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Here it is - an early heads up....Mother’s day this year is March 26th. Wishing all the mums in the area a very happy one.


Ulverston Station


The fight to save Ulverston’s Post Office continues


A Tribute to Geoff Dellow


Volunteering at the Coro

Inspirational Women from across the area appear in our special feature this issue with representatives from all walks of life. No doubt there are many more inspirational women in our area, almost certainly all the mothers! Next month, we’ll be switching our attention on to inspirational young entrepreneurs. So if you, or someone you know in the area (under 30) has a story to share, then why not grab this opportunity for a bit of free PR and the chance to possibly inspire other young people. Get in touch before our next deadline on 10th March. DELIVERERS WANTED This month we begin our search for some very special individuals - namely deliverers for this paper. One of the most important benefits of this paper is delivery to 100% of homes in Ulverston and Dalton. That will continue but from mid April we want to deliver the paper ourselves. This will mean that the paper gets out much faster after the deadline day. Currently there is almost 3 weeks between deadline day and delivery. With the right team in place we can cut that time in half. A second benefit of running our own delivery is that it gives us the ability to include leaflets for local events and businesses, which we have been asked for numerous times. Ideally our new deliverers would be able to deliver at least 500 copies of this paper plus any leaflets within 5 days of the papers coming back from the printer. Reliability is of course paramount, and the job is for over 18s only. We’ll agree a round with you that is near your house and then it’s up to you to ensure you can be there every month as the paper comes out, and guarantee to deliver to every letterbox on your round. Payment is variable as it depends how many leaflets there are. If you wish to find out more please get in touch. If we get the delivery team in place we’ll be starting with our own delivery in issue 12 which would be around 20th April, and monthly thereafter. The next issue will come out two weeks before the Easter weekend and looks set to be a busy one. Please send your contributions in by 10th of March. We will be focusing in particular on all manner of Easter activities, dining out, refreshing the home and garden and outdoor activities . Thank you very much to Kerstin, Sarah, Helen, Pip, Dave and James and all the local contributors in this issue.


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Have you time to ‘Help our Heroes’?

The military charity ‘Help for Heroes’ is looking for volunteers to support their work with wounded, injured and sick personnel, veterans and their families. There are many people in Furness that have either served in the Army, RAF or Navy or have family members who do, and Help for Heroes are looking for local people that can offer their time or expertise. Edith Walker from Dalton in Furness began volunteering after Help for Heroes supported her son Charlie who contracted meningitis whilst serving in the armed forces. The illness resulted in a double below the knee amputation, ending Charlie’s military career. A chance introduction to Paralympic sports at Stoke Mandeville led to Charlie being able to continue with his love of sport and in London 2012, he represented his country as a member of the Sitting Volleyball team. He went on to win medals at the inaugural Invictus Games in London and again in Orlando last year. Edith said that they had supported Help for Heroes since it was set up in 2007 because of their family military connections – her husband Charles served with the Royal Signals for 25 years – but the Charity’s emphasis on Sports Recovery and the benefits

of this to Charlie made it all the more relevant and close to their heart and she was happy to be a local volunteer. “I responded to a request for help with a collection at the local supermarket and have become more involved since I retired,” she said. Edith continued “The public are always very generous and I meet so many interesting people who stop and tell me their stories. Lots of them, whatever their age, have Service connections and are either from Cumbria or have retired here so it would be good if a few became volunteers so that Help for Heroes can continue supporting local Forces personnel who are wounded, injured or sick.” Jackie Crozier, Help for Heroes Regional Manager in the North West, says volunteering need not be timeconsuming or onerous – people can do as much or as little as they like. “We know there are lots of families in Cumbria with military connections and they, above anyone, will appreciate how important it is that their loved ones are given the right support should they be wounded, injured or sick as a result of or during their Service career,” said Jackie. Volunteers can be called on to do all sorts of activities, from street collections and manning a merchandise stall to dressing as the Charity’s mascot Hero Bear or marshalling at a sporting event. If you are interested in being a Help for Heroes volunteer, contact Help for Heroes by phone 01980 840220 or email More details online at

Morecambe Bay Hospitals’ Trust The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in October. The Trust was given an overall rating of ‘good’, the second highest available, while the level of care provided by staff was given the top rating of ‘outstanding’. UHMBT runs the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, as well as the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Furness General Hospital. All of these were visited as part of the inspection. Tim Farron South Lakes MP said: “This is fantastic news, and is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of local NHS staff. Nobody wants to have to go to hospital, but it is massively reassuring for local people to know that if they do need to go they will receive the highest standards of care. “This rating is particularly welcome given where the Trust was just a few years ago, and the massive improvements that have been made. My sincere thanks and congratulations go to all the NHS staff at our local hospitals.”


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Not the End of the Line

Ulverston Station No-one would compare Ulverston station to edifices like St Pancras, and most people hop on and off the trains there without giving it much thought. Yet when many of the town’s architect-designed Victorian public buildings are passing into private ownership, the station endures, fulfilling the function for which it was built. It is often said that the present building is Ulverston’s third station, although if you were being pernickety you could say it was the fourth. By 1854 the Furness Railway Company had extended their line from Barrow to Ulverston, and they built a wooden passenger station. After this blew down in a gale on New Year’s Day 1855, they built a more handsome station with a passenger hall and ticket office and this is now the Mercedes Benz showroom. Meanwhile, the Ulverston and Lancaster Company were constructing their separate line from Ulverston to Carnforth, and when they opened for business in 1857, covered platforms for their passengers were built in a cutting below the Furness Railway station. In 1862 the Furness Railway took over the Ulverston and Lancaster Company, and in their boom time of the 1870’s they commissioned the Lancaster architects, Paley and Austin, to design a new station for Ulverston. The squared limestone building with its Italianate tower we see today is the result. After the opening of the lines from Plumpton to Lakeside in 1869 and through the ironworks to Conishead Priory in 1883, Ulverston was more than a stop on one line, and a 1910 postcard shows the sign proudly announcing ‘Ulverston Junction for Lakeside, Windermere and for Conishead Priory’. The postcard also shows that the station boasted Refreshments and separate waiting rooms, while another old photograph depicts the 16 station staff in front of signs for facilities such as Left Luggage and a Telegraph Service. This

heyday of the railways passed, and with the closure of the line to Conishead as early as 1916 and the final ending of trains to Lakeside in 1965, the station once more served only the line between Barrow and points south. Although it had escaped the bombing which destroyed Paley and Austin’s station in Barrow, the station building became somewhat underused. Buffers nightclub of fond memory (to some) has come and gone, yet the future might not be so bleak. The former men’s conveniences, perhaps originally a water tower with an iron tank inside, have been restored as the ‘Bikestation’ and other changes may be afoot. Northern Rail now has the franchise for all trains through Ulverston and backed by government investment is promising to improve its stations. There are rumours of a lift at Ulverston to improve the definitely sub-standard access to the island platform, and since Northern Rail says it wants to refurbish unused station buildings for community use, life may yet return to the station’s empty spaces. The renovation of the former Water Tower/Gents, now Bikestation by Caroline and Jonathan Clutterbuck, has given Ulverston station a new and quirky focal point as a cafe and bike hire point. Northern Rail was contacted for an update on planned works but has as yet not replied. Historical photos courtesy of the Memory Lane group

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Ulverston’s Changing Town Centre Now might be a time for imaginative people to think of new ways Ulverston townspeople can come together to maintain services and use town centre buildings. Ulverston BID (Business Improvement District) wants to hear the ideas of local businesses. Ulverston’s retail area certainly seems to be shrinking as former shops in Fountain Street, for example, are converted to flats or houses, and in only a decade shops and public houses have disappeared, victims of changing shopping and leisure habits. There are those who maintain that this change is inevitable. ParcelHero, which as a delivery firm has its own agenda, argues that home deliveries are ‘greener’ than individual car journeys to shops, and that high streets should have more homes and nighttime restaurants and places of entertainment to prevent them being ‘no go’ areas after 6 pm. However, another potential threat to Ulverston and similar towns is the loss of its identity as a centre for public life. The Jobcentre, Police Station, Town Hall and one major bank have closed, and the Post Office looks to go the same way. The worry is that as public space shrinks

and people are shut away in their houses shopping and interacting with officialdom online, the sense of civic responsibility and community spirit will be lost. This may be too gloomy a view. At the very least, online campaigns can be a ‘gateway’ for people to get more involved in the community. For example, Facebook is far more efficient than a town crier to let others know your dog is missing, and the response is always heartwarming. Ulverston has other factors going for it, with festivals bringing people together in the town centre, and the work of the BID group, which has already supported festivals and helped to fund a new marketing officer and the new Christmas lights among other activities. This year the BID aims to market Ulverston more effectively, to create a new website and to explore reduced fees for short-term parking and a loyalty scheme. Local businesses and organisations, contact Ulverston BID with your ideas on

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Concrete Plant update

An extension order has been signed to determine the application for the Concrete Plant at Lindal - for the 30th April 2017.

Premier Inn update

Nick Johnston, Acquisitions Manager at Premier Inn said: “Premier Inn is delighted to have appointed a contractor for the work on this site, which is planned to start in early March. We’re excited about opening a new 79-bedroom hotel next year, delivering 30 new jobs and £5million of investment to Ulverston.”

The Hoad - Sir John Barrow Monument

The Hoad - Sir John Barrow Monument in Ulverston will re-open for the season at Easter from Good Friday, 14th April over the Easter weekend and then open every Sunday from 1pm to 5pm (weather permitting) until the end of October.

The fight to save Ulverston’s Post Office continues



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MORE than 3,000 people have signed petitions to save Ulverston Post Office after managers refused to guarantee its future at a special meeting with Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock in the House of Commons. Mr Woodcock called on the whole town to sign the petition against closure after his meeting to raise local concerns about the proposal to close the existing crown post office in Ulverston and look for a local retailer to franchise the services to. Mr Woodcock was told that successfully franchising the service would mean that no services were lost, and that the Post Office ‘were not looking to close post offices’. However when he requested assurances that a failure to find a franchise partner would not result in total closure he

was told it was not possible to guarantee this. Mr Woodcock said: “Post office managers have been instructed by government to carry out this change programme even though the Crown offices they are targeting tend to be more profitable than the network overall.”

“The manager who came to the Commons to meet me was clear he was not authorised to give me the guarantee our community needs - that the full range of services will be available in Ulverston town centre come what may.”

“So I will take the case directly to the government minister responsible for the network. The more people we can get signing the petition against closure the stronger our voice will be.”

A tribute to Geoff Dellow 2016 was a year when we said farewell to many national treasures from David Bowie to Alan Rickman. But it was also a year when one of Ulverston’s most colourful characters sadly passed away. Geoff Dellow died aged 81 on November 25th after struggling with deteriorating health triggered by a stroke. Instantly recognisable in recent years with a generous beard and jumpers flecked with clay, paint or wax depending on his latest creative endeavour, he was behind many activities in the town. It was Geoff who founded the Candlelit Walk, enhanced fences with pottery decorations and added flowerpots to Gill Banks. He also initiated street chess on Market days where he and Peter Hanks encouraged a focused crowd to the cobbles around a giant plastic board. But these were just the latest schemes.

Geoff’s many years were full of energy and action. Born in London of a French mother and an English father, he spent his first years in Paris before WWII. His mother escaped with him on the last evacuation ship and his father was finally evacuated by submarine from Gibraltar with precious printing plates. The family re-established in Birmingham where he was educated at grammar school and Birmingham University completing a PhD in Chemical engineering. He took a post in research with Glaxo in Ulverston and after a sun-kissed seven years working for Shell in America, Geoff and his first wife Angela returned and the couple started a successful holiday business at The Falls. Ever in search of new adventures, this was sold in the 80s as a going concern and Geoff moved into selling health food on a market stall, later converting what is now the Oxfam shop and running it as a wholefood restaurant with live music. This might have been enough careers for most, but Geoff then decided to become a Design Technology teacher and retrained in London where he formed a loving relationship with Christine in 1990. Retirement brought them to Ulverston

Earnest Outsiders Ulverston Outsiders’ next play is one of the most popular of all - Oscar Wilde’s comedy ‘The Importance of being Earnest’. Don’t miss this gem at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston from Tuesday March 21st until Saturday March 25th. ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage. Jack Worthing is played by Duncan Lindsay and Algy Moncrieff by Adam Atkinson. Claire Boulter and Hannah

where Geoff renewed his passion for pottery, setting-up a kiln and encouraging young people to join him in exploring their talents with clay. His ever inventive mind dreamed-up a union of scrap wax and pottery to create the Candlelit Walk in 2010, a firey spectacle involving lining Gill Banks with hundreds of flares and candles in sculpted pots. Halloween then delivered the annual sight of Geoff scaling fences that most 70-year-olds would avoid, striding through the water with a blowtorch at his hip and a gleam in his eye to ignite his wax flares.

Many will also remember his community pottery sessions where young and old came together, crafting clay creations to adorn The Gill and Mill Dam Park. Occasional attacks from vandals were vigorously countered with patience and a lot of glue. Geoff and Christine extended the Flag Festival displays to The Gill and they learned how to make new flags from Sue Redhead.

A man of many enthusiasms, Geoff had a great love for the community of Ulverston and will be greatly missed for his work stimulating creative activities that brought people together.

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Mitchell will portray the two leading ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Jenny Schofield is the formidable Lady Bracknell, with the wonderful line ‘in a handbag!’, and Miss Prism is played by Helen Newell. Richard Harris makes a welcome return as Canon Chasuble and Lane and Merriman are played by David Coles and Seamus Doran. The play is directed by Rob O’Hara, fresh from playing John Barrymore in the Outsiders last play, I Hate Hamlet. This is to be his first major play that he has directed for the Outsiders. Tickets from Coronation Hall Box Office on 01229 587140

Businesses within the South Lakeland District can now apply to SLDC for bike parking grants. It is a scheme that offers businesses up to £1,000 to buy and install bike stands or bike boxes for their employees to keep their cycles - whilst at work. SLDC hopes the initiative will support the increase in people commuting to work by bike and so help to cut traffic and result in healthier, fitter local employees. For more info e-mail

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Bender supporting Bayb’s Maternity Appeal

Volunteering at the Coro Volunteers who stepped up to help run the Coronation Hall have been learning new skills in order to work alongside staff at the hall. When Ulverston Community Enterprises (UCE), who took over management of the hall last year, appealed for volunteers, more than thirty people attended their volunteer taster session and signed up to help. The first groups of volunteers have now been learning ‘front of house’ skills including the box office operation and how they can help with stewarding at events.

Photo: Lisa Hudson (right), of Marketing Manager, Bender UK Ltd with Heidi, who is spearheading the Bayb’s Materinity Appeal

Ulverston electrical safety specialist Bender UK Ltd has donated £1,000 to Bay Hospital Charity’s newly launched Bayb’s Maternity Appeal. Bayb’s Maternity Appeal is raising £250,000 to make the new maternity unit at Furness General Hospital among the best equipped and most comfortable in the country when it is due to open in December.

Linda Wood and Pat Timewell who both live in the town were introduced to the ticket booking system at the Coro, by box office assistant Sarah Bray. Additionally the box office staff also find themselves dealing with enquiries about the police desk, the SLDC information service (which operates at the hall), and acting as the unofficial tourist information centre for Ulverston, so local knowledge is a useful advantage.

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a Bayb’s Spring Dance at Hawcoat Park Social Club in Barrow on Friday, April 7th. Popular local band the Soul Survivors will headline. Bender UK Ltd’s sponsorship of the event means all money raised by ticket sales can now go directly into the appeal.

Maurice Atkinson is an old hand at stewarding having undertaken those duties as a staunch supporter of the Ulverston International Music Festival, and providing assistance for the Outsiders. He said: “If more people step up to help with the Coro, it makes it easier for all of the volunteers, and I am more than happy to do my bit in return for the huge pleasure it has given me over the years.”

Tickets for the Bayb’s Spring Dance are £15 and include a buffet supper. It’s a great night out and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Contact Heidi at Bay Hospital Charity’s Barrow office, on 01229 404473

She adds: “We would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to find out more about the opportunities that are available, and we are particularly keen to recruit new members for the catering side of the Coro, caretaking crew, technical assistants and people interested in marketing and promotion.”

Speed Networking with Furness FSB The Furness branch of the FSB are taking a rather different approach to networking in March; Speed Networking is fast, furious and fun and definitely not to be missed. Rather than the traditional version of speed dating where it’s very much one to one, the business networking version involves small groups of businesses who move around the room from table to table. So what’s the added benefit over traditional networking events? You are guaranteed to speak to every single business in the room.

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Linda Wood and Pat Timewell (right) are introduced to the booking system at the Coro by box office assistant Sarah Bray (left).

Julie Hammerton, one of the UCE Board Anyone who wants to help should Mon to Fri 8am - 5pm directors (all volunteers) is currently contact Julie on 07801 199460 or Sat 8am - 12noon managing the volunteer programme. email:

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Stewarding volunteers were given guidance on their new roles by Head Caretaker Mick Hall (right). The volunteers are: (from left) Roger Long, Maurice Atkinson, Joan Carroll, Gail Whiteley, Liz Marsden, Jack Jenner, Dan Birtwistle and Ken Wynne.


Each person has two minutes to tell everyone about them and their business and then the group have an opportunity to ask questions. Once you’ve done your bit on that table you move to the next. There’s a simple but effective system in place which guarantees everyone leaves knowing exactly what you do. It’s great fun, and you’ll need plenty of business cards so definitely pop this one in your diary. Monday 20th March 5.30 for 6pm at Abbey House Hotel. Contact



Lindal Dip and Quebec Street works in final phase The final phase of work to tackle flooding along the A590 at Lindal-inFurness got underway in February. The £1 million Highways England Lindal ‘dip’ project is on track to be completed before the end of March. The round-the-clock temporary traffic lights will be in place for around 6 weeks. Highways England still advises drivers to check traffic conditions before setting out via, And in Ulverston Quebec Street Junction with the A590 is expected to be completed by the end of March. Once completed it will have widened the A590 to create two lanes at the junction on both carriageways. Two lanes of approach on Quebec Street are being created to improve safe exit onto the A590. It also includes two controlled pedestrian crossings and a right turn ban into Swan Street. Long queues and waiting times for drivers through Ulverston have been

de rigeur. Drivers have been advised to continue to allow extra time for their journeys and Cumbria County Council and Highways England apologise for any inconvenience.

North Lonsdale Terrace Junction with the A590 Improvements are made to the A590 North Lonsdale Terrace junction by creating a signalised junction alongside pedestrian crossing improvements ensuring effective access to the South Ulverston Industrial Area

Daltongate / Lightburn Road Junction with the A590 Improvements to A590 Lightburn Road/ Daltongate junction will involve creating a new traffic signal controlled junction and 170m spine road providing access to the new Blue Light Hub and other development sites. Expected finish around September time.

Lakes Got Talent is back for it’s 5th annual show on Saturday March 18th at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston. Performers from all over Cumbria will descend to South Cumbria to battle it out to be crowned the winner of Lakes Got Talent 2017. The finalists include an 8 year old Ballet dancer called Toby Walker from Penrith, a rock choir from Whitehaven, a magician from Barrow, and other performers from Kendal, Carlisle and Cockermouth. The Judges are Ralph Spours, Emma Preston, Jill Newby and Chris Barker. The show will be hosted by producer James Farrow and his sister Laura Farrow. Come and celebrate the incredible performers who surround us in our to everday life.



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Blue Light Hub Work has started on the Blue Light Hub together with the improvement of the nearby road junction improvement at Lightburn Road/ Daltongate on the A590 in Ulverston. The Blue Light Hub is the combined emergency response centre for the Furness Peninsula. Building work on the new facility, which will link into the new access road is expected to take nine months to complete with the junction work taking about seven months. As well as the Blue Light Hub build, the junction improvement work at Lightburn Road/Daltongate is also delivered by Cumbria County Council (CCC). This is the second of three junction improvements on the A590 in Ulverston and it is important also as the CCC states “that it will unlock employment land south of the A590 for creation of new development.” The money to build comes via Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (Cumbria LEP) which secured £4.5m from the

government’s Local Growth Fund. The Blue Light Hub will include: • A new base for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to replace the current facility on The Ellers, Ulverston. • A new base for the North West Ambulance Service, replacing the current facilities on Victoria Road, Ulverston. • Facilities for Cumbria Police • Office accommodation for Cumbria County Council Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that work is starting on this exciting new emergency response centre for the Furness Peninsular. Our blue light services already have a strong working relationship but this new facility will allow for even closer collaboration between emergency services in the

Elmhurst Residential Care Home The full refurbishment of Elmhurst Care Home in Ulverston is now complete. The refurbished care home is both brighter, lighter, has improved access and have dementia safe units available. Staff say it is a pleasure to work in - as well as having much improved facilities for the residents. Residents in south Cumbria have the option of accommodation at the refurbished Elmhurst or at the new Park View Gardens care home in Barrow, depending on their own needs and personal choice. The older Marsh House care home, also run by Cumbria County Council (CCC) is proposed to close. Unusually Cumbria County Council is one of the very few local authorities nationally that still own and manage care homes and, crucially, have continued to invest to improve their local care services. This has included a programme to replace older care homes with newbuilds such as Park View Gardens. CCC’s public consultation end of 2016 on the county’s care services was due to be reported to the Council’s Cabinet in February. As part of any change the county council will also continue to support the delivery of care in Cumbria with a wide range of

additional services to help people stay at home. These are services already in use combined with;

Photo from Sod Cutting Ceremony, pictured is Cllr Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue. With him are representatives of the county council, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Cumbria Police, North West Ambulance Service and Ulverston Mayor Mark Wilson

area and provide for more effective and efficient operations across the whole Furness Peninsular.”

Sergeant Rupert Johnston of Cumbria Police said: “This multi-service hub is an exciting development for Ulverston and the surrounding area. The force will continue to work closely with the other partners as the process continues and its completion will lead to closer working relationships between the core emergency services.”

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Popular Irish singer Shaun Loughrey will be appearing at Greenodd Village Hall on March 17th. Shaun provides a great evening of music and humour, with lots of foot tapping music. Traditional Irish ballads and 60s music. There is something for everyone in this evening of entertainment with plenty to sing along to. Tickets are £12.50 and the hall has a licensed bar. Tickets from Bob on 01229 861488. For other events in the hall please check the website www. or facebook Greenodd & Pennybridge Village Hall.

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Ideas to help your business catch attention

You know you’ve done a lot to get more business coming in. So, why aren’t you getting more calls? The struggle many businesses face in today’s market is generating profitable leads. It turns out, there’s no secret formula for lead generation. Gutted. But then again... There is a world of tactics to choose from. And while some may be “tried and true,” none of them work exactly the same across the board. It takes a bit of creativity on the entrepreneur’s part to build on these methods, navigating how to engage with audiences in new, unique ways. 1. Landing Pages Potential customers are exploring your website so make sure you have a call-toaction (CTA). CTAs link to landing pages, where your leads can exchange their contact information for a valuable resource

(eBook, recipe, Top 10 tips for…). It’s a great way to follow up the lead, and really personalise their experience. 2. Email Marketing Create a monthly newsletter and email automation. People sign up for your campaigns because they are already interested in your business. You now have the opportunity to capture their attention and cater content to their specific needs. 3. Social Media Promotions Here you can connect with just about anyone. Choose a platform and connect with thousands of potential customers AND influencers. Follow topics relevant to your business or industry and get involved in the conversation. What will you put into action first? Whatever you choose, test and measure everything you do so you can repeat the good and ditch the bad. Julie McLaughlin Award winning ActionCOACH who coaches clients to work less, increase profits, create the dream team and live a balanced life. Based in Ulverston. Julie’s next free business event is ‘6 Steps to growing your business’ on the 23rd of March contact

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Davenports in Grange has three fantastic new collections arriving this spring. Many of Davenports collections are not available on the high street. The three collections are; The very exclusive Aventures des Toiles - a French design by artists transferring their artwork onto clothes. Italian chic knitwear and separates courtesy of Peruzzi. The third eagerly awaited collection is from Smashed Lemon with their lovely dresses designed in Amsterdam - all dresses for under £90.

A Cosy Cake Shop, not Small on Ideas

Jayne Peel, from Kendal, has brought her university degree training in 3D Design and passion for cakes to Ulverston. Her shop in Union Street, opened in November 2016, is filled with all the cake accessories needed to craft your own cake and experience the fondness she has found for all things confectionary. Jayne’s experience in retail is not limited to cake decorating supplies. Her previous enterprise was in Kirkby Lonsdale where she sold silver jewellery for 13 years. But due to an increase in the cost of precious metals, she decided it was time to turn her attention to something new. A major ingredient in that 12

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decision-making process were the wedding cakes she saw whilst helping her cousin plan her wedding preparations. She looked at them and thought, “I could do that, how hard can it be?” “After only ever baking cupcakes once in my adult life and convincing myself I could not bake, I had to learn.” Now she produces cakes for all occasions at reasonable prices from cupcakes to wedding cakes and is proud to say her calendar is booking up quickly. Chocolate wrapping, the art of sculpting with modelling chocolate, is a particular favourite and really fun to do. But FiFi Fondant is not all about selling cake decorating supplies and cakes. It also offers the opportunity to learn the techniques required so people can make their own. If the courses, classes and children’s parties, currently held in the shop, prove popular she hopes to expand her business even further.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT If you want to get ahead…get a hat!

Ulverston is now home to the only qualified couture milliner in the South Lakes. Tracy Wells explains “I was born to be a hairdresser.” She received her first pair of hairdressing scissors for her twelfth birthday and has made that a successful career ever since. But seven years ago she decided to pursue another passion; hats. She admits she is a perfectionist and is not satisfied unless the job is done to the best of her ability. Hiring out hats wasn’t enough. “I am a bit stubborn and if I set my mind to something I will make it happen.” Her goal was to learn how to make hats from the best in the business. Whilst hairdressing in Barrow through the week, she spent the weekends learning traditional millinery techniques for a City and Guilds course in the Cotswolds nearly 300 miles away every weekend.

So far she has made hats for singer Boy George and Holby City actress Donna Alexandra. She is also proud to have been asked by Cumbrians invited to Buckingham Palace to make unique hats for their special day. “I had no understanding of how many people from Cumbria have been honoured by the Queen for work they do in the local area.” Tracy creates hats that tick all the boxes for special events such as weddings and going to the races. She also designs fascinators, head dresses, button holes, bouquets, ring

and wrist corsages. “We live in a place with a lot of weather,” Tracy explains, ”so a hat needs to be functional too. In fact, when the wind is too strong, an umbrella is not effective. So why not wear a stylish, yet warm and practical hat? “I find it incredibly boring to make two hats the same, so my creations are individual. Some are a little unconventional which make them distinctive. Wearing the right hat can bring an unexpected confidence to the wearer. Everyone suits a hat, it is just finding the right one for you.” Tracy enjoys sourcing her materials ethically and locally too where possible. Much of her feathers have been collected from local estates and zoos. All her creations are hand stitched and bespoke. She is looking forward to working alongside existing shop owners in Ulverston and hopes to open the workshop in Upper Brooke Street by March, so look out for the extravagant openings in the Hat Box after April. There will be more than one!! To discuss your individual requirements contact Tracy on 0789 578 0200.

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Women who Inspire When you think about the phrase “inspirational women”, what pops into your mind? An internationally famous face known from the big or small screen? A politician who has changed laws for the betterment of women? A heroic character from history studied at school? A woman who has been the first of her gender to achieve something that men have been achieving for years? Or is your perception of an inspirational woman one who has attained fame and fortune, wealth, status and power? When I googled inspirational women I found adjectives like hard headed, determined, fearless, influential, powerful, headstrong and defiant. There are lists upon lists of well known women’s names who have changed the world by acts of bravery, defiance and forthright discussion. But if you look at the word inspirational, its definition is a little less challenging and daunting and one that can be seen in our everyday walk of life. To inspire means to affect, influence or guide. It means imparting knowledge, wisdom or courage. Now think about women who are inspirational and I bet your thoughts come much closer to home and include women you know. You see, being inspirational is not all about perceived success, wealth, fame and notoriety. Being inspirational is simply the affect someone has on another. There are many such women in and around Furness and we have included just a few to give you a glimpse into how they are inspirational. Knowing these women walk the same streets you do and shop in the same shops brings inspiration closer to home and brings it within reach rather than remaining out there and in a far away land or culture which is very different from our own. Developing a dream and choosing to pursue it demands possessing some of those adjectives listed above but living locally and being approachable just proves those words need not be as daunting as I thought they sounded.


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Former student of Ulverston Victoria High School, Sixth Form and finalist both in 2014 and 2016 in the biannual BBC’s Young Musician of the year, Jess comes from a musical and entrepreneurial family in Ulverston (Gillam’s Tea Rooms).

What started your passion for music - and saxophone? I first picked up a saxophone at the Barracudas Carnival Arts Centre in Barrow (where my Dad was a percussion teacher) aged 7 and I have absolutely loved it ever since! I am eternally grateful to my Dad and to Barracudas Carnival Arts Centre for providing me with that opportunity.

How do you maintain your drive and passion? What inspires you?

I think music is such a powerful source of expression, emotion and communication and I enjoy performing it so much. My passion and drive is quite easy to maintain as I constantly want to improve and make every performance better. It is also made easier by the fact I absolutely love what I am doing! My parents are very supportive and encouraging. Many saxophonists and musicians inspire me such as Barbara Thompson, John Harle, Rob Buckland, Snake Davis, David Bowie and Pee Wee Ellis. How much time do you spend each week playing and practising music?

I practice for 4-6 hours a day and I usually perform and rehearse at the weekend. I also enjoy researching and exploring different genres of music. I spend the spare time organising

concerts at the Coronation Hall! The next concert will be with the Master of the Saxophone John Harle on 21st April. How do you see your composing developing?

I am now in my first year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and composition is something I would love to work on at the college. I would like to compose pieces that I could perform in recitals and record but it is hard to fit everything in!

On the 19th of March Jess is the soloist at leading chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru’s concert at Theatre Clwyd in Mold, Wales. Another fantastic night is promised when Jess plays at the Coro Hall in Ulverston on Friday 21st of April. She joins renowned jazz musicians John Harle and Steve Lodder as their guest.

Inspiration to Academic Success Rebecca Lloyd left Ulverston Victoria High School Sixth Form in 2012 with straight A* grades at A-level and studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge. After graduating Rebecca has kept in contact with UVHS and updated them of her progress. Rebecca said “I graduated from the University of Cambridge summer 2015 with a First class degree in Natural Sciences with honours in Biochemistry. Since September 2015 I’ve been working as an IMED graduate scientist, doing pharmaceutical R&D at AstraZeneca in Cambridge. This


scheme is until September 2017 after which I will embark on a PhD with the University of Cambridge in collaboration with AstraZeneca” Rebecca continued “At the time of graduation in 2015 I wasn’t 100% decided on the exact aspect of cancer research I wanted to pursue, so this is a two year scheme with 3 x 8 month projects which has given me a better insight into this. The UK site of AstraZeneca focuses on oncology and my current project is trying to understand and improve delivery of mRNA drugs. It’s really interesting work and great to be driving my own project!”

The Two ‘Ordinary Women’ Looking to Achieve the Extraordinary

A United Nations of Women

Running one marathon is an extraordinary achievement. Attempting to run 10 consecutively is nothing short of remarkable.

“Being a Soroptimist has opened many doors for me and allowed me to meet like-minded women from other walks of life locally, nationally and internationally. It has taken me to far-flung places, eg India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh. I have even met Mother Teresa. Soroptimists are able to influence the policy-making decisions at the United Nations and lobby members of our own Government. The overall emphasis is working to change the lives of women and children who have no voice or influence of their own. Current areas of concern are FGM, modern slavery and domestic abuse.” Penny Ward, Soroptimist Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement of women inspiring action to transform the lives of other women and girls. There are over 8000 members in 352 clubs across 29 countries. A number of projects are supported worldwide to promote education, prevent poverty, raise awareness of injustice and violence and support emergency funds. Educating, enabling and empowering women to help improve their lives in their own countries is a fundamental aim. But it is not all about the work to raise much needed funds, lobby governments and raise awareness of issues worldwide. There is a fun element too with lots of social activities planned and an annual conference listening to inspirational speakers and hearing what others are doing. The 2016 conference was held over 3 days in Malta. This year’s will be in vibrant Cardiff in October. Soroptimist name comes from a blend of two words: “soror” Latin for sister and “andoptima” meaning best. Its mission is to promote the Best for Women. So if you would like to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of women and girls, then this could be a place where you could begin to make a difference. The nearest club was established over 50 years ago in Barrow and meets on the third Tuesday each month in Michaelson House, Fairfield Lane. There will be a warm welcome for new members.

On May 12th this year, Sonja Foster from Barrow and Trudi Dewar, Ulverston will set out to complete the gruelling Brathay 10in10 marathon challenge. They are two of just 17 people who signed up for the notoriously difficult event, to raise money for the Brathay Trust. Both of these women know what they are letting themselves in for. Sonja for example, is a fitness and swimming instructor, who has completed the London Marathon 3 times, and this will be her 3rd 10in10 challenge.

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Similarly, there is a personal connection for Trudi, as her husband Paul has completed the event twice, as well as been an integral part of the official support team for the past four years.

The 42-year-old is also no stranger to attempting the extraordinary either. Just last year, she completed the Lakesman Triathlon, which included a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon to finish.

Dewar believes that her inspiration for Brathay 2017, has stemmed from seeing the ordinary people she helped whilst volunteering, including her husband Paul. “During the course of the event, the volunteers offered physical and emotional support, you are involved with everything going on around you”, says Dewar.

“You are watching ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. They are inspirational and the reason why I entered the event. After last year when Paul completed it, I knew I had to enter”.

On the other hand, Sonja originally saw the event as a personal challenge, before learning about Brathay charity. “At first, I saw it purely as another event just to tick off the list”, Foster said. “However, I have since learnt all about the amazing work the charity does. They help some of the most vulnerable, abused and disengaged children to make a successful transition from adolescence to meaningful adult life”.

“I have raised £14,000 by completing the 10in10 twice, so this year my goal is to try and take that total up to £20,000”. Despite both women being in perfect physical shape, how do you sufficiently prepare for such a big challenge? Landlady, Trudi, who despite all her achievements has only ever attempted one marathon, believes she has

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benefited most from her husband’s expertise.

“I do feel really fortunate to have Paul’s knowledge and experience, to help me with my training regime”, Trudi says.

“I know the next few months are going to be stepped up a notch, longer runs and back to back running. Training for this event has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to do. I’m not a natural endurance runner, so I’ve had to work hard and remain patient and committed”. With Sonja aiming to complete the event for the third consecutive year, many would think training for the event wouldn’t be an issue. However, a serious injury at the end of last year, threatened to rule her out of the event entirely. “I fractured my ankle in November, so it set my training back quite a bit”, admits Foster. I have slowly had to build up my training, through going swimming and the gym. I completed a marathon last week, by running and walking to test the strength of my ankle, so hopefully I’m back on track”. Two fitness fanatics setting out to complete a marathon challenge, why is that so special? £20,000 raised for charity, a person running a marathon for just her second time and a fractured ankle later, I think we know the answer. running/10in10/10in10-athletes/sonja-foster running/10in10/10in10-athletes/trudi-dewar

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International Women’s Day International Women’s Day, March 8th, although not the highest profile date on Furness’ calendar, is still relevant. With all our equalities laws, many younger women may believe that the major battles have already been won. We are on our second woman Prime Minister, the main political parties in Scotland are led by women and Chancellor Merkel is perhaps the most powerful figure in Europe. Closer to home, UVHS pushes girls to succeed, and we have many positive role models with women running businesses, heading organisations like the Hospice, sitting on local councils, forming the majority of PCSO’s, working as paramedics and bus drivers, sometimes being visible as Environment Agency or Telecom engineers and, yes, playing the trumpet. However, in a tour de force of number-crunching it has been calculated that at the current rate of progress the gender gap globally, in terms of indicators like education, health, pay and exposure to violence, will not be closed until 2186.

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Margaret Fell - Womens Speaking Justified Margaret Fell was one of the most influential women of her time and one of the most compelling historical figures to come out of South Cumbria. Born 1614 in Askam in Furness, she lived through a time of huge political and religious upheaval, when people were struggling to make sense of an ever changing world beset with civil war. Having welcomed the revolutionary itinerant preacher, George Fox, to Swarthmoor Hall (the home she shared with her husband Judge Fell), Margaret became instrumental in creating, establishing and expanding the religious movement known as the Society of Friends (Quakers). She turned Swarthmoor Hall into a powerhouse of activity, promoting charity, encouraging free thinking and founding an impressive communications system to support Friends in their work worldwide. She travelled extensively herself well into old age in support of her beliefs; even petitioning King Charles II for freedom of speech and an end to war. She was imprisoned several times for her beliefs and is now buried along with more than 250 Friends in Sunbrick Burial Ground on Birkrigg as, when she died in 1702, she was denied the right to be buried within the grounds belonging to the Church of

England. What Margaret Fell and George Fox proposed in the 1660’s is as revolutionary now as it was then. They formulated business practices and negotiating techniques still widely used today in such institutions as the A.A. and in peace processes. Thanks to Margaret’s energy and commitment, Quakers still have considerable influence in our society today; continuing such work as the abolition of slavery, prison reform, equal opportunities and especially the promotion of peace. They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their humanitarian work in Germany after World War 2 and the Quaker Rowntree Trust is a well-respected independent research body, contributing importantly to collecting and analysing data for political and educational purposes. You can learn more about this remarkable woman by visiting Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston. Gill Lowden

Swarthmoor Hall is open Monday to Friday 10.30am-4.30pm (except the last Thursday in the month) and Weekends from 1.30-4.00pm. You can experience the practises set up by her, and which are still relevant today, by attending a Quaker Meeting at Swarthmoor Hall.

Using the language of flowers “I have always known that I possess a passion for creating beauty through the medium of flowers. A bouquet can represent so many different feelings and emotions and I knew from an early age that I wanted to one day become a florist with a difference.” Since opening her business, Bluebell & Ivy, in May 2016 Lauren Hart says “the reception I have been greeted with in the local community has been staggering. I have been rushed off my feet, working well in to the evenings and weekends but knowing that I have been able to deliver something beautiful, which inspires happiness, makes every hour worth it.” The dream of being a florist began as a tiny seed in my early teens and soon I was taken on as a Saturday girl at Deborah’s The Florist in Barrow. From the age of 14, Deborah nurtured my dream and taught me some of the vital skills that I now employ in my own business. Lauren continues “after studying for a creative degree in textiles at Loughborough University, I went on to train with internationally renowned London-based florist Jane Packer. That was when I decided I wanted to qualify as a specialist wedding florist and bring something completely original and innovative to the South Lakes. When I visualize a bouquet, I am always pushing the boundaries to imagine what will make it unique. I love to chat with my clients


and discover the exact message they want to convey with their flowers, the quirks of their personalities and things that will make the flowers their own.” “Last year I had a surge of orders for the bespoke flower headdresses and corsages I make for weddings, horse racing or proms. I am also constantly watching for new trends in the world of weddings and events. I noticed during the early months of 2016 that a trend for semi-naked wedding cakes were becoming increasingly popular. These can be enchantingly adorned with flowers and I made a prototype for a South Cumbrian wedding fair which was incredibly well received. I have also learned how important it is as a young business woman in 2017 to make full use of social media for marketing and advertising my business. I have been very lucky to get some great publicity just through word of mouth, but I also run frequent competitions on social media and have a loyal following on Instagram and Facebook. At the age of 25 I feel I am entering a very exciting stage of my life. Opening your own business can be very daunting but for me, my work is my passion and I embrace every challenge the day throws at me.”

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there “. Indira Gandhi Turnstone HR Limited is owned by local HR Professionals - Sarah Goddard and Chrissy Tait who bought the business in 2014. Sarah and Chrissy emphasise “Our journey has been more about small steps, hard work, persistence and doing what you enjoy than massive, risk taking strides. The ‘learning curve’ from being employees working for someone else to owners of a business has been steep. Not in terms of the HR aspects but more around learning how to sell your business, understanding what customers want, finances, managing work and home lives and learning how to turn off from a busy day.” They continue “Part of our success we think, is due to listening carefully to what the customer wants and being flexible enough to meet those needs. In the early days, most of our work involved producing employment contracts and documents for clients but always being willing to help clients with all sorts of HR queries - large or small as resulted in us picking up more work and broadening our offering of HR services so that we now cover anything from difficult disciplinaries, stress or absence management cases, expansion or redundancy situations to developing a HR Strategy, recruitment, outplacement, appraisals, and training for first line leaders.” Since Sarah and Chrissy took over in 2014 it has taken them tenacity and hard work to build their customer base and to increase turnover by 200%. Last year, Turnstone had grown enough to be able to take on Nicki James - HR Advisor and with a background in teaching, customer services matched with a CIPD qualification and keen eye for detail. Nicki joining has enabled the company to branch out and offer a broader range of services. Continuing with the positive as business owners and leaders, Sarah and Chrissy say “We have more flexibility over what we do than ever before in our careers, with careful time management we have been able to pursue our own interests away from work such as football for Chrissy and Counselling for Sarah. By concentrating on what each of us do best, we have found that we are better able to remain passionate, professional and enthusiastic. We are proud of the fact that apart from providing enjoyable employment for ourselves we have been able to expand and employ Nicki who brings another aspect to the business and hope that we will continue to expand supporting local business well into the future.”

Jackie’s Journey

In 2008 Jackie Baxter left a job she loved and took a leap in the unknown. Instead of working as a part time chef she learned how to run a small family business, watched it grow and become successful. She is the owner of the award winning Abbey Mill Coffee Shop which serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and also offers outside catering. “I am passionate about the products I use and buy lots of homemade and locally grown produce, supporting many local businesses. I believe you can’t run a business without the support of people and businesses around you.” Jackie has spent time building relationships with suppliers, colleagues and customers over the years. “Our customers have become friends and every one of them is important and we are grateful for their support. We meet different people every day and enjoy the stories they have to tell.” The licensed café’s location is impressive with stunning scenery, woodland, historic sights, open spaces and is the start

of the walk, “Roose to Furness Abbey Greenway”. Jackie says “I’m an active member of the Furness Abbey Fellowship, a group established to advance education and promote the culture and heritage of Furness Abbey and the surrounding area. We support English Heritage to help raise visitor numbers and give Furness Abbey the attention it deserves.” She continues “I am proud to have won ‘The Best of Barrow and Furness 2017 Business of the Year Award’ and overwhelmed by the number of customers and local businesses who voted for us. Proud of my business and staff.” For anyone starting out in business today Jackie offers some advice. “Don’t think you’re alone; ask for help. There are always people who will help where they can and guide you in the right direction.” She believes the key to future success is to keep on learning, research products and keep in touch with current trends. There is always something new to learn.

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Lambing time

As winter comes to an end and the first signs of spring are beginning to appear, our thoughts on the farm turn towards lambing time. It’s our most important time of the year. A good lambing time with lots of healthy lambs born sets us up for the year ahead, so preparation is essential. The whole cycle begins back in autumn. With romance in the air, the boys meet the girls and we start the ball rolling. At

this point the ewes are in tip top condition as they put on some extra weight to prepare for the winter ahead. As farmers, our job is to care for these pregnant ladies by giving them plenty of food to keep them going through winter. On our farm, we send our sheep away to dairy farmers for “winter keep.” Our ewes eat the lush grass on the cow pastures through mid-winter before returning home to lamb. The sheep are all ultra-sound

scanned so that we know how many lambs they are expecting. Ewes with triplets get extra feed, sheep carrying only one lamb get less. Most of our sheep have twins and that is the ideal number.

We bring them into our sheds to give birth, so we can monitor them and protect them from the worst of the weather. When they have their lambs they go into an individual pen to bond with mum before heading out onto fresh grass a day or two later. Most of our sheep have lambs in March and it’s a busy time. Sheep are lambing 7 days a

week and it’s all hands on deck. My three young sons love to help and it’s great to have them involved. I learnt so much stockmanship from my father and I hope to pass on those skills to my boys as we are very much a family farm. Bringing new life into the world is a rewarding experience and it never fails to bring joy, so I hope Mother Nature is kind to us, and things go well this lambing time. The sight of a field full of skipping lambs makes all the effort worthwhile. William Case, Plumpton

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Alpine Garden Plants This year’s Spring Flower Show & Plant Fair opens on Saturday 18th of March at 10am, Kirkbie Kendal School in Kendal (Lound Road, Kendal. LA9 7E). The show is organised by the local Alpine Garden Society in conjunction with the Scottish Rock Garden Club. Rare and unusual plants will be on offer, with a stall offering plants grown by members of the local group. As these plants are grown in this area, they are all suited to local conditions. Visitors can also buy plants from


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the nine specialist nurseries attending. An additional feature this year will be a display of botanical art, the work of local AGS group member Darren Sleep. The Plant Show itself will open as soon as the judges have finished their deliberations, at around 11am. Admission is £3, with proceeds in aid of the Alpine Garden Society. On-site parking is free. Refreshments are on sale with proceeds in aid of Kirkbie Kendal school’s PTA.


For the first time in many years Ulverston will be entering the Pride in your Community - Cumbria in Bloom Competition in 2017. This means many community projects and groups such as the Ulverston in Bloom volunteers, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Incredible Edible Ulverston and local businesses working together. The judges will visit in the summer and see a presentation and folder of year-round evidence and go on a tour of local highlights. The marks are allocated as follows: Horticultural Achievement 50% This includes design, innovation, maintenance and sustainability in allotments, public buildings, retail and shopping areas, residential areas, car parks, verges and parks (such as Lightburn Park) Environmental Responsibility 25% This includes improvements to conservation,

biodiversity, recycling, management of local heritage, litter, graffiti, dog fouling, street furniture and art in the landscape.

Community Participation 25% This includes development and sustainability of the local bloom initiative and evidence of on-going projects; engagement with schools, young people and community groups (such as Ford Park Community Group), press coverage, publicity materials, schedules of events and local business support.

We are going to be very busy with preparations….if you would like to be involved or feel that your group should be represented in the evidence please contact the Chair of Ulverston in Bloom, Kim Farr, on 01229 480156 or farraway@ We would love to hear from you!


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By the time this issue comes out, there should be many more signs that spring is well on its way, although even at the cold tail end of January we could see that nature wasn’t standing still. In sheltered spots snowdrops and early crocuses were in flower, daffodil leaves were poking up through the grass and celandine plants had reappeared under hedges. Nearly every year now newspaper articles observe that spring is getting earlier, and there seems to be an underlying fear that the familiar pattern of our seasons is being disrupted. Certainly the weather appears more unpredictable, and it was noticeable last year that after the awful winter deluges, April was virtually rain-free, which was not necessarily a good thing. Changes to established cycles can lead to losses in wildlife, since

birds and mammals depend on plants, grubs and insects all appearing in order at the right time. However, change can bring unexpected delights. It was a pleasure to see the small flock of waxwings feasting on berries alongside the canal with their customary disregard for humans passing a few yards away. Waxwings are visitors from northern Europe, and the maps in my bird book, published only 13 years ago, indicate that they do not venture this far west. Similarly, the book states that the Little Egret, a graceful white heron-like bird, is only common in southern England, South Wales and East Anglia where it has just started to breed. Now Little Egrets stabbing at fish with their long black bills are a common sight around Morecambe Bay. We will have to see if this year brings any more unusual visitors or new residents.

Borrowed days in March According to novelist Sir Walter Scott, the last 3 days of March are “borrowed days”. Legend has it a shepherd promised to give March a lamb if he would reduce the strength of his winds, so

safeguarding the flocks from harm. March agreed but the shepherd reneged on his promise. March took his revenge and borrowed three days from April to produce even fiercer winds.

SLDC flood grant scheme 31st of March is the deadline for applications for South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) flood grant scheme. SLDC is keen to make sure as many people as possible take advantage of the funding before the closing date. In South Lakeland a total of 2,358 properties were flooded in December 2015. Of those it is estimated that around 1,900 meet the eligibility criteria for the £5,000 grant scheme. So far more than 900 applications have already been made and £1.9 million of improvements have been approved. Latest figures show 762 applications have been received for residential properties and 177 applications for businesses in the district for the £5,000 grant scheme - to install measures to protect homes and businesses from future flooding. Councillor Sue Sanderson, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Council Organisation and People, said: “We have had a team of officers working on this scheme for a year now and they can explain everything you need to know about the grants, eligibility and what sort of things you could get funding for.” Sue continues “We realise that most people who suffered flooding in December 2015 will be back in their homes by now and may not welcome the prospect of any further disruption, but there are a number of measures that can still be put in that won’t be too disruptive – for example installing floodgates to exterior doors, or fitting air brick covers or non-return valves to prevent sewage backing up into a property.” SLDC council officers are continuing to hold weekly drop-in sessions at Kendal Town Hall on Wednesdays between 1.30pm and 5.30pm (until end of March) to offer advice and support to flood grant applicants. For more information about the flood grants, see:


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Kate Brunskill

Wolf Town art conjures an alternative universe of the weird and the wonderful, the kooky and the magical, the mundane made strange and everyday turned fantastical. You may have already seen and been delighted by the unique art of Ulverston’s Kate Brunskill, whether it be her sprawling, playful liquid chalk window paintings at Amigos the Restaurant as part of Another Fine Fest, her spooky and ethereal shadow screens at Ford Park’s annual Halloween Walk, or the mysterious creatures that feature on Monster Monster and Lantern Festival promo. We caught up with Kate to find out more about her Wolf Town creations. How would you describe your style and what are your influences? What sparks your interest in art? I wouldn’t say I was a born artist. My interest in art grew gradually over the years. I haven’t had any art training and it wasn’t until my early twenties that I started doodling just for fun. I really got immersed in my art when I became pretty much bedridden in my midtwenties because of rheumatoid arthritis, which I’ve had since I was 14. It was very boring in bed so I would doodle a lot and when I made an image I liked it really lifted my spirits. I remember thinking if I could make something of my art one day at least something good could come from something so rubbish. I have got a little better since then and I am determined to live up to my dreams and make something of a skill I acquired over that time when life seemed to stand still. This is also something I can work at flexibly, as finding a job flexible enough to deal with the ups and downs of a chronic illness is very difficult. Art became something that I was very passionate about and I gathered a growing interest in children’s illustration. As an avid reader I love to submerse myself in different, fantastical worlds and have become a children’s book hoarder and enthusiast!

Illustrators such as Aaron Becker and Maurice Sendak have inspired me with the way their images can transport you into distant and magical worlds. I feel my style speaks to this - odd creatures that could have popped out of a book. They’re never too realistic, which I like; it’s all about the imagination. Imagination is a wonderful and expansive gift and I never want to lose mine. “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

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book “Peter Digs a Den”: can you tell us a little more about that? Amy has written a beautiful children’s story about a boy with big dreams of building a den in the Lakes and I’m very excited to be illustrating it. We are documenting our journey together on our Facebook page ‘Peter Digs a Den’ so please do follow us! We’d love the input of our fellow Cumbrians, many of whom I’m sure made dens of their own!

wolves rule!

I am currently in the process of creating a map of the imaginary ‘Wolf Town’, which is based on old maps of Ulverston. Why is creativity so important?

Art and creativity are amazing emotional outlets. They can help you work through issues and difficulties, or help you understand things that words might not be able to express.

It amazes me when people underestimate and undervalue We have seen that you’ve been the importance of the Arts. Art working digitally recently: do is everywhere, it is part of our you have a preferred medium? cultural identity, it is it something How do the various methods we look at for pleasure and to affect your output? move us. We use it in everything Digital art is pretty new to me and I from home decor and packaging, am enjoying exploring the endless to architecture, films, and communication; the list is endless. possibilities of this medium. You can create many variations of an Would you say that there is an image and chop and change these art scene in Cumbria and what is willy-nilly and this has evolved the your take on it? way I work. I feel excited about I would most definitely say there the many avenues I have yet to is and I have found the local art explore here. community very welcoming and However, I am still enamoured supportive. with printmaking, inks, and Being involved in the many local watercolours. In fact, many of my festivals and community projects images start off as watercolours has been a great way to get my art and then I use these to inspire my out there and see other people’s digital images and lino prints. I amazing creations. It’s so inspiring love the odd shapes that develop to be involved in local events and out of these mediums, as I don’t feel the buzz of the town at each think they are something you’d of these. ordinarily draw off-hand. From the watercolour blotches and shapes I I am particularly taken with Printfest right here on our make, interesting creatures seem doorstep! (29th/30th April). The to emerge before my eyes. Lakes Comic festival in Kendal is Is Wolf Town a reference to another regular stop of mine. Ulverston? Does Ulverston have The one thing I would like to an impact on your work? see more of would be illustration ‘Wolf Town’ was inspired by the shows. It’s such a massive part origins of Ulverstons’ name. of the art world and I think we’re According to the Ulverston Town missing out a little. Council’s website it was recorded Where can we see your in the Domesday Book 1086 as Creations in person? ‘Ulvrestun’, Ulfarr meaning ‘wolf warrior’ and tun meaning ‘farm’ or I am currently selling my work on ‘homestead’. I have heard a local my Etsy site and on Facebook legend that the last wolf in England under the search ‘wolftownart’ and was killed in Ulverston but I prefer I will be advertising upcoming art to imagine a town where the fairs on these.

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South Cumbria Musical Festival

On Thursday and Friday, the school years vocal classes take place with school choirs classes on the Thursday evening. Friday evening features adult vocal classes including performances of songs from shows and folk songs. This year the two male voice choirs, two ladies choirs and a mixed voice, any age choir will perform on the Saturday morning.


QUIZ NIGHT Friday 3rd Newton Arms - Dalton - £5 In support of Jack and Jill Preschool Playgroup. Hosted by the excellent quiz-master and landlord himself Paul Kell! Tickets are £5 per person and include a pie and pea supper. ACOUSTIC SATURDAY WITH MEGAN DOHERTY Saturday 4 th Sun Inn - Free A former finalist of the Lakes Got Talent competition, Megan has also performed at events such as Kidfest and Ciderfest, and landed a highprofile slot supporting X Factor’s Marcus Collins on his show at The Forum in 2014. Expect a mixture of original material alongside some well known covers by acts such as Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and the Arctic Monkeys.

A festival of music, concerts, workshops and amazing local talent, the 2017 South Cumbria Musical Festival starts on Sunday 2nd April and finishes with a grand Gala Night on Saturday 8th April.

Brass classes will start off the festival on the Sunday followed by speech, piano, instrumental and vocals classes on the Monday. The classes include poetry, readings and acting. There are piano, recorder, woodwind and strings classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. The entries for the string classes especially have seen a large increase this year.

Gala Night is on the Saturday evening with performers from all disciplines from throughout the week competing for a valuable cash prize. Furness Music Centre Orchestra and Ragazza (the saxophone quartet) will also perform at the Gala. This year’s festival promises a fantastic selection of music and speech so don’t miss out! Come and be entertained by talented local performers. Advance festival programmes from Ulverston Library and The Full Octave, Tudor Square, Dalton. Tickets 01229 584653 at any time. Or during festival week from the Coronation Hall or by phoning 0777 3403 686.

THE SWING COMMANDERS Friday 10th Coronation Hall - £15 / £14 A vibrant Lancashire quintet who rock a vintage style along with some lively swing music. The band take mid twentieth century songs, from Glenn Miller to the singing cowboys of old, and give them a high energy makeover, with mid song instrument swapping and lots of humour. The Commanders have played festivals throughout Europe, and in 2015 headlined the Legends of Western Swing festival in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Cumbrian based artist Lloyd Hopkinson

THE BLUEGRASS PROJECT Wednesday 15th Avanti Capitola - Free Ulverston based four piece The Bluegrass Project were formed in 2013. Playing mainly traditional songs and instrumentals in a Bluegrass style with a sprinkling of ‘grassed up’, classics by Queen and the Stones.

Cumbrian based artist Lloyd Hopkinson produces limited edition artwork evoking the era of Vintage Railway poster design, influenced by artists famous for creating the travel posters for coastal tourist locations within the UK. But, unlike the old style posters which promoted the popularity of the region by filling them with people enjoying themselves, Lloyd leaves them out of the picture altogether. “I want anyone who sees my artwork to imagine an uncluttered view of the landscape.”

PLANET MIRTH COMEDY NIGHT Saturday 25th Laurel & Hardy Museum - £10 5 of the finest acts on the UK comedy scene including Canadian Chris Betts who The Mirror included in their top 10 comedians from Montreal, finalist in Nando’s New Comedian of the Year, Steff Todd, Hull Comedian of the Year 2016, Jack Gleadow, Midlands Comedian of the Year 2016, Duncan Oakley and MC Phil Ellis, regular host at the multi award winning Frog & Bucket in Manchester.

Lloyd is colour blind so the digital software allows him to draw with a precision of colour and sharpness he never had with pastels and oils before. “All the scenes start as a photograph, which I draw over on the computer and then colour using digital techniques in vibrant colours to create these retro railway poster style prints.” At present Lloyd has work in retail outlets in Windermere, Ulverston’s Paper Bunny, TP Frameworks in Dalton and his own Millom shop. The two latest prints; Ulverston Canal Foot and Camlough Lake are being held by two very famous brothers on Lloyd’s facebook page. Lloyd is donating one of his prints to the Ulverston Canal Regeneration project for their prize draw in July’s Gala. His work is also sold on mugs, greetings cards and Lloyd is delighted to be asked for commissions.

Based in Millom, Lloyd is in the perfect location to capture the Lake District’s beauty with his digital artwork, which he only started two years ago. Ulverston’s Hoad was the second ever digital image he created. “I moved to Cumbria 8 years ago from Teesside and changed my career from restaurateur to picture framer. This afforded me the time to start my art career again.”

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Pupils find their voice at Manchester Concert

Pupils from Dalton St Mary’s School had the opportunity to sing at the Young Voices 2017 concert in Manchester last month.

St Mary’s was one of many local schools to take part, with over 8,000 children performing in the Manchester Arena overall. Other local schools in attendance, included, St Paul’s CE Junior School in Barrow, Low Furness CE Primary School at Urswick, and Lindal and Martin Primary School.

Once Upon a Time….At Pennington School

From folk tales and fairy tales to phantoms and dragons, National Story Telling week was started 24 years ago to encourage the oral telling of stories. Pennington School carried on the tradition and invited parents in to join staff and children to help celebrate the event. The week began with ‘surprise storytellers’ visiting classes, these were parents and grandparents who had offered to come into school and share

Croftlands Infant and Nursery School is part of a very exciting project called ‘Bright Stars’ which matches schools with companies through the Centre for Leadership Performance to encourage entrepreneurship.

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who came into school to read children stories, we even had a grandparent who emailed me a story all the way from Wales!” Finally, to end the week, Pennington organised a Family Day with a variety of activities which included creating a digital story on an ipad, performing a story and inventing a story from an object used in science! It was a fantastic way for everyone to use their imagination and create stories to share with each other.

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As well as finding the time to sing in Manchester, pupils of St Mary’s also took part in a gymnastics competition at Dowdales School, and are hosting a book fair from Thursday 2nd to Tuesday 7th March, in aid of World Book Day.

Ulverston Victoria High School is looking for sponsors for the internal decoration of their Northern Block. The North Block at UVHS was built in the 1990s and has not been redecorated since. National funding issues for schools at present combined with underfunding for Cumbria has put UVHS in a situation where they have to look to the business community/private donors for funding. UVHS is an asset to Ulverston and South Lakes, and in looking to improve this building for their students, it is also giving local businesses the opportunity to make a difference. The £20,000 cost of redecorating the block to more modern standards is available to be funded either as a whole or in part by a sponsor. Smaller contributions are also most welcome. Contact Headteacher Mr Fay/Mr Fay’s office via 01229 483900 or ‘North Block Fund’

their own stories with the children or to simply read them a favourite book from their own childhood. Mia and Lucy in Year 6 had a surprise visit from their Grandma, who talked to the class about her school life from the age of 5 years until she was 16. Mr Eyderyi, who came to England from Hungary, showed year 2 and year 5 a Hungarian folk tale and helped them translate it to English. Mrs Storey said “There were such a lot of parents

The school decided to create some artwork in each class and will be holding a grand art exhibition on Monday 6th March at the Croftlands Community Centre in Ulverston (3pm to 4.30pm). They have also created an animal treasure trail around the businesses of Ulverston which will ran throughout the half term holiday. They organised for competition

sheets to be purchased from the school and from any of the participating businesses. The winners will be contacted directly as well as advertised on Croftland’s school website. The school was given £50 to start off and the children have been working with Jayne Moorby from the Oxley Group to complete costings and create advertising for their fabulous venture. Any profits made by the project will be shared between the school and St Mary’s Hospice. Follow Croftlands Infant & Nursery School on twitter @croftlandsinf

Successful Swing band concert With Ulverston Victoria High School presenting Me and My Girl this month at the Coronation Hall, perhaps the schools ‘Little Big Band’ concert up at Coniston came as a welcome break, amongst a busy schedule. The jazz ensemble played at the idyllic Water Yeat


Hall, on Friday February 17th. Richard Butler, Head of Music, believes everything is going nicely ahead of a chaotic next couple of months. “With the school production at the end of March, and the Royal Marines visit just around the corner, as well as National competitions to

think about, it’s a crazy time of year”, Butler said. Fo anyone wishing to see Me and My Girl, the two shows take place on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of March. Tickets are available from the Coronation Hall Box Office, 01229 587140, for £8.50 or £3 for students.

Preparations are underway for Duddon Scouts Centenary Celebrations

Duddon Scouts have confirmed that numerous events have been planned to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the group’s existence. On 1st April, there is an open day, with a local scouting memorabilia exhibition; various stalls including a tombola and a raffle and refreshments on sale. The event will take place between 1pm-4pm. Group Scout Leader Jane Thatcher has also asked the local community to help make the event as successful as possible. “If anyone has any memorabilia they are willing to loan for the event, that would be a fantastic help”, Thatcher said. “Also, anyone who has any relevant information or personal memories about

What an encore!

Dowdales School’s production of Billy Elliot was so popular, an extra show was scheduled to meet demand for tickets. The show, which took place at the school from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th February, had only 3 shows planned originally. However, when people were left disappointed after tickets sold out for all three nights, the school decided to put on an extra night.

the Scout Group, please don’t hesitate to get in touch”. As well as the open day next month, a camp for the whole group has been organised, in June, at the Great Tower Scout Activity Centre, Newby Bridge. There are also plans to have a celebration service at Dalton St Mary’s Church, later in the year. All the Group sections from Beavers to Scouts are pulling together to create a scrap book, as a memory for future generations to look back on. Thatcher has also confirmed that

Suzanne Armstrong, who is head of PR and Communications at Dowdales, believes the volume of tickets sold, is an indication of how much dedication and hard work the pupils involved have invested. “It was a brilliant effort by everyone”, Armstrong said. “To be able to show up and consistently perform for four consecutive nights, they are an absolute credit to the school. It didn’t surprise me how quickly the tickets sold”.

Local Young Chef of the Year

Photo Left-Right: Judge Steven Doherty of The First Floor Cafe at Lakeland Ltd, Young Chef winner Jamie Butterworth, Judge Richard Booth, Head Chef at Lakeside Hotel & Spa, and Judge Marc Sanders, Resort Chef at Low Wood Hotel.

Ulverston’s Jamie Butterworth, aged 15 has won the top prize in the Cumbria & Lancashire heat of the Rotary Clubs’ national ‘Young Chef’ competition.

The regional heat was held at the Lakes School with ten students from

schools across both counties taking part and tasked to produce a healthy, 3-course meal for 2 people in under 2 hours. Jamie, from Ulverston Victoria High School, won with his dishes of king prawns on cannelloni beans with bacon and pine nuts; chicken pie with broccoli, green beans and roasted new potatoes; and for dessert, lemon posset and shortbread. Jamie and the two joint runners-up; Charlotte Robinson, Millom School and Ellen Gledhill, The Lakes School will now go forward to the North West Regional Final in Rochdale with the possibility to go on to the National Final in Lincoln this May. They will also have the chance of a day’s real-life work experience in the kitchen at the 2 AA rosette-rated Lakeside Hotel & Spa.

the Duddon Scout Hut will undergo renovation. Improvements include new windows, a new heating system, decoration and a concrete barbecue for the area in the yard. Anyone wishing to share their personal experiences of the Duddon Scouts, or would like to contribute to the open day, can find out more information on the Scout’s website, There is also a newly created Facebook group, called the 1st Duddon Scout Group Memories 1917-2017.

Ulverston Library

Living Well into Later Life - Ulverston Library will be celebrating later life with a fair on the 17th March. The fair will be a showcase of opportunities to help people find out how to get the best out of later life. There’ll be lots of ideas for healthy living, information on local organisations offering social support, companionship and practical advice on meeting the physical and mental challenges of later life.

Local organisations, including Ulverston Mind, Live Action Dementia, Furness Carers, Ulverston Leisure Centre and Age UK along with local health practitioners, will be on hand to answer questions about getting the most out of your later years and the support available.

Why not come along any time between 9.30am and 4.30pm, pick up tips about getting the most out of later life and find out about the great range of resources available in your local library. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Community groups at the library Drop-in Dementia Information Sessions offered by the Alzheimer’s Society aimed at people with dementia their family and carers run every 4th Thursday of the month between 10.30-12.30pm. No need to book just turn up.

Adult reading group 13.30-15.00 1st Wednesday of the month Breast feeding group 09.30- 11.30 Tuesday Children’s story time 09.30-10.30 Friday

Manga Group (under 18s) 15:45-17:45 Thursday For further details, phone Ulverston Library on 01229 404151 or go online to uk/libraries - or visit their Facebook page.

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March 5th

Antiques Fair, 9:00am until

4:00pm. Come along to the Coronation Hall to visit the Antiques and Collectors Fair. You never know what you might find...


Ford Park - Weave your own rush sun hat - 9am-5pm.

Small group workshop with expert tuition using English freshwater rush, no previous


Film Club at the Roxy THE ASSASSIN – Cannes Film

experience necessary. Booking required 01229 581666.

International Women’s Day/ WI event 10am-4pm, Cumbria

& Westmorland Federation of Women’s Institutes, Coronation Hall, Ulverston. Talks, presentations, workshop, music and concert. All welcome, tickets £12 incl soup and traybake. Contact WI Office tel 01539 720921 or The Coro 01229 587140

Looking for a New Bathroom that soothes and helps you unwind ? The Waterworks Studio provides quality bathroom suites and accessories, visit our showroom for some ideas.

Festival winner. Roxy Cinema, Ulverston 20.00 - 22.50pm 12A, subtitled from Mandarin. Based on a seventh-century Chinese folk tale about a female assassin, trained since the age of ten to be a silent executioner for the Imperial Court, who is commanded to take out a nobleman she was previously engaged to. A film of extraordinary beauty.


Fair Trade Coffee Morning,

Dalton Community Centre. Barrow Age UK will be launching the work they are looking to do in Dalton Fizzy Friday at 4pm. Gleaston Village Hall & Green Committee. Dainty Sandwiches, Cakes, Scone with Jam & Cream & a Glass of Prosecco or Tea/ Coffee. Tickets are limited, so don’t leave it too late! No admission charge? - if you enjoy the afternoon then it’s entirely up to you what you pay! Like the idea? - then you

will need a ticket to attend (drinks to purchase following the afternoon tea). Tel Barbara 869968 or barbara.birch@

The Swing Commanders,

Coronation Hall, Ulverston 7.30pm. Vibrant Lancashire quintet who promote sophisticated harmonies, hot solos and pretty dresses, with lots of rhythm and humour – come dance! Tickets tel 01229 587140


Quiz Night at Scales Village Hall 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. £4 per person, all welcome

The Leyland Band present Brass at the Coro - 7.30pm,

Coronation Hall, Ulverston, Tickets tel 01229 587140


Ford Park - Signs of Spring Walk - 11am. Join a gentle

guided walk in Ford Park, visit their winter garden planted in November 2016, looking

Eggciting Easter Egg Festival Ulverston Canal Group would love for you to be a part of their Easter Egg Trail this year! It is a free event, spanning Easter, when visitors can stroll along the canal towpath admiring all the decorated Easter Eggs on display. A lot of schools, clubs and businesses have already signed up to decorate an egg. The trail takes place between Saturday 8th and Sunday 23rd April. But there are still spaces left and schools, community groups, organisations and businesses are invited to request a large plywood “Egg” for them to decorate as they wish. The businesses have been so generous that the Canal group this year can offer each Ulverston school or club one free egg. You are welcome to have more for a minimum donation of £8.00 per egg, to cover the cost of the wood. (Of course, any donations are welcome by the group!) All decorated eggs need to be completed by Wednesday 5th April so that they can be displayed by the group on posts along the path. This will all make for an “eggciting” Easter Egg Hunt over the two weeks. If you are interested, please contact the Canal Group chairman on: or 07720712928 or via their facebook page Easter Egg Hunt Competition

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The Canal group also organises the Ulverston Easter Egg hunt competition. For anybody wishing to participate, they simply find the hidden “Eggs” with numbers on them. If you would like to take part just download an entry sheet from their website or pick one up from local shops or group members. The sheets can be filled in and for the entry fee of £1.00, handed in to be marked. One sheet will be pulled out of a lucky draw to win a beautiful chocolate Easter Egg!

for hellebore, cyclamen, snowdrops and other emerging signs of spring. Followed by a free soup lunch. Free event, booking required 01229 581666.


South Lakeland Decorative & Fine Arts Society (SDLFAS)

lecture Dumfries House - Saved for the Nation Caroline Knight BA (Hons), MA (Courtauld), Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 1.30pm. £10. Contact 01229 468525


North West Film Archive presenting Furness on Film, Coronation Hall, Ulverston 7.30pm. Tickets tel 01229 587140


Living Well into Later Life Fair - to help people find

out how to get the best out of later life. Healthy living, information on local organisations offering social support, companionship and practical advice. Local organisations, including Ulverston Mind, Live Action Dementia, Furness Carers, Ulverston Leisure Centre and Age UK together with local health practitioners, will be on hand to answer questions. Ulverston Library 9.30am to 4.30pm

Shaun Loughrey & the Countrysiders - Irish

Country Music at Greenodd Village Hall. Tickets contact Bob on 01229 861488


The Lakes Got Talent - Final, Coronation Hall, Ulverston 7pm. Tickets tel 01229 587140


‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ 21st - 25th March

Ulverston Outsiders at Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 7.30pm. Tickets 01229 587140


Design a Herbaceous Border

- Ford Park - 9.30-12.30pm Do you dream of a flower filled border which will

reward you year after year? This workshop will help you identify the issues you need to consider, to make the right choices and create the herbaceous borders of your dreams. Small group workshop incl delicious cakes and refreshments from The Coach House. 10% discount with Ford Park membership. Booking essential - 01229 581666.

Jango Starr - One Man Shoe, 7.30pm Gleaston

Village Hall. An evening of slapstick comedy, magic, puppetry and more. Laughter and joy for all ages. Tickets £8 (adult) £4 (child) £18.50 (family), contact Barbara on tel 869968 or barbara.birch@

Britain on Film: Rural Life

- Oxen Park Cinema, The Carthouse 7.30pm. Contact 01229 861507 www.


Coro Charity Bingo Night

Coronation Hall, Ulverston 8pm. £6 per book, tel 01229 587140


UVHS Performing Arts is staging a production of “Me And My Girl”, on the 30th

& 31st March, Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50/£3.00 (students) tel 01229 587140


The Dalton Book Club meet

at 10:30 am. For Dalton Community Centre events, please call 01229 463929. Dalton Film Club - 2pm film Sunset Song, Dalton Community Centre. Intermission with refreshments. £4, everyone is welcome.

An Evening of Flowers with Roz Harrison (of Dodd’s

Flowers, Ulverston) at Cafe Ambio, Lakeland Motor Museum, Newby Bridge, 6.30 for 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 including Museum entry 6.30 to 7.30pm & refreshments courtesy of Andrew Southcott Catering. To book contact Dot 30132 or Marian 31779

Weekly events Mondays

• Pie, Peas & Film Night . Visit the Hope & Anchor, Daltongate, from 6.30 onwards for Pie & Peas, then visit the Roxy for the film, All for £10 only on Monday nights! • GOOD TONES Mondays 7-8pm back room at Ulverston Methodist Church, Hartley/Neville Street, £7 or fb SONG BIRDS Ulverston • Tai Chi Classes, Croftlands Community Centre 5.10 - 6.40pm, £6. Contact sarah.mccormack26@ or leetaichi.wordpress. com • Leave ‘em Laughing Chess Collective, meets every Mon & Tue night from 7pm at The Stan Laurel Inn, The Ellers, Ulverston. A friendly bunch of chess enthusiasts, new people welcome, and always a good selection of real ales on tap


• Yoga Classes, Croftlands Community Centre 7.30-9pm, £6 drop in further info • French Lessons. Ou La La French Lessons, 3 levels of lessons by native French speaker. At Natterjacks. 01229 582190 • South Lakes Jive, Beginners class 7.45pm, Improvers class at 9pm and after that Freestyle until 10:30pm! Red Rose, Ulverston. £6, doors open at 7:30pm. All beginners welcome • Gleaston Craft Group, 7-9pm, Gleaston Village Hall. Every Tuesday except 2nd Tue of the month. £2 per session incl tea/coffee & cake. All welcome, contact Barbara tel 869968 or barbara.birch@hotmail.


• Creative Support, 7pm until 9pm A fun evening catering for those with learning disabilities. Come and meet others for a drink, a dance and a singalong. Red Rose, Ulverston. £1 per session, for over 18s only. Call Malcolm on 07523 284865. • Mindfulness Classes on a Wednesday afternoon at 2pm - Dalton Community Centre • FEEL GOOD Singalong on Wednesday mornings at 11am (Allithwaite Community Centre) • Open Mic Night, The Mill starting 9pm call for further information 01229 581384 • Knit and natter in the Coach House, 1 - 3pm all welcome please come along. • Table Tennis, 7pm Gleaston Village Hall & Green Committee. £1 per session. JTU - Bring your own drink. Contact Barbara tel 869968 or


• Ulverston Outdoor Market • South Cumbrian Retirement Brass Band,

10am. Red Rose, Ulverston. Free tea, coffee and biscuits. • Country Market, from 9.30am to 11.30am in the Coronation Hall. Home made bakes, preserves, craft work, cards, gifts, plants & vegetables. • Knit and Natter at Natterjacks night time coffee house, 7:30pm. All welcome. • Breast feeding group 09.30 - 11.30 at the Ulverston Library • The Feel Good Singalong back room at Ulverston Methodist Church, Hartley Street, LA12 0AN 10.30-11.30am. £6 open to everyone (wheel chair access) or fb SONG BIRDS Ulverston • Coffee mornings are held almost every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year on behalf of various organisations in the Coronation Hall. • Lakeland Orienteering Club - NavNight, 6.30pm - 8pm Red Rose, Ulverston, Introducing basic navigation and map reading skills. Contact Richard Lecky-Thompson 01229 716021 or mail navnight@lakeland-orienteering. • ULVERSTON.NEWS e-newsletter. Keep up with what’s happening in Ulverston. ULVERSTON.NEWS is published every second Thursday. If you’d like to publicise an event, service, special offer, or anything else of local interest contact www. • Choral Society Meetings, The society welcomes new members. 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm. Ulverston Methodist Church, Hartley St. Contact : Pam Gillam 01229 716321. • Poker, Texas hold ’em poker with inclusive supper. starts at 8pm at the Swan, Ulverston • Digital Photography Classes on a Thursday 7-9 - Dalton Community Centre


• Children’s story time 09.30-10.30 Friday's during term time at the Ulverston Library. • Yoga Classes Croftlands Community Centre, £4 drop in 10am - 11am


• Ulverston Outdoor Market, • Coffee mornings are held almost every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year on behalf of various organisations in the Coronation Hall. • Old Time Dancing 7.30pm-11pm, Red Rose, Ulverston. Red Rose club’s very own night featuring live music from the in house band and dancing to old time music. A great time to be had for only £5/member and £6/ non-members.


• Pub Quiz at the Swan - Fun pub quiz with gallon of ale prize and inclusive supper. Starting 6.30pm

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Ulverston and Swarthmoor Methodist Churches Ulverston and Swarthmoor Churches offer a warm welcome to all. Ulverston worship takes place on Sundays at 10,30am with a Crèche for younger children. Evening services at 6pm on the first and third Sunday of the month. Swarthmoor’s services Sundays at 6pm

Messy Church - and afternoon of crafts, activities, worship and a meal, for the whole family on Saturday 18th March from 3pm. Minister Rev Graham Ransom telephone 01229 583198. Find out about our activities on

Mothers Union Coffee Morning The Mothers’ Union Coffee/ Craft morning takes place at Dalton Drill Hall on Saturday 11th March from 9.30 to 11.30am. Stalls include cakes, raffle, tombola, crafts,

items for children to buy, especially with Easter in mind, books, bric a brac. Everyone welcome. Proceeds go towards the MU funds.

Mothering Sunday Services Dalton St Mary and Ireleth St Peter’s Mothering Sunday services take place on March 26th.

The Dalton service starts at 9.30am and Ireleth at 11.15am. Everyone is welcome.

New Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness Church of England Diocese of Carlisle has appointed Rev’d Vernon Ross to become the next Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness. Rev’d Vernon has moved up from the

Mission and Ministry Advisor for Barking in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He took up the post in February this year following the retirement of the Ven Penny Driver.

South Lakes Community Learning & Skills

Advanced French, Thursday 10:0012:00 & Intermediate French 13:0015:00, Lindale

Now that the evenings are getting lighter and the days longer, there’s still time to sign up to one of our existing classes. The vast majority of our Language courses are continuing into Term 2 and we are still taking enrolments for these. Perhaps, you would like to learn a completely new language or pick up where you have previously left off. Courses on offer are; Spanish for Beginners, Monday 18:00-19:30 & Spanish Continuation 19:30-21:00, Ulverston

French Continuation, Tuesday 18:0019:30, Ulverston Moving on with Italian, Tuesday 19:00-20:30, Ulverston

Italian for Beginners, Wednesday 18:30-20:00, Cartmel

Italian for Improvers, Thursday 18:00-20:00, Ulverston

If you are looking to begin a gentle exercise routine, following illness or rehabilitation after surgery, or simply want to get back into exercising again, then maybe our Healthy Hearts classes will be suitable for you. We have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Ulverston and on Mondays and Thursdays in Grange with our excellent tutors, Elaine Towler and Ann Stemp whom are fully qualified BACR Phase IV instructors.

Monday. Grange Methodist Hall. 1:302:30. Elaine Towler

Tuesday. St Mary’s Hospice Education Suite, Ulverston. 10:00-11:00 & 11:0012:00 Elaine Towler Thursday. Grange Methodist Hall. 10:00-11:00 & 11:00-12:00. Elaine Towler

Coffee & Chat at the Ulverston Parish Church Ulverston Parish Church hosts a “Coffee & Chat” morning every Friday in the church from 10am until noon. Refreshments are available and every other month this is extended into a hot lunch with a guest speaker.

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On Friday 3rd of March Ulverston Parish Church held their Traidcraft Fair Trade Big Brew coffee morning.

BOOK REVIEW ‘Over The Hills and Far Away The Life of Beatrix Potter’ Matthew Dennison Head of Zeus 2016 £18.99 (£4 off at Sutton’s Books) People might think enough has been written about Beatrix Potter, but this concise yet searching biography may prove them wrong. Placing her firmly in the context of her family and time, it explores her determination to have a useful and independent life and the contradictions in her character which led this champion of common sense to have a lifelong belief in the Loch Ness monster. While the story of her isolated childhood is well-known, perhaps less well-known are her family’s artistic connections and the obsessive side in her nature which led her from an early age to read and draw endlessly and to learn reams of poetry. A serious interest in nature was awakened by holidays in the countryside, and she became a self-taught expert in fungi as well as keeping a menagerie of Thursday. Ulverston Leisure Centre. 10:00-11:00. Ann Stemp

For those of us with a strong creative and artistic side, we have a number of arts and crafts courses and weekend workshops planned for the start of spring including Creative Collage, Improve Your Painting Skills and Felt Painting Workshop. We are hoping to begin offering an Upholstery course again in the near future and also an exciting new course ‘Jewellery Making as a Micro Business.’ This course aims to give you the skills and knowledge to produce a piece of jewellery to saleable standard and also the knowledge to advertise, market and sell your work and develop a cottage industry. Please phone the office for further details. We are offering a one day workshop titled ‘Get to Know Your IPad.’ If you own an IPad and would like to learn how to use it to its full potential we have a 6 hour course running on Thursday March 2nd at Cartmel

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tamed wild animals, including mice, rabbits and a hedgehog, well into her adulthood. Cut off from her contemporaries and kept dependent by her parents, all these influences led to her unique creation of illustrated tales of animals with human characteristics. The author traces her career and how the success of her ‘little books’ meant she was able to buy Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey. Farming, especially breeding Herdwick sheep, and preserving the Lakeland landscape became the final obsessions of her life. This book brings out the complexity of a woman who, while leaving a legacy of children’s books loved by generations and of 4,000 acres and 15 farms to the National Trust, could also be mistaken by a gentleman of the road on the Windermere ferry for a fellow tramp. Priory School with Grace Hall, the Advanced Practitioner for ICT for Cumbria County Council Community Learning and Skills. The course will begin by developing basic knowledge and techniques for IPad use, before developing more intermediate knowledge to enable you to really start exploring the possibilities for using your IPad. You will need to bring your own IPad to the course, fully charged and with ITunes installed and enabled for use

We are in the process of moving our Cartmel office to Kendal Library. I would like to reiterate that this is not the end of Adult Education courses in our area. We will continue to provide a full range of courses for all Learners, young and old across the South Lakes area, information on all of our courses can be found on our website www. Kevin Fothergill Community Learning and Skills Manager, South Lakeland.

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TOP TRIATHLETES IN THE LAKES THIS SUMMER The Lake District will once again be home to some of the most challenging triathlons in the world this summer.

Events such as Triathlon X and the Lakesman Triathlon, present some of the most gruelling tests, with both events comprising of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and a marathon to finish. Triathlon X:

On Saturday 17th June, 250 triathletes will attempt to complete one of the most challenging sporting events. With more than 5,100m of ascent in 140 miles of Lake District Mountains, Triathlon X is one of the hardest of its kind. Last year saw Andrew Drobeck from Montana, USA, first to the finish line. Paul Davies, a local GP from Ambleside, was amongst those who completed it. Lakesman Triathlon:

Just a day after Triathlon X, the Lake District is home to Cumbria’s first on-road long-distance triathlon, the Lakesman Triathlon. The event is expected to attract around 750 athletes from across the UK and beyond. Amongst those who completed last year’s triathlon is, local landlady, Trudi Dewar, who this year is competing in the Brathay 10in10 marathon challenge.

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Twickenham Curtain Raiser for UVHS and Millom girls

Begin of February, when England took on France in their opening game of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations, two local school teams, one from Ulverston Victoria High School and one from Millom had been nominated to form the ‘Guard of Honour’ . They were there TWICE as Guard of Honour - as the players run out onto the pitch for both the Men’s and the Women’s International Rugby Union Championships. The school pupils from Millom and UVHS were based at Oxford for their two-night stay so travelling in to Twickenham in itself was an adventure and the excitement had been building since the schools’ first found out two weeks before. The girls were looked after by RFU Professional Staff from Cumbria and London. Their practicing of the guard of honour went very well on the pitch in an empty stadium (which only a few hours later would hold over 82,000 people). After practice, the girls got to play a couple of games of touch rugby on the Twickenham pitch. Amazing! All the time they were playing, they didn’t notice that 28

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the stands were slowly filling up and the England and France teams were beginning to warm up only metres from them. Throughout the day the girls were so outstanding in all areas that it attracted positive comments from many of the Twickenham staff. It is testament both to the, girls, their schools and the way the support staff looked after them. England Rugby’s Core Values of; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship were well and truly epitomised by all. Millom school and Ulverston Victoria High School are part of the CBRE National All Schools Programme. The programme sees a £10,000 investment in a school over an initial 3 year period, with additional support beyond. Cumbria is a focus area for the development of the Women’s and Girls Game from September 2016, if you want to give it a try then please get in touch with RFU - or 07711 901 374 or contact your local Community Coach.


Get fit in aid of Action For Children

Wave two of Charity Bootcamp was launched in February and runs over six weeks at a time. The previous Charity Bootcamp raised over £1,000 in aid of Action For Children. Bootcamp, organised by local Herbalife Health members, runs sessions at Barrow Leisure Centre and now has over 190 people registered. The £2 charity session charge goes straight to Action For Children. Contact James Pendleton 07900 573 743 or go to the website

Brathay 10 in 10

SEVENTEEN fundraising heroes have just 10 more weeks of training before they will tackle 10 marathons in as many days around Lake Windermere this May. Their Groundhog Day challenge, to run the same marathon every day, is often described as the UK’s ultimate endurance running event. A fundraiser for youth charity Brathay Trust, it was devised by Sir Christopher Ball, an academic in his 70s, who wanted to know if you could be ordinary to push the boundaries of what is humanly possible. Their 10in10 has raised over £1million in 10 years for Brathay’s ground-breaking work with young people. More about two of the runners - Sonja Foster and Trudi Dewar - in our

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Inspirational Women’s feature. The Brathay 10in10 starts on Friday 12 May and ends on Sunday 21 May when the course is also the one day ASICS Windermere Marathon. Many 10in10ers discover the challenge when running the one day marathon. Donation, event and runner details can be found on:

Boxing in South Lakes raises thousands The thirteen bouts featured boxers from Kendal, Ambleside, Barrow and further afield. It is run under the auspices of Kendal Amateur Boxing Club who arrange the bouts.

Pictured from left to right, are top table guests; Chris Butterfield, David Grainger, Tony Harrison, Gary Rogerson, Peter Schofield and Peter Taylor

A packed Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange was once again the venue for the annual dinner with boxing evening organised by the Furness and South Lakeland Freemasons. It was the 31st occasion it has been held and it is anticipated that it will have raised in the region of £7-8,000 to add to the £180,000 which has previously been raised for charity by the event.

The principal guest on the night was Tony Harrison the head of the West Lancashire Freemasons.

Boxing committee chairman Gary Rogerson commented, “We are indebted to our sponsors for their continued support for the event. There is a lot of work which goes into arranging the night and I am grateful for the efforts of my committee and Alan Willoughby from Kendal Boxing Club. All the endeavour is made worthwhile when we manage to raise such significant funds to donate to charity.” The profits from the evening when will be distributed to good causes at a presentation evening later in the year.

Are you up for Ulverston Pool Triathlon - or a Parkrun? New year, new you. Making a new year’s resolution for yourself is a great way to start the new year positively and productively, whether you aim to improve your health, learn a new skill or spend more time with the family. If you’re trying to be more active, why not sign up to a local running race or triathlon? Writing down a date in a calendar is a great way to quantify what you want to achieve in the weeks coming up. There are plenty of small events throughout the year in the Lake District that are well run, friendly and are very manageable for someone looking to improve their fitness. If actually competing doesn’t sound like the thing for you, then personal goals are essential, for example keeping a steady run all the way around your normal route.

An example of such an event is the Ulverston Pool Triathlon on the 2nd of April. With a 400m pool swim, 28km road cycle and 5.8km run, this Triathlon is perfect for someone that wants to see how they’ve improved since trying to become more active in the New Year. On the other hand, Parkrun is a series of 5km runs held on Saturday mornings all over the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in with the closest events held in Barrow and Fell Foot, Windermere. Good luck to all of you with resolutions and I hope you stick to them in the next months, wish me luck too! ulverston-pool-triathlon-2nd-april-2017

If you love rugby, either as an explayer or a keen spectator, fear not, there is a new Walking Ruby initiative running in leisure centres across Cumbria. Sessions are mixed so men and women can play together and are aimed at anyone aged 50 and over, although you won’t be turned away if you’re younger!

The sessions started in January at Ulverston and other Cumbrian Leisure Centres. Visit Ulverston Leisure Centre to sign up and join or see Sessions in Ulverston run Mondays 11.15am to 12noon and Tuesdays 6 to 6.45pm

Pivotal month for Bluebirds

Barrow AFC face a potentially season-defining month, as the Bluebirds continue their quest for promotion to the Football League.

With games against Tranmere and Dagenham and Redbridge this month, Paul Cox’s side have a massive opportunity to put themselves in a strong position, going into the final part of the season. However, AFC will be hoping for a change in fortunes after a disappointing run of results in January and February, which saw them win only once in nine games.

Poor performances against relegationthreatened sides such as Southport and York have seen Barrow slip further behind the chasing pack in recent weeks. A stark contrast to the form which saw the Bluebirds go a staggering 20 league games unbeaten earlier on in the season. Cox, his players and AFC supporters all know that if they are to gain promotion to the Football League this season, March is a month where they simply cannot slip up. Fixtures for MARCH as per

Sat 4th: Barrow v Sutton United Tue 7th: Tranmere v Barrow

Sat 11th: Eastleigh v Barrow

Sat 18th: Barrow v Dagenham & Redbridge Tues 21st: Barrow v Wrexham

Sat 25th: Solihull Moors v Barrow and early APRIL

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Ulverston Jazz Appreciation Society The programme for the meeting on March 23 includes; The Vanguard Story: the record label which launched the word ‘mainstream’ into the jazz world, In Andando Tiempo: a new recording by avant garde pianist-composer and big band leader Carla Bley – this time leading a trio featuring British saxophonist Andy Sheppard - and Trains ’n’ Boats ’n’ Planes: a selection from the scores of recordings featuring travel. Offering a warm welcome to ‘jazz people’, whether they’re just curious about the music or old stagers, the Society meets monthly at Bardsea’s Malt Kiln Village Hall, a few minutes down the coast road from Ulverston, where it presents recordings from every jazz era, along with knowledgeable commentary, on high quality audio equipment. The downbeat is at 7pm, and tasty refreshments are included in the modest charge of £2. Phone Roy Booth at 01524 853335, or visit the club’s website at

Scales Community Association Quiz Night Scales Community Association is holding a Quiz Night at Scales Village Hall on Saturday 11th March. The evening starts at 7.30pm. Don’t forget to bring your own drinks and nibbles. It’s only £4 per person, all are welcome.


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Ulverston Evening Townwomen’s Guild Ulverston Evening Townwomen’s Guild Meeting took place on the 1st February at Croftlands Junior School at 7.30pm. Chairman Kate Brooks welcomed everyone, continuing by congratulating Jean Hislop with her 40 years badge and certificate.

Our speakers for the evening were Linda and Mike Garforth who gave a presentation entitled “Waterways of the Czars” about their cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, visiting some beautiful places with photography to match them. May Neilson gave the vote of thanks.

After a short break the business followed, Kate reminding members that the March meeting is our AGM. Julie Beeden will be our speaker on 5th April entitled “The meanings of Surnames” visitors very welcome. The meeting closed with Kate wishing everyone a safe journey home.

Gleaston Art & Craft Exhibition

unique and beautiful art & craft work. We hope you enjoy our display of creativity and craftsmanship, and that our exhibition will inspire, excite and challenge you.

There will also be a craft demonstrations throughout the day.

Welcome to our second Art & Craft Exhibition 14th to 16th of April. Our display will be a showcase of work provided by local talented arts & crafts people. The exhibition will give exhibitors a chance to show and sell their

Inner Wheel of Ulverston The festive season began early in December when members enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch at the Olde Mill with entertainment by the Hoad Handbell Ringers. Some members went on to entertain the residents of the Ulverston Abbeyfield House singing carols with them and presenting Christmas cards and sherry. The Club’s first meeting of 2017 has taken place and President Charlotte Wills

Osmotherly and Mansriggs WI

Dual President Lynne Woodburn welcomed 14 members to our February meeting at the Mill Room, Broughton Beck. Barrow WI and Broughton Mills/Woodland WI had sent invitations to attend their events. Our Group meeting is at 7pm on 20th June at Trinity Rooms Barrow. We have been asked to provide flowers, the competition is a pretty scarf. Kendal Office had sent a letter to say that 6 members, because of over-subscription, that hadn’t been able to attend the talk/slides by Ivan Day and afternoon tea at the


Items on display will include; Pottery, Original Artwork, Weaving, Patchwork, Woodwork, Rugs, Embroidery, Lace Work and many more.

Admission £2 includes a visit to our vintage Café with tea/ coffee & cake included. For further information Tel Barbara 01229 869968 or email

was pleased to welcome Robert Wheatley, MBE as the speaker. Robert spoke about his presentation of the British Empire Medal in 2012 but initially gave an interesting history lesson about the British Empire which had once spread around the world. The BEM was introduced by George V, abandoned in 1992 but re-introduced in 2010. Robert chose to have his medal presented in Aldingham church by the then new Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Claire Hensman. The award was for Robert’s work with Aldingham church and in the Low Furness area.

The business meeting followed. President Charlotte introduced Vicky Pyne who was presented with a cheque by Jean Day. The donation for the charity Alice’s Escapes, was raised from the sale of Christmas goods made by members and will go towards the cost of running a third caravan for the charity. This caravan is to enable bereaved families to have a short holiday after the loss of a child.

Villa, Levens back in February would be assured of a ticket if they wanted to attend the Villa on 29th June.

were around 4,500 but rose to 12,500 in 2016. This might have been due to the fact that when work was being carried out the body of a Bishop together with his crosier and ring was unearthed along with 21 other bodies. The bodies were removed but plans are to have them reburied there. The crosier can be seen at the Abbey.

We need to Fundraise this year, the sales table had been re-introduced and on 8th May at Ulverston Sports and Social Club there would be a Fun Quiz along with Pie and Peas. Our speaker Mrs Gill Jepson, local author, historian and member of Furness Abbey Fellowship gave a very informative presentation on Furness Abbey. She started by asking how many of us had visited the Abbey, which is the second largest Abbey after Fountains in Yorkshire, all of us had but none in the last 5 years. It was interesting to find out that visitors in 2012

Our next event is to provide tea and cake for the members of the Alzheimer’s group when we will also all join in singing old familiar songs.

The competition was won by Elaine Prescott, 2nd Aprille Collar, 3rd Muriel Bullock and Muriel also won the raffle. After tea we were all reminded that next month’s meeting is in the afternoon at 1.30pm on 9th March. Visitors and new members are welcome, we meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month.


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Animal Welfare (Furness) - providing sanctuary for distressed animals until loving forever homes found. Contact Cattery 01229 836955 or Barrow / Ulverston Shops 01229 811122 / 01229 581402


ROGER ARMSTRONG ARCHITECT, Lindale. Design / Property Advice / Applications. Tel 015395 34314.


Daisyroots Books Main Street, Grangeover-Sands. Second-hand books. Local History, Climbing, Railways & much more. Full range of OS maps. Open 9:30 - 4:30 Mon - Sat. 015395 38817 Greenlane Archaeology, Lower Brook Street, Ulverston. Secondhand & new books; archaeology, history, geology, topography & engineering, local interest. Open Thursdays 10am–4pm. 01229 588500.


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Carpet & Flooring Fitter Underlay & Accessories Supplied Fully Qualified & Insured Call Mike 07999 072 697

ULVERCLEAN Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists. For a true deep clean contact Lee Gundry on 01229 586703 or 07858 757215


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SUE LAWTON (S.R.Ch,D.Pod.M,M.Ch.S) HCPC Registered Chiropodist. Registered & qualified for 26 years. Home visits covering Grange, Ulverston & surrounding areas 015395 83625


CLEAN CHOICE - High Standard Domestic and Commercial Cleaning Service. Contact Emma on 07795 441324/ 01229 889490 or email CLEANER Quality cleaning and laundry services. Reasonable rates. Hours available. Call Joan on 0770 622 1466 / 07979 127 318 or e-mail


RELAX AND REDUCE STRESS Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki treatments & Relaxation techniques with Caroline at “The Medicine Garden” Ulverston Tel: 07870 594096 or 462193


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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Phobias (incl school phobias), anxiety, depression, addictions, confidence and self esteem. Speak to a professional caring therapist. Experienced in working with adults and children 07792 843 807

DOG SERVICES ONE-to-ONE DOG BEHAVIOUR and Training Solutions. Martin Gleadow 015395 63567


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Heydays Care & Support Services Full and part time positions available various shifts to suit, around Grange Over Sands, Newby Bridge or Barrow rates from £7.80 plus paid mileage and travel time. Call Kelly or Dawn 015395 52548 / 01229 808023

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Rise & Recline Chairs, Electric Beds and general furnishings supplied by Furness Furniture Ltd, 19 Nelson St Dalton 01229 208536. Free local delivery.


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GARDEN CLEARANCE Grass and hedge cutting, strimming and fencing. Ron’s Tidy Garden. Tel: 01229 580345 Mobile 07904 151964. Reliable and honest




SITTING PRETTY Antique traditional and modern furniture re-upholstered locally by time-served craftswoman. 20 years experience. Lesley Fursey 01229 464607 www.

Tree Stumps Removed GET A QUOTE ONLINE or call Peter on 01539 720441


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OH TREE SERVICES - qualified and insured arborists/tree surgeons. Please contact Oliver on: 015395 30756 or 07904 698 794


GUITAR LESSONS All styles, ages and levels, Ulverston based. Buy six lessons get one FREE! Contact Matt Cowe 0781 748 9391 info@mattcowe. com More info at PIANO, FLUTE, Music theory, ABRSM exams, lessons Ulverston and Dalton. All ages, beginners, returners. Experienced, qualified teachers. Zina + Ciara Preston, phone 588270, or


DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND ULVERCLEAN can now offer a true deep cleaning service to those dingy looking areas. Contact Lee 01229 586703 or 07858 757215 for a free quote


STAMP COLLECTIONS, OLD COINS / medals and pre-1960 picture postcards purchased. Will visit to view. Tel Smith 07721 651 751 email OLD SUITCASES, trunks, leather bags, wooden boxes, toolboxes, wooden ladders, galvanised buckets, watering cans, kitchenware. Peter 015395 62811

GARDEN LANDSCAPING AND DRY STONE WALLING. All aspects of stonework and landscaping. Sam Shaw Kilburn 07887243988 Lawns mowed, hedges trimmed, overgrowth strimmed, branches shredded and leaves blown away! Also DIY. Local and friendly. Call Simon on 07950 912212 or 015395 34640.


I’m your local, friendly handyman for painting, repairs and general DIY around the home. I can do most things! All jobs considered. Call Simon on 07950 912212 or 015395 34640.

HAY & STRAW MERCHANTS Hay & Straw Merchants Single bales, Large bales, Full and Half loads available. Williamson Bros Ltd 07850 704234


FREE* HOUSE CLEARANCE SERVICE *Please note: there must be enough items of re-sale value to cover our labour costs and tipping fees. We Buy Furniture ~ Brica-Brac ~ Tools ~ Jewellery ~ Gold & Silver ~ Antiques. Contact Guy for a FREE quote on 01229 715114 / 07990 664476


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Last month we told you about some meetings we had organised in Ulverston and Dalton to discuss Better Care Together and the Ulverston, Dalton and Askam Integrated Care Community. These dates have had to be postponed, and we will notify you of the new dates as soon as they are arranged. In the meantime we apologise for any inconvenience.

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