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Lune Valley Community Land Trust: Affordable Housing

Lune Valley CLT are planning to build  20 affordable, eco-friendly homes on Mill Lane, with support from Lancaster City Council and South Lakes Housing Association. The homes will be affordable both to rent/part-buy and to run e.g. low heating bills. The drop-in on Sunday June 9th at Halton Community Centre to publicise the scheme attracted  50 local people and generated a lot of interest. As well as ourselves, South Lakes Housing and Keswick Community Housing Trust were there to talk about their involvement in community-led and affordable housing schemes.

Victoria Institute needs a cleaning contractor

The Victoria Institute, Caton has a vacancy for a cleaning contractor.

To start on Monday 2nd September 2019

Hours of work up to 47 hours per calendar month, by arrangement, including some weekend work

The contract offered is self-employed, and you will need public liability insurance.

Job-share very welcome

Hourly rate of pay – please ask

Two references required, one from current or recent employer.

For more information, please contact  Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute on 771733 or Benita Smith on 771943.

British Empire Medal for Local Campaigner

Erica Sarney was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.  It was awarded for "Services to Wildflower and Pollinator Conservation in Lancashire".  Many of us have met Erica through the work she has done with bee-friendly planting along the Millennium Way in our village, at Crook o'Lune, and elsewhere in the Lune Valley.  These projects have often involved local youth and community groups. Congratulations Erica!

New parish council

Our parish  councillors from May 2019 are: Ray Elvis, Ron Gibbons, Emma Huddlestone, Chris Kynch, Rob Paine, Judy Powell, Mark Skeldon, Sid Thompson and Jenny Walmsley.  

Geoff Beckett, Karen Hill and Drusilla Nield have stood down;  we are very grateful  for their work on the Parish Council over many years.

Visitors from Socx in July

Up to  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.

Caton Sports Association / Caton United FC

Chairman/Treasurer positions.  These key positions will become vacant from 1st June and additional committee members are required to ensure the sustainability and longevity of football in our community. The ownership of the sports field will soon change once the sale from Mitchells of Lancaster is completed and the association will look to obtain a lease so as to be able to continue. To register your interest or to request further details please email catonsports@gmail.com, many thanks.

Caton Explorer Group: Initial Meeting

Girls and boys Aged between 14 -18 years  Do you want to have fun and adventure? Do you want to learn skills for life? Do you want to achieve your Bronze, Silver or even Gold Duke of Edinburgh award?  Do you want to take part in camps and activities at District, National even International level?   If you do then Explorer Scouts is the thing for you!

Soccer School in late May Bank Holiday week

Caton St Pauls, Brookhouse Methodist and Caton Baptist Churches together with SportsReach are again hosting their Annual Soccer School from Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 1st June, held at Caton St Pauls School Field/Chrich Hall., with the award service on Sun 2nd June. £40 per child, £35 for additional siblings.

Contact Tim and Amelia Preece on 01524 771682 for full details and booking forms.

Easter Services and Activites

Easter in our village: On Maundy Thursday, St Paul's Church is organising a service at 7.30pm, followed by a simple meal of soup and bread.  On Good Friday (19th April) Caton Baptist Church is hosting breakfast, with time for prayer and reflection.

Job vacancy in the village

Pre School Supervisor

Lune Valley Pre School Centre, Brookhouse, Lancaster

We have a great opportunity for a supervisor to run our small and successful  Pre School, which is  located within St Paul’s School Brookhouse.  With a passion for using the outdoors as well as indoors as a basis for exciting learning, you will have the vision to create a happy learning environment where each child is nurtured as an individual.

Parish Council elections 2019

Local government elections take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019.  This includes electing councillors for our Parish Council, Caton-with-Littledale.  There are seats for twelve councillors on our Parish Council.

Cottam Trust

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’.

Honey bee swarms

The Lune Valley Community Beekeepers can collect and rehouse honey bee swarms - at no cost to you.  Contact them on 811978.

For more information see their website

Water Safety Course

LASAR (Lancaster Area Search and Rescue)  is running  its DEFRA-approved Water Awareness Course in Caton.  This four-hour course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to stay safer around inland and flood water.  You’ll get a better understanding of hydrology, water hazards, personal protective equipment, dangers of soft surfaces. Then there is a practical session at Denny Beck on how to carry out a Reach, Throw and Shout Rescue.  On successful completion of the course, you’ll get an SLSGB certificate.

Wellness Lounge

Keeping Well - Thinking about your health?If you are feeling at all concerned about your health you might like to talk with others who have experienced similar medical conditions and treatment.

The Wellness Lounge at the Victoria Institute at Caton is an opportunity to take part in informal discussion with other people who have had the same concerns as yourself.

Also present will be a number of medical and health professionals with experience of a wide range of health conditions. Just drop in and stay as long or as short a time as you like.

Caton Community School Sports Hall and Field

The large sports hall is a wonderful community resource and is available for hire at very reasonable prices 52 weeks a year.  It’s the perfect venue for young children’s parties (soft play equipment available), football / multisports parties, community group meetings, fitness classes (mats available), sports coaching sessions etc. There is a large, fully equipped kitchen with oven and hob and excellent changing facilities. We also have a large field which groups are welcome to use by prior arrangement.

Contact Tracey Howarth on 01524 770104 for more information.

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