COCKERMOUTH and District Civic Trust is appealing for more members.

The trust was formed more than 50 years ago and has about 80 members.

Numbers have reduced over the past few years so a recruitment drive has been launched.

Secretary John Dent said: "Its objectives were, and still are, to preserve and stimulate public interest in the town and the surrounding area, to promote high standards of town planning and architecture and to secure the preservation, conservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic or public interest.

"The civic trust is not about keeping everything as it was, it's maintaining the character and identity that is important."

Over the years, the group has successfully campaigned about various town issues. It meets six times a year and organises activities to support their objectives and outings.

Members would like to hear from more people who would like to join up.

"If we are to continue having a positive influence on the future of our town, it is important that we have a strong membership behind us. Many of our current members are not able to take active roles but continue to be members because they support what we do. This support itself is invaluable," said Mr Dent.

"In order for us to continue these activities in the longer term, we also need members who are prepared to both take part in our member's activities and to take part in the organisation and leadership.

"It would also be good to have more young members involved, possibly even a young member's group."

Membership costs £7.50 a year, for more details, go to