Kendal Town Council

Kendal Town Council’s crowdfunder for a Citizen’s Jury has already raised over 60% of funds needed with 115 supporters and just 14 days left.

There are 47 comments from contributors, indicating a real belief in this process as a way of community engagement in our future.  All these comments will be displayed at the Jury meetings.

Climate change will be the biggest factor to influence business and community in the next 10 years.  The challenges we face need to be a genuine community response and it is likely that local businesses will find real opportunities amongst the challenges.

The Citizen’s Jury in Leeds, for example, proposed a local investment fund and a green bond available for the local community to invest in.

We are now looking to both individuals and businesses to help complete our funding over the next 2 weeks.   Small contributions with a supportive comment are welcomed as much as larger ones,  as one of our aims is to demonstrate wide support and understanding of this issue from business as well as individuals. Donate here. 

Simon Blunden of Miller Clear Architects said “We are donating to the crowdfunder as we see it as a fantastic opportunity to empower the local community. As a small business we rely on a thriving town and the citizen’s jury will help propose ways in which the local council can support and protect us in the future.”

In April 2019 Kendal Town Council declared a Climate Emergency and since then we have been looking at ways to implement change. A Citizen’s Jury is a central part of informing that change.

Many Kendal residents are also worried about climate change. What are the impacts? What should we do? Who should do what? What can I do? These are just some of the questions we need to answer.

Kendal Town Council now want to take the next step and find out what action local people want to take to tackle climate change. We are calling for help to raise funds to organise the UK’s first ever Climate Change Citizens’ Jury at town level.

A ‘Jury’ of 20 randomly selected residents, who will be a mini version of Kendal’s population with a wide range of ages and opinions on climate change, will call on the help of experts to look at the causes, impacts and recommend potential solutions to the climate emergency.

Kendal Town Council have committed funding together with South Lakeland District Council. So far we have 50% of the amount needed. In order to raise the remaining funds we are setting up a Crowdfunding page. This will go live on Saturday 1st February at 12.00 midday and will be open for the month of February. We are urging any businesses or individuals who wish to support our work to donate via this page.   The Crowdfunder site – A Kendal Peoples’ Plan for Climate Emergency – can be found here.

For more information visit the Town Council web page.

The Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Alvin Finch said “With the scale and urgency of climate breakdown very clear, I am pleased to see this cross party initiative, developed with expert local advice, being launched this week. Hopefully this campaign will enable us to not only reach our financial goal but also engage our community in the most important issue it faces in the next 10 years.”

The Chair of KTC’s Environment & Highways Committee, Councillor Jon Owen added “We’ve been delighted to receive financial support from both the Town and District Councils towards the cost of a Climate Change Citizen’s Jury. We’re launching this Crowdfunder to ‘get us over the line’ in terms of funding, optimistic that residents and businesses will donate during February to make Kendal the first town in the UK to work to achieve net zero through people power.”

January 28th 2020

Due to retirement, we are looking for two people interested in being the Mace Bearers for The Mayor of Kendal. The Mace Bearers are responsible for carrying the maces at our civic events.  
There are three such events each year – Mayor Making (3rd Thursday in May – evening), Mayor’s Sunday (1st Sunday in July – morning) and Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November – morning). Occasionally there may be a need to attend one off civic events.
This position comes with a uniform and is paid at fixed rate per event. Our current Mace Bearers Arthur and Chrissie Sinker have been in post 15 years and we are most grateful to them for their service over so many years.
If you are interested in the position please contact Liz Richardson, Town Clerk via the main office on 01539 793490 or .

Kendal Town Council are working with the Royal British Legion and other interested groups in Kendal to organise VE Day Commemoration event(s) on Friday 8th May, which is now the date of the early May Bank Holiday. The Town Council have earmarked funding for the event. At this stage we are open to ideas including community groups wishing to organise an event so please do get in touch with us by emailing or calling the office on 01539 793490.

We will publicise details once these are known on our website and through media releases.


January 13th 2020

At the Kendal Town Council meeting held on 6th January 2020, Members discussed the Budget for the Financial Year 2020/21. Council voted in favour of an annual £3.79 rise in the Kendal Town Council element of the annual Band D Council Tax for Kendal residents.

The majority of the increase is to contribute funding towards enhancements to the Environment Agency Flood Relief Scheme. This is seen as a project of critical importance for the town, both now and for many years to come. Other priorities include support for Biodiversity plans, either through direct Council projects or to support third party activities.

The Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Alvin Finch commented “Kendal Town Council recognises the importance of providing value for money for Kendal residents. This rise is less than 8p per week for a Band D household and our precept remains lower than many of the other towns within South Lakeland. The flood relief scheme is of major importance for Kendal, so I am delighted that Kendal Town Council approved funds to enhance the current Environment Agency proposals.”

13 January 2020

Many thanks to all of you who joined us for the Mayor’s annual coffee morning which took place on Saturday 21st December at Kendal Town Hall. The event was a roaring success with £449.66 being raised for the Mayor’s Charities. Special thanks go to Kendal Concert Band and Tokari School of Theatre Arts for entertaining us.

December was a busy month for fundraising as the Mayor held a bag pack at Morrisons in Kendal on the 15th December, raising a further £448.89. We’d like to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers that made the event the success it was.

The Mayor’s Charities are The People’s Café and #TAG (Teenage Arts Group); both organisations continue to do extremely worthwhile work in our community and will make very good use of the additional funds.



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 Climate Change Citizens’ JuryHelp plan a response to climate change

In April 2019, Kendal Town Council declared a climate emergency. We now want to take the next step and find out what the public thinks.

A Citizens’ Jury will help do this by planning a response to climate emergency. Citizens Juries have been run all over the world to help figure out what to do about really big difficult problems.

In order to launch a Kendal Climate Change Citizens’ Jury we need to raise £6,000, so please help by clicking the button below and donating.

Donate and find out more about Kendal Climate Change Citizens’ Jury