Greystoke News – September 2020

Greystoke News – September 2020

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in September 2020

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI has investigated the possibility of holding a large meeting but only about half the membership were happy to do this at the present time. We will ask again in October. Newbiggin Hall is available for an afternoon meeting which may be an option if at least two thirds would like to meet, until our own village hall is again available.

Also we hope to have another round of cups of tea in a garden in the near future. Listen out for your phone ringing with that invite. Keep looking on our WI page for news and pictures of what members have been up to.

We are hoping to look at the banner items soon so if you said you would do something for it and have not done it yet, now the time to get going again. Items for the banner are also welcome from non-members. Let us know if you would like to do something.

Eileen Lund is willing to do short walks for those of us who are not so fit on a mid week day. If interested give Eileen a ring.

There are still books – lots of new titles, jigsaws, plants and FACE COVERINGS outside of Hazel’s, Howard Park, all donations going to Greystoke Church. So far we have collected about £700.00.

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

Together Magazine April 2020

Together Magazine April 2020

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in April 2020


Greystoke Parish Council is asking residents that while the Coronavirus is causing a lot of concern, to be very aware of where you travel, and make sure that if you have been in contact with anyone who may have contacted the disease to isolate yourselves to keep your community safe.

Our Coronavirus support page is now up and running. There, you will find a huge list of people who are happy to help out for those who are self-isolating. There is also information on local businesses delivering food, supplies and hot meals.

Whilst the paper copy of Together will not be available, a leaflet containing details of our community’s support links will be posted through every door. Please please be aware that our amazing community is pulling together during this crisis.

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI has set up a table in the church where you can pick up things to borrow (DVDs, puzzles, books, etc.) Wipes are available so please take care to wash your hands or sanitise or wipe down items.

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

Greystoke Social Club
Our next meetings are currently on hold. However, all are welcome to our meetings and on our outings – we hope that you will eventually decide to become members!

John Danks (Chairman)

Holy Week – Church Activities
Whilst the church’s activities are severely curtailed at this time, and rightly so, on Maundy Thursday the bare wooden cross will be erected on the village green as a reminder of the suffering of Jesus on Good Friday.

On Easter Sunday, at about 10.30am, all are invited to the village green and, maintaining social-distancing, thatch the cross with spring flowers in remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Day. Everyone is welcome to join us for this simple act.

PCC Greystoke Church

Greystoke Parish Council
Greystoke Parish Council has purchased 2 tons of sand which is in the car park for residents who are in fear of their premises flooding and need to replenish their sand bags.

I also have a certain number of bags for people to use if they need more or to replace the hessian bags that may have fallen to bits just ring me or call in.
Roy Fisher (Chairman)

Swimming Pool Draw
The winners of the Pool Monthly Draw for March 2020 are:

  • 173 £20 Becky and Jason Duckworth
  • 01 £15 Harry and Hector Ashburner
  • 155 £10 Eddy and Jan Walker
  • 25 £5 Ross and Tricia Watson
  • 206 £5 Tom and Sam Scott
  • 169 £5 Emma Nielsen
  • 25 £5 Denis Dixon

Film Nights
As you are aware we have postponed the last film but the evenings have already made a useful contribution to the pool fundraising.

Thank you to everyone who came along, our volunteers, and especially our catering team.

We hope to see you later in the year when we resume our events.

Greystoke 10km Trail Run
The pool committee wish to say a great big thank you to all who helped and supported this event, either by marshalling or volunteering on the day, taking part or baking cakes.

The local business community must also be thanked for donating some superb prizes for the race winners in each age category.

It was lovely to see the village a hive of activity, raising funds for our lovely pool. 200 runners entered the event and we raised an incredible £2621.

Countless runners commented on the friendliness of the volunteers and the beautiful location. We couldn’t have done it without you all!!

Thank You.

Swimming Pool Volunteering Opportunities
We welcome anyone who is keen to volunteer at the pool over the summer. If you want to get involved with this great facility please ring Janice Weatherill or post a message on our Facebook page.

We will contact past volunteers to see if you are still interested in helping.

Swimming Pool Opening
We are very grateful to the host of volunteers who have stepped forward to help get the pool ready for the new season. We aim to open at the beginning of May in time for the early bank holiday. Season tickets will go on sale in April with an early bird discount available as usual.

Thank you to everyone who has bought a brick to support the pool. We will be in touch to invite you to a supporters’ event that will take place in late April.

Please see the website for details and confirmation of opening.

Beer Festival 12th – 13th September
Preparations are well underway for our 10th Beer Festival so put the date in your diary for an enjoyable weekend!

Getting our Church Bells Ringing Again

Getting our Church Bells Ringing Again

In the late 1990’s a gigantic effort took place in Greystoke to restore, repair and hang our Tower bells. Local people said they had been silent for many years and we knew one was badly cracked.

We began a drive to raise money, not really knowing how much we needed.

It was a tremendous effort by a relatively few people.

About £21,000 plus was raised quite quickly, it was very hard work, yet with the wonderful team we had, it was also great fun. We had a purpose and a drive to get the job done.

In under four years we raised the money. Fortunately for us a grant became available to allow us to ring for the millennium, the grant gave us a penny for a penny raised. So our £21,000 would be doubled. The cost of the accommodation for the workmen was reduced as some homes gave them accommodation and fed them as well. It all helped to keep the cost down. That was worth about £1,000

Two new bells, the treble and the second, were cast.

Whilst each of the old Medieval bells was removed from the Tower, for their restoration, one came to grief.

The Head Stock crumbled and now the Bell rests in the Church. This was why we came to have the Edinburgh Bell.

It had been hanging in a brewery, but now serves us our Tenor Bell.

Our new bells, first the Treble was named after the youngest Church Member, Meghan Montgomery and the second Bell was named after our oldest Church member, Ella Mandale.

Over the past 20 years we have rung for weddings, Memorials, Remembrance Services and on occasions funerals as well as Church Services.

None of us in the Village knew how to ring, that was a problem, but with visiting the Cathedral and other Towers we soon learnt how to go forward. We’re still learning!

It has been a success story, we hope the Bells will ring out for many years.

Fortunately we have a happy band of ringers in our Tower and long may that be the story.

Wendy Theakston

Coronavirus Support – Online Community

Coronavirus Support – Online Community

We’ve launched a forum area on the website for you to post requests or offers of support during the Coronavirus crisis. We know not everyone is on Facebook but there is also activity on that group.  We also have an amazingly long list of fabulous volunteers. So if you need, help please ask!!

Read more on our dedicated Coronavirus page:


Together Magazine March 2020

Together Magazine March 2020

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in March 2020

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI had two speakers from Samaritans at our February meeting. Mary and Ann told us how Chad Varah founded the group to listen to desperate people in order to try to prevent suicides. We heard how volunteers are given thorough training with weekly sessions over nine weeks and then start by working in tandem with a more experienced volunteer.

The centre at Carlisle sounded extremely busy. Apparently, if the phone is not ringing they assume it is broken. While some volunteers take phone calls, others answer emails and letters. For a few there can be face to face meetings as well. It was interesting to hear that some volunteers are sent to patrol the railway station to chat to passengers. All the staff at the Samaritans centre are volunteers apart from the cleaner.

Mary and Anne were engaging speakers, drawing us in through questions and making us think about the main concerns of their callers. To keep talking is obviously very important for our wellbeing.

In March we look forward to an evening with Stuart Bowie, a magician. The competition will be Something magical.

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

Greystoke Social Club
Our next meetings, at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall are:

  • Monday 2 March – A Surprise Activity!!!
  • Monday 16 March – Comic Verses by Dorothy Ford
  • Monday 6 April – Penrith Players, a talk by Mike Head

We welcome all to our meetings, and we hope that you will decide to join our number.

John Danks (Chairman)

St Andrew’s Church – Tower Lighting Fund
On behalf of the PCC and indeed everyone at St. Andrew’s Church, can I thank all of those kind people who donated to our Christmas Tower Lighting Fund.

It was so nice to see our Church lit up once again, bringing back so many memories of past Christmases, and all of those loved ones who are no longer with us.

We heard many favourable comments, particularly after our Carol concert when all the Christmas trees were judged.

Thank you all once again.

Di Hetherington

Messy Church – Greystoke Village Hall
Come and join us as we explore Jesus’ teaching through The Sermon on the Mount, by activities, by celebrating and by sharing in a meal.

Saturday 14 March, 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

Just turn up you will be warmly welcomed.

Film Nights
Our next film night is on Saturday 28 March.

What We Did on Our Holiday stars Billy Connolly and David Tennant. Witty and well cast, this film injects laughs into a story dealing with emotional themes.

£12 for film, supper and ice cream. Licensed bar available.

Tickets from the Post Office or Judith Aris.

Swimming Pool Renovations
The renovation work finishes in March, however we will need to complete a number of jobs before the pool can open.

We will need to lay a patio and paint the outside of the building amongst many other jobs

We hope people are willing to volunteer and help us get the new season off to a great start in the new building.

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!

Congratulations to the winners of January and February Monthly Draws.

January's Winners

  • 161 £20 Val Allison
  • 35 £15 William Cummins
  • 58 £10 Michael McHale
  • 141 £5 Becky Molyneux
  • 177 £5 Alan and Mary Marshall
  • 50 £5 James Allison
  • 33 £5 Mr Coates
  • February's Winners

  • 140 £20 Gary Teasdale
  • 98 £15 Alan and Anne Tiffin
  • 74 £10 Angela Lowthian
  • 19 £5 Ian Forrester
  • 172 £5 Willan and Evie
  • 78 £5 Tony and Ann Royle
  • 152 £5 Helen Jamieson
  • There are seven cash prizes each month and bonus draws in December. It’s £15 for the whole year – if you would like to be entered for the next 10 draws contact Emma Nielsen.

    Greystoke 10km Trail Run Sunday 8 March at 10.30am
    Entries are open for this swimming pool fundraising event being held on the Castle Estate – a fully marked and marshalled course amid wonderful scenery.

    Prizes for major male and female categories and all finishers will receive a free swim session for the pool when the refurbished buildings open for the 2020 season.

    £12 to enter – all proceeds going to the pool refurbishment project.

    Enter online or for more information see the pool website or contact Emma Nielsen.

    Help/volunteers required Sunday Morning 8 March for the Swimming Pool Fundraising Event
    The swimming pool is organising a 10km running race to raise money for the final leg of the pool renovations. The race route is on the Castle Estate and hot drinks, cake and bacon butties will be on sale in the village hall.

    To help support this great village facility, we require volunteers to help with baking cakes, car parking, handing out race numbers, being a course marshal, handing water to runners and serving refreshments in the hall. Full briefings will be given.

    The race starts at 10.30am. Think you can spare some time to lend a hand? Any and all help appreciated – contact Emma Nielsen or any Pool Committee member.

    Many Thanks

    Greystoke Parish Council
    The next Parish Council meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 March in the Village Hall.


    Greystoke School Easter Bingo Friday 27 March at 6.00pm
    Join the Friends of Greystoke School for a fun evening of Easter Bingo.

    The event is suitable for all ages and everyone is welcome. Drinks and snacks will be available.

    Funds raised will support new playground equipment and books at Greystoke School.

    Together Magazine February 2020

    Together Magazine February 2020

    Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in February 2020

    Greystoke WI
    At the December meeting of WI, Hazel McGrath was re-elected as President. We shared a light supper and listened to the Handbell ringers playing carols. In January we had the first celebration of our centenary year with a New Year meal at the Brantwood.

    We also hope to celebrate our 100th birthday by producing a banner showing scenes from around the village and are inviting people outside of WI to participate. All levels of expertise and all types of media will be welcome. If you would like to contribute to this please contact Jane Hardcastle who is co-ordinating this project.

    In February we have a speaker from Samaritans. The competition is something which has encouraged you or lifted your spirits.

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

    Greystoke Social Club
    Happy New Year!!

    Our next meetings, at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall are:

    • Monday 17 February – Friends of the Lake District, a talk by Douglas Chalmers;

    We welcome all to our meetings, and we hope that you will decide to join our number. John Danks (Chairman)

    Greystoke Parish Council
    Greystoke Parish Council wishes to congratulate Greystoke School for their tremendous achievement getting the highest progress score in reading out of all the 20,000 primary schools in England in 2019.

    They also achieved a 100% key stage 2 pass rate for the 4th year in succession. Why would you want to take your children anywhere else?

    Roy Fisher (Chairman)

    Greystoke Brownies and Guides
    Greystoke Brownies and Guides meet on Mondays in term time from 6.30pm in the Village Hall. Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and Guides is for girls aged 10+.

    Last term we enjoyed a wide variety of activities and challenges, including a night hike, a sleepover, we made a turtle art installation out of plastic destined for recycling, and had a trip to Keswick Climbing Wall, all alongside the Girlguiding programme. We also love playing games in the dark!

    This spring term we’ll be finishing off our Skills for the Future theme badge, looking forward to going to PGL with other Brownies and Guides from Cumbria North and lots more!

    We have members from a wide area, and you don’t have to live in Greystoke to join us! It’s a great way to make new friends! If your daughter would like to come and see what we get up to, contact Georgina Stephenson or register on

    Volunteer Opportunity
    Greystoke Guides and Brownies have volunteer opportunities. You don’t need to be Nanny McPhee, Mary Poppins or Miss Trunchbull, just someone who would like to share their knowledge and skills with girls aged 7-14yrs.

    Girlguiding offers you the opportunity to complete an adult leadership qualification which looks good on any CV, university application or supports someone who may wish to return to the workplace.

    Girlguiding provides training:- Safeguarding Children, First Aid as well as other opportunities to develop your interests alongside the Brownies and Guides.

    If you would like any further information call Georgina Stephenson or Julie Boothman.

    Greystoke Village Hall
    A Bingo night will be held in the village hall on Friday 7 February at 7.00pm. 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.

    Greystoke Swimming Pool Draw
    We would like to say a huge Thank You to all members (existing and new) of the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw. Last year we raised an impressive £1320 – which all helps the pool remain open.

    Want to be included for 2020? It’s not too late. The draw runs January to December, with 7 monthly cash prizes and a big Christmas draw with prizes up to £50.

    For more information contact Emma Nielsen or Sarah Dobinson; see the website

    Congratulations to the winners of December’s Monthly Draw and to the 48 winners of the Christmas bonus draw

    December 2019

    • 12 £20 – Roy and Edith Fisher
    • 84 £15 – Janice Weatherill Timmings
    • 33 £10 – Mr R Coates
    • 152 £5 – Helen Jamieson
    • 75 £5 – Bob Barnes
    • 125 £5 – Henry and Anna Howard
    • 18 £5 – Toni Hall

    Christmas bonus draw, winners included …

    • 8 £50 -P&A Binks
    • 55 £50 – Steven and Tara
    • 143 £25 – R&M Dix
    • 160 £25 – Hazel and Martin
    • 109 £20 – G&J Worthington
    • 134 £20 – Ian Douthwaite
    • 114 £20 – Jane Taylor
    • 23 £20 – Brian Taylor

    Greystoke 10km Trail Run
    The swimming pool committee is organising a 10km run on the Castle Estate on Sunday 8 March at 10.30am with the kind permission of Neville Howard.

    Starting and finishing in front of the castle, a superb loop course amid the wonderful scenery will take you on farm tracks, fields and some tarmac – expect to get muddy!

    Suitable for all abilities, with a fully marked and marshalled course, refreshments and facilities available in the village hall. Prizes for major male and female categories.

    £12 to enter – all proceeds going to the pool refurbishment project.

    Enter online or for more information see the pool website or contact Emma Nielsen.

    Christmas Services
    It was wonderful to see such splendid attendances for the Village Carol Service and for the Christingle Service. At both services we took a collection for worthy charities.

    We are pleased to tell you that £350 was sent to the homelessness charity Crisis from the carol service and £205 to the children’s charity The Children’s Society from the Christingle service.

    A big thank you to all who participated and all who were so generous is their giving. These amounts include gift aid which the church is able to claim on open plate giving.

    PCC Greystoke Church

    Christmas Tree Festival
    Once again a big thanks to all from the village and surrounding area who took the time to design and then erect their Christmas trees in church over the Christmas period. What a lot of creativity you displayed and what a lot of pleasure you gave to others – thank you!

    Also thanks to Wendy, Clare, Ros and Janet for organising.

    PCC Greystoke Church

    Greystoke Swimming Pool Progress
    Postlethwaites builders are progressing well with the building work and are on track to finish in early March.

    The fundraising has only covered the main building work and we still need to raise money for furnishing the café.

    We will need volunteers to help lay the patio outside the café and paint the outside of the building. We also hope the external wall surrounding the pool can be painted, perhaps including some community artwork.

    If you can help with any of the above please leave Janice Weatherill a message.

    Greystoke Film Nights

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

    • Saturday 29 February – Mrs Lowry and Son, with the excellent Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave starring in this biopic of the relationship between LS Lowry and his mother.
    • Saturday 28 March – What We Did On Our Holidays

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

    Available from Greystoke Post Office or Judith Aris.

    History Project

    We are compiling a history of the swimming pool. Anyone with photos, memories or information, please contact Alan Marshall

    Penrith Playhouse 2020 Season
    Penrith Playhouse has a cracking programme for you in 2020. The season opens with Abandonment by Kate Atkinson. She is a writer loved by many and who knew she did plays? The director is new to directing but has been one of our best actresses, Viv Moules. It has a strong cast and looks like being one not to miss. It runs from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 February.

    Comedies have always been popular and our second play should be no exception. Machiavelli is more famous for his political works but this play, the Mandrake, is a treat, one of Italian theatre’s classics. It has been given a modern update by Kevan France of North Cumbria Scriptwriters and should have you rolling in the aisles. It is on Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 April.

    Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 June sees a version of The Hound of the Baskervilles in a fun adaptation performed by just three actors playing all the parts.

    We return to Penrith Arts Festival in August, again with a play written locally, by Zoe Badder this time. Bad Reception is a comedy set in a Scottish hotel and will be on Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 August.

    Those who visit Theatre by the Lake will remember Handbagged, a play about the Queen and Margaret Thatcher. This will be our autumn play, Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 October, again a comedy so make sure you get to see it.

    The last play of the season is an old favourite, A Christmas Carol. In this adaptation by John Davies we will relive all our favourite moments. It runs from Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 December.

    Tickets are available on our website or from Penrith Tourist Information Office.

    Mike Head

    Greystoke Parish Council
    Action with Communities in Cumbria is offering to develop and support a travel and transport project to people who find it difficult to get transport to meet their needs. This would run alongside the present service that we have at the moment on a Tuesday.

    There will be a presentation given at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 28 January, or just ring any Parish Councillor to express your interest.

    Roy Fisher