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February 3 · Issue #7 · View online
Fine Fettle
Fine Fettle is a weekly round-up of Cumbrian news. Send me your favourite stories to be featured: [email protected]

Welcome to a hastily put-together issue of Fine Fettle which was mostly written while on a train from Oxenholme to Carlisle - because it’s hard to send out an email newsletter when your internet isn’t working at home 😱
The frost has bitten and the snow topped peaks I’m seeing out of the window are the proof you need.
Enjoy!
Coming up...
  • Bouncers with handcuffs in Bowness
  • Two (NHS trusts) become one
  • Cumbria’s a snow go area
Cuff 'em (gently) lads
Private security are detaining violent suspects in the Lake District (Daily Mail) Private security are detaining violent suspects in the Lake District (Daily Mail)
Starting with a story which was picked up by the national press first, even if they did have to clarify a few things once it was being reported by the local media here.
The Daily Mail originally said that police had given their approval (and possibly even trained) nightclub bouncers in South Lakeland to use handcuffs.
It didn’t quite turn out that way, with Cumbria Police denying it had offered any training but then spectacularly sitting on the fence and not quite knowing whether it actually liked the idea.
In the end, officers settled on saying they wouldn’t encourage others to do the same, but that they don’t “not support it”.
The reason it matters is that the force has fewer frontline officers now - and the security company behind the idea says that Cumbria Police are too slow at responding to their calls for help.
The whole thing is being run as a trial and the police and Security Industry Authority say they’re keeping a close eye on what happens.
All tied up
Big health trusts merger 'a necessary step' (BBC News)
I want to talk to you about the reorganisation of the Cumbrian health service.
WAIT. DON’T LEAVE.
This week, we found out for certain what was already 99% likely to happen: a merger of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust.
What’s so interesting about that, NHS trusts merge all the time.
The difference here is that it’s not very often that an acute hospital trust hooks up with a mental health and community trust.
It could just be the first of many mergers to happen across the UK as the NHS starts to slowly unravel the Lansley reforms, while remaining within the spirit of the law.
It’s also probably inevitable, as the chief executive of both trusts Stephen Eames admitted on BBC Radio Cumbria on Friday, because the Cumbria Partnership trust is transferring its mental health services away to be run from Newcastle and Lancashire respectively for different halves of Cumbria.
“…You’re right, I mean, essentially the partnership trust is getting smaller and changes in mental health services coming about later this year would continue that trend.”
That leaves a shell of an organisation in its place, with a few specialist services and community services for North Cumbria.
One more thing… the merger will finally grant the North Cumbria trust foundation status after years of trying, and failing, to get it.
It means greater financial control and more independence from central government.
A chill out... this time
SNOW AND ICE: Several fell passes remain closed (The Westmorland Gazette) SNOW AND ICE: Several fell passes remain closed (The Westmorland Gazette)
Welcome to winter.
Cumbria seemed to get away lightly during the first proper blast of wintery weather in 2019.
Most of the high-level mountain passes are still closed, or treacherous to drive over, but the more vital routes (A6 Shap, A592 Kirkstone Pass, A591 Dunmail Raise) are all clear enough now.
It will have people casting their minds back to the Beast from the East which happened just under a year ago.
Plenty of people living high up in Alston and across the fellside communities of the East Pennines will be hoping that their preparations can make a difference, if there’s an encore this year.
In other news...
SALINE PROBE ENDS: No further action will be taken against a woman who was arrested as part of an investigation into alleged tampering with saline bags at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. Prosecutors say there isn’t a reasonable chance of prosecution. (News and Star)
QUASHED: The owner of a former boarding school in South Cumbria who was jailed for 20 months over historic child cruelty has been cleared on appeal. (BBC News)
COUNTING CARLISLE: People living in the Cumbrian city are going to be asked questions that will show up on the 2021 census by statisticians for a trial run. (ITV News)
BLUEBIRD’S FLOWN: Donald Campbell’s speedboat Bluebird won’t be spotted on the waters of Coniston any time soon. Why? It’s a bit of a mystery really. (BBC News)
Agenda
Tuesday
  • Carlisle City Council meeting at 6:45pm
Wednesday
Friday
  • 125th anniversary of Tullie House
One more thing
Father to run in daughter's place after her death (BBC News) Father to run in daughter's place after her death (BBC News)
I found it quite hard to read bulletins on the day that we shared Andy’s story, but that’s nothing compared to what he and his family are going through at the moment.
His fundraising page is still open if you haven’t put some money towards it and he’s well on his way to the latest target - £20,000
Something missing?
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