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Government's £150 rebate scheme

Eligible households across Allerdale will begin to receive their £150 energy cost council tax rebate from today (Thursday 12 May). 
More than 40,000 households will receive a one-off payment, with the first batch of payments for those in council tax bands A to D who pay for their council tax via direct debit.
There are some households whose Direct Debit details have not been verified and these will follow on as soon as possible. Households who don’t pay by direct debit will receive letters containing information on how they can collect the rebate from their local post office in the coming weeks. 

Find out more about the rebate scheme.

Get a Taste of Wigton this weekend!

Luke Stamper

Luke Stamper

Posted on 20 April 2022

The first Taste Cumbria festival of the year takes place in Wigton this Saturday, 23 April.

It has everything you would expect from the county’s best food festivals – Producers’ Market, chef demos, live music, hot food, cold drinks and a few new additions for 2022.

This year Taste of Wigton will feature Taste Cumbria’s first Cake Off competition with entries accepted up until 2pm on the day. The judge of this blind tasting contest is Fell Foodie, aka Harrison Ward. He’s famed for merging his love of cooking with his passion for the mountains, as well as sharing the importance of spending time outdoors for physical and mental wellbeing. 

Fell Foodie will also be showing off his cooking skills on the demo stage at noon and 2.30pm. Joining him for the demonstrations will be Victor Nwosu from Wiga Wagga award-winning chilli products, and Wigton’s own John Crouch who is a lover of spices and fusion cookery.

In between demos, there will be live music on the festival stage, with the chance to sit in the picnic area with some tasty food and drink.

Also new for 2022 is the Entrepreneurs’ Market which will see young producers who are just starting out showcasing cakes, candles and more.

There will be loads of family activities too, including treasure hunts and a children's activity village with the Rainbow Wishes Foundation in the Market Hall. 

There will also be a free talk with Wigton-based author and photographer Trevor Grahamslaw. This takes place in Cornerstone Methodist Church on High Street from 5.30pm.

The festival starts at 10am on Saturday and finishes at 5pm, before Trevor’s talk. Water Street car park is closed from 3pm on Friday to allow the event team to set up.

For all the details and timings of the event, visit

Taste Cumbria Wigton will be followed by Taste Cumbria in Maryport on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, then the flagship festival, Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September. The year will end with Taste Cumbria Christmas on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, also in Cockermouth.