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September TVPN - Print version
Friday, 14th August 2020, 09:16:20

To produce a printed booklet download this version, print on 2 sides, landscape, flip short-edge.


Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Friday, 14th August 2020, 08:53:03

Two Valleys Parish News for September 2020.


Tim Farron outside the Punch Bowl
Thursday, 13th August 2020, 16:51:38

25 August 2020 between 16.30 and 17.00


Planning for the Future
Thursday, 13th August 2020, 16:46:55

The Parish Council is drawing your attention to the opportunity to comment on the open consultation on the government...


Trustee Needed
Monday, 10th August 2020, 10:51:56

URGENTLY NEEDED - public spirited man or woman to be one of the four trustees of Crosthwaite Village Hall


Crosthwaite Village Hall
Monday, 10th August 2020, 10:48:43

Acting Chairman Update on the Crosthwaite Village Hall, August 2020


Churches Together
Sunday, 2nd August 2020, 14:03:54

Churches together in Cumbria.


Crosthwaite Post Office
Sunday, 2nd August 2020, 11:31:50

New opening times from Tuesday 4 August at the Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite. Tuesdays & Thursdays 11.00am - 3.30pm


Crosthwaite Weather Report
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 07:47:29

Crosthwaite Weather Report for July 2020.


Crosthwaite Village Hall AGM
Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 16:55:46

Click for Notice of Hall AGM on 1st September, 19.30


Footpath Improvement Work
Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 15:56:12

South Cumbria Rivers Trust in the coming week will be working on the Vicarage to Oak (Nurse’s) Lane footpath.


South Lakeland Newsletter 8
Saturday, 18th July 2020, 11:49:29

Read issue 8 of the South Lakeland News here.


Latest Diocese News
Saturday, 18th July 2020, 09:27:28

Carlisle Diocese News.


Church Highlights
Saturday, 18th July 2020, 09:19:27

Church Highlights for the year.


Church Notice Sheet
Saturday, 18th July 2020, 09:19:16

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.


Church Service Sheet
Saturday, 18th July 2020, 09:18:11

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


August TVPN - Print version
Friday, 17th July 2020, 19:52:35

To produce a printed booklet download this version, print on 2 sides, landscape, flip short-edge


Parish Council approved minutes
Thursday, 9th July 2020, 14:05:49

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 9th June 2020.


Parish Council draft minutes
Thursday, 9th July 2020, 14:05:15

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 7th July 2020.


More walks from Crosthwaite Green
Monday, 6th July 2020, 17:00:04

There are now twelve walks of varying length created by Martin Douglas.


TVPN for July revised
Saturday, 4th July 2020, 16:34:09

Page 2 of the latest edition has been revised to include details of resuming church services in the valleys.


Parish Council agenda
Saturday, 4th July 2020, 11:38:13

Parish Council - Agenda for the 7th July 2020.


Walks from Crosthwaite Green
Sunday, 21st June 2020, 10:22:52

Martin Douglas has created six wonderful walks starting and finishing at Crosthwaite Green.


July TVPN – Print version
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 16:50:42

To produce a printed booklet download this version, print on 2 sides, landscape, flip short-edge.


South Lakeland News
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 14:30:52

Read issue 7 of the South Lakeland News here.


June Location Quiz Winner
Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 13:49:01

Roger Smith wins the June Location Quiz


A5074 closure
Saturday, 6th June 2020, 16:26:05

A section of the A5074 The Howe (Lyth Valley Road) will be temporarily closed for overnight resurfacing works between...


Neighbourhood Plan minutes
Friday, 29th May 2020, 11:35:02

Neighbourhood Plan - minutes for the 11th February 2020.


Historical rainfall records
Friday, 22nd May 2020, 11:05:16

See historical rainfall records going back to 1869 here.


Co-Option of Councillor
Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 09:00:10

Applications are now invited for the position of councillor. (two) on Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council. Anyone...


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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