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Wish you were here – vintage railway posters that are just the ticket

A vintage poster of Grange over Sands lido found in an attic is expected to make up to £400 at auction on Monday 15 May.

Attributed to the well-known poster artist Frank Sherwin, it is believed to have been commissioned by British Railways in 1949 to promote railway journeys to the popular Edwardian resort.

Also included in the sale are three posters promoting other English and Welsh resorts by Harry Riley, valued between £500 and £800 as a collection.

Valuer David Hunter, from 1818 Auctioneers, said:
“These posters are evocative of a bygone era when holidays involved train travel to a British seaside resorts. They are bright, joyful and idyllic depictions of UK holiday destinations which have come to define Post-War British leisure and travel. And they are highly collectable, some make thousands of pounds.”

The posters are being sold on Monday 15 May as part of 1818 Auctioneers and Valuers Weekly Antique, Vintage, Collectables and Clearance Auction Sale. The sale starts at 10am with viewing from 8.30am on the day and also on Friday 12 May 2-4pm, Saturday 13 May 10am-1pm.

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For further information please contact David Hunter, Auctioneer & Valuer e:
t: 015395 66205

Family and running community to remember man who recorded nine years of the 10 in 10 marathon challenge, Lake District

FIFTY friends and family will run the ASICS Windermere Marathon on Sunday (21 May) in memory of a much-loved man who spent the last nine years recording the event.

Grasmere’s Martin Campbell, who died last year, also photographed and videoed Brathay Trust’s 10 marathons in 10 days challenge; the last marathon is the Windermere Marathon. Both events raise funds for the charity’s work with disadvantaged youngsters of which Mr Campbell was a huge supporter.

Martin’s wife Cecilia, who is organising the team run, said:

“Martin loved working with the runners at Brathay. I thought it would be wonderful if we – he – could continue to help raise money for the charity’s great work. ‘Team Camera Dude’ is a chance for us to get together to remember him including his sons Matt, Josh and Luke who are running.”

Close friend and Brathay Operations Manager Alyson Knowles, explained Martin’s links to the charity, she said:

“Martin, first worked with Brathay in 2008 as photographer for the Brathay Windermere Marathon.
He quickly became an integral part of the support team, and began filming the Brathay 10in10 in 2009. The daily films Martin produced between then and 2016 really captured the essence of ordinary people completing an extraordinary running challenge. Martin would film from dawn until dusk around the course. He would then edit the footage overnight so that the clips were available in the morning for friends, family and the wider running community to see.

“We also remember Martin, or ‘Camera Dude’ as he was lovingly called, for much, much more. His infectious enthusiasm, energy and empathy was shared with everyone he came into contact with. Many of those running on Sunday as part of ‘Team Camera Dude’ will be past 10in10ers. They will never forget the unique part he played in their daily challenge. Friends and family, including some who have never tackled a marathon before, are also part of the team taking up the challenge in his memory.

“Martin quickly came to understand Brathay’s unique approach to helping disadvantaged young people and the benefit of our projects in deprived communities. He shared our values of inspiring and supporting young people. It is a fitting tribute to him that that the monies raised in his name will fund a special youth project and that he will continue to change lives for the good.

“The event this year will be emotional for many of us who remember the vital role he played over the years” added Aly Knowles. “It’s a fitting way to remember Martin, we only wish he was here to film it.”

Over 70% of a £10,000 target has already been raised. Anyone interested in making a donation can visit the JustGiving page at:

Fully funded degree for young adults working in Cumbria and North Lancashire charity sector

Young adults, either working or volunteering for a local charity or community group are being encouraged to put themselves forward for a FREE degree in Social Enterprise Leadership.

Those behind the ‘Aspiring Leaders Programme’ (ALP), which is now recruiting for its third cycle, say it is a long term commitment to the area’s young adults who could revitalise the charity sector and raise community aspirations. It is, they believe, a way to ensure that services to those most in need are maintained and developed in the future.

Past students have gone on to set up groups to respond to their community’s needs, from autism support to adult education. They have taken up management and leadership roles in local charities and the Alumni are also providing positive role models to teens in their community. Twelve young adults pioneered the first ALP (2011-2014) and 13 more are due to graduate from the second round (2014 to 2017) this summer.

The search is now on for the next group whose three year programme, leading to a BSc (Hons) in Social Enterprise Leadership, begins this September (2017).

Nominations are invited from 20 to 32-years-old, who are new to higher education and have the backing of their local charity or community group.

Aspiring Leaders Programme Director Helen Carter from Brathay Trust, which helps deliver the course, said:

“This degree is like no other. The content is pioneering and holistic with a real focus on personal development and business leadership. It includes residential courses, diverse work experience and visits, unique networking opportunities, your own mentor – a manager or leader from the business or community sector – and 16 taught University modules over three years. It’s all about growing leaders who really care about, and know, their communities and who want things to be better for themselves and for those around them.

“We would like to hear from young adults who want help to develop their skills and confidence and who have had little, or no, opportunity to do this. That may be a young parent, someone who struggled at school and wants to try learning again but, most of all, anyone with an ambition to contribute positively to their community” Helen Carter added.

Programme director Helen Carter explained the thinking behind the course, she said:

“Dynamic, transformative change is happening in and to the voluntary and community sector.

“The ability to anticipate, adapt and thrive is crucial. The vision behind this unique programme is to grow our future leaders – young adults, who need help to discover their talents, which will ultimately serve the needs of their communities. As the programmes run, we hope to see a generational improvement in the leadership capability of the charitable sector, particularly in the most deprived areas of Cumbria and North Lancashire.

“Having been involved with ALP since it started, I have had the privilege to get to know some amazing young adults who are having an impact on those around them” continued Helen.

The programme is delivered by University of Cumbria, Brathay Trust and Common Purpose. Largely funded by the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT), ALP3 also has the support of Rathbones Investment Management, who have backed it from the outset, the Sir John Fisher Foundation and Langdale Leisure. They provide all the University of Cumbria degree course fees; a contribution to support, travel and IT costs each year; dedicated 1:1 mentoring support; two leadership training residential courses a year at Brathay Hall; membership of an on‐line learning network and visits to meet inspirational business and community leaders. In return, participants are asked to complete all the assignments, attend at least 80% of the programme, support fellow learners and leave with the intention of working in, or supporting, their local community in North Lancashire or Cumbria after graduation.

The closing date for applications is Monday 15 May. Places are limited and will be offered after an interview and assessment weekend at Brathay Hall, Ambleside.

Case studies, further details and an application form can be found on the FCSCT website:

Attached images shows the group of young adults on the aspiring leaders programme, gathered at Brathay Hall

Modern day Bayeux Tapestry opens in London: 7-18th August 2017

Quaker Tapestry roadshow at The Light, Friends House, Euston Road.
A Free exhibition including workshop, demonstrations and shop.

Quaker Tapestry

Part of the famous Quaker Tapestry, a modern stitched masterpiece in story-telling, is on show at Friends House in London. It was last in the capital over 20 years ago.

Begun in 1981 and completed in 1996, the 77 panels which make up the Quaker Tapestry are the work of 4,000 men, women and children from around the world. Some of the panels made journeys of thousands of miles as they passed from one group of embroiderers to another.

Now 20 panels, from their Lake District home – the Arts Council accredited Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal – will form a FREE exhibition accompanied by demonstrations, workshops, audio guides and a shop. It is expected to be of great interest to embroiderers and crafts people.

The design was heavily influenced by the Bayeux Tapestry including the use of three horizontal divisions to tell a story, embroidered outlines for faces and hands and solid infilling of clothing and buildings. The tapestry is worked in crewel embroidery using woollen yarns on a handwoven woollen background. In addition to the five historic and well-known stitches and techniques of split, stem, chain, Bayeux Point and Peking knot, tapestry founder Anne Wynn-Wilson invented a new cord or rope-like stitch. Known as Quaker stitch it forms the distinctive curved lettering on the panels.

Using these stitches the embroiderers overcame the challenges such as depicting glass windows, New York skyscrapers, reflections in puddles, dramatic perspectives and convincing chains and ropes.

In one panel, the skeletal outline of a weeping tree in winter, with its solid trunk, allows for the bones of a building behind to show through. In another panel Peking knots, used to make leaves, are worked in different tensions to create texture. Glass is achieved using a smooth wool split stitch and other stitches, like Bayeux Point, produce fine, almost translucent clothing.

Each of the colourful tapestry panels measures 25” (635mm) x 21” (533mm).

“Since the dawn of recorded history, craftspeople have used their skills to tell stories” explained Quaker Tapestry Museum manager Bridget Guest.

“Such a record is the Quaker Tapestry. As with the famous Bayeux Tapestry, it is a hanging with a compelling historical narrative, 350 years of social history from a Quaker perspective. A reminder of the contribution these non-conformists have made to the modern world, it is also testament to the imagination and craftsmanship of the global community who made it.”

“These colourful and vibrant tapestry panels will interest people who love embroidery and social history. There are stories about scientists, engineers and ecologists and others. The embroideries also deal with subjects as diverse as prison reform, peace work and anti-slavery initiatives” added Bridget.

Described by world traveller and writer Alexander McCall Smith as one of the ‘six best tapestries’ to see, the travelling roadshow is at the Friends House from Monday 7 August until Friday 18 August.

Since its first public exhibition, the Tapestry has travelled to more than 160 venues in the UK, Europe and America. This year a roadshow went to Taunton in Somerset. Previous London venues include the Royal Festival Hall (1990) and the House of Commons (1991).

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Please contact Emma Dewhurst on the details below, or Bridget Guest for further information or images. 01539 814860/722975 or 07580 631604.