There will be no paper copy of The Way for April and possibly beyond. For those of you with internet access you can read April’s edition via this link to the Brough Parish Council website:

If you know someone who does not have internet access and requires a paper copy, please can you print it off for them or ask them to contact David Keetley on 41390?

Thank you.

Coronavirus Notice – Warcop Parish Hall

Warcop Parish Hall

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The coronavirus official guidance is frequently being updated. The Trustees of Warcop Parish Hall recommend the following procedures are implemented:

• If you don’t feel well and have any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not enter the hall

• If you think you may be at risk due to underlying health conditions, we fully understand if you do not wish to come to the Hall

• Please use the handwash facilities provided:
 Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry under the warm air driers, located in the toilet areas
 Please note hand sanitiser/gel is provided in the foyer area

• We recommend that you consider social distancing when in the Hall

• Please use the antibacterial wipes to clean kitchen surfaces before and after use – these are provided in the tub under the kitchen sink

Information correct as of March 16th
Please refer to official Government Guidance for the latest updates

Warm Homes Eden

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Many people struggle to keep themselves warm at home, and reasons may be due to low income, energy inefficient homes or high fuel costs. Representatives from Warm Homes Eden attended the recent Coffee Morning at Warcop, and they wanted to keep local residents informed of the service they offer.

Warm Homes Eden can help you stay safe and warm at home by:

  • Saving money on your heating costs
  • Switching to a cheaper energy tariff
  • Making your home warmer, draught proofing, insulation
  • Replacing inefficient heating
  • Reducing or clearing any water or energy debt
  • Inclusion on Electricity North West’s Priority Service Register
  • Access to your energy supplier’s Warm Home Discount
  • Access to a benefit entitlement review
  • Being connected to the Fire Service for Safe And Well visit
  • Accessing a gas connection

Who Can Apply?

A Householder can apply if you:

  • Receive a DWP benefit, or
  • Have a low income coupled with high energy costs
  • Have a low income and a long-term health condition


Contacts: Warm Homes Eden 01768 593240 or email

Electricity North West’s Priority Services Register

The region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, are keen to identify customers who would benefit from extra help during a power cut.

Being without power can cause difficulties to many customer groups. When a customer signs up to Electricity North West’s Priority Services Register (PSR), they can be offered extra support free of charge to keep them safe and comfortable until power is restored.

Once registered, Electricity North West will provide advanced notice of planned power cuts and in some instances can offer practical items such as hot food, blankets and torches during unplanned outages.

If required, Electricity North West’s can also offer free energy efficiency advice to PSR customers, which can save money on fuel bills and help the environment.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from being on the Electricity North West Priority Service you can sign up free of charge online or over the phone.


Phone: 105

In the event of a power cut you can report it and receive updates by calling the free national phone number 105.


WANTED! Someone to run a Badminton Club in Warcop

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The Parish Hall trustees are keen to re-establish a regular badminton club at Warcop Parish Hall. We have all the equipment, posts, nets shuttlecocks and racquets and a brilliant court in a high hall with excellent lighting.

All we need now is someone to get it going!  The key requirements are enthusiasm and organization skills. We’d like to see a club that caters for all ages and abilities. Times available include some evenings and weekends.

If you think you can help with this, please contact David Keetley on 41390 to discuss further.

Angel of the North – Glenda Burton!


Congratulations to Glenda Burton who was recently awarded the prestigious Angel of the North Award along with others in this region. Glanda’s tireless community work and her devotion to many children she and Allen have cared for over the years was the basis for her well-deserved award.

Look North reporters attended the October Soup & Pud session to interview Glenda and others and the feature that they showed was excellent in highlighting Glenda’s tremendous community commitment and positive attitude, as well as showing off the Parish Hall to full advantage!

Well done Glenda!




Warcop Parish Hall Trustees


The new Parish Hall was effectively created and built by the original Trustees of the former Warcop Village Hall and they successfully attracted a lottery grant, wrote a business plan and sold the former Village Hall and Reading Room to fund the building of our new hall. Their contribution has been tremendous and we thank them for all their hard work.

As the last building snagging work is now almost complete, and final expenditure and income related to building work signed off, this original charity will be wound up. A new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) charity called Warcop Parish Hall, (the name chosen by residents after a local survey,) has been established and will aim to develop the Parish Hall further, extend its activities, cover all its running costs and have all the equipment, policies and facilities needed to operate efficiently and effectively. It will set up a new bank account so that it can operate effectively. The Hall serves the residents of the whole parish, including Bleatarn, Coupland Beck, Sandford and Warcop.

The new Board of Trustees held its Annual General Meeting on the 6th December. The following trustees were appointed and three committees will operate: the already successful Events Group, a Premises Committee and a Development Committee. The minutes of the meeting are on this website under the documents section of the Parish hall.

The Trustees are:

David Keetley – Chair

Peter Foskett – Vice- Chair

Joyce Keetley – Treasurer and Booking Secretary

Sue Austin-Fell – Secretary

Ray Bromby, Lois Wiseman, Tony Dent, Caroline Shaw, Glenda Burton, Pat Burgess and Alan Burgess were also elected as Trustees, with Les Baines Co-opted as a Trustee to the new charity. Clive Allen, from Sandford, has been co-opted to the Premises Committee to make use of his extensive experience of Health & Safety and building management.

There are three committees formed to advance the work of the hall: The Premises Committee will focus on building maintenance and improvements; the Finance & Development Committee will manage the budget and also aim to increase usage of the hall, both occasional and regular activity group users. Finally, the Events Committee will continue to organise the great range of events that are held at the hall each year such as Covernote concerts, Bingo and Dominoes Evenings, Fashion Show, Art & Craft Exhibition for example.

Below is a link to the Management Structure of the new charity which shows both the membership and how each group links to the full Board of Trustees.

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David Keetley

Chair of Trustees

Badminton Sessions Tuesday 7:30 – 9:30 pm

We have now decided to re-start the Badminton sessions. Sessions are start at 7:30 pm, after Clubbercise.

Starters/inexperienced players 7:30 -8:30 pm

Intermediate/advanced players 8:30 – 9:30 pm

Adults £2, Children under -16 £1

If any group wants to book the hall privately to play badminton, there are plenty of sessions available (see Parish Hall Events Calendar) and we have all the equipment, so contact Joyce on 41390 to book a time.

Warcop Clean Up – A Big Thank You

Thank you to all the residents who volunteered and gave up their time on Saturday 11th March to help clean up the litter in Warcop. 15 people turned up and we collected over 25 bags of rubbish from the two roads from the A66, the area near the recycling centre, through the village and along the road to Kirkby Stephen. It looks a lot cleaner now and we hope it might stay that way!

We intend to do similar clean ups in Sandford and Bleatarn later in the year.

Afterwards, the volunteers were treated to a cup of tea or coffee and some cakes in the Parish Hall. It was great to see so many people helping our community and especially nice to see so many new residents who have only recently moved into the Parish.

Thanks to Parish Councillor Georgie Fell for delivering all the equipment from Eden District Council and we really appreciate their help in supplying the bags, gloves, hi-viz vests, pickers and so on and also for agreeing to collect the piles of rubbish.

Parish Hall Acoustic Sound Boards Installed

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.

Carpet Bowls Starts January 12th 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Sessions take place on every second and fourth Thursday in the month, starting on the 12th January 2017, 1:30 – 3:00 pm. All welcome and no previous experience needed – just a sense of fun! It will be a gentle exercise session. Cost is £2 per session.

Sue Fell was successful in obtaining grants from EDC and CCC for increasing participation in sport and healthy activities. We have purchased a good quality second-hand 45-foot indoor bowling mat and we have some wooden ends and indoor bowls to get things started.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Bob Laidlow, by phone or use the contact form on the Warcop website. Further details are on the attached poster via this link:




Badminton Lines Completed for Parish Hall

Sue Fell has been successful in acquiring two grants for the Parish Hall from both Cumbria County Council and Eden District Council to improve healthy outcomes and increase physical activity. This will allow us to obtain more sports equipment. One key part of the plan is to mark out a badminton court in the hall and purchase the necessary equipment. 

The contractor has painted the lines and sealed the floor today, Monday 24th October and the seal will be dried and ready for use from Wednesday 26th. We are ordering some free-standing badminton posts, a net and a starter pack of rackets and shuttlecocks which should be with us soon.

So if you are interested in playing badminton or can help run the session(s) please contact us via the website or speak to Sue Fell or David Keetley. It would be great to start a club in the next few weeks; alternatively, players can book the hall for a game as a one-off session.

Warcop Christmas Craft Fair Saturday 19th November 2016 10:00 – 4:00 pm

Warcop Christmas Craft Fair Saturday 19th November 10 – 4:00 pm

All artists, craft workers and creative people are invited to display and sell their craft work at Warcop Parish Hall from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm. Cost £10 per table. Further details to follow.

If you are interested in reserving a table/space please contact us via the website section for the Parish Hall or call Joyce on 017683 41390.

Parish Hall wins Design Commendation

In the northern local authority regional design awards, Warcop Parish Hall was Highly Commended in this category. Details of the winners are given below.

Northern Award winners march on to the Grand Finals

Award finalists from Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, and Tees Valley were among more than 350 guests at the Northern LABC Building Excellence Awards. The Friday 8 July event at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead was attended by local builders, agents, contractors, architects, designers and local authority building control representatives.

A total of 14 winning and 12 highly commended projects and individuals were announced at the awards, where trophies and certificates were presented by representatives of LABC sponsors FMB, Home&Build, InstaGroup, Jewson, Polypipe Terrain, TLX, LABC Acoustics and LABC Warranty.

LABC awards are all about the essence of good buildings, with finalists judged not on architectural beauty, but on the “excellence” shown from a construction and technical building control point of view. They celebrate the design and construction teams that, having tussled with technical issues and difficult sites, found innovative and creative solutions.

Award categories cover a whole range of projects, rewarding everything from the best extension, local builder or traditional craftsperson and conversion through to the best new housing development, public service building, inclusive building and partnership with a local authority building control team.

Dawn McQuillan, Chair of LABC Northern Region, said: “These awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate the very best construction in the north of England, recognising the high level of skill and professionalism the building industry is capable of reaching. The awards demonstrate that local authority building control provides a high quality service to many of the region’s finest construction professionals.”

Winners automatically qualify for the Grand Finals, which this year take place on 28 November in London. View thesuccessful projects and individuals and download photos of the Northern Awards free of charge.

Winner: Best Public Service Building

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  • Project name: Hebburn Central, Glen Street
  • Project team: Willmott Dixon Construction, Faulkner Brown Architects, South Tyneside Council, Desco
  • Local Authority Building Control: South Tyneside Council

Highly Commended: Best Public Service Building

  • Project name: Murton Parish Institute, Appleby
  • Project team: Eden Stonework Ltd, GR Architects, Murton Parish Institute
  • Local Authority Building Control: Eden District Council

Highly Commended: Best Public Service Building

  • Project name: New Village Hall, Warcop, Appleby
  • Project team: Cox and Allen (Kendal) Ltd, Manning Elliott Partnership, The Trustees of Warcop Village Hall, Donleys Ltd, Tweddell & Slater Ltd, Desco  
  • Local Authority Building Control: Eden District Council

This is a great acknowledgement of our new Parish Hall and its excellent design and attractive features. Congratulations to all thos involved!


Defibrillator Appeal

Two Defribrillators now in Sandford and Warcop!

After the tragic loss of Natasha Daldry recently an appeal was set up by her family to try and raise funds for a defibrillator for Warcop to go on the wall of the new Parish Hall. Such was the generosity of local people that we now have sufficient funds to purchase two defibrillators for both Sandford and Warcop. Initially the Sandford one will be sited on the wall of David White’s farm buildings, for which we are very grateful.

Warcop Parish Council will take over the maintenance and upkeep of the defibrillators. A special coffee morning was held on Saturday 14th May to raise more funds which might allow us to purchase a further defibrillator. As well as the usual lovely refreshments and WI cake stall, tombola and raffle, etc, there was an opportunity to see the equipment used and to hear about the free Heartstart courses which will be run in the Parish Hall to show local residents how to use the defibrlllators and help save someone’s life. There was a fantastic turn-out for the Coffee Morning and a total of £640 was raised so we are very close to being able to purchase a third defibrillator for the Parish. (This could be sited in Bleatarn itself or at the far end of Warcop nearer to Eden Bridge.) We would welcome any suggestions you might have.

The Parish Council would like to express its great appreciation to the Daldry family for their idea to suggest this idea and to all the local people who have been so generous in donating money for such a good cause.


Warcop Parish Council Planting Afternoon

Community Planting Afternoon

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Thank you to all the local volunteers, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and Cubs who came to help with the bee-friendly planting afternoon under the expert direction of Mandy Oliver on Saturday 23rd April at Warcop Parish Hall.

Thank also to members of the Warcop & Sandford WI for providing the exellent refreshments!

Warcop Art and Craft Exhibition a Great Success!


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.

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