Meet the Committee

Paul Twyford


Apart from being Chair of the hall committee, Paul likes to go cycling, climbing, fell walking and cracking cryptic crosswords (though not all at the same time!). He also enjoys a good pint of real ale… and if you see him at the village hall bar is not averse to being treated to one! Until his retirement, Paul practised as a solicitor and for several years taught A-level law.

Mark Stevens


When he’s not volunteering at the hall Mark can be seen teaching and practicing his pastime which is karate. He also enjoys watching speedway and fell walking. By day Mark is an assistant manager in a busy motor factors and also has experience in the hospitality sector.

Roger Troughton


A resident of Lamplugh since 2005, Roger has lived within a few miles of the village all his life. Since retiring, he and wife Pamela have enjoyed walking the fells with their dog Nigel, occasional foreign holidays and, in particular, spending time with their grandchildren. He can also be seen, from time to time, failing to catch fish at Cogra Moss. Roger is a Chartered Accountant and for many years was a partner in a professional practice in West Cumbria.

Helen King

Committee Member

Helen has been a part of the Village Hall Committee since 2008 when the then WI hall was passed to the Lamplugh community by Lamplugh Women’s Institute.   Helen enjoys doing some gardening, baking with her grandchildren  and taking a regular walk in this lovely countryside with a WI group.

Joyce Reed

Committee Member

A member of Lamplugh WI, Joyce joined the village hall committee when our old hall was signed over to the village, being the representative for the Asby area. Joyce has a strong belief in community and enjoys gardening, dancing, cycling and walking, though no longer on the high fells.

Ian Shepherdson

Committee Member

Ian joined the committee in 2017, having been a member of the Art group since retiring. Initially hoping to get involved with the project to provide a new village hall, Ian has really enjoyed being a part of the committee and helping running the various events. Before retiring Ian worked as a Civil Engineer on various construction projects ,mainly in Cumbria (yes, including short sentences in Sellafield). He has lived in Cumbria since 1979 and Kirkland since 1989.

Michael Watts

Committee Member

Michael joined the Village Hall Committee in 2021 following on from being Parish council representative. He is a retired engineer who moved to West Cumbria in 2009. He is a regular member of the local church in Lamplugh. He believes being part of the Community is a most important activity in our lives.

Claire Shaw

Committee Member

Claire joined the committee towards the end of 2023.  She and husband Graham moved from Warrington to Cockermouth 32 years and where they brought up 3 children and numerous pets. Once the children left home they realised their dream of living in the countryside and moved to Lamplugh.
After taking early retirement from her childcare business Claire now enjoys walking her dogs, caring for her tortoise, attacking the garden (not green fingered) and breaks away in the campervan.

Pauline Benn-Cross

Committee Member

Pauline has been a member of the ‘Lamplugh WI’ for many years, following in the footsteps of her grandmother ‘Elizabeth Benn’ formally of Cross Gates, who was one of the original Lamplugh WI’s founding members.  Pauline enjoys reading, theatre and flower duty at St Michael’s Church Lamplugh.  However, just helping and supporting the local community to the best of her abilities, is what she enjoys most.