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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 […]

Thousands of Lancashire schoolchildren are set to cast their votes for their favourite books this spring. The Brilliant Book Award 2024 has been launched, marking its fifth year of nurturing love of reading by celebrating recently published stories for children aged six to seven years. Developed by Lancashire County Council’s School Library Service, the Brilliant […]

Over 50 organisations from across the county are backing a new Cumbria Careers Day, which will be held as part of National Careers Week (4-9 March). The event on Wednesday 6 March is designed to promote the excellent careers that are available across the county and to encourage people to develop and build their careers […]

One of the Lake District’s leading businesses has welcomed news that the iconic Bluebird hydroplane is to return to its spiritual home and go on permanent display in the Lake District village of Coniston. Phil Johnston, founder and owner of the Coppermines Lakes Cottages holiday accommodation company in Coniston, says: “This is absolutely fantastic news […]

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is breaking new ground by launching its first ever Working Carers Policy to support colleagues who have unpaid caring responsibilities away from work. The policy has been warmly welcomed by the UHMBT Carers Staff Network as a way of ensuring that colleagues are supported to keep […]

There’s good news for families this February half-term as Westmorland and Furness Council’s leisure centres offer 10p swims for children. Young people aged under 16 will be able to take advantage of the special offer at the council’s swimming pools in Appleby, Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness, Kendal, Penrith and Ulverston. Each leisure centre will allocate 2 hours […]

Lancashire County Council has made clear that new parking meters will not be installed in any district where the local district or borough council does not want them. A draft proposal to introduce more on-street pay and display parking throughout Lancashire was outlined in a recent report to the county council’s cabinet. It was also […]

A patient has given her seal of approval to a new Oncology and Haematology Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Lancaster and the city’s MP on Friday 2 February. Julia Grisenthwaite, who has been having treatment from the Oncology Department at University Hospitals of Morecambe […]

Most people consider themselves lucky to find one dream job – but Jon Bennett is in the enviable position of having two at once! He spends much of his working week sailing some of the most spectacular scenery in England – as a Boatmaster with Windermere Lake Cruises. And when he’s not doing that he’s […]