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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.

Ivy on trees on the Millennium Way

  Recently someone has hacked back and tried to kill and remove lots of ivy growing on trees along the Millennium Way.  The loss of the so much well-established  ivy will damage local wildlife, which uses ivy to build nests, and as a source of berries in winter and nectar when the ivy is in flower.  And it looks awful!  The ivy was not damaging the trees, and its loss will make the Millennium Way a poorer place for  people and birds and insects and animals.  The work was not authorised by Lancashire County Council, which is the body responsible for the Millennium Way.

Brick works lorries on the move!

Claughton Manor Brickworks have advised local residents that they will have to move clay from Caton Moor to the Brickworks by road from Thursday 10 January until Wednesday 23 January.  The route will be:

Quarry Lane, left onto Moorside Road (to avoid the school), right onto Littledale Road, then Brookhouse Road to the mini-roundabout and then East along the A683.

The road movements are required while major work is done on the aerial ropeway from Caton Moor to the Brickworks.

The Brickworks are on 770678.

Pictures of Littledale

Photoair  undertook numerous surveys and work  in this area.  It has in its  archive 7 oblique 35mm colour negatives  and 1 verical 70mm colour negative of Littledale  taken in  1994.  The owner has retired and wants to dispose of the negatives and copyright.  Price £15 .  For information contact Rodney Hepton on rodneyh@talktalk.net

Talk:" Evacuation"

Love history? Then come to this entertaining talk by Pauline Sterritt where she brings to life people and scenes from WW11. Pauline does it with humour and will have you enthralled from the start. There is a surprise and a twist. Pauline will also be bringing along items from the period- gas mask, ration books and many other things.  Don’t miss this look back into the past.

Where and when? Victoria Institute 21st January 2019 10.00-12.00. Members £1.50 non-members £3.00 includes a drink and a biscuit.

Wildlife In Brazil

Forget the winter chill and be transported to Brazil for a short time with a talk by David Talbot

Where? Victoria Institute, Thomas Storey Room

When? Monday 14th January 10.00-12.00

Entrance: members £1.50 non-members £3.00 includes a drink and biscuit.

David lives in Silverdale  is an active member of Arnside & District Natural History Society and a volunteer with National Trust and Butterfly Conservation.

Thank you!

As we look back on 2018 and prepare for 2019, let's thank all the people who help look after our village, run clubs and organisations or provide services to the community (paid and unpaid).  I would like to highlight the  staff in the Co-op in Caton and in the Post Office in Brookhouse who are working long hours  throughout the year, and it has been extra  busy for them this last week. People in the Health Centre and the Pharmacy are vital to many local residents.  And our three pubs, takeaway and cafe.

Christmas in our villages

  If you ever wondered what happened the first Christmas, why not come along and see for yourself. Caton Baptist Church transforms itself into a Bethlehem street and a first century maternity suite for the amazing birth of baby Jesus. Many hundreds usually join us on the day so make sure you put this date in your diary 15th December and get Christmas off to a great start. Because of the numbers arriving for the census you can arrive for a “walk through” at  3pm, 3.45pm, 4.30pm and  5.15pm followed by teas, coffee and festive treats.

Talk: Sport Aid by Steve Swithin

On Monday 26th November at 10.00am, Caton Leisure Club welcomes Steve Swithin, for a not to be missed talk, about how he was called in to put together the entire concert production for the Sport Aid concert with only 3 weeks notice.

On July 7,1985 the unforgettable LIVE AIDconcerts in London and Philadelphia captured hearts and minds all around the world. The following year,theSPORT AIDcharity was formed with a similar purpose – to raise urgently needed funds for famine relief in Africa. 

Christmas Trees On Sale

The Caton Scout Group are selling Christmas trees this year.  Station Hotel Car Park on 1st December and 8th December, 10am-3pm.  If you wish, pre-order  from Louise Stafford on 07734 696242.  Home delivery available too.

Caton 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  by the Parish Council.  Small grants are distributed every December.  To apply, please fill in a simple application form.  You can get it from the Parish Clerk (phone 07882 949110) or from the Victoria Institute in Caton. Copies are in the Cottam Room (formerly the library), or ask Peter Collins the Administrator.  Forms must be returned to the Parish Clerk or to the Victoria Institute by 30th November.

Terror Lizard seen in Caton

We ‘wowed’! We gasped! We ‘ooo’d!  We laughed. We were enthralled, delighted, charmed and mesmerised. We learnt things about our area we never knew.

Where were we? Victoria Institute on Monday 1stOctober. The ‘Terror Lizard’ was the first of several 1minute films David & Janine from LuneTube entertained us with. We heard behind the scenes stories and the time and effort that goes into making these short films that pack such a punch.

Sunday Services at St Paul's Church - Change of time

Now our new vicar Rev. Paul Boulter is in place, the time of Sunday Service at Caton St Paul's will be 9:30am from Sunday 30th September. This is to accomodate his shared ministry with St Cuthbert's at Over Kellet. For all Baptism, Wedding and Funeral advice and support please ring Rev Paul Boulter at the Vicarage on 770300

Interested in local history?

Do you like films? Do you Like Lancashire? Do you like local history? 

On Monday 1st October Caton Leisure Club welcome David & Jannine from Lune Tube to screen a selection of their work and explain the work that goes into making their acclaimed films.

Don't miss this fantastic talk 10.00-12.00. Entrance £3.00 including tea/coffe and biscuits.

Football in our village


Caton United Football Club - new players are welcome to join the football club which runs first & reserve teams.Winter training with FA qualified coaches takes place on the 3G pitch at Lancaster & Morecambe college on Wednesday nights starting at 7.30pm. Information: Andy Kehoe - 07803 062895 or adkehoe11@yahoo.co.uk.