AMBLESIDE NEWS –  14 September 2021

Ambleside Action for a Future’s picnic tea/supper in Rothay Park

This coming Saturday evening is Ambleside Action for a Future’s picnic tea/supper in Rothay Park, to drum home the urgent message about Climate Change in advance of Cop 26 in November. There will be a storyteller for the children around 5pm, and the Taiko Drummers at 6pm, plus Climate Change activist speakers, bring a picnic and something to drum on. This is followed next Thursday September 23 by AAFAF’s Climate Action Day,  Ambleside Parish Centre, supporting businesses 11am-2pm and residents 2.30-7.30pm in reaching zero carbon by 2030. 

‘Pink 5k Walk’

Registration by this Sunday, September 19, to take part in Ambleside/Kirkstone Rotary’s popular family ‘Pink 5k Walk’ from Rothay Park to Pelter Bridge and back via Underloughrigg in aid of St Mary’s Hospice, (registration on the actual day may be limited.)  Entry fee includes tea and cream scone for all finishers, walkers can wear optional ‘pink bling and sparkle’, details and registration on, information on 015394 33241.  

Parish Handyman retires

Lakes Parish Handyman, Robin Lees, has announced his retirement after 16 years of service. Councillors said he would be hugely missed, The vacancy is advertised in the Parish Council page on this site.

Parish Council Traffic Concerns 

Coun Paul Martyn highlighted the dangerous lack of pedestrian footway on sections between Skelwith and Clappersgate, which forces walkers out into the road alongside traffic on the busy and narrow A593. He also pointed out that sections of permissive paths are not signposted, due to insurance liabilities. Council agreed to raise the matter in a future agenda, when it will impress on CCC Highways the urgent need for a footpath.

Coun Gilly Hodkinson said parking on Rydal Hill was becoming a serious problem and could prevent the bin lorry or emergency vehicles from getting up the hill. Members also commented that the implication of new double yellow lines in Rydal had moved parking problems up the road to Grasmere. Coun Paul Truelove said the Park Authority needed an overall transport policy.

In order to alleviate future parking and road problems, LPC would need to work alongside LDNP in creating a future road planning plan. County Coun Will Clark spoke of the serious increase in Lake District traffic in the past few years and Coun Brian Hewitt said it had been a problem seeking a solution for 20 years. Visitors were very welcome and nobody begrudged them coming to the Lake District from towns and cities, escaping after so many months of feeling trapped during the pandemic. However, Council needed collectively to work together alongside all other parties in the Lake District to come up with parking solutions and address traffic issues. 

New Ambleside Counselling Service

A new Ambleside counselling service has been set up by experienced Integrative Counsellor Helen Minton, helping people to unlock ‘stuck’ emotions and other issues, covering anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, bereavement and relationship breakdown. It is a talking therapy that offers a safe space in an empathic non-judgemental environment, where people can process what is going on for them, and explore what is needed to bring healing, freedom and a way forward. Visit or contact or 07435 883966. 

SLDC’s Handy Person Scheme

SLDC’s Handy Person Scheme is up and running again, offering free labour to do simple but essential jobs round the house for those 65 or over, or who are vulnerable, with a disability, at risk of falling, or recently discharged from hospital. The aim of the scheme is to provide small scale assistance to help householders maintain independent living and quality of life, and reduce the fear of crime. Although labour is free, the householder pays for any items or materials needed and the work could include fitting keys safes, phone extension leads or doorbells, changing light bulbs and fluorescent tubes, fitting plugs and fuses, and making trailing wires safe, putting up blinds, curtain rails and curtains and grab rails and handles, both inside and externally. They can also erect shelves and affix coat hooks, move furniture within the home, replace toilet seats and sealant round baths and basins, unblock sinks and repair minor leaks, and replace tap, cistern washers and ball valves. Other jobs could include setting heating controls and bleeding radiators, doing minor repairs to gates and paths and eliminating trip hazards, clearing moss and debris and jet washing paths. Works are limited to a maximum of three hours for one Handy Person, or an hour and a half if two staff come. Gardening and decorating jobs are not included. Householders can use the service up to six times in any 12 month period. To request the Handy Person scheme, contact SLDC’s Housing Standards Team in Kendal on 01539 733333 or email Details on the website,  All Handy Person staff carry ID badges and are happy to show them.

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