Eden Local April 2017 (Issue 92)

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A Trip to the Lemon Tree Are You Going to Vote? Penrith Lions May Carnival 107to Eat Locally Challenge Yourself On the Green at Langwathby Summer Shows and Events Guide

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Welcome to the April edition of your Eden Local Welcome to the 92nd issue of your community

take an interest on 4th May. In February and March

magazine. We have our usual updates and some

I have continued on the trail of the Top Trumps.

extras this month. Whilst a number of you may not

David Jackson, the owner of Castlerigg Caravan and

have an interest, it’s the County elections on 4th

Campsite at Castlerigg Hall and the photographer

May. A summary about elections past and potentially

behind Castlerigg Gallery, tells us about his family

what the future holds can’t be answered in a page in

business and shares some of his fantastic images

a magazine, nevertheless on pages 6 and 7 is some

over Derwentwater set below the site. Getting

important information on the timescales for voters. I

sponsors for the cards is a process that takes time

also reflect on elections past in 2009 and 2013 for

and it has to fit in between my normal commitments

the County and Eden.

but we do have a number of new businesses signing up. We still have some cards left for sponsorship in set

Our featured article is a return to the Lemon Tree Café

one, but there has been a slight delay coming out of

and Bistro. Almost 5 years to the day, Henry and Helen

winter. Full updates to follow in April and May.

Lynch opened for business in Devonshire Arcade in Penrith; this article based on an interview I recorded

Thinking ahead to 1st May, for many years we have

with the couple. You may remember I wrote the article

been blessed in Eden with the May Fair celebrations.

about Neil and Jean’s retirement at Carleton Farm. My

In the centenary year of the Lions Clubs International

wife Charlotte happened to bump in to Neil recently,

founded in 1017 by a Chicago insurance man Melvin

said how well he was looking, so I hope the retirement

Jones, Ian Edgar the secretary of the Penrith Lions

is going well for Neil and Jean. Meanwhile, Carleton

gives us an insight to the centenary and a preview of

Farm Shop is managed by VistaVeg – a veg-grower’s

this year’s Lions May bank holiday carnival. Who is

co-operative and veg box scheme based in the Eden

the May Queen? This tradition for the Lions Carnival

Valley headed up by Director Lynn Barnes.

started back in 1985 so I understand. But from the town to the village green for 20th May, we are at

Following on from Emily’s interview with Rory Stewart

Langwathby for the May Fair, with the re-introduction

at Eden FM, she is pushing for those out there who

of a scarecrow competition taking place on the village

approach their first election in which they can vote to

green and the traditional dancing around the maypole

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Contents Make it Right with All-Tight

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Contents and introduction

Pages 3 - 5

County Election information

Pages 6 - 7

A Trip to the Lemon Tree

Pages 8, 16 & 17

Challenge Yourself to Eat Locally

Pages 10 – 11

Community Fund Application Deadline

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Pam’s Miscellany for April

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17 – 25 the Importance of Elections

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Rory Stewart backs Eden FM Radio

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Wainwright Rocks

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On the Trail of the Top Trumps

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Lions Club International Centenary

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On the Village Green at Langwathby

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A Busy Summer Beckons at Eden FM

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Motown Evening at the Heather Glen

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Summer Show and Guide

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Lazonby Bowls Needs You

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Bonny Blues Update

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Unless stated articles and advertorials are compiled and written by Lee Quinn

Phone: 01768 862394 Email: lee@cumbrianlocal.co.uk www.cumbrianlocal.co.uk Cumbrian Local Publications Ltd

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Of E Primary School. It’s a traditional day out celebrated through the generations since 1906. We are already half way through April and in this month’s Eden Local we have a page full of events happening in and around Eden this Summer from 1st May to 14th September. With just one last Bonny Blues update to come from Karl, we are already moving in to those summer sports and an appeal for more members at the Lazonby Bowls club, sent in from David Bradbury. If you have a summer sports report please drop me a line by emailing lee@cumbrianlocal.co.uk If you are a charity and would like to

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promote for free, please email your details. Please note that we cannot put entries in if they are in the same month as the magazine is going out, so we are already looking for events in June 2017 for our slightly later May issue out on 12th May in between those bank holiday Mondays! I’ll be back next month, but for now I’ll wish you a Happy Easter and thank you once again for taking the time to read your community magazine. Lee

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Your community needs you to Vote in May local elections Local elections for seats on Cumbria County Council are coming up on Thursday 4 May 2017 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 local elections on Thursday 4 May 2017. These elections are an opportunity to have a say on who represents local people on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Eden District. “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.” Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “Our research shows that nearly a third of people think that if you are old enough to vote then you are automatically registered, but in fact everyone must register themselves. The deadline for new postal vote applications or changes to existing postal applications is 5pm on 18 April 2017. The deadline for postal votes is 10pm on 4 May 2017

For more details visit gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Eden District Council’s Electoral Registration Team telephone: 01768 817817 email: elections@eden.gov.uk or visit www.eden.gov.uk

Land sale to benefit Fairhill playing field The sale of 0.25 acres of District Council land to United Utilities is set to benefit amenities on a popular green space in Penrith. The Fairhill playing field is set to benefit from the £4,500 which is being raised by Eden District Council selling United Utilities 0.25 acres of land at Fairhill (Penrith), which the utility company will use to install a flexible water tank on land adjacent to the current water treatment works. This will help United Utilities to have greater control of water quality, so they can close the existing works if in future water quality does not meet required standards. EdenLocal

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The site of 0.25 acres at Fairhill is being sold to United Utilities. Discussions are on-going with Penrith Town Council about transferring the remainder of the Fairhill site to Penrith Town Council. The Town Council, local Ward Members and the Fairhill Community Group have been consulted about this issue and the District Council is due to consider a report on this issue at its Annual Meeting on 11 May 2017. The proceeds of the sale of the land to United Utilities are intended to be used for the benefit and improvement of the wider Fairhill site. On assuming ownership of the land Penrith Town Council could work


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with Fairhill Community Group and the local residents to plan further improvements to the amenities on the field. United Utilities have already submitted planning permission for the new treatment works, construction of which will take several months to complete. Provision has been made for a temporary work area on the Fairhill site, whilst the construction phase in underway. The Council is liaising with the utility company to ensure that the site is safe and secure during the construction phase. Planting of a shrub boundary around the new water treatment works is included in the plans to alleviate the impact of the installation on the visual amenity of the adjoining Fairhill site and to address concerns raised by Penrith Town Council and the Fairhill Community Group. For more information about Eden District Council visit www.eden.gov.uk or call 01768 817817

Are you going to vote?

It’s just a question because so many choose not to vote, but why? Let’s go back 4 years; do you remember what happened where you live? • In Cumbria the Electorate, i.e. registered voters was 392,980 • Electorate totals represented by Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakes • The Total votes cast for Cumbria were 125,168 – 31.9% • In Eden, the Electorate, i.e. registered voters was 42,013 The Total votes cast for Eden were 13,373 – 31.8% The turnout of voters in Eden was as low as 23.8% but as high as 39.5% There were 84 County Councillors elected following the County Council Elections on Thursday 2 May 2013. As no one party won overall control, the current administration is run by a Labour and Liberal

Democrat alliance. The councillors represent public interest as well as individuals living within the division in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office. Information collated from http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/ Election2013 So here we are Press release from Cumbria County Council at 4pm 5th April 2017 Full list of County Council electoral candidates announced A full list of all electoral candidates standing in the May 2017 Cumbria County Council Elections is available to view via the council website now. The page can be found here - http://www.cumbria.gov. uk/election2017/candidates.asp Will 2017 be a political vote, a people vote or a no vote? You have the choice to change or to keep things they way they are. Now that is democracy if you turnout.

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A Trip to the Lemon Tree By Lee Quinn

It was back in July 2012 that the Lemon Tree was first seen in the Eden Local, but I’ll share a thought with many people living in the area for at least the last 20 years; many will know Henry and Helen Lynch, who for many years were at the Dukes Head in Armathwaite. Five years on from opening in the Devonshire Arcade in Penrith, with digital recorder in hand, we started at the beginning of that journey. I put that question to Henry - how did it first start? And he explained his wife Helen visited Henry’s mum and dad’s catering establishment with her parents and they became friends. They both went to college, then worked together with the family business, eventually taking over the running of the Dukes Head. Henry explained in his own words, “it was very much a village pub but frequented by people visiting for the fishing and the shooting, a break on the way to Scotland and some people on business trips”. He continued, “it was very much like dropping a stone into a pool of water and it spread. We had fishermen from Leeds, then their families would visit, then their friends would visit, so all these little ripples would attract. We had

business from the railway and it was very difficult to analyse the business and its customers, as to where they were all coming from and we didn’t want to over analyse as we just wanted to enjoy their custom and do what we could the best way we could do it”. Why the change I put to Henry and Helen? “All good things come to an end” was how Henry described it. He continued, “we thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was time to move on, so we looked around for a business and Penrith seemed ideal as a small town rather than a small city. The Arcade seemed particularly great as it was a business with a lot of potential,

with a lot of good quality shops around it. It was a bit like moving into a small village. Even though we don’t have a ‘cup of sugar’ sort of relationship with our fellow traders, they are always there to chat to or help out and we have very responsive landlords which is very good”. Henry explained they arrived in April 2012. I asked him how the Lemon Tree was then? Henry explained, “it was run by a really nice guy called Mark. The café then was known as the Arcade Café, however, we decided to rename it the Lemon Tree which it was called 19 to 20 years ago as it had happy memories for us”. From that day, Henry and Helen reshuffled how the business looked. Keeping the good bits, they made a few changes to the décor and commenced with a ‘lemon fresh’ approach. They wanted to create a premises that was more welcoming, more homely and more personable as described by Henry. I added the ‘lemon fresh’ bit in. One of the good bits they inherited, was a cabinet, but they had no knowledge of its origins. This

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Challenge yourself to eat loca VistaVeg Ltd, the Eden Valley’s co-operative veg box scheme, celebrated National Community Supported Agriculture Day on 1 March 2017. They, like all farmers across the country need your support now for a successful harvest this year. Director Lynn Barnes says, “Spring is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up to our box scheme because we are making the investments and decisions right now that will result in a successful harvest later in the year.” The recent bad weather in southern Europe which destroyed crops and created shortages of peppers, courgettes, broccoli and lettuces in UK supermarkets demonstrates just how heavily we rely on imported food. The news caused panic-buying, rationing and increased prices here in the UK. To become more self-sufficient as a nation we all need to make more intelligent choices about what we eat and when. Why aren’t we choosing purple sprouting

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broccoli which is being grown and harvested right now in the UK, instead of Spanish single head broccoli? Why do we drive past fields of local carrots and swedes on our way to buy them from the supermarket instead of direct from local growers? There’s no better time than right now to challenge ourselves to eat seasonally and locally, because the reality is that everything isn’t, and shouldn’t, be available all of

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the time. “Eating purely what’s available isn’t an easy thing to do,” says Lynn. “We have box scheme members who have been with us for years who will have definitely mastered the art of eating seasonally. They’ll cook hearty, warming stews and soups in the winter, when our bodies really need that type of sustenance, and prepare lighter salad-based dishes in the summer.”


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The VistaVeg box scheme often attracts people who fall in love with the ‘concept’ of eating seasonally but who then give up after a few weeks says Lynn. “You’ve really got to stick with it for at least twelve months otherwise you never experience the full range of what we produce. People sometimes join up around September/October time, endure all the muddy, tedious winter veg for five months and then leave the scheme just as we’re about to start with spring greens, salad bags and asparagus! I’ve never understood that. I can only think it’s because people have lost touch with nature and with the cycle of which crops are ready when because we see everything all of the time in supermarkets.” If you don’t think that joining a box scheme will be quite right for your family then you can easily access the fresh veg that VistaVeg produces from Carleton Farm Shop in Penrith which the co-operative took over last November. “We still have Carleton Farm’s infamous dirty carrots in the shop and, now the days are longer and temperatures higher, we’ve got spring greens, spinach, mixed salad leaves, purple sprouting broccoli and kale from our own polytunnels and fields. Now that Spring is finally here there’s lots of great veg to look forward to.”

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£110,000 reasons to apply! the residents of communities in Eden. Groups and organisations must demonstrate how their project or event will deliver wide benefit, contributing to the sustainability, vitality and well being of Eden's communities. Inviting Applications to the Eden Community Fund 2017/18 Eden District Council’s Eden Community Fund has a total of £110,000 available in 2017-2018 for projects and events capable of delivering wide community benefit in Eden. The deadline for applications for this round of funding is Friday 12 May 2017. The District Council welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups, parish and town councils, charities and social enterprises to deliver projects that benefit communities in Eden District. We do not accept applications from individuals. To be eligible to apply to the Eden Community Fund, groups and organisations must have their own constitution (unless a parish council) and bank account with at least two unrelated signatories. The Council strongly recommend that you get in touch with them to discuss your project or event before filling in an application form, to make sure it is eligible for funding. To discuss your ideas call the Community Support Officer on 01768 817817. What can be funded? Only capital funding is available. Grants are available for community projects and events that benefit EdenLocal

Applications are invited to the Eden Community Fund under the following categories: 1. Community (outdoor) Amenities 2. Community Buildings 3. Community Enterprise 4. Supporting Communities 5. Community Events How much money can be applied for? The minimum grant for categories 1-4 (above) is £500 and the maximum is £10,000. For community events the minimum grant level is £200 and the maximum £5,000. Awards towards the maximum levels will be the exception and projects and events will need to demonstrate significant community need and match funding. There is a requirement for 20% match funding for all categories, although up to 10% can be in-kind. Please do not submit an application unless you have the required number of written quotes and estimates as it will not be accepted. Two written quotes or estimates must be submitted for each item of expenditure between £50 and £2,500 and three for each item over £2,500. For more information about the Eden Community Fund visit www. eden.gov.uk/communityfund or call 01768 817817.

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Article continued from page 8 was finally revealed by a previous owner to be from the Treasury in Carlisle. It takes a while to work out what it was in its previous life. Helen added that “it is a great talking point and a focal point of the restaurant”, whilst Henry added “it’s very practical and great for storage.” Surrounded by wonderful paintings, some originals on the walls by Peter Nelsons that went up 4 years ago then about a year ago as described by Helen, another artist, Joe Dias came in for lunch and when paying his bill handed over his business card and suggested maybe some new art could be added and that’s exactly what he did. There is a display by two artists on sale which are quite different from each other and add to the atmosphere and relaxed mood. From the beginning when Henry and Helen first took over to the current look and feel of the Lemon Tree today, Helen went on to explain that when they took over, it needed updating and needed a change. “We thought it was more of a challenge, rather than going and taking something on that was already up and running and that you didn’t need to do anything to, so it was a challenge”. Henry added that the food did offer a

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range to an existing client base when they started, but he went on to say, “we wanted to offer something a bit different, more local produce, more of a variety and mainly home cooked”. Henry with Helen and the team at the Lemon Tree set out to be less reliant on convenience/readymade food and built on the skills they had with their team and those they had picked up over the years. Henry added, “basic things like home boiled hams, simple foods easily cooked by us, which are hard to beat”. I touched on the presentation of the dishes; one of my favourites the Eggs Benedict, two poached eggs on a toasted sourdough roll with either smoked salmon or smoked streaky bacon. I also discussed the sauces, jams and chutneys. Henry explained, “we try to make our own jam and our own apricot chutney, but we do leave making lovely Chilli Jam and Banana Habanero to the people who make it better than us. We have tried it but they are much better than us. We use a lot of Mr Vikki’s products. It’s good and it’s local and Adam is a really nice person to work with. We still deal with a lot of local suppliers that we dealt with at the Dukes Head, but on our door step we’ve got a great butcher. Recently we bought some

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aged old brisket which we used for the pulled beef dish and various other bits and pieces. They have got streaky bacon to die for”. Henry continued, “Neil the fish merchant had some super fresh Whiting and lovely Haddock. We have all these places available on our door step and you don’t even need to make a phone call, you just look”. We talked briefly about the different types of fish away from the traditional Cod and Haddock and Henry went on to add, “we’ve just started using some Coley in our homemade fish cake. People are curious, but once they’ve tasted it they come back and have it again.” Helen added, “and when you tell them it’s more sustainable they are keener to try it”. Henry made a valid point that, “we always tend to look long term in relation to our families and why shouldn’t we do more in looking long term with our food. It’s our legacy, not just to the business but to the family and future generations”. Talking more about the menu, we discussed special dietary requirements that the Lemon Tree have developed. Henry explained, “our main concern about people’s dietary requirements are people that have a that have a gluten, lactose or coeliac intolerance. We first became aware of this 30 odd years ago when my wife’s sister was diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten, so we are a little bit ahead of the game because she shared information and certain recipes with us. Since then,it has become easier because there are a lot of gluten free products on the market, however, we always try to offer a gluten free alternative wherever possible, such things as tarts. We make them with gluten free pastry; we have gluten free cakes and we are currently experimenting and making gluten free fat rascal’s, which is a sort of posh Yorkshire scone and only


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today we’ve made Orange, Almond and Cranberry Cake, which wasn’t a gluten free recipe but a recipe we managed to find in a Moroccan cookery book and adapted. So the recipes are out there and the need is out there and we’re just trying to get them out there to the public. We also offer an exciting selection of vegetarian options. And finally something you really need to know from Henry, “currently we are open from 8.30 in the morning till 5 o’clock in the afternoon. The full menu is available throughout the day plus a special breakfast menu available to 11.30. We are also going to be doing a special tea menu incorporating local gin and Prosecco to mark our 5th anniversary. With regards to Sunday opening, it’s one of those things we are considering at the moment. Something special, not just our usual menu, perhaps live music, perhaps a

brunch; we don’t know yet and the best way to find out is to look at our facebook page or pop in of course so stay in touch”. My thanks to Henry and Helen for taking a break after work and sharing their update and celebration of five years at the Lemon Tree.

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Counting Lemons at the Lemon Tree Competition Win our 5 year anniversary Tea for four, which will include a glass of local Gin and Tonic or Prosecco Answer this question and complete a card at the counter

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17-25 The importance of the elections and if you are a new voter, why you should vote! By Emily Quinn I am interested in politics and I want what’s best for the town. And that’s why you need to do research into candidates and the system and use your right to vote. Youngsters such as myself always moan about there not being enough for us in Penrith and the Eden Valley and in Cumbria, but if that is the case, rather than sit around and moan all the time (crazy idea but stop playing video games and rather than log onto Facebook or into Snapchat!!) for five minutes, take a look at some of the proposals for the candidates in the election. Every vote counts! This month’s article is admittedly on the short side but that doesn’t mean it’s not significant. This month I want to stress the importance of your vote. I’m not 18 yet and therefore won’t be able to vote in the May elections, but those of you who have turned 18 can and you can make a difference! We need the impact of youths on politics now more than ever. If you want things to change, using your vote is the way to influence change. A conversation we frequently have at school is that Penrith is not moving along with the times and whilst historically it is a beautiful place, it is very “dated”. I think the way we need to look at it is how much has it changed in the last 10 years? And then ask yourself why young people brush aside any opportunity to get involved. EdenLocal

Some people choose not to even bother turning up to vote because they think that one vote won’t make a difference and there’s probably someone else voting for the person you would have voted for anyway! Or I don’t understand how it works so I don’t care what happens. But sadly, the coldhearted truth is, we’re turning into the generation that ‘can’t be bothered’ and it’s being noticed. Is that really how we want to be seen? Think about it this way… if we stop caring about the town and what happens in it, the people of the town and the people who help keep the town running will stop caring about us. So, if you are new to voting and you’re sitting reading this, thinking you can’t be bothered, go and ask your parents what they’re doing and why, or older siblings, because the chances are, they will vote

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because they want to see new things brought to the town. Even if it’s a conversation over dinner or a quick few words in the ad breaks when watching ‘Corrie’; just find out about what these elections mean and the impact they’ll have. Admittedly reading about something you really don’t want to read about is like pulling teeth, but if you’re a new voter, you might surprise yourself. You might even get excited about it and want to join in and even, like I said, if you still don’t want to vote because ‘you can’t be bothered’, remember when your mum or dad or big brother or sister made you eat the rest of the greens on your plate or take the dog for a walk or look after your sibling, sometimes we need to do things because it’s just what we have to do to contribute! Next month we’ll be back to what I touched on at the end of last month’s article. That monster that we call modern day society and how it treats us all. If you had one question to ask your local member of Parliament and you had about 5 minutes to get the answer what would you ask? Well I chose to get the views of a few colleagues from 6th form in General Studies. The question was, how will Brexit affect the future of young people now in Cumbria? Well, I’m still not sure of the answer that came back my way, but it was explained that there are positives and negatives and like it or not we all have to play a part. Until next month 17-25


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Emily Quinn interviews Rory Stewart MP on the Drive Time show.

RORY STEWART MP VISITS EDEN FM'S NEW HOME AND PLEDGES COMMUNITY RADIO SUPPORT Rory Stewart MP - a long-time supporter of Eden FM and of community radio stations - has visited Eden's own Penrith-based community radio Eden FM at its new premises at Mostyn Hall, and was interviewed as part of the afternoon Drivetime show by UCC student and radio presenter Emily Quinn, where he answered topical questions about the Budget and political affairs. Rory has spoken a number of times on Eden FM, and continues to voice his admiration for the local radio station, which has almost 5,000 online followers, and broadcasts 24 hours per day; it is a "community organisation, run by people for people", says founder Lee Quinn. Rory is an advocate for the cohesive power of community radio, echoing a new report out today from

Murdoch University which states that involvement in local radio stations can alleviate social isolation, a problem which can affect rural communities. As Rory met and chatted with presenters at Eden FM he pledged to support their application for a full-time licence and search for a suitable transmission site, and to continue to support the station in any way he could. Lee Quinn, Eden FM's founder, said: "It's always great to see Rory at Eden FM as he is so positive in his approach to better communication in the community and very appreciative of the team's commitment at the station." Listeners are encourage to tune into Eden FM at 107.5, and can also follow the station on Facebook.

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ON THE TRAIL OF THE TOP TRUMPS By Lee Quinn

enjoys overlooking Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and the Western Fells. Their location, only a 30-minute walk into the bustling market town of Keswick, provides the ideal base to explore the Lake District. Whilst for those who enjoy walking, on their doorstep is the mysterious 4000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle with its 360 degree panoramic views and the summit of Walla Crag with its breathtaking vista of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw and views to the Solway and Criffel in the far distance. Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park were thrilled to have the opportunity to support the EdenFM Top Trumps project. Park owner David Jackson commented “this is a game we have shared many hours of enjoyment with as children. “What a great way for the next generation to become familiar with the Lake District’s mountains and lakes whilst sitting in their tent or caravan with family and friends and then putting on their walking boots and discovering these amazing places themselves”.

road network and a series of terraces for caravans. Over the past 70 years this development has been an ongoing story of changes and improvements with recent additions of a restaurant, gallery, animal viewing area and updating of the park facilities. They have seen many generations of guests coming to stay with them, creating memories and enjoying the amazing view the park

A family run business that has farmed at Castlerigg Hall since 1938, those early days would see a few campers sharing their patch of grass with Herdwick sheep whilst enjoying the delights of a twin seat earth toilet and obtaining water from the farmhouse which was from a hand-pumped well. John and Betty Jackson began to develop the holiday park in the late 1950’s creating a EdenLocal

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Castlerigg Hall provides facilities for Touring Caravans, fully serviced on hardstanding, Camping Pods for a touch of Glamping, Holiday Hire Caravans and Camping. The Camping Pods have been very popular particularly their ‘CastlePods’ with beds and balcony. Another well received amenity is the on-site restaurant, Food at Jiggers, serving breakfast


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Alfred Wainwright rocks! Alfred Wainwright was a prodigious walker but when it came to climbing rock, it was an entirely different matter. By his own admission, he was no climber and explorations that involved rock climbing were approached with trepidation rather than enthusiasm. But if he was to complete his Pictorial Guides, he realised he would have to conquer his fears and consider routes of ascent that put him out of his comfort zone. and evening meals whilst the balcony provides the perfect opportunity to sit out in the open and enjoy a drink whilst watching the sun setting over the western fells. The Castlerigg Gallery, which serves teas and coffee is a relatively recent addition and features ‘Made in Cumbria’ jewellery and pottery whilst the walls display local landscape photography. In September the gallery becomes a hub for the C-Art trail welcoming visitors and locals alike. Castlerigg Hall support many local appeals and events and this year will be raising money for Cystic Fibrosis, local footpath repairs in the wake of the floods, entering a team in the 10in10 mountain challenge in aid of MS and continuing supporting various conservation projects. They were delighted to be one of five finalists in the national VisitEngland awards for 2016 and receive the AA Northwest Campsite of the year award for 2016/17.

The ascent of Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark was one such route. When describing the climb, he wrote: ‘Jack’s Rake is classified as a ROCK CLIMB. It’s grading is easy - it is the easiest of recognised climbs in the Langdale area. Nonetheless, as a WALK it is both difficult and awkward: In fact, for much of the way the body is propelled forwards by a series of convulsions unrelated to normal walking, the knees and elbows contributing as much to progress as hands and feet. Walkers who can still put their toes in their mouths and bring their knees up to their chins may embark upon the ascent confidently; others, unable to perform these tests, will find the route arduous.’ The Central Fells Pavey Ark p. 5 Other climbing routes defeated him completely. Cust’s Gully on Great End was an example. He wrote: ‘Sooner or later, every Lakeland walker hears mention of Cust’s Gully. But written references to it are confined to rock climbing literature which dismiss the place as of little consequence although grudgingly conceding that there is one small and insignificant pitch. … This pitch is the one difficulty: above there is nothing but simple scrambling to the top of the gully. … The author, after twice timorously attempting to climb the pitch with no real hope

of succeeding, retired from Cust’s Gully with a jeering conscience and went home to write, in capital letters, on page 11 of his Great End chapter: NO WAY FOR WALKERS. The Southern Fells Great End p. 11 In a letter to a friend some years later, he wrote: ‘My congratulations on your ascent of Cust’s Gully. To tell you the truth I never managed to get up that awkward pitch after trying on both sides of the gully, and in spite of being on a rope. There was nothing frightening about it but I simply could not bend my legs enough to get up the places where movement is constricted. It is, I would think, generally not true that long legs are a help in climbing and certainly not when climbing rocks. I had an awful job in Jack’s Rake for that very reason. It’s not that your feet are a long way removed from your brain, it’s simply that you can’t bend a three-foot leg in a two-foot crack.’ The Wainwright Letters p. 244 ed. Hunter Davies There was little doubt that Wainwright felt much more at home when striding out on his beloved fells rather than dealing with difficult rocky ascents!

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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Centenary of Lions Clubs International by Ian Edgar

Lions Clubs International was founded in 1017 by a Chicago insurance man Melvin Jones. It was his vision to provide for the betterment of his community and the world at large. From this small beginning the organisation has grown to 1.4 million members in 200 countries. Lions came to the UK in 1950 and there are now 17,000 members in 900 clubs working to improve the lot of their local communities.

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Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) was founded in1968 and has raised over $1,000,000,000 to fund Youth Projects, Sight Projects, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Projects. Penrith Lions Club was formed in 1975 and we now have 31 members. The precursor to May Day was a day of celebration for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 when a number of organisations in town organised the event. Two years after that members of Penrith Lions decided they could run an event so it progressed from there until today. The aim of the event was to provide something for the enjoyment of the residents and in the process raise some money for local organisations and good causes.


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This being the centenary of Lions Clubs International, we are hoping to make the event bigger and better and are expanding the entertainment areas to include St Andrews Churchyard, King Street and also the New Squares. We have the Red Wyvern Re-enactment Society, Gaita Pipe Band, Penrith Town Band, Penrith Jazz Band, Absolutely, Pete Lashley, Ullswater Community College band, B-jamba, Tarzans Nuts, Hand Bell Ringers, local dance groups, wheelchair basketball, circus performers, circus skills demonstration, Punch and Judy, balloon modellers, a magic show and various roaming street performers. We are indebted to Taylors Funfair who have supported us over the years and provided us with an income that helps to offset the cost of putting the event on in Great Dockray, the Bus Station and a roundabout in the New Squares. There are numerous commercial and charity stalls where people can purchase goods and food. The Lions Ladies have an excellent tearoom in St Andrews Parish Rooms where people can rest their legs and have a good chat. We also have an Art and Handwriting competition for the junior schools in Penrith and

District in one of the rooms there where people can see the children’s work. There will also be a display of vintage cars, motor cycles and tractors. This year’s May Queen Jess Christy will be crowned at about 2.15pm and will make her way to Ullswater Community College in a coach provided by George Bowman where she will lead the Grand Parade up King Street through Devonshire Street and round the loop at the north of Penrith and back through the town centre. The bulk of the money raised at this year’s event is going to Eden Mencap to help purchase their Headquarters at Ullswater House. This year Lions are having a floral display near the Town Hall and also one in Castle Park to commemorate 100 years of Lions Clubs International. We are also hoping to join with local schools to plant more trees in the environs of Penrith. In previous years we have planted trees at Thacka Beck and on the banks of the river Eamont. We are working with the authorities and Newton Rigg to try to have flower planters at the entrance to the town.

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On The Green at Langwathby One of my favourite village greens has to be Langwathby. The platform for so many events, from the early 1900’s, I am told there used to be flower and vegetable shows, but the village with the temporary Bailey bridge erected by British Insulated Callenders Ltd in 1968, that was built to last 10 years is not quite as old as the permanent fixture on the village green. It was in 1906 that the first Langwathby May Queen was crowned, Florrie Scott, the policeman’s daughter was the star on the day. With a shepherds crook in her hand, the girls wore nice dresses, the boys wore ‘knickerbocker’ trousers and clogs with starched collars waving flags. In keeping with tradition on 20th May 2017 a new May Queen will be crowned. There will be the dancing around the Maypole on the village

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green and the revival of another event I am told this year, is there will be a scarecrow competition also on the green. As with every May Fair facilitated by the committee behind the event, there will be lots going on for sure and lots of fun for everyone. A small team from Eden FM will be there in support of the event and we’ll be talking more about this in the weeks leading up to the event on 107.5 FM.

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A Busy Summer Beckons by Nigel Peacock

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Nigel Peacock, Emily Quinn, Rory Stewart MP, Lee Quinn, Pam Waggott. Eden FM will be out and about during the Spring and Summer, broadcasting live from several events as the weather improves. We’ll bring you the latest, live, from town and village fairs, agricultural shows and other special events. If you would like Eden FM to attend your event, give us a call. April sees the launch of no less than three new radio series on Eden FM.

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First out of the starting gate, is Stay Safe in Eden, a collaboration between the station and the Police & Crime Commissioners Office, following a grant award. The PCC, Peter McCall previewed and launched the series in late March, live from the Eden FM studio. The idea behind the 20-week series, is to focus on the work done by Cumbria Police, in a surprising number of areas. We will cover topics as varied as police dogs and police motorcycles, through to cybercrime and drug abuse. Each week will cover a different subject, with experts from the various departments within Cumbria Police in the studio. You call tell us what you would like to know about local policing, or ask questions, by emailing admin@edenfm.co.uk Discover more about the range of police work in our Cumbria, with Stay Safe in Eden each Tuesday afternoon at 3pm. EdenLocal

HOME SWEET HOUSE We all love our homes and with Spring well underway, time will soon be spent outdoors in the garden. Our second new series, Eden Home & Garden, brings experts in to the studio each week, to talk about their home or garden related businesses. We’ll look at anything from cleaning your conservatory, through to choosing a new carpet. Eden Home & Garden airs each Thursday from 2pm

LOCAL BUSINESS Eden Business is our third new featured programme, which will look at business local to Penrith and the Eden Valley. We’ll explore a local business each week and bring news of any special offers from our featured companies. Eden Business is aimed at discovering the wide range of locally owned and run companies, who they are, why they were created and their dreams for the future. Join us for Eden Business each Wednesday at 2pm.

AND YOUR BUSINESS? We have several spaces available to local business to feature in both Eden Home & Garden and Eden Business. Call Nigel Peacock on 01768 899 101 to discover how you can take part.

AND FINALLY . . . You can find Eden FM on 107.5FM, online at edenfm.co.uk and on your phone or tablet using the free TuneIn Radio app.

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Summer Shows and Events in and around Eden 2017 MAY Monday 1st - Penrith Lions May Fair Saturday 20th - Langwathby May Fair

JUNE Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th Country Fest 2017 – County Showground Saturday 3rd – Stainmore Sheep Show Friday 9th & Saturday 10th – Appleby Horse Fair Saturday 17th – Alston Sheep Trials Saturday 17th Cumberland County Show – Carlisle Saturday 24th – Alston Gala

JULY Saturday 1st - Skelton Agricultural Show (Hutton-in-the-Forest) Friday 7th – Sunday 9th – Appleby Carnival Saturday 15th - Penrith on a Plate Friday 21st - Saturday 22nd Alston Live Saturday 22nd - Penrith Agricultural Show (Brougham) Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th - Kendal Calling (Lowther Park) Friday 28th - Sunday 30th - Potfest in the Park (Hutton-in-the-Forest)

AUGUST Friday 4th – Sunday 6th – Potfest in the Pens (Penrith Auction Mart) Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th - Total Warrior - Shap Abbey Thursday 11th - Appleby Show Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th The Lowther Show Thursday 18th – Brough Agricultural Show (Kirkby Stephen) Friday 25th – Sunday 27th Wannasee (Hutton-in-the-Forest) Saturday 25th – Dufton Agricultural show Saturday 26th - Patterdale Dog Day Saturday 26th - Chilli Festival - New Squares Penrith Thursday 31st– Crosby Ravensworth Show & Vintage Rally

SEPTEMBER Saturday 2nd - Alston Agricultural Show Saturday 2nd– Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show Thursday 14th – Westmorland County Show

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Lazonby Bowling Club Wants You Lazonby Bowling Club is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year and to mark the occasion is planning numerous events over the coming season. Formed in 1977 the Bowling Club took over what had previously been the village tennis club which had been forced to close through lack of interest. The project to convert the site received tremendous support from the community and when it came to forming the inaugural membership a waiting list had to be introduced in order to manage the numbers. A fine bowling green was created with five lanes available for matches, a planted garden area round the margins and all was complemented by magnificent natural views across the countryside to Hartside in the distance. Many a visiting player has commented that the view alone is worth coming to Lazonby. Later a new Club House, known as a Bower in bowling parlance, was built and for many years this has doubled up in the Winter months for fortnightly dominoes evenings as well as providing a warm and friendly refuge for the bowlers. Each Wednesday evening during the bowling season (April to September) a Club night is held and informal games, called Jumbles, are played between teams randomly drawn from those attending. Usually these will comprise of three matches of five ends after each of which the scores are noted and teams are re-drawn before the game continues. A small cash prize goes to the individual accruing the most points overall, meaning absolutely anyone can win. They are fun and very sociable evenings culminating in tea and biscuits and friendly banter. In this, our anniversary year, we want to focus on attracting NEW MEMBERS who I can guarantee WILL RECEIVE A WARM WELCOME. Experience is not required. Playing bowls is inexpensive and although played at a relaxed pace the exercise provides many potential benefits healthwise and socially. These include moderate Muscle Toning, Concentration, Hand eye coordination and Weight Loss. In meeting and making new friends it can undoubtably improve your social life. It is easy to learn, can be enjoyed at any age and is fun for all the family. One of our newer members describes his experience as follows:- “Just over two years ago my wife and I moved to the area knowing virtually nobody. As pure novices we were invited to a Jumbles evening and, to coin a phrase, were bowled over by the welcome we received. To protect the surface of the green we had

to wear flat soled shoes but we were loaned a set of bowls and given plenty of friendly advice on how best to deliver them. As a result, two years on we have a large circle of new friends”. Though many members live in Lazonby and Kirkoswald there are others, these included, representing many of the outlying villages. Together a great atmosphere is generated. If you try it and get hooked, as we have done, after joining the Club you can choose to enter any of the numerous internal knockout competititions it organises. Honours Boards in the Bower record the names of all the previous champions. A number of friendly matches are organised against other Clubs and we were encouraged to play in these to get experience. They provide an opportunity to play in a competitive but friendly environment which rewards players with a more than pleasant afternoon or evening usually followed by a generous tea shared with the opposition. Opportunities are also afforded to join one of the teams competing in the Eden Valley Leagues where the universally social aspect of the game shines through alongside the obvious competitive nature of those matches. Lazonby competes in a Ladies League on Thursday evenings as well as in mixed leagues on Tuesday afternoons and (also) on Thursday evenings. Becoming part of the league “squads” offers the exciting opportunity of playing on greens in other towns and villages in North Cumbria and of meeting even more people who inevitably soon become more than just casual aquaintances. Bowls is often perceived to be a sedentary sport exclusively for old people. It is far from that and actually offers all round exercise for brain and stamina which is recognised as being good for health whatever the age. Some of our members may seem old but others are still working and all enjoy the camaraderie that goes hand in hand with the sport. If you are still not convinced Katherine Rednall, the World Bowls Ladies Champion is only 21 having first won the title when she was 17. So, if you are curious to see what all the fuss is about, why not JOIN US when the season starts on Wednesday April 12th (6.45pm for 7pm start) or any subsequent Wednesday. We can lend you a set of bowls, just remember the flat soled shoes and come and GIVE IT A TRY. If you like it you can apply to join the Club as a full member and share the experience all summer. Or for further information speak to our Secretary, Paul Harper, on 01768 897122.

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The games have come thick and fast for the Bonny Blues in March. By Karl Collinson semi final between Pirelli and Workington Reds with the final at Brunton Park. It was a bit of a reality check when we hosted Jarrow Roofing as we got hit for 7 in what can only be described as one of the lowest points in manager Jim Nichols career at Penrith AFC. We also went down 3.1 to an improving Guisborough Town side. We picked up a thoroughly deserved 3 points against Washington at Frenchfield Park with Coleman and Jamie Street on the score sheet. We travelled to Dean Street to play 3rd in the league Shildon and despite creating almost as many chances as our hosts we went down 5.1 with Martyn Coleman scoring his 35th goal of the season.

We started with a disappointing 1.1 draw against Seaham Red Star at Frenchfield Park, a game which should have been over by half time. The following Saturday we travelled to 2015 Northern League Division 1 champions Marske United. With a depleted squad, Jim Nichols expected a difficult afternoon but the lads put in one of the best performances of the season, winning 4.3 courtesy of a Martyn Coleman 93rd minute winner. It was a topsy turvey game as goals from Coleman, Bobby Atkinson and a superb 25 yard effort from substitute Shaun Gardner kept giving us the lead but the home EdenLocal

side kept pegging us back even after they had their winger sent off. But it was Coleman who got his second of the game to seal all 3 points. We then hosted neighbours, Carlisle City, in the semi final of the Cumberland Cup. In front of a big crowd the match ended all square 1.1 with Penrith unable to put the game to bed after missing 2 penalties. It came down to the lottery of the shoot out and ironically, the Bonny Blues looked calm and professional as they won 4.2. We'll play the winners of the other

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We've 9 games still to get in before the end of the month plus the Cumberland Cup Final so it's going to be a busy time down at Frenchfield Park. Please come down and give the lads your support. Penrith AFC Juniors are holding an open day behind the stadium on Sunday 25th June with teams from U8s through to U12s taking part, girls and boys. It also coincides with the monthly car boot sale down at the club so please come along. The club are holding a race night at the Stoneybeck Inn on Saturday 13th May, 7pm. The first team and Reserves end of season awards will also be presented on the night and it would be fantastic to see many of you there.


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