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January/February 2014


6-7 Janet Suzman

To visit Keswick Film Festival

8-9 Chambers

New showroom wows customers


10 New Lotto for

Maryport Lifeboat

New lotto to raise vital funds

12 Rock on the Roadside

Protection against riverbank erosion

14-15 Sandi Thom

From The Albert Hall to Cumbria

22-23 Haaf Netting

It’s a race against tide...



30-31 Bridget Foster

It's your skin that matters not your age

32-33 Wedding Fayres

A wealth of Wedding ideas


Alan Spedding Recipe Treat with a Twist 10 36-37 Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs A healthy recipe to start 2014 34-35





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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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Feature “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. 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. 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.


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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.

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. 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.

“Dame Janet’s latest film Felix, will be screened on the opening night of the Keswick Film Festival.” 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. January/February 2014 | 7

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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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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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LOTTO LAUNCH: Maryport Independent Lifeboat which is celebrating the launch of a new Lotto

New lotto for Maryport Lifeboat


aryport’s Independent Lifeboat volunteers are to launch a new “Lifeboat Lotto” to raise vital funds to help keep their rescue service afloat.

the crew are qualified swift/white water technicians,” he said. “The new lotto will give our supporters an extra way to help us raise vitally-needed cash, with a jackpot prize starting at £1,000 which rolls over weekly until won or reaches £5,000, at which point a guaranteed winner will be drawn.

The service is credited with saving dozens of lives in its 33-year history and played a key role in rescuing local people during the disastrous Cumbria floods of 2009. Its crew was in action in the appalling weather over the Christmas holiday period, with regular coastal patrols to help ensure the safety of local people.

“We cover a very large area of the Cumbrian Coast including parts of Scotland across the Solway Firth. Our lifeboat has a range of 150 miles but we need to start raising cash for its 10- year refit. It is nearly six years old and the refit could cost more than £75,000”.

The service is totally dependent on donations and has a crew of 15 dedicated volunteers. It receives some financial support from Britain’s Energy Coast, Cumbria Community Foundation and North and West Cumbria Flag, the fisheries local action group.

It will cost £2 a week for what is a local, weekly lottery, not part of a national scheme and all funds raised will go straight to the Maryport Lifeboat, the real bonus being that the next life saved could be yours – or someone you love.”

But it is planning a new £350,000 independent lifeboat station, in Maryport, and the station officer, Michael Messenger, says they need more cash to pay for essential maintenance to the boat itself and to finance training for a new generation of volunteers, as well as ensuring high-level training for existing crews.

Match four numbers and you’ll win the roll-over jackpot, which starts at £1,000 and increases £100 a week until won. If no one matches the numbers drawn, a winner is guaranteed when the jackpot reaches £5,000. Match three numbers for a £25 consolation prize. Winning numbers will be published each week on the Lifeboat Lotto and the Maryport Lifeboat website and the first draw takes place on March 19.

“Few realise that a quarter of all UK Lifeboats are independent, like us. We don’t receive any statutory funding and are not part of the RNLI. We are on call 24-seven. All

You can also sign up by downloading an application form from the website: following the Maryport link

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‘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 newlyreformed 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.

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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. Whitehaven Live will be one of a number of events organised 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.

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Rock on the Roadside

THEN: Riverbank erosion at Northside, before work started there.


NOW: Riverbank protection work nearing completion. Shown is a section of the rock armour protecting the bank.

major project to protect the A596 Northside Road, in Workington, from riverbank erosion has been successfully completed.

Large blocks of limestone weighing in total about 3,000 tonnes – the equivalent weight of more than 200 London double-decker buses - were placed up to six metres high along the riverbank to protect and secure land between the river and the road.

Cumbria County Council and its highway contractor Connect Roads jointly spent more than half a million pounds on the repair work to prevent erosion reaching the road and at the same time they removed unsightly obstructions from the river bed.

A temporary structure, known as a cofferdam, was constructed in the river to create a safe and dry working area and provide protection from the rising tide, to allow work to install the rock ‘armour’ along the riverbank.

The scheme represents a significant feat of engineering which involved strengthening the north bank of the River Derwent along a 100m section between Northside and Navvies bridges.

A 35-tonne crawler crane lifted large blocks of stone, each weighing up to 10 tonnes, into place during a complex operation similar to building a giant dry stone wall. The restricted nature of the site presented challenges to the contractor when manoeuvring large pieces of plant and machinery, including two large excavators and the crawler crane. Nevertheless the project was completed in 20 weeks just slightly longer than originally planned even though difficult ground conditions were met along the old railway during the initial site excavations. Andy Dean, regional operations director for Connect Roads, said: “The Northside scheme has delivered a long-term solution that safeguards this important road.” l A number of large unsightly tree branches were also removed after becoming embedded over time in the river, close to the construction site.

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From the Albert Hall to WEST CUMBRIA 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.” 14 | The Guide Magazine

Feature “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.” Last year brought 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.”

“The great thing about booking my own shows is that I can choose to go where I want to perform” 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.”


elebrating 10 fantastic years as Cumbria’s Premier Youth Theatre, StagedRight returns to Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake on Saturday February 15, with a brand new production and boasting a cast of almost 90 talented youngsters from throughout East and West Cumbria, aged between 11 and 18.

The Time of my Life recreates excerpts from past StagedRight musicals including Barnum, Summer Holiday, Beauty & the Beast, Scrooge, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Me & My Girl and of course, Les Miserables in a fully-costumed extravaganza.

Having only just released “The Covers Collection” Thom is already at work on her next album.

Previous visits by StagedRight to Keswick has resulted in sell-out performances and this year’s production looks like being no different.

“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.”

Director David McNeill said: “We have some lovely surprises in store for our audience and tickets are selling fast, which I think that is credit to the talent of our students who have developed a reputation for top-drawer entertainment,” said David.

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.

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YESSS Please


ESSS aim to please and “Yes please” is exactly what you’ll be saying when you see just what Carlisle’s latest electrical wholesalers has to offer.

YESSS Electrical has launched its latest branch at Unit B, Currock Road Retail Park, Currock Road, Carlisle, with seven staff under the management of the very well known Colin Carter who has worked in the industry for many years. The new branch stocks over 8,000 products from electrical to industrial controls to domestic appliances and all at prices you’ll love. YESSS also offers exceptional lighting designs and energyefficient heating design services which are Free of Charge. The guys from YESSS will happily visit you at your commercial or domestic premises to discuss your requirements. Branch Manager Colin said: “We don’t merely stock and sell the products. Together our staff have more than 120 years experience of electrical products, with our expertise and knowledge our team are able to ensure that we offer you the right advice, it’s that which makes us different.” If you can't make it into the brand new branch then don't panic because you can buy online as YESSS also has the online back-up of their massive central warehouse which stocks over a million products ready for next day delivery on products ordered before 4pm. (Soon to be 8pm). Call into YESSS Electrical today and pick up your YESSS Electrical Connections Card which gives you even further discount on what are already unbelievable great prices. To know more contact: Branch Manager, Colin Carter on: 07854 362986, Sales Manager, Aaron Roberts on: 07854 354685 or the branch itself on: 01228 633028 Fax 01228 633029 Email 16 | The Guide Magazine



£1.7m Main Street Works Will Take Half a Year


ORK is under way on a programme of major improvements to Main Street, Cockermouth which is expected to take until July to complete. Cumbria County Council is spending nearly £1.7 million on the work, which will be carried out between Sullart Street and Cocker Bridge. Works include; resurfacing the carriageway; renewing the existing drainage system; re-paving the north footway and renewing the lighting columns along Main Street. The work schedule is expected to be completed in July, subject to adverse weather affecting progress. Aggregate Industries - Contracting has been appointed to carry out the works on behalf of the county council. Temporary traffic controls will be in place on Main Street throughout and the county council says every effort will be made to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

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Some sections of the north footway will be closed at times and a temporary footway with access to all properties and shops will be maintained. Signs will also be in place, advising that Cockermouth is open for business during the works. Improvement work will also be carried out on High Sand Lane, including the installation of a replacement drainage system, resurfacing the carriageway and re-constructing both footways with sandstone setts. This work started on Monday January 13 and is expected to take three weeks to complete. High Sand Lane will be closed to traffic while work takes place from 9am to 3.30pm and there will be no access for vehicles between these times. Coun. Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We will do all we can to ensure traffic flows smoothly. Some disruption will be unavoidable and we apologise for any inconvenience, but once the scheme is completed, everyone will benefit from a much-improved town centre.”

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CUMBRIA launches Pink Floyd passion


UMBRIA will launch the Australian Pink Floyd 2014 “Set The Controls” Tour, on Thursday Feb 20… the first of 21 dates, which includes the O2 Arena in London.

It will draw heavily from the iconic Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Her, and The Division Bell albums but will also feature an element that will allow the audience to choose the material the band plays in certain sections of the show. There will be 21 UK dates - including a show at The O2 London - on this tour and the band will perform a two-hour set. Following on from their enormously successful 2013 dates, founder member Jason Sawford told us: “We cannot wait to start, UK audiences are always brilliant.”

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Bassist Colin Wilson told us: “We’re looking forward to meeting up with Cumbrian Aussie Floyd fans at The Sands Centre, Carlisle.” The Australian Pink Floyd Show are much more than a tribute to the great music of Pink Floyd, and were described by The Times as “the gold standard”. They attempt to capture and convey the spirit as well as the sound, and slavish attention is lavished upon their exceptional visuals and effects.

“We’re looking forward to meeting up with Cumbrian Aussie Floyd fans.” Aussie Floyd, who have sold over three million concert tickets in their own right, are much-loved for their near


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RAMPTON 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 comes originally from Whitehaven, 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


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It’s a race against tide...

Scientist and fiction-writer Ann Lingard - has enjoyed weaving two careers together. She and her husband now live on a small-holding within sight of the Solway and from there she also organises informal guided shore walks near Allonby. Here she literally gets into the ancient skill of haaf-netting for salmon.


RIFFEL has vanished, blotted out by the rain sweeping across the Firth into our faces.

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Mark Messenger and I are at the seaward end of the row, and the fast-moving brown water is rising quickly, and is now well above my waist. The surge of the tide sucks the sand from beneath my feet, and my face is salty and wet from rain and spray. The haaf-net streams out behind us in the current, and Mark and I each have our fingers looped in its upper mesh, waiting for the tremor that says we’ve trapped a salmon. Mark suddenly upends the haaf, swinging the frame up and out of the water to make a pocket of the net but it’s just a small flounder. I hadn’t felt a thing, other than the tension of the tide. 22 | The Guide Magazine

The water is now chest-high its press is strong, so we have to move; we wade slowly across the current to the landward end of the row. Mark is carrying the haaf and I wish I had the extra weight as I feel light enough to be knocked over and swept away. Earlier, my husband John and I had met Mark and his son Ben at The Highland Laddie, the inn at Glasson that Mark and his wife Karen have run for the past six years. I’m puzzled that we don’t have any nets with us in the car, but when we park I see why: the haaf-nets, lying on the grass at the top of the saltmarsh, are enormous. I ask Mark if it’s safe to leave the nets lying around, and he laughs: “Aye, though we’ve lost one or two to the cows - they’re a pain in the backside.” Tom Dias, who lives at Bowness and has been haaf-netting since the mid-1980s, told me later that he had had a net stolen

Feature in the early days: “Another time, four of the nets were stacked up together against the wall and somebody had taken a Stanley knife or scissors, and cut right up through all four.” Haaf-netting has always had its opponents. Now, kitted up and feeling as round and fat as the Michelin-man, I follow the others down the shore. As we talk I learn new terms like “drops”, where the sand banks up and spills over the edge, and fine Nordicsounding names like “briest” - bank, and “reestings” standing waves. Haaf-netting was introduced by the Vikings: the haaf ’s beam is supposedly as long as a Viking oar, and has three uprights attached, with one end slightly shorter than the other and most netters make their haafs, usually of pine or greenheart, but hey usually buy their nets.

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Suddenly I become aware of a distant roaring. The tidal bore is racing in; it isn’t high but it is loud, and soon there are reestings in the Firth. The silent rise of this brownfrothed edge is slightly menacing. There’s a saying, “If your net’s in the water you’re in with a chance.” There are now eight of us, and it is time to draw for positions in the boak; the line of nets. Then the men take up their haafs and we wade out, standing in line across the stream. The level is rising quickly; each netter peels off from the seaward side one by one as the water reaches his chest, back towards the land. There is a flurry as someone nets a salmon; he upends his haaf and after killing the fish with his felling-stick, pushes it into his bag. We alternate between standing with the haaf pressed against us by the tide, then pushing to new positions, the line re-forming constantly, rain and spray in our faces. But I’m dry, inside my waders and waterproofs; I’m warm, in my thermals and layers of fleeces - and I’m exhilarated to be in the Solway, not observing from the margins.

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I’m part of the three-dimensional complexity of the flowing tide and what it bears, and I’m practising (rather unsuccessfully) the ancient technique of haaf-netting. To read the full account of Ann’s haaf-netting experience go to: www.solwayshorestories. And visit her website: January/February 2014 | 23

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

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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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s i n a v s ’ d i v a D THE Reliant Robin in the classic TV series Only Fools and Horses wasn’t, as Workington care worker David Barrett points out, actually a Reliant Robin… …And David ought to know because, apart from being a huge fan of the superb sitcom series – which had seven series broadcast on BBC, between 1981 and 1991, and still gets regularly shown – David owns one of the vans which was actually used in the making of the hugely popular programmes. The famous van/s which starred were in fact all Reliant Regal Supervan IIIs, made by Reliant from 1953-73, which were a forerunner of the Robin, the next model along to replace them and like nearly all TV vehicles featuring regularly there was more than one. “Around 11 vans were used in the TV series,” David said

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and most were simply scrapped, a few survive; indeed the now closed Cars of the Stars museum at Keswick had two examples.” “Mine was found a number of years ago in Manchester, it was owned by a fan of the show who had bought it along with other memorabilia”. “While in his ownership the van was vandalised and having no safe storage for the van he agreed to sell it to me. I have replaced all the glass in the van and repaired a large hole kicked into the body but sadly the van will need total restoration if it is to return to the road”. “The van is fitted with a lot of electrical wiring under the bonnet and I have no idea what it was used for, the main battery cables have been cut off long ago to prevent the car from been started, perhaps a safety measure from when it was sent to public auction.

Feature The side chassis rails had rusted through; seats had collapsed with age; the wiring is dangerous; all bushes need replaced; as would all the braking system, not to mention the engine, “which I have never had running,” David said. “But it’s an easy restoration, the body is glass-fibre and it has a separate chassis, the only way to restore these properly is to take the body off, restore the running gear then turn your attention to the body and wiring. David, who lives in Egremont, says the van will most likely end up with a Reliant Robin engine which has a little more power and easier-to-obtain parts. Around 11 such vans were used for the TV series and were simply replaced when the MoT was due or series ended, as it was easier to buy another than to patch up store it. “Sometimes they would keep the rear door, seats and sides panels from the van for continuity purposes”. The first-ever van was scrapped and the ones used afterwards are a bit of a mystery. As we said Cars of the Stars had two, one now is in a private collection after going on sale and achieving £44K at auction and the other’s whereabouts is unknown but could well be in Florida with the rest of the former Keswick museum’s collection. Another was hired for one day only, it was blue, it had washable paint added, filming stopped and the van was sent to be jet washed and given back to the owner. One ended up in Kuwait, sent over to the troops at an RAF base by Del Boy (David Jason) himself packed with goodies from home, it was used by the RAF before being sold off. Sadly it was damaged after being dropped off a roof and is in storage somewhere. By the 1990s the Regals were getting harder to find and the TV company decided to restore a van and keep it for any future series; it would look shabby but be mechanically sound and road legal and this one was eventually given to the late John Sullivan, writer of the series and that’s what was used for the last few years.

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So keep an eye out in future for this Peckham Princess. “Hopefully next year I will be able to trailer it to a few local car shows, I think it’s a car most people remember,” David said.


for fans of another popular 1980s TV series David has another classic in his cupboard as he will be putting together one of the KITTs – the car with artificial intelligence – which starred in the 1982-86 Knight Rider series, that made David Hasselhoff famous in the UK. It’s currently in too many pieces to picture but having bought many original parts from the USA, David hopes to be taking KITT, based on a 1980s Pontiac Trans-Am, to shows next summer, before fully completing the Reliant.

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for the

New Year By Sarah Briggs

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

“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! January/February 2014 | 29

It’s your skin that matters ...not your age By Bridget Foster


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.


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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A wealth of


IVEN the enormous amount of choice to be exercised in preparing for a wedding then a wedding fair is a good place to begin to formulate ideas for your big day, to see what’s on offer from the various wedding professionals and make those important comparisons. There’s a series of wedding fairs galloping over the horizon this spring so here’s a selection of those in this vicinity which prospective brides, grooms and parents can visit. Invariably the venues themselves have a wedding team in place too, who can answer all your queries about their particular venue. First up in 2014 is the Crown and Mitre, English Street, Carlisle, Wedding Fayre, on Sunday January 19, from 11am-4pm with free admission. There are more than 30 exhibitors to browse, goodie bags for first 50 brides, lots of freebies, discounts and giveaways where you can talk to various Cumbrian wedding suppliers ready to make your day extra special. Contact: 01228 525491. The Smiths Hotel, at Gretna, is holding a wedding fair, on Sunday January 26, from noon to 4pm with free admission. Wedding co-ordinators will be on hand during the day to help you with any questions you have about their surrounding wedding venues as well as accommodation inside Smiths. Wedding planners will accept appointments on the day these appointments are limited so it’s wise to book in advance. There will be a varied range of suppliers including: Bridal-wear; Kilt /Suit Hire; photographers / DVDs; flowers; wedding cakes; live bands; magicians; stationary; chair covers; a balloon designer; casino; doves; disco and beauty. Call the wedding team on 01461 336001 for more information. Website:

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Wedding Ideas... Also on Sunday January 26 at the North Lakes Hotel, Ullswater Road, Penrith, it’s open house, for their Weddings Showcase event from 10am - 4pm, to meet the team and gather ideas to help with your planning. Contact Telephone: 01768 868111.

The Hallmark Hotel, at Court Square, Carlisle, holds its fair on Sunday March 2, from 11am-4pm with prize draws and special offers on the day. To know more telephone 01228 531951 or email 

The Crown Hotel, Wetheral, Wedding Fair is on Sunday February 2, from 1pm-4.30pm in the hotel’s Garden Suite. There will be have a mixture of 15 exhibitors from photographers to a sweetie buffets. There will also be a fashion show by Capricorn Brides, taking place from 2pm. It is free entry so everyone is welcome.

The Tantrums and Tiaras Wedding Fair is to be held at Rheged Centre, Redhills, and Penrith. There are events on Sunday March 9 and later in the year, on Sunday November 9 both 10am-4pm. Organisers promise over 70 local wedding suppliers including bridal houses, florists, jewellery designers, hairdressers, beauticians, photographers, cakes, favours, table decor and wedding stationary plus much, much more. Fashion shows are three times during the day, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with various local collections to see. There is free entry and there are complimentary drinks on arrival. Tel 01768 868000 email:

Whitehaven Golf Club, are hosting a Vintage Wedding Fair on Sunday February 9. 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Telephone: 01946 591144 Carlisle's Swallow Hilltop Hotel, has a Wedding Open Day, 2-4pm, on Sunday February 16. Telephone: 01228 529255 Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa Wedding Fayre takes place on Sunday February 23, from noon to 12pm - 4pm. It’s an opportunity to view the exceptional facilities that makes Armathwaite Hall, at Bassenthwaite, one of the premiere wedding venues in Cumbria. There’ll be a speciallyselected range of wedding experts from photographers to florists, cake decorators to stationers, and from bridal gowns to suit hire businesses.

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Treat with a Twist

Chocolate Cream with Cumbrian Snow and Roasted Pineapple With Valentine's Day just around the corner I`ve created a very romantic and pretty easy to make dessert to ease away those cold winter blues and bring about a wee “treat with a twist” for all the romantics out there... Chocolate set cream with Cumbrian snow and sweet roasted pinepple.

Chocolate Cream

Roasted Pineapple

• 300ml - Double Cream • 300ml - Full Cream Milk • Seeds from 1 Vanilla Pod • 4 tbsp - Caster Sugar • 100g - Good Milk Chocolate (chopped) • 2½ - Leaves of Gelatine

• Fresh Pieces of Pineapple • Seeds from 1 Vanilla Pod • 100g Caster Sugar • 100ml Fresh Orange Juice

1. Place vanilla pod seeds, cream, milk and sugar into a saucepan, bring slowly to a simmer and then leave simmering for 5 minutes. 2. While the cream mixture is simmering, add the gelatine to 2 tbsp water and leave to soak for 5 minutes then heat gently in the microwave (do not allow it to boil). 3. Remove the cream from the heat and stir in the chocolate, allow it to melt gently. 4. Add the liquid gelatine to the cream, stir and then pass through a fine sieve. 5. P  our into cups or moulds and allow to set in the fridge for 2 or 3 hours.

1. Preheat oven to 220c 2. Add vanilla seeds to a pan containing the sugar and orange juice. Bring to the boil then pour over the pineapple pieces in a small roasting dish. 3. Allow to bake in a hot oven for about 30 - 45 mins until caramelised (baste 3 - 4 times during roasting)

To Serve 1. Cut small rectangles of snow with a hot knife, decorate these with roasted pineapple and mint, plus the roasting syrup. 2. Top the chocolate creams with fresh berries or orange pieces, grated chocolate or just the roasted pineapple pieces.

Cumbrian Snow • 7 - Gelatine Leaves • 120g - Caster Sugar • 360ml - Water 1. Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes. 2. Mix the sugar and water together, bring to the boil then remove from the heat. Add the drained gelatine to the sugar mixture and then stir to dissolve completely. 3. Add the sugar mixture to a food mixer with a whisk, mix for several minutes until cold. The snow will form as this is happening. 4. Once cold, pour into a cling film lined dish to a depth of around 1½ inches, allow the snow to set in the fridge. January/February 2014 | 35

Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Lima Bean Salsa

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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. January/February 2014 | 37

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mini meatloaves Ready In: 30 minutes | Serves: 6

cut out and keep

• About one and a quarter pounds (567grammes) of fresh-ground chicken, chicken breast fresh-ground turkey or turkey breast • Non-stick cooking spray • 1/4 cup frozen chopped onions • 2/3 cup Italian-style bread crumbs • 2 eggs • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, grated, fancy style


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with no-stick cooking spray. 3. In large bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. 4. Fill muffin cups with a scant 1/2 cup of meatloaf mixture. 5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. 38 | The Guide Magazine




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The Great Guide to

Eating Out

INDIAN / BISTRO / TRADITIONAL / PUB GRUB / ITALIAN / CHINESE / THAI / TA Hundith Hill Hotel - Celebrating 30 Years in Business Providing a fantastic venue for all your special occasions

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

Tuck In - Café/Restaurant Newly established Licensed Café/Restaurant. Serving Big Breakfasts, Home-made Food. Daily menu including beer battered cod, chips and mushy peas and also our own made quarter pounder burgers. 3 Course Sunday Carvery £8 All you can eat NEW All You Can Eat Breakfast - Saturday Mornings £7.50

Full Afternoon Tea only £12 for two. Takeaway option available for all of our meals. All meals home-made, available for private functions, birthday parties, funeral teas and Christmas parties. 38 Curzon Street, Maryport. T. 01900 815077

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Fresh Home-made Sushi @


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. Meanwhile, 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.


yne Fish recently launched a takeaway Sushi service from their new shop on Station Street, Cockermouth. However it has become very clear that there is a definite misunderstanding about what Sushi really is. Many people expected only raw fish. So what is Sushi? Sushi is actually the rice not its contents. Sushi rice is a short grain Japanese rice or ‘Japonica’. Preparing, cooking and marinating the rice correctly is the basis for good sushi. Sushi comes in a variety of shapes, size and formats. There are the thin rolls (Hosomaki), fat rolls (Futomaki), inside out rolls (Uromaki), rice balls (Tamari), covered rice bits (Nigiri), tofu parcels (Inari) and that’s just the start. Sushi can be made vegetarian, with raw fish, cooked or cured fish, meat, or a mixture. But however it is served, it’s what it looks like that initially wets the appetite. When using raw fish for sushi, it has to be of a certain grade. The tuna has to be Sashimi grade tuna, which simply means that when it was caught, it was immediately fast frozen on the boat, to kill any possible parasites and bacteria present. The Raw Salmon, used in Sashimi and Sushi, is a Scottish farmed salmon, which has been bred and nurtured under very strict conditions, to ensure that the fish are not exposed to any bacteria or parasites dangerous for raw consumption. Farmed fish believe it or not are considered safer than wild fish for this very reason. Eating raw fish does not initially appeal to everyone. However, served with the right sauce or marinade it really is something special.The spicy salmon and the tuna marinated in Soy and ginger is absolutely mouth-watering. Served with the sushi rice and fresh vegetables, its tasty and healthy! Sushi and Sashimi is available by prior order only on Fridays and Saturdays. Whether your planning a party or just want a healthy lunch box, let us know in advance and it will be made fresh that very day ready for collection. Menu and price lists are available in the shop or at T. 01900 827814, 11 Station Street, Cockermouth

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Drivers’ goodwill goes out the window


RIVERS say goodwill towards other road users was been in short supply over the festive period.

A study by a leading national auto centre into how winter affects motorists has found that drivers are concerned about the levels of impatient, aggressive and inconsiderate driving – which they say increases at this time of year. Almost a quarter of motorists (23%) who took part in the research said they felt that unfriendly, bad tempered behaviour – such as failing to allow drivers out at junctions, lane hogging and not indicating – is a major issue during the winter months. One in five motorists (20%) also felt that there was a rise in aggressive and impatient driving – such as tailgating, speeding and using car horns or lights to intimidate other road users. Wet, dark and slippery conditions mean more than a third of motorists are anxious or genuinely frightened about

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driving at this time of year – so to arm motorists with information on how to stay safe Halfords Autocentres has worked with former SAS Sergeant Major and survival expert John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, to create a handy Winter Survival Guide. The Winter Survival Guide for motorists provides advice on everything from how to avoid a skid and remaining calm in traffic to administering first aid. To read the Winter Survival Guide or download a free copy visit: visit: stores/servlet/ACArticleDisplay?langId=-1&st oreId=11602&catalogId=19255&categoryId=27 7810&articleId=1021921 To watch the first film in the accompanying Halfords Autocentre Survival Series visit: :


Tax disc demise welcomed


HE Government’s plan to scrap tax discs later this year has received overwhelming support from motorists, according to a new web-based poll.

It found that 60.6% of drivers backed the decision by the Chancellor, George Osborne, to axe the tax disc after more than 90 years in favour of an online only system. The tax disc was introduced in 1921 to show that motorists have paid Vehicle Excise Duty but it was revealed in the Autumn Budget that it is no longer needed with the DVLA and the Police now relying on an electronic register. Under the new online system people will also, for the first time, be able to pay their road tax by monthly direct debit, to help spread the cost. Motorists without internet access will still be able to tax their cars by telephone or in person at their local post office.

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Sport Left Ricky Wells (white helmet) and Rene Bach (red helmet) Below Josh Grajczonek

Words: John Walsh | Photography: Paul Robinson

Comets have their tails up


ORKINGTON Comets have completed their line-up for 2014 - and there’s a buzz of expectancy about Derwent Park. Although only Rene Bach, Kyle Howarth, Ashley Morris and Chris Mills will return from last season supporters have expressed their approval of the three new men coming in. Josh Grazjconek has been a well respected rider in the Premier League for a couple of years and last season he made a big breakthrough in the Elite League with champions Poole. Ricky Wells is another who has showed himself capable of mixing it in the top flight as well as being a very consistent scorer in the Premier League and everyone is so pleased that Mason Campton has finally been able to shake-off the red tape which prevented him racing in Britain last year. He has established his availability to ride for the Comets this coming season. Comets’ management team have expressed their pleasure at the team they have put together and there’s no doubt that they should be challenging for honours - hopefully without any serious injuries.

Owner Laura Morgan and her fellow promoters brother Steve Whitehead and team manager Tony Jackson, did well in their debut season last year largely through their ability to relate with the fans. That will continue to be the foundation and they are looking to develop an even closer bond with supporters. Morgan said: “This time last year we were planning blind so it’s a good feeling having some idea of what work the coming weeks entail and being able to put them into some semblance of order. We will be looking to liaise further with our landlords, Workington Town, regarding the air fence which we are hoping to be in a position to take delivery of within the coming weeks. “The Workington supporters have contributed enthusiastically to the various fund-raising events that have been organised since it was first announced the Comets were going ahead with the 2014 air fence.” Comets will open the new season on Saturday, March 22, when Newcastle Diamonds will contest the first leg of the Ian Thomas Memorial Shield; the second leg being raced at Brough Park the following night.

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M cDonald aims to

save Reds AGAIN Words: John Walsh | Photography: Steve Durham


AN McDonald, whose transfer to Liverpool in 1974 was a godsend to the Workington club, is back at Borough Park, as manager.

His move to Anfield for £33,000 kept the club solvent and now he has to save it again – this time from relegation. He went into the New Year rock bottom of Conference North and eight points away from safety and on the back of two derby defeats to county rivals and fellow strugglers Barrow. McDonald was appointed after Darren Edmondson, Reds’ longest-serving manager, switched to Barrow and the pair went head to head twice within a fortnight of them taking-up the new positions. “It’s been a tough baptism, at Workington. I’m pleased to be back at the club which gave me my big break and I’m going to give it my best shot to stay in Conference North. I’ve had six matches in quick succession and it’s pretty obvious we need strengthening in key areas. There is ability in the team but confidence is low after a series of poor results. “We are not a million miles away from being a decent side. In six of the games I’ve been involved in we should have won two or three. We’ve been punished for individual errors. It looks bleak but I certainly haven’t given-up and I know the lads are determined to fight their way out,” he said.

The club doesn’t have its own goalkeeper since Arron Taylor moved to Celtic Nation in the summer. Reds have used six keepers so far, five on loan from League clubs. “I just couldn’t believe that,” said McDonald, who was unfortunate to break his ankle in his first game for Liverpool reserves after his big money move. He did not get a game in the first team but forged a good career for himself in the lower Leagues, particularly at Aldershot where he later became manager. McDonald has Ashley Hoskin, a former Burnley professional as his number two. Hoskin also works with youngsters at the Bury club after previously coaching at Burnley and Accrington. The pair didn’t know each other until the Workington job came-up. McDonald was the board’s choice but they had been so impressed with Hoskin they asked if he would take the assistant’s role and he readily agreed. Together they were hoping to have four or five new faces in the squad for the next home game at the start of February. There’s no doubt it depends on the quality they bring in which will determine whether they can claw their way back into contention and retain their Conference North status.

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Workington Town RL:

Wigan to field top flight team for Town friendly

Words: John Walsh | photography: Jim Davis

Peter Lupton


Brett Carter

Elliot Miller

orkington Town hope that their friendly with Wigan at the end of the month will lead to closer ties with the Elite League giants. Every Town fan is talking about the match and the Super League club has pledged to bring a top flight team. Town are taking on the Warriors, at Derwent Park, on January 26 as part of their preparations for the new Championship season. Grandstand tickets are priced at £13 for adults, £10 for concessions and £7 for Under-16s. Standing tickets are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for Under-16s. The West Cumbians will not be continuing their dual registration agreement with Widnes this year but it’s possible that Town could manage to take a couple of players on season-long loans from the JJB Stadium. Workington have not been over-active in recruitment but they will be strengthened before the season kicks-off in earnest. One of the main priorities was to tie-up the key players on their books like Elliot Miller, Jarrad Stack, Brett Carter and Peter Lupton. All of them, and more, have re-committed themselves to the Workington cause and Town expect to name some new recruits in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2014 campaign.

Jarred Stack

League star, Peter Lupton, will be working alongside Charlton this time around. Lupton did not have a very eye-catching debut season for Town in 2012 but 12 months on he looked the part and was one of the key players in the late rush to cement a play-off place. Having reached the play-offs last season Town will be expected to do it again but there was some stern competition for the last place last year and nothing will be taken for granted. Charlton said: “If we can get the right players in, and we are working on it, then I feel sure we will give a good account of ourselves. “Last season was all about maintaining our Championship status but as the year progressed we could see we had a chance of making the play-offs. “The Championship is a step-up from the League we were playing in and it’s tough every week. That isn’t going to change but I’d like to think we are better prepared, having seen what it was like last year.”

“We have not been rushing into signing players. We want to be right that they are the type of players we should be signing and that will continue to be the way we look at it,” said coach Gary Charlton. Fellow joint coach Martin Oglanby has taken a break at the end of the 2013 season and utility player and ex-Super January/February 2014 | 47

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Kid’s Sudoku

Word search


Please see the Tide Tables page for the solutions

Boots Earmuffs Fireplace Frost Gloves

Winter Wordsearch Hot Chocolate Ice Polar Bear Shovel Skating

Sledge Slippery Snow Snowman Winter

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Quick Crossword Across 1. Twelve (5) 4. Hoard (5) 7. Unaware (9) 8. Gape (4) 10. Wore away (6) 12. Birds of prey (6) 13. Notion (4) 16. Large spider (9) 18. The lowest point of anything (5) 19. Implied (5) Down 1. Journal (5) 2. Menagerie (3) 3. World’s longest river (4) 4. Secret or hidden (6) 5. Bustling (7) 6. Abated (5) 9. Placed a bet (7) 11. Thinner (6) 12. Consumed (5) 14. Proficient (5) 15. Female relative (4) 17. Part of a circle (3)


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What’s On

What’s On

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

Lets Play Who’s Coming to CUMBRIA

© Clive Barda

Austrailian Pink Floyd

Chris Wood

Lucy Porter

Bad Manners

Colt 45

Slyde Alive

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Derek Acorah


Bob Kerr and the Whoopee Band

Fascinating Aida

Yevgeny Sudbin

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What’s On

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

//music Sat Jan 25 Colt 45 & Blitz Kids The Brickyard, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

Sat Feb 15 Anti-Pasti, The Muff Wigs The Brickyard, Carlisle David Gest’s Legends of Soul The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Fri Jan 31 Slyde Alive The Ultimate Slyde Tribute Carnegie Theatre, Workington




Fri Feb 7 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Thur Feb 20 The Australian Pink Floyd The Sands Centre, Carlisle

The Springsteen Sessions The Brickyard, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

Sun Feb 16 Yevgeny Sudbin Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

------------------------------------------------Fri Feb 21 Jam Side Up Jazz Club Calder House Hotel, Seascale

------------------------------------------------Fri Feb 21 - 22 Rockmantic II: Sands Charity Fundraiser Friday: Exit State, Massive Wagons, Deadaudiosaints and Knighthood Saturday: Guns II Roses, Knock Out Kaine, Heartbreak Remedy and The Blacklist Saints The Brickyard, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sun Feb 23 Camerata Ritmata The Kirkgate, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 25 Jamie Smith’s Mabon and The Maz O’Connor Trio Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Sat Feb 8 Mercury - Queen Tribute The Wave, Maryport ------------------------------------------------Sun Feb 9 Chris Wood Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------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 -------------------------------------------------

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elkie brooks Theatre by the lake, keswick

What’s On

heatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music ------------------------------------------------Wed Feb 26 The Young’uns Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Fri Feb 28 Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne The Kirkgate, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 1 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 5 La’al Big Band Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


abba reunion carnegie theatre, workington

------------------------------------------------Thur Mar 6 The Overtones The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 7 Dr Feelgood Carnegie Theatre, Workington ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 14 Bad Manners Carnegie Theatre, Workington ------------------------------------------------Sun Mar 16 911: Illuminate The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 17 Martin Taylor Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 29 ‘I love to boogie’ with T.Rextasy Carnegie Theatre, Workington

//theatre Fri Jan 24 Shakespeare 4 Kidz: Macbeth The Sands Centre, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

StagedRight Youth Theatre returns with their spectacular 10th anniversary production. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick -------------------------------------------------

Fri Jan 31 Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Thur Feb 20 - 23 Festival of Youth 2014 This year’s Festival of Youth sees Youth Theatre groups from Workington, Cockermouth and Keswick perform alongside other performance groups from around the county. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick



Fri Feb 14 Fascinating Aida Expect topical new songs, hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites. The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Tue Feb 18 - 21 Opera Della Luna - The Mikado Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Fri Jan 24 - 25 / Fri Jan 31 - Feb 1 Sinbad & The Magical Mystery The Kirkgate, Cockermouth -------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 15 StagedRight Presents The Time of my Life

------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 22 - 23 Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs Presents: Let Us Entertain You Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------January/February 2014 | 53

What’s On

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

Sat Mar 1 Abba Reunion Carnegie Theatre, Workington ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 7 Carmen The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Thur Mar 20 WAOS Juniors present Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat Carnegie Theatre, Workington ------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 8 The Man Who Was Hamlet The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

Sun Mar 30 Giselle The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------


Music is My First Love Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 10 -16 Evita The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 18 Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Mon Jan 27 Filth (18) The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

------------------------------------------------Mon Feb 10 Sunshine On Leith (PG) The Kirkgate, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Mon Feb 24 Captain Phillips (12A) The Kirkgate, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Thur Feb 27 - Mar 2 15th Keswick Film Festival Theatre by the Lake, Keswick -------------------------------------------------


Mon Mar 3 The Selfish Giant (15) The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

Mon Feb 3 Blue Jasmine (12A) The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

The 2014 Craghoppers: ‘Best of Kendal’ World Film Tour Theatre by the Lake, Keswick



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

//comedy 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 ------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 19 Ruby Wax - Sane New World Theatre by the Lake, Keswick -------------------------------------------------


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Sat Mar 29 Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent The Kirkgate, Cockermouth

What’s On

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


sean hughes - penguins tour theatre by the lake, keswick

//other Thur Jan 23 Fifty Years of Fashion Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Wed Feb 5 CANDANCE! West Cumbria. Lakes College, Workington ------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 6 - 7 International Banff Mountain Film Festival Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Sat Feb 15 - Jun 1 Mechanical Circus Tullie House, Carlisle

------------------------------------------------Tue Feb 18 - 19 Family Workshop: Mobiles and Wind Chimes The Kirkgate, Cockermouth ------------------------------------------------Sun Feb 23 Derek Acorah - The Eternal Spirits Tour The Wave Centre, Maryport ------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 4 U.DANCE Cumbria Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 7 - 16 Words by the Water Theatre by the Lake, Keswick -------------------------------------------------

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Seating 1 Seating Area

Shop/Retail 1 Retail Park 2 Washington Square 3 Steve’s Tiles 4 5 6 7

Lister’s Furniture Steve’s Paints Matalan B and Q

Parking 1 Parksafe


Handy Map

The Workington

Supermarkets Tesco Store Marks and Spencers Morrisons Asda Superstore

Points of interest Old Town Hall Council HQ Workington Library Law Courts Territorial Army Curwen Hall The Old Brewery 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Fast food 1 Mc Donalds

Parks 1 Curwen Park 2 Vulcans Park

Bus 1 Bus Station

Rail 1 Workington Railway

Places of worship 1 Our Lady and St Michael’s Church 2 St John’s Church 3 Parish Church of Workington

Attractions Carnegie Theatre Eclipse Bowling Helena Thompson Museum Theatre Royal 1 2 3 4

Sports Grounds 1 Rugby League Ground 2 Workington Comets 3 Workington Reds Football

Information 1 Visitor Information

1 2 3 4


The Maryport Handy Map

1 2 3 4

Points of interest Candlestick Lighthouse Harbour Marina Office Memorial Park Gardens Public Library

Attractions The Lake District Coast aquarium The Wave Centre Maryport Maritime Museum Senhouse Roman Museum

Marina 1 Maryport Harbour and Marina

1 2 3 4

Sports Grounds 1 (to) West Coast Indoor Karting 2 Rugby Ground 3 (to) Maryport Golf Club

Rail 1 Railway Station

Places of worship 1 Our Lady and St Patrick’s Priory

Information 1 Tourist Information

Local Amenties 1 Co-op 2 Chemists 3 Chemists

1 Post office

1 Fire Station


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Saturday 1st February Saturday 1st March


local produce market First Saturday of every month

Handy Map

The Cockermouth

Attractions Wordsworth’s House Castlegate House Gallery Percy House Gallery The Kirkgate Centre Jennings Brewery

Eat/Drink Bitter End Micro Brewery Trout Hotel The Fletcher Christian The Castle Bar Points of Interest Mayo Statue Cockermouth Castle Mitchells Auction Room Lakeland Livestock Centre

Shop/Retail Lakes Home Centre Oakhurst Garden Centre Limelighting Billy Bowman’s Music

Sports Grounds Cricket Ground Leisure Centre and Pools Cockermouth Rugby Union FC

Information Tourist Information

Supermarkets Sainburys Aldi Supermarket

Local Ameneties 1 Police Station Parking

Car sales 1 Lloyd Motors

Accomodation 1 Travelodge

Business 1 Lakeland Business Park 2 Derwent Mills Commercial Park

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 41

1 2 3 4 7

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 1 2 3 4


Churches 1 St John’s Church

Playgrounds 1 Children’s Playground

The Keswick

Handy Map

Supermarkets 1 Booth’s Supermarket

Information 1 The Moot Hall (Tourist Info.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Points of Interest Rawnsley Centre Library Keswick Convention HQ War Memorial Museum Square Packhorse Court

Attractions The Pencil Museum Mini Golf Theatre by the Lake Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema Peter Rabbit and Friends Keswick Brewing Company Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Keswick Ferry Landing

Sports Grounds 1 Rugby Ground 2 Cricket Ground 3 Keswick Leisure Pool

1 2 3 4 5 6

Camping 1 Derwentwater Caravan/Camping 2 Lakeside Caravan Park

Parks 1 Crow Park 2 Hope Park 3 Fitz Park

Shop/Retail 1 Spar Convience store 2 Derwent Frames Ltd

Local Ameneties 1 Post Office 1 Police Station Parking

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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.

Tide Tables

Workington Tide Tables JANUARY 2014







Low Water



High Water











05 11 05 59 06 45 07 32 08 20

1.1 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.9

17 37 18 26 19 14 20 02 20 51

0.8 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.7

1 2 3 4 5

1.1 1.5 2.0 2.4 2.6

1 2 3 4 5


10 59 11 46 00 12 01 01 01 49

8.6 8.9 8.7 8.7 8.5

23 24


12 33 13 21 14 09

9.0 9.0 8.8

6 7 8 9 10


02 38 03 29 04 24 05 26 06 36

8.2 7.8 7.3 7.0 6.7

14 58 15 51 16 49 17 54 19 07

8.5 8.0 7.5 7.1 6.8

09 09 09 59 10 55

1.2 1.6 2.0

00 39


21 41 22 33 23 32 12 00 13 16

11 12 13 14 15


07 50 08 55 09 47 10 30 11 07

6.7 7.0 7.3 7.6 7.8

20 20 21 21 22 10 22 51 23 27

6.9 7.0 7.3 7.5 7.7

01 53 03 01 03 54 04 38 05 14

2.5 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8

14 32 15 34 16 24 17 05 17 40

16 17 18 19 20


11 41 00 00 00 33 01 05 01 37

8.0 7.8 7.9 7.9 7.8

12 13 12 45 13 16 13 48

8.1 8.2 8.1 8.0

05 47 06 19 06 50 07 23 07 56

1.6 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.5

21 22 23 24 25


02 10 02 45 03 25 04 14 05 17

7.6 7.5 7.2 7.0 6.8

14 22 14 58 15 42 16 36 17 45

7.9 7.6 7.4 7.1 6.9

08 29 09 06 09 47 10 39 11 48

26 27 28 29 30


06 32 07 50 08 59 09 56 10 46

6.7 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5

19 05 20 23 21 29 22 24 23 13

6.9 7.1 7.6 8.1 8.5



11 33


23 59


Morning Time

Low Water











9.1 9.2 9.0 8.6 8.1

06 32 07 17 08 01 08 45 09 29

0.5 0.5 0.6 0.9 1.3

19 00 19 45 20 29 21 12 21 57

0.2 0.2 0.5 0.9 1.4

10 17 11 13

1.8 2.4

01 04 02 28

2.8 2.8

22 46 23 46 12 26 13 55 15 11

2.0 2.5 2.7 2.8 2.6


00 45 01 30 02 14 02 59

8.8 8.6 8.4 7.9

12 18 13 03 13 48 14 34 15 20

6 7 8 9 10


03 47 04 41 05 46 07 07 08 27

7.5 6.9 6.5 6.4 6.6

16 11 17 10 18 24 19 48 21 00

7.5 6.9 6.5 6.4 6.6

2.5 2.3 2.0 1.8 1.6

11 12 13 14 15


09 27 10 11 10 48 11 21 11 51

6.9 7.3 7.7 7.9 8.1

21 52 22 33 23 07 23 39

7.0 7.3 7.6 7.8

03 32 04 19 04 56 05 29 06 00

2.5 2.2 1.8 1.6 1.4

16 05 16 47 17 22 17 53 18 23

2.2 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.2

18 13 18 44 19 16 19 48 20 21

1.5 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.5

16 17 18 19 20


00 09 00 40 01 11 01 43 02 17

8.0 8.0 8.0 7.9 7.8

12 22 12 52 13 23 13 56 14 32

8.2 8.2 8.2 8.1 7.9

06 30 07 01 07 33 08 06 08 41

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.5

18 53 19 24 19 56 20 29 21 04

1.1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.6

1.7 1.9 2.2 2.4 2.6

20 56 21 33 22 18 23 17

1.7 1.9 2.1 2.4

21 22 23 24 25


02 55 03 42 04 41 06 00 07 27

7.6 7.2 6.9 6.7 6.8

15 13 16 05 17 14 18 41 20 08

7.6 7.2 6.8 6.7 6.9

09 20 10 08 11 15

1.8 2.1 2.4

01 29


21 46 22 41 23 59 12 42 14 10

1.9 2.2 2.5 2.4 2.2

00 33 01 55 03 07 04 07 04 59

2.5 2.3 1.9 1.5 1.1

13 11 14 30 15 38 16 35 17 26

2.6 2.2 1.7 1.2 0.7

26 27 28


08 42 09 42 10 31

7.3 7.9 8.4

21 18 22 12 22 59

7.5 8.0 8.4

02 50 03 53 04 45

2.0 1.5 1.0

15 23 16 22 17 12

1.6 1.0 0.6

05 47


18 14


Time Zone UT(GMT)

Solution to Crossword

Time Zone UT(GMT)

Solution to Sudoku

Solution to Alpha Sudoku

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aig Colliery Mining Museum is nearing the H end of its decant to empty the building of its collection, artefacts and memorabilia ready for the handover to contractors at the begining of December to begin the £2.4 million refurbishment.

Most of the museum collection is going to the archive at Carlisle for safekeeping whilst some of the props and large machinery will stay in place at Haig. As part of the process Haig held some photographic days where the community was invited to come along and photograph the building in its raw state. Manager Pamela Telford said: “everyone was welcome, individuals, groups, amateurs and professionals, it is important to us that people feel part of what is happening to the pit and keeping a record of it all for future generations”. Haig was built between 1914 and 1918 and will begin celebrating its centenary when it reopens in 2014, its now a grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument and along with the headgear stands as an important and iconic reminder of a hard working and proud industry. Pamela continued “The dates were Photo: Jason Jackson Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of October between 10 am and 4pm, and during that time we had over 50 visitors, taking photographs, it was quite wonderful as each photographer had a different eye, and the results are spectacular.I would really like to thank all of them”

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More of the photos can be seen on Haig’s facebook page:. Haig’s funding has come from Heritage Lottery Fund (NW), Copeland Community Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, WREN, Cumbria County Council, Charles Hayward Foundation, FLAG and The Guerney Trust.

Photo: Chris Himsworth We were really pleased with the response and the intention would be that the same photographers would come along at various times during the project to record a living history and with permissions in place create an exhibition for the new museum itself showing before, during and after pictures. “We just thought it would be such a nice project to have locals involved in, so many locals have ties to the pits and Haig and have lovely stories to tell”. Keep up with us on Haig Colliery Mining Museum Whitehaven

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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Your Guide to chimney sweep

Painter & decorator

tree surgery

roofing services

joiners & builders

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window services

Local Services upholstery services



Gardening Services

scaffolding services


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Handy No.s



Emergency Police/Fire/Ambulance/Mountain Rescue


Police non-emergency



08457 90 90 90

OutREACH Cumbria LGBT Helpline

0800 345 7440

Council & Other Services

Carnegie Theatre

01900 602122

Allerdale Council Out-of-Hours Emergency

01900 871080

Allerdale Workington, Cockermouth & Maryport Town Council Enquiries

01900 702702

Cockermouth Town Council

01900 821869

Cumbria County Council

0800 1218 800

Maryport Town Council

01900 813205

Workington Library and Visitor Information Point

01900 706170

Theatres & Cinema

Go Ape! 0845 094 9623

Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre

01900 602122

Kirkgate Theatre

01900 826448

Plaza Cinema

01900 870001

Rosehill Theatre

01946 692422

Theatre by the Lake

017687 74411

The Wave

01900 811450

Museums, Attractions & Activities

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Eclipse Bowling

01900 872207

Helena Thompson Museum

01900 64040

Jennings Brewery

0845 1297185

Lake District Coast Aquarium

01900 817760

Senhouse Roman Museum

01900 816168

The Beacon

01946 592302

The Rum Story

01946 592933

Museums, Attractions & Activities Continued Name


West Coast Indoor Karting, Maryport

01900 816472

Wordsworth House

01900 820884

Cumberland Pencil Museum

017687 73626

Lake District Wildlife Park

017687 76239

Clip ‘n Climb, Maryport

01900 811450

Sports Indoor & Outdoor

Lake District Coast Aquarium

01900 817760

Cockermouth Sports Centre & Pool

01900 823596

Keswick Leisure Pool

017687 72760

Workington Sports Centre & Pool

01900 61771

Derwentwater Marina

017687 72912

Go Ape!

0845 094 9623

Tourist Information Maryport

01900 811450


016973 31944


01900 822634


017687 72645

West Coast Indoor Karting 01900 816472

Travel & Weather Bus Timetables

0871 200 22 33

Train Timetables

08457 48 49 50

Lake District Weather Service

0844 846 2444

Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC)

03000 247 247

James Street Group Practice

01900 603985

NHS Direct

0845 46 47

Oxford Street Surgery

01900 603302

West Cumberland Hospital

01946 693181

Workington Community Hospital

01900 705000

Castlehead Medical Centre

017687 72025

Keswick Cottage Hospital

017687 67000

Clip ‘n Climb, Maryport 01900 811450

Vets Galemire (Gray St, Workington, CA14 2NQ)

01900 602138

Millcroft (Curzon St, Maryport, CA15 6LN)

01900 816666

Millcroft (Wakefield Road, Cockermouth, CA13 0HR)

01900 826666

Greta Bank Veterinary Centre, Keswick, CA12 4NSV

017687 72590

Cumberland Pencil Museum 017687 73626

Schools St Joseph’s RC Secondary School

01900 325020

Stainburn School and Science College

01900 325252

Netherhall School

01900 813434

Cockermouth Secondary School

01900 898888

Southfield Technology College

01900 325260

Keswick School

017687 72605

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


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