The Parish Council has purchased two recycled plastic information boards which show local maps, to replace the damaged ones at Warcop and Bleatarn. The new one at Bleatarn has been put in by Gordon Deighton and members of his family and we thank them very much for their time and effort. It looks really good and will hopefully last for many years.
The Warcop board has also now been put up thanks to Max Voican and we hope that both will smarten up our villages and also be useful to the many walkers and cyclists who visit our parish.
The Parish Council understands that The Chamley Arms has now been sold and the four-bedroomed house on the left has been renovated as an entirely separate dwelling. The new owner of the pub (the section to the right of the house) has started to clear out the pub and we hope to hear more of his plans for developing the pub, restaurant and likely timescales in the near future.
We will try to keep you up to date after we have perhaps met with the new owner. However, as a community we are delighted to hear that our pub will re-open before too long and we hope that once again it will become a vital part of our community life. We also hope that it will be well supported by everyone.
The Parish Hall trustees are keen to re-establish a regular badminton club at Warcop Parish Hall. We have all the equipment, posts, nets shuttlecocks and racquets and a brilliant court in a high hall with excellent lighting.
All we need now is someone to get it going! The key requirements are enthusiasm and organization skills. We’d like to see a club that caters for all ages and abilities. Times available include some evenings and weekends.
If you think you can help with this, please contact David Keetley on 41390 to discuss further.
Warcop and Sandford’s minibus link to Appleby continues to run successfully each Friday, organised by Cumbria County Council’s Community Wheels scheme, Warcop Parish Council and administered by Appleby Heritage Centre. All you need to do is sign up for a pre-payment card and you will be collected by one of our team of volunteer driver to take you to Appleby where, if passengers wish, they can connect with the 10:00 am 563 service to Penrith. The minibus then picks up from the 563 in Appleby at 2:15 and returns to Sandford and Warcop. Some people choose to catch the later Penrith bus at 11:30 am. Journeys to Appleby cost £1.50 from Warcop (£3 return) or £1.25 from Sandford (£2.50 return.)
In order to encourage more people to use the minibus, we are introducing an extra midday journey for those who might like to have a couple of hours in Appleby to do some shopping and/or meet up with friends for a coffee. This will pick up in Appleby at 12:00 and return to Warcop by 12:25. The first such service will start on Friday 14th June. We hope that more residents who don’t drive or who simply want to leave the car behind occasionally, will decide to use this shorter service, which is offered on a trial basis to encourage more people will use it. Remember, it’s also a social journey where you can meet people and have a chat and a laugh!
We would especially welcome passengers from Sandford and some more from Warcop to use the bus and drivers are happy to pick up and drop off at a place convenient to you. The risk remains that if numbers do not increase, the service will be withdrawn, so if you can, please support it.
A timetable link is below and a leaflet with bus times and an application form will be posted through every letterbox in the Warcop Parish.
If you would like to join this scheme, which aims to provide at least some local transport links for isolated communities, please phone Karen Chester at Appleby Heritage Centre on 017683 53350 and she will sign you up and sort out all the arrangements in her usual helpful way!
David Keetley – Co-ordinator
Highways England are setting up a series of public meetings in the coming months to look at route options for the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66. The Parish Council will attend these meetings, the nearest ones being at The Hub in Appleby, and we strongly urge you to go along and express your views as initial planning takes place.
Here is a link to a copy of the HIghways England poster with all the meeting dates listed:
There is an online petition which you may want to sign if you oppose the MOD’s plans to de-register three local commons. If you wish to do so, here is a handy link:
Congratulations to Glenda Burton who was recently awarded the prestigious Angel of the North Award along with others in this region. Glanda’s tireless community work and her devotion to many children she and Allen have cared for over the years was the basis for her well-deserved award.
Look North reporters attended the October Soup & Pud session to interview Glenda and others and the feature that they showed was excellent in highlighting Glenda’s tremendous community commitment and positive attitude, as well as showing off the Parish Hall to full advantage!
Well done Glenda!
The kerb line in Chapel Garth leading to Martindale View has now been improved by Cumbria Highways. It should allow delivery vans, bin wagons and so on the chance to drive in past the parked cars without having to go on the grass. Please help by parking as carefully as you can if you live in that area.
The Parish Council would like to thank Bob Dow and the highways team who carried out the work for their efficient and effective labours.
We have just been informed by Historic England that Warcop’s War memorial has been granted Grade II listed status. We are very proud of our memorial and it means a lot to many people in our community. This decision to award it listed status recognises its significance and also helps to preserve it for future generations.
The Parish Council intends to repair some rotten posts, paint the chain and kerbstones in the near future.
Below is the notification email the Parish Council received:
Warcop War Memorial, Village Green, Junction of B6259 and Brookside, Warcop, Cumbria – Awarded Listed Building Status
List Entry Number: 1457762
As you will know from our earlier letters we have been considering adding the above memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the memorial. I am writing to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Warcop War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.
Please follow the link below to download a copy of our advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and will be available for public access from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through our website.
Listing helps us to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest. It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future. Listing does not mean, however, that no alterations can be made – in fact in the vast majority of cases applications to make changes to a listed building are approved. Further information about listed buildings can be found on the ‘Your Home’ pages of our website.
The local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Please be aware that the listing of the memorial took effect on the day that the List entry was published on the National Heritage List for England. Our guidance document, The Conservation, Repair and Management of War Memorials, is available from our website http://www.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/conservation-repair-management-war-memorials/ Information about grants for war memorials is available from War Memorials Trust at http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/. More information on the First World War Memorials Programme can be found at http://ukwarmemorials.org/.
As of 25 June 2013, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) has enabled a number of heritage reforms, including an amendment to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 that provides two potential ways to be more precise about what is listed. Whether or not the new provisions have been invoked with regard to this memorial is explained in the Advice Report. A List entry that makes use of these provisions will clarify what attached and curtilage structures are excluded from the listing and/or which interior features definitively lack special interest; however, owners and managers should be aware that other planning and development management constraints might apply to these structures, and should clarify these with the Local Planning Authority. Further information is available on our website at http://www.historicengland.org.uk/caring/listing/listed-buildings/listing-and-the-erra/ .
If you consider that this decision has been wrongly made you may contact the DCMS within 28 days of the date of this letter to request that the Secretary of State review the decision. An example of a decision made wrongly would be where there was a factual error or an irregularity in the process which affected the outcome. You may also ask the Secretary of State to review the decision if you have any significant evidence relating to the special architectural or historic interest of the memorial which was not previously considered. Further details of the review criteria and process and how to request a review are contained in the annex to this letter.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance. More information on listing can also be found on our website at https://historicengland.org.uk.
The Engine House
Fire Fly Avenue
We hope that you have noticed and appreciate the lovely newly-painted railings alongside Crooks Beck in Warcop. They look fantastic! The paint was donated by Cumbria County Council who also repaired a number of concrete posts damaged by Storm Desmond, and we are very grateful to them.
Thank you also to Steve & Yvonne Burnett and Steven & Julie Atkinson and for all their hard work in sanding the metal bars down, painting the undercoat and then applying the gloss paint. There were also other volunteers so thank you and well done to all of them! It’s great that local residents help out and make our village look smarter.
Thank you to all who brought bags to the Parish Hall last weekend. There were well over 70 bags and this has raised £330 for the GNAA appeal. Well done to all!
Our next collection will be in December.
Please find details of access days to the firing ranges for 2018 and 2019 via the links below.
Further information can be found on the MOD Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/warcop-access-times
It is an offence to let your dog foul on a playing field or footpath. It can lead to a fine of £75 which can rise to £1000. On behalf of the Parish Council, please can we ask all dog owners to ensure that they collect their dog’s poo and deposit it in the red bins provided in the village? The number of dog owners seems to have increased recently and we know that the majority of dog owners do clear up their dog’s mess. However, we are now seeing dog poo on the village green on the playground area and football pitch as well as on the roads and on public footpaths by the River Eden. If your dog poos on the grass, please pick it up.
Eden District Council have an online report form to report dog fouling or owners who fail to collect dog mess. This is given in the information below and also as a new link on the front page of our website. This is what Eden District Council’s website says:
Most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets, but a small number continue to cause problems. Dog fouling which is left on footpaths and playing fields is a health risk to people and can cause the infection ‘Toxocariasis’ which can lead to blindness.
The Fouling of Land by Dogs (District of Eden) Order 2008 designates areas of land where owners must pick up after their dogs, or face a fixed penalty ticket of £75, and possibly a fine of up to £1,000.
When you walk your dog, be sure to take poop bags or a poop scoop with you, like you would remember a lead. Please note, rain does not wash the problem away.
To tell us of a problem with a dog waste bin use the:
It is every dog owner’s duty to clean up after their dog. Do not give all dog owners a bad name.
Report dog fouling, especially if you know the dog owner who is failing to pick up after their dog. If the Community Wardens have no information about the dog owners who are not picking up, they can only monitor an area. To tell us of a problem with dog fouling use the:
To tell us of a dog fouling problem where a pavement or area needs cleaning, use the:
The new Parish Hall was effectively created and built by the original Trustees of the former Warcop Village Hall and they successfully attracted a lottery grant, wrote a business plan and sold the former Village Hall and Reading Room to fund the building of our new hall. Their contribution has been tremendous and we thank them for all their hard work.
As the last building snagging work is now almost complete, and final expenditure and income related to building work signed off, this original charity will be wound up. A new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) charity called Warcop Parish Hall, (the name chosen by residents after a local survey,) has been established and will aim to develop the Parish Hall further, extend its activities, cover all its running costs and have all the equipment, policies and facilities needed to operate efficiently and effectively. It will set up a new bank account so that it can operate effectively. The Hall serves the residents of the whole parish, including Bleatarn, Coupland Beck, Sandford and Warcop.
The new Board of Trustees held its Annual General Meeting on the 6th December. The following trustees were appointed and three committees will operate: the already successful Events Group, a Premises Committee and a Development Committee. The minutes of the meeting are on this website under the documents section of the Parish hall.
The Trustees are:
David Keetley – Chair
Peter Foskett – Vice- Chair
Joyce Keetley – Treasurer and Booking Secretary
Sue Austin-Fell – Secretary
Ray Bromby, Lois Wiseman, Tony Dent, Caroline Shaw, Glenda Burton, Pat Burgess and Alan Burgess were also elected as Trustees, with Les Baines Co-opted as a Trustee to the new charity. Clive Allen, from Sandford, has been co-opted to the Premises Committee to make use of his extensive experience of Health & Safety and building management.
There are three committees formed to advance the work of the hall: The Premises Committee will focus on building maintenance and improvements; the Finance & Development Committee will manage the budget and also aim to increase usage of the hall, both occasional and regular activity group users. Finally, the Events Committee will continue to organise the great range of events that are held at the hall each year such as Covernote concerts, Bingo and Dominoes Evenings, Fashion Show, Art & Craft Exhibition for example.
Below is a link to the Management Structure of the new charity which shows both the membership and how each group links to the full Board of Trustees.
Chair of Trustees
Two representatives from Highways England met two Parish Councillors and a member of the community in response to our concerns that the new 50 mph speed limit could still be improved further to make the stretch of road from Appleby Bypass to Brough much safer. We also heard a little more about the progress towards dualling the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.
At the meeting, David Keetley and Tim Wass made a number of requests for action, including:
Highways England agreed to go away and consider which of these can be done and they will get back to us with further ideas shortly. They stressed that any works done here to improve road safety were completely independent of any dualling plans, which might well be a few years away anyway.
With regards to dualling, they informed us that a company had been appointed to do the detailed planning and analysis of each section that needed to be dualled. The political will is there and the decision had been taken so now it is a case of looking at route options and priorities. When proposals are finalised, all PCs and local communities along the route will be consulted.
The Parish Council has been asked regularly by Sandford residents when they might expect superfast fibre broadband to arrive in the village. I recently wrote to Connecting Cumbria and I copy their reply below. Essentially, they say that it should be operational by March 2018. They also urge all interested residents to register with Connecting Cumbria so they can be notified by email of progress to connect Sandford.
Warcop Parish Council
Thank you for your email regarding fibre broadband in Sandford.
I can confirm that that there are now future plans under the Connecting Cumbria programme to make fibre available to your postcode area under Connecting Cumbria by March 2018, this has been done by moving a planned cabinet to be upgraded closer to Sandford to ensure this gets coverage.
The delivery of fibre broadband is a complex process, with many possible engineering problems being encountered during the delivery process. Therefore until the full cabinet and power installation has been completed, we cannot accurately confirm when fibre will be available for residents of Sandford to order.
I would ask you to urge residents to register with us at www.connectingcumbria.org to ensure they receive an email notification when fibre is available to order.
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Many of you will have noticed that there has been some activity at The Chamley Arms recently (November 2018) as workmen start to renovate and complete the cottage section of the building, to the left of the pub.
We hope that this signifies the start of the completion of the whole project to upgrade the pub, with a view to re-opening it at some point.
As a village, we all want the pub to re-open as soon as possible, as it is an important social meeting place, a potentially great eating venue and a vital focal point of the village.
Watch out for further updates when we have them.
Church of England Services
St Columba’s, Warcop and St Theobald’s, Great Musgrave
10.45 am Holy Communion St Columba’s, Warcop
9.00am Holy Communion St Theobald’s, Musgrave
10.30 Churches Together Harvest Festival Methodist Chapel, Warcop
2.00pm Harvest Thanksgiving St. Theobald’s, Musgrave
10.45 Holy Communion St. Columba’s, Warcop
10.00am Holy Communion St. Theobald’s Musgrave
10.45 Heart of Eden Holy Communion Murton and Dufton
Church Cleaning St Columba’s Saturday 28th October 10.00am
From the 4th September, a new 563 bus service will operate between Appleby and Penrith, Monday to Friday, three times a day, off-peak. This service will be run by Stagecoach and a timetable is attached below. You might be able to arrange a lift to connect with the service at Appleby, or alternatively you can use the Rural Wheels scheme run by Cumbria County Council. Phone 01228 226 428 for further information and see poster below.
The Friends of Eden Transport Group, of which Warcop Parish Council is represented, is exploring the possibility of running a minibus between Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Sandford and Appleby to help people in the Upper Eden Valley to link in to the new service, even if this is not every day of the week. It cannot operate on a Tuesday as the Classic Coach 574 service between Kirkby Stephen and Penrith will continue to operate. We will keep you informed if any progress is made on this link route.