Alston Moor News Bulletin


Upcoming Events

Alston Easter Pantomime 2021
First week of school holidays - venue to be confirmed

Sadly no panto in 2020 but next year's is bound to compensate for that. More news to follow in future newsletters.

Alston Moor Scarecrow Competition
Spring 2021 - All over Alston Moor
More information to follow.

Alston Gala 2021
Saturday 26th June - Tyne Willows Playing Field

After the huge disappointment from this year's cancellation, the Gala will bounce back, bigger and better than ever next year. Look out for some exciting news, including the headline event which is going to go down a storm!

Volunteering Opportunities

The Alston Moor Newsletter
The Autumn edition of the quarterly Alston Moor Newsletter is now on sale for 50p at the usual outlets. There are updates on the current situation of many organisations on the Moor: medical, businesses, clubs, groups and visitor venues. The Alston Moor Newsletter Team is looking for more volunteers. They meet quarterly to discuss ideas and suggestions for articles. You don't have to write anything: you may have other relevant ideas/skills. If you are interested, please contact any member of the team. Details on page 34 of the magazine.

Epiacum Roman Fort - The most significant archaeological monument in the region"-
Prof Stewart Ainsworth from TV's Time Team
We have an active "Friends of Epiacum" group, for £10 a year you can become a "Friend" who get regular updates, advance notice of events and support the charity during this difficult period. Even more active are our" Second Nervian" volunteers who help maintain the site and organise events and a whole load of other

Nenthead Mines Update
Reluctantly after months of Covid-19 restrictions, it was decided that the mines would stay closed until 2021. Maintenance and repairs were also stopped, but were restarted in mid-summer. The demolition of the Power of Water structure is now complete. The Trustees have agreed that the Society should donate some of the better timber to the proposed Nenthead community garden. They are sorry to have to report that during the lockdown period part of the stock was stolen by persons unknown.
Cumbria County Council has financed repairs to part of the river wall which protects the byway to the Smelting Mill. In February, one of our buildings was flooded. The plan is to start repairs before the end of this year. Progress with the Asset Transfer of the site freehold is reaching a conclusion. Once complete, the board will be in a better position to apply for Covid grants and restoration grants. Despite being a Charity, they have not been able to obtain any emergency funding and have relied on Reserve funds. Membership numbers have increased during the lockdown period and there is great optimism that there will be sufficient volunteers to maintain the site in the future. Additional members are of course most welcome.

Alston Moor Parish Churches
Morning services 9.30am every Sunday at St Augustine's, 11am every Sunday on Zoom and Youtube. Sunday 4th October at 11am - Special all age service about St Francis and all God's creatures on Zoom. Every church now open for private prayer once a week - check website ( for details.

Alston Moor Film
The committee is closely watching the situation and as soon as they hear anything about a venue becoming available they will be in touch about the next screening. To subscribe to emails,

Alston Landscape Art Town Initiative (ALATI)An exciting new voluntary organisation whose goal is to help regenerate Alston Moor through cultural activities. This group aim to promote Alston as the premier landscape art area in the UK. Over time they hope this will bring more tourism and jobs to the town, promote the local artists and provide opportunities for art enjoyment locally, through exhibitions, walks, talks and workshops. The eight-strong committee is made up mainly of artists and photographers who are looking for premises in the town as a base.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our latest initiative, the Release into the Landscape exhibition and workshops, because of Covid restrictions. However, planned for next year is a series of events and activities to build on our success of talks this year and our exhibition at The Hive in Nenthead in July. To subscribe to our newsletter, please contact us either at our website or by emailing Kathy Reeds at