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Wild Painting in Matterdale


This week we feature an article with Gina Farncombe about a new wild painting initiative in Matterdale

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 Ullswater Breakfast Poster

Ullswater Breakfast Poster


Sunday, November 25, 2018

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 Michelle Castles

Michelle Castles


Local sculptor Michelle Castles will be our next people feature




Matterdale Dog Day

The third Matterdale Dog Day took place on the lawn in front of the Royal Hotel on Sunday, 15 July. About 15 dogs competed in an imaginative range of competitions - catching the most treats, looking most like their owner, having the shiniest nose - you get the idea. The Reverend Mike Houston had the unenviable task of judging the competitors, and succeeded in ensuring that everyone was a winner.

Thanks are also due to Mary Watson for judging the Summer Bake Off, which was deservedly won by Ali O’Neill for her outstanding Summer Cheese Cake - and Mary had no idea who had made it!

Matterdale Steel Band at Skirwith Annual Duck Race

Attached is a short video of clips of the Matterdale Steel Band playing at the Skirwith Annual Duck Race on 5 August. The sun shone, the ducks raced, and the band, ably led by Peter and Christine Crofts, played. The band rehearses every Monday evening, anyone interested in joining please contact Peter at  

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Third Matterdale Valley Golf Croquet Tournament

Once again there was an excellent turn out from all ages and genders in Matterdale for what has become an important social, but highly competitive annual event.  Thanks go to members of the Penrith and North Lakes Croquet Club who  provided advise to those from Matterdale as to the rules of the game which were largely followed not least as some who had bent the rules last year were away from the Valley!

On a beautiful evening at Lanwathby everyone entered into the spirit of the tournament and with varying degrees of skills fought hard to win as many hoops as possible so as to gain a place in the final. In the event the final became a family affair with Emma Bray and her daughter beating her husband and David Harrison, more than ably supported by his grandson, to claim the Woodisse Cup.

Brian Clark who organised the event said:-

" A great evening was had by all not least due to the support of members of the Penrith Croquet Club. Indeed several people from Matterdale have now approached the Club with the view to taking up croquet seriously. What was so pleasant was to see  newcomers to  the Valley mixing with the more established residents and getting to know each other. I am already under pressure to fix the date for the 2019 tournament so it looks as though people really enjoyed it"!