The Centre for Complementary Care
got all manner of jumble, books, china, DVDs, toys, games, jewellery
and pictures all served up with a generous helping of tea and cakes
plus a side order of a nice tombola . It's going to be in our rear
courtyard (bear left up the drive, and it's through the beautiful
wrought iron gates to the right ...) which has open-fronted outbuildings,
so should the bank holiday weather be less than kindly, you can
still browse in the dry. Gates open at 10.00am and close at 1.00pm
but we recommend getting here early, because you know what those
dealers are like ... buzzing around the place like a biblical plague
before you've even got the kettle on.
Paula - friend, client and Centre Trustee -died peacefully at the
West Cumberland Hospital on Wednesday the 23rd of January, just
one week after recording an interview with BBC Look North.
thoughts are with husband Paul and their two young children.
can read our tribute to her HERE.
Look North cameras were at the Centre on Wednesday the
16th of January, filming our volunteers as they went about their
business ... knitting, making bee frames for next season, walking
backwards and forwards in bee-keeping suits for the for the benefit
of the cameras that kept seizing up in the cold ... You know, an
everyday story of country folk.
resulting piece will be screened on
Monday the 28th of January.
Christmas Fair was a runaway success for us, in spite of
the usual dodgy weather. We cleared £1,800, which is really
quite remarkable and we're hugely grateful to everyone who made
the effort to turn up and support us.
you so much ...
Welly Day - Sunday, April 1st.
organizing a big garden clean-up day on Sunday April the
1st and - weather permitting - will (amongst other things)
be starting work on our new project - the wildflower meadow. We've
just worked out that we're going to need SEVEN wheelbarrows to make
best use of the number of people we expect (hope!) will turn up.
can donate a wheelbarrow - in any condition (we have blokes with
muscles and hammers who can fettle anything) - we'd be very grateful.
- plants - especially those that don't mind having their feet in
water. We're replanting the sunken garden, which was
once a pond but had to be filled in for safety reasons. It
still has the pond liner in it and in wet weather (which we hardly
ever have, of course) it does its level best to turn BACK into a
do come and join us on April 1st ... everyone is welcome, and tea
and cake is offered as an inducement.
information, email us on Admin@cccare.org or telephone us on 01229
chosen the images for our 2012 Calendar and it'll be shortly going
off to the printers - and, with a bit of luck and a following wind,
will be available (at a cost of £6.50 plus £1.00 postage
and packing) from October.
can have a sneak preview of James Roberts' beautiful black and white
Centre is going into bee-keeping. Two hives have been delivered
and the bees will follow shortly. We're all going to become
Bee Bores. Don't say you weren't warned!
lost a friend. Phyllida - a Trustee and loyal supporter from
the very early days of the Centre - died peacefully at home on Tuesday
the 10th of May after a short illness.
22nd has come and gone and is already receding into the mists of
time, but golly, weren't WE lucky bunnies, and don't we KNOW it?
From Monday the 17th through to the morning of Friday the 21st ,
we were pounded by high winds, driving rain and general climatic
grimness. Gazebos were erected on mud in the teeth of a gale and
it was accounted a miracle when they were still standing the following
morning having neither blown away, buckled nor slid downhill.
on Friday afternoon, as we were wandering forlornly around the quagmire
with tombola prizes, jumble, books and assorted junk antiques the
wind dropped, the skies cleared and the sun came out.
I was a person who believed in omens I'd be mentioning the moment
on that Friday afternoon when someone walked past the buddleia outside
the office window and a huge cloud of Painted Ladies, Peacocks,
Fritillaries, Red Admirals and Tortoiseshells flew into the air
August 22nd dawned.
sky was blue - except for the picturesque, fluffy white clouds.
A light wind of the variety usually referred to as a zephyr'
was gently ruffling the leaves on the trees and the birds were
tweeting away like anything.
ground had dried out. The first visitors arrived. The Mayors arrived.
The park-and-ride system up from the car park at Muncaster Castle
was worked flawlessly. The outdoor service went without a hitch
(even after we half-inched the power cable to rescue the ice cream
van when its generator packed up
birthday cake was cut. The speeches were delivered. The photographs
were taken (by Yours Truly, who is not, therefore, in ANY of them
ho-ho-ho). People basked in the sun, licked ice creams, drank
wine, ate strawberries, wandered around the garden and greeted old
friends. Then, after the raffle was drawn, all 300 or so magically
melted away again.
August 23rd dawned ...
winds, driving rain and general climatic grimness.
don't know about you but WE find that slightly scary ...
this thing called 'An Indian Summer'. Back in the Good Old Days
(remember them?) you could usually rely on a period of warm, sunny
and settled weather at the beginning of October. So - when
we rescheduled (and relabelled) our "Music for a Summer's Evening"
for October 1st, we thought we were on reasonably safe turf.
torrential rain, flooded roads ...
however, we still managed to make £1,400 on the day.
We strongly suspect that this is because those few hardy souls who
DID turn out, decided pretty much to stay put - digging themselves
in with the food in the warm and the dry - instead of moving on
to the other events that day (most of which had been cancelled anyway,
on account of other people having the sense they were born with
- unlike us).
Winter and Steve Murphy provided the live music and were terrific.
It was just a wonderful day - so ya boo sucks to the British climate.
FOR A SUMMER'S EVENING
happen did it?
came to Eskdale.
driving rain, more wind ...
dawned and guess what?
Perfect picnic weather.
has started a Centre blog. She plainly has nothing better
to do. If you want to encourage her frivolity, go and read
the Centre Manager's Desk
Centre Manager's dog, died on the 24th of December 2007. He
was very old - about 14, she believes - and had been in gradually
failing health for some time. During the Christmas holiday
he let her know - in his own way - that he had lived long enough.
He slipped away very peacefully and without distress. He was
the Centre's mascot and client-greeter for over nine years, and
The Chase seems strangely still and empty without him ...
TOUR - A Virtual Tour has been added to the site
- courtesy of Pulse Business Solutions of Thornhill. There
are four 360° panoramas - two in the Centre and two in the garden.
You'll find it on the "Muncaster Chase" page, under the
link to "The Centre". Please
take a look.