New local Credit Union starting to take shape
The appointment of a local man as manager is a further sign that EdenSave Credit Union Ltd means business. That’s good news for the people of Eden looking for a place to save and at the same time to help others in the community to get access to borrow at fair interest rates and terms.
Michael Westgarth (pictured) is being introduced to local supporters and sponsors of EdenSave during his induction and training. This is part of the programme leading up to the opening of the office in Devonshire Arcade in October.
Michael was born in Cumbria, and was educated in Penrith throughout his time at school. Starting at Beaconside Infants School he went on to sixth from at Ullswater Community College. He then left Penrith to go to Leeds Metropolitan University where he studied Politics graduating with a BA Hons degree.
His hobbies have included rugby, football and cricket, playing for Penrith teams at a junior and adult level. He now enjoys just generally keeping fit and active. This has seen him complete the Penrith triathlon this August and completing a marathon in the summer.
Michael said “‘Having been newly appointed to the post of manager for ESCUL, the EdenSave Credit Union, I look forward to bringing a change to my local community. I am a big believer in community spirit and can readily identify with the purpose of the credit union. This is to is to better the local area, for the local people, by the local people.
Pat Godwin, chairperson, added “We are delighted that Michael will be working with us to establish and promote EdenSave. Michael is a bright young man with a genuine enthusiasm for the values of Credit Unions. Born and bred in Penrith he has a real 'feel 'for the area and a desire to help the local economy and people of Eden. The day to day running of a Credit Union is new to us all, and I am convinced that with support from the Board, with their broad range of skills including financial services, he will very quickly take charge as manager and support our volunteers. We already have two young Directors, giving up time from a busy working day to volunteer and we believe that together we can offer an understanding of the savings and loans needs of all ages."
For anyone interested in volunteering lines are partially open at EdenSave, even though the office is not officially open to customers. Contact can be made by telephone (01768) 890065 and on the Internet www.edensave.com.