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Cumbria County Council is now expecting to launch the Connecting Cumbria broadband project and issue detailed plans in late June - click here to go to our Broadband page for a full update.
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
Stagecoach have issued a new 108 (508) Bus Service Timetable. The 0735 Monday-Friday bus from Patterdale to Penrith still operates but the last Monday-Friday return bus from Penrith to Patterdale now leaves at 1630 instead of 1710 - this has already caused a number of people to miss the last bus and have to take a taxi. We have uploaded the new 108 Bus Service timetable to the website. Click here to view the timetable.
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 go to our Volunteering page and learn more .
Earthquake Rocks Patterdale
An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1 and a depth of 7 km hit Patterdale at 9:37pm on Wednesday, November 28th. For full news report, click here.
The contract for the Connecting Cumbria broadband project was signed in Glenridding on Nov 29th . Pictured above at the steamer pier are Liz Mallinson (Cumbria County Council), Bill Murphy (BT) and Rory Stewart. Click here to read the full press release.
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 November 2012, OFCOM reported that the national average speed was now 12.0Mbps - 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.
Thanks to Mick Gardner for this photo
In case you were wondering why tents have been put up on King George V Playing Field ............
The "Walking with the Wounded" charity has organised a Cumbrian Challenge on Saturday, May 18th for 400 participants (all fully booked) and their base camp is on the playing field. Click here for details of the charity and the Cumbrian Challenge.
The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) have been working with the community to develop a Whole Valley Plan. Many people will have attended the meetings or drop-in sessions that were held, during which various issues and actions were identified. Those who attended the last meeting at Leeming House voted for their priorities. The LDNPA are now inviting others who have an interest in the valley to vote for the issues that are important to them. To go to the quick on-line vote click here.
To see and vote on all the actions suggested, please download Ullswater - have your say (Word document). You can either print it out and send it to the address listed on the document. Or you can email it as an attachment to email@example.com
For more information about the project, visit www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/valleyplanning
Lots of NoWcard bus passes expired at the end of March 2013 - if yours did and you haven't yet renewed it, call the NoWcard helpline on 08450581096.
Anne Gibson, of Glenridding, was recently presented with an award by Norman Clarkson, the Chairman of Cumbria County Council, in recognition of her 35 years employment with the County Council.
This great picture (above) was taken by Rob Shephard from Helvellyn early on the 5th Nov, and has been added to our Winter Gallery. Click on the picture to see a larger version. Please continue to send us any nice pictures that could be put in the gallery.
Thanks again to Rob Shephard for this picture of Morgan keeping watch at Hole in the Wall in March.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the recent fundraiser at the public hall. The sales of tea,coffee and the wonderful cakes made £1120 for the Air Ambulance.
Cumbria Police have launched a new number - 101 - for reporting all non emergency issues to the police. For more details, click here.
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
The Annual Parish Meeting, the parish council's Annual general Meeting and the next parish council meeting are all on Tuesday May 28th starting at 7pm at the Glenridding Public Hall.
Cumbria County Council including Highways and Eden District Council plan to attend the annual Parish meeting. This will be a good opportunity to hear more about highways issues and the different Eden DC services. If anyone has other issues to raise please let councillors know, a handout collecting details is widely available
The parish council will be moving from this website to its own website before the end of May. This change will link to our new clerk Rachel Ashburner starting on May 21.
There is some emerging good news on the public hall as we are slowly being successful in getting grants. Anyone who would like to help with this work is very welcome to attend the next hall meeting -June 5th
For further general information about the Parish Council click here.
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.
Snapped at 5.30pm on June 10th - thanks to Ann Burrell and Liz Clarke for the amazing picture.
The Community Forum section is provided to facilitate discussion amongst members on any topics of local interest. To learn more and find out how to join, click on the "Community Forum" link. The "Have Your Say" section has been kept (now named "Letters" ) for those who would prefer to continue to e-mail or write to the editors as before.
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.
If you are near a grit bin please check it is full and ready for bad weather. If there are queries , if the bin is not full/empty let a parish councillor know The County council want to keep bins ready.