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Last month our Spring Ramble to Lytham St Anne’s took us as far as Singleton Village, a Doomsday Entry hamlet that was transformed by the "Cotton King " Thomas Miller of Preston into a Model Village. Indeed, it is still the case today that the Singleton Trust started by the Miller Family and still administered by them, owns the surrounding farmlands and over 30 homes within the village. Just a couple of miles down the road from Singleton is the Military Installation known locally as Weeton Camp. Now in the control of the British Army, it is the present home of The Duke of Lancaster Regiment. It is however, as an RAF base, that Weeton achieved National fame. During WW2 and afterwards all new RAF Servicemen and women, including National Servicemen attended for their Induction Course. It was also an active base for RAF support staff, mechanics, parachute packers, cooks and technicians etc., etc. to ply their trade. The ownership of the land has now changed from the Miller Family to the Stanley Family ,the latter of course better known as the Lords Derby and descendants of the Nobleman who introduced the horse race still run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs on the first Saturday in June. The standard on the flag of the Lords Derby is of the Eagle and Child, which is of course the name of the only pub in Weeton Village. No coincidence there of course!! Just around the corner from the pub is the Church dedicated to St Michael. Built in 1843 on land donated by Lord Derby and containing memorial plaques to his Lordship in gratitude. If we cycle a couple of miles down the road ,over the Railway Line ,we come to the M55 at just about the spot where in a publicity stunt for Company and Motorway and prior to public opening British Aerospace were persuaded to allow a take off and land by one of their Tornado

 

Aircraft . Any of our readers remember that ...about 1975 we think. Just as we come to the cross road of Preston New Road on the way to Wrea Green, it is impossible to miss the huge structure, on the left, of a built up reservoir. This was erected in 1929 by the Fylde Water Board to supply Lytham St Anne’s and South Blackpool. The reservoir remained open to the elements until fully covered over in 1963, rumour has it that until that time a full time seagull scarer was employed to keep the water clean !! The reservoir was built directly over the small hamlet known as Westby Mills for the loss of a few houses and a pub that stood on the corner The Clifton Arms. The hamlet also had a small church and school in its midst and both still exist each dedicated to St Anne and following the Roman Catholic faith. Just a couple of miles to go to reach the end of the journey for this month and the village of Wrea Green. Arguably, the most picturesque village in Lancashire .A huge central village green comprising Cricket Pitch, Duck Pond ,Pub and Church. The village also houses a number of shops and tearooms. The Pub is now more eating establishment than public house but not too long ago it was part of the Boddington Brewery Chain of Public Houses and most weekends would be bursting at the seams . The Church dedicated to St Nicholas was built in 1848 and serves the rural community as a Parish Church. A visit to the Dizzy Ducks Cafe before we leave and the large gentleman and friendly proprietor is none other than former England and British Lions Rugby Forward Wade Dooley . We say good-bye to Wade but hope to say Hello and Good Morning to you in Church each Sunday. God Bless The Churchwardens

 

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