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PODIUM: Collective effort makes a huge difference to the Lakes

5:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

This summer I’ve been making the most of the light evenings with a swim in Windermere, and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to experience such beauty and tranquillity right on my doorstep.

Signs are in the wrong place

The Westmorland Gazette: One of the lights at Endmoor

1:55pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Preston Richard Parish Council fought long and hard for flashing lights and a 20mph speed limit outside St Patrick's Church of England school. They were finally installed two months ago by local authority employees but their location leaves a great deal to be desired.

LETTER: Most people need to use a car

The Westmorland Gazette: Morning rush hour traffic at Windermere Road, Kendal

10:46am Friday 10th October 2014

Reading the proposals of Cumbria County Council to spend £6.8million on roads in Kendal and Ulverston (Gazette, September 25, '£6.8m plan to free up roads') appears at odds with some recent decisions to withdraw subsidies on a number of bus routes then announcing a 50 per cent increase in bus times.

Ospreys are thriving

The Westmorland Gazette: South Lakeland is becoming an osprey hotspot

4:15pm Friday 3rd October 2014

I was interested to read the report article (Farm and Country, August 28, 'Reserve celebrates its osprey success') about the Roudsea ospreys, in which it stated Cumbria is now home to three pairs of nesting ospreys. I assume you are referring to Bassenthwaite, Foulshaw Moss and Roudsea Moss.

This week's cartoon by Shelbourn

The Westmorland Gazette: (10976826)

2:34pm Friday 3rd October 2014

"The council sees Mardale's reappearance as a chance to provide homes for locals."

LETTER: Lancaster Bombers evoke pride

The Westmorland Gazette: The Lancaster bombers flying over Windermere.

8:10am Thursday 25th September 2014

The flypast began at 10.15am, when the world’s only pair of Lancaster bombers swept over Windermere heading north to be followed by the Red Arrows at 11.30am in diamond formation.

Trip planned to World War One battlefields

The Westmorland Gazette: Libray photo dated 25/9/16 showing British Troops going over the top to support an attack by XIV Corps on Morval during the Battle of the Somme in the 1914-1918 First World War.

6:20pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Between Saturday November 8 and Thursday November 13, I will be leading a group from the north of England to the Cenotaph Ceremony in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.

PODIUM: 'Twinning' helps to break down barriers

8:07am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sedbergh’s Dave Collier, Communications Officer of the North West Twinning Federation, believes there are many benefits to forging international links

LETTER: Respect due to brave men of the RNLI

The Westmorland Gazette:

6:40pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Respect due to brave men Although I have lived in Kendal since 1976 I was born, in 1936, and bred in Blackpool.

LETTER: Fighting was global

The Westmorland Gazette:

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

I was very interested on a visit to the local collection at Kendal library in the display of art work by James Cookson.

LETTER: A flourishing town is vital

The Westmorland Gazette: web - kendal mayor tom clare.jpg

11:59am Sunday 21st September 2014

May I congratulate those who organised the recreation of the Hardman picture of sheep being driven down Allhallows Lane at Kendal in 1953.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Taking time simply to 'be'

The Westmorland Gazette: Ullswater in the Lake District

8:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

I HAVE fond memories of fun-filled holidays from school. When I was growing up my family was lucky to be able to go away for two weeks, usually to Wales or even to the Lake District.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Our world today is a busy place

The Westmorland Gazette: The Market Cross and St Mary’s Church

10:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

I HAVE fond memories of fun-filled holidays from school. When I was growing up my family was lucky to beable to go away for two weeks, usually to Wales or even to the Lake District.

All praise to the NHS

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

I recently had an arthroscopy at Westmorland General Hospital’s Day Surgery Unit at Kendal.

LETTER: Praise for all at Westmorland General Hospital

The Westmorland Gazette: Westmorland General Hospital

11:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

Praise for all at hospital I recently returned home after a two-week stay in Westmorland General Hospital at Kendal, having contracted pneumonia.

LETTER: School days recalled

The Westmorland Gazette:

12:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

I read the ‘Picture from the Past’ (Nostalgia, July 31) which showed girls sitting in the grounds of a country estate.

LETTER: Memories of the hospital

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Around the 1940s as a young girl I would go to Kendal Green Hospital and the workhouse. My dad was a porter there, booking people in for the night, and my mother worked in the hospital part-time.

PODIUM: Five ways to help promote happiness and well-being

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

We should all think about our own wellbeing. New Chief Officer of South Lakeland Mind Dr Jonathan Ingram talks about that most elusive of traits, happiness, and about the charity’s work

LETTER: Casualties of the Great War

The Westmorland Gazette:

11:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

There seems to be some confusion about the numbers of men recorded on Kendal town war memorial.

LETTER: Canal teems with life

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

The Lancaster Canal Trust operates the trip boat 'Waterwitch' every Sunday and bank holidays, May to October, from Crooklands landing stage. Volunteers skipper the boat, welcome prospective passengers at the old stables and promote the canal.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Athletes show us how to set our sights

The Westmorland Gazette: Our Olympians take on the 100 metres

2:50pm Friday 1st August 2014

My eldest daughter arrived for her swimming lesson last week and was transfixed by the TV screen next to the reception desk. On it were lanes of swimmers racing in the Commonwealth Games.

LETTER: Please join us at the Cenotaph

The Westmorland Gazette: Kendal's war memorial

4:53pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Kendal Branch of the Royal British Legion would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at the Market Place Cenotaph at 10pm on August 4, 2014, where we will be joining in with the Legion’s ‘Lights out’ initiative in commemor-ation of England’s entry into the First World War.

PODIUM: We should not be so swift to lock people away in jail

The Westmorland Gazette: Crime Commissoner's expenses saga: Cumbria PCC Richard Rhodes to speak at press conference

4:45pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes argues the country’s criminal justice policy needs addressing to prevent crime in the first place rather than simply locking up criminals in prison

PODIUM: Reshaping neighbourhoods will bring health rewards

The Westmorland Gazette:

2:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Prof John Ashton, formerly Cumbria’s Director of Public Health and now president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, argues towns must be made more ‘old age friendly’

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Is the Church distinct enough?

The Westmorland Gazette:

5:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IS THE Church distinct enough? There's a lot of talk about trying to be relevant, trying to fit in and accommodate the communities that we find ourselves in. But in trying to fit in, are we losing our USP?

LETTER: Dangerous litter

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I took this photograph of helium balloons that I collected from a barbed wire fence on top of the fells dividing Longsleddale and Bannisdale, close to Capplebarrow.

PODIUM: Take photographs of your horse from every angle to beat thieves

The Westmorland Gazette: Llanthony - Great Outdoors. A horse grazing the fields in Llanthony. (7721910)

12:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Nigel Sutcliffe, Horse Watch co-ordinator for Cumbria, says the community can play a vital role in reducing crime in rural areas.

LETTER: Don't let it end like this

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:16pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I think that the adoption of the riverside path from Miller Bridge as a cycle route is a good thing if cyclists are sensible and considerate to walkers.

PODIUM: Sports must strive to attract more young people to play

7:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Cliff Heath, the new chairman of Windermere Golf Club explains his drive to encourage young players and says why he believes that juniors are the future of the sport.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The promise is the same

3:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

Do you, like me, sometimes look at someone who has a close relationship with God and say, “Oh I wish I had your faith”?

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: It's the simple things that matter

5:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

I am sitting, looking at what looks like a very complicated jigsaw puzzle!


3:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

ISPENT an inspirational hour, in glorious sunshine, on Staveley playing field the other week.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The Bible brings truth and light

1:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Who do you trust ? Whose words and promises do you believe? Where do you go to find trustworthy reporting on world events?

LETTER: Many legends associated with Blencathra

The Westmorland Gazette: Blencathra

1:00pm Friday 23rd May 2014

The report about the sale of Blencathra (Gazette, May 8, ‘Mountain for sale!’) included a piece titled ‘Hill top chair… or saddle’, which mentioned Blencathra is an ancient Cumbric name meaning ‘Bare hill top chair’.

LETTER: How can we keep going?

4:06pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

I write as a member of a small Anglian Church in South Lakeland.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: A wonderful future ahead

2:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

News broadcasts on television and radio can be depressing.

LETTER: Find out how we can help people with dementia

2:50pm Monday 19th May 2014

How dementia friendly is our community?

LETTER: Excellent care in hospitals

2:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014

Following a major operation, I received excellent care on Ward 11 at the Royal Preston Hospital and on Ward 39 at Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

LETTERS: Helmets act as a deterrent to cyclists

The Westmorland Gazette: Bridges Brings Back Bronze... & Now up for Top Cycling Award !

2:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

I was delighted to read Joan Gordon survived her near-death experience after crashing her bicycle while descending The Struggle near Ambleside at about 40mph (Gazette, April 24, ‘Cycle helmet saved my life’).

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Give what you can during Christian Aid Week

The Westmorland Gazette: Olive trees

10:00am Friday 16th May 2014

The Westmorland Gazette likes to print local good news and here is some good news from the land of bad news, Iraq.

LETTER: Slaying of the wild boar

9:03am Friday 16th May 2014

With regards to the letter, ‘Richard slew the wild boar’, (Letters, May 1), sources indicate that Sir Richard De Gilpin slew the wild boar during the reign of King John (1199-1216).

LETTER: Idyllic lambing service at Garsdale

The Westmorland Gazette: Lambs being fed during the church service

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

I attended the Lambing Service at St John’s Garsdale - the first of its kind held there - which was conducted by Rev A. McMullon.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: A deep sense of God's presence with us

The Westmorland Gazette: Burglary suspect's curfew altered for Bible class

7:00am Sunday 4th May 2014

One of my favourite Bible stories is a story read in church around this time of year.

LETTER: Wish trees are harmless

The Westmorland Gazette: Coins in a tree stump at Tarn Hows

2:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

I read about tree stumps encrusted by coins at Tarn Hows (Letter, April 10, ‘What a waste of money!’).

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Serve others rather than ourselves

2:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Whether the bullies, the hard-boiled and the ruthless among us are happy and well balanced people is not my main interest right now.

Inheritance tax pledge delight

The Westmorland Gazette: Dr Ann Myat

12:08pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DR Ann Myatt, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement about raising inheritance tax threshold to £1 million.

LETTER: Happy times by the Lune

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

During the 1960s and 1970s I was head of Industrial Engineering for the John Bright Group, Rochdale (now closed) and am always happy to meet former employees.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Remember the suffering - and celebrate the resurrection

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

During lent we have a ‘Lenten cross’ in Sandylands Methodist Church. It begins as an empty cross and then each week an item is added to remind us of the journey Jesus took to the cross.

LETTER: Walter died on The Somme

The Westmorland Gazette: The 8th Border ‘football’ team

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Following your report about the Kendal First World War centenary play (Gazette, March 20), readers may be interested in documents I have received from Peter Shand, who lives in Canada, and is Sergeant Walter Dixon's great nephew.

LETTER: Gird and cleek

The Westmorland Gazette: Craven primary pupils Anna Maudsley, Katie Gugeon, Charlotte Stewart and Charlotte Wilson rolling Victorian-style wooden hoops

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

I was surprised to see in the photograph of the Craven primary pupils rolling Victorian-style hoops (Gazette, March 27, ‘Hoop-hoop hurrah for Victorian days’), that they are not using the hooked stick that Scottish children used to control the hoops’ progress.

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