Tour of Britain whips through Cockermouth
Pic: Viv Austin from Percy House
Taste Cumbria Food Festival
: A sunny weekend saw some 25,000 visitors enjoy the 28-29 th September 2013 event.
Find out more & link to official site here
The Kirkgate Decision
Read what former Copeland planning officer, Bern Hellier had to say on his decision to grant approval for the controversial Kirkgate Centre Extension. Read the report here.
New Shop gets the Allerdale 'Welcome'
Charlie Carlin opened Voodoo in Market Place this week with the aim of bringing something fresh to men and womens fashion. Then Allerdale planners objected to his shop sign and now there is a Facebook campaign of support.
for Cumbria Council
Meanwhile letters also sent to the Prime Minister highlighting failing in river dredging and maintenance prior to the floods.
of the Table for Cockermouth in Parking Fines-2011
Mark Graham, of Grampus Heritage and Training, and volunteer diggers have been uncovering possible remains of Romano-British settlements alongside the River Derwent at the western end of Cockermouth. After last November's floods a number of clearly defined archaeological features came to light. There is extensive evidence of Romano-British activity, including a road, ditched enclosures, a metal working site and buildings. Volunteers for Reflections Unlocking Hidden Heritage project are working throughout August to uncover some of the 2,000 year-old history.Mark said that flood damage to a field south of the river had led to some important finds of Roman pottery and masonry. (Pictured are intriguing remains with Papcastle in the distance.)
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Prince of Wales came to Cockermouth(Wednesday
31st March 2010) to tour the James Walker factory,
meet staff and attend a meeting of local business representatives on
flood recovery. The Prince of Wales, President, The National Trust,
also visited the Wordsworth House Museum, tour the building and plant
a tree to commemorate the opening. Lord
Melvyn Bragg also came to support the town's traders.
Club helps with Floods aid
Said Jim Fairey After the events of November 19th and the following 5 days and nights it is even more pleasing to make this contribution to the Team. For 2 days they provided vital search and rescue work followed by 3 days of securing and monitoring the safety of others such as the bridge surveyors and engineers who were inspecting the flood damaged bridges and properties. The team members are all unpaid volunteers but the work they performed demonstrates that they are not just about rescuing lost walkers or those hurt in accidents on the fells or rock faces, but a vital part of the emergency services for our community in general.
Floods Nightmare of November 19 2009
On Thursday 19th November 2009, the rivers Cocker and Derwent, which join in Cockermouth, rose to a level that flooded much of central Cockermouth, leaving huge amounts of destruction, and most of the shops, restaurants and pubs in the town centre completely wrecked.
At midday the river was high, but the Main Street was dry. By three pm - the water was a foot deep in the main street. At its peak the water was about 8 feet deep in places.
However - despite this Cockermouth is still open for business. See the Chamber of Trade website
across Cumbria left more than 250 people sheltering in rescue centres
in Cockermouth and Keswick. Some 750 properties were flooded in Cockermouth
Cockermouth School is housing 110 evacuees and the Sheep and Wool Centre in the town has 100 people. Keswick Convention Centre has 36 people and the Skiddaw Hotel and St Josephs school in Keswick have eight and five people respectively.
More than 1,400 homes are also without power in many areas and with the county still in a blue light phase, the recovery phase timetable has still yet to be decided.
Members of the public are continuing to be urged not to use bridges as vantage points to view the flood waters. This could be extremely dangerous and the public are advised to stay away from bridges and use caution and common sense.
The bridge at Braithwaite at Keswick has collapsed with water being diverted by rubble across the A66.Camerton bridge at Workington and a small suspension bridge between Pooley Bridge and Dalemain is also down.
As mentioned earlier following the collapse of two bridges including Navvies footbridge and Northside Bridge and the closure of Southside Road Bridge, members of the public are continuing to be urged not to use bridges as vantage points to view the flood waters. One of the hundreds of Cumbrian police officers working through the crisis night died as the main bridge at Workington collapsed beneath him.
Both Woolfest and Cockrock prove big crowd pullers for the (edge of)
Malcolm Wilson, the managing director of Cumbrian motorsport firm M-Sport Ltd, has been awarded an OBE in The Queens Birthday Honours List. The 53-year-old has been honoured for his services to British motorsport which span a 30-year career.
THE headteacher of Cockermouth School Stuart Reeves is to leave the school at the end of the autumn term and take up a new post as head of a school in Kent. He became acting head during the illness of former head Mike Wilde, and he was appointed headteacher in January last year(2008).
Fruit Market on the Market Place closes down (April 2009)...Fruit Market,
owned by Steven Hamilton and Jackie Johnston, opened eight years ago
but Steven said that a lack of parking following the areas revitalisation
had put off customers.
the ugliest town centre building in Cockermouth gets demolished . The
covered market hall is demolished to make way for social housing .
Castle Bar, in Market Place, formerly the Ship Inn, opened on Christmas
Eve and is now run by Sean and Jayne Cusack.
switch on 2008...
NEWLY restored Market Bell will soon ring out loud in Cockermouth for
the first time in nearly a century. The ringing of the ancient bell,
which traditionally opened and closed Cockermouth's weekly market days,
will round off an afternoon of celebrations in Market Place on Saturday,
December 6 2008. The bell dates from at least 1679, and was last used
to open and close the market in 1910. It is also known as the 'butter
THE NEWLY restored Market Bell will soon ring out loud
in Cockermouth for the first time in nearly a century. The ringing of
the ancient bell, which traditionally opened and closed Cockermouth's
weekly market days, will round off an afternoon of celebrations in Market
Place on Saturday, December 6 2008. The bell dates from at least 1679,
and was last used to open and close the market in 1910. It is also known
as the 'butter bell.'
New Town Clerk: The new Town Clerk, who took over from Wednesday
12th November, will be Mrs Sheila Brown. Sheilas office will be
in the Town Hall and the correct postal address is as existing i.e.
Cockermouth Town Council, Town Hall, Market Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria
CA13 9NP. General line 01900 821869.
After last year's strange decision to move the town's firework display
to the A66, police raise health and safety concerns and the event is
cancelled for 2008.
COCKERMOUTH town clerk David Bertram retired after 30 years in the post.
For the weekend, the Allerdale Court Hotel in Cockermouth was fully booked for Jules Holland and his entourage, some of whom are pictured below with the hotel owner and staff.
Shears Competition 5th July 2008
driver Matthew Wilsons
form in this years World Rally Championship is delighting his
team boss and dad Malcolm. The Stobart VK Ford driver has scored
10 points in this years championship, two behind his overall
haul of 12 last year and with eight rallies still to go. Only
21, Matthew is ninth in this years championship and has
finished in the points three times this year.
He came fifth in Jordan, and sixth in both Mexico and Greece.
Georgian Fair 2008 a huge success and blessed with sunshine and 90% of the Market Place regeneration completed in time.
Visit our Georgian Fair photo page -
LABOUR councillor Isabel Burns has been installed as Cockermouths mayor.
Isabel, 48, has been a town councillor for 26 years. She is best known for her work with the towns carnival committee and ran it single handedly for a number of years.
Her mayoress is best friend and carnival committee member Julie Laidlow.
A NEW 60-bedroom care home is being planned for Cockermouth.
Developers G&J Seddon are ear marking land on Europe Way, east of the existing Lamplugh Road petrol station and new Travelodge for the new care home.
PLANS for affordable housing in Cockermouth are up for approval by Allerdale council next week.
Impact Housing wants to demolish the Market Place depot and build eight terraced houses on the site.
Cockermouth Town Council recommended that the plans should be refused because it felt the area was the last available space for community use in the town and that better sites could be found for affordable homes.
James Walker and Co, currently in its first year of the new development plan, has seen annual sales grow to £32 million.
And in an attempt to take business to the world wide market offering a world class performance, James Walker and Co will undertake a third three-year plan, Restoring the Pride.
This aims to raise sales even further and push the awareness of James Walker and Co at an international level.
Cumbria County Council has now completed the sale of its Sullart Street depot in Cockermouth, which has been the Allerdale home of Cumbria Highways, the highways maintenance partnership between Cumbria County Council, Capita Symonds and Amey Infrastructure Services. The partnership will be relocated to a new £1.25m depot at Lillyhall, with the move scheduled to be completed by mid-July. Adlington has purchased the 1.89 ha (4.66 acre) Sullart Street site with outline planning permission for residential development for an undisclosed sum. The asking price had been £3.5 million.Sullart Street has been home to the men and women looking after parts of Cumbria's highways network for many years - Cumbria County Council inherited the site in 1974 when the council began its life. But its predecessor, Cumberland County Council, had by then been using it for some years.
Upheaval reaches its height as Cockermouth Market Place is dug up for its regeneration and partial pedestrianisation in January 2008. At this low ebb Coun Alan Smith resigns from the Partnership group.
Tragic death in River Derwent of well known coal merchant Michael Renney, 59, of Papcastle Road, Cockermouth. In January David Winkworth of the Printing House museum and the town's bookshops passed away.
39. was chosen to be head of Cockermouth School following untimely
death of Mike Wilde. Mr Reeves joined the school in September
2005 as deputy head, and became acting headteacher last year
when Mike Wilde died.
has been saved from moving to Penrith in the near future. The
county council planned to move the headquarters to make it more
central to the county. But fire chiefs have decided not to recommend
relocating the services Cockermouth headquarters to Penrith
at this time.
Impact Housing has submitted a planning application to Allerdale council to build flats, which will be rented out , on the site of the old Market Hall building below All Saints Church. Margaret Jackson, Allerdale councillor for Christchurch, said that the town council had wanted some kind of community building to be built there. Labour's Alan Smith welcomed the plan but Tory Eric Nicholson was opposed. Meanwhile area suffers some traffic chaos as contractors Mayfield, from Lancashire install Chinese paving stone to revamp the Market Place area.
CUMBRIA Fire Service HQ in Cockermouth would be sold off under a radical plan unveiled to staff within the county council run service.The authority has drawn up proposals that would see the Station Road HQ moved to Kemplay Lane in Penrith and the towns fire station in Bridge Lane, Penrith, would be moved to the same site. The new Penrith base would also house the countys emergency planning unit, currently at Carlisle Castle.There are around 50 people working at the Cockermouth HQ, but the control room operation within the centre is due to merge with the regional headquarters in Warrington by 2011, say bosses.
A COCKERMOUTH hotel has gone wireless in an attempt to attract
visitors.The Trout Hotel has become the first hotel in the area
to install a wireless internet connection. The system, operated
by MyZones, means that customers can now use laptops in their
rooms, public areas and in the gardens without plugging in.
Beardsley, 46, who played for England and a string of top clubs including Liverpool and Newcastle United, was joined by Mr Wildes widow Janet and two daughters Sally and Katy.
The £500,000 project was funded by the school with a £326,969 grant from the Football Foundation.
Acting headteacher Stuart Reeves said: We are delighted with the new football pitches.
The quality of play has improved noticeably. The pitches have become the centre for football in the area and we are very grateful to the Leconfield Estate for the use of the land and to the Football Foundation and Cumberland FA for all their support, funding and encouragement.
The pitches are to the east of the school, on land made available by the Leconfield Estate with support from Lady Egremont.
Huge turn out for the funeral of Cockermouth Schools headteacher Mike Wilde at Christ Church, Cockermouth. Mr Wilde had kept running the school despite a cancer diagnosis four years. The head teacher's ashes were scattered on Sale Fell. Len Cockcroft, chair of governors of Cockermouth School, said in the 11 years Mr Wilde had been headteacher at the school, he had achieved more than anyone had thought possible. He added that he always had time for people and pushed them to do their best.
*Cockermouth's famous son, Fletcher Christian in the news as replica
of HMS Bounty, the Black Pearl in the Pirates of the Caribbean
films, spends three days in Maryport. Built in 1962, the ship
is due to replicate its namesake's ill-fated 1789 trip to Tahiti,
which saw Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny.
*After consultation the Cockermouth Partnership opt for limited
pedestrianisation of the Market Place in a facelift aimed at
boosting the popularity of the Castle end of town.
A Cockermouth man who saved a man from drowning in a raging river Cocker is to receive a bravery award, with a royal seal of approval. Michael Timney, 47, dived into the icy River Cocker at Cockermouth and plucked a 57-year-old man onto dry land. The Royal Humane Society has awarded him a testimonial, personally signed by its president, Princess Alexandra.
Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth is responded to a 28% increase in demand by installing three new 150 barrel fermenters.
The equipment, which represents a £250,000 investment, means that Jennings can step up its brewing capacity by 40%, from 1,150 to an estimated 1,650 barrels each week.
Head Brewer Jeremy Pettman (pictured) said: This is a fabulous development for Jennings and will take our brewing levels to over 50,000 barrels per year. The decision to invest so substantially was taken following a steady upsurge in demand for the Jennings range, in particular our Cumberland Ale, and I am confident that this will help to further establish our brand both within our Cumbrian heartland and across the UK.
While the new fermenters will mainly be used to increase the production of Cumberland Ale they will also increase Jennings ability to develop new guest ales.
This year's Carnival is asuccess despite cloudy skies. See our page of action pictures.
Work started this month on the £1 million plus Travelodge on land near Oakhurst.
Sweeping powers to remove a lot of car parking from Cockermouth town centre residents and extend double yellow lines around many streets have been passed by Cumbria County Council Local Area Committee.
Cockermouth Town Councillors
Voted in at the 2007 town council elections were: Isabel Burns, Stephen Coates, Eric Nicholson, Alan Smith, Christine Smith, Alan Tyson, Margaret Jackson, Alan Kennon, Les Lytollis, Derwent Newton, Sam Stanage and Maureen Wood
In Cockermouth the following Allerdale Borough councillors were elected: All Saints ward; Stephen Coates (Conservative), Sam Standage (Conservative) and Alan Smith (Labour).
Christchurch ward; Margaret Jackson and Les Lytollis (both Conservative).
An Allerdale Borough Council spokesperson said: Following the recent election, it is likely that Allerdale Borough Council will in future be led by the Alliance Group, made up of Conservative, Liberal Democrat and a number of Independent members.
Details of the All Saints Parish vote.
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money for two great local causes, the Great North Air Ambulance and
Cockermouth Mountain Rescue as well as to encourage and promote local bands
It's very worthy of your support and encouragment.
Please read the attached press release and visit their website at
Easter Saturday country market proved busy as sunshine attracted visitors to the town.
MALCOLM Wilson is the first person to receive a Special Citizen Award in Cockermouth.The award will be given to people who the town council thinks deserve recognition for their work and achievements. He was presented with the award by the town mayor, Margaret Jackson, during the Malcolm Wilson Rally on March 3.
Property market reaches new heights in Cockermouth as land for just four homes in St Helens Street goes on the market priced at £250,000 just for the land.
Britains youngest full time World Rally Championship driver, Matthew Wilson, is confirmed for the Scottish Motor Sport Show which will take place at Lanark Agricultural Centre on February 24-25 2007
The National Childbirth Trust launched drop in sessions for parents, babies and toddlers at the Kirkgate Centre .
The classes give parents a chance to meet other people and for children to socialise with each other. Babies and toddlers, up to the age of three, can play with toys, crafts and games.The trusts breastfeeding counsellor is also on hand to answer questions and give encouragement to breast-feeding mothers.
The sessions will be held every
Thursday from 10am to 11.30am. Snacks and drinks are available
for £1.50 per family. For more information about the trust
or the new sessions, contact Ann-Marie on 01900 821719.
THE £15,000 MEMORIAL to the founder of Mitchells Auction is being removed from the centre of Cockermouth after being vandalised at least 11 times.
The statue of Robinson Mitchell was put up outside Sainsburys supermarket in 2002. But since then it has suffered continuous vandalism, which has become too costly to repair.
Mitchells chairman, Peter Greenhill, whose wife is the great-niece of Robinson Mitchell, said he thought the vandalism was the work of young people who gathered in the area and had been drinking.
to all our Browsers!
The Best Christmas lights in West Cumbria are once again Cockermouth's. Despite foul weather the town bravely turned out to cheer on the big switch on Sunday November 19.
MC Billy Bowman and BBC Radio Cumbrias Joe Costin and Tony James joined the mayor to light the illuminations.
Traditional warm and friendly inn, The Olde Grey Goat Inn re-opened on Friday, December 15 in St Helens Street.
Aldi decide to expand their store from 760 square metres to 940 square metres if planning permission is granted. The Shell filling station will close and be demolished for the expansion plan.
COCKERMOUTH youngsters will
be driven away from gathering outside Sainsburys supermarket
by a sounds device that allegedly only they can hear. Used by
police, the Mosquito machine emits a sound that those under 20
years old can hear and officers hope it will deter teenagers
from hanging around outside the South Street supermarket. The
Mosquito, will be installed before Christmas.
JOANNE Kerswell and Dominic Fowler open Seven, a new
restaurant in Kings Arms Lane. They have taken over the
premises which used to be Thyme, run until recently by Simon
McDowell, who is taking a break after more than 20 years as a
Workington Comets owner Tony Mole wants to host Conference League meetings at Tarn Close sports ground featuring a Comets reserve side, Cockermouth Cats.
The move comes after plans to develop the clubs Northside practice venue in Workington were blocked.
A £100,000 plan to make Cockermouths Jennings Brewery a major tourist destination has been outlined. New owners Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery (W&DB) hope to build a riverside walkway and cafe at the site, which already runs popular brewery tours. The scheme will be part of the towns flagship Market Place development, the key plank of a regeneration of the town centre.
Alistair Darby, W&DB managing director of brands, said work could start this winter 2006. Mr Darby said the money had been committed from the firms budget for next year and did not require board approval.
W&DB took over Jennings last year in a £45.8 million deal, inheriting Jenningss 128-pub portfolio. But the wider plans need North West Dev Agency apoproval and have not tackled any potential car parking issues.
Tragic food poisoning outbreak affects customers at the Hundith Hill Hotel. The cases are all linked to a chocolate dessert.
Jennings' head brewer is toasting his retirement after 45 years in the industry.
Peter Laws, 65, the man responsible for the quality and consistency of the Jennings pint for nine years, has passed on the reputed head brewer's mantle to his successor, assistant brewer Jeremy Pettman.
Roxy was in Town
Seen pulling the drinks at the Market Place Front Room is Roxy Pallett from Emmerdale.
Georgian Fair was a huge success in 2006..
THE future of Cockermouths Georgian Fair has been safeguarded thanks to a new group which will run and raise funds for the popular event. Organisers called on the people of Cockermouth to help them determine whether or not another fair should be held in the town after this years financial failings. It was revealed at a public meeting that the fair, which took place in April, made a loss of £400. But, despite this, locals and organisers decided that the festival will continue, with the next one taking place in 2008.
Cockermouth has two new recycling facilities to help Allerdale Borough Council reach recycling figures of 29% and therefore smashing its 2005/6 recycling target of 25%.
HOTEL chain Travelodge state they plan to build a £3 million, 43-bedroomed hotel in Cockermouth before the end of the year.
County Council's highways depot
land at Sullart Street is to be auctioned off in May 2006 for
possible 76 homes.
COCKERMOUTH flood victims have vowed to fight for flood defences and emergency strategies to prevent a repeat of last years devastation.
A group of residents from Waterloo Street, High Sand Lane and Cocktons Yard this week formed a committee which will lobby local authorities and the Environment Agency.
CONSULTANTS from Scotland have been appointed to draw up possible schemes to attract new investment to the Market Place part of town. Currently at the planning stage, over £1million of investment has been earmarked for this project and over half of that total has been pledged by the North West Regional Development Agency for 2007-08.
Chris Garrard (Conservative) 220 votes,
Bill Bacon (Labour) 83 votes.
Turnout: 22.12 per cent.
Coun. Garrard, 63, is a retired wine merchant and lives at Eaglesfield, near Cockermouth. Dalton is a large rural ward that lies between Workington and Cockermouth and includes villages such as Eaglesfield, Greysouthen, Dean, Deanscales, Branthwaite and Ullock. The political make up of Allerdale Borough Council following that result is now:Labour 27;
Independent Alliance 5;
Liberal Democrat 3;
Cockermouth Cottage Hospital faces a closure threat by the Primary Care Trust.
It provide care for convalescing patients, freeing up beds at the two main hospitals for the seriously ill. Nigel Woodcock, chief executive of the North Cumbria Primary Care Trust, said: They might not continue to be hospitals in that traditional sense but they would provide other help like create specialist centres of care such as a rehabilitation centre that we need in Cumbria. Also GPs are looking to co-locate and the mental health trust needs more bases. A statement from the PCT staff unions said: The staff are in a state of shock as this will leave our vulnerable patients without the care they need.We urgently ask for our MPs and the local community to protect our local NHS services from these devastating cuts.
Rally driver Matthew Wilson swapped his car for a rowing machine to help launch Cockermouth's revamped sports facilities. Cockermouth Leisure Centre, off Castlegate Drive has revamped its gymn.
A MAN has been jailed for 27 months for biting off a large chunk of another mans nose in a fight on Cockermouths Main Street. Richard Crook, 27, was also ordered to pay his victim David Nash, 34, £1,000 compensation.
PLANS for a Cockermouth Georgian Fair in 2006 have been given a £31,000 boost but it will not go ahead unless more volunteers can be found. The Local Heritage Initiative, which gave £25,000 this year, has pledged extra cash on the strength of this years event and a free booklet that was made available to town residents.
|Jennings has already started slashing jobs following the sad news of the recent takeover.||
Giant four wheel drive fun as the Daredevils put on a show in the Fitz parkland .
Potentially Grim news for the town as Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries made what seems to be a successful takeover bid for Jennings Brewery. Jennings shares jumped 25% on the news.
WHAT local councils have singularly failed to enforce at Skinner Street, looks set to come about by redevelopment of the eyesore garage land as future housing.
According to the Times and Star :"Grasmoor Sports Centre, Cockermouth, has fallen into severe debt, owing around £220,000 to creditors. A new committee took over to try to save the community facility but despite their good work, the centres future remains in doubt. Its only hope is to sell off some of the land possibly for housing to ease the financial pressures. But if it does, 50 per cent of the profit will have to be fed back to the county council, because of a clause in the original sale contract. However, the county council this week agreed to lift the covenant, waiving 40 per cent of its share. This means that instead of getting half the cash, the Grasmoor will get 70 per cent of the sale price. Secretary Bill Ford said it really is touch and go for the sports centre, which is ultimately facing closure. He said: The more of a discount they give, the more chance we have of keeping the club going. Mr Ford said he was pleased the county council was supporting them but said the 40 per cent discount may not be enough."
Redcoat soldiers, fun fairs, hilarious sedan chair races are just a few of the events to take place both in Main Street and the Memorial Gardens.
The meeting urged more volunteers to come forward to start acting training to take the part of Georgians in authentic 18 century costumes.
Events will also focus on Wordsworth House .
Included in the week's historic fun are: a screening of Vanity Fayre on Monday April 4, Coffee House entertainments on the Tuesday, guided tours with enactments, an 18th century pantomime on the Friday and as a finale on Saturday evening all five musical societies in the town share the billing for a grand concert at All Saints Church.
If you want to get involved please contact Bob on 01900 822238
THE proposed closure of the fire service control room in Cockermouth would lead to job cuts, push up council tax and put lives in danger, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
The FBU has obtained a confidential Government report which outlines plans to close all 46 fire service control centres in England. The plan is to create nine regional control rooms * including one in London * at a cost of £754.5 million with a staff of around 40 people in each control room. The FBU says the idea has a "very high risk" of "total project failure".
Last year, telephone operators in Cumbria's fire service control room in Cockermouth launched a campaign to save their jobs * and save lives. They say the safety of people across the county will be put at risk if the Government goes ahead with plans to set up one regional centre for the North West. This could mean that Cumbria's 999 calls could be answered as far away as Warrington.
The Reef café in Cockermouth -received a grant of £5000 towards the cost of rent from the Allerdale Community Fund.
Welcome news that M Sport have been able to secure a four year contract with Ford to cary on with their Dovenby based operation.
The town's Dorothy Wordsworth statue is on display once again after being stolen and then found buried in a garden.The bronze statue of Wordsworth's sister as a child was on display in Harris Park for a century before it was stolen in 2000. It was found buried in a Keswick garden and has been in storage ever since while Allerdale Council decided what to do with it. It used to be attached to a drinking fountain but now its function is purely aesthetic.
Property Developers are seeking planning conset for a large four storey block of appartments on the site of the old original town fire station in Lorton Road. But Allerdale Council has planning concerns.
Spellbinding performances of Janacek, Schumann and first performance of new work by Pulkkis by Finnish pianist Antii Siirala at Jennings Celebrity Concert thanks to Cockermouth Music Society.
November 27th sees Brahms at All Saints thanks to the Harmonic Society.
The Cockermouth Partnership held its first AGM in the Victoria Hall on Tuesday September 7 2004. The meeting included representatives from Cockermouth Town and Allerdale Councils plus the Chamber of Trade and public. The meeting gave a warm welcome to Alastair Wyllie as newly appointed Project Manager. Mr Wylie's previous record included working as Town Centre Manager for Dumfries.
The meeting also welcomed on board Mr Malcolm Clarke as a new director. Mr Clarke holds several posts in the town and is accountant with Jennings Brothers Brewery.
The Partnership heard that despite the "frustrations" caused by the sudden departure of previous manager, Mr Tony Walker, the objectives of some 47 projects for the town attracting North West Development Agency aid were still achievable. But the meeting was told that the final bid documents had to be finalised by a December 2004 deadline.
|| Among the many schemes being included in the bid are Market Place regeneration, sports and youth schemes, an astronomical clock, skateboard park and Georgian Fair.
|| The Partnership is based on the Lakeland Business Park Tel.1900 326120.
Does Cockermouth's CCTV system actually Work?
weekend, despite intensive efforts by police in recent months to clean
up the streets at weekends.
The Swan wins CAMRA award. Cockermouth publicans and Jennings
stalwarts Glenn and Beryl Ireland have just notched up their
second CAMRA award. In 2000 they were voted Pub of the Season
by the Furness branch of CAMRA for the Bay Horse in Ireleth.
Four years on they have received the same award from the West
Cumbria and Western Lakes branch for the Swan in Cockermouths
Kirkgate. Glenn started his 43 years in the beer trade as assistant
brewer at Hartleys in his home town of Ulverston, and worked
his way up before moving to a technical services role for Guinness.
Twelve years ago he and Beryl took on their first pub and have
never looked back. The Swan is part of Cockermouths rich
heritage, possibly its oldest pub. The present building dates
back to the early 1700s but it seems there was a Swan back in
the 1660s. Inside the pub retains much of its original character.
THE FORMER arms depot Broughton Moor could provide the training ground for Great Britain's future Olympic champions. An £80 million training academy could be created at Derwent Forest, the new development name for the 1,000-acre MOD site formerly the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Broughton Moor.
Traffic warden attacked in the town centre as parking tensions rise...town centre shopping still bears parking cost penalty while edge of town auction company development benefits.
Backers of a revival of the Penrith, Keswick and Cockermouth railway have so far been pledged £300,000. Project has attracted support to revive the rail link from Penrith to Keswick.
Eco centre for Cockermouth School gets planning consent from Cumbria County Council. Allerdale councillors are not directly consulted.
Local man allegedly has his nose bitten off by two men in their twenties from Somerset in incident on the Main Street.
Proposals for a one-way system along Kirkgate are rejected by the majority of people at a meeting to discuss the idea.
AFTER years of allowing dumping
of scrap cars Allerdale Council MAY at last be acting to sort
out Skinner Street.
Jennings, announces that the positive trading trend reported in the Interim Announcement of 30th October 2003 has continued into the second half year, which ends on 28th February 2004. "Turnover for the total business for the five months to January 2004 has increased by 8.5% versus the comparative period of the prior year. Like-for-like beer sales turnover to our InnVentures pub business has increased by 4.4% over the same timescale. Since the half year end, we have purchased a further four quality pubs, bringing the total number of pub acquisitions for the year to nine, and the total number of pubs to 126. Terms have additionally been agreed to acquire a further three pubs. Sales of our own brewed beer brands continue to grow. Total volumes increased by 8.4% over the five month period to January 2004 versus the prior year, with sales of our lead brand, Cumberland Ale, growing by 27%. In our Interim Statement in October 2003, we announced an agreement to brew and distribute Wards Best Bitter, a long established ale brand in South Yorkshire. This announcement has been welcomed by both the media and the licensed trade in the Wards heartland. Wards Best Bitter will be officially launched next month with an advertising campaign entitled Its back - Re-Wards yourself. The product will be available to the trade from late-March and, encouragingly, we have achieved listings with one of the major pub operators as well as with wholesalers in the South Yorkshire area.The Board anticipates that pre-tax profits for the year ending 28th February 2004 will be in line with market expectations, and expects Jennings to make further progress in the new financial year.
FULL marks to the police for taking the initiative and getting grafitti vandals to get out a scrubbing brush and remove the offending damage.
A new footbridge across from the River Derwent is just one of the possible ideas that the Cockermouth Partnership hopes to ask consultants to consider as part of a Market Town's Initiative to bring fresh vitality to the Market Place area of the town. Some 25 people attended a meeting at Kirkgate centre on February 11 to help finalise a Brief to go to consultants. Chair coun Margaret Jackson said the Partnership hoped top have the brief to consultants by the end of March and responses by July. The departure of Tony Walker had not reduced the partnership's commitment. Also at the meeting was Allerdale's coun Alan Smith who agreed that moving continental Markets (pictured) to the Market Place would be welcome.
Topical as there have been many sightings of Red Squirrels in Cockermouth (See our message board) is this news...Calls for a cull of grey squirrels in Cumbria are being considered. The Lake District National Park Authority will look at the issue for the first time. The move is a bid to protect endangered red squirrels which are under threat from grey squirrels. The number of grey squirrels in England, which were introduced from North America more than 100 years ago, massively outnumber the red squirrels. Jason Reynolds from the campaign group Red Alert said it is a tough but necessary decision. He said: "We are in an unfortunate situation here in the Lakes that we are now at the last stand of the red squirrel and we have to keep England's native red going.
Partygoers at the Hundith Hill Hotel in Cockermouth last month found that instead of the expected jokes and paper hats, there were hand-written insults scrawled in ballpoint pen on pieces of paper. The guests included 40 staff from Allerdale Council's finance department. Among the messages were: *You're a fat b*******, and *You've not won anything so **** off*.
KIRKGATE residents call for a radical one-way system around the town.
THE MAN in charge of Cockermouth's regeneration has quit after just six months. Project manager Tony Walker was appointed by the Cockermouth Partnership in September to take forward the town's action plan. His job was to secure funding for the various projects outlined through the Market Towns Initiative, over a three-year period. But Mr Walker announced his shock resignation before any projects got under way.
JENNINGS is to spend £5 million buying and upgrading pubs over the next 12 months. Jennings shifted its focus from managed houses to Innventures, its leased and tenanted division, two years ago. The brewer, established in 1828, has over 120 pubs across northern England.
2004 is the 20th anniversary
of merger of Derwent School and Cockermouth Grammar School...In
1991 the school closed its Strawberry How campus.
Former Cellar 5 building on Main Street, derelict for many years, has been bought for re-development by Tony Green of the Green Design Partnership. The frontage will be offices for the firm.
Cockermouth Conservative Club failed to cast the necessary 70% vote at an egm to allow full membership for their ladies section.
Since 1995, house
prices in Cockermouth
have leapt by 205 per cent according HM Land Registry figures.
Flats and maisonettes are selling
for an average £96,100 while detached houses go for an
Staff hope the museum will be open again by the end of June next year, although they have not set a firm date, so don't hold your breath!
Quite how is not explained.
Jennings: Jennings brewery raised their glasses this weekend at one of the biggest birthday parties Cockermouth has ever seen. The brewer celebrating its 175th anniversary opened its doors of its Castle Brewery for a range of activities, including a chance to sample the famous beer at a free bar happy hour.
Broadband starts to be installed in Cockermouth...is your club or business on the web and ready to benefit? If not, get in touch with Cockermouth.org or Lakestay.co.uk
Housing market in Cockermouth still rising and 48 new homes planned for the former RU ground at Low Road..meanwhileA Hearthstone Homes will appeal against a decision by Allerdale council to reject a multi-million pound housing scheme in the town. The former grammar school at Strawberry How was used for business units until last year but owner Hearthstone Homes claims it is no longer suitable for commercial purposes and wants to turn it into 30 apartments. But the authority's development panel refused the proposal by 12 votes to four.
Tony Walker is appointed as the town's Regeneration Manager...plenty of potential for development Tony!
French market blocks half Main Street while Allerdale allows the true market in the Market Place to wither and die.
Gas alert as streets sealed off when another lorry crashes into Kirkgate corner tearing gas pipe off the wall.
Strawberry How set to become a residential style development.
Co-operative store starts to expand into the Walter Willson store . Plans for a new footbridge across the Derwent still being promoted.
MOBILE phone company plans to install a transmitter disguised as a street light in Cockermouth town centre - but councillors are launching strong opposition. Following a local survey, a number of potential sites were identified - the most desirable being at 69 Main Street, opposite the United Reformed Church.
Cockermouth Festival events will include street entertainers each Saturday in July....Carlisle Brass Band on 5th, Lazy River Jazz Band on 12th, Folk Band on 19th.
Cockermouth still awaits selection of a Regeneration Manager despite an initial swell of support for the move from the public.
All Saints, six seats: Isabel Burns, L, 653; Phillip Graham, L, 624; Dianne Moyes, L, 624; Eric Nicholson, C, 658; Alan Smith, L, 719; Christine Smith, L, 613. Not elected: David Cape, C, 479; Stephen Coates, C, 599; Helene Hargreaves, C, 529; Margaret Lawson, C, 533; Alan Tyson, C, 542.
Christchurch, six seats: Margaret Jackson, C, 573; Alan Kennon, C, 519; Les Lytollis, C, 493; Derwent Newton, C, 501; Sam Standage, C, 524; Maureen Wood, C, 389. Not elected: Laurence Mansfield, L, 353.
|LABOUR gets fingers burned in the district elections.MARK FRYER was ousted from Allerdale Borough Council in the biggest Labour backlash in 12 years. The authority's leader was among several Labour veterans beaten by Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Independent candidates. No one political group is now in overall control of the council. Although Labour still has the biggest group sitting at 27, the other parties combined have 28 councillors.||
SELLING off 12 of its largest
public houses boosted profits at Brewers Jennings. Sales at Jennings
Brothers tumbled from £30.3m to £16.4m last year
in the wake of the brewer's decision to quit the managed pub
business. But profits excluding exceptionals jumped from £1.4m
to £2.6m for the year to March 1, reflecting a fall of
almost £1m in the interest charge to £850,000 and
a £400,000 reduction in operating costs. Mike Clayton,
managing director, said the results clearly vindicated the change
*James Walker moves its head office and southern manufacturing plant to the town. The seal and gasket maker said yesterday that it is to stop manufacturing at Woking, where it employs about 200 people.
In the latest traffic plan
the possibility of Kirkgate being made one-way is now being considered.
Don't forget Saturday June 21 is set as this year's Carnival date.. To get involved contact is Isabel Burns Tel. 01900 824173
Easter visit by West Motor Cycle Group on charity ride
PLANS by Town Council to buy the town hall and council chamber from Allerdale are moving closer after more than 10 years of negotiations.
The town council wants to take on the building for the people of Cockermouth rather than renting it and paying large maintenance sums.
As the nation divides over War on Iraq...At Cockermouth School, pupils who are members of the Amnesty Group have sent a bouquet dubbed "protest flowers of peace'" to the Prime Minister. Stop the War grafitti is swiftly cleaned off road signs.
Saturday June 21 is set as this year's Carnival date.. To get involved contact is Isabel Burns Tel. 01900 824173
Suspension-cracking humps in lower Gallowgate are removed...
Plans to turn the former Cold
War weapons dump at Broughton Moor into a £60 million eco
visitor centre aiming to rival the huge Eden Project in Cornwall.
If the scheme to the West of Cockermouth takes place it could attract an estimated 1.25
million visitors a year to the area. Making this vision possible would be massive grants on offer from the North West Development Agency trying to swing voters behind the Labour government's vision of Regional local government.
Malcolm Wilson brings his Rally into his home town...event is a success despite wet weather.
Chris & Ghislain Smithson announce that they are now the new Landlord & Landlady of "The Huntsman" on Cockermouth Main Street.
GRANT-chasing scheme for "Eco
House" at Cockermouth School now includes ugly wind turbine
according to Cockermouth Post report.
RESIDENTS gave a largely positive response on Wednesday to proposals to revive Cockermouth under the Market Towns Initiative.
The meeting heard a radical proposal of an extra footbridge over the River Derwent as a possible eye-catching proposal for the town.
Len Cockcroft, Co-ordinator on the project addressed the 40 strong meeting at the Kirkgate Centre.
Mr Cockcroft said there were a series of projects that could be taken forward and attract grant support. He mentioned a *possible idea of an extra bridge across the River Derwent.** He also said a skatepark for teenagers was also *high on the agenda.**
Sue Hannah said the partnership was from January 27 of this year a non- profit making limited company .
|Well known manager of the Taste of India Faz Rahman was fined £15,000, plys £4,000 costs after he was found guilty of knocking down a Listed barn in Tallentire without planning consent. Mr Rahman denied the offence saying the barn was becoming dangerous and had to be made safe.||
Spread of Cockermouth out of town continues as Mitchells introduces retail units at their vast new auction mart development.
|Highways planners cause more problems by attempt to turn Kirkgate into a motorway by making it the main alternative to frequent traffic gridlocks at Gallowgate traffic lights. Hers&Sirs hair stylists have signs knocked from the wall by traffic making the Kirkgate turn.||
MALCOLM Wilson's M Sport team
from Dovenby were jubilant after posting 4th and 7th places in
one of the world's toughest rallies to claim a double-point finish
in Monte Carlo.
Markko Martin finished fourth in the opening round of the FIA World Championship.Team-mate Francois Duval scored their first-ever points by finishing seventh for the Dovenby-based M-Sport team. Both pairings had to battle through patches of ice in the treacherous French Alps.
*Strange plans for Earth Toilets for Cockermouth School are pursued by grant-seeking Eco project group.
Once again Cockermouth has the greatest Christmas lights display in the West!
Full marks to all concerned and also to shopwindow display winners Anika.
If only Allerdale could help out and prevent the lingering death of our Market in the Market Place!
The Manor House hotel changes hands and the Trout Hotel push on with expansion plans.
Fireworks display another big success but this year display located on fields to the east of Derwent Mill industrial estate.
|Hopes rise that Farmers Markets might come to Cockermouth market place after a row between Allerdale's private partner Market Initiatives and Made in Cumbria. Cockermouth market has been allowed to shrink almost to the point of extinction.|
|Angry public meeting over the new traffic system failes to prompt any major changes, £40,000 to be spent on widening the pavements in Station Street.||Another possible nail in the coffin for business at Walters (Nisa) with plan to move town's Post Office to the Co-op store.|
|The Outback nightspot landed in court after Allerdale council took legal action against licensees for employing unregistered door supervisors and failing to keep a register. Peter and Helen Brown, of the Globe Hotel, Cockermouth, admitted the charges at West Allerdale and Keswick magistrates' court on Monday and were fined £100 with £50 costs.|
|Brigadier Alex Birtwhistle officially opens new Mitchells Auction on greenfield site on edge of town.|
|Malcolm Wilson gets planning green light to develop hotel and homes at Dovenby||Marquees go up for Cockermouth Show this year at the Fitz|
Residents might face a £30 a year bill just for the priviledge of parking their cars outside their homes!
While the MSport team see their man win the Kenya Rally ,Allerdale Planners dither over whether to allow Malcolm Wilson to expand his MSport base at Dovenby to include a hotel and more up-market homes.
Hells Angels escape prosecution over a Bank Holiday flare up in Fletcher Christians pub.
Haunting Russian Orthodox choral
music as Cockermouth Harmonic Society give superb performance
of Rachmaninov Vespers. Check out details of their programme
Plans for a astrological
clock design get approval for the Market Place...This is the
basic design proposed for the Fallows Clock.(Pictured right)
The town also saw an outbreak of patriotic fervour and St George flags on every street as the World Cup and Jubilee celebrations coincide..Beckham shirt on Mayo statue.
The chaotic traffic situation planners have overseen reached the ultimate finale when a lorry for Sainsbury's ended up in collision with the historic house at the junction of Kirkgate and the Market Place. The driver was soon after sacked by Sainsbury's.
Meanwhile Mitchells new auction centre is ready for its opening at the end of May.
One hour parking at Sainsbury's
prevents town generating the fullest benefit from the new store.
Traffic lights problems also bring traffic to a crawl at peak
periods as planners fail to get traffic flows into Gallowgate.
New Mitchells Auction Mart up and ready for opening at the end of May.
|Visiting Hells Angels provides extra "Local Colour" on the Main Street over the Bank Holiday weekend. Police make attempts to get publicans to close their doors in line with licensing laws.(In contrast to normal weekends!)|
|A new art gallery brings a new lease of life to one of Cockermouth's oldest town houses, Percy House built in 1598. To find out more check out www.percyhouse.co.uk|
|SIXTEEN thousand customers passed through the tills at Cockermouth's new Sainsbury's store during its first week. But traffic snarls ups to the Gallowsgate corner traffic lights cause problems.||Vicar of Dibley's Dawn French and Lenny Henry spotted shopping in Cockermouth during a Lakeland holiday.|
Wilson Rally in town
Proposal launched for an Astro Clock to become an unusual feature in the Market Place. The plan is porposed by the Fellows Society, Civic Trust and Astronomical Society (One council document described this as the Cockermouth Astrological Society-possibly in error!)
Allerdale Council votes through
a hike in after midnight taxi fares by 50%.
Lights blazing at night as staff start to stock up the new Sainsbury store due to open at the end of March...Fletchers, the fairground operators make a plea to be allowed to carry on with the traditional Fairfield fairs despite proximity to Sainsbury's.
PLANS for traffic lights,
a one-way system and mini-roundabout in Cockermouth came under-fire
from councillors. The proposals, which would see traffic lights
erected at the Lorton Road junction, will be put into place before
the Sainsbury store opens in April. Other changes will seeStation
Street become one-way, southbound from Main Street, and a roundabout
created opposite the Shell garage on Station Road. But councillors
said this week that they
have had numerous complaints from people since the plans were unveiled last week
FORMER Cockermouth flanker Phil Skillen is heading for international
RU honours...Follow this link
to find out more..
LIVE shows will re-start at the Sheep and Wool
Centre, in March once re-stocking and training is complete. Last April, its star attraction, performing sheep, were killed because the centre was in a foot and mouth infected area.