"Lunesdale Rotary Club is so sorry that we were not able to complete our route through Caton with our sleigh and Father Christmas on Wednesday evening. This was because of an incident with the sleigh which meant that we were not able to continue. We are currently checking to see if we can come back and complete the route on the night of Friday December 22nd. Please look out for a further message in a couple of days."
There are a lot of Christmas services coming up!
This post is for ANYONE who was flooded 2 weeks ago (NO MATTER how small or whether you cleaned it up yourself without reporting it).
Monday 4th December Caton Leisure Club held their Christmas Celebration. There was a bright, happy and hopeful atmosphere as the day started with a Christmas themed quiz. Everyone sorted themselves into teams of 3 or 4 and hoped they would be able to answer the 60 questions and have bragging rights as the winners. Even if we didn’t know the answers we all came away having learnt something new. This was followed by a sumptuous buffet, the highlight of which was the fantastic Christmas cake provided by The Crazy Cake Company in Caton. Jolly good it was too.
The Parish Council on Tuesday 12th December will start with an Open Forum. People affected by the flooding of 22nd-23rd November are invited to come along and tell our councillors about what happened, to ensure they have a full picture. It is hoped to organise a meeting in January with authorities such as Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council and the Environment Agency to find out about the solutions they propose. If you can't come, do contact one of the councillors or the Parish Clerk with information. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and is in the Victoria Institute (Victor
FLOODING IN CATON
(Quernmore Road –> Copy Lane -> The Croft -> Ashcroft Close)
What you can do to help stop it
How prepared you are for the next emergency. What do you need to fix after the rain and wind in October and November? Next time it could be floods, high winds, snow, power cuts... You can have bad weather alerts sent to you by the Met Office as emails or texts - ask Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute for help setting these up if need be.
How ready are you and those you care for?
Get prepared well ahead - perhaps trimming back branches and checking drains when the weather is OK.
Affected by the November 2017 floods?
Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship in Lancashire caused by flooding in 2017. Funding is available from our Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund, which was originally established in 2015 following Storm Desmond and from new donations from the general public. More information and how to apply available here: http://www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/lancashire-flood-recovery-appeal
Welcome the Christmas Season at the Victoria Institute
One of the sites proposed for housing development is an area of land at Low Mill near the car park for the Fishery. The developers would like to gather initial local comments before putting in a formal application. They have left plans at the Victoria Institute, with feedback forms. Please could you have a look at the plans and leave your comments - by 14th November.
Korfball is a fast-paced game similar to basketball and netball, played by boys and girls together. A Korfball Club is starting in Caton on Thursday 9th November. 5.30-6.30 at Caton Community Sports Centre. £15 for 6 sessions. Emal email@example.com to book a place or have more information.
Caton Terriers JFC are now entering their second season and are continuing to go from strength to strength. Having recently become affiliated with Lancashire FA, the Terriers have two junior football teams in the Lancaster and Morecambe ‘Service to Youth League’ at U8s and U9s age groups. Matches take place on Sunday mornings at Caton Community School on Broadacre with training being held at the University of Cumbria on Friday evenings. New recruits from Years 3 and 4 will be most welcome.
POOR’S LAND CHARITY - The Parish Council runs this charity on behalf of the community. Each year there is a small amount of money available for gifts to local people in need. Application forms are available from the Post Office from 1 November; please return them by the end of November. Distribution takes place in early December. In recent years the amount given each applicant has been between about £30 and £60.
The Co-Op store in Caton is closing for refurbishment on Monday 16th October at 3pm, and will be closed for about 5 weeks. During this time a small "pop-up" store will operate from the forecourt, selling the basics.
Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute is updating our emergency plan, and would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to get involved, perhaps as a Community Emergency Coordinator or by offering practical help. Our village - and the section of Quernmore from Crook o’Lune to the Lune Aqueduct - are working with Lancaster City Council, local universities and a local firm to develop an emergency communication system for vulnerable people to use in any emergency. More information later.
In the recent Neighbourhood plan survey, many of you told us how much you value our green spaces. These include: Station Field and Bowling Green; River Lune Millennium Path; Area of Separation between Brookhouse and Caton; Caton County School Playing field; Fell View green; Caton St Pauls Playing Field; Beckside. To make sure each of these is protected, we now have to apply, with evidence, for each to be designated a Green Space by Lancaster City Council (‘to provide local communities with the power to identify those areas of green space valued by local people’).
Tenders invited for work in the village The Parish Council would be interested to hear from local firms able to take on the grass cutting that needs to be done regularly throughout Caton and Brookhouse. Also a local gardener is asked to bid to look after the War Memorial and two planters elsewhere in the parish. Contact the Parish Clerk Gill Mason for information on 07882 949110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancaster City Council raised a number of objections to our draft plan (NDP), and several developers have proposed sites in our villages for housing development. Since then, the Steering Group has met several times to consider how to proceed, working with officers from the Forest of Bowland AONB and Lancaster City Council, as well as our planning consultant. The Steering Group did consider abandoning work on the NDP, but unanimously decided to continue with the plan in some form.