Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Councils Public Health Team are leading on a new Countywide Walking for Health Scheme and are recruiting and training new walk leaders across the County.
Working in partnership with Silloth Group Medical Practice a new health walk has just been launched in the Silloth area. The walk aims to not only help people to get out and about and explore their local area but also to provide people who, for various reasons, may have become quite isolated the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.
Walk leader, Living Well Coach Simon McCall said
“Silloth Group Medical Practice recently introduced our new Wellbeing Service, which takes a holistic approach to supporting patients by recognising that factors such as lifestyle and social challenges, as well as medical conditions, all impact upon our overall health and wellbeing.
We have joined the Walking for Health network to develop a programme of short, gentle walks to suit all ages and abilities. Our walks are an ideal starting point for anyone who may feel they are less physically or socially active than they would like to be.”
This new group has been set up in partnership with Active Cumbria, with the focus upon planning suitable walks across the County within the Walking for Health framework. Walking for Health is England’s largest network of free group health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and supported through funding from players of People’s postcode lottery.
Aileen Grant, Development Officer at Active Cumbria said;
“At Active Cumbria our focus is upon tackling inactivity and supporting people to become more physically active within their own communities, and what better way to do this than walking. Nationally, we know that walking is the most popular activity, and a near perfect thing to do for those looking to become more active. We would love to see as many people as possible joining our health walks and discovering some of the fantastic scenery on their doorsteps.”
The first Silloth group walk will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 2pm, starting and finishing at Silloth Medical Practice on Lawn Terrace. The walk will take about 20 minutes to complete. The group is free to join and all are welcome on these fortnightly walks.
For further information please contact Simon or Gillian at Silloth Group Medical Practice, telephone (016973) 31309, or find details in our Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/WalkingForHealth.Silloth
Visitors and residents can now experience Allerdale in virtual reality, after seven “pods” were installed around the borough ready for the start of the tourist season.
Allerdale Borough Council commissioned 20 virtual reality films to let people experience some of the best attractions in the area.
The pods, which include the VR headset, have been installed at the following locations and are free for anyone to use:
The 20 “experiences” available include walking the via ferrata at Honister slate mine, paragliding over Keswick, watching the sun set over Silloth, eating a meal at the Kirkstile Inn in Loweswater, and cycling through the forest at Whinlatter forest park or along the Solway coast cycle path to Allonby. The VR films are available on the council’s dedicated tourism website at: https://visitallerdale.co.uk/virtual-reality-experiences/
The council has also commissioned a series of promotional videos. These can be found on the dedicated visitor website www.visitallerdale.co.uk . One of the films, narrated in Mandarin, is dedicated to potential Chinese visitors who are a growing market.
The whole set of videos are also available on the council’s YouTube page.
Speaking about the initiative, Cllr Bill Jefferson, Executive member with responsibility for tourism, said: “It is just great to see these virtual reality videos out on display for use by visitors and residents. They are a great way to experience all the great things which are available for people to do in our wonderful area. We’ve now got some great tools to really shout about Allerdale and promote it to a wider, even international, audience.”
Lee Thorburn, Community Services Manager at Workington Library, said: “Workington Library is delighted to be chosen to host the virtual reality unit which presents an opportunity for our community and visitors to Cumbria to explore the many attractions in a fun and informative way. This really is a unique experience and we offer a warm welcome to existing and new customers and encourage everyone to call into the library to enjoy this opportunity to travel around our beautiful area.”
The initiative is all part of the council’s efforts to attract more people to the area as well as encourage visitors to seek out all the attractions, including the Solway coastline. In recent months, the council has launched the new ‘Visit Allerdale’ website as well as distributed some 30,000 leaflets around key tourist locations in Cumbria.
The £53,000 project to devise the films has been funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development’s LEADER programme and the money has gone towards the development costs of the videos and the purchase of virtual reality headsets.
All the filming and post-production was carried out by Cockermouth-based Fluid Productions.
The promotional videos are also available for anyone to use and embed in their own website.
The council organised the hugely successful Allerdale Days in Manchester event in August last year, which saw a number of Allerdale’s businesses and attractions set up stall in the centre of the city to help promote the area to a wider audience. Plans are underway for a similar event this year. Anyone interested in joining in should contact the council’s tourism team.
On Monday 11 March 2019, Silloth-on-Solway took part in the Commonwealth Day celebration, with the raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the Community Garden on Silloth Green. The ceremony was well attended, with pupils and staff from Silloth Primary School and Solway Community School, and representatives from other groups and organisations in the town, on what was a pleasant Spring morning.
At 9.45am, Cllr. Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth welcomed everyone to the Flag Raising Ceremony.
Craig McKay and Kyle MacKenzie, pupils from Solway Community School read out the Commonwealth Affirmation. This common act of witness renews the commitment of people in Commonwealth countries to work together inclusively and in a spirit of goodwill towards democracy and development in which all can share.
Cllr. Markley read out the Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. “Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth.”
At 10.00am, Cllr. Wilkinson, Deputy Mayor of Silloth raised the Commonwealth Flag, this being the fifth year that Silloth has taken part.
Cllr. Markley thanked everyone for attending the ceremony, something that the younger children might remember in years to come.
The Commonwealth theme this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ and it has particular significance as we mark the 70th anniversary of the 1949 London Declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today – a family of nations ‘freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress’.
In a message from The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, ’Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is an occasion to acknowledge publicly and collectively, the continuing aspiration of the Commonwealth to build on common traditions and uphold our shared values of democracy, inclusive development and respect for diversity.
Silloth-on-Solway will be participating in this years’ ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ which will be our fifth year of taking part. On Monday 11 March 2019, a Commonwealth Flag will be raised on Silloth Green, at the Community Garden, opposite the Golf Hotel on Criffel Street, Silloth. The ceremony will start at 9.45am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Lord Mayors and Mayors, Lord Provosts, town and parish councils, local authorities and local communities, school children and college students, members of Girlguiding and the Scouts from around the UK and Commonwealth, Sea and Air Cadets, charities and community groups, Commonwealth Ex-Servicemen and training ships crewed by disabled crewman people, and many others around the world will raise more than ONE THOUSAND Commonwealth flags at 10.00hrs local time on Monday 11 March – Commonwealth Day 2019, in a shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.
The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its 5th year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens of all ages around the world.
Scouts in The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be raising the Commonwealth flag at 10.00hrs local time on 11 March, joining thousands of other young people around the world in committing themselves to the values of the Commonwealth Charter and the 2019 Commonwealth theme: ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. This year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens based on foundations of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in accordance with the priorities of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London.
At each ceremony, before the raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10.00hrs, messages from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC,Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, will be read, followed by a Commonwealth Affirmation. This common act of witness renews the commitment of people in Commonwealth countries to work together inclusively and in a spirit of goodwill towards democracy and development in which all can share.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster, of ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’, said: “I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in the UK and around the Commonwealth. We are only in our fifth year, and the participation of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with and assist fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future in this current troubled world of ours.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth has swiftly become well-established as an imaginative annual demonstration of Commonwealth connection. It provides a splendid opportunity every year for people from all walks of life to join with others in their local community to celebrate Commonwealth Day in association with fellow citizens throughout our worldwide family.
“Together we number over 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population. Each of us has something very special to offer, and as Commonwealth citizens we gain and draw benefit from vast interconnected networks of mutual support and collaboration.
“Our 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, and it has particular significance as we mark the 70th anniversary of the 1949 London Declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today –a family of nations ‘freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress’”
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Silloth-on-Solway Town Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.
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They will also discuss the Allerdale boundary changes and the parish community governance reviews and how this affects the wards, polling districts and polling stations.
The Democratic Services team will discuss the role, duties and responsibilities of a councillor and the type of training and induction that Allerdale councillors will be offered.
Because of restrictions on numbers at each of the venues They need to know how many people are planning to attend the sessions. Anyone planning to attend is asked to email email@example.com, or ring the team on 01900 702550 to let them know which session they wish to attend.
Monday 11 February 2019, 6pm at the Market Hall, Wigton
Tuesday 12 February 2019, 6pm at Allerdale House, Workington
Wednesday 13 February 2019, 6pm at the Quaker Meeting Rooms, Elliot Park, Keswick