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A new community rugby pitch has officially opened ahead of the start of the season.  The floodlit rugby pitch and training area at Common Edge Community Sports Village completes the £6m investment in the new facility.   To celebrate the launch of the new pitch, Wigan Warriors brought the Super League trophy down a training session […]

A man from Scunthorpe has been charged with 13 shoplifting offences committed in the South Lakes area and Keswick. Catalin Serban, 41 of Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe was charged with 13 counts of theft. The offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2023 and January 2024. Serban is due to appear before South Cumbria […]

Staff on Furness General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were delighted to receive a significant upgrade in training capabilities, thanks to a generous donation from the community. Margaret Shepherd stayed in the ICU for two weeks, and following her return home, her loved ones organised a raffle to raise money for the unit. With support […]

Cumbrian Councils, bus operators and partners have joined forces to drive positive change to bus services across the county. On Friday 9 February, the Enhanced Partnership Forum met for the first time where over 30 representatives from Westmorland and Furness Council, Cumberland Council, Stagecoach, independent bus operators and partners including Cumbria Tourism, took part in round-table […]

A passion for business has helped a south Cumbrian entrepreneur create a thriving cleaning company. Now Maggie Ptasinska, company director of Housekeeping Club, wants to expand the business, move to new, larger premises and increase the size of its vehicle fleet. Her ambitions go even further. “Ultimately, I would like Housekeeping Club to be seen […]

An ‘Innovating for Success’ grant of £19,500 from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is helping the owners of Muncaster Castle achieve their ambition to become the UK’s first carbon-zero castle. It is Ewan Frost-Pennington, as Operation Director, aim to make his 800 year old family home and 800-hectare estate a sustainable enterprise. An important part of […]

A conference dedicated to promoting physical and mental wellbeing in children and young people in Cumbria is taking place in Penrith in March. Organised by Active Cumbria, Primary school head teachers and PE Leads are being invited to attend ‘Physical Activity and Movement – The Curriculum and Beyond’ which will feature keynote speaker presentations as […]

Work has officially started to transform one of the town’s locally listed buildings into a thriving business hub. Located in the town centre, Stanley Buildings will be converted into a modern, vibrant business hub for start-ups and growing small businesses. The £7.5m project will see the historic 1930’s art deco building converted into 44 offices […]

Following a successful trial in Barrow in 2023, places on a free, clinically proven intervention to help people quit smoking will be returning to the Westmorland and Furness area.  The returning funded programmes are helping to support the council’s ambition to be “smoke-free” by 2030.   Last year a limited number of places were available to residents in […]

Residents and others affected have been thanked for their patience and understanding during an emergency road closure last night to ensure the demolition of an unsafe building could be conducted safely and efficiently. The closure of the A5284 Stricklandgate in Kendal was in place from 7.30pm on Tuesday night due to the urgent demolition of […]