I have now been able to bring some clarity over the title to the land comprising the village tennis court and children’s play area.
Children’s Play Area
The children’s play area is the least complex scenario. On the 31st December 1986 “The Personal Representative of R.C. North, deceased”, Leased the land concerned, for a period of 28 years, to “The Trustees of Whittington Youth and Sports Club”
The Representatives of R.C. North were defined as Susan Hare Kimber and Peter William Trevor Duckworth. The Trustees of the Youth and Sports Club were defined as Sarah Jennifer Blundell, Ruth Mary Mackereth, John David Pinch and Irene Pearson.
The lease was granted on the payment of £5 by the Trustees of the Sports and Youth Club.
As this lease expired on the 31 December 2014 title to the land has now reverted to Newton Hall Estates.
It is accepted that the land comprising the tennis court is formed by one section, at the lane end, which is held in private hands and another which is held in the hands of Trustees who’s identity is to be determined. The following information has been established as a result of a diligent Land Registry Deed Search:
Title (1), at the lane end is registered as LAN27385 and described as: Land Associated with Low Hall, Main Street, Whittington LA6 2NY, being described as Freehold. The area of this Title is 390m2 being 60% of the whole.
- On the 14 February 2006 this land was transferred to the PROPRIETOR: TOM CHARLES LAMBERT and SUSAN ELIZABETH LAMBERT of Brown House, High Street, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 3AB.
Title (2) is registered as LAN64544 and described as Land at Low Hall Farm, Main Street, Whittington (no postcode given). It is also described as Freehold. The area of this Title is 260m2 being 40% of the whole.
- On the 04 February 2008) A Conveyance of the land in this title dated 18 March 1986 made between (1) Geoffrey Garnett Mackereth (Vendor) and (2) Sarah Jennifer Blundell, Ruth Mary Mackereth, John David Pinch and Irene Pearson (Trustees) contains the following covenants:-
- This land excludes the section referred to as a Children’s Play Area.
- On the 04 February 2008 this land was transferred to the PROPRIETOR: ADRIAN WILLIAMS of Tebay House, Main Street, Whittington, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 2NX and ALISON DAWSON of 5 Manor Farm, Church Street, Whittington, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 2NU and KARAN METCALFE of Holme House Farm, Whittington, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 2DG and HELEN MACKERETH of Low Hall Farm, Whittington, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 2NY the trustees of the charity known as The Village Hall Whittington.
Note: Alison Dawson is no longer a Trustee of Whittington Village Hall. How this effects her position as a Trustee of this section of the land is therefore unclear.
Village Hall Trustees
Clearly the Trustees named in the Land Registry are, in total, not the current Trustees of the Village Hall.
As at July 2017 the following people are registered as Trustees of Charity 521355 – Whittington Village Hall:
- Eric Pelter
- Karan Metcalfe
- Barbara Atkinson
- Helen Mackereth
- Andrew Schofield
- Kate Manders
- Simon Raistrick
- Aidrean Williams
- Darren Jones
Why all the Trustees who were current in 2008 were not named in the Title is unclear. How this effects the legal and financial responsibilities of the persons actually named is also unclear.