The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in The North.

Cartmel and Kirkby Lonsdale have been named by The Sunday Times as  the best places to live, to enjoy the great outdoors.

Sunday Times

The villages are some of nine places in the North of England to make the newspaper’s ‘Top 50 Best Places to Live in the Countryside’ list.

Part one of the guide is published this Sunday.

The paper’s supplement combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance, with local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the Countryside: North of England

The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live

Place County
Barnard Castle Co Durham
Bamburgh Northumberland
Eglingham Northumberland
Cartmel Cumbria
Kirby Lonsdale Cumbria
Whalley Lancashire
Helmsley North Yorkshire
Runswick Bay North Yorkshire
Welburn North Yorkshire

Home Editor Helen Davies said: “Britain is home to some of the most idyllic – and wild – countryside, and this supplement is dedicated to celebrating the very best of rural life. We worked carefully to compile a list which combines statistical analysis with personal experience and Sunday Times expertise to create our top 50.”

New Tesco for Kendal

A listed grade II building is to be transformed into a Tesco supermarket on Kendal’s Highgate.


Permission was granted for the alterations of the former Millets store at a meeting of South Lakeland District Council on Thursday Morning.

Twenty jobs are to be created and the store will bring further footfall to the town centre.

There were eleven votes for, none against and one abstention.

Sir Bradley Wiggins’ cycling team will race in Barrow later this year.

The Tour de France winner and multiple Olympic champion has entered his squad in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series.


It’s been confirmed leg six of the street-racing series will come to Barrow-in-Furness on the 29th of May.

Last year, thousands of people lined the pavements to watch.

Past winners of the unique, team based Pearl Izumi Tour Series are Team Halfords Bikehut (2009), Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta (2010), Rapha Condor Sharp (2011), Endura Racing (2012), Team UK Youth (2013) and Rapha Condor JLT (2014).

Police appeal following burglaries in Carlisle and Plumpton

Police are investigating two burglaries in the Carlisle and Plumpton areas, which are believed to be linked.


Between 3am and 6:30am on Saturday (21st February) a white Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen. This was later found on Calthwaite Road, Plumpton, near to the second burglary.

The second burglary occurred sometime overnight on Saturday into Sunday in Plumpton, whereby a black Mitubishi L200 was stolen –this was later found at Fellside Grove, Carlisle. Other items that were also stolen, but not yet recovered, include a child’s electric ‘Fun Bike’ quad bike, worth £400, a tablet computer, worth £250, and a number of tools worth over £800 in total.

Police are appealing for information on the outstanding stolen items, and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the above areas. Anyone with any information should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for DC James Aiston, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal following fingertip discovery in Keswick

Police are appealing for information regarding a recovered severed human fingertip that was found in Keswick last month.

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On Saturday 24th January 2015 at approximately 2.30pm, a member of the public made the discovery in the garden of their property on Southey Street, Keswick.

Police have made enquiries into the discovery and the fingertip has been forensically analysed. The results of the analysis indicated that it belongs to a male and was subsequently compared against the national DNA database and is unidentified at this time.

Detective Constable Jonathan Lowden, West Cumbria CID, said:

“We made checks with the relevant local hospitals, accident and emergency departments and GP surgeries at the time of the discovery. There have been no reports of any industrial accidents or injuries in which the North West Ambulance Service have been called to.

“The fingertip appears to have been severed, however there was no blood staining at the scene or the surrounding area.

“This is certainly a rare discovery and we require the help of the public in order to trace whose fingertip this is. We appeal to anyone who may have information on this fingertip to contact police to help us with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to DC Jonathan Lowden of West Cumbria CID.

Air ambulance charities awarded £250,000 each of Libor fine

Air ambulance charities across the country are to receive grants of £250,000 each from a banking fine fund.

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The life-saving services are each to receive a part of the £5m paid to the government in Libor fines.

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) estimated that 800 lives could be saved each year because of this and other relief schemes.

Clive Dickin, AAA national director, said it was “excellent news”.

The £5m was announced as part of the autumn statement but details of how it would be divided has only just been revealed.

‘Save many lives’

Chancellor George Osborne said: “It is absolutely right that we use funds from those who demonstrated the worst values to reward those who demonstrate the best.”

Air ambulance charities serving Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, East Anglia, Essex and Herts, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Kent Surrey and Sussex, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, London, Midlands, Thames Valley and Chiltern, Wiltshire and Yorkshire are to receive money.

The Great North Air Ambulance, Great Western Air Ambulance, MAGPAS, North West Air Ambulance Charity, the AAA and Wales Air Ambulance and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance are also beneficiaries.

Mr Dickin said: “Each of the 20 charities will use the funds in ways that will increase availability, types of activity, and overall patient care at a local level and this donation will ultimately help air ambulances across the UK to save many lives.”

Air ambulances are not funded directly by the government and receive no National Lottery grants.

Olympic hero backs RoSPA’s big push for more cyclists and fewer accidents

Double gold Olympic medallist James Cracknell is to launch RoSPA’s Family Safety Week in an effort to get more people pedalling – safely.


The champion rower will get the awareness-raising week underway with TV property expert, and Family Safety Week Ambassador, Martin Roberts, and Nazan Fennell, a Birmingham-based campaigner whose 13-year-old daughter, Hope, was knocked off her bike and killed in 2011.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will stage the event on Monday March 2, at Queensbridge School, in Birmingham.

The results of a RoSPA-commissioned YouGov survey, aimed at uncovering the nation’s habits and attitudes to cycling, will be revealed at the launch.

The launch will also give pupils a chance to take part in several activities including blind spot demonstrations in an articulated lorry, bicycle maintenance checks, and mini-consultations over the layout of their routes to school.

James Cracknell started campaigning for safer cycling after he suffered life-changing injuries while filming a documentary in the US in 2010.

He said: “As a professional athlete I can’t tell you how important exercise is to a person’s health and wellbeing. Yet I know from bitter experience what’s at stake for those who regularly take to the road on their bike.

10 years of celebrating Cumbria’s very best wedding suppliers

Now in its 10th Year, Rheged’s ever popular Wedding Fair returns next Sunday 8 March with a simply stunning range of inspirational suppliers all under one roof.


Attracting countywide interest from brides and suppliers alike, the show features everything from photographers, floristry, entertainment, décor, cake makers, to hairdressers, venues and much more, with a focus of quality local suppliers.

Cumbria and the Lake District make the perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding, with a variety of quality venues represented at the Rheged Wedding Show, such as Lodore Falls Hotel, Shap Wells Hotel, Roundthorn Country House, North Lakes Hotel and Lake District Hotels. Those hunting for the perfect photographer will be spoilt for choice too, with stands from local photographers Adrian Randall Photography, Chris Freer Photography, Photobooth, Derwent Photography, Fusion Photo Ltd, Eden Valley Photography and Lake District Wedding Photography.

Jo Dunning-Thomas, organiser of the event said, “We love putting on events which really showcase the best of what the region has to offer – our Wedding Show is a great place to source inspirational suppliers whilst supporting local businesses. Brides looking for something a little different will not be disappointed  – we have Piggin Delicious Hogg Roast attending, vintage coaches, crockery and accessories, a fun photo booth, digital graffiti wall and Appleby Creamery will be showcasing their alternative ‘Cheese’ wedding cakes too”

At 12pm and 2pm there will be fashion shows featuring some of the most directional and classic bridal shops to be found in Cumbria.

Police release image of man they want to speak to

Cumbria Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a theft at Boots, English Street, Carlisle.


On 12 December 2013 at 11:16 am, a high value theft took place in the Boots store. A number of Ray Ban branded spectacle frames where taken, to the value of over £1800.

Police would like to speak to the man pictures as he may have information about the incident.

Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incident, is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to PC Claire Bailey. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is an independent charity.

Operation launched in a bid to prevent collisions outside Cumbrian Schools

Police are to conduct a two week county-wide operation focusing on anti-social and illegal parking in school drop off and collection points.


Concerns have been raised about parking around schools at peak times. Examples of poor parking have included blocked pavements, obstructed driveways, and parking over dropped kerbs, on zig-zag road markings and access points. This increases the risk of harm to children as well as causing access problems.

Unnecessary obstruction and illegal parking are offences in which police will be targeting during Operation Spectrum.

To minimise the risk to children, and ease the disruption to residents and other road users by those who park in this way, police will look to educate motorists on parking laws and if necessary prosecute those who park illegally. The education period will begin on Monday 23rd February and will last a week.

Following on from education, police will conduct a week of enforcement from Monday 2nd March where action will be taken against those committing offences.

Inspector Ben Swinson, of the Operational Support Unit, said:

“We have received repeated and prolonged reports of drivers placing children’s lives and safety at risk by continually ignoring the parking restrictions that are put in place to protect children’s safety whilst they come to and from school.

HGV driver charged after he was caught nearly four times over the drink drive limit

A man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being caught driving his HGV nearly four times over the limit.

Police back

Martin Tazky, aged 38, from Mednanskeho, Slovakia, was stopped on the M6 near Todhills by officers from VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) on Monday 23rd February 2015 at approximately 4.45pm.

Mr Tazky was also charged with dangerous driving. He is due to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25th February 2015.