It's Garden Trail time again!
After an amazing six successive events in twelve years (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013), the Garden Trail is now a well established biennial fixture in Troutbeck's calendar.
Our 2015 Garden Trail will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, and this year's event promises to be one of our biggest and best ever.
This year there will be thirteen beautiful gardens to visit, including three which are entirely new to the trail.
Other attractions will include our Home-grown Troutbeck Plant Sale, Heritage Information boards displayed throughout the village, a Children's Competition, a Gardening Quiz, a Prize Raffle …
… and, of course, our famous Traditional Afternoon Teas and home-made snacks, served throughout the day in the Village Institute.
Other Website News…
Two new publications write about Troutbeck and our Garden Trail
Troutbeck has recently attracted the attention of two new publications, one on the internet, the other in good old-fasioned print:
Christian Dymond has just published a new edition of his 'Dymond Guide to the Lake District'. It's packed with detailed descriptions and beautiful photographs. There are three whole pages about Troutbeck, including Townend, our Village Shop and Tea Room, Holehird, and on page 24, a reminder about our upcoming Garden Trail. You can buy copies in our Village Shop, or online from dymondguides.com.
And on the web, there's a very interesting new blog by local writer, Janine John, at lakedistrictgems.com. Janine has written some very enthusiastic reviews and articles about her favourite places in the Lakes, including a detailed post about her two previous visits to our Garden Trail, entitled 'A Spring Bank Holiday Treat'. Thanks, Janine!
Christine Tinn finally conquers the Beacon!
After more than 30 years of living in Troutbeck and looking at Ill Bell and its ridge from her kitchen window, Christine finally made it to the top on Aug 31st, 2014.
Ably led by Steve Donson, and accompanied by Trish Donson and Glen the dog, the mission was accomplished in great weather with Thornthwaite Beacon, Froswick, Ill Bell, and the Yoke all finally conquered.
Limited Edition Troutbeck Jigsaw Puzzles
Dawn Chandler is a local artist and a member of the Lake Artists Society. Her lovely Troutbeck-themed painting was recently sold to a Troutbeck resident, and it has now been turned into a splendid 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, which you can buy, priced £15 each, by contacting Dawn on 07763 304864.
Red Squirrel Reports in Troutbeck
Following their very informative display at our Discover Troutbeck event, the Westmorland Red Squirrel Society are keen to hear about as many Red (and Grey) Squirrel sightings as possible, to help build a picture of progress, and to help them prioritise their work.
Already there is one Red Squirrel sighting reported for Troutbeck on the map on their website. For lots more information about Red Squirrels, where to look, and how to report your sightings, please click here, or call 07836 584201, or 01539 821714.
Latest 'Superfast' Broadband News
Following their presentation at our last Village Association AGM, Kencomp Ltd have told us that their microwave broadband system is fully 'live', and it's now available for installation on any property in Troutbeck village, with speeds of up to 50 mbps.
For more details and costs contact Kencomp Ltd on 01539 898145.
BT have also recently been seen working on the telecoms cabinet near Townend, and it's just possible that this might bring fibre broadband at least to this part of Troutbeck sometime soon. Unfortunately neither BT not Connecting Cumbria will give any firm information or commitment on this, except to say that the Ambleside Exchange will go live in July. For the latest available information from Connecting Cumbria click here.
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 about our village shop and tearoom on this website, click here.
• Or to go direct to Carly and Gareth's beautiful new website for lots more information about their menus, recipes, and local crafts sold in the shop, click here.
Our First Ever 'Discover Troutbeck' Event
The very first Discover Troutbeck event was held on Monday 26th May, 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday).
There was a choice of guided group walks for all ages and abilities, led by our very own local experts, featuring the history, vernacular architecture, and natural environment of our beautiful valley.
Historic photos, memorabilia and archives for a Memories of Troutbeck exhibit were displayed on the walls of the Village Institute.
And, of course, our famous traditional afternoon teas and home-made snacks were a major attraction, served throughout the day in the Village Institute.
Organising this complicated event for the first time was quite a big undertaking for our small village, as you can see on our original webpage for the event here. And although the turnout was lower than we hoped for (but still very good for our first effort) we raised nearly £700 for village funds.
Most importantly, there was a really great atmosphere – lots of people who came told us how much they enjoyed themselves, and everyone was full of praise for our village and its welcoming, hard-working community!
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.
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."