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Extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks Approved!

23/10/2015
This magnificent limestone pavement overlooking the Orton Valley will now fall within the Yorkshire Dales National Park . C . Paxton photo.
This magnificent limestone pavement overlooking the Orton Valley will now fall within the Yorkshire Dales National Park . C . Paxton photo.

This magnificent limestone pavement overlooking the Orton Valley will now fall within the Yorkshire Dales National Park . C . Paxton photo.

The Secretary of State has decided to approve extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Further information can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-parks-extensions-to-the-lake-district-and-yorkshire-dales-parks

and please see this page for the key maps that show the extensions

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lake-district-and-yorkshire-dales-national-parks-boundary-changes-confirmed

The additional lands represent some of the finest landscapes in the Eden Valley, Cumbria and are dotted with ancient monuments such as the great Gamelands Neolithic stone circle, one of the largest in Cumbria.

Gamelands stone circle with Knott Hill behind are a favourite stop for Coast to Coast walkers.

Gamelands stone circle with Knott Hill behind are a favourite stop for Coast to Coast walkers.

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Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue attending the April Orton Farmers’ Market

11/04/2015
Wild Primroses
Wild Primroses

Wild Primroses

I hope you are all enjoying Spring. I just received this information about Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue attending the April Orton Farmers’ Market, it sounds interesting to me, so I’m relaying it.

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Dear Friend,

 

April’s Orton Farmers’ Market (Saturday 11 April) will feature the usual wide range of local food and drink heroes as well as visitors from Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team.

 

“Orton village sits on the boundary of two local Mountain Rescue teams, Penrith and Kirkby Stephen” says Market Co-ordinator, Leanne Duerden, “but the Market Hall is within the Kirkby Stephen area so we’re really pleased that members are able to come along this month and talk to our visitors about their work.”

 

“These volunteers are very much local heroes.  We’re not quite sure whether they’ll have a Land Rover ambulance or a search dog with them at the Market but, if so, I am expecting them to be quite a distraction.  A lot of our visitors travel from outside of the immediate area so this will be a chance to them to find out how this 24/7 and 100% voluntary rescue service works.”

A recent change at Orton Farmers’ Market has been the range of sausage sarnies and seasonal soups on offer in the Market Hall.  Cumberland sausage from John Noble at Stoneyhead Farm has been a favourite but Wild Boar and Apple from Sillfield Farm Foods was also popular in March.

 

“The range of sausage has been great and we’ve been able to feature several of our meat farmers,” says Leanne.  “We’ve sold out of soup each month and I am working on recipes to make the most of what’s local and in season and with ingredients available on the Market too.”

 

Further information about Kirkby Stephen MRT is online at www.safeinthehills.org.uk.

 

Best wishes,

Leanne Duerden

Market Coordinator, Orton Farmers Ltd.

t: 07969335598 | e: info@ortonfarmers.co.uk | w: www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

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Coffee and Cakes on Sat Oct 25th 10am – 12pm in Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall

21/10/2014
One of Westmorland Fells' finest churches, St. Lawrence's is in need of support. Can you come along for coffee and cakes on Oct. 25th from 10am to 12pm?

One of Westmorland Fells’ finest churches, St. Lawrence’s, in Crosby Ravensworth is in need of support. Can you come along for coffee and cakes on Oct. 25th from 10am to 12pm? Raffle prizes welcomed.

A friend passed on the news that there’ll be a fund raising event for St. Lawrence’s Church, Crosby Ravensworth on Saturday, Oct. 25th, 2014, at Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall.

This would make a good event to meet up with friends and enjoy coffee and cakes and catch up with ‘the crack’ and pass on your own.

All are welcome. If you can support the fund raiser it would be much appreciated. If you happen to have something worthy of a raffle prize that would be super.

Do We Want This? If Not, Please Object to the Raisgill Hall Wind Turbine Appeal

09/09/2014
An artist's conception of how Orton Village might look if Raisegill Hall turbine would be allowed
An artist's conception of how Orton Village might look if Raisegill Hall turbine would be allowed

An artist’s conception of how Orton Village might look if Raisgill Hall turbine would be allowed

You will have received notification that Steven Dunning has appealed against the decision by Eden District Council to refuse to grant planning permission for the installation of a wind turbine at Raisgill Hall, Tebay, CA10 3UB.
In the light of the level of opposition to the proposal, this is both surprising and disappointing. However, he is perfectly entitled to do this and you are quite entitled to make a representation, providing it is received before the 17th September 2014, and the Apppeal Reference APP/H0928/A/14/2223447 is quoted.
Your initial response to Eden District Council will have been forwarded to the Inspectorate. However, we feel that it is worth sending a further communication to the Inspectorate reinforcing your initial objection and, perhaps, adding to it. The grounds you may consider touching upon are:-
1. The size of the Turbine in relation to the surrounding landscape, it’s impact upon our area of great beauty, which is currently being considered for National Park status.
2. The negative impact upon neighbouring properties and communities.
3. The impact upon tourism. This area is increasingly important to visitors, including numerous walkers and cyclists. The proposal would be highly visible to all visitors.
4. Since the application was submitted to Eden District Council, the Planning Inspectorate has turned down one appeal for a turbine in Orton Parish at Sproat Ghyll. This was both a considerably smaller structure and in a less conspicuous position. It is hoped the Inspector will take this into account when considering the current proposal.
5. There are no benefits whatsoever to the surrounding communities and many costs. It is hoped that the Planning Inspectorate will take the strong levels of opposition into consideration when judging the appeal.
There are obviously many points you may wish to make but our strongest case is the landscape argument.
It is always difficult to re-motivate opposition but we feel it most important that we do. This has the potential to be a highly damaging development but if rejected it is unlikely that further applications will come forward.
Please contact the Planning Inspectorate and lodge a further objection:-
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs

or email pcs@pins.gsi.gov.uk
Alternatively, encourage those who feel it more comfortable to write to do so:-
The Planning Inspectorate
3/10a Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

Orton Valley anti-turbine protest shows desire to protect high quality landscape

30/01/2014
Residents and visitors gathered with Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border at anti-wind turbine protest near Orton

Residents and visitors gathered with Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border at anti-wind turbine protest near Orton

On a cold and stormy Saturday afternoon towards a hundred brave individuals from Tebay, Orton and beyond gathered at Chapel Waste between the two villages.  Here it is proposed to construct a 230 ft (67m) turbine and District Councillor/ Tebay Parish Chairman Adrian Todd had organised a protest meeting to hear Penrith & Borders MP Rory Stewart speak against the application.  Mr Stewart used the back of a pick-up as his ‘soapbox’ and gave a spirited discourse pointing out that once established, turbines “spread like weeds” and gave examples to the north at Beattock and south to Killington, where developments and further applications were covering the countryside.   He went on to say “it is inevitable that the county’s most important industry, tourism, will be affected”.  To laughter he announced “They didn’t come for the sunshine, it’s the scenery that counts”.

Many in the gathering were unaware that the immediate past Lord Mayor of London, Sir Roger and Lady Gifford were visiting the area for the weekend and decided to lend their support.  “I went to school on the other side of the Howgills at Sedbergh and spent much time roaming on the fells from where this large structure would be clearly visible”.   He went on to say “areas of this quality should be treated as a national asset and not exploited merely for financial gain”.

Local resident David Astill from Coatflatt Mill which is within  500m of the proposal feared that a turbine of this size would be an “overbearing presence” to his property and “an unpleasant neighbour”.  He went on to say “It seems unfair that costs should be imposed upon my family in order that a neighbour can reap considerable rewards”.

Kyle Blue, Chairman of Orton Parish Council thanked Rory Stewart and the gathering for coming out on such an awful day.  Afterwards he said “to see our MP and so many people out on a day like this is a reflection of how strongly individuals feel about these proposals.  I hope that all those who make decisions on planning applications take note of this”.

Do You Want A 67 Meter Tall Wind Turbine In Orton Valley? Raisgill Hall Turbine Application – Your Comment Needed Before 24th January

15/01/2014
Orton Valley has some of the finest views in England

orton turbine document

The above document was forwarded to me recently. It is encouraging our comments regarding the Raisgill Hall Turbine Application 13/0917, before the new cut-off date of January 24th.  Please quote this number with your comment.

This is your chance to have your say and comment, whether it be for or against the proposed application.

The views over Orton Valley are some of the finest in England and have been recognised as being of National Park quality.

Orton Valley has some of the finest views in England

Orton Valley has some of the finest views in England

 

Crosby Garrett’s Roman Cavalry Helmet

01/12/2013
Tullie House Foyer in Christmas aspect

Tullie House Museum Foyer in Christmas aspect

We went to Carlisle’s Tullie House museum recently. It was very good, as usual, but at the moment it  also has the famous and distinctive masked cavalry sports helmet from Crosby Garrett that sold at Christies in 2010 for £3 million. This exhibit is well worth seeing before it leaves Cumbria forever in late January.

The helmet has a glorious deep green patina with traces of silvering on the face mask and gilding on the Phrygian cap . The original owner was likely a celebrated and wealthy cavalry officer, he may have been a priest of Mithras and he will undoubtedly have ridden through the Eden Valley.

The museum sells a highly informative booklet that details the helmet’s character and historical context and recounts it’s remarkable finding and Darren Bradbury’s very good job of the reconstruction (over roughly 240 hrs long!) and the helmet is perfectly displayed.

Alongside artefacts that were contemporaneous with the helmet and are Roman and Romano British, the survey of the area also uncovered mesolithic and neolithic cherts! These Fells and Dales are steeped in history.