31st An early start to the day as we had to be at the Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle for the launch of the Carlisle/Settle Railway App by the Carlisle M P John Stevenson by 8.30 a.m. and then it was photo shoots for the local press at the station. In the evening I attended the Parish Council Premises Meeting and Planning Committee Meeting.
1st November Another early start as the Mayoress and I attended a conference on New Era, New Challenges and New Ways of Working at the Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston which was about fly-tipping, litter and graffitti. The conference was held by the North West Liveability Foundation and sponsored by the Environment Agency and Keep Britain Tidy. Registration was at 9.30 am and the sessions did not finish until 4 pm but is was a very interesting day with many new ideas promoted.
2nd The Mayor of Carlisle being an honorary Member of the Carlisle Rotary Club I was invited with my wife to their 89th Charter Night Dinner at the Shepherds Inn, Rosehill. Having been a Member of Carlisle Rotary Club in the past, it was a time of renewing acquaintanceships.
3rd In the morning I had to attend the Civic Centre in order to open tenders for work undertaken on behalf of the City Council by outside contractors. Then with the Mayoress and the Poppy Princess “Jodie” we visited numerous outlets selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion, thanking the volunteers for their stirling work raising funds to benefit ex-service men and women and their families who need financial assistance as well as counselling and bereavement services. In the evening I attended, together with other senior Council Members, a reception at Tullie House to meet the short-listed candidates for the post of Town Clerk and Chief Executive who were due to be interviewed the following day.
4th The Mayoress and I had been invited my the Headmaster and the Chair of Governors of Trinity School to view their new Armstrong Wing that has been recently opened. This is Stage Two of the refurbishment and rebuilding of the school and the changes are dramatic with new music studios, class rooms, dining halls and toilets. The building has definately been brought up to standards of the 21st Century. In the afternoon we had our regular visit of year 6 pupils from two junior schools, Cummersdale and Fir Ends, Smithfield. These visits are always welcome and bring forth some very interesting questions from the children. The day finished with a meeting of some of the committee members of the Youth Council with whom we discussed the vision of a student debate in the Council Chamber, the election of a Youth Mayor and possibly the formation of Youth Ambassadors to the Council.
5th I started the day at the Carlisle Golf Club at a meeting of The Christian Mens Breakfast, with the guest speaker being Lord Inglewood. I was then joined by my wife to attend the 70th Anniversary Lunch and Fashion Show of the Carlisle Soropomists at the Shepherds Inn, my third visit in 8 days!! However it was a very pleasant occurance. Then in the evening we attened the Carlisle Fire Show at Bitts Park to mark Guy Fawkes Day. Carlisle Fire Show is classed as one of the best in the United Kingdom but was marred this year by the weather as it was extemely foggy but a good time was had never the less. Also we learned that the position of Town Clerk and Chief Executive had been determined and was to be the present Acting Town Clerk and Chief Executive who was at the Fire Show with his wife and inlaws so we were able to extend our best wishes.
6th The Mayoress and I attended the Cathedral Service for the installation of the new Bishop of Penrith, the Rev Robert Freeman, and afterwards refreshments in The Fratery.