Eden Local Community Magazine for Penrith & the Eden Valley Cumbria May 2018 Issue No 134

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The Scene from the Street Another Carnival Success Paying the National Minimum Wage They Think it’s all over……. Wainwright and the Lake District Pound


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The Scene from the Street standing on his feet As I walk through the town centre of Penrith, most days I see this man. Whatever the weather, the umbrella is either up or down. You notice when he’s not there but when he is, whilst I confessed to him, I need to buy more jacket potatoes, it is something I intend to do. I only found out recently that he caters for a number of dietary requirements, including my own, but I’m not here to recommend or endorse, but if I can sell him more potatoes I will! Like me, Tim is a busy person. If you want something done, ask a busy person. If you want to know what’s happened, as not seen in local press or on social media, you could probably get up to date news, weather and traffic reports whilst pre-ordering your potato the day before, in the morning whilst you’re booking your spud for lunch or collecting your potato! As seen on the Penrith and Eden Valley Monopoly Board forever, our very own street-view and news reporter, Tatty Tim. I took the photos on this one, but I asked Tim to tell you his story. “Well it all started way back in the 16th century when good old Sir Walter Raleigh brought potatoes back to England. Fast forward to 1996, now that’s when we (that’s me ‘n’ the mrs) decided to pursue our dream. We basically sold everything we owned, bought a potato oven, then packed everything we owned into our old mk3 Ford Escort and moved 200 miles away from Birmingham to arrive here in Penrith. You have to remember this was pre (as we know it now) internet days and we didn’t know a soul up here apart from the landlady of the B & B where we stayed on our honeymoon in Keswick 6 years earlier. So, all we had was an oven, a passion and a willingness to work hard and that’s what we did. We worked 7 days a week for about 4 years, working in town and on the local markets, then travelling over to Silloth on

Sundays and bank holidays to do their market on the airfield. During the holiday seasons from Easter and during summer, we would work on a caravan and camping park in Watermillock as well 2 to 3 evenings a week selling our jacket spuds there too, so you could say I had a long apprenticeship, but coming from a concrete jungle and working in a factory from dawn till dusk, never really seeing daylight for at least half the year, this seemed like heaven to me, plus every penny we made was ours apart from the tax man obviously! So that was how Tattie Tim’s started and what a ride it’s been so far. I’ve seen, done and been through things I never thought imaginable. I’ve stood in freezing temperatures when the beans literally froze in the tins and I’ve enjoyed having front row seats for Royal visits and Olympic torch processions and had government ministers coming for a chat. I’ve proudly served my adopted home town as an on-call firefighter and as a Penrith Lion; I’ve been Santa on numerous occasions and more recently, I have become the Chairman of the new board of directors for the Penrith BID. These are just some of the things I can remember off the top of my head. The past 22 years have been fantastic. I love my job and hopefully that comes through to my customers. People ask me, don’t you get bored just doing the same thing every day? I just laugh, ‘trust me no two days are ever the same’ I tell ‘em. Ultimately, I am and will always be a people person and you never know who’s going to turn up from day to day. Customers have made me laugh and cry. I love the crack with them and that’s probably why I’ll never retire. I’ve already got a great way of life although the weather spoils it sometimes! My motto has always been a want ‘for health and happiness’. Anything else is a bonus and this job brings me both my ambition to become ‘the World’s oldest potato man’ and I reckon if I keep looking after myself and all being well, I could easily get another 30 years in that’d make me 80 with 52 years’ service. Not saying I’d still be racking in as many hours, mind you, but man, I’d miss it if I didn’t do it! So, thank you Penrith for taking this mad old Brummie in and making me feel welcome and at home and I promise for as long as I physically can, I will stand on that street corner and serve you the best possible tatties I can. Cheers Tim”. Specials menu posted on Facebook everyday: /TattieTims

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So we are into May Welcome to your May Eden Local. We’ve had some fantastic days in April and May and for the first time in many months, years even, I’ve found that I have relaxed into my writing, at last, so is this a transition? Moments with Tatty Tim, celebrating 50 years with Jim Walton and sharing a season with the Bonny Blues, these are some of the key ingredients of this month’s magazine. As promised to Donald at the Highland Drove, Great Salkeld, who it was nice to catch up with recently, I will have a chat about those photos of his son in the ‘ladies’ at the Highland Drove. The things we do for charity. Great pics I’ve been told; the things these Rugby lads do - that’s all I’m saying! In talking carpets this month, I got to talk about coconuts on the same page and I love coconuts! The Summer is here, or is it just the end of Spring? This opening is generally about sport and whilst I’ve attended many football matches, home and away in following Penrith AFC this season, it’s certainly been a different experience from following a year’s farming with Neil Hodgson at what was then Carleton Farm. I bumped into Neil in town recently with his wife Jean and it was great to see they are both looking well. Maybe an article soon, ‘life after Carleton Carrots?’ So, a full season completed at Penrith AFC in fuelling my passion in football and community sport is now complete, but there is more! On another passion for better communication, I have also now managed to find a new site for Eden FM Radio, that places it very central in Penrith and has 18 times faster broadband than our last location. I hope our local MP gets to read this, as in parts of the town centre, the

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broadband is worse than the rural areas around it! For the first time I think since 2010, I attended a Penrith Chamber of Trade meeting, which I found quite refreshing. It’s been almost eight years since I suggested at my first ever meeting that I wanted to set up a community radio station and a community magazine. I was stressing the importance of the need for better communication. Well, I haven’t changed much in eight years, but communication certainly has. Well, it’s three years into the Penrith Town Council being established and I’m still waiting to see a communication that covers all doors and residents in Penrith that tells people what they are actually doing and what they have actually done. It will be a milestone when it does. Much of the above is covered in this month’s magazine with the exception of the Penrith Town Council, however, this magazine is brought to you for free, no tax payers have contributed to it and as I go off at a tangent again, I’m aware my nan’s reading this, so I’m talking football. I’m sorry, but it’s the World Cup and before nan is 94, we’ll be watching the footy and we are on publication 134. Thank you for having a letter box. Whilst I come across letter boxes which say ‘no junk mail’, I am pleased to say thank you to those that have the sign, but who after knocking on their doors, say yes to the Eden Local as they don’t see it in this category. I mentioned football. Please don’t switch off! It’s the end of the football season, yes, it’s finally arrived, but we must be prepared now for those with belief in our nation’s largest sport as they get ready for the world stage that is the World Cup. Some people will only watch when their team are winning. This applies at most levels in many sports unfortunately. Thank goodness for the games held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD

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Contents The Scene from the Street

Pages 2 – 3

Introduction and Contents

Pages 4 – 6

What’s in Store for Your Floor this Summer?

Pages 8 - 9

17 – 25 The Youth of Today

Pages 10 - 11

May’s Nursery Rhyme Corner

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Paying the National Minimum wage?

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Another Carnival Success

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Jim Walton Connecting with its Customers for 50 Years

Pages 16 - 19

Who I May…or May not be……Cumbrian Lass

Pages 20 - 21

Introducing Stephen Macaulay

Pages 22 - 23

Connection, Communication, Community

Pages 24 - 25

They Think it’s All Over, it is Now

Pages 26 – 27

There is a Difference between Looking and Seeing

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Wainwright and the Lake District Pound

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Cumbria CVS Volunteers Fair

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and Baron Pierre de Coubertin who founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894 that then lead to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896 and thank goodness for Team GB. We could talk about rugby. It’s season has also finished, I think? I like football and I like rugby, but I do sometimes feel, when people express their hatred for football, that they’ve missed something that millions in the world haven’t. That disrespect they have for so many generations and genuine people is over looked in their thoughts. When they say football is rubbish and a waste of time, then before they come up for air, you get the lecture as standard which goes something like, ‘ It’s all about expensive, overpaid so called footballers that have ballet shoes for boots and roll around on the floor when they lose the ball in order to seek attention.” A good line to add at this point, whilst they take a breath I could say is “Perhaps the Football Association should maybe give them a count down when they’re on the ground, like they do in boxing, so they would get up quicker and if they can’t, then they can carry them off so they don’t get as much TV airtime!” How do you answer that? I am in agreement that the prima-donnas of football do actually spoil what still is a real game, which is what you can see at a local level and which anyone can have a go at whatever their age or ability. It shocks me to see youngsters rolling around on the floor and diving to win a free kick because that’s what they’ve seen on TV. I’ve started my football rant now, in the hope that by the time you read this, whether you have an interest in local football or not, I hope you will at least have an understanding of what it means to those that do. Penrith football has a history going back to 1894. It’s not the epicentre of the world, but it has and still continues to serve the community as it has done since it set out. The Football Association (FA) was established in 26th October 1863. The football league

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was established in its first season on 8th September 1888. Now, rugby union can be traced to its first set of written rules in 1845, but did you know Blackheath’s Rugby Club decision to leave the Football Association in 1863, meant quite a change and it eventually lead to the formation of the Rugby Football Union in 1871. It was in the Autumn of 1882 that Penrith Rugby Club was set up as I understand it in Rugby Union, then it joined the Northern League Rugby, a forerunner to Rugby League. However, following the Great War, it returned to the Union game. Rugby League as a separate form of rugby football, was established in 1895. It gets complicated, but one having a round football and the other an odd shape ball makes it easier to understand, I believe. Did you know that in 1870 rugby was played with a near spherical ball with an inner-tube made of a pig's bladder, like a football? However, Richard Lindon introduced rubber inner-tubes and because of the pliability of rubber, the shape gradually changed from a sphere to an egg. This was then endorsed by the RFU in 1892 when the oval shape became the compulsory shape. By the sounds of it, Rugby was born from Football going by the shape of its balls. Mrs Q is more of a Rugby fan and is in the ‘went to university in Wales’ category. I played football from when I could run and kick a ball on an estate playing field where I grew up and I was sat down in front of a TV to watch the 1966 World Cup in ‘black and white’, which also included grey and on Saturday nights we watched Match of the Day, so I think what I followed was more of circumstances of my life. On that note, it’s not always about football or rugby, because next we’ll be looking at bowls and cricket. I’ll be back in June. Lee Quinn

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What’s in store for your floor this summer?

My regular visit to Arches Carpets was in the diary and this month, building on some of the themes we’ve already covered this year, I took a closer look at the ‘Make me a Rug’ alternative flooring range and the ‘Crucial Trading’ range. Sometimes we are looking for something different and sometimes this might require thinking outside of the box. The more I find out about flooring, the more interesting it becomes. One thing I have learnt is that there is more to it than just underlay and covering! Available from your local independent carpet store, Arches Carpets and Flooring probably have the largest selection of carpet and flooring, set on three floors and there is only one way of seeing this and that’s to pop in. A relatively new idea and product that comes with a snappy line, ‘Be yourself, Be alternative’, the ‘Make 8 • EdenLocal

me a Rug’ concept with a full range of samples is available at the Arches Carpet Centre. If you have ever looked for something which you just needed to be slightly different, then you may have found it as you get to design the colours, the patterns, the trip and select the size you require. ‘Make Me a Rug’ is an ‘anywhere’ flooring idea at home in kitchens and dining spaces, yet durable enough to be placed outside. Natural rugs that look stylish, smart and contemporary. There is the beautiful Sisal Bubble weave Silver rug with a Leather Chestnut border, the gorgeous Wool Croft Arran with a Faux Suede in Nectar border, or the Margo Selby Stripe Viking rug with a Cotton Herringbone Bluebird border. You can start designing your own masterpiece now with ‘Make Me A Rug’ as an alternative flooring option with a selected range of bindings.

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So, be inspired and get designing yours. You can order and design on line, then collect from the Arches Carpet and Flooring Centre or pop into the showroom and see the samples of ideas. Rugs, runners and stair runners to order, even round carpets and awkward ‘L’ shapes. Ready for another level? Here it is as things have certainly evolved from the coconut mats we had in PE when I was lad! Introducing Crucial Trading who source materials from around the world. This range includes Wool, Sisal, Sisool, Seagrass, Coir and Jute. At Arches Carpet Centre, we have a range of natural wool carpets and from our ‘Crucial Trading’ range, it extends much further. Wool is natural, hardwearing, versatile and supremely soft underfoot. With insulating properties, it has always been the most luxurious and cosy floor-

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Sisal Originally used to create strong and resilient twine, ‘Crucial Trading’ use this material to create exotic floor coverings. Sourced from Brazil, China and Southern Tanzania, the Sisal plant is one of nature’s true survivors. Sisal has evolved to thrive in a climate with little rainfall in summer. Once stripped and dried for 30 days, it is ready to be crafted into a floorcovering for your home.

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Seagrass A hardy grass has to withstand all sorts of abuse to be worthy for your home. Sourced from Vietnamese and Chinese plantations, this hardy grass has to withstand copious amounts of ocean salt, typhoons and the heat of the Far East before it is woven into ‘Crucial Trading’ signature styles of Original, Herringbone and Basket weave in normal and fine weaves.

Coir I think I’ve come close to my coconut matting, but it’s certainly moved on as Coir comes from coconuts grown and handpicked along the Keralan shoreline in India. After being suspended in water for 10 months, it is then beaten to separate the fibres. Once dried, it is cleaned and spun. The Coir is transformed into a flooring you simply have to see for yourself at our showroom.

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The youth of today, 17-25! By Emily Quinn

adapt their ways, appearance and attitude, being influenced by the environment around them and this will never change, however, what we can be do is help steer that change in a more positive direction. We have the challenge of 12-year-old girls with orange faces and mini-skirts, 13-year-old boys being encouraged to fight through the violence in their video games and children cussing and not even being able to force out a ‘thank you’ when someone holds the door open for them.

Just before I get into writing this month’s article, I would like to state that the people who spoke to me in confidence about their views will remain completely anonymous and did not say anything out of spite. I think it is important to bear in mind that everyone has the right to voice an opinion, whether you agree with it or not. The youth of today is not presented in the same way as it was 20 years ago! Do you agree? “Their manners, more commonly now, their appearances and their lack of respect towards everyone else is shameful and quite frankly disgusting!” This is a direct quote from a woman in her 50’s who’s spent her life working with different agencies that work with children and specifically state schools (government funded schools). Another person I spoke to, a man in his early 60’s said, “They’ve got no respect for anyone 10 • EdenLocal

else, at work, they just look you up and down and make a mess to be difficult. When I was young, my brothers, sisters and all my friends at least had the ability to smile and presented common courtesy”. Manner and a lack of respect were two things that came to my attention as the most common issues others found with young people today, however, I am not generalising about everyone under the age of 18. It is only actually a very small handful of children and teenagers who are creating this reputation for their generation. The problem being though, that this small handful is rubbing off on peers and younger people and becoming a much bigger handful! The people our children are coming in to contact with in their day to day lives in school and in peer-groups, are constantly influencing change and adaption in our children. Children always

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A certain amount of discipline can be effective from a young age, in encouraging our children to understand that they don’t need threats and vile language to get what they want and that they don’t need to paint six layers of foundation and mascara on their faces to feel part of a society. It’s important that our children know that they don’t need to try and make people like them through changing their appearance or attitudes towards life. If there are adults out there saying these things openly about the youth of today and bear in mind these are people who have far more life experience and a much greater understanding of most things compared to a younger person, doesn’t this scream something of a wake-up call to everyone? “It is evident that young people are trying to be someone they aren’t and they are taking the wrong approaches towards things. My daughter wakes up at 6 o’clock every morning to put her makeup on. She’s only 14. If only she would be that keen to get up at 6 o’clock to do some homework or help make breakfast”. A mother

of two told me this and it really made me think about education especially. It made me question whether having an education is something a child is proud of in today’s society. There was a time (before my time), when it was a privilege to be able to go to school and you respected your teachers and you’d thrive off being able to go to school. Now, it appears to be a chore for many and it’s taken for granted. When I was at school, I hated it; I literally wanted to be anywhere else. I also remember the lack of control teachers had. People in my classes would shout at teachers and say inappropriate and rude things and the teacher would shout back (without the inappropriate words and gestures) or give them a detention. That is not productive learning! I know for a fact that if that wasn’t happening in every lesson I went to, maybe I would’ve been more into what we were doing. And this is what I mean by a handful of young people, because there we only a couple out of maybe 20 or 30 people who were disruptive, but it affected us all. Manners are a very apparent issue that came to my attention when talking to people, because a few bad experiences has completely changed people’s perception of young people. “They’re just bad mouthed and it makes you so angry”. A man told me that he took his young children (5 and 8) to McDonalds, and there were other children in there no more than 13 or 14 swearing constantly and talking about extremely inappropriate things. It was so bad he went and sat in the car with his children and his 8-year-old asked him what one of the things that the young people were talking about meant. He was so horrified and quite frankly upset by the incident that he hasn’t taken his children back since, nor any other public place were young people are known for congregating. The point of this month’s article was to share some of the views of older generations of younger people. Although I couldn’t use everyone’s views, it was sad that not one of them had anything positive to say about the youth of today. This is a serious issue and I know for a fact that things in the last 10 years, even 5 years, have taken a huge leap in the wrong direction and I genuinely fear for what will happen to me and others as we get older, if the children coming through now are just becoming more and more of an issue to society than a blessing. In next month’s article, I will look at the education system in more depth; the pros and cons of it and the power that teachers actually have these days, if any at all. I will reflect on my own personal experiences as well as the views of others throughout their school lives.

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Nursery Rhyme Corner Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester In a shower of rain He stepped in a puddle Right up to his middle And never went there again For the story of Dr Foster we have to go back to the same King who was supposedly behind the rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep - King Edward I. Born in 1239 King Edward is known for his campaigns to subdue Wales and Scotland, and was also responsible for significant legal and administrative reform in England. He was a tall, powerful

figure and standing at six feet two inches tall he was often referred to as Edward Longshanks. He had a number of nicknames and as he was clever and knowledgeable he earned the title of Doctor (though where the Foster came from is lost in the mists of time!) During his campaigns against the Welsh he would use

Gloucester as a military base because of its strategic position at major crossing points on the River Severn giving access into Wales. It is suggested that the rhyme tells the tale of King Edward (Dr Foster) arriving in Gloucester during a severe storm. In the darkness, wind and rain he mistook a deep and boggy ditch for a shallow puddle and rode through it, immediately horse and rider became trapped in the mud and needed to be rescued as they became increasingly bogged down. Humiliated, embarrassed and furious at the situation he refused to ever visit or enter the town again. To complete the history lesson Edward went on to invade Wales and in 1301 announced his son Edward to be the first Prince of Wales. Later while on his way to Scotland in 1307 to oust Robert the Bruce Edward died at Burghon-Sands just north of Carlisle. References: historic-uk.com & bbc.co.uk

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Are you really paying the National Minimum Wage?

Last month, we touched on the subject of Pay and in particular the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the new rates that applied from 1st April 2018.

when you have staff (like care workers) who travel from home to their first job/call and where that first journey of the day is also included for the purposes of working time and the NMW.

There was a reminder that it is unlawful for employers to pay workers less than the NMW or NLW and those that do run the risk being taken to court by the HMRC or to an employment tribunal by their workers!

3. Deductions and other Payments

Well, it’s easy to believe that you are doing the right thing by simply paying the appropriate rates, however, this may not be the case. A number of employers have been caught out, including some very wellknown companies and this is why……

What does & doesn’t count towards pay? 1. Uniforms If you provide your staff with a uniform and don’t require them to pay for it, there shouldn’t be any issues. You need to be careful, however, if you require them to purchase a uniform or part of their uniform. It may be that you provide them with a top but require them to buy trousers or a skirt to go with it. By expecting them to fund the cost of all or some clothing themselves, you could inadvertently be paying them less than the NMW if you are only paying the minimum rates. 2. Working Time If you require your staff to take unpaid breaks or attend meetings that are unpaid, you need to ensure you are paying more than the NMW to compensate for the additional time they are required to be at work. Travel time while at work is another situation to be aware of and employers should have systems to record it as it counts towards total working time and the NMW. This can become even more complex

You need to be careful if you make deductions from wages for work social events like the Christmas party. Given these are classed as ‘work’ events, the deductions could mean wages fall below the NMW threshold. Payments like tips and premium payments for working unsociable hours do not count towards the NMW, so don’t rely on these when calculating whether you are actually paying your staff the NMW. 4. Benefits in Kind This is an area where companies can often make mistakes. If you employ someone in a role where they could receive benefits such as loans, advances, meals and fuel, remember these do not contribute towards the NMW. There are strict rules around the costs that can be offset in relation to offering accommodation. Employers cannot offset the market value of accommodation, however, they can offset a notional value of £7.00 per day against the NMW.

Any queries or concerns? If you would like to find out more about anything you have read here or discuss another employment matter, please contact me via email at charlotte@quinnhr.co.uk or call me on 01768 862394. I’d be delighted to help.

Don’t get caught out! I look forward to hearing from you.

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Another Carnival Success By Lee Quinn

I do enjoy a good event. I don’t always get to try the food or get to take part, but as I’ve got more handy with a camera, whilst I’ll always admit I’m no professional, I do believe much can be said for being in the right place at the right time to get the picture. I never budget for the type of camera or lens for the next level. Here is a snippet of 268 shots I took at the Lions Club

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of Penrith’s 38th May Day Carnival 2018. About 100 are currently on the Cumbrian Local Facebook Page it you want to have a look. The Lions’ continue to be busy every year fundraising and this is not just the main event for them, but also a key event for the town and a part of our history now in Penrith. As with any community organisation, it does need new members and what would really work is for those that

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have experienced the fun side maybe in their youth, or they benefited in seeing money raised by the Lions going to good use, if they might consider putting some time back in which they have enjoyed, so that the continuation of this great international institution like the Lions who are local people, serving local people, can sustain their future as well as our future in doing what they do best for generations to come. For more details, you can go to their website www. penrithlions105bn.co.uk or contact the Secretary, Ian Edgar on 01768 865757.

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Connecting with our customers for 50 years It was in July 2011 that I accidently left my phone on. Whilst on a family holiday in Greece, as I answered it a voice said at the other end, “Hello I’m Alan Walton from Jim Walton and I would like some details about advertising in the Eden Local magazine that I get through my door.” By the September I had sat down with Alan and his mam, we had touched on a story about a man who had placed his name and his family in front of the community for over 50 years.

Jim Walton with young daughter Paula The article ‘From Cattle to Cars was well received in the October Eden Local which was the 12th Cumbrian Local publication. We didn’t know what would come next and after many hours with Alan Walton and the team at the site in Cowper Road on the Gilwilly Estate, in helping the Jim Walton name and business continue to connect with the community, we are now seven years on and it’s an honour to retrace parts of that story again as we revisit and look at what is now 50 years of Jim Walton and this independent family business, that has continued to serve the community as Jim Walton set it up to do. Jim Walton

Jim Walton was a part of the family business, which

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meant cattle back in the 1960s. They lived at Thornycroft Farm, Johnby , near Penrith. When he was old enough, Jim would be on the road in a truck moving cattle about for market, travelling to Cockermouth, Hexham and as Ann recalls, he had to go to Stirling once a week, which meant a two day trip staying overnight on Wednesdays. Married in January 1968, their first child, Paula came along in the November. From my conversation in tracing back the dates of the business’ history, it was by using the dates of the children’s birthdays that key times in the development of the start of Jim's passion were recalled, which was buying and selling cars. He had an idea and with the support of Ann, they took a big step. He had his eye on the future, but in the immediate future, it was a Morris Minor Van, which

we reckon was a Series 2. You don't see many of these around today. This vehicle was made from 1962 to 1971. It was a series A stright-4, 48hp 0 - 60 mph in about 52 seconds. It had a top

speed of 63 mph and would do around 36 miles to the gallon (7.8 litres). Jim knew what he wanted but Tommy Dayson, the owner of the Morris Van, who was also the owner of the Cafe, which was once sited at 1 Castlegate where the Salsa Mexcian Bistro is now, wasn't sure about selling. He eventually did, but on his terms, it was to be advertised in the Herald and if Jim wanted it, he would have to pay the asking price. The Herald traditionally came out on Saturday and Jim popped into Mary Tweddles newsagents in Castletown on the Friday night and from under the counter acquired a Herald. He made the call and secured the vehicle, but the conditions that applied meant that he couldn't

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Presentation of Customer Satisfaction award 1996

Front Row Ian Newman ( Toyota Area Manager ), Back row, James Walton, Andrew Bulman, ( Parts Manager ), Alan Walton, Jim Walton.

have the vehicle until after the milk run on the Saturday morning! It was around 1968. The first bit of Jim Walton’s stock was acquired, tagged to the time of the birth of Paula Walton and in our family photo, here is Jim and his daughter Paula at Thornycroft a short time later. The stock was to grow. I looked at some old photos and found some amazing old adverts with Alan Walton and we did the naming of the makes of cars like Austin Morris , Ford Escort Mark 1, Consul Classic 315 and what sounds a bit strange today but was traditional then, the Morris Oxford and the Austin Cambridge. So from the Prefab building on the farm, which had a pit and a pot belly stove, the business expanded and grew. It then moved early seventies to its landmark site where it traded for over 20 years in Southend Road and the image that we have is a rare scene of the way it was on Southend Road and the Victoria Road site, Penrith. Alan Walton was born in 1972 and what started off as the acquisition of one unit, over the years became many; from one unit to several backing onto the town football ground, as it was then. To complete the expansion, Jim Walton made one of the biggest decisions for his family business, which 18 • EdenLocal

back then was a massive change. He linked with a Japanese family by the name of Toyoda. They were a family business, established in the manufacturing of automated weaving looms in Japan who had started automobile production in 1933. The name as we know it now and launched in the UK in the early seventies was Toyota. Unlike today, all the cars were imported from Japan. Jim Walton had to buy them from a stockist, Terry Oates in Willington. Never a straight forward purchase in order to buy the Celica model, quite popular in the day, as part of the deal Jim had to buy the Toyota Crown, which was not as popular. This was like the Lexus of its day but ahead of its time. The name Corolla is part of Toyota's naming tradition of using the name Crown for primary models; the Corona, for example, gets its name from the Latin for crown; Corolla is Latin for small crown; and Camry is an anglicised pronunciation of the Japanese for crown. Japanese cars were to have a massive impact on the UK and the American markets. The cars came with extras, like heaters and radios, cigarette lighters and other little gadgets. In my discussion with Alan, we talked about some English cars that didn’t have heating, just manually operated vents. One of the

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additional extras, partly due to climate I should imagine, was that in the late 70s and early 80s, Jim Walton was rust proofing cars, which was a bit like spraying treacle on the bottom of the cars, which meant them having to clean the cars in paraffin to remove any splashes. As the business grew so did the Walton family. In 1983, Lisa was born and in 1984 Stephen arrived. As Alan and James grew up, they could be found most days at the garage and in the workshop after school and at weekends. James was the problem solver and as described by Alan, he remembered that James was always taking things apart. This didn’t mean he could put them back together but it came as no surprise that James joined the family business straight from school into the workshop learning the ropes on a YTS scheme that lead to his City in Guilds. Alan went straight in to the family business also on leaving school and spent his first 12 – 18 months in the parts department. Alan as we know is a talkative person and he's talked the hind legs off of many donkeys so it was not a surprise to see Alan start in sales when he was 18. With the Southend Road development, the family

relocated to its current site where it celebrates its 50th this year. It’s showroom, service and parts centre at Gilwilly Industrial Estate was officially open in December 2005. Jim Walton retired in 2003 due to ill health, which later took him out of the life he loved and the family business that for most of his life was a passion and a profession. Alan still runs the business with his brothers James and Stephen, who joined the sales teams, working at the Gilwilly Jim Walton site. Many of the disciplines and the importance of a family business remain with the Walton family and whilst the next generation matures as a business the family including their Mam Ann Walton meet every month around the table as they have always done, to discuss business as they always have. Their aim is as it has always been to serve and connect with the community whilst continuing the Walton tradition of selling cars and probably one of the best Japanese cars, but sourcing cars and commercial vehicles to order whilst having a full range of Toyota vehicles at the showroom and forcourt. Many thanks, once again to the Walton Family for sharing the history and helping them celebrate 50 years of Jim Waltons.

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Who I MAY or MAY not be…. MAY the month of the year when spring becomes apparent. It’s one of my favourite months. May in Cumbria is truly amazing. There’s still the little snippet of winter left with the early morning cold nip in the air and a sprinkling of snow on the mountain tops, but as the views get clearer, so do the colours. There’s an endless spectrum of green shades and the browns aren’t dank and dull; there’s a warmth to them. I love driving around Cumbria…. The windows down, the music cranked up and the heat of the sun on your face and your window arm…. Looking across the fields to the scenery that looks more like a pastel painting than real life…. There’s just something about a sunny day in Cumbria that heals your soul from the inside out. I spend a lot of time with my head in front of a screen, whether it be my phone, my tablet or the TV. Being the online superstar that I am, I am constantly surrounded by electronics, software….. everything is constantly buzzing…. I love it, I truly love it…. But honest to god, sometimes I just want to shut it all down and to quote my mam………… “get outside and play!” So last week, I dropped everything, got in the car and just started driving… I ended up at my favourite place… Whinlatter Forest. Now, me and Whinlatter have a long and intertwined emotional history. I remember the old Whinlatter, with the badger set with the whopping great badger at the end that used to scare the living daylights out of you when you turned the corner…. Still haunts my dreams. There was also the assault course just up from there to the left. When you’re 5, that assault course might as well have been a triathlon. At least I could always jump from one tree stump to the other with the help of my dad! Every Cumbrian school child has visited Whinlatter on a school trip…. we used to sit on the big badger and scare our mates when they came round the corner…. We all walked the kids trail and found foxes in the trees. Anyone remember the sign that used to say “Look Up?” To this day, I still don’t know what we were meant to be looking for. Was it summat to do with the trees? 20 • EdenLocal

Not gonna lie… the classroom bit was a bit boring and it doesn’t matter how many times I tried, I could never draw the bleedin’ fir cone. When I went to uni, my time spent at Whinlatter decreased and for a while there, non-existent. And then a lad broke my heart. And a lass broke my best friends heart. So, for 6 months, every weekend, we would get in the car and head out for a walk. After every walk, I felt like a piece of my heart had been put back in its rightful place…. And one day it just stopped hurting. We started off at Whinlatter, both pale white, both miserable and both wanting to be anywhere but standing at the bottom of the hill at Whinlatter picking which path to follow…. As the resident fat bird, I picked the Gruffalo trail….. – yep, the kids walk! I was so fat and unfit. I barely got round. I was sweating everywhere, bright red in the face and gasping for breath. I was so ashamed. How did I let it get to this. But…we carried on. We came back again the next time, and we did the red walk … Week after week, we came back again and again, and

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we tackled the walks in order of difficulty‌ each time I became faster and faster. The time came when we were going to tackle the green route‌ by far the hardest walk‌.. for me at least. We started at the bottom and I remember looking up through the trees thinking, “How on Yoda’s great green earth am I going to get up there?â€? I got to the top and threw up. That was the day I fell out with Whinlatter‌. I marched myself back to the car, got in and demanded my friend take me home. A week later we went back and I was so determined. I peered up through the trees and stared‌. I set off‌ nothing was gonna stop me! I was gonna get to the top if it killed me. An hour and a half later I was at the top. Tears streaming down my face‌ I had made it. So, still I kept going. By the end of my 6 month stint, I could do Whinlatter green route in about 25 mins. 4 months later I met the love of my life. You all know about him‌ I’m marrying him next year! (some exciting news on my wedding blog this month! www.cumbrianlass.com) This was that all-consuming love, the love that makes you see things in colours that you didn’t know existed, the love that makes your stomach flutter when you think about them‌. The love that makes you blush in public when you relive your memories of it‌. We went out for meals, for drinks, we went to BBQs at friends, we ate takeaway, we shared a kebab in bed at 2am on a Saturday night after dancing the legs off ourselves. We spent days in bed đ&#x;˜‰, we laid on the beach, we snuggled and watched films. I got up one day and realised that I was the fattest I had ever been in my entire life.

sizzle, I was hot and sweaty and red‌‌‌. But I was happy, I was so, so happy. It was so sunny and warm and bright and colourful and the water on the lake was twinkling and the clouds looked like cotton balls. My head cleared, just for a second; my troubles melted away and I had found myself again. I reminded myself of why I fight so hard and why I keep on keeping on, everything just slotted into place. Everything wasn’t perfect, it was perfectly imperfect. I’m going back again tomorrow, see if I can do it in half an hour‌‌ But these past few weeks has helped me to remember my love for our beautiful county, helped me remember to get my head up from my screen once in a while‌. And stop trawling through Instagram looking at pretty pictures of Cumbria and to get out and see them for myself. But it’s also reminded me of the relationship I have with this county and why I love my blog. Whinlatter has been there for me when no one else was. Whinlatter made memories with my family that will last a lifetime. Whinlatter helped me through my awkward phase at school. Whinlatter has been there for me when my heart was broken. Whinlatter gave me the inspiration and motivation to lose nearly half my body weight and remind me that I am worth taking care of. Whinlatter helped me rekindle my love for the outdoors. Whinlatter has been there for me. Every. Single. Time. Everybody has their Whinlatter. That one place that you keep going back to. The one place that just heals your every wound. If you do nothing else this month‌. go to your happy place‌ reignite something‌

And that brings us up to recently.

remember why you fight..

I had a wee op and I have lost 7 stone in weight! Woop woop!

find the lost part of your soul‌

And for the first time in a long time, I went to Whinlatter‌.

Lots of Love CL xx

It’s spring‌ a time for new beginnings‌

I started on the green trail‌. I looked up through those trees and wished myself to the top. One foot after the other, I got a bit sweatier‌ I got a bit redder, I got a bit out of breath, I took my jumper off. 40 minutes later I was stood on the top of Whinlatter looking down the valley. The sun was making my face The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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Introducing Stephen Macaulay Stephen Macaulay was elected as President of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce at our Chamber AGM on 6th February 2018. Stephen moved to Penrith in January 2014 after accepting a job offer from Manning Elliott Partnership, an RIBA Chartered Architectural Practice based in Gilwilly. Before being offered the job, Stephen had come down to visit Penrith and was so impressed with our town that he had more or less decided to move before the job was offered. ‘When I first visited, I had heard of the town but knew very little about it. In recent years, towns like Penrith have suffered badly and a lot have lost their trade and retail to new build out of town developments or it has migrated to larger centres. It was clear that Penrith had managed to retain its identity and came across as a busy and vibrant town with much to offer.’ An Architect with more than 20 years in practice, Stephen has worked on many projects across the UK and beyond, including a short stint in Bermuda during his training. Before coming to Penrith, he had worked extensively in the Hotel Sector which saw him travel the length and breadth of Britain designing and delivering hotels from places as remote as the Shetland Islands to the trendy streets of Shoreditch.

Back in Glasgow, in 2004, Stephen met his future wife Joanna and they married in 2006 and soon had a young family in tow. ‘At some point I realised that I was seeing less and less of my wife and children due to work commitments and decided it was time to re-assess so started looking for another job. Joanna is originally from Liverpool and has family there and with most of my family in and around Glasgow, we decided to relocate to somewhere between the two cities. Luckily for me, the opportunity arose in Penrith and we decided to take it. Within a month of the interview, we had moved lock, stock and barrel. It was a big risk, but the town couldn’t have been more welcoming and with three daughters and a son (all now at Beaconside) we soon got to know people.’ Stephen originally got involved in the Chamber following the closure of the Co-op in Burrowgate. He was concerned at the closure of the shop in an important part of the town, both as part of the built environment but also as part of the community it served. He felt that by joining the Chamber, he could offer his experience to make a positive contribution and help

‘A lot of my work has been about bringing new development into established areas and you quickly learn the importance of respecting existing communities.’

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bring about positive improvements to Penrith Town Centre. ‘Penrith has a lot going for it and there are many areas of the town which work really well. One ambition as president is to work with various stakeholders to identify areas within the town that aren’t working so well, focus on them and make a concerted effort to bring about positive changes that will benefit the whole of Penrith and greatly enhance our profile as a place of business.’


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New Studio and new Approach for Eden FM Community Radio Connecting, Communication and Community Whilst the Eden Local drops through doors every month, we’ll never know exactly how many people read it. When it comes to radio, however, I have written many lines on how impossible it is to calculate exactly how many people listen to any radio station. There are clear reasons for this based on a simple fact, which is no matter how it is spun by surveys or data, it remains unknown, unless of course you physically knock on every single door and get an answer from every person in that property, which is in itself almost impossible. Any survey of this type should also have to include people who have radios in cars. In a short conclusion of how many people listen to Eden FM, the BBC or commercial stations as we do not know how many people have radios in their homes, it is therefore impossible to know how many people actually listen to the radio. Many years ago, in advertising to sell products, lines were used like “we knocked on 1000 doors and spoke to a 1000 housewives and they said they use ‘x’ product and would recommend it.” Now if you are online as it is assumed everyone is, surveys pop up Check our vast on the screen all the time. You have an ‘IP address’ the "IP" part of IP address stands for "Internet Protocol." The "address" part refers to a unique number that gets linked to all online activity you do...somewhat like a 24 • EdenLocal

return address on a letter you'd send out. (All this happens in milliseconds.) From your computer, your mobile phone or tablet, you are known and your location can be traced. Scary really, but for radio, even at a community radio station, we can log on and see how many people have listened online, for how long and where they are via IP addresses. Next month I’ll update you more on this. Someone out in sales and marketing will of course make some calculation that if an IP address is listening to the radio, then it means in that property if there are ‘x’ amount of people, they all listen to the radio. Well, I’ve sat in front of a screen and I’ve seen people logged on and logged off. In the early days of Eden FM, for marketing purposes, it was good to gauge the audience. The CIA IP address used to have an Eagle pop up just

for a second as it scanned every address. Now that is scary, but with listeners in the USA which Eden FM has, this could have been why. Social media tells us that the Eden Local is read online in over 50 countries, but with those IP addresses, we can collect and target marketing to specific cities, towns and villages. As crazy as it all sounds, it’s real and with over 5,000 followers on social media, Eden FM can place how many people follow it and in what country, town and what language they speak. So, from Barrow to Bucharest, Birmingham, Brighton, Durban, Darlington, Durham or Dysselsdorp in the Western Cape, we do know we are not alone. Meanwhile, whilst Tattie Tim Lorton knows the word on the street and what I also know is, this time last year I had just completed on knocking on over 2,500 doors

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Eden107.5 in Penrith with a questionnaire, so don’t be surprised if you see me standing outside the new Eden FM studio in Middlegate, Penrith or next to the radio car in Carlisle, Cliburn, Castletown or Crackenthorpe, because what we can conclude is we know word of mouth is how a lot of information gets about. If as a station we can ask the question, “do you listen to Eden FM” through this summer, as basic as it is, we’ll still not know how many people do listen to Eden FM, but if we talk to 5,000 people, that’s 5,000 more than any other station that we’ve connected with personally and if they all tell a friend or a relative, then that’s communication in the community at its best. I wonder how many people we’ll talk to at the Skelton Show. Maybe we’ll see you there!

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They think it’s all over - well it will be when you receive this update by Lee Quinn day programmes, which was like adding another 30 Eden Locals to the existing 12 we publish in a year. It was a challenge. As I put in the last programme: “Before I close this opening, I would like to share that I have enjoyed the experience of co-ordinating, writing and producing the 2017-18 match day programmes. It has been hard work, it has been challenging, but in many ways a rewarding experience.”

For the last two months, I have been very busy working on match reports and other behind the scenes projects. I didn’t get to see all of the 55 matches played by the Penrith Men’s first team which included 42 league matches plus cup competitions, including pre-season friendlies that started in June and July 2017. In total it was 60 matches, which meant travelling over 4,500 miles. This season, Cumbrian Local Publications sponsored, designed and co-ordinated all the match

I also thank all those that have helped throughout the season in contributing towards the programme with reports, photos, the selfie supporters and there was a special thank you to Penrith Posters and Chris Murray, the owner for making it happen. And finally, a huge thank you to all the sponsors and advertisers for getting behind the programme, but importantly a big thank you to those that bought it. Thank you so much for your support. As the sponsor of the match day programme, I hope the funds raised through its sales helped. It is a season I will always remember for the story as it

unfolds. You can buy every match day programme at Penrith Posters or you can read them all on line at www.cumbrianlocal.co.uk/ previous-issues but in a short summary of a very long season, on Wednesday 1st November 2017 after 18 matches, the Bonny Blues had just 9 points and were rooted to the bottom of the table. New manager, Kyle May, had just stepped off the pitch at Frenchfield for Shildon, who had just beaten Penrith at home 4 – 0 and it was announced that he would be the new Bonny Blues Player/Manager. An impossible task it was stated in many reports and a mountain to climb. Next month I’ll have a full report from Kyle in how he with his team and coaching staff battled and avoided relegation, which is a credit to the changes Kyle made, with his assistant manager, Andy Coyles. Unfortunately they didn’t win the Cumberland Cup, but the triumph of achieving what they have has kept many supporters very happy. Penrith Ladies have literally been in another league of their own and at the time of me writing this, still to come is their Cumberland Cup final report.

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CHAMPIONS ! The long wait is over as Penrith AFC Ladies claimed the 3 points required to see them over the finishing line and secure a historic League Title and Promotion into the North West Womens Regional Premier Division. In a nervy game at Penrith’s Frenchfields Park Stadium Penrith twice had to come from behind against a gritty and hard working Burscough Ladies team before local girl Hannah Coulthard fired home an 84th minute winner. Penrith then saw out the game and the final whistle sparked wild celebrations. Manager Simon Savage spoke “The Ladies deserve this success. Over the past several seasons we have been on the verge of this title but have just missed out. Throughout all that time the Ladies have remained focussed on our target. They have showed levels of professionalism and commitment that many clubs can only dream of. Now it’s important that they take to time to savour this moment and give time for their achievement to sink in. Tough challenges lie ahead but now is the time to celebrate this success”. Sundays win came at the end of an intense 10 day period where Penrith AFC Ladies faced 4 very tough games in quick succession. That started with a 2-1 defeat at local rivals Carlisle United Ladies and Penrith’s title hopes seemed to be fading at that point. However superb away wins at leaders Cammell Laird (0-1) and 3rd placed Bury Ladies (3-5) set up

an exciting finale. Penrith knew that 3 points against Burscough Ladies would clinch the title. Burscough played on the counter attack and their pacy attackers causes Penrith problems all afternoon. Burscough opened the scoring in the 7th min. Penrith missed several golden chances before equalising through Georgia Campbell’s volley on 40 mins. HT 1-1 Penrith were caught napping as Burscough re took the lead in the opening seconds of the 2nd half. Penrith plugged away and were now starting to dominate a tiring Burscough team. Nat Broad made it 2-2 in the 68th minute when her in swinging corner found its way into the net. And so the scene was set for a grandstand finish. Penrith piled on the pressure and, with time running out, the ball fell to Hannah Coulthard who fired the ball into the top corner from 16 yars out to put Penrith into the lead for the first time in the afternoon. This was enough to seal the victory and the celebrations began on the final whistle. FT 3-2 The victory rounds off an amazing 2 year league period in which Penrith AFC Ladies have only lost 2 league games. Captain Kim McCormick said “We have produced an amazingly high level of consistency over a long period of time and we have proved to be very difficult to beat”

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The other day I committed the cardinal sin (not for the first time!) of failing to notice that my wife had been to the hairdressers and had her hair done. Unfortunately, it was someone else who told me! I’d been with her just after she’d had it done, so it’s not that I hadn’t clocked her. I just hadn’t noticed. I’d been ‘looking’ at her, but had failed to really ‘see’ her. There’s a difference between ‘looking’ and ‘seeing’. It’s easy, isn’t it, to get so preoccupied with what we want to see – or need to look at – that we miss out on really seeing what is right in front of us. In our social-media full-on world, we’ve often got our eyes down glued to our smart-phones, or fixed on what is urgent in our worlds right now, and it’s easy for us to miss out on the beauty and wonder all around us. 28 • EdenLocal

Do you remember the craze that was around a few years ago with ‘magic eye’ pictures? You’d look at a pattern in front of you for ages, desperately trying to see the picture that was hidden within it. And when you finally got it and saw what it was – it was like this amazing revelation! We’d ‘look’ until we could ‘see’. There’s an old-fashioned word used over 1200 times in older translations of the Bible. It’s the word ‘Behold’. In more modern versions, the word has been changed to ‘see’ or ‘look’ – but those words miss the real meaning of the word ‘Behold’. ‘Behold’ means to ‘gaze upon; to contemplate and fully observe’. It means to really take in what we are looking at.

spent more time looking up than looking down. Perhaps we should spend more time ‘beholding’ the wonders of what surrounds us. Because whether you believe in God or not – there’s a wonderful world out there that, as a Christian, I believe God has provided to give us pleasure and to delight and amaze us. Psalm 19 says that day after day, the world around us declares the glory of God without even uttering a word’. We can see it in the wonder of a landscape, or in the detail of a tiny flower. We can see it in each other – and it’s a wonderful thing that can lift our spirits and put things in perspective.

In Psalm 119, we read: ‘Open my eyes that I might behold the wonderous things of God’.

But we need to do more than just ‘look’. We need to ‘see’ – we need to ‘behold’!

Perhaps it’s time that all of us

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Wainwright and the Lake District Pound

The idea behind the project is to encourage visitors and tourists to use the local currency to support local independent businesses and raise money to help enhance and protect the landscape and support local community initiatives. The designs celebrate the unique character of the Lake District represented through four themes: ‘Fun & Adventure’, ‘Creativity and Freedom’, ‘Resilience & Determination’, and ‘Love for the Landscape’. Alfred Wainwright, author of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells embodies the theme of Creativity and Freedom on the LD£5 note. The drawing of Wainwright is inspired by one of his own sketches of himself that he drew in every Lakeland Pictorial Guide; this sketch appearing in his 30 • EdenLocal

first book, The Eastern Fells on the summit of Clough Head. For Wainwright, just being amongst the hills, valleys and mountains unlocked his creative energy and inspired him to write about and draw a landscape he loved. But it was more than that; the hills brought freedom in both body and mind. He wrote: ‘Some people escape in dreams but I was fortunate enough to live in a perfect dreamland that actually existed. I was always happier pulling on my boots in a morning than putting on my shoes. On a day when I didn’t have to wear a Alfred Wainwright photograph by Derry Brabbs

This month sees the launch of the UK’s first regional currency: The Lake District Pound. The designs for the four banknotes feature people who have made a significant contribution to Cumbrian life and culture and includes Alfred Wainwright on the LD £5 note.

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collar and tie I was a boy again. If I was heading for the hills, and not the office, I could set forth singing, not audibly, heaven forbid; just in my heart. I was off to where the sheep were real, not human.’ Fellwanderer Alfred Wainwright is well-chosen as a representative of ‘Creativity and Freedom’ on the new Lake District bank notes. In his introduction to Book 1 of the Pictorial Guides, he wrote: ‘This book is one man’s way of expressing his devotion to Lakeland’s friendly hills. It was conceived, and is born, after many years of inarticulate worshipping at their shrines. It is, in very truth, a love-letter.’ It is a love-letter that has inspired many thousands to follow in his footsteps and discover for themselves the joys of walking on the hills and mountains of the Lake District. 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


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50 year Celebration Weekend at Jim Waltons (1968-2018) Although it may be hard to believe it is now 50 years since young Jim Walton decided to branch out and start selling cars from his fathers farm yard in the hamlet of Johnby, near Greystoke and although times have certainly changed, the Jim Walton family values certainly have not. With this in mind, Alan, James and Stephen Walton would like to invite you to their 50 year Celebration Open Weekend Saturday 2nd June 9 – 4pm and Sunday 3rd June 12 noon – 4pm, where a warm welcome awaits customers old and new alike. We will have a selection of new Toyotas for you to test drive as well as a huge selection of used cars all available with the following offer Buy a New or Used car at our Celebration Weekend and we give you one of the following Option One - £500 worth of Vouchers from either the following;- Thomas Cook, Marks and Spencer, Next, Amazon, Argos or local independent traders of your choice. Option Two - 2 years ‘Free’ Servicing, 2 Years Warranty, 12 months AA Membership Option Three - £500 discount off your vehicle Purchase Price Why wait to the 50 year Celebration weekend you can to view a new or used car today so you can collect on that weekend and make the most of this celebration offer. (Terms and Conditions apply. Please ask a member of staff on arrival)

Check our vast stock of vehicles on www.jimwalton.co.uk Cowper Road, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9BN Telephone 01768 864555 Parts Direct 01768 865428 Showroom open Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 5.30pm