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October 2012

CELEBRITY chef Simon Rogan has taken on a Cartmel pub to add to his expanding culinary empire.

The 44-year-old star of BBC’s Great British Menu will add the village’s Pig and Whistle pub to his double Michelin-starred L’Enclume and Rogan & Co restaurants.

He is set to relaunch the venue, owned by Robinsons Brewery, this weekend after refurbishment.

Mr Rogan said: “Having 30 years’ experience and two other hospitality businesses within the village means we have a good hold on things generally.

“We are aware of the trends, peaks and troughs that come within this industry and especially within this area. We also know the locals and have socialised with them at length during our time here in Cartmel.

“They want a presence and a personality in their pubs, and this is exactly what we will give them at the Pig and Whistle.

“The first thing our guests ask us when they check into our accommodation at L’Enclume is, ‘Where can we go for a good drink?’ In the past we have always recommended other people’s pubs, now we can recommend our own.”

The Pig and Whistle has been Mr Rogan’s local pub since he and partner Penny Tapsell moved to the village 10 years ago.

He added: “It’s one of four pubs in the village. It has lots of charm, it’s small and quaint and when it came up for grabs we felt we had to have it.

“And best of all, it’s just a stone’s throw away from our own front door.”

Mr Rogan, already has future plans for the venue, including new carpets, curtains and furniture, a new bar area, and a possible conservatory.

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July 2012

Cartmel’s first entry into Britain in Bloom competition was judged on 31 July 2012.

Two Britain in Bloom judges visited Cartmel to assess their entry in the Britain In Bloom competition.

While Cartmel has been a past multi-award winner in the Cumbria in Bloom competition, the village is competing nationally for the first time and is one of six villages hoping for the ‘Best Village’ trophy.

“The Cartmel In Bloom Group and a dedicated group of volunteers with support from members of the community of all ages have worked extremely hard over the past year to prepare for the judges’ visit” said Tiffany Hunt, Chair of Cartmel In Bloom Group. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine on the judging day so that the Britain in Bloom judges will be impressed by Cartmel at its summer best.”

Lord Cavendish DL, Patron of Cartmel In Bloom, expressed his support saying: “I personally have always found over many years involvement with plants that it has brought me joy and peace of mind.  Horticulture bestows great benefits on those engage with it.  Cartmel enters this competition with all my warmest best wishes.”

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July 2012


The much anticipated Hales of Cartmel luxury confectioners opened its doors on Saturday May 26 to the delight of Cartmel locals and tourists alike.

Located in the foodie village of Cartmel, Hales of Cartmel can be found in Ye Priory Shoppe on Devonshire Square. Known for decades as the place to go for ice cream and sweets in Cartmel village, the shop has now been restored to its former glory.

After much hard-work and dedication, local Grange-over- Sands husband and wife team Bill and Karen Hale  have realised their dream to set up a family business and have created a high-end sweet and chocolate shop.

Bill Hale said:  “Returning Ye Priory Shoppe to a place where people can go to enjoy the finest Lakes ice cream, chocolates, sweets and confectionery fills us with immense pride.”

The left hand side of the of the shop stocks traditional sweets, coffee, ice cream, biscuits , and to the right, an exquisite haven of the finest loose and boxed chocolates, speciality cakes and confectionery from around the world.

Driven by their love of the finest quality chocolate, example brands include the exclusive Artisan du Chocolate, Charbonnel et Walker, Prestat  and their own ‘Hales of Cartmel’ range of hand-crafted chocolates. Bringing luxury products that can usually only be sourced in the fine food halls and shops of exclusive city centre stores to the picturesque village of Cartmel.

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Britain in Bloom 2012

Cartmel was the winner of 5 awards in Cumbria In Bloom 2011 and is now one of six RHS Britain In Bloom Village finalists for 2012. See below for information and latest news, and have a look at the new Cartmel In Bloom website:

‘I am delighted to be a Patron of Cartmel In Bloom. Very many thanks to all those who have already supported us in making such a good start to our campaign’ – Eric Robson, author and broadcaster

RHS Britain in Bloom is one of Europe’s largest horticultural campaigns. More than 1,100 cities, towns and villages participate each year to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement. Further information on RHS and the Britain In Bloom campaign can be found on


April 2012
In line with its aim to involve as much of the village as possible in the village’s Britain-in-Bloom entry, the Cartmel In Bloom Group invited Dr Paul Williams, Headmaster of the Cartmel Priory Church of England School, to set the pupils a number of projects to help them to prepare for the competition.  Dr Williams willingly agreed and the Group wasdelighted to receive 10 website designs created by the Year 10 ICT classes.  The best three of these were selected and their designers received awards in a brief ceremony held at the school. 

The three short-listed entries were all developed by girls and the winning website design was submitted by Nicole Head, who was presented with her award by Tiffany Hunt, Chair of the Cartmel In Bloom Group.  It is intended that the Cartmel In Bloom website will go live over the weekend of  April 14th.

In addition to the website, the school is involved in a number of other eco projects as part of the Cartmel In Bloom campaign.  These include the creation of a wormery, bat boxes, a wild flower meadow in the school grounds and a wild flower survey of the area, which will be published in the Cartmel In Bloom website.

Priory and allotments

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The UK’s first street arts festival with camping in Cartmel on Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August 2012.
Masquepony promises to be a festival with a difference, with over 60 shows including street theatre, comedy, circus and fireworks. There will also be world and folk music and workshops that the whole family can enjoy including a digital funfair. There will be an array of marquees, tents, big tops and yurts to explore across the beautiful  Lakeland venue.

It’s the first UK street arts festival that will include the opportunity to camp on site.  During the course of the three-day event, visitors will be able to pitch their tents at Cartmel Racecourse.
Among the confirmed acts is Compagnie des Quidams – a French theatrical company whose magical shows have mesmerised audiences around the globe. Their show Herbert’s Dream has been performed to critical acclaim in Australia, Japan, Singapore and all over Europe. The performance unfolds as a series of giant white figures parade through the night beckoning passersby to join them. The ethereal, evening procession culminates in a beautiful and uplifting finale set to music.

Osadia, from Barcelona,, will leave audiences in a spin with their hair-raising performance that mixes comedy, style and rapid scissor action. For those bold enough to take to the barber’s chair, the artistic duo will create weird, wild and wonderful hair sculptures using creative and innovative concepts of hairdressing. The less brave can simply watch the frantic creations take shape before their eyes.

Another festival high will be provided by Pa Boom who will ensure the festival gets off to a bang with their intoxicating mix of fire, light and pyrotechnics. Previous displays by the co-operative have been described as “breathtakingly spectacular”, “magnificent” and “the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

Frolicked Puppet Theatre Company will engage the crowds with their magical puppet shows in outdoor and unusual places.Anarchic storytellers Ramshacklicious will share their unique blend of comedy, live music and puppetry with a twist. Many of the performers such as Plungeboom will entice audiences into getting involved in their shows with fun interactive experiences. And others such as Artizani will walk about through the crowds bewitching passers-by with their range of skills including song, dance, acrobatics, puppetry, live music and illusion. Further acts will be announced in due course.

Tickets for Masquepony go on sale in early February and are priced at £80 for a weekend’s camping for adults and £40 for children. There will be an early bird ticket costing £70.
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Cartmel hosts a regular Food Market in the picturesque setting by the Priory on the 3rd Friday of every month.

Peruse the stalls full of locally produced foods, situated by the Priory, then visit the resident cheese maker, baker and wine mechant in the NEW Unsworth's Yard.