Greystoke News May 2023

Latest News and What’s On in and around Greystoke in May

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services May 2023

  • Sunday 7 May – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 14 May – Morning Praise
  • Sunday 21 May – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 28 May – Morning Praise

Our services start at 11.00am, and we serve cake and coffee or tea from 10.30am onward. We would love you to join us.

Services are now being held in the nave of the church, the tent having been removed for the summer.

St Andrew’s Plant Fair
St Andrew’s Church is organising its annual Plant Fair on Saturday 20 May in the village hall from 10.00am to 3.00pm, to raise funds for the church. The funds will go towards the cost of insuring the church so that both St Andrew’s and Penruddock churches remain open.

Plants will be sold outside the village hall, and inside there will be a café selling soup, scones, drinks and cakes, a home produce stall, in-door plants and a Tombola.

So as the weather is now getting a little warmer and spring is in the air, and we are able to begin to get into the garden and split plants and sow seeds, please could you think of us and donate any excess plants. If you have plants to donate please contact Shirley.

If you have time to spare we are always pleased to see new people and for any extra help so let Shirley know if you are able to help. Or please just bring yourself and support us and be part of a sociable, enjoyable village community event.

Greystoke Altar Frontal
Greystoke’s community altar frontal The Trinity is complete. Thanks to the countless people of all ages who made leaves. For all those who took part and the whole village community, we are planning a dedication and celebration for this on Sunday 11 June at the 11.00am service. Please come!

Greystoke Social Club
Thursday 25 May – Outing to Hetland Garden Centre and the Devil’s Porridge Museum Departure at 9.00am from Greystoke Village centre. Contact Shirley on 017684 80430 to book a seat – price £20, note that there is a charge for admission to the museum.

  • Monday 5 June – Defibrillators and CPR – a talk and demonstration by Sue Wallace
  • Thursday 29 June – Outing to Whitby

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 Brownies and Guides
Greystoke Brownies and Guides meet on Monday evenings during term time.

With both units growing in size, we’d love to welcome new volunteers to help us give the girls even more great opportunities! We’d love to hear from enthusiastic, fun and creative potential volunteers! Alternatively, if you have a skill or interest and would like to share your passion with us, we’d love to hear from you!

This term we’ll be taking advantage of the light nights and (fingers crossed) better weather, so will be out and about as much as possible, practising our fire lighting, open fire cooking, tent pitching, plus tracking, shelter building and more! We welcome girls from all the surrounding villages and schools. Brownies is for girls aged 7-10, and Guides 10-14.

See more and register (for girls or volunteers) or call Gina 07776 010 437.

Greystoke Parish Council
The next meeting of the Greystoke Parish Council will be on Tuesday 16 May in the Village Hall at 7.30pm when a new Parish Council will be put in place. Before this meeting gets underway, I intend to give a summary of the highs and lows that I have been through in the last 44 years.

Not enough people have put their names foreword to serve on the Parish Council so the people who have will have to ask parishioners who they think would be likely candidates to serve on the Council; a Council term is 4 years.

A new Parish Council Clerk will also be there to take over from Rachael Kelly who has moved on to pastures new.

A new footpath has been put in place from Greystoke to Greystoke Gill road end – goodness knows what the cost would be!

There has been no word back from Alexandra Howard regarding the offer we made him for the Car Park.

Roy Fisher (Chairman)

Greystoke WI
Greystoke WI had its presentation to outgoing President Hazel McGrath. To show their thanks for her long term of office, members gave Hazel an engraved vase, a beautifully covered book of messages, a cake which reflected her love of sewing, some garden tokens and a voucher to spend at The Brantwood. Hazel thanked the whole group and the committee and gave them gifts to show her appreciation.

Val Corbett then spoke about gardens to visit in the North. She gave us a handout of gardens which can be visited in or near our area. She began with Lowther and gave tips on when is the best time to visit to see the daffodils and what time of day to arrive to see the courtyard hornbeams lit up in the winter. Her comments were supported by beautiful photos. She also mentioned Larch Cottage and advised us to visit on a day when the chapel can be seen. She particularly recommended Yewbarrow and Gresgarth. Other gardens in Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland were also mentioned. Her last recommendation was to visit Dumfries House, owned by King Charles, the gardens of which he has transformed.

On Thursday 4 May, our speaker is Carol Marsdon, retired teacher and vicar. She will talk to us about her Lancaster childhood. We are asked to make a crown or a tiara or a coat of arms as the evening is so close to the Coronation.

If you would like to join us please contact Jennifer Young, Sue Nowson or Val Simpson.

Greystoke Hand Bell Ringers
On Saturday 8 April, Greystoke Hand Bell Ringers played outside the Boot and Shoe in glorious sunshine. We wanted to thank all those of you who came to support us and who gave so generously. More than £60 was raised which will be spent on new (hopefully easier) music. Thank you again.

Greystoke Christmas Pantomime
Due to take place on Thursday 7 to Friday 9 December 2023

Casting for all parts early summer: details to follow.

To find out more or if you’re interested in a role on stage or behind the scenes please contact Maureen Hardy or Stephen Nicol.

Greystoke Pool – 50th Season
Our pool opened on 19th May 1973 after several years of fundraising in the village. It has been a community project ever since, being run by volunteers for locals and visitors to enjoy every summer. Celebrations to mark the anniversary are being planned including a Swimming Gala for Greystoke and Penruddock Schools, an It’s A Knockout competition, a party for the Buy a Brick sponsors and a Swim n Brunch Bun morning. Details will be online and on posters around the village.

The pool is more than a place to swim.

Many locals volunteer at the pool, some don’t swim. They do it to meet people and contribute to village life. There are lots of volunteer teams so there’s bound to be one that suits you: we have volunteers in the cafe (and assistants are needed on busy days, if you don’t want to run it by yourself), we have people testing the water quality and a maintenance team, fundraisers, event organisers … if you can’t join the pool team you can still support the pool by helping at the Beer Festival in September, buying a ticket for the 100 club or joining the team running Film Nights during the winter. Simply attending the fundraising events we run helps!

The open-air heated pool, playground and playing fields are a real asset for the village. We owe those who developed and ran them in the past our thanks. Our job now, as residents of Greystoke, is to keep the pool running for many years to come. Do join us whether you are new or have lived here for years, everyone is welcome.

Details can be found on our website or Facebook page ( Greystoke & District Swimming Pool)) or … just call in to the pool during opening hours for a chat to find out more.

Season: May to early September

  • Public sessions: Weekends: 1.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Weekdays in school term: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Weekdays in school holidays: 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Adult season ticket holders have access 6.00am – 11.00am and 6.00pm – 8.00pm (rules apply). Buy adult and family season tickets online.

Sue Richardson, Chairperson
Greystoke & District Sports Association Registered Charity No. 1177906

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