August, 2016

Kendal PR – Quaker Calendar

News Release: Helpers’ favourite embroidery to feature in Museum’s fundraising calendar

The Quaker Tapestry Museum's fundraising 2017 Calendar features helpers favourite panels

A fundraising calendar for a Kendal museum will feature the favourite embroideries of helpers who give talks about them to visitors.

The Quaker Tapestry Museum’s 2017 calendar features 12 of the 77 tapestries made in the 1980s and 1990s by men, women and children from around the world.

Forty of the crewel work embroideries are on permanent display in the Stramongate Meeting House.
This colourful, detailed, modern work is often likened to the Bayeux Tapestry and provides a stitched woollen account of three and half centuries of social history.

As Museum Manager Bridget Guest explained:
“As a charity we rely on an amazing group of volunteers. Some work in our shop and on our publications, others take forward our education learning offer and some care for the artefacts in our collection.

“And 30 to 40 volunteers, from all over the UK, come to the museum every year to share the stories, embroidered on their favourite panels, with our visitors. The crew of experts were asked to provide a personal insight into why a particular panel inspired them for our 30th calendar.

“Retired industrial chemist Adrian Law said his choice was an obvious one – it’s a tapestry about Scientists and chemists – John Dalton and Kathleen Lonsdale. Social worker Penny Selbie’s court experience means the panel about oaths is particularly relevant to her. Mary Meeks says she is fascinated about the embroidery of Mary Fisher, a serving girl from Yorkshire who travelled to Turkey in 1657 to speak to the Sultan. And for holistic homoeopathic practitioner Carol Wise the panel highlighting the Quaker contribution to the medical profession is her favourite.”

“The result is a selection of 12 diverse panels and 12 fascinating stories” added Bridget. “Plus each month can be turned into a postcard to send to someone.”

Priced at £7.00 the 2017 calendar is available from the online shop at or by calling at the Museum shop. All monies raised go towards the upkeep of the Quaker Tapestry Museum which is a charity.


Image shows – front cover of the Quaker Tapestry Museum 2017 calendar whose theme for their 30th calendar is the favourite embroideries of museum helpers.

Notes to editors – this press release has been produced by the South Lakes PR and marketing team of Ten Stories High.

South Lakes PR – Rare Farm Sale

News Release: Rare Sale of £2.3m Eden Valley Farm attracts huge interest

Newbiggin Hall Farm Temple Sowerby Penrith Guide Price £2,300,000

SUCH is the interest in a rare chance to buy a 344-acre grassland farm in the Eden Valley that selling agents Carter Jonas are extending the deadline for expressions of interest to noon on Wednesday 17th August.

Offered by private treaty, with great potential for improvement, it has a guide price of more than £2.3 million and is available as five lots or as a whole.

Carter Jonas have had over 100 enquiries and 35 viewings resulting in 18 offers since the property was launched to the market on 1st July. They say strong interest in the farm shows that there is still buoyancy in the land and property market where assets are priced correctly.

Handling the sale from the Kendal office of Carter Jonas, Associate Partner Helen Lancaster, said:

“It is rare that properties of this nature and size come to the market. Being held as part of a wider Estate it is especially unusual that this has come to the market. The farmhouse had previously been occupied by agricultural life tenants, and now is in need of some TLC to bring it back to its former glory. With a picture postcard façade, the farmhouse is in an idyllic location in the Eden Valley.

Helen Lancaster believes there is also scope to develop it as a shoot and added:

“A sporting enthusiast could take advantage of the strategically planted woodland to provide shelter belts, cover and amenity land. The surrounding countryside is already renowned for quality country pursuits, including pheasant and partridge shooting, and on the moors of the nearby Yorkshire Dales there is grouse shooting.

Newbiggin Hall Farm, which lies between the villages of Temple Sowerby and Milburn, is made up of a Grade II Listed farmhouse, traditional stone buildings and productive agricultural land and woodland extending to approximately 344.53 acres (139.41 hectares). The agricultural land is farmed as part of an improved grassland regime which offers potential for some arable cropping.

Brief details are as follows – further information can be found online at or by calling 01539 722592.

Lot 1: A Grade II listed detached farmhouse, in need of complete refurbishment, and a paddock. The guide price is £225,000.

Lot 2: A traditional building with potential for alternative use, subject to the necessary planning consents, with a guide price £40,000.

Lot 3 A village paddock extending to approximately 8.57 acres (3.47 hectares). The guide price is £85,000.

Lot 4 Traditional buildings with potential for alternative use, subject to the necessary planning consents, and paddock which has a guide price £150,000.

Lot 5 Improved grassland and woodland extending to approximately 332.47 (134.53 hectares). This has a guide price £1,800,000.


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Cumbria PR – Dairy Farm Award

News Release: Dairy farming family’s latest diversification venture is a winner

Richard Park wins National Trust Award for his Raw milk at Country File Live event

The latest venture by a dairy farming family who are committed to diversification, animal welfare and environmental stewardship, has won them a 2016 National Trust’s Fine Farm Produce Award.

Third generation farmer Richard Park, from Low Sizergh Farm near Kendal, picked up the accolade for his Raw milk last week (Thursday 4 August) at the National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Richard also joined Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell on stage to talk about the raw milk she was using in her demonstration.

Farmer Richard Park (R) on stage at Countryfile live talking about the Raw millk which Holly Bell is using (far L)

The annual Awards, in their 11th year, celebrate the very best produce from the National Trust’s 1,500 tenant farmers and estates across Northern Ireland, England and Wales. Products not only have to excel in the obligatory taste test, but entrants also have to pass a checklist of environmental standards to guarantee the quality and origin of ingredients alongside high standards of production.

A delighted Richard Park, who looks after the 341 acre farm, its 170 cows, 700 hens and 200 sheep, explained what the win means.

“This award recognises all the things that are important to the family. That includes celebrating wonderful local produce, connecting people to the place where their food comes from and taking good care of the land and its livestock.

“Raw milk is milk that is straight from the cow – it has not been pasteurised or homogenised. You can detect subtle changes in its flavour depending on the time of year and the cow’s diet. Its taste and nutritional value make it popular with those on certain diets, fitness enthusiasts and people who remember the taste of green top milk.”

The milk which comes from the farm’s herd of Holstein and Swedish Red dairy cows is dispensed to customers by a state of the art vending machine just yards away from the milking parlour.

Richard Park gets 1.4million litres of milk a year from the herd. 20,000 litres are turned into cheese and 5,000 litres into ice cream. Raw milk sales, since the machine was installed in March, have exceeded initial targets – averaging between 60 and 70 litres a day.

Farm's award winning Raw milk is also popular with farm visitors

Richard Park added:

“It’s quickly proved to be a popular and a good investment. We get £1.30p per litre compared to £0.23p for the milk which we sell to a co-operative. Plus there’s another benefit: I get first hand feed-back from customers at the farm – something which doesn’t happen with commercial collections.”

As Richard and his family reflect on the current state of the UK dairy industry, which is experiencing one of the toughest crises in living memory, he says diversification has served them well.

He said: “My grandfather was the first to look at alternative outlets for the milk from the dairy herd by taking butter to Kendal market in the 1930s. Then my parents, who started our tenancy at Low Sizergh Farm, offered livery facilities and pick your own strawberries. Since then we have continued to diversify – opening a farm shop, a tea room and adding a farm trail and orchards in the 1990s. In 2002 Growing Well, a mental health charity started operating from the farm. Diversification has been a way of life for us for at least three generations allowing the farm to prosper.“

For details of Low Sizergh Farm’s Raw milk please visit the shopping page of the website:


For more information please contact Richard Park on 07971 584289.

PR Kendal – Auction House Record

News Release: Sale of prestigious postcard collection sets record for J36 auction house

one of 30,000 postcards which made for a record sale at 1818 Auctioneers

The sale of 30,000 postcards has set a new record for an auction house on the Lancashire Cumbria border.

1818 Auctioneers who have salerooms at Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre, say the collection, which formed part of their two day fine art sale, made £25,000 with one album going for £1,400 – seven times its estimate.

The private, single-owner collection of 20,000 to 30,000 cards from the 19th and early 20th century were sorted into specialist and themed albums. The album which attracted the most interest held approximately 450 cards depicting disasters including shipwrecks, earthquakes, storms, floods, fires and train crashes.

Other highlights from the sale included:

500 postcards of ships including the Titanic which sold for £700 – with an estimate of £200-300;

300 exhibition postcards, mainly from 1890-1900 and of UK and Europe made £600 – exceeding their £200-300 guide price;

250 artist postcards, largely of ladies from 1900s to 1920s achieved a hammer price of £500 – well above their £100-150 estimate;

600 postcards from around the world, mainly of Germany but also of Canada, Austria, Salonica and Russia sold for £600 – at least triple their £150-200 estimate;

400 postcards including Battleships, Destroyers, Cruisers, Submarines, Dreadnoughts and sailors made £500 – exceeding their £200-300 estimate.

The sale, by a vendor who wished to remain anonymous, attracted UK and worldwide interest. Some viewers spent over half a day ploughing through the collection in advance of the sale.

Specialist Valuer for 1818 Auctioneers, Ken Payne said:

“I’ve had the pleasure of valuing many postcard collections in a career spanning 30 years. There is no doubt this was the very best that I’ve seen. I saw hundreds and thousands of postcards that I’ve only ever seen in a guide book – it was a rare privilege to see so many and to see them sell so well. We had 500 online bidders registered and most of the higher value postcard lots sold to them.”

Postcards became popular at the turn of the 20th century once Royal Mail gave publishers permission to sell them. Scarborough was the first British seaside town to appear on one. By the 1900s they were used for a range of communications – the equivalent of today’s social networking. One hundred and fifty years they are still a familiar sight in shops and continue to be a popular way of keeping in touch.

Full details of the collection can be found online on the sales results page of 1818 Auctioneers website:


Attached image shows one of the thousands of postcards which helped to make a record sale for 1818 auctioneers at their two day fine art sale (Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 August).

Notes to Editors

This news release has been produced by Ten Stories High, a Kendal based PR and marketing agency specialising, amongst other things, in media relations.