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.

Thanks

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 enquiry@greystokevillage.co.uk
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 mhardy715@gmail.com

Together Magazine Winter 2019

Together Magazine Winter 2019

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in December 2019 and Janaury 2020

Greystoke WI
At Greystoke WI’s November meeting, Christine Rose from Bolton showed us how to use beautifully carved wooden blocks from India to block print onto fabric. We were able to print either a Christmas tea towel or a tote bag. We were very pleased with the results.

Our meeting, starting at 7.00pm, on Thursday 5 December is an AGM followed by a shared supper. There will also be carols from Greystoke Hand bell ringers.

In January there will be no meeting as we will be having a New Year Party instead. It will be the first celebration in our centenary year.

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


Greystoke Social Club
Our next meetings are:

  • Monday 2 December – Christmas Lunch – Roundthorn County Hotel
  • Monday 9 December – ANNUAL BRING AND BUY SALE – Greystoke Village hall at 2.00pm – admission £1 to include tea and biscuits – please support us!!
  • Monday 20 January – talk on Oxfam by Jane Shaw – Greystoke Village Hall, 2.00pm

Everyone is welcome to our meetings and on our trips. We hope that you will enjoy yourselves and eventually become a member.

John Danks (Chairman)


Carol Service 2019
Everyone is welcome to join us for the annual service of carols and readings in Greystoke Church at 6.00pm on Sunday 22 December, followed by tea and cake and the presentation of the prizes for the Christmas Tree Competition.

The collection at this service will be sent to the charity Crisis.

Come and hear again of the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ

PCC St Andrew’s


Christingle Service 2019
We shall once again build our Christingles at 3.00pm in St Andrew’s Church on Christmas Eve, and hear the way God healed his world through the nativity of Jesus Christ.

The collection for this service will go to the children’s charity, The Children’s Society.

This service is especially focussed on families.

PCC St Andrew’s


Christmas Tree Festival
Once again the church will be lit up by a forest of Christmas Trees from Saturday 21 December, all provided by individuals and organisations from our community.
Come and share in this Christmas spectacle.


St. Andrews Church Coffee Morning
Thank you to all the people who attended the Coffee Morning, held in Orchard Cottage, for the replacement of some very tired Kitchen Equipment.

We managed to raise £165. There were willing ladies helping with baking and serving the guests.

We were fortunate with the weather as well, making it a very pleasant morning.

Wendy


Greystoke Bingo Nights
Greystoke Bingo Nights will be held in the village hall on Fridays 6 December and 10 January 2020.

These bingo nights are our main fundraising activity of the year and can only take place thanks to the fantastic support we receive from our local community. There are great prizes to be won and everyone is welcome.

A huge thank you to everyone that has donated prizes and the dedicated village hall committee members who have collected those prizes.


Greystoke Village Hall – Soup & Puddings
The Soup & Puddings event that was held on Sunday 27 October was attended by around 80 people and raised the fantastic amount of £400, which will go towards the running costs of the hall.

Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed soups and puddings, and to everyone who helped out on the day.

We really do appreciate your support.


Christmas Wreath Making fundraising for Greystoke
There will be three identical wreath making classes at the old Cycle Café (2 – 2½ hours) run along similar lines to a Quirky Workshop wreath day with proceeds going to Greystoke Church, Swimming Pool and Village Hall.

  • Greystoke Swimming Pool – Sunday 8 December, 2.00pm
  • Greystoke Church – Thursday 12 December, 10.00am
  • Greystoke Village Hall – Thursday 12 December, 2.00pm

Cost £40 per place including all materials and drink, etc.

Please book via the Quirky Workshops’ website or call 017684 83984.

Feel free to bring some of your own foliage to personalise your wreath (we can send you list of what to look for). We’ll have a variety of extras /add-ons here like feathers, bows, etc., though if you have a certain colour/theme in mind you’re welcome to bring your own.


Greystoke Film Nights
The building work is progressing well but we still need to raise funds to kit out the cafe and kitchen so we hope you will support us in our efforts.

We have the following film nights scheduled for the autumn/ winter.

  • Saturday 18 January – Breakfast at Tiffany’s – staring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard
  • Saturday 29 February – Mrs Lowry and Son
  • Saturday 28 March – What We Did On Our Holidays

Tickets £12 (£8 under 16) include film, supper and ice cream. Licensed bar.

Available from Greystoke Post Office or Judith Aris.


Buy a Brick

Support the pool refurbishment by buying a brick and have your name on the wall of the new interior.

Please go to www.greystokepool.org.uk for further details, or contact Janice Weatherill directly for more information.


Greystoke Swimming Pool Volunteers Thank You Evening and AGM

If you have volunteered in any way over the past year with the pool please join us on Wednesday 11 December in the Oak Room at the Boot and Shoe, Greystoke from 8:30pm for a great social get-together, a glass of wine and a mince pie.

We will have a short AGM from 7:30pm that you are welcome to attend.


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!

November's Winners

  • 141 £20 – Beckie Molyneux
  • 72 £15 – Sarah Fawcett
  • 61 £10 – Graham & Cecelia Hewett
  • 7 £5 – Tim Nicol
  • 62 £5 – Christine Corner
  • 2 £5 – Hugh Taylor
  • 73 £5 – Eileen Monk

Greystoke Swimming Pool Draw runs January to December, with seven monthly cash prizes and a big Christmas draw with prizes up to £50. It’s £15 for the whole year and half of all monies received are given out in cash prizes and half goes to help run the pool.

2020 will see big changes at the pool as the refurbishment of the changing room and café gets underway – fundraising has enabled this to happen, so a big thank you to all of you who continue to support our amazing village amenity, which includes being in the monthly pool draw.

Payment for 2020 is due by mid-December so collectors will be visiting, or you can pay by BACS or standing order.

For more information contact Emma Nielsen or Sarah Dobinson. Also, see the Greystoke & District Swimming Pool facebook page or website.

Your generosity in supporting the pool is very much appreciated.


Swimming Pool Lifeguards for 2020

We welcome enquires from anyone who wishes to lifeguard at the pool over the summer in 2020.

The post is paid, training is provided and hours are flexible.

Our present lifeguards are all ages, so if you are interested please contact Moira Dudson.


Greystoke Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Tuesday 28 January at 7:30pm in Greystoke Village Hall meeting room.

May I, on behalf of all my Parish Councillors, and Rachael Kelly our Clerk, wish you all A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Roy Fisher (Chairman)


Clerk to Governors: Greystoke Primary School (BS5 £19171 Per Annum Pro Rata Permanent)

Our Governing Body is seeking the right person for the role of Clerk to Governors. The position is term time only – hours variable to include daytime and evenings. Approximately 2 hours per week on average.

To start immediately after appointment – time for handover. Visits to the school are welcome.

For further details or to book a visit please eMail Gill Fawcett, School Business Manager (tel. 017684 83 572)

Together Magazine November 2019

Together Magazine November 2019

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in November

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI’s October meeting was a Guest Night when we were joined by members of other WIs as well as guests from the village. After a very generous buffet supper we were addressed by Michael Roberts, an auctioneer from PFK. Michael explained how fashion dictates the value of fine arts and antiques so some items have declined in value whereas others have risen. He told us a little about some popular auction items such as Chinese jade and vintage wines and spirits. We heard how fifty percent of their sales are made through the internet, but that they still manage to attract lots of customers to their auction rooms.

Michael spent about an hour examining the items which had been brought to the meeting, working out the date of manufacture and the approximate value. It was fascinating to watch him at work. There were pleasant surprises for some and a rueful laugh for others. The outstanding item for Michael was a Keswick School of Industrial Art copper pot brought in by Di Hetherington.

In November we have a change to our published meeting. We are making a Christmas tea towel under the guidance of Christine Rose. She will bring packs of the materials needed at the cost of £5 per person.

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


Greystoke Social Club
Our next meetings are:

  • Monday 4 November – A talk by Barry Todhunter on Blencathra Foxhounds – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm
  • Monday 18 November – Denis Westmorland, ‘Music and Craic’ – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm

Early notice for your diaries – Annual Bring and Buy Sale – Monday 9 December at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall

Everyone is welcome to our meetings and on our trips. We hope that you will enjoy yourselves and eventually become a member.

John Danks (Chairman)


St Andrew’s Church
Many of the members of St Andrew’s fund raising group attended the Swimming Pool film night on Saturday 12 October, and it gave us great pleasure to present a cheque for £600 as the church’s contribution to the swimming pool redevelopment fund.

The group raises funds throughout the year to maintain the Church and keep it open and available to the local Greystoke community and visitors alike.

We look forward to the refurbished Swimming Pool bringing great enjoyment and fun to ourselves, our children and grandchildren!

Janet Buckley and Maureen Hardy on behalf of the fundraising group.


Remembrance Sunday – 10 November
The annual service of remembrance will take place in Greystoke Church at 10.15am, followed by the laying of wreaths and the two minutes silence around the cross on the village green. This will be led by the Rev Richard Hall.

PCC St Andrew’s Greystoke


Erection of Tent in St Andrew’s Church
We will be erecting the tent on Saturday 2 November and would appreciate help if anyone can spare some time. We will start at 10.00am, but the main help is needed at 11.00am when the tent structure has to be lifted. No pay – but coffee and biscuits will be provided.

PCC St Andrew’s Church


St Andrew’s Church Frost Fair

St Andrew’s Church Frost Fair will be held on Saturday 30 November between 10.00am and 3.00pm in the village hall. There will be a café with homemade cakes, scones and soup. There will also be a variety of Christmas gift stalls, small Christmas cakes and Christmas goodies, bric-à-brac and books.


St. Andrew’s Church Illumination

It is about this time of year that everyone is thinking of Christmas. Rushing about buying and sending Christmas cards, and ordering presents from Santa!

Perhaps also we are thinking of Christmas’s past, when our loved ones spent such happy times with us, and now, it is not quite the same.

At St Andrews Church, Greystoke, it has now become a tradition, that we illuminate the Church tower, in memory of all those who are no longer with us. I am sure you will agree, that the light reflects the true meaning of Christmas. We had a lot of lovely comments last year, from villagers, and even those driving from Motherby, and outside the area.

If anyone would like to contribute to the Church Illumination Fund, please contact Diane Hetherington or any Church member.

Many thanks, Di Hetherington


Greystoke Bingo Nights
Greystoke Bingo Nights will be held in the village hall on Fridays 8 and 22 November, 6 December and 10 January 2020.

These bingo nights are our main fundraising activity of the year and can only take place thanks to the fantastic support we receive from our local community. This being so, we will shortly be asking for donations of prizes for our popular bingo nights.


Swimming Pool Refurbishment
As a result of all the fundraising and grants the refurbishment started in late October and should be finished by the end of February 2020. The committee will be liaising with the builders so if you have any questions please let us know.


Swimming Pool Fundraising
We still need to raise funds to fit out the new café so if you haven’t done so already please Buy a Brick.

You can still purchase a brick to have your name on the wall in the new interior.

If the idea of donating online doesn’t appeal please ring Janice Weatherill and she will pop round to collect your donation.


Greystoke Film Nights
We have the following film nights scheduled for the autumn/ winter.

  • Saturday 12 October – Fisherman’s Friend
    A feel-good story about the discovery of a most unusual ‘boy-band’ set in Cornwall!
  • Saturday 30 November – Red Joan
    Staring Dame Judi Dench
  • Saturday 18 January – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Saturday 29 February – Mrs Lowry and Son
  • Saturday 28 March – What We Did On Our Holidays

Tickets £12 (£8 under 16) include film, supper and ice cream. Licensed bar.

Available from Greystoke Post Office or Judith Aris


Greystoke Swimming Pool Volunteers Thank You Evening and AGM

If you have volunteered in any way over the past year with the pool please join us on Wednesday 11 December in the Oak Room at the Boot and Shoe, Greystoke from 8:30pm for a great, social get-together.

We will have a short AGM from 7:30pm that you are welcome to attend.


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!

October's Winners

  • £20-99 Clarissa Hoskinson
  • £15-48 Louise & Simon
  • £10-28 Tim Mather
  • £5-127 Ella & Johnathan Tiffin
  • £5-96 Roy & Mel Thompson
  • £5-65 Steven & Vickie Amos
  • £5-82 Gavin & Judith Aris

Greystoke Swimming Pool Draw runs January to December, with seven monthly cash prizes and a big Christmas draw with prizes up to £50. It’s £15 for the whole year and half of all monies received are given out in cash prizes and half goes to help run the pool.

2020 will see big changes at the pool as the refurbishment of the changing room and café gets underway – fundraising has enabled this to happen, so a big thank you to all of you who continue to support our amazing village amenity, which includes being in the monthly pool draw.

Payment for 2020 is due by mid-December so collectors will be visiting, or you can pay by BACS or standing order.

For more information contact Emma Nielsen or Sarah Dobinson. Also, see the Greystoke & District Swimming Pool facebook page or website

Together Magazine October 2019

Together Magazine October 2019

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in October

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI’s September meeting was a talk by Marjorie Bridgway about needles and sewing. Marjorie spoke about the history of sewing and explained how needles were made. There was a very interesting display of all kinds of needles and sewing.

On Thursday 3 October, we have a Guest Night where Michael Roberts, an Auctioneer, will value objects brought along on the evening. The Competition will be his choice of the objects brought for valuation. We will share a light supper. Members are encouraged to bring guests, but please let Hazel McGrath know.

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


Greystoke Social Club
Our next meetings are:

  • Monday 7 October – a talk by Derek Storrer from Penrith Lions about their work – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm
  • Monday 21 October – a slide show by Tony Warren on the Isle of Man – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm
  • Monday 4 November – A talk by Barry Todhunter on Blencathra Foxhounds – Greystoke Village Hall at 2.00pm

A big thank you to those non-members from the village who supported our outings over the summer, we hope that you enjoyed yourselves and will join us on another occasion.

Everyone is welcome to our meetings and on our trips. We hope that you will enjoy yourselves and eventually become a member.

John Danks (Chairman)


Remembrance Sunday
For those who were unsure, we can confirm that Remembrance Sunday will be commemorated in its usual fashion. Rev Richard Hall will lead us in a service in church at 10.15am, which will be attended by the uniformed youth organisations, to be followed at 11.00am by the usual laying of wreaths and two minutes silence on the village green.

PCC St Andrew’s Greystoke


Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank You to all who supported either by their attendance or by providing cakes for the Macmillan Coffee Morning held in St Andrew’s Church on Friday 27 September.


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 (details in the Together Magazine). Completed forms to be returned to Mrs Earl by Saturday 26 October 2019.

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


Soup and Puddings
Soup and Puddings will be served in Greystoke Village Hall on Sunday 27 October from 11.30am to 2.00pm.

£6 at the door with funds going to Greystoke Village Hall.

Contributions of soup or puddings on the day would be greatly appreciated.


Greystoke Parish Council
The next meeting is on Tuesday 15 October at 7.30pm.

Does anyone have any information of the Plague Stone that is in Spillers Field in Greystoke? Guy Challand has said he will put some information together about its history for our next meeting. This will be put on a plaque for residents and visitors to see.

Roy Fisher (Chairman)


Greystoke Bingo Nights
Greystoke Bingo Nights will be held in the village hall on Fridays 8 and 22 November, 6 December and 10 January 2020.

These bingo nights are our main fundraising activity of the year and can only take place thanks to the fantastic support we receive from our local community. This being so, we will shortly be asking for donations of prizes for our popular bingo nights.


Greystoke Village Hall Committee
The village hall is one of the main hubs of the village and can only operate thanks to the sterling efforts of its dedicated committee. However, we are all getting older and need new members to safeguard the future running of the hall.

We meet around four times a year, look after the hall, stage the children’s sports day and several fundraising events in the year.

Our next meeting is at the hall on Wednesday 16 October at 7.30pm. We would love to see you there. Thanks.

Les Nanson


Swimming Pool Redevelopment Updates

With generous grants of £5,000 from the Hadfield Trust and £30,000 from Cumbria Waste Management Environmental Trust, plus all the fund raising efforts so far we have raised enough money to deliver most of what we want with the pool buildings re-building project. All being well, the contractor will start on site in early October.

The project still needs more funds to furnish the café and carry out other works. “Buy a Brick” will therefore remain open for any generous donors until the end of October. Please go to www.greystokepool.org.uk for further details.


Greystoke Film Nights
We have the following film nights scheduled for the autumn/ winter.

  • Saturday 12 October – Fisherman’s Friend
    A feel-good story about the discovery of a most unusual ‘boy-band’ set in Cornwall!
  • Saturday 30 November – Red Joan
  • Saturday 18 January – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Saturday 29 February – Mrs Lowry and Son
  • Saturday 28 March – What We Did On Our Holidays

Tickets £12 (£8 under 16) include film, supper and ice cream. Licensed bar.

Available from Greystoke Post Office or Judith Aris


Greystoke Swimming Pool Volunteers Evening and AGM

Please put Wednesday 11 December at 7.30pm in your diary (venue to be confirmed). That evening we are starting with a brief AGM and then will have a thank you evening for all the wonderful volunteers that helped keep the pool running this year.


Memories of Greystoke Pool and Playing Fields
As we move towards our refurbishment of the pool buildings over the winter, the Greystoke Pool Committee has been reflecting on how it all started.

When we have the new café next season, we would like to be able to put up a display to document the history of the pool and playing fields. We thought it would be interesting for local users and visitors to know about the origins of our wonderful pool and the playing fields. We are also thinking about a display book covering the history since the lease for the land was signed in 1966 and the pool was built in 1973.

So, if anyone has any information, memories or photographs of the building of the pool, or the wonderful times they have spent in it over the years, please would they share them with us to add to the display.

Lesley Lamb has kindly offered to gather all the interesting material; so if you have anything to share or know who will, please contact Lesley.


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!

July's Winners

  • £20-175 George & Samuel Freeman
  • £15-163 Lesley Lamb
  • £10-27 Norman & Christine Bell
  • £5-165 Mr & Mrs Murray
  • £5-73 Eileen Monk
  • £5-83 Mr & Mrs Prince
  • £5-183 Jan & Ben Mandale
  • August's Winners

  • £20-166 Mark & Alice Townshead
  • £15-115 Normand Lund
  • £10-142 Margaret Fleet
  • £5-8 P & A Binks
  • £5-25 Michael McHale
  • £5-34 Andy James
  • £5-5 Pat & Lucy Freeman
  • September's Winners

  • £20-86 Margot Dent
  • £15-159 George Elliot
  • £10-14 John Bridges
  • £5-107 Joan Hanley
  • £5-15 Jean Pearson
  • £5-139 G & B Butterworth
  • £5-119 Les Nanson

  • Greystoke Playgroup Toy Sale
    A Toy Sale will take place in Greystoke Village Hall on Sunday 13 October between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Entry is £1.00 per adult, children free, with seller’s tables at £8.00 per table.

    There will also be refreshments and a raffle.

    All proceeds will go to Greystoke Under 5’s Playgroup.

    For further information, please contact Helen McGlasson


    Traditional Harvest Celebrations at Dalemain Mansion
    A celebration of all things Autumnal will take place on Sunday 29 September between 10.00am and 4.00pm. This will include apple-juicing, garden plants, horses, fresh produce stalls, antique farm machinery, spinning and weaving, and seasonal refreshments.

    There will also be a fantastic range of tours and talks on “From Bees to Beer” and “Apples to Agriculture”.

    Talks are free, and tours are £4.00 (children £2.00). A full day pass costs £16.00 and includes talks, tours, mansion and gardens.