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Tallentire Wind Farm Fund Community Consultation Events

We are running two community consultation events for people living in the parishes of Blindcrake, Bridekirk, Gilcrux and Plumbland.

Established by RES, the Tallentire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has an initial £175,000 grant aid to distribute in its first year. The consultation days are to discuss with the local community how they think the money from the fund should be best spent in each locality.

The first event will take place on Tuesday 5th November at Gilcrux Village Hall from 2.30pm until 4pm.  The second will be held at Plumbland School on Saturday 9th November from 9.30am until 11am.

Residents who are unable to attend either event are welcome to contact Annalee Holiday via email or on 01900 825760 to put forward priorities for their area.

The Fund accepts applications from charitable and community groups, giving priority to activities that are environmental, educational, sporting, amenity or community related.

Cath Howard, Grants and Donor Services Director said: “The community consultation events will give us an important insight into the needs of the Tallentire area.  It also allows the members of the community to voice their opinions on how best to distribute the funds.  We want to make grants to the most deserving causes and these sessions allow us to do just that.”

The thoughts and ideas expressed at the events will be collated to generate a Community Investment Plan for the area.  Applications to the fund can be made via our website from November and should be submitted by Friday 20th December.

Please view our guidelines for more information on the Tallentire Windfarm Community Benefit Fund or contact 01900 825760.

Barrow Community Trust Hosts Event to Celebrate Local Community

Barrow Community Trust will be hosting an event to celebrate community life in Barrow-in-Furness.  The event will allow the Trust to thank its supporters and raise awareness of their work.  The informal gathering will take place at Barrow & District Credit Union, who have benefitted from funding from the Trust, on Tuesday 22 October at 5.30pm.

Rob Cairns, Chair of Barrow Community Trust is due to speak at the event and answer questions from guests.  Attendees will include Jackie Arnold of BAE Systems, Phil Huck, Chief Executive of Barrow Borough Council, Martin Oates and Peter Yates of Poole Townsend, Phil and Jen Collier of Turnstone HR and Julie Kirkham of the Keswick to Barrow Walk.

Ian Quayle, Partnerships and Affinities Manager at Furness Building Society, will be presenting the Trust with their Affinity Account cheque for £2,065.84.  He will also be discussing the benefits of the Barrow Community Trust Affinity Account.  By opening an Affinity Account people can donate to the Trust without spending a penny.  The Building Society will make a cash payment from their own funds and the more saved the more is given.  Savers get a competitive rate of interest on their savings and easy access to their money.

Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Trust provides support to charitable and community groups in the local area.  Since its introduction in 2001, Barrow Community Trust has given out £1,010,380 in funding.  A total of 466 grants have been made to worthwhile causes within the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of CCF, will also be speaking at the event.  He said: “Barrow Community Trust plays an important role in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.  The Trust was set up to provide grant support to voluntary and community groups already working to improve the quality of life of the people of Barrow.  So far it has been successful in achieving this and this event allows us the opportunity to say thank you to those who have contributed.”

Barrow Community Trust is a Heart of Barrow initiative.  It was created to provide an opportunity for people and businesses to collaborate in support of the local community.

For further information on the event, please contact

Volunteer Advisory Panel Members Needed in Allerdale

Community organisations and partnerships within Bridekirk, Blindcrake, Gilcrux, and Plumbland are eligible to receive an initial to £175,000 grant aid from the Tallentire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

Cumbria Community Foundation has been appointed by RES to manage the community fund and are looking to recruit volunteers for the Advisory Panel. The fund will provide grants to support community, educational or environmental activities in Bridekirk, Blindcrake, Gilcrux, and Plumbland.

The role of the panel is to advise on grant application to the Tallentire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and it will meet at least twice a year. Training will be provided and members will have the opportunity to meet funded groups.

Ideally applicants will have some experience of working or volunteering for a community organisation and must live in the parishes of Bridekirk, Blindcrake, Gilcrux, and Plumbland.

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Service Officer from Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We like to involve as many local people as possible when making grants, ensuring our awards reflect the local needs of each community. This is a great opportunity for local people to become involved with our grant process.”

If you are interested, please complete the simple application form and return it by 4th November 2013 to Annalee Holliday on who can also answer any questions on 01900 825760.

Cash Available for Community Groups in Clifton and Winscales

We want charitable organisations in Clifton and Winscales to apply for a grant through the Winscales Moor Community Benefit Fund.  The Fund supports activities which have a positive impact on the environment in the parishes of Winscales, Great Clifton and Little Clifton.

Set up by Your Energy Ltd, the fund prioritises projects that promote the sustainable use of energy and resources. This includes support for nature conservation, solar panel installation and environmental workshops.

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “A recent award of £2,500 went to the Great Clifton Village Hall Committee to install a new energy efficient entrance door. The new door has reduced draughts and energy bills.”

Applications can be submitted via the Foundation’s website and must be received by Friday 25th October.

If you would like further information on the fund or to apply for a grant visit our website. If you would like help with an application, please contact Annalee on 01900 825760.

The NSG Psyclopaths – The Journey Pauses

We’re back, and you thought we’d just given up didn’t you, go on admit it you did.

Yes, my fellow cycling chums, the great British summer strikes again. We’d all reached our peak of physical and mental fitness – some peaks higher than others – but we were ready!!

So what were we to do to keep sharp? Go on a 36 mile bike ride that’s what. I  met up with fellow Psyclo and budding musician, John Morris, at the infamous Black Dog in Belmont. We used the Dog as the base of our campaign to conquer the trials and tribulation and the rolling hills of the West Pennine moors, Rivington and Horwich. These byways were used in the recent Iron Man race and also the Manchester Commonwealth Games road race, so that was the magnitude of the challenge we set ourselves. And conquer it we did, well not all of it, but a lot of it! After the round trip we settled down to replenish vital lost fluids with a couple of refreshing pints of Jumping Joe’s best bitter whilst basking in the summer sun (for once) and watching the locals at play.

This little ride was followed up by a titanic 46 miler from Chorley, around the Preston Guild Wheel and back to Chorley. I was accompanied this time by the baby of the Psyclos, Chris Hart, and his partner and my work colleague, Laura Horne. Chris and myself were slightly hindered from reaching our full speed by Laura who never really attained maximum comfort on the pencil thin saddle of the borrowed bike.

Post round refreshment was taken in the Continental Bar in Preston, again basking in the summer sun. Chris and I had a problem of getting Laura back onto her bike for the little ride back to the car but we managed after some persuasion.

She enjoyed it so much she even offered to join the Psyclos for the rearranged Rivers Ride!!!!

So as the dark nights draw in (sounds like a film title!) and the temperatures plummet, we have the thought of the revised Rivers Ride date to sustain us throughout the winter months and to remind us why we are cycling in the dark with freezing hands and frozen dew drops developing.

Well dear readers, I’ll leave you with that image and bid you farewell until next time – keep those peddles turning!!!

Foundation Grants Tour to Take Place in Copeland

Cumbria Community Foundation will be hosting their latest grants tour in Copeland. Taking place on Tuesday 15 October in Cleator Moor, the tour celebrates the Foundation and the charitable causes it supports.

The visit will explore a selection of the organisations that the Foundation has funded.  It gives an insight to where the funds have been spent and who has benefited in the community. Attendees include Donors and Trustees as well as grant panel members.   The visits will take place across four venues based in Cleator Moor. The first, Copeland Occupational and Social Centre, provides confidence building activities for people with physical disabilities ages 18-65 in a warm and friendly environment. The tour will then move on to Home to Work Ltd, a social enterprise that works to deliver key worklessness activity in underperforming /priority areas across Copeland. The third organisation is Cleator Moor bowling Club, a small community club with a membership of people ageing from 23 to 87 of varying abilities. Finally the tour will visit Phoenix Youth Project which provides community based learning, linking young people, parents and volunteers.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive said: “The grants tours are a fantastic way to show those who are committed to supporting the Foundation how the funding is used.  These deserving organisations will be able to show the guests their projects and how they have put the money to good use.  The tour provides a platform for groups to say thank you directly to their supporters.”

Grants tours take place across Cumbria frequently, with the next being held in South Lakes in November.  Donors trustees and members of the Foundation regularly attend the events; however they are open to anyone who shares an interest in CCF’s work and the local community.

If you’d like to join the tour or require further information, please contact us at


We have confirmed the new date for the Jennings Rivers Ride will be on Sunday 25th May 2014.  The event was postponed in September due to extremely poor weather conditions. It is hoped that the spring date will ensure a much dryer and enjoyable experience for riders.

All previous entries have been automatically transferred to the new date.  There is still room to accommodate 400 more riders and online entries have now been reopened via  There are four routes  to choose from, ranging between ten and seventy five miles and aimed at people of all abilities.  All registration and start times  remain the same.

The event begins and ends in Keswick’s Fitz Park where is also a Family Fun Day taking place throughout the day between 10am and 4pm.  There will be a whole host of activities and entertainment including a raffle with some exciting prizes on offer.  Purchased raffle tickets which have the September date on will still be valid for use in May.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of the Foundation said: “We did not take the decision lightly to postpone the event in September due to high winds and heavy rain. We knew that some people would be disappointed but rider safety is paramount. I would like to thank all riders for their positive feedback and we look forward to seeing everyone in May.”

The event raises vital funds for CCF and the bike rides reveal some of the UK’s finest scenery and cycling terrain from across the Lake District and out to the Irish Sea.  They follow some of the affected river courses and cross a number of bridges that were damaged or destroyed by the floods.

For more information on the event visit or contact Nicola Howells on 01900 825760.