Annual Parish Assembly

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 Assembly, please can they let Gillian Hodgson (Clerk to the Parish Council – email know by Monday 7th May 2018

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 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

Parish Council Vacancy

Update: Unfortunately, there have been no responses to the upcoming vacancy on the Parish Council. If anyone is interested in the position, please contact Colin at the email below.

Originally published 16th January: One of the Parish Council members is retiring in April and a vacancy will arise. If you would like more information, or are interested in the position, please contact Colin Hall at, or any other Councillor. 

Updated by Jim Williams on behalf of the Parish Council

Anyone for Yoga?

In the continuing battle with dog poo, John Keegan has reproduced a poster which the Parish Council are keen to put up around the village to encourage owners to take care of business. If you have any suggestions for where the signs can be displayed, please let us know.

Yoga for dog owners

On a more positive note; the bin at the end of the Long Walk seems to be successful.

Jim Williams on behalf of the Parish Council

New Bus Timetable

Update from the Lune Bus Action Group

Courtesy of a concerted effort between Lancashire County Council and Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, a new bus service will commence on the 05 March 2018.
The result is a further seven buses per day, Mon to Friday and six on a Saturday, between Kirkby and Lancaster, all of these services passing through Whittington, Arkholme etc.

In the opposite direction, Lancaster to Kirkby, there will be six new buses per day, again all passing along the Arkholme, Whittington bank of the Lune.

This service will be the KLCH 582 and will connect (it is the same vehicle) with the existing KLCH 581 service connecting Skipton and Kirkby.

We believe that the ongoing success of this service will be passenger usage, and that will be enhanced by publicity, with timetables available in Kirkby and Lancaster Bus Station, as well as times posted on the Bus Stop signs in Kirkby.

On the buses

Following the excellent work of John Keegan and Duncan Foster, a new bus service has been announced for Whittington. Congratulations to John and Duncan, and many thanks for your campaign on behalf of the Village.

In addition the the detailed information on Johns blog, Chris Hall has also passed on the following link to a story on the The Bay website.

Defibrillator and first responders

Update: Colin has let us know that an experienced villager has kingly offered their services as a first responder. This is great news. However, additional volunteers are still needed so please consider putting yourself forward if you’re able.

Update: Colin is now in the process of applying for a grant towards a defibrillator for the village. Unfortunately, there has been no response from anybody willing to attend any training. Please, if you could consider becoming a first responder, I’m sure your commitment would be appreciated by everyone in the village.

The Parish Council are actively looking to install a defibrillator in the village for use by first responders. Unfortunately, Whittington only has one first responder and they’re based up near the wood yards and only available at night. The PC is looking for volunteers from the village to attend some free training, so that there are  people in the local community who can make a significant difference in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator (that would be fitted) is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again.  Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur.  An AED is a portable defibrillator especially designed for people with little or no medical background.  When applied to the victim, voice commands and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm.

If you would like more information, or are keen to become a first responder, please contact Colin Hall by email at