Continued from cover... Adult and junior crews from the Derwentwater club, which has more than 80 members from all over North and West Cumbria, took part in the annual blue-ribbon event held at the country park near Brampton.

Club chairman Chris Pratt said: “Saturday was a great day for Lakeland Rowing Club. Our members’ commitment to the club and the sport was represented by a huge turnout at both senior and junior level and an enviable collection of winners’ trophies.

coxless quad category (average age 45-49) with club captain Simon Bamforth, also from Whitehaven, Stefan Escreet, from Bassenthwaite, and club development officer David Thomas, from Keswick.

Lakeland’s final victory of the regatta went to Celia Whittam, from Troutbeck, Lisa Waistell, from Newbiggin, Claire Brock, from Ellonby, and Fiona Grove, from Cockermouth, in the women’s Masters’ D-F (age 50-64) coxless quads.

Several other races were extremely closely fought. Double scullers Sam Ayers and Julia McCumiskey, from Keswick, fought all the way to the finish in their women’s Band 3 final, losing out by a couple of centimetres to a pairing from Lancaster’s John O’ Gaunt RC.

Lakeland Rowing Club Competitors at Talkin Tarn

The Winning Lakeland Men’s Quad at Talkin Tarn From left Simon, James, Stefan and David

“The club’s light and dark blue livery is gaining attention and some renown, all over the North these days – national recognition beckons next!”

The first victory of the day went to James Waterfield, from Whitehaven, in the men’s Band 3 single sculls final.

He took a second win in the men’s Masters’ C

Despite starting with a five-second handicap in the final, the quartet rowing in club boat ‘Lady of Lingholm’ chased down a more experienced crew from Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club to cross the line an impressive two boat lengths in front.

Nick Cowan, from Eaglesfield, triumphed in three events, winning finals in the men’s Masters’ D-E (age 50-59) category in his single scull, with doubles partners Sam Ayers, also from Eaglesfield, in the mixed D category and with Dave Chappell from Tyne Amateur Rowing Club in the men’s E category.

Lakeland’'s Victorious Doubles Crew Nick Cowan and Sam Ayers at Talkin Tarn

Beginners, or returning rowers, who would like to know more about opportunities at Lakeland RC can visit or find the club on Facebook – just search for the Lakeland Rowing Club page.

Alex Morgan Lakeland Rowing Club


A group from Fibre Space Isle of Man travelled to Woolfest to celebrate the island’s native breed, Manx Loaghtan and local wool crafts

Continued from cover... Wool enthusiasts from Scandinavia, Russia, the USA and Japan were among the fleece shoppers and there were also lots of visitors from across the UK, including a group from the Isle of Man and several stallholders from the Scottish Islands.

Woolfest, now in its fourteenth year, was the original British festival of wool, celebrating every stage of the fibre from livestock and raw fleece to yarn and finished goods. This was reflected in the Main Ring presentations with Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company talking about choosing and processing raw fleece, Peter Titley, former President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), introducing visitors to a range of native and rare


Lindsay Roberts of Blue Moon Indigo and The Border Tart was the winner of the stallholder award from members of The Wool Clip. Left to right: Alice Underwood, Lindsay Roberts and Jan Beadle

breed sheep in the daily Parade and a first time speaker, Andrea Meanwell, talking about life on her hill farm in the Westmorland Dales and reading from her poetry and prose.

Over 350 fleeces were sold during Woolfest at the Fleece Sale with plenty of other trade from the various breed stands.

There was live music throughout the event and collections for the Great North Air Ambulance were almost double the 2017 figure at £417.

Finally, the organisers of Woolfest, members of The Wool Clip cooperative, made awards to four stallholder businesses, recognising their contribution to the variety, atmosphere and

friendliness of the event. These went to Rachel Phillimore and Suzanne Stuart Davies of Fold in the Land, Tania Ashton Jones of TJFrog and Alan Miller of Yarns to Yearn For with an overall award and a guaranteed stand for 2019 going to Lindsay Roberts, aka The Border Tart of Blue Moon Indigo.

Next year’s Woolfest is already fixed for Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June 2019 at Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth. ISSUE 427 | 19 JULY 2018 | 54

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