Town and Country: 27/02/14

We are the champions...pupils from Lancaster Road Primary School celebrate winning the 2014 Lancashire Sportshall Athletics with sports teacher Alan Main.
We are the champions...pupils from Lancaster Road Primary School celebrate winning the 2014 Lancashire Sportshall Athletics with sports teacher Alan Main.
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This week’s Town and Country news.


Michael J Pugh

Cawthorne’s Endowed School has been busy in February.

On the 7th The Friends of the School held the annual quiz night and hot pot supper which raised £75.

There were nine teams with nearly 70 competitors.

The winning team, by one point, was the Eggless Pointheads.

On Valentine’s Day the school had a mufti day with a red and pink theme.

The Toddler Group mums made cakes of the appropriate colours and £100 was raised.

The Friends decided to donate the proceeds of both events to the Farm Crisis Network to help farmers, especially in Somerset, suffering the effects of the recent flooding.

At the meeting on February 17, Abbeystead WI heard all about the fascinating adventures of one of their members.

Last year Phyllis Rothwell took part in a sponsored expedition to The Great Wall of China raising more than £2,000 for The Air Ambulance.

She showed many stunning photos and interesting souvenirs brought back from her trip. The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, at 7.30pm.

On February 19, 52 people took part in the whist and dominoes competition held in the parish hall.

Whist winners were Bernard Gornall, Betty Clark and Brian Garlic and the top dominoes players were Joyce Cowin and Kath Metcalfe (both scoring 95) and Joan Wilkins.

The next whist and dominoes might will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at 7.30, and this will be the last of the season until the third Wednesday in September.


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Members of Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall on Friday where they enjoyed a delicious meal served by Lynn Mountain and Hazel Kennell.

The lucky raffle winner was Edna Parnell.

After lunch the group was entertained by Peter Marshall who gave a talk entitled Pub Signs.

A successful coffee morning was held in the town hall on Saturday in aid of LASRUG (railway) which at the end of a busy morning raised £225 for their funds.

The committee would like to thank all who helped and donated.

Members of Low Bentham WI met at The Victoria Institute last Thursday when president Christine Jennings led the business meeting and introduced speaker Ken Briggs whose talk was entitled Lunetic.

Mr Briggs is responsible for The River Lune from Skerton Bridge to Kirkby Lonsdale, looking after the wild life and birds and even experimenting with cow dung which contains many food insects.

A competition for a nature photograph was won by Kathryn Brownsord with Christine Jennings second and Sheila Brown third.

Forthcoming local events include the following. Tomorrow, Friday, February 28, there will be a Family Beetle Drive at The Methodist Church at 6pm, and at 8pm

The Film Group will be showing Philomena in the town hall, tickets on the door.


patricia bradley

The Community Playground Project’s coffee morning raised £295 for playground funds. Thanks to all who gave support.

The project has received further generous community donations from: Bolton-le-Sands Primary School FOBLES who donated the proceeds from their last mufti day; M Archer and Son; St Mary of the Angels 100 Club; The Bonfire Committee; and village residents.

The Community Playground Project is grateful to the Bowling Club and Sheila Rigby for nominating the project as the recipient of funds raised at the annual Mike Rigby Trophy to be held on Sunday, April 13, at Bolton-le-Sands Bowling Club. 

Through a lot of hard work, commitment and support the committee is very close to its target.

This is a final fundraising push to achieve their target and ensure the playground achieves its full potential.

Please support any upcoming events and thank you again to all who have supported, and continue to support, this eagerly anticipated project.

The Ladies of Note are holding a concert in aid of playground funds on Saturday, March 22, and the United Reformed Church has kindly offered to host the evening – a programme to suit all ages, featuring songs from the shows, folk music, pop hits and more.

This musical night of entertainment will start at 7pm and refreshments will be provided.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from The Playground Committee, The Ladies of Note and The United Reformed Church.

Alysia Gilda is starting new Tap Classes for adults and boys.

Tap dancing is fun, helps fitness and is entertaining; anyone can have a go and in only a short time master the basic tap technique and develop a step vocabulary which is combined to create routines.

Adults started yesterday, Wednesday, at 8pm, and boys only classes will start today, Thursday, February 27, at 4.30pm.

Classes are held in St Mary’s Catholic Hall (opposite the library.) Please telephone 822207 for further details or Facebook the dance school.

The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on February 10. The speaker was member Robert Swain who gave an illustrated talk on his trip to Melbourne.  

Tickets for the Virtual Balloon Race are now on sale, priced £3 each, from Bolton-le-Sands School office.

All the money received will be donated to St John’s Hospice in Lancaster and this project will be their main fund raising activity heading towards Lent.

The former Priest in Charge at Holy Trinity, Rev Gerwyn Capon, has been appointed as the new Dean of Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

Gerwyn will be inducted this Friday, February 28, and the school will be represented at this special service.

The Big Pedal will begin on Monday, March 3, where as many children as possible will be encouraged to cycle, scoot or walk to school as part of a national drive to reduce the number of vehicles on the road at peak times.

Holy Trinity Mothers’ Union held a Wave of Prayer Service in church on February 19, praying together for the work of the MU in the Blackburn Diocese, Free State, Ibadan North, Nsukka, Sekondi and Shyogwe.

The theme was Sowing the Future Together.

The Enrolling Member Kath Lane led the service, with readings and prayers being said by members of the committee.

An interesting presentation followed about the work of the Morecambe Food Bank.

Annette Smith from the food bank explained how they were a Christian organisation set up following the model and standards of The Trussell Trust.

Hunger is not just a developing world problem, if social security benefits stop or are readjusted, there is often a window of several weeks before families have any money to buy food.

Using a voucher system, three days worth of food is provided in times of crises. There are now permanent collection points in many of the supermarkets and Holy Trinity Church for donations of food from the public to give people hope and dignity.

The next meeting of the Mother’s Union will be the general meeting where the speaker will be Ms Catherine Townsend on the subject of The Memory Quilt.

There is also a coffee morning at the Old Boys’ Grammar School on Wednesday, March 5.


Larry Branyan

The Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.30pm at Carnforth Civic Hall. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 5. All welcome.

Carnforth Town Council now has a new Facebook page where members of the public can view details of forthcoming events, meetings and photographs of the 

This is still in development but hopefully will become a useful addition to the Town Council’s website.

As part of Carnforth’s commemoration of the Great War of 1914 – 1918, it has been proposed that poppy seeds be scattered in the War Memorial Gardens and poppies be included in the town’s hanging baskets and other prominent positions throughout the town.

A Service of Commemoration will be held in the War Memorial Gardens at 7pm on Monday, August 4, the date war commenced in 1914.

A photo of Albert Halton VC, who was born in Warton, and his medals, plus a scroll of those men who died in the conflict, will be relocated from the Civic Offices to the Civic Hall for all to view.


Steph Hoggarth

Ellel Village Hall has teamed up with the new Penny Jo Boutique of Galgate to raise much needed funds for the ongoing maintenance of the new hall and the non-profit groups that use it.

A Charity Fashion Show will be held on Friday, March 21, starting at 7pm, and the entrance price of £8 includes a drink on arrival and nibbles.

There will be entertainment during the interval, a licensed bar and a raffle with a chance to win an outfit. For more information call/text Steph on 07816 520814.

Stay and Play Baby and Toddler Group at Ellel Village Hall meets every Thursday (term-time) from 9.30am to 11.45am.

There is a wide range of toys for all ages, arts and crafts, stories and song time.

The cost is £1 for a first child and 50p for siblings, everyone welcome. For more information call/text Zara on 07792 729679.

A Howden Jones concert will take place at Ellel Village Hall, on Friday, March 7, at 7pm. Tickets £10 include buffet supper. To book call 07977 942494.


John Bateman

Tonight, Thursday, February 27, starting at 7.30pm, there will be a fun games night at The Smithy with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer.

Anyone who is still wishing to enter should contact Ian Hayton on 01524 782324.

Well done to Alayna McKinley Rooke. In memory of her mum, Alayna raised the magnificent sum of £541 for Cancer Research.

Many thanks to all her friends and villagers who sponsored her Go Dry for January.

Don’t forget The Mothers’ Union meeting on Tuesday, March 4, with guest speaker Rev Ian Swift talking about Drug Addiction.

All are welcome to join the meeting in The Ellen Turner Rooms in Holy Trinity Church.

Other Mothers’ Union March events are the Lady Day Service on Tuesday, March 25, which this year will be held in Milnthorpe Church, and Mothering Sunday on March 30, when it is hoped many families will join members for the 9.15am service in Holy Trinity Church.


Chris Kynch

Hornby Probus Train day, with a packed coach from Hornby, firstly visited the beautifully restored steam locomotives A4 Pacifics exhibited at the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

The party then went on to Barnard Castle, to see the fine Bowes Museum of arts and ceramics.

The highlight was watching the world renowned Silver Swan, an amazing and beautiful moving work of silver, powered by clockwork. The day trip was a great success for all.

Hornby Mothers’ Union began the February meeting with the Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, led by enrolling member Barbara Bullivant, with all members reading part of the service.

Martin Coombes then gave a talk with slides entitled Transport of Delight. He showed images of a variety of buses from England and abroad through the ages. Members saw pictures of many kinds of trams and trains from steam to diesel and some planes.

Vale of Lune Young Farmers’ Club invite orders for their annual Garden Muck Weekend on March 8 and 9. Deliveries can be in a wide range of sizes from a bag or wheelbarrow to half or full trailer, loose or bagged, at a fraction of the price of branded garden manure.

The club, which is a registered charity, has no other sources of funding, and the running of the club depends on raising money from the weekend of muck sales.

Enquiries and orders to Claire Rogerson on 07772 218898.


Caroline Thompson

There is a busy month ahead at St Oswald’s Church. There will be a 9am service on the first Sunday of Lent, March 9, and a Morning Service at 10.30am on Sunday, March 23.

Earby Brass Band will be holding a concert in church on Friday, March 28, starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available and admission will be £6.

The following day the church will be open all day from 10am.

There will be a variety of stalls and refreshments.

Mothering Sunday on March 30 will be a day of special celebration, when there will be a 3pm service which will include the dedication of two new church bells.

Members of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Show Committee held their annual meeting recently.

Officers elected were chairman Gary Middleton, vice-chairman Barrie Thomas, indoor chairman Diane Wood, secretary Paula Swainson, assistant secretary John Swainson and Treasurer Peter Shackleton.

The treasurer was pleased to report a small profit on the 2013 show and it was agreed to look into a marquee replacement of a better quality.

It was also decided to purchase a flat trailer to store and transport the sheep hurdles.

The collaboration with The Friends of Horton School providing catering on the field had worked very well and their donation to show funds was acknowledged.

The same arrangements will be put in place this year.

Indoor and outdoor classes will remain the same as the previous year.

The Sargison Cup will be awarded to the class for afternoon tea for two presented on a two tier stand.

Members of Penyghent Gun Club held a shoot in Horton Quarry by kind permission of Hansons. The marshals were R Carr and K Humphrey.

S Bamber was the winner of the competition for The Tower Bird Cup with 19 kills, second was R Carr with eighteen and third was E Sharpe with sixteen.

A 10 bird pool shoot was held which was won by P Fox with nine kills. The next members’ shoot will be at High Birkwith Farm on Sunday, March 16, at 1pm.


Mary Taylor

Dr Carol Allen gave a very interesting talk and slide show entitled Early Castles in England, especially in the Lune Valley, to Tatham Fells Village Society on February 15.

With slides from the Bayeux Tapestry she demonstrated the construction of the motte (mound) of the motte-and-bailey castle and showed examples of some of the hundreds built in England following the Norman Conquest.

Several motts can be seen in the Lune Valley. Carole Butcher thanked Dr Allen and announced that the next event on Saturday, March 8, will be a quiz night.


Sue Brown

Ingleton Swimming Pool Committee had a very successful jumble sale on February 22, raising £900. Thank to all who helped and supported the event. The money will go towards improvements at the pool.

The recent Badminton Club jumble sale raised £605.66, not £666 as previously stated. The next jumble sale at Ingleton will be for The Toddler Group, on Saturday March 8, at 2pm.

On Sunday, March 9, the NSPCC is holding a Table Top Sale at The Community Centre from 10am to 3pm. A table costs £8 and refreshments will be available all day.


Janet Purvis

Family Prize Bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm this Saturday, March 1. Everyone welcome including the kids. Refreshments available but bring a bottle if you wish.

There will be a coffee morning in aid of The Primrose House Trust at the Holistic Centre on Middleton Road from 10am to noon this Saturday, March 1. There will be tea, cakes and a raffle and tombola. All welcome.


John Leach

There will be a public meeting this Sunday, March 2, at 2pm, at The Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Tony Nield will speak on the subject What is the Purpose of Life?

All welcome at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, March 3, Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room.

The Horticultural Society has changed the date of the Spring Bulb Show to Saturday, March 8, starting at 2pm in the Memorial Hall.

At the Police and Community Together meeting prior to the March meeting of the parish council there was a clear crime reduction message.

Lock garages and garden sheds, plus put things away; do not leave them in view.

There have been several thefts from front gardens, garages and sheds recently, hence the warning.

City Coun Sylvia Rogerson drew the attention of the parish council to the poppy scatter to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, being spearheaded by City Coun Margaret Pattison.

The parish council identified the triangle of grass outside the church, the green in Peacock Lane and the foreshore as three areas of parish council land where poppy seeds could be scattered.

Anyone who wants poppy seeds Coun Pattison has some for sale at £2 per packet.

In answer to a question from County Coun Tony Jones, Doreen Brookes stated that the local History Group has researched the people whose names are on 
the plaque commemorating the villagers who died in the First World War and 
there would be an exhibition of the findings in the memorial hall during the weekend of June 21 and 22.

Other topics that will form part of the exhibition are: the effect of the war on the village; village life 100 years ago; the building of the memorial hall.

Anyone who would like to be involved should contact a member of the local History Group or Doreen Brookes on 01524 825464.

The involvement could be helping with the exhibition, providing memorabilia from the war to exhibit or stories of the time, either written or ones that people have been told.

The parish council was pleased to note that an oak tree has been planted in the recreation ground to commemorate the life and contribution to the village of Jean Mowle, who was a tree warden for decades and served as a parish councillor for many terms.

At the second meeting of the Over 60s Club in February, Doreen Spencer won the games of whist with Marie Anderson second and Marjorie Bainbridge third. Olive Spavin and Isa Gibson jointly took fourth place.

The next meeting of the club will be held in the memorial hall starting at 2pm on Monday, March 3, when members will gather to play whist and dominoes.

At the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in February, Barbara Norfolk nabbed first place in the games of whist, with Ted Staveley second, Margaret Eccles third and Marie Anderson fourth.

The high halves were shared between John Bainbridge and Brian Coates. At the same meeting Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes with Cynthia Dickenson second and Jean Connor third.


Joan Sefton Halstead

On the wildest night of the winter the members of Wennington and District WI celebrated the 90th birthday of one of their longest standing members and past president, Miss Emmelline Garnett. Emmelline was presented with flowers and a cake and the members toasted her with a glass of wine.

President Sue O’Brien announced that the theatre group was about to have its first outing to see A Bit of a Lark at The Dukes in March.

Secretary Carol Beevers encouraged everyone to bring books and magazines for the informal library.

The evening progressed with a very interesting talk by Jenny Logan, proprietor of Morecambe Health Foods. The members were amazed to learn that a regular intake of beetroot can help to reduce blood pressure.

Arrangements for the forthcoming Cheese and Wine evening were discussed. This is to be held on Friday, March 14, at the Wray Institute and the chosen charity is Women’s Aid.

Members and friends of Wray Over 60s Club held their February meeting in the Institute, when Mrs Janet Nelson of Forton gave a 
most interesting and informative talk entitled Shopping in Lancaster 200 years ago.

With the help of slides Janet showed how in rural areas there were no shops as such, but people went “marketing” to places where local goods were on sale and many of these villages still retain their market 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, when Mike Cowan will give an illustrated talk about the children who visit the area from Chernobyl.