Ainstable Parish Council has marked the long service of one
of its councillors by making him an Honorary Freeman of the Parish.
John Thirlwall, a farmer in Croglin, served on Ainstable
Parish Council from 1991 until his retirement at the local council elections
earlier this year. During his time in office, the parish council has restored
traditional cast iron signposts throughout the parish, planted hundreds of
native trees in verges, served as the trustee for the Ainstable Millennium
Green, and installed new bus shelters in several villages.
The award was made at a surprise dinner, held at the Heather
Glen Hotel in Ainstable. Mr Thirlwall thought he was attending a family
occasion but was met by serving members of the parish council. He was presented
with a certificate and a hand-made ram’s horn stick, in recognition of his
Councillor Nigel Vear, Chairman of Ainstable Parish Council,
“John is the first Honorary Freeman of Ainstable Parish in
its 124-year history. He has served this community continuously and faithfully
for nearly 30 years and this award, the highest honour we can bestow, is well
“His retirement does leave a vacancy on the parish council
and I would encourage any residents of the parish who are interested in helping
their local community to contact me at email@example.com for a
The follow-up event to our Historic Environment Public Meeting
on Wednesday 10th April 2019. It was inspiring to see so many there
and to hear about current local history research, publications and on the
ground information about sites we touched on. At this second meeting Paul
Frodsham and Neil Diment will reflect back what was discussed and present a
programme of archaeological, local history and oral history activity to be
delivered from 2020 for 3 years. This is the opportunity to find out what is
proposed, express your thoughts about what is included and what may be missing.
Unfortunately at this stage we have to prioritise within budget and time
scales. We welcome the input of new participants who weren’t at the first
We will be at Ainstable Church Institute, CA4 9QN on Tuesday 7 May
On average, we lose one person a week in our county to suicide. This free workshop looks at the issues around suicide, and shows how we can all make a difference. Download the flyer for full details.
The North Pennines AONB is hosting a free workshop at the Duke of Cumberland, Castle Carrock on Wednesday 30th January 7pm-9pm. Download the flyer for full details.
The North Pennines AONB Fellfoot Forward project is holding a free workshop at Talkin Tarn on Friday 25th January 10am – 12am. Download the flyer for full details
You are invited to the EDC Chairman’s Carol Service on Monday 17 December 2018 at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith at 6.30pm. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Church.
A collection will be made during the service which will be donated to her chosen charities, Hospice at Home, the Great North Air Ambulance and Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.
Fellfoot Forward is an initiative of the North Pennines AONB, and includes all of Ainstable parish.
Staff are holding two workshops on Thursday 1st Nov at Ainstable Church Institute to talk about the Fellfoot Forward project and listen to ideas on how the Scheme could support old and new walking, cycling and riding routes for the local communities and visitors.
See the poster below for more details.
Fellfoot Forward workshop – 1st Nov 2018 – Do you know your local footpaths and bridelways