The County Council Elections in May are introducing some changes.
At the 2013 election Arkholme, Gressingham and Whittington were all in the Lancaster Rural East Division. We elected Susie Charles. Our neighbouring Division was Lancaster Rural North, who elected Alyicia James, both representing the Conservative Party. Alycia James ceased to be a County Councillor in September 2016, the seat is currently vacant.
For the 2017 election there have been boundary changes and Arkholme has been moved to the Rural North Division. There are other realignments, which I understand have been introduced in order to better balance the electorates.
The Parishes which now make up Lancaster Rural East are as follows: Burrow-with-Burrow; Cantsfield; Caton-with-Littledale; Claughton; Ellel; Halton-with-Aughton; Hornby-with-Farelton; Ireby; Leck; Melling-with–Wrayton; Over-Wyersdale; Quernmore; Roeburndale; Scotforth; Tatham; Tunstall; Wennington; Whittington; Wray-with-Bolton.
And Lancaster Rural North is: Arkholme-with-Cawood; Carnforth; Nether Kellet; Over Kellet; Priest Hutton; Borwick; Silverdale; Warton; Yealand; Conyers; Yealand Redmayne.
Yesterday I gave no thought to my Irish heritage. Today however I came across, by accident, a memory of the 1994 Eurovision Sing Song Test in Dublin. I still remember how this performance of Riverdance made the hairs stand up on my neck.
Click the image above to watch the original performance.
Simon Raistrick has advised me that we now have High Speed Broadband available via Wi-Fi in the Village Hall.
This is the most excellent News and is something really positive to report in connection with village activities.
Now, on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 onwards , you will be able to have a most excellent glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape play a game of chess on-line with the son of Mikhail Botvinnik (known to his friends as Михаи́л Моисе́евич Ботви́нник) and listen to the romantic yarns of the well practised Whittington Bell Ringers.
Simon tells me that the reach of the Wi-Fi is to the edge of the car park. The Router Identity is: DRG-0EE6 and the Password: 4GYT97X6P1.
John Keegan and I attended the Lancaster Bus User Group meeting at the excellent Carnforth Railway Station Heritage Centre.
In a busy agenda there was a presentation by a company called Glasdon Group Ltd. on their concept design of Bus Shelters. They told us about one such shelter, in Manchester, which cost £30,000 and provided free Wi-Fi connection, a graphic display of the current bus arrival time status and other things that I am sure we would (in happier times) have found most useful in our Bus Shelter.
We took the opportunity to report on the hand constructed fell stone and antique reclaimed timber facility of which we are proud. They were impressed, especially that we had two local notice boards in it.
In an item related to Stagecoach Service Review we were able to expound some of our concepts on the possibility of a review for the old 81A route. This met with a surprisingly warm reception, as it coincided with a possible re-instatement of the 81B route through Wennington, Tatham and Wray, because of the difficulties in those villagers getting to Kirkby Lonsdale. The Chairman had been discussing this with Stagecoach recently.
It was agreed that at the next meeting, on the 11 May in Lancaster, an Agenda item specific to the 81 Service will be included.
It is good to be able to report on a positive reaction. We must encouraged a maximum supporting attendance at this meeting.