2018 AGM & Members' Gathering

Find out more about our upcoming weekend in Glenridding

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With the exciting news that John Muir Trust will start its three-year lease of Glenridding Common this year, we are delighted to host our 2018 AGM & Members' Gathering in the heart of the village

(see the amended AGM Agenda here).

Friday 11 May, 7pm - 9pm (BOOKING CLOSED)

If you can, please join us at Glenridding Village Hall for a social gathering with wine and canapés. We will be welcomed by the local Parish Chair, Rob Shepherd and enjoy presentations from  Foundation for Common Land's Julia Aglionby, Fix the Fells' Joanne Backshall and the Trust's own local land manager - Pete Barron.

Saturday 12 May, 9am - 8.30pm 

The next day, we will return to the village hall to say good morning over a cup of fresh coffee; hear a welcome from the Lake District National Park's CEO Richard Leafe and our ever-popular staff reports before the formal AGM starts at 11.00am (NB there are no special resolutions this year - see the amended AGM Agenda here). We will also hold a special session on the future plans of the John Muir Trust and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions during the open forum.

If you don't have to rush away, please stay for a cold fork buffet of meats, cheeses, salads and homemade breads and catch-up with fellow members, staff and Trustees.

This year, you have lots of time to explore this special area of the Lake District National Park with a range of afternoon activity options.

1. Guided walk up to Red Tarn with Pete Barron (BOOKING CLOSED)

Pete Barron, the Trust's local ranger, will lead a small group up to the Red Tarn via Mires Beck to show you interesting features of this special wild landscape and will explain the John Muir Trust's management plans.

The walk will last 4 - 5 hours over rough ground and will involve steep climbs. A good degree of fitness and experience is essential.


2. Activity with Outward Bound Trust, Ullswater (BOOKING CLOSED)

Staff from the local activity centre will take you on a walk around Glenridding Common to show you how they engage people with the outdoors using the John Muir Award (you might even get the chance to take part in a practical activity!).

The walk will last 4 - 5 hours over rough ground and will involve steep climbs. A good degree of fitness and experience is essential.


3. History of Greenside Mine with Warren Allison (BOOKING CLOSED)

Warren, whose family worked at the mine, will take a group of people out on a historical walk around the Common. Using original photographs from the early 1890s, he will be able to explain how the land has changed over the years and will focus on the world-famous Greenside Mine.

The walk will last 3 - 4 hours over paths and rough ground. A reasonable degree of fitness is essential but it will be a gentle-paced walk.


4. Explore Aira Force and Ullswater (BOOKING CLOSED)

Trust staff will walk-and-talk with you to the Ullswater Steamers to take a boat to the National Trust's Aira Force site. From there, this is a self-guided activity to allow you the freedom to explore this tranquil surrounding before making your way back to Glenridding at your own pace. Please note that the boat trip requires a ticket purchase on the day at approx. £6 (price correct as at December 2017).

No maximum number as this is a mainly self-guided activity.

5. Policy Discussion (BOOKING CLOSED)

As the Trust starts to build relationships in the Lake District, what are the implications and opportunities to strengthen our strategic policy and public affairs work? Join us for a discussion and share your views on how we shape opinion for the benefit of people and nature.


Of course, with so much to see and do, you might like to take yourself on an adventure and return to the village hall for a relaxed and hearty "soup and pie" supper (catered for by Helvellyn Country Kitchen who source the freshest local ingredients), perfect for hungry adventurers.

Booking a place

Booking for the 2018 AGM and Members' Gathering has now closed. We can no longer accept bookings for the Social Gathering on Friday 11 May or for the lunch, excursions and soup & pie supper on Saturday 12 May. 

However, booking is not required for the AGM and Open Forum session on Saturday 12 May (11.00-13.00). If you have not already booked a place and would be interested in attending this session please register below or simply turn up at Glenridding Village Hall on the day.

Register for this AGM