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Latest Diocese News
Saturday, 16th January 2021, 10:22:49

Carlisle Diocese News.

Friday, 15th January 2021, 08:21:41

Details of our forthcoming AGM to be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday February 3rd, and to be conducted on ZOOM, have been...

Cumbria Prayer Diary
Saturday, 9th January 2021, 16:04:42

Read the latest Cumbria Prayer Diary here.

Crosthwaite Memorial Hall 100 Club News:
Friday, 8th January 2021, 08:55:02

On New Year’s Eve we had a festive draw for all the current members of the 100 Club to celebrate the end of 2020;...

Parish Council draft minutes
Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 10:55:01

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 22nd  January 2021.

Crosthwaite Weather Report
Friday, 1st January 2021, 08:50:40

Crosthwaite Weather Report for December 2020.

Church Service Sheet
Thursday, 31st December 2020, 13:00:46

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

Landowners AGM 2021
Monday, 21st December 2020, 17:36:54

The AGM will be held on Wednesday February 3rd at 7.00pm using ZOOM and will deal with the basic requirements of the...

Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Sunday, 20th December 2020, 11:00:12

Two Valleys Parish News for January 2021.

Nativity Trail 2020
Thursday, 17th December 2020, 22:38:05

The trail guide for the Crosthwaite Nativity Trail starting on 21 December and going through to 10 January is now...

Parish Council agenda
Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 11:43:57

Parish Council - Agenda for the 22nd  December 2020.

Tim Farron Surgeries 2021
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 12:55:07

The poster showing the Advice Surgery schedule for next year is on our news board.

B4RN Progress
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 12:51:18

Crosthwaite and Lyth have already started laying fibre piping for the B4RN service. This has been an unprecedented...

Parish Council approved minutes
Monday, 14th December 2020, 12:56:58

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

Neighbourhood Plan minutes
Friday, 11th December 2020, 19:25:53

Neighbourhood Plan - minutes for the 27th November 2020.

Crosthwaite Village Hall
Thursday, 10th December 2020, 10:13:34

See the news page for the Chairman's update for December.

Housing Needs Survey 2020
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 16:01:13

A summary of what happens next with the results of the survey - a major part of evidence-gathering for a Neighbourhood...

New Historical Sketch
Monday, 30th November 2020, 10:25:30

Martin Douglas has contributed an extremely interesting article on the impact of the Enclosures Acts on the area.

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...

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.

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!

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

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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