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

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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.

Autumn’s Carlisle Toy Fair, September 28th

a classic model train in motion at Carlisle Toy Fair 2014

There’ll be classic, vintage and new trains, planes, trucks, tanks, dolls, soft toys, movie and TV memorabilia, posters and games at Carlisle’s Autumn Toy Fair on Sunday, September 28, 2014

By Charles Paxton

Cumbria’s largest toy fair will return to Carlisle’s H&H Convention Centre on Sunday September 28th for the second time in 2014. The fair is biannual and now’s the chance to admire, buy, swap or sell the toys, models, figures and games of years past in preparation for Christmas.

This time you can purchase Early Bird tickets and thus get in before the main opening! See Carlisle Toy Fair website for all the latest information!

The March 2014 Fair was the best attended yet, and there’ll be a host of new and familiar trader stalls again for the September fair which promises new treasures of the toy boxes and cabinets of northern Britain!

Enthusiasts exchange specialist knowledge at Carlisle Toy Fair

Talk to knowledgeable enthusiasts at the displays !

Whether you are into Daleks or dolls, light sabres or light railway locomotives, there’s a huge range of models, figures and toys.  There are also display cabinets for your treasures. When hunger strikes or you need to rest your feet a while there’s great food at the H&H centre’s Borderway Cafe. There you can refresh yourselves while you talk toys together, admire your prized purchases or just reflect on all the amazing things you’ve seen and what you’ll be seeing next.

Model cars and trucks and much more , Carlisle Toy Fair is an ideal hunting ground for for collectors and Christmas shoppers alike.

Model cars and trucks and much more , Carlisle Toy Fair is an ideal hunting ground for for collectors and Christmas shoppers alike.

There are interesting displays every time. At the March ’14 toy fair we saw Meccano robotic magicians and an enormous crane courtesy of the North East Meccano Society. Please don’t be shy to ask questions about the things you like because there are mavens here from northern Britain who are happy to impart their considerable knowledge to fellow model and toy-lovers regardless of your own passion, whether it be railways, military vehicles, diggers, tractors, rockets, board games or soft-toys.

Joe Etheridge, North East Meccano Society President with The Meccano Wizard which performs robotic magic tricks!

Joe Etheridge, North East Meccano Society President with The Meccano Wizard which performs robotic magic tricks!

Daleks and steam engines, there's a wide range of models and toys at Carlisle Toy Fair to suit varied tastes.

Daleks and steam engines, there’s a wide range of models and toys at Carlisle Toy Fair to suit varied tastes.

Carlisle Toy Fair organizer, Alan Gunston of AG Collectibles displaying his increasingly popular poster art work at the March 2014 Carlisle Toy Fair.  Alan's love of trains and bridges is conveyed in his atmospheric fine art poster prints on railway themes!

Carlisle Toy Fair organizer, Alan Gunston of AG Collectibles displaying his increasingly popular poster art work at the March 2014 Carlisle Toy Fair. Alan’s love of trains and bridges is conveyed in his atmospheric fine art poster prints on railway themes!

Come to Britrocks Music Festival, Saturday 13th Sept. 2 pm to 7 pm at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, Gretna

The Britrocks Festival Website Image

Click The Image To Visit The Britrocks Festival Website

According to a message from Rory Stewart MP and Hands Across The Border, this Saturday at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, Gretna, behind the Old Toll House DG16 5JD. you will be welcome to join the free Britrocks Music Festival, bring a picnic and enjoy some great music. See the Britrocks web page .

The Cairn is now the focal point for people who want a united Britain.

In his latest letter Rory says:

“Dear Friends of Hands Across the Border,

We are 6 days away from a decision which could quite simply destroy our country. We cannot let a country that our ancestors sacrificed for so long to build, simply drift away through apathy, complacency and indifference. Instead, let us prove that when our country was at threat, our citizens were still prepared to stand and work together.

The event will be preceded by poetry readings at one o’clock from our especially commissioned poets: Charlotte Higgins and Magnus Dixon. Charlotte won the poetry society’s 2011 competition and has written a remarkable poem about the cairn. At just thirteen years old Magnus was named the 2013 Foyles Young Poet of the Year. He will read about his identity as a Scot and the referendum.This Saturday, we will gather English, Welsh, Irish and Scots, young and old, in solidarity –with optimism, showing, by our presence at the cairn, what a family of nations can mean.

Then at two o’clock we will host the extraordinary BRITROCKS! free music festival.  We will hear everything from Afro-Jazz act the Waaw Waaws based in Edinburgh to the Opera singer Millie Underwood reflecting the diversity of our union. Other acts include The Alleys, Robby Boyd, Reuben Loftus and Christian Moss.  Take a look at the BRIT ROCKS! website (http://www.britrocks.org/) to find out more details.

Please join us.  Be a cairn-builder. Be a builder of the Union.

Very best wishes, and I very much hope to see you  there,

Rory

Also Rory Stewart MP says:

“on Wednesday 17th, the night before the vote, we will be lighting a ‘Beacon for Britain’ at the Cairn. Everyone is also welcome to join us for our candle-lit vigil from 8 until 10 pm on the night of the 18th as we await the result of the referendum after polls have closed.

Let us unite and save our country!

Very best wishes,

Rory

P.S. Here are some thoughts on the strength and flexibility of Scottish identity: http://bit.ly/1rScf2j

‘Music for a Summer Evening’, 17th May at 4.30pm, Phoenix Strings at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute, site of a Big Breakfast event

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

 

The Phoenix String Orchestra

‘Music for a Summer Evening’

 

Saturday, 17th May

at 4.30pm

 

Tickets in advance:  £10-00; £5-00 for 5-11 year olds

Please ring Jane Owen:  01931 715 570

Alex Barbour:  01931 716 001

 

Proceeds will go to St. Lawence Church and Crosby Ravensworth and Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.

 

Pimms, soft drinks and nibbles are included in the ticket price and will be available during the interval.

 

Phoenix Strings was established on the Fylde coast in 2007, they will play light classical music and popular favourites.The Orchestra is proud to support charities, local initiatives and good causes.  John Foster,musical director and conductor, is known both as a performer and teacher throughout Britain and the USA.

 

For more information:  www. phoenixstrings.com

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.

Classic Models and Toys at Carlisle Toy Fair on March 23rd 2014

Alan Gunston, Carlisle Toy Fair Organiser, loves the models, the trade and the talk.

Alan Gunston, Carlisle Toy Fair Organiser, loves the models, the trade and the talk.

There will be treasure-trove of classic models, toys, figures and games on display and for sale at Carlisle’s Toy Fair on Sunday March 23rd at Carlisle’s H&H Borderway Exhibition centre, at Rosehill,  accessible just off the M6 at junction 43.  This biannual  event is Cumbria’s largest toy fair and it draws enthusiasts from far and wide. For collectors it presents an opportunity to seek particular treasures, for the rest of us serendipitous chance to find the kinds of toys that we always wanted (or wanted more of) and a reunion with the things we may have wrecked or lost as children. For parents it is an opportunity to find something special for birthdays or Christmas. Die-cast military, civilian and agricultural vehicles are available in various conditions from mint boxed to battered veterans of the sand-pit.  All the big names in models are there: classic Dinky,Corgi, Matchbox, Hornby, Mecanno, Triang, Britains, Bassett-Lowke and more besides.  Many of the traders are happy to chat about their wares and tell you the historical background of a particular model or toy. Furthermore there’ll also be display cabinet trade stands so you can protect and show-case your collections!

Overview of Carlisle Toy Fair

Overview of Carlisle Toy Fair

Entry is just £2.50 for adults and 50p for children under 10. There’s free parking on site and plenty to see and a lot of expertise gathered under one roof and for refreshments there’s a very good cafe with a range of tasty snacks and drinks.

Classic clockwork train set at Carlisle Toy Fair

Train enthusiasts will find much to delight them! This one, run by clockwork is a good example.

Talking toys, buying, selling and swapping. It's all great fun.

Talking toys, buying, selling and swapping. It’s all great fun.

People discussing toys at Carlisle Toy Fair

Exchanging information is a large part of the fun!

There'll even be two display cabinet traders at this Carlisle Toy Fair, so you can organise and showcase your treasures!

There’ll even be two display cabinet traders at this Carlisle Toy Fair, so you can organise and showcase your treasures!

You can find full details on The Carlisle Toy Fair official website.

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

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.

Christmas Market at Askham Hall, Sunday 8th December 11am to 4pm

Christmas tree decorations

Prepare for Christmas at Askham Hall Christmas Market

Askham Hall’s Christmas Market is firmly in our sights this Sunday! It’s hard to imagine a nicer venue for a market than the grounds of a lovely old stately home like this. The event will be held in the open air and the converted barn from eleven until four, and there’ll be a wide range of locally made produce on offer at reasonable prices including:

  • locally sourced food and drinks,
  • locally made arts and crafts suitable for gifts,
  • Christmas wreaths and other decorations

Just what we need for our Christmas preparations.

Children will be excited at the prospect of meeting Santa Claus. Yes, Father Christmas will be coming and if you want to meet the old gentleman, this is the place to be on Sunday.

There’s free parking for market shoppers and Askham Hall’s cafe will be serving lunch, mince pies and mulled wine.

For more information click here to see Askham Hall’s  website.

Click here for Askham Hall on Facebook

 

 

The author Charles Paxton has received no financial inducement for writing this feature, but he will be doing some Christmas shopping here and he will be offering for sale the new Prehistoric Sites of Cumbria Trump Card packs, great stocking stuffers at the 2013 Askham Hall Christmas Market!

Things to do in September: Cumbria’s largest Toy Fair On Sept 29th in Carlisle

There is always a great variety of model vehicles and figures at Carlisle's biannual Toy Fair.

There is always a great variety of model vehicles and figures at Carlisle’s biannual Toy Fair.

Consider visiting Carlisle Toy Fair this year. It could be a very nice day out whether you are an avid toy collector, want to indulge your nostalgia for beloved toys and models that you used to have, or if you’re just looking for something a bit special for someone’s stocking this Christmas.

Or perhaps you have something taking up space and gathering dust in your attic that you’d like to swap or sell? You could also make a useful sum of cash from the contents of your old toy box, especially if you were the kind of child who didn’t put too many dents in your Dinky vehicles or your Hornby locomotives, or give your Action man a Viking funeral.  The chances are reasonably good that someone would be very happy to play with or simply treasure your old toys.

The Carlisle Toy Fair is one of the biggest events in the Northwest for buying, swapping and selling toys. It’s held twice a year in the historic city of Carlisle, bringing together stall holders and toy / model collectors from the North of England, Scotland and the Borders. The railways have always been important to Carlisle and there are always a nice selection of model trains and accessories at the toy fair. Enthusiasts can also explore a range of high quality, collectable vintage and current models, figures and diorama backgrounds in the H&H Borderway Exhibition Hall at Rosehill, Carlisle.  Find the Hall just off the M6 junction 43, set your Sat Nav to Borderway Centre, CA1 2RS. The fair opens to all at 10.30 am, stall holders can set up from 07.30.

For more details plus information for stall holders, please see the Carlisle Toy Fair website.

Treasured toys await your discovery!