Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 120 pages of information, events, news, history and more.
Saturday, July 4th
The annual Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk takes place on Saturday, July 4th. There are now 3 options - 7 miles downhill, 14 miles with 3,500 feet of ascent, or 30 miles with 10,000 feet of ascent. Click here to go to the Boundary walk website for full details.
Patterdale Parish Council
"Now We Are Five"
The result of the third Patterdale Parish Council election this year was declared on June 26th. Three additional councillors were elected unopposed at the third election. Dennis Henderson, Steve Sykes and Robert Wear join Christopher Lawrence and Rob Shephard , who were elected unopposed at the second election.
'The Local Organist Entertains' Summer Season at St Patrick's
Mike Town will be offering his entertainment for a summer’s evening played on two organs, piano, digital harpsichord and 8-bell carillon, starting June 1st. Mike will be playing at St Patrick's Church, Patterdale on most Monday evenings during June, July and August. See our What's On
listing for full details and dates.
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.
Glenridding & Patterdale
April Progress Update
As you may have seen, BT have been busy laying the tubing that will carry the fibre-optic cables along the lake road and have also installed new cabinets in Glenridding and Patterdale. The fibre will be blown through the tubing in the next few weeks and connected to the exchange and new cabinets. Once these 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 more detailed update.
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"
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.
Public Access Defibrillators
Glenridding and Hartsop
Thanks to generous grants and support from Patterdale Parish Council and the LDNPA Communities Fund, Glenridding First Responders have been able to organise and install two Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs); one outside the Glenridding Information Centre and the other outside the Langton Adventure Centre in Hartsop. There are already CPAD's in Pooley Bridge, Watermillock, Matterdale and Dockray. The cabinets were fitted by the Park Authority’s maintenance team and by local tradesmen Richard and Graham Kelso.
Local First Responder team leader Paul Neate said ‘Many victims can be saved if people recognise what has happened, call an ambulance without delay, then perform basic CPR and use a Defibrillator to try and restore the heart’s normal rhythm'.
Whilst the Defibrillators are in locked cabinets they are there for anyone
to use in an emergency. The access code will be provided by the 999 operator when an ambulance is called. Every second counts in a cardiac arrest and the sooner a Defibrillator is used the greater the chances of survival. It can take an ambulance 25 to 30 minutes to reach a rural area like ours, local First Responders carrying Defibrillators can generally be on the scene within 5 to 6 minutes.
Anyone interested in learning more about the use this equipment, please contact Paul Neate
(Glenridding First Responders Team Leader) who will arrange a demonstration.
Aira Force Pier
Ullswater Steamers have started a service from Glenridding to Aira Force. The service is weekends only in June, then daily from 1st July to 6th September. Click here
to go to the Ullswater Steamers website for full timetable 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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ACT (ACTION WITH COMMUNITIES IN CUMBRIA) has a vacancy for a Development Officer for South Cumbria. The job is based in Penrith. The closing date for applications is midday on July 13th. Click here
to go to our Job Opportunities page for more information.
Eden Rivers Trust
Eden Rivers Trust have 6 apprenticeship opportunities, starting September 2015. The closing date for applications is Friday, 17th July. Click here
to go to our Job Opportunities page for more information.
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.
There are some new volunteering opportunities at Patterdale Youth Hostel - click here
to go to our volunteering listings for more details.
Botany Lesson for Voters
The recent General Election inspired Tim Cook of Patterdale to pen this amusing and topical poem.
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
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
image the obvious interpretation:
when Honesty flowers wither you get dollars —
revealing their true motivation.
© Tim Cook 2015
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.
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.
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.