Work is in progress for an attractive extra ‘digger’ for the toddler sand area, and for a new slide, suitable for children who need some help to manage the mound and slipway alone – and of course for fun for all kids! Thank you to the Littledale Sheep Dog trials for a generous donation, part of which will be used to replace one of the swing seats to meet popular demand from friendly parents with babies.
The village website group would like to create a photo gallery as an attractive new feature for our village website. Please dig out local snapshots, prints and digital images which you are willing to share with our community. Many areas of interest may emerge, including historic places or people, or unusual events or objects, or images of village activities. The gallery will be organised around themes – please suggest ideas! The first theme is ‘Moor Platt’ and we hope to follow with ‘Littledale’ (each historical).
THE EDWARD & ALICE COTTAM TRUSTS welcome applications for funding from people and organisations within Caton-with-Littledale. Those who benefit should be ‘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’.
Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Borders and a minister at DEFRA, asked parish councils affected by Storm Desmond to send him reports on what happened and the clear-up efforts. If you would like to see our report it is on this website, or ask the Parish Clerk for a copy
The current emergency closure of Holme Lane is for work on water pipes by United Utilties and is expected to end by Wednesday 18th January. A further closure is planned for 18th to 19th February for BT work.
Lancashire County Council is consulting on its budget proposals for April 2016 onwards, which include changes to the buses in the Lune Valley as well as closures of museums, libraries and the Countryside Service. The documents are available on their website at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/get-involved/consultations/consulta...
I wonder if any more of these documents have survived? This is a copy of the original design of our village memorial erected after WW1 and I thought it would be interesting for people to see the original design and the second picture is the discussion offered by the village committee. The original is in my "village archives"
On Saturday 12th December Cat Smith MP visited Caton to have a look for herself at some of the damage caused by Storm Desmond. She was able to see the devastating impact of the floods on farms, businesses and homes along the Lune and on trees, fields and walls at the Crook o'Lune. A huge amount of cleaning up has already been done, almost entirely by volunteers. Cat stressed the emergency help available to rural businesses through the Business Recovery Centre in CityLab in Dalton Square and offered to intervene with insurers and other authorities if they do not offer prompt assistance t
The Chairman of the Victoria Institute reports:
"It is with great regret and sadness that I have to inform the community that earlier this year some anomalies were found in one of the four bank accounts at the Victoria Institute. This was reported to the police via their Action Fraud system, and all other appropriate authorities were notified including the Charity Commission. During recent months a full Investigation has taken place and during that time I was not in a position to reveal any information while the investigation was ongoing.
A willow tree at the War Memorial in Caton has had to be felled urgently because it was rotten and, in the opinion of tree specialists, was likely to fall causing damage to people and property. The Parish Council will plant a replacement tree shortly.
Small grants (up to £750) are available through Champion Bowland for conservation and heritage projects within the Forest of Bowland or close by.
Applications are welcome from public, private, voluntary sector, individuals, businesses or community groups (conditions apply). For more information go to
The Christmas tree will go up at the War Memorial on Friday December 4th. At 4.30pm there will be Christmas carols and stories and the lights will be switched on at 5pm. For information about the ceremony please contact Suzanne Smith on 770106.
The Parish Council thanks Ron Gibbons and Ray Elvis for obtaining the tree and putting it up.
The Trustees of the Council of Management regret having to inform the community that earlier this year, some accounting anomalies were found in one of the Institute’s bank accounts. This was immediately reported to the police, who have instigated a thorough investigation and are currently taking the appropriate action. As this is an ongoing case, the Trustees are not in a position to disclose any further information until the police inform us that it is appropriate to do so.
Traffic has not been able to drive along the section of road nearest the church for many weeks now, with single alternate line traffic controlled by traffic lights. This is because the underside of the bridge is weak and Lancashire County Council’s road engineers do not want HGVs or buses driving over it. Work is now due to start in the New Year and be completed by April 2016. Meanwhile the contractors who provide the traffic lights have been asked to check that they are working correctly and to ensure that the coned-off area is as small as possible to allow vehicles through more easily
At its November meeting, the Parish Council considered what to do next about a Neighbourhood Plan. Rather than proceed with a full-scale plan at this stage, we will investigate more limited alternatives which might be more effective in shaping housing develpment in the village and might attract more people to get involved.
The Forest of Bowland AONB has been working with Electricity North West England on several projects to remove overhead powerlines, including at the top of Littledale from Deep Clough to Winder. They are replaced with undergound cables. There is funding for further undergrounding and people who live locally are asked to identify overhead power lines within the Forest of Bowland which should be considered for replacement by underground cables.
There are several criteria involved in assessing which power lines are feasible to underground, and to assess their priority:
B4RN is making steady progress in bringing highspeed broadband to rural areas in Lancashire. In our village, Littledale and the Forge Mill area are already connected and enjoying the new service. A hub has now been put in place near the Artlebeck Bridge and serves some homes in that area. In Caton Green, digging the channels for the high-speed fibre-optic cables is almost complete. The next stage is blowing the fibres and making connections to individual properties. Planning to take the service from Caton Green to the Moorside area is complete and digging has started.
Over 200 years ago an area of land adjoining the river Lune was given to the Parish in perpetuity. The Poor's Land charity was set up to give money to people living in the parish who have limited means. The monies obtained from grazing and fishing rights is given out each year in December. If you wish to apply forms for Caton with Littledale Poor's Land Charity will be available at the post office on Sycamore Road from 1 November 2015.