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December, 2014

Brathay Trust appoints its first volunteer co-ordinator

Sarah Thompson Brathay's new volunteer coordinatorA 68-year-old Ambleside based charity that helps to turn around the lives of young people, their families and communities has appointed their first volunteer co-ordinator to help it continue its work in a tougher funding climate.

Sarah Thompson, who joined Brathay Trust last month, has already launched a Christmas appeal, organised a bag-packing fundraiser at Booths Windermere store and is starting a volunteer recruitment drive.

Sarah says the charity needs volunteers to provide practical support and to generate income. Her aim is to have a large committed and happy team of volunteers who can get involved in a number of ways and in return feel supported and valued by Brathay. Adding that regular get-to-gethers provide an often valued social return for volunteers also wanting to meet people.

Sarah, who now lives in Grasmere having previously worked in a similar role for a London charity, says Brathay offers lots of volunteering opportunities:

“We are looking for marshals for our annual May Windermere Marathon, people who would like to work in the fundraising events team or volunteer support team and anyone who might want to help with gardening and decorating jobs on the Brathay estate. And, of course, we would love to hear from people who could fundraise for us in the community.

“I am delighted to be working for a Brathay where there is so much passion and commitment to make lasting positive changes to the lives of young people. Because of this passion, Brathay staff find ways to make programmes work for groups and individuals instead of expecting young people to fit a mould. Despite winning some great national awards and doing some very innovative work with partners they are not particularly well known locally. Getting the community on board means we will increase awareness of our work and strengthen local ties.”

Previously the charity has been supported through business owners and employees as part of their social responsibility remit. Some have given up their time and skills to help as trustees, others have donated tools and equipment and some organisations have encouraged their staff, as part of team building exercises, to carry out a wide range of building projects. This is the first time the charity has created a post to develop local community volunteering.

Anyone interested in volunteering can telephone 07545 92 66 59 or to support Brathay’s work through a monetary donation please phone 01539 439749.

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Image shows Sarah Thompson Brathay’s first volunteer co-ordinator. Other images showing Brathay’s work with young people are available on request.

Thinking of selling your farm? Prepare now for a summer sale

Helen-Lancaster-150x150Selling a farm can be a big decision that can take months to come to terms with. Once the decision has been made to put the farm on the market, it can come as a surprise that there is still a long way to go before a deal is done.

Late spring to early summer is often the best time to market a farm or rural property so it is vital to get the ball rolling early in the New Year in order to get the most from the sale.

“To make the process quicker and easier there are several things that can be put in place to make the process simpler and less stressful for those family members involved,” said Helen Lancaster, associate at the Kendal office of property consultants Carter Jonas.

“The first step before having detailed discussions with an agent is to discuss the matter with your solicitor and accountant, who will be able to provide valuable advice on preparing for the sale and tax management. Your solicitor will also be able to confirm whether the land is registered with the Land Registry and talk you through this process if not.

“It is vital that the land is registered prior to a sale and this is best done before marketing to avoid holding up the sale process. Instructing a solicitor who regularly deals with the conveyance of farms and land is useful as this will also help keep the process moving smoothly, she said.”

Before marketing a property, it is useful to compile all the documents that potential purchasers might ask for which can include a complete farm plan, Rural Land Register maps, stewardship agreements, tenancy agreements and licences and any planning consents.

Before meeting with an agent, it is important to discuss the sale with all family members involved so that everyone is informed about how to proceed. This is also a good time to discuss how the farm is to be marketed, whether a private sale or public marketing.

The advantages of a private sale are that the sale details are not released to the public, however, a public sale can guarantee full market coverage and can help to achieve the best possible price for the property.

Once the property is on the market, continue with business as usual. This is important and it will give the best impression to potential purchasers and they will be able to visualise themselves at the property. Although it should continue as a working farm, it is important to be a ‘tidy’ working farm and all repairs should be completed so that the farm looks at its best. First impressions do count.

If there are any pitfalls in the property, such as nearby development, road schemes, rights of way etc, it is important to let any potential purchasers know early on and it is best that this happens prior to solicitors being instructed and the farm having to be re-introduced to the market. This will incur additional, unwanted expense and can be off putting for new potential purchasers.

To discuss the sale of a property contact the farm agency department at Carter Jonas asking for Helen Lancaster on 01539 814914.

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Notes to editors

Carter Jonas
Carter Jonas LLP is a leading UK property consultancy. With a network of 29 offices across England and Wales, it employs more than 550 partners and staff, with 26 equity partners. It helps its clients sell, let, manage and add value to their properties, whether they be residential homes, farms and estates, development land, offices, industrial or retail buildings.

Burneside ‘Band Aid’

Oliver Bateman, baritone horn player and chairman of Burneside Brass

For the 21st year, Burneside Brass will blow their own trumpets and raise some brass for local charities this Christmas, including themselves.

Their whistle-top tour of South Lakeland villages and towns, plus Morecambe Winter Gardens, sees them playing at 18 Yuletide fixtures between Friday 28 November and Tuesday 23 December.

This is the busiest but best loved time of the year for the 29 volunteer musicians who make up the bands membership. All juggle jobs and other responsibilities around their practice sessions and performances.

Chairman and Baritone horn player Oliver Bateman has been with the band for over 10 years. A partner and chartered surveyor at property firm Carter Jonas in Kendal, he says his favourite Christmas carol is the ‘Coventry Carol’.

He and his fellow band members have estimated that they will play ‘Away in a Manger’ up to 84 times per season. They can perform the popular carol twice at an engagement and the three verses have the same tune.

Oliver describes another occupational hazard for the band:

“We try to avoid the mince pies during playing as the crumbs can get stuck in the instruments. There’s nothing worse than finding a bit of mince pie wedged in your mouth piece in March or April”.

Burneside Brass say their Christmas concerts, which they’ve been performing for the last 20 years at venues as varied as churches, markets, town and village halls, all help swell charity coffers.

“It’s very difficult to put a direct figure on sums we’ve raised” says Oliver Bateman.

“We normally give our services free of charge and let the organisers raise the money. But we are also a charity and need to bring in funds. Our big project is to build a new band room.”

Local charities and organisations to benefit from the band’s Christmas concerts over the last 20 years include: the North West Air Ambulance, Barnardo’s, The Salvation Army, St John’s Hospice, Kendal Lions Club, Rotary Club of Windermere, Windermere Catholic Church, Kendal Parish Church and St Oswald’s Church Burneside.

For a list of Christmas performances please visit: burnesidebrass.co.uk. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact Stuart Bell 01539 720977.
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For more information please contact Dave Higson on 07738492061
Image shows: Baritone horn player Oliver Bateman.

Friday 5th Dec: St John’s Hospice, Morecambe Winter Gardens – 6.30pm
Saturday 6th Dec: Burneside Church/School – 7pm
Monday 8th Dec: St John’s Hospice, Kendal Parish Church – 7pm
Tuesday 9th Dec: Windermere Catholic Church – 7.30pm
Thursday 11th Dec: Kendal Christmas markets – 12noon to 1.30pm
Friday 12th Dec: K Shoes choir concert, Kendal Town Hall – 7pm
Saturday 13th Dec: Kendal Christmas Markets – 11am to 1.00pm
Sunday 14th Dec: Windermere Rotary Club, Hydro Hotel – 10.45am
Tuesday 16th Dec: Booths, Windermere – 11am to 1pm
Wednesday 17th Dec: Rifleman’s Arms, Kendal – 8pm
Thursday 18th Dec: Booths, Windermere – 11am to 1pm
Friday 19th Dec: Kendal Parish Church – 7.30pm
Saturday 20th Dec: Bird Cage, Kendal town centre – 10am to 3pm
Sunday 21st Dec: Kendal Parish Church carol service – 6.30pm
Monday 22nd Dec: Kendal Ice Rink – 12noon to 1.30pm
Monday 22nd Dec: Castle Inn, Kendal – 8pm
Tuesday 23rd Dec: Kendal Ice Rink – 3pm to 4.30pm