We welcomed guests to our recent meeting for a cookery demonstration by Helen’s Herbs. Helen grows a wide variety of herb plants, which she sells online, through local farmers markets, plant fairs and country shows. Helen enjoys cooking and preserving the flavours of herbs in jams, butters, chutneys, soups, and sauces.

For our meeting, she cooked thyme and cheese scones, carrot and lentil soup and lemon thyme tea bread. There was plenty for everyone to sample, which made for a delicious and very entertaining and informative evening. Our president Andrea Cameron, gave a vote of thanks to Helen before our guests joined us for supper.

The competition for a herb recipe was won by Amanda Durkan and her mum, Edna Hind, was second.

J.B.Banks & Son Limited - Traditional Hardware Shop and FREE Heritage Museum of Working Life

Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NH The


ironmonger J.B.Banks & Son Limited


Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

typical hardware shop! It is part of the fabric of Cockermouth, part of generations of memories. Passing under the large wooden key in the doorway can be found a welcoming and traditional shop. Selling everything from screws and nails, gate and door furniture to enamelware and garden gifts, plus all those other things no-one else stocks.

There is a large selection of second hand tools, all checked and restored by Ken. Including spoke shaves, chisels, turning tools, garden spades, forks and bill hooks. An ever- changing stock of tactile, practical and perfectly balanced tools. Giving customers the ability to re-use and re-love tools from yesteryear helping the environment and avoiding plastic.

Passing through the shop is the free Heritage Museum. Vanessa and Ken have worked hard to showcase the history and fabric of the building. From the well, which was discovered in the early 1970s, to the workshop benches which pre-dates the shop. It’s all on display, from tools to typewriters,

railway memorabilia and poacher’s

paraphernalia. Wheelchairs, pushchairs and small mobility scooters can access the lower floor, with comfy seats, digital display and photographs always available to bring the upstairs downstairs. Dogs are also allowed into the shop and museum.

J. B. Banks can be found on TripAdvisor and at the time of writing, the museum is the No1 attraction in the town.

So, next time you’re in Cockermouth, don’t pass by, pop in and say hello to Vanessa, Ken, Carole and Sarah. A unique shop which Cockermouth is fortunate to retain.

J.B. Banks is not your

Bothel and Kirkland

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th May, when Richard Mackay will talk about ‘What happens to our waste’.

We are always pleased to welcome guests and new members, so please get in touch with our secretary Joanna South on 01900 828110. Maggie Grant.

Many of us have a box of our parents’ and grandparents’ photographs tucked away in a cupboard. On looking through them, they give us a wonderful insight of the social history of those days. How did homes, fashions and tastes look all those years ago? How did they sleep large families in small houses? What will it be like in another twenty to thirty years? Will there be boxes of photographs with our lives recorded?

No - they will all be on ancient telephones or computers and perhaps unreachable.

This is the tale that Sue Phillips told, in her talk on ‘Social History through photographs’. Sue told us how she takes a photograph every day of her life, writes a brief description and every- so-often, sends them off to have an album made. She brought several of them for us to browse through, as well as old Poly-photos and wartime pictures. She hoped we would be encouraged to talk to our children and grandchildren, showing them our old photographs! Jenny Wren thanked Sue for her thought-provoking talk.

On Wednesday 2nd May, Ros Downing will speak on ‘Victorian High Farming and Model Farms’. Maggie Bell.


7.30pm, Thursday 10th May Yew Tree Hall, High Lorton Guests £3.00 to include refreshments

John Spedding, a retired barrister, has been associated with many of the literary families about which he will speak, particularly the Wordsworth’s and the Tennyson’s. He is a

Fellow of the Wordsworth Trust and Vice- President of the Tennyson Society and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria.


This comment has got to be about Easter. It is all around us, from the obvious daffodils and lambs, to the less obvious rise in temperature and the disappearance of the snow from the fells. The most poignant sign of spring so far, for me at least, was the sight of some frogspawn, normally something which lifts the spirits and makes me look forward to the superabundance of tiny frogs under my feet. Only in this case, the frogspawn was frozen, the new life snuffed out before it had a chance to develop – a reminder indeed that Resurrection is linked inexorably with death. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are separated by a breath, one making sense of the other.


The other thought this year which floated unbidden into my mind, was the link between the full moon and the date of Easter.

It stems from the Jewish calculation of Passover, tied to the first full moon after the Spring equinox. The moon waxes and wanes, a continual cycle of dying and rebirth. Far from giving us cause for concern, death ought to be understood as the portal through which we pass in order to move, with hope, towards the new birth held out to us by the Church at Easter.

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