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X:Men: Days of future past - This week's film

9 April 2015 / Events / Arts / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 11th April at 8.30pm
X-Men: Days of future past (2014) 131 min – [ PG-13 ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

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Sentinels, robots that were created for the purpose of hunting down mutants were released in 1973. 50 years later the Sentinels would also hunt humans who aid mutants. Charles Xavier and his X-Men try their best to deal with the Sentinels but they are able to adapt and deal with all mutant abilities. Charles decides to go back in time and change things. He asks Kitty Pryde who can send a person’s consciousness into the person’s past to send him but she can only send someone back a few weeks because if she sends someone back further it could harm them. So Logan decides to go back himself because he might be able to withstand it. So Charles tells him that it’s Mystique who’s responsible because when she learned about the Sentinels she sought out Bolivar Trask the man who created them and killed him. She would be caught and studied and her ability to change was somehow added to the Sentinels which is why they can adapt. Logan must go to the younger Charles and ask him to help; problem is…

Peter Bradshaw review – Guardian
The X-Men heroically save themselves from incoherence, as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine goes back in time in a dizzyingly satisfying sequel.

91% Tomatometer
X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise’s finest installments.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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More film information here – X:Men: Days of future past (2014) IDMB


First lamb at Thorney How

8 April 2015 / News / Gardening / Project Thorney / Animals

Baby Doll Southdown Lamb

We have our first lamb. Born on Easter Sunday. We’re proud to be helping secure a future for the rare breed ‘The Original Southdown Sheep!

Southdown 'Baby Doll' Lamb

Our first small flock of Ewes arrived in July and after securing max our new Tup we kept our fingers crossed hoping for some lambs in April.

One of the oldest English breeds of sheep, the original and smaller Southdown breed was originally bred in the 1700’s – SouthDown Sheep
They are one of the oldest of the Down breeds. Known for extreme hardiness English farms kept these sheep both for good quality tasty meat and a very fine fleece.

Small BabyDoll Southdhown flock

Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep are an ancient breed with happy teddy bear faces. They stand only 24 inches high with shorter stout legs.

To distinguish the original smaller sheep from the modern day larger Southdown’s they were named Olde English Babydoll Southdowns. The original blood line of the English Southdowns are the ‘Baby Doll’. These ‘Babydoll’ Southdown’s are recognised in Britain by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as a native breed.

While these rare sheep continue to be bred and their numbers are improving, there are only about 300 Olde English Babydoll Southdown breeders worldwide.

We’re thrilled to be one of a very few flocks in the UK. We hope to bring you news of more lambs very soon!


Byzantium - This Wek's Film

2 April 2015 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 4th April at 8.30pm
Byzantium (2013) 118 min – [ R ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

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Byzantium - Film Poster

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

Peter Bradshaw review – Guardian
A British take on the vampire romp naturally features a centuries-old prostitute in a rundown seaside town – with some 80s surrealism thrown in

63% Tomatometer
Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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More film information here – Byzantium (2013) IDMB


Mountain Rescue Donation

22 March 2015 / Charity / News / Guests

Thank you to all our guests and visitors for their help in supporting Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team.

Together this year we raised £129.48

With your help in 2015 we can do even better!

LAMRT donaton

Donations are collected at Thorney How at reception as guests check in or check out.

We also ask for voluntary contributions for all our film screenings and for electric car charging.

You can also now make a contribution when booking online via our own website.

FairBooking
Thorney How also contributes for every booking received via GoLakes Fair Booking


The Lone Ranger - This Week's Film

19 March 2015 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 21st March at 8.30pm
The Lone Ranger (2013) 149 min – [ PG-13 ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner
Genre: Action | Adventure | Western

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

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The Lone Ranger - Film Poster

In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend.

Philip French review – Guardian – 11th August 2013
Johnny Depp is terrific as Tonto in an action-packed, if overlong, movie that focuses on the crime-fighting duo’s early years

31% Tomatometer
Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp make for an appealing pair of leads, but they’re not enough to make up for The Lone Ranger’s bland script, bloated length, and blaring action overkill.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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More film information here – The Lone Ranger (2013) IDMB


We're Hiring

17 March 2015 / Jobs

We’re recruiting for the 2015 season.

Full Time General Assistant needed March – October 2015

We have a busy full year ahead and we’re confident that you will enjoy working with our close family team and other co-workers.

Simply Quackers
You’ll need to be a bit quackers to work here!

Seasonal General Assistant

Required straight away, we’re expecting a busy few months ahead!

Hours per week: 37.5
Salary: £6.50 per hour – to be reviewed after 3 month probationary period.
Accommodation: There is no accommodation with this post.
Start date: March, as soon as possible.

Download a Job Description here:
General Assistant Job Description 2015

Thorney How
A busy rural hostel in South Lakeland with up to 50 beds in 12 rooms with a full catering offer and licensed premises. We offer accommodation, food and drink for events, parties, weddings as well as individual travellers, walkers and groups. We need an enthusiastic energetic team player with the ability to perform general hostel duties including front of house, service, cleaning, some basic catering and bar work.

Situated off the beaten track directly on the Coast to Coast pathway and under Helm Crag in Grasmere. Thorney How is a listed building sitting in 2.25 acres of grounds, so you may even find yourself working in the garden. Must like cats, and of course people, we also have hens, ducks and sheep! It is useful to have an interest in the outdoors and to have a good sense of humour.

See full job description above.

This position may be extended for up to a further year.

To apply: please send a letter of application stating relevant experience and your interest in working at Thorney How. We recommend that you read our website before making an application. It is essential that you communicate to us your your plans for being based locally, please be aware that we will not be providing you with accommodation.

Please include at least two relevant and recent references and send to Carolyn Nuttall carolyn@thorneyhow.co.uk

Those that meet the above criteria will be asked to attend an interview.


Under The Skin - This Week's Film

13 March 2015 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 14th March at 8.30pm

Under The Skin (2014) 108 min – [ R ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

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Under The Skin - Film Poster

An alien in human form is on a journey through Scotland.

Peter Bradshaw review – Guardian – 13th March 2014
‘Very erotic, very scary’
Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi horror-flick, starring Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial roaming Glasgow in a white van, picking up men, is visually stunning and deeply disturbing

85% Tomatometer
It’s message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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Grand Budapest Hotel - This week's film

18 February 2015 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 21st February at 8.30pm

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 100 min – [ R ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Peter Bradshaw review – Guardian – 6th March 2014
Anderson’s staggeringly realised hotel of secret passion is an exhilarating and intelligent drama – a deeply pleasurable immersion.

92% Tomatometer
Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson’s absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy. – Chris Barsanti, PopMatters

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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More film information here – The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) IDMB


Happy Birthday To Us

31 January 2015 / Business / Project Thorney / History / Prize

We’re celebrating 4 years at Thorney How this February.

We’d like to see you in 2015, so to help you to come and try us out for yourselves we’re giving away 4 gift card vouchers for free worth £50 each. Read more >>>>

Happy 4th Birthday

Obviously Thorney How is several hundreds of years older than 4 years, but as the present owners we have been so very lucky to have been here since February 2011 when Thorney How was acquired from the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). You can read a little more history here.

Competition
There are 4 chances of winning, so please do make sure that you take part in them all. Winners will be announced after the end of February 2015.

To Enter To enter our competition you can either:
1) Follow us on Twitter plus retweet with the hashtags #LakeDistrict #win to win.
2) Like our Facebook Page plus share the post to win.
3) Follow our Google+ Page plus share the post to win.
4) Subscribe to our Newsletter to win. see the bottom of this page!

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Winning Gift Cards may only be used against any whole room booking and not individual beds. They can be redeemed at any time subject to availability. They cannot be used alongside any other promotional offer or for any other discounted or large group bookings.

Gift Cards are managed via PayPal – we will require a valid e-mail address to send you your Gift Card Voucher and you will be required to register with PayPal to redeem your voucher.


Transcendence - This week's film

11 December 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 20th December at 8.30pm

Transcendence (2014) 119 min – [ PG-13 ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

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Transcendence - Film poster

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Some poor ratings amongst the reviewers but an interesting analysis here by Observer film critic Mark Kermode Sunday 27 April 2014

“Big on conceptual ambition, this handsomely mounted technophobic fable is surprisingly short on crowd-pleasing explosions (the comparative lack of eye-popping action perhaps proving its downfall in the multiplexes). And while it may wear the clothes of an A-list 21st-century fantasy, at heart this is a post-Westworld dystopian B-picture about the future-retro collision between man and technology – a film built upon grand ideas rather than grand spectacle, and all the better for it.”

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More film information here – Transcendence (2014) IDMB