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Praise heaped on Kendal school in Ofsted report

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 2:41pm
A KENDAL head teacher has spoken of his pride in his pupils following a glowing report from a school inspector.

Classic television comedy duo recreated in new theatre show

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 2:26pm
MARKING 56 years since the very first broadcast, a theatre production of the classic BBC television comedy Steptoe and Son is on a nationwide tour, stopping off at Ulverston's Coronation Hall on Saturday, March 10 (7.30pm).

CLASSIC VINYL: matchstick men in denim waistcoats went rockin' all over the world

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 12:09pm
Picturesque Matchstickable Messages by Status Quo on Pye Records 1968, value £200 mono, £175 stereo

New publication needs chapter and verse from local poets

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 11:46am
HANDSTAND Press Dent is calling on Cumbrian poets to submit entries for a new anthology of contemporary Cumbrian poetry. Liz Nuttall, alongside other highly regarded local poets Kerry Darbishire and Kim Moore, will select the very best Cumbrian writing for the anthology aimed at extending the long and famous tradition of Lake District verse. Liz says the poetry scene in the county has never been livelier with regular events such as A Poem and A Pint attracting big audiences and renowned guest poets. Groups, including The Mungrisedale Writers and Fourth Monday Poets, continue to meet regularly, inspiring writers such as Jenny Copley whose poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. In 2017 Cumbrian-born Jacob Polley won the much coveted T S Elliot prize for the best poetry collection and Keswick poet Chris Pilling was honoured with a reading of his poem, The Meeting Place, at the Kings College Carol Service at Christmas.

Exciting year ahead for Lakeland paradise of art and nature

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 9:48am
FEW historic houses can offer wonderful vistas, ancient semi-natural woodlands, peaceful sounds of wildlife and at the same time be a vibrant centre for contemporary art.

Business savvy students from The Lakes School earn charity cash

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 9:21am
ENTERPRISING students from The Lakes School proved they have the skills to run events while also raising money for local charities.

TODAY'S PHOTO FROM THE GAZETTE ARCHIVES: Fun in the garden at Borrowdale in 1963

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 7:20am
To mark the 200th anniversary of The Westmorland Gazette in 2018, we are publishing a photograph from our archives on our website every day this year.

FAITH VIEWPOINT: it is not a failing to ask for help

Sun, 04/03/2018 - 7:09am
ONE tenet of Christian teaching which has taken me at least 50 years to grow into, is the wisdom of tackling the challenges of life 'not in your own strength, but in God's'. An anonymous 16th Century anthem puts it another way: 'Let your softness be known unto all men' (Philippians 4v5).

Passion for the Lakes needed to give visitors a warm welcome

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 1:50pm
VOLUNTEERS with a passion for the Lake District are needed to spearhead a new ambassador programme aimed at welcoming visitors to the national park.

GARDENING: a little extra heat goes along way

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:16am
THERE are many gardeners who I enjoy following on Twitter, gleaning insights into some of their methods, techniques and approaches and challenges of growing plants and the broader aspects of gardening in the UK, writes TOM ATTWOOD. Gardeners I follow who are based south of Manchester down to the 'tropical' climates of Essex and Surrey have significantly longer growing seasons and I’m frequently guilty of my expectations exceeding the reality of gardening in Cumbria. When it comes to growing tender annuals for summer display, timing is fairly critical and you have to capitalise on every tool in your horticultural armoury to succeed. The difference some additional heat makes when it comes to speeding up germination is terrific. Every season I like to grow plants that create a strong structural element in the garden, something like the castor oil plant for example (Ricinus communis). I bought some seed in January and have just sown it this week into small plastic plant pots, sitting them on a heated mat in a well-lit location. There’s more than one variety, including those with names such as New Zealand Purple or Red Giant. Last October I was delighted with the heady heights of the four feet that most of mine reached only to have my euphoria dashed by people in their Surrey gardens proudly posting online photos of them standing beneath their lofty 12 feet giants. The one thing you have to watch with 'forcing' germination is that the emerging seedlings are kept in good health as there is a risk at this time of year of young plants damping off (a fungal problem) particularly when they're growing in a confined space and they're in a damp, warm atmosphere. As soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots or cell trays to give them space, making sure that they remain protected from cold weather. The idea is that by the time the warmer days of June arrive you can set out your plants and they'll romp away with their sights set on a strong summer display.

Kendal Care Home staff celebrate marriage with residents

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 9:06am
EMPLOYEES from Kendal Care Home were able to celebrate their new marriage with residents and staff.

AGONY CHEF: making baklava at home can be tricky but immensely rewarding

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 7:26am
I love discovering new dishes and recently had a baklava. How would chef make it?


Sat, 03/03/2018 - 6:50am
To mark the 200th anniversary of The Westmorland Gazette in 2018, we are publishing a photograph from our archives on our website every day this year.

TODAY'S PHOTO FROM THE GAZETTE ARCHIVES: The Plough Inn at Selside in 1962

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 6:40am
To mark the 200th anniversary of The Westmorland Gazette in 2018, we are publishing a photograph from our archives on our website every day this year.

Have a report of your wedding published in The Westmorland Gazette

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 6:05am
WOULD you like to see a report of your wedding in The Westmorland Gazette?