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                 NOVEMBER 2009

Online edition of the Wrayly Mail

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 15th December 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.htpp://


Sun       1     1.00 p.m.  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).

Mon     2     7.30 p.m. 'Christmas Food for Thought'  with Grace Holland

                    Cookery demonstration and tasting in the Sunday school

                    rooms, Wray.  Come and bring your friends to this relaxed

                    informal evening.  We had a lovely night last time.  Make

                    sure you don't eat too much before you come out - there will

                    be plenty of  food to sample.  This event replaces our usual

                    Christmas craft evening.

Wed      4     2.00 p.m. Joyful Noise in Holy Trinity Church, Wray.  All

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


Thurs   5     and every Thursday, Yoga in Wray Institute at 8.00 p.m.

Fri        6     7.30 p.m. BEST film night “Age of Stupid” (92 mins, Cert

                    12A).  Victoria Institute, Low Bentham.  Drama-documentary

                    animation hybrid, starring Oscar nominated Pete

                    Postlethwaite as an old man living alone in the devastated

                    world of 2055, watching 'archive' footage from 2008 and

                    asking: why didn' t we stop climate change while we had the

                    chance?  Home made refreshments available in the interval

                    Tickets £5 on the door.

Mon     9     The Twinning AGM will be held in Hornby Institute at

                    8.00 p.m.  All welcome.

Mon     9     7.30 p.m. Wennington Parish Council in Wennington Hall


Tues     10   7.30 p.m Tatham Fells W.I.  in the Old School, Lowgill.

                    Vegetables for every taste.  Margaret Robinson from the                   

                    Mammoth Onion. Comp: An unusual vegetable. 

                    Visitors very welcome.

Wed      11   7.30 p.m. Wennington & District W.I. in Wray Institute.  Jean's

                    Journeys.  Social Evening.  Visitors very welcome.

Fri         13   7.30 p.m. prompt start.  Wray School Christmas Bingo in

                   Wray Institute.  Tip top prizes.  £1 per game.

Sat     14     10.00 a.m. to 12 noon NSPCC Coffee Morning in High

                    Bentham Town Hall.  Christmas cracker and craft sale, cake

                    stall, raffle, tombola.

Sat     14     7.30 p.m. Tatham History Society- Going to School in

                   Tatham:  Bronwen Osborne and Mike Winstanley.  In the

                   Old School, Lowgill.  A brief history of schools in Lower and

                   Higher Tatham based on school records, but essentially an

                   opportunity to share memories and photographs of school

                   days.  Small admission charge for non-members.  Light

                   refreshments.  Membership Secretary, Anne Wilson 63399.

Sat     14     The crime drama 'Gran Torino' (Cert. 15) will be shown by

                   Bentham Film Group at the Victoria Institute, Low Bentham

                   at 7.30 p.m.  The film tells the story of Walt Lowalski a

                   grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy Korean war veteran whose

                   prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino car which he keeps in

                   mint condition.  When his neighbour, a young teenager, tries

                  to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform him.

                  Refreshments for sale in the interval and a raffle will be drawn.

                  Tickets:  £5 on the door.


Tues    17   7.30 p.m. Tatham Parish Council meeting in the Old School,


Tues    17   2.00 p.m. Wray Over Sixties in Wray Institute.  There will be

                  a demonstration of the making of sweets by Mr. Mark Smith

                  from the Bistro in Wray.  Visitors very welcome.

Wed    18   7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.  Nearly New Sale of children's clothes,

                   toys and equipment at High Bentham Methodist chapel

                   school room in aid of Bentham Chapel development fund

                   (Seller receives 75% of price.)  For seller's pack contact        

                   Charlotte Taylor 07840698420 or Kathryn Gorst -


Fri     20     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.

Fri     20     7.30 p.m. Wray with Botton Sports Committee Domino

                   Drive in Wray Institute.  Refreshments provided.

Fri     20     7.45 p.m. The Countryside Society in Hornby Institute.  Dr.

                   Julia Pigott will give an illustrated talk on “Bees and the


Sat     21     10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Craft Sale at Hornby Institute.  The

                   Twinning Committee are having a stall at the sale selling

                   locally made craftwork.  The proceeds will go to the TOGO

                   project in Africa, which we are supporting together with our

                   friends in Grez-neuville - contributions of items will be

                   gratefully received.  Please come along and enjoy the event.

                   For more details contact F. Hartnup 21465.

Sat     21     2.00 p.m. A Christmas Fayre at the Victoria Institute, Caton.

                   To book a stall contact either Shelagh on 01524 771260 or

                   Barbara on 01524 770085.


Sat     21     7.30 p.m. Tatham Fells Village Society.  'Global Challenges'

                   Dr. Clive Story.  £2 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Tues  24     Public Meeting in Wray Institute at 8.00 p.m. re: Wray

                   Fair 2010.  Please see more information on page 6.

Thurs 26)   Hornby Drama Group will be presenting “Laughter in the

Fri      27)   Dark” by Victor Lucas in Hornby Institute.  Do come and

Sat     28)   enjoy the play, which is set in a ghostly old house at

                  Christmas time, involving the reading of a mysterious will and

                   a gathering of guests, many of whom are not quite what they

                   seem.  Tickets £6 at the door. Performance starts at 7.30 p.m.

Fri    27     Looking for Mother Russia and Uncle Joe!  Travels in Russia

                  a talk by John Marshall in Wray Institute at 7.30 p.m.

                  £2.50 including tea and biscuits.  In aid of the Samaritans

                  and the Air Ambulance.

Sat    28     7.30 p.m. Old School, Lowgill, Tatham History Society.

                   Historical aspects of the plant Life of Tatham:  Mike Kelly.

                   How changes in the flora of the parish over the centuries have

                   been related to changes in human activity.  This talk will be

                   preceded by the AGM and a preview of the society's new

                   website.  Small admission charge for non-menbers.  Light

                   refresments.  Membership Secretary, Anne Wilson 63399.

Mon  30     7.30 p.m. Ewecross Historical Society in the Town Hall,

                   High Bentham.  Dr. George Redman - Yorkshire surnames.

                   Membership for the year £5.  Visitors are welcome at £2 each


Advance Diary Dates:

Saturday 5th December 2009.   Christmas Coffee Morning, at the Old

School, Lowgill.  10.30 a.m. to 12 noon.  In aid of the Church of the

Good Shepherd.  Father Christmas will be visiting!



Saturday 5th December 2009.  12 noon to eat at 12.30 p.m. The Christmas

get together lunch for all those in Wray village who are over 60.  Invites

will be delivered during the first week of November with replies to be in

by 28th November either by popping them in the special post box at the

Post Office,  or by post to Ethel Gorst, Gamblesholme, Wray, Lancaster,

LA2  8ND or telephone her on 21406.  If, after the invites are out, you

know of someone who has not got one, please let us know. 

It is a difficult task to find out who is over 60 in the village.



Fellowship Meetings - 7.30 p.m. Supper to follow.  All are welcome.

November 5th - Andrew & Nicola Fawcett

November 12th) - To be arranged

November 17th) - To be arranged

November 18th) - Bible Studies - Angela Mills

November 19th)

Saturday November 21st-  Anniversary - A special visit of Peter Jackson

who is blind and has an amazing ability to play the piano.  Come along

and hear him.

November 26th - Linda Robinson - Talk on Islam

Ladies Meeting.  2.00 p.m.  Tea to follow.  All ladies welcome.

November 12th.   Janet Kenyon - Life stories.


Wray Institute News

After many years of invaluable work Lesley is retiring as the caretaker of

the Institute; we therefore require someone to take on this position.  For

further information regarding duties and remuneration please contact:

Judith Wrigley, Tel:  21120.  If two people wish to share the post this would be acceptable.


If anyone would like to visit the Wray village website it can be found at


Scarecrow Festival and Wray Fair 2010?

Most local organisations have benefited greatly from the repeated success of the annual Scarecrow Festival, which has made a major contribution to their finances, due to the fundraising opportunities of the event.  The funds raised directly for the Institute have meant that the significant shortfall of rents over costs each year for the Institute has been covered and over the years this has given scope to improve the facility and build a reserve fund for repairs and further improvements.  It has also allowed the rental costs for many regular users of the hall to be heavily subsidised in order to

encourage use of the building by a wide range of community groups


Any material reduction in Institute income from Wray Fair would require a thorough review of rents and the costs of running the Institute.  Village organisations will also be keenly aware of the importance of the Scarecrow Festival income to their own finances.

For the Scarecrow Festival to take place in 2010, Wray Fair Committee

urgently needs to recruit new blood.  There is a need for new committee members willing to contribute to the organisation of the event and more volunteers to take on specific duties that make the event run smoothly.  There is also currently a vacancy for a co-ordinator for the event.

If you support or benefit from the current arrangements, have ideas about how the Festival can be improved and want to work with us to ensure that the Scarecrow Festival 2010 goes ahead you are invited to attend a public meeting at the Institute on Tuesday 24th November at 8.00 p.m.

Sue Rowland




Lengthsman Scheme Wray-with-Botton

Together with the representatives of the other Parishes involved in the scheme, I met with Simon Armistead, Lengthsman on Friday 9th October.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss with Simon, matters previously discussed at a meeting of the Parishes and Scheme Representatives in September.

For Wray-with-Botton Parish Council these were:

1.  Communication between Simon and the Parish Council Representative.

2.  Delivery of the contract to a standard considered to be acceptable by

     the Parish Council.

It was agreed that Simon will in future contact me when he comes into the village.  This will allow me to pass on to him any tasks, which have been identified for his attention.  He will keep me up-to-date by email on the status of all tasks he has undertaken or been asked to undertake at the end of each week.

Currently I have asked Simon to concentrate on the Churchyard and Flood Gardens.

If you see any jobs that need attention please contact me and I will pass these on to Simon.  My contact number is 015242  21186.

A leaflet detailing more information regarding the scheme and the duties of the lengthsman is available from Wray Post Office.

Councillor Carol Wallace, Wray-with-Botton Parish Council.


Victoria Institute, Caton

IT Courses.  Our popular IT courses offer local access to IT training.  We have three levels to suit a range of knowledge and experience and all

ages and abilities.  Our Beginner and Improver programmes cost £65


(2 hour sessions for 10 weeks) and Improver Plus is £42 (2 hour sessions for 6 weeks).  We are taking names for courses starting in January 2010, so

please phone Judy on 01524  771733 to chat about how we can help you.

Protect Your Identity!  Use our document shredding machine.  No charge but donations would be welcome.

Drop-in Services.  We have a great IT facility at the Institute, and many people call in for a range of services or read the local papers over a cup of coffee.  We also have a scanning machine that will reproduce all your old photographs without the need for negatives.  So, come and visit - Judy will be there to welcome you.  We are open Monday to Friday betwen 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., so call in or ring us on 01524  771733.


Thank you to everybody for all your cards, good wishes and offers of help after my heart attack.  I am feeling much better now, and I am well on the

way to recovery.



Macmillan Coffee Morning.  My thanks to everyone who kindly supported my coffee morning for Macmillan cancer care on Friday 2nd October.  A profit of £300 was raised for this worthy cause.

Carole Butcher


Tatham Church PCC wish to thank everyone who gave jumble, bric-a-brac etc. and donations - the response was tremendous.  Our thanks also to the merry band of helpers who did a magnificent job, especially on the day!  It was good to see some local customers and the atmosphere was jolly with bargains galore.  A total of £920 was raised for the Church.  Hornby Institute is booked for September 2010.



Bridge House Farm Tea Rooms, Wray  has now introduced Customer Loyalty Cards as a thank you for all your support over the years.

Receive 1 stamp per £5 spent on food and drink.  When you have collected 10 stamps we will give you a £5 gift voucher in return.

Don't miss out, come and get you card now and start collecting.


                                            CHURCH NEWS


This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 8th.

Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those who fought in the many other conflicts worldwide since 1945 and those still fighting for peace and freedom now, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It is also about learning from the past and resolving to make the world a better place to live in the future.

If we are to maintain our peace and freedom, we must always remember.

Christingle Service

Do join us for a special Christingle Celebration which will take place on

Advent Sunday, 29th November at 11.00 a.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Tatham Fells.  All parishioners from Wray, Tatham and Tatham Fells including the children from Wray School and Tatham Fells C.E. School, are invited to this Service.  Collecting candles and envelopes to raise funds for the work of the Children's Society in supporting vulnerable young people and children in their care, will be available at the service, or beforehand from the churches and schools.

1st November  All Saints (Vicar's Last Sunday - 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



                          Followed by Farewell Lunch at 1.00 p.m. in Wray

                          Institute.  All welcome.



8th November   Remembrance Sunday

 8.00 a.m.   Wray                           Holy Communion

10.30 a.m.   Tatham                       Remembrance Service

10.30 a.m.   Lowgill Methodist Chapel          Remembrance Service                                                                                             

6.00 p.m.    Wray                          Remembrance Service


10.30 a.m.    Leck   -  Remembrance Service

12 noon, Tunstall and 12.30 p.m. Melling  Acts of Remembrance


15th November     2nd Sunday before Advent

                              (Please note there will be no 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion at Tatham)

                                9.30 a.m.    Tatham Fells    Holy Communion

                              11.00 a.m.    Wray                Family Service

                                9.30 a.m.    Melling            Holy Communion

                              11.00 a.m.    Tunstall           Holy Communion

22nd November     Christ the King

                                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

29th November      Advent 1 (5th Sunday)

                               11.00 a.m.     Tatham Fells   Joint Christingle Service

                               11.00 a.m.     Leck                Joint Holy Communion

                                6.00 p.m.     Melling           Evening Service

Readers:  Ann Dawson (62936), Peter Osborne (61029), Mary Winter (21784).  Methodist - Liz Whitfield (61230)


Copy Date for the Wrayly Mail

Diary Dates are free and can either be emailed to  before the 15th of each month or put in the tin in Wray Post Office.  All other items for inclusion require payment

Business Advertisements £2 per month, Announcements, notices etc. £1.

and will be collected from the tin in Wray Post Office on the 15th of

each month.  Please could a name and contact number accompany each item.


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


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


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


Bowland Pork, Beef & Lamb, Southmire Farm, Silly Lane, Lowgill

Tatham.  015242 62827.  Order now your Christmas Goose or Turkey

(Bronze or White).. Wholesale Pork, Beef & Lamb direct from the Farm.

Local game also available.  Discount on Home Freezer Packs.


The Pottery - Workshops, Drop in, Commissions, Parties.  Greenlands

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



The Inn at Wray - Hornby Road, Wray.  015242 21722

Log fires and a warm welcome await you at the Inn at Wray, an 18th

Century Coaching Inn with traditional values serving home made food.

We have a new menu and daily specials such as two main courses for £6 at

lunchtimes and two Sunday lunches are only £11.95!  Evening specials

like 2 dine for £9.99.  We have now completed the refurbishment of our

bed and breakfast rooms.  Christmas bookings are now being taken.


Woodwork Tuition.  Come and make furniture with Iain Robertson

(formerly of Spout House, Lupton).  Tables, cupboards, long case clocks,

etc.  Beginners welcome.  Tel:  015242 61410, m. 07773606364.

Lower Thrushgill, Wray.  visit:



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.





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