Alston Moor Parish Council Local Elections Thursday 6th May 2021

There are four vacant seats in Alston on Alston Moor Parish Council. The Polling Station is Alston Town Hall, which is open for voting between 7am and 10pm. The area of the building (via the rear door) will of course be Covid friendly. Please bring your own pen or pencil.If you are not registered to vote you will need to register online before you can apply for either a postal or proxy vote. See below for contact details.

You can apply for an emergency proxy vote if you have to self-isolate on election day. There are government measures in place so that you will still be able to vote. Anyone who is registered to vote can request an emergency proxy up to 5pm on 6 May.

For further advice on all of the above, contact: or 01768 817817. Full information on

New Season ~ New Trail at Epiacum

The Trustees and volunteers will be very busy over the next few weeks getting ready to launch our new trail and reopen the site for the Bank Holiday weekend 29 May 2021.

Remains of Wellhouse Bastle and renovated barn which houses the "Reivers" story.

Visitors will now have the choice of visiting the very popular roman fort of Epiacum (known locally as Whitley Castle) or take a different direction and visit Wellhouse Bastle, one of the 17th century Bastle Houses on the site, which will house a display about the Border Reivers and life during those times.

New leaflets are being created and signage installed to improve access and interpretation of the site.

Our volunteers, the Second Nervians, (named after the cohort stationed at Epiacum) are looking for new recruits to help with the weeding, painting, bench building and general tidying that needs to be done.

If you can join us at our volunteer weekend on the 22nd and 23rd May or at any other time, please contact us by email or via Facebook

Visitors, volunteers we look forward to seeing you all!

Alston Moor Historical Society Monthly Talk
Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm

Industrial Railways of Alston Moor

"Steam power, petrol power, horse power, man power, and a gravity incline, Alston Moor had them all on narrow gauge tramways - and aerial ropeways too - to work the lead, coal, iron, and zinc mines."
Meeting Joining Information Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 882 1538 8013By phone:
0203 481 5237 Membership Are you a member of the Society? If not please join us. More details here

Place Name Project

It has long been an aim of the Historical Society to officially recognise some of the Historic places on Alston Moor which have, in some cases, been long forgotten. We propose to do this by fixing a name plate (with permission from the owners) in the areas we have been able to identify, on buildings (or, in some cases, garden walls). We have spent time on thorough research into historic documents held in the Archive to find evidence of these old names. This project has been made possible because of a Covid grant award to the Historic Society last year. We considered it appropriate to use the grant for something which would benefit the community.

Some examples of the names we will be recognising are: The Butts, Pigeon Lane,

Lemon Square, Potato Market, FiddlerStreet, Black Band and several more.

We have finally got underway with this project and have approved a design for the nameplates which is in keeping with the Historical ethic. There is still much work to be done before we see its conclusion.

Alston Moor Historical
Society enters the
digital world!
Our website is undergoing a Spring clean and at the same time we're piling stuff into our Database. There's a list of every book & document we hold in the archive in the Town Hall...Plus, about a thousand press cuttings have been digitised- that means scanned but with every name & major occasion written down for you to look up.

You'll be able to see who went to that family funeral and even read what relation they were to the deceased. Big thanks to Liz Haldon for handling all that graft! Then there are a few old photographs, all named and captioned. When I say a few, there must be 2,000 already! 700+ of these belong to the Society & the rest come from Simon Danby's collection. (If you join the Society, you'll be given a password so you can see a larger version.) Tim Haldon has set up the Database system- it's being added to by volunteers all the time. Don't forget the main body of the website, either. Created by Alix Martin, it's full of Alastair Robertson's stories.If you like to listen to Old-Timers tales, try for a small selection of the oral history recordings Simon Danby has made over the past 20 or so years.

Alston Moor Parish Churches

Sunday (and other) services

  • All welcome to the 9.30am Sunday Eucharist at St Augustine's.
  • Our main Sunday service continues on Zoom at 11am - Morning Praise, Holy Communion, or special all-age services.
  • Look out for our special All Age Activity Service on Sunday 9th May,
    11am on Zoom
  • Thursday 13th May, 7.30pm at St Augustine's - Eucharist for Ascension Day
  • Sunday, 23rd May, 6.00pm at Holy Paraclete, Kirkhaugh - Taiz√© Evensong for Pentecost

We hope to resume worship in the other churches in June - please think about what pattern of services would be best for your church, and let Mark, your Churchwardens or your PCC/DCC members know.

Other News

  • The famous Knarsdale Plant Sale will be on Saturday 22nd May, 10am-1pm, this
    year at St Jude's Church. Donations of plants gratefully received
  • For more information about what's going on, or to download the Faith in the Moor magazine, go to
Dates for your diaryAlston Gala 2021
Saturday 21st August from 12pm - Tyne Willows Playing Field
Alston Gala are pleased to announce our main attraction will be the
Elite Strongman Promotions
competition for both men and women please check out their Facebook page, you will not want to miss this!
We are also pleased to welcome back the return of
Stu Hodgson aka Stu-di-doo the brilliant children's entertainer.
More details to follow..... Alston Gala facebook pageAlston Pantomime 2021
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October
Evenings at 7pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Venue to be confirmed.Other News
Alston's WI (Women's Institute) are always on the lookout for new members.
Contact Jocelyn Hattersley on Facebook for more information. The support line is still open and staffed from 9am to 6pm every day of the week. Please call if you need help.
If our volunteers are unable to give you the answer or assistance you need, they will find someone who can! For up-to-date information click here Front Street Works
Website updated
Work on reinstating setts (cobbles) from the old HSBC bank to the Co-op car park area is due to start at the end of April. The road closure will be disruptive but local retailers and Alston Moor Business Association is sending out the message loud and clear that Alston is OPEN! There are lots of events in the planning stage and inspite of the challenges the work will bring, there is a huge determination to turn these into positives for the town as we look forward to Front Street returning to it's title of 'England's highest cobbled street'. As more details become available they will be added to the Cumbria County Council website:

Planning an event? Would you like us to feature it in the next edition, due out early June?