Eden Local Jan 13 Issue

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Back to the Future 1950 to 2013 Golf Club Membership £150 A Return to ‘From Cattle to Cars’ Putting the Buzz into Eden Local World Stage Marmalade Dyslexia Awareness Campaign Four Year Campaign Reaches Final Stages

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winter Sale now on

A visit to your only department store in Penrith, two floors of ideas for your home and a food hall full of local Cumbrian products 19 Burrowgate, Penrith CA11 7TD Tel: 01768 862366 Tune in to Eden FM Community Radio 87.6 FM, news as it happens on the day

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A thank you to all our customers for your support in 2012. As the momentum of our plans to remain traditional but also continue with the innovation of ideas with the community in 2013 we have a whole list of updates and plans on page 7 Here is a snap shot We are continuing with our regular food demonstrations every week.

We will be introducing new local products in our store every month, which you can try when they arrive If you haven’t got your new members privilege card sign up soon, many local businesses now offer discounts and deals when you present your card

Main Street, Shap, CA10 3NG

Tel: 01931 716202

Henderson Buildings, Lazonby, CA10 1BG

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Penrith, Shap, Lazonby is a part of the Penrith Co-operative Society other stores include Keswick, Hallbankgate, Westgate, Frosterley, Stanhope and St Johns Chapel

Dear Residents & Businesses

Welcome to your first Eden Local of 2013 - out a little later than normal! It is only the third January Eden Local that we have produced. Only just over two years on from our launch, which started with Penrith postcodes CA11 7 and CA11 8 through 6,000 doors, we have finally hit an approximate circulation of 25,976 letter boxes. For those new readers in postcode CA17 in and around the areas of Brough, Kirkby Stephen and Ravenstonedale, I would like to personally welcome you to what has become a part of an Eden Valley network, which means that whether you live in this area or work in this area, you will receive an Eden Local publication through your door every month. In 2012, Eden Local became one of three titles produced monthly by a small company called Cumbrian Local Publications, based in Penrith. This month, our small team of two, with help from associates in design, print and distribution, will be posting the publication through around 60,500 doors. Full details are available at www.cumbrianlocal.co.uk. With regards to our background and history, there is also a library of every publication produced since November 2010, which, like you are doing now, you can read for free. The publications are presented in an easy to read format, allowing you to adjust the size of the text. Reading your Eden Local is not the only thing for free. Whilst we can’t always print press releases, we are always happy to mention local events and if you have a story, it’s always worth dropping us a line or giving us a call. Eden Local, in its short existence, has got behind and supported a number of campaigns and projects in the Community. This is achieved simply by raising awareness. Locally, businesses can benefit from the advantage of affordable advertising and in the closing days of this month, we see the end of a campaign that was launched with the first Eden Local, which was the campaign for Penrith and the surrounding areas to have its own Community Radio Station, run by volunteers from the Community it serves. The full story and update is on pages 26 & 27. Whilst this campaign draws to a close, the success of many hours work, with the support and financing of what will be almost a three year campaign under the guidelines of the regulator Ofcom, Eden Local with Eden FM radio will now be focusing on an idea which it first presented in November 2011. As you

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read this opening editorial and one would hope most of this issue, you may find it easy or you may find it challenging. You might have a friend, a member of the family or an associate who might have a wish to pick up Eden Local, but may find it hard to read as far as you have in this paragraph. Communication for me is about getting close to the Community and it underpins many of the projects I as the editor of Eden Local am engaged in. Our focus and something that is close to me, is raising awareness and sourcing support in 2012 for dyslexia. On page 22, a previous article about dyslexia and opposite on page 23, one of our first solutions, we hope. In this month’s Eden Local, we will as we always do, be pushing the campaign for people to think local. How many of us bought online before Christmas and signed on for the sales this new year. Do we ever think of shopping local on line? Many local independent businesses are online but can they be found? We will be looking at how we can re-focus on line locally and maybe do something that for generations has worked and take part in more social, interactive sales with our local businesses. You can’t put a price on service, but it’s a question we’ll be asking people. Until next time, please enjoy your Eden Local.

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Page 6 Back to the Future in Askham with a special presentation to the Community

Content Winter Sale at your Local Co-op


Opening Editorial


Back to the Future


Golf Club membership £150


Eden Valley Windows Sale now on


2013 the year of Local Food


Import Events and Dates


Love Solar Renewables


Cumbria Oak Sale now on


A return to ‘From Cattle for Cars

12 - 13

Carrock Design & Build


Eden Estate Agents


Could your homemade marmalade be the toast of the town?

Plain speaking. On time. Legal advice for business people Contact Nick Miller, Solicitor T 01768 868989 E nickhtmiller@gmail.com


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Alfred Wainwright by Derek Cockill Society Press Officer

Page 12-13 It’s a return to the full story From Cattle to Cars and 45 years in Business at Jim Walton

Page 7 The Full details on an offer that starts with £150 Golf Club Membership in 2013

Pages 9 A whole year of food Demos and new products at Penrith Co-operative Society Innovation and Tradition

Smiths Gore Estate Agents

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Putting the Buzz into Eden Local


Cumbria Renewables


World Stage Marmalade


Bluefin and Better Life Mobility Group


The Devil In my Pen


An introduction to Janet Richardson


Wainwrights Feature


Re start, Re Fresh, Reward


The Local that is Eden


Four Year Campaign Reaches Final Stages

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Its all at Junction 40


Page 26-27 The Eden FM Radio 4 year campaign reaches final stages as they prepare to submit their full time Community radio application

Pages 14 Carrock Design & Build Celebrate Double Federation of Master Builders Awards Recognition

Page 22 Call into Cocklakes This Christmas

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Eden Estate Agents

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Back to the Future

Mike Slee and Andrew Plasom-Scott and John Mills

The Penrith Co-op Society Into the new year and marking what was the Penrith Co-op Society’s 122nd was the launch of the Penrith Co-operative Society loyalty card.

simpler times and Penrith co-op are delighted to present this picture to the parish and everything that it represents.”

Pictured are Eden District Councillor Mike Slee and Andrew Plasom-Scott, Chairman of Helton and Askham parish council, receiving one of one hundred limited edition prints from John Mills, Chief Executive Officer of Penrith Co-operative Society, of a scene painted by Rowland Hilder back in 1950 of Askham village and this will be displayed in the village hall. John Mills explained the reasoning for the return to Askham for this special delivery and went on to say ; “The society has used this iconic image on its recently launched loyalty card, as it represents the connection the society has with rural communities. In the past the travelling shop, as pictured, was a meeting point to gather news and to buy groceries. Penrith Society was and is still very much part of village life, bringing the high street to the village, delivering on a daily basis. Some things have changed over the years, but a visit to picturesque Askham reminds us of the

Andrew Plasom-Scott added; “We are delighted to receive this gift from Penrith Co-op. When you look at the picture and compare the scene to Askham today, it is remarkable how little the village has changed. This is in part what makes the area such a delightful place to live.” The new Co-op loyalty card marks the strengthening of its membership in the community and over the coming months, a growing number of local businesses have chosen to display a replica card in their windows and on their work vehicles, offering special discounts and offers to their customers if they present their Penrith Co-operative society card. If you would like information on how to own one of these limited edition prints, please contact Penrith Co-operative on 01768 862366.

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2013 is the year of local food at the Penrith Co-operative Society You might be passing through, or making a special visit, you could be ordering your local food for a local delivery. We are not ringing out the changes but bringing back tradition. In 2012 we started our search for more local, more low mileage food and thanks to Eden Valley Home Improvements we had a demonstration kitchen installed on the ground floor adjacent to our cookware department.

This has enabled us to commence local food demonstrations with local producers inviting local chefs to prepare dishes using locally sourced products that are all available from your Penrith Co-op Society Stores. In 2013 our aim is to introduce the real taste of local, selecting and preparing the best available from the areas around our stores.

Dates for Demos: • W/C 28th January Bread and Marmalade week • W/C 4th February Chocolate week, Flowers, Wines and Valentines Friday 8th February Saturday 9th February Chinese New Year Demo with Spice King • W/C 11th February Pancake week and Ice Cream Demo’s

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If you haven’t got your card then you won’t be making the best of the members offers available from local businesses like Penrith Outdoor Pursuits, Jim Walton, Cumbria Oak, Eden Valley Windows, Fitz Park Dental Practice, Hedgehog books, Love Solar, Lakeland Sheds and many, many more. Just look for this sign, on a window or on a vehicle. Don’t worry Grown if you are in the away, Eden there Valley willfrom be ana Eden 6,000Local distribution waiting to forayou 26,500 whendistribution you return


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“From Cattle to Cars” Back in 2011, I spent time with The Walton family retracing their history. When the article was released the distribution then for Eden Local was around 16,000, and as the article was much talked about then as a celebration of them reaching 45 years as a family business, I am pleased to have been asked to re presented it with some slight updated changes, to Eden Local and Lakes Local readers. As a true family business you can always be assured that a Walton is always on site, whilst the cars have changed the service today is still built on customer service and satisfaction, for many customers this has been a life time guarantee. Here’s a story about a man who has placed his name and his family in front of the community for over 45 years. Last month, I was invited to write about the history of the Walton family and over the coming months, I will present their business to Eden Local readers. The familiar name to many and local in the Eden area is Jim Walton. Today, he is the name of a Toyota dealership on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate. I met with Alan Walton and discussed where it began. Then to fill any gaps, I met with Ann, his mam, who is still very much involved in keeping an eye on the family business since Jim passed away. Jim Walton was a part of the family business, which meant cattle back in the 1960s. They lived at Thornycroft Farm, Johnby , near Penrith. When he was old enough, Jim would be on the road in a truck moving


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cattle about for market, travelling to Cockermouth, Hexham and as Ann recalls, he had to go to Stirling once a week, which meant a two day trip staying overnight on Wednesdays. Married in January 1968, their first child, Paula came along in the November. From my conversation in tracing back the dates of the business’ history, it was by using the dates of the children’s birthdays that key times in the development of the start of Jim’s passion were recalled, which was buying and selling cars. He had an idea and with the support of Ann, they took a big step. He had his eye on the future, but in the immediate future, it was a Morris Minor Van, which we reckon was a Series 2. You don’t see many of these around today. This vehicle was made from 1962 to 1971. It was a series A striaght-4, 48hp 0 - 60 mph in about 52 seconds. It had a

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top speed of 63 mph and would do around 36 miles to the gallon (7.8 litres). Jim knew what he wanted but Tommy Dayson, the owner of the Morris Van, who was also the owner of the Cafe, which was once sited

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at 1 Castlegate where the Salsa Mexcian Bistro is now, wasn’t sure about selling. He eventually did, but on his terms it was to be advertised in the Herald and if Jim wanted it, he would have to pay the asking price. The Herald traditionally came out on Saturday and Jim popped into to Mary Tweddles newsagents in Castletown on the Friday night and from under the counter acquired a Herald. He made the call and secured the vehicle, but the conditions that applied meant that he couldn’t have the vehicle until after the milk run on the Saturday morning! It was around 1970. The first bit of Jim Walton’s stock was acquired, tagged to the time of the birth of James Walton junior and in our family photo, here is Jim and his daughter Paula at Thornycroft a short time later. The stock was to grow. I looked at some old photos with Alan Walton and we did the naming of the makes of cars like Austin Morris , Ford Escort Mark 1, Consul Classic 315 and what sounds a bit strange today but was traditional then, the Morris Oxford and the Austin Cambridge. My first car was a powder blue 1970 Austin Morris 1300, which cost £175. So from the Prefab building on the farm, which had a pit and a pot belly stove, the business expanded and grew. It then moved early seventies to its landmark site where it traded for over 20 years in Southend Road and the image that we have is a rare scene of the way it was on Southend Road and the Victoria Road site, Penrith. Alan Walton was born in 1972 and what started off as the acquisition of one unit, over the years became many; from one unit to several backing onto the town football ground, as it was then. To complete the expansion, Jim Walton made one of the biggest decisions for his family business, which back then was a massive change. He linked with a Japanese family by the name of Toyoda. They were a family business, established in the manufacturing of automated weaving looms in Japan who had started automobile production in 1933. The name as we know it now and launched in the UK in the early seventies was Toyota. Unlike today, all the cars were imported from Japan. Jim Walton had to buy them from a stockist, Terry Oates in Willington. Never a straight forward purchase in order to buy the Celica model, quite popular in their day, as part of the deal Jim had to buy the Toyota Crown, which was not as popular. This was like the Lexus of its day but ahead of its time. The name Corolla is part of Toyota’s naming tradition of using the name Crown for primary models;

the Corona, for example, gets its name from the Latin for crown; Corolla is Latin for small crown; and Camry is an anglicised pronunciation of the Japanese for crown. Japanese cars were to have a massive impact on the UK and the American markets. The cars came with extras, like heaters and radios, cigarette lighters and other little gadgets. In my discussion with Alan, we talked about some English cars that didn’t have heating, just manually operated vents. One of the additional extras, partly due to climate I should imagine, was that in the late 70s and early 80s, Jim Walton was rust proofing cars, which was a bit like spraying treacle on the bottom of the cars, which meant them having to clean the cars in paraffin to remove any splashes. In 1983, the Walton family had a new arrival, Lisa and in 1984 Stephen arrived. In 2011, it’s a different story. With the Southend Road development, the family relocated to its site where it celebrated its 40th year back in 2008. The new showroom, service and parts centre at Gilwilly Industrial Estate was officially open in December 2005. Jim Walton retired in 2003 due to ill health, which later took him out of the life he loved and the family business that for most of his life was a passion and a profession. Today Alan runs the business with his brothers James and Stephen all working at the Gilwilly Jim Walton site, still having as they have always done, regular meetings of the family business with mam, Ann, every week. Their aim is as it has always been to serve the community and to continue the Walton tradition of selling cars and probably one of the best Japanese cars, which as a brand in 2008, sold 3 times more than its nearest competitor. Many thanks to the Walton Family for sharing the history of their family.

Jim Walton (Penrith) Limited Cowper Road, Gilwilly Industrial Estate Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9BN Telephone 01768 864555 Fax 01768 867280 Parts Direct 01768 865428 Fax 01768 892979 im@jimwalton.toyota.co.uk Showroom open Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 5.30pm Jim’s three sons Alan, James and Stephen Don’t worry Grown if you are in the away, Eden there Valley willfrom be ana Eden 6,000Local distribution waiting to forayou 26,500 whendistribution you return


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Carrock Design & Build Celebrate Double Federation of Master Builders Awards Recognition & Launch Decorating Division!

Carrock Design & Build Celebrate Double Federation of Master Builders Awards Recognition & Launch Decorating Division! Despite the challenges presented by one of Cumbria’s wettest years on record, Carrock Design & Build have triumphed, securing not just one but two prestigious Regional Federation of Mater Builders awards, winning both the Small and Large Renovation Project categories for 2012. This recognition affirms managing Director, Malcolm Iredale’s outstanding track record, given previous FMB awards also secured in 2010 and 2007.

Carrock Design & Build have a wealth of knowledge in dealing with older traditional and Listed buildings, both within and outside the Lake District National Park. Holding a Gold CITB Heritage Skills Card, allows work on Cumbria’s more prized heritage buildings. The business has also actively led the installation of green technologies, to include: ground and air source heat pumps; solar panels; wood pellet and log boilers. Accredited with Investors in People, Carrock prides itself on striving for perfection, providing clients with a bespoke service level, from initial design through to build completion.

Very much niche builders, Carrock Design & Build specialise in heritage and conservation architecture. Their impressive portfolio includes sympathetic extensions, complete new builds and lovingly crafted renovations of some of Cumbria’s finest Lakeland homes. To achieve outstanding results and ensure the highest quality of construction, the business employs some 25 highly skilled local craftsmen and tradesmen. True pedigree exists, with regard to specialist stonemasonry, joinery and lime & hemp plastering. EdenLocal

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Further defying their sector’s downturn, Carrock have now expanded by launching Carrock Decorating. Barry Sowerby & Phil Routledge, together have 30 years painting & decorating experience, backed up by key professional training qualifications. With a healthy order book running well into 2013, their workload is expected to be split 50:50, between Carrock Design Build’s needs and thereafter serving discerning homeowners. Extreme care will be taken to deliver traditional high quality painting & decorating, promptly and to agreed timescales. Carrock Decorating is now officially open to the public for any job from a day’s work to whole house painting. Aiming to fill the 2013 order book quickly, a significant 20% VAT free promotion is currently available on all domestic painting & decorating jobs booked in before 31st March 2013.

To view Carrock’s stunning portfolio and arrange an exploratory discussion with Architect Malcolm Iredale just call 01768 488 859 or visit www.carrock.co.uk

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Crackenthorpe Hall, Appleby

Lonsdale Villa, Fell Lane, Penrith

A fine Grade II listed country house steeped in history with Royal links and a mention in the Domesday Book. The 16 bedroom property offers a high degree of privacy and is currently divided into three sections. A substantial detached coach house offers development potential subject to obtaining the relevant planning approvals. There are 31 acres of formal gardens, mature woodland, riverbed and approximately 1.7 miles of single and double banked fishing included within the sale.

Lonsdale Villa occupies an elevated position surrounded by mature grounds and enjoying views overlooking Penrith towards the Lakeland Fells. The accommodation is laid out over 3 floors plus cellars with 8 bedrooms and spacious reception rooms and has recently undergone extensive and sympathetic renovations.

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Whale View, Helton, Penrith

Wayside, Bolton, Appleby

A most delightful and well proportioned detached property situated in the popular Lakeland village of Helton approximately 7 miles from Penrith and M6 (J40). The original cottage is understood to date back to 1698 with the accommodation having been extended into the adjoining barn and more recently the addition of a sun room provides a further reception room. The front aspect of the property has attractive views across the Lowther Valley.

A rare development opportunity situated in the popular village of Bolton near Appleby, comprising farmhouse with adjoining barn and building plot. Wayside originally dates back to early 1700’s having been improved and extended over recent years offering four bedroom accommodation with additional box room/fifth bedroom.

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Putting a Buzz into Eden Local Article is by Melanie Vincent

This is the time of year that bees hibernate. Well, it’s their version of it at any rate. They will fly every day in order to find any pollen or nectar but by now they’ve formed a huge ball inside the hive. They can regulate the temperature inside their hive very well, but I have put some sheeps wool insulation on top of the hive in an empty super (see below). I’ve put some winter feed on them as well, in case they can’t find anything to forage on. I keep my bees on brood and a half, which is to say they have one larger box (brood) and one smaller box (super) which makes up the queens laying area. It’s too cold now for her to be laying eggs, but she can lay up to 1,500 per day quite easily if she has space and a good food source in the spring and summer. I’ve been beekeeping for about 8 years now. Not too long in the grand scheme of things, but I’m lucky that the bees have never read any of the books you can get on keeping them so they do their own thing regardless. My aim is to look after the bees. I keep an eye out for pests like Varoa mites (tiny crab like things) or Acharine (even tinier bugs that stop bees breathing) and diseases like Nosema (a kind of diarrhoea) or either of the Foul Broods (truly hideous - hope we never need to go there) and I hope they are so happy that they produce loads of honey I can steal. Most common questions people ask me are “How many bees do you have?”, to which I always answer “I have no idea” because I really don’t. About this time of year, if all is going well, I might have in the order of 25,000 bees in each hive. In the summer that can double or more. The next is “oh, you make honey?”, to which the answer is “No, the bees make the honey and I steal it from them”. The first year I worked out that it cost me about £75 per jar to produce, so in general, it is not a good source of income, but I find bees fascinating and it’s very calming to visit them. My good friend and mentor Stephen says sometimes he needs his bee fix, and I agree; I can watch them for hours. Some people hate them, but I’d say, if you think of your perfect summers day, it might include a nice hot sun, a gentle breeze, a glass of something cooling in the garden. Think of the sounds you can hear, possibly birds and usually the dull buzzing of a bee somewhere. They are not as nasty as wasps and rarely, if ever, interested in your glass of

whatever you’re drinking. I did once have one fixated on a jar of chilly jelly but it didn’t last long. I’m sure most people can name the types of bee in a hive - there are 3. The queen, the workers are all girls and the drones are all boys. You can only get a boy bee from an unfertilised egg, all fertilised eggs are girls, and the workers are the ones who decide if they like the queen or not and if any particular eggs are going to be turned into queens. They will take a fertilised egg and put it into a specially constructed cell which hangs vertically in the hive somewhere (occasionally very well hidden) which is about the size of the last 2 sections of your little finger. They feed it with Royal Jelly until it gets capped off and hey presto, it will turn into a queen. If they take a dislike to a queen they will simply sit on her, she will overheat and die. It’s a collective decision, the queen directs the jobs that need doing but if she’s not doing well, she’ll be for the chop. Or the sit. Around the end of the month is Oxalic Acid day which is when I mix up a solution of the acid, some warm water and some sugar syrup and dose each hive. This (hopefully) means you will kill off most of the Varoa Mites which will drop through the hive bottom and onto the grass below. Other than that it’s a quiet month. I will check them, but I won’t go into the hive until it warms up again. Until next time.

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Could your homemade marmalade be the toast of the town? World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival 2 & 3 March 2013 kicks off National Marmalade Week 2-9 March 2013 “Ever wondered whether your homemade marmalade is a cut above the rest? Enter the Marmalade Awards and we’ll tell you!” That’s the call from organisers of the prestigious preserves contest, held at Dalemain in Cumbria, which attracts thousands of entries from all over the world. Everyone who sends in a jar gets their marmalade tasted by a panel of expert judges and then gets sent a personalised mark card with feedback on how the marmalade can be improved - or if they are lucky a gold, silver or bronze award. Judges for 2013 include Pam Corbin and the WI. The overall winners of the competition get their marmalade sold at the iconic grocer, Fortnum and Mason in London. Their recipe will be carefully reproduced and sold on those revered shelves with a percentage of profits going to charity. Entries to the 2013 awards are now open and jars from every type of marmalade maker are welcomed with categories catering for children, serious artisan and commercial producers, B&B owners and even those abroad in the international class. Homemade categories for the 2013 contest include Forces marmalade where the Army, Navy and RAF are invited to pit their marmalade against each other and the heritage category, for recipes handed down through generations, as well as one for marmalade making novices sponsored by the Jam Jar Shop.

Medical Research for children. All amateur entry fees go direct to charity – since the contest was launched eight years ago by Jane, £90,000 has been raised.

Last year over 1,700 people entered the competition from Alaska to the British Virgin Islands, from the Highlands to Cornwall. Pensioner Hazel Rushton scooped the top prize in the homemade competition and Cranfield Foods beat off tough competition to top the artisan contest. Both now have their preserves stocked at Fortnum and Mason.

And the most famous marmalade lover of them all, Paddington Bear presides over the Festival itself making guest appearances. Visitors to the Marmalade Festival (2 & 3 March 2013), held at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith in the Lake District, get the chance to view the entries, taste over 200 different marmalades, attend workshops, lectures and even a marmalade church service.

Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “Making marmalade is part of our cultural heritage and our awards celebrate that in all its glory. I’m delighted to say that signs are boding well for another busy competition with entries already arriving.

Big names supporting the event include Mackays, the last remaining family-owned marmalade producer in Scotland. Mackays is backing the Heritage category which this year will be thrown open to many of the UK’s Historic Houses. Owners will be challenged to dig into their archive and make a jar of their ancestors’ marmalade.

The event kicks off National Marmalade Week (2-9 March 2013), overseen by the awards’ organisers, which encourages people to try, buy or make marmalade.

“In these more austere of times, when cash is tight, making marmalade is one pastime where you can be guaranteed to save money, have fun and create something that is delicious to eat at any time of day.”

Closing date for entries is 17 February 2013. Further entry details including an entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found at www.marmaladeawards.com.

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Setting the record straight My modest music collection includes a rather warped (and virtually unplayable) copy of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti”. However, this article isn’t about bent vinyl but unreliable or doubtful business records. For those who missed it, one of my first articles (“Cooking the books – why accounts matter”) pointed out some of the key reasons for maintaining up to date and reliable accounts. Well there is another which will shortly raise its unwelcome profile. HM Revenue & Customs is re-launching its Business Records Check, a programme of visiting small and medium sized businesses to check their business records which starts in the North West region on 28 January 2013. “Selected” businesses deemed to be at risk of keeping inadequate records will be sent a letter, followed by a phone call to run through some of questions designed to assess their record keeping. It may involve a visit by HMRC. Of course what HMRC thinks is adequate may well differ from both what you the business owner and us as your accountants think is adequate. Much depends on the size and complexity of the business and involves judgement. Here at Full Circle we can help businesses avoid unnecessary interference by providing the right advice about their accounting systems.

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Am I a 1 in 10

The devil in my pen

by Lee Quinn

I first drafted this article at the close of 2011. The plan then was that in 2012 we would start the preparation for launching our 2013 campaign which would be raising awareness of Dyslexia across the Eden Valley and finding out more about the support available. To deliver this message to the Eden Valley you need various forms of communication. Written communication is not always the best option, in this cases, however, with almost every household and business address covered by Eden Local now, it’s a good start and I would hope that those that do take the time to read this will spread the word. The power of the internet is a huge part of this strategy. The spoken word is also very key to this strategy. With Eden FM Community radio on 24 hours a day 7 days a week and available online at www.edenfm.co.uk there will be a dedicated programme in the 2013 scheduled from February, which will help with awareness. Cumbrian Local Publications have already started the process with BDA, the British Dyslexia Association and the ultimate aim is by 2014 to set up a Support Centre in Penrith that will serve the Eden Valley that can be linked to other outposts in Cumbria. Eden Valley Dyslexia Association, like the Eden Local and the Eden FM radio project is just an idea. If we generate the same momentum of support for this project many objectives in improving communication across Eden would have been achieved. You may have noticed the odd typo, in the publication. Have you ever made a mistake, the odd silly mistake or do you make the same mistakes all the time. Do you have writing black spots. Have you ever dialled a number 3, 4 or 5 times because you keep dialling it wrong. I attended some information workshops about 4 years ago to find out more about Dyslexia. Scary was one thought, shocked was another, deeply sadden was another in that I discovered that many cases are diagnosed as an inherited disability or tendency. Its not life threatening, it is all about how you cope with life and having strategies in coping. Knowing about it is what a campaign will achieve, improving the life of a dyslexic person, sometimes a family are the aims.

Are there any funds? Part of our campaign is to find out. Is there any help? Our campaign is to find out. Like many disabilities it cannot be seen, but there are signs. Short-term memory and attention spans might be one. It’s not a tick box exercise, everyone is different, everyone with Dyslexia is different, some cases minor, some major and the importance of the Cumbria Local Publications campaign is to get answers. Now here is a thought, I am writing all about dyslexia and one of the hardest challenges is to read. Even the colour of the paper that writing is on will make a difference to someone with dyslexia. Reading on the right colour makes a difference. It’s a simple eye test to determine the best colour for reading or learning to read. Reading glasses can be tinted to the best colour or transparent coloured laminate sheets can be placed over text to help stop the text jumping about. At least 10 % of the population has known dyslexia tendencies but not many people are tested, no one actually knows the real figure. It is very possible that you may know someone. In my family I can name a few. From my awareness course that I attended I came across a case study of a boy age thirteen. He was asked to describe dyslexia. The boy describes it as the devil in his pen, he knows what he wants to say, what he wants to write about but his pen won’t let him. For some one using a computer its the devil in their finger tips, special computers do exist. We have a lot of questions to ask and a lot of answers to get. In February we will be setting up meetings, discussion groups and arranging workshops to take this project forward. If you would like more details you can call the Cumbria Local Publications office 01768 899111 or email info@evda.co.uk And if you are thinking, why do I know so much, well it is something I have had to live with. Like for example writing this page, it has taken me over an hour and I have checked it and I have checked it and I know there are mistakes but I can’t see them.

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An Introduction to Janet Richardson We all have ideas, but sometimes they don’t get from our minds on to paper or we can’t find the words to express them. It was a few months ago that I was contacted by Janet Richardson, who recently, through circumstances changing as they do, approached Eden Local about what she now does as her chosen profession. It’s a skill, which you can’t fit into a box advert. It’s something that is never going to be an exact fit. Life after all is about people, individual personalities, shaping who they are and how they mould themselves through life. Janet Richardson – Maybe I can help? Janet was born in Dumfries, growing up in a village near York. She studied Catering Management before travelling, spending time in Nigeria where she met her husband John and they were married in Singapore in 1981. Janet travelled with her husband’s work to South Africa, Germany, Thailand, and Egypt. They eventually settled in Penruddock as they felt it was a marvellous place to raise their three children and then eventually moved into Penrith in 2004. With a Masters Degree in Education, specialising in dyslexia, Janet holds a Diploma in Dyslexia, and is trained to deliver the Bangor Teaching Programme and

the Cumbria Reading Intervention Programme. A full member of The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties, Janet holds a current practising certificate and a British Dyslexia Association accreditation. Over a span of 18 years in education, she has worked with all ages, starting her career in nursery, then in the primary setting and latterly in secondary education. Since March 2012, Janet has been developing a specialist dyslexia tutoring business, offering tuition to all ages that require assistance with literacy, study skills and 11+ coaching. Being a literacy and study skills specialist, Janet is passionate about providing support to all students in the varying stages of their education or career and is committed to supporting the students that she works with, in developing their skills so that they are able to achieve their potential. Since March, Janet has worked with students at university offering dyslexia support and study skills and also had the privilege of working with some adults, which Janet has found extremely rewarding.

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Alfred Wainwright on fellwalking What was Alfred Wainwright’s greatest achievement? Perhaps it was that his guidebooks encouraged ordinary people to get out on the fells and enjoy the delights of mountain walking. Eric Robson, Chairman of The Wainwright Society, put it like this in a recent interview on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme, ‘People looked at these little books, and people who in their thousands had … paddled around in the valley bottoms for years and looked up at the mountain tops and thought, “I can’t get up there”, suddenly found they could, because here was the way to do it. And he not only told them how to get to the top, he told them how to get down again. … He dramatically changed the lives of tens of thousands of people.’ Alfred Wainwright set out to record in meticulous detail the ways on and off the Lakeland mountains. As he admitted, it was the defect of the OS maps in not showing all the paths that were on the ground that was an important reason why newcomers did not venture on to the fells: ‘The Ordnance Survey maps … have always had the defect of being not quite reliable in the matter of footpaths on the fells. … to a newcomer the beaten tracks are of vital concern: in bad weather they are often the only tenuous links with the safety of the valleys, the life-lines, and confidence is lost when a path is lost. … So footpaths became a personal study, too. If the Ordnance Survey couldn’t get them right, I thought I could. I noted all I could find.’ Fellwanderer But Wainwright was also concerned with how people walked on the fells. He was acutely conscious of the damage that people did to the fells as they walked and in the last book in his Pictorial Guides he drew a distinction between good walkers and bad walkers:

Alfred Wainwright photograph by Derry Brabbs

treads firmly, avoids loose stones on steep ground, disturbs nothing. He is, by habit, an improver of paths. A bad walker is a clumsy walker. He moves noisily, disturbs the surface and even the foundations of paths by kicking up loose stones, tramples the verges until they disintegrate into debris. He is, by habit, a maker of bad tracks and a spoiler of good ones. A good walker’s special joy is zigzags, which he follows faithfully. A bad walker’s special joy is in shortcutting and destroying zigzags.’ The Western Fells Great Gable p. 16 Here is an example of Wainwright the conservationist. He not only wanted to encourage people out on to the fells, but he also wanted them to look after the footpaths so that Lakeland’s special beauty would be preserved for others to enjoy. And that objective lives on through the Society, as expressed in one of our aims: To keep faith with Wainwright’s vision of introducing a wider audience to fellwalking and caring for the hills.

‘There are good walkers and bad walkers, and the difference between them has nothing to do with performance in mileage or speed. The difference lies in the way they put their feet down.

If you would like to know more about the Society, log on to the website at www.wainwright.org.uk or email publicity@wainwright.org.uk

A good walker is a tidy walker. He moves quietly, places his feet where his eyes tell him to, on beaten tracks

Derek Cockell Press & Publicity Officer, The Wainwright Society

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The Local that is Eden Recently in our Border City Times publications we published a story, which related to the view of one of our younger writers and their thoughts on saving money as a student and the bargains on the internet. It’s an interesting debate and one that I have discussed with a number of our customers. In the national news there has been much said before Christmas about the many people who shop on line. At our publication in sitting down with many customers we discuss their needs in marketing and without a website in the current climate this may have an impact. There are many local businesses that do have online shopping sites located in our towns and villages. The larger businesses with a UK and international internet will of course have bigger budgets on the internet which can certainly leave some local businesses way down the list, I think the technical term is ranking. When you search, are you like me? Do you tend to search for product, brand or profession and location? For example; Plumber Penrith. Or do you just log straight into a big name? Do you always find what you are looking for? To you log onto the battlefield of online business directories that with huge budgets just put those in front with the budget pushing local independents out of site. In the case of a local plumber in a

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van or the village shop would they be listed or have a website? Then we have the debate about price, of course many would say it’s cheaper, but for many of the small businesses that have linked to national online shops they are usually funding part of this reduction and paying 15% commission or more at point of sale via these sites. Then there is the debate from this, can prices be cheaper in the high street. That might involve talking to your local shop. More sales local certainly help all those involved. It’s something that as a local publication we are going to look at this in 2013. Having a local business or shop, staffing it, heating it and lighting it, then adding in the rent and the rates which all have to be paid for. Local involves real customer service and it involves real social sales, which in not always social but this can now help. Have a thought for the shop in the high street, it’s about quality service and people. Back to the Future 1950 to 2013 Golf Club membership £150 A return to ‘From Cattle to Cars’ Putting the Buzz into Eden Local World Stage Marmalade Dyslexia Awareness Campaign Four Year Campaign Reaches Final Stages

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9th June 2010 to 29th January 2013

The readers of Eden Local, Lakes Local and Border City Times have become familiar with the campaign for Eden FM Community Radio. On the 29th January 2013 an important part of this campaign comes to an end. The Eden FM team of volunteers, some joining from the very beginning of the project, have been faced with many challenges a long the way. The idea for radio was launched in June 2010. In line with Ofcom legislation, the project name then was Eden FM. The first task was by 9th June 2010 to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to Ofcom for the town of Penrith in Cumbria to have a community radio station. On the 15th November 2011 the campaign was officially launched in the first Eden Local publication. In less than 12 months Eden FM

Radio Ltd had evolved into a radio station which has two studio’s, of second hand equipment, general bought via auctions and collected from Peterborough, London and other areas to name a few. The radio purchased an old BBC outside broadcasting Landrover with a 9 metre telescopic mast, a non-runner at the time which had to be collected 380 miles from Penrith. The vehicle helps achieve a key object of being seen in the community and helping the station interact with and support the community it serves. From 25th November 2011 up until 22nd December 2012, Eden FM Radio has successfully completed three 28 day temporary RSL’s (Restricted service Licences), these had to be 5 months apart. Since the start of 2012 Eden FM has been on air via the internet

for one year, in between the odd power cut, broadband and ofcourse the usual IT problems that you get with the donated computers that have to run 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. To launch a business in a recession could be seen as risk. Eden FM Radio is a voluntary but it has to run like a business, bills to pay, equipment to maintain, licenses are required and ofcourse company and vehicle insurance are also u avoidable. To run a business in the currently climate is a challenge in itself, but to run a not for profit business 24 hours a day solely on the good will of volunteers requires much commitment. Seeing what has been achieve is a real measure of that commitment. Eden FM Radio is a ‘not for profit’ Ltd company, it has to be in order

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to submit its application to be a full-time community radio with a transmitter frequency on an FM wave band. You can’t just switch on and get a license and transmit. You have to wait until Ofcom agree for the region that you are based in and intend to broadcast from is given permission to apply. You can be waiting for up to three or fours years for this to happen. The application window is open for three months, then you wait, after its submitted whilst the application is processed, the timescale for this is subject to how many applications have been received, their locality and the strength of their application and experience. My reason for writing this summary of events, is to make a simple point. With out the support of some key individuals, the community groups, clubs, organisations, other associations, charities and local businesses none of this would have been possible. A project that has gathered so much support is real recognition of what can be achieved as community project. So now we wait, but in the meantime

as Chairman of Eden FM I have a long list of people, businesses and organisations to thank Ullswater Road Garage Penrith Co-operative Society Neil Cark – Technical engineer Pride in Penrith Lottery Sian Whittaker Martin Cowin Love Solar Eden District Council Andy Neen Penrith Building Supplies Cumbria Mini Centre Toby La Rone D & H Autos DJ Autospray The Red Rooster Penrith Outdoor Pursuits SVI Communications SPB Computers Penrith Glass Eden Valley Websites Sam Scotts Cumberland Building Society Eden Valley Windows Full Circle Accountancy H & H Reeds Printers Beacon Computers Matty Buck

Skelton Show committee Eden Estate Agents Andrew Briscoe Cleaning John Richardson & Son Perennial Process Witt-Woo Photography Eden House of Cakes Foundry 34 Archers Carpets Cottage Industries Total Signs Thomson Scaffolding The Lonsdale Alhambra The Fish Cellar The White Lion Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range The Pot Place Garden Centre Enterprise Car Hire Mobile DJ Cumbria Arnison Solicitors Stef & Afternoon Designs Lakeland Sheds Hearth & Home Carrs Billington Eden Taxis Salsa Bistro Leacett Cottage Riding Stables Frank (for collecting the landy) And finally the behind the scene and on air Eden FM volunteers

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