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Have YOUR say on the future of our village

Thank you to everyone who responded to our surveys. However we are very disappointed with the low number of completed surveys. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for completion to the 8th January 2017. Please complete a form either on line or in paper form.

We really do need your views in order to allow us to produce a Neighbourhood Plan which will truly reflect the wishes and feelings of the villagers of Caton with Littledale.

Emergency plan for Caton-with-Littledale and Quernmore North

We have a team of 7 Community Emergency Coordinators covering Caton, Brookhouse and the section of Quernmore from Crook o’Lune to the Lune Aqueduct. 

  • Please tell us if you could volunteer to monitor (safely!) a beck near your house if there is exceptional flooding; we can then pass the information back to the Emergency Centre in Lancaster.
  • We also invite you to tell us if you or someone you care for would need help in a crisis such as Storm Desmond and any long power cuts.

Our Community Emergency Contacts are:-

Accommodation wanted

Helen is looking for somewhere to rent in the village, preferably self contained so she can have a
dog. She is a non-smoker and has a car. Her mobile no is 07981635394.


Your views on the future of our village needed

Our Neighbourhood Plan  should help shape the development of the whole parish of Caton-with-Littledale through to 2031. We now have a survey for everyone who lives here to complete. Actually two surveys - a short one for children and young people, and a full one for all residents.

November Annual Scout Wide Game

The competition takes place in the dark  every year around footpaths and pavements in Caton

Using their map reading skills Scouts follow a route that changes each year.

Parents and Leaders on bases along the route ask questions or set small tasks based on Scouting knowledge or skills


1. Night Hunters        69 Points

2. Savage Sheep      63 Points

3=.Purple Giraffes     62 Points

3=.Fat Geezers          62 Points

5. My Favourite Team  59Points

Bargh's site - plans for new houses released

The plans for new homes on  Bargh's site are now available on the Lancaster City Council website.  The  reference is  16/01310/REM and it is called the TNT Garage. Comments should be made by 25th November. The application will be considered by Lancaster City Council's Planniong Committee on 6th February 2017, at 10.30am.

What should our village look like in the future?

We're working on a Neighbourhood Plan which will help shape the future development of our village - where new homes go, what they look like, facilities for sport and outdoor activities, buildings for business, green spaces, landscapes and countryside...

Emergency plan for Caton-with-Littledale and Quernmore North

The Emergency Plan has been adopted by our Parish Council.  There is a copy on the village website - look under Parish Council>Downloads. You can  consult a printed copy at the Victoria Institute, where you can purchase a print-out of the plan too.  Our  Emergency Plan includes the part of Quernmore alongside the River Lune and the A683, so it covers the area from Crook o'Lune through Junction 34 to the Lune Aqueduct.  The Victoria Institute is our emergency centre; if access is needed telephone numbers for key-holders are displayed at the Institute.

Small grants for Christmas

POOR’S LAND CHARITY - More than 200 years ago an area of land by the River Lune was given to the Parish, to help local people in need. Now the proceeds from letting out grazing rights and fishing rights are used to give small grants each Christmas.  There is a simple application form which you can obtain in the Post Office/Londis store on Sycamore Road from 1st November.  The forms need to be returned by 30th November.

What's your favourite view in the village?

What is your favourite view of the village?  Tell the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group about it - a brief description or a poem perhaps - or even better send them a photo.   Your view must be from a public place such as a road or footpath and could  be a view of the village from the distance, or a favourite view in the village.  Or a distant view you treasure from within our village. A record of what we enjoy about living here.

Competition for youth groups in the village

The Link is inviting younger people in the village to enter a competition to win £100 for their organisation.  Write a praragraph telling local people what it means to you to be a member of your youth organisation. The winning entry will be published in The Link. Closing date 30th September.  Please send your entry to the editor of The Link on catonlink@talktalk.net.


Memorial service for Clementina Addison

Dozens of local residents joined children from Caton St Paul's School in St Paul's Church on Wednesday 13th July to mark one hundred years since the death of Clementina Addison. She was a nurse who was born in Lancaster, and leant to speak french as a child. She trained in Leicester and then volunteered to serve in France with the French Flag Nursing Corps. She became seriously ill and came home to her family in Caton, and died here on 10 July 1916. The service was broadcast by Radio Lancashire. Her grave  in the church graveyard has now been marked with a plaque.

Activity weeks for primary school children

Sportz4all is running two one week activity courses at Caton St Paul's School this summer, week beginning 1st August and week beginning 15th August.  For children of primary school age.  More information and booking form on the school's website.

Litter pick - Thanks!

Thanks to Caton Baptist Church and its minister Stephen Talbot for organinsing a litter pick in Caton & Brookhouse recently.  About 20 people came to help and collected 15 bags of waste.  A great help to everyone in the village! Let's keep our village tidy by taking rubbish home and using bins where available.

Caton Terriers Junior Football Club

Exciting news for all junior footballers! A new JFC is starting up for the 2016/17 season on the Station Hotel Field. Initially recruiting September Year 2s (U7s) but also happy to hear from September Year 1s (U6s) and Year 3s (U8s). Caton Terriers JFC aim is to bring together keen young footballers from across our community in a safe and friendly environment. As part of Caton Sports Association, Caton Terriers JFC will organise fun, action packed training on Saturday Mornings between 10.30-12.00 with a view to entering teams in the local Service to Youth Leagues in the upcoming seasons.

Station Hotel Bowling Club

The Station Hotel Bowling Club will be opening the green for 2018 from Friday 30 March. We run two teams in the Lancaster Bowling League on Tuesday nights starting 10 April and one team in the Morecambe League on Wednesday nights starting on 18 April. We run a Veterans team on Thursday afternoons and two floodlight teams starting in September.

Oaktree at the Fish Steps

On Monday morning  the only remaining live branch on the ancient oak tree at the fishsteps was broken off.  The damage was done by a lorry reversing into The Croft.

March Madness - A busy month of inter-school activities at Caton CPS

As you are reading this the children, staff and families will have been enjoying a well earned holiday, as well as remembering and celebrating Easter. This was marked in school by a lovely assembly by Alan Wadsworth and the class 1 children making their specially embroidered Easter cards. Their sewing skills were very impressive!