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New social networking nights for single people in the Lakes

A new series of social events for single people is being launched in the North West. A pilot scheme, Lakes Singles Nights (LSN), aims to attract members from throughout Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

The aim, says organiser Nina Scott, is to provide social networking in the real world for single people, with events at cocktail bars, outdoor activities, music venues, art galleries and theatres,  and lake cruises. LSN hopes to provide a busy and exciting social life in a world often dominated by couples.

“We want to provide friendship and companionship for people of all ages. Singles often feel isolated and are spending time trying to make friends, or find dates, online. This is a return to the traditional face-to-face way of meeting people.

“We want to make sure that everyone – single, divorced, widowed – can have a good night out without being part of a couple. And without necessarily going on a date.”

Miss Scott says similar schemes work well in London and take the pressure out of socialising. The Lake District was chosen for the northern launch because of the range of venues and activities available, including lake cruises and walking as well as bars and restaurants.

The first event is at the Country Hut cocktail bar in Bowness-on-Windermere on Thursday February 12, 7pm. Potential members can register on the night.  Further events will be announced. The entry fee for the first Singles Meet Up Night is £10, with a free drink on arrival. Email  lakes-singles-nights@outlook.com for further details.

Children to design Christmas lights

Christmas lights in Windermere and Bowness this year will feature the work of local contest-winners in a project organised for the town’s three primary schools.

Award winning designer Alison Tordoff, who lives in Windermere,  has set up a competition for children to design their own festive lights. The winning designs will be made into illuminated lights and displayed in Ellerthwaite Sqaure hanging in and around the tree. The big lights switch-on in the town is Saturday November 29.

Alison, who runs Fidget Design, has enlisted the help of Liam Clark at Kendal’s Sun Signs  who will be making up the shapes of the final chosen designs, ready to be attached to LED rope lights.

Children from St Martin and St Mary’s, Goodly Dale, and St Cuthbert’s primary schools are all taking part in the competition. It is planned to have two winners from each school, and the children’s artwork will be displayed in local shop windows.

They will also be displayed at the Windermere Aquatic  clothing store and Fun Factory whose managing director Grahame Armer is sponsoring the competition.

Alison said: “The children can work in groups or on their own, and create designs which are as colourful as possible. The finished artwork needs to be hand in to their schools  by  Monday  November 24.”

She added: “We are really pleased that the Windermere and Bowness lights organisers, and our sponsors,  are encouraging young talent this way. It  makes them a real part of this community event.”