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Gerald’s April Blog

Keen observers of traffic signs will no doubt have noticed the new sign that has been put up at Biggins crossroads at Kirkby Lonsdale again advising HGV drivers not to use their road but I suppose use Church Street at Whittington instead. A similar sign was placed there a few years ago but we eventually persuaded Cumbria Council to remove it so perhaps with a little effort we can do the same thing again, I hear the Parish Council have the matter in hand so let us hope they are successful.

That hard working lady Marjorie Dixon from Harrison’s Farm is 90 years old this week, best wishes for a happy birthday Mrs Dixon from all your friends in the village. Have you been watching the Rooks rebuilding their nests in that large oak tree at Dobby Lane? They really have worked hard and there must be almost twenty nests in the tree this year. They must have reared a lot of young Rooks last year.

There was a break in at the Village Hall last week but fortunately not a lot of damage was done and nothing much was stolen, no money is ever left on the property so really it was a wasted effort on their part but it is not nice to think that people are wandering the village at night looking for things to steal. A truck was broken into at Low Hall and a quantity of hand tools were stolen on the same night so it pays to be vigilant the whole time.

Gerald Hodgson

Gerald’s March Blog

No need to pay to see a lovely snow drop display this year. Just walk up the road towards Moor Brow – the walk will do you good – look over the fence on the left hand side and you will see a beautiful white carpet of snow drops stretching right across the ghyll, a lovely reminder that spring is really here.

The annual charity dance held in January raised £1,015 divided equally between Cancer Care and the Macmillan Nurses charities.

I had a nice little note from Chris Travers who has been clearing up his late sister Bridget’s house. He recalls how the family moved to Arkholme when they bought Cawood View in the nineteen fifties. He was just a schoolboy then, and he loved going for walks with my father when they exercised the dogs at Storrs Hall.

My bird feeders have been very busy this year. They just love the fat balls I have been putting out for them and they are eating two every day at the moment, such a variety of birds and all eating as if there was no tomorrow, so nice to watch them coming and going the whole time.

The next dance in the Village Hall is on Saturday 7 March when Bill Johnston will be providing the music – it will be another good night.

Gerald Hodgson

Planning _ March

15/00001/REF Erection of a 80 metre high wind turbine from ground to blade tip, transformer, substation, temporary construction area, new access track and alterations to existing access arrangements for Mr James Hopkins, Sunny Bank Farm, Kikrby Lonsdale Road, Arkholme, LA6 1BG This appeal is against a refusal of planning permission , comments by 13th March.

Gerald’s Feb Blog

Friend and fellow bowler John Mason is recovering at home after major heart surgery, John was taken ill on a bowling green at Kendal last September and had heart surgery at Blackpool but it is good to know that he is feeling better and managing to have a walk when the weather is nice, so hurry up getting fit again John the bowling season starts in two months time.

David Kenyon tells me he raised £3,767 selling the Lune Valley calendar on behalf of St Johns Hospice and would like to thank everyone who bought one, I thought the photos he collected were very good and a true picture of our villages one hundred years ago.

Congratulations to the ladies who decorated the Church at Christmas it really was beautiful, we spent some time looking at the individual arrangements and wondered at the time and dedication it took to collect and arrange both the flowers and the foliage it really was lovely.

I must inform the Parish Council that the Whittington archives they were discussing do not belong to the Village but are my personal collection that I have put together over the years. 1 want the material to stay in tne village after my time and just wanted to make sure that there is somewhere in the village where it can be kept so that it is available to future generations.

There are two dances this month Dennis Westmorland is playing in Whittington Village Hall on February 7th and the Roe Valley band are here on the 21st. Also best wishes to Jean Dixon, who is in hospital and also Keith Bateson, who are both recovering from operations.

Gerald Hodgson

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