Minutes November 2007
KIRKBY STEPHEN TOWN FORUM
Present: Charles Hurst, Joan Johnstone, Mike Walker, Andrea Hines, Ann Sandell, Derek Thompson, Jacqui Semple, Andy Sayer, Alex Chalmers, Debbie Hylton, Elizabeth Hall, Glenys Lumley, Mark Earnshaw, Steve Gardner, Craig Gardner, Wendy Wearmouth, Donald Walker
From Appleby: Keith Budding, Ian Potts, Eric Wooff, Shelley Watson, Karen Greenwood, Margaret Brown
The contingent from Appleby was welcomed. Under the proposals to convert the Appleby Alliance to an Upper Eden Alliance, it was suggested that Appleby should have a body similar to the KS Town Forum. Our visitors had come to observe our activities.
1. Apologies for absence: Tim Stoddard, Alex Birtles, Felicity Kay, Samantha Sandell
3 Matters Arising (where not agenda items):
4. Treasurer’s Report:
5. Charter Market:
The town was certainly bustling with many visitors that either stopped because they saw something happening, or were staying locally. The majority of stallholders and shops said they had had a very good day and would like the event repeated next year. Amber Markets have confirmed that they are willing to come back the same weekend next year.
One e-mail questioned the way things were organised, but many e-mails and people in the street said how pleased they were to see the town busy or how much they enjoyed the day. There were formal thanks from the Town Council and three comments of appreciation via the Community Office.
The poster competition attracted around 60 entries from Year 8 at the Grammar School and the winners were Emma Davis, and Daniel King.
A visit from Santa has been organised, and he will be driven to the station from the Market Square by Aaron Kirkby at 10.00, returning at 15.30.
Stalls will be sited both on the Market Square and on the Station platform. It was agreed that those at the station will need advertising in the Market Square.
Cumbria Classic Coaches will provide a bus service during the day between the town centre and the station. It was agreed that Mike will contact Will Hamer to determine where best to site the bus stop in town. Action: Mike Walker
It was pointed out that the road surface at the old station was deteriorating, and the secretary was asked to write to the occupants asking if improvements could be made in time for the Christmas event. Action: Mike Walker
Responses for the Window Competition and Christmas Trees have been slow and Ann Sandell agreed to chase up further returns this week. Confirmation of numbers and sites need to be confirmed to Nigel Stevenson and John Popple as soon as possible.
Glenys and Heb Lumley have agreed to judge the Window Competition and Mike will liaise with them over details. Action: Mike Walker
Joan Johnstone will order prizes and gifts as before and Mike will arrange for certificates to be printed by Cerberus. Action: Joan Johnstone / Mike Walker
Mike Walker will announce the winners and introduce the lights switch on ceremony.
Ann Sandell has arranged for another poster competition with Year 9 of the Grammar School. Donald Walker and Debbie Hylton agreed to act as judges. Two £10 Aroma vouchers will be provided as first prizes, and £5 book tokens as second prizes.
Information about activities will be needed. Ann Sandell is negotiating to use the Gothic Apothecary shop, and Joan Johnstone agreed to loan the signs used for the Charter Market.
Volunteers and transport for the market stalls will be needed at 0900 and 1630. Mike will contact possible volunteers. Action: Mike Walker
We are still trying to find musicians to perform in the Market Square. The Silver Band and various Choirs have been asked.
9. Awards for All:
We were informed that Ann Meston has provided funding for reinvigorating the Appleby Market, as part of the regeneration policy. It was agreed that the secretary would approach Ann to determine if similar support was available for Kirkby Stephen.
10. Community Cinema:
11. Future Ideas
b. Shop locally campaign. There was limited experience of whether such a campaign would be successful, although it was noted that current high fuel costs may already be encouraging local purchasing.
12. Digital Switchover:
13. Any Other Business:
b. Various meetings have been brought to the notice of the Forum:
Upper Eden Neighbourhood Forum Public Meeting
Cumbria CVS – Delivering Public Services
Shaping Cumbria’s Local Area Agreement
Cumbria CVS Third Sector Network
Further details of these meetings are available from Mike Walker.
c. Upper Eden Alliance.
14. Date of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Kirkby Stephen Town Forum will be held on Monday 14 January 2008 at 7 pm in the room above the Tourist Information Centre.APPENDIX
St. Luke’s Fair - Charter Fair Saturday 27th October 2007. I think everything went well apart from a few people not turning up at the parade in costume. Charles Hurst very kindly got persuaded to read the proclamation at the last minute. The town was certainly bustling with many visitors that either stopped because they saw something happening or were staying locally. The majority of stallholders and shops said they had had a very good day and would like the event repeated next year. Amber Markets have confirmed that they are willing to come back the same weekend next year. I have had one e-mail questioning the way things were organised, comments and reply attached for the record. I have had many e-mails and people stopping me in the street saying how pleased they were to see the town busy or how much they enjoyed the day. I will state for the record what went on for future reference:
Market Square Continental Market - Amber Markets Derek Ellis - mobile coffee Country Flavour Rotary Club
Cloisters Voluntary Action Cumbria - Alex Chalmers Time Banking - Howard Long Extreme Sports - Skate park - Jenny Morgan Eastside Crew - Jo and Rowan RSPCA
Church Kirkby Stephen History Society - Past Charter Fairs and history of the charter Ann Sandell - Extracts relevant to past markets from Things Old and NewSedbergh History Society - Terrible Knitters - Slavery connections in our area Kirkby Stephen Guides- 50th Anniversary Display Mrs. Treece and local peoples museum display
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School year 10 Dr. Marvellous play, 2 performances
Tourist Information Office Corner Turks Head Kirkby Crafters 5 people Eden Artisans - 4 people and felting demonstration Jane Chantler - Jewellery Jane Close dancers
Pack Horse Corner Paddy and Adrian Rogan and Charlie performing
Masonic Corner Jennifer Scott - Toys Marjorie Bridgeway - Bric a brac Sunbiggin Crafts Pendragon Crafts
Masonic Hall Kirkby Stephen Scout Group Refreshments
Roma Vincent Designer Jewellery
Margaret West Shibori Textured Silk Scarves Mrs Treece Antique Linen
Norma Cheeseman Papercraft
Pottery Shed Pottery and Cards
Pure Lakes/English Lakes Perfume and Toiletries
The Teddy Bear Partnership Handmade Teddies
Sue Irving Handpainted Wooden Items
Sedbergh Soap Company Pure Handmade Soap
Tricia Brogden Handicrafts
Stainmore Railway Company Northern Viaduct Trust
Collections were made at various pointsRoom above TIC - kept towards expenses Masonic Hall - kept towards Masonic rent see Joan Johnstone Church - £25.96 given to the VicarDancers, Players and Buskers kept their own collections Scouts teas raised £220 for their funds and they would like to do it again.
Expenses totalled £10.50 manly stationery.
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School year 8 and Mike Sunderland held the poster competition which involved approximately 60 pupils which was very worthwhile on many levels including the free posters and publicity. Aroma Shop donated a £20.00 gift token and a book token was purchased for 2nd prize. This will be repeated for Christmas.
My thanks go to many people who helped in small ways including the businesses that made an effort raising flags, putting on special food, decorating their windows and dressing up. Special thanks go to Charles Hurst, Mike Walker, Sue Irving, Jennifer Scott, Samantha Sandell, Joan and Andrew Johnstone for their efforts in making it all happen. Amber Markets have agreed to come back next year and I hope it can become a yearly event. Many of the basics being done it should be easier next time. Ann Sandell
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