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Neighbourhood Plan: Formal Consultation

Caton-with-Littledale Neighbourhood Plan has now moved into its next phase: formal consultation.  Letters and emails are going out to a wide range of national and local organisations, as well as to people who own or manage land in our Parish to ask for their responses.  People who live in the Parish are also welcome to submit formal responses at this stage. All the documents, and instructions on how to respond formally, are on this website, under Resources>Neighbourhood Plan.  Printed copies of all the documents and response forms are available from the Victoria Institute.

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church is "between vicars", but is still running services, including a 10am Sunday morning communion service. Sunday Club runs in term time at 10am (not first Sunday of the month) -- email sundayclub@catonstpauls.church if you want any further information. Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals are arranged through the Area Dean, Nancy Goodrich (01524 823106, nancy@goodrich.myzen.co.uk).

Visitors from Socx in July

Over 50 people  from our twinned village of Socx in Northern France arrive on Saturday 8th July. They will stay until Tuesday 11th July, departing about 8.00 am. Plans for their visit have not been finalised yet but as usual we would expect them to be entertained by their hosts on Saturday evening and also spend the day with them on Sunday. During the day on Monday we are considering a group outing as we know that some hosts will be working. On Sunday & Monday evenings we plan to have an event for hosts, guests and anyone else who wants to join us.

Family history enquiry

Joyce Higgins is researching her great great grandmother, Harriette Simpson, who was born in 1818.  The family thinks she went to work in a big house in Caton, became pregnant to the master or his son, and the result was her great grandfather, John Thomas Simpson. Census records from 1841 show Harriette back with her family in Allerton with her son, who is 2 years old. If you can help please contact Joyce by email on  joyce_higgins@hotmail.com.


The Peak and Northern Footpath Society has a local volunteer, who covers Caton-with-Littledale and Roeburndale.  Hugh Stewart walks all the paths at least once every two years, and reports on action required. Let him know of any problems you encounter on local paths.  Hugh's phone number is 770348.

Wild flower planting

Lune Valley Community Beekeepers are delighted to announce Caton St Paul’s Scout group have been awarded £500 to transform a space by Grow Wild Grow For It 2017 project,  to transform a space with native wild flower planting in the Crook O' Lune.  The entire panel of judges loved the 2 minute video which Felix Weber produced and Caton St Paul’s Scouts will be transforming this space on Saturday 29th April 2017 1-4pm by planting wild flowers and some native hedge whips.   Once again we invite all members of the Community to join us and plant for Pollinators and People.

Ladies Netball

Ladies netball practice/training has started every Monday evening at 6.15pm.  In the playground of Caton St Paul's School.  We are hoping to put a team in the SportsReach Ladies Novice Netball Tournament  on 24 June.  All ladies welcome, age 14 upwards, no upper limit. For information please contact Emma Huddleston on 07855929675 or Amelia Preece on 771682.

March Madness - A busy month of inter-school activities at Caton CPS

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!

Places Available On Twinning Visit to Socx - 28th to 31st August

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.

Free Cash To Help Youth in the Parish

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.  talbotshome@gmail.com  Closing date for applications is 30th June 2014.

Three held after third raid on Caton Co-operative store

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.