Thursday, 22 December 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Live Music at The King's

Two live music dates for your enjoyment: 
Friday 23rd December - Paper Moon
New Year's Eve - Aurora
Everyone welcome!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Burton Singers Christmas Concert Sat 17th December

The wonderful Burton Singers will be performing their annual Christmas Concert on Saturday 17th December at Burton Memorial Hall, Burton-in-Kendal. Doors open at 7.30pm, concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are £8 adults, £3 kids, on sale at Burton Village Store. There will be a bar available.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The King's Arms at Christmas: Oh! those decorations...

As usual, the decorations at The King's Arms in Burton-in-Kendal are superb! Neil and Ann France take huge delight in a Christmas spectacle each year, and every year they get better and better!

Why not pop along and see for yourself, and whilst you are there enjoy a meal from their Christmas menu.

As they have wonderful accommodation, including a ground floor enabled room suite, you could make a night of it and not have the bother of driving home afterwards.

Spoil yourself, it's only Christmas once a year!

Santa will be in Burton on 8th December!

Carnforth Rotary will be helping Santa with his sleigh on Thursday 8th December from 6pm. As well as touring the village, they will also be popping into the King's Arms - hope they have their singing voices ready, they can join in the Carols!

Carols by Candlelight at The King's

Carols by Candlelight at The King's Arms, Burton-in-Kendal Thursday 8th December from 6.30pm. All welcome!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Christmas Bingo in Burton!

2016 Christmas Bingo dates at Burton Memorial Hall - family friendly, everyone welcome.

Refreshments on sale from 6.30pm. Eyes down 7.30pm.

Great prizes and raffle. In aid of village charities and groups.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

CraftMarket 2016 - be there or be square!

We love the annual Craftmarket event at Burton Memorial Hall in south #Cumbria. The fabulous catering is by The Vintage Village Hall, there are kids' crafts up on the stage to keep them amused, loads of quality crafts on sale direct from the crafter in the main hall, and a twiddlemuffs info display and collection point for surplus yarn and embellishments in the foyer! 

Point your smartphone at the QR code below and it will tell you all about the event. Cool baby! 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

No stops between Carnforth & Clawthorpe on the 8.30pm 555 Bus Service 15-20 Aug

Between 15th & 20th August 2016, the 8.30pm 555 Bus Service between Lancaster and Kendal will not be stopping at any point between Carnforth British Legion and Clawthorpe Hall, due to road works at the Pine Lake roundabout. No other services are affected. The road closure is in effect from 8pm - 6am on each of the affected dates.

Monday, 20 June 2016

For Sale: Indoor Bowls Equipment

After the closure of Burton Indoor Bowling Club due to lack of members, they are wanting to sell on their equipment. If anyone is interested please contact Bert on the number given below:
For Sale
Indoor Bowls Equipment
3 bowling carpets (approx 15 yds x 2 yds)
3 baulks
3 fenders
3 jacks
large metal wheeled storage trolley
All in good condition; may be viewed at Burton Memorial Hall, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria, by appointment.
To view or for further details please contact
Bert Nelson on 01524 781354

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Green Dragon Farm Development Brief: Public Drop-in Event

South Lakeland District Council is preparing a Development Brief for land at Green Dragon Farm, Burton-in-Kendal which is a site allocated for mixed use development in the Local Plan-Land Allocations Document.

To get involved and have your say in the preparation of the brief, come along to the public drop-in event 1.00-7.00pm, Wednesday 29 June 2016 at Burton Memorial Hall.

Further information regarding this public consultation will be available via our website from 9 June 2016.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Burton Art Exhibition, Sat 4th & Sun 5th June

Burton Art Exhibition, Sat 4th & Sun 5th June at Burton Memorial Hall 10am-4pm. Free entry. Refreshments on sale.

The Burton-in-Kendal Art & Craft Society's annual art exhibition and sale of work is held each Summer at Burton Memorial Hall, and attracts over 100 artworks by a whole range of artists and crafters. 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Card2Kendal Exhibition & Sale - 18th June 2016 at K Village, Kendal

Diary Date: Local artist Helen Pateman  (who hails from Burton and who did the wonderful artwork around the kids' play area behind the Memorial Hall) has been deeply involved in bringing the Card2Kendal exhibition to fruition, so please do go along and see it, and pick up a special piece of artwork for a small sum of money. The artworks are fab - a whole range of designs and themes by both professional and amateur artists, and some from famous name celebrities. 

All funds raised will go to the flood appeal to help those who were flooded out in last December's Storm Desmond flooding.

The exhibition preview is 11th June, and the main exhibition and sale will take place on 18th June, at K Village in Kendal.

There is also still time to donate an artwork for the exhibition and sale if you feel like supporting this event - postcard-sized (6" x 4" / 15cm x 10cm) donations of artwork, photos, etc are being accepted up until Tuesday 7th June, here's how to send them in... 



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Nominate Morewood School in the Churchill Lollipoppers campaign

I just nominated Burton Morewood School, Burton in Kendal in the Churchill Lollipoppers campaign:

Pedestrian injury is the leading cause of accidental death of children in Great Britain. Lollipoppers ensure the safety of children on their school run, but the numbers of lollipoppers have been falling year on year.

At Churchill we believe it's important that children can get to school safely so we've launched a fund to put more lollipoppers on the streets nationwide.

Do you know a school that needs a lollipopper? Nominate your school for a chance to receive funding for a Churchill Lollipopper.

Yes! Burton Morewood School, Burton in Kendal would benefit from this... please would you support by nominating our village school for this opportunity? It will help keep our children safe.  Nominations close 23.59 BST on 15 May 2016.

Monday, 11 April 2016

A Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel returns to Burton Memorial Hall

A Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel returns to Burton Memorial Hall on Friday 22nd April. Musical duo Tim Chu & Ian Bailey perform the songs of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, interspersed with anecdotes about S&G and about their own lives as professional musicians.

The show starts at 8pm prompt, doors open from 7.15pm, and there will be a bar in aid of Memorial Hall funds. Tickets are £12 and are on sale at Burton Village Store.

Candidates in the 5th May elections: Burton-in-Kendal PC, Burton & Holme Ward SLDC, & Cumbria PCC

The SLDC Returning Officer has announced the candidate lists for the May 5th elections to parish & district councils and police commissioner role.

The lists for Burton are shown below - click each image to see the larger version.

King's Arms - Heinz Presentation - Tuesday 12th April 2016

Diary date: Tuesday 10.30am - come to the King's Arms for the Heinz Presentation. All welcome! 

Photos here approx 10.30am on Tuesday 12th April with guests from Heinz, local radios and newspapers. All welcome especially any little people not at school!

Arrive in time for cuppa and biscuits.

The King's Arms Hotel Burton in Kendal - LA6 1LR

5th May Elections

Residents are also being encouraged to make sure they are on the Register of Electors so they can have their say in the local elections and the Police & Crime Commissioner election on 5 May.
If you think you’re not registered, or if you have moved recently, the closing date for registering to vote in the May elections is Monday, 18 April 2016.
It is easy to register, just go to
If anyone would like a postal vote, or wishes to change an existing postal or proxy vote, they must apply to the Electoral Registration Officer at SLDC by 5pm on Tuesday, 19 April 2016.
Applications for new proxy votes must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. Applications for proxy votes because of a medical emergency or forwork/service reasons, which have occurred after 5pm on 26 April can be accepted until 5pm on polling day.
All application forms can be obtained from the Electoral Registration Officer at SLDC. Completed forms must be submitted to the same Electoral Registration Officer by the relevant date.
Contact the Electoral Registration Officer at: South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4UQ

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

King's Arms at Burton in Kendal wins national competition!

Press Release: 22 March 2016


A CUMBRIAN pub has scooped top prize in Heinz’s Heartwarming Heroes competition – and has pledged to turn hundreds of children into life-saving heroes with the prize money.

The Kings Arms, in Burton-in-Kendal, won first place in the national competition, which was searching for pubs and restaurants that go the extra mile.

Winners Ann and Neil France, Licensees of the Thwaites pub, will receive £10,000 prize money as well as £10,000 towards a community event.

Ann said: “We couldn’t believe it when we were told we had won. Neil read out the email to me and I thought he was joking but we’re absolutely thrilled with the news. It’s a great honour for the pub and it will be great for the village.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from everyone and would like to thank all those involved.”

Ann and Neil are planning to spend the prize money on a community first aid day for the local primary school, teaching youngsters, their parents and teachers valuable life-saving skills. The day will include demonstrations, practical advice and take away materials to help keep the whole community safe. They are currently contacting local organisations that may be interested in supporting the event, including the Air Ambulance and Community First Responders.

The Kings Arms is a former coaching inn dating back to 1753, and listed as a stop off on the John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle route, as well as the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk. As a result, it is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists and recently expanded, converting a barn into seven luxury bedrooms, which gives them 13 ensuite letting rooms in total.

Ann and Neil have been at the helm for seven years, and have run pubs across the country for the last 37 years. They are at the heart of village life in Burton-in-Kendal, hosting two major annual events, the Daffodil Show and Onion Show, which raise thousands of pounds for local good causes. They have turned the rear of their car park into allotments for local growers and support the local school sports day.

News that they had been named top community pub in the Heinz competition came as no surprise to Andrew Buchanan, Daniel Thwaites’ Director of Pub Operations, who said: “Ann and Neil have high standards in place and take pride in the pub as well as making a valuable contribution to the local community. Whenever I speak to them they are always at the heart of activity taking place in Burton-in-Kendal and willing to get involved in anything that brings the community together.

“Their friendly approach makes the King’s Arms welcoming for both locals and visitors alike and they deserve every success.”

Monday, 21 March 2016


South Lakeland District Council NOTICE OF ELECTION

to be held on
Thursday, 5 May 2016


1. An election is to be held of Parish Councillors for each of the Parishes or Parish Wards as indicated in the Schedule below.

2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4UQ, on any day after the date of this Notice, on Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays) but no later than 4pm on THURSDAY, 7 APRIL 2016.

3. Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer at the same address, during the times stated above, or from the person named in the Schedule below, who will, at the request of any elector for the electoral area, prepare a Nomination Paper for signature.

4. If any election is contested, the poll will take place on THURSDAY, 5 MAY 2016.

5. Electors should take note that:
  •  applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4UQ, by MONDAY, 18 APRIL 2016
  •  applications for new postal votes or applications to change or cancel an existing postal or proxy vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on TUESDAY, 19 APRIL 2016
  •  applications for new proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on TUESDAY, 26 APRIL 2016.
6. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on polling day, 5 May 2016. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on 26 April 2016. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on 26 April 2016.

Dated: Friday, 18 March 2016 
Returning Officer
South Lakeland House
Lowther Street
Kendal LA9 4UQ

Parish Ward (if applicable) 
No. of Councillors to be elected 9
Person from whom Nomination Papers can be obtained 
Ms C. Davidson, 2 The Square West, Burton-in-Kendal, Carnforth, Lancs. LA6 1LX

Cumbria Police campaign against Child Sexual Exploitation

Cumbria Constabulary is committed to preventing child sexual exploitation, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice. It is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere - regardless of their social or ethnic background.

It involves offenders grooming young people and using their power to sexually abuse them. It can take many forms, whether it occurs through a seemingly 'consensual' relationship with an older boyfriend, or a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, alcohol or cigarettes.

Sexual exploitation is child abuse and, although they may not realise it, it puts the young victim at huge risk of damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health.

Many young people who are being abused do not realise they are at risk and will not call for help. They may see themselves as willing participants when in fact their behaviour is anything but consenting. And, while there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation, there are warning signs in children's behaviour that may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what you're looking for, you can take steps to help them.

Read more and how to help keep our young people safe:

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation can contact Cumbria Police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

Notice from the Parish Council

It has come to the Council's attention that horse manure is being dumped beside the roads at many different locations in the parish. As fly tipping, it is a criminal offence under the terms of The Clean
Neighbourhood and Environment Act. This unsightly and noxious mess is now attracting other forms of fly tipping.The council asks residents to be watchful and if the offender is seen carrying out this offence that the vehicle registration is taken and reported to the Police (call 101) or South Lakeland District Council (01539 733333) so appropriate action can be taken.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Annual Burton Daffodil Show - List of Auction Promises

2016 Daffodil Show List of Auction Promises

1. Side of home smoked salmon. Neil Shaw
2. 75 + mixed vegetable plants plus 12 strawberry plants. Amy and Jessica Graham
3. Mixed Greek Basket. Gill and Akis
4. Afternoon’s guided trout fishing inc supper. Carl Jackson
5. Selection of home made jam and chutney. Rachel Graham
6. Haunch of Venison. Jeff Nichols
7. Afternoon’s pigeon shooting inc 50 cartridges and supper in the King's. Callum Graham
8. 30 cupcakes or a kids birthday cake. Ruth Shaw
9. 12 mixed Dahlia Tubers from Ed Hindson/Jack Gott stock. Callum Graham
10. Cake a month for 6 months. Group leaders
11. Slate place mats. Carl Jackson
12. 10lb of free range pork sausage. Shagram meats
13. Chris Kirkham’s home made cheese and onion pie. Chris Kirkham
14. 7 x 4ft load of seasoned firewood. BPW “Firewood”
15. Molly’s Marmalade. Molly Long

Plus many more lots on the day.

2016 Daffodil Show Easter Sunday 27th March, at the King's Arms Hotel, Main Street, Burton
Entries must be in between 10.30 am - 12 noon. Auction and sale starts 1.30 pm.

In aid of Burton's Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Family Easter Bingo 18th March at BMH

Burton Children's Sports Committee presents:

A Family Easter Bingo on Friday 18th March at the Burton Memorial Hall, doors open 6:30pm eyes down 7:30pm.

Your compere without compare, Julian "one little duck" Rowley will be calling the numbers.

Licensed bar serving beers and wine. Hot sausage buns will be served along with tea, coffee and cakes.

Raffle and cash flyer. Kids Easter colouring competition to be judged on the night, colouring sheets will be available in school and at pre-school soon.

Would be nice too see lots of family's support this event as all proceeds go towards the children's events that are put on during the course of the year.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Weather for astronomers

Today we have added a new panel below this one, which gives information about weather and visibility from a website called Clear Outside. The difference being that this one is aimed at astronomers.

The info covers all aspects of the weather that is of interest to stargazers and those who enjoy taking photos of the skies at night, but will also prove useful to others who want specific and accurate (well as accurate as we can hope for!) information about the weather.

So whether it is cloud cover, rain or frost our new panel will keep you informed.

As a bonus if you go to the Clear Outside website and see the info there it will also tell you if the International Space Station is due for a pass overhead - how neat is that?!

Now you have no excuse for not knowing when you can take pics of the moon or those meteor showers or other sky objects. :)

The full moon over Burton on Xmas Eve 2015, photo © Anne Nichols 2015

Monday, 8 February 2016

Library van dies, library book drop begins

The nearest library to our village is 5 miles away, so Burton was visited weekly on a Monday for an hour by a mobile library van which parked in the memorial hall car park. It was very well-used, by many people from older people to mums with small kids, for all of whom it saved the hassle, time and expense of a trip on the bus or by car into the nearest library to borrow or order books.

Late last year the library van developed a fault which meant it was withdrawn from service - as a replacement would cost c.£100,000, according to county council, and as they are cutting back due to reduced grants etc. from govt., we faced having no library presence in the village.

For many years on the first Monday of the month a group of volunteers have been running a library coffee morning at the same time as the van visited, and this raised funds to help with the village hall's upkeep. Loss of library van put the coffee morning at risk, so the volunteers got together and decided to approach the county council to ask if there could be a book drop at the hall instead of the library van. 

After several meetings with the county library service to hash out the details there is now a book drop service to replace the library van. A large folding bookcase is stored in the village hall into which the library service will drop off 200 books every so often and take the old batch away, and the volunteers run this village library on the first and third Mondays each month, with the option to increase to every Monday if demand justifies it.

It's still a very new service, but is worth trying to keep access to books going within the village. What would be even better would be if the county council could be persuaded to allow the village hall to be a library link, which would require the use of a computer terminal to access the online services which are only available in libraries and library links, e.g. reference and genealogy resources. But at least for now the books are accessible easily still.