Village Website donates £104 to local charities

Village Website donates £104 to local charities

Read on to find out what we did on the website in 2019, our plans for 2020, and the money we raised from listings fees.


Financial Update

It was always the intention (once website hosting and other running costs had been covered) for the listings money to be paid forward into the community. I’m pleased to say that this year we had a surplus of £104, which will be donated equally to the swimming pool and the church.

All work done on the website itself by the team continues to be on a voluntary basis.

What we’ve achieved in 2019

2019 has been a busy year for ‘Greystoke Online’. We’ve added an events calendar to the website to showcase what’s going on in the village, and also a News section, where the Greystoke section of the Together magazine is published each month, along with any other news. A big thank you to John Bridges, who uploads all the Together magazine content and events every month, often before the magazine hits letterboxes!

We had over 17,500 website pageviews for 2019 and the website continues to rank exceptionally highly on Google – position #3 for “Greystoke” and position #4 for “Greystoke Cumbria”. In addition business listings feature on the first page of google searches.

The Facebook group now has nearly 350 members, and we regularly cross-post to the website. We’ve also created a Twitter account with over 150 followers, where we can further publicise village events. As an example, tweets on the Macmillan coffee mornings reached over 1200 people, and the Open Gardens tweets reached over 3000, with people on the day saying they’d found out about the event on Twitter!

Plans for 2020

We are committed to further improving the website for the community in 2020. As of last week, you can now see the latest news on the front page We’re hoping to start collating some local history (both written and oral) to document the village, and plan to create a history blog. Stay tuned on this one – it’s been talked about for a while and hopefully we’re getting a little closer to organising. All details will be published here when we have them!

We’re also in talks with Visit Cumbria about getting the Greystoke entry updated so it links back to the website, Facebook group and Twitter account.


Firstly, huge thanks to John Bridges for updating the website with the Together magazine content every month – and adding all the events to the events calendar.

Secondly thank you to all of you who have taken out a listing and supported us last year – we hope you renew this year (no price increase!).

Thirdly thanks to Simon Scott-Harden who takes care of all the technical stuff (like our security certificate, domain registration and hosting).

And finally thank you to all of you – please keep suggestions for what you want to see on the website coming and we’ll do our best to implement them.
Remember you can contact the team at
Fancy trying out Handbells?

Fancy trying out Handbells?

Did you enjoy the handbells at the church Christmas carol service? Did you think, “I could do that!”? *SPOILER* you definitely could do that! 🎶🎵🎵🎶🎶

We’re looking for new recruits to come and join us. We meet on Thursday afternoons in the village hall for practice, chat, laughs, tea and coffee, and sometimes cake. You don’t need to be able to read music, but you do need to be able to count to 4. And sometimes to 8. It’s fun, social and educational!

If you would like to try it out, our first session of the new year will be Thursday 16th January at 1:30pm – 3:30pm or get it in touch with Maureen at

Greystoke Church Services – Update to Together Magazine December, January

The church services for Greystoke, as printed in the Together Magazine, are incorrect. An addendum was issued, but it appears that not everyone received this with the magazine.

Please find the correct dates below

Sunday 1st December    9:15am Holy Communion with Canon Gary Cregan
Sunday 8th December    9:15am Holy Communion with Rev Richard Hall, Jill Danks
Sunday 15th December  9:15am Morning Praise with Graham Simons, Brian Davis
Sunday 22nd December 9:15am Holy Communion with Canon John Higgins
Sunday 22nd December 6pm Carol Service
Christmas Eve 3pm Christingle
Christmas Eve 11:30pm Holy Communion (extension) with Jill Danks
Sunday 29th December 9:15am Desert Island Choice with Maureen Hardy and Steve Boyle
Sunday 5th January   9:15am Holy Communion with Rev Richard Hall
Sunday 12th January 9:15am Holy Communion with Rev Richard Hall, Jill Danks
Sunday 19th January 9:15am Morning Praise with Brian Davis
Sunday 26th January 9:15am Morning Praise

Wreath Making & Fundraising on 8th and 12th December – REDUCED Price!

Raise funds for local causes whilst making your own, reusable, wreath. Now at a reduced price of just £28 – limited places on Thursdays workshops still available

Annie at Quirky Workshops is generously hosting 3 wreath making workshops to raise funds for the Church, the Swimming Pool and the Village Hall.  Annie says:

For those who fancy making their own Christmas wreath this year, here’s a chance to and raise local funds at the same time. There are 3 sessions, one for each group, costs £40 inc drinks etc with all proceeds going to the Church, Pool and Village hall.

Sunday 8th Dec 2pm (for Pool) 2.00pm- 4.15pm Thu 12th Dec 10am ( for Church) 10.00am-12.15pm Thu 12th Dec 2pm (for village Hall) 2.00pm- 4.15pm

Please reserve on…/christmas-wreath-making and we’ll forward your booking to the relevant group for payment. Hope we get some local support for this 🙂

If you are interested, please follow the link!