Greystoke News May 2022

Greystoke News May 2022

Latest News and What's On in and around Greystoke in May

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services May 2022

  • Sunday 1 May – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 8 May – Morning Praise
  • Sunday 15 May – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 22 May – Morning Praise
  • Sunday 29 May – Morning Praise

All our services start at 9.15am. We are now worshiping in the Chancel part of the church, having left the tent for the summer months.

Everyone is welcome to come and share in our services, we look forward to meeting you.


Greystoke Social Club

  • Monday 2 May – “Juke Box Jury”
    Bring your favourite tape or CD and share a track with club members.
    Sorry no facility for vinyl! Everyone welcome – £1 for club members, £2 for visitors for tea and biscuits.
  • Monday 16 May – First Outing of the Season
    Look out for further information.
  • Monday 6 June – A talk entitled “Every Life Matters” on the subject of suicide.

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI met on Thursday 7 April to enjoy Sue Hind’s talk about patchwork. We brought in our own examples for the competition.

On Thursday 5 May we have a talk about Pioneer food from David Jenkin. The competition will be a money saving food/cookery hint.

Advanced notice:
Our Thursday 2 June meeting will start at 6.00pm with a light supper to celebrate the Jubilee. This will be followed by a talk about Pinetree Nursery and a plant sale with Duncan and Lynne Wilson.

If you would like to join us please contact Hazel.


Greystoke Plant Sale
St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, will be holding their annual plant sale on Saturday 14 May from 9.00am until 2.00pm. There will be a café serving the usual delicious cakes and soups .We also hope to offer a gardening book stall together with second hand gardening tools.

Any offers of plants, books or tools, help with the cafe or donations of cakes will be very gratefully received.

For plant donations please contact Shirley Mounsey.

For cakes/soup, help in the café, or books and tools please contact Maureen Hardy.

Hope to see you there.


Advance Notice of Greystoke Open Gardens and Scarecrow Trail
This will take place on Sunday 12 June. There will be a map available of gardens and scarecrows at the village hall where there will be a café serving a selection of cakes, soup and cream teas.

If you would like to offer your garden (it doesn’t need to be perfect – people just love wandering round getting ideas) or you fancy creating a fun scarecrow (any theme you like), please contact Maureen Hardy.

All funds from the sale of maps and the café will be for St. Andrew’s Church.


Greystoke Castle Estate
By kind permission of John and Liz Piele, local people will be allowed to walk around the Greystoke Castle Estate as from next month using the main road – no wandering over the fields.

Dogs will be allowed, but only on a lead. Any dog fouling, dogs being let off the lead, or litter being left will lead to the permission being taken away.

Roy Fisher


The Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Arrangements are well on the way to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Eden District Council Jubilee fund has awarded us £500. This will be used to purchase a commemorative gift for each child aged 16 and under, partly pay for the Sports Day and Tea. (Sandwiches will made by volunteers, but we would like donations of cakes on the day). Some of the money will go towards the purchase of trees for the “Queen’s Green Canopy”, and extra crocus bulbs and plants in the tubs around the villages as a memorial.

The events are:

  • Thursday 2nd June

    A beacon will be lit at 9.45pm on Mains Field opposite the gallops.

  • Friday 3rd June

    Nothing has been planned for the Friday.

  • Saturday 4th June
    • 1.00pm Parade of Hats
    • 1.30pm Sports
    • 3.00pm Tea

    This will be Greystoke and Johnby’s main celebration day. There will be a competition for all ages for the Best Coronation Hat.

    Throughout the afternoon there will be a bouncy castle and hopefully other fun stalls.

    For it all to go ahead we need as many volunteers as possible to help set up tables and chairs, help with the stalls, collect plates and washing up and finally put everything away. The more the merrier, so that we can all enjoy the day.

  • Sunday 5th June.
    • 11.00am. Hand-bells will be rung outside the Boot & Shoe. Coffee and special Jubilee biscuits.
    • 2.00pm Service of Praise in St Andrew’s Church followed by Tea and Cake.
    • 4.00pm Entertainment at the Boot and Shoe.

A small brown envelope is enclosed in the magazine. This is for a voluntary donation to help towards the cost of all the events. A volunteer will be collecting the envelopes between the 9th and 15th May.

If you are willing to help in anyway please contact Shirley Mounsey


Greystoke Handbell Ringing Group
We are now back ringing regularly after a difficult two years. We meet on Thursday afternoons in the village hall and we are looking for new members to swell our ranks. You do not need to be able to read music – just be able to count!!

We shall be playing outside the Boot and Shoe on Sunday 5 June, Jubilee Sunday, at 11.00am. If you feel you would be interested, maybe pop along, listen and then chat with us afterwards with coffee and biscuits. Alternatively you can contact our secretary Ann Royle.


1st Greystoke Brownies and Guides
Brownies and Guides love the Summer Term when they can take advantage of the light evenings and get out and about. They’ve got lots planned, including fire lighting and cooking on open fires, gardening and growing, tracking, a farm visit, a trip to Castle Park to play crazy golf and more. Guides are also going on a long-awaited weekend camp.

We welcome girls from a wide area and several schools, so it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends. We meet in Greystoke Village Hall from 6.00pm to 7:30pm on Mondays in term time.

For more information, please contact Georgina or register directly.


Greystoke Parish Council
The next Greystoke Parish council meeting is on Tuesday 31 May in the village hall at 7.30pm.


Swimming Pool and Café
Greystoke Pool opens early May, and season tickets are available through the new Greystoke Pool website.

The Pool Café Tuesday lunchtimes will cease, but the Café will be open during public swimming sessions – all are welcome.


Greystoke Gentle Yoga
Gentle Yoga, suitable for beginners in Greystoke Village Hall. Saturdays at 10.00am. Please contact Paula on 07730 499 287, if you would like to join in.

The National Burial Ground Survey

The National Burial Ground Survey

You may have spotted someone walking round the churchyard at Greystoke recently carrying some strange equipment. You won’t have noticed that the registers have left the church – and now have returned safely.

Nationally the burial grounds of all Church of England churches are being digitally mapped. This will mean that in the end the exact location of all the headstones will be known, and available on the internet.

Church registers are particularly precious because they are the only record of baptisms and burials. Older registers are safe in the archives (ours are in Carlisle) but the current ones are potentially vulnerable. So they are all being digitised too, although as they refer to living people the baptism registers won’t be going online.

A local firm, Atlantic Geomatics (UK), is the contractor and of course they are starting on home turf in the Diocese of Carlisle. The intention is to complete our diocese this year, and all of England’s 19,000 churches in 7 years. Churchyards will be digitally mapped using GPS, lasers to detect structures such as headstones and kerbs, and grave mounds. Meanwhile it is photographed, and cameras: the device in the picture takes 300,000 laser measurements per second and the five cameras on it take two photos a second. Later the gravestones are photographed separately, as are the monuments in the church: this level of recording has never been done anywhere before. All registers are being re-scanned (older ones in the archives were scanned to microfilm; they will be digital and in colour). Working registers are also being scanned although the records for baptisms will be locked for 100 years, and for marriages for 80. All registers will be freshly transcribed into digital format.

Then behind the scenes the registers, the digital map and the photographs will all be matched up so that on the internet you will be able to go from the record to the map to the headstone.

And the cost to the parish? Nothing at all. Two websites (MyHeritage and FamilySearch) are paying all the costs. The records will now be safely preserved; the mapping will be accurate; there will be improved access to people who want it. And data protection and privacy concerns are covered, too.

Greystoke News April 2022

Greystoke News April 2022

Latest News and What's On in and around Greystoke in April 2022

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services April 2022
We would welcome all to come and share in the worship:

  • Sunday 3 April – Holy Communion – 9.15am
  • Sunday 10 April – Morning Praise and Distribution of Palms – 9.15am
  • Thursday 14 April – Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday – 7.00pm
  • Friday 15 April – Good Friday Service – 3.00pm at St Kentigern’s, Mungrisdale
  • Sunday 17 April – EASTER DAY HOLY COMMUNION – 9.15am
  • Sunday 24 April – Morning Praise – 9.15am

St. Andrew’s Church Creative Community Project
The Fantastic Felters of Greystoke have made a great start on creating leaves for a new altar frontal.

All welcome to join in.

Look out on the village Facebook page for dates and times of workshops.

Daphne Honey


Easter Cross
Once again the stark bare cross will be placed on the village green on the evening of Maundy Thursday as a reminder of Christ’s suffering. On Easter Sunday we would welcome all the village to help thatch the cross with daffodils as a witness to the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. Please join us.


1st Petteril Vale Beavers and the Queen
The Beaver Scouts from the 1st Petteril Vale Scout Group, who meet at Blencow Village Hall, all got together to make a huge card which they all signed and then sent to Buckingham Palace for the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee. They were delighted then to receive a letter from Windsor Castle thanking them for their efforts and their best wishes.


Plant Sale
St. Andrew’s Church Greystoke will be holding their infamous Plant Sale on Saturday 14 May from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the Village Hall. There will be the usual café and home produce stall, and we hope to have any surplus gardening tools for sale and a collection of gardening books. As usual we will gladly receive any plants that folk may be able to give either on the day or given to Shirley Mounsey earlier in the month. More details will follow in the May Newsletter


Icon of Christ Pantocrator

In November last year I was able to attend an Icon Painting Course at Rydal Hall. The image is of Jesus as Christ, Pantocrator which means Ruler of Everything. Icons are ‘windows onto heaven’ and are a tradition which comes from the Eastern European -including Ukraine, Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches.

We used pigments (coloured powders originally made from natural materials), runny egg and a tiny bit of gin (preservative!) to make the paint and luxurious gold leaf. The image is built up in many layers of subtle changes of tones. Jesus’ ears has at least 8 layers which was quite tricky due to their size!

Little did we know when we gathered in Rydal that there would be war in Ukraine and suffering beyond our comprehension. I am taking my icon to church each week as an act of solidarity with all those who are suffering in the conflict. As Ukraine’s people are crying out to the world, let us do what we can to help and hold them in our prayers.

Daphne Honey


Greystoke Swimming Pool and Playground
We are fast approaching the opening of the pool for the 2022 season. We hope to open the pool and the café fully from early May. We will share information on the actual date and season tickets in early April. We will have a new website for the pool and will once again be using TeamApp to book sessions for adult swimming.

The preparations for opening are underway so please lookout for our calls for help on social media or advertised at the pool.

The pool relies on volunteers to run the café and take admission money so once again we will run some induction sessions. Hopefully many of our past volunteers will return but there is always space for new people. Many of our volunteers remark on the satisfaction and enjoyment they get from volunteering, so do join us.

In the coming months we need to repair and improve the playground. Again we will put a call out for help with this work.

We are looking forward to a successful season and, with your help, it will be!


Greystoke Social Club
Our only meeting in April will be on Monday 4 April at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall when we will have our AGM, but livened afterwards by a quiz and possibly a bingo session – please do join us. £1 for tea and biscuits.


Greystoke Parish Council
The next Greystoke Parish council meeting is on Tuesday 12 April in the village hall at 7.30pm. John Peile from Greystoke Castle has agreed to replace the late Eddie Walker on the Parish Council.

I am also very pleased to announce that Jamie Dobinson and Tom Peile have been successful in purchasing one of the affordable dwellings each on Fawn Meadows – I am pleased I was able to help them. They will live next door to each other.

Danny Walker has trimmed the trees down church road for the Parish Council

Roy Fisher (Chairman)


Swimming Pool Draw
Thank you to all who continue to support the pool by taking part in the Pool Draw and thank you to all those newcomers. We hope you get lucky!

Prize winners for March are:

  • £20 – Jeff & Rachel Bastow – 170
  • £15 – Liz Kinghorn – 203
  • £10 – Sarah Fawcett – 752
  • £5 – Corrine Green – 32
  • £5 – Nigel Timmins – 199
  • £5 – William Cummins – 186
  • £5 – Shirley Morgan – 168

Swimming Pool Café
Greystoke Pool Café will be open Tuesdays 12.00pm to 2.00pm for soup, scones, coffee and cake. Join us for a chat and meet up with neighbours and friends


Greystoke Gentle Yoga
Gentle Yoga, suitable for beginners in Greystoke Village Hall. Saturdays at 10.00am. Please contact Paula if you would like to join in or book online.

Greystoke News March 2022

Greystoke News March 2022

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in March 2022

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services March 2022
All our services are at 9.15am and we would welcome all to come and share in the worship:

  • Sunday 6 March – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 13 March – Morning Praise
  • Sunday 20 March – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 27 March – Morning Praise

St. Andrew’s Church Creative Community Project
St. Andrew’s church has launched a creative community project to make a new green altar frontal for the church. A kind donation has been given to the church to help to fund this. Under the auspices of the WI Crafting Group, there was a felting afternoon on 7 February where we had an opportunity to make a wet-felted leaf.

Future workshops will aim to be run when families or Secondary school young people will be able to come. We will also be offering the dry felting process to make a leaf or to embellish the wet felted leaves.

We also welcome contributions of leaves made by crochet, knitting or appliqué if that is more your ‘thing’! The felted leaves could also be embroidered and we don’t have to stick to just making leaves. An occasional spider, bird, dormouse or red squirrel would be lovely to hide amongst the leaves!

We would like to make enough leaves to represent each person in the wider parish of Greystoke. Come and make one for your neighbour, Grandad, Sister … Better still, bring your Grandad, Dad, Uncle, Brother as felting is for everyone. It involves, all three sciences!

Reminders will go onto the village Facebook page. We hope everyone will feel welcomed to join in as support, guidance and fun will be provided in abundance.

We will be going into the village schools and approaching local social groups to offer workshops too.

If you would like me to come to you, I can do a mini workshop in your home. Please contact me though the Greystoke Village Facebook page.

Daphne Honey


Greystoke Village Hall
The hall welcomes a completely fresh office who are looking forward to bringing our fabulous community together to continue a thriving village hall.

  • Chair – Laura Seel
  • Vice Chair – Marie Addison
  • Secretary – Emma Nielsen
  • Treasurer – Kayleigh Hale
  • Vice Treasurer – Ann Trueman

Please contact Laura (above) if you want to be involved.

Many thanks to the Les Nanson and John Bridges for all of their hard work keeping the village hall running throughout such a difficult period.


Queen’s Jubilee Committee
Kate Tomlinson and Shirley Mounsey are organising a committee to arrange joint celebrations of Greystoke and any surrounding village organisations that wish to be included. If you are a part of a club/organisation, or just wish to be involved, please contact Shirley.

Don’t just live in Greystoke… be a part of it!


Greystoke Social Club

  • Monday 7 March – A talk on “OXFAM” by Jane Shaw
  • Monday 21 March – Details to come

All our meetings are held in Greystoke Village Hall. They start at 2.00pm and the cost is £1 for tea and biscuits – come along, you may wish to join us.


Greystoke WI
WI’s February meeting was Denise Parks talking about the theory of Reflexology and demonstrating some of the techniques on one of our members. She also brought some beautiful pottery bowls which were crafted to serve soup for the charity Mary’s Meals. For a donation we could have some delicious soup and a bowl.

Our March meeting will begin at 6.30 p.m. as it is the AGM. This will start with a vote by the members about whether we stay in WI or not. If you are a member we would very much welcome your presence at this vote. After the AGM we will enjoy a cookery demonstration by Laura Harker.

If you would like to try out WI, please come along to the village hall at 6.30 p.m. on 3rd March. We are trying to stay Covid safe by hand sanitising, wearing a mask and sitting apart from each other.


Greystoke Parish Council
With kind permission of John and Liz Piele and family, Greystoke Parish Council has agreed to hold a bonfire to celebrate the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Thursday 2 June. The bonfire will be lit at 9.45pm in conjunction with all the others country-wide. They hope to be helped in the building of the bonfire by some of Skelton Young Farmers.

A new speed camera is to be installed at the Penrith end of Greystoke on the new post that Story Holmes have put in.

The gate down near Church House has had a makeover. This was done by Danny and Matty Walker, the late Eddie Walker’s lads. A donation of £50 was given to Eddie Walker’s memorial fund for all the work and dedication he put in to being a Councillor over the last 35 years. Eddie will be very hard to replace. We shall need a new Councillor to fill the vacancy caused by Eddie’s untimely death.

Roy Fisher (Chairman)


Swimming Pool Draw
Thank you to all who continue to support the pool by taking part in the Pool Draw and thank you to all those newcomers. We hope you get lucky!

Prize winners for January are:

  • £20 – Bob Barnes – 10
  • £15 – B&M Murray – 165
  • £10 – John Bridges – 140
  • £5 – P & A Binks – 08
  • £5 – M&M Nears – 123
  • £5 – Ian & Joan Curry – 116
  • £5 – Dennis Dixon – 182

Swimming Pool Café
Greystoke Pool Café will be open Tuesdays 12.00-2.00pm for soup, scones, coffee and cake.

Join us for a chat and meet up with neighbours and friends

Come and Felt – St. Andrew’s new Alter Frontal

Come and Felt – St. Andrew’s new Alter Frontal

St. Andrew’s church is launching a creative community project to make a new green altar frontal for the church. A kind donation has been given to the church to help to fund this. Under the auspices of the WI Crafting Group we will have a felting afternoon starting at 1.30pm on Monday 7 February where you will have an opportunity to make a wet-felted leaf. We hope everyone will feel welcomed to join in as support, guidance and fun will be provided in abundance.

If you have them, please bring 2 pieces of bubble wrap about A4 Size, a bar of soap, an old towel and water proof apron. Don’t worry if you don’t – just come!

Future workshops will aim to be run when families or Secondary school young people will be able to come. We will also be offering the dry felting process to make a leaf or to embellish the wet felted leaves.

We also welcome contributions of leaves made by crochet, knitting, appliqué if that is more your ‘thing’! The felted leaves could also be embroidered and we don’t have to stick to just making leaves. An occasional spider, bird, dormouse or red squirrel would be lovely to hide amongst the leaves!

We would like to make enough leaves to represent each person in the wider parish of Greystoke. Come and make one for your neighbour, Grandad, sister… Better still, bring your Grandad, Dad, Uncle, brother as felting is for everyone. It involves, all three sciences!

Reminders will go onto the village Facebook page.

We will be going into the village schools and approaching local social groups to offer workshops too. If you would like me to come to you, I can do a mini workshop in your home. Please contact me though the Greystoke Village Facebook page.

Thanks, Daphne Honey