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Penrith takes first steps to be a 'dementia friendly town'

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A major initiative to tackle concerns about the treatment of people with dementia in Penrith is being launched today.

It aims to encourage local businesses and other organisation to understand the condition, which affects around 8000 people in Cumbria.

One idea is to have companies train their staff as Dementia Friends - a course run by the Alzheimer's Society which helps people to understand more about the condition.

Bitts Park play area officially reopens today

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Bitts Park play area in Carlisle officially reopens today, after it was seriously damaged in last year's floods.

The park was eight feet under water following Storm Desmond in December.

has been spent on a facelift for the popular play area in Carlisle.

All of the equipment was lost, and we needed to get that play area up and running. Bitts Park is our main destination park, we wanted to make it bigger and better. We wanted to make it resilient and fun for young people."

– Councillor Colin Glover, Leader at Carlisle City Council


Historic Cumbrian sites placed on 'At Risk' register

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Three sites in Cumbria have been added to Historic England's Heritage at Risk register.

Long Meg Stone Circle near Penrith, Appleby and Hadrian's Wall feature on the list.

The organisation says car parking is eroding parts of the Stone Circle site, and that damage caused by flooding means the town of Appleby, and sections of Hadrian's Wall are also at risk.

Maternity changes 'not black and white', says senior doctor

One of the county's most senior doctors has admitted many of his colleagues have "reservations" about proposed changes to maternity services in West Cumbria.

Dr John Howarth is Deputy Chief Executive of the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

He was giving his personal opinion at a public meeting in Maryport to discuss various options for the future of healthcare in Cumbria.

People running the NHS say their preferred option is a midwife-led unit at the West Cumberland Hospital meaning many more pregnant woman would have to travel to Carlisle to give birth.

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