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

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services October 2021

  • Sunday 3 October – Holy Communion; Celebrant and Preacher Rev. Michael Houston
  • Sunday 10 October – Morning Praise;
  • Sunday 17 October – Morning Praise;
  • Sunday 24 October – Morning Praise;
  • Sunday 31 October – Confirmation with Bishop James Bell

Everyone is welcome to our services which all start at 9.15am and are held in church.

The Church Council has asked worshippers to continue sanitising their hands when entering and leaving church and to continue to wear face coverings although singing is now permitted. We are also now able to offer refreshments after services.

We will celebrate Harvest on Sunday 3 October at our service of Holy Communion.


Harvest Supper
St. Andrew’s Church is holding a Harvest Supper on Saturday 9 October in the Greystoke Village hall at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 (£5 for school children) and includes Cottage Pie and Red Cabbage, Apple Crumble and the first glass of wine or soft drink free. A Vegetarian option is also available. Music will be provided by Blue Jam. There will also be a bingo session and bar.

If you would like to book tickets, please contact Maureen Hardy or John Danks


Churchyard Update
The church council is most grateful for the £800 which the Parish Council has contributed towards the bill for mowing the churchyard. Work continues to tidy up around the yew trees, and we are very grateful to the Church House Group which meets in Blencow for spending two evenings carrying out maintenance.

If anyone would like to help us in this work, doing as much as you wish, please give John Danks a ring to find out what needs to be done.


Remembrance Sunday – 14th November
After the restrictions of Covid last year which meant attendance on the village green was discouraged, we will this year return to our normal format. That will be:

  • 10.15am Service in Church attended by the unformed youth organisations
  • 11.00am Gathering on the Village Green for the laying of wreaths and the two minute silence

1st Greystoke Brownies & Guides
Brownies and Guides meet every Monday in term time at 6:00pm at Greystoke Village Hall. Brownies is for girls aged 7-10, and Guides is for girls aged 10-14.

We enjoy a wide variety of activities from craft and cooking to sport and STEM, plus trips, sleepovers and camps! We welcome girls from Greystoke & surrounding villages including Berrier, Stainton, Skelton, Penruddock, Plumpton and Penrith.

If your daughter would like to join us, email Gina Stephenson or register with Girl Guiding.


Greystoke WI
We met on Thursday 2 September at 7.00pm for our Open Night when Roy Fisher gave out prizes for beautiful gardens, and enjoyed cheese and wine. A raffle was held of the hampers Eileen assembled. Jim Bownass and Andrew Leech then showed us some historical footage to do with Crime and Punishment. Andrew has a special interest in this as he is a JP. It was thought provoking to see how attitudes have changes to capital punishment.

On Thursday 7 October we have our Guest Night when we invite members from neighbouring WI groups. This year we are having a supper and being entertained by Ukes Akimbo – a ukulele band. There are two competitions in honour of our 100 year anniversary. The first is fancy dress in the style of 20’s and 30’s fashion. The second is a photo from your archive of that period.

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


Spirals of Time – Rectors of Greystoke
On the retirement of the Revd. Bill White in 2019, Daphne and Jeremy Honey began to rework the list of the Rectors of Greystoke, the earliest being Thomas de Vipent in 1255.

On the day the art work went to the framers, Purdon and Co. in Penrith, news of another rector arrived who was not on the list! Henri de Grandson from 1276 appeared via a post to the Greystoke Village Facebook page (12th December 2020) from the historian John Marshall. There are now several posts about Henri and his nephew Gerard de Vuippens with wonderful photos from John. We look forward to meeting John and hearing talk from him when he is next able to travel from his home in Switzerland. Henri has been ‘squeezed in’ before the frame was sealed.

The list has been divided into two and represented in the form of Spirals of Time. The arrival of our next Rector will see the beginning of a new Spiral to hang in the church and be added to over future centuries!


Greystoke Parish Council
The next two Greystoke Parish Council meetings are Tuesday 28 September and Tuesday 2 November, both at 7.30pm in Greystoke Village Hall.

The result of the Best Kept Garden competition:

  • Large Garden: Eileen and Norman Lund
  • Small Garden: Elizabeth and Larry Poland
  • Containers and Baskets: Patricia and Ross Watson.

Greystoke and District Sports Association
We are delighted to announce the return of our popular Film Nights held at the village hall.

Our first event will be The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019 adventure/comedy) at 7.00pm on Saturday 23 October – A man with Down Syndrome runs away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler. Later he meets with an outlaw who becomes his friend and coach.

We are making several changes to the normal format to keep everyone safe in Covid times. There is a maximum of 50 people (first come first served), and cheese and biscuits will be served whilst you enjoy a short film. We will then show the main film with an ice cream served in the interval. There will also be a licensed bar and we will serve all drinks at your table. We do request that everyone does a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before attending and, if we have to cancel the event, full refunds will be made.

Tickets £12 will be on sale at Greystoke Post Office. Price includes cheese and biscuits, one soft drink or glass of wine, and ice cream.

Future film nights for your diary (film details to be announced):

  • Saturday 27 November 2021
  • Saturday 8 January 2022
  • Saturday 5 February 2022

A March 2022 date will be announced in due course.


Swimming Pool Draw
The lucky winners of the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw for September are:

  • £20 – Moira Dudson – 41
  • £15 – Lyn & Dick Mol – 148
  • £10 – Andy Nicol – 174
  • £5 – Alan & Mary Marshall – 177
  • £5 – Emily Coates – 37
  • £5 – John Bridges – 140
  • £5 – Liz Kinghorn – 203

This is a fundraiser for the pool, one ticket buys you entrance to 12 monthly draws and a bonus Christmas draw with cash prizes up to £50!

The draw runs January to December and costs £15 with half of the fee going directly to the pool, the other half as cash prizes. Payment is due in December so watch this space for details nearer the time or see the pool website.

Thank you for your continued support for our lovely village pool.


Fellrunner Bus Trips
Fellrunner is running the following minibus trips out of Greystoke (and Newbiggin) this summer. The money raised goes to support the bus service.

  • Monday 11 October – Barnard Castle £15; depart 9.59am, home by 5.00pm.

To book seats or get info, call 07734 529 432