Cllr Mrs D (Dot) Anderton
A: Hanging Shaw Farm, Roman Road, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6JH
T: 017683 52389
I was born in October 1948 in Crumpsal, Manchester, I trained to be a nursery nurse and I worked in various jobs in Manchester’s, childrens’ hospital, children’s home and as a private nanny. We moved to Cumbria in June 1980 and I started working with children with special needs I did this for 21 years before being made redundant. I joined the Council in 2007 and took on the job of sorting out all the work required on the Moot Hall. I became Deputy Mayor in 2009 and then went on to be Mayor for three years. It was both an honour and privilege to represent Appleby Town Council on so many special occasions. I am also an Academy and Foundation Governor for Appleby Grammar School, a member of the meals on wheels committee, take part in the talking books project and am a member of Appleby Community Acting Together. My other interests are my grandchildren, gardening, my sheep, ducks and hens and going on holiday with my husband in our caravan.
Cllr Mr A (Andy) Connell
A: 11 Mill Hill, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6UR
T: 017683 51847
Born in Bradford, raised in Halifax, Andy took a history degree and, after working as a bus conductor and postman, taught his subject for a living. He came to Appleby Grammar School in 1973, got married in 1975, and for over forty years taught generations of local youngsters, including his own three children. He was an elected member of the General Teaching Council for England. Involved from the start in amateur theatricals, choral and solo singing and church, he was first drawn into political activity through his commitment to public transport. A former mayor of Appleby, he serves Appleby, Eden District (which he chairs) and Cumbria County Councils. His articles on Cumbrian-related political and social history have been appeared in various academic journals since 2006; his book-length study of the history and mythology of Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair was published in 2015 and revised in 2019. A former rugby player and marathon runner, he now enjoys cycling and watching live cricket and football.
Cllr Mr J R (Jim) Chalmers
A: 8 Pembroke Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6TW
T: 07793 315145
I was born in 1959 and brought up in Thurso in the far north of Scotland before moving to Aberdeen to study for a degree in Business Studies. I worked in the Civil Service for 20 years in various managerial positions including finance, Parliamentary business and contract management before becoming Operations Director for a national private sector training and education business. I have lived in Appleby since 1997 and currently am a self-employed project manager and co-partner in a café bistro in town. I became a town councillor in 2014 and thoroughly enjoy playing an active part in the community. I am the chair of the Appleby Emergency Response Group (AERG). My interests are playing golf, fell walking and travelling.
Cllr Mr D (Duncan) Curley
A: Castle Bank, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6SN
T: 07876 594747
I was born in Lancashire in 1966 and moved to Appleby with my parents and 2 brothers Robin and Daniel in 1978. I went to school at Appleby Grammar. I did a Chemistry degree and a PhD in London from 1985-1991 at University College. I then converted to law and became a solicitor in 1995. I practice in the field of litigation and disputes, with a main specialism in intellectual property law. Having spent most of my career at large law firms in the City of London, I started my own firm, Innovate Legal, in 2007. Since 2016, I have run the firm remotely from Appleby, travelling to London when required. I joined Appleby Town Council in 2017. Since then, I have played an active role in the Heritage Action Zone initiative, chairing the unofficial Heritage Futures committee that was set up to stimulate additional heritage-related and other economic regeneration projects for the town. I do talks on intellectual property law related topics for the University of Cumbria from time to time.
Cllr Mr G (Gareth) Hayes
A: 2 Keith Grove, The Sands, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XR
T: 07837 027421
Born at Parkin Hill, former Head Boy of Appleby Grammar School, Dr Gareth Hayes has spent his professional career in the field of Clinical Research. An Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Research he is regularly seen on the lecture circuit around the globe. In contrast to his scientific cynosure, Gareth also writes for the Cumbrian-based music magazine R2. His most recent interviews include singers Rosanne Cash, Sinead O’Connor, and Sharon Corr as well as rock outfits Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons and Blues Pills. Gareth is a local author too and his books Odd Corners in Appleby and Odd Corners Around The Howgills are soon to be added to with a work about our River Eden, and a novel based on home-grown experiences. Claiming to walk over a hundred hills a year, Gareth’s passion for not standing still is reflecting in his commitment to the town and the needs of the residents under Winstanley’s mantra of “action is the life of all, and if thou dost not act, thou dost nothing.”
Cllr Mr J A (John) Pape
A: 12a High Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6RD
T: 017683 52148
I was born in Leeds in 1934 starting in employment in the motor trade when 15 year old. Married my wife Jennifer in 1960 and we have 2 sons. I was a publican for many years and ran an inn together with a catering company, employing up to 40 people. I moved Appleby for the fishing and shooting in 1974 taking over a shoe shop in the Moot Hall that also supplied country wear, together with shooting and fishing equipment. I have also taught budding Anglers for more than 40 years. I was the Ticket Secretary for Appleby Angling Association for over 20 years and now let private fishing to visitors. I trained as a Chiropodist in 1982 and practice in Appleby and the surrounding area. I joined Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council more than 20 years ago and am currently Mayor (2016). I am Secretary and Treasurer of the Appleby and District Conservative Club.
Cllr Mr S (Stan) Rooke
A: 22 Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XB
T: 017683 52864
I was born in 1945 and spent 52 years living in London. My early career included over 7 years in the Metropolitan Police Force and then more than 19 years with British Telecom as a Logistics Manager. I spent many years holidaying in Appleby staying with Martin Holmes at Castlebank. I eventually moved to the town, with my wife Rita, in 1997. I joined Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council in 2003 and was elected Mayor from 2006 to 2008. I had to leave the Council in 2012 due to the illness of my wife, but rejoined in 2013. I am Deputy Mayor for this year (2016). I find being a Councillor interesting, infinitely varied and on occasions challenging. Outside Council work I am Chairman of the Talking Messenger Association a charity that makes recordings of magazine articles for the visually impaired. I have been involved in this since 1998 and it takes up most of my spare time.
Cllr Mr M (Martin) Stephenson
A: Field House, Battlebarrow, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6AA
T: 017683 51378
Born in Penrith but brought up in Appleby my family have lived in the Appleby area going back to the 1600’s. I attended Appleby Primary school and the grammar school then trained as an Amenity Horticulturalist attending Newton Rigg College Penrith and Askham Bryan Agricultural College in York before joining the family business as a company director. I have a wife one son and a daughter. In 1985 I moved on to be a partner in a large caravan site with my brother just outside Appleby where I was until 2005 when I retired from that position. In 2009 I was elected by residents as the County Council representative for the Appleby Division a post I held until retiring in 2017, I became a Town Councillor in September 2017. I was the chair person who led a team of volunteers to champion the fundraising to pay for the construction of the Indoor Swimming pool on the site of the outdoor pool in Appleby which opened in 1995. I was also the chair person who led another team of volunteers to champion the building of the £2million pound Sports Centre at the Grammar School which opened in 2006. I was a governor at Appleby Grammar School for twenty five years and latterly chair of governors. I have also been in the past President of the Appleby Chamber of Trade and am a member of the Appleby Rotary Club and a past President of the Club.
Cllr Mr T (Tom) Wignall
A: 18 Clifford Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6TS
T: 017683 52744
I was born in 1991 and raised in Hoff, just outside of Appleby. I attended both Appleby Primary and Grammar schools, but moved away at 16 to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering as part of an apprenticeship. Whilst living away I also studied Photography and met my wife, Kate. When I returned to Appleby in 2013, Kate followed, and we eventually married at St. Lawrence’s in 2019. I decided to join the Council after several length discussions with former Councillor and Mayor, Jilly Dixon-Dougherty, and decided it would be a good way to give back to the community which has given me so much. I am a keen photographer, and enjoy fell walking with my two dogs, kayaking, and green laning.
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