POOR’S LAND CHARITY - More than 200 years ago an area of land by the River Lune was given to the Parish, to help local people in need. Now the proceeds from letting out grazing rights and fishing rights are used to give small grants each Christmas. There is a simple application form which you can obtain in the Post Office/Londis store on Sycamore Road from 1st November. The forms need to be returned by 30th November.
What is your favourite view of the village? Tell the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group about it - a brief description or a poem perhaps - or even better send them a photo. Your view must be from a public place such as a road or footpath and could be a view of the village from the distance, or a favourite view in the village. Or a distant view you treasure from within our village. A record of what we enjoy about living here.
The Twinning Group is raising money to help pay for the next visit by our friends from Socx, in 2017. Our next event is a Big Breakfast!
Our MP Cat Smith came to the Victoria Institute on 11th August and met about 15 local people.
The Link is inviting younger people in the village to enter a competition to win £100 for their organisation. Write a praragraph telling local people what it means to you to be a member of your youth organisation. The winning entry will be published in The Link. Closing date 30th September. Please send your entry to the editor of The Link on email@example.com.
Dozens of local residents joined children from Caton St Paul's School in St Paul's Church on Wednesday 13th July to mark one hundred years since the death of Clementina Addison. She was a nurse who was born in Lancaster, and leant to speak french as a child. She trained in Leicester and then volunteered to serve in France with the French Flag Nursing Corps. She became seriously ill and came home to her family in Caton, and died here on 10 July 1916. The service was broadcast by Radio Lancashire. Her grave in the church graveyard has now been marked with a plaque.
Sportz4all is running two one week activity courses at Caton St Paul's School this summer, week beginning 1st August and week beginning 15th August. For children of primary school age. More information and booking form on the school's website.
Thanks to Caton Baptist Church and its minister Stephen Talbot for organinsing a litter pick in Caton & Brookhouse recently. About 20 people came to help and collected 15 bags of waste. A great help to everyone in the village! Let's keep our village tidy by taking rubbish home and using bins where available.
Exciting news for all junior footballers! A new JFC is starting up for the 2016/17 season on the Station Hotel Field. Initially recruiting September Year 2s (U7s) but also happy to hear from September Year 1s (U6s) and Year 3s (U8s). Caton Terriers JFC aim is to bring together keen young footballers from across our community in a safe and friendly environment. As part of Caton Sports Association, Caton Terriers JFC will organise fun, action packed training on Saturday Mornings between 10.30-12.00 with a view to entering teams in the local Service to Youth Leagues in the upcoming seasons.
The Bowling Green at the Station Hotel is open every day and every evening between March and October.
League games Tuesday and Wednesday evening also Thursday afternoons.
Free lessons, free hire of bowls. Want to join? Then please phone Betty on 770665.
On Monday morning the only remaining live branch on the ancient oak tree at the fishsteps was broken off. The damage was done by a lorry reversing into The Croft.
The Parish Council website group agreed it would be a good idea for our villages to have a themed image gallery on the village website. To include historical and contemporary photographs and documents. The initial suggestion was a historic theme - Moor Platt - and after an appeal ia few months ago several people have kindly offered images. The space for the picture gallery on the village website will be ready shortly. When material is uploaded, users will be able to put them into one or more albums, and add tags or further information about the image.
Caton Sports Association/ Caton United Football Club needs more volunteers to help it thrive! There are lots of roles to fill, including people to maintain the Station Hotel Sports Field, cut the grass, run the 200 Club and serve on the committee. If you are interested in supporting this important part of village life, please come along to a meeting in the pavilion on the field at 7pm on Thursday 19th May. For more information contact David Scholey on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Reach, in conjunction with Brookhouse Methodist, Caton Baptist and St Paul's churches, is running a soccer/netball school from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th June. At Caton St Paul's playing fields/ Club House 10am to 4pm. Football for children 7-14 years and netball for children 9-13 years. Costs £37 per child, but reduced to £33 for additional siblings. More information or to book, contact Tim Preece on 771672 or Sports Reach on 730000.
SINGING GROUP starts on Tuesday 10th May, 1.30-3.30pm
If you enjoy singing or have always wanted to sing - this is for you. No audition - everyone welcome. Musical Director: Dan Adams. Cost £4 including refreshments.
Tel. Pat Seber 015242 21449 for more information or just come and join us.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Community Meadow planting at Station Cottage on the Millennium Cycleway on Saturday 2nd April. Despite dreadful weather we had a fantastic turnout of 52 members of our Community who worked all afternoon. Many other members joined us for short bursts of work during the afternoon. This year we were joined by Caton Guides and the Cubs. St Paul’s Scouts joined us for the 3rd year running. We were delighted that members of Litttledale Hall Therapeutic Community joined us once again. They did a sterling job.
Plans have been firmed up for the design of a new, separate slide, on a mound next to the aerial runway, which will enable easy use by children with a wide range of disabilities, with carers if required. The slide will be approachable from and feed back into the park so several kids doing different activities may be supervised at once. Visually, the slide will not alter what the play park looks like. An ingenious re-arrangement will enable an extra new digger type of equipment to be added to the sand area. One of the swing seats in the toddler area is being changed to a baby seat.
Our friendly tennis club on Ball Lane in Caton welcomes all ages and any ability - or none yet! Membership from April 1st offers a years tennis, grass courts in summer, floodlit carpet courts through winter - all at half price for new members. We also have a special low fee for younger people, families, etc. Members may join informal groups, or organised social tennis, fun events such as dingles, speed tennis as well as league and other matches.
RETIREMENT OF OUR SCHOOL BURSAR - After more than 19 years in the driving seat of our school office, Mrs Kath Dean has decided to take her well-earned retirement. She will be leaving us on Friday 10th June. I am sure there will be many members of the school community and the wider local community that would like to wish Kath well, so watch out on our website for the dates/times of a special assembly and charity evening that will both celebrate Mrs Dean`s hard work and support for our school.