Posted: 02/06/2014 23:19:32 by Nigel Nixon
Former Ambleside May Queens and attendants can take a nostalgic look back at what what was once a highlight of village life with old photographs in Ambleside Library.

The May Queen would be about 15 years old, accompanied by two train and crown-bearers and the annual coronation was held on a Friday in May in the Ambleside Assembly Rooms. The new Queen and attendants would be photographed in the garden at Wraysholme, Millans Park.

Old photographs of Ambleside’s Crowning Glories will be on display at Ambleside Library until mid-June, as part of Local History Month.  Ambleside Oral History archive also has interviews recounting May Queen celebrations at www.aohg.org.uk

Tagged with: Exhibition, May, Queens, Ambleside


Posted: 02/06/2014 23:15:06 by Nigel Nixon
The glamorous world of cinema got a distinctly Cumbrian twist as the premiere of a new British comedy came to Ambleside.

Cast, crew and audience paired evening gowns and suits with hiking boots and walked down a grassy red carpet as the curtain went up on ‘Downhill’ at Zeffirellis.

Shot entirely on location, the comedy tells the story of four friends who take on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.

The event was attended by cast members Jeremy Swift and Richard Lumsden and director James Rouse, who was visibly emotional at seeing his feature debut on the big screen, and the warm audience reaction.
“It’s a story about four guys going on a walk which doesn’t sound very sexy but it’s the characters, hopefully, that make you stay with it.”

The small crew were a ‘tight unit’ and helped each other carry equipment up hills while dealing with the downpours.   “If a film showed a two-week walk in the north of England with wonderful weather no one would have believed it.  The landscapes were extraordinary and I think England looks really good in this film.”
The event was held in aid of the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, with a total of £900 raised.

Tagged with: Downhill, Film, Premiere, Ambleside


Posted: 23/05/2014 09:08:30 by Nigel Nixon
A  garden which has brought the Peter Rabbit illustrations to life has won a gold award at this week’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness took the accolade for creating a herb garden based on the well-known drawings, complete with radish patch, vegetable garden and Peter himself hiding in a watering can.

The entry was the idea of Richard Lucas, garden designer at the Bowness attraction, who worked with Staffordshire plant nursery, Hooks Green Herbs, to create the display for the Grand Pavilion.

The garden features culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables, wild flowers and some cottage garden favourites too, along with Mr McGregor’s greenhouse as well as walls that replicate the Lake District slate from the original illustrations.

Tagged with: Flower, Gold, medal, Peter, Rabitt, Show, Chelsea


Posted: 23/05/2014 09:05:35 by Nigel Nixon
‘Postman Pat: The Movie’ recently had its Kendal premiere at the Brewery Cinema for an early showing before it opens nationwide in the presence of his creator John Cunliffe and the actor Stephen Mangan.

Recorded in Soho, animated in Jordan and directed by an American,  it features Ronan Keating as Pat's singing voice and Stephen Mangan as his normal voice.

The idea was first devised over 30 years ago in a tiny terraced cottage on Kendal's Greenside by a rookie teacher and is based on the local area and in particular the valley of Longsleddle, which runs to the north of Kendal.  There are still many people living in the valley who claim be the models for the various characters



Posted: 14/05/2014 19:32:57 by Nigel Nixon

Visitors at Whinlatter watched on television screens as KL, the ringed female, laid her first egg at Bassenthwaite on April 23, followed by another two eggs on April 26 and 29.  It is believed that she has returned from Africa with the same unringed male as last year to the same site.

Meanwhile further south in Cumbria a pair of the Ospreys have settled at a peatbog near Witherslack and it is hoped that the site will get its first chicks later this year.

The male has a white ring on his right leg, indicating he was born at Bassenthwaite in 2008 and the female has a right blue leg ring and was born in Kielder Forest in 2010.

The site is a large expanse of raised bog close to the River Kent and Morecambe Bay – both good sources of fish.



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