ISSUE 30 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013
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THE GUIDE MAGAZINE
ExCLUSIVE:Virginia Ironside One of Britain’s best known Agony Aunts
Guide to that perfect day
Including 2013 Wedding Trends
Classic 1980s Escort RS
Can You Spot a Classic?
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW With
ELLIE GOULDING EVENTS l GIGS l FESTIVALS l FOOD l LIFESTYLE l & MORE
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Contents: The Guide Magazine
Ellie Goulding With her latest album Halcyon
Gloom with a view
16-17 Virginia Ironside
Hell on the Harbourside Sunday May 19
14-15 Words by the Water 2013
Theatre by the Lake, Mar 1-10 Castlegate House Gallery You can afford artworks
28-33 Guide to that Perfect Day
2013 Wedding Trends
34-35 Bridget Foster
Clean Out and Clean Up
38-39 Alan Spedding Recipe
Special Forces at Work
Cooking with Britain’s forgotten delicacies
40-42 Recipes from Booths
MOTORING & SPORT
52-53 Classic 1980s RS
Can you spot a classic?
‘New’ Comets show Laura promise
54-55 Workington Comets
Bowness Bay Blues 2013 March 22-24
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Happy New Year to you all… ok a tad late, but nonetheless sincere.
And since we have moved on a little in to 2013 perhaps time for a quick reflection on our resolutions (or lack of them) for the year? From bitter personal experience I know that too many of us try to make unrealistic demands or place restrictions on ourselves and our limited time… resolutions which are pretty much doomed to failure from the outset. They can be expensive errors too if they involve regular payments with frequent commitment! It’s often best to just keep things simple, straightforward …and achievable so why not make yourself a New Year’s Resolution that you can probably keep? The simplest one I’ve heard is so straightforward that I can’t believe that it’s never occurred to me before; simply make a conscious effort to listen to more live music or to go to see live theatre. It doesn’t mean taking yourself off at great expense to big city gig or music festival because there’s lots going on locally; masses if you consider our huge county as a whole. It might just involve going down to your local pub to catch a regular session and there’re gigs galore in local venues, covering most genres of music and more live music venues are cropping up. First class events are staged in various venues in all our main towns and you can help make sure that one of these valuable venues continues by going to the March 29 Save The Civic Concert, at Whitehaven Civic Hall; a chance for music fans to show support for a venue threatened with closure by council budget cuts. Band will perform on three stages and anyone who is interested in performing should email: JoshShepherd@mightyboofpromotion.com Editor Chris Breen T: 01946 816 715 email@example.com
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Ellie Goulding 6
Ellie Goulding is one of British musicâ€™s most talented and versatile stars. Thepopincredible The ethereal pop of debut album Lights was followed by a beautiful cover of Elton Johnâ€™s Your Song last Christmas. But now the singer has surprised fans yet again with latest album Halcyon, which won rave reviews both here and in the US thanks to its darker, dancier feel - it even sees the star try her hand at dubstep and pull it off in style.
Exclusive With new single Figure 8 and a UK tour imminent, as well as a hand in the Twilight hysteria thanks to her song Bittersweet being chosen for the final film’s soundtrack, it’s a wonder Ellie had time to talk to us... but she did.
What’s on the horizon apart from touring?
So the album has gone down pretty well then...
You landed a pretty big spot - Bittersweet is on the soundtrack for the final Twilight film. Did you go to the premiere?
I am so pleased with the reaction to the album. Obviously I was nervous in the weeks running up to the release as it is a huge deal releasing the second album, espeically the second, but I have had the most incredible reaction to the point where it makes me really emotional. I put a lot into this record, a lot of personal stuff, and it makes me so excited to share it with everyone, and it has had the most amazing reviews so I am really pleased. You surprised people yet again by going much deeper into dance music this time, with the dubstep experiment. That must have been fun? I have always had a real affinity with electronic music and dance music. It’s something i have never been able to shake off. I just love it so much. I knew this was going to have a certain feel - it wasn’t going to be a folk record! I wasn’t really thinking about whether I wanted or needed to do a certain kind of sound. People keep saying they don’t know where i will go next, which is amazing. How do you go about physically writing music if you don’t plan direction and so on?
I never know what is going to happen so I play everything by ear. Figure 8 comes out then hopefully people like it.
Twiilight has gone huge for that song. I haven’t even released it but people are going mad for it. I keep getting calls and texts, people saying they have heard my song. i ask which one and they say the one from Twilight. I didn’t go to the premiere or anything but only because I was away - I probably would have gone along if i’d been here, to show my support for the film. Are you a fan? I am not like a diehard fan but i totally get why they are so ridiculously popular. The soundtracks have always been pretty strong - was it nice to be asked? Yes I was really happy for the song to be on the soundtrack just because the past ones have been so incredible, so amazing.
I follow my instinct. I literally get into the studio, we start something on piano or guitar and it gradually builds into a song over however many days or a week or whatever. That for me is instinct and i go with that on everything. The tour is obviously the next big thing on the horizon, are you focussing fully on that now? We are gearing up for touring, we have rehearsals for a few weeks. But I am still promoting the album too, I still haven’t finished. I just got back from Australia and New Zealand, went straight to Europe and now just back, kind of everywhere really. It’s been busy. So much so that at half four I have just managed to find time for my first food of the day! What do you have in mind for the tour? I want something ridiculous, i just don’t know what yet, I am still thinking about it. The main thing is i want it to sound incredible, i want it to sound out of this world.
Sound solution to toxic algae threat
HE fight to save LowesT water – and ultimately other lakes – from the poten-
tially toxic effects of blue-green algae has begun in earnest. A three-year, £300,000 programme, involves state-of-theart equipment designed to combat the detrimental effects of the algae. For years locals and visitors have been unable to use the lake for leisure pursuits, notices around it warning of the dangers of going into the water but now it’s hoped that a new Loweswater Care Programme (LCP) initiative under the wing of West Cumbria Rivers Trust (WCRT) will resolve the problem and the lake’s image. If successful the pilot programme will be rolled-out to other Lakes locations that suffer from similar problems. 8
The campaign is not new. Work first began after the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001, once the Loweswater Farmers Improvement Group identified it as an objective. Research work was conducted by University College London, via the Environment Agency, and up to 2010 by the Sociology Department of Lancaster University, together with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, also in Lancaster. All along the local community in Loweswater took a strong interest in the ongoing project and received regular updates, via meetings in the village hall and its website, as it does now, on the progress of the scheme. The LCP evolved into a more diverse group of local campaigners, but still with a strong farming link. The latest development is the £300,000 government grant, through Defra, to carry out the work that will tackle the problem created by increased phosphate content in the lake.
Feature Leslie Webb, one of several people driving the work, says that one of the most exciting parts of the new work will be the placement of four solar-panelled rafts on the lake.
“Each raft,” Leslie explains, “will carry an ultra sound generator and the sound waves, way above any frequency we can hear, will not be audible to anything other than the algae and especially the blue-green algae. They are susceptible to this high-pitched sound and, in simple terms, it shakes the algae apart.
If Successful the pilot programme will be rolled out to other lakes locations that suffer from similar problems
“The sound will be emitted from the rafts just below the surface of the lake and will zap the blue-green algae. It is hoped that the solar-powered rafts – all you will see is the solar panels raised at a slight angle on the surface of the lake – will be in place for March / April and will remain there until December. However, we do need to get planning permission to carry out this work.” In addition to the rafts, other work will be carried out around Loweswater all of which will contribute to the overall project. This includes fencing off streams to minimise direct run-off from the land. It is also felt that the course of Dub Beck, the main inflow to the lake, may be restored more to its original line so that phosphates are not carried so readily into Loweswater. Natural England and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust are also contributing to this work. The work will also look at the way in which the lake regenerates itself – that is the way in which the upper and lower levels of the lake mix and turn over – with the change of the seasons. Leslie Webb added. “In many ways this is a pilot project. As lakes go Loweswater is rather tiny and it really does present an opportunity to effectively test something out on a relatively small scale. It has been done before elsewhere but not on the same scale and in as sensitive a location as Loweswater.” “With this new development and the work to be carried out we will hopefully soon see a big improvement and, ultimately, the taking down of the warning notices. It will not happen straight away but we are heading in the right direction.” Loweswater is owned by The National Trust 9
Just what DO those
masts do, Dad?
Many Masts: The Anthorn station
RAVELLING parallel with the Solway Coast many people notice the mass of radio masts at Anthornâ€Ś but what do they actually do â€“ and why are they there, on this remote Cumbrian peninsula to the northeast of Silloth and 13 miles west of Carlisle?
(Enhanced LOng RAnge Navigation) transmitter. The characteristic triangular pattern of roads is a remnant from the World War II military airfield operated by the Royal Navy Air Service as HMS Nuthatch. HMS Nuthatch, was active during World War II and until 1957.
From signals to submarines and pips to the people, the former World War 2 naval airbase makes Anthorn essential to all sorts of national and international systems and services. Controlled by computers, Anthorn Radio Station is located on a remote peninsula, overlooking the Solway Firth, and nowadays is operated by Babcock International with whom former operators VT Communications are now merged. It has three transmitters: one VLF; (very low frequency) one LF (low frequency and an eLORAN 10
An Loran receiver on a vessel
Feature RNAS Air stations were often named after birds and Bootle Transfer Station - near Millom - was HMS Macaw. Anthorn operated well past WWII as No:1 ARDU (Aircraft Receipt and Despatch Unit), a unit that accepts aircraft from their manufacturers and prepares them for operational use – and the last ‘official’ aircraft left the runway in November 1957. The base was put into ‘mothballs’, finally closing in March 1958.
coordinate switching output from one station to another. The time signal is also used by speed cameras and by digital set-top boxes.
In 1961 the site was chosen to become a NATO VLF transmitting site for communicating with submarines. Construction of the site, by Continental Electronics of Dallas, U.S.A., began in 1962. The station was accepted on behalf of the MoD in November 1964.
To ensure accuracy, dynamic adjustment of the aerial according to local conditions (such as wind distortion) is controlled from computers on-site.
The VLF transmitter is now used primarily for transmitting orders to submarines on 19.6 kHz. Its call-sign is GQD. VLF transmissions are relatively unaffected by atmospheric nuclear explosions and Anthorn was once part of the link between Filingdales early warning radar, North Yorkshire, and the United States’ air defence system.
Monitoring and logging of the clocks and control of the transmissions is by Internet link from the NPL offices at Teddington, Middlesex, using comparison with GPS (Global Positioning System) signals at both locations. Signal monitoring is by radio.
The General Lighthouse Authorities for Britain and Ireland have contracted VT Communications to develop eLORAN (enhanced LORAN) radio navigational aid for mariners and that transmitter is also at Anthorn. The antenna system consists of 13 masts, each 227 metres (745ft) tall, which are arranged in two rings around the central mast. The VLF antenna consists of four rhombic antennas hung on large insulators on the masts, which are all grounded. The Low Frequency antenna is a T-antenna spun between two masts.
It is a NATO facility, controlled from Northwood Headquarters along with three other VLF transmitters in Norway, Germany and Italy. In accordance with the procedure for NATO projects, the project was the subject of a competition among the organisation’s member countries. The British Post Office, acting as technical adviser and agent of the Ministry of Defence, chose the site, negotiated the contract and supervised the work, with the assistance of the Ministry of Public Building and Works. The contract was placed on Oct 26, 1961 with Continental Electronics Systems Incorporated of Dallas, Texas. This firm had already built a similar but much larger station in Maine, USA. Work began in 1962 and the station was accepted on behalf of the MoD in November 1964. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has installed three atomic clocks at Anthorn and in 2007 Britain’s national time signal transmissions (known to many of us as the BBC “pips” have come from there. The signal is widely used in the transport and financial services sectors, among others. Banks use it to calculate to the last second how long they have held interestbearing balances; Network Rail uses it to help the trains run on time and for power generators the signal helps to 11
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HelL On the
Harbourside Sunday 19th May 2013 t’s definitely going to be IWhitehaven, hell on the harbourside at next May. That’s guaranteed and there will be lots more hell within a six miles radius of the harbourside as a new-style endurance event takes place for the first time in West Cumbria. There was one last year in Penrith. The area is the starting point for two, new, gruelling so-called Spartan Races, which involve a tough course with serious obstacles… and it’s all in aid of The Great North Air Ambulance. Hobson’s-style there will be two courses from which to choose (if you are mad enough!). There’s a four miles toughie with just (ha!) 15 obstacles and tougher a six-mile event featuring 20 obstacles and just in case you don’t think that sounds too far or too hard, then one of the organisers, Mark Wear, assured us that the course will take at least one-and-a-half to two hours to 12
negotiate and that you’ll have to get down and dirty… and presumably clean up to the top of things. Spartan races often involve taking to the water but there won’t be any swimming… this year although it will be considered for any future events. They began in the USA and according to the Yanks are “events of pure primitive craziness that you’ll never forget”. Spartan Race founders, Joe Desena and Andy Weinberg, say the races present a thrilling alternative to mundane, sedentary life in the form of a sport that anyone - yes, anyone - can do. They add that, inspired by the courage and discipline of the Ancient Spartans and by being dedicated to functional exercise, which requires neither equipment nor gym membership you need just a body, a will, and the great outdoors! At Whitehaven there will be are both team and individual events that can be entered; finishers T-shirts will be awarded and it will cost you £26 and clearly much effort each to take part.You can enter The Whitehaven Hell on The Harbourside Challenge online at: www.west-lakes-adventure.co.uk
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Words by the Water Theatre by the Lake March
ESWICK’S 2013 Words by K the Water festival has a new sponsor and an all-star line
up of leading figures from the worlds of literature and politics.
This year’s day festival which runs from March 1st to 10th, features speakers as diverse as former Government Minister Edwina Currie, comedian and broadcaster Sandia Toksvig, murder mystery author Alexander McCall Smith and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Alexander McCall Smith
There is a political theme to the programme which brings together Labour politicians Jack Straw and Chris Mullin in conversation and Murdoch scourge, MP Tom Watson, with the full behind the scenes story of the phone-hacking scandal. The festival has plenty in store for readers of a wide range of books and articles. Director Kay Dunbar said: “One of the points of festivals seems to be the chance for communities to come together, the likeminded and the not-so-like-minded.”
Words by the Water president, Melvyn Bragg, has helped to assemble a talented team of writers, recognising that the Lake District is a place “as much marked by literature as by its landscapes.” This is the festival’s 12th year and it has developed from purely a literature event to something much broader involving words and ideas. It is a who’s who of contemporary fiction with a guest list that includes Ruth Rendell, Pat Barker, Jenny Uglow, Tracey Chevalier, Kate Summerscale and Blake Morrison while Matthew Parris, Polly Toynbee, David Walker and Guardian satirist Simon Hoggart are well qualified to comment on matters of moment.
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The familiar voice of James Naughtie from Radio 4 will kick off the packed programme on Friday, March 1, with a talk about The New Elizabethans, public figures from all walks of life who have defined the times, for the Diamond Jubilee. After that it’s an exercise in name dropping, with a chance for audiences to hear BBC Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen; Grumpy Old Man Arthur Smith; comedian and author Tony Hawks; TV money expert Mrs Moneypenny, plus a host of leading figures from literature, television and theatre including AC Grayling;Virginia Ironside (see interview in this magazine); Jon Ronson; Posy Simmonds; Piers Brendon; Michael Holroyd; Oliver James; Claire Tomalin;Victoria Glendinning; Nadeem Aslam; Andrea Stuart; Phyllida Law; Howard Goodall; Sinclair McKay; Heidi Thomas and playwright Michael Frayn.
James Naughtie Photo by David Graeme-Baker
Local interest is not forgotten. The Friends of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery will present portraits of the lives of a dozen people who have been part of the life of the town and made a national contribution. There is also a talk by poet Michael Baron, about the poets who have trodden the streets of Cockermouth. Going out and about, the festival visits Greta Hall, the former home of Lake poets Coleridge and Southey, and the 10th Mirehouse poetry competition will be judged by Blake Morrison with some of the entries being read.
Photo by Brian Sherwen
The festival will be supported by Baillie Gifford and Co., one of the UK’s leading investment managers, who are sponsoring a series of events as part of their long-term commitment to literary festivals in the UK. James Budden from Baillie Gifford said that following their rewarding experience of involvement in the Dartington Festival last year “it makes perfect sense to extend our sponsorship of book festivals to the Words by the Water, in Keswick.” R.B
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Gloom with a view…
three years ago and, being 68 and single, says “the years after 60 have been without question the happiest of my life.” She will be one of the leading authors headlining Keswick’s Words by the Water festival in March, when she brings her hilarious one woman stand-up routine to the main stage on March 9. Here’s what she had to say to the Guide’s GOM about getting older and having fun.
RB: You say that the years after 60 have been the happiest of your life. So what’s the magic formula that’s made growing older such pleasure?
VI: It helps if you’ve been suicidally gloomy when you’re young. That means, unless the depression continues, that life becomes increasingly jolly as you age.
RB: Do you think old people have a greater capacity for self-deprecating humour - we don’t take ourselves so seriously any more? VI: Well, some of us… but I often find old people increasingly dismal to be with, as many of them spend their time moaning about “the world today”.
RB: You have a rapport with your audiences – there’s a collective sigh when you talk about things like dropping off to sleep in the middle of the day. Do people say to you “heck, you could be talking about me because that’s exactly what I do?”
VI: Yes, it’s certainly observational humour. Not just
WHAT happens when The Guide’s Grumpy Old Man, Ross Brewster, gets chatting to one of Britain’s best known Agony Aunts who maintains that life just gets better in later years?
irginia Ironside was brought up in the 1950s by arty parents. Her mother was famous in the fashion world. She wrote for magazines and national newspapers including a spell as a rock music columnist for the Daily Mail where she interviewed The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and other legends. She wrote her first book at 19, suffered periodic depression, worked for many years as an Agony Aunt, still writes for The Independent, discovered a talent for stand up at the Edinburgh Festival 16
dropping off in the middle of the day, either. There’s a whole raft of things we do when we’re old which we never thought we’d do in a million years when we were young. Like going down stairs in the morning one step at a time because our feet hurt so much… etc.
RB: Your Keswick talk is entitled Growing Old Disgracefully, but I get the feeling you are managing to do it quite gracefully and with enormous wit really.
VI: Thank you! Yes, you’re right. And I abhor the Jenny Joseph poem, I Will Wear Purple, which really advocates old people simply turning into bag ladies. Ugh! But Growing Old Gracefully doesn’t have the comic ring about it, though does it? RB: Where did this “new” career as a stand-up entertainer start? VI: I was doing lots of appearances at literary festivals for nothing (which was rather irritating) and found
Exclusive every time anyone wrote in depressed I just replied with advice like “Look on the bright side” or “Think of others worse off than you” or “Pull yourself together.” It’s essential to have empathy – AND sympathy.
RB: Now you have a talented son and you are so obviously proud of your grandchildren. They seem to have brought something very special to your later years. VI: I thought my son – who plays with the Ukulele OrchesI could make people laugh – and I enjoyed it. When I did a “literary talk” in return for a free cruise, Nigel Planer was on the ship and he said he’d direct me so I could take the show to Edinburgh. After that I got lovely producers and never looked back. But of course I continue writing books and columns as well.
RB: You’ve had a fascinating and varied life. Growing up with arty parents and a mother who was a sort of blueprint for Ab Fab’s Edina must have had its traumatic times.
VI: See the answer to your first question. No, it wasn’t much fun, though of course I got a lot from my mother now I look back. Unless you’re absolutely adored, it’s not much fun being the only child of working parents.
RB: But you got your first book published by the time you were 20. Were you always drawn to writing?
tra of Great Britain - was the light of my life and indeed he is. But he’s now joined by other lights, my daughter-in-law and my grandchildren. I absolutely worship them.
RB: So can you give one piece of advice to this grumpy old man and recently fledged OAP? VI: Why are you grumpy? You’ve got a free bus pass, free prescriptions, you’re probably surrounded by delightful widows, you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to do when you grow up, you’re still working and the world is your oyster. Celebrate!
Growing Old Disgracefully is at the Theatre by the Lake on Saturday, March 9.Virginia will also be speaking at the literature festival on March 10, the subject No, I Don’t Need Reading Glasses. She is also back in Cumbria on April 21 at Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre.
VI: I was always good at English, but my first plan for a career was art. But art schools were dismal places in the sixties, and when I got my first article published – by Michael Parkinson, then features editor on a mag called Nova – I thought it was an easy way to make money. And so, indeed, it has been. I am extremely lucky.
RB: I saw a clip of a sixties TV programme where you were sitting between Michael Crawford and Jonathan King giving your opinion. Many would have envied being a rock music columnist back in the sixties, but I gather interviewing the big stars was not quite as good as it seemed. VI: I was too young I’m afraid. I was in awe of all the stars and they were very naïve as well. Most people don’t start to get interesting till they’re at least thirty and interviewing rock stars was like interviewing a lot of bolshie teenagers. Not helped by pretty much being one myself, of course.
RB: You have been one of our best known agony aunts, but you also suffered periodic depression. Has your life experience helped to advise those who write in with their problems?
VI: Of course. I wouldn’t be any good as an agony aunt if 17
YOU CAN AFFORD ARTWORKS
NEW BUYERS’ 0% FINANCE SCHEME THERE is no question that the new owners of Castlegate Gallery are passionate about contemporary art but it appears that they are just as passionate about promoting
ownership of it. The gallery started to offer the Own Art Scheme in January. The Own Art Scheme, operated through the Arts Council of England, aims to “promote art ownership in England therefore supporting working artists” explained new owner Steve. It offers between £100-£2000 to support
Photography by Jim Davis
“HEATHER” BY KAREN WALLBANK
an art purchase, which is repaid over 10 months at 0% interest and can be used as a contribution towards the cost of a piece of art, to pay for a piece of art in full or to purchase several pieces of art. Since the new owners took over Castlegate Gallery, in July 2012, they have allowed clients to pay off their purchases
in instalments, however this meant waiting until it had been paid in full before taking the painting home. The Own Art Scheme allows you to take your art-work with you the same day, all it takes is a 15 minute online application form in the gallery to be approved. ‘It’s an extra payment choice and about making art ownership as accessible as we can to as many people as possible’ said Steve.
Contemporary British Art and Ceramics
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Hall in a good cause
Organisers and helpers after the successful childrens Christmas party
ILLAGERS at Great Clifton, near Workington, are striving hard to bring about a greater sense of community.
capacity crowd fill the hall and there was great excitement when Santa called to finalise present lists and dispense chocolate to delighted children.
The Village Hall Committee, backed by the Parish Council, are gradually reviving and restoring the village hall, which began life at the former pit village as Gt. Clifton Miners’ Welfare Institute.
A new kitchen and new heating has now made the hall warm, welcoming and useable and plans are in hand to include disabled access and improve toilet facilities. In the longer term further restoration work and other improvements are planned and already hall usage and hire has greatly increased from both in and outside the village and many bridges have been built in the process.
Last year they applied and succeeded in having the charity which runs the hall officially renamed: Great Clifton Village Hall, and over the last two years have worked hard to secure grants to start repairing the run-down fabric of the building, and its facilities to help bring it back into greater usage; make it an improving asset for the community and put it on a self-financing footing. Now their work is starting to pay dividends. In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year a free party in the hall was staged, for village children, funded by the parish council, which, thanks to much home-cooking by the committee and friends, proved a big success, so much so that, locals pleaded for a re-run. At Christmas a children’s party again financially backed by the parish council, saw a 20
The most impressive of these however was opened just before Christmas when a new £500,000 footbridge (pictured) – a replacement for the one swept away in the November 2009 floods – linking Gt. Clifton to Camerton – was opened and a party of village children from Derwent Vale Primary School were the first to officially cross it. County councillor Tony Markley, cabinet member for highways, cut the ribbon and said: “It is fitting that local children, who represent the future of the area, should open a bridge that will be good for its future.” The bridge will also re-links Gt. Clifton to the Workington
The new bridge between Great Clifton and Camerton to Cockermouth cycleway, which partly follows the route of the former Derwent Valley railway. The original footbridge was built to link Gt. Clifton to the station, on the Camerton side, for railway passengers. Camerton railway station opened in April 1847, and closed in March 1952. The line which ran from Workington to Keswick closed to passengers in 1966.
Derwent Vale Primary School pupils were first to cross the new bridge
The original bridge was one of the 253 structures which were badly damaged across Cumbria as a result of the 2009 floods. The new 52 metre span structure has been designed by Nusteel Limited & Capita Symonds. Construction of the bridge on site was undertaken by Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering (a division of Esh Construction). â€˘
To hire the village hall telephone Jacque Baker on: 07707968386
Maryport Wave’s hello to a £400,000 climbing centre
ARYPORT is to become only the second place in the UK to get a £400,000 Clip ‘n’ Climb Centre. Funding has been agreed, including a £159,000 grant via the Solway Border and Eden Local Action Group for funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). Allerdale Council will contribute £241,000 to the project. Clip ‘n Climb is an indoor adventure activity, based on a number of bright, colourful climbing modules, which is suitable and safe for all ages from pre-schoolers to the over-70s. The proposed facility, which will transform the current exhibition space at The Wave Centre, will consist of 23 separate and unique modules. There is no fear of falling thanks to automatic belays which lower you safely if you lose your grip. Originating from New Zealand, there are Clip ‘n Climb centres on the world, but the only one currently in the UK is in Exeter and it is anticipated that the Maryport facility will be a huge draw for visitors to the region as well as for local people. Coun Michael Heaslip, Allerdale’s Executive member responsible for leisure management, said: “We realise 22
that what we had was an expensive building with no real purpose. There was even a perception that The Wave Centre was ‘not for local people’, so we had to develop a sustainable future for it. “We needed something unique, an exciting concept with mass appeal that would be a significant attraction to both visitors and locals. The Council’s Executive believes Clip ‘n Climb can do that which is why earlier this year we agreed to contribute towards this £400,000 project. “We are delighted with the news that the grant application to the RDPE has been successful and look forward to work starting now that the finance is all in place,” added Coun Heaslip.” It is hoped that Clip ‘n Climb can be up and running this spring 2013. THE Rural Development Programme for England is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – Europe investing in rural areas with Defra as the managing authority.
Photography by Chris Lewis
Oh yep it is…
ockermouth Amateur Dramatics Society are a load of cowboys… well for the panto season anyway.
Their latest offering is Panto at The OK Corral, (Well it’s wild and in the West!) Clint Westwood rides into town seeking revenge on evil Sheriff Small Holding and his deputies, Butch Casserole and the Sun-Tanned Kid. It also features Diamond Lil, saloon bar owner, Goldie Nuggetts, prospector, James the Jessie, Calamity Jane, Ma Winnie Pegg, Buttons and Bows, Buffalo Bill (“On account of the way ah smell”) and Chief Running Bare. Cockermouth Amateur Dramatics Society (CADS) was formed in in 1984 has since performed well over 100 shows at the Kirgate Centre, and remains an active,
innovative and local dramatics group, providing fun and entertainment for audiences of all ages. Panto at the OK Corral, written by Jim Sperinck, the first ever published cowboy panto will be brought to Cockermouth for two weekends at the end of January. Stuffed full of great tunes and well loved wild west jokes, the Sherriff (Mike Goodwin), our villain, battles it out with Clint Westwood (Miriam Ulyatt) and James the Jessie (James Allen). Butch Casserole and the Sun-Tanned Kid are played by Stephen Cole and Andrew Kerr; Buffalo Bill by Tony Magorrian and Calamity Jane by panto newcomer, Sam Jones. Performances at the Kirkgate Centre are on Fridays and Saturdays 18,19,25 and 26 January; evenings at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets available now from the Box Office 01900 826448 or Billy Bowman’s Music Shop, Lowther Went, Cockermouth.
The real measure of success THE Centre for Complimentary Care at Muncaster, provides healing, counselling, information and support to acutely, chronically and terminally ill people… regardless of their financial circumstances. It has become internationally known… largely by word of mouth… and seeks to promote healing by gentle, therapeutic touch as well as providing information resources and support for the acutely, chronically and terminally ill throughout, Allerdale, Copeland, Barrow, Carlisle, Eden, and South Lakes and further afield. Comedian Harry Enfield is a patron. He emphasised the enormous value of the Centre when he said: “I have never before come across an organisation with so many satisfied clients as the Centre for Complementary Care. “As a patron, I have received hundreds of grateful letters from those who have benefited from treatment at this haven of peace and tranquillity and I am deeply honoured to be associated with such a successful, worthwhile, establishment.”
Afghanistan. He first visited the Centre for Complementary Care 15 years ago, shortly after moving to Cumbria to work as a GP. “I was impressed – by the strong atmosphere of peace and acceptance, by the stories of local people helped at the Centre by healing through gentle touch; by the sense of community – and all this in the ‘remote outpost’ of West Cumbria. “Little did I know that 15 years later I would be asked to be chairman of the Board of Trustees! The Centre does great work – with humour, warmth, a lightness of touch, listening, and real human care. It helps and inspires people in profound ways, and I am very proud to be associated with it.” Founder and Centre Director, Gretchen Stevens, originally chose a converted barn, down a lonely single-track road at Knott End, Eskdale, in which to open her groundbreaking centre. It was born on a wing and a prayer in Gretchen Stevens 1989 when the only office equipment was a baby stapler and an old portable typewriter. All the furnishings were second-hand and the financial security rested on the provision of £5,000 overdraft. “We had a vision and energy and were willing take risks in order to offer what we believed would be a healing balm to many.
The Centre’s chairman is Dr Timothy Sowton (above) a former worker for Médecins Sans Frontières in rural
“It shouldn’t have worked, but it did. Every advisor we consulted warned us gravely that this was a bizarre undertaking that lacked financial viability, in a disastrous location. We had no official support, and to this day funding bodies established to meet the very needs we successfully address tend to refuse our applications with the observation that we ‘don’t fit”. In the autumn of 2003 the Centre moved to its present premises, a superb former vicarage above Muncaster Castle, from where it both continues and expands its work of offering non-judgmental support, information and treatment for the relief of sickness, pain, fear and sorrow. Healing is a gentle therapy, involving a simple light touch. It appears to work by strengthening and brightening the immune system, enabling the body to “self-repair”. The exact mechanism is not understood, but there is an increasing body of evidence – some scientific – supporting the fact that it actually does work.
Each healing session lasts about 40 minutes, with the client lying comfortably on a treatment bed, or sitting if preferred. The health and well-being of the client, along with reports by the client of any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual changes since the previous session, may take place while the treatment is occurring, or not. It’s entirely up to the clients who may drowse, sleep or talk as they feel inclined. .
The Centre never receives statutory funding, depending on individual donations and grants from charitable trusts to support its vital work. The Centre’s Sheila Robinson Fund was created for the benefit of those for whom – for whatever reason – making a contribution would be a hardship. No-one is ever turned away because they are unable to contribute, but they do ask that people donate as much as they can honestly afford. Nuclear Management Partners backs the Centre and three grants of £19.5k have been made, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The money is used largely to help people attend who would simply otherwise not be able to do so and it also supports the organisation of the Centre’s essential volunteer programme – a facet on which it relies heavily for everything from fundraising to practical help such as taking care of the grounds and premises.
A work of some strength… ANDEL’S Samson is the next performance to be given by the H Cockermouth Harmonic Society, on January 26, in Christ Church, Cockermouth, at 7.30pm. The Society is the largest adult choir in Cockermouth with 55 singing members who perform the major choral repertoire and they have a professional musical director and accompanist. It stages at least two major concerts a year and also performs in Carlisle Cathedral and at other special events and soloists and orchestral musicians are regularly engaged to perform with them. Samson is a three-act oratorio by George Frideric Handel (below left) who began its composition right after completing perhaps his most famous work, Messiah, on September 14, 1741. He completed the first act by September 20; the second act on October 11 and the whole work by October 29. Shortly after that he travelled to Dublin to put on the premiere of Messiah, returning to London at the end of August 1742 and thoroughly revising Samson. The premiere of Samson was given at Covent Garden, in London, on February 18, 1743 proved a great success, leading to seven performances in its first season, the most in a single season of any of his oratorios. It is now rarely performed, yet it is a very dramatic piece, full of stirring choruses and lovely arias, including the soprano show-stopper Let the Bright Seraphim. Ian Thompson will conduct the orchestra, choir and the soloists, soprano Laurie Ashworth; local mezzo-soprano, Anne-Marie Kerr; tenor Adam Smith; bassbaritone Jim Johnson; and bass Jolyon Dodgson. Ian Hare will be the organist. •
Tickets, discounted for under-18s and parties of six or more, are available from Billy Bowman’s Music Shop, Cockermouth, or contact Jenny Garrett Tel: 01768 778041, email email@example.com for further information.
BookLook ington, Harrington and Moss Bay are shown in their full form, in some instance, Woodruff reveals replica photographs displaying the exact changes that have taken place. Not based solely around the landscape and architecture however, Mr Woodruff takes a look at all aspects of life, such as street parties, the Army and even Windy Nook’s football team of 1921/22. Certain to hold the attention of anyone familiar with these locations, either now or in the past, the book shows hitherto unseen aspects of the areas, fascinating peeps into both the recent and long past.
Above: Sycamore Terrace, High Harrington
Workington, Harrington & Moss Bay Through Time Derek Woodruff
HIS is a remarkable account displaying a picture of the towns we see today and how they evolved.
Workington, Harrington & Moss Bay – Through Time, by Derek Woodruff, is out now in bookshops or can be bought online from the publishers, Amberley Publishing Ltd, Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 4EP £14.99. Tel: 01453 847823 Website: www.amberley-books.com
From the start of the various steelworks to the present day, we are shown how industry contributed to the flourishing town. The book shows the changes to the surrounding area not just visually, but how advertisements, businesses, entertainment and sport thrived on the coast. Using photographs from both the past and modern day, Woodruff looks at the landscape of the area and how the towns have progressed over time, shedding light as to why Moss Bay was first created as a residential area. Woodruff traces key features of each town which are still visible today and how they have been changed over time and also mentions smaller features of the towns which can still be seen today. From churches to the town centre, the areas of Work27
The Guide to that Perfect Day
The Guide to That Perfect Day
You could be a guest at virtually any wedding
EXTRAVAGANT and detailed wedding trends of 2012 may be mellowing. Here we look into what may be looming in 2013, with some of the latest expert predictions. F 2013 is to be the year you marry then there’re endless options to consider… but isn’t there always?
As ever cost is the only limiting factor…so nothing new there then. However, as full on retro/vintage frenzy is seen by some as the way to wed in 2013 there are according to website Bride Tide 100’s top wedding blogs at least 20 new emerging trends for this year. Among the more realistic ones are:
High Tech Guests: Technology is expected to play a huge role in how couples will share their most precious moments
with friends and family around the world. Live-stream weddings will continue to gain popularity and 2013 will make it more popular. If a loved one cannot attend a wedding, couples can opt to “broadcast” their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere. It’s real-time streaming of a real life event; great idea for couples who want to include more and more people and yet many couples don’t know is an option.
The Rise of The Food Waggon:
Companies heads this Top 20. Apparently kitchens-on-wheels are going to come to the fore in weddings this year. Not only is it cool and different but convenient! You can get gourmet hot dog or grilled cheese trucks to provide your guests with good eats at your laid-back park wedding, or an ice cream truck serving up delicious home-made ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. There are food waggons for every type of food you can imagine; you could even hire a few different ones for your guests to have their pick! It’s sure to be a fun way to feed your guests that they will be talking about for years to come. But give Mr Softee a miss and bear in mind the weather!
Less is more: 2012 being the year of the detail-heavy wedding, there is a prediction that “couples will start to rebel and that we will see a lot more low-key weddings; elopements; small family gatherings; less pressure and less ‘stuff’.” Weddings taking inspiration from nature and the natural elements around their chosen venue will dominate rather than adding lots and lots of extra ‘things’.
On The Do-It-Yourself Front: It is suggested that cou-
ples will choose projects that are more advanced skill-wise and require bigger budget and/or time commitments than they have in recent years. On the top of the list, itâ€™s predicted that weâ€™ll see a lot of DIY attire: hand-made bridal gowns and accessories, custom ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen, revamped and up-cycled clothing.
For the DIY bride, let’s not forget all the vibrant colour summer blooms at the farmer’s market. To tie the look all together, lots of pretty ribbons and lace around the bouquet handle.
Going to The Birds:
Not too sure about this one but… 2013 going to the birds means bird-themed weddings growing in popularity. Expect to see an increase in bird-themed everything Examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders, bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favours (complete with blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’). Look for bird necklaces, particularly ones with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows), both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls.
The trade-off of super-trendy, bling-drenched, wed-to-impress affairs for more intimate uncomplicated celebrations which are personal to families, lives, values and pocketbook.
Fabulous florals: Soft shades of yellows mixed with
greys and lots of pastels for the romantic look and feel. Come summer, over-sized and brightly coloured blooms. Lush coral or hot pink peonies tied together with lots of pretty ribbons. Also, the “just picked from the garden” look and feel hand-tied bouquet and lush centre-pieces will always be a favourite. The reception “lounge” is a growing American wedding trend that could reach here in 2013. It offers an away-from-the-dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a relaxed setting. But at the end of the day the true value of the event lies in sharing a special moment in your life with your closet family and friends. Guests don’t or shouldn’t care if there are no favours on the table or the tie backs are not a perfect match with the bridesmaids’ dresses. By all means add the special touches if you want to but don’t let it overtake your enjoyment of this special time. They will be taking home memories and pictures of a happy occasion where people that they care about have the most fantastic day. Hopefully it’s time for the happy couple and their immediate family and friends without the stress and worry of co-ordinating every last detail and having to spend a small fortune in the process.
Hire Paul’s Passion-wagens PAUL BRADBURN from St Bees is in the passion business… his and yours.
He readily admits his love for classic Volkswagen vehicles and wants to share it with you. Paul, a welder and fabricator by trade, has personally restored his firm’s three “vintage” Volkswagen vehicles – two Beetles and a highly-prized, rare, and valuable split-windscreen camper van – and now you can hire them for your wedding day or for most other special occasions you care to arrange. Birthdays and corporate events can be catered for too. Lake District Vintage Wedding Cars offers a personal, chauffeur-driven vintage service that is relaxed, friendly and professional. It’s a family-run business born out of that passion for classic air-cooled Volkswagens. Their cars were re-fashioned with passion. Paul spent an average of nine to 12 months personally working evenings and weekends to get each restoration just right and you will receive the same level of care and attention to detail when you hire a Lake District Vintage Wedding Cars vehicle.
“When you hire our vintage Volkswagens we will provide a unique experience and do our utmost to meet your full expectations,” Pauls says. “We will endeavour to deliver a quality service in order that your special day will be an experience to fondly remember”. Based in St Bees, Lake District Vintage Wedding Cars, are more than happy to cover events of any kind, anywhere the UK and during the relatively short time they have been operating they have already travelled as far afield as South Wales, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and they regularly travel to Carlisle and the Scottish Borders for events, as well as to the South Lakeland area. Last summer they took a Penrith Wedding Party to the Kendal Calling Music Festival where his camper van caught the attention of Dizzee Rascal’s party and was much photographed. “That was quite cool!” Paul admitted. Currently he offers a beautiful grey 1963 Beetle; a stunning red and grey 1964 split-screen camper and a stylish white 1973 cabriolet (convertible) Beetle… in effect a wagen to suit most occasions. He also has another, later, classic camper van awaiting restoration. “Please feel free to come and view our classic VWs to get a sense of the experience,” Paul suggested,” and if you do decide to hire a vehicle or vehicles you’ll be certain of the best attention from this friendly family-run firm, for your driver will be Paul himself, his dad Danny and one of Paul’s personal friends. To know more and to see pictures showing the extent, standard and final finish of the of the work carried out on these superb vehicles see the website at www.lakedistrictvintageweddingcars.co.uk where you will also find full details of services and packages offered 33
Make Up & Hair Artist
Clean Out and Clean Up By Bridget Foster, make-up and hair artist
ell it’s the perfect time of year to start looking at your make up bag and seeing what you need to re jig. Prepare yourself for the party season and also making sure you’re looking your best... with or without your hangover. Now do yourself a favour and invest in a good cleanser. Even if you fall asleep with your make up on if you have a good cleanser to cleanse your party make-up in the morning you may save your skin! Balm or oil cleansers rebalance any skin type and are fantastic to remove any dirt from your skin. They also don’t strip your skin of its natural oils. The rest of your skin care will work much better once applied to a well cleansed skin. A primer is also a good item to protect your skin from absorbing make up and drying out with central heating. Finally, during the cold, opt for a cream blusher and
illuminating products which keep the skin looking fresh and glowing. Bold colours on the eyes are on trend this year, so don’t be shy to apply that colour. Keep it simple and push the pigment onto the eyelid bending outwards. Next line the eye to create a smoky look and remember to highlight the brow bone and shape those eyebrows. Lipsticks are now overtaking lip glosses this year. I’ve always been a fan
Lifestyle of a complimentary lipstick colour to go with a winter woolly, whatever the trend may be. If you’re not a fan of lip colour just use a flash of colour on the eyes. The majority of the cosmetic counters now have Christmas gift sets, so now is the perfect time to replace anything you need to invest in for your own make-up bag. I always keep an eye out for brush sets as we all know how expensive good brushes can be. Bare Mineral have a Mini Brush set for £29 which is great for travelling. You don’t have to use these brushes just for Bare Mineral make up. A lot of my clients often ask how to look after their brushes. Wash them with baby shampoo and lie them with the hairs in the correct shape as they dry and avoid getting the handles wet. Lancome have their popular mascaras in a Christmas set along with a eye make-up remover and Khol eye liner. www.bridgetfoster.co.uk
Women want to
ATWALK thin models and straight up and down, boyish figures have been overtaken by the desire for an hourglass shape accentuated by a nipped-in waistline. A study for high street department store Debenhams found that 72% of women questioned would prefer to have a figure with a small waist, balanced by larger breasts and hips, than any other shape. Most were less concerned with becoming a model size eight or ten and more concerned about having a figure that “goes in and out”. Women like Kelly Brook, Holly Willoughby, Beyonce and Kate Winslet, were seen as having the ideal shape to aspire to, while 19% of respondents wanted a body with defined muscles, like Olympian Jess Ennis, or Victoria Pendleton. Just 6% felt that a typical catwalk model’s tall and thin size eight or below silhouette, with a smaller difference between waist, chest and hip measurements, was the one for them. The findings are backed by a 93% rise in control garments that specifically target the waist and tummy, compared to this time last year, such as the stores’ high waist shapewear pants, shapewear half-slips, body shapers and waist cinchers. Only a tiny percentage of women, 3% of those questioned, wanted an “out of proportion” figure with bigger breast measurement like glamour model Katie Price, or larger hips and bottom, like singer Nicki Minaj. The relentless rise in sales of shapewear could be explained by the fact that the average measurements of a UK woman today are: chest 38.5ins, waist 34ins and hips 40.5ins. In 1951 - the height of the hourglass figure - the average woman’s measurements much less: chest 37ins, waist 27.5ins, and hips 39ins, with the biggest difference around the waist. In the last five years Debenhams have seen a 200% increase in sales of shapewear.
They’’ re Special forces at work... I
Words & Photography by Alan Spedding
have got a totally crazy friend named Terry who lives among the sheep in the valleys of Wales. He is a bit of a ‘roughy toughy’ mountain man and in his own little world he’s a “special forces” killing machine who can survive on tree bark, roadkill and fresh berries out there in the Welsh wilderness for weeks on end. In reality he’s nothing but a big softie and I like to put his “Ramboesque” confusion simply down to severe mid-life crisis… Ssssshhhh… best say nothing in case I end up in a shallow grave on the Welsh moors.
Terry is always poking at my stomach and barking on at me about shedding a little of my well earned middle age spread - “Hey, I love my food man” I think he’s gently trying to ease me into some sort of healthy eating regime and because I have actually put on over two stones in the last couple of years then now is probably a good time to start some sort of wise eating plan in time for the summer. Being a bit of a health freak Terry has always gone on to me about one of his favourite diet meals, Raw Cauliflower, Raw Broccoli, topped with a chilli and some cottage cheese. Now this is Terry’s wonder meal and shows his Michelin-starred culinary skills off to a tee... Not.
He swears it’s a truly low cal meal and eats it seven days a week for months on end to get toned up and into great shape. He also tells me his teeth aren’t developing into rabbit like gnashers with all the raw vegetables he scoffs. It would be enough to send me up the wall eating this every day but with a few variations then I’m sure I can make it little more appetising to kick off my 2013 diet with.
So here is Terry’s salad and his “fat burning secret”. I have actually perked it up a little in an attempt to make it more enjoyable. It literally is a look through the fridge to see what’s available. This is what I found in mine thus creating the following healthy delight.
get some cottage cheese and a pink grapefruit to try and brighten it all up a little A fennel bulb, a couple of broccoli florets, a stalk of cauliflower, a piece of peppered mackerel, half a chilli, a few orange segments, cherry tomatoes, radishes and some fresh dill. I then popped to the shop to get some cottage cheese and a pink grapefruit to try and brighten it all up a little. Simply get a few pieces of cauliflower, broccoli and fennel. Shave the stalks of these and thinly slice them (why throw them away?) segment the orange, slice the chilli, de-skin the mackerel then slice, put everything together on the plate and top with cottage cheese and a nice sprinkle of dill.... Absolutely no cooking skills required on this one folks. I won’t say anything to Terry but I actually enjoyed it - and had it again for lunch today. A really nice, healthy and very low calorie meal. Combined with a sensible eating plan it’s perfect. A couple of sliced new potatoes would add a few carbs to balance it all up. Protein source is in the cheese and the fish and lots of vitamins in the fresh raw veg. Salmon and sliced grilled chicken breast would also suit this salad well... there is simply no limits... Enjoy “El Tels salad”
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Cooking with Britainâ€™s Forgotten Delicacies
Kedgeree with Kippers
t’s said that you’d no sooner leave the Isle of Man without kippers than leave Blackpool without a stick of rock, but at home it can be harder to find the real thing – there are a lot of imposters out there. The Isle of Man has a long tradition of fishing and kippering. Herring, originally caught in home waters but now from further afield, are split from head to tail, gutted, brined and then cold smoked in kilns. The finished kippers are a deep bronze colour, with a gently insistent, rich flavour edged with salt and smoke.
150g brown rice 2 Manx kippers 2 eggs, hard boiled 50g frozen peas 2 tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 2tbsp rapeseed oil 5 cardamom pods ¼tsp ground turmeric ¼tsp ground coriander ¼tsp ground cumin ¼tsp chilli powder ½tsp curry powder 2 bay leaves 1tbsp fresh chopped parsley fresh lemon
Cook the brown rice for about 20 minutes in boiling water until just tender, drain and leave to cool slightly. Please note, brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice. Meanwhile, place the kippers into a shallow dish, cover with boiling water and leave to cool. Drain the water, remove the skin from the kippers and flake the fish into
chunks and set aside. In a large frying pan, gently heat the rapeseed oil and fry the onions until soft but not browned, then add the spices, cardamom pods, bay leaves and cook for a further minute over a low heat. Add the rice, peas and chopped tomatoes making sure the rice is well coated in the spice. Finally, fold in the flaked fish, chopped parsley and serve with slices of boiled egg and lemon. For more information on the Forgotten Foods, visit www.booths.co.uk.
Lyth Valley Damson Semifreddo
Cooking with Britain’s Forgotten Delicacies
art of the rhythms of life in Cumbria, Lyth Valley damsons were huge in demand for jam during and after World War II. A price crash sent Lyth Valley damson crops into decline and the Westmorland Damson Association was started in the 1990s to try to resurrect not only the fruit but the visual impact that the blossom has in the valley during the spring. Damsons are quite small with a slightly nutty, almondy flavour, about half an inch long, oval shaped and purple with greenish flesh.
Ingredients: Damson puree 500g damsons 2tbsp caster sugar 2tbsp water For the semifreddo 3 large eggs
2 egg yolks 1tsp vanilla extract 225g caster sugar 450ml whipping cream 10 sponge fingers 2tbsp gin (optional)
You will need to line a 2 ltr loaf tin with cling film and pop into the fridge to chill, making sure to leave an overhang of the cling film. Firstly, make the damson puree simply by placing the damsons, caster sugar and water into a saucepan and cook until soft over a low heat and then push the damsons through a fine sieve discarding the stones and skin. Leave to cool and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. For the semifreddo, place the eggs, extra egg yolks, vanilla and caster sugar into a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water and with an electric whisk, beat for about 6 minutes until thick and pale. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Gently fold the cooled damson puree through the egg mixture. Whisk the cream until stiff peaks form and gently fold through the egg mixture too. Place the sponge fingers into the base of the lined loaf tin and drizzle over the gin if included in your ingredients. Pour the semifreddo mixture over, levelling off the top. Fold over the overhanging cling film and pop into the freezer for 6 hours or overnight. To serve, unwrap the cling film, turn out onto a serving plate and remove from the loaf tin by pulling at the cling film. 42
The Derwent Lodge Hotel
Situated in the picturesque postcard village of Portinscale, it is a mere minute’s walk from the shores of Derwentwater and just over 1 mile from the market town of Keswick. Offering bar meals, home cooked food and Sunday lunches, served all day 12pm - 9pm (Sunday only). Lunches 12pm - 2pm, Dinner 6pm – 9pm, also light snacks in the afternoon. Comfortable lounge bar is the perfect place to enjoy informal drinks, with a varied selection of locally brewed ales. On fine days patios and garden terrace open for panoramic views. Derwent Lodge Hotel, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RF Tel. 017687 73145
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. www.hundith.com
The Castle Bar
A beautiful 16th Century building, combining stylish contemporary decor, offering a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Three floors of bespoke lounges, gastro-dining, sports viewing room and vibrant bar, Sun facing landscaped terraced beer garden. Bookings available for Weddings, Parties and Christenings National CAMRA award winning bar and restaurant. Open Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 12pm, Sunday Noon -11pm Food served Monday - Friday 11.30am - 2pm and 5.30pm - 8.45pm. Saturday 11.30am - 3pm and 5.30pm - 8.45pm. Sunday Noon - 3pm and 5.30pm - 8.45pm The Castle Bar, 14 Market Place, Cockermouth Tel: 01900 829904 Bookings: 07765696679 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Don’t just look at the menu… check out the hygiene rating
F there’s one thing guaranteed to ruin a meal out with friends, family or colleagues, it’s a nasty bout of food poisoning.
But if you’re eating out, how do you know if the restaurant owner takes food hygiene seriously? Well, The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates eateries, and other places that sell food, on their hygiene standards. These ratings are based on inspections carried out locally by Allerdale Borough Council and what’s more, 44
these ratings are available for everyone to see. It’s a national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, and it rates food outlets on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of five, which is ‘very good’). You can check ratings online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings, via a free phone app or look for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display. If you’re organising a gathering with family, friends or work colleagues at a local restaurant, pub or hotel don’t just examine the menu, also check out their hygiene rating too. Coun Philip Tibble is the member of Allerdale’s Executive who is responsible for food hygiene. He said: “When dining out, you’ll choose to go to a place where you like the food and you know you’ll have a good time. It makes sense to look before you book and check out the food hygiene rating as well. “Food hygiene is incredibility important and the food hygiene scheme ensures that businesses across Allerdale are offering good standards of food hygiene and can be rated in the same way as in other parts of the country. “Many people may not be aware that it is the Council’s responsibility to help businesses provide safe food to people when they go out to eat or when they are just buying food. The operation of the scheme does create additional work for the Council’s staff but it is worth it because of the benefits to the public.” 45
It makes a latte sense Debenhams has vowed to end “coffee confusion” by replacing words such as latte and cappuccino with plain English on its menus. More than 70% of its customers struggle with foreign names of hot drinks, so it decided to get back to basics. In its Oxford Street, London, store a caffe latte is now called a “really, really milky coffee”, while a cappuccino has become a “frothy coffee”, and a caffee mocha has been changed to a “chocolate flavoured coffee”. Black coffee has been replaced with “simple coffee, with or without milk”, while an espresso is labelled “a shot of strong coffee”. But Debenhams hasn’t just stopped at its types of coffees. Instead of the tall, grande or venti sizes favoured by bigname shops such as Starbucks customers in Debenhams can now simply ask for a cup or mug. John Baker, director of food services at Debenhams told us: “We’re trialling a redesign of our coffee menu in Oxford Street so shoppers spend less time playing coffee Cluedo and more time enjoying their favourite drink.” A spokesman for the firm told The Guide: “We hope to get a lot of customer feedback over the festive period and we will probably roll out the changes to our store cafes such as Carlisle and Workington sometime in the first quarter of the new year.” Debenhams sells more than 100,000 coffees each week in its 160 cafes and restaurants across the UK and Ireland, which is double the amount of tea sales.
Sling the junk and garage your car
More than a third of the space in the average garage is taken up with a random collection of items and the overspill from the house prompting a quarter of people to clear out the clutter once a year. Nearly one in five frustrated motorists has stopped parking in the garage in the last 10 years as the accumulation of arbitrary accessories makes the space inaccessible for cars. Tim Bailey for Continental Tyres added: “It is a generational thing, 40 per cent of us remember our father doing routine car maintenance in the garage, yet we don’t.
espite the fact that the junk in our garage is worth only a quarter of the value of our car, we have all but abandoned using garages as a place to park a vehicle according to new research from Continental Tyres. Fewer than one in three motorists ever use the space as intended, despite their motor being worth on average £11,157 – four times the value of the £2,808 cost of the accumulated boxes, the lawnmower, tins of paint and camping gear. With a dictionary definition of ‘a building to house a motor vehicle’ our busy lives and changing habits has meant garages are no longer fit for keeping cars in according to the study by Continental Tyres. Tools top the list of stuff that now find home in the garage, followed by tins of paint, DIY paraphernalia, a lawnmower and bicycles in the poll of 2,000 drivers with garages. Three in 10 of us would still rather store unwanted boxes from when we moved than make room for the car. Tim Bailey, spokesman for Continental Tyres said: “The garage has become an extra room for the house, yet we lose sight of the value in terms of secure parking and the chance to do important, yet simple checks on our vehicle.
“It means we understand less about the workings and safety considerations of a car and that impacts our safety and our cost of motoring increases as we fail to do simple things for ourselves.” Around half of us would like to convert the garage into another room for the house, though three in 10 of those that would cannot face the thought of clearing out the space to do it. One in 10 motorists now resort to doing routine maintenance on petrol station forecourts or in deserted car parks as result of not having the garage space at home.
Top 10 things people store in their garage: 1. Tools and garden equipment 2. Paint and varnish 3. DIY paraphernalia 4. Lawnmower/strimmer 5. Bicycles 6. Garden furniture 7. Fridge/freezer 8. Unwanted boxes from last house move 9. Sports equipment (tennis rackets, surf boards, skis, etc.) 10. Gym/fitness equipment
“With the car on the street we shun routine checks on tyre pressure, oil and water levels yet a few minutes a week on these will improve road safety, save money on fuel and reduce maintenance costs.” 47
is a nod to Vauxhall’s sporting heritage
AUXHALL has released a highperformance replacement for the 325PS Insignia VXR that achieves 170mph – 15mph more than its predecessor yet costs £3,760 less than the outgoing car at £29,995.
The Insignia VXR SuperSport, produces more power and achieves a higher top speed than any other UK production car costing less than £30,000, including market newcomers like the BMW 135i M Sport. With no speed-limiter, the SuperSport realises the Insignia VXR’s true performance potential, while visual
identifiers like blue ‘Brembo’ lettering on its front brake callipers and additional increments on its speedometer offer subtle hints about the car’s giant-slaying intent. But the SuperSport isn’t the first Vauxhall to set speed benchmarks. More than a century ago, Vauxhall launched Britain’s first sports car, the C10 ‘Prince Henry’, quickly followed by the UK’s first 100mph production car, the iconic 30-98. Vauxhall’s engineers even provided customers with a certificate to guarantee that the car had been tested at the ‘ton’ on the fearsome Brooklands circuit in Weybridge.
Motoring The tradition continued post-war, with the legendary Lotus Carlton becoming the world’s fastest production saloon car in 1989, with a top speed of 176mph. And even in the current line-up, the VXR Maloo is the country’s fastest, officially-imported light commercial vehicle, with a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. At the heart of the VXR SuperSport is Vauxhall’s 2.8-litre V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine, with a micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder angle and die-cast alloy sump – all features found in many a race engine. Producing 325PS, the engine uses a single, twinscroll turbocharger and variable valve control for quick throttle response, and accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds.
Straight, wrote: ‘I’ve had about 30 cars from GNs to an 8-litre Bentley, and nothing gave me the kick I had from my 30-98. They are marvellous old cars and will run hundreds of thousands of miles without trouble.’ Vauxhall Motors will be joining the 30-98 Register next year to promote the model at a variety of different venues. Of the 500+ cars built, more than half still survive, many of which will be taking part in the centenary celebrations.
In the mid-1920s, when the average speed for a family car was 40mph, the 100mph set by the Vauxhall – the first production car in the UK to achieve this speed – was exceptional. The 30-98, which celebrates its centenary next year, quickly became a legend and defined the word ‘vintage’ more than any other car of its time. Robert Beaver, a 30-98 owner who had lapped Brooklands at 113mph and hit 122mph along the Railway
Tyre labels tighter NEW tyres now have to show more information to give drivers about fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise performance. Last year saw the new EU legislation to ensure that all new tyres are labelled with clear ratings. It aims to provide users of vehicles with clear and relevant information about the quality of tyre, and to guide them towards choosing a product which is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy. The EU directive known as ‘tyre labelling’ is the biggest change to the industry and the way tyres are sold for more than 50 years. The labelling will be similar to that required for household appliances and potential buyers will be able to compare tyre characteristics before making a purchase. Like the European energy label, the tyre label (pictured here) will use classes ranging from best-performance (green ‘A’ class) to worst (red ‘G’ class). Besides indicating how much the tyre affects the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, it will also give information about its performance in wet conditions and its external rolling noise in decibels. 49
hat-trick success secured
est Cumbrian Rally driver Richard Barnard has completed a unique, three championships hat-trick. Richard, from Cockermouth, was confirmed, just after New Year as West Cumbria Motorsport Club Champion stage rally driver for 2012 which put into place the final piece of the jigsaw for the 25-year old
Richard Barnard in the Pokerstars Rally on the Isle of Man, last year
Richard competed in his Lily & Co Subaru Impreza using different co-drivers on a number of tarmac rallies on the Isle of Man and the Epynt Range roads in South Wales, finishing his year off in the Manx forest plantations in a hired John Pye forest specification car supported by Britain’s Energy Coast, as well as his usual 2012 backers.
Group N title on the REIS Get Connected MSA British Asphalt Rally Championship… which will mean a big step up in class.
The final round of the Association of North West Car Clubs (ANWCC) Stage Rally Championship took place at the Blyton Circuit, in Lincolnshire where Richard became the first junior driver to win the ANWCC title two years in succession. He also became the first non-islander to win the Manx Junior Stage Rally Championship.
Some of his 2012 sponsors have already pledged continuing support for the Cockermouth driver but moving up to higher status events means the Richard will need a much bigger budget to compete.
Richard took a big gamble when he ploughed all his remaining resources along with valuable sponsorship from Britain’s Energy Coast to compete on the final round of the Isle of Man championship, during last November. For while it enabled Richard, to become the first non-resident of the island to win the Manx championship it also meant that he would have to sit out the remaining rounds of other rally championships in which he was in contention – a nail-biting time for Richard and his team. But the nail-nibbling ended when his club title was secured and it concluded Richard’s third championship of 2012, a splendid and possibly unique hat-trick, to take him full of confidence into 2013 and a crack at the 50
Works is now under way to source a more up to date specification Impreza for the year and secure the necessary backing for a serious championship challenge.
The first round is not until March which involves the Tour of Epynt rally, followed by the Manx National Rally, during May, so there is still time for his team to get everything in place for what promises to be an arduous but exciting season.
CAN YOU spot a future classic?
s time moves on and the brigades of classic car enthusiasts grow older then along come new generations with different ideas and different cars. Itâ€™s a natural progression because older classic cars become increasingly scarce and expensive, and in any case they donâ€™t always appeal to the younger band of enthusiasts for a number of reasons other than prohibitive prices. But the cars of your youth, the ones that you always yearned for when you were a teenager (or even younger) are always a favourite category with any age group and sporty models, particularly Fords, from successive eras are always up there among the enthusiastsâ€™ all-time favourites.
Motoring And while Mark One and Two Ford Escort prices have climbed way beyond the range of the average enthusiast – figures of £10,000 - £15,000 and more are not now uncommon for certain models – it means that later Escorts are growing steadily in stature and value but, for the time being at least, remain just about affordable. This 1989 G-Reg Mk IV Ford Escort RS Turbo belongs to our very own Graphic Designer, Gary Hunter, from Workington, and has been the subject of a gradual five-year restoration. Gary purchased the car in October 11, and carried on the restoration begun by the previous owner. “I picked the car up as a bare shell on the back of a trailer with not a thing attached to it, said Gary. “People thought I was mad, but as soon as I had seen the car “in the flesh” I realised the potential and I had to have it!” Gary said. The first thing Gary attacked was the underside and the complete floor and inner arches of the car were stripped right back to metal, taking all the factory under-seal off, to reveal solid metal beneath. Several coats of primer paint were then applied and the area was then finished in stonechip, for extra protection. Every component you can imagine has been blasted and powder-coated in a satin black finish, from the wishbones, anti-roll bars, drive-shafts, struts, springs, steering rack, brake drums and hubs... if you can see it, it has been done. During the rebuild every nut, bolt, clip, bearing, seal, gasket on the car was replaced, the fuel tank, fuel and brake lines were also refurbished as was the engine block and gearbox. The car has covered just 53,000 miles from new and the underside now resembles the upper exterior of the car.
A difficult man to please, Gary still has plans to further improve the car during the winter months, “It’s off the road now until spring, the first thing I am doing is refurbishing the gearbox and repainting a few areas of the floor I am not quite happy with. I have the concours bug now from last years shows so, hopefully next year, it will be a show winner.” Now Gary’s hoping that the car’s value will ultimately match its turbo enhanced acceleration.
‘New’ Comets show Laura promise
Words: John Walsh, Photography by Paul Robinson
I can certainly pledge this – we will do what we can, to improve where we can. Laura Morgan
N new hands for 2013, Workington Comets have had an encouraging winter both in terms of team-building and bonding with the supporters.
Laura Morgan, her brother Steve Whitehead and Comets’ stalwart Tony Jackson have every reason to be optimistic about the way the club is preparing for the new season which starts at the end of March. Wheelchair-bound Morgan, who shelled out part of her accident compensation money to acquire the Comets, says she and her co-promoters are now looking at enhancing the whole Derwent Park experience. She told The Guide Magazine: “From our point of view the Comets have been well armed with the good fortune of a strong looking 1-7, a major sponsor in place, a variety of smaller sponsorship packages and some heat sponsors already agreed together with a substantial amount of admission money in the bank.
“This has been provided by healthy advance sales of season tickets with books of three, five and 10 tickets. “We have Proud to support
Workington Comets 54the 2012 season during
Sport said all along that we want a close working relationship with the fans so it’s been a question of reading the fans’ comments on the forums and listening to their opinions. “I can certainly pledge this – we will do what we can, to improve where we can.” An attention to detail is clearly going to be one of the trademarks of the new promotion team at Derwent Park in 2013. For when the new owner tells you she spent a couple of spare hours on Christmas Eve selecting music to be played at home meetings you realise just how meticulous they are going to be. Morgan said: “With things ticking over nicely I actually spent a spare couple of hours on Christmas Eve selecting music to cater for all generations to be played in the stadium during the meeting. “Too much time on her hands,” people may be tempted to say. Far from it; it’s more a question of paying attention to detail and attempting to cater for all ages. “Something for everyone will be the main consideration when we continue with our off-track plans for our
opening meeting, which will be the first leg of the Ian Thomas Shield against Newcastle. “It’s remarkable how things seem to drag after a season has finished but once the New Year has turned then we will soon be closing in on that first, eagerly-awaited meeting.” That opening meeting, on Saturday, March 30, will be against Newcastle Diamonds and they will be competing for the Ian Thomas Memorial Shield. The second leg will be raced at Brough Park the following day. There will be a familiar look to the Workington line-up for 2013 with skipper Richard Lawson, Rene Bach, Kyle Howarth, Rusty Harrison, Tero Aarnio and Ashley Morris all back in Comets’ body-colours. The one new addition is Mason Campton, a talented young Australian, who did well when guesting for the Comets from Glasgow Tigers. The line-up has been given general approval by the majority of Workington supporters, who will be paying a couple of pounds less than last year for their admission this coming season.
Words: John Walsh, Photography by Steve Durham
Reds’ well placed but keeper gets plastered
Wanted Man: Reds Midfielder, Will Vaulks, challenges Boston for the ball
ORKINGTON Reds go into the second-half of the season buoyed by more all-round optimism than was showing at the start of the campaign. Although beaten 2-1 at home by Harrogate on New Year’s Day, Reds are just five points off a play-off place and well out of any relegation concerns. But there may be some hiccups for manager Darren Edmondson and his assistant Tony Elliott in the weeks ahead as they try to keep their squad focused. 56
One problem could be in goal where ever-present Aaran Taylor faces a lengthy spell on the side-lines. The self-employed Carlisle joiner fell off a ladder just before Christmas and broke the scaphoid bone in his right wrist. Watching the New Year’s Day defeat by Harrogate, Taylor said: “Initially I am in plaster for six weeks and then I will be going for another scan. It’s possible I could be in plaster again for a further six weeks.
Sport “There might not be much of the season left when I am ready to play again because it’s a bad break for a goalkeeper. “As well as the football being affected I’ve also had to stop work on my new house when I was hoping to move in by February. “We have brought in a young keeper from Newcastle on loan, John Mitchell and I thought he was very solid against Harrogate. Certainly he wasn’t to blame for the two goals.” Edmondson may want a more experienced keeper in as Reds try and close the gap on the top five. He’s also due to lose loanee Joe Mwasile in the middle of January after the talented Morecambe winger completes three months at the club. Mwasile, like James Bolton, Will Vaulkes and Andre de Costa has been an excellent loanee, and that’s really where Reds have scored this season. But Vaulkes, subsequently released by Tranmere and signed by Reds on a rolling contract, could be offered more enticing deals in the weeks ahead. He has already spent a short time during the week training with Falkirk and several scouts have been reported to be watching him. Holding onto Vaulks, replacing the lively Mwasile and finding an experienced goalkeeper could be crucial factors in Messrs Edmondson and Elliot keeping Reds Joe Mwasile, in action
Workington’s play-off interests alive. The other pluses this season have been the return to action, after lengthy lay-offs, for both Lee Andrews and Anthony Wright, who both suffered a series of injury set-backs. Andrews has been a commanding figure at the heart of the defence, making a timely return when Bolton went back to Macclesfield. Wright, who can figure in defence or mid-field down the left-hand side, was last season’s Player-of-the-Year so his eventual return has been warmly welcomed.
Workington AFC Fixtures Jan 19 Bradford Park Avenue (A) Jan 26 Bishops Storftford (H) Jan 29 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Feb 2 Colwyn Bay (A) Feb 5 Harrogate (A) Feb 9 Oxford City (H) Feb 12 Vauxhall (A) 57
significant recruit, but fellow front-rower Jamie Acton was hugely impressive playing against Town for Oldham last season and is a welcome addition to the club’s forward power. It was also a significant deal when Town re-signed highly-rated hooker Graeme Mattinson ahead of interest from his former club Whitehaven. James Coyle, a scrum-half who learned his trade with Wigan and who took a year out to build-up his new business, is a very interesting recruit. A top youngster with the Wigan Academy he is a player who still has a lot of potential at this level. The battle for the scrum-half berth could be interesting for as well as Coyle, Town also have goal-kicking ace Carl Forber and have also signed hot amateur prospect Calum Phillips, brother of second-rower Brett Phillips. Last season was Brett’s first in the professional ranks and he held his own well, showing promise and a few shrewd judges reckon Calum could do even better.
Former Super League prop, Ewan Dowes
Town are ready willing and able
Words: John Walsh, Photography by Jim Davis
ORKINGTON Town will make their Championship bow at Swinton, on February 3, as the eagerlyawaited new season gets under way. After clinching promotion from Championship One last season Town will have their credentials tested to the full, but the new-look squad looks to be competitive and crammed with ability. Former Super League prop, Ewan Dowes, is the most 58
Coach Gary Charlton said: “We are very pleased with the way the squad has been building and we are still looking to add to the players who are already here.
James Coyle signs for Town, left Director Malcolm Allison and right Team Manager Brian Ritson
Sport “Although we will only have had one friendly game ahead of the seasonal launch at Swinton, we are confident that the squad will be fit and ready for the challenge of Championship rugby.” The one friendly is being played at Widnes on Sunday, January 13 but that’s largely been because Derwent Park is undergoing a major facelift in preparation for the World Cup matches being staged at the stadium in the autumn. Although the refurbishment work is making good progress, the ground is still unable to host a friendly fixture.
We are very pleased with the way the squad has been building and we are still looking to add to the players who are already here Coach, Gary Charlton
However, Town’s Super League partnership club, Widnes Vikings, have generously agreed that the friendly will be classed as Town’s home fixture so the West Cumbrians will receive all of the gate receipts. Town officials are hoping that they may have an indication, after this friendly fixture, of the players they might be getting to fit into the Championship squad at Derwent Park. Tickets have already gone on sale for the Rugby League World Cup games at Workington – Scotland against Tonga, on October 29 and Scotland v Italy, on November 3. Tickets start at £10 and £5 for concessions for both games and are available at www.rlwc2013.com.
Championship Fixtures (kick-offs all 3pm unless otherwise stated) FEBRUARY 3 Swinton v Town (a) 10 Town v Halifax (h) 17 Doncaster v Town (a) 24 Town v Sheffield (h) MARCH 3 Town v Barrow (h) 10 York v Town (a) 17 Town v Batley (h) 24 Featherstone v Town (a) 29 Town v Whitehaven (h) - no k.o. time yet APRIL 1 Leigh v Town (a) 14 Town v Keighley (h) 28 Dewsbury v Town (a)
5 Town v Hunslet (h) 26 Town v Doncaster (h)
2 Keighley v Town (a) 09 Town v Leigh (h) 23 Whitehaven v Town (a) JULY 7 Town v Dewsbury (h) 14 Sheffield v Town (a) 21 Town v Swinton (h) 28 Batley Bulldogs v Town (2pm) (a) AUGUST 4 Town v Featherstone (h) 11 Hunslet v Town (a) 18 Barrow v Town (a) 22 Town v York (h) - k.o. 7.30pm SEPTEMBER 1 Halifax v Town (a)
The club secured £350,000 funding from Britain’s Energy Coast for the make-over at Derwent Park and appointed Workington contractors Stobbarts to carry out the work. Work to replace seating in the grandstand, update floodlights and install an electronic scoreboard is expected to be finished before Town’s first Championship home game on February 10, against Halifax. The pitch will also undergo major improvements. Allerdale Council pledged to underwrite £50,000 for improvements to the stadium. 59
Dinosaur Wordsearch! Bones Carnivore Dinosaur Eggs Extinct
Fossils Herbivore Jurassic Paleontologist Raptor
A new type of dog food by Wayne Southwell from Wayne’s World of Pets, Whitehaven
ur shop is based on a core belief of offering the best food for your pet regardless of cost, however last year some of these costs were getting higher than they should be so we decided to do something about it. What we decided to do was bring out our own range of pet food.
The food has really taken off for us thanks to its quality and the fact that it is almost £20 a sack cheaper than its well-loved rivals and we have now extended the range to two different puppy foods, four adult variants including one that is cereal-free and a senior food. We also now do some working dog foods, a full range of cat food and even pond food.
Own brand dog food has been about for many years but always tends to be a low quality product made as cheap as possible (normally classed as a working dog diet to escape VAT) We wanted to make sure that the food we developed was as good if not better than the top quality brands on the market. After much searching we found a great manufacturer, in Lancashire, that was on the same wavelength as us with regard to making a quality product but at a sensible price. This manufacturer is also very environmentally aware having invested heavily to keep food production as green as possible.
With customers including vet nurses, groomers and dog trainers singing its praise you know the quality really is there.
We worked together with this manufacturer to launch a puppy food and three different adult dog foods, last Easter. All the foods are hypo-allergenic so are suitable for most sensitive dogs. They all have a good meat content with on average 26% of the named meat used (compared to some brands that only have 4% of a thing called “meat and animal derivatives”). All our dog foods also have added fish oils to help their skin and coat. We also developed a range of dog treat to complement the range from general training treats to our very own edible dental sticks which have also been very well received by our canine friends.
The food and treats are available to buy from our website at www.waynesworldofpets.com Use coupon code GUIDE to receive 20% OFF your first order.
Calling all bands and musicians!
SAVE THE CIVIC
This Easter sees the Mighty Boof return to the Civic Hall in Whitehaven for an All Dayer!
Mighty Boof All Dayer Friday March 29th Danny Maulding, from The Mighty Boof explains: “We have all heard about the Civic possibly closing down, which would leave us with no big music venue for the area. One of the reasons for its closure is despite an increase in users and income over the last few years the Civic Hall is still not profitable and the council cannot subsidise the shortfall due to the government cuts.”
“We need a show of support to give the Civic a fighting chance of staying open. After the success of the Boxing Day Boof event we aim to have 3 rooms of music again, if you are in a band or a solo artist and would like to offer your services for the Mighty Boof All Dayer then get in touch.” Please eamil: email@example.com or go online at: www.mightyboofpromotions.com for more information.
Also The Marratimes reunite for this one off gig!
Take a Break ACROSS 1. Panache (5) 6. Weapons (4) 10. Anagram of “Salt” (4) 14. French for “Sister” (5) 15. Nameless (4) 16. Flutter (4) 17. A kind of macaw (5) 18. Magma (4) 19. Not genuine (4) 20. Unacquainted (10) 22. Portent (4) 23. Implored (4) 24. A task requiring a trip (6) 26. Cease (4) 30. Fury (3) 31. Accomplished (3) 32. Adhesive strip (4) 33. Helps (4) 35. Javelin (5) 39. Squeeze out (7) 41. A pike with an ax head (7) 43. Cheapskate (5) 44. Fraud (4) 46. Its symbol is Pb (4) 47. Missing In Action (3) 49. French for “Friend” (3) 50. Jittery (4) 51. Skillet (6) 54. Wagers (4) 56. Plunder (4) 57. Deductive (10) 63. Cocoyam (4) 64. Old stories (4) 65. Heart artery (5) 66. Clairvoyant (4) 67. 1 1 1 1 (4) 68. Got up (5) 69. Sacred (4) 70. Obtains (4) 71. Cheerful (5)
1. Brother of Jacob (4) 2. Maize (4) 3. Foliage (4) 4. Emanation (4) 5.Vagabond (5) 6. Mine passageways (9) 7. Unassisted (7) 8. Exploded star (4) 9. Caught (6) 10. Inexpensive (10) 11. Andean animal (5) 12. Captured (5) 13. Go on a buying spree (5) 21. Homeric epic (5) 25. Small brook (4) 26. Flower stalk (4) 27. Cab (4) 28. Chooses (4) 29. Autocratic (10) 34. Without disgrace (9) 36. Require (4) 37. Outcropping (4) 38. Countercurrent (4) 40. Murres (4) 42. Friendliness (5) 45. Nightclub (7) 48. Not digital (6) 51. Animal tissue (5) 52. Cowboy sport (5) 53. Alpine call (5) 55. Hiding place (5) 58. Not a single one (4) 59. Greek letter (4) 60. Prune (4) 61. At the peak of (4) 62. Gentlewoman (4)
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Blues Heaven at Bowness March 22-24
ith a stunning line-up of W brilliant blues musicians in the heart of the Lake District, the 2013 Bowness Bay Blues weekend takes place on March 22-24.
Last year’s first-ever festival, in the picturesque setting of Bowness-on-Windermere, proved a great success and the organisers now have exciting plans for 2013. The festival was very popular and raised over £4,000 for charity and made a lot of music fans very happy and this year’s event promises to be even more successful. There will be top-quality music on offer all weekend – ranging from sizzling electric to mellow acoustic blues and foot-tapping R’n’B – in some wonderfully atmospheric venues. The headline acts will include highly acclaimed Irish blues singer Grainne Duffy, hot young guitar-slinger Ben Poole, and John O’Leary’s Sugarkane, one of the best blues ensembles in the UK. The festival will also feature appearances from Fuschi4, Snakewater, Tin Pan Alley, Dan Burnett, The Deluxe, Stark, The Bullfrogs, Buzz Elliot and the wonderfully-named Elderly Brothers.
Grainne Duffy Last year the venues were all impressive and the way the programme was tailored meant that most artists could be seen over the weekend. Comments ranged from “Very enjoyable” to “Brilliant” and included “A varied, well-chosen programme”. Tickets are now on sale at www.bownessbayblues.co.uk
and you should make sure you book early, as word is getting round about this great new addition to the Cumbrian festival calendar.
Your guide to all that’s best in West Cumbria, Keswick and Carlisle from
Music l Theatre l Film l Comedy l Other
What’s On January/February MusicTheatreFilmComedyOther
Music Fri Jan 25 Northern Soul Night Dance The Night Away till Late, FREE ENTRY Soul In The City, Lowther Street, Carlisle Sat Jan 26 Handel’s Samson 7.30pm Christ Church, Cockermouth Sun Jan 27 Maz O’Connor 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth
Sat Feb 9 My Darling Clementine 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Mon Feb 11 Kaiser Chiefs Sands Centre, Carlisle Sat Feb 16 Heidi Talbot With John McCusker and Ian Carr The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Tue Feb 19 Reflections of a Rock & Roll Tour 7.30pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Wed Feb 20 Piatti String Quartet 7.30pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Sat Mar 30 Jake Bugg Fri Feb 1 The Drifters 8:00pm - 11:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Steve Diggle The former Buzzcock and Punk legend, who penned a number of the band’s big hits performs an intimate acoustic set in the Scafell Lounge Whitehaven Civic Hall Wed Feb 6 Local Junior Artists’ Concert Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Fri Feb 22 Northern Soul Night Dance The Night Away till Late, FREE ENTRY Soul In The City, Lowther Street, Carlisle The Bigwig Ball: The 45s The 45s play at the Big Wig Ball - A childrens charity event 9.30pm 11.30pm The Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle Fri Mar 1 Uriah Heep The rock legends return following their sell out in 2011. Supported by Virgil & The Accelerators there will also be an after-show late gig in Monroe’s with Live and Dangerous. Carnegie Theatre, Workington
Sat Mar 2 Solfest Drystone Session An evening of songs and stories with all of the Drystone vibe. 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Lisa McHugh Ireland’s multi-award singing star with her own band for a concert of Country, Irish and Popular music. The Wave, Maryport Tue Mar 5 The Faeroes and Friends 7.30pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Sun Mar 10 BIG GIG: Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Mar 13 Jayson Gillham (piano) 7.30pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Fri Mar 15 The Way of the Drum The thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and captivating show. 7.30pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Sat Mar 16 I Love To Boogie with T-Rextasy The official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, described by many as “beyond the boundaries of tribute” and by BBC 1 as: “The Best Live Tribute Band in the UK” Carnegie Theatre, Workington Sun Mar 17 The Bootleg Beatles The Sands Centre, Carlisle
Fri Mar 22 Halle The concert will provide a rare chance to hear Mahler’s Symphony No.4 and Sir Mark Elder’s interpretation with the Hallé will be a truly memorable musical occasion. The Sands Centre, Carlisle Emily Smith Emily plays piano and accordion but its her voice which has gained her a stream of awards. Shes accompanied on guitat and fiddle by Jamie McLennan. 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Sat Mar 23 Sensational 60s Experience Starring The Tremeloes, Hermans Hermits, The Union Gapuk and The Ivy League. 7:30pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Thur Mar 28 The Stranglers 7:00pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Mar 29 Simple Minds Simple Minds will be performing their ‘Greatest Hits Live’ next year on a huge 28 date tour, stopping off at The Sands Centre 7:00pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Mar 29 Mighty Boofs All Dayer The Mighty Boof need your help! We need your help and support to keep the Civic open. If you are a band or solo artist and would like to offer your services get it touch Whitehaven Civic Hall Sat Mar 30 Jake Bugg Simple Minds will be performing their ‘Greatest Hits Live’ next year on a huge 28 date tour, stopping off at The Sands Centre 7:00pm - 10:30pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle
Theatre Tue Jan 1 - 19 The Railway Children Theatre by The Lake, Keswick Fri Jan 18, 19, 25, 26 Panto At The OK Corral The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth
Thur Mar 21-23 Peter Pan Fri Feb 1 Another evening with The Humor of Newhart and Lehrer 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Sat Feb 9 Curtain Up 2.30pm & 7.30pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Mon Feb 11 - 12 The Parson’s Pirates 7.30pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Mon Feb 18 - 23 Blood Brothers The captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. 7:30pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Thur Feb 21 Rapunzel 4.15pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth
Fri Feb 22 John Beatty - Wild Vision 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Fri Mar 8 Robin Ince: The Importance of being interested Robin takes a look at his favourite scientists: Charles Darwin and theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. 8pm The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth The Elephant’s Bridesmaid by The People’s Theatre Company a charming new musical based on a popular children’s book. 11am & 1.30pm. Lots of chances to join in sing-alongs, games and a fancy dress fashion show live with the actors. Carnegie Theatre, Workington Sat Mar 16 La Boheme Large, Live Orchestra Sung in Italian with English surtitles 7:30pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle Thur Mar 21 - 23 WAOS Juniors present the musical, PETER PAN. 7.15pm Carnegie Theatre, Workington Sat Mar 23 - Sat Apr 20 HUGH WALPOLE’S: Rogue Herries Theatre by The Lake, Keswick
Film Fri Jan 18 Django Unchaned Plaza Cinema, Workington Mon Jan 21 Killing Them Softly (18) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth
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Film Wed Jan 23 Betty Blue (18) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Jan 23 Independents Day Film: Ruby Sparks Plaza Cinema, Workington Fri Jan 25 Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Workington Movie 43 Plaza Cinema, Workington Zero Dark Thirty Plaza Cinema, Workington
Fri Feb 1 Bullet to the Head Plaza Cinema, Workington Mon Feb 4 Untouchable (15) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Feb 6 Independents Day Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild Plaza Cinema, Workington Fri Feb 8 Hitchcock (12A) Plaza Cinema, Workington I Give It A Year (15) Plaza Cinema, Workington Wreck it Ralph Plaza Cinema, Workington Songs for Marion (PG) Plaza Cinema, Workington Parental Guidance Vue Cinema, Carlisle Mon Feb 11 - 15 Puss In Boots (U) Rheged Centre, Penrith
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A Good Day to Die Hard
Mon Jan 28 Holy Motors (18) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Jan 30 Les Diaboliques (12) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Jan 30 Independents Day Film: Mental Plaza Cinema, Workington
Mon Feb 11 Beasts of the Southern Wild (12A) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Feb 13 Beautiful Creatures Plaza Cinema, Workington Thur Feb 14 A Good Day to Die Hard Plaza Cinema, Workington This is 40 Plaza Cinema, Workington
Mon Feb 18 The Master (15) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Feb 20 Independents Day Film: End of Watch Plaza Cinema, Workington Fri Feb 22 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D Plaza Cinema, Workington Mama Plaza Cinema, Workington Sat Feb 23 The Best of Keswick Film Festival Rheged will be showing two of the films on their giant screen. 2.15pm - Chasing Ice 3.45pm - Nostalgia For The Light Rheged Centre, Penrith Mon Feb 25 Rust and Bone (15) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Feb 27 Independents Day Film: Man with the Iron Fists (18) Plaza Cinema, Workington Fri Mar 1 The Bay Plaza Cinema, Workington Mon Mar 4 Argo (15) The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Mar 6 Independents Day Film: The Oranges (15) Plaza Cinema, Workington
Wed Mar 13 Independents Day Film: The Sessions (15) Plaza Cinema, Workington Wed Mar 20 Independents Day Film: The Master (15) Plaza Cinema, Workington
Sat Feb 16 Fell Side Auto Club’s Northern Classic Trial Vehicles of 2, 3 and 4 wheels tour N and NW Cumbria to tackle 12 competitive sections and special tests in gravel, greasiness and gravity. Whinlatter Forest, Wythop and Sandale
Sat Jan 5 Roy Chubby Brown The Sands Centre, Carlisle Fri Mar 1 Jimmy Carr - Gagging Order Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy. ‘Gagging Order’ promises to be an hilarious night out. 8pm - 10pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle
Other Sun Jan 20 Wedding Fayre at The Crown & Mitre Hotel 11am to 4pm Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Fri Jan 25 Burns Supper 7.30pm - 10.30pm Tullie House, Carlisle Sat Feb 2 - 3 Hoverfly identification weekend workshop 10am - 4pm Tullie House, Carlisle Sun Feb 3 Brendan Cole - Licence to Thrill Join him and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance in this spectacular night of theatre entertainment. 7:30pm - 10:00pm The Sands Centre, Carlisle
Sat Mar 2 - 3 World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, nr Penrith Sun Mar 3 Cumbria’s Bridal and Prom Once Upon a New Collection 11am to 3pm Beacon Hill, Aspatria Theatre by The Lake, Keswick Thur Mar 7 Afternoon Jumps Racing followed by Cheltenham Festival Preview Carlisle Racecourse
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Thur Feb 21 - 24 The 14th Keswick Film Festival You can once again choose from an exciting and original mix of around 30 UK and international films, previews and UK Premieres. Rheged, Alhambra Theatre, Theatre by the Lake Fri Mar 1 - 10 Words by the Water - A Festival of Words and Ideas Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Fri Mar 1 Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30am to 3.30pm Carlisle City Centre
Sat Mar 9 Stuart Maconie – A Cumbrian Conversation Stuart shares insights from his travel and social history journal Hope and Glory, a history of modern Britain, but adds an extra ‘chapter about Cumbria and considers what it is to be quietly and culturally a Cumbrian. The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth Wed Mar 13 An Evening of Clairvoyance, with Sue Cunningham Carnegie Theater, Workington Sun Mar 17 St Patrick’s Day Raceday Carlisle Racecourse
Sat Mar 2 Malcolm Wilson Rally Competition takes place on tracks in Greystoke, Grizedale and Whinlatter Forest. Start and finish line on Cockermouth Main Street
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Doomed to live and die in darkness
Haig Mining museum curator, PAM TELFORD, tells a story of the wretched people who lived, worked, died and in some cases were even born or conceived in our mines.
ines Commissioner J.C. Symons recorded the following observations at William Pit, Whitehaven, for the 1842 Report to Parliament:
“In the William Pit, they have 500 acres under the sea, and the distance is two miles and a half from the shaft to the extreme part of the workings. There is a stable, also under the sea in this immense pit, for 45 horses. The shaft is 110 fathoms… the work [of the Drivers] is toilsome, and, as will be seen by the evidence of the surgeon attending the Earl of Lonsdale’s collieries, accidents sometimes occur by the foot slipping off, and getting stuck by the wheel or axle.” Accidents and explosions were not the only threat to children underground. Men were known to ‘interfere’ with the defenceless girls, and women often worked far too late into pregnancy, and occasionally gave birth in horrific conditions in the mine. It is a horrendous thought that children would be born into the pit, see nothing but the pit for most of their short lives, then die in the same darkness they were born into. An article in the Cumberland Pacquet newspaper of the time refers to an incident in Saltom Pit involving a man who, like many at the time, regarded the young girls as ‘fair game’, and there are implications of sexual abuse.
History “Robert Carter, of Whitehaven, was charged with the killing of Peter Andrew the younger. On Friday, 10th September 1824, he approached a young driver, Susan Shaw. She told the court - I was driving a horse and tram in the pit, and the prisoner and the deceased were present. I had a candle in my hand, and Carter coming to me, I put the candle in his face, which raised his anger and he gave me a blow. He was going to his work again when Peter Andrew said: Bob Sponge, what did you strike my driver for? I heard him in his reply speak very angry to the little boy, saw his right arm swing back, and immediately I heard the little boy shout out, and I went to him, and said to Joe Lucas who was present: ‘Robert Carter has kilt the little boy’. I found the deceased standing bleeding from the head, there was a wound on his left temple. I believe the blow was given with a piece of coal.”
Coal Mines Act was the result, and with further Acts that were to follow, gradually removed many of the evils that existed in the pits. On March 30th 1988, Ray Proctor, managing director of the British Coal Opencast Executive, unveiled a memorial in the graveyard of St Nicholas Church, bearing 77 names of children who lost their lives in Whitehaven’s pits over a 200 year period. Some spaces have been left for any further names that come to light. Further information is available in the book Children of the Pits, by Ray Devlin, former Chief Mining Instructor, Haig Pit, Whitehaven.
The surgeon later diagnosed a fracture on the frontal lobe. Peter Andrew died on the Sunday evening. Carter was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour, for manslaughter. At that time, the penalty for stealing a sheep was death.
For killing a small child in the mines?
One month’s imprisonment with hard labour. These conditions, suffered by thousands of children throughout Great Britain, were finally brought to the attention of Parliament by the 1842 Report. The 1843
Woman-miners carrying coal by Van Gogh
Wildlife of The Solway Firth
Alien Invasion in Progress By Mark Vollers
e often hear about introduced plants that become a pest (Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed, etc) but what about our marine environment? The oceans of the world are all interconnected so what is ‘unnatural’ about plants and animals migrating to find new homes in other places, either by using ocean currents or by hitching a ride in a ship’s ballast water tanks? Well in some cases these new arrivals can be potentially very destructive indeed, and if man has been responsible for the introduction we must certainly do what we can to eliminate or reduce the impact. A prime example now is The Chinese Mitten Crab (so called because of the furry appearance of its pincers) which arrived in the UK in about 1935, but until recently was restricted to the South and East coasts. It has now been recorded in the Duddon Estuary, so the Solway is under threat.
This crab spends most of its life up rivers in fresh water, establishing itself in colonies that excavate tunnels into the banks, causing collapse and erosion, leading to extensive loss of habitat. It is in the list of top 100 worst alien species (world listing). It returns to the sea to breed in Autumn, and when the eggs hatch in Spring the larvae and adults travel up river again, even crossing land, so no water body is safe. If you like beachcombing and rockpooling watch out for this crab and report any findings to www.mittencrabs.org.uk or www.nonnativespecies.org, a comprehensive website that covers all known marine and terrestrial invasive species. www.coastaquarium.co.uk
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