Greystoke News October 2023

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services October 2023

Sunday 1 October – Morning Praise
Sunday 8 October – Holy Communion
Sunday 15 October – Morning Praise
Sunday 22 October – Holy Communion
Sunday 29 October – Joint Benefice Service (Preacher: Bishop of Penrith)

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

Family Church in Greystoke Village Hall

Starting Sunday 5 November, St. Andrew’s Church will be moving to Greystoke Village Hall for a relaxed, informal service for the whole family.

Starting at 10.30am with fresh coffee and homemade cake, we’ll have a band and kids’ groups.

Family church will be held on the first and third Sunday’s of the month, with our more traditional Holy Communion services remaining in Church on the second and fourth Sundays.

If you’ve not been to church before, why not come and see!

Greystoke Social Club

Monday 2 October – Helen and Hayley from Blencow Forest School will give a talk about their activities
Thursday 19 October – Coach trip to Ambleside followed by afternoon tea in the Village Hall
Monday 6 November – a work in progress
Monday 20 November – a talk by Richard Dixon on Amazing Swifts
Thursday 14 December – Christmas Lunch at Roundthorn Hotel

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

Greystoke WI’s September speaker was David Jenkins from Pioneer Food who gave a fascinating talk about his family business. David and his brother Graham are the fifth generation working in the business. Some of the sixth generation are also employed. Even David’s 11 year old son sorts out the drivers’ keys when he has to help his Dad on a Saturday morning. We heard how the business built up from selling pots and pans at an open market at the Guildhall but then diversified into potted meat. The catering took off from there. We heard how the business expanded and how it was a way of life for David’s grandfather and father. They both worked on into their eighties. Now they have a fleet of vans delivering to the catering trade.

Covid was a difficult time as catering shut down in lockdown. Difficult decisions had to be taken, such as shutting down Shepherd’s Inn to concentrate on the Pioneer business.

It was cheering to hear David felt that after Brexit, Covid and inflation, things were gradually getting better. We heard how Pioneer sells food made by local producers. They employ 450 people and have a turnover of nearly £50 million. Not every new venture was a success story. David told us how nobody seemed to want any of the edible straws he bought as plastic was banned. Unfortunately, he has a pallet load to shift!

A food store at Rosehill in Carlisle is open to the public with a coffee shop upstairs. As we were very kindly given vouchers, Greystoke WI members will soon be trekking over there.

Molleen thanked David on behalf of Greystoke WI for his interesting and engaging talk.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 5 October and is our Guest Night. A Ukulele Band will entertain us and there will be light refreshments and a raffle. The Competition will be a musical memento.

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

Swimming Pool Draw

Congratulations to the winners of the Greystoke pool monthly draw for August and September.

This is a great fundraiser for the pool and new members for 2024 can join in December … watch this space.

£20 – J&H Relph – 185
£15 – E Nielsen – 169
£10 – Graham & Pat Nicklin – 122
£5 – Andrew Wilson – 11
£5 – John & Gillian Capstick – 112
£5 – Wendy Binks – 42
£5 – Alan Walton – 35
£20 – Jane Taylor – 56
£15 – R Walker – 38
£10 – Allan & Mary Marshall – 177
£5 – Kate & Mark Tomlinson – 193
£5 – Richard & Kathleen Sealby – 67
£5 – Shelagh Goldie – 33
£5 – Peter & Katy Clarke – 227

Greystoke Village Hall

The Village Hall committee would like to thank the Parish Council for the kind donation of a projector, which will now be available to hire alongside any hall bookings. The Village Hall is available to hire for events, meetings, classes, parties, etc.

To book or enquire, please call 07758 653 845 or eMail the Village Hall

Greystoke Film Night

We are delighted to announce the 2023/4 series of film nights to be held at the Village Hall throughout this autumn and winter. These are very sociable events and a wonderful way to meet with friends or meet new people.

Tickets are £15.00 each, are non-refundable, and must be bought in advance. The price also includes a delicious one-pot supper and an ice cream. There will also be a licensed bar to purchase wine, beer and soft drinks. All profits go towards maintaining and running the swimming pool. Tickets are available from Greystoke Post Office or online at

The first of the series is the Oscar-winning classic Casablanca (U) at 7.00pm on Saturday 14 October. This 1942 American romantic drama is directed by Michael Curtiz, and stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid.

Greystoke Pantomime – not to be missed!

Rehearsals have commenced for our production of Cinderella. Performances on Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December in the Village Hall. Put the dates in your diaries.

Tickets will be available from mid-October.

Affordable Housing

A community initiative was kicked off last year to explore options around community housing. We are delighted to report that the Parish Council is very supportive of this, and has agreed Terms of Reference for a subcommittee to be formed so that the community can start to drive this forward with their input and assistance.

We are currently looking to determine if there is a need or desire for community led housing within the parish of Greystoke.

If you would like to be actively involved helping drive this forward, and have the time to follow through on actions and delivery then we would welcome you on the subcommittee. Please email Corrine or phone 017684 80 565 or 07932 680073 to get involved.

Help Needed

Over the last 40 years Roy Fisher has looked after killing the weeds around the Village Cross and the kerbs around the Village Green, the Village Hall, and bottom of Park Road. He still looks after the top of Park Road, cuts the grass and sees to the two tubs that have flowers in them.

Now, volunteers are sought to tend the flower bed in the middle of the Village Green and the entrance to the car park. We live in a wonderful area so it’s fitting to show the many visitors that we care for our village and like to see it look its best.

Thank You

Edith and I send our thanks for all the goodwill messages on the occasion of our Diamond Wedding and Edith’s 80th Birthday on the Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September.

Roy Fisher

Back to the 80’s!!!

Dig out your neon and lace, and join us for a night of 80’s music and mayhem!!

Saturday 7 October at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. No food, just dancing!!!

Tickets are £6, and available from Greystoke Village Stores. For more details contact Laura.

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