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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.


Latest Diocese News
Saturday, 19th June 2021, 07:05:06

Carlisle Diocese News.


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


Church Service Sheet
Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 09:39:04

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


Churches Together
Monday, 7th June 2021, 08:44:35

Churches together in Cumbria.


Parish Council planning application response
Friday, 4th June 2021, 08:27:34

Read the letters from the Parish Council to the LDNPA in response to planning applications 7/2021/5365 & 7/2021/5376.


Parish Council draft minutes
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 11:41:24

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 1st June 2021.


Parish Council approved minutes
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 11:03:20

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 4th May 2021.


Parish Council approved AGM minutes
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 11:02:26

Parish Council - approved AGM minutes for the 18th May 2021.


Parish Council annual audit documents
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 10:58:52

Parish Council annual audit documents for the last financial year are now available to view


Crosthwaite Weather Report
Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 07:33:50

Crosthwaite Weather Report for May 2021.


Christian Aid
Monday, 3rd May 2021, 16:15:19

Please consider supporting Christian Aid this month through our dedicated Two Valleys giving page. Your support will...


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

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


Parish Council agenda
Monday, 24th May 2021, 10:35:18

Parish Council - Agenda for the 1st June 2021.


Service Video
Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 23:11:43

Latest Church Service Video


Parish Council draft AGM minutes
Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 12:22:05

Parish Council - draft AGM minutes for the 18th May 2021.


Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Thursday, 20th May 2021, 15:51:57

Two Valleys Parish News for June 2021.


Parish Council AGM agenda
Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 09:31:39

Parish Council - AGM Agenda for the 18th May 2021.


New Parish Councillors
Sunday, 9th May 2021, 08:41:29

Click to see our new Parish Councillors


Cleaner wanted for Argles Memorial Hall
Sunday, 9th May 2021, 08:40:17

2 hours per week at £12 per hour Starting from July 1st.


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

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


Parish Council Election Candidates
Monday, 3rd May 2021, 8:28:00

A list of candidates standing for election in 2021 and their statements.


Parish Council Election
Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 14:14:07

Notice of Poll - Election of Parish Councillors for the Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council, 6 May 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?


Election of Parish Councillors
Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 12:27:26

Statement of Persons Nominated for the election on Thursday 6th May 2021


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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