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Coronavirus preparations

People are asking how they can be ready for the coronavirus locally, and help others. The local community emergency coordinators for our village suggest that our first step should be to make sure we have phone numbers for neighbours and any elderly or vulnerable people we know. Then we can easily check they are OK and offer support if needed. Or ask for help if we ourselves need it. Secondly, community volunteers may be needed. Probably to help in two ways. First to phone those who have gone into self-isolation and keep in touch, and secondly to help deliver essentials to their doorsteps.

Lent Talks



The Lent Studies are again being held at Caton Baptist Church at 7:30pm with the usual tea/coffee and biscuits at the close. All welcome.

Defibrillator Training

Following the installation of a new Defibrillator located on the outside wall of Caton St Paul’s School, the PTA
have now organised training to take place for anyone in the local area – Free of Charge.
We would love to see you at one of the sessions.
➢ The use of a ‘DEFIBRILLATOR’ and how to use it
➢ The difference between a ‘HEART ATTACK’ and a ‘CARDIAC ARREST’
➢ How to perform ‘CPR’
These important sessions will take place on:
Tuesday 11 February 2020 – 6 pm to 7.30 pm – Caton St Paul’s School Hall

VE Day 75 Celebrations Friday 8th May 2020

The Victoria institute is proposing to celebrate, educate and commemorate the 75thanniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) day. (Note this is the May Day Bank Holiday this year). The idea is to travel back in time to recreate something of the atmosphere of those days - Union flag flying, bunting on the buildings, and period costumes. We would like local people to lend or donate photographs or films that celebrated VE day to display in the Institute. Of particular interest are photographs of local people and places.

Christmas services in our villages


Sunday 15th December at 6.30pm in St Paul's Church  - Village Carol Service (Churches together in Caton and Brookhouse)

Friday 20th December : Carol singing around the village. Start from Caton Baptist Church at 6.30pm.

Sunday 22nd December 

9.30am - Children’s Nativity Presentation in St Paul's Church Hall

 10.30am - Carol service at Caton Methodist Chapel

 6.30pm - Candlelit Carol Service at Caton Baptist Church

Christmas Eve

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Thank you to local people who came along to the two consultation events about the Neighbourhood Plan at the end of September, or contributed comments by email. The focus was on two sites which have been put forward by Lancaster City Council for possible housing development - land alongside Quernmore Road and land behind Hawthorn Close.

Poor's Land Charity

POOR’S LAND CHARITY - In 1724, Edward Fincham left land to be used to benefit people in need living in this parish. The land is let out for grazing and fishing, and the proceeds are distributed annually by the Parish Council. These small grants are distributed every December, in time for Christmas. The amounts given are usually around £40-£50. Application forms will be available from 1st November and have to be returned by 29th November. The forms may be collected from the Cottam Room at the Victoria Institute or obtained directly from the Parish Clerk.

Good Neighbour Award

Radio Lancashire Community Awards

Lee Gott, who lives in Caton, has won The Good Neighbour Award after being nominated by her neighbour Brian Gibson.

Despite losing her home and business in the December 2015 floods, Lee looked after Brian in the aftermath following the loss of his wife.

Brian said: “Lee lost everything in the floods. To have that much worry on your mind yet to think about other people is unbelievable.”

School Governors Needed!


Caton St Paul's C of E Primary School's Governing Board is looking to appoint some Foundation Governors. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Chair, Anna Shone, on 01524 771944 or e mail a.d.shone@btinternet.com.

Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation on development sites and green spaces

In 2015 the Parish Council decided a Neighbourhood Plan was needed to shape development in our village.  This was particularly important here as Lancaster City Council had designated Caton and Brookhouse as sustainable settlements (Policy DM42 in the Lancaster Development Management Plan adopted 2014). Sustainable settlements are villages which are a focus for growth outside urban areas and so the Lancaster plan may direct development towards them.

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.