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‘Gymnastics is a powerful tool to motivate children’

Howard Todd photo Howard Todd picks up a pile of cuttings and places them on his knee. They cover just a fraction of the achievements he amounted during a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years, focusing on his passion for teaching gymnastics and helping school children win countless competitions and medals.

Last updated 24 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Oscar nominated John Hurt set for starring role at Keswick Film Festival

John Hurt photo The Naked Civil Servant. I, Claudius. The Elephant Man. Midnight Express. Alien. These are the films and TV programmes John Hurt thinks will be nearest the top of the page when his obituary is written.

Last updated 17 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Recession-busting tips from Cumbria's market stall holders

Carlisle  indoor market photo First came the supermarkets. Then came the massive out-of-town stores, selling almost everything and open almost all the time. And then came the internet, offering discounts and even removing the need for shoppers to leave home.

Last updated 17 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Should businesses dip into their profits to help boost Carlisle’s prosperity hopes?

Keswick BID men photo Jane Coulthard wants better signposting for independent shops. Mark Cole reckons outdoor events would improve trade on summer evenings. Barry Foster thinks the whole thing is a waste of time.

Last updated 10 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Are apprenticeships the way to tackle youth unemployment and rising uni fees?

Sammi Whitten photo Sammi Whitten stayed on at school into the sixth form, but soon decided that it wasn’t for her. So the 17-year-old, from New Ousby near Penrith, left Ullswater Community College and signed up with RWP Training. (1 comment)

Last updated 3 February 2012
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Cumbrian man's love of words pays off

Terry Jones photo For 22 years Terry Jones taught English Language and English Literature at Carlisle College. He left last year to turn his passion for poetry into a career. And his new life was christened by winning one of the world’s richest poetry prizes.

Last updated 3 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

How an ex-world champion boxer is helping to fight flab in Carlisle

Charles Shepherd photo Charles Shepherd’s workplace is on Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, in a sparsely furnished brick building called The Annexe.

Last updated 27 January 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Mixed views on whether Scotland should go it alone

Nick Stewardson photo Nothing much changes when you cross the Scottish border. No passport control. No chance of being turned back if your surname doesn’t start with ‘Mc’. (14 comments)

Last updated 27 January 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Closure of Cumbrian waste sites will lead to fly-tipping rise - claim

Household waste recycling photo It opened less than three years ago at a cost of £1.2 million. Now it could be set to close – and Jane Timbers is furious. She visits Townfoot Household Waste Recycling Centre in Brampton twice a week with plastic, cardboard and other recyclable materials not collected from her kerbside in Low Row.

Last updated 20 January 2012
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Fictional detective investigating crime in Carlisle 100 years ago

Martin Daley photo In Carlisle’s historic centre, along Paternoster Row, to the corner of Dean Tait’s Lane, through the cathedral grounds, Martin Daley is walking in other people’s footsteps to forge his own path.

Last updated 13 January 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria's village pubs and shops finding new ways to keep trading

Jakemans photo Visit Richard Jakeman’s pub now and you can buy a pint and a paper, or a sherry and some stamps. Richard and his wife Hilary own the King’s Arms in Stainton and when they are not behind the bar they are in the garage adjoining it, serving customers in the post office and shop.

Last updated 6 January 2012
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Life is good for Carlisle woman whose early career dreams were shattered by an accident

Carolyn Burgess photo Carolyn Dunn had always wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father Brian by becoming a police officer. She left school at 16 to join the police cadets. All was going to plan.

Last updated 6 January 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We aren’t abandoning Cumbria's town centres yet

Xmas shopping photo With eight days to go until Christmas, shop cash tills in our town centres ought to be ringing like festive sleigh bells. But with more than 2.6 million people out of work and others enduring a pay freeze, store bosses could be forgiven for being less optimistic this year.

Last updated 16 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria police take to Twitter to try and get across drink-drive message

Avril Bell photo Experience can be an expensive lesson learned. Leaving a mobile phone in a bar, getting a parking ticket and trusting the weather forecast.

Last updated 9 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbrian woman's motivation driven by tragedy

Jan Hawkins photo Jan Hawkins became chairman of the Friends of the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance in 2004. Her journey towards this vital fundraising role began many years earlier, in terrible circumstances.

Last updated 2 December 2011
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Are the Government's measures really enough to help Cumbria's first time buyers?

Rob Oliver photo Charlotte Stead is 34, left university without any debts and has a good job as curator of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. Once upon a time that would have made her the typical first-time buyer. But for Charlotte buying a house is something she can only dream of.

Last updated 25 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Will hospitals takeover solve the cash crisis?

In the words of their own chief executive, North Cumbria’s hospitals are in the midst of a ‘financial crisis’. The realisation that they are £1.3m short of October’s projections is the latest shock – prompting a raft of urgent cost-cutting measures.

Last updated 18 November 2011
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Camp Bastion matron Helen at Palace to receive MBE from the Queen today

A nurse who was brought up near Carlisle has a date with the Queen today. Proud Helen Singh, 45, is at Buckingham Palace to pick up an MBE for services in Afghanistan.

Last updated 18 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

‘They had the gun in my mouth. I thought my days were numbered’

Ged Crooks photo When Ged Crooks smiles, two rows of pearly white teeth are revealed, bright against skin that sees a lot of Spanish sun.

Last updated 18 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Olympic torch relay sparking great interest in Cumbria

Alan Wills photo Joy elation and excitement are just three emotions you might expect from those who will get to share in a unique Olympic experience next summer. But the overriding reaction in one Cumbria village was one of shock.

Last updated 11 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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