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The boys have grown up!

Posted by StreetSafe on February 3, 2011

Community members are invited to log onto the Cumbria Constabulary website to follow two new recruits on their journey from police pup to canine crime fighter.
A three part web diary has been created chronicling the training of police dogs Dexter and Bailey from joining the Constabulary at just eight weeks old until they become fully functional Police dogs.
The series, presented by Dog Handler PC Paddy Bainbridge, shows the pups learning the skills they’ll need to help solve crime and viewers can learn more about the wide variety of work they can be called upon to do.
In the first chapter viewers meet Dexter and Bailey (originally called Oscar) as puppies and learn how they are trained at this early stage.
PC Paddy Bainbridge said: “The most important time in the training of any pup is when they are between six weeks and six months old so as soon as they are eight weeks old we get them home and start training. They don’t realize they are being trained because everything we do with the police pups is reward based force-free training, playing with toys and learning how to associate objects, scents and people.
“By 14 months they have already learned most of the basics and are given to their handlers to start their full time police training for up to 8-12 weeks where they’ll start learning police work and how they get rewarded for doing certain exercises, it is all about teaching them control.”
Part two flashes forward and shows how they are trained to track human scent, find property, as well as the different ways of detaining of suspects.
By part three Dexter and Bailey have become fully trained police dogs and are going on a refresher course with PC Bainbridge which makes sure all their skills are up to scratch and see how far they’ve come. It also gives some insight into the life of a dog handler, with Dexter’s handler PC Glenn Myerscough, explaining how they work side by side to help combat crime throughout the county.
PC Bainbridge added: “It’s been great to be able to document Dexter and Bailey’s journey online and share it with the people of Cumbria and beyond. Both these dogs have been a pleasure to work with and it’s nice to see them out there catching the bad guys and keeping people safe which is what we’re all here for.
“I know as they continue to mature they are both going to be top class police dogs.”
To watch Dexter and Bailey’s diary and other videos about policing in Cumbria log on to or
Please find below links to each part of the video diary:

Part One – ‘First Steps’

Part Two – ‘Growing Up’

Part Three – ‘The Boys Are Back’


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What’s Happening ?

Posted by StreetSafe on January 14, 2011

Free Girl’s Cricket Coaching
Following the success of the girls course which ran at Barrow Cricket Club last summer, Barrow District Development Group is running a free course which starts at Chetwynde Sports Hall on Monday 24th January.

The course will be staffed by three English Cricket Board qualified coaches and is open to girls from the age of 8 to 14.

The 6 sessions are 24th and 31st January; 7th, 14th, 21st February and 7th March, 6.30 to 8.00pm.

Further details can obtained from course co-ordinator Kirby Linton on 07912680449 or by email or from Alastair McDougall on 07714035613 or by email.

WOW Street Soccer Friday Night League
sponsored by Walney Offshore Windfarms
For more details contact Craig Rutherford at Barrow AFC on 07816163346

Rugga Skool’s NEW venture DINKY SQUAD

(for 2 year olds and their parent/carer)
Kicks off on Sat 29th Jan 11-11.30
at Barrow Sixth Form College Sports Hall
£24 per child (for 6 week block)

Rugga Skool Diddy Squad

(for 3-5 year olds and their parent/carer)
Restarts for the New Year on Sat 29th Jan 10-11
at Barrow Sixth Form College Sports Hall
£24 per child (for 6 week block)
Bookings via 07581152384

Mini Futsal League
InsideOut Soccer will be holding a 4 week mini-futsal league (indoor 5-a-side) for under-8, under-9 and Under-10 teams at Chetwynde sports hall. Games will be played on the following dates;
Saturday 22nd January
Saturday 29th January
Saturday 5th February
Saturday 12th February.

The Under 8 will start at 9am, The Under 9 will start approximately 10.30am and the under 10 will start at approx 12.00pm
Entries for teams can be made by existing teams i.e. junior football teams or from groups of individuals who fancy trying out the game of Futsal. Each league will contain a maximum of 8 teams and each team will play 7 x 10 minute games over 4 weeks ( 2 games in the first 3 weeks and one game in the final week). All children taking part in the under-8 competition will receive a certificate of achievement and the winners of the under 9 and under 10 league will receive medals.
We have a limited number of places for teams in each group and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book a place for your team simply call our office on 01229 430857 or by email

Your chance to get to Wembley!
National Street Soccer Showdown comes to Barrow in February 2011 half term.
NSSS teams up with our own Street Soccer team for a full day of action at Hoops on Wednesday 22 February.
More details will be available soon, but if you can’t wait, please contact Craig Rutherford
on 07816163346 or by email.

Parish Nurse FREE Fitness Classes
Parish Nurse Ruth McDonald is running a free fitness class every week during term time.

The weekly session includes aerobics to lively and uplifting music.

Ruth is also available to talk about weight loss, diet and healthy living.
Sessions are every Wednesday at 6 – 7pm at Emmanuel Community Church (opposite Morrison’s Supermarket) during term time.
For further information contact Ruth McDonald by email or give her a call on 07796645247

Phase IV cardiac rehab sessions at DS Training
The first month is FREE.
The sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1.30pm at DS CENTRE in Abbey Road, Barrow
The sessions include a drink of tea or coffee at the end and a social.
For further details, please contact Diane Singleton on 01229 877770

Eurocamp Residential Basketball Camp at Hoops Basketball Centre
The event will take place from Sunday 31st July to Friday 5th August 2011
2011 prices have not increased on the 2010 price and are set at £239.00 for a residential camper
or £159.00 for local campers who sleep at home.
This price includes the 12 hours of activity/coaching, three hot meals per day (non residential do not get breakfast) and a full Eurocamp basketball kit to keep.
For further information please visit Eurocamp website

What’s on at Half term?
Barrow Sports Council Free half term activities for 8 to 15 year olds

As usual, we will be providing free activities at half term. The following activities are confirmed with more to follow.

Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February

Furness Academy South Site
Monday to Friday 2pm to 4pm
Football, table tennis, orienteering, tag rugby and more

Hindpool Urban Park
Wednesday and Friday 11am to 12noon
Football, basketball and cricket

Park Leisure Centre
Monday to Friday 2pm and 3pm
Dance mats

Thanks to our sponsors Cumbria County Council Local Committee for Barrow and Inspiring Communities

Our half term activities for children with a disability will be posted on our website in the next few days. A full list will be in next weeks email.

Half term Barrow AFC Skill Centre
The Skill Centre includes skill sessions, coaching from Barrow AFC players and lots of fun games to improve skill technique, tactical awareness and build confidence. There will be Barrow AFC merchandise and prizes to be won! – The course is open to 7 – 15 year olds.

All Coaches:
• Are FA qualified
• Hold a full enhanced CRB check
• Hold a full First Aid Certificate

Players will need:
• Outdoor clothing
• Football boots and Shin guards
• A mid Morning snack
• A packed lunch
• Lots of energy!!!

Cost for the Festival is:
• £10 per day
• £30 for the week
Book for the week and get a free child’s ticket for the Tamworth match (when accompanied by an adult).
February 21st, 22nd, 24th and 25th. 10am – 3pm Holker Street

Please note the Skill Centre is not open on Wednesday 23rd because the team will be running the Soccer Showdown at HOOPS

Inside Out Soccer February half term

Monday 21st February to Friday 25th February @ St Bernard’s School
Book now – limited places available

To book your place simply ring the office on 430857

The following booking options are available:

option 1 – 9am – 3pm, 5 full days = £60 (save £5)
option 2 – 9am – 12pm, 5 half days = £32.50 (save £5)
option 3 – 10am – 3pm, 5 full days = £50 (save £5)
option 4 – 10am – 12pm, 5 half days = £27.50 (save £5)

option 5 – 9am – 3pm single full day booking = £13.00 per day
option 6 – 9am – 12pm single half day booking = £7.50 per day
option 7 – 10am – 3pm single full day booking = £11.00 per day
option 8 – 10am – 12pm single half day booking = £6.50 per day

Have you got anything on at half term? If you have, let us know. We’ll put it on our weekly email, on our website and on our google calendar which is shared by other websites. Advertise your sports activities for free


Aiming High FREE Training Courses

Shortbreaks Workforce Training (Government Funded)
Do you work with children with a disability?
Cumbria County Council would like to offer you free training in your area, from January 2011
Please click here for course information and here for a booking form.
Please note that places are limited.
If you need to cancel your booking please contact, t: 01228 221249 as soon as possible.
Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Cumbria Cricket Board Coaching Course
UKCC 1 (Coaches Assistant)
Dowdales School, Dalton in Furness
29th January 2011, 5th February 2011, 19th February 2011
Good Practice and Child Protection and First Aid Course on 22nd January
Cost £225.00-includes membership to the ECB Coaches Association
For an application form please click here
Deadline for applications is 5th January 2011. Applications will only be accepted on receipt of payment.
If you have any questions please contact Bob Simpson

Barrow AFC

Upcoming home games
Saturday 15 January v Kidderminster 3pm

Tuesday 25 January v Histon 7.45pm

Saturday 29 January v Altrincham 3pm

Barrow Independent Supporters Club
Barrow’s next away game is at Gateshead on Tuesday 18 January, and the Independent Supporters’ Club (ISC) are taking bookings for their coach to the north-east.

If you fancy it, the coach will leave Ramsden Square at 3.30pm, and as always, pick-ups en route can be arranged, seats cost £18 for members and £20 for non-members.

For the trip to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday 22 January, the ISC coach will pull out of Ramsden Square, 8.30am and pick-ups en route can be arranged. Seats cost £22 for members and £24 for non-members.

As always, if you are interested, phone Stuart on 07791268705.

Barrow Raiders
Pre-season friendly

Sunday 16 January v Workington 2pm

Brett McDermott Testimonial

Sunday 23 January v Wigan 3pm

Northern Rail Cup

Sunday 6 February v York 2pm


DARE DANCE CLASSES for Adults, Children & Young people 2011
MONDAY Dance Classes at the Forum 28
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY Dance Classes at The Nan Tait Centre
FRIDAY Dance Classes at Dalton Leisure Centre

MONDAY Dance Classes at the forum
Box Office Number: 01229 820000

10th January to 14 February
28th February to 4th April
9th – 23rd May.

DARE Parent & Toddler – Movement Play
Time: 2:00-2:45
Cost: £2.00 & £1.00 additional child
Age: 18 months – 4 yrs (pre-school)
Have fun with your toddler, moving, rolling, shaking, jumping, reaching, leading and

following to a range of funky, soulful music from around the world. Come along and have the time of your life!

DARE Infant Dance – Wriggle ‘n’ Jiggle
Time: 4:00-4:45
Cost: £2.00
School Years: Reception, 1 & 2
Imaginative movement inspired by a range of themes, props, music and stories.

A fun, energetic class for infants who love to wriggle and jiggle.

DARE Junior Dance – Jumpstart
Time: 5:00-6:00
Cost: £2.00
School Years: 3-6
Dance yourself dizzy with the chance to learn Streetdance, Jazz and Contemporary dance styles.

You will also have the chance to make your own dances by adding your own ideas and your own style.

DARE 2 Youth Dance
Time: 6:00-8.00
Cost: £3.00
School Years: 7 -11 & Sixth Form
This is a fun dance session where you will learn a variety of dance styles including Jazz,

Street and Contemporary and have the opportunity to create your own dances.

FRIDAY Dance Classes at Dalton Leisure Centre
Box office: 01229 833228
14th January to 18th February
4th March to 8th April
6th May to 27th May

Parent & Toddler – Movement Play
Time: 2:00-2:45
Cost: £2.00
Age: 18 months – 4 yrs (pre-school)
Have fun with your toddler, moving, rolling, shaking, jumping, reaching, leading and following to a

range of funky, soulful music from around the world. Come along and have the time of your life!

Infant Dance – Wriggle ‘n’ Jiggle
Time: 4:00-4:45
Cost: £2.00
School Years: Reception, 1 & 2
Imaginative movement inspired by a range of themes, props, music and stories.

A fun, energetic class for infants who love to wriggle and jiggle.

Junior Dance – Jumpstart
Time: 5:00-6:00
Cost: £2.00
School Years: 3-6
Dance yourself dizzy with the chance to learn Streetdance, Jazz and Contemporary dance styles.

You will also have the chance to make your own dances by adding your own ideas and your own style.

‘SUMMER DANCE’ Saturday 28th May 2011 Main Stage, the forum
Performances of new work created and performed by the DARE community dance classes

from across the Borough, including Infants, Juniors, youth and adults.

DARE DANCE Classes for Adults
Every Tuesday at the Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road (meet in Reception)
The Physicality of Culture – Furness Multi-Cultural Forum
Time: 10:00-11:00
Cost: FREE
A weekly dance class incorporating a fusion of dance styles and forms from around the World.

For more information contact Amanda at DARE Dance on 01229 833228

Fun and frolics for the over 50’s – MATURE MOVERS
Every Tuesday at the Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road (meet in Reception)
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: £2.00
An hour of fun and frolics for the over 50’s. No experience necessary – just a good sense of humour!
Salsa, Line-dancing,Tai Chi & Egyptian

For more information contact Amanda at DARE Dance on 01229 833228

Dance Nights with Jason Parkinson at the Forum 28
January 13th, 20th, 27th
February 3rd, 10th, 17th
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Young People
5.30-6.15pm Dance Attack
Learn set routines to the latest new music. A fun and energetic dance session for boys and girls aged 7 -13 year olds.
Cost £2 per session

6.15 – 7pm Cheerleading
Learn the moves and grooves from the latest dance craze from the USA.

The children will learn routines using music from hit films like ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Hairspray’ and current chart hits.

They will also get the chance to compete if they wish. Suitable for 7 – 13 year olds.
Cost £2 per session or £3.50 for both sessions.

Adult Sessions
£5 for one session/£7 for all night

7.00-7.45pm Beginners’ Ballroom
Learn the basic of both of these popular dances. Enrolment for the beginner’s course is open for September only.

7.45 – 8.30pm Beginners’ Salsa
8.30-9.15 Improvers’/Intermediate Ballroom & Latin

9.15-10pm Improvers’/Intermediate Salsa

10-10.30pm Practice Session

Get on Track Walks 2011
Healthy walks from a station near you.
Barrow 3rd Feb 2011
Ulverston 3rd Mar 2011
Kents Bank 6th Apr 2011
Each location will have an approx. 2 hr walk, on easy ground

All at 10.30am from the railway stations listed. Click here for more details.

Lunch Time Walks Tuesday and Thursday
Get some fresh air and have a break from your desk. Join one of the lunch time walks.

12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday from Che Vita at Schneider Square.

For further details, please contact Mike Otto on 876496

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC)

Is your sports club CASC registered?

If you have property, this automatically gets you 80% rate relief every year
(and you can apply to the Council for a further reduction).
If you have your own ground and are not CASC registered, you could be losing out.
For more information, visit the CASC page on the HM Revenue and Customs website.
If you are not sure if you are eligible or you need some help, contact Chris Athersmith for assistance.

St Columbas Table Tennis Club – Practice nights for Girls
New practice at Saint Columba’s Table Tennis Club, St Columbas School, Walney
Specifically for girls 9-19. On Mondays 6-7pm. All equipment is provided, just wear suitable trainers eg trainers
There is no charge for the session

Furness Crusaders want new players
Furness Crusaders rugby union teams are looking to strengthen their existing squads at under 13, 12 and 10 levels.
If you fancy giving the sport a try then please look at details of up and coming matches and training details at the club website.

Barrow Female Rugby League Club
Barrow Female RLFC has now been established to give women and girls over 14 an opportunity to play touch rugby.
Training sessions take place at Hoops Basketball Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm on Wednesdays.
It is hoped to stage some matches at half time in Raiders matches against other team’s supporters.
Anyone interested can just turn up, email Al Goodings or join the Facebook site Barrow FRLC.
Barrow Sports Council has awarded the project a grant for equipment, kit and to subsdise indoor training for the winter

Women’s Rounders League
Enjoyed rounders at school but haven’t played since. Barrow and District Women’s Rounders League could be just what you are looking for. The league doesn’t start again until May but teams need to register by 1st March.

New teams and players are always welcome.

So if you are wanting to enter a team, get talking to your friends now!

Takama Hara Aikido
Junior Sessions are at 6pm til 7pm Mondays and Wednesdays £3 per session
Adults Sessions are at 7.10pm til 8.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays £4 per session
Venue: North Scale Community Centre, Walney Island
For further details, please call David O’Brien on 01229 476465 & 07969875099

Pozitive Badminton Juniors
Pozitive Badminton Juniors are looking for new members

Classes are held on Wednesday nights at Chetwynde School

We currently have 2 classes; 6 – 7:30pm and 7:30 – 9pm

Open to anybody aged 6 to 16, any ability

Equipment available to borrow or buy

Pozitive Badminton Juniors has recently achieved Premier Club status from Badminton England within the Clubmark structure, recognising its dedication to providing quality coaching.

It is the only Badminton club to achieve this in South Cumbria.

For more information or to join the class, please contact us:

Dave Poniznik & Jemma Jefferies

Home: 01229 889085

Mobile 07751 866405


Also available: racket re-stringing, individual & group coaching, range of rackets/bags for sale

Orienteering every Wednesday
BarrO Orienteering Club has started winter training sessions at Hawcoat Park every Wednesday.

Sessions start at 18:30 and finish at 20:00.

They will be a mix of fitness work and some map skills / games and sessions cost £2.
For more details visit the BarrO website.

Barrow Island Under 9’s are looking for new players
Over the winters months they will be training at Walney Secondary School

Sports Hall, Thursdays 6pm – 7pm. BIJFC will be coaching “Futsal” which is taking England by storm.
For more information please contact Stuart Meredith on 07749959332 or by email.

Furness Rovers Football Club are holding coaching sessions
For Boys and Girls aged 6 years upwards

Sunday Mornings 10am at Furness Rugby Club.

All Welcome

For more information contact Steve Liddicott on 01229 812801.

Half term

Our half term activities for children with a disability will be posted on our website in the next few days. A full list will be in next weeks email.

All of us Afterschool Stay – FREE!
An afterschool stay and play session for children with additional needs.
Come along to our stay and play session and have fun, with the opportunity to take part in a variety of wonderful sensory experiences.
Hindpool Children’s Centre
Every Tuesday with Stacey & Laura
3.30pm – 5.00pm
Open to children aged 5 – 8 years

For futher details, please call 01229 829320

Hoops Multi Skills Sessions every Monday during term time
The sessions take place Monday evenings 5:30 – 6:30pm (term time only) at Hoops Basketball Centre, Thorncliffe Road.

The club is for children with disabilities and their families.

We have lots of fun games led by our friends from Barrow AFC, Barrow Raiders, Furness Striders & Insideout.

It’s always great to see new faces, so please come along.

If you would like like more information please contact Emma Broadbent

MAX Inspiration at the Gym at the Park Leisure Centre
MAX Inspiration at the Youth Gym at the Park Leisure Centre
Now on Saturday and Sunday 10.30 to 11.30am @£2.50 a session
Session at the Youth Gym for children with a disability have now been extended to include Saturday and Sunday.
All children taking part in these sessions MUST be accompanied by a parent, guardian, carer or responsible adult.
This person must also stay with the child throughout the session as they are responsible for making sure the child exercises safely.
The Park Leisure Centre will not be having a dedicated member of staff working in the Youth Gym at these times.
However, the staff member working in the Adult Gym will be available to assist or offer advice when necessary.
If attending the MAX Inspiration sessions for the first time please make it known to the instructor on duty that they need to demonstrate how all the equipment works.
This will be monitored for a few weeks to make sure it works successfully.
Further information is now available on the Park Leisure Centre website.
Not sure if this is for you? If you would like to visit the Youth Gym first to see it it is suitable, give the Park a ring on 871146 and ask to have a look around first.
PlayMAX – Indoor Soft Play area and sensory room

Maximum Fun for kids of all abilities!

Indoor Soft Play Area – £2 per child
PlayMAX is a newly created indoor play soft arena. .
It’s a safe environment for all children, including those with disabilities and with challenging behaviour.
The soft play area contains various wedges, waves, logs and steps, slide, ball pool, trampoline, illuminated cabin and interactive musical hopscotch, upturned mushroom which rocks from side to side, sensation trail and funky slouch pods.

Please note ‘Max Inspiration Sensory Room’ sessions are for children with a disability.

We also have a short film on Youtube

Sensory Room – £2.50 for 30 minutes or if you’d like to stay longer, extra sessions can be booked. In the sensory room, situated within the arena, is a highly flexible, controlled multi-sensory stimulation environment using lighting effects, colour, sounds, scents and textures.
The sensory room is designed for people with sensory, cognitive and physical impairments and meets the challenge of both the interactive and the passive user through educational and therapeutic activities.
The Sensory Room is only available for children with a disability.
For use of the Sensory Room, it is essential that he have an induction by one of the Park Leisure Centre Staff so you know how to use the equipment before you book a session.

Please contact Margaret Wilson on 871146 extension 204 or Ian Jones on 871146 extension 206 to arrange an induction.

Parents/Carers of Disabled Children Forum

Parents and carers of disabled children getting together for support and change
We welcome all parents/carers of disabled children to come and join us.
We meet every few weeks to discuss how to improve the lives of our children and ourselves.
We work with providers of services to ensure they meet the needs of our children.
We help to promote positive opportunities available for our children.
And we provide support to each other.

The next meeting is on Friday 21st January at 1pm in the Nan Tait Centre
If you are the parent or carer of a child with a disability, please feel free to join us.

For further information contact Derek Brook on 407575 or just turn up.

Facilities to Hire
Winter bowling at Abbots Vale
It’s the end of the bowling season
Give yourself a head start for next season by practicising on Barrow’s only all-weather bowling green at Abbots Vale.

It’s just £1 for a 2 hour session or you can book the green for a game for only £8.50
To book a session or for more details contact Karen Dodding by email or ring 01229 830900

Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club

Floodlit Training area available for hire

Ring 01229 874643 for details of dates, times and prices

Kick it Out aims to remove racism in sport and to increase the participation in sport by the black and minority ethnic community.
Report any incidents of discrimination, abuse or harassment to your local Police on 0845 330 0247

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FREE film and media workshops, screenings and events for young people!!

Posted by StreetSafe on January 14, 2011

MEDIASHIP: Furness Youth Film Festival 2011

FREE film and media workshops, screenings and events for young people!!

Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January 2011 at The Forum, Duke Street, Barrow

The festival has been organised by young people, for young people!Packed full of activities and opportunities to meet filmmaking professionals, the festival promises to be a fun and engaging event for young film enthusiasts.

Highlights of the 2-day festival include:

● Youth Competition Film Screening and Awards Ceremony ● Filmmaking, scriptwriting, animation and acting workshops ● Q&A Event: “How to get a job making films?” ● Horror make-up and animation station ● Free screenings of some great feature-length films, including one for the skatersLords of Dogtown and A Bug’s Life for younger film fans ●


Enter films into our MediaShip Young People’s Film Competition. With fantastic prizes up for grabs, and chance to screen to a large audience at the festival what are you waiting for?! Whether its a 30 second film made on a mobile phone or a 10 minute Hollywood style production, all entries are welcome. The deadline for entries is 19th January.


The young people on the committee have been learning on the job from industry professionals to put the festival together and if you’re 16 or over, enthusiastic about film or event management and can spare a few hours between 9am and 6pm on 29th January, you can get involved too!

To see a full programme, to book a place or enter a film, visit or call Signal Films on 01229 839983, or email

Further details, please click here


Burlington House
Michaelson Road
Barrow in Furness
LA14 2RJ
01229 839983 / 838592

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Join us for a beachclean – everyone welcome …

Posted by StreetSafe on January 14, 2011

Wishing all the Beach Clean volunteers a very happy new year and our warmest wishes for a successful 2011.
Join us for a beachclean – everyone welcome …
at Humphrey Head, nr Flookburgh, on Saturday 29 January at 10am or any of the dates and times shown below.
All events and maps of locations are at
Saturday 29 January, Humphrey Head
10 am to 12 noon
Meet at the road end car park at the top of the beach. Please bring gloves. GR SD390 740
Contact: Katie Sheehy, 015395 38120

Saturday 12 February, Holgates,
nr Silverdale, 10 am -12 noon
Meet in the car park.
GR SD 455 758

Saturday 12 February
Morecambe Lodge, 10 am to 12 noon
Meet at the road end by the shore.
GR SD 469 674

Wednesday 9 March, Far Arnside
10 am -12 noon
Meet at the road end.
GR SD 447 763
NB: This is a Wednesday event.

Saturday 12 March, Hest Bank
10 am to 12 noon
Meet at the carpark, over the level crossing.
GR SD 468 667

Saturday 9 April
Morecambe Lodge, 10 am to 12 noon
Meet at the road end by the shore.
GR SD 469 674

Saturday 7 May, Hest Bank
10 am to 12 noon
Meet at the carpark, over the level crossing.
GR SD 468 667

Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult. We provide all equipment, but please wear old clothing. It’s a good idea to bring a wind-proof layer as it is often breezy on the coast.

best wishes

Susannah Bleakley | Morecambe Bay Partnership
01539 735900 (W) 0782 583 6563 (M)
Join the BeachCare volunteers on facebook

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Streetsafe evaluation – Risedale Ward – Lock it or lose it

Posted by StreetSafe on December 22, 2010

8 teams visited 60 homes in the Risedale ward, Barrow-in-Furness. The team was briefed utilising local intelligence and by using the MOSAIC Data which gave us a detailed snap shot of the community.
The main focus on this operation was to consult with residents and gain data to establish what concerned them the most about living in their neighbourhood. We also used it to promote active citizens, LOCK IT or LOSE IT and agencies Christmas safety messages. This was the re-scheduled streetsafe operation that was originally cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.
To see the full evaluation, please click here Risedale Xmas 10

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Night time economy Streetsafe evaluation Christmas 2010

Posted by StreetSafe on December 17, 2010

A Streetsafe team of 12 people visited The Railway Public House (Wetherspoons chain) between 630pm and 8pm on Thursday 9th December 2010.
The main focus on this operation was to actively promote various Christmas Safety Campaigns for partner agencies. We also wanted to find out if the customers had any concerns in relation to their safety when using the night time economy.

The briefing was held in Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood Management Office. Inspector Dave Bosson briefed the multi agency team prior to the Operation. The operation was filmed by media students from Channelside project as an on going project.

During the evening we spoke to 40 customers who completed the Streetsafe questionnaire.
From the questionnaire we can evaluate over 2,000 pieces of information.
We talked to and listened to customers for over 10 hours in total.
90% of customers felt fairly safe, safe or very safe whilst using the night time economy in Barrow-in-Furness.
To see the full evaluation and picture, please click here Night time 10 _3_

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Have fun, stay safe and know your limits

Posted by StreetSafe on December 16, 2010

Personal Safety Tips
Top Tips for out on the Town
Plan your night out, let someone know where you are going & when you will be home.
• Carry a charged mobile phone & put a trusted taxi number in your contacts.
• Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know or don’t trust.
• Keep your drink with you at all times, if it looks or tastes suspicious don’t drink it.
• Watch out for your friends & make sure they get home safely.
• Don’t walk alone after dark – plan ahead.
• Avoid taking short cuts, keep to well-lit main streets.
• Never accept lifts from strangers or unregistered taxis.
• Drink responsibly; binge drinking makes you more vulnerable.

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Police advice to communities regarding predicted wintery conditions

Posted by StreetSafe on December 16, 2010

Local communities are being urged to look out for one another and take extra care as a second band of icy and snowy conditions heads towards Cumbria.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly over coming days, which could lead to treacherous road conditions and black ice.

Police are urging communities to prepare in advance, drive to the conditions and look out for vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours. Pavements are just as susceptible to freezing as roads, so take care when walking as well as when driving.

Officers are also warning people to stay off frozen ponds, rivers and lakes, and to make sure pets do not go out on the ice.

To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website:

Tune in to your local BBC Radio station to keep up to date with road and school closures and other community issues:

You can also contact the Cumbria Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609.

Safety advice for motorists

• Plan your journey in advance:

• Check local and national weather forecasts and tune into local radio stations to check on road conditions and closures

• Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive and ensure you have a charged mobile phone with you

• Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and a torch. In snowy conditions, take a spade

• Clear your windows and mirrors fully before you set off and carry a screen scraper and de-icer

If you have an accident, break-down or become stuck in bad weather conditions:

• Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask a passenger to make the call

• On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone because the emergency services and breakdown recovery services will be able to locate you easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder

• If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you

Vehicle maintenance:

• Keep lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow – remember also to clear your vehicle roof of compacted snow in case it dislodges while you drive, as this could be dangerous to other road users

• Keep your battery fully charged

• Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer

• Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order

• Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure. Consider changing to high performance winter tyres.

Drive according to weather conditions:

• Allow extra time and distance to brake as it can take ten times longer to stop in wet or icy conditions

• Adapt your driving behaviour. Keep in mind the decreased visibility and changing road conditions.

• Slow down and avoid sudden or jerky movements

• When driving on ice or snow use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin

• To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently

• Be wary of satellite navigation systems as they tend to direct you over high rural roads that are likely to be closed or particularly hazardous in winter

• Do not assume that pedestrians have seen you. They may be elderly, young or not be able to hear you

• Do not attempt to cross flooded roads if the water seems too deep

• Drive slowly through water in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch – this will stop you from stalling

• Test your brakes when you have driven through a flood before you drive again at normal speed

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Don’t spend time behind our bars

Posted by StreetSafe on December 15, 2010

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Know your limits

Posted by StreetSafe on December 14, 2010

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Free Feb half term activity for young people aged between 9 and 13 years

Posted by StreetSafe on December 14, 2010

Sports Leader UK, Young Leader Award
YISP along with NewkesUK Ltd have secured funding from the Cumbria Community Foundation for delivery of the Sports Leader UK, Young Leader Award to 50 young people aged between 9 and 13 years.
The Young Leader Award is a programme of leadership training for young people between the ages of 9 and 13 that promotes working with younger children, teaching leadership skills through a range of games and activities. The Young Leader Award teaches key skills such as leadership, team-building, peer-mentoring as well as meeting most of the ECM criteria. Through sport, young people can develop a lot of life-skills whilst gaining confidence in a familiar environment.
The course takes approx 6 hours to complete and participants will receive a certificate from Sports Leader UK.
This one day course will take place during February half term and will run on Monday 21st Feb – Wednesday 23rd Feb 2011 at 9am-4pm at NewkesUK Ltd based on 2-6 Derry Street, Barrow In Furness, tel 01229 813989 by Phil Newton, NewkesUK Ltd, Managing Director. Also see their website: www/ Spaces will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. Participants will ‘learn by doing’ and by the end of the course will not only have the confidence and ability to lead others but will also have knowledge and experience of an extensive range of games and activities.

If you would like any further information or would like to reserve a space on the Young Leader Award please contact Bea Bowes, YISP Keyworker @ Cadas Barrow on telephone number 01229 811111, or by e-mail to:

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Barrow Police online Meeting

Posted by StreetSafe on December 10, 2010

Barrow police are holding an online meeting this week to provide local residents with the chance to ‘chat’ with some of the area’s top cops from the comfort of their own homes.

By logging onto on Thursday 16th December between 6pm to 8pm, residents will be given a chance to let their virtual voices be heard by taking part in an online meeting with their local inspector.

At the same time as raising questions to local Inspector David Bosson about issues in their local area or sharing any concerns they may have, South Cumbria’s top cop, Chief Superintendent Paul Kennedy, will also be in the hot seat and able to answer questions, provide an update on future policing in the area and share advice.

Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector David Bosson said: “Community meetings are great ways for residents to put forward their views on what police should be doing and how, but it’s hard to arrange a time and venue that enables everybody to come along.

“Online web chats have been piloted recently by the Constabulary and have generated positive responses from local people who get the chance to talk to local police officers in a convenient, simple way – without having to leave their homes or families.

“It provides people who don’t like to speak out in public, or who don’t want to ask us questions out on the street to speak out anonymously and hear our honest answers.

“I’d urge as many people as possible to log on so that we get a true reflection of what the communities of Barrow think and feel. If you live outside of Barrow but would like to use the opportunity to ask a question or share your views feel free to log on and join in.”

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Cumbria police to host ‘eCops day’

Posted by StreetSafe on December 7, 2010

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Cumbria Constabulary is holding its first ‘eCops day’ next week to help keep local communities safe both online and offline in the lead up to Christmas.

On Wednesday 15th December, Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde will be joined by other police officers and staff who will be opening up online forums to provide advice and answer questions from different members of the community. The day will see the Constabulary open up a series of topics for online debate including policing advice on fraud during the run up to Christmas, crime prevention for businesses, a farmers forum and an hour ‘cop on the spot’ where people can log on and ask any general policing questions.

The first online forum of the day will provide policing advice for primary and secondary schools and is open for all youngsters to join and ask their questions. The children of St. Colomba’s RC Primary School in Barrow-In-Furness have already confirmed that they will be online on the day taking part to ask their questions.

Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde, who is who is renowned as one of the UK’s leading lights in cybercrime within his role as President of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB), said:

“A lot of work goes on by police in Cumbria in the lead up to Christmas to keep our communities safe and ensure they can enjoy the festivities safely. We want to make sure that as many people as possible can access the expertise they need to stay safe and avoid falling foul of criminals both online and offline this Christmas.

“This day has been designed to appeal to as many people as possible and throughout the course of the day we will be opening up debates for local school children and youngsters, as well as providing an opportunity for businesses to log on and ask our force’s fraud expert any questions about how they can protect their business, customers and staff from cybercrime. The last forum of the day is aimed at farmers to ask questions and share aspects of farming crime prevention advice.

“Webchats present a new and exciting way for local people to engage with police officers in a manner and at a time that is most convenient to them. By offering our specialist services and advice throughout the course of a whole day, we hope that people on their lunch breaks, after school or at a time when a problem or issue comes up during a normal course of the day, can log onto Cumbria Constabulary’s website and ask anything they want to from the comfort of their homes, schools, farmhouse or office chairs.”

eCops day is open to anyone and crime prevention prizes for you, your business or school can be won throughout the course of the day.

On Wednesday 15 December you can put your questions to police officers during any of the following webchats:
10am-2pm – Schools

An opportunity for schools and youngsters to ask police officers and members of the Police Authority questions

1pm to 2pm – ‘tis the season to wise up on fraud
Ask questions about protection against fraud when shopping online in the run up to Christmas and to make sure your business is secure

3pm to 5pm – Crime Prevention for Businesses
Crimes committed against businesses can have a very high cost. Join this web chat to make sure that you take appropriate measures in place to protect your business

6pm to 7pm – Cop on the Spot
An hour for you to speak to Cumbria police officers from the comfort of your own home, to ask questions or discuss the policing issues which concern you or your neighbourhood

8pm to 9pm – Farmers Forum
Farmers and residents living in rural communities can join this web chat to ask questions and share aspects of farming crime prevention advice

To join the event and to find out more information please visit:

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Fraudsters ordered to repay over £1million following Cumbrian investigation

Posted by StreetSafe on December 7, 2010

Fraudsters ordered to repay over £1million following Cumbrian investigation

Four Luton fraudsters have been ordered to repay over £1million after a large scale Cumbrian investigation uncovered a £2million nationwide fraud.

The four men, Adil Khan, Faisal Khan, Azhar Mahmood and Zulfiqar Ali were ordered by Crown Court Judge in a Proceeds of Crime hearing last month to repay a total of £1,015,711.70 within six months or they will face a default sentence of four years.

The hearing stemmed from an investigation by South Cumbrian detectives after a Barrow woman reported a potential fraud to officers in December 2006. An in-depth financial investigation began and found that over 90 victims from around the country and as far as India and Australia had their credit cards cloned to pay a number of mortgages on several Luton properties.

Cumbria’s Financial Investigators charged the two brothers, Adil Khan and Faisal Khan, with money laundering offences in April 2007. A third brother, Zulfiqar Ali, was later charged along with their associate, Azhar Mahmood, with money laundering offences in August 2007. In September 2007, the Khan brothers pleaded guilty and were sentenced to three years imprisonment.

In September 2008, Azhar Mahmood and Zulfiqar Ali pleaded guilty and were sentenced to one and a half years and three and a half years consecutively.

During the Proceeds of Crime Hearing, the Judge found the men to have benefited from their criminality to the tune of £2,270,437.10. They must pay back a total of £1,015,711.70 within six months or face four year jail sentence.

DC Cath Rogerson, a financial investigator that led the complex investigation said: “This was a mammoth investigation that started with a woman from Barrow reporting a credit card fraud of just £1,400.

“The scale of the investigation led to us tracing 90 victims though out the UK and abroad who had had their bank cards cloned to make fraudulent payments on a number of properties based in Luton that were owned by the four defendants.

“One of the defendants was also spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of his innocent victim’s cash in casinos which shows the scale of the lucrative set up.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Forrester who heads up South Cumbria CID said: “This proceeds of crime hearing demonstrates to criminals and our local community that an offender’s punishment doesn’t end when they get put behind bars. The reason that criminals get involved in crimes like this is for the financial gain – and stripping them of their cash and assets is what hurts them most.

“We have dedicated officers who work to uncover complex frauds like this and I’d like to thank them for their hard work and commitment which has led to the four men being brought to justice on behalf of the 90 victims across the globe.”

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BDDA Christmas Grotto 2010

Posted by StreetSafe on December 2, 2010

If you’re in need of a good dose of festive cheer, why not visit our annual Christmas Grotto, held at the Centre in School Street, Barrow. Often quoted as being the best grotto in town, it truly is a delight for all the family. Everyone is welcome to come and meet Santa in his toy workshop, where every child will receive a present from him.
The Grotto has pushchair and wheelchair access and is also suitable for visually impaired youngsters as it is full of different textures and perfumed with frankincense and myrrh.
The Grotto is open from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December and also Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December. The entrance fee is £2.50 and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there


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Ice safety warning from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Posted by StreetSafe on December 2, 2010

With freezing temperatures forecast to continue into next week, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service bosses are warning people to stay off frozen lakes, rivers or ponds for their own safety.

Venturing out onto frozen water is extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening should the ice give way because there is no way of knowing just how thick or stable any ice is or whether it is strong enough to take weight.

And while many schools are closed parents are being warned to ensure their children are aware of how dangerous playing on frozen water can be with solid-looking surfaces often hiding dangerously thin ice and freezing water beneath.

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison said: “I would advise people not to put themselves and others in danger by going onto frozen bodies of water such as ponds and lakes.

“There are many potential dangers associated with a frozen body of water. Although it may appear to be robust and strong, there can be little or no support and the ice can give way with no warning.

“The hazards are drowning, asphyxia and hypothermia. If the ice gives way then it can trap you, and when the weather is like this hypothermia sets in very, very quickly.

“I’d also urge parents to know where their children are when they are out and about in the cold weather and to never leave youngsters unsupervised near frozen ponds, rivers and lakes.”

“Our message is simple – stay off any frozen body of water for your own safety.”

Dog walkers are also asked to keep their dogs on leads near frozen water if there is a risk of them venturing onto the ice and getting into trouble.

If you see someone fall through the ice you should:

– Call the emergency services

– Do not attempt to go out on to the ice yourself

– Tell the person to stay still to maintain heat and energy

– Try finding something which will extend your reach, such as a rope, pole or branch

– Throw the object out and, once ensuring you are stable on the bank either by lying down or having someone hold on to you, pull them in

– If you cannot find something to reach with, try finding an object that will float and push that out to them

– Ensure that you keep off the ice at all times during the rescue, continue to reassure the casualty and keep them talking until help arrives.

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Don’t let thieves spoil your Christmas

Posted by StreetSafe on December 1, 2010

Cumbria Constabulary has launched a countywide campaign to reduce burglary and theft in the lead up to Christmas.

As the number of burglaries traditionally rise in the lead up to Christmas and in light of the reduction of burglaries in Cumbria this year, Cumbria Constabulary and partner agencies are stepping up their efforts to deter offenders and raise awareness of the steps that residents should take to protect their homes and Christmas presents over the holiday period.

There were 74 less victims that had their homes targeted by burglars in Cumbria between April and October 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, which equates to a 15 per cent decrease. There was also a 19 per cent reduction in burglaries that occurred at business properties, sheds, outhouses and caravans with 205 fewer offences recorded during the same period.

To build on this success and help to protect residents from becoming victims of crime, a month-long awareness raising campaign begins today across the county.

In South Cumbria, its launch is being marked by a large scale multi-agency Streetsafe in South Cumbria that will see around 40 personnel from police, community volunteers and partner agencies take to Risedale Road, Gloucester Street and Worcester Street to hand out top crime prevention tips and offer free assessments on existing home security to around 300 homes.

The event is set to take place today, Wednesday 1 December, between 3pm-7pm and will target the Salthouse area that statistically suffers the highest numbers of burglaries in Barrow. 95 burglaries were reported to officers in this area from 1 December 2009 – 30 November 2010, which is markedly higher than other neighbourhoods in Barrow. Of the 95 burglaries reported to police, approximately 50 per cent occurred at insecure premises.

Over the course of the Streetsafe event, the group will be offering a combination of advice on crime prevention, property security marking, fire safety, free smoke detector fittings, graffiti removal, and offering specialist advice on health and community participation.

In North Cumbria, Neighbourhood policing teams and special constables will be conducting door-to-door property marking events over the coming weeks to give local residents access to the tools and equipment they need – right on their doorsteps.
They will also be promoting the use of a website, that allows anybody to register their property online free of charge. The site records items’ unique identification or serial numbers which gets fed into the Police national property database that is used by all UK Police forces to help trace owners of lost and stolen property.

In West Cumbria, a targeted policing operation in North Allerdale will continue following a rise in shed and outhouse burglaries. After 15 burglaries were reported to police in the area between 1-23 November, police officers have stepped up their patrols to provide a 24 hour presence in the most vulnerable areas across Aspatria, Silloth and Wigton. Since the operation was launched on 24 November 2010, eight people have been arrested and police have recovered £1,700 worth of stolen property. Since the operation began, no further burglaries have been reported in the area.

Officers are working in conjunction with partner agencies on the West Cumbria Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership to provide crime prevention tools to those who need it most. House and shed alarms have been bought by Age Concern UK to offer to residents at a reduced rate that can be bought from all Age Concern outlets in West Cumbria.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “Tackling burglary is something that we can only do together as a county, and thanks to the hard work that has gone on between police, partner agencies and members of the public, we have reduced the number of people who became a victim of burglary in Cumbria this year.

“On average there are only two burglaries committed in Cumbrian homes each day which makes our county one of the safest in the UK. This is a real success but even one burglary means there is one victim too many.

“We don’t want people to get complacent or lax with their home security. It is a fact that burglary and theft traditionally rise throughout December as opportunist thieves try to get their hands on expensive Christmas presents.

“We are committed to ensuring that this doesn’t happen this year and in addition to strengthening police patrols in our neighbourhoods to reassure residents and deter thieves, there will be local initiatives ongoing to provide communities with all the tools, equipment and information they need to keep themselves and their property secure this Christmas.

“Thieves can target houses with Christmas presents on view so we would urge everyone to be vigilant – don’t let a thief spoil your Christmas.

“Crime prevention leaflets and credit card sized ‘top tips’ will be handed out by officers on the streets who will also be visiting schools and local businesses to offer crime prevention advice, hand out personal safety tips and offer any advice to people who may need it.”

Police offer the following top tips to keep your house safe:

– Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
– Lock doors & windows before you go out, removing keys from locks & keep them out of reach
– Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night
– Postcode your valuables with a UV pen, considering registering them on
– Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday
– Look out for your neighbours property
– Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID

Posters and leaflets with crime prevention messages will be issued to all Neighbourhood Watch and Farmwatch members across the county. Allerdale District Council, Carlisle City Council, Barrow Borough Council, Barrow and Eden CDRPs and Carlisle libraries have also received the material which will be displayed on their Intranet sites and some social networking sites.

For more information or advice on home security, or to report any suspicious activity to a police officer please contact a member of your local policing team on 0845 33 00 247. If you witness a crime in action, always dial 999.

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Don’t let thieves spoil your Christmas

Posted by StreetSafe on November 25, 2010

Christmas A5 flyer for intranet

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