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Whitehaven Solway (Civic) Hall
(Revived in 2015) Lowther Street
Whitehaven CA28 7SH
Contact: 07730175956/07920163092 or 01946690970
Email: thesolwayhall@hotmail.com

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The most important man on the job, the brakesman

Undersea coal mine plans Approved Again

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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 in Whitehaven

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 their dreams.

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

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A petition has been set up to question a county council decision which will see a London-based charity take over from Copeland’s 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 petition website

Muslim Exhibition

The Discover 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
Whitehaven and the Virginian Tobacco Trade

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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!mineshafts map
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...

Haunting pictures before 2017 demolition show 'ghost' nightclub ...The Park

Park 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.

Whitehaven's Mutineer...
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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
in 1847...
Fascinating detail in this reproduction from a Gazetteer from 1847....
William Pit

Cumbria's Slavery Connections

ONE of the first times a black slave was permitted to share a white person’s 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
sail ship
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!

Whitehaven's Mutineer
How a Whitehaven seaman was involved in the famous Mutiny on the Bounty..find out more.

Take a guided walk around the town .....

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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Old Harbourside Scene
Harbour office from old postcard, Courtesy of Serge

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Low Level Jet through the Lakes
flight video link
Try this video from the cockpit of a Typhoon over Wales and the Lake District...