Alston Moor Golf Club is available  for weddings, Christenings family parties and get-togethers, special occasions, business events and funeral receptions.

 

Please contact us on 01434 381675 or contact Paul Parkin via email paulparkin2809@gmail.com to arrange your requirements.



STARGAZING

 

Please be advised that an stargazing event has been arranged at Alston Moor Golf Club on the top car park for Sunday 23rd February from 7-9pm (arrival after 6.30pm but before 7.00pm) at a cost of £9 per head and these fees will be paid directly to the golf club. Numbers are limited to 40 places.

Tea and Coffee will be provided free of charge to members, and nett proceeds after the cost of the host will belong to the golf club.

The event is being organised by David Hymers (david@davidhymers.com) on behalf of Cumbria Tourism and hosted by Gary Lintern, a recognise local Astronomer and FRAS.

UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED OBSERVATORY AT ALSTON MOOR GOLF CLUB 18th March 2022 It is now just over two years since an expression of interest was agreed by the then funder for this project, with Defra funding the entire project via the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). However, within weeks of the RPA full application, COVID struck and decimated families, lives and plans, many things were put on hold including the application to the RPA who ruled that 100% funded grant applications were to be cancelled and only part funded applications which were job creative or retentive would be considered. COVID has also affected other funding streams that I’ve approached during 2020/21 after the RPA information, and the common thread of answers was that unless funds are for COVID related needs for the NHS or other care requirements, it is unlikely that budgets will be agreed for anything other than those mentioned – even to the effect that some previously agreed budgets are being cut back in favour of more important matters. Starting in early 2022 the search began again to see how this could be funded, with the brief that the observatory would be on par with (or better than) the best in the North of England, and this aim is aided by the fact that the site is unique in Cumbria, being relatively close to hotels and B&B’s for visitors yet with exceptionally dark sky quality (in other words, almost nil light pollution at the site) where said dark skies have been measured as “Milky Way” quality which is the highest scale of darkness, on equal par with Kielder observatory for example. There were several bodies listed to speak to, but the first call was to Eden District Council Economic Department where the response was exceptionally positive and where members and officers are very supportive of the project and are keen to help drive delivery as part of Inspiring Eden, the Council’s economic development vision and investment plan. Draft architect plans have been drawn up, a pre-planning meeting has taken place and we just await a timetable now, starting with the full application for funds; and this is all helped by some brilliant letters of support from Cumbria Tourism, North Pennines AONB, Inspira (youth training in Penrith) and locally from Alston Moor Business Association, Alston Moor Federation (still SKS to me) and Alston Moor Parish Council. This major observatory will be a first for Cumbria in terms of specific equipment for stargazing, deep space research and astral photography and is certain to have something for beginner stargazers to experienced astronomers, and amateur to professional photographers. To anyone who reads this and wishes to be kept updated on progress (or has specific questions) please just email me to request being added to “the list” (unless you know you are already there). Exciting times for the project and through that, for a tremendous boost outside the existing summer visitor season for Alston Moor’s economy. Since drafting this circular, EDC have asked if anyone reading this could send me short quotes (attributable to the author) about the proposal, for use in their own PR stories about key projects they are progressing, so would appreciate a few please – oh, and finally, thanks for reading, David David Hymers, FCMI, FRSA david@davidhymers.com 07483 327560