Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 120 pages of information, events, news, history and more
Latest Progress Update
The supply cabinet outside the Mountain Rescue Centre has now been fully commissioned. This means that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Patterdale parish. The supply cabinet in Glenridding is not yet commissioned - recent bad weather has delayed it - it is now expected to be commissioned by the end of February. Click here
to go to our Broadband page for more detailed information.
Glenridding Health Centre: Latest News
Cumbria Healthcare On Call
(CHOC) has agreed to take on responsibility for the contract and provide GP services to the patients of Glenridding Health Centre for a temporary period from 07 October 2015 until 30 April 2016.
Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk 2015 Photographs
The 2015 Boundary Walk took place on Saturday the 4th July. Despite appalling weather at the start, around 108 people took part this year. As in previous years, we have created a gallery of photographs that were taken by the support teams at Glencoyne and Kirkstone Top.
Explore PenrithClick here
to visit a new website to help you explore Penrith's sights, history and shops.
See More of Cumbria & The Lake District
to read about a new project promoting sustainable travel into Cumbria and the Lake District.
Forthcoming 2015 musical events at St Patrick's Church are now listed in our "What's On"
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
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 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.
National Trust Update
Prince of Wales Visit
Did you know that a Prince of Wales spent two nights in Patterdale?
Click Here for more details.
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.
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!!!"
Winter TimetableThe 508 bus service between Patterdale and Penrith is now operating via Rheged while the Pooley bridge is down - click here to see the timetable.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Local Flood Recovery
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 website news page.
At Pooley Bridge
By Easter 2016
Cumbria County Council have announced plans to install a temporary road bridge at Pooley Bridge by Easter 2016.Installation will strat by the end of January. Click here for full details.
Eden District Council
Flood Recovery InformationEden 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
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.
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"
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 Page.
We 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
Eden District Council are now offering to microchip dogs for Eden residents for free. Click here
to learn more