January Drop Inn

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

 January Drop Inn

This will now be on
Friday 31st

Then will revert to
usual 3rd Friday of the month
For rest of year.

Look out for information

February Family Fun
Drop Inn On Friday 21st

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Marine Conservation Society Talk

Kay Foster and Jonathan Holt  give Marine Conservation Society Talk at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute
Kay Foster and Jonathan Holt give Marine Conservation Society talk at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

They may sound edible, dare I say it? even quite appetising, and they are useful eating for other marine organisms, but these are only a few of the astonishing marine species that can be found just off Cumbria’s seashores, that most of us don’t know about.

Basking sharks, Killer whales and Leatherback turtles are the heavyweights that would benefit from Marine Reserves, but there are many, many other species, including the dragonish Pipe-fish that Kay passed around for us to inspect, that are mostly unknown to the public, and many of these unknown, humble benthic mud-dwellers are vital elements of Cumbria’s living sea .  Cumbria’s marine environment is special and worthy of proper conservation we learned from an informative and interesting illustrated talk by Cumbrian volunteers Kay Foster and Jonathan Holt  from The Marine Conservation Society on Oct. 22 at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.

Kay told us about the MCS’s Good Beach Guide that reports the quality of our beaches.  You could walk your dog along any one of Cumbria’s beaches and be unaware of the amazing stuff that’s going on under the waves. Have you heard of a Sea Pen? Maybe. How about a Quahog? Sounds like something from another planet? This Methuselah of  marine invertebrates lives in Cumbrian bottom mud, can live 500 years and is an important part of the marine food web, favoured by Cod.

We learned much.  Jonathan focused on Allonby Bay, as an interesting exemplar of our marine biodiversity. It is the most northerly Marine Conservation Zone in the MCS Cumbria project area, extending from high water mark  to 5.5km off the coast. Allonby Bay is recommended by the Irish Sea Conservation Zone Group because:

  1. It has the most extensive honeycomb worm reefs in the UK  within the zone, at Dubmill Scar and makes up 37% of the total in the entire network.
  2. Dubmill Scar also supports blue mussel beds and a rich diversity of marine life including Breadcrumb sponges, Baked Bean ascidians (yes, really), kelp, oarweed, sea lettuce, sea mats and crabs
  3. There’s little opposition from stakeholders  to the recommendations for conservation,
  4. none of the activities currently taking place would require additional management
  5. implementation has low economic costs

Though each individual Recommended Marine Conservation Zone has its purpose and its reasons for recommendation , together they make a network that is greater in importance than its constituent parts and this is what is important!

The message was clear, even if the water off Cumbria’s coast is often a translucent cafe au lait brown, our portion of Marine heritage is a rich one and is worth protecting not just for its intrinsic biodiversity value, but because of the  interrelation between the organisms and the ecosystem services that they perform, such as water filtration or bringing minerals into the food-web.

Also we learned that we all can play a part, whether we are assisting with an MCS Pollution team beach clean-up or asking  our elected politicians to ensure meaningful protection for our sea life, participating in an underwater survey to document it, or when we are out shopping for seafood.

“Of the 150 species caught by UK fishermen, we largely eat just 5!” Kay told us. “60% of the fish we eat is imported” we learned, while a huge bulk of the seafood caught by our fishermen is exported.”  If that sounds odd, think about your shopping baskets. Mine is a case in point, I’m a conservative fish eater, I like white fish, but it doesn’t have to be a Haddock or Cod.

We were encouraged to sample other fish and give the commonly bought, most popular types of fish and shellfish that are being hit hardest at the moment: Tuna, Cod, Haddock, Wild-caught salmon and Shrimp a break. Considering the environmental costs of the fish we buy and checking the packets for the logo that certifies responsible sourcing will help address a dangerous imbalance of consumption.

“The Government promised to establish a well-managed ecologically coherent network of MPAs in our seas by 2012. ”

“Only 2% of the UK’s sea area has even a minimal level of wildlife protection.”

Less than 0.001% is fully protected from damaging activities. The MCS is hoping that the Government will come through with a useful and whole-hearted protective response.

Kay passed a pipefish found dried on the strandline, an ambassador of Cumbria's unusual sea life.
Kay passed a Pipe-fish found dried on the strand line, an ambassador of Cumbria’s unusual sea life.

We heard about the parlous state of the World’s seas with depleted fisheries and increased pressures on the fish that remain, causing people to go ‘fishing further down the food chain’, even Antarctic Krill have been considered as a catch, would you believe it?

Jonathan Holt talking about Allonby Bay's marine environment
Jonathan Holt talking about Allonby Bay’s marine environment

You can write to our MP asking for the Marine Conservation Zone plans to be implemented via the MCS Website .

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Lyvennet Photography Club

Lyvennet Photography Club first meeting Dec  8th 7 pm

Lyvennet Photography Club first meeting advert

Lyvennet Photography Club

We are forming a new club affiliated with The Lyvennet Activity Group

Sunday 8th December 7pm at

The Butchers Arms

Do you take photographs on camera, phone or tablet?

Are you a beginner who would like to learn how to take better pictures ?

Are you an expert who could share knowledge?

Or do you just love taking pictures?

All are welcome to come along.

We aim to share our pictures,

learn how best to present them, both printed and as slide shows

and go on outings to special places.

If interested please meet us at The Butcher’s Arms, Crosby

Or contact  Charles 715270 or contact@thewebcat.biz

Or adrian.marsh@live.co.uk 715285

Lyvennet Photographic Club

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Words and Music

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

Thursday, 28th November at 7.30pm

Words and Music

An evening of music and poetry with

Neil Curry and David Ashworth

Tickets on the door: £6 (£4 for under 18s)

The bar will be open from 7pm

Neil Curry has lived in the Lake District for many years. Among his poetry collections are ‘Walking to Santiago’, ‘Ships in Bottles’ and ‘Other Rooms’. Forthcoming are ‘The Fables of the World’ and ‘Some Letters Never Sent’. ( Neilcurry.com)

David Ashworth is a guitarist based in the Eden Valley in Cumbria. His music draws its influence from the folk musics of Europe and America, and the more adventurous jazz and popular music of our time. He uses simple electronic procedures to layer and complement the sounds of a ‘raw’ acoustic guitar. This helps produce music contrasting the elegant simplicity of an unadorned melody with the rich texture of densely compex improvisations.

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Saturday    November 23rd                                    WI Craft Fair

   Thursday November 28th                                                                                                                                                          Music and poetry evening                                               bar open


Monday December 2nd               Christmas Coffee Morning

Friday 13th December                 All things Home made Pie and Peas                                                                   supper £8 bring entertainment  

23rd December                Carols on the patio mulled wine 

                                                                                                      and mince pies             

Tuesday 31st December          Hogmanay Hoolie 8:30 till midnight                                                                                      Bring and share supper

Saturday 25th January              Burns Musical supper

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Devious minds

Thursday 10th October

Devious Minds
Performed by two established members of the magic circle
Tim Shoesmith and Maudsley

We were all thoroughly entertained even magic sceptics could not fail to be amazed, how some of the tricks were done was truly mind blowing.

The audience were captivated all evening and expressed what a remarkable act both Tim and Maudsley were. Devious Minds  - Copy (31) Devious Minds  - Copy (37)

Just some of the wonders of the evening

Just some of the wonders of the evening

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