Eden Local Community Magazine for Penrith and the Eden Valley Cumbria November 2017 Issue No 112

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Welcome to the November edition of your Eden Local It’s a warm welcome to your 112th Cumbrian Local Publication and a milestone for Eden Local which takes us into our 8th year. It’s the morning before print, the final bits to be tweaked, it’s wet and its dark, it’s winter. I hope you all got through your Halloween festivities and Bonfire night activities. I have no doubt that the debate will continue as it did last year, this year and in previous years on the use of fireworks and the controls around them. In sticking with tradition and convenience, more so from a very young age, we went to my great grandmothers and we celebrated in her back garden. Four generations would celebrate. My grandfather always made the guy out of an old boiler suit which was made that day, that day being 5th November. Whatever day November 5th fell on, that was bonfire night. Grandad would light the fire, let off fireworks, we had our hot dogs and soup, sparklers and unbelievably ‘handheld fireworks’. I was in bed by 8pm on a school night. I was never permitted to go out and ask for a ‘Penny for the Guy’ in the streets as I was told it was begging. 50 years later, I’m not the grandfather yet, but my daughters were there on 5th November with their great grandmother (Nan) with their sparklers, in keeping with a tradition of generations. I have a view on organised displays. I was in a bonfire society for a number of years in Sussex. They have a Bonfire season which starts in September and finishes in November. They are one or two events each weekend staged by towns and villages, attended by other societies during this period, which includes a torch light precession with the societies in their various costumes and a bonfire and firework display. The motto of the society I was in was simply, ‘We burn for charity’. The biggest of the season was the Lewes Bonfire night, a set of celebrations held in the town of Lewes, Sussex that constitutes the United Kingdom's largest

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Contents Contents and introduction

Pages 3 - 5

A return to the Arches

Pages 7 - 9

The Work Christmas Party

Pages 10 & 11

Pam’s Miscellany for November

Pages 12 & 13

In to Year Eight

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An Exhibition of Light

Pages 15 - 17

17 – 25 Temptations

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Eden District Council Updates

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Not a Party in the Park (Continued)

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Wainwright Society Update

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Out and About Community Gardener

Pages 26 – 27

The 563 Bus Update

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Penrith AFC Update

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Continued from page 3 and most famous Bonfire Night festivities. I first attended them when I was 14. Lewes is now known as the bonfire capital of the world. Always held on 5th November (unless the 5th falls on a Sunday, in which case it's held on Saturday 4th), the event not only marks Guy Fawkes Night - the date of the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 - but also commemorates the memory of the seventeen Protestant martyrs from the town, burned at the stake for their faith during the Marian Persecutions. It is the best you will ever see and whilst now 80,000 people attend and it is an event run with precession. It is so well organised and it funds itself through fundraising activities during the year. There is a charge for the firework display as I understand it, but the procession and activities are all funded generally by the society’s own fundraising. So Christmas is next. Well before this we have the BID to be concluded. What is the BID? Well ask a retailer in the centre of Penrith is the simple way to find out. Information is already out there that if businesses don’t vote ‘yes’ to the Business Improvement District, if you are in it of course, potentially Penrith will no longer have Christmas lights, it will no longer be promoted and it will no longer be capable of competing in the Great Britain in Bloom competition. For more information go to www. penrithbid.co.uk to check out the threat! Whilst across the UK, towns have Christmas lights every year and other activities organised without Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 a BID, here ‘we’ as residents must be seen as incompetent of raising funds through the sources available and organising events, utilising officers from the district and town council to assist with events. The BID with its additional funding has performed well in a number of key areas to help deliver and financially support town events. This has also been assisted by other funders like the Town Council, the Pride in Penrith Lottery, Eden District Council Community Fund and with support from the Penrith Partnership and Chamber of Trade along with 1000’s of voluntary hours from the community. The funds of course from these funders in the interim will still exist regardless of the outcome when the vote is closed. As a director in a business in BID, I am just waiting for someone to knock on my door. As for Christmas lights being something of a bargaining chip to get businesses who can vote ‘yes’, it’s something I’m not sure as a resident or business owner I agree with. After all the town is more than just a BID area. Should the decision of the lights be under the control of the people or the BID? So the changing of the seasons is upon us. We’ve had some heavy frosts and in between showers, the rain is about, but on those dry days, the smell from the chimneys is one I’ll always enjoy. Although there are cleaner options; some advertise here today with Hearth and Home (P11), who have been supporting the Eden Local every month since March 2012. Thank you Fraser. It’s great to see so many businesses supporting the magazine and some of the other publications we now produce. I would like the opportunity to thank Terry Oliver of the Arches Carpets for sharing the successes he has experienced, of Eden Local directing new and old customers to his showroom on two floors, which opened back at the close of 2012 on Hartness Road on the Gilwilly industrial Estate (featured in

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Eden Local issue 26). His three page article starts on page 7. He has some new ideas and traditional thoughts to share. Importantly as an independent retailer, a visit to the Arches cannot be compared to that of a larger retail, purely on the basis of quality, price, range and traditional customer service. Welcome to David Forester Auto Services, a hidden gem that for about three years has been trading right under our noses in Mardale Road, Penrith, supplying products across the UK and the world. It was enlightening to find out what he has to offer (p 15 – 17). There is a follow up article featured here that relates to the sewage problem and flooding in Wetheriggs Park. Someone is accountable somewhere and whilst I did meet with MP Rory Stewart along with other residents and local District Councillors from the ward, it’s not moving forward very fast since the flooding in July 2017. It seems acceptable for people using the park and visitors staying in the adjacent hotel, not to alert them to the potential hazards during flooding in the past which potentially have resulted in illness to pets or themselves, but nothing is to be put in place short term to prevent it from happening again. As a reminder, if you have access to internet, you can go to www.cumbrianlocal.co.uk/ previous-issues to read online all previous publications. If you would like a hard copy of any publication this can be arranged. We have had requests across the years for additional copies and as a local publication, you can’t beat a hard copy in your hand, to pick up and put down. Just let us know by using the contact information provided. Please note that the December Eden Local will be out around 7th December. The deadline for copy and adverts is 22nd November. Until next month, please enjoy your Eden Local. Lee Quinn


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A return to The Arches Carpet Centre by Lee Quinn Importantly, when you’ve worked with someone for quite some time and they’ve supported your business for a number of years, when you’re looking at doing a recap of the business and exploring new ideas for advertising, I find when I sit down with Terry Oliver, the owner of The Arches Carpet Centre, I just look at what is current and what potentially is the future. I also look back at how this business arrived at where it is. It was back in the Autumn of 2012, that after 18 ½ years at its premises, the business ‘The Arches’, 1 Victoria Road, Penrith, moved to its current showroom at Hartness Road on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate. We’ll come to where the Arches Carpet Centre is today in a moment, but back in the beginning when Terry was handed the keys to the doors of a surviving landmark at 1 Victoria Road, with its entrance in the Southend Road, Friday 6th May 1994 was a big day in the Arches Carpet Centre history; one shared with an event over 360 miles away that day, the official opening of the Channel Tunnel, presided over by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand. The rail tunnel or ‘Chunnel’ was built under the English Channel connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age. Back in Penrith, it was the completion of a purchase of a premises that first started in October 1991 for Terry. The property back then was a carpet shop owned by Mark and Rhona Marshall. After originally starting out in agricultural in Dairy Chemicals, Terry started in carpets after a very persuasive friend convinced him he would

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do better selling carpets. This was ‘back to the future’ in 1985, the year of Live Aid when Terry set up from home his mobile carpet business, ‘Phone Call Mobile Carpets’. The business from home grew and when 1 Victoria Road came up for sale with PFK in 1990, negotiations started. As Terry explained it, from working from home with a boot load of carpet samples to opening a shop and buying stock was a huge step forward and he recalls at the time being strongly advised by the bank not to do it as the premises wasn’t suitable. He did question how much knowledge a bank would have about the carpet business and suitable premises, which was already one of many established carpet shops. As we see today, it was one of the best decisions Terry could have made at that time, which has built his business a reputation of getting decisions right.

There was much to talk about in how The Arches Carpet Centre has evolved. Their customer base, much of it repeat business has been a contributing factor and a benchmark of the consistency of service and level of quality of products and fitting maintained over the years since 1994. Apart from taking time to discuss the history of the business, I also got to discuss carpets. Whilst we walk on them every day, what do we really know when we go looking for a carpet? What are we actually looking for, a price, a colour or a function? The range at the Arches is phenomenal. I suppose you could say wall to wall carpets, but they also do rugs and other types of flooring, vinyls, linos and L.V.T. More recently exclusively to The Arches Carpet Centre is the Wineo 1000 Pureline Organic Flooring range, made from Rapseed or Castor Oil and Chalk with the flexibly as ease of rubber. PVC-free: no chlorine, no plasticisers, no solvents, it is inspired by nature – made for life Choosing a carpet or flooring isn’t an everyday task; it’s not something we do regularly. Generally you’ll find the colour. Without a doubt, there is a price to pay but what you pay and where you purchase it could have a major impact on whether you have the right carpet for the right place in

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your home or place of work. As I understand it, 1ply is a single strand, which will flatten and it’s not hard wearing. 2ply is two strands twisted together and it continues up to 6 strands. The strands and the type of protection the carpet has make a bit difference in price. Carpets are really tested today in our homes with pets, children and spills. Whilst they do have resistance, they can be instantly cleaned with, staggeringly ‘raw bleach’! This is definitely a ‘don’t try this at home’, unless you have taken expert advice and that is something that comes in abundance with The Arches Carpet Centre. So getting an understanding of carpets is key to defining its uses. There are 100% wool, 80% wool, 50 – 50 wool and 100% manmade fibre carpets. There are ecofriendly carpets. I discovered the Envobac carpet! You scrunch it up; it goes flat, just one of its selling points. There are some big names out there like Westex, Axminster, Ulster, Brinttons, Crucial Trading, Riviera, Abingdon and many other brand names; all these brands are supplied by The Arches. The premises at Hartness Road on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate is set on two floors, with free parking which has to be an attraction in itself if you consider they have a


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hardwearing clothes and we have designer clothes and as I see it carpets and how we dress our homes is not that dissimilar.

range that runs into the 1000’s which is available to The Arches Carpet Centre, with some unique ranges only available from The Arches. To name a few at the top end in luxury is Westex, which comes in 120 colours available in 8 qualities (Twists), five matching widths and you can even choose a colour not available that can be custom made for you. Closer to home there is Lakeland wool and Herdwick, but the one that from a ‘total novice’ carpet person like me, I found myself thinking it ticks most of the boxes, was a Brockway in quality, functionality, thickness and price. What I didn’t know was that Herdwick wool is one of the hardest wools to dye. Mainly due to the resilience of the wool understandably due to where it’s grown. Terry recalled that there was a local company in Kendal which after five years, cracked it and they had greens, blues and reds etc… but this company went into liquidation and the Kendal operation was shut down and that was the end of the coloured Herdwick ‘Twist’ Carpet. The colours you see are down to the age of the Herdwick and are all natural colours. The Brockway range is just one of many pure wool ranges that is a good all round carpet. Terry also discussed the Naturally Sustainable Eco

Carpet. This is hand woven and as you can see it almost looks like a thick warm jumper. We have everyday comfortable

My thanks to Terry Oliver for his time at The Arches Carpets Centre at Hartness Road on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate, for sharing once again his knowledge and experience, which I now share with the readers of Eden Local once again. Importantly as I do every month, I got to catch up with Radley, who as I understand it, is named after a handbag brand. I don’t think he knows that! As confirmed by Terry, there are still fitting dates available in December.

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The work Christmas Party! It’s that time of year when work Christmas parties are taking place and many are starting to get into the Christmas spirit. What does that mean for employers and their staff? Well, work Christmas parties can be a great way of boosting morale in the workplace, enabling staff to get together and get to know one another better. This could improve work relationships and cooperation and as a member of staff, you should be able to relax and have a good time. Sometimes things go wrong, however, and regardless of whether the event was held on work premises or off site, the employer may be liable for incidents that involve their staff. It doesn’t matter whether the employer has witnessed the incident or not; they could still be facing an employment tribunal claim from an aggrieved member of staff. Members of staff who are found to have behaved inappropriately could face disciplinary action, including dismissal. Is it really worth getting into serious trouble and even losing your job for behaving inappropriately at the work Christmas party? It probably comes as no surprise that excessive alcohol consumption is usually the cause of incidents.

Code of Conduct’. These can be useful to refer to prior to staff attending these sorts of events. • Employers should remind staff of the consequences of behaving inappropriately at events.

So, what can you do as an employer to try and prevent incidents?

• Where possible, the employer should limit the amount of alcohol available at the event and make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives.

• Employers should periodically remind staff of what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour. Some employers work with their staff to create a ‘Staff

• Where possible, the employer should provide plenty of tasty food and perhaps encourage staff to eat before they start consuming alcohol.

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WOULD AN ELECTRIC STOVE OR FIRE SUIT YOU BETTER? • Employers should be aware of the dietary requirements of their staff and cater accordingly. • Employers should be aware of staff who don’t drink alcohol and provide plenty of interesting non-alcoholic alternatives. • Employers should ensure any entertainment provided is appropriate for all staff and is not

Would an electric stove or fire suit you better? if you currently have a coal or gas fire that you never use then maybe an electric would be better when renewal time comes, the display can be on all year round giving that feel good factor as opposed to a black hole, come and see some of the newest electric fires on the market as well as our Wood burning stoves and gas fires.

likely to offend anyone. • Employers may wish to think about how staff will get home following the event. Transport could be planned. I don’t want you to think I’m a party pooper! I certainly am not and enjoy celebrating events and having a good time, however, it is worth thinking about any work Christmas party you might be plans in place now to try and avoid any problems.

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November facts Gemstone: Topaz Flower: Chrysanthemum Zodiac Signs: Scorpio/Sagittarius Folklore: ‘A warm November is a sign of a bad winter’

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Year Eight? With the Eden Local there is a print and delivery cost, because for it to get posted through doors, someone has to post it whatever the weather. To print is a costly process in itself. A community magazine can only exist if local businesses support it. It relies on doors and not sales. A local paper is generally purchased across a counter. Some are delivered and this is chargeable. In 7 years there have been several attempts to introduce free magazines; a few have failed; some I am pleased to say have survived. In the rural areas, we are so very fortunate to have many monthly parish news magazines that cover a lot of local important news and events. What a fantastic job they continue to do. Importantly whether it’s a local newspaper, a community magazine, a parish newsletter or even the community radio, they need your local support continually and like your local butcher, for that Christmas Turkey you won’t find in a Supermarket, they need customers not just at Christmas but all year round.

A lot of news these days is free. In towns where there were two weekly papers, there are generally now just one. With just one paper in a town, it potentially did corner a certain element of the market, which 7 years ago was probably the case here in Penrith where the Eden Local is based. The Eden Local set out to deliver affordable advertising. It couldn’t be beaten on price; it was after all free to the community and funded by local businesses. Unlike paid for press, when sales drop you can’t put an extra 10p on a free magazine ‘per household’, especially when you’re posting through 16,000 letterboxes!

Reflecting on the areas covered by the Parish News and the local press, I recently planned out the print and delivery schedule that will take Eden Local into its 10th year, where it is hoped we’ll be printing our 200th publication. Looking through my old diaries, they go back to 1994, when I started my first business which is still very much alive and kicking today. Anyway, I pulled the Academic Diary off the shelf for July 2009 to December 2010. In the back of it were scribbles and costs of an idea called Eden Local and a logo for an idea called Eden FM. As someone who is dyslexic, I probably took on one of the hardest challenges and fears of anyone who is dyslexic! Writing takes a long time. I don't see mistakes. I don't see missing words or words that are double typed. A 70s education cut out those that couldn't read or write. But for those like me who can talk, radio is a place to be. In November 2010, just over 6000 doors in Penrith received the first Cumbrian Local Publication. Eden Local Community Magazine 'issue

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EXHIBITION OF LIGHT DF Auto Services of Penrith A Penrith based independent specialist in vehicle lighting applications and maintenance are holding an open day event.

Saturday 25th November from 9am - 6pm at the Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, Penrith. The event is to highlight the best lighting products, accessories and customising components available across a wide range of applications such as Trucks, Trailers, Plant, Commercial, Agricultural, 4X4 and many others. Several commercial trucks that have their lighting and accessory products fitted by us will be at the venue. Representatives from the suppliers will be on site to support the event with new product ranges on show. Ask the experts; get the right advice and product for your application. DFAS now has an expanding portfolio of both suppliers and customers from the UK and Europe. With the increasing need for lighting upgrades and safety products, the market is delivering products to meet those ever changing regulations and needs. Continues over page The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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Continues from page 17 As the business grows, we are able to offer additional products from commercial body panels, lighting bars and fitting kits to suit your specific requirements. We are also proud to offer ranges of vehicle cleaning products from cab fresheners to vehicle washes and waxes. David Forrester said “Vehicle lighting is important from aspects of road safety to on site applications for employees. Our products are tested to the highest standards and we are confident of their reliability. Many people are not aware we are based locally in Penrith and can supply products promptly and with a good back up service. I would like to thank my existing customers for their business; we are seeking to expand our product range all the time and welcome new enquiries and clients. All our products can be tailored to suit your budget range”.

DFAS ARE LIGHTING THE WAY FORWARD IN THIS SPECIALIST MARKET: • We will be introducing new ranges of LED products both external & interior for commercial & 4X4 vehicles. • Visitors can check out the new rear combination lamps, marker and outline lamps, flexible stalk lamps; all are available in point of sale blister packaging. • All our lighting products are sourced from around the world and meet the necessary lighting regulations and type approval; therefore you can be assured of their manufacturing quality and fitment.

OUR PRODUCT RANGE IS AS FOLLOWS: LED AUTOLAMPS • STRANDS LIGHTING RANGE • TRUX BARS • SWEDE STUFF • VISION X • TRUCK CHEF MICROWAVES • INDEL B FRIDGES • PETERSON LIGHTING • FUEL SAVING KITS • VEPRO OY VISORS HADLEY HORNS • WHITE DIAMOND • METEC BARS • CARGO STOP & MANY MORE.

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17-25! Temptations at this time of year…. By Emily Quinn This month’s article is going to focus on the winter season; especially with it creeping up to Christmas. It’s that time of year when we many of us spend more money than we should, drink too much and eat too much! Many of us, including myself, partake in these activities. In this month’s article, a bit like I have done before, I’m going to stress the need to look out for others and keep safe, but as always, have fun and enjoy yourself, because at the end of the day you’ve got to love each day as it comes as you’re only getting older. For me, the last 18 years has gone too quickly. I wish I’d done more already. Just don’t over indulge when it comes to all those temptations. Being a student, I totally understand the stresses of money management. I know how difficult it is. Before you even think about spending money on yourself, you’ve got to budget monthly for car insurance, fuel, emergency money if something happens, phone bills and so on. The list goes on. I’m not going to lie to you; it’s only going to get harder before it gets better. But let’s just focus on getting to that point first. It’s important to go out and have fun but I advise you just to organise yourself beforehand. Sort out what money you’re using for what. Club money, drinks money and taxi money. This way EdenLocal

you won’t need to worry at the end of the night when you realise you haven’t enough money to get home. Be reasonable with your money too. For example, budget drinks money sensibly for as much as you need. Don’t go crazy and save £100 for drinks! Yes, drinking is fun, but really, what is the point in going crazy? Personally, I’d much rather remember what happened last night than spend way too much money and have no memory of it. Eating too much is just something many of us do and we can’t help it. It’s just what we do. I think the phrase is ‘eye’s bigger than your belly’. This happens in most households over the Christmas season. Supermarkets are always much busier and businesses earn a lot more than their average. This is because we see the Christmas season as a time of indulgence and relaxation. Sadly, my generation is somehow

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classed as ‘obese’. I am not entirely sure how, but that’s what the officials say, so I’m not going to argue with them. And funnily enough at this time of year as we creep into winter, people put the most weight on. And I think the obese statistics are high because then people are just carrying on the excessive eating into the New Year. Compared to 100 years ago or even 50 years ago, we have so many variations of food and most people have access to most of them and we just take advantage of food because we have too much of it. I guess the important thing to remember is, don’t just eat because you’re bored sitting at home. Eating for the sake of eating is pointless. And don’t over indulge. Have those particularly bad things as a treat. A reward if you like. When it comes to drinking too much, the fact it’s the time for celebration justifies it perfectly,


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around people you trust and feel safe around. I think the three main issues are money management, food intake and drink intake. If you are aware of these issues, then without you even realising it, you’ll be wary of them. Personally, the plan is to put some money away from this month and next month before Christmas so when it’s all over, I’m going into 2018 with something rather than nothing and for me, I’m the one doing the lifts on a night out. Every other at least anyway! Occasionally I’ll go a bit mad but it’s a rarity. You don’t always need to go crazy and it does save a fortune as the average price of a drink is over £3 when you go out. When it comes to indulging; yes, I am worse a Christmas. I’ll let you know how I get on with that one after the holiday season! Next month I will be focusing on the aftermath of Christmas and what to do and getting ready to go back to school, college and university after it’s all over. Nobody wants to go back but we do and all you’ve got to do is get through it. You don’t even really have to enjoy it but it helps if you do!

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Museum launches mistletoe inspired Art Challenge our collection, so it will be great to engage more people with it and see how the subject matter can spark their curiosity and imagination.”

Penrith artist Jacob Thompson (1806-1879) Budding painters of all ages will hopefully be drawn to visit Penrith and Eden Museum to take part in a new Art Challenge based around a historic painting by local artist Jacob Thompson (1806-1879). The Art Challenge is being organised by Museum Curator, Corinna Leenen and local artist Karen MacDougall. People of all ages and artistic ability are being asked to be inspired by the Museum’s newest Jacob Thompson painting ‘The Druids collecting the Mistletoe’. This work is an oil on canvas painting from 1832. It shows figures at work in a wooded clearing in the Eden Valley. The magnificent Bronze Age stone circle of Long Meg and Her Daughters is clearly visible in the distance. Museum Curator, Corinna Leenen, said: “We’re excited to be putting on this Challenge. It will be a fantastic opportunity for people to have their works displayed in our galleries for everyone to see. Jacob Thompson’s ‘Druids’ painting is one of the highlights of EdenLocal

The Art Challenge is free to enter. All entries will be reproduced and shown in the Museum. The top 3 entries in each class will be mounted and displayed in one of the galleries from 19 January-9 February 2018. There will also be individual prizes and a prize for each school, with a pupil winning first prize in each age category. The prizes have kindly been donated by the Derwent Pencil Museum. Local artist Karen MacDougall said: “Be inspired by Jacob Thompson's wonderful painting. You could use the idea of a local landscape, paint how the Druids are feeling or copy one of the figures in a modern landscape - whatever ideas spring to mind as you look at the painting. This is YOUR painting! I am looking forward to seeing some fantastic

paintings for the exhibition in January.” Jacob Thompson Art Challenge 2017 rules This is a painting competition. Work will be accepted in any painting medium. This will also include the use of inks and Inktense or watercolour pencils or sticks. The artwork should be inspired by some aspect of Jacob Thompson’s painting, ‘The Druids Collecting the Mistletoe’ which he painted in 1832. This painting is on permanent display in the Museum. Entry to the Art Challenge is free. Size of entry is: A4 minimum and A3 maximum size of image, excluding any mount or frame. Mounting and framing: All works should be submitted unmounted, except for canvases, which may be submitted framed, but not glazed. Artist name, plus school name, or home address and contact details,

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Penrith and Eden Museum must be securely fixed on the back of your entry. The age group category must be stated. Categories are: KS1 work from Reception to Year 2; KS2 work from Year 3 to 6; Secondary School up to year 11; Open to age 16 and above. Work without this information will not be judged or displayed in the Museum. Work should be submitted, adequately protected, to Penrith Tourist Information Office, 42 Middlegate, Penrith between 4-13 January 2018

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Work will be judged and mounted between 15-18 January 2018, with the exhibition opening on 19 January and running until 9 February 2018. There will be a panel of 3 judges and their decision will be final. Background to Jacob Thompson (1806-1879) A well-known painter from Penrith. His paintings are in St Andrew’s Church and the Penrith and Eden Museum (enter through the Tourist information Centre) in Middlegate, Penrith. Entry is free. ‘The Druids Collecting the Mistletoe’ by Jacob Thompson Oil on canvas, 1832 According to the artist's biographer, Llewellyn Jewitt, the painting was commissioned by Colonel Samuel Lacy, owner of the monument and surrounding land. The painting provides an evocative example of how prehistoric sites were admired and represented by British artists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, appealing as subjects both to the prevailing Romantic sensibility and the taste for picturesque scenery and antiquities. For more information about the Jacob Thompson Art Challenge visit www.eden.gov.uk/museum or contact Karen MacDougall telephone: 017683 62499 or email: karenmacdougall@mac.com

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RORY STEWART MP URGES PUBLIC BODIES TO FIND SOLUTION FOR WEATHERIGGS PARK

Rory Stewart MP has met with local residents at Wetheriggs Country Park to look at the failing drainage system, which has caused sewerage to be washed up onto pathways and grass verges throughout the park, during heavy downpours. The park, which is located between Clifford Road and the A66, is well used by families, dog walkers, sports clubs and schools, and residents are concerned about the risks to public health and safety. Previous attempts have been made to fix the problem, without success, since stakeholders have not been able to agree on an appropriate, affordable solution. Adrian Todd (Con, Orton with Tebay), services portfolio holder for Eden District Council, said: “Along with the local community, the council are in contact with the United Utilities to report any issues and to ensure any clean up and reinstatement works are carried out as quickly as possible. We understand local people’s concerns and frustrations and will continue to speak to local residents and businesses in the area." A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We appreciate that this is an unpleasant issue and EdenLocal

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we are doing what we can to help residents. We regularly clean the local sewer network to make sure it is operating at full capacity, however during heavy rainstorms it overflows due to the volume of water. We will always attend to do a clean-up afterwards and we will also arrange to reinstate the damaged footpath. Unfortunately there is no quick fix to the problem and it would need a major engineering solution to stop the flooding. Our capital investment program has limited funds for tackling sewer flooding and we must prioritise the worst cases where homes are flooded internally. We constantly review our funding priorities, but at present there are no plans to carry out any capital improvement work at this location.” Speaking after the site visit, Rory Stewart said: "It is important that United Utilities work together with the Council and local residents to find a realistic, feasible, affordable way forward. This is a public facility, and it must be safe and pleasant to use, and it is vitally important that there are no further delays in agreeing and implementing the right engineering solution. I will continue to work with local residents on this and will be meeting with Cllr Adrian Todd this week to discuss the options available."


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Introduction to Wetheriggs Community Action Group Following Rory’s visit to the Wetheriggs Park, another meeting was held on Monday 30th October 2017 at Wetheriggs Country Park with Wetheriggs Community Action Group and Neil Buck, Contracts Manager from Eden District Council. The purpose of the visit being to highlight the lack of maintenance and neglect throughout the park, which ultimately affects the safety of the general public who use this facility. Some of the concerns raised • No tree maintenance. No evidence of arborist inspecting trees for a number of years; pathways through trees to lower park path not maintained and totally overgrown • Rubbish collecting in ditch adjoining park beside layby on dual carriageway, attracting vermin • Safety gate needed from park onto layby on dual carriageway, to prevent small children accessing carriageway • Again in this area, lorry drivers using area under trees as a toilet, together with pop bottles being filled with urine and tossed into park • Seats at park not bedded into ground properly • Picnic area on top green – no waste bins, thus people using picnic benches are throwing cans etc into bushes • General pathways leading into park from Clifford Road are dangerous in wet and frosty weather due to the gradient of the paths – and currently not suitable for wheelchair access Via a door to door campaign, the group will now be seeking additional members to join the group with the simple condition that they are actually residents or have a business in the ward.

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Clive Hutchby at the 2017 Memorial Lecture details of the route such as the state of the paths, the existence of new stiles and other features. He makes notes using a copy of the relevant Pictorial Guide. He then went on to describe the process of recording this information on the pages of the guides saying that a new font had been developed to replace all the existing text allowing it to be edited and enlarged, thus improving readability by using a new, larger page size. Wainwright’s ascent diagrams have been brought up-to-date by using a new red layer to denote paths and recommended routes. This layer is overlaid on the original page, which means that changes can be made easily in future editions.

Clive Hutchby on the fells ©Clive Hutchby The speaker for the 2017 Memorial Lecture was Clive Hutchby, who has been walking in the steps of Wainwright for the past four years revising the Pictorial Guides. His lecture explained the process of bringing the guides completely up-to-date in a digital age. The new editions have set out to record the changes to the routes of ascent that have occurred since the last revision by Chris Jesty. Wainwright took a notebook, map and camera on to the fells when he was conducting his research. Clive explained that he works in a similar way on the fells using his camera to record

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Clive emphasised that throughout the process the importance of maintaining the integrity of Wainwright’s voice was paramount: his views and opinions have not been compromised. Clive concluded his lecture by showing some examples of pages from the Guides before and after the revisions pointing out the changes that had been made. Society Secretary, Derek Cockell thanked Clive for his informative talk and presented Clive with Honorary Membership of the Society. 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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OUT AND ABOUT WITH JOAN ROBINSON

It never ceases to amaze me how things just come together and something extraordinary happens.

Community Spirit is alive and well. This month we witnessed once again fantastic community spirit bringing together business and numerous individuals to brighten up the front of the Masonic Hall on the corner of Portland Place. With many of the things we do the journey is often more important than the finished product, so I want to share with you the story about this project as an example.

Making a difference. A few quick sketches and the Masonic Hall committee with a leap of faith gave us permission to EdenLocal

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build planters on their concrete frontage. Next the challenge was to involve as many people as we could and complete the project without any funds. This is the way the Community Gardeners in Penrith like to work! Our lovely friends at Eden Mencap quickly volunteered to lend a hand as did ten or more of our brilliant community gardeners. The builders(RBTL) at Tara Hill, Scotland Road started us off by kindly giving us some sturdy timber to make the boxes. JT Atkinson gave us timber as well. Finding filling for the boxes was easy as the Community Gardeners had agreed with Penrith BID to take the contents of the 150 hanging baskets and the other floral displays around the town and reuse or make compost with it. Well we couldn’t let the contents get dumped as possible landfill.


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It has to be fun. If you had seen the team in action the day we filled the boxes you would have witnessed grown adults having great fun jumping up and down like children on the compost trying to pad it down. Xxxx , who runs the pop up coffee stand by the Information Centre, enthusiastically saved his used coffee grounds for us to add. Molly and Smoky, two little white ponies, kindly donated their manure to add to the compost!

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All for free. We were blessed by the generosity of people willing to give plants and bulbs. Green Wheat Flowers at the bottom of Brunswick Road for example gave us a selection of plants. Many of the bulbs we planted were saved from the Town’s borders when they were cleared earlier in the year. Members of the URC, Christchurch gave donations following a gardening talk we gave which allowed us to buy other plants, soil improvers and screws.

Thank you for making a difference. It is impossible to put a number on how many have helped in one way or another to make this project happen but it must be upwards of 70 generous people. Yes, ordinary people can do extraordinary things and with gardening we get to release the creative and sometimes rebellious spirit in us all! When you pass by the Masonic Hall we hope you recall this little story and the community spirit that makes such things happen- Enjoy. Joan Robinson Penrith Community Gardeners Facebook: Garden of Eden-Penrith Community Gardeners

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Eden Valley Buses Make the Most of Them Stagecoach North West Service 563 Penrith - Appleby Days of Operation Monday - Friday

With the relaunch of the 563 Penrith to Appleby bus service in early September, the opportunities to travel by bus between Penrith and Appleby have become much greater. This service, operated by Stagecoach, runs Monday to Friday, providing 3 return journeys between 9.15 and 15.00, calling at Kirkby Thore and Temple Sowerby. The timings of the journeys provide the opportunity to spend several hours in Appleby or Penrith (and include a stop at Penrith rail station). Everyone is being encouraged to use the 563 service, as its usage will be reviewed, to help get it established for the longer term. Details about this service are available online or in leaflets available at the Penrith and Appleby Tourist Information Centres. The weekday 506 service, also operated by Stagecoach, from Appleby to Kendal via Penrith in term time, provides the opportunity to arrive in Penrith at 7.30 and depart at 18.30. For frequent users of the 563/506 services who are not eligible for concessionary cards, the weekly megaGold rider is an available fare option. The other main services are the 574 Tuesday Kirkby Stephen - Penrith operated by Cumbria Classic Coaches and the 561 Appleby to Kendal operated by Robinsons; like the 563 these are commercial operations, reliant on passenger revenue. EdenLocal

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one' was published to the community to launch the campaign for Penrith to have its own local community radio station and a centre page insert was the application form to enter in the new Penrith Lottery. As I finished off the 112th Cumbrian Local publication, I looked back over the years as we enter our 8th year. I spoke to some businesses who signed up in the early days to get this publication launched. They signed up without even knowing what it would look like. Some businesses sadly are not about today; after all we did launch a magazine in a recession. I estimated that well over two million copies have been posted through doors in 7 years and around 30,000 hours have gone into producing the publication that is still free to residents and businesses. I have no idea how many miles I've walked, or miles I have driven and how many I've posted! I spoke to a business today who invested £100 in that first issue and we discussed that with all the Cumbrian Local publications being online, including that first issue, it wasn't a bad investment for 7 years of advertising. As I sat in North Lakes Medical practice waiting room today, as I was taking nan for her flu jab, I saw an Eden Local on the table and I was listening to Eden FM Radio! Now that's progress I thought.... In 2018, I urge you all to buy your local paper, keep in touch with Eden Local and tune in to Eden FM. Your local news and local views depend on it.

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New appointment & plan for Bonny Blues by Lee Quinn

Since the start of the pre-season football in June 2017, Eden Local has been working closely with the committed team of volunteers that are the Management Committee behind Penrith AFC.

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Last month I talked about how difficult it is to run a community club of this size in the area where it is based, the challenges faced with travel in the Northern League Division One and the need to develop local players. After finishing at Eden FM on Saturday morning, I headed over to Cockermouth to see the Bonny Blues first team in the 3rd round of the Cumberland Cup. It was nice to do a local away match, although the pitch looked very heavy going, as did the area around it where there was some great away support sinking in mud above their shoes on a dry day! It was the first match for player manager Kyle May and not the strongest of sides for Penrith, but real strength and determination prevailed with both experience and youth, to see the Blues once again getting used to the conditions where the ball didn’t roll too well and generally landed with a thud rather than a

Danny Grainger (Captain Carlisle United) talking to Kyle May on his last appearance for Shildon FC in their match against Penrith AFC. This taken on the night of his appointment as manager of the Bonny Blues bounce, as the surface took all of the power out of it. The final score finished at 3 – 0. I spoke to Billy Williams on the recent changes since

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after travelling a little short of 500 miles to represent the town in Sunderland and Teeside. Billy was upbeat and positive on the way forward and had this to say. He hopes to see you at Frenchfield Park Stadium later this month. “The challenge facing new Manager Kyle May is one he is relishing. He believes we now have a mini league consisting of 8/9 teams who make up the bottom half of the league. Losing points in these games makes the job ahead more difficult. May is very busy trying to attract players to the club. The first of these is the return of last season’s record goal scorer Martyn Coleman. We have 24 games still to play and 72 points available. At Frenchfield Park we are keen to be recognised as very much an integral part of the community. The move from a town centre location has proved a real challenge. In this challenge we are extremely grateful to those businesses who have taken pitch side board advertising and support the match programmes and those sponsors sharing the cost of kits and equipment. However, in order to push the club forward in the right direction, we would ask if you are reading this article to think about whether there is anything you or the company you work for could benefit from in any way by supporting the club? Small amounts, even a small advert in the programme all help. For an evening out, or a Saturday afternoon, we provide pre-match meals and drinks for parties up to 25 for match sponsors, where your party will also choose the Man of the Match and a great day out with an end result of promoting your business while supporting your local community club. Around 300 players represent the club, of both genders, from the nappy squads to senior level. Take a trip to Frenchfield Park, immerse yourself in a proper little football club and discover the pleasure you have been missing. I’ll look forward to seeing you soon.” - Billy Williams

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