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Old May 10th, 2019, 09:06 AM   #801
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Good luck to her,---


This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Kendal triathlete woman to race Fred Whitton challenge to raise money for charity


A KENDAL triathlete who will be riding in The Fred Whitton challenge this Sunday is raising money for two local charities.

Kath Finn, a member at the Kendal Tri Club, has acted as an aide for partially sighted athletes for four years.

She is doing the 112-mile sportive for Vision of Adventure

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...y-for-charity/
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Old May 17th, 2019, 11:29 AM   #802
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Good luck to the Man,---


This from the News & Star,--


John's 1,800 mile target to help injured servicemen and women


John Brenan is setting off on another fundraising adventure to raise money for injured servicemen and women, cycling 1,800 miles from the top of Scotland to the South of France.

The unstoppable fundraiser is heading out on his 24-day-long bike ride on Sunday, May 19, pedalling for over three weeks from John o’ Groats in Scotland, to reach Nice in France

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...men-and-women/
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 10:17 AM   #803
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Beer festival will be at the heart of Taste Cumbria in Ulverston


A TAPROOM takeover and beer festival will be at the heart of this weekend’s Taste Cumbria festival in Ulverston.

Beerwolf in Market Street is hosting the event as part of the annual food and drink extravaganza this weekend which is back in the town for the sixth year. Hawkshead Brewery of Staveley will be taking over the taproom of the Ulverston bottle store,

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...-in-ulverston/
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Old June 8th, 2019, 10:30 AM   #804
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This from the News & Star,--


Silloth’s vintage rally this weekend


THE annual Silloth Vintage Rally takes place this weekend, with plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained.

The event takes place on Silloth Green tomorrow and Sunday, starting at 10am and finishing about 4pm on both days.

Silloth Vintage Rally is a free event attracting crowds from all over north Cumbria.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...-this-weekend/
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Old July 9th, 2019, 08:41 PM   #805
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A new National Nature Reserve in Cumbria has been announced today.

From a Natural England Press Release:

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Natural England has today announced the declaration of a new National Nature Reserve in Cumbria – Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses National Nature Reserve, home to one of Western Europe’s rarest and most threatened habitats, the lowland raised bog.

Located near Carlisle, the new reserve encompasses the recently restored Bolton Fell Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the pristine condition Walton Fell Moss SSSI.

The restoration of Bolton Fell by Natural England follows 50 years of extensive damage from the removal of peat and peat-forming vegetation for horticulture, which created unsuitable conditions for specialist bog plants and wildlife such as curlews and redshanks to thrive.

Now restored, Bolton Fell Moss is recovering and is on track to develop important peat forming vegetation which can be already found at Walton Moss. In time, the site will become an active carbon sink, capturing and storing carbon to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the earth’s atmosphere.
Full press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/c...nature-reserve

What the press release doesn't mention is that as a result of the closure of the peat extraction works at Bolton Fell a considerable number of people (for some reason I have the figure of 90 in my head but I can't remember where I got that figure from) lost their jobs. As peat extraction is no longer deemed to be acceptable closure was inevitable. I also imagine that keeping a close watch on how the peat bog recovers is a very interesting exercise.

I visited the Bolton Fell works in June 2011 when the site was still operational but closure was being talked about. As the visit was with the Cumbrian Railways Association the emphasis was on the railway side of the operation.

Back then much of the site looked like this: large expanses of peat, sometimes bisected by narrow gauge railway lines or with odd looking bits of equipment in view.






Large stockpiles of peat were being moved to the processing plant by short trains hauled by elderly locomotives (the newest dating from 1959!)




Railway track is usually referred to as the Permanent Way, but there was little permanence about some of the track at Bolton Fell. This stretch was part of the main line around the site!


Some regeneration was already happening:




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Old July 20th, 2019, 10:34 AM   #806
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Windermere Dragon Bay event a resounding success


THIS year's charity dragon boat regatta event on Windermere proved as spectacular and successful as ever when it too k place in bright sunshine last week.

A record number of team entries took part in the event, which was launched by Paddlers for Life Windermere.

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Old August 9th, 2019, 10:46 AM   #807
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Good luck to all,---


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Nomination deadline nears for South Cumbria Community Heroes Awards


THE deadline to nominate people who go the extra mile in the community for a top award is fast approaching.

The Westmorland Gazette has teamed up with sister paper The Mail to host the South Cumbria Community Heroes Awards.

We have been inundated with nominations but want to give you one final chance to put someone forward.

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...heroes-awards/
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Old August 11th, 2019, 10:23 AM   #808
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Good luck to her,--


This from the Northern Echo,--


Jean Gillespie, 64, set to take on world in Ironman World Championship


AN athlete who only learnt to swim and ride a bike five years ago has overcome the odds after she was selected for the world championships.

Jean Gillespie, 64, will travel to the annual Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October, for the chance to cross the line as Ironman world champion.

Read more https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/ne...-championship/
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Old August 17th, 2019, 10:39 AM   #809
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A big well done to everyone,--

This from the News & Star,---

Summer night of music raises £20,000 for two good causes


THE hills were alive with the sound of music from five different decades, in an event which raised more than £20,000 for two good causes.

Brothfest, a charity night at Skitby Farm near Smithfield, featured music from The Thieving Magpies, who specialise in rock and blues from the 1960s and ‘70s, and 3 River City, whose music ranged from the 1980s onwards.

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Old August 31st, 2019, 10:06 AM   #810
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Lineup revealed for free Grasmere beer and music festival


Almost 30 musical acts from across Cumbria and beyond will take to the stage at the three-day ‘Grasmere Guzzler’ beer and music festival next month.

Headline acts include Glasgow-based The Hoojamamas, who have recently played on the main stage at the Eden Festival to crowds of thousands.

Another favourite from the Scottish music scene, the irreverent four-piece Mickey 9s, also feature in the free event.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...usic-festival/
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Old September 12th, 2019, 09:28 AM   #811
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Big well done this Man,----


This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Swimmer Matt Williams' epic 10-day Lake District swim and climb for Macmillan is a first


A SEASONED adventurer has become the first person to swim the length of 14 large lowland lakes in one continuous effort.

Forty-year-old Matt Williams, who has previously climbed Mount Everest and swum the English Channel, not only completed 45 miles of cold-water swimming, but also walked the 100 miles between them.

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