Border City Times - Cumbrian Local Issue 165

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Hearts of oak

Cumbria Oak isn’t just a family business, it’s a business that treats its customers as if they were family

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stablished in 2007 by father and son team Robert and Graham Whiteley, Cumbria Oak has grown into one of the biggest suppliers of oak furniture in the county. Robert’s wife Gillian has joined the business too, with the rest of the team of ten having been with Cumbria Oak for at least five years. It means that customers get to know and trust the staff in the shops as well as the delivery team of Mike, Brendan, Andy and Shaun.

Trust is important when people are coming into your home. Cumbria Oak offers a service whereby beds and wardrobes are assembled in the room they’re destined for. They place the furniture where it needs to be and take away all the packaging. The company implements best practice in Covid-19 safety precautions with the team wearing gloves and face coverings while in customers’ homes.

Delivery times across Cumbria are short – generally just two-three weeks after customers have made their choices from the extensive collections of quality oak and painted furniture on offer. For those in the south, the Kendal store may be the most convenient, while the original store at Plumpton, near Penrith, is a destination in itself. Based alongside The Pot Place garden centre and café, it is well known to travellers on the M6. 2


Graham says: “Many of our customers are on their second or third home so know what they are looking for. We offer a vast range for them to choose from and most people who visit will buy from us. What is important is the level of service they receive. That’s what makes us stand out.”

With more people seeking to shop local, the feelgood factor of support-ing a Cumbrian business comes with reassurance: that choosing Cumbria Oak means buying from an established and reliable family firm with customer service at its heart. PENRITH SHOWROOM As well as dining tables and chairs, dressers and storage, TV units and coffee tables, office furniture, beds, wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables, Cumbria Oak also provides all the finishing touches for a room including rugs, clocks, lighting, mirrors, baskets and soft furnishings. All the collections can be viewed on cumbriaoak.co.uk, where customers can also check current opening hours.

Station Yard Plumpton Penrith, CA11 9PA Tel: 01768 894528 KENDAL SHOWROOM 35 Wildman Street Kendal, LA9 6EN Tel: 01539 729174 Monday & Tuesday - By appointment only Wednesday to Saturday 1000 - 1700 Sunday 1000 - 1600

All products available from stock today, order online and delivery before Christmas

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Christmas ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY

• Wreath Making • Children’s Interactive Christmas Workshop • Santa Sunday Lunch • Festive Lunches • Christmas Eve Brunch

Call 01768 868111 for further details or email events@northlakeshotel.co.uk North Lakes Hotel & Spa Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8QT northlakeshotel.co.uk houseofdaniel thwaites.co.uk

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Contents

Hearts of Oak Pages 2 – 3 North Lakes Hotel and Spa Christmas Page 4 Contents Page 5 Welcome to your New Community publication Pages 6 & 8 Equity Release could be for you? Page 7 Garolla Roller Shutter Doors Page 9 Gifts for Giving Auction Opens! Page 10 Housing 21 Newton House Coming Soon Page 11 City Council Submits £25 million plan to Government Pages 12 - 13 Nature by design by Karen Roberts Garden Design Pages 14 - 15 Otters Walking the Streets by Terry Bowes Pages 16 - 17 Innovation and Infusion at John Watt Pages 18 - 19 Life can be an Open Book at the Bookcase Pages 20 - 21 The Cumberland remains No 1 in Customer Service Page 21 Second Cumbrian female networking group in Carlisle Page 22 City Council Start with the Park Local Page 23 Employment Support Tailored to your Business Pages 24 - 25 Toys and Games Wordsearch Page 25 Pamela’s Scramble you will probably see on November 5th! Page 26 Carlisle City Council to Share Chief Executive with Eden District Council Page 27 Flying high in the Sky Blues Pages 28 - 29 Radio Presenters kept online through COVID Pages 30 – 31 Don’t be cold in your Conservatory this winter Back Cover Follow us on Facebook for additional stories and

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Welcome to your Border City Times You may have a lot of questions relating to why another magazine is needed? It might be the first you have seen through your door in a while or one of a few. You may even remember our first trial in November 2012 of the Border City Times. In eight years, you and I would have seen quite a lot of changes to the City, and a number of changes around us that have had an influence on our lives, our families and our businesses. Faced with the current situation of COVID, in all the challenges we have had, it’s a day by day situation. Many of us are in a situation, which I hope we will all get to look back on and be thankful that time is now over.

nights. Well, whatever the weather, here we are by some way of introduction. I’m not a journalist or photographer, and I have quite a way to go to be a writer! I’m technically the editor, but as a dyslexic writer and as an independent family business, my wife Charlotte helps me through those pieces I write, which we check and check again. In my work for many years, there has been a lot of communication and problem solving. From the days of two tin cans and a piece of string, to my studies of how we interpret information, analyse it and store it. I have worked in communication, across the public, private and voluntary sectors, which includes experience of working in all three tiers of local government in various parts of England. Some would consider me to be an ‘ideas’ person or a problem solver. More in the last 10 to 20 years, many of us have witnessed the changing landscape of media. It’s something I have studied in Cumbria for the last 10 years and in other areas of the country. I have recorded and collated data, whilst tracking the decline in local papers. Ten years ago, local newspapers were audited, with some tweaks of course on their actual sales. Now many choose to invest in the internet, so they can they can present social media figures based on impressions, clicks, followers and likes that can

A message popped up on my screen that reminded me that the ‘backend’ of the year, claimed as a Cumbrian word, which fits perfectly with the ‘lost’ fifth season, is after autumn when the leaves just finish falling, and it’s that period just before winter which doesn’t have a set date I’m told. Some say it’s the end of October, some say mid to late November and the first two weeks in December, but it’s been described as the dull, scraggy bit of the year, with dark, miserable, early

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be bought. A few of you may have witnessed how consumers are served up false information to help a business profit on its bottom line.

Despite what many say, the need for news, available to everyone is essential. Information is so valuable to so many, more now than it has ever been. To make an informed decision, we have to have all the information.

Media announced once that vinyl record sales were in decline due to poor sales. We watched the record companies reduce production, and big record shops and stores, as they were called then, cut back on displays until they were gone in the mid 80s. I’ll be coming back to this subject in the near future and what has been called the ‘Vinyl revival’.

It is a fact that not everyone is online or on social media. This isn’t just determined by demographics, as some people choose not be online and some, it’s true, have never been on the Internet. At Cumbrian Local Publications over these past 10 years, we have tried to continue plugging the gaps in communication and sharing important news and updates, many released and not accessible to all.

I think we have all heard the words ‘fake news’ more than once in 2020. With regards to headlines, does it have to be bad news and scandals to sell papers? It still captures some. Would we be writing and producing the magazine if print was dead? Sometimes I think it’s more about how we present news, and as a small independent publication we like to present both sides of a story.

At the moment we are not in a position to cover all areas of CA1, CA2, CA3 which is almost 40,000 doors. There are more details on page 15. I have a lot of people to thank for making this magazine happen. Many voluntary writers and of course those businesses, who without their contribution through advertising you wouldn’t be reading this now.

Call me old fashioned, but whilst I agree with the statement that print media may be dying, the difference between this magazine and other print media is it will always rely on doors and not sales. We link into the current growth of new homes and a growing population, which in this magazine is evident for the City of Carlisle and the areas around it.

I hope you enjoy this 2020 Border City Times. Take care out there Lee

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Why Border City Times? Well, the first part is pretty obvious and historical. As for ‘Times’, well this publication in your hand is a snap shot of November 2020. Not everything, just something, a moment in time recorded, current information.

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Gifts for Giving Auction Opens! Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland is delighted to announce that the Gifts for Giving Online Auction will open at 3pm on Sunday 15th November 2020.

we would be without it.” Fiona Stobbart of Walton and Lees Hill School recently delivered a hamper full of food treats to the Charity. Fiona explained “Our school started its fundraising journey with Hospice at Home last year. We wanted to continue our support through the very difficult times we find ourselves in at the moment. We have such a supportive team of parents and staff at school and thought we could pool our generosity to put a hamper together. We received a stream of items for the hamper and have also put another hamper together for our school Christmas raffle.”

The Charity decided to launch its second online fundraising auction of the year following the great success of the recent Craft in Covid Online Auction, and asked the local community to donate lots suitable for giving as Christmas gifts. To date, over 150 items have been pledged, including Vouchers, Wall Art, Luxury Hampers, Home Accessories, Festive Items and more.

Sue Catterson generously gifted four ‘FloArt’ canvas paintings for the catalogue. Sue commented she had contributed to the event “Because the work done by you all is so important and valuable to our local community. It is imperative that we all support Hospice at Home in whatever way we can, to help to maintain the fantastic work that is done by everyone involved.”

Cath Coates, Fundraiser for Hospice at Home, said “Once again, we have been amazed by the response to our request for donations of auction prizes. The variety within the catalogue is fantastic and we hope there is something there for everyone, with prices starting from £5. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all businesses, organisations and individuals who have given an item for the auction. We can’t wait to share the live catalogue with you on 15th November!”

The auction will be open from 15th November – 30th November and the catalogue can be viewed by visiting www.givergy.uk/giftsforgiving. Cath added “We hope the community will take a look at this festive catalogue, and make bids on items of interest. Every donation will make a huge difference to the patients and families cared for by Hospice at Home at this challenging time. Thank you in anticipation of your support.”

Many supporters commented that they were keen to donate an item to the auction to help raise funds and support the Charity at this difficult time.

Note to Editors: The Hospice at Home service covers 1500 square miles from the Scottish Border to Stainmore and Allonby to Alston. The charity is vital and needs to raise over £20,000 each week to continue to provide this service.

Charles Egerton, Chairman of Carlisle and Cumbria Artists (CACA) has donated a painting entitled ‘Ullswater Under Snow’ to the auction. Charles commented “CACA has supported Hospice at Home for a number of years, by sharing the profits from our annual exhibition. Due to Covid 19, we have had to abandon our exhibition this year, so this is a way of continuing to support Hospice at Home.”

Anyone interested in raising funds or volunteering please contact the Hospice at Home Fundraising Office 01768 210719 or visit www.hospiceathome.co.uk

Roger Smith of Thomas Graham and Sons, one of the Charity’s Business Partners, has gifted £100 of Thomas Graham vouchers. Roger added “Hospice at Home is an awesome local charity that touches most of our lives at some stage, I’m not sure where 10


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Newton House coming soon! Newton House on Newton Road in Penrith has been designed to offer independent living with access to on-site care if you need it. A stylish Extra Care Living development for people over the age of 65*, providing one and two bedroom apartments for affordable rent, and two bedroom apartments for shared ownership**. Pets are more than welcome too! Key benefits and services: • • • • • •

The privacy and security of your own home Dedicated Housing Manager 24 hour emergency alarm Care team on-site 24/7 Optional, tailored care and support Impressive range of communal facilities, including a restaurant

*The age for Newton House is 65 plus, however residents can qualify between the ages of 55 and 64 if they have a care and support need. **Eligibility criteria, monthly rent (up to 75% on shared ownership), core charges and service charges apply.

To find out more call us on 0345 608 4021, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, or email newhome@housing21.org.uk Newton House | Newton Road | Penrith CA11 9FY

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City Council Submits £25 million plan to Government A ten-year plan setting out £25 million worth of development plans for Carlisle has been submitted to Government. The Carlisle Town Deal Investment Plan has been drawn together by a group representing key public and private sector organisations in the city. Carlisle’s Town Deal Board has drawn together the blueprint for growth following public consultation on the draft plan. The city is set to grow and in autumn 2019 Carlisle was announced as one of the 101 places selected to create a Town Deal. This allowed councils to access up to £25 million from the UK government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund. The fund aims to support urban regeneration, skills development and improve connectivity in small cities and towns. The first stage of agreeing a Town Deal is the creation of a Town Investment Plan, which sets a clear vision for Carlisle’s future. Carlisle’s Investment Plan captures the significant investments already taking place in the city as well as proposing new projects to be funded by the Town Deal. The Plan sets out the following projects: Start with the Park, St Cuthbert’s Garden Village (SCGV): The ‘Start with the Park’ project will provide the ‘Greenway’, a connective, multi-modal green travel route connecting the key settlements of SCGV

with Carlisle City Centre and providing high quality leisure and recreation facilities. The project will position SCGV as a unique and attractive destination for working-age families. (Full details page 23) Southern Gateway: An integrated programme of investments in active and sustainable travel and public realm to better connect key developments in the Southern Gateway area of Carlisle including the Railway Station, Citadels, Devonshire Street, and the former Central Plaza site, and to connect St Cuthbert’s Garden Village with the City Centre. Project Tullie: Welcome & Entrance to Tullie House Museum: Part of a wider £17m programme of improvements at Tullie House Museum, this project will better connect the Museum to the surrounding streetscape, increasing its visibility by providing a clear and contemporary point of arrival for visitors. Lighting Up Carlisle: Investment 12

of capital funding in digital lighting equipment to support an expanded and transformed events programme. Digital and Community Learning Hub: Refurbishment of the City Centre Library to create an accessible digital skills and community learning hub, and installation of digital equipment and training materials in 13 community venues. Citadels Business Infrastructure: 1,000m2 of hyper fast digitally enabled business interaction and accommodation space, linked to the University of Cumbria’s flagship campus development. Carlisle Market Hall: Investment to improve the infrastructure and internal structure in the Market Hall to improve the experience for shoppers and visitors and exploring options to create a food court and events space. The projects set out in the Investment Plan align closely with those being developed through other initiatives, including the Borderlands


Inclusive Growth Deal, Future High Street Fund and St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.

environmentally, and support further investment and job prospects in Carlisle.

Alongside these projects, Carlisle has recently secured an additional £1 million for the city through the government’s Towns Fund. This money will fund:

“The team on the Towns Fund for Carlisle have created an investment plan for the city which will deliver some transformative projects, bringing long lasting benefits to the whole of Carlisle and making the city an outstanding place to live, work and visit for many years to come.”

Caldew Riverside - to help remediate the contaminated site, to prepare for a new urban living development on the edge of the city centre- £850,000. Improvements to Bitts Park £150,000. Cllr John Mallinson, Leader of Carlisle City Council said: “I’d like to thank all those involved in drawing together the Carlisle Town Deal Investment Plan. This is a very exciting time for Carlisle, with huge opportunities presented for the city through funding from the Towns Fund, as well as the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, Future High Street Fund and St Cuthbert’s Garden Village. Together these funds provide opportunities for the most significant levels of investment that Carlisle has seen for a very long time. The Investment Plan captures all the projects taking place in the city, and it will help drive Carlisle forward in the future.” Emma Porter, Story Contracting and Carlisle Town Deal Board Chair added: “The £25 million Government investment is a small step towards levelling up the investment we see in the north and a great opportunity to unlock some of our potential economically, culturally and

For more information about the Carlisle Town Deal Investment Plan visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/ regeneration Carlisle’s Town Deal Board, made up of representatives from key public and private sector organisations in the city, was formed in January 2020 to steer Carlisle’s vision and objectives for the Town Deal. Carlisle’s Town Deal Board has been asking for local people and businesses to have their say on the vision and objectives for the Investment Plan. A virtual exhibition is available at www. carlisle.gov.uk/regeneration This is an exciting time for Carlisle, with significant investment opportunities for the city through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, Town Deal and Future High Street Fund, as well as the plans for the development of 10,000 new homes and infrastructure through St Cuthbert’s Garden Village. The Carlisle Station Gateway and Citadels project is funded through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, for improvements to this southern end of the city centre, to create a gateway to Carlisle and the 13

wider Borderlands area here. £15 million has been confirmed for the development of Carlisle Railway Station, alongside £50 million for the Citadels project, which will see the creation of a new university campus on this site. Carlisle City Council has also submitted a business case for up to £25 million from the Future High Street Fund, for Carlisle’s city centre. The objectives for this fund are to support the diversification of high streets - encouraging greater evening activity and renewing Carlisle city centre as a place to live and work. Carlisle’s proposals for the Future High Street Fund bid include: reimagining the Market Square to renew the square and create a greater space for events, repurposing key empty sites for redevelopment such as the Former Hoopers and Central Plaza buildings, and 6-24 Castle Street, pedestrian improvements to Devonshire Street, and investing in lighting up of key sites in Carlisle. Through the Town Deal, Carlisle has opportunities for further investment of up to £25 million from the Stronger Towns Fund. The Town Deal takes a ‘whole town’ approach, meaning that the fund can support interventions across the city and not just the city centre.


Karen Roberts Garden Design Nature by design These have Season of mists been unique

times for everyone but the smallest of growing spaces like window boxes can bring calm, a sense of wellbeing and benefits to mental health. As a recently qualified garden designer and horticulturist with a background as a GP I am excited to explore these possibilities. My new business spans garden maintenance, revitalising tired gardens, devising planting plans through to complete garden designs; as well as little lessons to aspiring gardeners flexing those green fingers!

Many of us have been getting outside into the garden and you may need help to get your plot into a place where you want to spend time, relax and maybe grow your own produce and flowers. With a focus on recycle, reuse and reduce, I’d like to help people work with what they’ve got, produce gardens that fit within their setting, encourage biodiversity and get the wildlife in …nature by design.

a few things to do as autumn turns into winter It’s OK to be untidy (a bit) - A spot of “controlled messy” can go a long way - try to resist the urge to go mad with the secateurs. If you can bear to leave the herbaceous perennials and selectively cut back only, they’re a wonderful habitat for wildlife and can help protect some plants from frost while seeds and berries provide food for the birds. The seed heads can provide a striking winter tapestry. If you do cut them back, use the debris to mulch the borders.

Hotels Birds are beautiful and help control plant pests. Put out feed and a bird box or two for shelter before nesting starts in spring. The tiny critters need hotels too; a few logs knocking around spells bug hotel to me! The simplest of log piles can be a haven. There are also easy ways to make hedgehog homes (see previous issue).

Don’t throw away

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Money saving tip Grow from seed. When it’s just too rainy scour the seed catalogues to plan for spring; packets of seeds are cheap compared to buying plants, and annuals, for example, give a great splash of colour and are easy to grow. There’s something brilliant about seeing a tiny seedling emerge. Although it’s a bit late to collect seeds from the garden, plan for next year as some plants grow easily from seeds you can collect = more plants for free! If you’d like to talk about your garden space or your gardening skills please get in touch. I’m also interested in talking to anyone needing designs to get a community garden on the go. © Karen Roberts Garden Design

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S O M E FA C T S

To cover the areas of CA1, CA2, CA3, it is almost 40,000 doors. Some of these areas are canvassed and targeted with leaflets and magazines regularly every month or every other month. This might be the third magazine you have seen this month. It might be the first in a long time.

We will be consistent in producing a 32 page magazine which carries the FSC logo (Forest Stewardship Council). An FSC logo on a forest product is your assurance that it is made with, or contains, forest-based materials from FSC certified forests or reclaimed sources.

To cover as many doors as we can over the coming months, we will be rotating deliveries in different areas. We will be using Letterbox Smart (Cumbria) for our door to door distribution.

There are three types of FSC label: 100%, FSC Mix or FSC Recycled which is mixed paper from responsible sources.

This means we have local people posting through local doors, along with audited delivery routes.

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Otters about Town

members of the Mustelid Family include badgers, mink, polecats, stoats, weasels and the domestic ferret.) Otters have the densest coat of any mammal. Because of this they have been hunted relentlessly, especially the species that live in colder climates. Another reason for the decline in numbers of the Eurasian Otter was the competition it presented to humans with its eating habits. This aquatic master enjoys fish, although it was maybe perceived to eat more fish than it actually does.

I will always remember school trips, nature walks along riverbanks and through woodlands. We used to do plaster casts of wildlife footprints in the mud or sand. In my childhood, a five-toe print of an otter would have been a real find in the 60’s and 70’s. And for the Otter to recover from pollution in rivers, back then it wasn’t until 2011 that the Environment Agency announced that Otters had made a full come back to every county, Kent being the last.

In Cumbria, Otters have been spotted in the River Kent in Kendal, the River Eden in Carlisle and the River Petteril in the Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Wreay Woods Nature Reserves. In 2014, I got my first picture of two otters playing in Bassenthwaite Lake in December. I think it was either on a Boxing Day or Christmas Day walk. Today you might see Otters in rivers, lakes or estuaries, even walking around town or in the shadows of the city lights.

A Eurasian Otter also enjoys small mammals, shellfish, amphibians and birds; one of its favourites being crayfish. This master of marshes, reed beds, ponds, lakes, river junctions and river intersections, only lives, on average, in the wild for four to five years. The oldest documented animal lived to twelve years of age. The den of an otter is called a holt. The Holt has many exits, with at least one of them being above water level, while the others are always below the water mark. If this situation is compromised then the animals move home.

Otters Walking the Streets of Penrith by Terry Bowes In October, we had reports of Otters roaming the streets of Penrith in the early hours of the morning, which is not uncommon. But where do they come from? Penrith has been built over and around Thacka Beck. The Beck is believed to have been first constructed as a leat in the 14th century to take water to Penrith from the River Petteril, due to the town’s wells being polluted (Bowen 2005). I must have made my first visit to Penrith as a child in the 1960’s. For sure you would never have had a report of any Otters in Penrith back then. By the end of the Second World War, Otters in Britain were a rarity; the very survival of the species was hanging on a knife edge.

Otters are gregarious by nature, often living in family groups, the youngsters staying with parents for fourteen to twenty months before making their way in the world. Most youngsters do not start families of their own until they are over two years of age and most adults have litters every other year. Where is the best place to see this beautiful mammal? How do you know if you have them in your area? If you have a body of water where you live, look under or near bridges, boulders, tree stumps, gravel banks, sandy and muddy areas. Look out for Otter tracks with spraints or scats (Poo). The spraint will be between 2-7 cm long and include the bones of the animals last meal.

The species of Otter in the UK is the Eurasian Otter, one of thirteen species and four subspecies of this semi-aquatic Mustelid. (Other

But why the resurgence of the Otter in the British Isles? This is in large part to the efforts of a man and wife couple and their friends. For those of Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Thorpe Farm Centre, Barnard Castle County Durham, DL12 9TY www.wetheriggsanimalrescue.co.uk 16


vintage disposition, you may remember Philip and Jeanne Wayre of Anglia Television fame. Philip set up the Otter Trust and started a captive breeding programme; another instance of a captive breeding programme saving a species in the wild. The initial set up was at Great Witchingham in Norfolk. This was rolled out to other centres throughout the UK. Locally this was on Bowes Moor between County Durham and Cumbria. From these breeding set-ups, animals were released back into the wild. Alongside the breeding and release programmes in each of the area’s, an education programme was also initiated. This programme by and large elevated the conservation of Otters. Less persecution from educating fisherman and helping Fish Farms to eliminate Otter predation, along with the implementation of under road tunnels working alongside these breeding successes.

England to enable us to humanely trap otters that got into well fenced fisheries which has been very successful. We have seen illegal persecution of the species drop as a result of this licence which is pleasing. In 2017 we won the IFAW Conservation in Action award for this work, nominated by anglers. We run (when Covid allows) education courses and power point presentations on our work, welfare and ethics.

All of this has meant we can enjoy Otters wandering the streets of Penrith in the early hours of the morning. I must admit though that my favourite spot to Otter watch is Wet Sleddale Reservoir south of Shap Village!

The image is of Boris, an orphaned otter cub that we have had or still have. Often, they are found alone and in immediate danger and we have built a 21-enclosure specialist unit to enable us to care for these little cubs. The whole rehabilitation process takes a full year of care and costs in excess of ÂŁ4,000 per cub, and currently we have 7 with us with more expected in over the Winter months. All of the cubs are released back to the wild where they belong.

The UK Wild Otter Trust by Dave Webb The UK Wild Otter Trust is based in North Devon and is the largest organisation in the country, specialising in the Eurasian otter. We have built a solid reputation on the work that we do. We raise awareness of this iconic species; we collect the database of information on sightings both dead and alive and Cumbria always features highly in those alive sightings. We engage heavily with the angling fraternity as there is a contentious joining with angling and otters being an apex predator. We work with many lake owners, river keepers, the Angling Trust etc to better educate and bring the two sides together to lobby for better water quality and to prevent any calls for an otter cull. Unfortunately, otters eat fish! In 2016, after two years of negotiations we were granted the first and only licence from Natural 17


INNOVATION & INFUSION at John Watt

John Watt and Son, home of freshly roasted coffee and blending tea in Carlisle for over 155 years, has decided to beat the problems of using The Royal Mail to deliver on-line and telephone orders by hand-delivering their customers’ orders throughout North Cumbria and SW Scotland. Too often have parcels taken far longer than the anticipated 2-3 days as detailed by The Royal Mail in their 2nd class parcel rates, leading to dissatisfied customers unable to enjoy their freshly roasted coffee and John Watt & Son having to send out additional parcels at a greater cost to themselves and inconvenience to their customers. The John Watt delivery van—already used to deliver wholesale orders to North, 18


West and East Cumbria, along with South West Scotland—will be back on the road during Lockdown 2.0 hand-delivering customers parcels throughout this area. This will ensure that customers will receive their orders within 2 days of placing them. This response to the 2nd Lockdown this year when our lives have been affected by the pandemic see a return to the old fashioned values of a traditional grocer although capturing orders by • Website • Phone • Facebook/Instagram Rather than the pencil and order pad which would have used in the 1900’s. As well as launching the home delivery service the Christmas favourites that Bank Street has always carried are now in a Christmas Shop on our website at www.johnwatt.co.uk to allow customers to purchase items they would normally purchase in Bank St. This includes regulars such as Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate Hampers, Turkish Delight, confectionary and once again the ever-popular Steven Brown designed tins of biscuits. This evolution and progression of an online presence is a continuation of the current owners Peter and Carol Johnston desire to diversify the business and ensure that John Watt will still be on Carlisle’s High Street for many years to come. This has included a refurbishment of the Bank Street branch which has retained the features we all love of Bank Street yet updated the décor and surroundings which has proven a great hit with customers old and new alike. Opening the Blackfriars Roastery to cope with increased demand for the range of arabica coffee roasted and is delivered all other the UK and Europe. Blackfriars is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm during Lockdown 2, to support online sales, wholesale customers, click and collect orders and serving takeaway coffee. Watch out for “Frothy Coffee Friday” offer where all Lattes, Cappuccino’s and Flat Whites are £1.50 and Black coffees are £1.00”

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Life can be an Open Book And if you need a little light refreshment, Cakes and Ale is on hand – an easy-going cafe where you can be served with the best of home-made cakes and the liquid refreshment of your choice and where, when the weather’s kind, you can enjoy the sunshine in the lovely garden. Bookends is there as well. Bookends aims to be one of the best independent new-bookshops in the country. There’s a superb stock of all the latest titles and any and every book, including ones from America, can be obtained within a few days. The staff will always go that extra mile and give you that friendliness and service that you’ll never get on-line. And there’s special books you’ll struggle to get on-line like signed copies of some of the latest titles and local books. Bookends specialises in local books and hopes to stock every book on Cumbria that’s in print. (If it’s out of print, Bookcase will almost certainly have it. ) And if you want to know what’s available, if you want to find that individual, different book go to the bookscumbria web-site (www.bookscumbria. com).

Bookcase in Castle Street is full of books. At the last count there were well over 300,000 of them. Go from room to room, up the stairs, down the stairs, look around, wherever you look there are books well-organised, ranged on their shelves, books on every subject. The railway enthusiast can find thousands of titles on everything from the livery of goods waggons to the history of the Settle-Carlisle Line; the philosophy student can read to his heart’s content beginning with Aristotle and ending with Wittgenstein. If you simply like to read a novel, there’s thousands upon thousands, in paperback and hardback, all in alphabetical order, waiting for their eager reader.

Bookcase and Bookends have been selling books in Cumbria ( there’s a shop in Keswick as well) for over forty years, since Gwenda Matthews started selling paperbacks from a market-stall in Whitehaven in 1978. And they’ll carry on selling them for a good many years yet with the shop now being run by

And there’s much else to be found as you search the three dozen rooms spread over four floors. For the music lover there’s a vast range of classical and jazz cds – probably one of the best stocks in the country – new and secondhand – and there’s four rooms of sheet music – and well over 40,000 vinyl lps. And there’s a huge collection of old prints and engravings. There’s plenty to keep the cultured and curious amused for hours and hours. 20


daughter, Lucy Matthews. Lockdown or no lockdown Bookends and Bookcase will look after your reading needs. During the present difficulties, there’s always someone at the shop to answer telephone calls (01228 529067) or e-mails (bookscumbria@aol.com ) or to supply orders. Books can be collected from the shop observing strict covid criteria, or posted out or delivered directly to your door.

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Remains number 1 THE Cumberland’s bank account customers have rated the local building society top for customer experience, according to research undertaken by Fairer Finance. The top spot was awarded by Fairer Finance, a consumer group that focuses on the banking industry. Their independent survey of over 23,000 bank and building society customers across the UK found out what people think of their financial provider, how well they handle complaints and how transparent they are. The Cumberland topped the table for bank accounts, ahead of the likes of Starling, Monzo and First Direct, and also ranked highly for customer happiness and trust. Nigel Taylor, head of marketing at The Cumberland, said, “Providing exceptional customer experiences is one of our primary objectives, so we’re extremely proud to hear that our customers rate us so highly. However, we do not rest on our laurels at The Cumberland, and we are constantly improving, developing and investing in our people and business to ensure we can continue to make banking brighter for everyone in our region.” 21


Pink Link launches second Cumbrian female networking group in Carlisle FOLLOWING the successful launch of Pink Link in Kendal, the popular female network is opening a second Cumbrian group in Carlisle. Guest speaker, Catherine Houlihan, Managing Editor of ITV Border will be sharing her story and tips for women to make their voices heard at the first Pink Link Carlisle meeting online on Thursday 12 November. As the nation enters a second lockdown, having a supportive and productive network is essential. Pink Link are proactive in helping women in business to build authentic relationships and explore opportunities and resources for business growth. Since the first lockdown in March, Pink Link have held their monthly networking meetings online. With the uncertainty of localised restrictions and social distancing, the zoom meetings have proved to be both convenient and eco-friendly. Coral Horn, Founder of Pink Link and the Enterprise Vision Awards said “We offer women a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where they feel comfortable and understood.

into Carlisle this month. It was a natural progression to expand to assist like-minded women in business to build their network and showcase their business throughout the North West and beyond.”

They can share knowledge and experiences and brainstorm strategies and ideas to make a positive impact on their business. There’s a special energy that is sparked when women support each other – they thrive personally and professionally.” Network Facilitator, Alison Magee-Barker said “I am excited and thrilled to be launching Pink Link Ladies networking

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The PINK acronym stands for Passion, Inspiring, Network and Knowledge. Businesswomen are invited to book a free first visit to see how a splash of pink can help their business. Places are limited, so please contact Alison via this link or call her on 07947 741 528 as soon as possible to reserve your place and find out more.” Photo Coral Horn, Founder of Pink Link and the Enterprise Vision Awards

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Cumbria County Council, local NHS, district councils and the community and voluntary sector are making it easier for the county's residents to find support if they are struggling with the pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are continuing to provide services and are doing all we can to support our local communities. Find out what financial and housing support is available by clicking here.

Go to www.cumbria.gov.uk or https://cumbria.gov. uk/welfare/default.asp to find help.

We are also working with partners on the Coronavirus emergency response, focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable. You can contact us during normal office hours on 01228 817200 or email customerservices@carlisle.gov.uk and help will be available.

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Carlisle City Council News ‘Start with a Park’ Cllr Paul Nedved, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing, said: “Public consultation is key to the development of St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.

The next stage of public consultation on the development of St Cuthbert’s Garden Village - an ambitious and unique housing and economic development scheme for Carlisle - starts on Tuesday 10 November. Carlisle City Council wants to ensure that Carlisle grows in a way that creates quality homes and is properly planned across the coming decades. St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, based in the south of Carlisle, is a unique opportunity to create locally distinctive, high quality new garden communities. It will have a strong emphasis on green infrastructure and healthy environments. Community involvement is key to its development and local consultation has helped shape the emerging plans. As part of this stage of consultation, the City Council is seeking views on both the draft Local Plan policies and the draft Strategic Design Supplementary Planning Document. Both documents, alongside our online exhibition, will soon be available to view at www.stcuthbertsgv.co.uk

“This stage of consultation will be different as we have to comply with coronavirus social distancing rules. However there will still be opportunities to contact the St Cuthbert’s team, view a virtual exhibition and most importantly have your say! “Community involvement has helped shape the plans so far and we encourage you to find out more and take part in this stage of consultation.” In autumn last year the City Council consulted on three ‘options’ for the new communities, together with the scope of the Local Plan. This is what happened next: Following feedback from this consultation the St Cuthbert’s garden village masterplan framework has been completed. The masterplan will inform the development of the St Cuthbert’s Local Plan going forward. Draft policies for the St Cuthbert’s Local Plan have been written. These will be used to guide and make decisions on planning applications in the garden village to ensure that the garden communities are great places to live, work and visit. 23

A Strategic Design Supplementary Planning document for St Cuthbert’s has been drafted to help inform planning negotiations and decisions. This is to ensure that St Cuthbert’s specific highquality design is at the heart of all new development. To take part in the consultation on St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, visit www.stcuthbertsgv.co.uk or email your comments to stcuthbertsgv@carlisle.gov.uk The consultation will be held between Tuesday 10 November and Tuesday 22 December 2020. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 22 December 2020. If you want to discuss any aspect of the consultation, then please email the garden village team at stcuthbertsgv@carlisle.gov.uk with your query. If you don’t have access to email, then call 01228 817105. Covid-19 restrictions means that printed copies will not be available to view at local libraries or the civic centre. There will be a further opportunity to get involved in the development of the local plan in spring next year when a further round of public consultation will take place.


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WIN A CHRISTMAS PRIZE How many times can you count the word Christmas in your Border City Times? Email the correct answers to info@cumbrianlocal.co.uk. From all the correct answers one will be drawn live in the breakfast show on Eden FM 107.5 FM and online at www.edenfm.co.uk (click to listen) on Tuesday 15th December straight after the 9am news. The winner will also be announced and confirmed in the New Year Border City Times magazine. 25


SCRAMBLE QUIZ Answer the questions and unscramble the initial letters of the answers to find something you will probably see on November 5th! To help you here’s the number of words and letters in each word. (7),(3),(9)

1. A sporting event that any contestant, regardless of their professional or amateur status, can take part in is said to be an …….. event.

11. A dried plum often eaten at breakfast time. 12. A South American animal which has no teeth but uses its strong claws and long sticky tongue to catch its food. It has very poor eyesight but an extremely well-developed sense of smell.

2. A n elongated edible fruit, they are high in potassium, carbohydrate and are source of fibre. They change colour from green (under ripe) to yellow (ripe) to brown (overripe).

13. The aubergine is called what in the USA?

3. T he capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, it is the home of Michelangelo’s ‘David’.

14. A common hand held household tool for cutting things consisting of pivoted blades.

4. A common stinging plant, sometimes called Burn Hazel.

15. A musical style that was popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries known for its syncopated or ‘ragged’ rhythm.

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7. A vegetable that has poisonous leaves but the stalk is usually used in puddings and desserts. West Yorkshire once produced 90% of the world’s early crop.

18. A method by which yarn is manipulated to produce a textile used in many garments. It can be done by hand or machine by looping the yarn to create stitches. Many people do it to relax and create items such as cardigans using two needles and wool.

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Carlisle City Council (CC) to Share Chief Executive with Eden District Council (EDC) In the recent EDC HR & Appeals Committee meeting, held 10/11/2020 in Penrith options were considered for the appointment of an acting Chief Executive, initially until 30 May 2021 and to make a recommendation to Council of a preferred option. Additionally, to consider the strategy for the appointment of a Chief Executive in the longer term. The Recommendations for the meeting included •

That Members consider the evaluation of the options for the appointment of an acting Chief Executive set out in this report.

That Members identify which option they wish to pursue.

That a further meeting of this Committee is held to review the strategy for appointing a Chief Executive in the longer term at an appropriate point when the position in respect of Local Government Reorganisation is clearer.

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Recruitment of an acting Chief Executive from within current staff resources;

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Establish a ‘shared’ acting Chief Executive with one or more partner Councils.

There were 18 options ranked by cost from £33,500 which was a shared other authority Carlisle CC to the optioned listed as 18th which was External recruitment - third party search, at a cost of £115,000. Also presented the options were ranked by implementation timescales 1 to 18, the first being ‘Share with other authority - Carlisle CC’ which was a 2 week time scale, the 2nd option was internal recruitment with 14 options on external recruitment taking up to 12 weeks full or part time. At the bottom of the list two options of sharing with other authority comparator districts. At the time of print for the Border City Times (15th November) there are no formal press releases via the Eden District Council through its website or social media. However, via local media in Penrith it was confirmed that the district authority's Human Resources and Appeals Committee voted in favour 10th November of the option that would see Dr Jason Gooding, who joined Carlisle City Council in 2003 and has been Chief Executive since 2011, also be the ‘shared’ acting Chief Executive of Eden District Council. 27


Flying high in the Sky Blues It’s been a very different start to the season. A 3 month preseason, playing games with no crowds and training without any contact sets the scene for you all. When the season got underway we struggled to find our form against two of the better sides in the league away from home in the first two games, opening our account away from home to Heaton Stannington 1-1 before a heavy defeat at Billingham Synthonia. Some harsh words were spoken, however we have responded well and after 11 games are firmly entrenched in the promotion places after a good run of form. Recent away wins at Easington Colliery and Crook Town, both of whom were top at the time of the encounter had us perched at the top however, due to COVID-19, we found ourselves with one game in October

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before entering the second lockdown. We are hoping to return to action on the 5th of December, at home against Redcar Athletic and would love to see some new faces to add to our ever increasing crowds. Bizarrely lockdown and the current rulings around football have led to larger crowds for us in our league games, with

supporters travelling from all over the UK to get their live football fix. With some mouthwatering fixtures coming up over the next month it will hopefully be an exciting Christmas and New Year period with more points gained to keep City near the top of the table. There has been some new additions to the squad this season, with Keighran Kerr and Kieron Olsen, both formerly of Carlisle Untied recruited and making a mark on the first team at City. Add Brandon Longcake in to the mix, who returns after a lengthy injury lay-off, and this is an exciting, youthful City team who in their 5 home games so far have scored 14 goals and conceded only 3. Manager Jim Nichols has recently taken charge of his 50th league game in charge of City with a superb win ratio of just under 60%, earning 94 points in this time. If he can continue

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with this record we can dream that City can gain promotion to Northern League 1 and play at the highest level in our history, after in his only completed season, a record 6th place finish was achieved.

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Eden 107

Eden107.5 Introducing Kathy AKA ‘the Kaptain’ Hello, I’m Kaptain Mounsey and I present my weekly show on Mondays at 6pm. I have been part of Eden FM since 2016. I have always loved radio and always wanted to be part of a station doing my own show. I first started ‘The Sunshine Show’ nearly 10 years ago on Bailrigg FM at Lancaster University. This saw the start of my personal weather reports and my quiz ‘I Feel A Song Coming On’ which you can still hear on my show now! I loved being part of a station, so when I came home and heard about Eden FM I was really keen to get involved. And here I am four years later, still chatting every week – 2 hours of silliness! My show includes all sorts of music from 60s, 70s and 80s classics, 90s cheesy pop and some current tracks. I enjoy all kinds of music, so try to include a bit of everything - something for everyone. You can guarantee there will always be a big song you can sing and dance to! You could describe my show as a chat show as I talk quite a lot (some would say more than quite a lot!) As well as the weather and quiz for you to take part in, my show includes TV and film reviews. I love learning languages, so I like to try to incorporate that by teaching languages through songs or introducing music from other countries.

Live broadcast 10am - 4pm of the Multicultural Carlisle Event 16th February 2019. Eden FM was the first community radio station to launch on the FM frequency in Cumbria as a full time licenced community radio station in Penrith in June 2014. As a project it set off in November 2010, the process for setting up a community station can take anything from two to four years and hopefully in 2021 Carlisle will have its own Community Radio which was granted a Community radio licence as Border City FM. Whilst today Eden FM is on 24/7 everyday broadcasting on 107.5 FM this signal can’t reach Carlisle as has licence restriction which are for Penrith and the Eden Valley, however, since it switched on for its first 4 week trial licence in November 2011 it has had and continues to have quite an influx of presenters from Carlisle and across the region.

I love doing outside broadcasts. I can’t wait to get back out into the community at local events with the team. We get to meet the people who work so hard to organise them, and talk to the public who are having a great time. It’s a brilliant atmosphere and I love being part of it.

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Introducing Liam James Hi there, I’m James Tucker, but I go under the alias of Liam James, for my presenter name, on Eden FM community radio station. I’m aged 44 and have a very passionate love of music… and that love of music got me interested in Radio presenting and DJing in various clubs, bars and pubs around the Carlisle area. I love nothing more than bringing the music I love, to others, who I always hope will love it as much as I do myself. There’s nothing better than standing behind a DJ booth and seeing people dancing and enjoying themselves, to the music I’m playing. It’s not quite same with radio presenting, as I obviously can’t see you when you’re listening to my show and of course I can’t see if you are dancing around in your kitchen or tapping the steering wheel in your car. It’s a sense of engagement and my imagination takes care of the rest.

times and throughout the COVID pandemic via the internet its Carlisle presenters with a bespoke system have logged on from home to complete their regular shows. It currently has four presenters soon to be six based in Carlisle with 12 based in the Eden Valley and few others across county which are all part of a growing team. If you would like to have a go at the Eden FM radio experience please drop us a line admin@edenfm.co.uk at the moment we are in the process of building a new website which will be ready for launch shortly, however, you can Click and listen to hear what you might be missing at www.edenfm.co.uk

I started doing radio work way back when I was about 18, on what was then, hospital radio Echo based at the Cumberland Infirmary and had 2 stints there over the years. I was also in the brief temporary 4 week licence that was City Vibe in Carlisle. Also, I’ve been DJjing in various bars, clubs and pubs around Carlisle, for about 12 years now, including seven years playing rock music, in Carlisle’s then premier rock club, called Club rock. I can DJ to pretty much any genre of music and have a love for many styles. Up until the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic, I was the Saturday night resident DJ in Carlisle’s Griffin pub and am now just waiting for things to return closer to normal, to commence those nights.

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Away from radio and DJing, I love football, my main club being Newcastle United, and I also love gridiron – the American NFL football. I really like to watch golf too, and have the odd round, where possible.

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I hope to meet some of you all very soon, meanwhile, you can join me every Monday and Saturday afternoon between 2 and 4 pm, on Eden FM on 107.5 FM and online at www.edenfm.co.uk Contact admin@edenfm.co.uk 01768 862394 • www.edenfm.co.uk

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