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Latest Diocese News
Saturday, 23rd May 2020, 10:30:58

Carlisle Diocese News.

Historical rainfall records
Friday, 22nd May 2020, 11:05:16

See historical rainfall records going back to 1869 here.

Co-Option of Councillor
Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 09:00:10

Applications are now invited for the position of councillor. (two) on Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council. Anyone...

June TVPN - print version
Sunday, 17th May 2020, 16:36:47

If you would prefer the magazine as a printed booklet and can print on 2 sides, click the image, and print "landscape,...

Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Sunday, 17th May 2020, 16:10:54

Two Valleys Parish News for June 2020.

June Location Quiz
Saturday, 16th May 2020, 14:14:10

Please identify these locations and tell us more about them. There is a prize to be won!

Anne Douglas's blog
Friday, 15th May 2020, 12:28:38

Anne Douglas's Westmorland Gazette blog for 21st May 2020.

Parish Council
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 17:09:17

Parish Council May Newsletter.

Parish Council approved minutes
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 09:45:40

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 7th April 2020.

Parish Council draft AGM minutes
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 09:43:14

Parish Council - draft AGM minutes for the 5th May 2020.

Parish Council draft minutes
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 09:42:50

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 5th May 2020.

Parish Council agenda
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 09:42:18

Parish Council - Agenda for the 12th May 2020.

Brown Horse Pop-up shop
Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 17:06:58

The Brown Horse is opening a pop-up shop - follow link to see details. Also, fish & chips will be available on...

Morris Dancing in Crosthwaite
Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 10:59:48

See Michael and Michelle Morris dancing in Crosthwaite

Churches Together
Saturday, 2nd May 2020, 12:20:44

Churches together in Cumbria.

Parish Council AGM agenda
Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 12:29:21

Parish Council - AGM Agenda for the 5th May 2020.

Crosthwaite Traffic Management Improvements
Monday, 27th April 2020, 15:31:37

The Parish Council wishes to receive the views of parishioners on proposals to reduce speed limits and improve road...

Crosthwaite Village Path Project
Monday, 27th April 2020, 15:24:22

The Parish Council seeks the views of residents on the project to create a new off-road path to link parts of the...

Parish Council Vacancies
Sunday, 26th April 2020, 15:49:53

There are two vacancies on the Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council. Click for the relevant notice.

Tim Farron MP Surgeries
Monday, 20th April 2020, 17:51:06

A poster showing the dates and instructions for Tim's advice surgeries during April and May 2020

May TVPN - print version
Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 11:25:47

If you would prefer a hardcopy of the TVPN, click the image, and print "landscape, two-sided, flip on short edge".

Gardeners' World
Friday, 10th April 2020, 14:49:41

The damson blossom film made with Frances Tophill last year will be aired on Good Friday at 8.30pm on BBC Two, with a...

Covid-19 Community Support Group
Thursday, 19th March 2020, 14:25:05

Crosthwaite & Lyth Covid-19 Community Support Group to support those who are vulnerable or self-isolating

WI minutes
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 10:11:21

WI - minutes for the 19th February 2020.

Church Notice Sheet
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 09:41:06

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.

Church Highlights
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 09:40:52

Church Highlights for the year.

Church Service Sheet
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 09:40:28

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

Police poster
Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:30:40

How to Report a Crime

Crosthwaite Show 2020
Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:21:28

Current situation (and online Schedules and Entry Form)

Climate Change meetings
Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 09:14:16

SLDC are organising meetings in the area to discuss Climate Change

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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