Welcome to the Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg Parish Council website, where you will find a wealth of useful and
interesting local information concerning the combined parishes. The site provides regularly updated information
about the official activities of the council through published notices, agendas and minutes of meetings. Links with
other aspects of local government will also be found, for example, planning applications and similar matters.
The Community Hall, run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, has its own Community website covering a range of
social activities as well as a booking system. Go to the link in the menu on the left for further information.
The website is intended to provide an opportunity for anyone within the parish to submit information, articles and
images of general interest to our residents. If you wish to contribute or to suggest emendations or improvements
to the existing site, please contact the Webmaster. In the meantime, we hope that you
enjoy the material already online.
John Chapman, Chairman of the Council
Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg Parish Council has a small budget for the award of grants to provide
support to community organisations. For further information click here.
Litter clean-up, Sunday 25th October 2020. The Spring 2020 event was
one of the first victims of the Lockdown. The second, we hear, is the countryside and road verges in general from
an increase in casual littering (though our area is less bad than others) but we know from past experience that
the stuff accumulates and that, for the sake of our own peace of mind, it falls to the local community to do
something about it. Accordingly, councillors have agreed that we should do our best, within the prevailing
constraints, to organise an Autumn catch-up Sweep on Sunday 25 October starting at 10.00am at the Community Hall.
All the litter-pickers will be dosed with disinfectant, ready for distribution together with supplies of refuse
bags and laundered hi-vis vests. There will be reserve supply of gloves but it would be appreciated if you could
bring your own. As the start will be in the open masks will not be mandatory but may be necessary if a car is to
be shared for a short journey so come prepared. Supplies of hand gel will be available.
The Sweep should occupy about two hours but, sadly, no refreshments will be possible so bring your own and we may
be able to have a responsible, socially distanced, brief get-together if time and weather permit at the end of the
Sweep. Everything depends upon there being no further lockdown measures locally. If any change or postponement has
to be made we will publish it by way of the website and the parish e-mail list and if you are not already listed
please consider adding your address by mailing Karen Little at
We look forward to seeing a good turn-out on the day.
John Chapman, Chairman, Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg PC
The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting as well as minutes of previous ones are available
These announcements are listed in order of posting, so that the most recent is at the top.
4 October 2020: Skelsmergh Woodland Management Plan.
Monitoring report and third review 2019. The Management Plan, adopted in 2005, provided for a review in 2010 and thereafter at
5-yearly intervals. The second review took place in 2016. This review has been brought forward to acknowledge
the onset of ash die-back disease.
17 September 2020: Local Plan Update
that was presented to the District Association on 17th September 2020 by SLDC Alastair McNeill.
7 September 2020: Temporary closure of Cenacolo Read more
7 July 2020:
Local Plan Review SLDC is starting work on a review of its Local Plan to ensure that all its planning policies
are up to date and continue to meet the development needs of our area. They are currently at the early stages of evidence gathering
and scoping of key issues, and are engaging with local communities and stakeholders.
7 September 2019: Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Mealbank.Repairs to the bridge at
Mealbank have finally begun in earnest, to the great relief of residents, and this has necessitated some
Ongoing: B4RN fibre broadband is coming to Skelsmergh & Scalthwaiterigg. B4RN's
remit is to bring ultra-fast broadband to rural communities such as ours, which have thus far had very limited access to
acceptable broadband speeds. Its website describes B4RN as 'a professionally designed fibre
optic broadband network, registered as a non-profit community benefit society, and run by a dedicated local team with the
support of landowners and volunteers. We offer 1,000Mbps FTTH broadband to every property in our coverage areas, costing
households only £30 per month'. The project in our area encompasses Whitwell & Selside, Fawcett Forest, Longsleddale, Whinfell
& Patton, Docker, Grayrigg, Lambrigg, and Skelsmergh & Scalthwaiterigg, and is for that reason known as B4MS (Broadband for
Mint & Sprint).
21 November 2018: The centenary Men on the Memorials Exhibition held from 9 - 11 November 2018 was
impressively well attended and, by common assent, a great success. Read more about it,
or view the flyer.
25 May 2018: Kendal Police: Community Engagement Report
25 February 2018: New defibrillator: update. There is a defibrillator inside a
green cabinet just outside the front door at Skelsmergh Community Hall....(read more)
17 December 2017: Mealbank road repairs. It has taken much longer than anyone
could have expected, but the road project is now complete....(read more)
4 December 2017: Work in the woodland. On Sunday 3 December 2017 a working party
convened in the parish woodland...read more.
20 November 2017: Grant applications invited. The Parish Council invites applications
for small grants to support projects of benefit to the community. If you have an idea for such a project, contact
any of the members of the Council.
22 October 2017: Autumn litter clearance today was well attended and, as usual, cleared
up a substantial amount of litter on the A6 and other roads in the parish. There was less than usual, though - is the message
finally getting through?.
15 October 2017: Minutes of Environment Group meeting, September 2017: here.
13 July 2017: Cenocolo Newsletter Spring 2017: here.
23 June 2017: Community Hall, Chairman's report is
8 June 2017: The Parish Council has two vacancies. Expressions of interest in filling
them are invited; see the poster.
16 May 2017: A Community Public Access Defibrillator at Skelsmergh Community Hall.
There is a new defibrillator inside a green cabinet just outside the front door at Skelsmergh Community Hall...
6 May 2017 2017: Broadband update Prospects for fibre broadband in the parish have
taken a sudden turn for the better. Click here for details.
23 April 2017: The Community Gathering on Friday 21 April in the Skelsmergh Community Hall was
a great success. The hall was packed, and there was plenty of food, drink, and conversation. Presentations were given about the
future of the Community Hall, the Parish Council, and St. John's church, as well as prospects for provision of fibre broadband, and
members of the community were invited to get involved in one or more of these activities. That invitation stands: if you are
interested, please contact the relevant member of the Parish Council
or the Community Hall Committee.There was considerable interest in the
possibilities for fast broadband provision; the slides of the presentation are available here.
Safety barriers at Laverock Bridge Lane. This stretch of road has been a long drop into
the Mint waiting to happen. After a Parish Council engagment with the Cumbria County Council's Highways Department
a new secure barrier has been installed: Click here for a picture.
Environment Group minutes of meeting on 16 January 2017
Work in progress on the replacement footbridge at Sprint Mill.
Click here for a picture.
HeartStart. Why not learn (or refresh your knowledge of) CPR and other life
saving skills? Find out more here.
Fly-tipping in Skelsmergh. On 2 November 2016 Liz Robson heard some noises coming from the
layby beside Laverock Bridge and, on investigating,...(read more)
Autumn litter pick 2016 The biennial spring clean of the parishes took place
on Sunday 9th October 2016. We collected 20 bags of litter, much of it on Paddy Lane. Thanks to everyone
Environment Group minutes of meeting on 14 September 2016
Woodland monitoring report and second review here
Delirium in Oakbank. Oakbank residents and friends celebrated the continuing
Road Closed status...(read more)
Himalayan balsam! This horrible weed has been surreptitiously appearing along our
parish waterways for years...(read more)
Environment Group Notes here
Sprint Bridge Closure - The Latest News. This information is from Cumbria
County Council's website, last updated on 27th May 2016...(read more)
Cumbria Heating Fund Grants to install central heating
Annual Report 2015-16 here
Annual Governance Statement 2015-16 here
Kendal Police: Community engagenment report 2016
Spring litter pick 2016 The biennial spring clean of the parishes took place
on Sunday 10th April 2016. Read about it here.
Flooding information from Cumbria County Council:
Sprint Bridge closed: The bridge base has been damaged. The northwest
upstream abutment has dropped and slipped forward at a skewed angle. The main basement slab has also dropped.
Repairs will be significant. This is a high priority bridge with a design solution due to be approved within
2-3 weeks, and a likely reopening in March/April.
News from the January 2016 Parish Council meeting:
Dangerous incidents on the A6: At the first meeting in 2016, Skelsmergh
and Scalthwaiterigg Parish Council heard from Kiln Croft residents about their concerns and fears for their
safety when turning right on the A6. We are aware that this section of the road, with three junctions in a
short distance, on a bend with no restrictions is a dangerous place. We should like to hear from other
residents about incidents which have occurred in this area on the A6 so that we have good evidence to present
to CCC Highways and the police when requesting action to improve safety. Please will you send your observations
to email@example.com or phone 01539 731863.
Community Plan 2015: In June 2015 a questionnaire was circulated to all
the households in the parish. We requested your views and opinions on the topics of environment, housing,
transport and highways, communications,community and social issues. The result has been circulated to households
in printed form, and is also available from this link.
October 2015 litter clearance. On Sunday 11th October we were pleased to
collect only 24 bags of rubbish, quite a reduction on the earlier sweeps when we started cleaning up the parish
five years ago...(read more).
New stiles in Skelsmergh. The County Council's Rights of Way Team last visited Skelsmergh in 2011 and,
although they did some excellent repairs and renewals, somehow managed to overlook the path that links Coppice Howe with
Gurnal Bridge where two stiles were in long-term decline...(read more).
Changes to bin collection dates: the current state of play
Potholes and drains in the parish: a report
Kendal Police: Community engagenment report 2015
Cenocolo Liaison Forum: notes from the meeting of April 2015
The Millenium Bench at Gurnal Bridge overlooking the Sprint has been
restored; click here to see it newly resplendent.
A new memorial seat at Oakbank:
There is a long-standing tradition at Oakbank that the seat next to the notice-board was
originally erected to commemorate the men from the cottages and the mill who were lost in the First World War:
Thomas Bailey, John and James Blezard, Thomas Reuben Ellwood and Ernest Henshaw...(read more).
- Parish Council annual reports:
The Annual Reports for 2013-14 and 2014-15, which describe the Parish Council's activities during
those periods, are now available on the Council's page on this site
- Coppice Howe stile:
Coppice Howe: A new stile has been constructed thanks to Cumbria County Council provision of a
stile kit and the Parish Council funding a local contractor to install it.
- Parish woodland coppicing:
Parish Council member Phil Rigby has carried out coppicing work in the parish woodland. We have
firewood, bean poles and pea sticks to be sorted and cleared. In March a U3A gardening group is visiting; proceeds
from sales go to the Parish Council.
- Bird survey:
The 2015 Bird Survey information was printed in the February edition of the Community News,
to be completed and returned at the end of the year, and is now available on this website. Thanks to Tony Cousins
for this initiative.
- Rural transport:
Rural Wheels is a unique transport scheme for people in
rural areas. It provides transport from home to your nearest town or Public Transport connection.