By Jane Renouf:

AMBLESIDE and District Choral Society has a growing reputation for its concert performances, as the society begins a new season of rehearsals. However, to keep this quality and high standard, the society needs new members and a strong number of voices to achieve the challenging works that they sing, as well as helping to generate the income needed to put on concerts that include both professional soloists and orchestras.

Rehearsals start on September 2 (7.15pm) at the Kelsick Centre. Rehearsals last two hours and this season the choir will be performing Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Bach’s St John Passion as their two main concerts.

There are no auditions required for new members, so those interested in joining or in giving it a try can telephone Michael Corin on 01539- 33944 or turn up on the first evening when they will be made welcome.


AMBLESIDE Library is the venue for community and learning skills courses this autumn. A free nine-week Jobsearch workshop course starts on September 16 (1.30pm-4.30pm), Spanish for Beginners runs from September 19 (10am-noon) for 13 weeks and Intermediate French from September 26 (2pm-4pm) for 10 weeks.

There are also three one-off craft technique classes, starting with Salt Dispersal and Background Techniques on September 23 (10am-4pm). Japanese Folding Origami follows on October 17 (1pm-4pm) and Moving on with Gutta on Silk on October 28 (10am-4pm). Moving on with Inktense on Silk is on December 9 (10am-4pm).

There will also be Fabulous Fleece Wreaths for Christmas workshop on November 25 (10am-4pm).

Learners can book and pay online, over the phone, or visit the local centre. Details on fees, booking and enrolment, email or telephone 01539-713257. For a list of all community learning in Cumbria, go to