Greystoke News September 2023

Greystoke Parish Councillors

The May 2023 parish council elections for Greystoke were uncontested, your councillors being:


 Adam Day (Chair)07720 800 840
 Ali Maddock07851 427 570
 Keith Hardcastle017684 80 156
 Laura Thompson
 Michael Bousfield077861 98478
 Stephen Clark

Little Blencow

 Adam Fawcett (Vice-Chair)


 John Bridges 

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services September 2023

  • Sunday 3 September – Morning Praise with children’s activities
  • Sunday 10 September – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 17 September – Morning Praise with children’s activities
  • Sunday 24 September – Holy Communion

Our services start at 11.00am, and we will be serving coffee and cake from 10.30am. We look forward to meeting you.

Greystoke Social Club

  • Monday 4 September – David Bell will give an illustrated talk entitled Walking the Fells Over the years – 2.00pm, Greystoke Village Hall
  • Thursday 28 September – Outing to Dumfries House, leaving the village at 8.30, coach fare £25, 90 mins guided tour and access to the gardens £17.50. To book a seat and for further details contact Shirley Mounsey
  • Monday 2 October – Hayley and Helen will give a talk about the Forrest School at Blencow, and Bushcraft.

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

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The church is pleased once again to host a coffee morning in church in support of Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday 30 September from 10.00am until 1.00pm – we do hope you will support this worthy cause.

Greystoke Brownies and Guides

Brownies and Guides starts again for the summer term on Monday 11 September. We’ve got a busy term planned with lots of different activities including outdoor fun, baking, pumpkin carving, a cinema trip and more! Plus, we’re also planning a sleepover for Brownies, and maybe a winter camp for Guides.

We welcome girls from a wide area and several schools, so it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends.

We meet in Greystoke Village Hall on Mondays in term time – Brownies (age 7-10) 5.30pm to 7.00pm, Guides (age 10-14) 7.15pm to 8.45pm.

For more information, please contact Georgina Stephenson or register online.

We’re also looking for new volunteers to help with our growing groups. Give me a shout for more details if you’d like to find out more.

Greystoke WI

On 3 August Greystoke WI held our Open Night. We invited guests from the village to join us for cheese and wine. Adam Day, chair of the Parish Council, named the winners of the best gardens in the village. Emma from Fellside Flowers gave a presentation and spoke about how she started her business.

Thank you to the WI Committee and the Parish Council for the preparation that went into making the evening a success.

On Thursday 7 September, the speaker is due to be David Jenkins from Pioneer Food, although this may have to be changed. The competition is an unusual ingredient you have used in your cooking.

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

Greystoke Parish Council

Congratulations to all prize winners in this year’s best garden competition. Grateful thanks to our judges Anne Jackson and Jane Shaw who commented how wonderful it was to see so many lovely gardens in one parish, even on a rainy July morning.

The Parish Council is very concerned at the number of cars breaking the speed limit on Icold Road. Data from our Auto Speedwatch device reveals 253 incidents of speeding during June, the fastest of which reached 69mph. We have addressed our concerns with the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Cllr Judith Derbyshire (W&F Unitary Authority) who was in attendance at our last meeting.

The next parish council meeting is Tuesday 12 September at 7.00pm.

Adam Day

Bus Action Group

Thank you to everyone who attended our first two Bus Action Group meetings, it was clear from the high turnout that there is a strong desire for Greystoke and Motherby to be better connected to public transport (the views of those living in Newbiggin are not yet known).

Our next two meetings are Tuesdays 22 August and 19 September in Greystoke Village Hall at 7.00pm.

The agendas, meeting notes and other documents may be found on our shiny new website – with grateful thanks to Greystoke Web Design and Mark Williamson for all their support with this.

For more details please email Pam Wood

20th Anniversary of Greystoke Hand Bell Ringers

On Saturday 22 July 2023 at 2.00pm we met at the Village Hall to celebrate 20 years of the Greystoke Hand Bell Group. We were well supported by friends and family from Mungrisdale and Greystoke. Tea and cake was served to guests while different teams performed.

Our newest members played numbered tunes. The more experienced members played from music notation. Previous members, including 4 founding members, returned to play Christchurch bells. It sounded as if they had never been away. Some brave members of the audience even had a go at ringing. Finally, all the current members joined together to showcase our current work in progress – Phantom of the Opera.

The bell archive was on display to rekindle memories. We were sorry that not all our previous members could make it back to join us and hope there will be many opportunities for them to revisit us in the future.

Chris Ellison was thanked for starting the whole thing off. Maureen pointed out that the bells would currently be valued at about £16,500. Maureen was thanked for continuing the leadership of the group. We were also very grateful to Terry’s wife, Joan, who manned the teapot.

Speeding Issues Greystoke – We Need Your Help!

If you suffer a near miss on the roads in and around Greystoke, please report it to the Police via calling 101 or emailing . Greystoke Parish Council is lobbying both Westmorland and Furness Council, and Cumbria Police to take action on this matter, but to do this near misses need to be reported.

General Road issues (potholes/damaged white lines, damaged kerbs, etc.) should be reported via:

The more reports we get to either Westmorland & Furness or the Police the greater the chance of action there is.

Any queries please contact the Parish Clerk, Becx Carter.

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