Friends of the Lake district- Fell care day 2020


Covid-19 is causing us all to rethink new, flexible ways of working BUT, never daunted here at Friends of the Lake District, we have found a way to have our 2020 Fell Care Day! 

Thursday 5th November

Read on to find out what’s happening……. and what’s not.

Bookings are coming in thick and fast but there are still some spaces so get yourself signed up without delay.

So, what won’t be happening this year? 

  • Activities won’t be centred on one specific location. We will be working in lots of different, beautiful places, right across the Lake District and Cumbria.
  • We won’t have a ‘hub’ for the day where everyone meets before and after *boo*
  • Groups will be limited to smaller sizes than usual.
  • We won’t be able to offer car sharing between members of different households.
  • We won’t be able to share communal cake at a hub *sob*

But what will be happening this year? 

  • We’ll still be running a whole host of great conservation and learning activities.
  • We will be making a difference to looking after, protecting and learning about these incredibly special landscapes.
  • We will be creating a ‘social media takeover’ with live video and photos of the day.
  • We’ll be taking all necessary steps to ensure participation in all activities is Covid-secure.
  • We’ll be asking you to bring your own gloves where they’re necessary for a task.
  • We WILL be finding a way to provide cake at your chosen activity *yay!*

So let’s get stuck in!
Here’s the list of all the brilliant volunteering opportunities at the Alternative Fell Care Day. Get yourself signed up for the activity that appeals to you. Numbers are limited on each task so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

1. Planted Tree Aftercare
With stunning views over Grasmere! Re-staking, removing redundant stakes guards, replanting if required and clearing redundant tree tubes.
Gillside, Grasmere         9.30 – 2
Moderate (step and uneven bracken covered ground) 
2. Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance
At our land at High Borrowdale, described by Wainwright as “the most beautiful valley outside the Lake District” (although it is now within the Lake District National Park).            
High Borrowdale, between Kendal and Shap     9.45 – 3.30
Moderate. There is a 30 minute walk in/out on a rough track and we will be working partly on slopes.    
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
3. Woodland Management
Thinning birch and removing holly regeneration. Magical Woodland. Beautiful views. Happy state of mind guaranteed.      
How’s Wood, Eskdale   10.30 – 2.30
Moderate (uneven, boggy or stony covered ground)     
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
4.  Ullswater Litter Pick
Help to clear up discarded debris around this beautiful lake. Including a trip on the Ullswater Steamer to begin and end your journey.
Ullswater            10.00 – 4.00
Moderate (uneven, stony covered ground)
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
5.  Path Creation
Dig out the stream to create and improve a fellside path on this fabulous, traditionally run Lakeland Farm. Playing about in water with spades; bringing out the child in you!            
Swinside Fell, Lorton     10.00 – 3.00
Moderate. Working in sloping ground.  
6. Fire and Feasting
Come down to the woods for a stepwise approach to making fire from starting with fire triangle and understanding how fire works to building and lighting fires from a wide range of lighters, fire steel strikers, char cloth / mushrooms / other tinders, flint and steel, fire lays,  bow drill (fire by friction). Simple knife safety and skills. Then it’s time for some campfire cooking!              
Mike’s Wood, Staveley 10.00 – 3.00
Easy and graduating to hard       
12+ (Under 18 accompanied by an adult)
8. Tree Maintenance and Vegetation Clearance
On this special piece of land close to Kendal but with glorious vies over the Lakes.           
The Helm near Kendal  10.00 – 3.00
16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)
9. Lake District Geology: Rocks and glacial history of Mid-Borrowdale, Keswick
You’ll have a better understanding of what makes the Lake District landscape so special.              
Borrowdale, Derwentwater        9.30 – 4.00
Moderate to hard. There may be some off-path tramping. Participants should be confident on fells and slopes.
10. Dark Skies VIRTUAL talk
Learn about the value of Dark Skies, the growing issues of the impacts of light pollution on wildlife, people and the environment, and what we’re doing to help tackle the issue.
The presentation from the Cumbria Dark Skies Project Officer, Jack Ellerby, will highlight relevant research and good practice to show how planners/design professionals, businesses and home owners can help tackle the growing problem of light pollution.
Eden and South Lakeland are the third and eight darkest Districts in England with some of the best night skies in the north of England…. Now is the time to – Think Big, Act Fast and Make a Difference Together!      
On Zoom             19.00 – 20.00      
Any age

We know lots of you would love to help but are simply
too far away to offer practical support.
You can still help from afar by becoming a voice for the Lake District and Cumbria as one of our thousands of caring members.
Membership is just £2.75 p.m.
Please join today.


Cumbria county council report- how to spot a cannabis farm

A massive thank you to the community for keeping our streets clean and weed fre

Egremont Town Council would like to give a big shout out to members of our
community who have caught the litter picking bug and have been out collecting
in various areas of our parish. Our very own Town Councillor Tom Higgins along with other helpers like Barbara Mazurek have been out nearly every day and in the past week alone, he has collected well over 20 bags of rubbish.sadly a lot of what he has collected has been empty alcohol cans and smash ed bottles which has caused problems for dogs being walked along these paths but he is certainly doing a grand job and now along with other members of the public who have begun cleaning up areas where they live, where they walk etc,Egremont is looking a lot cleaner.

There is still a lot to do however, the main thing being getting the message
across to people to pick up after themselves, it’s a fundamental message taught
to our children throughout their lives but this simple act seems to have been
forgotten by some who choose to drop litter at their feet rather than put it into
one of the many bins provided.

The good news however is this ever- increasing band of like minded people who
care about the environment they live in and are willing to go out and look after
it. Their hard work has not gone unnoticed either, we have received some
really good comments and thanks about the difference they are making in our
community and each and every one of them deserve a pat on the back, well
done and keep up the good work.

Copeland borough council Local plan: have your say!

Please give Copeland Borough council  your views as part of their ongoing public consultation into the Copeland Local Plan – a key document that will shape the future of the borough.
Issues under consultation in the draft include the number of new-build homes we should be aiming for, the locations and boundaries in which housing and employment developments should take place, and town centre regeneration.
Other issues include the natural environment and heritage assets, as well as opportunities for improved leisure and tourism. It also includes a focus on the community facilities and improvements to connectivity that will enable Copeland to flourish in a post-Covid environment.
The Preferred Options draft can be viewed, and feedback completed, at
For those without internet access, hard copies, including space for feedback, are also available on request by calling 01946 598300 or by emailing CDs are also available using the same contact details. The consultation runs until November 15.

‘Framework for involving patients in patient safety’ public consultasion

Please of your say on this public consultation.

Framework for involving patients in patient safety’

NHS England and Improvement is asking for feedback on its framework to support patients and carers to be involved in the patient safety strategy.

The strategy was published in July 2019, and working with patients, carers, lay people, NHS frontline staff and commissioners, there is now a draft ‘Framework for involving patients in patient safety’, which we are now consulting on ahead of publishing a final version expected early 2021.

It is in 2 sections:

1)      Describes how organisations should support patients, their families and carers to be directly involved in their own or their loved one’s safety;

2)      Describes how organisations should support patients, carers, family members or other lay people to be involved in wider governance of safety activities.

It closes on October 18.

New exhibition at Lowes court gallery



We have a new exhibition starting tomorrow
for the next four weeks featuring work by four West Cumbrian Artists:

Natalie Burns
Phil Cram
Emma Hunt
Tetiana Scott

Come along and view the work of these featured artists,
as well as other pieces by a variety of local artists.
We also have a range of hand made crafts for sale,
including some items for the festive season that is fast approaching!

We aim to be open
Monday to Sat from 10
am to 1pm throughout October
so come along and support local industry by Shopping Local

It is also that time of year when we ask for Exhibitors to apply for space
to have their own Exhibition next year in 2021
You can apply for a full wall (roughly 4 metres x 2 metres) 
or half a wall (which is approximately 7 average sized pieces)
As usual we intend to have a School’s Exhibition in February so we are asking
for submissions for the months of March through to December
Please apply by email to or by replying to this email
enclosing details of your name, preferred month and if possible medium
(2nd choice of month would be useful too)

Update on the Governments new COVID 19 regulation



The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialed and will launch on
Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check- in at

 QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in
England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple
people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues
Businesses across England and Wales like pubs, restaurant s,
hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR
code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloade d the new
NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check- in.
The move comes ahead of a national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app
across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September.
The government will be supporting business es and venues to display the
QR codes, which can be downloaded via a website to display as posters in

Following the launch of the new COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in
England will be able to check- in on entry with their phone instead of
filling out a check- in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow
NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice
should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

In England, using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal
requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff
on their premises.

With coronavirus cases rising in the UK in the last few weeks it is
essential business es capitalize on the benefits QR codes can bring to
protect themselves and their customers.

When someone enters a venue and scans an official QR poster, the venue
information will be logged on the user’s phone. This information will stay
on a user’s phone for 21 days and if during that time a coronavirus
outbreak is identified at a location, the venue ID in question will be sent
to all devices. The device will check if users have been at that location
and if the app finds a match, users may get an alert with advice on what
to do based on the level of risk.

The more people download and use the NHS COVID-19 app, the more it
will help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 cases rising again across the country, the NHS COVID-19
app is a useful tool to have in the toolbox, alongside the other measures,
to combat the rise in infections.

Businesses are just one sector to be urged to use the NHS Test and Trace
system. Universities, hospitals, leisure premises, civic centres and
libraries will also be urged to display posters in communal areas such as
cafes where people are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes
and in close proximity.

Bridge end allotments- new yearly award -winners 2020

Bridge End Allotments – Event of the Year
On Saturday 12th September 2020, a newly established event was held at Egremont Rugby Union club.
The Maxi Marrow Competition was introduced earlier on in the year by Willie Maxwell, who invited his allotment friends to enter the ‘marrow growing competition’. The participants from Egremont’s Bridge End allotments, took on the challenge of growing the heaviest marrow they could be possibly achieve. The event was initially started as a ‘bit of fun’ during the pandemic, whilst raising money for Egremont Foodbank.
Since then the trophy has proudly been named the ‘Maxi Marrow Cup’ after the Bridge End allotments longest running resident Willie ‘Maxi’ Maxwell, of Bridge End Park, Egremont. The competition claimed its first ever winner on Saturday, Roy Redshaw, who’s marrow weighed in at an astonishing 3.8kg. Catherine Maxwell, Willie’s wife, presented the trophy to the Roy, concluding this year’s event. Unfortunately for Willie, his marrow came in last place, weighing in at 1.9kg.
Roy can be seen holding his winning marrow and accepting the Maxi Marrow Cup
This event will be held every year, entry is £5, and this donation will go towards helping a local charity (overall winner chooses the local charity). The participants and event organisers would like to say a special thanks to Egremont Rugby Union club for hosting this event during these difficult times.

Stagecoach are changing the local bus services from 1st November -New time tables

We have been advised by Stagecoach that they will be making major revisions to their network in West Cumbria from 2 November

Listed below are full details of changes, if you are unsure of the effect on your area, please contact me and I will provide more specific information


I have included links to the current and new timetables


Service 1 : Whitehaven : Bransty – Parton – Lowca

  • Will be split and become a standalone Lowca to Whitehaven service
  • Mirehouse journeys will be served by an enhanced service 3/3A
  • 18:00 bus Lowca to Whitehaven will no longer run
  • Limited Sunday timetable is revised
  • Will run from Lowther Street not Strand Street


Current Timetable

Service 1 Timetable from 2 November

Service 3 Timetable (Mirehouse) from 2 November


Service 2 : Whitehaven – Kells

  • Will run from Lowther Street rather than Stand Street
  • Times revised
  • Extra very early morning trip (replaces withdrawn 300)
  • Last afternoon bus is at 17:35 rather than 17:50 – evening unchanged
  • Time of morning 2A Monkwray school bus revised. Will fit with later start for younger pupils but not older pupils
  • Sunday service revised – extra trip and 2 hourly timetable


Current Timetable

Timetable from 2 November


Service 3 : Whitehaven – Mirehouse

  • Currently hourly will become half hourly to replace withdrawn extension of 1 (buses run in clockwise / anticlockwise loops)
  • Will only run from the Town Centre, so will no longer serves Tesco (which had limited usage).
  • Will run from Lowther Street rather than Strand Street
  • Timetable has buses on the two routes departing from Lowther Street 3 minutes apart and from Mirehouse Shops 2 minutes apart. Which effectively reduces the service from Mirehouse shops to around every half hour rather than current every fifteen minutes.

This has been discussed with Stagecoach management, but they are unable to include a better frequency within the schedule

  • Limited Sunday service revised timetable


Current Timetable

Timetable from 2 November


Service 29 : Workington – Lillyhall – Workington

  • Replaces Services 300 / 301 (see below)


Current 300/302 Timetable South of Workington

Timetable from 2 November


Service 30 : Maryport – Thornhill via Workington and Whitehaven

  • Extra evening and Sunday journeys replacing current 301 (see below)
  • College Day only journey to/from Seascale will no longer run (current timetable)
  • Earlier journeys on Saturdays between Whitehaven and Thornhill 
  • Earlier journeys on Saturdays between Maryport and Workington
  • Service 31 journeys (see below) will be re-numbered 30


Current Timetable (Maryport – Whitehaven)

Current Timetable (Whitehaven – Egremont)

Timetable from 2 November (Maryport – Whitehaven)

Timetable from 2 November (Whitehaven – Egremont)

Timetable from 2 November (Whitehaven – Frizington)


Service 31 : Maryport – Frizington via Workington and Whitehaven

  • Will be re-numbered 30

(concerns about confusion in Whitehaven with services with the same service number going to both Thornhill and Frizington have been discussed with Stagecoach)

  • In Workington the route will be revised to follow the direct route followed by the Service 30, along Mossbay Road instead of Moorclose (which will get extra journeys on the new service 52 (was 46))
  • Earlier journeys on Saturdays between Whitehaven and Frizington
  • Extra Sunday journey which will become 2 hourly throughout most of day
  • Journeys to/from Asby will no longer run


Current 31 Timetable (Whitehaven – Frizington)

Timetable from 2 November (Whitehaven – Frizington)


Service 32 : Egremont – Whitehaven via Cleator and Cleator Moor

  • The current suspension of the 32 will become a permanent withdrawal
  • All points are served by other buses except Cleator, which has no other service
  • This service did offer a direct link to the West Cumberland Hospital from Cleator Moor (passengers will need to change from 31 to 30 on Inkerman Terrace in Whitehaven)
  • The service also offered a link for out of hours travel for pupils in Cleator Moor who attend West Lakes Academy in Egremont


Service 46 : Workington – Salterbeck and Harrington

  • Re-numbered 52
  • Frequency drops from 3 to 2 buses an hour
  • Will run into/out of Workington via the current 31 route via Moorclose (so will no longer serves Mossbay Road which will instead get extra journeys on 30 (was 31).
  • In Salterbeck all journeys will run on current Service 46 route (i.e. no longer will run anti-clockwise on Service 46A route).
  • Will interwork across town centre with old service 47 (also re-numbered 52)
  • Sunday service will be reduced from every 60 to 90 minutes, and will follow weekday 52 route


Current 46 Timetable

Service 52 timetable from 2 November


Service 47 Workington – Seaton

  • Re-numbered 52
  • Frequency drops from 3 to 2 buses an hour
  • Linked to old service 46 to Salterbeck to become through cross town service


Current 47 Timetable

Service 52 timetable from 2 November


Service 50/51 : Workington – Mirehouse

  • Route unchanged and frequency unchanged but times revised
  • Sunday service will be reduced from every 60 to 90 minutes. It will additionally serve Morrisons (but return times are poor – this has been discussed with Stagecoach)


Current Timetable

Timetable from 2 November


Service 52 : Seaton – Workington – Salterbeck – Harrington

  • New Service : Replaces Services 46 / 46A / 47 (see above)


Timetable from 2 November


Service 57 : Maryport Town Service

  • Renumbered M1
  • Will run to current Saturday timetable with first journey weekday journey at 0950 (was 0850) and last at 13:50 (was 1420)
  • Will be run with a 16 seat minibus (from Sellafield contract) [the implementation of this may be delayed due to Social Distancing restrictions]


Current 57 Timetable

Service M1 Timetable from 2 November


Service 300 : Carlisle – Whitehaven via Wigton, Aspatria, Maryport and Workington

  • The route will be split at Workington, with the 300 only running Carlisle between Workington
  • A separate 29 (replacing 300 and 302 journeys) running Workington – Whitehaven will maintain current frequency (see above)
  • Anyone from South of Workington wishing to travel North of Maryport will need to change buses (those travelling to Maryport still have a through service on the 30/31 every 15 minutes)
  • Early morning trip from Kells will be replaced by an extra Service 2 journey


Current 300 Timetable

Service 300 Timetable from 2 November (Workington – Carlisle)

Service 29 Timetable from 2 November (Workington – Whitehaven via Lillyhall)


Service 301 : Carlisle – Whitahaven via Wigton, Aspatria, Maryport and Workington

  • North of Workington becomes 300
  • South of Workington will be replaced by extra 30 journeys


Current 300 Timetable (including 301)

Service 30 Timetable from 2 November (Workington – Whitehaven via Harrington)


Service 302 : Workington – Lillyhall – Distington – Whitehaven

  • Replaced by new 29
  • All will serve Joseph Noble Road (currently most 300 journeys do not)
  • Will only serve Distington at peak times, (the off-peak 300 already by-passes Distington)

Workers at Lillyhall (not served by the 30/31) will still have a direct service at peak times.

Distington has a 15 minutes frequency service 30 to both Workington and Whitehaven


Current 302 Timetable (including 300)

Service 29 Timetable from 2 November


Service M1 : Maryport Town Service

  • Replaces Services 57 (see above)


Current 57 Timetable

Service M1 Timetable from 2 November

Highway code:have your say

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

This week (31 August) a consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. 

The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety on pavements for:

  • wheelchair users
  • people with visual impairments
  • prams or buggies

The main changes being proposed

The main changes being proposed are to:

  • extend the London-style ban on pavement parking
  • make it easier for councils to pass laws to prevent pavement parking
  • give councils the power to fine offenders

You can read and respond to the consultation online, complete a form or send an email to share your views.