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Traditional ways, solving current day problems.

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I took a call from Chris Morphet during January, the director of the Lake District Lime company. Chris grew up here in the Eden Valley and lived in stone built pre 1900’s buildings all his life. He has been working with lime for over a decade now and due to the increased demand and knowledge of traditional buildings and how they function, he started the company, Lake District Lime 3 years ago. He went on to explain ‘People are waking up to the fact that building techniques and products over the past decades have failed the stone built, rubble filled buildings we not only live in, but visit and work in’. ‘Problems such as damp patches, water ingress, mould and condensation to name but a few’. ‘I think it’s just a lack of guidance and information’. His goal is to offer both of these to the people that own and manage these properties in the area. Lake District Lime work on lots of listed properties and conservation projects in Cumbria, but it’s the domestic properties with hard cement mortars and modern internal plasters that are becoming more and more common in their work load. Chris explained, ‘These buildings are designed to breathe with the use of lime mortars, plasters, renders and washes. Lime may take on water or moisture, but its sole function is to get rid of this straight away. Modern cement based products trap moisture and in turn cause mould, stone erosion, damp patches and plaster blebs’. It was a short call, but the message was quite simple in that he is trying to get the word out there that there is another option, that you don’t have to apply chemicals, plastic, mastic or paints. Thanks for the call Chris. 07554 019469 chris@lakedistrictlime.com www.lakedistrictlime.com

Steve Pott’s Pork Faggot – serves 4-6 people Steve Pott, AA Rosette award winning chef from The Stoneybeck Inn offers readers his take on a recipe and method for a seasonal traditional dish which not only provides a wonderful filling and hearty starter or main course dish for this time of year but is relatively easy to make and also great on the pocket.

Ingredients • 250g of Pork belly minced • 125g of pig cauls (ask your local butcher) • 75g of pig heart minced • 75g of streaky bacon minced • 75g of pig’s liver minced

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Recipe for Success • 1 small onion fine diced • Tablespoon of chopped thyme • 75g of bread crumbs • Teaspoon of salt • Teaspoon of pepper All meat can be minced by the butcher if you ask

Here’s How Take pig’s caul and place in a bowl of cold water and leave it to stand for an hour Pre heat oven to 180 degrees’/ gas mark 4, heat up a frying pan with little bit of oil and add diced onion and fry until softened and see through, then add thyme and remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. In a mixing bowl add all of the minced meat, seasoning and breadcrumbs and mix well until well combined. Add the cooled onions and thyme and mix until all is thoroughly combined Take mixture and divide into 4-6 balls, remove caul from water and lay flat on a chopping board. Place the balls on to the caul and cut so that all balls are individually wrapped in caul and roll in hands to shape and press mixture together. Place in an oven tray and pour 200ml of water in to tray and place in oven and cook for 25 -30 minutes.

Once cooked remove from oven and serve with buttered cabbage, mash potato and onion gravy. Alternatively and with a little more

time you can serve this dish with smoked potato puree, charred leeks, and crispy onion rings.

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Welcome to the February edition of your Contents

Traditional ways of solving problems Page 2 A Recipe for success Pages 2 – 3 Introduction & Contents Pages 4 – 6 & 8 Pre-Paid funeral plans & power of attorney Page 7 Mothering Sunday - Pam Waggott Pages 8 - 9 Mother’s Day Delight Page 9 Treasure hunt at Treasure Island Page 10 Preparing for an early Easter - Rev David Sargent Page 10 Spring offer with Resin Drives Page 11 Around the world with Worldwide Travel & Eden FM Page 12 The store on three floors you’ll adore Page 13 Fennel & cranberry bulgar wheat salad - Peter Sidwell Page 14 We like the old and the new…at Sarjeant Group Page 15 Spring sale now on Cumbria Oak Sale Pages 16 – 17 The perennial of hope - Lee Quinn Pages 18 Get the career you really want with Pitman Training Pages 18 - 19 No hustle with the Russell at Fellside Page 20 A new roof or repairs - Lee Quinn Pages 20 – 21 Preparing for the spring clean with Cleanspec Page 21 What Can Eden FM do for you? – Lee Quinn Pages 22 - 23 The most efficient flued gas fire in the world Page 23 Wainwright 25 years on: A Retrospective pages 24 - 25 Lakeland Walking with Wildlife Page 25 February Thackawatch – John France Pages 26 - 27 Bonny Blues back in action - Karl Collinson Page 28 Penrith Saints - Ben France Page 29 More routes and further reach for Cumbrian Local Page 29 Current Affairs the new Toyota Hybrid – Andrew Kidd Pages 30 - 31 Order it now at Jim Waltons Page 32 Follow us on Facebook for additional stories and give us a LIKE Follow us on Twitter for regular updates

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r Cumbrian Local Welcome to the February edition and publication number 76, our month of romance. We are seeing the first signs of spring as the snowdrop appears, known to many as the flower of hope. There is more about this further on. January was a key month in the Cumbrian Local calendar, the planning month that takes us through to as far as June 2017. So much can be said for a good plan. As anticipated, door to door deliveries from October onwards with less day light and well let’s face it a lot of rain, did not go down well. Even those members of the team who like a bit of fresh air have battled through more than a breeze and a shower. It has been the worst weather experience that I can remember since we started back in November 2010. Thank you to them all during this period.

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Many of you may still remember the Eden Local coming through doors, which when it changed to Cumbrian Local and we set up our own delivery teams, the name Eden Local has stayed, implanted in so many minds. People still call it Eden Local. Because of the difficulties faced with deliveries in winter and the risks, the challenges faced with just collecting the information with the busy time before it in December and then the holidays, there wasn’t a January edition of the publication in 2014 or 2015, although we did produce a publication meeting client demand. Not a week goes by without a call for Eden Local. In fact most days and many emails are directed to Eden Local. More about this to come.

Join Vera Lynn, George Formby, Max Miller, G.I Frank Sinatra, Gracie Fields, The Andrew Sisters all held together by Warden Braithwaite the shows very own compere/warden. 6th March Mother’s Day Carvery Lunch with a Gift for all the Mothers Adults £17.95, Children 3 to 12 years of age £8.95, under 3 years free of charge 11th & 12th March Soul in the Lakes Weekender with DJ KeV and five guest DJs on 2 dance floors. Full Weekend: £140.00 per person includes two night’s dinner, bed and breakfast plus disco tickets. One night: £80.00 per person includes one night’s dinner, bed and breakfast plus disco tickets. Tickets to Music Sessions Only: £10.00 per person. Carvery Dinner at £15.00 per person 18th -20th March: Casino Royal with Cheese Murder Mystery Theme Weekend Two Night Stay at £99.00 per person includes Dinner & Cabaret on the Friday and the Murder Mystery Show with Dinner & Disco includes Bed & Breakfast Accommodation. Saturday Night Stay at £59.00 per person includes Murder Mystery Show with Dinner & Disco includes Bed & Breakfast Accommodation.

About that weather! Well nobody likes to receive a soggy, wet magazine and sometimes when they are so wet, we may fall short of one two on routes as the teams don’t carry too many spares. If you are a month adrift of a copy, please

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Continued from page 5 call me 01768 862394, or drop me a line, as since the first print, I have always carried a few extras for such times like bad weather or when we have covered a story and people are after an extra few copies. We are probably one of the only businesses that can offer a hard copy of previous issues.

danger of shutting down due to a lack of leaders’. I understand there was an emergency meeting soon after. If you can help please contact Simon Woodrow, District Commissioner, contact for leadership or executive committee members on email; dcedenscouts@btinternet.com

I suppose the service we provide is all part of being a local business, and although very small as we are hardly a media giant, when it comes to service, it shows that with over a million copies of the publications posted through doors since it began, we regularly have many of you phoning in or writing to us, as despite what people may be led to believe, quite a few of you are not on the internet. It is refreshing and very motivating how much a real voice is appreciated at the end of a phone. My thanks to those readers who get in touch with Cumbrian Local and who continue to support it.

These past few years the Scout Group has been a key team distributing in Appleby and areas around and due to the shortage of help, they can no longer help with deliveries so we are now recruiting for new distributors who can take on 250 plus magazines in Appleby and the areas around it. Whilst recruiting new delivery personnel for these areas, to keep the magazine established, if you run a business you may be able to help. If your business could be a collection point for Cumbrian Local until we are fully staffed, we will offer these businesses some free advertising in Cumbrian Local as collection points.

Unfortunately, in early December we lost a local man, Mr Gerald Carter. He always used to give me a call for a chat about the magazine or Eden FM. He always asked when he’d be able to hear 107.5 Eden FM in Kirkby Stephen, so that he didn’t have to find high points around where he lived in order to catch up with Martin Cowin’s show, who he also had regular banter with. It was a privilege to know him for the short time that we did.

The weather, another day of bucket loads of it and more to come. As I write this opening editorial, I’ve just posted on the Cumbrian Local and Eden FM Social media sites that we are to brace ourselves for storm Imogene (7th Feb) which is going be battering the south of the country. Whilst Cumbria may get off lightly with gusts of up to 40 mph, there is still loads of rain.

Having this local engagement with readers is so important, but also quite humbling. I took a call on a Sunday night at the end of January from a lady in Appleby. It’s no secret that I work from home a lot and whilst most weekends from about midday I turn the phone down and yes, switch off the mobile, I answered the work phone in my small home office, as I do forget sometimes to put it in weekend mode. The lady was quite shocked when I answered as she thought it would be an answer phone. Appleby hasn’t been easy with regards to deliveries along with many parts of Eden this winter. As I reassured and explained to the lady, in the short term we did lose the team in Appleby at the end of year, but we are back now in some parts and we hope to grow a new team between February and April. Those readers in Appleby are probably aware of an appeal from the 1st Appleby-in-Westmorland Scout Group. Some of the benefits of social media, they posted a message for help on 13th January: ‘Recent changes in Appleby scout group leadership means that two of the sections are now in immediate

Whilst I have touched on the spirit we have witnessed during the floods of communities across Cumbria in the previous publication, many people are still yet to recover from December and January’s flooding; many not in their homes and there are a lot of businesses that are still trying to re-open. Some have already achieved this, but rather than do a, ‘we’re doing a feature this month’ approach and offer discounts so that businesses can advertise at a reduced rate, I will basically suggest that as a magazine with the largest distribution through doors in the area, we will be setting aside space to advertise any business ‘for free’ that is already open and trading, any business now in recovery or preparing to open its doors in those areas affected. This opportunity to advertise in the Cumbrian Local includes free design, which means nothing to pay at all. This is provided by the support of other local businesses and organisations. I have set aside space in the March, April and May publications, so please contact me and book your space. We do have to have some conditions that relate to protection of those businesses already advertising in Cumbrian Local, but please give me Continued on page 8

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 & pages 4 - 6 Lee Quinn

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Pre-paid Funeral plans and Power of Attorney

By Graeme Ross Planning your own funeral is probably not something and loved ones will be you have thought about, but by giving consideration aware of their wishes, to this now, with the help of a pre-paid funeral plan, and the comfort of you can save your lived ones having to make decisions knowing that they have at what will be a very emotional and stressful time. removed the worry of Added to this is the advantage that you can fix the cost having to find the money of your funeral director at today’s prices. Consider to pay for such a major this: in 2004, the average funeral cost £1,290, but in expense. the 10 years to 2014, this had increased to £3,456. Graeme Ross, who Should this continue, the average funeral could cost provides advice on pre£6,220 by 2022. Graeme Ross paid funeral plans, says: Planning your funeral in advance has other advantages; “In a rural area such you can make decisions over the content of the funeral as the Eden Valley, an essential part of our service if service, such as whether it is a religious service or not offering free home visits to clients who find it difficult to and you can choose your favourite hymns, music and come into the office.” readings amongst other things. The provision of pre-paid funeral plans ties in with the Working with one of the country’s leading funeral plan other services offered by Butterworths Private Client providers, Safe Hands, Butterworths Solicitors offer Department: Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and various ways of purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan to Estate Administration. Graeme further comments: suit your personal circumstances. We offer: “At Butterworths, we are pleased to be able to offer a full package to our clients, and we know that they are 1. One single up-front payment grateful to receive a wide range of services from one 2. Instalments over a period of 24 months, interest free firm, rather than having to arrange several meetings to ensure that all of their affairs are in order.” 3. Fixed monthly payments for up to 5 years The aim of the pre-paid funeral plan is to give clients total peace of mind, in the knowledge that their family

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call or drop me a line to discuss as work has already started on the March magazine that will be going out around 9th March. Bookings are required for this space by 29th February. And finally, your Cumbrian Local, once Eden Local. This is the name of the publication distributed in Penrith and delivered at all points of the compass around Penrith, however, when it expanded on trials to places like Keswick, Cockermouth and Carlisle, Eden Local didn’t sound right for those areas and rather than print 3 titles as we were at the time, we created one, Cumbrian Local. I was asked why, when it first launched as Eden Local was just distributed in Penrith, why couldn’t it be Penrith Local; and here is why. Penrith has been described many times as the hub and the heart of Eden; the population around it over three times its size which without its involvement, would not have made the town what it is today. Many market towns have not survived. Many commuter towns around the UK finishing the once market towns that they were and whilst the supermarkets have moved in, they know what a hub it is with probably over 50% of their business travelling in from the rest of Eden. Penrith Local as a web domain was and still is owned by a local news group, which at the time wanted a locally base news site and magazine, so most Cumbrian town domain names (website addresses) were purchased back in 2008. One of the main reasons for the change was relating to Eden FM radio and its strong links with the publication. As they are two different companies, people found it slightly confusing, mainly because I run both; but there are some bonuses (p19). Is it a dilemma? Probably not, even though in the last three years around 80% of people writing or calling in, including business enquiries, still refer to our community magazine as the Eden Local. The last Eden Local was published in April 2013. So should we go back to the roots of what was first created? Would many people notice the change back? It would seem that for those readers following the flow of the river Eden, those living in the Eden District or in the Valley, it probably might even go unnoticed. But I will ask the question and I welcome the readers’ views on this; after all it’s your community magazine, especially with those that refer to it as ‘my Eden Local’. I’ll be back in time for Easter. Have a fab Feb and to all mothers across the Valley, have a wonderful day on 6th March. Lee CumbrianLocal

By Pam Waggott

This year Mothering Sunday falls on the 6th March. It’s a day of flowers, breakfast in bed and chocolate treats for mums all over Britain! It is known as Mother’s Day in many other countries and falls on different dates. In Norway it is the second Sunday in February, in Bulgaria it is always on the 8th March and in places such as Australia – where Mums get a small handmade item such as a posy of flowers or a bookmark, Canada, the United States and Germany it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May while Argentinian mums have to wait until the third Sunday in October. But do you know the history of this special day? Mothering Sunday in the UK is always the fourth Sunday of Lent and has been celebrated in the United Kingdom since at least the 16th Century. It isn’t certain why the name Mothering Sunday is used in Britain but there is a theory that it could have been adapted from the Roman Spring Festival celebrating the Mother Goddess – Cybele. As Christianity began to spread across the country the church referred to Jerusalem as the ‘the Mother of us all’ and this could have brought about the reference as noted in the Book of Common Prayer on that date. About four hundred years ago people would go, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, to the church where they had been baptised – the Mother Church. They said that they had ‘gone a mothering’. This often developed into a family reunion as families returned to their home area to attend church services. It is also interesting to note that Cathedrals are often referred to as the Mother Church in a given diocese (area). In later years young girls and some boys ‘in service’ at the local manor house were only allowed to visit their families on one day each year. This was usually on Mothering Sunday. Because they often lived some distance from their families the housekeeper or cook would often allow the maids to make a cake, take some fresh eggs or flowers from the garden, as a gift for their mothers. Often the children would pick wild flowers on their walk home to take as a small token of their affection or to take to church.

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Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday as the fasting rules of Lent were relaxed on that day. It is also sometimes known as Simnel Sunday as it is traditional to bake a Simnel Cake. This is a fruit cake topped with a layer of marzipan and decorated with 11 marzipan balls. The 12th is missing to represent Judas who betrayed Christ. Sugared violets are also used to decorate the top of the cake. The word Simnel probably comes from the Latin work simila which is a fine wheat flour use for the baking of a cake. There is also a rather dubious legend that a man called Simon and his wife Nell argued over whether the cake that was made for Mothering Sunday should be baked or boiled…in the end they did both so the cake was named after both of them SIM-NELL! However it got its name the cake isn’t eaten on Mothering Sunday; it is saved until Easter Day. More recently Mothering Sunday in Britain has become more akin to the United States celebration of Mother’s day and a bigger commercial event with cards, flowers, restaurants and special, often expensive, treats being available for the day. Perhaps this brief history will bring a different perspective on the day this year for you and that less emphasis is placed on the commercial aspect and more spent on just spending time with mums and letting them know that they are appreciated every day of the year! Happy Mothering Sunday!

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Cumbria will remember the months ending 2015 and starting of 2016 for reasons we’d rather forget. The floods caused so much damage to homes, businesses, farms and infrastructure that we will be living with the consequences for the rest of the year. Some of course will be living with the upset and loss for much longer. Week after week of grey skies and rain have a dampening effect on more than the landscape; we long for sunshine and the sign of spring, or even just something that resembles a ‘proper winter’. Easter is early this year, but still a fair bit away. February is that time of waiting, but with signs of hope. The daylight is gradually lengthening, snow-drops bring the annual reminder of the seasonal rhythm and the morning bird song seems to be increasing. In the traditional church year we’re getting into Lent, marking the forty days Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his adult public ministry. How easy it would have been for him to get stuck straight into the busy demands around him; so many pressing needs, waiting people, good causes and urgent concerns and that’s without emails, texts and phone messages! Instead he heads for (is he perhaps driven or led into?) the desert. In this apparently desolate place he has to face tough questions about the sort of life he will lead, about integrity, about matters of priority and first importance. It is the place where he will confront some of those inner ‘demons’ and it is therefore the place easiest to avoid until we’re forced there by life’s circumstances. February, Lent, is the time in which we admit that we can’t just ‘fix’ everything quite as easily or quickly as we’d like or wish. The ‘desert’ experiences bring us face to face with some pretty tough questions about rebuilding our inner infrastructure. We all have our own wilderness times and floods come in many guises, both literal and hidden from others. Sometimes we feel as close to being overwhelmed as we dare imagine, but we can take courage. The promise of the Christian story is that the desert times are vital parts of the journey towards new possibility, living purposefully and creatively. Spring will come, Easter will arrive, but there is much to be learnt and enjoyed in the month ahead even in the midst of mopping up, clearing away the debris and asking important questions about the shape of the new life we wish to build. Rev David Sargent. Penrith

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Around the world with Worldwide Travel and Eden FM 107.5. Some of those deals over the past 6 weeks have included:19 May - Manchester - Playa Pesquero (Cuba) 11 Nights - All Inclusive £750pp (based on 2 sharing) 21 May - Manchester – Sorrento - 7 nights - Half Board £436pp (based on 2 sharing)

I feel like I have been on holiday already this year, for a number of reasons. Working closely with Worldwide Travel through January to early February, I have gained so much knowledge about their business, the destinations, the holiday packages, the services, the itineraries and the vast scope covered by an independent travel agent. It has been a refreshing, exciting, amazing experience and very rewarding. It’s given me an inside knowledge of what really does happen and can happen when you book a holiday. It’s alerted me to some obvious pitfalls in pricing, how some holidays you paid for fall short of expectations and let’s face it there shouldn’t be any tensions when booking a holiday, it should be relaxed just like your holiday. The same attention to service, whether you are paying for a weekend in Leeds or Las Vegas, 10 nights in Bournemouth or Barbados.

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Then you get the odd 7 nights half board Cyprus for just ÂŁ332 and as for the city breaks in Las Vegas and New York, well it really gets you thinking just how easy it is to find a great holiday at a fantastic price actually on the doorstep in Penrith, without switching your computer on and searching for a compromise. You can drop in to Worldwide Travel, give them a call, send them an email or listen into the Worldwide Travel show every Thursday for more details.

Already working with Cumbrian Local and the first local business to sign up with Eden FM when it secured its full time licence as the weather sponsor back in 2014, Stephen the owner and his daughter Rebecca who works at Worldwide Travel branch in Penrith, have raised their game with their own 2 hour Worldwide Travel show on Eden FM, which is on every Thursday 2pm to 4pm and now repeated Sundays 10 am till 12 pm. So in 5 weeks, whilst it’s hard to believe but easy to imagine, I have flown out from Manchester airport 33 times and been to Italy, the Caribbean, Cyprus, the Greek Islands, the Canary Islands, the USA, along with a cruise or two and have struggled with the pronunciation in Greek, Italian, Spanish and even a bit of Antiguan Creole English. The key element and objective of the 2 hour show is the promotion of 10 current holidays that are available to book through Worldwide Travel in a selected region. The content of the show also delivers information about the destination, so it’s a team effort but with amazing deals which catch me out every week as I get the script usually the morning of the show, hot off the press. CumbrianLocal

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for the family to enjoy. This recipe is one of my favourites Serves 4 using shin of beef means you get an incredible richness to the dish, which is then spiked with chilli, chorizo and beer what a great combination of flavours. 250g of quinoa One of the best things about this dish is that you canHere’s createhow any number of amazing meals with the left overs, a popular one in my cookery school is a quesadilla Cumbrian beef with a little bowl chilli,and limepour and Placeofthe quinoa into a large mixing 1 bulb of fennel coriander. over enough boiling water to give a 2cm extra covering, dried We70g have nowcranberries launched our full calendar of cookery school dates 2016, they are all on our website www. then leave tofor stand for 15 minutes simplygoodtaste.co.uk so if your a foodie who wants to improve their skills in the kitchen, a complete 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar Mean while finely chop the fennel into small pieces beginner or even a star baker in the making we have got the course Our school is located inside the and add tofor theyou. quinoa 6 tbspvisitors of extracentre virgin olive Rheged so ifoil your over that way pop in a say hello. Addcream in the soda dried bread cranberry Shin of beef and chorizo with cheddar cheese and sour 1 tsp of honey 1kg shin of beef, diced Mix together the vinegar, honey and olive oil to make a dressing Salt andsalt pepper 1 tsp 2 tbsp olive oil When the quinoa has stood for 15 minutes fluff it up A few white twists onion, of blackchopped pepper 1 large with a fork and mix together 3 sticks celery, chopped 1 handful of baby spinach leaves Pour over the dressing and mix together again 2 cloves garlic, chopped 100g of seeded grapes pickled in 100ml boiling Finally season with salt and pepper, spoon out onto a 1 tbsp ground cumin vinegar serving plate and finish with baby spinach leaves and 1 red chilliand I tap of honey for 1 minute and left to cool. a few pickled grapes for an extra tang 150g diced chorizo sausage 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes 500ml local ale 1 beef stock cube 1 handful fresh coriander 1 tub of sour cream Here’s how Place a large casserole pan on the hob to heat up. Whilst you are waiting for it to warm up drizzle the oil over the beef and season well with plenty of salt and pepper. Place the beef into the hot pan to seal it off so that it becomes nice and brown. Make sure you turn it every minute or so so that all the sides are sealed. When the beef is browned off and has a lovely roasted colour to it, remove from the pan and add in the onions, celery and garlic. Dice the chorizo and add to the pan followed by the cumin and chilli. Fry off the vegetables and chorizo for approximately 10 minutes on a medium heat. Add the beef back into the pan, then pour in the beer and the chopped tomatoes. Crumble the beef stock cube into the pan and then place a lid on and cook in a pre-heated oven 160C for three hours or in a slow cooker on high for six to eight hours. When the beef is cooked and beautifully and tender finish with chopped coriander and sour cream. Peter Sidwell 01768 868000 / 07841531859 peter@simplygoodtaste.co.uk

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We like the old with the new... Sometimes all you need is a little imagination when it comes to interior design. The retail showroom at Sarjeant Group demonstrates just how well the old, vintage antiques and collectables intertwine so well with contemporary new furniture and homewares. At Sarjeant Group, we pride ourselves on our showroom. Not many places offer such a broad range of tastes and fashions for the home. That’s not to say it doesn’t take co-ordination. While Thom and Adrian are busy running the day to day aspects of the business, behind them are their partners, like little elves, working behind the scenes to make the showroom as spectacular as it

can be. It always amazes us that an item can be with us for some time, but, just a small change in the layout of the shop can make it stand out to someone new the next day. We layout the rooms as if they were already part of a home, customers can then appreciate how something could look in their own home, it sparks the imagination! Since opening last year, the business has also broadened the range of services it offers. Having recently secured an account to refurbish a local Lake District hotel, Sarjeant Group are acquiring a mix of new and antique, one off pieces to furnish the whole hotel. Offering a tailor made bespoke service from the acquisition of furniture,

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The Perennial of Hope By Lee Quinn

All around us now the Snowdrop is one of the first flowers to appear in the spring as it works its way through soil to bloom. It grows 3 to 4 inches tall and it has several meanings;- Purity, Hope, Rebirth, Consolation or Sympathy.

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Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) is a combination of two Greek and Latin words. Galanthus, from the ancient Greek means milk white flower, while the Latin word nivalis means resembling snow. Carl Linnaeus classified the flower in 1753. The Snowdrop has a rich and varied history that includes several legends about how the flower came to be. The history dates back as early as Adam and Eve, when Eve was distraught after God cast her out of the Garden of Eden. God sent forth continuous snow and the earth was cold and barren. As Eve sat weeping, an angel appeared to comfort her. The angel caught a snowflake and breathed upon it. The snowflake fluttered to the earth and gave birth to the Snowdrop. This delicate bloom came to symbolize hope and rebirth. According to German Legend, when God created snow, he gave it the task of visiting the flowers of the earth to gather colours. All the flowers refused, until the snow visited the gentle Snowdrop. Seeing that the Snowdrop was a kind and generous soul, in exchange for her colour, the snow agreed to allow the Snowdrop to bloom first every spring; and still to this day from beneath the snow in spring, the Snowdrops pops up. Moldovan legend says that it was as a result of a fight between the Winter Witch and Lady Spring that created the Snowdrop. The Winter Witch decided that she would not give up her reign of the earth when Lady Spring arrived. During the fight, Lady Spring pricked her finger and a drop of her blood fell to the earth. The blood drop melted the snow and up sprung a tiny snowdrop, a sign that Lady Spring had won the battle with the Winter Witch. Not all cultures view the Snowdrop as a symbol of hope and rebirth. The Victorians believed it represented death and even considered it bad luck to bring snowdrops inside the home. The sight of a single snowdrop bloom was considered an omen of death. Meanwhile, in the USA, the Snowdrop shares its symbolism with the carnation, as they are both the birth flower for the month of January. CumbrianLocal

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I’ve been there like many of you getting quotes for jobs and I find some prices astonish me. I once had a tradesman turn up to do some electrical work. They were a week late and they said the job wasn’t big enough and if they priced it, it would be too expensive! These businesses will only last if people don’t shop around. Some businesses intend to make lots of money and some businesses price to earn money. DC Building & Roofing from the outset made this promise in their advertising; ‘They’ll beat any like for like quote by 10% and you don’t pay a penny until the job is done’. I think you know by this statement where they are on morals and pricing. In looking at the work they carry out, this is available to view on their Facebook site as they post all the jobs from start to finish. DC Building & Roofing take on any roofing job. From loose tiles, a leaky roof, cleaning dirty roofs that lead to blocked drains and of course a completely new roof project. All types of roofing is

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undertaken including felt, flat, green, rubber, single ply, tiled, slate and steel, on all types of building, domestic and commercial properties. They also deal with all the pipework and guttering, fascias and soffits. As a business, the whole package, if required is all under one roof, large or small, they’ll price them all. Importantly, the team will be making sure you have a safe and dry roof over your head 365 days of the year, for years to come. So come rain, sleet, snow, hail, hurricane or Helm wind, you won’t need to worry about it. DC Building & Roofing – A business built on pride, customer care and satisfaction.

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What can Eden FM do for you? Well, before you can answer that question, maybe I should re-cap on what we actually do and where we are as your local community radio station based in Penrith. Founded in July 2010, following a lengthy trial and application process, which meant raising in excess of £25,000, Eden FM was eventually given the go ahead by Ofcom to transmit on the 107.5 FM frequency from its base at Ullswater Road Garage. A lot has happened since the project started. Its links with the community grow stronger each day and pull on its audience via internet and mobile outside of the region is growing rapidly. Our first studio was built in a room adjacent to the Mini Centre, at the garage site. This area is now just a larger showroom and Eden FM moved into a small unit in May 2014 in order to transmit from the same site. Ullswater Road Garage is fast developing a successful site and was doing this long before the radio moved in, but the radio now also has to develop. It has funded pretty much 95% of its development to date, with donations of equipment and purchasing of second hand equipment, but as a ‘Not for Profit’ Limited company (which is part of its Ofcom licence conditions) it is still run by a voluntary group and has been since the day it set out. Eden FM is now preparing for the next level. It is currently working on two sites, its third already identified, so the next six months, especially when it celebrates its first two years as the only community radio station serving North Cumbria, will be quite a celebration. Some of you reading this might be thinking, ‘well you can sell advertising. I heard a few ads played so it shouldn’t be too difficult’. If only! Eden FM is allowed to sell advertising but within an allowance. It has to match every £1 of ‘on air advertising’ i.e. adverts, sponsorship and promos with off air revenue. No one person or business can match it and there are no shareholders or investors. Other fund raising includes promotional activity via the internet, linked websites, logos of sponsors on the outside broadcasting vehicle and shared advertising links in print. Funds can be generated from grants and using our small lottery licence to generate additional funds through prize draws and raffles is another means. CumbrianLocal

Eden FM promotes all activities, events and shows for free, just for you. We offer free airtime to all local charities, voluntary groups, societies, clubs, local business and organisations across the area we can reach via 107.5 FM for free, for you. Meanwhile, switch on to Eden FM 107.5. We are there 24 hrs 365 days of the year. If you would like to be involved with your local community radio revolution regardless of where you live in Cumbria or your knowledge of radio, call us on 01768 899107 or 01768 862394 or email us at admin@edenfm.co.uk

Gigs on the Go in and around Cumbria KING KING and special guest Laurence Jones announce March 2016 UK Dates and play KENDAL – Brewery Arts Centre on Friday 11th March! Right now, the Glasgowbased band stand on the brink of their busiest period to date, preparing to pull the trigger on their hotly anticipated third album, ‘Reaching For The Light’, and bring the music to fans across Europe. “Our schedule is so busy,” laughs Alan. “But you’ve just got to run with it”.

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Wainwright 25 years on: A Retro Alfred Wainwright died 25 years ago on 20th January 1991. A generation after his death, his reputation as the foremost guidebook writer and artist remains undiminished in the eyes of many people who walk the hills and mountains of northern England. During the 1990s, Wainwright’s publisher, Michael Joseph, kept in print AW’s guides and his later large format books. They also republished Fellwanderer (the story of the Pictorial Guidebooks) and Ex-Fellwanderer (a book of autobiographical reflections to celebrate his 80th birthday) as a compilation under the title, Memoirs of a Fellwanderer. In 1993, following the publication of Memoirs, Hunter Davies persuaded Betty Wainwright that it was time for a biography of AW to be written and the subsequent book, published in 1995 revealed information about Wainwright’s personal life that was hitherto unknown.

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The early years of this century saw a number of developments that gave an added impetus to broadening Wainwright’s appeal to both walkers and armchair ramblers. In 2002 nearly one hundred people gathered at Ambleside Youth Hostel and agreed to form a Society dedicated to Alfred Wainwright: on 9th November 2002 The Wainwright Society was formed exactly fifty years after AW had written the first page of The Eastern Fells. Just a few weeks after the formation of the Society came the unwelcome news that Michael Joseph announced that they were to cease publication of the Wainwright books because of declining sales. Happily, Frances Lincoln Publishers took over the publication of the books with the aim of introducing Wainwright to a new generation of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. The next major event was the Wainwright Centenary in 2007 and with it the most significant development in bringing Wainwright to a mass audience. Julia Bradbury was engaged to present a series of Wainwright Walks, which were filmed in high definition

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ospective for screening on national television. Following Betty Wainwright’s death in 2008, Wainwright’s archive was acquired by Cumbria Archives and after the collection was catalogued, it was housed at the Archive Centre in Kendal in 2012 where it is accessible to the general public. Meanwhile, Frances Lincoln had been acquired by Aurum Press. A commitment was made to keep the original Pictorial Guides in print but at the same time engaged the services of Clive Hutchby to update the Second Edition. This is an ongoing project with the first two books published in 2015 and The Central Fells due for publication this spring. The past 25 years have seen a growing public awareness of Wainwright and an increasing interest in his work. So much so that he remains the most significant writer of guidebooks to the Lake District and other areas of northern England. If you would like to know more about the Society, log on to the website at www.wainwright.org. uk or email publicity@ wainwright.org.uk Derek Cockell Press & Publicity Officer, The Wainwright Society.

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Walking With Wildlife The crunch of snow under boot on a crisp winter’s morning. The stunning views from the tops of the fells. The accompanying sound of the birds. The satisfaction of returning to base after a day in the hills. All this can be experienced from the comfort of your own armchair, such is the detail to be found in Lakeland - Walking With Wildlife, that you feel that you are out there among the crags. Of course, nothing could be better than experiencing the real thing and so this book is excellent in helping you to plan your next outing, with its impressions of the terrain and the degree of difficulty to be expected. There are descriptions of each route and of the plants, birds and animals which may be seen. To the experienced, this book will serve as a reminder of days spent high in the fells, while to the novice it will whet the appetite in preparation for great days to come. Lakeland - Walking With Wildlife” ISBN 9781785548086 (Paperback, £8.99) by Alan Gane is available to buy from www.amazon.co.uk and all good bookshops from 29/01/16.

About the author Alan Gane, MBE, CBiol, MRSB, FRAgS, having retired from a working life in agricultural research, has spent much of his time fell-walking, watching and photographing wildlife and giving talks on such subjects for the benefit of UNICEF, in which he was a partner. He led a year round fell-walking group, the ‘Mockerkin Mob’ on treks over the Cumbrian fells for eighteen years, and contributed a series of articles to The Link, the magazine of the United Benefice of Lorton and Loweswater with Buttermere. It is these articles that are reproduced here. The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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Thackawatch February 2016 - By John France

What a few weeks, floods, snow, ice, and more rain! Higher water levels seem to have reduced Mallard and Teal numbers on the reserve, whilst the recent snow brought large flocks of finches which included Brambling Bullfinch and Lesser Redpoll, along with up to 20 plus Reed Bunting. The highlight of January for me,was my first Barn Owl at Thacka, which was being mobbed by several Magpies as it tried to hunt its’ evening meal during the last hour of daylight during the snow. As one of nature,s predators, the Barn Owl scared the Snipe which roost amongst the reeds on the reserve. It was great to see a flock of over 100 Snipe erupt from the vegetation, this always being a difficult species to survey. A small flock of wild Pink-footed Geese flew over the reserve, and also a Peregrine. At the time of writing (6th February), the first Oystercatcher has just arrived back, flying over Thacka and the Gilwilly Industrial Estate. Towards the end of February watch out for more returning Oystercatchers and hopefully Kestrel, the latter species seems to be a very infrequent sighting compared to what it used to be at Thacka Thacka Beck Nature Reserve is managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, for more details www. cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

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Bonny Blues back in action after 63 day lay off By Karl Collinson The Bonny Blues finally got their season back underway on Saturday 30th January, after a gap of 63 days due to the recent bad weather, with a tough trip to Jarrow Roofing. The lads performed as if they’ve been playing every week and should have won the game but came away with a point in a 0.0 result. New signing Connor Hammell, on loan from Carlisle United, making his debut as a 2nd half substitute. Once back underway, we knew the games would come thick and fast, due to the back log, so on the Tuesday we travelled over to Marske United to take on the current Northern League champions in the quarter final of the league cup. Again, the lads gave their all but were undone by 2 late goals and ended up crashing out of the competition. There was a chance to almost immediately avenge the result when we played Marske at Frenchfield Park on Saturday 5th February. In a very entertaining game, on a heavy pitch, we ended

Nathan Waterston about to slide tackle a Marske player up on the wrong side of a 5 goal thriller. The bumper crowd enjoyed a stunning 40 yard strike from the visitors to lead early on and just before HT they doubled their lead when Mulligan got his second from close range. Whatever Matt Henney said at the break seemed to work as the Bonny Blues almost immediately got awarded a penalty which Coleman hammered home. We should have had another spot kick 5 minutes later when Connelly seemed to be bundled over 6 yards from goal but the referee waved play on. After some relentless pressure from the home side there was a mix up at the back with returning keeper Danny Eccles slipping when trying to clear the ball and the Marske striker was their to roll the ball into an empty net.

New loan signing Conner Hammell on loan from Carlisle United until the end of the season (© Ben France) CumbrianLocal

Great resilience was shown and rewarded when Kevin Connelly curled a 25 yarder over the keeper to make it 2.3 with 5 minutes to go.

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In the dying seconds, a cross was flicked on by Davidson and Connelly’s toe poke was going in the top corner only for the Marske ‘keeper to finger tip it over the bar. A superb game of Northern League football. The games are coming twice a week now so check out our fixtures on our website www.pitchero. com/clubs/penrithafc or through Facebook or Twitter. The highlight for February is our home Cumberland Cup quarter final tie against Workington Reds on Wednesday 24th, 7.45pm kick off. The club are running a supporters coach to Shildon on Saturday 16th April, cost is £10 pp leaving Penrith at 11.30am. For more information contact Karl Collinson 07837580700 pif@ hotmail.co.uk If anybody is thinking of attending this year’s Wannasee festival at Hutton in the Forest, then please buy tickets via the club. Just get in touch either down at the club or via social media.


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By Ben France Penrith saints were formed in 2008 by Carl Stewart and Lee Jones. After having regular kick arounds at the local park Carl and friends came up with the idea of making a team that could play in the Westmorland league. Over the last eight years, like any football team players have come and gone, but they still have the “originals” from the first years. Carl and Lee have regularly played alongside David Martindale, Barry Sowerby, Richard Bamber and Darren Maughan. In the last few years Stephen Kerr, Ryan Stables and Ross Kerr have remained loyal to the club as without them they would not have survived. Difficult games and a high standard saw Saints often on the wrong end of defeats but their players kept coming down week in week out to play the game they love. This season Saints have a new kit courtesy of Ryan Stables and a new sponsor in Harry Tyres. Their squad in 2015/2016 has been strengthened with players brought in from other clubs. Kyle Philipson, Kevin Ousby, Ben Hodgson, Martin Bell, Matthew Clarke and Micheal Golder have all helped make Saints new look squad one of the best they have had in years. Unfortunately for Saints. the league reshuffled their divisions and once again find themselves struggling at the bottom of division three. Two great wins against Greystoke reserves has been the highlight this season. Lee Jones is the clubs top goal scorer with 11 goals. Carl Stewart insists their team spirit is still strong saying “I like to call us a family club because everyone is involved and everyone has their say at the club. We all enjoy a game of football on a Saturday afternoon and win, lose or draw the lads always come down with great team spirit and determination to win games.” He also thanked the squad stating “Lee and I would like to say a big thank you to the whole squad for giving up their free time to play for Saints because without them we wouldn’t have a club”

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With the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid..... By Andrew Kidd.

The imposing yet attractive shape of the new RAV4 is a real attention grabber. The test model, resplendent in Pure White paintwork and complemented by high-quality alloy wheels, caught the attention of many other motorists whilst out on test. Have no doubt, this car is proud to strut its stuff.... Hybrid? Yes, for sure; more of this in a moment. High bred? Undoubtedly so. This big Toyota has a very long pedigree, with the RAV4 being held in great esteem the world over for many years now. Hang on though, what’s this ‘Hybrid’ thing? Don’t you have to have a nationwide network of plug-in points to charge up the batteries? Surely you need to leave it on charge overnight, maybe with a huge extension lead? No, no, no!! Not with this beauty you don’t. Batteries are actually charged by the 2.5 litre petrol engine in the course of a full journey, in much the same way that marine propulsion units have been reliably in use for some decades now.

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of just under 200bhp available, the car is no slouch, making full use of the smooth automatic gearbox and leaving a few raised eyebrows from the hot-hatch brigade.

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Driving over a variety of roads, I was hugely impressed by the ride quality. Potholes were absorbed with ease, and the car’s performance could be used with great confidence.


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Roundabouts were negotiated briskly, whilst exhibiting a lack of body roll which can be evident on quite a number of competitors in this sector. Quite astonishing that Toyota can achieve this level of balanced suspension geometry! Without a doubt this car will be seen on the school run in ever-increasing numbers. With a high driving position, and equipped with a reversing camera for extra safety, the RAV4 welcomes drivers of all sizes into the beautifully crafted front seats. Though the car’s size can at first look daunting, the driving position is such that placing the RAV4 accurately is an easy and enjoyable task! Toyota’s 5 year, 100,000 mile guarantee might just have been a factor in the choice of Toyota Hybrid vehicles by an organisation called ‘Co-Wheels’, which, in partnership with Virgin Trains and See More sustainable travel, are making these low-carbon vehicles available for hire on a national basis, using train stations as convenient pick up points. I wouldn’t be too keen to rent one though; you definitely won’t want to take it back! Many thanks to Alan Walton and the team at Jim Walton (Penrith) Limited, 01768 864555.

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