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Appleby Horse Fair 2015 Community Drop Ins - 3.3 out of 5 based on 4 votes
Community Drop Ins As the annual Appleby Fair approaches, a series of public drop-in sessions are being organised by Cumbria Constabulary, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council. These drop-ins will offer an opportunity for residents to speak with…
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Walk for your Local Charity - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
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Roll out of fibre broadband is now in full swing across Cumbria. The county council led Connecting Cumbria project to build a fibre network around the county is ahead of schedule. Working with delivery partner BT, superfast broadband has now been made available to over…
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Building on the success of last year’s music events such as the Music Trail and the ‘Our Big Gig-event’, the Kirkby Lonsdale Chamber of Trade and the CIC are proud to announce the start of a new annual music event…
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The children will visit Kirkby Lonsdale a bit earlier this year. It will be on Tuesday, 7th July. It will be their 3rd visit and they look forward to their day here so much. As in previous years the Rotary…
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Casterton Swimming Club - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Are you interested in joining a recreational swimming club using the Sedbergh, Casterton Prep School’s 25-meter indoor pool during term time for one hour, week day morning sessions? The cost would include the service of a life guard and would…
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Walk 4 UR Local Charity - 4.9 out of 5 based on 7 votes
Rotary Club of Lunesdale walking event On Sunday 7th June  the Rotary Club of Lunesdale is organising a walking event in which any Group/ Organisation eg Scouts, Cubs, Guides Brownies, Walking, Bowling, Swimming, Church, Schools, WIs, to name but a few,…
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New look for Information Shop - 2.3 out of 5 based on 13 votes
The town’s visitor information and gift shop at 24 Main Street has re-opened after a major refurbishment. The changes are designed to make it a focal point for residents as well as visitors. Sarah Ross, the Tourism and Town Manager, said: ‘The…
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The Big Blood Pressure Experiment - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Dr Chris van Tullekan with Dr Andy Webb of Kings College, London set out to test the health claim that so-called ‘Superfoods’, beetroot and garlic are said to reduce blood pressure.  High blood pressure is a major risk factor in…
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Why not Play Bridge? - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
 Bridge is a game like Golf or Tennis – it is fairly easy to learn the basics and then to thoroughly enjoy playing even though you may never become an expert.  It also has the advantage that you can play…
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Recycling... - 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
There has been some concern that the familiar rusting boxes and cages for recycling in New Road No 2 car park have been replaced with new plastic wheeled bins. Some of the old containers were up to 30 years old…
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Learn emergency life support skills - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Learning emergency life support skills (ELS) can help you to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to provide members of the public with simple skills that could help…
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Council launches major planning consultation - 3.3 out of 5 based on 6 votes
New Town 8 x the size of Kirkby at Cowan Bridge???   Lancaster City Council are considering their options for finding room for an extra 5000 homes in their district. Given that large chunks of Lancaster are in AONBs or…
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KL Volunteer Drivers - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
  Do you have access to a car, and would you be willing to provide transport to local people who do not have their own transport? Volunteer Drivers is looking for additional volunteers who would be willing to give a…
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The Kirkby Lonsdale Handbell Ringers  was founded in the early 1970s playing on an old set of hanbells found in St. Mary's Church, which probably dated from about the 1820s. Thanks to a Lottery Arts Grant in 1995, extra bells…
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The Lunesdale Hall '100 Club' - 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 votes
From: Ann Irving [Chair], The Lunesdale Hall Management Committee Dear Friend, The 100 Club The Management Committee re-launched ‘The 100 Club’ last October and we have since recruited several new members. The Club’s aim is to raise funds, by way…

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