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Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 120 pages of information, events, news, history and more.

Trouvere Medieval Minstrels at St Patrick's
Sunday, May 24th at 6pm

The Trouvere Medieval Minstrels will give a concert in St. Patrick’s Church, Patterdale at 6pm on Sunday 24th May. Click here to go to our "What's On" listing for full details.

Patterdale Parish Council
Election Notice Issued
for June 25th

As there were no nominations for Patterdale Parish Council last time around, an Election Notice has been issued to re-run the election. 

Nominations of candidates need to be in by Friday, 29th May. There are seven seats on the Parish Council. If there are more than seven candidates there will be a poll on June 25th. If there are seven or fewer candidates, they will be elected unopposed.

For full details, click here to see the Returning Officer's Election Notice on the Parish Council website.

Superfast Broadband
 Glenridding & Patterdale
April Progress Update

As you may have seen, BT have been busy laying fibre along the lake road and have now installed new cabinets in Glenridding and Patterdale which will be connected up to fibre in the next few weeks. Once these new cabinets have been commissioned, most properties in Glenridding and many in Patterdale should have the option of upgrading to superfast broadband. Click here to go to our Broadband page for a detailed update.

Morrisons Vouchers for
the Public Hall

The Public Hall is in need of replacing some of the small kitchen equipment, knives etc. Morrisons are running a promotion from 2nd March to 7th June, for every £10 spent you get a token. With 40 tokens you can get certain items. If any readers are not collecting them for themselves please will you donate them to the hall, through Michelle Edgar or Anne Gibson.

Health Centre Funding
 Help Fight the Cuts

NHS England  have proposed a 7 year plan to cut the funding of our Health Centre by 5% each year to a total cut of 40% by 2021. Such a dramatic cut will have a major impact on the services we receive.
Click here to learn more about the cuts and how you can help to fight them.

St Patrick's
Musical Events

Forthcoming 2015 musical events at St Patrick's Church are now listed in our "What's On" section.

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 continue to add new items to the popular Local History section of this website. We also believe that we have found the mystery G R Bennett on the War Memorial.

The large collection of transcriptions that Chris Darvill has made over the years, such as the Parish Registers, Directories and Census Records, will be of interest to Family Historians. All of the graveyard memorials have now been transcribed and photographed by Chris.

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.

Open-Top Bus to Glenridding & Patterdale!

The 508 Summer Service started on March 28th, and on some "high summer" dates the service goes open-top - click here to see the full timetable . The timetable is colour coded and the Open-Top service is available on "Red days" at those times marked with an orange dot. 

Whose Boots & Where?

Click here & then scroll down to get the bigger picture.

Parish Email Communications Group

The parish now has an email communications group which is used to provide information straight to your inbox about any topics of interest relating to the parish of Patterdale. The email list is held by the Parish Council and also by John Gay. Click here to go to the Parish Council website and learn more about the communications group, how to join and how to get information on activities, events etc circulated to the group.

Dont forget also to write to patterdaletoday@gmail.com with details of forthcoming events so that we can include them in our "What's On" listing. 

Eden Council Scrutiny Programme

Eden District Council is looking for new topics to add to the list for the Scrutiny Work Programme 2015/16. If you have any suggestions where you feel scrutiny can make a difference, please email suggestions to scrutiny@eden.gov.uk . Scrutiny can look at any topic that affects the people of Eden. Click here to learn more about Scrutiny.

 Patterdale Parish Community Profile

ACT (ACTion with Communities in Cumbria) has produced  individual Parish community profiles based largely on data from the 2011 Census. Click here to see the Patterdale  profile.

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

Hayeswater Gill
Proposed Hydro Scheme

The National Trust  planning application to the Lake District National Park Authority for a hydrogeneration scheme at Hayeswater Gill, above Hartsop, was approved in February 2015. The proposed scheme would provide power equivalent to the electricity consumption of up to 212 homes. To learn more, click here to log on to the Lake District National Park Planning search facility and enter the reference 7/2014/3146.

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.

Prince of Wales Visit

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

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.

Local Entertainment

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

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 .

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.

Zip Wire Archive

We have preserved our coverage of the Glenridding zipwire saga on its own archive page - click here to access.

  Community Links
 Patterdale Parish Council
 Patterdale School
 Glenridding Health Centre
 Community Development Centre
 Kirkstone Pass Webcam

The recent General Election inspired Tim Cook of Patterdale to pen this amusing and topical poem.

Botany Lesson for Voters

Election time, and Honesty’s in flower 
Nature’s little joke. 
We know that all those rivals want is power 
over us ordinary folk. 
The hope-apples they tempt us with soon
prove sour, 
and if we swallow bits we‘ll choke. 

Yet call it by its Latin name, lunaria, 
and that’s much nearer to being true. 
Its seed-pod moons are there to make us warier 
of that self-serving crew. 
The more, moon-mad, we trust them, the scarier 
the things they feel free to do. 

But there’s no need for us to call in scholars 
for erudite interpretation. 
Look how those round seed-discs, with
silvery colours 
image the obvious interpretation: 
when Honesty flowers wither you get dollars — 
revealing their true motivation. 

© Tim Cook 2015

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

Although there is an Eden-wide recycling scheme (click here for full information on the scheme), it is still beneficial to the community to make use of recycling centre in Glenridding.

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.

 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 90 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 Nov 2013, OFCOM reported that the national average speed was now 17.8Mbps - 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 

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.

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

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.

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.