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Flag raised for Armed Forces Day

The Armed Forces Day flag has been raised at the Town Hall in Workington to mark Armed Forces Day, due to take place on Saturday 27 June 2020.  


The flag was raised by the Mayor of Workington, Cllr Janet King, in a simple ceremony. Under normal circumstances, the flag-raising would be open for the public to attend, but the event was held privately to meet current social distancing guidelines. Cllr Janet King commented;


“We are disappointed that we will not be able to have our usual Armed Forces Day parade, where the whole community comes together to show their support and respect for our forces. The safety of our community has to be our priority and we hope that people will still remember this day and pay tribute in their own way at home’.


The Royal British Legion are asking people to pay their respects to the armed forces by posting pictures of themselves saluting and using the #saluteourforces tag.

Nightingale Garden - a COVID-19 Memorial Garden to be created

Workington Town Council and R.A.F General Engineering Ltd are working together to create a garden of remembrance as a mark of respect for the loss and sacrifice experienced during the COVID-19 crisis.


The garden will be in Vulcan Park, Workington, between the park lodge and old tennis courts. The council are proposing to call the new space the ‘Nightingale Garden’ but welcome alternative suggestions from the public.


The centrepiece for the garden was the idea of Rafal Gibki, Managing Director of R.A.F General Engineering Ltd, based in Workington, in collaboration with Steve Marshall, Monument Designer.  The monument aims to reflect the community’s resolve to overcome the Coronavirus crisis, with a pair of hands echoing the help of key workers, and the weekly tribute which became a feature of the darkest days of lockdown.


The memorial monument will be manufactured by Rafal and his team of colleagues. Raf commented, ‘We chose to manufacture this monument to give something back to the community, allowing local people to remember the changes which we have endured in 2020.

This is something the company feels passionate about and we are pleased we were able to come up with such a reflective and impressive design. We wanted to make sure all the sacrifice was not forgotten and we would also like to say a massive thank you for the support we have received as a business from the local community in this difficult, strange time.’


The Mayor of Workington, Cllr Janet King, added, ‘The garden will be a space for quiet reflection as we move forward through this crisis. It will act as a place of remembrance for those who we have lost and as a site of respect for the key workers who have sacrificed so much. We are very grateful to R.A.F General Engineering Ltd and Steve Marshall for their extraordinary generosity at such a difficult time’.


The garden will occupy a quiet corner of the park and, in addition to the memorial monument, will incorporate a pebble feature reflecting the designs that many have painted during lockdown to show their support for key workers.


Local businesses that would like to be involved in the construction of the garden through the donation of time or materials are asked to contact the Town Council for further details.


Those interested in offering time or expertise to the project can get involved by contacting Workington Town Council: / 01900 702986 or via our Facebook page @workingtontowncouncil.


Feedback for the proposed name of ‘Nightingale Garden’ can also be submitted by contacting Workington Town Council: / 01900 702986 or via our Facebook page @workingtontowncouncil.

Museum turns blue for NHS

The Helena Thompson Museum, Workington Town Council Councillors and volunteers with the Workington Community Emergency Response Group have shown their support for colleagues on the frontline in the NHS by turning the top floor of the museum blue.

Manager of the Helena Thompson Museum, Tricia Poole, said, ‘we’re delighted that we have been able to do something to show our support and we managed to do so while following government guidance on social distancing. A small token of how much the NHS and all key workers are appreciated in Workington.’

Cllr Paul Scott, added, ‘we really wanted to do something to show our support and discussed various options throughout the Town. This seemed to be the best option and the result is really impressive’.

For more information on the Helena Thompson Museum, visit

Workington Mayor's Civic Dinner - a celebration of Cumbria's heritage

The Mayor of Workington will host a fun evening of Cumbrian culture and food with great company on Saturday 25th April in the Helena Thompson Museum, 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Everyone is welcome to come along for a three-course dinner of traditional, locally-sourced Cumbrian food, and an evening of entertaining stories, songs and sonnets by our Lakeland dialect poets and storytellers presented by the Lakeland Dialect Society. 

Tickets are £25 per person.                   

The aim of the evening is to fundraise for The Mayor's charities: Young Cumbria and Young Carers, West Cumbria.

The Mayor of Workington, Cllr Janet King, said, ‘I am delighted to be hosting a dinner to celebrate Cumbrian culture at such a beautiful venue, and everyone is welcome to come along and help me raise funds for my worthwhile charities. With entertainment from The Lakeland Dialect Society it’s going to be a fun evening!’

To request a ticket, please contact Workington Town Council at or call 01900 702986.

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Cheques for tickets or donations to be made payable to The Mayor of Workington’s Charity Fund.

Any donations of prizes which could be raffled on the evening would be gratefully appreciated and can be dropped off at the Town Hall, Oxford Street, Workington, before 25th April.

Council seeks help for WWII roll of honour

Workington Town Council is looking for help from the community to ensure the information on their WWII roll of honour is accurate.


The Town Council will be working with local charity Soundwave to create an oral recording of the WWII roll of honour, which will be used as part of VE day activities, taking place in Workington, on Friday 8th May.


The roll of honour can be downloaded from the Council’s website and they ask the public to e-mail or call the office on 01900 702986 to notify them of any updates.


The Council also invites the public to join them in Vulcan Park, Workington, at 2.45pm on Friday 8th May for a brief ceremony and toast to heroes.


Soundwave are a music charity whose aim is to make the biggest music-based impact within Cumbria by bringing music into every rural location, school, digital platform, venue, bedroom studio & each and every square foot of outdoor space!  Find out more about them here -

Council supports Community Emergency Response Group with funding

The Mayor of Workington, Cllr Janet King, welcomed The Workington Community Emergency Response Group to the Town Hall, Workington, on Wednesday 26th February for a cheque presentation.


Members of the group enjoyed tea and cake with the Mayor, before being handed a cheque for £300.


The Workington Community Emergency Response Group applied to the Council’s community service grant to cover costs for their annual insurance. The main objective of the group is to maintain a community emergency plan for Workington and act as the point of contact for the emergency services if the plan needs to be activated, for example if there was flooding in the area.


The group are also responsible for ensuring personnel are adequately trained and the plans are tried and tested to ensure efficiency in the event of any emergency.


A spokesperson for the Town Council said, ‘we are delighted to be able to offer funding to such an invaluable service in our Town’.


Community Service Grants are small grants (for up to £300), aimed at any voluntary or community group in Workington. They are intended for small projects or as initial funding for larger grant applications to other bodies.  For more information and to apply for a grant please visit

Council offers funding to encourage community to mark VE day

Workington Town Council is offering funding of up to £300 for groups in the community to host their own VE day event.


When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020, it will be 75 years since the end of the war in Europe.


The nation will be celebrating with street parties and tea parties and remembering the enormous sacrifice that was made at home and abroad.  The community is encouraged to celebrate, as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.


Applicants can submit a funding form to Workington Town Council for up to £300 to organise their own event, which should be open to the public and free of charge. Your event does not have to be held on VE day/weekend itself, it can be held on another date that is more suitable for the venue / group concerned.


Cllr Carole Armstrong, Chair of the Town Council’s Culture Committee, commented, ‘this is an important day for us to remember and we really encourage the community to come together and take advantage of the funding available.

The Town Council also invites everyone to join us for a special ceremony in Vulcan Park at 3pm on Friday 8th May, where we will unveil our special memorial garden’.

To apply to the Town Council for funding visit

Read more about the VE Day 75th anniversary here -

Council offers funding for communities to hold Big Lunch event

Workington Town Council is offering funding of up to £300 for groups in the community to host their own ‘Big Lunch’.

‘The Big Lunch’ is part of a national campaign run by The Eden Project.  Their aim is to improve the happiness and wellbeing of people across the UK by helping to build more resilient and better connected communities.  They encourage you to come together and celebrate your community.

A Big Lunch can be anything from a small gathering in a garden, park or driveway, to a larger party with trestle tables down the middle of your street. The official Big Lunch date is 6th – 7th June, but events don’t have to be held on these dates to be eligible for funding.

Cllr Carole Armstrong, chair of the Town Council’s Culture Committee, said, ‘we really want to encourage people to come together and join in with The Big Lunch.  We feel it is a very worthwhile cause and this is why we wanted to open up a funding pot for Workington.  Your activity/event needs to be open to the public and free of charge. We really hope to see a number of these fun events taking place across our Town.’  

To apply to the Town Council for funding visit

Read more about The Big Lunch here -

West House Awarded £300 by Town Council

The Mayor of Workington, Cllr Janet King, welcomed West House to the Town Hall, Workington, on Wednesday 12th February for a cheque presentation.

Residents from Briarfield Care Home, Stainburn, along with staff and family, enjoyed tea and cake with the Mayor, before being handed a cheque for £300.

West House applied to Workington Town Council for a community service grant to go towards the purchase of a minibus for their care home. The total cost of the bus is £38,000.

The charity is West Cumbria’s leading care and support provider for adults and children with learning disabilities.

Their vision is for children, young people and adults with learning and other disabilities in Cumbria to live a fulfilling life, in the way they want and with the support they choose. They currently support over 200 adults and over 150 children at home and in the community.

If you would like to make a donation to West House, please visit their website -

Community Service Grants are small grants (for up to £300), aimed at any voluntary or community group in Workington. They are intended for small projects or as initial funding for larger grant applications to other bodies.  For more information and to apply for a grant please visit

Town Council Budget held at 5%

Workington Town Councillors confirmed their annual budget for coming year, holding down an increase in their small part of the Council Tax to 5% (less than 8 pence per week for most residents). This is despite the Council no longer receiving money from Allerdale Borough Council for the running of Vulcan Park.

Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, Cllr Paul Scott said: ‘It’s important that we are seen to be making the best use of the Council’s resources, and not always turning to the council tax payer to deal with increased costs. The budget for the coming year shows that the Council is serious about making savings where it can, whilst also picking up services no longer provided by other authorities in Workington”.

The coming year will see the Council continue to invest in parks, play areas and allotments, and developing its innovative and popular programme of events, including Shakespeare performances in Hall Park, free Family Fun Days around the town, the Festival of Running, Workington Go, and the ever-popular Party in the Park.


2020 will also see the Council develop the Harrington Harbour Day, and celebrate the town’s green fingered enthusiasm with the Workington Grow Festival. Grant support will continue to be available for the town’s
community groups. The Council will fund and organise the Christmas Festival and Lights switch-on, Workington in Bloom with its iconic floral displays on Washington Street and elsewhere, and a new celebration of creativity in all forms in a weeklong festival.

The 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War will be commemorated with a new installation in Vulcan Park.

Rock night raises money for Mayor's charities

A rock tribute event was hailed a success after raising more than £1,200 for charity.


The event, which took place on Saturday 25th January in The Railway Club, Workington, was held to raise funds for both The Mayor of Workington and The Mayor of Allerdale’s charities.


The sold out event, featured Hammerhead, a top local band that has played at local and national venues across England. The headliner for the evening was the UK’s top Black Sabbath tribute show, Sabbra Cadabra.


Cllr Paul Scott, who helped organise the event, said ‘Both bands delivered a fantastic display of traditional rock music. It was a sold out event and a great success with both bands generating a fantastic atmosphere.


We would just like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket, without you people the night would not have been such a success. Other people we wish to thank are, CF Events for providing tickets and wristbands. The Railway Club, Workington, for hosting the night. Allan Hall for providing the sound and Derek Williamson for providing the lighting effects. Most of all, thanks to both bands for a fantastic show!’

The total money raised was £1,278.44 which will be split equally between The Mayor of Workington’s charities; Young Carers (West Cumbria Carers) and Young Cumbria, and The Mayor of Allerdale’s charities; Allerdale Disability Association and WE WILL.

West Cumbria Carers provide support to carers who look after a family member, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help.

The organisation provides services to carers in the districts of Allerdale and Copeland in the county of Cumbria.


Young Cumbria provide services that empower young people to create positive change in their lives and in their communities.


Allerdale Disability Association is a user-led organisation providing a range of quality services to people with disabilities across Allerdale and the West Coast. They exist to support local disabled people, their families and carers.

WE WILL is a group of young people aged 14-18 who want to create a new generation of Youth Mental Health First Aid trained people leading change. They have joined together to campaign for change in the way that youth mental health is dealt with in their schools, communities, families and wider social circles.

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