The Victoria institute is proposing to celebrate, educate and commemorate the 75thanniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) day. (Note this is the May Day Bank Holiday this year). The idea is to travel back in time to recreate something of the atmosphere of those days - Union flag flying, bunting on the buildings, and period costumes. We would like local people to lend or donate photographs or films that celebrated VE day to display in the Institute. Of particular interest are photographs of local people and places.
Sunday 15th December at 6.30pm in St Paul's Church - Village Carol Service (Churches together in Caton and Brookhouse)
Friday 20th December : Carol singing around the village. Start from Caton Baptist Church at 6.30pm.
Sunday 22nd December
9.30am - Children’s Nativity Presentation in St Paul's Church Hall
10.30am - Carol service at Caton Methodist Chapel
6.30pm - Candlelit Carol Service at Caton Baptist Church
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.
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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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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!
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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.
“She rallies” 6 week free girls tennis course at Lunesdale Lawn Tennis Club, Ball Lane, Caton
Saturdays 27 April, 11 and 18 May, 8 and 22 June
Girls 7 - 11 years 13.30-14.20
Girls 12-16 years 14.30-15.30
To book a place contact Annabelle Cartmell firstname.lastname@example.org 07513168173
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 email@example.com, many thanks.
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!
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 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.