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NOW OPEN Day Services Centre By Lee Quinn

It was a refreshing experience to be invited to the new Cumbria Quality Care Day Services Centre which is located on the ground floor of the newly sited head office. After almost four months of working on projects with Alan and Sharon Baxter, husband and wife team, it was good to finally meet them face mask to face mask. It was a busy day for Alan facilitating an induction day, but Sharon was available to show me the new Day Care Centre facilities and discuss the Day Services on offer, whilst giving me a further insight to the business generally and sharing in some of her experiences, a profession which she has been in for 24 years. The facilities are in a lovely, quiet location overlooking Thacka-beck nature reserve, and through the patio doors of the centre is a garden area which is taking shape for the summer, in

Sharon & Alan Baxter the shade of some trees. With windows on three sides of the room, the light and bright area has a whole host of things for its day visitors to participate in, or just have a break in a different surrounding from home. As I spoke to Sharon, we talked about the Day Care facilities that have closed, of which quite a number will not re-open, which is a key part of the new project

in a much-needed service. On the day I visited, it was only days before opening. It was in the same week as Loneliness Awareness Week, which took take place from 14 - 18 June. Sharon explained that there is such a need for Day services and after nine years, in Penrith offering care services and companionship for their clients and taking them out and about, the need now is even greater to get people out of their home, for a series of reasons, which are mental, physical, emotional and all in relation to wellbeing. ‘We used to take our clients to clubs, but none of them are open now and none of them are planning on opening in the near future. People need to get out, many are very lonely and they are losing key skills, as well simple mobility and the basic need to engage with others.’ I talked at length with Sharon on the topic of loneliness and

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about those who were living in loneliness before lockdown and during lockdown. Sharon said “Before lockdown people may have had some relatives or friends visit and they attended local clubs however this was taken away during lockdown, along with any notion of even stepping out outside their home. I think most people experienced an element of loneliness and isolation during lockdown but there were people experiencing loneliness before lockdown.” How many people in Penrith are totally on their own? Sharon also made a very valid point, which is sometimes overlooked; it’s not just the elderly that needed a break during lockdown, there were and there still are many family carers, caring 24/7 at home during lockdown and still now; they need that important break and key time out for them is that respite. Day Services are the ideal opportunity for a better balance, just by being able to drop a loved one into the Day Care Centre and have some time out. Day Services are available from 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday, and these will include a range of activity-based things to do like: • Bingo, Board Games and Cards

And many more activities with the assistance from qualified staff. Refreshments are provided throughout the day, including a

For further information or to discuss your care needs, please contact Cumbria Quality Care. Call 01768 864637 www.cumbriaqualitycare.com email cumbriaqualitycare@btconnect.com Cumbria Quality care 3 Mereside, Eden Business Park Penrith, CA11 9FB

• Arts and Crafts • Gardening • Making Bird Feeders • Exercise and physical activity including dancing and chair aerobics • Jigsaws, Quizzes, Puzzles and Magnetic Darts • Theme Days • Seasonal activities

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How many people are living solitary in Cumbria? Across the county, the number of single person households is 71,700 (15%). Of the 205,000 households across the county with residents aged 50 and over, 1 in 4 are of people living alone. (Department of Communities and Local Government – 2014 - Based Household Projections: England 2014-39 – 2016) 3


Contents New Day Services now open at CQC Pages 2 – 3 Introduction Page 6 Sunday Times Top 10 for Mike by Lee Quinn Pages 7, 16 & 17 Canines Behaving Badly with Tracy Johnson Page 8 North Lakes Hotel & Spa 12 month Treatment Offer Page 9 Pam’s Flower Power July - Larkspur Page 10 New Mayor and Deputy in the Chair for Penrith Town Pages 12 - 13 New to Penrith Experienced Massage Practitioner Page 14 Booking in now for Newton House show home Page 15 Meet the Voice Behind your Choice at Eden FM Page 18 Just sit back and relax with Churchill Retirement Living Page 19 Why Antony? By Jacqui Taylor 4EDEN Page 20 Long Light Days with Karen Roberts Page 21 Employment Support Tailored to your Business - Quinn HR Pages 22 - 23 July Word Search River Life Sponsored By Quinn HR Page 23 Navigating the World of Words by Caroline Howsley Pages 24 & 25 ‘Nature Collected’ by Sydney Chapman Page 26 Deliveries continue to expand for Eden Local Page 27 The White-Faced Darter by Eleanor Clover Pages 28 - 29 The Hiking Household with Laura and Family Page 30 Step Up to the Plate for Hospice at Home Page 31 Beating Conservatory Conversion Prices down Back Cover Follow us on Facebook for additional stories and

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Can there be such a thing as a normal month, in whatever we do? Welcome to your July Eden Local, our 172nd publication.

news for our free magazine, especially when we will be adding more doors this month with more new teams starting, with some existing teams also pushing out into new areas too.

Twelve months ago, a lot of free magazines, like ourselves around the country had to stop. Early July 2020, we were planning to re-launch, which was a strange place to be especially as we didn’t know when we could safely start. Looking back, I think we got lucky with our timing when we did launch mid to late July with a ‘Summer’ edition. In the three months which followed, it was in many ways like starting a business again. Many of our customers remained closed, and for us it wasn’t about producing a magazine every month, but getting a magazine out at the right time, safely and having sufficient funds to do it.

For the first time in a number of years, I actually covered the Castletown, Penrith delivery with Mrs Q, which was an opportune moment to do a few more miles of exercise based on the time I spend in a studio or in the office on my backside! Whilst delivering, we completed an audit of doors, in short, it’s huge! I also ventured up to deliver in areas of CA4 and CA9, planting the Eden Local seeds in Scotby, Newbiggin, Cumrew and Newbiggin. What’s next? Well… As you read through, you will find new businesses that are key to our sustainability. I also hope you will find some things that you didn’t know about, perhaps something which is helpful to you or someone you know. For me, I learn something new practically every day, and in putting this small magazine together, it’s my way of sharing what I hope is important to a lot of you. We all hope for a better way of life, and this month I’ve been talking to people about loneliness, finding out more about losing the ability to hear and the effects of deafness, and the impact it has not just on individuals, but on all those around them. There’s more to come on this.

The Eden Local you have now is quite different in content from the one produced last summer, but you can still identify the support that we’ve had over the last 12 months, that reflects almost our last 12 years. Seven years ago, late June 2014 Eden FM switched on full time on its 107.5 FM frequency, and it was in July 2014 that the Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly Boards arrived in time to be launched at the Penrith Show. Weeks later, following the campaign led through the Eden Local, to get a referendum for Penrith to have a Town Council, the town voted in July 2014 in favour of this happening. It was pivotal in the town’s history, in preparation for a unitary system to happen in Cumbria in the future and the District Council being dissolved. A Town Council would be key to managing this process and the transition, in managing local services and asset transfer to the town from the District.

Your free magazine will be back with you in August and I’ll be looking forward to seeing a lot of you when out and about in July.

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Sunday Times Top 10 for Mike Craven by Lee Quinn with many of these signed, they’ve been read just once. My first book I recall reading and I still have, wasn’t a Janet and John Ladybird book but The Stars at night. As a child from around age 9 to 12 I loved Astronomy, and having an experience which was having tea with Patrick Moore at his house with my teacher, who I now call John, in his 80s, who I still talk to today, I still picture me and the other three who were also invited. I came away with three The sky at Night year books, all signed. At the time I couldn’t read.

Where do you start and where do you finish? I feel that we are still quite near the beginning on this one. It was on 16th March that I got an email from Mike, which then lead to a phone call, which then lead to what I would call a small project. With an introduction to MW Craven in the April Eden Local, we announced Mike would be releasing his latest book, Dead Ground in the Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw Series, on 3rd June. The hardback version is always released first for sale. I think I knew that, owing to the collection of first additions I have that I started collecting in the mid-nineties. Today

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Is your dog struggling as a result of lockdown and lifting of restrictions? reactivity, fears and phobias and a big one at the moment is separation anxiety.

Many of our dogs, whether they are new puppies, rescue dogs or our existing furries, have had the best year of their lives as they’ve had you at home more, if not all of the time. But because of this, they are struggling as we “get back to normal”, whether this is shown through separation anxiety, lack of socialisation with other dogs and people or reacting to things they haven’t been used to seeing. This is all perfectly normal behaviour in these circumstances, but does need addressing and we CAN teach an old dog new tricks, it might just take longer.

My name is Tracy Johnson and I have moved back to Cumbria during lockdown, with my two dogs and husband. I am now re-launching my business, as I left my previous canine business with my deputy down in Hampshire. Please don’t be fooled by the new business name and website as there is a wealth of knowledge and experience behind the new facade. I am Advanced Canine Behaviour qualified from the British College of Canine Studies. My training certifies me to help you gain a better relationship with your dog and change unwanted behaviours such as aggression,

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PAM’S FLOWER POWER

July – Larkspur

The birth flower associated with July is the beautiful Larkspur. Although part of the Buttercup family it was until recently classified as a Delphinium but is now officially known as Consolida and is grown largely as a cut flower. It is a classic cottage garden plant and is best grown at the back of a mixed border adding both height and colour. Larkspur is an unfussy annual plant and will happily grow in the garden reseeding itself year after year. It generally likes a sunny position and blooms through the summer into early autumn. The plant produces a beautiful range of colours from sky to navy blue and in shades of mauve, pink or white while its feathery foliage is also a dream for flower arrangers. Although they are unscented, the flowers retain their colour so can be dried to add to flower petal confetti, dried arrangements or pot pourri. However, like so many beautiful flowers the Larkspur hides a nasty secret: it is highly toxic. Every part of the plant is poisonous and in humans will lead to painful stomach pains and spasms; however it is even more dangerous for cattle as it can be fatal if ingested.

As ever there is a lot of folklore surrounding the larkspur. The name, it appears, comes from the time of the Tudors when it was thought that the elongated petals looked like a claw or ‘spur’ found on a lark’s foot. While the original name delphinium comes from the Latin for

Although people doubted he would be able to rise back to life a small rabbit told them that he would do as promised and then waited patiently. When Christ did rise from the dead the rabbit was so excited that it spoke to Christ. To show his gratitude for the rabbits trust and belief Christ picked a small larkspur flower and showed the image of the rabbits face in the flower…look closely and it can still be seen there as a symbol of trust.

dolphin which refers to the shape of the bud. According to Greek mythology the flower bloomed where the blood of Ajax was spilled in the battle of Troy – it is said if you look closely you may see the letters A I A on the flowers; being the initials of Ajax. In Native American legend an angel or celestial being wanted to come to down to earth and in order to do so they parted the heavens and sent down a spike made of pieces of blue sky. This was dried by the sun’s rays and the little pieces were then scattered by the wind. When these bits of blue touched the earth a larkspur flower grew. Christian lore refers to the time after the crucifixion when Christ was buried in the cave and the entrance blocked by a boulder. 10

In the language of flowers the colour of the larkspur can mean different things so care must be taken if including them in a posy or as a gift for a wedding, anniversary or even a first date! Pink indicates contrariness or fickleness, white a happy nature, purple first love and blue larkspur symbolises dignity and grace. For those born in July with Larkspur as your birth flower you are said to have a charming, dynamic personality with a great sense of humour. Family is very important and you are warm and welcoming. Next month we will look at the birth flower for August and some more interesting facts, symbolism and folklore associated with it! By Pam Waggott References.

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New Chair & Mayor, New Vice Chair & Deputy Mayor for Penrith Town Council The Town Council elected a new Chair and Vice Chair at their Annual Town Council meeting on 24 May 2021. The new Chair and Town Mayor Councillor Charlie Shepherd says: ‘I see the position of Chair of the Town Council and Penrith Mayor as two rather separate functions. As Chair of the Town Council my plans are for the Town Council to continue the excellent work done in the last years by the councillors and staff, especially under the tricky conditions due to Covid. A lot of effort had to be moved from longer term projects to supporting people through the pandemic. Now that things seem to be returning to at least a new normal we need to concentrate on our priority projects including: Mayor 2021 Cllr Charlie Shepherd

• Pushing onwards with our Climate Change agenda following the declaration of a climate and ecological emergency declared by Council in May 2019. We have appointed Kerry as our Sustainability Officer who will bring concentration on this important activity. • following our recent public survey we are resolved to continue to work with partners to increase/ improve the arts/culture offering for the people of Penrith and Eden. • Continuing to work with Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council on

the Parking and Movement Study report to ensure that the findings of the major exercise are realised as soon as possible. • The management of Thacka Beck Field (between Pategill and Penrith Hospital) as the land is now owned by the Town Council and looking, with Pategill Residents, on how this area can be improved for the benefit of the Penrith residents. • Continuing with the Youth Advisory Panel with the aim to gather their views to improve the provision of activities for the younger elements of our society. 12

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After successfully running her own business as a massage practitioner for 12 years, Julia Curwin-Bennett took a career break to move to Cumbria and get married. She has now settled in Penrith and is opening her doors again from 1st July. With a beautiful and tranquil studio space especially set up to work from home. Julia descends from a family of caring professionals. Her grandmother was a nurse, her grandfather a healer and her great aunt a physiotherapist. Following her ‘calling’ Julia trained with Essentials for Health in London in 2002 and left with an ITEC diploma in massage, anatomy and physiology.

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Sunday Times top 10 for Mike Craven by Lee Quinn (Continued from page 7) I wasn’t into story books but returning to education in my late 20s and through my work, I had to write, and I had to read, and I collected a lot of books related to my work for my research in Managing Change and Innovation. One of my key daily tasks was writing, then delivering workshops in the organisation I was in, which then lead to corporate client networks from 1995. I got to meet Charles Handy, an Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviours,

who in the early days in his career was Marketing Executive for Shell International from 1956–65. I was influenced by two of his books The Age of Unreason and The Empty Raincoat. At the time, one of my clients was BP Mobil at Coryton Refinery where I was delivering an 18-month organisational change programme with the senior team and the Cracking team, who were key to the refinery processes. A story for another day and I did come away with my Charles Handy

signed books! It wasn’t until the late nineties with the focus on my own business, when I switched from facts and science to fiction and history. Charlotte my wife bought me The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld, an American lawyer and novelist inspired by Sigmund Freud's 1909 visit to America, accompanied by protégé and rival Carl Jung. My studies in Psychology took me off on tangents, and the bug for Crime novels was born as this book had both. Based on these experiences, you can see why working with Mike was so rewarding. By April we had linked with Evonne Pearson the owner of the Hedgehog bookshop, and whilst the May Eden Local’s biggest star, based on feedback was the ‘Red Squirrel’, it didn’t distract from the date we had to promote of Mike being in Penrith to attend a book signing of his newly released Dead Ground book at our local independent bookshop here in Penrith. In the week before, leading to the launch, Mike was in the Eden FM studios completing an hour-long interview on Eden FM about his life, his writing and his new book. So, I asked Mike for a few words on the day and how did the book launch go? Book signing events are always a thrill, but after the tough year and a bit we've all had, to be out and about meeting readers again made it even

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more special. Hedgehog Books is one those special bookshops, the type you want to return to over and over again, and it was such a privilege to hold my first event since February 2020 with Evonne and the gang. The day was blustery, a bit cold, and I'd foolishly ignored my wife's advice to take a jumper with me, but it was so much fun I don't think I noticed. We were busy for the whole event and the readers of Penrith and beyond turned up in droves. It really was a great day. And I also asked Evonne from the Hedgehog Bookshop the same question… We were delighted to welcome Mike to the bookshop on 12th June to sign copies of his new book, Dead Ground, the 4th book in the Washington Poe series. This was well attended and held outside due to Covid restrictions. Thankfully the Cumbrian weather was kind! Mike also signed copies of the new book, along with his previous books, all are now available in the shop. We have had a couple of customers that bought the first book in the series, The Puppet Show, on the day of signing, and have been back for the next as they have really enjoyed it. The paperback of dead Ground is available to pre-order and will be available from 25th November. To conclude, what I will add is I would like to thank Mike and Evonne for a great experience, and I look forward to building on what has been achieved locally for Mike and his jump nationally in the Top 10 in the Sunday Times on the Sunday

following our local event. From receiving one of a few prelaunch proof copies of Dead Ground and getting myself through over 400 pages to prepare for my interview, it was a great book and based here in Cumbria it made it quite special. In my experience of reading now possibly over 60 Crime novels, shared generally 17

between two other Crime writers, of which one was also in that top ten that Sunday, I can say I have three writers now to follow and I’ve now started on Mike’s first book in the sequence as mentioned by Evonne above, which I do have a signed hard copy of, but Mike didn’t know that!


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Meeting the Voice behind your Choice at Eden FM Meet Denis Devlin Launching 8pm Monday 18th July with the ‘New Music Monday’ show Denis is originally from Glasgow, however, he has lived in Cumbria for over 20 years, mostly based in Carlisle. The quirky Glaswegian loves football and for a period, worked as the media officer at non-league football club Carlisle City FC. During his time at Carlisle City FC, he described the fans, players and staff at the Gillford Park based club as unbelievable and built a great relationship with former Penrith FC coach Jim Nichols. He began a podcast during this period, and in his own words it "Simply Took Off" and now the NMF Podcast has become a popular show, especially for new up and coming bands from all over the UK looking to get exposure in the music industry.

Summer Latham Hello all - my name is Summer, and I have been at Eden FM since 2018. When I started the radio, I had just begun my Level 3 Diploma in Media Studies at Carlisle College, with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do in life. Since then, I have finished college and found a passion in the radio and social media. My first radio show was the Tuesday drive-time which I presented with my friend Jennie, which I absolutely loved! Since then, my confidence has grown and I try to do as much as I can at the radio, whilst balancing my day job and my freelance social media work. The thing that I really enjoy about the radio is the chance to be able to speak my mind. My favourite show that I do is my Afternoon Tea show, Tuesday 2pm until 4pm, as I just talk about whatever is on my mind and I love to play happy music to stay upbeat and smiling. It’s a chance for me to unwind with a cup of tea and just take a moment to relax and talk. I also have a breakfast show which I love. My favourite part about the breakfast show is simply just being there. It’s just such a good start to my day as I play more happy music to start off everyone’s day and get people in a good mood and hopefully dancing around too! My breakfast show is on a Saturday 8am until 10am.

Denis has interviewed some of the biggest acts including The Crooks, The Haciendas, The Ultra Violets, Right Said Fred and Stuart Wolfenden, who you may remember as Herbie in the movie Dead Man's Shoes, starring alongside Paddy Consendine in the cult classic. Denis enjoys playing a variety of music including rock, indie, blues, jazz and of course pop, however his main interest is introducing new music from a variety of new artists throughout the UK.

I also really enjoy working in social media. Being only 19, it is hard to get freelance work to be able to do it full time, but I appreciate any jobs I can get and I continue to constantly look for more opportunities.

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ANTONY MEALS by Jacqui Taylor 4EDEN

I expect you’re thinking, why Antony? Antony was a chap we supported for many years; a lovely man who was fiercely independent, and thrived on doing things for himself. Antony loved food – all food, but actually preparing and cooking the food was difficult due to his dexterity and remembering. Antony passed away in 2020, but his meals have been known as Antony meals for such a long time and so many of those we support buy the meals, we felt it was the right name to continue with. We created a selection of food choices, low in salt and sugar – only using the best quality local ingredients, prepared by the guys who Antony valued as friends and colleagues. As Antony had such a love of food, we made a wide variety of Antony meals, always asking Antony for his approval.

The opportunity to link to Cumbria Quality Care to provide Antony meals to their day services Attendees, gives our guys the chance to use their skills to benefit others, and we hope that in time, our guys will serve up and spend time with the clients and share time together. Keeping it local, supporting our local community – it’s what 4EDEN is all about. As our service develops, we plan to expand our range and enable more people to benefit from our great food and to support 4EDEN in providing work placements and in time, employment for local people who just need a chance to prove how fab they are.

Using local suppliers means we keep our food local, it’s made locally in our bakery food prep area in Penrith. We have great staff with good catering backgrounds and knowledge and some very enthusiastic guys – all of whom have additional learning needs, learning disabilities or on the autistic spectrum. All the guys enjoy the challenges of producing the meals, from the washing of the veggies, preparing them for the pot or pan, slicing and dicing, chopping and stirring – and of course, the all-important taste test.

Note from the Editor Many thanks to Jacqui at 4EDEN, for this piece in memory of Antony, keeping that dream alive for the love of food and helping us always remember the character he was. I only knew him for about seven years, but we regularly talked about football and radio. He was such a lovely person, and in the archives of Eden FM, we have a memory stored of Christmas 2018, when I actually interviewed Antony at a Christmas gathering. 20


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Everything has certainly started growing now. It’s a great time of year with long days, lots of insects buzzing around the garden and it feels as if the bird population has doubled at least. The blackbird nest on our log pile right next to the backdoor was a big success with four fledglings fleeing the nest a few weeks ago. Pond life is also active and with a lot of sun early in the season before the plants started covering the pond I’ve had to research how to deal with

algae. Apart from getting in there and manually removing it, barley straw also does the trick. It takes a few weeks to work but it’s so simple. There’s also a natural water dye (endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society) which is worth a try. The key overall is getting the balance right in the pond, and I favour trying to do things naturally so I’m exploring the pond covering plants such as water hawthorn and getting those going. I’d encourage everyone to get natural water into the garden somehow. Even a little bird bath is a helpful addition. Staking plants is the next project! I had some prunings from currants and using these and a bit of garden twine can make sturdy supports for wavering salvias or dahlias; any sticks will do though. Luckily the lupins are holding their own so far…. Of course this time of year is the challenging time to cope with fast growing lawns. What

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a good idea it was to stop gathering the lawn cuttings but just leave them on the lawn; it surely helps with making the lawn more of a smooth carpetlike surface as it decomposes and adds nutrients to the lawn, and of course, you don’t have to empty the container every few minutes. Weeding the lawn is another chore, but keep the clover; it collects nitrogen and releases it through root nodules – a natural fertiliser, what could be better. Another challenge recently has been the dry spell, it makes me think about the benefits of collecting rainwater in water butts, not too tricky to do at all. And I’m also looking into what makes a good area for a rain garden – this is a dip that collects run-off water from the gutters etc and is planted up with plants that tolerate some short term waterlogging. There is a bit more to it than this, so keep an eye out for the next article where I’ll explore this further. In the meantime, I’m off to research a living roof as the husband is just finishing a shed… more plants… © Karen Roberts Garden Design

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Employment Support Tailored to your Business Welcome back to regular readers and a very warm welcome to any new readers this month! I hope you’re keeping safe and well. For any new readers, Quinn HR is a small, local business (based in Penrith) that provides employment support and advice to employers and employees across Cumbria and further afield. We offer a professional, pragmatic and friendly service at an affordable price. Whether you choose to let us help you on a retained or ad hoc basis, we believe it’s important the support and advice offered is tailored to your business. There are many companies out there offering support and advice with employment matters, tying businesses into lengthy contracts, but how many of them really understand the businesses they support and actually tailor their service to them? A standard template or standard response may be sufficient in some situations, but that is not only what Quinn HR offers. We like to get to know you and your business and really understand the challenges you are facing and the plans you have.

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Navigating the World of Words By Caroline Howsley, General Manager, Cumbria Deaf Association About 18months ago the words ‘covid’, ‘pandemic’, ‘lockdown’, ‘self-isolation’, ‘shielding’ and ‘furlough’ became part of everyday language. Many of us learnt about covid through watching the news, listening the radio or seeing endless comments about it on social media streams. The repetition of the words, their context and meaning rapidly made sense to us because we heard them day after day, often hour after hour. Imagine if you were deaf, you didn’t hear the same words repeated on a regular basis, all of a sudden the streets were quiet, shoppers glared at you for not wearing a face covering or observing ‘social distancing’. You had not heard these words, you had no idea that this was a conversation being had daily by the rest of the world. This was the experience of many people in the deaf community.

English because the words don’t relate to their BSL language. So, even subtitles don’t help everyone. We have face visors, that are marked with ‘I am Deaf’ or ‘I am Hard of Hearing’ on that we are giving away to people with hearing impairments to support them when they are out and about in shops, surgeries etc. They are FREE but we will ask for postage to be paid.

the outside world? Yes, help and support was available if you could phone or go online, not easy if you are deaf. Profoundly deaf people, for whom British Sign Language is their first language, often do not read

Suddenly, the deaf community, like everyone else was told they were to stay at home. Unfortunately, with little access to relevant sign language interpreters on TV and not everyone is an IT whizz to readily adapt to a world of Zoom, Teams, Facetime etc, how do you then communicate with 24

Loneliness and isolation affect people from all walks of life but, with suicide rates in the deaf community being twice that of the hearing community, it is essential that this is discussed, along with the mental health and well-being issues that lead to an individual’s crisis point. To help improve matters Cumbria


Sept – Sunday 26th Sept. This weekend away is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other families who are bringing up a deaf child, for the deaf child to make some friends with other children like them and for the hearing siblings to realise that it is not just their brother or sister who is deaf.” For many members of the deaf community it is important for their voice to be heard, with this in mind we are so very pleased to say that Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner has kindly arranged two clinics especially for the deaf community. In doing this he recognises the importance of hearing from all sectors of the community, especially those who are often overlooked or excluded from mainstream activities. We look forward to these sessions later this year, in October and November.

Deaf Association is working with Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear Mental Health Foundation Trust to arrange a series of well-being clinics throughout the north of Cumbria. This will enable direct access for BSL users to clinical support, in which all of the medical team use BSL.

CDA has faced a great deal of change over recent years. It now has a clear vision for the future and is looking forward to working with others to make Cumbria the most Deaf Aware county in England. This will be great for residents and visitors alike. As the new General Manager, Caroline Howsley, explains “I am delighted to join the team here. The organisation has such dedicated, long-serving staff and trustees, it will be a great challenge moving from covid days into a brighter future.”

CDA is not only working with the NHS, it is also developing a support programme of support that cover a range of ages and activities for the deaf community. Families and young people are one of our special projects for which we have a dedicated youth worker. This summer, fingers crossed, she has planned the following events. Esther Palliser, youth worker, outlines the upcoming events;

Caroline has experience of being deaf herself, following a childhood illness, She gives talks to groups and schools to share how deafness affected her as a young person and, even with some hearing restored how it impacts her life now. In these presentations she also explains the important role of CDA as a charity supporting the deaf community.

“Come and join us for some fun in the Park, Saturday 10th July, Fitz Park, Keswick. 11.00am onwards. Bring a picnic and a football or cricket set and we can finally just have some time together, playing with the children, swapping stories etc. Bring bikes if the children want a go on the bike track, pitch and put is just across the road. Lovely play area for all ages. It would be great to see new families, please do join us and get to know others who can support you in your journey.

Throughout this article the term ‘deaf’ includes people who are Deaf, deafened, deafblind & hard of hearing.

“Another activity is a family residential weekend at Bendrigg Trust, near Kendal, an outdoor activity centre. It has been booked for Friday 24th 25


Nature Collected at Penrith and Eden Museum Article by Sydney Chapman From its early days the Museum has benefitted from the expertise and patronage of natural historians. Some had been members of the Penrith Literary and Scientific Society and were keen to advance this branch of knowledge. It was a period when the close observation of nature by scientists was being shared by artists, designers and architects who took inspiration from its forms. There was a shift away from collecting items for their curiosity and aesthetic interest rather than educational value. It inspired the Museum’s first Honorary Curator Dr. Michael Taylor to acquire the geological collection of the late Admiral Wauchope of Dacre which forms the core of a collection of over 1,700 specimens of rocks, minerals and fossils including the reptile footprint in sandstone from Lazonby predating the age of the Dinosaurs. The minerals include specimens from the North Pennines and Caldbeck fells; there is also

a Victorian miner’s spar box containing an assortment of crystalline minerals including quartz, hematite (sphalerite) and ‘kidney ore’ set in wax. The local minerals had been explored by J. G. Goodchild of the Geological Survey who discovered wulfenite in the Caldbeck Fells. He was also interested in ornithology and the Museum has his large painting of a pair of ‘Greenland Falcons’ which were the subject of his paper ‘On the Occurrence of the Iceland Falcon in Edenside’, published in 1882. There, with far-sighted ecological awareness, he lamented the depredation of falcons caused by ‘gun, net, snare, trap and poison’, adding the ‘greed of the collector’ to the list. There is a small collection of mounts of birds including dotterel, buzzard, widgeon, kestrel, partridge, great-crested grebe; merlin; quail, dotterel and smew; also a corncrake which used to be a common breeder across the UK. There are cases of butterflies and moths and a few mammal heads and horns mounted on black shields. A few bear the taxidermist’s label of H J Brown & Son, Naturalist, Furrier and Plumassier, Wardour Street, London, some inscribed as being prepared for Sir Henry Vane. Dr. Taylor also gave his own extensive herbarium of pressed plants comprising around 700 sheets formed mainly between 26

1827 and 1841. He obtained many specimens through the active botanical exchange scheme which existed in the 19th century. As a young graduate at Edinburgh he had assisted Professor Balfour in re-arranging and classifying the herbarium of the Botanic Garden. There are excellent examples of an Australian trumpet shell (Syrinx Aruanus) belonging to the largest species of snail, and bailer shell (Melo melo), used to bail water out of boats or as scoops for powdery substances; and finally, specimens of yew and oak trees from the Hastings submarine forest, which ran along a stretch of the Sussex coast about four thousand years ago.


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As advertised last month, we are recruiting more teams. The more we have, the quicker we can deliver which is key to our winter delivery schedule. We have recruited four new teams from our previous advertisement last month. We have individuals and teams that do regular delivery routes, from posting 31 magazines through doors Aiketgate CA4 9 Ainstable CA4 9 Alston CA9 3 Appleby CA16 Armathwaite CA4 9 Cocklakes CA4 0 Cotehill CA4 0 Croglin CA4 9 Crosby Ravensworth CA10 3

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© White-faced Darter. Male. Credit Tim Coleshaw

The White-faced Darter By Eleanor Colver

Take an early summer stroll along the boardwalks of the Wildlife Trust’s Fowlshaw Moss nature reserve, near Witherslack, and if you are lucky, you will come face to face with the rare White-faced Darter.

superb aerial hunters, chasing down small flying insects like midges. Once fully matured the adults return to water to find a mate; females lay their eggs into the waterlogged bog moss, which will shelter the larvae once they hatch.

At less than 4cm long the White-faced Darter, scientific name: Leucorrhinia dubia, can be tricky to spot; however, their bright pale face makes them are hard to misidentify. Females and young adults have a black body with striking yellow markings, while mature males have dashing red markings.

Unfortunately, Cumbria is one of the last counties in England where White-faced Darter still survive, and the species is classified as endangered in Britain. Many of the species’ historic lowland bogs across England were drained to make room for forestry plantations and farmland; as a result, the White-faced Darter’s breeding pools were lost. However, a number of partnerships have

As with all dragonflies, White-faced Darters start their life underwater as larvae hunting other small creatures like mosquito larvae. Whitefaced Darter larvae only live in bog pools where they hide amongst the floating bog moss. Their larvae continuously shed their outer skeleton (exoskeleton), as they get bigger, until they are ready to transform into adults; this can take up to three years. Then, on dry mornings in late Mayearly June, the larvae crawl out of the water and up onto nearby plant stems where they undergo ‘emergence’. This is when the larvae shed their exoskeleton for the last time emerging as beautiful flying adults. As soon as they are ready to fly they take off to nearby woodland or heather to find shelter. As flying adults these dragonflies are 28

Leucorrhinia dubia. Larva © Christophe Brochard


sprung up over the past couple of decades with the aim of creating new habitat for the Whitefaced Darter and establishing new populations. In 2008 a reintroduction project started at Fowlshaw Moss; eggs and larvae were collected from another known breeding site and released into pools on the nature reserve. Every summer volunteers recorded the number of exuviae (the shed exoskeleton left behind by adults after emergence) and flying adults around the reintroduction pools. Their records showed the project was a resounding success and a breeding population is now well established. Following this big win for the White-faced Darter, the project is now being repeated at Drumburgh Moss Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the Solway. Since 2018, British Dragonfly Society volunteers David Clarke and Mike Abbs have been assisting the Wildlife Trust in relocating eggs and larvae from a donor site to their new pools at Drumburgh, then monitoring the results. Despite the cold spring, new White-faced Darter adults appear to have emerged in good numbers in 2021. However, it will take a few more years to determine whether a stable population has been established. It is hoped the rich and diverse wetlands of the Solway will provide a perfect new home for the White-faced Darter, and with a little help, the species could become a more common sight within the landscape. The British Dragonfly Society promoted the conservation of dragonflies and their wetland habitats, including running the national dragonfly Leucorrhinia dubia. exuvia. © Christophe Brochard

Leucorrhinia dubia. White-faced Darter © Christophe Brochard recording scheme. The charity is predominantly run by a dedicated team of volunteers, who carry out outreach events, recording and practical habitat management projects. To find out more about dragonflies and how you can contribute to their conservation, visit www.british-dragonflies. org.uk Queries regarding conservation and monitoring should be sent to conservation@ british-dragonflies.org.uk; queries regarding outreach and communications should be sent to fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

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The Hiking Household with Laura and Family

Summer is fast approaching and for many families the thought of filling the summer holidays with fun day trips can become quite stressful, especially given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic. With many of our usual activities restricted this could be the summer to enjoy staying local and exploring some hidden gems. Having four children all such young ages the summer holidays can get expensive, crowded and very stressful at times which is why I like to spend most of our time outside – free, easy and accessible! What more do families need? Finding quiet, local areas has been a priority of mine recently in preparation of the summer visitors that I expect will flock to our beautiful countryside this summer, who can really blame them? At a time where travel is strongly not advised we have had to make the most of what we have on our doorstep and it has opened up my eyes to just how fortunate we are to have access to such wonderful places. Below I have listed a few walks that I think could be of interest to many this summer, especially those with children.

you would still like like to enjoy the great outdoors. • Cliburn Moss Nature Reserve: Situated approximately five miles South East of Penrith, there is also free parking at the Nature Reserve. The track is a mixture of muddy paths and boardwalks, during summer months and the ground is harder this walk is pram accessible. There is so much to explore within this nature reserve - swamps, dens, bridges and plenty more! This is a very easy, short and sheltered walk for little legs – a lovely way to fill a summer morning.

• Lanty’s Tarn: A wonderfully quiet walk leading to a small tarn. There is a car park at the bottom of this walk in the village of Glenridding, 13 miles south west of Penrith, postcode CA11 0PD. The walk itself isn’t pram accessible and can be steep in sections but the walk is oh so worth it! When you reach the tarn it really has a mystical feel about it. I hope you all enjoy searching for this magical tarn as much as my family do!

• Rydal Caves: Rydal Pelter Bridge Car Park, postcode LA22 9LR. This walk is popular with tourists and can get slightly busy, although it is a firm favourite of my children’s and we cannot manage the summer without taking a visit. However busy the car park seems the walk itself is always very quiet as there are many walks that can be taken from the car park. The caves can offer shelter from the summer sun, or the traditional rain showers that we are all so use to in August! A key highlight for this walk is that, while the caves are not accessible with a pram, the short walk from the car park to Rydal Water is accessible and this walk then becomes far more accessible for all – maybe even allowing you to bring grandparents along so they are able to watch their grandchildren play in the water for a few hours.

• Brothers Water: Cow Bridge car park, postcode CA11 0NZ. My children absolutely adore this walk! The route takes you along the shoreline of Brothers Water and the level terrain makes this walk extremely accessible - the path is wide and safe and is manageable with a single, or double, pram. This walk also allows the option when visiting to stay close to the shoreline and let the children spend less time walking and more time playing in the water, climbing and exploring the mini waterfalls. Always a safe option if you aren’t sure your children will walk but

Further information about the walks mentioned in this article, along with many others, are able to be accessed from the website www.thehikinghousehold.com. The website provides a detailed map of each walk as well as postcodes, car parking facilities and what is on offer during the walk – for example toilets and café options. I hope that you are able to use this tool to help you to access our fantastic local areas this summer. 30


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We challenge you to walk with us along the Hadrian's Wall Path this September and celebrate all things Cumbrian in aid of Hospice at Home on Saturday 11th September 2021. Featuring a range of local eateries, sample Cumbrian delicacies along the route as you enjoy the breath-taking views of our local countryside. Approx. Distance: 8.5 (Greenhead - Lanercost) or 21 miles (Greenhead - Carlisle) Registration Fee: Adult £30, Junior (11-17 years) £10, Under 11 Free Fundraising Aim: £75 for Adults To sign up or for more information visit:

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