Local news

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.

Competition for youth groups in the village

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 catonlink@talktalk.net.


Memorial service for Clementina Addison

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.

Activity weeks for primary school children

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.

Litter pick - Thanks!

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.

Caton Terriers Junior Football Club

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.

Station Hotel Bowling Club

The Bowling Green at the Station Hotel is open every day and every evening between March and October.

League games Tuesday and Wednesday evening also Thursday afternoons.

Free lessons, free hire of bowls.      Want to join? Then please phone Betty on  770665.

Oaktree at the Fish Steps

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.

Image gallery on the website

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.

Support sport in our village!

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 davidscholey@live.co.uk

Sports Reach - back by popular demand!

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.

New singing group in Hornby

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.

Bee-friendly planting - successful afternoon

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.