Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Go green with a Cumbrian zero emissions delivery service that doesn’t cost the earth

Owner Simon Brace alongside the Lakes Electric Delivery Service van. 

Need items delivered across Cumbria as a one-off or regularly in an environmentally friendly way? Well, look no further. Lakes Electric Delivery Service should be your first port of call. They provide zero emissions deliveries in an electric van for both businesses and individuals.

With years of delivery experience behind him and motivated by his wife acquiring an electric car (due to her workplace having electric vehicle charge points), Simon Brace was inspired to go green and create Lakes Electric Delivery Service (or L.E.D.S for short).

Charging at one of Cumbria's electric vehicle charge points. 

It’s a company that couldn’t be easier to use. Simon delivers pretty much anything in his van including auction lots, animal feed, Ebay/Gumtree/Preloved items, bottle crates, beer kegs, building/trade supplies, flowers, food items, special deliveries, even pallets if they fit! There are special rates for contract work with prices starting from just £5 for small items.

For companies around Cumbria wanting to highlight their carbon reduction credentials L.E.D.S is the ideal option as sponsors’ signage space (free to contract customers) is even offered on the van itself.

You’re welcome to book in advance, or on the day and even last-minute direct deliveries are available. Collections can be made from DIY stores, supermarkets and garden centres as well as from homes or businesses. All items are protected and secured with glass, mirrors and breakables fully insured.

The service is perfect for delicate items, as Simon is experienced and trained in transporting taxidermy and other fragile goods.

L.E.D.S delivers across the Lake District and wider Cumbria area but can provide quotes on an individual basis for transporting further afield. Commercial contracts are welcome.
Testimonials and reviews from customers who have used Lakes Electric Delivery Service below (these are genuine reviews which can be found on https://www.shiply.com/transport-provider/Simon888

Excellent job at a very good price would use again no question highly recommended (and carbon neutral)

Excellent local service with an commitment to eco transport.

Excellent service from collection to delivery, highly recommended would definitely use again.

Friendly, efficient & faultless. Thank again Simon! Highly recommend!

Highly recommended by this once stressed out student mover! Simon was brilliant and very patient

Fantastic in every way thank you so much!

To get a quote – just head to his website http://www.lakeselectricdeliveryservice.co.uk/#quote or call Simon Brace at Lakes Electric Delivery Service on 07885 937498 or email him via info@lakeselectricdeliveryservice.co.uk

You can also follow his zero emission delivery journey on the Lake Electric Delivery Service social media pages; Twitter @lakes_eco_van  and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LakesElectricDelivery 

(small fee for accepted for this write up)

Sunday, 24 November 2019

A Christmas Fair 'YULE' want to attend!

Yanwath School and Friends of Yanwath School cordially invite you their Christmas Fair at their school which is open for all to attend. It will be held on 11th of December 2019, 2:30 pm - 5:30pm. 

There will be a lot going on from a number of market stalls featuring local handmade produce such as handmade fudge and products. There will also be a FoYs raffle, Tombola, sweet stall and refreshments. Also there will be Calbeck Toys, Tropics, Country Cooks, Usbourne Book, Sugar Shack, Handmade by Michelle, Bampton Bathworks and Yew Barrow Flowers. Full list below on their flyer. 

There will also be an opportunity to meet Santa! So pencil this in and head on down there on that day. Address and postcode: Yanwath Primary School, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2LA.

Friday, 22 November 2019

A Quality Tea Blender Right in the Heart of Cumbria!

Y-tea of the Lake District's welcoming shop window display. 
Y-tea of the Lake District is fast becoming the one-stop shop and tea blender for quality teas, both loose tea and tea bag options, all beautifully packaged. They also have a caffeine free corner, tea accessories (like reusable cups, tea pots etc) as well as unique blends you won’t find elsewhere. 

You can find their fantastic shop at Stirling Place, 22-24 High Street in Cleator Moor here in Cumbria and go online on their website www.y-tea.co.uk

The large selection of teas available at Y-Tea of the Lake District. 

What makes them different? Well, they only stock whole leaf tea, which means you won’t find any tea dust that you usually get in supermarket tea bags. 

Their tea pyramids are also 100% biodegradable, and made with a material called SOILON, a bi-product from corn starch so you know you are not damaging our beautiful planet when you are sipping away on a cup of Y-tea. 

Also all their teas are ethically sourced with their suppliers being FSSC 22000 certified (a food safety system certification) and part of the Ethical Tea Partnership (a fair trading organisation for tea suppliers).

Y-tea of the Lake District biodegradable tea bags. 

With Christmas fast approaching, you also have plenty of gift options such as their Festive stocking fillers and presents via their shop and online including Pick n Mix, Cumbrian Collection Hamper (featuring other local producers as well such as Hawkshead Relish, Penrith Toffee Shop, a Cumbrian Dialect Mug and more), beautiful teapots and their seasonal blend Christmas Cheer. 

You will also have started seeing a number of local establishments around Cumbria stocking their quality teas such as Richardson's Of Whitehaven, Shill’s Of Cockermouth, Lorton Village Shop, Food, Glorious Food in Carlisle and All Things Tea in Brampton.
Y-tea of the Lake District out delivering their quality tea to retailers and wholesale clients. 

In addition you can find them at various local markets including Keswick and Cockermouth as well as Food Festivals like the upcoming Taste Cumbria Christmas Food Festival in Cockermouth on the 7th and 8th of December.  

As well as supplying retailers, Y-tea of the Lake District also provide quality wholesale tea, so if you are a hotelier, restaurateur or a café owner interested in teas to serve your guests and customers or to compliment your Afternoon Teas, then look no further. Contact Thomas Cheung and the team for a chat or a quote- contact details below.
To buy their teas and products or to find out more, you can visit their shop, website, call them on 01946 444 608 or send them an email hello@y-tea.co.uk Also follow their social media pages for the company’s latest blends and products, competitions and more! Facebook; Y-tea of the Lake District @yteauk , on Instagram @ytea_uk and on Twitter @Ytea_uk

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

JOIN IN Fun Fundraising Festivities to raise Funds for a Local Hospice

This December a local charity is encouraging fundraisers to pull on a Christmas Jumper, bake a Festive Cake or take part in a Yuletide Quiz to help the care, support and activities they provide to local people with life limiting illnesses.

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice’s Festive Friday* *Or Any Other Day is all about covering yourself in tinsel and hosting a festive day of fundraising in aid of the charity. It is the perfect event for businesses, schools and community groups as they get into the Christmas spirit this December.


Natalie Bingham, Corporate Relationship Co-ordinator at the hospice said ‘’Last year we had over 50 businesses from across Cumbria taking part in their own Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, which is absolutely fantastic! We are so thankful for this level of support and hope to beat that number this year if possible. The event is open to businesses, schools and organisations and we already have a number of businesses already signed up including Carlisle Brass, HSBC and Liberty Work & Leisurewear. It’s a really fun event to get involved with that not only gets you in the festive spirit, but also helps support your local hospice at the same time.’’

Over the past 2 years, lots of organisations have taken part in the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Christmas Jumper Day helping to raise over £7,500. This year, the local charity have expanded their Christmas Jumper Day into Festive Friday and are encouraging people to host a sponsored present wrap, a Christmas mug day or a bobble hat day. The festive fundraising possibilities really are endless.

One company who took part in the last year’s Christmas Jumper Day is Carlisle Brass, who will once again be supporting Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw this December. Rebecca Johnson, from Carlisle Brass explained “Eden Valley Hospice & Jigsaw do such amazing work in providing care for its patients. To support them by fundraising in a variety of ways is both important to our staff and a cause very close to our hearts - we’re very much looking forward to Festive Friday!” 

The money raised from this year’s Festive Friday* *Or Any Other Day will help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the patients’ family, friends and carers.

During Festive Friday the local charity are not forgetting about all those Bah Humbugs who might not be in the festive spirit this December. They too, can still join in the Festive Friday fundraising by creating a Bah Humbug box, making an extra donation to get out of the Christmas fun or hosting an anti-Christmas Party.

For your free fundraising pack or to find out more about this year’s Festive Friday* *Or Any Other Day please visit www.edenvalleyhospice.org or contact Natalie Bingham, Corporate Relationship Co-ordinator, on 01228 516565. 

Monday, 11 November 2019


Everyone is invited to this FREE evening talk at Penrith Methodist Church this Thursday, 14th of November 2019 7:30 pm (easy to find at the corner of Drovers Lane / Wordsworth Street). There will be coffee and tea to follow. 
The talk will be "A Year in the Life of a Food Bank" with Adrian Cozens, Project Manager for the North Lakes Food Bank. Find out more on what they do and how they helps individuals and families in crisis, through the provision of emergency food supplies. 
Hope you can all attend. 
Adrian Cozens - Project Manager at North Lakes Food Bank

(This post was free and done on behalf of Penrith Methodist Church. Flyer designed free of charge by me- Mary Ballard of Ballard PR Agency / Feature Cumbria) 

Sunday, 3 November 2019

A “Gin”ius and “Beer”y innovative food and drink haven for all

Open for just over a year, Gin and Beer It Bar and Kitchen is a great food and drink spot in Whitehaven that has been growing from strength to strength.

Their artisan pizzas (which have fantastic names like Not Mush-room for Improvement, Heatwave), gorgeous platter spreads and desserts are delicious as well as camera ready and they look as good as they taste - plus you get to compliment your dish with their growing selection of drinks.

Their beers change regularly but include Brewdog, Siren Craft, Tiny Rebel, Fell Brewery, and, after working with the well-known Hawkshead Brewery for the past few months, they will have not one, but two taps serving the brewery’s beer.

They sell more than 40 gins, including the Lakes Distillery collection and their House Gin, both made in Cumbria.

You can enjoy all this in a beautiful setting which has been lovingly restored by the owners Dave and Louise to its traditional stone walls and original flooring thereby creating a charming and relaxing retreat in the heart of Whitehaven’s Market Place.

What also makes them unique is their constant food and drink innovations for their regular and new customers to enjoy such as their latest “Dessert Pizza” a scrumptious pizza topped with mixed berries, mascarpone, chocolate sauce & icing sugar.

They also do a variety of “Chocolate Martinis” including Original, Chocolate Orange, Chocolate & Salted Caramel and Chocolate with a hit of Coffee. All highly addictive!
In addition you can hire Gin and Beer It Bar & Kitchen for private parties and get a delightful  spread like below.

So, whether you live in Whitehaven, elsewhere in Cumbria or you’re visiting the county very soon, be sure to make Gin and Beer It Bar & Kitchen your next port of call. If you have a dog, not to worry, they are also dog-friendly so Dave and Louise will make you and your pet most welcome.

Find them easily at 22 Market Place, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7JB. Opening times Wednesdays and Thursdays 5pm-11pm, Friday 4pm till late, Saturday 3pm-late. Their website https://ginandbeerit.weebly.com

To book a private party- email; ginandbeerit@gmx.com or call them on 01946 329354.
You should also follow them on all their social media pages for the latest food and drink, Christmas & New Year opening times, competitions and more; find them on Facebook; Gin & Beer It Bar & Kitchen, on Instagram; @ginandbeerit and Twitter; @ginandbeeritluv

Don’t forget to tag them in your photos as well as leave a TripAdvisor or Facebook recommendation.

(I have received a small fee in exchange for this write up)