Mobile banking after NATWEST closure
Banking giant NatWest announced in March that it would be shutting its Market Street store on September 26 this year.
Now, the bank is hoping to bring a mobile banking van to the town for one day a week. It has proposed parking on Chapel Street car park between 10.30am and 11.45am on a Thursday morning.
Copeland Council has carried out consultation over the plan but is yet to authorise a licence. The move has been met with a mixed reaction by Egremont Town Council.
“I’m really disappointed that the bank is closing but I’m pleased there will be some sort of service,” said chairwoman Lena Hogg. “However it doesn’t seem adequate.
“I’d like to see plenty of advertisement and, if possible, have it somewhere more prominent so people walk past it.
“I’d also like to see it on a Friday when the farmers’ market is on in town.
The town council pays towards a bus which brings people in from nearby settlements, and they often visit the bank too.”
Egremont’s farmers, craft and Fairtrade market takes place on the third Friday of each month.
The bus service, which is free for market customers, travels through Bootle, Ravenglass, Seascale and Gosforth, stopping where necessary between each place.
NatWest said closing the branch was a “difficult decision” but was happening because of changing banking habits, adding that, since 2011, transactions had dropped by 22 per cent in Egremont.
Speaking at the time, a spokeswoman said NatWest would help customers who were not confident using digital banking.
She said: “We are communicating with our customers affected by the closure and proactively contacting vulnerable and regular branch customers.”
Seven other Cumbrian branches – Millom, Cockermouth, Keswick, Ambleside, Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston and Wigton – are being closed.
Egremont Town Council is leading plans to regenerate the street and tidy up the town.
They have written to businesses to ask them to look after their frontages as well as painting all the street furniture, while there is a community litter pick set to be carried out today.
Calderwood House residents have helped out with painting furniture, picking litter and cleaning up weeds.
Lena Hogg, chairwoman of Egremont Town Council, said: “Calderwood House has been superb, I don’t know what we would have done without them.
“The work has all been in preparation for getting flowers into the containers to brighten the place up
“Egremont is the main shopping town for people in Bigrigg, Moor Row, Thornhill and St Bees – all the settlements around us.
“These improvements aren’t just for Egremont residents. We want it to benefit everyone who uses our town, and brighten it up in time for the anniversary Crab Fair too.
“We have purchased new bins and can put them where they are needed on the Main Street.”
The town council has also received support from Co-op employees, who will take part in the litter picking.
While LLWR paid for the inners of the planters, which had to be replaced as they had rusted away.
“We’re trying to make it community-led and give people ownership of their town,” said Coun Hogg.
“We’re hoping to put ourselves forward for Britain in Bloom.
“We want to include West Lakes Academy and get the youngsters working with us.
“All the work is to add up to the rejuvenation of our town.”
The town council will next meet on Thursday, June 22, between 6pm and 8.30pm. Public attendance is encouraged at meetings.
Egremont RUFC reveal the new flood defences
On friday 8th of June The Egremont rugby football club revealed the new flood defences designed to prevent the club house, change rooms, MUGA and flood lights.
The funding came for these new defences came from many sources including Copeland community fund, Egremont town council, Copeland borough council, Evironment agency to name a few and include new walls, raised surfaces and pathways, flood boards and airbrick covers.
The works cost several thousands of pounds and took many months to complete but many years to come to full fruition. The floods of 2009 and 2012 were terrible and it took a lot of hard work and dedication to ensure that the club remained oppen and the new facilities built and protected from futurre flooding problems
The ERUFC has a long and proud history of helping the youth from Egremont parish, participating in many fund rasing events, providing much talent to the Rugby union world and the facilities are recognised as some of the best in the area.
Members of the Egremont town council attended the event along with the Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, representatives of Copeland community fund and members of Copeland borough council.
Egremont firestation plaque unveiling
On Friday June 2nd Egremont town council chairpeson Lena Hogg and vice Chair Neil Ferguson attended the unveiling of the Egremont firestation memorial plaque.
Egremont firestation was founded in the mid 19th century and has had a diligent, vigilant and dedicated team of firemen ever since.
The firestation has undergone many changes since its founding but it has never had a a memorial plaque detailing the names of all those that have served the community so well over the time.
The memorial had been in the making for over 9yrs and needed the help of all past and present firepersons, sale of varoius items, many sponsored events, monies given by the local community and generous help from facebook users to identify personages of the numerous photos and lists.
The unveiling was also attended by the current and past firepersons, clergy, Cumbria fire service commander and many from the local community who were wowed by the plaque and the numerous photos and memorabilia from past eras.
Peter Watson Memorial
On friday May 26th representatives from County, borough and egremont councils attend the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to Peter watson.
Peter Watson was a former English language and literature teacher at Wyndham School (now Westlakes academy). He joined the secondary school in 1971 and retired in 2002 after 31yrs of dedicated and inspiring teaching.
Peter watson was also dedicated his life to helping those worse off than himself and was a member of the Egremont labour party and the founder of the Egremont today (E2D) free news paper- he acted as the cheif reporter, editor, publisher and distributer. Working tirelessly to bring social injustices to light and inspiring those who met him and knew him to do the same.
The memorial was created by members from his christian group as well proceeds from labour party, town, borough and county councils. David Southward helped to arrange the memorial along with members of the Castle group and the memorial was attended by his wife Connie and their children and Rev Richard Lee, Rev Barbara Jeapes and Mr David Day