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3:00pm Thursday 6th March 2014
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.
4:00pm Friday 14th February 2014
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2:03pm Tuesday 28th January 2014
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.
1:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014
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9:00pm Tuesday 31st December 2013
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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!”
11:00am Friday 20th December 2013
9:00am Thursday 19th December 2013
1:00pm Thursday 12th December 2013
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.
9:00am Thursday 12th December 2013
5:50pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
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’?
6:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013
9:00am Friday 29th November 2013
12:00pm Thursday 21st November 2013
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.
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.
11:07am Monday 28th October 2013
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013
3:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
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.
12:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013
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5:26pm Thursday 22nd August 2013
4:58pm Thursday 15th August 2013
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.
4:18pm Thursday 1st August 2013
5:45pm Thursday 25th July 2013
Jumping from bridges into rivers is dangerous (Gazette, July 11). But so too is charity swimming, either in Windermere, or across the channel, rock-climbing, walking along Striding Edge or venturing on to the sands of Morecambe Bay. So too is smoking, more than moderate drinking, playing rugby, driving a car.
5:24pm Thursday 18th July 2013
I was pleased to see the report about rail upgrade bid hopes for the Lakes Line between Oxenholme and Windermere (Gazette, July 4, ‘Rail upgrade bid hopes’). I have known about the plan since it first appeared on the website of David Morris MP in response to a question put to the Secretary of State for Transport.
4:51pm Thursday 11th July 2013
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1:42pm Thursday 4th July 2013
CHCs could monitor local health services The headline ‘Shame Them’ (Gazette, June 20), summed up the general reaction to the Care Quality Commiss-ion’s response to events surrounding Furness General Hospital at Barrow.
5:08pm Thursday 27th June 2013
Well said John Miller (Letters, June 6, ‘Bridge over the bay would bring benefits’) about both the lack of progress with any bridge over Morecambe Bay, and the ongoing levels of economic deprivation and poverty in Furness.
4:29pm Thursday 20th June 2013
In response to the report claiming mass destruction of ancient woodland due to bikers building tracks (Gazette, June 6, ‘Ancient woods wrecked by thrill seeking cyclists’) I am writing to explain the building of bike tracks and the benefits to the environment and community they can often have.
5:44pm Thursday 13th June 2013
I last wrote to your newspaper about the Bridge across the Bay project on July 2, 2007. Since then I have purchased virtually every weekly copy of the Gazette and note that there have been very little, if any, letters or articles on the Bridge across the Bay subject.
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