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Activities

Tyne Willows Playing Field

Tyne  Willows  Playing  Field  is  owned  by  Alston  Moor  Parish  Council,  and  leased in  part  to  Samuel  King’s  School  as  a  school  playing  field.  Alston  Fitness  Club, under  separate  management,  run  a  gym  and  exercise  classes  in  Tyne  Willows Pavilion. Recycling facilities managed by Eden District Council occupy a corner of the car park.
The  field  is  available  for  hire  for  sporting  activities  or  events,  subject  to  the conditions set by the Tyne Willows Management Committee. To apply to hire the field  please  click here,  and here for  the  hire  conditions,  and here  for  hire charges.
Tyne Willows is the site for a number of annual events. The Sheepdog Trials take place  in  the  third  week  of  June,  Alston  Gala  the  following  week  and  the  Alston Sheep  Show  the  first  week  in  September.  It  is  also  host  to Alston  Football  Club, and the last couple of years has seen Alston Live, a vibrant music festival held in July.
Access onto the field may be restricted in early June, when the car park fills with bowtops  and  caravans,  and  horses  graze  on  the  field  en-route  to  the  famous Appleby Fair.
 
Contact Local Links for up to date information on events.
Community Grants
Alston Moor Parish Council has a small amount of funding available to assist local organisations with new projects or enhanced services. Applications for £300 and under will be considered throughout the year, over £300 please apply by 31st  October for the following financial year. 
For information on the grants policy click here and for an application form click here.

Alston Moor Parish Council Annual Donation Report 2019/20

Alston Moor Parish Council makes an annual donation to our village halls, play areas and some community facilities and organisations in recognition of the maintenance and insurance demands made on them. The Council asks that in return, any organisation in receipt of funding provides a short report on their activities over the past year, gives an indication of what the Council funds have been spent on, and submits a copy of their latest annual accounts by 31st  October, prior to the Council’s precept meeting which is generally held in January.

Fairhill Estate Charity

The  Fairhill  Estate  Charity  is  open  to  residents  from  Alston  Moor  and  is  listed  by  the  Charity Commission  as  a  charity  for  the  relief  of  poverty.  Today,  this  means  that  any  resident experiencing financial hardship is welcome to apply. Assistance can be given with costs such as funeral  expenses,  fuel  bills,  playgroup  or  under  11  school  trip  fees,  telephone  monitoring  fees, one-off  transport  costs  to  cover  exceptional  circumstances,  or  other  financial  problems  not covered here. It can also assist with educational requirements for people over 25. (Individuals of secondary  school  age  and  up  to  25  should  contact  the  Alston  with  Garrigill  Educational Endowment at Samuel Kings School for further advice.) Grants are generally between £25 and £250. The  charity  cannot  assist  with  ongoing  payments,  or  any  circumstance  where  another agency has a duty to provide.
To apply please download and complete the application form.  It is also available from the  parish  clerk’s  office  and  Alston  Local  Links. The Fairhill Estate Trustees generally meet on the first Monday of the month, (second if the first is  a  bank  holiday),  and  meetings  are  held  in  confidence  following  council  meetings.  (Alternative arrangements have been made for 2020.) Applicants should receive confirmation of the decision within two weeks of the meeting. 

DURING THE CURRENT COVID 19 CRISIS APPLICATIONS ARE ESPECIALLY WELCOME FROM ANYONE EXPERIENCING HARDSHIP 

Charity, Land & Income

The Fairhill Estate Charity receives its income from shares held with COIF Charities Investment Fund and rental income from three parcels of land around Alston. Two of these plots  are let on long-term  tenancies,  but  the  Parish  Pastures  are  let  on a  six  month  tenancy  by  competitive tender. The term runs from May to October and tenders are invited in March for consideration at the April meeting.

Allocation of Income

At  the  financial  year  end  the  income  from  rents  and  shares  has  to  be  allocated  between  the Fairhill  Estate Charity,  the  Alston  with  Garrigill  Educational  Endowment  and  the  Garrigill Educational Endowment.  Anyone interested in the history of this can download an extract from the register of charities  describing  what  was  happening  at  a  time  when education  had  to  be  paid  for  and teachers might or might not be paid for their work.