Vegetable Plants giveaway

Ambleside Action for a Future (AAFAF) is holding a free Plant Giveaway Community Event this Sunday, May 29, from 2-4.30pm at Ambleside Parish Centre, when anyone keen on growing their own produce can take home young vegetable plants, herbs and pollinator friendly flowering plants, grown by AAFAF volunteers. Gardeners will be on hand to give advice, with a compost and propagating demonstration and a children’s area for the sowing of edible flower seeds. Teas, coffee cold drinks and cake available, plus a raffle with prizes donated by the local business community.

Design a cup cake for the Jubilee

Could you design a winning cupcake to help the Queen celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in style? If so, Ambleside Library is offering its younger readers a free recipe pack including ingredients, (limited quantity, first come, first served,) to take home and cook for all the family. There’s also plenty of celebration fun this coming half term week, with jubilee-themed activities, competitions and prizes available. The Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3, and re-opens as normal from 10am-1pm on Saturday June 4. 

Cricket Club’s quad bike stolen 

Police want to hear from anyone with information about the theft of a quad bike from Ambleside Cricket Club, either online at or phone 101, or anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. These types of incidents are happening more and more and to prevent theft of quad bikes, owners are advised keep them locked away, and to have a tracker fitted as a priority, and also to mark the property with a unique DNA liquid, registered to the bike owner, which is invisible but can’t be washed off suspect hands. Police also want to know if anyone saw any suspicious persons or vehicles over the Easter weekend near The Swan Hotel, Grasmere, when the theft of plant equipment worth £3,000 was reported, quote log number 72 if reporting online, or phone 101.

Cattle Grid Blockers and Pavement Parking targeted

Police in Langdale have been out and about placing signs advising people not to block gates next to cattle grids, or park on pavements opposite solid white lines which cause obstruction to other road users and emergency vehicles. Police also remind everyone not to drop litter, which could endanger hedgehogs, squirrels etc who try to eat it. PCSOs and special police officers will also do combined patrols with Lake Rangers to combat antisocial behaviour along the lakeshore. Officers have also been carrying out a targeted crackdown on crime in Cumbria. This involved 18 arrests in dawn raids round the County in late April when high-harm drugs were seized.  Police repeat that they need communities to be their eyes and ears and report anything suspicious, however big or small the information. A new call-back function has also been launched for anyone ringing 101 regarding a non-emergency issue. To contact a local officer, go to home page and browse different areas to see who the local team are, or enter your postcode. Policing priorities are also listed, with details of meetings or events that police are attending.

Sheep worrying incidents continued recently, so police warn dog owners not to be complacent when walking dogs near livestock, to know where they are at all times, and not to let a dog off the lead unless confident there are no livestock nearby.

A Literary Walking Tour of Ambleside

Next Wednesday June 1, 12.30-4.30pm Dr Penny Bradshaw will conduct “A Literary Walking Tour of Ambleside” which is also the title of her recent book, featuring celebrated writers who visited or lived locally, from John Keats to William Wordsworth, Harriet Martineau and Charlotte Bronte. Tickets £20, contact the Armitt Museum to book online.