Chairman of the council

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman attend community events and functions. You can invite them to your event and find out what events they have attended recently.

The Chairman of the council is Councillor Stephen Coleman.

Councillor Pete McSweeney is the Vice-Chairman of the council.

Guidance for organisers of events

The Chairman will be pleased to consider invitations to attend events such as official openings or social functions. Should you wish to invite the Chairman to your event, please read the following guidance notes.

If you have any questions about what is expected, please contact the Member Services Assistant for further information.

Telephone: 01539 793 441


Invitations to the Chairman

We deal with invitations in the order that we receive them. As engagements are often offered many months in advance, it is best to make your request as soon as possible, but at least 14 days in advance.

It should be noted that the Chairman might not be able to accept invitations without sufficient notice.

Send an invitation to the Chairman

To invite the Chairman to attend your event, you should make an initial enquiry by telephone: 01539 793 441 or email:

You will be asked to complete the Function form (DOC 34KB / 2 pages).

Your invitation will then be forwarded to the Chairman.

Attendance of the Chairman at functions

Organisers must ensure that the Chairman is met on arrival and looked after appropriately during the visit.

The Chairman is the civic head of the district and should be addressed as the Chairman or Madame Chairman as appropriate.

Official engagements undertaken by the Chairman

Date Engagement
8 December 2019 The Lake District Holocaust Project, Windermere
23 November 2019 The Westmorland Youth Orchestra Performance, Dallam School, Kendal
10 November 2019 The Kendal Remembrance Parade and Church Service, Kendal
9 November 2019 Hairspray The Musical, Kendal Amateur Operatic Society
3 November 2019 The Royal British Legion-Annual Service of Remembrance, St Pauls Church, Rusland
2 November 2019 Castlefiled and Greenbank Play Area opening, Ambleside
10 October 2019 The Lakes International Comic Art Festival & VIP International Dinner
1 October 2019 CAMRA UK Cider Pub of the Year Celebration, The New Union Pub, Kendal
28 September 2019 Torchlight Street Party, Kendal
27 September 2019 Torchlight Carnival, Kendal
12 September 2019 Westmorland County Show, Lane Farm, Crooklands
1 September 2019 Official opening of Abbot Hall Playground, Kendal
25 August 2019 The Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show, Grasmere Sports Field
14 July 2019 Sea Sunday Service, St Cuthberts Church, Aldingham
7 July 2019 Mayor’s Sunday Parade, Kendal Town Hall
6 July 2019 Summer concert ‘A Summer Sing with Amabile’, St Thomas’ Church Kendal
23 June 2019 Armed Forces Day, Kendal
16 June 2019 80th Anniversary of the Lakeland Dialect Society, Tullie House, Carlisle
9 June 2019 Town Mayor’s Civic Sunday, St Mary of Furness Catholic Church, Ulverston
3 June 2019 Official opening of St Thomas’ School Peace Garden
30 May 2019 Commemorative coal presentation to mark the 200 year opening of Lancaster Canal, Kendal Canal Path
20 May 2019 Election and Installation of Mayor, Civic Centre, Carlisle
16 May 2019 Kendal Mayor Making Ceremony, Kendal Town Hall
8 April 2019 HRH Prince of Wales visit to the official opening of Windermere Jetty Museum
30 March 2019 Choral Celebration Day, St Thomas' Church, Kendal
6 February 2019 HRH The Countess of Wessex visit to John Farrer & Co Ltd, Kendal
17 January 2019 HRH Princess Royal visit to the Save The Children Shop, Kirkby Lonsdale
15 December 2018 Amabile Christmas Choir, St Thomas’ Church, Kendal
25 November 2018 The Lake District Holocaust Project, Windermere Library
13 November 2018 High Sheriff of Cumbria, Judges Service To Mark The Beginning of the Legal Year, Carlisle Cathedral
11 November 2018 Remembrance Day Civic Service & Parade, St. Paul’s Parish Church, Grange-over-Sands
11 November 2018 Kendal Remembrance Parade, Market Place, Kendal
7 November 2018 Rehearsal-Remembrance Day Civic Service & Parade, St. Paul's Parish Church, Grange-over-Sands
4 November 2018 Annual Service of Remembrance, St. Paul’s Church, Rusland
13 October 2018 Lakes International Comics Art Festival, Traces of the Great War Publication Launch, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
14 September 2018 Torchlight Carnival, Kendal
13 September 2018  The Countess of Wessex visit to the Westmorland County Show
2 September 2018  Nobles Rest Park Opening, Kendal
26 August 2018  Manor of Broughton-in Furness, Annual Proclamation of Fair
1 August 2018  Manor of Broughton-in Furness, Annual Proclamation of Fair
30 July 2018  Kendal Almshouse Charity, Sleddall Restoration Project, Kirkland Parish Hall, Kendal
25 July 2018  Visit from HRH, The Duke of Gloucester, to the opening of St John's Hub, Ambleside
22 July 2018  Mayor of Allerdale, Civic Service, Wigton Methodist Church
19 July 2018 The Business Entrepreneurship and Computing Innovations Graduation Ceremony for Cumbria University, Carlisle Cathedral
12 July 2018  50th Anniversary Celebrations, Grange-Over-Sands Library
8 July 2018 Sea Sunday Commemoration Service, Aldingham St Cuthbert’s, Dalton-In-Furness
1 July 2018 Mayor’s Sunday Parade, Kendal Town Hall
25 June 2018 Armed Forces Day Flag Raising, Kendal Town Hall
17 June 2018 Civic Sunday, St George’s Church, Barrow
15 June 2018 40th Anniversary Celebration, Bridge House Residential Home, Flookburgh
10 June 2018 Civic Sunday, St Mary of Furness Catholic Church, Ulverston
17 May 2018 Kendal Mayor Making Ceremony, Kendal Town Hall
29 March 2018 Installation of the new High Sheriff of Cumbria, Kendal Town Hall
26 March 2018 Kendal Civic Society, St Thomas’ Church, Kendal
26 March 2018 HRH The Prince of Wales visit to the James Cropper Paper Mill, Kendal
16 March 2018 South Lakeland Partners’ Networking Dinner, The Villa, Levens
12 March 2018 Flying the Commonwealth flag, Kendal Town Hall
10 March 2018 Trim trail consultation event, Beck Community Centre, Kendal
8 February 2018 Visit from HRH Countess of Wessex, Westmorland Showground, Lane Farm, Crooklands
9 December 2017 Amabile Choir, St Thomas' Church, Kendal
25 November 2017 Westmorland Youth Orchestra, The Lakes School, Windermere
12 November 2017 Remembrance Day Service, Grange-over-Sands
12 November 2017 Remembrance Day Service, Kendal
5 November 2017 Remembrance Day Service, St Paul's Church, Rusland
13 October 2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
15 September 2017 Torchlight Carnival, Kendal
14 September 2017 HRH The Prince of Wales Royal Visit, Westmorland County Show, Milnthorpe
12 September 2017 Prize-giving evening, Kirkbie Kendal School, Kendal
27 August 2017 Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show, Grasmere
1 August 2017 Mayor of Broughton-in-Furness Annual Proclamation Fair
30 July 2017 Rinkfield Playground Opening, Kendal
24 July 2017 Royal visit from the The Duke of Gloucester, Cumbria Crystal Factory, Ulverston
19 July 2017 University of Cumbria Degree and Award Ceremony, Carlisle Cathedral
7 July 2017 Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Summer Lunch, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
2 July 2017 Mayor's Sunday Parade and Civic Service, Kendal Town Hall
1 July 2017 Westmorland Youth Orchestra Summer Concert, Kendal Parish Church
25 June 2017 Civic Sunday Town Hall Procession, Barrow-in-Furness
19 June 2017 Armed Forces Day Flag Raising, Kendal Town Hall
15 June 2017 Westmorland County Agricultural Society Open Day, Heaves Farm, Crooklands
15 June 2017 Historic England Heritage Champions Event, Victoria Hall, Grange-Over-Sands
18 May 2017 The election of Town Mayor, Kendal Town Council
18 May 2017 Gowan Bridge Opening Event, Staveley

Official engagements undertaken by the Vice-Chairman

 Date Engagements 
27 November 2019 Degree & Award Ceremonies, Carlisle Cathedral
16 July 2019 Graduation Ceremony and Procession, University of Cumbria
25 June 2019 Heaves Farm Open Day, Levens
20 June 2019 Official Opening of Sedbergh Maryfell Playground
11 November 2018 County Memorial Centenary service, Rickerby Park, Carlisle
17 March 2018 Westmorland Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
16 December 2017  Kendal Concert Band, Kendal Town Hall                                                         


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