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Investment of more than £100,000 brings play area to Low Bentham

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 3:31pm
A £140,000 investment has seen a new children’s play area open in Low Bentham.

FAITH VIEWPOINT: stop, think and reassess what matters

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 2:30pm
IN 1975 a new situation comedy series appeared on British televisions - The Good Life - featuring two couples, Tom and Barbara Good, and Margo and Jerry Leadbetter. As their surname suggests Margo and Jerry, the wealthier and socially-superior couple, thought that they led better lives than their near neighbours.

The Wensleydale Creamery scoops 25 awards at cheese and dairy show

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 1:52pm
A WELL KNOWN Yorkshire Dales cheesemaker is celebrating a successful year at The Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show.

CLASSIC VINYL: music became their food of love

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 12:29pm
Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac, 1969, released on Reprise Records, value £80

Dent's 4am wake-up call sounds like "shotgun", says councillor

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 12:01pm
DALES residents are being woken up as early as 4am by a bird-scaring device that sounds like "a shotgun".

PROPERTY: Homeless farmers to be rehoused in converted barns

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 12:01pm
TWO local farming families who lost their homes are soon to be rehoused in converted field barns.

Diversity and new experiences is name of the game for world class music festival

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 11:35am
LAKE District Summer Music 2018 opens on Saturday, July 28 (7.30pm) with the pomp and pageantry of Handel's Water Music Suite.

LETTER: We need to talk more about death

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 11:21am
I AM writing to tell you and your readers about a new campaign from Independent Age, the older people’s charity, called ‘We need to talk about death’. Many people struggle to talk about death and final wishes, and we think it would be helpful if everyone could be more open and share their final wishes earlier, so their later years can be filled with positivity, rather than awkward conversations.

Barbers raise hundreds with high-altitude haircuts

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 10:53am
A LAKE District barbershop is approaching their £2,000 fundraising goal after trimming hair at the top of England’s highest mountain.


Sun, 22/07/2018 - 7:40am
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.

PROPERTY: Lake District cottage company Lakelovers to expand

Sun, 22/07/2018 - 6:01am
A LAKE District cottage company says it is preparing for "significant growth".

Search goes on to find free car park in Kendal

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 3:50pm
A COUNCIL is committed to finding a new free car park in Kendal after the controversial closure to cars of land at New Road.

Businesses send out message that they are open despite Windermere ferry problems

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 3:28pm
TOURISM-reliant businesses in a Lake District honeypot village have sent out a message to visitors that they remain open for business despite Windermere ferry being out of action.

Cumbria gets first hose pipe ban as severe water shortages take hold

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 2:24pm
SEVERE water shortages caused by the baking heat across the North West have led to a hosepipe ban in South Lakeland and Eden.

LETTER: Getting the message out about prostate cancer

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 12:53pm
I HAVE worked for Cancer Care since 1992 at Slynedales in Lancaster as a driver, transporting clients from all over the region to therapies at either of the CancerCare centres Kendal, Lancaster, The Christie in Manchester or the Rosemere Cancer centre in Preston.

PROPERTY: Style-conscious chaps tap into 2018 home trends

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 12:01pm
THE days of men taking a backseat when it comes to decorating are long gone, writes Gabrielle Fagan.

Brand new fitness festival for Kirkby Lonsdale

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 10:18am
A PERSONAL trainer from Kirkby Lonsdale is set to launch a brand new fitness festival at the end of this month.

GARDENING: saving plants that are really struggling in dry weather

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 9:29am
SINCE I started working professionally as a gardener in Cumbria in 2005 I’ve experienced some dry, reasonably prolonged periods that tested the plants, but nothing like the past two months, writes TOM ATTWOOD. It has been unprecedented and after the Arctic spring blast the challenges have come thick and fast this season. It’s increasingly surreal where our nursery and garden boundary sits as trees young and mature are shedding vast numbers of leaves resulting in a confusing autumnal picture coupled with the intense warmth of mid-summer. Understandably, I’m having an ever-increasing number of conversations with people genuinely concerned that established trees and shrubs in particular in their own gardens are beyond salvaging. One thing that is worth remembering is the sheer resilience of so many of our garden plants. Despite looking utterly dreadful the majority of plants have the capacity to shut down if necessary. Whether they make an attempt to sprout fresh leaves before the end of the growing season will depend on certain factors, light levels, temperature, available moisture and such. A shrub or tree can often shed all of their leaves in these circumstances; we have a gorgeous eight-year-old katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum) which has lost 90 per cent of its leaves. It looks unsightly but what you’re seeing is a cunning survival mechanism. It’s a somewhat different story with herbaceous, cottage garden plants as these will fail if there is not sufficient water. Most perennials do not posses the extensive root systems of trees or shrubs and rely more on surface moisture and they will suffer fastest with drought conditions. We have some large sections of the garden where on the shallowest soil the tallest perennials are in pretty bad shape. Unable to water these plants, I’m cutting them back to a foot off the ground. It scuppers the flowering for this year but it does at least massively cut down on the water needs of the plants and gives it a fighting chance of survival in the short term.

LETTER: New traffic lights at Kendal serve no useful purpose

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 8:49am
I’D like to endorse some of the views of C. Moore (Letters, July 5, ''Traffic lights are needless').

Kendal Spitfire pilot remembers the war years

Sat, 21/07/2018 - 8:00am
PLANS for Spitfire displays in Kendal have brought memories flooding back for one of the few surviving war-time pilots.