Ambleside News 19th May 2024

The Annual Parish Meeting will be followed by Lakes Parish Council’s AGM at the Beehive, University campus at 6pm next Wednesday May 29th. All are welcome, those wishing to speak are advised to contact the Parish Clerk in advance to ensure a slot, email or ring 015394 30350.

Councillors were divided over approval of a planning application to build a local occupancy dwelling in the orchard of Ford Lane Barn, Troutbeck, which was finally recommended for refusal on the casting vote of the meeting’s Chairman.
Members also recommended refusal for a re-submitted application for redevelopment of a site at High Green, Troutbeck to deliver five local occupancy houses. Refusal was also recommended for change of use from Norwood House guest house, Church Street, to one self-catering holiday let unit, or one dwelling, with councillors requesting more clarity. Council recommended approval for other applications including a bungalow loft extension and side extension at Tetherend, High Gale, Ambleside; extensions to 2, Loughrigg Meadow; and signage for Grain, at Skylark House, formerly Barclays Bank, Ambleside.

Ambleside Action for a Future will be holding its annual Big Plant Give Away at the Parish Centre this Saturday, May 25th, 2 – 4.30pm. There will be vegetable and flower seedlings to take away, as well as potting up of herbs, with information about their uses, plus craft activities, children’s gardening activities, a Garden Organic Master Composter stall, tea, cake and raffle. Free entry, donations welcome for plants. To offer plants and more information, contact Pete Martin on 07816 686166.

Ambleside/Kirkstone Rotary will continue to raise funds for Rotary’s shelter boxes, which contain essential items to help people displaced by natural disasters and war. Each box costs about £600, and contains items most needed by people made homeless, depending on specific conditions. Rotary International has already sent out 1,409 to people in Gaza, and has none left in store, so Ambleside/Kirkstone members will help raise more funds to replenish shelter box stores. Boxes generally contain tarpaulins, tents, ropes, kitchen utensils, solar lights and water filters, and the plastic container holding the items can also be used as a water carrier.

“The Hills Have Eyes – Roman and Native in the Lake District” is the title of next Tuesday’s talk about Galava Fort, 2pm, May 28th, at the Armitt Museum (£5) by expert Roman Historian, Dr John Reid, Chairman of the Trimontium Trust. Recent work by the Trust and Edinburgh University has brought to light a number of disturbing discoveries indicating that the Fort may have suffered episodes of cataclysmic conflict. Dr Reid explains how archaeologists discovered that life 2000 years ago may have been anything but tranquil at Waterhead.

Next Thursday, May 30, is the next Community Lunch, 12.30 -1.30pm at the Parish Centre. All are welcome, there is no charge, but donations are very welcome.

There are still places on ‘Smartphone for Beginners’, a free course to help anyone struggling to get to grips with their first smart phone. The course runs over 3 weeks, starting Tuesday June 4, 9.15-11.15am. It will cover how to connect to Wi-Fi and access the internet; how to access emails on a smartphone; altering basic settings and downloading apps; being aware of updates and how to update a smartphone and how to use the camera on it. To book a place, visit the website on
or ring 01539 713257 or email

As the 80th anniversary of D-Day gets nearer, all are invited to join in a commemorative tea party from 2-4pm on Sunday June 9 at Ambleside Parish Centre. This is a free event but booking is essential, contact 07739 597350 or 07549 519133.