According to a new study market towns offer a good work-life balance because of affordable homes, good schools and low numbers of people working long hours. Royal Mail drew up a list of the best market towns to live and work in across the UK. Egremont was named best in England, Langholm in Scotland, Denbigh in Wales and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
A Royal Mail spokesman said “This new study demonstrates the breadth of market towns providing attractive places for people across the UK to live and work in.
“For people who value a good work-life balance, there are plenty of market towns to choose from.”
The findings were based on average earnings, house prices, access to services, crime figures, skill level of the local population and unemployment figures.
On Saturday July 6th there will be a national litter picking day. Egremont town council are joining in and we are hoping to have many volunteers to help out.
Instead of having our own community litter pick we have joined the national volunteer day. We hope to have the usual large group of volunteers from Calderwood house, CO-OP, Works4You, WI, EGFlood as well as town and borough councillors. In addition we have been in touch with all the local primary schools and Westlakes academy.
We would like this to be a special day and would like as many people to join in as possible. So why not come along – we will be providing the pickers, vests and bags. All ages and abilities welcome.
We will be meeting outside the Market hall at 1000hrs and aim to target as many of the local grot spots as possible.
Last time we collected over 80 bags of waste, hopefully we can collect even more and make our wonderful town look beautiful.
Working in partnership with Cumbria County Council GardenOrganicUK are recruiting volunteers to become Master Composters.
Volunteers receive: · Free compost training—you don’t need to be an expert. · Ongoing volunteer support and local network of like-minded volunteers. · Spread the compost message in your local community and encourage more people to start composting at home. · Master Composters generally undertake around 30 hours of volunteering each year
Training is free and covers the basic elements of home composting and related environmental issues. We have two upcoming training opportunities with some spaces available:
· Gleaston village hall on – Friday 11th May 10 until 4
· Whitehaven on – Saturday 12th May 10 until 4
If you would like to volunteer or know of someone who would like to become a volunteer and benefit from the programme please let us know. send over an application form
David Garrett Sustainable Communities Manager Direct tel. 024 7621 7742
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RESIDENTS of an Egremont hostel are now trained to prepare foods to professional standards. Calderwood House residents have been provided with advice and guidance on how to keep their kitchen clean, and food preparation safe, free of charge by Copeland Borough Council. The council has been working with residents to provide advice and guidance on how to prepare food properly, which will benefit the residents when they move into their own homes. The Egremont hostel received a food hygiene rating of five, the highest standard of rating thanks to the residents’ knowledge of best practice and techniques. As part of the training, the Council’s Environmental Health Team provided the charity with a handy guide which can be adapted by the hostel to suit the residents’ needs. Martin Hart, Calderwood House resident, said: “I was a chef by trade attending French classical catering college, serving in the army for six years, based in Germany. “I think the training provided by the Copeland Council team is really useful as I enjoy being in the kitchen. Rachel Holliday, Director at Calderwood House, said: “Keeping our residents safe is at the heart of what we do. “To be able to educate our residents to adapt good food hygiene practice will support them in their own home when they move on. “It also ensures that we keep our Calderwood kitchen to a high standard so that everyone can feel confident to use our kitchen.” “The fact we have had a five rating for the second year running demonstrates how much we value our facility. “We want anyone who walks through the door to be confident that our kitchen is not just clean, but immaculate and we make sure food is handled correctly. “Running a social enterprise is a thankless task at times and an expensive one. Copeland Borough Council are always on hand to lend their skills and time to help us to be the best we possibly can. “The fact that the staff in the Environmental Health Department have taken their time to devise this fantastic training tool for us, free of charge, shows how much they really care about projects like ours.” Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “We are immensely proud to be able to support organisations such as Calderwood House. “The work they do is invaluable and we will support their efforts in any way we possibly can. “It is a fantastic organisation providing vital services to those in need, and I commend them for all they have done and continue to do for their residents and the local community.”
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AEDdonate are a defibrillator charity who over the past year have helped many schools, pubs and communities to fundraise for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) if you would like more information please check out the website www.aeddonate.org.uk