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A note from the Editor...

We’ve had such a busy month here at The Pinfold that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into the welcome note but I’ll stick to the most exciting bit. Just 6 months into our venture we’ve been nominated for New Business Award at the Enterprise and Vision Awards and are through to the finals! If you’d like to vote for us just visit www.enterprisevisionawards. co.uk . Results are announced at the end of the month during an awards dinner in Preston. The coming months are set to be busy as we prepare for expansion but I’ll tell you more about that another time. I hope you enjoy this issue and I’d recommend a flick to page 18 to try out this month’s mouth watering recipe from Chef Ooy Rigg. Oh, and don’t forget your free Graze box! See page 21 for details.

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Mum on the Run- Back to school A week in the life of a LBD How Ooy Rigg does her S&P chicken We challenge Ceri Lee to fire walk Matt Jones on social media, friend or foe


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If you’re lucky enough to have a real fire, Raw Straw are offering free delivery with orders in the Furness area and can be ordered online at www.rawstraw.co.uk For those without, Raw Straw can also be used to fuel chimineas, barbecues, fire pits and bonfires.


Windermere’s famous spook: The Claife Crier...

The Claife Crier has to be the best-known spook in the Lake District, and, as is commonly pointed out, the only ghost named on an OS map. Sadly, neither he nor his residence are listed on my modern road map but still… here’s the story. A long time ago, a monk from Furness Abbey, whose job was to save the souls of immoral women, fell for one of his clients. He followed her back to Claife Heights, on the western shores of Windermere, but she rejected him. He took this badly, spent a lot of time wailing, and finally dropped dead. But didn’t stop wailing. The ferrymen who operated the Windermere boat service from Ferry Nab to Sawrey learned to ignore calls for transport from the western side of the lake after dark, as it was probably just the monk complaining again. Then one day a new recruit decided this was bunkum, and crossed the lake to pick up the fare. The new ferryman returned the following morning, stark raving mad, and died a couple of days later without telling anyone what he’d seen. Now this was a tad upsetting for the boatmen, so they called on the monks who lived on Lady Holme, an island on Windermere. The monk popped on-shore with his bell and bible, and confined the spook to the old quarry at Claife Heights, ‘until men should walk dryshod across the lake’. He’s still there, and still wailing. Or so you’ll be told if you visit the Claife Crier Bar, or take a pint of Claife Crier beer… you get the picture.

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Diane McIlmoyle is a writer and marketer based in Cumbria and author of Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History & Folklore blog. www.esmeraldamac.wordpress.com. Diane started writing about Cumbrian folklore and history because she was surprised to realise that she’d spent much of her life thinking that Cumbria didn’t really have any – and she’s even got a degree in history! Where were the heroes, the battles, the kingdoms that rose and fell? What about the faeries, witches, great black dogs and spectral ladies? She found that they’re all here, if only you look hard enough...

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All of this should have taken place some considerable time ago, given the monks. Furness Abbey was founded in 1123 and dissolved in 1537, but it seems likely that the Crier would have come from their nearby Hawkshead Hall site (now part of Hawkshead Court House). The Abbey gave up the Hawkshead site in the 12th century, so that could give a date between 1123 and 1200. Lady Holme, the island on Windermere, was indeed home to monks for a time. A chantry – a chapel devoted to prayers for the souls of its founders – was established by a local lord and manned by two monks from Segden Hermitage at Berwick-upon-Tweed. The earliest mention of the monks at Lady Holme is 1272, and the latest date could be around 1350 when it appears that their parent hermitage closed. The ferry point at Sawrey has, presumably, been there since Sawrey became Sawrey in the mid 14th century, adding weight to a date of c.1350 for the Crier’s exorcism. Perhaps this date explains why a Cistercian monk from Furness Abbey came to be exorcised by an Augustinian monk from Lady Holme; it was a couple of hundred years after the Crier expired, and the Abbey didn’t accept the story. But the dates seem too tight for comfort, and it’s awfully convenient for the tourist trade that the Crier was only partly exorcised, so he could continue to haunt in a cheerfully-slightly-scarybut-not-a-threat-to-business way. So, what’s this all about? There’s no doubt that Windermere is one of those places in the Lake District where you get odd sounds. The wind can howl in the woods on the western bank, by Claife Heights, and those that have witnessed the lake when frozen say the ice creaks and groans quite loudly as it cracks and moves with the water underneath. Wordsworth, writing The Prelude in the first half of the 19th century, attributed the noise to the Wild Hunt, or Gabriel Hounds. Similar stories are common; there’s Herne the Hunter in Windsor Great Park, Gwyn Ap Nudd and his hounds at Glastonbury, Woden’s Hunt in Europe or faery processions everywhere; the tale of phantom,

or even demonic, hunters galloping across night skies is common throughout northern Europe. As the tourist trade expanded rapidly during Wordsworth’s lifetime – which he disliked immensely! – I suspect that this is the last record of what people used to say before the Claife Crier story was put together with scraps of history and the odd ‘bump in the night’ story. Harriet Martineau, who published A Complete Guide to the English Lakes in 1855, may be the first detailed written version of the story; she says the exorcism took place on Christmas Day during the Reformation. But the key for me is WG Collingwood, who wrote The Lake Counties in 1902. He spent much of his 1860s childhood in the Windermere area, and he could not remember the Crier’s story, although he was fascinated by all local folklore. He said, ‘The legend of the Crier of Claife… seems to be hardly a genuine folk tale in the form it is usually given… I remember a vague story about a phantom boat’. The mid 19th century is a water-shed period in Cumbrian folklore; before that date, we get vivid accounts of tales that can be traced back to ancient times (see Need Fires, Eveling, and possibly even The Ghosts of Souther Fell), and after that date, we hear conspicuously romanticised, and sometimes christianised, stories that don’t ring true for Cumbria. And as for Claife Heights, the Claife Crier’s residence? I’ve been told that the place is indeed eerie after dark, but then that’s the case with most unpopulated lakeside woods! Diane McIlmoyle

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Create a hedgehog friendly garden It has been estimated that in the last decade we have lost one third of our hedgehog population. However it is not too late with a few simple changes to the way we garden to make a difference. So if you’d like to help conserve your local hedgehog population here are a few suggestions. Firstly let’s reduce the number of deaths and injuries that occur in our gardens each year. For example when cutting grass or pruning ground hugging bushes be aware a hedgehog could be nesting there. So before you pull out the strimmer take some time to check for slumbering hedgehogs. Also if you decide a bush has to be removed check a nest has not been built around its trunk. If you discover one then leave the job for a few weeks and wait for the hedgehog to move on. If you cannot delay the job then contact a local hedgehog rehabilitator who can give you advice. If you prize your plants and wage chemical war on the local bug population convert to using chemical free alternatives. There are a

number of places that sell natural methods for ridding yourself of your ‘enemy’ including www.greengardener.co.uk However the better option it to let your hedgehog eat them all for you. If you must use slug pellets put them inside pieces of pipe or under stone slabs where hedgehogs can’t get at them. In any case, as an extra precaution regularly remove all dead slugs. Ponds are a great resource for wildlife and if fish free will be home to a large number of interesting creatures. However a pond with steep sides can be a death trap not just for hedgehogs but other small mammals. So ensure there are slipways around the edge of the water to enable hedgehogs to escape. Half submerged rocks or even a piece of chicken wire draped over the edge and secured in place with metal pegs can save a life. Netting of all kinds can be a major hazard as hedgehogs easily become entangled in them. So either check daily or better still invest in

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some clothes pegs and peg the netting at last 12.5cm (5”) from the ground, so hedgehogs can safely pass underneath. Hedgehogs like to stick their heads in things and once stuck many will suffer an unpleasant death. So try to keep your garden clear of containers such as jars etc. Also if you see those annoying red elastic bands dropped by the postie pick them up. Hedgehogs can become entangled in them and again if the hedgehog is not found in time elastic bands can be fatal. If you decide to burn rubbish or perhaps enjoy a bonfire then before lighting ensure nothing has moved in. If possible create the bonfire the day you are going to set light to it, so you do not give time for anything to move in. Now let’s look at the positive actions you can take to help support your hopefully thriving hedgehog population. If you have room then why not create a woodpile? If left undisturbed for some time, algae and mosses will cover it, attracting insects, becoming a great food source for your hedgehog. This also is true of an oldfashioned compost heap. However do remember when moving your compost heap do not thrust your garden fork straight in. Hedgehogs find these great places for hibernating and often sows will use them as a place to build her nest. You could simply leave out a dish of food Suitable foods include: specially formulated hedgehog food, tinned cat or dog food (avoid fish flavours) or why not make your own. Simply mix chopped/crushed unsalted peanuts, dried mealworms, sultanas and sunflower hearts. To stop other animals eating the food create a feeding station. Simply place a paving slab on some bricks, leaving a gap between two of the bricks as an entrance. As well as providing food provide water. If you do not have a pond then why not create one? Even a small pond will benefit hedgehogs plus frogs, toads, newts as well as the local bird

population. Or along side that bowl of food supply a fresh dish of water. If you discover after all that effort you have hedgehogs visiting your garden then providing a place to nest or hibernate will always be welcomed. Hedgehog boxes should be sited in a quiet spot hidden by ground covering plants and low shrubs. You could purchase one or you could have a go at creating your own. You can purchase and find plans to create you own hedgehog home on the British Hedgehog Preservation Societies website: www.britishhedgehogs.org. uk If you would really like to get involved then why not: • Join www.hedgehogstreet.org and become a hedgehog champion and encourage your neighbours to become involved. • Become a member of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. • Offer your garden as a rehoming site to a local hedgehog rehabilitator, a database can be found on the BHPS website. Lynne Garner

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Mum on the run Back to School

With the deadline for primary school applications looming, for parents of three and four year olds it will soon be decision time. The trouble with schools is that everyone has an opinion on them- after all most of us went to one. But both your own and other people’s feelings about schools may be based on outdated information. Things change rapidly in education and it’s worth doing your research. Reading OFSTED inspection reports on www. ofsted.gov.uk can be a good way to start. Inspections are carried out every three years or so, with schools given a few day’s notice before they happen. After gathering huge amounts of data, visiting the school to observe lessons, talk to staff, governors and children, and taking comments from parents into account, inspectors give the school an overall grade from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest. In the reports published online you can find grades and descriptions covering different areas of school life, from teaching to the wellbeing of the children. A big factor in getting a good OFSTED grade is SATs results and ‘Value Added’. If SATs are show how high up the academic ladder children end up, Value Added shows how many steps up the ladder children move during their time at school, regardless of where they begin. An effective school is where children make good progress whether they start above or below average, which is why Value Added is often considered to give a more accurate view than SATs alone- so do look at both. It’s not a great idea to base your decision on OFSTED reports alone, however. Once you read a few you’ll realise that they use very

standardised language, which doesn’t give you a strong idea of the ‘personality’ of a school. Inspectors are experienced professionals, but they are usually only in the school for a couple of days and their judgements have to be based on a very strict and often statistics-based set of criteria. There are likely to be other, more personal, factors that are important to you, which could mean an ‘Outstanding’ school may not prove the best, while a ‘Satisfactory’ school is perfect. So what might these other factors be? Well, first there may be the criteria you have, such as religious preferences, state or private, location, links to after-school care providers and whether you know other children who will go there. In addition, a lot comes down to the fact that your child is an individual. It might be that they are quite shy or need a family feeling, nurturing environment to bring out the best in them, so a smaller school might feel most appropriate. On the other hand they may have a strong personality and tend to be competitive, in which case a larger school where they’ll experience healthy challenge may be better. If they like being outside they might suit Forest Schools or somewhere with interesting, well used grounds. If they’re sporty, a good range of clubs and teams might be the thing. In the case of special educational needs, a small school may have the advantage that everyone there will get to know them and support them, whereas a bigger school may have more resources. Try talking to other parents about the schools they’ve chosen for their children, but be aware of the power of gossip - if a school gains a

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get an overall impression of how the school is presented- with tight budgets they may not be able to afford smart new paintwork, but if the staff are enthusiastic and friendly, there are lively, well maintained displays celebrating the children’s work and most spaces are clean and tidy, it’s usually a good sign. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, think about how the staff make you feel- especially the headteacher if you get to meet them. These are the people who set the tone for the place where your child will be every day- and the people you will need to go to if you think there’s a problem. They may be running a great school, but if you don’t click with them it may not be great for you. Do a bit of homework and before you know it your little one will be happily settled in a lovely school, coming home with their trousers on backwards after PE lessons and unloading endless reading books and enough ‘artwork’ to cover your whole house, let alone your fridge. Most importantly, enjoy this exciting time in your child’s life with them- the adventure starts here! Anna Elliott

bad reputation it can take a long time to shake it off. In actual fact if a school really is doing badly, the authorities often move in quickly with support and turn it around. Equally some of the most successful schools in the country are in what could be described as ‘dodgy’ catchment areas, so make sure any reputation, good or bad, is based on up to date facts. The best thing you can do is arrange to visit as many schools as you can. Schools often hold Open Days but you may get a better picture if you can visit on an ordinary day. When you’re there, look for how the children seemPolite? Well-behaved? Enthusiastic? Happy? Interested? It’s worth bearing in mind that what you see on a sunny Tuesday morning when the children are still quite fresh from the weekend may be quite different to what you get at the end of a rainy Friday afternoon towards the end of term, so try not to get too fixated about any particular activity you see, just listen to your gut feeling about the whole experience. When you’re shown all the resources and spaces such as the library, computer room, playing field and so on, don’t be afraid to ask who gets to use them and how often. Try to

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A week in the life of a little black dress “It was a warm evening, nearly summer, and she wore a slim cool black dress, black sandals, a pearl choker..... there was a consequential good taste in the plainness of her clothes, the blues and greys and lack of lustre that made her, herself, shine so” wrote Truman Capote in 1958 in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The little Black Dress had lost none of its style status when worn then by Audrey Hepburn since its launch into the fashion world 30 years earlier. A plain black dress is a blank canvas ready to be fashioned in any way that you choose. It is a garment that knows no boundaries and can be worn by anyone, of any size, anywhere. It can take you from daywear to cocktail wear to evening wear without a hitch and will never look out of place weather you wear it with your pearls and tiara or with your wellies. Often referred to as fashions equivalent to the wheel, the Little Black Dress might seem as though it has been around since time began and it most likely has, except until the 1920’s it was reserved for those in mourning. In 1926 Coco Chanel designed a sleeveless sheath cut just above the knee in plain black; it was subtle, sophisticated, and at the time, groundbreaking. In 80 years, the Little Black Dress has lost none of its presence. To most women it is a loyal and trusted friend which can be worn in so many ways and will always look fabulous. Black is reliable and never looks out of place, in black you can stand out or blend in, black is slimming and in black you can look effortlessly sophisticated in seconds. Chanel continued to work on her Little Black Dress for the rest of her life using different fabrics and lines and she was not alone. The LBD is one of the most

Monday: The LBD is perfect for work with a crisp white shirt and waistcoat

Tuesday: Casual as you like with jeans and a Plain White Tee

Wednesday: Walk the dog in your LBD the pockets are perfect for dog leads, chocolate bars, phones.....

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Thursday: LBD straight up with flip flops and a hat and off to the beach

Friday: LBD never fails with pearls and heels

reproduced garments in fashion history and there are plenty to choose from. Chanel felt that fashion should be not only elegant and chic but functional and comfortable and claimed “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not a luxury”. She chose soft, easy to wear jersey fabrics with a simple shape and cut. Indeed her formula is no less revolutionary today than it was in 1926, since aren’t we all looking for something to wear that is both elegant and comfortable. Modelled here, in a variety of ways is The Emily Jane Dress by EKO Womenswear. The dress has a feminine empire cut with sculptural slouch pockets which skims over the hips and waist to create a flattering silhouette. As Little Black Dresses go this one ticks all the boxes, comfortable to wear roomy in the places that count, elegant and versatile. The Emily Jane Dress is made from Organic Cotton which is rich and soft to wear and carries no baggage of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals that have a direct impact on health of farmers, ecosystems and soil quality. EKO’S signature dress is available at Two by Two Ulverston and costs £52. If you have a little black Dress hanging in your wardrobe, put it to work and if you don’t it couldn’t be a better investment for this season and the next and the next. Rachel Weaver Two by Two, Ulverston

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The Pinfold Times Poole Townsend launch their very own mobile App

Poole Townsend, the area’s largest independent Solicitor, Estate Agent and Financial Services firm are the first local Estate Agency to launch their very own mobile application, so that their properties can be viewed on the go. Research shows the way people are searching for properties is changing, with 1/3rd of internet users accessing property details via a mobile phone. Angela Cornthwaite, MNAEA, Head of Property, Poole Townsend, comments: “We started the Estate Agency business 21 years ago and in that time we have implemented many changes to improve our offering to customers and to maintain market leadership. We always listen to our clients and their needs and this is why we have reviewed our communications strategy. “Research shows that more people are using the internet and mobile phones to access property portals and view property details. We are the first local estate agents to

launch their very own mobile application. By having our own mobile application our property details can be viewed whilst on the go using a mobile phone. We are confident this will increase the number of times a clients property details are viewed. “With just one of the online property portals, Rightmove. co.uk, our properties were seen by over 2 million people in June 2011 with full brochure details being viewed 160,000 times that month. “We will of course, continue to have a presence in the High Street, with qualified and professional staff on hand for clients to discuss their requirements face to face. We believe this is essential to ensure clients receive the best local advice and service when buying or selling properties”. The new mobile application has been designed by local IT firm, Miller Waite from their offices in Ulverston. And as well as a new mobile app, Poole Townsend has updated their website to

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include larger pictures, floor plans and featured properties. Poole Townsend online also enables users to request a quote for conveyancing (the legal elements of buying and selling property) and a mortgage calculator that can work out how much your new home may cost. Visit their website www. pooletownsend.co.uk to download the free Poole Townsend Mobile App for android and iphones. As well as an extensive online presence, Poole Townsend also offers excellent local coverage with properties advertised across Furness and South Lakes in the Evening Mail and the Lake District Property getting into over 60,000 households each week. Their properties are advertised on 7 online property portals plus their own, including clickin2property. co.uk, lakedistrictproperty. co.uk, propertylive.co.uk, rightmove.co.uk, findaproperty. co.uk, primelocation.co.uk and globrix.co.uk.


Hub Made

There’s something special about Lee Barker’s food. It’s the perfect mix of wholesome, home made food and fine dining. A mix that the team at The Hub @ Review have coined ‘Hub Made’. As a chef Lee has had the opportunity to cook for Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button along with MPs and Royalty from the Middle East. Opening The Hub @ Review has enabled Lee to bring his famous food back to his local area. His passion for fresh and locally sourced food means that his mouthwatering menu will change to reflect seasonal produce. He’s keen to incorporate local award winning ingredients such as Irvings sausages. We’ve included a sample of their evening menu. On the daily menu there’s an appetising selection of ‘quick bites’, and more substantial main dishes which you will find are excellent value. The carefully presented sweets are just as equally good, especially the warm chocolate brownies or Sticky toffee pudding which the Chef is renowned for. The Hub offers a welcoming atmosphere that’s reflected in the relaxed, affable service from husband and wife team Lee & Lisa Barker. During the day, The Hub is a bright contemporary cafe with chilled out sofas, free wi-fi and a lunchtime menu to eat in or take out and the famous Farrers coffee. In the evenings it transforms into a fine dining restaurant with a ‘bring your own bottle’ policy and the option to take away your home dining experience. The Hub can be hired for exclusive use and Lisa Barker’s experience as an event planner comes

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in to play as she creates an idyllic evening for any occasion from landmark birthdays to business meetings and small conferences. The Hub’s unique character has attracted large numbers since its opening and the reviews submitted via Facebook speak for themselves. Since announcing their Christmas Menu, party bookings have flooded in, and although there are still some dates free they expect to be fully booked for their first Christmas in their new business. The Hub is situated on the first floor of Review Hair & Beauty, 1a Nelson Street, Barrow in furness. For enquiries and bookings ring 01229 820082. They can also be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ TheHubatReview

“Fantastic hosts fabulous food in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere. Will go again” ★★★★★ “Can’t wait to come and have a full size portion of Lee Barkers amazing food, think I am a little bit in love with the Sticky Toffee Pudding” ★★★★★ “Awesome... Everything tasted fab... getting the girls together soon for a meal... only thing is how do I decide what to have... everything is so good!” ★★★★★

“Got to be 5 stars - a brilliant night at a fantastic venue and the food, well the food was just superb. Atmosphere perfect, hosts brilliant and the company was great too” ★★★★★

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How Ooy Rigg does her At a mere 4ft 10ins tall the tiny Chef Ooy’s real name is Soodsawat Rigg and she came here from the Capital of Thailand, Bangkok, over 24 years ago to be with her husband John and they now have an 18 year old daughter called Alanya. Ooy grew up in the capital and was educated at the prestigious Suankularb Mahwithylai School and then later at St John’s University, before graduating in commerce and marketing. She has owned and operated over 17 restaurants and catering businesses and now runs the very successful Ooy@VPH (first Thai Khantoke restaurant outside of Thailand) situated at the Victoria Park Hotel in Barrow. About 5 years ago she embarked on a new direction by starting her schools multicultural cooking road show and she and her team have now been to over 1000 schools and events and she has performed her shows for over half a million people. The opening of the UK’s first Asian & Oriental community cooking school came 3 years ago when she opened her purpose built £150,000 facility on Park Road in Barrow, where she regularly teaches. About 6 times a year on a Saturday, you will see her teaching Asian & Oriental cooking at Cartmel Community Adult Education Centre, but the rest of the time during the summer you are more likely to see her at food shows, festivals and events with her dancers giving food demos and recently she was chosen to cater for the stars (Boy George, Madness, T’ Pau, Razorlight and a few more, including celebrity chefs Sean Wilson, Mark Beumann and even Jean Christophe Novelli) at the Whitehaven Festival. Her dedication has also brought rewards in the shape of a gold medal at the 2009 BFIIN Awards for education, she was the 2009 O2 North West Female Entrepreneur of the Year finalist at last year’s EMBF Awards for Social Enterprise of the Year. She is the current SMARTA 100 winner, the 2010 Food

North West winner for Skills and is the 2010 CN Group Cumbrian Business Woman of the Year. Her latest project is that every Thursday her restaurant becomes a Brazilian Rodizio Churascaria BBQ and to top that, she works all Saturday evening well into the early hours to get ready to do her traditional Sunday carvery. Her next project is to market her traditional Thai cooking sauces and this has been already piloted at Barrow outside market and many events including the Chester Food Festival and the Lune Valley Festival. so maybe you will see these on a supermarket shelf near you in the not too distant future. She has just completed her first cookery book and DVD, simply called Chef Ooy and has also just finished filming a TV cookery programme in Thailand.

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Salt & Pepper Chicken... Method Season the fish with salt and pepper, then slash the skin 3 times. Heat a heavy-based frying pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Once hot, fry the fish, skin-side down, for 5 mins or until the skin is very crisp and golden. The fish will be almost cooked through. Turn over, cook for another 30 secs-1 min, then transfer to a serving plate and keep warm. You’ll need to fry the fish in 2 batches. Heat the remaining oil, then fry the ginger, garlic and chillies for about 2 mins until golden. Take off the heat and toss in the spring onions. Splash the fish with a little soy sauce and spoon over the contents of the pan. (Be aware how much salt you season the fish with as soy sauce is also salty). We would recommend serving with jasmine rice and a side of sugar snap peas. The perfect wine would be Sancerre.

Ingredients:8 oz of Chicken breast, very thinly sliced in slithers. 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper 1/4 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder Mix these together with 1/2 teaspoon of 1/2 teaspoon of light soy sauce 1 beaten egg 1/4 teaspoon of sugar corn flour for coating 1 medium size onion 1/2 chicken stock cube 1 clove of fresh garlic -peeled & chopped very finely 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes 5 leaves of coriander for garnish 1 spring onion for garnish 1/4 of a fresh green pepper sliced 1/4 of a fresh red pepper sliced 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for stir frying substantial oil for deep frying

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Method:Stir the pepper, salt and garlic powder together into a beaten egg, then add the chicken and leave to marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. After marinating the chicken, coat in corn flour and deep fry in hot oil for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on kitchen paper. Place to one side to keep warm. Add 1 tablespoon of of oil into a hot wok or frying pan and add the finely sliced onions, garlic, peppers & chilli flakes. Stir fry for a couple of minutes on medium heat. When cooked, stir in the chicken stock cube, sugar and soy sauce and finely add the chcken to the stir fry mixture mix for 1 minute and serve with sliced spring onion for garnish & the coriander leaves.


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Dear Ceri-Lee, We challenge you to... fire walk. baffled onlookers for centuries. Ceri’s column in The Pinfold has always been about challenges but we’re always looking to push her that little bit further so when we heard about the Fire Walk we had to get her involved! To endure the hot coals will be both a mental and physical challenge for her so we’re hoping you can help us to meet our target. So far we’ve raised £283 but we’d quite like to make it to the £300 mark. You can sponsor Ceri online by visiting: www.justgiving.com/The-Pinfold or using our text to sponsor service; to sponsor Ceri by text simply text TCQE73 followed by the amount to: 70070. If you’ve got a suggestion for Ceri’s future columns, or would like to challenge her yourself, send an email to vicki@thepinfold.com

We’ve got lots of big challenges coming up for Ceri-Lee so we’ve decided to give her a month off to prepare herself for the Fire Walk she will be completing on 30th September. The Fire Walk has been organised by The Rotary Club of Furness and Tony Burgess, Director of Academy of High Achievers Ltd and all the money we raise will be going to St Mary’s Hospice. Ceri will literally be walking over hot coals for charity with a minimum temperature of 1200 degrees fahrenheit- toasty! Fire walking is an ancient practice that has

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The Rotary Club of Furness Peninsulahumanity in motion

program to immunize the world’s children against polio. Collectively they hold the highest consultative status given by the United Nations to nongovernmental organizations. On a more local basis, The Rotary Club or Furness Peninsula have a busy calendar of fund-raisers, one of which, The Fire Walk, still has spaces for walkers. You can keep up to date with events by visiting the website at the end of this article. The rotary club of Furness Peninsula meets every Thursday, 7pm at Michaelson House Hotel and are recruiting new members. They welcome visitors to come along and see what being a Rotarian is all about. For those that can’t commit to weekly meetings, Friends of the Rotary gives non Rotarians the opportunity to support events, keep up to date with plans and attend informal social meetings. If you’d like to join or become a friend, more details can be found on the website: www.furnesspeninsula.rotary1190.org

The Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 and has established more than 1.2 million members globally. These members are split between 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. Of these clubs, 1850 are in the UK and Ireland, and 3 of them are in Barrow. The newest of these three, the rotary club of Furness Peninsula, have adopted a more modern approach to their club, welcoming both males and females as potential members and spanning from early twenties to those who have been around a little longer. As a group they raise much needed funds for Local, National and International charities with a heavy focus on fun friendship & fellowship. As well as organising charity events they hold regular family orientated social events and are actively involved with young peoples development, often organising competitions and challenges for young people with district and national finals. Rotary as a whole have carried out substantial work in many fields, including an ambitious

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Critics appear to overlook the majority’s positive and friendly use of social networks during difficult times. When in the right hands, social networking can be used for the greater good and this was more evident than ever in the wake of the riots. While Twitter was being vilified by the mainstream UK press I saw a very different side to the story. My feed was not full of people arranging riots or justifying the rioters, but instead disgusted and outraged by their actions. Throughout the afternoon I saw Londoners tweet messages of support to each other and warnings when they could see trouble flaring up in the boroughs. Incredibly I saw people offering the safety of their spare rooms and beds for the evening to complete strangers. A Twitter account was created to arrange the clean up of affected areas and by the end of the first day had attracted over 30,000 followers. The account and #riotcleanup hashtag enabled the coordination of efforts to help clean the stricken capital. As the riots started to die down, Twitter and Facebook users found another way to help. They began circulating pictures of the looters and asking if anyone recognised them. Many user’s social networks spread across thousands, meaning there is a good chance that somebody may recognise the criminals. At the last count, over 1,900 arrests had been made in London alone and more than 1,000 of them charged. Most news channels paired the word ‘youth’ with the riots, but of the 1900 arrests less than 500 of them were ‘the youths of today’.

In August 2011 the UK saw riots featuring arson and looting on an unprecedented scale. Over 5 nights the violent incidents spread across various boroughs in London and eventually to other cities, leading to around 3,100 arrests and an estimated £200 million of damage. Initially TV and newspapers reported that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook were being using as an tool for rioters to organise meeting times and locations, and indeed the initial protest arrangements took place in a Facebook group. It soon became apparent however that the more covert instant messenger service Blackberry Messenger had become the preferred method to spread the details of forthcoming riots. 37% of British teens use a Blackberry handset and each comes with the Blackberry Messenger software. Messenger allows the user to send a single message to all users they’ve previously connected to, allowing rapid spread of messages with minimal effort and, unlike Twitter, out of the public eye. It’s incidents like this that have created pockets of negative views when it comes to technology and the world wide web. There’s even been talk of shutting down social networking channels during periods of national emergency, not unlike the Libyan Government.

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