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When Maryport Matters' regular nostalgia columnist took a well deserved break, I picked up the pen and scrawled some memories of childhood holidays...
26 November 2021
Taking our 'family business' out on the road has been wonderful. Meet Howard and Emily and The Little Potato Press team, exhibiting at Whitehaven Traders' Christmas Market next week!
02 August 2021
What links a blue box, a scouse accent and an innovative outdoor celebration of theatre and spoken word? Join me to watch Trailer Story as it rolls into town...
It's all about the milestones this month at WBR HQ... We're celebrating 20 editions of Maryport Matters... Read all about it!
Words by Rachel is turning 9. I’m celebrating, quietly. With words. In today's blog, I'm reflecting on the 9 books I wish I had written...
(Apologies up front to Richard Adams and his legion of fans).
Words by Rachel is turning 9. I’m celebrating, quietly. With words. Hope you enjoy the first in a series of birthday blogs.
16 February 2021
Lockdown. Possibly not the best time to launch a new venture. But hey, life would be no fun without a bit of a challenge. They also said don't work with family, children or animals. Looks like I didn't listen to that either. Read on to find out more about our new series of 'Howard and Emily' storybooks and how two cousins joined forces to promote the magic of books, friendship and being the best you can be...
15 February 2021
A decision, some doubt and a healthy dose of realism.
12 December 2018
Helping the environment, getting creative and making someone smile. Just a few of the ways that Present from a Stranger will be spreading happiness this Christmas.
It’s such a satisfying feeling when you can see clear results on a project and thoughts, ideas and concepts come together to create something that really works. A recent photoshoot for one of my clients, Kaveney HR Solutions Ltd. proved to be one of those magical days when things truly fall into place.
When you work from home and have a tight schedule, taking time away from the laptop can feel like a self-indulgence. But standing up and stepping out can make a real difference to your state of mind and can help increase productivity - as well as all the other obvious physical benefits. There are plenty of opportunities to get active in Cumbria. Here's one woman's struggle to step away from the spreadsheets.
I'm celebrating 5 years in business! Here are 5 random things I've learned during the rollercoaster ride of being a self-employed marketing & communications consultant in Cumbria.
A chorus on scooters, a giant furry fruit and a rhino made of umbrellas. Northern Stage certainly know their apples (and peaches) when it comes to creating children's theatre. Here's why I nominated it for Best Performance of 2016/7 in The Journal Culture Awards.
Out and about in Cumbria during the holidays. Self-employed mum of one tries to juggle work, a host of holiday activities and learns that sat nav doesn't always lead you down roads... 10 ideas for how to fill your days if you are not into mountain climbing.
I'm thrilled to have become a member of the team at Carlisle United Football Club Community Sports Trust. I'm looking forward to working with the current crew to spread the word far and wide about their community outreach programme. Just please don't ask me to put on my shorts and have a kick about...
It's National Spring Clean Week!
It is easy to get sucked into an annual schedule that gets repeated year on year just because you are up against a deadline and don’t have time to review things. But things change and the marketplace is always moving. You need to make sure that you’re keeping up.
Time to open up the windows, roll up your sleeves and dust down those spreadsheets.
15 September 2016
After many long days and sleepless nights, I'm delighted to announce that the first edition of the new Your Maryport Magazine has gone to the printers! Find out more about this fascinating project and how you can get involved.
19 August 2016
It's human nature to want to be part of something and when a company or organisation creates a brand that makes you want to just that, you know that they've nailed it. Here's an example of a brand that I love and some top tips on how to get in on the action.
Being a freelancer allows you great freedom and gives you the chance to experience a wide variety of tasks, projects, events, organisations, approaches and people. But sometimes you don't get to see the long lasting results. Working with Hospice at Home West Cumbria over the last 3 years has been a fascinating journey and has enabled me to see how an event can genuinely evolve and effectively respond to changing markets and internal and external challenges. Colours don't always fade to grey...
Changing an event into an experience can build brand loyalty, encourage repeat custom and create a buzz from word of mouth that money just can't buy. Here's how a Carlisle venue achieved just that...