Category Archives: News & Opinions

Whittington Point to Point

I am grateful for the following information from William Nightingale:

“Further to your postings here I have today (14th April 2017) seen a posting on a Point To Point page on Facebook which advertises as For Sale various fences and other equipment used on the the course and Whittington. The advertiser states that the Vale of Lune Point to Point Committee are selling off the items as the Vale of Lune Point to Point has been disbanded.
It would appear the course will no longer be used.

William Nightingale

Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire

We have received some unexpected but most welcome news.  As a result of Duncan Foster’s consultations with Matt Sutton at Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, with the support ofJim Davies at the Lancaster Bus User Group, KLCH will be introducing a new service from 1st May onwards.

Currently, Stagecoach operates a service which leaves Lancaster at 7:45 passing through Arkholme at 8:24 and Whittington at 8:30.  This bus only runs Monday to Friday in Term Time.

KLCH will enhance this by providing the same timetable during school holidays and also most importantly on Saturdays (there will still be no Sunday Service).

They will also be running an additional Service which will leave Booths daily at 17:50 arriving Whittington at 17:59 and Arkholme at 18:06.  It seems that this will be Mon to Saturday both term time and during school holidays (we still have to confirm that these days are correct).

This latter bus will be in addition to the existing Stagecoach Term Time service which leaves Kirkby at 15:40.

KLCH comment: “We are not aware as yet of what will be happening as regards return tickets and publicity – obviously it would be best if return and period tickets were interavailable, and these journeys included in the Stagecoach leaflet.”  As this would require the cooperation of Stagecoach we will have to wait and see.

KLCH have been able to offer this service in order to reposition the vehicles concerned due to the needs of their existing timetable.

Superb work Duncan.

John Keegan

Save Hornby Pool

I am including the following item for those people who do not have a Facebook account and therefore may not have seen this on the Kirkby Lonsdale Facebook Page:

Last month Lancaster Council agreed to “mothball” Hornby pool for six months. This means that from Friday 30 March, whilst it will essentially be closed, they are allowing time for the Community to put together a business plan with the aim of opening in September as a Community Trust.

Bob McGachie is running the project and has set up a public meeting for all who have expressed an interest in helping to retain the pool for the community’s use –

The agenda will include –
• Progress to date
• The formation of a Trust
• The process of a “Community Asset Transfer”
• Timetable
• Fund raising

Anybody with any additional items which they may wish to be included please contact me direct
All welcome

Hornby Village Insitute, Main Street, Hornby LA2 8JR
Thursday, March 30 – 19:00 – 21:00

Gressingham SpID

A report, in Wagtail our Parish Magazine, on the proceedings of Gressingham Parish Council, throws new light on the intentions of that PC in respect of the use of a SpID.  The Wagtail report says:

“Caton Parish Council has kindly agreed to allow Gressingham to share one of Caton’s Speed Indicator Devices, (SpID) signs; this will be used periodically on the main road at both ends of the village.”

We had already reported earlier in this Blog that Lancashire Highways Department had installed a suitable plate on existing poles in Gressingham, to which a SpID could be fitted.