Additional stall space made available for next Sunday’s Toy Fair in Carlisle. Time to clear your attic and share the joy?
by Charles Paxton
Carlisle Toy Fair organiser Alan Gunston is having such a positive response to table bookings that they have decided to open up more space near the cafeteria area, offering would-be stallholders the chance to be there to sell, buy or swap a few yards further down from the main hall.
Carlisle Toy Fair offers classic, vintage and new trains. planes, trucks, tanks, dolls, soft toys, movie and TV memorabilia, posters, games and more besides.
So if any reader is interested in running a stall at Carlisle Toy Fair on Sunday March 15th enquiries are still being taken on 07855 289271. See carlisletoyfair.com for details.
Charles Paxton manages the Carlisle Toy Fair website for profit.
Local children designed the information signs beside Maulds Meaburn’s Salmon ladder at the Lyvennet Weir, and today’s news release from The Environment Agency (8th December 2014) will be greeted with excitement by young and old in the Eden Valley, Cumbria.
According to the release, over 20 Atlantic Salmon spawning sites or redds as they are known, were documented this week along the stretch of river that was improved by Eden Rivers Trust (ERT) earlier this year in a joint project to naturalise the course of the Lyvennet river.
This highly ambitious groundwork project restored straightened parts of the Lyvennet and Howe Beck back to a natural meandering state, for benefits to people and wildlife (See related article). The project is already reaping great success with over 20 salmon redds seen this week in the restored reach of the Lyvennet river at Maulds Meaburn.
The Atlantic Salmon had completed one of the most iconic migrations in the natural world, they travelled to the rich feeding grounds of Iceland and Greenland, before journeying some 3000 km home to the becks of their birth to become parents themselves!
The Lyvennet river channel was originally straightened for land management purposes and the increased energy in the river water leads to the river removing the smaller gravels necessary to support spawning. Furthermore, the lack of bends, associated scour and natural features, prevented the formation of vital pool and riffle habitats for a range of wildlife to thrive.
Reinstating the river back to its natural state has brought multiple benefits, including creating larger, diverse habitats for plants and animals to flourish. More natural, meandering rivers also help alleviate flood risk by slowing the flow of the river, and reducing bottle necks. This can delay both the height and timing of flood flows, benefiting communities downstream, without increasing flood risk upstream.
The Lyvennet scheme is part of a wider Cumbrian River Restoration Strategy that is tasked with restoring rivers back to a more natural condition, made possible by a partnership between the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Rivers Trusts across the county.
It is part of an ambitious package of significant restoration projects being delivered in the UK right now which all deliver improvements for ecology, habitat and local residents.
Charles Lowther, landowner at Barnskew and Meaburn Hall at Maulds Meaburn, said:
“Hopefully this scheme along with the other excellent work Eden Rivers Trust is doing will help reverse the trend of decline in spawning salmon in the river Eden.
“It has been amazing to see the river Lyvennet transformed in such a short space of time and to have evidence of spawning so soon after the restoration is fantastic news and confirmation that this improvement in habitat has measurable results. We, the community in the area, are very proud of what ERT have achieved and wish to thank them very much.”
Simon Johnson, Director Eden Rivers Trust, said,
“The welcome return of spawning salmon to this section of restored river is wonderful news. Key to the success of the project has been the close co-operation and support we have received from farmers, landowners and partners.
However, we should remember that Eden salmon populations are in a state of decline. This project is part of ERT’s Saving Eden Strategy which will help to conserve this iconic species for future generations”.
Ben Bayliss, Environment Agency Programme Manager, said:
“It is fantastic news that following our river restoration project, already Atlantic Salmon have been recorded in the reach building redds.
However, while improving the river environment will help to improve salmon stocks, it is not enough on its own and we need to work together with anglers so we can review measures that would increase the number of salmon surviving to spawn.”
In early 2015, ERT will be organising a community tour of the restored reach of the Lyvennet including an opportunity to plant riverside trees. See www.edenriverstrust.org.uk for future announcements!
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Here’s the invitation poster for the next Healthwatch Eden District meeting, to be held on Tuesday 18th November 2014 at The Parish Rooms, St Andrews Churchyard, Penrith with tea/coffee available from 9.45am, and the meeting will be from 10am to 12 noon.
Healthwatch exists to champion the views of patients and people who use health and social care in Cumbria with a view to improving services and health and well-being where possible.
Do please share this invitation with others, when the opportunity arises, as we are especially keen to have more members of the public to come along to share their experiences and to learn about the work of the organisations that will be in attendance.
Join Cumbria Rural Women’s Growth Network and Paul Teague for a free ‘Time Management Skills for Social Media’ workshop, 21st October 10am to 4pm, Appleby Growth Hub, Appleby.
Title: Time Management Skills For Social Media
Description: This one day introductory session is suitable for beginners to social media time management. Cumbrian internet marketer Paul Teague will show you how to manage your time on social media better by combining a clear social media strategy with some superb time management tools.
The day will be jam-packed with practical tips, techniques and tools to help you to manage time spent on social media much more effectively.
Content covered during this beginner-friendly training:
- Setting targets: determining why you are using social media
- Developing a time management strategy for social media
- The hazards of always-on notifications and how to manage them
- Effective content curation and useful tools
- The benefits of using editorial calendars
- Listening/automation/scheduling and measuring in social media
- Some time management basics and great resources
- A look at some of the free tools that you can use for effective social media management
- Speed Dial
PLUS Ask any questions that you want to in order to help focus your time better when dealing with social media
Note: Laptops and mains leads essential (we’ll provide the mains extension cables). Please do not use tablets as you will often encounter technical restrictions if you do so.
To book your place(s) on this free event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 226 0040.
Cumbria Rural Women’s Growth Network is part of the Cumbria Business Growth Hub aiming to help businesses in Cumbria unleash their potential. It is an exciting community for professional women based in Rural Cumbria to connect, contribute and grow. Whether employed or a business owner, being a part of the Rural Women’s Enterprise is where you want to be. To find out how you can be involved and start benefitting, have a look online at http://www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk/ or join us on LinkedIn Cumbria Rural Women’s’ Growth Network or on Twitter @CumbriaWomenHub
Due to four unavoidable cancellations there are 4 places available for this Friday morning’s Photoshop workshop at Westmorland – please let Catherynn Dunstan know if you would like a place asap.
‘Using Adobe Photoshop’ Workshop
Westmorland Hotel Tebay – 10am to 1pm Friday 10th October
The workshop is aimed at a beginners level.
Cameras don’t ‘see’ how we see so sometimes, looking at our images after, they don’t look how we remembered. We can use PhotoShop to compensate for the cameras limitations and adjust the image accordingly.
- The difference between RAW and jpgs
- RAW image proccessing
- Basic editing techniques using Levels, Curves, Hue and Saturation, Colour Balance, Shadows and Highlights
- Cloning and Healing,
- Basic use of Layers
- Cropping and Resizing
- Sharpening for web and for print
- Saving for web and for print
To book your place/s on this free workshop please email email@example.com call 0845 226 0040.
Cumbria Rural Women’s Growth Network is part of the Cumbria Business Growth Hub aiming to help businesses in Cumbria unleash their potential. It is an exciting community for professional women based in Rural Cumbria to connect, contribute and grow. Whether employed or a business owner, being a part of the Rural Women’s Enterprise is where you want to be. To find out how you can be involved and start benefitting, have a look online at www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk or join us on LinkedIn Cumbria Rural Women’s’ Growth Network or on Twitter @CumbriaWomenHub
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Fancy getting stuck in to some historical research? Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery is currently recruiting volunteers across Cumbria for an ambitious new project running from October to December this year.
Mary Ferguson says “We’re looking for volunteers to research daily life and industry in Cumbria 100 years ago and respond creatively, documenting 24 hours across the county in 1914. A day in 1914 will be published online, alongside a contemporary timeline charting life in the county today. Highlights of the 1914 project will be showcased at an exhibition in Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery at the end of November.
If you’re interested in taking part in a county-wide project that links 1914 with contemporary life in Cumbria, this could be the opportunity for you.
You’ll need to commit one day a week for eight weeks. In return, you’ll receive training at local museums, libraries and archives. You’ll get the chance to develop and use your historical research skills, learn how to digitise artefacts and inspire others by sharing your findings in creative ways.”
Visit http://treasuresofcumbria.org.uk/article/a-day-in-1914 or contact Mary Ferguson, project coordinator on 01228 618778 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Treasures of Cumbria Co-ordinator
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust Limited
Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP
Mob: 07557 414309 Tel: 01228 618778