The AGM and next meeting of Warcop Parish Council will take place on Thursday 19th May at 7:00pm in the meeting room at Warcop Parish Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.
Here are links to the agendas and minutes of the last meetings:
The AGM and next meeting of Warcop Parish Council will take place on Thursday 19th May at 7:00pm in the meeting room at Warcop Parish Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.
Here are links to the agendas and minutes of the last meetings:
We have been informed that the Post Office has changed its day and times for Warcop Parish Hall starting the week beginning the 9th May 2022.
The new session will be on THURSDAYS 09:00 – 11:00am every week from now on, as it previously operated.
We very much hope that more residents will use the Post Office service including parents, the school staff, trustees and the wider community.
We are also trying to re-establish the Foyer café that ran alongside the Post Office sessions, if we can find enough volunteers.
Please try to support the Post Office because this is definitely a case of use or lose it!
People from near and far flocked to Warcop’s fifth annual Art & Craft Exhibition over the Bank Holiday weekend. Visitors were treated to a fantastic range of arts and crafts produced by local artists and craftspeople.
New this year was an impressive letterpress machine demonstrated by Charles Blackett-Ord. George Bennett’s hobby of making walking sticks also interested visitors. As well as a full display of local arts and crafts, all pupils from Warcop C of E Primary School exhibited a piece of their work. Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite piece by an adult and a child. Refreshments were, as ever, delicious and highly popular, as were the workshops and demonstrations.
David Keetley, organiser, said “The exhibition was really successful with many visitors and excellent sales for those who sold their work. After a 3-year gap, it was great to be back and I’d like to express my thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make the event run so smoothly.” The exhibition raised over £2000 which will go to support the running costs of the Parish Hall.
WARCOP PARISH COUNCIL
We would like to thank Faye Unsworth for all her hard work as a Parish Councillor. She has had to give up the role due to other pressing commitments.
The Parish Council is therefore looking for someone to serve as a Parish Councillor
Are you interested in local current affairs?
Do you wish to serve and improve your Community?
Could you provide a voice for residents?
If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live, then this is the position for you.
There are 6 parish council meetings per year plus other ad-hoc meetings which you will be required to attend.
This position is open to people that live in the parish of Warcop including Sandford, Bleatarn & Coupland Beck or within 3 miles of the parish boundary and those that work or own land within the parish.
For further information and an application form please contact the parish clerk:
Tel: 017683 41102
Warcop Parish Council Needs Your Help!
By investing in the equipment, the Parish Council has freed up funds from the precept to spend on improving our Parish. If you have any ideas for further improvements, please let us know!
If you’d like to volunteer, please contact David Keetley on 41390
Thanking you in anticipation of your help.
The Parish Council and local residents have helped to provide a new set of planters, including newly-made ones at the village name signs on entry to the villages. Some are made of recycled plastic.
Many thanks to those who have made the planters – especially Mr and Mrs Clee – who filled them with compost, bulbs and flowers. They have also agreed to look after the planters, for which we are very grateful.
They should look wonderful next year when in full bloom and help make our villages look even more attractive.
National Highways have published an updated brochure on their proposals for the A66 upgrade. Here is the link to the A66 NTP winter update website:
The link takes you to the winter update brochure, which summarises the key changes to the scheme since their autumn 2021 consultation. There is also a consultation summary report, which gives you details of the consultation, how many people took part and the feedback they received on their developing designs.
National Highways have issued a leaflet (link below) to local residents suggesting that they have made some amendments to their preferred route where they are looking to make changes to two parts of the route: “the western section of route local to Sandford junction and central section in the vicinity of Moor Beck.” The leaflet does not include any plans or route drawings, which is not exactly helpful. The consultation lasts from 28th January to 25th February.
There is a National Highways consultation drop-in at Warcop Parish Hall on Monday 7th February 3 – 7pm and on Tuesday 8th February from 8 – 2pm.
Here is a link to the leaflet in case you have not seen it:
Without knowing what their amendments to the western and central routes are, it is hard to comment, but we urge all residents to attend the consultation at the Parish Hall, then submit their responses either online or via paper copies.
What concerns both Warcop Parish Council and Musgrave Parish Council is the suggestion that the eastern route from Warcop to Brough may not have been changed at all.
WARCOP PARISH HALL
A Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel
Saturday 19th March 7:30pm
Check out their website: http://classicsingersongwriters.co.uk/sandg/
Tickets available locally from either Carol on 017683 53450
or Caroline on 01768342900 evenings email@example.com
Or apply online via this link:
Warcop Parish Council has organised a new system for reducing litter in our parish by purchasing litter-picking equipment and locating this in Bleatarn, Sandford and Warcop.
The idea is that residents can collect the equipment when going on a walk and collect any litter they find in an EDC blue bag, and then put it out with their normal rubbish collection. Please return the equipment when you have finished with it.
A poster giving more details can be found in the link here:
Many thanks to Councillor Caroline Syddall who has very worked hard to organise this system. We hope it will lead to a tidier and cleaner parish!
Some website users have said that our contact forms do not seem to work or they receive no reply. We think we have fixed the problem now so you should be able to use the forms and get to the right person. Other contacts can be found on the Useful Numbers page of this website. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
There are only two forms: a contact form for the Parish Council, which will go to our Clerk, Heidi Strong; the other is a Parish Hall Booking Form, which will go to Sue Fell, the Booking Secretary. We hope that this will now make it easier to get in touch.
Many thanks to Chris Hauser for his brilliant technical support!
Please go to the dedicated A66 page for an update on a recent meeting with National Highways and to see two potential alternative northern options at each end of our section.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SHAPPY WHEELS HAVE DECIDED TO CHANGE THE SERVICE THEY OFFER AT WARCOP TO A FORTNIGHTLY ONE IN THE NEW YEAR.
“Please note we will be moving to a NEW fortnightly service for Warcop from our current weekly one we do for 2022 and going forward.
We will give a copy of the attached to all customers over the coming weeks before we break for our Christmas and new year break.
Our last stop for 2021 will be – Tuesday 14th December
Our first stop for 2022 will be – Tuesday 4th January“
HERE IS A TIMETABLE FOR YOU TO SEE WHICH DATES THEY WILL BE IN WARCOP:
Following a suggestion from a local resident at a recent Parish Council meeting, we approached Eden District Council to either move existing bins or obtain a new one. It was felt that the more populated side of Warcop only had two dog bins, whereas the other side had 5 waste bins.
In the end. EDC were very helpful and they have supplied a new bin on the bend near Crooks Beck and at the end of the footpath behind The Croft. This bin can be used for general waste and dog poo bags.
Thank you for the idea and thanks to EDC for their support.
Please come along to our monthly Coffee Morning on Saturday 13th November 10 -11:30am at Warcop Parish Hall. Entry is £1.50, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Scones and bacon rolls are available to purchase, with vegetarian options too.
Mainly this is a chance to have a good old chat and meet up again after all those months of lockdown!
WARCOP PARISH HALL
Thursday 21 October
A touching drama starring Colin Firth & Stanley Tucci
Sam and Tusker are travelling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.
Doors open: 6.45pm Screening: 7.15pm
Adults: £4.00 if booked at least 24 hours in advance
Adults on the door: £4.50 Children under 16: £2.50
To reserve tickets email:
Please be aware that the consultation on Highways England’s proposals to upgrade the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner starts on Friday 24th September and runs for six weeks until 6th November.
Please see our online petition on Change.org in support of our proposal for a northern bypass which is now online and please encourage lots of people near and far to sign it!
Here is the link to the Highways England Consultation page. There are useful visualisations for each section, including Appleby to Brough:
Should you require paper copies of all these documents, please contact Highways England, newly named as National Highways, or I have 4 copies if you contact me.
Warcop & Musgrave Parish Councils have been lobbying Highways England to design a more northerly route which would take the new road away from the villages of Warcop and Sandford as well as individual properties along our section of the route.
While some welcome amendments to their design have been made, we still feel that the new road should be further away to reduce air, noise and visual pollution. We recognise that this would mean part of the road running across a small section of an Area of Outstanding Beauty, but we believe the needs of current and future residents should be more important than preserving a small section of low-grade land currently damaged by the activities of the MOD.
Please can you make sure you attend one of the face to face consultation events and also send in an official consultation form with your views? The more responses they receive saying their current proposals are unacceptable the better. The Warcop Parish Hall dates are Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th October.
Specifically, if they won’t consider our northern bypass proposal, then they can improve their design by a) building the new carriageway between Café 66 and Dyke Nook to the north of the existing road, not the south, including storage ponds; b) between Brough and Warcop, design a straight line new road to the north of the current road, thus reducing the need for complex junctions at Langrigg, Flitholme and Warcop. This would then join with HE’s route to the west of the army playing field.
We have also asked that they consider extending the non-road user section from Moorhouse Lane to Appleby, for cyclists, walkers, horse riders etc. In addition, we have requested that they construct a new footpath from the primary school in Warcop into the centre of the village for road safety reasons.
Here is a link to the consultation dates and venues table: https://apis.mail.yahoo.com/ws/v3/mailboxes/@.id==VjN-7JRFnL-fyeiiYaiwEM2LjhViDAwg8ygWGLv1Jt7lEoyZrdudzMVHlm2dtTWuXSDvpXSQPIt7834jXjyRXCwNNg/messages/@.id==AEIdcLpeOirgYUiAWA5zODiRm2c/content/parts/@.id==2/thumbnail?appid=YMailNorrin&downloadWhenThumbnailFails=true&pid=2
Please remember that this road will be there for hundreds of years so the chosen route must be safe for future generations and as far away from villages and houses as possible.
Chair, Warcop Parish Council
We are looking for households to take part in the Warcop Scarecrow Trail. Each household taking part will display their creations on the front of their properties for visitors to follow using a map.
Any households on the outskirts of the village will be allocated a spot within the village. There will be a small prize for 1st, 2nd & 3rd as voted for by visitors.
If you would like to take part please text Sarah on 078969 12210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are asking for a £1 donation per entry to be given to charity.
All entries in by August 20th .
Please come along and enjoy the event and the creative talents of our local residents!
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Thursday 12th August at 7:30pm at the Parish Hall. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Below you can find the agenda and last set of minutes:
You will be aware that this year’s Horse Fair has been re-scheduled and starts on Thursday 12th August. Warcop Parish Council, in consultation with the police and MASCG, will put in place various measures to ensure that the correct regulations are followed by our visitors.
In Warcop, only bow top caravans are permitted and no motorised caravans. There are designated places near Crooks Beck. Areas near the sheepfold, the village green and small areas opposite will be fenced off. Benches will also be removed temporarily.
In addition, following the successful 2019 trial, we will block off the layby adjacent to Crooks Beck with concrete railway sleepers to prevent motorised vehicles parking there. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience to residents.
Members of the Parish Council will meet the police at liaison meetings on the 3rd, 6th and 9th August at 12 – 1pm to discuss any issues. So if you have any concerns, please contact a member of the Parish Council, who will raise them directly with the police.
If you see any criminal or dangerous activity, please ring 101 and ask for the dedicated Horse Fair line.
WARCOP PARISH COUNCIL
MEETING DATES 2021/22
Please note the change of evening to THURSDAYS.
Subject to change
This will take place on Thursday 17th June at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
Agenda and minutes can be found via these links:
The Annual General meeting of Warcop Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 8th June 2021 at 7:00 pm at Warcop Parish Hall. This will be followed be the usual Parish Council meeting at 7:30 pm. Covid-secure precautions will be in place, such as face masks, social distancing and hand sanitising.
Members of the public are welcome to attend.
We have just been informed that the statutory consultation on the A66 route will take place at Warcop Parish Hall between Sunday 3rd and Wednesday 6th October 2021. Further details will be provided by Highways England nearer the time.
We hope that you will put these dates in your diary and that everyone will attend and express their views.
Look out for a new venture with the Mini Eden Coffee Van in the Parish Hall Car Park every Friday morning 09:00 – 11:00 am. Here is a link to its website for more information:
Warcop and Musgrave Parish Councils have recently met with the design team from Highways England and there has also been a Microsoft Teams Community Liaison Group meeting. This group had representatives from Appleby, Brough, Warcop, Musgrave as well as local councillors. Local residents should also have received a leaflet updating them on the latest plans for the upgrade to our stretch of the A66 between Appleby and Brough. (Apparently there is a similar leaflet for Kirkby Thore.)
At the first meeting, we were presented with x 10 detailed drawings of the route with junctions and the alignment. This was essentially HE’s preferred route. They also showed us some draft plans where the road at Warcop makes use of the existing carriageway and only one new carriageway is built, to keep the road further from properties. A new local road would be built behind the tank park on AONB and MOD land. Another road at the eastern end would be built on AONB land to create a local link onto Brough main street.
It is hard to describe much of this without detailed maps but the main points of our campaign are as follows:
1. A completely northern route should be considered and HE should draw up proper detailed plans to assess the advantages and any issues.
2. The junction at Sandford has now been moved back to the road end but does now have east and west connectivity. There are 4 storage ponds and the new carriageway goes unacceptably close to Dyke Nook Cottage and other properties. An alternative would be for the new carriageway from Café 66 to go to the north of the existing road, not south. (This is not AONB land.)
3. At Warcop, there are two options: the first has the road elevated thus increasing noise, air and visual pollution. The second is at the current ground level with a new bridge over the new dual carriageway just next to the current army P junction. This would lead onto the range and the new local road.
4. At Flitholme and Langrigg, we questioned why there needed to be a new access road from Flitholme to Langrigg. One idea was to build a new link road from Flitholme to the Warcop Musgrave road B6259 to avoid this. At Langrigg the owners of Low Broomrigg Cottage will be surrounded by two new access roads with increased traffic plus a four-lane highway closer to their and others’ properties.. We couldn’t see why the two existing lanes could not go under the new road and meet the old A66 as a T-junction and then residents can turn left and join the new road at Warcop or turn right and join at Brough via a slip road off the old A66.
5. At Brough, HE say if they can’t build the new access road to Brough Main Street, they will have to build the new dual carriageway to the south west of Brough, demolishing one house and connecting at the Musgrave Lane bridge. This also seems like an extravagant solution at further expense.
6. The two parish councils were told we would be sent electronic copies of their plans as well as paper copies. If we can share them on this website, we will.
7. We intend to call a public meeting at Warcop Parish Hall some time in July for local residents to express their thoughts and feelings about the current proposals. We will invite Highways England, Natural England, local councillors, our MP, the media and any other relevant people. We hope that as many local residents as possible will attend (subject to the Covid regulations in force at the time.)
8. Highways England say there will be a statutory public consultation in the autumn, possibly September.
While there are signs of some movement from HE, they say that our proposed northern route would not receive approval from statutory bodies such as Natural England or the Secretary of State for Transport. The test is that only in “exceptional circumstances” would a road be allowed to be built over AONB land. Highways England and Natural England seem to suggest it is preferable to worsen the air, noise and visual pollution for a whole community, in order to protect an area of dubious natural “beauty” which is essentially barren and unattractive. We continue to challenge that point of view and are quite prepared to seek a legal challenge and perhaps go to a future public inquiry, if necessary.
We recognise that there a mixed views and opinions on this issue but in our recent survey of Musgrave and Warcop residents, 94% of respondents preferred a northern route.
Chair, Warcop Parish Council
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:
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
Thank you for reading,
3 High Green, Sandford
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.
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.
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:
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 Keetley||017683 41390|
|Katie Hauser||07729 026 288|
|Colin Harrison||017683 41816|
|Faye Hughes||07714 470 096|
|Clive Allen||017683 51502|
|Caroline Syddall||017683 42005|
|Gordon Deighton||017683 41034|
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 England||01768 254409|
|Rev Andrew Sterling – Methodist Church||017683 51244|
We hope we can all help our neighbours!
Warcop Parish Council
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
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
– Cold Weather Priority Initiative (Oil) 0121 781 7267 www.ukifda.org/cold-weather-priority-initiative
– United Utilities (Water) 0345 072 6093
Here is a link to a leaflet with further details and an application form about the Electricity North West scheme:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the minutes of our last meeting:
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.
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.
Chair, Warcop Parish Council
Can you help to tidy up the Millennium Maze area please? There’s quite a lot of cutting back, sorting out the willow maze and grass cutting needed. Please come along and help if you can and bring a range of tools for the job! Any help would be much appreciated. The Parish Council has purchase a new picnic bench to replace the rotten one so that it can be used after the tidy up.
Below is a link to a poster about this event:
Warcop Parish Council
Warcop & Sandford WI have kindly donated a cherry blossom tree which has now been planted near to the Woodland Burial area in Warcop Cemetery. This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee green canopy initiative. The Parish Council is extremely grateful to Valerie and David Brooks, and Maureen Heron who helped with the organisation and planting. The new tree will really enhance that corner of the cemetery.
Following several years of requests by the Parish Council, we are pleased to report that Sandford now has received its own green waste skip. This might only be a temporary solution and we will have to see what the new Westmorland & Furness authority’s policy will be on this, or the introduction of green wheelie bins in the future.
Warcop Parish Council would like to thank William Patterson, our EDC councillor, for his support and great efforts in achieving this for Sandford.
I’m pleased to announce that the cinema will restart on Thursday 17 February and I hope you will be able to make it. Here are the details of all the films that will be screened this season:
Thursday 17 February
A drama starring Kristen Steward as Diana, Princess of Wales
The marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game, but this year, things will be profoundly different.
Thursday 17 March
A biopic starring Jennifer Hudson
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom — it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
Thursday 21 April
Saving Grace (PG)
A comedy starring Brenda Blethan, Bill Bailey & Martin Clunes
Following the sudden death of her husband, Grace has been left with a manor on the Cornish Coast – and the massive, suffocating mountain of debt her husband had been secretly amassing. Now, with creditors and repossessors on her heels, Grace is faced with the prospect of losing everything. Desperate times call for desperate measures!
Thursday 19 May
King Richard (12A)
A drama starring Will Smith
Armed with a clear vision and a brazen, 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, California, Richard shapes the girls’ unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them.
Thursday 16 June
Never Too Late (PG)
A comedy starring James Cromwell and Dennis Waterman
A group of elderly people decide to break out of their retirement home but end up in unexpected and hilarious situations.
If you would like to reserve tickets please email at email@example.com
Tickets booked in advance cost £4 or £4.50 on the door. Doors open from 18:45 and the screening starts at 19:15.