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Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 09:58:24

Two Valleys Parish News for December 2020.

Parish Council agenda
Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 10:49:16

Parish Council - Agenda for the 1st December 2020.

Latest Diocese News
Saturday, 21st November 2020, 10:44:07

Carlisle Diocese News.

Crosthwaite Hall 100 Club
Thursday, 19th November 2020, 11:55:51

Launch of the Memorial Hall 100 Club. Please give your support. Application form via the link.

Housing Needs Study
Thursday, 12th November 2020, 18:20:52

Thank you for the 172 completed documents from Parish residents and the 11 questionnaires from people currently living...

Parish Council approved minutes
Thursday, 5th November 2020, 11:54:45

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 6th October 2020.

Parish Council draft minutes
Thursday, 5th November 2020, 11:54:15

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 3rd November 2020.

Church Highlights
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 14:42:12

Church Highlights for the year.

Church Notice Sheet
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 14:42:02

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.

Church Service Sheet
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 14:41:51

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

Crosthwaite Weather Report
Sunday, 1st November 2020, 10:39:01

Crosthwaite Weather Report for October 2020.

Housing Needs Study 2020 Survey
Thursday, 29th October 2020, 14:18:25

Have you completed your Housing Need Study 2020 questionnaire yet? Over 120 people have, and several people from...

Latest B4RN News
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 07:16:34

Please sign up today and support this community effort!

Neighbourhood Plan minutes
Saturday, 17th October 2020, 10:35:19

Neighbourhood Plan - minutes for the 22nd  September 2020.

Village Hall October Update
Thursday, 15th October 2020, 08:11:46

The new Committee managed to have a short meeting at the hall on Thursday 7th October. Although normal activities...

Churches Together
Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 09:16:26

Churches together in Cumbria.

B4RN Gigabit Broadband
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 16:52:08

Some of the Governors at the school and some of the Parish Council team have got together to form a team to get B4RN...

Walkway and Speed Restriction Consultation
Saturday, 19th September 2020, 13:26:12

Please print off this document and let us have your views.

Village Hall News
Thursday, 17th September 2020, 16:22:18

Here is the Village Hall September update.

Ruth Radley
Thursday, 17th September 2020, 15:25:08

Ruth Radley's Latest Link Letter

Thank you!
Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 08:21:46

Jean Sceal would like to thank all her friends in Crosthwaite and Lyth and the Two Valleys for all the good wishes for...

Parish Council Meeting papers
Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 11:26:16

Relating to item 18 on the agenda for the Parish Council on 1 September. Response to David McGowan.

Crosthwaite Village Hall AGM
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 19:34:37

The Agenda for the AGM on 1st September.

September TVPN - Print version
Friday, 14th August 2020, 09:16:20

To produce a printed booklet download this version, print on 2 sides, landscape, flip short-edge.

A590 Improvements
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 12:11:34

Highways England Leaflet describing Sept to Dec work between J36 & Brettargh Holt

Trustee Needed
Monday, 10th August 2020, 10:51:56

URGENTLY NEEDED - public spirited man or woman to be one of the four trustees of Crosthwaite Village Hall

Planning for the Future
Thursday, 13th August 2020, 16:46:55

The Parish Council is drawing your attention to the opportunity to comment on the open consultation on the government...

Tim Farron outside the Punch Bowl
Thursday, 13th August 2020, 16:51:38

25 August 2020 between 16.30 and 17.00

Crosthwaite Village Hall
Monday, 10th August 2020, 10:48:43

Acting Chairman Update on the Crosthwaite Village Hall, August 2020

Crosthwaite Post Office
Sunday, 2nd August 2020, 11:31:50

New opening times from Tuesday 4 August at the Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite. Tuesdays & Thursdays 11.00am - 3.30pm

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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