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Welcome to the July edition of your Cumbrian Local Greetings from a Guest Editor A brief phone call late one Friday from Lee Quinn informing me that he was heading away on a much needed, and well earned, family holiday resulted in his parting words “could you keep an eye on things and write the editor’s note?” Hmm, of course?! So, please bear with me as I wrestle with words that will do justice to the work of the contributors in this edition. In between the articles that encourage you to explore, be entertained, employed, energy efficient or enterprising in Eden and beyond, there are our fabulous advertisers, offering great products. In fact, you could probably restyle your home from roof to renewables simply using them. The 4th July in the USA is celebrated as Independence Day, whereas over here there is a growing movement to support local business on Independents Day every 4th July and Small Business Saturday, on the first Saturday in December. Penrith and Appleby-in-Westmorland both signed up as Totally Locally towns, which help give independent businesses a fabulous platform to promote themselves and invite customers to explore some hidden gems. As an independent business, this magazine has been able to give visibility to sectors, subjects and services that might not have been able to do this elsewhere, shared community news stories rather than press releases and provided affordable glossy advertising. It certainly gave me a space to write about the things I encounter day by day. My doctor, whilst she was wielding a great needle in my direction, said how much she enjoyed reading my articles. That conversation sparked the idea for a future article. Don’t worry there’s no guts and gore, just a look at the way that our rural GP practices are working together to offer a diverse range of well-being and health care services in the community. I hope you enjoy our July edition and we look forward to catching up with you, either at Penrith Show where you should be able to buy your own Penrith & Eden Valley Monopoly board, or in September when we’ll again be looking at the people and places that make our corner of Cumbria such an inspiring, and independent, place to be. Caroline

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Contents Cumbria Ssang Yong

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Greetings from a Guest Editor

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Lowther Show

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Crown Inn Beer Festival

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Vets 4 Pets

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Monopoly has Arrived

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Undressed for Dinner

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Summer Spa

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Cumbria Oak

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Caroline’s Corner

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The Heart of your Home

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In My Experience

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Eden FM Schedule

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Why Vote for a Town Council?

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United Utilities

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Castle Crag

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The Window Outlet

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Wainwright Memorial Lecture

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Where you can Buy your Monopoly Board

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Resin Drives

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The 2014 Lowther Show Coming this August!

The Lowther Show in association with Cumbria Life returns to Lowther Castle this summer, welcoming back the local community to a fantastic showcase of countryside living, superb sporting championships and its most anticipated Lowther Horse Carriage Driving Trials this August! Taking place within the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle, this year’s Lowther Show will bring to you a full line-up of activity, which will see the return of the Driving Trials and the Lowther Hound Show. 2014 at Lowther will also bring together world-class sporting championships, including the Great Wall Motor World Series Clay Shooting with Promatic and Great

Wall Motor World Series Gundog Championships with Chudleys, top-class main arena acts, demonstrations and hundreds upon hundreds of top-line, local exhibition stands for visitors to truly indulge in and experience. A fantastic place for the whole family, the Lowther Show also hosts an array of family-inspired features including family favourites the Shetland Pony Grand National, Jonathan Marshall’s Experience Falconry, Cyril the Squirrel, wildlife displays, falconry classrooms, junior archery and crossbows amongst many other features. For those older kids out there, there’s the crafts and antiques fairs, a superb Taste Cumbria Food & Beer Festival offering home-grown food-stuffs

and produce, a Fishing Island, Lowther’s Hound Show, countryside sports and championships, plus lots of countryside stores selling the latest clothing and accessories for you to buy.With so much going on, the all-new Lowther Show is a date to add to your diary! Take a look at the Lowther Show website for the latest information and what’s on for this year www.lowthershow.co.uk The Lowther Show takes place over 9th and 10th August 2014. For more information about the Lowther Show visit the website at www.lowthershow.co.uk and join us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news and developments as they happen.

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Farm the sun With the Eden valley beating the national average for solar production it’s an ideal location for a farm based solar PV system. Whether you are a high electricity demand dairy farm, rural business or a domestic property, reduce your electricity bills and generate a highly dependable income for the next 20 years! Don’t just take our word for it, we have over 400 Systems installed in and around Cumbria, our customers are our sales team.

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The Crown Inn If you’re a walker, a talker or a visitor to Pooley Bridge, everyone is welcome, dogs and all at the Crown Inn. We are open from midday, 7 days a week and you don’t have to book a table, you can just turn up. Here at the Crown Inn we are a family business with traditional values, local people, serving locally sourced food for your plate and a range of locally produced beers Whatever the weather we have indoor dining and our outdoor riverside dining. For a truly local experience, please make your way to the Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge where you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome. The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge Beer Festival Sponsored by your Cumbrian Local.

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From 6pm Friday 1st August From 12pm Saturday 2nd August From 12 pm Sunday 3rd August Admission to the Beer Festival is by ticket only, the Crown Inn will be trading as normal over the period of the festival. Ticket price each day £10, this includes your first 2 pints and a festival pint glass Come sample the delights of the local micro breweries. You can buy your tickets in advance from the bar, or just turn up on the day. For more details call us on 01768 486955 Sponsored by

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Exciting new venture for local vet At Vets4Pets we’re all about putting you and your pets first and we believe in giving your pets first class, affordable healthcare. We are a modern, well equipped practice with a friendly team led by practice partner Katherine Staines BVM&S MRCVS. Veterinary Surgeon Katherine says “I enjoy all aspects of my job, but I would say that the most satisfying part is developing a strong relationship with my clients and their much loved family pets. I know it’s a cliché, but I honestly do treat every pet that comes in as if it was my own” We are proud to have opened our doors to the local residents of Penrith and the surrounding areas. Katherine, who has lived in Cumbria all of her life, goes on to say “My aim is to provide friendly, caring and personalised healthcare advice and treatment to a high standard. I’m fortunate and very proud to be supported by a dedicated, pet loving team. I always knew I would work as a vet in this area but to have my own surgery with such a fantastic team behind me is a dream come true.” The surgery offers state of the art veterinary care from general health checks, microchipping and vaccinations to surgical expertise and diagnostics. With free parking and 7-day opening, the surgery is home to a full operating theatre, digital x-ray facilities, ultrasound machine, in-house laboratory and three hospital wards. Katherine continues “Working in an environment full of such high-tech equipment is hugely satisfying. For example, being able to run blood tests inhouse means we can have results in minutes. This means there’s no anxious wait for owners and a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made straight away.”

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Book Review: Undressed for Dinner There are many things to be proud of in our lovely county. Penrith, for example, is a destination town because of the uniqueness of its shops and businesses, making it a vibrant and interesting place to visit. As an independent bookseller it is a pleasure to be able to support local independent publishers so that our bookshop has a unique feel, rather than offering a replica of what you may see in the supermarkets or big chain bookshops. In our opinion one of the best local publishers that our county can be proud of is Hayloft, led by Dawn Robertson, and established in 1988 literally in a converted hayloft in Kirkby Stephen. Dawn describes Hayloft as “probably the loneliest publishing company in the UK and possibly the highest at around 1,000 feet above sea level - so it’s worth a visit even if just to see the view 40 miles down the Eden Valley as far as Saddleback in the Lake District and, on a clear day, as far as the Solway Firth.” Hayloft has now published over 125 titles, carefully selected by Dawn, and can pride itself on the quality of the books it produces on a range of subjects, including history, mountaineering, humour, memoirs, novels and rural life, so far winning five awards at the Lakeland Book of the Year competition. Hayloft will be showcasing their books at Wordsworth Bookshop throughout the Eden Food and Farming Festival week 19th -26th July so do be sure to call in and see the range. One of Hayloft’s most entertaining books, and also shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year 2014, is Undressed for Dinner by Simon Temple-Bennett, or as its subtitle explains “The Story of a Family trying to lead an ordinary life in an extraordinary place”. In 1997 Simon and his wife Wendy moved from London and bought the near derelict Augill Castle at the foot of the Cumbrian fells. Today it is an internationally renowned hotel but that was never really the plan… The book has essentially been 16 years in the making, as it gives an honest, and in Simon’s own words, “painfully frank” account of the antics involved setting up the hotel while juggling family life including two children, a dog, a cat, several chickens, a turkey and six goats! This is a book that is difficult to put down once started, as the real anecdotes and diverse characters we meet of Simon’s neighbours, guests and animals, are recounted by him in a warm and entertaining way. He writes with a lovely, chatty style and takes us from moments of laughing out loud to some of real poignancy, particularly when he shares thought provoking and imaginary conversations with his dead father about experiencing the ups and downs of hotel life. CumbrianLocal

Readers may know that Augill Castle is now an internationally renowned independent hotel and it is a real joy to be able to have these glimpses behind the scenes of the blood, sweat and tears it took to achieve this successful standard. This is an entertaining read and one that I would highly recommend, particularly suitable for those who work in the hospitality industry who no doubt will relate to many of Simon’s tales. Above all though, Simon proves himself to be an excellent observer of people and I hope in the future we may hear more tales from Augill Castle. Simon Temple-Bennett will be speaking about his book Undressed for Dinner at Wordsworth Bookshop on Tuesday 22nd July at 7pm. All are welcome to come along but please phone the bookshop on 01768 210604 to book a place. Signed copies of his book will also be available to purchase on that evening RRP £12.00. By Andrea Dennison Wordsworth Bookshop and Coffee House, 8 St Andrew’s Churchyard, Penrith, CA11 7YE

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Tree Surgeon, Vet, Doctor or Shoulder-pads? By Caroline Gunning

As every school and college leaver will tell you, the day they finally finish feels like freedom however, in reality they enter the world of deadlines and dreams. Not for them the carefree days of summer, oh no, they anxiously await the results of their exams and pondering on the big question – what next? What next? A huge question at 16, 18 or 21 – or to be honest, at 40years old it’s still a question that I don’t know how to answer. Last month I spoke at a women’s business event, where I suggested that to draw out something more personal, but not intrusive, was to ask others what they had wanted to be when they grew up. Most of us can all recall being starry eyed youngsters with grazed knees, no idea what time it was and thinking only as far as what was for tea. My 8 year old self wanted to become a tree surgeon, because I spent every spare moment in the woods and learnt that trees got sick just like humans and animals. I wanted to help and take care of something. At the time my mother was ill with cancer and I knew I couldn’t cure her because being a doctor was something you had to be really, really, really old to do, and I didn’t (and still don’t) like cats so being a vet wasn’t going to happen either. So climbing trees and making fires sounded good to me. When I reached the very grown up age of 11 I decided that law was the career for me - that was the fault of the plethora of US dramas invading our shores at the time. Does

anyone else remember L.A. Law? I pursued this path into college, selecting courses that would stand me in good stead for becoming a mega rich, shoulderpad wearing lawyer. I applied to universities and was accepted to study European Law with French and Dutch language, but as luck had it I fell ill and couldn’t sit my exams. Bang! There went my wonderful career with the UN legal department. So, leaving school with a good set of GCSEs, no A Levels but a whole load of confidence and determination saw me walk into the job centre, apply for a receptionist job, attend the interview and start the following day. Within 3 months I was promoted to a sales administrator. Since then I’ve worked with amazing companies, varying projects and have come to a career that enables me to use all I have learned to help others. I guess in a roundabout way I am doing what my 8 year old self wanted to do. At the recent Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce Dinner, Richard Utting, President of the Chamber, spoke of his belief in encouraging young people to actively seek opportunities to experience a wide range of businesses, some of which could spark an interest in a career path they had not previously thought about. He went on to encourage businesses to support young people and to consider offering apprenticeships as a way of teaching the next generation. I sat at a table with a suitably broad range of ages, some being teenagers with the energy and

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enthusiasm of youth on their side and others, myself included, with a tinge of grey beginning to highlight the wisdom of our years. These talented young people present shows on Eden FM Radio and coordinate the new Sports and Events Guide, and really represent home grown talent that has been nurtured in recent years. Their professionalism is superb, their knowledge is outstanding and their determination shines through in all they do. Who wouldn’t want that kind of energy in their enterprise – voluntary or commercial? I was talking with some young people last week, yes I do mean face to face not via social media, and their thoughts about prospects was such a mixed bag, and it wasn’t led by ability. Even the straight A students were concerned about the future, some said that the lack of part time/weekend work on their CVs was affecting them in applying to university or employment. As well as they do academically, many were being passed over because they weren’t seen to have sufficient life skills. Here’s a suggestion, if you don’t have the need for a permanent Saturday person, why not offer one day a month jobs or for an hour after school a couple of times a week to final year students? That way they gain valuable experience and you gain a very willing extra pair of hands, reveal their hidden talents and highlight to you potential development within the business. Young people are great, don’t just take my word for it.......

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At this time of year we always go a little quieter. It’s the start of summer, we are past the May bank holidays. The heating is off. So whilst you might be thinking about your holidays, now is the best time to start thinking about upgrading your heating, be it a new fire or fireplace or changing to a stove. It generally takes people 3 to 4 weeks to make a decision and choose something they’ll want for the Winter, then a further 4 weeks ordering and organising an installation. So before the swallows fly south, the clocks go back, don’t delay, for a cold day, get on with it now!!

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In my Experience by Matthew Rudhall

Hi I am Matthew Rudhall and I am currently on my work experience at Eden FM Radio whilst studying my A levels at Ullswater Community College. I am studying Music, Media, Psychology and Business, and I thought that coming to Eden FM would be good support for my Media and Music A level. During this week’s work experience I will be given the chance to do a little bit of everything at Eden FM such as writing an article for The Local Post and I will be able to do a half an hour show on Friday afternoon where I will be able to play some of the music that I like and talk a little to you (I hope you enjoy that) but I will just have a fun half hour with you and I hope you enjoy it.

Doing this sort of thing is a little out of my comfort zone but I am looking forward to it because it will be a good confidence boost and I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone at Eden FM. I would never of thought that I would be doing work experience at a radio station let alone doing a show during the week because it’s one of those things that has never occurred to me as something that I would get the chance to do, so I am very happy and excited by the fact that I am getting the chance to do this. I think that coming to Eden FM for my week’s work experience is one of the best choices that I have made in my Sixth Form year because it’s something that is really interesting and fun to do.

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0700-1000 Breakfast with L Jay 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Nick 1300-1600 Afternoon with Martin 1600-1800 Drivetime with Lee 1800-2000 Sound and Vision with John Stewart 2000-2200 Folk and Acoustic with Hairy Dave 2200-0000 Eden Country with Martin part 2

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0700-1000 Breakfast with Zoe 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Lee 1300-1600 Afternoon with L Jay 1600-1800 Drivetime with Andy 1800-2000 70’s with Dave Eyley 2000-2200 Soul and Motown with Andy 2200-0000 80’s Rewind

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Friday 0700-1000 Breakfast with Zoe 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Martin 1300-1600 Afternoon with Nick 1600-1800 Drivetime with Lee 1800-2000 Flipside with L Jay 2000-2200 Rock with Dave Ewin 2200-0000 Friday Night House Party with Maffa, Dick and James

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Sunday 0700-1000 Breakfast with L Jay 1000-1200 Eden Countryside with Kevin Beaty 1200-1400 Classical with Thomas 1400-1600 Eden FM Country with Martin 1600-1800 Sound and Vision with John Stewart part 2 1800-2000 Guest Presenter 2000-2200 Folk and Acoustic with Hairy Dave part 2 2200-0000 Music Roots with Neil McGeowen part 2

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WHY VOTE FOR A TOWN COUNCIL? As you come to read this those of you living in Penrith should have received your postal ballot for the vote on whether or not we should have a town council. A good number of you (like myself!) will have already crossed the box and had your say. To those who have I want to say thank you, whichever way you voted, because engaging with you and debating this most important of town issues has been and is a great privilege. What could be more rewarding than coming together as neighbours and deciding what we want for our community? To those of you yet to make your decision let me address a few of the concerns I have heard from the people I have spoken to. It’s an unnecessary rung on the ladder of bureaucracy. No, not at all. For Penrith there is a rung that should be there but is in fact missing. From Askham to Ainstable, Warcop to Winton most villages in Eden have their own parish meetings just like Appleby and further afield Cockermouth, Kendal and Windermere have their own town councils. Each represents an important link between the community and local government. This is not bureaucracy, it is an important, indeed vital, element of democracy that we should have access to local representatives who can communicate with us and for us. Penrith is deprived by not having an elected body tasked solely with representing us, disadvantaged by the chasm between the people and the district level of government that doesn’t exist elsewhere. Eden District Council represents us just fine. CumbrianLocal

The Councillors at district level are indeed fine representatives but the priorities of Eden are not always those of Penrith and with no independent voice for Penrith our interests, our opinions about our community cannot be given the weight they deserve. Now think on a year or two from now when the county and district councils merge into unitary authorities. It is likely to happen and why not? Fewer staff, merged services, in more centralised offices means a more efficient operation that will lead to savings and better government. But while your taxes may go further your voice will not, the gulf between the people and their representatives will never have been greater and a town council will suddenly become imperative and alas, all too late. But what about the cost? All government comes with cost, all services too. We as a community have to decide whether the value of something is worth the cost. For a Band D property the added cost to your Council Tax will be about 40 pence per household per week, for the much more numerous Band B it will be 30 pence each week. You can’t buy a stamp for that but it can secure our town’s future. It is true that if the community want the council to provide more services then there will be more cost but that is the beauty and value of a town council! The people of Penrith making the decisions for the benefit of Penrith. And so I commend to you my hope that we take this opportunity, while we can, to create the forum through which we can answer the question: Who speaks for Penrith? With the answer: We do! Scott Jackson. Joint Leader of the Campaign for a Penrith Town Council.

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Castle Crag Peaks & Pathways Nick Wells

as hundreds of figures made from a mass of negleted slates are randomly placed. No-one knows who builds them or why, aparently they get cleared away from time to time only to re-appear shortly afterwards. The summit, a short walk out of the quarry is circular in plan, about sixty yards in diameter and a perfect natural stronghold. It is said a fort once occupied this area and can still be seen in places.

Castle Crag stands in the middle of Borrowdale Valley about four miles south of Keswick. If a visitor to Lakeland has only two or three hours to spare, poor fellow, yet desperately wants to reach a summit and take back an enduring memory of the beauty and atmosphere of the district, let he or she climb Castle Crag. Parking up in the small village of Grange can be difficult, so you need to get lucky. Take the narrow road left opposite the church and continue passing various campsites until you reach the river Derwent, take the path branching away from the river and head up towards the foot of Castle Crag. Here the path either goes immediately up the Crag or continues up and along Borrowdale, from here to the summit is very steep but not too far.

The view from here to the north looks down the full length of Derwent Water, beyond is Keswick with Skiddaw behind. To the south shows a beautiful flatland of about one square mile surrounded by low crags, with the road leading through Rossthwaite and on towards Seathwaite. Heading back by the same way to the foot of Castle crag, one can take the path left which can lead directly around the crag to enjoy a riverside walk back to Grange. This walk is about three miles long, or longer if you go around the Crag, and will take as long as you want.

Evidences of former quarrying operations surround the trail as it zig-zags its way to the main quarry near the summit. Here an almost spooky presence is felt, CumbrianLocal

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Alison O’Neill to deliver the 2014 Wainwright Memorial Lecture

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She was forced to diversify and started guided walks across the fells, using the title ‘The Barefoot Shepherdess’. She developed such a good reputation that she found herself working across the Dales and Lakes. She then started giving talks about her life and lifestyle which again subsidised her income from the farm. Latterly, Alison has been promoting her own designs of tweed clothing. Her long¬ term aim is to create tweed out of the wool from her own Kendal rough fell sheep, of which she has a flock of around 150.

Alison O’Neill, ‘The Barefoot Shepherdess’ will deliver the 2014 Wainwright Memorial Lecture. The Memorial Lecture is to be held at Rheged, Penrith on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are available direct from Rheged (01768 868000) and cost £12 each. (Wainwright Society members £8) Alison O’Neill lives and works on a farm in the foothills of The Howgills, above the market town of Sedbergh. Like Wainwright, Alison O’Neill is a committed advocate of the unique Howgills landscape where she lives and works as a farmer, shepherdess, walking guide and writer. ‘I believe in working with the landscape and not against it. If I don’t look after

it, the landscape won’t look after me.’ After an idyllic childhood running wild and barefoot on the hills, Alison left home as a teenager and travelled around Europe working in a number of big cities. Returning to Sedbergh in her early 30s she was horrified to find that the lifestyle she knew and loved was dying, with small farms being sold off to larger operators so she vowed to find her own farm and despite her lack of experience as a farmer, leased Shacklabank. She invested in a herd of beef cattle just before the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001, which were going to be her main breadwinner; instead they nearly bankrupted her.

Her farm is managed on sound ecological principles. Much of the wildlife that left the surrounding areas has returned, from otters and local roe deer to butterflies and dragon flies. 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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