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Carlisle and District Civic Trust held its first Evening Talk on Tuesday 16 September. this was given by one of our most popular Speakers, Ian Tyler who was talking about Gunpowder in Cumbria. He managed to be both interesting, informative and entertaining. It was certainly an explosive subject, with some rather gruesome details regarding past accidents and resulting casualties. Ian is an expert on lots of local history and also does local history walks, so we will be contacting him again in the near future.
The members were also informed about next months’ talk ( 20 October, again at Waterton Hall) which is be Steve Matthews of Bookends, who will be talking about his latest book which is about a local Cumbrian poet, Josiah Relph of Sebergham. Steve is also a popular speaker and we look forward to hearing him.
The following month, we will be gaining information regarding a new initiative by Carlisle City Council, which should be of great interest and importance. The Council, in conjunction with Historic England are proposing to compile a “Local List” of local heritage assets. They are going to present more details of how local communities and individuals can nominate a building, or a structure, a place or other asset eg a park, a set of gate posts or whatever. They are wanting as many interested local people as possible to take part and to give opinions, so come along and have your say.
Zoe Sutton from Carlisle City Council will be giving the presentation at 7.00pm on Tuesday 17 November at Waterton Hall.
The Civic Trust has a member on the Steering Group of the Local List proposal.
The Civic Trust was also invited to attend meetings with the Heritage Officer and previously with local councillors regarding the proposal to place a new toucan crossing over Castle Way, linking the Castle directly with Castle Street.
This proposal is proving to be very controversial in Carlisle with lots of people giving their opinions in the press etc. We would welcome members of the public to join the Civic Trust at their meetings, we need to know what people are thinking about new initiatives etc which are proposed in the area.
Next meeting 7.00pm, 20 October 2015 at Waterton Hall when Steve Matthews will be the speaker. £3.00 members £5.00 non members, tea/coffee and biscuits included.