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Church Notice Sheet
Monday, 9th December 2019, 11:42:47

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.

Latest Diocese News
Monday, 9th December 2019, 11:42:37

Carlisle Diocese News.

Anne Douglas's blog
Saturday, 7th December 2019, 09:09:59

Anne Douglas's Westmorland Gazette blog for 12th December 2019.

Parish Council approved minutes
Thursday, 5th December 2019, 16:50:40

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 5th November 2019.

Parish Council draft minutes
Thursday, 5th December 2019, 15:24:36

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 3rd December 2019.

Parish Council agenda
Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:00:33

Parish Council - Agenda for the 3rd December 2019.

Church Service Sheet
Monday, 25th November 2019, 12:06:58

A list of Church Services in the local parishes for the month.

Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 14:56:25

Two Valleys Parish News for December 2019.

General Election 2019
Monday, 18th November 2019, 17:41:47

Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll

General Election 2019
Sunday, 10th November 2019, 15:28:41

Notice of Election for the Westmorland & Lonsdale constituency

Churches Together
Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 12:18:20

Churches together in Cumbria.

Parish Council Communications
Saturday, 2nd November 2019, 15:03:16

The Parish Council has agreed that the use of electronic communication with Parishioners may be more effective that...

Cameos of Crosthwaite and Lyth
Friday, 25th October 2019, 15:51:43

Chapter 3 now has photos.

Peter Sherratt's new novels
Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 18:39:28

Peter Sherratt has written two new novels, "Castle Ruins" and "Girl in a tree", both available on Kindle.

Sports and Social night
Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 07:37:12

The Sports and Social Night at the Argles village hall on September 21st was a great success.

Cameos update
Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 07:35:56

Chapters 1 & 2 have now had photographs added.

Planned Road Closure
Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 07:34:22

See the diversion route for a planned temporary road closure on the 4th November lasting approximately 10 days...

The Damson Valley

The Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth border lies 5 miles west of Kendal, 5 miles north of Grange-over-Sands and 3 miles south of Bowness-on-Windermere. The M6 motorway is 5 miles from the parish. Manchester Airport is 82 miles to the south. The equivalent distances from Crosthwaite village are 5½ miles to Kendal, 11 miles to Grange, 6 miles to Bowness and 11 miles to the M6.

Some useful postcodes for your SatNav when visiting Crosthwaite - St. Mary's church & Punch Bowl Inn LA8 8HR, School LA8 8HT, Argles Memorial Hall & Bowling club LA8 8HU, Dodd's Howe LA8 8HX, Starnthwaite LA8 8JN & LA8 8HZ, Damson Dene hotel LA8 8JE.

Crosthwaite derives its name from the old Scandinavian word, "thwaite", meaning a clearing in a forest or a piece of land, which has been enclosed. This was blended with "Cross", which may reflect the earlier Christian connections with the Irish or Angle missionaries of the sixth or seventh century. The Norsemen also gave the Lyth Valley its name; "hlith" means sloping hillside. More...

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Damson blossom

Damson blossom

The Westmorland damson is a lovely local food, grown in the picturesque orchards of the Lyth Valley. It is used to make a wide range of items such as jam, chutney, puddings and gin – it is great in Eton Mess. It is a member of the plum family and is thought to be a type of Shropshire prune (possibly the Blue Violet) but improved by the unique conditions in Westmorland and pollination by the wild Bullace and Sloe. There are damsons in other parts of the British Isles but the flavour of the smaller Westmorland damson is said to be second to none.

Westmorland damsons grow mainly in and around the Lyth and Winster valleys, south-west of Kendal in the English Lake District. The orchards of the Lyth Valley are unique, surrounding each small farmstead and growing along every hedgerow in the valley.

At some time in April, exactly when depending on the weather, the orchards and hedgerows become snow white with blossom - a wonderful sight to see. The fruit ripens in September and is sold from roadside stalls and in local shops.

Originally damsons came from the area around Damascus, hence the name. Some say the Crusaders brought back damson stones to try in England. Damson trees are often found around sites of Roman camps - perhaps the Romans introduced them to Britain. Damson stones were found in a bag round the waist of a 4000 year-old 'Ice Man' uncovered recently in the Alps. Damson stones have been excavated at the Viking Yorvick centre at York.


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