AMBLESIDE NEWS –  12th July 2021


Community Recovery Grant

Community groups that feel some extra funding would help get them active again after Covid can contact SouthLakeland.AreaSupport@cumbria.gov.uk for advice about applying for a grant. The money is coming from central government via Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council to support communities get back on their feet and to support measures for them to re-start their events and activities in a safe, COVID secure way.  It is hoped that by supporting these groups to run their activities safely and confidently, this will go a long way in helping to tackle social isolation and improve health and wellbeing, which have both been badly impacted by the pandemic.  By applying to the address above, groups will be sent the criteria and guidelines for submitting an application, and their inquiries will be directed to a Community Development Officer. Applicants must include a phone number on their inquiry and should be contacted within three working days. There will be a series of grant panels, two months apart, until the funding has all been allocated, and the deadline for funding to be spent is March 2022, so applications cannot be accepted after that time.


Christmas Lights

A few weeks ago, the future of Ambleside’s popular Community Christmas Lights celebrations and illuminations depended on appointing at least six new company directors. Having appealed for support to all Ambleside businesses, the Company now has seven new directors securing its future. The website, amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk has been updated reminding everyone that the Lights in November 2021 will be run on the same Covid basis as last year, with Christmas lights installed and switched on, but without any festivities or Switch-on Day events. It is hoped Switch-On day will once more be possible in 2022.


This Sunday, July 18, is Holy Trinity Church Langdale Fun Afternoon, with Games on the School Field at 3pm, followed at 4pm by refreshments.


Ambleside Parish Centre news

Ambleside Parish Centre is busy welcoming back many of its regular activities and classes, and continuing to support the community during any future Covid-19 challenges. Its main aim is to provide and facilitate activities and opportunities to improve the community’s mental and physical wellbeing, and also to encourage and enable others to aid recovery, build resilience and work towards a more sustainable community. To achieve this, it will continue to fund and resource community groups including Evergreens, All Together Now, Games for Men and Our Place Youth Club as well as the newly established Ambleside Community Food Club, meeting Wednesdays, 10.30am-12. A new group has also just been created called Stories Together, a multi-language library and book club for children and their families every Friday from 3.30-4.30pm. The Centre would also welcome any views about what it currently offers and supports, and any activities it might be missing. Visit the Facebook page for Ambleside Parish Centre, email admin@amblesidepc.org.uk or ring 015394 34172.


Parish Council

Councillors at their recent meeting recommended refusal of a change of use of Netherbeck, Millans Park, to a holiday let from a six-bedroom house of multiple occupation, on the grounds that this would be a loss of important accommodation for the community and should be resisted. Councillors said there were already numerous holiday lets in the village and surrounding area, although they raised no objections to rear dormer improvements. Councillors also recommended refusal to Wainwright’s Inn, Chapel Stile for two retractable awnings on ground they would be proportionately out of scale and character with the surrounding area.


Rotary News

The Rotary Club of Ambleside recently helped ensure that Rothay Park and the Underloughrigg road are as litter free as possible, with thousands of visitors flocking to the area. Outgoing president, Sue Mawson, was joined by incoming president Ellie Murray, along with other members to check the litter situation, and found that although there wasn’t much litter in the Park, there was more to pick up along the popular Underloughrigg road, and further checks will be made later in summer. The Club welcomed three new Rotarians to its membership, all keen on being involved in local projects. Members recently donated money towards a special exercise bike to assist a local person recovering from a stroke, and also donated £500 to Ambleside Parish Centre’s Our Place Youth Club to enable it to appoint a sports coach.

Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary enjoyed a tour of the Galava Roman Fort led by Geoff Sykes, who gave an overview of the Fort’s history from AD 130 when it was built, down to 1913 when the site was acquired by the National Trust, to prevent it from being built over.   The tour was based on discoveries during the 1913-20 archaeological dig by Professor R G Collingwood, looking at the foundations of the gate towers and central main buildings, and interesting features including the foundations and walls of the three main buildings including the commanding officer’s house, the military HQ and the granaries.


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