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Ullswater Litter Pick
Sunday, March 18th

Distant Horizons are joining forces with Lake District National Park Volunteers and Young Rangers to collect litter from key sites around Ullswater,  along the Ullswater Way,  and on the water in canoes. It's on Sunday 18 March 2018 ,1pm – 4pm. See our "What's On" listing for full details.

Fibre Broadband for Hartsop Progress Update

BT advise that work is now (Feb 16th) beginning to put in the fibre connection from the cabinet outside the Mountain Rescue Centre to the cabinet that is stood at the Hartsop bus shelter. The first step is some tree pruning to clear access for poles, and then fibre will be run.

Patterdale Parish Council
Requires Clerk

Michael Johnson , our Parish Council clerk, is leaving, so the Parish Council is seeking a successor.The salary is negotiable, based on 14 hours per month. For an informal chat and details please contact Michael Johnson on 07706847112 or email clerk@patterdale-pc.org.uk .
Two New Installations
on the Ullswater Way

The two new installations are not Gillian and Tom at the Patterdale Post Office. One of the new installations is a plaque at the Post Office to mark the very first shop to sell  copies of Alfred Wainwright's  guidebooks to the fells.

The second installation is a slate sculpture along the Ullswater Way under Arthur's Pike.The installations are part of a series commissioned by the Friends of the Ullswater Way. Click here to go to the Friends blog for the full story and lots more pictures.
Speeding Past
Patterdale School?

Patterdale School is concerned about motorists driving at speed past the school. Danielle Ousby, our local Police Community Support Officer, has got in touch with Patterdale Today asking us to highlight the issue - Danielle says that "other measures" are being looked into but the message is clear - Please don't speed past Patterdale School!

Glenridding Public Hall
Book now for 2018!

The Public Hall is already getting booked up for 2018 - the advice is to make your booking now to avoid disappointment. Contact Michelle Edgar on 01768482332 to make a booking.

Explore Penrith 

Click here to visit a new website to help you explore Penrith's sights, history and shops.

See More of Cumbria & The Lake District

Click here to read about a new project promoting sustainable travel into Cumbria and the Lake District.

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.

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 continue to add new items to the popular Local History section of this website. We also believe that we have solved the mystery of 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.

Prince of Wales Visit

Did you know that a Prince of Wales spent two nights in Patterdale? 
Click Here for more details.

Click the Button !!

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. 

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.

Ruthwaite Lodge
Charity Tea Shop
March 31st/April 1st

Once again, Tea, Coffee, Hot chocolate and lots and lots of cakes will be served for donations in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Ruthwaite Lodge over the Easter weekend. See our "What's On" listing for full details.

St Patrick's
Musical Events

Forthcoming 2018 musical events at St Patrick's Church are now listed in our "What's On" section.

National Trust Woodland Management
Pig Wood, Patterdale

The National Trust’s Forestry team will be carrying out some thinning works at Pig Wood, near Side Farm at Patterdale. We’ll be felling some of the larch to release young oaks underneath, as well as respacing some of the other broadleaves to allow the best trees to room to grow. This work is planned for late autumn/early winter.

Please be aware there may be minor disruption using the Public Right of Way that runs past the bottom of Pig Wood, as the Foresters may need to halt pedestrians and traffic whilst trees are being felled and whilst timber is being moved.

Firewood for sale:
Some hardwood will be available in 2m lengths to purchase as firewood. You will need adequate access for our tractor and long trailer, with no overhead powerlines, and a space to store a stack of timber in 2m lengths. This will be unseasoned, un-split wood and costs £50/tonne including delivery.

For more information, please contact Woodland Ranger, Liam Plummer, on 015394 46402 or at liam.plummer@nationaltrust.org.uk

For firewood sales, please contact Head Forester, Martin Thwaites, on 017687 81925 or at martin.thwaites@nationaltrust.org.uk.

  Local Webcam Links
  Kirkstone Pass Webcam
  Glenridding Cybercafe Webcam
  Inn on the Lake Webcam
  Pooley Bridge Pier Webcam
  Windermere Ferry Webcam

Connecting Cumbria
Subsidised Satellite
Broadband Offer

Connecting Cumbria is now offering a subsidised satellite broadband connection to anyone in Cumbria who is unable to access a minimum 2Mbps broadband speed from any other provider. Click here to access details of the offer, how to apply etc.

Old Maps of the Area

We have 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. 

 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.

Eden & South Lakeland
Credit Union

Eden & South Lakeland 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.

Local Entertainment

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.

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. Some of 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.

Zip Wire Archive

We have preserved our coverage of the Glenridding zip wire saga on its own archive page - click here to access.

Microchip your Dog 
Free Service

Eden District Council are now offering to microchip dogs for Eden residents for free. Click here to learn more

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

Patterdale Parish Council
Next Meeting
Monday, March 19th

The next meeting of Patterdale Parish Council will be on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 7.30pm in Glenridding Public Hall.
Government Awards Eden
Affordable Housing Boost

Eden District Council has been awarded £938,640 from the government’s Community Housing Fund. The money granted from this Fund aims to create more housing in areas where the impact of second homes is particularly acute and housing prices outstrip local household incomes. Click here to read more on our Affordable Housing page.
Power Cut Helpline
Dial 105

There is a new free national helpline to ring to report a power cut or receive reassurance during a blackout. In Cumbria, dialling 105 will put you in touch with Electricity North West, which is the company that manages the cables,power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in Cumbria.

Radio Cumbria Now Available via Freeview

Radio Cumbria is now available via Freeview on Channel 721 - handy for updates on weather, schools and roads, especially in the winter months. If you are in a Freeview reception area (not all of us are!),well worth considering retuning your TV to pick up the new channel. (Thanks to Michelle Edgar for this tip.)

Flood Action Plans

The Environment Agency has published a Flood Action Plan for Cumbria - "Reducing Flood Risk from Source to Sea" -  (click here) and separately a Glenridding Community Action Table (click here).The purpose of their Glenridding Community action table is to highlight the flood management that is currently in place and the specific actions that are happening or proposed within the Cumbria flood action plan for the Glenridding community.

Our own Patterdale Parish Community Flood Plan is published on our Patterdale Community Flood Group website (click here). 

Parish Email List

Our dale has a private email list which is used to provide information straight to your inbox about any topics of interest relating to the parish of Patterdale. Click here  to go to a news article on the council web site which provides more details and who to contact to be included. 

Don't forget also to write to us at patterdaletoday@gmail.com with details of forthcoming events so that we can include them in our "What's On" listing. 
Local Flood Recovery Updates

The Patterdale Parish Community Flood Group now has a dedicated website - click here to access the website and read about recovery/resilience plans for the parish.

The Parish Council website is posting day by day updates on flood recovery activity  in the parish, support available etc. Click here
 to access the Parish Council news page. 

Cumbria County Council
Flood Factsheet

Cumbria County Council have produced a  Flood Factsheet for Eden District . The Factsheet has regular updates on flood recovery, road and bridge closures, links to other info etc  - click here to access the Factsheet.

"The Faces of Ullswater"
Online Video

Matt Sharman has created a short film featuring a number of local residents whose portraits were  in the recent exhibition at Dalemain, including Rosie Lightfoot (below)  - click here to view the video.

Want to Volunteer?

If you do, click here to go to our list of lots of volunteering opportunities.

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

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.

 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