31 December 2002:  Fireworks and partying for New Year in Newcastle.


25 December 2002:  Merry Christmas from Keswick.  The weather in Keswick today is shown in this live webcam image from George Fisher of the view north over the town towards Skiddaw:

Webcam View from George Fisher


11/12 December 2002:  Transforming Youth Work Management programme for senior public and voluntary sector staff across North West England.


10 December 2002:  Making best use of the Internet for the Management Development Network. 


2 December 2002:  Another 'win' for SiftGroups; this time to build and operate a Rural Communities Gateway for the Scottish Executive  Rural Affairs Directorate.


1 December 2002:  Keswick's Victorian Fair with a unique performance of a lost episode from the Vicar of Dibley performed by Keswick Street Theatre.


December 2002: A 'Stop' period to allow time for recovery and spiritual growth after a particularly stressful period.  Also being called a 'Holiday at Home'


29 November - 19 January 2003: Alice in Wonderland plays at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake with wonderful costumes and amazing visual jokes; don't miss it.


20/21 November 2002: Delivering Transforming Youth Work Management programme on behalf of FPM for senior public and voluntary sector staff across the South-West.


15/16 November 2002: Through the Keyhole management development programme for the board of the Civil Service Sports Council - the largest membership sports organisation in the UK - held in Chiswick.


14 November 2002:  Sift wins contract to provide Rural Communities Gateway for the Scottish Executive.


13 November 2002:  Annual Dinner and awards ceremony for Keswick Croquet at Portinscale.



9 November 2002:  Surprise 50th Birthday Party for family and friends organised in secret by Alan and Penny and held at Old Windebrowe Tythebarn, Keswick, with celeidh band, food and drinks.  Thanks to all those who came and gave so generously.  Here's the special decorated cake, complete with library books, croquet court, walking boots and Wasdale Head.


8 November 2002:  Launch of several new Learning Networks for the Countryside Agency.


6 November 2002: 'Communities in Practice' conference and seminar for British Council staff running community websites in Moscow, Cairo, Brazil, Belgium, France, Spain and the UK.


4 November 2002: Big 5-0 celebrations !


2 November 2002: Fell and Rock AGM and Dinner approves plans for Centenary in 2006/7.


21-28 October 2002: Visit to New York and Indianopolis, combining business with pleasure.  Highlights include: Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago, Battery Park, Century 21, UN Plaza, St Paul's Church, and the innumerable diners, diners and restaurants.


16 October 2002:  Keswick Street Theatre Players present an open-air performance of Blowing a Gale, a play specially written to celebrate the centenary of the National Trust's purchase of the Brandlehow Estate on the west shore of Derwentwater - the first Lake District acquisition.


11 October 2002: Completion of review of functions and roles for Scottish Canoe Association on behalf of SportScotland.


8 October 2002:  Developing Negotiation Skills course for SportScotland.


31 September - 3 October 2002: Study course on the life, music and musical influences of Benjamin Britten at Higham Hall.  A wonderful week of self-indulgence.  With the enthusiastic tutoring of Joan Burns, these few days have taken us deeply into Peter Grimes, the War Requiem, Serenade for Tenor Horn and Stings, love poems, and much more.  Moving, powerful, emotional, and disturbing: this week for me is a deep exploration of love, guilt, corruption, innocence, pacifism, sexuality, exclusion, devotion, and fulfillment in life.  When combined with some of my current readings on the same themes - particularly the writings for M Scott Peck and Neale Donald Walsch, this is a powerful week.  "There is no such thing as coincidence."


24/25 September 2002: Trainers event for the Transforming Youth Work Management programme run by FPM for the Department for Education and Skills.


17 September 2002:  3rd Communities in Practice conference attracts a record attendance.


15 September 2002: Borrowdale Mallet competition at Keswick Croquet Club won this year by Jim Taylor, with Lewis Garrett as runner-up.


31 August 2002:  Tim Pickles Ventures wins new contract to review organisational structures and staffing for Scottish Canoeing Association.


24-31 August 2002:  Supportive time with close friends exploring relationships, spirituality, living in the present, and personal needs for the future.


23 August 2002:  Sift secures major new contract wins with BT Insight (for community management) and the Millennium Commission (for community building).


18/19 August 2002:  The end of my life as I previously knew it (deliberately enigmatic, but close friends will know to what I'm referring).


14-18 August 2002: Cycling from Inverness to John o'Groats on the Sustrans national cycle network.


29 July 2002: Impressive 9-7 win over Bowden in the NW Croquet Federation league match played at Levens Hall; with five consecutive match wins, short handicap drops from seven to six.


26 July 2002: Win contract to deliver board development programme for Civil Service Sports Council, the largest UK membership sports body.


21 July 2002:  Mum celebrates her 80th birthday with an all day garden party for over 60 guests.


10 July 2002: Sift win major contract with the Countryside Agency to build, host and support up to 60 online Learning Networks over the next five years.  A major part of the contract is the supply of training, coaching and practical 'know-how' to the network facilitators in the effective running of their communities.


4-19 July 2002: Enjoying chianti and pasta amongst the medieval hilltop villages of Tuscany, from Palazzo di Stigliano near Sienna (living in the small tower near the pool!).


1 July 2002:  Completion of "A Matter of Pride: a review of the governance and management of Northern Ireland Hospice Care" on behalf of Help the Hospices.  This major report contains 47 recommendations for the reform of this large hospice organisation, with 360 staff, 1100 volunteers and a budget of £6.5m.


29/30 June 2002: Initial weekend Board Member Development Seminar with directors and staff of Scottish Hockey Union, using the revised 'Through the Keyhole' materials, sponsored by UK Sport.


21 June 2002: Completion of third edition of 'Through the Keyhole' - a board member development programme for governing bodies of sport.


20 June 2002: Publication of new practice guide covering all aspects of online privacy and data protection.


17/18 June 2002: 5th Virtual Communities conference with over 20 sessions on current online developments includes our presentation on Diversifying Community Revenues.


3 June 2002: First performance of this season's Keswick Street Theatre Walk performs to a large and receptive audience.



1 June 2002: Gloriously hot sunshine as we enjoy a champagne picnic in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (with 12,000 other guests) and listen to a feast of classical music, with fireworks, at the 'Prom at the Palace'. Spectacular!


21 May 2002: Seminar for the BT Insight team on the Sift approach to online community building and management.


20 May 2002: After four years of study and several hundred hours of supervised practice, Alan receives formal accreditation and membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


18 May 2002: Interim Recommendations for the future governance and management of Northern Ireland Hospice Care delivered to the client.


27 April 2002: The Ospreys return to Bassenthwaite Lake.  England's first successful breeding pair of Ospreys has returned and can be seen nest-building in Whinlatter forest.


18 April 2002:  Invitations arrive from the draw to attend the Queens Concert 'Prom at the Palace' during the June Jubilee celebrations.


10 April 2002:  Invited to plan and co-ordinate all the celebratory activities and events associated with the Fell and Rock's Centenary throughout 2006-7


29 March - 5 April 2002:  Quick escape to the delights of high level walking in Mallorca at La Reserva de Biniorella.


25 March 2002:  Fixture List published for the 2002 season of Keswick Croquet including Federation, Short, Association, Golf and other matches throughout the North-West.


18 March 2002: New contract to revise and update materials for the Sports Governing Body good governance programme.


14 March 2002: New contracts on behalf of FPM to review the organizational and governance structures of a large hospice organisation for Help the Hospices, and to develop lifelong learning and community development strategies for Leicester City Council .


8 February 2002: Completion of major audit and development report for business client.


28 January 2002:  A busy start to the new year for sales and consulting contracts.


4-18 January 2002:  A fabulous two weeks in the sun exploring the delights of La Gomera with HPB.  The island exceeded our expectation, with an ideal climate, exciting walking, plentiful national parks, and a very relaxed approach to life.