BWF Chair Update & Survey Link

Never have I walked through Windermere and Bowness and seen it how it is at the moment, especially in the amazing sunshine we are enjoying. I miss the hustle and the bustle of our vibrant towns but like you, I know this is for the best right now. On the plus side, I am enjoying a slightly slower pace of life, especially spending more time with my family. I hope you are managing to find some moments of calm and positivity too.

Given the amount and volume of information around, each week we will be summarising and sharing the salient points and support about Coronavirus that are most relevant to our area. We will also be sharing our quarterly newsletter with you next month, if you’d like to add something please just drop me a line with any words and pictures by 8th May.

Finally we are also looking for input and ideas on how we can support each other in the recovery period. Recovery may seem a long way away (and it may well be) but it’s better if we can work together to create projects that local businesses and people will want and need on the other side. Bear in mind that it is likely that large scale events will not be possible for some time (even Ambleside have sadly already announced the cancellation of their Christmas Lantern Parade). When the time is right we know there will be a big resurgence of visitors to the area but still think there are opportunities for us to work together to enhance the visitor experience on their return, attract new visitors, and of course provide interest and enjoyment for local residents too!


All the latest information, links and advice is below. Feel free to share the information and surveys with others in your networks and industries, so we can keep building upon the real impact of Coronavirus on our area. If you know of any other surveys being undertaken, please do let us know so we can share these too.

Please note that my ‘day business’ Flock have also organised a freenetworking event on 13 May which features Tim Farron MP, Dan Visser, Vice Chair, Cumbria Tourism and Jo Lappin, CEO, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP). You can find out more and register your free space here.

Before I sign off, a moment for our Project Co-ordinator, Helen Moriarty, who like so many is working tirelessly behind the scenes so that we can bring you these updates. She is signposting businesses wherever she can and attending meetings for our towns via Zoom. If you need her assistance, you can email her here . Thank you Helen for your continued hard work.

We will be back in touch next week.

All the very best,

Sophia Newton

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