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Monday 08 May 2017

I recorded this years Parish Annual Assembly. As a consequence I have been able to produce an accurate editorialised account of the proceedings which which I have published on the Village Blog.

You can access the report by clicking On this ANNUAL ASSEMBLY LINK. Unfortunately once again, as at the recent Public Meeting, one particular individual found it necessary to resort to intemperate interjections. I have removed the precise language that was used because it is contrary to the Blog Policy in respect of immoderate language. However I can copy the unabridged MP3 file for anyone prepared to make a small donation to the Village Hall, and lets me have a Memory Stick onto which I can copy the file (size 0.82 GB).

John Keegan


Whittington Heritage Day. Sunday 21 May from 5:00pm
Local Historian Andrew White presents the history of Whittington Church - with it's fifteenth-century tower and nineteenth-century nave on an eleventh century site used for more than eight hundred years. Plus Gerald's Whittington archives, photos, maps, parish registers and more. 5:00pm tea and cakes, 5:30pm Andrew White, 6:00pm wine and savouries. In Whittington Church

Bank Holiday Barbecue. Monday 29 May from 7:00pm
Whittington Village Hall. Bring your own food. The bar will be open.

Race Night. Saturday 24 June 7:30pm
Whittington Village Hall
You can be owner, trainer, jockey or punter. Reserve the daye.


Many thanks to all those who deliver Wagtail round the parishes, and a particular thank you to Eric Pelter, who has delivered more than fifty copies around Whittington each month since Wagtail came into being! Sadly he has now retired and we have had to replace him with three new volunteers. Again, very many thanks to everyone involved.

Sue Kimber.


Sadly news reaches Wagtail that the Vale of Lune Point to Point (Whittington Races) has disbanded – and even sold its equipment – having missed two seasons following flood damage to the course in December 2015.

Whittington Village Hall AGM is in the village hall on Tuesday 9 May at 8pm

Hornby Swimming Pool has been mothballed for six months to allow a local group to try to raise funds to save it. The campaign group is setting up a Community Benefit Society and inviting people to pledge multiples of £25 (the cost of one ‘share’ in the society) to try to save the pool. Send pledges (no money at this stage) to or 01524 805666, or come along to a public meeting at Hornby Institute to find out more at 7pm on Monday 15 May.

Whittington Parish Council held a special open meeting on Monday 6 March. Present were five Parish Councillors, the clerk, and forty-two members of the public. The Chairperson put the motion to parishioners that "This Parish Meeting confirms its support of the Parish Council and the decisions made over the past 24 months". Various views and issues were put forward by parishioners and discussed at length. Support from parishioners was accepted with regard to fiscal maintenance, an official Whittington Village website being established, and improvement in communication and minute taking. The motion was carried with 39 votes in favour, one against, and two abstentions. The open meeting was closed and a Parish Council meeting followed.

Councillors discussed alleged speeding of vehicles through the village. It was clarified that the increase in precept was not specifically for a Speed Indicator Device, and more information was needed. The Town Quarry gate has been repaired and the posts replaced. The litter-pick had been a success. There was still a dog-mess problem on public footpaths. Flytipping, potholes, water rising from a manhole, and the state of Hosticle Lane, were all reported to FixMyStreet. One bench repair was complete and another was pending. The meeting was adjourned, and continued on Wednesday 29 March, when plans were advanced for a new Parish Council website for the village. The future of bus service 81A is still undecided by Stagecoach, but Kirby Lonsdale Coaches may be proposing an alternative service – details to be confirmed. Councillors made a grant of £50 to Wagtail parish magazine. The planning application for development behind the Dragons Head had been refused again; the application concerning the Old School was awaiting a decision. Next meeting Annual Parish Meeting 7pm on Monday 8 May, then Annual General Meeting 7pm on Monday 15 May.


1st. - Manon Ogden - £20
2nd. - Mike Barr - £10
3rd. - Daisy Blackburn - £5


Contacts for the Village Hall:
Ring Karan Metcalfe on 015242 71287 to book your special event.
Ring Eric Pelter on 015242 71103 to make an appointment to view.
Now available for: Weddings, Birthday Parties, Funeral Teas, Seminars And any other functions.
Rates £12.50 per hour, for Organizations outside Whittington and Newton. Individuals and Organizations in Whittington and Newton, £10.00 per hour.

Contacts for the Parish Council:
The contact details for Parish Councillors, and the Parish Clerk, are maintained by Lancaster City Council.
There are Links to both the Minutes of Meetings and the Parish Councillors, accessed by using the Drop Down "Parish Council"
Menu at the head of this page.

Parish Council Meetings Dates:
Annual Parish Assembly - 08 May 2017.
PC AGM - 15 May 2017 followed by PC Meeting.
PC Meetings - 19 July, 18 September, 20 November.

Village Hall weekly Social Evening:
Whilst there is no Pub in the village at the moment, the Village Hall is open on Tuesday evenings.
The bar is staffed by volunteers and open from 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

Wi-Fi is now available in the Village Hall. The Router Identity is: DRG-0EE6 and the Password: 4GYT97X6P1.


To the end of April of this year there have been 1,858 visitors to this website with 952 in April alone. I would like to thank all of you for your continuing support.

John Keegan


The next edition of Wagtail is the March 2017 edition. Please ensure that information about events are with the Editor by the 19th of the preceding month. Please send material for Wagtail as an attachment by Email to
Michael Hampson - Editor

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