Town and Country: 22/08/13

Hornby Sheep Show.'Harry Huddleston, five and Charlotte Ashley, five, who won first prize in the upland female for future farmers.
Hornby Sheep Show.'Harry Huddleston, five and Charlotte Ashley, five, who won first prize in the upland female for future farmers.

This week’s Town and Country news.


Derek & Celia Coultherd

There will be a coffee morning including stalls with items for sale on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to noon in Austwick Parish Hall to raise money for hall funds.

If you have any items for the stalls, ie: books, dvds, bric-a-brac, cakes or produce, good quality clothing and raffle prizes please contact Sue Sharples on 51375 to arrange collection. All items will be gratefully received.

Austwick Bowling Club played at Burton-in-Lonsdale on Saturday and lost 6-1, although there were some enjoyable games, despite the heavy rain. This Sunday, August 25, they are away to Kirby Lonsdale with a 1.30pm start time.


Wendy Dowbiggin

015242 61573

The Food and Beer Festival, brought to Bentham by the Bentham Environmentally Sustainable Town and We Are Bentham, is taking place now until Sunday, August 25.

Pubs and cafes will be using locally grown ingredients wherever possible and look out for the food quiz available in shops.

Tomorrow, Friday, August 23, between 10am and 1pm, there will be a workshop entitled A Ploughman’s Lunch From Scratch at Looking Well on King Street, £5 including lunch.

On Saturday on the Main Street, High Bentham, there will be a crop-swap stall – bring along surplus and takeaway someone else’s.

Also stalls of local produce and plants, a Bentham Bee stall and cheese tasting. A bus will travel around the various hostelries in Low and High Bentham over the lunchtimes and afternoons of Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday it is the well-advertised Duck Race starting at 2pm on the River Wenning with ducks available at shops in town.

On Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, the Black Bull Hotel will be holding a fun day and barbecue to mark the end of Bentham’s Festival weekend, starting from noon.

The Bull will also be hosting Thwaites Shire Horses at some point during the day and there will be live music from 2pm, and a bouncy castle and face painting for the children.

Members of Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall last Friday where they enjoyed a delicious meal served by Faith Wilson and Sue Pilkington. The lucky raffle winner was Margaret Rowcroft. During the afternoon Janet Kenyon gave an interesting talk on Age Concern in Zimbabwe.

On August 12 Springfield Bowling Club’s A team played away at Ingleton losing 7-1 and the B team, at home to Staveley A, drew 4-4. August 13 saw the club losing a friendly match at Hawkeshead 6-2.

President’s Day was held last Saturday plus a new competition, the Jubilee Cup, to celebrate 60-years of bowling at Springfield.

President Eunice Garlick presented the prize to Cliff Fisher and Tom Davies who beat Andrew Cross and Clifford Park 21-14 in the final.

At the monthly meeting of Low Bentham WI held in the Victoria Institute members heard an interesting talk given by past member Joan Gilroy on her trip around the world taken 30-years ago.

Joan enjoyed first class travel on a pre-arranged tour taking in such places as San Francisco, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other destinations.

As Mrs Gilroy said things have changed somewhat in those 30 years but she had a wonderful time and wonderful memories.

LASRUG wish to thank all who helped or donated in any way to their coffee morning held in the town hall last Saturday. The NSPCC recently raised £500 for their branch and the local MS Society £330 at recent coffee mornings.

Forthcoming local events including the following. There will be a coffee morning this Saturday, August 25, in the town hall from 10am, in aid of Settle and District Blind Association.

Remember to get entries in for all classes for Bentham Show by Monday, August 26, to Val Lawson, show secretary, The show will be held at the Auction Mart on Saturday, September 7.


Claire Helme

Around 20 people from the villages attended a meeting on August 16 with Barry Forde from B4RN (rural high-speed broadband community project).

The current network is being extended to Capenwray Hall and the meeting was to discuss the feasibility of extending it to Borwick and Priest Hutton.

A minimum of £15k would need to be invested by residents into B4RN shares to get the project off the ground.

B4RN itself is a non-profit making co-operative with any surplus income going to support community projects. Minimum investment in shares is £100 and the maximum is £20k.

An investment of £500 or more is eligible for tax relief of 30 per cent.

The broadband service itself would cost £30 a month, inclusive of VAT, with a £150 connection fee for domestic use and £150 a month inclusive of VAT for businesses with over five employees.

It is not envisaged that these costs would rise in the future and, indeed, may even come down.

If the minimum investment needed is raised then B4RN will start the detailed network mapping and will try to include every property.

Volunteers would then be needed to help with digging trenches for the 16mm cable to be brought across farmland to connect to all the properties in both villages.

Anyone interested in making pledges or just in having a connection should email Simon Osmond at with their name, house name and contact details so that he can build up a master sheet for B4RN.


Kathryn Smith

AT the parish council meeting a group of residents expressed their concerns about the planning application to build two dwellings at the top of Thornleigh Drive.

Their concerns mainly centred on issues about the private unadopted road and other infrastructure matters.

The council resolved to object to this proposal as it was outside the development boundary of the village.

No objections were raised to the applications for extensions and alterations to Holly Cottage, Clawthorpe, or to an extension at 20 St James Drive.

Planning approval had been given for a two storey extension to 10 Thornleigh Drive, alterations and extensions to Morewood School and for a two storey extension to 2 Drovers Way.

The council decided to object to the proposal to widen Church Bank Gardens.

It also decided not to buy a Public Access Defibrillator as the village already had an active and well equipped First Responders group.

The council noted correspondence about traffic problems associated with school runs and asked all residents with views on this issue to pass them to a councillor or the parish clerk. This subject will be discussed at the September or October meeting.

There had been no applications to fill the post of parish clerk. A replacement was urgently needed and anyone interested was invited to contact the clerk or chairman of the council.

Burton Post Office was keen to utilise the Post Office Community Enterprise Fund if residents had suggestions for ways in which the Post Office could provide further services to the village.

A councillor had attended the Speed Indicator Device course and a device would be installed in the village in January.


Larry Branyan

The Carnforth Art Festival and Street Gallery will be held over Bank Holiday weekend, with some fabulous artwork, in all kinds of media, being displayed by local artists.

The Street Gallery is on display until August 31, with local businesses displaying the works in their windows, or inside their premises.

Also on display in the town square will be bunting which has been beautifully coloured and designed by the local children in events kindly hosted by Carnforth North Road Primary School and the Carnforth Library.

A free quiz will be available in some local businesses with a £25 gift voucher for the winning entry.

Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, will bring the Festival itself, with artists showing their wares in the town square between 10am and 4pm.

There will also be activities for the children and street music throughout the day.

The day will be rounded off with a film show at the Carnforth Heritage Centre at the train station.

At the same time there will be the launch of a new website, an informative website for locals and visitors alike.

The festival has been sponsored by the Carnforth and District Chamber of Trade and is supported by Carnforth Town Council.

A Railwayana and Model Train Fair will be held on the platform at Carnforth Station’s Visitor Centre on Sunday, August 25, from 9am to 2pm. Any enquiries should be directed to David on 07796 184694.


Rory-Jo Daniels

An amazing total of £1,083 has been raised for St James’ Church by the ladies of Handmade in Clapham.

The ladies would like to thank everyone who has supported them over the last few months by buying their goods. Their stall at the Clapham Street Fair proved hugely popular.

They will be getting their heads together shortly to decide what to make next, their fingers are resting but their brains are busy and it will be a challenge to match that target next year.

In the meantime please save old t-shirts for the group, they will be reappearing as rag rugs next summer.

There will be a United Church Service this Sunday, August 25, at Ingleborough Hall, Clapham. The service will begin at 10.30am.

There will be a photographic exhibition by Settle Photographic Club in Clapham Village Hall over August Bank Holiday weekend. Refreshments will be served throughout and proceeds will be in aid of St James’ Church and the Village Hall funds.

Tickets are still available for the The Library Theatre from Leeds’ performance of two of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads dramatic monologues in St James’s Church, Clapham, on Saturday, August 31, from 7.30pm.

Tickets at £10 include interval refreshments. They are available from Sue Mann, 015242 51792, other church members, or on the door.


Have you got green fingers? Are you a domestic god or goddess in the kitchen? A gifted craftsman or woman? If so, then there is bound to be a class for you in the Dolphinholme Show, which takes place on Saturday, September 7.

With well over 100 classes to enter, there are plenty of opportunities for displaying potentially prize-winning vegetables, fruit and floral displays. For those without green fingers there are classes covering photography, baking, preserves, wine making and crafts.

A whole section of the show is devoted to children’s work so there really is something for everyone.

A full list of classes, along with entry form, show rules and other information is available from

Information is also available from the show secretary Jane Entwistle, 01524 791896 or email Entry fees are just 20p for each exhibit, with children’s classes free of charge.

Entries need to be submitted to the show secretary by Wednesday, September 4, at the latest, with staging of exhibits taking place in the village hall between 8.30am and 10.30am on the day of the show.

Even if you don’t have that competitive spirit, you can still come along and enjoy the afternoon as, following judging, the show opens to the public at 2.30pm and admission is free.

All the show entries will be available to view, along with home-made refreshments, a range of children’s amusements a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and displays of local crafts and produce.

To round off the day Dolphinholme’s local pub, The Fleece, will be hosting a barbecue from 7pm onwards.


Elaine Finne

The 40th Anniversary of Glasson Dock’s Christ Church Flower Festival will take place this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 24, 25 and 26, from 10am to 6pm. There will be various stalls and refreshments will be available throughout each day.

The event originated from an idea by the late Rev Alan Brisbrown whose wife, together with committed helpers, put the plan into action.

Four of the original group still live locally; they are Enid and Joan Charnley of Glasson Dock and from Conder Green, Audrey Foy and Norma Parkinson.

All can be assured of a very warm welcome where there will be a chance to view the wonderful exhibits, the church and stalls.

A Folk Concert by Paul and Kate Howden will be held in Glasson Village Hall on Friday, September 6, at 7.30pm. A ploughman’s supper is included in the cost of the ticket and a bar is available. All are welcome.

On Friday, October 4, at 7.30pm, a presentation about Glasson and District will be given by Don Stringfellow in the village hall. A hot-pot supper will be available.


Paul Woodruff

The Aughton Pudding Festival, which includes the Aughton Village Show, is back this Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

There will be plenty to do, including trade stands, dog show and the North of England Snail Racing Championship. A great day out, don’t miss it. The next one is in 2034.

All the action is on the show field, Aughton Road, with the pudding arriving at noon. Entry £5, under 16s £2.50.

St Wilfrid’s Nursing Home is looking to buy a mini bus to enable the residents to enjoy days out.

Michelle Simmons and Carla Atkinson are helping to raise funds by jumping from a plane at 10,000ft and free falling at 120mph before gently landing.

If you wish to sponsor these two brave ladies contact St Wilfrid’s or sign up at Woodies at the Crook o’Lune.

Rajah the Elephant, formerly of Halton (Luneside Engineering) is returning to his birthplace on Saturday, August 31, to attend the official opening of the refurbished Halton Mill, around 3pm.

Everyone is most welcome to greet one of the mill’s most famous mechanical elephants and take a look around the whole project. Telephone Fiona Frank on 07778 737681 for more information.


John Bateman

The Annual Sweet Pea Show, held in the Smithy, was again a success with prizes from Woodland Nurseries. Colin Mason took the title with Kate Woods and Will Pointer following in second and third.

The best decorated bottle was won by Pam Baxter and Frank Hine scooped the prize for the best children’s entry.

Holme Grown Allotment Society will be hosting its fourth annual village show this year in the parish hall on Sunday, September 1, at 1pm, admission free.

The show is open to all residents and friends of Holme, who grow their own fruit and vegetables, take photographs, bake, cook, make handicrafts and draw with pen and ink.

For those that concentrate on flower growing there is a section for chrysanthemums, dahlias and gladioli growers.

Additionally there are children’s classes and a class for flower arranging entitled Blooming Autumn.


Chris Kynch

Good weather was enjoyed by a large group of walkers from Hornby District Ramblers. Led by Alan and Anthea Ashworth, the party parked at Killington, and then walked for about five miles in the Killington area.

They were interested in the old church and the ongoing restoration of the Old Hall, both of which goes back to the 12th century.

The route took them through Beckside and Harprigg, where the party saw a fine house with a pond.

A climb was rewarded with views in many directions: of the Lune Valley, the Howgills and the Lake District. Lunch was taken at the hill top.

There was a small incident when a herd of frisky bullocks and a cow with a calf became interested in the party, causing some alarm. One member managed to persuade them to run away.

The walkers noted many wild flowers, including harebells, in rough pasture. Confronted by part of the path overgrown by a thicket of nettles, the party decided on a diversion, before returning to the cars.


Mrs C Thompson

Tracy Dunkley and her fellow friends of Horton School would like to thank everyone for their donations of cakes, help with the catering and general support on the day of Paul’s funeral.

The monthly whist drive was held recently at the Golden Lion. Winners for the ladies were J Welch, E Jackson, A Humphrey and V Pullen.

For the gents winners were all ladies but playing as subs due to a shortage of male players.

They were M Wright, J Mercer, B Garnett and V Jones.

The group would be pleased to welcome any new players and would be happy to teach a complete novice how to play the card game.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 7.30pm, at the Golden Lion.


Sue Brown

Ingleton Swimming Pool reported a good season so far at its last meeting and is busy planning for its 80th anniversary celebrations next year.

Thanks to everyone who gave up their time to make the 2013 Swimming Gala happen and who volunteered on the day to help with scoring, timekeeping, compering, etc.

Results – Youngest boy to swim a length: Rowan Cruft; Youngest girl to swim a length: Heidi and Heath Cruft; One length freestyle – Boys 6-8: Angus Sands; Boys 9-11: Niall Wakefield; Girls, 9-11: Charlotte Tracey.

Two lengths freestyle – Boys 12-15: Paul Mahoney; Girls 12-15: Abigail Tracey. One length breaststroke – Boys 6-8: Angus Sands; Boys 9-11: Oscar Stephenson Wright; Girls 9-11: Kirstie Main. Two lengths breaststroke – Boys 12-15: Paul Mahoney; Girls 12-15: Abigail Tracey.

Junior diving – Boys 9 and under: Niall Wakefield; Girls 9 and under: Rachel Weller. Senior diving – Boys 10 and over: Oscar Stephenson Wright; Girls 10 and over: Charlotte Tracey. Egg and spoon – Nine and under: Elisha Amirkhani; 10 and over: Paul Mahoney. Four length medley – Boys 16 and under: Paul Mahoney; Girls 16 and under: Abigail Tracey.

Mixed relay – Nine and under: Thomas Whaley, Niall Wakefield, Milly Dinsdale, Rachel Weller; 10 and over: Paul Mahoney, Peter Mitchell, Kirstie Main.

Mixed ring retrieval – Nine and under: Milly Dinsdale and Robert Main; 10 and over: Paul Mahoney. Effort – Boy: Ethan Cross; Girl: Isobel Morphet. Victor: Paul Mahoney; Victress: Abigail Tracey.

Ingleton NSPCC Open Gardens was held on July 27 and 28. The sun shone in Ingleton while many people walked round the village to admire the 30 beautiful gardens open to the public. Thank you to all the kind people who shared their gardens. A really lovely weekend.

The sun shone again on August 4 for the Gymkhana and Companion Dog Show with all proceeds for the NSPCC.

There were horses and ponies large and small, showing and jumping and games events.

Everyone enjoyed the day with delicious refreshments provided and served by the NSPCC committee. Many thanks to Catherine and John Mason and Adele and all their judges and helpers.

During the afternoon dogs of all shapes and sizes came along for the Companion Dog Show judged by Miss S Lanson.

She was looking for healthiest, cutest, prettiest, waggiest tail, saddest eyes, best condition, best six legs, etc.

A great day was had by all making lots of money for the NSPCC Children in Danger. Thanks to Jayne Robinson and her friends, helpers and judges and all who helped in any way to make it a great day.

Gymkhana results – Ridden champion: Emily White; Reserve ridden champion: Leah Coultherd; In-hand champion: Becky Handy; Reserve in-hand champion: Emma Fell; Jump off champion: Leah Coulthard. Dog show results – Best in show: Mars owned by A Wren; Best puppy in show: Charlie owned by Mrs Stephen.

At the August meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA), the chairman was pleased to report that the solar panels are working well and also that the new lighting in the hall is saving money.

The swimming pool is having a bumper season. Swimming lessons for four-10-year-olds on Fridays have been very successful with 40 children taking part. Also aerobics on Thursdays have been popular.

A giant car boot sale is being held in aid of the swimming pool on Sunday, September 8, 7am to 2pm, £6 per car. To book telephone Walter Tooby on 41979 or Jayne at the centre on 41701.

The Gala has raised £4,826 so far, thanks were expressed to the committee for their efforts and to all who helped on the day.

St Mary’s Church Harvest Festival is on Sunday, September 29.

Brenda Baker is going to put together a recipe book, proceeds from which will go towards the church roof fund, so please let Brenda have any favourite recipes.

The church jumble sale will be held on Saturday, September 14, and Old People’s Welfare jumble sale on Saturday, November 2, to raise money for the Christmas party on Friday, December 13.

The Fireworks jumble sale made £878, thanks to everybody.

The NSPCC Open Gardens raised £500 and the Gymkhana made over £1,000, again with thanks to all who helped.

Is there anyone who would be willing to help with the Duck Race during the Wild West Weekend, if so please get in touch with Elaine Ward?

There is to be a Fake Thackray evening at the Community Centre on Saturday, November 30, at 7.30pm, tickets £8 and the bar will be available, contact 01524 241701.

The first prize of £20 in the 200 Club was won by the Toddlers Group, the second of £10 went to Connie Tooby and Dickon Siddall, Brian Lambert and Wendy Moorhouse each won £5.


Mary Taylor

Tatham Fells Women’s Institute’s members gave superb performances of Alright on the Night and More, on August 15 and 16 to capacity audiences in the Old School.

Director Jacquie Van Ryssel brought out the best in performers, president Carole Thurnham, Lynda Kirkby, Ruth Garstang, Carole Butcher, Jenny Herd and Ruth Holden with introduction by Margaret McIntosh.

The evening began with a bang as all the cast, scantily dressed for the part, sang the risqué WI Song by Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe.

They then gave an hilarious performance of All Right On The Night by Stella Wyn James; the cast of a play were horrified to find their rehearsal was before a live audience.

Linda and Carole T kicked off the second half with the first of six acts – Belles, to the tune of A Couple of Swells, written by Linda where the couple of Belles were walking up to Abbeystead to call on the Westminster’s.

Carole B, with a snooty upper class voice, told how to make useful and acceptable gifts, by Joyce Grenfell); Carole T with the Evesdrop by Roger McGough; Jenny and Ruth G performed Young Love and Carole B, Kitty both by Victoria Wood; and Linda brought the show to the finale with Capstick comes home. All the company joined in for the finale Mrs Beamish by Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe.

Other WI members had made props, painted the backdrop, made costumes, helped backstage and provided refreshments which were served at the end of the performance.

Proceeds from both nights are to be divided equally between St John’s Hospice and the Old School Fabric Fund.


Janet Purvis

There will be a Tea by the Sea Coffee Morning on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, at the Reading Room, Sunderland Point, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with all the usual produce and cakes.

Grand raffle and 2014 Sunderland Point Calendars are now on sale. All proceeds of this fund raising event will go towards the upkeep of the Reading Room.

At a recent coffee morning at Sunderland Point, £296 was raised towards the re-wiring of the mission building. Many thanks to all involved and who supported the event. Thanks also to St John’s, Sandylands, whose members visited on a beautiful afternoon for Said Evening Prayer. Special thanks to Mr and Mrs T J Smith for their hospitality.

The Overton Players (TOPS) are holding auditions for this year’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, on Wednesday, August 28, at the Memorial Hall, Overton.

Children’s auditions are between 7pm and 8pm, adult auditions from 8pm onwards.

Please note that for this production the Players would invite children of 11 years and over, and children must be accompanied by a parent or parent representative.

The group would also love to see anyone who would like to be involved with backstage/props/costume/scenery building and painting. Please go along on the night or contact Lynne Levey on 858442. Performance dates are December 12, 13 and 14.

While restoration work takes place at St Helen’s Church it will be closed to the public and the churchyard surrounding the church with become designated a construction site. The instructions of the site manager must be obeyed.

There will be no access to the water tap and people bringing flowers to graves will need to bring water with them. For enquires regarding baptisms, weddings of funerals please contact Mrs Christine Mashiter, church warden, 01524 852451 or 07795 112487.

This Sunday, Trinity 13, August 25, at 10.45am, the Eucharist Service led by Canon Julian Frost will be held in Overton Memorial Hall followed by refreshments. Junior Church recommences on Sunday, September 15.

The Harvest Festival Service to be held on Sunday, September 29, 10.45am, and the Harvest Supper and Auction of Produce will be held on Monday, September 30, at the memorial hall, 

Contact and diary details available on


J Leach

At the first meeting of the Over 60s Club in August, Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Nancy Ralston second and Margaret Western third. At the same meeting Eileen Massey won the games of dominoes, with Dawn 
Bell second and Joan Hunter third.

This Saturday, August 24, the Horticultural Society will hold its summer show from 2pm until 4.30pm in the memorial hall. This is an opportunity to see locally grown fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as the best of local craft items and cooking.

There is still time to enter. The last time to register entries is 7pm this Thursday, August 22, with the exhibits having to be in the memorial hall by 10am on Saturday.

Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Equipment Fund in mid-August with Jean Connor second and Isa Gibson third. Margaret Metcalfe won the games of dominoes at this meeting with Brian Coates second and Margaret Eccles third. The high halves were taken by Colin Nuttall and Olive Bell.

There was a cross bay walk on August 14 from Silverdale to Scale Point, Morecambe, in aid of the Venus and Cupid statue.

The Saturday walk from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands was cancelled due to the channels being in flood and adverse weather.

The Silverdale to Grange-over-Sands section on the Sunday walk was re-routed back to Hest Bank from Silverdale again due to flood conditions in the Kent channel.

The Keer channel was forded on both the way to Silverdale and on the return under close supervision from the guides as there was dangerous quicksand in the area.

The next walk is on Monday, August 26, from Silverdale to Cark starting from Gibraltar Farm Caravan Park at 10am.