Sri Lanka Slideshow & Talk

Friday 11th May at 7:30 pm at Whittington Village Hall£3.00, with all proceeds going to Whittington Village Hall
 
During a six week visit to Sri Lanka earlier this year I tried to trace my father’s time there during World War II through a series of old black and white photos and postcards.
 
Throughout that journey Virginia and I explored the country’s wildlife sanctuaries, cave temples, ancient monuments, tea plantations, colonial heritage, war graves and (of course) its beaches. We met survivors of the 2004 Tsunami and the 25 year civil war that raged in that country.
 
I hope this talk will give a good insight in to Sri Lanka’s cultural history, wildlife and visitor attractions. Failing that there should be some artistic merit in some of the photography.
 
It would be great if you could make it to this fundraiser for the village hall. If you are likely to come could you let me know (it will help to decide how many seats to put out) by email to robinpritchard57@gmail.com
 
Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Robin Pritchard

Annual Parish Meeting

Further Update: the correct name for the Assembly is Meeting so this has now been updated to the Annual Parish Meeting. Also, the date has been changed to Monday 30th April at 7:00 pm.

Update: a further plea from the Parish Council for agenda items for the Parish Meeting. Last year there were no items on the agenda – it would be a shame if this were the case again.

Original post: The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Monday 21st May 2018 at 6:45 pm. This is an open public meeting and will be followed by the Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm and then a Parish Council Meeting.

If any parishioners have agenda items for the Parish Meeting, please can they let Gillian Hodgson (Clerk to the Parish Council – email gillianhodgson6@gmail.com). 

Consultation on proposed changes to disabled person’s NoWcard scheme

Like many councils across the country, Lancashire County Council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge due to continued funding cuts by Government, rising costs and rising demand for the services we provide.

We are committed to providing the best services we can to the people of Lancashire, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities. However, the council’s financial position remains extremely challenging, with a forecasted funding gap of £144m in 2021/22. Because of this, we still need to make some difficult decisions in order to make further savings.

We operate the mandatory English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). In Lancashire this scheme is called NoWcard.

The NoWcard scheme allows free bus travel (and free travel on Blackpool Tramway to Wyre residents) for NoWcard pass holders from Mondays to Fridays between 9.30am and 11pm and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

At our discretion, the scheme also allows holders of a disabled person’s NoWcard to travel at a 50p flat fare on journeys on local bus/tram services that begin before 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays.

On 18 January 2018 the county council’s Cabinet agreed to consult on proposals to increase this charge from 50p to £1 and we would like to hear your views.

You can give us your views be completing the online questionnaire at www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

If you have problems opening the above link please cut and paste the following link into the address bar at the top of your web browser:

http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/consultation/responses/response.asp?ID=345.

The eight week consultation runs from Monday 26 March to Monday 21 May 2018.

Thank you for your time.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of the Lancashire Association of Local Councils

British Heart Foundation – First Step

Welcome and thank you for joining us.     

At the British Heart Foundation we have a vision to transform the UK into a nation of life savers. A country where everyone knows how to save a life. By applying for a defibrillator and CPR training kit you are playing an important role in this vision.      

Your defibrillator

Your defibrillator will be sent to you once we have received your £600 contribution. You can read more about the best way to use and maintain it in this guide.

We also have a short video which shows you how to use a defibrillator. Why not take a look and share with other people in your community – then you’ll have everything needed to arm people with the skills that might mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.

Your CPR kit

Your CPR training kit will also be sent once we’ve received your £600 contribution. As soon as it arrives, you’ll have everything you need to train the people in your community in life saving CPR skills.

If someone goes into cardiac arrest, starting CPR and using a defibrillator will give them the best chance of survival. This is why we’re sending you a CPR training kit, along with your defibrillator – so you and your community are prepared if the worst should happen.       

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Gillian Hodgson

Roadside Railings

Following a new directive from Brussels, the Health & Safety Executive have recommended that, wherever possible, bright colours are used draw attention to hazards. With this in mind, the Parish Council have decided to use a range of DayGlo colours on the various iron railings around the Parish.

The Parish Council would like the decision on which colour to use to be made by Parishioners. The Village Blog has a graphic of the available colours and it would be very useful if Parishioners could air their views on the Blog so that the Council can make a democratic decision. 

Please note; some of the colours (Yellow, Orange, and Green -see above) are also available in a florescent finish. It’s anticipated that these will be the most popular choices, so a very quick decision is required – ideally by lunchtime today. 

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Cllr. Colin Hall

Keeping Whittington Tidy

Following the news that Mike Redmond couldn’t coordinate this years litter pick, Jeff Eaman stepped up and sent to word out to ex B4RN volunteers, and anybody else who wanted to help.

Despite a smaller workforce than normal, over 30 bags of rubbish were collected over a two-day period. Well done to you all.

Litter Pickers

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Cllr. Colin Hall.

Morecambe Area Police Warning

If you live in Arkholme, Silverdale, Whittington or Capernwray then please read on (or you know someone who does…….then please SHARE.) Since the 16th of this month we have had 4 burglaries and 1 theft offence across these areas. The offenders would appear to be looking for quad bikes, plant equipment and diesel. If you have such things on your property then please can we ask that you keep an eye out for any suspicious and make sure that CCTV, security lights etc etc are working and everything is LOCKED. If you see a crime in progress then ring us on 999, anything suspicious or info that may assist us then 101 or 01524 596986 or email us on Morecambe.npt@lancashire.pnn.police.uk. We will be putting more bobbies up in these areas to try and prevent any further…………..thanks !!

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Morecambe Area Police

Annual Litter Pick

As many of you will know, Mike Redmond has successfully organised a litter pick in the parish for the last two years.

Unfortunately, Mike is unable to do so this year but, coincidentally, we have been approached by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ who are running a similar National incentive in March.

Bin bags have been ordered in anticipation of the event but what is really needed is someone to organise it. Obviously this is a big ask, as Mike did such a great job, although hopefully someone will be interested in taking on the role. If you’d like more information, please get in touch, or speak to Colin Hall.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council – Colin Hall

Dog poo bin declared ‘open for business’!

Update: Colin has been in contact to say that the bin is a great success. The Long Walk is much improved and the bin is being regularly used and emptied. Colin intends to suggest another purchase at the next Whittington Parish Council meeting.

Original Post: Colin Hall has let us know that the Chairman of the Parish Council (Eric Pelter) has officially opened the long-awaited, and first of many, dog poo bin. After a short speech the ribbon was cut and the bin was christened by Simon Raistrick (on behalf of his dog).

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council – Colin Hall

Pancake Party

The annual Pancake Party will be in the Village Hall on Tuesday 13th February, starting at 6pm till around 7:30pm. This is a free event and normally proves to be very popular.

Mmm… lovely!

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Colin Hall