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GERALD’S APRIL 2016 BLOG

(Continuing the series on memories of Arkholme)

Moving down Arkholme Main Street, the Williams family lived at Goss House. Mr Williams was a road man, and later worked on the railway.

Across the road was the tennis court that belonged to Mr Hopewell who lived at Cawood View. He sold the court as a building plot when he left the village.

The Metcalfe family lived at Reading Room Cottage. A room at this house had been used as a men’s communal room where many of the young men in the village could meet to read the daily newspapers and weekly magazines that were supplied. This facility moved to the new Parish Hall when it was built in 1927, and continued till it closed in 1962.

Mr Woodhouse was the Parson. He lived with his sister at the Vicarage. There the Kings Messengers used to meet in the upstairs room where Miss Woodhouse gave us scripture lessons.

The Bainbridge family and then the Bainses farmed Carus farm. They had the first tractor that came to the village – an old Standard Fordson.

Jack Ireland lived at Cross House. He was the other basket maker. He made large hampers for the Lancashire cotton mills and the laundry industry.

The Reads lived at Ferry cottage. Mr Read was employed to make sure there was no one fishing illegally. The family also ran the ferry boat for travellers wishing to cross the river to Melling.

On Station Road the Robinson family had the Nursery gardens where they grew tomatoes in summer and chrysanthemums later in tne year employing two or three young people to help with the work.

The station was a busy place with a station master, two porters, a signalman, and the plate layers who inspected and repaired the track on a daily basis, walking from the viaduct to Borwick and back each day.

My father was head gardener at Storrs Hall, and during the war he helped form and run the local Home Guard Platoon. He was also a founder member of the Parish Hall Committee and treasurer of The Trinity Sports for a number of years.

Please bear with me if I have got some of my facts wrong – they are all just memories and we all get confused at times. I am sure old friends will get in touch and put me right on the mistakes I have made.

Loyn Bridge re-opens

The bridge is finally open.  A County Council representative reports

“We still have work to do in the river to create the best conditions for the. In doing so we also need to undertake some work to protect the North East bank to stabilise it, but our work will be focused on the protection.

It is worth noting that there may be localised delays during the ensuing period as we receive deliveries and plant to the site but the road will be open. Apologies for delays but not everything has been within our control”

Parish Council Message

Stagecoach Bus Service to Arkholme, Gressingham and Whittington

As a consequence of the removal of bus subsidies by Lancashire County Council there will be no buses through the Parishes, other than school services, with effect from the beginning of April.

There have been discussions between representatives of the three Parish Councils in an attempt to get this decision reversed, but sadly these have failed.

The parishes have also considered the option of running some form of jointly subsidised transport to serve the villages.

For such a service to be operated there would need to be a formal agreement between the parishes about the how it would be managed and funded.

Any funding would have to come from the Parish Precept portion of your Council Tax. Unfortunately, by the time the County Council and Stagecoach had reached the decision to abandon the service the Precept had already been set for the year 2016/17.

This means that even if we reach an agreement nothing could be implemented before April of next year.

Because of the potential costs involved, it is recognised that residents would need to be fully informed about the cost implications of any proposal so that their opinions could be taken into account before a final decision was reached.

Councillor Colin Hall
On behalf of Whittington Parish Council

GERALD’S MARCH 2016 BLOG

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 (whittingtonvillage.org.uk), 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.

GERALD

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