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Extra Care Housing #ProjectEdenside

In December 2018, The Oaklea Trust became the owner of the former Edenside Residential Care Home in Appleby, Cumbria.

Initial plans after first public consultation

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 (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)


Feb 2022 Update – Please bear with us – we are still awaiting news from Eden DC Planners -which is imminent we are told.

8th June 2021 – ‘About town’ donations update

Above: James from Oaklea Finance Team busy totting up the donation tubs

Despite Covid19 the donation tubs are still proving very effective. James & Charles from the Finance team collected around 17 tubs in the past week -and they brought in an incredible £292.88 (with Gift aid £73.22) So that’s a fab £366.1. Thank you to all those giving -and to all the premises hosting our collections -this roll of honour includes: The Hare & Hounds, Midland Hotel, The Little Shop, Eden River Cafe, Appleby Flower Basket, Sugar & Spice, Stephensons, Low Howgill Butchers & Deli, Pigneys, Appleby Bakery & Dents Newsagents.

24th November – “Smart Operation”

Our good friends at Appleby Smarter have been busy. Volunteer John Ward; “Just before the second lockdown we had a great turn out and managed to have a major tidy up, we trimmed the hedges, mowed the lawn, strimmed all down the side and swept up all the Autumnal leaves etc. We as a group just wanted to keep you in the loop and we will continue in the New year to be of assistance.” Many many thanks to you all!

19th November – Now that’s fast….and in #Lockdown2

Our good chums at Absolute Digital in Kendal updated the Edenside sign today – they were only asked yesterday! Great stuff and big thanks to Stuart and sign man Alistair on site. So watch this space regarding planning updates.

18th November -Edenside for Community Benefit

The Appleby community will be aware of the proposed development of Edenside care home, and Oaklea is currently steering its planning application for this development through Eden District Council. Rather than the property being left without providing any benefit during any planning delays, we have been allowing Appleby Fire Service to use the building for fire training, but we have now agreed that Penrith Police can also use the building for training some of their Officers. The police will be training on the site from Thursday 19th November, so if you see people moving around the building please don’t be alarmed, it is just Oaklea doing its bit to support the local community.”
Clive Wigley (CEO).

18th November Important Planning update

“Oaklea Trust continues to steer our exciting development plans through the planning department of Eden District Council. This has proved to be a drawn-out process that has involved a great deal of work concerning flood mitigation, taking account of the requirements of the various agencies. These issues have now been settled and we are working with Eden District Council to finalise planning that meets with their policy for approval. To satisfy planning policy Oaklea has been asked to do some further work taking into account affordable housing, and we hope that this will be completed shortly to the satisfaction of the planning department. We then should be able to commence work on the site early 2021. The development will include the building of eighteen self-contained apartments for local people as per our allocation policy. Oaklea remains committed to the Edenside development and aims to provide quality accommodation for local people, at an affordable rate. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you informed of progress, as matters develop.”
Clive Wigley (CEO).

This update to the external signage will also be going up in the next 24 hours!

10th July – “Spar-ring partners”

Huge thanks to Tom and the team at Appleby Spar -this wee donation tub contained around £50 -add another 25% with GA and at a time of Covid19 when people are using contactless….nice one!

18th June – A bird in the hand…

This week the Appleby Hub was undergoing a big transformation in readiness for possible Cafe re-opening in July. So the donation box was emptied -and wow- it had £148.48 – when you add on GA that takes it to £200! Well done to everyone who gave!

5th May – Final act?

Appleby Mayor Jilly DD steps down this month after a year in office. She made a donation to Edenside. “Although I am stepping down I still would like to continue with the charity boxes etc and help any way I can with Edenside.” Due to Corona you can see we arranged a social distance handover with CEO Clive!

13th March CANCELLATION notice

Please note the fundraiser below at Penrith Town Hall has been canx due to the ongoing corona virus outbreak.

4th March -In fine voice for Oaklea -diary date for you

Our good friend and supporter Andy Connell in his role as Chair of Eden District Council has come up trumps again – “It’s my intention to try to use my pro singing repertoire to good use on Friday 20 March in Penrith Town Hall Council Chamber between 10-3 (roughly) in order to raise money for my two charities – Oaklea #ProjectEdenside and the Air Ambulance. This will be open to the public, with tea, coffee etc available, and donations sought; people can request old favourites, sing along, dance even.”
Incredibly Andy has a repertoire of about 900 songs, sung to backing tracks. “Some I do routinely, others on request. I’ve been doing this for the last twenty years. There’s never a set programme; I go with the flow.”
Andy adds: “In their charitable role, chairs of Councils do things like hosting dinners, auctioning promises, sponsored abseiling; I’m more confident singing, so it seemed a good idea to utilise this experience in support of my two charities, the Oaklea Trust and Great North Air Ambulance. It’s also an opportunity to let people engage with Eden District Council in a social, rather than business, context.”

27th January – Burns Night = Great night

Huge thanks to Alex Chalmers and gang at Learning Fields (Hoff) who organised the Burns Night Ceilidh fundraiser at the weekend.Alex says Appleby Market Hall was packed and they couldn’t squeeze anymore in due to fire regs. Extra thumbs up to Oaklea Trustee Susie and colleague Andy who attended and sent this super snap. The evening raised an amazing £1,147.43 once Gift Aid added (£817.94 on the night + £100 donation from Learning Fields workshop donor….) Fantastic everyone!

21st January – “Singalonga” Festive Edenside

News in from our festive contacts at Eden District Council. You will recall EDC Chair Andy Connell chose #ProjectEdenside as his chosen charity for the Annual Chairman’s Christmas Carol Service held in Penrith in early December. Well Santa – who was quite busy at the time- has just got back to us and says an amazing £250 was raised- that’s a bumper £312.50 once you add Gift Aid – and we do. Thanks to Andy and all who donated in fine voice.

18th January – Special Delivery for #ProjectEdenside

Huge thanks to “Eden Valley Truckers” who ‘delivered’ on a pallet of love for #ProjectEdenside.They were having an all day/night shindig at Appleby Legion Club – top bantz and memories plus putting some dosh aside for #ProjectEdenside – many many thanks guys n gals.Another great example of the wider community getting behind our efforts to bring back a new Edenside.

Extra special thanks to lorry driver Colin Smith who organised the bash! (readers are warned ‘Big Col’ does not deliver in the vehicles pictured!)

8th January -Catch me if you can – Mal is doing it 20X!

Our latest fundraiser is really really going the ‘extra mile’. Mal Bellamy is planning to do 20 events in 2020 – for #ProjectEdenside.
What a top -if exhausted- fella he is. Mal; “I’ve just done the first 2 runs which were only 5km runs – the Lytham and Blackpool Park runs both after each other on New Years Day. I Felt a bit of a fraud as it wasn’t very challenging. Then I did a 3rd run -the Kielder Dark Skies 10km. Surprised myself as I’m a lot older than last time I ran anything like this and also have an injury – I came 31st. (8th in my age group). Now looking forward to bigger and tougher challenges.”
You can donate to Mal via his virginmoneygiving page here We will keep you posted on his exploits!

3rd January – Channel your inner Scottishness for Edenside -Burns Night Supper!

Mmmmm a tasty fundraiser heading your way with a Scottish twist…hold our bagpipes! Looking to celebrate your inner Scottishness or just want a good night out and raise funds for #ProjectEdenside? Well why not ‘reel’ along to the Burns Night Ceilidh later this month at Appleby Market Hall. Huge thanks to our good friends at Learning Fields for organising this. As the flyer says – please book in advance – they need to get the tatties peeled!

2nd January 2020 – New year new images to share!

These are some visuals of Edenside that have been developed by our architect Phil Brooks from Day-Cummins. They are now before EDC Planners -and we are hoping for a decision in the coming weeks.

31st December – What a fab way to end the year -we break another fundraising milestone -£40k barrier!

Well we are definitely leaving 2019 on a high for #ProjectEdenside – just caught up with Michelle & James from our Finance Team. We have now broken the £40k barrier! £40,304 to be precise….fantastic stuff – thank you to everyone who has got involved and continues to support our plans!

19th December – Tis a sign of a “Happy Anniversary”

Today – 19 December- marks exactly a year to the day we had the ‘Acquired’ sign erected at Edenside. A huge amount has happened since then – not least the public meetings, community engagement -and since March a huge amount of locally led fundraising! (we broke the £30k milestone just a week or so ago!).
So a huge big massive thank you to all involved – we couldn’t do this without you. The fundraising continues -and of course the next step is awaiting the news from the EDC planners(our latest plans submitted in November). Here’s to 2020.

10th December – Festive cheer with special delivery from Santa

Today we smashed through a major barrier – we broke the £30,000 #ProjectEdenside fundraising mark (£30,257 to be precise). A week ago we had hoped to reach this by Christmas Day –so to get there with 15 days to spare is even more fab. We still have some way to go as £250k is required – but this is a significant milestone and more fundraising activities will continue well into 2020. A huge thanks to all of you on this truly community led effort.

2nd December – Elevating stuff!

Further to last week’s news regarding submission of planning permission to EDC – here’s an idea of what the new look Edenside could look like.

28th November – EDC Planning update

Just had this from our architect team at Day-Cummins in Kendal. Here’s Architect Phil Brooks: “I’m very pleased to confirm I’ve checked with EDC who confirm the application has been validated.The application is going through the normal admin process of acknowledgement letters being prepared, and this is expected to be issued out very shortly in the usual admin ‘flow’. As such it should be appearing on the council’s planning application website shortly, and there will likely be a site notice to post on a nearby lamppost.” We wanted to keep you in the loop as some of you have asked when it would be going on the EDC website (including the media) -something which is out of our hands.

27th November – Generous handover

Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley with Mike Hewitt, the Charity Steward for Vale of Eden Freemason’s Lodge No. 2493, which meets in Appleby. Mike: “When the lodge members found out that Oaklea Trust was looking for donations to assist in their transformation of Edenside, they were delighted to respond with a gift of £1,000 to help. They wish Oaklea Trust all success with raising the necessary funds and creating the much-needed extra care housing in Appleby for local elderly people.”

27th November – Are you sitting comfortably?

Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley went to collect a superb donation of £630 from Maria at Fortis Tattoo this morning. Maria had offered a percentage of her October takings with the willing support of customers -and created quite a social media boost for #ProjectEdenside. In fact when you add Gift Aid Maria’s total is just under £800…incredible.

We can’t confirm or deny as to whether Clive braved a #ProjectEdenside tattoo!

26th November – Planning submission to EDC

The Oaklea Trust is pleased to announce that we have now submitted revised plans to Eden District Council regarding our desire to transform the former Edenside Care Home in Appleby, Cumbria. Alex Wolfenden, Operations Director and Project Lead on Edenside for Oaklea :“After a significant consultation with the Environment Agency, technical specialists Curtins and the local community; the final revision of our plans to transform the former Edenside Care Home into 18 Extra Care apartments has now been submitted to Eden District Council for planning permission. We have worked hard to ensure our proposal provides a re-modelling of the disused site with a quality design, meeting the significant need for extra care housing in the district and embracing the enthusiastic positive feedback we have received from the local community.”

25th November – Counting on you!

Our top finance number crunching duo Charles & James hit Appleby on Friday with extra big lifting hands – to collect the latest donation tins that were overflowing. Well after being good boys over the weekend we have let them back out into the office to count up the spoils – and a huge thank you to those of you who have donated or held a collecting tin. Drum roll please – The numbers are in and from the tins collected at The Midland Hotel, Hare & Hounds, Eden River Cafe, The Little Shop on the Bridge, Pigneys, Kings Head and Blue Poppy……wait for it…..£170.49 -which when you add Gift Aid is £213.11 – fab effort everyone. We couldn’t do this without your support -and a special thanks to Mayor extraordinaire Jilly DD – who has co-ordinated this so well with local businesses.

18th November – Keep on truckin

We got ourselves a convoy – heading through Appleby…Advance planning for those who like to keep their diaries tip top. In January 2020 our good chum Big Col is holding a fundraiser with a difference for #ProjectEdenside. Appleby based lorry driver Colin Smith and “Eden Valley Truckers” are having a get together on Saturday 18th January 2020. It’ll be at Appleby and District Royal British Legion Club from 2pm onwards. Big Col says do drop by if you have a truckin’ connection as “It’ll be like old times for a pint and the crack from Appleby and beyond. Bring your old photos and stories to be told, from Aldersons to all Hauliers in the Eden District. Open to all – you can even enjoy soft drinks too if you are driving.”

8th November -(Getting in the) Christmas spirit for fundraising

Make a date in your diary – #ProjectEdenside has been nominated as the chosen charity for the Eden District Council Chairman’s Annual Carol service fundraiser.
It takes place at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith Monday 16 December at 1830 – JTU and donate. Here’s Chair of Eden District Council, Andy Connell outside a chilly Edenside explaining why he chose Oaklea:

1st November – Spreading the word

Our CEO Clive Wigley was busy updating the Appleby Business network last night on our plans for Edenside. The event was held at The Hub Main Hall.
Big thanks to Eden Valley resident and #ProjectEdenside supporter Tony Greenwood who attended the session and sent us the image.

21st October – “Shuffles” into view for the final time

Tim Collins -once of this parish and now known full time as ‘The Appleby Shuffler has now completed his 2nd half marathon for #ProjectEdenside – and what’s more he’s brought in a truly stupendous £530! (more than £633 when you add Gift Aid).Tim managed to shuffle towards his ‘send button’ and sent us this update: “It has to be said the Heart of Eden half marathon is a lot tougher than the Cumbrian run. The first 5 miles are all up hill to the village of Murton under Murton Pike.”

16th October – Certifying success

Just an update for those lovely businesses who we visited last week to collect the latest #ProjectEdenside donation tubs. Mayor Jilly DD says she’ll be heading your way soon with our special recognition certs for sterling effort in the field of fundraising duty: Here’s Jilly: “I have written all the charity box certificates out and will distribute them over the next couple of days. These certificates also include the Gift Aid figures -which are really starting to mount up -so well done everyone.” Great stuff all – we couldn’t do this without you.

14th October – Tubs of love from Appleby!

Following our successful collecting of the donation tubs on Friday from local businesses (an ongoing process) – to give you an idea of how valuable this is, our Finance Team have totted up the tubs they gathered -and they contained a massive £614.66 (even more when you add 25% we collect on top for Gift Aid).

11th October – It’s all about community

So many people were affected by Storm Desmond in 2015 – not least the former Edenside care home. One local businesswoman badly affected by the flooding was Maria Gingell. Maria runs “Fortis Tattoo” in Appleby (Fortis is Latin “for the brave”) – she was overwhelmed by the way the community supported her at at the time…so her way of giving back is to help fundraise for #ProjectEdenside For October she’s been donating a percentage of her takings to Edenside – it’s only the 11th October and that has already brought in £315. Here’s Maria explaining why she wanted to get on board with #ProjectEdenside

11th October – shop til you drop

Our Finance bods – Charles & James accompanied by Appleby based Oaklea Trustee Linda have been busy pounding the streets of Appleby this morning. They’re collecting and updating our collecting tins for #ProjectEdenside – big thanks to Mayor Jilly who has co-ordinated this fundraising exercise with 50 local businesses. You can see our merry band at Stephensons, and many more too numerous to mention but you know who you are – we thank you all!

11th October – On the (tractor) run!

We’ve just been given a £150 donation following a historic tractor run in the summer. Cllr Hughie Potts can be seen with Appleby Mayor Jilly Dixon-Dougherty. Hughie was involved with the 40 mile tractor run across Eden in memory of John (Busk) Chapelhow and they wanted some of their funds to go to #ProjectEdenside Huge thanks to all the Tractor folks- fab effort (it’s going to be an annual event in John’s memory – he farmed at nearby Murton).

10th October – Another barrier broken – we hit the £25K fundraising milestone!

Fantastic news from our finance team – they’ve checked with the bank and as of today we have broken the £25k barrier – £25,332 to be precise. Huge thanks to all the community led events that have taken place plus individuals and organisations that have contributed! We march on…..

7th October – They ‘played their cards right’ for Edenside!

Our good chums at The Hare & Hounds in Appleby held a highly successful charity night at the weekend for #ProjectEdenside They had a “Play Your Cards Right” theme as you can see! Superb effort as always from all at The Hare & Hounds -they def always play with a ‘full deck’ when it comes to fundraising!

7th October – The ‘Appleby Shuffler’ does #ProjectEdenside proud!

Many Oaklea customers & employees will be familiar with this cheeky chappie – Tim Collins. He’s just sent us this image of him on 1 of the 2 half marathons he’s doing for our big fundraising efforts for #ProjectEdenside As you can see Tim has done incredibly well – £420 in already! Here’s Tim: “Yesterday was the first of the half marathons I’m doing for #ProjectEdenside. You’re probably not as excited as I am, but rest assured the Appleby Shuffler will do his best. Thank you all for supporting me, and for those that haven’t yet there is still time!” Go to his giving page here

30 September – Take a bow Appleby Town Band!

Just got the figs in from the “piggy bank” from Saturday night’s #ProjectEdenside fundraiser led by Appleby Town Band. A magnificent £375 raised on the night – not least from the (ahem) “boozy” raffle. Huge thanks to those who attended and esp to the Band who donated their time and energy. This was the 2nd concert they’ve done for us since the Spring – really really appreciated.

23 September – They came, they ate, they did more than tap their feet!

Huge thanks to all who attended, took part or helped with the #ProjectEdenside community led fundraiser from Friday night. A great performance all round by the Eden Valley Ceilidh Band – and big big thanks to the Hub Cafe team for the Mexicana themed spread! Massive applause to the band and their supporters who put on this event.
Thanks also to Oaklea Director Sue Green for the image. Sue (and CEO Clive Wigley) attended – describing it as ‘a fantastic evening’. You can also spot Appleby Hub Cafe team member (and learner) Charlotte having a good bop! Many many thanks to all those who came along – we’ve prised open the piggy bank – and the gig raised £894 -wow. Thank you so much.

Our CEO Clive even captured the fun on this short video….Ceilidh @The Hub #ProjectEdenside 20 Sept 2019

18 September Dancing the night away -we are will you?

Join us this Friday (20 Sept) for our next big fundraiser. Eden Valley Ceilidh Band is providing the music for a traditional Ceilidh at Appleby Hub. The Hub Cafe team are also putting on some super food with a Mexican theme! Ole! Plus Louise Aitken has made lovely baskets of prizes for the raffle and the contents provided by supporters of #ProjectEdenside -what’s not to like! The #ProjectEdenside Fundraiser Ceilidh will take place at The Hub 7.30-11pm. Tickets £15 (family ticket £30), to include food, are available from The Hub, Appleby TIC or call Sue on 017683 53105 or 07799 551604 or E: Eden Valley Ceilidh Band.

16 September It’s all going to plan -important update

Our CEO Clive Wigley and Ops Director (and Edenside project lead) Alex Wolfenden have had a very positive meeting with our architects regarding the latest stage in our planning application. Alex explains; “Clive and I met with Phil Brooks from Kendal architects Day Cummins and we have agreed our final version of the layout design for ProjectEdenside! Now we are working on collating the remainder of the documents in order to support a full planning application.”
Why is this important….Alex; “We have already been in consultation with Eden DC planning department in a pre-planning application and these final designs together with a Flood Risk Assessment and other archaeological and ecological reports will be put together over the next couple of weeks before we formally make our planning application submission.”

13 September “Hare” raising stuff!

Huge thanks to the staff and regulars at the Hare & Hounds in Appleby. They held a charity night recently (Boozy bingo) for #ProjectEdenside and raised more than £1000+. They are part of a growing number of businesses who have got on board #ProjectEdenside thanks to Appleby Mayor Jilly Dixon-Dougherty – #ProjectEdenside is her chosen fundraising effort for her Mayoral year. This afternoon Appleby based Oaklea Trustee, Linda Adey presented Gemma & Sharon from the pub with a certificate to mark their awesome achievements! They’ve just let us know more fundraising is planned – fab stuff and really appreciated.

12 September Rehearsing for the big one!

Just got some ‘behind the scenes’ news in from our good friends at Appleby Town Band. They’re holding a formal concert at the end of this month in aid of #ProjectEdenside – please spread the word and encourage friends, family, hangers on etc to get a ticket for what should be a great night!
The gig is at Appleby Public Hall -and as you can see from the shot taken at rehearsals this week, they’re looking pretty sound!

14 August – Running up a great amount!

John Muirhead from Appleby has raised more than £400+ for #ProjectEdenside doing the Lowther Lakeland half marathon! (big thanks to him and his supporters)

A fab effort – and if you have Facebook – click on this link for a video from John after he completed Lowther Lakeland Marathon

12 August “We’re in the money” with Boozy bingo – glug glug!

The Hare & Hounds pub in Appleby held their first charity night on Friday night (Boozy Bingo) and raised an amazing £717.46. They also expect more as that doesn’t include the Oaklea #ProjectEdenside donation tins. A stupendous effort by all concerned. See their Facebook page for more HareandHounds FB

From the team at Hare & Hounds: “Can we say the biggest THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Hare & Hounds for our #ProjectEdenside charity night. We were not expecting such a huge turn out and we can’t thank you all enough. Special thanks to Dave Cash & Helen Dalton for their part in the evening. Thank you to everyone who donated and bought raffle tickets!! Also, special thanks to all of the businesses in town that contributed. Without you guys it wouldn’t of been possible. We raised a total of £717.46!! This is not including the donations put into the sealed tin which will be revealed when Oaklea collect it and count up!!”

12 August – Spreading the word

Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley and Director Sue Green were VIP guests at an event in the Eden Valley over the weekend – very much doing their bit to promote #ProjectEdenside and all the other good stuff Oaklea are up to locally. Sue explains: “Clive and I were made to feel very welcome by the Kings Meaburn committee and wider village as invited guests of honour. We had been invited due to the ongoing charitable work that Oaklea has been undertaking in the Eden Valley. Thank you Kings Meaburn for inviting Oaklea to your wonderful annual field day.”

22 July – Taking a trip down memory lane

Met up with 2 lovely former employees of Edenside on Friday. Joyce was in charge of the cooking for 37 years. Janet was a Care Assistant who rose to become Acting Manager – 28 years service.They recall many great days at Edenside.If you have connections to Edenside – let us know as we will want to reflect this when it rises again E: Get in touch Joyce summed up the atmosphere at Edenside: “A very happy home – we had cakes for everything.” Read more on Joyce & Janet on our blog pages here A trip down memory lane

19 July – “Appleby Times” launch

At the launch for Appleby Times – a new venture to record and reflect how the town and surrounds have changed. The organisers are keen for a #ProjectEdenside display board – this will be based round its former life as a Council care home – and future resurrection as Extra Care Housing for local elderly people under Oaklea. So anyone with memories, images etc Get in touch. They’re also inviting Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley along to their meeting in October to give an update and look at how we can work together.

18 July – Allocation of accommodation at Edenside -criteria document here

If all goes to plan and Edenside re-opens as new state of the art Extra Care Housing for local older people it will provide high quality housing, support and care services which enable, support and encourage people to live independently for as long as they wish to do so. It will offer safe, private and secure accommodation. (Occupiers of Edenside will retain the independence of having their own home whilst enjoying the benefits of having staff on hand to provide planned and unplanned care and support).

Occupancy will be:

Clive Wigley, CEO of Oaklea Trust; “We are considering a number of types of tenure for #ProjectEdenside –these may include shared ownership (maximum of two apartments), and fully rented apartments. Our allocations policy is in line with the desire to reflect a need for local older people’s housing and any applicants demonstrating a local connection.”

Oaklea CEO Clive & Operations Director (and Project Lead for #ProjectEdenside) Alex Wolfenden have more than a decade’s worth of experience in working on successful shared ownership schemes – notably HOLD mortgages.

What is HOLD/shared ownership?

HOLD gives people an opportunity to purchase a Shared Ownership home and live independently. In the same way as standard Shared Ownership, you buy an initial share that you can afford, helping you get into home ownership in manageable stages. (for example you could buy a share of your home (between 25% and 75% of the home’s value) and pay rent on the remaining share.

15 July – The funds departing from……

We’ve just received some more good news on the fundraising front today – and you may have helped us by voting for us online via social media! On Saturday to mark 30 years of the saving of the Settle-Carlisle Railway -a special vintage charter train ran to Chester. On board the results of a public vote were announced in a ‘battle of local charities’. Oaklea powered through full steam ahead -and won with 64% of the votes! We’ve secured £385 for #ProjectEdenside – you may recall we circulated a voting button a few weeks ago for this -so huge thanks to any of you who gave us the nod!

15 July – Bucketloads of cash – generous times at Appleby Carnival

Oaklea Regional Manager for the North East, Stella Crennell busy at Appleby Carnival in the heart of the Eden valley at the weekend, raising the profile of #ProjectEdenside. Not pictured is HR Manager Helen Shaw -who was busy with our collecting buckets and organising some fun & games! And as if to complete the management ‘turnout’ -the photo was taken by Oaklea Director, Sue Green, who happened to be passing! Our dynamic duo managed to raise just over £154 from what proved a very very busy day at the carnival.

12 July – Carnival atmosphere

Oaklea HR Manager, Helen Shaw & NE Regional Manager, Stella Crennell will be on top form tomorrow at Appleby Carnival.They will be on a #ProjectEdenside stall in the Market Square with some fun & games – and giving a first outing to our new bespoke collecting buckets.Do drop by and say hello!

9 July – #ProjectEdenside Branching Out to 6 pages….

The summer edition of the Oaklea Trust Magazine ‘Branching Out’ is now available and has a bumper 6 pages on #ProjectEdenside

You can download a copy here Branching Out Summer 2019 Edition

1 July – Finance Team caught ‘on the run’

3 members of Oaklea HQ Finance Team logged out of their spreadsheets and took part in the Appleby 10 & 4K Runs yesterday for #ProjectEdenside.
Here you can see Charles, Sandy & Bev propping each other up after making it to the finish! You can donate here…

25 June – Best bib n tucker on display

Oaklea HQ staff proudly showing off the hot “off the shoulder” bibs we’ve just had made for fundraising events – they’ll get their first outing this Sunday 30 June at the Rotary Appleby 10K run. Oaklea’s Sandy, Charles & Bev from the number crunching Finance Dept will be jogging along in aid of #ProjectEdenside According to our Rotary contacts – “The race is a fast, undulating, one lap course set in the surrounding and picturesque, Eden Valley. All abilities are encouraged to take part.”

18 June -Pre planning app goes in

Just to keep you informed – The Oaklea Trust has now formally begun pre-planning application consultations with Eden District Council and the Environment Agency regarding the development of Edenside. Alex Wolfenden, Oaklea Operations Director & Project Lead on Edenside: “The current plans include 18 apartments around an internal courtyard providing both independence and a community feel. The plans also need to incorporate flood resilience measures and the purpose of this pre-planning consultation is to ensure that the planning authorities are happy with the measures and to iron out any technical issues prior to the formal planning application.”

17 June – Watch out – The Mayor’s on your case!

Busy this afternoon sorting our 50 bespoke #ProjectEdenside donation “tins”. As part of Appleby Mayor Jilly Dixon-Dougherty’s fundraising drive for her year of office – Edenside is her charity focus- she will be approaching local businesses etc in the Appleby area who want to take a donation tin. If you want to get involved contact via Oaklea HQ E: Contact Oaklea

15 June – “In the line of fire…”

NE based Oaklea Team Manager, Paul Copley started his “Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge” today. The pictures don’t tell the full story says Paul; I got absolutely drenched on Saturday on the descent from Ingleborough!” What’s more Paul enlisted some special ‘help’ for taking snaps for us in ‘the line of duty’ of course – “All my photos were taken by a group of Ghurkha soldiers who were up the peak training.” Hopefully they passed on some tips for him and Ted the dog when they take on Whernside & Pen-y-Gent, which are next on the list.

12 June – “Here’s one (Jar) I made earlier…..!”

Big thank you in order to Caroline Dodgeon, esteemed Town Clerk for Appleby Town Council. A few days ago she called Oaklea HQ and suggested how about taking a collection ‘tin’ up to Fair Hill as representatives of the travelling community had expressed interest in donating to #ProjectEdenside. Appleby Horse Fair was in full swing – So Caroline got out her best Blue Peter style skills – “here’s one I made earlier” and dashed up to Fair Hill with Gypsy rep Billy Welch with this rather fetching collecting jar!
Caroline; “This afternoon Billy Welch has just dropped off the money he collected on Fair Hill – he apologises that it isn’t more!” It’s a magnificent £242.59 -which when you add on Gift Aid takes it to just over £300. Well done to Billy and all those who gave.

11 June – “Paul & Ted’s big adventure” – one giant step…er paws – for Edenside!

This weekend Durham based Oaklea Team Manager Paul Copley is doing the ‘Yorkshire 3 Peaks’ for #ProjectEdenside. Paul works in our supported living settings in County Durham and aims to do the 3 Peaks over 3 weekends this summer. He will start this Saturday (15 June) by tackling Ingleborough with faithful companion, Ted!
Paul explains; “Ingleborough is without doubt the most popular of all the hills in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s rounded shape and flat top make it one of the really attractive hills in the park.” You can support Paul through his charity page 3 Peaks for Edenside

10 June – “Mud glorious mud nothing quite like it for…..”

Oaklea support worker Viktoria Schaefer has earned a nice warm bath! She competed in the ‘Gelt Gladiator’ challenge at the weekend in Hadrians Wall Country for #ProjectEdenside. So far she has raised a fab £196.25! Viktoria – in between sorting the right wash cycle; “So it’s done. It was brilliant but we are all blooming cold. Can’t wait for a hot bath.” Fabulous effort.

7 June – “And the band played on….” -Diary date – New fundraising concert announced -Appleby Town Band

We are pleased to announce the lovely folks at Appleby Town Band will be holding a special ‘drop in’ concert in aid of #ProjectEdenside on Saturday 22 June.
It will be held at The Appleby Hub Main Hall 1030-1230 -entry by donation and all proceeds go to Edenside. Please spread the word.
Judith Shannon from Appleby Town Band;”This may be the first of 2 gigs for Edenside – Appleby Public Hall have also offered us the Hall for free in September so we’re hoping to do a more formal concert on 28th September -will keep you posted -in the meantime look forward to seeing people on 22 June!”
No need to book JTU – just turn up -simples! Further info email: Judith Shannon

6 June – Earlier journey’s end than expected for one #ProjectEdenside fundraiser

Oaklea’s Andy Cowling has completed the 192 mile C2C trek from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire -raising more than £226+ for #ProjectEdenside.

There’s still time to donate to Andy if you want to – go to
You usually need to allow 2 weeks or more to complete the C2C (he set off on Saturday 25th May) and had to slog through some blustery & wet conditions.
Andy: “For the past few days my leg has been really sore, and my knee got injured which made it quite hard on the up/down sections through the last 3 days over the North York Moors. Really enjoyed the hike – and all the people i’ve met along the way. I will be back at work next week and looking forward to sharing trail tales with the adults I support at our supported living house in Consett, Co Durham. I won’t miss the early starts at 5am from the tent though!”

5 June -Cheers all round for fundraisers!

Just an update this morning on Oaklea’s Andy Cowling who set off doing the Wainwright Coast to Coast long distance path on Sat 25 May as a fundraiser for Edenside. He’s now deep into the North York Moors National Park and not far from journeys end at Robin Hood’s Bay. Last night -while taking in well deserved “liquid nutrition” at a local hostelry – one of the joys of fundraising and camaraderie along the trail happened to combine. Andy; “This chap from down south, called Clive, in the Red Lion pub gave me £20 for the Edenside fund.” What a top gesture. Andy’s total so far is now up to a fab £226.25 incl Gift Aid.

4 June -No sweat – Oaklea staff go to extraordinary lengths

Carlisle based Oaklea support worker Viktoria is just a few days away from taking part in a big fundraising challenge for Edenside. She’s been busy getting in the ‘zone’ for the tough ‘Gelt Gladiator’ challenge.

She’s just sent us this training shot from yesterday evening. Says Viktoria, “As you can see it’s just turning 9 PM and I’ve been sweating 3 sessions with my YouTube friend Lucy.” And just to prove fundraising isn’t all fun & frolics – Viktoria adds “I think this image is showing better my suffering!
She’s already raised over £176+ for Edenside – and you can track her on her charity page go to

3 June -Collecting by Mayoral appointment

We’ve just had 50 bespoke donation ‘tins’ arrive at Oaklea HQ for #ProjectEdenside. They’ve been created just for raising funds for Edenside – a first for Oaklea.
The intention is to use these in conjunction with Mayor of Appleby Jilly Dixon-Dougherty. When we met with Jilly last month it was agreed she will help us distribute these to various businesses in and around Appleby. She has chosen #ProjectEdenside as her key charity challenge for her Mayoral year. Will keep you posted as to when and where these will be distributed in the coming weeks!

30 May -“Chippy off the old block”

Last night Andy got a ‘proper chippy tea’ at Shap Village chippy -huge thanks to Ashley & the team who made a weary hiker very welcome -and much appreciated hot food.

We also met up with him on his “compact and bijou” campsite (a patch of grass the size of his wee tent!) -and brought some yummy treats from HQ – his Regional Manager in the NE, Stella Crennell, let it slip he loves chocolate, cake and peanuts! (Clearly considered part of your 5 a day in the NE!).

29 May – “Walk this way”- Update on Andy’s C2C walk for Edenside

Well Oaklea staffer Andy Cowling is now 5 days into his mammoth C2C trek from Irish Sea to North Sea. He set off in good spirits from St Bees on Saturday (see shot by Lighthouse) but soon hit some ‘liquid sunshine’. Andy (in between wringing out clothes!) “Have had some bad weather and it’s been hard going with wet gear.” Despite this he remains in good form and many will be more shocked at the fact he gets a mobile signal in the central Lakes! Today he is aiming for a stopover in Shap as he heads out of the Lakes and into the Dales.

And by the Wainwright statue!

24 May – It’ll be a walk in the (National) park(s) says Andy!

Earlier in the week we told you about Oaklea support worker Andy Cowling raising funds for #ProjectEdenside. Well the time has come to get those boots on – he’s just hours away from setting off on the world famous Wainwright Coast 2 Coast long distance path tomorrow (Sat). Just interrupted him packing his gear and he says he’s “fully prepared, has lots of dry food packed and in good spirits”. Andy, who works for us in Consett, County Durham, will set off from St Bees on the West Coast of Cumbria tomorrow morning. He intends to mainly camp along the 191 mile long route – which takes just over 2 weeks to do b4 dipping a toe in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay.
If you would like to support his trek – the easiest way to donate is via the virginmoney giving web page we’ve set up –
He’s already raised £200 from local schools, friends, family etc. Great stuff. All the best Andy

22 May – Pleased to meet you!

Oaklea Finance Director Sandy Murray with new Appleby Mayor Jilly Dixon-Dougherty outside Edenside. Jilly has said #ProjectEdenside will be her main charitable cause for her year in office. This is great news – as Oaklea and Jilly will work together on fundraising ideas across the area. We all have lots of ideas….but now need to make them work.

22 May – Saying thank you

Today we started putting “acknowledgement” cards on our #ProjectEdenside fundraising tree – to thank donors. 2 of whom – Nick & Hazel Wardle happened to drop by as their card went up.

They also had an impromptu catch up with Oaklea Ops Dir Alex Wolfenden – she’s project lead on Edenside. Oaklea – simply ever present in the community.

20 May – Taking giant steps – he went that way!

Just updating you – Oaklea support worker Andy Cowling who works for us in a supported living property in Consett, Co Durham is busy packing (& limbering up) – getting ready for his big challenge for #ProjectEdenside this weekend. Andy will be setting off from St Bees on the Cumbrian Coast this Saturday to do Wainwright’s world famous Coast to Coast long distance walk. We’ve set up a web page -If you want to contribute to his mammoth hike and raise funds for #ProjectEdenside – go to

Feel free to share and spread the word….every little helps as they say! If all goes well – It takes just over 2 weeks to do the 192 mile (309km) route over to Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast if weather & conditions ok. We will keep you posted on his journey! All the best Andy

17 May – Wow……just wow….the all singing fundraiser raised £1000+!

This from Charlotte Ratcliffe from “Middle Eden Voices” – “Fantastic news – we raised the amazing sum of £1083 at Wednesday night’s concert for Edenside! It was such a brilliant night, in so many ways. Thanks to all for all the support.” Truly magnificent…(Charlotte pictured on right at the event). Appleby based Oaklea Trustee Linda Adey added; “We’re all chuffed to bits.” So are we….so are we

16 May – Raising the roof!

Last night the fab people of”Middle Eden Voices” choir put on a superb evening of music (and food) at a packed Oaklea Appleby Hub.
Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley & Director Sue Green were also on hand to thank everyone for giving up their time & tonsils. Appleby based Oaklea Trustee Linda Adey, who was heavily involved in the event, said: “it was really good to have support from Clive and Sue and for them to see first hand the brilliant job of supporting and facilitating the event that was done by the Oaklea Hub Cafe team… what a great bunch you all are- it’s a pleasure to be able to help raise funds for Edenside.”
Oaklea Director, Sue Green said she reckoned it was the biggest event the Hub had held – packed out -so a huge tribute to all those who made it happen; “The Hub looked amazing – it was probably the most bodies ever in the Hub.”

“Middle Eden Voices” in full voice….

15 May – Tonight’s the night and it’s all in very good taste

In just a few hours time our first proper community led fundraiser for #ProjectEdenside takes place this evening. Sadly you can’t join us as it SOLD OUT last week!
It’s been put on by the smashing people at “Middle Eden Voices & Friends” – a true community choir. We should also give a big thumbs up to the hard working team at the Oaklea Appleby Hub Cafe -they’ve been busy yesterday and today preparing a yummy menu for those attending. Just interrupted Masterchef Patrizia and after some clever diversion tactics managed to persuade her to drop some hints as to the food element on tonight’s menu…”It’ll all be homemade by us – including sausage roll style apple & chorizo rolls, for the veggie option – spinach, feta & mint rolls, plus roast veg couscous, a green salad and for afters – a selection of mini bites like rocky road, flapjacks and tiffin.”

14 May – Encouraging involvement in #ProjectEdenside thanks to new Mayor & team

Oaklea Trust CEO Clive Wigley and Director Sue Green attended the Appleby Mayor making ceremony last week. Sue says it was a lovely event and added; “The new Mayor of Appleby (Jilly Dixon-Dougherty + Deputy Sally Hutchinson) and Town Clerk (Caroline Dudgeon) are keen that individuals and corporate organisations do all they can to make #ProjectEdenside a priority for any fundraising activities this year.” A really great gesture and thank you to the Appleby team for raising the profile of #ProjectEdenside -it is appreciated. Extra thanks to Town Clerk Caroline who sent us this image.

8 May- “Coasting along” – Andy’s stretching out for a fundraiser for #ProjectEdenside

The fundraising efforts are starting to come thick and fast now – our latest intrepid money maker comes from Oaklea employee and keen walker, Andy Cowling. Andy, who works for us at our supported living property at East Parade, Consett in County Durham, is going to be doing the world famous Wainwright Coast to Coast hike in just over a week’s time. He will be setting off from St Bees in Cumbria on Saturday 25 May. Andy; “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. My brother is making me a big banner for my rucksack with the details about #ProjectEdenside on -who knows I might get some sponsors that way as i head East to Robin Hoods Bay!”We will keep you posted on Andy’s journey – esp if you want to donate to Andy – he’s already raised £100!

7 May – Finely tuned

Just a reminder -it’s just over a week until the Appleby Hub hosts a special evening of food and music to raise funds for the development of Edenside. “Middle Eden Voices” will be performing at an informal Social Evening of Food and Songs. Leader of the Choir, Barbara Gilbertson said: “We are so pleased to be able to help with this fundraising event for #ProjectEdenside. This cause is close to everyone’s hearts in the choir, and to be able to help raise funds for these plans is an honour.” A limited number of tickets are still available for the fundraising event on Wednesday, May 15 from 1830. As well as the choir, other musician and acts will be performing at The Hub. Supper is included in the price of the ticket, and there will be a bar available. Tickets £10 – must be purchased in advance from Appleby Hub, or from Charlotte 017683 52108 or email

Here you can see practicing underway at Lowther

3 May – Fundraising made easy…If you need motivation for your fundraising efforts -follow Viktoria’s lead

You will recall in the past week we told you about Carlisle based Oaklea support worker Viktoria Schaefer and her foray into #ProjectEdenside fundraising.
Well hats off to Viktoria – we only set up her page for Edenside a few days ago and already she has brought in £135 – in fact a brilliant £146.75 once you add on the Gift Aid. Her target is £250 and the event’s not until June! What a fab effort – if you want to do something for #ProjectEdenside but not sure how – gives us a shout and we will help wherever we can T: 01539 735025 E: Contact Oaklea

3 May – Chalking up a result

On Wednesday our #ProjectEdenside Fundraising Tree really started to take on a ‘leaf’ of its own…now we have got our chalkboard up to give an update on funds raised so far as we head to that £250k target. Big thanks to Simon Davies who pops in to add that extra flair to the writing on the board -really appreciated.

Board now in situ as you can see. The Appleby Hub team will update this as donations come in (hint hint)

2 May – Networking for the cause

Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley busy spreading the word about what Oaklea Trust does at the Appleby Rotary Annual Charter Dinner. Clive was invited to do a presentation – including our plans for the former Edenside care home. The evening went exceedingly well by all accounts (Rotary member Barry McKay said it was quite a ‘performance’!) – Clive can be seen with Mary Bradley, District Governor of Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria & North Lancs). Thanks to Rotary member Nick Stanley for providing these convivial snaps.

Clive was able to show the possible options drawn up by our architects Day-Cummins

1 May – In fine voice -are you?

Charlotte Ratcliffe from Middle Eden Voices choir has just sent us this despatch from the musical frontline: “We’re busy rehearsing for our #ProjectEdenside fundraiser, and we’re really looking forward to sharing an informal evening of music with anyone who would like to come along to Appleby Hub on Wednesday 15 May at 6.30pm. As well as the choir, other music and acts will be performed. Included in the price of the ticket will be a fantastic supper provided by The Hub’s amazing cook, Patrizia. There will be a bar too! Tickets (£10) must be purchased in advance from Appleby Hub, or from Charlotte 017683 52108. As you can see Patrizia and Lara from the Hub are already in the “mix”.

1 May – Turning over a new leaf!

Our Fundraising Tree has taken another leap forward thanks to Marie, Sylvia & Brenda -they started making the leaves from felt with support from local artist Debra. The leaves will represent milestones reached in our challenge to bring in £250K

As you can see it’s really ‘branching out’ now….

26 April – #ProjectEdenside Steering Group meeting update

Architect Phil Brooks from Kendal based Day-Cummins joined us this morning to feedback all the comments made by those who attended our public meeting on the evening of 3rd April. Phil spent time talking through all the views aired through the ‘focus group’ tables. We really appreciate your input in helping shape our plans. These will inform the submission to the Eden District planners in the coming weeks.

23 April – “Gladiator are you ready?”

Oaklea Support worker Viktoria Schaefer is not hanging around – she’s in training for the mud fest that is the ‘Gelt Gladiator’ challenge in June. Viktoria & her family from Carlisle are raising funds for #ProjectEdenside. You can sponsor her/donate by going to her virgin money page –

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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