Category Archives: General Interest

Shock Resignations

Last nights Annual Meeting of Whittington Parish Council witnessed a momentous change.

I will, shortly, report in depth on the proceedings; however the headline news is that after very many years as Chairman of the Parish Council, Eric Pelter stood down as Chairman, with immediate effect.

He has also resigned as a Parish Councillor.  As a consequence the Parish Council are now looking for a younger person from our community who is prepared to consider the role of Parish Councillor.

Eric’s role as Chairman has been taken by Colin Hall, with Stewart Close as his Vice Chairman.

Undertakings were also given by  Barbara Atkins and Stuart Close, to resign as Parish Councils in a planned manner, in order that the Council can endeavour to find a younger generation of Councillors to represent the electorate.

With the recent retirement of Ted Lawson, and his being replaced by Malcolm Fell (also a Newton resident like Ted) the process of bringing in fresh blood has already begun.

John Keegan

1920’s Kirkby

The filming of “The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle” are spawning masses of photo’s, on Facebook.  The following image,  posted by Damian Atkins, Manager of The Royal Hotel, has impressed me as producing a particularly atmospheric reflection of that period.

No, you can’t leave your house at the moment!

Kirkby Market

For those intending to go to Market Day in Kirkby on Thursday of this week, it will be held in the New Road, No. 2, car park because of the filming of the Voyage of Dr. Doolittle.

This is how the market square looked today.  (Photo’s courtesy of Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market).

Please remember that the vast majority of the town is open as usual with a park and ride scheme in  operation from the Rugby Club to assist visitors.

For Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week all buses arrive and leave from the bus stop at Booths, and do not pass through the Market Square.

I understand that on Wednesday they will be filming a horse chase up Jingling lane, through the Swine Market and passed Ruskin’s View.  A typical Kirkby Wednesday then, but regrettably no Morris Dancers.

John Keegan

Lost Property

The following message was posted on Facebook late on Saturday evening.  If anyone returned from Lancaster on Saturday afternoon and saw the bag on the bus please let me know so that I can contact the owner.

Blake and I went to Lancaster today, 12th of May, 2018. We took the bus from Kirkby Lonsdale to Lancaster at 12:38pm. Everything was fine, we enjoyed our afternoon and got all the things we need but unfortunately Blake left behind his backpack on the bus with his paw patrol sea patroller pup pad vehicle and water bottle (the colour is lighter than the picture) in it and it has a key ring of Blake’ s nursery graduation picture. I am part to blame as I didn’t double check if he got his backpack on before getting off the bus. But anyway, if anyone finds it please pm me or hand it in to any of stagecoach driver or to their office in Lancaster bus station. I already asked about it at their office in Lancaster bus station but it is not there. I will contact them on Monday to check if anyone found it and handed it in. I already bought Blake a new backpack but I am still hoping that he will find his lost bag as it has a sentimental value because it is his bag since he started proper school and he’s got his nursery graduation picture key ring on it. Thank you.
John Keegan – Tel: 015242 73052 –