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.

Greystoke News – Winter 2020

Greystoke News – Winter 2020

Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in December 2020 and January 2021

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.


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.

Details of Christmas Services to come.

Government rules require everyone to wear a face-mask.


Thank You
A big thank you to everyone who supported the cake sale, especially as it was (weather-wise) a terrible day … special thanks to those who held the gazebo down!!
The sale raised an amazing £300 for church funds – THANK YOU!!


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.


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 November’s Monthly Draw.

  • 28 £20 Tim Mather
  • 97 £15 Sue Richardson
  • 41 £10 Moira Dudson
  • 171 £5 Helen Ledger
  • 132 £5 Carol Galloway
  • 191 £5 Ronnie Wilson
  • 26 £5 Tom & Sam Fawcett

2021 Swimming Pool Monthly Draw
Firstly a great big thank you to all our loyal draw members who continue to support our amazing village swimming pool simply by signing up. Half of the money collected goes directly to the pool and half goes back to draw members as cash prizes. You helped us raise £1540 in 2020!

Like so many other organisations, our fundraising opportunities have been closed off. The film nights and Beer Festival have been sorely missed not only for the vital funds they generate, but also the opportunity for this community to get together.

Our lovely renovated changing facilities and café will make their debut in 2021 and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Fundraising is still a vital part of our work and supporting the pool draw is one way you can help. The £15 annual fee is now due – this one off payment enters you into a draw with a chance of winning a cash prize each month AND entry into the Christmas bonus draw – this year we have £700 Christmas cash to give away! Covid-19 has made us revisit how we collect payment – it needs to be Covid secure to help keep our lovely collectors and you safe. See below for Covid safe ways to pay or how to join.

Payment options:

  • Pay by BACS directly into the Pools bank account – Santander Bank, Sort Code 09-01-54 Acct No: 09966088. Use the reference DRAW followed by your name, e.g., A SMITH
  • Set up an annual standing order with your Bank and have the comfort of knowing each year payment will be made automatically. Please use the above bank details and reference.
  • Place £15 cash or a cheque in an envelope with your name and address written on it and pop it through your collectors’ letterbox. Not sure who your collector is or where they live? Flyers with this information will be issued to all existing members.

New members are always welcome please get in touch – either message Emma Nielsens, call 017684 80 557 or Email: emma@nielsens.co.uk.

If none of the above is possible please contact your collector and we can work something out.

Any general queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, see the Greystoke & District Swimming Pool facebook page or website.

Your generosity in supporting the pool is very much appreciated.

Many thanks again for your continued support
On behalf of the Pool Committee


Greystoke WI

Well, what a strange 2020 it has been so far for our institute. We started with making plans for our 100th Celebrations with various events throughout the year. Covid 19 put paid to all of that. We have had tables outside of 38 Howard Park carrying a book exchange, bric-à-brac left over from the frost fair and Face Coverings made by Lesley Hall and Christine Bell. A big thank you to both of you. We have made nearly £1000.00 for the Church. The books have been put to bed for the winter, but we still have Face Coverings which include some lovely seasonal ones. The stall has proved a good stopping point, when allowed, for a quick chat and catch up for lots of village people.

The committee and other members held small tea parties for up to 4 members in their gardens during the summer, which proved very popular.

Our members are receiving a small Christmas gift of a bowl of spring flowering bulbs – something to look forward to.

Greystoke Women’s Institute send greetings to all our members and are hoping 2021 will be a new normal when we can all meet up again. We are always pleased to hear from other ladies who may like to join us. Please get in touch with Hazel McGrath on 017684 83 685. We also send seasonal greetings to everybody in Greystoke Parish and whatever you hope or wish for will come true.

Yours in Friendship

Greystoke Women’s Institute


Greystoke Parish Council
Greystoke Parish Council has requested that the Highways renew all the road markings through Greystoke as well as new RED 30 mile per hour strips across the road at all the 30 mile per hour signs on the entrance to the Village, and to renew the red strip across the road for the crossing to the school. Ideally, in order to slow speeding vehicles down, we would like to see a roundabout in the middle of the Village.

As yet we have not taken over the running of the car park, but according to Eden District Council, we are responsible for the up keep of the recycling site – I do not know when that happened.

There is extensive work being carried out at the sewerage works to accommodate the new houses that will be built in the future by Story Holmes.

750 crocuses were purchased and planted by Roy Fisher and Mike Mandale with money given by the people who dug some up when they put their new drive into the Old Coach House.

We hope you all keep safe.

Roy Fisher (Chairman)

Greystoke News – November 2020

Greystoke News – November 2020

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

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

St Andrew’s Church, Greystoke
Sunday 8 November
10.55am

Conducted by the Rev Richard Hall

In order to avoid gatherings of people in breach of current Covid-19 restrictions, the annual Remembrance Sunday events will be held in St Andrew’s Church.

The congregation will be required to hand sanitise when entering and leaving the church, wear face masks and sit a social distance of 2 metres apart, and unfortunately no singing during the service. This arrangement is within the current Covid-19 restrictions. A congregation of 60 can be managed within these restrictions.
PCC St. Andrew’s church


Church Services for November

  • Sunday 1 November – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard Hall (Celebrant and Preacher)
  • Sunday 8 November – Remembrance Day Service
    – led by Rev Richard Hall (This service will begin at 10.55am)
  • Sunday 15 November – Holy Communion
    – Rev Richard hall (Celebrant), Gill Danks (Preacher)
  • Sunday 22 November – Morning Praise
    – Judith Walsh (Service Leader), Graham Simons (Preacher)
  • Sunday 29 November – Morning Praise
    – Graham Simons (Service Leader), John Danks (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.


Buy a Cake!!!!
Church members will be selling homemade cakes from a stall outside the Village Hall on the following Saturday mornings from 9.00am until 10.00am for church funds. First come first served – don’t be late otherwise they will have gone!

  • Saturday 31 October – 9.00am until 10.00am
  • Saturday 14 November – 9.00am until 10.00am
  • Saturday 28 November – 9.00am until 10.00am

Village Support for our Parish Church
The Parochial Church Council is very grateful for the financial support villagers have given to the parish church. This support has contributed to costs associated with ensuring the building remains open and available, such things as insurance, heating to preserve the fabric, mowing of the churchyard and repairs and maintenance. Church members through their giving have ensured that the church’s ministry has continued.

The Church Council is aware that the usual avenue for this support has been through things like Craft Fairs, Plant Sales, Open Gardens and the occasional concert. Unfortunately, these opportunities have been denied to us during the Covid Pandemic. Therefore, the Church Council has decided to give villagers the opportunity to make a gift to the church if they wish.

A member of the Church Council will be in church on Saturday 28 November, between 10.00am and 2.00pm to receive gifts should anyone be willing to make a gift.

November 28 is the nearest Saturday to the day in the church’s calendar (30 November), set aside to commemorate St Andrew, to whom the church is dedicated.

Thank You.


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.


Advent Window Trail
This year we are being discouraged from encouraging people to gather together which means that unfortunately the Christmas Tree Festival in church will not take place …

… BUT …

… to bring some light and joy in these rather dark times, the church is organising an Advent Window Trail.

Volunteers are needed who will place a scene in one of their windows which expresses the joy of Christmas. Each day in Advent a new window will be revealed. The scenes do not have to be of the nativity – Santa or angels or coloured balloons or a Christmas Tree are just as acceptable – use your imagination!!

Contact Maureen Hardy to sign up to volunteer to decorate a window.

Maps will be available to follow the trail.


Greystoke Parish Council
This year, with permission obtained from the Parish Council and the village hall committee, I shall be planting the flower tubs up with Violas after I have taken the summer bedding plants out. My idea behind this is just to give the village residents a bit of a lift to see these flowers in bloom which should last all winter till the Daffs come up next spring. Adam Day and Elizabeth Kinghorn will plant Icold Road I shall do the rest, it will take approximately 200 plants. I also thank everyone who looked after the flower tubs all summer.

The Parish council has been in touch with the highways regarding the speeding cars through the Village, and at the moment are in consultation with the friends of Greystoke school to find a solution, cars only go as fast as the person who is driving.

We are also still trying to take over the running of the Village car Park, but after two years we are still no nearer a solution.

We wish all our Parishioners all the best, and keep safe.
Roy Fisher.(Chairman)