Friends of the Lake district- Fell care day 2020


Covid-19 is causing us all to rethink new, flexible ways of working BUT, never daunted here at Friends of the Lake District, we have found a way to have our 2020 Fell Care Day! 

Thursday 5th November

Read on to find out what’s happening……. and what’s not.

Bookings are coming in thick and fast but there are still some spaces so get yourself signed up without delay.

So, what won’t be happening this year? 

  • Activities won’t be centred on one specific location. We will be working in lots of different, beautiful places, right across the Lake District and Cumbria.
  • We won’t have a ‘hub’ for the day where everyone meets before and after *boo*
  • Groups will be limited to smaller sizes than usual.
  • We won’t be able to offer car sharing between members of different households.
  • We won’t be able to share communal cake at a hub *sob*

But what will be happening this year? 

  • We’ll still be running a whole host of great conservation and learning activities.
  • We will be making a difference to looking after, protecting and learning about these incredibly special landscapes.
  • We will be creating a ‘social media takeover’ with live video and photos of the day.
  • We’ll be taking all necessary steps to ensure participation in all activities is Covid-secure.
  • We’ll be asking you to bring your own gloves where they’re necessary for a task.
  • We WILL be finding a way to provide cake at your chosen activity *yay!*

So let’s get stuck in!
Here’s the list of all the brilliant volunteering opportunities at the Alternative Fell Care Day. Get yourself signed up for the activity that appeals to you. Numbers are limited on each task so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

1. Planted Tree Aftercare
With stunning views over Grasmere! Re-staking, removing redundant stakes guards, replanting if required and clearing redundant tree tubes.
Gillside, Grasmere         9.30 – 2
Moderate (step and uneven bracken covered ground) 
2. Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance
At our land at High Borrowdale, described by Wainwright as “the most beautiful valley outside the Lake District” (although it is now within the Lake District National Park).            
High Borrowdale, between Kendal and Shap     9.45 – 3.30
Moderate. There is a 30 minute walk in/out on a rough track and we will be working partly on slopes.    
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
3. Woodland Management
Thinning birch and removing holly regeneration. Magical Woodland. Beautiful views. Happy state of mind guaranteed.      
How’s Wood, Eskdale   10.30 – 2.30
Moderate (uneven, boggy or stony covered ground)     
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
4.  Ullswater Litter Pick
Help to clear up discarded debris around this beautiful lake. Including a trip on the Ullswater Steamer to begin and end your journey.
Ullswater            10.00 – 4.00
Moderate (uneven, stony covered ground)
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
5.  Path Creation
Dig out the stream to create and improve a fellside path on this fabulous, traditionally run Lakeland Farm. Playing about in water with spades; bringing out the child in you!            
Swinside Fell, Lorton     10.00 – 3.00
Moderate. Working in sloping ground.  
6. Fire and Feasting
Come down to the woods for a stepwise approach to making fire from starting with fire triangle and understanding how fire works to building and lighting fires from a wide range of lighters, fire steel strikers, char cloth / mushrooms / other tinders, flint and steel, fire lays,  bow drill (fire by friction). Simple knife safety and skills. Then it’s time for some campfire cooking!              
Mike’s Wood, Staveley 10.00 – 3.00
Easy and graduating to hard       
12+ (Under 18 accompanied by an adult)
8. Tree Maintenance and Vegetation Clearance
On this special piece of land close to Kendal but with glorious vies over the Lakes.           
The Helm near Kendal  10.00 – 3.00
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
9. Lake District Geology: Rocks and glacial history of Mid-Borrowdale, Keswick
You’ll have a better understanding of what makes the Lake District landscape so special.              
Borrowdale, Derwentwater        9.30 – 4.00
Moderate to hard. There may be some off-path tramping. Participants should be confident on fells and slopes.
10. Dark Skies VIRTUAL talk
Learn about the value of Dark Skies, the growing issues of the impacts of light pollution on wildlife, people and the environment, and what we’re doing to help tackle the issue.
The presentation from the Cumbria Dark Skies Project Officer, Jack Ellerby, will highlight relevant research and good practice to show how planners/design professionals, businesses and home owners can help tackle the growing problem of light pollution.
Eden and South Lakeland are the third and eight darkest Districts in England with some of the best night skies in the north of England…. Now is the time to – Think Big, Act Fast and Make a Difference Together!      
On Zoom             19.00 – 20.00      
Any age

We know lots of you would love to help but are simply
too far away to offer practical support.
You can still help from afar by becoming a voice for the Lake District and Cumbria as one of our thousands of caring members.
Membership is just £2.75 p.m.
Please join today.


New exhibition at Lowes court gallery



We have a new exhibition starting tomorrow
for the next four weeks featuring work by four West Cumbrian Artists:

Natalie Burns
Phil Cram
Emma Hunt
Tetiana Scott

Come along and view the work of these featured artists,
as well as other pieces by a variety of local artists.
We also have a range of hand made crafts for sale,
including some items for the festive season that is fast approaching!

We aim to be open
Monday to Sat from 10
am to 1pm throughout October
so come along and support local industry by Shopping Local

It is also that time of year when we ask for Exhibitors to apply for space
to have their own Exhibition next year in 2021
You can apply for a full wall (roughly 4 metres x 2 metres) 
or half a wall (which is approximately 7 average sized pieces)
As usual we intend to have a School’s Exhibition in February so we are asking
for submissions for the months of March through to December
Please apply by email to or by replying to this email
enclosing details of your name, preferred month and if possible medium
(2nd choice of month would be useful too)

Update on the Governments new COVID 19 regulation



The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialed and will launch on
Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check- in at

 QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in
England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple
people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues
Businesses across England and Wales like pubs, restaurant s,
hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR
code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloade d the new
NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check- in.
The move comes ahead of a national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app
across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September.
The government will be supporting business es and venues to display the
QR codes, which can be downloaded via a website to display as posters in

Following the launch of the new COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in
England will be able to check- in on entry with their phone instead of
filling out a check- in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow
NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice
should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

In England, using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal
requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff
on their premises.

With coronavirus cases rising in the UK in the last few weeks it is
essential business es capitalize on the benefits QR codes can bring to
protect themselves and their customers.

When someone enters a venue and scans an official QR poster, the venue
information will be logged on the user’s phone. This information will stay
on a user’s phone for 21 days and if during that time a coronavirus
outbreak is identified at a location, the venue ID in question will be sent
to all devices. The device will check if users have been at that location
and if the app finds a match, users may get an alert with advice on what
to do based on the level of risk.

The more people download and use the NHS COVID-19 app, the more it
will help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 cases rising again across the country, the NHS COVID-19
app is a useful tool to have in the toolbox, alongside the other measures,
to combat the rise in infections.

Businesses are just one sector to be urged to use the NHS Test and Trace
system. Universities, hospitals, leisure premises, civic centres and
libraries will also be urged to display posters in communal areas such as
cafes where people are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes
and in close proximity.

Bridge end allotments- new yearly award -winners 2020

Bridge End Allotments – Event of the Year
On Saturday 12th September 2020, a newly established event was held at Egremont Rugby Union club.
The Maxi Marrow Competition was introduced earlier on in the year by Willie Maxwell, who invited his allotment friends to enter the ‘marrow growing competition’. The participants from Egremont’s Bridge End allotments, took on the challenge of growing the heaviest marrow they could be possibly achieve. The event was initially started as a ‘bit of fun’ during the pandemic, whilst raising money for Egremont Foodbank.
Since then the trophy has proudly been named the ‘Maxi Marrow Cup’ after the Bridge End allotments longest running resident Willie ‘Maxi’ Maxwell, of Bridge End Park, Egremont. The competition claimed its first ever winner on Saturday, Roy Redshaw, who’s marrow weighed in at an astonishing 3.8kg. Catherine Maxwell, Willie’s wife, presented the trophy to the Roy, concluding this year’s event. Unfortunately for Willie, his marrow came in last place, weighing in at 1.9kg.
Roy can be seen holding his winning marrow and accepting the Maxi Marrow Cup
This event will be held every year, entry is £5, and this donation will go towards helping a local charity (overall winner chooses the local charity). The participants and event organisers would like to say a special thanks to Egremont Rugby Union club for hosting this event during these difficult times.

Egremont bowling the sport for you!

Egremont Bowling Club, a fantastic asset to the town. We are run independent of Copeland Borough Council on a voluntary basis with a committee and finance all our over heads
President Mr A Hall 01946823317
V.President Mr K Amor. 01946812440
Ladies President Mrs Percival 01946820776
Secretary Mrs S Connolly 01946824438
Treasurer Mr I Hall 07596921302
Chair person Mr P Millburn 01946822649
Committee members
Mrs M Moore 01946820700
Mr P Moore 01946820700
Mr E Connolly 01946824438
Mr E Percival 01946820776
Mrs D Timmins 01946824767
Mrs K Moffat 01946814439
Elected at every AGM
At the moment we have 41 members
Season runs April 4th to September 20th
Compete in W.Cumbria Triples League Tuesday evenings
In house competitions
Monday and Thursday “Jumble” competition
Close down day with presentations for competition winners and runner ups
2019/20 season has been disruptive both playing and financially due to COV-19
Open all week 2pm to 6pm where non members can play for £5 with “woods”provided
Tea and biscuits available for 50p
New members welcome for 2021
£35 membership
Any donations very welcome as we endeavour to keep this hidden gem afloat
We are situated at Howbank Road Smithfield

Town council looking to create a group to look after the castle to stopAnti-social behavior, damage to public areas and make improvements

Egremont Town Council is looking to re-establish the Friends of Egremont Castle group following the demise of the previous group who had carried out some fantastic work which resulted in the Castle being the first site in Cumbria to be awarded the Green Heritage Award which was a fitting tribute to the group’s dedication.
We all know there has been a continuing spate of vandalism in recent times and our lengthsman (who is paid to maintain the castle via an annual grant from Lord Egremont), spends many hours picking up broken glass to prevent small children and others who come into the castle to enjoy the grounds, from hurting themselves. This is despicable behaviour from youths who are old enough to know better and families are asked to check what their child is doing & where they are going whilst out and about and to point out the obvious dangers to them if glass is being broken or fires being lit (which has happened in the past) to themselves and others, the public is also being asked to report anything untoward to the police who can then follow this up with more patrols. The attached photos are what the Lengthsman say when he entered the Castle after the weekend.
This blatant vandalism however is not going to deter those with an interest and pride in our town from going forward. An initial meeting has already been held and there are some exciting times ahead if the commitment and willingness is there but we don’t just want members, we are looking for people who could give a little of their time by perhaps tending a flower bed, enhancing the work of the lengthsman by doing a litter pick or it could be just walking through the castle and reporting any concerns to the Council – anything that can help restore our Castle to a place where it is safe for families and young children to come and enjoy the facilities and let their imaginations run wild.
Dog fouling unfortunately is a problem that has been escalating in the Castle, dogs are only allowed in the Castle if kept on a lead and we would have hoped and expected that dog owners would respect these grounds and take on fully their responsibilities as dog owners and pick up after their pets. We all want to live in a safe & clean environment so dog owners are asked to do their bit – pick up after their dogs have fouled and bin it and this does not mean picking it up and dumping the bag near the bin, it means putting it in the bin.
This is our town and our castle and we want it to be here for many years to come so our future generations can visit and enjoy the grounds. If you feel you can therefore give something to our community or would like to have a general chat about how you can help, please contact Egremont Town Council on 01946 820254 or email on

Annual allotment awards:2020

Each year Egremont Town Council organises an annual allotment competition across three allotment sites namely Sandholes, East Road and Bridgend and the winners for each site chosen by our judge Mr Carl Woodburn were as follows:
Mr Callum Scott – winner on the Sandholes site (2nd & 3rd place winners respectively Steven Shutt & Mark Carver)
Mr Stan Wright – winner on the East Road site (2nd & 3rd place winners respectively Pru Chapple & Andrew Johnstone)
Mr Michael Donnelly – winner on the Bridgend site (2nd & 3rd place winners respectively Mr Hardman & Mr Redshaw)
Due to the covid-19 restrictions, our usual presentation could not take place but our Chairperson Mr Neil Ferguson delivered a trophy, prize & certificate to each winner and congratulated them on their success.
Mr Woodburn also commented that the Bridgend site was most productive with some fantastic floral and perennial flowering displays as well as immaculately tended fruit and vegetables and despite it being a wet and miserable day when he carried out his judging, he was impressed by what he saw across all three sites. From seeing fig trees and fan trained fruit to avenues of sunflowers and runner bean covered arbours, he said it had been a pleasure and honour to carry out the judging on behalf of Egremont Town Council.
Along with the Town Council trophies, the John & Brenda Killip cup is awarded to the overall winner across all three sites and John Killip had great pleasure in judging and presenting Mr Michael Donnelly as the 2020 winner, Mr Killip was very impressed with the flowers and vegetables grown on Mr Donnelly’s plot and his award was well deserved.

Important notice: Egremont bowling green to remain closed for the rest of the year

  Egremont bowling club and green are to remain closed to the public for the remainder of the bowling season.

  This is due to the continuing issues that have arisen with  the COVID 19 outbreak and issues around cleansing and volunteers.

  For further details please contact Egremont town council on –

   01946-820254 or email: