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HERE's a bit of an Irish musical invasion going on in the area this year with the visit of Sir Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats, to Whitehaven, this summer and for fans of a slightly different musical genre, there's that of Irish folk legends, The Fureys, to Cleator Moor, in March, for St Patrick's Day.

That promises to be a bit of a do if the Guinness doesn’t run out (and bit more of a do if it does) but as funding of all types dries up in all directions, it is very encouraging to see at least one community succeed in its efforts to financially back and grow its own events. Since its formation last year The Creator Moor, Committee has organised music-related events and put the proceeds towards backing the big event. Ticket sales are promising and we wish them every success.

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The Whitehaven Guide | Contents



6-7 Bob Geldof and

The Boomtown Rats Set for Whitehaven Reunion

8-9 Paintings Paradise for Buyers Gosforth and District Art Society Exhibition

10-11 Sandi Thom


From the Albert Hall to Egremont

12-13 RUM-berland Sausage To Feature at New Whitehaven Show!

14-15 Cumbria’s Starring Roles The County’s Famous Film Locations




It’s Your Skin That Matters Beauty by Bridget Foster

36-37 Well I’ll be Puckered...

The Secret of Luscious Lips


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Alan Spedding Recipe Potted Trout

44-45 Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs A Healthy and Tasty Recipe



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More power and 51MPG Possible

54-55  Whitehaven Rugby League Promotion - Relegation is Better for the Game


64 Whats On Listings Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy and more!

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Feature | The Boomtown Rats at Whitehaven Live

‘Saint Bob’ and the ‘Rats’ set for Whitehaven reunion


egendary Irish rock star Sir Bob Geldof and his band The Boomtown Rats, will play at a Whitehaven Live event this July.

Furthermore the performance will be one of only a small number of opportunities to see the newly-reformed group on stage together after splitting up nearly 27 years ago. Geldof co-wrote Do They Know It’s Christmas?, one of the best-selling singles of all time and starred in Pink Floyd’s 1982 film Pink Floyd The Wall. The Boomtown Rats, who had a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, will be the headline performers at Whitehaven Athletics Stadium, on Saturday July 5. Bob Geldof

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Whitehaven Live will be one of a number of events organised

The Boomtown Rats at Whitehaven Live | Feature

The Boomtown Rats in 1981

for the town this year by the Whitehaven Festival Company and sponsored by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP). Tickets will be on sale from Thursday January 30 at The Boomtown Rats formed in Ireland in 1975 and moved to London in 1976 to become part of the Capital’s punk scene. They had two number one hits, Rat Trap and I Don’t like Mondays, and three Top-10 albums. Gerard Richardson, who heads the Whitehaven Festival Co. said: “It’s their first ever gig in West Cumbria. With other acts we’ve yet to announce, it’s set to be a fantastic line up!” Ian Hudson, General Manager for sponsors NMP, said: “Whitehaven Live will be a great event, attracting locals and visitors alike. It also offers significant social and economic benefits for the town’s shops, restaurants and other businesses that are needed to facilitate and support the staging and hosting of such an event.” The announcement came the week after Mr Richardson revealed the untimely death of the original Whitehaven Festival due to a combination of receding space, growing costs and increasing numbers of people threatening to sue over alleged minor accidents. For further information on Whitehaven Live or other events this year check visit or follow Twitter @wfestival. February/March 2014 | 7

Feature | Gosforth & District Art Society Exhibition

Winter Sun

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F you want to buy an original painting then Gosforth, this Easter, is the place to be.

A new Gosforth and District Art Society exhibition is to take place there in the village hall. It’s in addition to the now traditional exhibition held each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend but differs in that only members of the society will be allowed to exhibit and sell their work, which will consist only of original paintings and of unframed, but mounted paintings.

Daffodils Jakki Barratt’s Snow Walker

The exhibition takes place on Saturday / Easter Sunday April 19 / 20 and will involve about 65 artists from all over Cumbria, including professionals. Admission will be free and the exhibition will be open from 10am to 4.30pm (Sunday 4pm). Home-made refreshments will also be available. One of the society’s organisers, Jakki Barrett, told us: “We also raise funds to help pay for visiting professional tutors for our members and have had great success in attracting top artists – who would normally be out of members’ reach – to come and provide comprehensive workshops for us”. “In the past year we have also attracted many new members who are keen to help and we draw our membership from all over West Cumbria”. The Society also exhibits its paintings as a group in Muncaster Castle and at the Lakeland Habit, village store and café, in Gosforth.

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Gosforth & District Art Society Exhibition | Feature

Ray Nixon painting

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From the Albert Hall to EGREMONT

Ali Hipkin talks to the woman who wished she was a punk rocker


iven that Sandi Thom has lived in L.A for the past four years it was refreshing to hear a soft Scottish voice answer the phone. She shot to fame in 2005 with her debut single I wish I was a Punk Rocker but after a disappointing second album was dropped by her label. “The record company did a mass cull in 2008. The music industry was changing and the stakes were very high.” The split from her management and her record label, although a setback, was not the end of her musical ambition. She moved to LA; set up her own record company; struck a deal with a huge music distributor; secured a deal with Sony ATV for her publishing company; formed her own booking agency and still manages to write, perform and tour. “The music industry in LA isn’t too different; all the big music companies are becoming integrated so there are only a few big players left.” “I suppose the difference with LA is that people are willing to listen. LA is sort of billed as the land where anything is possible with a “can do” attitude.” “The CEO of my music distributors was the last of the great believers. I went from having everything on a plate with a label in England to nothing and for someone to take a chance on me was so uplifting.” “Setting up a music label wasn’t a conscious decision but a necessity; I didn’t think that finding another record company was right for me so when I moved to LA I put on my best business suit and pretty much hounded this guy for months until he gave me a meeting with Universal.” 10 | The 10 |Whitehaven The Guide Magazine Guide

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Last year brought Sandi Thom to our region as she performed at the Women Out West Festival in Egremont, a venue she will be returning to in April of this year with her “Flesh and Blood” tour. “I like to go where people are fun. I had such a great time when I was there last time, people were so great. The bigger venues are where the money is but the great thing about booking my own shows is that I can choose to go where I want to perform. I like to go where people wouldn’t expect me to go.” “This year there’ll be more effects, guitars, percussions, stomp boxes. I want to be the ultimate one man band and for people to see one person but to experience something more spectacular. I want to put on the best show possible.” Sandi’s latest album; “The Covers Collection” was released in November and features acoustic covers of iconic rock songs, which influenced her musical journey, from “November Rain” by Guns ‘N’ Roses to Led Zeppelin’s “The Rain Song”. “I don’t want to recreate the original or to match them. By stripping the songs back to me and a guitar or a piano pays homage to the fact that they are great songs.” Having only just released “The Covers Collection” Sandi Thom is already at work on her next album. “My fans are my biggest critics and are at the forefront of whether I am doing it right or not. I’m humbled by the loyalty of my fans. At the end of the day I just like to play music and I am grateful that people want to listen.” The Flesh and Blood Tour which kicks off at the Albert Hall will have new and old material and will be at Egremont Market Hall on April 10. February/March 2014 | 11

Feature | Western Lakes Home & Garden Show

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to feature at new Whitehaven show!


ILLED as “the most exciting new show of its kind in 2014 the Western Lakes Home and Garden Show will take place in Whitehaven on the weekend on Friday and Saturday May 16 -17. It’s one of a series of individual events this year, designed to replace the big summer Whitehaven Festival and as the Guide went to press full details were still to be released but a brand new West Cumberland Sausage, with, Whitehaven’s Jefferson’s Rum in the recipe, is to feature.

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The recipe has been created by celebrity chef Peter Sidwell, who presents Britain’s Best Bakery show on ITV 1. Peter is also executive chef at Rheged, near Penrith and runs his own cookery school. So far also featured in the event will be fabulous chef and friend of Whitehaven, Jean Christophe Novelli; actor-turned-cheese maker, Sean Wilson, the former Coronation Street star, who runs the Saddleworth Cheese Company, near Oldham; Eric Robson, chairman of BBC radio’s Gardeners’ Question Time programme, who lives at Wasdale; interior designer, Anna Ryder Richardson; former Gardeners World presenter, Toby Buckland; celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock and BBC’s, James Wong. A number of other celebrities were also expected to take part. Organiser Gerard Richardson, of the Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “The show has us excited and hopefully it will leave you the same way”.

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Feature | Cumbria’s Starring Roles

Cumbria’s starring roles

MOTION PICTURESQUE LOWESWATER: The opening scene of the 2006 film “Miss Potter,” starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, used this location, with Rene sitting beneath the tree.


ormer Whitehaven man, Paul Swailes, has just published an e-book in Kindle form, on Amazon, about films that have used Cumbria as movie locations.

Paul, who runs Box Clever Storage Solutions, at Kingstown, Carlisle, and Embleton, near Cockermouth, and who now lives at Brampton, describes himself as “a film nut.” He has compiled a list of films, and those who starred in them, covering from 1940 to the present, under the title Made in Cumbria: When Hollywood Came to Town. It ranges from big blockbusters such as 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman to small independent movies. It lists big stars who have graced our county, such as Sir Michael and Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley, Trevor Howard, Ann-Margret and Meryl Streep, to name but a few. Even Alfred Hitchcock used Cumberland, as it was then, in the 1940s, as the setting for one of his films. In the book you will find over 60 films and television series listed. Some you may know of; some may surprise you.The information will be developed and updated as more comes to light and Paul hopes to produce a paper version in the not too distant future. 14 | The Whitehaven Guide

“Hopefully after reading it you’ll want to get out there and visit these locations,” Paul told us. “The films are as varied as our county; towns, villages, mountains and lakes have all featured in dramas, comedies, thrillers and even sci-fi and horror films”. Each title has a brief plot outline, a list of the actors who have appeared trivia and locations. (If known exactly). “I hope people will enjoy reading about which films and actors have graced the county and it will make them want to watch the films again, or for the first time, and get them to don their walking boots and visit the places used when Hollywood came to town,” Paul added. Our Photographer Brian Sherwen has also added to Paul’s list with his knowledge of local film photo shoots that include the use of Jefferson’s offices in the Rum Story, Whitehaven as offices in the filming of the Renée Zellweger/ Ewan McGregor film, Miss Potter and even a Bollywoood movie, on the mountains near Keswick. Famous film director Ken Russell’s used the Copeland area for two of his most famous films.

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Above: WHITEHAVEN ROLE: The former Jefferson’s Wines offices, now in The Rum Story, Whitehaven, which were used in the 2006 film Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. They featured as the offices of her husband, solicitor William Heelis, who was played by Lloyd Owen. Below: Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in Miss Potter

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Scenes from “Tommy” and “The Devils” — were shot in Whitehaven and the Wasdale valley respectively. Tommy was played by Roger Daltrey, of The Who, who took part in a sequence filmed in the pit yard at Whitehaven’s Haig Colliery. The film, released in 1975, also starred Oliver Reed and Elton John. For The Devils, Russell chose Wasdale and Wastwater for part of the filming. Oliver Reed was again one of the stars, alongside Vanessa Redgrave. Former Whitehaven RL player pub landlord Gordon Cottier, who worked at Haig Pit during the 1970s, remembered the filming there and later told a local newspaper: “Some lads from the pit were recruited as extras and I can recall a couple of them having to have their hair cut short to suit the period”. Ken Russell’s films achieved notoriety as well as box-office acclaim and the controversial director also sparked outrage while living in a Lakeland cottage at Borrowdale. During that time, Russell made allegations of wife swapping in Keswick and later apologised for his outburst. February/March 2014 | 15

Feature | Fobbles

Holmrook’s heaven for needlecraft devotees

Beverley Trembath Local volunteer quilters from Project Linus UK


HERE is a place not far from here where you can get everything... and more for your needlecraft needs.

exclusively by groups (minimum number five) is popular and the business also houses a particularly well-stocked shop which offers an online and mail order section.

Fobbles, at Gubbergill, just off the A595, opposite the petrol station at Holmrook, and run by Beverley Trembath, is a needlecraft workshop and stockist based in a beautifully converted farm building at a working farm with a wealth of services and goods to offer needlecraft aficionados. Fobbles specialises in patchwork and embroidery courses and supplies and is the only such business in all West Cumbria.

Local volunteer quilters from Project Linus UK (pictured) meet monthly at Fobbles. They are part of a UK scheme to provide security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home-made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets. “Donations of your time or fabrics would be most welcome,” said Beverley.

Fobbles offers quality patchwork, needlecraft, textile and beading supplies from home and abroad; they promote British designers by selling their work and by inviting them to teach at their workshops; and they promote all needlecrafts by holding regular workshops, group meetings, exhibitions and events. They also periodically invite international designers from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Australia. Beverley also runs popular beginner patchwork classes.

Booking is essential for Fobbles, for more information visit Fobbles informative website:

As well as coached sessions there’s also the opportunity, one Thursday a month, for individuals to simply go stitching for a day or half a day, to meet like-minded people, get some inspiration, see what others are doing and make new friends and it costs from as little as £5 per half-day. You can even bring your own lunch and there’s tea, coffee and soft drinks available. Fobbles have a fully-equipped workshop, with plenty of sockets for sewing machines, comfortable seating and good daylight lighting. The workshop which can also be hired 16 | The Whitehaven Guide

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Feature | Dream Doors

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F you want a new-look kitchen you really don’t have to spend a fortune and that’s where Dream Doors Cumbria comes in. We can supply and fit any size doors and drawers to any room.

We are Sue and John Anderson and we’ve moved from Hampshire to launch a new life in Cumbria; we’re opening a brand new showroom for our business and we’re equally intent on giving your kitchen a new start! The Grand Opening is to take place on March 14, in the New Squares Development, in Penrith. Dream Doors now have over 50 Franchises with showrooms up and down the country. We offer a

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New life for old kitchens

Free Survey and our philosophy is ‘Don’t Replace it; Reface it’. And it’s not only kitchens; Dream Doors can also breathe new life into bedrooms… in fact there is no space we cannot fit! We can carry out anything from a simple door swap to a fully-fitted kitchen. We’re Checkatrade Verified and Dream Doors have won many awards since they were founded in 1999, including Brand Builder-of-the-Year. Everyone is invited to come along and meet us and to see our New Showroom; we look forward to seeing you there!

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WIDER range of dental services – delivered as speedily as possible – is what the new Allerdale Dental Clinic offers.

Allerdale Dental Clinic may be a new name on the block with new services to match but it is in fact a recently formed partnership between two existing dental specialists. It’s a re-branding of the former Kerry Park Dental Lab, at Unit 1, Kerry Park Industrial Estate, Derwent Road, Workington, as a result of the formation of a partnership between dental technician John Wedgewood and clinical technician Andrew Pattinson, from Carlisle.


The blending of their skills now means that more dental services can be offered at the one site to customers making it a one stop shop for most of your dental needs. Emergency denture repairs can also be carried out in an hour.

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As well as being a friendly, prosthetic clinic, specialising in the manufacture of high-quality dentures and covering a wide range of dentures, from NHS to high-quality cosmetic dentures, the clinic can now, through Andrew, also take dental impressions of teeth and gums without the need for a dentist. He is the only qualified clinical dental technician in Carlisle and one of only a handful in Cumbria and is correctly registered; has full indemnity, public liability insurance and conforms to all General Dental Council guidelines. Andrew can also examine your mouth, head and neck for any abnormalities and disease ALLERDALE DENTAL CLINIC can also carry out denture relines and additions and is at Unit 1, Kerry Park Industrial Estate, Derwent Road, Workington, CA14 3TX. Tel 01900 873787 Fully equipped for the disabled and with plenty free, convenient parking outside.


As a special offer to The Guide readers a 10% discount is being offered to those who present this special voucher when booking.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub | Feature

Make it your business to get free help Michelle Torranc e - based at the new hub in Cle ator Moor

Winning in the age of now Delivering the support your business needs Cleator Moor Growth Hub Services FREE use of 4 ‘hot desks’ with internet ready PCs.


REE help and support for every small business in West Cumbria is now easily available at Cleator Moor’s Cumbria Business Growth Hub and Rural Growth Network.

From vital funding advice to networking and FREE WiFi, together with meeting space, it’s all available without cost to local businesses old, new or just being thought about … and it’s so simple to access. All you have to do is pop in… or you can telephone, Michelle Torrance or John Gray on 01946 328331 at the new hub, at Unit 1a Phoenix Court, and you’ll get a warm and friendly welcome as you find out more.You’ll complete a very simple, basic signing-up process and you could, for instance, soon be using the hub’s valuable online funding tool to help source the vital money you need.

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The aim is to provide FREE professional advice and services to West Cumbria’s small businesses – however small and however new – to help them develop and expand and includes Ways Into Successful Enterprise (WISE) business advisor, John Gray, to help guide you and your business development. Michelle says: “We invite all businesses to come and find out what we are all about… with no obligation. The service is fully operational and we are fully-funded, so there are no catches or hidden charges - our only goal is to help YOU start or grow your business”. t: 0844 257 84 50

The Cleator Moor Growth Hub is open every weekday from 9am to 4.30pm, with ample free parking near-by. February/March 2014 | 21

Feature | Julie Hesmondhalgh

Rosehill ‘resurrection’

Rachel Austin as Sophie Lancaster (left) and Julie Hesmondhalgh as Sylvia Lancaster in BLACK ROSES The Killing Of Sophie Lancaster. © Photo - Jonathan Keenan

for Corrie star Julie


ORMER Coronation Street actress, Julie Hesmondhalgh, will taking on a very different role when she visits Rosehill Theatre and other venues in West Cumbria, in March.

As her Corrie character Haley Cropper died off the programme recently attracted an audience of several million for her death scene but there’ll be far fewer seeing her performance in a far darker role as mum of a young murder victim, in an award-winning Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production of Black Roses. The play tells the true story of the 2007 murder, in Bacup, Lancashire, of 20-year-old gap year student Sophie Lancaster, and Julie will play Sylvia Lancaster, Sophie’s distraught mother. Sophie was beaten unconscious in a park, simply because she dressed differently and later died from her injuries in hospital. She had just passed her A-Levels and was working out what to do with her life. The play was written as an elegy to Sophie by poet Simon Armitage - alongside the words of Sophie’s mother Sylvia. Originally a radio play – provoked an unprecedented response when it premiered on BBC Radio 4 in 2011 and went on to win the BBC Audio and Music Best Speech Programme of the Year Award.

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It’s something of a coup for the local theatre and its manager, Richard Elder, to have persuaded the producers to bring their play to Whitehaven and West Cumbria, because Black Roses will only be performed locally, in Manchester and at London’s South Bank Centre (Royal Festival Hall) The play is so emotional that one theatregoer afterwards said: “It was brilliantly acted and produced and extremely moving. I have never been in a theatre before where there was no applause at the end... just dead silence (except for some sniffing) and people slowly left without speaking to each other”. Whitehaven Poet Emma McGordon will afterwards lead a discussion with audience members. Performances in this area take place at Ewanrigg and Netherton Community Centre, Maryport and the Lakes College, Lillyhall, from March 12 to 14. To know more telephone Rosehill Theatre: 01946 692422.

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Feature | Janet Suzman

Janet Suzman to visit

Keswick Film Festival

By Ross Brewster


ANET Suzman, who will be appearing in person at Keswick’s 15th annual Film Festival in February, has been hailed as one of the most respected classical actresses of her time. South African-born Dame Janet might well have become one of the leading stars of the movie world following her magnificent portrayal of the Empress in the 1971 film Nicholas and Alexandra, when she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

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“After Nicholas and Alexandra I was going to become a movie star. But if you’ve worn a tiara they are always looking for tiara parts for you,” she said at the time. But Dame Janet’s aversion to “tiara parts” was to the benefit of the stage, television drama and some of the best films of the 1970s and 80s such as Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract, A Dry White Season (with Marlon Brando) and Don Siegel’s The Black Windmill. Dame Janet’s latest film Felix, will be screened on the opening night of the Keswick Film Festival, an event which runs from February 27 to March 2. Organisers hope she will be in Keswick for much of the festival. In Felix, she plays a favourite teacher, Mrs Cartwright, in a film which has already won three international festival awards and was given a standing ovation at its sold-out BFI London Film Festival screening.

Born in Johannesburg, the daughter of a tobacco importer, her grandfather Max Sonnenberg was a member of the South African parliament and she is a niece of the noted civil rights and anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman.

It’s is a story of hope coming out of South Africa in which 14-year-old Felix dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. His mother calls jazz the “Devil’s music” but when Felix leaves his township to take up a scholarship at a private school he turns to two members of his father’s band to help him prepare for a school concert.

She came to London in 1969, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and four years later joined the RSC where she played many of Shakepeare’s heroines including Portia, Ophelia, Kate and Cleopatra. She was seen many times on TV in 1960s and 70s drama productions before her first film role in Nicholas and Alexandra.

The film addresses racism, family conflicts and the importance of pursuing your dreams. On being back in South Africa, Dame Janet said the material for the film was “fabulous” and added: “Working with good material is what everyone dreams about.” The Alhambra, Theatre by the Lake and Rheged IMAX will all be venues for the 2014 Film Festival and Tom Rennie at the Alhambra Cinema will be showing films from every decade from the Friday until the following Thursday as part of the cinema’s centenary.


Patron - John Hu

Organisers of the festival are waiting to hear if their patron, celebrated actor John Hurt, will be able to attend for third year in a row. Felix will be screened at the lakeside theatre and Dame Janet, awarded the DBE for her services to drama in the 2011 Birthday Honours, will be in conversation on the Saturday lunchtime when Nicholas and Alexandra is shown in the Studio.

Back in her native Africa she also directed Othello and toured an adaptation of Checkhov’s The Cherry Orchard before returning to the RSC in 2002 to perform in a new version of The Hollow Crown with Sir Donald Sinden, Ian Richardson and Sir Derek Jacobi. Then in 2005 she was in the West End revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway with Kim Cattrall. Other highlights of the 2014 Keswick Film Festival include Charlie Cattrall with his first film Titus which has been nominated for two BAFTA awards including best debut director, and Adam Dawtrey, the producer of A Story of Children and Film. There are several themes to films being screened during the festival, including Cannes in Keswick, Bangladeshi Arthouse and films and speakers in partnership with the Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group, while the Osprey Awards are being extended to include three counties, Northumberland, the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, in addition to Cumbria. Festival director Ann Martin said it was also hoped to have a new venue in the town to show “Shorts”, a venue where people could drop in and out.

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Feature | Transfigured by Fire


by Fire

Article and Drawing: Rob Romano


S a young reporter for the North Western Evening Mail, I watched the tea-time fire that gutted St Nicholas Church, in the centre of Whitehaven. The extensive woodwork of the church made it such an intense blaze that the damage was extensive. Afterwards there was every intention of rebuilding… but it never happened. Here Rob Romano tells why and how the ruins and gardens instead became today’s much-loved focal point of the town – Editor Following the fire that gutted St. Nicholas Church, the centrepiece of Whitehaven’s town centre, a Restoration Fund was created for a planned re-build. Despite great generosity insufficient funds were raised as re-building costs kept climbing steeply so what you now see is the result of much hard work by those involved to create a jewel in the crown of Georgian Whitehaven. During more recent times Copeland Borough Council has been responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the gardens. But in 2013 funding was dramatically cut, due financial shortfalls and restraints and St. Nicholas Gardens, along with Tourist Information Centres and public toilets were among the first casualties.

While the gardens will be in need of loving attention and replanting during the coming months – possibly supported by sponsorship (yet to be found) the same cannot be said for the excellent cafe inside the Tower, alongside a wonderful small chapel – once visited by Prince Charles. The cafe is operated by volunteers –Whitehaven women together with three or four men versed in fetching, carrying and following orders – all good naturedly! From Monday to Friday small teams provide hot soup, toasties, sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks all made to order at very reasonable prices.Their schedule is organised by Michele, the parish secretary, who produces the parish magazine, books baptisms, weddings and funerals and also carried out a multitude of administrative duties for the Parish of Whitehaven. The cafe volunteers are a cheerful group who ensure customers get good food and service – with a smile. A small shop in the tower entrance hall sells hand-made woollen goods and Whitehaven souvenirs and money raised goes to church funds for community service and the continuance of a valued centre for visitors and locals alike. Saturdays are reserved for charities and community groups to raise funds for their own projects – again all looked after by the parish secretary. …and if you haven’t visited St. Nic’s just yet then do so, soon and if you have been, they will certainly welcome you back.

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Whitehaven WWI Week | Feature

Whitehaven to commemorate WWI throughout a week


week-long commemorative event is to take place in Whitehaven, in May, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Whitehaven WW1 Week is to be held in and around town starting on the early Spring Bank Holiday weekend, from May 3 to 10, and will involve a parade and an exhibition to tell the story of the so-called “War to end all War.” The war began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. The total number of military and civilian casualties was over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The total number of deaths includes about 10 million military personnel and about seven million civilians. The Allies (based on the Triple Entente of the United Kingdom, France and the Russian Empire with Italy and later the USA) lost about six million soldiers while the Central Powers – Germany and Austria-Hungary lost about four million and least two million died from diseases and six million went missing, presumed dead. The Central Powers allies, the Turkish (Ottoman Empire) is also reckoned to have lost about five million in total. British Empire losses totalled 1,226,597, with 995,939 coming from the UK and British military wounded reaching 2,090,212 of whom 1,663,435 came from the UK. The Whitehaven week is being sponsored by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), with support from Copeland

Council, which is helping to organise the parade and hopes to build on the success of last year’s popular Homecoming Parade. (Pictured above.) Ian Hudson, general manager of NMP, said: “That war remains one of the most significant events in our history and I am certain that local residents and visitors will welcome the chance to mark this occasion and it is also an excellent way for our young people to learn about what happened. We are proud to sponsor the Whitehaven WW1 Week. “We are looking forward to getting involved in organising activities, particularly those around education and local schools, to give children tangible experiences to reinforce things may have learned in class.” Gerard Richardson, of the Whitehaven Festival Committee, said: “It’s a time to remind ourselves and teach younger generations more about what happened during those troubled times”. “Our exhibition will feature events with storyboards, model vehicles, tanks and weapons. Entry will be free so we hope it will be a great occasion for both young and old and are very grateful to NMP for not only their sponsorship but also for their ongoing commitment to make this a fantastic event.”

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New kitchen STUDIO wows customers


ORKINGTON’S latest state-of-theart- kitchen showroom is wowing customers at its new, Clay Flatts, base.

G. H. Chambers & Son, now Chambers, who have specialised in the design, manufacture and installation of high-quality bespoke joinery since the company was founded in Workington, in 1881, have recently finalised their transfer from James Street, in the town centre, to the former Genesis premises, in Preedy Road, Clay Flatts, with the completion of their new kitchen showroom extension of the premises. The move has put this family-run firm into a more prominent roadside location, with plenty parking right outside and only yards from the busy Solway Road, near its junction with Morley Street and Senhouse Street. The new walk-through showroom features a dozen different displays from stylish makers such as Crown Imperial, Mereway and Marpatt. These include impressive,

state-of-the-art fittings that show just how much kitchens have improved in recent times. Take for instance the boiling water or kettle tap feature – an additional button on your single sink tap which instantly gives you as little or as much boiling water as you need. You can have instant hot, cold and boiling water at your fingertips from the same tap and it’s much more energy-efficient than a kettle. Then there’s electrically or mechanically-controlled cupboard doors, cleverly designed to help you make full use of those awkward extremes and corners of your kitchen cupboards. Naturally Chambers can also provide a fully co-ordinated design and fitting service to take in all aspects of refitting your kitchen from floor to ceiling, including electrics, plumbing, tiling and flooring. There is also a handsome variety of doors – including sliding wardrobe doors – and a range of flooring in the department with an experienced sales team, who will be delighted to show you what’s on offer. And just re-opened and reinstated, after a five-year gap, is their timber, tools, hardware and ironmongery section for DIY and trade joinery requirements. It also houses some particularly stylish door furniture and with their joinery workshop close behind and their business now centralised on one site Chambers are, unlike most other suppliers, also able to offer a complete bespoke joinery service to the trade and DIY customers providing them with craftsman-made joinery. From their modern well-equipped workshop their skilled

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Chambers New Kitchen Showroom | Feature

Chambers Exterior

Paul Briggs, Alan Thomson, Marc Wood and George Chambers

team of master craftsmen can turn your concepts and ideas into reality. From doors, windows and staircases and conservatories, through to intricate display models for manufacturers or decorative features used in restoration work, their attention to detail and willingness to go beyond customers’ expectations have earned Chambers a fine reputation for commercial joinery in Cumbria. That’s why today Chambers offers its trade and DIY customer the best of both worlds – the latest ideas but with a traditional work ethic. Chambers have a wealth of experience in specialist joinery manufacture, together with a range of complementary services and products from garage doors to conservatories and they even offer the DIY-er a cutting and machining service that’s hard to find elsewhere. Chambers also houses the area’s leading home baking section – Sugarcraft Corner – which holds a huge range of essential equipment and accessories. G H Chambers and Son, Preedy Rd, Clay Flatts, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2TQ. Tel: 01900 602222 or email:


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Be a New Woman for the New Year | Lifestyle

Be a

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Article: Sarah Briggs | Photography: Paul McGreevy


OST people seem to think that turning 40 is a really Big Deal and that you’ve suddenly hit middle-age. I disagree.

Forty is the new 21; but 50? Now that’s altogether different. Even though you still have a good 15-20 years of working life left and don’t feel in the slightest bit ‘old’, tell-tale little signs remind you that you are now ‘mature’ rather than young: your hair may be significantly grey and your skin less blooming. You may have far more self-confidence than you had when you were younger, but you can’t help regretting that the two didn’t go hand-in-hand. Having a make-over just before I turned 52 prompted lots of friends in their mid to late forties and early fifties to acknowledge that they had similar ‘looks’ dilemmas: wondering whether they needed to change skincare; makeup; hair; or all three. One such was Kath Conchie, who turned 50 recently. Like many women, Kath’s routine is basic. She washes and moisturises her face and then may apply foundation with SPF protection in it; even perhaps mascara and lipstick, but she doesn’t own any eye shadow, and she was wondering whether it was time to get more adventurous in her use of make-up... …so who better to consult than The Guide’s own make-up expert and regular columnist Bridget Foster, who introduced Kath to some great new ideas and possibilities

New Year

“Since then I have experimented a tiny bit with some ancient eyeshadow and eye pencils I found at the back of a drawer, which I wouldn’t have done before.

“You may have far more selfconfidence than you had when you were younger, but you can’t help regretting that the two didn’t go hand-in-hand.” “I’m going to buy some of the products Bridget recommended; perhaps with a couple of more make-up savvy friends to guide me. I feel I’d like to find out more about the whole process because it will give me more confidence to change my look”. To find out just what was recommended for Kath turn to the following pages and read Bridget Foster’s regular feature.

..and Kath’s reaction? Well… she wasn’t sure she’d remember everything but fortunately Bridget gives make-up lessons, so we started planning a social evening for friends ‘around 50’ at which Bridget could give us all some top tips... and meanwhile Kath is off to buy eye-shadow. “I really enjoyed the make-over and didn’t worry that I’d look in the mirror at the end and see someone I didn’t recognise! February/March 2014 | 31

Lifestyle | Bridget Foster

It’s your skin that matters ...not your age


article: Bridget Foster | photography: Jon Grey, London

FTER Feature writer Sarah Briggs approached me about writing a make-up article for women aged 50-plus I considered my approach to different age groups for skin care and make up.

Then I realised that I don’t actually consider age itself as such. Instead I simply look at the client; their skin; their lifestyle; and what styles they like and don’t they like. For some reason some brands categorise their skin care ranges into age groups and during my time of helping women with skincare in particular the most frustrating question I got asked was “What age is this product for?” I’d smile, tilt my head, and reply: “Well what age is your skin madam?” Sarah’s friend Kath had lovely skin, defiantly younger than her years. She told me it couldn’t take anything too heavy so she opts for a lighter moisturiser. She knows her skin can’t handle such creams and most probably active ingredients.

and its appearance then you can find products to help. Of course we all have an idea in our head of how much we want to spend. So that is something I consider when recommending products. My mother is over 50. When I would visit I would often just pop products on her dressing table and tell her to use them and what to do. I would return to find she was using them but not as I had told her, she just forgot. My Gran is 86 and struggles to understand why we need SPF in our products even after being burnt in the British sun and thinking Nivea would protect her. Times change and we always need re-educated and refreshed. My sister who is 30 and the academic one out the two of us, still managed to apply my £60 Fruit & Flower glycolic peel thinking it was moisturiser, even though she can speak both the languages clearly written on the pot.

Skin care and make up has developed so much that I think many women get lost and confused with what they feel they “have to do”.

So with Sarah’s feature on make up for the 50+ woman, my approach to Kath was like any other. A chat about her working life and what make up and skincare she uses gave me enough to give her the basics to enhancing the youthful skin she still has.

You buy and use what you like and if you want to improve your skin

Ageing skin lacks the springy-bouncy texture. Our skin doesn’t repair itself

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the way it used to. How many of us have walked around work on a morning with pillow creases still on our faces. Babies don’t have them as their skin repairs itself instantly. Colour-wise aging skin lacks warmth, which is why I pop the blusher on my gran. Skin starts to appear thinner and sometimes sun damage such as age spots show up on the skin. So as a make- up artist you bring back the youth in a face or enhance the youth and beauty the client has. The three images show women of different ages. The images were done for a modelling agency’s books which require natural head shots. Natural and very little touch ups. Make up was needed to be as natural as possible but also flawless enough to photograph. The three women actually have pretty much the same make up look on as they are all White European. So again it shows you work with what you see, not what’s on your birth certificate. Separate your face into base, lips, eyes and brows. Apply them in whatever order you feel comfortable. I always do eyes before base on models and clients but for everyday makeup on myself, I start with my base. The difference within the make up between the models is mainly in the base.

Bridget Foster | Lifestyle

Model 1 – an English rose skin:

Pale, plump and pinkie. Younger skin looks stunning with a semi-matte base. I used a Nars Foundation but very sparingly, it’s £32. Think light and velvety. Whipped Cream Max Factor foundation, £9.99 is perfect. A light concealer to even out the skin tone on the thin skin areas. Bare minerals is a great start for young skin. Quick simple and that perfect demi matt finish.

Model 2 – skin that has been Model 1

sun kissed. More concentration with concealing the eye area. She naturally has dark shadows under the eye. Laura Mercier Secret concealer £18. She has sensitive and pigmented skin caused by sun damage, however very few blemishes. I balanced out her skin tone with Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser £31 also available in oil-free. Favourite within my kit. Creates a natural flawless base. A local alternative is Clinique Moisture serge tinted moisturiser SPF 15 Hydrating but also oil-free at £22. Clinique have a lovely affordable range of foundations and concealers and are suitable for sensitive skin

Model 2

Model 3 – more mature skin so

Model 3

a dewy finish is more youthful and diminishes fine lines. Clinique Air brush concealer £18 is a light to medium coverage, softens and defuses lines. Perfect for around the eye area. Concealing needs to be light in texture so the concealer doesn’t sit in the lines but defuses them to the eye. Skin was a mix of Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser with the illuminating tinted moisturiser. Both £32. Local alternatives are mixing an illuminator into your current foundation such as Rimmel wake me up radiance shimmer touch primer. £4.99.

Foundation: Wake me up Rimmel foundation £8.99 perfect for a winter foundation. Coverage for pink cheeks and nose and disguising dull winter skin. All models have had a translucent loose powder to set make up in place. Kath had n7 translucent press powder at £11.99 and lightlydefined brows contouring and giving the face shape and structure. Over plucked half-moon shaped eyebrows would make a teenager look old. Re shape your eyebrows before considering Botox or surgery; it makes that much of a difference. All models have natural skin tone shading on the eyes with mascara. They have my usual trusted trick of a tight liner. Model 3 has a softer more blended line than the other models, as her skin is thinner and the softer line is more flattering. A tight brown or black line within the lashes will make any eye appear bigger and brighter. Cheeks have a salmon pink flush. Nars Orgasm Blusher, £19, in most professional make-up artists’ kits. However, I have recently discovered a great alternative. Sleek Make up in Super Drug have a palette called Face form contouring and blush palette, including bronzer, highlighter and blusher for £9.99. A brilliant colour match to the make-up artists’ favourite.

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Well I'll be puckered the secret of luscious lips! by Ali Hipkin


HAT do Snow White, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dita Von Teese have in common? They are all icons, famous for their full, red pouting lips which they pucker seductively, intending to men lust after them and women envy their perfect pouts.

The primal instinct of accentuating lips to attract a mate can be traced back as far as 2500BC when Mesopotamian women used crushed gemstones and naturally produced chemicals to redden their lips. Cleopatra followed suit in 50-31 BC when the Egyptians used crushed ants and carmine in beeswax, a trend picked up by the Romans who also produced lip enhancers.

But there’s more to red lips than meets the eye.

But when it came down to it, the English were rather resistant. Lipstick was worn by the Suffragettes as a symbol of female emancipation, and the so-called flapper girls of the 1920s wore it as an attempt to shock elderly gentlemen and to demonstrate their independence. They made sure their lips were suitably coloured by shamelessly applying it in public and during lunch.

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The Secret of Luscious Lips | Lifestyle

The Americans were at first equally wary of lipstick. In 1915 Kansas introduced a law that made it a “misdemeanour” for any woman under the age of 44 to wear cosmetics for fear it would create a false impression. Until the 1930s lipstick had been made from soap bases and coal-tar dyes but the decade saw developments and as the products became shinier and heavily perfumed Vogue magazine declared lipstick as a “defining item” of the 20th century. And Vogue was right. Red lipstick has never been out of production ever since. Beautician Francine Rutter-Tyson, owner of Athena Beauty, Whitehaven, said: “Red lipstick is every true woman’s best friend. Red lips along with a string of pearls and slick red nail varnish adds Hollywood glamour to any outfit.” Our association of red lipstick with the 1940s and 50s is largely due to the goddesses of the silver screen, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Viviene Leigh and the ultimate red lips of Norma Jean. Francine said: “The most attractive women were those with very full mouths, women would capitalise on this and try and capture a suitor by making their lips a prime place of eroticism on the body.” Psychologists have now discovered that the colour red carries sexual messages not merely ascetic ones. Red lips also played an important role as part of the military uniform for women in World War II. Fashionable dresses, high heels, loose wavy hair and jewellery had to be replaced in favour of functionality but bright red lips helped preserve femininity without interfering with practicality and prime minister Winston Churchill

rationed all cosmetics, except lipstick, because he felt it had a positive effect on morale. America also used it to raise morale both in the women who wore it and the soldiers who saw it; and it was turned into a symbol of resilient femininity in the face of danger. With the popularity of red lipstick increasing the cosmetic companies of America started “lipstick wars” sending in thugs into stores to destroy competitor’s displays in an attempt to steal customers. And it remains a firm favourite today, helped once more by Hollywood’s finest puckering glossy red lips as they saunter down the red carpet. Manchester University psychologists found that men fixated on photographs of women who wore red lipstick for 7.3 seconds, only looking at those who wore pink lipstick for 6.7 seconds and just 2.2 seconds for those without lipstick. A French study discovered waitresses who wear red lipstick earn more tips because men found them more attractive. So red lipstick is every woman’s secret weapon: It takes confidence to wear …but it unleashes so much confidence when you do. February/March 2014 | 37

Lifestyle | Genevieve of Carlisle


he mother of the bride is the most important female at a wedding, second to the bride of course; her outfit must speak of style, modesty and elegance yet be subtle and complimentary to the Brides outfit. This is where Susan Dowes at Genevieves, Warwick Road, Carlisle, comes in; with years of experience Susan is a dream come true for any mother of the bride struggling to find the perfect outfit for the big day.

Stocking lines by Ian Stuart and Condici this years lines are now all in stock, with shoes and bags to match and Genevieves has a large collection of fascinators and hatinators on offer as well as hats to buy or hire. “I try to choose outfits and shoes that people can wear again,” said Susan, “Condici in particular have started listening to what the customers want and they have added a little sleeve to their dresses. Ian Stuart, this time, have designed a dress-only collection which is great as not everyone wants the jacket.” “Some women find it a really daunting experience choosing their outfit, I enjoy making ladies feel welcome and relaxed which gives them the confidence to try lots of different styles and choose something that makes them feel really special for the The Big Day!” Evening and Sunday appointments are available.

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Alan Spedding | Food & Drink

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fridges were totally unheard of. The only way to keep produce fresh in those good old days was in a cellar, cold store, outhouse or by preserving. Jams, chutneys and the pickling of seasonal goods would guarantee year-round treats and I’ll never forget my grandmother’s strawberry jam served on a Sunday afternoon on freshly baked bread with “proper” butter. Another simple method of preserving was to submerge the product under a layer of fat. This was a really effective way of keeping the air out and the product fresh underneath. I’ve chosen a really simple recipe here and picked Trout as the ingredient to preserve under a layer of spiced clarified butter. Personally speaking I wouldn’t let this go any longer than two weeks in a fridge but no doubt it will keep for a lot longer. (The preserving books say four to eight weeks). But once you try it on toast then I am sure it won’t be around for very long anyway. As I said I’ve used trout here but salmon, mackerel, rabbit, prawns and shrimp are all equally prime candidates to pot. Take a big thick slice of hot toast and then let the potted trout just melt all over it. It really is a wonderful breakfast... or a bit of a posh starter if you like to play around like I do.

Potted Trout. (Makes four portions)

2 nice-sized trout fillets, pin boned and skinned (about 450g). 100g of “clarified” butter. 2 spring onions finely sliced. A handful of fresh basil leaves (whole, torn, shredded or chopped). Good pinches of mace, Cayenne pepper, coriander and black pepper.


1 Warm the butter over a gentle heat until melted. 2 Slip the trout fillets into the hot butter and ensure that they’re submerged. Allow the fish to cook away over a medium / low heat really gently until it has just and so cooked through. Remove from the heat and allow the residual heat from the hot butter to finish off the cooking process perfectly. 3 Add the spices and the fresh basil and gently mix into the butter. 4 Gently break up the trout fillets and spoon them into little containers. (I used glass ramekins for this) 5 Spoon over the hot butter to completely submerge the trout and then allow the butter to set. 6 This will now keep well for several days in the fridge (covered)

To make the Clarified Butter

Melt the 100g butter over a very gentle heat. Once it has totally melted then leave it for a few minutes to settle down. Then gently spoon off the white foam floating on the surface of the butter and discard. Spoon off the beautiful melted butter, very carefully, into a container and leave the unusable white solids behind, in the bottom of the pan.

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Creole Steak Recipe | Food & Drink

! cut out and keep

Creole Steak with Jambalaya Rice

Ready In: 25-30 Minutes | Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS 1 lb Sirloin tip steaks, cut 1/4 inch thick 2 x tablespoons vegetable oil, divided l 1 onion, chopped l 1 cup chopped celery l 1 small green bell pepper, chopped l 2 x 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided l 1 can of diced tomatoes l 1 x 1/2 cups cooked brown rice l l

Instructions 1. Heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat in very large saucepan until hot. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp and tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Stir in tomatoes and rice. Cover and continue cooking 2 to 4 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Keep warm. 3. M  eanwhile, press remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning evenly onto beef steaks. Heat 1-1/2 teaspoons oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cooking in batches, place steaks in skillet (do not overcrowd) and cook 1 to 3 minutes for medium rare (145°F) doneness, turning once. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet; keep warm. Repeat with remaining Steaks and oil. 4. Serve Steaks topped with rice mixture. cut out and keep

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Food & Drink | Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Lima Bean Salsa

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Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe | Food & Drink

This American recipe is trying hard to eat wiselyfor those of you festive season and of cou in the wake of the chicken anyway. It servesrse those who like 400 calories per servin four people, at are what we call butter g…and Lima Beans beans.


l 1 ½ - 2 pounds chicken thighs l 1 cup plain Greek yogurt l 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, diced l 1 teaspoon cur ry powder l Juice of 1 lime l 1 cup cider vinegar l 1 cup water l 2 teaspoons pick ling spices l 3 teaspoons salt, divided l 1 tablespoon sug ar l 1/8 teaspoon cru shed red pepper l ½ teaspoon cele ry seed l1  ½ cup lima bea


ns (butter beans), cooked in water for 4 minutes, then drained and cooled l 2 cups diced fres h tomatoes l 1 small sweet oni on, diced l ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander


1. Combine yogurt, ging er, curry powder and lime juice. Add chicken thighs and turn to coat with yogurt mixture. Allow to marinate in refrigerator 1 to 4 hours. 2. In small saucepan, com bine vinegar and water; add pickling spices, 2 teaspo ons salt, sugar, red pepper flakes and cele ry seed. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and coo l. Place lima beans, tomatoes and onion in con tainer. Using a fine mesh sieve, pour the war m vinegar mixture through it and into the veg etable mixture. Add cilantro. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. 3. Prepare grill or broiler. Remove chicken from marinade, draining excess. Season thighs on both sides with remaining teaspoon of salt. Place chicken on grill or under broiler to sear. Turn over once until wel l browned, cooking for a total of 6-8 minutes. Co ntinue to cook chicken, turning to avoid burning. Grill or broil chicken until it reaches an interna l temperature of 170º F, about another 15 to 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, place about 1/3 cup sals and place a grilled thigh nex a on each plate t to the salsa. February/March 2014 | 45

Food & Drink | Fluffy American Pancakes Recipe

Fluffy American Pancakes These pancakes are light, fluffy and much easier to ‘flip’! Perfect for Pancake Day on 4 March. Try adding a large handful of fresh blueberries to the batter before cooking.


1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter. 2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes. 3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick. 4. Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan. Serve with lashings of real maple syrup and extra butter if you like.

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The Fureys | Food & Drink

Irish folk legends favour Cleator Moor for St Patrick’s Day


RISH folk music legends, The Fureys and Davy Arthur are to play Cleator Moor Civic Hall, on St Patrick’s Day, March 17.

It’s a coup that’s been brought about thanks to the efforts of the Creator Moor Committee, a group of local people, formed early last year, to help revive the town’s social life. “Instead of talking about how it used to be we are trying to make it like it used to be”, said concert organiser, Sian Price, from Keekle. In their bid to halt the decline of the town the creative group has so acquired small grant from the Co-op Charity Foundation and staged two music events and a disco-fancy dress night which have all helped subsidise the Fureys’ visit, which will also be supported by well-known local singer of Irish songs, Plastic Paddy, alias Mark George, from Cleator Moor. Sian said that they hoped to be able to continue their efforts and help put on at least one big music event each year, involving a big name. In 1981, The Fureys released their most successful single, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, becoming a worldwide hit, reaching 14 in the UK Singles Chart; number one in the Irish Singles Chart and nine in Australia. The World War One lament, The Green Fields of France also gave them an Irish number one, remaining in the single charts for 28 weeks. They also had two Top-40 British albums called Golden Days and At the End of the Day. Other notable songs include Gallipoli, The Red Rose Cafe, and Steal Away. Over the years The Fureys have performed for celebrities and political leaders such as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul. Recently, Irish President Michael D. Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall and Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys’ Green Fields of France. They are currently on a hectic tour of Britain that ends in May at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. For The Fureys’ concert it is hoped to sell 200-220 tickets and already 150 have been released, so you’d better hurry for tickets as a sell-out seems more than likely. For tickets call Sian on 07749 475655.

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Motoring | Vauxhall Astra GTC

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NEW Vauxhall Astra GTC is now available with a powerful new 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine, priced from just ÂŁ20,995 on-the-road.

First seen in the Cascada convertible, and packing 200PS and 300Nm of torque, the allnew, four cylinder unit allows the GTC to achieve a top speed of 143mph and 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds, making it the fastest non-VXR model in the Astra range. Peak power and torque are increased by up to 30 per cent over the previous 1.6-litre turbo model, yet fuel consumption of 51mpg combined and emissions of 154g/km have meant a 13% improvement in efficiency. The new engine brings sector-leading refinement to the Astra GTC range. It is the only unit in its class to feature twin balancer shafts

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More power and 51 mpg possible

Astra GTC for smooth running, while a host of sound engineering measures have been made for low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Priced from £855, Vauxhall has also introduced the innovative Intellilink infotainment system to the Astra GTC range. Intuitive and userfriendly, the system features satellite navigation, voice control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, picture viewer and Gracenote album art, all via its high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen display. In addition, the top-of-the-range Navi 950 IntelliLink contains Europe-wide street level mapping with updates easily downloadable via USB. Drivers can also have incoming text messages read out to them, as well as integrating their smartphones’ own voice recognition functions. The Vauxhall warranty is valid for the lifetime of the vehicle up to a maximum of 100,000 miles.

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Motoring | Digital Dilemma

Digital dilemma for drivers

PICTURED: The Pure Highway, easy to fit in-car digital radio that also lets you listen to your iPod/MP3 player.


OT many motorists are aware of it but a planned switchover to digital radio is on the cards and it will cost them a pound or several when it eventually happens.

built in there are built in solutions available for some cars, but not all. Fitting is likely to require a new aerial and professional fitting, which will increase costs. Expect to pay at least £100 and probably more to convert to a built-in solution.

It will mean that their existing car radios will become virtually useless… but there’s no need to panic… it won’t happen overnight and certainly won’t be any earlier than 2015. In fact probably won’t be before 2020 or later and you will still be able to listen to local stations… but national radio will only be broadcast digitally.

The logistics and cost of getting DAB into cars is being discussed as part of the government’s Digital Radio Action Plan. Currently the digital signal network is very patchy and hundreds more transmitters are to be installed before a switchover date is announced.

Getting DAB into existing vehicles will be a challenge – there are about 35.6 million vehicles in the UK. Adaptors are available, but may not be the most attractive option as they are a separate unit – like having a sat nav stuck to your windscreen. While new cars will increasingly come with digital radios

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The Action Plan states that a decision on switchover can only be made once 50% of all radio listening is to digital. To trigger the switchover national DAB coverage must also be comparable to FM, and local DAB must be able to reach 90% of the population and all major roads. So don’t rush out and buy a digital car set or adapter just yet.

Dacia Sandero 1.2 Ambiance | Motoring

Dacia stays smart move


ARGAIN hunters have again been told to “look no further” than Dacia’s What Car? Car of the Year 2014 smart buy winner.

The Dacia Sandero 1.2 Ambiance has retained its Best Small Car for less than £12,000 title. Hailed by judges as “one of the cheapest new cars on sale today”, it cruised past its rivals despite coming in, at £6,795, almost half the maximum price allowed for its category. It’s the second year running that the “shockingly affordable” brand Dacia has eagerly snapped up the supermini honours. “Where the Sandero really excels is practicality,” said the judges. “There’s loads of room for four, with excellent leg and headroom, and one of the largest boots in the class.The Sandero offers an extraordinary amount of space for not a lot of money.” The judging panel drove thousands of miles testing a wide range of vehicles in deciding the prizes, and said “On the road the Sandero is competent, offering reasonable grip

and excellent visibility…safety equipment is competitive, and includes four airbags, emergency brake assist and stability control. “At £6,595 our chosen model is one of the cheapest new cars on sale today. That it comes with a three-year, 60,000mile warranty only adds to its appeal.” The Sandero was previously named best budget motor at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards, and the What Car? trophy is yet another in a succession of title triumphs since Dacia, whose parent company is Renault, began to take the UK by storm last year.

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Sport | Whitehaven R.L.F.C

Promotion – relegation is better for the game, says Haven chief

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“We have strengthened well but so have other teams and it will be a really competitive league. We’re pleased with players we’ve recruited and hope it all pays off and we get fans back through the gates,” he says. NEW Whitehaven signing, Papua New Guinea secondrower Larsen Marabe, was set to arrive just as this magazine was going to press. He was also expected to be accompanied by World Cup PNG team-mate and current Haven star, Jesse Joe Parker, and coach Woods was aiming to field Marabe in the pre-season friendly match against Gateshead Thunder, just five days after his arrival.


ESPITE its complications Whitehaven chief executive, Barry Richardson, thinks the proposed radical redesign of domestic rugby league is a great idea. The top clubs recently voted to reduce their number from 14 to 12 at the end of this season, and re-introduce relegation from the Super League which last happened in 2009 and which will give Championship clubs another chance of achieving Super League status The top two leagues of 12 will divide into three play-off groups of eight, two-thirds of the way through the 2015 season to decide both the Super League title and the Super League’s composition for the following season. The formula has been criticised for being over-elaborate but nevertheless Richardson believes that the lack of promotion / relegation issues has robbed the sport and the fans of a good deal of interest. “It’s suffered and anything that re-introduces it has got to be a really positive step,” said the chief executive but, as he points out, it’s now become even more critical than last season that Whitehaven finish up in the top nine this year and qualify for that second group of 12. 54 | The Whitehaven Guide

Woods wasn’t expecting too much from Marabe in this match but he was expecting to play him in both back row and centre/wing positions so Wood could best assess how to employ the versatile all-rounder. The coach said: “He will have had only one-and-a-half sessions with us so it will be difficult to start with”. Haven’s season starts in earnest on Sunday February 16, at Keighley followed by a home game on February 23 v North Wales. Coach Dave Woods was delighted and able to take a great deal of heart from Whitehaven’s opening pre-season win against deadly rivals Workington Town, when home side Haven earned the local bragging rights as a result of an 18-14 victory, thanks to Brad Crellin’s last-minute try. It saw Haven recaptured the Ike Southward Memorial Trophy, which over recent seasons had looked like becoming Town’s permanent property.

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Jackie Cooper | Using Herbal Medicines

There’s right and wrong ways to use herbal medicines by Jackie Cooper Bsc (hons) MNIMH, Medical Herbalist


erbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years and it is still the most widely used type of medicine in the world.

As people become aware of the growing return to natural medicine, it is important to make sure that we don’t use natural remedies in the same way as conventional

medicines. Natural remedies should not be used to suppress symptoms, but to support the body’s own healing capacity. Herbal Medicine can support the body and aid strength during changes in the seasons, particularly beneficial at this time of year. As a practitioner, I use Oats (Avena sativa) in tincture form as a nerve restorative, particularly in signs of reduced immunity, but of course porridge is a wonderful food in its own right in the winter because it is both warming and nutritive. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea and/or Echinacea angustifolia) has become well known for supporting the immune system and there is much research to show that the root of the plant has the ability to increase the white blood cell count, a vital part of the immune process. In tincture form, Echinacea works at its best at the first sign of a cold, when you get that tickly feeling in your throat. But I would only advise that Echinacea is used as a preventative if there are already general signs of reduced immunity. Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the best foods for acting on bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, as well as reducing cholesterol by cleansing the blood and lymphatic systems. My ‘favourite’ remedy for a head or chest cold is a clove of raw garlic once a day (with food or juice, or even in a baked potato) while symptoms persist. It is an antisocial yet powerful cold remedy. Once you get used to it you can just chew a clove and wash it down with water! Jackie Cooper is a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She practices from her home in Hethersgill and from clinics in Brampton and Carlisle. For further information, please telephone 01228 675042 or visit

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Regular grooming is the least you should do for Man’s Best Friend

Marions | Pets


HERE are a number of benefits that arise from regular grooming of your dog or puppy, which make it an essential part of the proper routine care of your animal.

Not everyone understands just what is involved so here are a few pointers regarding the correct hygiene that should be carried out to ensure good hygiene. Grooming your dog from the outset helps it to bond with you more quickly and also gets the animal used to grooming equipment, such as brushes, combs, hair-dryers etc. Bringing your dog to groomers from a young age i.e. 3-4 months is also a good idea, especially if you intend to keep its coat long. This in time helps the puppy become acquainted with the groomer, which in turn will make your puppy less frightened of the process.   Grooming in itself can also help you to keep a close eye on your pet’s health by checking for lumps/bumps, cuts, skin complaints and unwelcome guests such as fleas and ticks. Other areas to check are the ears, to make sure they are nice and clear and not smelly or warm to the touch, which could indicate the start of an ear infection.   Nails need to be kept nice and short but you must avoid cutting the quicks, or fleshy parts of the paw and the dew claws, sometimes known as the dog’s thumb, also need to be kept trimmed and not allowed to curled into the pad.

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If you yourself are not able to do this properly then get it done professionally. Anal glands: A groomer can check them to see if they need emptied or have become infected.   Teeth: Should be checked for tartar, sores and bad gums. Again, if you can’t do it seek professional help   Even smooth coat dogs need grooming TLC such as a bath and brushing. A specialised de-shedding treatment (furminator) can help reduce casting up to 90%. It can include conditioning, velocity drying and carding with a de-shedding tool. Breeds such as Labradors etc - need their undercoat brushed out.   So dogs of all ages should be groomed regularly and preferably every six to eight weeks, depending on cut/style, length of the coat and breed of dog.

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Children’s Puzzles | Fun & Games

Question Time... All About Animals 1. W  hat food makes up nearly all (around 99%) of a Giant Panda’s diet? 2. B  ees are found on every continent of earth except for one, which is it? 3. Groups of lions are known as what? 4. What are baby goats called? 5. W  hat is the fastest land animal in the world?

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Fun & Games | Children’s Puzzles

Word search

Winter Word Search Boots Earmuffs Fireplace Frost Gloves Hot Chocolate Ice Polar Bear Shovel Skating Sledge Slippery Snow Snowman Winter

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Puzzles | Take a break


Test your knowledge and complete the catch-phrases

Across 1. ___ and lemons (7) 4. Game, set and ___ (5) 7. Aided and ___ (7) 9. Back to square ___ (3) 10. There are two ___ to every story (5) 11. The ___ of justice (6) 13. Given the 3rd ___ (6) 17. A close ___ (5) 19. ___ the knot (3) 20. History ___ itself (7) 21. It’s ___ under the bridge (5) 22. Cups and ___ (7) Down 1. Keep your ___ open (7) 2. Wide ___ (5) 3. Baby-___ (6) 4. The ___ touch (5) 5. ___ and lightning (7) 6. All ___ on deck! (5) 8. The ___ has landed (5) 12. For and ___ (7) 14. An optional ___ (5) 15. With friends like these, who needs ___? (7) 16. Sour ___ (6) 17. The last ___ (5) 18. Trial and ___ (5) 19. Touch, smell, sight, hearing, ___ (5)

ALPHA SUDOKU Place a letter from A to F in each empty cell so everyrow, every column and every 2x3 box contains all the letters A to F.

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What’s On

Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre


Max Bacon The Wheatsheaf, Egremont

Fri Feb 7 The Springsteen Sessions The Brickyard, Carlisle


------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 8 Mercury - Queen Tribute The Wave, Maryport The Wordworth Singers United Reformed Church, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Sun Feb 9 Chris Wood Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 11 Eliza & The Bear, Sons & Lovers, Fred Page The Brickyard, Carlisle

Sun Feb 16 Yevgeny Sudbin Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Thur Feb 20 The Australian Pink Floyd The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Feb 21 Jam Side Up Jazz Club Calder House Hotel, Seascale ------------------------------------------------Sun Feb 23 Camerata Ritmata The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

Elias String Quartet The Beethoven Project Memorial Hall, St Bees ------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 25 Jamie Smith’s Mabon and The Maz O’Connor Trio Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Wed Feb 26 The Young’uns Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Fri Feb 28 Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne The Kirkgate, Cockermouth Maiden UK Monroe’s Bar, Workington -------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------Wed Feb 12 Local Young Musicians’ Concert Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Fri Feb 14 Elkie Brooks Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Toploader The Venue, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 15 Darren The Royal Oak, Seaton David Gest’s Legends of Soul The Sands Centre, Carlisle

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maiden uk Monroe’s Bar, Workington

Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy & More | What's On

heatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music Sat Mar 1 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra The Sands Centre, Carlisle

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Fantasia The Wheatsheaf, Egremont ------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 5 La’al Big Band Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Thur Mar 6 The Overtones The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 7 Dr Feelgood Carnegie Theatre, Workington


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------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 8 Dirty/DC - The AC/DC Tribute The Brickyard, Carlisle



Mon Mar 17 Martin Taylor Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Sun Mar 9 The Remnants Veuve Wine Bar, Whitehaven

The Fureys Supported by Plastic Paddy Civic Hall, Cleator Moor



Fri Mar 14 Bad Manners Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Sat Mar 22 Rue and The Rockets The Sands Centre, Carlisle

All Saints’ Community Rock Choir The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

Dee Vines The Wheatsheaf, Egremont


Thur Mar 27 Peatbog Faeries The Brickyard, Carlisle

Sat Mar 15 Limehouse Lizzy Carnegie Theatre, Workington ------------------------------------------------Sun Mar 16 911: Illuminate The Sands Centre, Carlisle


------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 22 Clara’s Gift Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven -------------------------------------------------

Sat Mar 29 ‘I love to boogie’ with T.Rextasy Carnegie Theatre, Workington ------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 4 The Bootleg Beatles The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Apr 5 Falling Red + Supports Monroes Bar, Workington Kimmie Rhodes The Kirkgate, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Thur Apr 10 Sandi Thom Market Hall, Egremont ------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 11 - 13 Bowness Bay Blues Festival Windermere

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Fri Feb 14 Fascinating Aida The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 15 StagedRight Presents The Time of my Life Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Thur Feb 20 - 23 Festival of Youth 2014 Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 18 - 21 Opera Della Luna - The Mikado Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 18 - 22 Rosehill Youth Theatre presents: Grease Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Fri Feb 21 Bella, Queen of the Blackfriars Ring Public Hall, Gosforth ------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 22 - 23 Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs Presents: Let Us Entertain You Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Music is My First Love Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 10 -15 Evita The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sun Mar 16 Grisly Tales from Tumblewater The Kirkgate, Cockermouth



Sat Mar 1 Abba Reunion Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Tue Mar 18 Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 7 Carmen The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 8 The Man Who Was Hamlet The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

------------------------------------------------Thur Mar 20 WAOS Juniors present Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat Carnegie Theatre, Workington -----------------------------------------------Fri Mar 28 PuppetShip presents Sparkle The Kirkgate, Cockermouth How To Be Immortal Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven -----------------------------------------------Sat Mar 29 Hot Flush! The Sands Centre, Carlisle -----------------------------------------------Sun Mar 30 Giselle by Moscow Ballet La Classique The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------


Grisly Tales from Tumblewater the kirkgate, cockermouth

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Wed Apr 2 - 5 Whitehaven Theatre of Youth: The Little Mermaid JR Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy & More | What's On

heatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music

News just in! Mighty Boof at The Stadium 2014! 23 - 24 May

More details to be announced in the coming weeks! /MightyBoofAtThePlayground

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hunger games: catching fire (12A) rosehill theatre, whitehaven ------------------------------------------------


Fri Apr 4 I, Peaseblossom & I, Caliban The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

Wed Feb 26 - 27 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12A) Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

-----------------------------------------------Wed Apr 9 - 12 Maryport Amateurs present: The Witches of Eastwick Carnegie Theatre, Workington

//film Wed Feb 5 - 6 Enough Said (12A) Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven ------------------------------------------------Wed Feb 12 - 13 Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A) Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 5 - 6 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (12A) Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven ------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 12 - 13 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (PG) Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven -------------------------------------------------

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What’s On

Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre

//comedy Sun Feb 9 Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness ------------------------------------------------Mon Feb 10 Bob Kerr and the Whoopee Band Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 11 Lucy Porter - Northern Soul Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Thur Feb 13 Sean Hughes - Penguins Tour Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Sun Mar 9 Chris Ramsey The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness -------------------------------------------------

Wed Apr 2 Sarah Millican: Home Bird The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Fri Feb 14 Fish Supper Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway



Sun Apr 6 John Cooper Clarke Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Sat Feb 15 Northern Classic Trial by Fell Side Auto Club Start/Finish Stocksman Inn, Wigton Venues: Various in forests, near Bassenthwaite & Sandale



Wed Feb 5 CANDANCE! West Cumbria. Lakes College, Workington -------------------------------------------------

Tue Feb 18 - 19 Family Workshop: Mobiles and Wind Chimes The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

Sat Feb 6 - 7 International Banff Mountain Film Festival Theatre by the Lake, Keswick -------------------------------------------------

Tue Feb 18 - 19 February Half Term Fun Drop-in Sessions Tullie House, Carlisle

Wed Mar 19 Ruby Wax - Sane New World Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 28 Andrew Lawrence: There is no Escape Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 29 Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent The Kirkgate, Cockermouth Lowca Rangers Presents: An Evening of Comedy Rugby League Club, Lowca -------------------------------------------------

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sarah millican: home bird the sands centre, carlisle

Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy & More | What's On

heatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music ------------------------------------------------Wed Feb 19 CanDance! West Cumbria Lakes College, Workington

Sat Mar 22 In Search of The Northern Lights Tullie House, Carlisle



Sun Feb 23 Derek Acorah - The Eternal Spirits Tour The Wave Centre, Maryport

Sat Mar 29 Jon Ronson - Talking Frank An evening with Jon Ronson Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven



Sat Mar 1 60’s Night with The Rockits Golf Club, Whitehaven -------------------------------------------------

Sat Apr 5 - 6 Maryport Model Club 7th Annual Exhibition Netherhall School, Maryport

Fri Mar 7 - 16 Words by the Water Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 19 CanDance! West Cumbria Lakes College, Workington -------------------------------------------------

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The Wheatsheaf, Egremont Every Thursday robin hood, cleator moor Last Thursday of each month The crown, bowthorn, cleator moor Last Thursday of each month The BROOK, CLEATOR Every second Wednesday of the month

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Colt 45 | Exclusive


OLT 45 were called in at Cock Rock last year to replace rapper Wiley on the main stage, and lead singer, Neil Harper, announced “We play our own f***ing instruments and we are three proud Cumbrians. Now the Cumbrian band is about to embark on what they hope will be their best year yet. Set to record their debut album in February and having had their first national radio play in January they’re off to a great start. Drummer, Adam Lewis said: “It was the best start to the year we could have hoped for. We had our first proper play on Radio 1 Introducing, last week, which was a real surprise. We’ve had a lot of support from the BBC’s Introducing.”

“I never thought I’d be in this position. I never thought I’d walk into Sainsbury’s and see my album on the shelf.” As an added bonus the guys are managed by fellow Cumbrian Julie Weir.

We play our own f***ing instruments and we are three proud Cumbrians.

Radio 1 gave the band their first real play on the national radio show, playing the lead track from Coughing up Confessions – Happiness is a Dying Art. As for the new album, set for release in May this year, the band will be working with rock producer extraordinaire, Romesh Dodangoda, who has worked with the likes Funeral for a Friend, Kids in Glass Houses and Twin Atlantic.

Adam said: “We’re the first Cumbrian band she’s worked with. She gets our mentality and our humour and, most importantly, she can understand our accents!”

Julie has this to say: “When I first heard Colt 45 I immediately understood their potential, and the high quality of their song writing. The Cumbrian link between all is an added bonus. They are very proud of their roots, as am I (they are from Carlisle and Workington - and I am from Workington too) and the subject matter of their tracks is very local to where we are all from in a lot of cases, as is the artwork. I also think their level of tenacity is much higher as they aren’t from a big city with everything on their doorstep.” Colt 45 will be back on the road, touring the country again, throughout March, dates and details can be found on their Facebook page.

“It sounds strange but we really like rehearsing. If it’s touring or recording we are always really prepared so there’s nothing unknown. Going into the studio has a completely different feel to performing live. It’s more like putting a jigsaw together.” “In terms of sound the new album’s not a million miles away from what you’re used to hearing. We’re not quite as p*ssed off as we used to be so it’s got a more mature sound. It’s quite melodic in places but there’s some standard Colt 45 rocking out for two minutes.”

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Transport | Train Timetables

Train Times - 8 December 2013 - 17 May 2014

For train times and fares information visit or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50

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t the beginning of January Haig Colliery A Mining Museum site was handed over to Thomas Armstrong Contractors to begin the redevelopment of the new visitor centre and restoration of major parts of the former Haig Pit engine house.

The museum closed to the public at the end of August to enable staff and volunteers to empty the building, placing the most valuable objects at Carlisle Archive and the larger pieces and props in on site storage. The new visitor centre will be the first to be built, designed by Ian Grice at Hurd Rolland Partnerships in Manchester, it is a modern design to contrast against the old pit building, and will include a café, shop, reception area, a multi-function room for hire/exhibitions, museum offices, decking, and external play areas. The interpretation within the visitor centre will emphasise the heritage coast and showcase the partnership Haig has with The Colourful Coast,( National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and CCC rangers). The visitor centre will be opening to the public in mid July 2014 and will be free to enter. A developing activity programme of smaller local exhibitions, education resources and community events is planned as well as extending the volunteering and community engagement opportunities. Pamela Telford (Manager) Said “It’s a very exciting time for us, handing over to contractors releases us up to develop what is actually going to be going on here later in the year, at last we will have the facilities to further develop Haig as a tourist attraction, community venue and a memorial to our industrial past here along the Cumberland Coalfield”

The Whitehaven Brick former engine house will host the new museum experience, which is being developed jointly by the museum staff and volunteers and Richard Fowler Associates Museum Designers. The exhibition will look at the local stories of coal mining, images, memorabilia and local coal mining characters on the first floor and on the second floor will further develop the theme of life associated with coal. Pamela Continues “ We wanted the actual exhibition to be the local stories of coal, mining, people and places, our overall theme for the museum is Our Work, Our Lives, Our Community, so it has been very important to us in the planning that we look at what was happening here, whilst alluding to the National Picture” Within the old building, all the windows will be restored and it will be made weatherproof, Engine Hall Number 4 will be refurbished and exhibit the large Bever Dorling Engine with some interpretation about the Bever Family and Factory. The large central hall of the building (the powerhouse) will also be refurbished, re instating windows and putting in a new floor to enable the space to be used for any number of things including larger exhibitions, events and functions. Haig’s iconic headgear will have some restoration work carried out, ensuring its ongoing safety and preservation. Engine Hall Number 5 will not be touched in this phase of development. Keep up with us on Haig Colliery Mining Museum Whitehaven

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History | Mines Act of 1842

It was Queen Victoria who initiated mining reforms - by Pamela Telford Queen Victoria

The public became aware of conditions in the country’s collieries in 1838 after a freak accident at Huskar Colliery, in Silkstone, near Barnsley. A stream overflowed into the ventilation drift after violent thunderstorms causing the death of 26 children; 11 girls aged from eight to 16 and 15 boys between nine and 12 years of age. The disaster came to the attention of Queen Victoria who ordered an inquiry. Lord Anthony Ashley-Cooper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury headed the royal commission of inquiry which investigated the conditions of workers especially children in the coal mines. In 1840 Commissioners visited collieries and mining communities gathering information, sometimes against the mine owners’ wishes. The report, illustrated by engraved illustrations and the personal accounts of mineworkers was published in May 1842. Victorian society was shocked to discover that children, as young as five or six worked as trappers, opening and shutting ventilation doors down the mine before becoming hurriers, pushing coal tubs (above right).


ommonly known as the Mines Act of 1842, was an act of Parliament which finally began to make mineworking a little less intolerable in the United Kingdom. At the beginning of the 19th century methods of coal extraction were primitive and the workforce, men, women and children, laboured in dangerous conditions. In 1841 about 216,000 people were employed in the mines. Women and children worked underground for 11 or 12 hours a day for smaller wages than men.

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There was focus on girls and women wearing trousers and working bare-breasted in the presence of boys and men, which “made girls unsuitable for marriage and unfit to be mothers”. Such an affront to Victorian morality ensured the bill was passed. A month after the report was issued Lord AshleyCooper delivered a speech to Parliament, demanding a bill which would regulate the employment of women and children in the mines. In his speech he asked the audience attention to be focused on the harsh working conditions of the miners that he qualified to “perfectly intolerable”. To support his conviction, he made a parallel between “the simplicity and the kindness’ of the workers,” and “the folly and cruelty” of the system. Moreover, to support

Right: Lord Ashley Cooper Below: Children in the mines

his request, he raised the fact that the honest mines owners themselves begged for the right to improve the working conditions underground. The bill was presented to the House of Lords which modified some of its points. The age under which child labour was forbidden decreased from 13 to 10 years old; the employment of workhouse apprentices remained, allowed from 10 to 18 years of age, and boys from 15 years old were permitted to control the machines. Last but not least, the obligation to put children at work only one day of each two was erased from the text. The House of Commons accepted the modified bill and the essential elements were at least saved. On August 10, 1842, the bill became law with an astonishing rapidity. The Mines Act, as it was named, was a seven page document which prohibited female labour as well as the employment of boys under 10, in coal mines. It demanded more and Lord Ashley-Cooper deliberately appealed to Victorian prudery,

Mines Inspection Act introduced the appointment of inspectors of coal mines, setting out their powers and duties, and placed them under the supervision of the Home Office. The Coal Mines Regulation Act of 1860 improved safety rules and raised the age limit for boys from 10 to 12.

Victorian society was shocked to discover that children, as young as five or six worked as trappers

It provided for inspections underground but did not regulate the working hours of the miners. Further legislation in 1850 addressed the frequency of accidents in mines. The Coal

By 1870 over 1,000 lives were still being lost in mining accidents each year. In 1872 the Coal Mines Regulation Act introduced the requirement for pit managers to have state certification of their training. Miners were also given the right to appoint inspectors from among themselves.

The Mines Regulation Act, passed in 1881, empowered the Home Secretary to hold inquiries into the causes of mine accidents. It remained clear, however, that there were many aspects of mining that required further intervention and regulation.

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Local Services - Your Guide to -

Everything you need from accountants... To scaffolding



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Iron Mongers

Cleaning Services

Plastering Services



Roofing Services



Providing a Safe, Commercial And Domestic Roofing Service • Flat Roofing • Asbestos Over-Sheeting • Industrial Sheeting & Cladding • Fully Authorised in Asbestos Sheet Removals & Repairs • Commercial Roof Maintenance • Safety Netting • Accredited Sarnafil Contractor

01946 815010 07890 085534 Moor Row, Cumbria


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Local Services - Your Guide to -

Everything you need from accountants... To scaffolding

Garden maintenance & Pest control


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Garden Services

Tree Surgery

handy numbers Attractions Haig Mining Museum Muncaster Castle Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway The Beacon The Rum Story

01946 599 949 01229 717 614 01229 717 171 01946 592 302 01946 592 933

Council & 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

999 101

Medical & Support Services Careline Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) Lowther Medical Centre Mansion House NHS Direct OutREACH Cumbria LGBT Helpline Proudfoot and Rudman Queen Street Medical Surgery Sydney and Partners Trinity Health Surgery West Cumberland Hospital

01946 810 500 03000 247 247 01946 692 241 01946 693 660 0845 46 47 0800 345 7440 01946 693 094 01946 694 457 01946 692 173 01946 693 412 01946 693 181

Miscellaneous Citizens’ Advice Bureau W. Fare Ltd Pharmacy

01946 693 321 01946 692 978

Cumbria County Council 0800 121 8800

Cumbria Health on Call 111

If you would like your service listed here please call: 01946 816 716

Sports Grounds & centres Whitehaven Cricket Ground Whitehaven Recreation Ground Whitehaven Sports Centre

01946 695 441 01946 328 088 01946 695 666

Swimming Pools Egremont Swimming Pool Hensingham Swimming Pool

01946 821 038 01946 696 049

Taxis Downton Travel Stirling Taxis

0800 118 2891 01946 823000

Theatres & cinema Carnegie Theatre Kirkgate Theatre Plaza Cinema Rosehill Theatre Theatre by the Lake The Wave

01900 602 122 01900 826 448 01900 870 001 01946 692 422 017687 744 11 01900 811 450

Tourist information Egremont

01946 820 693

Travel & weather Bus Timetables Lake District Weather Service Train Timetables

0871 200 22 33 0844 846 2444 08457 48 49 50

Vets Galemire (Cleator Moor) Millcroft (Egremont) West Lakeland Veterinary Group (Egremont) West Lakeland Veterinary Group (Whitehaven)

Lake District Weather 0844 846 2444

01946 810 295 01946 820 513 01946 820 312 01946 693 303

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Wildlife of the Solway Firth | The Shore Crab

Wildlife of The Solway Firth

The Shore Crab Carcinus maenas


ny seaside holiday around the UK is very likely to involve an encounter with this remarkable, hardy and adaptable crustacean. It is found in coastal shallows and estuaries, feeding on worms, molluscs and carrion‌ any sea angler will admit to have been plagued by these crabs at some stage picking away at their valuable fishing bait! The female crab can only mate when she is newly moulted, a process by which all crustaceans (includes shrimps and lobsters) shed their hard outer shell in order to grow a bit before hardening up again. A male crab sensing his opportunity will ensure first refusal by grabbing hold of the female across her back several days in advance. Several thousand eggs are produced at a time, held as a mass under the female’s body until

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By Mark Vollers

hatching into minute free-swimming larvae. These larvae circulate in the ocean currents feeding on plankton for a year or more, eventually settling down in the shallows. They are extremely resourceful and either hide away under stones and seaweed or simply burrow down into sand and mud to hide from predators, of which there are many. Fish like wrasse, cod, rays and smoothounds are always on the prowl, seabirds, otters and man (for bait) also take their share. A walk along the tideline in early summer may present what looks like crab carnage, but is in fact the sign of a healthy local population... hundreds of cast off shells proving that local growing conditions are excellent.

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20 39 21 18 22 09 23 23 12 10

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Feature | Walkingshaw

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EST Cumbria now has an even bigger, brighter and better Volkswagen showroom as Walkingshaw have taken on board the company’s new, cutting-edge corporate image. By 2015 Volkswagen is aiming to have updated all its showrooms across the UK, thus ensuring that they offer customers and staff the most upto-date, modern and useable space and as ever, Walkinghaw has been at the forefront of the company’s dealership development ideas. The updates are aimed at greatly enhancing customers’ experience and with an expanded showroom, at Lillyhall, Workington upgrading the one they first built there in the year 2000. Walkingshaw can now exhibit 10 new models which cover most of the car company’s latest, extensive range in an impressive and stylish feature area which also houses a dedicated hand-over area where customers can comfortably take delivery of their new cars. Business has carried on as usually as possible throughout the £500,000 development which began last summer and feedback from customers and staff suggests that any temporary disruption has been well worthwhile. There are new, more comfortable waiting refreshment and children’s play areas, merchandise and accessories plus WiFi. There are also more parking spaces; better disabled accesses and automatic doors, which together with the existing, modern, state-of-the-art workshops and a larger area for pre-owned models, combine to give customers the best possible service and sales experience when buying or maintaining their vehicles. The showroom also has iPads and a range of advanced web tools to make the assimilation of information easier for customers enabling them February/March 2014 | 83

see products and specifications that may not otherwise be available for immediate viewing in the showroom. Customers are very knowledgeable nowadays and clearly enthusiastic about the new showroom which suggests they’re happy, engaged and serious about buying a car.

“Walkingshaw can now exhibit 10 new models which cover most of the car company’s latest, extensive range in an impressive and stylish feature area” “If they like the environment it follows that they’ll want to come back for regular maintenance, which has definite benefits for them, and of course, us,” said managing director, Andrew Walkingshaw. But it’s all part of the consistency, service and high quality environment that customers expect... and get... from Volkswagen and Walkingshaw’s who, for 45 years, have not just sold vehicles but have taken great pride in maintaining them so that their customers return time after time.

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Walkingshaw t. 01900 608000 e: Joseph Noble Road Lillyhall Industrial Estate Lillyhall, Workington Cumbria CA14 4JH February/March 2014 | 85

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