Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 100 pages of information, events, news, history and more.
Dragonflies on the Fells
Local Art Installation
Bone china dragonflies on the fells - hundreds of them! - see our "What's On"
listing for what it's all about and where and when they can be seen.
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.
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 begun adding 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.
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
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 .
Aira Force to Glenridding Night Road Closures in September/October 2014
The A592 between Aira Force and Glenridding will be closed for drainage and resurfacing works from 9pm to 7am on 4 nights Monday to Thursday (September 29th, 30th, October 1st, October 2nd)and again for 2 nights on the following Monday and Tuesday (October 6th and 7th). A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times.
Patterdale Road Works
"Microsurfacing" work will be carried out in Patterdale starting September 16th - click here
Caroline and Barry
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
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.
To check out what's on at our local cinemas and theatres, click above to access the Links Page.
"What's On" in September?
Local events in September Click here
to go to our What's On listing, then click on any item to get more details of the listed event.
Patterdale Parish -
July 2014 Broadband Update
to see the recently updated Patterdale Parish broadband progress report in our Broadband section.
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 email@example.com
Want to Volunteer?
If you do, click here
to go to our list 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with details. Meanwhile, check out the listings in the What's On section