Parish Council

Purpose & Function

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Who's Who

Name Role Telephone  Email
Jonathan Wood                                     Clerk                
Marian Carruthers           Councillor (Chair)                     01697351466  
James Birkett Councillor
Malcolm Coates Councillor 01697351146  
David Evans Councillor 07770412539
James Graham Councillor 01697351109  
John Harrington Councillor 01697351331  
Pauline Hinks Councillor (V. Chair)           01228576157
David Hutton Councillor 016973 51876
Annette Martin  Councillor 07983253317
Wilson Reay Councillor 016973 51529  
John Wills Councillor 01697352131  


News & Announcements

Friday 02 October 2020

Clerk Vacancy




Bowness-on-Solway Parish Council seeks a confident person for the post of Clerk to the Parish council.  The Clerk is responsible for managing the Council’s day to day business, providing advice, and implementing decisions.  The Clerk is also the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer.

Applicants will need to be computer literate, able to prepare council agendas and record minutes, be familiar with bookkeeping/financial procedures and have good communication skills.

Working hours are 7.5 per week.  Salary dependent on experience.  With the exception of meeting attendance, the post holder will be expected to work from home.  The council meets at least 7 times per year, but meetings can be called if required.  Formal training help and advice will be available.

Applications should be sent to: Mrs Marian Carruthers (Chair) Ponder Close, Glasson, Wigton, CA7 5DT

Further information can be discussed with the Chair on 016973 51466 or Vice Chair on 01228 576157


Closing date:  17th October 2020

Saturday 02 May 2020

Solway C-19 Samaritans & VE Day 75th Anniversary


Solway C-19 Samaritans: Today I want to let you know that the Solway  C-19 Samaritans (Bowness Parish Council & Church Group) remains focused on supporting our parishioners and local rural communities. As the days unfold we will continue to monitor and evolve our help-line partnership. Please use our contact service, we are here for you.

A month has passed since our first electronic Covid-19 Parish Newsletter, or perhaps you received an audible edition by Sue. Sadly since this time we have all borne witness to how this insidious virus is impacting on families, friends, communities, our very way of life.

Here in our rural home, life  appears  so different, we are woken by bird song, the weather has been good to us, blossom is bursting on the trees, bumblebees are busy, hedgehogs are out of hibernation, bats are feeding, the first swallows have safely returned. New life is all around , nature readily gives us so much to be thankful for, but can so easily take it away. We must be careful not to become complacent, like the fledgling in this unknown world, we are all vulnerable.

'A nation that forgets it's past has no future': On the 8th May the nation will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE day, honour those who fought bravely overseas and those who stayed at home, parted from loved ones, united and steadfast in the battle. Let us celebrate our unity, our freedom and resilience. We can do this, apart but still together. Please Stay at home. Stay Optimistic, Stay Safe, and enjoy life from your doorstep.

"In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity, In Peace: Goodwill"  (Winston Churchill, amongst his most famous words).

Marian Carruthers, Chair Bowness Parish Council



Friday 10 April 2020

Solway C-19 Samaritans (Bowness Group)

Message from Chair of Bowness Parish Council: as announced in the Parish Magazine April Newsletter, distributed to every household in the Parish, your Parish Council has been busy working in partnership with other local churches and parish councils in the East Solway under the banner of Solway C-19 Samaritans (Aikton, Beaumont, Bowness, Burgh, Great Orton and Kirkbampton) to provide volunteer support for the vulnerable, self isolating and any parishioner needing help during these difficult times. Steve Hinks (Parish Magazine Editor) has volunteered to be the Coordinator for our Bowness Parish Group. Mike Abbs (Parish Clerk) and Steve have liaised with other Parish Councils, church representatives, Allerdale and Cumbria Councils. Numerous forms have been submitted to the councils and assurances given regarding safeguarding and confidentiality protocols adopted. Steve has also liaised with Cumbria CVS and others to provide our group with a bespoke Volunteer Handbook and Risk Assessment to ensure that we comply with the required protocols of the Church and Councils.  Please be assured we are up to speed with current guidelines (despite daily changes) ahead of many groups and Parish Councils (even outside the East Solway group) who are now seeking our advice, using our documents as a template.

There is a strength and resilience in the long standing community of our small Parish, having faced many battles, in recent years Foot and Mouth,  another complex (although not human) and devastating virus. Isolated, we  still stuck together, supported each other mentally and physically.  Sacrifices were made to benefit all, we saw it through.

No one is immune to this virus. Please do not put yourselves or others at risk, give support,  keep safe contact with your families, friends and neighbours, show appreciation for all our key workers.

Stay at home. Stay safe. Save lives. Be positive, we will get through this.

Marian Carruthers, Chair Bowness Parish Council, T. 01697351466


Tuesday 24 March 2020

Solway Samaritans

Coronavirus impact – help is at hand



During this difficult time your local Churches and Parish Councils are working in partnership to offer help to all those affected in our communities - particularly by self-isolation etc. You may need:

  • a food drop,
  • items posted for you,
  • medication collected, or
  • someone to talk to on the phone.

Whatever your need we would love to be able to help.

Please contact your local representatives and they will do their utmost to help you - with the support of other local volunteers.

The Bowness-on-Solway Parish contacts are:

  • Marian Carruthers: T. 016973 51466
  • Mike Abbs: T. 016973 51722
  • Pauline Hinks: T. 01228 576157
  • Sue Day: T. 01228 818392
Thursday 14 November 2019

VE Day Celebrations 2020

Bowness Parish Council invite you to express your interest in the following project by emailing the clerk in the first instance.  If you are a member of any group in the community who would like to get involved, or an individual who would like to volunteer to help organise and deliver a celebration, please get in touch with Mike Abbs




8TH - 10TH MAY 2020


Mayor's, Leaders and Chairman of town and parish councils throughout the UK are to take the lead in local celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in EUROPE on the 8th May 2020. (VJ Day will be commemorated on the 15th August 2020). After years of fighting, the end of hostilities were officially announced on the 8th May 1945 by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, from the Cabinet Office, 10 Downing Street, London, that date has since become enshrined in history as VE Day.


The VE Day 75 weekend of 8th - 10th May 2020, will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions at home and abroad who played such a vital part in achieving it. This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured; the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil; the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others safeguarded the home front.


SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity - which has been supporting service personnel, veterans and their families since 1885 - is the charity partner for this series of VE Day 75 commemorative events.


The planned activities over the weekend are as follows, please go to the VE Day 75 website – to see the complete overview for this anniversary:

  • The Playing of Battle's O'er & VE 75 Years.
  • The 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2.'
  • The 'Cry for Peace, around the World.'
  • Churches & Cathedrals 'Ringing out for Peace.'
  • Street parties and parties in pubs, clubs, Hotels, on town and village greens and in halls etc.
  • Services of commemoration and celebration in churches, including the reading of the 'Tribute to the Millions' and the playing of the Last Post


From a central location of their choice, Mayors, Leaders and Chairman of town and parish councils are being encouraged to lead them in the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2', paying 'tribute' to those from their local communities that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have today by undertaking the following ceremony at 3pm on Friday 8th May next year. (The wording of the 'Toast' can be obtained from the DOWNLOAD page of the VE day 75 website –


2.55pm: Source and arrange for a local Bugler, Trumpeter or Cornet player to play the Last Post followed by Reveille. (These can be obtained from local cadet forces, school, brass and silver bands and other organisations such as the Salvation Army etc).

3pm: Source and arrange for a local Piper to play Battle's O'er and VE 75 Years, the new tune especially written for this occasion. (This music can be obtained from the DOWNLOAD page of the VE day website –



3pm: To coincide with the Piper playing Battle's O'er, Mayor's, Leaders and Chairman of council, accompanied by invited guests, along with the members of the general public, raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the attached 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2.' (The refreshment does NOT need to be alcoholic as we want the event to be inclusive and not exclusive involving people of all ages, races, creeds, colour and religion in the VE Day 75 celebrations next year).


7pm: Encourage your local church to ring their bells as part of the nationwide 'Ringing out for Peace' that evening too.


We believe the above will provide every town and parish with a very short, simple, reflective and meaningful VE Day 75 event on the 8th May 2020, that is easy to organise and will be appreciated by all.


You will be interested to know that the complete short ceremony above, including all elements and timings, will also be taking place at 3pm on the 8th May next year, on the top of the four highest Peaks throughout the United Kingdom – BEN NEVIS – Scotland, MOUNT SNOWDON – Wales, SLIEVE DONARD – Northern Ireland and SCAFEL PIKE – England.


All those taking part are being asked to register their involvement on the VE day 75 website – to enable us to keep in contact with them, along with informing the media of their involvement nearer the time. (IMPORTANT: Those councils etc, already registered, do NOT need to do so again)


My warmest regards,


Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR

Pageantmaster VE Day 75

Tel: + 44 (0) 7737 262 913




















Sunday 07 April 2019

Parish Council Elections 2019

Allerdale Borough Council


Thursday 02 May 2019

Persons nominated for the election of ELEVEN Parish Councillors for the




Please go to the Parish Council Section of the Website to see the list of all candidates

Click on the April 7th link under Documents  Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Parish Council Elections 2019

Allerdale Borough Council
Election of Parish Councillor for the area of Bowness on Solway

Number of Parish Councillors is 11

To be held on
Thursday 02 May 2019


1. An election is to be held for Parish Councillor for the said area(s).

2. Nomination papers may be obtained, during normal office hours, from the Returning Officer at the address shown below.

3. Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the offices of Allerdale Borough Council at the address shown below, on any day after the date of this notice, during normal office hours but no later than 4.00pm on 3 April 2019.

4. If the election is contested, the poll will take place on 2 May 2019 between the hours of 07:00 and 22:00.

5. Electors should take note that the deadline for new applications to vote by post or to change existing postal or proxy arrangements e.g. cancellation or re-direction etc. must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by 5pm on 15 April 2019 if they are to be effective for this election.

6. New applications to vote by proxy must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on 24 April 2019.

7. The deadline for new applications to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer to vote by proxy on grounds of a medical or work related emergency is not later than 5pm on 2 May 2019.

DATED 18 March 2019
Andrew Seekings
Returning Officer
Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House
CA14 3YJ


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