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Good News for our Hospital
Not only has a big campaign in July saved the Maternity Unit from possible closure...but On Monday 29 July 2019 the new breast, cardiology and vascular units at West Cumberland Hospital was officially opened. The units have been open to patients since May 2019 and are part of the ongoing redevelopment work at the hospital. The Think Pink fundraising group attended who have been raising funds for the breast department at WCH for over 10 years in memory of their relative and friend, Karen Ritson. Louise Bell from Think Pink revealed that the group has raised £83,600 to date which has enabled the department to purchase an ultrasound machine in 2016 and a tomosynthesis/3D mammography machine earlier this year. The group hosts an annual ‘chick flick’ fundraising event during breast cancer awareness month in October and this year they are hosting a ‘Greatest Showman’ night on 5 October (further information is available via their Facebook page). The opening of the three units marks the completion of phase 1b of the extensive redevelopment work taking place at West Cumberland Hospital. The £90m phase 1 was completed in October 2015 with the opening of the new hospital building.
New undersea coal mine plans Approved
New Marina Video
Whitehaven and the Virginian Tobacco Trade
Read about Whitehaven's role as the tobacco trading hub for Europe & the links with the early US colonies.
Latest against Nuke Dump under Ennerdale
October 2018: A group of 19 environmental charities have co-written a letter to the government department, BEIS, demanding that they exclude the Lake District National Parks and other designated areas, such as AONBs, from the search for a site to bury the nation's nuclear waste. . Find out more...
Spot the Mineshaft near you!
An interactive map shows the many mine shafts that pepper the area around Whitehaven and Cleator Moor. This information has been extracted from the national coal mining database, held and maintained by the Coal Authority. Go to the interactive map....
And see more on the area's mining...
Heritage Group Memories
A new booklet by Margaret Crosby "A Passion for Whitehaven" outlines the work of the Heritage Action Group, including funding this 2013 mural showing the town's connection to Gulliver's Travels and Jonathan Swift. The book is an ideal Christmas pressy from Michael Moon's bookshop.
Haunting pictures before 2017 demolition show 'ghost' nightclub ...The Park
How one of the mutineers on the Bounty escaped the hangman's noose....Read on
Breezy Day at Whitehaven! (December 5 2013)
Whitehaven as she was
Fascinating detail in this reproduction from a Gazetteer from 1847....
Cumbria's Slavery Connections
ONE of the first times a black slave was permitted to share a white persons burial plot in England happened in Whitehaven in 1700. And the Whitehaven burial in St Nicholas churchyard, of the slave called Jane, was in defiance of the then law stating that no African could be buried in a churchyard. The burial was that of the slave servant of Mildred Gale, grandmother of the first US president, George Washington. More.....
Setting Sail out of Whitehaven
Before the days of SatNav Whitehaven seamen set out at the mercy of the winds and tides from Whitehaven....many of the ships and their skippers are recorded in this web archive...
How the Queen Mum helped keep rare Slave Goblet in Whitehaven
Find out how Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002 made the anonymous gift...
Steam at Lowca
Atmospheric video on
the footplate of steam shunter working at Lowca....you
can almost smell the steam and coal dust!
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Memories of the 2005 Maritime Festival
Queen's Visit 2008
On June 5 2008 Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were cheered by around 10,000 wellwishers along the harbourside. The event marked the 300th anniversary of the grant of the Royal charter for the harbour.
See the actual Royal document in which Queen Anne granted Whitehaven her harbour.
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