Summer Pudding In Appleby, Anyone?Live Music, Circus Acts, Crafts Market, Cake Contest, Family Fun!

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News from The Butchers Arms Community Pub

Here’s some news from The Butchers Arms Community Pub in Crosby Ravensworth

The Butcher's Arms

The new chef at The Butcher’s Arms has creative flair and has prepared meals for celebrities. C.Paxton photo and copyright

Reblogged from https://lyvennetcommunitypub.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/butchers-arms-update-2016-05-12/
Posted on 13/05/2016 by lvcpnews

Excellent new tenant landlords Stephen and Carrie are now serving at The Butchers Arms. All food is freshly cooked and the specials board changes regularly. There is a range of dishes to suit all tastes.

There is a position of a Commis Chef available so please contact Steve or Carrie if you are interested or know of someone who may be. Call 01931-715500

The bank holiday has been very busy with sales of nearly 600 drink sales on Saturday alone and numerous meals.

The Butchers Arms AGM is Saturday the 2nd July at 5pm.

There will be a hot buffet & vegetarian option also, this will be served at 7pm.

Please book direct with Carrie 01931-715500, Email is butchersarms.cumbria@gmail.com

 

  • The Butchers Arms walking group, has with the light nights, started meeting for its fortnightly Wednesday night walk followed by supper in the pub. For further information or to join the mailing list please contact me at at kitty.s65@btinternet.com
  • The Lyvennet Activity Group is coordinated by Joan Raine with support from other committee members. Joan has been successfully running a lunch club on the first Thursday in every Month. Anyone wishing to join the lunch club please contact Joan direct for more information on 01931-715351

Lyvennet Activity Group has run various fund raising events too, which has raised thousands of pounds for different charities. The last event in April raised £1,350 for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

The Charity music fest with live music and a hog roast is on Saturday the 13th August from 1pm. It is in the same field as last year, just up from the pub. It was well supported last year and raised £2,180 for 3 charities. I am trying to raise sponsorship to help cover costs. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact me directly at kitty.s65@btinternet.com

Anais, a French student, will be working at the Butchers Arms for a week in June and July to help improve her English language. It will be a good experience for her.

Kitty,

Secretary, Lyvennet Community Pub.

Bring Along Your Stone For ‘Auld Acquaintance’ July 20th Through September

Rory Stewart supporting our community pub

This message in from our MP Rory Stewart (seen here supporting our community pub)

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Dear All,

Please come and join us at Gretna on Sunday 20 July, for the laying of the Foundation stone of “the Auld Acquaintance’, and please forward this to others.

We will be gathering from midday and we will put the first stone down for the cairn shortly before 2pm.

It will be an event for young and old, all nations, and people of any political persuasion or none. We will have food, music, activities for children and of course some stones too! (But please bring a stone that means something to you if you can). And if you can’t make the 20th, the site will be open every day through September. Our hope is that people will continue to come every day after the launch day, to keep building up the cairn.

Detailed directions can be found here. The field is right next to the Old Toll House.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a contribution to the cairn, however small, we have set up a crowd-funding site here.  It also contains some videos of early supporters.

Thank you again for your support. Do email as always with any thoughts, or suggestions.

Please forward this on to as many people as you can, and please also tweet and retweet with the link www.handsacrosstheborder.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Hands Across the Border

 

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SUMMER EVENING BY THE RIVER – BBQ Fundraiser FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014
Eden Rivers Trust and the
Salmon & Trout Association
(Cumbria Branch)

invite you to a

SUMMER EVENING BY THE RIVER – BBQ Fundraiser

at WARWICK HALL, WARWICK ON EDEN,
Nr CARLISLE

TICKETS £10.00 PER PERSON
Children under 12 free
(all proceeds to Eden Rivers Trust and Salmon and Trout Association)

                                                                                                                 6.00pm ONWARDS

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

Tickets available in advance from Eden Rivers Trust
(cheques payable to Eden Rivers Trust)

Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH
Tel. 01768 866788 email: office@EdenRT.org
www.edenriverstrust.org.uk

The Trustees of the Eden Rivers Trust

Registered Charity Number 1123285

Mysteries of Home Smoking Unveiled at Kendal Festival of Food 2014

Smoky Jo and George demonstrating the art of home smoking at Cumbria Food Festival 2014

Simply Smoking Food. Smoky Jo (right) and George (left) demonstrating the art of home smoking at Cumbria Food Festival 2014

On Sunday Kendal was looking very fine in bright sunshine and delicious aromas wafted about the many street stalls of Kendal Festival of Food 2014. We were some of the happy visitors who thronged the stalls after attending a presentation on food smoking by Smoky Jo in The Shakespeare Centre. It was our first time and in retrospect, I wish we’d gone on Saturday too because there was so much to see and taste.

What drew us was the food preparation demonstration but we stayed on to enjoy browsing the fantastic street stalls that offered an amazing range of tempting fare including biscuits, cheeses, breads and pastries, chocolates, fine coffee, preserves, pickles and meats.

It was great seeing people enjoying the warm sunshine and festival atmosphere.

My wife and I enjoy smoked food as a treat. The smoking process doesn’t overpower the flavours of food, it translates and elevates them. While smoked bacon, ham, sausage and salmon were the gateway to smoked foods for me, beyond this portal awaits a whole culinary world of variety with plenty of options for vegetarians. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like smoked food, but through Smoky Jo’s presentation I gained a whole new appreciation of what goes into preparing good smoked food. It takes 10 hours to properly smoke 500 gms of a good hard cheese, like cheddar!

We learned this and more besides from Smoky Jo’s demonstration at this year’s Kendal Food Festival. In a short hour, Jo Hamson gave us a surprisingly comprehensive and entertaining taste of the art of food smoking, or should I say the alchemy, for it certainly feels like an experimental quest to develop the food that you personally like. Her enthusiasm is very infectious. She explained that there’s great scope for preparing full meals such as briskets, salmon and trout, and snack foods and ingredients such as cheeses and nuts. After introducing the principles of hot and cold smoking and discussing the equipment with us, she set up a table-top hot smoker (a Cameron) and showed us a cold smoking box that prepares food at less than 25 degrees Celsius, ideal for cheeses. There was a handy video-feed to a large screen that showed what was happening on the counter top.

Jo with the eco-smoking box. Yes, really, you can smoke food with this box and a cold smoker coil.

Jo with the eco-smoking box. Yes, surprisingly you can smoke food with this box and a cold smoker coil.

While in hot smoking, the food is both smoked and cooked through, in cold smoking the food is impregnated with smoky flavour but remains raw to be eaten as is (such as cheese or fruit), or later cooked conventionally such as your brisket.  Jo explained that cold smoking produces stronger flavours that are retained in later oven or skillet cooking. She then explored the variety of foods that tend to smoke well, giving relevant details and tips on timing for the various delicacies. People smoke a very wide range of foods! They even smoke salt, flour and water for use in dishes.  She discussed the ins and outs of brining food in preparation for smoking and the flavouring of the smoke and of the food itself. There are various stages in the preparations where you can happily experiment to fine-tune the results to suit your palate, the brine marinade phase is a good example, though not to be used with pre-processed meat.

Jo’s presentation was very information-rich but not bewilderingly technical, and I found it full of surprises.   There was some amusing repartee between Smoky Jo and Smoky George about certain experimental foods that they personally favoured. Smoked bananas! Smoked wine? Those who like it, like it well!

people sampling examples of smoked cheese, olives, trout and salmon

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the food samples were snapped up!

It was useful to hear the types of wood and other materials such as peat, tea, herbs and rice that can be used, and the types of fuel to avoid – no resinous or pithy woods are suitable and tea-bag tea is inferior to the leaf.  The volumes required are quite modest, a handful of Oak dust served very well in the example of hot smoked salmon that Jo prepared before us. The salmon was brined.

After her presentation she and George laid out a selection of smoked food and invited the audience to come up and try it. It was delicious and went down well. We enjoyed their smoked olives, almonds, cashews, cheddar cheese, trout and salmon.

Jo convinced me that home food smoking is both within most people’s capabilities and most people’s means and that it is worth trying ourselves. We bought their book Smoking Food At Home With Smoky Jo to investigate further.

Jo and George run popular 1 day and weekend residential  food smoking courses at Castlehowe, Cumbria and have won accolades in the media and featured on TV.

Shap Chippy serves their great smoked sausage, ‘The Smoky Jo’.

There’s lots of other great smoked food in Cumbria too of course,  notably cheeses and trout and of course you don’t have to smoke your own food to enjoy it.

I’m pleased to see that in Penrith, not far from the Alhambra Cinema, a new shop called Smoked In The Lakes, dedicated to smoked food has opened recently, my wife and I found their sandwiches to be superb. Their smoked cashews are out of this world too.

I’m very pleased to have seen Jo’s presentation because it helped me understand the processes behind smoked food.

The food stalls were really nicely presented, this stall of Gingerbread from Grasmere being a great example

The food stalls were really nicely presented, this stall of  Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread from Grasmere being a great example

After the presentation we were ready for some lunch. The food stalls were really impressive.

Peter Gott wrapping the best pork pie I have ever tasted. He farms rare breed pigs and wild boar at Sillfield farm, just 3 miles or so from Kendal.

Peter Gott wrapping the best pork pie I have ever tasted. He farms rare breed pigs and wild boar at Sillfield farm, just 3 miles or so from Kendal.

I love good pies and when I saw these Wild Pork Pies for sale I just had to try one. It was a fantastic treat. That’s my dream pastry to filling ratio there. The meat was delicious, perfectly seasoned and very succulent. Trade was brisk so there wasn’t much time for a chat then and there, but I learned from the Sillfield Farm website that Peter Gott and his wife Christine are famous for their free-range farmed food. Chefs regularly visit their farm as part of their training. The Gotts have been farming at Sillfield Farm, Gatebeck, for 20 yrs , rear their wild boar on 16 acres of woodland and have gained a well-deserved reputation for excellence, having won awards and featured on TV as exemplars of fine, fresh free-range farm produce. When I said how much I enjoyed his pies he said  “I’m glad you like them. As I tell the Chefs, nine tenths of good cheffing is good shopping and that relies on good rearing.”

No wonder they visit Sillfield Farm to learn about that!

The best pork pie I have ever tasted. Savoury lean wild boar with lots of jelly, evenly  dispersed and lovely crisp crust from Sillfield Farm.

Savoury lean wild boar with lots of jelly, evenly dispersed, and lovely crisp golden crust from Sillfield Farm.

I found Kendal Festival of Food 2014  a very impressive event and thoroughly recommend it.

Treasures Of Cumbria – a new online cultural resource

What do you treasure in Cumbria? Treasures of Cumbria is a new online cultural resource launched in January 2014 by The Cumbria Museum Consortium. It is, in a sense, an extra-mural extension of the museums into cyber-space – a website serving as a public archive of the Cumbrian things, places, memories, people, songs, poetry, recipes and traditions that people think are special, worth sharing and preserving.  Even the soundscapes, such as the sound of  a water wheel turning at Little Salkeld Mill and interesting memories recounted, such as The Mysterious Fire of Morecambe Bay are treasures that people value and that deserve preservation. They have meaning and lasting value.

A classical example of a Cumbrian treasure preserved for the county on this system is the wonderful Roman cavalry sports helmet that was found recently at Crosby Garrett, and displayed at Tullie House before leaving Cumbria forever.

How many more treasures are out there to be revealed? This is going to be a very interesting and valuable resource.

Enabling technologies

The digital revolution enables people to enjoy and share the things that they value in multi-media format – images, text, video and audio recordings. Treasures of Cumbria is a remarkable project that harnesses the recent developments in consumer-level digital equipment and information technology in a highly accessible way. The content management system is free to use and accessible to people of all ages and walks of life. It is likely to be highly useful to communities that wish to celebrate their distinctive qualities. A key thing to remember is that we must respect Copyright law and not copy material from existing publications whose copyright has not expired. There is some guidance on that on the website. Contributors retain copyright for their contributions but allow CMC copyright for them too.

Tullie House Staff Introduce Treasures of Cumbria at Lyvennet Activity Group Lunch Club

Proof came that there’s no age limit to the digital revolution on Thursday, February 6th, as staff from Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum visited The Lyvennet Activity Group’s Lunch Club (LAG) at The Butchers Arms Community Pub and explained the Treasures of Cumbria project after a nice sociable lunch. The staff demonstrated use of the website on their iPad tablets, and on lap-top computer equipment kindly provided to LAG by Cumbria Community Foundation‘s  Health and Well-being Community Fund administered by Action For Communities in Cumbria (ACT).

Treasures of Cumbria website being introduced to members of The Lyvennet Activity Group at the Lunch Club at The Butchers Arms Crosby Ravensworth. Staff from Carlisle's Tullie House demonstrated use of the website on iPads.

Treasures of Cumbria website being introduced to members of The Lyvennet Activity Group at the Lunch Club at The Butchers Arms Crosby Ravensworth. Mary Ferguson and Maria Staff from Carlisle’s Tullie House, Maria and Mary demonstrate use of the website on iPads.

The staff explained that we can use the system to celebrate the things that we treasure here and make them known to others by registering as a contributor and uploading photographs and information about each treasure.

As anyone who knows Cumbria knows very well – we do have a lot of treasures around here; the physical include those that are primarily natural, our fells, valleys, rivers, lakes, fields and forests, to things cultural: our glorious monuments ancient to modern, our many stone circles, castles, Churches  and superb Cathedral and our traditions and memories.

The new website has been launched but will be subject to improvements over time as and when the need becomes apparent. The address is: http://www.treasuresofcumbria.org.uk/

  1. To publish your treasures you need to register with the system, the process of registration is very easy.
  2. Then you enter your profile information,
  3. Click on the “Add a Treasure” button and upload your media and related information for the treasure.

An important feature on the site is the map that shows people where the treasures are in the County.

There are various ways you can browse for treasures. You can use the map to discover them or search by contributor or view the treasures in order of popularity and date added to the system.

Tullie House and Art Gallery Trust in Carlisle is the lead partner and accountable body for the partnership which includes  Lakeland Arts in Kendal and Bowness and the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. This Consortium is funded by Arts Council England (www.artscouncil.org.uk) through their Renaissance Major Grants Programme.  

The CMC partners own website addresses written out are: www.tulliehouse.org.uk , www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk and www.wordsworth.org.uk

To conclude I quote the important message from the new website that hopefully will encourage you to record your treasures large and small:

          A treasure is something that’s meaningful to you.

Circles in stone part II: Gamelands Circle near Orton.

One of Cumbria’s largest stone circles and also one of the most accessible can be found just about a mile from Orton Village and is reached from a turn-off to the right on the road to Sunbiggin.

Gamelands Stone circle with the wild Howgills in the background.

Gamelands Stone circle with the wild Howgills in the background.

Though there isn’t much song and dance made of it, Gamelands is a whopper and well worth seeing. Over 100 ft in diameter and with 40 stones still remaining, most of the distinctive pink Shap granite, it is thought to be Neolithic in age, but mesolithic stone tools have been found in the area and Tom Clare’s observation that this site was associated with a nearby spring would make the site strongly appealing to the hunter-gatherers. See Megalithic Portal for more information and photos of Gamelands.

All the stones are fallen, but some are still 1 meter tall in repose.  The circle is overlooked by the Castle Folds settlement on the lovely limestone escarpment and though it is on the Coast-to-coast route this fine walking country attracts walkers for the many shorter walks too. The limestone pavement and sweeping views make walking in this area very rewarding.

Recently, local residents have gathered to express their view that the Orton Valley should remain free of wind turbines. Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and The Border, EDC Councillor and Tebay Parish Chair Adrian Todd and Orton  Parish Chair have supported the conservation efforts (Read More Here)

The Orton area has much to recommend it, whether you are interested in walking in the fine countryside or shopping for nice local produce including super cheese, poultry, pork and beef, vegetables, baked goods and Kennedys Fine Chocolates, I think you’ll agree it has a lot of charm.

The Orton Farmer’s Market is held monthly on the second Saturday.

Orton Farmers Market is popular with residents and visitors.

Orton Farmers Market is popular with residents and visitors.

Up Front Theatre Presents The Pied Piper Of Hamelin

Magical performance of The Pied Piper of Hamelin at The Upfront Gallery Puppet Theatre

Magical performance of The Pied Piper of Hamelin at The Upfront Gallery Puppet Theatre

Yesterday we greatly enjoyed a family trip to see The Pied Piper Of Hamelin at The Upfront Gallery in Unthank, near Hutton-In-The-Forest. It’s traditional to see a show at Christmas time and everything about this one in the new 128 seat theatre at The Upfront Gallery was very good. I was stunned by the high-end  production value and I hardly saw any strings until the performance was over and there was a fun ‘meet the puppets’ session. The sets and puppets were fantastic and very vibrant – these were based closely on designs from Michael Morpurgo’s book, the voicing was excellent and the music was delightfully evocative.

It’s perfect for families. My nephews particularly loved the donkey and the dynamic action of the rats, which are very spritely and amusing! The Upfront performers were brilliant, I thought, I was surprised that  just five of them emerged when they took their bows.

Very talented rod and string puppeteers of the Upfront Gallery in Unthank taking their bows.

Very talented rod and string puppeteers of the Upfront Gallery in Unthank taking their bows.

If you enjoy charming entertainment I heartily recommend you to see this show while you can. All Tickets £8:00 Performances: Dec. 31st at 2pm only Dec. 24, 28, 29, 30 & 31st at 1pm & 3:30pm Jan. 2nd & 3rd at 1pm & 3:30pm

The art gallery is worth seeing too and the food in the cafe is delicious and very reasonably priced offering tasty tray bakes, snacks and full meals.

Call the Upfront Gallery, Coffee Shop and Puppet Theatre Enquiries Telephone number for booking or more info 017684 84538

Or see  their website for more details  http://www.up-front.com/puppet_theatre.html

Celebration of clean water and slap up fish and chip feast in Shap

A ‘thank you’ do with a difference!

While it is normal for organisations to have an end of year celebration, 16 of the people who have volunteered to help Eden Rivers Trust in 2013 were given a rather unusual reward to end the year, a guided tour of Shap’s sewage works!

You might think that’s a bit of crappy place for a year-end get-together, but the Trust came up with the idea of the tour of the  works because they wanted to demonstrate the important role United Utilities plays in protecting the river.  Eden Rivers Trust is a charity concerned with the conservation of the River Eden and its miles of tributaries in the Eden Valley.  It relies heavily on volunteers to help with its work.  Volunteers have been involved in projects such as surveying for fish and crayfish, removing litter and invasive plants along rivers and planting trees along river banks.

Water quality is important in the Eden catchment and  Shap's new sewage works is exceptionally effective. The ERT group saw United Utilities’ state-of-the-art facilities in operation.

Water quality is important in the Eden catchment and Shap’s new sewage works is exceptionally effective. The ERT group saw United Utilities’ state-of-the-art facilities in operation.

United Utilities’ Christine Fleming said it was good to be able to show off the great work being done at Shap, which was fitted with some of the company’s most cutting-edge equipment – the membrane bio reactor (MBR).

“Shap has our only membrane bio reactor, this treats water to an extremely high standard. They’re not suitable everywhere, but it’s just what we need in Shap because the beck is particularly sensitive. We’re very proud of our plant and it was lovely to show how it works to people who share our concern for the environment,” she said.

Shap’s waste water treatment works were completely rebuilt in 2011 and reopened as the old plant was decommissioned.  Shap’s  new £13 million plant takes sewage and other waste water from the Shap area, treats it and, unlike conventional waste water treatment plants, filters the outflow through a fine membrane (equipment supplied by GE) to clean the water before it returns to Shap Beck, a tributary of the River Leith that in turn flows into the Eden, with sensitive freshwater ecology throughout. This cleaner water benefits wildlife and people.

In periods of heavy rainfall, the  plant catches the excess water that would otherwise overflow dangerous effluent into the beck, for storage in a large tank, before pumping it back to discharge safely through the MBR. 

United Utilities’ Christine Fleming said it was good to be able to show off the great work being done at Shap, which was fitted with some of the company’s most cutting-edge equipment – the membrane bio reactor (MBR) supplied by GE.

“Shap has our only membrane bio reactor, this treats water to an extremely high standard. They’re not suitable everywhere, but it’s just what we need in Shap because the beck is particularly sensitive. We’re very proud of our plant and it was lovely to show how it works to people who share our concern for the environment,” she said.

The volunteers enjoyed their very different reward and Dave Greaves, a student at Cumbria University who has helped the Trust with crayfish and fish surveys, said, “It was very interesting.  We are all “customers” of the waste water facilities but usually we never think about it!”

Joanne Backshall, Conservation Officer at Eden Rivers Trust, said, “We are so grateful to all the volunteers who have helped us this year and we wanted to give them a fun and informative outing as a thank you.  It was a fascinating visit and a real eye opener about what goes on.  There was also valuable information for us and the work we do in improving the rivers in the Eden Valley.”

The trip ended with a delicious meal at the Shap Chippy which the volunteers agreed lived up to its reputation as being one of the best in the county!

Eden Rivers Trust Volunteers celebrating a year of good conservation work at Shap's excellent Fish and Chip shop.

Eden Rivers Trust volunteers celebrating a year of good conservation work at Shap’s excellent Fish and Chip shop. Cleaner river water leads to  a healthier marine ecosystem that provides the Chippy’s succulent  fish.

You can find out more about Eden Rivers Trust from their website www.edenriverstrust.org.uk

You can read the Shap MBR case study on PDF by clicking here.

ERT is currently recruiting apprentices see article here

C. Paxton received no payment for this article.

Askham Hall Market Great Success!

Askham Hall Christmas Market's magical atmosphere, good for shopping and selling.

Askham Hall Christmas Market’s magical atmosphere was good for shopping and selling. C. Paxton photo taken on Sigma Foveon Merrill DP2.

Askham Hall Christmas Market? Brilliant! Here’s a taste. Eggsquisite decorative items from caskets to Christmas tree ornaments by Christine Kendall Crafts of The North – all crafted from egg shells, the goose eggs from her own flock at The Spruced Up Goose

By Charles Paxton

All photos by C.Paxton of www.the webcat.biz apologies to those many that I didn’t photograph. Click on the images if you wish to view them larger.
Photo sketch of Askham Christmas Market on Dec. 8th 2013

Shoppers and stall holders in the converted barn at Askham Christmas Market on Dec. 8th 2013

Preparing for Christmas may be on your minds at the moment and Christmas Markets are ideal for getting something local and distinctive! One such is Askham Hall’s Christmas Market, held in the grounds and converted barn at the C13th Hall last Sunday. Askham Hall opened to the public last year offering 13 guest rooms, restaurant and party barn it’s a high class events venue, see Askham Hall’s website for more info.  This sort of event is so good you just want it to live on!

This year there was a wider range of high quality local produce available than last, according to organiser Marie-Louisa Raeburn and there was a bigger turnout too, for the 32 local stall holders who were selling Christmas crafts and food and classic antiques. The Café sustained the merry throng with hot food and drinks. It was a cornucopia of produce from local businesses large and small.

From the number of cars it’s estimated that visitors numbered between 1,200 and 1,500. They came in a steady stream rather than a crush and were fortified by drinks and tasty snacks from the Café.

Marie-Louisa Reaburn, organiser said “We are delighted that our second Christmas Market, both outside and in our newly converted barn was such a success. A fantastic range of craft and food stalls, Santa’s grotto, hot food and mulled wine and an excellent turnout made it a fantastic day all round.”

First, let me tell you about the crafts; they ranged from the traditional to the highly contemporary, many highly distinctive: Christmas Wreaths with both aromatic and visual appeal, fragrances, haberdashery, gorgeous decorative eggs that bring Carl Faberge to mind from Christine Kendall Crafts of The North, available as caskets, standalone decorative ornaments and to hang on the Christmas tree.

Ornamental candles to brighten any Christmas from Sarah McCraig Designs

Ornamental candles to brighten any Christmas from Sarah McCraig Designs

Candles are essential for Christmas, and the lovely ornamental ones from Sarah McCraig Designs would grace any home.  Delightful pressed flower and leaf ornamented wooden boxes by Anne Riddick somehow preserved the natural colours with great vividness. There were also reasonably priced and high quality local art photographs from Rod and Pauline Ireland The Out There People in a variety of sizes to suit your space, and postcard books of Cumbrian prehistoric sites and a Prehistoric Sites Trump card game by Charles and Kimberly Paxton of thewebcat.biz.

There were fine local ceramics from  Little Bird Studio, Stuart Broadhurst Ceramics and Gwen Bainbridge Pottery and exquisite jewellery from Fire Frost, Scrappo Worko and Pendragon Crafts. All glittering under the lights and wooden beams of the barn.

More images of  the crafts follow.

Colours of pressed leaves preserved and served on wooden coasters by Anne Riddick of Crafts Of The North

Colours of pressed leaves are preserved and served on wooden coasters by Anne Riddick of Crafts Of The North

Great ribbons

Great ribbons and haberdashery

Clever and delightful ceramics from Gwen Bainbridge Pottery at Brougham Hall.

Clever and delightful ceramics from Gwen Bainbridge Pottery at Brougham Hall.

Gwen Bainbridge's designs are based upon Elizabethan fabric patterns.

Gwen Bainbridge’s designs pictured here are based upon Elizabethan fabric patterns. www.broughamhall.co.uk/our-community/pottery-studio/

Lustrous jewellery from recycled silver items by Scrappo Worko,

Lustrous jewellery from recycled silver items by Scrappo Worko,

There was a broad range of good local food and drinks too. The drinks included organic pure pressed Cumbrian Apple Juice from Al and Jane Woodstrover of Beech Tree Farm, Reagill, also Jason Hill’s popular beers from the Eden Brewery at Brougham Hall, and for harder stuff, Bedrock Gin and Standing Stones Vodka from Vince Wilkins’ Spirit of the Lakes.  Bet you didn’t know that Cumbria has its own gin and vodka distillery! As always  drink responsibly.

Stocking fillers - Cumbrian prehistoric sites card games and organic Cumbrian apple juice will be just some of the local produce available at The Invisible Orchard this Saturday, 14th Dec.

Stocking fillers – Cumbrian prehistoric sites card games and apple rings from TheWebCat.biz and organic Cumbrian apple juice from Beech Tree Farm, Reagill.

Bedrock Gin and Satnding Stones Vodka by Spirit of The Lakes.

Bedrock Gin and Standing Stones Vodka by Spirit of The Lakes.
Those of legal drinking age see their site http://www.bedrockgin.co.uk/

Great local beers from Jason Hill's Eden Brewery of Brougham Hall.

Great local beers from Jason Hill’s Eden Brewery of Brougham Hall.

High quality foods included tasty chocolates and Fudge, Northern Fells’ reared venison and beef from Deer ‘n Dexter, Free range poultry from Knipey’s Heartwood Poultry (you’ve got to love his hat!), choice baked goods from Country Fare and Nana Day, Bessy Beck’s awesome Smoked Trout and the formidably delicious Winter Tarn Cheese. Even the offering for breakfasts was top-notch with Rachael’s Kitchen Granola and Dalemain Marmalade.

Good condiments are absolutely essential for festive feeding and with Elliot’s Chutneys and Mr.Vikki’s extremely yummy spicy piccalillis at your elbow, those turkey left-overs will be a delight rather than a chore!

Flavourful cheeses from Winter Tarn organic cheese specialists, fine stilton

Flavourful cheeses from Winter Tarn fine and organic cheese specialists, fine stilton and Withnail Blue

Happy free range poultry makes for tasty dinners! Mr. Knipey pictured here in a comical hat, has a good selection.

There’s no mystery about it – happy free range poultry makes for tasty dinners! Mr. Knipey has a good selection from Tebay in the Orton Valley.

Fresh and smoked trout from Bessy Beck's fresh waters in the Orton Valley!

Fantastic Cumbrian  fresh and smoked trout from Bessy Beck‘s fresh waters in the Orton Valley!

Elliott's Chutneys and Picalilli.

“It was a really good day” Lots of people reach for Elliott’s Chutneys and Piccalilli as great condiments for their meals.

Local baked goods for all the family from Dalefoot Bakery!

Local baked goods for all the family from Country Fare! http://www.countryfare.co.uk

It's all about good taste. fine baked goods from Becky Day's Nana Days  call 07572 404400

It’s all about good taste. fine baked goods from Becky Day’s Nana Days – call 07572 404400

Award-winning, tasty, hot and spicy condiments from Mr. Vikki.

Award-winning, tasty, hot and spicy condiments from Mr. Vikki.

Dalemain's award-winning marmalade! Need I say more?

Dalemain’s award-winning marmalade! Treat your tongue to some, you won’t regret it.

Another treat for the breakfast table! Rachael's premium granola is packed with good grains, seeds and dried fruits. Good flavour , texture and micro-nutrients abound!

Another treat for the breakfast table! Rachael’s kitchen premium granola is packed with good grains, seeds and dried fruits. Good flavour , texture and micro-nutrients abound!

Scrummy Vanilla Fudge from Loopy Lisa.

Scrummy Vanilla Fudge from Loopy Lisa. Bags of taste and bags of awards! 

After the festive feeding and partying it only remains to make a date in your new diaries for next year’s Askham Christmas Market, it will be Sunday December 7th 2014!

NB. Charles Paxton received no remuneration for writing this article, but he did gain from selling his goods at the market and accrued experience with his new camera.