Sunday, 30 November 2014

Bolton-le-Sands School

A big 'well done' is sent to the Primary School's football team who competed at Morecambe High School this week.  They played 3 matches, winning them all and scored a hatful of goals!  Great stuff.

A Victorian Christmas Festival

  • Victorian Christmas Festival will be held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December from 12.00 - 4.00pm at the Judge's Lodgings Museum in Lancaster.  For more information, phone 01524 32808 or visit

Letter Scams

There seems to be several letter scams circulating at the moment. One consumer reported receiving a letter saying their previous employer owed them money from a pension scheme. The letter asked for
details of the consumer's birth certificate, passport and account. The consumer was immediately concerned as they did not have a pension with their previous employer.
There have been several reports of a letter allegedly from the Peoples Postcode Lottery. The letter states the recipient has won various amounts, such as £850,000, and asks the recipient to ring up to confirm. The number is a premium rate number. Consumers are also asked to pay an admin fee and in some cases people had been asked for £4,200.

Telephone Scams

There have been several reports this month of consumers receiving a call from a trader offering a new boiler under the Green Deal scheme. The boiler is offered for a payment of £299 but consumers later find they have signed a credit agreement and the £299 is just the initial payment. One consumer worked out they would have to pay £11,000 over several years.
Trading Standards advice is to check what energy grants are available by visiting or contacting your local council.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Tree Switch On

Join the Chairman of the parish council and residents of Abbeyfield at Bolton Lodge for the switch-on of the village Christmas tree on Friday 28th November at 6.00pm,

Monday, 3 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday November 9th, the uniformed groups will march to the War Memorial for a short service at 10.45am starting at Cross Hill.  A road closure has been put in place along Main Road to ensure the safety of all those attending.  This will be followed by a shortened family service in Holy Trinity.

2014 Bonfire and Fireworks Display

This year's show will take place on 8th November. The Bonfire will be lit at 6.45 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled to start at 7.15 p.m. Tickets are available in advance from the local shops and the price is £4.00 for adults and school-age children, with pre-school children free. Payment at the gate on the night will be £5.00. In addition to the usual stalls and entertainment there will be a hog roast this year.
As in previous years Main Street and Mount Pleasant Lane will be subject to a Road Closure notice from  6.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. The Road Closure is required to ensure safe pedestrian access to and from the display,as the popularity of the event grows and a crowd of over 3000 people is expected. 
The Bonfire Committee would like to thank the local businesses and the Bay Radio for their continued support. There will also be a bucket collection in aid of St.John's " Save our Hospice "  campaign.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Doorstep Incidents

Itinerant fish sellers have been reported in the Morecambe area. One elderly lady paid £35 for fish she thought was Salmon – it turned out to be dyed Coley. Consumers are advised to buy from local market traders, fishmongers and pre-arranged roundsmen, who have regular customers in the area and are easy to contact if things go wrong.
There have been several reports of rogue traders carrying out roofing work which is unnecessary, poor quality or extortionately priced. One elderly person was charged £21,000 for a re-roof of a one storey bungalow. Another was initially quoted £200 but was charged £4000 on completion of the work which was of very poor quality.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Holy Trinity's 'Boden' party - 28 October 2014

Fancy trying Boden's new winter range?
Boden's are bringing their lovely new winter range to Holy Trinity Church in a special clothes party to raise funds for the 'Raise the Roof, Open the Door' appeal.  The party is from 1pm until 8pm on Tuesday 28 October 2014 in Church.
There will be a large selection of the new winter range for men, women and children. Everything is being sold with a fantastic 20% discount and there will be free deliveries and returns.  Boden have generously agreed to donate a commission from each sale to the appeal.
There will be light refreshements and a raffle - one of the prizes will be a £50 Boden voucher.

Nearly New Sale

A date for your diary:  on Saturday 22 November the FOBLES will be hosting a Nearly New Sale in the school hall.  The sale will be for CLOTHES ONLY (aged 0yrs - 14yrs).  The sale will take place from 1.00 - 3.00pm but people who wish to sell clothing items will need to come along in the morning.  If you do wish to sell items, please contact Clare Lockwood (07742 947655) or Linda Kennedy.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Doorstep Calling

Residents are urgently warned about two men in their 30s/40s (one in a suit wearing glasses, one casually dressed) who have been doorstep cold calling on older residents in the Skelmersdale area and claiming to be from the council.
Trading Standards advice is:-
• Do not do business on the doorstep
• Keep doors and windows locked to prevent unauthorised entry
• Do not let strangers into the house without checking their credentials - put the chain on or close the door,
leaving cold callers outside whilst you do this.
Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Friday, 3 October 2014

Youth Group at Holy Trinity

A new youth group to give anyone at High School the chance to chat about the questions we all face in life, with friends over food.  Please e-mail for more information.

Story or Songs for Babies and Toddlers

at Holy Trinity Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 11.00am.

Flu Vaccination Programme 2014

If you are; over 65, pregnant, diagnosed with chronic illness, immune-suppressed, registered carer, live in a residential care or are a health care worker, then you are eligible.  Call in or ring Ash Trees Surgery to make an appointment.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Road Closure

The Road Closure that was booked for 13-14 September at Bolton le Sands Level Crossing has had to be brought forward to Sunday 7 September  from 03.00hrs until 05.30hrs.

Monday, 18 August 2014

2020VISION - Theatre Show - Book Now!

When: Thursday 21 August, 7.30pm
Where: Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) 
Booking: Buy online,
from Grange Visitor Information Centre in person, or call 015395 34026

Thursday, 31 July 2014

What it means to be a councillor

Lancaster City Council is holding a special council meeting on Wednesday 24th September at 6.30pm in Morecambe Town Hall to address what it means to be a councillor, the likely time commitment, and how people can set about becoming a candidate.  There will be a mixture of presentations, workshops and the chance to speak to experienced councillors and employees of the council in an informal setting.

Playground Update

Sorry for the Delay!
We are working hard to get the playground ready.  Unfortunately we've had a few issues with the site and equipment but things are now on track and the playground will be open, ready for action, on Saturday 23rd August from 11.00 am when the official opening ceremony will take place.
The Committee - Community Playground Project.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Doorstep Incidents

Incidents have been reported of elderly residents being targeted for driveway work, particularly in the Leyland area. Rogue roofers (two men and an accompanying woman, in a white van) have
been working in the Simonstone, Padiham area. The woman makes friends with householders and asks for a glass of water as a way to get into the house. Residents are warned to keep an eye on their neighbours, report suspicions to the police or trading standards, and not to deal with anyone on the doorstep.
If you need help finding a reputable trader why not check the Safe Trader Scheme.
For further information visit or call Help Direct on 0303 333 1111.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Important information from Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service.

A report has been received of a Lancaster resident receiving an unsolicited email from someone purporting to be Maria Seto from the Sales Department, providing a draft Bill of Lading (which is basically a receipt of freight services) & a packing list and stating that she would email a copy of the commercial invoice tomorrow. The consumer had not bought any goods and was not expecting the delivery of any.  Trading Standards advice is to never give personal information or to pay over money in response to unsolicited emails.
 If you receive an email which you suspect is bogus, speak to family or friends or the Citizens Advice consumer service (telephone 08454 04 05 06) and seek advice.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Ride

Two fabulous dads (plus 6 other riders) has begun a cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats. The goal of the 930 mile ride will be to raise funds for St John's Hospice. The 9 day ride is being covered by The Bay radio station on a daily basis.  Mr Chris Spurr and Mr Jim Bousfield would be very grateful to anyone who is able to sponsor them.  This can be done via The Bay's website.

Swap Shop Fundraiser

Swap clothes, get pampered, win raffle prizes and drink wine all in aid of Raleigh International in St. Mary's Church Hall, Bolton-le-Sands on Saturday June 21 from 7 - 9 pm.  Tickets £5.

Alysia Gilda School of Dancing

The students of the have had a busy fortnight.  The Adult Ballet group performed a beautiful and elegant dance at the Marine Hall Fleetwood.  The Regional Keep Fit Association held their AGM and invited Alysia's ladies to be the guest item.  The younger pupils and adults had a great time at the Bolton-le-Sands Gala. It may have been wet but they were very happy performing a flashmob to a surprised audience in the Community Centre.  The classes continue with an examination session due in July.   Miss Gilda already has a waiting list for her classes in September.  From age 3yrs to 93yrs she has something for everyone.  Please telephone 822207 or facebook the Dance School for more information.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

2020VISION - Street Gallery

The 2020VISION outdoor exhibition is now open 24/7 in Morecambe.  It's stunning and it's FREE. There's a special facebook page and many more 2020VISION events coming too.  Read about the movie, the theatre show, photo workshops, and the man himself... 

The street gallery is in Morecambe until 29 June when it moves to Barrow and then to Grange.  As it is open 24/7 you can nip out over lunch or after dinner.  And it makes a great half-term trip: bike on the prom, visit the street gallery, enjoy the views across the Bay, and there's lots of lovely options for tea, cake and ice-cream really nearby. 

Friday, 23 May 2014

Community Playground Project Update

After a couple of setbacks the playground refurbishment is now making good steady progress.
A fantastic boost to funds has come from members of Carnforth Rotary Club who, with match funding from Rotary District 1190, have generously contributed £5,000 to purchase the Hide & Slide item of play equipment. Their support is greatly appreciated.
The Mike Rigby Bowls Trophy raised £316 for the playground, many thanks to Bowling Club members for their efforts and to Sheila Rigby for nominating Community Playground Project to be the recipient of funds raised.
An application for a grant to Lancaster Green Spaces for £500 towards the cost of trees was successful and Lancaster Community Fund has donated £500 towards the project.
After a successful, well supported year of fundraising the playground will reach its full potential and when completed will provide the community of Bolton-le-Sands with a recreational area they can thoroughly enjoy and be proud of. Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to make this eagerly anticipated playground refurbishment possible.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Easy Wednesday Walking

Do you want to lose weight, get fit, enjoy fresh air scenery and wildlife, meet new people, make new friends?  Join the Easy Wednesday Walking Coach  - talk as you walk or walk as you talk.  Sociable walking eases away the stress of life!
The walks are in the following areas:  21st May - Bowness and 4th June - Settle.
To book or for further information phone Jim on 851487

The Social Group

Wednesday Outings - Do you enjoy a day out by coach with friends to a place of interest at the lowest possible cost?  Excursions this month are:
14th May - Scenic tour of Wharfedale
28th May - Guided Tour of Bowland ending at Boundary Mill for discount shopping
11th June - M & S Walking Heritage tour of Leeds.
Members pay £9 plus cost of attraction.  Visitors pay £1 surcharge.  Membership is £5 per year.
To book or request information phone Adrian on 824652.

Horticultural Society Coffee Evening

You are invited to a Coffee Evening on Saturday 17th May at 6.30pm at the Community Centre.  There will be plants to purchase and coffee and tea available.

Flights of Fancy

New book by Nether Kellet author available from Carnforth Bookshop or via the internet at Amazon selling at £6.99

Fashion Show

Kitty Brown Boutique is holding a Fashion Show in St Mary's Church Hall on Tuesday 27th May at 7.30pm.  Entrance £5 which includes refreshments.  Lots of accessories including jewellery, scarves bags etc as well as plenty of clothes including good value, quality sale rail.  All major credit and debit cards accepted.

Diocesan Summer Festival

Bishop Julian invites you to the Diocesan Summer Festival on Saturday 21st the Diocesan Eucharist, exhibitions, workshops, food and family fun and Sunday 22nd June the Evangelistic Mission Event at the ArnoldKEQM School Lytham.  Book the date - more details to follow.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Leighton Hall Launches Locals Resident Pass

Come and explore your own back garden!
Residents with an LA5 postcode are now able to apply for a resident’s card to receive 50% off
admission into Leighton Hall during the summer season.
Please download the form from their website
bring it along to Leighton Hall with a current utility bill and you will be issued with a resident’s card to
use as many times as you wish during open days over the summer season.
Email: Tel: 01524 734474
(Terms & Conditions apply, not valid at Special events, please see website)

Trinity Sunday

The three persons of God the father, the son and the holy spirit - 3 churches : 1 community.  Come along to Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre on Sunday 15th June at 3.00pm for music, crafts and activities; school choir with a short worship service and of course, refreshments.

Gardening and Tree Pruning - Doorstep Callers

The spring weather seems to have prompted a number of incidents of rogue traders offering tree pruning and gardening work. In one incident a trader offering a tree cutting service asked for £200 up front to hire the necessary equipment to do the job. The consumer paid in cash but unfortunately the trader was not seen or heard from again.
In another incident traders targeted two elderly gentlemen and offered to cut several trees. The consumers paid £1500 in cash but then the traders demanded a further £200 to take away the debris.
Trading Standards advice is to never deal with cold callers.
Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06

Letter Scam

There have been reports of a letter circulating claiming the recipient has won £825,000 in a prize draw. The letter asks for an administration fee to claim the prize.
Trading Standards advice is to never respond to unsolicited letters.
To report fraud and internet crime contact Action Fraud at

Telephone Scams

Unfortunately, the PPI scam seems to be circulating again. One consumer reported getting a call from a man who claimed he was from the Office of Fair Trading and said the consumer was owed £5000 for mis-sold PPI connected to a mortgage. The caller demanded a £250 Ukash voucher to be paid on delivery of the cheque.  If you believe you have been mis-sold PPI please contact the Financial Ombudsmen Service on 0800 023 4567 or visit . T

In another incident a consumer said they were cold called by a trader offering personal loans. The consumer accepted the offer and applied over the phone. They were subsequently asked for £200 and £140 by Ukash voucher to release the loan.

Trading Standards Advice is never deal with cold callers. Ukash vouchers should always be treated as cash and consumers should remember to be just as wary about who they give them too. For further advice about Ukash vouchers visit

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Forever England

10th Anniversary Concert in honour of St George celebrating English music and culture, past and present with affection and humour at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 31st May from 7.30pm.  Tickets are £10 each or 2 for £15.  Please phone Margaret on 01524 8244110 for further information.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lancashire Police

To find out what is happening in your area, copy and paste these links into your search engine:!/pages/Lune-Valley-Area-Police/506472246097344?fref=ts

Community Playground - Grant Funding

The playground project has received grants from Lafarge-Tarmac Ltd Landfill Communities Fund, the Big Lottery, Awards for All Programme and a donation from the Harold & Alice Bridges Charity.
Community fundraising efforts continue.  Thank you to the Ladies from the village churches, Holy Trinity, Christ Church United Reformed Church and Our Lady of the Angels, who held a joint Community Centre Coffee Morning raising £379, to the Ladies of Note whose entertaining evening raised £408 and to the Bowling Club for the £317 raised at the Mike Rigby Trophy competition.  Thank you to all who gave their support to these events.
After a year of enthusiastic fundraising, work is now underway on the playground refurbishment.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Thwaite Brow Woods annual nest box survey is coming !

The next work party of the Thwaite Brow Woods Conservation Group will be at 7pm on Tuesday 13th May. It is time for the annual nest box survey in the woods and once again Bolton le Sands Cubs will be assisting with the survey.
Anyone interested in helping with the survey is very welcome to come along. They do try and let everyone have a chance to see inside a nest box, but you do need to be comfortable with climbing a ladder in order to do so.
The results will be published on their new Thwaite Brow Woods Conservation Group Facebook page. If you want to see last year's results, please find them on Facebook and 'like' the page.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Annual Parish Meeting

The Chairman

Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council

Invites you to the
Annual Parish Meeting
in the
Community Centre

Thursday 24th April 2014
7.30 p.m.

The Chairman will report on
the activity of the Council during the past year and local government electors will have the opportunity to offer suggestions and comments for consideration by the council in the year ahead.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Ladies of Note Singers

The Ladies of Note presents a Musical Medley on Saturday 26th April at 7.30pm in Burton-in-Kendal Memorial Hall.  Tickets are £5 and are available from Greenlands Farm or Burton Village Store.  Contact 824820 for more details.

Chic & Unique Boutique and Gift Shop

Welcome to a new business in the village.  Chic and Unique is a ladies boutique and gift shop that specialises in 'one-off' pieces from Italy and France at reasonable prices.  Ann-Marie, the proprietor doesn't repeat her items.  Once they are gone, they are gone!  So if you want to be unique pop along; the shop is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10.30am to 6.00pm and 10.30am to 5.00pm on Saturdays.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Email Scams

The latest 'emergency funds' scam email claims the sender is stuck in Lugansk (Ukraine) having had their bag and passport stolen. It asks for money to pay for a flight home and settle the hotel bill which the sender claims they cannot get from their bank in time to catch the flight home.
Another scam email circulating, titled 'Tax Refund Notification', states the recipient is owed a tax rebate of over £300 from HMRC. The email has a form attached which asks for lots of personal details including bank details and PIN number.
A spam email has been sent out to a number of email addresses informing recipients about a cancer diagnosis. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is advising people who have received this email to delete it without opening it and not to click on any links. The email, the subject line of which is important blood analysis result, claims the recipient may have cancer. This malicious email is not from NICE. NICE are investigating the origins of this email and have reported it to the police. Please visit for further details.
Trading Standards advice is to never respond to suspicious emails.

Internet Scams

Trading Standards is warning of scam websites purporting to sell concert tickets. The websites often look official and contain the name of the artist in the domain name. The websites either promise tickets which never arrive or promise to refund money for tickets that are no longer available. Again the refund never arrives. To report fraud and internet crime contact Action Fraud at

Telephone Scams

Trading Standards are warning of a telemarketer with a 0161 Manchester phone number, calling older people in the Hyndburn area, and trying to sell electrical devices of some kind, costing £126. They request personal information about consumers and appear to know who they bank with. They go on to say that they are offering a discount to pensioners and ask for bank card details.
Trading Standards Advice is never deal with cold callers.

Doorstep Callers

There have been reports of doorstep fish sellers calling on vulnerable people and pressuring them into buying large quantities of fish. In one incident an elderly lady paid over £326 for a box of fish. Several complainants said they have had to throw the fish away as it tasted odd. Trading Standards advice is never buy this type of product from door-to-door sellers who are not regular rounds men. You may not get the weight, quality or hygiene standards you are expecting.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Casual Vacancy

Bolton le Sands Parish Council (south ward) has one vacancy which must be filled by co-option.  Anyone interested in joining the Parish Council should write to: The Clerk to the Council, No. 2 The Shore, Bolton-le-Sands, LA5 8JR not later than Monday March 31 2014 notifying of their interest.

You must be a British, Commonwealth or Irish Citizen or a citizen of another European Union Member of State, be 18 years of age, and not be disqualified,  They should be a registered local government elector for the parish or this is where their principal or only place of work is.

Music Festival

Well done to all the children from years 2 and 5 who recently performed in the Music Festival at the Ashton Hall in Lancaster.  The children really seemed to enjoy themselves and the response from parents was very positive.

Virtual Balloon Race

Bolton-le-Sands Primary School recently promoted the St John’s Hospice Virtual Balloon race and sold 300 balloons raising over £1000 for the Hospice.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Piano Appeal

Does anyone know of a piano that is surplus to requirements?  If so the management committee of Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre/Village Hall would be interested in looking at its suitability for use at the Hall.  Please contact either Kath Ion on 01524 823434 or Dorothy Carruthers on 01524 824588.

Playground Project

Exciting news, construction work will begin on Monday March 10 and is expected to take ten weeks to complete

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Rev Gerwyn Capon

The former Priest in Charge at Holy Trinity, Rev Gerwyn Capon, has been appointed as the new Dean of Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. 

Ladies of Note

The Ladies of Note are holding a concert in aid of playground funds on Saturday March 22, and the United Reformed Church has kindly offered to host the evening; a programme to suit all ages, featuring songs from the shows, folk music, pop hits and more.  This musical night of entertainment will start at 7pm and refreshments will be provided.  Tickets cost £5 and are available from the playground committee, the Ladies of Note and the United Reformed Church.

Community Playground Project

The Community Playground Project coffee morning raised £295 for playground funds.  Thank you to all who supported it.  The project has received further generous community donations from:  Bolton-le-Sands Primary School FOBLES who donated the proceeds from their last mufti day, M. Archer & Son, St Mary of the Angels 100 Club, The Bonfire Committee, and village residents.  The Community Playground Project is grateful to the Bowling Club and Sheila Rigby for nominating  the  Playground Project as the recipient of funds raised at the annual Mike Rigby Trophy to be held on Sunday April 13 at Bolton-le-Sands Bowling Club. 

Through a lot of hard work, commitment and support the committee is very close to their target.  This is a final fundraising push to achieve their target and ensure the playground achieves its full potential.  Please support any upcoming events that you can.  Thank you again to all who have supported, and continue to support, this eagerly anticipated project. 

Coffee Morning

LANCASTER & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY are hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on Thursday March 6  from 9.45am to 11.30am in Bolton le Sands Village Hall.  Various stalls and Raffle.   Coffee / Tea and biscuits £1.00.  All proceeds to Lancaster & District Choral Society Funds. Enquiries to  01524 824820.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Urgent Consumer Alert

A large quantity of fake coupons for money off well known brands has recently been discovered in Lancashire. The coupons appear to be copies of genuine coupons and were purchased by a Lancashire consumer over the internet. The consumer used the coupons in a supermarket to buy groceries but when the supermarket discovered the fakes, the Police were called and the consumer's groceries had to be returned to the store.  Consumers are being warned that coupons available to buy on the internet may be fakes. If they are purchased and used to buy products in shops or supermarkets, consumers may find that they are trading an illegal product and may lose money.
For more information contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Community Playground Project

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on this project.  Local fundraising events are making such a contribution to this fabulous project.   It will be great for the kids and an asset to the village.  The latest contributions have come from:
B-l-S Primary School FOBLES donated £276; proceeds from their last mufti day - big thanks to the kids!
St Mary of the Angels 100 club have donated £350 and the B-l-S Bonfire and Fireworks Committee have kindly donated £200 toward the playground project. FANTASTIC!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Young Voices

52 children from the primary school went to the Manchester Arena to join the Young Voices Choir of over 8000 young people!  As usual, the children sang really well and were a credit to the school.  The whole event was very exciting and the children were able to witness top class professional musicians, singers and dancers in action.  It was a special treat this year to sing as backing singers to Stacey Solomon - the X Factor star who was this year's star performer.

Free Bike Marking

Neighbourhood policing have been fortunate to obtain funds from Lancashire County Council to purchase bike marking kits from a national company,  They are offering to security mark bicycles belonging to members of the public free of charge.  This is obviously open to you and members of your family.  Just come along to Bolton-le-Sands Fire Station on Saturday February 15 between 11am and 1.00pm.

The scheme is basically where a bicycle is given an ID number, the owner’s details are registered and a log book created for the bicycle similar to a V5 log book for a car.  This log book is then e-mailed to the owner.  There are a limited number of kits but the aim is to reach as many people as possible to get their bicycles ID'd.  This will hopefully prevent crime as they are clearly marked to any bicycle thief and it will also help the police identify owners of bicycles as and when they are recovered.  

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Due to family relocation, Cllr Dani Khan has stepped down as parish councillor and therefore a vacancy now exists for Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council (South Ward).  Cllr Khan has made a valued contribution to the work of the parish council especially the community playground project.   On receipt of a notice signed by ten electors of the parish requesting that the vacancy be filled by an election, the Proper Officer will fix a date on which an election will be held.  Any such notice must be served on the Proper Officer at Lancaster Town Hall not later than 5.00pm on February 21.
The next regular meeting of the FOBLES committee (everyone is welcome to attend) will be held on Thursday February 6 at 8.00pm in The Royal Hotel, Bolton-le-Sands.  This year the FOBLES are aiming to raise sufficient money to buy a new stage system for the school and a new lighting rig for the school hall.  These improvements will make a big difference to the life of the school.
Bolton-le-Sands Primary School has nominated St John’s Hospice as its main school charity fundraiser.
Petsearch, a register of lost and found pets, will be having a meeting at 2pm on Saturday February 15 at No 2 St Michaels Crescent, Bolton-le-Sands.  Volunteers are needed to help run coffee mornings and table top sales throughout the year.  If you can offer assistance, please ring 822518 or 823013.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Bolton le Sands Horticultural Society and Lancashire Libraries are joining forces on Saturday February 8 for a seed swapping event.... Bring along any spare seeds you have, unopened packets, partial packets or home harvested favourites to Bolton Le Sands Library between 10am -12noon. Please ensure they are labelled and some instructions provided and let’s get growing!
The Rotary Club Santa’s Sleigh collection was 6.5% up on last year with £7,626 donated over the 16 outings.  It was indeed wet on many nights and it took Santa's Elves quite a long time to dry his outfit ready for the next day - but most worthwhile as all of this kindly donated money goes back into the surrounding area, and again included toy vouchers that went to deserving families just before Christmas.  Thanks also to Norjac Mitsubishi in Carnforth for providing the Sleigh towing vehicle and to Speight’s of Lancaster for the satsumas handed out to children - and thus complete the magic of Santa's visits. 

Friday, 24 January 2014

At the Grand Theatre in Lancaster,   local charity ‘Unique Kidz & Co’ is hosting their very first Variety Night on Saturday January 25.  The evening promises a great line-up with Steven Hall from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and Lancaster’s Paul Akister from ‘The X Factor’ amongst the array of talent on show.  This family event will be a lot of fun and all proceeds will go to Unique Kidz and Co’s ‘Kit it Out for the Kidz’ campaign. 
Then on Sunday January 26 the Grand Theatre New Spaces Project is being supported by the Alysia Gilda School of Dance when the children and adults perform there at 3.00pm. All seats are £6.50.
For either event you can book online from or telephone the box office on 64695.

The Community Playground Project fund raising event in December, ‘Bolton-le-Sands Entertains!’ was an enjoyable evening of family entertainment, raising £500 for the playground project. Thank you to the village shops and businesses that provided prizes for the ‘community raffle’, to all the performers and everyone who helped in making the evening a success.
Community support towards the much needed playground refurbishment continues, with donations received this month from BCS Accountants & Tax Consultants, Bolton-le-Sands Women’s Institute, and a very generous contribution from a village couple.
Trading Standards are warning residents of traders who cold call offering to do roofing repairs. Sometimes the trader tries to make his business look reputable by saying he is working elsewhere on the street and has noticed that work needs doing to your roof. This can lead to several residents on the same street being ripped-off. Another trick is to pose as a surveyor or someone from the council with a fake ID card.
If you need a reputable trader why not look at Trading Standard's Safe Trader Scheme. For more information visit or call Help Direct on 0303 333 1111.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Friends of Bolton-le-Sands School presents 'Casino Royale' a night of fun and sophistication at Morecambe Golf Club on Saturday March 15.  The Bond theme evening will begin at 7.30pm with canap├ęs and a welcome drink on arrival, casino entertainment and dancing to the top local band ‘24/7’.  Tickets will go on sale soon and numbers will be limited.  See the FOBLES notice board for more details.

'FLY THE FLAG FOR YOUR NEW PLAYGROUND' COMPETITION:  The new playground will have a flagpole - but as yet there is no design for the flag!  Could you (children only) design one?? It can be any design you like and pretty much any shape you like.  Entries need to be handed to Mr Cross via the school office on or before Wednesday January 22. Members of the committee will choose the winning entry.  The winning design will be made into a flag that will be flown on special occasions at your new playground.

Playground update:  it is expected that contractors will start work on the site at the end of this month.  The project is expected to take 10 weeks to construct and the playground will be closed during this period.  The playing fields will still be open for use.  The organisers are close to achieving their fundraising target but there is still work to do!  The committee would value any support that you can give to upcoming activities to ensure that the new playground achieves its full potential. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Archer's Cafe at Red Bank Farm has re-opened after the Christmas break. Situated on the shore overlooking the Morecambe Bay across to the Lakeland hills, enjoy a cup of freshly ground coffee or select from their choice of teas and sample some of their home made food.
Don't miss the January sale at Bayview Garden Centre.  They have everything you need from seeds to planters to 'grow your own' as well as free helpful advice.
Help support the Bolton-le-Sands Community Playground Project by attending the Coffee Morning arranged for Thursday 23rd January 2014 in the Community Centre from 9.45 - 11.30am.  Various stalls and raffle.
Today, only five years since it first opened, Etty Lilly is so much more than just a shop. By setting up ‘knit and natter’ groups in the village, Helen has provided a wonderful communal service bringing people together, from age twelve to ninety. Log on to her web-site for more information.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Horticultural Society annual general knowledge quiz will be held at the Community centre on January 31st 2014 starting at 7.30pm.  To join in the quiz, the price is £10 per table of 4.  Booking forms can be obtained from Mr David Regan, 46 Greenwood Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands. Telephone 01524 823025 or by e-mail at; and must be returned before January 25th.
The Alysia Gilda School of Dance are starting the New Year supporting the Grand Theatre New Spaces Project. To date the School has raised over £3,000 and are hoping to add to this total when the children and adults perform at the Grand Theatre Lancaster on Sunday 26th January at 3.00pm. All seats are £6.50 and you can book online from or telephone the box office 64695.
The students are from age 4yrs to adults!!!  It is a variety show with colourful costumes and plenty of enthusiasm.  Please come along and support the children and help to support the beautiful Grand Theatre.