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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.’


‘Relating to Penrith’

Ullswater Community College is an ‘ECO schools green flag school.’  The school is taking part in the Youth Climate Summit and is co-hosting Day 4 of the Youth Climate Summit 2020. 

Penrith in Bloom Film 2020

Penrith Gets Ready To Celebrate VE Day 75, 8th May

Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony

As below, Penrith received many awards at the Cumbria in Bloom Ceremony held on 2oth September, 2019 in Carlisle.

1. Friends of the Lake District Trophy for ‘Best Sustainable Development Town’
2. ‘Best Large Town’ Trophy
3. ‘RHS and Cumbria In Bloom Discretionary Award’
4. Trophy Best Churchyard Runner Up – St Andrew’s Church, Penrith
5. Cumbria in Bloom Pride in Your Community Medal Awards – Gold Award Penrith BID
6. Cumbria in Bloom Pride in Your Community Medal Awards – Gold Award Penrith Town
7. RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award – Penrith Community Gardeners Polytunnel (Thriving)
8. RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award – 4EDEN (Outstanding)
9. RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards – Great Dockray (Outstanding)
10. RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards – Train Station (Outstanding)

‘Penrith In Bloom’ – Key projects

Penrith Town Council has again taken on a co-ordinating role for the town’s ‘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.

The video below highlights some of the key projects in the town.

Use this link to open the Penrith in Bloom Portfolio 2019

The portfolio 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.

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.

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.

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.