Achievements and record

Achievements 1995 to 2010
In 1994 member and local historian, Bernard Bradbury, recorded some of the aims, activities and achievements of the Cockermouth and District Civic Trust from its foundation in 1967 until 1994 in a short book appropriately titled “Cockermouth Civic Trust – Its Aims and Achievements”. The following record outlines the activities and achievements from that date to 2010. This should therefore be read in conjunction with Bernard Bradbury’s book.

The Fallows Society
In 1997 the Trust set up a Society to celebrate the life of Fearon Fallows who was born in 1745 in Cockermouth and went on to become Astronomer Royal. This Society survived for a number of years but was eventually disbanded.
Town Trail
Members of the Trust have conducted walks round the town from as far back as 1981 and in 1993 a short heritage trial was planned to start at the Kirkgate Centre. A pamphlet was produced to enable interested people to follow this Trail. In 1999 the Trust erected numbered plaques around the route the pamphlet has recently been updated to reflect the changes since the original Trail was planned. Members of the Trust conduct parties around the Trial on request.
Confluence of the Derwent and Cocker Rivers
In the late 1990’s the area around the confluence of our two major rivers was considered to be an eyesore. Members of the Trust tidied up the area, rebuilt walls and painted seat to make it presentable.
Stanger Spa
Stanger Spa is an ancient spa well situated just south of Cockermouth. It had fallen into disrepair and was derelict. Over the period 1998 to 2002 the Trust arranged for the Spa to be fully renovated and put back in working order.
Interpretive Panel
The Town Trial passes by an area known as “The Bleaching Green” at Kirkbank. A panoramic view of Cockermouth can be seen from this viewpoint. In 2000 the Trust erected an interpretive panel here to enable viewers to identify many buildings and features of the town.
Cockermouth Partnership
As part of the Market Towns Initiative an organization named the Cockermouth Partnership was created with the support of the Trust. This brought together the many bodies interested or responsible for the development of the town and a member of the Trust’s Executive Committee sits on the steering group of the Partnership. The major aim at the present time is to regenerate the Market Square area.
The Old Grammar School
The old Grammar School at Strawberry How had been used as a business centre. However, in 2003 planning permission was sought by a developer to build houses and convert building on the site. Fearing that the development would destroy an important part of the town’s heritage, the Trust was successful in an application to have the building “listed” which meant that the important features of the building would be preserved for the future.
Facelift Scheme
The Trust had been concerned about the deterioration of the town shop’s fronts for some years. It appreciated that many traders were finding it difficult to survive financially and that the condition of their shopfront was not at the top of their priorities. With this in mind, the Trust canvassed for and was successful in the setting up of a scheme of grants to assist in the refurbishment of the shopfronts. It is pleasing to note that many of the traders have taken up the grant offer and the look of the town streets have benefited from this.
Bernard Bradbury’s Books
In 1981 Bernard Bradbury wrote and published the definitive book on the town called “The History of Cockermouth”. A new third updated edition was published in 2006.
In addition Bernard wrote and published a number of booklets on the town.
In 2002, the Trust took on the responsibility of managing the sale of these books and booklets, and of updating them as reprints became necessary.
Website
In 2006 a website, www.cockermouthcivictrust.co.uk was posted on the internet to provide interested parties with information on the Trust.
RECORD OF COCKERMOUTH CIVIC TRUST ACTIVITIES:
1. Annual Dinner
YEAR
LOCATION SPEAKER SUBJECT
1995 Trout George Bott
1996 Trout Ann Dickens Workington Play-goers
1997 Trout Laura Todd Cumbrian Crack
1998 Hundith Hill Alan Hankinson Great Cumbrians
1999 Hundith Hill Bill Scammal Poetry
2000 Globe Hotel Richard Woodall Meat smoking
2001 Globe Hotel Ross Brewster Local journalist
2002 Cockatoo Restaurant Stan Payne Water Bailiff
2003 Manor House Hotel Mountain Rescue
2004 Junipers Martin Chambers Using Language
2005 Junipers Kate Hilton New concept for Wordsworth House
2006 Pickwick, Allerdale Ct Ged Acton Market Town Project
2007 Pickwick, Allerdale Ct Chrissie Patterson Cumbrian Dialect
2008 Tithe Barn Darren Ward
2009 Pickwick, Allerdale Ct Paul Cusack
2. Activities
YEAR
MONTH VENUE
1990 Cragside
1991 Stott Bobbin Mill & Sizergh
1992 Drumlanrigg
1993 Gleaston Mill
1994 Floors Castle
1995 March Lilliput Lane Factory, Penrith, own transport
1995 March Evening at Printing Museum courtesy of David Winkworth
1995 May Minibus tour to Dean Parish (Bernard Bradbury led evening)
1995 June Hexham (Hexham Civic Trust) & Wallington (Full day)
1995 Aug Member’s evening hosted by Bernard & Mary Bradbury
1996 May Minibus tour round Lamplugh Parish (2 minibus tours arranged) (evening)
1996 June Member’s evening at Higham Hall, including tour.
1996 July Barnard Castle & Bowes Museum (Full day)
1996 Sept Watendlath – Fold Head Farm – guided insight into farm history & farming issues of the day (Half day)
1997 Feb Cheese & Wine evening at the Toy & Model Museum
1997 May Walking tour led by Caldbeck History Society
1997 June New Lanark World Heritage Village, coffee at Moffat.
1997 Aug Evening visit to Isel Hall, hosted by Miss Burkett. Own transport.
1997 Sept Cumberland Pencil Museum evening visit, Keswick
1998 Jan Special 30th Anniversary evening – finger buffet, lecture by Dr Winchester & presentation to Bernard Bradbury.
1998 May Evening walking tour of St Bees
1998 June Afternoon walk round Stanger, own transport
1998 Sept Day trip to Richmond, including Georgian Theatre. (TIC)
1999 March Visit to Aspects of Motoring
1999 May Evening walking tour of Allonby, minibus transport.
1999 June Full day visit to Rawtenstall & Gawthorpe Hall
2000 May Evening tour of Keswick (Keswick CT)
2000 Sept Day visit to Ripon – cathedral & city walking tour.
2000 Nov Backstage tour of Theatre by the Lake
2001 May Members evening at Wood Hall Gardens, courtesy of Mr & Mrs Jackson.
2001 June Afternoon visit to Alston with guided walk (Alston Moor History Society) and return trip on South Tynedale narrow gauge railway.
2001 Sept Full day visit to the Burrell Collection & Pollok House
2002 June Afternoon visit to Kirkby Lonsdale, courtesy Kirkby Lonsdale Civic Society.
2002 Sept Day trip to Durham with visit to Cathedral & walking tour courtesy of City of Durham Trust
2003 June Part day visit to Appleby courtesy of Appleby in Westmorland Society
2003 Sept Full day visit to Ulveston (courtesy Ulveston Civic Trust) and Conishead Priory.
2004 Sept Day trip to Lancaster, hosted by Lancaster Civic Society
2004 Evening visit to St Michael’s Church, Workington. (Hosted by Pat Martin of the Church & Workington Civic Trust)
2005 May Evening visit to Ambleside, hosted by Ambleside Civic Trust
2006 July Full day visit to Kirkcudbright & Threave Gardens
2006 Sept Part day trip to Kendal, hosted by Kendal Civic Society
2006 Sept Bernard Bradbury Memorial Lecture in association with Kirkgate Museum Group and Lorton & Derwent Fells Local History Society
2007 June Moffat, Samyelung monastery
2008 Sept Beamish
2009 June Morpeth, Cragside
2010 June Melrose, Abbotsford
Other
Restoration of the Town post flood 2009
The Trust through its architectural adviser member, Darren Ward has played a significant role in promoting a better townscape with the Shop Fronts Regeneration Group and a Public Realm Improvement Group

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