• 11th November 2019

    Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th November at Zeffirelli’s Cinema – INWARD EYE FILM FESTIVAL

    Three days showing of 29 international films – day passes available. Full details, program and prices at www.zeffirellis.com 

    Saturday 9th November 2019 at Brathay Hall, 18:00 start – Cludunnit Murder Mystery Night

    Join acclaimed murder maestros Highly Suspect for a fiendish and hilarious interactive murder mystery event at Brathay Hall on Saturday 9th November 2019. The event starts at 18:00 and finishes at 23:00. Includes an evening buffet, welcome drink and a night of intrigue. Tickets are £35.00 per person. Interrogate the suspects, crack the codes and solve the case. Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed! You’re invited to an evening of comedy and murder as you witness the scenes of evidence come to life and the mystery unfold in our hall rooms. Join us at Brathay and interrogate the suspects, play detective in order to solve this dastardly crime. Will you discover which of these larger than life characters committed the deadly deed? All profits go towards our work with children and young people.
    Brathay Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HP www.brathay.org.uk/events/murder-mystery-night

    Remembrance Days

    The Langdales branch of the Royal British Legion will take part in the 10.30am service, Langdale Parish Church, on November 10, Remembrance Sunday, and at St Marys, Ambleside at 3pm. On Monday November 11 at 11am, the Legion will lead the Armistice Day 2-minute silence at Ambleside Market Cross, followed at 2.15pm with a short service at Ambleside Primary School by the plaque in the wall which commemorates former pupils who died in WW1.

    Public phone boxes

    Lakes Parish Council asked SLDC and BT why there appeared to be no public consultation before the closure of BT phone boxes at Chapel Stile, Elterwater and Little Langdale. However, BT said it had no need to consult with the public before removing the phone at Chapel Stile because it wasn’t a public payphone kiosk. In the case of the payphone at Elterwater, BT had previously consulted with SLDC, who were happy for the kiosk to be adopted after consultation with key stakeholders in the area including LDNPA, District Councillors and Lakes Parish Council and no objections were received. Notices were also put up in the kiosk during the 90 day consultation period, and the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) are installing a defibrillator. At Little Langdale, the same process as at Elterwater was undertaken in 2015. A defibrillator was installed in 2019, along with a 999 telephone because there is no detectable mobile telephone signal in the area.

    Community drop-in

    The National Trust is holding a community drop-in evening next Wednesday, November 13, 4-7pm at the Parish Centre when all are welcome to meet the local NT team who will answer any questions people might have about ongoing work in the area. More information from Jenny Sutton, Community Involvement Manager NT, C&E Lakes Portfolio on 015394 63887 or visit nationaltrust.org.uk

    Rotary news

    The Rotary Club of Ambleside and several hundred other UK Rotaries have pledged £500 to help provide a new hospital ship known as a Mercy Ship, giving medical help to people along the West African coast. The club has also donated an initial £200 this year to The Rotary Foundation, providing grants for schemes around the UK and the world. Members were given a presentation by Jane Cogley of “Paddlers for Life” which has two dragon boats based at Low Wood Water Sports Centre, providing therapeutic exercise and social activities for those experiencing cancer and their families. The boats are on the lake providing fun and exercise on Sundays during the summer months. More information about Rotary, email Richard Attenborough at ambleside.rotary@gmail.com

    Meanwhile, Ambleside-Kirkstone Rotary heard from Kendal Civic Society member Trevor Hughes about the Yards, crofts and lanes which are so characteristic of Kendal. These supported thriving little communities lined with cottages and workshops, though only a few Yards survived slum clearances in the 1960s.

    Learning Plus

    The Ambleside Learning charity, Learning Plus based at Ambleside Library, needs a new part-time co-ordinator to lead the work of the organisation and oversee the delivery of classes and workshops, as well as running two weekly workshops for those needing help with IT, digital technology and skills for life. Email Catherine.powloski@learningplusambleside.org.uk for information.


    The harmful effects of the illegal wildlife trade are the subject of a free lecture by Dr Nicoletta Policek, Associate Professor in Policing and Criminology, University of Cumbria at 6pm next Wednesday November 13 in the Percival theatre.To book visit https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/events/university-events/ambleside

    Golden Eagles

    The south of England Golden Eagle Project is the subject of a talk by Philip Monro of the Project team, next Thursday November 14, 7.30pm, in the Beehive on the university campus. The aim of building up the population of golden eagles in the Border region could mean eagles eventually breeding in Cumbria. All welcome.

    Artists at the Library

    Ambleside Library is displaying work by Ambleside & District Art Society members Jean Wedgebury and David Best this month. Jean began her career in the Fashion Industry, studying at the Manchester College of Art, followed by set design in photographic studios and as a stylist on fashion shoots, always with sketchbook at the ready. Since moving to the Lakes, she took up oil painting full time, exhibiting locally in galleries and exhibitions. David Best trained in technical drawing and spent nearly 20 years working in building services engineering and in 2002 took up painting, first exhibiting with Ambleside Art Society in 2004. After learning to paint more traditional oils and acrylics of the Lake District landscape, often including Herdwicks, he began to produce work based on fracturing and painting in more abstract shapes and colour, in a less representational form but still retaining the subject. Influences are from Cezanne to the Scottish Colourists, with elements of cubism and structured works such as those by Paul Klee who said:  “Colour and I are one. I am a painter.”

    Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch-on, Lantern Procession & Fireworks –
    Saturday 16 November – all day event

    Ambleside’s famous Christmas event kicks off at 10am with market stalls, kiddies fairground, music and street performers, with the lantern procession around 4pm followed by fireworks in Rothay Park. Details at www.amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk

    Ambleside Oral History Group – a new presentation from their extensive archive

    Friday 22nd November, 7.30pm at the Kelsick Centre. Their latest entertaining presentation “Tales of the Unexpected” offers you amusing and curious stories you never knew about Ambleside. Admission £5, tickets from Fred’s Bookshop or on the door. Licensed bar.

    Wed & Thurs 27th & 28th November at 8.30PM

    Ambleside’s acclaimed ageing rockers entertain again with their talented musicianship and self-deprecating humour. Music starts 8.30pm. Come earlier to eat, drink and ensure a seat.

    Ambleside Christmas Lights – future uncertain

The directors and committee members of Ambleside Community Christmas Lights have made clear on their website that without an increased level of support from local businesses who benefit significantly from this event, it is unlikely to take place in 2020. This year’s event has only been possible by using financial reserves for funding. This will not be possible again.
The organisers say of this year’s event:However, the event will only be possible if reserves are used to fund the event and this will inevitably mean that the event can ONLY be assured for 2019. If the event is to continue into future years it is vital that businesses and local residents support the event by making donations to ensure the financial needs of this event which benefits the whole community.”

There is still a vacancy in the Langdales ward for a Lakes Parish councillor to serve the local community. Although it would be preferable if interest was expressed by someone living in that ward, however the Clerk to the Council, Michael Johnson, would welcome applications in writing to him from any elector from Ambleside, Rydal, Grasmere, Langdale or Troutbeck who might like to join the Council. All applications will be considered and the successful applicant will be co-opted and become a fully-fledged parish councillor. The position is unpaid, and the requirement will be to attend two evening meetings a month. Details available from Michael Johnson, First Floor, Ambleside Library, Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA2 0BZ, or phone 015394 31656. The Council’s website is on www.amblesideonline.co.uk/parish-council

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