CROSTHWAITE and Lyth Parish Council met on February 4.

Mike Welch and Sally Ainsworth of United Utilities attended the meeting and spoke about work being done to improve the water supply to the parish. Disruption to water supplies due to bursts in the Gilpin area has been addressed.

Further work is to be done from Smithy Cottage to Greg Hall in February 2020 and from the Smithy to Durham Bridge in 2021.

There are issues with the supply from Foulshaw to Whitbarrow where work is being done over the coming months.

Any issues arising as a result of these works - for example: loss of supply, low pressure or disruption caused by traffic lights during engineering works - may be reported round the clock on 0345 672 3723.

Eve Brookes is coordinating the litter pick between March 23 and 30. There is always a need for more volunteers, so please, if you can help, contact Eve on

In May this year Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council is due to have elections. The clerk will have further information in March for anyone wishing to stand. For anyone interested, please take the chance to chat to any current councillors or find out more from the clerk.

The council has bought a new sign for the Jubilee Wood and thanks John Holmes for arranging for this sign.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3 at 7.30pm in the parish rooms.

ASH Wednesday this year is on February 26. There will be a service of Holy Communion with Ashing on the day at 9.30am in St Mary’s Church. All are welcome to this special service to signify the beginning of the season of Lent.

LYTH Valley Farmers’ Discussion Group meets at the Gilpin Inn at 7.30pm on Monday, February 24. The speaker is Terry Bond, who will give a talk on Lancaster Castle.