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Penrith Town Council ‘We support our local community to make a difference’

Community groups add immense benefit to our local area. Between 2018-2019, Penrith Town Council provided funds to a number of local community groups in the town. The ‘Annual Town Meeting,’ held on 20th May 2019, provided an opportunity for a representative from each of the groups to talk about how Town Council funding has benefitted  and  ‘made a difference’ to their organisation.

First Margaret Irving, a representative of the Alzheimer’s Society Cumbria, delivered the Keynote Speech, explaining what dementia is, and talking passionately about  ‘Making Penrith a Dementia Friendly Town.’

How Sleep and Green Space can help your Mental Health: Sleep Well Garden

Learning with the Royal Horticultural Society

Over time, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be delving a little deeper into a range of horticultural topics, meeting garden designers, wildlife experts, nurserymen and women and other luminaries of the gardening world. For more information see

VIDEOS ‘About Penrith’

‘Penrith In Bloom’

“Pride in the town is the driving force for everyone involved.” (Penrith Town Council Mayor, Doug Lawson) 

Penrith, situated in Eden District, Cumbria is delighted to be one of 72 finalists chosen from across the whole of Britain to take part in the 2019 ‘Britain in Bloom’ Campaign. The town is also proud to be included in the regional ‘Cumbria in Bloom’ Competition.

Penrith Town Council has again taken on a co-ordinating role for the ‘in bloom’ entries and is proud to provide funds for some new projects. We are also honoured to be involved with the community gardeners, the business community and the other community and voluntary organisations, who between them are creating spectacular floral displays and tackling huge global challenges such as climate change, plastic waste, and declining pollinator populations.

Community spirit is increasing, and the endeavours of the past have led to a dynamic chain reaction in the town, with more and more people and community organisations now participating and learning about horticulture, growing edibles, the natural environment and making Penrith an environmentally friendly and ‘plastic clever’ town.

‘Together we will continue to make a difference.’

The video below highlights some of the key projects in the town. Other projects will appear in the Portfolio (link  in text below the film).

Penrith in Bloom 2019 from Rachael de la Mare on Vimeo.

Here also is a ink to the Penrith in Bloom Portfolio 2019 which allocates judging criteria against each project, some of which don’t appear in the film, and which we didn’t have enough allocated time to showcase on judging day.

Seedy Saturday Freegle, Penrith

Video by Laura Fossil

Organised by The Garden of Eden Community Gardeners, people in the local community were invited to come along, bring gardening seeds, tools and similar to give away and take anything they wanted.

Plastic Clever Penrith

…a collaboration between PACT and other civic organisations including Penrith Town CouncilPenrith Chamber of Trade, and Business Improvement District (BID), which together represent most of Penrith’s town centre shops and businesses. Other project partners include Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), Eden District Council and Carlisle City Council.

As an initial step, volunteers from the group will be conducting a simple survey amongst town centre shops and businesses. The aim is to benchmark current usage of common forms of single-use plastic, and to prompt discussion about how these can be reduced or even eliminated across Penrith. It will also help promote good practices for more sustainable alternatives, by sharing experience from shops and businesses which are already acting on this vital issue.

Once the Plastic Clever Penrith survey findings are collated, it is hoped that this will then help prompt projects enabling Penrith businesses and ultimately local residents to significantly reduce their use of disposable single-use plastic.

Who saw us on ITV Border news?!They were following the launch of Plastic Clever Penrith led by Penrith Town Council UK alongside Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT), Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), @Eden District Council, Penrith Business Improvement District & @Penrith Chamber of TradeWe’re so proud to be part of the battle against plastic and I think there’s lots of exciting pledges to come soon from businesses in and around the town.

Posted by Another Weigh on Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Richard 111 Project for ‘Penrith in Bloom’ Bid for Awards (Dates to be confirmed)

Richard the 111, the 1400s royal whose remains were uncovered beneath a Leicester Car park is being linked to a different Car park in Cumbria – that being the Great Dockray car park in Penrith. Flags to the monarch are to be erected nearby to Richard’s former residence of Dockray Hall as part of the 2019 Cumbria and Britain in Bloom awards bids.

Ullswater Community College Pupils Celebrate Exam Results, August 2019

A Level Results

Today marks the start of an important journey for thousands of students across the UK. Many students have been working hard throughout their time in education and today they collected their A Level results. Studying can be difficult for some students and many obstacles can make the education process a rollercoaster experience.Whether it be university an apprenticeship or the big wide world of work, today many pupils will be preparing for their future. We went along to Ullswater Community College to find out how the students faired and what it means to the school seeing the next generation of academics achieve their A Level’s

Posted by That's Cumbria on Thursday, 15 August 2019

Ullswater Community College, Prospectus Film

Ullswater Community College on Vimeo.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) Sixth Form Prospectus

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) Sixth Form

Autism Awareness, 2019

The Triple A project based in Penrith Cumbria provides constant support for those living with Autism within our community. The Triple A project has recently been granted a safe place poster by the police which shows anyone who may be vulnerable that a safe place exists nearby

Fix it 4Eden

Fix it 4 Eden is one of the many projects being run by the newly re-branded 4 Eden, formerly Eden Mencap. The Fix it initiative sees individuals who would find it difficult to access the working environment being trained up to work a trade by doing odd jobs for residents in Eden.mThe group hopes to see the workers being paid a full wage for their work in helping the community.

Community Gardeners – Penrith in Bloom Bid

Britain in Bloom is a nationwide gardening competition ran by the Royal Horticultural Society. The regional branch, Cumbria in Bloom has selected Penrith as the candidate to put forward for the national finals. Penrith Town Council are co-ordinating both the Cumbria and Britain in Bloom bids for awards. Penrith community gardeners gathered today to celebrate their selection before getting back to work on their ‘in bloom’ projects.

Eden Valley Artistic Network (EVAN)

The Eden Valley Artistic Network, or EVAN for short is a group of painters, sculptors and musicians in the Eden area that connect local artists to places to sell, perform and socialize.
The EVAN gallery in Penrith hosted an open exhibition where the public were invited to come and view the works on display accompanied by music and refreshments.

Penrith Show, 2019

Town Council Elections Open

Penrith Town Council Election Nominations Now Open. Interview with Mayor, Scott Jackson. February, 2019. Source: That’s TV

Another Weigh Shop, Angel Lane Penrith  cuts down on food and plastic Waste

Mayor Scott Jackson officially opens ‘Another Weigh’ in Angel Lane Penrith. The shop has been set up to help residents and visitors to the town cut down on food and plastic waste. Profits go to support change and educate people to move into an alternative life-style. Another Weigh is the first dedicated zero-waste shop in Penrith dedicated to reducing waste and improving our shopping habits.

Posted by Another Weigh on Saturday, 12 January 2019


Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan (PNDP) Regulation 14 Consultation:

Interviews with Deputy Town Clerk Rosalyn Richardson and Deputy Mayor, Peter Baker, Chair of the PNDP Group. February, 2019.

Source: That’s TV

Community Access Defibrillators in Penrith

Penrith Town Council helps fund six new Community Access defibrillators in Penrith.

‘A high energy electric shock, given to the heart in some types of cardiac arrest, may restore a more stable rhythm. This is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.’ – British Heart Foundation

Gardening for Mental and Physical Health: Video By Laura Fossil

Laura explains how support from the Community gardeners has encouraged her to garden and grow edibles to feed herself and her family; and how the experience of gardening has improved not only her fitness levels but also her mental health.

Eden Mencap Rebranding to 4EDEN

Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan Explained

The following video was produced as part of the initial consultation to get people involved in thinking about various topics and suggest how you would like the town to develop. Our thanks go to Rachael De La Mare and all the local people who took part.

Penrith & Eden Freegle: How-to-Freegle video

Penrith May Day: UCC Big Band Live Performance (May 2018)

Carleton Hall Walk Street Party, 11th August, 2018