All posts by Graham Williams

Hedgehog table d’hôte

A couple of years ago we had a visiting hedgehog in our garden and in a fit of enthusiasm I purchased a stock of hedgehog food with the inevitable consequence that the hog disappeared.

Sue and I would be deighted to make this food available, free of charge, to any reader who has visiting hogs. Contact me on 73667.

Graham Williams.

Village Communications

What do You Get From This Blog?

John tells me that there is a significant audience which reads his blog, sadly only a few readers take the opportunity to comment.

Some people are aware that Wagtail deals with Parish communication, but while Wagtail is an excellent newsletter it is a Church magazine and covers areas outside Whittington and is therefore not a suitable publication for discussing issues of interest to residents of the civil parish.

So this means that John’s blog is the only form of communication open to everyone in the Parish, and outside if they wish to comment.

If you are concerned about any issue in the Parish or have views on someone else’s post don’t hesitate to air your views through the blog – whether or not you agree. In this way we will secure more participation and improve the nature and influence of the blog.

Graham Williams

Ornithological Exactitude

If I was a believer in ornithology following human traits then I could be forgiven for believing that what we have here is a gathering of the WIW, otherwise known as the WI of the Wing.

They also have much in common with those Coach Tours that disembark in the Market Sq in Kirkby Lonsdale. 40 elderly ladies and two elderly gentlemen disgorge to enjoy the fleshpots of our Market Town

What is it about equality of the sexes that makes us comfortable with all the blokes dying off first?

Graham Williams.

Oyez, Oyez!

As John has noted, I have a passing interest in the issue of effective communication within the Parish.

In order to sustain and develop our community we need organised and effective communication, but who is making an effort to improve communication, indeed a better question might be “Who cares?”.

With their websites, John and Jim Williams make sterling efforts to keep people informed but their sites can only begin to be effective if the information is fed to them, and then only really effective if the information is available to every household in the Parish.

In relation to the first requirement, one only has to look at the “Events” section on Jim’s site, close examination reveals that there is nothing happening in the Village Hall in January.  There can only be two possible reasons for this, either there is nothing happening or the Trustees of the Village Hall don’t see the internet as being of any value in communicating with residents.

The second requirement is more difficult to resolve in that there is no simple way to establish who reads the websites and where they are situated, John has been able to obtain limited information about the visitors to his website.  While it is interesting to discover that his site is accessed from places such as Abu Dhabi, Brazil and Rumania it is impossible to determine which households in the Parish access his site.

More importantly, we do not know which households in the Parish have an active internet connection and if they do, whether they visit John or Jim’s sites.

Sadly, I cannot see a way forward and the Parish Council displays no interest in the question.

Graham Williams.