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Apples and sunshine (sort of)

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Yesterday’s Staveley Carnival was a great success. Despite the theme being Under Staveley’s Umbrella all the bright colours and funky drumming managed to keep the rain away and coax the sun to come out for an hour or two.

Here are some photos of the carnival costumes

Carnival umbrella

Carnival giant

The joint SLACC, SENS and Apples for All stall was fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves)!!

SENS and Staveley GTi ( had a bike related quiz and gave away 3 pre-loved bikes to 3 lucky winners.

Volunteers were busy on the Apples for All stall encouraging passers-by to press their own apple juice and have a taste, sign up for a free apple tree and come along to our Apple Day on 16th October. Despite promising free apple trees in October we also sold 3 trees grafted by SLOG (

Apples for All!

squished apples and strawberries


As always, contact tsl.abundance[at] if you want to get involved in appley events, we especially need volunteers for our Apple Day on October 16th!

And contact staveleygti[at] ifor more info on the Green Travel Initiative

Kentmere Konundrum – celebrating Bike Week

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

On Sunday, families hunted down clues on their bikes, cycling along the quiet lanes of Staveley and Bowston as part of the WHEELBASE Kentmere Konundrum, assisted by volulunteers from the Staveley Green Travel Initiative (GTi). For a full report, check out

Family searching for clues on the Kentmere Konundrum

Kentmere Konundrum was held on the final day of Bike Week, a national celebration of cycling falling between 19-27th June. Volunteers from the GTi ran a second ‘Dr Bike’ session at Staveley Pavilion on the 19th July and an after school ‘Dr Bike’ at St Oswald’s School in Burneside on the 17th July, helping pupils prepare for masses of cycling during Bike Week.

The next SLACC cycle event will be Cycle for Women, being held on Sat 17th July, dep. 10am from the rear of County Hall in Kendal. A women only ride taking in the best country lanes surrounding Kendal (24 miles approx.). Organised as part of the Summer of Cycling –

Free smoothies on the biketrain – Fri 21st May

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

On Friday pupils and cyclists enjoyed free smoothies at St Oswald’ School, promoting the Biketrain; an initiative to encourage commuting by bike. The smoothies were whizzed up by volunteers using SLACC’s new bicycle powered smoothie maker, sponsored by Lush. Zero electricity was used to produce fresh fruit smoothies, a healthy start to the day. Bananas and strawberries were the favourite recipe!

Biketrain cyclists and pupils at Burneside School with SLACC's new bicycle powered smoothie maker

As pupils arrived at school, they were treated to a smoothie and offered free stickers and reflectors for their bikes.  “I’m delighted, we’ve never seen so many bicycles at school,” said Cath Smethurst, teacher at St Oswald’s. “The event will really encourage the kids and parents to get on their bikes”.

St Oswald's playground overflowing with bikes

Cyclists on the Biketrain also stopped in at the school for their chance for a healthy breakfast (sponsored by Croppers). Burneside is mid way along a popular route for people cycling between Kendal and Staveley.

‘Cycle for Smoothies’ is the first in a series of events being held as part of the Summer of Cycling – see The next event is a Cycle Maintenance Drop-In on Saturday the 12th of June. Bring your bicycle to the Birdcage in Kendal town centre between the hours of 11am and 4pm and volunteers will give it a free safety check, looking at brakes, gears and adjusting seats and handlebars while you wait. A great opportunity to get your bike ready for a summer of cycling.

For full details of the Biketrain download the leaflet:

Successful ‘Dr Bike’ Session held in Staveley

Monday, May 17th, 2010

On Sunday, Staveley residents dusted down all shapes and sizes of bikes from sheds and garages to get a free safety check and maintenance overhaul. Volunteers looked at twenty three bikes, with demand exceeding supply of bicycle mechanics! A second session is planned for those who missed out.

GTi volunteer Sonny Khan with Staveley residents

The “Dr Bike” session was organised by volunteers through the Staveley Green Travel Initiative, a community led project promoting alternative travel options. See for the full calendars of events.

Volunteer bike mechanic, Frith Wood

Volunteer bike mechanic, Frith Wood

Could you help with bike safety checks and basic maintenance at other SLACC events? Volunteers needed provisionally in Kendal Sat 12th June 11-4, Staveley Sat 19th June 11-3, in Burneside 16th and 17th June after school. Contact Ruth at

SENS volunteer, Dave Plumb


Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Biketrain successfully launched last week.

Biketrain passengers!

The bike train is a new SLACC initiative to encourage more people to cycle to work.  It takes place every third Friday of the month.  Meet at Kendal Library at 8am for a commute to Staveley, or at Staveley Spar at 8am for a commute to Kendal or Windermere.

Don’t have lycra? Wear casual, comfortable clothes!

Enjoy a Free Bicycle Powered Smoothie in Burneside when you join the Bike Train between Kendal and Staveley  – Fri 21st May!

Interested? Email us

Ruth and Rachel:
Call 01539 822202 or visit