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.
The Parish Council website group agreed it would be a good idea for our villages to have a themed image gallery on the village website. To include historical and contemporary photographs and documents. The initial suggestion was a historic theme - Moor Platt - and after an appeal ia few months ago several people have kindly offered images. The space for the picture gallery on the village website will be ready shortly. When material is uploaded, users will be able to put them into one or more albums, and add tags or further information about the image.
Caton Sports Association/ Caton United Football Club needs more volunteers to help it thrive! There are lots of roles to fill, including people to maintain the Station Hotel Sports Field, cut the grass, run the 200 Club and serve on the committee. If you are interested in supporting this important part of village life, please come along to a meeting in the pavilion on the field at 7pm on Thursday 19th May. For more information contact David Scholey on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Reach, in conjunction with Brookhouse Methodist, Caton Baptist and St Paul's churches, is running a soccer/netball school from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th June. At Caton St Paul's playing fields/ Club House 10am to 4pm. Football for children 7-14 years and netball for children 9-13 years. Costs £37 per child, but reduced to £33 for additional siblings. More information or to book, contact Tim Preece on 771672 or Sports Reach on 730000.
SINGING GROUP starts on Tuesday 10th May, 1.30-3.30pm
If you enjoy singing or have always wanted to sing - this is for you. No audition - everyone welcome. Musical Director: Dan Adams. Cost £4 including refreshments.
Tel. Pat Seber 015242 21449 for more information or just come and join us.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Community Meadow planting at Station Cottage on the Millennium Cycleway on Saturday 2nd April. Despite dreadful weather we had a fantastic turnout of 52 members of our Community who worked all afternoon. Many other members joined us for short bursts of work during the afternoon. This year we were joined by Caton Guides and the Cubs. St Paul’s Scouts joined us for the 3rd year running. We were delighted that members of Litttledale Hall Therapeutic Community joined us once again. They did a sterling job.
Plans have been firmed up for the design of a new, separate slide, on a mound next to the aerial runway, which will enable easy use by children with a wide range of disabilities, with carers if required. The slide will be approachable from and feed back into the park so several kids doing different activities may be supervised at once. Visually, the slide will not alter what the play park looks like. An ingenious re-arrangement will enable an extra new digger type of equipment to be added to the sand area. One of the swing seats in the toddler area is being changed to a baby seat.
Our friendly tennis club on Ball Lane in Caton welcomes all ages and any ability - or none yet! Membership from April 1st offers a years tennis, grass courts in summer, floodlit carpet courts through winter - all at half price for new members. We also have a special low fee for younger people, families, etc. Members may join informal groups, or organised social tennis, fun events such as dingles, speed tennis as well as league and other matches.
RETIREMENT OF OUR SCHOOL BURSAR - After more than 19 years in the driving seat of our school office, Mrs Kath Dean has decided to take her well-earned retirement. She will be leaving us on Friday 10th June. I am sure there will be many members of the school community and the wider local community that would like to wish Kath well, so watch out on our website for the dates/times of a special assembly and charity evening that will both celebrate Mrs Dean`s hard work and support for our school.
John Self is taking over as Treasurer for The Link from the start of April. Thank you John!
After the success of the Walk to Defy Dementia at Lancaster University in October, Sylvia Edmondson was inspired to create her own sponsored event in her home parish of Roeburndale.
The walk will take place on Saturday 14th May and start at 3.30pm from Wray-with-Botton Primary School. Parking is available at Bridge House Tea Rooms, LA2 8QP. You will receive directions in the pack sent out to you, so please include a postal address.
The Parish has a new Parish Clerk - Gill Mason. She will start work in early April, initially working alongside Sue Brown. Our thanks to Sue for all her work for the village since she joined us in January 2015. The telephone number and email for the Parish Council will stay the same.
Lancaster Beekeepers have received funding through Champion Bowland ( Forest of Bowland AONB) to create some more native wildflower planting on the Millennium Cycleway in Caton. We will meet on Sat 2nd April 2016 2-4pm at Station Road Cottage, on the Millennium Cycleway to prepare and plant the site. The turf will be stripped off and removed by Dave Bissell and he will be on hand to remove the rubble on the day.This year we are joined by St Paul’s Scouts, the Cubs and Caton Guides and we hope members of Littledale Hall Therapeutic Community will join us again.
Let's get together to tidy up the Crook o'Lune. Saturday 19th March, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.
Priority jobs will be:
Removing remaining debris from memorial planting area.
Removing debris from streams.
Clearing scattered silage from part bales.
Removal of damaged signage.
Equipment and disposal bags provided; best bring your own gloves.
More information from Andrew Greenwood on 07795 222 682
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!
Our friends in Socx are looking forward to our next visit and have been making plans for our entertainment. They are hoping that their visit last year and the video quizzes which we have run during the year both for adults and in the schools will have encouraged more of you to consider visiting them. You can be sure of a warm welcome. The area is very close to action of the First World War and as we are remembering the centenary of the start of the war, a visit to one of the cemeteries or other places of interest might be on the cards.
The Caton youth Club trustees will again have money available in July to help young people whether individuals or groups with the leisure time activities. This is on offer to young ones living in the Caton with Littledale parish and those interested should ask for details and obtain an application form from: Stephen Talbot -01524 812274. email@example.com Closing date for applications is 30th June 2014.
Three men were arrested following a police chase after the Co-op in Caton was burgled for the third time in a month.
A fourth is still being hunted by officers after the alarm at the Hornby Road store was activated at 1.20am on Tuesday.
Police raced to the scene and saw a red Seat Leon car speeding off.
Its details were circulated and it was spotted exiting the M6 at junction 31 where it joined the A59 and headed into Blackburn.
It sped off towards a housing estate where it was found abandoned.