Carlisle related articles
Parish churches on Alston Moor have been delivering essentials to residents across the North Pennines since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown began in March.
Ambleside Methodists took the brave decision to give up their building to go on a new journey with the Anglicans. This allowed their old building to be turned into social housing, while creating a new community centre and keeping both churches going.
It all started back in 2009, with six open meetings of Keswick Churches Together about the issues facing the town. Housing kept coming up in these discussions. Determined to change things, a working group of mainly church-linked people was created to come up with solutions. At just the right time, the vicar of St John’s offered a piece of land next to the church graveyard - impractical for burials, but ideal for The Hopes development that now sits there with mountain views. And so the hard work began of forming a Community Land Trust, commissioning an architect, and securing planning permission and funding.