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

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)

Greystoke News – October 2020

Greystoke News – October 2020

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

Church Services for October

Sunday 4 October – Holy Communion
Sunday 11 October – Harvest Praise
Sunday 18 October – Holy Communion
Sunday 25 October – Morning Praise

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.

Harvest Praise

We shall be collecting gifts at the Harvest Praise service on Sunday 11 October.

Any tinned or dry goods will be sent to the Salvation Army for use in the Food Bank which they run.

Fresh goods will be sold and the proceeds added to that day’s collection. This will be sent to the Bishop of Carlisle’s Harvest Appeal which supports overseas farming projects in Malawi and Zululand.

Food Bank
Many thanks to those who continue to support the Penrith Food bank by continuing to leave food in St. Andrew’s Church.

The table for food is just to the right of the door as you enter.

Many Thanks

St. Andrew’s Annual Meeting

The church annual meeting, delayed from April will be held using Zoom on Monday 12 October at 6.30pm.

Contact John Danks (017684 80 661) for the link details if you wish to attend.

Greystoke Labyrinth

The labyrinth cut into the south side of Greystoke churchyard is becoming more established, and is well used.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol of wholeness, examples of which have been found the world over, for thousands of years. The Greystoke labyrinth is now registered on the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.

We would like to plant bulbs into the labyrinth in October and are looking for donations of bulbs – any variety at all. You can bring them to the churchyard, or to Shelagh Goldie, or come and plant them yourself the weekend of 17 October.

Further information about the labyrinth is on site, do go and walk round it and see how you feel!

For further information please contact Shelagh Goldie.

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 August and September’s Monthly Draws.

August's Winners

  • 3 £20 J&L Peile
  • 189 £15 Simon & Trish Hawkyard
  • 90 £10 Matt Nicol
  • 61 £5 Graham & Cecelia
  • 156 £5 Annie Swarbrick
  • 159 £5 George Elliot
  • 99 £5 Clarissa Hoskinson
  • September's Winners

  • 170 £20 Jeff & Rachel Bastow
  • 195 £15 Claire Hebdige
  • 198 £10 Louise Rostron
  • 58 £5 Micheal McHale
  • 10 £5 Morna Simms
  • 38 £5 Rob Walker
  • 48 £5 Simon & Louise
  • 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: