Friends of the Lake district 85th Anniversary appeal

At 3:15pm on Sunday 17th June 1934 a group of passionate people met in Fitz Park Keswick and launched a small association with the aims of preserving beauty and local architectural traditions, safeguarding public access, and creating a national park. This was the birth of Friends of the Lake District.

Eighty five years later, and thousands of supporters stronger, we may no longer be required to campaign for the creation of a national park, but we are needed now more than ever as a strong, clear voice for the landscape.

With few genuinely tranquil places to retreat to in the UK, it is no wonder that over 20 million people annually come to the Lake District – a figure which is growing year on year. At the same time, climate change increasingly threatens our environment and habitats, upland farming faces an uncertain future and pressure for man-made developments continues to grow.

Our 85th Anniversary Appeal will help ensure we can remain proactive and find innovate ways to protect our fragile landscapes, safeguard our cultural heritage and fight inappropriate developments.

Important as it is, we do not only address the relentless threats facing the Lake District. Much of our work is positive.  We repair dry stone walls, maintain footpaths, educate our future landscape guardians, and inspire others to seek and find the tranquillity, peace and awe that lie within those valleys, on those fells, and by the becks, tarns and lakes we all hold in our hearts.

Together we have more power and influence than ever before and our voice is louder and more prominent. A donation to our 85th Anniversary Appeal will help ensure that we can continue to make a difference to what matters most to our landscapes and the people who love them.

It is thanks to our determined founders and early members that the protection of the Lake District was enshrined in law. These landscapes truly belong to the nation and will continue to be treasured. We can’t thank those dedicated men and women enough for all they did for the Lake District back then; what we can do now, in their name and in yours, is continue the vital work they started.

Blood donation session in Egremont

Blood donation session in Egremont.

We are holding a blood donation session at  the Market Hall on 31/05/19, there are still appointments available.


Please do share the details of the blood donation session with others through Facebook, your website, newsletters, etc. to help boost appointments and vital stocks.

Help us ensure that patients in our community have the right blood they need, when they need it.
Each unit of blood donated can save up to 3 lives

The full details of the donation session are on the poster attached as an online version (which can be printed as a poster or used on social media)  it could even be emailed to staff, partners and volunteers help improve attendance. 

I hope you can assist us on this matter in raising vital blood stocks.

The great Cumbria litter pick- Friday 26th April

The great Cumbria litter pick- Friday April 26th

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

Appeal flor Floral Donations

Appeal flor Floral Donations

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.

Community Alcohol Partnership to be launched in Egremont

Community Alcohol Partnership to be launched in Egremont

A COMMUNITY Alcohol Partnership (CAP) will be launched in Egremont this week to help tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Officers from Cumbria Constabulary conducted surveys with the residents of Egremont, in particular in the area of the skate park, and it was established that there was a problem with underage drinking in the area.

CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. They aim to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities.

Across the country, more than 160 CAPs have had outstanding impacts on local crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in underage purchasing of alcohol.    

The Copeland CAP will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and health providers.

The formal launch will take place at Egremont Youth Club Chapel Street on April 18 at 6pm. The event will also be used to highlight the excellent work that is completed by the Egremont Youth Partnership.

Sgt David Slattery, of Cumbria Police, said “There is growing concern about the levels of underage drinking in Egremont among local residents, councillors and retailers, so I am delighted to announce the introduction of the Copeland CAP to tackle alcohol-related harm in the area.

“Drinking alcohol at a young age brings serious risks to children’s health and development and puts them in danger of both physical and social harm. They are far more likely to injure themselves or someone else, engage in unsafe sex, fail to reach their potential at school and engage in anti-social behaviour. We are committed to making a positive difference to their lives and to our local community.”

Louise Coid, Copeland Hub Manager, said: “Copeland Borough Council are delighted to work with other partner agencies through the Copeland Hub in delivering this CAP in the Egremont area, which has seen an increase in the numbers of underage drinking and related anti-social behaviour. 

“The police and local authorities are working with West Lakes Academy, Egremont Youth Partnership, local retailers, licensed premises and the local community to address these issues.”

CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: “I am delighted to see the launch of a CAP in Copeland. Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.

“They offer a great opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to our nation’s relationship with alcohol, starting with the current generation of young people.”

Suicide Safer Copeland – Launch Event 7th May


Suicide Safer Copeland – Launch Event

Tuesday 7th May 6.00-7.30pm

Whitehaven RLFC, The Recreation Ground, Coach Road, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 9DD

FREE to attend and refreshments will be available.

This event is for anyone in the Copeland community with an interest in reducing suicide. An opportunity to find out more about;

·         Suicide Safer Copeland’s activity and plans

·         How you can get involved and make a difference

·         What training is available locally

Suicide is everyone’s business.

On average we lose one person a week to death by suicide in Cumbria. More than double the number who die on our counties roads. Cumbria’s suicide rates remain stubbornly higher than the national average, and a disproportionate amount of these deaths are also focused on the West coast of Cumbria.

Very importantly, around three quarters of people who die by suicide are not in contact with any mental health services in the year leading up to their death, meaning suicide prevention needs to be community wide concern. It is friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours and our network of community and voluntary organisations, not just those in NHS services, who have an important part to play in saving lives. Suicide is everyone’s business.

Suicide Safer Copeland aims to reduce the stigma, increase understanding of when someone is at risk suicide, awareness of how to practically support someone, and the range of help and resources available for people in our communities experiencing suicidal thoughts. We will do this through;

1.        Suicide Prevention Awareness and Anti-stigma campaigning through local communities and media

2.       Supporting grassroots community action

3.       Delivery of a range of suicide prevention training in each locality

4.      Targeting training at high risks groups

5.       Community Postvention support and awareness raising

6.       Developing localised cross community Suicide Prevention Action Plans

For more details

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