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News from the Parish


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September 2009

The Newsletter for Wray and district.

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Monday 31st August -
Wray Village v Fells cricket match at 1.00 p.m.
Please contact Peter Gorst on 22303 (Village team) or Liz Whitfield 61230
(Fells team) if you would like to play.

Sat 5 Bentham Show. Something for all the family.
Wed 9 7.30 p.m. Wennington & District W.I. in Wray Institute. ‘The Word Spinners’ Gwyneth and Malcolm Dilley. Visitors very welcome.
Wed 9 and every Wednesday. Scottish Country Dancing, 7.30 p.m. in Ingleton Community Centre - also in other villages on other
evenings. Contact Mary Taylor 61672.
Wed 9 2.00 p.m. Joyful Noise in Holy Trinity Church, Wray. All pre- school children, babies, parents, carers and others welcome.
Thurs 10& Sat 12th Tatham Fells W.I. presents ‘Fashion, Fact and Fun’. A fashion and show with a difference, featuring vintage clothes from Victorian times onwards, together with appropriate music and some fascinating facts. In the Old School , Lowgill (behind the
Church of the Good Shepherd). 7.30 p.m. Seats are limited so admission is by ticket only, £6 which includes a glass of wine.
To reserve a ticket contact Ann Dawson on 62936.
Mon 14 7.30 p.m. Wennington Parish Council Meeting in Wennington Hall School.
Tues 15 7.30 p.m. Tatham Parish Council Meeting in the Old School, Lowgill.

Wed 16 Wray Over Sixties. Autumn outing to Bury Market returning via Oswaldtwistle Mill and Gisburn - please note change of usual day to Wednesday for the market. Coach to leave Wray at 9.00 a.m. arrive back approx. 7pm.
Fri 18 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Waste Paper collection at Lairgill Car Park, High Bentham in aid of N.S.P.C.C.
Sat 19 St. James the Less Church, Tatham are holding their GRAND JUMBLE SALE at 2.00 p.m. in Hornby Institute. We would be grateful for any good jumble, bric- a-brac, books, toys etc. (no electrical items). Please contact Linda 21486; Kay 21286; Brenda 21110 for collection. Thank you.
Sun 27 Harvest Festival services at Wray Methodist Church at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. The date coincides with a national initiative, Back to Church Sunday, which encourages people to try church again. Watch out for more publicity nearer the time or contact Peter Gorst on 22303.
Mon 28 Jacob’s Join Harvest Supper in the Wray Methodist school- room at 7.00 p.m. followed by sale of harvest produce. All welcome.
Wray Chapel
September 10th. Ladies Meeting at 2.00 p.m.
Tea to follow. Mrs. E. Pollit (Vicar’s wife - St. Pauls, Brookhouse). All ladies welcome.

Advance Dates
Friday 2nd October 2009. 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: 63095.
Monday 5th October 2009.
Holy Trinity Church,Wray. Harvest Supper in Wray Institute at 7.00 p.m. 2 course meal (vegetarian option) followed by Auction of harvest produce. Adults £6, children £4. If you would like a ticket please contact Frances Hartnup 21465 or a member of the PCC by Friday 1st October.All welcome. I

Other news:

Tuesday 15th September sees the start of a 4 week cookery course ‘Autumn
Harvest’ which as the title suggests will make the most of seasonal fruits
and vegetables; these are hands on 4 x 2 hour sessions with all recipes
provided. A further 4 week course will commence in November. Dates are
also planned for demonstration days with morning coffee, lunch including
wine, and recipes included. The dates will run up to the Christmas
festivities and are aimed to help you through the culinary preparations!
For more details contact Margaret Anderson Tel 015242 71975 or
Bentham Film Group
The much acclaimed film ‘Slumdog Millionnaire’ (Cert 15) will be shown
at Victoria Institute, Low Bentham on Saturday 12th September at 7.30 p.m.
During the interval there will be refreshments on sale and a raffle will be
drawn. Tickets are £5 on the door.
A new Yoga class will be starting up in Wray Institute. All welcome
Suitable for adults of all ages both men and women, for those who’ve done
some Yoga before and beginners. Wear loose or stretchy clothing. Mats
Introductory class Thursday 10th September and then every week from 24th
September. 8.00 p.m. till 9.30 p.m. £5 per session. Enquiries: Kathy
Cartledge 61567.

Live a little, learn a lot! Are you aged between 12 and 26? Join the
Vale O’ Lune Young Farmers Club. New members night Monday 21st
September 7.30 p.m., Melling Institute.
Hatha Yoga - Yoga & relaxation classes in Bentham suitable for all
abilities. Drop in classes cost £4 - everyone welcome. Mats and blocks
are provided.
Every Tuesday 11.00 a.m. to 12 noon, High Bentham Town Hall
Every Tuesday 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. High Bentham Town Hall
Every Friday 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. High Bentham Town Hall.
For more information please contact Sandra on 015242 62248 or
Hornby District Ramblers
September 12th, Troutbeck. 5/6 miles. Fiona & Gordon Humphreys
October 10th. Malham. 5/6 miles. Dennis Chamberlain 21436
November 14th. Condor Green. 5 miles. Valerie & Tony Dorey 21000
December 12th. Lune Valley. 5 miles. Anthea & Alan Ashworth 21980
For all walks please meet at Hornby Car Park at 9.30 a.m. bringing a
packed lunch (except November 14 th when walk will be followed by an
arranged lunch). Suitable footwear must be worn and dogs are not
Only tinfoil that when crunched stays crunched! No packaging e.g. coffee
or tea pouches, chocolate biscuit or sweet packets etc., but any food trays,
milk bottle tops, clean cooking foil etc. - all welcome. The metal
processors reject ‘light’ foil and we have to sort it out for them first -
tedious! And since my door handle fell off, please put bags on step! Many
thanks to you all. Jean Argles. (Oak Cottage, Main Street, Wray, next to
the George & Dragon, for new collectors)
Burton Under Fives
Based in the North Classroom at Richard Thornton’s Primary School in
Burton in Lonsdale, Burton Under Fives provides quality pre-school care
from the age of 2 years. From the term after children are 3 years old, until
they start full time education, all children are entitled to receive 12 hours
per week free pre-school education, why not give us a ring to find out
Children can be left in the care of our OFSTED registered staff, where they
can learn intellectually and socially as well as having a great deal of fun.
There is a brilliant array of games and activities in our purpose built
classroom, along with a secure, free flow outdoor area. We regularly go on
trips and have people coming in to visit and talk to the children.
Over the past year, we have made some important improvements to our
setting, including the upgrading of our computers, installation of a phone
line, refurbishment of the kitchen area and finally, during May half-term,
we had Absorb a Fall flooring laid in the free flow outdoor area. These
enhancements are essential to keep Burton Under Fives at the forefront of
pre-school childcare in our area.
Owing to the popularity of our extended lunchtime sessions, our opening
hours are changing slightly, as from September, we will be offering four
hour sessions every day. So our revised opening hours are; Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. Thursday, Rising
Fives only, 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. We will be returning for the
Christmas term on September 8th.
If you would like further information about Burton Under Fives, you can
contact us on (015242) 62126 or call in during pre-school hours.
PACT (Police and Communities Together) - Update
Various local youths have been warned of the consequences of drinking
alcohol and causing a nuisance in the Lune Valley. Each group have taken
note and have not come to police notice since.
The Speeding Enforcement Campaign is on-going by the Road Traffic
Police Unit throughout the Lune Valley. Other speed awareness work is be

ing conducted by PC Johnston, PC Wood and PCSO Wood in local
Primary Schools and will involve children speaking to speeding motorists
as they are stopped by Police and making them fully aware of the dangers
they are causing by speeding through their villages.
With the weather being warmer, please ensure all windows and doors are
secured when away from home. This is an ideal opportunity for burglars
who are looking for potential victims. Over the coming weeks ‘Operation
Julius’ will be undertaken. This is a high visibility operation in Northern
Division and the team will be distributing Crime Prevention advice to
residents in the Lune Valley. The aim is to prevent and deter burglaries by
giving good crime prevention advice.
(If you would like to speak to PC Wood in confidence to report ‘boy racers’
please call in to Caton Police Station or phone him on 07769823181).
Pc327 Carl Wood
Thank you to all those who supported ‘Tea at the Ritz’ on 18th July. £520
was raised for Cancer Care.
Arnie & Kath Coates
Abbeyfield, Kirkby Lonsdale
Our sincere gratitude goes out to all who supported our Coffee Morning
and Strawberry Tea held in June. In addition to raising over £500 for the
Marie Curie Cancer Fund, supporters were able to admire our lovely
grounds and enjoy the ‘goodies’ provided by staff.
Abbeyfield provides sheltered housing for older people. Residents can
lead independent lives and remain active in the local community whilst
enjoying the company and friendship of fellow residents.
Currently we have accommodation suitable for a single person or couple.
To find out more and to arrange an informal visit contact the Manager,
Susan Stoddard Tel: 015242 73799

I would like to say a big thank you to the Trustees, Governors, Parents and
Pupils, both past and present at Wray Endowed Primary School for their
most generous gifts and good wishes on my retirement. I have enjoyed my
time working in Wray, and have made friends who I hope will remember
me with affection, and say hello when they see me out and about. It has
been a privilege to share in the upbringing and education of so many of
your young people. I will leave you with this mantra, Thank you. Susan
Mrs. Adam’s Mantra
Library books I’ve always found
are best put back the right way round.
When carrying scissors to your friend
always hold the pointy end.
When taking your pencil to write some prose
remember always to nip it’s nose,
and just in case you’ve all forgotten
we form our letters from top to bottom
Now, if you need a little bit of card,
for that special job that’s really hard,
or that little job that’s a bit of a fiddle.
Please, Please, Please,
don’t cut it from the middle.
And remember boys when sawing wood,
measuring and marking it is always good.
And when mixing paint for a shade that’s just right,
please remember, always to start with white.
As you rush into school through the open door
please don’t leave your things in a heap on the floor.
I know you’re eager to do your work and have fun,
but please be sure that you walk don’t run.

Oh yes, about school uniform,…I know….it all looks the same.
Far much better for all, if each item has a name.
And if in the future you should mention my name,
let is not be only when you need someone to blame.
And come next year, when you are wiser and bolder
and I am out of mind, and out of sight.
Remember to keep looking over your shoulder,
who’s that I see, O---oh….
Here comes Mrs. Wright!!
(Susan Adams, July 2009)

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.
Mobiles: 07801441754 / 07921827898.
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
The Insurance Centre - The independent choice for all your business
and personal insurance with a personal touch.
Professional advice on all classes of personal and commercial business
Insurance including home insurance (inc. high value home insurance),
Shops, offices, working from home, pubs, restaurants, residential/
Commercial property owners, business combined, Public & Employers
Liability, farms and farm motor and many more.
To arrange for a competitive quotation contact Adrian Walker on
Home: 015242 21045, Direct Office 01524 541524.
Mob: 07780698434. Email-
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority
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

Occasional Cakes: Top quality cakes made to order for ANY occasion:
birthdays; weddings; christenings; anniversaries; novelty cakes etc.
Short notice? No problem! Competitive prices. Tel: Anna (015242)
22239 or mobile 07999546776 for price guide and orders.
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
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.

The Vicar, Canon Roger Hamblin, has announced his retirement, which
will take place at the end of November. He will officiate at his final
Sunday Services in the East Lonsdale Benefice on Sunday 1st November
2009. He was inducted into the Benefice of Wray, Tatham and Tatham
Fells nine years ago, on October 31st 2000; the Parish of Tunstall, Melling
and Leck being added in November 2003. This then became the largest
Benefice in the Blackburn Diocese, with six churches, five schools and an
area of fifty-six square miles.
Harvest Festivals
Do come and join us in celebrating Harvest. There are special services and
other Harvest Activities to which you are warmly invited (Details below).
Sunday 27th September. 11.00 a.m. Harvest Family Service, followed by
Harvest Lunch and sale of produce in the Old Rectory.
Sunday 4th October. 11.00 a.m. Harvest Family Service.
Monday 5th October. 7.00 p.m. Harvest Supper. Wray Institute. Adults
£6, children £4. If you would like a ticket please contact Frances Hartnup
21465 or a member of the PCC by Friday 1st October.
Tatham Fells
Saturday 10th October. Village Society Harvest Supper & Dominoes.
7.00 p.m. Old School, Lowgill. Adults £6, children £3.
Sunday 11th October. 11.00 a.m. Harvest Family Service (with Tatham
Fells Schoolchildren). 7.00 p.m. Harvest Evensong.
Monday 12th October. 7.00 p.m. Sale of Harvest produce in The Old
School, Lowgill.

6th September Trinity 13 (Lowgill Methodist Harvest Festival
8.00 a.m. Tatham Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Wray Holy Communion
Please note there will be no 7.00 p.m. Tatham Fells
2.00 p.m. Lowgill Methodist Harvest Festival

9.30 a.m. Melling Family Service
11.00 a.m. Tunstall Holy Communion
13th September Trinity 14
8.00 a.m. Wray Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Tatham Morning Service
11.00 a.m. Tatham Fells Family Service
9.30 a.m. Melling Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Leck Holy Communion
20th September Trinity 15
8.00 a.m. Tatham Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Tatham Fells Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Wray Family Service
11.00 a.m. Melling Harvest Family Service
27th September Trinity 16 (Tatham Harvest Festival)
8.00 a.m. Wray Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Tatham Fells Morning Service
11.00 a.m. Tatham Harvest Family Service
9.30 a.m. Melling Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Leck Family Service
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
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 15 th of each month. Diary Dates are free. Business
Advertisements are £2 per month. Announcements etc. £1. Please could a
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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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The big red button project is now closed, More details here Winner of the Ipod nano was Brenda Mickle.

New projects from the University, check the broadband tab on the left side of page.

.This years annual maggot race at the Dragon raised £1400 for the air ambulance read more »

Over sixties photos online now, and on the digital noticeboard.

(see in local groups link for their own page)

Latest news from Sally Murray who with support from the village worked in Cambodia, click here

new kitchen in the institute, woohoo, looks great, well done!

Photos of the new kitchen and from the 2009 WI cheese and wine party click here or visit their webpage in local groups link

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