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Join the HeartStart appeal

The Times & Star is aiming to put defibrillators in accessible locations across Allerdale. They need fundraisers and locations to put the life-saving kit. Please can you help? See below for more info.

Where would we be without an air ambulance?

Please see note below for a fab charity appeal for the News & Star. Not sure how our communities could cope without the Great North Air Ambulance...

Fluoride free?

Please see invitation below from former Cockermouth businessman Paul Carr (of Firn's Home Hardware fame) about a forthcoming event.

Support Young Enterprise 2015

Please see note below regarding Cockermouth School's 2015 Young Enterprise ventures. Hope you can support.

Job opportunity at the Kirkgate

These are exciting times at the Kirkgate Centre, as plans are made for a major expansion. A job opportunity for an artistic manager has arisen there. Get more details here: or


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.