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Jennings Rivers Ride Postponed

The decision has been taken to postpone this Sunday’s Jennings Rivers Ride.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said ‘Rider safety is paramount and the combination of high winds and heavy rains means it is not appropriate to hold the event.  We have taken this decision following advice from Rather Be Cycling our cycling logistics support partners.’  The event involves routes which cross high level Lake District Mountain passes and also a family ride involving young children.

We have not taken this decision lightly and we know that some riders will be disappointed but we would prefer to postpone the event now and hold it on a day when people came be both safe and have a more enjoyable ride.  We hope to announce the new date shortly.

Community Cash for North Allerdale Groups

Community organisations and partnerships within Silloth and the parishes of Home St Cuthberts, Holme Low and Holme Abbey are eligible to apply for grants from the Hellrigg Wind Farm Community  Fund.

RWE npower renewables contributes approximately £15,000 annually to support f the communities neighbouring the Hellrigg Wind Farm. The fund provides grants to support community, educational or environmental activities.

Cumbria Community Foundation was appointed by RWE npower renewables to manage the community fund, which was established in 2012.  Groups who benefited last year include Abbeytown Junior Football Club who received £7,500 to upgrade their community sports pavilion, Silloth & District Community Transport Ltd which received £1,000 for running the community bus and Abbeytown Youth Group who were awarded £4,000 for youth activities for rurally isolated young people.

Kathryn Harries from RWE npower renewables said: “Our Community investment funds provides a valuable, long term, sustainable and reliable source of income for the local communities that neighbour our developments. It is flexible funding that can address what is really important to communities and we’re delighted to see this funding making a difference to the communities surrounding our Hellrigg Wind Farm.”

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive from Cumbria Community Foundation commented: “We are delighted to be working with EDF Energy Renewables, who like many businesses operating in Cumbria, are committed to finding ways to help their community.  This comes at a time when local charities need more support than ever.”

Applications must be received by Friday 18th October for a decision on 13th November 2013. For more information on the Hellrigg Wind Farm Community Fund or to apply please click here or email

£1,000 essay prize for Cumbrian school students – and a chance to have your essay published

An annual essay competition for sixth formers who attend any Cumbrian comprehensive school is being announced next week at the start of the new term, thanks to the Hunter Davies Fund via Cumbria Community Foundation. The winning entry will receive £1,000 – half to go to their school library and the other half to the winning sixth former.

The winning essay will be published in Cumbria Life magazine and a book containing around 30-40 of the best essays will also be designed and published by Steve Matthews of Bookends and Bookcase in Carlisle. It is hoped it will lead to an annual collection of the best essays.

The title of the essay will be “What I did in my hols.” “Yes, it’s a corny title,” says Hunter Davies who is inaugurating the prize, “but that’s the point. It’s slightly ironic, leaving it open to the student to make of it what he or she wants.  It can be any sort of holiday they have had, at any time, and they can have done nothing but stay in bed all the time, helped their granddad or gone off to Thailand.

“It has to be non-fiction, i.e. based on a real event or experience, as opposed to fantasy or science-fiction, but really all we are looking for is good writing – can they write fluently,  amusingly, interestingly,  structure properly, hold your attention, and most of all make you read to the end.

“The main purpose is to encourage writing skills – which after all everyone needs in life these days, more than ever, for work and for pleasure, now that  we all seem to spend most of our time in some of sort  communication.”

The judges are Steve Matthews, author, publisher and owner of Bookends and Bookcase in Carlisle, Cumbria Life Editor Richard Eccles and headed by Hunter Davies.

The competition is being organised by Cumbria Community Foundation. For further information contact Annalee Holliday or Becca Wilkinson on 01900 825760 or visit our website which has full details of the rules.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of the Foundation said “We’re delighted Hunter has created this fund with the Foundation.  We’re grateful for his generosity and his thoughtfulness. The prize will provide an incentive for a number of young aspiring writers to get creative and shine a light on their writing skills.”  He went onto say “The Fund demonstrates how people can make a real difference to an issue they care about by creating a fund with the Foundation”.

SIBA North West to support Cumbria Community Foundation

Cumbria Community Foundation has been selected as charity partner by SIBA North West for its 2013 beer festival and competition. The organisation – the Society of Independent Brewers – will donate the cover price of its event guide and has invited the charity to undertake its own fundraising activities around the event.

Bringing together brewers from across the North West, battling it out to be named best in the region, the event will showcase talent from breweries large and small. In keeping with its aim of supporting and promoting independent breweries, SIBA NW is also keen to benefit the community in which the event is held.

It is hoped the beer competition and festival will help to raise more than £3,000 for the charity. Organisers also hope the partnership will help to promote the charity among the thousands of visitors expected to attend the event, which is being held from Thursday October 24 to Saturday, October 26.

Greg Bolton, chairman of SIBA North West, said: “The ethos behind SIBA is to support independent brewers, to provide guidance and help promote their business. In a similar manner, Cumbria Community Foundation helps community organisations to access funding and to increase awareness of the work they do, to potential funders and users. We wanted to invite a charity to take part in the event and allow us to give something back to the local community. This seemed the ideal partnership and we will be delighted to welcome Foundation friends and volunteers to the festival in October.”

Staged at The Beer Hall at Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley, allowing visitors to soak up the atmosphere of an authentic working brewery, this will be the county’s biggest ever beer festival. The contest will see up to 80 of the region’s breweries enter more than 200 ales to be judged by a panel of experts which includes SIBA members, CAMRA experts and national food and drink journalists.

The Foundation will have a stand in the marquee of the beer festival from where its volunteers will sell the Beer Festival Guide for £1. Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to be a part of this event and will be taking the opportunity not only to raise funds to support our community groups this year, but also to tell visitors about the amazing work being done every single day by volunteers all across our county.”

Chairman’s Charity Cheque

L-R: CCF Chief Executive Andy Beeforth with Cllr Norman Clarkson

Cllr Norman Clarkson, Chairman of Cumbria County council in 2012-2013 today presented a cheque for £4,520 to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Chief Executive, Andy Beeforth.

The money was raised through charitable events during Cllr Clarkson’s year in office including an event hosted by Cllr and Mrs Clarkson at Muncaster Castle last October, supported by local organisations and companies.

Cllr Clarkson said: “All money raised has been held in the Chairman’s Good causes Fund and now my term of office is over I am delighted to present it to Cumbria Community Foundation for the benefit of vulnerable young people who are leaving the care system in the county.”

Andy Beeforth said: “This money will help build the Fryer Fund at the Community Foundation which specifically supports young people leaving care.  The money will receive a 50% uplift through the Government’s Community First scheme.  We’d all like to offer our warmest thanks to Norman and Yvonne for their hard work and supporting in raising these much needed funds”.

Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme Launch

Managed by the Cumbria Community Foundation and funded by Cumbria County Council, the Neighbourhood Care Independence programme provides a range of practical help and advice services for people aged over-18 who need extra support from time to time.

Support available from the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme includes: General information and advice on a wide range of issues Handyperson support for minor DIY tasks Short-term support after a spell in hospital Linking you to Friendship Groups other social activities Advice on where to buy or hire equipment to aid daily living, such as wheelchairs, commodes, lid openers, toilet seats and grab rails Hearing-aid maintenance and support ‘drop ins’ Support for Carers

Volunteering Opportunities If you would like to become involved in the Neighbourhood Care Independence programme, and are able to give some of your time and skills to help people in your community, a range of volunteer opportunities and roles are available. Training and on-going support will be provided.

Age UK West Cumbria, as lead for the west partnership, is planning to launch NCI with some volunteer week events in and around west Cumbria on 6th and 7th June.

Cumbria Third Sector Consortium are hosting the following events as part of volunteer week:

• Barrow: Monday 3 June – The Forum 2 – 4pm
• Millom: Tuesday 4 June – Millom Network Centre, 12-2pm
• Carlisle: Wednesday 5 June – Foxys, Brunton Park,  12-2pm
• Kendal: Thursday 6  June -Kendal Town Hall, 12-2pm
• Penrith: Friday 7 June – Parish Centre, St Andrews Place, 2-4pm

For advice on any of these services, or to volunteer, call:

0844 967 1885 for Carlisle, Eden, Barrow and South Lakeland
0844 384 3843 for Allerdale and Copeland.

You can also download the booklet for more information.

Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) Workshop

The Social Enterprise Development Award (SEDA) is a community investment programme established by Santander in partnership with community foundations to help growing social enterprises across the UK. A national competition is held annually with prizes awarded to fund growth.   The next round of SEDA will be launched in summer 2013 and will be open to any organisation that is a social enterprise which has been established and trading for more than two years and is increasing its trading income. Applicants must be able to show that at least 26% of total income is generated from trading activities (not including grant funding).

The organisation must directly benefit society in one or more of the following ways:
• improving social and community inclusion
• supporting disadvantaged people through skills, training and employment
• creating a greener environment

There will be a total of 9 awards to be made across North East England, Cumbria and Hull/East Yorkshire in 2013. 3 at £15,000, 3 at £30,000 and 3 at £50,000 depending on the turnover of the organisation – up to a maximum turnover of £1,000,000.

If you would like to learn more about the 2013 SEDA Awards and the application process there will be a workshop held on Monday 29th April at 2pm until 4pm at Ewanrigg and Netherton Community Centre, Ennerdale Road, Maryport, CA15 8HN.

Places will be limited, so please contact Annalee Holliday before 5pm on Friday 26th April on 01900 825760 or to confirm that your social enterprise meets the criteria and to book a place

Bursaries available for Cumbrian Writers

Following the launch of the Hunter Davies Bursaries last year, three more awards of £1,000 each are available to anyone working on a Cumbrian book project, or thinking of doing one.

Administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, the bursaries were first launched last year by the author and journalist Hunter Davies who wants to help people write and publish non-fiction books with a Cumbrian setting. Anyone, of any age can apply, and they do not have to be based in Cumbria. The vital thing is that the contents must be mostly about Cumbria.

Submissions must be received by 10th May and will be judged by a panel of three eminent Cumbrian’s with literary leanings or publishing and media experience.

This  year they will  be:  Eric  Robson,  broadcaster,  author and chairman of  Cumbria Tourism;  Dawn Robertson, publisher of Hayloft Publishing of Kirkby Stephen;  Hunter Davies, author  and  journalist.

“It really comes out of the success of the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards, which is now in its 29th year” says Mr Davies.  “We have noticed that more and more of the entries are coming from amateur first time authors who have become fascinated by some aspect of Cumbria life – their village, their church, their football team, or want to write about Cumbrian worthies or causes, or do some historical research.

Last year, proposed subjects ranged from autobiography, biography, cooking, climbing, the history of a house, an Inn, a dead poet, a village, a town and a book about some interesting trees. The three fortunate recipients were Margaret Poland from Maryport, who was working on a memoir about her early life, Ian Hill from Cockermouth, who was writing a book about the Cumbrian environment under threat, and Ian Hall from Keswick, who was doing his autobiography.

Mr Davies continues “The idea is to support anyone financially with a worthwhile idea.  Perhaps pay for their research time, writing time or towards publishing their book. It will be an encouragement, we hope, for them to carry on – though it is hoped that they are so in love with their subject that they would have carried on anyway. The bursary will give them a little push- and a little bit of money.

“Some of the bursary winners might go on to write best selling books, though we are looking to support authors and projects who will not appeal much to mainstream, commercial publishers. If that happens, let’s hope they will do the decent thing and give their bursary award back, so we can pass it onto other authors.”

It is planned that the three bursaries will be announced early June and will be invited to meet Hunter Davies at Dovenby Hall, near Cockermouth.

Andy Beeforth, Director of Community Foundation said “We’re delighted Hunter has created this fund with the Foundation.  We’re grateful for his generosity and his thoughtfulness. The bursaries provide an opportunity for a number of aspiring writers to get a leg up and will shine a light on an aspect of Cumbrian life or culture.”  He went onto say “The Fund demonstrates how people can make a real difference to an issue they care about by creating a fund with the Foundation”.

Further details and how to apply can be found here.

Winter Warmth Fund School’s Competition Winners Announced

Children from five schools across the county are each celebrating winning £200 worth of pencils in a competition run by Cumbria Community Foundation and The Cumberland Pencil Company.

The youngsters took up the artistic challenge of re-creating the Winter Warmth Fund Logo – a house with a woolly hat on – in a bid to win the prizes.

Andy Beeforth, Director of CCF; James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle; Hannah Birkinshaw, Ben Booth, Matthew Birkinshaw and Tom Booth, and Alex Farthing from the Cumberland Pencil Museum.

The winners were announced by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, at a special ceremony at The Pencil Museum in Keswick this morning.

The competition was designed to raise awareness of the Winter Warmth Fund which raises money for older Cumbrian’s who are struggling to keep warm. So far this winter, the fund has raised and distributed more than £43,500.

The wining schools are:

ALLERDALE Ashfield Junior School, High Street, Workington

BARROW Chapel Street Infant and Nursery, Dalton in Furness

CARLISLE Stanwix School, Church Street, Carlisle

EDEN Threlkeld Primary School, Threlkeld

SOUTH LAKELAND Heron Hill Primary School, Hayfell Avenue, Kendal

Each school received a certificate and were invited to choose Derwent Pencils up to the value of £200.

David Sharrock, Director and General Manager of The Cumberland Pencil Company, said: “We are delighted to support Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund by donating prizes for the schools competition. Raising awareness of the needs of the elderly during our cold Cumbrian winters will hopefully encourage more fundraising to help towards their ever-increasing fuel bills.”

Andy Beeforth, Director of Cumbria Community Foundation, explains the difference the Winter Warmth Fund has made: “So far this year we have raised and distributed £43,500, most of which has helped cold Cumbrian pensioners survive the worst of the winter. The appeal is still open for donations until the end of March.”

Bishop James said: “I was touched by the stories of some of the many hundreds of people who were helped by last year’s Winter Warmth Appeal.  Their bodies were warmed by other people’s generosity and so was my heart.  This year’s appeal has been equally successful.”

Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund Appeal saves lives by reducing both fuel poverty and the number of people in Cumbria living in cold homes.

It does this by asking for donations from the community. This money is then given to those in extreme need. Some of the donations come from older people who get the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment, but feel they don’t need it as much as others.

Cold night on the fells in celebration of beating last year’s Winter Warmth total

Andy Beeforth OBE and a group of leading Cumbrian’s slept above Stickle Tarn in the Langdale valley to raise awareness of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund. The group had hoped to sleep on the aptly named Cold Pike but ice and snow on Wrynose pass made it dangerous to ascend from 3 Shires Stone.

Andy said: “The camaraderie provided by everyone made it a very special trip.” He added “We have up to two months of cold weather ahead of us so ask if people will please continue to donate to support the appeal?”

The ice on tents and bivvy bags proved that temperatures dropped below freezing. It was particularly cold for Nuclear Management Partner’s Gary McKeating who, along with Andy Beeforth chose to forego tents and slept under the stars in bivvy bags. Gary said “We’re very fortunate to be choosing to sample the cold and discomfort. Sadly for many people choosing between heating and eating is a daily decision”.

“The Winter Warmth Appeal has now raised £43,500 and we’ve already helped 120 older people with grants and expect that figure to rise to 300. We know from previous year’s appeals that this money saves lives – so our efforts are for a very good cause.”

Anyone can donate to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund and the money raised will be given directly to those in need.

L-R: Cllr Ben Berry, SLDC Councillor and English Lakes Hotels, Debbie Cosgrove, CCF Grants Committee member and former Cumbria Woman of the Year, Andy Beeforth, OBE, CCF Director, Gary McKeating – Head of Socio-economics, Nuclear Management Partners, Chris Tomlinson OBE, Community Foundation Trustee and former Chief Executive Cumbria Tourism and Richard Leafe, Chief Officer, Lake District National Park

Donate Online

Donate by Text – Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code WINT37  e.g. WINT37 £5 to 70070. You can donate £2, £5 or £10.

Donate by Cheque – Payable to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter Warmth’ on the back. Post to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.

For ideas on how people can stay safe and warm this winter and how you can help people in your community, click here.