Local Lost Dog Appeal Goes Viral

JasperAfter an appeal to find a dog that went missing in the Lake District went viral the lost dog was eventually found.

Owner Adam Nolan, from Whitehaven, appealed for help via social media  after losing his Border Collie ‘Jasper’ at Cam Spout Crag below Scafell Pike on 2nd November.

“I know people may say ‘he’s just a dog’,” says Adam on Facebook, “but to me he leaves the same void as if I were to lose someone very close to me.”

His appeal on Facebook has had over 60,000 people sharing the link. On Twitter hundreds of people are also offering their support.

Adam Nolan, owner of Border Collie ‘Jasper’, has said he ‘couldn’t stop crying’ after finding Jasper following a three day search.

He says that Jasper is ‘very tired’ but is doing fine.

Jasper the Border Collie was found in the early hours of this morning near Scafell Pike by a member of the public who’d gone looking for him. An appeal by his owner Adam Nolan on social media went viral when 250,000 people shared his photo.

£16,000 has already been raised for Wasdale Mountain Rescue, who managed to bring Jasper safely off the mountain.

A Nostalgic Guide To Ravenglass

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John & his partner Christine visiting Wastwater 2014

 John Taylor PhD was born in Frizington and raised in Ravenglass so he should know a thing or two about the West Cumbrian village.

Pubs worth trying:
My favourite pub at present is actually a pub that serves grub, The Ratty Arms has a good range of traditional ales, a decent wine list and serves good value bar meals.

A good place to walk my dog:
Start in the car park in the middle of Ravenglass village, cross over the railway bridge (You’ll see the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway) and follow the footpath until you exit onto the main road.

Take an immediate right turn past the Caravan & Camping Club site down Walls Drive. You can investigate the remains of the Roman Bath House and then follow the bridleway down a small hill alongside the main line railway.

You’ll see a right turn that takes you under the railway and brings you out on to the estuary. Turn right and follow the rough path back to the village. You can either walk up the main street, or follow the shoreline and cross the green to return to the car park.

A good place for Sunday lunch:
The Pennington Hotel offers a choice between their excellent bar menu or a more formal lunch in the dining room. I recommend the bar menu. I was especially impressed with the seafood platter to share.

What to do with bored kids:
Spend the entire day exploring the grounds of Muncaster Castle and Gardens, including a visit to the Owl Centre. You can also take in one of the regular live owl demonstrations.

Alternatively, take your family on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway for a trip up to Dalegarth Station. If you’re like me you’ll enjoy the nostalgia of travelling on a train pulled by a Steam Engine! Take time to explore and maybe visit one of the local pubs for lunch and then enjoy your return journey to Ravenglass

Describe the village in three words:
Pictureque, traditional, friendly

Any parking tips:
The main car park in the centre of the village is well placed for access to the village, the estuary and the railway. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway also offers parking and there is a free car park immediately opposite the main entrance to Muncaster Castle.

What’s public transport like:
Public transport to and from Ravenglass is very good and regular. The train ride down the coast from Carlisle to Barrow is to die for – beautiful scenery and peaceful.

  • John is a Business Coach and Marketing Consultant who now lives in The Scottish Borders. He loves to return to his native county in his campervan.

PM Fails To Answer Ten Year Old Girl’s Hospital Question

whitehaven-story1Ten year old Maddy Snell wrote to the PM with concerns about cuts to Whitehaven’s hospital – but she said his reply “didn’t really answer” the question.

Maddy wrote to Downing Street expressing her concern for the future of West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, where she was treated for pneumonia.

Some services have been moved from the hospital and others are currently under review.

Maddy said she was excited to receive a reply, in which Mr Cameron said such decisions were taken by local doctors.

She had appealed to the prime minister to “keep our hospital open” and to “write back” – and was rewarded with a written reply.

Maddy told BBC Radio Cumbria: “It was really exciting when I saw it on the mat.

“But there was one problem with the letter. He didn’t really answer my question.”

In her letter Maddy said she was concerned some services had been moved to Carlisle, nearly 40 miles away, and the hospital would lose its consultant-led maternity services, which are under review.

Mr Cameron said in his reply: “It is very important that we have good local health services so that people who are sick can get the very best care quickly.

“That is why four years ago we gave £70 million to West Cumberland Hospital to improve its services.”

This was a reference to some capital funding the hospital secured from the government in 2010.

“Decisions on local health services are taken by local doctors as they know what is best for your area,” the letter went on to say.

The future of services at the hospital will be decided by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Her mother, Emma Gooch, who is part of a campaign to save services at the hospital, said she was pleased Mr Cameron had taken the time to write back to Maddy.

But she criticised the substance of the letter, saying the prime minister “just evaded all questions”.