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Gerald’s November Blog

What a wonderful autumn we have had. The begonias and geraniums are still flowering outside, not a touch of frost yet, the ash trees are turning a lovely pale yellow and the beech, sycamore and chestnut trees are going a beautiful golden shade. Almost November and the grass is still growing. We have been so lucky – it will be Christmas before we know where we are at.

Keith Bateson who died last month was, I believe, the last pupil to attend Whittington school all his school life. He was born at The Malt Kiln where his parents were living with Clara Hodgson. The family moved to Docker Lane when those houses were first built and he has lived there ever since. Keith started work at Whittington Hall as an apprentice gardener after leaving school, first for the Howarth family, then the Greenwoods, and finally for Lord Reay. The gardens were always beautiful, a tribute to all his hard work, and the bedding plants and lawns were always well tended and tidy – a large task for someone working on their own. As Lord Reay said at Keith’s funeral, his will be a hard act to follow, and the gardens will be a legacy to Keith’s memory.

Has no one any pride in our lovely old village? Our road side verges have never been cut this year. Two parish seats are hidden in the long grass, the antique village sign is still laying at a drunken angle in the hedge side, and the bus shelter is slowly filling up with dead leaves. What on earth will people passing through the village think?

Gerald Hodgson

Planning – September

15/00876/FUL Installation of arrays of 2.7 metre high PV panels, underground cabling, inverter and transformer cabinets, control room, 2 metre high deer proof fencing and CCTV mounted on 3.5 metre high masts, together with construction of internal access roads to form a solar farm for Mr Alexander Miejimolie, Delta Solar OPDE, land north of Saddler Nook Lane, Whittington. Permission granted with conditions.

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, Kirkby Lonsdale Road, Arkholme, LA6 1BG This appeal is against a refusal of planning permission. Refused

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