Brave athletes take the Ice Plunge at Gelt Gladiator


van resizedChris websiteJonny resiteLorna resizedOn Saturday 11th June, mad cap athletes took part in the second Gelt Gladiator to be held in Gelt Woods, near Brampton, Carlisle.

The wettest obstacle had to be the Ice Plunge Challenge, where participants faced a skip full of ice – not easy when the rain is coming down and you’ve just recovered from an electric shock on the previous obstacle!

David Jenkins, our Sales Director was on hand to ensure that the skip was topped up throughout the day and the athletics benefitted from the full chilling effects of the cold stuff!

Pictured are several Pioneer colleagues who took part as well as David’s wife, Lorna who raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done to all competitors.

Agricultural show celebrating farming, food and countryside

Cumberland Show resizedA highlight of the agricultural calendar, this popular show has been going for over 175 years. For several years we have been one of the main sponsors and we are proud to support The Cumberland Show again in 2016.

As ever, there will be a range of livestock classes including beef, dairy and sheep; heavy and light horses, donkey, show jumping, and horse driving competitions; poultry classes; dog show; and vintage vehicle classes. The countryside area displays rural crafts and skills; a home industries marquee; craft hall; country living shopping arcade; food hall; a wide range of trade stands; and a variety of entertainment around the showfield, which all make for a great family day out.

Customers dig deep for flood appeal

Customer-collectionGenerous customers visiting our stores in Carlisle and Harrington have been digging deep into their pockets to support the Cumbria Flood Appeal. Between December 2015 and March 2016, collections points at tills in the three stores raised an overwhelming total of £1,050.

Ian Brown, Chairman of Cumbria Community Foundation, the organisation which set up the flood appeal, visited our Rosehill store to collect the cheque. Ian was delighted with the generosity of shoppers and said: “I am genuinely amazed that so many people can put their hands in their pockets and give so generously at a time when they are facing their own problems. It really is humbling. We are working hard to help people and local organisations suffering hardship due to December’s events and the Cumbrian people have really pulled together to help each other.”

Douglas Middlemass, our Retail Manager was instrumental in supporting the fundraising effort and had nothing but appreciation for our kind customers: “We like to support local fundraising activities as much as we can: we are Cumbrian based and take pride in our county. We would like to thank all of our customers who gave to the appeal.”