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Christian Aid
Monday, 3rd May 2021, 16:15:19

Please consider supporting Christian Aid this month through our dedicated Two Valleys giving page. Your support will...

Parish Council approved minutes
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 11:22:56

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 6th April 2021.

Parish Council draft minutes
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 11:22:06

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 4th May 2021.

Neighbourhood Plan
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 08:12:45

Synopsis of meeting with Castles & Coasts (C&C), 22nd April 2021

Parish Council agenda
Monday, 3rd May 2021, 11:00:37

Parish Council - Agenda for the 4th May 2021.

Parish Council Election Candidates
Monday, 3rd May 2021, 8:28:00

A list of candidates standing for election in 2021 and their statements.

Service Video
Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 16:27:14

Latest Church Service Video

Churches Together
Saturday, 1st May 2021, 08:12:03

Churches together in Cumbria.

Crosthwaite Weather Report
Saturday, 1st May 2021, 07:35:34

Crosthwaite Weather Report for April 2021.

Latest Diocese News
Friday, 30th April 2021, 13:32:30

Carlisle Diocese News.

Parish Council Election
Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 14:14:07

Notice of Poll - Election of Parish Councillors for the Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council, 6 May 2021

Police & Crime Commissioner Election
Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 14:11:07

Notice of Poll for the Police & Crime Commissioner Election on 6th May 2021 for the Cumbria Police Area.

Helsington Moss bridge
Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:19:32

An update on the continued closure of the bridge and the plans for its replacement.

Church Service Sheet
Monday, 26th April 2021, 11:38:34

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

Cumbria Prayer Diary
Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:57:15

Read the latest Cumbria Prayer Diary here.

Neighbourhood Plan Photo Competition
Monday, 19th April 2021, 09:40:06

Closing Date 14 May. How Beautiful is Our Parish?

Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Saturday, 17th April 2021, 19:38:52

Two Valleys Parish News for May 2021.

Election of Parish Councillors
Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 12:27:26

Statement of Persons Nominated for the election on Thursday 6th May 2021

Housing Needs Assessment 2021 Update
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 16:45:20

Results of the assessment are now published and can be found at the link in the heading.

WCAS Virtual Bingo Night
Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 15:31:17

See our news board for details of the fun event to be held on Saturday 13th March starting 7.30pm via Zoom

Ruth Radley
Saturday, 27th February 2021, 10:47:10

Ruth Radley's Latest Link Letter

Neighbourhood Plan minutes
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 12:01:34

Neighbourhood Plan - minutes for the 10th February 2021.

Parish Council annual audit documents
Thursday, 18th February 2021, 11:14:45

Parish Council annual audit documents for the last financial year are now available to view

Highways Customer Feedback Survey
Thursday, 11th February 2021, 08:22:43

Cumbria County Council seeks customers ideas and views to improve county highways network.

Road Closure
Monday, 1st February 2021, 12:29:53

The C5048 at Totter Bank, Crosthwaite, from its junction with the C5061, extending in a south westerly direction for a...

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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.

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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