Kendal Town Council

PLEASE NOTE: This date has been changed from that published in our recent newsletter.

This is a chance to view some of Kendal’s beautiful heritage items and to learn about the history of the town and how it has developed over the years. A relaxed talk with the opportunity to ask questions and handle some of the items.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about how Kendal came to be the town it is today and to discover how it has grown and developed over the years! This is a chance to see how the past has informed and influenced the town’s present, illustrated by a number of historically important pieces of Council treasure and artworks, including pieces by George Romney. Katherine Parr’s Book of Devotions will be on display as will some of the royal charters and other items that signify key points in the town’s growth. The talks will be led by a knowledgeable guide and will include an opportunity to look around the many items in the Parlour and to handle some of them under supervision.

These talks are ideal for anyone with an interest in local history or who wants to learn more about Kendal and the surrounding area, and its growth from its earliest mention in the Domesday Book until today.

Places on the talks can be booked by contacting Florence McMahon on 01539 793490 or emailing

Opening Times:

Friday 13 September: 1100-1230, 1400-1530

Additional Information:

Max 16 people per tour/session. Talk and questions take around 90 minutes

Pre-booking: Talk must be pre-booked
Booking Contact: Flo McMahon
Call: 01539793490

Kendal’s Unity Festival is a fitting legacy for Guy Tirvengadum’s Mayoral year as it was born out of his theme of ‘Diversity’. The inaugural event took place on June 23rd 2018 with the aim of raising awareness of Diversity and bringing different communities together. The event was a roaring success and has gone on to win Event of the Year at the Diverse Cumbria Awards which took place on May 17th 2019 in Carlisle. Guy would like to thank all the organisers, participants and everyone who attended, helping to make the first ever festival a resounding success. He comments simply, “This award is for us all.”

Don’t miss out on the next Kendal Unity Festival which is taking place on June 22nd 2019 at Abbott Hall Park from 10am to 4pm. The event will be opened by the new High Sheriff of Cumbria, Marcia Reid Fotheringham at 10am. There will be numerous stalls and activities like last year and a couple of highlights this year are that John Pye from Smooth Radio will be attending and Kendal’s very own Michelin star chef, Hrishikesh Desai (recently appeared on the Great British Menu) will give an International cooking demonstration at 2.30pm at Abbott Hall social centre.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Alvin Finch and Kendal Town Council are pleased to announce that following the retirement of Richard Mathews, John Bateson has been appointed as his replacement as Town Crier of Kendal.

Richard Mathews has decided to retire following 11 years of service to the Town and Kendal Town Council as the Town Crier of Kendal. Richard’s final engagement was the Mayor Making Ceremony on Thursday 16th May which saw the new Mayor Cllr Alvin Finch take office. At the event Richard was thanked for his contribution and presented with an engraved Cumbrian Crystal goblet.

Town Crier Richard Matthews with outgoing Mayor Guy Tirvangadum

Town Crier Richard Matthews with outgoing Mayor Guy Tirvangadum

The new Town Crier, John Bateson was born and brought up in Oxenholme. He attended Kirkland Primary and Kendal Grammar School and worked initially in tourism and later as a Senior Hospitality Manager before taking early retirement to care for his mother. John was Mayor of Kendal in 2009-2010 and was a Town Councillor for eight years. He has also served as a Trustee to two local charities and is currently Chair of Kendal Civic Society. He conducts history walks and talks on the subject of Kendal history and is undertaking an advanced internet course on English local history.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Alvin Finch said “I am delighted to welcome John as the new Town Crier. I know he has a wealth of knowledge about Kendal and will I am sure be a great ambassador for the town. I would like to thank Richard on behalf of the Town Council and residents of Kendal for his many years of service and dedication to the role. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

New Town Cier, John Bateson

The new Town Crier of Kendal, John Bateson said “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as Town Crier of Kendal. The position of Town Crier is steeped in our history, and yet works so wonderfully well in a modern setting. It will give me great joy to promote my home town in such a unique and fascinating way. It is my aim to help promote our wonderful town’s cultural heritage, businesses, events and festivals and formal occasions. The retiring Crier, Richard Mathews, has been superb during his tenure and has enhanced the role of Crier to the delight of townsfolk and visitors. I hope to be able to continue his good work for many years to come.”

The retiring Town Crier, Richard Mathews said “I have been very proud to have been Kendal’s Town Crier. It has been a wonderful 11 years and I have been honoured to be involved in so many fabulous community events. I was John Bateson’s Town Crier during his Mayoral year and seeing  how much effort he puts into everything he does, I am sure he will be a great success. I would like to thank the people of Kendal for putting up with me shouting at them for the past 11 years, and especially the young children who were convinced I was a pirate! I shall miss the fun”.

Annually, the Kendal in Bloom Committee encourages communities, groups, schools and businesses to take part in enhancing Kendal as a place to live and work.

Kendal Town Council are proud to announce the launch of the 2019 Kendal in Bloom initiative.  We would like to encourage community groups, organisations and businesses, home owners and like-minded people to get involved to improve your local area. It doesn’t matter if the project is big or small.

Find out more and register your interest>>

The closing date for entries is 31st May 2019.

Election of a Councillor for the STONECROSS Ward of KENDAL TOWN COUNCIL

Nomination papers have been received and the poll will take place on Thursday, 2nd May 2019, between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm.

Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Friday, 12th April 2019. Applications can be made online at

Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Monday, 15th April 2019.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

See Statement of Persons Nominated.

​​Kendal Town Council have recently included an update from the Environment Agency regarding the Flood Defence programme in its latest newsletter, delivered to Kendal residents in early March.

Kendal Town Council have included a direct update from the Environment Agency for the last three newsletters as we consider the subject to be an important news item for residents. The wording and information within the article, as stated at the beginning of the article, is directly from EA and not Kendal Town Council’s copy. The article has been shared on the ‘Save Kendal Riverside Trees’ Facebook group and the editor has received several emails to complain that the article is not balanced.

Kendal Town Council’s Planning Committee are supportive of the proposed flood defence scheme. Please read the Committees resolution here under Planning Committee, 17th December Minutes, Resolution 703 / 2018/19 and subsequent minutes which show the ongoing work Kendal Town Council are involved with regarding the committee’s ongoing commitment to engagement and negotiation to benefit the town.

Kendal Town Council’s Environment and Highways Committees have also published a response, available on this page, underneath E&H Committee.

Following Kendal Town Council’s position it follows that we extended an invitation to the EA to share their updates via the KTC Newsletter. However, we agree a realistic picture of what is proposed and a stronger reference to the objections received to date would have made the article more balanced.

It has also been brought to our attention that the image below is a better representation of the proposed plans than the image we featured in the newsletter, which we believe is now outdated.

If residents want to speak directly to their Town Councillors about this subject, please follow this link for Councillor contact details.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Guy Tirvengadum and Kendal Town Council are delighted to announce that on Saturday 16 March 2019 a Freedom Parade in Honour of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will take place in Kendal, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Kendal Parish Church.

On 25 October 1947 The Border Regiment was granted the Freedom of Kendal. This Regiment through several amalgamations is now The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and they will exercise their right to the Freedom of Kendal on the 16 March which was last exercised in April 2011.

Around 120 members of the 4 LANCS battalion, accompanied by the Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will be on parade.

The Parade will commence at 11.10 through the town of Kendal and be followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Kendal Parish Church at 12.00 Noon. The return Parade will commence at approx 13.15, with the inspection at Kendal Library.

Members of the public are invited to line the main thoroughfare of Kendal to welcome the Regiment and attend the Thanksgiving Service.

In order to facilitate the Parade there will be rolling road closures between 10.45 and 14.30, although it is anticipated that these will be no more than two periods of 25 minutes. We would encourage the public and businesses of Kendal to note that there will be disruption and that journeys may take longer than usual. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Guy Tirvengadum said “On Remembrance Sunday we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War as well as remembering all the soldiers and people who sacrificed their lives so that we could have a better future. This is a great opportunity to give the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment a very warm welcome to Kendal and thank them for their services which will never be forgotten.”

Brigadier Frazer Lawrence, Colonel of the Regiment said “The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment has long and close associations with Kendal, which we cherish and look forward to continuing. It is therefore a great honour and privilege for us to exercise our Freedom by marching through the town. It provides a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the people of Kendal, for the enduring support they show to our soldiers, no matter where they are serving; be it here at home or overseas. We’re very much looking forward to what will be a memorable day.”

Kendal Parish Church is home to the Border Regiment chapel, and houses the colours of the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment. Rev Rob Saner-Haigh said “We very much look forward to welcoming the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment to Kendal Parish Church for this service as part of the Freedom Parade in Kendal. As the home of the Border Regiment Chapel, one of the forerunners of the current regiment, it is a chance for us to welcome them home and to pray for them.”


The Annual Town Assembly provides a presentation of the annual report for 2018/19 and reports on the work of the council, as well as offering question time. Everyone is welcome and tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Date: Monday 1st April 2019

Time: 7.15 – 8.00 pm

Venue: Bindloss Room, Town Hall, Kendal


  • Welcome, introduction and presentation of the annual report – The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Guy Tirvengadum
  • Allotments Committee overview – Cllr Alvin Finch (Chair)
  • Christmas Lights & Festivals Committee overview – Cllr Shirley Evans (Chair)
  • Environment & Highways Committee overview – Cllr Jon Owen (Chair)
  • Kendal in Bloom Committee overview – Cllr Andy Blackman (Chair)
  • Mayoralty & Arts Committee overview – Cllr Guy Tirvengadum (Chair)
  • Question time – opportunity to ask any questions about the Council and its work
  • Closing remarks – The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Guy Tirvengadum

Nine trees which have outgrown planters in the centre of Kendal are to be re-planted in a nearby park.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and Kendal Town Council will carefully lift the planters in Highgate and take them to Gooseholme Park where they will have more space to grow and mature.

Within a few days nine replacement trees will be placed in the planters in Highgate.

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC’s Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “This tree management project will enable the larger trees, which have been in the planters for around 10 years, to be re-planted at Gooseholme where there is room for them, enabling the planters in the town centre to take new smaller trees.

“It’s a joint venture with SLDC paying for the removal and re-planting of the large trees and Kendal Town Council paying for the new trees and the future maintenance of them.”

Any spring planting disturbed by the removal of the trees from the planters will be donated to community groups and used elsewhere.

Work to lift and re-plant the trees is expected to start on Monday 4 March.


Kendal Peoples Café presented to Kendal Town Council at February’s Full Council meeting to provide an overview of the venture and its successes.

Kendal Peoples Cafe served its first customers in March 2017. In the 2 years since then it has prepared more than 5000 meals using food which would otherwise have been thrown away.

It has turned waste … into wellbeing.

It has also been recognised for its efforts by winning the Cumbria Life magazine ‘best food initiative’ award in 2018.

Based at the South Lakes Foyer, next door to Kendal bus station, the people’s cafe not only caters for customers who cannot afford to pay, both homeless and those struggling to make ends meet, but it also caters for many people who can afford to pay, and it is their contributions which help fund the rent for the foyer facilities.

This rent covers the use of those facilities for the regular Thursday food collection, the food prep session, and Thursday food share from 4pm to 5pm, and the Saturday cafe which is currently open from 11am to 2pm.

Kendal People’s Cafe, which now operates under the auspices of South Lakeland Action on Climate Change, rescues food on a weekly basis from Booths supermarket, from Parsons fruit and veg wholesalers, and Tesco and also accepts food donations from smaller, independent businesses such as Hazelmere bakery at Grange over Sands, from Watson and Woollard butchers in Kendal, and from cafes and food businesses like Red Door, Harry’s Pantry, Comida and David Willan wholesale food supplies.

Since its inception, Kendal Peoples Cafe has collected food and shared food with Sandylands Residents Association, Manna House, and with the Kendal hostels – Monkswell and Townview.

Kendal People’s Cafe also works with Simply Repair South Lakes providing food for its repair cafes and has a burgeoning partnership with Growing Well at Low Sizergh sharing food and expertise.

Kendal People’s Cafe has expansion plans. It is in talks to open a ‘sharehouse’ which would have fridges and freezers stocked with food which would otherwise have been thrown away. The facility would be manned by volunteers, opening on a regular basis for people to come and help themselves.

Also, at the request of the local NHS community nursing team, the cafe is about to trial a mealshare scheme with senior citizens in the Kendal area. If the trial is successful then food will be prepared on a Saturday specifically for vulnerable elderly in the community and delivered by volunteers.

The cafe is also looking at a ‘mealmakers’ scheme in which individual volunteers offer to make an extra portion on a regular basis and share it with an older person in need.

And, with the help of possible funding from the YWCA, the cafe’s enthusiastic cooks want to set up a project to share their culinary skills with young people, and with families. The aim will be to show that home-cooked food is not only cheaper than processed food, but it is also healthier.

All of these schemes are examples of the vital role which volunteers have played and continue to play in the success and long term viable future of Kendal People’ Cafe.

We have volunteers who collect food, and some who enjoy cooking and serving it. We have volunteers who look after the social media side of the cafe, a vital tool in helping to spread the word.

People are indeed at the heart of the cafe; like-minded people who share an abhorrence of wasting food.

Kendal People’s Cafe is helping Kendal not to waste. More important, by that same process, it is trying to help contribute towards the wellbeing of our community. To find out more visit