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Dear Neighbours

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HE CLOCKS have changed and the nights have drawn in, it gives a whole different feel to the day when you’re looking out of your window at the pelting rain, whilst car lights reflect in the street lit puddles.

Still never mind, at least we can draw the curtains put the fire on and curl up with the latest edition of the magazine. As you read this it will be even closer to the festive season and I guess some of you may have even began your preparations. It always feels appropriate at the end of the year to say thank you to everyone who has helped in the creation of these magazines, everything everyone has done has been so much appreciated. Thank You. ED

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Who’s Who Eddie Ward

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y the daytime time mild mannered multi functional Quantity Surveyor Eddie Ward may look like your typical employee however come the end of the working day Eddie steps into a different world. A world of extremes, or “xtremes” as his group, Ayers Explorer Scouts, like to call them, be it surfing, Scuba Diving, White Water rafting or to wrap it up Xtreme Scouting. For Eddie it all began in 1988 when he applied for his Scout Leaders Warrant; at the age of 18 he became one of the areas youngest Scout Leaders in Carlisle. Four years later he formed a new Venture Scout Unit, the predecessor to t o d a y ’ s Explo r e r Scouts (for 14 to 18 year olds).

Contrary to the portrayal of teens in the contemporary press, there is something for them to do and in Carlisle they are doing it in ever increasing numbers. Eddie, ever dismissive of the press which still continues to label Scouting with its old imagery, has (alongside Scouting) embraced the social, personal and community changes of the 21st Century. With the support of his family; Kelly his wife and his sons, 4 year old Finley and 2 year old Mason who can regularly be seen with him at Explorer Scout activities Eddie continues to provide almost daily contact with his group and encourages Scouting in all its many formats. “Scouting has given me so much and it can give the same to everyone out there. It’s all about the adventure, fun and challenge. If those three ingredients are there we can’t go wrong”.

With 21 years of Scouting behind him not only is he the leader of the fastest growing Explorer Scout Unit but he is also Manager of the District Campsite at Ratlingate, he is

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an active trustee of the District Scout Executive Committee and he is also County Scout Media Development Manager. Finding time to utilise all those social networking tools popular today he is helping to keep Scouting at the cutting edge of contemporary culture. With tools such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, his Explorer Scouts have an extensive and popular web presence (www.Ayers ExplorerScouts.org).

No other organisation offers such a range of challenging or exciting activities...

Researching these sites it is possible to stumble across recent activities such as Coasteering, campaigning for young people at the Conservative Party Conference, hosting Finnish & Texan Scouts, Ghyll Scrambling and taking on the Krypton Factor Assault Course. No other organisation offers such a range of challenging or exciting activities as Scouting. When one Explorer Scout was asked online; how would your life be different if Eddie wasn’t in it? He answered “It would be massively different; it would be less extreme for one”

Having raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities he received a community service award from Rotary International in 1997 for “helping and initiating recreational, social and educational activities for young people in the local community, and in particular his service to Scouting”. He has seen hundreds of teens pass through his group and he continues to gain in the same way his unit does. “We work together at our activities and if we didn’t gain positively from the outcomes we wouldn’t do it. Scouting offers adults a social life with a purpose, and as a Leader the chance to gain new skills, and have fun whilst helping other people.” Together they have recently supported the Eden Valley Hospice and only last week completed a 100 mile cycle to raise money for Watchtree Wheelers to provide adapted bikes for elderly, disadvantaged & disabled cycle users. continued on page 11

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TONE EDEN NURSERY SCHOOL on the outskirts of Scotby village picked up two prestigious National Awards at a ceremony in London recently. The nursery ‘outgrew’ their old premises at Warwick-OnEden and relocated last year to its new purpose built nursery. It was then able to offer the local community a state of the art nursery on their doorstep.

The Awards are the latest success for the nursery who gained ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of its recent OFSTED inspection. The rural location has enabled the owners, Jenn and David Farrell, to incorporate a ‘Learning Orchard’, playing field and a 30 space car park for the convenience of parents. The ‘Business Development Award’ highlighted these factors as well as the

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Farrell’s efforts to ensure the children were healthy by employing a full time chef. Other new additions include a school holiday club for 4-11 year olds which caters for the children in the local community and a training division which allows 14-16 year olds from local secondary schools to train towards a recognised entry level qualification in Childcare or catering. The ‘Team Development Award’ that the nursery received recognised the commitment of the childcare practitioners in delivering high quality childcare to more

than 150 children. The team’s hard work and dedication has ensured that all children receive the best possible start in their lives. They have also created a warm and welcoming environment in which the children feel safe and secure. This gives the parents piece of mind and means they are more than happy to leave their children in the staff’s care. You can contact the nursery on 01228 599400 or email

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Savings & Investments By Darren Turnbull CFP,DMS,MCIBS Certified Financial Planner 01228 597986 dturnbull@financialconcepts.co.uk http://www.financialconcepts.co.uk

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HE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK of England recently signalled that interest rates are unlikely to rise in the short term, which is good news for borrowers coming up to Christmas, however it is bad news for savings in cash. There is £554bn on deposit in UK Savings Accounts plus a further £79bn held in cash ISA’s. A Survey by SAGA recently showed almost 61% of savers do not even know what rate of interest they are obtaining on their account with less than 25% checking their interest rate even once a year. Many people are unaware of the losses they will potentially make by not placing their money in the right place. It may be that people that are relying on their savings to provide them with income and they will have noticed a significant drop in their income since the Base Rate started to fall at the end of 2008. Also those people who were lucky enough to fix in at higher rates last year in one year deposits will have found that interest rates available on the maturity of these monies is significantly less than when they took them out.

So what next for savers?

The 6th of October saw some important enhancements to ISA’s. Clients aged 50 and over (on or before the 5/4/2010) can now invest £10,200 into their ISA in this tax year.

People who are able to tie their money up for a longer period may be able to consider alternative investments like ISA’s, and they should contact an Independent Financial Adviser and ask for a review of their current financial situation.

Obviously some other types of investments carry a greater degree of risk, however with Stock Markets around the world having shown significant increases in recent weeks, returns have been considerably higher than cash and investors may wish consider the alternatives to deposit accounts earning little interest. However, they should always take expert advice before investing and remember that the value of investments can go down as well as up.

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continued from page 4 With Christmas just around the corner now more than ever people should review their financial situation and ensure that they maximise returns from savings, minimise borrowing costs and ensure that they are not left with a “financial headache” in the New Year. An hour’s meeting with an independent financial adviser could turn out to be the best value Christmas present you have ever had.

As this is the last finance article of the current year I would like to wish all the readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2010.

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Chef’s Notes

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With new Head Chef Paul Taylor at the Crown Hotel Wetheral.

In season at the moment are Jerusalem artichokes, these make perfect soups & purees. They have a rich earthy flavour which makes this soup a must.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Serves 4

6 Shallots - finely chopped 2 Cloves Garlic - finely chopped 2lb Jerusalem artichokes - peeled & sliced 11/2 pints Fresh warm chicken stock 500ml Double cream 200g Wild mushrooms - sliced Olive oil White truffle oil Salt & pepper 1) Add some olive oil to a heavy based pan and sweat off the shallots and garlic until they are soft.

2) Add the Jerusalem artichokes and sweat off until soft as well, 3) Add the warm chicken stock and bring to the boil, then add the cream 4) Add salt & pepper and correct the seasoning then blitz in a food processor 5) Add some olive oil to a frying pan and sweat off the wild mushrooms until light golden brown (Do not add too many at one time as they will go soggy and wont colour) 6) Pour the soup into warmed soup bowls, sprinkle some wild mushrooms on top and pour a little white truffle oil on to finish. 7) Serve and enjoy!

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...is an independent family practice bringing eye care to the heart of their local communities from their bases in Church Street Stanwix and English Street Longtown. Our team likes to get to know our patients thus ensuring a one to one personal and professional service. The practice offers full private and NHS optical services where we are dedicated to the very high standard of eye care and this means maintaining the health of your eyes as well as the clarity of your vision. The health of your eyes can start to deteriorate well before your vision suffers. During an eye examination David our qualified optometrist studies the interior of your eyes looking for any sign of abnormalities. He may use our Digital retinal camera; this camera photographs the interior of your eyes (specifically the retina) meaning David can study your eyes in far more detail enabling us to check for Glaucoma, Diabetes, Cataract, Age Related Macular Degeneration and other ailments that affect literally hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. By keeping photographic records of your retina we are also able to compare images year on year. Both practices have free parking facilities at the door and offer home visits for the housebound. All our offers are tailored to individual needs so why not pay us a visit and see what we have to offer. Both NHS and Private patients.

We are active members of the local community and are keen to raise awareness of health eye care by being available to give talks to local groups. All our offers are tailored to individual needs so why not pay us a visit and see what we have to offer.

‘NewYear’Origins Jan 1st marking the celebration of the New Year is a relatively new idea. The earliest recording celebration of the New Year has been traced as far back as 2000 B.C. in Babylon where it was celebrated on Dec 25th which marked the death of the god Osiris (Nimrod) and the re-birth of him as his son Horus, symbolised by a dead ‘Yule’ log and a fresh Tree, also connected with the re-birth of the Sun. The first time the New Year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C., only because it marked the start of the civil year where the highest ranking Roman Officials (Consuls) began their one year term of office, and they named the month January after Janus who had 2 faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Dec 25th was used as ‘Saturnalia’ after the god Saturn, and associated with Sun worship and gifts. In the middle ages New Year celebrations were considered pagan and un-Christian and in 567 January 1st was removed as the beginning of the year. Instead the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25 again! The Germans moved theirs to March 25th to link with established pagan fertility rites, and most Catholic countries changed to Jan 1st in 1582... it was only gradually accepted among Protestant countries, and the UK did conform until 1752.

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Spotlight on a local business Alastair Cook Minibus & Coach Services How long have you been running the Business?

Next year we will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary and the business is going from strength to strength. We started out with the one minibus and now due to demand we run four minibuses and a new forty nine seater coach. So why the jump into running your own business? It was an easy choice to make. After driving locally and internationally for different organisations we thought why drive for somebody else when we can do it so much better ourselves and provide the customer a much more personal service. So what are the benefits to working for yourself?

Well besides the satisfaction of knowing we can give our customers the best service…we also get to enjoy our days off, today on my day off I cleaned all four buses and the coach. What did you do before you were driving? I passed my driving test on my 17th birthday but before I started driving professionally, myself and Judy were touring musicians, myself a keyboard player for 25 years and Judy a singer. Having toured nationally, completing six month cruises and taking in such places as Denmark, Greenland and Copenhagen we definitely have a strength in knowing our way around. What music do you like to listen to when you drive? Having played so much music my tastes are pretty varied. Anything from the 60s through to the 90s is pretty much fine by me. Modern Dance music though is not something I would choose when driving.

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Are you more than just a local company? Of course, to date we have taken people as far away as Devon and the Isle of Skye. So have there been any memorable travelling groups? One group who stand out were a group who were travelling for a weekend stop in Skegness. They were all dressed up as redcoats with the organiser the chief redcoat. The journey down was a whole evening of laughs with a great group full of life. But when I picked them up a couple of nights later they were like Zombies.

For Eddie the extreme activities and enjoyment will keep on coming, as will the eager teens. “There are so many but it’s difficult to turn anyone away, knowing what they will miss out on”. For the good of our communities and for the good of our children it is to people like Eddie and the other unsung Scout Leaders we owe thanks for the time they unselfishly devote.

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How has driving changed in the past 5 years? Well the roads of Carlisle haven’t improved, in fact the road works are worse and we are in desperate need of the bypass. But the EEC driving hour’s rules have made big changes. We are now regulated amongst many things to take 45 minutes off every 4 ? hours and only drive for 90 hours over 14 days. Why should our readers choose Alistair Cook? When someone once asked who my best friend was I answered “My Diary”. We are reliable, local and run the cleanest of buses. The majority of our customers have been recommended by previous customers through word of mouth and we feel that this type of referral speaks volumes about our service.

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A facelift to die for...

01. Kidnappers are not very interested in you. 02. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

A 54 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.

03. No one expects you to run- anywhere.

While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked "Is my time up?"

04. People call at 9pm and ask, did I wake you?

God said, 'No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live." Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 43 years—why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?" God replied: "I didn't recognize you.'

06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. 07. Things you buy now won't wear out. 08. You can eat supper at 4pm. 09. You can live without sex but not your glasses. 10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans. 11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge. 12. You stop trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room. 13. You sing along with lift music. 14. Your eyes won't get much worse. 15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. 16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size. 19. You can't remember where you read this list. Finally: Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

And They Ask - Why I Like Retirement?!

BESPOKE TAILORS EST. 1995

Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Gents made to measure suits starting from £695 and made to measure shirts from £75

Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day. Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done

Gift Vouchers available

Question: Why don't retirees mind being called OAPS? Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount.

7 Junction Street, Carlisle

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes.

12 Savile Row, London

Question:: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

For further details call Edwin on

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: NUTS!

01228 599555

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal

www.steed.co.uk

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? Answer: The never ending Coffee Break. Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you miss classes, no one calls your parents.

01228 538388 07838 239700 Please mention Stanwix Directory when responding to adverts

05. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

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Perks of Retirement

Question: Why does a retireee often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

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Fashion

FALL INTO WINTER WITH A MORE CASUAL LOOK AT

Christmas your time to shine!

High Society

I

T'S NOT ONLY the Christmas tree that will be glittering come the festive season. It's all about glamour and glitz so get ready to sparkle for dusk till dawn or yawn depending on your staying power!

Shimmer in sequins, Luxurious in leather or lace, look foxy in faux fur or strut your stuff in sexy studs & zips, be bold it’s the Season to be whatever your want to be so just go for it!

KNITWEAR

TROUSERS DRESSES

HANDBAGS

Embellishment is what its all about - so if your not quite ready to relive those Dynasty days of full on glitz and a sequined jacket with peaked padded shoulders (á la Ms Collins) is a step too far; look for a cardigan with threads of lurex woven thro’, this will lift your little black dress, jeans, etc., or a jumper that has a scattering of beads or sequins around the shoulders, collar or cuff – still unsure then just add a scarf .

ACCESSORIES JEWELLERY

17 swan street

longtown

01228 792880

A sequined jacket worn with jeans and a skinny polo or leggings for day/early evening or team with a black pencil skirt to take it up a gear for evening and it will be your most worn item of the party season Make a statement with a studded dress look for flattering style dresses in classic shapes in a shimmering fabric, or if you have the curves, go with a body con dress, (with panels in the right places these work wonders for those of us who are less than perfect!) but with stud detailing to be right on trend.

Leather and Lace are back in a big way and work well together to give an edgy look if you have the confidence to wear leather trousers - the look is more streamline with slim cut pants and jackets being more fitted. Just remember leather and leather is not the best look unless you’re a biker.

Smart and sassy, want a classic style that flatters most figures, is stylish with an expensive edge then its has to be a Tux look for a well cut jacket with satin lapels and nipped in waist - work with a fitted white shirt with either a plain or ruffles and pleat detail at the neck and cuffs. For a softer look try lace or chiffon - wear with either wide or skinny pants but as always we need

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killer heels and striking jewellery.

Faux Fur or dare we say the real thing is glamorous whether its full on jackets and gilets or just to add interest on knits.

If going from work to an early evening function Tunics work well for the day over sweaters and teamed with leggings - layer short over long and go tone on tone to work the layered look that is so comfortable - for evening use lux fabrics - velvets, wools jersey with metallic threads woven thro' or bold trimmings. Modern style is about mixing it all up with confidence whether its shoulder pads and sequins, leather and lace, fur & suede or silk/satin with tweeds so just have fun!! We will endeavour to include as much of your relevant donated editorial as possible, but reserve the right to omit or edit as space requires; generally we will send a proof before publishing. Any views expressed are not necessarily shared by the publishers.

Please mention your community magazine when responding to adverts

ROLAND LAWSON PROFESSIONAL DRIVING INSTRUCTOR The Key to Safe Driving for Life

Pass Plus registered Motorway Tuition

Semi & Intensive Training Discounts fo Professionally S Police Trained tudents & Blor c Advanced Driver Bookings k

Tel: 0783 495 9773

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For professional independent financial advice and a first class service contact Darren Turnbull Certified Financial Planner on 01228 597986 for an appointment now. F Pensions F Investments F Life Assurance & Income Protection F Mortgages F Equity Release F Tax Planning F Business Protection

Our initial consultation is free and without obligation. Financial Concepts (Carlisle) Ltd, Eden House, The Crescent, Carlisle, CA1 1QN www.financialconcepts.co.uk dturnbull@financialconcepts.co.uk Financial Concepts is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority The Financial Services Authority does not regulate taxation advice. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

SANTA THE LEGEND

It would be a difficult task to meet someone who has not heard of Santa Claus in any of his many guises around the world. His image is renown to children and adults alike everywhere but where does his story begin? We have to go back hundreds of years ago to a place which is now in modern day Turkey. Here a monk who is now recognised as St Nicholas was born around the third century A.D. The stories of his pious and kind nature where he travels the countryside giving away his wealthy inheritance have inspired many legends.

One such story of St.Nicholas is of when he saved three sisters from a life of slavery by providing each of them with a dowry so that they each could be married. Over the years and with many such tales St. Nicholas’s name became well known and he became known as a protector of children. Even now on the 6th December the anniversary of his death is still widely celebrated around the world. By the time of the Renaissance he had become the most popular Saint in Europe and the date has become associated with being a lucky day of the year to make major life decisions. St Nicholas may have formed the beginnings for Santa Claus but where does his iconic image originate.

Well we have to look back nearly 200 years to 1822 and a poem called “An Account of a Visit from St Nicholas” written by Clement Moore, an Episcopal minister. The poem which was written for his three daughters paints the original picture of our modern day Santa as a chubby fella with a knack for magic and being a “right jolly old elf”.

Today it is recognised that Moore may have taken some of his influences from elsewhere but his image of Santa waiting for all the good children to fall asleep before he visits them on Christmas Eve in a sleigh pulled by “Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph” to deliver toys and gifts is now one with which we are all familiar. Some 60 years later illustrator Thomas Nast used Moore’s poem as influence to create an image of Santa that is still familiar today. His cartoon impression showed off Santa as a portly, joyful man with his bright red outfit and typical long white beard and sack of elf made toys. With a little creative license Santa also gained Mrs Claus and a North Pole workshop where he still works to this day! Illustration by Thomas Nast

To advertise please call 513621 or marketing@aqamagazines.co.uk

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Fashion

FALL INTO WINTER WITH A MORE CASUAL LOOK AT

Christmas your time to shine!

High Society

I

T'S NOT ONLY the Christmas tree that will be glittering come the festive season. It's all about glamour and glitz so get ready to sparkle for dusk till dawn or yawn depending on your staying power!

Shimmer in sequins, Luxurious in leather or lace, look foxy in faux fur or strut your stuff in sexy studs & zips, be bold it’s the Season to be whatever your want to be so just go for it!

KNITWEAR

TROUSERS DRESSES

HANDBAGS

Embellishment is what its all about - so if your not quite ready to relive those Dynasty days of full on glitz and a sequined jacket with peaked padded shoulders (á la Ms Collins) is a step too far; look for a cardigan with threads of lurex woven thro’, this will lift your little black dress, jeans, etc., or a jumper that has a scattering of beads or sequins around the shoulders, collar or cuff – still unsure then just add a scarf .

ACCESSORIES JEWELLERY

17 swan street

longtown

01228 792880

A sequined jacket worn with jeans and a skinny polo or leggings for day/early evening or team with a black pencil skirt to take it up a gear for evening and it will be your most worn item of the party season Make a statement with a studded dress look for flattering style dresses in classic shapes in a shimmering fabric, or if you have the curves, go with a body con dress, (with panels in the right places these work wonders for those of us who are less than perfect!) but with stud detailing to be right on trend.

Leather and Lace are back in a big way and work well together to give an edgy look if you have the confidence to wear leather trousers - the look is more streamline with slim cut pants and jackets being more fitted. Just remember leather and leather is not the best look unless you’re a biker.

Smart and sassy, want a classic style that flatters most figures, is stylish with an expensive edge then its has to be a Tux look for a well cut jacket with satin lapels and nipped in waist - work with a fitted white shirt with either a plain or ruffles and pleat detail at the neck and cuffs. For a softer look try lace or chiffon - wear with either wide or skinny pants but as always we need

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killer heels and striking jewellery.

Faux Fur or dare we say the real thing is glamorous whether its full on jackets and gilets or just to add interest on knits.

If going from work to an early evening function Tunics work well for the day over sweaters and teamed with leggings - layer short over long and go tone on tone to work the layered look that is so comfortable - for evening use lux fabrics - velvets, wools jersey with metallic threads woven thro' or bold trimmings. Modern style is about mixing it all up with confidence whether its shoulder pads and sequins, leather and lace, fur & suede or silk/satin with tweeds so just have fun!! We will endeavour to include as much of your relevant donated editorial as possible, but reserve the right to omit or edit as space requires; generally we will send a proof before publishing. Any views expressed are not necessarily shared by the publishers.

Please mention your community magazine when responding to adverts

ROLAND LAWSON PROFESSIONAL DRIVING INSTRUCTOR The Key to Safe Driving for Life

Pass Plus registered Motorway Tuition

Semi & Intensive Training Discounts fo Professionally S Police Trained tudents & Blor c Advanced Driver Bookings k

Tel: 0783 495 9773

FREE LESSON

on presentation of this Directory!

For professional independent financial advice and a first class service contact Darren Turnbull Certified Financial Planner on 01228 597986 for an appointment now. F Pensions F Investments F Life Assurance & Income Protection F Mortgages F Equity Release F Tax Planning F Business Protection

Our initial consultation is free and without obligation. Financial Concepts (Carlisle) Ltd, Eden House, The Crescent, Carlisle, CA1 1QN www.financialconcepts.co.uk dturnbull@financialconcepts.co.uk Financial Concepts is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority The Financial Services Authority does not regulate taxation advice. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

SANTA THE LEGEND

It would be a difficult task to meet someone who has not heard of Santa Claus in any of his many guises around the world. His image is renown to children and adults alike everywhere but where does his story begin? We have to go back hundreds of years ago to a place which is now in modern day Turkey. Here a monk who is now recognised as St Nicholas was born around the third century A.D. The stories of his pious and kind nature where he travels the countryside giving away his wealthy inheritance have inspired many legends.

One such story of St.Nicholas is of when he saved three sisters from a life of slavery by providing each of them with a dowry so that they each could be married. Over the years and with many such tales St. Nicholas’s name became well known and he became known as a protector of children. Even now on the 6th December the anniversary of his death is still widely celebrated around the world. By the time of the Renaissance he had become the most popular Saint in Europe and the date has become associated with being a lucky day of the year to make major life decisions. St Nicholas may have formed the beginnings for Santa Claus but where does his iconic image originate.

Well we have to look back nearly 200 years to 1822 and a poem called “An Account of a Visit from St Nicholas” written by Clement Moore, an Episcopal minister. The poem which was written for his three daughters paints the original picture of our modern day Santa as a chubby fella with a knack for magic and being a “right jolly old elf”.

Today it is recognised that Moore may have taken some of his influences from elsewhere but his image of Santa waiting for all the good children to fall asleep before he visits them on Christmas Eve in a sleigh pulled by “Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph” to deliver toys and gifts is now one with which we are all familiar. Some 60 years later illustrator Thomas Nast used Moore’s poem as influence to create an image of Santa that is still familiar today. His cartoon impression showed off Santa as a portly, joyful man with his bright red outfit and typical long white beard and sack of elf made toys. With a little creative license Santa also gained Mrs Claus and a North Pole workshop where he still works to this day! Illustration by Thomas Nast

To advertise please call 513621 or marketing@aqamagazines.co.uk

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A facelift to die for...

01. Kidnappers are not very interested in you. 02. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

A 54 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.

03. No one expects you to run- anywhere.

While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked "Is my time up?"

04. People call at 9pm and ask, did I wake you?

God said, 'No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live." Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 43 years—why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?" God replied: "I didn't recognize you.'

06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. 07. Things you buy now won't wear out. 08. You can eat supper at 4pm. 09. You can live without sex but not your glasses. 10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans. 11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge. 12. You stop trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room. 13. You sing along with lift music. 14. Your eyes won't get much worse. 15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. 16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size. 19. You can't remember where you read this list. Finally: Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

And They Ask - Why I Like Retirement?!

BESPOKE TAILORS EST. 1995

Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Gents made to measure suits starting from £695 and made to measure shirts from £75

Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day. Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done

Gift Vouchers available

Question: Why don't retirees mind being called OAPS? Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount.

7 Junction Street, Carlisle

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes.

12 Savile Row, London

Question:: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

For further details call Edwin on

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: NUTS!

01228 599555

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal

www.steed.co.uk

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? Answer: The never ending Coffee Break. Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you miss classes, no one calls your parents.

01228 538388 07838 239700 Please mention Stanwix Directory when responding to adverts

05. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

STEED

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Perks of Retirement

Question: Why does a retireee often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

To advertise please call 513621 or marketing@aqamagazines.co.uk

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Spotlight on a local business Alastair Cook Minibus & Coach Services How long have you been running the Business?

Next year we will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary and the business is going from strength to strength. We started out with the one minibus and now due to demand we run four minibuses and a new forty nine seater coach. So why the jump into running your own business? It was an easy choice to make. After driving locally and internationally for different organisations we thought why drive for somebody else when we can do it so much better ourselves and provide the customer a much more personal service. So what are the benefits to working for yourself?

Well besides the satisfaction of knowing we can give our customers the best service…we also get to enjoy our days off, today on my day off I cleaned all four buses and the coach. What did you do before you were driving? I passed my driving test on my 17th birthday but before I started driving professionally, myself and Judy were touring musicians, myself a keyboard player for 25 years and Judy a singer. Having toured nationally, completing six month cruises and taking in such places as Denmark, Greenland and Copenhagen we definitely have a strength in knowing our way around. What music do you like to listen to when you drive? Having played so much music my tastes are pretty varied. Anything from the 60s through to the 90s is pretty much fine by me. Modern Dance music though is not something I would choose when driving.

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Fill in your details on the form overleaf and send in your completed entry for a chance to win . . .

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Are you more than just a local company? Of course, to date we have taken people as far away as Devon and the Isle of Skye. So have there been any memorable travelling groups? One group who stand out were a group who were travelling for a weekend stop in Skegness. They were all dressed up as redcoats with the organiser the chief redcoat. The journey down was a whole evening of laughs with a great group full of life. But when I picked them up a couple of nights later they were like Zombies.

For Eddie the extreme activities and enjoyment will keep on coming, as will the eager teens. “There are so many but it’s difficult to turn anyone away, knowing what they will miss out on”. For the good of our communities and for the good of our children it is to people like Eddie and the other unsung Scout Leaders we owe thanks for the time they unselfishly devote.

Get Ready for the Christmas of a Lifetime at Hallmark Hotel Carlisle

If you would like to take part in the adventure, whether as an active member or even as adult helper then visit www. reiversdistrict.org to see where your nearest group is.

Special offer for last few Party Night places:

10% OFF brochure prices per person on the following dates: 10th, 13th, 17th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December and our fabulous New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner

Call us for details on 01228 531951 or email: carlisle.events@hallmarkhotels.co.uk

How has driving changed in the past 5 years? Well the roads of Carlisle haven’t improved, in fact the road works are worse and we are in desperate need of the bypass. But the EEC driving hour’s rules have made big changes. We are now regulated amongst many things to take 45 minutes off every 4 ? hours and only drive for 90 hours over 14 days. Why should our readers choose Alistair Cook? When someone once asked who my best friend was I answered “My Diary”. We are reliable, local and run the cleanest of buses. The majority of our customers have been recommended by previous customers through word of mouth and we feel that this type of referral speaks volumes about our service.

To qualify for this special discount, quote ‘STAN1’ at time of booking

Prize Wordsearch

Hallmark Hotel are kindly offering you the chance to... (to be taken on either December 6th, 13th or 20th)

To enter simply find all the listed words in the grid below. Once you have found them, use all 9 unused letters in the grid to spell the winning word based on our Christmas Theme. Send the completed form to the address below!

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Chef’s Notes

D & D McWilliams Opticians

With new Head Chef Paul Taylor at the Crown Hotel Wetheral.

In season at the moment are Jerusalem artichokes, these make perfect soups & purees. They have a rich earthy flavour which makes this soup a must.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Serves 4

6 Shallots - finely chopped 2 Cloves Garlic - finely chopped 2lb Jerusalem artichokes - peeled & sliced 11/2 pints Fresh warm chicken stock 500ml Double cream 200g Wild mushrooms - sliced Olive oil White truffle oil Salt & pepper 1) Add some olive oil to a heavy based pan and sweat off the shallots and garlic until they are soft.

2) Add the Jerusalem artichokes and sweat off until soft as well, 3) Add the warm chicken stock and bring to the boil, then add the cream 4) Add salt & pepper and correct the seasoning then blitz in a food processor 5) Add some olive oil to a frying pan and sweat off the wild mushrooms until light golden brown (Do not add too many at one time as they will go soggy and wont colour) 6) Pour the soup into warmed soup bowls, sprinkle some wild mushrooms on top and pour a little white truffle oil on to finish. 7) Serve and enjoy!

To book at The Conservatory Restaurant or Walton’s Bar please telephone 01228 561888

...is an independent family practice bringing eye care to the heart of their local communities from their bases in Church Street Stanwix and English Street Longtown. Our team likes to get to know our patients thus ensuring a one to one personal and professional service. The practice offers full private and NHS optical services where we are dedicated to the very high standard of eye care and this means maintaining the health of your eyes as well as the clarity of your vision. The health of your eyes can start to deteriorate well before your vision suffers. During an eye examination David our qualified optometrist studies the interior of your eyes looking for any sign of abnormalities. He may use our Digital retinal camera; this camera photographs the interior of your eyes (specifically the retina) meaning David can study your eyes in far more detail enabling us to check for Glaucoma, Diabetes, Cataract, Age Related Macular Degeneration and other ailments that affect literally hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. By keeping photographic records of your retina we are also able to compare images year on year. Both practices have free parking facilities at the door and offer home visits for the housebound. All our offers are tailored to individual needs so why not pay us a visit and see what we have to offer. Both NHS and Private patients.

We are active members of the local community and are keen to raise awareness of health eye care by being available to give talks to local groups. All our offers are tailored to individual needs so why not pay us a visit and see what we have to offer.

‘NewYear’Origins Jan 1st marking the celebration of the New Year is a relatively new idea. The earliest recording celebration of the New Year has been traced as far back as 2000 B.C. in Babylon where it was celebrated on Dec 25th which marked the death of the god Osiris (Nimrod) and the re-birth of him as his son Horus, symbolised by a dead ‘Yule’ log and a fresh Tree, also connected with the re-birth of the Sun. The first time the New Year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C., only because it marked the start of the civil year where the highest ranking Roman Officials (Consuls) began their one year term of office, and they named the month January after Janus who had 2 faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Dec 25th was used as ‘Saturnalia’ after the god Saturn, and associated with Sun worship and gifts. In the middle ages New Year celebrations were considered pagan and un-Christian and in 567 January 1st was removed as the beginning of the year. Instead the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25 again! The Germans moved theirs to March 25th to link with established pagan fertility rites, and most Catholic countries changed to Jan 1st in 1582... it was only gradually accepted among Protestant countries, and the UK did conform until 1752.

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27 Church Street, Stanwix, Carlisle CA3 9DT Telephone (Carlisle) 01228 510896 Telephone (Longtown) 01228 792666

Crossword Entry Form

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Complete the crossword overleaf, fill in your details below, cut out this section and send to Fantails Crossword, 75 Cumwhinton Rd, Carlisle CA1 3JB Closing Date Dec 1st

Name ............................................................ Tel: ................................................................ Address: ........................................................ ...................................................................... ...................................................................... Email: ............................................................

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JOHN TREMBLE (Dip.F.D.)

Independent Family Funeral Directors 37 Church Street, Caldewgate, Carlisle CA2 5TL PRIVATE CHAPELS OF REST

MEMORIAL STONES AND ADDITIONAL INSCRIPTIONS

For 24 hour personal caring attention to ALL your funeral requirements call JOHN on 01228 594831 (day or night)

We recommend Golden Charter Pre-paid Funeral Plans

‘We care in your time of need’

LOCAL RESIDENT

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Caring for all small pets while you are away — a cosy holiday home, all inclusive from just £1 per day. HOME Also DOG WALKING VISIT S Call Amanda on 577470 AVA IL ABLE or 07935 162 844

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HE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK of England recently signalled that interest rates are unlikely to rise in the short term, which is good news for borrowers coming up to Christmas, however it is bad news for savings in cash. There is £554bn on deposit in UK Savings Accounts plus a further £79bn held in cash ISA’s. A Survey by SAGA recently showed almost 61% of savers do not even know what rate of interest they are obtaining on their account with less than 25% checking their interest rate even once a year. Many people are unaware of the losses they will potentially make by not placing their money in the right place. It may be that people that are relying on their savings to provide them with income and they will have noticed a significant drop in their income since the Base Rate started to fall at the end of 2008. Also those people who were lucky enough to fix in at higher rates last year in one year deposits will have found that interest rates available on the maturity of these monies is significantly less than when they took them out.

So what next for savers?

The 6th of October saw some important enhancements to ISA’s. Clients aged 50 and over (on or before the 5/4/2010) can now invest £10,200 into their ISA in this tax year.

People who are able to tie their money up for a longer period may be able to consider alternative investments like ISA’s, and they should contact an Independent Financial Adviser and ask for a review of their current financial situation.

Obviously some other types of investments carry a greater degree of risk, however with Stock Markets around the world having shown significant increases in recent weeks, returns have been considerably higher than cash and investors may wish consider the alternatives to deposit accounts earning little interest. However, they should always take expert advice before investing and remember that the value of investments can go down as well as up.

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continued from page 4 With Christmas just around the corner now more than ever people should review their financial situation and ensure that they maximise returns from savings, minimise borrowing costs and ensure that they are not left with a “financial headache” in the New Year. An hour’s meeting with an independent financial adviser could turn out to be the best value Christmas present you have ever had.

As this is the last finance article of the current year I would like to wish all the readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2010.

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TONE EDEN NURSERY SCHOOL on the outskirts of Scotby village picked up two prestigious National Awards at a ceremony in London recently. The nursery ‘outgrew’ their old premises at Warwick-OnEden and relocated last year to its new purpose built nursery. It was then able to offer the local community a state of the art nursery on their doorstep.

The Awards are the latest success for the nursery who gained ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of its recent OFSTED inspection. The rural location has enabled the owners, Jenn and David Farrell, to incorporate a ‘Learning Orchard’, playing field and a 30 space car park for the convenience of parents. The ‘Business Development Award’ highlighted these factors as well as the

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than 150 children. The team’s hard work and dedication has ensured that all children receive the best possible start in their lives. They have also created a warm and welcoming environment in which the children feel safe and secure. This gives the parents piece of mind and means they are more than happy to leave their children in the staff’s care. You can contact the nursery on 01228 599400 or email

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HE CLOCKS have changed and the nights have drawn in, it gives a whole different feel to the day when you’re looking out of your window at the pelting rain, whilst car lights reflect in the street lit puddles.

Still never mind, at least we can draw the curtains put the fire on and curl up with the latest edition of the magazine. As you read this it will be even closer to the festive season and I guess some of you may have even began your preparations. It always feels appropriate at the end of the year to say thank you to everyone who has helped in the creation of these magazines, everything everyone has done has been so much appreciated. Thank You. ED

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y the daytime time mild mannered multi functional Quantity Surveyor Eddie Ward may look like your typical employee however come the end of the working day Eddie steps into a different world. A world of extremes, or “xtremes” as his group, Ayers Explorer Scouts, like to call them, be it surfing, Scuba Diving, White Water rafting or to wrap it up Xtreme Scouting. For Eddie it all began in 1988 when he applied for his Scout Leaders Warrant; at the age of 18 he became one of the areas youngest Scout Leaders in Carlisle. Four years later he formed a new Venture Scout Unit, the predecessor to t o d a y ’ s Explo r e r Scouts (for 14 to 18 year olds).

Contrary to the portrayal of teens in the contemporary press, there is something for them to do and in Carlisle they are doing it in ever increasing numbers. Eddie, ever dismissive of the press which still continues to label Scouting with its old imagery, has (alongside Scouting) embraced the social, personal and community changes of the 21st Century. With the support of his family; Kelly his wife and his sons, 4 year old Finley and 2 year old Mason who can regularly be seen with him at Explorer Scout activities Eddie continues to provide almost daily contact with his group and encourages Scouting in all its many formats. “Scouting has given me so much and it can give the same to everyone out there. It’s all about the adventure, fun and challenge. If those three ingredients are there we can’t go wrong”.

With 21 years of Scouting behind him not only is he the leader of the fastest growing Explorer Scout Unit but he is also Manager of the District Campsite at Ratlingate, he is

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an active trustee of the District Scout Executive Committee and he is also County Scout Media Development Manager. Finding time to utilise all those social networking tools popular today he is helping to keep Scouting at the cutting edge of contemporary culture. With tools such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, his Explorer Scouts have an extensive and popular web presence (www.Ayers ExplorerScouts.org).

No other organisation offers such a range of challenging or exciting activities...

Researching these sites it is possible to stumble across recent activities such as Coasteering, campaigning for young people at the Conservative Party Conference, hosting Finnish & Texan Scouts, Ghyll Scrambling and taking on the Krypton Factor Assault Course. No other organisation offers such a range of challenging or exciting activities as Scouting. When one Explorer Scout was asked online; how would your life be different if Eddie wasn’t in it? He answered “It would be massively different; it would be less extreme for one”

Having raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities he received a community service award from Rotary International in 1997 for “helping and initiating recreational, social and educational activities for young people in the local community, and in particular his service to Scouting”. He has seen hundreds of teens pass through his group and he continues to gain in the same way his unit does. “We work together at our activities and if we didn’t gain positively from the outcomes we wouldn’t do it. Scouting offers adults a social life with a purpose, and as a Leader the chance to gain new skills, and have fun whilst helping other people.” Together they have recently supported the Eden Valley Hospice and only last week completed a 100 mile cycle to raise money for Watchtree Wheelers to provide adapted bikes for elderly, disadvantaged & disabled cycle users. continued on page 11

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