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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 been suspended due to the new Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions. Please check here for news of when it will start operating.

Cumbria Classic Coaches have announced that they are ending their Tuesday bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith at Christmas. 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 January, 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 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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Christmas Carol Service Cancelled

Hello Everyone

,Just to let you know that due to the current situation, the Churches Together Outdoor Carol Service will not be taking place on Monday evening. If you know others who were planning to attend, please let them know.
However, there will be an online Zoom alternative at 6pm. This will be led by Rev Andrew Sterling and Rev David Wood. We will be able to sing carols in the comfort of our own homes.
If you would like to join us, the instructions are below:

Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82009792645
or by loading Zoom and entering these details: Meeting ID: 820 0979 2645
If you would like to join in by telephone, please let me know and we can arrange that.
Andrew has asked that you might like to have a candle with you, ready to light, during the Service.
We hope some of you will be able to join us tomorrow evening – feel free to bring along a glass of sherry and a mince pie!

Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas.

Joyce

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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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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

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Warcop Parish Hall Covid-19 Closure

The trustees of Warcop Parish Hall met on the 2nd December 2020 and discussed the implications of Cumbria being in Tier 2 following lockdown, and also taking into account the latest government guidance for community halls. Trustees took the decision to remain closed for the moment but will review the situation in January taking into account the tier that Cumbria will be in at that time and any further guidance for community halls.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our many regular users and hirers but we feel that re-opening at this stage would be likely to increase the risk of infection if we were to re-start classes and events.

We really hope that things will look better in 2021 and mass vaccination will be rolled out and we can start to offer all the many activities, classes and events that we’ve all missed so much.

In the meantime, the weekly Post Office continues at the Hall on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm. The Shappy Wheels Fish & Chips van will continue in the car park every Tuesday from 4:30 -7:00pm. The primary school can continue to use the hall for occasional PE lessons.

David Keetley

Chair, Warcop Parish Hall CIO Trustees

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Great North Air Ambulance Collection

Thank you to everyone who brought so many bags down to the Hall for our November collection. The amount raised for the GNAA charity was £604. This brings the overall total raised so far from our collections to £4,559. Well done!

David Keetley

Quite a collection of bags!
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A66 Border TV Interview

ITV Border News were invited to film and interview a few local residents to hear their concerns about Highways England’s proposed route for the A66. In the light of the 94% in favour of an alternative northern route, the reporter was keen to find out what the main concerns are and the impact of the new road which would come closer to the villages of Warcop, Sandford, Langrigg and Flitholme, thereby increasing noise, air and visual pollution.

Watch the programme on ITV on Wednesday 2nd December at 6pm