All posts by John Keegan


I am grateful to Jim Williams for the following information which he has provided in respect of the QEStudio project.

This is a matter that is close to my own heart. When I took the 11+ I elected to attend our local Secondary Technical College, rather than our Grammar School. I went on to undertake an apprenticeship, and attend day release and night school. in order to obtain an ONC, HNC, in mechanical engineering. At night school I also took German and became a Probationer of the RIBA and an AMIMechE. I went on to become MD of the very company where I started as an apprentice. QEStudio seems to me, to be a much welcome provision at QES that emulates, in a modern setting, the route that many at the top of British industry followed, years ago.
John Keegan

The new QEStudio Building

“QEStudio gives pupils the option to study technical qualifications, rather than the more traditional academic route that QES offers. QEStudio works closely with professional partners to give pupils the skills they need for the workplace, or for a route into apprenticeships or further education.

Pupils move into QEStudio in Year 10, or Year 12 for 6th Form. QEStudio has been open since September 2017, with classes being taught on the QES site while the new building was being constructed. The new QEStudio building will be completed in the next few weeks and there is an Open Day on Saturday 5th October for anybody interested in seeing the new facilities.

For more information on QEStudio, please see

Select this Link Community Launch Open Day Invitation to open a PDF version of the Invitation to the Open Day Launch

Jim Williams

Speeding in the Village

The Parish Council welcomed our newly elected City Councillor, Stewart  Scothern, to their Monday evening meeting, at which discussions on the vexed subject of the speed of traffic through the village was on the agenda.

Following the meeting, Colin Hall and Stewart have had an interchange of Emails which, hopefully, will progress this topical issue a little further. Colin has kindly provided me with copies of their interchange, which reads as follows:

Wed, 17 Jul 2019, Colin Hall  wrote:
To: Stewart Scothern
From: Colin Hall
Subject: Re: Parish Council meeting Whittington

Morning Stewart
It was good of you to attend Monday evening and I would like to thank you on behalf of the Parish Council.

We are grateful that a line of communication has been established so quickly and look forward to working together in the future.

Colin Hall

Wed, 17 July 2019 Stewart Scothern wrote:
To: Colin Hall
From: Stewart Scothern
Subject: Re: Parish Council meeting Whittington

Thank you for the email. I have just sent an email to the county councillor about attending your meetings and I have also asked her to discuss the issue of the speeding through your village. I have requested a meeting with the appropriate people, your council and myself so we will await the answer from her.

Stewart Scothern 

The Minutes of the proceedings of the meeting will be placed on line at Parish Council Official Documents as soon as they become available.

John Keegan

Track Me!

When you live with, and care for, a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you constantly fight an internal battle between restricting their activities, in order to protect them, and maintaining the normal level of activity, in order to exercise their mental acuity and permit their life style to continue with a degree of normality.

It is sometimes difficult to achieve one aim without impacting on the other. In order to exercise a degree of, unsupervised, activity, a carer feels as though they are relaxing the physical supervision that is called for, with the possibility of harm occurring to the person in their care.

The issue arises as to how a person can be safe when, for example, shopping or merely taking exercise in their immediate neighborhood.

Recently, in order to give me a degree of comfort in these two polarized matters, I bought a personal GPS Tracker that my good wife can hang around her neck, with her spectacles. This device is designed specifically for people suffering various forms of dementia.

Firstly it has a panic button which, when pressed, sends a Text message to, up to, three separate mobile phones. It also enables a two way conversation between the person wearing the device and those phones.

The device can be set up to detect if the wearer has a fall, at which point it will send an appropriate text message once again. One important feature is that the device transmits GPS coordinates to selected smart phones, or a PC or tablet, which displays the wearer’s location on a Google Maps screen.

It is also simple to set up a “Geo-Fence” which is a defined distance (say 100 metres) from the person monitoring the wearer, and send a text message if the wearer goes outside the “Fence” distance. You can activate a “Fall” function which will, once again, send a text message if the device detects that the wearer has sustained a fall, or has not moved for a predetermined period of time.

The device has many more functions, all of which are programmed simply by texting specific codes to it. The unit has a SIM card and communicates through the O2 network managed by GiffGaff.

The device is supplied by Personal GPS Trackers ( and needs a suitable “smartish” mobile phone in order to text instructions to the device, receive text messages from the device, and to display the wearers current location in Google Maps, as well as providing two way verbal communication.

I had a problem setting up the on-line tracking on my PC (and mirrored on my tablet). The companies Customer Services guy, Will, took my problem by the scruff of its neck and had it sorted in two shakes of a lambs tail (we do live among the fells after all). I have nothing but praise for the company and the support it provides.

As Maureen and I increase our familiarity with Alzheimer’s it will be interesting to see to what degree, Maureen’s freedom is aided by this device. Worry not, I will keep you informed.

P.S The device will be putting in an appearance at today’s Coffee Morning in the Village Hall.

John Keegan

Defibrillator Support

At yesterday evenings Parish Council Meeting, Clr Iain Sutherland offered to shoulder the important role of maintaining the Village Defibrillator.

We are grateful to Iain, as it is important that the critical and life-saving support that this device is designed to provide is in full working order when ti use is called upon. – Well done Iain.

At the meeting, the PC also discussed the important quest of trying to find a willing volunteer to become a more local (in the Village) First Responder.

On behalf of the PC and community, I intend to put together information on exactly what is involved and to post this on the Blog. I hope to be able to do that within a few days.

John Keegan – On behalf of the PC