Welcome to Our Website
Since our Troutbeck website was originally launched in November 2008,
it has grown to include many contributions which provide a permanent
record of life in our village – past and present. These include a live sound interview in our Memories of Troutbeck section, and lots of new photos of Troutbeck community events. We hope you enjoy them.
New Troutbeck Valley Walks Event Planned for 2014
• A big new all-day event is being planned to alternate every other year with the Troutbeck Garden Trail.
• We hope to hold the first one on Monday 26th May, 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday).
• Offering a choice of guided group walks for all ages and abilities, featuring the history, vernacular architecture, and natural environment of our beautiful valley.
• And, of course, our famous traditional teas will be served throughout the day in the Village Institute.
• For more information, or if you have some ideas to suggest, or you'd just like to get your name down early as a guide or a helper, please contact Susan Black, on 015394 42918, or Christine Tinn on 015394 33156.
Troutbeck's New Village Shop and Tearoom is Now Fully Open!
After over 12 months' planning by our brilliant Village Institute Committee, and lots of hard work by the builders, Troutbeck's stunning new shop and tearoom is now fully open for business.
Carly and Gareth Harding have magically transformed the old shop and reading room into a wonderfully bright and cheerful space, retaining almost all its original historical features, and adding their own quirky modern design flair. The old school desk has become a cafe table, the victorian fireplace has been painted post-box red, and the old reading room bookshelves are now stacked with jars of pickles and jams.
Everything in the cafe is home made by Carly and Gareth, so as soon as you enter the shop you're welcomed by the smell of fresh baked scones, quiches and bread, or today's soup bubbling on the range.
The village shop still sells newspapers, fresh vegetables and essential groceries, just like Sue and Pam Black did for the last 40 years. Following on from them, we feel sure that Carly and Gareth's new venture will continue to be at the heart of our village community – and deserves to become widely known as one of the very best village tearooms in the country!
• For opening hours and more information about our village shop and tearoom, click here
Our 2013 Garden Trail was held on Spring Bank Holiday, Monday May 27th – which unfortunately turned out to be one of the wettest days of the year!
• All this rain didn't deter Troutbeck villagers from opening their gardens to the few dozen visitors who braved the elements.
• Full waterproofs, wellies and umbrellas were the order of the day, and the Institute was kept full of people enjoying the fabulous food, great atmosphere, and shelter.
• Even though the number of visitors was much lower than previous years, the event was pronounced a huge success, despite the weather, and once again a great example of our community working together.
• We raised almost £2,000, an extremely good result for such a wet day.
• Once again Katharine Brown was out with her camera, and you can see (lots of) her pictures here.
Our 2013 Village Association AGM was held on
Monday 13th May 2013, and as usual we combined an enjoyable social evening
with a good informal discussion about the future of Troutbeck.
To download a copy of Tony Ashton's 2012-2013 Village Association
Report, click here.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is looking for new volunteers to help at Holehird Care Home. Leonard Cheshire is the leading charity provider of services for disabled people in the UK, supporting over 10,000 disabled people, and at Holehird there are 29 beds for residential, nursing, respite and holiday care. Chris Hogg (formerly of the National Trust at Townend) has recently taken up the post of Volunteer Coordinator at Holehird, and he is keen to encourage Troutbeck residents to forge more links with Holehird. Volunteers of all ages and experience are welcome. For more details contact Chris Hogg on 015394 42500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 32-page colour booklet celebrating 450 years since the consecration of Jesus Church is now on sale. The inspiration of Judy Dootson, the booklet is full of interesting facts and stories about the Church, and some wonderful reminiscences about village life. It's illustrated with many original paintings and photographs, and priced at £3 it is now available in the Church and the Village Shop. Copies can also be obtained by sending a cheque for £4 per copy (including postage and made payable to Troutbeck PCC) to Katharine Brown, Rosemount Cottage, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1PH. Donations will be made to local charities including the Troutbeck Group of Windermere Area First Responders.
Susan and Pam's retirement. At a traditional tea in the Village Institute on Saturday 10th November 2012 we all expressed our enormous gratitude to Susan and Pam Black for running our village shop for over 40 years. The warm atmosphere they created there has been the focal point of our community for as long we can remember, and we wish Susan and Pam a very happy retirement in their new home in Windermere. Gifts from residents included this lovely oil painting by Steve Kelly.
Gladly Solemn Sound performed to a full house at Jesus Church on Sunday 21st October 2012. The concert had strong historical connections with Troutbeck, in a church with an original west gallery, and using manuscripts recently discovered at Town End. Many thanks to Ian Jones and the Friends of Cumbria Archives for jointly organising this event with Troutbeck Village Association.
Our 1950's themed celebration was held in the Village Institute on Monday 4th June 2012. Katharine Brown took lots of great photos (enhanced with Steve Kelly's artistic flair) and you can view a big selection of them here.
Pip Simpson and Tony Ashton celebrate the delivery of Troutbeck's new snowplough and gritter. After all our village roads were cut off for over four weeks during the severe winter of 2009, Troutbeck’s Village Association vowed to take action. Now, thanks their fundraising efforts, Troutbeck has bought its own community-based snow plough and gritter. For more details of our two year fundraising campaign click here.
An annual tradition, Troutbeck's duck race is held every August Bank Holiday Sunday in the beck near Church Bridge. For a report and photos of this fun event, please click here.
Memories of A Lifetime In Troutbeck. Jackie
and Muriel Bland recently celebrated their 72nd Wedding Anniversary,
and they lived in the same house in Troutbeck all their married
life. In this recorded interview with Katharine Brown, Jackie and
Muriel share many happy memories of their childhood and their
lives together in Troutbeck. To listen to this fascinating interview,
please click here.
Sadly, Jackie died on Thursday April 4th, 2013, after a short illness. He will be very sadly missed by everyone in Troutbeck.
Our first Village 'Tidy-Up Day' was held on
Saturday 30th October 2010, to clear some of the
village wells, clear and clean some signposts, and clear other
areas in the village. For more details and photos click here
This informal afternoon 'get-together' was
held in the Village Institute in March 2009 to share
memories, photographs and memorabilia from Troutbeck’s past.
There were at least 80 people through the doors during the afternoon,
and an enjoyable and nostalgic time was had by all. To see Katharine
Brown's event report and photos, click here.
Memories of Troutbeck. We've
just added the first
pictures and documents from the Memories of Troutbeck
event, including Troutbeck School, and
Dorothy Bowness's memories. To go direct
to our new Archives page, click here.
Some Records of Troutbeck. This historic
book was first published in 1924, in memory of George
Henry Joyce, who was Troutbeck’s much-loved schoolmaster
and organist for over 40 years, and collects together
many of his historic documents and papers. To download,
read and print your own free PDF copy of this unique
76-page book – just click here.
About Our Website
Our main focus is on Troutbeck's community. If you're a visitor to
Troutbeck we'd like to tell you all about the active community life
in our beautiful village. And if you're a Troutbeck resident we hope
to enhance our community's activities with a new website that reflects
our pride in Troutbeck.
"… to show the world that Troutbeck is a wonderful
place to live in, not just to visit."