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New Group Welcomes Cumbria’s Newcomers

Sarah Loan

A new group which aims to help newcomers to Cumbria meet new professional contacts is having its second event, following a successful launch at the Lumber Lounge at the end of 2018.

The Newcomer’s Network is hosted by law firm Burnetts and has been set up with the objective of helping those new to the County, or to their roles, to meet other like-minded newcomers and experience the most interesting things to do in Cumbria.

The event takes place at Eden Rock, Carlisle’s indoor climbing centre on 24th January 2019, from 6pm – 8pm.

The idea for the group came from newly promoted Associate Solicitor Sarah Loan. Originally from Northern Ireland, Sarah came to England to study in Hull. She then completed her solicitor training with Bowcock Cuerden LLP in Cheshire and moved to Cumbria to take up her role at Burnetts.

Sarah said, “Everyone in Cumbria is very friendly and welcoming, but because everyone knows each other so well, it can take a while to properly settle in. I thought a group like the Newcomer’s Network would be a great idea for professionals moving into the area to get to know other people more quickly. Anyone new to their job, and wanting to develop their professional network, is also welcome and we encourage those who are more established, but want to come to “bring a Newcomer” (as we wouldn’t want anyone to lose out).”

Eden Rock is one of the largest indoor bouldering walls in the UK and has a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and something for everyone, from first-timers to rock-climbing veterans. The group will be well looked after by Eden Rock’s qualified instructors.

After the session there will be an opportunity to chat with like-minded people and enjoy freshly made pizza and a drink, on the rocks of course!

The event cost is £17 + VAT per person. Further information and booking details are available from

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