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Circulation 13,800 Inside this month…

Issue 87 Orgill School fundraiser Page 3

Twisted Wheel reunion Page 11

Lego at The Beacon Page 9

June 2018 Copeland is open for business Page 5

I’M FREE! Was is double delights for Cleator Moor Celtic? Page 23

Council honours aldermen LAKES LIGHT and appoints new chairman UP FOR NEPAL

Lighting up the Lakes: Hundreds took part in the annual festival to raise money for lives destroyed in the Nepal 2015 earthquake. PICTURE: HARRY BAKER BY RACHAEL GREALISH

OVER 700 walkers gathered to light up Catbells as part of the Lakeland Festival of Light. The third annual festival, which took place on Saturday May 5, was held to raise funds for the people of

Nepal who were victims of a devastating earthquake in 2015. Volunteers used head torches to create the stunning string of lights on the mountainside. The people of Nepal are still recovering from the 8.1 magnitude earthquake which killed 9,000 people.

The Lakeland Festival of Light is the brainchild of Matt Le Voi, owner of Lakes based outdoor activity company Lakeland Mountain Guides. He said: “I’ll never get over the generosity and support, ranging from the participants through to raffle prize donors”.

Honoured unanimously: Lena Hogg (left) and John Jackson were voted Aldermen of the Borough - SEE PAGE FIVE FOR FULL STORY

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Hello, from our editor Egremont 2Day (incorporating Cleator Moor 2Day) Chairman: Tony Dunning Editor: Rachael Grealish Advertising: Ali Burgess Email: Address: Letters can be sent to, or dropped off at:- Lowes Court Gallery, 12 Main Street, Egremont, CA22 2DW. Please note: This is a drop-off point for post only. If you have any queries about Egremont 2Day please email or phone below. Website: Phone: 01946 820875 Egremont 2Day is a monthly free community newspaper. It is a not-for-profit organisation. If we inadvertently make any profits they are given to local charities. We are not affiliated to any political party. Editorial and advertising deadlines: The deadline for Advertising in next month’s E2D (July) is Friday, June 1st at 5pm, and Editorial is Wednesday 6th at Noon. It will be published on June 16th.

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TO sound cliché; we make many journeys in our lives. Ones for leisure, work, education, faith. Perhaps their inner journeys we make; journeys of selfdiscovery. Well, the Egremont 2Day is not exempt from going on a journey. From the day it was coined in the mind by Peter Watson, to this paper you read now E2D has been on a long journey of its own. The entire newspaper industry has gone through an incredible journey many newspapers are solely now digital; favouring scrapping the printed page for its online counterpart. This was a fear I had for Egremont 2Day when CN Group announced the closure of CN Print - where Egremont 2Day is printed, monthly. I feared that E2D would have to leave behind the printed word, like so many other great newspapers, and take fully to the internet. The internet is an amazing thing and all of us at E2D are amazed at the further reach we have, thanks to the world wide web. We’re grateful at the thousands more people we can now reach. But,on the flip side, I was saddened by the thought that, even though we can reach all these new people via the internet, we would lose readers, here in Copeland, on our doorstep, because they perhaps don’t use the internet. This was quite a struggle for me, personally, as was the thought we would need a new printer to cope with the demanding number of papers we print each month. Thankfully we have found a new printer and this has meant Egremont 2Day is going on another new journey. The paper is now going to be printed in Glasgow - so now every month, in order to keep bringing E2D to the area we will be collecting almost 14,000 papers and bringing them to Copeland for you all. E2D is going on another journey with this, so not only will it come from somewhere new, but has been given a slightly different size to the paper. These changes are not bad, or drastic, simply another journey we must go on to carry on producing the Egremont 2Day newspaper. As I write this I am filled with pride at how far the newspaper has come; not only since its beginnings in 1990, but since I took over as editor. I have seen it develop, grow, flourish, struggle and thrive - most importantly; I have seen it keep going through it all and, every month, go through the doors of thousands of homes in Copeland. E2D is not the only one I have seen go on a journey; I have too. Since I’ve become editor I have experienced many different things and been on a journey of my own. I’ve met many people in the industry - reporters and editors. I have met people incredibly wise that I hope I can take some of that wisdom away with me and I have learnt so many new things, not only about myself, but about this area and our community. A very important thing I’ve learnt is: we don’t stop learning, as we are always on a journey. As we hit the half way point in the year I like to think back to the last six months at what I’ve learnt and then look forward to the next six months and I wonder what is to come. I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know, as long as my mind is open to it, I will carry on my journey and learn new things. I hope you all have a lovely month and enjoy the (hopeful) sunshine.

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Continued from page 1… “Big thanks have to go to the marshals, the National Trust for allowing us to use the mountain, Little Chamonix Café for baking so many cakes, and of course our talented team of official event photographers.” The Lakeland Festival Event team includes professional photographers Tom Mcnally, Carmen Norman, Nick Landells and Harry Baker. As a regular visitor to Nepal, Mr Le Voi has ensured that every year, since the earthquake, it is brought back to the public eye and funds are sent to the country to aid the relief work. Once again the event was a huge success from a fundraising point of view with more than £10,000 collected. It takes the total funds the Festival has sent to Nepal in three years to in excess of £40,000. Mr Le Voi said: “We will keep on doing these events as long as people keep on supporting them.” He added: “Up next is our annual Striding Edge by Torchlight event for Lakes-based mountain rescue teams, which is shortly followed by an attempt to light up Fleetwith Edge for Cumbria Youth Alliance.” ● More information on these events can be found at www.lakelandmountainguides.c

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Orgill pupils fundraise to get to the Rock Challenge final BY RACHAEL GREALISH

EGREMONT pupils had car wash success in a bid to raise money for the Rock Challenge. Following their county win and securing a place in the Northern Junior final, Orgill Primary School are fundraising to take the whole team to Grimsby. In one bid the youngsters organised a car wash on Saturday, May 12, where they raised £631.85. Holly Collins, Assistant Head Teacher, said: “We have had a fabulous day fundraising for our Rock Challenge trip to Grimsby. We lost count of the number of cars we have washed.” Pupils had allotted times in which they would volunteer their services but all were incredibly dedicated and many parents came along to support the cause. Ms Collins said: “We have such a fantastic community of parents and children that we want them to enjoy this amazing experience without the worry of its expense.” The aim is to raise enough money that the trip to Grimsby can be fully funded for all students going. The school’s Rock Challenge theme was Charlie and the Chocolate

Work hard, play hard: The pupils had lots of fun at the car wash fundraiser. PICTURE: HOLLY COLLINS Factory, with an emphasis on stranger danger - as the children didn’t really know Willy Wonka when they went into his factory with him. Pupils and staff put many hours of practice and dedication into bringing the piece to life

The school will perform at the Northern Junior Final in Grimsby, on Thursday, June 28, but with a limited amount of tickets available the Orgill Rock Challenge team will showcase their performance for parents and

friends, at West Lakes Academy, on May 22. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from Orgill School. Best of luck from all of us here at Egremont 2Day.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, My letter is regarding UKPC, (UK Parking Control) who operate the car parks at WCH. As we know the hospital can be a very windy place the majority of the time, on a hill by the sea. A very corrupt business taking advantage of sick and needy people lurks on this hill. Here in the car parks you will find tickets that are not fit for purpose, no adhesive attached to them to keep your ticket displayed as is requested on the signage. Signage that was put up but had no planning permission from the council initially until the beginning of last year, may I note. In which makes all of those the previous invoices handed out prior to that date illegal. If you are one of the unlucky people like me. It is not possible to display your ticket as requested as it is not adhesive as mentioned. You can only put it on the dashboard, which it flutters away once you close your door, if it is windy. My partner was in labour and I have a disabled son who has autism also. As you can imagine I did check that my ticket was in place when leaving my car. Once I knew my partner had to stay in to give birth as she was so close, I had to return to the car for my partners suitcase which was on the back seat. I closed the back door, did not even open the front ones, and returned to my vehicle after the birth to find a parking invoice on it. A joyous day turned into one of the worst ever. I was just thinking

West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven about the invoice not about my newborn as I drove home. UKPC completely ruined the whole experience. I appealed this and inevitably I lost the appeal. This does not seem right, I am not paying as I had a valid ticket which I proved to them on the appeal. They tried to lower the sum from £70 to £40 if it was paid within 14 days. That is ridiculous, what damage have I caused them? What level of loss have I inflicted on them to justify this explicit amount? I even under stayed my ticket by 11 hours. I actually made a paid space available for someone else. This is corruption in all its glory.

The parking appeals POPLA refuse your appeal as this is UKPC’s main source of income clearly. It is disgusting taking advantage of the sick and needy people of our community. I would strongly advise everyone to carefully check your ticket is in place after closing the doors if you visit WCH for any reason. Better still pop a roll of sellotape in your car. Your sincerely, Mr Mellor

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E2D Comic corner: Alien Resort by David Davis EGREMONT 2DAY is now opening its pages to all aspiring artists with a flair for newspaper comic strips. To kick things off we’ve received a series of comics called ‘Alien Resort’ by David Davis. If you would like to see your comic featured in our pages - that go into 13,800 homes in Copeland - send your strips to However, if you do wish to submit your work we ask that you keep it clean, family-friendly and as inoffensive as you can. At Egremont 2Day we are an unbiased, non-partisan, independent newspaper for people of all ages. We respect all peoples’ opinions and beliefs. Please note: all work submitted will be published at the discretion of our editor - submission does not guarantee publication.

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Copeland declared open for business BY RACHAEL GREALISH

COPELAND is not only open for business but is on the cusp of greatness, conference goers were told. The second Copeland Open for Business conference had industry leaders, from all sectors, enthuse about the future of the area, on April 19, at Whitehaven Golf Course. The invitation-only event saw 300 delegates gather to hear guest speakers, including Richard Harrington, MP, Energy Minister, Lord Matthew Taylor, Housing Specialist, and Trudy Harrison, MP. Two big announcements were made on the day of the event. Lord Taylor revealed, on the day, the plans for a 500-home estate in Millom, by the RSPB reserve. Jamie Reed, former Copeland MP, now head of development and community relations at Sellafield, had equally exciting news to share at the event. He said: “When I was MP I always said: 'The best days are in front of Copeland'. “And today, I can say I told you so. Today proves that they are.” He announced to delegates about the Buzz Station plans for Whitehaven's former bus station and Sellafield's £2.6m investment into the scheme. Stating: “Copeland is the country's Northern Powerhouse and is open for business.” Presentations were also given by representatives from some of Copelands leading organisations such as; , Tom Samson - NuGeneration Ltd, Mark Kirkbride - West Cumbria Mining, Professor Cathy Jackson UCLan and Pat Graham – Copeland Borough Council.

Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, and Part Graham Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “To attract people of that calibre into one room to discuss working together and the future opportunities for the borough was no mean feat. "We were absolutely overwhelmed by the success of the day and the feedback we have since received from those who attended. “Sincere gratitude goes to all those who brought the event together and made it such a phenomenal success. It confirmed that Copeland is indeed open for business and there are many organisations working towards making it a better place to live, work and visit.” A notable speech came from Prof Cathy Jackson, of UClan. She said: "West Cumbria is on the cusp of something really exciting. Our medical education school at Westlakes Science Park is seeing its student numbers increasing. "This conference is important for people to see what is going on across

West Cumbria and how we can work together to move forward." She added: "When I said I wanted to bring students to Whitehaven, I was given lots of reasons why I couldn't they said they would never come. I decided I was going to do it anyway. We marketed it globally, and you know what? They came." The event was also attended by the record-breaking marathon man, Gary McKee. This year Gary received Freeman of the Borough. He said: “There was a lot of positive talk in the room and the future genuinely looks good. Another thing that is very evident is your own belief and commitment to the cause. I’ll be quite honest and say I don’t know anybody who works as hard as you do Mike. You’re an absolute credit to our community” The conferences was considered an overall success that promoted enthusiasm about the future and survival of Copeland.

Council honours aldermen and appoints new chairman COPELAND Council has honoured two respected ex councillors at today's Annual Meeting. John Jackson and Lena Hogg were voted in unanimously Aldermen of the Borough, an honorary title awarded to councillors for their service. David Moore, in proposing Mr Jackson, said: “He was a valued member of this council for many years and always proved his worth. “He always spoke up, worked hard and was proud of his community. “When John was Mayor, he and his wife Linda must have represented this council at more than 300 events during the year, and I’d like to thank them for all they did for this borough.” Alderman Jackson joined the council in 2003. He said: "I am extremely honoured to have been nominated as an Alderman for Copeland. I served as a councillor for Beckermet and Thornhill for 12 years and felt privileged to do so. “As Mayor of Copeland in 201112 I enjoyed every minute and it

allowed me to appreciate what a wonderful part of the world we live in. If that was the icing on the cake of my political life, this latest honour must be the cherry." Mike McVeigh, in proposing Mrs Hogg, said: “She always had the community at heart, irrespective of what political banner people held. “She demonstrated true leadership, without fear or favour, and is more than worthy of this great honour.” Alderman Hogg was elected to the Egremont South ward in 2011. She said: "I feel it’s a great honour to have been chosen by my peers to become an Alderman - I thank the council and the mayor. It was a privilege to serve the people of Copeland and I hope they feel I served them well. I certainly did my best. “Mostly, I would like to thank the people of Egremont for electing me to serve. As I am still on the town council, I will continue to do my best for Egremont.”

Mrs Hogg and Mr Jackson were presented with their pendants by the new council chairman, Coun Peter Connolly. Coun Connolly succeeds Alistair Norwood as chair of the council, whom he thanked for the “excellent” job he has done over the past year. "I am very pleased to be in this honoured position as my final political swan song." said Coun Connolly. Coun Connolly has served as a Copeland councillor for 33 years, being first elected in 1981, and having a brief hiatus from 1991 to 1995. During this time Coun Connolly has served as Mayor from 2002 – 2003 and chair of the licencing and overview and scrutiny panels, and the now defunct finance and generalpurpose panel. Coun Connolly is looking forward to taking the reins: “I will be supporting the Mayor in his ambition to uplift the town of Whitehaven by encouraging property owners to take pride in their business premises.”

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West Cumbria walks for Amnesty International

Walk for life: Walkers gathered at Whitehaven Market place to kick off the 2018 walk. PICTURE: ALAN ALEXANDER BY ALAN ALEXANDER

DOZENS gathered to take part in the 2018 Amnesty West Cumbria’s Walk for Life. The walk, which took part on Saturday, May 5, was launched by Labour councillor Tony Lywood, with a reminder of how long Amnesty has been campaigning for human rights.

Mr Lywood said: “For nearly 60 years people like you have been working for people’s human rights, challenging governments that torture and imprison their own citizens, even though all they have done is peacefully expressed their own views. “You have worked to release people who have been imprisoned because of their politics, reading the “wrong” books, having the wrong sexual orientation or even for

protesting over the removal of drinking water.” The walkers took the coastal path from Whitehaven to St Bees - where the group was provided with refreshments. Some more enthusiastic walkers took a return walk, along the St Bees valley, to Whitehaven. All money raised will be used to continue the investigations into human rights abuses.

Bridal business makes a booming start in Egremont

Ready for business: Joyce (left) and Lyndsey poised to make dress-shopping special for the bride to be. BY RACHAEL GREALISH

BUSINESS in Egremont is booming, as a new bridal shop opened on the main street. Baird’s Bridal opened its doors on April 21, with hopes of making

wedding planning special for local people. Opened by sisters, Lyndsey Miller and Joyce Baird (from whom the company gets the name), are both hoping the business will thrive. Ms Miller said: “We’re really excited to open the shop and make the dress-shopping a really luxurious and

enjoyable experience for the bride-tobe. “We’re also excited about the range of dresses we have - so not just bridal, but bridesmaids and we’re hoping to expand into prom dresses and mother-of-the-bride attire.” Both sisters have a scope of experience in retail and customer

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Apprentice winner wows UTC youngsters


APPRENTICE winner and entrepreneur, Michelle Dewberry, inspired youngsters at the Energy Coast UTC. Michelle Dewberry (pictured above) is one of the UTC’s Ambassadors and for their open evening, on May, 10, she came in to teach the students how she managed to get a six figure salary at age 23. Michelle explained to the students and parents of students that are hoping to come how she thinks that her motivation for getting to where she was is that she wanted to earn money. Having a six figure income was her goal. So she stepped into the I.T department and spent her free time studying it and learning so that she

could pursue her dream job to get to her goal. The students and parents of students were able to ask Michelle a few questions during the evening. On person asked: “You had a difficult background, so what would you say to a child in the same position as you were?” Michelle replied: “Just be yourself really, you hear it a lot from others but it’s the truth. If you don’t at least try to be yourself you will know what will happen.” Another questioned poised to the entrepreneur was: “What is something that someone has said to you that has stuck with you to this day?” This was a clear question to answer for Michelle, she said: "I was told to ‘keep on keeping on’ and I

think that’s so true because if you don’t try to reach for something then it’s impossible to reach it. Everyone is human after all.” In 2017 Michelle decided to run for MP for Hull, this was questioned by a member of the audience. She answered: “I didn’t think that there was a strong or smart enough representative for us so I decided to try and at least motivate someone else to have enough courage to.” In 2006 Michelle beat out 14,000 other applicants and won the BBC show The Apprentice. She now works with her own businesses in the I.T facilities. She said: “My motivation for getting where I am was really my sister’s death. After she passed away I realised that at any point suddenly we all could, so it’s worth making the post of the time you have." Michelle grew up in a abusive home were she would jump around social houses and children’s homes a lot and when her older sister passed away at 22 she decided that she couldn’t just sit around and wait for something to happen because it never will. Michelle said she knew that if she wanted to reach her goal she would have to work hard, and she thought that the I.T facilities was how to get her six-figure income - which she managed to achieve.

West Cumbria Carers: Carers Week June 2018 WEST CUMBRIA is set to raise awareness of caring in June with national Carers Week 2018. The annual campaign, which takes place June 11 to 17, is to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. This year’s focus is on supporting carers to be healthy and connected. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, enriching relationships and providing a sense of satisfaction and well-being. However, caring for others often comes at a cost to carers’ own health and well-being as they put their own health needs to the back of the queue. West Cumbria Carers have a variety of events running over the week (and beyond) so if you are a carer why not take your own steps towards getting healthy and connected.

Carers Support Event On Wednesday, June 13, between 10am and 2pm West Cumbria Carers, Hospice at Home West Cumbria and other organisations are coming together to help build a community that supports the health and wellbeing of carers.

Volunteers at last year’s Cupcakes4Carers event. They will be sharing information and examples of the services available locally. The event will take place at St Michaels Church, Workington and is open to all carers. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover new ways of caring for you.

Cupcakes4Carers To help get connected carers are invited for a cuppa and some cake (baked and/or donated by local businesses, staff and volunteers) on Thursday, June 14, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at the West Cumbria Carers offices in Cockermouth.

Let’s talk…Emotional Resilience Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with

pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This is called developing emotional resilience. Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt to challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining your own wellbeing. Resilience isn't a personality trait – it's something that we can all take steps to achieve. Why not book onto a Carers Forum to find out more about this (lunch and refreshments included): ● June 13, 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Market Hall, Wigton ● June 20, 10.30am to 12.30pm at The De Lucy Centre, Egremont For more information about any of these events please call West Cumbria Carers on 01900 821976.

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Christians Against Poverty: Glam up your garden on a budget Jonathan Berry, frpm Christians Against Poverty, gives tips about getting a glam garden on a budget


UNE 21 – the first day of summer!

What better time to get out in the garden, get digging, planting and enjoying the fresh air, if you haven’t been already? The problem is, as hobbies go, gardening can be on the expensive side, especially if you’re starting from scratch. But fear not, green-fingered friends – here are some simple ways to keep your outdoor space spruced up without racking up a hefty bill. Shop around, save pounds: Of course, it may seem like the easiest plan of action to head to the nearest garden centre to stock up, but it’s rarely going to be the cheapest option. It’s definitely worth taking a proper look around before you buy – check out budget supermarket chains, charity shops, pound shops and online. Visit to find the best value garden accessories, tools, plants, bulbs and more across a variety of high street retailers. Raid your neighbour’s shed: With permission, of course! Your neighbours, friends and family might be willing to share tools, or even better, have some they no longer need. Especially for items you’re only going to use once or twice, it definitely pays to ask. Need for seed: You can get a packet of seeds for a couple of pounds and you’ll get loads out of it. It’s likely you’ll have some left over, so you could save them for next year by putting them in a foil sachet in a dry place, or why not find another green-fingered friend to swap your spare seeds with? It’s a surefire way to save you both a bit of cash. Salad can be grown all year round indoors and it’s SO much cheaper and fresher to do this than buy bags of salad. Herbie Fully Loaded: Herbs are really easy to grow and don’t take up a huge amount of space either, which is useful for those with smaller gardens. Plus, the seeds are fairly cheap to buy as they’re classed as food and therefore don’t have VAT – nice.

Your own way’s the best way: With a bag of compost coming in at an average of £5 a bag, simply keeping your garden healthy can prove costly, so is there any way to do it cheaply? There is! To make your own compost, combine ‘greens’ like dead plants, peelings, tea bags and filter paper, and ‘browns’ like cardboard, wood and leaves, in a large container and leave them to rot, while adding to them regularly. You’ll find some more great advice on starting a compost heap by visiting and searching ‘Compost’. As for weed killer, mix vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:8, then combine it with another mixture of sugar and water in a ratio of 1:8, and it’s ready to go! Get growing: If you’ve got space, growing your own fruit and veg is a great way to boost your garden and save money. Things like potatoes and carrots are relatively cheap to buy in the supermarket, so it might be worth going for stuff that’s more expensive, like raspberries – they’ll pop up in abundance every year and save you a pretty penny on a tasty treat. It’s definitely worth checking out if you can get your own allotment from the council if you have the time to give it – it’s often a great community where you can share ideas and produce. Blooming lovely: Plan ahead for next year by buying your bulbs in the autumn when prices are lower. Plant snowdrops, narcissus, daffodils, muscari and tulips in October and they’ll bloom (in that order) over the spring. At Christians Against Poverty (CAP) we believe that living on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing all the things that add beauty to the world around us. Our CAP Money Courses offer free teaching on budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that helps people get to grips with their finances so they can budget, spend more wisely and save for the future. Visit

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Lego dinosaurs back from extinction at The Beacon AN EXCITING exhibition of extinct creatures, in Lego form, will be on display at The Beacon Museum this summer. Preparations are underway for the upcoming Brick Dinos exhibition which will portray the prehistoric world of some of earth’s most fascinating creatures, painstakingly built over thousands of hours. Warren Elsmore, Lego Brick Artist, worked in close collaboration with palaeontologists to create the series using hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks. The exhibition will open on June 9 and visitors will have the chance to see several large Lego dinosaurs as well as some smaller animals and will also be treat to a range of fun educational activities. Mr Elsmore thrilled family audiences, at the Whitehaven harbourside museum, with his Brick Cities exhibition back in 2016. Mr Elsmore said: “We’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating this new exhibition, our dinosaurs are as accurate as possible given current scientific knowledge and understanding. “Thousands of hours have been spent building the models for this exhibition, including an astonishing 800 hours building the large Masiakasauraus model, but Lego and dinosaur fans alike will be pleased to know that all of the models have been created using standard parts, so inspired visitors will be able to recreate the fabulous creatures for themselves.” A special weekend of events will also take place in support of the

upcoming exhibition and the Taste Cumbria Festival from July 27 to 29, where Palaeontologists will be leading unique dino discovery sessions for all ages at The Beacon Museum.

The Brick Dinos exhibition will run throughout the summer months. For more information go to or call 01946 592302.

Animals take centre stage at Lowes Court in June ANIMALS, birds and insects of all sizes will take centre stage in Egremont, this month. The Lowes Court Gallery Feature Wall for the whole of June will be a selection of artwork on the theme All Creatures Great and Small. Gallery members have until the May 26 to submit pieces for inclusion, so the gallery are hoping for a wide range of animals, birds, insects or whatever the artist can find as inspiration. There will be an Open Evening at Lowes Court on Wednesday, June 6, between 7pm and 9pm, and the Beautiful Botanicals exhibition continues until the end of May. The monthly themed wall is proving a good attraction for artists and visitors alike to help keep the gallery going. Lowes Court is situated on Main Street, Egremont, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am until 1.30pm and Thursday and Friday 10am until 4pm. The gallery also stocks a wide range of handmade works by other local artists and craft workers.

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Irish legends and TV comic among Rosehill highlights New date for mountain festival tour

A LEGENDARY Irish band, a force on the saxophone and a TV comic will all take to the Rosehill stage this month. First up are The Fureys on their 40th anniversary tour, promising another night of great music and stories. The evening will feature timeless classics such as I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, From Clare to Here, and Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway, plus songs from their new

album, 40 Years On... To Be Continued. Their folk-based songs stir the emotions and they have received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls in the world. The performance takes place at 7.30pm on Friday 18 May and tickets are £20. The following day it's the turn of comedian Andrew Lawrence (pictured left) with The Happy Accident Tour. This star of BBC's Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Dave's One Night Stand, Sky Arts' The Outcast Comic and the successful self-penned Radio 4 series There Is No Escape presents a new, riotously funny set of jokes poking fun at liberal pretentions, PC hysteria and his own awful parenting skills. He has a unique brand of ascerbic humour and his show has been playing to rave reviews around the country. It starts at 8pm on Saturday 19 May and tickets are £15. Saxophonist Snake Davis is one of the great forces in 1990s pop culture, having featured on Take That's A Million Love Songs, M People's Search for the Hero and a host of other hits.

He heads to Rosehill with fellow members of the Burden of Paradise band – vocalist Helen Watson, who recorded albums featuring members of The Eagles, Little Feat and Andy FairweatherLow, and Dave Bowie Jr who is taking time out from playing with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Their acoustic performance at 8pm on Friday 25 May will include medieval ballads, torch songs from the 1980s and anthems made famous by artists from Bob Dylan to Doris Day. Tickets are £18. To round off the month, there's family fun on offer in the form of Mini Messel's Makers: Magical and Mythical on Wednesday 30 May. Two workshops exploring 3D creations are available – one at 10am and the other at 1pm – and everyone is welcome to take home their handiwork. Tickets are £5, or free to underfives, and booking is advisable as places are limited. Tickets to Rosehill events are available from the box office on 01946 692422, online at or by emailing

Ben Page in action: Kyrgyz Tien Shan Mountains. A RESCHEDULED date has been announced after Kendal Mountain Festival Tour's trip to Rosehill Theatre in March was hit by snow. The postponed event will now take place at the Whitehaven venue on Sunday, June 3, from 3.30pm, featuring award-winning films, a chance to win a weekend getaway to this year's mountain festival and firsthand accounts from two guest speakers. Adventurer and filmmaker Ben Page will share captivating tales from his global biking odyssey in South America in 2014, while experienced endurance athlete Elaine Hopley will

PICTURE: BEN PAGE talk about how she became the fastest woman to row the Atlantic solo in 2017. A selection of favourite films from last year's festival will also be shown, from flying above the Azores to freediving with Orcas and from skateboarding across Colorado to swimming in the wild ocean. Tickets at £15 (U25 £10) are available at or from the box office on 01946 692422. Those bought for the postponed event remain valid and any ticketholders unable to attend should contact the box office for a full refund.

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June 2018 – Issue 87


Twisted Wheel kick off reunion tour in Whitehaven Cumbrian rock and roll on

show at Florence Arts Centre

Twisted Wheel soaking up the sun and the Whitehaven scenery. PICTURE: ROBERT HAILE


IT was a sell-out night of new music and new beginnings as Twisted Wheel kicked off their reunion tour in Cumbria. The North West indie favourites came back with a bang, starting off a nation-wide set of dates for the new tour, Snakes and Ladders, at the Whitehaven venue, The Yellow Earl. It may have been the first in a reunion, after four years apart, but the band - made up of Harry Lavin, Adam Clarke, Richard Allsopp and Jonny Brown - hadn’t lost a following in Whitehaven. With the lights low and the room packed, the classic eager calls of: “Wheeeee-eel! Wheee-eel!” could be heard throughout. Twisted Wheel soon hit the stage, getting straight to work - performing some classics such as: You Stole The Sun and She’s a Weapon.

But while the audience enjoyed the known songs, it was songs from their new album Snakes and Ladders that really caught my attention. This sound felt closer to the bone, more raw, but nonetheless still energetic, enigmatic and driven with a passion for the music. Lead singer Jonny Brown has definitely come back more mature as the new lyrics are laces with wisdom and wit. He said: “It’s brilliant to be back, we’re excited to release new music and be back in Whitehaven - it’s been a while.” The four-piece said kicking off their tour somewhere like The Yellow Earl was perfect for their music and for the comeback of local music scenes. Brown said: “I feel like town music venues are making their comeback and we love to play venues like this. “You tend to get people coming to see you who are gritter, more real and really into the music.

“All the venues on our tour are in really great towns and cities with like the best people.” Supporting was Indica Gallery the Manchester-based band playing their third show ever. There was a real 60s/70s psychedelic feel to the five-piece with some definite feel of The Beatles and 60s Simon and Garfunkel thrown in there. Indica Gallery were celebrating the release of their new single Forever Loving You - a great new sound with a classic feel. These guys are ones to look out for. It was a night of great new sounds with really good vibes - it’s no shock it was a sell-out gig. The Yellow Earl played the perfect edgy music venue that wouldn’t be out of place in a bigger city like Manchester or Brighton. You can next catch the Twisted Wheel lads rocking the House Party tent at Kendal Calling in July. But once you hear them, you’ll be hooked.

Future of rock: Wolfpeake rocked the Egremont music scene, showcasing their talent. PICTURE: ROBERT HAILE


THE future sound of Cumbrian rock and roll and indie music was on show as Wolfpeake returned to Florence Arts Centre. Headlining the venue for the second time on Sunday, April 22, the five piece had made there way back from an out of county gig, though not missing a beat as their high energy show exploded from the darkened stage. Playing their first single Hennessy which already seems like a staple of set lists to come and new single Strings, these two songs alone look set to propel the band into new stardom

with Touchdown and Kendal Calling in the summer they are a group to see quickly before Manchester and further afield come calling. Another group returning was The Büth after their introduction to Florence through the Sound Wave charity concert in December. The four piece have grown in confidence since their first appearance with bags of talents the group are ones to watch. Making their mine debut was another Furness peninsular indie rock group Run & Hyde. An energetic sound with driving guitars with a calmer exterior. This was encapsulated by their recently released single You Should Know.


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Legendary guitarist rocks Florence Arts Centre

Americana artist heads to Egremont


FLORENCE Arts Centre teemed with fans of legendary guitarist Gary Lucas. The evening with Lucas, which took place on Tuesday, May 8, was a exceptional experience as Lucas reminisced about his time with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley and his expansive career. Starting with Lucas’s time at Yale, where he hosted a radio show, and a chance meeting with the brother of a producer who had Captain Beefheart and his magic band written on his guitar case. One radio interview later and the friendship that blossomed from it ended up with Lucas joining Captain Beefheart after spending time in Taiwan, where he married his first wife. Lucas’s five year stint with Captain Beefheart came to an end when he moved into the art world and Lucas decided to try a solo career in the music industry. Then came a solo show at the Knitting Factory in New York which became Gods and Monsters and then Lucas was asked to perform at a tribute concert for Tim Buckley where a meeting with his son Jeff led to a new writing partner. Performing Rise Up To Be and And You Will which went on to

Living legend: Gary Lucas wowed the Egremont audience. PICTURE: ROBERT HAILE become Grace and Mojo Pin from Jeff Buckley’s album titled Grace, showed the skill, dexterity and the mastery Lucas has with a guitar in hand. For any guitarist listening to Lucas talk about how he worked from cassette when writing and then to hear the stories that accompanied his illustrious career with Captain Beefheart to Jeff Buckley would inspire them.

A legendary guitar player who might not be a household name also had some profound advice for anybody wanting to make it in a creative industry, you need to keep doing what you are doing and not stop as people will not take you seriously if you stop. It was another successful night for Florence Arts Centre and one that will hopefully be a repeat performance.

AN award-winning Americana artist is heading to Cumbria, this month, as part of a UK tour. The Glasgow-based artist, Jill Jackson, will be bringing her country sound and new music to Florence Arts Centre, in Egremont, on Thursday, June 7. Tipped to be the UK Country’s ‘next big thing’ Jackson will be performing music from her new album ‘Are we there yet?’ on tour following its release on May 18. his album is lauded as Jackson’s best yet. Recorded in Glasgow and produced by award winning producer Boo Hewerdine (Emily Barker and Eddi Reader) ‘Are We There Yet?’ boasts to feature contributions from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. Jackson, from Paisley, in Scotland, has recently received the auspicious nod from industry bodies after winning the acclaimed ‘Danny Kyle’ award at Celtic Connections. She has previously been signed to a major label (Innocent/EMI) by Hugh Goldsmith back in 2002, and has previously worked and toured with Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Albert Lee, Runrig and Mel C (formerly of the Spice Girls). Jill Jackson will be heading to Florence Arts Centre, in Egremont, on Thursday, June 7. Tickets available from the venue box office.

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NEWS in brief… May was national walking month - why not June? A WALK for Amnesty International in the Bleng Forest, is taking part in June. The walk will start at 1:30pm from the car park at the end of the forest path. The walk is circular and will take about an hour and a half. The route is flat alongside the river with two moderate slopes. Tea and cakes will be served afterwards at 62 Meadowfield, Gosforth, the home of Beneta and David Livesey. If you are interested, contact or Tel 01946 7 25381.

Time to use the Copeland Pass before it runs out in June THE Beacon Museum has been free to Copeland residents, since April, but ends this month. From Tuesday April 17, The award-winning museum offered free admission for those Copeland residents who have signed up for a Copeland Pass. The Copeland Pass offered residents full access to all exhibitions at certain times of the year. This current period runs until Friday June 8, and features two new exhibitions.

Primary School to celebrate 150 years of St Bridget AN Egremont primary school is set to celebrate the school’s 150th. Coinciding the school’s annual summer fete, St Bridget’s primary school will also celebrate 150 years of St Bridget’s. The celebration and summer fete will take place on July 13, from 3pm. Former pupils and family are encouraged to attend.

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June 2018 – Issue 87

The fight is on to save Florence

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Seascale Author's charity book praised by Copeland MP

Trudy meets local author Jason Rushforth

A home of talent: Hundreds of talented performers, such as the Black Guards above. PICTURE: ROBERT HAILE



LORENCE Arts Centre aims to raise £10,000 in a fight for survival from closure. The Egremont venue, has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to save the Arts Centre from being closed due to lack of funds. Manager, Craig Carruthers said: “Florence is a gem of a place, bursting with art and music and film and craft and creativity - there's nowhere like it; it's unique and although our enthusiasm and ideas are endless our funds aren't, so we need your help." The venue provides a wide range of events from art exhibitions and workshops to music and comedy gigs as well as offering a work space for schools, community groups and charities. Florence has played host to award-winning performers, comedians and international musicians.

A BOOK celebrating people who grew up around Sellafield has been Craig said: “Florence is a part of Egremont photographer, Robert praised by Copeland's MP after our history and community, supporting Haile, held his first photography raising more than £500 for a local local artists and musicians, working exhibition at Florence Arts Centre. park project. He said: “Florence is an amazing for community groups and charities Trudy Harrison MP congratulated and with people of all ages. Egremont place to have held my first exhibition author and broadcaster, Jason has something special on its doorstep - a true hidden gem. And it’s not just for Rushworth after fundraising a total of let's not wait until it has gone before art, I’ve discovered some of my £592.95 for the Seascale Community favourite performers at that venue. we realise it.” Beach Park Project, through the sales “It would be such a shame for the So far 25% of the £10,000 target of his book, Atom Kids. has been raised with Call the Midwife Arts Centre to close when it is such a The book, which is now on its necessary feature here in West star Linda Bassett and Oscarfourth reprint after proving a big hit nominated actress Lesley Manville Cumbria.” among locals, is made up of memories among just some of the generous Over the past two years we have and anecdotes from people who grew worked directly with over 20 local donors. up next to the nuclear power plant In the unassuming converted schools, colleges and community from the 1950's to the present day. miners’ shower block the space is organisations and charities - including Every sale of the book donates £1 Frizington Primary school and the arts available for exhibitions, artists' to the Seascale Community Beach students at Lakes College. residencies, live music, cinema, Park Project which aims to revamp the theatre and performance; workshops in The Arts Centre cafe also supplies children's play area on the village's stock from local businesses and everything from felting to filmbeach front. enterprises such as Hartley’s Ice making, watercolours to willow Mrs Harrison, said: "Jason has weaving. Cream and coffee from Calderwood raised a fantastic amount for the The Florence Paintmaking studio House Homeless Shelter. Seascale Beach Park Project through is situated at the centre - an initiative the sales of Atom Kids, a wonderful that uses locally-sourced natural ● To donate visit: book full of heart-warming anecdotes pigments, including the area’s own which I'm sure will bring smiles to the orence-arts-centre iron ore. faces of many past and present Seascalians.

"Being a former Seascale resident who attended Seascale Primary School as a child, it's great to see the history of the area being brought back to life through the use of storytelling, I really enjoyed spotting my family, friends and myself as a young girl in the book. A must for everyone with a connection to the area, past or present. The book was born following the Seascale Primary School reunion organised by Mr Rushworth, which saw 200 pupils from across five decades return to mark the 65th anniversary of the school. Mr Rushworth, who attended the school in the 1970s, said: "By the end of the reunion I had heard so much folk law from people about growing up Seascale, that it would have been a waste not to capture all these stories in print - we were all Kids who had grown up there, we were all indeed, the 'Atom Kids.' "I was delighted to learn that Trudy was an old girl of the school and had had some of her formative years growing up in Seascale, experiencing the life round here and what it meant to be a part of the area with its own local identity and concerns, such as access to health care and local employment and transport needs." Mr Rushworth, continued: "We chose he Seascale Beach Park project as It was the charity we supported on the day of the reunion and it made so much sense for the First generation of Atom Kids to be supporting the next generation of Atom kids – to enjoy the life round here." Following the success of Atom Kids, Mr Rushworth has since been approached by charity, Prism Arts who are keen to re-enact stories from the book for children in Cumbria with special needs. Atom Kids is available to buy by contacting Mr Rushworth on

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New book details Cumbria's historic Corpse Roads

The nanny’s walk up Nannycatch Road BY WENDY LEVOI



NEW book details the routes, history and legends surrounding Cumbria's ancient corpse roads. Corpse roads are paths dating back to medieval times which were used to transport the dead from remote parishes to the 'mother' church. There are, of course, a few wellknown corpse roads in the county: Mardale to Shap, Rydal to Grasmere and Wasdale Head to Eskdale for example. But authors Alan Cleaver and Lesley Park have researched these and many more, recording their routes for walkers who wish to explore them further. And also as a historic record for future generations. They are all on public footpaths. Cleaver and Park also explore the facts and myths behind their use. Did people really carry a dead body several miles across the fells even in winter? Was the body put in a coffin or just wrapped in a sheet? Was it put on a cart, on horseback or carried by mourners on their shoulders? The book also looks at the wayside crosses and 'coffin rests' that lined the routes - the weeping cross, fawn cross or crosslacon for example.

Alan Cleaver, 58, of Church Street, Whitehaven, said: "There are few written records about the corpse roads or the traditions that surrounded them but we've included what records there are alongside the oral tradition, legends and half-remembered tales that still survive. “So we have traced the famous 'ghost story' on the Wasdale to Eskdale corpse road to its origins and looked at how the long-held belief that a corpse road will always be a public path was tested even in the High Court in London." Among the customs and superstitions surrounding death in Cumberland and Westmorland in the 18th and 19th Centuries (the two counties merged to form Cumbria in 1974) is the Death Chair of Brampton - a high-backed chair lent out to villagers when they were close to death as it was believed it offered them a comfortable transition to the next world. Sadly - or perhaps fortunately - the chair no longer survives. Corpse roads featured in the book include ones at Wasdale, Grasmere, Loweswater, Irton, Keswick, Shap, Greystoke, Garrigill, Hayton and Cartmel. The Corpse Roads of Cumbria by Alan Cleaver & Lesley Park is

Wasdale Corpse Road

Irton to Gosforth Corpse Road - PICTURES: ALAN CLEAVER

AVING recently become a nanny I was just a little anxious to find myself walking up Nannycatch Road one sunny spring morning. Having parked near The Whitehouse Boarding Kennels in my quest to find a way up Dent, the fell that overlooks the medieval town of Egremont. The road soon petered out into a forestry commission parking area, with footpath signs directing me straight ahead over rugged heath land to Nannycatch Gate (1 mile), or towards 'Uldale and Dent' via a clearly indicated forestry commision footpath to the right of the parking area. The dog that had taken up ferocious barking almost as soon as I had left my car, continued to bark ferociously, if somewhat distantly, as I negotiated the style and headed towards Nannycatch Gate. Would there be a way over, I wondered ludicrously, wishing I had brought Roxy, our Lakeland terrier cross to deal with any savage beasties. Within 200 metres, the bridleway forked, seeming to disappear in a 'straight ahead ' direction, leaving me with the option of heading left up the side of a gentle grassy slope belonging to Flat Fell. I took it, and was soon commanding stunning views of Cleator Moor, and beyond towards the Solway. A sheep track brought me to a ridge that overlooked the Ennerdale fells, but still no sign of Nannycatch Gate! Returning back down the way I had come, I noticed a mountain biker heading determinedly in the 'straight ahead' direction! The following day, armed with Roxy and rucksack we headed determinedly straight ahead along a mainly stony bridleway that wended its way down between the steep ridges of the three valleys of Uldale, Ennerdale and Dentdale before reaching a startlingly beautiful gorge called Nannycatch. And there it was: Nannycatch Gate, and yes, I could easily get over it, but there was no need; the catch was easy to manage, even for this new nanny, and besides, the only beasties around were the lambs bleating sweetly in neighbouring fields. The sun was shining and the sky was blue as we passed by Ravens crag to our right, and traversed a small stream, noticing with some surprise the Coast to Coast sign with its ambiguous arrows pointing east towards Ennerdale, and west towards St Bees where A.W.Wainwright began his famous walk. Up ahead, the old packhorse route that was used to transport iron ore from local mines to the ancient port of Ravenglass beckoned enticingly. Perhaps a bit too far for today's ramble, I told Roxy, returning to the gate by the stream for a well earned picnic.


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June 2018 – Issue 87

Egremont Town Council: Cleaning for Cumbria in Bloom

Trudy Harrison, Copeland MP


N Thursday, April 19, I bounced out of bed at 5.30am and hopped on the 7.30am Euston to Penrith train with the Minister for Nuclear, Richard Harrington MP and his team. I made the most of my captive audience; dazzling them with our industrial and cultural history, high tech capability, our ability to reverse engineer complex systems, safely - in our breathtakingly beautiful coastal, Lakeland UNESCO World Heritage environment. The sun shone, lighting up all the best bits of Cumbria and it really did set the scene for a truly inspirational and uplifting day. Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie’s Open for Business event was a resounding success. It showcased projects that are happening across the area - from Whitehaven Town Centre’s North Shore down to In-Harmony’s £250 million development proposal at Millom. We heard from speakers with rare qualities - vision, determination and an absolute commitment to deliver their projects. We also learned more about West Cumbria Mining and the outstanding work of the UCLan Medical School which is transforming training and

recruitment at West Cumberland Hospital. Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster concluded the day with more ambition and drive at their AGM, hearing from NNL and the NDA. In Parliament, prior to the Open for Business Conference and BEC Business Cluster AGM, I listened to the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt. Hon Greg Clark, speaking of his clear pride in our country and his pioneering ambitions for the future industrial strategy; ambitions which I join the Minister in sharing. Britain has incredibly exciting and challenging times ahead and we must recognise the importance of research and development in both the private and public sectors. In order to reap the benefits from the opportunities presented to us, we must be prepared to seize them. During the debate, I spoke of the world-leading legacy challenges being met at Sellafield, the LowLevel Waste Repository and the ground-breaking research and development taking place every day in the National Nuclear Laboratory, the Dalton Nuclear Institute and the 70-something nuclear supply chain companies.

There is enormous scope for further financial and policy support to AST year Egremont Town develop the existing centre of nuclear Council entered Egremont into excellence in Cumbria as well as the Royal Horticultural improve the collaboration between Society’s Cumbria in Bloom civil nuclear and nuclear defence, which will benefit our skills agenda competition, where they achieved a ‘BRONZE’ award. and help address recruitment This year Egremont Town challenges and there can be no better Council want to do better and, with area than the western coast of this in mind, they are calling for all Cumbria for that collaboration to residents and businesses on Main happen. Locally we have seen a number Street to display some form of floral arrangement in or in front of their of significant investment announcements for the area recently, property. The judges will be around in the and in particular, Whitehaven. first or second week in July In addition to the major multiaccompanied by members of the million pound North Shore Town Council, they will follow a redevelopment, spearheaded by planned route and we would ask Main Britain’s Energy Coast, Sellafield Ltd Street residents and businesses to announced it is investing £2.6m to ensure there are no cigarette ends or convert the former Whitehaven bus weeds in or around their premises. station into a £4.1m hothouse for Some buildings have got brackets tech, digital, media, and creative suitable for hanging baskets or maybe start-ups. a tub at the entrance, or even some For West Cumbria, as an indoor potted plants in the window; innovator in ideas, this huge boost use whatever you wish to create a will help to leverage public and pleasant floral display. private sector investment in order to The Town Council will be doing grow and diversify our local their bit by providing hanging baskets, economy. planting the planters, weeding the Looking forward, we have an Main Street, cleaning the bus shelters unprecedented opportunity to harness and phone boxes. They will also be further investments, capitalise on continuing their regular community tourism and continue with litter picks, assisted by Calderwood Copeland’s legacy of world class residents, Cumbrian Co-op employees skills. and the Works 4 You lengthsman, to ensure the Main Street is pleasant and welcoming for visitors to our town.


Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie


T was three years ago last month that I took office as elected mayor of Copeland with great optimism of what this borough could achieve and become. I am delighted at the progress which has been achieved on so many fronts and that we as a council are delivering against our corporate plan fulfilling the pledges I made in my election manifesto. Among those pledges was to endeavour to take party politics out of the equation, with everybody focused on putting the best interests of the people we represent first and generally, with a few exceptions, this has been the case. Throughout my term of office, my executive has reflected the political balance of the council with two Labour, one Conservative, and myself as an independent. The three budgets I have brought to council have only been opposed by four out of 51 councillors, and the most recent budget was supported unanimously. Despite receiving the lowest amount of central government funding ever, we have not cut any of the services we provide to our residents. Indeed for the last two budgets we have been reversing previous cuts, investing in services delivering a balanced budget and this year, for the

first time in memory, have not used any of the reserves to balance our budget. We have actually strengthened our balance sheet. My election pledges were to carry out a forensic audit of council finances and to strengthen the way we operate, thereby turning your council into a modern 21st century business, operating within our means and taking a commercial approach to controlling our own destiny. We have reduced the number of directors by half and the highest paid officer in the council earns 15 per cent less than was the case when I came into office. This year we have been able to significantly invest in and improve the terms of all our staff, bringing their earnings in line with similar organisations. This, in turn, will help attract and retain staff, thereby reducing the reliance on costly interims and consultants. I also made an election pledge to reduce the number of councillors which has now been achieved. At the next election in May 2019, there will be 33 councillors instead of the current 51. The Boundary Commission supported the independent report which was commissioned in

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agreement with both party political leaders, Lena Hogg and Dave Moore; two people from different parties who both deserve great credit for the significant progress we have made in Copeland. The progress that has been made was highlighted at the Copeland Open for Business Conference at Whitehaven Golf Club on April 19, when plans for over half-a-billion pounds of new investment into Copeland were unveiled. There were in attendance over 300 people from a whole range of businesses, from nuclear, mining, health, construction, engineering, tourism and more. The feedback has been fabulous and there is a growing feeling of optimism that Copeland is very much on the up and that its best days really are yet to come. Most importantly over the last three years, in conjunction with our partners, we have rolled out numerous projects aimed at improving the lives of our most vulnerable, with significant investment into tackling social isolation, children living in poverty and domestic violence, to name just some. Three years in, I remain as focused and I am optimistic as ever that Copeland will continue on the journey to become the very best place to live, work and visit.

The Town Councillors are all too aware of the derelict and empty buildings on the Main Street and that progress is very slow, but why let these eyesores upset the standard for the rest? We have some lovely buildings and we, as a community, should look on the positive side and see what contributions we can make to ensure our town is looking its best, instead of what we cannot do. The Town Council would like to ask their Electorate to notice things when walking up and down Main Street; if there is litter near a litter bin, pick it up and set a good example to others. If flowers in the planters have been pulled out, feel free to re-plant or report it to the Town Council office on 01946 820254. If you are one of the guilty people who drops litter or you allow your dog to foul the pavement (as some of our residents still do), then please think twice and go out prepared with a bag, it only takes a second to lift and bin it but makes a big difference overall. ● EGREMONT TOWN COUNCIL ASKS THAT EVERYONE RESPECTS OUR TOWN AND MAKE THE EFFORT TO PRESENT A TOWN OF WHICH WE ARE PROUD AND FEEL PRIVILEGED TO LIVE IN.

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E2D Vet Advice: keeping pets healthy in summer


T last the sun has decided to make an appearance - albeit in brief spells! A lovely part of working in a mixed practice in this area is being able to drive around the area and enjoy the fantastic scenery that surrounds the practice area (on the way back from calls rather than dashing to them). The only downside is that farm work in full waterproof clothing often leaves my shirt and trousers soaking wet in sweat- not a good look for evening surgery. So apologies to anyone who has walked into the consult room and noticed a rather flushed looking vet with maybe a sweaty odour. This was also the case when I was called to see a pony that was struggling to eat her food. The owner noticed that he was making strange noises when he tried to chew and then dropped his hay out of his mouth. Not being the friendliest, I had to sedate him to have a look in his mouth. I found a wobbly tooth near the back, not just on one side of his mouth but on both.

After a bit of work (and sweat) I managed to get both out. His owner was amazed to see the size of his teeth, so I left them pondering how much the tooth fairy would be leaving in his stable that night. After that sort of day an evening with friendly clients (and friendly pets) is a real joy. A week later I returned and was delighted to see him happily munching on the grass in his paddock. During the long, hot summer we see lots of cases of itching animals of all sizes. The itch can be in their ears or they can have sore, itchy skin. The problem with many of these cases is that they aren’t cured very easily but require careful management and dialogue between vet and owner. Inflamed ears cause a great deal of discomfort for dogs and cats and very often recur. One way to reduce this is to incorporate a regular cleaning of your pet’s ears into its routine. Parasites find it very hard to thrive in a healthy ear environment so a little bit of cleaning can prevent a lot of medication. Talking about little bits - so many cat owners bring in their poor pets who are licking themselves until they

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are sore, most get very upset when we tell them that the cat has flea allergic dermatitis as they tell us that they regularly treat their cats for fleas and their animals have never had fleas. The sad reality is that cats spend a lot of the summer in the great outdoors and it only takes one flea to jump on and bite to start this condition. This is because flea treatments need the flea to bite the animal before it ingests the drug that kills the flea. Alongside the fleas I am now seeing a growing number of dogs coming in to have ticks removed. Please remember not to try and pull them off but either use a tick hook to twist them off or pop them in so we can do it. Fleas and ticks are an ongoing issue and due to the number of affected cases we have set up a care plan to provide year round flea and wormer products for a regular monthly cost to try and encourage as many owners to treat their pets regularly to prevent these problems. We have also found that a switch from spot on to flea tablets in dogs has made a huge difference to an awful lot of dogs lives and made a lot of happy owners. Just ask next time you are in the surgery. Having said all this, we and our pets have waited so long for the summer that let’s not be put off enjoying it by a few pesky parasites but don’t forget your pet’s routine, regular preventative treatments. Oh and don’t forget the suncream - especially if your horse has a pink nose! Andrew Robinson MRCVS Millcroft Veterinary Group

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Callum’s Gardening Corner


UNE in the garden is the month of hot summer days and lots of fresh young green foliage growing rapidly, most of the flowers will be in full bloom and things will be looking good. If you carried out the renovation work to your lawn as mentioned in last month’s edition then the lawns should be looking in tip top condition, this will mean just keeping on top of the mowing as and when it's needed. If the weather is hot and the lawns are suffering from drought there are a few things that can be done. Cut the lawn with the mower set at a higher height of cut. Alternatively you can leave the grass clippings laying on the lawn they will wither away and provide much needed moisture. If the weather is wet then it won't be long before the weeds start to appear keep on top of them when they are small and the job becomes so much easier and enjoyable. If you have weeds growing in patios, paths and drive ways then a good spray with a suitable weedkiller will work wonderful. Throughout the garden keep an eye out for pests and diseases and treat as necessary. There are many ways both organic and in-organic but the sooner pests and diseases are dealt with the less of a problem you will have. Patio tubs, containers and hanging baskets can all be placed in their summer locations and if not already they can be planted up. Remember to water very generously and apply a good plant feed at least once a week. In the vegetable garden things will

Buxus sempervirens ready for a light trim to maintain its shape. no doubt be looking at their best the same principles apply as above: keep on top of the weeding, keep on top of the pests and diseases and give the vegetable garden plenty of water and a good feed. Your efforts will be well rewarded. Continue to harvest vegetables and fruit as soon as they are ready to be picked. Towards the end of the month hedges will be in need of a light trim to maintain their shape and form use good sharp tools to get the best results. A lot of gardens have Buxus sempervirens growing in many shapes pyramids and ball shapes are common, this is the ideal time to lightly trim these to help them keep their shape. If you have any alpine plants growing in the garden they will be almost finished flowering. When the flowers have gone the alpines can be cut back and trimmed neat with a sharp pair of sectors or scissors. Happy gardening! By Callum Scott

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Egremont 2Day takes on paranormal Cumbria

Paranormal activity: The group were on the look out for spirits at the Theatre Royal. PICTURE: ROBERT HAILE BY ROBERT HAILE


S Workington’s nightlife was in full flow with music blaring, drunks singing and arguing the Cumbria Ghost Hunts team were busy making the Theatre Royal ready for their return. With 9.30pm approaching the 15 or so people that had gathered for the nights paranormal investigation were taken on a tour of the building.

I attended the evening along with Egremont 2Day’s Colin CartmellBrowne. Areas of interest pointed out and the history of the building and previous investigations explained. The large group was split into three teams with Cumbria Ghost Hunts Team Leaders Chris, Dave and Helen guiding a group with medium Steve providing help to all the groups. Heading first to the balcony that overlooked the stage, earlier in the

night a small child and women had been sensed in the area, with Helen and her group. As the investigation started asked if anyone would like a Oracle card reading. Oracle cards differ from Tarot cards due to the negative connotations and the length of a reading, picking one card the description that followed for both mine and Colin’s cards were accurate descriptions of a facet of our characters.

While sitting in the balcony members of the group picked up a small child through the reaction to questions that it responded to through the electromagnetic field (emf) detector. The questions the group asked it found out the child wanted to play hide and seek, there was also a feeling that their was someone watching from the projectionists booth. Moving into the small bar, that was being renovated, Helen discussed different crystals, pendulums and how the different minerals have different meanings and that they choose their owners. After a short break we joined Chris and his group in the dressing rooms. There was little activity in the two rooms though while Steve was with the group a spirit of a male who was a former performer in the theatre. Swapping groups for the final session of the night we head with Dave to the attic. It was a quiet session as the spirit that was coming through was reluctant or not strong enough to light up the second light on the emf detector but it could make it flicker. The night was quiet on the paranormal activity with not much happening to the groups we went around with, the other groups did report activity with different methods that we didn’t use. While it was quiet night, which is always a risk with events like this, the team leaders explained what was happening and what could happen, an experience that people should embrace whether they believe or not.

Emma Loveridge takes up community role EMMA Loveridge has been appointed as NatWest Community Banker for the North Cumbria region, based in Penrith, Carlisle, Workington and Whitehaven. As part of her duties regular drop-in sessions will be held at The De Lucy Centre in Egremont every alternative Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm starting on Wednesday, May 16, and at Costa Coffee in Keswick every alternative Thursday 10:00am – 1:00pm starting on Thursday May 17. Emma said: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with our customers in North Cumbria, helping to ensure that NatWest remains an important part of its many thriving communities. The impact of technological changes on the way people bank with us has been dramatic but we’re also aware that some people prefer a faceto-face channel for their banking. “In my role as Community Banker I’m looking forward to hosting regular events at local venues to help educate customers on being financially fit, training them on the different ways to bank in a digital world and how they can protect themselves from fraudsters.” As part of their role, Community Bankers: ● Host regular events across the community to educate customers on being financially fit, living in the digital world and preventing fraud. ● Conduct financial health checks with customers to identify opportunities to help them with new products or services appropriate to their goals, needs and priorities. ● Engage with the community through a number of channels such as charity events, social groups and other community activities. ● Use social media to share useful and relevant financial and digital information and tips. ● Signpost or coach customers through NatWest’s online application process for new products and services, providing them with the skills to self serve for future needs. ● Help customers identify the different ways to bank, supporting them in choosing the right service options for their needs.

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OPINION: Mps work for us Richard Sackley is the pen name of a real person who lives, and works, in West Cumbria. He uses a pen name to allow his family some privacy. His opinions are his own. ONEof the worse things about any election, general or local, is the incredible low turnout of voters. Just 70% of people voted in the most recent election of Copeland’s MP. This seems quite high until you work out that she won with a total of just under 50%. That means only 35% of people of Copeland have an MP whose politics match their own. Elections for county or town councillors have an even worse turnout. The question is why do so many people not bother to vote? Some argue that it is because no political party represents them, or what they stand for. However, if true, then a large part of the blame lays with us, the voters. We, as a whole, have allowed a situation to develop where we tick a box every few years and consider the job done. We don’t engage with our MP or monitor what they are doing in our name. There are ways to solve this.

Firstly, if you’re not sure who your MP is you can find out here: This website has the contact details for all MPS including ours, Trudy Harrison: phies/commons/trudy-harrison/4593 Secondly you can watch how they vote on key matters by signing up to the website service ‘They Work for You’: mp/25600/trudy_harrison/copeland This website provides a good overview of every MPs voting record, public appearances, register of interests etc. You can even sign up for email alerts which notify you when the MP has spoken in the houses of commons. While the above website is good for monitoring how they vote the website doesn’t tell us why they voted that way. This is particularly important if you disagree with their choices. To find why, you need to ask! Most MPs now appear to be on social media, including Trudy Harrison. They post regular updates on what they have been up to. It would, or rather could, be a good way to communicate with those they have been elected to represent.

However I am almost 100% convinced that a lot of posts on Facebook are actually done by staff members rather than the MP. There is very little interaction with commentators. In fact I’ve noticed a particular trend where something is posted but there is no engagement with commentators. Occasionally there is then a press release which defends the MPs view. I can understand the reluctance to take part in a conversation on social media but this is not exactly engaging with the electorate. If you want an answer from an MP then you are better of either emailing or writing to them. Finally many MPs hold regular ‘drop in sessions’, almost on a weekly basis. This is something Copeland’s MP seems to have been reluctant to do but she does, from time to time, have sessions where you can meet face to face. Details of these are usually posted on social media or local press. I’m not saying that people should constantly barrage our MP with every little complaint but to be more proactive in watching what they do and challenge where necessary. As a final step if they have constantly voted, or acted, in ways in which you disagree with then you’ll be more prepared, more informed, at the next election and can make a different choice as to who you want as your representative in parliament.

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Poetry from the community Florence Mine No. 2 The red men emerged into the light of day After another long shift down the mine, Digging out the deposits of haematite ore Which ran like broad red arteries Through the paler limestones in which They were deposited aeons before. These were a hardy breed of men Many had followed fathers and grandfathers To go under the ground, against all instincts And take out the tons and tons of red/blue ore The rock which contained the secret of creation Now needed to manufacture The very body of a nation. The mines produced all that was needed For decades the men went down the shafts, Some of them never went home again, Then suddenly it stopped. They did not want the best ore any more They found a way of making steel With the cheaper, less pure ores From far away, so they closed the mines Then knocked them down, No more long shifts underground

No sign of them left on the surface, Except, Florence number two, She still stands, in need of some tender love And care, but she over all the others Is still there. Her tunnels are flooded, her buildings worn By time and weather, but she is still alive, And she helps to drive a new future For herself, and hope for a new generation of miners, Those who are mining for fulfilment Through creativity and talent. Tom Higgins 07/08/2014

A Cumbrian Limerick Maritime Crime A Whitehaven sailor, Fred Spender, Got blind drunk on a maritime ‘bender’; He had dark rum to thank As he walked down the plank To become the ship’s trip’s first offender. Neville Denson Send your poems to to feature in Egremont 2Day.

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Last month we thought we’d test you regular sudoku masters, with a harder puzzle, and open it up to beginners with an easier one. It was two Egremont winners for May, John Starbuck won the easy sudoku and Kathleen Nicholl won the hard one. The rules are simple enough: Put numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. That’s it! Deadline for this Sudoku is Wednesday, June 6, at 2pm. Send your entries to Egremont2Day c/o Lowes Court, 12 Main Street, Egremont CA22 2DW. First out of the hat wins the £10.

Name: Address: Postcode:

Spot the landmark With Michael Brennan It was a much better turn out for our May landmark, which was, of course, Ennerdale Mill Weir. Well done to Mary Garner, from Egremont. We hope you can spot this local spot from your journeys. Send your suggestion to us at Egremont2Day c/o Lowes Court, 12 Main Street, Egremont CA22 2DW. Deadline is Wednesday, June 6, at 2pm.

Location: Name:

Address: May 2018: Ennerdale Mill Weir


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With Robert Haile

RUGBY LEAGUE THE Rugby League season in now well underway and the National Conference Premier Division is heating up. After victory over Kells in the first Cumbrian Derby of the season the second took place on Saturday, April 21, with Wath Brow Hornets losing 16 - 24 to Egremont Rangers. Kells recorded their second draw of the season away to Underbank Rangers with a 14 - 14 scoreline. All three Cumbrian teams faced different opposition on Saturday, April 28, as Myton Warriors hosted Wath Brow Hornets who bounced back with a 6 - 24 win while Thatto Heath Crusaders beat Egremont 29 19 with West Hull sending Kells home with a 24 - 4 defeat. In their rearranged fixture on Saturday, May 5, Egremont Rangers were back to winning ways with a 50 24 over Myton Warriors. It was a meeting of the unbeaten home record with the only unbeaten side on Saturday, May 12, as Egremont Rangers lost their home record with a 4 - 24 defeat to league leaders Hunslet Club Parkside. Kells beat Thatto Heath Crusaders 26 - 10 while Wath Brow Hornets recorded a 20 - 4 victory over West Hull. The TV cameras will be returning to Cumbria on Saturday, June 2 when Kells will be taking on Egremont REACHING FOR THE LINE: Egremont during their win over Siddal Rangers.


EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH WORKING TOGETHER: Egremont working together against Upper Eden THE final whistle has blown on Egremont Rugby Union’s 2017/2018 season with two midweek matches. The visitors to Bleach Green in the penultimate match on Wednesday, April 18, was Workington. Using a blend of youth and experience that has been paying dividends in recent matches Egremont’s open and flowing play was to much for the visitors as they ran out 50 - 17 with Adam Barton running three tries.

Carlisle Crusaders were the clubs final opponent on Wednesday, April 25 and provided a different challenge. The physicality and power of the Carlisle side was to much for their hosts as they ran out 36 - 10. While the season might have finished with Egremont in ninth place the progression of the youth players in the final months of the season give the club plenty to look forward to when the new season rolls round.

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THE TWR Wearside League came to a gripping conclusion on Saturday, May 12 with Cleator Moor Celtic and Redcar Athletic looking to claim the title. Entering the final month of the season Cleator Moor Celtic were still competing on two fronts and on Wednesday, April 18, they welcomed Workington Reds in the semi-final of the Cumberland County Cup. After a 1-1 the tie went to penalties with the home side winning 5 - 3 to setup a final against Penrith at Brunton Park. Returning to league action on Saturday, April 21, Celtic dispatched Hartlepool 3-0 while Windscale were beaten 1-2 Redcar Athletic. In the first of two game in three days Annfield Plains welcomed Celtic on Saturday, April 28, and the visitors left with a 1-3 victory. In Windscales last game of the season Richmond Town host victors at home with a 9-0. The second game on Monday, April 30, another away trip for Celtic to Harton and Westoe where they left with a 0-2 victory. It was first versus second on Saturday, May 5, as Redcar Athletic visited McGrath Park knowing victory would leave Celtic in pole position to win the league. Celtic’s goal scoring touch deseatered them as Redcar left with a 1-2 victory to leave Celtic needing victory in their final match with Redcar needing to match their result. Before Celtic’s final league game the County Cup was up for grabs on Tuesday, May 8, against Penrith.

THE new look North Lancashire and Cumbria cricket league is under way and the West Cumbrian teams have started well. In the Premier Division Cleator 1st team currently sit top of the table with 4 wins after beating Wigton 1st on Saturday, April 21 after setting them 285 and they then bowled them out for 182. Then Whitehaven 1st were bowled out for 115 which Cleator reached with the loss of 2 wickets on Saturday, April 28. Millom 1st were next to fall as they were bowled out for 122 after being set 193 on Saturday, May 5. On Saturday, May 12, Lindal Moor 1st were bowled out for 68 which Cleator reach with loss of two wickets. Starting later the First Division has Egremont 1st leading the way after victories over Cockermouth 2nd on Saturday, May 5, and Hawcoat Park 1st on Saturday, May 12.

GOAL: Opening the scoring during the final game of the season After 90 minutes the game was tied at 1-1 and in extra time Celtic struck to win 2-1 after an earlier penalty miss by Penrith. It was judgment day on Saturday, May 12, for Celtic knowing they needed to win and hope Redcar lost or drew with Gateshead Leam

Rangers and were 2-0 up before the wheels seemed to come off as Coxhoe Athletic pulled it back to 2-2 before a final goal for Celtic made it 3-2. Redcar Athletic beat Gateshead 7-0 to beat Cleator Moor Celtic to the league title and promotion.

Also in the First Division Seascale are finding it a bit tougher after defeats to Furness 1st on May 5 and Cockermouth 2nd on May 12. In the Second Division Cleator 2nd are following the lead of their 1st team with two wins from two games having dispatched Whitehaven 2nd on May 5 and Millom 2nd on May 12 while Egremont 2nd are third after beating Haverigg 2nd on May 5 and then lost to Whitehaven 2nd on May 12. In the Sowerby Cup Seascale lost to Vickerstown 1st while Cleator 2nd beat Ulverston 2nd in the Vigodny Cup on Saturday, April 28. Egremont 2nd also advanced to the next round of the Vigodny Cup on Sunday, April 22 with victory over Lindal Moor 2nd. Cleator started their National Village campaign with a home defeat to Shireshead and Forton on Saturday, May 13, to fall at the first hurdle after being set 168.

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What’s On Egremont & District June 2018 MON



Every Monday, 10 am to 12 noon: Craft Group, at De Lucy Centre, Egremont. £2

Every Tuesday 10 am to 12 noon. Dementia Cafe in De Lucy Centre, Egremont. Open to anyone with dementia or their partners /

Every Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm: Computer Drop In, at De Lucy Centre, Egremont.



THUR Every Thursday: 6.30pm to 8.30pm: Florence Art Group meets at Florence Mine.

Cut out and keep – and add your own

Every Friday, 11am to noon: a walk with Egremont Amblers, meet at the De Lucy Centre. Blood Donation 3pm to 7pm Egremont Market Hall


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Pottery for the Garden 1pm Florence Arts Centre

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Jill Jackson 8pm Florence Arts Centre

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Farmer’s Market 9-30 am to 1pm Egremont Market Hall

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Mr Blue Sky: ELO Tribute 8pm Florence Arts Centre

Simon Evans: Genius 8pm Rosehill


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