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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful or interesting items about Cumbria for today, and this week.

    Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:

    • A striking (and pehaps, given the adventurous architecture, controversial) new activity centre for Whitehaven harbour came a step closer with an announcement that the government would cover most of the cost with a £2.45m grant
    • If you look closely at the photo of an ugly fly-tipped mess in Workington, you can see correspondence that may have led the council to the culprit, who was handed fixed penalties totalling £700
    • And perhaps appropriately, unusually warm sunshine for the time of year prevailed as, across Cumbria, hundreds of people took to the streets to call for more action on the causes of climate change. The protest in Ulverston was particurly colourful, ending with a mass "die-in".
    People lying in street in Ulverston

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria care services staff 'cracking' with cash pressure

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    Council care staff across Cumbria are beginning to “crack” under pressure as they try to reduce a projected overspend of £12.7m in the care service areas after the first financial quarter, a meeting was told.

    Councillor Anne Burns, the cabinet member for children's services, told a meeting: "“We can’t say to children that come into the system ‘You can’t come because we haven’t got any money’."

    Council leader Stewart Young stressed that the council was only three months into the financial year and that “things do change”.

    Since 2011-12, the council has made £272m worth of savings in its annual budget, cutting its spending to around £383m in this financial year.

  3. Cumbria's weather: A dry clear night, with mist and fog

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry evening with spells of sunshine, followed by a dry night with clear spells.

    Some areas will once again see some mist and fog patches develop and it will turn locally chilly with lowest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  4. Forster moves from promoted 'Haven to relegated Barrow

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carl Forster, former player coach and most recently a forward with Whitehaven RL, has moved to Barrow.

    Carl Forster

    Forster helped the West Cumbrians to promotion to the Betfred Championship this summer, and his move to the Raiders means he has returned to League One.

  5. Power cut blacks out 370 near Kendal

    Electricity North west engineers say they are on their way to find the cause of a power failure that has blacked out 370 homes and businesses.

    The company says it hopes to reconnect consumers soon after 17:00 in the Stainton area, just south of Kendal.

  6. Climate protestors bang the drum for change

    Striking school students and adults have been on the streets of several towns and the city of Carlisle in Cumbria in the worldwide protests about climate change.

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    Ulverston campaigners staged a particularly colourful march and die-in, while in Carlisle, below, the centre was crowded with marchers who had paraded past the city's castle.

    Climate protest in Carlisle
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  7. Footbridge marks first steps for new Pooley river crossing

    A temporary footbridge reconnected the village of Pooley bridge with the western bank of the River Eamont for the first time in several weeks today.

    New footbridge
    John Beer and his wife Mrs Eva Beer who opened the bridge

    The first people across the bridge were John and Eva Beer, who own the land at one end of the temporary structure.

    The bridge is essential to local businesses because of the number of tourists who arrive on Ullswater steamers at a pier the far side of the river from the village.

    It will be open until work is complete in spring next year on the new single span structure, which will replace the ancient stone bridge washed away in Storm Desmond.

  8. United and Barrow both go for three in a row

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United will look to make it three back-to-back wins on the road in League Two tomorrow, when they go to Bradford City.

    Barrow can make it three wins out three in the National League when they go to bottom of the table Ebbsfleet United.

  9. Fly-tipping businessman must pay council £700

    A business owner in Workington has been hit with £700 in fines for fly-tipping, according to officials.


    The council has not identified the man, but said the rubbish was found last month in the Oldside area and cleared up within 24 hours.

    The fines were for two offences under environmental protection legislation.

  10. Keswick rowers take five golds in international meet

    Crews from Keswick-based Lakeland Rowing Club have won five gold medals at the World Rowing Masters Championship in Hungary.

    Samantha Ayers and Nick Cowan

    Nick Cowan and Samantha Ayers took gold in the mixed doubled (average age 50-54) category, and the category for ages 43-49, with Nick also taking a gold in the men's doubles for average 60-64 years old, with Andy Jaggard from County Durham.

    The championships, for rowers over 27 years old, attracted nearly 4,000 competitors from 72 nations.

  11. Cumbria's weather: Dry and fine

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry and fine with plenty of sunshine on offer.

    The winds will generally be light and it will feel warm with highest temperatures from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  12. Whitehaven harbour centre will include a youth hostel

    The Cumbria Coast Activities Centre project, which has been given £2.45m in a government announcement today, will include youth hostel-type accommodation, as well as being a base for a wide range of activities on and around the sea.

    Artist's impression of new centre

    The building, three storeys high, has been designed to look like a block of sandstone, like the smaller lumps sometimes thrown up by storms.

    There'll be storage space for kayaks, bikes and other outdoor sport equipment, changing facilities and a cafe, and permission has been given for a new slipway.

  13. Carlisle to be counted in census 'dry run'

    People in Carlisle are to be asked to take part over the new fortnight in a rehearsal for the national census in 2021.

    The city is one of four areas chosen to test the systems that will be used in the national headcount of the British population, which takes place every 11 years.

    People will get letters from the Office for National Statistics, asking them to list the people who will be in a household, including accommodation such as caravans or houseboats, overnight on 13 October.

    The 2021 census will be online for the first time, with people completing forms over the internet rather than at home, with staff doing follow-up visits if the information is not provided, and traditional forms available as well.

    Census form from 2011
    Quote Message: Not everybody lives in houses, some people live in boats or caravans, we've got to make it right so people want to complete it." from Iain Bell Deputy national statistician for the Office for National Statistics
    Iain BellDeputy national statistician for the Office for National Statistics
  14. Hospital celebrates opening of new day services

    A Cumbrian hospital, once threatened with severe cuts, is showing off new facilities today.

    In 2016, Maryport Hospital was among several community hospitals in Cumbria that were the centre of campaigns and demonstrations to preserve the facilities, because of the loss of overnight beds.

    Children with banners

    There was a campaign to save it, and now, following renovation work, staff there are able to offer more services, although only between 08:00 and 20:00.

    The Workington MP Sue Hayman officially opened the new day care facilities.

    Quote Message: We have completely renovated the old ward and we now have state of the art facilities to offer a much wider range of services. from Zoe Larmour Integrated care manager
    Zoe LarmourIntegrated care manager
    Quote Message: Our staff can deliver care to the people of Maryport here instead of them having to travel to West Cumberland Hospital, for procedures such as blood transfusions and intravenous antibiotics to name just a couple."
  15. Lakes businesswoman in two Downing Street meetings

    Maria Whitehead, one of the founders of Hawkshead Relish, has been at two meetings with Boris Johnson in the past fortnight at No 10 Downing Street to discuss the needs of small businesses.

    Maria Whitehead at meeting with Boris

    Maria is pictured sitting next to Andea Leadsom on the left at a meeting earlier this month to discuss helping small businesses start up and grow.

    This week she was back in Downing Street for an evening reception for a national business group.

    Maria Whitehead said there seemed to be a real determination to make the UK home to ambitious businesses, but it was essential that minister listened to firms of all sizes.

    Quote Message: I’m extremely proud to have had the chance to represent Cumbria, and in particular the food and drink sector, at these high-level meetings and to have had the opportunity to put across the problems and very real concerns of businesses in the rural North West.’’ from Maria Whitehead
    Maria Whitehead
  16. Ten years on, police colleagues remember hero Bill

    Cumbria Police officers will today be remembering their colleague Bill Barker, who was swept away by flood water nearly 10 years ago.

    PC Bill Barker

    PC Barker was directing traffic away from a bridge in Workington, when it collapsed beneath him in November 2009.

    Today, as they have done every year since, police officers and staff are competing against each other in football and netball tournaments to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, a charity chosen by PC Barker's family.

    Quote Message: These tournaments are a fantastic way in which to remember Bill, who continues to be missed by everyone at Cumbria Constabulary." from Det Con Steve Usher
    Det Con Steve Usher
  17. Weather on the fells: Nearly perfect

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 13C to 15C (55F to 59F)
    • Winds: Southerly veering southeasterly 10mph to 20mph, with gusts to30mph, perhaps turning increasingly breezy towards the evening
    • Cloud: Once any early mist and fog clears, any cloud will be very broken and limited
    • Visibility: Excellent
    Great Gable and Kirk fell from the path by Piers Ghyll

    Our thanks to Joe Hewer for sending in a good illustration of what it will be like up there.

  18. Cumbria's weather: Fog clearing to a fine, warm day

    BBC Weather

    Any early mist or fog patches will soon clear to leave a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine on offer.

    It will feel warm in the sunshine and winds will generally be light with highest tem;eratures from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

    Weather graphic

    You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.