Ambleside: lovely flat for sale

As a news site, we don’t tend to carry ads, but this is a rare exception. My delightful neighbours are leaving (boo!) but only moving further down the street (hurray!) and their flat is now on the market.

It’s a two-bed first floor flat with a big sitting room which has a huge window looking out onto the Fairfield Horseshoe. There’s a shared garden (lovely neighbours) and it’s a quiet cul de sac, with access onto the fells in a couple of minutes.

http://www.hackney-leigh.co.uk/property-for-sale/ambleside/cumbria/ambleside/100251005331/

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Students inspired by Wordsworth at Rydal Mount

Sixth form students from Benenden School for Girls and Dulwich College, a leading boys’ school, met for a weekend poetry symposium at Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth, near Ambleside.

The students were introduced to the landscape and literary heritage of the Lakes by Simon Wordsworth Bennie, the poet’s great great great great grandson, who teaches English at Benenden School in Kent, and used to teach at Dulwich in London.

Four teachers and 18 pupils spent the weekend immersing themselves in poetry – and climbing Nab Scar, the fell that towers above Rydal Mount. Their visit was the latest in a series of annual events organised by Simon Wordsworth Bennie whose family still own Rydal Mount.

The students walked the Coffin Path to Grasmere and toured Dove Cottage  for an insight into the lives of the Romantic poets.

During an evening of poetry at Rydal Mount they were joined Zaffar Kunial, currently poet in residence at Dove Cottage, who recited his own poetry for the group while sitting in William Wordsworth’s own chair.

The weekend was hosted by Peter and Marian Elkington, the resident curators of Rydal Mount and Gardens which are open to the public.

Peter Elkington said: “It was delightful to see the enthusiasm of this young generation for the work of Wordsworth, and the fresh approach they brought to his poetry.
“They also enjoyed meeting Zaffar, a poet in a very different tradition.”

Zaffar was born in Birmingham but currently lives in Sheffield. He was placed third in the National Poetry Competition in 2012, and in 2013 he won a major Northern Writers Award

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Entry form for Lake District backgammon championship

Sunday 27th April 2014
Lake District Backgammon Tournament

Come and play some backgammon on the afternoon of the 27th April.  We would like all players to gather here at Cedar Manor from 12 noon where a light buffet lunch will be available.  Play to start at 12.45pm in a knock-out tournament.  This is a “fun” tournament with a Winner’s Prize of a 2 night break here at Cedar Manor, along with a signed copy of Chris Bray’s (Independent Newspaper) book “The Wind of Change” and a small cash prize.

Pre-Registration is essential, we have a maximum capacity for 16 players only on this first tournament.  The entry fee is just £20 which includes a light buffet lunch, tea/coffee and soft drinks all afternoon.
£1 per entry fee will be donated to Lake District Charity “Nurture Lakeland”
(Cheques payable to Cedar Manor Hotel Ltd please.)

Return this slip to Cedar Manor please –

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Please bring a backgammon set if you have one, thank you.

 

 

 

Backgammon pre-registration

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Wainwright peak-baggers welcome at Ambleside guest house

A new centre dedicated to the Wainwright peak-baggers is to be set up in Ambleside.

Christine and Anthony Harrison at the Smallwood Hotel want to help walkers share their achievements when ticking off the Lakeland fells. They are going to create a display of Wainwright books and memorabilia along with a log book, wall charts, pictures and maps to record fellwalking guests’ achievements.

They are also planning an online forum on the hotel’s website where walkers can share their adventures on the hills, and will encourage walkers to take photos of themselves on the summits to create a picture montage for the hotel.

Both keen walkers, Christine and Anthony say that many of their visitors are fell walkers using the ideal location to tick off as many summits as possible. The hotel lies within reach of many hills in the Central, Eastern and Far Eastern Fells, and bedroom windows look across the town to Wansfell.

“Our guests often come back after a day on the tops, full of pride and a sense of achievement, and we thought it would be good to provide them with a chance to talk about what they’ve done with other walkers,” said Christine.

“We want to encourage them to get out onto the fells, and encourage them to share their stories afterwards.”

They say that their scheme is not so much a tribute to Wainwright himself as to the walkers who now challenge themselves to follow in his footsteps.

Their plan has been welcomed by the broadcaster Eric Robson, chairman of the Wainwright Society, who made a series of programmes walking with AW for the BBC in the 1980s. He said: “Anything that encourages new generations of walkers to enjoy the experience of the  fells is to be welcomed. Following in Wainwright’s steps, and being inspired by his guidebooks, has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people.”

Derek Cockell, secretary of The Wainwright Society, said: “The Society is always pleased to hear of initiatives that encourage people to pull on their boots and get out on to the Lake District fells.”

A register held by the Long-Distance Walkers Association lists almost 700 people who have completed all 214 summits in the seven Wainwright guides, but the Wainwright Society believes that the actual figure is many more than that, and there are several people who have made multiple ascents of them all. At the start of 2014 there were 74 people who had completed more than one round, seven of whom had completed ten or more rounds.

Alfred Wainwright, who died in 1991, is best known for his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells which he compiled between 1952 and 1966. They are handwritten and hand-drawn works of art which have given inspiration to walkers since, and he was awarded the MBE for his work.

Wainwright was also the creator of A Coast to Coast Walk, which is 190 miles (305 km) long from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire and is now of one most popular long distance walks in the country.

A memorial to him can be found in the church at Buttermere; his ashes were scattered above the village on his favourite mountain, Haystacks.

 

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World cup theme for Lakeland cake contest

The annual Lakeland Cake of the Year contest is to be staged again at Windermere in June, with the topical theme of “Brazil and the World Cup”.

The Briery Wood Hotel will again host the contest which attracts creative bakers from all over the Lake District and beyond.

The event is organised to raise money for Alice’s Escapes, the charity established by the late Alice Pyne, the Ulverston teenager, to provide respite holidays for families with terminally ill children.

Organiser Jen Braithwaite said that the theme this time gave a broad scope for bakers to exercise their artistry. “We expect there will be some wonderful football cakes, but with the theme of Brazil, we might also get some representations of rainforests or carnivals or samba dancing – the possibilities are endless.”

The contest is famous for attracting exceptionally high standards and last year’s winner was a sponge and fondant model of Ambleside’s iconic bridge house. The baker of that cake, Elliot Johnson, will be on this year’s judging panel, alongside Lancashire Life food writer Philippa James.

Entry forms will be available soon from the Briery Wood Hotel website, and further details can be found by emailing Lakeland_cake@hotmail.com. The contest is on Saturday June 21.

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Parkrun for Windermere? Volunteers called to meeting at Fell Foot Park

Volunteers are needed to help bring a popular weekly sporting event to the South Lakes.

Parkrun is a series of 5k timed runs which are staged every Saturday morning at 9am in public parks around the world. They are held in more than 240 locations across the UK.

Now a group of local runners is hoping that a regular Parkrun can be staged at Fell Foot Park at the south of Windermere.

The events attract beginners, fun runners and top class athletes, and are organised entirely by volunteers.

There are no entry fees. Runners register online and receive a barcode which they must print and carry. At the end of the run, the barcode, and the runner’s finishing number, are keyed into a computer to produce detailed results in a short time.

“These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all,” say the Parkrun UK hosts.

Anyone interested in helping to organise a local event is invited to meet at Fell Foot on Saturday March 8 at 9am. Victoria Dodd of the National Trust’s Lakes Outdoors said that the park had the potential for a good 5k route.

Vicki Grant from Kendal and Eileen Jones from Ambleside, who have called the meeting, said that they were hoping to see non-runners, former runners and injured runners turning up to offer to help. “There are lots of runners locally who want this to happen, but we also need the people who are willing to give up their time to make it happen,” they said.

“But it’s possible to do both. The race director can even join the run after they’ve set everyone off. The spirit of parkrun is that everyone can put a little back, so if you run most weeks it’s good to volunteer a bit too.”

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Date set for Lakes backgammon championship

The first Lake District backgammon championship is to be staged in Windermere this spring.

The one-day challenge event will take place at the Cedar Manor Hotel after owner Jonathan Kaye was overwhelmed with support for the plan.

Jonathan, a keen player himself, tentatively proposed the idea of a Lakes event last month.

“I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the responses,” he said. “There’s clearly a lot of local support, but I’ve also had interest from players all over Britain. And the message has been passed on by backgammon fans in the USA.”

The event will take place on Sunday April 27 and those interested in taking part are asked to register as soon as possible. The entry fee of £20 will include lunch and refreshments, and the winner’s prize will be a two-night stay at the hotel, known for its stylish interiors and top class restaurant.

Jonathan, who used to roll the dice during his time living in London, where for 10 years he managed the exclusive Chelsea nightclub, Raffles, frequented by celebrities and royalty, said: “It’s a fascinating game and not difficult to learn. Everyone who has been on holiday to Greece or Spain will see how popular backgammon is there, with games being played at roadside cafes by all age groups.”

He has won the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the Fibsboard Backgammon Online forum.

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before his opponent. Excavations have revealed that the game was played around 3000BC in Persia (Iran) and it was played in various forms by the ancient Romans, and subsequently throughout Europe. The first world championship was held in Las Vegas in 1967, and later moved to Monte Carlo for many years. The game is also played extensively online.

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact Jonathan at info@cedarmanor.co.uk/ 015394 43192

 

 

 

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