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Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Grants:


August 2022

Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Grants: Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Grants (

Cumbrian district councils have secured funding to run the Sustainable Warmth scheme, which aims to install energy saving measures into over 1,300 homes across Cumbria.

You could be eligible for a grant up to £25,000 towards insulation and low carbon heating measures, if your household income is below £30,000 and your home has a low energy performance.

The scheme offers a range of energy efficiency improvements such as solid wall and cavity wall insulation, heat pumps, solar panels, underfloor insulation and first-time double glazing.

The grant is even available for private landlords to apply for qualifying tenants with up to £5,000 of funding available.

Free Energy Saving Advice from Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria: Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria - CAfS

Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria is here to offer FREE energy saving advice and equipment to help you make your home warmer and more comfortable.

The Cold to Cosy Homes team has already helped hundreds of households to save money on their heating bills as well as do their bit for the planet by using less energy.

You or someone you know could benefit from a FREE advice phone call from a qualified assessor, who will advise you on the services you could benefit from.

These could include:

  • Energy-efficient equipment such as FREE LED light bulbs, sent to you in the post
  • Professionally installed draughtproofing
  • Help with your energy bills and advice on switching energy tariff
  • Referral to support agencies or for other grants

If you or someone you know has a health condition, is on a low income or is bereaved or moving in and out of homelessness, Cumbria Action for Sustainability can provide them with free advice and support. We can also help people in a range of other circumstances, including certain benefits. You can have a look at our broad eligibility criteria online, or just give us a call and we can advise.

You can apply for yourself, or for someone else.

At Cumbria Action for Sustainability, we have been helping people to save energy in their homes for more than 20 years. We run the service in conjunction with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) and councils in Cumbria, supported by funding from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.

If you need more information, please contact a member on our team on 01768 216500.

Kind regards




July 2022


The annual canvass by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) to ensure the electoral register is up to date is about to start.

Residents will receive an email or letter in the next few weeks listing the names of everyone the council has registered to vote at the property. Around 80 per cent of households will only need to respond if the information needs to be updated.

The council is legally required to ensure the electoral register is up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so they can be encouraged to do so. This involves checking every year to find out if anyone who is eligible to register to vote has, for example:

  • moved in or out of a property
  • turned 16 and is therefore old enough to register to vote
  • or needs to change any other information, such as someone would like to vote by post from now on.

Simon McVey, the council’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “It’s important that residents look out for messages from SLDC so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in South Lakeland.

“People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to check their details because research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered to vote than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

"If you need to respond, the quickest and easiest way to do this is online, using the link and security numbers given in your email or letter.

"If you don’t use the internet you can respond by telephone. Your email or letter will tell you how to respond by text message, automated telephone or by calling our office.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

SLDC will use the information from this year’s canvass to publish the Register of Electors on 1 December 2022.

You can find out more about the annual canvass, electoral registration and voting at:


  1. Electoral Commission graphic encouraging people to register to vote.
  2. As above.


  • The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on Electoral Registration Officers to maintain the electoral register for their area and to conduct an annual canvass of all residential properties.
  • The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.
  • The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
  • To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:

• Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)

• A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.

• A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.




July 2022


Businesses in South Lakeland affected by the coronavirus pandemic and previously ineligible for support are being urged to apply to a new business rates relief scheme.

South Lakeland District Council has £2,109,829 to distribute to businesses affected by Covid but ineligible for previous support schemes and not able to adapt – such as in the manufacturing, food distribution, wholesalers or supply chain sectors.

Government guidance for the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) states that reductions should be made under the CARF scheme to assist those ratepayers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and who were unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

There will be an online application process. Details about eligibility and a link to the application forms can be found at:

Applications close at 11.59pm on 14 August 2022.

Parish Cllr Vacancies


July 2022

Make a difference

Become a Parish Councillor!

Blawith & Subberthwaite Parish Council have a vacancies and would really like to hear from you.

If you are passionate about the community and would like to get involved you should consider becoming a parish Councillor.

Please contact the clerk for further details on 01229 889319 or

email –



July 2022


News release

13 July 2022


South Lakeland District Council has increased its commitment to supporting small businesses better manage their environmental impacts and reap the benefits of going green.

SLDC has increased its contribution to its partnership with Green Small Business (GSB) to offer a heavily subsidised deal for firms to get environmental advice and certification.

GSB provides streamlined environmental management systems and net zero support for small businesses. Their environmental action planning and certification package, which includes 12 months Green Small Business certification, usually costs from £299. SLDC is paying 50 per cent of these costs for businesses in South Lakeland.

Tim Maiden from GSB said "Green Small Business provides a straightforward, low-hassle, low-cost way for you to manage the environmental impacts of your small business with tailored environmental policies and plans, green certification and support for becoming a net zero business.”

"We enable you to take practical and meaningful steps to improve the carbon and environmental performance of your business.

"Green Small Business certification can enhance the reputation of your business among customers and staff, increase the markets you can access and save you money."

The package of support includes:

• A high-level but systematic review of the environmental impacts of the business (via video-call or phone);

• A draft environmental action plan and policy for the business, for you to adjust as necessary;

• 12 months Green Small Business certification.

The benefits to a small business of becoming Green Small Business certified include:

• Providing evidence of environmentally-friendly practices which can help secure contracts with government, public or private sector bodies;

• Saving money by understanding and managing how you use energy and water, where your raw materials come from and how you dispose of waste;

• Enhancing reputation by demonstrating commitment to the environment to clients, customers and potential customers;

• Improving your environmental performance by reducing resource use, energy use and waste.

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC's Portfolio Holder for Climate Action and Biodiversity, said: “It is great to see so many businesses in South Lakeland taking their environmental impacts seriously and taking steps to reduce them. We at SLDC are delighted to be able to extend our offer, through Green Small Business, of expert support which will see more enterprises become increasingly energy efficient and environmentally aware."

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: "Working with the environment in mind should not be seen as a blocker to success in business. Becoming Green Small Business certified can enhance a business’s viability, profitability and attraction to customers, clients and partners, and I would encourage any small business which hasn't already done so to consider SLDC's subsidised offer of help."

If you are a business based in South Lakeland, email to receive your discount code.

To find out more, go to



July 2022

News release

12 July 2022


South Lakeland residents can now apply for the Sustainable Warmth scheme for support installing energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating into their homes.

These improvements could make homes warmer and more comfortable whilst helping to lower energy bills and carbon emissions.

Properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G will be prioritised.

Eligible households must also have a combined household income of less than £30,000 a year or be in receipt of means-tested benefit.

Eligible owner-occupied households can receive funding up to £10,000 to £25,000 depending on the property and heating type. Owner-occupiers do not need to contribute any money themselves. Landlords of privately rented homes may also be eligible for funding up to £5,000 subject to a contribution of a third of the cost of the measures.

Councillor Helen Chaffey, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "Raising the energy efficiency rating of low income and low Energy Performance Certificate rated households is a priority of South Lakeland District Council and developing housing sustainability will have many social, economic and environmental benefits, not least providing additional support to households in fuel poverty."

Measures available through the scheme include solar PV panels, air source heat pumps, double glazing, energy efficient front doors, cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation or loft insulation.

SLDC is part of a consortium of district councils in the county, led by Carlisle City Council, which successfully bid for government funding for the scheme.

Councillor Dyan Jones, Portfolio Holder for Climate Action and Biodiversity, said: "This scheme will play a significant part in our response to the climate emergency and our work towards the target of being a carbon neutral district by 2037 and ensuring that existing homes are energy efficient is a large element of achieving that goal."

South Lakeland District Council will write to households who may be eligible for the scheme. If you receive a letter or are interested in learning more, please contact or complete the application form on the Carlisle City Council website at



July 2022

News release (with pictures)

8 July 2022


Day trippers, holidaymakers and residents alike are being reminded that barbecues and campfires are not allowed in some of South Lakeland’s most popular parks and open spaces.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has put up new signs warning people that they could be fined £100 on the spot or up to £1,000 in court if they light a fire or BBQ in council-owned locations including:

  • Rayrigg Meadow, Windermere
  • The Glebe, Bowness
  • Lightburn Park, Ulverston
  • Noble’s Rest, Kendal
  • Abbot Hall, Kendal
  • Borrans Park, Ambleside.

The ban on unauthorised campfires and barbecues is part of the new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which came into effect across South Lakeland in October 2021. These PSPOs are designed to help keep the district clean and safe for everyone and to prevent anti-social behaviour. They were introduced following a public consultation and will be in place for three years.

Councillor Eamonn Hennessy, SLDC portfolio holder for Customer and Locality Services, said: “We would appreciate everyone’s help to ensure South Lakeland’s beauty spots remain welcoming for everyone this summer.

“Sadly over the past few years we have seen instances where council benches and seats have been broken up for firewood, areas of grass have been destroyed, and disposable barbecues have burnt through bin liners and set fire to bins.

“It’s so easy to think, “Oh, one little BBQ won’t do any harm”, but in the summer months dry ground means there is a much greater risk of wildfires starting. These can be devastating to wildlife and habitat, as well as placing unnecessary pressure on Cumbria’s emergency services.”

SLDC’s Locality Officers will be stepping up their patrols at popular visitor spots across the district over the summer holidays to help keep everyone safe, and they will be keeping a look out for unauthorised fires and BBQs.

Cllr Hennessy added: “The last thing our officers want to do is ruin someone’s day out or holiday by handing them a £100 fixed penalty notice, and if taken to court you could be fined up to £1,000.

“The best advice is to stick to the Countryside Code and leave no trace of your visit. Picnics are a much safer bet than barbecues, but if you do decide to light up a BBQ at an area that is not covered by a PSPO, then put it out afterwards and make sure the ashes are cold before disposing of them responsibly.

“If you see an unattended fire, always call 999.”

Full details of the locations of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) across South Lakeland can be found at and the Countryside Code is at



July 2022


News release

7 July 2022


Community groups who would like a cash boost for their poverty alleviation schemes are being urged to apply to a new grant scheme before the closing date.

South Lakeland District Council's Fairer South Lakeland Community Fund has £25,000 to support projects that help alleviate poverty.

Applications can be for both established projects and new initiatives, and applicants can work with other funders, community organisations and agencies to maximise the impacts.

Projects could include:

• Community schemes/projects (e.g. community energy, repair/reuse, community food initiatives, community car share schemes, warm hubs and networking schemes)

• Projects to support local people in moving toward financial stability and security;

• Schemes which target the alleviation of child poverty and promote inclusion in mainstream activities;

• Projects supporting vulnerable people back into work;

• Sustainable, cost-effective transport initiatives; for example community lift-share, cycling and walking projects;

• Initiatives promoting sound financial management.

The overarching criteria is that the long-term aim of the project must be to tackle poverty.

The maximum award to an individual project is £8,000, with scope for additional funding in exceptional cases, and the council will consider applications from town and parish councils, local charities, community interest companies, voluntary groups and other not-for-profit organisations in South Lakeland.

Applications close on 19 August 2022.

Councillor Suzie Pye, SLDC's portfolio holder for Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation, said: "Time is running out for groups to apply to our Fairer South Lakeland Community Fund. This is a great opportunity for South Lakeland's vast network of local groups and organisations who are best placed to match local need with initiatives to help the most vulnerable people.

"I urge any group or organisation with an established project or an idea for one which this fund could kick-start to apply."

Applications for the Fairer South Lakeland Community Fund can be made online at, where more information on what the funding can be used for and how to apply can also be found.

If you have any questions about the fund or wish to discuss an idea for a project, please contact or Cllr Pye at

Community Fund


June 2022


South Lakeland District Council today launches a £25,000 fund aimed at supporting projects that help alleviate poverty.

SLDC is encouraging town and parish councils, community and voluntary groups and local charities to apply to the first round of the new Fairer South Lakeland Community Fund as soon as possible.

Applications can be for both established projects and new initiatives, and applicants can work with other funders, community organisations and agencies to maximise the impacts.

Projects could, for example, aim to give more extra-curricular opportunities to children from poorer households; they may work with local food hubs to expand their reach or update facilities; they may increase transport connections in rural communities; or help vulnerable people into work.

The overarching criteria is that the long-term aim of the project must be to tackle poverty.

Cost of Living Support


June 2022

A number of bits of funding have been announced nationally recently to help with the rise in the cost of living - the national schemes announced by the chancellor are summarised here:

Locally, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet yesterday approved £2m fundingto support a range of measures, including more support linked to free school meals, including increases in school uniform grants:

We know there are likely to people who are eligible for free schools meals who aren't currently claiming them - so it'd be really helpful if people could publicise the information about how to do so, and the additional benefits that are linked to them - all in the press release above.

Road Closure


May 2022

A temporary road closure has been put in place to allow Electricity North West to carry out utility works which are expected to commence 20th June 2022 and anticipated to take 4 nights between 19:00 - 07:00 to complete.

Please see below details of the extents of the closure and alternative route, the relevant legal notice can be viewed at and a location plan clearly showing these extents can be found on via link

Location: A5084 WATER YEAT, TORVER

Alternative Route:the unrestricted section of the A5084, A593, A595 and the A5092 and a way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times

Covid Testing


April 2022

31 March 2022

Free COVID testing ends in Cumbria for most people – what happens next?

Free widespread symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 has now ended in Cumbria.

From today (31 March), free tests will only be available for people who develop symptoms and are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and are eligible for treatments, along with NHS and adult social care staff and those in other high-risk settings.

The decision to end most free testing was taken as part of central government’s “Living with COVID” strategy to live with and manage the virus - published back in February 2022.

Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, said: “With widespread free testing no longer available, vaccines are our best defence against the virus.

“The NHS is now offering spring boosters to the elderly, care home residents and the most vulnerable. The success of the vaccination programme is enabling the country to manage the virus like other respiratory infections. This includes public health guidance and encouraging responsible behaviour, while targeting testing to protect those most at risk and enable healthcare treatment to go ahead safely.

“Although restrictions have now been removed, and most testing reduced, the pandemic is not over. The public should continue to follow the updated public health guidance to protect themselves and others, particularly those who may become seriously ill if infected with COVID-19.

“While there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate, if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or test positive, we strongly advise everybody to stay at home and avoid contact with others.”

Information on who can access free coronavirus (COVID-19) tests from 1 April 2022 and how to get them can be found on the government website. However, additional government guidance is expected to be released tomorrow (April 1 2022).

To find out how to get a 1st, 2nd or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and how you will be contacted for your vaccinations, visit the NHS website.

In the week ending 25 March, there were 5,233 new cases in Cumbria, which is an increase of 295 or 6% compared to the previous week (4,938 new cases in the previous week). For the latest COVID-19 situation report, please visit



February 2022

Joint news release

18 February 2022


Are you interested in helping to shape the future of local government in Cumbria?

Anyone considering standing to become a councillor on the new Westmorland and Furness Council is being invited to an online briefing event to learn more about the election process.

The online briefing is being held Wednesday, 2 March, for agents and potential candidates looking to stand for election to Westmorland and Furness Council.

From 1 April 2023 local government in Cumbria is changing, as the current six district councils and Cumbria County Council will be replaced by two new unitary authorities.

In the area currently covered by Barrow Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District councils a new authority, Westmorland and Furness Council, will be taking over providing all the services currently delivered in those areas by district and borough councils and the county council.

As part of the complex process to set up the Westmorland and Furness Council, elections will take place in May this year to elect 65 councillors in new wards across the Westmorland and Furness area. These councillors will be elected for a five-year term of office, the first year on a ‘Shadow Authority’ that willoversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary council, followed by four years on Westmorland and Furness Council.

The Shadow Authority will have important business to conclude before April 2023, including adopting a constitution and code of conduct for the Westmorland and Furness Council and appointing a cabinet and leader.

They will also designate interim officers to key statutory positions so that the new council can legally operate and will take decisions to prepare for the running of all services currently carried out by the county, borough and district councils from April 2023.

The existing county, borough and district councils will continue to operate and deliver services until April 2023 and the Shadow Authority will work alongside, until Westmorland and Furness Council ‘goes live’ on 1 April 2023. It will be at that point the Shadow Authority and its 65 councillors become the new Westmorland and Furness Council and the existing county, borough and district councils will be dissolved.

Anyone who is interested in standing for election to Westmorland and Furness Council is being invited to attend the online briefing, starting at 5pm on 2 March 2022, being hosted by the election Returning Officer, Sam Plum, who is Chief Executive of Barrow Borough Council.

Sam Plum will be joined by election officers to explain more about the process of standing for election, including details about the nomination process and deadlines.

Potential candidates and agents can register for the briefing by sending an email to:

The deadline to register for the briefing is Monday, 28 February at 5pm.

A further email containing the Teams link and joining instruction for the briefing will then be forwarded to all those who have registered. The intention is to record the briefing and make the recording available on request to anyone unable to attend on 2 March.

For more information about the Local Government Reorganisation process in Cumbria, please see:Home (



February 2022

15 February 2022

Cumbria Local Resilience forum prepare ahead of Storm Dudley and Eunice

A multi-agency response is being prepared ahead of forecasted Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice which may impact the county this week.

Cumbria Local Resilience Forum have held preparatory meetings to ensure that any response is coordinated to ensure communities can access any help and support they require.

The Cumbria Local Resilience Forum are on standby to deal with an major incident if needed.

Chair of the Local Resilience Forum Superintendent Matt Pearman from Cumbria Police said “The Cumbria Local Resilience Forum have been meeting to prepare ahead of Storm Dudley and Eunice.

“All agencies are working together to ensure that our communities have access to the help and support they may require during the storms.

“We also ask that our communities prepare themselves ahead of Dudley and Eunice and make themselves aware of the key contacts and ensure any vulnerable people within our communities are also aware and prepared”

For the latest information and updates follow:

  • Cumbria Police on twitter @CumbriaPolice or on Facebook here
  • Cumbria County Council on Twitter at @CumbriaCC of on Facebook here

To report any issues or if you need help for yourself or someone vulnerable please see the following agencies contact details.

· Electricity North West on 105, but please only call if your query is urgent to help prioritise customers in the most vulnerable circumstances. For more information, please For further updates on power cuts, you can visit or you can follow Electricity North West on Twitter or Facebook

· For water supply issues contact United Utilities on 0345 672 3723

· or call 101 if you have concerns about your own safety and well-being, or the safety and well-being of someone you know. If there is an immediate risk to life call 999.

· If you wish to report a problem on the county’s roads, please report online via the County Council website -Highways | Cumbria County Council

· If you are open to Cumbria County Council’s Adult Social Care, have care and support needs and these needs cannot be met due toa power outage ,please contact Adult Social Care on 0300 303 3589

· Keep up-to-date with the weather

· For latest traffic and roads information

Expected Storms


February 2022

Be aware there are two big storms coming - Cumbria Local Resilience Forum partners are preparing for these, and you can help by getting prepared too. For example:

  • Avoid travelling during the windiest periods (tomorrow - Wednesday - lunchtime/evening/night, and then again on Friday) when conditions could be really poor, and there is a risk of trees falling.
  • Stay off the hills and off the water - it's not going to be any fun out there, and they'll be there to enjoy another day
  • Be prepared for a power cut (although fingers crossed there won't be any significant one) - check you've got batteries for torches and radios, some food that doesn't need cooking (you can never have too much chocolate in the house etc.
  • If you do experience issues like a loss of power or communications, please check on your neighbours and help them if necessary - the response within communities is essential, and almost always the quickest support that people will get - and Cumbria's really good at it!

Road Safety Meeting


February 2022

The Parish Council are joining with Lowick Parish Council to form an initial working group composed of local residents and some councillors who are concerned about our roads, and the enormous amount of fast vehicles we now have to endure!






Community Resilience Plan


February 2022

Water Yeat and Blawith are in the early stages of forming a Community resilience group.

Part of the group's responsibility is to create a Community Emergency plan, so we can be better prepared for future Emergency situations,

and better equipped to support each other through difficult times.

Other towns and Villages have successfully put plans together, to help create a safe co-ordinated Neighbourhood.

If you would like more information or register an interest, contact

Mary Giles(parish councillor) or


We hope to have a date for an informal Neighbourhood meeting in the near future.

Watch this space !!

Omicron Business Grants


January 2022


News release

20 January 2022


The application process is now open for grants to businesses in South Lakeland affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Hospitality (defined as accommodation, food & beverage services) and leisure premises will benefit from Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants of up to £6,000, administered by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and aimed at easing the dual impact of staff absences and lower consumer demand.

Recipients of the new one-off Hospitality and Leisure grant must be solvent businesses, and ratepayers in the hospitality and leisure sector. For example, a pub; hotel; restaurant; bar; cinema; tourist attraction or village hall.

Grants are per eligible premises and the amount paid is varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands: RV of £0-15,000 (will receive £2,667); RV of £15,000-£51,000 (will receive £4,000); and RV of over £51,000 (will receive £6,000).

Applications close at midday on February 28.

Details about eligibility and a link to the application forms can be found at:

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, SLDC portfolio holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: “Knowledge and good working practices developed through the many business support schemes we have administered since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 meant officers have been able to quickly stand up another effective and efficient application process.

"Supporting businesses in South Lakeland through these tough times is vital and SLDC is committed to doing everything we can to make sure they get through this.

"If you think you might be eligible, please check the criteria and get your application in before the deadline."

More details on this scheme and other support available – including business rate relief, free business support and advice available to businesses in South Lakeland – can also be found at:

SLDC is also finalising details for a new discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support other businesses, based on local economic need.


The following definitions for the purposes of this scheme are as below:

• Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink;

• Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming;

• Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

The list below is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.


Food courts, public houses/pub restaurants, restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars and cafes.


Casinos and gambling clubs, cinemas, museums and art galleries, stately homes & historic houses, theatres, zoos & safari parks, amusement parks, wedding venues, events venues, nightclubs & discotheques, arenas, concert halls, tourist attractions, theme parks, amusement arcades, soft play centres or areas, indoor riding centres, clubs & institutions, village halls & scout huts, cadet huts.


Caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks, coaching inns, country house hotels, guest houses, hostels, hotels, lodge holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows, campsites, boarding houses, canal boats or other vessels, B&Bs, catered holiday homes, holiday homes.


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Handy Person Scheme


January 2022


News release

21 January 2022


Residents in need of practical help around their homes are being reminded that a free council-run service could provide support.

South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC) Handy Person Scheme offers assistance with simple but essential jobs around the home to help people maintain independent living and quality of life.

The service provides help with anything from changing a lightbulb to putting up shelving, installing hand rails and small repairs such as unblocking sinks, as well as fitting curtain rails and moving heavy items.

The scheme, run in partnership with Barrow-based repairs and service company Growing Concerns, also enables the fitting of minor security measures including; a key safe, door viewer and chain.

The work is free of charge except for the cost of materials, unless they have been supplied as part of a scheme with a partner agency.

Councillor Suzie Pye, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and poverty alleviation, said: “We have been running the Handy Person Scheme successfully for a number of years in partnership with Growing Concerns and have received great feedback about the service they provide. It’s a fantastic scheme and vital to those who don’t have family or friends nearby to help with those odd jobs round the house you can't do yourself.

"Helping people in our communities to be independent is a priority for South Lakeland District Council and this service is a fantastic way to help achieve that. I would urge anybody who thinks they, or somebody they know, would benefit from this scheme to get in touch."

Assistance under the Handy Person Scheme is available to people who are unable to undertake the task themselves and have no other person available to help them with the task and reside in the South Lakeland area, who:

• are aged 65 and over; or

• have a disability or are vulnerable; or

• are being discharged or have recently been discharged from hospital; or

• are at high risk of falling due to a medical condition; or

• potential victims of crime, who are referred by the police.

Works are limited to a maximum of three hours on site if one handy person visits, or 1.5 hours if two handy people visit. Gardening and decorating are not included. Eligible households can use the service up to six times a year.

The scheme is supported by Cumbria Constabulary and Age UK, and the fitting of minor security measures is also included in the scheme.

David Shields, who runs Growing Concerns with his wife, Marie, said: “We are proud to have worked with South Lakeland District Council for the past 17 years. The range of work we can carry out is wide and makes such a difference to our clients.

"To see how grateful they are for what the scheme can provide is better than anything."

Further details of the scheme, including qualifying criteria and time/usage constraints, are available on the council’s website at, via telephone on 01539 733 333 or via email on Referrals should also be made via that telephone number or email address. Referrals can be made on behalf of someone else with their permission.


Work available through the scheme includes:

• Fitting of minor security measures such as spy-holes, door and window locks and security lighting;

• Fitting key safes, door bells or telephone extension leads;

• Changing light bulbs and fluorescent tubes;

• Fitting plugs/fuses or fixing down/making safe trailing or loose wires;

• Putting up curtain rails, curtains or blinds;

• Installing internal and external grab rails;

• Erecting shelves or affixing coat hooks;

• Fixing down or trimming loose or hazardous carpets;

• Moving furniture within the home;

• Replacing toilet seats or sealant around sinks/baths;

• Unblocking sinks and repairing minor leaks;

• Replacing tap washers, cistern washers and ball valves or draining/bleeding radiators;

• Initial help following hospital discharge (for example, resetting heating controls);

• Minor repairs to gates, fences and paths to prevent tripping hazards or to help secure the property.


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Parish Councillor vacancy

Blawith and Subberthwaite Parish Council


October 2021

Do you know someone who would be a good Parish Councillor or would it be something you would like to do?

A councillor is a voice of its community and can affect real change by representing the local community, delivering services and improving the quality of life of its residents.

The Parish Council can and does make a difference because it is made up of representatives from you the electorate.

No special qualifications are required to be a councillor.

You only have to:

  • have an interest in Blawith and Subberthwaite Parish
  • be prepared to be involved in the Council’s work
  • be able to attend the monthly meetings.

To be a Parish Councillor a candidate must

  • be 18 years or over
  • a British subject or a citizen of a member state of the European Union
  • be:
    1. an elector of the parish or
    2. a person who over the whole of the last twelve months has been an owner or tenant of land or premises in the parish or has lived in the parish or within three miles or has had his/her principle place of work in the parish.

You cannot be a Parish Councillor if you

  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • have, within 5 years before the day of the election, been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over 3 months without the option of fine
  • work for the council you want to become a councillor for.

Contact the Parish Clerk for more information

Christine Adams
Telephone: 01229 889329

The closing date is Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Crake Valley events mailing list

Blawith and Subberthwaite Parish Council


October 2021

If you would like to be kept informed about events in the Coniston and Crake valley and surrounding area, why not sign up to the Crake Events email list.

Crake Events is a voluntary organisation sponsored by Blawith and Subberthwaite Parish Council. The Crake Events team send out information from events organisers as it is received.

We mainly help to promote events that are taking place within the area of the six parishes bordering Coniston and the Crake, but will also send you news of events in other surrounding parishes that might be of interest.

Help in the community

Blawith and Subberthwaite Parish Council


October 2021

Lowick, Blawith and Oxen Park voluntary car scheme

If you would like find out more about this service or are interested in driving for the scheme, please phone the local contact Marguerite on 01229 885498.

Handy person scheme

The Handy Person Scheme aims to help elderly or vulnerable householders carry out very simple but essential works at their homes.

The Scheme run by South Lakeland District Council helps eligible residents in the SLDC area who are unable to undertake the tasks themselves or have no one to help them.

How to check eligibility and the types of work undertaken and make a request.