Town and Country: 27/03/14

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M J Pugh

The big news in the community this month was another monstrous fly tipping incident in the countryside.

Someone dumped a whole truck load of household waste on Plantation Lane between 7.30pm and 10pm on Monday, March 17.

Fortunately, there were documents in the rubbish which gave the address it came from and it remains to be seen whether the combined forces of Lancaster City Council and Lancashire Police can trace the culprit.

The Women’s Institute’s Centenary Baton began the leg towards Lancaster Castle on February 25 from Over Wyresdale Parish Hall, cheered on its way by several Abbeystead WI members.

The WI meeting on March 17 was entertained by speaker Joanne Halliwell as Betsy the Housemaid.

As well as giving an insight into life below stairs, her disrespectful wit at the expense of the audience had them rolling in the aisles. The next meeting of the group will be held on Monday, April 28, at 7.30pm.

On March 19 more than 60 people took part in the whist and dominoes competition held in the parish hall.

Whist winners were Kathleen Atkinson, Jean Russell and Bernard Gornall. Top of the dominoes players were Alan Yates, Phyllis Daint and Mike Pugh.

This was the last of the season until the third Wednesday in September – over to crown green bowling for the summer.


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Members of Age Concern met at The Masonic Hall on Friday where they enjoyed a tasty lunch served by Madeline Wilcock and Hazel Kennel.

After lunch Joanne Halliwell gave a performance entitled What Betsy Did Next, Betsy being a servant girl at the beginning of the 20th century. The lucky raffle winner was Marlene Close.

Low Bentham WI met at The Victoria Institute and they, too, were entertained by Joanne Halliwell who brought along Betsy. Joanne is a first class actress who writes all her own material for her extremely funny sketches.

President Christine Jennings led the meeting informing members of the forthcoming trip to Hornby to see a performance of HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury.

Christine also gave an account of the meeting she attended at York Racecourse entitled Inspiring Women to Work Together.

A group of 10 boys and nine girls from Year Five of High Bentham Primary School visited Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre.

High Bentham School pupils are a staff favourite at Bewerley because they apparently make the most of every experience.

The instructors were patient and encouraging, helping the children to achieve so much more than they ever believed they would.

Orienteering, high ropes, low ropes, shelter building, night walking, games room and hanging in the dorm experiences will be remembered forever.

At the Mencap coffee morning held in the town hall last Saturday £400 was raised for funds. The committee would like to thank all involved and attendees.

At the recent Chocolate Bingo Night, £190 was raised for Victoria Institute funds.

Forthcoming local events include the following. This Saturday, March 29, there will be a coffee morning in the town hall from 10am in aid of Bentham Tourist Information Point. Bentham Footpath Group’s walk this Saturday will be at Cowan Bridge, members to meet at Lairgill at 9.30am.

The Ewecross Historical Society will meet at the town hall on Monday, March 31, at 7pm, when speaker Peter Donnelly will give a talk entitled A History of The King’s Own Regiment 1680-1959.

High Bentham WI will meet at the town hall on Thursday, April 3, when the speaker will be Dennis Moore with a talk entitled Laughter is the Best Medicine. The competition will be for an old bottle.

There will be a Chocolate Bingo Night on Saturday, April 5, at the town hall for the junior football club, starting at 6.30pm. Soft drinks will be available.


Patricia Bradley

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School recently promoted the St John’s Hospice virtual balloon race and sold 300 balloons raising more than £1,000 for the hospice. Last week Mark Drinkall attended the school to promote cricket as a fun sporting activity for both boys and girls.

Everyone enjoyed a mini-game in the hall and learnt more about England’s up and down Ashes matches against Australia over the past 12 months.

Mr Drinkall’s home club is Torrisholme CC where there is a thriving junior section, but he was eager to point out that children have the opportunity to play at other local clubs including Bolton-le-Sands.

Well done to all the children from Years Two and Five who recently performed in The Music Festival at The Ashton Hall.

Holy Trinity Mothers’ Union held their monthly meeting in the village hall on March 19. Enrolling member Kath Lane opened the meeting with prayer and worship, Hazel Short read a passage from Ecclesiasticus, A Time for Everything, and Kath read a David Adams’ poem.

Speaker Catherine Townsend gave a talk entitled The Memory Quilt.

Catherine had been inspired on a visit to Hyning Hall to make a quilt to reflect stages of her life and those of her family. Snippets of fabric from baby clothes, scout and brownie badges, memories of hobbies, music and church festivals were all sewn together to make a beautiful quilt.

She ended her talk by singing a hymn by Bernadette Farrel, O God You Search Me and You Know Me. A very inspiring and entertaining afternoon was enjoyed by all.

Notices included information on a coffee morning in the Old Boys’ School on Wednesday, April 2, and the next meeting in the village hall on Wednesday, April 16, including a talk entitled Back To The Future.


Anne Clark

Lunesdale and Kent Estuary National Trust Group’s meeting will include an illustrated talk by David Rush entitled Limping through Lancashire, on Saturday, April 12, at 2.30pm, at Borwick Village Hall, all welcome.


Jay Barkley

The March meeting of The Local History Society heard a talk by Mike and Kate Lea on Finger Posts and Foundries in Cumbria. As well as covering the history of signposts the speaker gave a very interesting and well illustrated resume of all the different designs still present in the county with information about the foundries where they were made.

The next meeting on Monday, April 14, will include The Story of the Ordnance Survey by John Parker.

Three members of the public attended the 112th Annual Parish Meeting.

The presentation for the evening on Engagement and Neighbourhood Planing was by Emma Nichols, community engagement officer for South Lakeland District Council, supported by Alastair McNeill, the council’s development plans manager.

A Neighbourhood Plan is mainly about the use and development of land and buildings and if produced requires a community to reach broad consensus confirmed by local referendum.

The chairman’s annual report noted the installation of a new parish clerk, Jane Johnson, following the retirement of Peter Smith.

He also reported an increase in the number of planning applications received but was pleased to report progress on resolving drainage problems in the village and the placement of a speed monitoring device at Clawthorpe.

The lack of development at the former Royal Hotel and its deterioration were noted with concern as was the land allocations for the village approved by higher authority.

Traffic management and parking in the vicinity of the school had been an unresolved issue throughout the year but the daffodils planted at the southern end of the village had bloomed successfully.

At the parish council meeting it was reported that full planning had been granted for the work at St James’ Church. No comment would be made in reply to the outline planning application for one dwelling at The Old Vicarage

It was decided not to proceed with a quote from D Holmes to chip a fallen tree at the playing field and go ahead with renewal of the grass cutting contract at £1,000.

The contractor would also be asked tender for an area of the playing fields. A sum not exceeding £400 to be spent on signage for The Burton Memorial Hall one-way system was approved and the meeting was informed that the Memorial Hall management committee would shortly decide whether to paint car parking slots.

The cost of erecting a Historic County of Westmorland sign was to be further investigated following a quote from the county.

At the Quarry Liaison meeting Aggregate Industries had detailed plans to extend the current planning approval beyond its current end date of 2023.

Coun Hopwood noted that the council would need to be extremely diligent in dealing with any request for extension to ensure that all the safeguards currently enjoyed would be maintained.

A parishioner had reported deterioration to the vilage map and map case and a replacement looked at.

There will an Age UK Road Show for residents of Burton and Holme at Holme Village Hall on Tuesday, April 8, 10am to noon.

This is a one-stop-shop offering wide ranging advice and support from many organisations including benefits, sight and hearing advice, personal safety and much more. Details from Ruth Taylor on 01524 728180.

Ever wanted to learn about hand bells? Go along to St James’ Church, Burton, at 2pm on Mondays when you can just listen or have a go. Contact Yvonne on 01524 781504 for further information.

Burton WI were given thought-provoking insights into the heritage and development of Westmorland County Agricultural Society when CEO Christine Knipe delivered an absorbing account ranging from their extensive outreach programmes and educational activities to the complex and often amusing behind–the–scenes preparations for the annual show.

The competition was won by Margaret Carr and the raffle by Hester Willink. The next meeting will be held at the hall on Thursday, April 10, at 7.30pm.

Burton and Holme Youth Club has relocated to new premises at Clawthorpe Conference Centre and would welcome new members from Year Seven upwards. Further details available from Marie Whittaker on 01524 784733.

Burton Children’s Sports Committee will again be holding the Big Kids’ Day Out, this year with paintballing. Meet on Saturday, April 5, at 10am, at Wright’s Leisure, Warton.

Two teachers from Morewood School during their holidays spent two weeks in Kenya supporting a local school.

They taught the children every day in lessons ranging from English to rounders. Important links were forged during the visit that will continue to enhance the curriculum at Morewood.

Burton Art and Craft Society enjoyed an introduction to various kinds of mask making with Carla D’Antonio. Everyone had a go using a myriad selection of materials, threads and decorations.

The next event, Mosaic Art Workshop, will be held this Saturday, March 29, at the hall from 10am to 4pm.

Burton Fell Walkers, led by Reg Hesketh, followed The Jubilee Lost Village and Parkland route devised by Kath Hayhurst, leaving Burton including passing pleasant countryside via Dalton Old Hall to Priest Hutton, back towards Burton.


Jean Thornber

At the March meeting Burton-in-Lonsdale WI welcomed Ruth Ive who spoke about The Ups and Downs of Fostering.

Ruth and her husband Andy have been foster parents for many years and her recollections were both poignant and humorous. Raffle prizes were won by Jill Peel and Vera Dodgson.

The group’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 7.30pm, in the village hall which will include a flower arranging demonstration by Jane Burns, who was part of a team who won gold at RHS Tatton Park last summer for their amazing floral arrangement.

Hostesses will be Alice Dodgson and Vera Dodgson and visitors are welcome at £2.50.


Larry Branyan

The Friends of Carnforth Station is hosting a Family History Road Show from 10am to 3pm this Saturday, March 29, in The Furness and Midland Hall and The Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Station.

Take along family history information and get advice on starting a family tree.

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

At the March meeting of The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Allan Maclean, retired communications manager of Virgin Trains, gave an amusing and instructive talk about his railway career.

Derek Melluish will present Some Railway Encounters – One with George Ivatt, at the next meeting which will be held at The County Hotel at 7.30pm on Friday, April 4. Non-members welcome.


Paul Woodruff

Halton URC Women’s Guild met on March 18 when Mrs Grace Hall demonstrated her cooking skills with the aid of her Mum, Mrs Margaret Kelsall. Mrs Meryl Tough was in the chair for the meeting.

Help is needed at The Community Centre this Saturday, March 29, 12.30pm, to prepare for the evening with Bon Giovi (tribute band) and on Sunday to help clear the hall. Contact the centre on 01524 811316 if you can help.

There will be a fundraising event, organised by Halton WI, at The United Reform Church, High Road, on Saturday, April 12, from 10am to noon, which will include refreshments, crafts and more.

All proceeds will be donated to St John’s Hospice. Further information available from Jane Mellor on 01524 812702.

The Scout’s paper collection will take place this Saturday, March 29. Please leave papers at the kerb side by 9am for collection.


John Bateman

On March 21 Holme Parish Hall officially opened the new Playgroup Store Room. This is phase one of a four phase development plan. Parents and children shared their morning session with district and parish councillors, hall committee members and volunteers.

The morning started with a delicious rainbow cake made by Marianne Woodend (The Bakery at No 4), a playgroup mum. Mrs Pat Fell, chairman of the hall, gave a short introduction to the official opening.

She spoke of what a fabulous place Holme was and what a vast range of leisure activities and meeting places existed in the village, the hall being just one of them.

She also outlined the four phase plan stating that work would now begin on phase two, the rebuilding of the large kitchen. The hall has planning approval for this work and applications for grant funding will begin soon.

The key to the new store was hanging across the door and a bold young man, Alfie, aged just two, helped to pull it free and the store was officially open.

Thanks go to Mick Lord (Holme Building Services) for building the store and to Kevin Willan (KW Building), a playgroup dad, who fitted out the store with a vast array of shelving.

And finally a huge thank you goes to those organisations that helped to fund this project.

They are South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Community Foundation, Frieda Scott Trust, Hadfield Trust and of course the hall’s own fundraising team.

Sunday, March 30, at 9.15am, The Mothering Sunday Service in Holy Trinity Church will include the school children’s choir, all welcome.

Holme Community School PTA is holding an Easter bingo evening on Friday, April 4, at Holme Social Club. Doors open 8pm with eyes down 8.30pm. All welcome.

Age UK will hold to an Information Road Show at Holme Parish Hall on Tuesday, April 8, from 10am to noon.

This will be a one-stop-shop offering practical information, advice and support from a wide range of local organisations.

Find out about benefits, discuss home security and personal safety with The Police and organise a free home safety visit with The Fire Service.

Trading Standings will be there to offer advice and Sight Advice and Age UK can help with any aids for the visually or hearing impaired. Have a blood pressure check and talk to The First Responders about how to save a life.

And of course there will be free tea/coffee and cakes. Just turn up on the day or for further information contact Ruth Taylor on 01539 728180.

Tonight, Thursday, March 27, there will be the annual WI Quiz Night in The Smithy starting at 8.30pm.

Husband a wife team Steve and Ann Toon return to the Cumbria area where they lived for many years, on Thursday, April 10, at Crooklands Hotel near junction 36 of the M6.They have lived for the last 18 years in Northumberalnd, where they base their professional wildlife photography business, specialising in wildlife photography of South Africa and Namibia, as well as the UK, particularly the North of England.

They have written three books and will be signing these after their lecture entitled Eyes on the Wild – From Arnside to Africa, which will feature stunning wildlife images from their many travels.

The lecture, which is being hosted by Holme and District Photographic Society, starts at 7.30pm and costs £8 per person, payable in advance by calling 015395 64345, or on the door.


Chris Kynch

Hornby District Ramblers had a good turnout for a walk of about five miles in the Ingleton area. Beryl Morphet and Ann Storey kindly agreed to lead the ramble in a programme change.

Starting from Ingleton they opted for quiet lanes in preference to waterlogged slippery paths and visited The Coffee Pot for delicious scones and cakes.

Hornby Mothers’ Union began the March meeting with the service taken by Mrs Barbara Bullivant.

Members then heard a talk entitled Prison Visiting by Peter Osborne who is heavily involved in the work.

The majority of prisons he works in are for men but there are some for women. Much of Mr Osborne’s work is with young offenders. There was discussion about crèches for children in some prisons.

One member had worked in a prison crèche and said that she was impressed by how grateful the women were. Mr Osbourne answered questions and the meeting finished with refreshments.

Hornby Occasionals’ latest performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury continues this Thursday to Saturday, March 27, 28 and 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale from the box office at Hornby Institute, 015242 22227.

An international fashion show with Hornby Brownies on the catwalk will take place tomorrow, Friday, March 28, at 7.30pm, at St Margaret’s Primary School.

The show will represent countries from five continents. The event will raise funds for the community action trip to India for two of the brownie leaders. The evening includes a raffle with prizes. Henna painting and international light bites will be offered for sale. Entry costs £3 adults and £1 for children, to include tea or juice.

Hornby Art Group’s exhibition based on the theme of Ponds, Streams and Lakes or Insects such as Butterflies or Dragonflies, is on display in the gallery in Hornby Institute until the end of April.

Work in progress is inspired by churches, monasteries, castles, farmhouses or barns, or if this does not appeal, the age of steam.

New members are always welcome. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays between 2pm and 4pm at Hornby Institute. Enquiries to Ann Nash 015242 22595 or Kath Helme 015242 21845.


Caroline Thompson

There will be lots of activity this weekend at St Oswald’s Church. The first event will be a concert by Earby Brass Band at 7.30pm in church tomorrow, Friday, March 28. Tickets are priced at £6 and refreshments will be available.

The church will be open on Saturday from 10am onwards for the day. Refreshments will be on sale and there will be various stalls.

A special service will be held on Mothering Sunday at 3pm which will also include the dedication of two new bells. Everyone welcome.


Sue Brown

The March meeting of The Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA) began with the chairman confirming that The Post Office is now at The Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

It is hoped that it will be well used in order to demonstrate a need until a new site is found within the village.

The sports management committee reported that rents will be unchanged.

A new gate-closing device has been ordered for the gate into the field, which will hopefully stop the problem of unaccompanied dogs being on the field.

Adverts for swimming pool staff are out. The jumble sale raised £800. Race Night will be held on Sunday, May 4, at The Working Men’s Club.

Easter Bingo will be held on Thursday, April 17, prizes needed please. The Theatre Group thanked everyone for their support of the panto, their annual meeting will be held on Thursday, May 8.

The Twinning Group’s jumble sale will be held this Saturday, March 29, and there will be a coffee morning at Bentham on Saturday, April 5.

The French visitors will be in Ingleton from May 7 to 11. A Variety Show will be held at The Centre on Friday, April 4.

St Mary’s Gift Weekend will be held from Friday to Monday, May 23 to 26, and will include an arts and crafts display and The Yorkshire Tour de France by The Skipton Embroiders’ Guild.

There will be a vigil and prayers for peace on Monday, August 4, the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Personal items are requested for a display of memorabilia.

The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale will take place on Saturday, May 24, and their summer outing on Thursday, August 28.

Sheila Richards won £20 in the 200 Club, Hazel Farrer was second with £10 and Don Tooby, Sue Fitzsimmons and Peter Webb each won £5. John Clapham won the jackpot of £20.


H Baines

A red carpet event will be held at The Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, on Saturday, April 12, from 7.30pm, an evening of two parts with Dan Winch, producer of the three-part television drama Jamaica Inn.

The first part of the event will be an exhibition of photographs of the filming taken by local people, and Dan will judge a competition for the most atmospheric picture.

The second part will explain how the town was used for exterior scenes of the 19th century smuggling tale.

Tickets for this unique evening, which are strictly limited, can be obtained from The Visitor Information Shop and members of The Kirkby Lonsdale Community Interest Company at £17.85, which covers a glass of bubbly and a sit-down supper. The dress code is black tie, lounge suit or period costume.


Janet Purvis

This Mothering Sunday, March 30, at 12.30pm, in The Garden of Remembrance at St Helen’s Church, Overton, there will be a poppy seed scatter to mark the centenary of the First World War. All welcome, seeds will be available at £2 per packet with proceeds to The Royal British Legion.

On March 22, The Middleton Indoor Bowling Club held an open knock-out bowling competition which attracted 42 entrants.

There were good games of bowls plus a buffet was enjoyed by all, the final game being between the eventual winner Flo Hendren and runner-up Alan Pegden.

All proceeds raised, a total of £320, were donated to the charity Help for Heroes.

The organisers wish to express their thanks and appreciation to those who took part, plus all who made a donation or helped in any way to make the event such a success.

Thanks are also due to The Middleton Parish Hall Committee for providing the use of the hall.

On March 30, Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service at St Helen’s Church.

There will also be a scattering of poppy seeds in The Garden of Remembrance, and attendees are welcome to take their own seeds if they wish.

Junior Church will present The Mothering Sunday collage created from petals, containing prayers and messages. During Lent, each Sunday at 6.30pm there will be a Short Compline Service. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the 10.45am service.

Family Prize Bingo will be held at The Overton Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 5. Everyone welcome including the kids. Refreshments available but take your own bottle if you wish.


John Leach

This Sunday, March 30, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at The Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when David Moss will speak on the subject Christ’s Second Coming – Round The Corner. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Monday, March 31, Little Lambs, the parent, baby and toddler group, will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room. Telephone Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

At the March Meeting of the parish council it was agreed that the village would participate in the poppy scatter.

The areas for seeding are the green triangle of grass in front of the church and on the north side of the memorial hall car parks. Do feel free to scatter red poppy seeds in these locations.

The clerk to the parish council has been contacted by villagers who are concerned that the work on the paddock in Shady Lane has resulted in the felling of trees.

She has relayed these concerns to Maxime Knagg, who is the tree preservation officer at Lancaster City Council.

Further work on the recreation field is expected to start before the end of March. The foreshore has been tidied after the storms of December and January. There is more work to do which is being planned by the parish council.

Sheila Makenson won the games of dominoes when the Over 60s Club held its second meeting in March, with Mary Lofthouse second and Ruth Staveley third.

At the same meeting Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with John Bainbridge second, Olive Spavin third and Henry Milner fourth. The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 31, at 2pm to 4pm, in the memorial hall.

At the meeting of the Equipment Fund, Marie Anderson won the games of whist with Marjorie Bainbridge beating others to second place, Sylvia Standrell secured third whilst Nancy Rolston and Ted Staveley tied for fourth. The high halves were taken by Colin Nuttall and John Bainbridge.

At the same meeting Cynthia Dickenson won the games of dominoes with June Gardner second and Joan Hunter third. The next meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, in the memorial hall from 6.45pm to 9.15pm.

The United Reformed Church held a spring social evening in the church hall. The format was a set of music played by Imogen Rae on keyboard and vocals with Adam on double bass, followed by the first course of a ploughman’s supper, then a second set and finishing with deserts. It was a great evening with good music.

This format gave participants the time to talk to Imogen during the evening as many knew her, including two former leaders from her time as a brownie.

Imogen was promoting her first album, which is called Breathless. Imogen can be heard at


Paula Kendall

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

This Mothering Sunday, March 30, Mrs Grace Metcalfe will attend. All welcome to this special service with hospitality and a small gift of flowers.

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

Tonight, March 27, at The Church Room in Burton-in-Lonsdale and on Thursday, April 3, at Westhouse Village Hall with Glyn Price.


Carol Millar

The March meeting of Warton Gardening Club was entertained by Bill Blackledge who gave a very interesting talk entitled Fertilisers and Manures.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 7.30pm, in Warton Village Hall. Jim Gott will be talking on Dahlias – Secrets of Successful Growing. Guests and new members welcome.

Warton Bowling Club is holding a Taster Open Day this Saturday, March 29, from 1.30pm, for people who may want to take up crown green bowling. Limited places, contact John Sumner on 01524 735772 if you fancy having a go.


Rita Smith

Members and friends of Wray Over 60s held their monthly meeting in the institute when Mike Cowan from the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children gave a most informative talk about the excellent work of the charity.

Children aged between seven and 12 years visit this country to spend four weeks each year staying with host families.

These children, whilst not ill, are in very poor health as their immune systems are damaged due to the ongoing presence of contamination in the water and food in the area, after the reactor explosion of 1986.

They all exhibit an unhealthy pallor as they are malnourished due to lack of fresh fruit and vegetables and there is very little meat in their diet.

Mr Cowan showed slides introducing some of the children who had benefited from a few weeks ways from these conditions and gave details of the programme of events arranged for them, including visits to local schools, the fire station, parks, beaches, a canal boat trip and much more.

Before leaving for home they are given a new pair of winter boots, a suitcase of clothes for themselves and siblings and a year’s supply of vitamins.

The next meeting of Wray Over 60s will be held on Tuesday, April 15, when Mrs Debbie Baxter will give a talk on Animal Care, 
Lancaster. Non-members welcome.