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Every Family Needs a Farmer

Chris Tattersall of The Wool Room being interviewed on the Morning Show by Nigel Peacock. A global food revolution is underway. Consumers are starting to recognise the importance of soil to human health. Soil that is alive with microbes and insects is rich in nutrients and provides the basis for healthy food, quality wool and leather. Every Family Needs a Farmer is an invitation to families to achieve quality of life by using their purchasing power to support farmers who use practices that regenerate soil.

On the 4th of November, local company, 3LM, held a conference called, Every Family Needs A Farmer, at the Penrith Golf Club, attended by people from all across the UK, and as far away as the Netherlands. In attendance from Cumbria were a number of farmers, a vicar, representatives from the Lake District National Park Authority and Brantwood. The conference opened with Graham Harvey, the agricultural editor for the Archers, who gave an inspiring historical overview of agriculture. He explained the power of storytelling to bring about needed change, and has been the driving force behind the Archers experimenting with new ways of farming that actually regenerate soil. It then shifted to Rebecca Hosking, a farmer in Devon, who spoke about the economic benefits of regenerative farming. So far this year she has spent only £125 on diesel for her 175-acre farm, with 1,000 sheep. How did she reduce her use of fuel to virtually nil? By practicing “holistic planned grazing” she doesn’t need to use chemicals, barn her animals in winter, make hay or silage, spread muck, use heavy machinery, wean her lambs, or supplement with purchased feed. Moreover, she makes £30 a fleece, 10 times the norm, because of the high quality of her wool, and the organic label.

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their sheep. By raising prices, The Wool Room hopes to attract many more farmers to learn “holistic planned grazing” so they can supply quality wool, grown on pastures where sheep are regenerating soil.

is flame-retardant, and cleans the air in a home by trapping harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde. The same wool blanket can keep one partner warm while it keeps the other partner cool, thereby improving the quality of sleep for both. When asthmatic children switch from synthetic bedding to wool bedding their symptoms often subside or completely go away.

The Wool Room has successfully raised the purchasing cost of their category of wool by 300% over the past 5 years, and intends to raise it another 300%. Why would a manufacturer do such a crazy thing? Because they know the price for wool is too low. Many farmers no longer sell their wool, and don’t invest in growing quality wool because they don’t earn enough money to cover the cost of shearing

A sea change called, “Holistic Management,” is well underway that enables farmers to take into account economic, social and environmental factors in every decision they make. The net result is dramatically lower costs, higher productivity of grass production, healthier livestock, and a better quality product for consumers. If you are curious to know more, contact Sheila Cooke on 01768 868391, Email: info@3LM. network, or visit website 3LM. network.

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Welcome to the November edition of y Contents Every Family Needs a Farmer by 3LM

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Introduction & Contents by Lee Quinn

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North Lakes Hotel & Spa 12 Days of Fitness

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On that Day 5th December By Lee Quinn

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Agricultural Services and Blank Claims

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Year 7 By Lee Quinn

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Wishing You a Warm Winter

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Pams Monthly Miscellany by Pamela Waggott

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Advent by Christine Milner

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Cumbria Oak Your Local Furniture Store

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17 – 25 The Reason Our Lives by Emily Quinn

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New Years Eve at the Stoneybeck

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Unique, Historic, Exciting by Lee Quinn

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Creating the Past at The Toyworks by Lee Quinn

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On the Road Recipe by Nigel Peacock

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First Encounters cheque presentation by Derek Cockell

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Eden FM and Eden Local Job slot

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On the Front Foot…….by Karl Collinson

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All under one Roofer

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your Eden Local I suddenly got that feeling on 3rd November that Christmas isn’t far away and after the rekindled spirits of Halloween and family and friends Guy Fawkes gatherings, I realised it might never be the same, as my eldest daughter isn’t really into the pumpkins and guy making any longer. My nan, at 92 with her sparkler and her grandchildren, was a wonderful sight! I’m looking forward to Christmas, but my thoughts are shared probably with many parents who have that feeling in the pit of their stomach, when they suddenly realise that their children are looking more like grown-ups each day and they are sometimes more independent than ourselves. Time with them now is more precious than ever. Was it our last Halloween and November 5th altogether as a family I wonder? Welcome to your November edition of the Eden Local, which marks the start of the 7th year of the community magazine. A recap follows a few pages on and at the time of print this month, there are quite a few stories out there. With my presenting at Eden FM, I find that I am really up to date with a local news as it comes in and goes on air almost immediately. Just back from a trip to Appleby to host a ‘People in the Parish’ show that is part of an Eden District Council initiative with Eden FM, the ‘Communication in the Community’ show is broadcast every Tuesday from 2 to 4pm. Prior to the week before, the once a month ‘on the road radio show’, I visit the location and talk to local people and local businesses. The idea behind it is giving people an opportunity to have a voice. The Eden FM radio caption, ‘Your Voice, Your Choice in the Community’ has underpinned a lot of what it stands for since it was

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launched and it also celebrates its 5th anniversary of when it switched on for the first time with a trial short-term four week licence on 25th November 2011. I never set out with the idea that local news was to be a big part of my life, but with a passion for communication and the need for people to know what is going on, or at least have the choice of knowing what goes on now and potentially in the future, is very important. You can look outside of the county, but closer to home we all need to know and understand why things change. In the local news, the bus cuts continue. I say continue because whilst the most recent bus route under threat, the 563 Kirkby Stephen to Penrith could disappear, it’s not the first time it’s been cut. Eden FM contacted Cumbria County Council for an update on the 563 bus service which is due to finish in November. A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “Grand Prix Coaches have applied to extend the service to the end of the Christmas term (December 16), to allow more work to be done to find an alternative operator. This is subject to agreement from the Traffic Commissioner for a Short Notice restoration of service. We are aware that work is being done at a local level to encourage other operators to investigate the route but no concrete proposals have emerged at this point.” What happens next? Well a few years ago this service was cut back. The Sunday buses stopped on this route and the Saturday services after 3.15 pm stopped from Penrith. When I was in Alston last month, I met with students from Samuel Kings School. There are a lot of things young people wish for; one is to be able to travel, not around the world, just around in the area where they live. Rural isolation isn’t about profit; I believe it’s about all three tiers of local government working together to deliver a transport service which means not making a profit, but delivering a service which appears in many strategies in council plans. The future for young people in Cumbria should include retention of its young people today and in

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tomorrow’s plans. It shouldn’t be just a great place for a holiday, it should a great place to grow up, live and discover. Everyone needs to move around. Young people need to be independent; businesses need local people to be able to work in the towns 7 days a week. How can apprenticeship places be filled if the transport isn’t there I am hoping and supporting a simple concept and that is I hope we need to keep the villages and towns open for business. The cost is one to be shared and this should be between parish, district and county council. It is a cost, but it’s an essential way of life and much needed independence in the community. It would be an idea for the group of people involved in making decisions, to include people without cars or unable to drive. Interesting, recently a survey has been put out by the Castle Park Development Group in association with Eden District Council. It is working on plans to restore the park to its former glory with exciting things to do and see. It was disappointing to note that the survey was only open to people over the age of 18. Was another opportunity missed with the interaction of the future of the community to be involved in it future? With a number of local issues facing us, there is a need to know if we can or whether we are required to make a valid contribution in where we are today and about our future that is more than just tomorrow and that the pathway for future generations is clear. The boundaries are changing to make constituencies more equal. Did you know you can share your views at: http://socsi.in/Y6DiQ And finally, prior to the print of the December Eden Local (6th December), we have the anniversary of the day Storm Desmond devastated many parts of Cumbria. As a radio station, Eden FM will be on the road on Monday 5th December for the whole day transmitting from towns and villages live that were affected by the floods. From the breakfast show through to the drive home, more details are on page 10. It is another opportunity for people to talk about that day and share their thoughts. Lee Quinn


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On that day 5th December 2016 By Lee Quinn

possible for some. Moving on is a need and a must and Eden FM, your community station would like to hear your story and your news on the time since that day. The 5th December 2016 Eden FM are dedicating the day to all those who want to talk about it. A special show will be aired Sunday evening 4th December from 8pm till 10pm, 'The night of Desmond' before the Eden FM team travel around the Eden Valley hosting a show for the day to reflect one year on from the devastation. If you want to take part in sharing your story, please contact Eden FM at admin@edenfm.co.uk or call 01768 862394.

15 November 2015 - Eamont Bridge

There will not be many people that will read this article that were not affected over the weekend that Storm Desmond hit Cumbria. My story is one in thousands. At 4.30pm on Friday 4th December, I left Appleby Creamery heading for Penrith. The River Eden was high. As I came up the A66, the fields to the left of the carriageway, normally used by Carleton Farm, were already starting to be covered by water from the River Eamont just before the Kemplay roundabout.

Bridge; seeing the skies above full of lights travelling around the Eden Valley, the reports coming in, it is something that I found hard to describe when I was interviewed by radio stations in the south who wanted the real news of what was happening in the community. It was hard because I had never witnessed anything like it before. It was bad. It also came very close to being much worse if that is

There will be live shows from Appleby, Penrith, Pooley Bridge, Eamont Bridge, Glenridding and other areas on that route on 5th December.' It’s a time to talk' is what that day is all about. Look out for Eden FM ‘On the Road’ Monday 5th December route times and locations. You do not have to be available on that day as we will be happy to record what you have to say before 4th December, please just let us know.

Previously on Sunday 15th November, the fields had been covered. The River Eamont was consuming much ground and lapping up on the lawns of the properties at Eamont bridge. Coming home with concerns, the image above of that day and the Saturday 5th December to the right. By Friday evening, my phone wouldn’t stop ringing and for Eden FM and its volunteers, it was going to be a long shift which didn’t finish until Sunday evening on 6th. I could write and say more. Seeing the helicopters above Eamont EdenLocal

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Agricultural Services and Bank Claims Practical advice and helpful solutions for the farming community and land owners.

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paying, some sort of “break cost” if you repay the loan early? • Have you got or have you had any loans in €? • Did you take a loan linked to the Single Farm Payment? • Has the bank ever put pressure on you to change agreed loan terms? Are you too busy? Maybe you have no time for this? We understand you are busy running your business. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible to get your claim started. We can even come to you to discuss your claim and sign any paper work. With pay-outs ranging from £8,000.00 to £520,000.00, we believe we could be the best call you make this year. How much is this going to cost you?

We believe in direct negotiation with the banks concerned. Very few of these cases end up in litigation. The banks in turn agree not to affect the banking relationship whilst any complaint runs its course. Unfortunately it’s not just the farming community that has been affected. Typically, we have seen the following affected: dentists, doctors, factory & office units, hotels and bed and breakfasts, the Leisure Industry – golf courses, gyms, night clubs, nursing & care homes, pharmacists, property developers, pubs and clubs, restaurants and shops. Do you think you may have a claim that you wish to discuss? The opportunity to take action does not last forever. There are strict time limits that apply to making a claim. For more information contact us today.

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Year 7 What started out as an idea to launch a community radio station that was posted through doors in November 2010, the Eden Local Community magazine has now moved in to its 7th year. The main cover title of Cumbrian Local Publications Ltd.

Every year when we make it into another, I reflect how, as a small family business and publication company it set out from nothing and in a very competitive market it has developed a share of the market place in local media. Thank you to local support from businesses, voluntary writers and my long standing friend in design Chris Miller who worked on my first regional publication back in November 2007 who has designed all 88 publications for The Eden Valley, including the trials we had back in 2012 with the Lakes Local and Border City Times. I am more that pleased that the Eden local and requests for assistance in producing other publications has always been constant I just wish I had the time to fit in more. It’s a real positive to attract new enquiries and new business every month. One again you will see several here this month and then have regular businesses that have supported Eden Local and other publications from its first year and still support it now. So thank you to a lot of people for believing and investing in your local community magazine that is Eden Local, a big thank you to the many people I see when I am out delivering, which is generally around Scaws in Penrith who are always happy to take the magazine out of my hand.

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A stove can be fitted almost anywhere and there are an amazing amount of styles, colours, shapes and sizes we can supply. You do not need to have a chimney already, with a twinwall flue system we can place a stove almost anywhere, ground floor, first floor, lounges, kitchens, dining rooms, sun rooms, garages and sheds. We'll look forward to seeing you soon.

Our range for heating your home can be traditional and contemporary in design in stoves, gas and electric fires. If you are coming into our showroom to look at a new stove or fire what would be very helpful are two pieces of information that are invaluable to us 1) the size of the room you are trying to heat, 2) a picture of your existing fireplace or where you would like to the stove positioned. From this basic information we usually can give you, straight away, an idea of the costs involved in supply and installing a stove to your property.

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Miscellany ~ December This is an old recipe from my mum’s recipe book – weights are in imperial as this is how it is written – sorry! A light fruit cake which makes a nice change from a very rich traditional Christmas cake.

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2 oz cherries 2 oz Brazil nuts 2 oz glace pineapple 2 eggs 6 oz plain flour 6 oz butter 6 oz sugar 3 oz ground almonds 1 tsp baking powder

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Advent “My Mum is a bit of a cow!” Not the words you want to hear from your five year old son under any circumstances. But when your husband is the minister of the church, and your child is declaring it loudly and confidently to one of the congregation… it could have been one of those moments when you want the ground to open up and swallow you whole. But the problem was that it was one hundred per cent true. “The minister’s wife is a bit of a cow?” I hear you ask. And I admit it: shocking, I know, but guilty as charged. And the explanation of this seemingly outrageous outburst from my son, many years ago? I was part of Daisy the cow, from Jack and the Beanstalk that our church was rehearsing for our Christmas pantomime. (But I refuse to admit which part, on the grounds that I’ve suffered enough embarrassment by my children over the years.) Once I had put my son’s comment into context, and enlightened the stunned church member of my thespian dreams (rather than my appalling parenting skills), she quickly saw the humour of the situation, and now, over twenty five years later, still teases both myself and my son every time we see her.

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So what, apart from the rather tenuous panto link, has this got to do with Christmas, or more particularly Advent? Over the years the smelly, filthy, stable of the first Christmas has become sanitised into a cosy Christmas card barn, complete with cute animals. Shepherds, normally unwelcome in towns at the time because they lived and slept with their animals, are now nativity play characters with grandad’s dressing gown and walking stick, and a tea towel on their heads. That first Christmas wasn’t cute, cosy or comfortable: it was shocking. God himself, left the beauty and loveliness of heaven, to come down to a cold, unwelcoming Earth, to show us how much he loves us. He knew many would reject him, he knew many would despise him, and knew that ultimately they would kill him. But he did it anyway, because of his infinite love for you and me.

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Shocking then, and still shocking today, if we give ourselves time to think about it. And that’s the point of Advent, to stop amid the busyness and bustle, and think about what we are really celebrating. So enjoy the presents, the parties and even the panto, but don’t forget to celebrate God’s love for you this Christmas.

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QUALIT Y OAK FURNITURE

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YOUR LOCAL FURNITURE STORE

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As the autumn leaves began to fall Cumbrian Local sent a photographer to capture Cumbria Oak’s team in action. Having been established over 10 years the business has grown to become Cumbria’s leading oak furniture retailer. I asked Robert and Graham the Father and Son team behind Cumbria Oak what has driven the business forward; it’s a passion for providing great quality furniture, Robert tells me. Our focus has always been on customer service. We do very little advertising and rely on word of mouth which is why it’s always great that our customers are willing to recommend us.

To see what Cumbria Oak have on offer why not visit their large store just 5 minutes from Penrith. Located at the old railway station at Plumpton. Just follow the signs from the A6 or Junction 41 of the M6.

Graham also tells me that they are happy to offer free delivery on all furniture. On delivery the team unwrap and place the furniture in the room of choice and ensure the customer is 100% happy before they leave. Cumbria Oak are also fully aware that sometimes customers require their furniture asap therefore by investing in substantial warehouse stock they have 90% of items available to take away the same day or have delivered within 7 working days.

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The reason our lives have become over complicated… by Emily Quinn

Selfie with Union J In last month’s 17-25 article, in issue 85 of the Eden Local, I tackled the misunderstood dialect of teenagers in the 21st century. This month the focus is positives and negatives of social media. How influential is social media really, and how much can it help save lives as well as destroy them? And what is an addiction? Can young people become addicted to social media? It definitely has its pros and cons; I think we can be certain of that much. When it comes to social media, I don’t use them all. Speaking from personal experience, with just Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, I find that at least one third of the time I’m awake, I’m spending checking notifications or looking through stories and checking messages, but then I’m sure my parents would argue that I’m on my phone a lot more than that! People will be able to relate to it when I say it’s like we’ve been genetically programmed to check our phones every few minutes for notifications and messages coming through. For example, even writing this now, I’m getting distracted by notifications and getting embroiled in conversations with people. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an English Language student, which involves a lot of writing, however, in an hour (in exam conditions) I can write 5 to 7 sides of A4 and I have fairly small handwriting. But when trying to write an essay which actually isn’t too difficult and doesn’t involve too much thought at home, two sides of A4 will take me a good hour. This is 100% down to distractions! 90% of those distractions being social media. My 13 year old sister, Daisy, is exactly the same if not worse, but these days, even younger children are giving in to social media, at an even earlier age. For EdenLocal

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example, a boy I know whose parents are family friends tried to add me on Facebook… he’s 8 years old! Just 8!! Social media can cause so much harm. A film, made to be a horror but with a powerful message called ‘Unfriended’ released last year, has many underlying meanings which are horrifically true. The moral of the story was, cyberbullying and taunting through social media will come back and get you. One of my favourite quotes and plays ‘What goes around, comes around’. The statistics for bullying and suicides is demoralizingly alarming and heart wrenching, especially as cyberbullying is how bullies prey on their victims in this generation. Suicides in young people alone, due to bullying online, amount to 4,400 deaths a year on average and it all starts with a spiteful comment, a rumour or clicking the unlike button. That’s just the number of suicides though. There are thousands of other people of all ages, young and old who are getting taunted and constantly brought down through the use of social media and we might as well come to terms with the fact that this isn’t going to go away. Words on a screen for the whole world to see can do so much more than the punch up in the school yard you would’ve had 20 years ago. Even 5 years ago things weren’t nearly as bad as they are now. Social media is also a weapon of exploitation and hidden (disguised) grounds for paedophiles. For example, statistics show sexual assault cases have increased by 300% due to social media. 29% of The interview Union J: www.facebook.com/edenfmonline

internet sex crime relationships were initiated on a social networking site. 67% of teenagers said they know how to hide what they do online from their parents; this is VERY concerning… When I was researching, and came across these statistics, I was honestly completely horrified. For further statistics and information if you are interested in knowing this kind of thing, visit: https: www.guardchild.com When trying to find the negatives in something, you feel like you could talk forever, but actually, there are so, so many positives in social media too. For example, I have a good friend called Keir who was seriously ill with cystic fibrosis. He was getting progressively worse and he needed a new set of lungs. Towards Christmas 2015 he got really very ill and realisation kicked in. With commendable help from social media, we started fundraising and planning events to raise money to give him the best Christmas ever. Many of us contacted people from all over the country who then were sending money because they’d known people or had people in their families face this awful disease. News of what we were doing was travelling around and that was down to sharing, retweeting and tagging. Using social media, we were able to make one boy, the happiest boy in Cumbria even though he could’ve just given up. An inspirational boy with an inspirational story, fired up by the masses of support he was given from friends, family and even strangers willing to help on social media. I think this is a perfect example of how social media can help people when they need it most. Another compelling positive of social media is always Reach 19,574 Views 6,400

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being able to stay in contact with loved ones and friends, even if they’re thousands of miles away. It’s doesn’t matter where you are in the world. If you’ve got Wi-Fi or some mobile data you can talk to whoever, whenever, wherever, and this is a massive development in technology making a difference in society. It also enables you to get news around thousands of people in just seconds. For example, the progression with the American gossip regarding the Hillary vs Trump presidential battle. Truth or lies, news can be seen by every single profile in a day, which is hundreds of thousands of people all around the world. This is massively beneficial, especially when facing issues such as world crises and when countries are in need when things strike like natural disasters. Social media can do wonderful things! For example, to gain experience of radio journalism I did an interview with the boyband Union J as a presenter at Eden FM, and for weeks after, even now, I’m getting recognition from it. Video clips and pictures of the interview were picked up and shared by people from all over the country, even people from America, Greece and Africa were sharing it (I think we could class that as global embarrassment!) I didn’t think when I was doing it, that it would get so much attention and emphasis from others. Many people fall into the trap of letting social media take over their lives though and this is a very easy trap to fall into. In next month’s issue, I’ll expand on the traps of addiction and changes in laws and society’s way of acting in our generations.

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New Years Eve Party This year we are doing something a bit different here at Stoneybeck Inn for New Year’s Eve. We have decided to host our very own Big Fat Quiz of the Year! Enjoy a buffet with dishes from around the world as you compete with other teams for some fantastic prizes. This will be followed by a disco from the fantastic Sijoba Disco to take you past New Year into the early hours of the morning.

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UNIQUE, HISTORIC, EXCITING

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By Lee Quinn

It’s how I would describe the Top Trumps Cumbria project. Hours into days of research and what is really important and very positive is the contribution being made by people submitting ideas and those businesses now coming forward as sponsors. There are some cards remaining for sponsorship in the first set, so please enquire, especially as some of the key cards relating to mountains are still available. Last month we published what the first list of cards potentially would be. We have now started to design this set of cards. When all the cards are completed and supported with sponsorship, we will be off to print. Next month there will be a full update on how the first set is progressing. For those who may have missed the first few articles on the Top Trumps Cumbria project,

here is a bit of background on the project. Back in 2011, Eden FM negotiated terms to produce the first and only Penrith and Eden Valley Hasbro Toys Monopoly board game under license, with the UK Licensee of the game, Winning Moves UK. Winning Moves is a games company that makes and sells games, which include international family favourites like Top Trumps, Monopoly, Cluedo, Risk, Connect 4, Pass The Pigs and many more. With their international Head Quarters, “The Hub” in Paddington, London, they also have offices in France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Australia and their games are sold all around the world. Producers of city, football, specialist and regional editions of the board game Monopoly and Cluedo, top flight sports team and themes, even very special editions like The Beatles, Star Wars and The Walking Dead! Top Trumps is fondly remembered from its original heyday in the playgrounds of the 1970s and 1980s. Working with the team at Top Trumps, the Cumbria Top Trumps for me is about a game not only loved by nostalgic mums and dads, but also children of all ages as their favourite subjects are brought to life! Everything from Horrible Histories to Monsters University to Dinosaurs to One Direction have been given the TT Treatment.

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treaties signed. The turbulence of Cumberland and Westmorland. The movers, shakers and dictators. On to our final set of cards ‘Only in Cumbria’……. Well on the ideas list we include fame, fortune, farming, food and festivals. What should we include? Now it is time for a favourite region of England to have the TT experience. Through three sets of cards, 30 in each pack, after much research I have been working on three titles that will be rolled out across Cumbria from early Spring 2017. Over 30,000 packs of cards will be produced in all. The packs taking three different outer colours, the green, blue and white of the county flag. The concept across three sets of cards dates back to when the mountains, lakes and rivers were formed, which then moves through to the Neolithic age up to the 21st century with the Locals, Legends and Location set of cards. Before the poets and the writers were the builders of Castlerigg and Long Meg, along with 48 other stone circles in Cumbria. The Viking lords, the mythical characters, the Scots, the Kings of Cumbria, Castles, the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Border Reivers and conquerors through the ages. The excitement, the destruction, the rebuilding and the shaping of the county. The blood spilt, the lives lost, the battles won, the wars fought and

It has been suggested we have Cumberland Sausage, Herdwick Sheep, Agricultural shows, the highest road, Cumberland Wrestling, Festivals & Fairs only in Cumbria, the last Battle in England, With Nail & I, The Lakeland Terrier, Sticky Toffee Pudding, the longest Lake, the highest Mountain. For more information on Top Trumps Cumbria, whether this be about sponsoring a card or sending in ideas, please drop me a line at lee@cumbrianlocal.co.uk or give me a call 01768 862394. For more details about Top Trumps, you can go to www.winningmoves.co.uk/top-trumps Orders are now being reserved for those businesses that would like to stock and sell the cards. Via the Eden FM website, the first set of cards will be available to order before it appears in the shops. Full details will be in the December issue of Eden Local and via the normal social media outlets used by Eden FM and Cumbrian Local Publications.

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Creating the past, with an edge in the future

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For a man who I watched demonstrate in his shop the magic of some of the toys he makes and sells to two parents with two young children, Paul Commander has entertained many generations with his tricks and toys. Paul has spent much of his life since 1985 as a Toy Maker, having been a carpenter and joiner. Quite by accident it would seem, he tried to find a particular toy for his toddler son and having failed to locate the toy, he set about designing one himself and from that the business was born.

to help us mould our early learning days and development. Pulling things on a cord, then opting for the sit-n-ride trike, coordinating our first experience of a wooden train set or something on wheels we could push across the floor, that first wooden cradle for that favourite bear or doll or the journey with the first pram.

The Toy Works in Melmerby is just behind The Old Village Bakery Melmerby. A wellestablished shop selling high quality traditional wooden toys, which today are just as popular in today’s marketplace with an ever growing demand that has been there since the beginning, with wooden toys surviving the test of time that will continue for generations to come. From the time we learnt to walk and take those steps from one to three years old with a baby walker, we would reach up and grab the handle of something we could push and create our confident first steps of independence. Many inquisitive children have tried to hammer home the traditional wooden peg into a round hole and learnt to build with wooden blocks. Many of us saw our name for the first time in wooden letters, in those colours of red, green, blue and yellow that continued EdenLocal

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Yes, as natural as childhood itself, the wooden toy is real and will feature long after technology or a ‘windows’ update or the current mobile phone upgrade. As childhood progresses, our development would move to goodies and baddies, creating a kingdom with a castle, building a home with a dolls house and family. Creating our farm yard


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with animals in a time where clowns were funny as a friend or as a puppet on a string. If you fancy the ultimate trip back in time to your childhood, or you want a moment to share your happy memories as a child, now as a parent, grandparent, godparent, aunt, uncle or just a good friend, you don’t have to look far because you can share those memories, you can see them and buy them at the Toy Works. If you can’t make the trip, you can even buy online so there is no excuse not to browse in the shop or in the comfort of your own home. A trip to the shop and to see the Toy Works shop and workshop should be a must before Christmas to put you in the mood. Traditional Wooden Toys, including Wooden Toy Farms, Wooden Toy Castles, Wooden Dolls Houses, Wooden Sit-n-Ride Toys, Wooden Push-A-long Toys, Wooden Toy Trains, Wooden Toy Cars, Lorries, Buses, Wooden Name Trains, Wooden Skittles, Wooden Building Blocks, Wooden Baby Walkers, Wooden Abacus, Wooden Stacking, Sorting and

Hammering Toys, Wooden Mobiles, Wooden Jigsaws, Wooden Noah’s Arks, Wooden Alphabet Letters, Dominoes, Wooden Balance Bikes, Skipping Ropes, Wooden Toddler and Baby Toys. New toys, restoration of rocking horses and dolls houses, but for something very special, could a wooden scale model of your own home, your farm or a toy be the ultimate memory? From toys to fairy tales maybe, but as for that young toddler who didn’t know at the time he had launched his father’s new career. Well he is also some what of a wizard and it is Toby Commander today who is the IT wizard that keeps Eden FM community radio safe and on air 24 hours a day!

The Toy Works The Old Village Bakery Melmerby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1HE 01768 881249 info@thetoyworks.co.uk thetoyworkscouk.moonfruit.com

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ON THE ROAD RECIPE By Nigel Peacock, Eden FM

send an audio stream over the internet back to the Penrith studio and onward to the transmitter. For two hours, we spoke to over a dozen Alston residents, including students from the local school, business owners and local councillors. This is true, local, community radio at its best.

INGREDIENTS • 1 x Mini Studio Mixer • 1 x Laptop • 3 x Microphones • 3 x Microphone stands • 2 x Headphones • Season with cables and plugs

METHOD • Find a suitable location away from the studio

November saw the first live broadcast from Appleby, where we took over the business hub at the library for two hours. A similar grouping of local residents, plus representatives from the tourist office talked and debated a wide range of topics related to Appleby. One item of particular focus, was the future of the 563 bus service from Appleby to Kirby Stephen and Penrith. Earlier in November, Eden FM was invited to broadcast from

• Set up equipment • Connect to wi-fi • Broadcast live on 107.5 FM Cooking up an outside broadcast has been a recent theme for Eden FM, as we have taken the radio station out on the road. It is surprisingly simple. Our first expedition in our People in the Parish radio series was in October to Alston. The equipment was set up in the Alston Moor Partnership shop and linked to the office wi-fi. This enables us to EdenLocal

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the Every Family Needs a Farmer conference, held at the Penrith Golf Club. Part of a global series of 16 conference across five continents, there were speakers from all corners of the UK, with some delegates travelling from continental Europe. We spoke to all the conference speakers, including Graham Harvey, best known as the agricultural editor of The Archers. People in the Parish is due to be live in Penrith in December and in the new year we hope to travel to Kirby Stephen and Shap.

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During the day, we will visit the sites of the worst flooding in our area. We expect to be at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Eamont Bridge and Appleby during the day and to broadcast live from each location

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For Eden FM, this is an ambitious objective. From each location, we would like to talk to those who were affected by the storm and to discover, a year on, how the recovery has progressed. We can look at the new measures put in to place to prevent or minimise future damage. To be a part of this special day, call us today on 01768 899 101.

For Eden FM to have an effective outside broadcast capability means we need to find additional funding to the tune of £500. Not much money given how much can be done, but currently beyond our means, while we continue to try and fund and provide our volunteers community radio service, 24 hours a day. All contributions towards the ingredients are welcome.

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Enjoy our cooking and we’ll see you out On The Road very soon.

The equipment list at the top of the page looks quite bare and simple. That is because, it is all we need. However, the only part of the equipment Eden FM owns, are the three microphones and those were donated just recently by Eden District Council. The mixer, stands, headphones and the laptop belong to two volunteers at Eden FM, who kindly loan the items

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First Encounters cheque presentation to Animal Rescue Cumbria Encounters with Wainwright is a book that contains 120 stories of people who met or knew Alfred Wainwright, from 75 years ago in Blackburn through to his final days in Kendal in 1991. These first-hand memories of Wainwright, most of them not previously published, show Wainwright as he really was – a more complex and endearing figure than often portrayed. This entertaining and informative book results from three years of detailed research and detective work by David Johnson, editor of The Wainwright Society’s magazine, Footsteps.

Pictured here is the first cheque presentation, for £2000, recently made by David to Amanda Nicholson, the Manager of Kapellan. Further instalments will follow as books are sold.

those interested in Wainwright. It will make a great gift for Christmas, too. Many of the stories of AW are humorous and I particularly enjoyed reading about the way the AGM used to be conducted at Animal Rescue Cumbria back in Wainwright’s time! The trustees, staff, volunteers and, of course, all the animals in our care are extremely grateful to David and The Wainwright Society for donating the profits, and are delighted and honoured by this.’

Amanda said: ‘Encounters with Wainwright is a wonderful book, brilliantly researched and produced by David. I’d recommend it to anyone, not just

The book is available from the Wainwright Society’s website: www.wainwright.org.uk/ encounters-with-wainwright or at various local outlets. Any

All profits from the book are being donated to Animal Rescue Cumbria, the charity that Wainwright supported passionately. The proceeds will be used for the ongoing work at Kapellan, the charity’s animal shelter at Grayrigg, near Kendal.

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enquiries can be directed to David Johnson at: encounters@ wainwright.org.uk or Tel: 01223 237102. If you would like to know more about The Wainwright Society, log on to the website at www. wainwright.org.uk or email secretary@wainwright.org.uk Derek Cockell Secretary - The Wainwright Society


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Permatt Fork Lift Trucks in Penrith require a Mechanical Engineer. This is a full-time position and suitable for a person with mechanical experience on heavy plant, ideally having worked with fork lift trucks. This position is based at the Penrith branch and is a full time, working 40 hours a week, with an immediate start. For more on this position, contact Permatt Fork Lift Trucks head office, and talk to Chris Lowes, on 0191 216 5320

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The Glenmore Trust are looking to recruit Support Workers in the Penrith area. Wage: £8.25 an hour on completion of The Care Certificate or a Self-Assessment 16-30 Hour positions needed. To include evenings, weekends and sleep-ins. If you are interested, please ring Vicky Homoelle on 01228 522448 to request an application pack, or you can download an application pack at www. glenmore.org and email your completed form to vicky.homoelle@glenmore.org . This will include further information about The Glenmore Trust & the job requirements. You can also join us at www.facebook.com/theglenmoretrust to see what activities we get involved in. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced disclosure.

Be heard for £50 per week Your recruitment advert promoted three times a day every day for one week Add an additional week for £25 Take both media platforms and you also get additional promotional activity via Eden FM and Cumbrian Local Publications social media pages for free Sign today, be Seen and Heard Tomorrow with an Eden FM and Eden Local recruitment campaign Email admin@edenfm.co.uk or call 01768 899101

Can you help deliver your Eden Local through doors next month? Could you deliver to a few streets where you live in a town? It might be delivering in the village where you live? If you have just found a copy of this advert in a local collection point and not through your door, you are in an area in which we would like you to help deliver your local magazine. From 100 – 500 magazines a month, we need Local People to deliver the Local Community Magazine. You could be a part of that local team. Call 01768 862394 or email lee@cumbrianlocal.co.uk

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On the Front Foot By Karl Collinson

The Bonny Blues began October on the front foot with a comprehensive victory away at Washington. Jim Nichols’ men blew the hosts away with a 6 minute treble at the start of the 2nd half. Penrith travelled to, top of the table, North Shields full of confidence hoping to take points off the league leaders. Jim Nichols was full of praise for his team after they more than matched North Shields and could have come away with all 3 points if they’d have taken one of their chances but were undone by two late goals. Northern League Division 1 fixtures didn’t get any easier for the Bonny Blues as we hosted 2015 league champions Marske United at Frenchfield Park. The visitors were held up by over 2 hours due to a traffic accident at Scotch Corner and the game didn’t get underway until 5pm.

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in-form West Auckland Town. Appleby striker, Bobby Atkinson, made his debut and had a significant hand in our goal as we came away with a point in a 1.1 draw. We hit 5 past Northbank in the 3rd round of the Cumberland Cup with both Martyn Coleman and Bobby Atkinson scoring twice. We picked up a massive 3 points with a thoroughly deserved 2.1 victory over Chester-Le-Street at Frenchfield Park. © Ben France Martyn Coleman flicks the ball

Coleman got it back to within a single goal but Marske were awarded a late penalty to settle the game.

Richard Faustino set up the impressive Bobby Atkinson to score one of the best goals seen in a long time to seal the win.

We host Morpeth in the league cup in November and have important Northern League matches against Dunston UTS, Morpeth Town, Sunderland RCA and Whitley Bay as we look to continue to climb the league table. The squad is looking really strong with captain Grant Davidson and Tyler Bowman forming a formidable centre defence partnership and Kevin Connelly creating scoring chances with his superb vision. Martyn Coleman continues to find the back of the net and new signing Bobby Atkinson looks at ease stepping up to Northern League football.

Cup matches took priority next as we travelled to Willington in the league cup and hosted Braithwaite in the Cumberland Cup. We played some free flowing and free scoring football in both matches whilst giving some valuable game time to some of our reserve players which Connor Shields scored on his debut and looks an exciting talent. We suffered a disappointing home defeat to Consett when we just couldn’t find the back of the net despite creating numerous goalscoring opportunities. It was back to cup action as we hosted Easington Colliery in the FA Vase 1st round. The lads put in a professional performance and eased through 3.1 where we’ve been drawn away to Newcastle Benfield. It was important to start picking up league points as we travelled to

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