Members April Newsbrief

                                NEWSBRIEF : April 2019                          ……………….From the Secretary  
Silverdale Members’  Practice Meeting  6-7 April
An excellent turn-out on both days meant that we completed 50 metres of wall and three cheek ends.  Only a short piece of wall remains to be repaired. We will suggest a day at some future time and invite you to come and complete the job.  It was good to welcome four of our new members to the meeting and we hope that they were not put off by the inevitable craic!  The village institute provided excellent refreshments on both days and also ensured that the weather was fine.
              Photos: David  Rawle 
Thanks to everyone who turned out – the village institute team was delighted with the results and surprised we did so much. Actually so were we!
Up Coming Courses
1.The Features course – cheek ends – on 27 April was cancelled in view of George Edington’s unavoidable absence owing to a hospital appointment
2. And on Sunday 28 April, I am planning to hold an up hill walling day at Troutbeck, finishing a job on one of the boundary walls of the Arabian Stud Farm where we hold the Beginners’ Courses. All members are invited, but as the site is restricted, we can only comfortably accommodate 10 people.  So first come, first served.  I already have four names, so hurry!
3. The next Members’ Practice Meet is at Langdale NT on 18 – 19 May and Tony will be sending out instructions in due course.  He has had a good response to date for the Nent Head meeting on 15 – 16 June, but it’s not too late to sign up for that.
New Members
 Michael Potts (Carlisle), Christopher Wilson (Brampton), Karen Hughes (Ambleside), Paul Cliffin (Keld,Shap) and Marc Harrison (Clitheroe) have joined the branch.  I have told them that they will be welcomed by the members and treated gently – to start with!  We look forward to seeing them on our Practice Meets.
Farm Open Days
I did alert you to this in an email some time ago, but as yet have had no takers!  The days are held at Heaves Farm, Levens and up to 2000 children from schools in Cumbria and north Lancashire get to see the workings of a farm – including walling.  This year the dates are Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 June, 9.00 am till 3.00pm. Lunch provided by Westmorland County Showground which organises the event.  I will not be able to attend this year as I’ll be in USA but would appreciate 2 or three members each day (can do both days of course!) Let me know please asap!
Thank you letter
Talking about the Showground … we had a letter from Christine Knipe thanking us for the work we did on the orchard wall at Lane Farm on the March weekend.
And, of course, Country Fest is fast approaching and we shall need some support for our usual walling demo on the showground. It’s Saturday and Sunday 1 – 2 June. This year we have 8 tons of new limestone to play with, so come and be the first to enjoy that!
And Finally!
You may have seen in this week’s Westmorland Gazette  that Jack Ellerby sets off on a 400 mile trek on 7 May – coast to coast and back again!  All in 22 days and he is raising money for The Brain Tumour Society and Motor Neurone Association. We should support him in this and for the reasons for this marathon and to donate go to    (It seems a rather extreme way to avoid instructing a  beginners’ course and our practice meet at Langdale!). Good luck though, Jack

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