Eden Local Issue 163

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ISSN 2516-1431

Your Independent Community Magazine Penrith and areas of the Eden Valley

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Appleby Traders Festive Welcome Nature by Design - Karen Roberts Garden Design Otters Walking the Streets Have you got 5 minutes Spare! Penrith Town Council Carbon Neutral ideas Working Remotely, Mental Health & Isolation

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Contents

Contents & Introduction

Pages 3 – 5 & 6

Christmas Activities for all the Family at North Lakes Hotel & Spa Page

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Worried about another cold, lonely winter? Don’t be...

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Appleby traders festive welcome - shop safe, shop local

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Butterworths, Just one call away

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Gifts for Giving Auction Opens!

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From the Sea to the Cellar Taking Christmas orders Now!

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Nature by Design by Karen Roberts Garden Design

Pages 14 & 15

Otters Walking the Streets by Terry Bowes

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Have you got 5 minutes Spare! By Lee Quinn

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The Victoria NatureBorn range at the Arches Carpet Centre

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Lord Brougham, by Sydney Chapman, Penrith & Eden Museum

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ASAP Early reminder on Tax Returns

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Penrith Town Council Carbon Neutral ideas

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Working Remotely, Mental Health & Isolation

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Toys and Games Wordsearch

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Pamela’s Scramble you will probably see on November 5th!

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Soroptimist and Eden Forum against Domestic Abuse

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Part 2 There is a Smell out there……….

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Meet the Eden FM Presenters Pamela and Stephen

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Eden FM first 10 years

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Don’t be cold in your Conservatory this winter

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Welcome to our 163rd Issue Sometimes when I sit down to write my opening words, I have some notes where I have had calls and jotted things down, which I’ll then use, believe it or not! Sometimes, however, whilst I have the best laid out plan, on this occasion two days before we printed, we had an announcement on the Saturday by the Prime Minister, and on the basis of that we had to make some changes and reorganise the scheduling of three publications.

launch of the Penrith Lottery ‘Together we can make a difference!’ A snap shot of history and it’s still available to read on line; well it has been for 3,650 days! We are still here of course, but this magazine also reflects on businesses that have survived the last ten years and sadly those that have not. Since last month’s Eden Local, our world around us has changed again and it will continue to constantly change around us. Like many changes forced upon us, we are not always in control of these but we have to adapt. I have been humbled by messages, emails and calls these last 10 years about the contribution the little magazine has made to the community for spreading good news, sharing family histories, and raising awareness of key topics and campaigns. We’ve shared a lot of important community information, which would otherwise not have been seen by so many. More recently, mainly through phone calls, I have heard more from those in isolation who really enjoy the Eden Local.

This Eden Local is a bit special however, and what we can’t change is the celebration of our launch in November 2010 with the first Eden Local, which was posted through just 6,000 doors. In my opening, I welcome everyone to the first edition of the Eden Local as a Community magazine and I simply said, “it’s a publication that we hope will have a bright future across the areas it is distributed to.”

The Pen was described as mightier than the sword, but is a magazine through doors mightier than the Internet? I’ve put this to a few people more recently, especially with so much internet fraud and we all get those calls from people trying to sell us something. 2020 will be remembered for COVID-19, but also the impacts of it.

One of the key articles in it included the launch of the Eden FM Radio project. Also included were the Vitality of Penrith Group and its Champions, which included Environment and the Public Realm - Peter Ward (PACT), Culture and Events - Adrian Lochhead (Eden Arts), Community Engagement - Colin Maughan (Editor of the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald). We featured a ‘Positive Plans from the Penrith Chamber of Trade’ article, President at the time of course was Kelvin Dixon. It was Rheged’s 10th birthday and Cranston’s Café Oswald’s first birthday. Ron Kenyon had organised a walk up Helvellyn to raise money for the Christmas lights. The centre page was a four page pull out. The

We have always maintained as a community magazine that there has always been one objective above all, and that is to communicate to those who have been uncommunicated to, because they are not online. Relying on doors these last ten years has meant that as new properties are built, new letter boxes on doors become available. After the first lockdown, we have recovered and persisted in reaching more

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doors than before in many of the areas we cover, which confirms we are one of the only local printed media that has achieved this in 10 years. With a readership in Eden estimated at over 40,000, our readership has doubled. Your team of volunteers writing the Eden Local and the businesses supporting it have certainly enjoyed the experience.

The importance of these articles is to raise awareness of the wildlife we have around us, be it mammals, insects, birds, amphibians, small vertebrates or reptiles. In current times, a journey outside, to spot something special, to look for footprints and other signs of wildlife, even today as an adult I find it quite rewarding. Just like I have with gardening, it can help you switch off.

Based on two recent calls, I would like to say a warm welcome to Kath in Temple Sowerby, who called me in one of the areas we have recently returned to with door to door deliveries, who entered our Hedgehog word competition via the phone. We did have a good chat! The Hedgehog word competition was a tricky one for a lot of you. Thank goodness that this month we have chosen the word Christmas for you to search! Another personal welcome to ‘Dodds’ in Penrith. What a nice chap, who like a lot of people either emails, sends messages, or like Dodds, he picked up the phone to let us know that he was struggling to hear Eden FM. Well, we did have a problem, and I’m pleased to say it’s now back to normal! More about this on page 31.

Well, it’s been a busy time for Eden Local and Eden FM. In between everything going on we have also been helping local independent businesses not used to trading online. Over the next week we hope to helped over 20 local businesses get on online with a new ‘Select and collect’ service. This has been made possible by a business called Five minutes Spare and my colleague Lewis Walker and his team. There are more details on page 18 about this. I’m pleased to say after presenting the history of N Arnisons and Sons in November 2018, it was great to work with Nigel and Tim to now see them online 24 hours a day. We’ll keep striving to find positives to bring you. So it’s a big thank you to everyone involved in this month’s Eden Local, and especially to the delivery teams with the winter deliveries. Christmas is coming, and unlike Easter it is always on 25th December! The Christmas trees in the fields around us won’t stop growing in Lockdown and we’ll be back in December.

My thanks to Karen Roberts, a former GP, now recently qualified as a garden designer and horticulturist, who will be working with us during these unique times of gardening even in the smallest of places, and how it can bring calm, a sense of wellbeing and benefits to mental health.

Until then, take care out there

For this month’s Wildlife article, I have once again enlisted Terry Bowes from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre, who covers our Otter article and the work of the Otter Trust, which was originally set up in 1971 in Norfolk by Philip and Jeanne Wayre. I also called on Dave Webb of the UK Wild Otter Trust based in North Devon, which is a voluntary organisation that rescues and then releases otters amongst many other things, whilst working closely with fisheries.

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Appleby traders festive welcome - shop safe, shop local. by Karen Morley-Chesworth

SHOPS and cafes in the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland are determined to keep the festive spirit alive for Christmas 2020 - inviting people to shop early, shop local to shop safely With the support of the town council, traders are promoting the traditional rural town through a social media campaign and shoppers' guide to remind local people of the great shopping opportunities they have on their doorstep. Appleby's Christmas 2020 Shop early, shop local, shop safely message focuses on the town's independent shops and eating places - providing information on how busi-nesses are ensuring a great shopping experience while keeping customers and staff COVID safe.

Last month Appleby was recognised as an honorary Quidditch town by JK Rowling's publishers Bloomsbury. The Harry Potter author featured the Appleby Arrows Quid-ditch Team in her book Quidditch Through The Ages. A visit to Appleby is an oppor-tunity to have your photograph taken with the Appleby Arrows official banner outside the Tourist Information Centre.

Mayor of Appleby, Gareth Hayes said: "Throughout the lockdown, our independent shops were a lifeline for our community. Working together, our essential shops en-sured everyone was able to get the food they needed safely, provided delivery ser-vices to their customers. "We have to continue to be vigilant - and our shop and cafe owners are taking every precaution to keep their customers as safe as possible while ensuring an enjoyable shopping experience.

And like the village of Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter books, Appleby is a self-sufficient town that has everything you may need. From butchers, bakers and booksellers to candlestick maker local, high-quality produce is available from the specialist shops.

"By shopping local, you receive that extra special customer service and have the op-portunity to buy something you couldn't find anywhere else.”

Many shops are offering telephone and online ordering, as well as Late Night and La-dies Night Rule of Six shopping experiences.

While the traditional Sparkle Day and light switchon in the town take a break for Christmas 2020 to reduce the numbers gathering, the town's annual light show will be better than ever.

Jackie Kirkpatrick of Jak & Co - for you and your home, is offering these unique Christmas shopping opportunities for groups of up to six friends to book to have a light super and have the shop to themselves for an evening.

Archie Spence is one of the members of the Appleby Christmas Lights team said: “Thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated team who help put up the lights, with great support from Appleby Rotary Club, this year we are looking to light up the town even brighter - and people will be able to enjoy the display at a social distance from No-vember 5."

Jackie said: “Many people are back at work now, and offering late night shopping will help them find time to get those special gifts. From the second Friday in November until Christmas we will be staying open until 7.30pm plus we have

Appleby-in-Westmorland is becoming a star attraction for fans of Harry Potter - allow-ing local shop owners to create magical window displays. 8

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Continued from page 8 personal shopping evenings for up to six people throughout autumn. And we are also hosting special supper evenings, for group of friend up to six to have the shop to themselves and a light two-course from 6.30pm for 7pm until 9pm-ish. “With the diversity of shops in the town you can actually get practically everything you need in Appleby.”

studios, providing unique items for gifts for your home.

Appleby even has it’s own Christmas baubles available rom the Tourist Information shop where the team have their charity cards for sale.

Andrew and Rosie Wright run the Courtyard Gallery in Appleby. Andrew said: "In the run up to Christmas at the Courtyard we have an ongoing exhibition of work by local professional artists. Stock is arriving nearly everyday from ceramics to jewellery, candles to books. Lots of things to see all under one roof.

And on Saturday’s there’s the Appleby Market outside the Tourist Information Centre in the traditional Market Square. Ordering through Facebook and telephone is also an option with other shops in the town, including sugar and Spice - the traditional sweet and toy shop.

“And Rosie’s working on some ‘winter’ images for her new prints which she creates in her studio - and they will be in the Gallery shop in time for Christmas.”

Owner of Sugar and Spice, Charlotte Gordon said: “We have many grandparents who come to us to recapture that excitement they had as a child coming into the sweetie shop. They want to share that special magic with their grandchildren, as well as buy their favourite sweets from the jar.

The Gallery also offers a place to have a cake with your tea or coffee. Appleby is well served with cafes and bars to enjoy a meal and refreshments while doing your shop-ping.

“During lockdown I started delivering to my customers who were shielding, and I’ve continues my delivery service, taking orders through Facebook and by phone. We will have plenty of toys and helium balloons as well as sweeties in store for Christmas - and we will deliver to our local customers as well as look forward to welcoming peo-ple to the shop.

Yvonne Chalmers of Bojangles Bistro said: "It is wonderful to have our customers back in the bistro. We are looking forward to serving our Christmas menu, traditional mince pies and Christmas cake. Our customer safety is a priority, which is why we have all tables set out with ample social distancing and everyone is required to wear a face-covering when they are inside until they sit down at their table. We've ample hand sanitiser available, have our track & trace in place.

“Also to help families budget for Christmas we are also starting a Christmas Club, where customers can put presents et tetra aside and pay bit by bit and collect closer to the big day. This helps people’s purses but most importantly they are hidden away until Santa can pick them up!”

"This isn't a normal Christmas, but we're determined our customers can enjoy a safe and happy time at Bojangles.” Shopping early to avoid the last-minute crowds and shopping local to reduce your travelling will help you to shop safely - and you can get everything for Christmas on your doorstep.

For an instant gift, Appleby’s WittWoo Photography is offering ‘Automotive Pho-toshoot’ gift vouchers to complement his drone and portrait gifts. Paul Witterick of WittWoo said: “People can give me a call or order their vouchers online for a gift. We can arrange the photoshoot with the person receiving the vouch-er to suit them - and our Automotive Photoshoot will be a great gift for someone who loves their bike or car.”

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Gifts for Giving Auction Opens! Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland is delighted to announce that the Gifts for Giving Online Auction will open at 3pm on Sunday 15th November 2020.

we would be without it.” Fiona Stobbart of Walton and Lees Hill School recently delivered a hamper full of food treats to the Charity. Fiona explained “Our school started its fundraising journey with Hospice at Home last year. We wanted to continue our support through the very difficult times we find ourselves in at the moment. We have such a supportive team of parents and staff at school and thought we could pool our generosity to put a hamper together. We received a stream of items for the hamper and have also put another hamper together for our school Christmas raffle.”

The Charity decided to launch its second online fundraising auction of the year following the great success of the recent Craft in Covid Online Auction, and asked the local community to donate lots suitable for giving as Christmas gifts. To date, over 150 items have been pledged, including Vouchers, Wall Art, Luxury Hampers, Home Accessories, Festive Items and more.

Sue Catterson generously gifted four ‘FloArt’ canvas paintings for the catalogue. Sue commented she had contributed to the event “Because the work done by you all is so important and valuable to our local community. It is imperative that we all support Hospice at Home in whatever way we can, to help to maintain the fantastic work that is done by everyone involved.”

Cath Coates, Fundraiser for Hospice at Home, said “Once again, we have been amazed by the response to our request for donations of auction prizes. The variety within the catalogue is fantastic and we hope there is something there for everyone, with prices starting from £5. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all businesses, organisations and individuals who have given an item for the auction. We can’t wait to share the live catalogue with you on 15th November!”

The auction will be open from 15th November – 30th November and the catalogue can be viewed by visiting www.givergy.uk/giftsforgiving. Cath added “We hope the community will take a look at this festive catalogue, and make bids on items of interest. Every donation will make a huge difference to the patients and families cared for by Hospice at Home at this challenging time. Thank you in anticipation of your support.”

Many supporters commented that they were keen to donate an item to the auction to help raise funds and support the Charity at this difficult time.

Note to Editors: The Hospice at Home service covers 1500 square miles from the Scottish Border to Stainmore and Allonby to Alston. The charity is vital and needs to raise over £20,000 each week to continue to provide this service.

Charles Egerton, Chairman of Carlisle and Cumbria Artists (CACA) has donated a painting entitled ‘Ullswater Under Snow’ to the auction. Charles commented “CACA has supported Hospice at Home for a number of years, by sharing the profits from our annual exhibition. Due to Covid 19, we have had to abandon our exhibition this year, so this is a way of continuing to support Hospice at Home.”

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Karen Roberts Garden Design Nature by design These have Season of mists been unique

times for everyone but the smallest of growing spaces like window boxes can bring calm, a sense of wellbeing and benefits to mental health. As a recently qualified garden designer and horticulturist with a background as a GP I am excited to explore these possibilities. My new business spans garden maintenance, revitalising tired gardens, devising planting plans through to complete garden designs; as well as little lessons to aspiring gardeners flexing those green fingers!

Many of us have been getting outside into the garden and you may need help to get your plot into a place where you want to spend time, relax and maybe grow your own produce and flowers. With a focus on recycle, reuse and reduce, I’d like to help people work with what they’ve got, produce gardens that fit within their setting, encourage biodiversity and get the wildlife in …nature by design.

a few things to do as autumn turns into winter It’s OK to be untidy (a bit) - A spot of “controlled messy” can go a long way - try to resist the urge to go mad with the secateurs. If you can bear to leave the herbaceous perennials and selectively cut back only, they’re a wonderful habitat for wildlife and can help protect some plants from frost while seeds and berries provide food for the birds. The seed heads can provide a striking winter tapestry. If you do cut them back, use the debris to mulch the borders.

Hotels Birds are beautiful and help control plant pests. Put out feed and a bird box or two for shelter before nesting starts in spring. The tiny critters need hotels too; a few logs knocking around spells bug hotel to me! The simplest of log piles can be a haven. There are also easy ways to make hedgehog homes (see previous issue).

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Otters about Town

members of the Mustelid Family include badgers, mink, polecats, stoats, weasels and the domestic ferret.) Otters have the densest coat of any mammal. Because of this they have been hunted relentlessly, especially the species that live in colder climates. Another reason for the decline in numbers of the Eurasian Otter was the competition it presented to humans with its eating habits. This aquatic master enjoys fish, although it was maybe perceived to eat more fish than it actually does.

I will always remember school trips, nature walks along riverbanks and through woodlands. We used to do plaster casts of wildlife footprints in the mud or sand. In my childhood, a five-toe print of an otter would have been a real find in the 60’s and 70’s. And for the Otter to recover from pollution in rivers, back then it wasn’t until 2011 that the Environment Agency announced that Otters had made a full come back to every county, Kent being the last.

In Cumbria, Otters have been spotted in the River Kent in Kendal, the River Eden in Carlisle and the River Petteril in the Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Wreay Woods Nature Reserves. In 2014, I got my first picture of two otters playing in Bassenthwaite Lake in December. I think it was either on a Boxing Day or Christmas Day walk. Today you might see Otters in rivers, lakes or estuaries, even walking around town or in the shadows of the city lights.

A Eurasian Otter also enjoys small mammals, shellfish, amphibians and birds; one of its favourites being crayfish. This master of marshes, reed beds, ponds, lakes, river junctions and river intersections, only lives, on average, in the wild for four to five years. The oldest documented animal lived to twelve years of age. The den of an otter is called a holt. The Holt has many exits, with at least one of them being above water level, while the others are always below the water mark. If this situation is compromised then the animals move home.

Otters Walking the Streets of Penrith by Terry Bowes In October, we had reports of Otters roaming the streets of Penrith in the early hours of the morning, which is not uncommon. But where do they come from? Penrith has been built over and around Thacka Beck. The Beck is believed to have been first constructed as a leat in the 14th century to take water to Penrith from the River Petteril, due to the town’s wells being polluted (Bowen 2005). I must have made my first visit to Penrith as a child in the 1960’s. For sure you would never have had a report of any Otters in Penrith back then. By the end of the Second World War, Otters in Britain were a rarity; the very survival of the species was hanging on a knife edge.

Otters are gregarious by nature, often living in family groups, the youngsters staying with parents for fourteen to twenty months before making their way in the world. Most youngsters do not start families of their own until they are over two years of age and most adults have litters every other year. Where is the best place to see this beautiful mammal? How do you know if you have them in your area? If you have a body of water where you live, look under or near bridges, boulders, tree stumps, gravel banks, sandy and muddy areas. Look out for Otter tracks with spraints or scats (Poo). The spraint will be between 2-7 cm long and include the bones of the animals last meal.

The species of Otter in the UK is the Eurasian Otter, one of thirteen species and four subspecies of this semi-aquatic Mustelid. (Other

But why the resurgence of the Otter in the British Isles? This is in large part to the efforts of a man and wife couple and their friends. For those of Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Thorpe Farm Centre, Barnard Castle County Durham, DL12 9TY www.wetheriggsanimalrescue.co.uk 16


vintage disposition, you may remember Philip and Jeanne Wayre of Anglia Television fame. Philip set up the Otter Trust and started a captive breeding programme; another instance of a captive breeding programme saving a species in the wild. The initial set up was at Great Witchingham in Norfolk. This was rolled out to other centres throughout the UK. Locally this was on Bowes Moor between County Durham and Cumbria. From these breeding set-ups, animals were released back into the wild. Alongside the breeding and release programmes in each of the area’s, an education programme was also initiated. This programme by and large elevated the conservation of Otters. Less persecution from educating fisherman and helping Fish Farms to eliminate Otter predation, along with the implementation of under road tunnels working alongside these breeding successes.

England to enable us to humanely trap otters that got into well fenced fisheries which has been very successful. We have seen illegal persecution of the species drop as a result of this licence which is pleasing. In 2017 we won the IFAW Conservation in Action award for this work, nominated by anglers. We run (when Covid allows) education courses and power point presentations on our work, welfare and ethics.

All of this has meant we can enjoy Otters wandering the streets of Penrith in the early hours of the morning. I must admit though that my favourite spot to Otter watch is Wet Sleddale Reservoir south of Shap Village!

The image is of Boris, an orphaned otter cub that we have had or still have. Often, they are found alone and in immediate danger and we have built a 21-enclosure specialist unit to enable us to care for these little cubs. The whole rehabilitation process takes a full year of care and costs in excess of ÂŁ4,000 per cub, and currently we have 7 with us with more expected in over the Winter months. All of the cubs are released back to the wild where they belong.

The UK Wild Otter Trust by Dave Webb The UK Wild Otter Trust is based in North Devon and is the largest organisation in the country, specialising in the Eurasian otter. We have built a solid reputation on the work that we do. We raise awareness of this iconic species; we collect the database of information on sightings both dead and alive and Cumbria always features highly in those alive sightings. We engage heavily with the angling fraternity as there is a contentious joining with angling and otters being an apex predator. We work with many lake owners, river keepers, the Angling Trust etc to better educate and bring the two sides together to lobby for better water quality and to prevent any calls for an otter cull. Unfortunately, otters eat fish! In 2016, after two years of negotiations we were granted the first and only licence from Natural 17


BUSINESS DIRECTORY CLICK & COLLECT SHOPPING I have worked on many directories over the last 20 years - different types, different formats, some are simple and just listings of businesses, and many are rarely updated. Most have out of date details because most are not maintained. A big factor of many directories and for organisations who think it’s a good idea to set them up, is in order to make them work it requires regular maintenance and engagement. Some organisations and sales teams that sell or set up the concept are rarely in the future or the maintenance of it. Once a printed directory is produced, within weeks, sometimes days, sometimes before it’s even printed it is out of date. We live in a changing world and uncertain times. The adverts we once saw of a little boy using a yellow business directory to stand on, to kiss a young lady under the mistletoe by the Christmas tree, would need about 10 of these yellow directories in its current state to get to that height now! He’d probably send her an electronic kiss. Big telephone directories of course have gone the same way, and catalogues are either very small or

they have gone. What we have is a battle of the Internet. To be at the top you have to pay. It’s search engines and keywords and campaigns which might not cost much, but they don’t leave much of a trail when they are done. Social media used to be about friends; now it’s about exposure to advertising. Personally, if I want to find something or read something, whilst I might tolerate some ads, some sites lose the reason why they exist through the greed of the advertising. We don’t log on for this. Five Minutes Spare could be that site that isn’t just an up to date directory. It’s a platform that is evolving into something special, because as we get feedback we make changes. In many of the areas covered by Eden Local and other publications, we are asking businesses, societies, local groups, clubs and charities to try it out. At the moment we are busy getting as many local businesses and organisations on board with a trial, online shopping for small businesses or charities is where we are at the moment. For more details, you can give Lewis a call: 07587774689

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LORD BROUGHAM by Sydney Chapman

The debate surrounding monuments, colonialism, and slavery is leading museums to look more closely at their collections and what light they shed on the issues. This small bronze bust by Samuel Joseph Parker Jnr. of London (1791-1850) was produced in 1831, the year after the subject, Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, PC, QC, FRS (1778-1868) of Brougham Hall, Penrith, became Lord Chancellor of England.

coincidence, the ‘Legacies of British Slaveownership’ project has been developed. His residency in Cannes in later years helped establish it as a popular resort. In 1839 he was badly shaken in an accident caused by the breaking of an axle on a poorly maintained carriage furnished by Mr. Sheffield of the George Inn, Penrith. A rumour spread he had perished and three reporters travelled from London to attend the expected inquest, facts his Lordship learned while on an excursion in Borrowdale. This may have led him in the same year to instruct a London coach maker to manufacture a light, four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage to his own design. Known as a ‘Brougham’ the vehicle would be popular for over fifty years until the arrival of the motor car, whose early coach work echoed its nimble forerunner.

He devoted much energy to the passing of the Reform Act in 1832 and campaigned ardently for the abolition of slavery, steering through Parliament the Bill which ended it in 1833. It was a cause that had been championed locally as early as 1787 when Thomas Wilkinson of Yanwath published his ‘Appeal to England on behalf of the Abused Africans’ designed to support the abolitionist work which Sir Thomas Clarkson was conducting from his home nearby at Eusemere.

How once it proudly bore The greatest in the land ! Alack ! it rolls no more Along the busy Strand, For Time, with ruthless hand, Has brought it to its doom, And now t’is shattered, Bruised and battered Poor old tattered Brougham ! ‘The Sketch’ 1895

‘The slave’, Brougham argued memorably, ‘is as fit for his freedom as any English peasant, ay, or any Lord whom I now address. I demand his rights; I demand his liberty without stint … I demand that your brother be no longer trampled upon as your slave’. His views conflicted with the Tory politics and interests of the neighbouring Lowther family represented by Viscount Lowther and Henry Lowther. The family owned the Christchurch (Barbados) Plantation, and would benefit from the compensation awarded to slave-owners under the Abolition Act. Brougham had contested their dominance in the lively 1818 Westmorland election; at Kendal the Lowther faction bribed Brougham’s supporters with free ale but this served only to add cheer to their chant “Lowther’s ale, but Brougham for ever!” Brougham was instrumental in establishing the ‘Edinburgh Review’ and the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, and in founding University College, London where, by fitting

Remains of the first ‘Brougham’ built, as it appeared in the grounds of Mostyn Hall, Penrith, once the residence of Major Thomas Brougham. 20


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Penrith a Carbon Neutral Town by 2030 Your Ideas Needed!

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In May 2019, Penrith Town Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and has developed a strategy based on the vision that by 2030 Penrith will be carbon neutral working in partnership with other levels of government, local businesses and a number of local organisations. The Town Council needs to hear from local people too.

The Town Council is encouraging everyone in Penrith to participate. It’s easy to get involved. Just go to: https://yourideas.penrithtowncouncil.co.uk/ Register to use the Dialogue Platform. Read the policies, including our ‘Terms of Use’ and ‘Monitoring Policy’ and then scroll down to see the ‘challenge,’ consider our starting ideas, add any comments you have and/or add your own new ideas(s). The Dialogue will run from 5th November to 3rd December.

The Town’s Mayor, Doug Lawson, indicates that: “the more the community joins in with these efforts, the greater our chances of success” We are using our online Dialogue Platform to outline a ‘challenge’ facing Penrith as a result of the Climate Emergency. We would like to listen to how local people feel and how we can increase knowledge and understanding of how climate change affects us locally, what green projects will benefit the town, how we can all find out what’s been or is being done already and how everyone can find out about our local environmental action groups.

Not everyone will have devices to communicate online. Moreover, everyone likes to learn in different ways and, depending on time, at different paces. If you cannot use this method and would like to find out more about climate change in Penrith or would like to contribute to these conversations off-line, please contact:

We have outlined two actions from our strategy to address the challenge. One idea is for a ‘High Street Community Hub,’ essentially a ‘space’ to act as a focal point and provide access to free resources, services, advice and support. The hub would also offer practical support and advice about repairing, upcycling, community gardening and local projects. We want to know what you think about this.

office@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk Telephone:

01768 899 773 Write: Penrith Town Council, Unit 1, Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XR

The other idea we have outlined is the ‘Grow Nature Fund.’ We would like your comments and new ideas for developing and funding local green projects. We want to learn from other areas of the country and have outlined an example from Leamington Spa where local groups are developing use of outdoor spaces for education,

Please get involved in helping to make Penrith a Carbon Neutral Town. It’s crucially important for all of us!!

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PENRITH 2030 A CARBON NEUTRAL TOWN

CLIMATE AND BIODIVERSITY IN CRISIS We need to change every aspect of how we live, build houses, travel, eat, produce food, consume energy, how much waste we create and how we manage it.

Local action is needed by every individual and community. PENRITH IS NO EXCEPTION!

Take part in the conversation at: https://yourideas.penrithtowncouncil.co.uk Read our ‘challenge’ to kickstart the Climate Change conversation, then comment on the starter ‘ideas’ in the boxes or add your own ‘new idea’

We recognise that not everyone will have devices to communicate online. So, if you can't use the online method described in the link above but would like to find out more about climate change in Penrith or would like to contribute to the conversations, please contact the Town Council.

Unit 1, Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith Cumbria, CA11 7XR. Tel: 01768 899 773. Email: office@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

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HR Working Remotely, Mental Health & Isolation LINE MANAGEMENT Line managers need to adapt their approach to managing staff remotely. It is really important to recognise the support for staff will require more planning than usual and you need to think creatively about how best to engage with different employees who are working remotely. Some of my tips in relation to line managing remotely are:

A number of clients have contacted me over the last few months expressing their concerns over their employees’ mental health and feelings of isolation as remote working continues for the foreseeable future. As the Pandemic continues and people continue to be encouraged to work from home where they possibly can, whilst there is a huge upside to this, there is also a downside, which for many can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness where face to face interaction with work colleagues is missing.

• Ensure you ‘check in’ with each member of your team regularly - I would suggest at least weekly, even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes on the phone – regular contact should help you to detect if someone is struggling with their work and/or is perhaps feeling a little isolated or experiencing other issues • Act quickly if you have any concerns about an individual – this may involve you speaking to others to be able to offer the necessary support and advice • Conversations with members of your team should be both work and wellbeing focused – you need to ensure they are coping with their work and achieving targets, however, it is as important to check that they are coping with remote working and have the support they need • Consider holding a ‘virtual coffee break’ with your whole team (this may not be possible if you have a large team and/or they work very different shifts, so you may need to think creatively about how you could do something like this). The idea is that the manager schedules this for the team each week or perhaps every 2 weeks – members of the team are encouraged to ‘grab a cuppa’ and have a chat for about 30 minutes about whatever they want. The idea is not to talk about work!

Some of my clients have asked me to share ideas in terms of supporting their employees who are working remotely, and I thought it may also be helpful to others (employers and employees). REMOTE (VIRTUAL) MEETINGS If you are working remotely, it is very likely you are having to attend more meetings (virtually) than you might have done in person in the workplace. The ability to hold meetings this way at the moment is probably essential for most businesses, however, it’s important to control the number and length of meetings being held. Some of my tips in relation to virtual meetings are: • Be careful not to hold too many virtual meetings each day and always try to avoid back to back meetings (virtual meetings can be far more intense than face to face because you don’t have the same type of interaction and they generally require greater levels of concentration) • Always try to leave at least 30 minutes between meetings and encourage staff to use that time to have a proper break (not just to check emails and do other work) • Meetings generally shouldn’t last any longer than 1½ to 2 hours, and given the intensity of virtual meetings, it is a good idea to have a 15-minute break after the first hour of any meeting

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they enjoy – perhaps cooking, walking, reading – whatever interests them. Make sure you set out your expectations clearly as an employer, so that your employees are clear what is expected of them working remotely. Consider things like: • • • •

Keeping in touch – how and when Encouraging regular breaks The times you expect them to be available for work What to do if they have any problems, whether they are work-related or personal

Employers may want to consider signing up for an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). An EAP is an employee benefit that provides employees with support and practical advice on issues that might be affecting their wellbeing and work performance. Counselling and expert support is provided through the EAP, on personal and workrelated issues. EAP’s can be incredibly useful for

both the employee and the employer, and whilst it is another cost for any business, in my experience the benefits outweigh the cost. Some organisations have assigned a specific manager to the role of ‘wellbeing manager’. This can work, however, it should not detract from the fact that all managers have a responsibility for their own team’s wellbeing, so this role may be better used as one of collating information and offering advice. I’M HERE TO HELP! If you need any help or advice on any of the matters raised in this article or with any other employment matter, I’d be delighted to hear from you. You can email charlotte@quinnhr.co.uk or call me on 01768 862394 or 07732 556315. Until next month, stay safe and well Charlotte

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WIN A CHRISTMAS PRIZE How many times can you count the word Christmas in your Eden local? Email the correct answers to info@cumbrianlocal.co.uk. From all the correct answers one will be drawn live in the breakfast show on Eden FM 107.5 FM by Friday 11th December straight after the 9am news. The winner will be announced and confirmed in the New Year Eden Local magazine. Octobers winner was Lynn Page who counted the word Hedgehog closest to 44 times. 25


SCRAMBLE QUIZ Answer the questions and unscramble the initial letters of the answers to find something you will probably see on November 5th! To help you here’s the number of words and letters in each word. (7),(3),(9) 1. A sporting event that any contestant, regardless of their professional or amateur status, can take part in is said to be an …….. event.

11. A dried plum often eaten at breakfast time. 12. A South American animal which has no teeth but uses its strong claws and long sticky tongue to catch its food. It has very poor eyesight but an extremely well-developed sense of smell.

2. A n elongated edible fruit, they are high in potassium, carbohydrate and are source of fibre. They change colour from green (under ripe) to yellow (ripe) to brown (overripe).

13. The aubergine is called what in the USA? 14. A common hand held household tool for cutting things consisting of pivoted blades.

3. T he capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, it is the home of Michelangelo’s ‘David’.

15. A musical style that was popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries known for its syncopated or ‘ragged’ rhythm.

4. A common stinging plant, sometimes called Burn Hazel. 5. A n imaginary line around the Earth that is the same distance from the North & South Poles. It divides the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

16. A drawing instrument used in schools, the home and workplace to measure length – commonly 12 ins or 30 cm in length. 17. Chewy multi-flavoured coloured sweets or wooden/plastic pins used in a bowling game.

6. A hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water. 7. A vegetable that has poisonous leaves but the stalk is usually used in puddings and desserts. West Yorkshire once produced 90% of the world’s early crop.

18. A method by which yarn is manipulated to produce a textile used in many garments. It can be done by hand or machine by looping the yarn to create stitches. Many people do it to relax and create items such as cardigans using two needles and wool.

8. The capital of Mongolia. 9. T he nickname given to someone from the Tyneside region of North East England.

19. A blow up mattress that can be slept on or used to float on water.

10. The day before today.

Here are the answers for last month 1. Florin 8. Ponytail 15. Potato 2. Embers 9. Acrobatics 16. Uncle 3. Houdini 10. Liverpool 17. Laundrette/Laundry 4. Escalator 11. Nutmeg 18. Windermere 5. Dalmatian 12. Charleston 19. Octopus 6 . Egg 13. Kite 20. Ugli 7. Agent 14. Lava 21. Nigel What you might have on the night of October 31st - Halloween duck apple fun 26


Soroptimist International Penrith & District busy during Covid 19 Pandemic. Our main focus during lockdown has been creating awareness of and providing help to victims of Domestic Abuse.

Sadly a rise is expected in the coming months due to factors, such as increased financial difficulties caused by lifting of the furlough scheme. Eden has seen a marked increase in Universal Credit and unemployment claims.

Some Penrith members have a longstanding connection with Eden Forum against Domestic Abuse. The Forum made a funding application to Eden Problem Solving Group, a sub group of the Community Safety Partnership, to provide Grab Bags for Domestic Abuse Victims. Grant money was received in April and Soroptimists decided to offer to move the project forward during lockdown.

Stella Eggleston, Chair, EFADA said “we are very grateful to SI Penrith for their support and fundraising efforts supporting local families at risk of Domestic Abuse. The number of homeless is expected to increase as Lockdown is lifted. Items provided by SI Penrith mean funding can be used elsewhere, such as provision of emergency accommodation”.

Forum Officers were pleased to accept the assistance. 4 female bags, 1 male and 12 “comfort bags” for children were completed.

Anyone interested the Soroptimists contact: Pat Newsham, 01768 892817.

Early in the pandemic Sue McGee of Hari’s World donated 50 children’s books to SI Penrith to use as we wished. We used them in the comfort bags for children, two different titles went into each bag, with a notebook, pencils, rubber, soft toy etc.

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A member has made masks, for friends and family, donations for Domestic Abuse, making £310. Masks obtained by recovered victims of DA said they wanted to support our initiative as they had received help personally in the past. The money will be used for packs of craft items, for children who are victims of Domestic Abuse.

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There is a smell in the air that should not be there…. Campaign looking for answers ... & results!Part 2 does the company still have a permit to operate ?’. Last year he lobbied the then MP Rory Stewart to visit the plant. He was disappointed by the MP’s response. So, early on he briefed the ‘new’ MP Neil Hudson. Jeff meets with the Environment Agency and freely talks of his frustration with Eden council.

People still tell me they can smell the Penrith ‘pong’. First thing in the morning, sporadically during the day, at weekends. They are annoyed and dismayed that after years, the odour remains. It has not gone away. They ask ‘why ?’. A man fighting for the answers is Jeff Thomson, who launched a campaign Fresh AIR for Penrith. He set-up an online petition which he presented to Eden District Council, the official planning authority for the area, with 650 signatures. As this magazine goes to press the petition now stands at 1,190. That’s people calling on EDC to stop approving planning applications from Omega Proteins, the source of the odour emissions. Jeff has continued to campaign and seek answers from the official bodies, asking EDC ‘why do you continue passing planning applications from Omega?’. And, to the Environment Agency, ‘why

During the summer, there were record number of complaints to the Environment Agency on its hotline 0800 80 70 60 from local people reporting a ‘pong’ nuisance. The agency has since issued a clear statement outlining its actions and demands on Omega, concluding ‘Please be assured we will continue our work and challenge the operator to improve performance when issues are identified.’

In September, Neil Hudson wrote to Jeff ‘I have met with the Environment Agency regarding Omega Proteins and the unacceptable current situation.’ Jeff’s flow of press releases is unabated as he continues to seek wider discussion, involvement, support and results . . . .

‘PONG’ PETITION CALLS FOR EXPANSION TO STOP A 650-name petition calling on Eden District Council to stop approving planning applications at Omega Proteins animal rendering plant at Wildriggs, Penrith, has been delivered to every councillor

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‘PONG’ COMPLAINTS RISE ! Campaigners are fuming at the lack of answers or apology after a weekend of ‘pong’ odour nuisance over Penrith . . . . OBJECTIONS AGAINST PLANT EXPANSION

The campaign group Fresh AIR fort Penrith has made formal objections to seven planning applications before Eden District Council from controversial animal rendering company Omega Proteins . . . . That’s an update on the latest, but Jeff assures there will be more as the campaign continues. He

has asked to address the EDC planning committee and is fully expecting the Environment Agency to hold a public consultation over Omega’s application for a permit to operate a new £20million multi-fuel thermal oxidiser. That’s when local people, residents and council taxpayers, will have their chance to have to ‘have their say’. It is important people make a log of when they smell the odour and report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60. That’s a 24-hour odour nuisance hotline, based at Sheffield, with calls from the Penrith area passed to the local EA office for follow-up and investigation. Latest and links to Facebook and the online Fresh AIR for Penrith petition can be found at the website www.freshairforpenrith.co.uk

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Introducing Pam Waggott My name is Pam Waggott and I have been a presenter on Eden fm Radio for around six years. I joined by accident as I live next door to Lee Quinn (the Chair of the station). Initially I just went to join him on a Eurovision Song Contest special, and before I knew it I was trained and had my own shows!

On the last Tuesday of the month Stephen joins me in the studio; we chat about the latest happenings in the soaps and other shows currently on the TV. Stephen also tells us about the celebrity birthdays and even when he’s not in the studio he sends them for each show…he certainly keeps me on my toes!

I present The Breakfast Show every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 07.00 – 10.00. There’s no script, no producer, no sound engineer in the studio…just me and the listener and it’s great fun! I aim to help to start your day with a smile and some great music.

Alongside presenting I also complete a range of administrative jobs, try to keep the place clean and tidy and join other presenters on our outdoor broadcasts when we’re able to be out and about again.

The Breakfast Show has lots of regular listeners not only from Penrith itself but from across the county, the country and around the world. I really enjoy it when people get in touch. Most are in contact through social media, and they probably don’t realise it, but actually participate in the show through their contributions, comments and interactions. Their input helps maintain the momentum of the show and I always look forward to hearing from them. I love getting silly messages, gifs and people playing along to ‘Pam’s Mistake Bingo’ which was invented by a long standing listener…you know who you are! I have a few regular features such as a musical ‘Who am I?’, ‘The Thursday 3’ and ‘The Long & Short of it’. There are others that pop up in each show but you would have to tune in to find out more about those!

I always have the radio on at home or in the car, but before starting at Eden fm I had never considered getting involved with community radio; in fact it was something I knew nothing about. However now, six years down the line, I think it is an integral part of the wider community. We are able to support residents in the local area during times of difficulty, for example during severe weather by broadcasting or posting regular social media updates and of course in the current Covid-19 situation we also try to link people to support networks etc. We are also able

to promote and highlight key issues in the community and raise the profile of some smaller social issues. There is so much to be gained from being part of a community radio station; not just behind the microphone but there are lots of other opportunities that are available that YOU could get involved with. It could be that you’re like me all that time ago, you don't realise you would like to be part of a great, fun team aged from 15 to…well, very much older and to paraphrase Mr Michael Bublé ‘…we just haven’t met you yet!’ I hope you can tune in to the Breakfast Show; please feel free get in touch. I'm very tame, I don’t bite and it would be great to give you a shout out!

Eden FM Presenter profile for Stephen My name is Stephen. I live and do voluntary work in Penrith with the support of 4Eden. I joined Eden FM in 2016 when my family moved from Leicestershire to Threlkeld. My shows include the Breakfast with Pam last Thursday of the month and my show every second Sunday of the Month from 2pm (subject to lockdown government guidelines). I also help as a presenter with the outside broadcasts and interviews. 30


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Sometimes I join Pam on the breakfast show where I enjoy introducing celebrity birthdays and discussing what’s on TV.

From an Idea to a radio station

Before moving to the Lake District I co-hosted a show once a week on Radio Fox, a hospital radio station based at Leicester Royal Infirmary. I liked going onto the wards to collect requests and keeping the patients happy.

In 2010, I was knocking on doors and presenting the idea of Penrith and the Eden Valley having its own and the first full time licensed community radio station in Cumbria on the FM wave band; some would say frequency!

I enjoy lots of different kinds of music. I listen to other local stations on line, like watching musicals and all the singing and dancing shows on TV. When C-19 goes away I look forward to going back to concerts, would love to go to a music festival and to have a big party when I hit 30 years old!

When you take a project like this, and this wasn’t my first community station project, you’ve got to walk a lot of miles. What you have to accept is that you’re selling something you can’t see, or in this case something you can’t hear and something which is nothing like they have heard before. It was always going to be difficult and was always going to be a task.

I used to play the piano but now have a keyboard at home. I like karaoke which I do with my friends at Rainbows and I sing along with the words to the hymns on Songs of Praise. I also like going to Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams at Redhills. This is now happening on Zoom so I can still sing and play my ukulele with friends from there.

Fortunately for Eden FM, I walked into the newly open Mini Centre where I met Steve Graham, and he became the first advertiser in the Eden Local, issue one. Three years later he posted this message on social media:

Happy listening to Eden FM, bye for now from DJ Stephen

7th November 2013 ‘Who would have thought all those years ago, a young man walked into the mini centre and told me about this magazine he was trying to produce. I listened intently, made a judgement and declared I wanted to be involved in it. That was only the start, the same man came into the mini centre not long after the first meeting and I was having a conversation on the phone to CFM about advertising, far too much money I complained, so THE MIGHTY QUINN suggested to me that the 2 disused offices in the showroom would make a fantastic radio studio and we should start our own radio station.

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Interested in Joining the Team? Contact lee@edenfm.co.uk 01768 862394 • www.edenfm.co.uk Eden FM Radio Ltd Suite 6 Cumbria House, Gilwilly Road, Gilwilly Ind Est, Penrith Cumbria, CA11 9FF

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The rest as we know is history!’ Seven years on, if we want to thank someone for the journey Eden FM started, well, he is the first one on the list! Self-funded, not for profit, voluntary organization. 31


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