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
Parish Council meeting and AGM on Wednesday 22 May at 7:30 pm in the
Community Hall. The agenda for the AGM is here, and for the council
meeting here. All parishioners are warmly invited to attend.
Mealbank Historical Tour on Saturday 1st June, 10am to 12noon. Meet in
Mealbank outside The Art Mill. Tony Cousins, local historian, will be leading this walk around Mealbank Industrial
Estate, visiting important buildings in the village. He will be revealing the history of the various mills at
Mealbank. With so many buildings in a small area to visit, this will inevitably be a walk with a lot more talking
than walking. If time allows we shall look at Scarfoot Mill and continue to Laverock Bridge. Tony's local research
never fails to uncover some fascinating facts about the past. Be prepared to be enthralled. Everyone is most welcome.
These announcements are listed in order of posting, so that the most recent is at the top.
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).
Each of the above areas has organised a local working group, or is currently in the process of doing so, and
several are already well advanced in implementation. There is
a website describing important aspects of B4MS, and, for those at the stage of installing connection boxes,
an installation guide. In addition,
the B4MS office in the Mealbank Trading Estate is open to anyone requiring information every Thursday from 7 to 9 pm.
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.