Jenny introduced Adrian to talk about the local Foodbank which is run by the Trussell Trust. It has just celebrated its 10th birthday and is needed more than ever. Adrian


Maggie Bell Seascape by Francis Winder

PERCY HOUSE GALLERY 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth

01900 829 667

One of the new artists to the gallery is Francis Winder. We now have a lovely display of her oils, watercolours and acrylics. Francis teaches regularly at Higham Hall.

“I love the wilderness areas, walking and gardening. Colour and light are important to me and provide the stimulus for many of my recent paintings.

“I am also drawn increasingly to more abstract expression of the landscapes and forms.”

Francis has exhibited with the Royal Academy and the Manchester Academy.

Alongside work by Francis, we have new textiles by Dianne Standen, beautiful photographs by Martin Lawrence and Jim Kearney.

Handmade glass pictures, jewellery and ceramics. DUBWATH SILVER MEADOWS

This year sees the 10th anniversary of listening to the Dawn Chorus at Silver Meadows, which gets its name from the flowers of the Meadowsweet which glow in the silvery light of the moon. The seeds have been used to flavour a local variety of gin. The plant was also often used as an analgesic, as it contains salicylic acid, or aspirin.

Percy House Above: Wild Meadow by Caroline Craven INFO@COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

There is another Dawn Chorus in early May, when we can listen to and identify, many species of bird accompanied by an ornithologist. We have other events during the year’s programme, including looking at amphibians, bats, mosses, liverworts, moths, animals and a flower walk at the end of June/early July. All are accompanied by an enthusiast who can tell you more about them.

A lot is happening, as our volunteers prepare the site for the spring. The Celtic Shelter is being re-made too! Come along and see what we do. There are boardwalk and gravel pathways around the four ecological sites, so it is suitable for walking, cycling, wheelchair users and buggies. Dogs are welcome on a lead. There is a picnic area and benches to sit on. There are several informative notice boards to show you want to look out for. Many birds are frantically feeding at both the feeding stations and it is often possible to see deer, or an occasional otter if it is quiet. Car parking by the site.

Joan Ingrams

Silver Meadows Member

ISSUE 439 | 27 FEBRUARY 2020 | 26

I have visited many shrines in my life, including Canterbury, Rome and Santiago de Compostela. However, I've never had the opportunity of visiting Walsingham in Norfolk, the national Shrine of Our Lady - or two shrines, to be accurate, one Catholic and one Anglican.

The original shrine was established in 1061 and became one of the greatest in medieval Christendom, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year.

In 1538, during the devastating events of the English Reformation, the shrine was destroyed, and the statue of Our Lady was carted off to London and burnt. That might have been that, except that devotion to Our Lady was not so easily destroyed and the shrine was restored in 1897.

In 1934, The Slipper Chapel was declared to be the National Shrine of Our Lady for Roman Catholics in England. Shortly afterwards, in 1938, the Anglican Shrine came into being. Both Shrines have been extraordinarily successful.

Currently, the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel is doing the rounds of all the Catholic Cathedrals in this country, as part of an initiative to rededicate the country once again to Mary.

The fact that there are two shrines might, on the face of it, seem counter-productive in these ecumenical days. However, by all accounts, they collaborate in many ways, demonstrating a shared devotion in both our Churches to the Mother of Christ.

Fr. Tom Singleton

showed us a typical box for one person for three days. He talked about how donations are picked up every week from supermarkets, schools and other sources to be stored in their depots. Local industries and clubs are great supporters giving much- needed goods and funds. There are 180 volunteers to help sort and distribute the food.

At our meeting with Plumbland WI on 4th March our speaker is Ken Graham, talking about his Japanese Experience. This meeting is an evening open to all at £3.50.

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