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BOOK REVIEW: each chapter offers a different person's story

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 10:01am
Ivver Sen by Keith Richardson, pastel drawings by Keith Bowen, £20

FAITH VIEWPOINT: take time to be kind and notice the good things as well as the challenges

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 7:10am
“HAPPINESS cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already here, right now, in relaxation and letting go…” - Lama Gendun Rinpoche.

LETTER: Kendal needs a northern relief road

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 6:51am
Laura Fiske, planning officer for Friends of the Lake District, states that she considers Kendal does not need a noerthern relief road (Podium, August 3, ' Relief road would not improve town congestion').

POSITIVE PARENTING: Top tips for when your child starts school for the first time

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 7:44pm
STARTING school can be an emotional time for all - and expectations can often be high for this new milestone in our child’s development.

PICTURE FROM THE PAST: Fell runners at Grasmere Sports

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 5:52pm
This photograph by Joseph Hardman seemed appropriate for this time of year. It shows fell runners setting out from the annual Grasmere Sports. It looks like hot work! If you would like to see more images from our Joseph Hardman archive just visit

Annual meeting gives members and public chance to take closer look at Morecambe Bay hospitals' work

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 4:29pm
MEMBERS of the public have been invited to take a closer look at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust's (UHMBT) services and the improvements made by staff, at this year’s Annual Members’ Meeting.

New petrol station shop at Ingleton poised for approval next week

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 2:00pm
PLANS to redevelop a Yorkshire Dales petrol station are poised for approval.

Plan to boost Cumbria's rural and visitor economies is published

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 12:57pm
A VISION for the growth in Cumbria's rural and visitor economies over the next five years has been published.

PROPERTY: Housing for locals a priority in Eden, says council

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 12:00pm
DELIVERING decent homes for local people remains Eden District Council’s priority, it says.

GARDENING: retaining walls can take many forms

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 11:57am
THE need to increase soil depth is often a scenario I face in the gardens I help to develop with clients or here in our own garden at Halecat, where the natural depth of soil is hopeless, writes TOM ATTWOOD. In some cases there is little at all before bouncing off the underlying limestone. This is when some method of increasing the depth of soil is needed. Retaining walls can take many forms and range from those that are simple to the most complex constructions. The material you use will dictate the style and form of how it ultimately looks and in some cases that is less important especially when the planting will spill over the edges and hide what is there. But it may be the case that it is paramount to get the right look. For those of you who have read this column for some time now will know how much I enjoy ingenious uses of not only plants but what you can grow them in and this would also apply to retaining walls. I’m keen on gabion cages and ingenious uses of materials to fill them with but like everything there is a time and place for them. Some of the most common materials used for retaining walls are timber and often if budgets allow using a larger gauge of treated wood is always advisable. The drawback is the lifespan of the wood compared to more durable retaining walls made from stone, brick, metal or concrete. If you use timber try to use a plastic barrier to stop the soil coming into direct contact with the wood. This is less critical with the other materials, but in all scenarios, think about where excess water can escape to and drain away from. The last thing you want to create is an unintended, saturated, raised bog garden. This spring where we’d used narrow timbers to raise the depth of a border seven years ago, the tired and exhausted wood was replaced with a limestone and brick combination retaining wall. We’re really pleased with it and it should last generations.

Excellent standards and good entry numbers at this year's Ravenstonedale Show

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 10:57am
HUNDREDS turned out for this year's Ravenstonedale Agriculture Show with new exhibits for visitors to enjoy.

Three Grasmere youngsters climb 12 highest peaks in England for school funds

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 9:00am
A TRIO of intrepid youngsters showed age is no issue by scaling the twelve highest peaks in England to raise money for their school.

See your wedding featured in The Westmorland Gazette

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 8:44am
Would you like to see a report of your wedding in The Westmorland Gazette?

AGONY CHEF: dips should be colourful and fun but also delicious

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 8:18am
We are hosting a family ‘dip and crackers party’ and looking for a few unusual dips to serve. Chef’s ideas are welcome?

PROPERTY: More than half of us want to live closer to beach, according to survey

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 7:00am
HOME buyers looking for their perfect coastal retreat could be helped by a new interactive tool.

PROPERTY: Students urged not to cut corners on safety when renting accommodation

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 7:00am
STUDENTS are being warned not to ignore potential safety issues with rented properties as they choose accommodation ahead of the new university year.

LETTER: Nursing needs an apprenticeship scheme

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 6:51am
WHY can't nurses be apprentices and learn 'on the job' as they used to do?

MISSING: 16-year-old from Kendal

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 7:16pm
Police are concerned for the welfare of a 16-year-old male missing from Kendal.