Eden Local Community Magazine for Penrith & the Eden Valley Cumbria March 2018 Issue No 123

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Sometimes we just need to get home by Lee Quinn

The Toyota Rav4 Excel 2.5 Hybrid Should I tell you about the car or should I take you through the specs? It was almost 12 months to the day that I took two or the Toyota C-HR’s for a drive and it was my first experience of driving a Hybrid and what an education and experience it was. A type of 4x4 or 4WD has always featured in our family, so when I met with Alan Walton on Tuesday 28th February to discuss future plans and this being Jim Walton Toyota’s 50th anniversary, whilst we’ve got some great ideas for 2018, the first on the list was to make the most of the weather forecast, go back the next morning and take the 16 plate Toyota Rav4 Excel 2.5 Hybrid for a drive. When I do these things, I do a bit of research and this time as Stephen Walton had been trying this car himself, I was taking some time out to ask him his thoughts as well as ringing around to see what people generally knew about Hybrids or ‘Electric’ cars. It was obvious that there are still a lot of people in the dark ages on this. More than a few people I spoke to have never considered a Hybrid because they were concerned that it had to be plugged in. So, before I tell you about my drive and Stephen’s thoughts, let’s get an understanding of the technology I was driving. The term ‘hybrid’ car is a little vague, but in the context of cars it generally refers to a petrol-electric powertrain. This means the car uses a combination of electricity 2 • EdenLocal

stored in batteries and petrol stored in a tank to propel the car forward. The details of this arrangement will vary from car to car. A hybrid vehicle will almost always be able to charge its own batteries using the petrol engine. In some cases, this is all the petrol engine is there for – to recharge the batteries, which power the electric motors. In other types of hybrid, the petrol motor drives the wheels directly, but an additional battery/motor combination adds some electric drive. In ‘mild hybrids’, the amount of electric power that drives the wheels is limited. The car won’t normally drive on electric power alone, but a small electric motor can be used to fill in the gaps where the car might be coasting. These systems are cheaper than ‘full hybrid’ models but have a much smaller benefit it terms of emissions. Some hybrid cars are what’s known as ‘plug-in’ hybrids. As the name suggests, these cars can be plugged-in to the national grid by means of a cable. This will charge the car’s batteries and reduce the amount of petrol that needs to be used, which in turn reduces the cost per mile as well as the exhaust emissions of the car. There is no requirement to plug the car in though (unlike with electric cars) and many

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owners choose not to. What is an electric car, or ‘EV’? Well an electric car is one that runs on, and is ‘charged up’ with, electric power alone. An electric car is only ever refuelled with electricity itself, which enters the car (normally) by means of a charging cable, and never by liquid or other fuel. The electricity is stored in batteries before being used by electric motors to drive the car’s wheels. This is in contrast to hybrid cars, which have electric elements to their powertrains or power-plant (the main components that generate power and deliver it to the road surface, this includes the engine, transmission, drive shafts, differentials, and the final drive). These are not to be considered as ‘electric cars’ due to the presence of a petrol engine. This point has caused confusion recently, as some manufacturers (and indeed commentators) have incorrectly referred to hybrid cars as ‘electric cars’.

supplemented by a further electric motor at the back in the four-wheel-drive version. Either on two or 4WD, the RAV4 Hybrid takes 8.4sec to reach 62mph. The Rav4 has never been a big, cumbersome vehicle. It was shorter than a modern supermini. This new model has had 100mm added to the wheelbase and 205mm to its overall length. It’s much more practical for it, so it is now more of medium-sized SUV on the inside and out. It also still leads its class with a 10.6-metre turning circle.

The RAV4 Hybrid has an ‘EV’ mode which allows emissions-free travel below 30mph. EV as described above is when the car is pure running on its own electricity. It was strange when I drove the RAV4 Hybrid. As well as an automatic, it almost drove itself but driving in snow, all I could hear was that crisp and soft crunch of the snow, nothing else, at home with the environment possibly? During my short drive around Penrith up to the A6 at the Stoneybeck, around and back into Penrith, I tried a few snow-covered lanes. My last was a drive from Carleton village down the hill to Frenchfield and a stop off to get some winter shots at the stadium. In my mind I was wondering whether I would make it up the hill just outside of Hunter Hall School to the top at the Cross keys! I got back to the showroom on Gilwilly Estate and sat down with Stephen Walton. He explained his trip in from Stainton that morning, which had some challenging back roads. As he said, ‘the car drove like it wasn’t on snow’. That was pretty much how it felt. The car drove safely up the hill for me. I’ve had some rough trips with German engineering rear wheel drives, but as Stephen explained, “you’re in a car, with great visibility and it is such a great size for a family car and so easy to drive”. Stephen made the point on his dad’s duties with his young son, the boot space with the pram, “they don’t make these small anymore and for a full weekly shop, it’s more than comfortable”. The SUV market which stands for sport utility vehicle or suburban utility vehicle (SUV) is a vehicle classified as a light truck, but operated as a family vehicle. Something I agreed with Stephen on was that the days of Estate Cars are almost over as the SUV has so much more flexibility. To coincide with the fourth-generation RAV4’s facelift, it’s been pitched in the middle of a fast-growing mid-size SUV-crossover class. Toyota has added the option of hybrid power to its drivetrain line-up. With a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine allied to a frontmounted electric motor in the front-drive version and

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Contents Because We Need to Get Home

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Introduction and Contents

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In the Mix with Maggies

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In the Small Print

Page 8 & 12

17 – 25 The Bully and the Victim

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Working Hours and Time Off Work

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Humpty Dumpty

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A Snippet of 40 years at Styleline

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Your Local this month Stoneybeck Steakhouse

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Marching On….

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Also Available in Colour

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Penrith AFC monthly Round Up

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MP Promotions Events

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A Sense of Perspective

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We Need the Clowns

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Wainwright Photographic Comp Winner 2017

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Out and About with Joan

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EDC Community Fund Now Open

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So we are into March It was snowing when I wrote this and delays after the snow are already predicted as the UK starts to make its way back after the ‘Beast from the East’ gave us a cold bite. It was March 2013 when the headlines at the time said it was the worst snow fall in 30 years, but then there was the winter of 19621963 which started on 22nd December and lasted until 6th March. It was the coldest winter in over 200 years; colder than the winter of 1947 which had snow drifts of up to 7 metres on the Pennines. My focus for opening this month is quite varied. I covered about 35% of the text with stories that I’ve been working on. Family and friends and our regular team of guest writers have helped with about 25% and with them and our supporting businesses, it means we once again have another Eden Local posted through your door! With our editorial and adverts, we do try to offer a mix within our 32 pages. We like to write about and present businesses that are celebrating key milestones and anniversaries and whilst as a business we’ve only existed for 11 years this year, 8 of them have been here in Penrith. This month I’ve put a few hours into research and I found myself in the local library scrolling through micro film, as I explored the 70’s for the Styleline Hair and Beauty article, celebrating 40 years. Online I was searching and sourcing ideas that will lead to less use of plastic bags, packaging and plant pots. Eden Local is supporting Maggie’s Bakery in the need to be more environmentally friendly, with the switch to paper bags and looking at other areas where it can be green, which for any business is a challenge, sometimes in cost effectiveness and sustainability. With any local business having a go at this, it requires real community drive and support. This month I think I’ve written about 8,000 words. As I get older, I think it gets harder to write as I’m not a writer. I’m a trier and there are a lot of people like me that want to write and need to write but they won’t. I could name a few, but for the lady who dropped me a line regarding some typos in the Eclectic article last month, thank you. I have

written back, but in addressing every reader, please bear with me as I’m trying so hard. We have a community magazine that is in its eighth year and it’s free. I wish so much that I could write and I could see all the words I write, but I can’t, I simply can’t and for all of my life it’s been a challenge, but here we are! On my emails now, I have this caption: Sometimes we only see Dyslexic people through their mistakes, 'written communication', what a challenge! As a small publication, we try to bridge a gap, some local stories, some local businesses items, sometimes we get it right, sometimes ‘I’ get it wrong. How many people wrote in the magazine this month? How many people helped me get this magazine written and posted through doors? It’s quite a team - full credit to them. To the man in the big house in Lazonby that sees me walk up those steps every month, thank you for taking the Eden Local out of my hands every month and thanking me. It’s been like a well-rehearsed routine! This month we’ve had a reshuffle of the delivery teams, as one of our key members Peter has got himself a barge on the Manchester Canal and he is taking some time out. I’m changing my route with the rest of the family, as we have new people for Lazonby and Skelton. Meanwhile, it’s a massive bon voyage and thank you to Peter for what must be well over four, almost five years delivering Eden Locals which I estimate at over 200,000 magazines he’s delivered! Handing out a magazine is what many of the Eden Local team do. Are we media or just a bunch of local people delivering free information? I think both. Before I go, I would like to pass on some well wishes to Dimitrios the owner of Just Greek, in King Street, Penrith. Following on from a well-earned seasonal break, he was taken ill soon after his return. I’m pleased to say he is on the mend and he hopes to be back to open the doors soon. We’ll be back after Easter. Until then, thank you for taking the time out to read your independent and local community publication. Lee Quinn

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In the Mix at Maggies by Lee Quinn

Whilst I’ve covered a lot of stories and taken many photos at the bakery over almost 8 years, we’ve all seen and continued to see Debbie’s phenomenal cakes for all occasions. My recent visit was simply at a different level, although with all the right ingredients on the topic we discussed, it certainly could help towards the ultimate icing on the cake, with a cherry on top for many! Would you agree there has always been a ‘green’ theme about? Has media always hammered the bad side of it and does it actually have truth in it somewhere? We rarely hear about the good that comes out of people as a result of something potentially so bad, that can affect so many. We may hear about the meeting but not the action taken from it, or we hear about the meeting long after it took place. Communication is a wonderful thing and thank you to Maggie for seeing the potential of print posted through doors to spread the word. When Maggie asked me if I had heard of the social media group, Plastic Free Cumbria, I confessed I hadn’t. It was only a few days after I had actually seen a clip of film about a Cassava plant, grown in Indonesia and south America, whose root is being used to make bio-degradable plastic bags, that dissolve in water with no harm to the environment. I researched the company. They look to exist, so why the big secret? Why don’t we know more about these things? Please have a look at www. avanieco.com and apart from bags, they have a full range of Eco products for everyday use. They have an FSC certified paper, as well as the linings and lids on their cups and bowls derived from corn-starch. On their website, you’ll also see tableware made from ‘bagasse’, the dry fibrous 6 • EdenLocal

residue left after sugarcane stalks have been crushed to extract the juice. When the fibres are already crushed, it requires less energy to make bagasse products compared with pulping wood for paper products it claims. With latex gloves, car wax, chocolate, hair dye, chewing gum, wine corks and sponges being the products of trees, it all seems very believable. Well, closer to home, we all have a handle in change and less use of plastic and making a stand in trying to re-educate ourselves by not using plastic wherever we can is a start. This is a start that Maggie and her team have not just set out to make, but they are now doing. It’s a return of the good old paper bag and the insulated paper cup. But this is not all. If you bring in your container for drinking water, they’ll fill it up for free. Buy as you bake, for goodness sake! Have you ever set out to make a fruit cake, but based on the weight of the packets of your raisins, sultanas, flaked almonds and cherries, you’ve got enough to make and bake about 4 or 5 or more?

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So, you’ll probably put your excess ingredients away unless you’re a bakery or a regular baker. If you’re not, they’ll sit in your cupboard, get moved around bit, maybe a week, a month or maybe longer? They’ll work their way to the back of the cupboard and blend in with the other lost and never found ‘one off’ ‘had better day’s’ products! Then one day, you’ll go to use

them and guess what, they’re out of date. Immediately available now from Maggies, is the option for you to have just the amount you need. That’s right, you can bring in your reusable container to Maggies, with your list of ingredients. They’ll weigh out just what you need so you don’t have to buy unwanted and potentially wasted ingredients. I put it to Maggie, why the change, how would it make a difference to the world? She said simply that they are a small corner in a big world and no matter how big or small that difference is now, they’ve made a start and they are

doing their bit and they hope more businesses and customers will make a part of a Cumbrian bigger corner, which avoids single use plastics wherever they can. In a bakery, like many other food production businesses, many of the ingredients do not come in environmentally friendly packaging, but looking around at the plastic tubs in the bakery, many of these at Maggies are now being reused and given a second, third and fourth life. Long term, if plastic companies where given a directive and set rules on how much plastic they could use in packaging, this would be a massive step, but at a minimum, if plastic containers where produced for a function with a condition they had to have a secondary usage, this would be progress. With something as simple as a variation in design and no more ‘white’ buckets, this might see a lot of cheap recycled, blue, green, black and terracotta pots available at no cost. The plastic plant pot is the gardener’s equivalent to the shopper’s plastic carrier bag. We know we use too many of them some 500 million each year in the UK - but they’re really cheap and they’re handy. What we need is local garden centres to consider a collaboration in taking pots back and re-using them. This might already be happening. Perhaps you know of one? Please write to me and let me share it with everyone if you know one that does this or can do this if they don’t already.

It’s progressive, it communication and it’s something that collectively we can make a difference to locally. Meanwhile, whilst Indonesian has some great ideas at www.vegware.com based in Edinburgh, Vegware is a manufacturer and visionary brand and the only completely compostable packaging company operating globally. And finally, whilst we can make a difference, all three tiers of local government have a responsibility for greening and communicating more. It has an extensive range of eco catering disposable environmentally-friendly products. It’s award-winning hot and cold drink cups, takeout boxes and food containers are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and all can be commercially composted with food waste where facilities exist. We’ll come back to this one….. Ready for your Easter we have a nest of ideas. Our traditional Simnel cake will be in the bake and there’ll be plenty or white rabbits and chicks nesting so pop in.

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You may have read the small print, CN Group sold

Clever, manipulative and even with its own language and sales pitches which are no longer a part of where media is going today, it boils down to something quite simple. It is about selling advertising, not news. News is free and when you go to a time when free papers went through doors, just 20 years ago as local newspapers changed hands, the first thing many of them did was they closed down the free news sheets. Newspapers selling advertising may require exaggerated distribution figures and predicted readerships, whilst also being conservative with information and when sales aren’t so good, the trend appears to be to increase your prices whilst your sales continue to drop. Cuts can be made, but sometimes the only way forward is to become part of something bigger. The presentation of potential readership and print figures, supported with the obvious line like ‘sales are dropping because newspapers are now read online’ has possibly been spun long enough. Especially when we are rarely presented with these online growth readership figures. It’s something that I have been studying not professionally, but as a business hobby and an essential requirement to set up and run community radio stations, which started around 2005-6 when my work in radio first began. That was when I first 8 • EdenLocal

had a glimpse and an experience of working with the Essn Media group, which is a part of the Trinity Mirror Group. With five national newspapers, over 120 regional titles and more than 400 digital products, it’s big. The New news, however, in Cumbria is Newsquest’s recent acquisition. It was formed in the UK in 1995 as part of a management buyout. The company effectively doubled in size in December 1996 when it acquired Westminster Press. In October 1997, is was floated on the stock exchange and in July 1999, it was acquired by American Media giant Gannet for £1.3 billion. We all knew massive changes were coming from the addiction of the Facebook social networking service that was launched 4th February 2004 by founder Mark Zuckerberg, with his college roommate and fellow Harvard University student, Eduardo Saverin. It was fed by the growth of internet technology, but at that time, many local newspapers just carried on as normal. A titanic saying, but the iceberg warning was in their hands and they just carried on. Small media if you can call it that, like this magazine, can be a thorn in the side for regional media and sometimes local government, whilst it’s just being a

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17-25 The bully and the victim! By Emily Quinn

This month’s article is focussed on bullying as it is a huge issue which isn’t being addressed properly. Support can be there for both the bully and the victim, but they both need to help themselves too. Bullying is a huge problem in society, regardless of age and it has been for a very long time now. It’s not just amongst children; it’s common amongst young adults and even older adults. It never stops and exists in all generations. There’s the pending question of whether you can bring it to an end. Can you change a bully? Some bullies won’t help themselves. They don’t want to change; and they won’t accept support or kindness from anyone around them. This may be due to feelings of denial that anything good can happen to them. These are the people, who throughout life we may come across and really grow to dislike or even despise. Very often it’s not their fault that they are this way and that’s an important thing we should bear in mind, however, there is no 10 • EdenLocal

excuse for bullying others, even if an individual feels inadequate or imperfect.

things they were saying were so disgusting. My parents shouldn’t have seen that.”

In writing this article, I’ve spoken to a few very different people who’ve been bullied and even someone who was themselves a bully. I thought that the best way to get the message across of how big an issue modern society bullying is, was to speak about the experiences of others. These stories have been shared with me in confidence, so people will remain anonymous and I hope the severity of some of these stories will help people understand why bullying needs to stop.

Person 2 had a different story. They told me a story from when they were back at school. They told me that when they were at school, braces (braces you have in your mouth) were the cool thing to have, but because they weren’t one of the ‘cool kids’, people laughed at them. This person once had food in their braces at school and one other child caught on to this. The next day, this person was hereby named ‘dogface’ because her face ‘looked like a dog’s dinner with food in her braces.’ Every time they went into the dinner hall at school, people would throw food at them, asking if they wanted to stuff their face. The most common phrase they liked to use was, “ay up, dogface is here, hide your food.”

Person 1’s story is looking at a very verbal form of bullying. They told me that they were at a party and they had a bit too much to drink and had a sudden moment of madness in which they kissed someone, however, the person they kissed was in a relationship. This person told me that because of this one confusing moment, they now just walk around keeping their head down, making sure they’re not noticed because of the names they get called. They told me, when they get called these names, “it makes me feel like everyone just wants me dead.” They also told me, “half the time, it’s not even what they’re saying that hurts, it’s the way they say it; sarcastically … sometimes aggressively.” Social media plays the biggest part in making this person feel miserable. This person told me, “my parents saw my phone one day. I’d stupidly left it on. And it was people commenting things on my picture on Facebook. The

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This went on for a year until they left school. And although it was happening at school, nothing was done to stop it. No one stepped in and they tried talking to teachers about it and they said repeatedly, “just ignore it.” Funnily enough, that didn’t work. This person told me, “I still see some of these people around town and some of them throw stuff at me, some just call me dogface…” This is 4 years on! Person 3’s story is more of a physical form of bullying. This person feared their bully and this led to them changing how they lived their life. They became a very loud person. They make the jokes about themselves before anyone else does. They always need someone there, because they’re

scared when they’re on their own. This person started out as friends with their bully, but then it became a controlling friendship and finished up as a severe case of bullying. At the start, it was things like grabbing this person (the victim) with a lot of force, digging their nails into this person’s skin. On a couple of occasions where they’d dug in, it would bleed. Then they (the bully) would say they were sorry, they didn’t mean to do it that hard… but this grabbing them to pull them about was happening on a regular basis. The bully was pulling this person around and telling them what to do and this person did it, because they were lonely and vulnerable because of bad things that had happened to them in the past. One day it got as far as the bully pulled this person so hard, it left physical, permanent damage. The person went to hospital and was told it was a fracture. However, this person was now at the stage of almost living in fear of this person so lied to everyone about how it happened because they knew what this person was like. From this moment, the friendship was completely over, but the secret was kept a secret for a very long time after. The bullying got worse and worse. This bully would make false accusations and start crying to convince people that the victim was horrifically bullying them, when in fact, they were the bully. However, one day, the bully, the person who was ruining this victim’s life, made something up which turned everyone against this person and teachers got involved properly at last. The bully wouldn’t back down. The victim knew they had done nothing wrong, so they fought their corner and all the secrets came out of what this person had done. The teachers threatened to get the police involved to make everyone understand the severity of the situation and that was what made the bully crack. The bully gave in and admitted to everything, but the damage was already done. Nearly six years on and this person is still reminded that the bully is there, through sly remarks made directed at this person. The damage in this person’s wrist is so bad they it will be something they have forever and will cause them problems forever. People still talk about the things that this bully accused this person of doing and saying and this person is still questioned by people who are clearly stuck in the past. Although this person has become mentally stronger after years of support and physically stronger after years of hospital appointments, the damage will always be there, both physically and mentally. Person 4 was a bully. When they spoke to me, they really struggled to express themselves. They said they were embarrassed because they wished they had never started it. This person had recently lost their

little brother and this left them in a very vulnerable situation in which they became very moody and aggressive because they were upset all the time. They stopped trying at school because they lost motivation. They got snappy with their teachers, parents and friends because “they were making it obvious there was an elephant in the room.” This person told me that there was a boy in their class who liked to keep himself to himself and got his head down. This person started picking on him. It started with derogatory remarks, but then other people started joining in and he became completely excluded from everything. Everyone was coming up with nasty nicknames and so was this person; that made this person feel in control again, so they carried on. Although this person felt bad, it made them feel like they were gaining control over their life again by being in control of the happiness and misery in someone else’s. This person knew it was wrong and felt bad for doing it, but they couldn’t stop themselves. It carried on and carried on, right up until they finished school. This person realised that they’d spent all their time taunting this boy and being rude to their teachers and people trying to help them and now they had nothing to show for years and years at school. They tried to seek support on what they could do because they realised they’d wasted so much time. They were given another chance and went back and got another go at these exams they’d messed up. But all the while, they were thinking about this poor boy that this person had encouraged everyone to make feel miserable. This person could clearly see that the boy was the one who’d come out on top and better off. Now this person was the miserable one again. Making someone else miserable was only a temporary, unnecessary fix. And they live to regret it, but it still happened when it didn’t need to. The aim of this month’s article was to raise awareness of what is going on in society and the problems people are facing. Even when you take the bully out of the environment in which it started up, it doesn’t mean the problems are going to go away. Maybe the problem of bullying is being dealt with in the wrong way. More needs to be done to offer support to both the victims and the bullies, in schools, in workplaces and maybe even awareness from the police on the severity of it would help. Neither party is alone; there is always support; it’s just finding it. Maybe people on the outside just noticing the situation and helping people out of it. The bottom line is, no one should ever feel alone. There are millions of people in this world. You’re only lying to yourself if you’re telling yourself that no one cares. Someone will.

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real supporter to local businesses and the community it serves. Some people don’t see this, but many of you do. Did you know that before the first Eden Local went to print in November 2010, the CN Group made its first offer for the little magazine on 25th May 2010? It was still being designed, but the attraction of what I wanted to do couldn’t have been achieved or accommodated under the CN Group banner, especially as one of the conditions meant Eden FM would not be launched and the Eden Local would be called the Penrith Local. But then I already knew this, because CN group had already bought over 20 websites in 2008 with local.co.uk in the title preceded by the name of a Cumbrian town; this it’s lunge at digital marketing. In pursuit then was Newsquest, a I understand it, but the offer was turned down. By the time you get this magazine, CN Group and its eight news publications will be a part of the Gannet Media Corporation via their sister company Newsquest Media, joining 205 previous acquisitions of local papers. For the last 12 months and even when I first launched the Eden Local, I have communicated and updated people and businesses on how the media landscape is changing and evolving. I’ve always stressed the importance of supporting your local newspaper. In the mix here in the Eden Valley we have the Westmorland Gazette owned by Newsquest. It was a broadsheet. It is now a tabloid size. It used to sell 30,000, but its now around 16,000 per week. Is it not too late to protect and preserve something that many towns have lost; its local independent newspaper? The Cumberland Westmorland Herald sales dropped to an average sales per week of 12,235 per week by the end of 2017, compared to an average weekly sale in the first half of the year of 12,491. In 2007 it cost 55p. Its sales were close to 19,000 a week then. Its sales dropping by an average of 700 a year per week. Originally one of two papers here in Penrith, it acquired its competitor the Penrith Observer and it closed it down in 1968. It is one of a few independently owned newspapers and it is printed at CN Group. When Essn Media Group acquired the local paper where I lived in the spring of 2006, they closed its offices leaving just a struggling independent paper in the town. When I switched my first community radio station on in the November of that year, that same day we had one of our local reporters come in to make the announcement that they would be printing their last paper and their office was to close. It’s a £1. Go out and buy a Herald and help protect what independence we have. An institution that can reach 200 years with the right support.

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Working Hours and Time Off Work As an employee or worker, do you know what the rules are and what applies to you? As an employer, do you know what the rules are and what you should be providing for your employees or workers? Well, the Working Time Regulations 1998 set out the rules for Great Britain and whilst there have been many changes to the Regulations since they were introduced, many of the basic, minimum conditions remain the same. This month we thought it might be helpful to remind you of some of the basic rights and protections in relation to working hours and time off work, so that you can reflect on whether you have got things in order.

The Regulations make slightly different provision for young workers (those of 16 and 17 years of age): • a maximum of 8 hours work per day • a maximum of 40 hours work per week • a 30 minute rest break if working longer than 4½ hours • 2 days off per week It is also worth noting that whilst employers can ask their staff to agree to work more than 48 hours per week to fulfil the needs of the business, employers cannot force their staff to do so.

The Regulations make provision for: • an average of 48 hours work per week over a 17 week period • 5.6 weeks paid annual leave per year • 11 consecutive hours rest in a 24 hour period • a 20 minute rest break if working longer than 6 hours • 1 day off per week • an average of 8 hours work in any 24 hour period for night workers • regular health assessments for night workers

If you would like to find out more about how the Working Time Regulations affect you as an individual or as a business owner or if you aren’t sure whether you’ve got things quite right at the moment in relation to this or any other employment matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification or assistance at charlotte@quinnhr.co.uk or on 01768 862394.

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Nursery Rhyme Corner Welcome to March’s Nursery Rhyme Corner. As Easter begins in this month it seems kind of appropriate to tell you about Humpty Dumpty with him being an egg and all!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again. ...but the funny thing is that in this well known rhyme there’s no mention of an egg! In 1797 Samuel Arnold included an earlier version of the rhyme in a publication ‘Juvenile Amusements’, with it developing and changing further over the years. The Oxford English Dictionary however references the term ‘humpty dumpty’ being used in the 17th century and referred to a potent drink of brandy boiled with ale and also as a description of a short, clumsy person or someone who had had one too many of those boiling ale and brandy drinks! Again the rhyme make no reference to any of these ideas. It is possible that the rhyme is in fact a riddle with the answer being something that if it fell off a wall could never be put back together no matter who tried. And that would be - an egg! However, there are other ideas which could provide an explanation of the story of Humpty Dumpty. The lesser known theory is the Humpty Dumpty represented King Richard III who was known as ‘the humpbacked king’. In 1485 he fought at the Battle of Bosworth and may have fallen off his horse (called Wall?) and was subsequently hacked to 14 • EdenLocal

pieces on the battlefield and couldn’t be ‘repaired’. Unfortunately this theory doesn’t fully hold out as when his body was found recently it was largely intact with only the fatal injury to his head evident. The other more accepted theory refers to an event in the English Civil war in 1648 when the town of Colchester was under siege. A large cannon was placed on the walls of the town - you’ve guessed it the cannons nickname was ‘Humpty Dumpty’. It was a successful strategy as a lot of damage was inflicted on the Parliamentarian troops advancing on Colchester. Unfortunately the vibration and action of the cannon caused it to fall from the wall but due to its size and weight the dozens of men sent to return it to its position were unable to do so and the town (which coincidentally is Britains oldest) had to surrender. Finally going back to the reason we always picture Humpty as an egg - thank Lewis Carol who in his 1870 novel ‘Through the Looking Glass’ portrayed the character as an egg sitting on a wall so perhaps the idea that the rhyme has it origins in a riddle is in fact the most likely explanation after all!

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A short Snippet of 40 years by Lee Quinn

Some natural highlights the Styleline team 2018 We’re going to go back to Monday 10th April 1978 at a time when a gallon of petrol was around 76p and previously, in the January of that year, the leader of the Opposition Margaret Thatcher had said that many Britons fear being "swamped by people with a different culture.” The new programmes on our ‘Coloured’ TV’s with remote controlled boxes included Pennies From Heaven, a 1978 BBC musical drama serial written by Dennis Potter. We had Blakes 7, All Creatures Great and Small, Grange Hill, Butterflies and Anna Ford, who became the first female newscaster on News At Ten. Prior to Monday 10th April 1978, at the Top of the Pops was 16 • EdenLocal

Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs, but it was knocked off the top spot the following week by the Bee Gees with Night Fever, taken from the film Saturday Night Fever it premiered in December 1977 in the USA and went on the big screen in UK in 13th March 1978. We saw Tony Manero (John Travolta aged 23) step onto the Illuminated dance floor who in September of that year ended up stranded at the Drive in. Fashion took a dramatic turn midway through 1978. The casually loose, free-flowing silhouettes suddenly trimmed down. The tearing away of volume meant a clearer definition of the figure. Broad shoulders loomed above belted waists, hip-rounding

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skirts and pegged pants. The shape was that of an upside-down triangle. Shoulder pads were resurrected as were the tailored suits and tilted hats of the 1940s. Sultry black worn with elaborately rolled upswept hairdos, silver-fox boas, bracelet gloves and spikeheeled sandals summed up the mood of nostalgic glamour. And in keeping with trends, Styleline was following the line of a curly perm. Around the time of its opening, the Musgrave clock was under complete renovation, covered in scaffolding at a cost in the region of £4,500. You could buy the world’s simplest camera, the Polaroid 1000 from J Cowpers or a Ford Capri Gia 2000cc from the County Garage in Old London

work in the community? Bryan has been involved in the Penrith Lions for over twenty years and he was also the President of our local NHF at Carlisle and they held competitions in Carlisle City Hall.

Opening day of Styleline Middlegate November 1987 Road and in the Cumberland Westmorland Herald, incorporating the Penrith Observer, there were plans of the Eden District and County Council for Penrith, ‘Jobs and Homes in Tomorrows Cumbria’. Before we go back 40 years, we’ve got to go back almost 60 years when Bryan Gardiner decided that whilst having a crack at being a joiner, measuring up and making coffins wasn’t the career line or the type of creative lifestyle he wanted. He was happy to help out working on fixing farm machinery, but at age 15, he chose scissors over spanners and he went to work for Miss Millican as an assistant hairdresser, whose salon was above Queen Street in Penrith. Whilst working there he met Ruth, a farmer’s daughter who originally was working on the family farm, but when they got married, Ruth started working as the receptionist at Miss Millicans until they started a family. When Miss Millican died, Bryan ran the business for the family until Saturday evening 7th April 1978, when it was all hands on deck with family and friends to fit out the new salon that was to be above the Alhambra. Bryan had made all the units at home in the garage and the new look salon was ready for opening on Monday 10th April.

Why Styleline, was one of the first questions I put to Bryan. He explained you have to follow a line to create a style. It was a business that wasn’t going to stand still and it would progress along a successful line. Nine years on and the opportunity arose to buy the shop where they are now. It was Margaret's wool shop. On getting the deeds, they realised that the premises had belonged to a past relative of Bryan's. Once again it was the gathering of friends and family to get to work on 26 Middlegate, only this time there was also the salon to run above the Alhambra.

Bryan and Ruth have three children and it wasn’t until after the children grew up that Ruth took up her career of 25 years in beauty, training at Carlisle, then on to her make up course at Karen Betts school in Pontefract and nail extensions in Manchester. A big change, but she has thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making people feel better. As Ruth explained, “hair and beauty is not a job, it’s a passion. We all love, breathe, sleep and eat hairdressing.” Bryan and Ruth’s daughter Helen, has also been involved in the family business since she was 16. She had just two breaks to have

The premises on three floors also includes an attic, which at the time was living accommodation pre 1900. It was a tough job which this time had to be worked through in stages. The first was to get the ground floor up and running, but also making safe and sorting the roof. The second floor was next, then restoring the attic to a storage area; as I found out on my second visit, a space full of memories and treasured items which you don’t see anymore. When it comes to experience Bryan trained at Vidal Sassoon, London, Newcastle and Manchester. He has certainly put in some hours. Some of you may actually know him through his

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Styleline Hair & Beauty 40th Anniversary Spring 2018 her children and she attended Carlisle College and Andrew Collinge in Liverpool and whilst there, Helen had the opportunity to do someone’s hair for the This Morning show. The Collinge name has long been associated with the very best of British Hairdressing formed in 1910, as a fourthgeneration business each decade has seen the company embrace the ever-changing world of fashion and innovation making it today one of the leaders within the hairdressing industry. As a business, training staff has been a priority, as well as keeping themselves up to speed with trends in all the areas covered today. Styleline, Hair and Beauty is a second-generation business and who knows it may be a third one day. Over the years, they have had some wonderful and very loyal staff, one completing 30 years’ service and one completing 20 years’ service with them. They have trained many apprentices over the years and some have gone on to start their own businesses in town. Styleline have witnessed a revolution and evolution of hair and beauty across decades. There are considerably more 18 • EdenLocal

around now, with people running salons from their own homes or mobile, travelling around the area or renting a chair. Styleline is a business with its roots firmly in the community it continues to serve. So I’ve been told, “a well-cut hairstyle that flatters your face shape won't just make you feel great, but it'll keep you looking young” and at 26 Middlegate, you will find your Peter Pan and your Alice-in-Wonderland.

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Bryan, Ruth, Helen and all the staff are hoping customers and staff past and present will pop in to help celebrate. On Tuesday 10th, they’ll be having a special day of demonstrations and advice throughout the day. There will be a raffle and a percentage from each treatment will be donated to the British Heart Foundation. A charity close to Bryan’s and Ruth’s heart, as at aged 33, her life was saved with a pacemaker implant, so they believe they owe a lot to the British Heart Foundation.

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high demand. “Our Pudding Nights have come a long way since we launched them 3 years ago and it’s incredible to see people coming along from all over the county, the events are now hosted, and our guests vote on which pudding they think should either stay on or be included on the menu – it’s lots of fun and our guests go away feeling full!”

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Lads and Lasses…. What is going on in the world? through from Christmas and January, we’re all back at work giving every thing 110% and we’ve been going full throttle with the ‘New Year, New Me’ and everything has just got on top of us…. We just crash and burn.

Over the last couple of weeks, everyone I see and speak to is going through some form of depression or low mood. A friend of mine recently told me that this month there has been a blood moon and a summat else moon and its causing us all to feel like crap. Now, ‘Im not one who believes in all that tosh, but my word there is definitely something in the watter! And now we have the Beat from the East and an Earthquake! THE APOCALPYSE IS UPON US!!! For those who follow me and my blog will know that I have some quite serious mental health issues (bipolar and borderline personality disorder) so I am well versed in feeling down in the dumps, feeling depressed and feeling blue. And it currently seems like most folk are feeling that way out at the mo’.

For the past 2 days I have hidden in my house ‘working from home’ and I can honestly say all I’ve done is sleep and binge watched loads rubbish on Netflix. I’m struggling to prioritise things and my pile of paperwork is getting bigger and bigger. So for all of you who are perhaps feeling the same way, or just need a little nudge in the right direction. Here are my top tips on getting yourself together and back on the productive path (no moon worshipping required)

1. Breathe. There’s a lot to be said for ten minutes alone in your room with a bit of breathing space. My advice is to take to your bedroom and have a moment, breathe deeply and concentrate on the feeling of your belly going in and out. Sounds daft, but it works, well it does for me.

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2. Prioritise. This always something I struggle with. When I get overwhelmed with work and blogs and paying bills, sorting paperwork planning etc. My brain just shuts down and I can’t concentrate on anything, I can’t make decisions, I lose my nerve to phone people I literally don’t do anything, everything comes to a standstill. But that’s not how real life works, the bills still need to be paid, my work still needs to be done and if I don’t get to grips with it, I end up in a right mess. So I do the one thing that most people won’t….Ask for help! Yes, these are the things that we are supposed to be able to do, sorting car insurance, and paying rent, paying bills, doing a planning session for work. Seems fairly straightforward to most people, for those of us with issues, it’s hard, and no one admits it! Well I’m admitting it. Sometimes, I need someone to help me write a list of priorities and help me work through them and tick them off.

3. Make time for friends and family. This seems fairly obvious. But to me, it can honestly be the hardest

thing in the world. Like, when I start going downhill, I struggle to clean the house, do the washing…do all the menial tasks that need doing. Then I become ashamed of my house and I don’t invite anyone round. I cant be on with doing my make up, so I stop going out, sorting my hair out becomes a massive challenge so eventually my social life stops and I making crap excuses to my friends and family as to why I cant meet them, or go to events. The best one, is the last minute “crisis” that I must deal with when in actual fact, im lying in bed, with minging hair, smelling like a badgers armpit wishing someone would come and save me. So… how do we sort this one out…. dya know what, my answer is simple. Your friends are your friends because they like you for who you are, swallow your pride and ask people to come see you, your real friends wont care about the pile of dishes, or the greasy mop on your heed. Yeah folk can be judgemental, and if they are then they’re not your real friends. Having a mental health issue soon teaches you who your real friends are, and this is one of those occasions when it shows. If you reach out for help, those who care will help, those who care will come to you and make an effort to understand what you’re going through.

4 Acceptance. Accepting how you feel is something that you think you do, but you don’t really and often you don’t realise it. That voice in the back of your head that tells you that you’re a failure for not being able to keep on top of the housework, that voice that tells you that you’ve failed because paying the bills has overwhelmed you, the voice that tells you that you’ve failed your family, the voice that tells you that you’re worthless. Would you speak to your friends the way that voice speaks to you? No… didn’t think so. So, the house is a tip, you smell like a dustpan and you could fry chips in your hair… but…. What can you do? I find that when I feel this way out I can get quite creative, so I write, I write blogs, I do research, I make lists of how I’m going to pull myself out of this whole. And although it doesn’t solve all of the problems I think I have, at least its doing something productive. A couple of my friends I know knit or do crochet, my fella creates music, my friends mum creates mosaics, and I recently took to colouring in…. yes you heard me right, I’ve gone right back to my childhood I’m working my way through a Harry Potter colouring book made for adults. Positivity really does start with the smallest of things, if you can accomplish something, anything… then the next accomplishment will be a further step in the right direction to getting your life back together.

5. Be Selfish Yep, go against everything that’s been drummed into you about caring for others and treat others how you want to be treated. If you have mental health issues, you will automatically want to save the world and everyone in it….. Because you know from personal experience just how bad it can get, and you absolutely do not want it to happen to anyone else. But listen, all that energy you’re putting into helping everyone else should be saved to help you climb out of your hole. No one is going to die if you can’t help others. No one is going to die if you ask work to lighten the load a little for a while, Sandra at the office will cope if you aren’t able to organise he charity gig, Michelle from round the corner will be fine if you can’t watch her kids for a couple of weeks. As much as it might hurt, everybody else’s world does not revolve around you. They will survive for a while whilst you take some time out to regroup. And if someone takes the hump coz you’ve had to back off the volunteering then they’re not interested in your wellbeing and you as a person, they’re using you.


So, Lads and Lasses…. March on through March. Be bit kinder to yourself, ask for help and be a little selfish. The feeling wont last forever and if it starts becoming a real problem then seek help, get yourself to the GPs surgery, look up First Steps and give them a call, there’s also Mind who have a newish scheme called the Lighthouse, they have trained volunteers who can help you get your head straight, no judgements.


If you’re struggling an want more information on what help there is, feel free to drop me an email and I can point you in the right direction, similarly if any of this was of any use to you, let me know… sometimes its nice to know my ramblings are useful! All my Love CL xx

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Also available in Colour Did know Penrith Posters is now Penrith Print? Sometimes opportunities just come along. We see a shop leave the high street, well in this case it was King Street in 2014 and that shop for many years had been trading and serving the community through selling stationary an ink cartridges, but something else it did on two floors, with its metal winding stair case, was it made banners and posters and for someone who just wanted to step off the street and get some photocopying done, it was so convenient. The business changed hands. It rebranded and as part of its new brand, it moved out of the high street location, possibly as a saving. A lot of businesses do this and I’ve worked with a few. For Chris Murray, at that time, in order to set out on his dream to have his own business, he saw a gap in the market of opportunity. Chris had an idea that would fill a hole and the potential walk in trade that had existed for all those years was still there; he had to move fast.

Opportunity in business is sometimes born out of convenience or inconvenience and one late night he was sitting at home on his computer pondering this new career. He looks back and remembers, maybe it was that last glass of red wine that just nudged him with that extra push of courage, which meant he clicked the enter button when it said ‘please confirm your payment’ and Penrith Posters was created. Why Penrith Posters? Well what he had bought was a secondhand scanner printer and Chris, like many small business owners when they start out, was already working full time, so in the evening he was working on his new idea. The kitchen table became his desk, so he set off designing and making posters. It was a start, but it wasn’t on the high street. By 2015 it was in Friargate, two doors away from Eden FM Radio, who set up and switched on their new studio in May 2015. There was a natural link in marketing and the need for marketing materials.

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The down side of Friargate on that side of road is there is no fibre broadband. Chris on moving to his premises got his phone line, but only had the basic broadband which meant loading digital images was not easy. He was balancing two jobs, working from his kitchen; working during the day time until early afternoon, then he would do evening shifts at Halfords and work the weekends there too. Eden FM shared the same trials with broadband loading music and even with the BT telephone exchange just separated by a wall and the car park of Eden FM. As Chris found it a year on after being at Friargate, the promises of it happening from BT simply weren’t delivered. To take his business to the next level, he took an enormous leap of faith. I’m pleased he did and many of you would have seen the support in the Eden Local and you

may have heard Penrith Posters advertise regularly on Eden FM? We have worked in securing contracts together and recommending each other and at the start of 2017, Chris secured the lease on 4 Market square, Penrith, right in the heart of the town. He changed his working week, increased his hours for his own business whilst still working evenings from 4.30pm and still working Saturdays and Sundays at Halfords. It’s not the final chapter, as I see this business just growing and growing, because Chris has such a great work ethic and dedication, which in February saw him finally take the plunge and put all of his working hours into his business. It was time to also promote that he doesn’t just do posters. He hasn’t since he stepped out of the kitchen. He does pretty much everything in print. Penrith Print today has moved far beyond just doing posters. They print a wide range and variety of stationary for businesses, local groups and personal use. They do menus, funeral memorial cards, moving house cards, general leaflets, business cards, signage and all types of banners. A specialist in short print runs, you can have 50 business cards or 5,000. They are a specialist in short run (often single) bespoke posters ranging in sizes from A4 to A0. They use the latest HP wide format machines which allow them to print up to 60” wide and 50 metres long. All orders are dispatched normally next day for delivery within a couple of days. If you require faster delivery, they offer next day delivery on all orders for an additional fee. Now, if it’s not on the list, just ask, just step in off the pavement and find out what Chris at Penrith Print can do for you whilst also saving you money in printing what you need.

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Weather Stops play, but it Doesn't Freeze the Bills at the Fields by Lee Quinn

Well, it’s the normal slot for sport, but in simple terms in the space of one week, the fixtures at Penrith AFC, like any team in winter, stopped and even as I write this update, the fixtures are still subject to change. I’ll mention it again, that with over 50 fixtures to play, most seasons up to 30 of these could be at home. At this level that is a lot of hours, mostly voluntary hours to cover a lot of bases. My commitment as a volunteer

these days is quite a stretch, so producing 30 match day programmes is about 2 weeks-worth of work across one season. It has been a return to something I did many years ago, but one day you are almost complete with all reports, stats, tables updated adverts, then the match is rescheduled. This is the impact it has on me. The posters promoting the match across town are then changed, but since the ground has moved out of town, it’s lost a lot more than just being seen in town.


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THE Cancellation costs The Bonny Blues and monthly bills have to be paid. Thanks to Penrith Print, we don’t waste money on print when the weather is so bad and to move forward, we are working on sales, not just at the ground but via subscription. Cumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final The match day le Penrith V WinRYdsca 7.45PM programme is to be WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUA K/O Price £1 Season 2017 – 2018 grown as a regular fixture which some businesses have agreed to buy and some have agreed to sell. It’s quite a radical move which is fitting with a statement that quite simply is, ‘if they can’t get people to the club from the town on a regular basis, they’ll be taking the club back into the town’. BUILDING CONTRACTORS LTD

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The legend that is WILKO JOHNSON (Dr Feelgood Guitarist) is back with special guests HUGH CORNWELL & BAND, MIKE SWEENEY & THE SALFORD JETS and MOLLIE MARRIOTT playing MANCHESTER – Academy 1 on Saturday 12th May 2018!

WILKO JOHNSON ‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ So said Wilko in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. But despite the doctors’ worst predictions he continued to perform and present himself with vigour and a new zest for life. In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free. The original Dr Feelgood guitarist is known for his incredible distinctive chopping guitar style. Wilko has gone on to find further success recently after teaming up with Roger Daltrey on 2014’s Going Back Home. An album of the year it featured reworkings of songs from Wilko’s Dr Feelgood days such as ‘All Through The City’ and ‘Going Back Home’. The Wilko Johnson Band was formed with exBlockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, adding up to one of the most exciting R'n'B bands in the world today. In Sept 2017, Wilko celebrated his 70th birthday and 30th Anniversary by playing a sold out show at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London. 28 • EdenLocal

A sense of perspective ‘We can see so much further now, it’s wonderful!’ It’s so good to be able to enjoy more of the superb view from the top of ‘The Beacon’, as the hill overlooking Penrith is called. Recent tree work made possible by cooperation and shared vision between landowners, agents and community groups has revealed a perspective we’d rather lost. I wonder if we tend to lose that sense of perspective gradually. Does our vision, our appreciation of the bigger picture decrease unnoticed by incremental losses until someone comments ‘I remember when …’ and we realise what we have missed. Vision, purpose and perspective are vital for individual and community flourishing. The view from the Beacon gives us a better understanding of how our place fits into the wider landscape, how different parts connect to the whole. A physical view such as this is obvious and immediate, but equally important are historical views and community life perspectives; the more we understand where we have come from, the more we recognise the landscape of our own history and culture the better placed we shall be to make decisions that shape the future for good. Without that vision we can end up repeating unhelpful choices that keep us locked into a past we might be barely aware of. Spring is in the air, even though winter is currently making a fine effort at a glorious end to her season. The Christian churches of our communities are looking towards the events of Holy Week and Easter, life bursting out of the seemingly all-powerful grip of death. It is a journey that reminds us of the biggest picture, the greatest perspective, the most magnificent vision imaginable. I wonder how it became so casually familiar to me? I wonder how, very gradually, I lost the sense of surprise, shock and excitement at the vision that has been revealed. ‘What a view from here! It never ceases to amaze me.’ Maybe it’s time for me to do a bit of my own clearing work; perhaps I can also rediscover a perspective which makes me realise ‘Wow, how come I’d not seen it for a while? It never ceases to amaze me too!’ Rev David Sargent Churches together in Penrith

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We need the clowns. I wonder why the royal courts of ancient times made room for the Court Jester. I wonder what was so important about this apparently frivolous role that was secured even in the midst of brutal rulers and through dangerous times. The court fool, the joker, the clown; one who gets away with saying what others cannot, who pokes fun at the foolishness and follies of the all-too-human powerful, controlling establishment who, sitting on the outside, has permission to push against the boundaries of taboo and social norms and so expose truths we can better face through humour, fun and kindness . Easter Day 2018 is April Fools’ Day! How we need the clowns and the jesters; living in a topsy-turvy world, they turn things upside down and back to front, but then it suddenly seems to end up making more sense that way. We need the jesters; they happily burst the bubble of our self-importance and our empty, pious rituals, they have an unnerving way of seeing things as they really are and saying what we need to hear. The clowns are not at the centre of the show, they do not have it all sorted out. They are not the great trapeze artists, they can’t turn somersaults while standing, blindfolded on a motorbike; they are often clumsy and awkward, they don’t quite fit in. But (and maybe this is why we’re so drawn to them) they are on our side, they are close to us, they understand deeply what it is to be human. Their faces equally express deepest sorrow and ecstatic

delight - our hidden sadness and greatest joys. We see ourselves in their vulnerable honesty. Easter Day on April Fools’ Day. A day of surprises and an unexpected, wrong-way-round way of seeing the world. Easter Day; when the circus centre stage characters stand around embarrassed, uncertain, awkward because the clown, the outsider, the peripheral person has confounded all their expectations. The first shall be last, those who mourn find comfort, the rich end up empty, become more like the children, get rid of everything to find the precious pearl, the least shall be the greatest, I am the life, trust and do not be afraid, he is risen.

Yes, I need the Easter Jester to remind me of a reality I keep forgetting, to draw my attention away from the circus’s centre stage look-at-me entertainers and impressive acrobats. I need the Easter Fool who tells me, no n that, who shows me that there is another way of living, who knows exactly what it is to be truly, madly, deeply, wonderfully human and who is, above all, on our side. We need the jester, the fool and the Easter clowns. They love rolling chocolate eggs. They love rolling away stones. Happy Easter! Rev David Sargent (Churches Together in Penrith)

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The 2017 Photographic Competition


OUT & ABOUT WITH J Tap into free water in Penrith Penrith is joining the growing list of UK towns tackling the blight of plastic bottles, with a new Refill scheme under way. Thirsty shoppers and visitors to the town can get their reusable bottle refilled with tap water free of charge at shops, cafes and other premises displaying the Refill sticker. They’re also listed on a national Refill app, so it’s easy to find the nearest outlet while out and about.

Ice © David Felton The Wainwright Society is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Photographic Competition. A total of 81 entries in the Society’s 2017 Photographic Competition were judged by Terry Abraham, the photographer and film maker. The winner of the competition was David Felton with his photograph, Ice. Terry commented: ‘Blea Tarn near Great Langdale has likely been captured on camera more times than there are stars in the night sky but there's no doubting it's an iconic view! Surprisingly, it's quite a difficult place to convey through photography given where one's eye wishes to gaze. That said, the rocks in the foreground perfectly balance and lead the eye around the frame towards a sunkissed Langdale Pikes. This is a superb image that nails it for composition but also for atmosphere and goes to prove that in this case, dawn is the best time to appreciate this picture postcard Lakeland scene. A worthy winner and an image I'd be proud to have framed on my wall at home.’ If you would like to know more about The Wainwright Society, log on to the website at: www.wainwright.org.uk or email: secretary@wainwright.org.uk Derek Cockell Secretary - The Wainwright Society Note: Unauthorised use of images. Copyright of the image included with this article is held by the named photographer and not The Wainwright Society. The Wainwright Society only authorises use of the image in connection with the contents of this article and the photographer should be acknowledged. Use of the image by third parties for any other purpose could constitute a breach of copyright. 30 • EdenLocal

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“With free water readily available, the scheme will hopefully reduce our dependence on singleuse plastic bottles, and prompt people to cut down on other excess or unnecessary plastic packaging,” said Nigel Jenkins from Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT), the community group behind the scheme. “About 13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK every year and nearly half of them end up as litter, or going to landfill or incinerators. Plastic litter here in Cumbria can easily make its way out into the sea, via our area’s many rivers and lakes.” The damage that plastic is doing to our oceans was highlighted in the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series recently, and in the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, released last year. Drinks bottles make up about a third of the plastic in the ocean. To tackle the problem, the UK government is considering a bottle-deposit scheme and a tax on drinks in single-use plastic bottles. “When plastic gets into the ocean, it doesn’t break down and dissolve away over time; it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces,” Nigel said. “It’s killing vast numbers of sea creatures and birds who eat it or get tangled up in it.” Plastic is now having a direct impact on humans, too. Plastic fibres are found in a quarter of all fish, so it’s now in our food chain.




110,000 reasons to apply! The Eden Community Fund has a total of £110,000 available in 2018/19 for projects and community events capable of delivering wide community benefit in their local area. Eden District Council welcomes applications to Community Fund from community and voluntary groups, parish and town councils, charities and social enterprises to deliver projects that benefit local communities. The District Council does not accept applications from individuals.

Photo above: Barbara Daniel and Joan Robinson making alternative to plastic bags from rags for shopping and veggie buying. Donations raised through sales go to the Penrith Gardening Group. “We also need to cut down on singleuse plastic because we’re producing more than we can recycle and we’re using a lot of energy to produce and deal with it, contributing to climate change as well,” Nigel said. Penrith has been able to join the national Refill scheme thanks to a grant from Cumbria County Council’s Waste Prevention Fund. Any businesses interested in being refill points should contact Nigel at info@penrithact.org.uk or 01768 88266. There’s more information about PACT’s work to reduce singleuse plastic at www.penrithact.org.uk.

5 simple ways to cut down on plastic: • Keep a reusable bottle with you for water refills. • Bring your own reusable cup for hot drinks. • Take reusable containers when buying produce like meat, fish & cheese. • Buy loose fruit and veg instead of packaged ones. • Keep reusable shopping bags handy!

To be eligible to apply to the Eden Community Fund, groups and organisations must have their own constitution (unless a parish council) and bank account with at least two unrelated signatories. The Council strongly recommend that applicants contact them to discuss a project or event idea before filling in an application form, to make sure it is eligible for funding. To discuss your ideas call the Community Support Officer on 01768 817817.

What can be funded? Only capital funding is available. Grants are available for community projects and events that benefit the residents of communities in Eden. Groups and organisations must demonstrate how their project or event will deliver wide benefit, contributing to the sustainability, vitality and wellbeing of Eden's communities. Applications are invited to the Eden Community Fund under the following categories: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Community (outdoor) Amenities Community Buildings Community Enterprise Supporting Communities Community Events

How much money can be applied for? The minimum grant for categories 1-4 (above) is £500 and the maximum is £10,000. For community events the minimum grant level is £200 and the maximum £5,000. Awards towards the maximum levels will be the exception and projects and events will need to demonstrate significant community need and match funding. There is a requirement for 20% match funding for all categories, although up to 10% can be in-kind. For more details about the Eden Community Fund including application deadlines, application forms and criteria visit www.eden. gov.uk/communityfund or call 01768 817817 and speak to the Community Support Officer. The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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