Monday 4th December Caton Leisure Club held their Christmas Celebration. There was a bright, happy and hopeful atmosphere as the day started with a Christmas themed quiz. Everyone sorted themselves into teams of 3 or 4 and hoped they would be able to answer the 60 questions and have bragging rights as the winners. Even if we didn’t know the answers we all came away having learnt something new. This was followed by a sumptuous buffet, the highlight of which was the fantastic Christmas cake provided by The Crazy Cake Company in Caton. Jolly good it was too.
The Parish Council on Tuesday 12th December will start with an Open Forum. People affected by the flooding of 22nd-23rd November are invited to come along and tell our councillors about what happened, to ensure they have a full picture. It is hoped to organise a meeting in January with authorities such as Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council and the Environment Agency to find out about the solutions they propose. If you can't come, do contact one of the councillors or the Parish Clerk with information. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and is in the Victoria Institute (Victo
FLOODING IN CATON
(Quernmore Road –> Copy Lane -> The Croft -> Ashcroft Close)
What you can do to help stop it
How prepared you are for the next emergency. What do you need to fix after the rain and wind in October and November? Next time it could be floods, high winds, snow, power cuts... You can have bad weather alerts sent to you by the Met Office as emails or texts - ask Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute for help setting these up if need be.
How ready are you and those you care for?
Get prepared well ahead - perhaps trimming back branches and checking drains when the weather is OK.
Affected by the November 2017 floods?
Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship in Lancashire caused by flooding in 2017. Funding is available from our Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund, which was originally established in 2015 following Storm Desmond and from new donations from the general public. More information and how to apply available here: http://www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/lancashire-flood-recovery-appeal
Welcome the Christmas Season at the Victoria Institute
One of the sites proposed for housing development is an area of land at Low Mill near the car park for the Fishery. The developers would like to gather initial local comments before putting in a formal application. They have left plans at the Victoria Institute, with feedback forms. Please could you have a look at the plans and leave your comments - by 14th November.
Korfball is a fast-paced game similar to basketball and netball, played by boys and girls together. A Korfball Club is starting in Caton on Thursday 9th November. 5.30-6.30 at Caton Community Sports Centre. £15 for 6 sessions. Emal email@example.com to book a place or have more information.
Caton Terriers JFC are now entering their second season and are continuing to go from strength to strength. Having recently become affiliated with Lancashire FA, the Terriers have two junior football teams in the Lancaster and Morecambe ‘Service to Youth League’ at U8s and U9s age groups. Matches take place on Sunday mornings at Caton Community School on Broadacre with training being held at the University of Cumbria on Friday evenings. New recruits from Years 3 and 4 will be most welcome.
POOR’S LAND CHARITY - The Parish Council runs this charity on behalf of the community. Each year there is a small amount of money available for gifts to local people in need. Application forms are available from the Post Office from 1 November; please return them by the end of November. Distribution takes place in early December. In recent years the amount given each applicant has been between about £30 and £60.
The Co-Op store in Caton is closing for refurbishment on Monday 16th October at 3pm, and will be closed for about 5 weeks. During this time a small "pop-up" store will operate from the forecourt, selling the basics.
Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute is updating our emergency plan, and would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to get involved, perhaps as a Community Emergency Coordinator or by offering practical help. Our village - and the section of Quernmore from Crook o’Lune to the Lune Aqueduct - are working with Lancaster City Council, local universities and a local firm to develop an emergency communication system for vulnerable people to use in any emergency. More information later.
In the recent Neighbourhood plan survey, many of you told us how much you value our green spaces. These include: Station Field and Bowling Green; River Lune Millennium Path; Area of Separation between Brookhouse and Caton; Caton County School Playing field; Fell View green; Caton St Pauls Playing Field; Beckside. To make sure each of these is protected, we now have to apply, with evidence, for each to be designated a Green Space by Lancaster City Council (‘to provide local communities with the power to identify those areas of green space valued by local people’).
Tenders invited for work in the village The Parish Council would be interested to hear from local firms able to take on the grass cutting that needs to be done regularly throughout Caton and Brookhouse. Also a local gardener is asked to bid to look after the War Memorial and two planters elsewhere in the parish. Contact the Parish Clerk Gill Mason for information on 07882 949110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As you are reading this the children, staff and families will have been enjoying a well earned holiday, as well as remembering and celebrating Easter. This was marked in school by a lovely assembly by Alan Wadsworth and the class 1 children making their specially embroidered Easter cards. Their sewing skills were very impressive!
Our friends in Socx are looking forward to our next visit and have been making plans for our entertainment. They are hoping that their visit last year and the video quizzes which we have run during the year both for adults and in the schools will have encouraged more of you to consider visiting them. You can be sure of a warm welcome. The area is very close to action of the First World War and as we are remembering the centenary of the start of the war, a visit to one of the cemeteries or other places of interest might be on the cards.
The Caton youth Club trustees will again have money available in July to help young people whether individuals or groups with the leisure time activities. This is on offer to young ones living in the Caton with Littledale parish and those interested should ask for details and obtain an application form from: Stephen Talbot -01524 812274. email@example.com Closing date for applications is 30th June 2014.
Three men were arrested following a police chase after the Co-op in Caton was burgled for the third time in a month.
A fourth is still being hunted by officers after the alarm at the Hornby Road store was activated at 1.20am on Tuesday.
Police raced to the scene and saw a red Seat Leon car speeding off.
Its details were circulated and it was spotted exiting the M6 at junction 31 where it joined the A59 and headed into Blackburn.
It sped off towards a housing estate where it was found abandoned.