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Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Thursday, 26th May 2022, 12:00:37

Two Valleys Parish News for June 2022.


Churches Together
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 14:01:41

Churches together in Cumbria.


Church Notice Sheet
Monday, 23rd May 2022, 10:26:41

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.


Latest Diocese News
Saturday, 21st May 2022, 13:54:50

Carlisle Diocese News.


100 Club news
Friday, 13th May 2022, 11:49:11

Winner of the May draw announced.


Ruth Radley
Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 13:40:02

Ruth Radley's Latest Link Letter


Outreach Post Offive
Sunday, 1st May 2022, 14:12:16

Mondays 8.45-10.15 (not Bank Holidays). NOTE Revised hours since previous announcement.


Church Service Sheet
Monday, 25th April 2022, 10:39:12

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


100 Club news
Friday, 15th April 2022, 12:27:19

Winners of the Memorial Hall 100 Club draw for March and April announced


Jubilee Picnic & Walk
Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 14:59:01

Details of the Landowners & Parish Council event on Saturday 4th June.


Queen's Jubilee Weekend
Friday, 11th March 2022, 16:23:45

Planned events in the village between 3rd and 5th June now shown on the news board


Outreach Post Office
Monday, 11th April 2022, 11:13:49

Starting 9 May, each Monday (not Bank Holidays) at the Crosthwaite Village Hall, 9-10.30


Crosthwaite Show 2022
Friday, 4th March 2022, 09:30:49

On 2nd July at the Hall. Schedules from organising Committee or download from this site via the news board


Landowners' minutes
Thursday, 3rd March 2022, 19:39:39

Landowners' - minutes for the 22nd  February 2022.


C&L Neighbourhood Plan Presentation
Saturday, 19th February 2022, 17:43:44

Read Lisa Bibby's presentation on the Neighbourhood Plan.


Minutes - 7th February 2022
Saturday, 19th February 2022, 11:27:05

Here are the minutes of the meeting held in Argles Memorial Hall on the 7th February 2022


Landowners AGM Reminder
Sunday, 13th February 2022, 12:37:00

The AGM of The Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth will be held on Tuesday 22 February at 7.00pm.


Foot Care Service
Friday, 11th February 2022, 15:50:17

Look out for the new Foot Care service, Crosthwaite Memorial hall. Footcare appointments available on some Friday...


Parish Meeting (revised agenda)
Friday, 4th February 2022, 16:10:27

There will be a Parish Meeting in the Argles Hall on Monday the 7th February. Click to see details.


Neighbourhood Plan Minutes archive
Saturday, 5th February 2022, 12:48:51

Here may be found an archive of Neighbourhood Plan minutes.


PC Minutes archive
Saturday, 5th February 2022, 12:47:52

Here is an archive of past PC minutes


C&L Parish Council Agenda
Monday, 31st January 2022, 12:44:21

Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday the 1st February 2022.


Crosthwaite Weather Report
Saturday, 1st January 2022, 07:58:37

Crosthwaite Weather Report for December 2021.


Power cuts
Friday, 10th December 2021, 17:40:59

Claiming compensation for a power cut following Storm Arwen.


Jobs locally
Thursday, 11th November 2021, 12:52:12

Employment opportunities at the newly reopened Hare and Hounds, Bowland Bridge


Westmorland Red Squirrels
Thursday, 11th November 2021, 10:54:14

.... helping them in the Lyth Valley - meeting on 17 November at Brigsteer Village Hall


Crosthwaite PO
Monday, 1st November 2021, 14:54:17

The Crosthwaite post office at the Punch Bowl will be closing permanently after week ending 10 December.


Service Video
Sunday, 31st October 2021, 17:37:25

Latest Church Service Video


100 club winners
Sunday, 19th September 2021, 17:11:32

See the 100 club winners so far this year.


A5074 closure
Thursday, 16th September 2021, 15:02:31

Notice is hereby given that to enable Cumbria County Council to carry out urgent slope stabilisation to retain...


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 & Argles Memorial Hall LA8 8HT, 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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