Looking back can be fun - but it can also show how far we still have to go.

November is another whacky month marking everything from homelessness, including homeless youth, to Native Americans, diabetes and epilepsy.

As winter grows ever closer, temperatures drop and the nights grow longer, it is indeed a good time to think about the homeless.

That is especially true at a time when the Home Secretary would like to see even the little bit of shelter some homeless people have removed from the streets. She wants tents banned.

As far away from Suella Braverman's political wish list is Rachel Holliday - and it is no surprise to see her featured twice in this week's nostalgia.

Rachel, who knows what it is to be homeless, not only founded Calderwood House, the homeless hostel in Egremont, but has been responsible for changing lives.

She fights battles on so many fronts and has been credited for saving lives by her non-judgemental desire to help others.

And just on the homelessness, there is a picture of children from Lorton School who had a World War II experience at the Beacon in Whitehaven.

Among learning about sweet rationing and dressing up, they also learned about bomb shelters. With all that is going on in the world today, it is to be hoped they never have to find a need for one in real life.

When faced with a task of finding photos to match everything from homelessness and diabetes to epilepsy and Native Americans, it is natural to imagine that not all subjects could be covered.

That underestimates all that goes on in Copeland!

Apart from anything else, there are always people raising money for one charity or another - to the extent that there would be few charities left out over the space of a year,

But a Native American in the middle of Copeland?

You had better believe it! The Whitehaven festival brought so many people from so many places. so, when the Indiana Company set up a stall at the festival, there was an authentic blessing given to every purchase - and at no extra cost!

This is an often-repeated theme, but surely West Cumbria must be one of the most generous areas in the country. Statistics would say there are parts of our area which are among the poorest in England but that never seems to stop people from helping others.