I have been asked to remind everyone that the Whittington Annual Litter Pick will commence at 9:15 am, for a couple of hours, this coming Saturday 23 March. Meet at the Village Hall.
I am assured that the weather forecast for Saturday is a light breeze and sunny intervals, NO RAIN.
I am also reminded that there will be tasty refreshments on offer.
The organisers take no responsibility if the “tasty refreshments” bear no relationship to the image above.
This is the fourth annual gathering ably organised by the Brigadier. Let’s ensure a great atmosphere on this occasion once again. All equipment will be provided, as well as refreshments, at the village hall.
Last year over 100 black bin liners of rubbish were collected from the Highways and byways of Whittington so this is a very worthwhile event from which the village truly benefits.
John Keegan on behalf of the Whittington Community.
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER.———–
David Reed, to demonstrate, present and indeed elaborate on our defibrillator now situate on the Village Hall front elevation
The venue is the Village Hall
Date January 10th (Thursday) 2019
Start time 7.30pm
Refreshments at halftime.
As John has noted, I have a passing interest in the issue of effective communication within the Parish.
In order to sustain and develop our community we need organised and effective communication, but who is making an effort to improve communication, indeed a better question might be “Who cares?”.
With their websites, John and Jim Williams make sterling efforts to keep people informed but their sites can only begin to be effective if the information is fed to them, and then only really effective if the information is available to every household in the Parish.
In relation to the first requirement, one only has to look at the “Events” section on Jim’s site, close examination reveals that there is nothing happening in the Village Hall in January. There can only be two possible reasons for this, either there is nothing happening or the Trustees of the Village Hall don’t see the internet as being of any value in communicating with residents.
The second requirement is more difficult to resolve in that there is no simple way to establish who reads the websites and where they are situated, John has been able to obtain limited information about the visitors to his website. While it is interesting to discover that his site is accessed from places such as Abu Dhabi, Brazil and Rumania it is impossible to determine which households in the Parish access his site.
More importantly, we do not know which households in the Parish have an active internet connection and if they do, whether they visit John or Jim’s sites.
Sadly, I cannot see a way forward and the Parish Council displays no interest in the question.
I sometimes think that the question of communication must be the hardest concept to grasp because everyone has a full understanding of what is meant by the word and assumes that everyone else has the same understanding!
Communication within our parish is, to say the least, fragmented and sporadic.
John maintains this website and there is the official village website maintained by Jim Williams but as we have no knowledge of which households view these sites they can hardly be described as an effective method of communication.
This is no reflection on the people who maintain the websites, they can only display what they receive and as the “Events” section of Jim’s website shows either the Village Hall is totally inactive or the people who run or use the Village Hall see no advantage in using his website to publicise their activities.
There can be no understanding of how much the community makes use of the two websites unless readers indicate that they have visited a site by leaving a simple comment. I believe that there is reluctance from some residents to let it be known that they make use of the sites, perhaps John and Jim can devise a way for readers to communicate anonymously.