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Famous winter ballet to come to Lancaster

7:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CLASSIC winter ballet production, the Nutcracker, will be coming to Lancaster next week.

Man, 25, has part of ear bitten off in 'particularly vicious attack', say police

The Westmorland Gazette:

5:10pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a man had a large portion of his ear bitten off in an assault.

Kendal restaurant praised by prestigious Michelin Guide

The Westmorland Gazette: Personality piece with Kendal's Castle Dairy head chef Robert Stacey.

4:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

KENDAL'S Castle Dairy Restaurant has become the first apprentice-run eatery in the country to be recommended in the prestigious Michelin Guide.

Three well known Kendal pubs are on the market

4:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Three well known Kendal pubs are available to let.

UPDATE: Power cuts and flooding as Cumbria hit by remains of Hurricane Gonzalo

The Westmorland Gazette:

2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE worst of the weather brought to Cumbria by the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo appears to be over.

Lake District tortoises become media sensation after appearing on national TV

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE latest tortoise tots from the Lake District Wildlife Park have made it onto the big screen.

Grade II listed church comes to market

8:38pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A GRADE II listed church has come on the market for £500,000.

Alcohol related illness accounts for more than 250 deaths in Cumbria a year

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

MORE than 250 people died in Cumbria in one year due to alcohol-related illnesses, a report shows.

Fire engines at Booths in Carnforth as part of family fun day

5:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

LANCASHIRE Fire and Rescue Service will be parking their fire engines at Booths in Carnforth on Saturday as part of a special family fun day.

Cumbria restaurants make it into Sunday Times top 100

The Westmorland Gazette: Simon Rogan at Claridge's (11768380)

5:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO of Cumbria's eateries have made their way into the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants guide.

Work begins to clear water-side site as part of £13.4m project to overhaul South Lakes museum

The Westmorland Gazette:

4:39pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A £13.4M project to overhaul the Windermere Steamboat Museum has seen the site undergo a transformation this week.

Grange prom art contest winner revealed

4:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE winner of the first ever competition held as part of Grange's Prom Art exhibition has been announced.

Annual Wainwright lecture to be delivered by a woman for the first time

4:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN annual lecture in memory of iconic walks author Alfred Wainwright is to be given by a woman for the first time.

Cody's charitable business is blossoming at Milnthorpe store

The Westmorland Gazette: BLOOMIN MARVELLOUS. Cody Smith, 13yrs old from Milnthorpe, has been selling his homegrown flowers and arrangements outside Booths supermarket in Milnthorpe over the summer. (11129175)

2:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TALENTED 13-year-old gardener Cody Smith has embarked on a charitable business venture with Booths in Milnthorpe.

Bendrigg Trust receives award for 'outstanding achievement'

The Westmorland Gazette: HONOURED: John Hunt trophy being presented to Trevor Clarke by Claire Hensman, the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria. Also in the photograph is David Peacock, the Chairman of the Invited Guest Trust the charitable arm of the Countrywide Holidays Association

1:53pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SOUTH Lakeland charity has been honoured with an award recognising “outstanding achievement or endeavour in increasing human well-being and goodwill through outdoor activities.”

UKIP candidates chosen for election battle

1:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SURGEON originally from St Helens has been chosen as UKIP's candidate to take on Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats and Dr Ann Myatt for the Conservatives in the 2015 General Election.

Ulverston engineer rides to success in South Lakes Cycling Challenge

The Westmorland Gazette: David Kitchen who won south lakes cycling challenge. (11509574)

12:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HUNDREDS of Cumbrian workers have cycled 80,000 miles in just 35 days - the equivalent of round the world three times.

Woman loses medication in Windermere supermarket

The Westmorland Gazette: APPEAL: Police seek information about assault

9:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN reported losing a bottle of morphine tablets in a Windermere supermarket.

Halloween party at Finney's

9:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

JUMP Into Kendal are hosting a Halloween Party on October 25 at Finney's, Parkside Road, Kendal.

Diversions in place after HGV and car crash on M6

The Westmorland Gazette: APPEAL: Police seek information about assault

3:32pm Monday 20th October 2014

MOTORISTS who plan to travel southbound on the M6 have been told to seek alternative routes after a collision between a HGV and a car near Carlisle.

Driver, 27, escapes unscathed after car travels down A684 embankment

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:50pm Monday 20th October 2014

A 27-YEAR-OLD driver escaped unhurt after his car came to a rest on its side when it left the embankment on the A684 at New Hutton.

UPDATE: Second monkey escapes from Dalton zoo

The Westmorland Gazette: A full size white-headed capuchin monkey in Costa Rica

11:10am Monday 20th October 2014

A SECOND monkey has escaped from Dalton's South Lakes Safari Zoo this morning.

Housing trust has grand designs on self-building

The Westmorland Gazette:

10:38am Monday 20th October 2014

A HOUSING trust has been finding out more about self-build affordable housing.

South Lakeland's first Parkrun attracts large field

The Westmorland Gazette: A new weekly 5k Parkrun event launched at Fell Foot Park on Saturday. 


3:36pm Monday 20th October 2014

RUNNERS from all over the country descended on Fell Foot park at Newby Bridge for the first Parkrun on Saturday.

Firefighters called to Kendal car fire

2:50pm Monday 20th October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a report of a car fire in Lyth, Kendal, at around 10.30am on Sunday.

Funding for flower beds in Kendal

1:05pm Monday 20th October 2014

FUNDING of £300 has been granted by Cumbria County Council towards the planting of flowerbeds along Shap Road by the junction of Queen Katherine School in Kendal.

'Speeding drivers' using rat runs to avoid A590 traffic leads to extra police patrols

The Westmorland Gazette: APPEAL: Police seek information about assault

4:40pm Sunday 19th October 2014

EXTRA patrols and random speed checks are to take place on alternative roads which drivers are using to avoid heavy congestion on the A590.

Kendal Parish Church could be awarded minster status

The Westmorland Gazette: HISTORIC: Kendal Parish Church

11:51am Sunday 19th October 2014

KENDAL Parish Church could be awarded minster status after a formal request from town councillors.

Trapped van driver cut free after Ulverston smash

The Westmorland Gazette: APPEAL: Police seek information about assault

9:54am Sunday 19th October 2014

A VAN driver was cut free from a vehicle after a crash in Ulverston early this morning (Sunday).

NOSTALGIA: Looking back at the great Kendal flood of 1898

The Westmorland Gazette: Miller Bridge during the 1898 flood

5:21pm Sunday 19th October 2014

The onset of rainy weather is still a common occurrence in Kendal. It began raining on Tuesday night, November 2, 1898 and soon became torrential.

NOSTALGIA: Memories of living near Kendal's House of Correction

5:20pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Mervyn Bowley, of Chester, recalls growing up next to the site of Kendal’s former House of Correction.

Car fire in Endmoor

The Westmorland Gazette: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

5:09pm Sunday 19th October 2014

TWO firefighters tackled a car fire in Endmoor last night.

MP Tim Farron launches Christmas card competition

The Westmorland Gazette: Weekend date in Grange-over-Sands for MP Tim

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

SOUTH Lakes MP Tim Farron has launched his annual Christmas card competition, which invites children at local primary schools across his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency to design the front cover of the card he sends out to 40,000 households.

LOCAL HISTORY: Remembering 'Lordy'

12:01pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THE ‘Yellow Earl’, Hugh Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale was remembered by a North Westmorland resident long after his death in 1944. ‘It was a fine sight to see the Earl drive through the village in his carriage and four. The carriages were canary yellow and black wheels, with the Earl’s coronet on the doors. The beautiful chestnut horses were ridden by postilions in yellow jackets, black caps and boots, carrying silver mounted whips. Locally they were called “tigers”. Lord Lonsdale in a grey suit or tweeds, went every morning to his greenhouses to collect the button hole he always wore. When he attended local shows or sheep dog trials, he and his guests would arrive in a fleet of yellow landaus. His tall athletic figure on a shepherd’s crook was a familiar part of any Westmorland gathering. He was, himself, one of the finest horsemen in the country and his string of race horses was trained at Clifton. When the Kaiser visited Lowther castle the special train stopped at Lowther and Clifton station to be met by all the pomp and glory of “lordy”’.

Gardening society hopes to grow new members

11:45am Sunday 19th October 2014

A VILLAGE gardening society hopes to attract a new generation of keen young gardeners.

Help homeless people enjoy Christmas

The Westmorland Gazette: Turkey Christmas dinner (3072097)

11:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

YOU can help Manna House in Kendal provide Christmas dinner for the homeless, vulnerably housed, lonely or those needing help by taking part in a fitness event run by Ambleside's Ursula Brendling. See www.workoutwarriors.co.uk/events

Dreamcoat captures the imagination

The Westmorland Gazette: The 'Dreamcoat' on display in St. Andrew's Church, Sedbergh, as part of the Sheepfest festival

9:34am Sunday 19th October 2014

A COAT containing the dreams of 650 children has caught attention the world over.

Improvements to Kendal Leisure Centre

The Westmorland Gazette: Kendal Leisure Centre's newly refurbished gym and changing rooms by North Country Leisure. Ladies changing rooms. 

7:03am Sunday 19th October 2014

KENDAL Leisure Centre unveiled a new fitness suite and changing rooms this week as part of a programme of improvements to the site.

Lost walker makes own plan B and is found at bus stop

The Westmorland Gazette: Injured crag scrambler assisted

8:51pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A LOST man made his own way to safety after becoming separated from his walking partner this afternoon.

Call for debate over future of Furness railway line

The Westmorland Gazette: WMG 290410 Photo by Glen Gater.  All four candidates for the Westmorland & Lonsdale Constituency as Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat), Gareth McKeever (Conservative), John Mander (UKIP) and Jonathan Todd (Labour) go head to head at the Riverside Hotel in

5:30pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A SOUTH Lakes MP is calling for a debate in Westminster over the future of the Furness railway line.

South Lakeland roads among the worst for deer and vehicle collisions

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:08pm Saturday 18th October 2014

ROADS in South Cumbria are among the top blackspots in the country for collisions between motorists and deer.

Comic book fans descend on Kendal as Lakes International Comic Art Festival gets under way

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:06pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THE second Lakes International Comic Art Festival got under way with a bang this morning.

Flookburgh widow skydives to mark one year since husband's tragic death

The Westmorland Gazette: 'Nothing came second in his life than the love and care that he had for his family': Tribute to Flookburgh motorcyclist

10:40am Saturday 18th October 2014

A WIDOW has jumped from 15,000 feet to mark one year since the tragic death of her husband.

Acclaim for Cumbria Horsewatch 'cop'

The Westmorland Gazette: DELIGHTED: Cumbria police support volunteer Nigel Sutcliffe

10:41am Saturday 18th October 2014

EFFORTS to cut equine crime in Cumbria have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

Major Kendal road closed for emergency electrical work

The Westmorland Gazette:

9:32am Saturday 18th October 2014

A MAJOR road in Kendal is closed this morning for emergency electrical work.

Cumbria barn blaze causes estimated £30k damage

The Westmorland Gazette:

9:28am Saturday 18th October 2014

AN ESTIMATED £30,000 worth of damage was caused in a suspected arson attack in Cumbria last night.

New Chair and Vice Chair of South Lakeland Local Committee

5:04pm Saturday 18th October 2014

COUNCILLOR Nick Cotton, Liberal Democrat member for Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale, has been elected chairman of Cumbria County Council’s South Lakeland Local Committee. Cllr Geoff Cook, council chairman and Liberal Democrat member for Kendal Highgate, was elected as vice chair.

One of England's most remote market towns receives superfast broadband

The Westmorland Gazette: HAWES SUPERFAST BROADBAND.  Superfast Broadband arrives in Hawes courtesy of BT.  Pictured is Cllr. John Blackie (back right) and Derek Richardson (back lleft), Programme Director BT UK, Openreach and pupils from Hawes Primary School. (11610609)

3:02pm Saturday 18th October 2014

MORE than 500 homes and businesses in one of England’s most remote and iconic market towns can now reap the benefits of faster internet.

Book club is a page-turning success

The Westmorland Gazette: NOVEL: The Strickland Arms Book Club members gather for a meeting at the pub

1:39pm Saturday 18th October 2014

WHEN Penny Legat was looking for a book club to join and couldn't find one, she decided to start her own.

Kirkbie Kendal School receives glowing Ofsted report

The Westmorland Gazette: OFSTED: An Ofsted inspection of Kirkbie Kendal School has rated it good with outstanding features. Leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils all attracted 'good' grading while its sixth form and behaviour and safety

12:02pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THE first Ofsted inspection of Kirkbie Kendal School since its conversion to an academy three years ago has rated it as good with outstanding features.

What's on

World influences to come together at album launch in Cumbria (link)

thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/leisure 2:29pm Tue 21 Oct 14

KATUŠ Young is not a musician that can be easily labelled.

Award winning folk trio come to Kendal (link)

thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/leisure 12:00pm Fri 17 Oct 14

MADE up of three of the leading lights of their generation, Faustus are on a mission to ‘banish all that is…

Carnforth artists displays her work at Beetham (link)

thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/leisure 2:04pm Fri 17 Oct 14

AN ARTIST whose tools have included a hairdryer, heat gun and domestic hotplate will exhibit her work at the Heron…

Folk band Keston Cobblers' Club bring folklore with modern kick (link)

thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/leisure 11:45am Fri 17 Oct 14

A BAND described by BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq as one of his ‘best new discoveries’ will be playing at More…

Stripped-back Shakespeare goes 'intercultural' in Appleby (link)

thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/leisure 2:10pm Thu 16 Oct 14

A 'STRIPPED back, intercultural' approach to Shakespeare will come to Appleby this weekend.

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