Gerald’s October Blog

Best wishes, to Gordon Woodward, who over the years has done so much for the village and especially the Church. Gordon broke his wrist two months ago, and being unable to look after himself, he has spent his time at Saint Wilfrid’s nursing home at Halton. I am sure you will join with me to wish him well, and hope to see him back in the village in the near future.

Arkholme resident Jim Hayton of Bainsbeck Farm is at the moment being cared for at Hornby Nursing home. Jim – who I think will qualify as the oldest resident to have been born and lived in the village all his life – is well respected in the farming community, and is well known for his interest in vintage tractors, and his ability in vintage ploughing matches. Best wishes Jim, hope to see you back home soon.

Another invalid is Margaret Blades of Keer Holme Farm. Margaret had a brain tumour removed in an operation at Preston Hospital ten weeks ago, and is making a very slow recovery, best wishes Margaret from your friends in village.

Photo updated 27 September (when the weather improved)

My apple tree has produced the best crop of fruit this year it has ever had. A lot of the fruit finished as windfalls after last weeks storm, and first the blackbirds came to eat them, and then when the sun returned this week a swarm of red admiral butterflies appeared, and what a beautiful colourful sight they are.

They only appear when the sun is shining so it is a mystery where they go when it rains.

Gerald Hodgson

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