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Ann Rowbotham

The Village Society is able to pursue its goals because of a generous bequest which was made by local resident Ann Rowbotham.  Ann was born on 13 May 1916 and was the only child of Margaret H. (nee Wrench) and Basil Rowbotham, a bank manager in Southport,  who lived at Laburnum Cottage, Barn Garth.  Ann spent most of her working life as  PA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She never married and retired in the area, living in Charney Road, Grange where she looked after her mother while holding part time positions at Holker and the Netherwood hotel.  Ann died on the 2nd of December 2008 and is buried in the Cartmel cemetery in the same plot as her parents.  Apart from the CVS, Ann left bequests to the Cartmel Priory and the National Trust.

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Membership of the Village Society is free and we always welcome new members. By joining you will have the opportunity to participate in our activities while also receiving updates on matters of local interest. Simply email us at or call a member of the committee.

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Events in Cartmel
activities and events

In addition to the digital history project, the Village Society also supports a number of other good local causes including the Township Initiative, the Primary and Priory Schools, Cartmel in Bloom, and Cartmel AFC. Planning applications are monitored and the opinions of members canvassed in potentially sensitive cases.


Cartmel Priory was founded


Race days at Cartmel Racecourse


Cumbria in Bloom awards


Independent businesses


What is CARTNET?  CARTNET is being established to coordinate local support for residents of Cartmel and its outlying areas during the Covid-19 pandemic and as a means of us all keeping in touch.  We’ve divided the village into small areas, each of which will have someone to be a point of contact who we’re calling a Focal Point (FP). This will almost certainly be a neighbour or someone you already know.

CARTNET is entirely optional but aims to keep us all informed about what’s happening in the village as regards medical issues, shopping and other important matters.  We’ll do this through this website (the website will be continually updated), emails, telephone and, for people without internet access, with printed newsletters.  Any face to face contact will fully adhere to self-distancing restrictions and we’ll avoid any physical contact except in emergencies or other special circumstances.

CARTNET will be able to provide assistance for residents who are self-isolating or self-distancing.  It will have links with the Surgery and local traders and will be able to advise on ordering and deliveries.

This website will be continually updated please visit regularly for further information.