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Welcome to the February edition of your Eden Local Welcome to the 89th issue of your Eden Local community magazine. Before I go into my normal what’s in this month’s magazine spiel, which is packed with some great stories, personalities and people and new advertisers, I would like to welcome the people from Appleby back, where we have at last, finally found someone to start up a route in the town. We do need more help. It’s quite a size and growing, so if anyone receiving this magazine for the first time in a while is interested or knows someone who may be interested, please drop me a line at info@ cumbrianlocal.co.uk. It was at the end of December 2015 we had to stop deliveries in the town. It is possible you have just picked up a magazine for the first time. It could be you have just moved into the area or you collected your magazine from one of our new collection points. Well, the same applies to you if you do not get the magazine every month. Can you help or do you know someone who can? Appleby is not the only area this month getting its free Eden Local through their door, so let’s help keep it that way. Payments for deliveries are varied based on the areas and numbers. An area may be similar but not the same. This is based on our experience of having delivered over 1.5 million publications, posted through doors to date in Cumbria, so I hope you’ll go along with those thoughts. We need local people in the areas they live in to consider 2 to 3 hours per month.

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Contents Get it Right with All-Tight

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Stairway to History

Pages 6, 8 - 9

It’s a Classic from the Attic

Pages 10 - 11

On the Trail of the Top Trumps

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Pam’s Monthly Miscellany

Pages 14 -15

An Illuminating Experience

Pages 18 - 19

Barking Parking

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Is Your Town Changing?

Pages 22 – 23

Wainwrights Update

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Dignity

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Lifestyle

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Howard Jones Tickets

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Bonny Blues Update

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Carleton Park Recreation Group Pages 30 – 31 Unless stated articles and advertorials are compiled and written by Lee Quinn

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directly to Penrith, switching on and transmitting live through a simple internet stream. To start with we would be looking at a group doing maybe two hours per week. They would be producing a two hour show, full of local content, news and help promote local activities in and around Appleby and across Eden. Now the transmission in Appleby isn’t brilliant at the moment, but the Eden FM team is working on that to get a better signal and reach. Meanwhile, Eden FM 107.5 can be accessed via the Tune App on a mobile device or from the click and listen button on the website. On with the show! Well Eden FM launches a raft of new shows in March. We welcome back Matty Buck who was one of the original team, but there is also room for more. Full new show details are available on the edenfm. co.uk site. Many thanks to a lot of people this month for taking some real quality time out to assist me in some great stories. The Cowpers Chemist article on pages 5, 8 and 9 will continue next month. My thanks to Phil Caton and his team, Kelvin Dixon pages 18 -19, Rob Walker pages 30-31, Pam, Diane, Derek, Philip, Karl, Chris, the delivery teams of course and the Quinn family for all their help this month.

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A Stairway to History

It’s times like this when I think that whilst among the pressures of running my own businesses, I know every month as soon as the Eden Local is printed, in three days it is being delivered. I have targets like any business to achieve sales and deadlines in print and distribution, but then there is that time when I switch off, have a day when I don’t switch on the mobile and I even forget to wear a watch. It’s a time when time takes over and I get to do what I enjoy as part of my job; it makes all those deadlines and phone calls miss me for a few hours or even a day. On this occasion I had a full afternoon scheduled and planned. I entered a shop in King Street that I had been into many times before and seen that staircase. As you open the door and step in to 49-50, you are on a wooden floor with a carved, varnished timber ceiling above you. Whilst there is everything you would need from a pharmacist and more, you also see history and tradition before you. I am tempted to show you a picture of the staircase that I would be climbing. It is still almost as it was when it was first used. The mahogany cabinet is still there

where all the compounds and ingredients were stored in drawers that look to go on for ever. They have also been there from the beginning when Redferns, the first Chemist at this site, opened its doors in 1865. Now the exciting part! I would be going up those stairs. What happened next will follow shortly in this two part story which starts with Mr Joseph Cowper, the founder of this independent institution of Penrith. Born in Penrith in 1866 and educated at Mr James Briggs’s School at Sockbridge House, his career path was to be a pharmacist. He started as an apprentice to Mr Thomas Redfern, where the family business was first listed in a trade directory of Penrith as far back as 1858. Mr Cowper passed his first examination when he was 14 and he went on to study at the London College qualifying as a pharmacist when he was 21. He stayed in London for a few years working as a demonstrator at the South London College of Chemistry and Pharmacy, but at 23 he returned to his native town in order to purchase the business that was Redferns.

Mr Joseph Cowper If you have been into Cowper’s these last 15-16 years, you would have met Phil Caton. Phil is now the Managing Director responsible for this institution of Penrith. He took over from Geoff Silburn, the former Managing Director in December 2015. Geoff remained as director for a further year to assist Phil with his first year in charge, retiring in November 2016. On with the story! I left the busy counter area and shop floor and the team of ladies in their white coats and took that stairway to the first floor and into the board room with its grand architrave ceiling, many traditional chairs and tables from many years ago. Now the office has a ‘windows 10’ computer and printer which look somewhat out of place, but as I see it, put in its place and overlooked and overshadowed by the history around it. Continued on page 8

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Continued from page 6 Pharmacy he became a father of twin boys. He went on to describe that Penrith had as many as nine Chemists long ago. In Middlegate there was Lightfoot’s. This was previously Priestman and Humble an opticians and pharmacy, which ‘back in the day’ was how it often was. ( Lightfoots became the Co-op and is now Well Pharmacy) Phil then started to tell me about the history of Cowper’s, and how once as an apprentice, Mr Cowper had gone away to London, then come back and got enough shareholders in the town, about 150 to buy Redferns out, some of the older businesses that were then associated with the company at that time.

My first task took over an hour, capturing some of the photos you see now. Then it was time to start the interviews. What follow are some details of that first recording and there are more to come. Presented as the story of J Cowper Ltd, I am midway through interviews with the staff and their stories. Captured on modern digital recording, it is the true spirit of J Cowper Ltd today and with those that have shared their experiences over the years. I appreciate many of our readers cannot log on to a computer and look at all the photos and download the interviews as they are posted. I am hoping some will tune into Eden FM 107.5 when we schedule the ‘People behind Cowpers’ interviews live on air week commencing 6th March, but I also have an idea about that so that no-one missed out. So there we were sitting in this wonderful room overlooking King Street that would have been travelled by horses and carriages. Queen Victoria, aged 40, was 18 EdenLocal

years into what would be her 63 year reign. We switch on and press record as Phil Caton describes his journey to being the sixth managing director of J Cowper Ltd. In 1991 he qualified in the North East and in 1992 he came to Edmondson’s in Cornmarket to work as a Veterinary and Agricultural Pharmacist. After three or four years it was sold to Safeways; Phil expressed how sad it was that the chemists established in 1726 had now gone. Today, next to where the shop was, is an archway to a Chinese restaurant/takeaway. Back then it was the Edmondson’s workshop used for manufacturing and packaging. In 1999 Conlons Opticians moved in and now we are a matter of months away before Butterworths Solictors reopen this site as their office. It has been empty some time now since Conlons closed. Following Edmondson’s move to Safeway Phil worked in Boots Pharmacy. Later when he was working in Carlisle for Hills

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And in that room whilst we discussed the history, we were being watched by all the previous Managing Directors of J Cowpers portraits looking down on us; Mr Cowper, Mr Nicholson, Mr Bowman, Mr Carrie and Mr Silburn. ‘So I’m the current one, number six’ he said. I asked him if he could have his photo on the wall now. He said in jest ‘no you have to leave first’! He went on to say ‘When you see these people on the wall, you feel a sense of responsibility in making sure you keep this business running because they did through the wars and the hardships the country has faced’. So I asked Phil why he became a pharmacist. Was it something he wanted to do as a child? Did he have a chemistry set? He went on to explain that he wanted to do something scientific. He went to a career talk, looked into it more and got some work experience. He then got the bug and thought this was the career for him. He went on to mention that something J Cowpers do today is offer work experience to Ullswater Community College and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School students. Phil said, ‘It’s


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mostly medics because at age 15 they can’t get any experience in doctor’s surgeries. So what we do is give them a taste of what the health service is about here.’ Back to why he started; ‘Well I got into it as I like making things’. Did he have a chemistry set ‘no’ but he did buy his sons a chemistry set ‘yes’. He probably bought it for himself; I think is what he really meant! The great thing about when Phil started at Edmondson’s, as he recalled they were still making drenches and vitamin supplements for animals and it was very satisfying. He went on to say, ‘Sadly now you don’t get to make many things anymore, it is all done by specialist laboratories’. Phil went on to describe his view of how the government pays for a lot for medicines that could be produced still at a local level for a lower price.

it prevents this from happening. A very similar process is used in factories today on a much larger scale. Sometimes the coating was also used to disguise the colour or the taste’. We discussed that a lot of thought went into medicines in bottles as well, colours were used, thickeners were used and the reason for this is that some drugs don’t dissolve that well and have to be suspended. This is why still today we shake the bottle before use as they can separate. As Phil went on to say, ‘It’s a bit like cooking and following a recipe’. On that note with a recipe for success, we will be continuing with our ‘Joseph Cowper Story’ in the March Eden Local, where more copies will be made available for you to collect of these articles. I’ll be writing up some more interviews, concluding Phil’s and presenting the longest serving member of staff at J Cowpers today, Angela Sowerby and the rest of the team. Meanwhile, take a look inside at Cowpers today and see for yourself where, surrounded by history, a modern pharmacy is very much alive and well at 49-50 King Street.

Why are they called Pharmacists and not Chemists anymore? Well, in simple terms as Phil describes it, ‘Pure chemists synthesise the active ingredients. The Pharmacist is someone who studies the use of the chemical and how to make it into a form that can be administered to a patient, whether it’s by mouth, inserted, injected, inhaled and at what dosage’. He continued, ‘back in those days, preparations were formulated in the dispensary’. For example pills were rolled on a metal rack, a bit like making plasticine snakes, rolled into a line, then chopped up. They were then rolled into balls. They were placed into a sphere which is a bit like a rounded egg cup. The bottom half had a base and the other half of the sphere was the lid. The tablets would be rolled around in the cup to be coated. The reason they were coated was to stop the pill from falling apart.’ Why was this I asked? ‘Well you would get a lot of dust, but if you coat them The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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I T’ S A C L A S S IC F R O M T H E AT T IC three sets of nine cards that were trains, ships and aeroplanes. One set of seven motors cards, a set of six race horse cards, four lightning cards and one extra turn card.

Last month it was Polaroid cameras. This month my trip to the attic was a short trip. Writing a short story about this item was quite a task, as all the roads I went down place it being manufactured in the 1950’s, but the date emerges through the names and content on the cards . It’s origin it would seem dates back much further and it became quite a hunt for information on this card game produced by a game company called Pepsy. Castell Bros was founded in 1878 in Warwick Lane in sight of St. Paul’s Cathedral, by Henry Castell and his younger brother John. The choice of “Pepys” for a brand name turned out to be a fortuitous one as they went on to become a very well known manufacturer of diaries as well as the maker of so many wonderful card games that were enjoyed by many of us in our youth - as indeed they still are! You can track the suggested history EdenLocal

when in 1931 Henry Castell’s two grandchildren sold the business to Amalgamated Press, who sold it to Williams Collins Sons & Co Ltd. Eventually Alf Cooke Ltd of Leeds (by then universal playing card Co) was printing the cards and they where taken over by Waddingtons in 1971 which sold its game division to American Giant Hasbro in 1994, along with Monopoly and Top Trumps and other famous board and card games.

The red set that followed may have been similar, but the green backed set, which we have has not got horses and these have been replaced with international Speedway icons of the era with their clubs like Tommy Price (Wembley), two Australians, Merv Harding (Ashfield Glasgow), Graham Warren (Birmingham Brummies), Oliver Hart (Liverpool/ Bradford), Jack Parker (Bell Vue Manchester) and his brother Norman (Captain Wimbledon Dons). Based on these fellas being on the cards in these locations at the same time, dates them at around 1949.

I didn’t know their real value until possibly 10 years after I played the game Speed, which to be honest was introduced to my children at a young age by Grandpa Tony who had the cards. The game we call ‘Speedway’ which in actual fact is called Speed, the reason becomes apparent below. There were three sets of cards in the series released that we are looking at. I’m guessing a bit, but blue back card was the first set release which is very rare and had

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Players are dealt a hand of cards (6 cards for 2 or 3 players, 5 cards for 4 or 5 players). Players play cards by matching the set of the previously played card (Aeroplane, Train, Ship, Motor or Animal), or by playing a card bearing the same number in the top corner (the Animal suit has 2 numbers per card). When a player is unable to do either of these, he draws a card from the draw deck. 'Lightning' cards act as wild cards, allowing the player to call the next set to be played. There is one 'Extra Turn' card that can be played in addition to a normal card (hence the only chance to get rid of 2 cards in a turn). When the first person has finished, the others score penalty points equal to the sum of the numbers on the cards they have left in their hand. When I started the research on this card game from the Attic, I honestly didn’t know that it would eventually be a part of the Top Trumps brand.

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On the trail Of the Top Trumps Cumbria I call it a trail but what I started in July 2016 was like a quest for information. Unlike the creation of the Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly board, it’s turning into a major project taking me to so many places and hundreds of miles around the county. A bit of a trek across the county maybe, but an experience I’m not only enjoying, but with the thought that potentially it will be another part of history from the time they are released and the years that follow, it’s a nice thought. It’s something that in an age led by technology, I sit here thinking who is in control of our computers and mobile devices. Will we keep our mobile phone that have a life of about 2 years? Our computer that reaches a stage where it can’t be updated and we have to throw it away or maybe we’ll keep it in order to look at the floppy discs that we couldn’t transfer onto our memory, which has the photos of a moment in our lives that we might never get to print off and put in a photo album. No the cards are real. Like the Monopoly board, the Top Trumps are very real. They’ll be passed through many hands, stored in a drawer for another day, they’ll pop up at certain times, they’ll be shared around and around and very possibly end up with the next generations. After that reality check, on talking to people about the Cumbrian Top Trumps cards, most get it; some don’t. Those that have played Top Trumps as children, parents or grandparents do get it. Unfortunately some people, I’ll be honest haven’t heard of Top Trumps and a certain American hasn’t helped the marketing, but most see it as something that is beyond a moment in time. To deliver this project, I am raising the funds through sponsorship; with 30 cards to design, 60 more to design which together will make the three sets of Cumbria themed packs of cards. Each card has to have a sponsor to make this happen. When you get to this

stage in the project, you suddenly, with a licenced print run of over 90,000 cards get how big this project will be. 10,004 packs for each title! It makes the print run of just over 2000 Monopoly boards quite a small deal. But like the previous Monopoly boards, it will give Eden FM Community radio, as a not for profit business in the voluntary sector, important funds to keep it on air and help it develop. With a bit of luck it might cover my petrol! So to summarise, to make this happen, I’m sourcing and talking to businesses across Cumbria. I need 90 in total, but then some are having two and some are considering three, one in each set as their business is located in an area of one of the ‘Giants of Cumbria’ featured in the first that is ‘Mountains, Lakes or Rivers’. Their business has a historical bearing in Cumbria, so they can feature in the second set too, ‘Locals, Legends, Locations’ and in the third set with something unique they have something which is one of those 30 things that are considered to be ‘Only in Cumbria’. Having a business that fits all three criteria I think will be quite rare, although two is very possible. For a small price which is a little bit more than a page of advertising in this magazine, a business gets their logo on the card; the price includes pre-launch, launch and after launch advertising on Eden FM and every month promotional activity in this magazine, via local social media plus involvement with press releases. This is a project that has never been done in the UK in any county. With the Monopoly boards sold at £24.99 that I’ve already mentioned, these were a snap shot of history and won’t be printed again, so three years old this year it’s a solid part of history. With these cards going on sale at £4.99, it’s a totally different game plan.

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Having had no knowledge (or interest) in lighting prior to buying a lighting business it took a lot of lessons from the staff to bring me up to speed on the products whilst at the same time learning all the associated admin that goes with running a small business, but eventually I felt I was able to discuss and assist with ensuring our customers got the right product, which is something we hold as the core of our business ethos. Lighting has evolved dramatically during my time in the shop and at the forefront has been the changes to lightbulbs. Since 1879 the humble lightbulb has changed very little ..until now. “Proper lightbulbs”are due to disappear completely this year and are being replaced by halogen and LED types both of which are suitable for different applications. If you had told me 10 years ago that a bulb which only uses 10 watts of power would give the equivalent light output of a 100 watt bulb then I probably would


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17 to 25! Barking - parking and much needed change in order to work and keep those businesses open, in our town they can’t afford the parking cost.

This month’s edition of 17 to 25 could be seen as a bit of a moan and a rant on the imperfections in our society, however, what I am trying to do is to voice a real local issue. Being 17, myself alongside many others, are learning to drive and hopefully passing. This means we have more independence and are less reliant on buses and parents. With bus services recently being cancelled for some of my friends this means more cars on the road to Penrith that need to park when they arrive. For people of my age, driving to school this has become an issue. Independence and growing up shouldn’t be an issue, but it’s being made out to be one. Penrith is what you could class as quite a traditional town. Some people in Penrith would like things just to stay the way they always have been, and fair enough, it has worked for many things! But sometimes change is really the only way forward to actually catch up with everyone else moving on and to improve certain things. A massive issue is parking around the town and particularly in the EdenLocal

vicinity of my school. This is something that may always be a problem, however, I do think it is being dealt with in completely the wrong way. A problem we have at school is parking. It’s becoming an increasingly costly problem for us students. It has been distressing for members of the student body who’ve found their cars have been keyed (scraped with a sharp device) whilst parked near the school and I know some local residents have had an issue with students parking near their homes. I attend Ullswater Community College and it is a fact that there are very few places for us to park near the school. As a result of the school’s security arrangements following an Ofsted visit, we can’t park on school grounds. For obvious reasons, it’s not possible to have members of staff manning the gates all day to let us in and out. This creates issues as in order to be in walking distance of school we have to park on the road side. Sixth form students do not have free travel on those buses that are still running and unlike local businesses whose staff pay to park

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We’re finding that one of the main problems is the lack of engagement from residents, which I do understand to a point as I am a resident with a car who sometimes can’t even get my car out of my drive due to school time parking and traffic. What I think would be a good idea is for the community to come together to try and resolve this or at least to improve the current situation as it will only get worse with all the new houses that are being built in the area and numbers of students likely to increase attending the school. I believe the relevant council, residents and the school should come together to try and improve things. What are the council doing to help us with this? Parking is a challenge we are having with the whole town and I am sure it doesn’t have to be like that. We just need to come to an agreement, but that means we all need to come together to discuss the issues and try and reach an agreement. Going back to change on the whole, there is a feeling that younger peoples’ views are not really taken seriously. It would appear the relevant council is trying to give us an opportunity to let our voices be heard, but are they really? I think they are just trying to make us feel like we have some input when really our influence is very, very little, perhaps non-existent. This really needs to be considered otherwise young people will continue to choose to leave the area. Until next time……


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How often do people walk through the town or their nearest town to where they live and not just look in the windows but look around them and above? There are some fantastic buildings seen above the new windows and frames and some, well some are very similar to how they looked more than 100 years ago. Are you one of those people that is captivated by curiosity of an older style shop that hasn’t got the fancy gadgets and lighting that in some ways may have the window of the Millennium, but in a sad way it has ripped the character out of the premises and defaced something that for many years served as an invitation to shop locally to generations? In the Eden Valley we have many independent businesses. Do you always notice what is in the window and do you ever get to take that step further and open the door?

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In a short story, where I lived once there was a traditional sweet shop; you know the type - big glass jars of sweets, possibly its rival was pick and mix but it made it through the Woolworths reign. Boiled sweets, Fruit Salads, Black Jacks, humbugs, chocolate mice, sherbet flying saucers etc, price per ¼ of a pound or in single one penny units pre-decimal, then ½ penny and new one penny after 1970. Unfortunately three years after its 100 year celebration it closed. Yes a family business of four generations gone. Unfortunately the Town Council already committed to saving and buying the local theatre, developing a property portfolio, refurbishing its own mansion as a wedding and events venue. As well as its offices, it also owned public toilets, parks, cemeteries and allotments and many other assets of the town. It couldn’t help on this occasion, but that was before the Localism Act. In the Eden Local this month we feature new businesses and talk about some that go back to Victorian times. Two buzz words out there at the moment that were raised at a recent Eden District Council meeting were ‘Community Asset’. In case you didn’t know, what is an asset of community value? Under the Localism Act of 2012, the community right to bid allows community groups to bid for community assets. This could be private or publicly owned buildings or land used by the community that is for sale. The community asset has to be on Eden District Council’s community asset list. Once the community group has made the bid, they have six months to find


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the funding before the asset can be sold. However, the owner does not have to sell the asset to them. What is a community asset? Well a community asset could be one of the following: a village shop, community centre, childrens centre, library building, local pub or a building or other land that is an asset of community value in or mostly in Eden District. Who can nominate and bid for a community asset? The following groups can nominate and bid for a community asset: a local voluntary or community group, a parish county or a neighbourhood forum. Now with currently over 20 local businesses for sale in Penrith including the area close by, is it time that people knew about this? Over 40 years ago, the people running the towns across Cumbria chose to have either two tiers or three tiers of local government. Penrith unfortunately unlike Appleby, Alston, Kirby Stephen and its neighbour on the west on the A66, Keswick chose three tiers. They have town councils and assets from the town hall to services and a property portfolio. Those in power in Penrith decided that its assets would become the districts. So next month maybe we’ll take a look at what might happen should a unitary system that has recently gained momentum in debate eventually take over. This could potentially mean that the districts across Cumbria could be dissolved leaving us with a two tier local government, just county and town councils. What would happen to local assets? Would they be sold off by the county? Would the districts sell them off first? Where would the money go locally? To be continued

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The Far Eastern Fells 60th Anniversary Sixty years ago, Alfred Wainwright had just completed the second book in

touches of humour such as his description of his furtive explorations on The Nab: ‘The author carried out his explorations surreptitiously, and without permission (not caring to risk a refusal): he was not detected, but this may have been due to his marked resemblance to an old stag, and other trespassers must not expect the same good fortune.’ The Nab p. 3

When writing Book 1, The Eastern Fells, he was very much feeling his way with the design and layout of the pages. He wrote later that he scrapped the first 100 pages as the lines were not justified at each end, that is aligned at the start and end of each line as it is in a printed book. He experimented with the layout of his ‘view diagrams’ and some of the early ones featured silhouette drawings of the fells that could be seen from the summit. However, he must have decided this did not work very well as it was a layout that was abandoned after Book 1. When he wrote the first book, he did not know if it would sell, and after a slow start, sales gradually picked up and the following year (1956) a second impression was printed.

He was also becoming more forthright in his views and was not afraid to criticise the authorities if he felt it was justified. Of Manchester Corporation he wrote: ‘For countless ages Selside Pike has looked down upon Swindale and has seen a picture of unspoilt charm. Now the engineers have taken over the valley – they may not spoil it, but it is more certain that they cannot improve it. Swindale is almost the only remaining Lakeland valley that does not cater for the motorist. Please, Manchester, leave it as nearly as you found it!’ Selside Pike p. 2

his Pictorial Guides series: The Far Eastern Fells and it was published early in 1957. With this book, Wainwright was more confident about the style and layout of the pages and it was less experimental than his first book. It was the book that set the standard for the remaining books in the series.

Assured of a market for his books, Wainwright set about the task of describing the routes of ascent up the thirty-six fells he had identified in the far eastern area of Lakeland. His confidence is shown in the fact that there was much less ‘white space’ in Book 2 compared to the first book. He included more detail of features that could be seen on the routes of ascent. There were

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DIGNITY Sometimes, you really need a holiday. Last year, after Easter, was a time just like that for me, so my family and I went to Scotland, to stay on the Mull of Kintyre, just to the North of Tarbet. It had been ages since I had been up that way. As we were travelling through Glasgow, all sorts of events from my past flew through my mind, including a Deacon Blue concert I had once attended. In my ‘demob-happy’ mood, I was overwhelmed by a desire to hear one of their songs ... a song, which I suddenly remembered, had some words about being on holiday ‘up on the West Coast’ in a small boat. Despite our search for a CD shop, in the lovely area of the city surrounding the University, we came away empty handed. A week later, my wife, Jacquie, reminded me that it was our 15th wedding anniversary, and handed me a small flat package, with a Deacon Blue CD in it. The next day, I put it on in the car, and was quickly told by my children that it was ‘Not that good’ (Grace – aged 10). and that it was ‘Too eighties’ (Fred - aged 13)! What they couldn’t see, from the back of the car, was that I was crying, as I listened, for the first time in years, to the story of a refuse collector, nearing retirement, who did his job without complaining, who ate his lunch from a Sunblest bread bag, and who was teased by the children who saw him as he worked. But this man had a secret..... he was saving his money to buy a boat that he was going to call ‘Dignity’. It is a great story, and a fabulous series of images..... but, if you remember, there is more ..... because the songwriter goes on to let his listeners know that he is telling this tale in a far-a-way bar, on the Turkish

coast, where he is thinking about home.... and work.....and faith.... and how he would like, one day, to make his own way back to this spot, in a boat that he had named ‘Dignity’, for himself. Stories about the dignity of human beings stir something deep inside me. The idea of ‘dignity’ is why I found our time working for the Anglican church in South Africa so profound. We all long for the dignity and self-respect, that a solid home, and a good job can bring to a person. I guess that is why the idea of food banks, and homelessness are so disturbing to those who can bear to look. These phenomena point to something, in some parts of our society, that are a long way from the sort of dignity every person should know, as part of their human birthright. On the first day I ever went to church on my own, and for my own reasons, I remember being overwhelmed by the sight of 100s of young, bright, successful people, who seemed to move effortlessly from friend to friend, in a way that I had never known. I probably would never have returned, if it had not been for the fact that

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one of the vicars there had asked me my name during the service. What was more remarkable to me was that, two hours later, as the hoards were leaving, the same man said, ‘See you again, Philip’. I remember looking at him, as people jostled by, and saying ‘You remembered my name’... to which he replied, ‘That is the least that we can do’. Even today, I recall looking around and thinking – ‘Imagine a community where you count ... imagine people knowing your name, in a place like this!’ I walked out a foot taller, and then, very soon afterwards, began to hear Jesus calling my name.... calling me to follow him, and to serve the people he loves, for his name’s sake. This is what church should be like. It should affirm the dignity of people, by loving them, for Christ’s sake. Being alive should be all about dignity. Bad things happen in societies where some people are excluded from knowing about this vital thing. Dignity counts on the streets. A stable home, and a decent job can give a person a good start in life... but what really matters, is that people have the chance to develop an understanding of the dignity, which is theirs by virtue of the fact that they are alive... that God has made them ...and that he knows them, and calls them, by name, into existence for him. There is not a person alive who would not benefit from knowing, understanding, and remembering that. There never has been. I am not very good at remembering names – but fortunately the true God is - and that is what really matters. Reverend Philip Dorling. The Inglewood Group of Churches

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Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio opened in September 2014. Our aim has always been to ‘Help our Community live healthy active lifestyles’ We were thrilled in June 2016 to receive an award from Chamber of Trade for Best Independent Business. The judges liked the fact that we are offering something unique in the Penrith area. We run classes for all ages (16+) and abilities. These include BalletFIT (based on ballet type moves but not a dance class), SOSA – a lovely dance class using latin and ballroom moves and putting them into exercise form, Cobra and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training - the BEST way to lose weight and get fit). Plus our latest class a HIIT class aimed primarily at parents with pre-school children which has proved really popular. It gives mums a chance to get to a class without worrying about childcare. Our FREE Fit Camps run at various times of the year and at present we have them on Mondays and Wednesdays at 19.45. We also run group and individual sessions to help people with their own personal fitness/health challenges. Our next scheduled session is on Tuesday 28th February @ 19.00 and is a seminar on Sleep. Need something we don’t seem to offer then get in touch. We can do 1-1 or small groups to fit around your commitments and even offer workplace advice or exercise sessions to help keep your staff fit and healthy. I can guarantee a friendly reception from all our instructors – Diana, Amanda, Beth and Alison and of course from our wonderful clients. EdenLocal

So what do other people say about us:The classes are enjoyable, well thought out and suitable for all ages and abilities. Diana is always encouraging and the ethos of the studio combining fitness, nutrition and health is very motivating. There is a good social element which completes the holistic approach. Anne My daughter was rushed into hospital for an ileostomy and now has a stoma. Coming back to an exercise class after such a life changing operation may have been difficult for a teenage woman - however the very special environment created by Diana and Amanda meant K has felt comfortable taking ballet fit classes. Diana and Amanda adapt the sessions to avoid floor work on her stomach - and everyone is so supportive. My family are so grateful to Diana, Amanda and the very special Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio. Karen Truly inspiring. I joined as a fit camp participant but now attend twice a week. Its relaxed and comfortable and offers support and nutritional info. So much more than a gym. I now have fun exercising and feel good everyday Kerry I work full time however thanks to the studio I am also teaching a dance class each week. I love having the opportunity of bringing my love of dancing to the women of Penrith and help them to Dance Themselves Happy! Beth Friendly and healthy environment that seems to be filled with happy people, always leave in a relaxed state. Nic Finding the studio has been excellent - I love the ballet fit and have recently joined a HIT class (if it wasn't for Diana's highly professional, yet relaxed approach to teaching I would never be doing anything like this!) despite being in group Diana tailors all her classes so they are suitable to all levels - you are really encouraged to find your own pace and your own challenges. There's definitely no feeling self conscious about doing something different - as you glance around the room everyone is doing something different. Within 3 months I've noticed big changes thanks to Diana and the team. Val To find out more visit www.edenhealthylifestylestudio.co.uk or email dandjyerkess@gmail.com

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Penrith AFC began 2017 with a congested January as Jim Nichols team looked to kick on in both league and cup competitions. We travelled to Dunston UTS in Northern League Division 1 and edged a 7 goal thriller thanks to Martyn Coleman completing his hat-trick in the 94th minute. The following Wednesday we hosted Newcastle Benfield at Frenchfield Park. We drew the game 1.1 but it was overshadowed by the remarkable achievement of our veteran defender, Will Paul, making his 700th appearance for the Bonny Blues. Will made his debut back in 2001 and has been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since. Team mates, supporter's and everyone connected to the club are incredibly proud of Will's achievement. We travelled to South Shields in the League cup and more than matched our wealthy hosts up to half time but 2 quick second half goals killed the tie as the Mariners ran out 4.1 winners. The Bonny Blues bounced back superbly the following Saturday with a 4.0 trouncing of Ryhope CW at Frenchfield Park in a game which the scoreline flattered the away side. We had a disappointing 5.0 defeat at Bishop Auckland with both defender Dean Rae and Martyn Coleman seeing red. We took on top of the table North Shields at


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Carleton Park Recreation Group

An introduction to my friend Rob Walker Rob is married to Helen Walker and they have one son Ethan who is eight years old and live in a developing and growing area of Penrith, Carleton. He is a civil servant who works for the APHA. His hobbies are sports, playing football, coaching football, Castletown and like me he is dyslexic. As a friend, I am impressed, motivated and inspired by the power of the community and its people like Rob, with their fair share of difficulties which make things harder for them to achieve. I can relate to this but also love a challenge. Well done Rob and well done to all those involved in the Group. If you have a group project in your town or village and you would like to raise the profile of it or shout about it, please drop me a line at admin@edenfm. co.uk. I’ll leave you with Rob’s update.

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Carleton Park Recreation Group Carleton Park Recreation Group is an established voluntary organisation that was set up in 2010 by Councillor Patricia Bell. She chaired the first meeting where local residents decided to form the group, which was formerly known as Carleton Park’s Development Group. With the backing of Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council, local companies and charitable organisations, we have improved the facilities on the recreation ground at Carleton for the use of the community. Since the Group formed in 2010, two schemes have been implemented. In 2011, a multi-use single ended sports wall (£15,000) and tarmac surface was installed, and in 2014, drainage of a large area of the ground and a mini soccer area with goal posts was installed (£17,000). The success of these two previous schemes has allowed the children and residents to enjoy the facilities all year round. This is especially present during the summer periods where the play facilities are constantly used.

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projects. I contacted Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service who helped us identify possible new funding. They also supported us by assessing the quality of our application forms to various government bodies and local businesses.

Growing on the success of these two schemes, the group decided to perform a survey of the surrounding area to see what the community required for their next project. We distributed over 500 paper questionnaires and set up an on line survey to allow as many people to contribute as much as possible. The group also undertook a number of media events to help publicise the survey. We also worked with Beaconside School.

We contacted Cumbria County Council, Eden District Council, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria Waste Management, Penrith Lottery, Penrith Town Council, The Hatfield Trust, Cumbrian Homes, Pallister Co, Persimmon Homes, (Ast Signs provided us with a sign at no cost and I have contacted them again asking for support), who all generously supported our project and provided a range of grants from £1,000 - £10,000.

As we have now reached our target of £50,000, we are having a meeting on 28 February at the French Field facilities starting at 7 PM. We are planning to show possible types of equipment and a plan of the proposed extension of the play area and seating (we are dedicating a seat to one of our founder members who sadly died a few years ago (Yvonne Radcliffe, our old treasure) and would love to see as many members of the community attend so we can discuss ideas and proposals and meet the team. A big thank you to Kath Green, ex Penrith Town Councillor as she helped a lot with filling in forms. Yours Sincerely Robert Walker (Chair)

The findings of the survey strongly suggested improvements to the play facility with the main concerns of the residents of the Carleton area. Working closely with Eden District Council, we drew up provisional plans with what items of equipment would be available for a price of £50,000. Our next plan of action was to identify which organisations and groups we would approach regarding funding. Following on from the success of our previous

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A DRI V E WAY A dream drive is closer than you think because at Resin Drives we will pay your VAT when you purchase either a Drive, Path, or Patio from our new and exclusive range.

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Why should you install a Resin Drive? That’s simple; our product naturally drains water through it which means no puddles. Also, with a slip resistant surface it provides better traction for tyres and gives more grip for when you walk on it, making your drive a safe place to be!

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at 5.9% APR – 36-48-60-120 Months Representative example (60 months) Total Loan Amount: £7,000 Monthly Repayment: £134.82 Number of Repayments: 59 And Final Payment of: £134.30 Agreement Length: 60 Months Total Amount Payable: £8,088.68 Total Credit Charge: £1,088.68 Rate of Interest: 5.7% Fixed Representative APR: 5.9% APR

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Located just 5 minutes from Junction 26 of the M62. Unit 1, South Bradford Trading Estate, Brighouse Road, Low Moor, Bradford, BD12 0NQ. Showroom open Mon to Fri 9am - 7pm. Sat and Sun 10am - 2pm.

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