Eden Local May 2017

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Welcome to the May edition of your Eden Local Welcome to the 93rd Cumbrian Local Publication. This edition is quite special to me when I look at the ground I have covered since the April issue. Firstly, I’ll start with a huge thank you to all those people who opened their door when I was out canvassing as an independent candidate for Penrith West in the recent County elections. It is something that may or may not interest you, but when I decided, based on the area where I live in Penrith, to stand as a candidate, the question I had to ask myself was why? Why stand in the elections or why stand as an independent? The other question around our dining room table for a few months with my family was, ‘did I really want to be involved again in local government as a councillor? As a norm, my instruction is generally soft in tone and approach. I had a lot of welcome feedback, all positive throughout April and given to me face to face. My thanks to all those sharing their thoughts on the questions I asked and on the opportunities I had in answering questions on the development of Penrith, affordable housing, road safety and parking, local bus services, education and general access to important information that helps people make a decision during voting. This magazine is a bit of an election special. There is a lot of current news. As I write, it is a few days after the Fair Funds for Cumbrian Schools Protest Rally in Penrith. I was there with the Eden FM team; my youngest daughter recorded the whole event so we have an audio file. Dave Ellwood, AKA Doubledecks streamed the event live on the social media site Facebook and Nigel Peacock did a live broadcast

for the duration of the event via a link set up with a studio in Seagraves and Dixon in the Cornmarket by Steve Hall. Together with the 150 images I took, our reach across the community via social media and the combined efforts of the Eden FM team, meant over 50,000 people, so this event was and is being heard and now via the Eden Local will be read. Our thanks to Kelvin Dixon for popping in on his day off and to the ladies in the shop for looking after us so the Eden FM team of volunteers could deliver this news and this event to so many. Full details are here on pages 6 to 8. A busy month for me and for us all probably. Plenty to do and lots of local events happening with many more to come this summer. We have some important information on page 10 with regards to the Appleby Horse Fair starting on 8th June, with some other important General Election information. Thank you to Barry Cooper, Communications Officer at Eden District Council for this. Well done to the Penrith Lions in their Lions International 100th year anniversary for putting on a fantastic Mayday fair event. There are some pictures for you to enjoy on the Cumbrian Local facebook page. Meanwhile, about this election business? The Cumbria County Council Election results and those for Eden are on pages 12 and 13. As readers of this independent magazine since 2010, many weren’t too surprised with my actions recently in the County Elections. Setting up a community based magazine to promote the importance of ‘localism’ and the importance of communication certainly came out very favourably during my journey around Penrith Continued on page 5

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Contents Make it Right with All-Tight

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Contents and introduction

Pages 3 - 5

Fair Funds for Cumbrian Schools

Pages 6 - 8

Community Communication

Pages 10 - 12

County Council Election Results

Pages 12 – 13

Pam’s Miscellany for April

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On your Step feedback

Pages 16 - 17

Modern day society and how it treats us all

Pages 18 - 19

Shadow Puppets Page 20 The Roller Coaster ride of Solar

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Celebrating 300 Years of Freemasonry

Pages 24 - 25

Appleby Horse fair Update

Pages 26 - 27

Out and about Page 28 Wainwright Society Update

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Penrith AFC season review

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West, which included the west side of the town centre, everything on the left hand side of the road as you come through the town from this side of Eamont Bridge - Kemplay roundabout through the town as far as Thacka Lane taking in Townhead, Castletown and Wetheriggs, with some rural areas the other side of the M6. It’s something I know chapter and verse about through knocking on doors. I had to explain to people that the boundaries have been there since 1974. It isn’t a mystery, it just highlights poor communication. Of course it wasn’t the first time I had been out knocking on doors in Castletown. Previously it was to get signatures to trigger a vote for a referendum for Penrith to have a town council. Another thing I had to explain was the progress made over the last two years. For more than seven years, I have watched from this office at home where I am writing this article now, people parking on corners, parking on double yellow lines, parking across neighbours’ drives, using the place where I live that is a residential estate as an overflow car park to the town, that puts people’s lives in danger. Residents only access being ignored! The state of the roads is getting worse; the sunken drains, the faded yellow or white lines, pot holes developing into craters. Then there is the speed bumps, which with a number of wider vehicles are ineffective. Back in December, there were a number of reports in national news that speed bumps doubled air pollution and more recently in April 2017, local authorities were being urged to rethink the use of speed bumps, especially with the new legislation and based on the finding of how diesel fuel vehicles are worse than petrol vehicles for the environment, it’s hardly a healthy statement for residents or children attending the schools in these areas. So we have unsafe roads due to their condition, the speed of traffic and the volume of traffic increased since the Sainsbury’s development. This is an Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 observation made by those living in the area. The permit parking idea has not been as good an idea as it was promised to be for some in Townhead and Castletown, with a lack of disabled parking in permit areas. In talking to local residents, friends and neighbours in Wetheriggs, we are all aware that we have a ‘rat run route’ compounded on route by parking which means drivers taking short cuts ending up on the wrong side of the road on blind corners. You have to see it during school times. Children crossing between parked cars; throughout the day people with mobility scooters, people pushing prams or in wheelchairs forced on to the roads because of the cars parked on the pavements. Well in some areas of Penrith I will not be the only resident who has been waiting for action for a number of years. Since the New Squares opened in June 2013, it intrigues me to look at the website www.newsquarespenrith.co.uk and you still read four years later on the home page the same details. ‘Penrith’s new shopping centre, New Squares opened in June 2013. The centre is anchored by a 55,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s food store and benefits from the town’s largest free car park. New Squares has been designed to extend Penrith town centre and complement the traditional architecture that makes Penrith so aesthetically appealing whilst providing modern shop units suiting the requirements of today’s retailers. A number of national retail brands are in advanced discussions to secure space within the centre and the marketing agents would be delighted to discuss interest in the scheme.’ These problems go back more than four years, but little or no action seems to be forthcoming. I am hoping that newly elected and existing county councillors reflect on the problems we have in Eden, not just in Penrith. They need to stop talking about what they are going to do and actually do something, although this doesn’t reflect on some that have proven records of dedication in surveying all the residents in their ward. On pages 16 to 17, you will read my findings from a period of 20 days knocking on doors leading up to 4th May, because people need to be asked and sometimes politics it would appear ‘locally’ isn’t always the answer. I’m pleased to say that the June Eden Local will have local parish, district and county updates for you in addressing some of the concerns that I discovered on the doorstep in that not everyone gets a local paper, uses a computer and wouldn’t know where to start in finding information or who to ask and how. Lee EdenLocal

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Organised by concerned teachers and parents, this rally in Penrith came about in the space of a week and was potentially the first of many. As mentioned in my opening editorial, it is available to watch via the Eden FM social media facebook page. Key concerns raised by the NAHT at the outset were around: • The quality of care schools are and will be able to provide for Cumbria’s children. • Figures being based on Government data and are not being made up. • Currently the Government commits 5.9% of the country’s wealth to education. This will fall to 4% in 2020. This will be the lowest it has been in 60 years. This the start of the process in calling for costs to be met and cuts reversed. Speaker, Diane Leesmith of the Penrith Parents Against Cuts Group went on


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Fair Funding for Cumbrian Schools Protest Rally, Cornmarket Penrith, Saturday 6th May 2017

to explain that many parents recently attended the Cumbrian branch meeting of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). Diane went on to say that: “Head Teachers have said there is nothing left to cut in their schools. Cuts will mean fewer teachers in schools, less choice of subjects, with cuts in the Arts, Engineering, vocational courses and A level courses such as Physics.” She also explained that there would inevitably be a reduction of provision for reading support, children with special needs and the most vulnerable. What was repeated throughout by all the speakers representing their schools, which included head teachers, parents, teachers and pupils, was the stress and concern this uncertainty is causing everyone.

Nigel Pattinson, the Head Teacher of Ullswater Community College made a speech that was described as one of the best, if not the best on the day, being straight from the heart and this was felt by everyone. “This is the first time in 39 years that I have felt it necessary to stand up in public and speak on behalf of the school that I serve because of what’s going on and what is likely to go on into the future. UCC is a large school – 1400 students. It is a popular school. Next year 265 students will start in year 7. I admire my pupils. I like them all. UCC has pupils that will aim to go to the top universities to study law or medicine or politics but it also has students whose ambitions are to go on to careers in plumbing or as an electrician or an engineer and my job is to ensure I serve them all equally. In 2009, on my appointment, this is my budget.”

Nigel explains here that the income for his budget at that time was £8.05 million and goes on to explain that this year’s budget is £6.96 million. Nigel went on to say “don’t talk to me about efficiency savings. I know all about efficiency savings. That’s £1.1 million in 8 years. I’ve got the same number of pupils now. That’s real cuts already.” He went on to say “the idea that education funding has remained the same is untruthful. I’ve already managed a reduction of £1 million. That’s the best part of £700 per pupil less now. The proposed funding formula for my school is another £600,000 per year reduction. Schools should operate by driving principles. My driving principle is that no pupil should ever be able to look me in the eye and say this school values him more than it values me. And you cash that out

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in curricular terms. At Ullswater, it’s possible to study Further Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English Literature, Drama, but it's also possible to study Motor Vehicle and Agricultural Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Construction, Dance, the Arts, Design Technology; a whole range of subjects. Why? Because I believe every pupil should be able to come to school and at some point in the week study something which speaks to them and their future and their community directly. And funnily enough, as a consequence of that, they do better in Maths and in English and in everything else. What’s proposed by the current Government is a further cut and I’ll tell you it will prevent me from offering A level Physics first of all. Well what goes when A level Physics goes? Two other options for every other student. So the next thing, A level Biology goes and A level Design Technology and GCSE and A level Dance. And Music and the Arts. All of these things are superfluous in the eyes of some people, but for me are EdenLocal

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utterly central to that principle of doing the right thing for everybody. There’ll be no Dance, there’ll be no Motor Vehicle Engineering. There’ll be no Construction, no Health & Beauty. People will come to school to study the curriculum of 1909 Independent schools. And that ladies and gentleman is unacceptable to me. It’s about value for individuals. Value for their community. Value for the history of this town. Successful youngsters are financially more viable; happier as adults; contribute to their community. Therefore ladies and gentlemen, that’s my reality.” Paul Buckland, reiterated much of what was presented also raising that it equated to £3 billion savings nationally. 27 out of 37 secondary schools in Cumbria are facing this issue. Many of the Primary schools too. A full follow up will be in next month’s figures as local schools crunch the numbers that equate to their fate.


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Communication in the Community Don’t lose your right to vote in June General Election Residents in Eden District are being encouraged to ensure they are registered to vote, so they can take part in the forthcoming General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017. To vote in the General Election you need to register to vote before the Monday 22 May 2017 deadline. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote it only takes five minutes. Once you are registered, you can also apply for a postal or proxy vote. You don’t need to register again to vote in the General Election if you’ve already registered. Karen Thompson, Elections Services Manager for Eden District Council, said: “With only a few weeks to go, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the General Elections on Thursday 8 June 2017. This election is an opportunity to have a say on who will represents local people in Parliament. But if you’re not registered by Tuesday 22 May 2017, you won’t be able to vote. "We would encourage anyone who has just moved

house in the past few months or who is new to the area to get in touch to ensure they are registered at their new address. If you are also planning to be away on holiday and need a proxy or postal vote please contact us."

£30k support for Business growth in Eden District Eden District Council is providing £30,000 of funding to support local business growth and expansion in the area. The money will be used as match funding by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce for a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project, which will provide support for new businesses and businesses wishing to develop within Eden District. Similar initiatives have already been agreed in Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle and South Lakeland. Eden District Council’s Business and Marketing Officer, Paul Walker, said: “Supporting a strong EdenLocal

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economy is a key priority for Eden District Council. We currently support businesses under the banner Invest in Eden. This partnership will allow us to increase the level of support available in our district and also support a wider range of business sectors.” A range of business advice and support is available to existing businesses and for those looking to start a new business, whether as a self-employed individual or something bigger. This is tailored to individual need. For potential start-ups and young businesses it includes for example:


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Outreach activity in local communities to encourage individuals and groups to consider starting in business (including social enterprises)

·Experienced generalist start-up advisers and specialists in topics such as marketing, finance, HR and digital

A £1,000 subsidy which can be used towards marketing consultancy, web development, accountancy advice and more

Access to other available advice, training and funding to complement that available through this initiative

Established businesses can benefit from, for example:

Review of business needs, challenges and opportunities leading to a personalised action plan

One-to-one advice and coaching from experienced generalist and specialist advisors, covering a range of business topics

A subsidy of up to £2,000 which can be used towards marketing consultancy, web development, accountancy and more

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Suzanne Caldwell, Deputy Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Eden District Council on this initiative, which we know from experience working with businesses throughout Eden over many years. There are great businesses throughout the area and we’re looking forward to working together as partners to help these become even more successful, to support others to flourish and new ones to start and thrive.” The funding from Eden District Council is initially for a year, with the opportunity for the Council to continue its support for this project if it proves to be successful.

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Results by electora

Local Election Results ELECTION RESULTS

Results by electoral division for Ed

County Summary

Electorate: 380,797 Turnout: (37.2%) 141,500

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Appleby Connell, Andy (909) LIBE

Eden Lakes Hughes, Neil (1129) LIB

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Kirkby Stephen Dew, Phil (1605) C

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UK Independence Party – Eden Results by District Overall Majority (43)

Penrith East Bell, Patricia Anne (955

Penrith North Carrick, Hilary France

Penrith Rural Whipp, David (888) C 0

Electorate 41,893

Penrith West Fearon, Helen Jane (5

Results by District – Eden Turnout 16,511 Electorate 41,893 • Turnout 16,511

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On the Door Step Campaign By Lee Quinn So an announcement was made who the candidates were for the Cumbria county Council Elections via the county website on Wednesday 5th April and in local press as soon it could be printed after this date. I had decided to stand as an independent candidate in my opening introduction. I think I put a few ideas as to why. One of my real concerns that pushed me to do this was on looking at the previous three local elections, I was concerned about the turnout of people who were actually voting. Another growing concern is in the last 12 years with the Eden District Council (EDC) voting, I had seen a growing number of seats uncontested; the Council seats in the ward (the areas ) that have either one, two or three councillor positions for governing by the district through elected members not having enough councillors to fill the position. This was a point I raised with EDC democratic services after the 2011 election. Like many, I was in a position where I couldn’t vote because there weren’t sufficient candidates, hence I had lost my democratic right. With the creation of a Penrith Town Council of 19 seats for Penrith, a decision endorsed by EDC democratic services in 2015, with the district elections taking place, of the 38 seats in the Eden District Council, there were 21 of these seats uncontested as a result of not enough candidates. In the first ever Town Council election for Penrith, residents could only vote in one ward. For the others there were not enough candidates. It is a true fact that some district councillors became town councillors. To overcome the apathy in voting, my campaign was to be on the door step knocking on as many doors as I could from 5th April to 4th May. With Easter in the middle and a bank holiday, I was hoping for more than good weather. Before the official announcement, I had already received two leaflets representing two political parties. Within three days of the official announcement, I had the set of main political parties’ first promises. I had a lot of questions to ask and an impossible task if everyone was home when I knocked on almost EdenLocal

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3,000 doors, taking into consideration those that I could not gain access to. Before that I had to get my leaflet delivered. I was on a tight deadline to get these out before the postal vote went out to voters. I came close to knocking on over 2,000 doors and not everyone was in. Key questions asked were: 1.

With only 1,050 voting in the previous county elections and 3,555 not voting, did you vote?

2. If you didn’t vote, why? 3. Do you know who your county councillor is? 4. Do you know what area is covered by Penrith West? 5. Do you know the role of your local county councillor? 6. Do you know which council operates which services for you? 7. Has anyone ever knocked on your door in the last eight years and discussed local council commitments and services? 8. How do you find out what’s going on locally, local paper, internet, social media, radio, TV? 9. Do you get your Eden local? 10. What is your preferred format for communication? 11. What are your thoughts on the Penrith Town Council and town events? 12. What are your key concerns in the area where you live related to county council services? If only I had a few more pages I could share so much, however, I can give you a summary. I was met with a lot of positives along with a lot of


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hostility; for a number of reasons people had disengaged with the concept of voting. In Penrith West with just 23.8% of people voting in the 2013 County elections and 76% not voting, if a complete stranger knocked on my door during an election, after the initial shock I might be surprised, but I would listen first if it was their first attempt to try and change the situation of so many people not voting. By the end of the period between 5th April and 4th May, residents in Penrith West had been bombarded with leaflets. How many? Well as a candidate I noted by door being missed by distributors the day before the election. The two parties that started their campaign prior to the announcement being made landed there last communication through doors the day before 4th May. One candidate had made contact via a personally addressed letter to a lot of the female voters in the ward. I think the final count on leaflets seen was 11 in total in Penrith West. One of the main complaints I received was leaflets through doors but little or no one knocking on doors. Well, most are aware that main parties do use what is termed as ‘paper candidates’. I found that putting a face to a name on a leaflet made a great impression. Meanwhile, I found out the favourite source of information when I spoke to people on their doorsteps was print, however, only 40% of the people I spoke to actually bought the local paper. I suppose with sales across the Eden Valley of around 11,750 sales per week to a population of estimated 54,000, close to 50% do not look for information on line and many wouldn’t know where to start. I think at that moment when I knocked on doors as my leaflets were going out still and someone said they had completed their postal vote the day it had arrived, I had a thought that maybe those that normally do what they have always done, probably didn’t even know until I knocked on the doors that I actually existed beyond the voting card they had already sent off. Well, it was a great experience. I didn’t win, but with 260 ‘x’s in my box, I feel that I have gained 260 new friends, people who voted for a person rather than a party. I don’t look at this as a closed book but a new door opening in communication and trust. Thank you to those that did turn out or post a vote regardless of where you put your ‘X’. For those that almost did, maybe next time?

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17-25! Modern day society and how it treats us all By Emily Quinn the time; and with no original intention, you might join in. This is the peer pressure causing you to be led to do things that you wouldn’t normally do or join in with. The wrong assumptions and information could be what’s then being reported at the other end. If something bad happens at a party, people are unlikely to tell their parents because they don’t want them to assume they’re involved and not let them go out anymore. Fact! However, when parents catch wind of something that happened (not necessarily including you), problems evolve and assumptions and generalisations can be made unfairly.

Some of the things that bug me most are our lack of control over things that happen and assumptions and generalisations that people make. This is 17-25 so I’m going to focus very much on the youth perspective and their issues, but I understand that there are also issues for everyone 25 plus! If you’re reading this and you feel you want to get your view across, you can email me and I’d be more than happy to feature some of your views (anonymously if you’d prefer). Emilyq16@outlook. com

I found that this typical scenario has caused people older than us to frown upon us. Teachers, friends’ parents, our elders and others sit there judging our actions and turning stories into something they’re not. Admittedly,

So, deciding where to start with this particular topic can be quite a challenge. It’s very broad and there’s so much to include. I think I’ll start with the issues of being led into things and wrong assumptions. You’ll remember when you were around my age or if you are around my age, that there’s always someone up to no good! People are trying new things and experimenting all EdenLocal

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not everyone does this, but I’ve seen it and heard it and so have friends of mine. People can be very indiscrete. It’s not all of us and it’s not fair that our generation has been labelled ‘junkies’ and ‘chimneys’ just because a few people ‘conform’ at a party when they’re having a good time and they’ve maybe had a little too much to drink. But that’s part of the whole growing up thing, isn’t it? If you’re an adult reading this, think back to the days when you were my age and I bet you could recall one moment you regret, couldn’t you? Regarding the lack of control point I made, this is quite a broad statement too. I’m going to approach it from the angle that we, as a generation, don’t have as greater influence on situations as we might like; for example, the general election that is only around the corner. I understand everything about it and I desperately want to be a part of the outcome, but sadly


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I won’t. In fact, many of my friends won’t and this is so frustrating! This is a decision affecting our country and the potential decision to go ahead with Brexit or not and we can’t be a part of it. Put yourself in my shoes; you know what is going on and you know all the empty political promises and policies will affect you, but you’ve got no way of contributing to the decision. People go on about what they want and what they don’t want and what they believe in and what they don’t believe in on social media and with their friends, but really, how much of an impact will that actually have? If we’re frowned upon as a generation because of a few mistakes, we will never be taken seriously. People mature at different rates, so, what’s to say a 16 year old isn’t thinking at the same maturity level as an 18 year old? I understand the problem is that if they move a law down an age boundary, the age boundary will want it moved down again and so on. I think I’m trying to make the point that just because some people aren’t particularly bothered about important stuff such as who has the biggest influence, it doesn’t mean that others of us aren’t extremely bothered about it!!! In terms of generalisations, yes, you could say our generalisation is selfish and that’s how so many generalisations come about; for example, those of us who do stupid things, not taking into account how that could then affect others. We all make a mistake like that at some point in our lives, but yes, our generation has a habit of making them more frequently. I’m putting that down to us being in the ‘complicated’ stage in growing, (that weird period between being a teenager and an adult). But those generalisations don’t apply to all of us! That’s the problem! Of course, I understand that the fashion of today is a contributing factor also. The majority of girls might wear half cut tops or a short skirt which I know other generations may not have done and this is almost a bit of a shock to the system. To some people, it may give the impression that a girl is trying to attract the ‘wrong kind of boys’. We’ve all heard that one from our parents, haven’t we? That short dress that you wanted to go out on the town in, but mum and dad say no. And this is where the nasty stuff starts amongst the generation. Fitting in with the ‘stereotype’… that’s the immaturity in us all which no one ever really gets rid of. It’s inevitable that we’ll all always have a slightly less unattractive side and I don’t mean physically.

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Shadow Puppets of India: their past and future

Friday 12th May 7pm. to 9pm with a break for light buffet. Lecture presentation “Indian puppets, puppeteers and their threatened cultural heritage.” A display and demonstration of Indian shadow puppets, related to a talk about their place in Indian religion and culture. Jane Paterson travelled many times to India to research and create an important national collection, now housed at Upfront Puppet Theatre. Light Indian finger buffet of vegetarian food to be created and presented by John Crouch, Cumbria’s resident food guru.and Indiaphile. With pictures and artefacts Jane will tell the story of the disappearing art of these traveling peoples, that gave women a voice, in a fast changing India. An event presented by The Royal Geographical Society in association with Upfront Arts Charity. Venue: Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre, Nr Hutton in the Forest, Penrith. CA11 9TG Tickets £10 includes light finger buffet. There will be a pay bar open on the night. BOOKING:-

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Riding the 'Solar coaster' By Ewen Estill KWh and as a result the industry has contracted to less than 300 operating companies with a loss of an estimated 15,000 UK solar jobs. In North Cumbria alone, 12 solar companies in 2016 ceased trading or were forced into administration. All is not lost, solar has made huge leaps in the last 10 years, the technology continues to evolve and develop and solar panels become ever more efficient. Prices continue to drop and new markets open.

When I first started in the solar industry there were only half a dozen PV installation companies in the whole of the UK. At this time the 1st grid connected systems were only just being installed, there was no feed in tariff and a 4Kwp system would have set you back £25,000!

been subsidised for decades and will continue to be subsidised for decades, (in the case of nuclear, many thousands of decades).

Solar back then was a true alternative technology, of interest only to those living off the grid and environmentally minded early adopters with spare cash to spend. In the early days there was never any discussion of payback, it was never about making money; it was about reducing your carbon foot print and reducing your dependency on the grid.

The uptake of PV from 2010 was phenomenal. From a standing start of less than 5000 grid connected PV systems in April 2010 to over 240,000 Solar PV systems by Feb 2012. Over 5000 registered PV installation companies and the price of PV had dropped for a 4KWp system to £7000. The mission was almost accomplished,to establish a new and flourishing solar industry, all that was required now was to taper the FITs reducing the payments in line with the dropping prices, simple.

In 2010 the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme was introduced to the UK. The FIT was designed to stimulate the industry by encouraging uptake of PV through financial incentives, these were to be paid by all electricity consumers through an additional levy on the consumers electricity bill, in exactly the same way, oil, coal, and nuclear have

Tragically what has followed in the preceding years since 2012 has been misinformed, badly executed and an almost purposeful government policy to dismantle the solar industry from the bottom up. The FITs were systematically & drastically slashed over the next 4 years from 43p per KWh to today’s rate of less than 4.5p per

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Solar is no longer the lucrative income generator that it once was but the value of solar as in the original days pre FIT lies in the energy savings that can be made on your annual bills. Surplus electricity can be diverted to heat your water or to battery storage systems to enable surplus electricity to be generated and stored through the day and used at times of high demand or in the evening. Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming ever more popular with charging points appearing all over the country so you are able to charge


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your EVs through the day from solar powered charging stations at garages at work or at home. The new build market is now at last starting to be forced to adopt solar PV through planning regulations and building control. Every new property in Scotland now has to have built in renewables pushing the uptake of solar tiles and building integrated PV. Hopefully England won’t be too far away from adopting a simmilar policy. Unfortunately yet again as the solar industry claws its way back the government is there with a trusty boot to kick it back down again. Business rates are proposed to be raised for all existing and future commercial and community projects with roof top solar systems by 6 to 8 times. Additionally in the face of Brexit the government are talking about pulling out from any European led renewable energy targets….It’s exhausting! But despite all the hurdles Solar is a wave that cannot be stopped, despite all the obstacles solar WILL win, there is no doubt about that, it’s a technology that is simple, needs next to no maintenance, it has a 25 year life expectancy and it works even in Cumbria and we have over 500 customers that will tell you so. Here at love Solar as well as continuing to do solar PV design & installation we have diversified and have developed, patented, tested and manufactured our very own solar tile system which we are just starting to sell to PV manufacturers in the UK and Europe, we are still here and we are still smiling if not a little battle scarred and weary. The current price for a 4KWp solar PV system approx. £5500, Battery storage system approx. £4000 Contact us for a no obligation survey and quote; call; 07775897980 or e mail; info@love-solar.co.uk

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Celebrating 300 Years of Freemasonry the gift of a new, fully liveried motor cycle. Tickets for this event and concert are available to anyone from the Brewery Arts Centre Kendal.

Constituted in 1717, Freemasonry is now celebrating its Tercentenary with many events planned nationally and locally. Everyone is welcome to attend our Tercentenary events, and hopefully learn more about the organisation, its history and its aims in the 21st century. Cumbria consists of 6 Groups of Lodges. Locally the East Lakes Group consists of 16 Lodges which meet at Masonic Halls in Penrith, Keswick, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Brampton and Alston. Penrith Museum has kindly agreed to display Masonic artefacts and memorabilia from Saturday 3rd June 2017 until August. This display will obviously be open to members of the public throughout. On the same day, Penrith Masonic Hall will be open to the public, with members present to show people round and answer any questions. A trailer, emphasising “Freemasonry in the Community” will also be positioned in Penrith town centre during that Saturday, and anyone can speak to the members present. Charity is one of the foundations of Freemasonry, with millions of pounds of charitable aid being donated locally, nationally and internationally on an annual basis. Prior to a music concert at Kendal Leisure Centre on 9th September 2017, Cumbria Freemasons will present cheques of £10,000 each to 6 local charities. The nominated charity for the East Lakes Group is Hospice at Home, Carlisle & North Lakes. At the same event the Cumbria Blood Bikes charity will also receive EdenLocal

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Nationally, the Masonic Charitable Foundation regularly donates hundreds of thousands of pounds to support charities throughout the country. Later this year Cumbria Freemasons will receive £58,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to be divided between another 6 local charities. The amount donated to each charity will be decided by a public vote during June and July. The largest donation will be £25,000 and the least £4,000. Eden Mencap is the nominated recipient for this area. The Freemasons of Cumbria, and particularly the East Lakes area, invite members of the public to join us at any of our events, and hopefully understand more about our organisation and in particular our history and long association with charitable giving. As part of the Tercentenary celebration, Sky TV are currently showing a 5 part series entitled “Inside the Freemasons” which is intended to give extensive information about the organisation. These programmes are produced by Sky TV, with the permission of, and without any editorial control by, the United Grand Lodge of England. www.cumbriafreemasons.org


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Appleby Horse Fair

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Call for drivers to be aware of horse drawn vehicles

With less than a month until Appleby Horse Fair starts 8-14 June 2017, the public agencies, including Cumbria Police, who form part of the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG), who work to make the Fair safer each year, are appealing for drivers in Cumbria to be aware of horse drawn in the area in the lead up to this year’s Fair. Temporary Chief Superintendent, Mark Pannone from Cumbria Police, said: “Road safety is of paramount importance around Appleby Horse Fair, especially as we have an increased amount of traffic in the county. This includes the traditional bowtops (horse drawn caravans) making their way to Appleby. “We are appealing to motorists travelling through Cumbria to be aware that more horse drawn vehicles will be in the county in the build up to the Fair, so please slow down and allow more time for your journeys, especially along routes such as the A66, A686 and A69.

MASCG has once again made an appeal to Gypsies and Travellers not to arrive too soon for this year’s Fair. Gypsy and Traveller Billy Welch, a member of MASCG, said: "Gypsies and Travellers have responded really well to our appeals over the past few years not to arrive too early for Appleby Fair with their trailers. People planning their journeys to Appleby using the temporary stopping places provided make a real difference to the impact the Fair has on local communities. “So if you are bringing your trailer to Appleby please respect the Fair, plan your journey carefully using the information about stopping places available at www. applebyfair.org, so you don’t arrive too early before the Fair starts on 8 June. By doing this you not only help improve road safety, but allow more space on road side verges for grazing and bowtops.” To keep up to date on the plans and news for Appleby Horse Fair 2017, visit www.applebyfair.org or check out Facebook MASCG for Appleby Fair or follow @ ApplebyFair on Twitter. Eden District Council's Chief Executive and MASCG Chair, Dr Robin Hooper, said: "The public agencies, local communities and Gypsy and Traveller representatives work continually to improve the safety

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General Election and Appleby Horse Fair The General Election is taking place on the 8 June 2017, the first day of Appleby Horse Fair. Preparations are being made locally to ensure the Polling Stations in the Appleby area are open as normal from 7am10pm, so people who are registered to vote locally are able to do so.

of this unique gathering and to make it as enjoyable as possible for all concerned. “Local publicans are again working proactively with the District Council and Cumbria Police through the Voluntary Licensing Charter to help ensure their premises are operating safely throughout the Fair for everyone’s enjoyment. Date of Public Meeting Pre-Appleby Horse Fair Monday 22 May 2017 from 7pm at Appleby Public Hall.

Any member of the public who is not yet registered to vote needs to do so before the electoral registration deadline of Monday 22 May 2017 (you don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered), so you can cast your vote in the General Election or apply for a postal or proxy vote. The deadlines for registration are very tight so please make sure you allow time for your application to be processed by your local Council, especially if you need a postal vote or proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a new postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017 visit www.gov.uk/registerto-vote or contact Eden District Council for more information call 01768 817817. Application forms for postal votes are also being made available from the Tourist Information Centre in Appleby, completed forms will need to be posted to Eden District Council in Penrith before the application deadline. The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

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Out and About Mary’s Grow Your Own Tip:

At the recent annual Penrith Town meeting, I met a lady called Joan Robinson who set up with others the Penrith Community Gardeners, who have completed a number of local community gardening projects. Joan has very kindly agreed to a monthly report of the garden activities out and about in the community. A new ‘give and take’ initiative has been launched in Penrith. Aimed at encouraging people to grow and share fruit and vegetables, the Penrith Community Gardeners

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set up stalls outside the Salvation Army in Hunter Lane on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00. Anyone with surplus produce, seeds or plants can bring them along and leave them for others to take for free. One of the first people to make a contribution was Mary Townsend. She sent along her surplus specialist tomato plants which quickly found new homes. At 92 years old, her passion for growing tomatoes is impressive.

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Each year Mary selects a fine example of a tomato she has grown and gently extracts the seeds, placing them on a piece of kitchen roll paper the size of the pot she is going to start them off in (4-5”). The paper is then placed in an envelope, labelled and stored. The following Spring, she simply ¾ fills a pot with compost, places the kitchen roll containing the seeds on top and covers with more compost and waters. Tomato plants quickly appear, to be separately potted up into bigger pots. All for free! Mary keeps her tomatoes in her conservatory, but a sunny window, porch or sheltered position outside will do just as well. Alternatively, take a slice of a tomato and plant it in compost and see what happens! FORTHCOMING EVENT: Community Gardening: A Subversive Plot? Meet Penrith community gardeners and hear what they are getting up to this year, with a slide presentation by Joan Robinson. Thursday 25th May 7pm Salvation Army Hall, Hunter Lane. Coffee and homemade cakes & biscuits. FREE. EDC car parking to the rear.


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The Wainwright Society announces donations to the Lake District Calvert Trust

The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce that sales of the Society’s 2017 Calendar raised a total of £8,500. This money, together with other donations, brings the total raised for the Society’s main beneficiary to £10,500! A cheque was presented to the Lake District Calvert Trust at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 25th March.

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The money that has been raised by the Society is being used to fund renovation work on the Bowderstone Bothy enabling the Trust’s disabled visitors to stay overnight in a remote location, providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the superlative landscape of the Lake District as well as undertaking physical and intellectual challenges outside of their day-to-day lives. Speaking on behalf of the Lake District Calvert Trust, Centre Director, Sean Day said that the bothy, which has been leased from the National Trust, will be adapted by volunteers during 2017 to meet the needs of the Trust’s disabled visitors. When the work is completed, up to twelve people at a time will be able to experience a night ‘in the wild’ using the bothy as a base for various activities including abseiling in Bowderstone quarry. The Society will be producing a 2018 Calendar, which will go on sale later this year. The profits from sales of the 2018 Calendar will be donated to Fix the Fells, the Society’s main beneficiary for 2017. If you would like to know more about The Wainwright Society, log on to the website at www.wainwright.org. uk or email secretary@wainwright.org.uk Derek Cockell Secretary - The Wainwright Society

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Penrith AFC season review By Karl Collinson

PenrithAFC eventually finished the Northern League season in 12th place in Division 1. It was a hectic last month having to play 9 games in the space of 20 days. This included victories over Chester-Le-Street, West Auckland Town, Dunston UTS and a 6-1 demolition at West Allotment Celtic.

Richard Faustino missed a glorious chance from 6 yards out before Martyn Coleman struck a 20 yard free kick into the back of the net to give us the lead. It was the striker's 46th goal of a record breaking campaign which saw him beat Steven Rigg's previous record for

Our final league game was away at Sunderland RCA where we showed great character to come away with a 2-1 victory with the returning Mathew Read popping up with the winner. The Bonny Blues had a welcome 8 days rest before the Cumberland Cup final against Workington Reds at Brunton Park. Our West Cumbrian neighbours started the match as odds on favourites but it was Jim Nichols team who took the game to the Northern Premier league outfit. EdenLocal

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most goals in a season for the Frenchfield Park outfit. We went in at the break ahead and should have doubled our lead when Kevin Connelly picked out an unmarked Andy Murray Jones in the box but the big striker couldn't make the most of the chance.


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The chances kept coming and Man of the match Martyn Coleman beat the offside trap and bared down on goal only to cut the ball back into an open space rather than take the shot on.

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Workington put all 3 of their substitutes on in an attempt to save the game and it was one of them, Scott Allison, who headed in clinically in the 77th minute to send the game into ET.

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Most of the 800+ crowd would have expected Workington to kick on and show their class in ET but again it was Penrith AFC who played the better football and created chances. Ben Jackson saw his header hit the bar and Ryan Veitch had a big penalty shout turned away before disaster struck. A swift breakaway saw substitute Dave Symington fire the ball across goal past Jamieson and into the far corner in the 118th minute to win the cup for Reds. It was heartbreaking for Penrith AFC who gave it everything they had and more than matched their higher league opponents. It all bodes well for next season with a healthy, strong squad and a passionate management team in Jim Nichols, Shaun Gardner and Jordan Carrigan. Off the pitch, the club secured funding for their pitch improvement plan with work on the playing surface well underway which will hopefully enable us to fulfill a more regular fixture list. The club are holding their end of season presentation night at the Stoneybeck Inn on Saturday 13th May. There will also be a race night straight after the awards with 8 races. Tickets are £5 each and are available from Ian White ianwhite77@hotmail.com The Wannasee music festival returns to Hutton in the Forest on the August bank holiday weekend this year and the club are urging everyone to purchase your tickets via Penrith AFC. Please message either Ian White or contact the club via Facebook or Twitter or www.pitchero.com/clubs/ penrithafc Penrith AFC Juniors are holding an open day behind the stadium on Sunday 25th June. Any teams from U8s-U12s boys and girls who are interested in taking part please contact Karl Collinson pif@hotmail.co.uk

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