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What a day was our Katti-tun Gala 2014

 “Katti-tun” (other spellings probably exist) is the earliest name by which the area was known. It derives from the name of the local chief. “Katti” is apparently the Norse word for “cheerful”.  Although principally a saxon settlement there is strong evidence (eg. the hoard of Viking treasure currently on display in the City Museum) of a Norse presence in this part of the world. This would have been around 800 AD.

       

It was great to see that the cheerful spirit is still present in 2014 with plenty of people ignoring the weather forecast and turning up for what did turn into a rather damp day. Whilst the rain held off we had 4 superb floats sail onto the field, one entirely driven by paddle power, and staying intact for us all to be able to admire the hard work that had gone into their creation. Well done schools, Rainbows and Preschool!

Mr. Chris Hill, our President this year, opened the Gala and crowned the lovely Gala Queen Rebecca, ably assisted by attendants Hannah and Kirsty and page boy Callum.

After the formalities were over we enjoyed the well balanced BMX stunts by the Ben Slinger team. We had a fantastic display of the birds of prey by Ben Potter and bounced along to the the B. Jamba band. The people from the Viking Village took us back in time and made us part of their world. The children let off the last of their steam in the Kiddies Sports. The indoor activities in the BMC tent and the Caton St Paul tent were a welcome refuge during the wetter times of the day.

A huge thank you to all people who provided refreshments, activities and attractions during the day, the feedback from the children was that they have again thoroughly enjoyed their village gala and are anxious to keep it!

       

 

Planning ahead

Committee meetings  take place at the Station Hotel, Caton at 8:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month.

As always, we do require more 'help on the day'. If you can help out in any way, then please get in touch with John Hall.

Where we are                                                            

Caton is a small village, near Lancaster, in the North West of the UK. It is nestled in the Lune Valley, with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, called the 'Bowland Fells' as it's immediate background.

A little further on the horizon are the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. All within easy travelling distance.

Caton Gala takes place on the Sports Field behind the 'Station' Pub. There is ample free parking available in the village but please bear in mind that this is a popular event and you may have to walk a little distance from the car to the field. Caton is on the main bus route from Lancaster to Ingleton.  We are also easily reached by bicycle from Lancaster following the Millennium Park Cycle Route.

        

     

What to expect

Caton Gala is a traditional village festival which takes place on the village sport field on the second Saturday of June each year. It is a value for money fun day out for all the family, gate fee is £4.00 per adult and kids go free (under 14). The day starts at 11.30 with the floats leaving the top of Brookhouse village, arriving at the main field in Caton at 12.00 noon. 

A whole range of refreshments is usually available including hog roast, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, teas, cakes, sandwiches and strawberries / cream. The Farmers Market will also be on the field all day.

Regular features organised by villagers over the past years have included a tombola, dog show, vintage motorbike show, plant sale by the horticultural society, children's races and a craft activities tent, displays by the schools, rifle range, archery, coconut shy and much more. Trade features include fairground, swing boats and a bouncy castle.

Do remember to come in fancy dress and enter the competition - cash prizes to be won!

 

One of the aims of the Gala is to support local good causes. We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with other local bodies we have raised enough funds and  installed a defibrillator for emergency use within the locality.

 

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The area

Caton Village Information
Lancaster Information
Wray Fair
Lune Valley photographs
Caton Community School
Caton St Paul's School
 

 

 

Caton Gala is run by Caton Gala Ltd - a company limited by guarentee

 

 

 

 

 

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last updated June 2014

 

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