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Friday 28 November '08
(from Farmyard Radio)

Guestroom library proposal - CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances

somthing like this

Guestroom present their proposals for the Lawson Park and Coniston libraries - live. This really is them presenting their plans and ideas so may not be very radio orientated, more of a fly on the wall broadcast. 

Sad to say this weeks broadcast has been cancelled, could say it was due to heavy snow, but sadly rather more mundane reasons keep us from you - the train is late. 

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Wednesday 26 November '08
(from Grizedale Arts Blog)

Old Master of Coniston

I saw this lovely notice in a local shop today - Titian is alive and well and working in our village.

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Tuesday 25 November '08
(from Grizedale Arts Blog)

Migratory Dairy School

Dairy Happens

I recently received this image of the Migratory Dairy School, the only known photo, a Ruskin inspired idea executed by the reliable Cannon Rawnsley to huge success. The school took eduction to the people, in this case teaching farmers how to farm diary cows and produce butter. The school, centred on a caravan and tent, set up for 10 day periods in small villages in Cumbria and helped many farmers out of economic straights during the 1890 recession, anyone for butter. 

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Monday 24 November '08
(from Lawson Park Blog)

Blast from the Past


Keen Grizedale blog fans will remember that our builders found a letter from a teenage Sean Garner from 1984 secreted in the wall of Lawson Park from the days when it wasa hostel for Scousers.

Well our message in bottle type response has now come back to reveal that Sean is alive and well with 5 children working his own IT business (him that is not the





Sent: 15 November 2008 14:01

To: alistair, Grizedale Arts

Subject: RE: [] Contact

Hi there Alistair,


For me, those days at the Park are a distant memory; but what the

experience did do was bring a rag-tag set of young lads; whom didn't

know each other; together. ...

The only name I remember is Karl Walsh; in fact I recently got

in contact with Karl via FaceBook of all things! Looking a another

social website, Friendsreunited, you will actually see old pictures of

your Park uploaded by a few ex-Riversdale students, if you ever get the

chance may be worth having a look!

For me, it was a great place; I really enjoyed the stay. That said,

nothing changes as only recently a newly formed team of managers of

which I'm apart did a short team building spell in the Brecken Beacons;

again that simple formula works at bringing people together.

When I left Riversdale I had a change of career direction, heading for

the IT industry as opposed to my original path of Merchant sailor.

Entering at the right time, I have enjoyed continual success ever since

and bounced around the planet on business. Now I have my own team of

people whom manage complex and secure networks on a global scale.

However, my true success is in my long standing relationship with my

wife of 18yrs Catherine whom I've known since school and our 5 children!

Guess that's me in a nutshell, a far cry for that over keen individual

whom spelling was obviously a big issue at the time! But did the Park

have any effect; I think so as that short week during my informative

years prepared me for a life time of forming relationships with people

under various circumstances.

Thanks for the invite, I'll let you know if I'm due up there or if I can

justify a team visit to see how they cope in the pitch black :)

Kindest Regards,



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Wednesday 19 November '08
(from Farmyard Radio)

Peter Hodgson in the Yard - 21st November

Village Kiosk films featuring Peter Hodgson

Farmyard radio is delighted to be welcoming Peter Hodgson talking about his life and works. Peter is a leather worker and artist based in Ambleside, his work has been the cornerstone of the Honesty stall and is currently represented at the myvillages village kiosk at the GSK season at the Royal Academy

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Friday 14 November '08
(from Farmyard Radio)

Madam Alone

It's my shack

Adam on his own in the office, in a week of increasing building problems. It promises a lengthy blues moan over a disco soundtrack about buildings - actually that sounds fine

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Friday 7 November '08
(from Farmyard Radio)

Back to bark

The usual team back in the yard for a change, plenty to talk about even if most of it is off record so to speak, just between the 2 of us - web radio - where that can really be true.

Appropro (spelling debate in the office) of nothing, well i ve just been looking at it, check this blog for farmyard chic

Thursday 6 November '08
(from Grizedale Arts Blog)

Three Short Scenarios and Land Rover Discovery 3

Pondering over the future possibilities for the Coniston Institute I thought this might work....


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