Eden Local March 2013 issue

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What’s in Your Food? Finding you the Right Car The Buzz in Local Your say on Local Housing Philosophy of a Fellwanderer Local People, Local Radio

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Our new ‘Local’ Medium Mature Cheddar The new Penrith Co-operative Society Medium Mature Cheddar, in association with Appleby Creamery

Brewed at Brougham Hall, by Eden Brewery for the Penrith Co-operative Society

Your Local Bacon from Wigton, Cured at Cocklakes Farm Shop (Highgate)

At the Heart of your community Penrith Co-op Society Main Street, Shap, CA10 3NG Tel: 01931 716202 Store Terrace, Hallbankgate, Carlisle, CA8 2NJ Tel: 01697 746323 Henderson Buildings, Lazonby, CA10 1BG Tel: 01768 898210 19 Burrowgate, Penrith, CA11 7TD Tel: 01768 862366 Penrith, Shap, Lazonby are a part of the Penrith Co-operative Society other stores include Keswick, Hallbankgate, Westgate, Frosterley, Stanhope and St Johns Chapel Don’t worry Grown if you are in the away, Eden there Valley willfrom be ana Eden 6,000Local distribution waiting to forayou 27,500 whendistribution you return


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Dear Residents & Businesses


Welcome to this month’s Easter edition of your Eden Local, to all our regular readers and those receiving the publication for the first time in the areas surrounding Hallbankgate. In this month’s Eden Local, we have our quarterly Penrith Co-operative Society members newsletter on pages 10 – 13. We welcome back some of our seasonal advertisers and some new businesses who have taken up our offer with our £30 per month advertising boxes. There is much national media coverage currently focused on the food we eat. Many of you have read quite a few articles in the Eden Local since it was launched promoting local food and the importance of supporting your local butcher who isn’t just there for a Turkey at Christmas! This month is no different from any other. The regular points made about the benefits of low mileage food and eating local food that tastes like it hasn’t been messed about with, have suddenly become more of a national concern and media plate. Hats off to all those who have been supporting our local ambitions. There is much to debate. You can’t judge a book by its cover and it is clear that you can’t judge the contents of a box containing processed food by its nice, glossy photo on the front and its packaging. My thanks to Paul Witterick for some outstanding photos this month. Later in the year we will be looking at Paul’s expanding portfolio. We have some excellent food shots with no trick photography! Have a great Easter, Lee

What’s in your food? Spa Treatments Every hole in the hedge Sports & Events fixtures PSA screening dates Business & Learning Futures Event Co-op Members News Letter Keeping the Buzz in Local Eden Estates Book day and Egghead competition Let Jim Walton find the right car Have your say on new housing sites It’s about local people Eden FM Cumbria Oak The Full Circle Next No Brainer with Love Solar Philosophy of a Fellwanderer Get Decked out this Spring Shopping or moving call in

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Spring is in the air at Penrith’s own little Zoo.

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This time of the year is synonymous with new birth and at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre this is certainly the case on two levels! Not only are a number of animals due to give birth, the park has had a transformation with a new entrance and a Tropical House. You can even pop along and help bottle feed orphan lambs. Having just entered it seventh year since taking over the old Wetheriggs Pottery site, the animal rescue is home to over 1,500 animals. Having gained full charity status four years ago the trust now takes animals from mainland Europe as well as the U.K. being this country’s only general Zoo Rescue organisation. You can keep updated by listening to Terry Bowes on Eden fm every Sunday between 3pm-6pm or on the Zoo’s website:www.wetheriggsanimalrescue.co.uk Wetheriggs Zoo is also on Facebook and Twitter

Penrith landscapers fly the flag for the north A design that creates the look and feel of an established Lakeland garden is in the running for a national landscaping award. The garden, designed and created by Phil and Liz Newport of Wildroof Landscapes, is one of just three that have been shortlisted in the mid-budget (£40k to £100k) category of this year’s Association of Professional Landscapers Awards and it is the only garden from the north of England in its class. “We were shortlisted last year for a garden that echoed the Pennine hills,” says Liz, who is based at Catterlen near Penrith, “but this Lake District garden started out with a completely different brief. The owners at the time, Hilary and Stewart Sawers, had done a fantastic restoration job on the house in the Lorton valley. It is a 300 year old Grade 2 listed property and they wanted to create a front garden that would blend into this style and the gorgeous setting immediately.” “Hilary and Stewart wanted to grow vegetable crops, keeping rabbits and other pests at bay without using mesh fencing, and they were also keen to use as much reclaimed material as possible, including Skiddaw slates from a previous roof and other local stone that was already on the site.” Liz, Phil and their team excavated a large area of garden, discovering unusual stones and traditional features such as troughs that were then integrated into the new landscaping. They then created a bog garden and a walled vegetable garden with raised beds, as well as pathways, a seating area and flights of steps that already look as if they have always been

part of the garden. “For the Awards, we’re up against two gardens from landscaping firms in the south, where more modern and contemporary gardens are the norm,” says Liz, “but I think we’ve taken an approach to this garden that’s just as relevant for today. The use of reclaimed materials, the easy maintenance and many of the landscaping techniques are modern as well as sustainable – it is just the look of the garden that needed to be traditional to fit into a beautiful landscape setting that hasn’t really changed in centuries.” Since completion of the front garden, the house at Lorton has been sold to Amanda and Alex Green: “The garden was a wonderful surprise hidden in the dip of the hill. What delights us is the way it blends with the traditional design of the farmstead and the craggy splendour of the surrounding mountains. It is actually difficult to believe that it’s not always been there. We also love the idea that, aside from its beauty, a wonderfully practical potager garden has been created by Liz and Phil for a Lakeland setting.” The Lakeland garden now goes forward to the Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2013 in the £40,000 to £100,000 category and the winners will be announced at a dinner in Kensington’s famous Roof Gardens in London later in March. “We’re very proud of this garden design and the finished landscaping,” says Liz, “and it would be great to fly the flag for northern landscapers, landscapes and great gardens by winning this national Award.”

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What’s in Your Food? By Lee Quinn

The word ‘processed’ when it comes to a part of any food chain, generally means a transformation of raw ingredients into food, or of food into other forms. Everyone has seen how a food processor, blender or mixer works at home, but we are in control of want goes in it. In February, I took some time out to discuss this with 3 local butchers who are also farmers in the Eden Valley and North Lakes. The current scares in what is in our food have seen a lift in sales. At auction, the prices are rising. Why is this? The simple answer is trust. The biggest day in the year is the busiest time for our local butcher. We treat ourselves to the Christmas feast. All through the year, you can actually use your local butcher and local, independent food halls. I also remember when I was a trainee butcher, the pictures on the wall of all the various cuts, the notice on the counter of where the meat had come from and who the owners were. This is how the trust for generations was built with the butcher.

This is a question that should be on everyone’s lips, but it’s long after the horse has bolted. Fancy packaging, E numbers and a lot of Latin can hide so much and out of sight is out of mind.

I believe there is a lot more to come and we are at the tip of this iceberg. It is a case of who will hit it next. If you can see it, maybe your eyes are a good test, however, if you are buying meat, ask about its origin, whether it’s beef. The meaning of ‘beef’ is far ranging. Would you eat a cow?

We order a steak in a restaurant. We decide on the cut; rump, sirloin, we know what a pork chop is, a breast of chicken and leg are. Should we not, therefore, know when we order fast food in a box in the form of processed food, the content or what part of the anatomy it is from. At the moment, it would seem we are now being persuaded by media that products should be produced closer to home. Some ingredients like a pork cheek that were once the key ingredient of a sausage and the rest of the head, are now quiet a delicacy. What can we eat and who can we trust?

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Every Hole in the Hedge An interesting caption, but this is the wording which best describes what Cumbrian Local Publications is aiming to achieve with its deliveries through doors. We can use 30 people in the Eden Valley and North Lakes to help deliver the publications or we can use 60. The quicker the magazines are delivered is where we want to be. The publication commences distribution on Wednesday and it is our aim to be finished with our deliveries by the following Saturday afternoon. Can you spare 2 to 3 hours a month? Would you like to distrib-

ute you Eden Local to your village. This month, working with Letter box Link, we have recruited nine people to the existing team, but many hands make light work. When it comes to the more rural and remote areas, Cumbrian Local Publications is now building a database which you may want to help us with, so that we do cover every hole in the hedge. Please drop us a line if you are interested in helping out at lee@cumbrianlocal.co.uk or call 01768 899111. EdenLocal •

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What’s in Your Food Finding you the Right Car The Buzz in Local Your say on Local Housing Philosophy of a Fellwa nderer Local People, local radio Support local, with your

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Penrith AFC March Fixtures Mar 2013

Kick Off

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Dunston UTS Norton & Stockton Workington Reds Newcastle Benfield Sunderland RCA Billingham Town Marske United Ashington Bedlington Terriers

League League Cup League League League League League League

Penrith RUFC Jan 2013


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PSA Testing

If you would like to attend and would like more details please call Kath between 6 – 8 pm on 07724 943403.

•Penrith 28th March at the Masonic Hall •Patterdale 3rd April - venue to TBC •Shap 28th April – venue to TBC

We do need the support of the community in getting screening venues so we can get around the Eden Valley. If you have a venue which we can use please call Kath on the number above, Thank you

There will be PSA screening at the following places


Whatever the weather New and Used Sales, Hire, Servicing and Maintenance

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Business and Learning Futures in Eden event 5.30pm-8pm 20 March at Newton Rigg College Representatives from award winning local businesses are the keynote speakers at this free event, which aims to help Eden businesses access the training, funding and support services they need to meet the economic challenges of the next decade. Sarah Dunning of Westmorland Ltd and David Brass of The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, are just two of the successful business people who are sharing their skills and experiences at the event alongside representatives from councils, education providers, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Penrith Chamber of Trade. The event’s aims are:

To take views about what employers want from providers of education and business support

Provide networking opportunities

Help employers learn about grant aid and other initiatives to support business growth

Sign up as delegate and view the full event programme at www.eden.gov.uk/edenfutures Event organised by:

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The Penrith Co-op Society Your Local Co-op

Welcome to our third newsletter, without doubt this has been our most successful method of communicating with you our member, and for getting new members so far this year alone we have welcomed over five hundred new members, who like you are enjoying the benefits that are associated with being a member and using the members privilege card at affiliated businesses who are offering discounts and special offers, more of that to follow. We have been fortunate in being awarded first prize in the Social Enterprise North West awards for the Best Co-operative in the region, recognition of the work that we are trying to do. Our store in Penrith has held demonstrations by some of our excellent local producers and their products are available for you to buy continuing our commitment to supporting the buy local theme and this will shortly include demonstrations at other stores just look out in-store for details. In times such as these it is important to thank you for your support without that we could not do the things we do, or bring you the local goods and services that ask for. I hope you enjoy the articles in this edition and your feed is always welcome

John Mills Chief Executive Officer

John Mills Chief Executive Officer

Excellence in Social Enterprise Award Penrith society was delighted to be awarded the prestigious award of ‘Best Co-operative in the North West’, this award recognises the important part that our staff play in delivering that little bit extra, and our work within the community in the bring the co-operative methods to business, for example bringing together the baker and the farmer to produce a collaborative product that we can offer you, making a win, win, win scenario for all parties

Your Members Privilege Card update We now have a growing affiliated number of local businesses offering card holders special services and discounts. It could be that you are buying a product in the high street, getting your car serviced, selling your house, or getting some maintenance done on your home. The businesses offering card holders special deals, will now be displaying the co-op card on their shop window or door. A mobile service or business with vehicles, may have the card visible in a window or on their vehicle. Offers will change and we will keep you posted on these. If you see the card on display, all you need to do is ask what is on offer. It could be on a whole range or part range of products or services. At present, these services are not yet available online. Here are some samples of what we have on offer • Penrith Outdoor Pursuits, have agreed to offer card holders 10% off their products in their Penrith store. • Jim Walton of Penrith has agreed to offer a 10% discount off their service bill, this excludes any other work such as MOT’s & repair work. • Hedgehog book shop, in the Devonshire Arcade Penrith is offering 10% off • Cumbria Oak, at the Pot place Garden Centre in Plumpton is now offering 7% off its products

For a better quality of life and better mobility in your own home Your Local Penrith Burrowgate store has a new range of mobility products and with an affordable range of chairs and beds that will help you get up everyday and sleep better at night.

Working in partnership creating a taste you can trust To achieve what we have in these last 9 months and to continue developing our range of locally sourced products, we work very closely with local producers and wholesalers. We have been fortunate enough to be able to introduce a range of our own, locally produced products and with the savings made in logistics and distribution created through working directly with these local businesses, we have proved that you can have quality, local products at very affordable prices without cutting corners. At a local level sharing logistics, collecting from farms after we have completed our own deliveries, is a huge saving to the farm. In linking with our local suppliers,

who are delivering to our stores and having them help move our products around our stores, this linked thinking has created more

savings and in working together like this, means better availability and a growing range of local products.

Your Local Penrith Co-operative store in your village has essential, everyday products, but we have introduced a range or local products and innovated ranges, which help us serve your community more than just a village shop. These stores are hubs at the heart of the communities they serve and we want to encourage local people, to shop locally and help us support local businesses, by offering the best range we can in these stores. Here are some examples of what we are doing.

Lazonby Store is offering much more… As an innovative idea in the Winter months, we introduced a range of Winter fuels, which have proved a great success. The store was established in 1887 and has changed its shape and size over the years. Importantly, our staff are always open to ideas and some of the new products we aim to introduce are more locally sourced cooked meats like honey roast ham, roast beef and roast turkey, sliced and packed with a local taste straight from the deli and sourced from local farms. The awarding winning Penrith Co-operative Society Cumberland Sausage is one product that has served its community well and will continue to and we have been re-creating more traditional products like local beer, local cheese, local ice cream and traditional sour dough bread for our customers. Your local post office, library and store focus on serving you and there is more to come this Spring and Summer.

Coast to Coast at Shap brings in new ideas Buy one get one


Hallbankgate store, bringing you quality and range It’s small on a large scale, with the same offers as the other 8 stores and a strength in supporting local producers and suppliers but we are always looking for more. A range of quality meats and greengroceries locally sourced, which can also be specially ordered if required, if not part of the standard range. You can buy one get one free on Cumbrian beers, taste local ice cream and enjoy the benefits of the small village store, which is key to a successful Co-operative Society.

It’s important to say that our local stores in villages are built on the dedication of the people working in these stores and who have built relationships with generations of customers. Shap serves its immediate community but also many visitors through its location of being on the Wainwrights Coast to Coast route as well as serving local events like the Total Warrior and Kendal Calling. Shap is another store which is now introducing new, local products regularly and it’s not all just food. To accommodate a wider range of customers, whilst still aiming for the highest peak of usefulness, it is also introducing a small range of outdoor essentials for walkers, in association with Penrith Outdoor Pursuits, which will be installed for Easter and like all the traditional Co-operative ranges, it will be driven seasonally, meeting the requirements of its community, its walkers and visitors.

Table Top Tasters Building on the success of the in-store demonstrations at the Burrowgate store in Penrith, we are now starting table top demonstrations in all stores. It is essential to engage with our customers and not just put new local products on the shelf in the hope that they will buy them but get everyone, our staff, our local producers and our customers all involved in delivering a ‘Taste you can Trust’. This will include local ice cream, local cheese, local sour dough bread, local cooked meats, local beers and locally produced ready meals, made in Cumbria during March. The dates will be posted in stores in advance so you won’t miss out. Whilst our ‘Taste you can Trust’ roadshow will be a regular feature in our villages and in our Keswick store, we will be keeping our kitchen in Burrowgate busy with guest cooks and chefs. Please see in-store for details.

Preserve starter kits £29.95 Maslin Pan £29.95

Real Ham, Real Turkey, Real Beef all locally sourced from your local Co-op. A taste you can trust, now available in the Lazonby, Penrith, Keswick and Shap Stores

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Ahh, there you are. Article is by Melanie Vincent

Well, the bees are still hibernating. I checked their feeders this morning and only one needed any topping up. Stuck my ear against the hives and only one of them is really ‘buzzing’ but I’m hopeful that I did in fact hear some buzzing from the other 2. Nerve wracking time of year really as a bee keeper. This is when it’s most likely that you will loose colonies to disease, age, temperature or starvation and you cannot look for fear of killing off weak colonies. Catch 22. The average temperature at the moment is a good 3-4 degrees C below where it ought to be at this time of year so I’m addicted to watching the weather on Countryfile every week. The bees which were born in september/october last year are getting really old and tired now and they are starting to die off in larger numbers. The queen needs to start laying up again but it takes about 21 days for a new worker bee to be born. Drones take about another 3 days to arrive. The queen takes the shortest time to arrive - just over 2 weeks - and she can live for years but from my point of view she will be replaced after 3 years if nature hasn’t already taken care of it for me. I saw some evidence of Nosema on 2 of the hives today. That is a kind of dicky tummy that the bees can get. Gives them the runs which can spread in the colony quickly. Bees are really clean, they will take out any dead bees or other rubbish to the entrance and drop it off the edge. This time of year there can be quite a few dead bodies inside on the floor of the hive. They always poo outside the hive - except when they are sick... The temperature needs to be in the teens before I can open them up and have a look to see how the colonies have fared over the winter. The big move they endured last november was very stressful for them, but they came from a very warm area which still had a reasonable nectar flow to their posh des. res. near

Cockermouth, which is a lovely spot but isn’t as warm as Sussex. I started keeping bees in Braithwaite under the ever watchful eye of Mr. B and did so for many years. Then I had to go south for a bit to help some family and of course I took my bees with me as West Sussex isn’t exactly local. They came back with me last autumn and they have a really great spot in the corner of a field with lovely views westwards, although I’ll bet the ladies aren’t bothered by that. There is a stream close at hand, the area is well fenced off. I had thought I’d be bringing the ladies back and setting them up on breeze blocks until I had built them a stand but I found to my great surprise that my friends had spent hours making the stand for me. I was a bit more than chuffed I can tell you. I have been feeding the ladies with Ambrosia which is a type of sugar syrup which is really thick and is very like honey. I like to feed colonies with as they don’t need to use up much energy to store it or they can simply eat it directly. I am hoping they will still have enough pollen to keep them going until the flowers open up. The new hives are (fingers crossed) on their way up from the Peak District and I will have to get cracking to make them up in time to get new colonies settled in. Then I’ll need to make up hundreds of frames too but we will cross that bridge when we come to it. I still need a shed but I may have resolved that issue, finally! Until next time…

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Celebrating World Book Day - 7 March 2013

We are lucky to have so many excellent primary schools in Eden with strong reading programs as well as a lovely, well stocked public library in Penrith with good opening hours which of course costs nothing to use. Good reading starts early. It begins well before school age when parents, grandparents and others read to children and encourage them to read for themselves. A report by the Sutton Trust in 2012 stated that “poor standards of literacy are the biggest single factor leading to low attainment [in school].” The evidence is clear: where children are not encouraged to read at home these children enter school less prepared to learn generally than other children, and this difficulty will be carried with them through their school years and into later life. Parents, grandparents and carers can make a huge difference to a child’s success at school by taking the time to : • • •

read stories and poetry with children teach nursery rhymes and songs look at picture books together with children and talking about them at home

World Book Day itself is a worldwide celebration of books and reading for children. The tradition began in Spain in 1923 as a national celebration to honour Miguel de Cervantes, and became an official worldwide celebration sponsored by UNESCO in 1995. The date varies by country. In most counties it is celebrated on 23 April, but in the UK it is the first Thursday in March to

avoid clashes with Easter and St George’s Day. To mark the day school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 Book Token for free. The Book Token can either be exchanged for one of eight specially published World Book Day £1 Books, or to get £1 off against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club. If you need ideas about good books for younger children www.readitdaddy.blogspot. co.uk is a great site to visit, with lots of independent reviews and advice (all for free!). With your £1 voucher many children’s books will cost less than £5. Much healthier than an Easter egg, books last longer, and you can give them away when you have finished with them. I hope you use your World Book Day vouchers this year. They will be valid from 25 February to 24 March 2013 at participating shops.

Win this Eggberts adventure book signed by the author Count, how many eggs you can see in this months Eden Local and take you answer to Hedgehog books The winner will be drawn from all the entries and announced in next months Eden Local

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45 LET JIM WALTON FIND THE RIGHT CAR FOR YOU. One thing that is a must to virtually all of us living in the beautiful Eden Valley is the need to get around under our own steam, as public transport is very hard to rely on when you live in one of the most sparsley populated places in England, and that of course leaves most of us being almost totally reliant on the humble motor car, and of course the back up of your local car dealership. There are of course many car dealerships in and around our area, and Jim Walton ( Penrith ) Ltd, on Penrith’s Gilwilly Estate, have been supplying New and various makes and models of used cars, to customers far and wide for some 45 years now. However, what happens when you don’t see, or can’t find the make or model that you are looking for? The internet is of course a well used and important information tool, but do you really want the hassle of driving from one end of the country to the other, only to find your dream car is not all it was cracked up to be. There can be so many pitfalls in sourcing cars from further a field, and the time involved can seem never ending. If finding that dream car seems like a daunting task, then why not pop into Jim Walton’s and speak to Alan or Stephen and let them do the work for you. I for one was surprised when Alan Walton explained to me that although they have been associated with the Toyota brand for some 40 years and predominantly displaying Toyota cars, that they have many customers that ask them to source other makes and models from manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Ford, Landrover, Hyundai, Vauxhall to name but a few. Alan explained that the majority of customers these days want to be assured that their car has come from a reliable source, and has the backup from a reputable family dealership that can provide the service backup, and a good warranty package, as well as in many cases being able to take their current vehicle in part exchange. Jim Walton’s also has an exceptional reputation for its after sales service and, has technicians on site that have experience of working with Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen etc, and are all trained to use the latest diagnostic equipment available. So whatever make or model of vehicle takes your fancy this Spring, or whatever the budget, call into Jim Waltons, on Gilwilly Estate or give them a call on 01768-864555 and let them take the hassle out of finding your next car.

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Its about Local People Farmer. Community radio is about opening the door to the community in communication. Kevin is one of 6 new potential presenters that will be having a go at a show. Kevin’s choice is to finish his milking then get in to do a farm programme at the weeks, a chat show with some music and this may include his daughter, co presenting. The radio continues to attract all ages and varied backgrounds, some presenters like Dingle with the Wingo Show coming in on Wednesday night coming across the county from the other side of Cockermouth after a day on the Farm, to basically play some music and have a crack.

Last month in my Eden fm update I focused on the importance of keeping the project moving whilst we wait to here from Ofcom if our full time community application has been successful that we submitted at the End of January. There are no guarantees but every effort has been made to put a good application. If you go to the Ofcom web site you can search Eden FM and it will give you the listing of all the other applicants for our region. In February we launch our Business 300 draw which at £1 per month, £12 for the year gives a local business the opportunity of winning £300 worth of local advertising. The winner of our first draw Winner is Penrith Outdoor Pursuits If you would like to enter drop us a line at admin@edefm. co.uk. Meanwhile, John Stewart has some details on how you can win a cinema voucher worth £10 January was our application month, February was our recruitment month and we now have some new starters in March, one of these is Kevin Beaty, a local Dairy

If you would like to give us 2 hours of your time at Eden FM and become a volunteer, either behind the scenes, on air or just doing what every you do best, drop us a line. Have a look at our website www.edenfm. co.uk, listen on like give these lads a LIKE on facebook, support your local radio as best you can.

Sound and Vision on EdenFM has five £10 pound vouchers for the Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema in Penrith to give away.

We’ll be running a competition each week for five weeks starting Wednesday 13the March 2013, tune into www.edenfm.co.uk at Wednesday 6pm to hear the question you’ll need to answer to win the voucher and details of how you can enter. Until then check out the Sound and Vision Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Sound-and-vision-onEdenfm/394797987271422

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Easter Egg or Nest Egg? Easter Eggs don’t last long these days do they? They seem to reduce in size each year and the chocolate’s getting thinner and thinner! Will that also be the state of your financial affairs in a few years’ time, i.e. a shrinking pot of money producing an ever decreasing income? It doesn’t have to be! There are numerous ways to save for the future and sufficiently diverse to suit everyone’s personal requirements and preferences. These might include cash deposits, shares, unit trusts, personal pensions, buy-to-let property, investing in your own business. Each one has different tax consequences and whilst saving tax is important you should have a clear idea about what your priorities are. Whatever you are considering there are some key factors to take into account such as your immediate personal and business cash needs, the simple fact that any investment should be a good investment and not just one that saves tax (and this includes investments in business assets); retaining some flexibility in your financial affairs is also important because your circumstances might alter. And of course you shouldn’t have all your eggs in one basket. So before the tax year ends take the opportunity to review your existing business and personal tax and investment strategies with us here at Full Circle. There’s bound to be an idea or two that will hatch. Contact Jonny Miller ……

If you need help to improve your banking relationship contact Jonny Miller on 01768 580058 or

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Philosophy of a Fellwanderer Alfred Wainwright photograph by Derry Brabbs

The more I read Alfred Wainwright, the more I realise that his philosophy of life was rooted in his love of the Lake District fells and walking. That love affair began in 1930, the day that he stood on Orrest Head and gazed in wonder on a scene that became his personal heaven on earth. But although he had yet to climb a mountain, he was already a keen walker and had been since he was a small boy. He had been brought up in Blackburn, a smoky mill town where the limit of ambition of many young people of his age and circumstance was to find a secure job in the local cotton mill. But Wainwright admitted that he was different. ‘I was different too in my liking for long solitary walks. … I ventured on all the nearby hills … and always with the summits as objectives. Some of my performances were remarkable for a little lad. Ill shod and ill clothed, with jam butties in my pocket, and no money for tram fares, I often tramped twenty miles in a day’s walk.’ Ex-Fellwanderer As well as a liking for solitary walking, Wainwright was determined that he would not end up in the mill. At thirteen years of age, he secured a position in Blackburn Town Hall, eventually becoming a qualified accountant. Perhaps it is not surprising that, years later he wrote, ‘Mountain climbing is an epitome of life, and good practice for it. You start at the bottom, the weaklings and the irresolute drop out on the way up, the determined reach the top. Life is like that.’ Fellwanderer And there were similar sentiments expressed in his Pennine Way Companion, where he wrote, ‘‘If you start, don’t give up, or you will be giving up at difficulties all your life.’ A Pennine Way Companion p. 170 AW’s ‘love letter’ to the Lake District fells, his series of Pictorial Guides, was only the first of a remarkable literary and artistic career, most of which was a product of retirement. In his sixties he still had a passion for walking and climbing, even if the summits were lower than in his younger days. In his introduction to The Outlying Fells he wrote, ‘People

are as old as they feel and life to me has never advanced beyond springtime. I still have the interests and enthusiasms of a sixteen-year-old: simple enthusiasms, restricted mainly to climbing hills and writing about them.’ The Outlying Fells of Lakeland Introduction p. ix In the same book he wondered what lay beyond life, ‘Dare we hope there will be another Orrest Head over the threshold of the next heaven?’ Yes, for Wainwright, the Lake District was his own personal heaven. In one of his last books he wrote, ‘We are promised God’s heaven. I wish I could think so. … I would not feel a stranger in heaven, having for so many years lived in the earthly paradise of Lakeland. There may be hills there to climb. There may be an opportunity for a pictorial guidebook to heaven. I may be permitted to come down occasionally and flap my wings over Haystacks.’ Ex-Fellwanderer If you would like to know more about the Society, log on to the website at www.wainwright.org.uk or email publicity@wainwright.org.uk Derek Cockell Press & Publicity Officer, The Wainwright Society

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Make Ullswater Road Garage your refilling station this Easter

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