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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Letters to the Cockermouth Post Water Supply to Cockermouth


The quality of our tap water seems to have changed: to be slightly less soft and to have a more noticeable taste and smell of chemical additives. Assurances have been given by United Utilities that nothing has changed. We still get all our water from Crummock Water via Cornhow Water Treatment Works. However, there was a rider that, with weather changes, the quantities of chemical additives can change or become more noticeable, for example, chlorine in the water that is used for disinfection.


One interesting factor that emerged from discussions with United Utilities is that after 2022, when the new pipeline from Thirlmere is complete, all our water will come from Thirlmere. This is slightly softer even than our existing water. However, no more water will be taken from Crummock Water. United Utilities are carrying out a study to understand what will happen to Crummock Water, post 2022. This lake, like Ennerdale, could eventually have its abutment and weir removed and the level of the lake will drop to its pre-reservoir level.


The reason given for this in the case of Crummock Water is not freshwater mussels but salmon. It is strange that, after more than 50 years, during which salmon have bred as far upstream as Loweswater and its tributaries, the Lake District now has ‘issues’ with salmon migration, so when the abstraction ceases the ‘barriers to migration will also be removed’. Hopefully, research being undertaken will demonstrate that these reduced lake levels will improve the lives of freshwater mussels and salmon.


We all have to pay for this expensive work, either through our Water Rates or Taxes. At a time of massive National Debt, foodbanks and individual austerity, this seems an indecent waste of money for the sake of freshwater mussels and salmon.


Chris Bower


A regretful mistake! I wish to apologise to all the family of Walter Forsyth for a mistaken identity in the last edition of The Letters to the Editor.


I hope that the people of Cockermouth will know the identity of who I spoke about as I have not been able to confirm the surname of the Walter the letter was intended for.


I hope too that Helen and Mike will accept my apologies for this mistake.


Vivien Wilkinson


Silloth Bereavement Support Group Here at the Silloth Bereavement Support Group, we are looking for new members to join us. We are a bereavement group helping widows and widowers to move forward. If you are bereaved and are reading this, you will know how difficult it is to find a way forward. We do not sit around feeling unhappy but get up and go here, there, and everywhere. We laugh and smile (it is allowed) and generally have a great time.


We meet at the Silloth Community Hall here in Silloth which has plenty of parking. Please give it a try, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.


Peter Contact 016973 32146 and start a new journey with us.


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


ARMATHWAITEHALL HOT E L A N D S PA


Dining to suit all... The Courtyard Brasserie, open throughout the day, offers informal and contemporary dining.


Photography W O R K S H O P


Sunday 29th October 2017 Join our friendly group for this full day workshop, including coffee and lunch. Requires DSLR camera, tripod, waterproof and warm clothing. Suitable for complete beginners. £75.00 booking essential


Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RE 017687 76551 www.armathwaite-hall.com


WEST CUMBRIA CARERS Are You a Carer?


Time for Your Health & Wellbeing MOT!


As a carer, are you regularly putting your own needs at the bottom of the priority list because your main concern is the person you care for?


It is vital that you maintain your physical, emotional and mental health to enable you to continue in your caring role.


Here at West Cumbria Carers, we have linked in with several departments at the West Cumberland Hospital (Cumbria NHS Partnership Trust) to hold a free health and wellbeing day for all unpaid carers. This is a fantastic opportunity to come along and speak to health professionals for advice and support.


Our Carers Support Staff will also be on hand throughout the day to talk with you. As the person you are caring for is also very welcome to come along, we will be happy to chat with them should you wish to have some time with the health teams.


Health departments attending will include:


Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy,


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Dietetics, Respiratory Team, Continence Team, Tissue Visibility Nurse


We have also invited other relevant agencies to come along,


including


Cumbria Fire and Rescue Team, Copeland and Allerdale Autism Support Group and many others.


There will also be a couple of activity taster workshops.


This event will be held on Monday 16th October, at the Energus Building, Blackwood Road, Lilyhall, CA14 4JW from 9.30am until 2.30pm.


If you would like any further information, please contact:


West Cumbria Carers 01900 821 976 www.westcumbriacarers.co.uk


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