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Parking while High Sand Lane closed

High Sand Lane is closed to traffic today while more road surfacing work is carried out. This is, inevitably, causing problems for businesses around there as parking is disrupted. The Chamber has checked with Allerdale Council and they have agreed to honour the parking permits that traders were given during the main roadworks. Therefore, you can park for free on Wakefield Road car park if you display this permit, and will not be ticketed by Allerdale's parking officers, for the duration of the new works.


It's Christmas!! (Well, nearly....)

Please see letter below from the Town Council re all things festive in Cockermouth.


Once again matters are in hand by the Town Council in connection with this year’s Christmas Illuminations display and programme and I am pleased to inform you of the proposals which are detailed as follows:-

Know any West Cumbrian heroes?

The deadline is this weekend for the CN Group's West Cumbrian Heroes awards. More details here: There are loads of categories - from community, to sport, to young people. Anyone know someone deserving?

Taste Cumbria 2014 biggest yet

Around 35,000 people attended the 2014 Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth, making it the biggest festival to date.

Now in its fifth year, producers who attended this year’s festival said it was the most successful so far for their businesses, with some reporting record takings.

Fancy yourself as a sporty sponsor?

See below for interesting publicity opportunity:

Young Cockermouth rally driver Richard Barnard, 26, is looking to finish of the 2014 rally season in style by securing a podium finish on the final round of the prestigious Manx Rally Championship, the Pokerstars Rally on November 7th and 8th. Before that he will be competing on a smaller single venue special stage rally as a shakedown for the main event.

Plans for festive event underway

Please see the letter below (which some of you may have received already) about the planned Cockermouth by Candleight event planned for Monday 8 December. Hope you can get involved. Contact Kate, who's looking after the promotion of the event, at 07930 473 971 or

Dear Trader

Eat, drink, work your socks off and be merry!

It's nearly time for the biggest weekend of Cockermouth's calendar - Taste Cumbria 2014, taking place from the evening of Friday 26 September, through to the night of Sunday 28 September. Last year 30,000 people basked in amazing weather, wandered through the Main Street producers' market, ate gorgeous grub in the Market Place food court, shopped, ate, drank, met up with family and friends, and generally loved all the town had to offer.

Treat yourself - and help the Kirkgate Centre!

Friends of the Kirkgate invite you to:

Auction of Promises & Amazing Offerings

Friday 19 September 7.30pm

Ever fancied chilling in a villa in Menorca; having a song written for you; learning to fish, dance, make pottery; drive a convertible BMW for a weekend?

Sponsorship opportunities

Cockermouth's Richard Barnard will be competing on the prestigious International Rally Isle of Man in a few weeks.

FSB opens car parking discussions

Please see invitations below from the Federation of Small Businesses.