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.

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

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

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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.

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

Copeland welcomes the new E-Scooter initiative

Copeland borough council are pleased to announce that an innovative e-scooter trial has been launched in Copeland – and members of the public can now take part.
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Eighty e-scooters are available for hire from today from their base at Westlakes Science Park and various locations around Whitehaven (including Lowther Street, pictured), with rental times ranging from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
Rental costs start at £2 for the first 20 minutes, and the Segway MAX models can move at up to 11mph with their use permitted on public highways in and around Whitehaven and some surrounding areas, including Westlakes Science Park.
Ginger, who provide electric scooters in cities across the UK, is partnering with us to deliver the pilot project. Ginger is supporting NHS, emergency service workers and the Armed Forces with free rides until June 21.
Bookings, payments and insurance are arranged through the Ginger Shared Transport App. For more information, terms and conditions and to book an e-scooter, visit https://www.copeland.gov.uk/node/46181

Cold to Cosy homes & home heating information

cosy homes flier

Who is eligible? Check our flyer
Health criteria
• Heart and lung conditions
• Neurological and musculoskeletal
• Cancer and mental illness
• Other conditions affected by cold Vulnerability criteria
• Recently bereaved
• Domestic violence / homeless
• Over 65 Benefits including
• Universal Credit
• Pension or Tax Credits
• Carer’s Allowance
• Employment and support / JSA Income criteria

Income thresholds depend on number of adults and children
• On PSR (e.g. children under5)
• people who are on the
Priority Services Register (PSR) qualify for Cold to Cosy Homes

• So if you know that a vulnerable or elderly person /
parent with child under 5 years old needs help but they don’t seem to qualify, are they on the PSR?

What is the Priority Services Register?
Electricity North West directly on 0800 195 4141.
Gas : British Gas 0800 0728 625 Cadent : 0800 389 8000
Or online: https://www.enwl.co.uk 0R www.powercut105.com
Help during a power cut/water or gas emergency
Enables utility companies to schedule planned work
PSRs include: Electricity North West, Northern Gas Networks, United Utilities the
householder’s electricity/gas supplier
Welfare packs – blankets, hot flasks, analalogue telephones, glow in the dark torches etc.
Regular communication
A Nominated contact – nominate a friend or family member to receive updates on your behalf or in addition to you
or password facility.
Generation Back up – If you rely on electricity for medical equipment, may provide back up generation for you.
Oxygen backup – have a partnership with Air Liquide UK, who provide back up cylinders for anyone that is
oxygen dependant.
British Red Cross – partnership in place with the British Red Cross who can help with welfare service provision
including hot drinks or just a friendly voice on the phone.

New volunteering opportunities launched in March