The Oaklea Trust is now (December 2018) the owner of the former Edenside Residential Care Home in Appleby, Cumbria.

Edenside, in Holme Street in Appleby, was previously a residential care home for the elderly and has remained unoccupied since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

The Oaklea Trust, is keen to develop the site into extra care housing for local elderly people. This part of our website will keep you up to date with plans.

#Project Edenside

Watch this space - here we will bring you news and information on #Project Edenside -go to the TAB on the right for more detail on “Fundraising”. (Also keep an eye on our social media channels Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIN -give us a like! We even have a dedicated page on Facebook - go follow ProjectEdenside facebook)


4 April - “It’ll be alright on the night!” -Big thank you to all who attended our 2nd public meeting last night!

Great turnout for our ‘meet the architect’ session last night - which was also ‘bigged up’ on BBC Radio Cumbria just before the doors opened! Here you can see Architect Phil Brooks from Kendal based Day-Cummins taking views from the floor on the various initial concepts that were presented.

Those attending were able to see what could possibly happen with a display of similar projects from around the UK & Europe - and the evening was all about getting feedback.

All the suggestions and ideas will be collated by Day-Cummins and used to inform the next stage of the process. Once again a huge thank you to all those who came along and contributed.

28 March -in tune with #ProjectEdenside

Just an update on one of our lovely fundraising efforts - “Middle Eden Voices & Friends” -seen here at a practice session - are holding a ‘social evening of food & song’ at the Appleby Hub Wednesday 15 May 1830. Join in or just listen - for tickets contact Patrizia at the Hub Cafe Enquiries Appleby Hub

27 March - It’s all part of the (Architects) plan!

Diaries at the ready…our next #ProjectEdenside public meeting takes place just a week today 1800-2000 -please do join us in the Main Hall @The Appleby Hub
Oaklea Director Alex Wolfenden says the key focus of the meeting will be an opportunity to show you some initial architect sketches on our plans for Edenside.
“I’ve met with architect Phil Brooks from Kendal based Day Cummins to work on some information for the presentation event next Wednesday and some of the concepts which will be presented to the public consultation. People attending will get to meet Phil and look at our proposed concepts as well as give us some feedback on them!”
If you wish to attend do pre register as it helps when managing numbers T: 01539 735025 E:Contact Oaklea

26 March - Artistic licence

This is Terry from Oaklea -the latest contributor to our fundraising tree -which is coming along nicely since you ask! We have now put up the narrative to explain what the stuff on the tree will mean when complete - the ‘key’ has been created by Oaklea employee Terry Gibbon. Terry works for us in the NE supporting our customers -and in his spare time is quite the artist. Big thanks to Terry and customers at Shields Road for coming up with the design and look for the narrative.You’ll have to keep an eye on the fundraising tree to see what it all means…..

26 March - Wednesday 15 May -date for your fundraising diary - just be in good voice!

“Middle Eden Voices & Friends” invite you to a #ProjectEdenside fundraising concert at the Appleby Hub. Tickets available via Patrizia at the Hub or contact Charlotte Ratcliffe (pictured) 017683 52108. Huge thank you to Charlotte and the choir for organising this as a fundraiser.

22 March - It’s a sign

Big thank you to all the organisation’s and businesses in the Appleby area who allowed us to put up posters in windows etc to publicise the upcoming public meeting on 3 April. Too numerous to mention - but as well as shops like Low Howgill, Appleby Business Centre etc it also included the TIC, Health Centre, Swimming Pool, Settle-Carlisle Railway station, Appleby Heritage Centre, Dentists and so forth! Many many thanks.

13 March - Pleased to meet you!

Our chosen architects, Cumbria based Day-Cummins came to present to the #ProjectEdenside team. 10 firms went for the contract and Day-Cummins were the successful bid. Kendal based architect Philip Brooks was able to show some initial drawings on what Edenside could look like. Phil will be attending our Public Meeting on 3 April to discuss these concepts -and would like input from those attending. So make sure you are there.

12 March -Be warned - cutest fundraising image yet!

These 2 lovely youngsters were caught admiring our newly painted Squirrel -which goes to show she is doing her job in attracting attention to #ProjectEdenside!

8 March -“Squirrel-ing” away!

Our ‘Fundraising Tree’ is really starting to take on a life of it’s own…Big thanks to local student Tayla Bryning who attends the Oaklea HubWeb Youth group who put her artistic talents to the fore and created our lovely Squirrel (well known native in these parts) - the idea being the £250K target will be collected in her basket! (watch this space). Tbf the photo doesn’t do her creative talents justice - it really is quite striking -drop by and see for yourself!


Next Public Meeting date announced - Wednesday 3 April at 1800 - Appleby Hub Main Hall

This is the second meeting (first one was on 7 January) -and will be an opportunity to meet our chosen architects (Kendal based Day-Cummins) and contribute to what Edenside could possibly look like. We will also be wanting to encourage people to get more involved in fundraising for the project as we have a £235k shortfall. It will be an informal meeting including presentations from the Oaklea Exec Team leading on the project plus the Architect. We intend to have an interactive session where attendees will be encouraged to contribute. To register E: Oaklea Enquiries

28 February - New Facebook page dedicated to #ProjectEdenside….please give us a “LIKE” to stay in touch - just look up ProjectEdenside or go to ProjectEdenside Facebook

From small acorns….

Learners from the Hub Cafe took part in a workshop on Monday 25 February to make the acorns & leaves for the Fundraising Tree. The acorns will represent larger donations to #ProjectEdenside and the leaves will be a way of marking individuals who give - you can even sponsor a leaf if you wish! They are made of wool formed into an acorn in a soapy mixture and then shaped.

Big thanks to R2W Hub Cafe team - John, Abbey, Adam, Jak and Luke who took part in the session!

Next Public meeting - keep an eye on this page

We intend holding a second public meeting at the end of March/early April (likely to be evening @The Hub) - date tbc. Here more details will be given on the Architect tender and proposals/sketches.

Fundraising tree takes shape one brush at a time:

On 18 February our ‘fundraising tree’ started to take shape in the Appleby Hub - local artist Debra Esterhuizen can be seen working on a shape that reflects the Oaklea logo. The fundraising tree will mark milestones on the way to reaching that £250k target (thanks to local Builders Merchant JT Atkinson who donated the paint!)

On Wednesday 13 February - BBC Radio Cumbria broadcast a live 3 hour mid morning show from the Appleby Hub - and what a great showcase for what Oaklea does in the local area (see more on our Appleby Hub page Appleby Hub) - and of course #ProjectEdenside got quite a few mentions…not least from Hub based felt artist Debra Esterhuizen. Debra told BBC Presenter Kevin Fernihough all about the ‘Fundraising Tree’ she is helping create - this will be in the Hub Cafe and will be our quirky way of showing how much is raised for #ProjectEdenside -as we aim to hit our target of £250k!

The fundraising ball was kicked off big time in February 2019 -when the Norben Charity gave a huge £15,000 donation to #ProjectEdenside - here you can see Trustee Dot Anderton with Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley. The Norben charity is Appleby specific and was set up by former Vicar of Appleby & Warcop Peter Norton - with the aim of supporting community projects in the area. Peter -who now lives in Ireland- was very moved by the aftermath of Storm Desmond and the floods of 2015 -not least because he was a regular visitor to Edenside to see the people who lived there. A massive thank you to Norben for this donation - only £235,000 to go!

On January 14 2019 a cracking band of volunteers from ‘Appleby Smarter’ came to clear the grounds of Edenside - they intend doing this over the next few weeks. Their input is greatly appreciated.

The aim is to make sure the external grounds of Edenside look better - as the site hasn’t been touched since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

As a thank you to the volunteers who were still around - they were invited to the Appleby Hub Cafe for a ‘thank you’ brew - just a short stretch to the Cafe…it’s just round the corner from Edenside. It’s almost as though these things are planned!

We announced plans for a public information event @ Appleby Hub 7th January 2019. Thanks to all of you who came along - it was a highly productive session where we were able to share our initial ideas and take comments and suggestions from the floor.

Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley seen highlighting the fact we are “pursuing this project as there is a definite need for such provision.” Clive also revealed that tenders have gone out to architects who are specialists in extra care housing & have experience of flood resilience. (A further meeting is planned in a few months time when we receive the initial architects plans).

On December 19 2018 our signage marking the acquisition went up:

How the local Herald newspaper reported the ‘momentous’ news on its front page - 8 December 2018:

The story so far - What we want to do

Oaklea is keen to develop the site into extra care housing for local elderly people. Oaklea plans to redevelop the site, including significant flood risk measures, and is looking forward to consulting with the local community and other stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and the planning authorities, on the future of this Community Asset. Eden District Council and Appleby Town Council have supported the purchase and recognize the need for such a facility in the area.The local community has been outstanding in their support of the proposed development and The Oaklea Trust is encouraged by the levels of support expressed.

In November/December 2017 we captured a huge amount of support from the people of Appleby and the Eden Valley (119 letters for example) and this momentum has continued.

The interest has been widespread –here ITV Border came to Edenside in Summer 2018 and like much of the local media were able to reflect the ongoing support for our plans

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