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  1. Hanneke van Schelven says:

    Lorton Working Group for Refugee Support are holding an open meeting at Yew Tree Village Hall on Sat 9th April at 12.30 pm to discuss the potential for a Lorton Community response to the current Ukrainian refugee crisis. (straight after the morning coffee and cakes event)

    • Greetings

      I would very much like to join you on 9 April.

      My Father was a refugee to this country and found solace in Buttermere valley. I later became part of valley life as a child and adult.

      Meanwhile I work with Cumbria Unity Festival, South Lakes Equality and Diversity Partnership and the Cumbria Race Equity Network. I recently started to liaise with all the Cumbrian groups working with people seeking refuge.

      • Hanneke van Schelven says:

        Hi Claire, sorry for the late response. I very much look forward to talking with you on 9th April at Yew Tree Hall.Hanneke

      • Claire Griffel says:

        Excellent. Thank you

        Best wishes Claire Griffel

      • Greetings
        Unfortunately I now have been asked to work on 9 April.
        I think it would be a good idea if we had a quick call instead before your meeting then we can see if there are any ideas that could be shared at the meeting.

        My number is 07927720497.
        If you prefer I can send you a zoom link.
        My email is

        I am flexible with time all day so far on Thursday 7 April or in the afternoon on Friday 8 April.

        Very best wishes Claire Griffel

  2. Steven Q says:

    For those who haven’t seen it yet, the price of heating oil has risen out of all proportion to other oils in the last couple of weeks, tripling to above 150ppl. There is likely to be a significant risk of theft from oil tanks while this situation continues.

  3. Jill Harvey says:

    Good evening, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has placed a bid on something in the Friends of Lorton School online auction. All 32 items in the auction have now received at least one bid and we have over £1,300 in online bids alone. We’ll be closing online bids at 6pm tomorrow so if you’ve seen something you like the look of make sure you place your bid before then. Or if you’ve already placed a bid you might like to check to make sure you haven’t been outbid!
    Tickets are still available for the live auction on Saturday evening in Yew Tree Hall, we’d love to see some of you there. Tickets cost £7.50 including a glass of fizz and free nibbles, there’s no charge for under 18s.
    We’ve got one of the auctioneers from Mitchell’s running the auction for us so we’ll be in good hands. We’re also running a cash bar on the night and the Kirkstile Inn have very generously donated a barrel of Loweswater Gold so we hope some of you can join us for a drink or two, even if you don’t want to bid on anything.
    Hope to see you there.

  4. Andrea Ward says:

    Andrea & Pete Ward (2 Rose Cottage) will be giving a presentation to the local community about their ideas for a Centre for Spirituality based in Loweswater Vicarage on Sunday, 13th March.

    The presentation will take place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lorton, following the 10.30am Holy Communion service. There’ll be a break after the service, so please join us for 11.45am if you’re not coming along to the service. Everyone is very welcome!

    For more information contact Andrea at

  5. An author talk at Cockermouth library
    Market day Friday 18 March at 2 pm

    Claire Griffel introduces her book
    Buttermere return
    There will also be plenty of interesting items of local interest to look at including her collection of old postcards.

    Special Guest
    High Sheriff of Cumbria David Beeby
    Tickets £1 to include refreshments
    To book please contact Cockermouth Library direct or call 01900 822634

  6. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi all,
    Online bids for the Friends of Lorton School Sparkling Charity Auction are now open! You can see all 31 items and place a bid on the attached link.
    We really hope some of you can join us for the live auction at Yew Tree Hall on 12th March, I know some of you have already bought tickets.
    We have one of the Mitchell’s Auctioneers running the auction for us, doors open at 7pm and the auction will get underway around 7:30 with a couple of intervals. There’ll be a cash bar and the lovely people at the Kirkstile Inn have donated a barrel of beer so hopefully people will arrive thirsty!
    Tickets cost £7.50 (no charge for under 18s) including a glass of fizz and free nibbles. You can buy tickets on the attached link.
    Hope to see you there!

  7. Pam Jaques says:

    Ukraine Refugee Crisis. The Polish Shop on Stenhouse St, Maryport is collecting items for Ukrainian refugees – e.g.clothes especially for older people, women and children, baby items, toys, dried food goods, toiletries/hygiene etc. Drop off at the shop. Family members are sorting the items and sending over in returning Polish lorries.

    • Polly Lusher says:

      Latest update The Lakes Centre shop in Cockermouth are a drop off place for The Polish Shop donations…. they don’t want clothes ( have too many at the mo ) but they need all baby items – nappies / milk / bottles / wet wipes etc plus First aid kits / torches

      • roseyriley says:

        Darn it – I was only thinking this morning that I should get rid of some clothes! I’ll have to buy some nappies instead

      • roseyriley says:

        Just to let you all know this collection point is now closed as they received too much stuff!

  8. Jill Harvey says:

    Good evening, the Friends of Lorton School are looking forward to holding their annual 10k race next month. It’s the 10th year of the race and the first time in 3 years we’ve been able to hold it due to COVID.

    This year, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and give our fundraising a much needed boost, we’re also holding a Sparkling Charity Auction on the evening of the race, Saturday 12th March, in Yew Tree Hall. Tickets are £7.50 which includes a glass of fizz and free nibbles. We’ve had some amazing prizes donated by local businesses including lunch for 2 at Michelin star restaurant The Cottage in the Wood, a 1 night stay B&B for 2 at The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite, a £100 voucher to use on a cottage break with, Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, a family ticket for Alnwick Gardens and a game of golf on their Adventure Golf Course, and tickets for Keswick Mountain Festival.

    You can see all Auction items and where to buy tickets on the link below. Please note we are adding new auction items all the time so please keep checking back to see an updated list. We really hope members of the local community will join us for an entertaining evening. We’re hoping one of the auctioneers from Mitchell’s will run our auction for us, and we’re on the lookout for local musicians who might like to perform before the Auction kicks off and during the intervals. There’ll be a cash bar on the night too. If anyone would like to bid on anything in the Auction but can’t make it on the night we’ll be taking online bids the week before the live Auction. If anyone would like any more info please feel free to get in touch. Hopefully see lots of you there on 12th March.

    Best wishes,

  9. Cherry Ridgway says:

    Hi everyone, Hope this is OK?
    I moved to the valley at the start of the first lockdown and then moved to the outskirts of High Lorton in March 2021. I would love to get to know some people and wonder what is on during the evenings or weekends? – I work full time so could only go to things then. Also, is there a book club that runs in the evenings? If there is one that is open to new people joining it would be great if someone could let me know, if not I am very happy to set one up if anyone would be interested?
    I’m an all year round lake swimmer too btw so always happy too swim with anyone. Thanks in advance, Cherry

    • Glenis Postlethwaite says:

      Dear Cherry,

      I am Chair of the Melbreak Communities group. Have a look at our website and see what we are up to. Lorton is a busy place with all sorts of things going on. If you send me an email I can send you some emails for people involved with the swimming and other things…welcome to Lorton.

  10. roseyriley says:

    Unfortunately due to the worsening Covid situation the Crib Service and Christingle at Lorton Church on 24th December at 5p.m has been cancelled.

  11. roseyriley says:

    For anyone who hasn’t pre-ordered I have just 18 Lorton Vale calendars and 12 packs of Christmas cards left. If you’d like any then please call me on 07885 360353.

  12. Ann peck says:

    Memories of Jean Trafford.
    Dear All,
    It is with sadness, I want you to know that Jean Trafford has passed away at Dalton Court. For those who know the Trafford family including Colin, Jean’s husband, you may be interested to know that Jean’s funeral is being held at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lorton on Tuesday 9th November at 11am.

    Jean Trafford died 30/10/21 at Dalton Court, Cockermouth Aged 80 years, farming formerly at Ullock Mains Farm ,Millbeck and Hopebeck. Mr & Mrs Trafford were married at Lorton and Mrs Trafford’s family (Clark’s) are buried at Lorton

  13. richardeaston2013 says:

    Ann Peck asked me to post this:

    Organ playing for All Souls Day from 2-4pm today at St Cuthbert’s Church Lorton -just pop in -flexible attendance!

  14. Hi Leslie please could you let me have further information on Palace How Wood

  15. Leslie Webb says:

    I have been a member of U3A in Cockermouth for over 10 years – it’s a great place to meet people who are interested in a similar things. Next Saturday 16 October from 11.00-15.00, there’s an Open Day being held at the URC in Cockermouth where you can learn about some of the topics covered and meet some of the Group Leaders. One of the great things about U3A is that, if there’s a subject you’re interested in, but there’s no group in that area, you can start one. If you can’t get to the URC next week, have a look at the website –

  16. Alan Riddiough says:

    Hello there
    How do we purchase advance tickets for the film show on the 26 October 2021 ?
    Thank you
    Alan Riddiough

    • David Gardiner says:

      Hi Alan. Advance tickets are not sold for the film nights. You can just turn up at the Yew Tree Hall on the night and there will be enough space for you!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. richardeaston2013 says:

    Rosemary Riley asked me to post this.

    Click to access hunter-jan-2021.pdf

  30. 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.

  31. Glenis Postlethwaite says:

    where do we find the document please? Do you have a link?

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