Affiliated to the national Arts Society. Organises monthly lectures September to June in Borwick & Priest Hutton Memorial Hall. . Limited number of guest tickets for each lecture. Programme and contacts on the website.
Caton Book Group is a small, informal group of people who enjoy reading a wide range of books and talking about them. We normally meet on the first Monday of each month at 8pm at The Station in Caton.
June 2022 Helen Taylor – Why women read fiction
July 2022 Jessie Burton – Medusa
August 2022 Graham Greene – Our Man in Havana
September 2022 Tove Jansen – The Summer Book
October 2022 Susanna Clarke – Piranesi
November 2022 Amor Towles – A Gentleman in Moscow
We meet weekly at the Victoria Institute, currently on Monday mornings from September to May and have a different speaker each week. Topics covered are varied and have included local and national history, foreign places, and Bonsai. We also have an annual Christmas Party and an annual day trip. In the past we have visited Muncaster Castle and Dewlay Cheesemakers
We are a friendly group and welcome anyone from surrounding areas near or far, including Hornby, Brookhouse, Halton, Wray and Lancaster.
The Halton Gardening Group was established in 2012 with the aim of providing a forum to share information, swap plants and gardening know-how, and to improve the local environment of the village of Halton.
All are welcome. You don’t need any gardening knowledge or expertise. We are keen to involve all sections of our community, and we are open to ideas and suggestions for individual and community benefit. We are enthusiastic amateurs with a varied range of knowledge and experience.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, currently online due to government restrictions (Jan 2021).
The group have been very busy in 2021 refurbishing the Memorial Garden on the corner of Low Rd and Foundry Lane, with support from the Parish Council, contractors, and any other willing volunteers. Over £2000 has already been raised from grants and plant sales to help with the restoration. Donations so far received: Halton Lune Trust, Duchy of Lancaster, DPD Eco Fund, Logs Direct, HiQ Tyres & Autocare, and the Lancaster Community Fund for which we are very grateful.
This ambitious project has captured the imagination of our members and supporters, and we have managed to achieve a huge amount of work, so far but there is a always a great deal of work to do to maintain the garden and any additional help will be greatly appreciated.
We have removed and reduced overgrown in the three border beds and replanted with a selection of plants and flowers, which reflect the era during which the garden was built and are sensitive to its purpose as a Memorial space. Working with the cherry tree which has been pruned to allow more light, and some remaining shrubs, the new planting will provide year round interest and colour, with respect for wildlife. We expect it will take us until Summer 2022 to complete.
This will provide an interesting foreground to the historic Motte and Bailey behind and complement any heritage conservation and promotion in the future.
If you are interested in helping with our Memorial Garden project or joining our group, please get in touch with Anne Snowden, Secretary HGG, 07523 182617, or email: email@example.com
LUNE VALLEY OCEAN WAVERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB
Even if you think you can’t dance, give square dancing a go and you’ll be dancing from the very start. There’s no fancy footwork or complicated routines to remember. In fact, if you can walk normally at about marching pace you can Square Dance. The challenge is to learn the moves but our experienced Caller will quickly have you dancing to a variety of music from Country and Western to all-time favourites and modern pop. Learning to square dance opens up a whole new world of fun and friendship. Square dancing is good healthy exercise, mentally stimulating and emotionally uplifting. It promotes overall fitness and cardiac conditioning and burns off calories. Above all, it is great fun – we laugh a lot, which is the best medicine of all. So, come and join us on one or more of the free nights – everyone welcome – couples or singles – two left feet no problem – and you will be dancing straight away. There’s even free tea and biscuits at break time.More information from Peter (01524 771415) or Sheila (01524 411439). Club website: www.oceanwavers.co.uk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Caton and Brookhouse Gardening Club was founded, way back in 1882, with the rather grand sounding name of The Caton and District Floral and Horticultural Society, in order to foster an interest in horticulture and to provide a community of interest in the district.
In the early days it had a full committee of very knowledgeable people and flourished as a genuine ‘Horticultural Society’, the centrepiece of it’s annual calendar being a full blown ‘mini Chelsea’ Show.
Unfortunately, over the last decade or so of 20th century, the experienced members of the committee were becoming very thin on the ground and those who were left were ‘slowing down’, as happens to all of us as we age, so staging the show was becoming more and more difficult. At the same time the Society experienced difficulties recruiting people on to the committee, and, sadly, it slowly started to die. Despite the efforts of Chairman Moyra Loads (wife of the late Fred Loads, one time committee member of the Society), for a short time, the Society was virtually dormant.
In 1998, Moyra’s efforts to resurrect the Society finally bore fruit. The members of the old committee handed over to a new band of people who, while they were enthusiastic, lacked the skills of the old guard. Consequently, while the Society’s official title is still The Caton and District Floral and Horticultural Society, it now operates in a much less formal way and, since 2004, under the less intimidating name of The Caton and Brookhouse Gardening Club. George Woodend became chairman and Moyra Loads was awarded life membership.
The Caton and Brookhouse Gardening Club has settled down and is thriving on a fairly fixed annual programme of events. We used to hold most of these at the Victoria Institute in Caton, the original home of the society, on the second Thursday in any month. In addition to the annual programme, committee members maintain the planters, millennium trees and the seat outside the old library.
After a long break because of COVID we started up again in September 2021 on a limited program. Because of circumstances beyond our control we moved to a new venue: St Paul’s Church Hall in Brookhouse, with meetings as usual on the second Thursday of the month but starting at a new time of 7:00pm.
Annual membership costs the extortionate amount of £3.50 and entry to Speaker Evenings for members costs just £1.00. We have between 50 and 60 members though would welcome new members at any time of year.
Non members are welcome to our Speaker Evenings but for a charge of £2:00.
Oh, and incidentally, membership of the Caton and Brookhouse Gardening Club entitles a member to 10% discount at WCF in Claughton and Bay View Garden Centre in Bolton-le-Sands but . . . hold your horses . . . only on producing a current membership card and satisfactory identification.
Annual Membership is payable at the AGM which is held on the second Thursday in April and starts our year which looks something like this:
Spring and Summer activities.
Sees us holding our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning – usually on the first or second Saturday morning. We buy in plants from a local nursery and, with just a modest mark up, sell them on. This provides a service for the local community and helps us to stock our coffers which cannot manage with just a £3.50 annual subscription. We also sell plants donated by both our members and generous members of the public and, for the entry fee of £1.00 we provide tea/coffee/juice and some posh biscuits.
In 2016 we expanded our Plant Sale to make it more of a Spring Fair. We now include, in addition to the plants, tables for various village organisations / schools / ‘craftspeople’ / people to advertise their presence and/or sell whatever they want to sell. We don’t try to make a profit from them as we want to create a convivial village atmosphere: ‘A Nice Morning out at the Victoria Institute’. However, we do have to cover the cost of the tables and, to date, the cost of a table has usually been around £4.50 for the morning. So. if you want a table at our next Nice Morning Out at the Victoria Institute, please contact our secretary.
Since COVID and our move to the Church Hall, we have not held a Plant Sale. We hope to start again, however, in 2023 with a new format.
We usually have a tent at the Caton Gala where we sell plants and promote the Gardening Club.
On the second Thursday in June we have an Evening Trip to a garden in the area. The evening trip gardens are often, but not always, gardens from the Yellow Book. The Evening Trip usually involves our members in a tea drinking and cake eating activity as well as that of wandering round someone’s garden oooohing and aaaaahing and getting ideas for our own.
Every four years or so we organise the Caton and Brookhouse Open Gardens event sometime in the last fortnight of June. This event is enjoyed as much by the people who open their gardens as the people who visit the gardens and has always been a success . . . even in the years when the heavens have opened on us! To see a slide show of the 20 gardens opened in June 2018 please click the following link: https://youtu.be/-dE4xcctKyY .
Autumn and winter activities
Our Speaker Secretaries arrange for varied and interesting speakers to entertain us once a month over autumn and winter and these are interspersed with a DVD evening and festive occasions.
Is the time we host our Mini Harvest Show. This is a very informal affair for members to show off their arts. We have several classes including such things as home grown fruit and veg, some sort of baked item, a piece of craftwork with a floral theme, a flower arrangement, an indoor plant and so on. Entries are anonymous and we developed a democratic system for judging them using a voting system. Each person attending the event has one vote for every class and the winner of a class is that entry polling the most votes. We also dish up tea and posh biscuits and have a good old chin wag while the votes are being counted.
Post COVID and since our move to the Church Hall we no longer hold our Mini Harvest Show but invite a speaker. Thus, September now sees our first Speaker Evening of the year accompanied, of course, by the ubiquitous tea and posh biscuits.
A Speaker Evening, accompanied, of course, by tea and posh biscuits.
In November we do not invite a speaker, we have a Gardening DVD Night. The DVD is usually on some sort of gardening or environmental theme. This saves speaker fees and actually makes for a very pleasant occasion accompanied, of course, by, you guessed it, tea and posh biscuits.
In December we have a break from speakers and hold a Social Evening where we have a bit of fun. But this is not accompanied by tea and biscuits, this is accompanied by wine and nibbles.
From 2019 our Social Evening has morphed into a ‘practical’ quiz (we have had to identify leaves and twigs and seeds etc and it has been great fun and very educational) and a members’ question and answer evening. This is an event where we all sit round the room guzzling mince pies and drinking tea and where a member can ask a question on a problematic gardening issue and, hopefully, receive an answer from another member who has already experienced and solved the issue. Watch this space.
Our members are usually so busy in December that we hold our annual Festive Meal in January at some local hostelry. We usually have some sort of quiz and prize to add a bit of interest as most of us are a bit jaded by the time Christmas and New Year are over!
A Speaker Evening, accompanied, of course, by tea and posh biscuits.
Sees our final Speaker Evening. Guess what accompanies it? Correct 🙂
And that completes the circle with in:
The Annual General Meeting that starts off the following year accompanied by, no, not tea and posh biscuits, but wine and nibbles.
C/O Mears Ghyll
The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 with two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then our aims have broadened and we are now the largest women’s organisation in the UK. We celebrated our 90th anniversary in 2005 and currently have 210,000 members in 7,000 WIs.
We play a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Caton WI is one of the oldest in the country, having been formed in 1921. We have approximately 60 members some of whom not only meet locally but are also involved in activities with the Lancashire Federation eg. the WI choir, craft workshops, quizzes, walks etc.
Caton WI normally meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Victoria Institute. Meetings usually start at 7.30pm with a short business meeting followed by a speaker. The committee try to make the programme as varied as possible in order to satisfy the varied interests of our members. We end with light refreshments and a chance to catch up on gossip!
New members are always welcome. Just turn up on the day of the meeting, and we will look out for you.
Check the diary on the website for details of the next meeting or other events.