A NEW website promoting everything that is special about Cartmel and the surrounding area will be launching next month.

Cartmel.org is being developed by Kendal-based marketing and design agency, Designworks and is the brainchild of Cartmel Village Society (CVS). The new site will combine CVS’s existing history and heritage content with up to date resources for the community, businesses, and visitors to the village.

During the pandemic CVS has seen social media followers and engagement with the local community more than triple.

This was in most part due to the hosting and sharing of information from the CARTNET initiative, according to the society.

CARTNET was set up to coordinate local support during Covid-19 and provided people with valuable information on everything from food deliveries, local volunteers, and accessing medical and mental health support, to which shops were reopening and when.

David Crabtree, Chair of Cartmel Village Society, said: “When Covid-19 hit, we threw our support behind CARTNET by hosting updates on our existing website and promoting widely on our Facebook page. The overwhelmingly positive response highlighted to us that there is a real need to bring everything together in one place for people, so we see the new website as an extension of this, and a one-stop-shop for people living, working in, and visiting the Cartmel area.

“We’re going to have a whole range of regularly changing content covering everything from shopping, food & drink, where to stay, what’s on, and what to see and do in the area with insider tips and guest blogs from locals. And on the homepage, we’ll have an interactive map of the village showcasing our fantastic local businesses. As far as we’re concerned, there has never been a better time for everyone to come together to support our local businesses and the local community.”

Anyone looking for more information or to find out more about low cost advertising on the new website can email info@cartmel.org.

Cartmel Village Society is a registered charity and any funds generated from the new website will help to fund future village projects and good causes.