It has been quite a year, and one that none of us could have predicted in terms of shape, form and pace. Thank you to everyone – especially all of our wonderful volunteer teams – for their continued resilience and pride in the town.
There is some respite now as we head into the festive season, and this gives us the chance to make connection with family and friends – even if only over the garden gate or by telephone – in order to check on our mutual well-being. Our attitude of gratitude and positive spirit will prevail. Take good care of each other, stay safe and I look forward to seeing Appleby smile in 2022.

Gareth Hayes
Mayor of Appleby
December 2021