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Dancers Assemblé as Rachel Gordon brings Ballet to Carlisle

Rachel Gordon has spent much of her life teaching, starting back when her mother opened Border Ballet over thirty years ago. She will follow in her mother’s footsteps when she launches Cumbria Ballet School this September. “I’m a specialist ballet teacher as well as a primary and pre-school teacher,” said Rachel.  “I have over 20 […]

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Beauty that’s more than skin deep with M I Aesthetics

M I Aesthetics has been open in Carlisle for the past year and in that time, cardiac nurse and owner, Mandy Irving has seen more and more people walk through the clinic doors. “It has really picked up recently, much of my new business is word of mouth, which is great.  There are a few […]

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Brian not Slowing Down After MBE

Since the passing of his wife in 2009 due to Type 1 Diabetes Brian Hough, of Stanwix, has made it his mission to raise money, and more importantly awareness, of the condition. Brian’s hard work and dedication was recognised when he was awarded an MBE for services to the Cumbrian community and to Diabetes UK […]

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Sarah Sinclair – A Stylish Summer

The temperature may suggest otherwise, but with summer just around the corner Sarah Sinclair brings you the trends that will be making their way into your wardrobes this season. Prairie dresses The rise in more modest dressing, along with the ongoing theme of women reclaiming their femininity, makes the prairie dress the must-have item for […]

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Here to help manage but also enjoy life

Age UK West Cumbria offers a range of independent living services to help you manage and continue to enjoy life as you grow older. Their services are flexible and can be tailored to individual needs. They supply daily living and mobility aids for use around the home and when you are out. You can view […]

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Fostering – A gift that can last forever

Have you ever considered fostering? It is often thought of as being exclusive to a slightly older generation, the truth in fact is that young families can seriously benefit from fostering a child.   We spoke to Terri Johnston, she and her husband Frank first started fostering when she was 33 and he was 36 they […]

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Local artist is hoping for a bright future

The dream of any artist is to make a living from their art and Scotby born artist Carl Fitton is no exception.  It’s not as simple as giving up a your job and working for yourself. When you have a young family it’s not possible to sacrifice a full time wage and that meant Carl […]

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There will be no White Christmas for some Cumbrians

It’s getting cold and dark here but in Australia it’s the opposite, the days are getting warmer and summer is on it’s way. What do folk do on Christmas day when it’s over 30 degrees?  A roast seems excessive so we decided to check in with a few Cumbrians who’ve made the move and will […]

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How travel can inspire a change of direction

Alex Cook brings ideas from his time on the road into Vanquish, a new clothing range with Earth friendly ideals that branch from tribal roots.   There’s no such thing as an ordinary life, everyone has their own defining moments, extreme situations and special times.  Egremont born Alex has had his fair share of them […]

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Cumbria’s woodlands are here for all of us to enjoy

The Forestry Commission is set to celebrate its centenary.  Founded in 1919 the role of the commission was to increase the woodlands in Britain by purchasing large tracts of land for wood production.  They set about the task of afforestation, simply put, that’s planting fresh trees on land that was never previously woods. Or reforestation, […]

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