Kendal Town Council

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

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 People can also contact 1818 Auctioneer valuer David Brookes on 015395 66204 or email by .

Excitement is growing in Kendal about welcoming the OVO Tour of Britain cycling race again in September.

Stage Four of the eight-day race, known as ‘the Queens Stage’ as it’s the hardest stage in this year’s Tour of Britain, will finish in Kendal on Tuesday September 10 after visiting communities it has never passed through before. The 171.5km stage, will start in Gateshead and cross the Pennines before heading through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing through Sedbergh, Barbondale and Kirkby Lonsdale for the first time in its history before heading into Kendal up Beast Banks to tackle the  500-metre, 11 per cent average climb to finish the race on Greenside.

@Theo Southee photography

This will be the fourth time that the race has finished in Kendal and there are many exciting ways communities along the route can get involved.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s National Land Art competition is returning after the inaugural edition in 2018 captured the imagination of race fans across the UK. Communities, schools, clubs, businesses, land owners and farmers are once again being asked to come up with eye-catching creations in support of the race.

The Tour also offers a great opportunity for local businesses and communities along route of each stage to celebrate and embrace cycling as the race comes past their front door, as well as maximise on business opportunities from increased customers and visitors.

Cycling clubs and schools are being urged to get involved and an information pack is available with all you need to take part.

Information about all this and much more can be found at the OVO Tour Of Britain website at

ITV4 will screen live free-to-air coverage flag-to-flag of each stage in the UK, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action. Coverage of the race will be shown internationally in over 120 countries. Live coverage of the race will be shown on the big screen indoors at Kendal Town Hall and at the finish location on Greenside

Cumbria County Council is the main sponsor and co-host for Stage 4 with the organisers SweetSpot, supported by South Lakeland District Council and with support and a small financial commitment from Kendal Town Council.

One of the key aims of hosting the Tour will be to encourage more people to get on their bikes and take up cycling, promoting health benefits for young and old alike. Last year up to 61 per cent of people who watched the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in Cumbria said they were inspired to cycle more often.

Last year Cumbria hosted two stages of the event, with Cumbria County Council reporting a £10.8m economic boost to the county, 240,000 spectators and 1.5 million UK TV viewers over the two days.

It has now been five years since the creation of Better Care Together as a model to collaborate and deliver the best health and care outcomes for our communities. The vision is to see a network of communities across Morecambe Bay enjoying great physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, supported by a health and care system that is recognised as being as good as it gets.

They are now in the process of developing their plans for the next five-years which they are aiming to complete by early November. The strategy will align with both the NHS Long Term Plan (published in January) as well as the emerging Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria plans.

“The first step in preparing the strategy is to begin a process of public engagement to share the challenges and the priorities we intend to work towards. We are inviting the public, patients and the wider civic community of Morecambe Bay to give their views on the effectiveness of our priorities to meet the challenges ahead.”

Here is a briefing of their plans, which is an outline of their challenges and priorities. Read more>>

Bay Health and Care Partners would like to hear from you. You are encouraged to attend the forthcoming Bay Health and Care Partners Citizens’ Assembly or complete the online survey to share your views. 

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.