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The WI wants to find out what might attract more ladies to join

The committee of Caton WI (Women's Institute)  are interested in finding out what would attract more ladies in the village to become members. The WI may not be what you think it is and could be what you want it to be. By completing the survey on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7SHSMHB you could help us to shape our future. Some printed copies of the survey can be collected from the Victoria Institute or why not come to our next meeting on Thursday 2nd March in the Victoria Institute?


You may have noticed in the summer months Caton and Brookhouse has a thriving population of swifts.  One of our most impressive migrant birds can be seen and heard above the roof tops of The Victoria Institute, Methodist Church and other buildings in that vicinity. This is really good news, but the bad news is; nationally swifts are in serious decline and desperately need our help.

Crook o'Lune Lunch Club

Over 55? Would you like to get out and meet people for company, a friendly chat and enjoy a good meal?
Come and join us at the Crook’O’Lune Lunch Club every Tuesday at the Scarthwaite Hotel in Caton. The lunch club meets from 12-noon till 2pm during which time we have a 2-course meal followed by tea/coffee and a raffle, all for £11.00p.
If you are interested and want more information, please contact: -
Ron Harris on 015242 71902 or 07867 532540

New parish councillor

  We are delighted to tell residents  that Emma Huddleston has been co-opted as a parish councillor.  There is still one vacancy on the Parish Council; if you are interested in becoming involved in our work do contact the Parish Clerk Gill Mason - 07882 949110.  E-mail -  catonparishcouncil@gmail.com

Our vicar is retiring!

Graham Pollitt, who has been vicar at St Paul's Church since 2004, is retiring at the end of January.  His last services will be on Sunday 29th January, with the 10am service being followed by a "Jacob's Join" lunch in the Church Hall.  Heartelt thanks to Graham and his family for all they have given us, and best wishes for their future iin their new home in South Lancaster.

Housing off Sycamore Road: Planning Application

A detailed application has now been submitted for 21 new houses to be built off Sycamore Road.  You can see all the paperwork on the Lancaster City Council website.  The reference number is 16/01603/FUL.

Key documents have been printed out and made available in a folder at the Victoria Institute.  All residents are entitled to comment, and can do so through the Lancaster City Council website.  If you need help to use the website, do ask at the Victoria Institute.

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.