Monthly Archives: January 2012


Shameem to Carry the Flame

Shameem Arnold’s Cleator Moor fans in her Moky dance fitness classes at St Bega’s Church Hall are thrilled to hear that she has been chosen as an official torchbearer when the…

Carols Together

Schools Together with Carols

The feeling that Christmas should bring people together was beautifully expressed when children from each of Egremont’s primary schools, St Bridget’s Primary, Orgill Primary and Bookwell Primary, congregated in St Mary’s…


The La’al Big Band

Alan Cleaver interviews Paul Marks   When did you form and why? The band was formed in April 2011 for several reasons. Having bought a house in Gosforth five years…


Hey, these are real people

Jack and Isa Douglas recall life with with Stone Age villagers   “Hey, these are real people!” For Isa Douglas that was a revelation. Having grown up in Parton and worked…


A Happy Christmas

In the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 1963 1 received a message in my surgery asking me to visit a dog in difficulty having pups. The village to which I…


Egremont’s Story Wall

By Edna Branthwaite   When Brian Capstick and his Lakeland Construction team rebuilt the retaining wall between Mill Cottage and the River Ehen in August 2011 they used only the materials…


Cheek by Jowl at Shakespeare Party

Nothing could have been further from spouting Shakespeare. This was a party where people had come to share delight and above all to listen to one another with all barriers down….


Are You Feeling Well

asks Alan Alexander   Let me start with something really positive. A survey by the internationally renowned Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has confirmed that the NHS is…


Cartoon Caption Competition

By David Bradley   What do you think these two characters are saying to each other? If you are feeling creative, why not make a suggestion via email to to arrive…


Santas on their marks to chase that Christmas Turkey

Law abiding residents looked on in amazement as no fewer than sixty Santa Clauses chased a giant Christmas Turkey round the streets of Egremont. Many of those taking part in the…