Subscribe to Westmorland Gazette feed Westmorland Gazette
The Westmorland Gazette /news/
Updated: 18 min 31 sec ago

Autumn has officially begun

2 hours 36 min ago
You may have already noticed that the nights are drawing in and there is a definite need to start digging out the warmer clothing.

South Lakes couple hit twice by cancer embark on year of fundraising

2 hours 48 min ago
A SOUTH Lakes cancer survivor has been left in disbelief after her mother received a terminal diagnosis just weeks after she was given the all clear.

More than £2,000 worth of power tools stolen from construction site

3 hours 54 min ago
MORE than £2,000 worth of power tools have been stolen from a construction site in the area of Fell Foot, Newby Bridge.

Mountain rescue team attend to Ullswater way walker

3 hours 57 min ago
A WALKER was assisted mountain rescue after injuring his knee while on the Ullswater Way on Saturday (September 23).

Staff at Eden camping and caravan park raise funds for Patterdale Mountain Rescue Association

4 hours 44 min ago
STAFF at an Eden caravan park have made a £1,800 donation towards the work of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT).

Firefighters tackle chimney fire

6 hours 16 min ago
FIREFIGHTERS attended to a chimney fire in a home in Penny Bridge yesterday (September 24).

Fabulous new Journey festival promises end to end day of dance

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 6:31pm
THREE professional dance companies play their part in special new festival that puts some of most imaginative moves around in the spotlight.

PROPERTY: Evoke that far-flung holiday feeling in your own home

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 6:00pm
SUMMER holidays may be fading to distant memories, but you can take inspiration from your favourite location to create an exotic, faraway feel at home all year round.

VIEW FROM HOAD BY HELEN SHACKLADY: Are words losing their meanings?

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 4:42pm
I HAVE read a news report that more young children are not ‘school-ready’, especially since they can’t speak in sentences. Modern mothers, though strangely not fathers, were partly blamed for being glued to their smartphones. Setting aside the fact that the phrase ‘school-ready’ is an ugly invention, implying that children are the same as oven-ready chickens, it is clearly a problem if children can’t understand their teachers or are behind in speaking. However, what kind of English we should be speaking is a can of worms. The regional dialects of England can be seen as part of a rich heritage which is disappearing. Here in Cumbria we have a whole traditional vocabulary which is in danger of dying out, and in Furness distinctive phrases which are maybe too colourful for a family newspaper. In one of his books, the shepherd James Rebanks gives a list of Cumbrian phrases and sometimes amusing translations, such as ‘Thuz not reet’ meaning ‘You are very wrong’, and ‘Thuz is a long way frae reet’ meaning ‘You are an idiot’. It is true that preserving local dialects does not make for easy communication outside its speakers. Every now and then I hear the amplified voice of the auctioneer in the livestock mart. It’s very musical, and lovely to hear but I can’t recognise a single word. My nephews always claim that when they were younger, someone tried to rob them in Glasgow but gave up in disgust when he couldn’t make himself understood. Some form of standard English is necessary so that we can all communicate. All the same, it’s a bit much when people who should know better mangle English so that words lose their ability to convey ideas or facts. Politicians can succumb to meaningless soundbites and evasion. No-one ever lies, only miss-speaks. The CEO of a restaurant chain was recently quoted as saying they were going to ‘look at the pricing architecture of the menu’ and ‘reinvigorate the value offer’. If adults talk such nonsense, children have no chance. As for me, going forward I am committed to a robust evaluation of my current offer and to cascading down fit for purpose parameters to enhance the customer experience. Alreet?

Plans for new restaurant and flats in Ulverston met with approval from town council

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 3:15pm
ULVERSTON Town Council has given its recommendation for approval for new flats, a new restaurant and the continued use of 12 wind turbines.

CLASSIC VINYL: one of the best live performances ever recorded

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 12:59pm
The album, Hell Freezes Over by The Eagles, 1998 (2-LP, reissue), value £100

Former BBC producer puts together new edition of classic local history book

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 12:58pm
A UNIQUE historical insight into the life of a North Lancashire parish in the early 1700s has been republished by former BBC Radio 4 news and current affairs producer Andy Denwood.

Former BBC producer puts together new edition of classic local history book

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 12:58pm
A UNIQUE historical insight into the life of a North Lancashire parish in the early 1700s has been republished by former BBC Radio 4 news and current affairs producer Andy Denwood.

PICTURE FROM THE PAST: Can you tell us more about this photo?

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 11:40am
WE WOULD love to know more about this image from our Joseph Hardman archive of a tractor ploughing.

Family-run ice-cream parlour in Kendal available for lease

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 9:51am
Natland Millbeck Farm Ice Cream Parlour and Café is being offered to the market for the first time since it was developed in 2006 as part of a family farm.

Shepherdess wins photo competition

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 9:33am
A SHEPHERDESS who takes her son to school on the Windermere ferry every morning has won a photo competition.

LETTER: No greater joy in life than being able to help those in need

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 7:41am
IN HIS inaugural address as U.S. President on January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy challenged American citizens with a memorable declaration: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

FAITH VIEWPOINT: the Bible is full of accounts of farming and farmers albeit from a different time and place

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 7:15am
AUGUST and September in Cumbria is the season of the local agricultural shows. These shows provide opportunities for farmers to display their sheep, cattle and other stock as well as opportunities to share know-how and have a good ‘catch-up.’ For many others, the shows provide opportunities to observe, learn and share in the pleasure that the farming community brings.

FAITH VIEWPOINT: the Bible is full of accounts of farming and farmers albeit from a different time and place

Sun, 24/09/2017 - 7:08am
AUGUST and September in Cumbria is the season of the local agricultural shows. These shows provide opportunities for farmers to display their sheep, cattle and other stock as well as opportunities to share know-how and have a good ‘catch-up.’ For many others, the shows provide opportunities to observe, learn and share in the pleasure that the farming community brings.

Film about fighting made in Kirkby Lonsdale

Sat, 23/09/2017 - 3:08pm
KIRKBY Lonsdale has been used as the filming location for a new film about bare knuckle fighting.

Pages