Eden Local Issue 162

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Contents Contents & Introduction Hackney & Leigh Join forces with Butterworths Solicitors Sound Advice Update & Covid-19 Update It’s a date with Butterworths 8 ‘til 8 New era for Eden’s premium eBike retailer FYR Sparkling Sunday Lunch Scalesceugh Hall & Villas Viewing Event Hospice at Home Gifts for Christmas online Auction “If I can do this, So can You” Quality Award for Penrith Town Council Sale Now on Cumbria Oak Hedgehog in Fact or Fiction We Need Bums On Seats! ‘Distinctive’ Luxury Vinyl flooring Now at the Arches Robinson’s School Celebrating 350 Years Daffodil Walk now planted Don’t wait until it’s too Late at Hearth and Home Autumn Wordsearch and what can you win this month? Working Remotely and Recording Working Hours Pamela’s Scramble Something you might do 31st October! Getting you warm for the winter with Marshalls Momentum gathers Fresh Air for Penrith Campaign Meet the Presenters Kathy (AKA) Kaptain and Tony Hackney & Leigh Award winning Local Property Experts Follow us on Facebook for additional stories and

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Welcome to our 162nd Issue In July we set out the stall for more regular articles and features and after seeing the front cover, I’m sure you’ll love what is to come. Being in a situation where we are independent and we manage the entire product from design, through print to our own distribution teams has its advantages. Whilst I am writing, this means it could be in your hand within 5 days and the online version of the Eden Local can be published minutes after it is completed.

A warm welcome to your Eden Local, our 162nd publication. Strange times we are in, but as you’ll see from this month’s edition in your community magazine, we have just started to settle in again. Since setting off again with our first Eden Local following Lockdown, which we eventually started distributing on 24th July, our first since the since 5th March, we’ve made so many changes to the magazine. If you look at those published from July until this October edition, people have commented favourably on the new format. The team have worked very hard pulling everything together, bringing the print and delivery forward one week each month, it’s good to start out with deliveries in the first week of October. Where we are now is a credit to all those involved in writing, designing and delivering the magazine through doors.

This month, based on these timescales, we have been able to scoop some great news and stories last minute. Firstly, I’d like to welcome back the North Lakes Hotel and Spa. I’d also like to share something of a miracle that relates to a call 12 hours before print, which was from Scalesceugh Hall & Villas. They have a viewing event and it might be a bit tight getting all the magazines through every door by 19th October, but they’re okay with that! What a journey they have had since I met the owners Bruno and Anita in August 2019! In our commitment as a magazine and a radio station, to help local charities and other groups, Eden Local and Eden FM have chosen to get behind the Hospice at Home ‘Gifts for Christmas’ online auction. We have offered them a platform here in the magazine by donating a free page for three months and an advertising campaign on Eden FM also for free, which will also include multiple business support on social media from some of our customers. We are pleased to support Cath Coates and all the team at Hospice at Hope with this big Christmas fund raiser.

We set out with a target of covering all 10,000 accessible doors and safe doors in Penrith and 20 villages around the town in July. We are now covering over 12,000 doors and we have recruited five new teams, but we still have some more villages to cover in areas like Skelton, Greystoke, Motherby, Laithes, Newbiggin and Catterlen, just to name some, as we go towards reaching 55 villages, so if you can help in these areas or know someone who can, our contact details are at the bottom of page 6.

So about that Hedgehog? A fantastic photo by Dave Cooper for Hedgehog Street. To produce our Hedgehog article required having the right people in the right places, and access to information. It has meant linking with groups, some are charities, organisations and societies, and we’ve found some of the best locally and nationally. I can’t hide it, so it has to come out. I like hedgehogs - they fascinate me, and it was two, possibly three months ago now that I saw our regular visitor waddling through the grass across the road! He didn’t look left or right he never did! He came down our drive, then

So, let me take you through this month’s magazine in brief. You may have already seen the new window displays at Butterworths Solicitors in Penrith. They have now joined forces with Hackney & Leigh Property Experts, putting two businesses under one roof at 6-8 Cornmarket, Penrith. My thanks to Karen Morley-Chesworth from Cumbria 24, who we started working with pre COVID-19 in March, now back with us last and this month with some great news stories. This month it’s about local business Eden-e-Motion in Hartley, Kirkby Stephen. 4


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disappeared next door. It was about 2am on a Friday night, yes, I was working late. Next morning at about 7.30 am there he was in the gutter – sadly he didn’t make it home. Some of you may think, it’s just a hedgehog. I lifted him off the road. I realised at that point I knew nothing about hedgehogs. Two weeks later the article was set in motion and the theme to follow on from our Harvest Mouse, as we entered the hibernation period, for our prickly friends! What we have this month on our centre page is a combination of snippets of a friend’s life knowledge of hedgehogs, who many of you will know, and other organisations like the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), the British Hedgehog society also know him to. I also found www.hedgehogstreet.org a part of the PTES. It’s the home of the big Hedgehog map of the UK. I registered. I’m one of over 85,000 people which includes someone living in the next road who has also registered! So my last call was to Terry Bowes, the man behind Wetheriggs Animal Rescue. Then of course we have a bunch of fantastic photos through Hedgehog Street and that’s your centre page.

Leading regional independent estate agents Hackney & Leigh have formed a strategic alliance with Butterworths Solicitors and opened a new high street office at Cornmarket in Penrith. Founded in 1982, and now with ten established offices located across South Cumbria and North Lancashire, the multi-award winning and family run estate agency specialises in selling and letting homes throughout the Lake District and surrounding areas. The expansion follows the opening of Hackney & Leigh’s Keswick office in December and is led by veteran Cumbrian property expert and chartered surveyor Nick Elgey.

Meanwhile, ‘Twas the night before printing, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the Robrovski dwarf hamster’, well it’s getting old! Anyway a message popped up from a friend, who 1000’s of you will know and 1000’s of you will understand why, as a local community magazine, I made a space at that moment, because this was serious. On reflection of the situation and current updates on COVID 19, from the time that this reaches you things will have changed again, but the article states a fact and we had to use the word similar to bottom! You’ll know what I mean when you get to page 18.

Commenting on the expansion, Nick said, “We are delighted to be co-working with Butterworths solicitors and opening our new Penrith office as its addition to our existing office network now allows us to offer truly unrivalled coverage of the entire Lake District National Park. Despite the changes in recent years which has seen some estate agents choose to operate different models, we strongly believe that providing a local high street office together with knowledgeable and friendly staff and the latest technology allows us to deliver the highest levels of customer service. Butterworths are outstanding solicitors with the largest residential conveyancing practice in Cumbria and our customers can also consider the full range of their legal services.”

So moving on, a huge thank you to Sydney Chapman at the Penrith Museum who is going to be helping out with the regular History slot, and what a great way to start by celebrating 350 years of Robinson’s School, where the Penrith museum is based. We have our second instalment from David Ryland on the Daffodil Walk, which reminded me of being at Lowther with three generations of my family on 20th October 2012, helping with the planting of

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106,526 daffodil bulbs. David’s story serves as a memorial of a time that we will never forget, but what a positive thing to do.

An update from Sound Advice Penrith

The puzzles from Charlotte and Pamela are doing very well, with entries from over 350 miles away and even ‘London’ popped up for the Herdie quiz, which just before the stroke of midnight on 28th September, saw Agnes of Penrith put in her answer. Just after 9am the next day, Agnes was the first out of those winning ‘spinning’ balls of correct answers, drawn by Pamela in the breakfast show. The ultimate prize of a Herdie Mug for the winner, Agnes!

Sound Advice is now closing down due to Pandemic problems in dealing with those requiring servicing of hearing aids. Over £1400 has been donated to the Audiology dept. of Carlisle Infirmary towards a project for a sound-room in Penrith for testing people who may require hearing aids locally.

So, to finish, as I talk through those last few pages, I know you feel like it’s taken me ages! Is it good news or bad, or a point of action to be had? The reports of the Penrith Pong are back and as a community magazine I have to alert you to that. For those who keep asking, nan’s good thank you! We still have our once a week visits whilst I write this. Nan’s struggling with her hearing and the route to sorting this was found in an email from Stan Knafler, the Secretary of Sound Advice, Penrith, which has now closed. The full details are just over the page. It’s going to be quite a different Halloween. At our time of printing, it’s too early to say what the COVID-19 rules and guidelines will be. I’ll be back at the Start of November. From all the Team, you take care out there Lee

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So now, the Penrith Library will continue to issue batteries for NHS hearing aids, Monday-Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 1p.m. Servicing of NHS hearing aids will be carried out by the Audiology dept, at Carlisle Infirmary. Post your hearing aid to:- Audiology dept., Carlisle Infirmary, Newton road, Carlisle, CA2 7HY. Tel.01228814422. Include your return address.

New COVID-19 advice issued for all of Cumbria 01/10/20 Following a doubling of the new COVID-19 cases within Cumbria over the last week, new public health advice for the county has now been introduced. By law in England people must not meet indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people. In addition, from today people living in Cumbria are being strongly advised that groups of six should include people from no more than TWO households. The new advice was agreed by local political leaders through the county’s Area Outbreak Board, following recommendations from the multi-agency Health Protection Board. It will be reviewed on a weekly basis by the Health Protection Board. The new advice is not law and the exemptions that apply to the national ‘Rule of Six’ still apply.

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New era for Eden’s premium eBike retailer by Karen Morley-Chesworth An Eden based family business is now a destination electric bike shop, as they relaunch their dedicated e-bike outlet Eden-e-Motion after a forced shut down due to world supply issues in the bicycle industry. Based in Hartley, Kirkby Stephen, owners of Kat and Paul Clow set up the business to focus solely on electric bikes almost a decade ago. Now, they are the local dealership for the world’s leading e-bikes Riese & Müller - the ‘Rolls Royce’ of electric bikes, alongside their existing ranges including Scott, Eljoy, KTM, Ideal, Gepida and Bergamont. Following two weeks of selfisolation after returning from a visit to Kat’s parents in Finland, the couple reopened Eden-eMotion this week in the midst of the new rules on “track and trace”. Keen to get open and share their new stock and demo bikes with customers, they have come up with a plan to keep everyone safe. There are separate designated areas and screens in the shop now, for customers and staff, clearly identified and masks are obligatory unless exempt. There is a hand gel station and the bikes will be sanitised if they cross into the customer zone. It’s not a compulsory venue but customers are encouraged to check in with their APP and our QR code. Alongside the other measures in place, this will help everyone safe and everything to return to normal as soon as possible.

Kat and Paul Clow owners of Eden-e-Motion in Hartley, Kirkby Stephen. Paul said: “Electric bikes are becoming more popular as a great way to have fun and keep fit as well as get around - and many stockists have run out of stock due to the demand for all types of e-bikes. “People are not just wanting them as an alternative to taking public transport to work in the cities. They are looking for adventure, fun and fitness - with style. “We have been led by our customers who have been asking for more performance bikes. 8

“During the lockdown, when we were open as we were officially an essential service, we decided to invest in the best as well as continue to provide a range of good quality e-cycles. “We are the only open supplier of Riese & Müller bikes in Cumbria, and it’s worth the extra travel distance to see and ride one of these unique machines. It really puts this part of Cumbria on the map for those with passion for the outdoors and a taste for quality and the best. Kat said: “Despite the worldwide shortage of electric bikes due


The North Lakes Hotel and Spa on the edge of Penrith is the place for rest and relaxation which begins the moment you walk through the door as it’s rustic design is inspired by the Cumbrian countryside and reflects the rural heritage that makes the region so well known. The hotel’s relaxed ‘country retreat’ feel extends to the Spa, which features exposed wooden beams, low lighting and comfy seating areas around the 13-metre heated swimming pool. Pop in for the day to experience an array of treatments that use glamorous French skincare brand Caudalie; a range that combines the latest scientific cosmetic techniques with the ancient secrets from family-owned vineyards in Bordeaux, and follow this up with one of our delicious afternoon tea’s.

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North Lakes is also home to the unique dining experience that is FYR, Cumbria’s only open fire grill restaurant. Every cut of meat is aged for a minimum of 28 days and cooked to the diners’ exact specifications - right in front of them. Whilst the sizzling steaks are a speciality, the newly introduced Sparkling Sunday Lunch is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne before indulging in a sumptuous roast with all the trimmings, freshly cooked by the hotel’s expert team of chefs.

Why not join us on Sunday at FYR at North Lakes Hotel and Spa for a delicious roast and the best Yorkshire’s in town! Every adult dining with us will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne.

North Lakes Hotel and Spa has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate from Visit England; the official mark to say the hotel has the correct processes in place to keep guests and team members safe. For further details on our current safety guidelines please go to our website www.northlakeshotel.co.uk Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8QT

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market, we are confident we can find you in stock or on short order the bike that meets your needs.” E-Bikes specialist in Hartley, Eden Valley, Cumbria Giving customers the advice and knowledge required to make an informed purchase Eden-e-Motion is an official Association of Cycle Traders’ Female Friendly Bike Shop to the pandemic, do have a chat with us now if you are looking to purchase a cycle, as our experience, business reputation and industry contacts mean we are able to order from a number from our suppliers. “And Riese & Müller bikes, are built to order, and we can guarantee delivery between sixto-eight weeks.” “We have Riese & Müller test ride bikes in-store to give you a taste of the experience of riding one of these e-bikes, then each cycle ordered is made specially

to meet the customer’s specific requirements. Every model represents a complete solution for a specific purpose. Paul added: “We are advising those looking for an electric bike to resist rushing to any buy whatever they can find on the market and buying something which is unsuitable for them. We are electric bike experts, and available to have a chat with you over the phone or by prearrangement in the shop to give you the best, honest advice. “With our knowledge of the

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Gifts for Giving Online Auction Launched Following the great success of the recent Craft in Covid Online Auction, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland is pleased to launch the brand-new Gifts for Giving Online Auction and is looking for donations of good quality items to raise vital funds for the Charity. The Craft in Covid Auction, held in August, generated great interest amongst crafters in the Cumbrian community, with over 270 items kindly donated and over £6,000 raised for the charity. With this success in mind, and by popular demand of donors and bidders alike, the Hospice at Home Fundraising Team have planned another auction in the lead up to Christmas. Cath Coates, Fundraiser for Hospice at Home said “With many ‘on the ground events’ postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the charity needed to diversify and offer new events online.

We were thrilled with the response to our Craft in Covid Auction, that we decided to add another occasion to our fundraising calendar. We hope our supporters will shop with us this Christmas and we look forward to sharing the online catalogue from 15th – 30th November 2020.” The charity is now asking for donations of lots, with suggestions including Vouchers, Experiences, Luxury Hampers, Handmade Items, or Festive items. To offer an item, please visit www.hospiceathome. co.uk/event/gifts-for-giving/ before the end of October and complete the form. Alternatively, please call The Fundraising Office on 01768 210719. Cath added “We hope everyone enjoys the opportunity to donate to and/or bid on this special auction. The funds raised from this event will enable the Hospice at Home Clinical Team to provide vital care and support 12

for patients at the end stages of life. Every penny really does make a huge difference. Thank you in anticipation of your support.” With many ‘on the ground events’ postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the charity Note to Editors: The Hospice at Home service covers 1500 square miles from the Scottish Border to Stainmore and Allonby to Alston. The charity is vital and needs to raise over £20,000 each week to continue to provide this service. Anyone interested in raising funds or volunteering please contact the Hospice at Home Fundraising Office 01768 210719 or visit www.hospiceathome.co.uk Press contact: Cath Coates fundraising@ hospiceathome.co.uk


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Penrith Town Council strives to serve the local community and make a real difference to the lives of local people. After an in-depth review by the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) the Town Council has been awarded the ‘Quality Award.’ To achieve this award, a council ‘must demonstrate that it meets all requirements of the Foundation Award and has additional documentation and information in place for good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement. The Quality award criteria includes the eligibility criteria for the general power of competence.’ The Town Mayor, Cllr Doug Lawson received the Award Certificate on behalf of the Council. “As the Mayor of Penrith and council chair, I am delighted to announce that Penrith Town Council is the first council in Cumbria to be awarded the Quality Award under the Local Council Award Scheme. An impressive achievement for a council established in only 2015. Over the last five years, the council officers and members have worked tirelessly to reach these quality sector standards. We want to acknowledge the support of the Cumbria Association of Local Councils throughout the process. This achievement recognises that Penrith Town Council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. The council has had an independent sector performance assessment which identifies the council’s commitment and hard work. The assessment assures that the council’s operations are up-to-date, lawful, inclusive, engaging and progressive. Our local community, stakeholders and partners now have evidence

to inspire their confidence that Penrith Town Council is delivering to a national quality standard. I am impressed by all the work carried out to help reach the Quality Award standard, and Penrith provides an excellent example of how a council can contribute positively to the well-being of the local and the wider community. It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities, that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication. It is gratifying for all the hard work Penrith Town Council does for the community to be recognised. We will continue to strive to reach the highest sector standards and are building on this success to achieve the Quality Gold standard. As part of this process, we hope to participate in the National 14

Association of Local Council’s Peer Review in reaching this goal.” Added to achievements, the link to the ‘Penrith in Bloom’ film, commissioned by the Town Council and viewed thousands of times, has been included in the RHS Britain in Bloom Magazine which is circulated throughout the whole of the UK. Penrith’s Community Gardeners have produced some amazingly creative displays at Penrith Station over past years. This year, despite COVID-19, the efforts of volunteers and station staff have been recognised by the National Rail Awards. In naming Penrith ‘Medium Station of The Year,’ the judges commented that “Penrith station has it all.” Unit 1, Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XR 01768 899 773 office@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk www.penrithtowncouncil.co.uk


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Hedgehog

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Native hedgehog. © Paul Genge, for Hedgehog Street These days, I’m a director of one of the larger Animal Rescue Charities in the UK. The Rescue Centre started life between Langwathby and Melmerby, moved in its infant stage to the old Wetheriggs Pottery Site just outside Penrith, and took the name Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre. These days we inhabit a site along the A66 near to Barnard Castle. During the years of rescuing wildlife, the animal that has needed more attention than almost any other, is our friend the Hedgehog. My history with Hedgehogs goes back over 65 years. As a small boy, I can remember taking on my peers in what we called Hedgehog racing. No, the Hedgehogs themselves didn’t race reach other! A long table was needed; each child would have caught a hedgehog and placed their hedgehog in a box (with an open front) at one end of the table. Each child would pluck a flea from their hedgehog and take it to the other end of the table and release it. Every flea would then race its way back to its own host, the winner, yes the first flea back home! Other childhood memories of the Hedgehog include the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” using them as Croquet balls; Beatrix Potter’s “Mrs Tiggy Winkle”, being told the old wives tale of Hedgehogs drinking milk directly from cows

(when in fact they are lactose intolerant), and immunity to snake venom (there may be some truth in that one). The Hedgehog jokes…what have Sonic the Hedgehog, Winnie the Poo and Alexander the Great in common? They all share a middle name! Hedgehogs eat Insects, Worms, Snails, Slugs, Small Mice, Frogs, Broken Birds Eggs and even soft fruit. Nocturnal by nature, the Hedgehog spends its day sleeping in dense undergrowth, under a bush or even in your garden shed (if access is possible). Safe to say if a Hedgehog is out during the day, something is wrong, and most likely it needs attention from a wildlife specialist. During the winter months, the Hedgehog’s supply of food becomes incredibly scarce and the animal will curl 16


up in its hibernation nest called a hibernaculum. Seventeen species and sub-species of Hedgehog inhabit our planet, living in Europe, Asia and Africa. They have even become an invasive species since being introduced into New Zealand. Our local wild Hedgehog is the European Hedgehog. No species of our spiny friend are found naturally in Australia. Hedgehog Facts • 3,000 – 5,000 quills depending on species • 150g – 2.5kg depending on species • 3.5 – 10 years’ lifespan depending on species

Hedgehog in autumnal leaves. © Jan Shields for Hedgehog Street

• Name Hedgehog first used in about 1450 • Typical female European Hedgehog will rear up to seven young each year • By the year 2000, the British population of Hedgehogs had reduced 50% in 30 years and it’s still falling • Hedgehogs are solitary animals unless mating or rearing young • Hedgehogs are not rodents • It’s a myth that hedgehogs can’t swim - in fact they enjoy basking in warm water just for fun • Hedgehogs can walk over 20 miles every night • A baby Hedgehog is called a Hoglet • European Hedgehogs have 44 teeth • Monyphyodonts - they only have one set of teeth during their lifetime • Hedgehogs can climb fences

abandon or even eat the babies if disturbed. The hoglets leave the birth nest after about four weeks and follow Mum in foraging. After a couple of weeks, they wander off on their own. Our spiny friends were once regarded as game by our ancestors. They would roll the hog in clay and bake it live in the fire (imagine the cries). Once cooked, the clay was peeled off along with the spines and hair and any fleas. This was still going on just over 200 years ago, as evidenced in the book “The London Art of Cookery 1783”. Recently, the pet trade has experienced growing numbers of the African Pygmy Hedgehog. This animal doesn’t occur anywhere in the wild, being a hybrid between the Algerian and Long Eared Hedgehog. Major Hedgehog health problems include: • • • • •

• The Persians believed the Hedgehog was sacred

The mother European Hedgehog gives birth usually between June and July. An average of two survive to weaning, with only one in twenty surviving to adulthood. The mother Hedgehog tends to

Pneumonia Malnutrition Hypothermia Balloon Syndrome Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome

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‘We Need Bums On Seats’ A heartfelt message to our town and community. The best way anyone can help us right now is quite simple...we need bums on seats! Please consider coming along to keep us open. All is not lost. We will strive to survive! ~The Alhambra Team

A note from the Editor On the afternoon of the 15th January 2011, the people of Penrith were joined by people from around Eden. Generations of families and friends marched with banners. It wasn’t the first time people had made themselves heard in Penrith and it certainly wasn’t going to be the last, and there will be a time when it will happen again in our future after COVID 19.

We are sorry to be relaying this message during these very hard times, but we are sitting in our last chance saloon. We began this year positively, looking forward to the Alhambra’s 110th Anniversary, further developing our relationship with Penrith’s local community and local businesses, as well as eagerly anticipating the release of a stunning programme of films.

Children there that day, too young to know why they were, know now and appreciate how lucky they are to have been growing up with the Alhambra. Those in their late teens then, 9 years ago may have their own family now and their go the cinema.

However, as we all went into lockdown and everyone felt the impact of Covid-19, the cinema industry was also hit with devastating effect.

The Alhambra is open for business regardless of if 10 go to watch a film or 40 go to watch a film, the cost to the cinema is the same. In my experience of running Eden FM, the cinema, like the radio has licensing costs and these aren’t affected by COVID-19. They just keep rising, whilst around the country independent cinemas and radio stations just keep paying.

Upon re-opening, we have implemented a wide range of measures to protect our beloved customers, continuously developing our practices and pushing to make the experience comfortable and safe for all. We have also endeavoured to build a film programme which included a range of Classics, Independents and the few Blockbusters that have been released.

If you’re one of those people waiting for the 12th November for Die another Day with James Bond, your support is needed now. To rephrase a quote “Dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell your friends and families that this pandemic may take lives, but it will never take our Alhambra!!!”

Our staff remain passionate, motivated, and hopeful, and it’s been so lovely to welcome back customers to the place that we believe is extremely important to our local community. Sadly though, we are no longer a viable business with months of single figure admissions and empty screenings and are very much facing the end of the Alhambra. We felt it was our duty to inform everyone that, in our current state, the Cinema faces closure by the end of the year. It is also our duty to continue to rally for support from the local community. 18


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Celebrating 350 Years The school named after him was established by 1670, as we find from the inscription above the doorway recording his generosity. By 1700, the Register shows there were 29 girl pupils. Their dame or mistress had to be of ‘grave, modest and matron-like behaviour’ and ‘well skilled in teaching young girls to read, work lace, knit and other matters proper for young girls to learn and practice’. Teaching began at 6 in the morning, and in the winter months an hour later. The children wore a badge ‘PS’ (Poor Scholar) and were allowed to

The rocking horse at Robinson’s School c1965

In 1661, Penrith born William Robinson of London made his will, having become a wealthy merchant, property owner and Freeman of the Grocer Company. In it he left £55 to be paid annually by the Grocers’ Company to the town of Penrith, including £20 - ‘for the educating and bringing up of poor gerles (in a Free School) to Read and Seamstry Worke or such other Learning fitt for that sex being the poorer sort whose parents are not able to pay for their Learning’.

go about the town to ask for charity. They had to refrain from ‘swearing, lying, stealing, and quarelling’, upon pain of being severely punished by the mistress. Broken school windows required ‘the offender to repair them’. A Spinning and Knitting School was later added in an upper room until 1870, when the building was altered to make it more suitable for an Infants School. In 1894, the Education Department complained there was no room for ‘marching’ which resulted in further improvements. The

School pupils on an outing to Ullswater c1960

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last headmistress was Miss Kathleen Shaul, who had joined the school as a teacher in 1939. There was still emphasis on the three R’s – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, but the school’s original role in encouraging pupils to learn the rudiments of needlework and similar handiwork continued. It usually had about 60 pupils, but during the war years the figure was increased by evacuees from the North-East. In 1967, Robinson’s ‘Church of England Infant School’ was scheduled for closure but survived to reach its 300th anniversary in 1970. It closed on April 1st, 1971, the children moving to Beaconside School. The following years saw plans for the building to become a Museum and Information Centre and the old Penrith Museum

collections housed in the Town Hall were moved there. The Friends of Penrith Museum were formed and in 1985 Penrith Museum opened its doors in the historic building. Eden District Council made further refurbishments, and in 1990 the Museum and Tourist Information Centre were officially re-opened by actor and playwright Colin Welland. The long standing education tradition is still carried on by the Museum

through its schools workshops and family group activities and, increasingly online outreach and social media. Sydney T Chapman

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Miss Shaul back row far left pupils and their matchstick model of the school building c1965

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Daffodil Walk now planted by David Ryland

to plant out in an open aspect, as rabbits leave them alone as they are poisonous!

Very happy to update everyone within these pages on our Eden Valley Daffodil Walk. After a very successful open gardens day raising £1,192 at Coombe Eden and Hazel Cottage, both situated in Armathwaite, and online at the just giving page raising donations of £800, I set about finding the best value narcissi to purchase. Once I detailed the concept behind the walk and our story to the bulb wholesalers, this captured the imagination of the Boston wholesale bulb company, who liked the idea so much that they gave us a not to be missed promotional price for the bulbs, allowing me to purchase twenty four thousand of them!

So, to planting weekend which happened on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th September. I had taken the day off work on the Friday to go around and place numbered flags along the route. This actually took me four hours to do. We had around 50 volunteers who were all eager to help. We asked them to provide a trowel or spade and to wear a hi viz jacket. The day didn’t entirely go to plan. We had a saboteur in the morning, would you believe it! This year is certainly throwing up curveballs for us all.

Both Belinda and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this cause financially, especially with personal donations placed into both our hands.

The narcissi which were ordered were a mix of the species lobularis, obvallaris and a double variety called “sion”. I definitely look forward to seeing the latter variety in flower next March.

I specifically gave number one and two areas to Kelly and her Tesco team who had supported us on the open garden days, so that she could report back to her employers. I was quite taken aback when she phoned me to say she couldn’t find the numbered places and that the numbers had finished at number twenty, but she did see a lady pocketing the numbers along the route and had challenged her and been ignored, so replacements had to be rewritten and replaced, hey ho!

For variety, two white coloured narcissi were ordered, ice follies and mount hood. These two are especially stalwarts of the genus and are easy growers for anyone wanting reliability.

All’s well that ends well, a fantastic community effort was put in and in the villages of Low and High Hesket, residents came out to enquire what was happening and even joined in.

To see where we have planted them, you will have to come and do the walk next March. The route can be found on the facebook page “Eden Valley Daffodil Walk”. Give it a like or follow to receive future updates. Incidentally, narcissi are fantastic

We look forward to the official opening next March when everyone will be able to join in the walk and reflect on the lives lost in this pandemic. Like everyone else, Belinda and I hope by then there is a vaccine in place.

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Working Remotely (Home working) & Recording Working Hours Whether you normally work remotely, for example, from home, or whether you are one of many who are still either working remotely or following the latest Government guidance, which encourages us to work from home where possible, working hours should be recorded. But whose responsibility is it to record working hours and why?

What does the Law say? The Working Time Directive (WTD) covers the rules on working hours and in the UK we follow the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), which in simple terms are our version of the WTD. The WTD states that a worker can only work a maximum of 48 hours per week, although in this country they may voluntarily opt out of this restriction to their working hours. Don’t forget the 48-hour maximum is worked out on an average basis. It doesn’t apply to every single week. The average is calculated on a rolling 17-week reference period unless there is a workplace agreement which states otherwise.

Recording Working Hours In 2019, we were advised employers must set up a system that adequately records daily working time to ensure they can demonstrate compliance with the rules. There was, however, no specific guidance provided on what the recording system should look like, however, it could be a clocking in or out system, electronic key fobs, through payroll systems and so on. The WTD rules on working time apply equally to all remote working arrangements. In these situations, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure working hours are recorded and that maximum working hours compliance can be evidenced.

So, what should employers do? Employers may find the following tips useful in fulfilling their obligations. • The easiest way to record your remote workers’ hours is to have them complete a weekly timesheet, which details all hours worked, holidays, sickness absences and so on. • You can insist that all staff who are in temporary and permanent remote working arrangements submit regular and accurate weekly timesheets which are then checked by their line manager. • Timesheets should be completed on a daily basis (not at the end of the month) and always submitted by the start of the following week unless the employee has a justifiable reason for not being able to do so. • Completed timesheets can also be referred to when assessing performance and to identify performance issues. Inaccurate or dishonest reporting of weekly hours can potentially be a disciplinary offence.

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SCRAMBLE QUIZ Answer the questions and unscramble the initial letters of the answers to find something you might have on the night of October 31st! To help you here’s the number of words and letters in each word. (9),(4),(5),(3)

1. A British coin issued from 1849 to 1967 that was worth two shillings.

12. A popular dance in the 1920’s named after a harbour city in South Carolina USA.

2. The glowing remains of a fire.

13. It can be a bird of prey or a light, material covered frame flown in the wind.

3. A world famous illusionist, stunt performer and escapologist. First name Harry.

14. Molten rock thrown from the interior of the Earth.

4. A moving staircase to move people between floors in a building. 5. A breed of large dog with distinctive white coat with black or liver-coloured spots.

15. A root vegetable brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers and is the world’s fourth largest food crop after rice, wheat and maize.

6. You can have them Benedict, fried, scrambled or poached?

16. The brother of a parent or the husband of an aunt.

7. James Bond is a Secret ……………?

17. A place with coin operated washing machines and dryers for public use.

8. A hairstyle by which the hair is pulled back and can be secured at the nape of the neck or on top of the head.

18. A large lake in the Lake District – 10.5 miles long, 1 mile wide and 220 ft deep it is the largest natural lake in England.

9. A form of entertainment which shows balance, agility, grace, fitness and strength. Often performed up high using apparatus such as trapeze, tightropes or ropes.

19. A soft-bodied, eight limbed mollusc. It has blue blood and three hearts and a doughnut shaped brain! What is it?

10. The home of the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, OMD and The Zutons.

20. What citrus fruit is a cross of an orange or tangerine and a grapefruit? Also called a Tangelo.

11. A spice used in sweet & savoury cooking; its outer covering, also used in cooking, is called Mace.

21. The first name of Benn, Farage, Mansell, Kennedy, Lawson and Havers.

Here are the answers for last month 1. Portsmouth 2. Hydrogen 3. Flintstones 4. Elephant 5. Mosaic

6. Skyscraper 7. Igloo 8. Yosemite 9. Snickers 10. Carnation

11. Umbrella 12. Halfpenny 13. Strawberry 14. Indigo 15. Poplar

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There is a smell in the air that should not be there…. Part 1

In September 2019, I presented a press release from Jeff Thomson. He’ll be the first to admit he hasn’t lived in Penrith for that many years. Whilst I have lived here for over 10 years, spending 30-40 years of holidays around here isn’t always local enough!

Discovering this was the Penrith ‘pong’ he began asking ‘why has no one done anything about this?’ “I discovered and was dismayed to find acceptance of the odour. There was no positive action by the Penrith establishment, particularly councils and councillors, to do anything to stop the smell which has blighted the town on a regular basis for years,” said Jeff.

Below are the titles and clips of releases from Jeff’s Fresh AIR for Penrith campaign. Not many of you would have seen these. It can be a lonely task, some would say a ‘Crusade’ when as an individual you have it in your mind that something is so wrong, which needs to be put right. You then battle with trying to grasp why it is so hard to get people to understand why what you believe is wrong, they may have learnt to, in some ways, accept.

He identified there was an Omega Proteins community liaison group with four councillor members. What he then found was the group met in secret with no minutes published. “There seemed to be no accountability at any level by anyone concerned with Omega or the liaison group. No one is representing local residents who are affected by the offensive, prolonged odour nuisance which causes distress and inconvenience,” said Jeff.

In heading up and being a part of more than a few local campaigns for the best interest of many people in the town and areas around, I do understand.

So, in June he decided to do something! He created his own campaign Protest Against Penrith Pong on social media. The Facebook page 100 likes, the group page fifty members, the 38degrees online petition nearly 500 signatures. There have been newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews, and posters and petition sheets in local shops.

So, by way of a review, I will share with you a timeline. It’s September 2019, and the Eden Local published this statement:

This was just the beginning, and on 6th November 2019 I actually visited the Omega site. I am a firm believer in looking at both sides of any story and situation. The smell in the air through what every reason, malfunction or otherwise, which the people of Penrith have endured for decades, if it was still a problem, surely one press visit would be the least anyone would undertake to enquire more. In the December Eden Local, I reported on my visit and Omega protein presented a statement about what they do and the investment being made.

‘PONG’ FREE CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM An insight into a new campaign to stop the Penrith ‘pong’ The Penrith ‘pong’ is legendary. It is the odour from animal waste, trucked to Penrith from abattoirs across the country, and processed at an expanding rendering plant at Wildriggs, on the outskirts of the town.

I heard a lot about what is proposed on engagement with the community and improvements to increase capacity and stop the disgusting smell. Well that was over a year ago, and I, like 1000’s of Penrith in Penrith have endured many hours of the stench that is the Penrith Pong since.

Jeff Thomson, who semi-retired to Penrith at the beginning of year, now lives in the Castletown area, and was shocked one morning in May. “The smell that hit me when I opened my front door was sickening, a strong obnoxious odour which made me feel nauseous,” he said. 28


thermal oxidisers and biofilters already on site. But, no-one has questioned what fuel will be burned,” said Thomson.

For Jeff, he hasn’t stopped, but I don’t believe he is alone anymore. Here are just some clips of press releases from his campaign, regardless of COVID-19.

Residents, who he says are still suffering from the odour the plant continues to omit, should be consulted and be kept fully informed.

PRESS RELEASE January 16, 2020

‘WAKE UP’ CALL TO EDEN COUNCIL!

The Petition Jeff set up online at that time had 600 signatures.

Public consultation is needed before the Omega Proteins plant at Wildriggs turns Penrith into a waste town.

Next Month we will be back with another recap of the summer of 2020 reports released by Jeff. If you have heard enough you can exercise you right and make your point if you think the smell needs to be stopped once and for all!

Leading anti-Penrith ‘pong’ campaigner Jeff Thomson is calling on Eden District Council and the Environment Agency to ‘wake up’ to the £30 million developments taking place at the expanding animal rendering plant.

The petition to stop the Pong is up to 1,155 signatures now. For more details you can go to: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-thepenrith-pong

Thomson of Protest Against Penrith Pong says the council and agency have ‘buried their heads in the sand’. “Omega announced at the end of last year, after planning approval from Eden council, it was upgrading its Penrith site with a new multi-fuel thermal oxidiser being installed in addition to the

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Originally from Irby, Cheshire, we moved to Oxton in Birkenhead and Formby. I then spent the next 10 years at sea trading mostly to West Asia, USA, Southern Africa, S.E. Asia and Australia. When I left the sea, I went to Edge Hill College of Education and then taught in junior schools for the next 10 years, as Deputy Head for 6 years. I joined cotton merchants in Liverpool for 13 years as a director. The company closed in 1992 and I was fortunate to obtain employment in Singapore where I met my wife.

Introducing Kathy AKA ‘the Kaptain’ Hello, I’m Kaptain Mounsey and I present my weekly show on Mondays at 6pm. I have been part of Eden FM since 2016. I have always loved radio and always wanted to be part of a station doing my own show. I first started ‘The Sunshine Show’ nearly 10 years ago on Bailrigg FM at Lancaster University. This saw the start of my personal weather reports and my quiz ‘I Feel A Song Coming On’ which you can still hear on my show now! I loved being part of a station, so when I came home and heard about Eden FM I was really keen to get involved. And here I am four years later, still chatting every week – 2 hours of silliness! My show includes all sorts of music from 60s, 70s and 80s classics, 90s cheesy pop and some current tracks. I enjoy all kinds of music, so try to include a bit of everything - something for everyone. You can guarantee there will always be a big song you can sing and dance to! You could describe my show as a chat show as I talk quite a lot (some would say more than quite a lot!) As well as the weather and quiz for you to take part in, my show includes TV and film reviews. I love learning languages, so I like to try to incorporate that by teaching languages through songs or introducing music from other countries. I love doing outside broadcasts. I can’t wait to get back out into the community at local events with the team. We get to meet the people who work so hard to organise them, and talk to the public who are having a great time. It’s a brilliant atmosphere and I love being part of it.

I worked for 4 years in Singapore, then joined an enormous Swiss company as Middle East Consultant, charged with opening a transport company bringing bales of raw cotton from the Central Asian countries into Iran through Sarakhs on the Turkmenistan border, and then to Bandar Abbas to be shipped to the Far East. I lived where my work took me but mostly in Bandar Abbas and Dubai. When that project finished I took employment in logistics in Jakarta, Indonesia offering logistics and collateral management. When I retired, we moved to Australia where we built our own house. Around the world I have been a listener of the music world. I recall on one occasion shouting the beginnings of Radio Caroline from the hatch of a ship to a colleague down below whilst we were loading in Sydney! Never having been really still all my life, I joined Albany Community Radio in Albany, Western Australia in 2010 where I spent 7 years presenting 3 different programmes a week. I enjoyed the role immensely and was able to add many different genres of music for my listeners’ pleasure, ranging from multiple Asian countries pop and classical styles and classical western music. Now I enjoy just ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay’. I joined the happy band of presenters here at Eden FM in August 2018 and

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