World War One Centenary

On the 11th November, at 7pm, by kind permission of Steve and Karen Metcalf, a beacon will be lit to commemorate the ending of World War One 100 years ago.

The beacon will be one of over two thousand, to be lit simultaneously across the country. Our previous two beacons were recognised as the brightest in the Lune Valley, so this should be a real spectacle.

In addition to the Beacon, there will be a barbecue, raffle, and free bar at Sellet Hall, with proceeds or donations possibly going to ‘Help the Heroes’.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Colin Hall

Defibrillator Update

Great news! The defibrillator, located at the Village Hall, is now registered and fully operational. An official unveiling will take place at a later date.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Colin Hall

Whittington Heritage Day

There will be a Heritage Day event at Whittington Church on Sunday 10th June, starting at 5:00pm. 

There will be an illustrated talk by Maurice Steele on farm and village life and Gerald will also have a display of some of his historic photos of Whittington. There will be refreshments, including wine, after the event. 

The Heritage Day last year was a very successful and this year’s event should prove popular again.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council

National Rural Crime Survey

Clive Grunshaw, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, is conducting a survey of the sorts of crime that people in rural areas are experiencing. He’s also interested in whether they are reporting crimes to the police, as well has how they want to engage.

If you would like to complete the survey, please go to http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/2018survey/

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner

Parish Council Vacancy

After many years of loyal service, Eric Pelter has retired from the Parish Council. Naturally, this has created a vacancy. If anyone would be interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact Colin Hall for more information; you can email him at Sellethall@hotmail.com

Update: John Keegan has kindly put a couple of key documents on his blog that may be useful to interested parties:

The Good Councillor’s Guide
Whittington Code of Conduct

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council

Your Mile Your Way – Friday 18th May 2018

Public Health, Lancashire County Council is leading a health week/day ‘Your Mile Your Way’ event on Friday 18th May 2018. As part of an initiative to get everybody up and active, the challenge for the citizens of Lancashire is to walk, run, swim, dance, bounce, bike, skate, row, cartwheel, skip or jump around the world in a day (this equates to 24,901 miles).

We want to encourage children, young people, adults, older people and families to help reach the target of 24,901 mile in one day. Pledges to walk a mile in any way can be made in the Your Mile Your Way website (http://www.yourmileyourway.co.uk) which also has a list of exciting activities taking place in your area during the week commencing 14th May 2018.

The Your Mile Your Way health event is to ultimately promote the uptake of physical activity in any shape or form. The health benefits in taking up physical activity has multiple benefits. Some of these include:

  • Reduces risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%
  • Improves the chances to live longer
  • Improves physical, mental health and mood
  • Improves ability to do daily activities and prevents falls

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Hira Miah, Public Health Practitioner, Lancashire County Council

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