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Monday 24 September 2018

October Movie Night

Saturday October 20th 2018 at the Lindow Hall

Darkest Hour

Refreshments and bar from 7pm.  Film starts at 7.30pm.

Adults £4                Concessions £2.50             Family ticket £10

Available from Wallsend Guest House 016973 51055

Monday 08 January 2018

Generous Villagers Fund Defibrillators

Four villages in Bowness parish are on their way to owning life-saving public defibrillators thanks mainly to the generosity of local residents.

Bowness already has one up and running, situated outside the Wallsend Guest House and the village boasts more than 40 trained operators. The defibrillator is registered with the emergency services who may advise callers to use it while they are waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Glasson and Port Carlisle are not far behind. At Glasson, Highland Laddie landlord Mark Messenger has enlisted the help of the Haaf Netter and Salmon Conservation Trust, a charitable organisation, to back the villagers’ own superb fund-raising efforts. They are now nearing their target of the £1,995 needed to set up a defibrillator in the phone box opposite the pub.

Meanwhile at Port Carlisle one villager has given their fund a massive shot in the arm. Farm worker Jonny Hogg agreed to have his four-and-a-half inch eyebrows trimmed, gaining sponsorship money of £1,000. The trim was carried out by Emily Hinks in the Hope and Anchor pub where other fundraising ideas have already raised £200. To reach the estimated £2,000 cost, Port Carlisle is applying to the parish council for top-up funds.
Their defibrillator will be mounted on the wall of the Hope and Anchor.

Anthorn, too, is in the process of applying for council funds and raising money for its own defibrillator.

L Laval

Tuesday 03 October 2017

Bowness Community Group News

Autumn Clean Up on the Banks 
Thank you to the Community Payback Team who come on a regular basis to maintain the paths on the Banks. But as we move into autumn it’s also a good time to tidy up and refresh the planting in the beds, and cut back shrubs. Can you give a hour of your time on Sunday 15th October from 10am to help out? Please bring gardening gloves and tools. 
Donations of spare perennial plants you might be splitting in your own autumn garden tidy would also be much appreciated. You could drop any plant donations with Rowena Beaty at Claremont before 15th October. 
Litter Collection on the Shore 
The next two litter pick events will be 
• Sunday 1st October at 9.30 am meeting at the Banks shelter 
• Saturday 28th October 10 -12 am, meeting beside Shore Gate House. This event is being organised by John Gorrill, a volunteer with Solway AONB, as a follow up to the very successful bonanza on 7th August when 12 volunteers collected 27 bags of rubbish! 
John says : ‘This is a joint event between the Local Community Group and volunteers from Solway AONB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and anybody else who wants to help.  If there are enough people with enough energy, we will clear the beach and the salt-marsh as far as the car park at the west end of the village.  Allerdale Borough Council will remove the rubbish in a special collection, so let's make it worth their visit!’ 
New Members Wanted! 
We are looking for new members to join the Bowness Community Group; would you be interested in finding out more? Our next meeting will be Tuesday 3rd October at Curlews and you are most welcome to come along to join us. In the meantime if you’d like any information about Bowness Community Group, you could speak to any of our current members:  James Graham, Bill Knowles, Maureen McKenna, Claire Allen, Rowena Beaty, Jo Jeeves and Marcia Leonard.



Wednesday 18 April 2018

Community Group News April 2018

Monday 11 June 2018

Murder, drowning, politics and industry - tales from Bowness churchyard

Murder, drowning, politics and industry – tales from Bowness churchyard


In the first of an occasional series, St Michael’s churchwarden Richard Wills of Bowness Hall talks to Lucilla Laval about some of the interesting characters buried in Bowness churchyard.

A stroll around the graveyard with Richard reveals a colourful picture of life in the parish over the last 200 or more years.
Just inside the gateway are the graves of spinster sisters Jane and Margaret Pattinson who were murdered by one of their farmhands in 1808. The sisters, who were 77 and 65, lived at a farm between Abbeytown and Wheyrigg. They were buried at Bowness alongside their father, John, who originally came from Whitrigg.

Nearby is the grave of Captain Tristram Rome of Port Carlisle who was lost at sea on the third of January 1847 aged 46. His widow, who remarried, and his two daughters are also buried there. Was he a naval captain or a merchant seaman and where did his ship go down?
John Story, who died in 1888, owned a clay pit near Millrigg which turned out bricks and tiles – especially horseshoe drainage  tiles – many of which can still be found on agricultural buildings around the parish.

Another John Story, buried nearby, lived at Greenspot. He is said to be the last person capable of ‘trussing’ hay – stitching it into portable squares to be sold to brewers, railway companies and the many others who had working horses to feed. Richard recalls that when he and his sister were small children John Story’s wife, Elizabeth made then winter coats out of a World War One greatcoat.

An obelisk near the top of the graveyard is a memorial to the Sharp family who owned and ran a cornmill at Glasson and the elaboratwely-carved stone chest alongside the south wall of the church stands above the grave of Member of Parliament Edward Knubley, who lived at Fingland and died in 1787.
Mr Knubley was known locally as one of Lord Lonsdale’s ‘ninepins’. The Earl, a powerful landowner in Cumberland and Westmorland, was at that time Speaker of the House of Commons and the ninepins were nine local MPs (there were many more constituencies then) who could be relied on to vote his way.

Moving on we find John Lawson of Bowness Hall who died in 1831. He was a Land Commissioner who had the job of surveying land for the historic Enclosure Awards which radically changed the pattern of land ownership in England.

* If you can add to any of these stories, please go to and share your information with the parish

Port Carlisle

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Port Carlisle Summer newsletter

Wow what wonderful sunny weather we have been having little wet and windy last few days, although a little rain is always good for the garden.

There have been a few things going on recently; The Flower Festival is fast approaching; being held in St Michael’s Church Bowness from Friday 22nd June to Sunday 24th June. Port Carlisle will be represented in 5 of the windows. The Chapel, Inner Peace, The Hope and Anchor, The Tennis Club and The Recreation Ground. The Church should look spectacular and there will be refreshments available each day. Let’s hope the sun comes back to shine.

A request was made to the Recreation Ground Committee to apply to make the Hope and Anchor a community asset. This was agreed, and the application has been acknowledged by Allerdale council their decision will be made by 6th August. If there is action to follow this then a separate group will need to be set up, any interested people can contact Cathy Poxon in the first instance and there will be further information to follow.

With all this good weather followed by rain there are a lot of weeds growing in the recreation ground. The committee would like to ask for your help in weeding the boarders. There will be 2 evenings coming up both Wednesdays, the 4th and 11th July 6pm onwards. If we can encourage a few of you to join us on those dates, then we should only need to spend an hour each evening and get on top of the weeds. Please bring your own gloves and tools, no bags needed this year as we now have a compost store. With the very kind generosity of a couple of the residents of Port Carlisle we will be having the hedges trimmed, however this will not be until late August early September.

Date for your diary October 22nd we will be holding our now Annual Village Quiz. This year we will be serving curry, please feel free to bring your own booze, we will have a selection of soft drinks, tea and coffee available. Naturally there will also be a raffle.


  • Bowness Flower Festival June 22/23/24th June.
  • 4th and 11th July weeding and tidy up in the recreation ground 6-7pm.
  • Weather permitting Tennis Courts will be open from the start of May for Tennis and Croquet. Contact Cathy if Gates are locked (51939).
  • Bowling club always busy. Contact the club for more information.
  • Saturday 22nd October Annual Village Quiz and curry night.

Please feel free to contact any member of the committee if there is anything you would like us to add. Also, how often you would like this information sent out?

Anyone living in the village is welcome to join the community group or attend any of the meetings. This is your village and your recreation ground, feel free to come along and have your say. The next meeting is August 29th at Harbour View, 7.30pm.

Useful contacts:

Committee members – Martin Bailey 51711 Jean Black 51964 Rosie Bryant 52397 Mary Graham 52707 Steve and Mal Langfield 52300 Cathy Poxon 5939 Sandra Weller 52045

Village Chapel Kathleen Brough – 51332

Parish Website –  Contact Cathy on to add any items of interest including photos.

Highways agency – for potholes etc. 03003032992

Tuesday 19 June 2018

summer concert at the chapel

Friday 14 September 2018

Quiz Night



AT 7.30PM





All welcome. Feel free to bring own refreshments however soft drinks tea and coffe will be available.