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Ewegene & Friends Raised £11,000 for Bay Search & Rescue

In June and July 2010 thousands of visitors flocked to Cartmel to follow the Cartmel Sheepy Village! trail, culminating in a Grand Sheepy Auction at the Racecourse Grandstand on 17 July.

The auction alone raised £5,500 - Fourteen sheep were auctioned for an average of £170 each, along with numerous generous lots donated by local businesses. Lord Cavendish’s bid secured that their mascot sheep, Red Ram, would remain at Cartmel Racecourse. Cliff Dixon of CNJ media and Mandy Dixon, manager of the new look K - Village, bid for two sheep that will be used as BS&R collection boxes in Kendal’s shopping centres. The most sought after lot - a ride on the BS&R airboat - went for £280.

Fundraising continues and people can continue to support BS&R by purchasing a souvenir Cartmel Sheepy Village! calendar (£5) from one of the Cartmel businesses.

The project has been managed by four local friends, who have donated all their time and professional services for no fees: Helen and Alastair Bramwell, Bramwell International; Richard English, The Cavendish Arms; and Sandy Kitching, Early Bird Design Associates. Mike Davis from Northern Print Distribution has been the enthusiastic and unflappable liaison with the charity, who works as a Bay Search & Rescue team operative. People interested in sponsoring a sheep for 2011 can contact Richard English on 015395 36240 or download the information from this website.

Apart from receiving an essential grant of £1,000 from the Hadfield Trust, the 2010 Cartmel Sheepy Village! project went ahead without any government grants or public funding.

Press coverage

Follow the local news headlines and listen to Radio Cumbria, who are following the Sheepy Village Trail.

Cumbria magazine, July 2010

BBC Radio Cumbria - Listen again to Mike Davis being interviewed on the Mike Parr Breakfast Show(approximately 45 minutes into the show) 9.6.2010

BBC Local Breakfast News 7.30am & 8.30am 2.6.10

BBC Local Lunchtime News 2.6.10

Westmorland Gazette 3.6.2010

Cumbria Life June 2010

Blackpool Gazette 5.6.2010

Press Release 1 - Who kidnapped Ewe-gene?

Press Release 2 - Ewe-gene safely returned to the flock & project launched!

Press Release 3 - Launch of Cartmel Sheepy Village & Events 2010

Press cuttings (so far)

North West Evening Mail

Radio Cumbria

Westmorland Gazette

Sheep Sponsors & Supporters...

In 2010 the following community members sponsored 32 Sheep and a sheep dog, have offered sponsorship 'in-kind' or have helped raise funds:

Anthemion Antiques

Badger Press - for the first sheepy signs - so good they were all pinched!

Blackpool Football Club

Mark & Diane Baxter

Allan & Jenny Beadle

Helen & Alastair Bramwell, Bramwell International - organisers

Anne Marie & Paul Brennan

The Bridden Family

Colin and Monika Burke - for Cartmel School

Cartmel Cheeses - fine cheeses for the auction event meal

Calsfell View B&B

Cartmel Primary School

Cartmel Racecourse - Auction hosts

Cartmel Village Shop - Sheep sponsor and provider of chocolates for auction event

The Cavendish Arms - Richard English, organiser

Cavendish Cottage

Chamberlains' Gifts - provider of the sheep and sheep dog

Paul Cousins - project mentor and Liverpool Superlambanana artist

John Coward Architects

Cumbria Tourism

Cypher Graphics - for being brilliant printing maps and promotional material

Tom & Olive Derbyshire

Mark Gunnell, Direct Car Hire - for use of his van

Andrew Docker

Ducati Owners Club of Great Britain - for a great auction lot!

Sandy Kitching, Early Bird Design - organiser providing sheepy logos, branding, designs, marketing, PR & website

Farrer's Coffee - for the auction event

Charles & Bunty Godwin

Grange Post Office

The Hadfield Trust - £1,000 Grant

Hagens of Flookburgh - Vegetables for the auction event

Hazelmere of Grange - Bread for the auction event

Higginsons of Grange - Family Butchers - Meat for the auction event

The Kings Arms

Jennifer Meads, The Knoll Guesthouse

The Mallard Tea Shop

Market Cross Cottage


Morecambe Bay Wines

Gary and Sue Moore

Roy Morris - for the Cubs & Scouts

Northern Print Distribution - Poster production, inclusion in 'Perfect Days Out' and distribution of promotional material

The Pig & Whistle

Steve Reeve, Lakes n Dales Images - taker of the sheepy photos

The Red Pepper

The Royal Oak Inn

Mr & Mrs Seaton

Shanleys - for printing 2011 calendars at a reduced rate

Michael & Katrina Shaw

Sign Works, Grange-over-Sands - for initial sign printing

Sweeny Bobs, Cartmel's barbers shop

S T Wilson - Decorators



Project Organisers

(voluntary & unpaid)

Richard English, Cavendish Arms

Helen & Alastair Bramwell, Bramwell International

Sandy Kitching, Early Bird Design Associates


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Baaaath time

Hagglund rescue Rory sheep

Ewegene's sparklers

Back from the Baaa

Flock to church

Photo sheep

Red Ram and Alf Ramsey at the races

Racegoing sheep

Ewegene Jumping fences

Spot the sheep dog

Sheep on sands