Greystoke News – November 2022

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We will start with a service in Greystoke Church at 10.15am, which will be attended as usual by the uniformed youth organisations.

We will then follow the young people to the village green for an act of remembrance, the opportunity to lay wreaths and the two minutes silence at 11.00am.

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services November 2022

  • Sunday 6 November – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 13 November – Remembrance (10.15am)
  • Sunday 20 November – Holy Baptism
  • Sunday 27 November – Morning Praise

All our services start at 11.00am, except for that on Remembrance Sunday which starts at 10.15am.

Refreshments are served at 10.30am before the 11.00am service.

St Andrew’s Frost Fair
St Andrew’s is organising their annual Frost Fair in the village hall on Saturday 26 November from 12.00pm to 3.30pm to raise funds for the church. We are planning a café and home produce stalls with Christmas fare, and a variety of other stalls including a Toy stall. Greystoke WI and Social Club will also be providing stalls.

Watch out for further information on the village notice boards and Facebook page.

Please come along and join us for this village/ community event, we might even get a visit from Father Christmas!

St. Andrew’s Christmas Tower Illumination
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how fast this last year has flown! Maybe it has something to do with Covid, lockdown, not seeing our family, the loss of several good friends, or lately the sadness of our dear Queen Elizabeth’s passing. It has certainly been a year of sorrow for some.

I am once again, asking if anyone would like to remember all of those loved ones that we hold in our hearts at this very special time of the year. We would love to light up the Church tower once again from the beginning of December. If there is any special day that you would like to commemorate, let me know.

Please send donations to me or any Church member.

Diane Hetherington

Greystoke Social Club

  • Monday 7 November – Bring and Share something you have created – a model, needlework, painting, the choice is yours. Explain how it was made, what were the difficulties and tell us what pleasure you got from your creation.
  • Monday 21 November – An opportunity to make Christmas tree decorations for the Social Club tree for the church Christmas Tree Festival.

Our meetings are held in Greystoke Village Hall and start at 2.00pm, £1 for members, £2 for visitors and includes tea and biscuits.

Greystoke WI
At Greystoke WI’s Guest Night our speaker, Denis Westmorland, showed some beautiful films he had made of the courses of rivers in the local area and the villages and towns they pass through. He showed the start of the Petteril at Greystoke Castle. There was also footage of Penrith and Shap. It made us appreciate afresh the beauty of the area in which we live. Winter scenes at Alston looked rather bleak but most of the footage was a happy reminder of the summer.

In November, our speaker will be Ros Downing on the subject of Biscuits.

If you would like to join us please phone Hazel.

Greystoke Parish Council
The next Greystoke Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 8 November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

I have given all the 4,500 crocus bulbs out to numerous people and families in the Village and I will give a full list next month on how many people were involved. Without the help of these volunteers this would not have been possible so I am very grateful to everyone who has done the planting.

A new footpath will be installed between the Village and Greystoke Gill road end. We shall also see a 40mph restriction put in place before the 30mph, and all the road surfaces will be attended to before all the white lining is renewed. There will also be red strips put across the road at various places with 30 printed on them. Also, the red strip across the road where the School Children cross will be refurbished. This will all be accomplished before the end of next March, which gives them plenty of time.

Also the Parish Council has had the dead thorn bush taken out that was outside the heat transformer system at the swimming pool. Perhaps the cold air blowing onto it all summer led to its demise? Would anyone like to replace it, but in a different place!

Roy Fisher (Chairman)

Village Hall Bingo
We are delighted to announce bingo is back in the hall this year. A fun evening for all ages with lots of prizes to be won.

The first date is Friday 11 November with a 7.00pm start.

Other bingo dates for your diary: Friday 25 November, 9 December and 27 January. See you there!

Greystoke Swimming Pool
As the pool committee looks towards coping with rising energy prices next year we have decided to increase our fundraising activities to help make the pool more sustainable in the long term.

We hope you will support our efforts over the coming months just as you supported the very successful Beer Festival.

Wine tasting for Christmas
Would you like to find out more about what wine to buy for special Christmas meals at an affordable price – and taste them? The pool engineer, Dominic Rhodes, has been associated with the wine trade for almost 35 years and has witnessed massive changes on how and what we buy throughout that time.

Join him on Saturday 19 November at 7.30pm in the pool café to taste some of his favourite wines for Christmas and hear his personal stories from inside the wine trade. Tickets £12.

To book please contact Jane.

Swimming Pool Maintenance Sessions
Please come down and help keep the pool area tidy and maintained between 10.00am and 12.00pm on Saturday 12 November and 10 December. All help grateful received!

Soup and Pudding
Join us on Sunday 30 October between 12.00pm and 2.00pm for our Village Hall Soup and Pudding fundraising event. Delicious homemade soups and puddings served with bread and a cuppa. Everyone is welcome with all proceeds going to the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of our hall.

If you’d like to volunteer your cooking skills, your time to serve or to dry up dishes, please get in touch with Sarah Dobinson. It would be lovely to see some new faces, along with the familiar ones.

Sewing and Knitting Show, Harrogate
There will be a trip to Harrogate on Thursday 17 November (cost £20) with an opportunity to visit the Sewing and Knitting show (this will incur an extra cost, possibly about £16.50).

We’ll leave Greystoke at 9.00am, and everyone is welcome.

Note that this isn’t a Social Club event!

For further details, please contact Shirley Mounsey.

Village Hall Caretaker Wanted
Greystoke Village Hall is looking for a new caretaker.

We are hoping to recruit a trustworthy person that takes pride in their work to take bookings, liaise with hirers and clean the hall. This is a paid position of 25 hours per month and you will be well supported by the voluntary committee.

For further information, or to apply, please contact Laura Seel (chairperson).

Could you help by becoming a School Governor of Greystoke School?
Do you feel you know the rhythm of life within our community? Are you inspired by the creativity and wonder of children? Do you have a passion to see our school continue to serve in excellent and resourceful ways? Have you an enquiring mind? Can you consider matters strategically and objectively and come to an informed judgement? Are you enthusiastic to work as part of a team?

If you’ve said yes any of these questions, we need people like you to step forward and to volunteer to be a governor – you could be a parent, represent a community organisation or just want to participate in a Board which has the children of our school at its heart and works with staff, pupils, parents and the local community.

We value that local knowledge and experience is our most precious treasure in the local governance of schools. You may also bring other skills and knowledge which is a bonus too.

You would get a chance to develop your own personal skills; you would be given free training in respect of education and governance; you would get a sense of achievement in helping to make a difference to children’s education.

We meet six to eight times a year and support the work of the Headteacher and her team. No particular qualifications needed; you don’t even have to be a parent of a child at the school.

Please contact Graham Simons, Clerk to the Governors, to find out more. He will be pleased to hear from you!

Swimming Pool Draw
Congratulations to the winners of the Greystoke pool monthly draw for October

  • £20 – Sue Richardson – 97
  • £15 – Don & Isobel Hill – 83
  • £10 – Henry & Anna Howard – 125
  • £5 – Joan Scullion – 23
  • £5 – Alan Owens – 124
  • £5 – Tom & Sam Scott – 14
  • £5 – Stan Rumney –31

Greystoke Film Night
We are delighted to announce our second Film Night of the winter which will be held in the village hall on Saturday 3 December at 7.00pm.

The Phantom of the Open, the story of Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, who manages to gain entry to the 1976 British Open Golf Championship qualification round despite being a complete novice.

Tickets £15 also include a delicious one pot supper and an English Lakes ice cream. They must be bought in advance from Andy at the Post Office. All profits will go to the swimming pool.

A very sociable evening so please come and bring your friends or to meet with new people.

Greystoke Village Christmas Pageant
For the first time in two years, on Thursday 15 December at 6.00pm, the children and staff of Greystoke School are really looking forward to celebrating the Nativity story with friends and families in St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke.

Until the COVID lockdowns, the Greystoke Village Christmas Pageant had been a long standing tradition where we all came together to celebrate this special story.

Plans for mulled wine, mince pies, hot sausage sandwiches and lots of Christmas stalls are already underway but we would really like to reach out and invite anyone who would like to take part to please get in touch with school on 017684 83 572.

All stalls are free and everyone is very, very welcome. We would really like to make this Christmas celebration one to remember.

Village Hall Big Tidy Up
Thank you to all who joined the hall committee to help make our village hall sparkle.

To those of you who dusted, mopped, sorted, stacked and stored it was very much appreciated.

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