The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - April 18th 2019 )

Welcome to the Parish of
Crosthwaite and Lyth

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Wha's Wha.

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cross Two Valleys Churches
links Two Valleys Links
teapot The Exchange
mag Two Valleys Parish News

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anne Crosthwaite News
- by Anne Douglas
Memorial Hall Memorial Hall bookings
snooker Snooker Club &
Parish Room bookings

The Landowners of
Crosthwaite and Lyth
heversham The Heversham Award
millstone Landowners Minutes
1857 to 1910




Damson Country
Walks Around the Lyth
and Winster Valleys

cameos Cameos of Crosthwaite and Lyth
genealogy Genealogy
The People and Families
of Crosthwaite and Lyth
camera Picture Gallery

Parish Articles

Events and information.


Village Videos


aerobics Aerobics and Yoga
balloon Play Group
paintbrush Art Club
bell Bell Ringers
bowls Crosthwaite and Lyth
Bowling Club
shortmat Crosthwaite Short Mat
Bowling Club
pen Local History Society
tennis Crosthwaite Tennis Club
WI logo Women's Institute


The Parish Council
memorial hall The Memorial Hall
cash Local Businesses


Peter Sherratt Peter Sherratt

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Neighbourhood Plan
plan Parish Plan
plan Housing Needs Survey
Village of the Year Village of the Year 2009
ecg First responders

Links to other sites

Artisan-food in Cumbria

Crosthwaite School

Crosthwaite Playgroup

Brigsteer Village Hall

Witherslack Village

The Natland web site

The Westmorland Damson Association

The Lake District National Park Authority

Cumbria Directory

Rural wheels

Village maps courtesy of Colin Day

Oxenholme - Past & Present



The Damson Valley

The Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth 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.

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.


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News and Events

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Crosthwaite Post Offices Opening Times

Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30am

Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1.30pm to 4.00pm


Crosthwaite Community News

picture - Anne Douglas

Click HERE to read the latest Crosthwaite News and events
presented by Anne Douglas.

Crosthwaite and Lyth WI Craft Day

Calling all crafters and would-be crafters! If you are a maker and would like a chance to demonstrate your craft and offer your items for sale, an experienced crafter who would like to learn a new skill, or an absolute beginner who would like to try out some craft activities for the first time, Saturday May 18th is a date for your diary.

Crosthwaite and Lyth WI are holding a craft day as part of the National ‘Get Creative’ week which runs from 11th-19th May. During this week all kinds of organisations and community groups nationwide are encouraging people to ‘get creative ‘ by holding free arts and crafts events. The WI have decided to offer this FREE event to demonstrate the skills and talents of people in our community, and to encourage wider participation in arts and crafts activities.

Our event will be held on Saturday May 18th in Crosthwaite School Hall, 10.30am-4.30pm.

There will be no entry charge, and all are welcome to drop in and browse. During the day there will be opportunities to participate in guided projects led by professional tutors, watch demonstrations of craftspeople at work and try out a range of crafts at all levels.

There will also be activities suitable for children, craft items for sale, and light refreshments will be available to buy throughout the day.

Professional tutors will be running one hour sessions in origami, fabric flower making, silk painting and two different styles of card making, and we hope to expand this range.

Further details of how to register for one or more of the hour long taught sessions will follow, and a full timetable of activities will be published before the event.

If you are a crafter and would like to become involved as a demonstrator/stall holder, are passionate about your craft and willing to teach others or you would like to find out more about how to get involved, please contact Anne Douglas on 07813489630, 015395 68743, email

Quiz and Pudding Evening

On Saturday April 27th, two events will take place in the Village Hall.

At 6.30pm, the Hall Committee will hold their AGM, which all are welcome to attend.

This will be followed by a social evening so that the community can get together to mark the retirements of 3 long standing Committee members, Jim Bownass, Marilyn Shuttleworth and Gordon Pitt.

Starting at 7.30, there will be a Quiz and Pudding Evening.

Teams of 4 will compete for the honour of winning!

Drinks are ‘bring your own’, and refreshments, which will be a range of puddings, are included in the price of £5 per person.

Tickets and further information from Judy Goodland, email , or Jim Bownass on 68203.

Neighbourhood Plan Update


In the first two weeks of April a document will be dropping through your letter box. This is the first stage of the process of developing a shared future vision for the Parish. To stimulate your ideas the Steering Group have suggested three possible ways the Parish could develop but we think everyone will have their own ideas and variations. Please read and respond to this document so the Steering Group are able to build a shared Community Vision for the Parish.

Click HERE to go to the Neighbourhood Plan page for more information and minutes of the Steering Group meetings.

Curlew Country South Cumbria


Click HERE to go to more information about this new group and to download their recent newsletter

Mill Fields Wildlife Project and Conservation Orchard


Click HERE to see more information and to download the newsletter

Crosthwaite Pantomime 2019


Click HERE to read Peter Sherratt's review and see photographs

John Holmes MBE

John Holmes

Councillor John Holmes of Crosthwaite has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 2019 New Year Honours list.

The citation is for his Services to the Community in Cumbria and reflects his work in a wide range of organisations since he moved to the area nearly twenty years ago. In addition to being a very active District Councillor, Mr Holmes is Chairman of Bendrigg Trust and is involved in South Lakes Housing, Founder of First Responders, Trustee of Lakeland Housing Trust, School Governor, Church Warden and many other active appointments. John Holmes is acknowledged by all who know him as a man who makes things happen and makes a difference.

Mr Holmes said that he was surprised, delighted and honoured to receive the award and wished to pay tribute to his wife, Caroline, without whose support his work would not have been possible. He went on to say "I have never sought or expected any reward for serving the community beyond the enjoyment of helping others. However, I am absolutely thrilled that Her Majesty has honoured me in this way."

Holy Land Trip - 26th November - 3rd December 2018

Click HERE to read reports and see photos
of the recent Holy Land trip.


Click HERE for Guidance on Reporting a Fault on the Highway

Memorial Hall

Click here to see what's going on and when it is available.

To book the Argles Memorial Hall Crosthwaite please contact Kath Edwards on (015395) 68879 or email:

events diary

Click here to see Hire Charges applicable from 1st April 2019

Parish Room

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Popular Pages

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If you have any comments, corrections, amendments or additions to this web site or
if you have any 'advance notices' you would like to include here please
e-mail(Charles W or Colin E).

Parish Council

Parish Council

Crosthwaite and Lyth Annual Parish Meeting 2019


The Steering Group has a vacancy to fill for this group which will be considered at the Parish Council meeting on the 5th March 2019. All applications welcome.
Please e-mail the Parish Clerk

or contact a councillor

Click HERE to go to the main Parish Council page

Click HERE for the April 2nd meeting agenda

Click HERE for the draft latest Parish Council minutes

and HERE for approved Parish Council minutes.

Click HERE for the Annual Parish Council Meeting draft minutes.

Click BELOW for :

Letter to LDNPA re Cross Howe planning application
BDO Audit 2016-2017
Cash Book 2018 - 19.xlsx

Inc Exp 2018 - 19.xlsx

Exercise of Public Rights


Martin french
Clerk to Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council.

Note - the PC meetings are now generally held on the 1st Tuesday in each month.


Click here for Photos and Reports of WI Events



Crosthwaite and Lyth W.I.

We’re holding the 2nd of this year’s popular


on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 8pm

at Crosthwaite Memorial Hall

Speaker: Adrian Lees

Picturesque: The Crosthwaite Connection

Admission £2 50 including light refreshments.

All welcome   - Even Men!

Click HERE for the 2019 WI programme.


history Soc

Cartmel Fell and District Local History Society


Click here for our 2019 Programme


Our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, from September to April,
with two outings or walks in May and June.


Two Valleys Church Services

Click HERE for this month's Church Services.


Two Valleys Parish News

Click here for the latest TVPN
- or here for previous issues.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust

Rivers TRust

We have started the first year of a 4 year project to assess the current status of the Winster and Gilpin catchments, identify opportunities to enhance and restore areas and where appropriate to implement restoration/remediation options to allow for recovery. This will all be closely linked with the community, working with landowners to identify opportunities, working with communities to undertake monitoring and develop options and running a number of events for schools, children and adults alike to get involved with the world of rivers. To find out more please go to the webpage:

Helsington Community Land Trust

Affordable homes in Helsington/Brigsteer and neighbouring parishes

Click here for more information.

Click here for a "register of interest" form.

Rural Wheels

Rural Wheels provides door-to-door transport for people who do not have, or are unable to access scheduled transport. The service can be used for a variety of purposes including: 

  • Making connections with buses or trains 
  • Doctor, Dentist or Optician appointments     
  • Visiting friends or family in hospital
  • Shopping
  • Visiting friends or family

For more information click HERE to go to the CCC Rural Wheels and Community Wheels web page.

Community Wheels

Lakes and Lyth Community Wheels started on Wednesday 18 September 2016 and will provide a new community transport service for our parish.

Click below for:-

Community Wheels Customer Leaflet
Community Wheels Customer Poster
Community Wheels Newsletter


Every Wednesday morning a 13 seater mini-bus is running a service from Crosthwaite to Kendal, leaving the Memorial hall at 10 oclock.

The service starts in Kendal travels through Bowness, Winster, Crosthwaite, Underbarrow, and Brigsteer, arriving in Kendal about 10.45. The return journey is about two hours later, giving you plenty of time to do your shopping, or any businees you may need to do in Kendal.

The service is run by Cumbria County Council, using volunteer drivers from the local area. To use the bus you must register to make a trip. This can be arranged via the library in Kendal, or by giving John Holmes a call on 015395 68599.

Please try and use this service, it's here to stay as long as we have enough passengers to make it viable. Everyone using it now speaks about the "Great Crack" and companionship that has built up since the service started.

For more information call John Holmes, phone as above. To speak direct to the operators in Carlisle ring 0845 6023786.

Wanted – Volunteer Drivers

Volunteers are required to support the 541 service which operates a return trip to Kendal, once a week for the villages of Crook, Winster, Bowness, Underbarrow, Crosthwaite and Brigsteer.

Local People are being sought to drive a 16 seat, fully accessible “Community Wheels” minibus as provided by Cumbria County Council. Volunteers will need to possess a full UK driving licence and be under 76 years of age.

Volunteers will be provided with CRB checks and training to a MiDAS standard (Minibus Driver Awareness scheme) and volunteer mileage expenses will be covered at a cost of 45p per mile.

We are seeking to recruit a number of drivers to enable us to develop a flexible approach with the commitment from volunteers. This is a great opportunity to support your local community in the picturesque Lyth Valley.

Anybody interested in becoming a volunteer driver or wanting further details regarding what’s involved please contact: (Caroline Watson, Community Transport Officer, on 01228 226721)

Click HERE for the CCC discussion on the Service 541.

Cumbria Community Messaging

Cumbria Community Messaging (CCM) is managed by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA). It offers People and Communities across Cumbria the means to receive information from Agencies in the County tailored to their particular preferences for content, priority and means of communication. It is a web based system and registration is quick, simple and completely free. There are no contracts, costs or obligations of any kind.

Cumbria messaging service is a two way communication system designed to put you in touch with the people and services in Cumbria.

Click on and sign up.

The Exchange

Click HERE to go to the Exchange web page.

Exchange video

Click HERE to view a video that Cumbria Action made at the Exchange.


Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT)

Click HERE to see what Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) (formerley Voluntary Action Cumbria (VAC)) think about our Exchange in their publication - "The Exchange at Crosthwaite - A Guide to Establishing an Exchange in your area.

Pictures and up to date information on the Exchange can be found at; you will see that Exchanges are County wide now!!


The Lyth Valley First Responders Group is now very much in being. 34 people from the 5 villages involved (Brigsteer, Crook, Crosthwaite, Underbarrow & Witherslack) are now in training supervised by the North West Ambulance Service and the intention is to become operational during May this year.

We still need further volunteers to be trained as Responders and to help with fund raising.

Please contact the Secretary: John Holmes MBE, 015395 68599, 07876 560053 or

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