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.

Greystoke News March 2021

Greystoke News March 2021

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

Church Services for March 2021

  • Sunday 7 March – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 14 March – Mothing Sunday Morning Praise
    – Judith Walsh (Service Leader), Graham Simons (Preacher)
  • Sunday 21 March – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant), Gill Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 28 March – Palm Sunday Morning Praise
    – Graham Simons (Service Leader), John Danks (Preacher)

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.

All services are held at 9.15am using Zoom. If you would like to join us please email John Danks who will send you the Zoom invite.


Weekly Coffee and Chat
Every Tuesday at 10.00am we have a chat with coffee you are invited to join us using Zoom.

Please contact Maureen Hardy (80 699) who will provide the Zoom invite.


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
Following our usual pattern, the bare wooden cross will be erected on the village green on the evening of Maundy Thursday. It will remain there for Good Friday and Holy Saturday as a reminder of the sacrifice Christ made for us.

On Easter morning, everyone is invited to dress the cross with daffodils and other spring flowers as we remember the first Easter when Christ defeated death and rose again.


Greystoke WI

Greystoke WI has been unable to hold meetings since February 2020 but we have still tried our best to keep things going within the government Covid regulations.

Early on Hazel set up a stall outside her house for puzzles, books, plants and masks, etc. When six were allowed to meet outside, we had tea parties in gardens. Since then we have not been able to meet but a few of us did gather to plant crocus bulbs at the top of Howard Park. It remains to be seen how many of these will survive the process.

At Christmas and Valentine’s, we were very pleased to receive a container of Spring bulbs and then a pretty primula to let us know that WI had not forgotten us.

Throughout the year we have also had a weekly emailed message board which carries notices and anything people want to share to cheer each other up. To start with we had lots of photos of the spring flowers emerging. It seems incredible that we are already photographing the same flowers a year later.

We have been unable to meet for an AGM but have been asked to hold one at a distance by the end of May. We have established that all the committee are happy to stand once more and hope to circulate a report and voting papers very soon.

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


Greystoke Swimming Pool

The pool committee met on Thursday 25 February and discussed plans in the light of the Government’s announcement on Monday 22 February about the roadmap out of Covid. This provides welcome clarity going forward.

Initially, we intend to open for our adult swimming club members in May; and then progress to opening the pool and café for members of the public in June once we have some lifeguards.

Of course, this is all subject to government regulations.

Further information on season tickets and opening dates will be announced in April.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the pool this summer.

Janice


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 February’s Monthly Draw.

  • 11 £20 Andrew Wilson
  • 207 £15 Steve & Leslie
  • 96 £10 Roy & Mel
  • 13 £5 Julie Boothman
  • 105 £5 John Smith
  • 55 £5 Steve & Tara
  • 192 £5 Guy & Hazel

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 Together February 2021

Greystoke Together February 2021

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

Church Services for February 2021

  • Sunday 7 February – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 14 February – Morning Praise
    – TBC (Service Leader), TBC (Preacher)
  • Sunday 21 February – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 28 February – Morning Praise
    – TBC (Service Leader), TBC (Preacher)

Everyone is welcome to attend our services.

All services are held at 9.15am using Zoom. If you would like to join us please email John Danks who will send you the Zoom invite.


Weekly Coffee and Chat
Every Tuesday at 10.00am we have a chat with coffee you are invited to join us using Zoom. Please contact Maureen Hardy who will provide the Zoom invite.


St. Andrew’s Church Tower Lighting Fund

May I, on behalf of the P.C.C, and the members of St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, thank everyone for their wonderful donations to our Church Tower Lighting Fund. We were quite overwhelmed by the response, after what has been a somewhat difficult time.

A lot of our usual festivities had to be cancelled, due to the Covid restrictions, however Greystoke people were able to do their best, with the lovely Advent windows, that proved to be so popular.

The bell ringing team turned out, on what was a cold and frosty morning, and rang a number of Christmas carols and songs, putting everyone in a very happy mood, and about 40 of us enjoyed a walking carol service around the village.

Perhaps by the end of 2021, now that the vaccines have started to do their bit, next Christmas will be showing signs of a bit of normality.

Until then, may I thank you all once again, and stay safe.

Di Hetherington


Swimming Pool Needs You!
We hope the Pool can be opened in some way this summer. We want to share our new facilities with the village and maybe provide a bit of sunshine in these difficult times.

To do this we will need to increase our volunteer team.

There are many different roles: helping us get ready for opening, painting and cleaning, helping in the café and with admissions, maintaining the pool water quality, ordering stock for the café, helping coordinate volunteers, organising fundraising events, etc.

We don’t mind if you can only spare a couple of hours or have days to spare, we can use you! We will be doing all this in a safe way, applying all current COVID guidelines.

If you’d like to get involved with our brilliant local facility, please give Janice a ring.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Janice (017684 83 982)


Greystoke Parish Council
Greystoke Parish Council wants to make dog owners aware of the fact that all dogs within the 30 mile per hour signs must be kept on a lead. There are a lot of people out walking their dogs at the moment and if your dog is not on a lead and it sees another dog you will not be able to stop it attacking the other dog. One person has already been prosecuted for such an incident, so Be Responsible – Be Aware.

We are also very disappointed that Story Homes is wanting the amount of affordable homes reduced from 30% to 5%. This is contrary to the fact that it was agreed that out of the 40 houses being built, 12 would be affordable. To reduce this to 2 is just ridiculous. The original agreement must be adhered to. The younger generation, who we want in our village, cannot afford a market-led dwelling. We shall fight this to the best of our ability. In order to do so we need the backing of our Planners and the Planning Committee on Eden District Council.

We wish you all the best, and keep safe.

Roy Fisher (Chairman)

Christmas Opening …

Christmas Opening …

Village Store Christmas Opening Hours

24th December: 7:30am – 3:00pm
25th December: Closed
26th December: 9.00am – 11.00am
27th December: 9.00am – 11.00am
28th December: 8.00am – 12.00pm
29th December: 8.00am – 12.00pm
30th December: 8.00am – 12.00pm
31st December: 8.00am – 12.00pm
1st January: 9.00am – 11.00am

Christmas at St. Andrew’s

Christmas at St. Andrew’s

What's On in St. Andrew's this Christmas

The Church is Open

The church is open daily. Please take some time to go in over the Christmas period.

We are grateful to those who have contributed flower arrangements, and to Ben and Jan from The Boot and Shoe who once again have provided the Christmas tree.


The Greystoke Carol Service

As we cannot sing in church at the moment, the village carol service, readings and carols, will travel around the village on Sunday 20 December according to the following schedule (approximate!):

  • 6.15pm Village Green, where we will join with Radio Cumbria to sing Silent Night
  • 6.30pm Stonegarth
  • 6.45pm Howard Park
  • 7.00pm Castle Gardens
  • 7.15pm Village Green

Please join us if you wish, or just stand on your doorsteps to hear once again the story of the Nativity.

All welcome.


Christingle

This year Christingle – the annual service for families involving the construction of a Christingle (orange, ribbon, fruit, sticks and a candle) – will take place online at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve.

Please send your email address to John Danks and he will arrange for you to receive a Zoom invitation. He will also arrange for you to receive a bag containing all the elements so that you can make a Christingle during the service.


Christmas Eve Communion

A service of Holy Communion by Extension will take place at St Andrew’s Church Greystoke at 9.00pm, earlier than in previous years, on Christmas Eve.

The service will be led by Gill Danks.

All are welcome as we celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world.


Advent Window Trail

As we are unable to hold the Christmas Tree Festival this year we are trialling a new venture for the village … An Advent Window Trail. It has been embraced by many folk in the village with enough windows to display one a day and two a day on some days.

The first window will be ready on 1st of the month and on each day a new window will be revealed. There will be a map and list of houses who are participating available from the Post office or Maureen Hardy at 1 Icold Road.

Of course you can wander round and view whenever you like, social distancing isn’t a problem! Perhaps view a few at the beginning of the month and make it your daily exercise, and then have another look later in the month.

Let’s hope this will bring some joy to us all in these strange times


Church Services for December

  • Sunday 6 December – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 13 December – Morning Praise
    – John Danks (Service Leader), Judith Walsh (Preacher)
  • Sunday 20 December – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)

Everyone is welcome to attend our services, all will be held in St. Andrew’s Church starting at 9.15am.

Government rules require everyone to wear a face-mask.


Christmas Illumination of the Church
In these uncertain times, it is very hard to make any plans for our Christmas. Whether it is one with our own family and friends, or with our Church family, here in Greystoke. Sadly our festive events have had to be cancelled this year to comply with Covid 19 safety regulations.

However, there is one thing we can do, and that is to illuminate the Church tower once again, at this very special time of year! It reminds us, that if it hadn’t been for our Saviour’s birth, there would be no celebration at all.

Since I took over from Hillary some time ago now, in collating all the wonderful donations given for the lighting fund, it has proved to me just how kind and generous our villagers, and those from the surrounding area can be. Thank you everyone.

If you would like to contribute to the fund this year, in memory of all those loved ones who have shared so many happy times with us in the past, please send or contact me, Di Hetherington, Moss Bank, Pallet Hill, Penrith. CA11 0BY. Tel No 017684 83 712, or any Church member.

Best wishes to you all, for a Happy Christmas and let’s hope a better 2021.