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Evening Mail Friday September 16, 2011

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● ENVIRONMENTAL charity BTCV is urging families to join in with its Big Green Weekend and re-discover green spaces across Cumbria. BTCV’s Big Green Weekend (21 – 23 October) is a celebration of all things green and a chance to say thank you to all the volunteers who work hard throughout the year to protect and improve our precious local environment. People in Cumbria can get involved in the fun today by registering to take part in BTCV’s Tree-Sure Hunt, a sponsored tree spotting challenge which aims to raise cash to make sure our parks, woodlands and community spaces continue to be cared for and available for future generations to enjoy. The Tree-sure Hunt aims to get families outside enjoying nature and having fun. You can do your Tree-sure Hunt at any park or public woodland and it’s up to you whether you collect seeds, leaves or bark rubbings. Sign up online at www.btcv.org and you’ll be able to download and print off our handy mini tree identification guides to help you in your search and a sponsorship form. And when you’ve finished there will be a certificate to download. You can also get involved with the click of a mouse through Virgin Giving. Rachel Miller, BTCV’s senior project officer in the Lakes said: “The Big Green Weekend celebration will bring together volunteers across the UK and Europe in a weekend of environmental activity. “Thousands of volunteers from BTCV will be improving parks and green spaces throughout the weekend and urging people to get out and enjoy them. I hope people in Cumbria will join in the fun and help us raise some cash to protect our green space.” BTCV’s Big Green Weekend also includes a national awards ceremony to recognise volunteers and a flagship event in Regent’s Park, London, on October 22.

● A COMMUNITY play about a group of workers facing an uncertain future in the bobbin industry of South Lakeland in the 1960s will be performed in Greenodd and Spark Bridge. The new play, called Spin Off, has been over 40 years in the making. Audrey Steeley, who has written the script for the Heron Mill community theatre, had redrafted the play many times, finally shelving it thinking it might never be produced. In her role as projects development manager at Heron Corn Mill, however, she found a new purpose and reason to bring it back to life. Although the story is a total work of fiction, it is based in the summer of 1969, when the playwright first entered the bobbin mill as a student to make money for the holidays. Spin Off will be performed at Heron Corn Mill Barn on September 19 at 7.30pm, at Greenodd Village Hall on September 20 at 7.30pm, and at Sparkbridge Village Hall on September 21 at 7.30pm. The show is unsuitable for small children. For more information, visit info@heronmill.org ● MALE voice quartet Voce will perform a charity concert in aid of St Mary’s Hospice at Café Ambio, Haverthwaite, on October 7. The concert has been organised by the hospice’s Leven Valley Support Group. Voce sing a variety of songs in a classical style, including Pavarotti, Andrea Boccelli, Westlife and Leona Lewis. The show will start at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £6, including refreshments. There will also be a raffle and all proceeds from the evening will go to the hospice. Tickets are available from Dot Crabtree on 015395 30132, Sylvia Chadwick on 015395 31686 and Marian Wilson on 015395 31779.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: One of the two hydrodynamic screws delivered to the Low Wood Hydropower Refurbishment at Haverthwaite DAVE HERON

Turbine screws cause quite a stir CURIOUS Haverthwaite residents may have seen two mysterious loads arriving in the village this week. Two giant hydrodynamic screws, believed to be the biggest in Europe, were delivered to the Clock Tower on Wednesday and yesterday. They will now take their place in the £1.3m Low Wood Hydropower refurbishment. The Clock Tower Offices, by developer Julius Barratt, are based within a building that has a history stretching back to the 17th century. The development is integrating

history and heritage with a state-ofthe-art green power generation source powered by surplus water from the River Leven via the old mill race that used to power the gunpowder works. The screws were manufactured by Spaans Babcock and the designs were developed by Inter Hydro Technology based in Kendal. At 16.2m long, they are believed to be the largest hydrodynamic screw turbines in Europe. The hydrodynamic screws were selected as fish can pass down

through the turbines without harm. This was backed by the Environment Agency, as previously, any fish that entered the mill race, and any young which hatched there, were unable to swim upstream out of the mill race and were consequently killed passing through the previous turbines. Work began on the project on May 16, and is scheduled to finish in mid-November. The principal contractor is JN Bentley Ltd of Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Profile for Inter Hydro Technology

Lowwood Update in Northwest Evening Mail  

The North West Evening Mail included a short update to the Lowwood hydro installation in their community feature on Friday.

Lowwood Update in Northwest Evening Mail  

The North West Evening Mail included a short update to the Lowwood hydro installation in their community feature on Friday.

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