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Neighbourhood Plan: Update

Our draft Neighbourhood Plan went out for formal consultation in May and June.  The response from Lancaster City Council came through in mid-July.  One reason for the delay was that  ours is the first Neighbourhood Plan to reach this stage in the Lancaster District.  The other issue is that Lancaster has been preparing its own plans for development and housing and as a result, several developers have proposed areas in our villages which they think might be suitable for housing.

How much do you know about our villages?

Test your local knowledge with the quiz now available from the Victoria Institute.  30 questions, covering Caton and Brookhouse adn teh immediate area.  Cost £1 to enter, in aid of the Victoria Institute's refurbishment of their disabled toilet.  Prize is £5.  Closes 30th September 2017.

Lune Valley Pre-School Centre - awarded GOOD by Ofsted

Lune Valley Pre-School Centre was inspected by Ofsted on 14 July 2017 and awarded GOOD.  .                                                                                                                

Revised plans for land off Sycamore Road

Revised plans have been published for the land off Sycamore Road.  Key documents have been printed off and can be consulted at the Victoria Institute, and the full plans can be seen on the Lancaster City Council Planning website. Previous comments have NOT been transferred to the revised application. Comments should be made by 28th July.  17/00730/REM Land off Sycamore Road Brookhouse.

Guests and hosts at the Station Hotell

Visit from our Twin Village Socx

55 visitors from our twin village of Socx (Northern France) arrived in the village on Saturday 8th July. This was the biggest party we have entertained so far. On arrival, having met their hosts, they enjoyed a welcome drink and super refreshments in The Station. On Sunday, after spending the day with their hosts, everyone came together in the evening for a Jacob’s Join supper and dancing in a village garden, with music being provided by the Caton Folk Band.

Lunch out on a Tuesday?

A monthly lunch club at The Station has just started.  It will run on the second Tuesday of each month, starting 12.30pm.  For more information please contact Sue Brown on 771559.  This is a WI initiative but is open to everyone, men and women, of all ages.

Save Hornby Pool!

The save Hornby Pool campaign is gathering momentum . The best route forward looks to be be an independent Community Asset Transfer (CAT).  The ‘CAT’ process transfers the pool from Local Authority ownership to the community.  We need serious money to support a pool opening. We have seen the latest survey of the building and are confident that there is nothing in that report that deters us from taking it forward. We have seen the trading figures and with wider marketing the opportunities to increase turnover and attract new and diverse users have been identified.

Caton UFC Training starts!

Preparations for the new football season are underway. Pre-season training for the senior teams takes place on Tuesdays & Thursdays at the Caton sportsground, behind the Station Hotel, starting at 6.30pm from the 4th July.     All new & existing players warmly welcome!

Caton St Paul's School OFSTED report

Recent Ofsted Report (19th April 2017) - St Paul’s school are delighted to let the community know that our super school continues to be graded as “GOOD” with safeguarding being highly effective.

DalesBus calls at Caton!

DalesBus is running a Sunday and Bank Holiday service between Lancaster and places in the Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales. One route goes to  Malham, including stops at Clapham, Austwick, Giggleswick and Settle.  It picks up at Caton Medical Centre at 0907 and reaches Malham at 1050. The return bus leaves Malham NPC Car Park at 1605 and arrives in Caton at 1738.  There's also a service to Clapham, Slaidburn and Clitheroe which leaves Caton Medical Centre at 0933 and returns for 1832. .

New people at the Post Office

 Welcome to Ruby and Goldy, who have taken over at the Post Office/Londis store in Brookhouse.  There's no change in the Post office opening hours, and there will still be familiar faces behind the counter.  Many people in the villages will want to thank Paul and Rachel for their hard work and enthusiasm over their years in this key village service.

Neighbourhood Plan: Formal Consultation

Caton-with-Littledale Neighbourhood Plan has now moved into its next phase: formal consultation.  Letters and emails are going out to a wide range of national and local organisations, as well as to people who own or manage land in our Parish to ask for their responses.  People who live in the Parish are also welcome to submit formal responses at this stage. All the documents, and instructions on how to respond formally, are on this website, under Resources>Neighbourhood Plan.  Printed copies of all the documents and response forms are available from the Victoria Institute.

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church is "between vicars", but is still running services, including a 10am Sunday morning communion service. Sunday Club runs in term time at 10am (not first Sunday of the month) -- email sundayclub@catonstpauls.church if you want any further information. Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals are arranged through the Area Dean, Nancy Goodrich (01524 823106, nancy@goodrich.myzen.co.uk).

Visitors from Socx in July

Over 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. Plans for their visit have not been finalised yet but as usual we would expect them to be entertained by their hosts on Saturday evening and also spend the day with them on Sunday. During the day on Monday we are considering a group outing as we know that some hosts will be working. On Sunday & Monday evenings we plan to have an event for hosts, guests and anyone else who wants to join us.

Family history enquiry

Joyce Higgins is researching her great great grandmother, Harriette Simpson, who was born in 1818.  The family thinks she went to work in a big house in Caton, became pregnant to the master or his son, and the result was her great grandfather, John Thomas Simpson. Census records from 1841 show Harriette back with her family in Allerton with her son, who is 2 years old. If you can help please contact Joyce by email on  joyce_higgins@hotmail.com.


The Peak and Northern Footpath Society has a local volunteer, who covers Caton-with-Littledale and Roeburndale.  Hugh Stewart walks all the paths at least once every two years, and reports on action required. Let him know of any problems you encounter on local paths.  Hugh's phone number is 770348.

Wild flower planting

Lune Valley Community Beekeepers are delighted to announce Caton St Paul’s Scout group have been awarded £500 to transform a space by Grow Wild Grow For It 2017 project,  to transform a space with native wild flower planting in the Crook O' Lune.  The entire panel of judges loved the 2 minute video which Felix Weber produced and Caton St Paul’s Scouts will be transforming this space on Saturday 29th April 2017 1-4pm by planting wild flowers and some native hedge whips.   Once again we invite all members of the Community to join us and plant for Pollinators and People.

Ladies Netball

Ladies netball practice/training has started every Monday evening at 6.15pm.  In the playground of Caton St Paul's School.  We are hoping to put a team in the SportsReach Ladies Novice Netball Tournament  on 24 June.  All ladies welcome, age 14 upwards, no upper limit. For information please contact Emma Huddleston on 07855929675 or Amelia Preece on 771682.

Football and netball at half term

SportsReach in partnership with Caton St Pauls, Brookhouse Methodist and Caton Baptist are holding their ever popular football and netball school from Wednesday 31st May to Saturday 3rd June. This runs from 10am to 4pm and is for boys and girls aged 7-14 for football and 9-13 for netball. Held on Caton St Pauls field and clubhouse. Awards service at Brookhouse Methodist Church on Sunday 4th June with lunch to follow. Cost £40 per child (£35 for additional siblings).Contact Tim or Amelia Preece on 771682 for more information.

Our parish, Our future, Our plan! Informal consultation results

Thanks to everyone who visited our displays at the Victoria Institute and discussed the plan with us, and to all the people who responded to our questions online or in paper.  You can see a summary of the responses in the Resources> Neighbourhood Plan part of our website.  The document is called Consultation FebMarch 2017 Final Report.  There's a printout at the Victoria Institute too. The Steering Group is now working with our planning  consultants Kirkwell's to produce a draft plan.