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Coast to Coast in under 40 hours?

26 March 2013 / Charity / Coast To Coast / Guests / Running

James Thurlow certainly has a mission. In support of JDRF – a charity which funds research in Type 1 diabetes, James is running the Coast to Coast long distance footpath, east to west as fast as he can.

See how fast here: http://www.howfast.org

A recent guest booked into the hostel for a one night stay in the wintry conditions of last weekend. He asked for an early checkout, as with all guests we usually try to find out a little about what brings them to Grasmere and what they are hoping to achieve during their stay.

James Thurlow

James’s story was an unusual one. James is planning to run the Coast to Coast, Wainright’s popular long distance path. As we are one the main outdoor visitor’s accommodation providers in Grasmere and located right by the Coast to Coast route we get a lot of walkers beating a trail to our door.

This year it is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Wainright’s Coast to Coast guide, so we are expecting more and more unusual activity this year. See The Wainright Society.

James himself has type 1 diabetes and is a regular outdoor sports event participant and runs his own business Open Adventure promoting Adventure Racing in the North of England and the rest of the UK.

You can help support his project to support research in Type 1 diabetes by donating to JDRF via the Just Giving page

His run from Grasmere to St Bees on Monday is recorded here

We wish him the very best of luck and we hope to see him again as he passes by in June.


UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS MAR 17

17 March 2013 / Project Thorney / Sustainability / Build Works

This is the week that the boiler finally arrived. What an exciting day with all hands on deck. Our initial worries about getting it installed were put to rest.

The new boiler is a Guntamatic Wood Pellet biomass fueled boiler using sustainable wood produce from Cumbria. We’re now looking forwards to firing it up for the first time and the heating coming on stream in time for reopening the Bunkhouse.

The arrival of the new boiler is a major event.

picking up the boiler

It’s ready to be unwrapped. Is it Christmas?

Is that our new boiler?

Blimey that looks a bit scary. The access is a little narrow, but this Telehandler driver seems to know what he is doing.

yikes!

Like I said it’s a tight squeeze.

its a tight fit

It’s finally there. Phew!

boiler in new place

Next is the 2000 litre hot water storage tank.

water storage next

Just pop it down there will you please?

water storage delivered

Setting up the boiler and water storage tanks. This may take a few days.

new boiler set up

Our hot water will be delivered to the main building via some highly insulated underground pipework through this trench.

heating pipework trench

This is what the pipework looks like.

underground pipe work

Our new entrance to the Bunkhouse. Preparing the ground.

preparing the new entrance

Ready to pour concrete to make the base for the entrance porch.

ready for concrete

Some more concrete delivered.

concrete delivered

The new foundations are laid.

foundations laid

This is the first layout of the 3 new shower stalls in our unisex shower room.

the shower stalls are formed

Further progress with the shower room.

shower room build

Our new underfloor heating for the shower room. Yay!

under floor heating


Bright Star Film Screening March 17th

4 March 2013 / Events / Film

Our next film night presented in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust.

Bright Star (2009) – Drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25.

To book a ticket (and supper) please click on the following link: Wordsworth Trust – Winter Film Screenings with Thorney How

Bright Star Film Poster Image

A 2009 film based on the last three years of the life of Poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne.

Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider

For more info see Bright Star (2009)IMDb

Thorney How has expanded upon its usual Saturday night screenings and created a brand new custom film programme. Together with The Wordsworth Trust, we have selected the very best of films to celebrate the 18th Century English Romantic Poets. The programme will be shown over the course of a couple of months and will be accompanied by light discussion about the literary figures by a member of the team at The Wordworth Trust.

We invite you to watch (film only ticket price £5.00) whilst sat by our wood burning stove and what could be better than a serving of hot supper stew and chunky slice of bread for an extra £6.50 or perhaps a drink from the bar….

Films will be starting from 5pm, the event finishing at around 8.30pm.

To book a ticket (and supper) please click on the following link: Wordsworth Trust – Winter Film Screenings with Thorney How


UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS MAR 02

4 March 2013 / Project Thorney / Build Works

Over the last few weeks our build project has really taken shape. Our boiler plant rooms has been constructed and all of the internal structural work is now complete. We are now waiting for internal fit out and delivery of our new Biomass Heating System.

Grasmere Bunkhouse

The old Annexe becomes the new Grasmere Bunkhouse

This is an impression of the new building, by our architect William Sutherland.
Architect's Impression

Now that the concrete base we can start the build.
The plant room build starts

The first few blocks go up quite quickly.
First blocks in place

These are the concrete roof beams. Apparently they are meant to be bent.
Concrete roof beams delivered

Once in place we have a roof.
Concrete beams in place

With the roof in place we can begin stone facing the outer walls with traditional Lakeland stone.
Roof on, stone facing starts

A painstaking approach is required.
It's a steady process

Bye bye to the old windows.
Old windows are taken out

Will they fit we all ask? Of course they will!
New windows arrived

Our disabled access takes shape.
Disabled access stonework in place

Ready for our weekend guests to arrive.
Ready for guests to arrive for the weekend

We need to cast a concrete wall at the back of the new plant room.
Concrete casting in the new plant room

Finishing the casting job off.
More concrete casting in the new plant room

Meanwhile some internal jobs are still on the go – wiring, heating system and plumbing.
Wiring and heating system in place

A new toilet will go here.
Here will be a new toilet

Finally the rooms are plastered.
Plastering out the rooms

Plastering in progress,
Plastering in progress

Our new key fobs arrive.
New key fobs ready

All organised for the new season.
All organisaed