Egremont’s Bookwell school ranked high in national table


Bookwell Primary School, in Egremont, was placed 18th out of 250 top performing state primary schools in the 2020 edition of ‘Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide’, which is now in its 27th edition.
The guide identifies the highest achieving schools in the UK, based on their most recent SATS test results.
Scores for reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and maths are scaled and averaged.


Average scores of 100 represents the expected standard children should achieve by the end of Year 6.
A score of 110 or above in any of the three measures indicates children working at a ‘higher’ level of attainment.
Bookwell scored an aggregate score of 339 from their 2018 results, achieving 112 in reading; 111 in maths and 116 in grammar.
Headteacher Russell Hardy attributes the excellent ranking and results to the school’s approach to support pupils without putting pressure on them.

Egremont town hall clock: Not working at the moment

Egremont Town Council is aware that the Town Hall clock is currently not working.

There is a problem with the clock stopping after only a few hours after it has been wound up.

The company who services the clock is due to attend on 9th December and hopefully the clock will be back up and running as normal following their visit. Thank you

Claderwood house are holding Christmas bingo on Saturday 30th November

Calderwood house ar holding a Christmas prize/cash bingo on Saturday 30th November at Egremont Market Hall.

Doors will be open from 6.30 for a 7.10 start.

The bar will be open and there are many great prizes to be won.

Families with young  children are welcome to come along, join in, play and have a lot of fun

Egremont Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday 24th November

Hello to all,
Egremont’s Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday.
However there won’t be an event as the amenities group that ran the event no longer exists.
However a new group is forming and are looking to secure some funding and are hoping to be able hold a switch on event next year. further details will be forthcoming in the new year

Egremont town councillor Wilf Sibson steps down

Egremont town council are sad to announce the news that Cllr Wilf Sibson has also resigned.

Wilf served on the council for over 10yrs and has been a great asset to the town council and the fact that he had his own business meant he could offer opinions different than most on the council and knowledge that directed the council and help the parish constituents.

All town councillors and staff wish him well for the future and thank him for all he has helped to do on the town council.

Egremont town council gives much needed charity funds

Egremont Town Council is extremely proud to support the following groups who were recently presented with a financial donation at their monthly council meeting.


Adrian Cozens from North Lakes Foodbank was presented with a cheque for £3,000 to go towards the cost of providing a Citizen’s Advice worker to attend the Egremont branch of the Foodbank every Tuesday & Friday from 1 – 3pm. This is an invaluable service for residents in need and helps them find assistance in times of crisis.

A cheque for £250 was then presented to Helen Shipton-Smith of Egremont Fair Trade Town Campaign to pay towards the cost of running the micro bus which picks up people from remote areas and brings them to the Farmers Market but time is allowed for them to do their shopping in town so the local businesses also benefit. The Farmers Market is held in Egremont Market Hall every 3rd Friday of the month between 9am – 1pm and it offers a wide range of food, crafts and much more.

Finally, a donation of £50 was presented to Andrew Chestney and Margaret Coiles on behalf of Age UK based in the De Lucy Centre to enable them to create a seating area and more plants in the community garden at the rear of the building and which is available for the public to use. For more information, please contact the De Lucy Centre on 828100.

Gareth Edwards of Egremont veterans club royal albert hall honour

An Egremont & District standard bearer was selected to represent the county of Cumberland & Westmorland at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.
Gareth Edwards travelled to the event with Kevin Rishworth – Egremont & District branch chairman, so that they could share the driving and drive through the night to get back in time for the parade in Egremont on Sunday.
Gareth said: “It was a moving and humbling experience, it was an absolute privilege and a real honour to ensure the county and the town of Egremont was represented and in front of the Queen, who is our commander-in-chief.”

They both made it back in time for the Egremont parade and wreath laying service at Moor Row, which were both well attended.
The branch were delighted with one generous donation, from 11 year old Lily-Mae Dunn, who saved her snack and pocket money up and donated £23 to the poppy appeal.
Gareth said: “She did it as a surprise last year as well, then rang dad to say she wanted to donate again this year. It’s absolutely magic. It’s a wonderful act of selflessness by saving up her money. It shows the youth of today are remembering and do care.”

The Lad Barber at Egremont also joined in with the remembrance events with a fantastic display in the shop window depicting a remembrance theme and on November 11 they offered free haircuts to veterans and if veterans refused the offer, Kelly Ann Kirkbride and owner Gary Somerville said they would donate money to the Royal British Legion.