AMBLESIDE NEWS –  29 September 2021

Knit and Knatter

The knitting needles are out again at Ambleside Library every Tuesday from 10am-midday when knitters of all ages and abilities get together weekly for sessions of Knit and Knatter, including coffee and cake. Meanwhile, Ambleside Library is celebrating National Libraries Week next Monday October 4 from 10am-midday, with a “Welcome To Your Library” coffee morning. This special week is to champion the nation’s much-loved libraries and the central role that libraries play in their community. All are welcome to come along and find out about the latest projects and promotions in Cumbria’s libraries. This includes Reading Riot, a young adult reading challenge in October which aims to inspire secondary-aged pupils to read for pleasure as they head towards adulthood. The Library’s Coffee Morning will be joined by members of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. 


Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary Club is holding its fifth annual ‘Silver Sunday’ afternoon tea for older people who live alone. The popular event this year takes place at Ambleside Parish Centre on Sunday October 10, from 2.30-4pm and it may be possible to provide transport. Rotary members need to know in advance how many guests to expect, so places must be booked by ringing either Margaret on 31784 or Judy on 33767.

Parish Council

The next full Lakes Parish Council meeting will take place back in the Council’s meeting chamber upstairs at Ambleside Library next Wednesday (October 6) starting at 6.15pm. Numbers of the public in the room may be limited due to Covid precautions, but a Zoom link will be sent by emailing the Clerk, Charlene Bell, at The meeting includes a public forum, and those wishing to speak are asked to email the Clerk two days before the meeting. The agenda will include work on a new Local Plan as well as parking problems in Loughrigg Avenue; provision of a footway between Clappersgate and Skelwith Bridge and issues relating to excess of the 56-day planning rule at Miller Field.  

Lake Artists Society Annual Exhibition

Five major artists, all members of the Lake Artists Society (LAS) who live and work in Ambleside and the immediate district,  are showing work at the Society’s annual Exhibition, which opened recently and runs until November 21 at the Gallery, Rheged, near Penrith. The Exhibition normally takes place from July-September at Grasmere Village Hall but has transferred to Rheged this year while Grasmere Village Hall is used as a Covid 19 vaccination centre. A total of 260 works are on display at Rheged including landscape, seascape, still life, portraits, sculpture and ceramics submitted by 35 LAS members and 48 non-members. Media include watercolours, oils, acrylics, charcoal, ink and mixed media, depicting a wide variety of subjects, with prices ranging from about £200 upwards to £5,000.

Representing artists living in Ambleside are LAS Past President Phil Hobbs, with Martin Tomlinson, Marion Bradley, Christine Baines and Ian Walton. Phil Hobbs’ exhibits include paintings in Venice and the Caves at Matera, Basicilia,  as well as nearer home at Tilberthwaite Quarry, and Martin Tomlinson has worked locally during Covid, expressing his personal response to the everyday landscapes he sees around him, including Brathay Church, Loughrigg, Little Langdale and Boot. Christine Baines’ painting “Into the Light, Great Langdale” won the Friends of the Lake District’s exhibition prize for ‘Most Captivating Landscape’  taking her inspiration from her immediate environment including the flora, fauna and local landscape as it changes in the season. Marion Bradley, who has lived in the Lakes for over 50 years, paints the landscapes she knows and loves so well, particularly in winter, painting mostly in oils, with work in many collections both here and abroad. 

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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