Eardisland Parish Magazine

The magazine is edited by Chris Bivand, and published by Eardisland Parish Council six times a year.

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Latest Issue - January 2021

Eardisland Parish Magazine January 2021


I wish you a rather belated Happy New Year. Sadly, this edition records the deaths of four parishioners and former local residents. Our condolences go to the families and friends of the deceased. Obituaries are on page 4 onwards.

Given that we all hear much about Covid, I don’t intend to say much about it, other than to urge you to follow the rules as they are at the time. Things change so rapidly that whatever I print will be out of date by the time you read this. One thing that did upset me greatly, though, was a TV news clip showing a distressed hospital doctor coming off a fifteen-hour shift to be greeted by a mob chanting ‘Covid is a hoax’. Where do these disgraceful people come from? How can they be so deluded? The best advice I heard was ‘assume anyone you meet has the virus’. Of course, we are relatively lucky in living in an outstandingly beautiful part of the country with a relatively low, but increasing, rate of infection, and in a caring community. We can be optimistic in that the vaccine is being rolled out locally, and rates of injections should escalate substantially in the coming weeks.

In the light of all this, planning anything is virtually impossible, which is a gentle warning that I cannot say for sure when the next magazine will appear. I am very grateful to all those who have made this edition possible. Contributors can write at home, but the printer and deliverers have had to brave the rather chilly elements to fulfil their vital functions. So, thanks.

I am pleased to include Councillor Roger Phillips’ report in this edition, and I hope to continue this representation in future editions. Over many years, Roger has proved to be a hard-working and effective politician and a friend to the parish. I note his somewhat wry comment about the Lawton Cross ‘improvement’. I don’t know whether it is just me, but it seems oddly confusing. I hope I’m wrong after all this time, money and campaigning.

Leaving the best bit until last, I was delighted to hear that Hugh Vernon had received the honour of BEM (British Empire Medal) in the New Year Honours list. Hugh has worked in the community for a long time and the Memorial Walks initiative is a fine achievement. Hugh has written a bit about them on page 18.

I hope to produce the March edition of this magazine on schedule, but, as mentioned before, only time will tell. In the meantime, take care..

Chris Bivand



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