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  1. Christine Pledger says:

    I have arranged for the Great North Air Ambulance Service to collect some unwanted clothing etc. from my home in Low Lorton on Monday 6th September, sometime between 8am and 4pm.
    If anyone else in the valley has items to donate we could help them by doing it on the same date.
    If you ring them on 01325 308139 you could arrange a collection, on that date, from your own home. You don’t need to be in when they call as they will collect from outside.
    Alternatively, you could drop bags at my home on Sunday 5th. If you would like to do this, please call me beforehand on 07711 858994.
    All items donated need to be in bags, but any bags are OK, including bin liners.
    There is a list of items they will take on their website, Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on recycle.

  2. Sarah Clarke says:

    The next Cocker Catchment volunteer group will be meeting near Loweswater on Thursday 8th July, 10am-2pm, when we will be pulling Himalayan balsam along Dub Beck.

    No previous experience is required. All abilities are welcome. If you can’t make the whole event please feel free to just join us for an hour or two.

    Numbers are limited so booking is essential. If you would like to book a place or have any questions please contact Sarah on or 07943 497672.

  3. Sarah Clarke says:

    Here are some dates for volunteer events in July with West Cumbria Rivers Trust:

    Thursday 1st July 2pm-7pm Himalayan balsam pulling near Loweswater
    Thursday 8th July 10am-2pm Cocker Catchment Volunteer Group – Himalayan balsam pulling at Dub Beck
    Tuesday 13th July 3pm-7pm Himalayan balsam pulling at Simonscales, Cockermouth (very limited parking)
    Wednesday 21st July 9.30am-3pm Glenderamackin Volunteer Group – Himalayan balsam pulling (& hedge maintenance if time allows) near Threlkeld

    Further information about all of our events can be found at

    Please get in touch with me at if you have any questions or would like to attend any of these events.

    Kind Regards,
    West Cumbria Rivers Trust

  4. Ann Peck says:

    THIS MORNING – anyone going to the Plant trail fro 10am this morning at Silver Meadows -can we share a lift> Ann Peck0190085236

  5. Ann peck says:

    ‘Balsam Bashing’ I could go over to Keswick for their Saturday balsam bashing but would prefer.. to be doing something on the same lines here in Lorton area -anyone know of anything?

  6. Sarah Clarke says:

    Cocker Catchment Volunteer Group

    West Cumbria Rivers Trust are looking for people to join our new practical volunteer group in the Cocker catchment. Meeting on the second Thursday of the month, the Cocker Catchment Volunteer Group will help with practical conservation tasks ranging from tree and hedge planting to invasive species management.

    Our first event is on Thursday 10th June, 10am-2pm, when we will be pulling Himalayan balsam on a site near Loweswater.

    No previous experience is required. All abilities are welcome. Support will be available throughout. Further information about the location and what to bring will be provided when you contact Sarah.

    Numbers are limited so booking is essential. If you would like to book a place or have any questions please contact Sarah on or 07943 497672.

  7. Leslie Webb says:

    New Vale of Lorton folly?
    There is a new structure on what I will call Littlethwaite Hill (GR143246). Is this some sort of folly as it cannot have any practical use in that location and there appears to be no planning permission granted. If it was a living space of some sort (but surely not), it must have a superb view up the Vale of Lorton, but the views from the surrounding fells may not be quite as good as they used to be. Has anyone seen this or anything similar lurking by hedges or woodland in the valley? If not, have a look at

  8. Ann peck says:

    Sorry to bother…is there a zoom for Melbreak and 77club -I can’t see it on the diary but its been pencilled in on my diary -I;m not usually that efficient!

    • Glenis Postlethwaite says:

      Dear Anne,
      There will be a Melbreak Communities meeting towards the end of Feb. Date yet to be confirmed. I will ask Carolyn to keep you informed. 77 Club…I don’t know but hopefully they will have read your message.

    • Chris Poate says:

      Ann, There is a Community Zoom meeting on Monday 22nd Feb at 7.00 pm with Rosie Watson describing her ‘Running from Loweswater to Mongolia. It is organised by the 77 Club and Melbreak Communities. To join you need to request the link from John Hudson or Carolyn Davis. It is advertised in The February Link ! Chris p

  9. richardeaston2013 says:

    Don Smith asked me to post this:

    Hello to you all in the Melbreak Communities!
    My name is Don Smith and I live just across the fells in Eaglesfield. Some of you may know me through our shared connection with Grasmoor Mission Community or the occasional events and services held at The Fell Chapel.
    After ten years of hard work, I have just published my first novel … during Covid! Oh well, my timing not great! However, the two storylines for The Cause of Reason are based on time – in fact, one takes the reader back to before creation itself! The other, the worldly story, is set in 18th century Cumberland in the Newlands Valley and acts as the carrier for an insight to a much greater fulness of reality beyond time.
    I describe it as a journey of the mind that began with my own curiosity to discover just why and how we, as humankind, with all our values and beliefs, have arrived at where we are today. We all have questions about life: its meaning, its sorrows and joys, its future and, sometimes, its end; The Cause of Reason crosses boundaries of time, thought, and study to deliver an answer to one woman’s search for peace.

    I am pleased to say that from the 9th to the 28th January, there will be 25% discount (to the paperback version) for the Melbreak Communities – use MELCOM25 as the coupon code when you select the BUY NOW button from my secure website There are Extracts and Insights pages on the website to give you an idea of the content and thinking behind the story.
    I am more than happy to speak to groups (post Covid lockdown!) or donate a copy of the book for fundraising purposes – please contact me direct on 0777 202 1852 if you have any questions.
    Thank you for your time and forbearance!
    Best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year

  10. Happy new year to all from West Cumbria Rivers Trust. As many of you will know, we’re working in the area on habitat improvements and natural flood management. A project in Whinlatter Forest is due to start this month, working with Forestry England. We’re installing a number of leaky dams in the forest, using local contractors. Timber and woody materials from the forest are placed into the becks and forest drains, and secured. These are designed to reduce the downstream flood peak by temporarily storing water by holding it back within the beck, or encouraging it to spill over the banks. These features are mimicking natural processes such as when a tree falls across a beck, where woody debris accumulates behind. They will also add to the biodiversity of the forest. The features will be monitored. The project is funded by the Environment Agency as part of a wider project in the Cocker catchment, working with farmers & landowners. For more info, visit our website Or email Annabelle Kennedy (Project Officer) / call 07947 221 054. I’ll be hosting site visits when things return to (near) normal.

  11. Diana Clarke says:

    Dear Melbreak Communities,
    Thank you so much for the mince pies, chocolates and card so beautifully presented and left on my doorstep on Christmas Day – and it must have been Christmas Day or very very late Christmas Eve after I’d gone to be – like a kindly Christmas elf! So thoughtful and touching and kind. Thank you so much. Big virtual hugs to whoever it was, love Diana at High Swinside

  12. richardeaston2013 says:

    Pam Bath asked me to post this:

    Dear Melbreak Communities
    I found a present from you on my doorstep this Christmas morning with a card posted in the letter box. I’m sorry my doorbell is not working, otherwise I might have been able to thank whoever dropped it off. This is most thoughtful of the Melbreak team to encourage those celebrating Christmas on their own.
    A heartfelt thanks for this kind Christmas touch.
    Low Lorton

  13. richardeaston2013 says:

    Rosemary Riley asked me to post this.

    Click to access hunter-jan-2021.pdf

  14. Chris Poate says:

    Please note ! Change of time.! The Mobile Post Office now calls at Broomcroft Lorton at 13.25 until 13.45. Avoid those queues in Cockermouth and use our local service. Cash available and range of Post Office Services.

  15. richardeaston2013 says:

    I received this as administrator today:

    Good Morning

    We have recently submitted the woodland management plan for Buttermere to the Forestry Commission and would like to invite you to comment on the woodland proposals outlined in the plan. The plan includes woodlands in Buttermere, Crummock water, Loweswater and Dunthwaite. The consultation period will run for the next 6 weeks and we would welcome any comments you may wish to make. At the end of the document there is a form that can be used for comments.

    We look forward to hearing from you


    Maurice Pankhurst
    Woodland Ranger North Lakes
    National Trust
    Borrowdale Road
    CA12 5UP
    017687 81924 mob 07825 273599

  16. Valerie McCowen says:

    A history question…my grandmother and her family of Atkinson’s lived and worked around this area of Cumbria until 1920s. My great grandfather, John Graham Atkinson was licensee of the Bee Hive Inn at Deanscales from 1915 until 1922 when he died. Harry Hardisty held the licence with John Graham Atkinson in 1920-22. Harry Hardisty was also said to be in the Borders regiment , possibly the reserves or territorials. Could he be the Harry Hardisty of Melbreak Meet? There is a photograph of Harry Hardisty in 1958 on Working Terriers facebook page. If anybody has any history of Harry and his family , that they can share that would be lovely or point me in the direction of anyone who knew him. Love the photos of the area- most beautiful. Many thanks and regards, Valerie

  17. Jill Harvey says:

    Just a reminder that it’s the Friends of Lorton School quiz night this Friday (see my post below for more details). It’s a virtual quiz using Zoom so you can join in the fun from the comfort of your own home. Tickets cost just £10 for a team of up to 6 and can be bought here

    We also have some amazing raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets cost £1 and can be bought by paying your money direct into the Friends of Lorton School account by this Thursday
    and letting me know how many tickets you’d like. Sort Code: 16-52-21 Account Number: 54115404

    Raffle Prizes
    1. 2 nights bed and breakfast for a family of 4 at Lancrigg in Grasmere including dinner on the first night and a packed lunch to take out on a walk the following day
    2. A 2 night camping trip for 2 adults and 2 children at Park Foot, Pooley Bridge
    3. £50 voucher for the Kirkstile Inn
    4. Sunday lunch for a family of 4 to the value of £50 at The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite
    5. Whinlatter 12 month membership including free parking and 10% off in the Forest Shop and Cafe
    6. £25 voucher for The Yan @ Broadrayne
    7. Meet and Greet the Alpacas with Alpacaly Ever After
    8. Book – The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris
    9. £10 voucher for Wellington Farm
    10. Full English Breakfast for 2 at Morrel’s, Keswick.

    Plus bottles of wine from Fermento, Manor House Hotel and Buttermere Court Hotel.

    Best wishes,


  18. Jill Harvey says:

    Good morning, the Friends of Lorton School is hosting a virtual quiz on Friday 16th October and would love to invite members of the local community to join in. Tickets cost just £10 per team, maximum team size of 6, and are available here
    There will be 10 rounds of 10 questions with some picture rounds and a few surprises! Toby Gaffney who is a regular host of the Kirkgate Centre quizzes will be our quiz master.
    We will probably be using Google Meet and all team members will be sent a link prior to the quiz starting at 7:30pm.
    We will also be holding a raffle and have some amazing prizes donated by local businesses. We have just been given a 2 night stay for a family of 4 at The Lancrigg in Grasmere. This includes bed and breakfast, dinner on the first night and a packed lunch to take out on a walk the following day. Raffle tickets cost just £1, they can be purchased by paying your money direct into the Friends of Lorton School account Sort Code: 16-52-21 Account Number: 54115404 and let me know how many tickets you would like.
    Our fundraising has taken a huge hit this year due to COVID-19, our usual fundraising events such as the annual 10k race, duck race, summer fair and tiger boat challenge have all been cancelled and we now need to put our thinking caps on and come up with some alternative ways for raising much needed funds for the school. Hopefully this will give us a good start!
    If anyone has any questions or would like to know more about the event please get in touch,, 07903 647444. You can also follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our fundraising events,

  19. Derek Poate says:

    Reminder to everyone. Flu Jabs will be available at the Yew Tree Hall, Lorton from 09.00 to 11.30 am on both Sundays 13th & 20th September. Free for everyone aged 65 and over. No booking required, just turn up.

  20. Cathy Lee says:

    Hi, our dog Gypsy died 18 months ago now, and we are ready to adopt a new rescue. It is virtually impossible to find a rescue dog on all the normal websites at moment, so if anyone knows of somebody who is looking to rehome a medium sized dog (preferable that doesnt chase sheep) please let me know. We are looking for a youngish, active dog to accompany us on the fells.
    Cathy 07500118954

  21. Fiona Rao says:

    Does anybody know where I can get hold of a copy of ‘One man’s life in the Vale of Lorton’ by Mick and Jean Jane? I tired to purchase off their website but none of the emails work anymore. I have also unsuccessfully tried the New Bookshop in Cockermouth. Any ideas of where I else I could try?

  22. Blaze Beck Project (upper reaches of Whit Beck). This is a project which aims to restore the function of the floodplain for storing water and gravels in storm conditions just downstream of Whinlatter, by introducing rapids to the beck. We’ll be hosting site visits in early September (evening), for people who’d like to know more about the Blaze Beck Project (following current guidelines, obviously). If you’d like to join us, email by 30th August, and a date a time-slot will be given. This is part of the Natural Flood Management Project for the Cocker catchment. If you’d like to know more about the Blaze Beck Project and others, go to our website

  23. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    County Fruit Stores and fish orders. From next week we are collecting on WEDNESDAY,S at 4pm not fridays. We are happy to continue as long as you want/need!

  24. gw62 says:

    Looking for…150mm x 50mm (6’x2′) treated timber. I only need two pieces, each 24″ long, so I don’t really want to buy a 3.6m length. Any suitable offcuts, new or recycled welcome. I’m making a garden bench and I managed to make the last one completely from re-used wood.
    I can collect by arrangement.
    Thanks, Graham Watson (1 Water Board Cottages)

    • Robert Raynerd says:

      I have just had to buy 4.8m when I only needed 1.5m .Had to cut into three pieces to get it in the car . If you still need it 1.5m is yours. Phone Bob Raynerd. 07500199393

      • gw62 says:

        Thanks Bob, but I worked out a way to use some other size of wood and the bench is now (almost) finished. Many thanks for the offer though.

  25. richardeaston2013 says:

    Ann Peck writes:
    Plea for mask elastic
    I have tried to get elastic for masks which I am making without success. If anyone has any which they could donate I’ll leave a plastic box outside my gate at White Ash CA139UQ from now for you to put it in and some hand sanitiser (please use as sparingly as
    necessary) – many thanks. Narrow elastic 5mms wide or a little wider or the cord elastic fairly robust would be suitable -any colour. thanks a million Ann Peck 0190085236, e-mail

  26. Glenis Postlethwaite says:

    I need some black or white 1/4inch (6mm) elastic. I will replace or pay whichever suits…needed asap.

  27. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    County Fruit Stores- Next week we are back to picking up telephoned orders at 2pm. We can also collect any orders from Fyne Fish if you want? Telephone them with your order, we will collect and drop of to Lorton with your fruit and veg. Just let us know and if you need home delivery. Default is we leave the boxes in the Lorton School shed. Pam: Telephone 0190085051 or 07769973534

  28. Diana Clarke says:

    Hi, in case you’re interested, there is a Cumbria Scrub Hub group locally making scrubs, scrub caps, bags for the scrubs to be washed in, and headbands with buttons to hold NHS and care workers mask elastic rather than their sore ears! A similar effort is going on all over the country. If you want to help and have an interlocking machine you can make scrubs – since they need to hold up to daily washing and hard wear. However even with a regular sewing machine you can make all the other items – using duvet covers and sheets, or fabric oddments (all being gathered around the county along with buttons and elastic since the local shops are running out).
    Please feel free to ring me if you want more info: Diana (up at High Swinside) 01900 85206 or email I also now have quite a bit of fabric and lots of buttons, patterns, and am already regularly taking items to One Stop in Cockermouth for Debra from the Workington sub-hub to pick up.
    Alternatively: The general website for this area is and there is a volunteer website page on facebook – but you don’t have to use facebook to volunteer!
    For donations (because a roll of scrubs fabric costs £200):
    All and any help will be gratefully received!

  29. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    Next week, Friday 17th April, we will pick up the Country Fruit Store telephoned orders at about 2pm so they will be in the shed at Lorton School about 2.30. They are very busy so don,t give up when trying to place your order. They will answer eventually!
    Oakhurst Garden Centre are also so busy it is difficult to get through. Their answer phone simply says they are closed but they are doing deliveries. You can contact them ( Nanette) via Facebook Messenger or just leave a text message. Nanette has lots of photos of the stock if you want plants.

  30. Pam Jaques says:

    Fruit shop orders taken to Lorton School this afternoon. Next week it is Good Friday but County Fruit Stores will be open. We will collect orders earlier at 12am so they can have the afternoon off. Please phone orders giving 24 hrs notice. If anyone needs delivery to the door just let me know. We are going to Mokerkin and Loweswater.
    Pam Jaques

  31. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    County Fruit Stores, Station Rd will do telephone orders for the valley again this week. I am picking up all the orders on Friday at 3pm and will bring them to Lorton School shed. They need at least 24 hours notice. If there is anyone who cannot pick up at the school ( vulnerable/ shielded/ non drivers etc.) I will deliver to your door – hygienically! My email is or phone 0190085051 or 07769973534. Pam Jaques

  32. Leslie Webb says:

    I was out delivering the Link this afternoon and remembered that, wearing my First Responder hat, we had said that the Vale of Lorton CFR team would endeavour to keep turning out to as many callouts as possible. Currently, we have 8 CFRs in the team, but due to various restrictions on some of us (me included) in the current crisis, we are down to just 2 active CFRs for the foreseeable future. We will still do our best, but our not-far-off 100% turn-out record over 15 years will almost certainly suffer in the coming months.

    Our numbers were due to halve in the next 12 months anyway due to upcoming retirements so we would welcome anyone (over 18s with a car) in the valley to get in touch with me (here) if they are interested in joining our team. We are delighted that a few locals have recently already done this, but we do need more volunteers now so that they are fully trained hopefully by the end of 2020. I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in joining a great bunch of people in helping others at difficult times in their lives. CFRing is great for others, but also for CFRs – we’ve only ever had one callout to a current or retired CFR!

    Leslie Webb, Lorton CFR Team Leader.

  33. Chris poate says:

    Fyne Fish will deliver, to Lorton, but do need a group of orders to make it economical. They want orders of £25 so maybe more than one would usually be spending. In the end we rang up and made an order and went in to collect. Station street was very empty so not a problem.
    They need payment so you need to order, then they will work out the cost depending on what fish, ring you back etc

  34. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    Just to remind you that Oakhurst Garden Centre, Cockermouth, will take telephone orders and deliver. Small items e.g. seeds can be posted.

  35. Cathy Lee says:

    Hi, Fyne Fish in Cockermouth will do deliveries to homes in Lorton with no delivery cost, as long as orders are around the £25 mark. If anyone is interested, it maybe worth getting together so they only have to come out to us on a certain day and then they are more likely to lower the minimum order charge.
    I am happy to coordinate this with the shop. So, if you are interested, just reply to this posting please or give me a call on 07500118954.

    Cathy Lee

  36. Julia Wilson says:

    For anyone interested in fruit and vegetable deliveries, County Fruit Stores will be delivering to Lorton School playground (shed) on Friday afternoons.
    Orders can be placed by phone 01900822108 or message through Facebook.

  37. Richard Kahane says:

    Please note Caterite in Embleton are accepting food orders from the public to be collected from them by car. You have to register with them & give a car Reg number.

  38. Leslie Webb says:

    The saxophonist Snake Davies, who played at Ennerdale just a couple of weeks ago, has played 2 online concerts over the last 2 nights with another tonight at 7pm. The link is

  39. Derek Poate says:

    Pioneer foods
    Mark Cockbain from the Wheatsheaf has been in touch. Apparently Pioneer foods in Carlisle have surplus stock as their deliveries to hotels and restaurants have all stopped. He was told they would deliver orders free of charge if over £30. They can be contacted online or by phone 01228 403410. I have not tried this myself yet but maybe worth exploring.

  40. Chris Poate says:

    Lorton Take Away Meals . Order from Helen on 07790459064. 48 HOURS NOTICE.
    This weeks Menu !
    Tuesday 24th. Cottage Pie/ veg/ apple sponge
    Wednesday Chicken pasta bake / fruit salad
    Thursday Lasagne garlic bread/ Victoria sponge
    Friday Fish and chips peas/ chocolate Brownie.

  41. Leslie Webb says:

    This info below is from the GP son of a Lorton resident:

    “Assistant Director of Nursing at QE has said they’ve had a message today that virus seems to be spreading quickly via petrol pumps so they advise to wear gloves when filling up or use paper towel and bin straight away. Can you please pass this around anyone you know.”

    The Message Board is an excellent way to pass around generic info on things like this issue, although I’m not sure how many people are registered to get messages automatically. See top to see how to do this.

    Leslie Webb, Loweswater.

  42. Chris Poate says:

    From Tuesday March 24th HELEN will be cooking.
    A Take a Way service will operate from Monday to Friday,11.45. -1.00 pm.
    Cost : £4.00 per meal.
    If you would like a two course meal, please telephone HELEN on 07790459064 stating any dietary requirements, your name and telephone number.
    Invoices will be sent in due course, with cheques made payable to The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust.
    48 hours notice required.
    Some local delivery service may be available .

  43. richardeaston2013 says:

    Test message – ignore me,

  44. gw62 says:

    Road/hybrid bike free to anyone who will use it. Dawes Cross, used by Debbie who is about 5’5″ so probably suitable if you are 5’2″ to 5’8″
    I’m cleaning the (slightly rusty) chain this morning, and fitting a more comfortable saddle. Photo on my facebook page here.
    Let me know if you want it. I can leave it outside for collection anytime, no need to shake hands on the deal!!

  45. Chris poate says:

    If you want to avoid Cockermouth Post Office, Don’t forget that the mobile Post Office Service is in Lorton on a Friday ,13.10- 13.30. Full range of services, cash available.
    You can queue in the open air, outside 4 Broomcroft.

  46. Message from Lorton Village Shop, as from today, March 19th:

    We’re still open, and we have a task force of volunteers at the ready to deliver to anyone in the local area who can’t get out. Please phone us on 01900 85102. We can take card payments over the phone.

    Please note, from today:

    1. We’re serving takeaway coffee and snacks only (please bring your reusable cup if possible), but the garden is open – please sit at a sensible distance!
    2. Two customers only at a time inside the shop.
    3. No unsupervised children inside.

    This is because the space inside is just too small to accommodate a larger number of people at a safe distance from each other, and we need to keep ourselves safe as well in order to stay open for you!

    Thanks for understanding, and stay safe everyone.

  47. Hi everyone

    I just want to let you know I am thinking about you all and hope you all keep well.
    Sheila Drewery (nee Cunningham) ex Palace How, Loweswater resident.

  48. gw62 says:

    Message from Lorton Village Shop – coping with the Corona virus.
    If you are SELF-ISOLATING, we can arrange delivery for you. Please note that we don’t hold a lot of stock, so we might have to place limits on essentials.
    You can contact us on 01900 85102 or email
    Facebook page – Lorton Village Shop; A Shed with a View

  49. Cathy Lee says:

    Hi, we had planned to join the table tennis group (even bought 2 bats!) but, for obvious reasons, have noticed that the Table Tennis Group has been cancelled for the time being.
    I was wondering if there was any possibility of the tables being used outside (maybe the tennis club could help here), or perhaps set up permanently inside the Hall to be used on an adhoc basis rather than a group basis?
    Have the tables got outdoor covers or is there somewhere they could be stored near to a outside area?

    Thank you


    • Glenis Postlethwaite says:

      the school has an undercover outdoor area…………..might be worth considering. Talk to headmistress before school closes tomorrow.

      • David Gardiner says:

        The table tennis tables in the Yew Tree Hall are indoor tables without covers, and so not appropriate for outdoor use. But someone may have a more appropriate table they could lend, especially if the undercover outdoor area at the school could be used.

  50. Chris Poate says:

    Volunteers needed ! Monday 9th March 10- 4pm, Wednesday 11th March 10-4pm. If you are interested in helping the West Cumbria Rivers Trust plant trees near Whinlatter please contact 07999366034
    Meet at Hobcarton Car Park,west side of Whinlatter. Bring a packed lunch,water proofs and sturdy footwear.

  51. loweswatercam says:

    Free to a good home: 3 seater bed settee and two bed chairs

    Old but perfectly serviceable bed settee (3 seater makes 6ft wide bed)
    Fire label on mattress but missing from settee, but both are same vintage (approx. 2002)
    Blue fabric. 2 matching cushions
    (British Heart Foundation should have collected but fussed about missing label on chair fabric)

    Available now, collect asap due to decorating.
    Contact Roger on 01 900 85040


  53. richardeaston2013 says:

    Lorton School require a Clerk to their Local Governing Body. If you are interested and would like further information , please contact Olivia Harrison, the Headteacher on 01900 85919.

  54. Glenis Postlethwaite says:

    I have four beautiful hens, free of charge, looking for a home. already had two laying seasons…anyone interested?

  55. Jill Harvey says:

    Happy New Year! The Friends of Lorton School have their first fundraiser of the year at Yew Tree Hall on Saturday 18th Jan at 7:30.

    ‘One Step at a Time’ sees David Mitchell, Lorton resident and former Lorton school parent, talk about his 20+ year polar career in both the Arctic and Antarctic during which he and a friend became the first Britons to reach the North Geographic Pole without resupply.

    Ticks cost £6 and are available in advance from Lorton Village Shop or Sara Brown, 01900 822895.

    Cash bar and raffle on the night.

    All money raised to be split equally between the Friends of Lorton School and Lorton After School Club.

    We hope to see some of you there.

  56. richardeaston2013 says:

    Maurice Pankhurst, National Trust Ranger has asked me to post this.

    Good afternoon

    We are reviewing our forestry operations in Lanthwaite Wood, Holme Wood and Palace How, felling operations are likely to continue for many years to come from the two larger woodlands.

    We are contacting you to let you know of our plans to change the gateway into Palace How wood. (see attached PDF)

    At present there is a 12 ft gate into the woodland, we will be removing this and replacing it with 2 x 12ft gates and a kissing gate, all of which will be set back into the woodland.

    Our main concerns are the stacking of timber in Lanthwaite wood and the issues of access for timber wagons in this busy car park. Moving the stacking area to Palace How wood will completely separate the issues of public parking and the movement of large timber wagons. If you would like to discuss theses changes then please contact me directly, I am also more than happy to meet you on site to explain the changes.


    Maurice Pankhurst
    Woodland Ranger North Lakes
    National Trust
    Borrowdale Road
    CA12 5UP
    017687 81924 mob 07825 273599

    Click to access palce-how-wood.pdf

    • Christine Davey says:

      Thank you for posting this information. We will be contacting Maurice Pankhurst via email to outline a number of negative impacts that we are concerned about for us and our neighbours.
      Christine & Rich Davey

    • Debbie Watson says:

      Thank you for posting this information. We will also be contacting Maurice Pankhurst with some questions about this development and asking for a site meeting as he has kindly offered. I will post details of time of this meeting as soon as we have a response in case other people would like to attend as well.
      Debbie and Graham Watson

    • Debbie Watson says:

      Maurice has kindly agreed to a site meeting at the entrance to Palace How woods to discuss concerns over plans to widen the gateway and create a timber stacking and loading area. The meeting will be on Friday 17th at 12 midday. Anyone from the community who is interested in finding out more about the plans and the effects they will have, are encouraged to join us.
      Debbie and Graham Watson

  57. Jill says:

    Hi, the Friends of Lorton School would like to invite you to their annual Christmas Fair this Sunday, 2-4pm at Yew Tree Hall, Lorton.
    Entry is £2.50 for adults which includes a mince pie and mulled wine, and £1.50 for children which includes juice and a gingerbread biscuit.
    There will be lots of stalls including a Body Shop stall, home made gifts, cakes, games, and crafts for the kids, a Christmas jumper sale, and a raffle of 3 hampers. All money raised goes to Lorton School.
    We hope to see you there.

  58. Ann Peck says:

    A truly magnificent website for Melbreak Communities. As far as I can see when I click on church services, it says they are on the caeandar which comes up but do not seem to be there Ann Peck

    • roseyriley says:

      Hi Ann – thanks for spotting this. I had inadvertently added them to my personal calendar rather than the local events one. If you try again you should see them now. Rosemary

  59. richardeaston2013 says:

    Dear Community Members
    I am writing to let you know about a local history book which may be of interest. THE LANGUAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE, A Journey into Lake District History, by Angus Winchester focuses on the parishes of Blindbothel, Buttermere, Lorton and Loweswater in a book which examines how personal association, knowledge of history, the development of place names, memory and myth, combine to make places in the landscape unique.
    I have attached an information sheet with more details. I also attach a thumbnail of the cover which you may find useful for publicity purposes.
    The Language of the Landscape will be published on 8th November. Angus Winchester is appearing at the Maryport Literature Festival on 17th November to talk about the book.
    Kind regards
    Liz Nuttall
    Handstand Press. East Banks, Dent. Sedbergh. LA10 5QT

  60. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, if anyone fancies a fun night out tomorrow we still have tickets available for The Great Big Cumbria Quiz at Yew Tree Hall. Tickets cost just £6 and you can pay on the door. Our quiz master Toby is coming straight from filming with Colin Firth so he might have some gossip for us too!
    Hope to see some of you there, we’d really love to fill the hall.
    Best wishes,

  61. gw62 says:

    Can anyone tell me the Buttermere Shepherds Meet date this year? The webpage hasn’t been updated since the 2017 date!

    • Graham, The Shepherd Meet in Buttermere is the last Sunday of October, this year it is October 27th, at Croft House Farm field in the centre of the village. Fell Racing starts from the field too I believe. Details from Pauline Blair. I will ask Richard to update the relevant Mellbreak page. Cheers R.

  62. Jill Harvey says:

    We still have some tickets available for the Great Big Cumbria Quiz next Friday evening at Yew Tree Hall. Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 7:30. There’s a cash bar and raffle. Every round has a Cumbria theme and there’s even a tasting round. All money raised to be split 50/50 with Lorton School and the local Rotary Clubs.
    For tickets contact Jill on 07903 647444 or

  63. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, the Friends of Lorton School are hosting The Great Big Cumbria Quiz on Friday 11th October at Yew Tree Hall and would like to invite members of the local community to come and test their knowledge on all things Cumbrian! Toby Gaffney (Lorton School parent) is our quiz master for the night and if any of you have been to his Kirkgate quizzes you’ll know that you’re in for a good night! Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £6 and include free nibbles, there will be a cash bar serving alcohol and soft drinks plus a raffle. Maximum team size of 8, you can either get a team together in advance of come along and join one on the night. Tickets must be purchased in advance, please contact me on 07903 647444 or to reserve yours. This is a fundraising event, all money to be split 50/50 between The Friends of Lorton School and local charities chosen by the rotary clubs of Bassenthwaite and Workington Derwent. We look forward to seeing some of you there.

  64. sara brown says:

    Would anyone know of any land that has public access that Lorton school children could plant trees or a hedge on? The Woodland Trust is giving away a variety of tree pack’s and I was just wondering if anyone knew of a space. I work for the Royal Forestry Society and would love it if I could get children planting trees/ hedges in the village. Thank you.

    • roseyriley says:

      Hi Sara, as part of the Eco Church/Eco Community project we intend planting more trees in the churchyard and as with the wildlife survey you need it would be great if we could work with the school so let’s liaise

  65. sara brown says:

    Just to let everyone know that you can reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill as Lorton School is a collecting hub for crisp packets ( all brands). Walkers crisps and a recycling company have teamed up. The packets get turned into plastic pellets and then reused for items such as garden chair. Walkers are committed to make all their crisp packets fully compostable by 2025 but in the mean time we can do this to help. The collection point is in one of the sheds on the playground that is left open. You do not have to wash them. Please drop them off out of school hours, weekends,evenings and holiday’s would be great.
    Thank you for your support in this. Sara Brown ( Friends of Lorton School)

  66. Josephine McCurrie says:

    This might interest some of the ‘balsam bashers’ : I am holding the first of several HB control events in the upper catchment of the Cocker on the 4th of July, meeting at the Waterend car park at 10.15 and carrying on (me, at least) until 4ish. This will be a good chance to control the balsam before it makes its way into the system. I will post more events as I arrange them.

  67. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, a date for your diaries. Lorton School is holding its annual Summer Fair in the playing field on Thursday 11th July from 3pm – 4:30pm. We’ll have cream teas and other refreshments, plants for sale, a pre-loved toys and books stall, bouncy castle for the kids, a raffle with some amazing prizes donated by local businesses and lots more. We’d love members of the local community to join us for a fun afternoon and help us to raise some money for the school. Hope to see you there, please feel free to invite family and friends. Admission is free.

  68. Josephine McCurrie says:

    Following great support for my initial events, I am holding a regular Himalayan balsam pull every Monday morning 10-12 until the 22nd of July. We meet at Yew Tree Hall, gloves provided but please wear wellies. A big thank you to all those who have already taken part and I look forward to seeing new and old faces on Mondays. Cheers, Jo
    For more information or for a full schedule of events

  69. Christine Davey says:

    Dear All,
    As many of you are aware I made contact with Tom Burditt from the National Trust (General Manager of the North Lakes) regarding the news this week of the purchase of Brackenthwaite Hows by the organisation. I expressed my own concerns about potential impacts of improving access to this special piece of land and asked if it was possible for some sort of community engagement by the National Trust, so that others could have the opportunity to discuss any concerns directly.

    He has kindly provided the following response, which we agreed would be passed on to the community via this message board:

    “As the National Trust we are really proud to have acquired Brackenthwaite Hows; there has been a real outpouring of support, and it is obvious just how much the place – and its view – means to people both locally and further afield. I have been up there this week and was actually thanked spontaneously by the few people I met for acquiring it because it is such a special place. In my 5 and a half years working up here in North Lakes that hasn’t happened very often, on any topics!!

    However, we have also picked up some concerns from local residents about the impact that our acquisition will have on the quietness of the place, the routes in, and the wildlife. We are very aware that there are tensions at the heart of acquiring and conserving such a special place for the nation, forever, and what that means locally: for those of you already living here and walking here.

    We are really keen to engage with local residents about the Hows, about what our plans are, what you know about it, and how we might manage the access in, in the most sensitive way. We will therefore be hosting an evening walk for locals on Friday 28th June. We will start at the National Trust Lanthwaite Wood car park at 5pm. You are welcome to meet us there, or if you want to walk up to the Hows directly we are happy to meet you up there from about 5.45pm by the time we get there. We would hope to finish at 7-7.30.

    We absolutely understand the impacts that large numbers of visitors might have on the bluebells and other flowers there; we understand every day the issues about maintaining the right balance between access and conservation, across all the land we manage and are committed to doing what we can to get it right. There are similar places locally such as the Rannerdale bluebells and Holme Wood where, with great public support, we are working really hard to ensure that visitors are not damaging what we all love.

    Although reading the press it may feel like the whole world wants to go to Brackenthwaite Hows now, my instinct is that it will calm down quickly. Following press coverage of other countryside acquisitions in the Lakes we have expected lots of new visitors but the interest didn’t result in more than a slight increase in visits. In time, the site will come to be seen as part of a wider landscape that we already own and look after and where, sunny weekends in Buttermere village apart, this is still a quieter corner of the Lakes.

    When we are talking about improving access we are really focussing on one main thing, which is the footpath(s) up from Lanthwaite Wood car park. At the moment the cliff path is not waymarked, hard to find, extremely steep and very slippery in places. We would hope that improving it (lightly and sensitively) will help. Some current users / walkers have pointed out that signing the longer walk in from the bigger NT forest track (the bridleway) through Lanthwaite Wood might be better, so we are also looking into that.

    We feel that by improving these routes we can keep visitors off roads and within existing NT woodland until they get up to the summit. From that way in, once you get onto the hill itself the paths are already well defined and rocky. We think that advocating these routes from that direction would stop people starting to park/walk on nearby roads and trying to find other ways in. However we would be absolutely up for talking to and working with the local community if there might be other ways of doing it that would be better. A couple of the other access points are also tricky (a stile, a wall-top gate), and we think there might be merit in making these easier to use, if only for existing users.

    Now that there has been so much interest, we may need to improve the information on our website to help people to find it, but we will not be actively promoting visits to the site (or others in the Buttermere/Lanthwaite/Loweswater area as is our current policy) through marketing.

    I absolutely appreciate that that is my take on it, and that I and my colleagues need to work with local residents to sense check these views, and also to see what else could/should be done. Could we/should we for instance try and encourage people to use the bus rather than a car to get here? There will be lots of things we haven’t thought of, and lots we are looking forward to discovering about Brackenthwaite Hows and its heritage and value.

    Our ambition is to maintain the specialness and unspoiltness of the place: we will not be developing it, changing it, putting up a pay barrier or campsite or many other things that we have heard some people are concerned about.

    If you cannot make it to the evening, but still want to express your view or share a story about the place, please contact us at

    We look forward to meeting you,”

  70. loweswatercam says:

    Hi All, you may or may not have seen today’s local news:
    What the implications will be for the area are yet to be discussed but it would be nice to think there would be some local consultation before any changes are made to parking or pathways.
    Roger and Ann.

    • loweswatercam says:

      Christine Davey is suggesting that Tom Burditt, area manager for he Trust would be prepared to have an open site visit to allow locals to air their views which sound promising for the future. Watch this space presumably. R.

      • loweswatercam says:

        By way of background John Macfarlane has sent the following information:

        Turner visited the valley during one day in early August 1797, riding over Newlands from Keswick where he stayed for 3 days, so he did not have much time, as he would want to get back for dinner at the Royal Oak. He sketched above Buttermere village (near West’s 5th ‘viewing station’), and elsewhere, probably called at the inn, and then he did go north along the east edge of Crummock, over Buttermere Hause (no road of course and you can see the zigzag horse descent by the path up to Rannerdale Knott from the car park at the hause).
        As far as I know he only got as far as where the NT have a raised view station and bench at 15782023 just before the wood, and well before Brackenthwaite. He sketched there but never developed it into a painting :” That is not surprising as the landscape view is good but limited, as you know, you can’t see round the corner to the shapes of the endless retreating mountains.

        He would have known about Brackenthwaite How as it was indicated as one of T West’s (the Trip Advisor for the Lakes in the 18C) tourist viewing stations (No.3), in the popular maps sold by Crosthwaite , founder of the Keswick museum in the 1780s. He likely then rode back south to Buttermere and as he came over the shoulder of Rannerdale Knott, he will have been confronted with the wonderful view south – the subject of the famous ‘Cromack water and part of Buttermere: a shower’. He sketched from near West’s 4th viewing station, about 16331805. IT was raining (unsurprisingly!) – you can see spots on his sketch book sheet. He then needed to ride all the way back to Keswick for supper.

        The oil painting he worked up in London that winter included the famous rainbow, which from physics and meteorology is impossible, but he was an artist and he loved rainbows!
        So I think it is better to say that Brackenthwaite gives us a wonderful view of the various landscapes that inspired Turner, and many other artists. Purely by chance, a Turner curator from the Tate is coming to stay over the weekend so I will ask her for any more info and we shall probably walk her to these various places.

        John Macfarlane
        (PS Turner How just below Brackenthwaite was not named after him – was the word Turner in that context, a variation of tanner)

    • Ann Peck says:

      Very aware of our namesakes -can you put Hiley after your messages so that everyone knows which Ann and Roger or Roger and Ann it is. Thanks
      Ann (Peck)

  71. Josephine McCurrie says:

    Himalayan balsam bashes! 5th June 2019 7-9 pm and 12th June 2019 10 -12 am
    Meet at Yew Tree Hall
    More dates to follow
    Hope to see you there
    Jo McCurrie – West Cumbria Rivers Trust

  72. Kirsten Prosser says:

    We are holding a Friends of Lorton School Pop Up Shop after school on Friday 17th 3-4.30pm in the school playground. There will be second-hand children’s books, DVDs, games and toys for sale as well as lots of paperbacks for grown-ups. Please do come along and support this fundraising event!

    If you would like to contribute items for this and future sales, please do pass to me and I will sort them out for you. Any primary-age items welcome, particularly for the older primary years.

    Thank you and hope to see you there.

  73. Hello. I’m an American historical romance author ( writing about Victorian England. I’m currently writing a novel set in 1856 Buttermere (summer). Via YouTube I’ve “walked” around Buttermere, and “climbed” Haystacks, and I’ve read everything I can find on the internet regarding historic Buttermere (not much). I own a copy of Bragg’s The Maid of Buttermere. I’ve spent hours looking at maps. I’ve even made my own map for inclusion at the front of my novel.
    What I’m lacking and need is information regarding conditions on the lower parts of Buttermere Fell, and a few specifics about the area surrounding the south end of the lake. Some of it is simply imagining what it might have been like in 1856.
    Is there anyone who’d consent to a conversation via email? I love having as much historical accuracy in my novels as possible. For purposes of the story, Never a Viscount will not be completely accurate, but I’d like to get the setting right. Buttermere was a random choice. I wanted the novel set in the Lake District. I checked out the district and fell in love with the beauty of Buttermere. I also loved the name!
    Hoping someone is willing to help me imagine Buttermere in 1856. I’d be so grateful.
    Sheri Humphreys,

  74. Chris Poate says:

    Lorton Parish Council has a vacancy. Any resident in Lorton Parish who might be interested in fulfilling this interesting community role, please get in touch for an informal chat. Lorton Parish Council had its first meeting in 1894, 125 years ago.

    Chris Poate

  75. Jo Stephens says:

    Two lost hounds today wandering above loweswater falls 20th jan 2019 can’t find a phone number to let anyone know

  76. Chris Poate says:

    Reminder ! Lorton School Community Lunch. Open to All. Monday Jan 14th 2019 .
    To Book. Call Helen on 0779045906

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