Wet Sands by Robert Brindley Robert Brindley, Artist

PERCY HOUSE GALLERY 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth

01900 829 667 New to Percy House are paintings by Robert Brindley.

Robert has been a professional painter since 1992 and moved to Cumbria earlier this year. Working in watercolour, oil and pastel, he paints landscape and coastal scenery.

In 1997, Robert was elected a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.

His first book ‘Painting Boats and Coastal

Scenery’ was

published in 2009. He has since gone on to produce various books, DVDs and he is a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’ magazine.

Percy House

‘All Creatures Great and Small’ the exhibition of work by the talented Angie Flynn continues until the end of September.

All well worth a visit! Big Bunch of Daffs by Angie Flynn INFO@COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


Churches Together in Cockermouth and surrounding area (CTiCA) are delighted to announce the launch of a new scheme to help address the key issues of loneliness and isolation in and around Cockermouth. We have exciting plans to create a befriending project which reaches and supports mainly older people through home visits, engagement in social events and activities and signposting to other agencies.

The service has been backed by Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Cinnamon Trust and Cockermouth Rotary Club.

Paul Mogford of Kings Church, who has been involved in setting up the scheme, recalled the setting up of the Foodbank by CTiCA ten years ago and how it has grown to cover the whole of West Cumbria. Paul said: “If Linking Lives follows a similar path, it will make a real difference as the proportion of over 65s in our population continues to rise.”

CTiCA has 18 member and associate churches from every denomination in the area, including Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reform, Kings Church, Society of Friends and Cockermouth Christian Centre. Godfrey Butland, Leader of the Grasmoor Mission Community feels that the new service is a real answer to prayer and is a great example of all churches working together for the benefit of the whole community. He said: “The Church is the biggest voluntary organisation in the UK, and this is an important time to be reaching out in support of our community.”

Newly appointed Scheme Coordinator Sue Gorman commented on how the service will work. She said: “It’s a bit like a dating agency really, where the churches provide most of the volunteers who will

visit their link friends – individuals who have been referred into the service by Health and Social Care professionals together with other sources including self or family referral.

“Many older people, whose children may have moved away can be left lonely and isolated and this can have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing which research has shown can be equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.”

Terry Peate, Chairman and Operations Manager has been working with Linking Lives at national level in order to prepare for its launch on 1st October 2019. He said: “Everyone at Linking Lives has been extremely helpful and professional and have provided an excellent website, robust recruitment and safeguarding procedures, together with expert advice on building a sustainable service.

“We have enough funding for our first year, but our aim is to continue fundraising, so if you would like to help us financially, or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us.

“Our formal launch event will be at Cockermouth Town Hall on Tuesday 29th October. James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle and Patron of Linking Lives has agreed to preside and welcome a number of our supporters, volunteers and sponsors, with whom we will share our plans for developing the service over the next few years.”

Churches Together in the Cockermouth Area

If you would like to come along and join in the celebration, or if you would like any further information, please contact Sue Gorman.

Telephone 07957 515 140, or via the Linking Lives Office, Christ Church Rooms, South Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RU. Terry Peate, Linking Lives

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