Local news

Caton St Paul's School - retirement

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.

Bluebell walk in Roeburndale

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.

New Parish Clerk

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.

Bee-friendly planting along the Millennium Cycleway

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.

Crook o'Lune clean up!

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

Bargh's site

The planning inspector has decided that Bargh's site on Hornby Road may be used for housing.  Up to 30 houses may be built, and the height of the buildings is limited to only two storeys.

Crook o'Lune tidy-up after the floods

The Countryside Service at Lancashire County Council has been clearing  debris and removing hazards such as metal road side fencing.  The lifebelts have been replaced.  They've checked the oil tank and it will be removed in due course.  Moving the silage bales will be done once the ground is firmer. They have inspected the area and can confirm that there  is no contamination on the site.  A tree surgeon may come in to help get down black wrap from riverside trees.  They are planning a volunteer ranger session in the coming weeks  to do more to tidy the site.

Caton Green Road - bridge repairs

Lancashire County Council has told the Parish Clerk that their contractor expects to start work on 1st February.  Delays were due to the additional work needed after the flooding.

Play Park Action Group

Work is in progress for an attractive extra ‘digger’ for the toddler sand area, and for a new slide, suitable for children who need some help to manage the mound and slipway alone – and of course for fun for all kids! Thank you to the Littledale Sheep Dog trials for a generous donation, part of which will be used to replace one of the swing seats to meet popular demand from friendly parents with babies.

Do you have historical photos of our village?

The village website group would like to create a photo gallery as an attractive new feature for our village website. Please dig out local snapshots, prints and digital images which you are willing to share with our community.  Many areas of interest may emerge, including historic places or people, or unusual events or objects, or images of village activities. The gallery will be organised around themes – please suggest ideas! The first theme is ‘Moor Platt’ and  we hope to follow with ‘Littledale’ (each historical).

Grants for individuals and organisations

THE EDWARD & ALICE COTTAM TRUSTS welcome applications for funding  from people and organisations within Caton-with-Littledale.  Those who benefit should be ‘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’.

Storm Desmond - Report from Caton-with-Littledale

Rory Stewart,  MP for Penrith and the Borders and a minister at DEFRA, asked parish councils affected by Storm Desmond to send him reports on what happened and the clear-up efforts.  If you would like to see our report it is on this website, or ask the Parish Clerk for a copy

Holme Lane closure

The current emergency closure of Holme Lane is for work on water pipes by United Utilties and is expected to end by Wednesday 18th January.  A further closure is planned for 18th to 19th February for BT work.

War Memorial Design

I wonder if any more of these documents have survived? This is a copy of the original design of our village memorial erected after WW1 and I thought it would be interesting for people to see the original design and the second picture is the discussion offered by the village committee. The original is in my "village archives"

Cat Smith MP visits Caton

On Saturday 12th December Cat Smith MP visited Caton to have a look for herself at some of the damage caused by Storm Desmond.  She was able to see the devastating impact of the floods on farms, businesses and homes along the Lune and on trees, fields and walls at the Crook o'Lune.  A huge amount of cleaning up has already been done, almost entirely by volunteers.  Cat stressed the emergency help available to rural businesses through the Business Recovery Centre  in CityLab in Dalton Square and offered to intervene with insurers and other authorities if they do not offer prompt assistance t

Victoria Institute - Fraud conviction

The Chairman of the Victoria Institute reports:

"It is with great regret and sadness that I have to inform the community that earlier this year some anomalies were found in one of the four bank accounts at the Victoria Institute. This was reported to the police via their Action Fraud system, and all other appropriate authorities were notified including the Charity Commission. During recent months a full Investigation has taken place and during that time I was not in a position to reveal any information while the investigation was ongoing.