Kendal Town Council

Join us for the Mayor’s annual coffee morning on Saturday 21st December at Kendal Town Hall.

Join us for the 2019 Mayor’s Charity Christmas Concert.

 

 

 

Following on from our announcement that Kendal Town Council will be unable to hold a dedicated Christmas lights switch-on event this year, we have been working hard to organise a small gathering to celebrate the switch-on.

We will be holding a switch on of the tree and lights in Market Place on Saturday 16th November involving the Mayor of Kendal, Town Crier and Father Christmas.

This will commence at 4.30pm with entertainment from Kendal Concert Band, Kendal Sea Cadets, Stagecoach and the Riversiders choir. The lights will be switched-on at 5.30pm.

Kendal and District Lions Club will be there with Santa’s Sleigh, offering children the chance to meet the man himself before the lights are switched on.

There will be mince pies and mulled wine served on a first come first served basis by donation to the Mayor’s Charity.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Alvin Finch, said “I hope some of you will be able to join me on Saturday 16th November to switch on the Christmas tree and town lights. I hope the town can come together and support a switch-on event next year where we work together in partnership as it is not an event the Town Council can run alone.”

The Town Council would welcome any input on how we could hold future switch-on events and we are open to any suggestions.

November 2019

Members of the public are very welcome to join us for any part of our Remembrance Sunday proceedings, as detailed below.

 

08:40   – Mayor wreath laying with RBL veterans at Romney Gardens Memorial

09:15   Proceed to Market Place War Memorial

09:30   Service and wreath laying at Market Place War Memorial

10:20   Parade assemble at Town Hall. Groups line up on Highgate outside Town Hall.

10:30   Parade marches to Kendal Parish Church

10:45   Service of Remembrance, Kendal Parish Church

11.00   Alternative exultation at Market Place War Memorial involving Town Crier & bugler.

11:45   After service, Mayor’s party parade back to Town Hall followed by main parade.

12:00   Mayor takes salute at Town Hall

As previously reported, Kendal Town Council decided after consideration to dispose by auction of our no longer used wooden heritage furniture, except for one specimen of each piece to be kept for posterity.

The late 19th century oak furniture, comprising 22 desks, 19 carver chairs and 15 chairs plus a long desk and Clerk’s desk, were sold individually at auction by 1818 Auctioneers at the J36 Auction Centre on Tuesday 8th October 2019.

We are very pleased to report that all items sold and often for a price exceeding the estimate. Chairs sold for around £100 each (estimate £20-30), carvers for around £200 (estimate £50-80) and desks for £140-250 depending on condition (estimate £150-200). In addition, the long desk went for £360 and the Clerk’s desk for £600.

The net proceeds from the sale are £8,602.80 and this sum will be ringfenced in our Arts & Heritage reserve and used for the future repair, conservation and restoration of the Council’s many heritage items.

The Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Alvin Finch said “We are very pleased with the result of this sale and the money raised will be used for the maintenance of our heritage collection. I hope by its sale that the furniture will continue to be cared for and used and most importantly enjoyed.”

17th October 2019

Kendal Town Council are delighted to announce that the town has won a Gold Award in Cumbria in Bloom 2019 following judging in July.

Last Thursday the Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Alvin Finch and the Chair of Kendal in Bloom Committee (KiB), Cllr Andy Blackman attended the Awards Ceremony held at the Tithe Barn, Carlisle. Kendal were awarded a Gold Medal Certificate with a score of 88/100. This follows several years of winning a Silver Gilt Award.

We now await a decision as to whether as a result Kendal will be selected by CiB to represent Cumbria in Britain in Bloom 2020.

Cllr Andy Blackman, Chair of KiB Committee said “I would like to thank the Bloom Committee for its vision and support throughout the year and recognise that our achievements wouldn’t be possible without the unstinting guidance, support and honest endeavours of our officers. Having said that it has and continues to be a town-wide Community effort with support coming from schools, businesses, community groups and other interest groups from around the town. Hopefully we can recognise our gratitude to them all at our annual KiB Awards evening on 19th September.”

10th September 2019

Sadly Kendal Town Council are, despite strenuous efforts, unable to hold a dedicated Christmas lights switch-on event this year. A combination of factors following on from the difficulties experienced last year have meant we are unable to put together an event. Finding a second location to hold the family orientated event has proved difficult and we have been unable to secure partnership funding leaving only a very small budget insufficient to hold an event of this size with all the associated costs.

We hope to have a symbolic switch on of the tree and lights in Market Place as darkness falls on Saturday 16th November (4.45pm) involving the Mayor of Kendal, Town Crier and Father Christmas with a choir from a local organisation.

Cllr Shirley Evans, Chair of Christmas Lights Committee said “I would like to thank everyone involved in trying to secure a dedicated switch-on event this year. Sadly it has not proved possible and we are disappointed. We are though improving, as we do each year, our lights display which is fully funded by Kendal Town Council. We will have new lights in Wildman Street and at Kendal Museum, enhanced lights on Finkle Street and we hope to have small lighted trees in holders along Highgate and Stricklandgate”.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Alvin Finch, said “Naturally I am disappointed. I hope the town can come together and support a switch-on event next year where we work together in partnership as it is not an event the Town Council can run alone. I hope some of you will still join me on Saturday 16th November in a simple switching on of the Christmas tree and town lights.”

The Town Council would welcome any input on how we could hold future switch-on events and we are open to any suggestions.

You are needed!

We encourage you to attend a public workshop to create a future vision for kendal.

Share what is important to you, share your local knowledge, share your views on how Kendal can be made better.
There will be an exhibition, questionnaires, open discussions and debates addressing the bigger issues as well as the particular things that are important to you .The workshops will explore the problems, dreams and solutions for the town.

The workshop will be held at the Shakespeare Centre, just off Highgate in the yard next to the Shakespeare Tavern. Drop in anytime, stay for a few minutes, a few hours or for the whole event. The success of the Vision depends on the involvement of the town and we really hope you will come along and participate in the sessions.

There will be a local business drop-in at:
5.00pm on Thursday 3rd October

For the public workshop, doors open at:
1.45pm on Friday 4th October
11.00am on Saturday 5th October

Please also come along the feedback session at 6.45 pm on Tuesday 8th October in Kendal Town Hall where we’ll share the consensus and learnings from the public event.

 

For more information please visit jtp.co.uk/projects/Kendal or contact community@jtp.co.uk or 0800 0126730.

Do you know someone who has done something outstanding for Kendal during 2019?

WAINWRIGHT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2019

This Award is made annually to the person, persons, club, association, society or other local body (political activities excluded), who, or which, in the opinion of the Trustees of the Award, has done most during the year to promote the prestige of Kendal or has contributed significantly to the betterment of its inhabitants.

The Trustees are inviting nominations for the 2019 Award, which should be received by 10 January 2020; it is not expected that any individual or society will nominate themselves.

Nominations should be e-mailed to office@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk

or posted to: The Town Clerk, Kendal Town Council, Town Hall, Kendal. LA9 4DL

Kendal Town Council is hoping to find new owners to care for and look after meeting room furniture that has been in storage for the last three years.

The wooden heritage furniture, previously brought out for monthly Council meetings, needs a new home.

The Town Council meetings are now held in a room used by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) for their meetings which comes ready furnished. The Town Council rents the room from SLDC who own the Town Hall.

The oak furniture dates to the late 19th century and was in use during a period when the now famous fell walker Alfred Wainwright was treasurer to the Borough Council. The Council believe the furniture was commissioned when the Town Hall was built for use by the then Borough Council. In 1974, when the Borough Council was replaced with a Town and District Council, the Town Council inherited the furniture.

Up for auction, in October, are 22 desks, 19 carver chairs and 15 chairs plus a long desk and Clerk’s desk. The chairs are upholstered in Kendal green leather and embossed with the town crest. The Town Council will keep a desk, chair and carver chair for display and to make available for exhibitions.

The Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Alvin Finch, explains why the sale was necessary, he said:

“We are reluctantly having to sell the traditional meeting room furniture. We know people have a strong connection to their local heritage and we have looked at options to keep them. Unfortunately, we can no longer use them and it would cost a lot of money to refurbish them. In addition, we would need to find appropriate ways to store them. At least now people will be able to see what the furniture looked like because we are keeping a set.

“Our hope is that each piece gains a new lease of life in a new home and raises funds to help us keep and look after other heritage pieces. The net proceeds from the sale will be ring-fenced for our Arts & Heritage reserve which supports conservation and restoration projects,” added Councillor Finch.

The furniture will be sold at auction by 1818 Auctioneers at the J36 Auction Centre on Tuesday 8th October 2019. The items will be sold individually and are estimated to make between £20-30 for a chair, £50-80 for a carver and £150-200 for a desk.

Further details will be available nearer the sale date on 1818 Auctioneers website at https://www.1818auctioneers.co.uk/. People can also contact 1818 Auctioneer valuer David Brookes on 015395 66204 or email by D.Brookes@1818Auctioneers.co.uk .