The rooks are busy building their nests, the hedges are just showing green shoots, and the daffodils have started flowering. Still some snow on Ingleborough – but what a lovely time of the year. Keep watching for the first swallows, they should be here before too long.

My old school friend John Mackereth passed on last month. John was the third generation of the Mackereth family to have farmed Gowan Hall farm. The large attendance at his funeral just showed how well thought of he was in the local community. He and his wife Florence were loyal supporters at many local events, and we always had a long chat whenever we met. We always had so many memories of our younger days to talk about. Our good wishes go to Florence and her family.

The annual Charity Dance held on 5 March 5 raised £1,290 which will be divided between Macmillan Nurses, Cancer Care, and Saint John’s Hospice.

Well done the litter pickers – the roads look a lot tidier. What a pity people still throw litter out of their cars instead of taking it home.

If you want a good laugh go to the village web site (, click on history, then the Hodgson Archives. Read about the court case over a duck, the feud between two blacksmiths over who makes the best plough, and the life and times of the good ship Whittington, owned by Mr Greene of Whittington Hall, built at Glasson Dock, and lost without trace between America and Ireland; also the tragic death of a young blacksmith who died when a horse he was shoeing kicked him in his chest.

I will continue my memories of Arkholme next month.


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