Rushbearing 2020 to be ‘virtual’
As Ambleside’s historic and much-loved Rushbearing in July has been cancelled this year, the organisers have decided to hold a ‘Virtual Rushbearing’ on www.amblesiderushbearing.org.uk – but they need help. Anyone willing to share photos of Rushbearing from any era is asked to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Photos can include all aspects of Rushbearing including bearings made at home, the procession, church service, children eating gingerbread, teatime and Rushbearing Sports. Add names and dates if possible, but this is not a necessity. Written recollections are welcome, kept to around 60 words.
Parish Centre praised
Ambleside Parish Centre received two special accolades this week. The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Julie Barton, honoured it with a Special Recognition Award for an outstanding contribution to the community during the difficult circumstances brought about by Covid19. The citation read: “Together you have provided support communications, reassurance and lots of assistance to local people, especially the vulnerable. Your active service has made such a positive difference to the lives of many local people.” Thanking all those involved, Centre Manager Caroline Gunning said: “This recognition is a real testament to the way the community has come together, rapidly finding practical solutions to support businesses and individuals alike. The dedication and commitment of over 100 volunteers has enabled us to provide a range of support throughout the community.”
The Centre and its volunteers also received a congratulatory letter from Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, praising it for “providing outstanding support for vulnerable people…the Centre is setting a wonderful example”. Centre staff attended the Lord Lieutenant’s reception in February as runners-up for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, for which they had been shortlisted.
Group wants to preserve Environmental Benefits of Lockdown
Traffic reduction through Ambleside during lockdown resulted in such marked improvements in air quality, peace and quiet and an upsurge in wildlife that local environmentalists are calling on the authorities to preserve these positive changes permanently. The transport group of Ambleside Action For a Future (AAFAF) has written to the Government, MP Tim Farron, the Lake District National Park, Cumbria County Council, SLDC and DEFRA asking them to implement traffic reductions in normal times and introduce incentives for people to leave their cars behind by setting up a new integrated sustainable transport system.
This would include affordable public transport, protected cycle routes, public electric charging points, traffic calming and pedestrian-only zones, with the cost of them met through a levy on traffic driving in the national park. AAFAF’s vision is that by 2025 a significant number of visitors will arrive either by train, or other public transport and sustainable means, while motorists would leave cars at gateway car parks. LDNP would manage a comprehensive integrated transport system linking trains, buses, minibuses, boats and cycles, and private vehicles would be increasingly electric or using sustainable fuels. Cars would pay an eco levy to drive in the Lake District, with exceptions for residents and essential vehicles, and some roads would be closed to cars at certain times. The centre of Ambleside would be pedestrianised, with 20mph limits through the town and a sustainable transport hub by the bus stops in King Street. The hub would offer bike/trike hire, with taxis, plus frequent buses and minibuses to local villages and tourist attractions, to make the cost of public transport for a family less than driving. Ambleside would have protected cycle lanes and/or multi-user paths linking to surrounding villages and beauty spots, making cycling, walking, wheelchair use safe and attractive for visitors and residents. A car club enabling drivers to book an electric vehicle would also reduce the need for residents to own a car or visitors to bring one. AAFAF’s transport group want to open a dialogue with the Park and local councils and are calling on other local groups and communities to join their a new sustainable vision. Transport group co-ordinator Steve Lenartowicz said the letter had already received 40 positive responses, to join it email email@example.com
NEWS BULLETIN FROM PARISH CENTRE re Hot Meals delivery, closure from 18 July to 27 July
New Home wanted for Santa’s Sleigh
Message from Lights Committee
“As part of the Ambleside Community Christmas Lights events, a lantern procession takes place in which Father Christmas heads a procession around the town in his sleigh as the street lights are switched on. This event regularly attracts 8-9000 visitors to the town on the third Saturday in November.
For many years, we have had the use of a garage at Waterhead which was owned by the late Mrs Joan Newby in which to store the sleigh. Sadly, Mrs. Newby passed away last year and her family have now decided to refurbish her house and thus they require us to vacate the lock up garage.
So, the problem we have is that we URGENTLY need a new home for the sleigh and we are appealing in the hope that a reader might be able to accommodate the sleigh in a garage, outbuilding or a corner of a warehouse. The actual dimensions of the sleigh are:
Length (including the drawbar) 14 feet or 4.30metres
Ideally, we would need some access to each side of the sleigh to allow us to get underneath to raise it onto axle stands during storage (to prevent the tyres from developing a flat area due to lack of use).
Any offers will be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07711920518
Lakes Parish Council’s decision to keep its public toilets open won special praise during lockdown for those on essential journeys, and even more now, as lockdown is easing and shops and businesses gradually re-open but are not yet offering toilet facilities. One visitor was so impressed, she congratulated Lakes Parish Council in an email for “having these toilets open, and also for the sanitizer on the outside and for the soap, water and toilet paper provided. Your Council is one of the few being sensible about this issue – you put others to shame…” Lakes Parish Council’s decision was contrary to others in the immediate area, and Clerk Michael Johnson praised his Council for their decision: “The foresight the Council had in enabling contactless entry combined with the professionalism of our cleaning team proved invaluable in being able to keep our toilets open. Other positive feedback has also been received from Lake District National Park employees out in the district, and as well as people with medical needs. I am very pleased we were able to help.”
Ambleside Parish Centre have provided over a thousand two-course lunches in the past few weeks since it formed a partnership with Windermere School, Kysty’s, Garside’s Butchers, local YHAs and a team of volunteer delivery drivers. Between them, they prepare, cook and deliver the hot meals to Ambleside, free to those locals who might be on low or no income, or £3 for people who are vulnerable or just fed up with cooking and able to pay to help the scheme run for as long as possible. The number last week was over 400 meals, or a total of 1,089 meals, many of which were delivered to the door for those who are shielding or self-isolating. The new soup and snack service run at weekends by Kysty’s café in conjunction with the Parish Centre is also benefitting about 50 people each weekend who receive insulated mugs of hot soup, with bread and a traybake. The cost of the hot meals has also been met with support from the Prince’s Countryside Fund and generous donations. The Parish Centre was one of only three Cumbrian applicants chosen to receive the emergency funding and Director of the Fund, Claire Saunders, said: “These small rural organisations are the lifeblood of many far-flung communities. They have adapted to provide unprecedented support to rural people, quickly and efficiently, with the help of a dedicated army of local volunteers”, and she also thanked the Fund’s sponsors for helping to provide the Prince’s Rural Response Emergency Grants scheme.
The updated Self-Isolators list of services is circulated by Juliet Cunningham at email@example.com every Wednesday, now including a section at the end on NHS Covid Track and Tracing and how to avoid scams.
There is now a new Community Welcome Home pack for anyone returning from hospital containing practical items, everyday essentials and personal care items, kindly donated by Ravi at Thomas Bells Pharmacy. Garside’s butchers is closing from Saturday Jun 6 at 2.30pm until Tuesday June 16th at 9.am to take a well-earned break. Ambleside Post Officer is now opening Monday-Saturday, 9-12. Ambleside Dog Walkers is fully re-opened offering dog walking, dog day care and home boarding and Lucia’s Bakehouse in Grasmere is now offering click and collect takeaway and home delivery. Although dental surgeries are to start re-opening from Monday June 8, most will remain unable to offer treatment without further guidance regarding the use aerosol generating equipment and the necessity for full PPE. Ring your dentist for details.
From now on Stagecoach buses will not be offering change, so passengers are asked preferably to pay by card, or to have the correct fare. Any money not given in change will be donated to NHS Charities Together. A new summer timetable operates from June 8 with more frequent services, with further additions to the timetable in July.
All M.O.T.s due to expire since 30.3.2020 have been extended by six months, but vehicles must be kept safe to drive, details on www.gov.uk
The National Trust are starting a phased re-opening of their properties and land, details on www.nationaltrust.org.uk
SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL issued the following extensive information to Visitors – 14 May 2020:
SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL – MESSAGE TO VISITORS -14 May 2020
“RESPECT OUR COMMUNITIES”
Visitors to South Lakeland are being urged to behave with respect towards local communities following the government’s lifting of travel restrictions.
The new national guidance announced this week now permits unlimited travel time to exercise and unlimited exercise time. South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has responded by backing calls from Cumbria’s multi-agency Local Resilience Forum for people to stay local for their exercise and not rush back to the Lake District just yet.
The Resilience Forum brings together agencies involved in Cumbria’s Coronavirus response, including local district councils, health authorities, Lake District National Park, tourism representatives and police. Forum members have united to manage the impact of expected large increases in visitors travelling to the South Lakeland area and across the county and want to reassure residents that every precaution is being taken to keep them safe.
In response to the new government guidance, SLDC is making a number of changes to car parking arrangements, is re-opening its marina facilities at Ferry Nab, Bowness-on-Windermere, and has updated guidance on use of public open spaces managed by the council.
SLDC Leader Councillor Giles Archibald said:
“In light of the revised government guidance we anticipate that people will want to travel to the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and South Lakeland to exercise and to enjoy the countryside.
“However, our current position is to discourage those visits and appeal to people not to come. All the different agencies are united in a clear message – please don’t head back to the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales just because you can, we are not ready for you yet.
“Many facilities like shops, cafes, pubs and public toilets remain closed and we still have one of the highest infection rates nationally. Any large influx of people coming into these areas could make that situation worse.
“But we recognise that we cannot stop people coming here if they wish, so we have been preparing this week for the possibility of lots of day visitors arriving from this weekend.’’
For those that do decide to visit the area there are three key messages:
RESPECT our communities
Be considerate and don’t do things that increase the risk or cause problems for local people, particularly the vulnerable. For example, avoid using paths through farmers’ yards, park considerately, keep your dog on a lead and take your litter home.
Plan ahead and avoid busy places.
Consider the lack of toilet and washing facilities and don’t behave in an anti-social manner.
RESPECT the risk – South Lakeland and Cumbria continues to record new cases of the virus every day and the threat has not gone away
Don’t take risks on the fells, on the water or on the roads. Stay within the limits of your ability and equipment at all times. If you get into trouble, help may take longer to arrive and you will put unnecessary additional pressure on local health and emergency workers as well as volunteer mountain rescue and coastal rescue services.
RESPECT the rules
Observe all social distancing rules. The government guidance is clear that there should be no overnight stays, no camping, no visiting second homes. Avoid crowds.
To help manage visitor car parking, agencies that operate car parks in the national parks, including the National Trust, United Utilities, local councils and both the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, have agreed to re-open any closed car parks and re-introduce parking charges where they had been suspended to support key workers in the Coronavirus response.
This is to remove the incentive of free parking that may attract more visitors, but also to provide adequate parking to avoid vehicles being left on grass verges or in side streets or residential areas.
SLDC is reintroducing parking charges on all its car parks within the Lake District National Park from Friday, 15 May.
Parking charges will continue to be suspended on SLDC car parks outside the national parks (in Grange, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and Ulverston) until June.
NHS staff, care workers and NHS volunteer responders involved in the Coronavirus response will be able to obtain a key worker parking pass from their employer under the government guidance, which will allow them to park for free on all SLDC car parks.
Passes are available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service. For further details visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-health-care-and-volunteer-workers-parking-pass-and-concessions
Any SLDC parking permits that expired at the end of March can still be used until the end of May.
Revised signs will be erected in car parks to ensure social distancing and signs in car parks where charges have been reintroduced will strongly encourage pay-by-phone and contactless payments to reduce risk of virus transmission.
A new web page is being promoted by the LDNPA www.saferlakes.co.uk which encourages people travelling to the Lake District to park safely and avoid the more popular destinations.
Parks and playgrounds
Government advice is that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, and has updated its rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors. SLDC is putting up new signs in parks and public spaces that it manages urging compliance with social distancing guidelines and use of personal sanitisers after contact with any shared surfaces. SLDC is reminding everyone that play areas managed by the council will remain closed in line with the government’s latest guidance.
For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.
A) Community hubs for telephone support / volunteer recruitment
Ambleside Parish Centre Team 015394 34172 Mon to Thurs 10:00am until 2:00pm, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grasmere; Nicola and team 077250 57153.
Langdales/Skelwith Bridge/Coniston; Fiona and Ollie 015394 41812
Hawkshead; John Dixon and Team 0772 9628 306.
Rydal; Andrew 07919 336313
NHS Volunteer Responders, delivered by RVS. Call 0808 196 3646 or visit nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk. Can offer support to those struggling with being in Self Isolation.
B) Health Centre/Pharmacies/Feet/Dentists/Vets/Animals
Central Lakes Medical Group 015394 32693. If you have COVID 19 Symptoms please phone first. centrallakesmedicalgroup.co.uk
Thomas Bell Pharmacy. 015394 33345 or 07835 825719. Volunteer delivery drivers in place. Safe space for accessing help around Domestic Abuse, and can issue emergency contraception in a confidential environment.
Boots the Chemist 015394 33355. Volunteer delivery drivers in place. Have a Safe Space for accessing help around Domestic Abuse.
Grasmere Pharmacy 015394 35553. Volunteer delivery drivers in place.
Lakeland Footcare. Becky will be offering an emergency appointment system for clients at Ambleside Parish Centre on a Thursdays between 10:00 am and 2:00pm. Tel to book on 01229778858.
Oakhill Veterinary Group 015394 32631. Will deliver animal medicine and animal food products, volunteer driver in place.
If you have to go in to hospital and are worried about your pets;
Cinnamon Trust 01736 757900 www.cinnamon.org.uk
The Dogs Trust 015949 5518 Aimee.email@example.com
If you need help with walking your dog, contact your nearest community hub where volunteers are available, willing and able to help.
Let your cats out as usual.
C) Businesses which home deliver/offer click and collect.
Asda, Morrison’s, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, etc. all do home delivery, but currently there can be a three week wait for a delivery slot. Both Aldi and Booths now also offer a new home delivery service, but only for those classed as the most vulnerable. Check online with each direct for more information on click and collect.
Support Local Businesses!
Ambleside Sheepskins. To organise an appointment only service to view the shop products, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambleside Spar 015394 33127. Click and Collect Service now available, email@example.com (for vulnerable/self-isolators only).
Ambleside Tesco Express tesco.com. Home delivery available, but no slots for next three weeks. Instore shopping, 2m rule.
Apple Pie Bakery Ambleside. Now taking orders for contactless collection on a Friday, between 1pm and 4pm. If demand is there, may be able to offer home delivery. Orders need to be placed before 4pm on a Wednesday. Order online applepieambleside.co.uk/orders or if this is not possible for you, tel 07983165144
Beer Ambleside will deliver micro-brewery to your doorstep. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07852881105 07935789581.
Food in the Fells. Ambleside. Will deliver a range of hot, freshly prepared food to your door, (burgers, Kebabs, pizza) Thursday to Monday, between 5pm and 9pm. Order with Katy by phone. 015394 34584. Children’s menu available. Whole area covered.
Fruit and Vegetable Market Stall, Ambleside. Open every Wednesday from 9am until 12 noon, King Street car park, in the usual place.
FW Garside’s Family Butcher 015394 32211 Home Delivery available, Ambleside and Langdale (Wed and Fri), Grasmere (Sat). Order by phone.
Granny Smiths 015394 33145. Open usual hours, fresh fruit and veg, dry goods, non-vegetarian, GF foods etc. able to offer a click and collect service, whilst stocks last. Volunteer Delivery Driver in place.
Grasmere Co-op. Tel 015394 35229 Home delivery for Grasmere only, contact Grasmere Hub.
His and Hers hairdressers. No haircuts etc. allowed, but shampoo, conditioner, styling products, pamper packages and advice available. Contact Lisa at HisandHersbyLisa@outlook.com or phone/text 07739687866. Free delivery to your home.
Kindred Spirits, Ambleside based Artisan Gin shop. Now taking online sales with home delivery at www.k-spirits.co.uk.
Langdale Co-op 015394 37260 Free home delivery whilst stocks last. Contact the local Hub.
J F Martin & Co, Cleaning and DIY Products. Have antiseptic Hand Wash and Bleach. Will deliver to the Ambleside area, Tel 015394 32138.
Peggy’s Bakery, (Ambleside). Not able to offer home delivery, shop/bakery opening hours 9-1.30pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat. Tel 015394 32303.
Rattle Ghyll Shop Ambleside. Orders taken for home free home delivery of Fresh Vegetable Boxes, Diary, Freshly roasted Coffee, Dried, Freshly baked goods and other grocery items. (Thurs). Have Flour and Eco Toilet rolls. Tel 07342115830 email@example.com. Volunteer Delivery driver in place.
Sam Read Bookseller. Taking online and telephone orders. firstname.lastname@example.org 015394 35374. Volunteer drivers in place.
Shake Waffle and Roll. Will deliver to your door on Sat/Sun. Offer a range of fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes, Afternoon Teas, Ploughman’s lunches, ( meat and vegetarian), ice-creams (vegan available). Order on 07528 756739.
Stiles Coffee Bar. Tel 015394 33585 email email@example.com. Can deliver a range of take away items, fresh vegetables, fruit and grocery items. Still have Toilet rolls! Will charge £2 per delivery to Ambleside, £4 Grasmere, (to pay a wage to a local driver.)
Westmorland Gazette. Free delivery for 6 weeks. Call 0800 953 0227. The paper is struggling as advertising and sales plummet. Please keep buying this vital resource to help it survive.
D) Online local Exercise Providers
The free Age UK chair-based exercise session runs on Fridays, 11am, on Zoom, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07743 046667.
Lou Beetham (Fully qualified Fitness Pilates and Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor based in Ambleside). Mon 10.30am Beginners Pilates, 10.30am Wed Mat Pilates, 10.30am Fri Fitness Pilates. Via Facebook Live and Zoom. Contact 07835090003, email@example.com Free.
Ursula Brendling, info at www.ursulatraining.co.uk 25 Years’ Experience as a professional fitness Instructor based in Ambleside. Zoom/ Skype classes available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07743 046667. Will be offering her Age UK chair based exercise session every Friday via Zoom at 11:00am, free. Also offering a Zoom class for all runners on Tues at 6pm for 30 mins, £4 with a donation to the NHS.
Libby Dixon, fully qualified Pilates Instructor, based in Grasmere. Zoom online classes available, free or for a small donation. Help maximise mobility, movement every day flexibility, suppleness and strength. Contact Libby email@example.com
Emma Robinson, Fit District, Ambleside. Dance background, and Classes available via Zoom for Zumba, legs and bums, HIIT. £4 per session. Contact 07393207801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sight Advice South Lakes
Daily classes for those with visual impairment on Zoom
Mon 11:00 am Talking Newspaper
Tues 2:00 pm Poetry Reading
Wed 10:00 am Tech Know How with Sight and Sound
Thurs 10:00am Ask Sight Advice Virtual Drop In
Fri 10:00 am Quiz, coffee morning.
Contact them direct on 01539 769055 for information on all things visual impairment related.
All Together Now/ AWAZ International Community Events, for non-English speakers and overseas workers.
Fridays 10:30am, International Story Group. Open to all via Zoom.
Tues 4-5pm All Together Now Kitchen Garden Group. Zoom sessions on window box planting using what you have, e.g. carrot tops, sprouting beans etc. Planting demo’s alternating with cooking demos. Also virtual garden tours. Zoom.
Wed 1:00pm to 3pm Dip In and Out International Community Hub. Speakers via Facebook page.
For more information, advice and support contact Gale Chen at email@example.com, tel 07724 251821.
E) Building Society and Post Office Opening times.
Cumberland Building Society, Open in Ambleside from 10am until 2pm every Wednesday. Customers are advised to check online for any subsequent changes. cumberland.co.uk.
Furness Building Society 015394 82550 Ambleside branch closed.
Ambleside Post office 015394 34780. Open Mon, Wed and Fri, 9-12.30.
Outreach Post Offices;
Chapel Stile Mon and Wed 9-10:00am.
Troutbeck Mon and Wed 11-12:00. Noon.
Grasmere Post Office, Tel 015394 35475. 1-4pm Mon, Wed & Fri.
NO POSTAL DELIVERY OF LETTERS ON A SATURDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Parcel delivery still available.
Parish Council/ South Lakeland District Council
Lakes Parish; All meetings in Abeyance until further notice.
Details of Parish councillors on amblesideonline.co.uk
Michael Johnson draws attention to the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ), who have set up a new email reporting site for suspicious emails, just forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org . Phishing is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the bait. NEVER CLICK ON A SUSPICIOUS LINK, AND NEVER GIVE YOUR BANK DETAILS TO ANYONE. IF THEY SAY THEY ARE YOUR BANK, AND IT’S URGENT, HANG UP, WAIT 20 MINS, AND RING YOUR BANK DIRECT, ON ANOTHER PHONE IF YOU HAVE ONE.
Skelwith Bridge; email@example.com
SLDC has now resumed the green bin waste collection, one bin per household per month. Please put your bin out on the day listed on your calendar. To keep the Refuse Collection Teams safe, the service will be operated by only 2 drivers, so will take longer. If your bin is not collected this time, it will be done on your next scheduled day. For more info contact SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.
Join Electricity North West’s Priority Register (PSR) now to access the extra support which is available to vulnerable people if there is a power cut. Tel 105, or go online www.enwl.co.uk/priority.
0800 111 999
Water Supply Issues
United Utilities 0345 672 3723, www.unitedutilities.com
Cumbria County Council
For use in an emergency for those over 70, pregnant women, and those who are at risk of serious illness from COVID 19, and who do not have any other support available from Friends, Family or Neighbours.
From May 12th The Household Waste Recycling Centres including Rothay Holme have re-opened to domestic users. Restrictions will be in place, and the service will only be for items which cannot be stored safely at home. For more information, contact www.cumbria.gov.uk/planning-environment/waste-management. Tel 01228 22100 226601.
I ) Hospital Transport
North West Ambulance Service Patient Transport, (tel 01228 403031, cancer/dialysis 01228 406064.)
For those who do not qualify for the above, but who still need to get to hospital, contact Cumbria County Councils Transport Service Team, 0333 2406965 (option 5) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will forward details to the appropriate district Hub to arrange transport to hospital using CCC Transport Operational Team (CTOT) who usually do the school and older person transport.
Community Grant for Transport to Medical Appointments. This fund DOES NOT OFFER DRIVERS/TRANSPORT, but can offer a small grant towards the costs of getting to hospital for treatment. One grant per person per month if you live in in a qualifying area. Contact Juliet on email@example.com. Available whilst funds last.
J) Mental Health/ Safeguarding
Cruse Bereavement Care www.crusecumbria.org.uk adults and children 0844 477 9400 & 0300 600 3434 firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Bereavement UK www.childbereavementuk.org 0800 0288840
www.every-life-matters.org.uk Suicide prevention.
Dignity in Dementia. Accepting calls from anyone living with Dementia/ memory changes, and those they live with. Contact Diane on 07771 682378.
Domestic Abuse If in immediate danger dial 999.
If facing homelessness through Domestic Abuse, Contact South Lakeland District Council Homelessness Dept. 01539 733333
springfieldsupport.org 01539 72671 email@example.com Domestic Abuse support for Females
Womens Aid www.womensaid.org.uk Domestic Abuse support for women.
For children living with Domestic Abuse support available from thehideout.org.uk.
ManKind support for men living with Domestic Abuse 01823 334244 www.mankind.org.uk
Mensadviceline.org.uk 0808 8010327 support for men living with Domestic Abuse.
The Samaritans www.samaritans.org tel 116 123 anytime, day or night.
K) FOOD BANK OPENING TIMES.
Contact Ambleside Parish Centre for current availability and opening times. Normally Tues and Thursdays 11am until 1pm. Sanitary, baby and GF products available.
Ambleside’s Foodbank on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-1pm, is now able to offer baby products, female sanitary items, and GF foods thanks to extra donations, with home delivery for those unable to collect.
Those struggling with self-isolation can contact NHS volunteer responders on 0808 196 3646 or visit nhsvolunteerresponsders.org.uk
Ambleside’s international group for non-English workers, All Together Now/AWAZ , meets on Zoom on Fridays, 10.30am for International Story Group and Tuesdays 4-5pm, for the Kitchen Garden Group, with alternate demos on planting and cooking. Each Wednesdays 1-3pm, Dip In and Out international community hub takes place. Information, advice and support from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07724 251821.
Ambleside’s May Parish Magazine is available online, email the Rector, Beverley Lock, on email@example.com.
Swift numbers are in serious decline globally due to climate change and a lack of insects and nesting sites. Over the past couple of years, volunteers in Ambleside have been recording the number of swifts they see, and in 2019 the largest group recorded around Ambleside was 63 birds, with 25 buildings being used and 37 suspected nest sites. The swifts have recently returned to the area, and to join in with swift counts in 2020 contact Pete Martin via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07816 686166.
People have commented favourably that St Mary’s Church has kept the grass cut in the churchyard, by means of a special grass-cutting budget put aside for 2020, which will continue until funds run out. However, the Rector, the Revd Beverley Lock said that in line with other charities during the coronavirus, funds are limited due to loss of income: “While the community’s plans to raise funds to help pay for grass cutting and maintenance of the graveyard have had to be put on hold – plus the fact that Community Services workforce can’t work either, in such difficult times financially the church will be unable to maintain this present level of grass cutting indefinitely. However, the church hopes that this temporary approach will see it through until the community can come back together to help fund the care of the graveyard.”
Lakes Parish public conveniences remain open, contactless card payments only.
Trading Standards have warned Cumbrians, especially the housebound, to guard against cold callers and be extra vigilant of threats posed by telephone scammers.
These callers may target increasing numbers of people at home as a result of the spread of Coronavirus. Scams could include bogus health products, offers to check for coronavirus in your home and false claims about a new government tax refund programme. The County’s Trading Standards Authority urged people to speak to elderly and most vulnerable neighbours warning them about the potential risk. People self-isolating are warned never to hand over their bank or credit card or PIN number to anyone who offers to do their shopping.