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 News August 2021

Greystoke News August 2021

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

Church Services for August 2021

  • Sunday 1 August
    – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Rev. Michael Houston
  • Sunday 8 August
    – Morning Praise; Service leader John Danks, Preacher Judith Walsh
  • Sunday 15 August
    – Morning Praise; Service Leader Judith Walsh, Preacher Graham Simons
  • Sunday 22 August
    – Morning Praise; Service Leader Graham Simons, Preacher John Danks
  • Sunday 29 August
    – Holy Communion; Celebrant Rev. Richard Hall, Preacher Gill Danks

All services are in the church and start at 9.15am. Guidelines at the time of publication state that masks must be worn and social distancing take place.

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.


1st Greystoke Brownies & Guides
Greystoke Brownies and Guides have squeezed lots into their outdoor meetings since Easter!

Brownies have learned how to strike a match safely and light a fire, made toasted cheese sandwiches on the open fire and enjoyed S’mores too! They practiced packing for a sleepover or residential, and did an activity where they decided what items they’d need for survival on a desert island. They created an assault course for the Guides, measured the speed of the beck in the garth behind the church, and enjoyed the Habitat Nature Trail in Penrith.

Guides have dissected owl pellets, deciding what type of owl they’d come from and what the owls had been eating. They’ve pitched tents and an event shelter, lit their own fires and cooked Pizza Pockets on them (and S’mores of course!). They learned to tie new knots and lashings, making brilliant rafts which they sailed on the river.

Together, we’ve been tracking round the village, weeded the flower bed on the green and around the village hall, played rounders, swung on the rope swing and, at our last meeting of term on Monday 12 July, we enjoyed a BBQ, games, promise ceremony and badge presentation.

Guides are planning a camp later in the year and Brownies have got their fingers crossed for a sleepover!

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and Guides is for girls aged 10-14. We meet on Monday evenings in the village. We welcome girls from Greystoke and surrounding villages including Berrier, Stainton, Skelton, Penruddock, Plumpton and Penrith.

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


Greystoke WI
On Thursday 5 August at 7.00pm, Greystoke WI would like to invite all our friends and neighbours from the Parish of Greystoke to join us for our first post lockdown Open Night. Entry will be by donation

Cheese and wine will be served, after which Roy Fisher will be presenting awards for beautiful gardens. This will be followed by a presentation from Dennis Westmoreland, featuring local villages. There will also be a raffle.

Please come and join us as we celebrate getting back to (nearly) normal.

At the time of writing it is not known what Covid prevention measures may still be necessary. WI will try to make all our guests feel comfortable and will work with any remaining regulations at the Village Hall.


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 2 August – Richmond £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm
  • Monday 16 August – Holehird Gardens, Windermere £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm
  • Monday 30 August – Lanercost and Roman Wall £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.30pm
  • 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.

If interested in joining, please contact Paula on 07730 499 287 to confirm a place.

Greystoke News August 2021

Greystoke News July 2021

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

Church Services for July 2021

  • Sunday 4 July
    – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Rev Richard Hall
  • Sunday 11 July
    – Morning Praise; Service leader Judith Walsh, Preacher Graham Simons
  • Sunday 18 July
    – Holy Communion; Celebrant Rev Richard Hall, Preacher Gill Danks
  • Sunday 25 July
    – Morning Praise; Service leader Graham Simons, Preacher John Danks

All services are in the church and start at 9.15am. Masks must be worn and social distancing takes place.

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.


Churchyard
If you enter the churchyard by the normal gate, on your left you will see two rows of yew trees. Some work has started to drive back the encroaching ivy, brambles and nettles as well as clearing the trees of self-setting elders. This is proceeding slowly, but if you wish you can be part of the efforts to restore the churchyard in this area to what it was meant to be.

Please contact John Danks to volunteer to help and to be shown what you can do. You can do some work in your own time at your own pace. The church council is very grateful to Guy Challands from Church House who has done some excellent work in clearing the walls of the ivy.

Maintenance of the churchyard is a continuous task and currently the congregation pays more than £1800 each year just to get the grass mowed. This year we also will be spending several hundred pounds in having two diseased tree trunks removed to ensure safety in the churchyard. So every little bit we can do ourselves is helping to ensure that the churchyard is a pleasant and safe place to visit.

PCC, St Andrew’s Church


Open the Book
A small group of members of the congregations of St Andrew’s, Greystoke and All Saints Penruddock regularly take bible stories into Greystoke and Penruddock Primary Schools. But they don’t just read them – no, they dress up in the appropriate costumes and present the stories as plays whilst the story itself is read from a child friendly bible. At least that was what happened before the pandemic occurred, currently the stories are recorded and made available to the schools on a restricted channel on YouTube.

When we return to normal and when the group can once again go into the schools the cast will be augmented by the children as they play small parts – the part of a Roman soldier is very popular, particularly as the costume comes with a sword!!


1st Petteril Vale Scout Group
We are a very active local scout group. Our Beavers section, children aged 6 to 8, is based at Blencow Village Hall, our cubs for children 8 to 10½ are based at Stainton Village hall, whilst our scouts, for older children are based at Penruddock Village Hall. We recruit from all the local villages and from much further afield.

All our sections work towards a set of badges known as Challenge Badges. If they get them all and some proficiency badges in other subjects they qualify for the Chief Scouts Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, depending on the section.

During lock down we were not allowed to meet face to face so our meetings took place over Zoom with some interesting and unusual activities – Beavers did cooking including a micro waved cake in a mug, and some experiments including a fire-extinguisher made from baking powder and vinegar.

If you would like to join us as a leader look us up on the Eden Scout District website, this will direct you to the group contact.


Greystoke Primary School
The children in Greystoke School are working very hard on trying to help solve local issues in our village and have written the following article for the New Together Magazine.

Change Makers Greystoke School children are working hard to achieve our goals for UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award. We have been trying to improve our local village environment by creating three steering groups who are targeting different areas in our village to improve.

During lockdown a steering group began the process of creating a school charter (which set out the rules for how to be a respectful person who can make a potential progressive difference in Greystoke) to make a significant substantial beneficial change for all Greystoke pupils and the wider community: we have the right to be able to use our voices and a right to live in a safe, clean environment.

Every Wednesday, we leave our classroom and venture out into our local village to help our curriculum come to life. We started to notice that there was a lot of dog mess left on the pavements, cars were badly parked and there were speeding cars driving dangerously passed our school. Therefore we divided the class into three groups: a speed awareness group, a dog poo group and a litter-picking group. These groups could then focus on how to improve these areas to make a positive difference by; listening to people’s concerns, writing to local companies for their support (Pets at Home), inviting PC Black to help us and designing posters and campaigns.

Our overall aim is to help keep everyone safe in our village so having corresponded with Nicky Richards and Francesca Kennedy (Bart’s Legacy Charity) we now have a better understanding of how the speeding cars, vans and cycles have a detrimental impact on the safety of horses and their riders, families, children and the wider community of Greystoke. We are hoping to raise funds for two solar powered radar speed signs so we can put one at the entrance of Greystoke near the new Story Homes housing development and the other on Icold Road. We hope that our emails and letters to Cumbria Highways will highlight the need to change their minds about road safety signs in our village and are waiting to hear from them.

Through our UNCIEF work we have a better understanding that we are able to identify a problem, find a solution through talking, listening to others and making a concrete change. Overall, all of us in school are proud to be good independent change makers who, like Malala Yousaf said, ”One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world!”

Key Stage Two: Leo, William, Tom, Freya


Greystoke Parish Council
The Parish Council will be holding a best kept garden competition this year, but there will be a difference in that it will be judged by looking over the garden fence – there will be no intrusion onto residents property, so that will rule out the vegetable garden part of it, so just flowers and lawns. The presentation will take place at the W.I. meeting in August.

We greatly regret the closing of the main road into Penrith and are in discussion with Story’s to try and get the time scale reduced. It would seem developers hold all the aces, and the Parish Council is very disappointed and angry at the way our residents are being treated. The 106 agreement that was signed in 2017 to say that 30% would be affordable dwellings was not worth the paper it was written on. They and the planning officer wanted it reduced to 5% (that was from 12 to 2) and we ended up with 6. They are building 40.

Kind Regards. Roy Fisher. (Chairman)


Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI is starting the 2021 programme with a trip to Orton on Tuesday 20 July. Please note change of day. It would be to view Jackie Hucks’ dolls houses, look around Orton and have lunch at a café. If you wish to attend you must contact Eileen Lund.

If you wish to join WI please ring Hazel.


Swimming Pool Monthly Draw
Congratulations to the winners of June’s Monthly Draw.

  • £20 – Pauline Douthwaite – 141;
  • £15 – Carol Galloway – 132;
  • £10 – Matt Nielsen – 57;
  • £5 – R&S Burton – 187;
  • £5 – Roy & Edith Fisher – 12;
  • £5 – Claire Morton – 179;
  • £5 – Stella Restarick – 150.

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 5 July – Keswick – £10; depart 9.59am, depart Keswick 2.40pm
  • Monday 19 July – Ullswater Scenic Drive – £10; depart 9.59am, back at Greystoke 4.30pm-ish
  • Monday 2 August – Richmond £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm
  • Monday 16 August – Holehird Gardens, Windermere £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm
  • Monday 30 August – Lanercost and Roman Wall £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.30pm
  • 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


Greystoke and District Sports Association
A new chair and trustees sought for Greystoke and District Sports Association.

As you will probably know, the Sports Association is responsible for Greystoke’s playing fields, children’s play areas and the village’s open air heated swimming pool and buildings, including its café. These are vital facilities for the village and surrounding communities.

The current chair, Stephen Nicol, is standing down, having seen the refurbishment of the pool buildings through to their successful completion and now the re-opening of the pool after the disappointment of the Covid affected 2020 season.

The Sports Association has a very committed, effective and friendly group of 11 trustees. We are supported by our pool of dedicated volunteers who help with maintenance, run the café and help at fundraising events. The Sports Association is a great way of meeting people in the local area.

We are seeking a new chair to lead the Sport Association, to ensure the co-ordination of the work of the trustees and to continue to take forward the development of the swimming pool and our other facilities.

In addition, the Sport Association is interested in hearing from others in the local area who would like to get involved in the running of the pool and join the Sports Association’s committee.

For an informal discussion about what is involved please contact Stephen


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

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

If interested in joining, please contact Paula on 07730 499 287 to confirm a place.

Greystoke News June 2021

Greystoke News June 2021

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

Church Services for June 2021

  • Sunday 6 June – Holy Communion
    – Rev Gary Cregeen (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 13 June – Morning Praise
    – Graham Simons (Service Leader), John Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 20 June – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant), Gill Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 27 June – Morning Praise
    – John Danks (Service Leader), Graham Simons (Preacher)

All services are in the church and start at 9.15am. Masks must be worn and social distancing takes place.

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.


Church Opening and Services
The church is open every day for visitors and those seeking a place of quiet from about 10.00am until about 4.00pm. Only the central pews are available to sit in and we are still cleaning those pews each evening in line with COVID guidance.

All services are taking place in church – every Sunday at 9.15am – all welcome.

Everyone attending services is required to wear a face covering and to sanitise their hands entering and leaving the building.


Plant Sale
A huge thank you to everyone who supported this fund raiser for church funds, those who contributed plants and those who came and purchased the plants and the cake which was available.

It raised almost £1000, which is a vital contribution in these current times.

Thank you.


Garage (or Garden) Sale
There will be an opportunity to sell some unwanted items or raise funds for your own charity on Saturday 19 June from 10.00am.

Book your stall with Maureen Hardy (07565 769 354).

Stalls are charged at £5 each for church funds, you keep all the cash you raise.

Maps will be provided and refreshments will be available.

Look out on Facebook for more details.


Thank You WI
Since the beginning of the first lock-down Greystoke WI has been operating a sales table alongside the path from the village to Howard Park. The proceeds from this have been given to the church. This is a kind and generous gesture for which the Church Council is most grateful.

Thank you Hazel and your members.


Christian Aid Week
A total of £233, including gift aid, has been sent to Christian Aid to add to their funds currently used to provide clean water to areas where climate change has caused problems in the supply of clean water.

Thank you to all who contributed.


New chair and trustees sought for Greystoke and District Sports Association
As you will probably know, the Sports Association is responsible for Greystoke’s playing fields, children’s play areas and the village’s open air heated swimming pool and buildings (including its café) (see our website). These are vital facilities for the village and surrounding communities.

The current chair, Stephen Nicol, is standing down, having seen the refurbishment of the pool buildings through to their successful completion and now the re-opening of the pool after the disappointment of the Covid affected 2020 season.

The Sports Association has a very committed, effective and friendly group of 11 trustees. We are supported by our pool of dedicated volunteers who help with maintenance, run the café and help at fundraising events. The Sports Association is a great way of meeting people in the local area.

We are seeking a new chair to lead the Sport Association, to ensure the co-ordination of the work of the trustees and to continue to take forward the development of the swimming pool and our other facilities.

In addition, the Sport Association is interested in hearing from others in the local area who would like to get involved in the running of the pool and join the Sports Association’s committee.

For an informal discussion about what is involved please contact Stephen on 017684 80 088.


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

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

If interested in joining, please contact Paula on 07730 499 287 to confirm a place.

Greystoke News May 2021

Greystoke News May 2021

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

Church Services for May 2021

  • Sunday 2 May – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 9 May – Morning Praise
    – Graham Simons (Service Leader), John Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 16 May – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant), Gill Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 23 May – the Feast of Pentecost – the birthday of the church – Morning Praise
    – John Danks (Service Leader), Judith Walsh (Preacher)
  • Sunday 30 May – Morning Praise
    – Judith Walsh (Service Leader), Graham Simons (Preacher)

All services are in the church and start at 9.15am. Masks must be worn and social distancing takes place.

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.


Brownie and Guides
1st Greystoke Brownies and Guides is very excited to be able to meet in person again!

This summer term they’re going to be holding outdoor meetings every Monday in term time from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, enjoying a whole range of outdoor activities from fire lighting, outdoor cooking, tent pitching and den building to growing seeds and making bug hotels! We’re also hoping to be able to go camping during the summer!

Brownies is for girls aged 7 to 10; and Guides is for girls aged 10 to 14. We’ll be working in two separate groups with Brownies and Guides doing different activities working towards their badges and awards. All activities are risk assessed and carried out in a Covid-secure environment.

You don’t have to live in Greystoke to join us, we have members from Stainton, Plumpton, Penrith, Newbiggin and more, so it’s a great way for girls to meet new friends!

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


Swimming Pool Draw
Thank you to all who continue to support 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!

Congratulations to the winners of April’s Monthly Draw.

  • 149 – £20 – Shelagh Goldie
  • 30 – £15 – Joseph Nielsen
  • 95 – £10 – Ruth Bridges
  • 173 – £5 – Jason & Becky
  • 165 – £5 – B&M Murry
  • 195 – £5 – Claire Hebdige
  • 163 – £5 – Helen & Frazer Ross

Greystoke Swimming Pool
An army of volunteers has been preparing the pool ready for opening. Thank you to them all, they have been working very hard for the past few weeks.

At first we are opening to adult season ticket holders and hopefully to the general public later, as restrictions ease and after our lifeguards have been trained. We have put in place Covid-19 risk assessments that will help us organise the opening and look forward to welcoming villagers back to the pool.

Adult season tickets have proved very popular and we have stopped accepting new members until we see how busy the sessions become. We have been able to extend the adult swimming sessions with our new automatic dosing system.

Our café has been refurbished and we are putting in the finishing touches. Although the priority is opening the pool for swimming we are looking at how best to use the café over the summer. The list of Buy a Brick donors will be an important feature!

We also have new signage for the pool to encouraging people to park in the car park rather than on Church Road.


Plant Sale
St. Andrew’s Church will be holding a plant sale on Saturday 22 May outside the village hall from 10.00am until 12.00 noon.

With a relaxation in some Covid restrictions, we hope to be able to serve tea/coffee and cakes.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Greystoke News April 2021

Greystoke News April 2021

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

Church Services for April 2021

  • Easter Sunday 4 April – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 11 April – Morning Praise
    – John Danks (Service Leader), Judith Walsh (Preacher)
  • Sunday 18 April – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant), Gill Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 25 April – Morning Praise
    – Judith Walsh (Service Leader), Graham Simons (Preacher)

Please note that we are now back to services taking place in church, all services commencing at 9.15am.

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.


Easter Services
We shall be sharing in Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with the congregation of St Patrick’s Church in Patterdale.

Please contact John Danks for the times and a Zoom invite.


Easter Cross
As is the custom in Greystoke, a bare wooden cross will be placed on the village green on the evening of Maundy Thursday.

Everyone is invited to thatch the cross with spring flowers on Easter Day to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and perhaps this year as a sign of the hope of a happier time to come.

If you have no flowers in your garden then some will be placed at the foot of the cross for you to use.


Church Remains Open
The church remains open daily for anyone who wants to spend some time in quiet or to pray.

Please comply with the Covid regulations which are displayed.

Many thanks to everyone who opens or locks the church, or cleans the pews daily.


Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI hopes to start the 2021 programme with a trip to Orton on Thursday 8 July if the Roadmap out of lockdown proceeds as planned. Please note the change of day. It would be to view Jackie Hucks’ dollhouses, look around Orton and have lunch at a café. Further details will be circulated.

As restrictions ease and we are allowed to meet in groups of six outside we would hope to restart meetings for coffee or tea.

Hazel’s table is laden once again with books and jigsaws.

NHS Day is to be on Monday 5 July and we are considering fund raising for it with, possibly, a coffee morning on Saturday 3 July in the village hall (subject to it being open). We would be fundraising for NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.

Our new year in WI starts in April. If you would like to give WI a trial run, you could join our emailing list for three months and think about joining us properly when meetings start up again.

If you wish to join WI, please contact Hazel on 83 685.