Connecting Cumbria Broadband Project - RollOut Plan Announced
Cumbria County Council announced their outline exchange rollout plan for the project on June 14th - click here to see the announcement in detail. The Glenridding exchange is listed as "under evaluation" so we will have to wait and see. Click here to go to our Broadband page for a fuller update on the project.
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 email@example.com
St Patrick's Church Seeks New Ministerclick here to visit the site which includes a 27 page parish profile with lots of photos. The closing date for applications is 20th June 2013 - click here to see the Diocese of Carlisle advertisement and related documents.
Click here to learn more.
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
The Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk is on Saturday, July 6th. This annual event is a lot of fun for those taking part and raises much needed funds for St Patrick’s Church in Patterdale and the Patterdale Church of England Primary School.There are three walk options, ranging from 7 miles downhill to 30 miles with 10,000 feet of ascent.For more information, click here to visit the Boundary Walk website.
Cumbria Challenge raises £153,000
The first and hopefully not the last, Cumbria Challenge raised an amazing £153,000 for the Walking with The Wounded Charity. Distant Horizons a Watermillock based company whom The KGV Committee have worked with before, organised the event and used the field at Patterdale as the control centre and the start and finish for the race. 74 teams of 4 people braved the harsh conditions on the day.
Emma Johnson of Distant Horizons
at the start of the Walk
The courses were either a 20km or a tougher 33km route . All got home, some with only minor bumps and scrapes and no emergency call-outs necessary. Given the weather conditions this was an achievement in itself and a testimony to the good preparation by the walkers and the organisers There was a lot of support shown by the local residents in helping with staffing and preparation and it was always the organisers intention to involve as many local people and businesses in the participation. Feedback from the Parish so far has been positive with a much needed uplift in business. The Co Founder of Walking With the Wounded Ed Parker personally thanked The KGV Committee and the residents of Patterdale for their warm hospitality and assistance and stated he was most looking forward to next years event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the project, visit www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/valleyplanning
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.
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
Patterdale TODAY is pleased to announce that Patterdale Parish Council now has it's own website. All of the pages previously used by the Parish Council have been moved to the new site, which can be accessed using the link above.
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.
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.