Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 7.30 at Ambleside Parish Centre

Recycling – Rubbish Matters Come and find out what happens to the rubbish you put in your bins. A presentation by Andrew Vickers of SLDC. Free organised by Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary Club supporting the community. All welcome


The Samaritans are holding a Brew Monday coffee morning on February 3 at Ambleside Library from 11am, to raise money to enable the Samaritans to give people having a tough time somewhere to turn to when they need to talk. Those who can’t make the coffee morning can give £5 by texting Brew5 on 70507.

Kurt Schwitters

Also on Monday February 3 there will be a free lecture open to the public when Dr Martyn Hudson and Jackie Haynes explore the work of the German refugee artist Kurt Schwitters and his cultural landscapes in the years when he lived in Ambleside, just before his death. The talk is from 6.30-7.30pm at the Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside campus.

Art Society’s painter of the month

Ambleside and District Art Society’s February painter of the month exhibiting in Ambleside Library is Steve Kelly, who worked professionally as a freelance graphic artist but not wishing to get under his wide’s feet on retirement he decided to start painting on a more regular basis. Steve likes to paint different subjects whether it be from the imagination or from a photo, and although he prefers the medium of watercolour, he is not averse to using different techniques. His work has been influenced by artists including Rowland Hilder, Archibald Thorburn and Edward Seago, and although watercolour is Steve’s preferred medium, he’s not averse to using different techniques. “Sometimes the paintings work, sometimes not –  but it can always provide fuel for the fire,” he says. The exhibition is in the Library’s community room.

Guides, Brownies & Rainbows

A group of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides took a trip from Ambleside to Blackpool recently with a visit to Sealife  and to the Grand Theatre to see Peter Pan, followed by tea at Pizza Hut before returning home. Anyone wanting to join Girlguiding as a Rainbow, aged 5-7; Brownie, 7-10; Girl Guide, 10-14 or Senior section from 14 upwards can visit the website to find out more and register.


St Mary’s candlelit Christingle service on Christmas Eve raised £930 for the work of the Children’s Society, supporting disadvantaged young people. Christingle service collections on Christmas Eve at St Mary’s has raised a total of over £16,000 since 2000.

Parish Council News

Councillors complained at their recent meeting that both District and County Council were not taking responsibility for keeping kerbside drains unblocked and pavements and paths swept of wet or freezing leaves, which both caused problems in winter months. These and other Highways and SLDC responsibilities were being neglected and both Councils will be asked what they propose to do about it. Lakes PC insisted that responsibility must not be passed down by CCC and SLDC to the parish council to do such work at its expense.

Councillors trying to de-clutter the narrow pavements of Ambleside of numerous A-boards voted to pursue the adoption of a new protocol, following the example of Keswick. This would be developed in partnership with the County Council, LDNPA and the police and in collaboration with local businesses, tourism organisations and retailers, and would be especially advantageous to wheelchair users and those with impaired sight. The protocol will draw up a set of agreed guidelines and as the local highways authority, CCC has the powers to prohibit and remove items or street furniture on the highway that are obstructive or otherwise unacceptable and that don’t comply with the guidelines. However, once the protocol was in place, councillors would have to monitor it to ensure compliance. Keswick’s guidelines included one A-board per business only, and if placed on a pavement must leave an unobstructed footway width of 1.5m minimum between the board and the edge of the pavement. There are also size restrictions, and boards must be stable, and taken in at night or when in danger of being blown over. They cannot be attached to trees or street furniture, and must not impede emergency vehicle access or be illuminated. They must also be in direct contact with the front or side of the business premises and not placed a distance away from the business.

MBE for local Councillor

Councillors congratulated former SLDC member and Lakes Parish Councillor Vivienne Rees for being awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, for services to the community in Cumbria.

Christmas Lights review

Many visitors praised Ambleside’s festive shop windows over Christmas and New Year saying they helped to create a special atmosphere round the town. They also attracted plenty of voters in Ambleside’s best shop window competition with a total of 584 votes cast, which was almost twice as many as the previous record. The winning shop was Detail in Market Place, who won for the third year running with 217 votes. In second place was Mr H’s Tearoom on Lake Road with 97 votes and third was Cherrydidi in Central Buildings, with 47 votes. Of all those who voted for Detail, two people have been chosen at random as winners and they are Jane Williamson of Windermere and Eileen Kenna of Marple, Stockport. Both have received a £20 voucher to spend at any one of the competition’s participating shops. The organisers, Richard Attenborough and Liesel Williams of Fresher’s Café reported that that 46% of all the votes were cast via the Christmas Lights website, 37% via the QR code on display in each of the shop windows and 17% via the Christmas Lights Facebook page. They thanked all concerned for their support including the participating shops and the hundreds of people who voted after seeing the festive windows..

Wordsworth’s 250th anniversity

In 2020 the Wordsworth Trust will be celebrating the poet’s 250th birthday as well as the culmination of its National Lottery Heritage Fund supported development project, Reimagining Wordsworth. Alongside the new café ad learning space, previously unused outdoor spaces are being opened up, expanding and modernising the museum, and carrying out careful conservation work in Dove Cottage, bringing it even closer to the home of William and Dorothy would have known. Volunteers are needed to assist staff and the Wordsworth is looking for anyone who is keen to connect with people, be active and mindful and share their own expertise and knowledge. To find out more about volunteering, open sessions are being held in the new Learning Space, just around the corner ner Dove Cottage on Monday January 13, 1-3pm; Tuesday January 14, 6-8pm, Wednesday January 15, 10-12pm; Thursday January 16, 1-3pm Friday January 17, 10-12pm and Saturday January 18, 1-3pm. Contact or leave a message on or phone 015394 35544.

Eternity Ring found

An eternity ring was been found on the path going up to Fairfield just past Low Sweden Bridge in early January. The finders would love to be able to return this to its owner. Their phone  number is 07843656495.

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