Town and Country: 30/01/14

The felled trees on Barley Cop Lane
The felled trees on Barley Cop Lane
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This week’s Town and Country news.


Derek Coultherd

As part of the Austwick WI seasonal festivities 20 members went to The Traddock last Tuesday and enjoyed a hot buffet lunch. On Saturday, February 8, there will be an exhibition of craft work produced by members together with various demonstrations of craft techniques this will be held in the parish hall.

Arts and Tarts will be open from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, admission £1.50 which includes tea, coffee and ‘a tart’. Please support the event, everyone welcome.

Church services on Sunday, February 2, are Holy Communion at Austwick and Eldroth and on Tuesday, February 4, the annual meeting for Eldroth Church will be held at Richard and Marjorie Booth’s home at 7.30pm.


Wendy Dowbiggin

015242 61573

Members of Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall last Friday where they enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Eileen Beresford and served by Brenda Denby and Mary Hartley. The lucky raffle winner was Eileen Beresford.

A coffee morning held in the town hall last Saturday raised £180 for the Goodenber Road play area. The committee would like to thank everyone who gave their support.

The volunteers of Friends of Bentham Library gathered at the library to meet MP Julian Smith. Linda Brockbank, chair of the Friends, welcomed the MP who has been a great supporter of keeping the library open.

In reply Mr Smith said he was pleased to be in Bentham and well done to the volunteers for their support and loyalty to the library.

Mr Smith, on leaving Bentham, was going down a cave with the Cave Rescue organisation, an interesting life being an MP.

At the annual meeting of Low Bentham WI the following ladies were elected: president Christine Jennings, vice-president Sylvia Brennand, treasurer Pam Warbrick, secretary Kathryn Brownsord, committee Jennifer Watkinson, Betty Atkinson, Kitty Ellershaw, Margot Checkly, Simone Pridmore.

Forthcoming local events include the following. Today, Thursday, January 30, Bentham Footpath group’s walk will be Tatham-Bentham (bus, no lunch), five miles, members to meet at School Hill or other stop.

This Saturday, February 1, the coffee morning in the town hall will be in aid of the Methodist Church, starting at 10am.

At 7.30pm at the church Saturday Night Live will take place with the singing group Simple Harmony, all welcome.


Patricia Bradley

Bolton-le-Sands Horticultural Society and Lancashire Libraries are joining forces on Saturday, February 8, for a seed swapping event.

Bring along any spare seeds you have, either unopened packets, partial packets or home harvested favourites, to Bolton-le-Sands Library between 10am and noon.

Please ensure they are labelled and some instructions provided, and let’s get growing.


Jay Barkley

The Fell Walkers’ five mile walk, devised by Kath Hayhurst, followed the Jubilee Four Nature Reserves Route.

The group left Burton along Boon Town Lane and the somewhat neglected Kidnappers Lane.

Slape Lane bridleway, an attractive gateway to the fells, took the group to the first stop at Lancelot Clark Storth Reserve.

Turning down Clawthorpe Road the next stop was at Holme Park Quarry Reserve.

A footpath alongside the reserve led to Clawthorpe Fell Reserve with its fine array of limestone pavement.

After a short walk back along the road through Curwen Park and over the fields the group returned to Burton.

There will be an Action Aid Quiz Night at 8pm on Thursday, March 6, at The Smithy Inn. Further details from Graham Caley on 01524 782299.

The MOTO Help for Heroes Quiz Night at Burton Memorial Hall will be held on Thursday, February 27, at 7.30pm, tickets £5.

There will be a Thai themed night with a Taster banquet at the hall on Saturday, February 15, at 7pm. Tickets £10 to include a Thai cocktail. This is a fund raiser event for hall funds.

Ruth Taylor from Age UK will be at the hall on Monday, February 3, between 10am and 11am.

The January meeting of the Local History Society heard a talk by Janice Wilson on George Fox and the development of Quakerism especially in the North West.

The next meeting, the annual meeting, will be held on Monday, February 17, in Burton Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, followed by a short illustrated talk on the Bayeux Tapestry.

The sad news has been received that Joyce Bye, who for many years reported this column, has died after a long illness.


Jean Thornber

All Saints’ Church is holding a Spring Clean Table Sale to raise funds by offering the use of tables for £10 each, and there are still a few available.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 15, from 10am to noon, in the village hall. Coffee/tea and cakes will also be on sale.

For further information please contact Jill Peel on 015242 61486.

Following the Richard Thornton C of E School Governors’ consultation with residents, Burton-in-Lonsdale Parish Council is pleased to note the governors are no longer pursuing action to close the school; however, a further meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s committee members on Tuesday, February 18, will decide if a further consultation about closure will be embarked upon.

The governors and parish council are most grateful to everyone who has worked so hard thus far and looks forward to continuing community support in their efforts to ensure the school remains open.

A detailed planning application for the proposed new sports pavilion will be submitted very shortly, in support of the various funding applications that have either been made or are about to be made for this project.

The parish council is pleased to note there is an increase in groups using the recreation field for various sporting activities; residents wishing to join in the activities should look out for notices either at the Village Shop, or on the Parish Council’s notice board.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 27, in the village hall. For more information about the above or related matters please contact the clerk Susan Gregory, on 015242 62863, or email


Larry Branyan

This is advance notice that an Introduction to Basic Beekeeping will be held at The Truckhaven Conference Centre on Saturday, March 15, 9.30am to 4pm.

If you have ever thought of owning a colony of honey bees or are simply curious, then this course will answer all questions.

The cost of £60 includes lunch, refreshments and course notes. Booking is essential via Fred Ayres on 01524 811978 or email

The next meeting of The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society Furness Lakes and Lune Branch will take place on Friday, February 7, at 7.30pm, at the County Hotel, Carnforth.

The subject will be Carlisle Bridge and All That, by David Bousfield, an illustrated presentation of the history of the development of railways around Lancaster and Morecambe. All welcome. Small admission charge.


Rory Daniels

There will be a Miss out the Middle Course party this Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14, at Austwick Village Hall. There will be a selection of starters and puddings on offer, along with live music from The Nightowls.

The event starts at 7.30pm and proceeds will go towards both Clapham and Austwick Church. Tickets are £7 and available from Rev Ian Greenhalgh. For more details contact Sue Mann on 015242 51792.


Gill O’Donnell

The next in the series of Gigg Lectures will take place on Thursday, February 6, at 7pm, at the Richard Whiteley Theatre.

The speaker will be Stephen Whitehead with a talk entitled A Strange Uncivilised Little Place; Haworth and the Making of the Bronte Genius. He is the author of a number of books and academic papers on the Brontes and the impact of their environment and was until recently the chair of management committee of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Tickets via 01729 893180.


Paul Woodruff

Work on the Halton Hydro Scheme has been interrupted. Lancaster City Council is investigating the removal of trees protected by Preservation Orders.

The bus stop situation is still unclear. The Halton Road closure is rather intermittent. It is understood that there will be a prolonged closure of Halton Road followed by a similar closure of Foundry Lane.

The temporary stop on High Road hill has been moved to as near the roundabout as possible.

The Low Road bus stop will not operate whilst Halton Road is closed. Don’t forget the Old School bus stop remains in use.

Halton Club membership is still open and available. This club, which has been going for well over 50 years, is well worth supporting.

Excellent music with Sounds From The Hound tomorrow, Friday, January 31, 8.30pm, free entry.

A Family Fun Night will be held at the Centre @ Halton this Saturday, February 1, from 6.30pm to 11pm.

The night will be hosted by well known entertainer and compere Kyle Oram.

There will be games for the whole family, snacks, a disco and a bar.

Tickets purchased in advance will cost £3 for adults and £2 per child, or £4 for adults and £3 per child on the door. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased from the Coffee Shop in the Centre during opening hours, from the Centre Manager on 01524 811316 or from Halton Village Newsagents.


John Bateman

The last meeting of the Mothers’ Union included their Christmas concert with the Mewses Choir entertaining with poems and songs, an event thoroughly enjoyed by members and guests.

The group’s next meeting, their annual meeting, will be held on Tuesday, February 4, at 2pm, when members look back over the previous year and look forward to 2014.

The theme for this year is Sowing the Future Together, with an interesting selection of speakers, the first of whom will be Rev Ian Swift giving a talk entitled Drug Addiction on Tuesday, March 4.

Please remember all Mothers’ Union meetings are open to all.

Dallam School PTA is holding a quiz at The Smithy Inn, Milnthorpe Road, Holme, at 8.30pm, on Thursday, March 20, in aid of PTA funds. Entry £4 per team, max four people per team, all welcome. For more details please telephone 015395 60383.


Chris Kynch

The Countryside Society’s January meeting was addressed by Ken Green, widely known for his expertise in the plant nursery in the grounds of Hornby Castle.

Ken gave an illustrated talk entitled Water and Waterside Life. His wildlife images were stunning. T

hey included frogs, toads, newts, (frequently confused on sight with lizards), dragon flies and other sizeable insects. Ken was warmly thanked for his ‘encyclopaedic’ talk by chairman Sam Ashton.

The chairman invited members to bring exhibits for the next meeting, a members’ and annual meeting.

This Saturday, February 1, at Hornby Institute, celebrity florist Carl Wilde will present his fantastic Flower Arrangements Show.

The evening starts at 7.15pm with fizz and canapés, followed by the show at 8pm, the drawing of the raffle and finally coffee and chocolates. Ticket sales are going to Alzheimer’s Research and the raffle of the flowers to Hornby Flower Club.

Tickets, £20, are on sale beforehand from The Flower Bank 01524 221510 or Hornby Village Institute 015242 22227.

This will be a fun and glamorous evening, please wear ‘glad rags’.


Caroline Thompson

Members of Penyghent Gun Club met at Coniston Shooting Ground for their annual away day shoot.

The competition featured 100 targets comprising of 25 down the line, 25 skeet, 25 sporting and 25 compact.

K Humphrey won the down the line, S Bamber won the skeet section, E Sharpe was top gun in the sporting and R Carr won the compact section.

The overall high gun was R Carr with 71 points, second was K Humphrey with 70 and third was K Iball with 64.

The next members’ shoot is on Sunday, February 16, at 1pm in Horton Quarry when the top gun will receive the Tower Bird Trophy.


Sue Brown

Members of the North West Craven Branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society celebrated Burns’ Night on January 25 at Ingleton Community Centre with an evening of delightful dancing to Chris Dewhurst and his band of drums and two accordions.

The haggis played centre part at the interval being carried in as the band played a march, before veteran Peter Black addressed it with words from Robert Burns.

The previous evening a team of eight dancers had a wonderful night at Ingleton Methodist Church’s Burns’ Night celebration when they demonstrated three dances. The next dance in the area will be a charity dance on Saturday, February 8, at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall.

Vice chairman Walter Tooby welcomed everyone to the January meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association. Members were informed that there would not be a Folk Weekend this year but a folk gathering with free music would be held in various venues. A jumble sale will be held to help fund this.

Easter bingo will be held on Maundy Thursday, April 17.

St Mary’s roof fund has made £38,000 so far, with many thanks to all who have contributed and the Meet and Make Group who have raised £2,500 by selling their handicrafts.

The Mothering Sunday service will be held on Sunday, March 30.

The Theatre Group had a very successful coffee morning and panto tickets for Beauty and the Beast are now on sale.

People from La Chappelle, Ingleton’s twinning village in France, will be visiting Ingleton in May. The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale is being held on May 24.

The winner of £20 in the 200 Club is Sheila Davison, second with £10 is Michael Hall and Alan Ideson, Jackie Walker and Arthur Bateson each won £5.


Janet Purvis

Family Prize Bingo will be held at Overton Memorial Hall at 7.30pm this Saturday, February 1. Everyone welcome including children. Refreshments available, bring your own bottle if you wish.

Until further notice St Helen’s Church services will be held at the memorial hall, Overton. This Sunday, February 2, Presentation of Christ, there will be a 10.45am Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for refreshments.

Tinned or dried goods are always welcome for the local food bank collection. Contact and diary details available on

Don’t miss the coffee afternoon for The Friends’ of St Helen’s, tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29, 2pm to 4pm, in Overton Memorial Hall, £2.50.


Gill O’Donnell

The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool is a registered charity formed to raise funds to support the running of the pool.

Members of the 200 Club pay £20 per year for a number which is entered into a monthly draw from February to November for prizes of £50, £30, £20.

In December the Christmas draw is £500, £300 and £200 (provided all 200 numbers are sold). There are still numbers available and forms can be obtained at the pool or alternatively by ringing Julie Smith 01729 822090.

A reminder that there will be a public meeting at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Church this evening, January 30, to raise awareness of the impact of welfare benefit reforms in Craven.

The speaker will be Erica Cadbury, manager of Craven Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and she will be examining how the changes in the welfare system have impacted on the community as a whole and what the changes mean for individuals and discussing the concerns which these changes raise.

The next folk night at Victoria Hall will take place on Sunday, February 2, and will feature The Steve Tilston Trio. Steve is one of the country’s most celebrated songsmiths and is held in high regard in the world of folk and contemporary music. Tickets via 01729 825718.

The next meeting of Settle Photography Group will take place at 7.30pm on Monday, February 3, at Townhead Court.

The theme for the evening will be Exposure .. An Introduction to the Zone System, presented by Paul Higgins.

The gallery will be on the topic of Winter. New members and visitors always welcome.

At the next meeting of Settle Women’s Institute on Wednesday, February 5, the speaker will be Phil Bamford on the subject What a Load of Old Bankers. The competition will be for a holiday souvenir.


John Leach

This Sunday, February 2, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Daniel McCorrie will speak on the subject Our Hope.

All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet at The Christadelphian Meeting Room on Monday, February 3. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for more information.

The Kenyan Project held a celebratory tea on the penultimate Tuesday of January. After the tea, which was fit for the gourmand and gourmet, guests were enlightened with a brief recap of the stimulus for the project.

There were and continue to be many abandoned babies in Kenya, who are effectively orphans.

There are orphanages in the country that care for these infants and try to find adoptive parents, preferably within Kenya.

After the potted history of the project guests were show two DVDs of the work of two separate orphanages and another about transporting baby clothes to ensure they arrive at their intended destination.

The celebration was completed by a demonstration of Irish dancing by Darcy Hodgson, who had commissioned the project to knit her a pair of leg warmers.

The project not only provides clothing for orphans in Kenya; it also creates a sociable meeting of people who enjoy crafts, mainly knitting and sewing.

The next meeting of the project will be at 1.30pm on Tuesday, February 4, in the Mawson Room of the memorial mall.

PC Neil Smith, the beat manager for the village, attended the parish council meeting and listened to the concerns about the parking around the school in Shady Lane and dog fouling in the village.

He indicated that there will continue to be a police presence in the vicinity of the school at the beginning and the end of the school day.

After the meeting he stated: “I received a number of complaints regarding dog walkers who fail to clean up after their dogs.

“While I’m confident the majority of dog owners act responsibly, it appears a minority are failing to do so, much to the detriment of the Hest Bank community.

“This behaviour is unacceptable and must cease. I would like to remind those responsible that dog fouling is an offence for which a guilty party can be issued an £80 fixed penalty notice.

“Let’s keep our community clean and tidy by clearing up after our dogs.”

There was also a discussion concerning whether The Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting could be rescheduled to coincide with the community coffee morning.

Nothing specific was decided, as it will require careful consideration of the implications.

This year’s annual parish assembly will be held on Monday, April 14.

This is the same day as the April parish council meeting. Please note that the April parish council is a week earlier than the normal schedule as the third Monday in April will be Easter Monday.

The parish assembly is scheduled to start at 6.30pm with the parish council meeting an hour later.

The parish assembly is the annual opportunity to hold the councillors to account for their stewardship of the village during the past year.

The parish council precept will remain at £131,750 for the next financial year, the same as this year.

The council tax rate might change if there is an alteration in the number of properties liable for council tax.

The parish council note that Costain has booked the memorial hall to stage an exhibition about the link road. It is scheduled for Friday, February 7, from noon to 

Stage Struck, the thespian group that provides children with the opportunity to go on stage, will hold a jumble sale on Saturday, February 15, from 2pm to 4pm, in the memorial hall.

This is to raise funds for the production of the musical Oliver in the Winter Gardens from Wednesday, March 26, to Saturday, March 29.

There will be four performances but no matinee. Tickets are expected to go on sale in early February.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club in mid-January Betty Rawsthorne won the games of dominoes, with Sheila Makenson second and Ruth Staveley third. At the same meeting Beryl Mason won the games of whist with Margaret Woodend second and Doreen Spencer third.

The next meeting of the club will be held on Monday, February 3, in the memorial hall starting at 2pm.

The next meeting of the Horticultural Society will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 7.30pm, in the memorial hall when there will be a talk on Brockholes, the nature reserve near Preston.

Nancy Ralston and Sylvia Standrell tied as winners of the games of whist at the last meeting of the Equipment Fund in January.

Third place was also tied by John Bainbridge and George Metcalfe whilst the high halves were taken by Beryl Mason and Marie Anderson.

At the same meeting Sheila Makenson won the games of dominoes with Miya Bainbridge second whilst third place was taken by Pat Jenkinson. The next meeting will be held on Friday, February 7, in the memorial hall starting at 6.45pm.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the penultimate Wednesday of January when Rev Nancy Goodrick, the vicar at Bolton-le-Sands, led a discussion about families and young people attending church regularly.

Members could recall times when whole families attended church and they described the circumstances that encouraged them to be regular worshipers.

They noted that church schools are popular but that teenagers have interests other than church on Sunday.

They concluded that there might have to be some changes to encourage young adult to attend services. Mrs Dorothy Proffitt gave a vote of thanks to Rev Goodrick.


Carol Millar

Members at Warton Crag’s WI January meeting were treated to a very interesting and serious talk by Dr B Hancock from the Fistula Association.

The slide show and talk on Uganda childbirth injuries gave an insight into the injuries women in these poor countries suffer during childbirth and the work that Dr Hancock and others are doing to help.

For further information on this charity contact

The next WI meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20, when the speaker will be Billy Winn on Hornby Sausages. For membership details contact Hilary on 01524 730533.

The Children’s Society is hosting a Children’s Nearly New Sale for four to 13-year-olds’ items.

Clothing, toys and books will be available in Warton Church Hall on Saturday, February 8, between 10am and noon. Entrance charge is £1. If you are interested in selling items call Della on 07894 669714 or email for further information.