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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
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!
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
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.
Click here for participation and contact details
Click here for pictures of Caton Gala 2014
Caton Village Information
Lune Valley photographs
Caton Gala is run by Caton Gala Ltd - a company limited by guarentee
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