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  1. richardeaston2013 says:

    Mark Astley has told me that the bridge just below HIGH NOOK FARM has been badly damaged by flood and is as of today (1 December) closed to all vehicles and walkers, until a temporary bypassing bridge structure is put up in due course.
    This means that people cannot walk right round the ‘Coffin route’ via High Nook and back to Maggie’s bridge or vice versa at present. In addition the footbridge crossing High Nook Beck above the farm was washed away in October.

    Once I hear this popular walking route is open again I’ll post a further message to this board.

    Best regards


    • loweswatercam says:

      Thanks Richard, hopefully Mark will sort access soon, it’s a nice local walk to the tarn and back. I’ve spread the word further on our web site for you. Cheers, Roger and Ann.

  2. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, the Friends of Lorton School are holding a couple of events at Yew Tree Hall in the coming weeks and would like to invite all members of the local community.
    On Thursday 30th November 6-8 we have our Christmas Fair. It’s £2.50 entry for adults and includes a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. Entry for children is 50p and there will be snacks and juice available. There’ll be a number of stalls and crafts and games for the children. Father Christmas will also be paying a visit!

    On Saturday 9th December we’re hosting a Christmas Quiz. Tickets cost £5 and are available from me or Lorton Village Shop. Maximum team size is 8 but you’ll be also be able to join a team on the night. There’ll be a cash bar, doors open at 7:30 and the quiz starts at 8.

    Hope to see you there!

  3. Derek Poate says:

    For anyone interested in ways in which natural processes can be utilised to help reduce the risk of flooding, the Environment Agency has published evidence and over 60 case studies on 31st October 2017. You can find links to those documents on the River Management page under Community Issues here on the Melbreak website.
    Derek Pote

  4. Derek Poate says:

    The Yew Tree Hall will host a Ceilidh on Friday 1st December, 7.00pm, dancing to the band Rascal Fayre. We will serve hot food at the start of the evening and there will be a cash bar. Tickets from Lorton shop or Hall Committee members at the coffee morning on 11th November and other events in the Hall.

    Look out for posters and get your tickets early, numbers will be limited.

  5. Jill Harvey says:

    The Friends of Lorton School are hosting a coffee morning at Yew Tree Hall on Saturday 14th October 10:30-12:30. All money raised will go towards the new community playground which it’s hope will be built next year. Please come and join us for some delicious home made cakes and tea or coffee. There’ll be crafts for the kids and a raffle with some great prizes donated by local businesses. Jill’s Brill Books (that’s me!) will also be there with a great selection of children’s books to buy on the day or order. I’ve left some Christmas leaflets at Lorton Village Shop which have details of some special offers and new arrivals, I’ve also let a couple of copies of the full catalogue, please feel free to borrow one. Any books that are ordered will be delivered the following week. I look forward to seeing you there, Jill.

  6. richardeaston2013 says:

    Details of forthcoming road works in the area can be found here:

  7. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, I’ll be at Lorton Village Shop this Friday from 9-11:30 with a great selection of Usborne Children’s Books. All items will be available to purchase on the day and you can also order from the full catalogue. I’ve left a couple of catalogues at the shop plus some summer brochures with details of special offers and new arrivals. Orders will be delivered to the shop the following week.
    I hope you can come along for a coffee and a browse. Please feel free to invite anyone who may be interested.
    Jill Harvey (Independent Usborne Organiser)

  8. Jan Collins-Webb says:

    Meet Trudy Harrison
    Conservative Candidate for Copeland

    7pm Thursday 1st June
    Loweswater Village Hall
    Tea and Coffee available after meeting

    Please confirm attendance with
    Jan Collins-Webb – 01900 85609

  9. The shop has suffered an attempted break-in. Someone has tried to jemmy the back door and has damaged the frame but has fortunately failed to gain access. If anyone has seen anything suspicious in the area recently please inform the police, and please be vigilant for your own security.

  10. Richard copsey says:

    We are considering moving to the area( latterhouse farmhouse)
    What is the broadband like ( or 4g etc)
    We mainly email is skype friends / family
    Is there any plans to upgrade?
    Many thanks
    Richard Copsey

    • Steven Q says:

      Richard – I see Les has answered the broadband question on the Broadband board. In terms of 4G coverage, EE recently upgraded their coverage in the valley from 3G to 4G. In practice I seem to be able to get 32 Mbps in most of the valley now. I believe 60 Mbps would be possible in the valley if you paid for double speed 4G (which I haven’t yet).

      There is a coverage checker here and if you select the Map option, you should be able to roughly locate Latterhead . It appears to me that Redhow Crags, the small lump just to the north of Latterhead, may well be between you and the 4G mast. There seems to be a 4G ‘shadow’ to the south of Redhow. If you have an EE mobile or one of the sub-brands which use EE such as BT Mobile, you could test this.

  11. Joe says:

    LAKELAND LANDSCAPE Oil Painting Workshop
    at Yew Tree Hall, Lorton (also at Ennerdale Bridge & Ireby)
    with Cockermouth artist Joe Charman

    Come and paint along with me and create a beautiful landscape painting IN JUST ONE DAY! – no experience necessary!
    Sound impossible?….It’s absolutely possible!!
    I’ll guide you through every step of your painting from start to finish, sharing with you all the techniques I utilise to create a magical masterpiece in just one day. You’ll be absolutely amazed at what you can create!
    We’ll create an entirely new painting at each workshop.

    I’m currently looking to set up an ongoing 1 DAY OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP here at Yew Tree Hall – a totally relaxed, fun and “free” approach to painting.
    Please register your interest by phoning me on
    07939 979 353 or email me:

    Once I have an idea of numbers interested and a day that is most suitable for the group each month, I’ll contact you with the date we decide between us.
    For more information please visit my website –
    I look forward to painting with you!

  12. Lorton Village Shop are now open on Mondays as well from Feb 20th, and have all sorts of things happening. There are Craft & Chat sessions on a Monday and Wednesday 11am-1pm – £4 a session for tea and cake; Running Club 9am Friday mornings £4, and a programme of craft workshops. The next one is Making Clippy Mats on March 18th, and coming up later – MANCRAFT MAY! All the information is on our website

  13. richardeaston2013 says:

    Hello, the results of the Melbreak Communities Energy Questionnaire are here:

  14. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, I just want to let everyone know that Lorton Village Shop is holding an Usborne book party this Friday morning 9:00 – 11:30. Come along for a cuppa and cake and browse a fantastic selection of children’s books from birth to young adult. All available to order on the day. If anyone can’t make it but would like to have a look and possibly order some books, there is a catalogue and some order forms at the shop.
    Thanjs, Jill

  15. richardeaston2013 says:

    On Thursday evening (16/2) there is a Lorton valley Flood Investigation Report. YTH @ 18.30, details in the calendar and here:


  16. Brian Mucci says:

    Gardener wanted. I am looking for a replacement gardener for about 2 hours work per week. Mainly grass cutting and general tidying. Our previous gardener of many years is giving up. House is between Loweswater and Lorton. Please contact Brian on 07767069562.

  17. Steven Q says:

    4G appears to have been enabled on the EE mobile network in the valley today. I think they are still testing it as it isn’t there all of the time, but I ran a speedtest earlier showing 32Mbps down / 13Mbps up.

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  19. Sheila Hughes says:

    Revd Sheila has sorted out Philips accommodation. If anyone wants to sponsor his walk just give to me and I’ll pass it on .

  20. Letting you all know that we now have a Lorton Playgroup!

    An informal, fun group for babies, toddlers & preschoolers, held at in the Tennis Pavilion at Lorton School. Meeting every Friday morning (in term time), 9.30 – 11am. £1.50 entry – Indoor & outdoor play, story time with the Reception class, songs & healthy snacks.

    A great opportunity to meet the youngest folk in your valley! Baby holding, encouraging words and cake provision are all welcomed!

    You can find updates on our Facebook page ‘Lorton Playgroup’.

    Many thanks
    Christine Davey

    • Chris Poate says:

      Really good news to hear that a playgroup is starting again in Lorton. If you don’t do Face book, can you advise,can you just turn up, or is there a system for ‘booking in ‘? You may need to remind those attending to be careful parking, as tractors and lorries carrying large loads, sometimes big straw bales do trundle past the school and shop area where the road narrows.

      • Folk can just turn up on the morning and say hello. We have a sign in sheet which people would need to add themselves to just so we know who is there in case of a fire. Thank you for the reminder about the parking situation. We did indeed have an issue last week and I spoke to folk about it. I will remind them again this week. Many thanks, Christine.

  21. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let everyone know about a fundraising event organised by the Friends of Lorton School. On Friday 27th January we’re having a Race Night at Yew Tree Hall. Tickets cost £10 and include a welcome drink plus hotpot followed by cheesecake, courtesy of the school’s very own chef Helen. There will also be a cash bar. Does open at 7pm and food will be served first followed by the racing. There are 8 horse races in total (all previously ran races) and you can buy a horse for £2 (all owners of winning horses receive a bottle of wine) and place a bet on each race. There’s also a special tri-cast race where you can predict which horse will come 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and win up to £100!
    There will be a prize for the best hat (ladies) and worst tie (men). It promises to be a great evening and will hopefully raise a lot of money for the new community playground in Lorton. Tickets and horses can be bought at Lorton Village Shop or from me, Jill Harvey 07903 647444 or I look forward to seeing you there, Jill.

  22. Martin Hughes says:

    Sheila has been contacted by Philip Godfrey who is traveling from the Isles of Scily to the Shetland Isles to raise money for APS Support. He is looking for someone in the Buttermere area who can offer a free evening meal, bed and breakfast on Friday 5th May. If you can help, please contact Philip on 0121 705 3923

  23. Arwen Heaton says:

    There is now a Facebook page for anyone interested in the Lorton Drama Group I’m setting up in January. I’m trying to establish a regular venue and time for this to happen, so information about the group, what we will be doing, where, when and how much will be on the page.

  24. Arwen Heaton says:

    There is now a Facebook page for anyone interested in the Lorton Drama Group I’m setting up in January. I’m trying to establish a regular venue and time for this to happen, so information about the group, what we will be doing, where, when and how much will be on the page.

  25. I was delighted today to collect a cheque for Fix the Fells for £450 from the Mockerkin Mob walking group. I would like to say thank you so much to all concerned for donating to Fix the Fells the money they raised at their coffee morning in Loweswater Village Hall, which included selling some of Rosamund and John Macfarlane’s beautiful photographs. We were treated to a wonderful walk, led by National Trust Ranger Mark Astley, followed by a delicious lunch from Joan Warren at Foulsyke. The lovely weather and stunning scenery reflected the warmth and generosity of the people who make up the Mockerkin Mob!

    Joanne Backshall Fix the Fells Programme Manager

  26. richardeaston2013 says:

    I’ve been contacted by someone who needs to get in touch with the Melbreak Foxhounds. Please email your contact details to me and I will pass them on. A donation is involved!


  27. loweswatercam says:

    Hi All,

    Despite the recent hopes of fibre to Loweswater and following the failure of my phone line, I have taken the plunge and installed Satellite Internet direct into the house. For those contemplating the option may I offer these words of personal experience . . .

    My satellite broadband system was installed by Broadband Wherever

    The cost was going to be in the region of £300 or so for the equipment and then a monthly charge. I managed to get a Cumbria C.C. Rural Broadband grant as my internet speed was below 2 Mbps and so the equipment became free. The scheme is run under the Dept of Media and Sport as so should be available most places.

    The installation finally cost me £99 for a wireless modem and £50 for engineer installation and connection, plus an on-going monthly charge of £24.95 (12 mth contract – extendable)

    In practice the installation was quick, efficient and very well done (you need clear view of the sky facing south for the signal). The staff behind the company very friendly and helpful.

    In practice it seems the latency (satellite delay) makes it slower to browse for web pages but when it does find them then the content is downloaded really fast (22 Mbps). Web site picture downloads for me are quicker than BT Broadband via the landline. It is a great answer if you are suffering slow broadband but after ten days we are finding the browsing speeds on the iPad slower than expected.

    Data Usage is 10GB per month and that is going to be tight with the amount we use it. To expand the allowance doubles the monthly charge so be careful. One-off exceeding of the limit just slows the download speed to snail’s pace for the remainder of the month apparently. I have held on to the BT service for now while things settle down.

    If you are interested then I have a “refer a friend” form which might give me a small payback to me of one month’s charges . . . I’ll stand you a coffee on the strength of it !


  28. Chris Poate says:

    Congratulations to Lee and Arwen , Lorton Village Shop is Celebrating their first year this Sunday October 16 th with a garden party at the shop, between 12- 2pm.
    Something for everyone, local produce, gifts and art work…best coffee in the village, and a great garden to sit in and enjoy !

    Best Wishes. Chris Poate

  29. Arwen Heaton says:

    Hello all,

    Lorton Village Shop will be having a Garden Party to celebrate out first birthday on Sunday October 16th from 12-2.30ish. There will be entertainment provided by Sing Owt Community Choir.

    This will be the last Sunday we are open this season, so opening hours will change from MONDAY 17th OCTOBER, as follows:

    TUESDAYS (previously our closed day) to FRIDAYS open 9am-6pm
    SUNDAYS and MONDAYS closed.

    We apologise if this causes inconvenience, but it seems daft being closed Sunday and Tuesday, and the new times give us a bit better quality of life!

    Also, please note we will be CLOSED for TWO WEEKS from Saturday November 5th for a well-deserved holiday! Open again, with the new hours, from Tuesday November 22nd.

    Arwen and Lee

  30. Martin Hughes says:

    I got my information about the Whinlatter Road from the Forestry Commission’s website – Cumbria CC make no mention of it on their map of roadworks – as I wanted to warn my daughter as she is coming up Friday evening. At least it is not far from the A66 at the Braithwaite end to see if the road is open or not – I’m not sure I would risk it from the Lorton end if the signs still say the road is closed!

  31. Martin Hughes says:

    Assume you are aware the road from Braithwaite to Whinlatter is closed for 3 weeks from 23rd September.

    • David Gardiner says:

      The Whinlatter pass is open from Lorton up to the visitors centre, and onwards to the viewpoint at present. It’s just the final stretch down through Braithwaite which is closed. And I believe that the whole pass is open on evenings and at weekends

      • loweswatercam says:

        Inacurate signposting by Cumbria (or Allerdale) has put a lot of people to a lot on inconvenience. I travelled Whinlatter late afternoon yesterday and there wasn’t a workman to be seen. Can’t the last man out cancel the road closed sign for the night ?

  32. Thank you Roger. The weather forecast not good for Saturday – we were taking a comfort break at Whinlatter, however, that could be overlooked until we get to Buttermere depending on time as coming from Barrow in Furness through the Lakes. First time I have managed to organise for my foreign students to enjoy the unspoilt Lakes and my roots. So there are 10 students coming with me and my family and a host family of one of the students and a family Shitzu. I am praying hard for at least it being fine. I do not think we will be going round the full lake …….Some are interested in the photography aspect too so I am sure we will be stopping many times. I am thinking now with bad weather report whether to tie Crummock in before Afternoon Tea as well and head home earlier in case of floods.
    What do you think?

    • loweswatercam says:

      Hi Sheila, Go on the weather on the day but there’s no flood warnings our for Sat at present that I can find so don’t cut your visit short. I suggest your comfort break could be at either of the Buttermere cafe’s which a both great and that saves time travelling to Whinlatter.

  33. richardeaston2013 says:

    Sheila DREWERY asked me to post this:


    I am bringing a Mini Bus to the area on Saturday 1st October. There are 15 people on the mini bus 8 of whom are foreign students and meeting two who are staying in Cockermouth. We are meeting the latter at Buttermere Car Park. We have two hours to walk a little way round Buttermere then back to car park. I want someone to clarify with me that if we go past The Fish down to the Lake then go through the gate on the left this will bring us to the tunnel? Also how long will it take us to walk to the tunnel? Lorna at Grange Hotel are doing us all afternoon tea then weather permitting we will walk down to Crummock. This is the first time I have been able to bring foreign students staying in Furness area to my beautuful roots for them to see unspoilt Lake District.

    By the way if anyone is interested in hosting a student in Cockermouth please let me know too.


    Sheila Drewery nee Cunningham
    (Late of Palace How)

  34. richardeaston2013 says:

    This may be useful:
    Electricity North West new emergency telephone number

    This is a message sent via Cumbria community messaging. This information has been sent on behalf of The Environment Agency
    (Please do not reply or forward this email directly; please use the Reply, Share buttons at the bottom of this message)
    Message sent by
    Maria Ullyart (Environment Agency, Flood Resilience Advisor – PP and Community Engagement, Cumbria)

    I am sending this on behalf of Electricity North West to inform you of their new ‘105’ telephone number to report power cuts or to get up to date information on power cuts in your area.

    Key points to note about this service are:
    · Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
    · 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
    · 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
    · Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
    · Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

    Any queries in relation to this service, please contact Electricity North West.

    Many thanks
    Maria Ullyart

  35. Leslie Webb says:

    Just for info, I have updated the pages on Broadband and Nuclear Waste Disposal – both are in the Community Issues section.

    • Roger here from Loweswater
      8/9/16 10.30am – broadband just checked out at 2.9 Mbps Download, 0.365 Mbps upload (much the same as normal).

      Interestingly I was talking to two guys this week in an unmarked BT Openreach van who were travelling around NW Cumbria checking out sites for new fibre optics cabinets including one here at Loweswater’s red phone box.

      Apparently central government has given BT Openreach a kick in the proverbial about getting on and providing the promised high speed broadband to rural areas. They could see no problem with the site so there should be no technical reason for delay.

      Time scale is unknown but it looks an awful lot closer than it did before. I may just hold back on satellite internet (20Mbps) in favour of BT’s superfast (up to 70 Mbps) pending further news

  36. Caroline Lorains says:

    “Free Farming Landscapes” Walk – Low Stanger Farm, Cockermouth
    Sunday 11th September 2016 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

    Peter and Michelle Kerr will be opening the doors at Low Stanger Farm in the Lorton valley near Cockermouth, CA13 9TS for a free event on Sunday 11th September 2016 from 2:00pm- 5:00pm. Please look out for the Farming Landscapes signs which will be out on the day to direct you to the farm.

    Peter and Michelle have been farming at Low Stanger for 18 years and are committed to growing and producing, sustainable, organic, local food. They grow and mill their own wheat, have over 80 varieties of apple trees growing in the orchards and sell seasonal veg boxes filled with produce grown in the farm’s 3 acres of market gardens which they sell to the public.

    Guests will be guided around the market gardens, and orchards and there will be demonstrations of the small scale machinery used to cultivate and harvest the crops. There will also be an opportunity to do some milling, threshing and seed cleaning of the wheat. Different varieties of apples will be available to taste as well as bread to sample made from wheat grown and milled on the farm.

    Waterproofs, walking boots or wellingtons are advised and please look out for the Farmer Network event signs to follow to the farm. The event has been made possible by funding from the Crofton Trust Fund, the Cumberland Building Society and Carr’s Group Fund administered by the Cumbria Community Foundation.

    Sorry, no dogs

    For any enquiries or to book a place please contact Michelle Hughes on 01900 823558 or e-mail

  37. loweswatercam says:

    The month of May is the time for the summer outing of our Loweswater Discussion Group. Known locally as the Loweswater Farmers, they meets fortnightly during the winter with this extra get together in May to visit somewhere of interest to the farmers and non-farming members alike.
    My pictures and report of the trip can be found @
    Cheers, Roger

  38. Gillian Locking says:

    Can anyone help us? We have an old oil-fired Aga – it was here when we bought our house in Hopebeck just south of Lorton. Aga now say they won’t service it because it doesn’t meet their new requirements, which apparently now include an air brick into the kitchen, external fire valve etc etc and have advised us to find a local service engineer. Does anyone in our area have an oil-fired Aga and can recommend a good local service engineer? I think they would need to be Oftec registered. By the way, we used a company called Logic once for servicing, but were not impressed!! Thank you My mobile number is 07736 659313 or e-mail at

  39. Justine Moffat says:

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Justine I am the local business specialist at Myers and Bowman Lillyhall, I am currently working within the farming community with the launch of our new Hilux.
    I have been trying to discover if you still hold the Buttermere shepherds meet?
    The reason for this being that if you do I was wondering if we would be able to display some vehicles.
    If this is something we could possibly do could you please let me know how we could be involved and what sort of packages you may do?
    Kind Regards,

    Justine Moffat
    Local Business Specialist
    Tel: 01946 832282

    • loweswatercam says:

      Hi Justine,
      The Buttermere Shepherd’s Meet is a small show and does not have any trade stands of consequence. The meet is held in Buttermere itself and only has a sheep trial, maybe a fell race or whatever.
      Further details from Pauline Blair on 01946 861630 but she doesn’t think it would be in any way profitable for a commercial stand of the type you envisage.
      Could be a nice day if you are not working !
      Roger Hiley

  40. loweswatercam says:

    Save Keswick hospital from possible closure!
    Keswick has recently been flooded (Dec 2015) and landslides have closed a major road thus reducing tourism spend in the region since December and making the lives of locals very difficult. We have a fabulous cottage hospital including a minor injuries unit, used by locals and tourists alike which is under threat of closure.
    Can you sign the petition :
    and possibly even join the survey ?
    Roger H.

  41. Chris Poate says:

    If anyone would like to look at the plans for this project, ( in a very large ring binder folder) they will be available at the Lorton Parish Council Annual meeting on Wednesday 4th May, 7.30 pm, at Yew Tree Hall.

  42. loweswatercam says:

    The ‘New’ Red Phone Box in Loweswater

    You may have noticed that the phone box has recently been repainted despite the fact there has been a discontinuance notice on the inside from BT for some time. Now the metamorphosis is complete and out of the shell of the old box, a new emergency phone system has emerged.

    The phone box is equipped with an emergency press-button intercom connected directly to the 999 service so the phone box can be used for Fire, Police, Ambulance and Mountain Rescue call outs by the general public. In the event of a medical emergency requiring a heart defibrillator then a code will be provided and the yellow box can be opened to allow the person to access the defib.

    The unit is designed for anyone, trained or untrained, to use in an attempt to save life. Full on-screen information and even a video is provided on the unit during use. Anyone can use it.

    The Vale of Lorton First Responders have worked with The Community Heart Beat Trust, British Telecom and the installers, Green Urban from Penrith, to convert our old red phone box and to keep it as an up-to-date asset for the area. We would like to thank BT for their generous sponsorship of this particular conversion as part of a nationwide move to update as many un-commercial phone boxes as possible to new practical uses.

    There is a short talk in the Kirkstile at 7.30 pm on Monday May 9th to learn more about CPR and defibs and how they all work. The meeting is open to the public and has been organised by the local First Responders.

    Everyone welcome.

    Roger Hiley

  43. Chris Poate says:

    Please note ! New number for the Highways Hotline.
    0300 3032992

  44. Peter Thwaites says:

    I wanted to register my thanks to the local farmer who came to my assistance yesterday (Tues 23rd Feb) when I got into difficulties in my car heading out from Buttermere up to Newlands Hause.
    It was a beautiful day, clear blue skies, but, as I was driving up, the shadow of the fell on the right and water running down from the fell had created a stretch of ice on the road. Unfortunately a front wheel drive peugeot isn’t the best vehicle to cope in such conditions.
    As I hit the icy patch my car suddenly lost traction and I started to slip not only backwards but sideways, fortunately away from the gully on the left. I tried to correct it but only made the situation worse and ended up with the car at a right angle completely blocking the road.
    I got out of the car but couldn’t even keep my feet. No signal on my phone obviously.
    After about 10 minutes of calming my nerves I decided to walk back down into Buttermere to see if I could phone from there. As I was about to set off I saw someone from the farm below tearing up the road on a quad bike. At first I thought he was going to have a go at me for being so stupid but he’d actually come to my rescue. Apparently I’m not the first driver to get into difficulties at this spot!
    At the same time, a couple of cars and a van appeared from the opposite direction and some of the guys there also came down to help. One of them, like me, couldn’t get a grip with his shoes and had to retire. But the others first of all “bounced” the car round to get it straight. The farmer then suggested I could reverse back down the road but, obviously seeing the look on my face, offered to do it for me.
    So he climbed in and said, I’ll just have a go at seeing if I can get it forward for you as, if I could get past this short stretch of ice, the road was okay. Tried, no luck but then the van driver stepped in to direct matters. He half climbed on to the front, left wing of the car bearing his weight down to give the wheel more traction, two lads pushing behind and the farmer giving the engine full revs! After about 5 goes, it worked!
    The cars and van I was blocking then proceeded carefully down the hill and I was able to move on up. I offered my thanks at the time to all concerned but I was really appreciative of the way the farmer in particular had stepped in to help.
    It really speaks for Cumberland hospitality. Any community that has people willing to step in and help out complete strangers in this way deserves to be recognised. Otherwise I might still be stuck on that road now, with a queue the other way stretching all the way back to Braithwaite! Many Thanks!

  45. richardeaston2013 says:

    Subject: Free Energy Efficiency Checks and Winter Warmth Grants

    Hi Everyone,

    Please find information below regarding Free Energy Efficiency Checks and grants for Winter Warmth from Christina Timney (AUKWC).
    Available to home owners and private rent tenants Free via Age UK Handyperson service. Energy Efficiency Checks, this allows us to install up to £35.00 of FREE energy saving equipment per household. Plus, we are working with Cumbria Community Foundation to give out to those that are in receipt of State Pension with or without Pension Credit grants of £125.00, for more information please contact our Helpline on 01946 66669 or 08443 843 843.


    Zara Pattinson

    NCIP Administrator
    Old Customs House
    West Strand

    CA28 7LR

    Tel: 01946 66669 or 01229 774573

  46. richardeaston2013 says:

    Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 10:02 AM
    Subject: RE: Superfast Broadband in the Lakes – Loweswater –


    Thanks for getting in touch. The programme for rolling out fibre broadband (superfast) across Cumbria is still ongoing. Phase 1 hit the contractual target (115300 premises covered) by the end of December last year and will (hopefully) push that up to @ 120000 by June this year. Coverage across Cumbria is @ 88%.

    Connecting Cumbria have published information and a coverage map on the website ( showing current and planned coverage for Phase 1. The website has all the currently available information and updates on the programme. Unfortunately, Loweswater and Buttermere aren’t covered under Phase one, but may be included in Phase 2.

    A contract for Phase 2 was signed last year and planning is currently under way to extend fibre broadband availability to areas of Cumbria not covered under Phase 1. We should have an initial view of the areas included by @ March this year and a final plan @ June. That deployment will continue until the end of 2017, with a target of 95% coverage (including Alternative Network providers such as Solway Comms or Lonsdale Net etc.). Again all updates will be published on the website.

    In addition, Openreach are reviewing current speeds across the network in Cumbria. They are planning to deploy various technologies to improve poor speeds where possible.

    The speed measurements are actually in Megabytes per second (MBS) not Gigabytes per second (GBS) as in your email, For premises that currently get less than 2mbs, BDUK have launched a broadband satellite support scheme ( ) offering support to anyone who needs to get better speeds now.

    BT have also launched a Community Fibre Partnership scheme ( ) for any communities who won’t be covered by the Connecting Cumbria/BDUK programme. This is open to any community who feel they could have a viable community plan.

    David Blaylock (cc’d) is the Hub Coordinator for the Cockermouth area and generally has most of the updates and information. He generally keeps the local parish councils updated with progress.

    Flooding and the current high water table has caused lots of problems across Cumbria and Openreach are still working to maintain connectivity and repair much of the network affected. I know this won’t be any comfort to you, but the new fibre broadband network has proved to be extremely resilient, with most areas staying on line despite the weather. At the height of the flooding, @ 90 cabinets (out of over 500) across Cumbria lost connectivity, mostly due to loss of power. Many kept working even when water was half way up the cabinet. When power was restored all by 15 came straight back up with no need for repair. 3 of those had been destroyed by vehicles, trees etc. so needed to be replaced.

    Hope this helps, but if you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact, or register on the website and you will be notified when fibre broadband becomes available.



    Phil Ruston | Connecting Cumbria -Digital Inclusion | Tel: +443316640774 | E: |

  47. loweswatercam says:

    Hi All, I had chance to post an unusual page on Loweswatercam this week, all about the Loweswater Village Hall and the activities there over the years.
    I would love to hear from anyone who can add more information or submit photos relating to the hall to contact me so that I can update to the page accordingly.
    Roger Hiley

  48. John Collis says:

    Good news that Lorton now has fibre. As Geoff posted this news on Nov 12th, it’d be interesting to hear how thing have been developing.
    I recently noticed a gang laying a BT marked cable, in the grass road verge, between just outside Mockerkin, over Fangs Brow & on in the presumed direction of Loweswater.
    I’m assuming this is fibre for superfast broadband.
    Should I hold my breath?
    John Collis

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