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Welcome to the July edition of your Eden Local Welcome to your 95th Cumbrian Local Publication. Last month I started my opening editorial, that related to the pending general election, this straight after a county election, which saw the Conservative party with 37 seats, the Labour party with 26 and the Liberal Democrats with 16. Announced today whilst I am just finishing the magazine, a new political administration to lead Cumbria County Council for the next four years. This was agreed at Full Council on 29th June. The new Leader of the Council has been confirmed as Councillor Stewart Young, Labour, local member for Upperby, Carlisle. The new administration for the Council is Labour / Liberal Democrat. The new Deputy Leader of the County Council is Councillor Ian Stewart, Liberal Democrat, local member for Kent Estuary. The Leader has also announced the new Cabinet arrangements, which will have responsibility for the organisation's executive decisions. After featuring some of the changes in the leaders across the Parishes in Eden, this month now settling in we have an update from Mary Robinson, the Chair of Eden District Council (pages 6 & 7) and an insight into what she has in store along with her role as Chair. Something we are getting used to is the housing developments around us in our towns and villages, so we have an update on the Penrith neighbourhood plan and an update from Councillor Jackson on the Penrith Town Planning Committee (both on page 10). My favourite story, captured via email and over the phone just recently was with Lauren, from the North West Ambulance, with a simple but very clever idea of what happens when you

cross an old telephone box with a defibrillator (pages 12 & 13). As we enter the period where ‘A’ levels are over, the proms, the parties and festivals begin, we have some wise words from a party goer (pages 18 – 19) as ‘Kendal is calling’! Featured this month we have some stats and advice on barbequing (page 16) and from experience and feedback, something which I featured in one of my Home and Garden shows, Wednesday 2-4 on Eden FM, is 10 Top Tips on choosing a builder. I wish I had had this checklist in front of me when I had some work done at home a year ago! Thank you to Barry Cooper, Communications Officer at Eden District Council for sharing some import links. My thanks to Joan for once again giving us a lovely story on the Community Gardening team (pages 26 & 27). Once again explained, holistic management is a very effective means of enabling multiple decisionmakers or stakeholders to share common language and concepts by which to measure ecological outcomes. Our update from Sheila Cooke of 3LM in answering the question, ‘how can we use nature to achieve a thriving, food producing, species-rich landscape?’ (pages 20, 22 and 23). I’ve mentioned Eden FM a lot, I know, and possibly by the time you have read this, you may have seen the team out and about as we enter a busy period. I suppose you could say we are on our summer tour (page 28). I would like to thank the small group of volunteers dedicating their time to making this happen in advance of a very busy schedule. Continued on page 5

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Contents Architectural Reclaimed, Recycled, Reusable

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Contents and introduction

Pages 3 - 5

Community Communication Mary Robinson

Pages 6 - 7

Penrith BID

Pages 8 & 9

Planning the process and Neighbourhood Plan

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Ticking all the boxes

Pages 12 - 13

Pam’s Miscellany for July

Pages 14 - 15

Choosing the right builder

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17 – 25 Summer Fun

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How can we use nature to achieve?

Pages 20, 22 & 23

Eat Safe this Summer

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Out and about with Joan

Pages 26 – 27

Eden FM Summer tour

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Wainwright Society Update

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All programmed and ready to go

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2017 – 18 Penrith AFC Fixtures

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And finally, if you don’t catch me at a show or event, you might catch me at the Frenchfield Stadium, home to Penrith AFC. Cumbrian Local Publications will now be producing the match day programme which will be sold around the town before the match. It will be free to read online at www.cumbrianlocal.co.uk/ previous-issues a few days after the match. Should you miss a match, the programmes will be available via Penrith Posters at Market Square. It’s been about eight years since I co-ordinated match day programmes and I’m looking forward to working with Brian who has been putting the programme together for 15 years. I completed just seven years. A full insight into the programme features and fixtures is on pages

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COMMUNICATION IN THE COMMUNITY

Year of fundraising to benefit Chairman’s worthwhile causes Councillor Mary Robinson was elected as the Chairman of Eden District Council on 11 May 2017, by her fellows Members at the authority’s Annual Meeting. Councillor Mary Robinson, is already planning a series of fundraising events to benefit her chosen Chairman’s charities Hospice at Home and the Great North Air Ambulance. Councillor Robinson said: “I am delighted to have been elected to serve as Chairman for Eden District Council. We have a fantastic and vibrant communities here in Eden, who I am proud to serve and represent in this civic capacity supported by Vice Chairman, Councillor William Patterson. “Being Chairman is a real opportunity to fly the flag for Eden and champion the District and show what we have to offer to others. It also affords me the opportunity to raise money for two worthwhile causes that are close to many people’s hearts in Eden, Hospice at Home and the Great North Air Ambulance. “Hospice at Home is celebrating its 20th year in 2017, the charity provides comprehensive and high quality palliative care for adults who have a life limiting illness. This care and support is individualised to provide choices at all stages of illness and at the end of a person’s life. Care and support provided through the service also extends to family members/carers. “This could be through a combination of nursing, occupational therapy, complementary therapy and family and bereavement support. Since 1997, Hospice at Home has supported 5,700 Cumbrian families EdenLocal

which is a tremendous achievement and deserving of our support. “In a rural area such as Eden District a medical emergency in a remote location can have life threatening consequences, if the person needing medical attention does get to a hospital in time. That is why the Great North Air Ambulance is such a valuable service for Cumbria and the 820sq miles of Eden District. “The Great North Air Ambulance has a helicopter based at Langwathby near Penrith and two sister aircraft cover the North East and Cumbria. To operate these life saving services costs in the region of £6.1 million per annum with fundraising activities/public donations generating around 7% of the money needed or around £427,000. This is a lot of money to keep generating so I am glad to be able to support yet another worthwhile local cause.

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“Over the past few weeks I have been developing a calendar of Chairman’s events, where I hope to raise money to support these worthwhile causes. I have been contacting local companies to seek sponsorship and the donations of prizes for events.

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“I would like to thank everyone who has made a positive contributions to my efforts so far. The events I have planned include an: • • • • • •

Open Garden Event Charity Fashion Show Clay Pigeon Shoot Chairman’s Carol Service A Burns Night Supper A Chairman’s Dinner – To celebrate the community work done by volunteers in Eden District

Any companies or individuals who would like to support these fundraising events please contact me through the Chairman’s Secretary using the contact details below. Role of the Chairman The main role of the Chairman is to act as the nonpolitical, civic and ceremonial head of the District of Eden. The role of the Chairman also includes: • • • • •

Chairing meetings of the Council; Communication with private and voluntary sector organisations across the District; Acting as official host to visitors to the District; To represent the District at ceremonial events; To promote public involvement in the Council's activities.

Invitations to the Chairman The Chairman welcomes invitations to attend events in the District. Invitations are dealt with strictly in order of receipt. The Chairman likes to be well briefed about any function to be attended, therefore it is best that you provide as much information as possible. On some occasions it may not be possible for the Chairman to attend. Should this be the case the Vice-Chairman will deputise for the Chairman where possible. • •

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How Penrith is fighting back The businesses and traders in Penrith town centre, just like thousands of others in high streets throughout the UK, have been facing up to a set of challenges that are largely driven by external factors that are beyond the control of local businesses. Responding to these challenges has not been easy, and there are no easy solutions. Circumstances demand that our town centres become more resilient and more adaptable to an uncertain and rapidly changing world where consumers have many more choices, but household budgets are being squeezed. It would be perfectly understandable if many of these business owners felt gloomy about the changing world in which they operate. However, the manner in which the businesses of Penrith have responded demonstrates a real passion for business and a renewed pride in the town. In 2012, the town’s businesses voted by majority to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) to invest collectively in a five-year programme of improvements to the town centre. For the first time, businesses in Penrith town centre had control of an initiative that could raise its own funds and in sufficient quantity to at least start to make a difference to the issues and challenges that they faced. The BID Business Plan 2013-2018 set out the BID’s intention to focus on four significant areas of activity to release more of the town’s undoubted potential. These were summarised as addressing 4 ‘P’s: EdenLocal

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After little more than four years, the BID initiative is making some headway on each of these priorities through directly funding or sponsoring activities such as the Discover Penrith marketing initiative, a programme of festivals and events, the introduction of free WiFi, the flowers, planters and Christmas lights, as well as working to influence the actions of others, such as the continued provision of free customer parking for up to 3 hours. For many business owners in the town these improvements cannot come soon enough. Their expectations for the BID are high and there is an understandable impatience. A recent survey of the businesses in Penrith confirmed that most believe the BID presents good value for money, with over 400 businesses contributing to a central pot to get things done. However, there were also calls to make some changes to how it operates, a clear sign that the businesses who collectively own this initiative are desperately keen to make sure it succeeds in its goal to improve the town centre for businesses, for customers and for visitors to the town. The BID itself is very much as business-led initiative run by a Board made up of local businesspeople. Currently chaired by Dan Harding, the Board brings together people from national and well as local retailers, accountancy firms, the hospitality sector and a local charity. It provides a diverse mix of skills and knowledge, and deliberately so. The BID belongs to a diverse mix of businesses and its management must reflect this. As a five-year initiative, the current BID will come to an end in March 2018. Efforts are now underway to ensure that this important programme of work, funded by over 400 businesses, continues for a further term. This will require a further ballot of the businesses. It is a decision that only they can make. Consultations with those businesses are currently underway, and the priorities that emerge from those consultations will shape the proposal for a new BID. It has already been made clear that any new BID must build on the successes of the current BID and equally must address any areas of weakness or deficiency. After all this is a business initiative and for many its failure is simply not an option. For more details of Penrith BID visit www.penrithbid.co.uk & www.discoverpenrith.co.uk

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Town Council Thanks Residents for Views Penrith Town Council have finished the informal consultation process which collected views as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process. A number of questions were asked on the themes of Housing, Leisure, Wellbeing and Greenspaces, Getting Around (including transport, pedestrianisation, Parking and Signage), Town Centre and Heritage and Business and Tourism.

BiD, PACT, CAFs, Eden Arts, Cumbria Youth Alliance, Churches Together and QEGS is meeting regularly with the Town Council’s appointed Planning Consultant, Michael Wellock, to consider draft policies for inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan to complement and enhance the National Planning Policy Framework and Eden’s Local Plan which is still to be adopted.

Cllr Fiona Johnson, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Group says ‘We received loads of useful and interesting comments and the Neighbourhood Plan Group have been considering them carefully in order to see which ones can be incorporated into the Neighbourhood Development Plan. It must be remembered that a Neighbourhood Plan is not about stopping development but influencing what we would like to happen in the town.’

Once the draft Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared a further formal 6 week consultation period will be undertaken with people who live, work or do business in Penrith to comment on the proposals.

At the current time the Neighbourhood Plan Group which includes Penrith Town Councillors together with representatives of the Chamber of Trade, Penrith

Cllr Johnson also said ‘Some ideas and suggestions don’t fit into Neighbourhood Planning such as the provision of parking, leisure and retail opportunities. The Town Council will be looking to progress them with partners to achieve the best outcomes on behalf of the town’s residents, workers and visitors to ensure we do the best we can to make Penrith an enjoyable place to live and visit’.

Penrith Town Council Planning Alongside the work Councillor Fiona Johnson is leading on with the Neighbourhood Plan is the regular work of the Town Council’s Planning Committee. As a statutory consultee the town council must be asked by the district’s Planning Department to provide a position on applications in the town. Like the District Council, any opinion we express must be back up by proper legal arguments and sit within the appropriate planning framework. We can’t just say we object because we don’t like something. I like to think, however, that we are afforded the opportunity to prioritise the residents of Penrith. Whereas the district must balance the policies of central government, desires of developers and the concerns of residents, the town council may take a more active role in championing residents. Where a developer may have access to agents and lawyers, the ordinary person may not. I hope we play a role in redressing the balance.

building of the houses that the town needs. I must argue that this couldn’t be further from the truth. What we seek is that development adequately addresses the needs of the town, not what the market says we need or what developers think will sell. If young people are moving to Carlisle because house prices are too high in Penrith then we as a Town Council want better ways of delivering affordable housing. If there are concerns over environmental issues we are going to raise them. If appropriate housing for older people seems to be lacking, we are going to say so. If recreational facilities are deficient we will ask them to be looked at again. This is all the exact opposite of obstructive, it is constructive. Your Town Council will not stand in the way of development but we will certainly be holding the signpost to appropriate development. With your help, our Neighbourhood Plan will decide what that signpost says.

Now, some have said that the Town Council has become anti-development and is obstructive to the

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Ticking all the boxes and saving lives by Lee Quinn

It started with an enquiry on email and I had to find out more as it reminded me of a project I worked on with a very similar focus 10 years ago. I spoke to the lady who had sent me the email, Lauren Watson who works for the North West Ambulance Service, Chain of Survival Lead Cumbria. Over the last two years, Lauren has been working with the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT). Lauren described to me that basically BT, as many of you may know, have been removing telephone boxes as people don’t use them anymore, so the CHT have adopted 150 across Cumbria. Telephone boxes are in ideal places in communities as they are generally central. They are also very iconic and whilst people may not necessarily know what they are looking for when searching for a Defib cabinet, everyone knows what a telephone box looks like.

The CHT has been re-painting the telephone boxes in the traditional shiny red and replacing the telephone signs with Defib ones. Lauren went on to say, “we have worked with lots of communities to place these CPADs (community public access defibrillators) in the telephone boxes and other areas. It’s important for people to know where they are so I have also worked with the Highways Agency to create some special signs that go with the village signs to the entrance to the village.” Altogether the CHT currently have 500 CPADS across Cumbria. With a growing population in excess of 500,000, a lot more CPADS are required. For that reason they are also positioned in metal boxes and put on posts and walls. In the immediate future, Cumbrian Local and Eden FM will be helping to take this project forward in the Eden Valley in raising awareness and raising funds,

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but also to map out where all the CPADs are and where existing defibrillators need to be added to the database and map. In the towns you will see these appearing. We have one arriving soon in Wetheriggs in Penrith, which will be in a phone box in Huntley Avenue, by North Lakes School. Is there a strategy that when new housing developments are planned increasing the population that CPADs should be compulsory? If it isn’t, perhaps local planning committees and house builders should take this on board for consideration. Here are some pictures that tick all the boxes and the posts, which include the world’s first solar powered CPAD.

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Top tips for finding a builder who’s right for you by Lee Quinn In my last Home and Garden show on Eden FM, we talked about Neighbourhood and this month you may have already read the Penrith Town Council Update and Councillor Scott Jackson’s article on town planning. Planning and permission to make changes that require building work or building regulation can be a minefield in itself, but for those of you who are thinking about a small or large extension on your property or changing it in any way that requires a builder or professional related to building works, here is a list I used recently in my show to highlight some top tips:1. In starting your search for a good builder, try and get a referral from family or friends who may have recently had some work done. Ask the builder how long they have been trading and what experience they have in the work you need completing. 2. Do not be fooled by the badge – there have been a substantial number of cases of bogus builders fraudulently claiming membership of trade associations, so call and make sure they are who they are and are a genuine member. 3. Importantly get references – check and visit them if needs be. Contact the people who provided the references and find out how happy they were with the quality of the workmanship and the builder’s conduct. 4. Once you have a shortlist of builders, obtain quotations – get a comprehensive and detailed breakdown in writing of what is covered and what is not. This should include site maintenance, clearance, material supplies etc. Ask for confirmation as to whether planning permission is required and if they will need to apply for Building Regulations approval.

7. Be straight about money – agree payment terms clearly in writing with your builder. 8. Avoid paying upfront or a cash deposit – it should not be needed unless you request specialist building materials or the job is likely to take a long time to complete.

5. Try to avoid a ‘VAT-free’ deal – you will not have a valid contract if there is no proof of payment.

9. Guarantees – are they offering a guarantee on a large scale job? If it is a new build you will need a guarantee on the property.

6. Put details of the job down in writing – the more thorough the better. Your contract should outline what work is to be done, start/completion dates, security, safety, the cost of the work and materials, payment plans, catering and lavatory arrangements, hours of work, cleaning up and disposal of waste materials.

10. Ask if the builder is insured – they should have cover to protect themselves against property damage and personal and public liability to protect you and the general public in the event of an accident or injury.

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17-25! Summer fun and staying safe! By Emily Quinn We’ve got some of the biggest music festivals and shows coming up and everyone is out to have a good time, celebrate the end of their exams and school being over, but we’ve got to remember to look out for each other. I might sound like your boring ancient mother, but genuinely, it’s so important. Girls and guys, if summer’s getting hot and we’re dressing down and having a few drinks, we’ve got to ‘pre’ stuff; sort out how we’re getting home, have that spare cash in a safe, hidden place and have a mate with us. Squad goals at festivals is already trending this year and actually, as cringey as that may sound, staying in a group with your friends is the safest situation to be in, especially at a festival. There are going to be thousands of people you don’t know and although you may want to have a few drinks or wear an outfit that’s going to attract some attention, stick with the people you can trust and who are going to look after you. Feeling safe sober is important anyway, but if you’re in an unfamiliar place around unfamiliar people, you need to take extra care.

So, this month’s focus is on festivals, parties and staying safe but remembering to have fun! This beautiful area in which we live is one of the most popular tourist destinations all year round, but particularly in the summer so it’s inevitably going to get busy. EdenLocal

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Parties are the same sort of story! Let’s be honest; we want to go to a party and have a few drinks, try new things and have an awesome time. Plus, exams are over which means double party! Going back to the ‘pre’ everything, you just need to organise what’s happening after the party before the party starts. Then you don’t need to worry about anything and you can just have fun, because, let’s face it, having fun is all we really want to do at parties. Make sure you’ve sorted out your lift home with parents or a friend who’s not drinking or one who isn’t at the party maybe. Take extra money always as a precautionary measure. Or you could just find a taxi buddy, perhaps one of your mates you trust as sharing lifts is always a good idea if you don’t feel comfortable travelling with a stranger on your own. Going out on the town is different in the summer and you need to be wary of that. Not only is everyone


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out of school so naturally it will be busier, but people from all over the place might be there too because as I said, the Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in this country. So again, it’s just making sure you’re organised beforehand and having mates who you’re going to stay with throughout the night; for example, someone to just watch your drink whilst you pop to the loo. So, in festival, party season (SUMMER!!!!!) you’ve got to stay safe, but ultimately, the most important thing is to have fun and experience new things and have a laugh. Celebrations and partying are to be enjoyed and especially relished when you are young, so accept that invite and buy those tickets and go and have an amazing time! Next month is going back to school! I’m going to give you all those hints and tips to help you get through your final years in school. Or maybe just some ideas for the next step into university. I’ll try and make it as insightful and funny as I can! Until next month…..

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How can we use nature to achieve a thriving, food producing, species-rich landscape?

3LM, based in Penrith, had sellout crowds at two different Global Field Days held earlier this week in Cumbria. One event was held at Piper Hole Farm, a Coronation Meadow in Ravenstonedale, and the other was held at Low Sizergh in Kendal. In attendance were farmers and representatives from the National Trust, Cumbrian Wildlife Trust, the Farmer Network, the Pasture Fed Livestock Association, the Foundation for Common Land, and Natural England.

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Richard Park, of Low Sizergh shared the multiple reasons that led up to the decision he and his sister, Alison Park, took to make a shift towards an organic standard by using holistic management to guide decision-making and planning in a way that works with nature instead of against nature. As Richard Park explained:

Participants were taught to assess the functioning of the ecosystem processes: the water cycle, the mineral cycle, the flow of solar energy, and community dynamics (succession and biodiversity.) There was relatively strong alignment amongst participants in their assessment, indicating a large amount of learning occurred in just a few hours.

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One livestock farmer from Penrith who attended both events found it invaluable to go home and repeat the assessment on his farm. He said, "It was like seeing my land for the first time. I gave my land a lower score than I did in the classroom. I'll never look at my land the same way again and will always be looking down at the grass to see how it's doing."

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"We are undergoing a change in land management practices and we want to share our early experience with others who are asking similar questions about how to work with nature to achieve a thriving, food producing, species-rich landscape. We are using a framework for decision making called holistic management. This takes into account specific features of the farm including slope, aspect, soil type, latitude and location and follows a grazing regime based on this. Fields are divided into areas that cows graze intensively for short periods and unlike the common paddock grazing system, we will be aiming to increase the variety of perennial plants to improve soil health and nutrition. In this way our livestock are a tool to improve the health of the soil, and with healthy soil we get a great supply of grass which gives us high quality milk." "Using the holistic management framework, we intend to work with


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nature for economic, social and ecological benefits that will sustain our farm for future generations. We are aware of the bigger picture in which we run our businesses, and that helps us adapt as we cope with everything from the vagaries of the Cumbrian weather to increasing food prices and future food security. We share ideas and information with local and national networks of farmers, and food, farming and environmental organisations and this event is an example of that", Richard added. Many participants acknowledged what Richard and Alison are doing runs counter to conventional thinking, and yet they arrived with open and hopeful minds to hear, observe and learn. None were disappointed and all look forward to tracking the experience of Low Sizergh. Holistic management is a very effective means of enabling multiple decisionmakers or stakeholders to share common language and concepts by which to measure ecological outcomes. 3LM is able to offer this training to any organization. 3LM.network The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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EAT SAFE THIS SUMMER Recently I received a press release from Eden District Council which I would like to share with those that may not have seen it or do not have access to the internet. I love doing BBQ’s not just in the summer but all year around. For a number of years I have cooked on gas but on occasions I go back to the charcoal or open fire cooking. The message here is one that is quite simple. We all love it when the weather gets warmer. But did you know that you might need to think harder about food safety in the summer months? New research indicates that people in the north-west of England could be putting themselves and their families at risk of food poisoning through lack of knowledge of the 4Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cooking, Cleaning and avoiding Cross-contamination. The Food Standards Agency’s Food and You Survey, which collects information on food safety through 3,118 interviews across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, found that in the north-west of England: •

71% of North West residents said they never eat burgers if the meat is still pink; in the rest of the country only 58% said they never eat burgers with pink meat.

40% of people in the North West defrosted frozen meat or fish according to FSA guidelines, either in the microwave (5%) or in the fridge (35%).

43% sometimes wash raw chicken. Washing chicken risks spreading bacteria and should be avoided.

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A third (34%) of people in the North West do not always check use-by dates before cooking or preparing food.

58% said that they check their fridge temperature, but half (49%) did not know that a fridge should be kept between 0°C and 5°C.

Emma Brass, Eden District Council’s Principal Environmental Health Officer for Food Safety, said: “These figures show that there's more that people in the north-west of England could do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this summer. That's why Eden District Council is working with the Food Standards Agency to promote good hygiene practices during Food Safety Week (19–25 June). This year the focus and aims were on encouraging better hygiene practices for summer, when the risk of getting food poisoning is greater. For tips on how to stay safe this summer visit: www. food.gov.uk/safe-summer-food.


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North Lakes School, Eden Mencap and the Community Gardeners have combined their skills to build a ‘Bee Friendly’ planted display at Penrith Railway Station. The theme is aimed at drawing attention to the plight of bees both here and around the World. Pupils from school have been busy planting up examples of plants that are bee friendly. This is to encourage us to help the bees when choosing plants for the garden or even by leaving a few dandelions to flower in the Spring or Ivy for later in the year. Our local bumblebee experts encourage sowing a patch of wild flowers or leaving an area to grow wild. But what do we know about our little friends and why are they important to us? In a world without bees our food would cost a lot more to produce and our economy would take a big hit. Bees are behind much of the food we eat, including most fruit and vegetables. We were sent this quiz and are inviting you to try it with your family. EdenLocal

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Quiz about Bees 1. About how many species of bee do you think there are in the UK? About a) 10, b) 100 or c) 250? Answer The answer is c), there are more than 250 species of bee. Some are bumblebees, some are honey bees and some are solitary bees. 2. In a foxglove, how do you think pollen and nectar are collected by bees? With : a) Long tongues, b) Long legs or c) Long tails? Answer. The answer is a), bees usually (but not always) collect pollen and nectar with their tongues. Long tongued bees can collect from deep flowers like foxgloves and short tongued bees like open flowers like daisies. 3. When a honeybee finds nectar, how does she tell the other bees where it is? Does she : a) Do a dance, b) Draw a map c) Sing a song? Answer. The answer is a), a ‘waggle’ dance is something bees do to tell other bees where the nectar is. They waggle in the direction of the flowers.

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4. If you add up all the journeys made by the bees needed to produce one jar of honey, how much would it total? a)10 miles, b)1000 miles or c)40,000 miles? Answer. The answer is c), 40,000 miles, that’s nearly twice around the world! 5. If we didn’t have bees to pollinate food such as beans for us, what would happen? a) We would starve, b) Healthy food would be much more expensive or c) It would not affect us? Answer. The answer is b), it would cost farmers around £1.8 billion a year to pollinate crops without bees and that would make it more expensive for us as well. Some people wouldn’t be able to afford healthy food. 6. How does a bumblebee pollinate a tomato flower? Does she a) Dip her legs into it, b) Stick her tongue into it or c) Buzz against it so the pollen falls onto her tummy? Answer The answer is c), bees ‘buzz-pollinate’ tomatoes with their tummies, but they stick their tongue in most flowers. Some bees dip their legs into flowers like thistles. 7. Which of these do you think are bad for bees? Pesticides, extreme weather, climate change, building on wildflower meadows or disease? • Pesticides are chemicals used to kill insects so they don’t eat farmers crops. • Extreme weather includes things like drought (very hot weather with no rain) and very windy conditions. Answer. The answer is all of them. Pesticides affect bees brains so they can’t live normally, be active or remember where the good nectar is. Climate change causes extreme weather conditions like high winds and droughts, it can also cause the weather to be cooler or warmer than it would normally be at a certain time of year. Also wildflower meadows that bees like are often cleared and used to build on, so the bees cannot live or get their food.

School holiday activity: Check out the ‘Bee Friendly’ display on Platform 2 at the railway station and spot which are the bee friendly plants. Make a bee hotel! Examples of how to do this are at the railway station and on the Internet. Pause at the WW1 border outside the Royal British Legion Club and count the number of different varieties of bees visiting the wildflowers planted here by the Community Gardeners. Visit the Community Garden at the bottom of Scotland Road (Stricklandgate) and watch the bees buzzing about the chives and lavender. It’s a chance to get up close and watch them in action as bees love to visit groups of the same plant. Next time you eat think how the bees have helped in the production of the food you are eating. Joan Robinson Penrith Community Gardener

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Since its first outside broadcast from Toppin Memorial Hall at Skelton during it’s first 4 week trial transmission at the end of 2011, the face of your community radio has changed and evolved. The days of our trusty old Landrover Discovery with its 9 metre mast on, our ex BBC outside broadcasting vehicle we acquired from a yard in Eastbourne on the Sussex coast, have moved on. Technology has changed and Eden FM has also had to evolve. As a radio station we have to be seen and not just heard. The team are in a busy time, whilst pushing forward with their new studio build at Mosytn Hall most weekends and many weekends, we are out and about, whatever the weather. The day after this update, between 1st July and 15th July we will have completed at least four outside broadcasts and at the time of this update, we are preparing for the Skelton show. If you would like us to come to you for your event, or you would like us to help promote your event, please just drop us a line at admin@edenfm.co.uk. In the very short time we have been running, we have completed around 50 outside broadcasts and by the end of 2017 this could be close to 80. It might be that coming out and helping as a volunteer, not in the studio, is what you would like to do, either on the technical side, presenting, recording, interviewing or just smiling, please let us know. The Eden FM team will be looking forward to seeing you soon. I suppose we could get some tour T-shirts organised with a sponsor! EdenLocal

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The Wainwright Society’s annual Charity Challenge raises £1500 for Fix the Fells

OFFICE SPACE TO RENT The Society is delighted to announce that a total of £1500 was raised by members during the annual Charity Challenge, which took place during three weeks in May. The Challenge celebrated the 60th anniversary of the publication of Book Two of Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides: The Far Eastern Fells. Eighty locations mentioned in the book were visited by members including Long Stile on High Street, the path being repaired by Fix the Fells in 2018 with donations from the Society.

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Members of the Society met on the slopes of Wansfell near Ambleside on the final day of the Challenge with volunteers from Fix the Fells, the main beneficiary being supported by The Wainwright Society in 2017. Society Secretary, Derek Cockell explained that when Wainwright came this way 60 years ago, there were fewer people walking the fells. Wainwright wrote in his conclusion to Book 2 ‘Usually I walked from morning till dusk without a sight of human beings.’ But the tremendous work by Fix the Fells in repairing footpaths in this area was testament to the growing popularity of walking on these fells. He thanked the dedicated band of volunteers for the amazing job they were doing. Joanne Backshall from Fix the Fells said, “We are very grateful to The Wainwright Society for their generous donation to the work of Fix the Fells. Alfred Wainwright’s beautiful books have enabled so many people to enjoy and appreciate the Lake District fells. Fix the Fells is working hard to repair and maintain the paths so that the scenery remains as spectacular now as when he walked here himself.” Further donations will be given to Fix the Fells from sales of the Society’s 2018 Calendar, which goes on sale later in the year. Derek Cockell Secretary - The Wainwright Society

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All programmed and ready to go gods of the theatre of football like Old Trafford would cost around £110 or close to the pitch around £180 for a seat, this all subject to availability and the agency/ booking charges, you could be watching a match that is costing you at least £2.50 per minute.

And finally I actually get to write about football, well just this once maybe. I have watched Penrith playing football for many years. Like many who I hope are reading this, my first match of course was at Southend Road. How many stories have you heard about Penrith Football Club since it was founded in 1894? Well, for those that might have paused to read this article, thanks for hanging on, because whilst some echo across the land that the shape of football, in its premier leagues of the world, is not football any more as it’s all about the money, the ridiculous salaries and prima donnas rolling around on a pitch. Well, I can’t really disagree, especially with a lot of the discipline on the pitch and seeing players fouled that go down like they’ve been hit with a sledge hammer, only to get up 30 seconds later in their fluorescent green designer feather weight boots, get up as if they are off to a ballet class only to then carry on like nothing has happened! This of course is a representation of some, but not all. At the roots of football, out of the media and not seated in a premiership stadium where a seat in the

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Back in the day when football boots had real tough leather, studs were fixed in with nails, footballs left your forehead with an indent of the lacing of the ball and whatever condition the pitch was or how deep the mud was, with your heavy, sodden shirt rubbing on your skin, it was football. I am pleased to announce that Cumbrian Local Publications will be working with Penrith AFC this season during 2017 -18 to bring you back to real football, affordable football and an insight to what local football is about for all ages from the girls and boys through to the ranks of the senior teams. By the time your Eden Local lands through your door, you may have missed the first friendly match of the season at the Frenchfield Stadium, Penrith AFC vs Carlisle United K.O. 7.30pm Tuesday 11th July. But with 21 home games plus potential cup and tournament matches, we could be looking at

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30 home matches. Last season the Bonny Blues clocked up 52 matches. It’s not premier league, less rolling around, but it’s about dedication, it’s about real people on the pitch and behind the scenes. They might be working on the pitch, they could be playing on the pitch, they could be coaching a team, or taking their son or daughter to a training session and then there will be someone washing the kit, cleaning the boots and mopping out the changing rooms. A season ticket at the Frenchfield Stadium for the 2017-18 season is about £60; that’s about £2.85 per match; that’s 0.03p per minute for your 90 minutes of football. It’s about community, it’s about families, it’s about an institution that is accessible to all and affordable. When you get behind a local town

team even by coming to a couple of matches, you’re going to make a difference to so many at the roots of football. That’s what football is really about.

Next Home matches Kendal Town K/O 7.45 Tuesday 25th July Jarrow Roofing K/O 7.45 Wednesday 16th August Newcastle Benfield K/O 3pm Saturday 19th August

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