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

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:


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