Posted: 12/02/2013 19:43:45 by Nigel Nixon

An Ambleside volunteer has been declared as Oxfam's International Person of the Year.

Barrie Wendt received the accolade not only for his work at the Ambleside branch, at which he has volunteered for over 22 years, ever since retiring. But also for the business retailing systems he has developed and introduced nationally, which keeps over 700 Oxfam shops in the UK running smoothly.

Annually Oxfam receives £30m from its 700 UK shops, including £50,000 from the Ambleside store. Many of the shops 30 volunteers gathered to celebrate Mr Wendt's award.

In a framed citation, Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Dame Barbara Stocking, praised Mr Wendt’s dedication, expertise and willingness to train and support Oxfam shop managers and volunteers, which she said had made an incalculable contribution to the charity’s trading division.


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Posted: 12/02/2013 19:41:56 by Nigel Nixon

A GIANT picture frame is touring the Lake District this month to 'frame' the stunning landscape in the style of a work of art.

The large four metre by two metre frame is being positioned in various locations to show off some of the area’s most spectacular views.

A smaller second frame will also be touring Lake Windermere on the back of one of the public passenger boats.

The frames are part of the free Sine Dubio (without doubt) Festival of Art – a new ‘dynamic and interactive’ art festival for the Lake District.

Sophia Newton, of Sine Dubio Art, said: “The Lake District has long been a source of creativity for poets, writers and artists. We wanted to highlight this by framing the area’s breath-taking landscape and showing just why artists keep coming to the Lake District for inspiration.

The festival will champion the work of 15 artists from across northern England – including nine local Cumbrian artists. Claire Bentley-Smith, an equestrian artist from Leeds, will also be creating live art during the exhibition, as well as running classes.

The Sine Dubio festival will take place at Low Wood Bay, on the shores of Windermere, on the weekend of February 16-17. Entry to the festival, which runs between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, is free. For more information about the Sine Dubio Festival of Arts, visit


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Posted: 12/02/2013 19:28:14 by Nigel Nixon

ARCHAEOLOGY enthusiasts are being urged to get involved with the third and final stage of a project looking at the industrial past of the Lake District.

‘Reflections on History’ is a joint project by the Lake District National Park and the National Trust and provides opportunities for local people to learn about the past industries of Windermere.

The project has already looked at the industrial themes of woodland and water power but the third stage, starting in April, will take place at the lead mines and slate quarries in Grasmere and Langdale.


An introductory day, including a guided walk to Banks Quarry, Langdale, will be held next month for would-be participants to find out more.

“No prior knowledge or experience is required and on-site training will be provided by qualified archaeologists,” said LDNPA Archaeology and Heritage Assistant Holly Beavitt- Pike.

“However given the remote location and nature of the sites it is important that volunteers can demonstrate a reasonable level of fitness in order to take part in the work,” she added.

The day begins at 11am on March 9 and is at Langdale Village Hall, Chapel Stile.

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