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Alan Davies Back on the road again

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A word from STEVE Does anyone ever bother reading forewords, I mean if I was to talk about the evolution of hedgehogs and parrots and what would be the tastier if cooked, would anyone really notice? Well, apart from Alan Spedding who would probably be able to answer the above question...Just a thought though. If you have noticed then please do get in touch... Obviously our editor is away, so I get the chance to ramble on and welcome you to another fantastic edition of The Whitehaven Guide. For your pleasure we have interviewed comedian Alan Davies, The Enemy and Whitehavens very own Michael Buble (Malcolm Dowler). As well as 116 pages of useful information there is something for everyone, whatever your age. As the dark nights approach and you find that your maybe in need of a hobby, why not call into Haven Crafts who are now running various craft classes throughout the winter season. Will you be partying with workmates this Christmas? If you are stuck for ideas of where to go, then take a look at our Food Guide, there are lots of quality restaurants and venues to choose from. Also if you need to look even more beautiful than you are, then check out our Girly section where we have teamed up with Whitehavens finest Hair and Beauty salons. In the meantime, sense and normality will return to the Foreword in the next edition...

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Back on the road again

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Comedian ALAN DAVIES appears in live in Cumbria for the first time, in October. Back on the road again as a stand-up comedian after a 10 year gap Alan brings his new show, Life is Pain, to the Sands Centre. Here he speaks with our editor, CHRIS BREEN about his solo return to the spotlight in what was his last interview before departing on his daunting 50-gig, four-month-plus tour of Britain.

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HEN it comes to stand-up comedy former Jonathan Creek star, Alan Davies, knows a trick or two.

as a creative consultant to a magician, while also solving seemingly supernatural mysteries thanks to his talent for logical deduction and knowledge of illusionism.

Thanks to the hugely popular BBC1 TV series comedian Alan Davies became known to millions as the duffle-coated murder mystery solver, Jonathan Creek, who works

“I was the 38th person to audition for the part,� I was surprised to learn, when I asked him how he had got the role.

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Exclusive It turns out he had been doing a reading for a sitcom when one of the Jonathan Creek producers noticed him; invited him to audition and the rest, as they say, is history. It seems incredible that it is eight years since that BAFTA award-wining show last aired regularly on BBC 1, although there have been a couple of Christmas specials since and there’s even one in the in the pipeline to be filmed next Spring. I asked Alan if he enjoyed that period of his career and he admitted that he found the almost instantaneous fame quite difficult to deal with. At about the same time he had also featured in an Abbey National advert, on television and with so much intensive exposure, almost overnight, he became a household face and name. “It made appearing as a stand-up quite difficult,” he said “it resulted in a lot of heckling and even audiences arguing among themselves!” “Television work gradually took over; stand-up took a back seat and then stopped altogether”. Davies appeared in both comedic and serious roles including two series of The Brief as maverick barrister, Henry Farmer. Nowadays Alan’s known to millions as a permanent fixture on TV comedy panel quiz QI (Quite Interesting). But none of the all-star line-up of comedians is expected to be able to answer any questions and if anyone ends up with a plus score, that’s a surprise. Points are awarded for being interesting or funny (and, very occasionally, right) but points are deducted for answers which merely repeat common misconceptions and urban myth – an aspect of the game which supposed dunce Alan has turned into something of an art form. Ten years have elapsed since his last live stand-up appearance. During them Alan married writer Katie Maskell (2007) and became a dad, the couple having met backstage at QI in 2005. Friend and comedy partner Bill Bailey was Davies’ best man and I’d like to have heard his speech at the reception. Their first child, Susie, was born in December 2009. Their second, Robert, in June 2011 and it is the changes they have wrought in his life that feature in his new tongue-incheek- Life is Pain tour, the name of which is somewhat tongue in cheek. He credits his stint as a judge on ITV’s comedy talent contest Show Me the Funny, as spurring him back into live performing. He said: “Meeting comics, with Jason Manford, (the host) and guests like Jo Brand and Ross Noble, and seeing people trying out material, made me think like a stand-up again.” So bit by bit and with 10 years of observation to draw on Alan has built a set worthy of the name. But it’s not, as 9


he himself put it “the dicking about” of old. Road-tested in Australia during the QI tour last year, to sell-outs and much critical acclaim and at the Edinburgh Fringe, this summer, Life is Pain sees parenthood and social media figure prominently.

Alan’s personal life emerges too. It’s no secret that he had a difficult childhood. The middle child of three, an elder brother and a sister, his mother died of leukaemia when he was six and Alan never got the chance to say goodbye or even attend her funeral. His anger fomented for years. He had a poor relationship with his dad who was the kind of man who would write down the cost of the Starsky and Hutch magazine he had bought for his son (30p) in his daily cash book but couldn’t express his emotions. Alan was taken from a school he did not dislike and put in to a private school he hated, because generations of his male forebears had all attended. He told me that studying drama at Kent University had been his ultimate salvation and after graduating he marched almost immediately into stand-up in 1988, thanks to a chance meeting with a former drama lecturer who gave him all the right contact telephone numbers. Now he’s returning to his stand-up roots but having mellowed somewhat. He said: “Now I’m a father I can even talk about things that I never could before; my mother’s death, my dad,” – all no doubt delivered in the same amiable manner, with the nonchalant disconnection of middle-age and that ring of truth. Alan Davies is live at The Sands Centre, Carlisle on Friday October 26 and Newcastle City Hall the following night. ...AND ALAN ALSO TOLD ME: He’s never performed in Carlisle before; his wife comes from Northumberland and they have a home near Corbridge which is where he’ll go to meet his family after the Carlisle gig; he’s a long-time motorcyclist who loves Moto-GP... but he won’t be making life even more of a pain by touring on his bike AND no, he doesn’t do magic tricks! He is named Alan after Hollywood actor Alan Ladd, his mum’s favourite. 10


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Dry would be good! WASDALE SHOW: Sat Oct 13

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FTER a wet show last year, and wet summer we have had this year, organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that the show can beat the bad weather this time. This autumn show has a loyal following and is set in a stunning location at Wasdale Head. The Shepherds’ Meet takes place annually on the second Saturday in October. It’s a real country show, featuring dog and terrier classes, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, crafts, hound trailing, fell races, and a beer tent. There’s usually a good show of vintage vehicles and machinery too. The event is recognised as one of the premium Herdwick sheep events, along with Eskdale Show. Last year the show attracted 1,000 visitors, including BBC cameramen and TV presenter Helen Skelton and the Countryfile team who were there to present Whitehaven’s Derrick Young with his prize for winning its national photography competition with a picture of traditional shepherds’ crooks.

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X-Factor Xmas for Whitehaven

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hitehaven is to continue its TV talent show theme this Christmas.

After Britain’s Got Talent duo, Stavros Flatley, turned the town on to the festive season last year this time it’s XFactor finalists, The Risk. The boy band who at one point were the favourites to win last year’s show – are to switch on Whitehaven’s Christmas lights, on Sunday November 18, along with the Mayor of Copeland, Coun Peter Tyson. “It promises to be an exciting night,” said organiser Charles Maudling, “and The Risk will be performing later that evening, in concert at the Civic Hall”. The celebration switch-on takes place this year, at about 5.30-ish and once again the event is the prelude to the start of late night shopping in the town during the lead-up to Christmas. During the afternoon there will be street theatre from the Bread and Butter Street Theatre Company from Ulverston and local group, Pop Steps, will there with their best choreography. Local choir, Committed To Rock, will bring 14


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power and control to the music they have chosen for the event and The CMF stage will take up its usual station on the corner of Lowther and Strand streets. Whitehaven Theatre Company will be staging a specially adapted extract from their seasonal pantomime… which this year is Aladdin, while local group, Stage Stars, are scheduled to perform Beauty and The Beast. Many other local performers, yet to be arranged, will also take part in the outdoor proceedings and later, at 7pm, the lads from The Risk will perform in a concert in Whitehaven Civic Hall and also on the bill are Beth McGarry, as Lady Gaga, and Junior Pop Steps. • Tickets for this are £10 obtainable from Threads menswear, at 16, King Street  Whitehaven, Tel: (01946) 690008 and proceeds go towards financing the event which is also backed by a number of events organised throughout the year by Charles Maudling, such as the October 6 concert at the Civic Hall starring Lorraine Crosby and her band. Lorraine is the girl who sang with Meatloaf on the No one world-wide hit I Would Do Anything For Love, which was a smash hit in 28 countries including the USA and UK.  15


HAVEN CRAFTS: Home is where the art is.

Here in Whitehaven we have a hidden gem. It is called Haven Crafts and is situated at 60 Roper Street. Walking in to the traditional shop you will be amazed at the diversity of stock that they hold. In here you will find everything for your hobby needs. They have a large range of paper and card in all sizes including decorative papers, as well as an extensive range of ribbons.

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They also supply a range of stationery and have a cake section including cake boards and boxes, edible glitters and toppers for any occasion. New additions are always being made to meet demand, the most recent of these being the Airfix and Humbrol range which is proving to be very popular. Two sisters, Hazel and Eileen, run this establishment and have been in this business for over six years now. They pride themselves in their personalised service informing their customers as to the best product to use for each purpose. If they do not hold a product, they are more than happy to order it.


As well as running the shop they also hold weekly instruction workshops for the absolute beginner to the more experienced crafter. These classes give invaluable ideas as well as tips and knowledge showing how best to use their products.

They enjoy the fact that not only do their customers learn here but also form firm friendships in the relaxed, informal atmosphere that they endeavour to create. Why not go and explore this hidden gem for yourself?

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Brian Sherwen Photography Once again for the 13th year running Brian Sherwen delivers two more stunning calendars featuring highlights of Whitehaven and The Western Lakes. He has managed to maintain last years fantastic retail price of only £5.50 each. The calendars are readily available to purchase from numerous local outlets, and would make the ideal stocking filler for friends and family this Christmas. So don’t miss out and snap yours up now!

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OCAL musicians are helping Rosehill Theatre raise money through three shows organised at the theatre this autumn and winter. The Solway Deltas blues band play there on Saturday October 20, and are giving up-and-coming band, Papa Quebec, the chance to share the stage. The Deltas’ vocalist, Steve Smith, told us: “This will be a great addition our gigs, having played at Cockrock again this year and having opened the main stage at Maryport Blues. “We thought about support and agreed it would be an ideal opportunity to invite a young band to join us; give them experience; and also tap into a younger audience. “We advertised and eventually chose Papa Quebec to be our support. We were also contacted by Sarah Fitzsimons head of music at Whitehaven School who suggested a couple of her pupils Claire Jackson and Hayley Carr, and we were delighted to offer them slots, especially when we discovered, on the night we contacted them, that they were rehearsing for the school’s blues night!” The Deltas are returning to Rosehill 16 years after their first performance this time with a new fuller sound, the previous four-man outfit now extended to five: John

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Feature Dugan on keyboards and guitar, Alan Stubbs on lead and rhythm guitar, Steve himself on vocals and harmonica, John Branch on drums and Gary Simpson on bass guitar. A very accomplished band they will perform largely their own material, including songs from their latest album Shut Up and Listen, as well as blues classics. They have recently revisited some of their previous favourite material to record their new compilation album, in their new, richer sound and it will be available on the night. Claire Jackson and Hayley Carr will open the gig, playing their own material and combine for an acoustic blues duet and with Papa Quebec, supporting it promises to be a night to remember for all ages and fans of both rock and blues. Tickets are £12, or £6 for anyone under 28 and the show starts at 7.30pm. On Friday November 30 (7.30pm) talented and reflective local singer Phil Lewthwaite stages “Beneath the Twilight Canopy” – (named after a line from one of his songs). Phil will perform original material and is joined by friends and special guests. “They are just great classic songs from my own heart and life,” said Phil. For One Night Only - Popular entertainer Malcolm Dowler plays Rosehill in December, performing song covers from Elton John, Take That, Westlife and others in his Christmas special show which includes appearances from some special local guests.

Solway Deltas The Solway Deltas Blues Band Saturday October 20

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They include: Kerryann Wilson, Lee Shackley of St Bees band “Shore”; Cathy Marcangelo, Tony Salmon, Mary Robson, Jimmy McLean and others. As well as being a talented performer, Malcolm is a Rosehill volunteer and supporter and it is in this connection that the evening is being arranged. It also marks the release of Malcolm’s new album, Take on Me, which will be available on the night. All proceed will be split between Rosehill, Parkinson’s UK, Hospice at Home and Safety Net, a charity which supports children, young people and their families who have suffered rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, in North and West Cumbria and which is to open a Whitehaven branch. All Malcolm’s concerts are great evenings out and this is sure to be a concert not to be missed on Saturday December 8 (7.30pm). Tickets £13. Workington firm Iggesund are sponsoring the event.

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Kirkland Carpets:

A 30-year cover story NOTHING floors Kirkland carpets. Cockermouth and his wife Sylvia at Cleator Moor before From the smallest room of the house to the floor of a factory, Kirkland have got it covered… and they’ve been doing so for the past 30 years. They have been in business since 1982 and are celebrating those years of trading from their premises in Cleator Moor although their story really began in Cockermouth. When Michael Dunsmoir created his company, in 1982, it was “a management buy-out”. It came to being in a glorified shed on what is now the car park of the Kingfisher pub in Cockermouth, and was then a satellite arm of Leslie Cleeland’s Main Street shop, catering for the less expensive end of the market. Michael had been its manager. Cleeland’s decided to pull out of that market and Michael immediately took the opportunity, having already made quite a success of managing the shop on his employer’s behalf. It was little different to what he had been doing only now he was working for himself. He chose the name Kirkland because it wasn’t too great a switch from the original name “Cleeland” and in fact many returning customers hardly detected the change. When the former Lakeland-Pennine (formerly Lakeland Laundries) dry cleaning firm put its Ennerdale Road, Cleator Moor Depot - once the CMS bus depot - on the market, Michael, who had been on the lookout for his own premises, bought it and for a while he worked at 22

they concentrated at Ennerdale Road. “We worked hard and long hours working and re-stocking we even used to have our Sunday lunch here in the depot!” said Alistair Dunsmoir, who now runs the family business in partnership with his brother Andrew, following his father’s retirement. “In those days, before the big national firms arrived, there was no-one else doing rolls of carpets; the Thorp project was in full swing at Sellafield and there was a big rental market to contract workers and the business did really well. That was probably our peak,” said Alistair, “We even had a shop in Tangier Street, Whitehaven; it’s part of the Roc Bar now.” Although Kirkland Carpets has always remained at Cleator Moor, because they own their large premises, they have a loyal customer base. “Even now original customers from Cockermouth still come in,” said Alistair. Sports sponsorship has helped keep Kirkland Carpets in the public eye over the years and the firm’s logo has been seen in connection with Workington Comets Speedway, karting, motor-cross and Cleator Moor Celtic under-nines soccer team. Both Alistair and Andrew are hands-on and carry out much of the fitting work. “We are a family business and so we cover a lot of jobs ourselves which all helps to keep down our overheads and keeps us competitive. We have also diversified over the years; you have to do that nowadays,” said Alistair. Kirkland Carpets covers the domestic side of the business


but the Dunsmoir brothers have yet another string to their bow… a sister business which operates under the name of KC Contract Flooring. Here they have invested tens of thousands of pounds in the technology and machinery to carry out major floor preparation work and deal with tough problems quickly, on large surface areas, and are specialists in removing old floor coverings, even resins, shot-blasting, diamondgrinding and scabbing through. They can strip up to 15,000 sq. ft. of floor a day. They can also pump floor screed of up to 2,000 sq. metres a day and apply surface damp-proof membranes and resin floors. They have a wealth of experience, having worked on schools, hospitals, offices and factories, on refurbishment and new build projects as far afield as Aberdeen and Evesham. Alistair said: “It’s so much quicker than other methods and if getting the place back into service is important… such as in hospital or school refurbishments, then this is what you need.” • Kirkland Carpets can: business supply and fit quality carpeting and design floor coverings (Karndean) service. They have an extensive in stock range to suit all pockets

and tastes with experienced, trained staff to provide personal service with free measuring and estimates. Fitters are trained to NICF standard. There’s a large selection of beds from single to king size, headboards in all shapes / fabrics / sizes, quality pine bedroom furniture with free local delivery. • KC Contract Flooring can undertake complete floor preparation / resurfacing, from new damp proof membranes to re-skimming existing floor surfaces. Open Mon. – Fri. 10 – 5.30pm. Sat. 10am – 5pm. All major credit and debit cards are accepted.

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Illumination Exhibition at The Beacon

by Blue Tarn Women’s Art Collective 13th October to 25th November 2012

The next exhibition in The Beacon’s Harbour Gallery Programme is a beautiful display of works from the Blue Tarn Cumbria Women’s Art Collective. Beginning on Saturday 13th October, visitors to The Beacon’s Harbour Gallery will be met with a tantalising illuminaton of art, craft and talent in the form of stunning ceramics, fascinating photography, decorative textiles and much more. The collective has a total of 20 artists, eleven of whom will have their art on display at The Beacon – all of which will be available to buy. Inspired by the beauty of the area, this exhibition is the perfect place to find that special piece of art to “illuminate” your home. Originally set up as Daisy Chain, through the award winning Rural Women’s Network, part of Voluntary Action Cumbria, The Blue Tarn Cumbria Women’s Art Collective’s focus is to provide support and networking for female artists in the county. The eleven artists who will be showcasing their talents are Stephanie Conway, Jan Hicks, Jana Kahl, Caroline King, Kathleen Bechler, Rachel Capovila, Christine Crofts, Irena Grajewska, Kate Tame, Linda Moore and Alex JakobWhitworth. This exhibition is showing in The Beacon’s Harbour Gallery from 13th October to 25th November. Entry to the exhibition is FREE. For more information, please contact The Beacon on 01946 592302, e-mail thebeacon@copeland.gov.uk or www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk. “Return to Whitehaven” wax screenprint by Linda Moore

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Doomed to live and die in darkness

Haig Mining museum curator, PAM TELFORD, concludes her three-part mini-series on the wretched people who lived, worked, died and in some cases were even born or conceived in our mines.

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ines Commissioner J.C. Symons recorded the following observations at William Pit, Whitehaven, for the 1842 Report to Parliament:

“In the William Pit, they have 500 acres under the sea, and the distance is two miles and a half from the shaft to the extreme part of the workings. There is a stable, also under the sea in this immense pit, for 45 horses. The shaft is 110 fathoms… the work [of the Drivers] is toilsome, and, as will be seen by the evidence of the surgeon attending the Earl of Lonsdale’s collieries, accidents sometimes occur by the foot slipping off, and getting stuck by the wheel or axle.” Accidents and explosions were not the only threat to children underground. Men were known to ‘interfere’ with the defenceless girls, and women often worked far too late into pregnancy, and occasionally gave birth in horrific conditions in the mine. It is a horrendous thought that children would be born into the pit, see nothing but the pit for most of their short lives, then die in the same darkness they were born into. An article in the Cumberland Pacquet newspaper of the time refers to an incident in Saltom Pit involving a man who, like many at the time, regarded the young girls as ‘fair game’, and there are implications of sexual abuse. “Robert Carter, of Whitehaven, was charged with the killing of Peter Andrew the younger. On Friday, 10th September 1824, he approached a young driver, Susan Shaw. She told the court - I was driving a horse and tram in the pit, and the prisoner and the deceased were present. I had a candle in my hand, and Carter coming to me, I put the candle in his face, which raised his anger and he gave me a blow. He was going to his work again when Peter Andrew said: Bob Sponge, what did you strike my driver for? I heard him in his reply speak very angry to the little boy, saw 26


Feature his right arm swing back, and immediately I heard the little boy shout out, and I went to him, and said to Joe Lucas who was present: ‘Robert Carter has kilt the little boy’. I found the deceased standing bleeding from the head, there was a wound on his left temple. I believe the blow was given with a piece of coal.”

bearing 77 names of children who lost their lives in Whitehaven’s pits over a 200 year period. Some spaces have been left for any further names that come to light. Further information is available in the book Children of the Pits, by Ray Devlin, former Chief Mining Instructor, Haig Pit, Whitehaven.

The surgeon later diagnosed a fracture on the frontal lobe. Peter Andrew died on the Sunday evening. Carter was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour, for manslaughter. At that time, the penalty for stealing a sheep was death.

For killing a small child in the mines?

One month’s imprisonment with hard labour.

These conditions, suffered by thousands of children throughout Great Britain, were finally brought to the attention of Parliament by the 1842 Report. The 1843 Coal Mines Act was the result, and with further Acts that were to follow, gradually removed many of the evils that existed in the pits. On March 30th 1988, Ray Proctor, managing director of the British Coal Opencast Executive, unveiled a memorial in the graveyard of St Nicholas Church,

Woman-miners carrying coal by Van Gogh

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S the days shorten and the nights get longer the spooky season will soon be here but how did all this Halloween stuff start? The word Halloween is a corruption of “All-Hallows Eve”. “Hallow” in the religious sense of the word means holy. It goes back to an old English word, “heilig” (holy), so the term All Hallows’ Eve means the day before the feast of all holy people, or All Saints Day (Nov 1) as it is now known. But the secular, commercialised Halloween we know today would be barely recognizable to Halloween celebrants of even just a century ago. Best available evidence points to Halloween originating in the early Middle Ages as the vigil observed by the Catholic Church on the eve (day before) All Saints Day. There is a suggestion that it can trace its roots even further back in time to a pagan festival of ancient Ireland known as Samhain (pronounced sow’-en or sow’-een), about which little is actually known. The prehistoric observance is said to have marked the end of summer and the onset of winter, and was celebrated with feasting, bonfires, sacrificial offerings, and homage to the dead.

But there’s little evidence of any real continuity of tradition linking Samhain to the medieval observance of Halloween. Samhain is a Gaelic harvest festival held on October 31–November 1 and both the secular Gaelic and the Catholic liturgical festivals have influenced the customs now connected with Halloween. Samhain was celebrated over several days and had some elements of a Festival of the Dead. Bonfires played a large part. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. It is still the custom in some areas to set a place for the dead at the Samhain feast, and to tell tales of the ancestors on that night. The earliest documented customs attributable to Halloween proper grew out of the twin observances of All Saints Day (Nov 1), a day of prayer for saints and martyrs of the Church, and All Souls Day (November 2), a day of prayer for the souls of all the dead. Among the practices associated with Halloween in the Middle Ages was the lighting of bonfires to symbolise the plight of souls lost in purgatory – somewhere souls who weren’t going directly to Heaven went firstly to do penance – and souling, which consisted of going door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange

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for “soul cakes” and other treats. Mumming (or “guising”), a custom originally associated with Christmas consisting of parading in costume, chanting rhymes, and play-acting, later became part of Halloween. But it’s an exaggeration to say these medieval customs “survived” to the present day, or even that they “evolved” into modern Halloween practices. There’s no direct historical evidence and by the time Irish immigrants took the holiday to North America in the mid-1800s, mumming and souling were virtually forgotten in their own country, where the known Halloween customs of the time consisted of praying, communal feasting, and playing games such as bobbing for apples. Mumming took the form of wearing costumes, chanting, singing, play-acting, and general mischief making, while Traditional Irish halloween Jack-o’-lantern souling entailed going door to door and offering prayers for the dead in exchange for treats, particularly “soul cakes.” THE NAME “jack-o’-lantern” is British and dates from the 1600s, when it literally meant “man with a lantern” (a night watchman). It was also a nickname for the natural phenomenon known as ignis fatuus (fool’s fire) or Will o’ the Wisp, the mysterious, flickering lights caused by marsh gas, sometimes seen at night over wetlands and associated in folklore with fairies and ghosts playing pranks on travellers. Over time “jack-o’-lantern” became the popular term for a home-made object also known as a turnip lantern made by scooping out the inside of a turnip, carving the shell into a rude representation of the human face, and placing a lighted candle inside it. In some parts carrying turnip lanterns was considered mischievous. One Victorian writer said it was: “A common device of mischievous lads for frightening belated wayfarers on the road.” For Catholic children it was customary to carry jack-o’-lanterns door-to-door to represent the souls of the dead while begging for soul cakes on All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. The tradition, dating from the 1600s, of youths wearing masks and carrying effigies (including jack-o’lanterns) while begging for pennies on Bonfire Night could also have added to the customs. In the USA, there’s no mention in published sources of “trick-or-treating” or anything resembling it before the 1930s but unrestrained pranks and vandalism on Halloween night dating from the late 1800s on is mentioned so trick-or-treating may have been an early-20th-century contrivance meant to provide an orderly alternative to juvenile mischief (essentially bribing the would-be tricksters with treats). Following Anglo-Irish tradition, in the USA Halloween parties featuring fortune-telling games (such as bobbing for apples) and other supernatural trappings were common practice by the turn of the century, and these morphed into costume parties with children dressing as witches, ghosts, and goblins. Perhaps the simplest explanation for the invention of the trick-or-treat ritual is that someone had the inspiration to take the costume party door-to-door. Whatever the precise details of its origin (which we may never know), by the 1940s trick-or-treating had become a Halloween fixture throughout the United States, and has gradually influenced the British since then.

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Help to help you save your local services A NOVEL finance scheme is transforming remote Cumbrian villages and locals are embracing social enterprise. LOCALLY the community buy-out of the Fox and Hounds village pub, at Ennerdale Bridge, has been a big success. Villagers won the Copeland Business-of-the-Year-Award 2012, following on from us, The Whitehaven Guide, who won in 2011. Now there are high hopes that The Fox and Hounds’ example will be a catalyst for many other similar schemes in the area and throughout the county. To explain it all Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) Limited, a worker co-operative with over 10 years experience organised a free half-day event on October 4, at The Fox and Hounds, to help interested people learn more about community share issues – a way of raising finance from members of the community to deliver vital services. So if you are interested is saving a valued service in your local community then they are the people to talk to. Besides the Ennerdale scheme the buy-out of a community shop, a new community snowplough and a new fibre optic broadband network have all happened in the remote village of Nenthead, near Alston, part-financed by community shares. The fact that this financial revolution is happening in one of the highest and remotest villages in England is even more remarkable. But why is this area such a fertile ground for social enterprises, and why have they adopted community shares with such enthusiasm? Cybermoor is a social enterprise delivering broadband to the areas other internet companies couldn’t reach in 2002. 32

They rolled out wireless broadband to many properties around Alston Moor, and launched a share offer, last February, to finance the expansion of their fibre optic broadband network – which gives locals cutting edge communications links capable of going 10,000 times faster than existing broadband speeds. Community shares were introduced in Victorian times to attract investment to organisations with social objectives and had a facility for investors to make a modest return. Share offers have grown in popularity over the past decade – organisations can raise finance relatively quickly and in many cases returns for investors are better than those offered by bank savings accounts, particularly at present. • Co-operative and Mutual Solutions also undertake consultancy, business support and training with co-operatives and social enterprises, specialising in among other things, raising finance, consortia, employee and community buy-outs, and project managing area based delivery, public services, renewable energy co-operatives, credit unions, leisure trusts, community gyms, pubs, sports clubs as well as community shares issues.


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The real measure of success

THE Centre for Complimentary Care at Muncaster, provides healing, counselling, information and support to acutely, chronically and terminally ill people… regardless of their financial circumstances. It has become internationally known… largely by word of mouth… and seeks to promote healing by gentle, therapeutic touch as well as providing information resources and support for the acutely, chronically and terminally ill throughout Copeland, Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, and South Lakes and further afield. Comedian Harry Enfield is a patron. He emphasised the enormous value of the Centre when he said: “I have never before come across an organisation with so many satisfied clients as the Centre for Complementary Care. “As a patron, I have received hundreds of grateful letters from those who have benefited from treatment at this haven of peace and tranquillity and I am deeply honoured to be associated with such a successful, worthwhile, establishment.”

The Centre’s chairman is Dr Timothy Sowton above, a former worker for Médecins Sans Frontières in rural

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Afghanistan. He first visited the Centre for Complementary Care 15 years ago, shortly after moving to Cumbria to work as a GP. “I was impressed – by the strong atmosphere of peace and acceptance, by the stories of local people helped at the Centre by healing through gentle touch; by the sense of community – and all this in the ‘remote outpost’ of West Cumbria. “Little did I know that 15 years later I would be asked to be chairman of the Board of Trustees! The Centre does great work – with humour, warmth, a lightness of touch, listening, and real human care. It helps and inspires people in profound ways, and I am very proud to be associated with it.” Founder and Centre Director, Gretchen Stevens, originally chose a converted barn, down a lonely single-track road at Knott End, Eskdale, in which to open her groundbreaking centre. It was born on a wing and a prayer in Gretchen Stevens 1989 when the only office equipment was a baby stapler and an old portable typewriter. All the furnishings were second-hand and the financial security rested on the provision of £5,000 overdraft. “We had a vision and energy and were willing take risks in order to offer what we believed would be a healing balm to many.


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“It shouldn’t have worked, but it did. Every advisor we consulted warned us gravely that this was a bizarre undertaking that lacked financial viability, in a disastrous location. We had no official support, and to this day funding bodies established to meet the very needs we successfully address tend to refuse our applications with the observation that we ‘don’t fit”. In the autumn of 2003 the Centre moved to its present premises, a superb former vicarage above Muncaster Castle, from where it both continues and expands its work of offering non-judgmental support, information and treatment for the relief of sickness, pain, fear and sorrow. Healing is a gentle therapy, involving a simple light touch. It appears to work by strengthening and brightening the immune system, enabling the body to “self-repair”. The exact mechanism is not understood, but there is an increasing body of evidence – some scientific -- supporting the fact that it actually does work.

Moira Biggs

Each healing session lasts about 40 minutes, with the client lying comfortably on a treatment bed, or sitting if preferred. The health and well-being of the client, along with reports by the client of any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual changes since the previous session, may take place while the treatment is occurring, or not. It’s entirely up to the clients who may drowse, sleep or talk as they feel inclined. .

The Centre never receives statutory funding, depending on individual donations and grants from charitable trusts to support its vital work. The Centre’s Sheila Robinson Fund was created for the benefit of those for whom – for whatever reason – making a contribution would be a hardship. No-one is ever turned away because they are unable to contribute, but they do ask that people donate as much as they can honestly afford. Nuclear Management Partners backs the Centre and three grants of £19.5k have been made, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The money is used largely to help people attend who would simply otherwise not be able to do so and it also supports the organisation of the Centre’s essential volunteer programme – a facet on which it relies heavily for everything from fundraising to practical help such as taking care of the grounds and premises.

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This ones for the dogs Dog Treats:

All dogs deserve a treat now and then and with such a vast array of products out there you’re spoiled for choice on what to give them. With puppies you need to be careful with what treats you give them for the first few months of their life as strong flavoured treats can upset their delicate stomachs. Hide chews are a good first chew for puppies and older dogs alike and they come in all shapes and sizes. If it’s training treats you need you’re best going for something small that the dog can eat quickly to help them associate the treat with good behaviour, also make sure there aren’t too many calories in these otherwise training can soon pile on the pounds for your dog. There are also treats out there with health benefits such as our own dental chews which will help with the dental

Quality accessories for all pets l Live and frozen reptile food in stock Good advice and quality pet products l Competitive prices

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Pets health of your dog by giving them just one a day. There are even little treats to help with joint problems that most dogs suffer at some point in their life. If you have a dog that likes a good chew bones are often a good option, but it can be advisable to keep any eye on them if they are particularly powerful as bones can sometimes splinter which is a hazard you could do without. We recently discovered a great chew for powerful dogs - Deer Antlers are extremely tough, don’t splinter and don’t smell, dogs have been going mad for these since we started stocking them a few months ago.

If you just like to give your dog’s treats generally there is anything and everything out there, from pigs ears to pork scratchings, from cupcakes to chewy bars and everything in between. In the shop we have five metres of space dedicated to dog treats, so I’m glad to say that Cumbrian dogs are most certainly spoiled rotten.

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THE ENEMY

After their blistering performance at this years Whitehaven Festival and many more festivals up and down the UK, The Enemy are back in business with a third top ten album and the forthcoming release of their latest Single ‘This Is Real’ is out on 22nd October. By Stephen Murphy

The single will also feature on a four track EA SPORTS FIFA 13 EP to tie in with the release of the popular football video game, and will also include The Enemy’s single ‘Saturday’. We caught up with our mate Liam to get an inside view of the rise of Coventrys favourite sons The Enemy... 38

Would you say you are back with a bang? I think so, I think we are back solidly, we are starting the new tour and we are raring to get out. This is our first tour with the Album so we are all really excited. How did you find Whitehaven Festival? We loved it. It’s great to get out to places where we haven’t played before and the atmosphere there was great. It was fantastic to see lots of people there with our Tour


Exclusive Exclusive T-shirts and we were quite surprised. We’d never been there and it just shows that there are Enemy fans everywhere and I think more bands should make the effort to get off the circuit more. What was the highlight of the summer? Playing at T in The Park was really good for us then Belfast with Noel Gallagher was great, it was just nice to get out there again. It feels like we were never away, its nice to know that the fans are still there. Now we are trying to get out and win over new fans, there are quite a lot of youngsters who where thirteen when we first came out and now they are going to gigs and discovering there own music. It’s good that we can get out there and prove ourselves again which is when we play our best. Touring again, is that going to be really tiring for you as there are no breaks really? Some people think we just go through the motions, but we really get into it every night, we give one hundred percent and that’s what we love doing. Is there anywhere in particular that you are really look forward to going back to? All sorts of places like Newcastle where we have had some great gigs in the past, these are places that we have missed out on during the festival season and we only tend to go to them when we are playing our own shows, places like Dundee, there are some massive music fans up there and they love going mental, so it’s places like these that we can’t wait to get back to. New single This is Real, why have you opted to release that one in particular? We just feel like its a natural place to go, it was never going to be the first single but its one of my favourites on the album and we have been asking the fans and This is Real is a favourite with them. Regards to the album as a whole, how are you feeling about the response and the sales? I think given the current situation, we knew it was always going to be hard after having been away for so long, but we’ve had three top ten albums now and thats great for us and I feel things are only going to get even better. After the tour, what are you planning to do? We are just going to keep on working, writing, and putting things out there. We already have a few songs lined up, we are constanly writing, jamming and being creative. What is the next single? We haven’t looked that far, we are just going to see how this goes and we definitely think this albums has legs and has alot more to give... 39


Zara: going up –Zara’s secret affordable prices but not cheap as chips. Whistles: going up – Never been too high-fashion for regular folk; sales grew 11% in 2011 and expansion is on the cards. John Lewis: going up – It’s masterstroke was to collaborate with London fashion week designer Alice Temperley which became the fastest selling brand in the store’s history, hitting weekly sales targets in one afternoon.

Hot

Or not? THE GUARDIAN newspaper has assessed various high street brands examining which are thriving and which are merely surviving. Here’s who they say are hot and who’s not.

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Asos: going up – It seems there is no stopping this internet fashion powerhouse with a focus on celebrities’ clothes. It is now bookmarked by millions for cool, cleverly-priced mix of merchandise. H&M: going up – The second largest fashion retailer H&M is where you can buy a T-shirt for a fiver, or a piece of designer history. Others: Gap: going up – and back to basics; American Apparel: going up; M&S: going down (shop floors are too cramped and navigating the stores can be a nightmare); French Connection: going down –a brand entering middleage. Lower prices and a more cohesive ad-to-store identity would help; Superdry: going down – the general populace may have tired of the brand.


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Dita Von Teese

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meets Art Couture

A new and exclusive cosmetic line specially selected by Dita Von Teese. Based on her classic style and using ontrend colours. A must have for your make up bag this season. From beautiful easy application shimmer eyeshadows to stunning lip colours, for all skin tones.

Beauty boutique favourites... Gel eyeliner - DO NOT BE AFRAID! Gel top liner is the easiest way to achieve the desired glamourous look. Applied with a specially designed brush, this gel liner is soft and creamy & will glide on your lid beautifully and effortlessly. It is also a great base for strip lashes. Perfect pout red lips - In the exclusive Dita Von Teese range, there is a lip colour to suit and compliment every skin tone. These glamourous lip sticks are long lasting without any dryness that usually comes with stay put lip sticks. They give your lips a soft moisturised sheen and when combined with the lip liners they will give you the perfect pout for hours. Demonstrations of the new Dita Von Teese range are available at The Beauty Boutique, Whitehaven.

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Make Up & Hair Artist Bridget Foster

BA Hons Fashion, Specialist Make Up Design

07929 414763 info@bridgetfoster.co.uk www.bridgetfoster.co.uk

Bridget Foster

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BA Hons Fashion, Specialist Make Up Design

BA Hons Fashion, Specialist Make Up Design

07929 414763 info@bridgetfoster.co.uk www.bridgetfoster.co.uk

Bridget Foster

07929 414763 info@bridgetfoster.co.uk www.bridgetfoster.co.uk

a beautician but I realised that I was more interested in make-up and colour. Jen Bibbi my tutor at college here influenced me into applying colours and textures onto face designs rather than fashion illustrations, so I began to build a portfolio and arranged my own photo shoot for my final exam.

Facing the future... it’s heads I win

By Bridget Foster, make-up and hair air artist. I grew up in Carlisle and went to Trinity School from where most of my schoolfriends remember me as a gymnast and trampoliner; a sporty type of girl and even now people see me teaching spinning or trampolining and find it strange that I also work as a make- up artist. After leaving school I went to The University of the Arts, Cumbria, to take a foundation diploma in Art and Design. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but knew I had a flair for the artistic but was looking more and more into beauty and in fact I nearly dropped out to become 44

I applied to the London College of Fashion to study Editorial Make-Up without really expecting to be accepted. I had also considered private courses but these were far too expensive and in any case the London College of Fashion had a great reputation so you can imagine how shocked and excited I was to be chosen for interview. I’ll never forget the day that I opened my letter of acceptance. I knew immediately that I had an exciting few years ahead. My first year studying make up was tough. The one and a half hour commute with a large make up case and travelling home with riduculous make up still on your face took its tole on your skin. It was such a massive change just 15 minutes to work in Carlisle. Life was hard and trying to socialise at 19 years old was tough. Most people were older and there wasnt much student life. But I probably learned the most in my first year. I was lucky enough to work at London Fashion Week and ITV charity events, alongside top models and sucessful make up artists was a real eye opener and introduction to the industry and I still managed to continue working as a gymnastics and trampolining coach – a great job to have


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while studying.

Locally I have been working very closley with Louise Crouch, of Pink Tulip Photography, Carlisle on her Boudoir shoots. I love her work and how she works and communicates with her clients. Fantastic photogrpaher with great ideas.

After I graduated, I needed full-time work to pay for my ridiculous rent and gain experience. I took a position working in Brent Cross shopping Centre working for Dior, but although it wasn’t what I wanted to do, I gained a great deal experience working with all the different cultures in the area.

At first I was very impatient but the hard work is paying off, although I still have to manage my time and work hard to maintain my own buiness but it isn’t yet somthing I can do full time here in Cumbria and teaching and coaching remains a fantastic job to have and develop as my make up buiness strives over the weekends.

I then discoverd Space Nk Apocethary, a high-end cosmetic store selling a wide selection of different brands and cosmetics, from hair care to make-up and body care. So despite my initial reluctance I went on to be an assistant manager and it was there that I gained most of my product knowelge and experience working on real ‘faces as well as knowledge about people’s worries and concerns.

I have also developed other skills such as hair styling which important as a make up artist and naturally enough I thoroughly enjoy writing for the Carlisle Guide and sharing my knowledge and experience with you all.

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At the time I loved it. Days were long and there was pressure to maintain the store’s standards. I worked in Chelsea, the City, then Tottenham Court Road. I met and helped famous and ordinary people.The City of London was fantastic – a great buzz and brilliant social life. BUT my London days were coming to an end, after living with a sucessful hair and make up artist, I knew that

Many people don’t know really where to start when it comes to their own make up and skin care. Most of the products I use are unavailable in Cumbria but I am always looking at what clients can afford and get access to and unbiased opinion is, I find, much more appreciated. Available for Make Up Tutorials and Parties Any special occasion MUA: Bridget Foster www.bridgetfoster.co.uk Hair: Verity Fraichen Photography: Jamie Colishaw Models: Manchester based agencies

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that what I wanted to do, so I started to assist her. Life is tough when you need to pay for rent and travel and I found it tough to break free and persue my own career. So in Febuary 2011 I moved back to Carlisle to save up and head out to start assisting and building up my portfolio again and that’s exactly what I have been doing and in the process I’ve built up my own buiness and clients for such as weddings and special occasions. During the past 18 months this has grown and I have also been able to work on Berghaus photoshoots, promotional shoots and with some fanstatic photographers in Leeds and Newcastle.


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Fashion Lifestyle

Water way to get fitter TAKING part in a water-based fitness session is a great low impact way to improve fitness and you can do it at the Copeland pool. Water supports your joints while working muscles, making it a perfect way to exercise gently and without working up a sweat and Copeland Swimming Pool offers a comprehensive choice of fitness sessions for all ages and abilities. The popular Aqua Fit is great for weight control, while having a firming and toning effect. Sessions take place on Wednesdays, from 6.05pm to 6.50pm and on Thursdays 10.45am to 11.45am. For those preferring something more upbeat, Aqua Zumba is a hugely fun dance class, set to upbeat Latin music on Sunday evenings (6.30pm - 7.30). Challenge Swim is for average to advanced swimmers, to improve fitness levels and stroke technique. (Monday evenings, 9pm to 10pm; Wednesday and Friday mornings 6am to 7am). The hardest workouts are the Aqua Fit classes. Deep Water Aquafit in the deep end of the pool features a support belt to help you stay buoyant. Good for heart and lungs, shaping and toning and excellent for people with joint problems. (Saturdays 1.45pm to 2.45pm).You must be able to tread water, swim at least 10 metres and have basic water confidence. Active Life Aquafit sessions( Wednesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 10.45am), are for people new to fitness; returning after a break or just looking for a gentler way to exercise. They are also a follow-on from Healthy Life Sessions, (Tuesdays 10.45am). Healthy Life sessions are part of NCL’s GP Exercise on Referral Scheme for those with a medical condition or who have not been physically active for a long time. Healthy Life sessions are also available at Whitehaven Sports Centre. Anyone interested in the Scheme should speak to their GP or practice nurse.

Autumn Weekly programme Monday:

10am – Health Walks 11.30am – Zumba 1pm – Gym 4.30pm – Beginners’ Studio Cycling 5pm – Beginners’ Studio Cycling 5.45pm – Intermediate Studio Cycling

Tuesday:

5.20pm – Body Conditioning 6.30pm – THUMP Boxing 7.30pm – Ab Attack

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9.45am – Beginners’ Studio Cycling 10.45am – Aerobics 5pm; – Box ‘n’ Abs 6pm – Zumba

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10am – Chair Aerobics (COSC) 11am – Chair Aerobics (at Dent Home) 1pm – Gym 4.30pm – Beginner’s Studio Cycling 10pm – Intermediate Studio Cycling 6pm – 30/30/30 •Call 01946 696049 for more details or to book a class. 47


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Welcome to Seascale Community Fitness Centre At SCFC we aim to create a community feel which makes our gym a very welcoming and relaxed place to workout whatever your fitness ability.

(60+) who can take advantage of off-peak hours 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. The gym has a ladies-only fitness suite for members of all ages, who are reluctant to exercise in a mixed environment. Various classes are organised for those of an average fitness level who want to improve fitness, strength and power and those who want to improve their well-being.

We ensure staff deliver professional expert tuition at all times in a safe and friendly environment to make your workout experience the best it can possibly be whether you are a complete beginner or an elite athlete. The gym team are fully trained to accommodate users with additional needs/requirements and we have disabled facilities.  SCFC has been designed with specific zoned training areas – cardio, resistance, free weight all with the very latest Cybex equipment, the most advanced technology in the fitness industry. The club offers you everything and more from a fitness centre, but at a fraction of the cost. All membership includes a free personal fitness programme and induction. Special rates are offered for adults

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Opening Hours:Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 9.00 pm Saturday – Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm For further information on classes and how to join, please contact the gym on 019467 27882 or www.sasra.co.uk. Come along and join SCFC for a fitter, healthier lifestyle. Seascale Community Fitness Centre, Gosforth Road, Seascale


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Halloumi cheese

Recipe from Peter Sidwell

with roasted sweet potatoes, squash and lime

Peter says: “This dish is the perfect combination of sweet roasted seasonal vegetables, salty cheese and fresh limes and herbs”.  

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash from the garden 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra, to drizzle 2 garlic cloves, crushed salt and black pepper 3 red onions 1 red chilli 1 block of halloumi cheese weighing 250g (8oz) 2 limes, cut into wedges small handful of coriander small handful of mint  

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 Carefully peel the red onions, making sure you don’t cut the roots off, then cut them into quarters – if the roots are intact they won’t fall apart while roasting. They should be about the same size as the potatoes and squash.   Spread the vegetables on a large roasting tray and roast for 25–30 minutes. When the vegetables are cooked, turn the oven off and leave them to keep warm while you do the last bit of cooking.   Remove the seeds and slice the red chilli into thin matchsticks. Chop the coriander. Cut the halloumi into 1cm (1⁄2in) slices and drizzle with a little oil. Heat a non-stick frying pan and cook the cheese on each side until golden and crisp. Remove the vegetables from the oven and tip on to a large family-sized plate. Top them with the chilli sticks, slices of cheese and the wedges of lime, then scatter with the coriander and mint leaves. Make sure everyone helps themselves to a wedge of lime along with the veg – that citrus burst really makes the dish sing!   Tip Get the dish to the table quickly once you have cooked the cheese – it has a habit of turning chewy if you leave it too long.


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Cake

Words & Photography: Alan Spedding

Chocolate Cream Espresso

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ne of these days I`ll make something healthy for you all to try… that`s a promise.

Meanwhile it`ll all have to be about calorie-laden comfort food... it`s what I do best and I am more than sure it`ll get many more thumbs up than would lettuce leaves served five different ways. Ok so this one’s a classic to try at home. It isn`t hard to make and all you’ll need is a 9-inch (23cm) flan ring or a deep-sided spring release tin. The base of this dessert is a hazelnut biscuit baked in the oven. The topping that goes on the biscuit is an unctuous, richer-than-rich Chocolate ganache and it`s finished off with a layer of set Espresso cream! Take my advice and slice it up into small portions and then you`ll see where I am coming from when I say “Rich!”. Sliced up with a hot knife, this dessert will make about 20 portions.....Oh yeah! 56


100ml single cream 300g good quality dark chocolate (chopped) 100g good quality milk chocolate (chopped) 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract. 4 tbsp espresso coffee 2 tsp powdered gelatine 250ml whipping cream 4 tbsp icing sugar.

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1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 deg C / Gas 3. Process the butter, sugars, flours, salt and “half” the hazelnuts, quickly, until a crumbly texture is reached. Pat into the flan ring (on a baking tray or a foil base) or a tin, to form a flat and even base.  2. Bake in the pre heated oven until golden brown – roughly 15-20 minutes, then remove and reduce the oven temperature to 160 degC / Gas 2 1/2 3. For the filling, bring the creams to the boil together, remove from the heat and cool slightly before stirring in the chopped chocolate. Once the chocolate has melted stir in the beaten eggs, vanilla and a 1-inch teaspoonful of the coffee.  4. Pour the filling over the biscuit base and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until `just` set but slightly wobbly at the centre. Remove from the oven and cool. 5. To make the topping, soften the gelatine in 3 tablespoons of water for a few minutes, heat very gently in the microwave to melt the mixture (Do NOT allow to boil ) then set aside. 6. Beat the whipping cream to “soft peaks”; sift in the icing sugar; mix in the gelatine and remaining espresso coffee Pour the cream over the chocolate mixture and allow to set in the fridge. To Serve – Slice with a hot knife and serve with the hazelnuts, chocolate sauce and mixed fruits. Then just eat without any feelings of guilt... Enjoy!

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125g butter (diced) 25g soft golden-brown sugar. 40g caster sugar 125g plain flour 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour A pinch of salt. 175g toasted, skinned and roughly-processed hazelnuts. 400ml double cream.

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Rack of Hoggett Serves 2-3

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Ingredients

Rack of hoggett, from Yew Tree Farm, Coniston 2 sliced garlic cloves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Freshly ground Nutmeg 2 Aubergine quartered Cumin seed Fennel seed 2/3 chick peas infused with hansa spices Bay leaves Smoked paprika Turmeric 4 sprigs Thyme Mint leaves Tarragon 1 large onion sliced Drizzle of local honey 1 tbsp. tomato sauce 1 lemon sliced

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Cut the rack of lamb into cutlets. Place the cutlets (fat side down) into a hot dry pan and cook slowly over gentle heat. Add a sprinkle of salt and turn the cutlets over. Once cooked remove from the pan onto a plate, drain the fat from the pan. In the same pan add aubergine and saute until soft (for about 2 minutes) with cumin and fennel. Season with salt and pepper, thyme, sliced garlic and squeeze of local honey. Mix well, add sliced lemon, 1 soup spoon of water, or stock cover and steam in pan for 2 minutes. Infuse the chick peas with spices, smoked paprika, turmeric, and add hansa to the aubergines. Finally add mint and tarragon. Place meat and any juice back into the pan, leave on heat covered for 1 minute. Serve with mashed potato, cous cous or rice.

Jean-Christophe Novelli's Tips

Ask your butcher to prepare the rack of hoggett. Aubergines are like sponges they absorb flavours and oil. Wipe aubergines with clean cloth. Take meat out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Honey adds sweetness to dish. You can use tinned chick peas. If you want the sauce to be spicier add a little more hansa. If hansa too strong add paprika. Don’t chop the mint. Instead of hot water or stock you can use chick pea liquid. Instead of lemon use orange juice. www.jeanchristophenovelli.com

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Celebrity Chef Simon Rimmer Chef on C4’s Sunday Brunch

Cumbrian Salt-marsh lamb loin with feta parcel Ingredients (serves 4):

2 x 225g Cumbrian salt-marsh lamb loin cannons 4 Sheets filo pastry 150g Melted butter 1 Caramelised onion 200g Crumbled Greek feta 100g lightly crushed pistachios 100g finely shredded spinach 1 tbsp. shredded mint Oil and butter to fry Cinnamon and tomato sauce to serve

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Rub oil on the loin, season well and fry for about 6-8 mins on all sides, baste with butter and rest for 5 minutes. Combine the feta, onion, pistachios and spinach and mix well. Cut the filo into pieces about 6”X4”, lay some mix in the middle, brush with butter, roll up, butter and bake at 200c for 20 minutes. Serve with watercress, sauce and slices of lamb. 65


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Vanil a and Grasmere Gingerbread cheesecake with balsamic strawberries (serves 8)

Celebrity Chef James Martin

For the cheesecake:

50g Ready made Grasmere Gingerbread slices 450g Cream cheese 250g Caster sugar 250g Crème fraiche 475ml Double cream 2 Vanilla pods scraped

For the strawberries:

200g Strawberries 2tsp Caster sugar 2 tsp Balsamic vinegar Phil Dowsing Creative Photography

Method:

Place the sliced gingerbread on a tray and leave out to dry overnight. When dry, put in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs are formed then set aside.   Place all the other ingredients into a bowl and whisk to a smooth cream.   Place the cream mix into 2 inch rings, smooth over the top with a palate knife and set in fridge for 2 hours and then remove.   Sprinkle the crumbs over the top and bottom, remove the ring place on the plate and serve with the strawberries.   For the strawberries, heat a frying pan over a high temperature. Add the strawberries and sugar to the frying pan and fry briefly for a minute, then pour over the balsamic and cook for a further 30 seconds.

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Meeting your needs near Sellafield

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F you need business meeting or conference facilities for up to 80 people, then you should look no further than The Bailey Ground Hotel, Drigg Road, Seascale, just a few minutes’ drive or one stop on the train from Sellafield. Opened in October 2008, by a well-known local farming family, the Mawsons have put their heart and soul into the hotel, refurbishing and re-invigorated it from top to bottom. The Bailey Ground Hotel with a sensational new chef offers an excellent service and top quality, locally-sourced home-made food to day visitors, together with great accommodation for guests in its 30 en-suite bedrooms. At Bailey Ground we understand the importance of a good working environment. Our main conference and function rooms and additional syndicate rooms are all equipped to a high standard, with tea, coffee, juice and chilled water, as well as our legendary home-made shortbread biscuits available all day and there are bar facilities in our main rooms. There’s more than enough parking too and we’re very close to the Seascale railway station if you want to avoid the roads at peak traffic times. There is also free WIFI and a Vodafone signal booster box. Our hot food service area enables us to offer a wide choice of lunches and our quality home-made local food, mainly produced on our own farm, means everything from hot and cold buffets, soup and sandwiches to hot meals and dessert are available. Furthermore, our function / conference rooms can also be readily made available for Christmas parties, weddings, christenings or any private events. Price packages can be tailored to suit your requirements and include a variety of buffet options and room deals… so please don’t hesitate to ask. 70


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Slow-roast fillet of Cumbrian beef with wild Whinlatter Forest mushroom and smoked garlic pommes puree

Recipe from James Martin Remove the beef from the oven and remove the cling film. Heat a pan until hot and fry the beef in the hot pan for no more than 30 seconds. You will find that there is no need to rest the meat, because the proteins have not shrunk which is what neccessitates resting. Preheat a non-stick pan over a medium heat, add the oil and add the mushrooms. Toss together then add the shallots and thyme, season and remove from the heat and set to one side. For the mash potatoes, boil the potatoes in salted water until cooked, approximately 20 – 25 minutes, depending on size. Drain off all the water, replace the lid and shake the pan vigorously, which will start to break up the boiled potatoes. Warm the garlic, butter and cream then add a little at time, while mashing the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. The potatoes will now be light, fluffy, creamy and ready to eat.

Ingredients: (Serves 4) Whole Fillet of Cumbrian Beef – Medium Rare 150ml finished beef jus 800g mixed wild mushrooms foraged from Whinlatter Forest 2 shallots fine diced 2 sprigs fresh thyme 50ml olive oil For the mashed potatoes: 900g (2lb) large Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and quartered 100g (4oz) unsalted butter 120ml (4fl oz.) double  cream 3 cloves peeled smoked garlic Salt & pepper

Heat the beef jus through in a saucepan, ready to serve. If you don’t have beef jus, you can make your own by adding beef stock to the frying pan used to cook the beef fillet and cooking it over a medium heat until it has reduced, thickened and become flavoursome. To serve, spoon the mushroom and smoked garlic pommes puree on to the plate. Place the beef on to the plate, spoon the mash alongside then finish with a drizzle of beef jus.

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Preheat the oven to 60C/140F/Gas ¼. Heat a frying pan until hot, and then add approximately 1 tbsp. of corn oil. Take the beef and sear until it is browned on all sides (approximately two minutes in total). Remove the beef from the pan and allow to cool. Wrap the fillet tightly in cling film and place on a roasting tray in the oven. Cook for 50-60 minutes. The fillet can be left in the oven for 1 hour & 40 minutes (the fillet will not cook any more). For medium rare, the core temperature of the meat will be 57-59C (135-138F). Test the meat with a digital meat thermometer - if this temperature has not been reached, increase the heat in the oven slightly and return the beef to the oven for a further 10 minutes, before checking once more. 73


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Alan Spedding Recipe

Apr/May 2012

Starters Peeled tiger prawns with chilli and garlic butter sauce on a toasted muffin with rocket garnish

£6.95

Smoked duck slices on tomato, cucumber and feta salad, dressed with lemon and mustard oil

£6.95

Black pudding wrapped in bacon, served with chilli jam and mixed leaves

£6.95

Prosciutto with melted mozzarella, roasted peppers, rocket, parmesan and balsamic vinegar

£6.95

Soup of the Day (v) - Served with bread and toasted croutons

£5.95

Smoked salmon and prawn parcels with a salad garnish and lemon and dill dressing

£6.95

Wild mushroom and chicken liver pâté with Cumberland sauce, leaves and vinaigrette

£6.95

Cumberland sausage meatballs on Linguini, pine nuts, tomato and oregano sauce and parmesan

£6.95

Main Courses Salmon fillet with tomato pesto crust, pak choi and citrus-soy sauce served with new potatoes

£15.95

Brisket of Cumbrian beef with roasted vegetables, mustard mashed potatoes and rich gravy

£15.95

Chicken Fusilli - Strips of chicken breast with fusilli pasta, chorizo, red peppers and cherry tomatoes. Dressed with a tomato and chilli sauce and finished with rocket and grated parmesan

£14.95

Pork Fillet or Wild Mushroom (v) Stir-Fry - Both contain a blend of ginger, baby sweetcorn, red onions and mange-tout on a bed of Linguini pasta Pork Fillet £15.95, Wild Mushroom £13.95 Cumbrian steak burger or Falafel burger (v) - Both served with chips and spicy tomato relish. Steak Burger £13.95, Falafel Burger £12.95 Oven-baked duck breast with sweet potato wedges, steamed spring onions and red currant sauce

£15.95

Slow-braised rolled belly pork served with home-made black pudding, apple purée with crispy crackling, fried cabbage and bacon, and mashed potatoes

£15.95

8oz Fillet steak/10oz Rib Eye steak/10oz Chicken Breast - Served with peppercorn sauce, sautéed mushrooms, chips, tomato and onion rings Fillet £22.95, Rib-Eye £17.95, Chicken £14.95

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The Eating In Guide The best takeaways in your local area.

Traditional Indian

Chinese

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Fraser’s Fish and Chips

Tiger Inn Takeaway

Marmaris Pizza and Kebab

33 Main Street, Egremont, CA22 2DR T: 01946 823642

Ropers

Moza Indian Takeaway

Best price, quality and quantity! 11 High Street, Cleator 8 High Street, Cleator Moor, Moor, CA25 5AH T: 01946 814664 CA25 5AH T: 01946 811812

66 Meadow Road, Mirehouse, Naj Tandoori CA28 8ER 10% Discount & Free 2Ltr T: 01946 65444 Bottle Of Soft Drink With Collection Orders Over £15 Free Local Home Delivery With Orders Over £15 18 Main Street, Egremont, CA22 2DW T: 01946 820088

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Orchid Manor

Five Course quality meal only £8.99 from Sun-Fri Strandhouse, Strand St, CA28 7LJ T: 01946 692676

(pizza, kebab, fried chicken)

6a Tangier Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7YZ T: 01946 62963

Moza Fried Chicken

Lip licking good! 8 High Street, Cleator Moor, CA25 5AH T: 01946 811812


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LAKELAND FOOD TO GO

The Big Take-out Sunday Lunch! Delicious Sunday Carvery. All

you can eat for £6.99 Order, pick-up and enjoy, or just eat in!

Order line: T: 01946 825 225

Lakeland Food To Go. 2 Main Street, Egremont

HUNDITH HILL HOTEL Try something different… The Hundith Hill family run country house hotel is known locally as the area’s premier venue for weddings and celebration dinners. They are now pleased to welcome you to join them for fantastic bar meals and evening dinners. The hotel’s Sunday lunches are very popular and great value, reservations can be made to avoid disappointment. Being set among some of the most beautiful scenery in the country makes dining at Hundith Hill a real experience. Dining out just got better. Lorton Vale, Cockermouth, CA13 9TH. Tel: 01900 822092. www.hundith.com

DE MARGO‘S JOIN US ON CHRISTMAS DAY!

Enjoy a delicious four course lunch served from 12noon - 4pm Adults £35, Pensioners £25, Children 12 and under £20

Book your Christmas party and enjoy a starter and main course or main course and sweet for £19.95 The Falcon Club, Crodella Avenue, Egremont, CA22 2QN Tel: 01946 824031/820421

T H E C H A S E H O T E L, W H I T E H A V E N

Set close to the beauty of the English Lakes, is a Georgian hotel built in 1840 in Whitehaven. Set in two acres of landscaped gardens, The Chase Hotel is quiet and relaxing despite the close proximity to the town centre. A warm and friendly welcome our friendly staff will do their utmost to make your stay enjoyable. The lounge area with our well stocked bar is the ideal place to relax with a bar meal, or why not unwind on our outdoor terrace. All of our bedrooms contain En-Suite shower over bath, sky TV (inc Sky sports), free Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee (inc biscuits), hairdryer and fresh towels and individually controlled central heating. Corkickle, Whitehaven, CA28 8AA Tel. 01946 693656 info@chasewhitehaven.co.uk www.chasewhitehaven.co.uk

Lingla

Cafe

LINGLA CAFE AT ST PAULS CHURCH 3 Course Sunday Lunch only £7.95 All fresh produce and home-made!

Book to avoid disappointment (Take-away also available)

Tasty Tuesday Meal Deal 2 courses for £5.95 Buffets also available to order at affordable prices T: 01946 815007 Church Street, Frizington, Cumbria, CA26 3SS

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Make this holiday booking first

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ith the cost of family holidays increasing, more and more people are looking to take their holidays at home, so a campervan or motorhome makes an ideal choice. Combining transport and accommodation, motorhome popularity is increasing both for holidays and as a hobby. But they’re expensive so before you consider such a big purchase you need to know as much as you can before your turn up to view. A new book, Motorhomes by Trevor Fry, gives essential guidance on the many sizes and types of motorhome available, the accessories you may expect your motorhome to be equipped with and it also shows you what you can do to make your motorhome more individual. Trevor Fry has been an enthusiastic motorhomer for more than 15 years, owning, maintaining and improving coach built and proprietary motorhomes. Covering every aspect of motorhome ownership, it explains the pitfalls of the ‘payload’ and ‘maximum gross weight’ figures and how to check them, and discusses fuel types, habitation, electrics, leisure batteries, chargers, fuel cells – in fact, everything you need to know to be a safe, self-sufficient motor-homer. • Written in clear, concise layman’s terms • Full colour photographs throughout • Tackles the basics • Not overly technical • Covers all types of motor caravan • Written for the beginner but also useful to the more experienced buyer • Covers campervans and motorhomes • Written by an enthusiast Looks at buying both new and used Helps you match your needs to your wallet • 80

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Be careful with your caravan

Motoring

A touring caravan is like a car... Pardon? To the extent that it needs regular servicing and although it isn’t subject to an annual MOT test, its best to have one done for your own peace of mind.

...Oh, I see!

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s Lee Armstrong, from North West Mobile Caravan and Motorhome Services, at Seaton, near Workington, says: “A Caravan is not just something you stick on the back end of a towing vehicle, every now and again, and just forget about. “There’s gas appliances such as the cooker, fridge and blow heater, to consider as well as taps, toilets, piping, brakes, wheel and tyres and even dampness to consider,” says Lee, who has undergone the course run by the Mobile Caravan Engineers’ Association (MCEA). Particular attention is paid to testing gas appliances and fittings and gas competence is part of the MCEA training that Lee has undergone.

As part of his servicing procedure Lee can also take readings to detect any dampness penetration and can attend to any leaking seals, which can be common faults on caravans. Parts can all be supplied and fitted and a full valeting service is also available. So, in a nutshell, Lee delivers quality service at a competitive price, added to the convenience of mobile servicing and repairs at your home, storage-site or pitch. North West Mobile Caravan and Motorhome Services covers a wide-ranging area, ranging from Seascale to Silloth and inland as far as Keswick and also offers an emergency call out service, which is particularly useful to short-stay visitors to the area who encounter any problems.

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Hire car finds never cease to amaze

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uropcar hires out thousands of vehicles every day but the variety of weird and wonderful items left by customers never fails to puzzle staff.

ashes of a customer’s mother had been brought over from South Africa and the customer was relieved to have them back so that she could scatter them at her mother’s birth place.

Unsurprisingly, sunglasses, CDs and loose change are the most common items left in Europcar vehicles. However, some customers carry more intriguing cargo when they travel, as Europcar’s lost property department has recently reported. 

And all the glasses that go unclaimed are recycled as part of Europcar’s ‘Go Green’ pledge.

Unusual Items Left in Europcar’s Rental Cars in 2012 • • • • •

A live mouse in a cage Two 6x10 ft oil paintings Ashes in an urn 30 plants A hedge trimmer

It was Europcar’s Belfast City Airport branch that found an urn of ashes when a vehicle was returned. The

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But probably the best item left behind was discovered by staff at Europcar’s Blackpool Station location. It was a life-size dummy, dressed as an old lady and left in the boot of a Ford Focus. The Europcar driver had the fright of his life when he thought he’d found a body! “Judging from our lost property, our vehicles have a tale to tell” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group.  “But our staff always go out of their way to reunite our customers with their forgotten items, no matter how bizarre.”


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CAN YOU spot a future classic?

By Chris Breen

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s time moves on and the brigades of classic car enthusiasts grow older then along come new generations with different ideas and different cars. It’s a natural progression because older classic cars become increasingly scarce and expensive, and in any case they don’t always appeal to the younger band of enthusiasts for a number of reasons other than prohibitive prices. But the cars of your youth, the ones that you always yearned for when you were a teenager (or even younger) are always a favourite category with any age group and sporty models, particularly Fords, from successive eras are always up there among the enthusiasts’ all-time favourites.

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Motoring And while Mark One and Two Ford Escort prices have climbed way beyond the range of the average enthusiast – figures of £10,000 - £15,000 and more are not now uncommon for certain models – it means that later Escorts are growing steadily in stature and value but, for the time being at least, remain just about affordable. This 1989 G-Reg Mk IV Ford Escort RS Turbo belongs to our very own Graphic Designer, Gary Hunter, from Workington, and has been the subject of a gradual five-year restoration. Gary purchased the car in October last year, and carried on the restoration begun by the previous owner. “I picked the car up as a bare shell on the back of a trailer with not a thing attached to it, said Gary. “People thought I was mad, but as soon as I had seen the car “in the flesh” I realised the potential and I had to have it!” Gary said. The first thing Gary attacked was the underside and the complete floor and inner arches of the car were stripped right back to metal, taking all the factory under-seal off, to reveal solid metal beneath. Several coats of primer paint were then applied and the area was then finished in stonechip, for extra protection. Every component you can imagine has been blasted and powder-coated in a satin black finish, from the wishbones, anti-roll bars, drive-shafts, struts, springs, steering rack, brake drums to the hubs... if you can see it, it has been done. During the rebuild every nut, bolt, clip, bearing, seal and gasket on the car was replaced, the fuel tank, fuel and brake lines were also refurbished as was the engine block and gearbox. The car has covered just 53,000 miles from new and the underside now resembles the upper exterior of the car. A difficult man to please, Gary still has plans to further improve the car during the winter months, “It’s coming off the road in the next few weeks after which the first thing I will be doing is refurbishing the gearbox and repainting a few areas of the floor I am not quite happy with. I have the concours bug now from the summer shows so, hopefully next year, it will be a show winner.” Now Gary’s hoping that the car’s value will ultimately match its turbo enhanced acceleration.

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RUGBY UNION:

Greengarth celebrate 60 years ... and new Cumbria 2 League By John Walsh

Gosforth Greengarth are on a par with the Queen – celebrating their Diamond Jubilee this year. Yet 60 years of rugby union in the area has sometimes been a struggle; indeed last year they lost their place in the Cumbria League. But a revamped competition this season has offered a lifeline and according to the chairman, Paul Rudd, the club is determined to grab it. A former scrum-half/full-back whose career was ended 10 years ago by a snapped Achilles tendon, says: “It was very much against our wishes when the powers that be took us out of the Cumbria League and put us in the Cumbria Shield.  We had been struggling for numbers but still wanted to stay at that level.

“However, now that this new Cumbria Two has been launched, with two regionalised Leagues, we are happy to be involved again. “One of the reasons behind the new setup was to get lads back playing rugby. In Cumbria 2 if you can only take nine players away with you the game goes ahead with the opposition having no more than ten – i.e. only one more than you can field. “So far this season we have played three games, won one of them and in one of them took 11 so the opposition played us with 12.” Gosforth Greengarth are in Cumbria  2North West, alongside Aspatria Eagles, Egremont 2nds, Cockermouth, Moresby, St. Benedict’s Ravens, Wigton Wanderers, Workington Steelers and Whitehaven 2nds. “It’s going well and we seem to have a nice mix of youth and experience. Like a few other clubs we could use extra players but it’s been especially rewarding to introduce young players to the sport – and they have stuck with it. “We have a good field – the old Gosforth Showground – and we have actually allowed other clubs to use it when their own pitches were waterlogged. Our changing facilities are across the road at the Gosforth cricket pavilion,” says Paul. The village celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee with a barbecue and party, which the rugby club supported enthusiastically. “Obviously with the rugby club celebrating 60 years, too, this season we will be doing something to mark the special occasion,.

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“I know one or two would like to do some fund-raising but we will probably be holding a Jubilee dinner over Christmas and fix-up a special game at Easter time,” says Paul. A former player, then a member of the committee, before becoming secretary, Paul took over the chair halfway through last season. “Our aim has to be to get more lads playing rugby union, which fits well in the new Cumbria Two concept,” he says.

Anybody who fancies joining Gosforth Greengarth, where they will receive a warm welcome, can contact Paul on 019467 27922 or if you fancy seeing them in action first – these are the matches for October – 6th, at Moresby; 13th, home to Wigton Wanderers; 20th, Free; 27th, home to Aspatria Eagles.

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RUGBY LEAGUE:

down under for over 30 years decided he wanted to coach in England and thought Whitehaven would be the perfect option for him to try his hand at “first-grade footy.”

By Jordan Weir

But things didn’t go as well as they could have and although the precious promotion was secured ultimately Gailer received his marching orders.

Promotion won... but stronger squad needed to keep it WELL, as is usual, following the chocolate, blue and gold is never straightforward but last season there was one main aim, promotion, which was achieved but is that enough? The man given the task to gain promotion was unknown Australian, Don Gailer, who after coaching junior teams 90

Overall it was a difficult and rocky road for Haven to gain promotion but championship rugby will be played at the Recre, next season, under a new coach, Dave Woods, Gailer being sacked in the wake of defeat in London.


Sport Clearly now Haven will have to improve their squad if they want to fully compete next year. The pre-season this year began slowly with defeats at neighbours Workington in the Ike Southward memorial game and a draw at home to Oldham in the Seat Cup but rounded off with a comeback 34-32 victory against Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos after being 12-28 down at half time. But it didn’t set the tone for Northern Rail Cup campaign as Haven only recorded one victory against Gateshead Thunder and lost to Barrow, Hunslet and Workington.

for fourth spot with Oldham and Rochdale.

Haven also lost their first game of the league campaign at eventual league champions Doncaster. Haven then won their first league match, at home to Rochdale, and continued this run into the Challenge Cup, by putting 50 points on amateur side Hunslet Warriors. Then a victory at Gateshead in the league put Haven on a three game winning streak going into the third West Cumbrian Derby of the season. The game saw the debut of PNG international Jessie Joe Parker but it resulted in a third straight defeat against Town this season after they recorded a rare league victory in haven’s own backyard. The Challenge Cup campaign then came to an abrupt end against Super League side Salford 18-58. Haven then strung together four victories in the league against South Wales, London, North Wales and Oldham with three but they lost yet another Cumbrian derby in May, at home to Barrow, conceding 42 points at home. Haven then stopped the rot, at home to South Wales but another Cumbrian derby 30-28 at Derwent Park, meant haven could forget winning the league title and the focus shifted on finishing in the top four which meant gaining promotion. Victory at home to Oldham almost secured a top four place but defeat at Barrow on TV put haven back in a race

Thankfully three consecutive victories against Rochdale, Doncaster and Gateshead secured that fourth place and promotion. In the last two games of the regular season Haven lost in London and beat North Wales at home. In the play-offs Haven beat Rochdale 40-12. This set up a fifth clash of the season against Workington, but a lack-lustre display saw Haven succumb for the fifth time, by 26-2.

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Whats On

Your guide to all that’s best in Carlisle, West Cumbria and Keswick, from

MusicTheatreFilmComedyOther

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The What’s On Guide October/November MusicTheatreFilmComedyOther Crash Radio The Brickyard, Carlisle

Music Thur Oct 4 The Virginmarys Plus Supports The Brickyard, Carlisle

The Old Dance School The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Fri Oct 5 Eggner Trio Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Sun Oct 14 Action for Children Charity Show Whitehaven Civic Hall

Ex Leppers Vine Bar, Workington

Sun Oct 14 Imogen Cooper (Piano) Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Fri Oct 19 CatDog Vine Bar, Workington

Sam Baker The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Raintown The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Sat Oct 6 The Lorraine Crosby Band Whitehaven Civic Hall

Sat Oct 20 Solway Deltas Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Sun Oct 7 The Border Concert Band Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

No Soap No Radio Skinny Gorilla, Carlisle

Wed Oct 10 Folk Jam Session Castle Bar, Cockermouth Market Place

Sun Oct 21 The Ben Poole Band The Golden Lion, Maryport Reach Out Charity Concert Carnegie Thetare, Workington 10cc The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Oct 26 Halloween Fancy Dress Seduction Vine Bar, Workington Band Blast Halloween Disco The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Charlotte Church Sun Oct 7 Carnegie Theatre, Workington

The Border Concert Band

Fri Oct 12 DC 79 Vine Bar, Workington Sat Oct 13 Colt 45 - EP Launch, Tauntra, The Sheepwagon and Car 98

Sat Oct 27 Francis Dunnery & Friends Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven The Bon Jovi Experience The Sands Centre, Carlisle Sun Oct 28 Maddy Prior Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

Fri Nov 2 Dominic Kirwan The Sands Centre, Carlisle Live music - Mickey Jupp & Mo Whitham Woolpack Inn, Boot Sat Nov 3 Alex WIlson Trio Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Sun Nov 4 Kathryn Tickell Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Sat Oct 27

Francis Dunnery & Friends

Wed Nov 7 Kate Dimbleby Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Wed Nov 7-10 Workington Music Festival Carnegie Theatre, Workington Fri Nov 9 Club Rock Club Rock, Carlisle David Essex The Sands Centre, Carlisle Thurs Nov 10 Prague Symphony Orchestra The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Nov 9 - 11 Carlisle Blues Festival Swallow Hilltop Hotel, Carlisle Sun Nov 11 The Proclaimers The Sands Centre, Carlisle


Whats On

Mon Nov 12 Rizzle Kicks The Sands Centre, Carlisle Sat Nov 17 An Evening of Verdi and Puccini Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Tue Oct 9 - 10 Kinetic Theatre - The Light Fantastic Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Tue Oct 9 - 13 Calendar Girls The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Sun Nov 4 Romeo and Juliet The Sands Centre, Carlisle Wed Nov 7 Ebenezer Whitehaven Civic Hall

The Lottery Winners Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Wed Nov 14 Celtic Dream Carnegie Theatre, workington

Sun Nov 18 The Frith Piano Quartet Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

Wed Nov 14 - 17 The Imaginary Invalid Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

The Overtones The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Wed Nov 14 - 17 Rosehill Players - When We Are Married Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Thur Nov 15

Sun Nov 25 Elias String Quartet Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Mon Nov 26 Elias String Quartet The Sands Centre, Carlisle

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Mumford and Sons The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Fri Oct 12 Bane 1 & 2 The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Fri Nov 30 Phil Lewthwaite Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Fri Oct 19 Think Pink! The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Friday Nov 30 Special Christmas Acoustic Night with “The Lottery Winners” White Mare, Beckermet

Thur Oct 25 The Dancer and The Devil Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Theatre Fri Oct 5 Back to Broadway Whitehaven Civic Hall Mon Oct 8 - 13 Every Other Evening by Francois Campaux Carlisle Green Room Club, West Walls, Carlisle The Sound Of Music, Workington Amateur Operatics Society Carnegie Theatre, Workington

The Nutcracker Theatre by The Lake, Keswick Fri Nov 16 Vagina Monologues The Sands Centre, Carlisle Mon Nov 19 Shakespeare Schools Festival Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

Josh’s Monsters The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Sat Oct 27-31 Workington Dance Festival Carnegie Theatre, Workington Sun Oct 28 Milkshake The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Nov 2 Chicago Blues Brothers Carnegie Thetare, Workington Sat Nov 3 Zonked Out On Acdo Carnegie Theatre, Workington

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Going their own way - Thirteen Stars Made up of Matt “Hoss” Thompson (vocals), Jax Sedgewick (Guitar), Andrew Bates (Drums/percussion), and Matt Eden (Bass), Thirteen Stars derive their name from the Betsy Ross Flag, the first American flag, symbolic of the American Revolution. It’s symbolic too of their approach to music. Along with their name, their ethos is to play what they want, when they want, and where they want. Here Corey Bedford speaks to the band about their latest album, the band’s influences, and upcoming gigs, among other things. CB: So your third album, Way Dju, has been released and sold in the Carlisle branch of HMV. How have people reacted to it? Are you pleased? TS: The fans’ reactions to the third album have been overwhelmingly positive. We have been working towards an out and out Rock album for some time, so it’s been a natural progression. We also road tested the material extensively (something we continue to do) and this helps to gauge how a crowd reacts to a song and also helps the songs to develop in a very organic manner. CB: Who are the band’s influences? TS: The bands influences are very wide and varied. From such bands as Led Zeppelin, Trapeze, CSNY, Queen, Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Stevie Wonder, Motown, Sixties pop music and even classical composers such as Mahler, Beethoven, Wagner,Vaughn Williams and Joaquin Rodrigo. 100

CB: You are known for your strong feelings against artistic restraints, pigeon-holing, and other aspects of mainstream music. Would you like to share these opinions in detail? And what made those opinions develop? TS: It is our belief that artists shouldn’t restrain themselves in their artistic output (Staying within the law obviously). To pigeon-hole a songwriter, or to try and force yourself to write entirely in one genre is a desperately suffocating action. We write the songs that we feel like writing at a given point. This may be an acoustic-based song drawing on folk influences or classical Spanish guitar music, or it may be a blues rock song, or jingle-jangle pop song. It is the quality of the song that is important to us, not the genre. The great bands that we love did, and, in some cases continue to, follow their own compass musically. This, we feel, grants the music an integrity often lacking in modern mainstream music. 


CB: Have you got many upcoming gigs in the area? TS: We have a very busy August. Details of our gigs can be found on our Facebook site, our Bandsintown site or our Ents 24 site. CB: What does the future hold for Thirteen Stars? TS: It’s pretty difficult to say. It’s an unknown country. We plan to continue as we have been for a very long time to come. Hopefully this will lead us to a greater awareness of our work and greater numbers of supporters. We should like to point out though, that the fans we currently have are an amazing bunch. Their support is unfaltering and continues to drive us forwards.

CB: What are some of your favourite albums? TS: The Entire back catalogues of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd;. Burn and Stormbringer by Deep Purple;You are the music, We’re just the band and Medusa by Trapeze; Sweetheart of the Rodeo, by the Byrds; all of the Queen albums between 1971-1980; Exile on Mainstreet, by The Rolling Stones; Consolers of the Lonely, by the Raconteurs; Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys; The Soundtrack to Almost Famous, Innervisions and Talking Book by Stevie Wonder and lots more. There’s too many to print really. Oh, and Bruce Springsteen, anything by him. We particularly love Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey. CB: Do you have any ways for people to keep in touch with Thirteen Stars and find out about gigs/updates? TS: We check our Facebook daily and respond to our fans as often as possible. Our gigs are listed on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/Thirteen.Stars.UK), ents 24 (www.ents24.com/web/artist/169379/13_Stars. html) and bandsintown (www.bandsintown.com/ThirteenStars). You can see them at The Waterfront, Whitehaven on October 14; and at Club Rock, Carlisle on October 27. 101


The What’s On Guide October/November MusicTheatreFilmComedyOther

Film Mon Oct 1 Marley (15) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Wed Oct 3 FILM CLUB:Like Water For Chocolate (15) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Searching for Sugar Man Plaza Cinema Workington Wed Oct 3-4 Brave Rosehill theatre, Whitehaven

Wed Oct 10 FILM CLUB: Mosily Mariha (PG) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Wed Oct 10 Shadow Dancer (15) Plaza Cinema Workington Fri Oct 12 Hotel Transylvania (U) Plaza Cinema Workington Mon Oct 15 Even the Rain (15) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Wed Oct 17 FILM CLUB: Eat Drink Man Woman (PG) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Thurs Oct 4 Taken 2 (cert tbc) Plaza Cinema Workington

Wed Oct 17 Jo Nesbo’s: Jackpot (15) Plaza Cinema Workington Frankenweenie (PG) Plaza Cinema Workington Wed Oct 17-18 Shadow Dancer Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Fri Oct 19 Madagascar 3 (PG) Plaza Cinema, Workington Wed Oct 3-4

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Fri Oct 5 Sinister (cert tbc) Plaza Cinema Workington Sat Oct 6 Think Pink fundraising night - Grease Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Mon Oct 8 Monsieur Lazhar (12A) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Tue Oct 9 Cinemamas: Red Dog (12A) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth 102

Paranormal Activity 4 Plaza Cinema Workington Sat Oct 20 - 7.30pm The Best of Kendal Mountain festival The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Mon Oct 22 2 Days in New York (15) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Wed Oct 24 FILM CLUB: Big Night (15) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

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The Flowers of War

Mon Oct 29 Moonrise Kingdom (12A) The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth Wed Oct 31 Silent Hill: Revelation Plaza Cinema Workington Wed Oct 31- Thurs Nov 1 Young People’s Film Group Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Fri Nov 2 The Sapphires (PG) Plaza Cinema Workington Wed Nov 7 When The Lights Went Out Plaza Cinema Workington Argo (15) Plaza Cinema Workington Fri Nov 9 Here Comes the Boom Plaza Cinema Workington Wed Nov 14 To Rome With Love (12A) Plaza Cinema Workington Fri Nov 16 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt.2 Plaza Cinema Workington

Take this Waltz (15) Plaza Cinema Workington

Wed Nov 21 Hysteria (15) Plaza Cinema Workington

Fri Oct 26 Skyfall (cert tbc) Plaza Cinema Workington

Wed Nov 21-22 Take This Waltz Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven (Plaza cinema listings subect to change)


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Fri Nov 23 Nativity 2 (U) Plaza Cinema Workington

Fri Oct 26 Alan Davies - Life Is Pain The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Other Mon Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Over-50s Session 8:30am-12:30pm Stroke Workshop 1-2pm, Over-50s Class 2-3pm Fit for Life, Maryport

Wed Nov 28 The Flowers of War Plaza Cinema Workington Fri Nov 30 Great Expectations Plaza Cinema Workington Rise of the Guardians Plaza Cinema Workington Sat Dec 1 The Railway Children Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

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Comedy Sat Oct 20 Kevin Bridges The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Fri Nov 2 Tim Key MASTERSLUT Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Sat Nov 17 Russell Kane - Posturing Delivery The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Nov 23 Arthur Smith & Friends Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

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Kevin Bridges

Fri Nov 30 Stewart Francis Outstanding In His Field The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Tue Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Heart Workshop 9-10am, 10:15-11:15am, 11:3012:30pm, 1-2pm, Can B Fit (Cancer Rehabilitation) 2-3pm Fit for Life, Maryport Tue Oct 2, 9, 16, 22 and 29 Heart Workshop 9-10am, 10-11am The Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington Mon Oct 8-11 Mushroom Festival Woolpack Inn, Boot Tue Oct 9 Military records for family history by Stuart Eastwood Helena Thompson Museum, Workington Sat Oct 13 Wasdale Show Wasdale Mon Oct 15 My Falklands War Richard Hutchins Helena Thompson Museum,

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The What’s On Guide October/November MusicTheatreFilmComedyOther Workington Tue Oct 16 AGM “Problem Peeps” Mr I. McCleary Helena Thompson Museum, Workington Thurs Oct 18-20 Oktober Beer Festival Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Friday Dec 7 Father Christmas at The White Mare White Mare, Beckermet

Sun Nov 11 Firework Display Memorial Gardens, Cockermouth Wed Nov 14 Pam Ayres - Selection of Poems and Stories Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

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Sun Oct 21 The Greta - Illustrated talk by Keith Richardson and Val Corbett Theatre by The Lake, Keswick Wed Oct 24 An Evening of Clairvoyance by Sue Cunningham Carnegie Theatre, Workington Solway Historic Rally Cockermouth

Thurs Nov 1-5 NO Fireworks! Bring the dogs for a weekend away! Woolpack Inn, Boot

Fri Nov 16 Survivors of the ice Age- Dr Alice Roberts Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Thurs Nov 15-19 Wine Festival Woolpack Inn, Boot Tue Nov 20 An audience with Dan Snow Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Sat Nov 24 Clash of The Titans 3 Championship Boxing Carnegie Theatre, Workington Mon Nov 26 - Sun Dec 30 Christmas Fayre/Cavery White Mare, beckermet Thursday Dec 6 Brian Hartley and George Ward Memorial Pool Competition White Mare, Beckermet

Thurs Nov 15-19 Wine Festival

Wednesday Dec 12 White Mare Special Christmas Quiz White Mare, Beckermet Tues Dec 4-29 Victorian Christmas at the Castle Woolpack Inn, Boot Mon Dec 31 No Nonsense New Year’s Eve Woolpack Inn, Boot

Haven Crafts Workshop Schedule Autumn Winter 2012 Schedule A Sat Oct 6 Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Schedule B Sat Nov 17 Special Christmas Cards

Sat Dec 1 Sat Oct 20 Shelltastic Angels Table Decorations Sat Nov 3 Gift Boxes

Sat Dec 15 Boredom Busters

Sat Oct 13 Exploding Boxes Sat Oct 27 Acetate Magic Sat Nov 10 Christmas Decorations

Sat Nov 24 Christmas Polystyrene Shapes Sat Dec 8 Christmas Trees and Sweety Cakes

Classes are charged at £10 per person and include all materials, equipment and te/coffee and cake Please call 09146 692643 to book 60 Roper St, Whitehaven, CA28 7AB 104


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Family, Friend and Visitor Accommodation Guide

Accommodation

THE CORNER HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST At The Corner House we pride ourself on providing the right balance of service and quality that you would expect from a hotel with the personal and friendly atmosphere you would find in a bed and breakfast. Whether it’s a romantic weekend away, fell walking, cycling or business; The Corner House offers quality accommodation, comfort and style. 1 Laurel Bank, Foxhouses Rd, Whitehaven, CA28 8AD Tel: 01946 843 524 www.thecornerhousebandb.co.uk

KING GEORGE IV INN Nestled in the beautifully Eskdale valley The King George is the place to stay, whether you just want to relax in the peaceful setting, clime England’s highest mountain or something in between. We have three self-catering holiday lets, The Apartment sleeps 8, The Cabin sleeps 6 and The Flat sleeps 4 and we also have two double en-suite rooms. Start your day with our hearty Cumbrian breakfast and then enjoy our local home cooked food which is served from 12 to 8.45 every day and wash it all down with a great pint of local real ale Eskdale CA19 1TS T: 019467 23470 www.kinggeorge-eskdale.co.uk info@kinggeorge-eskdale.co.uk

C A L D E R H O U S E H O T E L, S E A S C A L E An elegant Victorian seafront Hotel, beautifully appointed contemporary bedrooms. Bar and restaurant open daily, offering a wide choice of menus, lunchtime and evenings, traditional ales, malts, wines and spirits for business or pleasure - a warm welcome awaits you. Special offer weekend deals throughout the year. For that special occasion or even just sheer indulgence why not spend a night in one of our luxury executive rooms.? Calder House Hotel, The Banks, Seascale, Cumbria. CA20 1QP Tel/Fax: 019467 28538 email: steveandy@calderhouse.co.uk www.calderhouse.co.uk

FOREST HOW

A hidden jewel in Eskdale Green, Forest How Guest House offers peace and tranquillity set in beautiful gardens with absolutely stunning scenery. Come and experience the best that nature has to offer – enjoy watching red squirrels while you eat breakfast in the conservatory, spot roe deer in the field or in the garden and have fun trying to identify the garden birds that flock to the feeders. Forest How is the ideal retreat for couples and busy executives. Come and relax, unwind and walk in our little back yard – the Eskdale Valley.

Children welcome over the age of 18, dogs of any age welcome! Eskdale Green CA19 1TR Call: 019467 23201 or for more info: www.foresthow.co.uk

LULU‘S B&B

We have three luxurious bedrooms available to let, which are Orient Express, Northern Bell and Flying Scotsman. There is a lounge and private dining room which is shared by the three rooms, however the restaurant is separate. All rooms are non-smoking with luxurious decor, antique style and king size brass beds. Double Room: £70, Single Room: £55 (one night) or £50 (two nights plus) Prices include a freshly cooked breakfast. Weekend Specials: £140 (two nights accommodation for two people including four course diner on one of the evenings) Room only special price of £40 when dining Fri to Sun evening. The Old Station House, 134 Main Street, St Bees, Cumbria, CA27 0DG For booking’s tel: 01946 822600

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Wildlife of The Solway Firth The Grey Mullet

Chelon labrosus by Mark Vollers

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he Grey Mullet has to be listed as one of the most resourceful and difficult to catch of any fish in the Solway Firth, and as proof of its adaptability it can also be found on most Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. It is tolerant of low salinity and poor water quality, so can often be found in river estuaries, harbours and in marinas where it will find a meal where other fish would starve or die. Particularly in the Summer months in Maryport they can be seen cruising in with the tide, venturing right into the shallows leaving signature ‘v’ shaped ripples on the surface as they do so. Mullet are omnivorous, that is to say they can survive equally well on vegetable matter such as seaweed, or by scavenging on animal detritus. They have wide a mouth with ‘lips’ that are adapted for nibbling and scraping rock

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surfaces, so they are never going to grab and swallow fisherman’s bait…they have to be caught on really small hooks or by using nets, but they are powerful swimmers and will often leap clean over the latter. Sometimes they can be observed apparently gulping for air on the surface, but in reality they are skimming the top layers of water for scummy organic residues that still offer a meal. No wonder then that they can reach a size of nearly 75cm and live for 25 years or more. In the Lake District Coast Aquarium we always have Grey Mullet of all sizes on display, some of which have been with us since opening in 1997. www.coastaquarium.co.uk


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Attractions

Haig Mining Museum Muncaster Castle Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway The Beacon The Rum Story Haig Mining Museum 01946 599 949

Cumbria County Council 0800 121 8800

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Council and other services

Egremont Library Copeland Council enquiries Copeland Council out of hours emergency Cumbria County Council Whitehaven Credit Union Whitehaven Library

01946 820 464 0845 054 8600 01946 815 500 0800 121 8800 01946 667 55 01946 506 400

Emergency services

Police/Fire/Ambulance Emergency Non-emergency Police

999 0845 3300 247

Medical Non-emergency Police 0845 3300 247

Cuedoc 01228 401 999

Careline Cuedoc Lowther Medical Centre Mansion House NHS Direct Proudfoot and Rudman Queen Street Medical Surgery Sydney and Partners Trinity Health Surgery West Cumberland Hospital

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Miscellaneous

Citizens’ advice bureau W. Fare Ltd pharmacy Citizens’ Advice Bureau 01946 693 321

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Sports Centres and swimming pools Egremont swimming pool Hensingham swimming pool Whitehaven sports centre

01946 821 038 01946 696 049 01946 695 666

If you’d like your service listed here, please call 01946 816 716 Copeland swimming pool

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Sports Grounds

Whitehaven cricket ground Whitehaven Recreation Ground

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Theatres and cinema Carnegie Theatre Kirkgate Theatre Plaza Cinema Rosehill Theatre Theatre by the lake The Wave Whitehaven Civic Hall

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Travel and weather

Bus timetables Lake District weather service Train timetables

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Vets

Galemire Cleator Moor, CA25 5QX Millcroft 66a Main St, Egremont, CA22 2DB West Lakeland Veterinary Group St Bridget’s Lane, Egremont, CA22 2BB West Lakeland Vetinary Group Preston St, Whitehaven, CA28 9DL Solution to Crossword

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