Leven Valley CE Primary School

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2nd June 20
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Our local community...


We are fortunate to be just one part of a vibrant and thriving local community and enjoy links with a wide range of other organisations and groups. Here is a little bit about each of these and how you can find out more.


Post Office


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Open times:

Monday 8.45 - 11.45am

Wednesday 8.45 - 11.45am

Thursday 8.45 - 11.45am

The Leven Valley Post Office is based in our Outback Hall, offering all the usual Post Office services including letters, parcels, vehicle tax, cash withdrawals and passport services. 


St Anne's Church


Our local parish church in Haverthwaite, we have strong links with St Anne's through shared services and events during the year, aswell as regular visits to school by the vicar. To find out more about services and activities associated with the church click here or 'phone 015395 31476. St Anne's is one of three churches that together make up the Leven Valley Benefice, more about these parishes can be found here.


Penny Bridge Nursery


This is our local pre-school setting, based at Penny Bridge CE Primary School in the neighbouring village of Penny Bridge/Greenodd. A number of children who start at Leven Valley in reception each year have attended here and we work closely together to ensure there is the best possible transition to primary school. For more information please contact the pre-school on 01229 861777 or visit their website.


Beavers, Cubs & Scouts


 All groups meet at the Haverthwaite Community Centre.    

Scouts (10½yrs to 14yrs) meet on Tuesday 6pm - 7.30pm

Contact: Chris Binks on 07919 674960 or email: levenvalleyscouttroop@gmail.com

Scouts also use a website calendar for their activities - http://getbinks.co.uk/scouts/index.php

Beavers (6yrs to 8yrs) meet on Wednesday 5pm - 6pm 

Contact for Beavers is Marguerite Calvert on 01229 885498 or email:  marguerite_calve@hotmail.com

Cubs (8½yrs to 10yrs) also meet on Wednesdays 6.15pm - 7.30pm

Contact for Cubs is Lucy Stanway on 07990 511123 or email: levenvalleycubs@googlemail.com

If anyone is interested in being an occasional helper or leader please can they either pop along to a meeting at the times shown or get in touch with Damian King, Group Scout Leader by phoning 07920 156471 or email:gsl.levenvalleyscouts@gmail.com


Cartmel Community Education Centre


This is our nearest adult education centre, based at Cartmel Priory School, they offer a wide range of courses throughout the year, at a variety of different venues in the the local area. So if you're interested in learning a new skill or perhaps reviving an old one, click here to see what's on offer. Alternatively, contact Jude Godden at  adulted@cartmelpriory.cumbria.sch.uk or 'phone 015395 36323. The office is open 9.30 -12.30pm Monday to Friday during term time, but if you leave them a message they'll get back to you.


Brow Edge Foundation


The Brow Edge Foundation is a charity (526716) which helps students in the parish of Haverthwaite, including Backbarrow, who are attending courses at university, or college, in pursuit of a trade, or apprenticeships.  

This registered charity dates from 27th October 1927.  Some residents of the parish may recall the time when Brow Edge School existed, pre-building of Leven Valley School, and the Foundation came into being in that era   The remit of the Foundation also allows donations to specific projects at Leven Valley School at Backbarrow.    Over the years the declared policy of the Foundation has had to be updated, as original drafts placed great emphasis on help to the poorer classes of the parish, for example.  The current declaration has now been amended to serve virtually all who qualify, but all applications must come from students who are resident in Haverthwaite Parish only, attending specific courses which come under the mandate of the Governors, although attendances at Sixth form colleges do not qualify. 

Publicity for grant applications is issued in the Summer months via the Parish Magazine and Sue Almond, the current Clerk to the Governors, will issue forms to those interested parties, which must be returned by 21st October, and accompanied by proof of acceptance and attendance on the respective courses.   

Income for the Foundation is via the letting of land at High Brow Edge, including shooting rights, and Cartmel Old Grammar School Foundation which makes an annual transfer to Brow Edge.  

Five Governor/Trustees administer the funds. Two are appointed by the Haverthwaite Parish Council, one by Cumbria County Council, and two are co-opted.  The Governors generally meet twice a year and make annual returns to the Charity Commissioners, as well as the issues of grants to successful applicants. 

When local students are aware of their placings at university or college in Autumn each year they may wish to apply for a grant from the Foundation by downloading and completing the appropriate form below or contacting S. Almond, Nuns Cottage, Haverthwaite, LA12 8AG. Email:  susanalmond@sky.com.

Oxen Park Cinema Club


The Oxen Park Cinema Club (OPCC) brings the enjoyment of film to the rural communities of Colton and surrounding parishes. It began in early 2002 and is run through a committee of local residents who meet at once a month. OPCC is a member of the British Federation of Film Societies. During the autumn and spring terms OPCC comes to Leven Valley School to show a number films for children and families, these are usually shown after school.


Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway


Image result for lakeside haverthwaite railwayOur local steam railway that runs past school! Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are always very supportive of school events and special activities from a WW2 Evacuation Day to sending us on our way on our outdoor education residential to generous raffle prizes. They do discounts for locals too! 


Lakeland Orienteering Club


The Lakeland Orienteering Club is our local orienteering club. Each year they organise a series of Schools Orienteering events at a variety of venues, these are well supported by lots of neighbouring schools and thoroughly enjoyed by the children. LOC members also provide maps and instruction for schools and after-school clubs. Check out their website to find out more about other events and training sessions.


Rusland Horizons

Image result for rusland horizonsThe Rusland Valley & Fells Heritage Partnership ('The Partnership') was set up in 2010 with a special interest in the working woodland landscapes of a significant part of South Lakeland. The main challenge for the Partnership has been to raise funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), specifically within the Landscape Partnership Scheme, to carry out the work we want to do.
The Partnership submitted a bid in May 2013 (Rusland Horizons: working a Lakeland Landscape):
  • Rusland because the Rusland Valley forms the central focus of the programme area;
  • Horizons because we are looking outwards to other areas of South Lakeland, and we are looking backwards to learn from the past, and forward to help provide for the future .
Their website, click here, gives some details of the aims of the programme, its component projects, the geographical area and the people who are doing the work. For most recent updates visit their Facebook page