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  1. 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


  3. 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.

  4. Glenis Postlethwaite says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    • 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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,

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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,”

  20. 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)

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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,

  24. 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

  25. Jo Stephens says:

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

  26. Chris Poate says:

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

  27. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi all, in case you haven’t managed to get to Wordsworth House yet to look at Lorton School’s ‘Drawn to the Lakes’ art exhibition, you can now view all of the artwork from the comfort of your own home. Everything is available to buy by way of a silent auction. Just send us an email with the pieces you would like to bid on, your contact details and your maximum bid by Saturday 15th December. We’ll be contacting all successful bidders shortly afterwards and all artwork can be collected from Wordsworth House before Christmas. A number of pieces haven’t had any bids as yet so it’s definitely worth submitting a bid if something catches your eye.

  28. Chris Poate says:

    REMINDER ! Monday 10th December 1.15. Lorton School Community Christmas Lunch !
    Ring Helen on 07790459064 to book your place. Only £10 for a wonderful home cooked Christmas Dinner. Christmas Crackers and Christmas Pud !

  29. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, you may remember that the children at Lorton School wrote to and tweeted lots of local artists and well known people from further afield during the summer holidays and asked them to capture on paper just what the Lake District means to them. We have had an amazing response and have had more than 40 pieces of original art donated. We have a real mix including pieces of poetry, oil paintings, photo’s and even a couple of paw prints from Max and Paddy. Everything we have received will be displayed in a free exhibition at Wordsworth house in Cockermouth from Saturday 24th November to Saturday 15th December and each piece is available to buy in a silent auction that runs throughout the event. The children have produced their own artworks too. I hope some of you can come along and maybe even buy an original piece of art. All money raised will go towards some outdoor learning equipment for the school.

  30. Chris Poate says:

    Community Lunch at Lorton School ! Helen Chef is back at work, and ready to provide us with a wonderful lunch on Monday 12th November. Come along and catch up with old friends. Just turn up, but helpful if you can let Helen know for numbers ! Tel 07790459064.

  31. Chris Poate says:

    Cash Pot available for community projects ? On Wed 7th November, at 7.30. Lorton Parish Council Meeting, United Utilities will be presenting an Update on the West Cumbria Suppies Project and how the next phase will affect Lorton. Cash from UU may be available for community projects so come along to hear details.

  32. loweswatercam says:

    Urgent Road Closure – U2207 High Lorton – Yew Tree Hall to the old Methodist Church – 30th Oct –
    to allow BT Openreach to carry out urgent repair works due to a loss of service. Approx. duration of 1 day. A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times.

  33. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    Does anyone have a Blu-Ray player that we can borrow for the Lorton Arts Festival? If so email me on Thanks!

  34. richardeaston2013 says:

    Penny Leck asked that this be posted:
    Vulnerable people are being called from the number 0161 850 8991 and being told by an automated voice that HMRC are filing a lawsuit against them and to please press option 1.

    This is a scam. Pressing 1 just takes you to a premium rate call and they literally ‘ring’ money out of you while passing you between supposed lawyers.
    Rest assured if HMRC were trying to get in touch with you it would NOT be via an automated message. They would know your name, address and lots of other things.
    The scammers have timed this to fit in with the self assessment return deadline.

    I have heard the message myself and it does sound convincing until you stop and think about it.

    Keep safe. If in doubt, don’t.

    I don’t know if you are able to do anything with that. Just trying to help others who may assume it is genuine, panicking and pressing 1.
    Kind regards

  35. Jill Harvey says:

    10 members of the Friends of Lorton School (including Head Teacher Olivia) are taking part in the annual Tiger Boat Challenge on Derwentwater on 22nd September. We have to raise £500 and all money raised will be split 50/50 between the Friends of Lorton School and local charities nominated by the Rotary Clubs of Bassenthwaite and Workington.
    To give our fundrasing a boost we are holding a Bingo Night at the pavilion at Lorton School on Thursday 20th September at 7pm. Entry is £5 which includes 2 games of bingo. Additional games can be purchased on the night. There will be free nibbles, a cash bar and raffle.
    Places are limited so please contact me to reserve your place or a table for a group of friends. We look forward to seeing some of you there.
    07903 647444

  36. loweswatercam says:

    Before the cycling spectacular took us away from the computer, I managed to complete the web page of our Loweswater Show pictures … which can be found @
    There was a good crowd and the weather just held so if you were there, relive the event with us and see if you can spot yourself ? Cheers, Roger.

  37. loweswatercam says:

    I normally have a very poor mobile signal and none at all away from any window. The proposed Loweswater mobile mast will still be a while off yet so I’m left frustrated by technology.
    After a lot of rumours but no real information I phone the BT Mobile Customer Service Desk who dug deep (thanks Laura) who eventually found the “signal Assist” in their own BT Shop.
    A quick email link from her and a simple £25 purchase found it on my doormat within a day or so. 24 hours for BT to link it in and we’re flying with 5 bars anywhere in our cottage.
    It normally plugs directly into the router but I’ve plugged it directly into a Solwise Wi-Fi extender slave plug in the centre of the house and it works just the same. A great find … but it took a while to find it.
    BT should advertise it as much as possible for the many rural folk who are suffering with a poor or non-existant mobile signal.

  38. Chris Poate says:

    Lorton School Community Lunch. Please note the community lunch for Monday September 10th and Monday 8th October are cancelled. Further notice will be posted with regard to November and December.

  39. Chris Poate says:

    The Ash Tree on the Lorton Parish Field had to be felled recently.
    Lorton Parish Council has logs for sale at £ 5.00 a bag( to defray felling costs). These logs need to be seasoned ready for burning in 2019.
    Contact : Chris Poate 01900 85265.

  40. Steven Q says:

    A planning application has been submitted for a 30 metre EE mobile phone mast in Loweswater about 200 metres west of the Kirkstile Inn, and 200 metres south of the village hall.

    On the positive side it should dramatically improve mobile reception in that area, and help to ensure that the area is covered by EE’s 4G network before the emergency services start using it in around 2020.

    It is a large metal structure though, around the height of an 8 storey building. The planning application and details can be found on the LDNPA site, here:

    • loweswatercam says:

      Yet to check it out … but bear in mind the trees adjacent to the site are probably the height of a seven story building !

  41. Gilli Goodfellow says:

    Hi Everyone,
    I wanted to let you know about a short textiles project that I am helping to coordinate, that might be of interested to all the creative people out there!

    The project is called ‘This Hand’ and involves 2 day-long workshops in which participants work with a textiles artist, Janice Murray, to design and create a glove that either represents the work of a particular woman who has made a contribution to society in Cumbria, or captures something important to women today. The subject can be historical or contemporary, famous or family, as long as they are women who live or lived, in Cumbria

    As with all these things, the funding has only just been secured and the time scale for completion is short, as the gloves will be exhibited at the Lakes Alive Festival in Kendal on weekend 8/9th Sept, as part of the Celebrating Women in Cumbria project. I am trying to get the word out as far and wide as I can as its a lovely project and I would hate there to be no takers!

    The workshops are FREE, are suitable for anyone over the age of 15 ( although young people who come to take part with their parent/carer are welcome) and will take place at the Kirkgate Centre:

    Fri 17th Aug 10 am – 4pm – for planning and design
    Fri 31st Aug 10am – 4pm, – for creating and completing.

    There are 10 places available and booking can be done through the Kirkgate 01900 829966 or through me, at


  42. Jill Harvey says:

    Hi, it’s Jill, Chair of the Friends of Lorton School. I’m hoping some of you may be able to help with our latest fundraising initiative. The children have written a letter to be posted/emailed/tweeted to famous Cumbrians or those from further afield who love the Lakes. They’re asking if they can capture on paper (could be a drawing, painting or even a poem) what the Lakes means to them. Everything we are sent will be on display at Wordsworth House for about 4 weeks and will be sold at auction in December. The money raised will be used to buy some outdoor learning equipment for school and will help to support the Lorton After School Club.
    See the link below for a copy of the letter and a couple of paintings by some year 2 children, including one by my son Joel.
    If anyone happens to know any well known Cumbrians or non Cumbrians with a love of the Lakes would you mind contacting them to ask if they are able to help? We have contacted approx 50 people already so you might want to check with me first in case we have already contacted someone you have in mind.
    I’ll let you know when the items will be available to view at Wordsworth House nearer the time.
    If anyone would like any more information please feel free to contact me on 01900 822822 or

  43. richardeaston2013 says:

    This might be of interest to someone.

    Subject: FW: A life-changing opportunity to strengthen rural communities – deadline 18 September

    Dear Partners,


    Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart? Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?
    A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.
    We are seeking applications that explore new approaches in rural communities, for example to invigorate transport networks, reimagine housing, employment and enterprise, or improve access to education, culture and healthcare
    Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen over 18. See –


    Liam McAleese
    Head of Strategy and Partnerships
    Lake District National Park Authority

  44. Ali Tozer says:

    I wonder if you might be able to help please.   I am writing on behalf of a friend who is currently in the process of buying a house in Low Lorton. As part of due diligence we have been researching the extent of the flooding in the village in 2009 and 2015 and I was wondering if anyone involved in the flood action group or similar might be able to provide more local info than is available on the environment agency website. ..specifically we would be interested in knowing which were the 6 properties listed as being flooded.  The property in question does not seem to have suffered flooding ( perhaps a little in the rear garden), but is listed as being in danger of flood from surface water.  We are receiving information from the owners about this but obviously want to find out all we can to allay any fears regarding the future, as far as possible! Any help would be so much appreciated

  45. Jill Harvey says:

    Hello, I’m the Chair of The Friends of Lorton School. On Saturday 14th July I’m taking part in the ‘Lake District Mighty Hike’, a 26 mile hike around Ullswater to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, with 3 fellow FOLS Committee members and school mums.
    We have to raise a minimum of £1,000 and to help achieve this target we are organising a ‘Big World Cup Quiz’ at the Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth on 23rd June. All the Info is on the Kirkgate website.
    It’s going to be a great night, and don’t worry, it’s not all about football, far from it! There’s rounds on music, food, famous faces and much more!
    I hope some of you can make it.
    Best wishes,

  46. richardeaston2013 says:

    Chris Poate asked me to post this;

    Call to ‘Shape the Lakes’ as Local Plan Review gets underway
    30 April 2018
    Residents, business owners and farmers across the Lake District are being urged to ‘Shape the Lakes’ and have their say on new planning policies at Local Plan drop-in consultation events being held across the National Park in May and June.
    Steve Ratcliffe, Director of Sustainable Development at the Lake District National Park said: “As the local planning authority we need to make sure our Local Plan policies reflect the issues, challenges and opportunities that people are facing in the Lake District, not just for today, but the next 15 years. These policies will be used to guide decisions about planning and development within the National Park, so it’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved.”
    This review of the planning policies, which happens every three to five years, first began in 2016 when an initial phase of feedback was gathered from Lake District communities. The updated suggested policies are now once again being made public ready for the next round of review.
    During the Local Plan Review, the National Park Authority has been keen to dispel myths on planning applications in the Lake District, stating that their approval rate is more than 90 per cent which is above the national average.
    “There can be a misunderstanding about how we manage development in the National Park,” Steve continued. “So this review is also an opportunity for us to show people how we look after the Lake District. We want to share, through short films, some fantastic examples of recent housing, business and community projects, I think people may be surprised to see what kind of development is taking place across the National Park.”
    The draft changes to planning policies in the Lake District will be open for public review throughout May and June with a schedule of consultation drop-in events being hosted in locations across the Lake District. People are able to take part via a simple online survey from 8 May to 29 June, or drop in to one of the consultation events across the Park. More information can be found:
    Steve Ratcliffe said: “This Local Plan Review gives people the chance to help shape the Lake District. Our vision is to work together to create vibrant communities, thriving businesses and inspirational, world class landscapes in the Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site. Come and tell us if you think these new policies will help us achieve this.”
    Following feedback during this public consultation, the Lake District National Park will publish the changes made to the documents once again before publishing the updated policies in the first half of 2019..
    Find out more about the Lake District Local Plan and where to find your nearest consultation event

    For further information please contact the Communications team at the Lake District National Park on 01539 724555.
    Consultation Events
    Wed 16/05/18
    Billy’s Space, Staveley, LA8 9LN
    Thu 17/05/18
    Coniston Institute, Coniston, LA21 8DU
    Wed 23/05/18
    Café Ambio, Lakes Motor Museum, Backbarrow, LA12 8TA
    Thu 24/05/18
    Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LP
    Tue 29/05/18
    Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lowther, CA10 2HH

    11am – 3pm
    Thu 07/06/18
    The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NP
    Wed 13/06/18
    Captain Shaw’s Primary School, Bootle, LA19 5TG
    Thu 14/06/18
    Moot Hall, Keswick Information Centre, CA12 5JR
    Thu 21/06/18
    Bassenthwaite Village Hall, Bassenthwaite, CA12 4QP
    Thu 28/06/18
    Gosforth Primary School, Gosforth, CA20 1 AZ

  47. Dr Pamela Jaques says:

    Burglars about – Andrew Nicholson had his Defender stolen last night. They took the keys from his porch. We have had a tow bar stolen from our Discovery (£500 to replace!) Keep keys out of sight and lock up.

  48. Chris Poate says:

    West Cumbria Water Supply. Customer Exhibition at the Kirkgate Arts Centre, Cockermouth, on Thursday 22 Mach 2018. 1pm-7pm. Members of the Project Team will be present to update us on progress. This date was changed due to the adverse weather conditions.

  49. richardeaston2013 says:

    Roger Hiley tells me that broadband provision to Loweswater is progressing. Apparently BT are already starting to pull the fibre through the ducting to connect to the new green cabinets at Buttermere Road End, Corn How and the Red Phone Box at Loweswater.

    Watch this space


    • John says:

      Am very please for Loweswater. What date do we now have for Mockerkin?

      • Steven Q says:

        John – a late response, but if you take a look at the deployment map on the Connecting Cumbria website, they now show that Mockerkin is due to get superfast broadband. My interpretation of the deployment map is that they appear to be planning to install 2 fibre enabled cabinets.

        If you enter your landline number into this Openreach page: it should hopefully tell you more.

        Having set up a small community fibre partnership, it is tricky to get firm information from anyone about plans or timing. There appear to be several organisations involved which don’t talk to each other, and often one part of an organisation has no idea what another part is doing.

  50. Derek Poate says:

    There’s a new document link on the River Management page. It reports some findings from a systematic study by CEH into evidence about whether trees have a mitigating effect on the level of flooding. Unsurprisingly, the evidence is mixed.

  51. Chris Poate says:

    Whinlatter Parking Issues ! Adrian Jones, from the Whinlatter Centre will be attending Lorton Parish Council Meeting, On Wed 7th March, 7.30 pm. If you have any issues you would like to raise please come along.

  52. richardeaston2013 says:

    Some users have reported that they can’t navigate the site menus using Safari on an iPad. If I can find a solution to this I’ll post it but until then if you have this problem use another browser. Chrome seems to work fine.


  53. Chris Poate says:

    Hello Everyone, You may have read in the local paper that Cockermouth Post office will be closed for two weeks from Jan 21st. Just a reminder that the valley has a Mobile Post Office Service which operates outside 4 Broomcroft, High Lorton ( along from the tennis club ). Every Friday, from 12.25 to 12.55. A wide range of Post Office Servies are available in the van, including cash.
    Parking, disable access.
    Please support our rural services.

    Chris Poate

  54. Derek Poate says:

    A talk on the Arctic Charr hosted by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust will take place on Tuesday 6th february at 7pm in the Yew Tree Hall, Lorton.
    Arctic charr are a rare and fascinating species that became marooned in our lakes after the last ice age. Factors including pollution and increasing water temperature have caused their numbers to dwindle but recent conservation efforts have been successful in halting this decline.

    Professor Ian Whinfield of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has over 30 years experience in research of freshwater fish. Coupling his expertise and wit this will be an entertaining presentation on the local ecology and future conservation of this remarkable fish.

    Entry is free and there will be light refreshments.
    Posters will go up in the next few days.

  55. richardeaston2013 says:

    Click on the home page Local Roadworks for details about emergency closure of Whinlatter Pass.


  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. richardeaston2013 says:

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

  62. 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)

  63. 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

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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!

  67. 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

  68. richardeaston2013 says:

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

  69. 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

  70. richardeaston2013 says:

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


  71. 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.

  72. 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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  74. 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 .

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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!


  82. 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 !


  83. 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

  84. 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

  85. 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!

  86. 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 ?

  87. 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.

  88. 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)

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. 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

  92. 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

  93. 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

  94. 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

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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

  98. Chris Poate says:

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

  99. 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!

  100. 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

  101. 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: |

  102. 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

  103. 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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