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

Queen's 90th Birthday
Annual School Barbecue
Friday, June 10th

Patterdale School Annual Barbecue takes place on Friday, June 10th at 6pm. This year is a special celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday. It's a BBQ and so much more - WI puddings and cakes, ice cream, boozy bar, tug of war, egg throwing, music - all welcome.

Patterdale School
Grand Raffle Triumph!

Thanks to all who sold tickets and bought tickets. You helped to raise over £2,000. The school needs to raise over £10,000 every year so this is a significant contribution. The list of prize winners can be found on www.patterdaleraffle.org .

On Call Firefighters
Recruitment Campaign

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are recruiting On Call firefighters at Patterdale and other fire stations. The closing date for applications is April 29th. Click here to go to the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service webpage for full details.

Easter Monday

Congratulations to the seven who swam in the lake & survived and raised money for the Glenridding Public Hall.

Glenridding Health Centre: Latest News

NHS England have confirmed that the current arrangements with Cumbria Healthcare On Call (CHOC) to provide GP services to the patients of Glenridding Health Centre have now been extended  to June 2016.

Eamont Bridge now Open

The A6 across Eamont Bridge has now re-opened. No further closures will be required as the bridge has had a permanent "fix".

A592 Now Open

The lake road between Aira Force and Knotts (junction U3136) is now open again.

Glenridding Public Hall
Book now for 2017!

The Public Hall is already getting booked up for 2017 - the advice is to make your booking now to avoid disappointment. Contact Michelle Edgar on 01768482332 to make a booking.

Explore Penrith

Click here to visit a new website to help you explore Penrith's sights, history and shops.

See More of Cumbria & The Lake District

Click here to read about a new project promoting sustainable travel into Cumbria and the Lake District.

St Patrick's
Musical Events

Forthcoming 2016 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.

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.

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.

Ullswater Way 
Now Open

The Ullswater Way is a new 20 mile walking route around Ullswater that opened in April. Click here for more information on the route including a map and a downloadable brochure.

Garden Waste Skip
Back in Car Park

The garden waste skip is back again in the LDNPA car park in Glenridding.

Fibre Broadband
Now Available In Glenridding

The good news (March 22nd) is that the  Glenridding cabinet in Barraclough Fold is now "live".The  supply cabinet outside the Mountain Rescue Centre has been "live" for some time. This means that  superfast broadband is now available in many parts of Patterdale parish.  Click here to go to our Broadband page for more detailed information.

Graeme Connacher  & Jon Holdsworth gave a good plug recently for our local fibre broadband - Click here to see the feature piece in Cumbria Crack.

Free Legal Advice
for Flood Victims

Burnetts the Solicitors are offering free legal advice to flood victims on flood-related issues. The offer is open till at least the end of April 2016. Click here for details.

Connecting Cumbria
Subsidised Satellite
Broadband Offer

Connecting Cumbria is now offering a subsidised satellite broadband connection to anyone in Cumbria who is unable to access a minimum 2Mbps broadband speed from any other provider. Click here to access details of the offer, how to apply etc.

Kirkstone Webcam
It's Back!

The webcam at the top of the Kirkstone is sending a signal once more -  at least most of the time.  Click here to access the webcam.
Ullswater Poppy Appeal
An Amazing £3002.57

David Taylforth reports that an amazing £3002.57 was collected in the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Ullswater District. This achievement resulted from the combined efforts of over 40 local collectors and innumerable contributors. A very big "Thank You" to all from David - "You certainly Have Remembered Them!!!"
Glenridding Fibre Broadband
"Go Live" Date Latest

We have some updated information on the Glenridding "go live" date and how to check your available speeds at any time.Click here to go to our Broadband page for details.

Old Maps of the Area

We have recently added some links, in the Local History section of the site, to zoom-able images of several old 
6 inch Ordnance Survey maps of the dale. They cover the years 1859, 1900 and 1913. Click here - they are fascinating to look at. Also, another biography has been completed, that of Joseph Lowe the photographer who lived at Deepdale Bridge.

Whose Boots & Where?

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

Cumbria Rural Women's
Growth Network

This is a support network for women in business or those who are thinking of setting up a business - click here to go to their website.

 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.

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.

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.

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

Parish Email List

Our dale has a private email list which is used to provide information straight to your inbox about any topics of interest relating to the parish of Patterdale. Click here  to go to a news article on the council web site which provides more details and who to contact to be included. 

Don't forget also to write to us at patterdaletoday@gmail.com with details of forthcoming events so that we can include them in our "What's On" listing. 
Local Flood Recovery Updates

The Patterdale Parish Community Flood Group now has a dedicated website - click here to access the website and read about recovery/resilience plans for the parish.

The Parish Council website is posting day by day updates on flood recovery activity  in the parish, support available etc. Click here
 to access the Parish Council news page. 

Cumbria County Council
Glenridding Flood Forum
Thursday June 9th

Cumbria County Council are holding a flood forum in Glenridding on June 9th to consult the local community on the County Council's local area draft report and recommendations following the December floods. Click here for full details on the Cumbria County Council website.

Eden District Council
Flood Recovery Information

Eden District Council have created a webpage that brings together general information and links related to all aspects of flood recovery in Eden. Click here to access the webpage which lists what help is available, what agencies are involved and how to contact them.
Cumbria County Council
Flood Factsheet

Cumbria County Council have produced a  Flood Factsheet for Eden District . The Factsheet has regular updates on flood recovery, road and bridge closures, links to other info etc  - click here to access the Factsheet.

"Connecting Cumbria"
Broadband Roll-Out Map

The Connecting Cumbria project have now published a detailed broadband deployment map, indicating which localities/streets are likely to be able to access superfast broadband under Phase 1 of the project. Click here to go to the Connecting Cumbria website, then click on "Deployment Map" and zoom in where you want.

"The Faces of Ullswater"
Online Video

Matt Sharman has created a short film featuring a number of local residents whose portraits were  in the recent exhibition at Dalemain, including Rosie Lightfoot (below)  - click here to view the video.

Want to Volunteer?

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

Who Knows where this Photo was Taken?

Benny and Mary Bell recently allowed us to copy a selection of old postcards and photographs they had collected over the years. Amongst the postcards was one entitled 'Otter Hunt at Patterdale' that was taken before 1918. Benny, who knows where it was taken, challenges readers to identify the location. If you think you know, tell us using the Local History Discussion PageWe have added many of the photos to the collections in the Local History section, where you can also see a larger version in the Joseph Lowe collection.

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

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

A few years ago, 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 2014, OFCOM reported that the national average speed was now 22.8Mbps - 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 'Red Button' above, where they can 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.

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