At the last Parish Council Meeting, David Keetley was elected as the new Chair of Warcop Parish Council as Tim Wass expressed a wish to stand down as Chair, due to new work commitments. Tim will continue as a Parish Councillor and we appreciate all the excellent work he has done in recent years. A summary of the recent meeting will be published soon.
Warcop Art Exhibition a Fantastic Success!
Warcop held its first ever Art & Craft Exhibition in the new Parish Hall over the Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April to 2nd May. Organisers have hailed it a huge success with well over 400 visitors who came to see a wide range of local artistic talent on show. All the exhibitors commented on how light and attractive the Hall is and they were all keen to return for any future exhibitions. Visitors came from many local towns and villages with several coming from further afield.
Children were encouraged to come along as every pupil at Warcop C of E Primary School had drawn a picture which was on display. There were activities such as a treasure hunt and a drawing competition with prizes. About 90 children came over the three days. Visitors also enjoyed having to choose their favourite exhibit.
Feedback commented on the huge talent on show, the variety of work and how well organised the event was. There were paintings by Sara Sylvester, Ann Sandell and Margaret Shaw, photographers such as Alan Roberts from Kirkby Stephen and Hazel Deighton from Bleatarn, rugs and quilts, bead work, wood-turning by Phil Sampson and sculptures by James Popps from Brough.
The exhibition was organised by the Parish Hall Events Group and in particular by David Keetley, Peter Foskett, Hazel Deighton and Vivienne Willcock. Special praise goes to Peter Foskett who designed an amazing zig-zag display system made from 8’ x 4’ boards painted white. He also designed the posters/flyers and the distinctive exhibition logo. Over the weekend, a large team of helpers staffed the Hall covering entrance fee, raffle, sales and refreshments.
Key helpers were:
Glenda Burton, Caroline Shaw, Vivienne & Richard Willcock, Karen West, Mark and Carol Blackett-Ord, Lois Wiseman, Sue Fell, Pat Brady, Sarah & Grace Harrison, Carole White, Judith Heelis, Jenny Ramsden, Ray Bromby, Susan Coffer, Amanda Daldry, Hazel Deighton, Joyce and David Keetley and Peter Foskett. Colin Harrison, Gordon Deighton and David White also deserve great thanks for their contributions to putting up bunting, signs and transporting the boards to the Hall!
Favourite Artist Piece: Butterfly Quilt by Heather Wakefield of Sandford
Runner up: photograph by Hazel Deighton of Bleatarn
Spot Prize for Voting: Sue Latham
Children’s Drawing Competition Winners: Scarlett Harrison, Charlotte Eife, Abi Heron, Emma Moogan
Best Primary School Picture Winner: Parrot by Charlie Dinsdale
Many of the contributing artists donated prizes for the raffle, including prints, originals, wood-turning and bracelets. Over £1200 was raised from the exhibition and these funds will go towards much-needed equipment for the new Parish Hall.
Thank you to all the organisers, helpers, exhibitors and visitors who made this a fantastic first-time exhibition which will hopefully become an annual event. It was a real community team effort.
The next meeting of Warcop Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 25th May at 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the new Parish Hall. All members of the community are very welcome.
The Parish Council held several meetings which were attended by many local residents to help create a Flood Action Plan. Rory Stewart MP visited Warcop and offered support and the Environment Agency (EA) came down and visited the main areas of damage and concern.
The main areas agreed were:
Parish given permission for local volunteers to clear extensive undergrowth from Crook’s Beck from the centre of the village to the mouth of the Eden.
The EA agreed to fund the work to widen the beck to slow down the flow of water in any future floods.
Build up of gravel at Eden Bridge to be removed and threat to road as river is now effectively spilt in two. No agreement yet as to who will give permission or fund this.
CCC Highways to repair railings and posts alongside beck and fund paint for village volunteers to re-paint them after any EA work has been completed.
Highways repaired the low bridge over the beck whose wall had been partly washed away in the floods.
The Parish Council would like to thank all local residents who have worked so hard clearing trees and vegetation along the beck and disposing of the waste. Look out for some photos on the website soon to show some of the great work done and how it has opened up the views of the village. Many homes were flooded and we hope that this great example of community spirit will help prevent such flooding and heartache for residents in future.
Thanks also to those residents who helped make a good start on tidying up the willow maze in Warcop which had become overgrown. The Parish Council hopes to organise some more village tidy up sessions and would encourage lots of volunteers will come along to help.
You will have seen that work had started on implementing a 50 mph speed limit on the A66 between Brough and the Appleby bypass. The problem with the signs has been resolved and the new speed limit is now operational (as of 3rd September 2016.) There was a delay of several weeks because of an objection to the scheme which took some time to respond to by Highways England. Police will now monitor speeds from a new observation lay-by and at other places.
The Parish Council still has concerns about insufficient double white lines on the hill near Sandford road end, and the very short distance to that turn-off from the Appleby directiom that they have positioned the 50mph signs. Warcop Parish Council would value your feedback on the effects of the new speed limit in the coming weeks and months so please let us know your views.
Other safety improvements and average speed cameras are possible in the future if speeds and accident rates do not reduce. This is now a permanent speed limit and came as a result of lobbying by a number of local Parish and Town Councils.
A report on the case for dualling all or part of the A66 and A69 is due to go to ministers in October.November 2016 (see report on meeting with Highways England in separate article.)
Follow this link to find out more about the work of the Eden Valley Railway: http://www.evr-cumbria-org-uk
The long wait is over. Superfast Broadband is now available in Warcop. Contact your Internet Service Provider to find out how to get speeds of up to 80mbs.
Warcop’s new website is now up and running. There are currently sections for The Parish Council, Parish Hall, Methodist Chapel and St Columba’s Church – plus useful information and news for all local residents. We have also started a local business directory to promote local businesses and services. If you have any photos of the local area please get in touch and we’ll add them to the website.
If you’d like to contribute to the website with news, events or information then just let us know.
This website is for everyone in the Warcop Parish which includes Warcop, Sandford, Beatarn and Coupland Beck so please use it and help us to make it even better!