Members of the Trust took parties on guided tours of the Castle as part of the Cockermouth Festival and the national Civic Day scheme. These were arranged by kind permission from the Dowager Lady Egrement and proved as popular as ever. A small charge was made and all proceeds were donated to the Festival organisors. Further tours will be available as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme early in September. Details will be in the next edition of “The Cockermouth Post”.
The Trust has awarded a Certificate of Merit to John Cusack commending him for the comprehensive and interesting display titled “The History Wall” in the Old Kings Arms Lane. They were impressed with the quality of materials used as well as the content.
Cockermouth has been chosen to become one of 17 “Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners” to trial the Neighbourhood Development Plan and Neighbourhood Development Order (LDO) initiatives set out in the Localism Bill. The Trust has been invited to join a project working group to decide the geographical boundary for the LDO and identify the issues that could be addressed. This could mean more power to the people of Cockermouth and less direction from central government.