All posts by John Keegan

On the Back Foot

Football commentators who use the expression “on the front foot” really annoy me. There is no”front foot” only a “back foot”. Being caught on the back foot means to be at a disadvantage. There is no advantage, or anything else, to being on the front foot, it’s meaningless. – So there (dummy spat out)

Sachin Tendulker at the crease.
John Keegan

Gerald’s June Musings

I must first apologise to David Airey of West Hall farm, for it was David who turned out after the last heavy snow fall in March, and gritted the whole length of Church Street, making travelling so much easier for us all. Thank you David, it was much appreciated.

The swallows did finally return on May 18th. Stuart Close saw them at Docker Hall on the 20th, and the house martins on May 1st. There are far fewer than in previous years, and it was only today May 17th that I saw the first one flying around the Church Tower.

It seems that the flying insects they feed on are getting fewer. Our modern lifestyles must be responsible in some way. It is such a shame how many varieties of birds have disappeared locally in my life time.

The next dance in the Village Hall is on Saturday 2 June when the music for dancing will be played by the Scottish band Tartan Sound. Another good night guaranteed.

Part of my Whittington Archive will be on display in the Church on Sunday 10 June. Come along and see what the village was like in days gone by.

Gerald Hodgson

Parish Council Vacany

As a result of the  resignation of Eric Pelter from the Parish Council, at Monday’s Annual Parish Council Meeting, there is now a vacancy for someone to step up and immerse themselves in the role of determining the direction our village takes in the future.

Eric’s resignation is part of a planned campaign, by the PC, to inject new, and hopefully younger, blood into the PC affairs to reflect the changing circumstances of the 21st Century, together with the impact the digital environment is having on all our lives.

As a guide to what is involved you can peruse the attached Good Councillors Guide – and the Whittington Code of Conduct.

Anyone interested can contact the Chairman of the Parish Council, Colin Hall, via email at: Sellethall@hotmail.com.

John Keegan – on behalf of Whittington Parish Council