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John Thirlwall, Honorary Freeman of the Parish

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 farming profession.

Councillor Nigel Vear, Chairman of Ainstable Parish Council, said:

“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 deserved.

“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 for a chat.”

Fellfoot Forward Historic Environment public meeting

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 public meeting.

We will be at Ainstable Church Institute, CA4 9QN on Tuesday 7 May 7-9pm.   

EDC Chairman’s Carol Service

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 Event – Footpaths & Bridleways

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