President's Blog October
13th October, 2015
The B2B event at Dalemain on 6th October was such a delight. I am sure that the 30 or so members who attended will back me up on that. Those who couldn’t attend, you certainly missed a treat with Jane Hasell-McCosh bringing all the ancestors who had resided at Dalemain in the past alive with tales of their lives and contribution to Penrith, Cumbria and Britain. After the customary introductions, the evening proceeded with a tour of part of the house conducted by Jane herself. After the tour we sat in Jane’s large kitchen and discussed everything that we are looking forward to in and around Penrith over the coming months. A time that will bring large numbers of people to Penrith and who will all be contributing to the Penrith economy during their stay as well as enjoying our traditional hospitality. Thank you very much Jane and Claire at Dalemain for your generous hospitality. The marmalade cake was out of this world!
We discussed Penrith’s fourth Winter Droving which Eden Arts are very busy pulling together to take place on Saturday 14th November. There are so many ways that business can get involved and benefit from the thousands of people coming into town – we expect around 20,000 people this year. It’s a chance to show off the town, your business and it highlights how culture, business and community can work positively together. Get involved in the Drovers Cup, dress your shop window, take down your spider webs and witches hats and create a Winter Droving inspired window from 1st November. Themes are purple, orange, hessian and masks. Get creative and if you are not creative, get in touch with Eden Arts who will be happy to help. If you are an accommodation provider, send in your details and they will include you on the Winter Droving website.
Lisa Jackson of Acorn Marketing who has been engaged by the Chamber to manage the 2015 Winter Festival to run from 28th November to 24th December spoke about the plans this year. If you haven’t already got involved as a business, it’s never too late. Plans include an #ElfieSelfie Competition (thanks Upfront Gallery!), ‘Paint the Town Red’ event, Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas themed Park Run, Santa’s Post box with Virgin Trains, Totally Locally’s Fiver Fest & Small Business Saturday, Festive music from the town band and Brunswick Yard Christmas Fayre. This year will also see ‘Penrith Sparkle’ with more Christmas Lights made possible by Penrith BID, including a Carol Concert involving local schools and community groups and also a new Christmas Market that will run in the two weekends leading up to Christmas.
If you are a school, community group or businesses-get in touch and get involved with the Festival to make it even bigger and better than previous years. http://www.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk/penrith-winter-festival/
Claire Logan-Stephens from Rheged and Claire Hexter from Dalemain were at the meeting and whetted our appetites in readiness for the World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival in 2016. This will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016. I understand that Paddington is confirmed to star again in 2016! Plans for the 2016 Festival are now being finalized with a closer partnership with Penrith retailers planned and events taking place at new venues in the area including Dalemain Marmalade Rooms, Penrith Goes Orange and Rheged. Watch this space!
And finally some Chamber events news. Please note that there will not be a general business meeting on the first Tuesday 1st November but I would like you to save the date Thursday 17th November for the Chamber’s Christmas Social event. We have moved it from December as things get so busy leading up to Christmas. We are just awaiting confirmation of the venue but it’s going to be great! Again, I will update you as soon as I have the go ahead from Secretary Kate.