News from The Butchers Arms Community Pub

Here’s some news from The Butchers Arms Community Pub in Crosby Ravensworth

The Butcher's Arms

The new chef at The Butcher’s Arms has creative flair and has prepared meals for celebrities. C.Paxton photo and copyright

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Posted on 13/05/2016 by lvcpnews

Excellent new tenant landlords Stephen and Carrie are now serving at The Butchers Arms. All food is freshly cooked and the specials board changes regularly. There is a range of dishes to suit all tastes.

There is a position of a Commis Chef available so please contact Steve or Carrie if you are interested or know of someone who may be. Call 01931-715500

The bank holiday has been very busy with sales of nearly 600 drink sales on Saturday alone and numerous meals.

The Butchers Arms AGM is Saturday the 2nd July at 5pm.

There will be a hot buffet & vegetarian option also, this will be served at 7pm.

Please book direct with Carrie 01931-715500, Email is


  • The Butchers Arms walking group, has with the light nights, started meeting for its fortnightly Wednesday night walk followed by supper in the pub. For further information or to join the mailing list please contact me at at
  • The Lyvennet Activity Group is coordinated by Joan Raine with support from other committee members. Joan has been successfully running a lunch club on the first Thursday in every Month. Anyone wishing to join the lunch club please contact Joan direct for more information on 01931-715351

Lyvennet Activity Group has run various fund raising events too, which has raised thousands of pounds for different charities. The last event in April raised £1,350 for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

The Charity music fest with live music and a hog roast is on Saturday the 13th August from 1pm. It is in the same field as last year, just up from the pub. It was well supported last year and raised £2,180 for 3 charities. I am trying to raise sponsorship to help cover costs. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact me directly at

Anais, a French student, will be working at the Butchers Arms for a week in June and July to help improve her English language. It will be a good experience for her.


Secretary, Lyvennet Community Pub.

Atlantic Salmon Spawning Again In River Lyvennet

Children fishwatching in the River Lyvennet, Cumbria

Fish watchers on the banks of the Lyvennet river, Maulds Meaburn may now see Atlantic Salmon.

Local children designed the information signs beside Maulds Meaburn’s Salmon ladder at the Lyvennet Weir, and today’s news release from The Environment Agency (8th December 2014) will be greeted with excitement by young and old in the Eden Valley, Cumbria.

These Lyvennet trout, now share their river with Atlantic Salmon again.

These Lyvennet trout, now share their river with Atlantic Salmon again.

According to the release, over 20 Atlantic Salmon spawning sites or redds as they are known, were documented this week along the stretch of river that was improved by Eden Rivers Trust (ERT) earlier this year in a joint project to naturalise the course of the Lyvennet river.

This highly ambitious groundwork project restored straightened parts of the Lyvennet and Howe Beck back to a natural meandering state, for benefits to people and wildlife (See related article). The project is already reaping great success with over 20 salmon redds seen this week in the restored reach of the Lyvennet river at Maulds Meaburn.

The Atlantic Salmon had completed one of the most iconic migrations in the natural world, they travelled to the rich feeding grounds of Iceland and Greenland, before journeying some 3000 km home to the becks of their birth to become parents themselves!

The Lyvennet river channel was originally straightened for land management purposes and the increased energy in the river water leads to the river removing the smaller gravels necessary to support spawning. Furthermore, the lack of bends, associated scour and natural features, prevented the formation of vital pool and riffle habitats for a range of wildlife to thrive.

Reinstating the river back to its natural state has brought multiple benefits, including creating larger, diverse habitats for plants and animals to flourish. More natural, meandering rivers also help alleviate flood risk by slowing the flow of the river, and reducing bottle necks. This can delay both the height and timing of flood flows, benefiting communities downstream, without increasing flood risk upstream.

The Lyvennet scheme is part of a wider Cumbrian River Restoration Strategy that is tasked with restoring rivers back to a more natural condition, made possible by a partnership between the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Rivers Trusts across the county.
It is part of an ambitious package of significant restoration projects being delivered in the UK right now which all deliver improvements for ecology, habitat and local residents.

Charles Lowther, landowner at Barnskew and Meaburn Hall at Maulds Meaburn, said:

“Hopefully this scheme along with the other excellent work Eden Rivers Trust is doing will help reverse the trend of decline in spawning salmon in the river Eden.
“It has been amazing to see the river Lyvennet transformed in such a short space of time and to have evidence of spawning so soon after the restoration is fantastic news and confirmation that this improvement in habitat has measurable results.  We, the community in the area, are very proud of what ERT have achieved and wish to thank them very much.”

Simon Johnson, Director Eden Rivers Trust, said,

“The welcome return of spawning salmon to this section of restored river is wonderful news. Key to the success of the project has been the close co-operation and support we have received from farmers, landowners and partners.
However, we should remember that Eden salmon populations are in a state of decline. This project is part of ERT’s Saving Eden Strategy which will help to conserve this iconic species for future generations”.

Ben Bayliss, Environment Agency Programme Manager, said:

“It is fantastic news that following our river restoration project, already Atlantic Salmon have been recorded in the reach building redds.
However, while improving the river environment will help to improve salmon stocks, it is not enough on its own and we need to work together with anglers so we can review measures that would increase the number of salmon surviving to spawn.”

In early 2015, ERT will be organising a community tour of the restored reach of the Lyvennet including an opportunity to plant riverside trees. See for future announcements!



Teddy bear picnic and car boot sale on Saturday the 16th of August

I’ve just heard from Hands Across The Border that they’re hosting a teddy bear picnic and car boot sale on Saturday the 16th of August with a BBQ and plenty of opportunities for children to get involved decorating stones to place on the cairn.

The car boot sale will run from 12 until 5pm.

It is £5 to bring your car along and free for visitors.

For directions click here

Do tell your friends about it, they may want to come!


FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014
Eden Rivers Trust and the
Salmon & Trout Association
(Cumbria Branch)

invite you to a



Children under 12 free
(all proceeds to Eden Rivers Trust and Salmon and Trout Association)

                                                                                                                 6.00pm ONWARDS

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

Tickets available in advance from Eden Rivers Trust
(cheques payable to Eden Rivers Trust)

Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH
Tel. 01768 866788 email:

The Trustees of the Eden Rivers Trust

Registered Charity Number 1123285

Lyvennet Community Trust – Open Day

attractive modern housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth

Come along to the Lyvennet Community Trust’s Open Day to see attractive modern housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth

Come Along To Lyvennet Community Trust – Open Day


Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth, CA10 3JE


Saturday 26th April and Sunday 27th April from 10:30am to 3pm


Do you need a well built and insulated modern new home in a quiet rural location ?

  Then we have just the house at our Stoneworks Garth multi award winning site at Crosby Ravensworth  

  • 2 bedroomed detached home £178,000
  • 3 bedroomed detached home with garage £225,000

Heavily insulated, double glazed, underfloor wet heating and conventional radiators upstairs, heating by air source heat pump.

Or would you like to build your own home ?

  We have the LAST two plots for sale at £76,000 and £85,500. Both plots are fully serviced, and are available with planning for 4 bedroomed homes with detached garage. Not what you want – then amend them to your design.   We will have staff on site along with our architect and a local builder to advise and answer any questions.   Come and have a look. Refreshments will be available.

Eden Rivers Trust Restoring The Petteril – advertise apprenticeships

Volunteers using cut logs and branches to stabilise banks and create habitat for wildlife ERT Petteril Project
Volunteers using cut logs and branches to stabilise banks and create habitat for wildlife ERT Petteril Project

Great improvement is being seen on the River Petteril in north Cumbria thanks to local farmers working with Eden Rivers Trust to clean up the river and bring back wildlife.

The work within this Petteril Project will help to clean up the river and bring back the plants and animals which once thrived there. The River Petteril is a tributary of the Eden and runs for 25 miles from Penrith to Carlisle. Eden Rivers Trust has been working on a restoration project for the last four years with local farmers, the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England’s Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme.

More details

On many of the farms the Trust has helped to improve their yards and buildings in a way that reduces pollution reaching the river. For example new roofs have been built over manure stores and farm yards where cows collect to reduce the amount of dirty water reaching the river. Cement yards, drainage channels and guttering have all been installed to divert clean rain water away from dirty yard areas and to collect contaminated water so that it does not end up in the river.

Alison Reed, River Petteril Project Officer at Eden Rivers Trust, said, “The farmers in the area have been fantastic and are really interested in implementing the changes which are needed to improve the river. Often we find the discussions lead to a long term plan for the farm which benefits the environment, animal welfare and the farm business.”
Richard Wood, Project Manager, Environment Agency, said, “Our rivers support vital habitats and are improving but there is still more we can do. Using catchment data we have been able to target areas on the Petteril where this kind of work is of most value. It is great to see this all coming together with so many improvements being delivered on the ground.”

The current funding for the project is due to come to an end in March 2015 but there is still much work to be done. Eden Rivers Trust has a list of farms to work with along the Petteril during 2014.

Higher rainfall and flood events are becoming more frequent, creating problems with more water on the land and in the farm yard. This often needs a more focused investigation such as surface water plans produced by the Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme which identify measures to tackle some of these problems.
Many of the tributaries of the Petteril such as Blackrack Beck are also prone to the build up of sediment in the river which makes it difficult for fish to live and breed there. The Trust is surveying the beck and investigating where the sediment is coming from. By working with the land owners it is hoped to solve the problems and reduce the amount of sediment in the river. Some landowners are already tackling the issue and looking at ways of improving the beck, for example by moving fences further away from the river, re-meandering the beck and planting trees.


This summer the Trust has worked with 14 farms to carry out work which will benefit the river.

The improvements include:

  • fencing over 2.5 km of river bank
  • planting 750 trees
  •  50 m of hedging.
  • A new farm bridge has been installed to keep cattle out of the river
  • bank reinforcement – cut logs and branches have been used along 300 m of eroding river to stabilise the banks and create ideal conditions for wildlife.

Why does the Petteril need restoration?
The Petteril needs help because it has deteriorated from being the best trout river in the Eden Valley in the 1940’s and 50’s to now being one of the poorest. This is due to a series of pollution incidents, more intensely farmed surroundings and the affects of the adjacent M6, A6 and railway line. All have led to a decline in the quality of the water and habitat and hence its wildlife.


New Bridge Over Lamb Beck

New Bridge Over Lamb Beck

As part of their Cherish Eden (Heritage Lottery project) Eden Rivers Trust has an apprentice scheme and are looking for 6 apprentices to start in March 2014.  Click here to view a copy of their advert please pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested in the scheme.
Eden Rivers Trust is a Company limited by guarantee number 06460807, registered in England and Wales.
and also a Registered Charity, Number 1123588.

Contact ERT’s Headquarters :

Tel: 01768 866788

Location, location, location! EDC Planners Tour Developments In Eden District Promoting Better Understanding Of Planning Impacts

modified from  Barry Cooper’s EDC Press release by Charles Paxton

 “provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the District”

Councillor Michael Slee, Chairman of EDC’s Planning Applications Committee

“Location, location, location!” Eden District Council’s Planning Applications Committee (PAC) embarked on a tour of completed development last Friday to see how the quality and design of developments in Eden District is helping to enhance and sustain the area.

The developments the PAC visited included:

  • A slurry lagoon at South Dyke Farm, Salkeld Dykes
  • A wind turbine at Barrockside Farm, Carleton
  • Units at the Castle Retail Park, Penrith
  • Housing developments at  Clifton, Crosby Ravensworth and Kirkby Stephen.

PAC determines the most controversial and significant planning applications, ranging from housing development and industrial sites to building conversions and extensions. The quality of development being approved in the District is also helping to create and sustain jobs in the local economy and supply much needed housing.

According to EDC, research from the CBI shows that every £1 spent in the construction industry generates a £2.84 multiplier of additional benefit for the UK’s economy. In Eden District 16.7% of men are employed in construction, compared to 12.8% nationally. It is the biggest source of employment for men compared to other sectors.

The PAC team covered a lot of ground on their tour, but their visit to Crosby Ravensworth didn’t seem at all rushed.

Affordable housing need has featured prominently in the news recently and it is developments like Crosby Ravensworth’s Stoneworks Garth community led affordable housing project, Kirkby Stephen’s and Clifton’s social housing that offer hope to people looking for affordable local housing in Eden while producing the valuable chain of economic benefit. The mood was light, but the Planner’s visit was intelligently focused, with plenty of poignant questions and answers. Some homes at Stoneworks Garth are faced in local buff sandstone, others with render, the porches help unify the development. Another unifying factor at Stoneworks Garth is the  environmentally friendly heating.

Renewable heating in each home distinguishes this development. With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s announcement this week that anthropogenic influence on climate change is an undeniable reality, the heating systems in this affordable housing project render it exemplary. When one planner wondered “Where are the chimneys?” David Graham, Chair of the local community land trust explained,”These are modern homes, there are no coal fires, so they don’t need chimneys.” Coupled with good insulation, the air-source heat pumps provide comfortable, clean modern heating efficiency. The self-builds here are eco-friendly too with solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels and biomas heating. Very fitting, set as they are, in the beautiful Lyvennet Valley countryside.

David Graham, Chairman of the Lyvennet Community Trust and Chair of the national Community Land Trusts' Association describes the historical progress of the Stoneworks Garth community housing project in Crosby Ravensworth

“The gardens are looking more established now, the houses more ‘lived in’. People are stamping their mark on these homes,” says David Graham (left), Chairman of the Lyvennet Community Trust and Chair of the national Community Land Trusts’ Association describing the historical progress of the Stoneworks Garth community housing project in Crosby Ravensworth to visiting PAC members including the head of planning (centre left) and the PAC Chair (centre right)

EDC Planners from PAC view ecologically friendly housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth,

“Where are the chimneys?” EDC Planners from PAC view ecologically friendly housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth,

EDC PAC Planners admiring an exterior-mounted intake unit for a Mitsubishi Air-source heat pump at The Lyvennet Community Trust's Stoneworks Garth development in Crosby Ravensworth.

EDC PAC Planners and Parish Councillor Gordon Bowness admiring an exterior-mounted intake unit for a Mitsubishi Air-source heat pump at The Lyvennet Community Trust’s Stoneworks Garth development in Crosby Ravensworth.

Such housing, within easy walking distance of the Primary school, Community pub, Village Hall and Parish Church affording a great start for young families but also a useful opportunity for mature people needing to downsize and remain in the area that they love.

Of the tour, Councillor Michael Slee, Chairman of the PAC said: “It is very important for committee members to have a good knowledge about the quality and types of development that are taking place in the District. We also need to garner people’s views about these developments and recognise the important role planning plays in promoting good quality design and sustaining the local economy. This tour gave members the chance to visit a variety of different types of development from new housing and retail premises, to wind turbines and a slurry lagoon.

“We had the opportunity to view an affordable home that is nearing completion at a Story Homes’ development at Kirkby Stephen. This will be of particular interest to the committee as the provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the District. We also spoke with representatives from parish councillors on the tour, so they could feedback the views of the local community about the developments we visited.”

In the last full year Eden District Council granted approval for 207 new homes to be built in the District, this includes 34 affordable homes. Story Homes are building 106 new homes at developments at Birkbeck Gardens, Kirkby Stephen and Clifton Hill Gardens, near Penrith.

Claire Bainbridge and nine month old daughter Grace, welcome representatives from Kirkby Stephen Town Council, Eden District Council and Story Homes for a tour of the new market led and affordable housing at Birkbeck Gardens, Nateby Road, Kirkby Stephen.

Claire Bainbridge and nine month old daughter Grace, welcome representatives from Kirkby Stephen Town Council, Eden District Council and Story Homes for a tour of the new market led and affordable housing at Birkbeck Gardens, Nateby Road, Kirkby Stephen. EDC Photo

A local young person who has purchased one of the market led houses at the Story Homes site at Kirkby Stephen said: “This development gave me and many other young people the opportunity to buy a first home in and around the area that we were raised, the existing stock on the market in the smaller villages and towns in Eden is not within a realistic price range for a first time buyer. It’s great to see how quickly the houses are being snapped up by young local people and this shows an obvious need.”

A spokesperson for Story Homes said: “Demand on the developments in Clifton and Kirkby Stephen has been high and we have recruited local staff and sub contractors to help us deliver these much needed homes and our quality product, which is sensitive to the surroundings. We have a reputation for providing high quality private houses and we are proud that we can retain this quality in our social housing. Both developments complement and enhance the sustainable credentials of these key and local service centres, whilst delivering much needed open market and affordable housing within the Eden District.”

For more information about the local young families benefitting from the new housing at Birkbeck Gardens visit

The affordable housing at Birkbeck Gardens and Clifton Hill Gardens are being managed by Riverside Housing. Riverside’s Project Manager, Becci Kenvyn said: “These properties offer much needed affordable housing for rent by local people. The two schemes address housing need by offering a mix of bungalows and houses. The provision of homes for Shared Ownership at the Kirkby Stephen site, offer a fantastic opportunity for local first time buyers to get on the housing ladder in an area that would have otherwise been unaffordable.”

For more information about Eden District Council visit or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.


Big Breakfast

Residents of Maulds Meaburn will be hosting a Big Breakfast event at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute this Sunday morning, June 30 from 10.30 to 12.30. All profits will go to sustaining the Institute

Maulds Meaburn will be hosting a Big Breakfast event at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute on Sunday morning, June 30 from 10.30 to 12.30. £6 for adults, £3 for children under 10. Cooked breakfast, toast, juice, tea and coffee.
All profits  go to sustaining the Institute which  enriches the lives of local residents and visitors with organised talks, events and regular classes.
If you are in the area and you appreciate a hearty English breakfast, come along and bring some friends if you want.

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute, site of  a Big Breakfast event
Maulds Meaburn Village Institute, site of a Big Breakfast event


Cumbria Community Messaging short-listed for Technology4Good Award – please vote for CCM

Cumbria Community Messaging logo

Cumbria Community Messaging is getting the word out. Click above to register for safety alerts and other information

Please take a moment to vote for Cumbria Community Messaging, a very useful system that passes messages out quickly to people by their preferred means, rapidly informing us about criminal activity, fire prevention and consumer threats amongst other things. See message below from Dr. John Perkins:

Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association is a charitable organisation who work with Cumbria Police and their partners to help prevent and detect crime in local communities. They are the driving force behind Cumbria Community Messaging – the means by which you get those important community safety messages.

Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association has been short-listed for a prestigious national award for their work on that system. You can help boost their chances of getting an award by voting for the Peoples Award – click here and give them your e mail address; vote for Cumbria Community Messaging; and finally tell them that you heard about the award through Cumbria Community Messaging – it’ll only take a minute of your time, but it will mean a world of difference to Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association and the volunteers who work hard on your behalf to make this system what it is today.

If you are a Tweeter, there are separate instructions regarding sending Tweets.

Voting closes at midnight on June 30th.

Dr John Perkins

Chair of CNWA