Town and Country: 31/10/13

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This week’s Town and Country news.


Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be hosting a hedgelaying competition in Silverdale this Saturday, November 2.

Competitors will enter championship, open, novice or junior (under 18 years) classes. Hedges will be laid in the traditional Westmorland style and will be judged for being stock-proof, tidy and for their hedge re-growth qualities.

To take part in the competition contact the secretary of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedgelaying Association, David Whittaker at or just go along and watch. Turn up on the day between 10am and 3pm.

The event will take place on land belonging to Mr and Mrs J Lambert, Bottoms Lane, Silverdale, LA5 0TN (Ordnance Survey map grid reference SD 466 757).

If the experts inspire you and you would like to have a go yourself, why not register for the training session on Thursday, November 28?

This is open to complete beginners as well as to those who would like to improve their existing skills. Contact Tony Riden for further details.


Derek & Celia Coultherd

This year the church Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, November 9, in the parish hall from 2pm.

A special service will be held at 6.30pm in Austwick Church to remember loved ones, please let the vicar know if you would like him to mention some one special.

On Monday, November 11, there will be a Remembrance Day Service at Austwick Cemetery at 10.45am with Austwick and Clapham school children.


Wendy Dowbiggin

015242 61573

The annual meeting of the Friends of Bentham Library started with a moment of silence to remember Liz Farmer.

Chair Linda Brockbank welcomed everyone including County Coun David Ireton and guest Diane Allen. In her opening remarks the chair thanked the committee and volunteers who regularly give their time to help out at the library. It has been a great year for Bentham Library and its success is due to the dedication of both Friends of Bentham Library and NYCC staff.

Linda also thanked Bentham Town Council for their support. The grant received enabled the Friends to meet legal requirements and provide insurance.

The library and customer services centre is going from strength to strength. It was awarded library of the month in March and July 2013 for excellent performance in meeting and exceeding targets.

Over the summer more than 100 young people took part in the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge, the highest number ever at Bentham Library.

Treasurer Felicity Hey gave a satisfactory report. Linda Brockbank was elected chair, Felicity Hey treasurer, with the post of secretary vacant. The members of the committee were all re-elected with the volunteers manager Chris Joint.

Speaker Diane Allen, local author from Dent, read from and spoke about her new book For a Mother’s Sin, set in 1870, about the railway workers and their families who flocked to the wind moorland known as Batty Green to build a viaduct on the Midland Railway Company’s ambitious new Leeds to Carlisle line.

Members of Age Concern met at the Masonic Hall last Friday where they enjoyed a delicious lunch served by Faith Wilson and Mary Hartley. During the afternoon the group were put through their paces with Colin Etherington and extended exercises. The lucky raffle winner was Geoffrey Lawson.

Forthcoming local events include the following. This Saturday, November 2, there will be a Trash and Treasure Sale at Low Bentham Institute from 11am. Also on Saturday, in the town hall, there will be a coffee morning in aid of the Cancer Support Group, from 10am.

An exciting event to be held on Saturday is the community bonfire and fireworks. The procession, accompanied by samba/reggae group Drum Machine, will leave Cleveland Square car park at 6.20pm reaching the Auction Yard around 6.40pm.

Local Wayne Dodding has lost four stone in weight in three and a half months, and this remarkable achievement is due in part to the Herbalife Plan and mentor Jordan Armstrong.

Wayne’s health has improved vastly and he now feels fit and healthy thanks to help from Jordan and his own willpower.

Wayne’s mother has also been on the diet and has lost sufficient weight to enable her to have a successful heart operation. Contact Jordan Armstrong on 07801 835660.


Patricia Bradley

Bay View Garden Centre will be holding a Ladies Evening, raising funds for Cancer Care, on Wednesday, November 6, starting at 6.30pm.

Amongst other demonstrations including Kitty Brown’s Clothes Road Show, planting winter and Christmas pots, Christmas Tree decorating, etc, David H Smythe of TV’s Ready Steady Cook and The Adelphi fame will be demonstrating his cookery skills. This promises to be a great and entertaining evening, limited to 100 tickets, no entry on the evening, telephone 01524 733780.

Dr Who is coming to Bolton-le-Sands. Yes it’s true. Dr Who will be visiting Bolton-le-Sands in the near future. Here’s what you need to know. On Friday, November 8, from 7pm to 8.30pm in Bolton-le-Sands Library, Dr Who will perform a story written by a local child. Will you be the author? 

If you are in a KS2 class (Classes 6-10) and would like to enter the competition, please write a story and hand it to Jacky at BLS Library before the closing date of this Saturday, November 2.

As well as the story there will also be monster mask making and a Dr Who quiz. Further information and free tickets available from Bolton-le-Sands Library.

Watch the fantastic firework display this Saturday, November 2. Gates will open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and the fireworks at 7.15pm.

Entry on the night will be £4. In the interests of safety no private sparklers or fireworks allowed on the field. Main Street will be closed to prevent traffic congestion.

Do you enjoy entertaining? Do you have a talent you would like to share, on your own or as part of a group? Then come along and be part of Bolton-le-Sands Entertains on Saturday, December 7, in the community centre. All funds raised in aid of the Community Playground Project. For further details please contact either Emma at or Cath at

Local mum Catherine Harrison recently braved the legendary Born Survivor assault course and raised an amazing £258 for the BLS Community Playground Project. Well done Catherine.

Born Survivor has been designed by elite Royal Marine British Commandos. Set in the Lake District it has 38 hard core military style obstacles, 1,000 feet of climbing and 10km of brutal Lake District terrain.

More good news for the Community Playground Project, the committee has just received a cheque from the Galbraith Trust for £1,349 to purchase picnic tables for the new children’s playground facility.

Holy Trinity Mother’s Union is holding a coffee morning in the village hall today, Thursday, October 31, from 10am.

Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council will be holding its monthly meeting in the Old Boy’s School on Monday, November 4, at 7pm. Local businesses, clubs and societies wishing to advertise on the parish council website, please contact the clerk on


Jay Barkley

There will be a Library Coffee Morning on Monday, November 4, from 10am to 11am at Burton Memorial Hall. Refreshments and home bakes will be available.

The annual bonfire night will take place on Tuesday, November 5, at the Recreational Trust Ground. Gates open 6pm, firework display at 7pm. There will be a disco and hot food, drinks and burgers will be available.

The Pre-School annual New to You sale will start at 10am to noon at the hall, with good quality toys, clothes and equipment. Refreshments and home-made cakes available. To sell please contact Rebecca on 01524 782598.

The Wheels for Alex Ceilidh will be held on Saturday, November 9, at Morewood School Hall and during the event the winners of the Children’s Nature Photographic Competition will be announced. Put on your dancing shoes, the music starts at 4pm.

The Indoor Bowling Club meets every Wednesday at the hall from 2pm to 4pm. Good fun and exercise, everyone welcome.

The Lunch Club for over 55s meets monthly at the King’s Arms. For Further information please telephone 01524 781195.


The village is holding its Annual Gift and Craft Fair in the village hall on Saturday, November 9, from 10am to 3pm. Stalls will include cards, gifts, jewellery, knitwear, cushions, books and refreshments.

At 2pm folk singer and comedian Mike Harding will be joining in the celebration of the new Community Cafe with an Autumn Street Party with live music, activities such as make your own pizza and refreshments.


Larry Branyan

A charity night in aid of Help for Heroes will be held at the Railway Club, Carnforth, on Saturday, November 30, 8pm to midnight. Entertainment will be provided by Tommy J and The Midnights. Limited tickets, at £5, to include a buffet, can be obtained from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 732723. Adults only please.

An event, Waterways and Iron Roads, will be held at the Furness and Midland Hall, Carnforth Station, at 2pm on Saturday, November 9.

This will include a talk by David Currington entitled The Lancaster Canal, Recent Restoration and Future Possibilities, followed by Bob Roe and George Nightingale with Carnforth Station, Resplendent, Redundant, Revived.

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Noel Coward day in the Furness and Midland Hall today, Thursday, October 31.

Two 20 minute films, Home and Away, will be shown about Coward’s homes in Switzerland and Jamaica, at 2.30pm.

John Knowles, secretary of the international Noel Coward Society, will be giving an illustrated talk, A Brief Encounter with Noel Coward. The talk will focus on the writing of Still Life as part of the collection of Coward’s one-act plays and the development of the play into the film Brief Encounter.


Wendy Turner

The next Farmers’ Market in Caton will be held this Saturday, November 2, and the Christmas Farmers’ Market on Saturday, December 7, 10am to 1pm.

The usual suspects will be there, Kitridding Farm Meats, Knipey’s Chickens, Magic Kitchen heritage baking, Jackson’s Ice Cream and cheeses and delicious cheese bakes, Bread from Lunesdale Bakery, fresh veg, vintage and crafts, 10am to 1pm.

Lune Valley Hash House Harriers have just enjoyed their annual youth hostel weekend, this time in Mankinholes, Todmorden.

Beautiful scenery, fantastic views, great food, lovely places to eat and drink after walking/running round the E Lancs/W Yorks countryside. Back to the Lune Valley on Sunday, November 10, at 11am. See website for further details.


Rory-Jo Daniels

Since the completion of the refurbishment of the bell tower at St James’ Church, when the bells were augmented from three to six, St James’ has had hundreds of visiting bell ringers.

Keen ringers like to ring bells in as many different towers as possible and organise tours during which they ring in three or four different churches in a day.

So far, this year St James’ has had 127 visiting ringers including 19 from the Guild of Clerical Ringers, a group of vicars from all over the UK, and one enthusiast from Kansas, USA, where there are no bells.

St James’ Church will be holding a coffee morning in Clapham Village Hall, this Saturday, November 2, 10am to 12.30pm. Attractions will include bacon butties, cakes, crafts and a raffle

Fans of the ever-popular Steeton Male Voice Choir will be pleased to hear they will making one of their bi-annual visits to St James’ on Saturday, November 30.

Clapham historian Ken Pearce will give a talk on the history of the Flying Horseshoe Hotel at Clapham Station this Saturday, November 2, in Clapham Village Hall starting at 7pm.

It’s hoped the niece of Mr Coates, the longest serving landlord at the hotel (60 years), will be on hand with some of her family photographs and memorabilia. The talk is a follow-up to a similar event last year with new information. There will be no charge to enter and refreshments will be available. Any donations will go to village hall funds.

Going for a Sonnet was the title of an Age UK North Craven creative writing afternoon held at Clapham Village Hall. Group leader Richard Daniels gave a visual presentation on the impact and history of the sonnet before members tried their hand at writing couplets to provide an alternative finish to one of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets.


Gill O’Donnell

Giggleswick WI will meet at the parish rooms on Thursday, November 7, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be John Foster on the subject of The Work of the District Court Judge. Visitors always welcome

On Tuesday, November 5, Caroline Horton will return to Richard Whiteley Theatre, this time to stage her new show Mess, a play about obsession and addiction – with songs. The play was developed with assistance from the Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry.

On Thursday, November 7, the theatre welcomes the Neil C Young Trio, guaranteeing a night of feel good instrumental jazz.

On Saturday, November 9, local photographers Tony and Carol Dilger launch their new exhibition Wild and Restless Nature in the Foyer Gallery, which will run through to Sunday, December 8.

Community Cinemas will be showing Planes as part of the family films series and the month concludes with pupils from the school itself taking to the stage from November 28-30 for their production of West Side Story.

Details of all tickets and times available via or 01729 893180.

Well done to all pupils of Giggleswick Primary School who took part in the recent KS2 Football Tournament. The Y3/Y4 team played particularly well and were the group winners, but they lost by one goal to Settle in the final. Thank you to everyone who was able to support the Harvest Festival by helping children learn their words, attending assembly, contributing produce for harvest parcels or donating money towards the pupils’ chosen charity.

All those who attended the assembly enjoyed the pupils’ singing and short presentations and the school was pleased that pupils and staff from Giggleswick School Early Years were able to join pupils again this year.

Earlier this week the school hosted a visit from the charity WaterAid and was able to present them with a cheque for £100, most of it raised during the service. The WaterAid rep was thrilled with the cheque. Well done to everyone.


Paul Woodruff

Sounds from The Hound at The Greyhound Hotel tomorrow, Friday, November 1, from 8pm. Great music, great night, fancy dress optional.

The next Luncheon Club will be held at The Centre on Friday, November 8. To book contact Maureen on 01524 811316.

Great news about the White Lion in Halton, so pleased to hear of the resurgence of this listed building, and the new owners, Lynn and Bob, are wished well for the future.

A big thank you to Miss Margaret Picker who left the school governing body at St Wilfrid’s on October 25 after 26 years service, 19 as chair of the governors. The school is indebted to Margaret and all who devote time to the school and its pupils.


John Bateman

The Pub Quiz, Grand Raffle and Silent Auction for a picture by local artist Lou Morton, all of which was held in the Smithy Inn on October 25, raised a magnificent £1,200 in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation in Preston which people of South Cumbria and North Lancs attend for cancer treatment.

This was a tremendous village effort and grateful thanks go to all who involved themselves, in whatever way, in contributing towards this wonderful achievement.

Holme Parish Council Firework Display, supported by local industry and private donations, will be held in the Church Gardens on Tuesday, November 5, from 7pm. Everyone welcome, hotdogs on sale.


Chris Kynch

The Countryside Society’s first autumn talk was a film, Wildlife of the Pennines, presented by the well known wild life photographer who made it, Gordon Yates. Gordon was introduced by chairman Sam Ashton.

He has won several awards in still photography in competitions with BBC television, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife and the Scottish Ornithologist Club.

Gordon said the sounds were phenomenal, but at the meeting the film was shown silently so he could talk it through. The film covered his ‘local patch’ of the Pennines, although he has filmed in many countries, including Scotland, and in particular Islay, as well as the Seychelles, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and Spitzbergen, where he had an encounter with a polar bear.

Sue Parish will be back in Hornby Institute on Friday, November 8 – the next in the Jazz in Hornby series. The bar opens at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10.


Sue Brown

At the October meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA), the chairman confirmed that the electronic sign for the entrance to the centre had been ordered.

The Sports Management Committee reported a problem of people taking their dogs on to the sports field and also leaving the gate open. The final profit from the Gala is around £5,000, thanks to everyone’s efforts.

Christmas Bingo will be held on Thursday, December 5, prizes and helpers needed as usual please. Centre management were pleased to report that the rebate from the solar panels is now £700. The hiring charges for the centre will remain the same as last year. The Football Club Sportsman’s Evening went well.

The panto jumble sale will be held on Saturday, December 14.

The Methodist Church has started a new after school club. They hope to run another CAP (Christians Against Poverty) course in the new year. The WI held their Group Show in September and a recent Craft Workshop Day which was very well attended.

The Old People’s Welfare jumble sale will be held this Saturday, November 2, to raise money for the Christmas party on Friday, December 13. On Wednesday, November 6, an event, Tea, Cakes and Body Shop, will be held from 2pm to 5pm at church.

On Saturday, November 23, the film Lad, A Yorkshire Story will be shown, some of it filmed locally. Yorkshire refreshments will be served in the interval, tickets £8. On Sunday, November 24, there will be a healing service.

The Meet and Make Group has designed a tea towel to sell for church roof funds. It will be on display at Hawes Countryside Museum during November and on sale in St Mary’s in the new year.

The NSPCC Table Top sale is this Sunday, November 3, and the Late Night Shopping in the village is on Friday, December 6. The Toddlers’ Group jumble sale will be held on Saturday, November 16.


From a continental holiday to mince pies for Christmas, from a health check for your pet to a chauffeur-driven Bentley trip out – these are just some of the ‘promises’ on offer at a special event to be held in Kirkby Lonsdale shortly.

An Auction of Promises will take place at Queen Elizabeth School’s main hall on Thursday, November 14, starting at 7.30pm. Around 100 promises will go under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Mashiter.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available. The event is being organised by the Friends of St Mary’s Parish Church.


Janet Purvis

This Sunday, November 3, at 10.45am, St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service and Junior Church, and at 6pm an All Souls Service, at the Memorial Hall, Overton. Join members for fellowship, tea, coffee and biscuits after the morning service.

Tinned and dry goods still needed for local distribution for the Food Bank basket. The Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.45am on November 10 will be followed by a Jacob’s join lunch (no Junior Church).
The PCC will meet on Tuesday, November 12, at 7pm. During the interregnum contact, diary dates and gallery of images are available on website

Sunderland Point Mission will meet on Sunday, November 17, for a Remembrance Service with Eucharist, at 2.30pm.


Gill O’Donnell

St John’s Hall is the venue for a Christmas market arranged by Jack’s Journey and supporting Brain Tumour Research, this Saturday, November 2, between 10am and 4pm. There will be a hog roast and a range of stalls such as Pampered Chef and Phoenix Cards as well as a cake stall and raffle. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

On Tuesday, November 5, there will be an open day between 10am and 1pm at the Folly. Residents are asked to look through their attics and garages, sheds and back bedrooms, searching for information connected to WW1 to bring along to the open day.

Also peoples’ memories and their family stories about what happened to their families during this time would be interesting. If you are unable to come along on November 5 but would like to help please contact Anne Read on 015242 51388 or email 2.

Settle Voices Community Choir will provide the musical entertainment in Handpicked Hall (the old Coop building), Skipton, this Sunday, November 3, between 1pm and 3pm. For more information about the choir please visit website

The Hatha Yoga sessions will recommence at Settle Primary School on Monday, November 4, at 7.30pm to 9pm, and on Wednesday, November 6, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Sessions cost £6 and are booked in blocks of six. For further details contact 07947 027188.

Settle Photographic Group will next meet on Monday, November 4, at Townhead Court at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Elaine Newington Ward on the topic of Book Illustrations. Elaine will present and discuss images which have been used to illustrate books. There will be a members’ gallery on the topic Portrait. Visitors welcome

There will be an opportunity to find out more about UFO mysteries when a series a conferences, consisting of three lectures, is held at St John’s Hall on Saturday, November 9. The theme for the day is Hunting the UFO Mystery: Adventures into the Unknown, which will run from 1pm to 6pm with refreshments being served between the lectures.

The cost for the event is £20 and includes a DVD. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a skywatch session at 7.30pm. For further information contact Nigel Mortimer on 01729 824659.


John Leach

At the meeting of the Equipment Fund in mid-October, June Gardner won the games of dominoes with a score of 10, with Audrey Eaton second with seven whilst Eileen Massey made third with a score of four, one ahead of Jean Connor.

At the same meeting Nancy Ralston won the games of whist, Henry Milner was second, Marian Coates third and Sylvia Standwell fourth. The high halves were taken by Beryl Mason and Brian Coates.

Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Over 60s Club in mid-October with Sheila Makenson second and Eileen Massey third.

St Luke’s Mothers’ Union met on the penultimate Wednesday of October when Mr George Nightingale spoke about the history of Carnforth Railway Station. He took the members from 1800 when it was a small village of 28 cottages to 1841 when the railway was run by three companies and the transport links of the canal and the railway created conditions to build a steel works.

This led to an increase in the population, so by the early 1900s it was a railway centre with a postal sorting office.

Mr Nightingale had intended for his presentation to be illustrated but the pictures were unavailable due to a computer problem. He undertook to return to show the pictures. Mrs Diane Stephenson gave a vote of thanks.

At the October meeting of the parish council the report of the Local Government Boundary Commission was noted with disappointment since the views of the council, that the villages of Slyne-with-Hest and Bolton-le-Sands are two distinct communities, have not been taken into account in forming a Bolton and Slyne electoral three-member ward for future city council elections. Details of the proposal can be found at

The parish council should have a full complement of councillors for the November meeting as Roland Stretch of Manor Road has been co-opted as a councillor. He has lived in the village for 46 years, so has a wealth of local knowledge.

The parish council decided to look again at the provision of allotments. Though it has not succeeded in the past it was believed it is worth exploring this issue further.

Councillors decided to replace the two dilapidated seats at the junction of Hest Bank Lana and Throstle Grove with a new one. The council learnt that there is a new community beat police officer, PC Neil Smith.

The council noted that the May Fair Committee has become depleted. There is a need for replacement committee members with fresh ideas.

Please contact the clerk to the parish council Mrs Doreen Brookes on 01524 825464 if you have any ideas how to achieve this.

Stage Struck, the drama group that introduces children to the delights of being a thespian, is hosting a psychic evening with Marilyn tonight, Thursday, October 31, Halloween, 
at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

Entry costs £10, which includes supper and there will be a bar available.

People under 16 years will have to be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available from Carol on 01524 833599, Stuart on 07557 877793 and Rachel on 07830 353836.

The group is also holding a casino evening on Tuesday, November 19, jointly with Lancaster Bulldogs Basketball Team. Tickets at £10 are available from Carol Pratt or members of Lancaster Bulldogs.

The village annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, November 10, in the memorial hall and will be followed by refreshments in the supper room.

The next community coffee morning will be held this Saturday, November 2, in the Memorial Hall from 10am until noon. This coffee morning will be run by Hest Bank Ladies.


Paula Armstrong

Yorkshire Dales National Park Ranger Steve Hastie will be giving a presentation at Westhouse Village Hall on Friday, November 15, at 7.30pm. All welcome, adults £1, children 50p.

Saturday morning drop-in for mums, dads, toddlers and kids will be held at Westhouse Methodist Church on Saturday, November 30. Bacon sandwiches and coffee from 9.30am to 11am.


Carol Millar

The annual fundraising fair, in aid of North West Cancer Research, will take place this Saturday, November 2, in Warton Church Hall, from 2pm.

The fair will include gifts, cakes, Christmas cards, toys, books, jams and preserves, dried flowers,a teddy tombola, raffle and tombola.

Tickets £1 including tea and cakes. Donations for any of the stalls would be much appreciated, contact Dorothy (732152) or Hilary (730533)

The 1st Warton Scout Group will be holding its annual meeting on Monday, November 4, at 6.30pm in Warton Village Hall.

If you want to know more about what they do then please go along.

Beaver scouts are the youngest members starting at the age of six, cubs at the age of eight and scouts at the age of 10/11. They currently have around 60 children involved, excluding the Young Leaders (age 14-18) that help organise their activities. All members of the community invited.

They are also looking for storage facilities for all their equipment in the Warton/Yealand area. If anyone has, or knows of, a storage facility or any spare room please contact Sue Nutter on 01524 735997.

Warton Arts and Crafts Group’s Autumn Exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17. Original local art and craft work will be on display together with tea, cakes and a raffle. Open 10am to 4pm each day in Warton Church Hall.


Rita Smith

Members and friends of Wray Over 60s Club enjoyed a film show given by Bob Jackson entitled A Trip to Nepal, in which he showed slides of Daduwa, the McCabe Trust-supported school and the new extension he went to open, which provided accommodation for pupils who lived too far away to walk there daily.

He then finished with shots of the area around Kathmandu, the local people and the beautiful snow capped Himalayas.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19, when David Hartnup will gave a talk with slides entitled Old Wray. Non-members welcome.


Michael Rothwell

The annual Yealands’ Remembrance Sunday Service will be held on November 10 at 10am in Yealand Village Hall. The short service will be followed by refreshments and an act of remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am.

Thank you to everyone who helped at and supported the jumble sale for St John’s funds on October 19. A total of over £500 was raised.