Gerald’s December Blog

What a lovely sunny day Remembrance Day was. It was quite pleasant standing around the War Memorial during the minute’s silence and the reading of the names of the fallen.

It reminds us of the debt we owe to those brave men who left our village and never returned.

Best wishes to Alan Airey of Gressingham who was involved in an accident at Carnforth and is recovering from his injuries in Preston Hospital, we hope to see you back home soon Alan.

Have you walked up Hosticle Lane recently? The condition of it is disgusting. It must be the most neglected road in Lancashire. Great lengths of the road surface have disappeared, large stones have fallen out of the retaining walls into the road, and the few drains there is level full of soil. A lot of the hedges are untrimmed, making the lane even narrower. The state of it must be similar to what it was when it was the main drovers’ road from Scotland 150 years ago.

There are dances in the Village Hall on December 21st, and on January 4th which is a supper dance (you need tickets for that one), and January 18th which is the annual cancer charity dance, and finally February 1st when the Bon Accords Scottish band are playing.

A happy Christmas to everyone, best wishes.

Gerald Hodgson

(Wagtail readers will now know that the December edition is the very last one. In future Gerald will forward his “Musings” to me for inclusion on the Blog. At least we in Whittington will not suffer from Hodgson withdrawl syndrome JK)

Thanks for your support.

At last night’s Parish Council meeting the following items were discussed and Cllrs agreed that they should go immediately onto the blog prior to publication of the minutes.

Very many thanks to the Whittington in Bloom volunteers (more than 30 of you) who planted 11,500 spring bulbs around the village on 11 designated sites on 3 weekends, including 250 crocus bulbs in the Churchyard.

Thank you also goes to Mike Barr for his continued voluntary effort to paint the railings on the B6254, it is hoped that next year more volunteers will form a working party for this ‘Forth Bridge’ task.

Cllrs are requesting ideas from parishioners for future village projects that require funding from Parish Council precept eg: hiring equipment for a proposed village sports day event in summer 2020. Answers on a postcard please to any Councillor. (Or comment on this Blog if you prefer and I will pass all comments on the Gillian for circulation among Councillors [JK})

Gillian Newton
Clerk to Whittington Parish Council

Colin Hall – Chairman of our Parish Council, adds his own comments.
At last Monday’s meeting, it was agreed that now PC has a relatively healthy bank balance it would ask, via the blog, if any residents would like to come forward with any sensible suggestions as to how we could allocate, say up to £1,000, to improve the Village. I’m sure you’ll agree many of the past year’s successful activities have either been self-funded or carried out on a voluntary basis thereby contributing to this modest surplus so the PC thought it would give residents an opportunity to have their say.

Incidentally, this is quite separate to the S137 funding (charitable donations) already ring fenced for this year (this as you know includes Air Ambulance, Poppy Appeal, Toddlers Group et al )

I will ask Malcolm, assuming we are comfortable with DPA regs, to do the same with the information he now holds so most people are aware of this funding

Regards

Colin Hall – Chairman Whittington PC.

Te deum laudamus

Te deum laudamus “In God, we praise” our bulbs to raise.

A  big thank you to those who have helped over the last few weeks. Below are a few who made the last final push up at the T Junction at the very top of Church Street, and we have put some crocus near the large Church door behind us.

A very big thank you to all those who helped from 

Caroline and  Simon.