Have your say on Cumbria’s COVID Recovery Plan

SRCG recovery

Cumbria’s Strategic Recovery Coordination Group (SRCG) has launched an online public consultation to gather feedback on the Draft Recovery Strategy for Cumbria.

The SRCG is a partnership of organisations and authorities including the county council, district councils, Cumbria Police, NHS, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service, Cumbria Community Foundation, Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales National Park, and others. 

Planning for the future is essential to a successful recovery for local residents, businesses, communities and tourists. To ensure there is a robust recovery framework in place, Cumbria SRCG has developed a draft recovery strategy document, and is now seeking the views of local people to help inform the final version, which will be published in the Summer.  

It is important to gather as many views as possible to ensure the strategy reflects what is needed for Cumbria’s residents and businesses, and that a wide range of feedback can be considered.

Corporate message

The strategy has been developed by an extensive range of partners across Cumbria, and further information about the SRCG, as well as links to the draft recovery strategy document, and the online survey, can be found at www.cumbriarecovery.org

To have your say complete the survey online here. The closing date for feedback is 25 April 2021.

Florence arts centre reopens on this Wednesday April 14th

*** We’re reopening!!***
Wednesday 14th April!
Here at Florence our team have been hard at work preparing to welcome you back to a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all to enjoy.
We will be opening with a series of works for sale from our local artists groups such as Fabricate, Florence Paintmakers and our ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition.
We will also be offering a range of hot and cold takeaway drinks and sacks for you to enjoy in our outdoor seating area.
We will be operating under our normal opening times, Wednesday-Sunday 11-4.
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If you have any questions prier to your visit with us, please get in touch with our team by telephone: 01946 824946 or email: florence@florenceartscentre.com
Looking forward to seeing you all again next week!
Best wishes,
From all the Florence team.

Plaza Cinema is set to close!

After 20 amazing years of welcoming you to our Plaza cinema, we are very sad to announce that the cinema will not be reopening.
Having been a part of this community for so long we really don’t want to say goodbye but we have been unable to agree lease terms to allow us to stay on at Dunmail Park.
Our intention is to create a new cinema in Workington, for which we have planning consent, and we’re working hard on our plans to do so. We will provide further details on social media and via our Plaza newsletter as we progress.
We are so very proud of the Plaza team who have worked tirelessly over the years to bring you a great cinema experience with a welcoming smile. We are so grateful for their contribution.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our many loyal customers who have supported us, especially over what has been the most difficult time for everyone this past twelve months. We really hope that you will continue to support us.
Our team have some great memories of the Plaza and the great blockbuster films we’ve shown over the years, it’s been our pleasure to welcome so many of you.
Should you have valid unused vouchers, we will provide contact details so that we can honour these in the most appropriate manner.
We will provide updates as we have them and hope to bring you further information of our new cinema in the coming weeks.

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh: Dedicated pages for guidance on placing messages of condolences.

With the sad passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, we would like to make you aware that there are dedicated web pages available online via the Cumbria County Council website, which include information and guidance on how members of the public can express their condolences during this time of mourning.
Please find the website here: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/dukeofedinburgh/
Please also be aware that in order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to reduce the risk of transmission, The Royal Family have asked that no Books of Condolence are to be made available in public buildings for people to sign in person. Please encourage the members of your community to leave their condolence via the official online Book of Condolence on the Royal website: https://www.royal.uk/
We do appreciate that not everyone is able to easily access the internet and we are currently seeking further guidance from the Government and Royal Household.
The Royal Family have also respectfully asked members of the public to not lay flowers or other memorial items such as candles, messages and mementoes, at public spaces. Instead, members of the public who wish can make a donation as a tribute to His Royal Highness to a charity of their choosing or one of the charities or organisations which The Duke of Edinburgh supported in his public duties. The Duke of Edinburgh supported many amazing charities and some of these have strong connections to our county. For example, one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages is the Outward Bound Trust which has its HQ in Cumbria.
Please follow Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Lieutenancy on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information and guidance. Where possible, please share/retweet their messages to help keep residents in your local area informed.
Cumbria County Council
Facebook/Twitter: @CumbriaCC
Cumbria Lieutenancy
Facebook: @CumbriaLieutenancy
Twitter: LLCumbria

Temporary road closure notice: U4466 Dale View Gardens & Dale View Close

A temporary Road closure has been put in place to allow Cumbria Highways to carry out footway resurfacing which are expected to commence 26th April 2021 and anticipated to take 5 weeks to complete.

Please see below details of the extents of the closure and alternative route, the relevant legal notice can be viewed at https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1026/notice_0f39458fde.pdf and a location plan clearly showing these extents can be found on one.network via link https://one.network/?tm=120997395 

Location: U4466 Dale View Gardens & Dale View Close for its entire length. 

Alternative Route: There are no suitable alternative routes available for vehicles.  A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times.

Should you require any further information relating to this temporary order please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Traffic Management Team – West

Highways Assets and Strategy | Highways and Transport

Economy and Infrastructure Directorate

Cumbria County Council

Lillyhall Depot | Joseph Noble Road | Lillyhall Ind. Estate | Workington | CA14 4JH

T: 0300 303 2992

E: ttro.west@cumbria.gov.uk

Egremont foodbank- this weeks apeal

Thank you so much for all the kind donations, helping to restock our shelves.   We are still short of the items below.

It would be great if everyone dropped one item off, our warehouse would fill up in no time.

Can you help please with this Appeal?

Please can you print and share the attached poster.

 We appreciate your help at this time.-

Tinned Fruit

Tinned Meat

1 litre UHT Fruit Juice


Please no Dried Pasta, Rice or Tinned Tomatoes (We have plenty)

We have green appeal bins and other collection bins in the following locations:

Food Donation Points currently operational                                                                          Workington: Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, IcelandFoodbank Centre at the Bridge Centre, Lloyds TSB

Whitehaven:  Morrisons, Tesco, Foodbank Centre at New Life Church

Cockermouth: Sainsburys, Co-op, Cockermouth Foodbank Centre at Lorton Street Methodist Church, Lidl

Wigton: Co-op, Wigton Foodbank Centre

Maryport: Maryport Foodbank Centre, Spar (Curzon St), Lidl

Cleator Moor: Co-op

Silloth: Co-op

Egremont: Co-op, Egremont Foodbank Centre

Keswick:  Booths Supermarket

To see when the Foodbank Centres are open, go to our website


Scan down the page and look for the town and you will find all the

opening details for the Foodbank Centre


Lowes Court opens again on Tuesday April 13th 1100 until 1330- come along and find surprises.

We are pleased to be reopening from Tuesday 13th April.
Our opening times will be from 10am to 13.30pm 
Tuesday to Saturday at the moment
as we are a little short of volunteers

Please come along and visit us 
We will still be selling via our Facebook page at LowesCourtGallery and will be operating a Click & Collect service as before, for those who prefer,
or can post items for those who are not local

In a couple of weeks from 27th April there will be an Exhibition of work by Ellen Phillips which was cancelled from last year, so make sure you come along in May to see her new work

We thank you for your continued support for Lowes Court Gallery CIC
and we hope to see you soon in our freshly painted Gallery,
selling locally made Art & Crafts
Remember to Shop Local to Support Local Business

It is with great sadness that the House of Windsor & Buckingham palace have announced the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

40+ Photos of Prince Philip's Life - Best Pictures of the Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that the house of Windsor and Buckingham Palace have released the sad news that Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh passed away earlier today.

On behalf of Egremont town council we would like to pass on our condolences and heart felt sadness to Her Majesty the Queen and to the Royal whole family.

We wish her Majesty the Queen and all members of the royal family our deepest sympathies.

Long Covid 19 assessment services established

New Long Covid Assessment service established

Patients who have had Covid-19 and have experienced symptoms which have lasted for longer than 12 weeks are now being referred into the North Cumbria Long Covid Assessment service.  

Patients have been able to access a range of support to help them recover from Covid-19 over the last 12 months, and this has continued to develop in order to allow input from more clinical teams as the need to treat the long term effects of the virus has been recognised.

Pharmacy Opening Times – Easter Bank Holiday 2021

Find out the pharmacy opening times for the weekend ahead.

businesses to have a free listing in their upcoming ‘We’re Open For Business’ supplement

Newsquest Cumbria – the publishers of The Whitehaven News, News & Star and The Mail – are inviting businesses to have a free listing in their upcoming ‘We’re Open For Business’ supplement.

All businesses are eligible for this offer to tell their customers when they are opening and what they have to offer.

Please encourage businesses in your wards to enter a free listing at:


Many thanks and Happy Easter