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Wi-Fi in the village Hall

Simon Raistrick has advised me that we now have High Speed Broadband available via Wi-Fi in the Village Hall.

This is the most excellent News and is something really positive to report in connection with village activities.

Now, on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 onwards , you will be able to have a most excellent glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape play a game of chess on-line with the son of Mikhail Botvinnik and listen to the romantic yarns of the well practised Whittington Bell Ringers.

Simon tells me that the reach of the Wi-Fi is to the edge of the car park. The Router Identity is: DRG-0EE6 and the Password: 4GYT97X6P1.

Good phishing.

John Keegan.


Can I draw your attention to the closing date for the discounted Green Waste collection. The full article is still on the Village Blog: Green Waste on the Village Blog

John Keegan


The Whittington house-to-house Poppy Appeal collection raised £254.22; many thanks to Andrew for his help and also to Jenny our new local area organiser for Hornby and District, the district total was over £2,000 [Phyllis Pinch]; and the collections at the Whittington and Arkholme Christmas services for child-refugee winter survival kits (through 'Embrace the Middle East') came to £466.50, many thanks to everyone who supported this.


Last year to mark the. 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II over 1000 litter collection events took place across the country as part of the "Clean for the Queen ' sponsored event. This included Whittington, where 25 willing volunteers (pluss one horse) collected nearly 20 sacks of roadside litter. It was such a success that many thought it a good idea to do it again this year. So Whittington "Clean 17" has been registered with Keep Britain Tidy and will take place on Saturday llth March. We are looking for volunteers to help pick up discarded litter in Whittington and on the approach roads into the village.

If you can help then we would be delighted to see you at the Village Hall at 0930 that morning; with luck (and numbers) we would hope to clear the village and out to the Parish Boundary by about 1300 when all can then gather back at the Hall for refreshments. Equipment is limited but we have a number of litter pickers and high visibility vests available. Volunteers are asked to come dressed in warm, bright clothing (we are working on public roads - some of which are busy) with stout gloves; if you have your own litter pickers and/or high visibility vests then please bring/wear them. If you can spare a couple of hours that morning to help tidy up the village and surrounding area then it would be great to see you - everyone welcome.


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.

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.


Between the 1st of January and the end of December 2016 there have been 4,458 visitors to this website, with 416 visits, during December. 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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