Patterdale TODAY

Welcome to PatterdaleTODAY with over 130 pages of information, events, news, history and more.

PatterdaleTODAY

More than a New Look

It has been 14 years since Patterdale TODAY was launched (yes it surprised us!), so we thought it was time for an overhaul. Apart from the new 'fresh' appearance, the site now uses a secure connection to the servers and is mobile friendly.

Goldrill Beck Restoration

The works to move a stretch of Goldrill Beck away from the A592 and reconnect the river to its floodplain have been completed. This will create improved habitats for wildlife and slow the flow of water downstream.

Patterdale Tennis Courts

We are holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday 27th November 2-4pm and invite you to come along and see the new courts and maybe also have a hit! Balls and rackets will be provided. Individual and household memberships are available. Go to our website for more information. clubspark.lta.org.uk/patterdaletennisclub.

Patterdale Housing Needs

Survey Results, Next Steps

Our local Housing Group have published the results of the Patterdale Parish Housing Need survey, and have issued a press release outlining next steps. Go to our Affordable Housing page to see a summary of the results & read the press release. Click here to see a full copy of the Housing Need survey report.

Our local Housing Group has developed into the Patterdale Parish Community Land Trust (PPCLT) - click here to visit the PPCLT website.

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 locals as well as Family Historians. All of the graveyard memorials have now been transcribed and photographed by Chris.

'NEW' Old Maps of the Area

Actually New additions. We have now added links to even more maps of the dale in the Local History section of the site, including several, 25 inch scale, old OS Maps links. They cover the years 1859, 1897 and 1913. Click here - they are fascinating to look at.

Prince of Wales Visit

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

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.

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!

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)

Aira Force Tree Fall Update

Following the tree fall at Aira Force in August 2021 the National Trust (NT) have been working with expert partners to investigate the exact cause and to undertake surveys to access the damage and stability of other trees in the gorge. They have got to the stage where the site can be accessed safely . Due to the specialist nature of the works an expert contractor will be appointed.

The clearance works are expected to take some weeks to achieve with mid to late spring 2022 the best estimate for completion. Once clearance works have been completed, further inspection will be required to identify subsequent steps to restore the site and make it safe for future use by the public. The NT are unsure at this stage when this phase of the work will be completed and the impact to the walkways project but will issue regular updates.

Aira Force does remain open and visitors will still be able to view the falls from the main footpath and while crossing the stone bridge at the top of the falls. They can also enjoy the network of trails leading to wonderful spots like the Glade, the Pinetum, High Force gorge and High Cascades. Ensuring the safety of everyone concerned is a top priority, as well as making sure that Aira Force is safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

End of an Era

The Closure of Patterdale Village Shop and Post Office

There has been a Post Office and Shop in Patterdale for at least 140 years. So it was a sad day when it's doors closed for the final time on the 31st March 2021. The proprietors, Tom and Gillian, who are retiring, had hoped someone would take over the business but unfortunately there were no takers. As the shop prepared to close for the final time, many locals gathered outside (socially distanced of course) to show their appreciation. The photo shows Tom and Gillian, with previous proprietors Christine and John Varley, and Geoff Walker.

A592 Safer Roads Project

Further information about plans for Road Safety Improvements on the A592 between Rheged and Windermere, along with FAQs can be found on the Cumbria County Council Safer Roads website: www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/highways-pavements/highways/saferroads

Fibre Broadband Speeds
in Patterdale Parish

Now that most of the parish can sign up for fast fibre broadband, it will be interesting for everyone to see the kinds of speeds people are actually getting or can expect to get if they sign up for the service. See the results so far.

Help us to display more measurements by clicking on the 'Speed' image below and then let us know the result. We don't mind how many times you run the test.

Pennine Community
Credit Union

Affinity Credit Union, which previously merged with Eden & South Lakeland Credit Union, has now merged with Pennine Community Credit Union, PCCU.

PCCU now provides credit union services across the whole of Cumbria. Click here to go to their website and learn how to join and get details of the saving & borrowing opportunities on offer.

Updated Bus/TrainTimetables

See our Timetables page for the latest bus and rail timetables.

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.

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.

Community Links

Local Webcams

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.

Glenridding Common

Update from the John Muir Trust

There is a new publication from the John Muir Trust - "Common Ground" - which reports on the first 18 months of their management of Glenridding Common. Click here to read the John Muir publication.

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Patterdale Parish Council will be held on Monday, 27th September at 7.30pm, Glenridding Public Hall

Affordable Housing Boost

Government Awards Eden £938,000

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.

Flood Action Plans Published

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 the Patterdale Community Flood Group website (click here).

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.

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 use the centre even with the box and bag scheme. Remember there is no general rubbish facility in Glenridding.

Contact the Editors

If you have any suggestions, things you would like to see, details of a local event or even photos to share then please e-mail the editors. All of the editors can access the site's dedicated e-mail account. If you are involved with a local club, team or any activity and would like to have your own pages on this site (it's free) then get in touch. patterdaletoday@gmail.com

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