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The Club held a very successful exhibition recently to celebrate National Stamp Day, providing visitors with a free valuation service and hopefully recruiting some new members. Sadly, no enormous rarities discovered!


Two dates for the diary are a talk and display entitled The Indian Mutiny by Max Smith of Bingley on 26th July and the club’s annual auction on 23rd August. Max is a leading collector of Indian Postal History and will be displaying original letters written by many of the most important participants in the campaign. He is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker and his talk will appeal to anyone with an interest in military or colonial history as well as philatelists. Visitors are very welcome and there is no charge for admission. Refreshments will be available.


All meetings take place at the Friends’ Meeting House in Kirkgate, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11.00am.


More details from Mike Roberts mike@mikerobe.co.uk • 07885 839 622


Cockermouth Swimming Club


We are celebrating


our 40th Anniversary For past and present swimmers 1st September


7.00pm at the Castle Inn £15.00 per person


Children 12 years and over welcome


Tickets available from FROCS at the Club or for past swimmers Helen Downey (Asquith) on Helenjdowney@gmail.com


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www.lakedistricthotels.net/skiddawhotel POETS OUT LOUD


With the opportunity of featuring in each issue of The Cockermouth Post one, rather oddly, considering I write poems on many subjects, I’m slightly stumped on what to write.


“We had many poets reciting their poems on a wide variety of topics to an appreciative audience this month,” would soon get repetitive.


Therefore, to fill this space, we have asked the poets to drop some poems into a hat and here for you is the first one to be plucked from it and it just so happens to be one of mine:


CLOCK HANDS A boy walks weightless.


Hands moving here there and everywhere. Palms skimming wall tops, Slapping lampposts, Xylophoning railings. Fingers frilling and waving like hunting sea anemones,


Plucking at the hedges and grabbing grasses As they swing and swirl through the air.


A lad walks heavy with growing. Solid fists stuffed in pockets,


Gripping the lining between palm and fingers. The gawky awkward arms locked down. Nothing to see here, I Know it all now.


Childish wall flying and post slapping So not for him.


A man walks with the weight of living easily carried.


Hands swing in time with the spring of his step. Palms facing in,


The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth.


Second Wednesday of every month 8.00pm - 10.30pm, doors open 7.45pm Entry £2.50 donation on the door


For more information, contact Annie Kendall 07552 715 859


email cumbrianpoet@aol.com ISSUE 426 | 23 JUNE 2018 | 9


Thumbs every so often brushing his thigh as they pass.


Boy memories of the feel of the fresh green hawthorn leaf


The slight tackiness before the slick from the ruptured cell walls as it is crushed between finger and thumb. He plucks a leaf.


An old man walks with the weight of living carried.


Old hands no heavier


But heavy now for the lost spring of the tendons and muscles. Arms hang


The straightened elbow joint twists the wrist around.


Old men walk with the weight of living carried And their palms are facing back.


Annie Kendall, May 2018


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