Local news

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Thank you to local people who came along to the two consultation events about the Neighbourhood Plan at the end of September, or contributed comments by email. The focus was on two sites which have been put forward by Lancaster City Council for possible housing development - land alongside Quernmore Road and land behind Hawthorn Close.

Poor's Land Charity

POOR’S LAND CHARITY - In 1724, Edward Fincham left land to be used to benefit people in need living in this parish. The land is let out for grazing and fishing, and the proceeds are distributed annually by the Parish Council. These small grants are distributed every December, in time for Christmas. The amounts given are usually around £40-£50. Application forms will be available from 1st November and have to be returned by 29th November. The forms may be collected from the Cottam Room at the Victoria Institute or obtained directly from the Parish Clerk.

Good Neighbour Award

Radio Lancashire Community Awards

Lee Gott, who lives in Caton, has won The Good Neighbour Award after being nominated by her neighbour Brian Gibson.

Despite losing her home and business in the December 2015 floods, Lee looked after Brian in the aftermath following the loss of his wife.

Brian said: “Lee lost everything in the floods. To have that much worry on your mind yet to think about other people is unbelievable.”

School Governors Needed!

 

Caton St Paul's C of E Primary School's Governing Board is looking to appoint some Foundation Governors. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Chair, Anna Shone, on 01524 771944 or e mail a.d.shone@btinternet.com.

Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation on development sites and green spaces

In 2015 the Parish Council decided a Neighbourhood Plan was needed to shape development in our village.  This was particularly important here as Lancaster City Council had designated Caton and Brookhouse as sustainable settlements (Policy DM42 in the Lancaster Development Management Plan adopted 2014). Sustainable settlements are villages which are a focus for growth outside urban areas and so the Lancaster plan may direct development towards them.

Lune Valley Community Land Trust: Affordable Housing

Lune Valley CLT are planning to build  20 affordable, eco-friendly homes on Mill Lane, with support from Lancaster City Council and South Lakes Housing Association. The homes will be affordable both to rent/part-buy and to run e.g. low heating bills. The drop-in on Sunday June 9th at Halton Community Centre to publicise the scheme attracted  50 local people and generated a lot of interest. As well as ourselves, South Lakes Housing and Keswick Community Housing Trust were there to talk about their involvement in community-led and affordable housing schemes.

Victoria Institute needs a cleaning contractor

The Victoria Institute, Caton has a vacancy for a cleaning contractor.

To start on Monday 2nd September 2019

Hours of work up to 47 hours per calendar month, by arrangement, including some weekend work

The contract offered is self-employed, and you will need public liability insurance.

Job-share very welcome

Hourly rate of pay – please ask

Two references required, one from current or recent employer.

For more information, please contact  Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute on 771733 or Benita Smith on 771943.

British Empire Medal for Local Campaigner

Erica Sarney was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.  It was awarded for "Services to Wildflower and Pollinator Conservation in Lancashire".  Many of us have met Erica through the work she has done with bee-friendly planting along the Millennium Way in our village, at Crook o'Lune, and elsewhere in the Lune Valley.  These projects have often involved local youth and community groups. Congratulations Erica!

New parish council

Our parish  councillors from May 2019 are: Ray Elvis, Ron Gibbons, Emma Huddlestone, Chris Kynch, Rob Paine, Judy Powell, Mark Skeldon, Sid Thompson and Jenny Walmsley.  

Geoff Beckett, Karen Hill and Drusilla Nield have stood down;  we are very grateful  for their work on the Parish Council over many years.

Visitors from Socx in July

Up to  50 people  from our twinned village of Socx in Northern France arrive on Saturday 8th July. They will stay until Tuesday 11th July, departing about 8.00 am.

Caton Sports Association / Caton United FC

Chairman/Treasurer positions.  These key positions will become vacant from 1st June and additional committee members are required to ensure the sustainability and longevity of football in our community. The ownership of the sports field will soon change once the sale from Mitchells of Lancaster is completed and the association will look to obtain a lease so as to be able to continue. To register your interest or to request further details please email catonsports@gmail.com, many thanks.

Caton Explorer Group: Initial Meeting

Girls and boys Aged between 14 -18 years  Do you want to have fun and adventure? Do you want to learn skills for life? Do you want to achieve your Bronze, Silver or even Gold Duke of Edinburgh award?  Do you want to take part in camps and activities at District, National even International level?   If you do then Explorer Scouts is the thing for you!

Soccer School in late May Bank Holiday week

Caton St Pauls, Brookhouse Methodist and Caton Baptist Churches together with SportsReach are again hosting their Annual Soccer School from Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 1st June, held at Caton St Pauls School Field/Chrich Hall., with the award service on Sun 2nd June. £40 per child, £35 for additional siblings.

Contact Tim and Amelia Preece on 01524 771682 for full details and booking forms.

Easter Services and Activites

Easter in our village: On Maundy Thursday, St Paul's Church is organising a service at 7.30pm, followed by a simple meal of soup and bread.  On Good Friday (19th April) Caton Baptist Church is hosting breakfast, with time for prayer and reflection.

Job vacancy in the village

Pre School Supervisor

Lune Valley Pre School Centre, Brookhouse, Lancaster

We have a great opportunity for a supervisor to run our small and successful  Pre School, which is  located within St Paul’s School Brookhouse.  With a passion for using the outdoors as well as indoors as a basis for exciting learning, you will have the vision to create a happy learning environment where each child is nurtured as an individual.

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