Road Closures between Greystoke and Penrith

Road Closures between Greystoke and Penrith

B5288 Road Closures February / March

The road between Greystoke and Penrith will be partially closed for 5 weeks commencing 25th February. The first phase means a diversion via Mile Lane (turn right at the Greystoke Pillar). The second phase will have a diversion through Newbiggin. Finally, the road between the Clickham Inn and the village will be shut.

If we get more detailed information we will update this news post. In the meantime, you can click the link below to see a current view of roadworks in the area and view some images of the closures and diversions below.

Let us know of any updates at

Images of the closures (in red) and diversions, with thanks to Graham Simons

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 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

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 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.

Welcome to the new Village Website

Welcome to the new Village Website

Welcome to the new Village Website!

The Greystoke Village website

Whether you are a visitor to the village or a local resident, this is the best place to find accommodation, places to eat and drink, local shops and activities.  Plus, we’ve added a News section where we keep people up to date on what’s new.

The website is run on a not for profit basis, with the intention that extra money goes back into the community. Details tbc. A £20 annual listing on here contributes to the running costs, such as hosting, domain name purchase, security certificates and other necessities.  Billing is in January, but you can join part way through the year at a rate of £5 per remaining quarter, so, for example, someone joining in May would pay £15.

If you run a community group, you can list for free! We have a small team (2, to be precise) of local volunteers who will be able to update the website. So if you do want a listing added, or are interested in helping us keep the website up to date, please get in touch via email:

What’s Next?

Well, bear in mind we’ve just relaunched, so there is still some initial work to do to get this up to date!

You’ll soon see some new business listings on here, as some more local shops and services join us. You’ll also see the community side start to grow.  Once we’re happy the listings are in a good state. then we’ll look to add more features over time, such as an Events Calendar, perhaps.  We’ll let the community help guide what we do.

In the meantime, enjoy the site, and if you are new to the area, why not have a read of the Welcome leaflet – it’s a great place to start!

Corrine Green (content author) &
Simon Scott-Harden (website owner and admin)

Together Magazine December 2018, January 2019

Together Magazine December 2018, January 2019

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke over December and January

This year is the 12th Greystoke Village Christmas Pageant which will be held at St. Andrew’s Church on Thursday 20 December at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to watch the children of Greystoke School perform a Christmas Nativity play. There will be mulled wine, mince pies, hot sausage sandwiches and lots of Christmas stalls. It is an enjoyable evening for all. If you would like to take part, have a stall, or know someone who may be interested, please get in touch with the school on 017684 83 572. All stalls are free and you are very welcome.

Christmas Floodlighting of Greystoke Church. It is that time of year, when amongst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas festivities, we can give thought to Christmas’s past, and especially those loved ones who are sadly not with us. I am sure you will agree with me, how nice it is to see the Church lit up over this time. If anyone would like to donate to this fund,
to allow this to happen once more, in memory of those very special people, we would be so grateful. Please contact any Church member.

Greystoke Social Club 

  • Monday 3 December – Christmas Bring And Buy Sale- please support this event as it brings in much-needed funds. Greystoke Village Hall, 2 pm – admission £1 to include Tea and biscuits.
  • Tuesday 11 December – Christmas Dinner at the Roundthorn Hotel, coach leaves the village at 12.30 pm
  • Monday 21 January 2019 – first meeting of the new year – A Surprise!!!

We wish all our members a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All are welcome to attend our meetings and go on our outings, we hope that in time you may join as a member.

John Danks (Chairman)

Greystoke WI’s November meeting was an informative talk by Hede Jackson about manufacturing Free From food, especially gluten-free products. She explained how many supermarkets are supplied by Bells at Lazonby. Alternatives to wheat flour were examined such as rice flour, brown rice flour and tapioca flour. Dairy-free products were also mentioned. There were also free samples to try. Her company is used by many big names on the High Street who just need one or two Free From products on their shelves.

On Thursday 6 December it is our AGM. We will also listen to the Greystoke Handbell Ringers and sing some carols. The competition will be a gift-wrapped parcel up to the value of £5 for the raffle. WI members are also asked to bring a small plate of food to share.

There is no meeting in January, but there will be a meal at the Brantwood on Friday 18 January. If you would like to join us please contact Hazel McGrath.

Carol Service, St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke Everyone is very welcome to come and sing their favourite carols and to hear once again the wondrous story of the birth of Jesus, in church at 6 pm on Sunday 23 December. We shall be entertained by the Handbell Ringers and celebrate with the winners of the Christmas Tree competition. Refreshments will be provided.

Christingle, St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, 3 pm on Christmas Eve. You are invited to begin Christmas with the retelling of the message of the Christingle – each part giving us a glimpse of the story of Jesus. This is a wonderful way for families to engage with the real meaning of Christmas. We look forward to meeting you all.

Frost Fair, Saturday 1 December St. Andrew’s is holding a Frost Fair on Saturday 1 December from 10 am until 2 pm in the village hall. There will be a range of stalls (incl. bric-a-brac) and a raffle and of course an excellent café. We do have a limited number of small tables so if you have a craft or product you would like to sell please contact Maureen Hardy. We look forward to seeing you.

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. After the Frost Fair the next one will be Saturday 5 January. This will be from 10 am until 12 pm, 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. Everyone is welcome from a few months old to rather older!

Greystoke Village Hall Bingos continue Friday 7 December and Friday 18 January both at 7 pm. Prize donations will be gratefully received. The Village Hall AGM is to be held on Tuesday 22 January at 7.30pm.
Roy Fisher (Chairman).

The next Greystoke Parish Council Committee meeting will be on Tuesday 29 January, in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Roy Fisher (Chairman). See the parish council website for more innformation. The agenda for the next meeting can be found here: Agenda_November

Swimming Club Monthly Prize Draw We have now designed a new form which is compliant with new legislation regarding personal information. Everyone (existing and new members) needs to fill in the form which will be distributed by collectors in the next few weeks or available on our website. The form gives various options for payment, and any new members interested in joining the monthly prize draw please contact Emma Nielson. The prize draw will continue to pay out half of all collected income in cash prizes. Thank you for your continued support. Sarah Dobinson.

Greystoke Film Nights We are running two further film nights at Greystoke Village Hall. Saturday 1 December, American Animals (2018, True Story, Crime / Suspense / Drama, Cert 15) and Saturday 19 January, The More You Ignore Me (2018, Cert 15, Comedy / Drama). Tickets are available from the Post Office or from Judith Aris. The evening includes a one-pot supper and ice cream served in the interval. There will be a licensed bar. All proceeds go to swimming pool funds.

Greystoke Brownies & Guides have a renewed zest and over the last few weeks have enjoyed new challenges from the new Girl Guiding programme and mixed in some of their own seasonal activities including Pumpkin Carving, a Sparklers and Sausages evening and a trip to the Town Hall for UK Parliament Week. They were also pleased to take part in the Remembrance Day service. Approaching Christmas they’ll be thinking about how to decorate their tree for the Christmas Tree Festival and enjoying their now-traditional Christmas treat to Giannis! 1st Greystoke Brownies and Guides is for all girls. We meet from 6.30 pm on Mondays in term time – Brownies is for girls aged 7-10, and finishes at 8 pm and Guides is for girls aged 10-14 and finishes at 8.30 pm. As well as Greystoke, our members come from a wide area including Stainton, Newbiggin, Dacre and Penrith – you don’t have to live in Greystoke or indeed the parish! For more details, call Georgina Stephenson or see

Carols in the Pub: The Boot & Shoe. Monday 17 December 7.30 pm

Together Magazine November 2018

Together Magazine November 2018

Remembrance Day

On Sunday 11 November after the Last Post has been played on the village green in Greystoke, I am inviting you to a thanksgiving and remembrance tea in the Village Hall to mark the end of the First World War.

Roy Fisher

(The hope is to get monthly Greystoke Together magazine content online here for all to see – this is a ‘taster’ of how it might look)