Cumbria’s High Sheriff Julie Barton visited Kendal on Wednesday, as part of her tour of the whole County.
On a walking tour led by Mayor, Councillor Alvin Finch, and accompanied by Town Crier John Bateson and Mayor’s Attendant, Simon Unsworth she visited local businesses and charities.
Starting at the Brewery she learned how our leading arts provider has adapted to the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus. At Space2Create, one of Mayor’s chosen charities and Age UK, she found out about their valuable work. Lunch was at Kendal’s oldest pub, the Fleece Inn, she also spoke to staff from two of the town’s innovative business, Joey’s Café and Herdy.
Visits to Waterstones and Penningtons, a cup of tea at Farrers, and a visit to Kendal’s award-winning People’s Café to learn about their valuable Waste Into Wellness project were highlights of the afternoon. Finally, she spent time finding about Kendal’s groundbreaking Citizen’s Jury and how it aims to improve the town and the lives of the people who live here.
In between visits the High Sheriff learned about Kendal’s history from the Town Crier and had a chance to look at some of Kendal historical buildings and famous yards.
Councillor Alvin Finch said, “It was great to be able to show off Kendal and the vibrant businesses and charities that give the town its identify.”.
Of her day in Kendal, the High Sheriff said “I had a wonderful, informative day and really enjoyed my time in Kendal! And it’s great to see so many organisations and businesses working towards tackling social isolation, which is my chosen theme for my year in Office as High Sheriff.”