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Who's Who

James Graham

James Graham


James is a founder member of The Bowness Community Group.  He lives at Campfield and farms. James is also Chair of the Bowness Parish Council. James was responsible for making the bespoke bench on the Banks depicting the old railway viaduct, which was designed by the community group's long-term secretary, the late Gilly Walton.

News & Announcements

Tuesday 08 August 2017

AONB Beach Clean

Volunteers from the AONB and local people collected 27 bags of rubbish plus items too big for bags yesterday on Bowness waterfront. The AONB volunteers hope to return in September for another event - watch this space for dates.

This is not just a local problem as we  are at a narrow point in the Solway, so every tide forces more rubbish onto the shore.  It could be from anywhere on the coast, the Isle of Man, the Irish Sea or the Atlantic. 

Thanks to all who helped make such a positive difference to the shore yesterday.
Sunday 23 July 2017

Annan Bell Riad

Images from today's bell raid.  Four boats rowed across from Annan, supported by several safety boats and the Silloth RNLI crew.

Thursday 13 July 2017

Annan Skiff Launch

The second skiff produced by the skilled boat builders of Annan took to the water on July 13th out of Annan Harbour.  This boat  - Pride of the Solway - will take part in the annual Bell Raid on Sunday July 23rd from Annan to Bowness.

Anyone interested in going out with the Annan crew for some rowing practice on Saturday 22nd?  Please contact Lyn Lewis on 016973 51055 if you'd like to join them.

Monday 15 May 2017

Defibrillator Awareness Training

The two training sessions held at the School and Lindow Hall recently were attended by 25 people.  Lauren Watson from the Northwest Ambulance Service trained everyone in the use of CPR and the defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest.  Whilst the defibrillator can be used by anyone, it is good to know that so many people were able to attend the training and now feel confident to use it if needed.
Survival rates for patients receiving this emergency intervention rise to up to 80% (from 3% for those who do not) so we are in a very fortunate position to have the defibrillator available in the village.  
Approximately 60,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest every year in the UK and currently only 1 in 10 people will survive.
Lauren also explained the need for more First Responders in rural communities such as ours.  She will be invited back to explain this role in more detail in the future to all those interested in becoming part of a local team.  If you would like to register your interest in becoming a First Responder, please contact Lyn Lewis on 016973 51055.


Wednesday 05 April 2017

Annan Bell Raid

The Scots are coming!

Watch out Bowness – marauding Scots are planning a new invasion!
A fleet of boats will be heading across the Solway estuary on Sunday, July 23 to carry out the now-annual Bowness Bell Raid.
The raid commemorates the original theft in 1626 when a gang of Scotsmen took the bells from St Michael’s Church in retaliation for an earlier raid by Cumbrians of Scottish bells. In the chase that followed, the Bowness bells were thrown overboard and to this day lie at the bottom of the Bell Pool in the Solway at Annan.
In  recent years the dastardly theft has been re-enacted and the Scottish raiders met by fierce Bowness folk armed with water pistols.
The confrontation ends amicably with refreshments provided by Bowness School PTA before the invaders head home with a replica bell.
The raid has become an important date in the calendar of the Annan Harbour Events and Activities group who enjoy the chance to show off their community-made skiff ‘The Pride of Annan’.
The mini Viking boat, built by local craftsmen assisted by young enthusiasts, is one of 186 similar craft made by coastal communities round Britain who then compete in coastal rowing races..
Annan is already at work on a second boat the Harbour Development Officer Alan Thomson is keen to see Bowness and perhaps Port Carlisle and Burgh by Sands build their own community boats with a view to regular Solway rowing races.
The boats, which take four oarsmen (or women) and a cox, are all built to the same traditional Scandinavian pattern, designed by a boatbuilder on the Isle of Skye.
Alan says: “All you need is the kit, one craftsman and plenty of enthusiasts.
*Pictures and more information about the Annan boats can be found at
* Anyone interested in building and/or rowing a Bowness boat can register their interest on the parish website at

Tuesday 04 April 2017

Spring Tidying at The Banks

We are holding a gardening morning at The Banks on Sunday 23rd April, starting at 9.30a.m. Come and join us -  even half an hour of your time would be most welcome. Please bring your own gardening tools. Help us make the official start of the Hadrian's Wall Trail look good for the new season!  (Please note this is a re-scheduling of the previous date.)

Sunday 19 March 2017


The Defibrillator is now installed and  'Rescue Ready' and linked to the North West Ambulance Service.  The equipment is mounted on the front wall of Wallsend Guest House.  Please do call in and see the equipment if you would like to.  

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Community Defibrillator

Funding to pay for a defibrillator for use by the community has now been agreed, with contributions from the Parish Council and Cumbria County Council. Many thanks also to Lyn and Andy Lewis for their donations of funds from the September Race Night, and Jan and Dave Milne; this will be spent on training in the use of the equipment and its ongoing maintenance. The defibrillator will be supplied by the Community Heartbeat Trust, and training sessions will be provided. It is planned to site the defibrillator on the front wall of Wallsend Guest House, where it can be monitored by CCTV. Watch this space for more information on training opportunities.