The Local Post Free Community Newspaper June 25th 2014 (draft)

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Fell Running champions

Short report from Eden Runners Juniors- Fell Running National Champions Eden Runners juniors are enjoying a double celebration this week. In the fell running championship series Esme Davies secured her fourth victory on Saturday at Clougha Pike in Lancashire, in the U14 age category. Sam Almond also came first in the U12 race making his tally 6 wins out of 6. This means that both are overall champions as they cannot be beaten with only one race remaining, at kettlewell in wharfdale on the 13th July.

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The crowning of the National English Champions will be officially awarded on 19th July at Queen Katherine School Kendal. Esme and Sam have enjoyed a good winter season leading up to these championships. They were both Cumbria League cross-country winners and after competing in the Kendal Winter League fell races, they were both successful in scooping first positions in their respective age groups. Esme has also represented Cumbria in the Northerns and National cross-country competition in the U13 age group.

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Sparket Equestrian events

SPARKET EQUESTRIAN EVENTS held a Junior Show for children aged 16 years and under on Sunday, 22nd June. The weather was absolutely fantastic so competitors were allowed to ride without their jackets on otherwise it would have been hot hard work!! Regular and newer competitors mixed together and provided a good mix of competition for the two Judges, Val Braithwaite of Penrith and Amanda Coates of Blencarn to sort out. Many riders and handlers were using this show as a Warm Up for the Trailblaz-

ers Inglewood Championships next weekend on 28-29th June and Skelton Show the week after on 5th July. Our first Championship to be decided was the Equitation Championship. This was won by Autumn Carruthers on her new pony Rupert. Regular competitor, Marcia Bowman from Penrith was Reserve Equitation Champion on her pony Romeo. The Working Hunter Championship went to two Shetlands. Champion was Emily Barker from Cartmel on Bumble and Reserve Working Hunter

Champion was Tiegan Lowthian on Precious. The medals were kindly donated by Debs Cartmel of Berrier Boarders and the kids absolutely loved them. The next Junior Show at Inglewood is on Sunday, 3rd August. Next weekend is a Showing Marathon at Inglewood with Working Hunter on Saturday 28th June and Flat Ridden and In Hand Showing on Sunday, 29th June. All schedules are on the SPARKET EQUESTRIAN EVENTS website –


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Business Awards

Edition 1

Thursday 25th June 2014

Ullswater Road Garage, Ullswater Rd, Penrith Cumbria CA11 7EH

By Zoe Badder

On Friday the Penrith Chamber of Trade held their annual Business Awards Dinner at the North Lakes Hotel. Everyone was dressed up for the "Upstairs, Downstairs" theme in posh frocks and bow ties (obviously not both on the same person!) and a few of the Eden FM folk were there as guests. I felt very out of place at such a formal occasion, but soon began to enjoy the evening. After the three course dinner, I felt only slightly over-stuffed as Richard Utting, the President of the Chamber Of Trade, stood up to deliver his speech. He spoke about how Penrith business is thriving and how proud he

was of all the people and businesses who were nominated for the five awards. Then the guests were treated to music by talented musician Andrew Caton, a local sixteen year old. He does compose his own pieces, but played Classical Gas by Tommy Emmanuel on the guitar and received raucous applause. Andrew told me he enjoyed the performance despite a few nerves. "Looking out over the 140 guests, I was a little nervous at first but luckily everything went without a hitch. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and am grateful to have been invited," he said. Continued on page 5

By Jamie Ayers

exercise our democratic rights against the injustices of out times, as a people we are pacified through exacerbation, and a lack of hope that we can build a better world. Continued on page 4

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By Martin Cowin

The next chapter of 107.5 Eden FM came to fruition in mid June, when the plan to step up to broadcasting on our full time FM frequency was put into action. Evenings, weekends and any other spare time was given over to designing, preparing and building Eden FM’s new home, with the Eden FM management team overseeing all the woodwork and joinery and installation of all the equipment needed to keep a radio station broadcasting twenty four hours a day, seven days a week

The fight for the democratic heart of the town

As you read this first edition of The Local Post, I realise that many of you feel totally disillusioned with the way politics works in Britain today. At a time when, as urgently as ever, we need to

Community Radio now live

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This weeks Poll

We knocked on 3,000 doors to get 1292 signatures, 174 signatures were collected from the town. Our results from the doors. No reply 1500 'YES' for Penrith to have a Town council 1292 signatures Those not signing in favour of the petition 34. The question is 'What is the potential result if every door was knocked on and everyone was at home?



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Win a third time in a row and you will get your company logo on our Outside Broadcasting vehicle for one year If you happen to be really lucky and win a forth time in a row you’ll be booking another 3 months of on air advertising

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Classic car rally


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Truckstop set for lake district classic car rally

Penrith Truckstop will once again be the perfect setting for the start and finish of Wigton Motor clubs Lake District classic car rally. Penrith truckstop has been the host of this event for several years and provides exceptional service to all competitors and spectators who attend the event.

The rally will take place this Sunday (29th) and will

showcase some of the finest classic cars around. The route will visit a total of 20 tests which will be enjoyable for everyone involved and if you would like to see all the cars involved they will be showcased at Penrith Truckstop. Last years victors were John and Abi Ruddock in an Escort MK 1. Spectators are more then welcome to come and be a part of this great family day out. A full review will be available in next weeks Local Post.


It was a fantastic 20132014 season which saw Penrith Badminton Club enter the history books and win all three divsions of the Penrith and District Badminton League. This was the first season where the junior and senior club has fully merged, providing better transition for our young stars into the adult game. Indeed juniors players made up 50% of the winning Division 1 team. However at one stage it didn't look like Penrith would be able to enter three teams

at all. A lack of female players in particular has caused Penrth to struggle to fill team slots and recruit a full team for all matches. As the club look towards the coming season we are gearing up to defend our title and the concern will be can we find enough players for all three teams? Penrith is a welcoming and vibrant club which plays to a high standard. Anyone interested in playing can contact club secretary Lynn Dobinson (

A new direction for using the land upon which the golf course operates at Penrith Golf Centre has seen the establishment of the north west of England's first Footgolf course. What is Footgolf? well if you think golf and play football, the course is a similar layout to the golf course only some of the holes are slightly shorter in length, but the holes to kick

the ball into are much larger (22"in diameter ) . Its great fun and a very sociable way to play sport with your friends, a typical game for 4 people can take about 45 minutes to play 9 holes ,although most people play twice round. You can catch up with what’s happening on twitter @penrith_golf or facebook penrith golf and footgolf centre.


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Penrith Cricket Club’s weekend started on Friday evening losing out in a T/20 game against Netherfield. The Penrith bowling attack took the brunt of it as Netherfield totalled 174 - 3. In reply Penrith batted well but were always behind the required run rate finishing on 159 - 6 which included a fine 59 from Paul Hindmarch. On Saturday a poor batting performance saw the 1st XI lose by 7 wickets at Blackpool. Only Karanjit Bansal (34) and Tony Threlkeld (10)

reached double figures as they were shot out for 88. Meanwhile the 2nds got a winning draw at home to Blackpool. Keiron Trevaskis (75) and Mark Osborne (42) helping them to 193-9 before they restricted their opponents to 183-7. The thirds lost by 4wkts at Stainton II but was this the first ever Eden Valley League side to feature more women than men? It also brought a bit of sibling rivalry as Stainton's Ben Dixon had to face the bowling of his sister Karin. The

4ths went down at home to Keswick III. It got no better on Sunday as both the 1sts and 2nds both lost their cup ties to Leyland and the 3rds had to concede theirs to Caldbeck II. The 1sts lost by 8 wickets after being bowled out for 122 while the 2nds were put to the sword by the Leyland batsmen going down by 206 runs after Leyland totalled 321-3. Mark Osborne completed a good personal weekend with 52 out of the 2nds reply of 115.

BEACON WHEELERS UPDATE On Saturday 21st June, Matti Egglestone was competing in the National Youth Series at Hillingdon race circuit, near London. Conditions were very hot, causing it to be a tough road race against tough competition.

Matti came in with a good result in 2nd place for the Beacon wheelers. Tuesday the 24th was the Beacon Wheelers 10 mile Time Trial at High Hesket. 1st place was Craig Horseman, Team BCW in a time of 22minutes 24 seconds; 2nd Neil Withington, Bike

7, 23m 17s; 3rd Alister Woodman, Bike 7, 23m 47s; 4th Graeme Currie, BCW, 24m 08s; 5th Stephen Boyd, Bike 7, 24m 11s; 6th Alan Brown, BCW, 24m 33s; 7th Colin James, Beacon Wheelers, 24m 54s; 8th Andy Boyd, Bike 7, 25m 19s; 9th Phil Hind, BCW, 25m 20s; 10th Steve Banks, Beacon wheelers (newcomer), 25m 25s; 11th Tom Banks, Beacon wheelers (newcomer) 26m 16s; 12th Duncan Edwards, Beacon wheelers, 26m 26s; 13th Rodger Bampkin, Rock to Roll, 27m 18s; 14th Paul May, Beacon Wheelers, 27m 27s; 15th Ed Hindmarch, Beacon Wheelers (newcomer), 27m 40s; 16th Amanda Singleton, Arragons, 28m 49s; 17th Joanne May, Beacon Wheelers, 28m 50s.

Beacon wheelers update


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By Ben France

Great British Tennis

The sun was shining for this weekends “Great British Tennis Weekend”. Penrith Tennis club took part in this national tennis promotion by hosting an open day at Sainsbury’s on Saturday 21st June. Members of the public where invited to play tennis free of charge on the colourful training equipment. Penrith Tennis Club used this as an opportunity to promote their excellent summer membership deal; join the club until the 31 August 2014 for just £25 for adults and £15 for children. To find out more about the summer membership e-mail k Many thanks to Sainsbury’s for allowing us to use Phone Number: 01768 899 107

their venue. On the Sunday, Penrith Tennis Club hosted a preWimbledon tournament for members. It was a fun afternoon of tennis, followed by delicious scones and strawberries and cream. Congratulations to the winner, Godfrey Chinchen.

Contact details: Penrith Tennis Club, Winters Park, Penrith, CA11 8RG uk .uk /Penrithtennisclub?ref=ts&f ref=ts ClubPenrith


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Why do we need another paper By Lee Quinn

At a time crucial to the town’s history as the reality that the political landscape could change for the first time in 40 years, this might just be the one answer you need.

It does, however, go much deeper than that. This local paper has been funded generally by the NALC. More details about the NALC are on page 7. Sixteen of the pages you see in this 24 page newspaper, which in some ways resembles a folder newsletter, has been written by individuals under the age of 32. The youngest is just 20. Everyone is entitled to have a voice and have a say in Penrith, particularly on its future. So we have 5 weeks to deliver a message which could be your message and your thoughts on whether Penrith should have a town Council. It’s a local newspaper written by local writers and some of them have never written before. There is not one journalist, but they have as much to say and write about as any person out there tasked with delivering local news.

The opportunity to have funding to assist with spreading the word of the people of Penrith at this moment, which could be history, cannot rely on the hope of getting a story out there. Media as we know can present an attitude of equal and balanced opinion, but one false or inaccurate statement, the editing of an important press release or the need to cut back a story to fit it in,

Meet the Team

can sometimes leave the reader with literally only half the story.

There is a lot of bad news out there, so hopefully we can create a balance. With Eden FM Radio now launched and the Cumbrian Local that goes through your doors, these services are free to communicate community news and advertise community events by voluntary groups, locally based organisations , clubs and associations. Your new Local Post, follows this trend. For its trial which concludes in just 5 weeks, you can decide whether you think it should continue as a local newspaper written by local people.

Its free to read online, free to collect from local shops and other businesses and all the content is also available as an audio file, which you can listen to via the Eden FM Radio website, all for free. Can this new charitable locally based people’s paper work? If nothing else, in five weeks we hope it will give you an insight into the potential of Penrith having a Town Council.

You can email your press releases and all enquiries to or or you can write to the News Desk, The Local Post & Eden FM Radio Ltd, Unit 4 D1 Ullswater Road Business Park, Penrith CAll 7EH.

Making daily news, weekly news and monthly simple for everybody

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Martin Cowin

Stef Yourell

Zoë Badder

Jamie Ayers

Ben France

Nik Shaw

David Claxton

Grattan Bowen

Why a Town Council, why not? page 4 The NALC page 7 Grattan Bowen page 7 Has the governance review consulted with the people fairly? pages 8-11 Penrith Monopoly pages 12 & 13 The Importance Of

Independent Shops pages 14-16 Penrith Players A Hidden Gem page 16 As I Understand It pages 17 & 18 Jobs In - page 19 The New Studio - page 20 What's On - page 21 Eden FM this week - page 21 Weekend sports roundup pages 22-24

Penrith Chamber of Trade Annual Business Awards Pages 1 & 6 Community Radio Now Live! Page 1 Fight for the Democratic Heart Of the Town Page 1 & 4-6 This week's poll page 1 Why another newspaper? page 3 Meet the Team page 3



Why a town Council? Why Not?

The fight for the democratic heart of the town

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By Lee Quinn

Continued from page 1

Momentum for raising the awareness of this has been growing since the petition was launched on line via the Eden District Council website in July 2014. Whether people vote Yes or No should not be decided by media but by information. The campaign I have been working on since July 2014, has meant knocking on doors to get signatures, obtaining funding via the NALC and whilst I have been asked directly, would I want to be a Town Councillor, the answer has always been no. I made this point prior to starting the petition

with the Eden District Democratic and Legal Services Department. Why should I even be involved if this is the case?

My views and beliefs on this are quite simple. I believe that if people could see the other side, the potential of what a town council or community council could do for Penrith, I do not think they would need to debate about it. It would be a simple decision to make. To make the decision, the people of Penrith, however, need information, Continued on page 6

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As a Penrithian born and bred I know that people feel political disillusionment as acutely here in our town, as they do with the national powers in Westminster. Here in Penrith we feel our town is being allowed to choke and die as local services bandaging our communities together are falling apart through lack of funding, empty shops appear like an uncomfortable rash all over town, and every treatment the doctor prescribes just seems to make things worse, from the New Squares to the proposed parking meters set to appear on our streets in the coming years. EDC to blame?

There are many people who feel that Eden District Council have got a lot to answer for, and without doubt some of those criticisms are fair, but many of the prob-

lems our district council faces however, are not down to the decisions it makes, but by the powers and duties it holds. In much the same way as, on the one hand the massive cuts in funding to local government from Westminster has given EDC, like all county and district councils, no option but to cut investment on vital services beyond the level we find acceptable. On the other hand its representatives have bound hands on so many issues that affect Penrith, as the majority of members are elected to represent rural areas, and its constitutional duties being to the Eden district as a whole. When we break things down that way, we begin to see how EDC is stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of how it governs Penrith in many different ways. Before the creation of Eden District Council in 1974, Penrith used to have what

was known as the Urban Council, with the surrounding area being served by the Rural Council. The creation of the new Eden District Council effectively merged the two under one collective body, along with several other district councils. Since then, Penrith has not had a council that’s powers and duties are specifically and exclusively to represent the people of the town. Penrith being the only area in the district without such representation, over time this has meant our town has missed out in many ways, no more so than through a lack of democratic control over what happens within the town.

>Do you agree? Do you think a Town Council could help solve some of the problems EDC faces? Let us know at The Local Post.< Democracy The fight for democracy is


Whats on Guide

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By Martin Cowin

The Eden Food and Farming Festival is coming up soon, so pop these dates in your diary so you don't miss anything! 19 July - Penrith on a Plate

19-26 July - Events & activities, from farm tours and talks to special menus 26 July - Penrith Show Rheged

Manchester Reed Trio Sunday 29 June at 1pm

Join us for our new series of free lunchtime classical concerts taking place on the last Sunday of the month from April – June. Created

through a partnership between Rheged, the University of Cumbria and SplashClassics, a recently-formed Cumbrian organisation which aims to bring classical music to new audiences who may be put off by the more traditional formal venues and format.The lunchtime performances will start at 1pm and the musical menu for each has been designed as a three-course meal itself; a lighter piece to start, a more substantial main course with something sweet to finish. Free entry. Make sure to book a table for lunch please call us 01768 868000 or email .

We Just Switched it on By Martin Cowin

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One of the final tasks was to install the technical equipment to broadcast on FM, as well as continuing to broadcast online via our website, – You now have the option of listening via a mobile phone, be it via the TuneIn app for listening online, or via the built-in FM radio that many mobile phones come equipped with these days. The history of Eden FM

has a timeline of building radio studios from scratch and this particular build gave greater satisfaction, as we now have a little more room in which to work, not only broadcasting shows in our studio, but also to be able to handle all the office and administration work, which does include composing and compiling some of the articles for the Cumbria Sports and Events Guide and The Local Post. Our studio has the capability to receive

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Lonsdale Alhambra Cinemas Middlegate, PENRITH. 01768 862400.

Showing times for Friday, June 27th - Thursday, July 3rd. MRS. BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE (15) Every Day at 1.00pm, 3.25pm, 5.50pm & 8.15pm.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (12A) Fri/Tues/Thurs at 1.00pm & 8.00pm. Saturday at 8.25pm. Sun/Mon/Wed at 8.00pm.

JERSEY BOYS (15) Friday/Tuesday/Thursday at 5.00pm. Saturday at 5.35pm. Monday/Wednesday at 1.00pm & 5.00pm. MALEFICENT 2D (PG) Saturday/Sunday at 12.45pm.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 2D (PG) Saturday/Sunday at 3.15pm.

The Sunday Alternative at 6.00pm. CALVARY (15)

Book Now! NTLive: SKYLIGHT Thursday, July 17th. ANDRE RIEU’s 2014 MAASTRICHT CONCERT Saturday, July 19th. MONTY PYTHON LIVE (ALMOST) – Sunday, July 20th.

All Programmes Subject To Change. guests and play music from various sources, including music stored on computers, music on CD and on vinyl singles and albums. Following a short period of test transmissions, it was at seven o’clock on the morn-

ing of Monday 23rd June that the Eden FM engineer, Andy Neen, switched on the transmitter to launch our 107.5 FM frequency, the first show at the time was Zoe Badder’s first breakfast show. We have a full day-

time, evening and weekend schedule, that you can find on our website, We hope you are enjoying and will continue to enjoy our shows here at Eden FM.


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Eden FM This Week

Eden FM 107.5 Schedule Note: programmes are subject to change Monday 0700-1000 Breakfast with Zoe 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Nick 1300-1600 Afternoon with Martin 1600-1800 Drivetime with Lee 1800-2000 Eclectic with L Jay 2000-2200 Golden Years with 2200-0000 Soul and Motown Part 2

Tuesday 0700-1000 Breakfast with Zoe 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Nick 1300-1600 Afternoon with Martin 1600-1800 Drivetime with Lee 1800-2000 Music Roots with Neil McGeowen 2000-2200 Sport with Ben 2200-0000 Rock with Dave Ewin Part 2

Wednesday 0700-1000 Breakfast with L Jay 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Nick 1300-1600 Afternoon with Martin 1600-1800 Drivetime with Lee 1800-2000 Sound and Vision with John Stewart 2000-2200 Folk and Acoustic with Hairy Dave 2200-0000 Eden Country with Martin part 2 Thursday 0700-1000 Breakfast with Zoe 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Lee 1300-1600 Afternoon with L Jay 1600-1800 Drivetime with Andy 1800-2000 70's with Dave Eyley 2000-2200 Soul and Motown with Andy 2200-0000 80's Rewind

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Friday 0700-1000 Breakfast with Zoe 1000-1300 Morning/Lunch with Martin 1300-1600 Afternoon with Nick 1600-1800 Drivetime with Lee 1800-2000 Flipside with L Jay 2000-2200 Rock with Dave Ewin 2200-0000 Friday Night House Party with Maffa, Dick and James

Saturday 0700-1000 Breakfast with L Jay 1000-1200 Teenage Takeover with Emily and Megan 1200-1400 Lunch with Connor 1400-1800 Eden FM Sport with Ben & Martin 1800-2000 Chuck and Bino 2000-2200 Unbelievable 90's 2200-0000 Maffa Rewind

Sunday 0700-1000 Breakfast with L Jay 1000-1200 Eden Countryside with Kevin Beaty 1200-1400 Classical with Thomas 1400-1600 Eden FM Country with Martin 1600-1800 Sound and Vision with John Stewart part 2 1800-2000 Guest Presenter 2000-2200 Folk and Acoustic with Hairy Dave part 2 2200-0000 Music Roots with Neil McGeowen part 2


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that role, offering a better standard of consultation, and holding the political will to take that argument to the table in a way that EDC simply can’t do.

a continuous one all over the world and always has been. There will be no final victory, and no final defeat. Every generation has to pick up the torch and march onward, because wherever there are people working collectively to make gains toward democratic control, there are also those working in varying degrees to purchase that power back. Thanks to the great democratic traditions of our nation’s working class, we are fortunate enough in our country to have democratic mechanisms in place that offer the chance to exercise our collective power and influence the way our society is built. When we take those things for granted however, we begin to lose them.

I have no doubt a generation of Penrithians who attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School will recall the deep growling roars of ‘the colonel’ – the late Pete Kremer – booming out across the school’s Rugby playing fields “use it or lose it” (they could probably hear

him down at Ullswater to), and that’s exactly the same with democratic power. If you don’t use it, you will lose it.

Democracy requires participation. If we want to get the most from it then we need to exercise it. We need a much clearer mediation of ideas at a local level, we need much better ways of communicating them too, and we also need to open a new space for a new type of thinking that can take our town forward. A town council could encourage all these elements to flourish if we can step forward and take that responsibility on. I believe we have the individuals in our town who can step up to the plate.

A Penrith town council Over the next month EDC will continue its public consultation as to whether there should be a Penrith Town Council, culminating on the 25th of July when the postal ballot closes. In recent past these consultations have not been well managed and many of the people of Pen-

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rith have felt left in the dark over the changes that have taken place. I think it is important that we do not allow that to happen here. The problem we face is that it already is. There was a public consultation meeting held last week (16th June), yet the public information leaflet advertising the meeting did not reach large areas of the town until after it had actually taken place. The New Squares development was another prime example of this. Largely unpopular at the time, there were many people who argued against the development for many reasons. The public land, bequeathed to the council in trust, then sold off to make way for the new complex, to objections regarding such an economic power to holding such a large stake in the town and its development. These concerns were fair, but while lacking the mechanisms to turn those concerns into serious political objections, the points were lost. A town council could have fulfilled

Whatever the opinion of the New Squares development now, it is here, and there is actually a lot to find very pleasant about it, but how do we move forward as a town? Can EDC take control of the situation and get businesses into those shops? Does it hold enough power in the town, given that it is a body that represents a much wider area, to ensure that enough is done for the rest of the businesses in the town? Again, please let us know what you think.

An Eden District councillor raised an issue recently in objection to the campaign, stating that if we formed a town council it would fling the doors open for the BNP to take over the town. I have a lot more faith in the people of our town than that, but I think the point the councillor was trying to make however was that if we cannot find enough candidates to challenge for election to EDC, with almost half the wards at the last district council elections being uncontested, then we may well find ourselves in a situation where we don’t get the type of council we deserve. Whereas that is a very strong case for an EDC boundary review that many think is long overdue, I fail to accept that argument as a reason to deny democratic power to the people of the town. It is easy today, when people feel like they are always ignored and that nobody is representing their views for us to shrug our shoulders and say “there is nothing we

can do”, or “that’s just the way life is”, but that simply is not true. The ‘All Hands To The Pump’ Rally, held in town earlier this year, together with the petition made to Cumbria County Council proved that local action can make a resounding difference, and was a victory for local people, and a victory for democracy. The second pump has been retained. Penrith has a chance now to take another step in that fight by demanding a voice for the town - a greater share of democratic power. So will we use it, or will we lose it?

All through history the struggle for democracy has been one of great sacrifice, The one we face now does not offer as much to lose, or to gain as the great struggles of the past that have shaped our politics – the Levellers, the Chartists, the Suffragettes, but actually in many ways it is exactly the same. One small step by a town, uniting to regain democratic control over its own governance seems like such a small step when we see the problems that face mankind and the lack of hope in politics to solve them, but every journey begins with a first step. Democratic power is won collectively by movements. Politicians are always the last to catch on. No change ever came from above, they all started with a group of people who stood up and said “we demand more”. That is how the campaign for a town council for Penrith started, and it is exactly what the town council could be should we choose to form one upon such fine traditions and values.


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to see beyond why the previous attempts to have a town council for Penrith have failed and what it might cost to have people living in the town, representative of varied skills and age looking after the people of the town’s best interests.

As the Chairman and Managing Director of Eden FM 107.5 and a business consultant for 20 years, working with a range of corporate clients, family businesses, schools and voluntary groups, I have worked in areas to assist with the development of communication. For this reason I have recruited local volunteers to build a radio station over the last 4 years and I launched the Cumbrian Local magazine to assist with the recruitment of those volunteers. You haven’t seen much of me in the local press or read about the projects these volunteers have been working on to improve your local communication.

As a town councillor once, I have seen the benefits of what a town council can do. Getting behind delivering this message is more important to the community of Penrith than running a campaign that would see me being a town councilor, should we get to that stage. As someone who thrives on delivering local news and positive stories, I will be supporting the Local Town Group to get their information out. I hope that with all the information out there, the People of Penrith will make the right decision.

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There have and will always be questions raised on how much it will cost. I believe that as a town under the control of Eden District, someone must be doing the accounts, organising the services and maintaining the finances. I have two questions that have never been answered in 12 months. As a town, the people of Penrith are already paying for this in Penrith, but as a town, is there a leader who is held accountable for the running of this town? A village parish has a chairman or leader and the towns of Alston, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen have a leader of the group that run their parishes. This is something that the people of Penrith are already paying for.

The two questions are:Why should it cost any more to have something we should already have? Who is actually responsible for overseeing the town of Penrith at Eden District Council?

A vote for a Town Council for Penrith, would be one to get to the truth. It shouldn’t cost any more as there are funds available for town councils that are not available to Penrith whilst it is unparished. There is evidence that savings can be created between District and Town Councils when they work together.

It’s Your Voice and Your Choice come the 25th July.

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Business Awards

Continued From page 1 Andrew's twin brother Matthew then delivered a very well-written speech which addressed the importance of work experience to local businesses and young people alike, mentioning his own work experience at the North Lakes Hotel and also telling us about the 450th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. "I was nervous at first," Matthew said, "but I relaxed when I realised the Chamber is nothing to be scared of. By the end of the speech I quite enjoyed it!"

Then it was on to the main guest speaker of the night Sam Rayner, who is the Managing Director of Lakeland Limited. He showed a few of Lakeland's inventive kitchen gadgets, earning a few "I want one of those!"s from the guests when he demonstrated the cling-film dispenser! He told us about the history of the business, how it has worked it's way to where it is today and the importance of being forward thinking in the modern world.

After that, it was time for the main event - the awards themselves. The first award for Independent Retailer of the Year went to the Hedgehog Bookshop. Owner Liz Tipping was very pleased to win the award, especially considering the business started only eighteen months ago. "I feel quite privileged to have been shortlisted alongside well-established businesses like J&J Graham and Country Basket, so to win was even more lovely. I suppose I'm thankful really,

that so many people took the trouble to vote and email in. I think that also shows how much support there is for Penrith in general as well."

The next two awards were won by Salon Rouge, both for Independent Business of the Year and to owner Tanya Tinkler for Outstanding Contribution To Business of the Year. Then it was on to the Unsung Hero of the Year, which was won by Angela Gilmore of Penrith Alhambra Cinema.

Angela has worked at the cinema for nearly sixteen years, was made assistant manager in 2006 and knows that the key to providing a good service is to go the extra mile for the customer, whether it's ensuring an elderly customer gets the seat she needs or if it's spending some of her own time tracking down the owners of lost property. On Monday I popped into the cinema to have a chat with Angela about her win and what reception she's had so far. "When I got the message that I'd won I thought they were joking," she laughed. "It was nice to get recognised. People have said before that they liked me but to actually win an award was something else!"

She went on to tell me a little about the evening, where she was presented her award

in front of a room full of applauding guests who were all genuinely happy to see her win, even the people she was up against. "One of the ladies said that if she has to lose to anyone, she's glad it was me! It was a really nice evening too. I never imagined I'd be going, but I did and it gave me the chance to wear a nice dress!" As for the reception she's had since winning, she's still a bit overwhelmed by it all. "I had three people come up to me when I was in Morrison's and say congratulations, and then more people when I was in town. I get recognised a lot anyway; little kids often wave across the road and say' Hi cinema lady!' I'm quite shy really, but it's lovely."

The last award of the evening was the Star Of The Community Award, which went to The Winter Driving, the headline event of Penrith's Winter Festival that was produced by Eden Arts. After the awards, the evening started to draw to a close, with people mingling, talking and laughing, and the atmosphere really was something quite special. I felt lucky to have been a part of the evening, although I'm not going to lie, I did enjoy finally getting home and taking my high heels off - I'm normally a Converse sort of girl!


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Cumbria Jobs Page with more than 14,500 members on Facebook All the latest Jobs on your Phone, Tablet or PC In March 2012 unemployed single mum Trudie Smith, 40, from Penrith had an idea to create a business page on Facebook that she branded as Your Jobs in Cumbria. She had no idea if it would work or if anyone would even ‘LIKE’ the page but Trudie was determined to help others find employment and she was sure that social media was a way forward and easy for people to use. The idea has become an established business with more than 14,500 members and many local employers who advertise vacancies through her service. Trudie says ‘Many people have found employment through Your Jobs in Cumbria and employers are realising the value of using our social media recruitment service. When we advertise a vacancy on we include a link to the employer’s website; which gives them the added bonus of advertising to thousands of consumers across Cumbria.

The service is simple to use and free for all job seekers while also offering employers a very fast, eco-friendly, and cost effective option for advertising vacancies direct to people who use social media as part their daily employment search.

A small selection of this week’s vacancies Full details on

Community Home Carer. If you enjoy working with people and supporting people to live independently we would like to hear from you. £7.25 - £7.56 per hour. Oaklea Trust. Bar/Café Assistant. Part Time 24/32 hrs per wk working 3/4 days out of 7 days. North Lakes Hotel. Chef De Partie. £18K Required for busy, food led pub/hotel. Ability to work to Rosette standard would be an advantage. No split shifts. Sorry no live-in. Kings Head Ravenstonedale. Head Office Manager. Based at: Razzamataz Theatre Schools, Head Office, Carlisle Sous/Commi Chef. Live in position available - 17.5 - 18.5k. Mary Mount Hotel Keswick Apprentice Chef required. The Plough Inn, Wreay, want to recruit a well-organised, experienced apprentice chef to add to their workforce. Trust Doctors. 6 POSTS AVAILABLE North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust – Carlisle To view see 100’s of vacancies visit: To advertise a vacancy please visit:

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area that they are running to represent. Unfortunately the details are not quite set in stone yet, but this means that the councillors themselves will be directly affected by any decisions made by the Town Council. This means they will be able to personally relate to your local issues because they will be your neighbour. Who else would be able appreciate that Pategill needs a new play area but someone from the area. To put that in perspective, I live in the town centre approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Pategill, and I have no idea what the residents of the estate see as the local issues there. I don’t even know if they HAVE a children’s play area, but I know if they want one only a Town Council would have the time to listen to them and try and make it happen. How much will it cost? And where will that money come from?

Squares, and given feedback taken directly from the towns people to the district council. If the District decides to go against Town Council recommendation they have to explain why. Which of course leads onto town planning, the Town Council is responsible for the Town Plan, the plan of what should be built where in Penrith. This means that the council can plan around recreational area’s and ensure that community green spaces are kept safe from development. But why do we need it?

Have you ever felt like Eden District Council just doesn’t listen? That it doesn’t actually care about local feeling in Penrith? Like they’re just trying to make as much money out of Penrith residents and tourist alike? Can you name YOUR Eden District Councillor? If your answers read as yes, yes, yes and no then you know why we need a Town Council. To borrow from a certain American president, the Town Council will be of the people, for the people. The Town Council by definition will work in the best interests of Penrith, rather than their own. A Town Council

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would know that parking meters are a bad idea for the town as they would actually have spoken to the townspeople. So who will the councillors be?

The councillors are all democratically elected, so ultimately YOU will decide who the councillors will actually be. More abstractly, it is my understanding, they will be from Penrith. In fact, there is a strong feeling that when Penrith is divided into representative areas, or constituencies/wards, the councillors should be from the

Unfortunately we don’t have a direct answer to this question yet. Eden District Council have not given any definite figures and any numbers we have been able to get from them have been guess work at best. Unfortunately this means we won’t know the true cost of the council until we have put it in place. However, we do know where the money will be coming from as you are ALREADY paying some of it, I’m talking of course about Council Tax. You see, when there is no Town Council, the District is supposed to take over the responsibility of the town. This means that the Town Councils funding simply gets folded into the District. So when a Town Council is finally put in place they will simply reclaim their portion

of the council tax you already pay. Yes, Council Tax may increase a little bit but this will be by a nominal amount, around 30p per household by current estimations. How long will it take for anything to change?

Assuming the people of Penrith vote to create a Town Council on July 27th, it will sadly be just under a year before we have a fully functioning and duly elected council. This is because we will have to wait for next May’s general election before we can have a local byelection for town council. Until then a shadow council will be put in place by Eden District Council, those people will run the Town Council for you until the election. But don’t think that means the status quo will remain the same for ten months, the Town Council campaigners and prospective Town Councillors will work to ensure that your Council begins to do its job from day one. After the Elections next year change may be slow, the Town Council will have a lot of work in front of it, but it will make a difference and it will make Penrith the great town that it can and should be. So that’s what I’ve learned in just a week, more questions will be raised in the coming weeks running up to the referendum in July and I will give you the answers as best as I can when I have them. But I know I’m not the only one with questions about this, so what do you want to know, what questions do you have that you want answering to help you make your decision? Email us at:


The NALC By David Claxton

Government wants to make it easier for local people in unparished areas of the country to set up a parish or community (local) council for the area in which they live. To help achieve this aim it has provided financial support through the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to enable local campaign groups to communicate with local people and make the case for a local council. These local campaign groups are getting out talking to people about what’s important for the local area and building sup-

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port for a local body that can speak up for local people by ‘putting the heart back into communities’. NALC is the nationally recognised membership body representing the interests of 9,000 local councils and their 80,000 local councillors in England. Local councils, such as the one being considered for Penrith, are statutory bodies and are the first tier of local government in England. They serve electorates ranging from small rural communities to towns and small cities; all are independently elected and raise a precept – a form of council tax – from the local community. Together, they can be identified as

among the nation’s most influential grouping of grassroots opinion-formers. Over 15 million people live in communities served by local councils or around 35% of the population. NALC wants more people to have a say at this grass-roots level. Local councils work towards improving community well-being and providing better services at a local level. A council’s activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community wellbeing. Local councils have an extensive range of discre-

Community Governance in Penrith

By Grattan Bowen

We’ve been through this before, haven’t we? Yes, indeed, twice before – in 2001, and more recently in 2008, when a referendum to have a town council for Penrith was narrowly defeated. Then why are we going down this route again, and so soon after last time?

It all started, over two years ago, at a meeting organized by the Chamber of Trade. They were very keen that a town council be formed; it would be good for the town, good for business. A pledge was made to take this to Eden District Council, and, a few months later, the Council agreed to draw up a group, of which I was a member, to look into the matter.

We did a lot of work, looking into other local town councils. We visited Kendal and Cockermouth, two very different places, to see how they ran their towns, what sort of services they provided, how much they spent, and, very impor-

tantly, what it cost.

We interviewed interested parties in Penrith, people from the business community, Penrith Partnership, the Civic Society, and they all expressed their support. They would get together to put forward a petition, as they felt that there was an appetite for a town council in Penrith.

Unfortunately, by the time the group ended its review, the Penrith Business Improvement District (BID) scheme was getting started, and the representatives from the business sector found that they no longer had the time to give to furthering progress for a town council. The review group reluctantly concluded that they did not want to proceed to another referendum without establishing public opinion. It was not up to Eden District Council to drive this forward; the impetus would have to come from local residents.

So this was where Lee Quinn came in, proposing a strategy

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to petition for Penrith to have a town council. Eden District Council ran the petition on its own web-site, but this attracted very few signatures; hardly anybody knew of its existence. However, Lee, and his small band got together and, late last summer, started the process of knocking on doors all over Penrith.

It took a little while, but it was worth it, and by the end of the year we had collected the signatures of more than 10% of the voters in the town. They all wanted a council for Penrith. It was a rewarding experience, talking to lots of people and hearing their views. There was very little negative comment – only about one person in twenty.

The petition was handed in to Eden District Council at the end of January this year, which meant that the Council was obliged to institute a new Community Governance Review. A fresh group was formed, and I was elected to be chairman.

tionary powers to provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including: allotments, bridleways, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, public toilets, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects. NALC’s Create a Council Campaign aims to encourage communities up and down the country to form their own local council.

Over 200 new local councils have been established in the last 13 years and in May this year the first ever elections were held for new local councils in Queen’s Park, Westminster and Chadwick End, Solihull. Local campaigns to establish more local councils are taking place across the country, and we hope that Penrith will join the other places where people have voted “yes” to give a voice to local people and help people feel more involved in the decisions that affect them. Local councils can play a vital role in reinvigorating democracy and citizen participation and in helping to shape the area where they live.

Normally this sort of review can take up to 12 months, but, in order to fall in with the Council’s proposed timetable, we had only a fraction of this time, to look at the plan and carry out the necessary consultation. Fortunately we had the advantage of the work done only a year or so before.

cade, handing out information leaflets and talking to lots of people, urging them to use their vote.

We quickly decided that the proper form of governance expected by the people of Penrith was nothing less than its own council. Other forms would not have the necessary weight or authority, or independence. If there were to be a ballot, then this would have to be sooner rather than later, so that, if successful, a shadow council could be set up later this year, to set things in motion, ahead of the first elections to a new town council next May, when the rest of the local elections will take place. The consultation process is still going on. We had a public meeting last Monday, which was not very well attended, for reasons which were in part outside our control, but we had a very successful drop-in event on Saturday at Devonshire Ar-

A market researcher has also been out and about in the town centre, interviewing at least 300 residents of all ages.

A banner will be going up across the road near the monument, and will be there during the voting period, which ends on Friday 25 July. Ballot forms are being posted out this week, with a further information flyer.

We need a big turnout, because the vote will be the major part of the whole consultation process. Once the results have been collated - and we will have to take account of the original petition, the market research and the vote - the Community Governance Review group will have to make a recommendation to Eden District Council. The Council will then decide whether they are satisfied that there is sufficient support for a town council in Penrith. Let’s help to make it a big YES.


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did it really happen? By Jamie Ayres

Councillor Thompson admits public consultation meeting was an absolute disgrace

Briefing A public consultation meeting held on 16th June to discuss forming a Penrith Town Council began with the Chair, Cllr Grattam Bowen (Lib Dem, Penrith Carlton – Leader of the community governance review) making an apology for the fact that the public information leaflet advertising the meeting had not yet been delivered to most parts of the town. He explained that this was the fault of the distribution company and was out of EDC’s hands. It was acknowledged that the poor turnout of six Eden District Councillors, one Cumbria County Councillor, and fourteen members of the public could be due to the failure to get the leaflets out before the meeting took place.

He noted a request had been made from the floor that the meeting were not to be recorded, and then introduced the panel - comprising of himself, fellow Lib Dem Cllr Dawn Stoddart and Conservative Cllr John Thompson, both of Penrith West, and EDC Officer Samantha Bagshaw. Reading out apologies from Cllr Margaret Clark (Ind. Penrith South), and Council Leader Gordon Nicholson, who were away on holiday at the time (it wasn’t mentioned if

they had gone together). Cllr Nicholson had requested a statement to be read out declaring on behalf of EDC that “in principle, himself and the council as a whole were generally supportive of a town council”.

Cllr Bowen then went on to explain that there have been two previous referendums in 2001 which was largely not in favour, and then again 2008, which was a much closer affair with 47% in favour and 53% against. He added that the business community had expressed heightened enthusiasm for a town council which had prompted a full council debate, and a community governance review was instituted some 18 months ago. During the review the council had visited other towns in Cumbria and consulted both councils and residents about their town council, and also interested bodies and individuals from Penrith. In the end the review came to no particular conclusion, other than to say that if the people of Penrith want a town council, then the impetus needs to come from them.

He explained that this had then prompted a petition, which exceeded the required 10% of signatures from the electorate, and was submitted to EDC last summer by local business man Lee Quinn. He added that national government were very

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keen in such circumstances, that councils are supportive and work with groups wishing to take on more responsibility for their own communities. This has led to EDC opening a renewed community governance review, and hence the public consultation period which is currently being undertaken.

Cllr Thompson mentioned that the panel were not there to be pro or against the town council, but to supply information to address the concerns of members of the public. He noted that he had been inundated with questions regarding the town council but had not been able to find the answers to the them in the leaflet.

Samantha Bagshaw, an EDC officer explained how the public consultation will work, and stressed that the council will be pro-active in engaging people with the information they need ahead of the ballot closing on the 25th July. She mentioned that people were being directed to the EDC website where they could find out more, and that every home in the unparished area around Penrith will receive a postal ballot explaining the vote on the 27th June. She also said that the council will be carrying out a questionnaire with 300 people from the town regarding their views. The chair then opened the meeting to take interventions from the floor, which began with a number of people ex-

pressing great dissatisfaction at the fact that the leaflets had not reached much of the town in time for the meeting. Questions

Chris Castle Penrith resident Mr Castle spoke about the executive system which EDC utilises, and raised personal objections regarding the democratic values of that type of governance, arguing many of the town councillors elected to represent Penrith are not even involved in making the decisions about the town. He went on to express that perhaps the council could advertise all meetings more publically, and a month in advance, and suggested more openness in general from EDC, who he feels are acting increasingly untrustworthy. He closed his remarks by questioning who would officiate the postal ballot.

Response Through groans of objection and frantic paper rustling from EDC members on the floor, the Chair assured Mr Castle that the ballot would be officiated by the electoral reforms committee, and the din was broken by Cllr Thompson who mentioned that there were various ways the council releases information to the public, including the website, but this prompted an uncomfortable exchange of views that took the meeting some-what off-track and an

ill feeling lingered for some minutes. Cllr Thompson later apologised for his part in that, and did appear sincere.

Cllr Malcolm Templeton (Con, Penrith South) Cllr Templeton took the floor and raised his objections to the town council, stating that the danger with it is that it could get political. When questioned on how it would be possible to have a council without it getting political, Cllr Templeton stated that the EDC members for the town were almost all Liberal Democrats, and that would be exactly what you would get with a town council. He then questioned the costs with more scrutiny, and drawing from his extensive paperwork he stated that the overall costs could be over £103,000 per year, and questioned why only 6,000 people should be expected to pay for everything. Finally he recommended a document about Parish and Town Council’s produced by the electoral commission, describing it as full of useful information, and this was well received by the audience.

Response The Chair reminded Cllr Templeton that it would be impossible to know the costs until the town council decided what services it would provide, but that it was actually 6,000 households and not individual people that would pay, as a precept on their council tax, which works out at approximately 30p a week for a band B property, the most common band of council tax for properties in the town, based on the figures he had quoted. Peter Cresswell


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By Nik Shaw

You may have heard of, by now, the campaign to create a Town Council for Penrith. The creation of such a governing body would give the people of Penrith their own direct representation to Eden District Council, who are currently making decisions for the town. Until a week ago I was unsure what this

truly meant for Penrith and its residents, so I started asking questions and I got some answers. So here they are, the basic questions I needed to ask to understand why we need to have Town Council and my understanding the answers I was given. So what is a Town Council,

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and what will it do?

A town Council is a level of government that represents the people of a town to their District Council, who in turn work under the County Council. But it is more than that over simplification. A Town Council can access funds to improve the

town and its facilities. It can take direct control of said public facilities and amenities, and ensure they are maintained to the high standard that they should be. A Town Council can work to ensure that funds raised from the town people will go back into the town itself, rather than being spent elsewhere

in the district. The Town Council will also be able to consult on all planning applications made within its area of authority, though the final decision for such applications lies with the District Council. In Penrith this would mean a Town Council COULD have consulted on projects such as New Email

Seagraves and Dixon

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By Zoe Badder

Finally we spoke to Kelvin Dixon of Seagraves and Dixon, who told us a little bit about being a business in Penrith. LP: So how did you get started?

K: We've been here since 2007. We took the business over, rebranded and renamed it. We wanted to experience what it was like running our own business, having a different sort of lifestyle and making our own decisions on things. LP: What's good about being a business in Penrith?

K: Being based in Penrith is beneficial for a number of reasons. The location is great; there's easy access to everywhere as it's the hub of Cumbria and people come from all over. The local people are friendly and there's a loyal customer base in Penrith - if you look after the customers, they come back.

LP: You're a local businessman and the Chairman of the Penrith Business Improvement District. Can you tell me more about your opinion of Penrith's Town

Council campaign?

K: Penrith's own Town Council would be key to influencing Penrith directly. it wouldn't have to worry about Appleby or Kirkby Stephen or anywhere else in the large district, it will able to focus on Penrith specifically. Penrith needs special measures in place, so needs a people to speak for all the groups of people in Penrith and make sure they are represented on all levels

There have been two attempts to get Penrith it's own Town Council, both of which failed the second one extremely narrowly. This is the one chance we've got to turn things around. Putting the Town Council in place will give the people of Penrith a say and more control on what goes on in the town. What I must urge is that anybody who is in a position to vote must use that vote, whether it's for or against. Its no good sitting back and saying 'oh I thought it would go through' or 'I didn't think it would' so if you have a vote please use it. It is important that the majority of the people of Penrith have a decision on what happens.

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A Hidden Gem

By Zoe Badder

Most times when I mention Penrith Players to people who live in Penrith, I find that they have no idea where it is, or they have never even heard of it. Having been a member of the group for nine years, this always saddens me. Penrith Players was founded in 1922, and had two different homes before moving to Auction Mart Lane in 1998. As I’m sure you don’t have instantaneous access to a map, that’s just down the little road to the right of the Agricultural Hotel near Morrison’s. The auditorium seats 160 and usually puts on eight shows a year, starring amateur yet talented local actors and actresses of all ages. It also has a bar, as well as all the backstage facilities a working theatre requires. It is run entirely by passionate volunteers and exists to entertain. The latest production was Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques, and it was absolutely fantastic. Having never seen anything to do with Acorn Antiques before, I didn’t know what to expect when I went to see the show. What I got was catchy songs, hilarious one liners and fantastic act-

ing. Mrs O, the eccentric cleaning lady, was superbly portrayed by Juliet Golding who kept in character so well that when she took her bow I was surprised she could move normally! Miss Babs and Berta, played by Frances Boyd and Samantha Shepherd, were a brilliant double act, holding the play together and providing outstanding vocals in their multiple songs. Another memorable character for me was James Cooper as Tony, the loan shark who lost his compassion when he lost weight – I laughed so much when he looked mournfully skywards and lamented “I am not the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man!” I also loved the overtly effeminate Mr Watkins, played very convincingly by Vic Brunetti. Honestly, he had only to mince onto the stage and the audience erupted in choruses of laughter! Rehearsals are now in progress for the next production, which is Alice in Wonderland. This is annual performance of the Junior group, a section of the Players that consists of around twenty nine to twelve year olds. The young members are all excited and full of ideas, so director Linda Cooke hopes this production is going to be one of the best. Costume and set plans are already in the making and Linda is looking forward to working closely with all the actors to ensure not only the production is the best, but to ensure they get as much out of it as possible. Each of the junior productions sees each of the members grow in confidence and learn more about stagecraft and the reality of

being in a show, and Alice in Wonderland will be no different. Everyone is especially looking forward to the surreal acting, larger than life characters and a bit of madness! Alice in Wonderland is on from the 17th to the 19th of July. Starring the hilarious Mad Hatter, the fearsome Queen of Hearts, the kindly Cheshire Cat, the cheeky duo of Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the rest of Carroll’s famous characters with Alice right in the middle of it all, this is an adventure not to be missed. The Penrith Players doesn’t just do plays though, it also hosts several social events a year, which are brilliant and very reasonably priced nights out, and are always something different. In the past couple of years there’s been a casino night, a ‘Mr and Mrs’ game night, an interactive murder mystery, a Call My Bluff competition and even a treasure hunt around Penrith! The Penrith Players is, in my opinion, an absolute asset to the town and needs to be properly publicised and supported. Having a Town Council to support the ‘crown jewels’ of Penrith is vital, not only to keep tourism booming but to also make sure all the locals are aware of the best parts of their town. It’s all about knowing what there is to do in your area. Whether you want to get involved with the acting or backstage work, or if you want to come along and watch the plays, knowing about the Players is the first step to that, and hopefully instating a Town Council can help support Penrith’s attractions and clubs specifically, and in turn make Penrith a better place for its people to live.


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Penrith resident Peter Cresswell had read in a local newspaper that council land had been sold, and wanted to know if a town council would be able to stop EDC from selling off all the green spaces and children’s playing fields in the town to raise money.

Response The Panel responded with confusion as to whether or not any land had been sold, and Cllr Stoddart clarified that she had heard from the relevant people that no land had been sold, and a decision as to whether it would be sold or not had yet to be implemented. Cllr Thompson also stated that should any land be marked for possible sale, a public consultation would be triggered.

Peter Ward Peter Ward of the Penrith Partnership suggested that a

town council could choose not to have a ward system which would set one part of the town up against another, and just have members elected to represent the town as a whole, and said this could help achieve a more democratic form of representation. Mr Ward argued for further clarity over the costs of a town council, particularly in regard to how much the special expenses payments would go toward the precept, and how much more it would actually cost the residents of the town after those considerations have been taken into account. He also raised the point that residents should bare in mind that a town council could potentially make big savings against the extra costs it may incur, and urged EDC to provide further clarity of the figures, describing his disposition as 'seriously worried'.

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Response The Panel gave an inconclusive reply to the questions regarding the precept and special expenses, but were adamant they had taken on board concerns around providing the correct and full information, in order that the electorate be able to make a considered and rational decision. The Chair responded to Mr Ward's queries regarding how the council might be formed by stating that this would be something the council will have to decide itself, but that any such decision would involve a consultation. He also suggested that a town council would probably have about 16 elected representatives based on other towns of the same or similar size, but as to how they would be elected would be down to the will of the council itself.

Nick Bellas Chairman of the Penrith and District Allotment Association, Mr Bellas had been alarmed to find information on the EDC leaflet regarding how much a town council would charge for running the allotments. The confusion arose from the fact that his committee of volunteers had been running the allotments for the past 15 years. He argued that when they took over the allotments EDC charged ÂŁ74 per allotment, per year, and his group had managed to successfully run it at an annual cost of ÂŁ26 per allotment. He didn't think it was fair that a town council could just take it back. He also wanted to know if the town council would be responsible for the rejuvenation of the town centre, but sadly held no hope for the future prosperity of the town since the supermarkets have been

allowed to come in. He said the town needs its own council, but fears its forty years too late to do anything about it. Response The Chair stated that the town council would have to decide whether it would take control of the allotments if one is formed, but Cllr Stoddart saw no reason to remove the allotments from the care of his committee when they manage them so well. The Chair stated that in regard to the town centre, a town council would give residents a greater say in matters regarding planning, but would not be granted overall say. Views

Patricia Bell (Lib Dem, Penrith East) County Councillor for Penrith East Patricia Bell (Lib Dem) argued that Penrith


would be better represented by a town council, stating that she had personal experience of how difficult it was to work collectively with other councillors representing the town from her time served as an EDC Councillor. Although her point was well received from the majority of the floor, it was lost a bit in being met with much disgruntlement from EDC Councillors amongst the audience. This rapidly deteriorated into a less productive conversation, which only ended when Kelvin Davies, Chair of Penrith BID stating that the meeting was to talk about having a town council, not play party political point scoring, and that both EDC and CCC were as bad as each other, and that was another reason why we needed a town council. Cllr Bell later went on to highlight how town councillors could provide a better opportunity for consultations regarding planning, due to having better contact with town councillors, and that town councillors could have more time to deal with such issues than EDC Councillors can dedicate. Furthermore she urged EDC to ensure that young people were actively engaged with during the consultation because it is their future, their town. Lastly she suggested that the council could use the example of the allotments as something where the community had taken control of something, and despite the cost involved, it actually works out as a saving.

Lee Quinn The local business man who led the petition questioned whether any of the district councillors also served as town councillors on any of the existing local town councils, to which the

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panel replied no. He then questioned whether it might have helped the public attending the meeting had they been able to talk to someone on the panel who had actually served as a town councillor. The panel acknowledged that it may well have been advantageous. Mr Quinn went on to elaborate on Cllr Bell’s point, that town councillors can provide a more grass roots, personal level representation, and prove an invaluable link between themselves and other layers of government, sharing with the audience that when he was a town councillor, regular surgeries were held every Saturday and emphasised the importance of that personal contact. He also raised the point that after two referendums and all the recent consultations it was astonishing that nobody could still give any hard facts on the costs. Furthermore, he suggested that EDC need to take on board criticisms regarding communication, and feels that much more effort needed to be put into the council’s website and social media.

Kelvin Davies The Chair of Penrith BID explained how the Penrith Business Improvement District (BID) formed through a similar process to the proposed town council. He said that 400 Penrith businesses were balloted on whether they wanted to pay extra to raise a sum of money – almost £90,000 a year, toward the development of the town to improve things for businesses in the area. He urged attendees to spread the word about the town council, stating the positive impact the BID project has had on the town by empowering businesses to bypass having to

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go cap in hand to EDC, a process he likened to banging his head against a brick wall, and be able to do things to make a difference themselves. That is exactly what a town council could do for the people of Penrith, he added.

Cllr John Lynch (Con. Penrith East) Cllr Nicholson’s statement caused Cllr Lynch much displeasure, who fighting through his bundle of notes, rose to his feet with much gusto to denounced the statement as untrue, describing himself and others as being ‘dead against it’. The Chair pointed out that the statement read ‘in general’ but acknowledged Cllr Lynch’s personal objections. He later raised further objections proclaiming the public information leaflets as blatantly biased town council propaganda, and questioned why there weren’t any arguments against the town council on it. There’s all the pro’s but no con’s he stated. Kelvin Davies of Penrith BID said he didn’t feel the information was biased, which seemed a common perception across the room, and asked Cllr Lynch what con’s he would have liked included in the leaflet. Cllr Lynch could not bring anything to mind at that time, other than issues regarding the unknown costs.

Jamie Ayers (Lab) Jamie Ayers raised concerns that there wasn’t sufficient information regarding what a town council would actually be responsible for, and suggested more clarity in the information material regarding the fact that the new council would be a parish level council, not a replacement for EDC.

The Cost Issue A lengthy portion of the discussion regarding the financial cost of a town council to the people of the town, and had various interventions from both members of the public and councillors, who quizzed the panel on the figures released. The panel explained that the cost to tax payers would be in addition to their current council tax, as a precept, and would be impossible to work out until the council decides what services it wishes to provide. Based on other similar town councils however, the cost to the average household could be around £21.00 a year, but at the same time there would be a reduction in the council tax paid to EDC for any services that are taken over by the new town council, and the panel went to great lengths to stress that Penrith residents would not be paying twice. The Chair explained that since the mid-nineties, when the rural representatives successfully argued that they should not have to pay for services that they didn't directly benefit from, Penrith residents have paid 'special expenses', which relates to charges that are specifically for Penrith. This amount is approximately £130,000 a year. Cllr Bowen continued that should council tax be frozen again next year, council tax bills for Penrith residents would go down. This is due to the fact that it was agreed that the Frenchfield playing fields were no longer to be classed as specifically for the residents of Penrith, and added that should a town council be formed, the current ‘special expenses’ charges would go toward its precept. Statistics

Estimates based around similar size town councils show that :80% of homes in Penrith are council tax band A, B, or C. The most common is band B, with 40% of homes in Penrith falling into that band. A town council would cost a band B property 30p per week. A town council would cost a more prestigious band D property 40p per week

Analysis The meeting started off badly with EDC having to admit to an unfortunate blunder regarding the public information leaflet, and the issue was raised to some extent, by most of the members of the public that attended. One of the main things to come from the meeting is that on all fronts people don’t feel as if they are kept informed, and that EDC are letting themselves and the electorate down by the way they are engaging with the public. There was a general consensus that they need to be much more proactive in reaching out with information, and need to realise the importance of meeting that challenge. Cllr Thompson closed the meeting by acknowledging that the leaflet situation was a total disgrace, and noted the general feeling seemed to be that there wasn’t enough information provided, particularly regarding the cost, and he vowed to ensure that the public get the information in time to make a fair decision.

Much of the meeting was dominated by party politics, and may have raised a few eyebrows as to whether EDC should be holding public consultation meetings with almost as many councillors present as members



By Zoe Badder

In the New Squares develI interviewed opment Stephen Hall, who owns both Five and Worldwide Travel, which are just across the street from each other.

LP: So how did you get started?

S: I started two years ago in the centre of Penrith. I had a small shop called Urban Angel selling jewellery and

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chic gifts but after six months we outgrew the premises so we moved into a new shop. We decided that we liked the New Squares development and 18 months later we moved in and expanded our range into handbags, pottery - gift wise, we sell just about anything! As for Worldwide Travel, we have a branch in Carlisle which we've had for seventeen years, and we decided to branch out. We thought that Penrith was the place to go, as there is not a lot of competition - there is only one other travel agent, so

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we've been very successful.

LP: Do you think that New Squares is a good place to have a shop?

S: Yes, it's new and a nice development, something a trader would want to be part of. It's a nice extension to the town, it compliments the town and to us it was the ideal place to be. LP: Have you been doing well so far?

S: Well we first opened just before Christmas, so there

was the Christmas rush, which was great. It was steady after Christmas and it's flattened out a bit recently as there's not a lot of movement in the Squares, but I think as each new shop comes in there's a resurge of people coming through. The travel side is fine as there's not much competition, but you can buy what we're Five is selling in a few other shops in the town. I think if the Squares fills up and gets busier it will be a very nice place to be, plus the town will fill up on the back of that and Penrith will become

a very viable place to shop.

LP: What's good about being a business in Penrith?

S: For our business, it's the tourist trade. Obviously the travel side doesn't attract tourists but for the gift side the tourism is a major part. Penrith is a lovely town to shop in, it's full of independent retailers. Lots of towns just have lots of big shops, but Penrith doesn't have that, it's has individual shops which give people a nice choice.


The Importance of independent shops Dream Doors

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By Zoe Badder

For the Love of Chocolate

We also spoke to John Hendy, who runs For The Love Of Chocolate in the Devonshire Arcade, and he even invited us to sample one of his wonderful creations, and we were easily persuaded! LP: So how did you get started?

This week I spoke to a few Penrith businesses and got the lowdown on what they do and why they think Penrith is the place to be. I popped along to Dream Doors in New Squares, and spoke to Sue Anderson about her and her husband John's recent move and new business venture.

LP: So how did you get started?

S: We moved up from Hampshire last August to start the business, so we moved home and business. A friend of mine started the business, so I know it's been successful which helps. We first moved to Millom, but as we serve the CA postcode we found Penrith is far better, as it's more central. We opened this show room in March, we had a good reception and it's ticking along nicely at the moment

LP: Do you think that New Squares is a good place to

have a shop?

S: We've found there's lots of footfall, as people walk from Sainsbury's to town and vice versa. We could do with the empty shops filling up, but we do like being here. It is a nice spot; we get a lot of passing trade, but we also advertise so that comes into it. LP: What's good about being a business in Penrith?

S: We didn't know a lot about the area so we did our homework before the move, and we found that the location, for the CA postcode, is brilliant. We also love living in the area; we live in Morland so its's only about 20 minutes into work, as opposed to it being two hours each way as it was before. We've also found the local tradespeople are very helpful and we get on with the public too.

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J: I'm originally from Richmond and I've always been a chef, and I was interested in working with pastry and eventually chocolate. When I got to working with chocolate I found it quite interesting, so to learn a bit more about it I did my chocolatiers course with Callebaut, then ended up working on and off with the company for a year and a half. When I was nearly 30 I thought it was time I started doing. something for myself rather than making money for somebody else. My girlfriend at the time picked the name of the shop - everyone loves chocolate don't they?! LP: Do you think the Devonshire Arcade is a good place to have a shop?

J: I wanted something small, and it's really good as I don't get enough trade for a larger place and the rent is reasonable in these little units. The Arcade is a bit quirky, just a little bit different, which fits in well with my business as there are no other chocolate shops around where you can watch the chocolate being made and get close enough to smell it like you can now!

I'm doing okay, I've got a little following now. I haven't got to the lint where people are queuing out the door but in time who knows?! LP: What's good about being a business in Penrith?

J: Penrith is good for the tourism aspect, what with Centre Parcs on the doorstep, and American tourists love this sort of thing. This is something Penrith hasn't got so hopefully I will be able to build it up over time, get myself known in the community and do well.

LP: What plans have you got for the future?

J: My hope for next year is to have another shop and also a chocolate cafĂŠ! Everything will be made out of chocolate! I also want to

make a big chocolate tree to represent the natural origins of my products - the chocolate is from Madagascar and I use local produce for the flavours and other aspects of my products. I like to keep things local and natural and that's why I want a big chocolate tree in the shop!

When we tried an Apple Pie chocolate it was lovely, very nice chocolate and texture and an interesting flavour choice.

LP: You have a good idea here!

J: Well actually I made that for a "guess the flavour of the chocolate" competition, I thought an apple pie flavoured chocolate would be a good one and that's what it came from.


of the public. At times the meeting felt more like a council debate, which seemed to further alienate the public in the audience, and perhaps such a meeting was not the right place for it. The room at times held an uncomfortable atmosphere, and for those not used to the cut and thrust of Town Hall politics, it didn’t come across well.

The Liberal Democrats, whom at a local level, genuinely value community politics and seem to be unanimously in favour of the town council, and the Labour Party have a similar outlook on the proposal, but the Conservative Party’s position is of much more intrigued. It appears the idea has split the party somewhat, with Council Leader Gordon Nicholson and other conservatives such as Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart – a champion of the Localism Bill, showing relative positivity toward the campaign, whilst on the other hand all three conservative councillors at the meeting voiced great pessimism over the proposal.

The general consensus toward the idea of a town council seems very positive, and appears to have the widespread backing of not only the local political parties, but also many of the organisations who are working actively to improve the town. If those voices can transmit through to the electorate more clearly than EDC has managed so far, and chime with the people of the town, then we might just find ourselves with another ballot paper to cross next May.

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Brightside Renewables £6,000 Competition Win a 4Kw solar PV system for your local educational facility, charity or community group.

BRIGHTSIDE RENEWABLES are committed to helping businesses, organisations and domestic users save money and the environment through ethical and sustainable energy solutions. To help celebrate the launch of our company we have decided to hold a competition and a chance to win a free PV system of up to 4KWh*.

The benefits of this size system will enable the winner to initially lower their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and then subsequently earn a considerable sum on an annual basis guaranteed by the UK government over the next 20 years.

The prize consists of consultation, design (based on your energy usage and size of suitable installation area) installation, set up and customer aftercare. The prize valued at approximately £6,000.00 (based on a 4KWh system including design installation, set up and customer aftercare) is being provided totally free of charge and with no catches but must align with the competition rules. *subject to suitability

Enter the competition

To enter you must represent an educational establishment such as; Crèche, Nursery, School, College or University, a community group or a registered charity.

The prize includes a design, installation, set up and customer aftercare package worth approx. £6,000.00 with a maximum (4 kWh) system provided free of charge. The benefits, details and rules of the competition and the prize are available on our website.

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On behalf of all those businesses and individuals that have got behind this campaign, either as sponsors or individuals reserving their piece of Penrith & Eden Valley history, a huge thank you from all the Eden FM team. The funds raised to date have helped the station raise key funds that have secured licenses, equipment, essential repairs, professional resources and complete the necessary changes to get your community radio station on air and now be in a position to deliver you many free opportunities.

By this weekend, all those who have reserved their Monopoly board will be contacted. The Penrith & Eden Valley Board game is a limited edition and whilst this may be the first you have seen of this in the news, many people have heard about it via the radio and the Cumbrian Local, which has proved to be very positive as around 2000 boards have been reserved today, which leaves only 1000 remaining to purchase.


The process to obtain a license for Penrith & the Eden Valley started 3 months after the campaign for Penrith & the Eden Valley was launched to have its own Community radio. This would have been in September 2010. It was in July 2013 that the go ahead was finally given to Eden FM Radio Ltd, the not for profit organisation. As a community group, to work with Winning Moves UK Ltd, the UK licensee and US toy giant Hasbro Toys, has been quite a step for a community radio station. It’s an-

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1pm on 5th July 2014 at the Skelton Show.

Raffle Tickets are £1 and at the moment they are available from:-

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