The reunion was held for 2016, in the old Staff Social Club, now known as the Whittingham and Goosnargh Sports and Social Club, on Friday 22nd January. Despite grave concerns by the organisers, the evening was a terrific success. It was good to see so many old faces and have the opportunity to talk to people who we have not seen for so long. A lot of catching up was done! The bar worked well, but could have done with more staff (next time!) and the Pie and Peas went down a treat. The raffle, although having some wonderful prizes, we feel, took too long and we are looking at ways of reducing the time for this. As you may have gathered from the above, we have been encouraged to organise another reunion for next year and plans are already afoot for this. As previously, news will be posted through as many channels as we can think of to get this information to you. A selection of photographs of the evening can be viewed here:... read more
Well, at long last, all the pleading and all the shouting have come to an end, and so has Whittingham Hospital. The final buildings are in the last stages of being taken down, officialdom had razed Whittingham! Despite all our attempts at salvaging some part of the hospital, all entreaties were met with blank refusals. Even the attempt to get the Mains, the mains corridor and the Ballroom as listed buildings failed on the grounds that they were “insufficiently exceptional in their construct” and therefore did not warrant any form of listing status. The one remaining building on site is St John’s Church, which, happily is a Grade II Listed Structure. What will become of this building is anyone’s guess. There have been a number of suggestions for future use but so far nothing has developed. It should be borne in mind that the floor in the vestry has now given way and crashed through to the cellar which would give justifiable rise to the speculation that the remaining flooring would be unsafe. What has become of the tiled crest at the entrance to Cameron House? Who can say, no-one has been allowed access and we have no way of knowing if it has remained undamaged. What we do know is that all attempts to have this dug up and removed to a safe area, either the banking on the entrance at North Lodge or the gate entrance to the cemetery (preferable) have come to nothing. We are given to understand that building has commenced and some houses are going up at long last. This information is given at... read more
To all you Whittinghamites out there in the wide wonderful world, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2016! Keep abreast of your web site and keep in touch! Greetings.