Kendal Town Council

​​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is a better representation of the proposed plans than the image we featured in the newsletter, which we believe is now outdated.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

The Mayor of Kendal is holding his annual Christmas Charity Coffee Morning on Saturday 22nd of December at Kendal Town Hall from 9am to 12.30pm. Entry is £1 which includes a cup of coffee and a mince pie or biscuit; there is a raffle and cake stall plus entertainment from Tokari School of Theatre Arts, Kendal Concert Band and K-Shoes Coral Singers.

The Christmas Coffee Morning is supporting The Mayor’s charities which this year are Manna House, Amabile Choir and St Vincent de Paul.

For further information please contact Florence at Kendal Town Council via 01539 793490 or


This Wainwright Achievement 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 the 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 2018 Award.

Please apply by outlining achievements and or contributions via email to, by January 13th 2019.

Please note nominees should not nominate themselves and all applications will be considered.

Kendal Town Council are holding an Armistice Exhibition. This will be held in the Romney Room, Kendal Town Hall from Saturday 10th – Wednesday 14th November. The exhibition will be opened by the Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Guy Tirvengadum at 10am on Saturday 10th November.

Opening times for the exhibition are as follows: 

Saturday 10th to Tuesday 13th November – 10am – 4pm.

 Wednesday 14th November – 10am-1pm.

The Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Guy Tirvengadum said “Lots of people lost their lives in the wars, including many Kendalians. It is important that we never forget what they did so that we can have a better future. The Remembrance Sunday event is an ideal opportunity for us to come together and remember”.

The Reverend Rob Saner-Haigh, Vicar of Kendal Parish Church said “It is especially fitting on this particular Remembrance Sunday for our whole community to gather at the War Memorial to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. It is important for us to pause, remember and give thanks, and also to commit ourselves once again to seeking peace and building a better world for all.”


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War 1. In addition, Remembrance Day and Sunday both fall on the same day.

To mark this occasion Kendal Town Council and the Kendal branch of the Royal British Legion have decided to alter the arrangements for this year. We believe it is appropriate to mark this occasion by having the wreath laying, silence at 11am and service all at the War Memorial in Market Place. In addition, it enables us to also lay wreaths beforehand at the K Shoes War Memorial and Romney Gardens War Memorial. As a result, this year there will not be a parade or morning service at Kendal Parish Church.

The programme for Sunday 11th November is as follows:

9:00am – Wreath laying at K Shoes war memorial

9:30am – Wreath laying at Romney Gardens war memorial

10:15am – Muster to start thereafter the service and wreath laying at the War Memorial, Market Place

11:00am – Last Post and 2-minute silence 

11:20am – The event is expected to finish.

Burneside Brass Band will be playing in Market Place from 10am.

There will be a further service at the Parish Church at 6.00pm on Remembrance Sunday to mark the centenary of the Armistice. This will include the Town Crier giving a special proclamation and the ringing of the church bells as part of the Battle’s Over National Tribute. It will also include the laying of special Thank You wreaths and a field of Remembrance poppy crosses.