Public Hall Consultation

Gosforth Public Hall & Library is striving to become your very own ‘Community Hub’ and now you have a chance to make your views heard. The Public Hall Council of Management is seeking your views, ideas, comments about how they can make improvements to our Public Hall and Library to create a community hub.

If you are a regular user of the Public Hall and/or Library you may have ideas about the buildings and facilities or you may just have suggestions and comments about activities/performances you would like to see in the hall or information and access to services that would prove useful at the Library.

Whatever your ideas are, from minor tweeks to aspirational visions, please let us know.

There is now a board in the hall where you can post your ideas or you can write or email our Secretary, Jackie Williams, 2 Wells Cottages, Ravenglass CA18 1SP email: or leave a comment on this page.

New Flagpole

Eagle-eyed residents may have noticed the new Flagpole installed outside the Public Hall thanks to a kind donation from Councillor David Gray. The weather could not have been much worse with a biting high wind but now the flagpole stands proud and no more risking life and limb to crawl out onto the roof to raise a flag.

Is our Telephone Box a keeper?

BT are planning to remove the telephone box from Gosforth Car Park unless the Parish Council indicates that it wishes to ‘adopt’ it by 12th September. Now here’s the dilemma… the Parish Council does not have a budget for repairing and maintaining the phone box which will be stripped of its phone and electricity. So, we need to hear from groups or individuals who are willing and able to look after the box if it is to stay.

Many villages, up and down the country have adopted their telephone boxes and put them to various uses. Some have been turned into book swops, others have become planters for flowers and one artistic village produced stained glass panels and turned it into a colour therapy box. Defibrillator cabinets, mini-cafes, selfie box and even a pub are some other ideas that have transformed unloved kiosks. Torver, I understand, have turned their telephone box into a fishtank, complete with goldfish!

The downside is that some telephone boxes have been adopted and left to deteriorate further so if we don’t have a plan, we will have an eyesore.

If you have any good ideas and can come up with a plan to present to the Parish Council by 11th September, please get in touch via email