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Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 100 pages of information, events, news, history and more.

Burning Wood Well

Cumbria Woodlands are running a Burning Wood Well event in the Glenridding Public Hall on the 3rd February; this event will help you learn everything you need to know about burning wood efficiently. The session will include information on how to get the best from your wood fuel, the choice of different wood burning appliances and wood preparation. Click Here for more details.

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.

Zipwire Proposal
Vote Result!

The result of the Community Vote on the possibility of a zipwire in Glenridding has now been declared:

           In Favour      13
           Against       324
           Abstention      1
           Unqualified    46 

           Total Votes 384

Following the declaration of the result of the Community Vote, Mike Turner , Tree Top Trek, has issued a statement withdrawing any further interest in a Glenridding zipwire.

Tree Top Trek
Glenridding Zipwire Withdrawal Statement

"Whilst I obviously regret not having been able to develop the concept into a proposal, the local community has made their views very clear and I will stand by our commitment not to pursue this any further in Glenridding.  I am grateful for having had the opportunity to debate what was always going to be a contentious topic and in doing so have at least demonstrated that the zip wire concept is valid and broadly acceptable in the right location.  I would like to thank the community again for their time. It is to their complete credit that they have been so unified in their response." - Mike Turner, Tree Top Trek

 Zip Wire Proposal
Some Useful Links

Listed below are some relevant links,including amongst others the Lake District National Park informal pre-planning advice on the proposal, an open letter to residents from Treetop Trek, an open letter from born and bred resident Robert Teasdale asking for a "No" vote, and a link to the "No Zip Here" dedicated website.

  • Click here to read the Lake District National Park informal pre-planning advice on the proposal
  • Click here to read a letter to the Herald in support of the proposal
  • Click here to read a letter to the Herald that is  critical of the Lake District National Park Authority
  • Click here to read a summary of the Sept 29th Open Meeting from the Parish Council website
  • Click here to read the Open Letter to residents from Treetop Trek. 
  • Click here to read the "Vote No" Open Letter from local resident Robert Teasdale
  • Click here to go to a local blog against the proposal
  • Click here to go to an on-line petition against the proposal
  • Click here to go to the "No Zip Here" dedicated website
  • Click here to go to a second local blog against the proposal.
  • Click here to go to the BBC report of the last open meetingitem which includes a video report with some familiar locations and faces.
  • Click here to go to the BBC report "Zip wire plan is dropped"

Free Draughtproofing
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
Website Launched

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.

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.

 "Doctor First"
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 
Free Service
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 .

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.

Superfast Broadband
 Glenridding & Patterdale
Progress Update

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 Council
New Website
Matterdale Parish Council have a new website - click here to visit.

Hayeswater Gill
Proposed Hydro Scheme

The National Trust have submitted a planning application for a hydrogeneration scheme at Hayeswater Gill, above Hartsop. 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.

Water Management 
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.

WW1 Centenary Events  

Centenary Exhibitions

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.

Local Entertainment

To check out what's on at our local cinemas and theatres, click above to access the Links Page.

  Community Links
 Patterdale Parish Council
 Patterdale School
 Glenridding Health Centre
 Community Development Centre

Parish Council Meeting Postponed

The Parish Council meeting scheduled for the 12th January has had to be postponed as only two councillors are available and the meeting would not be quorate. A new date will be advised on the Parish Council Website (see link above) as soon as possible.

Have You Seen Dotty?

Dotty is a young dog, and is still missing since she disappeared on the 25th November above Hartsop. The weather has been appalling  and if she is still up there,  she must be terrified, cold, hungry and bewildered. 

If you have seen Dotty, or taken her home, to a vet or to a rescue centre, please call 01539443313 or 07824717370.

Her FaceBook page is #FindDotty.

Broadband Champions
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 patterdaletoday@gmail.com

Want to Volunteer?

If you do, click here to go to our list of lots 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 
Road End

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 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  patterdaletoday@gmail.com with details. Meanwhile, check out the listings in the What's On section