We have received some unexpected but most welcome news. As a result of Duncan Foster’s consultations with Matt Sutton at Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, with the support ofJim Davies at the Lancaster Bus User Group, KLCH will be introducing a new service from 1st May onwards.
Currently, Stagecoach operates a service which leaves Lancaster at 7:45 passing through Arkholme at 8:24 and Whittington at 8:30. This bus only runs Monday to Friday in Term Time.
KLCH will enhance this by providing the same timetable during school holidays and also most importantly on Saturdays (there will still be no Sunday Service).
They will also be running an additional Service which will leave Booths daily at 17:50 arriving Whittington at 17:59 and Arkholme at 18:06. It seems that this will be Mon to Saturday both term time and during school holidays (we still have to confirm that these days are correct).
This latter bus will be in addition to the existing Stagecoach Term Time service which leaves Kirkby at 15:40.
KLCH comment: “We are not aware as yet of what will be happening as regards return tickets and publicity – obviously it would be best if return and period tickets were interavailable, and these journeys included in the Stagecoach leaflet.” As this would require the cooperation of Stagecoach we will have to wait and see.
KLCH have been able to offer this service in order to reposition the vehicles concerned due to the needs of their existing timetable.
Superb work Duncan.
Between the 1st of January and the end of March this year, there were 1,460 visitors to the Whittington website. I would like to thank all of you for your continuing support.
I am including the following item for those people who do not have a Facebook account and therefore may not have seen this on the Kirkby Lonsdale Facebook Page:
Last month Lancaster Council agreed to “mothball” Hornby pool for six months. This means that from Friday 30 March, whilst it will essentially be closed, they are allowing time for the Community to put together a business plan with the aim of opening in September as a Community Trust.
Bob McGachie is running the project and has set up a public meeting for all who have expressed an interest in helping to retain the pool for the community’s use –
The agenda will include –
• Progress to date
• The formation of a Trust
• The process of a “Community Asset Transfer”
• Fund raising
Anybody with any additional items which they may wish to be included please contact me direct
Hornby Village Insitute, Main Street, Hornby LA2 8JR
Thursday, March 30 – 19:00 – 21:00
The following items featured in this months Wagtail, for which we thank Michael Hampson. It would be nice if people who complain that there is never anything positive on this Blog actually posted news of their events or emailed them to the Web Site, otherwise they will not be included until Wagtail is published.
A huge vote of thanks to all those who supported what is now developing into the annual Whittington litter pick on Saturday 11 March. More than twenty intrepid collectors scoured the roadside verges out to the Parish boundary and collected thirty one sacks of refuse, varying from crisp packets and empty cans (who is the secret lager drinker?) to a head torch and carbon monoxide alarm. Thank you also to the ladies who supported us with tea and cakes at the conclusion, to Whittington Parish Council for their support of the event, and to Lancaster City Council Cleansing Department for the loan of equipment and the disposal of our efforts. Please make a note for March 2018 – we would love to see more people next year!
Whittington’s First Sausage, Pie and Beer Festival was a great success, with more than 200 people through the door. We raised £454.60 for St John’s Hospice and £80 for Whittington Village Hall. Steve and Kate Manders would like to thank everyone who came, all the stall holders, and the village hall committee for their support in making it such a good event. We are already planning next years.
Kate and Steve Manders