photo of scarecrow looking down on the village and the wifi mast  
News from the Parish


Here is a link to other Lune Valley websites on a web ring. If you click on it the site you go to should have a link back to this one:

Lancashire Villages website



WRAYLY MAIL                     OCTOBER 2009


Thurs    1     and every Thursday, Yoga in Wray Institute.  8.00 p.m.

Fri         2     10.00 a.m. to 12 noon - Feel good and be part of the

                     WORLD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING At High

                     Ivah, Lowgill.  This is one week later than the actual date.

                     Admission by donation.  All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer

                     Support.  For further details contact Carole Butcher Tel:


Wed      7     2.00 p.m. Joyful Noise in Holy Trinity Church, Wray.  All

                    pre-school children, babies, parents, carers and others


Fri        9     An Auction of Promises in Aughton Recreation Room.

                   Viewing from 7.00 p.m. Sale starts at 7.30 p.m.  Free

                   admission.  Proceeds for St. Saviour's Church.

Sat      10    7.00 p.m. Tatham Fells Village Society Harvest Supper and

                    Domino Drive in the Old School, Lowgill.  Adults £6,

                    Children £3.


Tues    13    7.30 p.m. Tatham Fells W.I. in The Old School, Lowgill.

                    Quiz Night.  Annual Meeting.  Visitors welcome.

Tues    13    2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  Tooby's Electrical Digital TV

                   Switchover Roadshow.  Your questions answered, and live

                   demonstrations.  In Wray Institute.

Wed    14     7.30 p.m. Wennington & District W.I. in Wray Institute

                     AGM.   Sales Table and Jacobs Join. Visitors welcome.

Thurs     15     6.30 p.m. in Wray Institute.  The Friends of Tatham

                       Fells School present Loon Music with Theatre Mimi.

                       Five musicians and two miming artists travel magically

                       around the world in 80 minutes.  Come and see them play

                       marimbas, saw, peanut tins and zither - not to mention

                       singing, accordian, bassoon, banjo, tuned wine glasses and

                       washboards.  It will be an evening of joy, drama and music

                       adventure for all the family.

                       Adults £6, Concessions £3, pre-school children free. 

                       Contact Kate Stone on 07802 440 106.

Fri          16     8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Waste Paper Collection at Lairgill

                        Car Park in aid of N.S.P.C.C.

Fri          16     7.45 p.m. The Countryside Society  in Hornby Institute.

                        Simon Harlow will give an illustrated talk on “Wildlife

                        in Sacred Places”

Tues       20     2.00 p.m. Wray Over Sixties in Wray Institute.  The speaker

                       will be Mr. Gavin Thomas from the Royal Society for the

                       Protection of Birds.  Visitors welcome. 

Sat         24     10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.  Hornby & District Sheepdog &

                        Sheepshow Society Coffee Morning in Wray Methodist

                        Sunday School.  Cake and Produce Stalls.  All proceeds to

                        The North West Air Ambulance.  Admission £1, Children

                        50p.  For further details contact Margaret Wright Tel:

                        015242 21652.

Mon       26     7.30 p.m. Ewecross Historical Society in the Upper Town

                        Hall, High Bentham.  Talk by Dr. Elizabeth Roberts “Food

                        in the early 20th Century”.  Subscriptions for the coming

                        year:  £5.  Visitors to individual talks:  £2.

Sat     31     7.30 p.m. St James the Less Church, Lower Tatham.  Tatham

                   History Society.  A talk by John Wilson on 'Life in Tatham

                   300 years ago' explaining how we can find out about what

                   people did and what they had in their houses.  All welcome.

                   Small charge for non-members.  Light refreshments.  The first

                   in a series of three winter talks (14th and 28th November see

                   page 5 ).

Advance Dates

Sunday November 1st 2009.  1.00 p.m. in Wray Institute FAREWELL

LUNCH  to mark the retirement of our Vicar The Rev. Canon Roger

Hamblin.  All welcome.  For further information please contact Carole

Butcher for Tatham Fells (Tel: 63095), Mark Rowland for Wray (Tel: 22484) or Phyllis Holt for Lower Tatham (Tel: 21443).

Monday 2nd November 2009.  7.30 p.m.  Cooking for Christmas with Grace Holland, in the Methodist Sunday School room, Wray.  A cookery demonstration and tasting evening with a Christmas theme.  Come and bring a friend and enjoy someone else cooking for you.

Saturday 5th December 2009. 12.00 p.m.Christmas meal for any over 60's in Wray village, more details nearer the time.



October 8th.  2.00 p.m. Ladies Meeting, Elizabeth Whitfield.  Followed by tea.

Fellowship Meetings.  7.30 p.m.  Supper to follow.

October 8th.   Brian Ainsworth and friends from Capernwray fellowship.

October 15th.  Mr. Bill Shane

October 22nd.  Steven & Lynne Lawson and family

October 29th.  Half-term.  Family Quiz Night.



The old kitchen in the Institute is now not in use and one idea put forward at the last Institute meeting and supported by Dr. Sullivan is to convert this room into a more private consulting room for the doctor and possibly for physiotherapy and chiropody.  If anyone has any other suggestions we would be pleased to hear about them.

The units in the kitchen are now not needed; if anyone could make use of some or all, please contact Lesley Wright Tel:  22311.


Police Lune Vally Pact Report August 2009

Your next PACT meeting is on Tuesday 3rd November 2009 at 7.00 p.m. in Cowan Bridge Youth Institute.

Speeding in the Lune Valley

Local officers are monitoring and conducting stop checks of speeding motorists in the Lune valley villages and will continue this campaign until Christmas.  Persistent offenders can expect either fixed penalty notices which allow for their vehicle to be seized if caught speeding twice.  This campaign is aimed at reducing and maintaining motorists speed to below the legal limit.  Officers are also following up complaints made by the public of boy racers.

Poaching, Hare Coursing and Saboteurs

Officers are providing routine patrols to rural areas subject to recent poaching or hare coursing complaints.  There have been no known offences committed during August in the Lune Valley.

Be aware of “conmen” from the North East selling large quantities of fish from vans and preying on the elderly.  One lady in her 90's was recently conned into buying £900 of fish on the doorstep.  You will be glad to know that the offenders have been identified and are in the hands of Trading Standards with an additional warning by the Police that if they return to this area selling such quantities again they will be arrested. 

Can motorists parking in residential areas on pavements be particularly mindful of leaving sufficient space on pavements for disabled vehicles and pushchairs to pass safely.

Pc 327 Carl Wood, Caton Police Station.  01524 63333.  07769823181


Tatham History Society  are holding three lectures at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday  October 31st  (see Diary Date) and November 14th - schooling in Tatham and November 28th Natural History of Tatham, the November

lectures will be in the Old School, Lowgill.  The first AGM and a preview of new website on the history of the parish will precede the last talk.  All welcome.  Membership £2, or £3 for two at the same address.  Membership secretary:  Anne Wilson 63399.


Victoria Institute, Caton

Wine Tasting Evening.  October 17th at 7.30 p.m. to raise money for the refurbishment of the Institute.  Wine quiz, tasting and learn more about wines.  Tickets £6 available from the Institute between 9.30 a.m. and  3.30 p.m. weekdays.

IT Courses.  We are taking names for courses starting in January 2010, so please phone Judy on 015242  771733 to chat about how we can help you.

Family Photographs.  Do you have any photo you'd like to copy or share with other people?  We have a scanner at the Institute that will reproduce all your old prints - no negatives needed.  Ony 20p per sheet, and we have photographic paper.

Drop-in Services.  We have a great IT facility at the Institute, and many people call in for a range of services, photocopying or reading the local newspapers over a cup of coffee.  Please come and visit - Judy will be there to welcome you.  We are open Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., so call in or ring us on 01524  771733.


Tatham Parish Council

The red Telephone Box in Lowgill Village has finally been listed thanks to months of work by Councillor Melanie Winstanley.

The Parish Council is working with County Council Highways to improve roads in Tatham, or at least to stop them deteriorating any further, an up hill struggle.  Work is also in progress to designate more road side verges, as wild flower verges.

Tatham Parish Plan is being implemented with members of the public encouraged to attend Parish Council meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday of each odd numbered month, usually in the Old School, Lowgill.

Any problems can be reported to the clerk, Mary Tayor 61672.

Tatham History Society has been formed from the Parish Plan, Guided History walks have been a great success in Lowgill and Millhouses and a series of lectures have been held with more to be held in the Old School, Lowgill.


We want to say thank you to everyone who helped us to raise £3000 for research into Kawasaki Disease - a heart disease affecting children. Thank you for the generous sponsorship from everyone.  Thank you to Ian Parkinson, Mike Briffett and Matt Buckland for being game enough to take on the Coast to Coast cycle with Ken.  Well done!

With our thanks, the McGrattan family.


Twinning News.  The Coffee Morning held in July for the African “Togo Project”, raised £500.  Many thanks to those who generously supported the event.

To celebrate 30 years of our Twinning, there will be a trip to Grez-Neuville next year, from April 9th to 14th.  Are there any young people who feel they would benefit from staying with a French family?  For more details, please contact Frances Hartnup 21465, or Chris Collins (Hornby) 21853.


Wray Produce Show Report

The Show went quite well but the total number of entries was down which was disappointing.

I wish to thank Brenda Mickle and Chris Conder for their continued support and help; to John Marshall who once again was a brilliant auctioneer; to the judges who have a very difficult job and especially to all those who entered and to those who left their produce to be sold.

Judith Wrigley


The Pottery.  Workshops, Drop in, Commisions, Parties.  Greenlands

Farm Village, Tewitfield, Carnforth LA6  1JH.  Tel: 01524 784197



                                      CHURCH NEWS

Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land.  Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient.  In England, we have given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times.  We celebrate this day by singing, praying and decorating our churches with baskets of fruit and food in a festival known as 'Harvest Festival', usually during the month of September.

Harvest Festivals are traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon.  This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn equinox (about Sept. 23rd).  In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September but in some years it occurs in October.  With a number of churches in the Benefice our Harvest Festivals are spread over the later part of September and the first half of October.

Do come and join us in celebrating Harvest.  There are special services and other Harvest Activities to which you are warmly invited.


Sunday 4th October.  11.00 a.m. Harvest Family Service

Monday 5th October - Harvest Supper in Wray Institute.  7.00 p.m. Tickets

Adults £6, Children £4 from Frances Hartnup 21465 by 1st October.  The

supper will be followed by an auction of harvest produce.

Tatham Fells

Saturday 10th October.  Tatham Fells Village Society Harvest Supper &

Dominoes, 7.00 p.m. in the Old School, Lowgill.  Adults £6, children £3.

Sunday 11th October. 11.00 a.m.  Harvest Family Service (with Tatham

Fells Schoolchildren)

7.0 p.m. Harvest Evensong.

Monday 12th October.  7.00 p.m. Sale of Harvest Produce in the Old

School, Lowgill.

Vicar's Last Sunday

The Vicar (Canon Roger Hamblin) will take his last Sunday Services in the Benefice on Sunday 1st November.  There will be only two services on that day, 9.30 a.m. Holy Communion at Tatham Fells, and 11.00 a.m.

Holy Communion at Tunstall.  (See 'Church Services' for details).  These


will be followed by a lunch and farewell in Wray Institute (See Diary Dates for details).

4th October     Trinity 17 (Wray Harvest Festival)

                         8.00 a.m.     Tatham               Holy Communion

                       11.00 a.m.     Wray                  Harvest Family Service

                         7.00 p.m.     Tatham Fells      Evensong

                         9.30 a.m.     Melling              Family Service

                       11.00 a.m.     Tunstall             Holy Communion

11th October    Trinity 18 (Tatham Fells Harvest Festival)

                          8.00 a.m.    Wray                 Holy Communion

                         11.00 a.m.   Tatham              Morning Service

                         11.00 a.m.   Tatham Fells     Harvest Family Service

                          11.00 a.m.  Melling             Holy Communion

18th October     Trinity 19 (St Luke)

                           8.00 a.m.    Tatham             Holy Communion

                           9.30 a.m.    Tatham Fells    Holy Communion

                         11.00 a.m.    Wray                Holy Communion & Baptism


                           9.30 a.m.    Melling            Holy Communion

                         11.00 a.m.    Tunstall           Holy Communion

25th October     Last Sunday after Trinity

                           8.00 a.m.    Wray                Holy Communion

                           9.30 a.m.    Tatham Fells    Morning Service

                         11.00 a.m.     Tatham            Family Service

                           9.30 a.m.     Melling           Holy Communion

                         11.00 a.m.     Leck                Family Service


Church Services on Sunday 1st November 2009- All Saints (Vicar's Last Sunday - Note:  Special Services)


9.30 a.m. Tatham Fells.  Holy Communion.  (For the lower part of the

Benefice, Wray, Tatham and Tatham Fells.)                      


11.00 a.m.  Tunstall - Holy Communion.  (For the upper part of the

Benefice - Tunstall, Melling and Leck.)                                   


Vicar:  Canon Roger Hamblin (21030).  Readers:  Ann Dawson (62936),

Peter Osborne (61029), Mary Winter (21784).  Methodist - Liz Whitfield



Copy Date for the Wrayly Mail

Items for inclusion in the Wrayly Mail are collected from the tin in Wray Post Office on the 15th of each month.  Diary Dates are free.  Business

Advertisements are £2 per month.  Announcements etc. £1.  Please could a

name and contact number accompany each item.

Notice about the online edition of the Wrayly Mail

We put the September edition of the Wrayly Mail online but removed all the personal advertisements.  We are planning to put the full edition online in January 2010.  If you have any objections to your adverts being published online please could you indicate to Judith - 61455 or Chris 21588 or mark it on your advert, 'Not for online version'.  If we don't hear from people before December 15th 2009 all current adverts will go online in January 2010.

If you would like a page on the village website please email   or if you would like a link to your own website

on ours just ask.  A  link back to us is the only payment required.


Wray wifi network

Wray village is covered by a wifi network which is free to all.  This is

provided by Lancaster University Network Research Special Projects unit. (NRSP)  In return for free broadband we take part in their research and are what is known as a 'Living Lab'.  The information we give them about how people use and need internet access is very useful for driving forward the agenda to get broadband out to rural areas.  Currently the network runs on a 2 megabit symmetrical feed, which is slightly better than an ADSL one through the phone.  Unfortunately (or  fortunately) up to 180 homes are using it, and it is proving to be insufficient at peak times.  This is proving that rural areas need  more bandwidth that is currently available.  BT have no plans to increase the feed, as rural areas aren't profitable.  As you may know, many areas around Wray can't even get even basic broadband, and we are trying to help them as best we can.  Our team is small, and more volunteers are always welcome.  Contact us through the village site.

htpp://  or phone 21588 or 21978.

We hope to be rolling out the next generation network in the coming months.  More details can be found on htpp://

This new network is an experiment in P2P television delivery through set top boxes.  It is part of a European project and will use 100 megabit backhaul to deliver TV programmes.  If successful it could mean the end to tv antenna and satellite dishes!  If you wish to join the Wray broadband network please ring 21588 or 21978 and you will be authorised for access.

The other ongoing project is the digital noticeboard in Wray Post Office.  This holds an archive of very old photos of the area and also current activities.  It can be accessed from home via the website, and you can upload any of your photos to it.  You can also select any of the photos and send an Ecard to anyone in the world.  The latest addition is a tickertape, which runs at the bottom of the screen showing upcoming events or information.  If you would like to use the tickertape then just send a sentence to '  and it will be added on for you.

Business Adverts:

Richard Hope - Wooden Gates.  Specialist in Design, Manufacture and

installation of Wooden Entrance, Garden and Field gates.  Robert Hall

Farm , Lower Tatham.  Tel:  (015242) 61455.


TEMPTATIONS- 31 Main St., High Bentham.

For: Clothing, Underwear, Post surgery bras, Swimwear, Nightwear, Hosiery, Knitting Wool, Haberdashery, Cash’s Name Tapes, Sewing Machine Repairs & Service, Sewing Alterations & Repairs, Household Linen, Dolls House Miniatures.

TEL:  61868


Sole to Soul has a new home! 

You will find us on Grasmere Drive, in the New building opposite the entrance to the car park.

As well as Chiropody/Podiatry, Reflexology, Massage and Healing, we

now also offer Food Intolerance testing, Detox Footbaths, Medical

Herbalism, Naturopathy, Counselling, EFT - and with more to come. 

There are also a variety of courses and workshops available as well as

therapy space to let and a room for classes and courses and workshops.

Please contact us for information.

Our phone number is still 015242 63067 and the web address is


T. & P. Sedgwick.  Windows, Doors, Conservatories.

Mobile: 07801441754 / Workshop 015242 21759 


P. McLachlan - Plastering, Pebble Dashing, All general building

Maintenance.  No job too small.  For friendly service Tel:  Paul

(01524) 730563 or mobile 07814149706


Mark Routledge PLUMBER from bathroom alterations to leaking taps, no

job too small.  Ring Mark on 07900 558835 or Katherine Edge 01524



Jonathan Buss - Painter & Decorator.  015242 51809 or

07956 582565



Specialists in Stone & Brick Cleaning, Wet & Dry Blasting, Industrial &

Domestic, Steel Work, Graffiti Removal, Cleaning on or off site.  Plant &

Machinery.  Jobs of all sizes undertaken.  TEL:  015242 21929.

Mob.  07795 456927


Massage for Health and Relaxation - The Smithy, Lodge Lane,

Wennington:  Stressed?  Sore muscles?  Suffer from headaches?  Is

everyday life becoming more of a challenge?  Or perhaps you prefer to be

pampered?  Massage; Reflexology, Thermal Stone Therapy and Indian

Head Massage treatments.  Mobile/workplace visits possible.  For further

details and appointments please contact Sarah Rycroft. Tel: 015242 21166


WRAY POST OFFICE-The local shop for magazines,cards,stationery,

wines and spirits, cigarettes, fresh produce, local Bowland sausage and

bacon.  Small selection of mince, stewing beef, lamb & pork.

Fresh bread, sandwiches, pies and cakes. Fax machine @ 25p a copy.

Opening Times:  Monday to Friday - 7.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

                            Saturday                - 7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

                            Sunday                  - 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon     TEL: 21253


Trading Post  - Animal Feed Store.  We supply a wide range of feed,

bedding & accessories for all animals including, farm, horses, dogs,

poultry, birds & pets.  Also fishing bait & tackle.  Free delivery to Wray

and local area.  TEL:  01524  781268


Greenhall Riding Centre, Tatham.

* Riding lessons.    *Hacking.     * Children’s farm rides.

All now available by fully qualified instructor.

Telephone Rachael on: 015242 61594 or 07817918234


Steven Foster (CITB reg) Landscape & Groundworks.

Retaining walls, flagging, turfing, Gravel gardens, site clearance, ponds,

Drainage and groundworks, Digger, tractor and trailer work. 

Free phone: 0800 955 8780


Window Cleaning.  Is your cleaner friendly & reliable?  Does he clean

your window frames?  Does he clean awkward windows?  Does he clean

inside your windows if asked?  Does he clean your conservatory & roof? 

If the answer is no then call Nathan Harrison 22231 or 07775838719


Bridge House Farm Tea Rooms, Wray.  Tel:  015242 22496

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

“Wednesday Special” 2 course meal for £6.50.  Sunday Roast Dinner

Served every week.  WiFi access available.

Having a party?  Let us help with your catering.  Come and pick up a

menu for our takeaway buffet food.  All made to our usual high standards.

Tel:  015242  22496


G. Walker - Local Handyman.  Home Maintenance & Repairs,

Painting, Decorating, Floor & Wall Tiling, Gardening.  Friendly, Reliable & Quality

Service.  No job too small.  For free estimate with no obligation call

Graham on 015242  22511 or Mob: 07704454264


Flat Roofing, Fibre Glass Roofing, Slate/stone Roofing, Velux Skylights

supplied and fitted, Insurance work, Storm damage, Like for like quotes

and a friendly service.  TEL:  015242 22146, Mob. 07971387678 – Rod.

Kitchen Installations North West Ltd - suppliers of German Kitchens

by “Schuller”.  A local family firm with over 15 years experience and our

reputation built upon recommendations.  Kitchens - Utilities - Studies. 

Replacement work surfaces in laminate, granite, zodiac and encore.  We

provide a complete intstallation service which includes joinery, building,

plumbing, electrics, floor and wall coverings.  Visit our showroom by

Appointment. Unit 3, Low Mills, Mill Lane, Low Bentham.  Tel:

015242 63388/61236 or 07831 151839.



Bespoke Home Services: 1st class - Cleaning, Ironing, Shopping etc.

Hours to suit, reasonable rates.  Phone (015242) 22239 or mobile 07999546776


Occasional Cakes.  Orders now being taken for your top quality, Luxury

Christmas Fayre!  Christmas cakes; Christmas puddings, Brandied Apple

Mincement; Pickles and specialist chutneys etc.  Phone:  Anna 015242

22239 for price list.  It's never too early to place an order!


Steve Croft - Driving Instructor.  High quality driving lessons from

experienced Grade 5 Instructor.  Excellent pass rate - student discounts.

Tel:  07811 651590


Greenfoot Garden Centre at Bridge House Farm Tearooms, Wray.  Tel:

21184. *End of season special offers on patio furniture sets and selected

pots. *Create a stunning spring display by planting bulbs now.  We have

an exciting range in stock.  * Plant up pots with pansies, violas, cyclamen

etc. now in stock.  * Free container planting service.  *Quality pots.

*Atlas untra lightweight garden gloves - an ideal gift.  * Gift vouchers.

*Garden gifts.  Free local delivery.


C-Hair.  Claire Burrow Mobile Hairdressing.  Specialist in cutting,

colouring, styling, perming, hair up.  Wedding packages.  Hair & Make-up.

Fudge-Wella-TIGI.  Flexible appointments.

Tel:  015242 62383.  Mobile:  07787325155


Farmstead - handmade jewellery designs to complete that perfect outfit or

for that special occasion/Christmas present.  To book individual

consultation/parties in your own home or to view my collection.

Contact Louise 07900933652.  Also jewellery repairs.


Yoga - Every Thursday 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Wray Institute.  Mats

provided.  All welcome.  £5.  Enquiries - Kathy Cartledge Tel: 61567


OLD SCHOOL, LOWGILL  The Old School is a moderately sized

village hall behind the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lowgill and is in a

beautiful setting surrounded by fields.  It is an ideal location for meetings

or parties seating around 40 people.  The new kitchen is well equipped and

there is a good parking area outside.  Rates on request.  Equipment e.g.

tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery also available for hire at very reasonable

rates.  Bookings/enquiries for meetings/functions are now being taken

By Gillian Middleton Tel:  62367.

Wray Institute Online centre open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am -10 pm Computer club Fridays 1.30pm - 3.15 pm . Children should be supervised by an adult but All welcome to call in

Publications about the village:

The Wray Flood of 1967 - memories of a Lune Valley Community

A book written by a local historian with information from local residents

JFDI Community Broadband Wennington, a new book recently published about Lune Valley wifi networks click here to visit Lulu and buy online. (Link will open in new window)

Wray and District Remembered by David Kenyon

David's phone number is 015242 21668,
Please write to:

David Kenyon, Kenmoor, School Lane, Wray, Lancaster. LA2 8QE

The book costs £15 plus p&p

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