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.
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.
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.
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:-
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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 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.
The Twinning Group is raising money to help pay for the next visit by our friends from Socx, in 2017. Our next event is a Big Breakfast!
Our MP Cat Smith came to the Victoria Institute on 11th August and met about 15 local people.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.