Church Services – December 2021

Church Services – December 2021

Sunday 5 December – Holy Communion with Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 12 December – Morning Praise led by Judith Walsh, speaker Graham Simons

Sunday 19 December – Holy Communion with Canon Cameron Butland

Sunday 19 December (7.00pm) – Village Carol Service

Wednesday 22 December (6.30pm) – Carols Around the Village – meet outside The Boot and Shoe

Friday 24 December (3.00pm) – Christingle Service for Families

Friday 24 December (9.30pm) – Christmas Communion – led by Gill Danks

Sunday 26 December – No Service


Everyone is welcome to our services which are held in church.

Please wear a mask for services and use the sanitiser provided.

All services at 9:15am unless indicated.


Carol Service in Church – 7.00pm Sunday 19 December
Come and join us as we retell the Christmas Story and sing the old familiar carols.

Collection will go to the homeless charity CRISIS.


Carols Around The Village – 6.30pm Wednesday 22 December
Wrap up warm, bring a torch, wear something bright and come with us as we tell of the birth of Jesus to the village accompanied by some familiar carols.

Meet outside The Boot and Shoe.


Christingle – 3.00pm Friday 24 December in Church
We are encouraging families to book a pew as we continue to try and stay safe maintaining some spacing, and come and join us as we start Christmas by constructing a Christingle, which tells us of the story of God’s creation and the part that Jesus played.

We shall sing to the music of the church’s worship band, and the collection will go to the children’s charity The Children’s Society.

Contact John Danks to book a pew.

Greystoke News – November 2021

Greystoke News – November 2021

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in November 2021

Remembrance Sunday Service Including the Two Minute Silence and Laying of Wreaths

A short service will take place in church starting at 10.15am, then the congregation will proceed to the village green to join others.

At the village green we will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11.00am and wreaths and other tributes will be laid. The uniformed youth organisation will be in attendance.


St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services November 2021

  • Sunday 7 November – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Rev. Michael Houston
  • Sunday 14 November(10.15am start) – Remembrance Sunday; Leader and Preacher Graham Simons
  • Sunday 21 November – Morning Praise; Leader – Judith Walsh, Preacher – Gill Danks
  • Sunday 28 November – Leader – John Danks, Preacher – Judith Walsh

Everyone is welcome to our services which all start at 9.15am and are held in church. Note that the service on Remembrance Sunday starts at 10.15am.


Book Stall
A big Thank You to everyone who supported the books, jigsaws, plants and, of course, masks outside of Hazel’s house on Howard Park, run under the WI Banner. We made over £1300 for the church during the last 18 months.

We have now decided to call a halt to the books outside but there will be jigsaws on fine days during the winter and also the masks.

All the books left have gone into the Church Library … do take a walk to the church on good days to get a book or two!

Again, a big Thank You to you all.

Hazel – Greystoke WI


St. Andrew’s Church Greystoke Tower Lighting Fund
Once again we are coming up to the festive season, and this time we hope all our plans will be back to normal, compared to last year.

The last year or so has been a trying time for everyone, and there cannot be many of us who have not known someone who has been affected by the pandemic in some way or other.

Many of us remember our loved ones that sadly are no longer with us. We enjoyed so many happy Christmas’s with them in the past. Christmas is certainly a time of remembrance!

Once again we are going to illuminate St. Andrew’s Church Tower in memory of all those dear relatives and friends that we miss so much. We have had many favourable comments from villagers and beyond regarding our tower. It looks spectacular from Icold Road especially!

Last year, due to the generosity of many, many local people, we made a substantial amount, which was greatly appreciated by the PCC.

If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Lighting Fund, please contact Diane Hetherington or any Church member.

PS., Cheques should be made payable to St. Andrew’s Church PCC Greystoke.


Christmas Tree Festival
The popular Christmas Tree Festival will make a return this year. So if you are a member of a community group or organisation, a road or a family, start making your plans for how your tree will look.

The Festival will be held in St. Andrew’s Church from the weekend before Christmas.

Who knows, you may win the trophy!!


St. Andrew’s – Musicians Wanted
St. Andrew’s Church has formed a praise and worship band which will play at one Sunday service a month and meet once a month for a practice session. We would love to welcome any musicians who might wish to join us.

If you are interested, please contact Abi to find out when we are next meeting and come along to see if it is for you.

We are in particular need of a drummer, but any instrument/voices would be a great addition.


St. Andrew’s Frost Fair
St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, is holding a Frost Fair on Saturday 11 December from 12.00pm to 4.00pm at the Greystoke Village Hall.

Stalls will include Cakes and Home produce, Christmas Wreaths and Table Decorations, Christmas Cards and stationery, etc., WI, Pre-loved children’s toys, Tombola and silk craft.

There will be a café serving soup, turkey and stuffing rolls, and of course, yummy cakes.

New this year…Test your skill on entertaining games for both children and adults.

There will also be a guest appearance of Father Christmas who will be available from 1.00pm until 2.00pm for a chat with younger members of our community!!!!

If you feel able to contribute to the Cakes and Produce stall, please contact Clare.


Village Hall Committee
Greystoke Village Hall urgently requires new committee members and office holders to secure the future of the hall. An Open Evening will be held in the hall on Wednesday 10 November at 7:30pm. Anyone with an interest in the future of the hall, in joining the committee or becoming an office holder, is welcome to come along for a drink and chat.

We are looking for a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, to take over from February next year.

This is your chance to get involved and to safeguard the future of this important community asset.


Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI met on Thursday 7 October for our Guest Night when we were joined by visitors from two other local groups.

It was part of our 100th anniversary celebrations so some of us dressed in the fashions of 100 years ago. After a sumptuous buffet supper we were entertained by Ukes Akimbo, a ukulele group which set up about six years ago when they started to take lessons. They were brilliant. We really enjoyed listening to some golden oldies like Sweet Caroline and Beach Boys classics. We didn’t just have to sit still and listen though, we were able to participate by singing along and even dancing. Some of us were obviously reliving highlights from our youth!

Anne Brownlee was judged to have the best 20’s costume and Gwyneth Yerkess won the prize for best photo from the 20’s.

In November we welcome Paula Carol who will be talking to us about Yoga. The Competition will be improvised gym equipment.

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


Greystoke Library
I have been asked to set up a village library in the church for everyone to use. Hopefully this will become a useful village resource!

Initially, I am asking for donations of low standing bookshelves please (they can’t be fixed to the walls so we can’t have anything too top heavy). Also, if anyone has any children’s bookshelves or things that would work well in a children’s corner (cushions, little rugs, etc.,) these would be gratefully received.

Once they are in place, we would welcome your donations of books! I will be advertising for these in the new year, but if you are having a sort out, please consider putting some aside for us.

Please contact Lucy Storer if you have any bookshelves for the library.

Thank you very much.


Greystoke Parish Council
The next Greystoke Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 2 November at 7.30pm in Greystoke Village Hall.


Greystoke and District Sports Association
We are delighted to announce the return of our popular Film Nights held at the village hall.

Limbo – 7.00pm Saturday 27 November 2021

Recently nominated for two BAFTA® awards, Limbo is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. It centres on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather’s musical instrument, an oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland.

Review: Ben Sharrock has created a delicate world, to deliver an asylum story filled with humour and understanding that always keeps the refugees at its centre.

Please help us to run the event safely by doing a lateral flow test before attending and if we have to cancel the event, full refunds will be given.

Tickets £12 will be on sale at Greystoke Post Office. Price includes cheese and biscuits, one soft drink or glass of wine, and ice cream.

Future film nights for your diary (film details to be announced):

  • Saturday 8 January 2022
  • Saturday 5 February 2022

A March 2022 date will be announced in due course.


Swimming Pool Draw
The lucky winners of the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw for October are:

  • £20 – Karen Dalton – 04
  • £15 – Steve & Tara – 55
  • £10 – Sarah Fawcett – 72
  • £5 – Colin & Sylvia – 167
  • £5 – Angela Lowthian – 74
  • £5 – Stacey Edmundson – 200
  • £5 – Val Allison – 161

Join the draw and help raise funds for the swimming pool and the chance to win cash prizes every month.

A one off fee of £15 buys you a number which is entered into a monthly draw and the Christmas bonus draws. This year we have had over £1000 to give away in cash prizes!

Payment is due in December. Existing members – no need to do anything, we will contact you automatically.

Want to be included for 2022? Contact Emma Nielsen .

Be involved, be a winner.

1st Greystoke Brownies & Guides

Brownies and Guides meet every Monday in term time at 6:00pm at Greystoke Village Hall. Brownies is for girls aged 7-10, and Guides is for girls aged 10-14.

We enjoy a wide variety of activities from craft and cooking to sport and STEM, plus trips, sleepovers and camps! We welcome girls from Greystoke & surrounding villages including Berrier, Stainton, Skelton, Penruddock, Plumpton and Penrith.

If your daughter would like to join us, email Gina Stephenson or register with Girl Guiding.

Greystoke News – October 2021

Greystoke News – October 2021

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in October 2021

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services October 2021

  • Sunday 3 October – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Rev. Michael Houston
  • Sunday 10 October – Morning Praise;
  • Sunday 17 October – Morning Praise;
  • Sunday 24 October – Morning Praise;
  • Sunday 31 October – Confirmation with Bishop James Bell

Everyone is welcome to our services which all start at 9.15am and are held in church.

The Church Council has asked worshippers to continue sanitising their hands when entering and leaving church and to continue to wear face coverings although singing is now permitted. We are also now able to offer refreshments after services.

We will celebrate Harvest on Sunday 3 October at our service of Holy Communion.


Harvest Supper
St. Andrew’s Church is holding a Harvest Supper on Saturday 9 October in the Greystoke Village hall at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 (£5 for school children) and includes Cottage Pie and Red Cabbage, Apple Crumble and the first glass of wine or soft drink free. A Vegetarian option is also available. Music will be provided by Blue Jam. There will also be a bingo session and bar.

If you would like to book tickets, please contact Maureen Hardy or John Danks


Churchyard Update
The church council is most grateful for the £800 which the Parish Council has contributed towards the bill for mowing the churchyard. Work continues to tidy up around the yew trees, and we are very grateful to the Church House Group which meets in Blencow for spending two evenings carrying out maintenance.

If anyone would like to help us in this work, doing as much as you wish, please give John Danks a ring to find out what needs to be done.


Remembrance Sunday – 14th November
After the restrictions of Covid last year which meant attendance on the village green was discouraged, we will this year return to our normal format. That will be:

  • 10.15am Service in Church attended by the unformed youth organisations
  • 11.00am Gathering on the Village Green for the laying of wreaths and the two minute silence

1st Greystoke Brownies & Guides
Brownies and Guides meet every Monday in term time at 6:00pm at Greystoke Village Hall. Brownies is for girls aged 7-10, and Guides is for girls aged 10-14.

We enjoy a wide variety of activities from craft and cooking to sport and STEM, plus trips, sleepovers and camps! We welcome girls from Greystoke & surrounding villages including Berrier, Stainton, Skelton, Penruddock, Plumpton and Penrith.

If your daughter would like to join us, email Gina Stephenson or register with Girl Guiding.


Greystoke WI
We met on Thursday 2 September at 7.00pm for our Open Night when Roy Fisher gave out prizes for beautiful gardens, and enjoyed cheese and wine. A raffle was held of the hampers Eileen assembled. Jim Bownass and Andrew Leech then showed us some historical footage to do with Crime and Punishment. Andrew has a special interest in this as he is a JP. It was thought provoking to see how attitudes have changes to capital punishment.

On Thursday 7 October we have our Guest Night when we invite members from neighbouring WI groups. This year we are having a supper and being entertained by Ukes Akimbo – a ukulele band. There are two competitions in honour of our 100 year anniversary. The first is fancy dress in the style of 20’s and 30’s fashion. The second is a photo from your archive of that period.

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


Spirals of Time – Rectors of Greystoke
On the retirement of the Revd. Bill White in 2019, Daphne and Jeremy Honey began to rework the list of the Rectors of Greystoke, the earliest being Thomas de Vipent in 1255.

On the day the art work went to the framers, Purdon and Co. in Penrith, news of another rector arrived who was not on the list! Henri de Grandson from 1276 appeared via a post to the Greystoke Village Facebook page (12th December 2020) from the historian John Marshall. There are now several posts about Henri and his nephew Gerard de Vuippens with wonderful photos from John. We look forward to meeting John and hearing talk from him when he is next able to travel from his home in Switzerland. Henri has been ‘squeezed in’ before the frame was sealed.

The list has been divided into two and represented in the form of Spirals of Time. The arrival of our next Rector will see the beginning of a new Spiral to hang in the church and be added to over future centuries!


Greystoke Parish Council
The next two Greystoke Parish Council meetings are Tuesday 28 September and Tuesday 2 November, both at 7.30pm in Greystoke Village Hall.

The result of the Best Kept Garden competition:

  • Large Garden: Eileen and Norman Lund
  • Small Garden: Elizabeth and Larry Poland
  • Containers and Baskets: Patricia and Ross Watson.

Greystoke and District Sports Association
We are delighted to announce the return of our popular Film Nights held at the village hall.

Our first event will be The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019 adventure/comedy) at 7.00pm on Saturday 23 October – A man with Down Syndrome runs away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler. Later he meets with an outlaw who becomes his friend and coach.

We are making several changes to the normal format to keep everyone safe in Covid times. There is a maximum of 50 people (first come first served), and cheese and biscuits will be served whilst you enjoy a short film. We will then show the main film with an ice cream served in the interval. There will also be a licensed bar and we will serve all drinks at your table. We do request that everyone does a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before attending and, if we have to cancel the event, full refunds will be made.

Tickets £12 will be on sale at Greystoke Post Office. Price includes cheese and biscuits, one soft drink or glass of wine, and ice cream.

Future film nights for your diary (film details to be announced):

  • Saturday 27 November 2021
  • Saturday 8 January 2022
  • Saturday 5 February 2022

A March 2022 date will be announced in due course.


Swimming Pool Draw
The lucky winners of the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw for September are:

  • £20 – Moira Dudson – 41
  • £15 – Lyn & Dick Mol – 148
  • £10 – Andy Nicol – 174
  • £5 – Alan & Mary Marshall – 177
  • £5 – Emily Coates – 37
  • £5 – John Bridges – 140
  • £5 – Liz Kinghorn – 203

This is a fundraiser for the pool, one ticket buys you entrance to 12 monthly draws and a bonus Christmas draw with cash prizes up to £50!

The draw runs January to December and costs £15 with half of the fee going directly to the pool, the other half as cash prizes. Payment is due in December so watch this space for details nearer the time or see the pool website.

Thank you for your continued support for our lovely village pool.


Fellrunner Bus Trips
Fellrunner is running the following minibus trips out of Greystoke (and Newbiggin) this summer. The money raised goes to support the bus service.

  • Monday 11 October – Barnard Castle £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm.

To book seats or get info, call 07734 529 432

Greystoke News – September 2021

Greystoke News – September 2021

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in September 2021

Church Services for September 2021

  • Sunday 5 September
    – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Rev. Michael Houston
  • Sunday 12 September
    – Morning Praise; Service leader John Danks, Preacher Judith Walsh
  • Sunday 19 September
    – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Canon Cameron Butland
  • Sunday 26 September
    – Morning Praise; Service Leader Judith Walsh, Preacher Graham Simons

Everyone is welcome to our services which all start at 9.15am and are held in church.

The Church Council has asked worshippers to continue sanitising their hands when entering and leaving church and to continue to wear face coverings although singing is now permitted.

We are also now able to offer refreshments after services.

Advance Notice – we will celebrate Harvest on Sunday 3 October at our service of Holy Communion that day.


Macmillan Coffee Morning
The church is very pleased to be able to host in St Andrew’s Church, Greystoke a Macmillan Coffee Morning from 10.00am until 1.00pm on Saturday 11 September in support of that much valued and highly regarded charity.

Please spread this widely and we look forward to seeing you on that day.


Harvest Supper and Ceilidh
St. Andrew’s Church is holding a Harvest Supper and Ceilidh on Saturday 9 October in the Greystoke Village hall at 6.30pm.

Tickets will be available nearer the time.

If you would like to book tickets, please contact Maureen Hardy


Greystoke Under 5’s Playgroup
The playgroup will be reopening back at Greystoke village hall on Thursday 9 September, 9.45am to 11.15am.

After almost 18 months closed due to Covid, it would be lovely to see our regulars and welcome new members.

We have new toys and special activities planned for our sessions. The playgroup will now be held on Thursdays in term time only.

For more information please join Facebook group Greystoke Under 5s Playgroup (2021+), or call Becky on 07515 761 626.

Everybody is welcome!


Greystoke WI
We restarted meetings in the Village Hall in August with a presentation by Jim Bownass and Andrew Leech. They showed us some of their fascinating old footage of Carlisle, Penrith and the Lake District. The Cumbria Film Archive has about 300 films. Some of the footage only came to light because a solicitor was at one of their presentations and offered some cine film that they were disposing of. In the oldest film, it was moving to see the workers pouring out of the biscuit factory in Carlisle, many of whom were boys who probably ended up in the trenches. Some of the promotions from the fifties and sixties were shockingly sexist but also quite humorous as they were for inventions which seemed to be completely bonkers – like the tent which popped up on your car roof! We look forward to more of their selections in September.

Thursday 2 September at 7.00pm is our Open Night when Roy Fisher will give out prizes for beautiful gardens. There will be cheese and wine and a raffle. Could members please bring an item from their larder to go into the hampers? Entry will be by donation. Jim Bownass and Andrew Leech have kindly volunteered to show us some different historical footage of the local area.

If you would like to join WI, please contact Hazel


Mary Jack Foundation Trust Fund
Studying?

Funding Available Grants are available to all students aged eleven to twenty-five, who reside in the Whitbarrow, Berrier and Murrah area from the Mary Jack Foundation Trust Fund. Grants may be put towards the cost of education, training, apprenticeships, books or equipment, which would help to prepare for or enter a trade or profession.

Application forms and further information are available from Mrs E Earl, Thanet Well, Hutton Roof, Penrith CA11 0XX (017684 84 540).

Completed forms to be returned to Mrs Earl by Saturday 25 September 2021.

In order to keep this fund functioning, the trustees would appreciate applications from eligible students.


Greystoke Parish Council
The Greystoke Parish Council Best Kept Garden presentation will take place at the WI meeting on Thursday 2 September at 7.00pm.

The Parish Council gave donations of £100 to the School to purchase a cut out Policeman to place around the Village to try and make motorists slow down, they also gave £800 to the Church and £500 to the Swimming Pool.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 28 September at 7.30pm.

I would like to thank the Swimming Pool committee for asking me to cut the ribbon to officially open the new swimming pool pavilion. I felt very honoured to do so. It is a fantastic facility and I thank all those involved in working so hard to make it come to fruition under the Chairman Stephen Nicol.

I wish them well for the future.

Roy Fisher


Swimming Pool Draw
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw

July's Winners

  • £20 – Hugh Taylor – 02
  • £15 – Alan & Janet Buckley – 40
  • £10 – Julie Boothman – 13
  • £5 – Jane Taylor – 17
  • £5 – Tom& Sam Fawcett – 126
  • £5 – John Smith – 105
  • £5 – Ross & Tricia – 25

August's Winners

  • £20 – Peter Trueman – 80
  • £15 – Simon & Trish Hawkyard – 189
  • £10 – T & E Blenkharn – 87
  • £5 – Mike Bellas – 89
  • £5 – Claire Hebdige – 135
  • £5 – Molleen McHale – 47
  • £5 – Judith Eilbeck – 113

Thank you for your continued support.


Fellrunner Bus Trips
Fellrunner is running the following minibus trips out of Greystoke (and Newbiggin) this summer. The money raised goes to support the bus service.

  • Monday 13 September – Kendal £12; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm
  • Monday 27 September – Gretna Gateway £15; depart 9.59am, home by 4.45pm
  • Monday 11 October – Barnard Castle £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm.

To book seats or get info, call 07734 529 432


Gentle Yoga with Paula
Gentle yoga improves flexibility and mobility. Allow your mind and body to relax and repair.

Saturdays between 10:00am and 11:00am in Greystoke Village Hall, sessions are £5 and mats are provided.

There are a couple of spaces still available if anyone wants to join in.

If interested in joining, please contact Paula on 07730 499 287 to confirm a place, or visit her yoga Facebook page.