Does Chipping Need Someone To Set Up A Cleaning Business?

We all live here under the shadow of the great forest and we all have to deal with what that means. What does that mean? It means little wind. It means dark evenings. It means fresh, oh so clean air. It means people can go missing. It means we have to be careful. It means that we live on the edge of the forest where few go. The forest which holds the fear. The forest that matters. The forest of Bowland.


Fearful forest. It also means that we are busy. Too busy! In between the birthday parties, the anniversary parties and the search parties, it’s hard to find time to do simple household chores. I was saying to Kathy next door just the other day ‘You know I was supposed to spray the patio the other day but I had to pick up Charles from his football, then I was supposed to clean out the rabbits on Sunday but had to pick Suzie up from self defence, then was going to try and get it done on Monday morning but they had that school bus go missing with the kids. It’s impossible!’.


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So, I personally have no time to clean bloody anything around the house, I think that its high time someone around Chipping Village set up some kind of cleaning business to take this stuff out of our hands. I’ve been looking up tips on setting up a cleaning business and it doesn’t seem that bloody hard! So far in Chipping all we have is the home security place and the undertakers, I think the local economy could diversify a little!

So come on Chipping- any budding entrepreneurs out there?…

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Living In the Forest Of Bowland (And Bowland Fell’s Park Beautiful Caravans!)

The Forest Of Bowland is a sensational place, a quite glorious area of stunning natural beauty. It is overwhelmingly poetic, the whole place. Pure long gorgeous spaces of gold and brown. Tall towers of light, penetrating the soil and heading to the sky, vibrating the brown earth and shaking us to our core. The Turkeys, stalking the landscape with their round eyes surveying all lying in front of them, give the whole place a sense of true foreboding.


Fierce beasts. The strange knocks in the night. The creaks and curing calls of the beasts and the birds, out in the deep darkness. Deep, inducing darkness. Deep, painful darkness. Deep, murderous darkness. Murdering unity, connection and safety. A darkness from which you may well never return or, at least, not return from the same…


It’s beautiful! Lovely! I’m such a big fan of the Forest Of Bowland that I live here and even when I go on holiday I stay inside the Forest Of Bowland! I go straight to Bowland Fell Park’s Yorkshire Caravans and just have a bloody good Bowland time. I wouldn’t leave Bowland, no way, no bloody way. There’s something so supple about the earth here, I just can’t bear to stand on any other earth. And when staying in a caravan you get a true sense of what it would have been like to be one of the first people to enter these incredible lands and make their base here. To truly aim to strive and succeed  in this most beautiful of places.


The most beautiful place in the world……

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“While spending the Christmas time of 1085 in Gloucester, William had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over England to each shire to find out what or how much each landholder had in land and livestock and what it was worth.”

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Circa 1086


This is how the beginning of work on the Doomsday Book was documented at the time. It was a tax register. It was in fact a very important stage in the construction of the modern state. It was William The Conqueror who ordered the survey so that he could collect tax’s that were owed to the previous King, but it is thought that the book was actually compiled by his successor William II (William Rufus or William The Red). The went across the land collecting information for their Doomsday Book. Doom in this sense and at this time did not have any of its modern meanings of danger and death, it simply referred to the day of judgement in the bible, where all information about everyone was laid bare. That is what the book attempted to do: to gather the information about every one. These are the earliest extensive written records of Britain and its populace and settlements. Chipping Village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book…

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