Town and Country: 26/09/13

At the art exhibition in aid of St Michael's Church nave re-pointing held in Cockerham Village Hall at the weekend are Mary Stribley, Chris Tindall, Elizabeth Smithies and Linda Coldwell.
At the art exhibition in aid of St Michael's Church nave re-pointing held in Cockerham Village Hall at the weekend are Mary Stribley, Chris Tindall, Elizabeth Smithies and Linda Coldwell.

This week’s Town and Country.


Derek & Celia Coultherd

This Sunday, September 29, Nick the Bishop of Bradford will be confirming members of local churches at Austwick Church at 6.30pm – do go along and support this important service.

If anyone would like to put flowers in church for a Sunday during 2014 the new rota is at the back of the church. The ladies who regularly arrange flowers would be happy to offer this service.

This Sunday there will be a United Church Service at Keasden Church at 10.30am.

The vast range of work of the National Park’s Historic Environment Team in identifying, conserving and promoting understanding of the Yorkshire Dales historic landscape was the subject of a talk by Robert White to members of Austwick 
Field and Local History Society.

His numerous illustrations emphasised the diversity of features involved, from castles to privies, hut circles to field barns, milk churn stands to manhole covers.

Discussion touched on the complex issues involved in balancing preservation with modern progress.

The society’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16, at 7.30pm in the village hall, when Mike Slater will talk about Date Stones in the Settle area. Visitors welcome.


Wendy Dowbiggin

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Members of Age Concern met in the Masonic Hall last Friday where they enjoyed a lunch prepared by Eileen Beresford. The lucky raffle winner was Jean Eglin.

During the afternoon members were entertained by the Bentham Praise Choir who performed a delightful selection of songs and had the group laughing with their comic poems.

The opening session of Bentham Methodist Bright Hour was held on September 17, when the president welcomed members and guest Mrs Joy Bell.

Prayers were said for members ill in hospital or at home. Mrs Bell gave a programme of songs, remarks and poems on the subject Why I Belong to Jesus.

The next meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 1, will include Rev Bryan 

A Community Celebration Service celebrating God’s Creation was held at Bentham Methodist Church on September 22. Rev Mabel Parr welcomed the congregation. Children from High Bentham Community Primary School performed two songs which were warmly received by the congregation.

Rev Bryan Yardy led the interactive prayers which were aimed at the children, which they understood and willingly took part in.

The sermon was given by Rev Yardy and the Prayers of Intercession by Fr Tony Boyland. Sue Yardy gave a reading entitled Wonderful World based on Genesis 1.

Throughout the service music was beautifully provided by the Churches Together Music Group and Richard Whitfield on the organ.

An outstanding event was held in the town hall last Saturday in aid of Southport Hospital Spinal Unit, organised by Bob Lister who was seriously injured in a motor cycle accident.

It was an evening to remember with a large group of all ages dressing for the occasion and enjoying the music.

The final amount raised will be announced at a later date.

Members of Low Bentham WI met at the Victoria Institute when they enjoyed an interesting talk by Mr Dave Checkley entitled A Key to the Ancient History of the Earth. Mr Checkley is a caver and has an extensive knowledge on the subject. President Christine Jennings led the meeting.

Forthcoming local events include the following. A coffee morning will be held in the town hall this Saturday, September 28, from 10am. This Sunday, September 29, the Bentham Footpath Group’s walk will be at Arnside, six and a half miles, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am. On Monday, September 30, the Ewecross Historical Society will meet in the town hall at 7pm.


Patricia Bradley

Alysia Gilda would like to invite people to attend her new classes designed for the over 60s, retired and keen-to-keep-agile ladies and gentlemen.

Using popular music the class will motivate members to get and feel fitter.

Chair exercises will also be demonstrated so everyone can join in whatever their ability. The sessions will be held in the Catholic Hall, Bolton-le-Sands, every Wednesday at 2.30pm.

Alysia is a fully qualified teacher with more than 36-years of experience and her sessions are very sociable. Turn up any Wednesday and be met with a warm welcome. Telephone 01524 822207 for further details.

This year’s parish Harvest Festival Service will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, October 6, at 10.30am.

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School is keen to continue to improve the provision it makes for instrumental learning in school and has welcomed two new young music teachers from Lancashire Music Service to really raise the profile of music education.

To this end the school would welcome any unwanted musical instruments. Please contact Mrs Griffith at the school if you can donate any playable instrument or one that is easily repairable.

Bolton-le-Sands WI is holding a charity evening in aid of Bolton-le-Sands Community Playground Project, the Air Ambulance and the Renal Patients Association on Saturday, November 9, in Bolton-le-Sands Village Hall at 7.30pm.

The Library Theatre Touring Company will present Happy Jack by John Godber. Tickets £5, contact Daniella Khan on 01524 822901 or Jean Dennis on 01524 822514.


Claire Helme

Borwick recently held its September Parish Meeting in Borwick Hall and there was a lively discussion on several local issues.

Real concern was expressed regarding vehicles leaving Borwick Lane to turn into the bridle path by Borwick Hall Bridge and also for traffic exiting the bridle path on to the lane.

Traffic on Borwick Lane itself has increased in recent years and so has the number of vehicles parking on the bridle path, partly as a result of published walks suggesting the spot as a suitable start point.

The clerk was instructed to contact the County Highways department and footpaths officer for any advice that they may have. Similar concern was expressed about an incident in August when a local farmer left Borwick Lane strewn with manure and stones, creating a very serious situation for road users. The farmer concerned failed to remove the offending material and it was left to two residents to try and clear up as much mess as possible.

There was also disappointment in the failure of the Highways Department and the local police to act; it would appear that the communications systems that they now have in place are inadequate and unable to deal quickly with calls for assistance.

The chairman gave a brief run down on the events of the past three months and thanked all who had organised them, especially Melanie and Andrew Brakewell who had hosted a charity garden party and later a rounders match and barbecue.

There was an interesting debate on the question of housing in the village, when several properties are for sale and many youngsters are currently unable to save enough money for a deposit to buy them.

Members heard from Steve Thorns about the progress being made to bring B4RN hyperfast fibre broadband to the village and look forward to future developments.

Borwick Lane is scheduled for resurfacing during the current year and the clerk was instructed to enquire about progress.


Kathryn Smith

The parish council meeting heard that it has been provisionally granted £5,850 to prepare a plan for a safe footway alongside the A6070 to Clawthorpe.

The county council has proposed three options to upgrade Slape Lane. As the parish will be required to contribute towards the expense of this the County will cost all options for consideration.

The planning applications for Holly Cottage, Clawthorpe, the wind turbine at the motorway services and removal of a sycamore tree at Hall Gardens have all been approved.

A retrospective application for a static caravan at Sandy Gap Barn and for conversion of Croft House Barn have been received.

Concern was expressed that some aspects of the proposal for Croft House Barn would encroach on the privacy of neighbours and that the size of the proposed dwelling might lead to there being insufficient space for car parking.

Correspondence from residents and opinions expressed at the open forum centred on the traffic problems encountered during school run times.

The council noted the need for early action to be taken and agreed a five-point plan including some changes to road markings, no waiting cones, a one-way system through the memorial hall car park and a possible ‘walking-bus’ from the King’s Arms.

It was also noted that a meeting with the head teacher, who has already reminded parents to exercise careful driving, might be productive.

It was reported that the drainage work at the bottom of Neddy Hill has not been satisfactory, that further work on Hutton Close was unlikely and that a possible infringement of the planning agreement for Storth Limited had occurred which would be reported to the planning authority.

There has now been some interest in the position of parish clerk and therefore the deadline for applications has been extended to Thursday, October 10.

A moto quiz night in aid of Help For Heroes will be held in the Memorial Hall tonight, Thursday, September 26, at 7.30pm.

The annual Craft Market will be held in the Memorial Hall, 10am to 4pm, this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29.


Suzette Heald

This Saturday, September 28, the Village Autumn Market in Dolphinholme Village Hall will be fund raising for B4RN.

The market will offer a range of craft and produce stalls, antiques and bric-a-brac; Liz Collinson has a new range of Dolphinholme mugs; and even if you are not in a buying mood, between 11am and 1pm the market will be offering coffee and cake and a great barbecue. All welcome, free entry.


Gill O’Donnell

This Sunday, September 29, the community cinema showing at the Richard Whiteley Theatre at 3.30pm will be The Great Gatsby. All tickets available via or 01729 893180.

On Monday, September 30, at 7.30pm, at St Alkelda’s Church, Jan Michael will be talking about her latest book Moorside Boy, set in Settle and Giggleswick (Seggleswick). The story takes place in the present and in the 1840s when Benjamin Waugh, founder of the NSPCC, was growing up in Settle.

The book will be on sale for a special price of £5; all proceeds to the NSPCC. Admission to the event is priced at £4, including refreshments.


Chris Kynch

Hornby Pensioners will hold a coffee morning and bring and buy at Hornby Institute at 10.30am this Saturday, September 28, raising funds for Chernobyl’s Children. In the evening pensioners will play whist and dominoes from 7pm.

Hornby Village Trust and Lunesdale Probus Club have teamed up to offer an opportunity to travel by executive coach to spend a day at the BBC Good Food Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on Thursday, November 28.

The show offers a huge amount of activities which include meeting celebrity chefs, demonstrations, visiting the Great British Bake Off village, talking to producers of quality foods and enjoying a day of ‘foodie heaven’.

The ticket prices vary from £31 to £36 to include transport, entry to the show and theatre demonstrations by either James Martin or the Hairy Bikers.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Hornby Discussion Group. Started in Hornby in 1963, the group has provided a wide range of interesting speakers and events for members, who include local people and also those from the wider farming communities.

The first of the celebratory annual programme of meetings will be held on Thursday, October 3, at 7.45pm, at the Tatham Bridge Inn.

New members from all age groups are welcome to join and anyone interested and wanting to learn more about the group may contact Philip Midgley on 01524 771344.


Mrs C Thompson

St Oswald’s Church is getting ready for the next event in its fundraising calendar. After a summer of hard work in which funds have been found for the installation of two more bells, bringing the number up to six, attention is turning towards improving the facilities at the church for visitors and regulars alike.

A Harvest and Flower Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6. On the Friday evening, October 4, wine and nibbles will set the festival off and on Sunday, members of Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band will lead a Songs of Praise at 3pm.

This will be followed by the auction of flowers and harvest produce in aid of church funds and the weekend is rounded off with Harvest Supper at the Golden Lion Hotel in the village.

The Flower Festival celebrates the warm links the parish, the deanery and the diocese has with places across the world, particularly South Western Virginia, USA, Sudan in Africa and Erfurt in Germany, and minds have been buzzing with ideas of ways of portraying these very different countries.


Sue Brown

All members present at the September meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA) were pleased to hear that the lights in the playgroup room had been replaced.

The swimming pool is now closed. Maintenance work and improvements will be carried out during the winter months.

It was agreed by everyone that an electronic sign should be purchased. This will be displayed at the entrance to the Centre and will advertise all village events.

The Wild West Weekend was enjoyable on Saturday but the Sunday events had to be cancelled due to bad weather. The Horticultural Show was excellent and it was good to see some new exhibitors. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all helpers.

St Mary’s Church jumble sale made £750 and the money will go towards the church roof fund.

The Harvest Festival will be held this Sunday, September 29. The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale will be held on Saturday, November 2, and the Christmas party on Friday, December 13.

The Swimming Pool Car Boot sale made a profit of £136. Unfortunately the Toy Library has had to close due to lack of support.

Everyone agreed that the IRCA should donate £500 to the fireworks committee to help pay for the insurance for the display.

The winner of £20 in the 200 Club was the Toddler Group, Gill Titterington came second with £10 and the Dance Club, Jean Collier and Judith Whitely each won £5.

The 43rd Annual Ingleborough WI Group Show took place at the Community Centre on September 21.

The hall was full to bursting with flowers, plants, home baked produce and handicraft, all to be judged for their excellence.

There were also delicious refreshments, a raffle, tombola and face painting and competitions for the children.

Rev Mabel Parr from Bentham presented the prizes and the results were as follows: Austwick Rose Bowl for the individual points winner in floral art went to Melanie Greenhalgh of Clapham WI, who also won the Anglesey Rose Bowl for the best exhibit in floral art; Giggleswick Trophy for the individual points winner in handicraft went to Susan Ellis of Ingleborough WI; Hargreaves Trophy for the individual winner in produce was won by Margaret Airey of Giggleswick WI and she also won the Maudsley Candlesticks for the individual winner in all sections and the Burton Trophy for the best exhibit in the pot plant class.

The Mason Trophy for the winning institute in the Co-operative Class went to Clapham WI and Horton WI won the James Trophy as runners-up in that class. Vera Dodgson of Burton WI won the Clara Brown Trophy for the most outstanding exhibit in handicrafts.

The Ingleborough Trophy for the overall winner in the pot plants and the best Domestic Trophy for the best exhibit in produce both went to Betty Atkinson of Low Bentham WI.


Janet Purvis

There will be a Tea by the Sea at the Reading Room, Second Terrace, Sunderland Point, this Sunday, September 29, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Alan Smith will be leading a bird watching walk at 2.45pm. No charge for the walk, but donations would be welcome, please wear suitable clothing and footwear. All the usual cakes and produce will be available, plus the draw of the grand raffle.


Gill O’Donnell

Settle Rotary and Castleberg Lodge are holding a Grand National Race Night tomorrow, Friday, September 27, at the Rugby Club to help raise funds for Settle Scouts. The evening’s events start at 7.30pm and tickets, costing £5 including supper, can be purchased via 07891 322096.

As part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, coffee will be served at Dalehome on Station Road, between 10am and noon tomorrow, Friday, September 27. All are welcome to support the work of Macmillan and help them to support those bearing the burden of cancer.

This year’s Storytelling Festival will take place Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13, and will offer a range of events suitable for all ages including workshops, town trail, story walk, tea and tales, makers’ market and a whole range of story telling experiences at venues throughout the town. Tickets are now available via, Settle Music on 01729 825838 or Victoria Hall on 01729 825718.

As part of Quaker Week in October there will be a performance of Nine Parts a Quaker ...Unfinished Business, by Plain Quakers theatre group at Friends Meeting House in Kirkgate.

The production tells the story of Thomas Clarkson and the campaign to end slavery. The performance takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 2, and is free, though donations are welcome.

The winner of the National Poetry Prize, Mike Barlow, will read some of his work at the Autumn Settle Sessions at The Folly in Settle on Friday, October 4.

Also on the bill will be Craven writer Veronica Caperon and some local writers and poets with their own work in an open mic slot.

Tickets, which are limited due to space, are £5 available from Cave and Cragg, The Folly and Crossleigh Stores Austwick. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537.

Settle Social Club is hosting a 90s Rave-themed disco on Saturday, October 5, to raise funds for the Stroke Association. This is an over 18s event only and will run from 9pm until late. Tickets cost £3 in advance or £5 on the night.

The next Charity Dance will take place at Settle College on Saturday, October 5, between 7.30pm and 11.30pm. To book please contact 01729 823259 /824038 by Thursday, October 3.


J Leach

There will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, this Sunday, September 29, at 2pm, when Rob Capper will speak on the subject Is their more to life than this? All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group meets at the Christadelphian Meeting Room on Mondays. Contact Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

Bare and Hest Bank Ladies Luncheon Club held its first meeting of the 2013-14 season with a coffee morning and annual meeting.

Members collected a copy of the club’s schedule for the coming year, which is packed with eight luncheon meetings, and which starts on Thursday, October 3, when Julie McIntyre is scheduled to speak on the subject of Cruising, Past and Present.

Mrs Margaret Ayrton stood down from the role of treasurer and the president thanked her for her diligent work over the last eight years.

Mrs Maureen Procter was elected as treasurer, previously having been the assistant treasurer. The other committee members were re-elected.

The September Police and Community Together meeting was held prior to the parish council meeting. PCSOs Angela Hall and Heather Joslyn gave a report of the 13 crimes reported during the last two months, noting that the number recorded is less than the monthly average.

There were two burglaries both in Coastal Road. One involved entering an open workshop and stealing tools. The second was a shed being broken into during the night and a bicycle stolen.

The thefts included two lockers being forced at VVV during business hours, a roll of lead being stolen from a drive in Slyne Road, Bolton-le-Sands, and a driver leaving Ian Irvine Car Sales, Coastal Road, without paying for fuel.

There were two vehicle crimes. One was a theft from a car parked in Grange View and an attempt to hot wire the ignition. The second was registration plates stolen from a car on Coastal Road in the middle of the day.

There was one report of damage, which was in Highfield Drive where a front window was smashed with a stone. Two minor assaults had been reported and both have been resolved.

There were 10 reports of anti-social behaviour during the two months but there was no pattern to them.

There had been a complaint about parking in Hest Bank Lane near Coastal Racing.

There were no crimes being committed when the police visited and the owner is helping to minimise the scale of the problem.

There are parking problems outside St Luke’s Primary School with drivers parking opposite the zig-zag markings thus causing congestion at school start and finish times. There followed an extensive discussion about this.

Paul Usher, whose children attend the school, stated that PC Nickson had a more high profile presence this school term. He also said that Rachel Crabtree has asked Lancashire County Council to assess the area for more traffic management.

It was noted that every year there is a fresh set of parents to educate about the traffic problems around the school. Drivers parking opposite the zig-zag lines can be prosecuted for obstruction, a criminal offence, but it is less enforceable than parking on yellow lines.

In terms of increasing the traffic management in this area Peter Millard, chair of the parish council, recommended that parents approach the city councillors, Malcolm Thomas and Sylvia Rogerson, and the County Coun Tony Jones. He observed that more yellow lines could be painted in the vicinity of the school without affecting residents or businesses.

Paul Usher stated that Lancashire County Council had been asked for the speeds recorded by the ‘smiley face’ only to be told that these devices do not record vehicle speeds.

He then questioned how anyone can substantiate the statement that the speed of vehicles in the village has reduced. Peter Millard said that data on which this statement is based has been collected by the police.

At the September meeting of the parish council, councillors agreed to support the action by parents to make the school environment safer for children on their way to and from school.

The parish council noted that the entrance to the burial ground has been concreted, outside the gates. There remains work to do to the hard standing inside the burial ground and some of the wall needs finishing with coping stones. This work will progress when the lengthsman has the time.

The work on the recreation field is almost complete. There is still concern about the drainage and the safety measures are being checked. There is a balance to be struck between ‘wild’ areas and installing so much safety equipment and warning notices that they negate the original intention.

The 2013-14 season of Scottish dancing has started in the memorial hall and is held each Tuesday until late May with the exception of school holidays. Dancing takes place from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the main hall.

Urban Saints youth group based in the village is aiming to partake in a house building project in Mexico at Easter 2014. There are diverse fund raising activities planned to help fund this charitable activity.

One of these is an afternoon tea in the memorial hall on Sunday, October 6, from 2pm to 4pm, with food and entertainment. Tickets are available from members of the youth group.


Carol Millar

Members at the September meeting of Warton Crag WI were treated to a sometimes humorous and sometimes heart rending talk on Planning for the Future by Birchall-Blackburn 

This was followed by supper and an entertaining guess who – school photograph competition.

The next meeting of the group will be held on Thursday, October 17. Membership details are available from Hilary on 01524 730533.

Archbishop Hutton’s School is holding an Open Afternoon on Monday, September 30, from 1.45pm to 3pm.

If your child is due to start school in September 2014 or beyond then visit the school with opportunities to meet staff, pupils, governors and parents.

Take a tour of the school and its ICT suite, library and out-door spaces. Watch a slide show, enjoy refreshments and talk to the parents. Learn about the Breakfast and After School Clubs.


Michael Rothwell

St John’s Church, Yealand Conyers, is holding its harvest festival this Sunday, September 29. There will be a service in church at 9.15am when everyone is invited to bring harvest gifts which will later be taken to the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.

This will be followed by harvest lunch in Yealand village hall at noon for 12.30pm. For details please ring 01524 781274.

The Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held in Yealand Village Hall this Saturday, September 28, from 10am to noon.

Lots of home produce and a wide range of goods will be for sale. This has been a popular annual social event for the past 10 years.