Local news

Oasis Cafe opening in September

An oasis is a safe resting place that provides refreshment. Oasis café will do the same. It will begin on Monday 2nd September and be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Brookhouse Methodist Church from 10am till 2pm. If you need a place to come and meet with others over a coffee and cake or a light lunch you will be welcome here. There will be toys available if you want to bring young children.

Come and relax and be refreshed.


Our swifts are back and have been seen soaring high above the village, celebrating their return to the Lune Valley.  Meanwhile, the Swift Group has met and we are looking into acquiring some swift nesting boxes.  If you would like to have one on your house we can advise on box positioning; we are also looking for volunteers to help install boxes around the village.  If you would like a box and/or can help with installation please contact Jacquie on 770407.

New chair for Parish Council

At its May meeting, the Parish Council elected Rob Paine as Chairman.  Jenny Walmsley is the Vice Chair.  The next Parish Council elections are in May 2019.  There are places for 12 councillors and we only have 11 at present.  Interested in joining the Parish Council as a co-opted member?  Contact a current councillor or the Parish Clerk for information.

Spring Clean our Villages

 A big thank you to the people who came out to pick up litter as part of our Spring Clean.  We concentrated on the car parks (including Bull Beck), Station Field, Quernmore Road and the A683. In addition, it was really good to hear from local residents and groups  who regularly pick up litter on their road or favourite paths or the Millennium Pathway. We’re grateful to the Co-op for help with refreshments, and to the Victoria Institute for providing a base.

Grants for local young people


The proceeds of the  sale of the old Youth Club on Copy Lanewere invested, and the Trust uses the interest earned to help youth projects around the community. In the last few years we have been able to provide thousands of pounds per year to help  young people achieve their dreams to do some really amazing things both in the UK and abroad.

New Lune Valley running club - for women

261 Club Lune Valley is part of 261 Fearless UK; a social enterprise helping to empower women and improve womens’ health through a supportive network of non-competitive running clubs throughout the UK. Women of all abilities are welcome, including complete beginners who want to learn to run.

Footpath along the Artlebeck

The footpath along the Artlebeck from Brookhouse Road to Hornby Road - FP14 in official records - has been closed since Storm Desmond.  Lancashire County Council is responsible for footpaths, and is giving this low priority at present.  The Parish Council and the Footpath Society are on the case, but if you wish to add your support please do so on the Lancashire Highways Fault report website, or ring them on 0300 123 6701.

Bee-friendly planting

Lune Valley Community Beekeepers continue to develop bee-friendly planting areas along the Millennium Cycleway.  A new site is ready to plant now!

Community planting on the 8th April - 1-3pm with the Scouts, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs and Guides and we would welcome anyone from the village who wishes to join us on the day. The planting session will be very simple, no tool required - we are just sprinkling and stamping in seed.

Half Term Soccer and Netball School

Brookhouse Methodist, Caton St Pauls and Caton Baptist Churches working along side SportsReach are holding their Soccer/Netball School again this year, Wednesday 30th May-Sun 3rd June. Held at Caton St Pauls school playing field/Church Hall, 10am - 4pm Wednesday through to Saturday and an award  service at Brookhouse Methodist Church at 10:45am with lunch served after the service on the Sunday. Children have to be aged 7-14 to play football and 9 - 13 for netball. A packed lunch is required and suitable clothing and footwear. Cost £40 per child and £35 for subsequent siblings.

Chas Jacobs Mural at St Paul's School

  Chas Jacobs has been in school working with children to design and create a mural for the Recycling area. The end result is a fantastic colourful picture highlighting local points of interest. The children were inspired working with Chas and are very proud of the end result.

Old reservoir

Here is a photo of the old original village reservoir when it was as far as I know last emptied and cleaned out, taken by my grandfather and I’m not sure of the date but he came to Caton around 1900.

My best guess is it was done before WW1 ? 

Easter in our village

A Service for Passion Sunday at St Paul's Church. Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 6:30pm.Stainer's "The Crucifixion" - led by the Rushley Singers and the St Paul's Christmas Choir - all singers welcome, music available, £5 particpation fee. Open rehearsal beforehand 4pm-5.30pm.

St Paul's Church


Although our parish church  in a period of Interregnum – ie between Vicars – the church family is still busy.

We have one service a week which is a communion service at 10am on Sunday morning, run 3 weeks in the month by Rev Steven Evans and our lay reader Daphne Wade.  The fourth Sunday is led by a visiting minister.  The first Sunday of the month is an All Age Worship led and read by the children and young people and with a child friendly talk.

Caton United Football Club success!

LFA semi-final 7th March!  The big news is that Caton United FC have made it through to the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA amateur cup and for a place in the final will play Winstanley St. Aidans, who are current leaders of the Wigan & District League, at Bamber Bridge FC on Wednesday 7th March ko 7.30pm. All support would be gratefully received. Coach travel is available departing from the Station at 5.15pm (coach tickets £5 in advance only, for info email catonsports@gmail.com)

Bee swarms


We shall shortly be entering the swarming season. If you get a swarm of honey bees in your garden please call Fred Ayres, chair of Lune Valley Community Beekeepers who will be happy to have them removed and re-homed at no cost

Attribution for photograph:Bob Embleton [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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 Littledain the County of Lancaster for at least five years and are still resident at the date of the application’.


For many years, Caton St Paul’s School has provided a home for the Lune Valley Pre School Centre.  However rising pupil numbers mean that the school now needs to use this room itself from September 2019.  So the Pre School Centre is now looking at alternative premises. 

Neighbourhood Plan Update: January 2018

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group met on 15th January.  There has been some progress recently.  As we reported in the autumn, developers have put forward a number of potential housing sites in our parish, and we will have to consider them using a “Site Allocation Approach”.   This will have more strength than our previous approach to the issue.  Planning Officers have already visited all the proposed sites, with two members of our Steering Group walking round with them.  Independent landscape assessors will determine the impact on and capacity of the landscape for development here.   W

Flooding - information event

FLOODING - Drop-in event about flooding and flood prevention This informal event will take place on Monday 19th February at the Victoria Institute  from 4pm to 7pm.  Residents are invited to call in and discuss flooding and flood prevention with representatives from local organizations with responsibilities in this area, including Lancashire County Council’s Flood Risk Management team, United Utilities, the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department.  You’ll be able to talk about how  flooding has affected you, get advi

Emergency contacts

Immediate crisis – ring 999 for fire brigade, including help with flooding; ambulance; police

Lancashire Emergency Help and Information: 0300 123 6780

Environment Agency Floodline - 0345 988 1188 - To report a flood or if your property is at risk of flooding from a reservoir, river or stream.

United Utilities - 0345 6723 723 - If flooding is from sewers or burst water mains.