Monthly Archives: July 2018

Chance for youngsters to try track cycling

Youngsters who want to try track cycling are invited to have a go at Ambleside Sports – even if it’s something they’ve not done before.

The organisers of the cycling events at the Sports have a number of special bikes they can provide if young people get in touch before the day.

The track events demand bikes that have fixed wheels, no brakes, and cross-track tyres. Riders who have their own bikes can enter on the day, but cycling manager Bob McLean hopes that youngsters who want to borrow a bike will get in touch.

Bob, now 76, of Border City Wheelers, still rides his own bike. He first came to Ambleside Sports more than 60 years ago, cycling from Egremont in West Cumbria over the Hardknott and Wrynose passes.

Ambleside Sports will be held on Thursday July 26 and features a whole day of entertainment and traditional events, including hound trailing, fell running, and Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. There will be stalls and trade stands and plenty of food and drink. Gates open at 10am, and the first event – the Rydal Round fell race – starts at 12 noon.

Anyone who wants to borrow a track bike should call Bob on 016973 61392.

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Designer Alison heads for awards

Top designer Alison Tordoff has reached the finals of a major business award scheme.

Alison, who runs Windermere-based Fidget Design, is in the line-up for the Enterprise Vision Awards which recognise women in business from across the North West.


Recognised as dynamic and inspiring interior architect, Alison set up Fidget Design in 1997, and has earned a reputation as one of the most creative and innovative designers in the UK. She has worked on a wide variety of prestigious projects with top brands including Jaguar, Aston Martin, The Samling, Langdale Leisure Club and award winning Serenity Spa at Seaham.

Her designs for the Cedar Manor Hotel won Best International Hotel interior at the Bloomberg Hotel Awards. She has since created a distinctive Welcome Lounge at the hotel which helped them win a string of regional, national and international awards.

She pioneered a new range, The Love District, home furnishings based on the landscape, history and traditions of the Lake District, including cushions embroidered with the outlines of the fells, and a Lakeland bookends wallpaper.

Alison has recently been working with universities and design organisations and publishes a regular and highly regarded blog about design issues. And she is involved in a major Cumbria-based interactive project involving artificial intelligence, robotics and human machine learning.

Alison said: “This is a great honour. The North West is packed with amazing women running businesses in many different fields, and it is wonderful to be listed among them.”