We frequently see Sparrow hawks visiting our bird feeders, usually just passing through on what I suspect is a routine sweep of the village. Just occasionally they stop on or near the feeder and if I am lucky I have my camera to hand.We would love to have your photo’s of Whittington and the surrounding area on this blog. Please email them to:
What a happy occasion the Arkholme Pensioners Lunch Club Party was – a very well- cooked traditional Christmas dinner, very neatly served by the school children, followed by some very good carol singing, again by the school children, making it a lovely start to the Christmas season. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise it, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Church carol service was well attended. We love singing those old traditional carols and hearing the Christmas story once again. It brings back so many happy memories of families and days long gone.
I suppose there was a good reason to renew the street lights. It certainly hasn’t improved the quality of illumination. In fact you almost have to shine a torch to see if they are on. The new lights might have worked if the lamp posts had been ten feet taller and the light spread wider. I just think this is progress going backwards.
The next dance in the Village Hall is on Saturday 4 February when Dennis Westmorland is back playing, raising funds for Lupton Church.
It is seventy years this month since the big freeze of 1947. As an eleven year old at Arkholme school, I remember it well All the becks and ponds were frozen as well as the river Lune, lots of snow for sledging, and great fun sliding on the frozen ponds. Not much fun for our parents though, food was scarce, there was a shortage of coal, and every house then was heated by a coal fire. The miners were threatening to go on strike to make matters worse, and the dockers’ were holding up deliveries of fresh food on the docks. We just do not know what it is like to see shops selling food having empty shelves nowadays do we.
A number of references have been made to the Whittington Conservation Area. Megan Atkinson, Conservation Officer, Regeneration and Planning, Lancaster City Council has very kindly provided a map of the actual conservation area.
You will see that the area in which the planned 3 dwellings are proposed to be built are outside the Conservation Area. The “Barn” conversion, on the other hand, is within the area.
We must remember that it is not a “Barn”. It was originally a stable.