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Flood protection grants

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).

Caton Leisure Club

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.

Caton-with-Littledale Parish Council: Open Forum on Floods

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

Picture credit: Annette Quarry

EMERGENCY PLAN

Emergency Planning
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.

Lancashire Flood Appeal 2017

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

More housing at Low Mill?

  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 Club

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 hello@lancastercommunitysportshub.org.uk to book a place or have more information.

Caton Terriers JFC

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

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.

Caton Co-Op is being refurbished

 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.

EMERGENCY PLAN

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.

Caton Community School field

Our green spaces

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’).

Caton War Memorial

Tenders invited for work in our village

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   catonparishcouncil@gmail.com

Caton and Brookhouse viewed from Quarry Road

Neighbourhood Plan: Update September 2017

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.

Infinity Pre-School has places

A place for children to play, learn and grow

We inspire children to explore the world around them as they have fun learning through play. Our friendly, well qualified team of practitioners are passionate about teaching children as they develop their skills and knowledge. We were awarded GOOD in our latest Ofsted inspection. Open weekdays, 8.30am – 3.00pm during term time

We are now reserving places from September 2017 onwards.

If you would like to visit Infinity Pre-School please contact Claire or Becky

Saturday Soccer and Fortnightly Netball starting again!

Saturday soccer is recommencing after the summer break on Saturday 16th September and fortnightly netball on Saturday 23rd. Starting times 10am until 11:45am held at Caton Community school playing field/sports hall. Football is for children aged 7-14 yrs and netball for children aged 9-13yrs. A charge of £1 per child and refreshments will be given during the morning. For more details contact Tim Preece on 01524771682or Richard Sutton on 01524771740

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