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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.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Jesus was a brave and special man

The Westmorland Gazette: CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Jesus was a brave and special man

2:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

What sort of a man was Jesus? Gentle, meek and mild?

LETTER: What a waste of money!

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

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

I have just returned from walking round Tarn Hows, where I was appalled to see how many tree stumps have been encrusted with coins.

LETTERS: A great day to remember

The Westmorland Gazette: The view from one of the hides at Leighton Moss

12:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The ‘Share your memories’ letter about Leighton Moss RSPB reserve (Letters, February 20) has prompted a reply from us.

LETTER: Only four men survived the sinking

The Westmorland Gazette: The Bay Fisher

7:40pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

I am trying to locate relatives of Chief Officer P. McParland, who used to live in Keith Street, Barrow- in-Furness in the 1940s.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Be brave and share your story

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

8:04am Tuesday 25th March 2014

We all love a good story. I have wonderful memories of the power cuts in the 1970s, and being read to by enforced candlelight.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Phone service has revolutionalised prayer lives

The Westmorland Gazette: Police warning over telephone bank card scam

3:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Two and a half years ago I attended a roadshow put on by United Christian Broadcasters about setting up a Prayerline ministry from our Church.

LETTER: Share your Droomer Estate memories

The Westmorland Gazette: The Droomer estate at Windermere

5:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

When Droomer Estate was established it was an exciting new time for Windermere and the area.

Supermarket won't be noticed

The Westmorland Gazette: Hayes Garden World at Ambleside

3:00pm Thursday 6th March 2014

There is lots of debate about the proposed Sainsbury's in Ambleside. I totally appreciate the concerns of shopkeepers in the village that they might lose trade.

LETTER: What did the memorial plaque say?

The Westmorland Gazette: The Sweet Chestnut trees near Hincaster

6:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Near the western portal of Hincaster tunnel, where the canal bed turns north towards Sedgwick, there is a line of Sweet Chestnut trees planted to commemorate the men lost in the Great War of 1914 to 1918.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Our attitudes should be fashioned from Christ's

4:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

Christian Viewpoint. What is it?

LETTER: Don't make the Lake District dull

The Westmorland Gazette: This stunning image of Ashness Bridge by Nina Claridge shows the splendour of the Lake District landscape - but should the area be awarded World Heritage Status?

4:10pm Thursday 13th February 2014

World Heritage Status is being welcomed by the Lake District National Park Authority (a non-elected quango) and the Friends of the Lake District (an environ-mental pressure group).

CHRSTIAN VIEWPOINT: Love with a deeper meaning

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

3:00pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Friday, February 14, is, of course, St Valentine’s day. It is a day when loving relationships are often celebrated – and it is a good thing to celebrate love.

LETTER: Help is available for former nuclear workers

5:00pm Saturday 8th February 2014

Have you worked in the nuclear industry? Are you experiencing financial difficulty and need help or advice?

LETTER: I had to endure a 'free shower'

5:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

Kendal residents who regularly have to walk under the railway bridge at the top of Parkside Road are in danger of a severe soaking due to inconsiderate motorists negotiating the flooded road.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: From the earth but touched by heaven

2:03pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

Everything we see comes from the earth’: this was the surprising conclusion I reached on a recent walk. By ‘earth’ I mean land, air and sea.

LETTER: Let's clear up the litter!

The Westmorland Gazette: David Birkett collecting litter

5:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Over the last eight weeks for one to two hours per week I have been removing litter from locations where I feel hard-pressed South Lakeland District Council cannot cover, namely The Castle, Scroggs Wood/river, Serpentine woods/Kendal Green, south of Sandy Bottoms/Jubilee playing fields and north of Sandy Bottoms to Carus Green.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Qualities which help us discover the face of God

1:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Mother Julian of Norwich was an anchoress in the 14th century.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Embrace the spirit of Epiphany

5:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Happy Epiphany! Whatever one says about the Church of England we do enjoy our festivals and seasons.

LETTER: Have your say on possible loss of bus servives in Lancashire

4:07pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

Many people will be aware of a proposal by Lancashire County Council to cut subsidised evening and weekend bus services.

LETTER: New Year plea to motorists

12:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

In this season of New Year’s Resolutions may I suggest a most urgent resolution for motorists to take up?

Cumbrian livestock farmers play a key role in the community

1:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

A NEW Year dawned yesterday, but there would have been very few upland farmers able to enjoy a lie-in to savour the prospects.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Empathise with and understand other people

9:29am Thursday 2nd January 2014

IT’S a New Year and resolutions for change abound. But do we want change?

LETTER: Renationalise the railways

9:00pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

The Cumbrian rail network has taken several knocks in recent weeks.

LETTER: Did you serve at RAF base in Norfolk?

2:00pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

I live on part of a former World War 2/Early Cold War radar base - the former RAF West Beckham in Norfolk.

LETTER: Give us your budget views

2:00pm Thursday 26th December 2013

There are now three weeks left to have your say in Cumbria County Council’s budget savings consultation.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Ponder the deeper meaning behind the Nativity plays

11:00am Wednesday 25th December 2013

GERVAIS Phinn, retired schools inspector, tells us about a school Nativity play he once enjoyed. The ‘innkeeper’ was angry that he was not playing Joseph, so when Joseph called at the Inn, he pulled in Mary, saying “She can come in but you can’t!”

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The meaning of Christmas

11:00am Friday 20th December 2013

How many shopping days to Christmas? Will we have enough food? Have we bought all the presents?

LETTER: Most MPs merit a pay rise

9:00am Thursday 19th December 2013

A howl of rage will doubtless be the response of most people to the news that Members of Parliament are to receive an 11 per cent salary increase next year. It shouldn’t.

LETTER: Railway timetable alert

1:00pm Thursday 12th December 2013

Regarding the new railway timetable which came into force last weekend, I would like to alert rail passenger readers to a significant change.

LETTER: Crucial planning meeting at Grange-over-Sands

9:00am Thursday 12th December 2013

On Thursday, December 19, at 10am (for 10.30am) the planning committee of South Lakeland District Council is holding a public meeting, at the Victoria Hall in Grange, to resolve a contentious planning application for Berry Bank at Kents Bank.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The meaning of Christmas

9:00am Thursday 12th December 2013

The Sun is dying. The winter solstice comes and goes. The Sun comes to life again. We have a reason to celebrate.

King of Prussia painting sells for £30,000

The Westmorland Gazette: The King of Prussia painting

5:50pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

An 18th century portrait of 'Frederick The Great' King of Prussia stunned onlookers at Mitchells by selling for £30,000, greatly exceeding its estimate.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: More blessed to give than to receive

8:10am Friday 6th December 2013

I T IS more blessed to give than receive, but is it? What about Christmas, when people run up debts to buy the latest technology only to see the queues at customer services wanting refunds on Boxing Day, or those who see Christmas as the season for ‘what can I get’?

Letter: Give me your views about what is needed at Kendal's Hallgarth play area

6:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

People on Hallgarth at Kendal will know funding has started to come in to replace the play equipment on the playing field.

Letter: Wind rush is total madness

9:00am Friday 29th November 2013

The cost to the taxpayer of the proposal for a new nuclear power plant at Hinckley Point is obscene.

Letter: Not enough channels here

12:00pm Thursday 21st November 2013

By now we should all have put our clocks back one hour.

Letter: Parking fees are necessary

8:00am Friday 15th November 2013

There has been a considerable amount of correspondence on the letters pages about on the potential impact on local businesses if the county council goes ahead with its proposal to introduce on-street parking charges.

Oppose plans to introduce on-street parking charges in Cumbria

3:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

I would like to alert readers to the county council's proposal to introduce on-street parking charges to Cumbria’s market towns. This proposal flies in the face of all of the studies done into high street shopping decline in recent years. The number one factor for empty shops and lost town centres is parking cost, usually caused by excess charging from short-sighted councils. Up until now Cumbria County Council has realised the damage that the introduction of on-street parking charges would do. Not anymore! Budget Proposal, theme 4, proposition 29 of the county’s draft budget will introduce parking charges, ticket machines and all the costs that go with it to Cockermouth (and other towns) streets. This would be disastrous for our high streets and great news for the out of town supermarkets. In the long (and short) term it can only bring increased costs in its wake. Can I urge your readers to write into Cumbria County Council’s consultation process at Our area; Our future, Cumbria County Council, The Courts, Carlisle, CA3 8NA, quoting Theme 4, proposition 29, on street parking charges. I know I speak for Cockermouth businesses in appealing for your readers help in this, but many of your readers may also want to support their own local traders in this way.

Letter: Evil must not be trivialised

11:07am Monday 28th October 2013

Am I the only parent in the area who is appalled by some of the gory displays in Kendal in the lead up to Halloween?

Letter: Why I need a bicycle

12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013

I walk as much as possible, use public transport whenever I can and drive my car as necessary.

Roads are need in repair

12:00pm Friday 11th October 2013


Letter: Lakes charges are not so bad

3:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

I have just returned from a holiday in Mallorca and if anyone thinks tourists are ripped off in the Lakes, we don’t know how lucky we are!

Letters: Will teachers face a fine?

12:40pm Thursday 26th September 2013

Reading last week’s Gazette, I see that on the one hand parents will be fined up to £120 for taking their children on family holidays during school term, and on the other hand a teacher strike will close schools as part of a national dispute between teaching unions and the government.

Letter: Kendal bridge needs some TLC

12:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013

I agree with Louise Parrish (‘Letters, August 22, Bridge lets down the town’).

Letter: Pedestrians are not looking out for cyclists in Kendal town centre

11:11am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Could I remind your readers that Stricklandgate in Kendal from the Town Hall to the library is not limited to pedestrians.

Letter: Sort out the traffic system

5:26pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

On Friday, August 9, I was returning from Windermere to Kendal. Dropping into Kendal on the Windermere Road, it took me 55 minutes to get to the Lesiure Centre.

Letter; Pavement is vital for road

4:58pm Thursday 15th August 2013

The Westmorland Gazette’s July 25 edition included two related mentions of problems for residents of the Aynam Road area at Kendal.

Letter: Zero tolerance on speeding

4:34pm Thursday 8th August 2013

While I welcome the action of Aynam Road residents in trying to get something done to prevent speeding there (Gazette, July 25, ‘Pressure grows for action on ‘racetrack’ death road’), I feel the debate needs to be widened.

Letter: Church decision is out of tune with choral tradition

4:18pm Thursday 1st August 2013

The decision by Kendal Parish Church to merge its choirs and thus abandon its traditional all-male choir is greatly to be regretted.

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