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 Zipwire Proposal
Third Open Meeting
Wednesday, December 3rd

The third Open Meeting will now be on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm in the Glenridding Public Hall. This is a follow-up to the second Open Meeting that was held on November 10th. Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, will attend the December 3rd meeting.

Free Draughtproofing
for Eden Residents

Local charity "Cumbria Action for Sustainability" (CAfS) is offering to supply and fit free draughtproofing to qualifying Eden residents. You may qualify under three criteria - over 60 years old and on a low income, under 60 and in receipt of a means tested benefit, or a member of the household has a disability or long term health issue. To learn more ring CAfS on 01768 861 463, or click here to visit their website.

Opt 4 Community Energy
Free Energy Advice

Opt 4 Community Energy is a not-for-profit energy advice service based in Penrith and offers free advice and a supplier switching service to anyone living in Eden District or the wider Cumbria area. To learn more call 01768593110 or click here to visit their website.

Cumbria Patient Feedback
Website Launched

You can now give online feedback on your experience of any NHS service in Cumbria and read reviews posted by others. Click here to visit the website, which has the full support of all health providers in Cumbria.

Local History Section

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new Local History section to this website. As we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, the War Memorial page should be of particular interest.

We have also added the large number of transcriptions that Chris Darvill has made over the years, such as the Parish Registers, Directories and Census Records, all of which will be of interest to Family Historians.

Eden Councillors vote for Penrith Town Council

Eden Councillors voted on September 18th in favour of a Penrith Town Council - click here for details of what will happen next. In July Penrith residents  voted 2:1 in favour of a Town Council for Penrith. Click here to see the full results of that ballot .

Ullswater Valley Plan

Ullswater Valley Planning is a Lake District National Park Partnership initiative. The Ullswater Valley Plan has now been published. If you would like to learn more about the project and download the  Ullswater Valley Plan, click here.

New 508 Bus Timetable
There is a new 508 bus timetable in operation, with extended school holiday and summer weekend service to Windermere. Click here to see the new timetable.

 "Doctor First"
Glenridding Health Centre

The Health Centre have launched a "Doctor First" campaign, to encourage patients to call a doctor rather than go immediately to Accident & Emergency with minor injuries or less severe injuries. Click here to get the full advice on 24 hour options and phone numbers.

New Patterdale Parish Community Profile

ACT (ACTion with Communities in Cumbria) has made available a new set of Parish community profiles based largely on  data from the 2011 Census. Click here to see the Patterdale Parish profile.

Microchip your Dog 
Free Service
Eden District Council are now offering to microchip dogs for Eden residents for free. Click here to learn more.

Police Support Volunteers Scheme

Cumbria Constabulary have launched a scheme that calls for volunteers from the local community to carry out brand new roles that will support policing across the county.
Click here to learn more .

Stunning view from the path to Boredale Hause - Jun 2006 Photo by Norman Jackson

Tree Planting Opportunity
Near Hartsop

National Trust Rangers are celebrating National Tree Week by planting trees near Hartsop. Anyone and everyone is invited to join them, for an hour, whole day or whatever. Staff will be there throughout the week Dec 1st to Dec 5th. See our "What's On" listing for more details, where to meet up, who to ring for more information.

Superfast Broadband
Coming to Glenridding

BT are planning to lay a new fibre cable along the lake road this winter, as part of the Connecting Cumbria broadband project. If all goes to plan, most properties in Glenridding should have the option of upgrading to superfast broadband in Spring 2015. Click here to go to our Broadband page for a detailed update.

Matterdale Parish Council
New Website
Matterdale Parish Council have a new website - click here to visit.

Hayeswater Gill
Proposed Hydro Scheme

The National Trust have submitted a planning application for a hydrogeneration scheme at Hayeswater Gill, above Hartsop. The proposed scheme would provide power equivalent to the electricity consumption of up to 212 homes. Click here to read a more detailed design summary and environmental assessment.

Water Management - 
National Trust Update

John Pring, National Trust Lead Ranger, Central & East Lakes, has provided an update , with photos, on recent water management activity - click here to go to our Water Management page and read his update.

Thank you
Caroline and Barry
Mystery Samaritans

PatterdaleTODAY received the following message from Claire Murdoch in London on Friday the 8th of August.

"My 17 year old son and friends have just enjoyed a fabulous week camping in Glenridding. He is on a train back down to London as I type. This morning he and his friend had run out of money, needed to get a bus to Penrith to get the train home and apparently two perfect strangers....and I do mean perfect....saw their plight and stopped and gave them £10. My son asked for their address so that he could return it but they would hear no such thing. They may be locals and I just wanted to say thank you. Letting our son camp with friends is partly about helping him learn to be independent but this has reminded me that even more wonderful lessons about the generosity of others, are available."

WW1 Centenary Events  

Centenary Exhibitions

There is a display in St Patrick's Church, Patterdale with information from the Patterdale School WW1 Project. There is also a display in the entrance area of the Public Hall.

War Memorial Profiles

Twenty-four individual profiles of those remembered on the Patterdale War Memorial have been produced by Norman Jackson and Rob Shephard, and can be accessed via the War Memorial page in our Local History section - click here to see one of the profiles.

Prince of Wales Visit

Did you know that a Prince of Wales spent two nights in Patterdale?
Click Here for more details.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service - Home Fire Risk Self Assessment

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service have launched an online self-assessment survey enabling residents in Cumbria to gauge their risk of falling victim to fire in the home. Click here to access the online assessment.

New Penrith Website

A new website has been launched to promote Penrith . The website is an initiative from the Penrith BID (Business Improvement District) project - click here to visit the new website.

EdenSave Credit Union

A credit union for the Eden district has opened in the Devonshire Arcade in Penrith. EdenSave Credit Union is a not-for-profit community organisation owned by its members. Click here to go to their website and learn how to join and get details of the saving & borrowing opportunities on offer.

New Police Non-Emergency Number Launched - 101

Cumbria Police have launched a new number - 101 - for reporting all non emergency issues to the police. For more details, click here.

Local Entertainment

To check out what's on at our local cinemas and theatres, click above to access the Links Page.

  Community Links
 Patterdale Parish Council
 Patterdale School
 Glenridding Health Centre
 Community Development Centre

Glenridding Zip Wire? -
Useful Links

  • Click here to read the Lake District National Park informal pre-planning advice on the proposal
  • Click here to read a letter to the Herald in support of the proposal
  • Click here to read a summary of the Sept 29th Open Meeting from the Parish Council website
  • Click here to read  the Westmorland Gazette report on the Sept 29th Open Meeting
  • Click here to go to a local blog against the proposal
  • Click here to go to an on-line petition against the proposal
  • Click here to go to House of Commons Library advice on conduct of Parish Polls
  • Click here to go to the "No Zip Here" dedicated website

Broadband Champions
Now we are Five!

Lucy Metcalf from Sykeside has joined Liz Clark, Norman Jackson, Veronica McGloin and Fra Cooke as a fifth Patterdale Broadband Champion.

More local "Champions" welcome
Our local Broadband "Champions" want to do more over the coming months to ensure our community gains maximum benefit from the Connecting Cumbria Broadband project - if you 'd like to join us, do get in touch & email the editors at patterdaletoday@gmail.com

Want to Volunteer?

If you do, click here to go to our list of lots of volunteering opportunities.

Eden Recycling - Kerbside Bag & Box Scheme

The Eden-wide recycling scheme started last July - click here for full information on the scheme.

However, the more people who use the recycling centre in Glenridding the more money the parish council earns to spend locally. If possible please encourage people to use the centre even with the box and bag scheme. Please remember there is no general rubbish facility in Glenridding.

Hazard at Hartsop 
Road End

Thanks to Ann Burrell and Liz Clarke for the amazing picture.

 Then and Now Pictures

Last year, we were delighted to receive, from two readers, quite a selection of Joseph Lowe photographs showing how the dale looked around a hundred years ago. These images have been added to our Then and Now gallery alongside a photograph of the same scene today. If you can help to date any of the pictures or suggest any narrative for them, please e-mail the editors.

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Help us to help you get Better Broadband

Some 80 people in the parish have already carried out this test of their broadband speed, so a big thankyou to them. However, this probably only represents about a third of the internet users. From the Results we have received so far, it is clear that many people are getting speeds significantly less than they should be, so we have produced a Help Page with things you could try to improve your speed. 

In May 2013, OFCOM reported that the national average speed was now 14.7Mbps - our exchange cannot even deliver much over 7Mbps and our average is around 4.7Mbps.  Help us to get more measurements by asking friends and neighbours to click on the button to easily measure their broadband speed and let us know the result. We don't mind how many times you run the test.

 Tell us "What's On"  

We have expanded the coverage of our "What's On" section on the website. If you have items you would like added, email us at  patterdaletoday@gmail.com with details. Meanwhile, check out the listings in the What's On section