Cumbrian Local August 2015

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Contents The Wittwoo Experience Suited and Booted

Pages 2 - 3


Pages 4 - 6

An Introduction to Innovus

Page 8

Dana delivers

Page 9

Summer saving vouchers

Page 9

Not just sheds made to measure

Page 10

Paving the way to a beautiful home

Page 11

IIP’s and Flight delays

Pages 12 - 13

Business Development Partner for Eden FM

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Where there is a plan, there is a planner

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Cumbria Oak Biggest Sale now on

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The new Toyota Auris 1.2 Turbo reviewed

Pages 18 - 19

Win tickets to see the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

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Give your Business a Lift

Page 21

Wainwright monthly report

Page 22

Peaks & Pathways

Page 22 -23


Pages 24 - 25

Cumbria & Eden FM Sport

Pages 26 - 32

To Close

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Welcome to the August edition of your Cumbrian Local Welcome to your first August edition of Cumbrian Local in 3 years. Yes it was back in 2012 that we printed the August Lakes Local and Eden Local. Then in 2013, we set the Penrith Rugby Club on route to take an August publication forward with their first ever start of the season programme that would be posted through 26,000 doors. This was co-ordinated by Cumbrian Local and posted through doors by our team. It’s good to try these things and help out. Chris Miller, the main designer behind our business since 2007, has found himself this month working on both publications and I’ve been co-ordinating additional adverts for print for the Rugby programme and this with an influx of new radio adverts and new customers, has made it a very, very busy month. Confused? Well you shouldn’t be, but it’s very possible you’ll get two magazines through your door this month. I think the Cumbrian Local might be first, delivered by our team, followed a week later by Royal Mail. Meanwhile, I enjoyed the brief spell of summer of 2015 around 5th – 7th July when I was writing last month’s magazine. I hope you didn’t miss it and now around 7th August it’s back. I wonder for how long? Whatever the weather, here we are again with issue number 70. In many ways, it’s dedicated to a lot of positive people behind the scenes, but especially this month to Paul Witterick and John France, who together I think we can boast the best in a number of areas of photography. These guys are really quite special behind that lens. The feedback is on the increase and it’s all positive. My thanks to BJ Scott for writing in. It underpins some true values in what we aim to achieve every month in your Continued on page 6

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community magazine. More about his wonderful letter on page 31. Last month we discovered that a lot of people experienced for the first time a home delivery from Dana Curry House (p9). It seems they are reaching areas of Eden that have been rarely reached with a takeaway delivered to your door. Going the extra mile is something that I experience in a number of projects. Innovation and tradition are two words I use, that by now must be familiar to the readers of Cumbrian Local, but isn’t it great to see and read so many positives for free every month? The Quinn family didn’t have to do so many deliveries this month thanks to the growing delivery team, as we expand north of Penrith this month further into the CA4 postcode, winding our way up towards the big city following the A6, M6 and River Eden. A warm welcome to around a dozen new villages like Ainstable, Wreay, Aiketgate, Cotehill and Cumwhinton. And remember we are always looking for more people to help deliver your Cumbrian Local. The more we have, the more magazines we can print and deliver! Top comment this month out on the rounds was, ‘I’ve been waiting for that to arrive’. It’s so motivating to the team, thank you. Well, so much has happened in July and the start of August and we’re more than half way through the year already! The atmosphere of Bitts Park with Tom Jones centre stage is a memory I will savour forever shared with a few others. The performance was fantastic and as for the sight of seeing so many knickers on display, being waved around like flags and catapulted on to the stage, it’s probably the closest I have come to an open air Ann Summers party, but what a voice! Yeah…..

Commercially, a stable month as we welcome more new businesses into the magazine featured on pages 8, 11, 21 and 27 and it is also wonderful to welcome new writers. My thanks to Andrew Kidd for test driving the new Toyota Auris 1.2 Turbo (petrol) for Jim Walton Toyota and putting a great review together (p18-19). I have had some interesting interviews and stories this month, which include paths, patios and driveways, forklift trucks, PPI’s, flight delay claims, the importance of planning and I found a hedgehog in an interesting place (p26). Busy times experienced with Eden FM since last month and there is more than the usual sprinkling of news. Innovus (p8) have become the new weather sponsor. We have some new starters, with more to follow and I had the shared experience with other presenters of doing a show from the desk and the computer that I am on now at home writing at (p14). To think this time last year you were buying your Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly boards, this month we have a short list of those still with stock and a discounted voucher (P9 & 10) to entice those early Christmas shoppers to buy the last of the stock which, I believe will see the last board sold that one day will be a rare part of the history of the area. My penultimate thought in this opening, is a thought that I’ll share a lot when I meet clients, friends and people in general when I’m out and about. Sometimes a small reality check is what we all need to maybe get motivated or energized. A thought or a reminder of what you have achieved, individually, as a team, as a business, a parent or a friend. Now I’m not going down some fruit loop tunnel that relates to thinking

A huge thank you to all our advertisers, volunteer writers, photographers and the team that is Cumbrian Local and Eden Fm from design to delivery. Front Cover: by Lee Quinn


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happy thoughts like a Walt Disney film, or I’ll start singing happy tunes or whistling while I work! No offence to those of you that do that kind of thing. We are all, let’s not forget different and only human.

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Not many people probably take the time out. It could be just a minute to step back and look at themselves or their products, their business, their family and reflect somewhere in the past if not always today, you would have achieved something no matter how small and it was for free. For me, the constant looking back pushes me forward, because the future is ahead of us and yep the past is in the past and we can’t change that. So to happy thoughts? And finally congratulations to our sports editor and my good Ben France who on 1st August was joined by a lot people in celebrating his marriage to Kim Bryer. The Cumbrian Local and Eden FM team and I’m sure many of you, will wish them well and all the very best in their future together. Congratulations and best wishes to you both. Yes it is true, this community magazine can get a bit personal once in a while, but it’s good news for sharing to all at no cost.

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An Introduction to Innovus by Simon Walker

At the Rheged Centre in July, Innovus held the latest of its very successful series of events designed to help Cumbria’s innovative small businesses to understand and address the challenges of industry. One of the twenty five exhibitors this year was Tim Viney of Atlantic Geomatics, the Penrith-based surveying company that is now revolutionising the world of genealogy with an Innovus funded project to develop burial ground mapping technology. Already expanding as a result, Tim expects the business to grow by five times over the next five years as a result of the innovation. In its first two years, Innovus has kicked off a culture change in Cumbria’s approach to technological innovation. The focus is on commercialising technology to realise the benefits here in the county. Almost £2m has been invested in early stage research and development and prototype development of projects that otherwise would have remained undeveloped. 17 jobs have been created, with a further 200 forecast by projects funded to date and small businesses with fewer than 250 employees from across the whole of Cumbria and in all sectors have been helped to grow through innovation. Innovus is a partnership between National Nuclear Laboratory and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. Designed


to address a reported lack of investment by Cumbrian firms in innovation, research and development, Innovus builds on the strengths of the partners to close the gap between ideas and their commercial application. Both partners are greatly experienced in developing and commercialising new technologies and whilst both have a strong nuclear industry background, the facilities and expertise available, as well as the grant funding awarded to feasible projects, have already enabled successful development of innovation across many sectors. For an innovation to become a successful commercial product, it must address a need. Whilst Henry Ford famously said that if asked what they wanted, his customers would say “a faster horse”, he didn’t mean that they didn’t know what their need was. The customer was clear, they wanted to travel faster, what they didn’t have was the answer to how. In the same way, industry often knows well what its needs and challenges are, but doesn’t have the solution. At the challenge events, Innovus brings industry,

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academia and innovative small businesses together and supports them to collaborate, opening up a whole range of opportunities and potential solutions. If you’ve got a solution to somebody’s challenge, even if it’s not the answer they would have expected, then visit the Innovus webpage and get in contact with Adrian DavisJohnston, who can help you start the process of getting it to the market. Innovus Sponsors of your local Eden FM weather, supporting communication in the community

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Paving the way to a beautiful home Do you ever get that feeling when you find something and you just want to talk about it? I suppose it’s a bit personal, but my friend was describing how he strapped a heavy canister of weed spray to his back in order to once again kill weeds on his drive. The scene might have looked like something from Ghostbusters, but here is the reality of the situation; he has already done it twice and his back knows it! Recommended by a friend, I had a call from James at Heritage Print Driveways, so here is a taste of what I discovered; but you don’t have to wait to find out more next month, in simple terms the permanent driveway and paving system has arrived. No weeds, a paving system for all seasons and no back breaking maintenance and cost to keep your drive, patio or pathways in order. It’s a concrete plan, because it is! Choose your colour, choose your design. This is pure and simple coloured concrete printed to your chosen design,

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What is PPI? Payment Protection Insurance is a form of insurance designed to cover your repayments for a given period in the event of an accident, sickness or unemployment. If you’ve taken out a loan or had a credit card, it’s likely you would have been offered Payment Protection Insurance. Typically PPI was mis-sold if: •

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by Lee Quinn, Chairman Eden FM Radio Ltd

Still explaining and still defining what community radio is, suddenly things do catch on. As they say, one more time from the top for those new to community radio or the Cumbrian Local. Eden FM Community radio is currently the only community radio station in Cumbria. Based in Penrith, it is broadcasting as best as it can to as many people it can in the most sparsely populated part of England, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It has taken five years to achieve what it has, in that it has a studio, kitted out with equipment probably from the Ark. It transmits through rented equipment on a second hand mast (scaffold pole) which, with a little boost from funding or local businesses, could be modified to have further reach. Eden FM cannot transmit through mountains on its 107.5 FM frequency, but then nobody can. Of course we do have a growing audience that listen on line. Some forget that all the presenters at Eden FM are volunteers; even those who were live on air on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, News Eve and New Years Day. Compared to the giants that are commercial radio stations, we can play adverts, but after we have raised

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£15,000 under new legislation just introduced by Ofcom in Spring, every £1 of off air advertising, i.e. adverts played on the radio, have to be matched £1 for £1 with revenue generated not on air. Under the community licence, Eden FM has to be a not for profit limited company. It cannot be a charity. So who owns it? Well the community. There are no shareholders, big payouts, but based on the above, a lot of people are getting to realise this. Why do we do it? Well you have to ask the volunteers and talk to the charities, the local clubs, societies and voluntary groups that use the radio to raise their profile and use the station as a key source of

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communication to their community. With an open door policy, in the last five years close to 70 young people under the age of 18 have enjoyed the experience of live radio, attending shows, presenting shows and gaining important work experience. This as you can see, is a key part of the future of radio, but it is also important for young people where we live, should they want to be involved in radio or print media. 12 months on air in our first real year of radio. As for the next 4 years, well it’s a whole new direction. I am pleased to confirm that Butterworths Solicitors have agreed to get behind Eden FM as a business development partner. Some would say what’s that? Well it’s a bit like a main sponsor, but a bit different in that they are committed to help with funding. This will help us promote the station, whilst at the same time Eden FM with that funding, will develop and support the community marketing and business development of Butterworths Solicitors. The full story will be in next month’s Cumbrian Local.

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Auris 1.2 Turbo; this car really is the business! A review by Andrew Kidd.

happily this is not the case. With loads of seat and steering wheel adjustment, getting comfy takes only a few seconds. The cabin quality is first-class, with stitched leather trim in abundance. Controls are within easy reach, though you might take a little while to work through the steeringwheel mounted controls. With a central 7” touch screen providing ‘infotainment’, settle in and enjoy the remarkable space afforded by this manageably sized Auris.

The new Toyota Auris reviewed today is the Business Edition, sitting towards the top end of the Auris range. This car has made huge development progress recently. So much so, that if it were an athlete, there’d be calls for immediate drug testing! Assembly takes place in the vast plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire, with engines being supplied from a purpose-built factory on Deeside. Toyota employ over 3,800 staff at these locations alone, so the ‘Buy British’ lobby


should be very happy. Toyota’s reputation for quality and reliability is backed by a 5 year warranty, with a national network of service centres. First impressions of the car are very favourable, with clean yet swooping lines extending around the leading edge of the bonnet, seeming to form a welcoming smile! The fit and finish are of a very high standard, as is the quality of the paintwork. With steeplyraked ‘A’ pillars, I’d expected visibility to be a problem, though

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The 1.2 turbocharged engine puts out a very healthy 114 bhp, giving a 0-60 time of 10.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph where legal. Low-speed pick-up is helped if revs are over 2000 rpm. The six speed gearbox is a delight to use, with the upper ratios giving a long-legged feel which can only benefit economy; mpg in the high 50’s should be achievable according to driving style. Road tax is free for the first year, and £30 p.a. thereafter. Driving over a variety of roads, the Auris proved to be a charmer, with a distinct lack of road noise contributing to the overall quality

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feel. Steering was light yet accurate, no ‘tramlining’ detected and with good feedback to the driver. The suspension coped well throughout. When stationary, at tickover I had to check the rev counter to see if the engine was running. The Auris took motorways in its stride, the 1.2 turbo providing good midrange acceleration through the gears with no fuss whatsoever. It’s a peach of a car, which should have broad appeal.

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A local Lift for your business by Lee Quinn

My experience of forklifts has varied from pump trunks, to side loaders and counterbalance, but you have to go back to 1906 when the first contraption actually resembling a fork lift was invented by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. A battery power platform trunk designed for moving luggage at Altoona railway station. It was during the First World War, however, that more development took place to assist with lifting of heavy items, that came about due to the shortages in man power. Today the range and the technology are quite extensive and here in Penrith, Permatt Fork Lift Trucks Limited, established in 1981 has grown into one of the largest independent material handling suppliers in the UK.

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The Wainwright Society Don’t lose your way …

Alfred Wainwright photograph by Derry Brabbs

Alfred Wainwright never used a compass as he said that he did not understand how it worked and preferred to trust his sense of direction and a detailed study of the map when he was out walking. He claimed that he was only ever lost once on the fells. This was on Cold Pike on a misty day. He wrote about the experience in Wainwright’s Favourite Lakeland Mountains: ‘I had always prided myself on having an infallible sense of direction and had never before lost my way in mist but on this occasion my confidence was badly punctured. I left the path to Red Tarn and struck off across the trackless moor towards the hidden Cold Pike. After walking blindly for twenty minutes, I reached a distinct path and was amazed to be able to identify it as the one I had left earlier. I set off again and the same thing happened: after walking in what I thought to be a straight line I found myself back on the path again. Twice I had walked in a right-hand circle. I was shrouded in a blanket of mist, there was neither sun nor wind to give direction. After this galling experience I abandoned my intentions for the day, but it was a lesson I bore in mind for the future.’ Wainwright’s Favourite Lakeland Mountains p. 49 However, despite Wainwright’s (almost unshakable) confidence in his sense of direction to guide his steps, members of the Society would recommend that walkers always carry a map and compass, and, more importantly, learn how to use them for navigation on the fells. If you would like to know more about the Society, log on to the website at or email Derek Cockell Press & Publicity Officer, The Wainwright Society. CumbrianLocal

Grisedale Pike

Peaks & Pathways by Nick Wells Situated on the Western side of the Lake District, Grisedale Pike stands out from afar. The Pike, although of slender proportions towards the top, is broadly based occupying the west side of Coledale. Park up at the car park just west of Braithwaite Village on the Winlatter Pass road, from here follow the old mine road for about three miles. This part of the walk is easy and without incident, until a barrier of rock extends across the valley like a huge dam. This is Force Crag with water cascading over its lip, overlooking the spoil-heaps and buildings of Force Crag Mine below. You can escape from Coledale by crossing the beck, walking around the left side of the crag and onto a well made zig-zag path which leads to Coledale Hause. A feint path leads away to High Force with more cascading water from Pudding Beck, here too are more spoil-heaps and disused buildings. The mine was used for extraction of baryte (a weighting agent for drilling fluids), and was only closed in 1991. From Coledale Hause you can bag four Wainwright peaks, Eel Crag, Grassmoor, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike, even Whiteside is within reach. Turning left at the Hause takes you towards Grisedale Pike over a subsidiary summit and onto the main summit. From here you can see out over the Irish Sea, then round to the Scafells, Pike of Stickle in Langdale, Helvellyn in the Eastern Fells and round to Blencathra and Skiddaw.

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From the summit descend the very steep path to Sleet How, through some heather onto a lawn-like path and eventually back to the car park, completing a full circuit. This is a high level walk, always plan your walk and check the weather before setting off. The full circuit is about eight miles long and took me four hours, I would grade it as easy.

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Thackawatch August 2015 - By John France

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Early July brought a taste of Iceland to Thacka Beck Nature Reserve when 3 Black-tailed Godwits were present for a short period of time. Whilst approximately 100 pairs of this rusty red coloured wading bird breed in the UK, the chances are the birds at Thacka were early birds returning to the UK to over-winter in our slightly warmer climate when numbers rise to 43’000. Flocks have been recorded most years at Thacka. Three years ago a Black-tailed Godwit at the reserve was wearing coloured plastic leg rings which allowed ornithologists to monitor its’ movements from Iceland to the UK where it spent the winter living on the food rich shores of the River Humber near Hull. These rings which don’t cause any harm to the birds are applied to the legs by licenced bird ringers, each bird having its’ own unique set of colours, which in turn allows observers to submit sightings to the British Trust for Ornithology.


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The breeding season is now at it’s end. Oystercatchers have faired particularly well around Thacka with 3 pairs of birds successfully fledging 3 youngsters each. It has been possible to watch the birds flying from the reserve to Penrith golf club where they have been pulling worms from the well manicured fairways. August is the time to start looking for Kingfishers returning to the reserve. A number of people have said to me they don’t believe Kingfisher has ever been present at Thacka. This is certainly not the case. They can be difficult to see if sat still on a branch or vegetation, however if you see one whirring past in flight you will never forget the spectacular iridescent blue colours of its’ back and wings, compliment by bright orange breast. Thacka Beck Nature Reserve is managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, for more details www.

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Hudson Brothers Charity Swim By Robbie Hudson • Photography - Tina Wild

On the 15th August, 3 brothers from Langwathby will begin an adventure to swim the 90-mile length of the River Eden in 9 days. Starting at the source near Hell Gill, Robbie, Calum and Jack Hudson will cover 10 miles each day, finishing at the Solway Firth near Carlisle. The brothers have been enduring a punishing training routine, swimming in the Lakes as well as the North Sea. Freezing ice baths alongside daily stretching routines involving yoga and thai boxing exercises. This increases flexibility and allows them to control their breathing effectively, a vital part of swimming in cold water. The lads are sponsored by Speedo and have been featured by the BBC, Cumbria Life and The Sun Newspaper.

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Pinks starting to shape up for next season

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By Liam Jackson

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Carleton Banks new signing Mark Nixon in pre season action

After leapfrogging the 3rd division Carleton Banks set themselves a tough pre-season schedule facing first division sides Wetheriggs United and Lunesdale United, West Coast side ST Bees amongst several others. In their first pre-season game of the Summer Banks travelled to Burneside in what was anticipated to be a tough fixture with future second division opponents. Banks showed real class in upstaging their hosts running out 1-3 winners with goals coming from Rob Anderson and trailists James Mandle and John Woolstenholme. Carleton Banks faced Wetheriggs United Reserves in their second friendly of pre-season and it was very much the cliché, a game of two halves. Wetheriggs Reserves were 2-0 up at half time leaving the Carleton Banks boys much to ponder over the break, after a rousing team talk from Clive Briggs and Chris Farrell the pinks were soon back to their best running out 23 victors with goals from Jake Briggs, James Mandle and Mark Nixon. Banks then faced a very strong Wetheriggs United first team boasting the likes of Bentley, Key and Askins. The boys in pinks were powerless to resist and were humbled to a 5-1 defeat, the pick of the goals being Robbie Hebson’s 30 yard thunderbolt to the top corner. Rob Anderson could only pounce on what was to be a consolation for the Soccermoos. The Pinks will have played Penrith Reserves and ST Bees at Frenchfield by the time you get to read this.

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Blencowe Badminton Club moves to QEGS Sports Hall After 10 years of playing in the sports hall of Newton Rigg College, Blencowe Badminton Club have moved to a new home in the newly-refurbished sports hall at Queen Elizabeth Grammar school (QEGS) in Penrith. Chair of the club, Andy Hilton, said “we were sad to leave Newton Rigg but are excited at the move to the hall at QEGS. Badminton England have helped to fund the refurbishment of the QEGS hall and it has been completed to Badminton England specifications. There are no better badminton facilities in the area”. The Summer Club sessions (7:30 – 9:30 pm every Wednesday) have been very popular with all six courts in use and players of all abilities and ages playing together. Those with more experience have helped with tips and techniques for beginners and improvers. It has proven to be a great opportunity for players from different clubs, and players who don’t belong to a club, to come and play together. There is no commitment to join; just turn up and pay on the night (£5 for adults, £2.50 for under 18s). From September 2015 to Easter 2016 Blencowe will have the QEGS Hall from 7.30-10pm every Wednesday evening for Club nights and matches. The Club is hoping that the move to QEGS will expand its membership as there is enough space to allow experienced players the chance of challenging games and new / less-experienced players the chance to develop their skills. The club is already one of the largest in the CumbrianLocal

local Penrith and District league with teams in all divisions of the league last season. Andy commented that “we pride ourselves on being a friendly club and welcome players of all standards whether you want to play in a team or just enjoy the game socially”. During last season the club benefited from professional coaching funded by Sports England and provided by Ben Davidson. Ben has established himself as one of the leading coaches in Cumbria and has helped with both individual skills and team tactics. The club have engaged Ben to join them again at the start of next season (September) to make sure that the season gets off to a flying start. If you are interested in finding out more about Blencowe Badminton club please contact Jill on 01768 870824 or email We also have a website (Photo from Wednesday night – Summer Badminton)

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Penrith Rugby Club Pre-season By Ian Thomson

Pre-season is now well underway. The coaching team has been enhanced with the addition of Ian Vortman. Ian hails from South Africa and is a former Stellenbosch University player who came across to the UK to play for Kendal in the 1990’s and was instrumental in helping them climb into the top 30 teams in the country. He then had a spell playing for Sedgley Park in Manchester before returning to Kendal. We have been pleased to see our young squad being retained and are also pleased to welcome Prop Sullivan from Whitehaven and Centre Matt Allinson from Windermere Whilst we have had some punishing fitness sessions the general fitness levels of the players turning up for training have been higher than last year which has allowed us to move into game related work at an earlier stage. We are hopeful that with the players we have available that we will be challenging for promotion at the end of the season.

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The North Lakes Hotel and Spa At the North Lakes Hotel & Spa – you’ll find all you need for a relaxing break with spacious, cosy lounges and real log fires. We have recently been busy transforming our spa following a £175k investment. Completed at the end of March 2015, there is a brand new Spa Relaxation Lounge located on the ground floor, equipped with state-of-the-art manicure and pedicure stations, offering CND Vinylux and Shellac Nails. The new Spa Relax is a stylish and comfy lounge ideal for pre and post treatment relaxation. The lounge provides the perfect setting for guests to put their feet up, relax and enjoy a pampering. Light lunches, drinks and snacks are available in the lounge so those enjoying a spa day can relax and make the most of their ‘me time’. Add to this the 12m pool, airconditioned gym, whirlpool and sauna – the North Lakes Spa offers a truly relaxing experience. Six treatment rooms and a calming relaxation lounge are the setting for skilled therapists to work their magic – whether it’s relaxation

or invigoration, the team will use essential oils to help create an environment where you can forget the outside world – even if only for a couple of hours. You don’t have to be a member of the spa to enjoy all these fabulous treatments - non-members are most welcome. Spa days make wonderful presents, and there’s a wide range of vouchers and gifts to purchase too. Interested in becoming a member of the Spa? Everyone has their own reason for joining, maybe to improve health and fitness, or to take precious time out for relaxation. Whatever your reasons, we guarantee the highest standards of friendly, professional service in a welcoming and safe environment and with

Premium and Club Membership packages available –you have the flexibility to choose a membership which suits you! Our team of fully qualified instructors and Personal Trainers are always on hand to offer advice, instruction and encouragement – just as much or as little as you choose. And, as a Spa member there’ll always be a great range of exercise classes to choose from. Membership of the Spa will also give you access to a whole range of added benefits – including special offers and discounts at this and the other hotels in the group. To find out more why not call in to the Spa and talk to the team, call 01768 868111, email nlakes. or visit

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The Blues Prepare for the New Season


Pre-season got real for the Carlisle United squad at the end of July when they found themselves faced with a gruelling military style boot camp on the shores of Lake Windermere courtesy of locally based company Cassius Camps. The training package, designed to foster and nurture team work, self discipline and self awareness, certainly took the players by surprise as they were herded onto a bus at Brunton Park at 5.45am in the morning to then be thrown into a series of tough tests – which included sand bag runs, log lifts, tyre flipping races and a kayak race on the lake – almost as soon as they arrived at their top secret destination. First team manager Keith Curle said: “We feel we have something building here. The lads have worked hard all the way through pre-season and, when we looked at where we were going, we decided there was just a little bit of something missing. “The Cassius Camps team took them out of their comfort zone and it was fantastic to step back and watch the lads do something most of them will never have done before. They pulled together and it was interesting to watch players who wouldn’t normally take a vocal lead step up to the plate. CumbrianLocal

“Pre-season has been structured to bring everyone together, to create a team ethic and to make sure we have a professional approach to everything we do. This day with Cassius certainly helped us to focus in on that, and on finding those hidden depths which could really stand us in good stead as we go into another tough season.” Captain Danny Grainger echoed that with his thoughts on the unique training package. “That’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” he said. “I don’t think I’d have got through it if the rest of the lads weren’t there urging me on. We have some new lads who have come in through this summer and tests like these can only ever help to bring us all closer together. That’s what you want because we’re going to need to stick together if we want to achieve anything.” Time for team building and bonding will be over by the time you read this and the first real test, the away trip to Mansfield, will be on the near horizon. “I’ve been ready for the season for a good while now,” Curle insisted. “I’m happy with where we are and, minus one or two more pieces of the jigsaw, I think we will have a very competitive team this season. It’s one we can all look forward to.”

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Pre-season is well underway at Wetheriggs. The lads have been getting put through their paces by the coaching staff, boosting fitness levels and putting us on a firm footing for the start of the season. The first team have played two friendlies so far, beating St Bees FC 4-1, and Carleton Banks FC 5-1. New signing Niall Renwick hasn’t took long to find his goal scoring touch, scoring a total of 7 goals in the two games. Other new signings have made the squad a lot stronger than last year, and consequently the management team are confident that the club will be pushing for silverware. Liam Brown’s reserve side have also played two friendlies. They narrowly lost 3-2 to Carleton Banks FC, following a couple late goals. A much improved performance saw them claim a 6-0 victory away at Langwathby United AFC, with the combination of youth and experience proving hard for Langwathby to handle. A mixture of first team and reserve players also beat AFC Carlisle 5-3, which shows the strength and depth that we have in the squad this year, with lots of competition for places, strengthening both the first and reserve sides. Training is still on at Castletown Rec at 6.30pm on Tuesday

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So to close... From the opening to the ending, but before I go, in last month’s Cumbrian Local, I mentioned a number of great people that help. Through their support, enough signatures were collected to give the people of Penrith the vote on whether they wanted a town council. My apologises to Margaret Clark, whose surname was replaced with Collins. Interestingly Margaret, the only Eden District Councillor, who not only supported the campaign but is also now a town councillor, joined by councillors, Scott Jackson and Jamie Ayres, who again were key in the communication prior to the vote, in the communication of the campaign for a town council.

and Thursday nights. New players are still more than welcome. The Club organised a fundraising golf day at Penrith Golf Club, on Friday 17th July. This included a raffle which raised a total of £400 for Diabetes UK. We would like to thank all sponsors, players, and all at Penrith Golf Club for making the day possible, and raising vital funds for our football club. Thanks in particular to Ian Coulthard, Chris Malpas, and Andy Ridley for putting a lot of work into organising the day, and also thanks the main sponsor for the dayAtkinson Building Contractors. With the new season expected to begin on 15th August, we are looking forward to getting up and running, and getting off to a good start.

As I mentioned in my opening editorial, I had a fantastic letter from Mr B J Scott of Winskill, who following on from the article by Robin Bell, the Institute of Advanced Motorists Examiner for this area, urging people who value their independence behind the wheel of a car to take a Mature Driver’s Assessment, did actually take the assessment.

In Mr Scott’s words, he found it to be ‘extremely worthwhile’ and suggested with regards to the assessment, that ‘more people should take it’. The best of his letter ‘I passed competently, very pleased I did it’. For Mr Scott, it means he is more confident and in his work as a volunteer, giving other volunteers a lift, I say he is very happy and I would like to thank him for sharing his experience. So another Cumbrian local complete and a small competition to win a Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly board, donated by Permatt Fork Lift Trucks. Something is missing a ‘T’ in this one of this month’s advertorials. If you would like to give yourself a lift, drop me a line if you find it and from one of the correct answers, we will draw one correct one. The closing date is 4th September 2015. Please send your answers to

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