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Crash Corner at a new Low

Mike Barr has kindly provided me with recent photo’s taken at Low Hall Corner.

The first records yesterdays event, with a newly arrived police car waiting to investigate the accident. I’m afraid that I know no more than that, at this point in time. However, it appears to be an excess speed event on the blind bend, once again.









The next photo is of the accident that occurred a week or so ago when the Police pursued a white Transit van that had been committing crimes in Bolton-le-Sands, and which finished by diving over the drystone wall on the bend, and burying itself in the field (10ft lower) at Low Hall Farm.

John Keegan (with thanks to Mike Barr)

Good News!!

A man has been arrested and a quantity of suspected stolen goods recovered following a police pursuit today (Wednesday, October 23).

Around 4.50 am a white Ford Transit van was seen travelling in the Bolton-Le-Sands area by police.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which made off at speed towards Kirkby Lonsdale.

The van continued onto Main Street in Whittington where it rolled onto its side, stopping in a field.

A man made off from the vehicle and was later arrested in a nearby barn after being tracked by police dog Apol.

Following an investigation, the van was found to have cloned licence plates and is believed to have been stolen from an address in Bare, Morecambe, at the weekend.

A number of bicycles, gas-powered trial bikes, bolt cutters and tools – all suspected as stolen – were found inside the van.

An 18-year-old man from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and is in custody.

The Parish Council have kindly provided me with a photo of the recent accident (a month or so ago for those who haven’t heard of the event), when I Agricultural tractor, and trailer, overturned on this very corner.

Just imagine what the outcome would have been if this very same corner had been flooded, as it often is.

Dragons Head

We have received an interesting email from an individual who has declared that they are interested in considering the purchase of the Dragons Head. They have asked for the views of the residents of Whittington as to the future of the building. The message is as fellows:

I see that the Dragon’s Head is up for sale again, and having read your blog, there appear to be several opinions on it.

I was wondering if there was any consensus in the village for the conversion of the pub into a house, along with the barn/stable? Currently, it is being offered either as one lot or potentially as 3 lots, of a pub, stable/barn and land with permission for three houses. I am considering a bid on the pub and the barn, with the intention of creating a house from the barn for sale, and converting the pub to a family home for myself.

Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

After such a delay in getting a satisfactory outcome to the niggling issue of the future of the Dragons Head maybe it is about time that the redsidents of Whittington aired their views on the future of the building. So – get commenting!

John Keegan

PC Website

Today, 20th June 2019, is the sad occasion of the last day of the Whittington Parish Council, PCC and Village Hall Website.

Graham Williams and I would like to acknowledge the sterling effort that Jim Williams made, against a tide of lethargy, to make the Site a success. At the time of its inception, I remember two others promising to assist Jim in this task. In the event, no useful contribution was ever forthcoming from them and Jim was left to battle on alone – Not an unknown level of “assistance” in this our village.

When I first, in 2004, constructed my website for the village, it was an act of love for the historical aspects of our community. I make no bones in confessing that it was largely because of the efforts of Gerald Hodgson and his Historical Society, and the work they did in promoting the exploits of the Rev. John Hodgkins and the inventor William Sturgeon.

That site grew at a considerable rate and currently comprises 516 HTML Pages and 420 Images.

In addition to the news, it also carried the PC Minutes, something that I dropped when the 2011 Local Government Act made it obligatory for Parish Councils to make their official documents available on the WWW.

However. In January 2015 I started the Village Blog, Which became an outlet for people to air their, not always welcome, views on matters pertaining to the village. Currently, the Blog averages 18 visitors a day. Maybe not massive, but reading the Blog you would be forgiven for thinking that the number of visitors rarely exceeded three or four.

That single action brought about the first public meeting to be held in the village, other than the Annual Assemblies and Meetings regarding the future of the Dragons Head.  40 people attended the meeting, on the 20 March 2017 which saw the formation of Jims’ PC Website, intended for people to support the PC.

All that remains is for Graham and I to thank Jim for soldiering on alone for the last two years and apologise that the support he was promised never transpired.

John Keegan & Graham Williams (Agitators #1 & #2)