Since our inception in 2009 we have made donations totalling over £4,000 to local groups and charities:


Great North Air Ambulance

The Calvert Trust

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue

West Cumbria Hospice at Home


Lorton School/Lorton School Fork to Fork Project/Lorton After School Club

Contributions World Challenge Exhibitions by local youngsters and a pair of running shoes for Rosie Watson to wear during her ‘New Story Run’

Vale of Lorton First Responders

Loweswater IT Group

A Children’s Christmas Party in 2014

A soup and sandwich lunch for over-65s in 2015

A table for Lorton Table Tennis Club/a dartboard for WI use at Yew Tree Hall/Table Football for the Youth Cafe

Yew Tree Hall Garden renewal (in association with Lorton Vale Gardening Club)

Lorton and Loweswater Parish Councils – part costs of noticeboards

Loweswater Parish Council – part costs of bench on Mockerkin Village Green (see here)

Most of the donations were funded by Lorton Oil Group and ‘Coffee and Cakes’ events run by The Melbreak Communities from 2011 to 2016.  From 2016 onwards, monthly ‘Coffee and Cakes’ events have been devolved to local groups to run themselves, supported by The Melbreak Communities.  The local groups listed below have earned, between them, at least £5,000 which to donate or spend on their own activities:

Lorton and Derwent Fells Local History Society/Lorton Vale Garden Club/Yew Tree Hall Committee/Lorton WI/Lorton Vale First Responders/Loweswater Ladies/Lorton Tennis Club/Lorton Afternoon Book Group/Friends of Lorton School (FOLS)/The United Benefice of Lorton and Loweswater with Buttermere/The Yew Tree Hall Committee/The Melbreak Communities/Loweswater 77 Club/The Mockerkin Mob/Lorton Table Tennis Club/Lorton Bowls Club/Cumbria Club of the Caravan