Eden Local September 2018 Community Magazine for Penrith & the Eden Valley Issue No 138

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Welcome to your September Eden Local My tasks and to do lists are laid out in front of me for the days of this week and those which follow after this edition is printed. I suppose it’s a system with dates booked on the planner to April 2020. I put my 201718 academic diary on the shelf next to the previous 25 going back past the midnineties and opened my new 2018-19 diary and transferred dates. On another shelf, another 24 years of books filled with hand written notes of every meeting, daily to do lists, call logs, memory joggers and ideas. Wherever I go, my note book goes too, those containing thousands of names and thousands of experiences; possibly enough to write a few books! I’ve met a lot of writers. My first was Patrick Moore, a man with a passion for Astronomy when I was about 9 or 10. His signed books are on another shelf. I recently acquired a nice second-hand telescope. I’m looking forward to sharing, in more detail the sky at night this winter. More recently, I met a writer who has just set out on his journey; well he is two thirds of the way through writing his first book. I met Tom Rose at the new Eden FM Studios in Middlegate, Penrith. What a pleasure and what a nice guy. His second contribution to Eden Local is on pages 13 -14 and 19. It was his first time in a radio studio and what followed after about 10-15 minutes, was an interview about his life and the journey which has got him to where he is now. It was a live, unrehearsed interview on my Saturday morning show; his first time on Eden FM and I don’t think it will be his last. Tom is a science fiction writer and whilst we talked about the book, he wasn’t giving a lot away on air. Off mic he told me more and I am hoping that in less than 6 months

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we’ll be doing a book review. I came away feeling very motivated and inspired. I have so wanted to write a book and I have done so since 2000. I thought recently that with Eden Local entering its 9th year, I could maybe start to write a book just based on people I’ve met and interviewed through the magazine which would finish in year 10. Music is a big part of my life and even when I sit there in almost silence, it’s there. Recently I was forced to take some time off, as Eden FM is building a new music data base, so I made a start, whilst also taking advantage of the weather, in the garden via a laptop and a memory stick, ripping music from my own collection of close to 2000 CD’s suitable for radio. I worked out there would be around 25,000 tracks of music from Classical to current; that’s before I then considered adding original recordings from 78 rpm, 33 rpm and 45 rpm records, cassettes and mini discs. The summer of 2018 is one I will remember forever, especially the time I’ve had with my family and the challenges I’ve had with work. I am now getting into that mind-set with the heating tripping in this morning, along with the heavy dew and the apples starting to fall. I know that close behind them the leaves will turn and follow. Around us in a very short time, that summer we’ll remember will disappear into the darkest that winter brings. I am already waiting for those Autumn colours and that first frost. With this thought, I have an invitation for you. I would like to invite neighbourhood groups to consider helping me with articles about where they live and why. In these communities within a community, you walk down the road and everyone says hello. I’ve written some stories and shared some pictures of the problems experienced in Wetheriggs Country Park. This matter is still unresolved. In this month’s magazine, you’ll see a number of appeals for people to take part in decision making about where they live. More details follow on pages 8 – 9.

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Contents Visit Cumbria Oak Today

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Introduction and Contents

Pages 4 – 6

Measuring and fitting before the festive season

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If You’re in the Neighbourhood - Lee Quinn

Pages 8 - 9

Mental ill Health – Tips and Advice with Quinn HR

Pages 10 - 11

Nursery Rhyme Corner - Pam Waggott

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C D A - A long history - Tom Rose

Pages 13 – 14 (cont 19)

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The Penrith Strategic Masterplan (pull out)

Pages 15 - 18

Home Alone 17 – 25 - Emily Quinn

Pages 19 – 20

On the Road with Eden Local and Eden FM

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Take a Bite Out of Cancer – Mike Smith

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OPCC Public Consultation Survey 2018

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Wainwright Society - Derek Cockell

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‘Forward to Life’ - David Sargent

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Penrith Rotary Trail & Fun Run 2018

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A Bid to Bring MAN v FAT football to Cumbria

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Introducing the House of Anderson 1905

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For the new seasons ahead, I hope to introduce a number of new features along with some more new writers, whilst at Eden FM, its new presenters are working on the long awaited expansion of its transmission. In store for you this month, we have our first Christmas advert, well, we do every September! There is an urgency bubbling to get things done before December and by the time many of you are reading this, we’ll be over half way through the month. In the middle of it all, there are two consultations taking place. I shouldn’t think you missed the banner on the front cover, however, the centre pages are a pull out 4 page document, which is the Penrith Strategic Master Plan – A vision to 2050. If you haven’t heard of it, you will start hearing more and more information about why it is important for everyone to be involved in this consultation. The Beacon Village’s new vision for Eden is a major part of the plan for a better Penrith and Eden. The pull out document is on pages 15 – 18. It re-affirms that the Master Plan will only happen with support from the people, with 5,560 new homes, 7,000 new jobs, better transport links and more green spaces. There are a number of options you have of finding out more and sharing your thoughts as Eden District Council will have a Beacon Villages ‘Pop-Up’ shop at 3 Middlegate, Penrith (formerly the Flying Bacon). You have until Friday 2nd November to have your say and complete a questionnaire. There is a lot to digest, but plenty of time to ask questions and put your views across. Another question you are being asked by the Police and Crime Commissioner

and Cumbria Constabulary is ‘How do you feel about police in Cumbria? Each year the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria Constabulary run a public consultation survey to gather views from residents throughout the County on key policing issues. This is YOUR opportunity to let them know what you think and influence policing in your area. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Cumbria Constabulary have launched their joint annual public consultation survey. The OPCC is keen for as many people as possible to complete the survey and the closing date is 30th September to be involved in this survey. You have the opportunity to let them know what is important to you and to help them improve the service they provide. More details are on page 26. After print, I will be doing a follow up on the article on page 24 – 25. Just before taking my main holiday, I took a call from Mike Smith, who has something to share and it may be something that has affected your friends or family. He has set out on raising funds for a worthy cause. He has not set a target because it seems that as long as he can fish, he will be raising money for the cause he has chosen. A trip to Whins pond is imminent for him in the days that follow. For those of you who remember, it was back in 2012 we had a business directory in the Eden Local and now, at £10 a month, a local business’ can once again be posted through 1000’s of doors for this price. Full details are on page 28. Thank you for joining me again in this 138th Cumbrian Local publication. Lee

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LOCAL COMMUNITY

If you’re in the neighbourhood by Lee Quinn

We’ve all got some negatives to shout about. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget the positives. One example is that whilst most days I can be seen with my wife and our dog walking around the Wetheriggs Country Park, the Park has been featured these last few years in this magazine and in the local paper because of the ongoing problem of sewage leaking out of drains every time we have a downpour. It’s a matter that is ongoing, yet to be resolved and one that a small group of residents have been battling for many years. It became the ‘Country Park’ as part of the Sainbury’s New Squares Development. I think it was a ‘bit of land for a bit of land deal’, but at the main entrance to the Park, its states it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s and New Squares. I could go on, but my point in this article is that there is more to the Park than just its problems. There are some wonderful things about the Park and it has a lot of potential. Collectively, if more people got involved, more problems could be solved. Wetheriggs - a cut through to the town; people driving through too fast; people using the estate as a car park; people parking across drives, on yellow lines outside the schools, on street corners or parking on the grass verges. I knocked on every door in Wetheriggs, but not everyone was home. Many of the things talked about by people or moaned about for many years, usually falls on the shoulders, not of local political groups, but to a small pocket of positive people who keep chipping away, in the hope they’ll get things done.

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Penrith and the surrounding villages and many areas in between, have many community groups and local residents’ neighbourhood groups that have taken a lead in making the place where they live, cleaner, safer and some have even taken on running parts of the services and responsibilities in making sure things happen. Each month at Eden Local, we would like a story from Eden from a group active as residents who need more support, from their neighbours. Many of us haven’t got a lot of time. Imagine if together we all agreed to solve problems in our neighbourhood. Of course it could be a long wait otherwise. Action Groups have clearly been a way forward for many. On a personal note, if there is anyone living on Wetheriggs who wants to put a problem to bed, then the Eden Local is a good place to share and recruit help. Eden Local is also a good place to share good news and the achievements by people in the community. Please call me or email me if you would be interested in getting a group together to assist those that want Wetheriggs to be a better and safer place to live. We all have council representatives, but these projects do not need to be about point scoring political gains or claims in political leaflets or campaigns, because we are looking for residents with a ‘can do want to’ attitude who have got maybe a couple of hours a week to make a difference to the place where they live. Meanwhile, back at the park at Wetheriggs , it’s not the easiest to walk around for some. The main sign is a bit confusing as it says it has disabled access.

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Well that is debatable! If you can this Autumn, take a walk around. Yes it is a ‘wild’ park, it lacks attention, repair and some people really don’t care, but as a nature trail and a place to take time out, we are blessed. This little oasis of wildlife and the trees, in the bushes and on the ground, when you do have a look around you might be quite amazed. The wild raspberries this year tasted perfect. The sloes, blackberries, cobnuts, rose hips and apples this September freely available for a number of uses, for recipes to eat and drink. But unlike the supermarket you can’t check the label. Best to check out online the do’s and don’ts of wild berries and foods or get a book before you go foraging! Look at the advert opposite if you have got a story or you would like to feature your community resident group or project. Please drop me a line.

More people involved leads to more problems solved! Need to be seen to be heard? Forming a new community group, or already established? Eden Local relies on doors to deliver a message to Penrith and the surrounding areas. Next month this space could be about your group. Eden Local is looking for action groups and residents to share their ideas and get more members. Write to info@cumbrianlocal.co.uk A project about a park, a street, a village hall or something else that needs local residents involved. It could be you!

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LOCAL BUSINESS

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Mental Health A staggering one in four people are likely to experience mental health issues at some point during their lives. Whilst there is still a stigma attached to mental health issues, it is encouraging that action is being taken by people from all backgrounds to reduce it. Raising awareness and promoting acceptance are key to this. We have seen the ‘Young Royals’ in recent times speaking openly about mental health issues that have affected them either directly or indirectly and lending their support to various charities who are there to support those facing particular challenges with metal health.

What is Mental Health? The World Health Organisation defines it as ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’. Mental ill health can range from anxiety and depression, probably the most common mental health issues, to far more complex and severe ones such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. What does this mean for employers and how should they be supporting their employees?

1. Increase Awareness Increasing awareness within an organisation and 10 • EdenLocal

voicing acceptance of the importance of mental health issues can encourage employees to be more open and honest with you about the challenges they are facing. It can also promote an inclusive culture. Raising awareness across an organisation will demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to promoting positive mental health.

2. Make Adjustments As with physical health issues, it may be possible to make reasonable adjustments to a role for an individual experiencing mental health issues, either temporarily or permanently. Doctors and other health professionals can advise on this as they would with any health issue. Promoting a positive work-life balance and offering flexible working wherever possible, are also ways an organisation can demonstrate positivity towards employees’ particular challenges.

3. Good Line Management Managers should be trained and competent to recognise signs of mental health issues as early as possible. Early intervention is key and can help situations that could potentially escalate. Competent managers will feel more confident when having conversations with employees about the challenges they are facing. Good line managers who provide clear objectives, feedback and consistent support to their employees, can help employees manage and prevent stress, which is linked to anxiety and depression.

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4. Support & Signposting All managers should know how their organisation will support employees with mental health issues. Organisations may offer support through Occupational Health, Employee Assistance Programmes and signposting employees to various external organisations who can provide specialist, professional advice and support such as the Mental Health Charity, Mind. Employers should not try to advise employees on mental health issues. That is the role of specialists who are trained to do so, as issues can be highly complex. Apart from it being ethical and moral to do so, there are huge benefits for organisations in promoting and investing in good physical and mental health for their employees. These can include: • Reduced sickness absence (both short & long term) • Increased productivity • Better morale and retention of employees • An open and honest culture within the organisation • The organisation being seen as an ‘employer of choice’, as it is known as one that promotes positive physical and mental health and employee well-being in general • Well trained, competent managers with developed people management skills who add real value to the organisation • Potentially fewer legal challenges from employees who believe they have not been supported with health issues

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PAMELA'S MONTHLY NURSERY RHYME

Nursery Rhyme Corner This month we are going to look at another nursery rhyme which possibly has an historical source.

Goosey goosey gander, Whither shall I wander? Upstairs and downstairs And in my lady's chamber. There I met an old man

continuing to recite them in Latin (Catholic Mass) The reference to the taking him by the left leg perhaps alludes to the nickname “left footer” which is a derogatory term sometimes applied to those of the Roman Catholic faith. Being thrown down the stairs leads to threat that if anyone, priest or member of the family hiding them, was caught continuing to follow the Roman Catholic faith then they would suffer serious consequences including execution.

Who wouldn't say his prayers, So I took him by his left leg

Hickory, Dickory Dock

And threw him down the stairs.

The mouse ran up the clock,

Another rhyme with historical roots, Goosey, Goosey Gander is believed to hark back to the 16th century when those following the Roman Catholic religion in England were persecuted and there was much propaganda against them. The religion was deemed illegal and the celebration of mass was prohibited. In order to continue with their faith many high ranking families incorporated Priest Holes into their homes. These were very small secret rooms hidden from view and often behind false walls, under floors or hidden within staircases. The same great houses also had secret rooms and chambers where mass could be celebrated with the priest hole near by for quickly hiding not only the priest but also the paraphernalia associated with the celebration of mass. So how does this translate into the nursery rhyme we know. There is suggestion that ‘Goosey, Goosey’ refers to the armies of Oliver Cromwell during the Civil War who marched in ‘goose-step’, searching the homes of wealthy families for priests - upstairs, downstairs and even in the lady of the house’s private rooms. The ‘old man who wouldn’t say his prayers’ could refer, as suggested by some sources, to the priest refusing to say prayers in English (as in Protestant services ) and 12 • EdenLocal

The clock struck one, The mouse ran down, Hickory, Dickory Dock This simple rhyme uses rhythm to represent ticking of a clock to entertain small children while learning numbers and teaching them how to tell the time. The earliest version of the rhyme was published in London in around 1750. There is some thought that it could have originated quite locally here in Penrith with the shepherd counting rhyme (which begins with Yan ,Tan, Tethra) using Hevera (8), Devera (9) Dick (10) as the Hickory, Dickory, Dock sounds; perhaps a little tenuous! A more likely explanation is that it is based a little further afield on the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral. The clock room is hidden behind the dial with the access via a doorway below the clock. There is a small round hole in the door for the cathedral cat to hunt rats and mice. See you in October!

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PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY

Cumbria Deaf AssociationA Long History By Tom Rose

caring people with big hearts and they’ll sacrifice a lot to make sure that the charity they work for keeps running smoothly. Cumbria Deaf Association (CDA) is no different, and the people I’ve met there tick all those criteria. I choose the Deaf Association as my first port of call for personal reasons. My younger brother is partially deaf and sadly it took a few years of his life before anybody noticed that he was. He had become adept at lip reading and got by, but missed a lot socially and academically. I remember when he finally wore hearing aids for the first time. I can’t express to you how emotional it was when he first heard an owl hoot and he had no idea what it was. He’s doing great now working in the USA, but he wouldn’t have got where he was today without the great support from some of the local charities and the funding he received that really helped him do well at university. So when I decided to start this project of mine looking for people that are making a difference in Cumbria, it felt only natural for me to begin with the local Deaf Association.

For nearly 125 years the Cumbria Deaf Association has been a vital service in the area, being the lifeline for Deaf people in helping them to negotiate the hearing world. It is rich in history and the work they have done for a decade and a quarter has been nothing short of incredible. I interviewed two of their staff to find out more about the Association and the role they play in our community. In my research I was shocked to find out that over 9 million people in the UK have a hearing loss, that’s 1 in every 7 of us, so I was anxious to see what we were doing in Cumbria to help all of these people. My plan as I’m starting out in the field of journalism is to interview local charities and people that are making our community better. Looking at our local heroes and showing everybody the great work that they do. Having worked in the charity sector, I truly believe that people that work or volunteer for charities are often the nicest people you’ll ever come across. They’ll work long hours for not a lot of pay, they’ll be

I met with Greer Shepherd, who has a heart of gold and has been with the organisation for over 16 years. She now works ‘part-time’ for the charity, often going above and beyond the call of duty. Being available for support all hours of the day and night for all the people she works with. Greer’s passion for the profoundly Deaf in particular made my heart melt. Some of the stories she told me, about how difficult the profoundly Deaf find it negotiating the hearing world, were gut wrenching. A lot of these stories for confidential reasons I couldn’t tell, but one shocking piece of information I didn’t realise was that Profoundly Deaf people a lot of the time do not speak English. When I researched it, apparently some 50000 people put BSL as their first language and there is probably many more. Greer explained how hearing people develop language, we look at the word, we hear the word and we repeat it. When you’re trying to learn a language that you cannot hear, especially English, it is almost impossible for the Profoundly Deaf to

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 speak it. Imagine how difficult that must be trying to negotiate just everyday life. How would you get public transport? How would you go to a restaurant or a cafe? But worse than that is what happens if its an emergency? What happens if you were injured and had to go to hospital, how would you call an ambulance? How would you tell the ambulance what’s wrong with you, how would you negotiate the hospital? And peoples solutions to Deaf people is often to hand them written things like leaflets, this is so frustrating and drives Greer especially mad, because they simply cannot understand them. She spends half of her time at the drop in centre at Carlisle working with Deaf people getting them to understand what an important letter means and having to call people like the job centre on behalf of these people. Greer explains that a lot of key services in Cumbria won’t pay for or provide an interpreter. She highlights but a few; from citizens advice, solicitors, opticians, broadband and utilities providers to even the department for work and pensions. Even though in 2003 the government officially recognised BSL as an official minority language, there is nowhere near the support that other languages get. Greer admits that the DWP does have a text line but when you consider the Profoundly Deaf don’t write or understand written English, then you realise that this service is not accessible for them. These key services not being accessible highlights some major issues for the Deaf in Cumbria. Greer spends most of her time on the phone to the DWP for service users because they can’t access it. Then you have to consider if services won’t pay for interpreters, what happens to the Deaf that desperately need that service. Greer presented some scenarios, what about the mother about to lose her child in a custody battle because even if she could afford a solicitor, nobody will pay for the interpreter? What about the family that may be evicted but can’t get any advice because the advice service won’t pay for an interpreter? What about the engineer from a broadband provider, promising to turn up on one day and then doesn’t, how would the Deaf person ring up and complain when there’s no interpreter? From a grandmother that can’t make a will, to a patient unable to book same day appointments at a local doctors surgery, the ramifications for a Deaf person in a hearing world that won’t help them is catastrophic. There are so many things to consider when you realise that the Profoundly Deaf do not speak English. Greer admits that it can be very lonely for the 14 • EdenLocal

Profoundly Deaf and a lot of them may struggle with anxiety and depression. Luckily the Cumbria Deaf Association are here in the area and it’s their current role to advise and support the local Deaf people. In an ideal world, every Deaf person would have a local interpreter, and certainly places like hospitals, ambulances and doctors, the job centre, the police, fire service and many more could have interpreters too. As John Brennan, the chairman of CDA, advised to me, there’s so much we can be doing as a community to support the people in our area that are deaf and make the hearing world more accessible for them. Some of his ideas include restaurants that have a greeter that signs and maybe having a menu that has pictures that signs what’s on it. He believes that being accessible for the deaf can only increase sales too. I know as a Vegan, we’ll eat out at places that have a good Vegan range and all our friends will eat there with us too, Vegan and non Vegan. So I can see his logic. Sign language is a big way in which we can help Deaf people feel more included in our society. There is currently a BSL course put on by CDA in Barrow and there are many more people wanting to do the course across Cumbria. John has plans for courses to be put on but it is hard to find funding to support that. As Greer pointed out to me, it’s a difficult situation. There haven’t been courses put on for a number of years because of the lack of funding, so there is a big skills shortage in the area. Cumbria is a difficult place to run courses, if people paid for the courses themselves it would cost roughly £500. That’s a lot of money to ask someone to pay. It’s a lot because unlike in other places like cities, Cumbria is vast, so to run a course in Eden or Carlisle when the person running the course lives in Whitehaven, you can see how the cost of travel would soon hike up the cost of the course. I truly believe that more people should make the effort to learn sign language, myself included. And that is certainly one of the ways that you could help people in your area. By learning sign language you could make your place of work more accessible for deaf people and be able to hold a conversation with someone that is a deaf sign language user would really mean a lot to that person who may have felt isolated in a hearing world. The cost of running BSL courses is one thing, but putting in the right support for every deaf person in Cumbria is equally expensive. Because Cumbria is so

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The Penrith Strategic Masterplan A Vision to 2050 A plan for a better Penrith and Eden

September 2018

5,560 New Homes

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7,000 New Jobs

Better Transport Links

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The Penrith Strat

A long term plan for Penrith The Penrith Strategic Masterplan is an ambitious plan that will allow us to develop a sustainable way forward for the next 30 years. It addresses the key issues that could have an impact on Penrith’s future: •

A shortage of affordable housing

A low wage economy

Improving the vitality of Penrith town centre

Improving traffic routes and reducing pollution

It will allow us to create a mix of new housing to meet local needs and attract higher paid jobs and protect our quality environment from speculative commercial development. New jobs and affordable housing will help increase the working age population which, if we do nothing, is likely to drop significantly. The plan aims to attract new families to the area and encourage young people to stay. It is designed to make the most of the many exciting opportunities on our doorstep such as the dualling of the A66.

Kevin Beaty Councillor Kevin Beaty E: edenleader@kevinbeaty.co.uk

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tegic Masterplan - A Vision to 2050 Why Beacon Villages will be good for Penrith and Eden: • The Beacon Villages will provide another 5,560 homes for the wider Penrith area over the next 30 years with three settlements that will reflect the style, character and quality of other parts of Eden. • They will provide affordable housing as well as a mix of others to suit all needs. Thus as well as new family homes, there will be smaller properties to help those looking to stay in the area when they retire. • Around 7,000 new jobs could be created in the Penrith area through the allocation of more employment land. • These new homes and jobs provided will lead to an increase in the working age population. • We must safeguard the future of the Beacon. Eden residents are rightly protective of this wonderful area but without a viable plan for its future, we cannot be sure that it will be safe from unwanted development. • Sustainable growth will support the latest in eco-living with lower energy bills for local people. Cycle routes and walkways will encourage people to leave their cars at home. • A planned increase in our population will also sustain local businesses and support our high street. Penrith Strategic Masterplan Preferred Option (Option 4) Proposed Employment Space Proposed Residential Space Proposed Spine Road Proposed Green Infrastructure Proposed Country Park Proposed Footpath/Cycle Links Existing Public Rights of Way Proposed Low Density Mixed Use Development Set Within Woodland Framework Proposed Junctions Improvements to Existing Roads Improvements to Existing Junctions Existing Green Infrastructure Retained New Local Centre Development Boundary Proposed School Sites Potential Northern Relief Road

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The Penrith Strategic Masterplan A Vision to 2050

Safeguarding The Beacon Safeguarding The Beacon is a top priority. We believe the best way to protect its future is through this plan. It contains forward thinking proposals that will increase the space available to the public for walking and cycling. This would also give improved access to the tower and provide an attraction where people can enjoy spectacular views across Eden and into the Lake District. If we do not plan for The Beacon’s future, there is a risk that developers will try to exploit this asset in an unplanned and insensitive manner whilst smaller scale projects may easily chip away at its edges. We welcome your opinions and suggestions to help us to protect The Beacon for future generations.

How to get involved As Eden District Council continues to develop this plan, we want your views and suggestions on our proposals. The ideas in this Masterplan will only happen with public support so it’s vital we have your input. You can join the discussion in a number of ways: • By coming along to the Beacon Villages pop up shop in Penrith Town Centre located at 3 Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PG (formerly the Flying Bacon) to learn more and have your say about the future of Eden. The pop up shop is an opportunity to discuss the proposals with Council officers and put your views forward.

The pop up shop is open as follows in September 2018: Monday 10 from 10am - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm Wednesday 12 from 10am - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm Thursday 13 from 10am- 3pm Saturday 15 from 10am - 2pm Tuesday 18 from 10am - 4pm Thursday 20 from 10am - 4pm Monday 24 from 10am - 4pm Wednesday 26 from 10am - 4pm Friday 28 from 10am - 4pm • As the Strategic Masterplan will impact on all areas of Eden, we are also arranging events across the District. Details of these will appear in the local press and on the Beacon Villages website and social media accounts throughout the engagement period which ends on Friday 2 November 2018. • The Beacon Villages website has links to the background research and technical documents that have informed the Penrith Strategic Masterplan. These will be available at our consultation events, from Eden District Council offices and local libraries. • Please send us your views by completing the questionnaire at www.beaconvillages.co.uk before Friday 2 November 2018. Alternatively, get in touch in one of the following ways: Email: penrithmasterplan@eden.gov.uk Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Penrith2050 Follow the hashtag #Penrith2050 on Twitter www.beaconvillages.co.uk 18 • EdenLocal The magazine that relies on doors for circulation not sales


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vast, the deaf population is so spread out, so having an interpreter from CDA or elsewhere is costly, but people need interpreters. Interpreters can be there for a deaf person.

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This all costs money though, and CDA as a charity

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Certainly with the rise of technology there is a use for online interpreters in supporting the deaf. CDA even ran their own Department of Health funded trial program in partnership with ‘Sign Health’ using tablets to access online interpreters for medical appointments. And if Britain followed the American model, according to John, and they had the phone companies win contracts based on their provisions for deaf people, like having an online service of interpreters ready for people to use that would make the world of difference. If we can cater for people with a foreign language, surely we should cater for somebody with the disability of a hearing problem?

grants or charitable donations. Now I’m not going to get on my high horse every interview I do and say, you need to be donating to this charity, because that would be wrong of me. What I will say is if people do want to donate, CDA would greatly appreciate it and your money would be put to great use supporting your local charity that has been doing great work for nearly 125 years in the area.

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Imagine hearing parents having a Deaf child, with that comes a lot of anxiety and stress. Around 90% of all deaf children are born to hearing parents. The child will no doubt feel isolated from their peers growing up and it must be a difficult situation for all. CDA have in place an excellent program that works with hearing parents of deaf children, to teach them sign language and works closely with the children themselves. In a city it would be great to get all these all school, children together for classesC after into but in poasp deaf Cumbria again this is difficult our are u schildren spread across the county in remotepplaces h opand it is dudrive unrealistic to expect parents to long distances r i n Sep CDA do g to make that happen. But what tem is remarkable. b They do residentials, where they bring e deaf r children together and give their parents a rest for a week and they allow them to interact with their peers, even taking them on trips and they also bring the parents together to help them create a network too for support. CDA are there to help the deaf from birth to death. They are there as a guide and they run drop in centres for any deaf person to come and see them for any of their needs.

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But even a fully accessible online interpreter has its flaws, and there is simply no replacement for a local interpreter that knows each Deaf person. An interpreter is someone that a Deaf person can bond with, you can’t do that over a screen, with a different person every time. A local interpreter according to Greer, knows the background and important information for the Deaf person, so when they go to the jobcentre with them, or the doctors, they can help that Deaf person who may be anxious about the whole situation and let them know the background and important information that would be otherwise missed by an online interpreter. Cumbria, in a ideal world, should have local interpreters for every area, even ones that are available 24 hours a day, so if a emergency arose at a hospital etc, they could be called to help in a Deaf person’s time of need.

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Sign language is regional as well, so having an interpreter online or one from the area, you run the risk of having miscommunication. A local interpreter will know the local people and understand their regional varieties. Currently the provision from Cumbria County Council for Deaf people is not to use the local interpreters at CDA, but to outsource to another provider and only fund CDA to provide information and advice. When in fact the support they provide is far more complex than information and advice. Unfortunately the company that we outsource to is not local and often results in interpreters coming into the area, not knowing the background to the client and not knowing the local regional dialect. This has caused some distress for some service users that attend the CDA drop-in services. If there were more local interpreters to attend all the meetings for a Deaf person and work with them then that would be an

There has been a big push recently to put sign language in schools, and people may potentially be able to take it as a GCSE, thanks to an incredible push by Daniel Jillings a 12 year old from Suffolk and many other people that have been campaigning passionately for years. I too believed that sign language should be introduced in schools and was involved in an e-petition that said make BSL compulsory in schools. I do think schools could potentially put on classes for children that want to learn sign language from an early age in primary schools, but to make the system work it would need very highly qualified sign language teachers with qualifications and experience. For that to happen, it would need a serious investment from government or

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local councils to get people in the area qualified and then implement it in schools. As Greer pointed out to me, you run the risk of teaching bad sign language and confusing people if you have someone that has only basic sign language skills teaching children. I honestly don’t know what the solution is for schools, but if it’s going to be offered as a GCSE and if it’s run well then that’s a good start. And if you are a school or a parent in Cumbria and can afford it, it might be worth teaching your children sign language now, for it would not only mean Cumbria would be developing a more truly equal society, but selfishly it would mean your children will have a GCSE in the bag when they get to secondary school and a qualification that might be invaluable for their future career.

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Greer openly admits the biggest challenge facing CDA is that not enough people in Cumbria can sign. Without funding the sign language courses could not be possible. CDA desperately need funding to run sign language courses so they can overturn the skills shortage of BSL users in Cumbria. Many people want to do sign language courses in Cumbria they just don’t have the funds to pay for it. Donating to CDA would help them on their way to achieving that goal of every Deaf person having access to a local interpreter for all their needs. I was moved when meeting Greer and John and I’m proud to live in Cumbria that has such a great history in working with the deaf people in our county. But it does need our help if it’s going to be around for another 125 years. So whether you donate, choose to sign up for sign language courses, or attempt to make your workplace more accessible, or simply read this and become more aware of the Deaf in our society. Whatever you do, however small, will make such a difference to deaf people in your community. The profoundly Deaf may not be a big percentage of our population but we shouldn’t continue to ignore their needs because of the small numbers. Are they less important because they are a smaller number? And if 1 in 7 of us do have a hearing loss, then maybe we should be doing more to help the hearing world become more accessible and fairer to those that are deaf. Even if all you take from this article is that the Profoundly Deaf often do not speak English and you adjust how you interact with them by using body language or simple gestures then that is a massive step that will help them in their day to day lives.

By Emily Quinn

This month’s article was going to be possibly politically orientated but with the movements and developments of Penrith and the masses of information being made available to the public, I’m going to do my homework on the proposed expansion of the town and the promises we’ve been made. In time for next month’s article, I hope to have spoken to some of the people involved with the expansion and developments which are to affect us all in the near future. I am referring to The Penrith Strategic Master Plan – A Vision to 2050 and the Beacon village proposal which sets out the future for us and the homes in area which we live. So instead, for this month’s article, I am going to write about being home alone. Literally! When your parents go away and it’s all party party… it’s not really though is it? I found this out the hard way. I struggled just to look after myself for two weeks, let alone have a party. I’m 19 years old and I love

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I also realised how wonderful I was at procrastinating. I realised that I can actually put off doing a task that’s not a necessity for almost a week, which is an achievement for even the laziest of people! And when I say task, I mean something that people do without even giving it a second thought, because it’s really not that big a job. Procrastination is a skill that only works for so long though. Eventually things get to a breaking point in which you have to pull your finger out which is exactly what happened to me. I started the first week off being very organised with a list of when the animals needed to be fed and walked, when washing and rubbish needed to be sorted and even had meal plans. I pretty much stuck to this plan, but I just tried to then fit too much around my plan and then I just got to the stage where I stopped taking notice of the plan! After the first week, the house was in very loose order and I was eating chicken nuggets and pizza. It only took a week to break me. Going out and drinking like crazy at the weekends really didn’t help my situation either. a good night out, drinking and dancing. Just having to force myself to wake up in the morning and get out of bed to feed the animals and do the washing is a hard-enough task. Tidying up after myself is bad enough without having to tidy up after other people. One thing I realised is how hard it is to be selfdisciplined, to eat healthily and actually do the tidying up when you live alone. You just don’t want to do it! I think it was every few days that I realised the washing up was building up and the mountain of clothes in the corner of my room was growing. This is when I realised I actually had to do something and it really didn’t take that long to do. Chores are one of those things that once you get stuck into, you can keep going and get everything done. I have a lovely circle of friends and I wanted to see them all, however, this meant going out, spending money, be it on alcohol or food, or even shopping sprees. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but two weeks of going out and spending money and coming back home to a mess is no way to live your life. It made me genuinely realise how much my parents still do for me and how much I really wouldn’t cope on my own. I’m so glad I didn’t go away to university. I’m at university but living at home and I honestly think that was the best choice for me as I would probably have been eating takeaways every night, drinking too much and been to tired and felt too ill to get up in the morning. Being home alone and having responsibility for other animals’ lives, I kind of had to force myself up, but it was awful and I spent the whole time feeling awful.

I think the best advice I can give you if you find yourself in this lonesome situation, is to be strict with yourself and don’t go crazy. I took the wrong approach and got being a ‘party-head’ teenager out of my system in an intense two weeks. It was like a jar. I took the lid off and it all exploded everywhere. Maybe I only needed to loosen it? We all learn from our mistakes which is the important thing though. So, my words of wisdom are, don’t eat junk food for a week solid, don’t go out drinking every night just because you can and respect yourself and value the difference you can make to get yourself up every morning and raring to go. And of course, don’t be a lazy, self-indulgent lump! As I stated at the start of this month’s article, next month’s article will be focusing on The Penrith Strategic Master Plan; the future development and expansion of the local economy. I’m going to do some digging and find out how it will really affect us all as members of the public, whatever our age.

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Out on the road – Your local community magazine and radio station By Lee Quinn

The weather has been at its best for many this summer, with only a few showers. Thank you to all those who invited the Cumbrian Local to promote and attend their event. Thank you also to those who chose Eden FM to promote and broadcast live from their event, whilst also making a small donation to Eden FM for that time invested. Below are some ideas on the perfect package. Spoilt for choice, this year as we are every year, my diary is full with local events and shows. It continues through the year, but the summer and warmth of the people involved in these events every year, year in and year out, must be acknowledged. The day we attend is the end result whatever the weather. In 2018, I was out with the Eden FM team, ‘in field’ attending some sites for the first time. Our first was the Field Day at Bolton, featured in the July Eden Local. The second was a visit in peak season to the Raspberry Fields at Rowley’s, Little Salkeld, featured in the August Eden Local and here we are with some space reserved for the Appleby Agricultural Show. It feels as though it was a long time ago on that sunny Thursday 9th August, but what a fantastic day out. It was a change in venue from previous years and being a last-minute booking, the Eden FM team was down to two. We didn’t know if we were going to be able to 22 • EdenLocal

broadcast live. We knew we didn’t have any power, but with a magic box with a mobile and 3 hours of laptop battery time, the day was totally brilliant. Thank you to Alan Barker, Show Chairman and all the show committee for a well organised event. Whilst Daisy and I set up the radio, we spent a while walking around trying to get an internet connection via 4G and it was via my mobile phone, connected to our laptop, which had a database of music and play out program that we were able to send a signal back to Penrith, which then transmitted a three hour show from the show ground. I call that progress and

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innovation for a community radio presented by volunteers. This show was in many ways special as it was a technical challenge, but joined by my wife later in the day, we also got to have a good walk around. It was one the most relaxing shows I had attended and we all agreed is was so geared for the family. All shows are, but as one of the smallest shows we have attended, this one had things that stood out, unique to others. It was on a weekday in the summer holidays, but it was like a weekend. Of course, I took a lot of pictures. The main ring was packed for the Junior Cumberland Wrestling and it was delightful seeing the entries for ‘the dog that the judges would most like to take home’ and for the dog with the ‘waggiest’ tail, with so many happy, smiling faces around the main ring!

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As I do every month, the phone rings and someone has a great story, this one caught my attention as over the years as a community magazine we have supported and continue to give free space in the magazine to local fundraisers and individuals that need the exposure if nothing just to let people know that they are out there doing something really great that needs to be shared. The call was from Mike Smith, a local angler who set up ‘abiteoutofcancer’ who works locally and his been living in Penrith just over 12 years THIS IS HIS STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS: Why I decided to set up #abiteoutofcancer So, fishing is a massive part of my life and without it, god knows where I would be. Back when I was only 11/12 years of age, both my aunties bought me some fishing tackle. One of them bought me a red and black seat box (maver) I think and the other one bought me 24 • EdenLocal

one of them telescope rods from Woolworths. The ones with them funny looking bugs in. It was not until the summer when I must have been about 13, that I decided to go for a walk down to the local river. We called the planks in steeple, Clayton, but it was a run off from the river Ouse in

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Buckinghamshire. This is where I caught my first ever fish and a fish I will never forget, because I never caught it with one of those funny looking bug things, but a piece of bubble gum I was chewing on. I managed to land me my first ever fish, a roach weighing about 1½lbs and I was well happy with that! I was hooked on fishing for the rest of my life. A good year later, a friend of my dad’s, Walter Davis, who is a great fisherman, managed to convince my dad to take me match fishing .My dad took me to every match every weekend and this is what made me in to a Buckinghamshire junior champion. In 2015, on 30th December, I lost my father to a brain tumour. After this, I decided I wanted to go and catch the common skate and I wanted to donate the weight of the fish to Cancer Research UK. Unfortunately, this never happened due to the weather, so the following October in 2017, myself and Paul Garbutt from Loftus in Cleveland, decided that whatever we caught on that trip, we would donate to Cancer Research UK. We ended up catching 20-25lb in cod and we both ended up doing the first ever donation for #abiteoutofcancer for Cancer Research UK via the JustGiving page. Fishing to beat cancer because too many people have been lost to this https:// www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mikesmith123uk A target I have no target to be set as we don’t know when we will ever find a cure for cancer. I plan on doing this for as long as I can. I have to reset it every 3 years as this is the rule on the JustGiving page. If every fisherman donated £1 to Cancer Research UK, that would be a massive sum in itself, or catch a fish and donate 1lb=£1 1oz=1p, this would also be a massive sum. With the help of the Anglian community, we can make a massive difference. Awareness Most people just sit on their hands and just hope someone somewhere will find a cure, but that is not the case. I chose to make fishing part of my life. I did not ask for cancer to be involved with my life, but unfortunately, we all know someone who knows someone affected by it. It really is not hard to set up something like this. All the information is on the JustGiving page and you can do it for whatever you want. I love fishing. I hate cancer, so I will try and help with the pleasure of fishing.

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LOCAL POLICE

How do you feel about police in Cumbria? Each year the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria Constabulary run a public consultation survey to gather views from residents throughout the county on key policing issues. This is YOUR opportunity to let us know what you think, and influence policing in your area.

We want to find out: • How safe you feel. • Your views on local policing. • How confident you are in Cumbria Constabulary. • What you think the main policing priorities for the County are. • What you think the main policing issues in your neighbourhood are. • Whether antisocial driving takes place in your local neighbourhood. • How you would like to engage with Cumbria Constabulary. • If you have contacted the Constabulary in the past 12 months, how satisfied you were with the service you received. • What you know about the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. We are keen to gather as many views as possible. The survey is available via the home page of the Constabulary’s website (www.cumbria.police.uk) and should take around 15 minutes to complete. If you would like a paper copy please telephone the Corporate Improvement Department within the Constabulary on 101, option 2, followed by extension number 48814 / 48629, or email consultation@cumbria.police.uk. The survey will run until 30th September 2018.

Wainwrig Alfred Wainwright was a solitary walker by choice. His only companions on the hills were the birds and animals that he met on his explorations. Often, they were wild animals such as foxes or deer. On another occasion, a foxhound called Barmaid accompanied him to the top of Hen Comb and his photograph of the dog at the summit cairn was turned into a sketch in The Western Fells. Then there were the countless sheep, out in all weathers bearing their lot stoically. Wainwright said he felt terribly sorry for sheep. However, one farm animal that he was always wary of was the cow (or worse, a bull). The pages of his books include numerous warnings about the possibility of meeting cows or bulls on particular walks: ‘Descents may safely be made in any direction, in any weather, without the remotest risk of accident by falling over a crag; frisky bullocks are the only obstacles to be feared.’ Little Mell Fell p. 3 ‘There is no greater deterrent to trespass than a ball, the truth of which the farmers of the Masongill district seem fully aware. Many of their fieldgates carry notices warning of the presence of bulls, even mad bulls.’ Walks in Limestone Country Walk 4 ‘(If frightened of cows this part of the journey can be done by road as indicated on the map above).’ A Coast to Coast Walk p. 115 Wainwright even went as far as assuring his readers that his routes were chosen to avoid meeting cows as far as possible: ‘For those walkers who, like the author, do not enjoy encounters with cows and young bulls and the sundry other mammals that commonly

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frequent confined farmyards will be relieved to learn that the routes illustrated have been specially selected to reduce this possibility to a minimum, and only at one place it is necessary to pass through a farmyard.’ Loadpot Hill p. 8 In The Western Fells, Wainwright writes on the diagram of one of the routes of ascent to Whiteside: ‘cows graze here!’ and in adjacent fields: ‘and here! and here! and here!’ Whiteside p. 7 Throughout his work, Wainwright writes of his admiration for animals and the need to protect them from harm, usually by humans. However, for whatever reason, this sympathy did not seem to extend to the bovine species! 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 The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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‘Forward to Life’ ‘It’s great when they come back; I love it!’ What encouraging words to hear from a member of the office staff in one of our local schools as they prepared for another new school year to begin? Shakespeare, in his vivid description of the Seven Ages of Man pictured the ‘whining school boy, creeping like a snail, unwillingly to school’ (As you like it) and while it might feel like that at times, more often I see children and staff full of enthusiasm, eagerness and the bright spark of imagination and creativity. Of course it’s hard work, of course there are days when it feels like a bit of a grind as it does in any work, but spend a bit of time with our children and young people and you will be amazed and inspired by them and the staff working with them. Our schools are communities in which the critical, life-long work of formation takes place day-in, dayout. This is of course much more than just ‘teaching things’ or training students to pass exams. Formation includes the development of values and character, habits and attitudes, skills and abilities. While these qualities are uniquely individual to each student (and member of staff) they are formed, shaped and nurtured in community. In calling his first disciples, Jesus selected a wide range of very different personalities, no doubt in part because they would learn as much indirectly from each other as they would from his own direct teaching and ministry. On one occasion they returned from their early mission full of excitement at all they had ‘achieved’ but Jesus, proud as any teacher in

seeing the students flourish and grow in confidence, reminded them to be most grateful for those things that can’t be so easily measured, examined or marked, but which are of eternal significance. It would not always go as well as it had done this time. When we are secure in those foundational qualities of character, relationships and integrity, then the circumstances of apparent success or failure, achievement or disappointment can be faced without undermining or falsely inflating our sense of worth and dignity. We congratulate our students and thank the staff of our local schools on all they have achieved and all they will enjoy in this new school year. We are fortunate to have many very good schools serving our communities and we are grateful for all you do. I was challenged by words spoken at an end-ofschool-year event: Don’t let being good get in the way of becoming excellent.’ This is not to create an intolerable burden, but to inspire us keep growing, keep learning and keep developing as individuals, organisations and communities. Thank you to all our schools, especially for enabling our children and young people to appreciate that the greatest achievement they can each make is to discover the unique person they are made to be and to find joy and delight in who they are. As the brilliant Oscar Wilde put it; ‘Be yourself; everyone else is taken.’ Revd David Sargent Penrith - Church of England

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LOCAL EVENT

Penrith Rotary 10K Trail Run and 4K Fun Run – Sunday 14 October at Lowther Castle and Park One of three Rotary clubs in the Eden District the Penrith club is part of the huge Rotary volunteer organisation with a membership of more than 1.2 million across the world. The clubs help their local communities and raise funds for good causes. In Penrith these include Hospice, Air Ambulance and Mencap but members also work with local schools to support and develop young people. The ever popular Rotary 10Km Trail Run (for ages 15 & above), and 4Km Fun Run will take place this year on Sunday 14 October 2018, starting and finishing at the fabulous Lowther Castle with its cafe, shop and other attractions. The Trail Run, starting at 11.15am, follows a superb one lap course amid the wonderful scenery of Lowther Park, on grass, farm tracks and tarmac. The Fun Run starts at 10.30am (14 yrs and under) and comprises an attractive 2 lap course on tracks and grass right in front of Lowther Castle. Medals will be awarded in various categories for both runs while prizes/mementoes will be given in the Fun run section. Event organiser Rotarian Stephen Lindley said, “This really is a remarkable event. It was introduced in 2009 as a community occasion where people could run in lovely countryside, seriously or for fun. Perhaps, because of the fantastic venue and setting, people of all ages and abilities now take part, club runners from far and wide but also many who just enjoy jogging in lovely countryside. Participants describe their enjoyment of the most scenic views as the best of any race they've done. The fun run too has gone from strength to strength with children running hand-inhand with their parents whilst some young aspiring athletes like to have a proper go. The added benefit is that this wonderful inclusive event also raises funds for Rotary supported good causes. This year we have chosen to support Eden Mencap The event takes place with the kind permission of the Lowther Estate. As an event special offer, on race day

only, they are offering, for any adult taking part in the 10k Trail Run, free admission for 1 child (15 or under) to Lowther Castle and Gardens on presentation of their Trail Run runner number, (adult to pay full entrance price). To be sure, everyone will be delighted by the garden’s history as well as the recently installed lost castle, an impressively large wooden structure, deep into the garden woods. As a place for the imagination, it has a magic all of its own. Full information including the timing of each event and online entry details can be found at: www.penrithrotarytrailrun.org.uk

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A Bid to bring MAN v FAT Football to Cumbria by Lee Quinn In the 2017-18 football season, I spent a lot of time with Penrith AFC, completing 30 programmes, I don’t know how many reports and the miles they travel runs into thousands. Why did I do it? Well I had the idea that producing a glossy programme and getting it sold in the town, which was not just about the first but all the teams that are under the Penrith AFC umbrella, would show how the club is involved with the community and give people an idea of the work behind the club by the volunteers; yes volunteers. Billy Williams, who many of you know, is the Chairman of the club. He cuts the grass, he marks out the pitch with the rest of the committee members who look after the pitch and he even drives one of the mini buses for the away games. The other mini bus is usually driven by another committee member. What he enjoys is watching the football and he will always be a footballer who now does other things, but he is never far from the pitch. I agreed to do a season writing, editing and printing the match programme, but to do this, run Eden Local and Eden FM Radio, it was too much, even for me! When asked, why did I do it? Well I remembered and shared my moment when I watched the Bonny Blues playing at Southend Road. I love football, I love local sport, but football has always been a big part of my life. Doing the programme brought me closer to football again. I only stopped playing in 2010. Part of 30 • EdenLocal

weight and get healthier. Uniquely, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. We give support to every player with unique resources, inspiration and 24/7 support to help you lose weight, get fitter and enjoy the beautiful game. the passion to be involved with Penrith AFC was not just watching it, but being a part of it again and it got the better of me.

Players must have a BMI of 27.5+, if you drop below while on the programme, don’t worry as you’ll go onto our maintenance programme!

There are quite a few blokes out there, who just like me have to be involved. They dream of the days when they used to play. They watched the World Cup recently and maybe added a few pounds from the arm chair or the pub, but to kick a ball again, well they just dream of doing it, because the mind wants to, but the body can’t, or is it they’ve just been waiting for the opportunity or opening?

That depends on how much you put into the league and how much of the support you take (the more, the better!) In an assessed 14 week pilot scheme run by Solihull Council, players lost 22lbs on average, with 62% hitting their 5% body weight target. The maximum weight lost by one player was 67lbs and the maximum bodyweight percentage lost was 26%. 95% of players lose weight.

Now have a look at the release below. I talked to Dan Ford, a local lad from Kendal, who is now a long way from home and he has been working on this project around the UK. Everyone gets press releases but what I wanted to know was, as this seems to be based on size, how to decide if you are ‘technically’ big enough to sign up, so to speak! This is what he had to say. He knew the answers and sent me this.

There are links on the report below and at the end of it but there isn’t one for Penrith or the Eden Valley. Well, not at moment but that’s up to you, the bloke who wants to kick a ball. When I spoke to Dan, I asked if there could be a Penrith link. ‘Yes’ was the answer. If you’re one of 20 – 30 lads who want to do this, we can be a part of this National Campaign and do it in Penrith. My details are at the front of the magazine, so please call me or drop me a line.

WEIGH, PLAY, LOSE, WIN - Dan Ford MAN v FAT Football is a football league only for guys who want to lose weight. Every player is in the same situation and wants the same thing - to enjoy football, lose

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Press Release - A Bid to bring MAN v FAT Football to Cumbria FOOTBALLERS who have let their exercise regime fall by the pitch side are being urged to lace up their boots once more.


Man v Fat is a scheme endorsed by the FA and supported in Cumbria by Active Cumbria part of Cumbria County Council’s Public Health Team. The scheme is a 16-week football league for players who are classed as overweight or obese. The league is geared to help players lose weight through six-aside games, with a unique scoring system based on individual and team weight loss. Every player is in the same situation and wants the same thing - to enjoy football, lose weight and get healthier. Uniquely, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. Support is offered to every player with unique resources and inspiration available 24/7 to help you lose weight, get fitter and enjoy the beautiful game. Andy Dyke, national participation manager of recreational football at the FA, said: “Football doesn’t begin and end with the professional game, there are different levels and styles of football played throughout the UK. MAN v FAT Football is a brilliant initiative for anyone who wants to address their weight and start working their way back into playing football. The results of the leagues are extremely impressive and we are excited to see the impact this could have on men’s health across the country

and around the world. You might be thinking that your footballing days are behind you, but MAN v FAT Football is a great bridge back into the national game and the FA are happy to back the scheme.” Roger Smith is a coach for MAN v FAT. He said: “I took part in the first Bridgwater league and lost 2.5st in 14 weeks and am extremely proud of being part of a scheme that has changed the lives of so many men.” Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Communities at Cumbria County Council said: “Tackling obesity is a top priority in Cumbria, as is tackling inactivity. This initiative brings both of these priorities together wrapped up in a game of Football, which is arguably England’s most popular sport. Initiatives such as this that combine physical activity and managing weight can only be a positive step forward and I hope that the leagues take off.” Based on Man V Fat Football Leagues already set up across the country, it has been found that 95% of players lose weight and get fitter. The scheme is already proving successful with 62% hitting their 5% body weight target. Subject to the number of applicants, leagues are planned to begin in Carlisle, Workington, Barrow and Kendal with dates yet to be confirmed.

If you love football but hate being fat, register today for just £1: Workington: www.manvfatfootball.org/Workington Carlisle: www.manvfatfootball.org/carlisle Barrow in Furness: www.manvfatfootball.org/barrowinfurness Kendal: www.manvfatfootball.org/kendal or email dan@manvfat.com for more details. The best rates in advertising, with the best distribution for local business

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