Continued from cover... With temperatures around two degrees, campers kept thoughts from the cold and enjoyed live music from Smith Corona and Little Sleepers were kept entertained by storyteller Ian Douglas and a family movie. Volunteers from Calderwood House, a homeless hostel in Egremont, kept campers warm with their speciality coffee and English Lakes Hotels provided the evening meal and breakfast rolls in the morning.

Chief Executive of the charity, Andy Beeforth said: “We’ve had another fantastic year at the Big Sleep and a huge thank you to everyone who took part or who supported them. The event usually raises around £15,000 and this money makes a huge difference, enabling us to continue our work, helping older people within our community.

“Extra funding is always great, but awareness is even better and we want people to understand what fuel poverty is and how it affects people. The money raised will be used to provide grants to some of the poorest, most vulnerable older people in the county. Thank you to everyone who took part or supported the participants.”

The appeal has already distributed £125,000 this winter and helped over 700 older people heat their homes to date.

A team of seven from Age UK West Cumbria braved the cold to take part. Project Lead, Sarah Bromiley said: “It was great to support the Winter Warmth Appeal again this year. It’s fantastic everyone camps so close together. The sun even came out, although the lake was a bit choppy!”

Kerry and Matthew Beswick

Kerry Beswick and her son Matthew, were part of a team from Napthens Solicitors, who have offices all over Cumbria. Kerry said: “It’s great to do something nice for the local community and have fun while you’re raising money.”

1st Wetheral Brownies

The 1st Wetheral Brownies were with the Big Sleep in spirit on Saturday night as they camped out at Talkin Tarn. Tawny Owl said: “Our intrepid participants have been busy collecting more than £600 in sponsor money for the Winter Warmth Appeal. We had a great time with a lantern

lit walk and we admired the moon reflected in Talkin Tarn. We played in the playground and had a stalking game in the woods. After supper we all tucked up to watch a film.”

You can still donate towards the Winter Warmth Appeal. Visit to-the-winter-warmth-fund or phone 01900 825760.

Or you can send a cheque to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter Warmth’ on the back. Send it to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN

If you or someone you know is in need of support from the Winter Warmth Appeal, please contact your local Age UK.


Jane Clark Textiles finds its home in a small, friendly studio based on a farm in the tiny hamlet of Mosser, a pretty place, just a few miles from Cockermouth. The studio, known as the Granary, opened last year and is run by me, farmer’s wife, Jane Clark.

Jane Clark Textiles

I teach classes and workshops in a variety of textile-related activities - from dyeing your own fabrics and threads, to creating your own designs; you can learn how to embellish your fabrics with printing and mark making using paints and inks and how to add texture and detail with applique and stitch. Whatever you want to have a go at, I will try to accommodate you.

My creative embroidery career began with City and Guilds certificates, completing the level 3 course in 2012 and then going on to finish the diploma in 2014.

I am lucky being able to combine my love of textiles with my work on the farm - it’s surprising what inspiration can be found in the farmyard!

Patchwork Sampler Quilt

Come along to my patchwork evening class and make your very own quilt! Thursday evenings

7.00pm – 9.00pm on 26th April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th May

You’ll need to bring your own sewing machine and 4 to 6 fat quarters of fabric, plus your sewing kit

Creative Hand Embroidery

Come and learn how simple stitches can be made special

Tuesday evenings 7.00pm – 9.00pm

1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd May All materials are supplied

Both courses are £60.00 per person including refreshments

Exciting New Workshops for Spring and Summer

Box Making - Wednesday 23rd May All that Glitters - Wednesday 6th June Mini Quilts - Wednesday 13th June Dyeing Fabrics and Threads - Saturday 16th June Applique - Wednesday 4th July Printing - Saturday 14th July

Putting Text into Textile Art - Wednesday 18th July

All workshops run from 10.00am to 3.30pm at a cost of £50.00 per person All materials supplied, with refreshments

Booking essential for all Workshops For full details please call 01900 826403 (evenings) The Granary Studio, Mosser

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