Flooding Advice and Guidance – Communications Team Cumbria County Council 28-10-2021

For flooding advice: –


For general winter readiness and safe driving advice: https://cumbria.gov.uk/winterready/


Yellow and Amber weather warnings for rain across Cumbria

There are Yellow and Amber weather warnings for rain across Cumbria tonight and heavy downpours are causing localised flooding.

It’s important everyone is prepared in the event of a flood:

Top tips during a flood:

  • If you are in danger dial 999 and/or attract the attention of people nearby
  • Turn off water, gas and electricity supplies at the first sign of flooding in your property
  • Be prepared, you may need to be evacuated. Put together an overnight bag just in case.
  • Do not enter/drive through flood waters as depth and current can be deceiving
  • Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable.

If safe to do so, please report flooding events to the County Council online or by telephone on 0300 303 2992.


Image of flooded road blocked by sign which says: “FLOODS ROAD CLOSED”



For the second year running, we want to hear your thoughts about crime, community, and how effective Neighbourhood Watch is.


The survey, launched on Wednesday 20th October 2021, is open to the public across England and Wales, regardless of whether they live in a Neighbourhood Watch area or not.

The results will enable us to better understand on a national and regional level crime, fear of crime and benchmark whether membership to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together.

Last year our survey received just over 30,000 responses from across England and Wales providing us with a rich and useful set of data. This year we will be able to compare our data to last year’s results.

Please share this survey via email and social across all the various communities which you belong to whether they be a Neighbourhood Watch community or other such as sport, religious or work community. This will help us receive a good balance of responses from Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members which will enable us to compare experiences between these two groups. To help you reach others we have attached a poster which you can print and display locally or share digitally. Alternatively, reshare our social posts (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to your channels.

A good response in all regions will ensure we can publish a national report and provide individual regions with their own reports.

All data will be anonymised and aggregated and will be used by Neighbourhood Watch to ensure our work is effective, inclusive, and representative.


The survey closes on the 16th of November. Thank you for your support.

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Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349


WEST LAKES U3A  TALK  WEDNESDAY 1st DECEMBER History – Drigg Village Hall


Venue: – Drigg Village Hall
10.30 for a sherry and mince pie, start at 11am.

Members £1.5o Visitors £2

A U3A member- MARILYN MARSHALL a researcher for THE DEVIL PORRIDGE MUSEUM Peoples history project will give a presentation about the amazing life of Alice Sherwen of Boonwood ,Gosforth who worked at the Gretna ammunition factory and later travelled the world.   Also Nora Morphet who was awarded a MBE for her work there as well as Thomas Nasmyth.

Drigg & Carleton Bonfire Night – Friday 5th November 2021.


Friday 5th NOVEMBER
BONFIRE 6.30 pm FIREWORKS 7.00 pm
Gordon and Belinda at The Victoria Hotel kindly ask you to follow these COVID rules when entering: –
• Keep your masks on when entering and until seated
• Use the hand sanitizer
• Obey the one-way system
• Follow the 1+ meter rule

Thank you

Fireworks poster 2021

West Lakes U3A & Wasdale Local History Group presents “MY LIFE, FARMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY” 03/11/21

Wasdale Local History Group and U3A will jointly host a presentation by AMY BATEMAN (wild life photographer of the year winner) entitled

“MY LIFE, FARMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY” and it will include photos of WASDALE SHEEP GATHERING 2020—not to be missed!–hope to see you there.

Wednesday 3rd. NOVEMBER at 10.30am at Drigg Village Hall Notices 10.45am followed by the talk

Refreshments from 10.15 am
Members £1.50 Visitors £2.00

Sellafield Site Emergency Exercise – Tuesday 19th October 2021

Sellafield Site Emergency Exercise – Tuesday 19th October 2021


Please be advised that Sellafield Ltd will be conducting a site emergency exercise during daylight hours on Tuesday 19th October 2021.

The exercise will involve the sounding of the site siren.

In the unlikely event that a `real time’ emergency occurs during the exercise, the Alert cascade will be sent out to notify the general public/stakeholders.

Back to Nature on A595 – willing helpers needed for bulb planting 16th October

Drigg and Carleton Community Fund Project  

Back to Nature on A595


Drigg and Carleton Community Fund are supporting a community scheme to improve the environment between Saltcoats Road end and Holmrook Village near the bridge. This would entail less frequent grass cutting of these areas, to encourage plants and wildlife in line with Cumbria County Council grass management.

In the past, bulbs were planted in the verges but have diminished. The funding from D&CCF has enabled us to purchase English Bluebells for shady banks and Native Daffodils to naturalise on sunny banks. The areas next to the footpath between the Garage and Holmrook will be planted with scented varieties of daffodils to enhance the walk for pedestrians.

As the war time saying goes we need YOU!

Hopefully, if fine the planting of 400 bulbs will take place on 16th October and willing helpers with trowels will be needed.  Meet at 10am at the Bridge Car Park. Adults and family groups welcome. Contact Louise Stewart 019467 24652 for details.

Copeland GDF Working Group Exhibition Roadshow starts this week

News Release – for immediate use 30.08.21

Copeland GDF Working Group Exhibition Roadshow starts this week
An exhibition roadshow starts this week to allow people to find out more about what a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is and what it could mean for Copeland.
A GDF is an underground facility designed to safely and securely dispose of higher activity radioactive waste. Copeland GDF Working Group has organised a series of exhibitions to encourage further conversations and understanding about geological disposal.
It’s taking place in 10 locations across Copeland and starts this Wednesday at The Beacon Portal, Whitehaven. It’s a chance to hear more, give views, ask questions, raise any concerns and understand potential opportunities. There will be plenty of information plus some interactive content and virtual reality.
Gillian Johnston, Community Engagement Manager for Copeland GDF Working Group, said: “We’ve had lots of interest about the exhibitions and people have been registering their preferred time and location to come along.”
Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, said: “It’s important that residents understand what a Geological Disposal Facility is and what this could mean for our community and economy. It could impact on employment opportunities, our environment and the prosperity of Copeland, and I would encourage everyone to go along to find out more.”
The events will operate within current Government guidance and will be held across the following locations and times:
• The Beacon Portal, Whitehaven: Sept 1 (10am-7pm); Sept 2 (9.30am-2pm)
• Silecroft Village Hall: Sept 3 (10am-2pm)
• Kirksanton Village Hall: Sept 3 (5pm-8pm)
• Thwaites Village Hall: Sept 4 (10am-6pm)
• Millom Rugby Union Club, Haverigg: Sept 6 (10am-6pm)
• Drigg & Carleton Village Hall: Sept 7 (10am-6pm)
• Egremont Methodist Church: Sept 8 (10am-6pm); Sept 9 (10am-6pm)
• Cleator Moor Civic Hall: Sept 10 (10am-6pm); Sept 11 (10am-2pm)
• St Bees Management Centre: Sept 13 (10am-6pm); Sept 14 (10am-6pm)
• Whitehaven Golf Club: Sept 16 (10am-7pm); Sept 17 (10am-2pm)

To register in advance, by going online to book a morning or afternoon visit go to: https://copeland.workinginpartnership.org.uk/latest-news/ or direct to: https://copelandgdfexhibitions.rwmevents.co.uk/home. This will help to manage each venue’s capacities and ensure Covid-safety. Alternatively, telephone the Copeland Call Centre on 0300 369 0000 to book your place. Those who choose to turn up on the day without registering will be able to enter when there’s a safe space – however there may be a wait if the venue is fully booked at that time.
As part of the process to find a site for a GDF in England or Wales, a Working Group was formed in Copeland last November. It has three main tasks – begin to understand community issues, examine any concerns and questions the public has about a GDF; identify a search area or areas within Copeland and recruit initial members for a Community Partnership which could take that work forward.

Notes to editors

1. A GDF would be made up of highly engineered vaults and tunnels located deep underground designed to protect people and the environment and keep the radioactive waste safe and secure while the radioactivity naturally decays to safe levels.
2. Successive UK Governments, supported by scientific advice, agree that geological disposal is the right long-term solution for our higher activity radioactive waste, and there is overwhelming international consensus, with advanced programmes now underway in Canada, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland and many other countries.
3. The independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) recommends that geological disposal, coupled with safe and secure interim storage, is the best approach for the long-term management of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste.
4. The search for a host community is a nationwide process, construction is based on community consent, and includes detailed investigations to make sure there is a suitable site to construct a safe and secure GDF. If the independent regulators don’t agree that a GDF can be designed, constructed and operated safely and securely then it won’t be built.

About the Copeland Working Group and the GDF siting process
The Working Group in Copeland is made up of individuals and organisations who asked RWM to consider whether a GDF could be located in the area, an independent Chair, independent facilitator, RWM, and others such as Local Authorities from the area. The group will begin local discussions and fact-finding with the community.
Establishing a Working Group is just the starting point for engaging with the community, in a process that will take several years. The Working Group will identify and propose a Search Area for further consideration in the search for potentially suitable sites, engage citizens across the community to begin to understand their views, and recruit initial members for a Community Partnership with RWM that could take the process further forward.
For further information go to the website: Working Group Copeland (workinginpartnership.org.uk)
About RWM
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), formed in 2014, is responsible for geological disposal to manage higher activity waste in England and Wales by finding a willing community and suitable site to construct and operate a UK GDF for the long-term management of higher-activity radioactive waste. RWM is a public organisation and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.