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Sun 30 Dec 2018
Really sad to hear the news that my all-time favourite comedy actress Dame June Whitfield (November 1925–28 Dec 2018) has died at the age of 93. My first memories of her were on the radio when she played Eth Glum in the 1950s show ‘Take it From Here’. On TV I first remember her as the nurse in the classic Hancock TV programme ‘The Blood Donor’ in 1961. She co-starred in ‘Terry and June’ with Terry Scott from 1979 to 1987. Probably her most famous roll was as Mother/Gran in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ from the 1990s to 2003

Dame June Whitfield (1925-2018)

June Whitfield
On radio appearing in 'Take It From Here' Wallace Eaton, Jimmy Edwards, June Whitfield and Dick Bentley.
Tony Hancock and June Whitfield in 'The Blood Donor' 1961.
Sat  29 Dec 2018
New Year's Honours 2019.
Congratulations to Geraint Thomas MBE For services to Cycling.
MBE is Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Sun  16 Dec 2018
I’ve been delivering and posting out my home made Christmas Cards. Well not totally home made just the photos and design. Newbury Printers (NW) printed them for me. If you didn’t get one here is the front cover.

Christmas Greetings 2018
Fri 14 Dec 2018
A bus ride to Skipton from Gargave and walk back


Skipton & canal
Wed  12 Dec 2018

Moody view of Great Gable and Kirk Fell from Fleetwith Pike, Cumbria
Mon  10 Dec 2018
Comparison photo of Whittle-le-Woods Harriers running team pre WW1 and today

Whittle-le-Woods Harriers

Woodbine Cottage, Waterhouse Green, Whittle-le-Woods
Sun  09 Dec 2018
Sunday morning view of or lovely Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree on Waterhouse Green

Christmas Greetings 2018
Sat  08 Dec 2018
Called at the Newsagents on Chorley Old Road, Whittle-le-Woods to say goodbye. They are closing today for the last time (Sat 8th Dec 2018).

Goodbye to our Newsagents


The British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition is now on at Astley Hall, Chorley to the end of Dec 2018. I called to have a look at the amazing images on a very rainy Saturday. The rain hadn’t put anybody off and the Hall was full of visitors.

Oliver Wright, Damselfly covered in dew, Timble Ings, Yorkshire.

Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hal

Graffiti on the windows

Graffiti on the windows

Oliver Cromwell

Charles I and family

'Fish Stone' outside the hall

Boundary stone seen on my bike ride to Blackburn
Fri  07 Dec 2018
Out for an evening bike ride to photograph the illuminated tree at Riley Green, Hoghton.

Christmas Greetings 2018
Wed  05 Dec 2018
A rainy day didn’t put people off enjoying a great afternoon at the Whittle-le-Woods, Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party in the Village Hall Wed 5th Dec 2018. The guest of honour was Chorley's Mayor Councillor Margaret Lees and Roy her husband Consort.
The entertainment started with a superb performance of Christmas carols sung the local school choir.
A dedicated band of helpers served a sumptuous Christmas meal to our Senior Citizens. It was all funded by the Village Hall Trustees with present for everyone.

Cllr Eric Bell welcomes the mayor


More gravy Mayor?

Dedicated band of helpers

Dedrah Moss (rt) presented a floral tribute to Roy and Margaret

Local School choir
60 years old today! Congratulations to the first section of the M6 Motorway and the first motorway in the UK which is now 60 years old. When opened on 5th Dec 1958 by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan it was called the Preston By-pass. I remember being taken by my Father to watch the construction of the motorway bridge over the A675 at Higher Walton Rd. It was originally just 2 lanes in each direction and the hard shoulder was far from hard. Motorists who had to stop and replace a wheel after a puncture would try and jack up their car only to see the jack sinking into the ground while the car stayed firmly on the ground. Thanks to Steve for reminding me of the birthday. I don’t know who took the photos but a big thank to whoever you are/were.

M6 motorway looking north and the Courtaulds cooling towers at Red Scar Preston. They were demolished in March 1984.

Motorway bridge over the A675 at Higher Walton Rd.

The hawthorn hedge in the central reservation was supposed to prevent cross-over accidents.
Sun  02 Dec 2018
Heavy rain didn’t stop people enjoying the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree lights switch-on today just before 6pm. Crowds gathered on Waterhouse Green, Whittle-le-Woods, to enjoy the various events available. Pupils from local schools turned on the lights while the Brass Band accompanied the singing of Christmas Carols. Mulled wine and mince pies were supplied and we even had a visit from Father Christmas.

The lights are switched on

UK Rose ladies raising money for Rosemere & MIND charities.

Cllr Eric Bell starts the carols

Good job we had a tent to keep the band dry

Father Christmas turned up

The Brass Band, I think it's Brindle

Father Christmas and friends

View from School Brow
Sat  01 Dec 2018
Late afternoon caught bus to Clayton Green for the switching on of Clayton-le-Woods Christmas tree lights just after 18:30. There had been drizzle most of the day and it continued though the early part of the event. Afterwards there was mulled wine, mince pies and pizza at the Lord Nelson. A tent had been erected behind the pub for the catering.

The lights are switched on

Brass Band in the rain

Children singing carols

Brass Band

Mother and Father Christmas

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