Local news

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. 

Caton Youth Club Trust

Caton Youth Club Trust invested the proceeds of the sale of the old youth club building and uses the interest to support youth projects in our community. In the last few years it has been able to help by providing over £4000 per year to help  young people  achieve their dreams and do some really amazing things both in the UK and abroad. The Caton Youth Club trustees will again have money available in July to help young people(whether individuals or groups) with leisure time activities. This is on offer to young ones living in the Caton with Littledale parish.

Housing off Sycamore Road: Planning Application update

Sycamore Road development  Revised plans and other documents have been submitted by the developers.  You can see them on the Lancaster City Council website, reference 16/01603/FUL, and there are print-outs you can look at in the Library in the Victoria Institute. It is now likely that the plans will go to the May meeting of the Planning Committee.

Cottam Trust: applications for funding open till end March


The Trustees would like to make another distribution from the trust funds held on the trusts of the Wills of the Edward Cottam and his sister Alice. 

The Trustees are required to use the trust income for the benefit of:- ‘poor and deserving persons aged 50 years or over who have resided within the parish of Caton with Littledale in the County of Lancaster for at least five years and are still resident at the date of the application’.

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.