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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.

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.