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Cricket Club agrees financial settlement with County Council

Junior club members spell out a message of thanks. Credit: Threlkeld Cricket Club.

Threlkeld Cricket Club has agreed an undisclosed out of court financial settlement with Cumbria County Council, three years after its ground was badly damaged by flooding.

The flood was caused by a blocked culvert owned by the County Council.

The settlement was agreed out of court, and the Club says it'll be used to help repay the England and Wales Cricket Board Charitable Trust some of the money it's owed for fixing the pitch.

A 'thank you' message has been revealed at the ground, from the club to everyone who has helped with the repairs, and also to the firm of solicitors, Baines Wilson, who represented them in their action against the County Council.

I am just glad the whole thing is over and we are back playing cricket on our home ground.

We’ve been able to take on a junior coach, Ben Jefferson, and our new team of boys and girls are already competing in the Eden Valley Cricket League.

I can’t tell you how proud I am that we have gone from staring at a pile of rubble and a feeling of utter distress to picking ourselves up, battling on and re-instating our stunning ground back to the way it should be.”

– Michael Webster, Treasurer of Threlkeld Cricket Club

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Lake District park authorities consider 250k upgrade plans

Artist impression of how the upgraded Waterhead promenade could look Credit: South Lakeland District Council

Finalised proposals for a quarter of a million pound upgrade to the Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere, are due to go before Lake District national park planners.

The plans were drawn up following a public consultation which received more than 170 responses.

South Lakeland District Council is investing £250,000 to fund the improvements and Lakes Parish Council is also committing up to £20,000 to the scheme.

The council says the key aims of the project are to:

  • deliver a promenade which residents and businesses can be proud of
  • improve the visitor experience and create an environment which encourages people to return
  • restore and enhance existing features along the promenade
  • make better use of space along the waterfront, improving it for pedestrians
  • deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly scheme, using durable materials which are locally sourced

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Kendal carer avoids prison over theft

A carer has narrowly avoided prison for the theft of £2,500 from a sick woman she had been looking after. While Linda Graveson spent much of her time in hospital, Victoria Nevinson, 33, regularly helped herself to cash from the bank account she was given access to. Nevinson, who was trusted with the financial details to pay for shopping, even took her victim's card on holiday to Greece and used it there. Nevinson admitted the theft, which occurred in the Kendal area during early 2013, and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday. She received a 21-month jail term, which was suspended for two years by Judge Peter Hughes QC. But he stressed he took this step because Nevinson had a baby only several weeks old. Nevinson must complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,500 compensation to Mrs. Graveson.

More than 100 women hold meeting over equal pay claims

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More than one hundred women in Dumfries and Galloway say they haven't been paid the money they're due following an equal pay claim.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that women who worked for Dumfries and Galloway Council could take forward a claim for compensation on the basis that they had been paid less than male workers doing comparable jobs.

Most of the women that were involved are teaching assistants or special needs assistants.

Campaigners celebrating over the Supreme Court ruling two years ago Credit: ITV Border

Some women have since received compensation of up to £15,000.

But the council says the time limit has now passed for further claims.

Those who haven't received anything yet are meeting in Dumfries this evening.

£386,500 for bronze statue found in Borders house

The bronze sculpture was found in a house in the Scottish Borders Credit: Lyon & Turnbull Ltd

A bronze statue, which was found in a house in the Scottish Borders, has sold for more than twice its estimated price.

Lyon & Turnbull sold the Ganymede and the Eagle at auction in Edinburgh this week.

The 18th Century artwork, by Italian sculptor Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, went for £386,500.

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