Bird Flu and Registering Your
Chickens (21st Nov 2014)
||You must all know about the recent and
local bird-flu outbreak. Because of this, if you have more than 50
chickens, ducks, geese etc you must register with DEFRA. If you have
less than 50, you can still register voluntarily, so that DEFRA can
contact you if there are any problems in your area.
You can register online via the DEFRA website - click
here - or by phone by phone or post (details also on the
Broadband Internet in the
Village (20th Nov 2014)
|We would all like a faster internet service to the
village, depending on what use you have for it, it is, at present,
pretty/chronically slow. We may 'soon' have two options (holding of
breath no recommended for either!).
1 - Quickine (remember them?) have been given permision to erect a
transmitter mast on the proposed windfarm extension. This would
linclude a means of transmitting a signal that does not require
'line of sight'. Obviously Energikontor allowing this is a bit of a
bribe to appease the villagers over the windfarm extension, common
practice, take it as you will. Obviously this is contingent on the
widnfarm extension being passed (the decision should be made in the
New Year). Planning permsion for hhe windfarm extension is in the
balance, certainly no foregone conclusion, hence the same for
2 - BT will apparently have a high speed fibre cable to the
Aldbrough exchange by December this year, click
here to see some offical confirmation of his.. This in itself
may well improve supply to Witherwick but more importantly, it
would not require a great effort to extend the cable to our village,
we are the next biggest place nearest to Aldbrough.
Obviously neither option is going to come about in a rush, and it is
up to you all as to which you should put your faith in, but at least
we may now have a little hope.
Burgularies in the village
(5th Nov 2014)
A week or so ago a garage in the village was broken into ans some
valuable items taken. One of the many reasons we love living in
Withernwick is that we see it as a safe, secure and crime-free place
to live. For the most part this is true, but as this recent event
shows we cannot afford to be complacent. The problems does at
present seem to be confined to garages and probably moreso those
that are of a secluded nature but we must all be vigilant about any
unusual or suspicious activities, any where in the village or
surrounding areas that we see and report them to the police. Also do
ensure that your garages and all buildings on your propety are as
secure as they can be, this will help deter most criminals. All burgularies
in the village are thankfully rare and may be down to opportunists or more organised criminals,
whichever thay are we must show that they are not welcome in
St Alban's roof is in need of
complete rebuilding - needs your help (28th Oct
||The roof of St Alban's church is in
need of complete rebuilding. As you might guess this will not be
cheap even if the present slates are reused. It may look in good
condition but much of the trouble is hidden.
There will be a lot of fund raising to help with this, so 50% of
money from year's Christmas Fair will go towards the repairs, so
come along, have some fun and spend a little. There is a 100 Square
raffle in Blodies at £1 per square, so call in and buy one.
Other repairs also need doing so we are planning a Plaster Scraping
Party on Sat 22nd November, at 9.30am, so bring along your scrapers
and wire brushes.
St Alban's is an important part of our community, help in any way
Graham Stuart MP Cycles Through the Village for
Defribrillators (23rd Sept 2014)
||On 23rd Sept 2014, our local MP,
Graham Stuart made a brief stop in the village. He is cycling around
east Yorkshire promoting the idea that every village should have a
defribrillator. If we can afford one, it was suugested storing it in
the phone box on Main Street, in a locked box protected by a code.
Villagers would then be trained to use it. Click
here for a larger photo.
He was met by villagers Dawn Dickinson, Margaret Mann, Lindsey Johns,
Richard Johns and Paul Boyle.
here to visit Graham's website which will tell you more
Ironing Services in Withernwick
(26th Aug 2014)
Fed up with piles of ironing, if
you're working or have a family, you may not have the time to do
your ironing to your own standards. If any of this is the case, you
can turn to a local Withernwick service.
Please ring Suzanne on 01964 527989 or mobile 07913 244530
Get a large basket of ironing done for only £20.
Roundhouse Spining at Rise (26th Aug 2014)
||If anyone out there loves knitting and
wants to earn a bit of cash. Well the Roundhouse Spinning at Rise
requires people to knit items from hand spun yarns, mainly small
items such as hats, gloves, scarves, baby wear etc.
If you are interested you must be a non-smoker. So if interested
please ring Pat Myers on 01964 562946 or vist the Roundhouse website
- click here.
Website Reaches 50000 Hits
(2nd Aug 2014)
|Not many people probably notice the little
hit-counter at the bottom of the Homepage, but on the 2nd August
2014 it ticked over to 50000. The website was first created in Dec
2009, so it has taken just under 6 years to achieve this milestone.
These hits are genuine, reflecting actual hits. This is an average
of about 8500 hits per year, a remarkable acheivement for a village
of about 450 people. Apart from locals we do have followers
all over the world, people who have used the website to help trace
their family histories.
War Memorial gets a Facelift (2nd Aug 2014)
||Our village war memorial had become
rather tatty looking; the wall had been damaged by a vehicle impact
and the wrting on the memorial itself had become largely invisible
except on close inspection.
28th July marked the centenary of the start of World War I and to
mark this the memorial has undergone a throrough facelft.
Over a couple of weeks in late July, the wall has been rebuilt and
the railings replaced and the lettering on the memorial has been
beautfully regilded. Click here
to see photos of the renovated memorial.
Click here to see photos of the
opening of the memorial in 1920.
New Times for the Falcon (23rd
||You can't help but to have noticed
that there are major alterations taking place in the Falcon. The new
landlords will be Richard and Lindsey Johns. They have until
recently been running the Artisan restaurant in Hessle which they
have done for nearly 10 years. Richard is an award winning chef and
Lindsey runs the Front of House.
This will be a big change for the Falcon and it will hopefully
lead to an exciting new future. The pub has been through many
changes over the last 10 years and now we have every reason to be
optimistic that things will change for the better.
here to read an article in the Hull Daily Mail about their
decision to close the Artisan.
Meeting on Windfarm Extension
and 'Fracking' at Marton (6th July 2014)
|On Thursday 3rd July a meeting was arranged in St
Alban's church to inform about and discuss the proposed windfarm
extension on Cowden Lane and the drilling/'fracking' at Marton (just
on the edge of the village). The meeting was well attended by
villagers and people from other local villages. Speakers were
invited to give information and inspire discussion. All text in
italics is the opinion of the speaker (in a brief form).
1 - Drilling/Fracking at Marton.
Peter Rollinson - a water quality engineer.
The present drilling process is by Rathin, who are an exploration
company. So Rathin can justifiably claim that they will not be
fracking. However they will sell the results of their findings onto
other companies who may frack at the site. The main problem with
potential fracking at the Marton site comes from the fact that we
derive all of our water from an aquifer which is covers much of the
Holderness area. The fracking takes place 2-3 km down and the
aquifer is much nearer to the surface. Apparently there are no
guarantees in the fracking process, in a situation such as
this, that dangerous chemicals will not enter the aquifer.
Highly poisonous hydrocarbons could enter the water which would
render it unusable until cleaned up which may take months or even years. So regardless of the wider rights and wrongs of
fracking it is highly inappropriate to attempt where the drilling
passes through an aqufier which peaple depend on for their drinking
We cannot oppose what Rathlin are doing and we cannot oppose
fracking at the moment as it is not taking place and may not take
place. However, if it does become proposed in the future, we must
oppose it mainly for the above reason. Fracking is a government
policy and so probably would not get it rejected at Marton on any
2 - Windfarm Extension at Cowden Lane
Graham Ward - chairman of Sancton parish council.
Noise is one of the main problems (many in Withernwick have
complained about this too). The East Riding of Yorkshire has the
highest density of wind turbines in any county in Britain. So we can
object on the basis of cumulative build up and excessive
industrialisation of a rural area (this could also be an objection
to fracking). The government are divided on onshore wind turbines,
mostly they now favour offshore turbines; so there is a good chance
that the goverment will not override any rejection by the local
Boo O'Kane - Elleker Turbine Action Group
There will be a march and meeting organised by 'Enough is Enough,
to oppose any further wind turbines in the East Riding. This will
take place in Beverley on the 12th July from 10am-Midday. Meet at
the Walkington Road end of the Westwood and the march will go from
there into Beverley. For more information - click
You can object to the windfarm extension in Withernwick by going
to the East Riding website on www.eastriding.gov.uk/newpublicaccess/
Enter reference number 14/01919/STPLF, then click on the Comments
tab if you are already registered or click on Register Here to
register which enables you to enter objections. You should get an
automated reply, if not, and your comment does not appear within 48
hours, get in touch with ERYC and demand that your comment is added.
Remember you can also sign and online petition to object to the
windfarm - click
here to go to the petiton.
Withernwick's Got Talent
(21st June 2014)
||There was very large turnout at St
Alban's to see Withernwick's Got Talent.
And as Simon Cowell would say - Withernwick certainly has got
talent! Every performed entertained the enthusiastic crowd, each in
there own unique way.
The show was organised by Rev Anne White and the Withernwick Ladies
Group and a fantastic evening it was, so many thanks for all their
To see some photos of the evening - click
Jeff Robinson finds a Rix Golden Gnome
(6th June 2014)
||Rix, the heating oil people, who
probably a lot of you know, are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
As part of this celebration they are leaving 50 golden gnomes around
our area (25 in various villages and 25 at the Driffield Show).
On Wednesday 4th June 2014, Jeff Robinson, while walking
Bertie (it is always a man with dog!), found the golden gnome in the
photo by the telephone box on Main Street.
Not sure what Jeff wins for this but there are still another 24
somewhere (but probably no more in Withernwick). So if you're
interested, go to the Rix website
Click here for Rix
website. Click here for a
Fancy Trekking Iceland?
(14th May 2014)
||Following on from Helen Stockdale's
recent highly successful trek of the Himilayas perhaps some of you
might fancy trying your had next year in the beautiful country of
Iceland. As with this year the trek will be in aid of Dove House
Obviously this is not something to be taken lightly but it is a
Click here to find out about the trip
Click here to some of the
information you will need.
Helen Stockdale's Himilayan Trek
(13th May 2014)
||During April/May 2014, Helen Stockdale
and others made a trek across the lower reaches of the Himilayas to
raise money in aid of Dovehouse Hospice. So far Helen has raised the
fantastic sum of £4698.68. She funded the trip by herself and still
hopes to raise a total of £5000, so you can still donate if you
here to do so or there is a collection box in the Falcon.
Also. quite obviously this was a great adveture for Helen and she
clearly had a great time - click here
to see some photos.
Quickline High Speed Broadband
(8th May 2014)
|In case you missed the presentation
in the Falcon last night (7th May), here are the details of what
Quickline are offering. Firstly this will be instead of BT, you will
no longer need your landline. It will cost £195 to install and then
£27.50 a month. You can keep your existing telephone and number via
a company called Vonage whith will cost an extra £6 per month (but
you may well cope with Skype or whatever on your computer. This is
roughly thhe same that you would pay with BT but for this Quickline
are opromising a minimum of 8 Mbps of broadband speed, up to 15 Mbps
(compared to roughly 1.5 Mbps you probably get with BT). This will
also be unlimited on downloads (and uploads).
They will need to erect a mast in the village, so it is not likely
to happen for a few months. Also, with present trechnology, you will
need to be physically able to see the mast i.e no trees, buildings
etc to block the view.
It is however a local company (based in Hessle) and they do promise
high reliablity and 24/7 (human) support if necessary. To contact
them, vist their website (click
here) or phone 01482 247365.
Open Gardens, Scarecrows and Withernwick's Got Talent
(4th May 2014)
||On the weekend of 20-22nd June 2014
the village will be putting on lots of activities. As last year
there will be the scarecrow competition all weekend and the Open
Gardens on the Sunday. You can also use the Sunday to run a table
top/garage sale if you wish.If you wish to take part in either of
these do let us know via the Contact Us
On the Friday night, in St Alban's there will be a Withernwick's Got
Talent show. So if you can (or think you can) sing, dance,
play an insturment or you have a dog (or any other animal of
reasonable size) that can do tricks, then again let us know via the Contact
Retirement of post lady Hilary Rawlson
(29th April 2014)
||After 17 years as our
village post-lady, Hilary has retired. So the villagers organised a
surprise party for her in the Falcon on Saturday 26th April.
Indeed we did manage to keep it secret from Hilary for many weeks,
quite an achievement and many thanks are due to
Carol Wilkie and Elaine Grove for organising the event. With Elaine
and Carol's help, the village also raised £440 for Hilary, an
symbol of everyone's affection for her.
Hilary always saw what she did as much more than just a job, she
knew everyone's quirks of delivery and, of course, she
knew every dog in the village (and they all knew her). It should be
standard pratice with Royal Mail, for their post people to
carry a bag of dog biscuits with them! Also her van did double up on
many occasions to return stray dogs to their owners.
Hilary will certainly be a hard act to follow and will be greatly
missed. We do hope to see her and her family in the Falcon now and
Click here to see more photos.
Village Association AGM
(21st March 2014)
On Wednesday 18th March 2014, the Villlage Community
Association held its AGM. The following were elected to the various posts
Chair - Mike Soper
Vice Chair - Carol Wilkie
Secretary - Paul Boyle
Treasurer - Nikki Harvey
Committee members - Pat Pye, Julianne Ashton, Margaret Mann, John Mann and
The working financial balance of is £2796.38 - click
here to see the full accounts.
Dog Poisoning (27th
|The facts seem very confused and contradictory but
there do seem to be stories of dogs being poisoned in the local
area. The incidents have been reported in Hornsea and Aldbrough but
none as yet in the village. Actual facts seem thin on the ground but
the incidents seem to involve a blue Ford Focus/Mondeo with an 08
plate (possibly AK08). It is suggested that poisoned meat is
thrown out of the car into people's gardens. Dogs have been reported
as being killed by the poison but again the reports do seem very
So until we have more reliable facts simply be careful. Don't
let your dog eat anything when out and about or in your own garden.
So don't allow your dog out in your garden unattended. If your dog
does seem ill in any way, then take it immediately to the vet. Also
be on the look out for the blue Ford acting suspiciously.
Fracking at West Newton? (25th
for the Rathin website
on West Newton
|Rathin have applied to the Environment
Agency for management of extractive waste which may include some
radioactive waste at the West Newton site. There is still no mention
of the word Fracking but clearly this will impact on the village one
way or another maybe moreso than by the wind turbines. There is no
doubt that we've had enough of being dumped on by the Govenment and
so we should make our opinions felt about this, you can do so at the
Environment Agency website - click
here, you must comment before the 4th March 2014
Here is some more information from Peter Lomas
currently challenging the permit that Raithlin energy have applied
for , especially in respect of the removal of NORM
( naturally occurring radioactive material ) also that they have
been removing owls and the like from their site, the removal of
birds alone is an illegal offence. I would like to hear your
thoughts and the thoughts of local residents on their experience of
Raithlins operations in your area. They are applying to flare gas
also which would mean exposure to locals of toxic gases and poison ,
they state in their papers that they have no intention of
"fracking" in these areas, which I believe to be a lie as
they also mention in small prints that they will "mini"
frack, basically blowing holes in the wells walls with explosives
and injecting poisonous substances into the land then re sealing the
well and testing for pressure or blowback. As your probably aware
there are a lot of concerns nationwide and worldwide of the
poisoning of aquifers and our drinking water.
There is limited time before the
application is allocated to Rathlin, and would really treasure your
thoughts and locals on any concerns they have.
Yes More Wind turbines! (15th
||So Energiekontor are proposing 4 more
tubines be added to the existing site. Actually the new ones would
be on the opposite side of Cowden Lane (partly on land owned by
Butterworth's and part owned by Leonard's).
On the publicity document (click
here), they claim that the 4 new ones will add no extra
problems. However, having lived with the existing ones for a while,
many people have complained about the noise from the turbines and so
4 more is not going to help that. Also from certain viewpoints (such
as from Hatfield Road), the site will look very much larger. So we
do have every right to object, not that it will probably do any
good, you can be sure that the Government will railroad them through
as they did with the existing site. Apparently Government funding
for windfarms runs out in 2015, so they will rush it all through. Click
here for a map of all windfarms in the UK, isn't it about time
they built more in Surrey, Sussex and Kent!
More Wind Turbines
(7th Feb 2014)
||Apparently Energiekontor are planning
more wind turbines in Withernwick. They are not proposing more
turbines on the existing Homer House Farm site but in a field on the
opposite side of Cowden Lane (not sure on whose land). They have not
told us about this despite knowing how to contact us, but they have
arranged information sessions on 11th and 13th Feb at Densolme Care
Farm in Great Hatfield. No doubt they will have to apply for
planning permission and so please do attend the meetings if you wish
to express your opinions.
Click here for directions to the
New Street Lighting
(23rd Jan 2014)
||New street light being is installed on
West Lambwath Road. The old lower sodium lamps are still in place
but will soon go. The council does plan to replace all of the old
The new lights emit a white light (rather than yellow from sodium
lamps) and will be 20-30% more energy efficient, so the village is
doing its little bit to help the council save 20 tonnes of carbon
It is to be hoped they tidy the muddy mess they have created!
Click here to see a larger
The Sherman family leave the
Falcon (11th Jan 2014)
||Sadly on the 11th Jan the Sherman
family worked in the Falcon for the last time. There was however a
fantastic evening in the Falcon to say thank you to them and give
them a good send off. They have been in the pub since its
restoration in April 2009 and have worked very hard and been very
friendly hosts. It is largely due to them that the Falcon has become
the highly successful establishment it now is and so I am sure the
whole village would like to thank them and sends them the very best
wishes for their future. I am sure we will see them frequently on
the other side of the bar in future.
Click here to see a larger
version of the photo.
Windfarm Funding Meeting
(11th Jan 2014)
|A meeting was held in St Alban's
Church on Saturday 11th Jan to discuss the use of £33000 which is
arises from the windfarm. Applications where the applicant can match
50% funding and ones that benefit as wide a community as possible
would be given priority. Several ideas for the money were put
forward and from the response of those at the meeting the most
popular seemed to be ( not in any particular order)
1 - Improving broadband/mobile phone service in the village. There
were some practical suggestions made which migher make this possible
such as a wifi booster sited somewhere in the village.
2 - Improving parking/traffic calming measure in Beverley Road and
Aldbrough Road. Ideas put forward included parking bays and traffic
speed indicting signs.
3 - Along with this was suggested planters at the two main entrances
to the village possibly associated with traffic calming measures.
Also provision of more planters and benches at other points in the
4 - Provision of an enclosed area within St Alban's for
church/village meetings and activities. Rev Anne White, the new
vicar also seemed very keen on this idea.
5 - Improvement to rights of way such as Butcher's Lane and The
Bauk, these and others are very difficult to use at most times of
6 - Provision of a laptop and printer for the use of the Parish
Council, this would also include the production of a quarterly
It was pointed out that other suggestions such as allotments would
be best funded in other ways such as the Poors Charity on the
village hall site.
War Memorial Damaged Again
(2nd Jan 2014)
||The wall and railings surrounding the
village War Memorial have been damaged yet again. The impact was
clearly quite significant and would have done serious damage to a
car so we can only guess that the damage was done by a lorry. Even a
lorry would have felt the impact and so the irresponsible driver
clealy knowingly drove off without reporting the accident. The
corner near the War Memorial does seem to a difficult one for some
people. The Parish Council is looking into the damage and repairs
will be made as soon as is possible.