Despite middle class climate change protesters (2019) the County Council
has endorsed plans for a coal mine at Whitehaven.
Pictured is an offshore drilling platform drilling to test for layers
of coking coal off St Bees Head.
West Cumbria Mining hope to start the extraction of coking coal off the
coast of St Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at
Kells. Coal would be treated at a processing plant using around a third
of the former Marchon site and covered by a dome, before being transferred
to a train loading facility on a siding built by WCM
south of the new Mirehouse train station. County Council planning panel
voted to approve the plans on Tuesday, March 10 2019 .
See also the history of mining
New Safe Centre for Women out West
Opening of the Women Out West (WOW)
centre at Unit 4, Haig Enterprise Park, Whitehaven on Monday 4 November
10am. The Women's Centre tailors specific services around the needs of the
women of Allerdale and Copeland and its vision is to give every West Cumbrian
woman the support, tools and opportunities they need to thrive and achieve
Mayor gets a Trip to China
Mayor Mike Starkie was in the group visiting China over new links to
St Bees School.
St Bees School has opened a primary school in Shijiazhuang in the Hebei
Province and a high school in Dongguan in the Guangdong Province – both
of which will take the iconic ‘St Bees’ name. By opening the new schools
in China, St Bees and its Hong Kong-based managers the Full Circle Education
Group say they can pioneer a ‘fusion curriculum’, offering a free-flow
of learning which gives St Bees and Chinese-based students the option
to exchange schools for parts of their education, allowing them to explore
a different culture and experience. The curriculums will run in parallel
so allow for a seamless transition. St
Bees school site
Uncertainty for Howgill Centre
A petition has been set up to question a county council decision which
will see a London-based charity take over from Copelands Howgill
Family Centre to provide child and family support services. Cumbria County
council chiefs have awarded the contract for family services to national
charity Family Action, but the decision has been called in
amid concerns. See
Islam exhibition will be making its way to Whitehaven on Saturday 9th
November 2019, 11:00-16:00 at the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project. This
will be a really exciting opportunity to learn more about Islam through
exploring a dynamic travelling exhibition. There will be plenty of literature
to read on the day as well as to take away with you. People will be on hand
to answer your questions and there will be optional tours of the local Muslim
prayer room in Whitehaven.
New Marina Video
and the Virginian Tobacco Trade
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
Spot the Mineshaft
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
to the interactive map....
And see more on the area's
Haunting pictures before 2017 demolition show 'ghost' nightclub
Now in 2017 demolished, what was previously the town's swimming pool,
then became a nightclub, known to many from past decades as The Park.
Featured in the Daily
Mirror this picture of the sad interior remains of the Park
nightclub. Pic by Dave Wilson.
How one of the mutineers on the Bounty escaped the hangman's noose....Read
at Whitehaven! (December 5 2013)
Whitehaven as she was
Fascinating detail in
this reproduction from a Gazetteer from 1847....
Cumbria's Slavery Connections
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.....