Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in December 2021 and January 2022

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services December 2021

  • Sunday 5 December – Holy Communion with Rev Mike Houston
  • Sunday 12 December – Morning Praise led by Judith Walsh, speaker Graham Simons
  • Sunday 19 December – Holy Communion with Canon Cameron Butland
  • Sunday 19 December (7.00pm) – Village Carol Service
  • Wednesday 22 December (6.30pm) – Carols Around the Village – meet outside The Boot and Shoe
  • Friday 24 December (3.00pm) – Christingle Service for Families
  • Friday 24 December (9.30pm) – Christmas Communion – led by Gill Danks
  • Sunday 26 December – No Service

Please wear a mask for services and use the sanitiser provided. All services at 9:15am unless indicated.


St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services January 2022

  • Sunday 2 January – Holy Communion with Rev Mike Houston
  • Sunday 9 January – Morning Praise led by Graham Simons, speaker John Danks
  • Sunday 16 January – Holy Communion with Rev Richard Hall
  • Wednesday 19 January (7.30pm) – Licensing of Rev. Martin Walker as Priest in Charge of Greystoke, Penruddock and Mungrisdale
  • Sunday 23 January – Morning Praise
  • Sunday 30 January – Morning Praise
  • (Keep an eye on Church Noticeboards for more details for the 23rd and 30th)

    Please wear a mask for services and use the sanitiser provided. All services at 9:15am unless indicated.


    Carol Service in Church
    7.00pm Sunday 19 December

    Come and join us as we retell the Christmas Story and sing the old familiar carols. Collection will go to the homeless charity CRISIS.


    Carols Around The Village
    6.30pm Wednesday 22 December

    Wrap up warm, bring a torch, wear something bright and come with us as we tell of the birth of Jesus to the village accompanied by some familiar carols.

    Meet outside The Boot and Shoe


    Christingle
    3.00pm Friday 24 December in Church

    We are encouraging families to book a pew as we continue to try and stay safe maintaining some spacing, and come and join us as we start Christmas by constructing a Christingle, which tells us of the story of God’s creation and the part that Jesus played.

    We shall sing to the music of the church’s worship band, and the collection will go to the children’s charity The Children’s Society.

    Contact John Danks to book a pew.


    Licensing of Rev Martin Walker
    7.30pm Wednesday 19 January, Greystoke Church

    We hope to see the church full as we join with the congregations of Penruddock and Mungrisdale Churches to welcome Martin, his wife Nicky and their family into our midst. Come along and meet the priest who will lead the Christian witness in our village in the years to come.


    St. Andrew’s Church Greystoke Tower Lighting Fund
    Once again we are coming up to the festive season, and this time we hope all our plans will be back to normal, compared to last year.

    The last year or so has been a trying time for everyone, and there cannot be many of us who have not known someone who has been affected by the pandemic in some way or other.

    Many of us remember our loved ones that sadly are no longer with us. We enjoyed so many happy Christmas’s with them in the past. Christmas is certainly a time of remembrance!

    Once again we are going to illuminate St. Andrew’s Church Tower in memory of all those dear relatives and friends that we miss so much. We have had many favourable comments from villagers and beyond regarding our tower. It looks spectacular from Icold Road especially!

    Last year, due to the generosity of many, many local people, we made a substantial amount, which was greatly appreciated by the PCC.

    If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Lighting Fund, please contact Diane Hetherington or any Church member.

    PS., Cheques should be made payable to St. Andrew’s Church PCC Greystoke.


    Christmas Tree Festival
    The popular Christmas Tree Festival will make a return this year. So if you are a member of a community group or organisation, a road or a family, start making your plans for how your tree will look. The Festival will be held in St. Andrew’s Church from the weekend before Christmas. Who knows, you may win the trophy!!


    St. Andrew’s Frost Fair
    St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, is holding a FROST FAIR on Saturday 11 December from 12.00pm to 4.00pm at the Greystoke Village Hall.

    Masks preferred for the event.

    Stalls will include Cakes and Home produce, Christmas Wreaths and Table Decorations, Christmas Cards and stationery, etc., WI, Pre-loved children’s toys, Tombola and silk craft.

    There will be a café serving soup, turkey and stuffing rolls, and of course, yummy cakes. This will be table service to help with COVID rule.

    New this year…Test your skill on entertaining games for both children and adults.

    There will also be a guest appearance of Father Christmas who will be available from 1.00pm until 2.00pm for a chat with younger members of our community!!!!

    If you feel able to contribute to the Cakes and Produce stall, please contact Clare.


    Village Hall Committee
    Greystoke Village Hall urgently requires new committee members and office holders to secure the future of the hall. We are looking for a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, to take over from February next year. This is your chance to get involved and to safeguard the future of this important community asset.


    Greystoke WI
    Greystoke WI met on Thursday 4 November. Paula Carol, who leads yoga classes in the village hall, took us through a gentle yoga session. This was broken down into sections on meditation, eye movement, warm up, posture and lastly, 10 minutes of relaxation. We sat on chairs the whole time but performed many stretches, which helped to loosen us up. The breathing exercises were very relaxing and made us feel pleasantly sleepy. Paula was very good at matching the exercises to her clients.

    At our meeting on Thursday 2 December, the hand-bell group will play carols. The committee will organise a buffet supper. Everyone is asked to bring a gift-wrapped item up to the value of £5 for the competition and these items will become the raffle prizes. Members are also invited to volunteer a quiz or game or reading for the entertainment.

    Our January meeting is on Thursday 21 when we will have a meal out at the Brantwood.

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


    Greystoke Parish Council Meetings
    The next Greystoke Parish Council meetings will be held at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on Tuesday 7 December, and Tuesday 25 January. All are welcome.


    Parish Council Update
    The Motherby and Greystoke Charity will be giving their Senior Citizens a gift again this Christmas. Land was left to the Parish Council in 1798, the rent from which had to go to the poor of the Parish. Times have changed a lot since then and we give the money to the older members of our community. To qualify, you have had to live in the Parish for 12 months. A Lady living on her own must be 65, and a Gentleman on his own or a couple must be 65. If you qualify for this gift and did not receive one last year, please ring our Parish Council Clerk on 017688 63 900. If Rachael is unable to answer, please do leave a message. Last year we gave out 160.

    We have had issues with Story Homes regarding the mud on the road and are constantly in touch with them about cleaning it up, especially at the weekend. They of course have various excuses.

    At the last meeting on Tuesday 2 November, the Councillors expressed their concern at the amount of remuneration being given to the new Chief Executive of EDC and wondered how this could be justified. As a Parish Council we have no say in the matter. There were various phrases expressed, but I cannot print them!

    Up to now there have been 47 people caught by the speed camera on Icold Road in Greystoke with speeds up to 47mph and three with no road tax.

    We wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year and let us hope it is better than the last 2 years, and we can see light at the end of the tunnel regarding Coronavirus.

    Kind Regards.

    Roy Fisher (Chairman.)


    1st Greystoke Brownies and 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 plus trips, sleepovers and camps! We welcome girls from Greystoke and surrounding villages including Berrier, Stainton, Skelton, Penruddock, Plumpton and Penrith.

    To find out more or join us in January, email Georgina Stephenson or register your daughter with Girl Guiding.


    Greystoke Social Club
    The Social Club meets at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall. All are welcome – it’s just £1 for your tea and biscuits!

    • Monday 13 December – Bring a plate of Christmas Food and play some party games
    • Monday 17 January – first meeting of the New Year

    Greystoke Swimming Pool Film Night
    We are delighted to continue with our popular Film Nights held at the village hall.

    Tickets £12 for a great night out including film, food and interval ice cream. Licensed bar. Tickets from Greystoke Post Office, only 50 available.

    Please help us to run the event safely by doing a lateral flow test before attending and if we have to cancel the event, full refunds will be given.

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

    • Saturday 8 January 2022
    • Saturday 5 February 2022

    A March 2022 date will be announced in due course.


    Swimming Pool Café
    The Café at Greystoke Pool will be open most Tuesdays between 11.30am and 2.30pm for coffee, cake, scones and soup throughout December and January.


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

    • £20 – Pauline Douthwaite – 141
    • £15 – John and Gill Danks – 181
    • £10 – Ian and Joan Curry – 116
    • £5 – Helen and Frazer Ross – 164
    • £5 – Andy Nicol – 174
    • £5 – Jennifer Modral – 06
    • £5 – Alan Walton – 35

    Join the draw and help raise funds for the swimming pool and the chance to win cash prizes every month.

    A one off fee of £15 buys you a number which is entered into a monthly draw and the Christmas bonus draws. This year we have had over £1000 to give away in cash prizes!

    Payment is due in December. Existing members – no need to do anything, we will contact you automatically.

    Want to be included for 2022? Contact Emma Nielsen.

    Be involved, be a winner.


    Thank you
    Victor and Anne Brownlee would like to thank most sincerely our friends in Greystoke for their support, many messages of sympathy and the abundance of flowers received following the sad loss of our precious 8 year old grandson Oliver, in Australia.

    Thanks also to Richard for his sensitive ministrations, appreciated by us both in such difficult circumstances.

    Best wishes to all

    Victor and Anne