Appleby Town Councillors

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Appleby Ward

Cllr 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 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 trained as a Chiropodist in 1982 and practice in Appleby and the surrounding area. I joined Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council more than 25 years ago and was Mayor in 2016.

John Pape Acceptance of Office
John Pape Register of Interests

Cllr Stan Rooke

A: 22 Boroughgate, Appleby, 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 moved to Appleby, 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 find being a Councillor interesting, infinitely varied and on occasions challenging.


Stanley Rooke Acceptance of Office
Stanley Rooke Register of Interests

Cllr Duncan Curley // Deputy Mayor 2023

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.  I joined Appleby Town Council in 2017 and have an active part in all aspects of Council business.


Duncan Curley Acceptance of Office
Duncan Curley Acceptance of Office (Deputy Mayor)
Duncan Curley Register of Interests

Cllr Pamela Davidson // Mayor 2023 and 2024

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 075278 05644

I am delighted and honoured to be Appleby’s Mayor for this coming civic year. I am looking forward to serving and representing this wonderful historic town and it’s residents, and having the opportunity to give something back to the community.

Pamela Davidson Acceptance of Office
Pamela Davidson Acceptance of Office (Mayor)

Pamela Davidson Register of Interests

Cllr Martin Railton

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 017683 52750

I have a strong interest in the cultural heritage of Appleby-in-Westmorland and wish to promote this to the benefit of the local economy. I have worked for 20 years as a heritage consultant and professional archaeologist, so have experience of the planning system. I now manage an archaeology consultancy in Appleby called Eden Heritage Ltd. I founded Appleby Archaeology Group and in 2022 was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Appleby-in-Westmorland. I joined the town council to see Appleby-in-Westmorland flourish and am keen to encourage sustainable strategies in all areas of town life.

Martin Railton Acceptance of Office

Martin Railton Register of Interests

Cllr Mark Hilsden

A: c/o Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: due to bad phone signal at his home, email is preferred
To leave a message for Cllr Hilsden, please phone 017683 51177 ext 3

My wife and I moved to Appleby in 2017 because it is a unique historic community, and we wish to play a part in serving and enhancing the town. Initially born in Dartford, Kent, I dreamt of becoming a composer. I supported myself as a Bus Driver, but it was not to be. After moving to Lancaster and discovering Appleby in my thirties, I became a professional artist travelling across the UK producing House Portraits. Today, we have an art shop & studio producing traditional paints and pigments made from local rocks, soil and minerals, attracting visitors from across the UK.

Mark Hilsden Acceptance of Office
Mark Hilsden Register of Interests

Bongate Ward

Cllr Andy Connell

A: 11 Mill Hill, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6UR
T: 017683 51847

I was born in Bradford and raised in Halifax, I took a history degree and, after working as a bus conductor and postman, taught History for a living. I came to Appleby Grammar School in 1973, got married in 1975, and for over forty years taught generations of local youngsters, including my own three children. I was first drawn into political activity through my interest in public transport. I was Mayor of Appleby, and currently serve as a unitary authority councillor, representing Appleby on Westmorland and Furness Council. I produced a book-length study of the history and mythology of Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair, which was published in 2015 and revised in 2019. I am interested in many sports and enjoy cycling, and watching live cricket and football.

Andy Connell Acceptance of Office
Andy Connell Register of Interests

Cllr 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. We moved to Cumbria in June 1980 and I worked with children with special needs for 21 years. 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 an honour to represent Appleby Town Council on many special occasions. I am an Academy and Foundation Governor for Appleby Grammar School 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.

Dot Anderton Acceptance of Office
Dot Anderton Register of Interests

Cllr Freddie Potts

A: 33 Rivington Park, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6UE
T: 017683 51177 ext 3

Freddie Potts Acceptance of Office
Freddie Potts Register of Interests

Cllr Cricket Kemp

A: Bongate Mill Farmhouse, Appleby, CA16 6UR
T: 017683 51934

I am currently self employed as an independent organisational consultant and management development trainer. I was born and raised in South Florida, America and my background is mainly in the education sector, however I also have experience in HR.  I taught primary and secondary school teachers in Northern Nigeria for 5 years, which was an amazing experience. My late husband, Ian Potts, was on the Council, so I decided to join and see what positive contributions I can make to Appleby.

Cricket Kemp Acceptance of Office
Cricket Kemp Register of Interests

Cllr Paula Heap

A: 47 Goldington Drive, Bongate Cross, CA16 6FE
T: 07415 371637

I moved to Appleby with my husband in 2017 and feel very much at home here and love the town. I am very community spirited and like to help out where I can.  I have had a varied working life, having worked in taxation for many years, before I made a career change to setup my own business as a Life & Business Coach and NLP Practitioner. Although I have no direct experience in serving as a Councillor, I feel that my work, business and life experience will be of benefit to the Council and the community as a whole.

Paula Heap Acceptance of Office
Paula Heap Register of Interests

Cllr Jim Chalmers

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 07793 315145

I have been a local resident of Appleby for 26 years, and have owned a business in the Town Centre for 13 years. I am involved with Appleby Emergency Response Group, a registered charity who support residents effected by emergencies in the town, for example flooding. I have lots of past experience in Finance, and am currently the Chair of the Finance committee. I recently re-joined the Council in May 2023, after a short break.


Jim Chalmers Acceptance of Office
Jim Chalmers Register of Interests

Cllr Philippa Turnbull

A: Pembroke House, 1 Clifford Street, Appleby, CA16 6TS

After 30 years of running a small manufacturing and tourism business based here in Appleby, raising my children, and taking part in as well as leading many of the local cultural community activities, as Appleby expands I feel it is now my time to formally represent the community which has helped me and my family thrive.



Philippa Turnbull Acceptance of Office
Philippa Turnbull Register of Interests