Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 120 pages of information, events, news, history and more.
Soup & Pudding Lunch
Sunday, March 1st
There is a Soup & Pudding Lunch on Sunday, March 1st, in Glenridding Public Hall, 12 noon to 2pm, in aid of Public Hall Funds. All welcome. See our "What's On"
listing for details.
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.
Forthcoming 2015 musical events at St Patrick's Church are now listed in our "What's On"
Kendal College are hosting an Apprenticeship and Careers Fair on Thursday, March 12th, 2pm to 7pm. Click here
to learn more, or look up in our "What's On" section.All welcome.
New Year's Day Swim/Dip in Ullswater!
Congratulations to all the swimmers who braved the cold (and rain) and raised £120 for Public Hall Funds. Thanks to the spectators for their support and contributions, and thanks to the Steamers for the hot drinks and mince pies to warm up the swimmers afterwards.
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
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.
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.
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.
Alfie Has Been Found
The family dog, Alfie, which went missing on Wednesday the 25th February around Trough Head near Patterdale was found on Sunday morning the 1st March. Thanks to all who helped to search for him.
An Opportunity to Comment on Eden Council's Draft Plan
Eden District Council is inviting comments on its ‘Draft Council Plan’ in a public consultation which runs for five weeks, from 11 February to 20 March 2015. Click here
to learn more about the plan and how to comment.
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 email@example.com . Scrutiny can look at any topic that affects the people of Eden. Click here
to learn more about Scrutiny.
Sealed Bid Opportunity
There is a painting of Patterdale Church in the Glenridding Gallery which has been donated to the Church and is available to buy via a silent auction with proceeds going to the school. Call in at the Glenridding Gallery to see the painting and find out about the auction.
Glenridding & Patterdale
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 and many in Patterdale should have the option of upgrading to superfast broadband in Spring/Summer 2015. Click here to go to our Broadband page for a detailed update
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 CouncilMatterdale Parish Council have a new website - click here to visit.
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.
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.
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 .
Kirkstone Pass Webcam & Weather Station
to go to the Cumbria County Council webcam at the top of the Kirkstone Pass. There is also some weather station information on air temperature, wind speed and surface state.
Zip Wire Archive
We have preserved our coverage of the Glenridding zipwire saga on its own archive page - click here
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
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 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.
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.
Microchip your Dog
Eden District Council are now offering to microchip dogs for Eden residents for free. Click here
to learn more.