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*Make a splash this Easter holidays!*
All schoolchildren aged up to 16 years old from the Cumberland area will be able to go for a swim in a choice of five indoor pools for only 10p over the Easter school holidays.
We have put in place the discounted scheme with the support of GLL and Wigton Baths Trust.
The scheme will offer discounted swimming opportunities throughout the two weeks at Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Copeland Pool and Fitness Centre (Whitehaven), The Sands Centre (Carlisle), Wigton Baths and Workington Leisure Centre.
*Find out more* [
Also in this week's edition:
* Council pays tribute following passing of Councillor Cyril Weber [ #link_10 ]
* Holiday Activity and Food programme [ #link_1 ]
* Help us choose a new play park design for Maryport [ #link_11 ]
* Wellness scheme expanded [ #link_2 ]
* Distington Crematorium improvements [ #link_3 ]
* Another date for your diary... [ #link_4 ]
* Carlisle Teenage Market [ #link_5 ]
* Start your fostering journey at an event in April [ #link_6 ]
* Grass roots projects get investment boost [ #link_7 ]
* Have your say [ #link_8 ]
* Child Employment Awareness month [ #link_9 ]
Council pays tribute following passing of Councillor Cyril Weber
It is with great sadness that the death of Councillor Cyril Weber, Labour Member for Harraby North is announced. Cllr Weber died on Thursday 4 April.
Cllr Weber was elected to represent the ward of Harraby North for Cumberland Council in May 2022. This followed a more than 40-year career in local politics having served as an elected member for both the former Carlisle City Council (since May 1979) and Cumbria County Council (since 2001). He was also Mayor of Carlisle from 1988-89.
Cyril was a member of various Cumberland Council committees as well as Chair of the Petteril Community Panel and Chair of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee. He was also a Trustee on the Charter Trustees for the City of Carlisle. His outside appointments included the Lowther Street Trust, Harraby Community Centre Management Committee and Mary Hannah Almshouses.
Paying tribute, Cllr Mark Fryer, Leader of Cumberland Council said: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague, Cllr Cyril Weber. Cyril was a veteran of local politics and hugely well respected across all political persuasions.
“He was a passionate local politician who dedicated more than 40 years working to improve the lives of people across not just Carlisle but the wider area too. He leaves a lasting legacy on the communities he served throughout his long political career and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
“I first met Cyril when I was a young man. His passion for his city was unbelievable. It was Carlisle first, Carlisle second and if there were any crumbs on the table they were for Carlisle. What a man he was. And if anyone wants to know how to measure success, go to Harraby and see how Harraby Community Centre looks, it has Cyril Weber’s fibre running right through it. I wish I had another 20 people just like Cyril.
“On behalf of the entire Council, I would like to express my deepest and sincere condolences to Cyril’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.
“Our flags will be flown at half-mast until after the funeral as a mark of respect.”
Holiday Activity and Food programme
Free activities continue to be on offer over the Easter period for the Holiday Activity and Food Programme.
The programme provides fully funded activities and nourishing meals for eligible young people during the school holidays.
The Holiday Activity and Food programme is funded by the Department for Education and has been running since 2021. The scheme provides a wide range of activities during the school holidays and young people attending receive a warm nutritious meal each day they attend.
*Find out more* [
Help us choose a new play park design for Maryport
Help us choose the new design of a popular play park in Maryport.
Two new themes have been created to replace the ageing Shiver Me Timbers play park on the town’s historic Harbourside. A consultation is now open, with members of the public able to vote online or in person, to decide whether the new play area will have a pirate or an ocean wildlife theme.
This project is part of Cumberland Council’s regeneration of Maryport and its historic Harbourside and has been made possible by the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.
The tender to create the new play park area has been won by play equipment specialists Kompan and their experts were asked to create two alternatives for the public to choose from. Both designs will incorporate a splash park, something which ranked highly in our last consultation in Maryport, along with slides, swings, a zipwire and more. The play area will be kitted out to appeal to youngsters of all ages.
Please visit our website [
] to choose your favourite, vote in person at Maryport Town Hall, Senhouse Street, during office hours, or pick up a voting form from Maryport News in Senhouse Street or the Lake District Coast Aquarium on the harbourside.
Voting is open now and will continue until 5pm on Monday 29 April 2024.
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Wellness scheme expanded
Our innovative Social Prescribing service, which previously covered the former Copeland area, has now been expanded to cover the former Allerdale area too.
Social Prescribing links people with groups, services or activities that could help with their wellbeing.
*Find out more* [
Distington Crematorium improvements
The first stage of improvement works at Distington Hall Crematorium is now underway and is expected to take around two weeks to complete.
The works, undertaken by Roland Hill Ltd on Cumberland Council’s behalf, include:
* Complete refurbishment of the foyer, chapel and cloisters.
* New family room.
* Update of the Wesley music system.
* Refurbishment of the toilets.
To allow the work to be carried out quickly and efficiently there is a full closure of the building and the site will also be unable to accommodate the strewing of ashes in the crematorium grounds.
All services will remain operational in the site’s cemeteries and the Chapel of Remembrance will also remain open.
The crematorium refurbishment is scheduled to take place between 29 March and 14 April, with the last service at 12 noon on Thursday 28 March and reopening at 12 noon on Monday 15 April.
Carlisle Crematorium, also managed by Cumberland Council, which is fully open and can be used as an alternative during the temporary closure of the Distington site.
Another date for your diary...
Girl and lamb
Join us at Distington Walled Garden Spring Fete on Saturday 13 April, between 10am and 4pm.
Come and enjoy the spring flowers in Distington Victorian Walled Garden and visit our Artisan Fete, selling locally made crafts, heavenly cakes and a variety of plants.
See the pygmy goats and walk the alpacas between 10am to 1pm
The café will be open for food between 10am and 2pm. Refreshments only (cakes and scones served between 2pm and 3pm).
See you there!
Carlisle Teenage Market
Teenage Market
The Teenage Market, made up of young entrepreneurs from the local area and supported by the High Street Taskforce and Cumberland Council, returns on Saturday 27 April in Carlisle city centre.
The Teenage Market is a fast-growing nationwide initiative set up by teenage brothers Joe and Tom Barratt in Stockport to transform our town and city centres with the creativity of young people.
For further information visit the Discover Carlisle website. [
Start your fostering journey at an event in April
People from all walks of life can become foster carers. Your background, life skills and experience can help support the children and young people you care for.
If you think you might have what it takes and would like to find out more, why not attend one of Cumbria Fostering’s upcoming information drop-ins this month:
* Friday 19 April - Penrith Costa from 12pm to 1pm.
* Wednesday 24 April - Workington Costa from 1pm to 2pm.
Alternatively, you can speak to our team today on *0300 013 2065* or register your interest in fostering online. [
Drumming, gardening and climbing receive investment
A new community garden and performance space, and a climbing wall in Seaton are two projects to receive funding from Cumberland Council’s Workington Together Community Panel recently.
Councillors met to consider investment applications from community groups.
St Mary’s Church in Westfield received £3,050 to help build a community garden and performance area for drumming.
The garden, an accessible and welcoming space for residents, will be used to encourage people to grow and cook their own healthy food. Organisers also hope to involve local schools in gardening schemes. The project aligns with Cumberland Council’s ambition to improve access to, and availability of, healthy food.
The funding will also be used to buy drums so that a drumming circle can be set up, using the community garden as a space to practice and perform. Drumming is said to improve mental health and help those suffering from trauma.
Councillors also agreed to award £5,000 to Seaton Scout Group for a climbing wall which can be used by the whole community. The plan is to provide a new and challenging activity to help tackle antisocial behaviour, inactivity, and social isolation. Improving the health and wellbeing of residents is a key priority for the council.
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Grass roots projects get investment boost
A diversity hub, a cricket club and a project providing advice for vulnerable people were all supported by the Whitehaven and Coastal Community Panel recently.
Community Panels distribute Cumberland Council funds to grass roots community projects, as well as bringing together funders, spotting gaps in provision and using a community network to find out what is needed in each area.
*Find out who received funding* [
Cumberland Council has eight Community Panels, covering the entire council area. Community group representatives wishing to find out more about Community Panel investment should visit How to apply for investment from a Community Panel | Cumberland Council [
]. Those interested are advised to seek advice from the community development officer for their area before making a formal application. Contact details are available at Community Panels | Cumberland Council [
Have your say
Can you help us with a quick survey, for the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)?
Following Local Government Reorganisation, the three separate PSPOs for the former district councils have or are due to expire and given their important role; it now proposed to bring forward a new order for Cumberland Council.
The PSPOs, provide local authorities with versatile tools to address the broad and growing impact of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB).
This consultation is asking for your help to gather your thoughts on the proposed legal order.
Everything you need is online. [
The consultation has been extended to Monday 22 April.
Thank you, in advance, for helping us.
Child Employment Awareness month
Child employment
A part-time job can be a great experience for children. Did you know that children can only work:
* From 13 years old
* With a work permit - even if they are unpaid, or work for a relative
* Between 7am - 7pm
* For no more than two hours on a Sunday.
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