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)