School committee for the £500 each had been given from proceeds from the WI entertainment.

The Christmas Party will be on Tuesday, December 10, and first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, January 14.

Remembrance Sunday services in Tatham were both well attended. Canon Norman Dawson and Reader Ann Dawson led the service at St James the Less Church where John Parkinson accompanied hymns at the organ.

Dick Kensal laid the wreath and read out names of the fallen from the roll of honour. Readings were given by Linda Kirkby, Colin Buford, Joyce Moss and Sue Marsden.

Reader Peter Osborne led the service at the Good Shepherd Church where George McIntosh laid the wreath accompanied by Eric Baker and George Houghton. Liesel Fox and Eric Baker gave readings and David Butcher accompanied the hymns. Children from Tatham Fells Primary School paid respect at the War Memorial in Lowgill Village.

Tatham Fells Village Society hosted a lively evening of ceilidh dancing in the Old School on November 16. A Jacob’s join supper completed a jolly event. The next happening of the Village Society will be a poetry and prose evening on Saturday, January 18.


Janet Purvis

The Travelling Theatre Company will present My Brilliant Divorce at Middleton Parish Hall, Low Road, this Friday, November 22, at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome, £4 entry fee on the door. Drinks will be available in the social club or bring your own.

All services for St Helen’s Church are being held at the memorial hall, Overton, until the church roof works are completed.

On November 24, Christ the King Sunday, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for fellowship, tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

Food Bank Basket, tinned and dry goods are still needed for local distribution.


Gill O’Donnell

An Autumn Concert will be held by Settle Orchestra this Saturday, November 23, at Settle College at 7.30pm.

The programme will include works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Tickets available via orchestra members and from Cave and Crag, Settle; High Bentham Post Office; Settle Music or 01729 825806.

A range of arts and crafts will be on sale at Friends Meeting House this Saturday, November 23, between 11am and 2pm, in aid of the Catholic Church Restoration Fund. There will also be jewellery, cards and preserves on sale.

The Three Peaks Folk Club will take place at Settle Social Club this Saturday, November 23, at 9pm. This free session will take the form of a singaround featuring local artists.

There will be a recital of organ music by Edward Scott, formerly organist at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, this Saturday, November 23, at Settle Parish Church. This will start at 7.30pm and there will be a retiring collection.

Giggleswick School Chapel this Sunday, November 24, is the venue for a concert by Cantores Salicium of music for the canonical hours. Morning, Noon and Night will feature music by Byrd, Tallis and Holst, amongst others. The concert will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 from choir members or on the door.

There will be a book signing at Settle Library on Tuesday, November 26, at 10am, when local author Joy Calvert will be signing copies of her book Out of Time, a novel set in Settle.

Paris in the 1920s is the setting for an All that Jazz dance, arranged by Age UK on Wednesday, November 27, at St John’s Hall. There will be music by local jazz musicians and the dancing will be led by Liz Culshaw. There will be a prize for the best dressed jazz age look. Tickets via 823066, costing £4, including soup, roll and cake.

The next meeting of the Settle and District Gardening Club will take place on Wednesday, November 27, at 2pm at Townhead Court.

This will be the annual meeting and will be followed by a session entitled Creative Christmas is Coming.

The next film showing by TRAMPS will take place on Wednesday, November 27, at Victoria Hall at 7.45pm.

The film is Winter in Wartime, set in Holland towards the end of World War Two, which follows the story of a 14-year-old growing up and becoming involved with the resistance movement.

Tomorrow, Friday, November 22, there will be Good Time Americana in Settle in the form of Whiskey Dogs Hoe Down Band at Victoria Hall.

The month is brought to a lively end with a Take That tribute band, on Saturday, November 30.

For details of all tickets and performance times contact 01729 825718.


Get your Christmas shopping off to a great start in Silverdale this month at a Coffee Morning to be held in aid of CancerCare at Gaskell Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 30, from 10am to noon.

Stalls will include books, Christmas cards, bric-a-brac, gifts, baking, a raffle and much more. Entry is 50p and all proceeds go to CancerCare.


John Leach

The food collections for the Balmoral Children’s Centre continue at St Luke’s Church on Shady Lane on Thursdays from 10am until noon.

The churches are also collecting items for Homeless Action Lancaster.

Items required include clothing in good condition, soap, towels, shampoo and washing powder.

Anyone wishing to donate items can leave them in church or take them to the food collection point in the vestry on Thursdays.

There will be a Christmas Fair in the Church Institute, Shady Lane, this Saturday, November 23, from 2pm to 4.30pm, run by St Luke’s Church.

The festive stalls will include a bottlebola, cakes, chocolate, raffle and tombola.

There will be a charge of 50p for entry, which will include tea and biscuit.

On Friday, November 29, the Horticulture Society will run a whist and domino drive starting at 7.15pm in the memorial hall.

This event is open to non-gardeners as well as members of the society. Entrance is £3 and there will be a range of prizes.

This will provide an opportunity to share dreams of next year’s floral and vegetable delights whilst engaging in a sociable indoor pastime during a dark, late autumn evening.

Urban Saints, the village youth group that meets on Friday evenings, will run the next community coffee morning on Saturday, December 7, from 10am to noon.

The group is raising funds for some members to travel to Mexico and live in a tent whilst helping to build a house for homeless Mexicans.

This Sunday, November 24, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Paul Williamson will speak on the subject Bible belief and practise.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet on Monday, November 25. Call Kate on 077390 31739 for further information.


Paula Armstrong

Kirkby Brass Band will play a Seasonal Concert at St Oswald’s Church on Saturday, November 30, at 7.30pm.

Tickets £8 adult and £4 children, available from Rosemary Hartley on 015242 42207, David Parker 015242 73394 and Carole Scott 015242 41454.

Saturday morning drop-in for mums, dads, toddlers and kids will be held at Westhouse Methodist Church on Saturday, November 30. Bacon sandwiches and coffee from 9.30am to 11am.


Carol Millar

Warton Village Society presents a Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 1, in Warton Church Hall, 4pm to 6pm.

There will be hot food and refreshments, stalls and Santa’s Grotto.

The Nativity Play will be in the Old Rectory following the Christingle Service starting at 3.30pm at St Oswald’s 

Warton Methodist Church is hosting a Big Fat Family Quiz this Saturday, November 23, at 6pm, with a pie and peas supper. Contact Anth on 07784 228174 for tickets.

Leighton Hall Christmas Fair will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 10am to 2pm. Admission of £3.50 includes coffee and a mince pie. Carnforth Choral Society will be singing 


Joan Halstead

Members of the Wennington and District Women’s Institute were treated to an extremely informative talk by Peter Wright on Bee 
Keeping at the November meeting.

Prior to the talk president Sue O’Brien announced that Carol Beevers and Roo Berry had been appointed as secretary and treasurer respectively for the coming year.

The retiring treasurer Carol Dove, and retiring committee member Margaret Wring, had previously received a vote of thanks for their hard work over many years at the October 

The retiring secretary Brenda Mickle received a vote of thanks for her unstinting commitment to the members of the Women’s Institute for more than 20 years.


Michael Rothwell

The Mourholme Society has had two interesting meetings to start the season: Morecambe Past and Present by Michael Scott and Modern Archaeological Techniques by Rachel Newman.

The next meeting at Yealand Village Hall on Wednesday, November 27, at 7.30pm, will be entitled Simpson’s Gold Thread Works, Preston, presented by Linda Barton.

Non-members are welcome.

St Johns Church, Yealand Conyers, has benefited from major improvement works over the last 12 months allowing it to be used for and by the local community.

Local people have been instrumental in financing these works and, as part of involvement by the community, will be able to enjoy a relaxing evening in the church.

An evening of Smooth Jazz with ‘Round Midnight is planned in aid of continuing development at St Johns Church, for Saturday November 30, 7.30pm.

Ticket sales have been strong and a one-way parking system will be in operation up Dykes Lane and Church 
Lane. Tickets from 01524 727632.