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Contents Finesse Bridal & Jewellery

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Pages 4 - 7

A month for Mums

Pages 8

East Past and Present

Page 9

Where there’s a Will

Page 10

Peace of Mind with Butterworths

Page 11

Eden Valley Dyslexia Action

Page 12 - 13

Atkinsons Renewables

Page 15

Cumbria Oak

Pages 16 & 17

Making a stand for Town Council

Pages 18

Win Tickets to see Heaven 17 with Eden FM

Pages 20 & 21

Farming update on Milk prices

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The Innovation of Bergo flooring

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The Pot Place

Page 25

An update from the Wainwright Society

Page 26 & 27

Peaks & Pathways

Page 28

Eden FM Sport reports

Pages 29 & 31

Beds at Cumbria Oak

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Welcome to the March edition of your Cumbrian Local It is the month for mothers everywhere to be remembered and to be pampered. A few weeks on, many of us will be celebrating the biggest Christian festival in the calendar and hopefully in this month’s Cumbrian Local, a reminder that it’s not just about chocolate, although it plays a big part during this time. With the emphasis on healthy eating and the rise in obesity, it begs the question will Easter eggs’ packaging display the recommended level of chocolate we or our children should consume? With over 80 million Easter eggs sold, do those behind selling their buy 4 for the price of 3 really care? Britons do love a bit of chocolate and in world league tables of per capita consumption, the UK comes joint 4thbehind Switzerland, Germany and Austria. On average, each person in Britain eats approximately 9.5 kg of chocolate per year. More details on Mother’s Day and Easter on pages 8 – 9. This month, my opening editorial is focused on something which has been featured since September 2014. This could cover quite a range of things I know, but, for these next two months in our lead up to the first election of a town council in Penrith in over 40 years, what was started here in this publication will finish on 7th May 2015. If you do not know enough about what a town council means to the people of Penrith and the Eden Valley, now would be a good time to find out. I was a member of a small group of four people; the other three members were Eden District Councillors who took time out in the summer, autumn and winter of 2013 to knock on doors and collect enough signatures to start the process for the people of Penrith to vote if they thought Penrith needed a town council. If was to be a difficult campaign; some existing district councillors protesting and publically voicing their opinions that Penrith did not need a town council, publically making the point that a town council would not make any difference on planning in the town. You may be thinking what does this have to do with those living outside of Penrith

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Continued from page 5 that couldn’t vote? Penrith as a town I do not think could survive and would ever come as far as it has without the communities that for 100’s of years have supported it as a natural hub for business. I believe that the opinion of local visitors to the town is just as important as those that live here. Meanwhile, it was up to the people of Penrith to decide and with more than enough signatures gathered to start a referendum and give the people of Penrith the opportunity to vote, Eden District Councillors, despite those not in favour, which included some serving the town already in their capacity as councillors, were advised by the Democratic and Legal Services Department to start the process of a referendum via a postal vote in July 2014. In 2001 and 2008 the people of Penrith had been there before, to take this campaign forward. It was important to get information out to the people. There were to be public meetings, a leaflet through everyone’s door from the EDC, but unfortunately only a small number of voters received the leaflet as the selected distributor failed to deliver many of the leaflets. As the leaflet was promoting the open meeting for the people to attend, the turnout was very low. At the meeting a request was made to record the meeting, so it could then be scheduled on to Eden FM to be broadcasted or be made available to download from the EDC website, but it was proposed by an Eden District Councillor and agreed by an Eden District Councillor that it would not be recorded; these councillors not even a part of the process at this stage. It was not a decision by the people even though the meeting was for the people. To lead the way in communicating what potentially a town council could do, a Penrith Town Council group was formed. It secured funding from central government to produce brochures and leaflets, which were delivered by the Cumbrian Local distribution team. The hardest task throughout the campaign was finding out the cost of a town council. This the key reason why the previous two referendums had failed. With information not forthcoming, the strategy was simple, to voice that there is only one way to find out what it will cost and what Eden District does pay for the running of the town at the moment in the way of services for the town. It would seem the only way to find out how much a town council would cost, would be to have one in place. Should it cost any more or could it be cheaper? We have been informed that it has been proposed by EDC that it will cost more. It was confirmed by EDC in July 2014 that 5,089 of an

electorate of 12,196 took part in the vote, with over two thirds of the votes in favour and in September the motion was agreed at District Council, based on the vote and the public opinion, that on 7th May, a town council for Penrith would be voted in. What has happened since September 2014? Well the people engagement has stopped. It was agreed by EDC that those councillors already representing the town as district councillors would, up until the election, prepare the way for the setting up of a town council. This was set up as a Penrith Area Committee. There was to be no public engagement, there was to be no representation in this process from the people from the group that campaigned for it to happen. Many of these were young people. Do you think having their thoughts shared on how they think the process from September 2014 to May 2015 should go forward would have been a good idea? From the EDC website, there have been just 2 meetings. On 8th October the committee was set up. One of the points on the agenda PAC/6/10/14 Reorganisation Order for the Parish of Penrith Members, considered report CLS86/14 of the Director of Corporate and Legal Services, which identified the issues which needed to be considered in relation to the Reorganisation Order which is needed to formally establish the Parish of Penrith. Members also considered the model form of Reorganisation Order and discussed which property (including ceremonial property) may be recommended to Council for transfer to Penrith Parish Council. It was noted that Eden District Council holds three chains of office including the Penrith Rural District chain, the Penrith Urban District chain and the North Westmorland District Council chain. The outcome was that a re-organisation order be noted and that Council be recommended to transfer the ownership of the Penrith Urban District chain of office to the Penrith Parish Council in the formal re-organisation order. I wonder who gets the town hall? The next meeting of the Penrith Area Committee was held early afternoon on 8th December. Did you know? Ref PAC/14/12/14 Questions by the Public, there were a number of questions put to the Committee by the public. These included: Q: Why 19 Councillors: The Chairman explained the process that had been gone through in arriving at the number, including that there had to be reasonable parity between numbers of electors per Councillors.

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Q: What happens if not enough people come forward to stand as Parish Councillors? The Chairman responded that the Parish Council will be able to co-opt in order to arrive at the correct number of Councillors. It will be for the new Parish Council to agree who will be co-opted.

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There was also discussion around how independent candidates can publicise their manifesto, which concluded that there was no funding available for such candidates’ campaigns. At the time of writing this brief progress update, there have been no more meetings registered on the EDC website, the information recorded sketchy, there are no meetings scheduled for 2015 at present. The question I am asked builds on a comment. The people of Penrith voted yes for a town council, but will they ever actually be allowed to run their town, or will it be overshadowed by the involvement and governing of district councillors and their politics. Will they ever let the control of the town go to the people?

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Should it be a town council or should it be a community council? Should it have members co-opted on by political parties if not enough people come forward? The people of Penrith that feel they want to make difference can, but to do this they’ll need to stand not just as councillors but as people that working with other local people around them, want the best for their town. You need to register if you want to stand for what you think is right. Unfortunately with less than two months to go to the elections, you’ll need to contact Nomination packs are available from Member Services, Penrith Town Hall Candidates will need to be proposed and seconded by two people. Nominations open on 20 March 2015 and close at 4.00pm on 9 April 2015. Completed nomination papers must be submitted by hand to the Eden District Council’s Returning Officer.

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A month for mums

Flowers, chocolates, breakfast in bed and lunch out may feature. More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. On one survey I came across, phone traffic could spike by as much as 37 percent. I hope people don’t just text their mums with a message. Laetare Sunday - the fourth Sunday of Lent.

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Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration, made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele, lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

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Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England, the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptized or where they attended services when they were children. This meant that families were reunited as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large

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I get to write about a lot of things. I would like to think I’m not a specialist writer in delivering bad news. Many of the articles I write come out of situations, meetings or an experience that may have been shared with me in my life. But as far as bad news, it’s something you don’t get to see much in the Cumbrian Local. We have on many occasions written articles about local people, passed as a celebration of their life. This has in itself always been on honour and the feedback measured from these stories has shown much appreciation from our readers. Losing someone dear to you is possibly one of the hardest things to deal with in life. I have in these last few years been involved in dealing with the death of more than one close relative, but in that time of grieving, the hardest part that became apparent was the lack of plans in place for this reality in life, which I assumed were taken care of. What to do in the event that there is no will is an experience that can be the heartache of any family. Family debates on who gets what can destroy families, friendships and can send something once so close into bits and pieces. Here is a thought. Do your family, in the event of you not being here tomorrow, know what to do, or what your wishes are? That special something you put aside for someone; does everyone know that this is your wish. What dad wanted? Was it what mum wanted? If the answer is no, is this fair? Where there is a will, there is a way and making a will today is for today, which in time as circumstances change, a will, may also need to change to realign to different circumstances. You need a plan and your family need to know, don’t leave it to chance.

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Peace of Mind

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By Graeme Ross and Nicola Broyan, Butterworths Solicitors

Planning your own funeral is probably not something you have ever thought about, but by putting arrangements in place now, you can spare your loved ones having to make the associated decisions at what will be a very emotional and stressful time. An added advantage in doing this is that it will ensure that the funeral directors costs are fixed at today’s prices. Consider this, in 2004 an average funeral cost £1,290 compared to £3,456 in 2014. Should this trend continue, then the costs could reach £6,220 by 2022. Other advantages in planning your funeral now are that you are able to have control over the content of your funeral service, be it religious or not. For example, you can make your own choices and express your wishes with regard to music, hymns, readings and so forth and any other details connected with your funeral. Working with one of the country’s leading funeral plan providers, Golden Charter, Butterworths offer various ways of purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan to suit your personal circumstances, for example (1) One single up-front payment (2) Instalments over a period of 12 months, interest free (3) Fixed monthly payments up until your 90th birthday Butterworths solicitors have recently extended their private client department to incorporate the provision of Funeral Services. Working with an established local undertaker we can now provide further information and assistance on the following:

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The ‘Free’ B5 size full colour guide, with a minimum of 48 pages but up to 64 pages, will have a print run of 30,000. These will be distributed via collection points, including tourist information centres in an area covering 7,000 square miles. The collection points will be replenished until stocks are exhausted through the Summer of 2015. Now booking.......... Advertising booked before 31st March 2015 will have 10% off All advertising in the guide includes advertising on the website and the Facebook page Off Route 66 England. You can walk it, you can bike it, you can bus it or you can drive it. There is more than one way to complete the coast to coast journey across the most northern counties of England. Our guide covers, walking, cycling but mainly driving and is based on and around probably the oldest route 66 in the world. The A66 was officially named in 1920. It’s had many changes made to it and today it is the main trunk road connecting the west and east coast in the most northerly CumbrianLocal

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Taking Action • Changing Live

Dyslexia Action is a charity which aims to take action and change lives. It is an organisation that cares not only about those who have or may have a diagnosis of dyslexia but also for anyone who may have weaker literacy skills. Everyone, each day, needs to be able to ‘read’ in order to be able to complete seemingly simple tasks to more complex ones. Think about the number of signs you read on a trip to the supermarket. If, however, you cannot decode letters into words that make sense, you can quickly feel frustrated, demoralised, totally inadequate and probably quite angry. Despite having several locations across the country, Dyslexia Action tries to reach out to individuals who may not be close to any of these and NW Cumbria is an example. We were therefore delighted to be contacted by Lee Quinn with the idea of creating a centre of support. With statistics showing that 1 in 10 of us are dyslexic, it is highly likely that someone you know may have dyslexic tendencies or has weak literacy skills. We would like to meet you and listen to your experiences. We would also like to see if Dyslexia Action can help. An example could be a Catch up Club. Sponsorship to run one of these is vital but it can take place in a school, library, community centre, anywhere with space, light and heat. Overseen by a specialist coach, children (or adults) are invited to attend to receive help with their literacy. Volunteers are required (e.g. good for school leavers who wish to have a good personal statement) and the club ideally takes place twice a week. The Club also invites individuals who can inspire and encourage youngsters with future career choices. Previous examples have included a Pharmacist, the Police force and a local MP to visit such a Club in Bradford. The Police visit also provided an excellent opportunity for the

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students to practice their writing skills as they made up police witness statements! Most importantly, we have evidence that not only have literacy skills been improved but also the self-esteem and confidence of participants. It also provides that fantastic opportunity for community spirit and involvement. Children attending the Club have even been known to go home and teach their parents and wider families who are more reluctant to come forward, so the reach is even greater.

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Eden Valley Dyslexia Action Group With a number of projects completed over these last 5 years, Cumbrian Local and Eden FM Radio have been mapping the way on improved communication. Sending out written communication may not always be favourable to people who may find this problem in digesting and understanding. We are now at a crossroads once again of a new era for communication. Has an allowance been made in election campaigns for those who may need an explanation of why they should vote. 10% is a lot of potential votes if only someone had the time to deliver a message. People and families who have experience throughout their life in past generations, present generations and future generations in the Eden Valley, will be given on opportunity to learn if this project is taken forward. If you are reading this, please think about someone who may not be able to and talk to them about coming along to an open day with Dyslexia Action, Cumbrian Local and Eden FM Radio.

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Since I became involved in local politics I have often been asked what I think we need to do to engage more young people. It’s a question that can be asked of any demographic, especially in an age of perceived disillusionment and apathy. How do you involve people in a process that is often seen as being dominated by an out of touch clique? My answer is simple, politics has to be relevant and it has to be accessible, how this is achieved is less simple.

Relevance is not something that I think we need to convince people of. The decisions taken at the various levels of government affect house, food and fuel prices; they affect the schools our children attend and the hospitals we go to in our hour of need; if you don’t think politics is relevant to your everyday life I’d ask you to think again. Accessibility then, and by this I don’t just mean cutting out the jargon, although this is useful! I mean it in the literal sense as well. Politics must have avenues of participation, open to all, whereby the ordinary citizen may exercise their right and duty to form an opinion, take a position and to the best of their ability defend their beliefs in the rigours of debate. This may be as simple as discussing bus cuts around the dinner table but it must also mean that there is the opportunity for you or me to run as a candidate in an election and let democracy have the final say. In May it is election time, a fact that will probably be ever more inescapable as the party machines get into gear. The General Election is not the only ballot taking place however, local votes are happening as well for Eden District Council and at Parish level too. This leads me to the central point of this article, you

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There is a solution, it is not simple, it is not easy but instead of looking for you should think about being that person you would want to vote for. We all have opinions and hopes that things can be better and perhaps you have come to the conclusion that the people making the decisions might just have run out of ideas. Fresh perspectives are to government what oxygen is to a flame, serving to invigorate, strengthen and brighten. It is not enough to decry the torpor and monotony of the politics we see, indeed it is pointless if you think it’s a result of the same people running for office again and again. Surely we are therefore obligated to ensure that other people seek election and part of that requirement is the recognition that those other people might include you. If you believe things should be different, if you want change and renewed hope then perhaps it is time to put your name where the ballot is. Maybe it’s time to visit: Scott Jackson

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Are you one of a growing number of listeners that have been tuning in to Eden FM Community radio 107.5 FM? It was only in June 2014 that we finally got to turn on the transmitter, the piece of equipment needed to broadcast our radio signal, so that you can listen in. Now we are not a commercial station, but a voluntary group, which is responsible for delivering local news and communicating everything that people need to know and must know about what is going on in the community. We don’t have a powerful transmission and unfortunately we cannot transmit through mountains or buildings. We are covering a good area in and around Penrith but reaching everyone is something we are keen to do further afield, so working with Ofcom it’s something we hope can be achieved better. Meanwhile, we are on air 24 hours a day. We do have our studios in Penrith. We also have a fairly open door policy that if you are interested in helping out your local radio station, whether this is just a couple of hours a week, it might be behind the scenes, collating news, presenting in a show or out and about in the outside broadcasting vehicle around the Eden Valley, whatever age and ability you are, please contact us now and try something different by becoming a volunteer at your local radio station. No experience required, just a willingness to be a volunteer and an attitude to give it a go. Your Community radio is there 7 days a week, but just 2 hours a week of your time adding to our team can make a big difference in how we serve our community. Call us now on 01768 899101 or email admin@ As a business you can advertise on Eden FM for as little as £9; you can have a 30 second advert played 6 times a day per month for £99. Call us now on 01768 899101 or email CumbrianLocal

Competition time Would you like to win TWO TICKETS to see Heaven 17? At BARROW IN FURNESS – The Forum on Saturday 11th April 2015. Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short. Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one. Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable. Penthouse and Pavement is a musically schizoid slab of modern art. Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded like – wonderful melodies and audacious arrangements with tracks such as ‘Let’s All Make A Bomb’ and ‘Song With No Name’ the very best of British electronica. A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music, whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s Dare was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent. Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging. Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’, so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40. There would be no such

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Eden107.5 disappointment with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983. Things have certainly moved on since then. Every day on Eden FM we will be asking the same simple question; the answer may already be under your nose. This will also be posted on the Eden FM FACEBOOK page. A draw will take place of all the correct entries on Saturday 4th April during the 80s show aired 5 – 7 pm when the winner will be named.

A Printer, Guest House Owners, Financial Adviser, Artist and Sales Coach walked into a room...... I’m sure most of us have, at some point, sat down for lunch with friends, and by the end of it developed a grandiose plan to take over the world. OK, perhaps world domination is a bit beyond three people, sat around a table at the Red Rooster in Penrith. However, as the coffee cooled we three, we happy three, decided that Eden FM would benefit from a dedicated business show, because, as a community radio station, it is vital that we reflect and support the people in our area. So, on the Tuesday we had lunch, on Thursday we had our first show. Presenting were Lee Quinn, a highly adept and able presenter and master of the control panel, my good self (Caroline Gunning) – utter novice

in terms of radioland, and our first guest, Chris from Penrith Posters. As we go to press, Lee stepped aside to allow me to be the host (or volunteered me by default), and we have had four weeks of great guests talking about themselves, their businesses and what inspires them. If you would like to come in and chat, please contact the show via The show is live on air every Thursday, 1-2pm and replayed on a Saturday morning, 7-8am. You can find us on Facebook, Eden FM Business Show and Twitter @EdenFMBiz.

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Eden FM Farm & Countryside Show By Kevin Beaty

The Farm and Countryside Show at Eden FM has been featuring the recent Dairy Crisis. Milk prices have slumped by up to 1/3 for many farmers who are now being paid less than the cost of production. Margaret Wilson, a local farmers wife called into the show to explain how this was affecting her business with over £100,000 wiped off the income of the farm in the past 6 months. Rob Harrison, the National Farmers Union Dairy Chairman told us that the global market was to blame and that it was difficult to see prices rising for the next 12 months. Local MP Rory Stewart held a crisis meeting at Newton Rigg on 31st January where he said he would press the government to help the industry in 3 ways; faster farm payments and flexibility on tax, government help for processors to expand capacity and increase exports and to push government and local authorities

to buy locally produced dairy products. Dairy farmers in the Eden area find it difficult to find buyers for their milk, some at the moment have no contract and either sell their milk at a huge loss or sell their cows. Global dairy markets have increased in the past couple of weeks and this should see prices begin to rise again, but no one is expecting prices to be where they were 6 months ago before this time next year, and many farmers will see their businesses losing money for the next 12 months.

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Arnison Crag Peaks & Pathways by Nick Wells

Standing at 1424 feet, Arnison Crag is a dependancy of St Sunday Crag forming the lesser of the two mountains.

This one is just a short walk taking approx an hour or so. I would rate it as easy to moderate.

The ascent is invariably made from the village of Patterdale, starting at the telephone box take the lane opposite heading toward a marshy area of Mill Moss, then at the T junction take a left going through a kissing gate and follow the wall of Glenamara park up the hill. This will take you to a col, here take the left turning, continuing until you reach the rocks where you need to scramble an ascent to the summit.

Should you wish to be more adventurous, Berks Fell, St Sunday Crag and even Grisedale Tarn are close by from this starting point. You can also listen to my Lake District walks on Eden FM 107.5 every Friday between 2pm & 4pm.

Arnison Crag summit is surrounded by higher fells, therefore the views are somewhat restricted, however you get a spectacular view of Ullswater which to me is always worth the climb. Follow the ridge down for your descent leading back into Patterdale. Should you require a longer alternative, scramble back down towards Trough Head which takes you to Glenamara Park offering a pleasant route back to Patterdale.

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The Wainwright Society 2014 Photographic Competition

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The Wainwright Society’s annual Photographic Competition has just been judged by Derry Brabbs, the photographer who collaborated with Alfred Wainwright in the 1980s to produce seven of his ‘coffee table’ books. In a change to the usual format, the Society introduced two classes this year with members being able to submit two photographs in each class. There was a Theme Class, the theme being: The Lake

District’s lakes and an Open Class. A prize was also awarded for the Best in Show, which was a framed landscape photograph taken by Derry Brabbs. The winner of the Theme Class was Niels Rasmussen with his photograph: Wintry dusk over Rydal Water Derry commented: This is an outstanding photograph, very well composed and laden with

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Derry said: This is a fabulous picture and one that absolutely epitomises the magic of the fells. The framing is just perfect and the combination of silhouetted hillsides falling into the valley floor laden with sunlit mist have created one of the best pictures of Langdale I have seen.

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Thackawatch Watch By Ben France

Found at the north-western end of Penrith, Thacka Beck Nature Reserve is a mini oasis of wildlife located in the urban environment between the Gilwilly industrial estate and the West coast railway line, and features a vast array of bird, plant, mammal and insect life. The mixed habitat reserve is mainly focussed on and around an area of raised banks which were constructed to provide flood relief for Penrith, and is managed by The Cumbria Wildlife Trust – see www. 123 species of bird have been recorded at the site so far ranging from the UK’s smallest bird the Goldcrest (weighing between 5 and 6 grammes), right up to one of Europe’s larger birds a White Stork which was seen on spring migration flying over Thacka. Mammals have included CumbrianLocal

Otter and Roe Deer. During March birds are pairing up to breed. Watch out for Robins arguing over territories, Song Thrushes calling from the tree tops, Blackbirds and Wrens errupting in song from the hawthorn hedge next to the rail line. Also keep an eye open for Kingfisher catching minnows in the original flood defence pond as you enter the reserve from Bowerbank Way.

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As the month progresses the numbers of overwintering Snipe will start to diminish as they return to their breeding grounds. Over 100 Snipe have made their winter home at Thacka Beck the past 2 winters. Towards the middle of the month, look up to the sky to see if you can find the first returning Sand Martins arriving back to the UK from their African winter, with Swallows not too far behind.

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Blues Update

Article by Karl Collinson. Photography - John France The first goal came on seven minutes as Ric Faustino managed to get the ball into the box from the right and found Coleman and just as he was about to shoot the defender got a toe on it but it fell to Jamie Hope who poked the ball home. 1-0.

Jamie Pickthall receiving the ball from a long pass

Penrith welcomed the league leaders, Guisborough Town down at Frenchfield Park who were unbeaten in their last 15 league matches having won their last 5 away games. The match was delayed by 40 minutes due to a crash on the A66. When we got underway you could see why the Priorymen were flying high. Keeping the ball on the deck and moving it around well but the home defence was holding their own and Penrith were looking dangerous on the break.

Penrith were growing in confidence and had a glorious chance to double their lead when Coleman got hacked down in the box and brushed himself down to take the spot kick. He struck the ball well but the Guisborough keeper (Nick Liversedge, released by Burnley FC last summer) guessed correctly and made a superb save diving to his right.

trap with 10 minutes left and put the Priorymen ahead 2-1. The game entered injury time and the Penrith skipper, Grant Davidson, met a cross and thundered a header into the back of the net to equalise. FT 2-2 An excellent point for Penrith against a very good Guisborough outfit. Just about a fair result but the home supporters can’t help but think about that saved penalty.

HT 1-0. Guisborough came out for the second half as you would expect the league leaders would, pushing for the equaliser. It came through James Risbrough with a shot into the bottom corner. Disaster struck for the Bonny Blues when James Earl beat the offside

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Nunwick Cricket club Quiz night & Pre Season On Friday 27th march Nunwick cricket club are holding a quiz night at Great Salkeld village hall. It’s a 7pm start with teams of 4 competing for cash prizes. Experienced quiz master Adam Collin has set the quiz

which contains a huge mixture of questions on a lot of different subjects as well as a picture round. The cost of the night is £20 per team which includes food and there will be a bar and raffle on the night as well as stand up bingo and a heads & tails competition. Booking is essential and to book a team please contact Adam on 07515652892. The club also will be doing the Car parking at Greystoke for the Malcolm Wilson rally stage, as part of their pre season fund raising activities, along with this the clubs winter nets training will be starting at Penrith leisure centre on Sunday 22nd March 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Any new players are more than welcome to come down and join in along with the current 2 senior teams. This is simply the start of what is going to be a very busy and hopefully successful season at Nunwick, so stay tuned for further updates and information.

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Penrith’s ‘Back To Hockey’ Squad Goes From Strength To Strength. Penrith’s BTH Squad was initially set up as an England Hockey initiative but has been supported from the very start by Penrith Leisure Centre who bought us equipment and covered our pitch hire and by Birtles Sports who bought us a playing strip! Anyone can come along and play any Thurs from 8-9pm on the Astro pitch at Penrith Leisure centre. It’s an adult squad coached by a qualified coach and for people who either haven’t played since school, Uni or even total beginners. It’s mixed sex and mixed ability, all welcome. Just £2 per session for the first 6 weeks, then £3 per session after that, and we’ll train all year round!

same 30 as people don’t have to pay membership fees or commit in that way. We play mixed sex at training and we have a mixed sex team playing Sunday Association matches; we’re undefeated this season, so far! Our Ladies have also formed an All Ladies team. With players who hadn’t played since school, mixed in with younger players who are beginners and ones for whom it’s

only been a couple of years since they played. Our Ladies team are currently playing friendlies against other Cumbrian Hockey Clubs and absolutely loving it! And there are some players who just come on Thursdays and don’t play the matches against other clubs, it’s all good! Check out our fb group : groups/728367970552649/

We have over 50 adult players in the squad, about 25 - 30 come each week but not necessarily the

We’ve a busy few months planned for Temple Sowerby Cricket Club. We’ve planned a variety of fundraising events to help with the running of the club:At the Race Night on Fri 8th May, first race starting at 7:30pm, we’ll be running a bar. Sure to be a fantastic evening. Quiz Night (26th June), Appleby Golf Day (7th Aug) Band & Bar Dance (12th Sept) & Auction of Promises (date t.b.a.) are also arranged. We are very committed to our growing junior section & now have an abundance of coaches providing quality coaching for our young cricketers We are always keen to attract new members - all are most welcome. We are taking part in the Natwest CumbrianLocal

Cricketforce weekend (21st March) and we’ll be doing a variety of jobs, involving the juniors, on the ground and pavilion Junior training starts on Mon 11th May with the session for 5 - 10 year olds at 5:30 - 6:30pm & for 11 - 16 year olds at 6:45 - 7:45pm

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Spring’s Here At Penrith Leisure Centre. A lot of people don’t realise that Penrith Leisure Centre is managed by a charity. North Country Leisure are a Leisure management company with registered charity status and a social remit to deliver excellent sport for all; everything from Wheelchair Basketball to school holiday activity programmes and Comedy Nights. This month they hosted the Cumbrian School’s Games Spring Festival with over 200 kids from across the County competing and triple Olympian Chris Tomlinson showing them how to do it! New for this month is Badminton England’s two new Spring Initiatives. ‘Smash Up’ badminton is an innovative youth initiative aimed at inspiring teens 13-16 of all abilities to swing a racket for fun! No dress code. No formal coaching, no team selection or talent spotting ! All equipment provided and just £2 per player Fridays 4-5pm from April 17th - go straight from school! ‘No Strings’ badminton is for adults

and older teens, mixed sex, no membership fees, all equipment provided, relaxed fun sessions on Fridays 7.30pm - 9.30pm from this week! again just £2 per player so go down with friends or on your own and give it a go, everyone’s welcome!! The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Event will start and finish at PLC on 22nd March, heading out through the villages to Appleby and returning back. There’s a Comedy night on April 19th too; Tony Vino, Ben Schofield and Steve Royle delivering observational humour with audience participation, just £5 per ticket and the licensed bar will be serving throughout. Have you seen the TV trailers for ‘This Girl Can’? Have a look at Penrith Leisure centre’s facebook page to see how you too can take up something new, get fit and stay healthy! And did you know that if you have a health issue your GP can refer you to the specialist Personal Trainer


s t n e v E & s t r o Sp Guide By Ben France Eden FM Sport has this month entered the world of Twitter @edenfmsport, which will enable us to get closer to our county’s sporting prowess. The aim is to give every sports club the chance to appear live on the Saturday sports show between 3pm and 5pm and provide the county with regular updates/results/fixtures/news from as many individuals/teams and clubs as we can.

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