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Cumbria’s Best Kept Secret If you’re not a regular reader of Eden Local, you may have missed the huge Oak Furniture showroom which is Cumbria Oak, located on the same site as the Pot Place Garden Centre, accessed via junction 41 of the M6 or the A6 through the village and it is well sign posted. Having been established for over 10 years, Cumbria Oak has a reputation for providing Quality, Value and Service. Managing director Graham tells me it’s Cumbria Oak’s fundamental principles. “It’s our past, present and future and something we are continually striving to improve.” Although we have been here for 10 years, people still mention that they do not know we exist even though they have visited the garden centre in the past. We advertise to remind people we are here, but more often than not, it’s word of mouth. Furnishing for varied demographics and budgets of new customers as well as their established customer base. New products are sourced every month with materials and paint finishes to ensure there is a great choice of Oak and painted furniture for your bedroom, dining room, living room, hallway and

office and a range of accessories to add that finishing touch. Cumbria Oak rugs selection is second to none. They stock rugs made by Mastercraft and they are well known for being cheaper than the online competition. There are also many guarantees that come with the service at Cumbria Oak. As a local family business, they can guarantee that you are free to stroll around their showroom, a guarantee they won’t pester you and they won’t try and sell you insurance. A guarantee that there are no hard sales, just a lot of quality Oak furniture which is usually available to take away the same day or have delivered free of charge throughout Cumbria. For traditional solid oak ranges, part painted, part oak ranges

available in different colours, you have a choice from over 1000 items on display. Furniture which is ideal for a spare bedroom or child’s room, rugs to add warmth to that wooden floor, cold stone or a centre piece to a room. With so much to choose from, it’s easy to make a decision about what will suit you best. A visit to Cumbria Oak will bring ideas and options. They are open 7 days a week, 364 days a year. To see the huge range of oak furniture available at your local store, visit www.cumbriaoak.co.uk or pop into the shop at Plumpton. It’s only 10 minutes from Penrith and once you walk into the store, I am sure you will be impressed by the huge range of furniture on offer.

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Contents Cumbria’s Best Kept Secret by Lee Quinn

Pages 2 - 3

Introduction and Contents

Pages 4 - 7

Lions Bank Holiday Monday with Bernard Wood

Pages 8 - 9

Well I Never! With Pam Waggott

Page 10

For Every day and Every Season by Lee Quinn

Page 11

Drinkaware in the Workplace by Charlotte Quinn

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Mental Illness Awareness by Hannah Bradley

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Penrith Town Council

Pages 15 – 18

Death by Dark Waters the new Novel by Jo Allen

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Local Politics 17 – 25 by Emily Quinn

Pages 20 - 21

Who’s standing and are you Voting? By Lee Quinn

Pages 22 - 27

From Seahouses to the Cellar By Lee Quinn

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Adrian Hill a Tribute

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Welcome to your April Edition of Eden Local I hope you are having or have had a great Easter as this publication commenced delivery just before the Easter period. The May issue will be out in between bank holidays as it will feature the local Parish and District Elections, a round-up of seasonal sport and of course the Penrith Lions May Bank Holiday Carnival. Since the March Eden Local, the Quinn family, in keeping with tradition did their annual trip to Seahouses up on the Northumberland coast. There was some fishing, a lot of walking and an appointment for a story which relates to a local business here in Penrith, which was also on my agenda. Now we do have a thing, as a family about packing up in the morning and being out of our accommodation when we holiday in the UK, so much so that what we now do is have a full day the day before we are due to leave and come home the night before if we can. On this occasion whilst we were due to be leaving on a Friday morning, we left Thursday night. Mrs Q had to be back over in Newcastle on a work matter the next day and I had to be on the 10.04 from Penrith to Euston. Charlotte’s trip by car was going almost back the same way we came home, leaving early morning. Mine was trains, cars and buses and when I returned to Penrith, I would have completed 980 miles from the time I left Seahouses. I’ll start with the Back Cover of your Eden Local. Welcome back to Ullswater Road Garage and SsangYong. There is a

short story here. When I was out taking the pictures of the cars for the feature, I took my camera bag out of one of the cars whilst photographing to take some internal shots from the nearside passenger side of the car. I placed my bag behind me where I was parked. I then walk around the car taking pictures, got distracted, jumped in to the driver’s side and went back to the garage. I then picked my camera up off the seat. As I locked the car, I then released when I went to put my camera away, no bag which had my second lens and other bits in it. Well, I went back to find it within about 10 minutes but it was gone. However, in its place was a note, which said to the person who has lost something here, I will drop it into the police station tomorrow for you to collect. How did I feel? Well how would you feel? My thanks and appreciation to this wonderful lady for doing what she did. Our first article this month on the opening pages features Cumbria Oak, were I once again have taken a closer look at this business and what it does. Straight after this introduction we have a special message from Bernard Wood the President of the Penrith Lions about the May Carnival. I’ve added a few words on the need for people to help out with events like this in towns and villages, because the future of these is dependent on the generations who have enjoyed them, maybe considering that by being involved and helping out as a volunteer in one event they would help keep these traditions alive. It’s an idea and an opportunity for young people who may want to go into the

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organisation of events as a career, to bank some experience. More details are on pages 8 – 9. Before talking you through the rest of what’s ahead, there was a low point for the Eden FM team working on obtaining a licence for Carlisle to link with the existing station, especially with Eden FM members travelling from Carlisle to present here in Penrith. After two years’ work and preparations on the application, the licence was to be submitted. Due to a delay in receiving technical information, the submission was slightly delayed and could not be accepted by Ofcom. Meanwhile, work will still continue on the application submitted in July 2018 to Ofcom for Eden FM to extend its transmission to better reach Appleby and also Carlisle through two transmission sites based in the Eden Valley. If we work our way through your Eden Local, Pam is ready to ‘talk turkey’ and ‘spill the beans’ on a few more well-known phrases and sayings on page 10. Of course Pam has a lot more to say on the breakfast show which she hosts on Eden FM Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7 am to 10 am on 107.5 FM. On page 11, I had to do some research when I put the short article together on finding the right flooring for your home or business, for every day and any season. When you read it, you’ll see it gives you an understanding of what LVT is and why lino is called lino. Charlotte this month in the Quinn HR article has read something about hangovers in the workplace on page 12 and on page 14, it’s a warm welcome to Hannah Bradley with an insight into Mental Health Awareness. Now how many readers of Eden Local like a good crime fiction novel? Well I do and my two favourite writers of Crime novels to date are English writer Peter James and American writer Michael Connelly. I started out in about 2007 when I picked up my first 6 • EdenLocal

Peter James book, Dead Simple that was published in 2005 in a series of now 15 books with the 15th out on 19th May 2019. In between these books, I was ‘introduced’ to Michael Connelly, starting with his first book which was published in 1992 titled Black Echo in the detective Harry Bosch series of 19 books, but there are 26 other books in separate series links to the Harry Bosch series. Why am I telling you this, well, off at a tangent maybe, but the Peter James series was based in my home town of Brighton. Now if or when you pick up a book, which runs with a story that pulls out street names and places that you know, your imagination would possibly come alive. Well, as a dyslexic writer and reader, I found it easy to read and whilst there were no pictures in my book, I knew so much about the areas mentioned I was hooked. Finishing a book in a week or less. I’m sure I have mentioned but I have started on my first book. Recently I was in Brighton and I don’t how I got into the conversation, but I was discussing the depth of the Lakes and Lochs and what deep dark secrets they may hold. I opened an email on my return from a new author. I looked at the cover and I was drawn to it. The title on it said Death By Dark Waters, and it sent a shiver down my spine; then a warmth as this was the first of a new crime fiction series based in the Lakes and the Eden Valley. On page 19 you’ll get to know where DCI Satterthwaite lives and the release date of Death by Dark Waters which is in May. Dominating this Eden Local is of course the Parish and District Council Election. We have quite a piece on the first 4 years of Penrith Town Council and its finances which is featured on pages 15 to 18. I have added a little bit about that journey from no Town Council to an established Council on page 26. Now, what are your thoughts on the District Council Elections? Well, in the February Eden Local I wrote an article

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titled ‘The Democratic Right to Vote’. It’s something I feel strongly about especially as so many thousands of people for the past three local elections have not been able to vote. But before I get started on this, Emily Q has put her view across on how she sees it on pages 20 to 21. From 2018 to March 2019, we’ve had our fair share of petitions and consultations and after the 2015 District Elections, which saw 19 seats uncontested, I understand this to be reported as one of the worst turn outs for a local council and the highest number in England for uncontested seats at town and district. Well technically in 2015 with a candidate withdrawing after the election papers were printed whilst their name was on a ballot paper, the vote went ahead, but I see this as uncontested. Whichever way we look at it, 19 candidates were given seats on the day that the candidates were announced at the end of March in 2015, which then meant a lot of voters had their democratic right removed. On 3rd April, the Statement of Persons Nominated to Stand for Election to Wards on Eden District Council on 2nd May 2019 was released and for the first time many will have the option to vote. Now the full list of candidates is featured

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along with some thoughts that I have added. I must confess I don’t get political leaflets through my door normally apart from independents. The week before the candidates were announced, however, I observed a scurry past my house of one party delivering leaflets well before many would be out delivering. I see this as underhanded and as a Conservative Councillor once 10 years ago, I had that moment of reflection which reminded why I didn’t want to be a part of the underhandedness that I see so much of in local politics today. From pages 24 to 29 is a list of all the candidates standing, where and for who and with only three seats not contested, many of you will get to choose a person or their politics. In summary, my thoughts on this are shared, but to close, the last word on the local elections is with Adrian Hill. A seasoned campaigner, mover and shaker who many of you would have heard about who unfortunately passed away Friday 29th March 2019. We have a statement issued from the Keep Penrith Special Group which he founded and led and Adrian’s lasts posts on Social Media not seen by many of you now shared in print. Lee

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COMMUNITY EVENT

That Big Day in May Generations represented across almost four decades in and around Penrith will all have a story to tell about the Lions May Day, below we have a few words form Bernard Wood I would add few words, about a group that I have crossed over with on many occasions, with my magazine and Eden FM work, but also in a social capacity shared in watching local football. I remember attending the May Day Carnival, before my daughters had started school, something that I know people can relate to but many can relate to if they’ve attend with their family as parents then attending as grandparents possibly. Many of the Lions and there good Lions have been involved for many years. The Lions Day May Carnival of is of course just one activity in many that the Lions throughout the year are behind as a voluntary group raising funds for various groups and charities. Recently I have had a number of meetings with Bernard and his colleagues. As you see Eden Local and you’ll hear Eden FM are fully supportive of the activities and lions have appear in both the magazine and been on Eden FM. Looking into the future, of all those people as children, now parents and one day maybe grandparents the future of the Lions and all what it does is in the hands that have enjoy for so many years of the good work and of course May Carnival so, if there are any young people or should I say young adults that may need some work experience in the future in organising events and fundraising which potentially in a larger organisation’s as a career is a fully time occupation, maybe volunteering this year to make the difference to your CV and your career. Imagine what it could do for the Penrith Lions. Over to Bernard

Well, Spring time is now upon us and just around the corner is May Bank Holiday. In 1981 The Lions first carnival was held to the delight of the townsfolk, and little did we realise that 39 years later we would still be going strong. During the formative years a Sports Day was held on the Sunday before May Day on Foundry Fields; a Friday evening Concert was held in Ullswater Lower Hall and after May Day a 8 • EdenLocal

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Grand Carnival Dance was held at The George Hotel. We continue the tradition of decorating the streets of the town with brightly coloured bunting which helps give the town a festival atmosphere. The highlight of and May Day is the Crowning of the May Queen who, together with her attendants, lead the Grand Parade of Floats, Bands and walking participants through the town. Health and Safety Regulations have, however,


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The May Day has prevailed regardless of the weather conditions. As well as Sunshine, Rain and Wind, many people will remember odd occasions when there has been Sleet and Snow to contend with. A great asset to the day has been Taylors Fun Fair which started in Great Dockray but has grown and spread to several other areas in the town. I must pay tribute to George Bowman who, for many years, provided a Horse drawn Carriage to transport the May Queen and here Attendants. Thanks George. Also, thanks to The George Hotel for their continued support on the day.

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Many local Charities have benefitted from May Day over the years and in latter years the Shops and Cafes have also benefitted from the volume of people who attend the event. We are extremely proud as Penrith Lions Club, to serve our community in this way. Finally, thank you to Penrith Town Council and Eden District Council who have supported the continued growth of the event. I look forward to seeing you on 6 May and hope you enjoy the day. Bernard Wood President www.penrithlions105bn.co.uk

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PAM’S PHRASE PAGE

Well I never...! Here we are again ready to ‘talk turkey’ and ‘spill the beans’ on a few more well known phrases and sayings. So we’d better ‘shake a leg’ and ‘make hay while the sunshines’! If someone is said to be ‘talking turkey’ it indicates that they are talking seriously or frankly about a subject. It originated in the United States of America and appears to be in common usage by around 1825. One explanation offered by Robert L. Shook in ‘The Book of Why’ (1983) suggests that it appeared in colonial days when the Pilgrim Fathers frequently wanted to trade turkeys with the indigenous people to the point that when they met to trade they were greeted with the phrase ‘You come to talk turkey?’ Alternatively, and a more amusing suggestion is that turkey hunters attempted to attract their prey by making gobbling sounds. On hearing the noises the birds would appear from their cover or respond with a return call; giving away their location. When ‘spilling the beans’ a person is inadvertently giving away information they are supposed to be keeping to themselves. It is thought that the phrase refers to the Ancient Greeks who held secret ballots using beans. A white bean was a ‘yes’ vote, a brown or black bean a ‘no’. The beans were to be counted in secrecy but should the jar be knocked over and the beans spilled before counting then the result was known too soon.

Other explanations include the use of beans by Turkish gypsies who spilled beans from a cup to tell fortunes by interpreting the patterns formed. And a much less savoury explanation that it came from an American euphemism for vomiting - beans being a basic food stuff! So to ‘shake a leg’ or sometimes to ‘show a leg’ means to hurry up and is a 19th century naval phrase referring to a morning wake up call to rouse the sailors from their hammocks. At that time women were permitted to sleep on board the ship while it was in port. In the mornings the cry of ‘show a leg’ went around the ship. If a female leg appeared out of the hammock she was allowed to remain in bed...a hairy mans leg appearing meant he had to get up and begin his duties! And finally the fairly self explanatory ‘to make hay while

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the sun shines’. Of course we know that it it refers to acting promptly and to make the best use of time and circumstances. The phrase is recorded as early as the 16th century when many people worked on the land. In the days before mechanisation cut hay was tossed using a pitchfork before it was left to dry. Any rain would spoil the crop so the most was made of good settled weather in order that the hay was thoroughly dried and stored before the conditions changed. References: PARKINSON, J. Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pyjamas. London:Michael O’Mara Books Ltd. 2009 REES, N. Cassell’s Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins. London:Cassell 2004

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‘Did you know, every day in the UK, 200,000 people show up to work with a hangover?’ Drinkaware at Work Being a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), I receive a monthly magazine called People Management. I read the above quote in the April edition and it really shocked me. It made me think about the impact of excessive alcohol consumption and hangovers on businesses, individuals and their co-workers and the associated physical and mental health issues. Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK and they have a great website drinkaware.co.uk containing lots of facts and advice. It really is worth looking up.

What could hangovers mean for businesses and their staff?

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Alcohol-related diseases Tiredness and sleepless nights High blood pressure Weight gain (due to calories/sugars in alcohol) Alcohol dependence Aggression Depression

What can businesses and staff do about it? Businesses can and should provide information and support to their staff. In turn, staff should consider the information being provided and where appropriate accept the support being offered. Employers have a duty of care to their staff and staff should take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

• Greater risk of safety issues (particularly in certain roles)

Staff need to understand that if regular, excessive alcohol consumption impacts on work, it could result in disciplinary action and potentially dismissal. Safety critical businesses such as those operating in the Rail Industry, are likely to carry out random and periodic drug and alcohol testing in line with a policy that clearly sets out standards and expectations for staff. There may well be a zero-tolerance approach due to the safety critical nature of their business, however, most other businesses will not have this and so employers and employees both need to take responsibility and standards and expectations need to be understood.

Increased alcohol consumption can also lead to short and long-term physical and mental health issues, particularly if someone is consuming too much alcohol and on a regular basis. There is an increased risk of:

Health and Wellbeing promotion is a great way for any business to encourage their staff to lead a healthier lifestyle and this should include advice on alcohol consumption. There are a number of ways to promote health and wellbeing and they may include:

The impacts could be far reaching, however, they may include: • Reduced productivity • Reduced efficiency • Slower responses • Reduced accuracy and increased numbers of mistakes

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• Providing information on noticeboards and posters, via email and the Company Intranet if you have one • Allowing your staff to have access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which can provide them with health and wellbeing information and advice online and via a helpline, and access to counselling and support services on a range of topics • Engaging with Occupational Health providers to provide health and wellbeing days, offering staff health checks and advice, including height, weight and blood pressure checks • Encouraging staff to access information on websites such as Drinkaware, so they can track and calculate their alcohol consumption and gain a greater understanding of how this may be affecting their physical and mental health Health and wellbeing promotion is likely to be a good investment. If you’d like any more advice or guidance on what’s available and what may work for your business, please let me know.

How else can I help? Whatever your employment-related query, I would be delighted to help. In addition to Health and Wellbeing, the following are typically some of the areas I cover: • Employee relations – disciplinaries, grievances, whistleblowing, bullying and harassment • Attendance issues – sickness related and other • Performance issues – appraisals, managing poor performance and capability • Staff Handbooks – policies, procedures and standards • Employment contracts – terms and conditions of employment • Recruitment and selection – recruitment exercises and job descriptions • Pay and benefits – pay structures and job evaluation • Reorganisation and redundancy Advice and support can be provided on an ad hoc basis or through a retainer service, where for a small fixed, monthly fee, you can access support as and when you need it. I’d be delighted to hear from you, whether you need some immediate advice or whether you would like to discuss ongoing support.

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PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY

Meet Hannah Bradley Hi, my name is Hannah Bradley. I am a successful competitor in beauty pageants, I run my own small business, I work full time, I have my own home, and a happy relationship – to many, it would appear I shouldn’t have a care in the world. So whilst I do have all of those things, and I value them all very much, I also have anxiety and a panic disorder. This means that like so many others do, I can present a certain image – particularly on social media, but those closest to me get to see the daily reality, which can be a long way off those perfect, posed images and thought out captions. I think I have always been anxious to a certain degree, and have periods of time when it is much more manageable than it is at others. I am lucky to have support from those closest to me, I know that this is not a luxury that everyone has. I also have a long term health condition (M.E) which can compound my negative viewpoint. Through my participation in beauty pageants, I have been even more aware of image – specifically on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I recently started a campaign - #TrueCap – to show the reality behind the presented image. It is my hope that others will see that they are certainly not alone in their feelings – whether that be anxiety, panic, depression, inadequacy, etc – and that what you see is so often opposite to the reality. There has been a lot of talk recently, due to tragic deaths of young reality stars, around similar topics, and in light of my own struggles, I have recently started fundraising for a national charity Papyrus – they provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and also for anyone worried about a young person in such circumstances.

I am holding a fundraiser at the end of May, for Papyrus, where I am hoping to highlight the real positives of young people in our community – it will be a variety of performers, from singers to dancers, all together with a light buffet and raffle. This is what should be celebrated – not a re-touched, posed, image! Having said all of this – I am immensely proud of my achievements, and hope that by sharing my own story, others may be able to look at their own issues and see that there can be a way forward, and you can have a happy and successful life. My #TrueCap campaign, and details of my fundraiser can be viewed on my social media pages, just search for Hannah Bradley. I am competing in the Miss England semi-final at Resorts World Birmingham in June and hope to do Eden proud.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019

Penrith Town Council works with its partners to make Penrith: A safe, attractive and economically strong market town, which is pedestrian and cycle friendly, and with very high environmental standards and an active leisure and arts culture. A pre-eminent rural service centre that is admired as a destination market town –dynamic, economically active and distinctive, with an enviable quality of life. A place where all residents and traders have a stake in its success and a sense of belonging. The budget provided money to manage and maintain the devolved assets from Eden District Council and included the cost of creating the post of Services and Contracts Manager. The Council appointed a part time Responsible Finance Officer, an external contractor to maintain Fairhill Recreation and play area, and an external contractor to provide community caretaking services.

Penrith Town Council strives to make a difference by: • • • • •

Giving views on behalf of the community, on planning and other proposals that affect the parish. Undertaking projects and schemes that benefit local residents Working in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish Alerting relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken Helping the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

We engage with residents on and off-line, and work in partnership with all stakeholders, including public bodies, community groups and other organisations, to improve provision of services and resources in Penrith. We coordinate the regional 'Cumbria in Bloom' and the national 'Britain in Bloom' applications, working closely with local groups to support them in greening the town and improving the environment. Among other actions, we have upgraded playground equipment, allotment and street furniture as well as further improvements to Town Centre Greening, which encourages tourism and inward investment. The Town Council has been participating in the Devolution of Assets and is now responsible for the Cornmarket Bandstand, Fairhill Playing Field, St Andrews War Memorial, Musgrave Monument, Morrisons Bring Site, Bus Shelters and Seats and Benches. The Council are currently seeking to progress the transfer of Coronation Gardens and have had an expression of interest for the transfer of land known as 'Thacka Glen' approved by Cumbria County Council, which is hoped will transfer in the coming months. As we take over more assets in the town from Eden District Council, we will strive to maintain and further improve those services. The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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We hold funding events to encourage community groups to start new projects, provide financial support for new events and advice on finding funding.

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In partnership with EDC, we have funded 3 signature events each year for the last 3 years! This arrangement finishes at the end of March 2019.

We have established a grants event fund and we will continue to support fantastic established local events such as May Day, which is organised by Penrith Lions. We also hope to support exciting new events such as "Tea in the Park".

We have supported initiatives to improve transport infrastructure including grants to the 106 Bus Partnership and Fell Runner Community Bus Service.

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We have helped improve community facilities by providing grants for St Andews Parish Centre, 4Eden and Penrith Reading Round. We have responded to

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We asked you how you would prefer to be consulted about what we are doing and we aim to carry on consulting and keeping you informed.We have provided support and help to many members of the public who have visited or contacted the Town Council Office, many of whom were desperately seeking help!

All households and businesses in Penrith along with over 90 Statutory consultees were consulted during The Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 Consultation. Drop-in sessions were held in Penrith Library, Sainsburys, Morrisons, The Gathering and the Town Council Offices, which were also open to the public from 9.00am-1.00pm MondayFriday. Those who attended drop-ins were able to engage with Officers and Members to find out more about the Objectives and Policies currently included in the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

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Partners from the Voluntary and Community Sectors have benefited from free use of our meeting rooms and the Bandstand.

Having had numerous meetings with youth organisations and young people, we will be launching a Youth Advisory Panel in the summer of 2019.

Another amazing year of success at both County and National levels with Cumbria and Britain in Bloom events throughout the Town gaining prestigious awards. Penrith's success was only made possible by the enthusiasm and creative input by the Town's hardworking volunteers and local businesses.

All the 'in bloom' projects are promoted to residents and help create a sense of pride in the town. Moreover, the creative themes, blooms and environmental projects make a difference to the quality of life as well as the health and well-being of volunteers and people who live in the town. In addition, they also help to attract tourists and investment to Penrith.

GET INVOLVED IN COUNCIL MEETINGS You are welcome to attend our council meetings. For agenda, minutes and more information, please visit our website.

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PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY

CUMBRIA SETTING FOR NEW SERIES OF CRIME NOVELS The Lake District and the Eden Valley provide the setting for a new series of crime novels penned by Penrith author Jo Allen.

what looks like an accident is arson — and, when the body of a child is discovered in a burned out building, a murder enquiry gets under way.

The first novel, Death by Dark Waters, is Allen’s first foray into crime fiction, although she has previously published romance and romantic suspense novels under the name Jennifer Young.

The second book in the series, provisionally entitled Death at Eden’s End, focuses on the murder of a hundred-year old woman at a nursing home in the Eden Valley. In the third book, Death in Coffin Lane, Jude is back in the heart of the Lakes, at Grasmere, where a controversial academic attracts the wrong sort of attention and those around her begin to die.

The series was inspired by Allen’s background in natural sciences and love of the great outdoors and influenced by the contrasting landscapes of the Lakes and of the Eden Valley, and the countryside is a key character in her upcoming series. Allen mixes real-life locations with fictional ones, inventing the village where her detective was brought up but having him drink in the Lowther Valley village of Askham, and giving him an address in Penrith’s Wordsworth Street but carefully not identifying a particular house. “It’s partly for the plot and partly because I’m ridiculously superstitious about setting a murder where real people live,” Allen says, “so although you’ll find plenty of the locations in the books marked on the map, there are others you’ll only find in your imagination.” The central character is Cumbrian-born DCI Jude Satterthwaite, whose dedication to fighting crime in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District has cost him the love of his life and strained his relationship with his family, especially his troubleprone younger brother. Death by Dark Waters begins with Jude standing on Harter Fell and looking down on the shores of Haweswater in a summer heatwave. In the distance a grass fire is burning and he soon realises that

Death by Dark Waters will be published by Aria Fiction on 9 May and is currently available for preorder from Amazon. Death at Eden’s End is scheduled for publication in December 2019. Website: joallenauthor.co.uk Twitter: twitter.com/JoAllenAuthor @JoAllenAuthor Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoAllenAuthor/

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17-25 Local Politics By Emily Quinn

I was struggling when thinking about what to write this month. Then it came to me, something relevant that is an issue that bothers most of us. Politics!!! I don’t have the best understanding of our local political workings, but what I do understand is the frustration of its inability to be productive and please its people. As far as my understanding goes, I know that our town, Penrith is split into sections, each with its own representative; Penrith north, Penrith south, Carleton, Penrith east etc… it’s so confusing. Do you know which ward you are in? In terms of local elections and individuals standing in different wards, what really bothers me is candidates standing to conduct the function over wards in which they don’t even live. How do they know what is best for where we live if they don’t even live there themselves?

One of the biggest issues specifically around the areas of town where I live is illegal parking. People park in front of my drive and on junctions, so you can’t turn in and out of the road. The double yellow lines have been broken for years, and the individual standing in my ward has had the power for a long time but isn’t doing anything about this massive issue so many of us feel so strongly about. This individual is the one who can make a difference, yet they don’t. This is the ultimate frustration and the reason people have given up being bothered. Nothing ever seems to change. The things that need to change are continuing to be dysfunctional. Hundreds of doors in Penrith state ‘no canvassers’. These are people who wish not even to engage with Penrith’s politics. I have spoken with numerous amounts of people of a variety of ages, ranging from younger people to those over 65, and over 50% of people said they are not interested in voting or even acknowledging the local elections. After talking to them, there was a very clear verdict that with the whole Brexit ‘shenanigans’, everyone has lost interest in any form of politics, whether it be local or global. People just can not be bothered. I include myself in this. To be honest, I’m sick to the back teeth of talk of Brexit and I know I’m not alone. I have personally thought about putting myself forward to stand in these local elections, however the support is non-existent. Who is really going to support the views of a young person? How many people below the age of 30 do you know, who are actually currently able to make political changes to our town? It shouldn’t be down to age or experience. It should be down to determination and caring for the people of Penrith

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and wanting the best for our town. I, like many others believe Penrith isn’t moving along with the times and as I’ve mentioned in previous articles, this is a massive issue for a young population. Young farmers are openly and easily accommodated for, but what about the rest of us? Just because we live in a beautiful place with lots of fresh air and a large farming community, doesn’t mean we close the doors on other young people. I have nothing against farmers, which I think is important I clarify, but even when talking to our local MP Rory Stewart a couple of years back, whenever I asked a question about young people, he’d always bring it back to agriculture and the farming community. I am grateful for our successful and productive farmers in the community because they work very hard and do an amazing job, but Penrith is not just about “the farming community”; maybe 20 - 100 years ago. But not now! “You have to ask yourself why young people don’t want to get involved, and why young people move away. If you don’t want to be a farmer, work in tourism or a supermarket, then Penrith is not the place for you.” This is a direct quote from a 55-year-old man who is very involved with the local community. In conclusion, local politics may be a very mundane concept to many of us. However, we can’t stop the elections and we may vote, but is that really giving us any influence on what happens in our town? Not everyone is going to agree with your individual politics, but that’s why we come together. The problem is, we’re not. I believe we should all be involved, young or old. We should all want to make our town a place we all want to live in. Make the changes where they are needed and let’s grow together as a community? I would also like to pay tribute to a man who did stand up for what he believed in and fought for his town. Adrian Hill.

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LOCAL ELECTIONS

Candidates per Area for Election for District Wards Alston Moor – Vacancies 2 Name

Party, if any

Hanley Michael Timothy

Labour Party

Holt Andy

Independent

Lincoln Paul

Conservative Party

Sharp Lissie

Labour Party

Appleby (Appleby) - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Greenwood Karen Elizabeth

Independent

Kenyon Ronald James

Conservative Party

Eamont - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Banks John Campbell

Liberal Democrats

Chambers Ian Edmund

Conservative Party

Davies Jonathan

Putting Cumbria First

Greystoke – NOT CONTESTED Name

Party, if any

Wicks Debra Ann

Conservative Party

Hartside – NOT CONTESTED Name

Party, if any Conservative Party

Appleby (Bongate) - Vacancies 1

Hesket - Vacancies 1

Name

Party, if any

Connell Andy

Liberal Democrats

Name

Party, if any

Kendall Valerie

Conservative Party

Grisedale Lesley Ann

Conservative Party

Myler Tony

Labour Party

Martin Elaine Mary

Conservative Party

O’Brien Richard Kevin

The Green Party

Ryland David Benson

Independent

Askham- Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Fearon Henry Jackson

Conservative Party

Harker Laura Christine

Liberal Democrats

Brough- Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Cheetham Christopher William Labour Party Hall Maurice Edward

Conservative Party

Simpkins Graham

Liberal Democrats

Crosby Ravensworth- Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Kerrey Liz

Liberal Democrats

Raine Joan Elizabeth

Conservative Party

Dacre - Vacancies 1

Kirkby Stephen - Vacancies 2 Name

Party, if any

Cleeveley Neil John

Labour Party

Dew Phil

Conservative Party

Garner Donna Jane

Liberal Democrats

Lancaster Sandy

Independent

Simkins Ian Daniel

Labour Party

Kirkby Thore - Vacancies 2 Name

Party, if any

Baker Lorna Ann

Liberal Democrats

Quinn Sean William

Conservative Party

Sawrey-Cookson Henry

Independent

Kirkoswald - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Name

Party, if any

Bateman Olivia

Conservative Party

Derbyshire Judith Margaret

Liberal Democrats

Potts John

Labour Party

Shaw Jason Ewart Elder

Conservative Party

Robinson Mary

Independent

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Langwathby - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Banks Douglas Hugh

Independent

Beveridge Michael Richard

Conservative Party

Henry Richard Gordon

The Green Party

Lazonby - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Nicolson Gordon MacPherson

Conservative Party

Tidbury Wade

The Green Party

Long Marton – NOT CONTESTED Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Armstrong Allan

Conservative Party

Morland - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Henderson, Isa

Conservative Party

Hughes Neil

Liberal Democrats

Tonkin Michael Christopher

Independent

Orton with Tebay - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Medic Shelagh

Liberal Democrats

Todd John Adrian

Conservative Party

Penrith Carleton - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Breen Paula

Conservative Party

Lawson Doug

The Green Party

Penrith East - Vacancies 2 Name

Party, if any

Eyles Mike

Liberal Democrats

Fallows James

Labour Party

Lynch John Charles

Conservative Party

Penrith North - Vacancies 3 Name

Party, if any

Holden Deb

Liberal Democrats

Jackson Scott Michael

Conservative Party

Ross Ali

The Green Party

Rudhall Mark Brian

Liberal Democrats

Toma Lucian

Putting Cumbria First

Whipp David

Conservative Party

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING OF PENRITH MONDAY 29 APRIL 2019 6.00PM – 7.30PM ROOM 2, PARISH CENTRE, ST ANDREWS PLACE To be held in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12, Part III AGENDA 1. Welcome Introductions from the Mayor of Penrith, Cllr. Scott Jackson. 2. Apologies To receive any apologies. 3. Minutes To receive the minutes from the Annual Town Meeting held 23 April 2018. 4. Civic Year 2018-19 To receive an overview of the Mayor’s activities. 5. Speaker To receive a presentation from Age Concern. 6. Grant Award Recipient Presentations To receive presentations from local groups and organisations that have received a grant award from the Town Council in 2018-2019. 7. Update on Neighbourhood Plan 8. Close of Meeting and Vote of Thanks Councillor Scott Jackson Chairman of Penrith Town Council

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Penrith Pategill - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Baker Peter Graham

Liberal Democrats

Barnes Gillian Elizabeth

Conservative Party

Snell Hilary Jane

Labour Party

Penrith South - Vacancies 2 Name

Party, if any

Clark Margaret

Independent

Connor Paul Christopher

Independent

Fearon Helen Jane

Conservative Party

Hawkins Nicola Sarah

Labour Party

Penrith West - Vacancies 2 Name

Party, if any

Dixon Mary Elizabeth

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Knaggs Dave

Labour Party

Taylor Virginia Christine

Liberal Democrats

Thompson John George

Conservative Party

Thompson Neil Colin

Labour Party

Ravenstonedale - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

James Kelvyn Justin Simon

Liberal Democrats

Meadowcroft Angela Marie

Conservative Party

Shap - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

McCall Neil

Liberal Democrats

Owen John Mervyn

Conservative Party

Wilde Kerryanne

Putting Cumbria First

Skelton - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Beaty Kevin Michael

Conservative Party

Strevens Tim

Liberal Democrats

Ullswater - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Hogg Alistair Richard

Conservative Party

Ross Ali

The Green Party (Withdrawn)

Smith Darrell Jon

Liberal Democrats

Warcop - Vacancies 1 Name

Party, if any

Cox Graham John

Conservative Party

Lawson Kimberley Jane

The Green Party

Patterson William

Independent

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Some though before y Like a game of chess, the pieces are in position; is it a game? For the first time in many years there are more pieces on the board and that is a real positive thing for the people. Happening every 4 years, it’s now the time for you to have the opportunity for you to make your mark, put an ‘x’ in your chosen box and exercise your right to vote. For some it is a first election, be it local, national, a by-election or a referendum, having the chance to vote is a new experience. For some however, it’s not that they are voting because of a coming of age. After many years of a decay in candidates coming forward, complacency and strategic underhandedness in the last 20 years in Eden, we have seen a forced neglect by the people, which without any power to change has led to disengaging with its local council activity. Without being able to vote and not having a voice properly, as a community we hit a low in 2015 when the Conservative Party, before the polling stations had even opened, had pretty much won the District elections through the high volume of uncontested seats, dominating the elections. Looking back over the years, there are many councillors who may have taken seats uncontested for political control, with little thought for the people. With no fight to get the seat but an easy way in. Knowing that consistently they are falsely representing people who never had the opportunity to vote. I would say in my experience, despite some of the points that I am making here now, there are some exceptional councillors at EDC that work well with the officers and deserve to share the success of the achievements made by a team and with the help of the people behind them in the community. They have earnt their position and deserve to be elected based on those merits. I wish those who have helped make a difference for the better, good luck and I hope they get to continue the good work that they do. Although much of their hard work goes unnoticed and sadly not all reported, especially that of good news. Of course you the voter at home, may already have you own ideas of who you trust to take your town or village forward in the next 4 years.


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hts to consider you vote Emily on page 20 – 21 has made her point with her views. For me, as someone who has been a town and county councillor I have worked with some well-known and well-groomed people, known to us as MP’s. 10 years ago, I choose people rather than politics because it was people that voted me in, not the party I represented. Everyone has to have an opinion, but as a councillor you are a servant to the people that put you in that seat, however, if you were not voted into that seat, how can you honestly be representing the people if they never had a say in you getting that seat? We’ve seen the mess that Brexit has put us in. David Cameron in order to win, put the most dangerous bargaining chip on the table and the people took control for the first time. As a result, no matter how short our memories might be, like a house of cards, the leaders of the three main parties all resigned including the UKIP lead after all of his spin. In short, somebody had to do it, but as we see at the top end of the country, those that didn’t want it to happen will do anything not to make it happen. The politicians, though they have a duty to the voter, however their opinions and their parties take control, and they do not deliver what the voters have asked for. People may say politicians and parties lied about the yes or the no vote and campaigns. Well that’s politics, and if you only knew the truth. We might think our country has grown, but its politics hasn’t. At a local level it’s the same, yes, it’s about the money. It’s about power and unfortunately it gets tarnished with politics; is it really the voice of the people? There are more people than councillors and the people need to make sure that they do engage and if they vote and the candidate they vote for is elected then they as a voter need to follow through the reasons why they got behind that candidate. Firstly, thinking with an open mind, ask yourself prior to the election if your current councillor is standing again, what did they do for you? Can you look back over the last 4 years and say ‘yes’ I saw my local councillor out on the ward, they popped around after the last election and introduced themselves, they kept in touch? Did they pop around before the election? Were they active in the community and in your ward before they announced they were standing? Because that is what people with a vested EdenLocal • 25


interest do in the community and you don’t always see them in the paper. I view the estates in a town as pocket communities, like villages and where there is more than one Councillor representing that ward. In the interest of the people they should be working together regardless of what party they are in for the good of the people in that community they have been voted in to serve. You have seen the protests and you have seen the marches; did you pick up on the political agendas and the people agendas? When I vote and I will, if I see on the ballot sheet a councillor that doesn’t live in my ward standing, proceed with caution. We use to say ‘parachuted in’, a ringer with a political agenda, looking after number one. How can they be passionate about the place where they don’t live? I will ask why they are doing it and I will also consider what they have done to date. If they are currently a councillor returning or already a councillor in a different level of local government, they’ll have a list of achievements. Posing in the local paper, which is read by a small percentage of the area and targeting generally pockets of the community with a specific demographic isn’t what I would call a success. Being seen, sleeves rolled up, getting stuck in standing up for what the people behind them have put them in the seat to do is the person that will get my vote. Some one new, with a knowledge of life generally has many people skills and if they are living in the wards in which they stand I believe they have a better chance of managing the changes needed. A fresh approach is always welcome and helps balance in the chamber the experienced councillors who should always be receptive to new ideas and approaches. For some wards of course without people coming forward, it opens the door to party politics, however, if parties were active every year in the wards with newsletters, updates and an occasional knock on a door here’s my card, is there anything we can do for you approach, it would definitely raise the profile of the need to have local engagement by local people. Has this been ignored? 26 • EdenLocal

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Some final thoughts, if a candidate with a main stream party is elected by the people to represent them will they go what their party says or what the people that elected them said? We’ll never control the cards dealt from Parliament regardless of who is in power but working together we can achieve a lot locally. So just to recap • Who are the candidates standing who want your vote? • What experience and understanding have they got which gives them the right to represent you and your ward? • Are they independent with no alliance to a party? If elected would they work with the other parties? • Are they with a main party and if elected what are their views on how they would work in partnership in a ward for you that has more than one seat which could require working with ward issues together. • Why are they standing? • Why should you vote for them? And finally, every party has a duty to people, whatever its size, it has a duty to communicate to the community in which its members want to serve, not just with flyers through doors but consistently through the whole of the term they are elected. I believe that if people are in the business of being elected, like any business, to serve its customers it has to be seen in community working with its customers to offer the best service. Every Eden District Councillor in the last term had an allowance, some take it, some don’t; how many have used part of their allowance to stay in touch and communicate with the people that put them there? For those taking uncontested seats, how many have every year dropped a newsletter to the people they serve, taken a walk around the ward on a summers day and posted an update through doors? Eden FM team of volunteers will be live from the count Thursday 2nd May and into the night and the morning of Friday 3rd May on 107.5 FM posting the results on social media as well as live updates throughout the count. The Eden Local May edition will have the results and some interviews with new elected members that will be out. That’s Communication in the Community. Good luck to everyone involved 2nd May 2019.

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LOCAL BUSINESS

From Seahouses to the Cellar by Lee Quinn

The business is based in The Fisherman’s Kitchen in Seahouses, complete with the original smokehouses, which have operated on this site since 1843. The site is even credited as being one of the possible places where in fact the modern “Kipper” was actually invented! The methods that Patrick and his team employ today are the very same methods of smoking as were performed on this site all those years ago. They use traditional oak sawdust which has no additives, preservatives or colourings of any kind and they let the natural flavours speak for themselves. Patrick a former fisherman, took the business on from a family friend 28 eight years ago and after a site visit on day one we agreed the schedule, so two days later I joined Patrick and Terry whilst after splitting the herrings early that morning. Then soaking them in brine, they were hanging them on to the bars that would then be placed in the Smokehouse by Geoff. Terry and Patrick preparing the Herring for the smoking rack

You’ll see most of the pictures describe illustrate the process from the preparation to smoking of the fish and the results at the end. In short it was a great experience, meeting a supplier whose products are on

Well, the story started off on the counter of the Fish Cellar in Devonshire Arcade, Penrith. I remember Neil Scott the proprietor telling me about how he sourced his Salmon from Scotland. When I mentioned I’d just come back from a cod fishing trip in Seahouses over on the Northumberland coast he then told me that was where the supplier of his kippers was based. So, planted in the back of my mind, just before our recent trip back to Seahouses, Neil spoke to Patrick Wilkin the owner of Swallowfish who owned the smokery in Seahouses and confirmed that it would be okay for me to do a visit and a story of his supplier. On arrival to Seahouses I did just that, it was a busy as the fishery was having a refurbishment that week so there was a lot of things moving around, but over a period of three days the refit would be completed, the new counter open and I would have all the photos and information I need, whilst also sampling and getting a real taste for the story I was doing.

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the counter here in Penrith. With my new knowledge, I have a follow up trip already booked in May 2019 with a day out on a lobster boat. This being an experience to look forward to. I learnt so much over those days with the team. The Herring are Norwegian origin, the reason for this is due to a ban on herring in December 1977, when the British Herring catch was at its lowest for a century. A ban on Herring fishing was also introduced on the East Coast. Selective fishing was reintroduced in 1981 and it was strictly regulated. Then in 1983 more areas of the North Sea were available to fish, however, the consequences of the ban saw a large number of ship-owners go bankrupt. The lack of supply resulted in a change in consumer behaviour resulting in the kipper becoming less popular. Some vessels turned to mackerel and horse mackerel fishing. Putting it plainly, the industry never came back. One thing I can say is I have eaten these in the past, they are rich in calcium and other vitamins but also high in sodium. I had the odd salty kipper and it’s repeated on me all day. I looked into this and a lot relates to the additives. On trying the Swallow fish Kipper fillets, it was just a different taste but a mild taste and seeing the process from start to finish whilst I smelled like a kipper when I came out of the smokehouse; I enjoyed not having that long lasting taste.

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ADRIAN HILL It is with great sadness that we announce our spokesperson and founder, Adrian Hill, sadly died at the age of 60 last Friday (29th March). Tributes have been pouring in for Adrian. Adrian supported and cared for many causes, including the Penrith Masterplan. He worked tirelessly since the launch of the Masterplan in September 2018, and sprung to local prominence as one of the driving forces behind our campaign group, which has successfully raised awareness and challenged Eden District Council’s Masterplan for Penrith and Eden. As you will agree, Adrian played a vocal and key role in mobilising local opposition and causing the Council to pause and set aside the Masterplan for a period of time, until after the May Council Elections. During campaigning he worked with many different people and organisations, including Friends of the Lake District, who submitted an excellent letter in support of our cause. Adrian had an innate sense of fairness and if something wasn’t ‘fair’, then watch out, because Adrian would be on the case, which sums up his Anti Masterplan Campaign. Adrian cared deeply about the wanton destruction the Masterplan would have on Penrith and the Eden countryside. Many thousands of Eden Residents agreed and supported our campaign, with more than 4,500 signatures gathered during the Engagement period. He strongly believed the people of Eden and Penrith deserved better. He was campaigning for a proper grounded, sensible and practical plan to make Penrith a better place to live, work, shop and visit. He wanted EDC to get everyone to contribute their thoughts in building that plan. That aim still remains together with the regeneration of Penrith Historic Market Town. We are certain there are many people 30 • EdenLocal

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in Penrith and Eden who are very grateful to Adrian for all his efforts. Adrian stood up and was counted for his views when many were against him. He didn’t say what you wanted to hear, he said what he thought and spoke up for the truth. As well as campaigning, Adrian was a loving family man and is survived by his wife, Belinda, and two daughters Jessie and Elli. He had strong connections with his family's rural properties in the north of England and was a trustee of the Winderwath Estate in Penrith and actively involved in the estate's management. He was educated at Oxford University and became a prominent banker and businessman. He spent a lot of his career providing finance for the ordinary person in the street, including those that were working hard to repair their credit records. He was CEO of HFC Bank until it was acquired by HSBC and he then went on to be in charge of both First Direct and M&S Bank. Between 2013 and 2017 he provided valuable financial guidance to Carlisle based H&H Group Plc as a member of its main board. Adrian supported a range of international and UK based charities, which included Eden Rivers Trust. The countryside in the north of England has lost a champion and major supporter. At this time, our thoughts are with Adrian’s wife and family. In Adrian’s memory and as he recently stated, “We will go on forcefully and honestly representing your views and thank you for your continued support.” In tribute to Adrian, we have re-posted his very moving KPS Campaign Video. Please do watch it and see why we will continue to campaign for a better plan for Penrith and Eden. The statement above has been released by the Keep Penrith Special Team.


A tribute to a seasoned campaigner, mover and shaker by Lee Quinn Early March 2019, Adrian Hill urged people on social media to continue the work they had put in so far, asking people to come forward and stand as councillors. This is what he had to say. Posted 4th March 2019 Keep Penrith and Eden Special are working with Councillors and others who are opposed to the Masterplan. We are very keen that Councillors who Reject the Masterplan are reelected and that Councillors who support the Masterplan lose their seats on 2 May in the Council Elections. Could you help us to make that happen? If a handful of Councillors who support the Masterplan lose their seats, the Masterplan will simply die a death. Would you be prepared to stand as a Candidate? Could you help with canvassing? We want to build a better grounded plan for the District, perhaps you can help us with that too. Please get in touch the email is mail@keeppenrithspecial.org Could you help? Adrian’s last Post on Social Media was on 18th March at 12.14

Adrian Hill at Eden FM I met and spoke to Adrian Hill on a number of occasions from the beginning of the launch of the Keep Penrith Special campaign on Eden FM in an interview with my colleague Tom Rose, in the week after the Penrith Strategic Master plan was launched. Then like most of the town’s local media, there were many more calls and interviews to follow. He was a man on a mission of hope and many rallied with him. He had the passion to communicate to people what he wanted to share. As I have always said, a problem shared is a problem solved. We are now close to the Parish and District Elections across Eden and there is no Keep Penrith Special political party, but there is hope for many in those candidates standing that Saved the Beacon and signed petitions.

You may have seen our update to Supporters about the May Council Elections. We have decided that putting candidates up in these elections under our own name will simply get in the way of our main message of opposing the Masterplan particularly at this sensitive political time. It may also cause us difficulties with a Judicial Review application which is an important possible legal step to ensure EDC don’t impose the Masterplan. Instead we are simply going to ask our supporters to consider carefully when they vote for a candidate that they enquire if they are for or against the Masterplan and take their decisions bearing that in mind. We won’t endorse or fund or otherwise support individual candidates. We have decided that there is little more we can or should do at this stage. We hope that the new Council will want to go back to the drawing board on this unpopular plan and we will be campaigning for that after the Elections.

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