Parish Hall News

New Equipment for Warcop Parish Hall

There have been some recent additions to the equipment at the Parish Hall as the trustees try to improve facilities. The following were donated by the Table Tennis Club:

  • Coat hooks now fitted in each toilet and also in the Meeting Room
  • A new baby change unit fitted in the disabled toilet

In addition, the proceeds from the highly successful Thursday Foyer Cafe have been used to provide:

  • a much-needed free-standing fridge in the kitchen to store extra supplies for larger events.

Trustees are working to purchase new, comfortable padded chairs and some new tables in the near future.

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Parish Council

Bleatarn Receives Third Defibrillator

Following the generosity of local people in donating large amounts of money for defibrillators in our Parish, we are pleased to announce that there was enough funding left over to purchase a third one. This has now been  placed on the outside wall of Gordon and Hazel Deighton’s in Bleatarn, and we are extremely grateful to them for agreeing to this and also to fulfil the weekly checks.

Thanks also to Andrew Allison who agreed to fit the defibrillator free of charge, as he did with the other two in Warcop and Sandford. We are now well supplied with this life-saving equipment in our parish area.

David Keetley


Warcop Parish Council



Warcop Art & Craft Exhibition 2017

Some 400 people visited the second Warcop Art & Craft Exhibition over the Bank Holiday weekend, which showcased the talent of 40 local artists and crafts people. Visitors from far and wide were treated to a variety of work from paintings in a range of media, jewellery, wood-turning, glassware, quilt-making and many other crafts. Some exhibitors were selling their work while others were happy just to show what they had created.
There was a fantastic range of cakes and treats provided by local volunteers which went down very well too. Many children attended and there was a Treasure Hunt and a drawing competition. All visitors voted for their favourite piece and also for the best piece of art by pupils from Warcop C of E Primary School. The raffle featured about 20 art and craft pieces donated by the exhibitors.
Overall, the event raised over £1000 which will go towards purchasing much-needed equipment for the Parish Hall. The organisers would like to thank all the many volunteers who staffed the hall and helped put up and take down the exhibition, which now looks like becoming a popular annual event on the local art and craft scene.
Parish Council

Chapel Garth Parking and Access

There is a growing problem of access to Chapel Garth and Martindale View caused by the increasing number of cars parked on the pavement. There is insufficient room for larger delivery vehicles, bin and recycling lorries to make the right turn into the development so that the grass verges are now cut up and  messy.

The Parish Council has contacted Cumbria Highways to  ask them to assess the situation and to consider re-shaping the bend to allow better turning space. So far we have not had a response, but we’ll keep trying.

Please can residents kindly do their best to park their cars as safely as possible and avoid trailers in the car park and taking a parking space up? Thank you.

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Parish Council

Eden District Council agrees to Removal of Wellingtonia Tree in Warcop

As you may have seen in a recent article in The Herald, at a recent EDC Planning Committee meeting, an appeal was made to remove the Tree Preservation Order which had been placed on the 92 feet high Wellingtonia tree in the centre of Warcop, because of increasing safety concerns. This damage caused to an adjoining property by falling branches during the November storm (see photos below) proved to be a convincing example of the risks.

After representations from the EDC Tree Officer and the appellants’ representatives, followed by close questioning and discussion, the committee voted by 6 to 4 in favour of the removal of the tree, with the condition that it be replaced by a native variety.

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Community Parish Hall News

Official Opening of Warcop Parish Hall by HRH Princess Anne, Tuesday 21st March 2017


Warcop was blessed with sunshine (and snow) for the arrival of the Princess Royal to officially open Warcop Parish Hall. A large group of invited guests attended to meet Princess Anne, including all the staff and pupils from Warcop Church of England Primary School.

The Princess arrived at the army camp by helicopter before driving to the Hall where she was greeted by the Chair of the Trustees, Ray Bromby and fellow trustee and Booking Secretary, Joyce Keetley. She was also welcomed by the High Sherrif of Cumbria, the Chair Cumbria County Council and Eden District Council and she was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria.

The princess was introduced to Trustees, contractors and architects, the Events Group, flood victims, user groups and members of the community. The Princess Royal took a keen interest in the Hall and the people she met before hearing a few words from Ray Bromby and then making some very positive and supportive comments about all the hard work that went into achieving the new hall. She also stressed the need to develop it and make it work as a community facility.

Darcy Brass presented Princess Anne with a posy and Charlie Dinsdale thanked her for her visit.

Everyone enjoyed her Royal Highness’s visit and visitors were treated to refreshments provided by Farm Harvest. Well done and thank you to everyone who helped plan, prepare and organise this fantastic day in the life of our community.

For a large selection of pictures from the event, please go to Galleries section on the front page or follow this link:
















Soup and Pudding Lunches at Warcop Parish Hall – First Thursday of each month 11:30 – 1:00 pm am

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The first Warcop Parish Hall Soup and Pudding Lunch took place on Thursday 5th January 11:30 – 1:00 pm and was hailed as a great success. Some 23 people attended and enjoyed a variety of soups and rolls followed by puddings then tea and coffee. The atmosphere was convivial and everyone enjoyed a good chat with a range of people attending.

Organised by Glenda Burton, the plan is to hold these lunches on the first Thursday of every month at 11:30 – 1:00. Everyone is welcome and the cost for the lunch is £6 each. If anyone needs a lift there and back then please let Glenda know and this can be easily arranged. Telephone 41453.

It’s a great way to meet up with people and enjoy good food and great company!

So please come along to the next one on Thursday 2nd March at 11:30 am.

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Great North Air Ambulance Collection Raises £700!

Thank you to everyone who donated so many bags and printer cartridges for the collection by the Great North Air Ambulance last weekend. This was our first collection for this charity which supports the running costs of the air ambulance in our area, which is so vital in a medical emergency. The charity informed us that it has raised £700, which is fantastic for our first attempt!

If you weren’t able to bring anything this time, we hope to do another collection in the new year, probably in May or June, so look out for the flyer and bags.

Well done to everyone who helped.

David Keetley

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Acoustic Panels fitted to Parish Hall

Contractors recently installed acoustic sound panels to the side walls of the Parish Hall. They are designed to reduce reverberation and echo from the walls so that both speech and music will sound much clearer. The boards complement the colour scheme of the hall and they are fitted above door height. Along with the curtains, we hope that you will now notice a big improvement when you next visit the hall.


Warcop Parish Hall Awarded Cinema Equipment

Warcop Parish Hall Awarded Cinema Equipment

Last January, the Warcop Parish Hall Events Committee, launched the Warcop Remote Cinema, with support from the BFI (British Film Institute) and Eden Arts.  Since then, the regular screenings have proved very popular and attracted great support from residents of Warcop, Sandford and other surrounding villages. Given our nearest cinema is 20 miles away in Penrith, people really appreciate access to recent film releases being screened on their doorstep.  Remote Cinema brings together members of the community in a shared experience, but also provides a wonderful social event that helps breakdown rural isolation.

In September, we were made aware of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund and were encouraged by Eden Arts to apply. We are therefore delighted to announce our application has been successful and we have been awarded our own cinema equipment. This will comprise a state of the art digital projector, blue-ray player, screen, speakers and mobile cabinet.  While the equipment will be used predominantly for film screenings, it will be an asset for the Hall and community groups wishing to make presentations, talks etc. will be able to have access to it.

If you haven’t yet given the Remote Cinema go, we think you might be surprised by how good it is. If you would like to be kept informed of screenings email your details to check your village notice boards regularly, access our website  or look in the Parish Magazine – The Way. The next screening with be on 19 January, 2017 at 7.15pm and will be The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslett. We look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Coffer