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Fri 31 Dec 2021

My last camp of 2021 on Hurst Hill, Anglezarke to watch the fireworks at midnight.

Last tea of 2021.

Night view of Chorley just before midnight.
Tue 28 Dec 2021

White Coppice.

Evening bike via White Coppice and Wheelton. On the way I stopped to photograph Raymon’s tree in White Coppice and the Wheelton lights around the village clock.

Heapey & Wheelton.
Mon 27 Dec 2021
Another bleak view, this time the summit trig post on Beinn Narnain, Scotland.
Sun 26 Dec 2021
A bleak view above the Rest And Be Thankful, Scotland.
Sat 25 Dec 2021

This morning’s walk through Whittle-le-Woods was deserted. I stopped at the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War memorial to take a photo and remember those who died during two World Wars and continuing conflicts around the World.

Two cards on my brother's mantlepiece. Left from Charlie & right from me.
Fri 24 Dec 2021
Thankfully the Heapey and Wheelton Carols around the Tree at the Clock Tower went ahead on Christmas Eve Fri 24th Dec 2021. This is around the 45th time the event has been held. In spite of some access restrictions a huge crowd turned up to enjoy the event.

Carols around the Tree.

Carols around the Tree

Carols around the Tree.
Tue 21 Dec 2021
Today, Tue 21st Dec 2021, is the winter solstice when the sun is at its lowest in the sky and the shortest day. For Whittle-le-Woods sunrise is 08:26 and sunset 15:51. The day length is 7hr 25m 12s. Tomorrow's day will be slightly longer but not by much. By Christmas day the day will be 7hr 26m 07s long and every night a little shorter day a little longer. The photo is Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods taken this morning.
Thu 02 Dec 2021
It was good to see the Lancashire Youth Brass Band playing & fundraising today at Asda, Clayton Green.
Sun 19 Dec 2021
It was a lovely evening (Sun 19th Dec 2021) for a walk around Whittle-le-Woods to admire the Christmas lights.

Carwood Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

Waterhouse Green,
Fri 17 Dec 2021

During morning drove to Altrincham & CT Dent Ltd to get 3D CT scans done.

Thu 16 Dec 2021
This afternoon I led 33 students and additional staff on a local history walk along part of Whittle-le-Woods.

St John's School student's on Hill Top Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.
Tue 14 Dec 2021
The last man to walk on the moon was Gene Cernan (1934-2017) on the Apollo 17 mission and he left the surface 49 years ago today on Thu 14th Dec 1972. His companion was Harrison "Jack" Schmitt (b1935) who was the next to the last man on the moon. 12 astronauts completed lunar walks but Schmitt was the first and only scientist with his Ph.D. in geology.

Gene Cernan (1934-2017)

Harrison Schmitt (b1935)
Wed 08 Dec 2021

A cycle ride to Pleasington Crematorium to remember Dad on his birthday.

An evening walk to the Top Lock Cottage, Leeds & Liverpool Canal to photograph the Christmas lights.

The bridge on the left is in whittle-le-Woods, me and canal in Heapey & the house in Brindle.
Tue 07 Dec 2021

On Tue 7th Dec 2021 family, friends and fellow members of Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society gathered at St Laurence's Chorley Parish Church to say goodbye to our friend Kath Purnell (1933-2021) who died last month on 20th Nov 2021.
Kath was brought up in Bolton and trained in accounting before moving to London in the early 1960s where she worked for Acheson Industries in the central accounts department. Kath said that in those days she was blond as it was the only way to get a seat on the underground.

Kathleen Purnell
(4th Feb 1933 - 20th Nov 2021)
Kath later moved to Chorley where she continued with her interests of reading, dancing, singing and outdoor visits. She was an integral part of Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society and served on the committee for many years. Posts held over the years were Treasurer, Vice-Chair and later Programme Secretary when she found some fascinating speakers for our meetings.
During the service the Bible reading was from Psalm 121:
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”
Another relevant reading was from Christina Rossetti's poem (1830-1894):
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
Inside the church we remembered Kath while outside Storm Barra swept across the country bringing heavy rain and strong winds.
Kath will be missed but her legacy lives on.

Kath in the Acheson Company magazine 1961.

Kath (third from left) at a C.H.A.S. visit
to a rainy Bank Hall in June 2010.

Kath's last journey.
Sun 05 Dec 2021
Tonight was the official switch on of the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree lights by the Roebuck Inn on Waterhouse Green. There was a record gathering to enjoy live music by the Chorley Silver Band to accompany carol singing. Mulled wine & mince pies were also provided. The switch on was at 6pm by James Miller & Alfie Eastham who have been very active volunteer litter pickers in the area.

Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree lights.

The Roebuck.

Christmas tree and the Roebuck.

James Miller & Alfie Eastham switch on the lights.

Chorley Silver Band.
Sat 04 Dec 2021
Returned to Horrobin Fold, Riley Green, Hoghton to photograph the tree in the rain.

Thu 02 Dec 2021

Oak tree in the memorial garden

An evening wander via the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial Garden. The Oak Tree in the centre always looks impressive. In the background you can see the War Memorial.

Broadband on Preston Road.
Wed 01 Dec 2021
This evening I was out for a very chilly bike ride via Horrobin Fold, Riley Green, Hoghton. It was good to see the Christmas tree lights illuminating the main A675.

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