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Tim Farron Summer Tour
18 July 2022
Notice of Vacancies
15 July 2022
Tim Farron Surgeries
21 June 2022
Access and Bridleways Officer
12 April 2022

My name is Charlotte, and I am the Access Field Officer for the British Horse Society covering the North Region and North West Region.

We are undertaking work to record legal rights, and to preserve and reinstate routes. We are currently looking to recruit Historical Research Volunteers in Cumbria.

We are also looking for anyone interested in becoming an Access and Bridleways Officer to support out work in the area within your parish and surrounding area.

The attached role descriptions are for your information, the application process and more details can be found at Become A Volunteer | Support Us | British Horse Society (

I would be very grateful if you could share my details with your parishioners who may be interested in our work and volunteering with us.

Kind regards


Farmers Arms
31 March 2022


Now fully opened, 01229 481160 or

All courses, menus, events are on the website. For example every Thursday evening there is an event ( often musical) with wood fired pizzas for sale.

Many courses like pottery, gardening, wood carving, cookery, craft skills are planned in the future so keep watching the website for updated news.

Bedrooms are available for residential courses and visiting artists.

Westmorland and Furness Council Notice of Election
31 March 2022
Cumbria Independent Custody Visiting Scheme
01 March 2022

Cumbria Independent Custody Visiting Scheme

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is seeking to recruit volunteers for the Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme, with vacancies for members on all panels: Kendal, Barrow, North and Workington.

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are volunteers who come from many backgrounds and sections of the community and must be over 18 and either live or work in Cumbria. ICVs make weekly unannounced visits in pairs at all times of day and night. Each visitor will usually carry out approximately 12 visits per year. ICVs report on both the welfare of detainees and conditions within the Police Station and help to ensure that both Police and the public can have the highest confidence in the safety and welfare of those who are detained.

The ICV scheme is independent of the Police and visitors have a right of access to the Police Station, their reports provide an invaluable asset helping to maintain the very highest standards of care and welfare for detainees in Cumbria.

Attached is a Volunteer Information Pack, and an Application Form. Further information can also be found here: Custody Visiting - Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (

Please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner with any queries or to submit your application:


Post: Independent Custody Visiting Scheme
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
1-2 Carleton Hall
CA10 2AU

Tel: 01768 217734

27 February 2022
Sheep Worrying
27 February 2022
Monthly Garden School
14 February 2022
Garden Volunteering
14 February 2022
Highway Reporting
04 February 2022
Connecting Cumbria
31 January 2022

Connecting Cumbria Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the Connecting Cumbria newsletter. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a happy new year and thank you for your continued support of the deployment of improved broadband services across Cumbria.

In this edition we take a look at the advantages of a fibre broadband connection and remind readers of the steps they should take to check to see if they can upgrade their current service. We catch up with the Digital Tech Cumbria team and look to businesses who have already upgraded their service to talk to us about how their fibre broadband supports them in what they do.

If you would like to see any specific topics covered in future editions of the newsletter then please email us at

The Benefits of Fibre Broadband

As part of their recent article on ‘The benefits of fibre broadband’ Which? carried out a survey of more than 3,000 broadband customers who had upgraded to a fibre connection from a slower standard broadband connection with the majority saying that they had noticed an improvement in many ways including reliability and speed.


To read the full article and to find out the full findings of this survey, please visit: - Which?

How do I check to see if I can order a fibre broadband service?


More than 75% of properties that can access improved services have chosen to upgrade but there remain many Cumbrian’s that may not realise that they are able to order superfast services.

To check if you can order improved services please visit our website.

Digital Tech Cumbria Broadband Support

<image002.jpg>The Digital Tech Cumbria programme is offering broadband support that could make a big difference to your business. If you don’t already know about it, you should have a look at and get involved as soon as you can.

The programme is known for its webinars and masterclasses and its 1-2-1 adviser support on all things digital but did you know that the team is working with Connecting Cumbria and partners to improve broadband provision too?

“While the picture across Cumbria has improved a lot in recent years, there are still gaps in the fibre network and still businesses and properties that are struggling with slow internet speeds,” explains DTC’s Business Support Programme Manager, Janet Addison. “Part of our remit is to improve the broadband speeds – upload and download – and there have proved to be a number of successful approaches.”

Solutions so far have included:

  • creating a mobile hub for self-catering accommodation,
  • installing 4G SIM card broadband for a haulage business and
  • using satellite connectivity to improve speeds for a wood processor.

Suppliers such as Online Systems and Eclipse Office Technologies have been involved and the target is to improve speeds for every SME in the county, making the most of existing contracts and looking for new approaches where needed.

If you think Digital Tech Cumbria’s advisers might be able to help you, please contact Janet at or via the DTC website There’s also a blog all about broadband connectivity under Digital Insights on the website.

Launch of Help to Grow: Digital


The Government ‘Help to Grow: Digital’ campaign provides businesses with access to free, impartial online support about how digital technology can boost their performance.

Eligible businesses can also access a discount of up to 50% towards the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000.

Applications to this scheme are now open – to find out more please visit Help to Grow – Take your business to the next level (

Call to Businesses using Fibre Broadband!

If you are a business who would like to talk to us about how fibre broadband has been of benefit to what you do then we would love to hear from you.

We are currently looking to create case studies of local businesses who are reaping the benefits of a fibre broadband service for use on our social media platforms in support of us raising the awareness of the availability of services across Cumbria.


Please contact the team at to find out more.

Tim Farron Surgeries
12 January 2022
A590 roadworks
01 October 2021

Planned essential maintenance during October. The renew of road markings and road studs along various sections of the A590.

Work is due to start from 5 October for around five weeks. This will take place between the hours of 8pm and 6am. The work will be carried out in phases, and the table below shows the detail for each phase.

LocationDatesTraffic management
Meathop to Cartmel Lane junction5, 6, and 7 OctoberFull westbound carriageway closure
Newby Bridge to Backbarrow – Duals8 and 15 OctOne side closed each night. Both directions of traffic through the open carriageway
Mill Side to Levens11 OctFull closure of single carriageway section and of eastbound dual to Church Road
Levens to Meathop13, 14, 18 and 19 OctoberFull closure in both directions between A5074 and Meathop roundabout.
Brettargh Holt roundabout to Levens Lane21 OctoberFull westbound carriageway closure.
Ulverston Booths’ roundabout to Haverthwaite Junction22, 25, 26 and 27 OctoberVarious 300m sections with traffic lights and convoy system. Moving each night.
Haverthwaite – Duals in front of train station28 & 29 OctoberOne side closed each night. Both directions of traffic assisted through the open carriageway.

All full closures will have signed diversion routes in place, and for more information, view the diversion route map here.

You can find out about the A590 maintenance schemes on the National Highways website.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) pollution incident reporting map
19 August 2021

All incidents must still be reported to the Environment Agency incident hotline 0800 807060 first. They are the regulatory authority.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) have designed a pollution incident map for the public to record local pollution events in our rivers, lakes and becks. Making pollution reports visible for the first time, SCRT aim to inform water quality improvements in South Cumbria through the collection of this data.

Water quality is deteriorating due to various forms of pollution including nutrient inputs. After reports and feedback from the community about repeated pollution events including a lack of visibility to inform individual action to do more, SCRT have developed a system to help empower people to make changes and do more to protect their local watercourse/s.

Local MP
16 December 2020

Advice surgeries with Tim Farron

  • Thu 16 Dec – 4-6pm – Coniston Institute

During the coronavirus outbreak, Tim Farron is holding most of his regular surgeries by phone rather than in person to keep you and his staff safe. To book an appointment for any of these surgeries, or to speak to a member of his team to get help or advice, call his office on 01539 723403 or email