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‘We have to get away from the idea the poppy appeal is just to help old people’

Tony Parrini photo Think poppies and the image for most of us is of old men with stiff moustaches squaring shoulders stooped by their years and marching to their memories as they lay a wreath.

Last updated 4 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle Blues Festival is labour of love for its one-man organising committee

Nick Westgarth photo If Nick Westgarth decides to write a song, don’t be surprised if he calls it Hometown Blues. Nick is about to see all his hours organising Carlisle Blues Festival come to fruition.

Last updated 4 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Why Cumbria needs Europe – but perhaps not the Euro

Hawkshead Relish photo The dream was one big happy family, living together in peace and harmony. There have been no continent-splitting wars during the EU’s existence. But harmony is perhaps overstating things.

Last updated 28 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

To the First Nation people, Cumbria's Kathleen Johnston is simply ‘sister’ – guided by a bear

Kathleen Johnston photo Kathleen Johnston cuts an incongruous figure in one of her photographs. The tall Cumbrian, wearing plain black and white clothes, stands next to indigenous Canadians dressed in rainbow outfits.

Last updated 28 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Jobhunters in Cumbria encouraged to go it alone - with some success

Julia Eyre photo A mobile ecological car valeter, a caravan maintenance engineer, a karaoke and mobile disco operator and a complementary therapist...

Last updated 21 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbrian Olympic hopeful Ruth Edge has sights set on London 2012

Ruth Edge photo Two Thyme stands in his field, contentedly munching grass and blissfully unaware of what could have been.

Last updated 14 October 2011
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Making sure some of Cumbria's neediest do not go hungry

Foodbank photo It’s supposed to be the season of plenty. But in a time of recession, it seems more and more of us face having to go without. Recent shock figures revealed that Britain has seen a sharp rise in the number of people receiving food handouts.

Last updated 7 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The Cumbrian lord picking up the pieces after the riots

Lord Henley photo Cumbria’s new Home Office minister was appalled by August’s riots. Fortunately the looting and burning did not scar Lord Henley’s home county.

Last updated 6 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Battling to make Cumbria less hostile towards gay people

Pam Eland photo "I think Cumbria is changing, slowly but surely,” says Pam Eland. “Unless you introduce things, it’s not going to change.”

Last updated 30 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

How Cumbrian athletes are going for paralympic gold

Paralympic athletes photo Anna Nicholson remembers how she felt travelling to an athletics event for disabled students in Penrith two years ago. “I was nervous. I wasn’t sure about going, I always thought I was awful at sport,” she recalls.

Last updated 23 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Barnardo's charity shows Cumbrian parents how they can improve themselves

Zoe Davidson photo Kathy only realised the desperate state her family was in when Steve hit two of their children – 13-year-old Freddie and nine-year-old Sally – in a drunken fury.

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

Ice baths in a wheelie bin and being sick in bushes - training is tough for Cumbrian athlete

Angela Kelly photo Her head feels fuzzy, her legs are trembling and her stomach is churning like a washing machine. Angela Kelly’s hard training session has just become too hard, as she stumbles into the bushes and vomits.

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

Cumbrians caught up in aftermath of 9/11 remember attacks

George and Theresa Chambers photo In September 2001 George and Theresa Chambers were in New York as part of a cruise holiday.

Last updated 9 September 2011
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The barefoot shepherdess: An unlikely Cumbrian heroine

Alison O The door to Shacklabank farmhouse opens straight into a tiny, kitchen crammed with the kind of character guaranteed to strike Cath Kidston-doting urbanites down in a dead swoon.

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

Why red tape means Brampton WI won't be making cakes

hs1 Ladies in Brampton have been making cakes and preserves and selling them at the town’s Moot Hall nearly every Wednesday since May 1960. (13 comments)

Last updated 2 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbrian all-action hero at the age of 98

joe001 Joe Rawlings flicks through his albums and scrapbooks, containing neatly filed photos, newspaper cuttings and diary entries written in fountain pen.

Last updated 2 September 2011
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Joe, 98, an all action hero born and bred in Cumbria

joerawlingsss Joe Rawlings flicks through his albums and scrapbooks, containing neatly filed photos, newspaper cuttings and diary entries written in fountain pen.

Last updated 2 September 2011
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‘Health and safety slips off the tongue quite easily if people don’t want things to happen’

conkerskidss Ladies in Brampton have been making cakes and preserves and selling them at the town’s Moot Hall nearly every Wednesday since May 1960.

Last updated 2 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

SAS hero Chris Ryan visits Cumbria

chrisryan268a Although Chris Ryan refers to a decade in the SAS as his past life, it remains with him.

Last updated 26 August 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Degrees of success

andy studentlandlords It wasn’t that long ago when there were serious fears that the University of Cumbria would go bust. The new and ambitious institute had over-reached itself and was millions of pounds in debt.

Last updated 26 August 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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