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Eden Stone Emporiumwhich when 50240 seen gives you a different A new attraction, or something, Logo Ideas 2 perspective. The Eden Stone Emporium is now open for business. If you are Cut Vinyl & Full Colour 17/01/14 Steven J wondering if this is a cluttered shop of statues and nic-nacs collecting dust from a bygone age, you would be very wrong.

An airy gallery set on two levels, displayed in such a way you have never seen stone of this quality presented. For your floor, wall, kitchen, fireplace, for furnishing or for the creation of unique pieces for indoor or outdoor use, for business, pleasure or leisure, sourced from around the world, bought with passion, sold with pride. The Eden Stone Emporium now resides in the Gloucester Yard behind Great Dockray in Penrith. Every display has a story behind it; the source of its origin, whether this be in the fossils embedded in this natural mineral or the path it has followed from its creation, from around the world or a local quarry in Cumbria. A lot can be learnt from a visit. If you have an idea or no idea, a slate riven finish or a honed finish, it can all be explained. An antique crafted stone, naturally polished to give it an old effect or a tumble finished edge. Continues on pages 6-7

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Welcome to your Cumbrian Local Welcome to your March edition of your Cumbrian Local; to many, still the Eden Local. What’s in a name? Well it’s a conversation I had with someone recently, who is a local business owner. Whilst the Cumbrian Local goes through doors you know it exists, but how would you find a free to read local magazine on line? We always search for things on the internet, but could you find yourself? How many sites promote the towns and villages of the Eden Valley as a place near the Lakes? How many leaflets are in the shops, information centres sending people to the Lakes and how many hot spot tourist destinations claim Penrith residence, set on the edge of the Lake District? I love the mountains, but I love the independence that the towns and villages of the Eden Valley have. If you ever venture past Watford, try finding a guide book on the Eden Valley. There are a lot of positives happening; the signage on the M6 for Penrith heading north, but there is much to be done and possibly much needed in the Lake District to advertise the Eden Valley, the rivers, the history, the culture, the walks and the beauty of the North Pennines. We all know where the best view of the Lake District is and its not from the Lake District. So, Mothers day is just around the corner. The clocks will be going forward and March was the driest on record. Well it might have been for the first 3 days! We have had some wonderful comments on the new look Cumbrian Local, some interesting comments on our choice of printer, well our printer as a UK based business in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and their print operation in Wales. Why would a local magazine not print locally? The simple answer when asked is, it has proven considerably cheaper by a significant amount and with a service offering from

design to print and delivery with a 4 day turnaround when you are printing thousands of magazines, you are then delivering thousands of local magazines and you have the highest distribution across the Eden Valley. What makes this decision worth it is who benefits. As a reader you are reading this magazine, delivered by a local person and it costs you nothing. The advertisers have affordable advertising, some of them with the magazine since it launched in 2010. What helps is no matter where Cumbrian Local Publications are printed, the deliveries are free to Penrith and local businesses and many of them have saved money. My thanks to all those people behind this month’s Cumbrian Local, advertisers, writers, designers and photographers. One of the reasons for the change in format of your local magazine is the preparation to launch a new magazine, which for local groups, clubs, associations and charities, will be their forum, should they choose to embrace this idea as a ‘free’ communication for them to use every month and the opportunity to generate funds. The new Local Sports and Events publication will be printing on Monday 14th April and be available to purchase in over 50 outlets in towns and villages, shops, newsagents, pubs and garages from Thursday 17th April and will continue to be out on the third Thursday of the month. Full details are on page 10. All the sellers of the new magazine will be receiving at least one third of the sale value. The publication will be compiled and released as an Eden FM Radio product. There are some great stories, some fantastic images and some wonderful things happening. Please enjoy that which is free! By Lee Quinn

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Contents Eden Stone Emporium

pages 2, 3, 6 & 7

The Whispering Poet

page 8

Tyla Services

page 9

Local Sports & Events Publication

page 10

Upgrade your Conservatory

page 11

Penrith & Eden Valley Monopoly

pages 12 -15

Perfect Time to Enhance Your Home

Centre Page

Coffee with a Local Councillor

page 18 – 19

British Motoring History Alive

page 20 – 21

On a Tour of Taste with John Crouch

page 22 – 23

Ullswater Road

page 24

Pop into the Local

page 25

Rue & the Rockets

pages 26 - 27

Eden FM - The next level

page 27

On Air with the 1st Appleby

page 28 - 29

Peaks & Pathways – Grisedale Pike

page 30

Wainwright Society Photographic Competition

page 31

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As you enter the gallery, you’ll discover the local Honister slate taken direct from the mine and the Coniston slate, which is collected by hand for your requirements from off the beaten track. A trip to South America completes your slate area tour with some deep shades of grey and blacks from Brazil. On the top floor of the gallery, you’ll find limestone from Turkey, the Italian marble St Florentine with its characteristic fossils and the white Carrera marble from the Tuscan Hills. Head west to the Atlantic and you’ll discover the Portuguese blue grey limestone, this being one of many that can be used for indoor or outdoor use. Many of the varieties of stone are those seen when on holiday. Those of you who have visited Turkey may have visited Pamukkale thermal pools. The Eden Stone Emporium has a large range of Travertine, which is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs imported from Turkey. As you visit each display, you get to understand how versatile the natural stone products are. You’ll feel the quality, touch the quality and gain a lot of knowledge about what would be best for you. It could be an idea for creating a theme with a mosaic or a centre piece in an area that creates natural beauty in your home, your garden or your business. Take a piece of the past and make it a part of your natural future with real stone. A venue as a special place for a meeting, for an event, an after work presentation in the middle of town, the Eden Stone Emporium will also feature local art, crafts and fine furnishings from other local businesses that will complement the stone gallery and add to the creativity of this newest but original product, now at the heart of Eden. With the doors just open, our first customer was the Virgin Train Site Manager from Penrith Station. He popped into the shop looking for local slate. He had been given a simple instruction to ‘buy something local to Cumbria’. After an introduction to Lakeland Slate and the buying team, then viewing the product on line, they were keen to process the order. The slate had a new home within one week, now on display at Penrith Station as the fire surround in the waiting room. You can’t beat a good local story! To be continued………..

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The Whispering Poet’s voice is loud and clear in this new biography of Norman Nicholson by Kathleen Jones. It was one of our customers, Joan, who properly introduced me a couple of years ago to the pleasures of reading Norman Nicholson’s poetry. Described as the last of the Lake Poets, (Wordsworth being the first), admirers of Nicholson’s work celebrated the centenary of his birth at a special event at our bookshop in January. Contemporary local poets Mary Robinson and Mike Smith read a selection of his poems and discussed the significance of his poetry, calling for a reassessment of his work in the context of ecology, edgelands and sustainability. Hearing a spine-tingling recording that night of Nicholson reading his own poetry, it was clear that his voice still has relevance and impact. In her much-anticipated biography of The Whispering Poet, Cumbrian-born writer Kathleen Jones gives us a thorough and comprehensive understanding of a man whose poetry is firmly rooted in his experience of living all of his life in Millom, with the exception of two years spent recuperating from TB in a sanatorium in Hampshire. Jones has a beautiful way of writing and an extraordinary ability to use her extensive research to paint an empathic (but unsentimental) portrait of Nicholson’s early childhood experiences and how they shaped his life. We are given a sense of Nicholson as a teenage boy viewing the world from the imprisonment of an isolated sick bed, allowed only to speak in a whisper for fear of permanently damaging his voice. She offers a new understanding of how this form of “institutionalism” in effect led Nicholson to keep himself in a similar state of imprisonment in his adult life, choosing never to move away from the house in which he had been born, even spending his married years sleeping alone in his attic room, from where he could view the scarred landscapes of Millom. Jones also brings a sense of yearning to her biography, the theme of loss is very apparent; Nicholson’s older brother tragically died as a baby and then he lost his mother very suddenly at the age of 4, and there is a feeling that from that point onwards he spent his life unconsciously searching for a replacement feminine figure. As a sensitive, molly-coddled child with the CumbrianLocal

imagination of a poet, it is no surprise to learn that he never really felt he fitted in amongst the hardy men of the ironworks town of Millom. Throughout his life he always hoped for a sense of belonging, that his voice would be recognised as a poet with something to say beyond the “provincial” label he had been given by other poets of his time such as Betjeman and Larkin. Unlike Wordsworth who romanticised nature, Nicholson’s description of his environment is real and raw, but no less beautiful in its honesty. Nicholson’s voice is bedded in the industrial land around him; he feels the “iron in his soul. As Jones writes though, his is a “green” voice; for me some of his most memorable poetry being in his description of Windscale as “toadstools towers”, “stinkhorns” which poison the land. In this biography, Kathleen Jones has managed to assert that Nicholson can very much be a current voice, an environmental voice that still needs to be heard, from which we can learn. The fact that her forthcoming talk at our bookshop on The Whispering Poet was fully booked before we even began to advertise it, is surely testament to how we still feel a connection with Nicholson’s poetry, one hundred years after his birth. Signed copies of Kathleen Jones’ The Whispering Poet are available from Wordsworth Bookshop. RRP £13.00 By Andrea Dennison Wordsworth Bookshop and Coffee House 8 St Andrew’s Churchyard Penrith CA11 7YE Signed Copies of Alan Hinkes’ book 8000 METRES: CLIMBING THE WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAINS (Published by Cicerone Press 2013) are available from Wordsworth Bookshop, Penrith. RRP £25.00

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The new Local Sports and Events magazine goes to print on Monday 14th April and will be on sale from Thursday 17th April for £1.50 at a shop, newsagent, pub, club, charity organisation or sports facility near you. A current list of outlets will be posted on the Eden FM Radio website. One third of the sales go to the seller. This new 48 page full colour publication has a number of objectives. If you are part of a voluntary group and you are involved in raising money, it could help. If you need to promote a fundraising event, it could help. If you have no budget to market your organisation, it may also help. The Local Sports and Events publication needs stories. It needs advertisers and it needs representatives to sell the new community magazine. The project is to be headed up by the Commercial team at Eden FM Radio. Some of the key themes in the magazine will be linked to radio shows. We have over 12 hours of dedicated airtime, which will also be linked to sports fixtures, events, seasonal shows, local activities and live music. As a business, you can advertise in colour from £19.50 in the first issue of this local publication. Call Eden FM on 01768 862394 – 01768 899111 or email CumbrianLocal

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Into the final stages of design we go. By Lee Quinn

At the time of this report, we are finalising a few of the last squares. The first draft of the box graphics has been sent off and the design for the central area of the board has also been sent off. It’s unfortunate that this once in a lifetime event has not hooked the local press like it has hooked the 50 plus local businesses and those, all 1000 of them who have already reserved or purchased their Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly board game, which if it runs true to history, will remain in their family’s possession for eternity. It was September last year when we broke the news that Eden FM Community Radio had secured a contract to create a one off, unique, community Monopoly board that would be a snapshot of history in the Eden Valley. How do we select who goes on the board? Have we got it right? Is it another project for the people with money? The board layout traditionally starts on a brown square, the Old Kent road. I can reveal that this is a family business established in Penrith for over 40 years. The Whitechapel square is a landmark garage site. On the traditional board you might pay income tax or pay a bank deposit. On this board you’ll be paying a deposit on a car.

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As we move into the light blue squares on the original board, we normally head off down Euston Road to the Angel of Islington, then Pentonville Road. We would pass ‘Just Visiting’ in the corner of the board and be on the pink squares of Pall Mall, the Electric Light Company, then Whitehall before heading to Northumberland Avenue. Here in the Eden Valley, we’ll be picking up the sites of King Street, St Andrew’s Place, Sandgate, Middlegate, Burrowgate, a very famous local cinema and a New Square, which illustrates the past, the present and the future as it is now. We couldn’t find a local electric company but we do have a present and future energy company. It’s time to move out of the town to the orange squares, Long Meg, a bridge over the Eden, maybe a local village church. It’s into the corner for the free parking then off down the A6 for the red squares.

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There is no Fleet Street, Strand or Trafalgar Square. As we land on the last square of this board, we are on the home square of the Abbey. Still time to take a trip down the A66 and yellow squares. It’s not the yellows of Leicester Square, Coventry Street and Piccadilly, but it’s three local stops before Kirkby Stephen. A is for……… on one yellow square, but we couldn’t find a local water works so we have another local service. At the end of the yellow, we find ourselves in a corner, but we’re not going to jail! Could it be that a local solicitor has helped us out with a ‘Get out of jail free card?’ Not at the moment! Best we roll the dice…. We are on to the last section of the board, the greens traditionally of Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street. Whilst we know we will be in Greystoke at some point on the board, we are still shopping on these famous streets for what is the last property sponsor. Well, it’s the last two and they are royal blue, but next month we’ll tell you who………….. With all but one green property square available, due to an upgrade of green to royal blue squares by this


business, we’ll now be passing ‘go’ and this time next month the board will be in print. We’ll also let you know what the Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly has chosen for those four squares that are railway stations on the traditional board. You can follow weekly updates about your local Monopoly via the Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly Facebook page. Notification of printing, board game availability and an opportunity to ask questions can all be through this page. Reserve your Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly board game now by emailing The on sale price of the board will be £24.99. A confirmation of your request to reserve a board will be sent within 7 days. If you have sent in a request and not received confirmation, please call 01768 862394. On behalf of Eden FM Radio, we would like to thank those on a growing list who have got behind this project in the early stages; The Boot and Shoe, J Cowpers Ltd, AW Jenkinson, Cumbrian Local,

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Coffee with a local Councillor By Lee Quinn

solutions. The timing of a referendum was important to the campaign. To have a referendum vote on the same day as the Euro Elections would be a saving and it was felt by the group that it had the potential to bring more people out in Penrith. Agreed at the end of January was the presentation of enough signatures to trigger a referendum which was around 1250 signatures, although this is still to be confirmed. Whilst 1460 signatures were confirmed as being received by Eden District Council after they were handed in on 3rd February, the matter of whether the people of Penrith should have the right to vote for a Town Council and have control of its town never made it on to the agenda of the February EDC members meeting, which was the intended plan of the Penrith Town Council Group.

After six months of presenting updates about the Penrith Town Council campaign, as the momentum has been growing and the campaign attracting more interest, people are raising more questions. At the recent open meeting in February attended by quite a mixed group and a number of Eden District Councillors, I met Keith Morgan, an Eden District Councillor for Appleby and in his official capacity in his town, I thought he was the leader, but I will let Keith explain. ‘I am not Leader of Appleby Town Council. While many larger town councils have a politicised structure and a Leader, the role has no legal status. I am the “Father of the Council”, a purely honorary title which reflects the fact that I have been there longer than anybody else. There are no duties but occasionally (eg at Mayormaking) I am expected to say a few appropriate words, and sometimes members and the Town Clerk look to me for information, but that is normally supported by my involvement with CALC and NALC rather than any expertise on my part’ Well it doesn’t sound like it’s a group of highly motivated politically orientated ‘want to be’ MPs of the future in Appleby and Westmorland Town Council. But then local councils are about people not politics; people like Keith who want the best for their town and the people in it. It was good to discuss the potential problems the Penrith Town Council Group face with the campaign, but many of these were equalled with positive CumbrianLocal

Many more questions have been presented to Eden District Council since the petition was activated. Some of these simple questions like ‘how many people living in Penrith actually log on to the EDC website and what age band to they fall into?’ This information should be standard for most websites, but as a website serving the public, it should be standard and it would be very important to have this information, especially as it is a key communication tool of Eden District Council and the original petition was meant to be online. Whilst Keith and I debated the tasks a town council would be faced with, some clear positives were underpinned by Keith. He went on to explain that town, parish and community councils are an important, integral part of the community. They represent the voice of the local people at ground level. Whilst it is local government, it is not like the higher levels of governance; it always puts the people and what they represent first. Some other points Keith raised were...... “Town and Parish Councils are the tier of local government closest to the residents of a community. They have a range of powers open to them and are able to deliver services to residents that District and County Councils can not, particularly in the current economic climate. For me, though, the strengths of local (town, parish and community) councils are their statutory status (they have to be consulted by higher authorities), their electoral accountability (they have to respond to their residents’ needs or risk their wrath at the next election) and their obligation to spend any money they raise for the benefit of their residents. How much does a Town Council cost? The impact on an individual household is a concern for everybody. Two expenses cannot be avoided – the council must meet at least four times a year and hold an annual

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meeting for electors to have their say about the Council’s conduct of its business; and it must appoint a “Proper Officer” or Clerk, who has a professional role and is effectively the Chief Executive of the Council. Anything else the Council does adds to these costs and, of course, the more duties undertaken, the greater the cost of organising and delivering these duties. While the Council may survive on this minimum of activity with negligible cost, there seems little point in creating a body to do nothing. A typical Town Council in a town the size of Penrith may manage allotments, cemeteries, community arts or leisure centres, parks and open spaces, youth projects, tourism activities, festivals and fetes and many other community-based activities. Where does the money come from? Local councils raise a “precept”, a charge which is added to the Council Tax bill of the households in the community. In Clitheroe, Lancashire, a town similar in size to Penrith, the precept raised nearly £100,000 five years ago (the latest figure I have to hand). A wide range of organisations and activities are regularly supported, including the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the leisure centre, the town band, the football club, events at the castle, Christmas decorations and activities and management of allotments and play areas. A Penrith Town Council would have different priorities and would be directed by the residents of Penrith. £100,000 may be a realistic sum to raise when a council is established and able to respond to residents’ wishes, but it would take some time to establish the town’s aspirations. £100,000 Town Council precept would cost each Band “D” household 39.4pence per week. Next year each Band “D” household will pay £31.94 per week.” My thanks to Keith for his time, his coffee and his positives in presenting as a Town Council the potential of what the people of Penrith could have. What can you buy for 39.4p per week? What can you buy for £1.00? If you set up a home or a business, it cannot be done for free. The work you put in whilst sometimes you might not see a reward, doesn’t actually mean you have not achieved anything. Every day is an achievement.

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Meanwhile, the campaign for Penrith to have a town council continues. Whilst the group await many questions to be answered in order to give the people of Penrith the right information to make an inform decision, the campaign is evolving as one of communication to the community. Before the European elections, regardless of when people will be given the right to vote on their town, a Penrith Town Council guide is to be issued to all residents of Penrith before the polling stations open. There may be more questions to answer by then like ‘how do the European Elections impact on our towns and villages locally? What does it mean to you? How will it affect you, your family, or your business where you live?’ The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business


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British Motoring History

Alive in Appleby by Caroline Gunning

Many people who have walked along Bridge Street in Appleby-in-Westmorland will have found their eyes drawn to peek into a place steeped in history, character and tales to be told – if only the motor bikes and cars could tell the story of their lives. The keeper of the treasure trove is Ralph Harrison who first developed his skills as a mechanic at H Pigney & Sons then, in 1976, went on to work the Bridge Street Garage, initially with Mark Johns, and independently as Mark left to set up his own garage. Ralph embraces the modern but takes care to preserve our heritage. He admits he has always had a soft spot for British motor engineering, his first car was a Morris Oxford and to this day he still rides two classic motor bikes, a BSA Rocket III and a Norton Rotary. Motorbikes might be his passion but Ralph told me that Rover cars, back in their heyday, were a joy to work on “simply because they were simple, nothing fancy.” It is a sad reflection but true, when Ralph explained that “with cars becoming more complicated fewer people are looking after their own vehicles, so motor accessories shops like this are not in demand.” Every nook and cranny in the garage is home to automobile paraphernalia, it’s most definitely not junk or scrap, each piece is well placed and Ralph knows every item in the spares shop and the workshop. Ralph smiled as I asked if he had a full set of Whitworths - the mark of a man who is clearly dedicated to the British motor engine.


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For a number of months we have regularly featured some of John’s super recipes. This month we have two of John’s favourite dishes, which means more than just a recipe. Whilst we see John pop up doing food demonstrations in local venues and shows, since 1997 through family connections, he has travelled every year to Goa on the west coast of India. A local celebrity who appears in the largest cookery magazine in India, it is part work and part play, but over the years, John has travelled and toured India and many of its cities. Whilst demos in Deli do have a certain appeal, John enjoys best the culture, the people and of course those smells and those tastes. On his trip in February, he was actually teaching some of the locals how to make a traditional trifle. As John describes it ‘Goa has the flavour of Portugal running through it, in its architecture, its music and cuisine. It has a worldwide reputation for good food with fish curry and rice being the staple diet. The stall holders in the local markets, especially in Mapusa, make colourful displays with the wide range of fruit and vegetables. The spices for sale add extra colour along with an exotic aroma. When in Goa we always look forward to visiting our favourite restaurants to enjoy our favourite dishes. Fresh Bombay Duck at Viva Goa, Prawn Vindaloo at the Mango Grove and the Plantain Leaf for Sheera’. If there was one picture that was to paint a thousand words of one image of John’s visit, here are just a few thousand more.

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4 chicken portions, skinned 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 5cm (2in) piece fresh root ginger, grated 2 fresh green chillies, seeded and chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon turmeric 3 teaspoons white wine vinegar salt cayenne pepper 315ml (10floz) coconut milk 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut, toasted

Wash the chicken and pat dry with absorbent kitchen paper. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the chicken and fry, stirring, over a high heat for 810 minutes, until browned all over, then remove from the pan. Add the mustard seeds to the pan and fry for 1 minute or until they begin to pop. Add the onion and cook, stirring, over a medium heat for 8 minutes or until soft and golden. Stir in the garlic, ginger, chillies, cumin, coriander and turmeric and fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and season with salt and cayenne pepper. Return the chicken to the pan and turn pieces to coat them in the spice mixture. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Cover and cook over a low heat for about 40 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Garnish and serve hot.


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2 tablespoons oil ½ teaspoon mustard seeds 2 onions, chopped 900g (2lb) white cabbage, finely chopped 1 – 2 chillies 2 cloves garlic ½ inch fresh ginger 100g (4oz) desiccated coconut 1½ teaspoons cumin seeds 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon turmeric

Heat the oil and fry the mustard seed until they begin to pop. Add the chopped onions and fry them until browning. Add the finely chopped cabbage, 1 tablespoon each of crushed chillies, crushed garlic and crushed ginger and then the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds, salt and turmeric. Cook for 7 – 10 minutes over a medium heat. Do not over cook. The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business


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and the Rockets GREYSTOKE Church has been hit by the stormy weather during the winter and is in need of some repairs. The local pub, The Boot and Shoe, is leading the fundraising by hosting an evening with one of Cumbria’s most popular and enduring bands – Rue and the Rockets. The band is made up of the three Slater brothers: Jimmy, playing lead guitar and vocals; Alan, playing bass guitar and vocals; Rueben, the lead vocals and drummer. The brothers formed the band in 1958. The Slater family business is a funfair, which had its own traction engine, named ‘The Rocket’, which gave the band their name: Rueben and the Rockets. Rueben abbreviated his name in the band name to Rue, when they couldn’t fit the full name on the front of the drum kit.


Their first gig was in 1960 at Haltwhistle Working Men’s Club, for which they were paid six pounds. The very first set list consisted of eight cover songs. Their confidence and set list grew, moving into writing their own songs. As a young band, Rue and the Rockets appeared as the first band on Border Television, on the programme ‘Beat In The Border’. On a recent visit to Eden FM, Rueben and Jimmy recalled that visit to Border Television, which was not only new ground for the band, but also for Border Television, which was new to the airwaves in the 1960s. In between programmes, a live camera would face a test card on a stand. During the visit to Border, Rueben recalled tripping over the stand, knocking over the test card and the ensuing pandemonium as the stand and test card were reassembled for their continued broadcast!

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The Next Level by Lee Quinn Last month’s Eden FM update was about some of the problems it has had to overcome with a shortfall in funding. The positive, reiterated on many occasions is that it is a project that has never stood still and it never will. One reader, following last month’s article, came forward and offered an unlimited loan of a transmitter, ariel and other equipment. Our special thanks to Jonathan. Meanwhile, Andy Neen the Deputy Chairman and senior technician, has set about building a server with the help of a new volunteer, Liam, who, with an IT background from four old servers purchased on Ebay, we hope to have one! We are also now installing the new studio software that will take the everyday show programming to the next level.

Rue and the Rockets went on to have a regular Tuesday evening slot at the Newcastle Majestic Hotel and an extensive touring schedule across the UK and Europe, appearing at times with Lonnie Donegan, Tony Christie, The Animals, Black Sabbath, Dire Straits and Status Quo, among others. The 1980s saw the band release one of their most popular albums ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’. Their current tour schedule includes dates in Glasgow and maybe another visit to Benidorm, where they are also very popular.

With the funds now being generated from the Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly project, the launch of the Eden FM, Local Sports & Events Publication, the new website now switched on, with everything you need to know about Eden FM, things are really progressing, ready for the final phase of the project, the big switch on. With new volunteers joining the team and a new programme schedule being developed, you’ll notice when you log on to listen, more new and live shows along with some new voices. More good news to come next month. Follow us for daily updates on Facebook and Twitter

Don’t miss Jimmy, Alan and Rueben at The Boot and Shoe, Greystoke, raising funds for the repairs to Greystoke Church from 4pm on Sunday 13th April. By Martin Cowin

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“Yes, anything you like” replied Darren, Scout Leader. And, that is exactly what they did. The on air conversations drifted from guitar lessons and how their tutor is so cool, through to tales of (mis)adventure on their camps, plus a discussion on favourite cars – thanks to a budding junior Jeremy Clarkson. The Scouts still talk about the show and those who were on air, along with others who weren’t able to go, are looking forward to their next on air experience. Eden FM Radio is a community station, and sessions like this are welcomed and encouraged so that people of all ages can be heard.

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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 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 have easy access to four 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 into the Irish Sea, round to the Scafells, then there was the my first viewing of Pike of Stickle in Langdale, Helvellyn in the Eastern Fells and round to Blencathra and Skiddaw. From the summit I descended down a very steep path to Sleet How, through some heather onto a lawn-like path and eventually back to the car park. This walk is about eight miles long and took me four hours. I would grade it as easy.

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The Wainwright Society organises an annual Photographic Competition and is fortunate to have Derry Brabbs, the photographer who collaborated with Alfred Wainwright in the 1980s to produce seven of his ‘coffee table’ books, to judge the entries. The competition is open to all members of The Wainwright Society. Alfred Wainwright produced all his sketches from his own photographs, but, sadly, his photographic skills did not match his talent for producing unique pen and ink sketches of upland landscapes. However, in 2013 there were a total of 75 entries for the competition and the winning photograph was taken by Society member, Niels Rasmussen, with his stunning photograph, The sun smiles on the North Western fells. 2013 Runner-up: Loweswater Gold by Andy Beck

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