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.
Monthly Theme – Seasons of Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness
“The Fells in Fabric”…..Autumn comes to Cumbria. A textile art ‘demo with Sue Cosham.
Sue uses a range of fabrics to produce colourful images of all sorts of plants, shells, driftwood, trees, scenery and landscapes. Using machine and hand embroidery, her work is embellished with ribbons, trimmings and bead work.
Egremont pupils turn out for the great Cumbria litter pick
On friday 6th July pupils from Bookwell school & Westlakes academy joined twenty others in the great Cumbria litter pick. Eight pupils from Bookwell school, lead by teacher Amanda McEwan and six pupils from Westlakes lead by teacher Vicky Blackholl joined members of the public, residents and workers of Calderwood house, Chris Bowes of CO-OP, The lengthsment team and councillors from both Copeland and town councils came together to pick liiter from all over the town.
The volunteers split into three teams and collected over fifty bags of rubbish making Egremont paths and streets looking fantastically clean.
On Monday 9th July Egremont will be being judged as part of the Cumbria in Bloom awards. Egremont town council has had the hanging baskets and planters moved and filled with lovely floral arrangements, grass and hedges have been cut and Calderwood house teams worked tirelessly to rid streets of any weeds. Last year Egremont received a bronze award, hopefully this year we can improve and go for the gold. The cemetery received three awards.
Many thanks must go out to all the pupils and teachers who took part in the litter pick and to Calderwood house and CO-OP for their fantastic help and to all the members of the public who have instilled so much pride into our amazing town.
According to a new study market towns offer a good work-life balance because of affordable homes, good schools and low numbers of people working long hours. Royal Mail drew up a list of the best market towns to live and work in across the UK. Egremont was named best in England, Langholm in Scotland, Denbigh in Wales and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
A Royal Mail spokesman said “This new study demonstrates the breadth of market towns providing attractive places for people across the UK to live and work in.
“For people who value a good work-life balance, there are plenty of market towns to choose from.”
The findings were based on average earnings, house prices, access to services, crime figures, skill level of the local population and unemployment figures.
From Tuesday April 17, The award-winning museum will offer free admission for those Copeland residents who have signed up for a Copeland Pass. The Copeland Pass offers residents full access to all exhibitions at certain times of the year. This current period runs from Tuesday April 17 until Friday June 8, and features two new exhibitions. Waggonways to Whitehaven: West Cumbria on Rails depicts the history of the West Cumbrian rail network, with a specific focus on Whitehaven. Artefacts from local contributors combined with the museum collection result in an absorbing introduction to the history of the local railways. Pirates! Fact and Fiction is a celebration of all things ‘pirate,’ with film and television costumes combining with real artefacts to tell tales from the high seas. Both exhibitions run until Sunday June 3, and the summer half term is included in the Copeland Pass free entry period.
Applicants for the Copeland Pass must have a Copeland postcode and bring an ID to register upon visiting. The Beacon Museum’s business development manager, Alan Irwin, said: “We run the Copeland Pass to ensure residents have access to the museum for as much of the year as we can offer. I would urge those who haven’t visited lately to use this opportunity to give their local museum a try.
“We do charge for some exhibitions, outside the free Copeland Pass periods – this means we can not only keep our doors open, but also offer new exhibitions and content for visitors to enjoy.” The museum had a busy Easter period, welcoming nearly 1,000 extra visitors compared to Easter last year. This was driven by the success of Nick Sharratt’s Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition, as well as an imaginative array of events and workshops. For full listings of exhibitions and events, visit thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk or call 01946 592302.