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  • Family firm scoops award

    A FAMILY-RUN Lakes business is celebrating after scooping a top industry award. Ambleside-based Stewart R. Cunningham Outdoor Centres struck gold in the Go Outdoors Retailer of the Year competition. The firm's store at Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia was acclaimed

  • The Way I See It by Dennis Aris

    THE loss of 400 jobs at GlaxoSmithKline's Ulverston plant seems to be largely because the company can have a key antibiotic produced cheaper in Asia. Perhaps it is time to hit back at all this sub-contracting overseas. Why not turn the soon-to-be defunct

  • Army helps out

    THE Army cadet force hopes to set up a new detachment to give young people in Milnthorpe and the surrounding area more to do in their spare time. An open day and recruitment event is being held at Milnthorpe community centre at Dallam School on Saturday

  • New pool manager dives in

    THE manager of a state-of-the art leisure centre in Grange-over-Sands has taken up his post and is itching to dive in at the deep end - just as soon as the building is completed. Standing on site among the noise and dust, the centre's general manager,

  • Job losses at shoe factory

    VOLUNTARY redundancies are being sought at K Shoes in Kendal after shoe-makers Clarks announced it was looking to shed 15 jobs. Julie Townshend, of Clarks, said fewer international orders meant there was not enough work for all the employees. Jobs will

  • Energy efficient

    STREET lighting in Carnforth is helping Lancashire County Council slash its greenhouse gas emissions. As part of a pledge to reduce its use of fossil fuels, all 136,000 street lights provided by the council across Lancashire - including those in the north

  • Housing starts halved in Lakes

    FEARS about building industry jobs being lost, soaring house prices and millions of pounds being sucked from the local economy have been voiced by planners and developers in the light of revelations that the number of properties to be built in South Lakeland

  • New transport project to link isolated communities

    RURAL South Lakeland residents stranded by patchy bus services are being offered an alternative form of public transport as the 'Rural Wheels' pilot project hits the road. The £200,000 experimental project aims to provide a door-to-door service for rural

  • Scheme targets sewage in Duddon Estuary

    A SCHEME designed to reduce the occurrence of untreated sewage overflowing into the Duddon Estuary has been given the go-ahead by planners. Members of Cumbria County Council's development control and regulation committee agreed to the construction of

  • Police issue warning about car theives

    CAR thieves went on a spree, attacking at least five cars in the Ambleside area before eventually stealing one. The culprits smashed the quarter-light window on a Rover 213 parked on Lake Road, and tampered with the steering column sometime between 9.30pm

  • Furness calendar is out

    AN OFFICIAL calendar for 2003 featuring well-known views in the area has been produced by Barrow Borough Council. The calendar includes pictures of Furness Abbey, Barrow Town Hall, Walney Channel and Piel Island, with many of the them being contributed

  • Cheats net £ 28,000

    BENEFIT cheats are costing Eden tax-payers tens of thousands of pounds. False housing benefit claims and non-declaration of earnings were found to be the most common types of fraud in a report by Eden District Council's Benefits Investigation Team. EDC's

  • Ford Park goes ahead

    THE first stages of a £1.5 million project to revamp Ford Park, in Ulverston, have been completed, reports Zaoe Casson. In February, the Ford Park Community Group put together plans to transform the grounds of the former school. The list included two

  • First class honour

    FORMER Queen Elizabeth School head girl Angela Mason, of High Biggins, Kirkby Lonsdale, has graduated with first class honours from her BSc business studies course at Lancaster University. Angela, who acted as the student representative on her course

  • Canal walk challenge turns into charity trek

    MOST of their Kirkby Lonsdale friends are convinced that they won't make it but that hasn't deterred three pals from embarking on a 127-mile charity trek, reports Michaela Robinson-Tate. Graham Curtin, 32, and Richard Day and Andrew Wilkinson, both 52

  • MoD deny fly overs are war training

    NOTICEABLE increases in the numbers of fighter jets on exercise in the skies over the Lake District have been attributed to better flying conditions, rather than pilots preparing for military action in the Middle East. The RAF claimed September' s clearer

  • Canal walk challenge turns to charity trek

    MOST of their Kirkby Lonsdale friends are convinced that they won't make it but that hasn't deterred three pals from embarking on a 127-mile charity trek, reports Michaela Robinson-Tate. Graham Curtin, 32, and Richard Day and Andrew Wilkinson, both 52

  • Power cut snarl-up

    RUSH hour traffic ground to a halt in Kendal town centre yesterday (Thursday) following a Wednesday night power cut. Traffic lights failed after an overhead line caused a power failure in the Blackhall Road area of town and electricity bosses have apologised

  • Go organic, go Rheged

    AN OPEN day to raise awareness about organic farming is to be held at the Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith, on Sunday, October 13. Cumbria Organic Gardeners and Farmers and Cumbria Organic are joining forces to host the Go Organic day offering workshops

  • Go organic at Rheged

    AN OPEN day to raise awareness about organic farming is to be held at the Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith, on Sunday, October 13. Cumbria Organic Gardeners and Farmers and Cumbria Organic are joining forces to host the Go Organic day offering workshops

  • From breeding to butchering all close to home

    Few farmers can boast that their animals are bred, reared and butchered within a few miles of home - but that is what Tony Woods hopes will keep him farming, writes Justin Hawkins. On the lush field of Abbotts Reading farm in the Rusland Valley, Tony

  • Football: New boys Vics shake league champions

    FIRST Division new boys Victoria SC displayed fine team spirit to hold reigning champions Wetheriggs United to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, depriving the Penrith-based side of two precious points in the bid to keep their title. Vics might even have sneaked

  • Judo: Fighting for NW squad places

    KENDAL Judo Club's juniors were on top form last weekend in the North West Area Closed Tournament for under 18-year-olds at Sutton Leisure Centre. Watched by the area team manager, not only medals but places on the North West Area Squad were at stake.

  • Touchline Talk with the Coach

    'This was the "game of two halves" of the Association Football clich. After 50 minutes - at 30 points to 10 down - we had hardly had the ball or mounted an attack that went more than two phases. Esher were playing with pace, width and inventiveness and

  • Rallying:Stage title battle brewing

    WITH four rounds of the Kirkby Lonsdale Stage Rally Championship sponsored by ProPrep to go, things are hotting up with just one point separating Kendal's Dave Thwaites and Scorton's Darren Atkinson. In the co-drivers standings Derek Bateson has a seven-point

  • Hockey: Hotshot victory

    KENDAL Ladies found their scoring touch after a goalless first half to run out 4-1 winners over Penrith in the Cumbria League on Sunday. Numerous chances at short corners went begging for Kendal on the Queen Katherine School pitch before the interval.

  • Free course

    A FREE alcohol and drug awareness course takes place at St Martin's College, Ambleside on Monday and Thursday (Oct 7 and 10). Run by the Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service, the course is aimed at those wishing to know more about the problem. CADAS

  • Helping hand for ballonists

    THERE was an unusual spectacle over Windermere this week when a hot air balloon on a pleasure trip got a tow from an unexpected source. Fascinated spectators watched as the balloon flew over the lake where it appeared to slow almost to a stop, before

  • School celebrates Golden Jubilee

    HUNDREDS of people are expected to take part in a Kendal primary school's Golden Jubilee celebrations, reports Lisa Frascarelli. The PTA of Ghyllside Primary School has planned an ambitious schedule to mark the 50-year milestone on Tuesday (October 8)

  • Harrier cast in supporting role

    RUNNING with both arms in plaster, last years winner, Steve Murdock from Border Harriers, still managed to still take second place in this year's Cautley ten-mile road race. Improving on his last year's time he was narrowly beaten over the undulating

  • Flying the flag

    A JAPANESE mark-eting officer has flown home after spending two years in the Lake District helping to promote its finest features to Far East holidaymakers. Ayako Suzuki (pictured) worked at English Lakes Hotels to further enhance its profile in her home-land

  • Collins puts transportation on conference agenda

    SOUTH Lakes MP Tim Collins is to give a keynote transport speech to delegates and television viewers across the country at this year's Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth on Monday. Mr Collins, who was made Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

  • New marketing position for towns

    COUNCIL officers are putting the finishing touches to a bid for funding to enable a project officer to be taken on to revitalise the market towns of Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness. Windermere Parish Council chairman Adrian Faulkner said that a report

  • New audio guides installed

    AUDIO guides have been introduced for visitors to Brantwood, the former home of Victorian artist and social commentator John Ruskin. The guides were recorded and processed at Brantwood using the latest technology, and they cost £1 plus £ 10 deposit. Guides

  • Housing dilemma affects us all

    THE dilemma over whether to encourage or dissuade house builders from plying their trade in the Lake District and immediately beyond is one that will impact on every man, woman and child with an interest in the region. According to the current structure

  • Arrests made in child porn probe

    AN INTERNATIONAL child-porn probe has lead to three arrests, including some in Morecambe. Police executed three warrants on the Fylde Coast and locally early last Thursday morning. They follow an FBI investigation into illegal websites in the USA. Computer

  • Teddies head for fair

    CUDDLY friends of all shapes and sizes will descend on Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, next weekend as the historic home hosts a teddy bear fair. More than 30 exhibitors from across the country are expected to take part in the event, now in its third year

  • Developers offer land for free

    DEVELOPERS have offered to let Carnforth Town Council have a piece of land at no purchase cost. Richard Colley, project designer with Shepherd Homes, which recently won planning permission to build 46 homes on the Old Coal Yard site, attended the latest

  • Victim offers reward

    A REWARD of £1,000 has been offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to the prosecution of thieves who stole distinctive military memorabilia. Andrew Doyle, of 8 Broadfield, Troutbeck Bridge, has put up the financial incentive to help

  • Special act requires new licence

    A FUND-RAISING variety night planned for Kendal Town Hall had a sudden change of venue when it was discovered that one of the acts needed a special licence. The event went ahead at Kendal Cricket Club and raised £224 for meningitis research, writes Helen

  • Council tax rise fears grow

    STEEP Council Tax increases coupled with cuts to services, including policing, could be rolled out across the region following a Government funding shake-up, reports Victoria Clark. Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council have both

  • Teacher suspended over 'child protection'

    A SOUTH Lakeland teacher has been suspended in connection with what Cumbria County Council has called 'child protection matters.' Parents of pupils at The Lakes School at Troutbeck Bridge are being informed of the suspension of teacher Chris Bench. The

  • MoD deny jets are training for war

    NOTICEABLE increases in the numbers of fighter jets on exercise in the skies over the Lake District have been attributed to better flying conditions, rather than pilots preparing for military action in the Middle East. The RAF claimed September's clearer

  • Town will survive major layoffs

    THE Furness economy would be hit hard if the proposed 400 job losses went ahead at Ulverston's drug making factory but it would survive, according to the head of the area's development agency. Chief executive of Furness Enterprise Harry Knowles said if

  • Traders need to dress up store fronts

    Bloom judges are calling on even more Kendal traders to decorate their shop fronts with floral displays next year, reports Rachel Kitchen. Judges who toured Kendal during this year's Cumbria in Bloom competition were particularly impressed by private

  • Village plans future

    RESIDENTS of Nether Kellet are being urged to take part in an event that could have a major influence on how the village develops over the next ten years and beyond. A 'visioning exercise' is taking place in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 10.30am

  • Victim offers reward

    A REWARD of £1,000 has been offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to the prosecution of thieves who stole distinctive military memorabilia. Andrew Doyle, of 8 Broadfield, Troutbeck Bridge, has put up the financial incentive to help

  • Broughton goes for village of the year

    THE village of Broughton-in-Furness is to represent Cumbria in a national competition and could see the community scoop a top prize of £6,000. The village, along with Alston in the north-east of the county, has been chosen to take part in the Calor village

  • Fees may spark care rejection

    CHARGES for home care have begun across the region this week - hitting sick, elderly and disabled people with means-tested bills of up to £150 per week. The new £ 10-per-hour charge for the service, which was previously free to all users, has provoked

  • Villagers angry at new neighbours

    DOZENS of residents from a north Lancashire village have expressed anger at what they claim was a lack of consultation over a special residential school's plans to move youngsters into their rural community. Nether Kellet's Old School Room was packed

  • 'Good start' at mart

    FARMERS from Penrith and the Eden Valley have begun trading at the former Penrith Farmers' and Kidds auction mart after raising around £1million to take over the business. Andrew Sayer, of Hackthorpe, who is part of the management team of the new Penrith

  • Hostel revamp hopes

    Residents and business owners heard a minimum £ 175,000 revamp of an Eden village youth hostel would ensure its future was viable and would save it from closure, reports Victoria Clark. But Dufton villagers were warned that if money for the makeover could

  • Police issue warning about car thieves

    CAR thieves went on a spree, attacking at least five cars in the Ambleside area before eventually stealing one. The culprits smashed the quarter-light window on a Rover 213 parked on Lake Road, and tampered with the steering column sometime between 9.30pm

  • No need to panic...

    COASTAL homeowners are being urged not to panic over predicted high tides. The environment Agency says an 'astronomical tide' - caused by the alignment of the sun, moon and earth - is expected to cause the high tide level to rise from seven to 10.2 metres

  • Canal walk for charity

    MOST of their Kirkby Lonsdale friends are convinced that they won't make it but that hasn't deterred three pals from embarking on a 127-mile charity trek, reports Michaela Robinson-Tate. Graham Curtin, 32, and Richard Day and Andrew Wilkinson, both 52

  • Calling all R&B fans

    AS the winter nights draw in, cuddle down to the sounds of R&B. Sexy grooves, smooth bass lines and sultry vocals make R&B the perfect sound track for those mellow moments. Get Ur Freak On brings together all the sexiest, smoothest and raunchiest

  • Checkout

    What's in the shops this weekend with the emphasis, where possible, on locally produced, seasonal and speciality foods. Kendal Foodhall: Range of Cranstons sausages from £1.97 per 1/2 kilo including 'tomato', ' Cumberland', 'turkey & cranberry' and

  • Food biggest expense

    SIR, I couldn't agree more with your item on food shopping prices in Windermere and Ambleside compared to Kendal (Gazette, September 27, 'Food costs more in tourism area'). Retired young to write on a low income, I cycle to Kendal for most of my food

  • From Our Files

    25 Years Ago-October 7, 1977 CUMBRIA bus companies face a " horrific" dilemma if the Common Market rules governing drivers' hours are introduced on January 1, warned a county council on Wednesday. Unless the Community gives us more time to introduce new

  • Culling policy may have been in vain

    DRAFT findings from European Parliament's inquiry into the foot-and-mouth epidemic last year claim that the controversial contiguous culling policy which saw millions of animals slaughtered may have been in vain. Back in February, the European Parliament's

  • Football: Key men missing

    WITH a blank fixture tomorrow (Saturday), Kendal Town boss Peter Smith will have a chance to collect his thoughts after witnessing his side being comprehensively beaten by a rampant Chorley side on Tuesday evening. The late arrival of striker Ian Simpson

  • Rugby:Down to last drop

    Kendal 23-Donaster 35. FOR FLAIR, Kendal had the clear beating of Doncaster on Saturday, but it was not enough to secure a first victory of the season on home soil in National League 2, writes Richard Daniels. Doncaster's heavier, well-drilled forwards

  • Superbikes: Riding high

    JUST 11-year-old yet lapping the circuits at over 70mph on his Aprilia 125, Joel Noon has already set his sights on being a World Superbike star of the future. Joel, of High Reston farm, Ings, started in Motocross at the age of six and during the past

  • Cyclo-cross: Record three peaks ride

    ROB Jebb carved four minutes off the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross record when the Staveley-based rider recorded his second consecutive victory in the event, which was not held last year because of foot and mouth. Jebb, aged 27, racing for Team Ronhill in unusually

  • Swimming: High standard despite loss of key swimmer

    DESPITE missing key swimmers due to a clash in competition dates, Kendal Swimming Club championship gala produced excellent results. In the junior ranks the 10-year-olds provided some star swims in 25m butterfly. The girls final saw Bethany Fleetwood

  • Football: Unbeaten Kirkby stay top

    TOP spot in the Premier Division remains firmly in Kirkby Lonsdale's hands after a 3-1 victory in a tight game against Caton United. Kirkby took the lead after 30 minutes of excellent football when an inch-perfect cross from the right wing was met by

  • Cycling: World champion hits the Lakes

    NEWLY-CROWNED world champion Chris Newton locks horns with the elite of British cycling in Sunday's invitation time trial around Windermere. The Kent Valley Road Club promotion, backed by accident claims specialists bikeline.co.uk, has £2,000 of prizes

  • Leap for dancers

    WESTMORLAND folk dancers have so impressed top Morris men with their organisation of a dance festival they have been invited to stage an important meeting. Chairman of the Morris Federation John Bacon has asked the Westmorland Step Garland Dancers to