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A66 Meeting – 17th May

Representatives of Warcop and Musgrave Parish Councils are meeting Highways England staff virtually on Monday evening, the 17th May, as part of a Community Liaison Group for our section of the proposed dualled A66. There will be a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

If you have any questions or observations you would like me to make on your behalf, please email them to me at keetleyjd@sky.com by 4pm on Monday afternoon at the latest.

Thank you.

David Keetley

Chair, Warcop Parish Council

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Warcop Table Tennis Club Re-starts Monday 17th May

Our weekly table tennis session restarts on Monday 17th May 6:30 – 8:00pm at Warcop Parish Hall. This club is for all ages and abilities and we welcome both old and new members who want to play in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Please find a link to our flyer with further information:

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Goals Re-painted

Many thanks to Tony Dent and Alan Burgess for their help in sanding down, cleaning and re-painting the goalposts on the Village Green in Warcop. Even the nets have been washed!

We hope that this will prolong the life of the goals for a few more years and give lots of enjoyment to the children and adults who play there.

Thanks,

David Keetley

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Plant Sale – 6th May

Thank you to all who bought plants at our recent Plant Sale. You’ll be pleased to know that the sale raised £400 for the Hall. Thank you to June for providing the plants. A really great effort!

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Warcop Parish Council Zoom Meeting

The next meeting of Warcop Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 20th April at 7:30 pm via Zoom. It is anticipated that face to face meetings will resume for the Tuesday 8th June meeting, which will incorporate the AGM.

Here is the agenda and the minutes of the previous meeting:

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Shappy Wheels Fish and Chips

Please support the award-winning Shappy Wheels Fish and Chips service which operates every Tuesday between 4:30 and 7:00 pm at Warcop Parish Hall Car Park. See attached poster for full details. We’d really like more people to make use of this excellent service so spread the word!

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Parish Hall Re-opening

The Trustees of Warcop Parish Hall have looked at the government’s four-stage “roadmap” out of Covid-19 restrictions and have decided that there will be a gradual re-opening of activities starting the week beginning the 17th May. The current building work should be completed by then.

This is likely to include:

Mondays Table Tennis 6:30 – 8:00pm

Tuesdays Post Office 2:00 – 3:00pm

Tuesdays Shappy Wheels (car park) 4:30 – 7:00pm

Tuesdays Drama Group 6:30 – 8:30pm

Wednesdays Circuits 5:30 – 6:30pm (School Field initially.)

Wednesdays Taekwondo 5:00 – 8:00pm

All of the above will continue to operate according to government Covid restrictions and their sport’s governing body’s regulations, including wearing of face masks, hand sanitising, reduced group sizes and social distancing.

More activities and events will start after the 21st June when all national restrictions will be removed, if the government’s roadmap and dates do not change, including some other activities such as Extend Exercise, Clubbercise and Bat and Chat. As activities and events are confirmed they will appear on the Parish Hall Calendar of Events elsewhere on this website. Events – Warcop Website

The Hall Events Committee will meet soon to plan a programme of events for the rest of the year and we intend to re-start monthly Saturday morning Coffee Mornings, the Thursday Foyer Cafe and monthly Soup and Pud lunches. We will also be able to hire out the hall for events, parties and so on.

As a welcome back, we plan to hold a FREE Coffee Morning as soon as possible with lots of goodies available as we are able to meet together again. We look forward to seeing all our regular and new users in the coming weeks and months.

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New Food Delivery Service

Little Reds Kitchen has started a local food delivery service for Sandford, Warcop and Bleatarn. Full menu and ordering details are below:

A weekly menu of freshly-prepared homemade soups, light bites & baked goods for doorstep delivery in Sandford & Warcop every Wednesday.

This week’s menu (for delivery Wednesday 3rd March) is:

Homemade Mushroom Paté with Rosemary and Sea salt Crackers

Serves 2 – £6 or serves 4 – £10

Macaroni Cheese with Leek and Bacon

(Vegetarian option available)

 Serves 2 – £7 or serves 4 – £12

Lemon Drizzle Cake – 2 for £5 or 4 for £8

Please order any or all of the menu before 6pm Sunday 28th Feb and let me know of any food allergies or intolerances you might have when ordering.

I usually work in food professionally in London, but am unable to do so at the moment due to the Covid restrictions, so have started this small kitchen business.

I have all the necessary Food Hygiene certificates and my kitchen has been approved by the Council.  Everything is being carried out in a Covid-secure manner and delivery is contactless. BACS payment preferred.

To order, or for more information, please contact me on 07966 798489 or georgiehodgson@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading,

Georgie Hodgson

3 High Green, Sandford

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Parish Hall Improvements

Warcop Parish Hall Trustees have successfully applied for a series of grants which will enable it to improve the facilities at the hall and to enhance its provision. The Trustees are grateful to the Lottery, Eden District Council’s Community Fund, ACRE’s Village Hall Improvement Grant and Warcop Parish Council for their support.

  1. The main work will involve an extension to the storage provision to create two more storerooms which had to be omitted when the hall was originally built to reduce costs. There will be one larger store and a smaller store room with racked shelving for hall users to store smaller items. This extension will allow the hall to store its existing equipment more effectively and also allow for the storage of new equipment for any new activities or groups.
  2. The grants also allow for improved access to the building by replacing the rather heavy front doors with automatic ones, thus enabling those with mobility problems or some elderly users to access the hall much more easily and safely.
  3. A new electronic projection screen and a new projector will be installed above the new storerooms for those hirers needing to use projection facilities.

The work, to be carried out by local contractor Matt Pietruszewski, is expected to start on the 8th March and take about 8 weeks. Please note that during this work, the side path nearest to the school will be blocked off to create a compound for the construction work. Access to and from school will be along the front of the hall and down the path alongside the hall driveway. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

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Flood Prevention Work

Warcop Parish Council has as one of its priorities further upstream flood prevention work to help reduce the chances of properties flooding again, as happened in December 2015 during Storm Desmond. After that storm, the Environment Agency worked on Crooks Beck, adjusting the profile of the far bank so that is captures more water. This has had some effect and many at risk properties have also improved their flood defences.

The Parish Council has lobbied for further work in the last five years and various Flood Risk Management reports were published and can be accessed on the Cumbria County Council Website or via this link:

Recently we have approached the Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, the MOD, the A66 Trans-Pennine team and The Woodland Trust to see if further Natural Flood Management works can be put in place on the fells where the streams that feed into Warcop originate and/or on farmland, with the relevant permissions.

We have been told that there might be some officer time available to survey the landscape and perform the necessary modelling and the EA have at least two promising funding streams that can be applied for to cover some of the costs, although success is not guaranteed.

What we hope to see, if all the above partners can work together collaboratively on this, are a range of natural measures such as leaky dams and storage ponds, plus extensive tree planting, to slow the flow of the becks before they deposit large amounts of water into Warcop during periods of heavy rain. If we experience another severe storm like Desmond, even these measures might not protect properties completely. However, they will help.

The Parish Council will try to keep you informed of any further progress on this priority which we believe is vital in order to further protect properties in our village.

Here is a report published by Cumbria County Council in 2016:

Warcop Flood Investigation Report (DRAFT (cumbria.gov.uk)

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Warcop Parish Council Zoom Meeting

The last meeting of Warcop Parish Council took place on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30 pm via Zoom. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting are below:

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Covid-19 Lockdown Help

CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

DO YOU NEED HELP?

We understand that some local residents may be facing difficulties during the current coronavirus pandemic, particularly those who have to self-isolate for a long period. Help and support are available.

General Assistance and help with Shopping

If you would require help with obtaining supplies, collecting prescriptions (or fish and chips) or any issues with keeping warm etc. then please ring one of our Parish Councillors who will try to arrange assistance:

David Keetley017683 41390
Katie Hauser07729 026 288
Colin Harrison017683 41816 
Faye Hughes07714 470 096
Clive Allen017683 51502   
Caroline Syddall017683 42005
Gordon Deighton017683 41034

Other Support

During this difficult time, Church Services have been suspended; however, local clergy are still available to offer support on the telephone. If you feel you would like to talk to our local clergy, the contact details are:

Rev Clive Hicks – Church of England01768 254409
Rev Andrew Sterling – Methodist Church017683 51244

We hope we can all help our neighbours!

Thank you.

Warcop Parish Council

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New Tuesday S6 Bus Service

Please note that all Western Dales bus services have announced that the new S6 service to Penrith, calling at Warcop, will start on Tuesday 13th April.

Cumbria Classic Coaches have announced that they are ending their Tuesday bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith at Christmas 2020. However, the good news is that the Western Dales community group have applied to take on the service, starting in 2021. Please see details sent by them below. The key points for Warcop residents is that the new service starting in April, will run three times on a Tuesday, it will be a minibus service so numbers might be restricted, and the bus will pick up in the middle of Warcop at the bus shelter. The 563 Appleby to Penrith Stagecoach service continues Monday to Friday, with the Friday Rural Wheels minibus linking with the 10:03 am bus at The Sands in Appleby.

A copy of the S6 timetable is available here:

Further to earlier correspondence about the forthcoming withdrawal of the Cumbria Classic Coaches Tuesday service 574 from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith, I am pleased to be able to inform you that two operators have come forward to offer replacement services

Kirkby Stephen – Brough – Penrith (Tuesday only)

The Western Dales community group from the Sedbergh area will introduce a service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith starting Tuesday 5th January (subject to approval of this start date by the Traffic Commissioners Office)

Ø  To avoid competition with, and abstraction of passengers from, the existing Stagecoach 563, and also as the vehicles used have only 16 seater (currently further restricted due to Social Distancing guidelines), the service will not pick up at points from Appleby Sands to Penrith, or drop passengers in this section on return trips.

Ø  As before, the service will run on Tuesdays

Ø  There will be three trips a day in each direction, with the first and last also running to/from Sedbergh (see attached timetable)

Ø  As a smaller vehicle is used, it will be able to get under the Warcop rail bridge and serve the centre of the village (Sandford will not currently be served but this may be possible in the future)

(Appleby) – Long Marton – Penrith

Stagecoach will additionally divert their first trip on the Service 563 towards Penrith and the last trip from Penrith via Long Marton

Ø  This will start (subject to approval from the Traffic Commissioner) on 4th January

Ø  This diversion with be made Monday to Friday

Ø  Brampton village will also be served

Ø  In response to customer requests the service will now additionally serve Scattergate in Appleby

Ø  Due to the new routing Crackenthorpe will not be served on the journeys that run via Long Marton. The later journeys to Penrith will run via Crackenthorpe and anyone returning there from Penrith can travel via Appleby.

Details will appear on our website from Monday next week

www.cumbria.gov.uk\buses\S6

www.cumbria.gov.uk\buses\new\563.asp

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Electricity North West Priority Services Register

Get ready for winter weather by signing up to your energy supplier’s Priority Services Register (PSR).

Each energy supplier has a priority services register which allows them to prioritise their services to pensioners, young children and those with health issues during times of power cuts or poor weather.  It is free to join.  They each have slightly different criteria so check with your supplier to see if you are eligible to join and ask to be added to their list.

The electricity provider for Cumbria is Electricity North West.  Their application form is attached.  All you need to do is print the form, fill it out and send it back to them.  By being on their PSR they can provide you with blankets, torches, warm food and drinks and even alternative accommodation during prolonged power cuts.  You can also get a free home energy assessment from Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) to look at all of your utilities to see where you might be able to save on bills and where you can make improvements to your house and find funds to make these changes. 

If you need any help with signing up for this scheme, please ask any member of the Parish Council and they will be happy to assist.

– Electricity North West (Electricity) 0800 195 4141 

 www.enwl.co.uk/power-cuts/priority-services-register

– Cold Weather Priority Initiative (Oil) 0121 781 7267  www.ukifda.org/cold-weather-priority-initiative

– United Utilities (Water) 0345 072 6093  

www.unitedutilities.com/help-and-support/priority-services

Here is a link to a leaflet with further details and an application form about the Electricity North West scheme:

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Alternative Route Survey Results – Overwhelming Support for Northern Option

A66 road - Wikipedia

Warcop Parish Council recently produced a survey sheet which went to every resident in Warcop Parish. It was a simple request to see if there was sufficient support for an alternative to the route between Appleby and Brough published by Highways England. The Parish Council believes that the proposed route will be too close to Warcop village and other residential and business premises along the 5-mile route.

Musgrave Parish Council also used the sheet to ask the residents of its parish and the results are included with Warcop’s. Some 300 sheets were distributed and almost 200 returned.

The forms were counted by the Reverend Clive Hicks.

94% of forms returned were in favour of the alternative route, with 6% supporting the original route offered by Highways England.

Such overwhelming support for the alternative route means that both Parish Councils will pass on this outcome to our MP, Dr Neil Hudson, and to Highways England. We believe that Highways England should now draw up a detailed scheme for the northern route. We will keep you informed of the responses we receive. We also hope to have this survey result in The Herald.

Warcop and Musgrave Parish Councils would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey which shows a very high level of community engagement.

Here is a copy of the results table:

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND UPDATES

Meanwhile, Highways England has published updates on progress on the whole project. Here are two links which might help you find out more. One is to a virtual consultation where you can click on the relevant section to see a video. The other is to the complete update booklet.

https://a66ntp.virtual-engage.com/

https://assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/roads/road-projects/A66+Northern+Trans-Pennine/A66_Junction_Brochure_WEB.PDF

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Update on Plans for Upgrade to Warcop Play Area

Warcop Parish Council is embarking on an imaginative plan to completely upgrade the existing play area on the village green as we feel the current equipment is old and unexciting. It is checked regularly by Eden District Council to ensure it is safe.

This project is being led by Councillor Katie Hauser and a small working group. So far a number of companies have drawn up plans and quotations for a variety of schemes. In order to raise the considerable funds required, there will be several fund-raising events in the coming months as well as applications to a range of funders.

Katie has sent out a questionnaire to seek people’s views and we will inform you of the results and which scheme the Parish Council has chosen.

Initial fund-raising has been successful and the Parish Council will also contribute to this project. The next stage is to apply for a series of grants to cover the cost of clearing the site and installing the new equipment. We might also look at drainage and safety fencing around the play area.

The two most favoured designs can be found here but there may be other companies who will quote and come up with alternatives (as with Streetscape):

One of these designs uses recycled plastic; the other uses wood.

In the short term, the Parish Council has asked EDC if it can at least re-paint the existing swings and slide to brighten them up until we have all the funds we need to create a completely new and exciting adventure play area.

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Warcop Parish Council Virtual Meeting

The next meeting of Warcop Parish Council will be via Zoom on Tuesday 8th September at 7:30 pm. An agenda will be published on noticeboards and here on the website when available.

If any member of the community wishes to join in the Zoom meeting, please contact our Clerk, Heidi Strong, by email heidi.strong45@gmail.com.

Here are the minutes of our last meeting:

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Shap Chippy Van Starts Tuesday 13th October!

Shap Chippy are planning to start a weekly fish & chip service from their mobile van which will be sited at Warcop Parish Hall car park every TUESDAY evening from 4:30 -7 pm. There will be a pre-booking system and it is hoped that the new scheme will start on the 13th October. This will be a great boost for everyone after the lockdown period and we expect residents will help collect meals for neighbours who can’t drive so that they don’t miss out!

Make sure that you spread the word!

Please check here for further details when we receive them and also look out for leaflets and posters.

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Sign up for Parish Information!

Warcop Parish Council is trying to set up a parish-wide mailing list to enable it to send relevant information to the 220 households that make up the parish in Bleatarn, Sandford, Warcop and part of Coupland Beck. If you click on any page after the Home Page on our website, you will see a simple sign-up form. You can choose how to receive information and you can opt out whenever you like.

The idea is to tell you about the things the Parish Council is working on as well as telling you about its meetings and the minutes. We will also seek your opinion on issues from time to time – for example, we are currently meeting with Highways England to try and persuade them to create a northerly route for the dualled A66 that takes it over MOD land and further away from Warcop and nearby properties.

We would also like to tell you about events, classes or activities at the Parish Hall, as well as any developments the trustees are working on. For example, they have recently been successful in securing funding to build an extension to our store rooms as we do not have enough space, which is due to the hall’s success.

The whole point is to keep you – the nearly 600 residents of our parish – as fully up to date as possible, so that you feel informed and involved in our community.

Please sign up as soon as possible, so that we can build up a really good number of contacts, then we will begin to send out occasional emails.

Thank you,

David Keetley

Chair, Warcop Parish Council