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Cumbria residents invited to learn new skills

Attendees will be able to try Calligraphy Credit: Florence Arts Centre

Workshops will be held at an arts centre in West Cumbria, where attendees can try partake in different activities.

Activities on offer at Florence Arts Centre, in Egremont, include stitching, painting, playing the ukulele and learning to do calligraphy.

We’ve been working together with a number of local artists to open up the arts centre to more and more workshop opportunities and we’re excited to see such a diverse range on offer this year. Clearing out some of the back rooms has given us more spaces, plus for the first time we can use our own secret garden too! We hope to continue building a roster of classes so that FAC is a place where people can not only be entertained but be inspired and encouraged to learn new skills.

– Craig Carruthers, Florence Arts Centre Manager

The workshop is being held in conjunction with a calligraphy exhibition at Florence's gallery, where a member of the Eden Valley Scribes will give informal handwriting sessions with member of the public for free, It will take place on Saturday 13th May and Saturday 20th May.

Science star Brian Cox to headline Cumbrian festival

Professor Brian Cox has achieved a Guinness World Record title for Most Tickets Sold For A Science Tour. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/PA Images

TV star and Professor of Particle Physics, Brian Cox, will headline a science festival that is being held in Cumbria.

The Infinity Festival is a programme for secondary school students, which will be held in September at West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

More than 200 13-14 year old pupils will attend, and it's hoped the festival will inspire them to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths.

We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the React Foundation, the festival’s organiser, who’ve brought experts in robots, insects, crime mapping, aircraft design, nuclear reactors and other areas to Cumbria and who do so much to inspire young people into STEM.

– Prof Julie Mennell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria


Police searching for missing Egremont man recover body in River Ehen

David Hornsby Credit: Cumbria Police

Police searching for a missing man from Egremont in Cumbria have confirmed that a man’s body has been found in the River Eden at Egremont.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and enquires are ongoing but police do not believe the death to be suspicious.

David Hornsby was last seen on Beckgreen at approximately 2am on the 24th of December.

The police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Hornsby to get in touch. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.


Free winter wonderland parking in Egremont

Credit: Press Association

Revellers at Egremont's winter wonderland Christmas lights switch-on will be able to park for free this weekend.

The free parking is available from midnight to midnight on Sunday in Copeland Borough Council's town centre car park.

The event had been due to take place yesterday but was put back a week due to the bad weather.

“The winter wonderland and lights switch on are a big part of the annual events in Egremont and it was unfortunate that the weather was so bad last week.

"I am delighted Copeland Council have been able to support the rescheduled Christmas event this Sunday, and have arranged for the free car parking.

“I hope the weather will be fine and the free parking will encourages more people to attend this Sunday (December 6) to support this great community event."

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland

Police say flood warnings aren't overreacting

Kendal and Egremont residents who live near the river are being asked to evacuate their houses as severe weather is expected to hit Cumbria in the early hours of the morning.

The Environment Agency has issued several Flood Warnings.

People who live in these Kendal postcodes should be warned of potential flooding:

LA9 4AH, LA9 4AY, LA9 4BD, LA9 4BF, LA9 4BW, LA9 4DZ, LA9 4EA, LA9 4ET, LA9 4EU, LA9 4EX, LA9 4LL, LA9 4UB, LA9 5AF, LA9 5AP, LA9 5AS, LA9 5AT, LA9 5AU, LA9 5DJ, LA9 5HF, LA9 5JL, LA9 5JP, LA9 5QH, LA9 5QJ, LA9 5QL, LA9 5QN, LA9 5QQ, LA9 5RA, LA9 5RB, LA9 5TR, LA9 6AA, LA9 6BD, LA9 6BL, LA9 6DE, LA9 6DY, LA9 6EL, LA9 6EN, LA9 6ER, LA9 6ND, LA9 6NG, LA9 6NH, LA9 6NL, LA9 7AA, LA9 7AD, LA9 7AH, LA9 7AN, LA9 7BX, LA9 7BY, LA9 7BZ, LA9 7DB, LA9 7DD, LA9 7DE, LA9 7DN, LA9 7DW, LA9 7ED, LA9 7EF, LA9 7EG, LA9 7EQ, LA9 7LJ, LA9 7LQ, LA9 7LT, LA9 7LU, LA9 7QB, LA9 7SX, LA9 7SY, LA9 7SZ

Inspector Paul Latham from Kendal Police spoke to our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson:

Kendal Fire and Rescue have been knocking on people's doors in affected areas urging them to go to an evacuate centre and prepare their home for flooding.

Station Manager Conrad Leather:

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