The substation at the end of Greenmoor road, Old Smithfield, Egremont has had a make over.
It is part of a new initiative by ElectricNorthwest to beautify existing substation in areas that have had funding shortfall and little new investment.
The work began two months ago when the area around the substation was cleared, dug and had wild flowers planted and has now as the flowers grow we can see the work was worth it.
Borough and town councillor Sam Pollen has been working with ElectricNorthwest to bring the area investment and to improve areas that have been looking a bit drab or overgrown. The company has put enough money aside to maintain what has already been done and to plant a new crop of wild flowers each year. The company has plans to do similar works with other substations around Copeland.
Today saw the Cumbria in Bloom judges arrive in Egremont.
Egremont town council has entered the annual awards for the last 4yrs. Previously the town has won a bronze award and last year the town received the Silver gilt award- a fantastic achievement.
Judges Alison Saxby & Jean Airey have many year experience in horticulture and both served the judging panel for many years. They were shown round the town by Chair person Neil Ferguson, Vice Chair Sam Pollen, Town Clerk Geraldine Pritchard and the Cemetery Curator Nelson Shepard.
Once again the Egremont bowling green committee also took part and wowed the judges with their efforts once more- last year they deservedly received two awards.
The judging also took place at the Egremont youth partnership who also won awards last year – the group met the three teenagers who had helped the town council to rid the town of weeds along with the continuing support of Calderwood house who continue to work wonders in the towns community and once again without who’s help the town would not look as good.
Nelson Shepard who worked himself almost to death to ensure everything looked so good-they have been aided by Martin from the Lengthsmen team and the rest of the town council employees – Nicola and Lee.
Two Copeland schools are celebrating after finishing in the top two at the Global Rock Challenge 2019 Northern Premier Final. West Lakes Academy, in Egremont, finished in first place at the final, held in Grimsby Auditorium, with Whitehaven Academy bagging second. The two schools beat off some stiff competition to take the accolades with a further seven schools from across West Yorkshire, Hull, South Yorkshire, Cumbria, Aberdeenshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Suffolk competing.
West Lakes’ performance was called No good will come from a woman at sea. And they described it as: It angers the sea Gods to take a woman on board a ship. Some savage pirates ignore this warning and abduct women from a port, tearing a wife from her husband. Once at sea, the curse proves to be true. They panic and throw the women overboard as a sacrifice, but it’s too late. The sea Gods want their vengeance. Second placed Whitehaven’s performance was entitled The Radium Girls and described as: Radium, The wonder substance; shining bright in the otherwise dark years of the first world war. Hundreds of American women, toiled amidst the glowing dust of radium dialed factories. Their cries of corruption silenced.Inevitable fatalities concealed. With courage and tenacity, can these women prevail in their battle for workers’ rights that will echo for years to come?
West Lakes also won the Yorkshire Builders Federation Award for Performers’ Choice award, plus the Henry Smith Charity Award of Excellence for Stage Crew, and further awards for set design and function, choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment and lighting. Whitehaven Academy also added further awards for choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, set design and function, costuming character, visual enhancement and entertainment. St Benedict’s Catholic High School, of Whitehaven, were also at the finals, and came home with eight awards, including the Humberside Police Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge, they were also praised for concept, drama, soundtrack, costuming character, entertainment, lighting and stage crew.
The event at Grimsby attracted a large audience and was supported by a number of special guests and sponsors. Following the show, Andrew Marr from Andrew Marr International said: “We’ve all enjoyed an absolutely marvellous evening, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the students and all the schools taking part in this
Once again Egremont town council will be participating in the Great Cumbria litter pick.
The event occurs annually and is ran in conjunction with local schools to help spread the initiative and encourage children to take pride in the amazing Cumbrian country side and educate them in looking after their local community.
Egremont town council took part in last years event which was a fantastic day for all involved and the town council have decided to align the community litter pick along side it.
The litter pick will begin at 10am on Friday 26th April. All primary and secondary schools in the area have been invited to take part/ Feel free to come along- all ages and capabilities are welcome.
Litter pickers, Gloves, bags and vests will be available so please come along and help to keep our lovely community clean and looking amazing
Egremont Town Council will again be entering our town into the RHS Cumbria in Bloom competition and following on from the success of 2018 when we won a Silver-Gilt award – this year, we are aiming for Gold
Included in our entry will be Egremont Castle which already has the wonderfully planted sensory garden (tended to by Bookwell School children) but also three new flower beds which will be planted up and maintained by the three local primary schools in Egremont – St Bridget’s, Orgill & Bookwell and this will enhance the grounds whilst at the same time, encourage & teach the children about horticulture & the local history.
Some residents will remember when our Castle was awash with colour and was a sight to behold but alas due to a number of factors, the Castle is not what it used to be however Egremont Town Council want to change this and to start the ball rolling, we are asking if any members of the public would be willing to donate a plant/shrub for the entrance bed – preferably perennials to provide a long lasting colourful display throughout the summer. This is sure to make a wonderful gateway to our Castle leading the way to the other flower beds & surrounding areas.
Along with the assistance of our lengthsman, Councillors & staff hope to commence planting at the end of May so people are asked to drop off their plants into the Town Council office any time throughout May – Monday to Friday between 9am – 1pm. You can also deposit them with our curator at Egremont Cemetery.
Egremont Town Council is very proud of its heritage and with the help of annual funding from Lord Egremont (which allows for our lengthsman to maintain the Castle grounds) and the public’s generosity, we hope to help restore our Castle back to its former glory – after all, there are not many towns who can boast of having their own Castle and it is something that should be celebrated.
Moor row has a wonderful new addition- this wonderful new mural.
It is situated on the gable end wall of the Emmanuel Church/ Phoenix youth centre. It is the work The Colourful north Cic. It was commissioned as part of the Armistice centenary and it is thanks to Moor rows’ own residents who funded the project. The names of all residents who fought in the great war are listed there too
Egremont town council would like to thank all who helped to create or find the funs to create this fantastic memorial.
If any parish residents have not had a chance seeing the wonderful mural please make your way to Moor Row and have a look.