WINDERMERE Taverners recently had their Annual Presentation evening after 35 years of fundraising, and in that time have given more than £150,000 to local schools, sports clubs and various other charities including the 597 bus group who have made sure this 'hail and ride' service continues.

This year's recipients were: Lakes School, St. Martin's and St. Mary's Church of England Primary School, CancerCare, South Cumbria Breast Feeding;

Girl Guiding, Windermere Hockey Club, Windermere Tennis Club, Windermere Sports Club, Orrest Head Access Improvement Project, the Badminton Club, Great North Air Ambulance, the Boxing Club, Heathwaite Football Club, Windermere Bowling Club and Friends of the 597 Bus.

WINDERMERE and Bowness Chamber of Trade welcomed a number of potential new members to their recent meeting.

The meeting was well attended by current members, Windermere Town Councillors and interested parties.

Bonnie McNab was welcomed as the new Membership Secretary by Scott Keenan (Chair).

The Mayor (Cllr. John Saunders) updated the meeting on matters of interest from the town council including the approval for CCTV cameras in Bowness and Windermere.

He also reported that the council had set up for new sub-groups headed up by councillors; Health & Well-being, Communication, Parks &

Gardening and Community Enhancement. The chair updated the meeting on the progress being made with the Sculpture Tail along with Alison Tordoff who

reported the progress being made with Facebook page.

Reports from the chamber's representatives on external organisations were also received.

Various discussions took place on matters of local concern, including the state of the roundabout in Bowness.

SHAKE UP 2 Bowness and Windermere night (facilitated by Bowness & Windermere Forward - BWF) is being held on January 23 from 5.30pm - 8pm in the Boaters Bar, Glebe Road and open to businesses and residents from Bowness and Windermere.

Last March the public 'shook' and the BWF listened and now want to share plans to enhance the beautiful towns. You can join the growing number of interested parties taking direct action to improve the area. Browse the information stands from the BWF Board members to learn more about the key local projects for 2020. Please contact

ENJOY YOUR Leisure starts a new season on January, 21 (10.30am) in the Marchesi Centre when Dr. Suzanne Tiplady will give a talk entitled 'A

Mansion for Demolition - Grizedale Hall'.

Refreshments will be served between 9.45am and 10.15am. Note that programmes may be changed without notice due to cancellations

AT BLACKWELL, The Arts & Crafts House - The Arts & Crafts of Politics runs between opening hours from the January 24 to the April 19.

The exhibition explores the political lives, activism and designs of Walter Crane and William Morris. The exhibition will also integrate the work made by

community partners in the exhibition and around Blackwell, with activity spaces created for visitors to participate in their own form of political activism inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement.