Eden Local Community Magazine for Penrith & the Eden Valley Cumbria April 18 Issue No 130

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Built to a Standard, not to a price All Change Again at Eden FM Other side of the Wall at Calthwaite Hall The Lynn Hopwood Collection Let’s celebrate Penrith AFC 125 years

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Built to a standard and not to a price by Lee Quinn

I have been putting advertising together for Fraser Hogg, the owner of Hearth and Home since January 2012. An established business in Penrith, at 6 Brunswick Road, Fraser Hogg opened the doors as the new proprietor on 2nd December 2010, as the previous owner was retiring after 15 years. Keeping the name of the business, Hearth and Home, I thought it would be good idea to meet up with Fraser and see how things were in his 8th year as the owner. What I wanted Fraser to do was to tell us his story of how he got in to the business he was in and how the business had evolved since he bought it in 2010. Fraser explained….. “I started off as a plumbing and heating engineer. I had been in the heating industry when I left school, which is 31 years ago now. I was working with Eden District Council, well it was what became Eden Housing and I worked for various local contractors

over the years ending up as a projects engineer for Hughes Beatty for 11 years. After they closed, I went to work with Thomas Armstrong Construction, setting up a commercial heating division with a colleague also from Hughes Beatty. Whilst I was doing that, I was looking for other avenues. With regards to Hearth and Home, I knew the shop from family buying stoves from them, so I had dealt with them previously, I had also worked in a builders merchants for 3 years selling plumbing and heating, stoves and fireplaces. It’s now Travis Perkins but was Broombys when I was there. I was confident that I knew the business. I had a lot of the skills, knowledge and experience after having run my own team of engineers and managed my own division at Hughes Beatty, so at the time I felt it was an easy step to take. I had done the selling, the installing, the purchasing and I had an understanding of the market place, the customer needs and service, as well as the experience of managing projects and budgets. There wasn’t a great deal to learn in taking over and running an existing business, so felt the time was right. So, I bought the business from the owners who had had it for 15 years. They were looking to retire and basically we went from there. When we took it over, it was predominately stoves but also pine furniture and gifts. Within about 18 months to two years, I realised the furniture and gifts weren’t my thing and it wasn’t a side business I wanted to be in. I reflected that its identity was a bit confusing. Was it a gift shop, a furniture shop or a stove shop? My background was in heating, so let’s be a heating shop was my view, so the furniture and gifts went and I then expanded the range of the stoves and fireplaces. I built more displays and took on more suppliers, more manufacturers and I increased the range of services that we do. Since then, I just continued with developing the range, bit by bit over the years, establishing Hearth and Home as a specialist in the field we are in of supply and fit with all the services around it.” I asked Fraser what changes he had seen over the years? “Predominantly when we started at Hearth and Home, it was wood burners and multi fuel stoves, but gas and electric has grown quite a bit in the last two

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years. There has been quite an interest within the industry, which we’ve seen in the shop because we’ve expanded our range. The whole fireplace industry has seen a big increase in gas and electrics. Suppliers are driving new products in all the time.” Fraser explained whilst he has the latest fires in the market, he has to remain cautious in always looking at what products add to sales and the margins he needs, compared to products that potentially take the sales from those which he already has, with no real gain to his business or his customer base. Fraser continued, “because of the type of industry we are in, we are not selling high volumes of small items that could increase our turnover. We are in the business of supply and fit and there are only so many hours in the day, in the week and the year and we can only deal with a certain amount if we want to maintain the standard and quality of service we provide. The suppliers we use are carefully scrutinised. I like suppliers that have that personal touch, engineering fabricators who have

progressed in to stove making for probably 40 years and still do it, making top quality products which are ‘built to a standard and not a price’. They are not over the top expensive. These are the companies where I pick up the phone and know who I am speaking to, be it sales staff, the owners or the managing director and we are on the same level and dialogue. We cover all aspects of what my customer and business needs are and what they can provide. We can talk through any problems and the potential new products, because we are a part of the industry and have working relationships and a bottomless knowledge in it. Manufacturers can’t make bespoke appliances because of the regulations and certification of the products, but some manufacturers can within specification tailor make to the application of the stove. These are the companies I prefer to focus on rather than the multinationals where you are just a number. Relationship between supplier, retail and client is so important to our customer and our business. When you are dealing with the

same people time and time again, you learn to trust them and have the ability to talk them and negotiate with them. It’s a people and product relationship because these people care.” We took a walk around the showroom. It’s 100 ft from front to back and about 18 ft wide. It’s set on two levels with a ramp joining the two; there are no stairs. We looked at the Woodwarm make of a multi fuel Stove in a live display, which can burn wood and smokeless coal. Hearth and Home do stock just wood burners also. We discussed how they have changed over the years and the model we discussed has become a very popular style, clear lines, contemporary, wider but not as deep with bigger glass and those clean simple lines rather than the old ornate. The stoves importantly are so much more energy efficient now. As a showroom, there are over 50 appliances on display, of which 15 are working displays, 8 of which are gas and electric; the rest are solid fuel stoves. Also included in the showroom, hearths, surrounds, flu systems, baskets, there is also

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a solid wood range that is solid oak beams and geo cast non-combustible beams, hearth stones like sandstone, slate, granite and marble. As you enter the shop, you will also see a floor to ceiling display of accessories. Thank you to Fraser for his support, but for also sharing his experience and an insight into his business. If you’re shopping for the height of fashion in your fire and energy efficiency, don’t just look in the window, go in and have a good look around.

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Contents Built to a Standard, not to a Price Pages 2 – 4 Introduction and Contents

Pages 4 – 6

All Change Again at Eden FM

Pages 7 - 8

The Art of Communication

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17 – 25 Is what we have at the moment actually right?

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April’s Nursery Rhyme Corner

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Quinn HR update - Pay

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The Other side of the Wall at Calthwaite Hall

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The Lynn Hopwood Collection

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The Golden Years needs you

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Let’s Celebrate Penrith AFC 125 years

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow

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The Wainrights Society – On Solitary Walking

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Out and About with Joan

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So we are into April On the day that we go to print, it is one of those days that has started with a pure blue sky but a frosty one in Penrith, with the mountains around all covered with snow. We’ve had our fair share of bad weather, but I sense finally with the odd rise in temperature, whilst we have the confusion of snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils all in flower, I believe spring is finally here, all be it a bit confused in the flower bed. A break from spring showers would be nice! Welcome to your April Eden Local. March did disrupt a lot of businesses. I apologise to some readers who may have got their Eden Local much later than usual. I haven’t spoken to many businesses that weren’t affected by the weather, in fact I don’t know anyone who wasn’t. Logistics across the UK after the snow fall at the end of February and early March were affected everywhere in the country. I found myself explaining to someone recently about my knowledge and experience of when I held a Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence and had quite an involvement in that business. Manufacturers need components delivered in order to make products and they need to get products out to produce sales. Whether it is a pint of milk on a supermarket shelf or a magazine waiting to be printed, what we have to also take into consideration is that cows still need to be milked and if stock in a depot can’t be delivered, day by day the stock in the system due that is already in the system has to go somewhere. In food, you may have noticed supermarket dates being very short and a lot of out of stocks lines as distribution networks stopped on road and rail. With a lot of local businesses within walking distance, they would have seen new customers possibly, so potentially there was a bonus for the local economy, especially as their staff may have been able to walk in to work. An opportunity for the independent, whilst the large supermarket chains sold out, whilst then stuck in a logistics a queue trying to catch up. The reality is it takes more than a few days to work through that overlaps into the

week that follows. After all, there are only so many trucks, trains and hours in a day which need people to actually sort the problem. One a computer can’t solve of course if the line is down. People are the key component in distribution and with schools closed, we still have many industries that can’t be run from home. Many of the problems experienced overcome by a lot of people volunteering away from their day time occupation to deal with essential services and needs. They are a credit to us all. This month, we have some interesting interviews; one I look at as quite a discovery as I visited Calthwaite Hall for the first time. This our main feature this month, I was totally blown away by what they do. My thanks to Tony Kenvig for his time and a great interview which reflects his journey of achievement. It’s been a while since I’ve written an update on Eden FM. Well, it’s all change again, but it’s important to play out the plans and its needs as a community, to the community it serves and wants to continue serving in the future. It was so nice to receive some hand-written letters this month from Tricia Roscamp of Borrowdale about the Lynn Hopwood exhibition of 1800’s to 170s Costume Collection and Kaye Jarman of Newbiggin with an update on the Golden Years lunch and social club. Neither of these are actually in Penrith, but it is great to be able to share them. I have many times emphasised why both the community radio and the magazine I run serve a community that is in Penrith and the areas around it. That is why they both carry the Eden and not Penrith. We need both the urban and rural parts around the town in Eden to always work together as it is something that is in the best interest of all. That is why we have Eden and not Penrith Local. This brings me to the chap who left a message on my office phone asking me to make sure that I put more news into the Eden Local about the good work Penrith Town Council is doing. In his message, he also added that he wouldn’t leave his name! For me, it is simple; they have the resources and the budget to communicate much better than they do, so they should use them. Perhaps he should pop into the offices; I believe they are open three days a week or is it four? Now what would you do if you were me with his number recorded on my phone? I don’t do short

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 answers and it’s one I’ll share with you as someone in communication, which I enjoy with a passion. But for the benefit of the Mr ‘unknown’ caller, I put a proposal to the Penrith Town Council which highlighted it’s needs to communicate its actions, its plans and requirements to engage with the community as a duty it has. This should have happened within six months of it being set up. A simple quarterly civic news that could be delivered with the Eden Local, if required, to the residents of Penrith; I was asked if I could deliver this for free and then I had to explain that I couldn’t ask the people I employee to deliver it for free. Well Mr ‘Unknown’, the magazine does get designed, printed or posted for free. It helps voluntary groups and charities support local businesses by offering affordable advertising and advice in how they present and communicate. Penrith Town Council has been failing in its duty, since it began, to engage and communicate with the community I understand it ‘serves’ through all the channels available. Whilst initially Eden Local did try to assist, based on my brief spell, as an insight to being a town councillor, it is one that was possibly a low point of 2017 borne out of disappointment and the frustration of how it does not engage in listening to what the community wants as it rather tends to tell it what is going to have. Recently a bus shelter was removed by the Town Council. Now there is a consultation taking place asking the people in that area if they want it back! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Wouldn’t it have been nice to consult with residents first before taking the action to remove it? To me it’s simple communication, that simple it’s too simple and with the budgets the Town Council has ‘guaranteed’ by its income from tax payers’ money, a dream to any normal business with staff and resources, perhaps it should put its hand in its pocket and communicate like any business would, as it is in the business of the need to run the town and deliver services.

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Meanwhile, it has been a busy month, but I have had some time out to reflect on the years I have spent writing stories and articles about people and businesses. Some of these I know and some I had no knowledge about when I met them for the first time. It’s something I consider as an honour that I have been trusted to do. To write about people and businesses celebrating their achievements or to help launch a business, a project or raise awareness of a local group’s actions, is what this magazine was set up to do. Much of what I do is about communication, which I’ve also chosen to write about this month. Writing about people in business is one of the rewards of having this magazine. Being involved in the community radio is also rewarding in interviewing and presenting these stories about people and businesses. I have just started work on a 50th anniversary celebration for a local family business and I’m helping with two 125-year celebrations also. One is here this month as I prepare the way for 2019. This month I also took some time out with Fraser at Hearth and Home to talk about his business, which he took on as an existing business in December 2010, one month after the first Eden Local was posted through doors. A lot of writing and a lot reading. Please enjoy your Eden Local. I’ll be back in May. Lee Quinn

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All Change Again at Eden FM By Lee Quinn We are one of over 250 community radio stations in the country, operating with the best intentions that Eden FM always have, to serve and be a voice in the community. Our nearest community radio neighbour is in Barrow in Furness, based at Furness College and it’s almost worlds apart. Some of you would have followed the launch of the Eden FM project; may have grasped the concept of what it is to be a station that is on air 24 hours a day and presented and run by volunteers. For its licence requirements, it cannot be a charity. It has to be a not-forprofit organisation and because it is classed as a non-commercial radio station, it is permitted to sell on air advertising and if it is lucky enough to reach £15,000 in a year with off air advertising, then every £1 after this amount has to be matched with off air advertising/sponsorship revenue. As a station it has to raise its own funds. Its radio licence fees and royalties, its everyday business overheads, insurance, renting its premises, its IT, phones, energy bills, insurance and so on are

still costs it has to cover. It has to run as business, function as a business and serve the community, but the rules make this quite difficult! In between all of this, it has to have the tools, the technology and radio specification equipment and other licences to function. You may have seen us out and about in 2017 in the old radio Freelander. It is of course an essential requirement of a community radio, but it’s also another cost in the running of this service for the community. Not many of the 250 community station actually have a radio car. A community station in Manchester or Newcastle has a much larger community on its doorstep than we have. Last year, the team of volunteers completed 31 live broadcasts! We are expected to turn up and support events most weeks. Unfortunately, this year we are having to cover the costs of doing this, but then we have since 2011 and in that, as a voluntary group, the Skelton show has been one of a small number to actually

offer Eden FM a donation for the 6 volunteers it takes to do a live broadcast from 9am to 4pm. Did you miss us at Penrith Goes orange? Well, unfortunately we weren’t in the budget as a donation of £50 to have a team set up from 8am to 4pm and broadcast live for the whole day was not affordable. As I rally the team and shake the tin, we have invested in the technology that gives our presenters the facility to broadcast from home, which overcomes the transport issues we have with buses. Now at our base at Mostyn Hall, we have lost the battle to BT, as since we moved in two years ago, the lack of fibre optic broadband means the connection to our transmitter is not suitable and at present just to upload a piece of music to our system interrupts with our broadcast transmission. Even with the technology and knowledge we have in our team, whilst Steve our engineer could lie on a beach in Thailand, re-set our computer, log on and do a show and whilst I can go to Guisborough

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EDEN FM CONTINUED Town FC with the Bonny Blues and complete a 2 hour transmission via a mobile phone to be broadcast here in Penrith online and on 107.5 FM, these are achieved through systems not at our main studio. We can’t do the simple things from our studio. After much consideration, we will be closing the doors at Mostyn Hall and moving to a temporary studio in Penrith which has been one of our back up studios dealing with the line faults we have experienced.

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Meanwhile, our search continues for a room to accommodate Eden FM and we hope with a suitable broadband connection. As big as a large cupboard and available for use 7 days a week is what we need, or a small office as we prepare the station for the next 5 years so we can continue to serve the community.

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Is it art? Some of you may have watched a guest speaker on a stand at a conference, highly skilled and polished in verbal communication, voice control, their posture, their engagement of the audience. A fine-tuned warrior of words, a trained professional that captivates their audience, grips them tight, hooks them in and delivers a message; but does their audience remember it? Is it communication? Is an email an effective part of your communication? When you send one, do you always get a reply? Recently I attended a really interesting meeting in Carlisle of ‘the Carlisle Ambassadors’. The topic was Health and Wellbeing. Over 200 attendees were there, representing a cross section of the private, public and voluntary sectors. There was a clear message supported by data that the stress many are under is costing us dearly. I work in the community, I work in communication and I work on line most days. As a community in Cumbria, we could do better. It was a clear message. As expressed to a county representative, I explained that Community and Communication are both about ‘comms’ and not about media. They are two very strong words when they work together. Imagine adding the word Cumbria to them. Another thought I had was, have you ever asked yourself or thought about how stressful social media and the access to ‘you’ 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year actually is? How many times do you take an internet hit during the day? A text message, a social media alert? What about our children and what are their chances once they log on just to be friends? How many people are on Linkedin to sell, snoop, recruit, boast or just to network? Facebook isn’t face to face. Who’s dialling you today?

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Sometimes we overlook the basics. Whole departments of people write and send press releases; this is what they do. However, they have forgotten what communication actually means as a process. There are less reporters out on the street. More time is spent scanning the internet for stories. There’s another word ‘stories’. People take the title of Marketing or PR and some rarely leave the office. Communication is a process and for as long as I can remember, it was about sending a message and then receiving a reply. How we receive information, how we understand information or process it and importantly retain it, well that’s psychology. Communication isn’t about internet one way only traffic. It’s about engaging with people and sending and receiving information. It is unfortunate that most telecommunications companies, banks and online retailers have forgotten the importance of what a customer is and what their needs might be.

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Here are some thoughts to consider. With so many communication channels, is it feasible to be switched on to all of them? Are there too many forced into our lives, with constant upgrades, that we have forgotten how to communicate effectively? What is the bonus of simply sitting down and talking to somebody, or sending them a letter and photo that they’ll keep? A letter online that would otherwise be lost on a computer drive, memory card or mobile phone or social media data base. What good is it to anyone? Our trendy communication device, #mobilephonenowcamera, hours on games, on the internet, social media and 7,000 friends you’ve never met who you share your life with! Will you wake up one day, turn to a photo album covered in dust and find it empty of your life? Mobile phones are probably one of the biggest intrusions to our lives. Next month, effective communication tips and advice. The most effective and important thing above is the tin cans! What we can do about communication in our community is look at the processes we have and see how effective they actually are. Meanwhile, look at how you communicate and ask yourself does it really work? The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY

17-25. Is what we have at the moment actually what is right? By Emily Quinn Maybe schools are approaching these issues from the wrong angle? The things that we see on social media every day that just pop up on feeds; things like indecent images and swearing, no responsible parent would allow their 10-year old to be exposed to that through choice. Letting young children decide they want to be involved with social media is like the parent making that choice. It is potentially corruption to childhood and quite honestly, I fear what future generations are going to do to our world. Is it not already damaged enough?

Anything from laws to the age ratings on films and video games; are they actually what they should be? Maybe more attention should be paid to ratings on video games and films too. Do you really want your 10-year old exposed to mass shootings and taboo? I’ve spoken to children no older than 9 and they’ve told me about going home from school and playing on shooting video games and talking about people being mean on Facebook. Restrictions exist for a reason and we don’t pay enough attention to them. Even in my generation, the problems we are giving kids ‘on 10 • EdenLocal

a plate’ now are so much worse than they were 15 years ago. For example, when a person sets up a social media account, they have to state their age. Evidently thousands of children are doing this because they want to be a part of our online network of a society. This is wrong!!! Children need to go back to playing in the park and going out on their bikes; not sitting at home talking to their friends online. I have also spoken to a few kids in their early teens, who’ve got themselves into a lot of trouble on social media. This is purely down to immaturity and the fact they really are not aware of the dangers of the online network.

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Age ratings on films and video games are a massive problem today. Maybe it would just be easier to go back to an ‘old fashioned society’. One with strict rules, were children actually were a lot more restricted and controlled. Things that shouldn’t be, have become the norm to children and teens. The mentality of a person cannot be defined by their age either. A person could be 18, but mentally no more than 12 or 13. Surely parents should decide when it is right for their child to be exposed to certain things. Things which could be potentially encouraging violence and bad behaviour and language like (18) rated video games, shouldn’t be in the vicinity of 16 or 17-year olds, let alone a 10-year old. 18 means 18!


Although some see it as a suggested age, it is a suggested age for a reason. We don’t want our children growing up thinking this behaviour is right. Until a child becomes an adult and even into adulthood, children and young people are influenced by everything they are exposed to. Whether your child is going to be exposed to something for a person much older than they are, is also a decision a parent has control over. It is something that desperately needs to be taken much more seriously. A subject I’ve touched on in previous editions, is laws for youths such as myself; matters which extremely bother some of us. Those such as voting and laws which state a person under the age of 18 is committing an offence if they do not abide by the rules. The law stating you must be 18 to vote (in England), how can this be fair? Some 18-year olds couldn’t care less who runs the country and in a general election may just chose someone for having the best name! Whereas, some 15/16/17year olds could be very in tune with politics and very worried about our country’s economic status. Isn’t the country’s economic status more important than if someone is called Fredrick or Bob? Some laws, such as the age you must be in order to buy cigarettes and tobacco, are enforced for the simple reason that it’s been scientifically proven that smoking is bad for you. Choosing to smoke is a decision a person makes on their own, but you need to be of an age where you understand the dangers and complications of it. What is that age for a 21-year old with the mentality of a 15-year old, who still messes about with their friends and can’t get a job and relies on others? Do they deserve that responsibility to make such a big decision? So, this month I hope has conveyed a very important message about the understanding of the need for change in society. I can’t tell you how we make that change, but it’s something that needs to be done together, productively. We need to take a step back and re-evaluate what we are teaching our children and how effective those teachings are. Next month’s focus will be about young people, their manners and the lack of respect for others. I am going to take a different approach and look at the opinions of other generations and how it is affecting them.

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PAMELA'S MONTHLY NURSERY RHYME

Nursery Rhyme Corner Welcome to April’s Nursery Rhyme corner, two for you this month as a special springtime treat!

Little Jack Horner sat in a corner Eating a Christmas pie; He put in his thumb, And pulled out a plum, And said “What a good boy am I” the rhyme. Other suggestions offer that as the manor properties included the local lead mines the plum is a pun on the Latin name for lead plumbum. Records do show that a Thomas Horner did live at the manor but his descendants and subsequent owners of Mells Manor have always stated that the legend is untrue and that the deeds were bought from the abbey directly and claim the rhyme is untrue and slanderous! The second rhyme is often used as a lullaby. Hush a-bye baby in the tree-top, When the wind blows the cradle will rock,When the bough breaks the cradle will fall, Down will come cradle, baby and all This is a commonly known simple nursery rhyme, but who was Jack Horner and did he exist? Well, he certainly did, he lived in the 1530’s during the reign of King Henry VIII and at the same time as the Dissolution of the Monasteries. He was a steward (the official in charge of a noble household and its treasury) of Richard Whiting, the last of the Abbots of Glastonbury. The story goes that the Abbot, hoping to curry favour with King Henry, sent His Majesty an enormous Christmas pie containing the deeds of 12 local manor houses. As the household steward Horner was given the task of taking the ‘pie’ to London. During the journey he managed to open it up and removed the deeds of the Manor of Mells in Somerset, which could be the ‘plum’ property referred to in 12 • EdenLocal

“Hush a-bye Baby” or sometimes “Rock a-bye Baby” is said to have been written by a young boy who sailed with the Pilgrim Fathers to America in 1620 and it was the first English poem written on American soil. It is said to have been inspired by the Native American custom of popping babies’ cradles in the branches of trees, with the rocking motion lulling the babies off to sleep. However another suggestion that its origins lie a little closer to home in Derbyshire where local legend has it that the song relates to a family in the late 18th century, Betty Kenny also referred to as Kate Kenyon, who lived with her husband, Luke, and their eight children in a huge yew tree in Shining Cliff Woods in the Derwent Valley where a hollowed-out bough served as a cradle. The stories behind more Nursery Rhymes next month!

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The subject of pay can often be a difficult one to discuss whether you are an employer or an employee, however, it it’s handled in a sensitive, professional way, it can have a tremendously positive impact on morale, productivity and efficiency. Employers need to operate pay and reward structures that are consistent, fair, transparent and at the same time, deliver value for money. It can be challenging to achieve the right balance, but it is totally achievable with a bit of work! A sound pay and reward structure will be a good defence should you receive an equal pay claim and an investment in it now could save you time and money in the future.

From 1 April 2018, the following rates applied. • £7.83 per hour for workers aged 25 and over • £7.38 per hour for workers aged 21 and over • £5.90 per hour (development rate) for workers aged 18 to 20 • £4.20 per hour for young workers aged 16 to 17 • £3.70 per hour for apprentices In terms of apprentices, it is worth noting that the apprentice rate of £3.70 per hour only applies to those under 19, or those 19 or over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship. From the second year of the apprenticeship, the NMW or NLW applicable to their age category must be paid. There are also a number of groups who are not entitled to receive the NMW or NLW. These include:

National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage When it comes to rates of pay, do you know what the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage levels are and who they apply to? Well, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is defined as the minimum pay per hour most workers under the age of 25 are entitled to by law. The National Living Wage (NLW) is defined as the minimum pay per hour most workers aged 25 and over are entitled to by law. The actual rate of pay depends on 2 things; firstly the worker’s age and secondly, whether they are an apprentice. It is against the law for employers to pay workers less than the NMW or NLW. Employers that do not pay the NMW and the NLW risk being taken to court by the HMRC or to an employment tribunal by their workers!

• Self employed • Volunteers or voluntary workers • Company directors • Members of the armed forces • Family members or people who live in the family home of an employer • Work experience students undertaking short placements If you would like to find out more about pay and reward structures, job evaluation, equal pay and gender pay or would like to have a confidential chat about any concerns you have in relation to this topic, please let me know.

You may also have a different employment related matter you wish to discuss. If so, please contact me via email at charlotte@quinnhr.co.uk or call me on 01768 862394.

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The Other Side of the Wall at Calthwaite Hall An exclusive interview by Lee Quinn

It was only my second visit to Calthwaite Hall. It’s the sort of place that as you come through Calthwaite village, it’s hard to miss, but that’s if you’re looking for it. Opposite the village inn, the Globe, there is a large gated entrance. As the electric gates silently and slowly parted, I drove up the drive. For the first time you may feel you are entering a whole new world and you are, but it isn’t actually new, although it’s starting to look as good as the day is was built in 1837. It possibly is something you probably don’t see every day. On my previous visit, I had spent some time with Tony Kenvig and Gill Hunt, mapping out some simple ideas of how we might make you want to know more and see more that is behind the wall at Calthwaite Hall. If you still haven’t found what you’re your looking for, this may well be the answer, this summer or the next. Once again I sat down with Tony Kenvig, the man who had an idea. We recorded the story for Eden

FM and I’ve adapted it for you, to give you an insight into what was created from the rubble; a wobbly staircase set in lost wilderness behind a wall. As Tony explained, “it was around 2008 that we looked at the property. This was due to the fact that where we were living, the property was up for compulsory purchase as a bypass was going to be running up across our field right in front of the house, so I simply googled ‘equestrian property’ and Calthwaite Hall popped up in front of me! We had specific needs with the horses, the other animals and the land was suitable.” I asked Tony about the challenge he took on. As Tony described, “it was pretty much uninhabitable. There was no heating, no electric, no plumbing; the roof was shot, the lead had been taken off the roof, it had dry rot, wet rot and it was infested with rats! In my mind the question to myself was why would you want to buy that? It was a case of making one room

habitable which was the kitchen and working from there, doing it a little bit at a time.” Before they took on Calthwaite Hall, there was something they had to seriously consider as Tony explained, “it wasn’t just the fact we were living on a building site for a while; it was also down to funding. When I first bought it, I had the funds from the sale of the other property to buy it and basically get one room habitable. It was difficult getting out there to try and get the project financed at the time. We had five surveys done, one being a full structural engineering report and the advice was, run for the hills Tony, don’t touch it!” I put it to Tony that he wasn’t going to do that? “Well I actually did!” was Tony’s reply and he then described why it almost didn’t happen and then how it did. “It was December 2009 and I did pull out. We withdrew our offer and we looked at something else in the South Lakes and put in an offer on that, but Calthwaite Hall was pulling at my heart strings and I don’t know why, but I knew I had to have another look, so I asked a dear friend David, who is sadly not with us any more, what he thought. In one day I showed him both properties and in his words he said, ‘Calthwaite Hall is right up my street, forget the other one’, so we started speaking to Brackenburgh Estate who owned the property at that time. We purchased it in May 2010. They had the keys to the door, so what did they do next? Tony

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describes the initial task they had. “Prioritising what had to be done was essential. We had to get the dry rot out as it spreads. The livestock had to go! I had to sleep on a mattress on the kitchen floor which wasn’t pleasant. It wasn’t so much that it was cold, it was just the noises under the floor that freaked me out a bit. I was commuting to Preston every day and it was just things like having clean clothes in the morning because dust was on everything. It just spread through the house under the doors because there was so much work going on. We isolated one area which generally was the kitchen. I had a bottle fridge and a microwave for eight months!” I asked Tony how he got involved in the work. “ I project managed it myself because I am very passionate about making sure things are done correctly, for example the door furnishings were all taken as the house had been broken into a couple of times before I took it over and like so many of the furnishings, they had gone and it’s all quite gothic. The house has a kind of gothic revival, so I had to research the furnishings and luckily I found one door handle and basically I got someone in Preston to source something almost identical. The fire places had been removed, so it was a case of going to the auction rooms and putting cheeky bids on in places like Kirkby Lonsdale, leaving them and hopefully getting things. I was lucky with some and sadly I didn’t get others, so it was a waiting game. Calthwaite Hall was built in 1837 for Thomas Dixon Esq. His father, also called Thomas Dixon, had bought the Calthwaite Estate in 1791 from the Duke of Devonshire. There is information that confirms there was a house at that time which was altered

by Thomas’s father. In a book he wrote in 1811, he refers to "Calthwaite Hall, the improved mansion of Thomas Dixon." Tony continued, “the history is quite fascinating actually. There has only ever been four owners and I’m the fourth one. It was the principle residence of the Harris family who had the Brackenburgh Estate, before they built Brackenbrugh and moved out in 1903, but one of the most interesting things we found out just ten weeks ago, was the garden was designed by a very famous Lakeland artist called Gilpin. We researched that and we are now trying to reinstate the things he had here the day he designed it, with some of those soft lines. We are trying to recreate that now.” When Thomas Dixon built the new Calthwaite Hall in 1837, he employed the famous landscaper William Sawrey Gilpin to lay out the gardens. Born in Scaleby Castle, Cumbria, Gilpin was an artist come landscape designer and gardener who worked on many projects across the country as far as Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Norfolk, Essex and Ireland. Some features adopted by Gilpin are amoeba-shaped flower beds, gently curving paths through irregular shrubberies and raised terrace walks.

Tony went on to describe the gardens, “it’s quite a magical garden outside. It wasn’t like that when I arrived. When you go to the very long rill where the fish pond is now, I have pictures of me standing there with nettles up to my shoulders! We obviously had to have it dug out, but it was finding and rediscovering the lost garden that it was. There were a lot of tree works where we had a lot of self-seeded elders.” This was one of two ponds Tony was describing, which is at the side of the property which is like the front of the house, but as he explained, “it’s the formal side of the house.” Tony continued, “then we have the secret garden which we uncovered quite by accident, which has lots of little pathways taking you off into the garden and we built a little folly in there just to give it a bit of interest and draw your eye in. We put tea lights up when we do weddings and functions and it looks fabulous, magical. We are creating a stumpery at the minute with New Zealand tree ferns and we’ll get that settled, then it will have to be next year now that we start on the sunken garden which will be a different theme.” I wasn’t sure what a stumpery was. I had a vision of what I thought it was and I was right. A stumpery is a garden feature similar to a rockery but made from parts of dead trees. This

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can take the form of whole stumps, logs, pieces of bark or even worked timber such as railway sleepers or floorboards. The pieces are arranged artistically and plants, typically ferns, mosses and lichens are encouraged to grow. Well, at this point in the interview, I was just listening and I didn’t want to interrupt the excitement of hearing how Tony has so much energy and drive in how he describes Calthwaite Hall and all its features. We then talked about the swans, which are black New Zealand swans. Tony brought them with him from his original house. Unfortunately, they lost their original cob; he died last year but then he was 14 years old. Tony added, “he had a good innings” and continued, “so we put the big pond in and the fountain. It is a natural pond as it would have been in Gilpin’s day. The pond is natural as the water that goes into it is collected from the roof and it’s a natural lined pond; it’s not rubber lined.” In addition to the swans, there are other inhabitants in the garden and I wasn’t referring to the gardeners! Tony then talked about the peacocks. “They always fascinate people. They can be a bit noisy ‘in season’, but for that short time the rest is wonderful. We also have the guinea foul, the geese, the ducks

and various other things running around. It all helps create and set a natural scene.” They have also introduced a lot of bird feeders; they have woodpeckers and a resident owl. “At night, sounds are quite amazing, especially with the clear nights and the stars,” Tony added. Just beyond the formal garden, they have the paddock area and the stables, which was another area they put a lot of work into tidying up and introducing water, power and new fencing and down at the far end, they have some Falabellas, which Tony describe as smaller than a Shetland pony but they are in fact classed as a horse. It is a miniature horse and they are quite beautiful. Inside the house as you come in, there is this huge spiral staircase, which lights up the entrance hall as above it is a glass dome which on the very top floor is a balcony on all sides which is known and referred to by Tony as the ‘Dolls house’. He describes further some of the work taken on in the house. “When we first tried the staircase, it was quite wobbly and we were advised by a joiner who recommended that once the heating was on, to leave it on, which was October 2010. He said leave it on constantly for six months and you’ll find that the staircase will shrink back and as it was originally built with dowels, not nails and screws and is counter level, it’s sort of self- standing. He explained it would right itself. The timber was basically so badly swollen that the joints were all wobbly and in six months it had tightened up and it’s now fine. It was as simple as that, just getting the water out of it.” The staircase is quite special as you can see from the photographs, but I asked Tony to now tell us more about the facility and what makes it so special for events. “On the ground floor there are two licenced areas for weddings. The main area is the drawing room. It will seat up to 120 cathedral style, but we can be pretty flexible with the layout and the other area is the main hallway which is where the spiral staircase is and we can do about 40 seated in there, which may feature the bride coming down the stairs. The house is principally a private residence that is licenced for wedding ceremonies just in those two areas. The main accommodation is the lodges which sleep four and they are all luxurious with hot tubs. We also have the cottages at the end of the old carriage drive and we have rooms at the pub, as in the Globe Inn across the road just through the back gate, which is also a part of the whole Calthwaite Hall facility and experience.” There are four floors counting the cellar. The first floor where the principle bedrooms are then the top is the ‘Dolls House” and when people have seen it, they

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get why it is the ‘Dolls House’, as it is a series of small rooms with windows and doors right up in the roof. Originally when Tony moved in, the area was for attic space storage where the huge water tanks were which collected water from the roof to run the sanitary system, before mains water. Now it’s four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The view from the balcony where the Dolls House is located of course is directly above the spiral staircase and when you look down as Tony described, you see a tortoise shell effect and as you’ll see on the website, it’s popular and some fabulous pictures are taken from there. As Tony explained, “this venue isn’t one that is going to be doing a quick turnaround, one after another, one in one out functions and weddings.” Tony’s idea was born out of his experience gained in running hair dressing salons that were international brands, based in hotels and what he saw over a period of ten years, were the pitfalls of wedding packages and how impersonal they were. As he described, “just simple things like seeing the brides having their pictures taken on the lawns of the hotel with crowds of people about and cars, I used to think this is awful. I’m not meaning to knock that as a product or service, but I wanted this to be different, special, exclusive. All the cars are off the drive on the day of the wedding. It’s a walled garden, so when the guests arrive it’s all very private. We work with the couple; we can dress it up or down as much as they like. With the gardens, there are so many great photo opportunities in groups or away from the crowd to be completely on your own and there are so many different areas of the garden to enjoy. Outside we bring in the big marquee. We use a local company

that are fantastic, but we also have the small marquee on site with the concrete base which is up through to Autumn, then back up in Spring which takes 90 seated during the day and 120-130 at night. A lot of people staying over, make use of the gardens, play ball games on the lawns or have barbeques. They just relax into the weekends. My job on the day is to look after the immediate family and the bride and groom. It’s a special day and sometimes a very long day. It can be quite overwhelming and quite daunting and sometimes people just need time out. I had one occasion on a hot day where I had to sit the bride in a small quiet area and give her a cool glass of water, just to help her get composed as it was all a bit too much and it does happen, but it is within the walls of the garden.” We then talked about attention to detail. As the electric gates open, the wedding cars enter via the red carpet at the entrance. Tony continued, “it’s a start of a fantastic experience. Some people have had the gates dressed with big flower arrangements. Every

wedding and event is special and unique. We are very flexible with arrangements, making sure everyone is at ease and if we can do it we will do it, in helping every couple making it their special day.” Some other nice touches include another smaller marquee next to the onsite marquee, that can be used as the catering tent, a chill out lounge or a soft play area for children. Tony told me more about the bar in the marquee. “It is like a bar in a pub with draft ales, with the beers, wines and spirits at pub prices. Some marquee bars can work out expensive with bottle and hotel prices which never goes down well. Basically, the people that provide our beers at the pub have provided us with a full bar system. Some things are just simple but also special; a pint of beer, a private secure garden.” Tony went on to explain that they do not do back to back events. They have tried the odd one, but to do things right one hundred percent , you can’t consistently do this every weekend, so whilst this means Calthwaite Hall and Gardens is

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not available every weekend, it can also host the odd corporate event during the week subject to the weekend bookings being far enough apart. In my experience of corporate events which I manage in London at venues like the Hurlingham Club, in Putney were already driving my imagination to the perfect summer ball, a string quartet and a glass of champagne as the quest step out on to a red carpet or even an Alice in Wonderland tea party on the lawn, with a Mad Hatter magician and a 6ft tall white rabbit running through running through enchanted garage in the perfect place for the young prince or princesses in our lives. So, to conclude my interview with Tony, I asked him to summarise why Calthwaite Hall is so unique and special. “Firstly, you have to come and see what we have here. You’ve got to feel that experience of coming up the drive, then seeing the house and the grounds for the first time. What we are doing and what we have to offer is a unique experience that our customers and our couples get to make their own.

You relax from the moment you arrive, while you are here and you’ll feel that you had a break when you leave. Some other things we do are that we allow the couple or the event organiser to visit the week before. We take away the dreads, as we don’t expect our guest to be cleaning up and taking things down after and they don’t have to be out by a certain time and this is because their event and their special day is exclusive to them. Well, there will be an opening to be announced soon this summer. Once the last available dates are taken at Calthwaite Hall, they’ll be opening the gates for a special day. For more details on an event

this year or in the future. There was a slight moment of doubt which I hope Tony don’t mind me sharing, running a business is hard, what you see is dream born from a possibly a nightmare and after so much energy spent, Tony did decide to put the property on the market in 2017, but as soon as it was on the market it was off. The pressure for any business is hard and this venue requires full on dedication in delivering dreams and not anxieties for special days If you are interested in following you dream the details are below and if you would to attend the opening day event, please email or write to the address confirming your interest and why you would like to attend. A big thank you to Tony Kenvig for sharing his experience and helping us know more about his home and his business at Calthwaite Hall. And by the way, they have had an Alice in Wonderland wedding and a tea party on the lawn with the local school! Located just minutes from junction 41 of the M6 Calthwaite Hall Calthwaite, Penrith CA11 9QU 01768 894529 calthwaitehall@gmail.com www.calthwaitehall.co.uk

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LOCAL EX

THE LYNN HOPWOO 1800S – 1970S COSTU

It started with a good old-fashioned phone call from a lady called Tricia Roscamp from Grange in Borrowdale at the start of the year. Two phone calls later, I received a lovely letter as Tricia doesn’t do email. In short, it’s two pages of details about the event that will be held at St Andrews Church at Stonethwaite to raise money for the church. It opens with an unnecessary apology for using lined paper as her fingers don’t work as well as they used to and finished with a thank you for being so generous in supporting the event with the Eden Local. What Tricia doesn’t know until she reads this, is how much I like letters and love ‘thank you’s’. Thank you Tricia first of all for calling me and then writing to Eden Local. I will be booking this in as a visit and am pleased to be able to support this great fundraising event. 22 • EdenLocal

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OD EXHIBITION OF UME COLLECTION In May she is kindly exhibiting 35 wedding dresses in a lovely country church – St Andrews at Stonethwaite, which is beyond Rosthwaite in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley, on Friday evening, 25th May, 6pm for 7pm, Lyn will give a short talk on the display. Tickets on the door are £5.00. We hope to raise money for the maintenance and fabric fund for the old church and churchyard. There will be a piece of wedding cake! Throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, the exhibition will be open 10am to 5pm; £2.00 for a catalogue and donations would be welcome.

On Sunday 27th May at 10.30 am, those married in the church will be invited back to the church service. Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May, light refreshments will be available. Further details can be obtained from Malcolm Stonestreet on 01768 777671 or email malcolmstonestreet@gmail.com Tricia Roscamp 01768 777231.

Not as simple as waving a magic wand and the letter converts to text in a file, but here are the details digitally provided by Tricia. ‘Over many years Lynn has been an enthusiastic collector of costume, her passion being the Victorian period, however, she collects costumes up to the 1970s including 149 wedding dresses. In addition to costumes, she has a large collection of accessories, anything related to ladies attire, from underwear to shoes, bags, hats and Jewellery. About 40 years ago, she was asked to do a talk on her collection for the WI ladies. Apprehensive to stand before an audience, she reluctantly agreed and to this day is still doing talks and now enjoying it. The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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LOCAL COMMUNITY

Golden Years My thanks to Kaye for another lovely letter. I do feel that it’s more than just a letter. I look at a lot of Parish magazines and sometimes there are some great things that don’t get shared and promoted enough outside of the Parish. This is one example of many that relate to some great people helping out in the Community. Kaye, this Eden Local page is for you and the Golden Years Lunch and Social Club. Golden Years Lunch and Social Clubs have been open now for 18 months. Our aim is to give carers in the community a break and their dependants a chance to socialise with others. We provide transport, morning coffee or tea and a two-course lunch with refreshments. All food provided is bought, prepared and cooked on the day an all dietary needs are catered for. We have a selection of activities, from which members have a choice of what they would like to do. We open two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.30 to 2.30 and sessions are held in Newbiggin Village Hall, near Stainton. Everything is included in our one-off price. Wheelchair users are welcome. We are a registered charity with the charity commission. Throughout the year we like to give extra treats, i.e. trips and these are at no extra cost to members. All enquiries to Kaye on 07748 423747. Community lunches available. Trips are made possible from donations by Len Jarman, his suppliers and customers:- Senate Electrical, Cumbria Express and Roy Perfect Tractors

supply Len with unwanted pallets which he chops into kindling and sells. The funds raised go to Golden Years Lunch and Social clubs and Bolton Nursery. So far this year £1,500 has been raised. We at Golden years wanted Len to share his funds with Bolton Nursery this year to help fund support for a special little boy we all know with Autism, James Burton. Len’s donations of £2,300 in 2016 went towards a trip to Shap Wells Hotel where we enjoyed Christmas lunch and a cabaret with Lori Brown and Gary Birtles. In 2017, we went to the Grand Hotel, Grange-overSands where we enjoyed a lovely lunch, followed by entertainment by Jeremy Jay. Lori Brown and Gary Birtles provided the music for our afternoon tea dance in Newbiggin Village Hall for Golden Years lunch and social clubs and our guests. These outings gave our members a chance to socialise with others and a chance to sing and dance. We all had a great time! At Christmas we went to the pantomime, followed by afternoon tea at the Lodore Falls Hotel, in Borrowdale. We finished the year with a visit to the Pot Place Tea Room in Plumpton. All this has been made possible through Len, his suppliers and customers and we must not forget Roy and Angela Perfect, Cumbria Express, Senate Electrical. We are most grateful for your support. Your voice your choice in the Community is Eden FM. Your point in print is with Eden Local Community magazine.

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Celebrating 125 years of the Bonny Blues by Lee Quinn

As I put this short update together for the Bonny Blues, we are nearing the end of a season I will remember. It is one that became very busy, when the local business that was producing their match day programme, told them in June it could no longer do this. There is enough information in this magazine about volunteers that may help you understand that be a

volunteer and helping out at a football stadium and its facilities in the largest community football club in the Eden Valley is quite a task. However, it is possible, that unless you are in that team that makes sure the lights go on and the pitch is fit for play for around 40 matches over 9 months from the end of July to the end April battling with the weather. That your one of those people to drive the

minibus, wash the kits, make the half –time tea. Make sure the lines are painted and turnstiles are open. It’s takes 365 days of the year to make it happen. It takes dedication in all weathers and many hours travelled to away fixtures, which is over 4000 miles per season. Can you imagine how many hours travelling that is? After assisting Penrith

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AFC in the co-ordination and production of 30 match day programmes this season which ends at the end of this month, Cumbrian Local Publications is taking another step forward in helping it raise its profile and get it ready for the achievement of a lifetime. Can you help? There are less than 500 days to go! We are at the time of this update, around 68 weeks away from kicking off The Bonny Blues 125th anniversary season. It’s something you don’t switch on; it’s something we need to plan ahead for. I am co-ordinating at least 125 interviews that will be recorded and written up, clips of film and we’ll need with your help need to build the biggest collection of club history we can for this ultimate year. I estimate at least 300 images are needed of our past to make that year that bit special with a personal publication by the people and players of Penrith and their families. My special thanks to John Airey who has made a start with some images dating back to 1924 and next up, his life with the club since his first match, aged 17 against Tow Law, which we reckon was in the 1952-1953 season. Have you got the team sheet? A story to tell, an old programme, or a photo to share? Did you have a relative who was involved in the club? Penrith AFC is a club with a history to share. It’s about people and its community. Please write to leepenrithafc@gmail.com or call 01768 862394 if you have a memory to share.

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow Its now been nearly 9 months since we arrived here in Penrith. When we received news of our appointment to this beautiful part of God’s world, the first thing Carole and I did was find out about Penrith Town. I noticed how somethings have stayed the same since my visits as a child / young adult. When my parents during our annual holiday at Kirby Thore insisted on a Tuesday coming into the town as it was the market day, the visit to the local shops some of which are still here today, and so our arrival in July was not a completely strange event. As the month came to move, we faced time of apprehension not knowing what we would be doing, would we settle in quickly, what sort of ministry would we be doing. Change is not easy for many of us to face, but as a Salvation Army officer, we have to move approximately every 5 years, but still we have our concerns. We thank God for the opportunity we have to share in ministry among people in the town. The community spirit that is so apparent and the care for everyone. We also thank everyone for their amazing support especially with the community work we do here at The Salvation Army and for the warm welcome. When leaving Chester, we were told to buy ourselves some good walking shoes as we were coming to one of the beautiful spots in the UK. There have been times when we had new experiences, walking

up to Beacon point and looking out over the Town. Visiting the lakes and walking to Aira force, seeing the beauty that God has created for us to enjoy. We have seen the different events going on in the town like the droving, orange Saturday, all new experiences for us. So, my thoughts turn to Easter which we have just celebrated. I think of the disciples, were their feelings and worries any different to mine. They were feeling scared, worried at what the future would bring. They had seen Jesus crucified and were afraid of what would happen. They may have recalled their conversations with Jesus and some of his teaching. For in the gospel of Matthew it tells us not to worry about our

lives, about what we are to eat and drink, what we wear, but look at the flowers, the birds around us, God feeds and cares for them all, so how much more will God care for us. Corrie ten Boom wrote “worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. My hope and prayer is that we continue to grasp the truth of the Word of God, let us look forward rejoicing in what we have, giving thanks in every situation and allowing the peace of God to protect every one of us and His Promises to encourage us to continue the amazing set out for us aware we are not alone Jesus is Alive – let this be seen in and through us.

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CHARITY

On Solitary Walking Alfred Wainwright was a man who liked to walk alone and preferred his own company. He maintained that it was only the solitary walker who was able to appreciate the true beauty and majesty of the mountains. And he had strategies for discouraging unwanted company …

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On meeting a large party: ‘The worst experience that befalls a solitary walker is coming face to face with a large party, especially when they are strung out along his path. In a tight place, where this many-headed and many-legged caterpillar cannot be bypassed, it must be confronted. It may be a party of 36. Everyone of them ventures a greeting of sorts (the courtesy code of the hills, y'know). If I am in sociable mood I mumble a response to the first. The rest must share it. I am not going to say goodafternoon 36 times in quick succession. The tail-end think me a surly beggar. Okay, so I do not like large parties on the hills.’ Fellwanderer On meeting an enthusiastic walker: ‘Heaven preserve us from breezy individuals! The thing to do is to reverse the embarrassment. Memorise a short passage from a book on geology - just a sentence or two chosen at random and carry a small hammer. Then when you find yourself being overtaken by someone who is obviously going to give you a hearty greeting, even if he doesn’t actually slap you on the shoulder, as he strides past, just stop in your tracks and start tapping the nearest stone. The odds are he will pass without comment, but if he should ask what you are doing, look him up and down pityingly, quote your passage, and resume your concentration. He will creep quietly away! I know, I’ve tried it!’ The Wainwright Letters If all else failed, he would resort to more extreme measures. Eric Robson tells a funny story about meeting a group of Americans while he was filming for the BBC with Wainwright in the 1980s: ‘When they were about 20 feet away from us Wainwright said, “I think I need a pee”, turned his back on the advancing party and began opening his fly buttons. Now in those circumstances not even the most brass-necked of Americans knows quite what to do. Certainly grasping Mr Wainwright’s hand and pumping it in gratitude for the pleasure he’d given them over the years didn’t seem to be an option.’ After Wainwright 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 30 • EdenLocal

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‘Welcome to Penrith: The Caring Town.’ What a great sign to have at the entrances to our town! Penrith is a friendly place to live and work, no wonder we have so many houses being built; people want to live here, retire or visit our town. There are also so many amazing people living here willing to help others and support good causes in all sorts of ways. Blooming Great. Penrith is on the up. For the first time the town has been invited to represent Cumbria in the RHS Britain in Bloom Competition (it’s a bit like the Oscars). Our town will be under the microscope and is likely to receive more media attention. If you would like to be involved just contact Penrith Town Council. The volunteer Community Gardeners will be out and about throughout the summer doing what they can along with the volunteer litter pickers. But you know we can all make a difference every day and make Penrith cleaner, brighter, litter free and special. Today’s Stranger is Tomorrows Friend. Through reaching out to each other we can make such a difference. What if we all tried to do a ‘random act of kindness’ every day e.g. open a door for someone, stop the car for pedestrians trying to cross the road, smile at a stranger, say hello to a young person, help someone in trouble, leave a gift on a doorstep. Did you know acts of kindness are good for your health? Read on…. Be Happy: Smiling makes you feel better it


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costs nothing and is valued when given away. I have read that it slows the heart, relaxes the body and boosts the immune system. Also people who smile and laugh a lot are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling is also contagious, 50% of people smile back thus spreading the health benefits! Be Healthy: Studies show that regular volunteering leads to better health and volunteers have a lower mortality rate. The social interaction of being with others working for the common good, feeling valued and building selfesteem is a tonic the volunteer knows about. Try it and feel good! Be Kind: Kindness shown to you and the kindness you show to other people makes you happy. It stimulates a chemical called

serotonin which is a feel good chemical that stabilises moods and helps to fend off depression.

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So now you know why I love community gardening in Penrith. As our team of willing volunteers get sowing and planting, we will feel the health benefits of how and what we do. We will enjoy being in touch with nature as well as doing out bit to help make ours a caring town. Not to mention the benefits of handling soil, believed to be the health equivalent of taking Prozac. Yes dirt makes you happy too!

• Winnie our lollypop lady has a smile and positive comment for everyone

• Bessie enjoying a bunch of our sweet peas

• Joan (me) and Karen having a hug in the town’s ‘hugging zone’ Joan Robinson 07754773701 Community Gardener fb: Garden of Eden-Penrith Community Gardeners

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A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. - Unknown The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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