Village Organisations & Clubs

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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.

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Monthly services taken by Rev Emma Holroyd.  Contact details emma.holroyd@methodist.org

 

For room hire, contact circuit@northlancsmethodist.org.uk

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Brookhouse Road
Brookhouse
Lancaster
LA2 9PA
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Committee: Glenn Stevens, Treasurer;  Benita Smith, Secretary;   Audrey Croft,  Chair. .

Phone Number
771943
Owner Name
Benita Smith
Caton Baby and Toddler Group
Long Description

Caton Baby and Toddler Group provides a relaxed and friendly meeting place for parents and carers with babies and small children.  It is a welcome time in the week, a chance to relax and chat together while our children play. What we offer is friendship and support, with learning and fun!

We meet every Tuesday morning (term time) between 10.00 and 11.30 am in the Victoria Institute, Brookhouse Road, Caton.  Babies and pre-school children with an accompanying adult are very welcome. There is plenty of space for running around, and a range of good quality toys – that means lots of opportunities to free-play, use different equipment, and interact with other children.  There are regular activities too, such as our child-led sing-along, and everyone gets a drink and healthy snack.

We make a small charge every week, and there is a reduction available for those who prefer to pay in advance for a whole term.  The drop-in price is £2.50 per family, and this includes refreshments for both children and adults.

As our Group is led by parents and carers, and as we are with our children all the time, there is no need to become registered with OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education).  However, we do have all the required insurance for running a toddler group.

 

Phone Number
07505570488
Owner Name
Lisa Hadwin
Long Description

Our chapel is situated by Artlebeck Bridge, between the two villages of Caton and Brookhouse.  We meet every Sunday at 10.30am for morning service, which we try to make relevant for the needs of all.  Morning service is followed by a brew and a chat, where we get to know each other better.  On Sunday evenings we have usually have a prayer meeting at 6.00pm, followed by a service at 6.30pm, and this can take a variety of forms.

SERVICES

  • 10:30am Morning Service and Sunday School
  • 6:30pm Evening Service
Owner Name
Rev Alan Wadsworth
Address
Brookhouse Road
Caton
Lancaster
LA2 9RQ
Long Description

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

 

Phone Number
01524 770174
Owner Name
Alison Harry
Long Description

Caton Gala is an annual event, held in early June on the Station Field.  It is run by a hard-working committee who meet monthly in The Station.

We would love to welcome new members to the organising committee, if you can assist in any way, please contact Wendy Strickland (07855 590004) or Rosemary Horner (01524 770036). They can, as can all committee members, also be contacted by e-mail at “catongala@catongala.co.uk” or via our Facebook page.

Owner Name
Caton Gala Committee
Caton Methodist Church
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A small but very friendly congregation meet at Caton Methodist Church, and you are very welcome to join us on a Sunday Morning at 10:30am and stop for a cup of coffee after the service.

SERVICES

  • 10:30am Morning Service and Junior Church
Address
Brookhouse Road
Caton
Lancaster
LA2 9QT
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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: oceanwavers@hotmail.co.uk,

Phone Number
01524 771415
Phone Number 2
Owner Name
Ocean Wavers
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Tucked away at the end of Ball Lane, Caton, Lunesdale Lawn Tennis Club is a beautifully situated, thriving club in the heart of the Lune Valley.

Lunesdale has excellent facilities and welcomes young or old; beginners, improvers or experienced players.  With three grass courts and two floodlit carpet courts, together with a varied programme, there are plenty of opportunities to play at your level to match your time commitment. We play tennis throughout the winter as well as during the summer.

Whatever your ability, you’ll receive a warm welcome at this friendly Club.

Phone Number
01524 770054
Long Description

SERVICES

  • Holy Mass: Saturday evening at 6pm
  • Mass on eve of Holy Days at 6pm
Address
Station Road
Caton
Lancaster
Parish Council
Long Description

The Parish Council works on your behalf. Why not come along to a Parish Council Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month (except August) at 7:15pm in the Victoria Institute.

If you have anything to raise with the Parish Council this can be done at the start of the meeting, in the Open Forum.

Planning applications are considered at Parish Council meetings. Paper copies of applications are not available but can be viewed online the Lancaster City Council website .

The village Emergency Plan is under the tab marked Downloads.  The Parish Council’s Code of ConductFinancial Regulations and Standing Orders are there too.

Phone Number
07882 949110
Owner Name
Mrs Gill Mason, Clerk to the Parish Council
Address
23 Maplewood Avenue
Preesall
Poulton le Fylde
FY6 0PU
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SCOUTS meet Tuesdays in the Scout Hut from 7pm to 8.30pm contact 770134  (Sylvia Myall Scout Leader)

CUBS  meet Wednesday in the Church Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm

BEAVERS meet Tuesday in the Church Hall from 6pm to 7pm

Contact for both Cubs and Beavers is Ian Cruickshank  771969  (Group Scout Leader)

Phone Number
01524 770134
Phone Number 2
St Pauls Church
Long Description

The earliest record of a church or chapel on the site is before 1230. The tower dates probably from the 16th century. The rest of the church was rebuilt in 1865–67 to a design by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley.

The church is constructed in sandstone rubble, with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a south porch, a north transept containing the organ chamber, a chancel at a lower level, and a west tower. The tower is Perpendicular in style, and has three stages, diagonal buttresses, and an embattled parapet. On the west side is a doorway, over which is a three-light window with Perpendicular tracery. The bell openings also have three lights. On the south side of the church is the porch, with four bays to the east. The bays are separated by buttresses and each contains a three-light window with Perpendicular tracery. To the left of the easternmost window is a priest’s door. Along the clerestory are four windows. The east window has three lights with Perpendicular tracery. In the west wall of the north aisle is a blocked Norman doorway containing a tympanum carved with human figures. It is filled in with coffin lids and medieval cross slabs.

Our Church Hall and Club House are available for hire.

Our policies on safeguarding can be seen in the Downloads section below.

REGULAR SERVICES

Sunday

  • 9.30 am – Parish Worship (with creche) and Sunday Club for children in the Church Hall

Safeguarding Poster

PCC SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT June 2019

SAFEGUARDING AT St Paul’s Church

Phone Number
01524 770300
Address
Caton Green Road
Brookhouse
Lancaster
LA2 9JP
Long Description

The Link is published monthly and hand delivered free of charge to the residents of Caton & Brookhouse. It carries the latest news and advertising in an easy to read format.

Articles must be sent by e-mail to the editor, at:  catonlink@talktalk.net.

The deadline for copy is the 15th of the month for inclusion in the next edition

The Link is not published in August.

Recent copies of The Link are now available on our website.

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April 2020

Phone Number
01524 771551
Owner Name
Anne Jackson
Twinning Group
Long Description

On 12th April 2008 the twinning of Socx and Caton-with-Littledale was formalised. Socx is located about 6 miles south of Dunkirk and has a population of about 1000.
Anyone in the parish is welcome to attend our fund raising events throughout the year and also join the trips to Socx and the events when they come to Caton. We particularly encourage families with children to take part as our activities are open to all ages.

TWINNING CHARTER
On this day, 12th April 2008, the people of Caton and Brookhouse are honoured to formalise the twinning of our villages with Socx (France).

We are confident this relationship will enable the development of true and durable bonds of friendship and encourage mutual respect and understanding between our communities.

Our common aim is to promote cultural, linguistic and tourist exchanges between the people, schools and associations from each village.

Ruth Gibbons
Chairman of Caton & Brookhouse Twinning Association

Joyce Pritchard
Chairman of Caton-with-Littledale Parish Council
CONVENTION DE JUMELAGE
Ce jour, 12th April 2008 les habitants de Socx sont heureux de pouvoir créer des liens profonds d’amitié vrais et durables entre leur village et ceux de Caton et Brookhouse (Lancashire, Grande Bretagne) à l’occasion de leur jumelage.

Ils sont sûrs que cette union encouragera le respect mutuel, la compréhension et les liens réciproques entre des communautés.

Ils s’engagent à développer les échanges culturels, linguistiques et touristiques entre les écoles, les associations et les citoyens de tous âges, de chaque commune.

Andre Dassonville
Le Président de L’Association de Jumelage de Socx

Michel Gonon
Le Premier Adjoint au Maire de Socx

Phone Number
07775 802676
Owner Name
Tricia Griffiths
Womens Institute
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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.

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Lancashire Supported Lodgings Project are looking for volunteers who can offer support and lodgings to a vulnerable young person at a crucial time in their life.

If you have a spare bedroom and the time and desire to offer practical and emotional support, you are exactly who we are looking for.

We know that a supportive, stable home environment can make a huge difference to a young person’s chances of moving on successfully.

As a lodgings provider, you don’t have the same responsibility as a parent or foster parent, and the young person will have their own project worker. Most lodgings are for between 8 weeks and 2 years. During this time, you’ll receive a weekly payment and ongoing support from Barnardo’s.

Interested? Contact Terri Wolstenholme on 07919 520977 or e-mail lancssupportedlodgings@barnardos.org.uk

Phone Number
07919520977
Phone Number 2
Owner Name
Terri Wolstenholme
Address
Barnardo’s Lancaster Office
Storey house, Whitecross Business Park
Lancaster
LA1 4XQ
Caton Community Library
Long Description

The Victoria Institute houses the Community Library. After Lancashire County Council closed the Caton library in 2007, Caton Community Library Trust was established to provide a service for the people of Caton-with-Littledale Parish and the wider Lune Valley. The Victoria Institute took on the running of the Library in 2016 when the Caton Community Library Trust was dissolved. Everyone is welcome to browse and to borrow the books, all of which have been donated and include a good range of favourites and latest bestsellers.

The Community Library is open during the Institute’s normal office hours.

Phone Number
01524 771733
Address
Victoria Institute
Brookhouse Road
Caton
Lancashire
LA2 9QT
Long Description

The Victoria Institute lies at the heart of Caton village, which is located in the beautiful Lune Valley and Forest of Bowland AONB only 5 minutes from J34 of the M6 motorway.

Managed as a charity, the Institute offers a range of rooms available to hire for community, private, and business events. Founded in 1888, the Victoria Institute has been refurbished and extended over recent years to create  a comfortable, well equipped venue.

The accommodation has been developed with flexibility of use in mind and, being arranged on one level, it is easily accessible by all. There is an accessible toilet. This vibrant resource centre is an important aspect of social life in the village, and many Clubs and Societies run regular activities in the Institute building. We have a large Hall, two good size meeting rooms, a small meeting room,well-equipped  kitchen, and an IT Resource Centre, so most needs can be met whatever the size and nature of your planned event.

The Victoria Institute is also the village Emergency Centre.

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Phone Number
01524 771733
Owner Name
Peter Collins,
Address
Victoria Institute, Brookhouse Road
Caton
Lancaster
LA2 9QT
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Organises outings to plays, pantomimes and other events in the area.  With transport from Caton & Brookhouse.

Phone Number
01524 771943
Owner Name
Benita Smith
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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: haltongardeninggroup@gmail.com

Phone Number
07523 182617
Owner Name
Anne Snowden, Secretary
The Caton and Brookhouse Gardening Club
Long Description

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.

May.

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.

June.

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.

September.

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.

October.

A Speaker Evening, accompanied, of course, by tea and posh biscuits.

November.

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.

December.

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.

January.

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!

February.

A Speaker Evening, accompanied, of course, by tea and posh biscuits.

March.

Sees our final Speaker Evening. Guess what accompanies it? Correct 🙂

And that completes the circle with in:

April.

The Annual General Meeting that starts off the following year accompanied by, no, not tea and posh biscuits, but wine and nibbles.

Phone Number
07796550248
Owner Name
Caton and Brookhouse Gardening Club
Address
The Secretary
C/O Mears Ghyll
Caton Green
Lancaster
LA2 9GP
Caton Leisure Club
Long Description

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.

Phone Number
01524771862
Long Description

Meets in the Victoria Institute on Sundays 10.45am.

 

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INTRODUCING: LUNE VALLEY METHODIST HUB

Housed in the building formerly known as Brookhouse Methodist Church, Lune Valley Methodist Hub is run by members of the North Lancashire Methodist Circuit of twenty chapels located across an area from Silverdale in the north to Goosnargh in the south. The Minister is Rev. Emma Holroyd:  emma.holroyd@methodist.org.uk

Activities presently include worship services once or twice a month, a book and jigsaw exchange on the third Saturday of each month, fortnightly Bible study, craft sessions in school holidays, plus an established Art Group.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, in co-operation with the Caton and Friends of Ukraine Appeal,  a drop-in centre is being hosted on Saturdays. Refugee families who are housed locally can meet together for social contact and mutual support.

Future plans include the opening of the cafe to the public on one or two days per week.

The building also offers ample scope for Community activities and rooms are available to hire, e.g. for children’s birthday parties, pilates sessions, etc.

Enquiries are invited and terms are available from circuit@northlancsmethodist.org.uk

Please contact Jo Towers (Circuit Administrator) or Rev Emma at the email addresses given above if you wish to volunteer your help with the cafe or the Refugee Drop-in.