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Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Wednesday, 26th January 2022, 16:58:48

Two Valleys Parish News for February 2022.

Churches Together
Wednesday, 26th January 2022, 16:14:31

Churches together in Cumbria.

Latest Diocese News
Wednesday, 26th January 2022, 16:12:56

Carlisle Diocese News.

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

Crosthwaite Weather Report for December 2021.

Church Service Sheet
Friday, 31st December 2021, 12:07:10

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

Church Notice Sheet
Monday, 20th December 2021, 11:58:42

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.

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...

Village Hall "Welcome Back"
Tuesday, 31st August 2021, 17:55:14

'Open House' to welcome you all back to the Hall on SATURDAY 4th SEPTEMBER, 10.30-12.30.

Road closure
Thursday, 26th August 2021, 10:49:55

21 day notice of the current emergency road closure in Crosthwaite

Argles Memorial Hall minutes
Wednesday, 18th August 2021, 10:14:50

Argles Memorial Hall - minutes.

Argles Memorial Hall AGM minutes
Wednesday, 18th August 2021, 09:49:32

Argles Memorial Hall - AGM minutes.

Starnthwaite Field Video
Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 09:14:37

Click to see a video showing where the six timber frame lodges would be if approved by the LDNPA.

Town and Parish Councils newsletter
Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 10:58:42

The July edition of a newsletter from the South Lakeland District Council Locality Services.

Neighbourhood Plan Photo Competition Results
Friday, 25th June 2021, 08:23:46

Congratulations to all our winners and runners up! The standard of photography was high, and the judges enjoyed looking...

Crosthwaite Big Celebration Sing!
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 17:10:01

St. Mary's church carpark, 27th June, 10.30am. Booking not required. Click here for the words! Everyone welcome!

Jubilee Wood
Saturday, 19th June 2021, 06:30:39

On June 10th, Robert Sykes, Douglas Blair, Mary Harkness and Judy Goodland, accompanied by Jean Sherratt, Penny Blair,...

Performance at Brigsteer Village Hall
Sunday, 13th June 2021, 17:22:37

SOLD - Powerful and entertaining, this Edinburgh award-winning show is based on the true story of the enslaved Mary...

Ruth Radley
Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 15:07:10

Ruth Radley's Latest Link Letter

Neighbourhood Plan Photographic Competition
Friday, 21st May 2021, 09:19:10

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED to May 31st. How Beautiful is Our Parish?

Neighbourhood Plan
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 08:12:45

Synopsis of meeting with Castles & Coasts (C&C), 22nd April 2021

Police & Crime Commissioner Election
Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 14:11:07

Notice of Poll for the Police & Crime Commissioner Election on 6th May 2021 for the Cumbria Police Area.

Helsington Moss bridge
Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:19:32

An update on the continued closure of the bridge and the plans for its replacement.

Cumbria Prayer Diary
Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:57:15

Read the latest Cumbria Prayer Diary here.

Neighbourhood Plan Photo Competition
Monday, 19th April 2021, 09:40:06

Closing Date 14 May. How Beautiful is Our Parish?

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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