AMBLESIDE NEWS –  18 November 2021

Armistice Day gathering

About 200 people gathered at Ambleside Market Cross at 11am last Thursday to mark Armistice Day with a two-minute silence, led by Langdales British Legion and the Revd Beverley Lock. Later that day, the Legion led a short act of remembrance with children at Ambleside Primary School in honour of former pupils of Kelsick Grammar School who were killed in WW1 and who are commemorated in a memorial plaque in Vicarage Road. On Sunday, St Mary’s Church Remembrance service was led by the Team Rector, Beverley Lock. The British Legion Standard Bearer was Brian Elleray, with the Last Post sounded on the bugle by Warrant Officer 2 (SCC) Andy Edgar of the Royal Naval Reserves. The names of Ambleside’s 98 fallen men of both wars and in conflicts since were read out by Glenys Brood and Rod Berry, and the words from Kohima and “For The Fallen” were spoken by David Capstick. Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial by representatives of the British Legion, Lakes Parish Council, St Mary’s Parochial Church Council, Windermere Lake Cruises, both Rotary Clubs of Ambleside, Windermere and Ambleside Lions, Ambleside Guides and other organisations. A recent British Legion coffee morning held in the Kelsick Centre raised £443.50.

Parish Centre

Next Wednesday, November 24, 2-4pm at Ambleside Parish Centre, a Dementia Awareness community event is taking place with a variety of support services and information, to explore ways in which Ambleside’s local shops, businesses and organisations can be more dementia friendly. Representatives from Dignity in Dementia and South Lakes Dementia Community will offer practical advice and information, with craft activities provided by Ragtag Arts Community Scrapstore, and singing by the dementia friendly singing group, plus and tea and cakes. Details from

Ambleside Parish Centre is holding a Craft Fair this Saturday November 20, 10am-4pm, when local crafters and artists showcase their work, with raffle and homemade refreshments.

Parish Council

Tenders are invited for the cleaning of Parish Council Public Toilets. Full details at

Local Crime Figures

Recent local crime figures showed a decrease, compared with the same period last year, in cases of criminal damage, vehicle offences, burglary, drug offences and hate incidents but an overall increase in reported incidents, public order and sexual offences, thefts and violence against the person. A total of 2,147 crimes over this period in 2021 showed an increase of 3.6%, compared with 2,073 in the same month in 2020. Police reported that inconsiderate and antisocial parking has continued at busy times, and thieves looking for easy targets carried out a spate of burglaries. Police are particularly keen to receive reports of antisocial behaviour. They also advised people to keep their doors locked, leave a light on a timer if they were out, and store quadbikes and expensive tools locked away and out of sight, and recommended CCTV and security lighting as the best preventions.  Contact the PCSO at

Ambleside Action for a Future

This evening (7pm, Thursday November 18) Ambleside Action for a Future (AAFAF) with Cumbria Action for Sustainability are presenting “Solar Made Easy in the Lakes”, which is a webinar to give impartial advice about installing solar panels. Book on, and visit to see an interactive solar PV webmap showing the potential of Ambleside rooftops.

Windermere Tools for Self Reliance, which restores and re-conditions donated tools to send to community projects in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, would appreciate donations of chisels, planes, hammers, vices, saws, spanners, wrenches, files, drills, screwdrivers, power tools and sewing machines. These tools can enable families to support themselves and provide education for their children, contact Richard Beskeen (015394 35131) or John Mullen (015394 45456), details on

Elterwater Quarry to close as a working site

Proposals for the future of Elterwater Quarry as a heritage and visitor attraction were outlined at last week’s meeting of Lakes Parish Council by Allen Gibb, Chief Executive of Burlington Slate Quarries and Adam Perry, Associate Director of Stephenson Halliday Planners and Landscape Architects. Elterwater quarries and caverns, owned by the Holker Estate, have been worked since the mid-19th century extracting slate and aggregate. However, Burlington said it was reducing the number of its working quarries from eleven to three, and quarrying at Elterwater was about to end, as operations were concentrated at better locations. Mr Gibb said Elterwater was no longer economic for extraction, and access to the site was difficult for quarry trucks, sharing narrow roads with local and visitor traffic. Instead, Burlington want to restore the Quarry by bringing to life the legacy and history of the site by developing it as a unique visitor attraction, sympathetic to the sensitive nature of the area. This would include visitor trails, a sky ropes course, tours of the quarries and access to the cavern using self-propelled gravity ‘coasters’, while visitors learn about the site’s heritage. A new car park could alleviate the pressure on local visitor parking generally.

Coun Jean Birkett strongly opposed the proposal, saying that the area didn’t need any more visitor traffic. Although she said she was glad to get rid of the quarry trucks, Elterwater simply needed a new car park, but without extra activities or attractions. Councillors commented that to make a sustainable travel plan would need a dynamic strategy linking with public transport to get rid of private cars. Only six employees plus drivers currently work the Quarry, but the new attraction would provide 54 new jobs. Council was concerned this might mean 54 extra cars, and for staff to live in Chapel Stile was virtually impossible with so many second homes, and houses fetching from  £½m – £3m. Councillors suggested that because Holker Estate had been extracting slate for generations from Elterwater, perhaps the Valley could extract a sustainable transport system from Holker in return.


Ambleside Horticultural Shows to end

It is with great regret that the dwindling committee of the Ambleside Horticultural Society have decided they are no longer able to carry on running the Spring & Summer Flower Shows, which have been held annually in the Kelsick Centre for many years. Furthermore, unless the positions of Society Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Show Secretary are filled at the Annual General Meeting in early January, then the Society, sadly, will have to be wound up. However, if anyone feels able to help save the Ambleside shows, please contact Julia Howarth on 015394 32807. The Society has been holding shows in Ambleside over many decades, bringing visitors crowding in to see the Spring Show with impressive displays of blossoming shrubs, pot plants, spring flowers, cookery and floral art, while the Summer Show was the largest of its kind lo12cally, and well known by judges for the quality of entries in many flower and vegetable classes, crafts, handiwork, photography and children’s entries. 


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. 

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