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Cally Temple restored to former glory

Cally Temple has been given a facelift by community volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A community project to turn a dilapidated building into a visitor attraction has reached a milestone.

Cally Temple near Gatehouse of Fleet was first built in 1779, but had been left to go to ruin.

Now thanks to a group of community volunteers it has been restored to its former glory.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working to conserve the building, and now the scaffolding has finally come off.

The National Trust in Cumbria wants volunteers

Volunteers at Wordsworth House making a traditional 'proddy' rug using rags Credit: ITV Border

The National Trust in Cumbria is looking for new volunteers to help show off the area's scenery and attractions to visitors, tourists and locals.

Around 150 people already donate their time and energy at Wordsworth House and Garden, in Cockermouth, in the Borrowdale and Buttermere valleys, Ennerdale and on the Whitehaven coast.

But the Trust is looking for more volunteers.

"If you're retired or recently moved to the Cockermouth or Keswick area, volunteering with the National Trust is a great way to get to know people and help visitors make the most of their time in the North Lakes.

"And if you're looking to return to paid employment, to transfer into the heritage or conservation sector, or to get some broad-based work experience, it'll be an invaluable addition to your CV."

– Zoe Gilbert, Manager of Wordsworth House and Garden


Hill walker thanks rescue teams

Lynda Teall has thanked the rescue teams that came to her aid Credit: GNAAS

A hill walker who fell in the Lake District has thanked the rescue teams that came to her aid.

Lynda Teall, 63, has thanked Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the Great North Air Ambulance Service, who arrived on the scene at St.John's in the Vale on December 28.

She fell and broke her ankle in three places Credit: GNAAS

"From the moment both teams arrived, almost simultaneously, I knew I was in the safest and most competent of hands"

– Lynda Teall
She was airlifted to a hospital in Carlisle Credit: GNAAS

She had broken her ankle in three places after slipping in wintry conditions, and has also praised the hospital that she was airlifted to in Carlisle.

"It wasn't long before I was in hospital at Carlisle where I received the best medical attention anyone could wish for"

– Lynda Teall

She called the efforts of the services 'selfless' and has made a donation to both charities to help with future rescue efforts.

The Great North Air Ambulance has since thanked her in return.

The Great North Air Ambulance has thanked Ms Teal for her donation Credit: GNAAS

"We want to thank Lynda for her donation and kind words about our team.

We rely on public support to keep our service flying"

– Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS

Materials supplied for Resilient Communities

Materials have been supplied as part of the new, volunteer-led scheme launching in Langlee to deal with major incidents in the area.

Resilient Communities is run by Scottish Borders Council and is designed to equip people to help each other in the event of severe snow, flooding or fire.

Langlee is expected to benefit as there are many areas where mechanical snow gritters cannot reach.

Around 50 volunteers have already signed up.

Volunteers in Langlee sign up to Resilient Communities

About 50 volunteers in Langlee have signed up to Resilient Communities Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of volunteers in Langlee, Galashiels, have signed up to a scheme to better prepare the area for major incidents.

Resilient Communities is run by Scottish Borders Council and is designed to equip people to help each other in the event of severe snow, flooding or fire.

Other smaller towns and villages in the Borders are already part of the scheme, but Langlee is the first area of one of the big six towns to take part

About 50 people have already signed up.

Samaritans appeal for more volunteers

In Cumbria, last year around 50 people took their own lives.

That's more than nine suicides for every hundred thousand people and is higher than the national average, which is below eight people per hundred thousand.

Last year The Samaritans saw a 10 per cent increase in calls to its Cumbrian branches, they're now appealing for people to come forward and take calls from those in distress.

Pam Royle spoke to Grahame Pinches from the Whitehaven branch of The Samaritans and began by asking him how important is it for new volunteers to come forward.

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