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Last Updated February 2017




You will be aware that the number 6 bus service to Egremont and beyond has been stopped because the current operator didn’t find it financially viable.

Cumbria County Council have organised a transport provision from Gosforth Taxis under the Rural Wheels scheme. If you want to take advantage of this scheme then you’ll need to join the Rural Wheels scheme by calling 0845 6023786. The initial charge will be a minimum of £5 which will them be converted to a £5 credit on a rural wheel smart card (looks like a bank card) that you will then be sent for use with the transport provider. You should be able to top up the card on the minibus. Concessionary NoWcards cannot be used as this is not a registered bus service.

 Service Times on Wednesdays and Saturdays ONLY are Seascale 09.55, Gosforth 10.00, Ponsonby 10.03, Egremont 10.20 for the 10.26 or 10.31 bus to Whitehaven. Return Journeys leave Whitehaven at 12.21 or 12.47 arriving Egremont for the return trip which leaves Egremont at 13.10. Single fare from Seascale is £2.25, Gosforth £1.75, Ponsonby £1.50.

You must book the day before by 12 noon on 0845 6023786.

  • "Gosforth’s replacement Link Library new opening arrangements are:- Monday 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.; Wednesday 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon"

  • Gosforth Parish Council has a new Clerk - Mrs. Jane Murray, Aldingham, Seascale, tel 27091. Her Email address is
  • We're very happy to announce a brand new karate club in Gosforth! This new dojo will help serve members who live South of Egremont, potentially making it more convenient for those who work at Sellafield and hopefully, helping us further spread the benefits of our karate with the wider community. This weekly class will be held on Wednesdays at the Gosforth Public Hall at the following times...
    4:45pm to 5:40pm: Level 01 (Beginners)
    5:45pm to 6:45pm: Level 02/03 (Intermediate & Advanced)
    Beginners class are open to boys and girls aged five years and up, teenagers and adults of all ages and abilities. You only require a basic level of fitness to begin karate training - we'll help you do the rest :-) 
    • THANK YOU all those customers who have bought my photographic cards since 2007! I have just reached the wonderful total of £10,000 , which has gone to both CANCER RESEARCH UK, and BREAST CANCER CARE over the last 8 years .Please keep buying ...for the next £10,000! Judy Taylor-Made Cards
    • SOS - Voluntary Car Scheme desperately needs drivers . If you want the Voluntary Car Service in Gosforth to continue, please consider joining the scheme. It involves driving those without their own transport upto 4 times a month, usually to Seascale. PLEASE contact Anne Williams on 25518 for details.
    • Scottish Country Dancing in the Windscale Club, Seascale every Wednesday evening. For information contact Joan McIntosh on 25459.
    • Our new Community Police Contact is PCSO 5167 Simon Kane, he can be contacted by email on, or via tel 101
    • Fancy a Run ? on a Sunday morning join Bob, Mel, John and more from Blengdale Runners for a social run on and around Seascale Beach at 9.30 a.m. All welcome, it helps if you can run a bit, any speed. Slower runners very welcome.
    • Gosforth Guides in the Scout Hut every Monday from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For girls aged 7 to 10. Contact Samantha Milliner 25910.
    • A French Conversation Group meets every Wednesday in term time from 10 am to 12 noon in the Kellbank. It is suitable for anyone with a basic level of French, who wants to improve by talking and reading. Cost £3 includes tea and biscuits.
    • Gosforth Brownies meet on Mondays 5.30 to 7 p.m. in Gosforth Scout Hut. For details contact Emma King tel 07702056923
    • MokyFit & MokyCORE with Shameem - 1 hour of fun dance fitness and Core strengthening suitable for all abilities every Wednesday at Seascale School at 7.30pm For more details see “MokyFit with Shameem” on facebook, or 07724 240179.There's a new Qi-Yoga class started in May on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in Santon Bridge Village Hall; please bring a mat. For more information contact Kay on 07707408799.
    • There is a new Chairperson and Committee for the Public Hall. The Chairman is Keith Rhodes. Please support them as they work to revitalise the Public Hall.
    • INDOOR BOWLS . Meets every Wednesday afternoon in the Village Hall between 2pm and 4pm. A membership fee of £5.00 for the year and £3.00 per session. Don’t worry if you don’t have any Woods,  there are some available at the club for the use of. Good exercise and great fun, why not give it a try. For further information please contact Anthea Bunting on 019467 25862.
    • West Cumbria Concert Goers (Congo) - a good way to find out about classical music concerts taking place in this area. The autumn newsletter (essentially a list of concerts in date order) is now available free.
    • Please do NOT park in the Public Hall Car Park unless you are booked for an event, the Car Park is for people who have booked the Hall.
    • There is a new Chairperson and new Committee for the Playing Field. Please contact Anthony Millard for information on future meeting dates and times.
    • Cumbria Rural Growth Network offers free advice for rural businesses on Planning Issues. For more information go to
    • Several Residents have highlighted the ongoing issues with vehicles parking on yellow lines in the village. Gosforth Parish Council will ask for traffic enforcement visits. The police will also take action if a vehicle is causing an obstruction. We encourage you to contact our Community Police Support Officer.
    • Hospice needs you! New recruits are needed for the local Gosforth and Seascale Fund Raising Team. Contact Angie McGill 25404, Ann Cooper 25325, Celia Davis 25205, Liz Sellors 25453 or Ruth Schofield 25300.
    • Paul Herriman is a military historian trying to trace information about local men who died in the Great War and are commemorated on local memorials and in local churches. If you have any photos or information about these brave men please contact Paul on
    • Gosforth Scout Group - Scouts (10.5 to 14 years) meet on Tuesday 7 pm to 9 pm; Cubs (8 to 10.5 years) meet on Wednesday 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm; Beavers (6 to 8 years) meet on Wednesday 5 pm to 6 pm. Are you interested in becoming a Scout Leader? We need help with all sections (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), for games and craft and lots of outdoor activities. The emphasis in Scouting at the moment is on flexible volunteering, so anyone who could help our leaders for an occasional evening would be very welcome. Training is available. Phone Jackie Harper 27211 or email, or Kathryn Ketchen 25912 for Beavers or Dave Marsden 24632 for Scoutsjust turn up at one of the above meeting times.
    • DOG FOULING – The School are working with Copeland Borough Council Enforcement Unit to address the problem. The School has given permission to the Unit to prosecute anyone caught allowing their dog to foul and failing to pick up the faeces. If this problem continues they will have no option than to lock the school grounds outside of school hours.
    • COMMUNITY MEALS – GOSFORTH SCHOOL is starting the provision of Community meals from Wednesday 16 th January 2013. They will continue every Wednesdays thereafter meals will cost £3.00 per meal, 12.30 – 1.30pm in the school hall. A typical menu will consist of Roast Dinner with Yorkshire Pudding, Fruit Crumble & Custard and a cup of tea. If you would like to order a meal, please contact Ruth Baldwin in the School Office, 019467 25244 by the previous Friday. Meals must be paid for on the day prior to receiving your meal.
    • West Cumbria Carers support unpaid Carers of ALL ages, who care for a friend or family member. This includes children as young as five, and may often be a husband and a wife who care for each other. A caring role can include everything from shopping and financial responsibilities, to practical care, transport assistance, cleaning, shopping and cooking. West Cumbria Carers are working with local GP surgeries in Copeland to inform Carers of the support to which they are entitled, and assist them in accessing information, services and breaks from their caring role. This includes local activities and events. You can speak to any member of staff at the Doctors next time you are in the surgery, to find out more.
    • HELP! Do you enjoy driving? Have you time to drive those without their own transport up to 4 times a month? The Voluntary Car Scheme needs you! Contact Anne Williams on 25518 for more details..
    • Blengdale Runners outdoor training sessions for all abilities, meet monthly on the first Sunday at 9.30 a.m. at Gosforth Car Park, all other Sundays, and a fairly gentle run on the beach from Seascale Car Park most Sundays at 9.30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us on Sundays. (If there's a local race on we may not be on the beach). Also a series of club events and races and handicap races throughout the summer. See their page on Facebook.
    • Copeland Council now hold regular Customer Service Surgeries at Seascale Library, every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Covered can be general enquiries, waste enquiries, benefits, and you can pick up or drop off forms and report problems.
    • Cumbria County Council has made changes to its Highways Hotline to make it quicker, more resilient in an emergency and more cost effective. Changes will also enable call handling by people with local knowledge. As of November 2011, calls to the Highways Hotline – the method through which members of the public can report a problem with a road in the county - are being handled at a local level. Now, callers hear a menu of options which asks them to choose one on of the six areas where the highways fault is being reported. Selecting one of these options will send the call directly into the appropriate office and the call will be answered by highways staff in the local area. This fits in with the council’s Better Highways project which, amongst many things, looks at how to deliver services in a localised way. Currently the new service operates in the same way as the previous Hotline: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm. The out of hours service will remain the same – ie a voicemail service will advise callers of the options for fault reporting and urge them to ring the emergency services in case of a genuine emergencies. Voicemails will now be left with the individual local area teams rather than centrally. The Highways Hotline number is still 0845 609 6609
    • The Sports Pavilion on the Playing Field can be booked for private hire, contact Anthony or Sarah Millard
    • Gosforth Baby and Toddler Group meet on Tuesday mornings in Term Time from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in St Mary's Room. Contact Norma (25366) or Sheila (25251) for details
    • Need to see a Doctor urgently? The Out of Hours GP Service for West Cumbria is provided by Cumbria Health On Call (CHOC) from 6.30 p.m. to 8 a.m. and at weekends tel 03000 247 247. Please don’t ring unnecessarily.
    • Battery recycling is now available at the Lakeland Habit
    • Drigg and Holmrook Family Group/ Playgroup meet every Monday during term time from 9.30 to 11.30 in Drigg Parish Hall. Contact 24376 for details
    • A new bi monthly Cumbrian foodie magazine –
    • I’ve been asked by several of the rooms available for booking for events to remind you that they have a number of evenings available for regular bookings; all charge very reasonable rates. Rooms available include the Methodist Room, the Public Hall and the Supper Room, and St Mary’s Room
    • The Methodist Church Schoolroom may be hired for community and charity events and for private parties.. The chapel may be hired for concerts, lectures and other non active, non commercial events suitable to a place of worship. Bookings via Mary Moody on 25377.
    • Keep upto date with what goes on at the Parish Council! Minutes are available on the website
    • WEVA, the Western Valleys Twinning Association has been set up to foster relations between the Ravenglass, Eskdale, Wasdale, Gosforth and surrounding areas with other communities. WEVA has signed a formal Twinning Charter with St Martin d'Auxigny near Bourges in France to promote a variety of cultural, sporting, educational, social and personal activities.
    • Age UK have a handyman service available to anyone over 55, aimed to improve home safety and security. They can carry out small jobs for £20 per hour plus materials. They also operate a Befriending Scheme and are looking for volunteers to help by befriending an older person (training and induction available). Contact is Anne Crayston on 01946 68986
    • A Breast feeding group meet every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 at Gosforth Nursery (except when Nursery is closed during summer holidays on 5 and 12 August)
    • Does your child want to join cubs scouts? Open to boys and girls aged 8 to 10, meeting on Mondays at 5.30 p.m. at the Scout Hut opposite St Mary’s. Phone Robert Mills 019468 25873. Adult helpers welcome too!
    • WANTED – NEW MEMBERS FOR GOSFORTH FIRST RESPONDERS GROUP. Full training given. Help to save lives in the Community. Contact Ian Simpson on 25133
    • Age UK Northwest Cumbria offers a simple Nail Cutting Service for older people (55+) who cannot cut their own nails. If you would be interested in attending this clinic in Gosforth, or would like more information, ring 01946 66669
    • FROM GOSFORTH SCHOOL – Use of the Playground after School Hours – Sadly due to damage to school property and concern from neighbouring householders, pupils of Gosforth School or pre-school children will only be allowed onto the premises if accompanied by a responsible adult. The Police have been informed and are monitoring the situation
    • If you are searching to buy the homemade preserves formally on sale in the butchers Judith Thomas is selling them from home at 65 Meadowfield, tel 25396
    • Age UK offer an Accident Prevention and Home Safety Scheme to help with minor repairs in the home, and security fittings, for people over 55, with nominal charges. For details see noticeboards or phone Age Concern on 01946 66669
    • The Parish Council have asked me to point out that the hatched areas at the entrance to the Car Park are NOT for parking on, even temporarily, they must be left clear so that motorists can see the traffic at the busy junction between the car park and the road.
    • Would you like a free Home Fire Safety Visit by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Personnel? They will help you to design a "fire plan" so that your family will know how to react if you have a fire in your home, will check your smoke alarm for you, or fit a free one if you haven’t got one. Contact your Community Safety Coordinator at Whitehaven Fire Station, tel 01946 692151.
    • Traidcraft - thankyou to all who support our Traidcraft sales. If you can’t get along to the regular "first Saturday" monthly sales in Gosforth Methodist Church, please ring either Mary Moody (25377) or Joyce Hughes (26076) and place an order. Remember that every sale goes to help someone much less well off than ourselves.
    • If you have problems with television reception in the Gosforth area, please contact Sheila on 25713
    • You don’t need to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer. Join Drigg YFC for a wide range of fun and interesting activities from cookery to fencing, craft to ploughing competitions. A fun way to meet young people in the County if you are aged between 10 and 26. For more details contact Sarah Norman, the secretary (25646). Drigg Young Farmers meet every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in the Methodist Schoolroom. New faces always welcome.
    • Preschool Music Group meets on alternate ( 1st and 3rd) Fridays at 10 a.m. during term time in Gosforth Nursery, for babies and children upto 4 years. Price – under 1 year, £1; children aged 1 to 4, £2; refreshments £0.50p.New members wanted. Phone Ros Cowley on 25056 for details
    • Gosforth Nursery - provides all year round full day care and education for babies and children from 4 months of age. Opening hours 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before and after school clubs for primary school children and holiday clubs during school holidays. Contact details - 019467 25800,, Also At the Nursery a Health Visitor Drop-in session on the 3rd Friday of each month from 9.30 a.m.
    • Baby and Toddler Group (for all parents/ carers and their children under school age) meet every Tuesday from 10 to 11.30 a.m. in St Mary’s Room. The group is now run by St Mary’s Church. All are very welcome.
    • Gosforth All Stars (now ages 4- 11) meet every Sunday morning in term time in the Methodist schoolroom from 10.00 to 11.30. For further information ring 25801 (evenings) or 25377.
    • “Waymark” Youth Band meet at 7 p.m. in the Methodist Room every Friday during term time. For further information ring Jill or Keith Hudson on 21592
    • Its coming up to Swarm season for bees, if anyone has any arrive on their land / house etc they can give me and Tracey a call and we will happily remove them for free ( Honey bees not Wasps ! but we can help with ID if anyone is unsure )
      Our numbers are 01946727827, 07871180005 & 07455690516
      Guy & Tracey Newbold
    • Gosforth’s replacement Link Library reopened on May 21st. The new opening arrangements are:- Monday 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.; Wednesday 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon


    • Web Design - Responsive, mobile/tablet friendly content managed websites by Web Predators in Gosforth -
    • Guy Newbold - Computer Repairs and Tuition. Friendly and personal repairs at your home or in our office in Gosforth. All aspects of Computer problems undertaken from hardware faults to virus, spyware or software problems. Guy also provides tuition at home in all aspects of computer use. For more info call Guy on 019467 27827 or mobile 0745 569 0516
    • Emergency Baby Sitting Service provided by Gosforth Mothers Union - If you have urgent reason to take someone to the surgery, are called to hospital or to an elderly relative and need someone to look after your child, phone 25366 or 25300 or 25826.
    • Computer Broken? Need an upgrade? Contact W.R. Computer Services, Proprietor Billy Rigg, tel 25628 or e-mail
      Liz Read, 28791 - sewing and tailoring repairs, alterations; curtains made to measure; dressmaking.
    • For a friendly local taxi service contact Shaun on 25308, or mobile 0374 868579.
    • To hire Gosforth School Minibus, contact Anne Hail 25773. Seating for 14 with seatbelts.
    • For Dorling Kindersley books, videos, games, CD Roms, contact Boonwood Enterprises on 25069. Laminating Service also available, upto A3 size.
    • Camping Barn at Mill House Farm - £3.40 per person per night, sleeps upto 12. Phone 25671.
    • Robert Fenwick, Bank House Park, offers JCB and Plant Hire, with Operators - for foundations, driveways, site clearance, fencing - phone 25647.
    • CAMBRIDGE WEIGHT PLAN DIETS If you’re interested in the Cambridge Weight Plan, call Beverley Nash in Seascale on 07784 847815, or better still e-mail


    • Nearest Casualty treatment – West Cumberland Hospital , clearly signposted at the first roundabout as you enter Whitehaven
    • NHS Direct – phone 08 45 46 47
    • Nearest chemist - Seascale Pharmacy, on your left as you head into Seascale
    • Petrol – Mill Garage is two miles North at Calderbridge and is open from 8 to 5.30 Monday to Friday and 9 to 12 Saturday; Holmrook Service Station is 4 miles South on the A595
    • Nearest Library - next to the Village Hall
    • Maps and walking guides – on sale in village shops
    • Food, milk, newspapers, – Lakeland Habit in the village centre
    • Post Office - in Seascale
    • Garden Centre - Boonwood Garden Centre just North of the village has a good selection of plants and containers.
    • Eating out – daytime
      • Santon Bridge Gift Shop Café, Santon Bridg
      • The Wild Olive Restaurant in the centre of the village provides excellent Italian Food
    • Eating out – pubs
      • The Wild Olive Restaurant in the centre of the village provides excellent Italian Food
      • Gosforth Hall Inn in the village has an excellent and extensive menu
      • Strands Hotel, Screes, both in Nether Wasdale
      • Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge
      • Wasdale Head Hotel
      • and plenty more in the other local villages!
    • Take aways
      • Two nearby in Seascale – Ocean City (Chinese), Pop’s Food Chain (pizza)
      • Many cafes and pubs may provide food to take out on request
    • Days out
      • Try a trip on the Railway from Ravenglass to Eskdale, and walk back along the Eskdale Trail
      • Visit Muncaster Castle – stately home, gardens, owl centre, playgrounds, children’s maze, café. Also visit the evening illuminations “Darkest Muncaster” in the Winter months (check times of opening first at


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