A couple of years or so before Maureen and I moved to Whittington the Village had a Horticultural Society at which the Hopewell Cup was awarded. Regretfully no images of the cup are available despite the 2016 Competition being for photographic entries.
About the same time not only did the village build a tennis court and a children’s play area, but we also won the First Prize in the Lancashire Village Venture Competition.
Until only a few years ago, each year, we held an Annual Sports Day for the children of the district, followed by afternoon tea in the Village Hall.
Every Tuesday Dave Ridgway provided Pensioners lunches, and opened the Post Office for those pensioners who needed that facility on their weekly visit to the pub.
I remember a number of occasions when we were entertained by Brass Bands in the Village Hall.
And finally – one of a series of campaigns involving The Dragons Head.
And Duncan Fosters nationally famous campaign to do something about our lack of bus services.
What a happy afternoon we had at John Haston’s one hundredth birthday party.
John was in sparkling mood, and was proud to show us his telegram from the Queen, and also one from the Prime Minister – he well deserves them both for all he has done for the community over the years. Being in John’s company has always been a pleasure, we are so lucky to be able to call him a friend.
The Church Heritage Day was a great success – very well attended, and an interesting talk by Andrew White on the history of the Church. I took part of my Whittington archive across so that anyone interested in the history of the village could study the old photographs, the old sale adverts, the paper cuttings, and lots more material I have collected over the years. I am quite willing to lend out any of the folders to any one who would like to study it more deeply. Just call round and tell me which one you would like to borrow and I will be happy to oblige.
We had a great night in the Village Hall dancing to the music provided by The Tartan Sound dance band from Lockerbie. The hall was full of happy dancers just like old times. Today’s youngsters just do not know what they are missing!
At the recent Parish Assembly the condition of the buildings and “play area” alongside the track at Low Hall was raised as an issue of concern. Sadly the Chairman of the Parish Council ruled that the PC was powerless to take any action about the buildings, however he agreed that the title of the land occupied by the defunct play area and tennis court needed to be established, although he also had doubts about the ability of the PC to do anything positive in relation to this land.
The excellent photographs on the village website prompted me to reflect on the condition of other areas of the village and in the process to take these photographs to highlight the extent to which the amenity and attractiveness of the village has declined.
Surprisingly, given the Chairman’s pessimism someone has started to clear up the buildings at Low Hall. It will be interesting to see how far they progress.
Since these photographs were taken a good fairy has made a start by clearing a small area of weeds by the telephone box. More good fairies needed.
Whatever the merits or otherwise of our esteemed City Council’s decision not to grant planning consent we are still left with what is rapidly becoming a decaying eyesore.
I could have included other illustrations but I feel that it would have been unfair on the households in question.
It used to be a pleasure to walk along the long walk
Gate on footpath between Church and Main Street
As John Keegan has pointed out, given the reasons put forward for refusing the Planning Application for the Dragon’s Head, it seems odd that planning permission has been granted for three dwellings and parking for nine cars at the Old School.
Of course the eyesore will remain for the foreseeable future