Together Magazine June 2019

Together Magazine June 2019

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in June

Greystoke WI
In a change to the published speaker, Greystoke WI’s May meeting was a talk by Jaqueline Huck about her memory box. Jaqueline’s talk touched on amusing memories from her past such as tangling her front door key in her knicker elastic and the pandemonium caused in her house by a visiting ferret. The most embarrassing situation must have been losing her wig when dancing with a handsome rugby player. She made the Nurse Cadet training sound like something from the mad world of Alice in Wonderland.

Jackie interspersed her talk with readings and poems from her three published books. Old photos were passed around which conjured a very different world. One photo of a Whit walk showed crowds of girls dressed in white, while the boys playing in marching bands. We never did find out which boy in her old school photo was the Timothy Winterish child mentioned in her poem, but we all enjoyed studying her photo and trying to identify him. Jackie had a gift for seeing the humour in some trying situations.

In June we do not have a meeting but instead are going on a day trip to Christine Davidson’s garden. We leave Greystoke car park at 11.00am, have lunch at Hayton Farm Shop at 12 noon and then visit the Garden at 2,00pm.

If you would like to join WI please contact Hazel McGrath.


Greystoke Social Club
Our next meetings are:

  • Monday 3 June – a talk by Jackie Huck – “How to Drop a Brick Without Trying” – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm
  • Monday 17 June – Outing to Styal Village near Manchester.

    This is a National Trust property but there is plenty occupy you without going into the mill including a very reasonable priced garden nursery. [I spent 2 hours just checking it out]. It is also extremely accessible for disabled people.

    This not just a trip for Social Club members, everyone is more than welcome. For further details and to book a seat contact Shirley Mounsey

All are welcome to our meetings and on our outings. We hope that you will eventually decide to become members. John Danks (Chairman)


Plant Sale, Café and Stalls
The church fundraising committee would like to give a very big thank you to everyone who supported the plant sale and café either with your generous donations or by coming along to spend your hard earned monies. With your help we raised in the region of £1,400.


St. Andrew’s Summer Concert
St Andrew’s Church, Greystoke will be presenting “Encore Opera” on Friday 12 July at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £10 and includes your first glass of wine/soft drink and canapés.

Tickets are available at the village post office, The Boot and Shoe, Maureen Hardy, Janet Buckley, Ros Sanders or any member of the church.


Open Gardens
Advanced notice that Greystoke Church is organising an open gardens again this year – on the afternoon of Sunday 7 July.

Further details in July or from Janet Buckley or Shirley Mounsey


Swimming Pool Fundraising
Fundraising is continuing at the Pool for the refurbishment this autumn.

Please support our efforts by ‘Buying a Brick’ and have your name or company name, on the wall as part of the refurbishment. Please go to www.greystokepool.org.uk for further details.

Sponsored ‘Swimfit’ for adults and children to swim lengths for sponsorship. Information at the Pool.

  • Saturday 22 June – Music Night with Soul Junction at Greystoke Village Hall. Licensed bar and tickets from Greystoke Post Office.
  • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September – Beer Festival (Two great nights of music and food with a great selection of beers)

Finally a big thank you to Ben and Lizzie at the Dog and Gun in Skelton for providing a superb fundraising meal.


Swimming Pool

The Pool is now open between 3.00pm and 6.00pm on school days and from 1.00pm to 6.00pm on other days. Season tickets are available, giving families access all summer and adults access to the morning/evening sessions as well.

Season tickets are available from the website or from the pool café.

Thank you to all the people who have offered to volunteer at the pool. If you enjoy a chat, can collect admission money, and make a cup of tea you might enjoy volunteering at the Pool. If interested please ring Janice.


Greystoke Parish Council
The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 11 June at 7.30pm.

At the AGM on 8 May, the Parish Council has supported the Swimming Pool with £1,000 who are fundraising for a £150,000 make over to their changing rooms and, in order to secure a £30,000 grant off Cumbria Waste Management, have to come up with £3,000 from other sources. The Parish Council also gave £500 to Greystoke Village Hall who of late have had expenditure of £4,000 for work to cover roof and solar power repairs, and painted the kitchen to comply with the Hygiene Standards laid down by EDC because of the kitchen being used to cook the school dinners.

Footpaths are to be cleaned back, and Will Taylor is doing a makeover to the flower bed in the middle of the Village Green.

Ward Councillors

Johnby Ward

  • Les Nanson
  • Blencow Ward

  • Adam Fawcett
  • Greystoke Ward

  • Adam Day
  • Tony Brumwell
  • Eddie Walker
  • Sarah Dobinson
  • Richard Sealby (vice-chairman)
  • Roy Fisher (chairman)
  • Roy has also started his 45th year on the Parish Council.
    Rachael Kelly is our Clerk.

    Roy Fisher (Chairman)

    Together Magazine May 2019

    Together Magazine May 2019

    Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in May

    Greystoke WI
    Greystoke WI’s April meeting was Travelling Players who presented some short dramas. Mike Head told us a little of what goes on at The Players in Penrith and the variety of voluntary jobs that need to be filled there. He also gave out flyers advertising the productions for this year.

    The first drama was a sweet monologue about a chance meeting on a bus. This was followed by some musical items to show the sort of thing that happens at Plug and Play, where there are open mic sessions and a performance by a guest act.

    Finally, we were treated to a three person drama about a recent widower’s bid for freedom after a life of pleasing others. The audience was very appreciative of the humour. We were invited, if we had enjoyed these tasters, to come and see some of the productions at The Players.

    In May our speakers will be Pat Hall and Pat Martin talking about Calories and Corsets. The competition will be a recipe for – or an actual – low calorie dish.

    If you would like to join WI please contact Hazel McGrath.


    Greystoke Social Club
    Our next meetings are:

    • Monday 20 May – Outing to Skipton via Settle to Carlisle Railway Line. The coach leaves village at 8.00am, travelling to Langwathby where we board the train to Skipton. Cost of coach and train fare £28
    • Monday 3 June – a talk by Jackie Huck – “How to Drop a Brick Without Trying” – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm
    • Monday 17 June – Outing to Styal Village near Manchester.

    All are welcome to our meetings and on our outings. We hope that you will eventually decide to become members. John Danks (Chairman)


    Greystoke Children’s Sports Day
    This year’s Sports Day will be held on Sunday 19 May. The races will start at 2.00pm and will be followed by a BBQ at 3.00pm.

    Everyone welcome


    Plant Sale, Café and Stalls
    A plant sale, café and stalls in aid of St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, will be held on Saturday 4 May, between 10.00am and 2.00pm, in Greystoke Village Hall.

    Tomato and young vegetable plants, as well as seedlings, will be for sale plus a variety of herbaceous plants, all at very reasonable prices. Tea and coffee, and cakes will be on offer whilst, at lunch time, home-made soup will be available.

    If you are separating herbaceous plants or taking cuttings please could you keep us in mind with anything which we might be able to sell. We are happy to pot it on. Any spare seedlings would also be most welcome.

    If anyone would like to get more involved or more information please contact Shirley Mounsey.


    Craft Fair
    A Craft Fair will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke over May Bank Holiday weekend.

    • Saturday 25 May 10.00am-4.00pm
    • Sunday 26 May 11.00am-4.00pm
    • Monday 27 May 10.00am-4.00pm

    There will be a variety of craft stalls, some of which have not exhibited here before, as well as the as our own produce stall. Pine Tree Nursery Glassonby will also have their plant stall.

    Why not come down and enjoy a cuppa and homemade cake? At lunchtime homemade soup will be available.

    For further information, please contact Janet Buckley or Shirley Mounsey


    Open Gardens
    Just to let you know that Greystoke Church is organising an open gardens again this year – on Sunday 7 July.

    Further details from Janet Buckley or Shirley Mounsey


    Swimming Pool Draw
    The winners of the Pool Monthly Draw for April 2019 are:

    • 81 £20 Peter Boyd
    • 70 £15 Sarah Dobinson
    • 101 £10 Julian & Jacquie
    • 5 £5 Pat & Lucy Freeman
    • 128 £5 Mike & Val Simpson
    • 169 £5 Emma Nielsen
    • 137 £5 Tony & Carolyne James

    Congratulations all!


    Swimming Pool Fundraising
    We now have a fundraising gauge on the side to the Village Hall and hopefully, with support, the total will rise over the summer.

    Please support our efforts by ‘Buying a Brick’ and have your name or company name, on the wall as part of the refurbishment. Please go to www.greystokepool.org.uk for further details.

    • Wednesday 15 May – Evening meal at the Dog and Gun, Skelton
    • Saturday 22nd June – Music Gig at the Village Hall
    • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September – Beer Festival (Two great nights of music and food with a great selection of beers)

    Swimming Pool
    The pool is now open and we hope you will come down for a swim.

    Season tickets are available from the website or from the pool café.

    Volunteers are always welcome if you would like to spend a few hours supporting this great facility. If you missed our volunteer training events, another will be held on Thursday 2 May. For further information, or you’d like to help, please contact Janice.


    Greystoke Parish Council
    The next Greystoke Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday 8 May at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.

    Roy Fisher (Chairman)

    Together Magazine April 2019

    Together Magazine April 2019

    Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in April

    Greystoke WI
    Greystoke WI’s March meeting was a talk about Fix the Fells by Christine Hurford. Christine stepped in at the last minute instead of our publicised speaker who was ill. We heard about the different activities Fix the Fells is involved with such as making and clearing drains, walling, tree planting and building cages to protect young trees. We heard how, despite some adverse weather conditions, Christine has fun with her colleagues. She was also a dab hand at photography, judging by the stunning images with which she illustrated her talk.

    On Thursday 4 April we will be visited by the Travelling Players who will present some short dramas. The competition is a theatrical photograph.

    If you would like to join WI please contact Hazel McGrath.


    Greystoke Social Club
    Our next meetings, at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall are:

    • Monday 1 April – “History of Shap” – a talk by Jean Jackson
    • Monday 15 April – The Annual General Meeting – not to be missed!!! A chance to hear about the finances and to elect officers. There will also be some entertainment.
    • Monday 20 May – the first outing of the season. Details will be available at our April meetings.

    All are welcome to our meetings and on our outings. We hope that you will eventually decide to become members. John Danks (Chairman)


    Easter Commemoration
    The bare wooden cross will be erected on the village green on the Thursday before Easter, after the Maundy Evening service in church. It will remain in view over Good Friday and Holy Saturday to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made.

    Then, on Easter Sunday, after the service in church, at about 10.30am, the congregation will walk to the green to thatch the cross with flowers to mark the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.

    You are very welcome to join us at the service or just at the green and then in the village hall for simple refreshments.


    Plant Sale, Café and Stalls
    A plant sale, café and stalls in aid of St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, will be held on Saturday 4 May, between 10.00am and 2.00pm, in Greystoke Village Hall.

    Tomato and young vegetable plants, as well as seedlings, will be for sale plus a variety of herbaceous plants, all at very reasonable prices. Tea and coffee, and cakes will be on offer whilst, at lunch time, home-made soup will be available.

    If you are separating herbaceous plants or taking cuttings please could you keep us in mind with anything which we might be able to sell. We are happy to pot it on. Any spare seedlings would also be most welcome.

    If anyone would like to get more involved or more information please contact either Janet Buckley or Shirley Mounsey.


    Craft Fair
    A Craft Fair will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke over May Bank Holiday weekend.

    • Saturday 25 May 10.00am-4.00pm
    • Sunday 26 May 11.00am-4.00pm
    • Monday 27 May 10.00am-4.00pm

    There will be a variety of craft stalls, some of which have not exhibited here before, as well as the as our own produce stall and Glassonby plant stall.

    Why not come down and enjoy a cuppa and homemade cake? At lunchtime homemade soup will be available.

    For further information, please contact Janet Buckley or Shirley Mounsey


    Greystoke Area Poppy Appeal
    Many thanks to all those who donated to the poppy appeal and special thanks to those who collected. We apologise for not publishing the amount collected in our area, this is due to the logistical changes to the Poppy appeal within in the Penrith area. Mel Kavanagh and Shirley Mounsey


    Greystoke School
    The Friends of Greystoke School would like to invite you to the Easter Bingo Night in Greystoke Village Hall at 6.00pm on Thursday 18 April.

    There will be lots of Easter Eggs to win and refreshments available – tea, coffee, juice and hotdogs.

    Everyone is welcome to this great family event.


    Swimming Pool Draw
    The winners of the Pool Monthly Draw for March 2019 are:

    • £20 Adam & Paula Day
    • £15 Ian Douthwaite
    • £10 Andy James
    • £5 Geraldine McGhie
    • £5 Graham & Cecelia
    • £5 Les Nanson
    • £5 Julie Boothman

    Congratulations all!


    Film Nights
    The final film of the winter was well attended and brings the money raised to £1800 over the winter. A big thank you to all who helped out and hope to see you next winter.


    Swimming Pool Fundraising
    We now have a fundraising gauge on the side to the Village Hall and hopefully, with support, the total will rise over the summer.

    Please support our efforts by ‘Buying a Brick’ and have your name or company name, on the wall as part of the refurbishment. Please go to www.greystokepool.org.uk for further details.

    We have also set up a page on the Virgin Money Fundraising website for donations and future fundraising events. All ideas gratefully received!


    Swimming Pool Volunteering Opportunities
    We are aiming to open the swimming pool on Saturday 4 May. If you would like to be involved either in pool maintenance or running the café once the pool is open, please contact Janice Weatherill. We are a welcoming, friendly group and would love to see you!


    Swimming Pool Season Tickets
    Make the most of your local swimming pool with a season ticket. Early bird prices are available until the end of April. Please see the website for details.


    Greystoke Parish Council
    The Parish Council is very concerned regarding the laybys between Greystoke and the Sportsman Inn being used as toilets. The Highways and Environmental Health Agencies have been informed.

    The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 16 April at 7.30pm.

    Roy Fisher (Chairman)


    Ullswater Darts League
    The Ullswater Dart League is holding their presentation night in Greystoke Village Hall on Saturday 6 April starting at 7.30pm.

    Come and enjoy watching a game of darts, with a knife and fork supper for £12. Licenced Bar and Disco. Phone Roy Fisher for further information.


    All Aboard the Fellrunner Bus!
    Following discussions between Dacre and Greystoke Parish Councils and some feedback from residents, the Fellrunner Bus group is to run a weekly bus service to Penrith serving Dacre, Penruddock Old Station, Motherby, Greystoke and Newbiggin.

    The services are open to all, NOW card (bus pass) holders and the under 5’s travel for free and single and return fares are available for everyone else. There is no pre-booking or pre-paying, just turn up and travel. The bus has low floor entry and a wheelchair space.

    The service will run on Tuesdays, following the published timetable.

    Together Magazine March 2019

    Together Magazine March 2019

    Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in March

    All Change
    As we face changes we will value every assistance possible.

    We know the pattern of Sunday services will need to change. We know we can’t please everyone, even though we would love to fulfil everyone’s dreams. There will need to be some give and take, some compromise. To help us discern the best way forward we need to know what you think. This is your opportunity to help us develop.

    On Sunday 10 March we will have some conversation in church as part of our regular service. We will also encourage conversations at the coffee morning in the village hall on Saturday 2 March. A short questionnaire will also be available from church and elsewhere. Any feedback, to me or John Danks, or to Shelagh Goldie, who has helped put this plan together, will be much appreciated.

    Bill White


    Lent Course
    Instead of a formal course of study Rosemary and I are opening the Rectory on Tuesday evenings during the season of Lent (Tuesdays 12 March to 9 April) for conversation. Anyone can join us, pick a subject, ask a question, prompt a discussion, whatever. Just turn up. 7.30pm to 9.00pm


    Greystoke WI
    Greystoke WI’s February meeting was a talk about exercise for the over 60’s from Rachel Mills who runs a physio/pilates business in Carlisle. Rachel spoke to us about the benefits of exercise in staving off many diseases of older adulthood such as dementia, osteoporosis, cardio-vascular disease, cancer and loss of muscle mass. It was encouraging to hear that it is never too late to start and that doing something – even just a little – is better than doing nothing.

    In complete contrast, on Thursday 7 March, our speaker will be Stuart Bowie, who is a magician. The competition is Something Magical

    If you would like to join WI please contact Hazel McGrath.


    Winter Coffee Mornings

    St. Andrew’s Church is holding winter coffee mornings in the Village hall on the first Saturday of the month during the winter months. The next one is on Saturday 2 March. This will be held from 10.00am until 12.00pm, the entrance fee will be £2.50 to include a cup of coffee/tea and a piece of cake/scone. If you feel able to help, please contact Maureen Hardy.

    Why not pop in and enjoy a chat and warming cup of coffee, to cheer us during the darker months.


    Greystoke Social Club

    Our next meetings, at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall are:

    • Monday 4 March – “Cumbrian Tales and Dialect” – we welcome Dick Gargett to entertain us
    • Monday 18 March – Booths of Penrith – we will hear about how Booths have grown and how they serve the community around Penrith
    • Monday 1 April – “History of Shap” – Jean Jackson

    We welcome all to our meetings, and we hope that you will decide to join our number.

    John Danks (Chairman)


    St. Andrew’s Church – Annual Parochial Church Meeting
    This meeting will be on Monday 1 April at 7.30pm in Greystoke church. Anyone with an interest in the parish, the church and its life is very welcome to attend.


    Film Nights
    Our last film night is on Saturday 2 March and is a topical choice. “Swimming with Men” was released in 2018 and is a drama featuring a man suffering from a mid-life crisis who finds new meaning in his life by joining an all-male middle-aged amateur synchronised swimming team.

    It will follow the normal format, and tickets are available from Judith Aris or from the Post Office. Guaranteed to be a sell out so get your tickets early. Perhaps members of our community will be inspired by the film to make this one of our fundraising initiatives?!


    Prayer walks

    We have enjoyed two prayer walks in the chilly winter conditions, but were warmed by hot coffee afterwards!

    Walks are local and gentle through our village and surroundings. We reflect on our community, its beauty, the challenges we face, and the comfort we feel when bounded by God’s love.

    Everybody is welcome: those of faith, searching, or no faith, and we love the company of dogs!

    Next walk is Friday 29 March, meeting at 9.30am at the door of the church. Walks take about 45 minutes and end with coffee.

    Further information from Shelagh Goldie


    Greystoke Village Hall

    The AGM of the Hall was held on Tuesday 22 January. At the meeting Roy Fisher stepped down as Chair and Les Nanson was appointed in his stead. Julie Boothman, Valerie Simpson and John Bridges were all reappointed as Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Thanks were expressed to Roy for his dedicated work of many years at the Hall.

    The village hall is constantly in need of funds and we will continue with our usual fundraising activities this year. If anyone would like to join the committee or has any fundraising ideas we would love to hear from you (greystokevillagehall@gmail.com).

    On a personal note I would like to thank all of the committee members for the dedicated work and look forward to working with you this year.

    Les Nanson


    Swimming Pool Draw

    Thank you to all who continue to give your support to the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw, supporting a worthwhile cause whilst being in with a chance of winning a cash prize; it’s a win/win!

    January's Winners

  • £20 Carol Galloway
  • £15 Lynn Cowperthwaite
  • £10 Janet Robinson
  • £5 Emma Holmes
  • £5 Matt Nicol
  • £5 Keith Mandale
  • £5 Kirsty McGrath
  • February's Winners

  • £20 John & Gillian Capstick
  • £15 Barbra Robinson
  • £10 Tony & Carolyne James
  • £5 Karen Dalton
  • £5 Edith Dixon
  • £5 Bob & Denise Park
  • £5 Keith & Sandra
  • There are seven cash prizes each month and bonus draws in December. It’s £15 for the whole year – if you would like to be entered for the next 10 draws contact Emma Nielsen.


    All Aboard the Fellrunner Bus!

    Following discussions between Dacre and Greystoke Parish Councils and some feedback from residents, the Fellrunner Bus group is hoping to run a weekly bus service to Penrith serving Dacre, Penruddock Old Station, Motherby, Greystoke and Newbiggin.

    Subject to receiving the necessary permissions, Fellrunner hopes to start the service in April and run the bus for a 6 month trial.

    The services are open to all, NOW card (bus pass) holders and the under 5’s travel for free and single and return fares are available for everyone else. There is no pre-booking or pre-paying, just turn up and travel. The bus has low floor entry and a wheelchair space.

    To start with the service will run on Thursdays, leaving:

    • Dacre at 11.15am,
    • Penruddock Old Station at 11.22am,
    • Motherby at 11.25am,
    • Greystoke at 11.32am,
    • Newbiggin at 11.40am

    and arriving into Penrith Bus Station at 11.55am (All times subject to confirmation).

    In Penrith, the bus will stop at:

    • the Health Centre,
    • Sainsbury’s, King St.,
    • Booths/Morrisons,
    • Middlegate and
    • the Bus Station.

    The return trip will leave Penrith Bus Station at 3.30pm, giving passengers 3.5 hrs in Penrith for shopping, appointments, meeting friends, etc. More details will follow and a full timetable will be published once we have the okay to run.

    If you have any comments about this proposed service, Fellrunner would be pleased to hear from you and can be contacted on secretary.fellrunnerbus@outlook.com or by phone on 07734 529432.


    Foodbank
    Only food which is unopened and in date can be accepted. New personal hygiene and sanitary products are welcome. However, we recently had bags of part used cosmetics and over the counter medicines left in church. We are concerned these items could have bee found by unaccompanied children. Clearly this is not a good idea!


    Voluntary Car Scheme

    Together Magazine February 2019

    Together Magazine February 2019

    Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in February

    The Greystoke Village Website has undergone a significant revamp and has now been relaunched. There is now also a small community section which we hope to expand going forward.

    If you have a local tourist facing business and would like to advertise on there, or a non-profit community club you would like added (for free) please contact enquiry@greystokevillage.co.uk. To find out more, check out the news section of the website or the village Facebook group.


    Prayer Walks in Greystoke each month. These are informal, gentle and accessible to all, including children and dogs!

    We meet at the door of Greystoke church and walk for 30-40 minutes. Walks are led and interactive, and can be done with friends, in pairs or by yourself.

    Prayer walks provide good opportunities for reflection and to notice our environment and creation.

    The next walk is on Friday 1 February at 9.30am.


    Coffee Morning Saturday 2 February 10.30am in Greystoke Village Hall


    Greystoke WI enjoyed listening to the Hand Bell Group playing some Christmas favourites after December’s AGM. This was followed by a shared supper. On Friday 18 January there was a meal out at The Brantwood in Stainton.

    Our meeting on Thursday 7 February will be a talk by Rachel Mills who is a physiotherapist about why women over 60 should exercise. The competition will be an exercise aid.

    If you would like to join WI please contact Hazel McGrath.


    A happy new year to all Greystoke Social Club members! A group of 36 members enjoyed a really pleasant Christmas Lunch at the Roundthorn Hotel just before Christmas. This followed on a hugely successful Bring and Buy sale – a big thanks to all in the village who supported this event and to all club members who by ‘Bringing’ and ‘Buying’ contributed so much to its success.

    Our next meetings, at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall are:

    • Monday 18th February – A talk on the charity which provides ‘Blood Bikes’;
    • Monday 4th March – Dick Gargett will entertain with Cumbrian Tales and Dialect;
    • Monday 18th March – We welcome a representative of Booths of Penrith to talk about the grocery business

    We welcome all to our meetings, and we hope that you will decide to join our number. John Danks (Chairman)


    Thanks to all those who contributed in any way to the Carol Service – those attending, the readers, the singers, Mike Town the organist and the Handbell Ringers, those who donated refreshments and served them. Our Lord’s birth was truly remembered in a wonderful and memorable way. The collection of £312 has been sent to the charity Crisis, which serves those without a home. Thank You. Greystoke PCC


    Christingle – Isn’t it wonderful how the whole life of Christ and God’s bounty to us can be represented by an orange adorned by a candle, a red ribbon and four sticks with sweets stuck on them. Those who attended contributed £104, which has been sent to The Children’s Society to aid their work with vulnerable children. Thank You. Greystoke PCC


    On behalf of all the members of St Andrews Church, Greystoke, can I once again thank everyone who so kindly donated to St. Andrew’s Church Tower Lighting fund over the festive period. It was so nice to see the tower lit up, a true reminder of what Christmas is all about. Thank you all. Di Hetherington


    A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way with decorating the Church with their Christmas Trees or lovely floral decorations. It was rather overwhelming once the decorating began as so many trees arrived, the Church was buzzing with happy people creating their works of art. The results ware delightful, never has the Church looked nicer and this enjoyable atmosphere continued throughout the Christmas Services. Greystoke Village folk know how to pull together, so a massive thank you to everyone for your amazing efforts. Wendy and Janet


    The great news is that our planned £140,000 Improvement to Greystoke Swimming Pool has taken a leap forward following the successful bid for a major grant from the Cumbria Fells & Dales LEADER programme. This programme is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and covers the period 2014 to 2020.

    The planned project is a major and much needed refurbishment of the buildings with a new café, kitchen and changing rooms. The project was developed after a local consultation exercise was carried out earlier this year. The plans by Ashwood Design were submitted to Eden District Council in August 2018 and planning approval was granted in November.

    The bad news is that we still have to raise £25,000 plus to cover all of the costs. We will be fundraising even harder than is usual in the months to come. If you would like to help by donating now, simply follow the link to Greystoke Swimming Pool at mydonate.bt.com.


    We are now accepting applications for Greystoke Swimming Pool Lifeguards for the coming season. You must be reliable and self-motivated, and able to get to the pool for your shifts both during the week and at weekends.

    Applicants must be aged 16 by the time training starts around Easter this year. If you are interested, please contact Moira Dudson.


    My thanks to everyone who gave prizes for the Greystoke Village Hall Christmas Bingos. After holding three before Christmas we made just over £800 profit, another will have been held in January, with the last on:

    • Friday 15 February at 7.00pm in the Village Hall

    I thank you all for the support you have given me as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary before that in the past 47 years that I have been in office. Thanks must go to my wife Edith and family for allowing me to do this work for the Village Hall, which I believe is one of the most used in Eden. My first memories are the Disco Dances before there were any clubs in Penrith, and the trouble they caused but the money we made was fantastic. Also the Christmas Whist Drives with up to 50 tables of 4 people to a table of whom most were smokers – with no ash trays, and when you stood on the stage your head was in a cloud of smoke. The alterations and rooms we have added on in that time, re-roofed 3 times, new toilets and disabled access – a book full of memories which cannot be taken away! My Chairmanship ended on Tuesday 22 January. Kind Regards. Roy Fisher (Past Chairman)


    Our last Film Night is on Saturday 2 March and is a topical choice. “Swimming with Men” was released in 2018 and is a drama featuring a man suffering from a mid-life crisis who finds new meaning in his life by joining an all-male middle-aged amateur synchronised swimming team.

    It will follow the normal format, and tickets are available from Judith Aris or from the Post Office. Guaranteed to be a sell out so get your tickets early. Perhaps members of our community will be inspired by the film to make this one of our fundraising initiatives?!


    Following discussions between Dacre and Greystoke Parish Councils and some feedback from residents, the Fellrunner Bus group are hoping to run a weekly bus service to Penrith serving Dacre, Penruddock Old Station, Motherby, Greystoke and Newbiggin. Subject to receiving the necessary permissions, Fellrunner hope to start the service in April and run the bus for a 6 month trial.

    Fellrunner Village Bus is a community bus group, who operate three 17 seat minibuses on timetabled routes across the Eden area. It is run by volunteers, there are no paid staff, and is based in Langwathby where the first service started up in 1979, 40 years ago this year.

    The services are open to all, NOW card (bus pass) holders and the under 5’s travel for free and single and return fares are available for everyone else. There is no pre-booking or pre-paying, just turn up and travel. The bus has low floor entry and a wheelchair space.

    To start with the service will run on Thursdays, leaving:

      • Dacre at 11.15am,
      • Penruddock Old Station at 11.22am,
      • Motherby at 11.25am,
      • Greystoke at 11.32am,
      • Newbiggin at 11.40am

    and arriving into Penrith Bus Station at 11.55am. In Penrith, the bus will stop at:

      • the Health Centre,
      • Sainsbury’s, King St.,
      • Booths/Morrisons,
      • Middlegate and
      • the Bus Station. (All times subject to confirmation).

    The return trip will leave Penrith Bus Station at 3.30pm, giving passengers 3.5 hrs in Penrith for shopping, appointments, meeting friends, etc. More details will follow and a full timetable will be published once we have the okay to run.

    If you have any comments about this proposed service, Fellrunner would be pleased to hear from you and can be contacted on secretary.fellrunnerbus@outlook.com or by phone on 07734 529432.


    Does anyone know who owns the Grey Mazda 2 car in Village Car Park? It has four flat tyres and has been there for approximately 4 months. Please ring Roy Fisher. Thank you.


    Ringing the Changes in Greystoke Tower. For a number of years Wendy Theakston has been Tower Captain. Wendy was very involved with the resurrection of the bells at the millennium and with the training and ongoing progress of the tower. Thank you Wendy. Replacing her is Tony James, also from Greystoke.

    Tony writes:

    We are always looking for new ringers, all ages are welcome. We are a friendly bunch. Training is done at your pace and is tailored to the individual.

    We meet on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. If you are interested or have questions, please get in touch.