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What a Difference a Year Makes

Today I took a stroll through a beautifully sunny, frosty Carlisle. I’d been stuck at home this weekend thanks to a couple of car problems and couldn’t get my Lake District fix. I suppose – if you’ve got to be stuck in… there aren’t many nicer places than Carlisle.   This weekend in December 2015 was a complete contrast: a very wet spell through the late Autumn had left the ground saturated and and river levels twitchy! It was a bonanza for the white water...

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Community Building From Stanwix to Somalia

In many forgotten corners of the world such as Carlisle, there are communities like Stanwix. Only problem is… they’ve forgotten they’re communities. As is often the case; while half a dozen faithful souls strive to regenerate the facilities that lie at the centre; the community as a whole just sits back oblivious to the dire state of the collapsing fabric around them.. It’s time for a change folks! Community Association Frustration Community building is probably one of...

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Stanwix Community Association is Fading Fast.. Time to Get Your Fingers Out Folks!

After an ambitious year of trying to coordinate the rebuilding of the hut managed by Stanwix Community Association (SCA), I think it would be safe to say we have failed due to a lack of support from the community we serve. At our monthly meetings, if we are lucky, perhaps half a dozen people turn up to manage a complex project that would have taxed a full time professional team. Our aim was to rebuild the two huts that serve as part of Stanwix’ community hub; alongside St....

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Rannoch Pitlochry on Low Water

Well we had a good go! Having set off a day late because of Robs other commitments we arrived at Ballinluig to drop a car off at what we hoped would be a staging post on the way to Perth. From Ballinluig on the confluence of Tummel and Tay, we then had to drag all the gear in Rob’s van, across to Bridge of Orchy for the night, to be in position for the next morning’s logistical juggling. After all the rushing around, I set up the tent while Rob slumped back into his seat saying...

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Stanwix Carlisle Gains a Community Web Site

Stanwix, site of the largest fort on Hadrian’s Wall, now has its own http://stanwixcommunitycentre.org.uk website. Its information will grow for local residents, community organisations, local businesses and visitors. Starting from years of web experience as a lost soul browsing his way down the road to nowhere and an almost pathological reluctance to make a website, Ray had to learn fast. With help from Nigel Burnie who ran Digital Solutions UK from his home in the area and another...

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Rannoch To Perth Fundraiser

Several Stanwix youngsters are booked to take part in an exciting boundary expanding visit to the international scout camp at Kandersteg in Switzerland. Activities include all the familiar favourites that could just as easily be tackled in our very own Lake District, so why on earth go to Switzerland. Very simply it is to widen the horizons of the older scouts, through tackling adventurous activities in a much bigger scale environment than the Lakes provide As well as the scale of the...

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