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  1. Royal visitor for county silage competition
  2. Nurses warn that wards are 'too full for safety'
  3. Cumbrian health trusts to merge

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other information of note for Cumbria for today, and indeed for this week.

    Here's a reminder of some of the main points from today:

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to do it all again. If you've got any stories or photos to share, you can send us an email, get touch on Facebook, or simply tweet.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Dry, mainly clear, and a hard frost

    BBC Weather

    It will be mainly dry and often clear tonight, though the odd snow shower may affect the far east of the area, particularly at first.

    It will be another bitter night, though the northeast wind will moderate, with lowest temperatures from -6C to -3C (21F to 27F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Rail group fury as engineers close the tracks over Easter

    The passenger group for the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere has made a furious protest to train companies and other railway organisations after learning that key parts of the West Coast Main Line will be closed throughout the Easter weekend for engineering work.

    Train at Oxenholme station

    Robert Talbot from the Lakes Line Rail User Group said the line would close at both the Euston and Scottish ends throughout the weekend, and near Wigan in the middle of the weekend, with the Lakes Line itself, and the Furness Line, both being closed in the middle two days.

    Network Rail said in a statement that working over the holiday weekend disrupted the least number of people, and alternative ways of making journeys would be provided.

    Quote Message: There is never a good time to close the railway. Bank holiday weekends are some of the least busy times when we can carry out essential maintenance work." from Network Rail
    Network Rail

    Mr Talbot said: "This displays an appalling lack of empathy for the nature of the passenger rail market north of Lancaster, which is at least 75% leisure, and at holiday periods nearer to 100% of a much higher volume of traffic."

    Quote Message: What sort of message does this send to prospective foreign visitors within days of the UK leaving Europe?" from Robert Talbot
    Robert Talbot
  4. Canal bridge closed again after another hit from truck

    The narrow listed canal bridge that carries the B6385 from Crooklands to Milnthorpe has been closed after being damaged by a lorry again.

    Canal Bridge

    A county council spokesman said it should be opened to at least some traffic soon, although the closure order was for four weeks.

    Roger Bingham, the local county and district councillor, said it was happening repeatedly, and the road was a school bus route and connected businesses and the Westmorland County Showground to the A65 and the M6.

    The bridge, over the former Lancaster to Kendal Canal, is owned by the Canal and Rivers Trust.

    Quote Message: Something should be installed that will slow people down, like traffic lights." from Councillor Roger Bingham
    Councillor Roger Bingham
  5. Frozen pitch stops Carlisle's trip to Crewe

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Tomorrow's match between Carlisle United and and Crewe Alexandra has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at Crewe.

  6. Katy and David go on air to round up a date or two

    The top sheepdog handler Katy Cropper (pictured), and David, a gay farmer, are two Cumbrians taking part in a new BBC2 dating show which features people living in rural areas.

    Katy Cropper

    Seven people described as "rural singletons" will be hoping to succeed in finding, in the programme's name, Love in the Countryside.

    No transmission date has yet been set for the programme, but you can meet the people taking part on the website.

  7. Burglar jailed for five years after Carlisle break-ins

    A prolific burglar has been sent to prison for just under five years by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Shane Millea, 44, of John Street in Carlisle, tried to break into a man's home in Fusehill Street, and the following day ransacked a woman's house in Currock Street while she was out.

    Millea admitted burglary, attempted burglary and interfering with a vehicle, and the court was told he had a record of 112 offences including 15 other break-ins.

    Judge Peter Davies sentenced Millea to 58 months in prison, telling him he had invaded the woman's home and taken away the "privilege" of feeling safe there.

  8. The moving messages that came with the Holocaust buttons

    Martin Lewes


    The Lakes School in Windermere is built on the site of hostels where child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust were cared for after World War Two, and last year students started a project to collect one million buttons to represent the number of children who died in concentration camps.

    Contributions poured in from around the world and now the first of the estimated six million buttons that have arrived have gone on display in Windermere, along with quotations from some of the letters than came with them.

    Message: I don't know how many of my relatives died in the Holocaust, but it is about the same as the number of buttons I am sending you

    Just 12,000 of the buttons are in the display at the museum run by the Lake District Holocaust Project.

    The 300 or so children who came to Cumbria were known as the Windermere Boys, and some of those who sent buttons were descended from them.

    Quotation: "My rather was one of the Windermere boys.  I have taken six buttons off one of his coats and sent them to you."

    The exhibition, above Windermere Library, is open until 30 April.

  9. Snow warning posted for north east of Cumbria

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow and ice for the extreme north east of the county on Monday.

    Snow warning map
  10. Kendal Town on the edge as players and manager quit

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    There are serious doubts as to whether Kendal Town will be able to fulfill their fixture at Radcliffe Borough tomorrow, after 11 players and the manager, Dave Foster, left the club this week.

    The departures follow budget cuts which saw players told they would have to play for free.

    Matt Tumney from the Kendal Town Independent Supporters Club a petition this week calling for chairman George Gudgeon to step down.

    He says every is praying for more snow so the game is called off.

    Kendal Town ground
    Quote Message: I thhink we are just sick of it, to be honest, the last three years have been very, very difficult, we just want the best for the club." from Matt Tumney
    Matt Tumney
  11. Video content

    Video caption: Amy Bateman wins photography award for lamb photo

    Amy Bateman's work depicts life on the farm in Cumbria where she lives and works.

  12. Cumbria's weather: Brighter, with the odd snow shower

    BBC Weather

    Brighter interludes will develop and many places will stay dry, but the odd snow shower may drift in from the east now and then.

    It will be cold with a northeast breeze and temperatures from 1C to 4C (34F to 39F).

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Countess of Wessex returns to Westmorland County Showground

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is visiting the Westmorland County showground next Wednesday, for the agricultural society's annual silage competition.

    Countess of Wessex

    The countess is president of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society and this will be her fourth visit.

    Almost 100 entries have come in for the competition, which involves the silage being analysed for nutritional content, and then examined by a panel of judges that will also see how making silage fits into the farm's management.

    She will also visit the Farrer's coffee roasting company in Kendal, the oldest surviving such firm in the UK, to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

  14. Landlord auctions off the lot, down to the last glass

    A Cumbrian landlord is auctioning off the entire contents of his pub this weekend.

    Robert Cowan, who runs the Golden Fleece Inn, at Ruleholme, near Brampton, plans to demolish the pub and replace it with a small hotel and restaurant.

    Viewings are being held today and tomorrow before the auction on Sunday.

    Golden Fleece Ruleholme
    Quote Message: The kitchen wasn't really big enough and with Carlisle airport about to open we realised that extra bedrooms would certainly be a good move." from Robert Cowan
    Robert Cowan
  15. Women win award for work to encourage nuclear recruits

    A group set up to attract more women into the nuclear industry has won a national award.

    WiN Cumbria, seen here with Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, was named best regional team at the annual Women in Nuclear UK conference in London.

    Women in Nuclear

    Women in Nuclear aims to attract more women into the industry through work with local schools and universities.

    At the moment 22% of the workforce is female and the proportion declines at senior levels.

  16. Big health trusts merger 'a necessary step'

    Two of the three trusts that run most of Cumbria's health and hospital services are to merge.

    The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland in Whitehaven, while the Cumbria Partnership Trust runs a large bundle of activities including mental health and community care, and some specialist services such as those in Haverigg Prison.

    Stephen Eames

    Stephen Eames (pictured), who has been chief executive of both trusts for more than a year, says it is a necessary step to bring together all health and care services.

    He said: "This way of working has been endorsed nationally in the NHS long term plan, which sets out integration as one of the requirements to drive an NHS fit for the future.”

    You can read more about it here.

    Quote Message: Merging has the potential to unlock huge benefits for our patients" from Alison Smith Chief nurse for both trusts
    Alison SmithChief nurse for both trusts
  17. Walking and cycling route lined up for viaduct

    The Morecambe Bay Partnership has been awarded £50,000 to explore the opportunities of a walking and cycling route alongside the Arnside viaduct.

    Arnside viaduct

    The connection will create a new link in the English Coastal Path and provide a new route for the Bay Cycle Way, which runs from Glasson Dock to Barrow.

    Built in 1857, the Arnside viaduct is 522 yards long and has 50 piers.

    The partnerships says a new cycling and walking route would bring a significant boost to the local economy.

  18. Hospital beds filled 'past safe limit'

    The proportion of hospital beds in Cumbria that are occupied is well above the recommended safety limit, according to the Royal College of Nursing.

    About 94% of beds are in use, but experts recommend that this shouldn't pass 85%.

    The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust says it has "robust" plans, using integrated care hubs to try to make sure patients are only in hospital beds when they have to be.

    During the week of the 14-17 January the average occupancy bed rate at North Cumbria was 94% and in South Cumbria, 93%, and the rates were similar throughout the month.

    Cumberland Infirmary entrance
    Quote Message: We do know from research that if you have too many patients in the system, you have an increased death rate, increased infection rates, and patients spend too long in hospital." from Glenn Turp Northern region director, Royal College of Nursing
    Glenn TurpNorthern region director, Royal College of Nursing