The Old Courthouse

and Exhibit 'A' Gallery

are OPEN!

Opening Hours

Monday 10am to 1pm

Friday 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 10am - 12pm

The Exhibit 'A' Gallery is 

open with cards and

gifts on sale.

The Library Link is open

for borrowing and

returning books.

We continue to follow

all Government/NHS

Covid-19 guidelines.

Social distancing measures are in place and face coverings must be worn.

An evening of spoken word and poetry with poet John Hegley


This well loved building at the heart of the community is beginning a new era in its long and varied history.

As a community building it offers a warm welcome to everyone.

Please visit us to see what we have on offer!

We are home to a Cumbria County Council Library Link, Shap Pre-School Playgroup and provide a Visitor Information Point for Eden District Tourism.  We are working hard to bring other services to the community.  We have a variety of rooms available for hire.

We host art exhibitions in The Exhibit 'A' Gallery and have space available for other displays and events. The building has WiFi access, computers and also printing/photocopying facilities.  A growing number of groups meet here regularly – check out the information on this website, we hope you will find it interesting and helpful.

The building is owned and managed by a community charity: Shap Community CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) Charity No. 1160966

Welcome to The Old Courthouse, Shap.


Library Link - Will be reopening Monday 12th April  (subject to government guidelines). 

Opening hours will be Monday 10am - 1pm.  Friday 2 - 5pm,  Saturday 10am - midday.  Use of the Library will be subject to all the usual facemask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing measures.

Changes -  CCC Library Service may not be able to provide support visits on Fridays and you will not be able to make Book Requests but they are hoping to make arrangements for a Click and Collect system to operate. You are requested not to scan any returned books but to deposit them straight into the Book Drop Box provided.  Then use hand sanitiser before choosing new books.

Returned books will be re-shelved after appropriate resting time.  The self-service machine will be in operation to allow you to record books taken out.


Gallery -  we hope that as you use the Library Link facility you will appreciate the artwork on display in the gallery.    Cards and gifts are on sale.


Highlighting Eden – thank you to all who got involved with some of the Highlighting Eden events leading up to the Spring Solstice.  Some created 'Windows' and Lanterns to celebrate the arrival of spring.  We hope that lots of you saw the artwork that Shap artist, Suzanne Stuart Davies placed in the community. Perhaps some pieces will be on display at The Old Courthouse.


Events – although we haven’t been able to hold events at The Old Courthouse in this latest lockdown we have held several Zoom events organized with

Wordsworth Grasmere that have provided enjoyment. Poet, John Hegley took part in our ‘Roots and Routes, Stones & Stories’ evening on 11th March.   On 15th March Jeff Cowton, curator of Wordsworth Grasmere gave an interesting virtual tour showcasing objects, manuscripts and artwork that illustrated the lives and relationships of William and Dorothy Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  The OC Writing Group continue to meet monthly on Saturday mornings via Zoom. If you would like to take part email s.allen@wordsworth.org.uk or janet@theoldcourthouse.org for information.


Monthly Market – The Old Courthouse are keen to encourage opportunities for local artisans and we are collaborating with Shap Parish Council regarding the holding of a market on the fourth Saturday of the month.  There will only be food stalls present outside the Memorial Hall on 24th April but by 22nd May we should have a good variety of art and craft stalls both indoors and outdoors at The OC.

Volunteers – The last year has certainly caused many people to reconsider what they do and maybe how they can become more involved in their local community.   We have lots of ideas for developing The Old Courthouse and the site at the rear further.  We can only take things forward if more people are prepared to be involved.  If you would like to find out more just send an email with a note of your particular interest and skills set to janet@theoldcourthouse.org – we would love to hear from you.

Due to the government and

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT

guidelines re Covid -19

baby clinics are cancelled until further notice


Please contact

the Health Visitors

tel. 017683 54964

or 01768 245615

if you have any queries



Due to the government and North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT

guidelines re Covid -19 baby clinics are cancelled until further notice

Please contact the Health Visitor tel.  if you have any queries.



Some photographs

sent to us as people

took their local walks

around the village

during the past few


Online Gallery

Lockdown Drawings

Suzanne Stuart Davies

Barbara & Catherine Wallis

Visit our

Poetry Wall

and read some of the fantastic poems that have been submitted by local people.


Gardening Group

July 2020

To view the newsletter,

Latest news from the Library.

The Library Edit

The latest newsletter from Cumbria County Council,