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WE ARE A TOURISM AWARD FINALIST


WORDSWORTH HOUSE AND GARDEN PRESIDENT KATHERINE'S YEAR A GREAT START TO


Guests on steps at opening ceremony, 3rd June 1939 TASTE OF THE PAST


Cockermouth’s Wordsworth House and Garden is a finalist in the prestigious 2019 Cumbria Tourism Awards – 80 years after local people saved it from demolition.


Poet William’s childhood home has been short-listed for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year in the awards, which recognise the very best of the county’s tourism offer.


Wordsworth House visitor experience manager Zoe Gilbert said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been chosen as a finalist, as Wordsworth House and Garden has so much to offer visitors and locals.


“We’re especially proud to be up for the 2019 award. It is 80 years this summer since William’s birthplace was first opened to the public, after a local campaign to prevent it being knocked down and turned into a bus station gained worldwide support and culminated in the house being presented to the National Trust.


“We’re celebrating with two major exhibitions taking very different perspectives on our fragile and ever-changing relationship with the world around us.


“We chose the subject not just because it’s topical today, but because it was something that mattered a great deal to William, who was one of the founding fathers of the global conservation movement.


“We also have a series of talks and special events, and a new display telling the story of this unique family home in the 20th century.”


The first exhibition of the year, ‘This Land is Our Land’, explores nature’s power to shape people and the impact that humanity, in turn, has on the environment. Contributors include writers Robert Macfarlane, Sarah Hall and Hunter Davies, artist Julian Cooper and others living and working in the Lakes. Open daily except Friday until 8 September, admission is free with entry to the house and garden.


As part of a linked series of evening talks, on Thursday 20 June, National Trust ranger Maurice Pankhurst will share his passion for the trees and woodland at the beating heart of the ecosystem that sustains us all. The talk starts at 7.30pm and booking is essential. Tickets, which cost £5 including coffee and cake, are available from Wordsworth House shop.


June is also one of the best months to explore the house’s award-winning garden. On Tuesday mornings at 11.30am, head gardener Amanda Thackeray will lead a seasonal guided tour.


On 6 June, there is a chance to enjoy an early evening stroll around the tranquil riverside oasis that provided William with a lifetime’s poetic inspiration, as the house and garden stay open until 8pm (last entry 7pm).


The winners of the Cumbria Tourism awards will be announced at a ceremony at Cartmel Racecourse on Wednesday 19 June.


INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK ISSUE 431 | 23 MAY 2019 | 48


Soroptimist International of Cockermouth and District


We had an excellent start to President Katherine's year in office, as three new members were welcomed. Our previous year had been made sad by the death of two very long-standing members and President Helen had worked hard to produce a programme which kept us cheerful.


We now have a packed programme to move forward for the rest of this year and into 2020.


The photograph shows President Helen handing over the chain of office at our Change of Insignia meal. They are joined


by our three new members and next year's incoming president.


Soroptimists inspire action and created opportunities for women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships. The Cockermouth group meet at Veeva on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7.45pm. We also meet for coffee at the Lakes Home Centre on the second Monday.


New members are always welcome, so why not come along and have a chat?


Ros Earthy


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