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Appleby Horse Fair Community Drop-in Event

Appleby Horse Fair 2015 Credit: PA

An event will be held where local residents in South Lakeland can learn more about arrangements for this year's Appleby Horse Fair, and share any concerns or ideas.

The fair will be running from the 8th to the 14th of June and attracts up to 40,000 visitors.

The pre-fair drop-in meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th of May, at Barbon Village Hall from 4-6pm.

South Lakeland District Council say they will work with local authorities and to manage the migration of Travellers to and from the fair. Temporary stopping point sites will also be organised for traditional and motorised caravans.

The temporary stopping points will be available from Tuesday 30th May to Thursday 8th June and Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June at:

  • Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Middleton Common, near Sedbergh
  • Rawthey Bridge, Cautley, near Sedbergh
  • Scrogg Bank, Sedbergh

Through our arrangements leading up to, during and after the fair we want to ensure the movement of Gypsies and Travellers through the district is safe and enjoyable for everyone and to reduce the impact on the environment.

– John Barwise, SLDC’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

Anyone who cannot make the drop-in meeting but would like to raise any issues can contact SLDC’s streetcare team by emailing: or calling 01539 733333.


Infant airlifted to hospital with head injury

The Great North Air Ambulance. Credit: GNAAS

An infant was airlifted to hospital with a head injury, after a fall in Appleby.

The incident happened at about 10:30am on Saturday 18 February.

A team from the Great North Air Ambulance assessed and treated the 18-month-old boy, before flying him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary within 18 minutes.

It was later found that he had sustained only minor injuries.

Incident with WW2 bomb over in Appleby

World War II explosive has been recovered after police in Appleby cordoned off part of the town.

The public in the Bongate area have been told there is no risk of any danger and an earlier cordon has been removed.

A bomb disposal team from Catterick attended, assessed the situation and have taken the ordnance device away. Police would like to thank the public for their co-operation and patience.

Cordon in place as potential explosives found in Appleby

Map of area affected by investigations into unexploded Ordnance Credit: Cumbria Police

A 400m cordon is in place in Appleby after what's believed to be an explosive was discovered on Bongate early this afternoon (12th Aug)

Police have released the following information and they are asking people in some areas close to where the explosive was found to stay indoors and close doors and windows:

"Police can confirm that they are continuing to work with partners agencies and the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) to assess the piece of Ordnance found at Bongate, Appleby found early this afternoon.

A 400m cordon has been put in place as a precautionary measure, whilst the assessment continues. This is within the pink circle on the map.

Police and partner agencies are advising that those within the 400m of Bongate, Appleby are being asked to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed.

Members of the public are being asked to continue to avoid the area."


Police concern for missing 25-year-old

Dean Fargher Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing 25-year-old man from the Appleby area.

Dean Fargher was last seen at Penrith Train Station and may have boarded a train to Liverpool on 21 July at approximately 8:48am.

He's described as white, 5ft 10, of medium build, with short curly brown hair and was last seen wearing a black shirt, grey shorts and grey Adidas trainers. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​Police are concerned for his welfare and appeal to anyone who has seen him to call them on 101.

Future of flood-hit care home in spotlight

The care home's future is in the spotlight. Credit: PA

The future of a care home, which has been closed since December's floods, will be discussed at a public consultation beginning today.

Residents from Edenside in Appleby have launched a campaign to return to the home, but ultimately Cumbria County Council will decide whether to re-open or permanently close it.

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