Greystoke News Winter 2023

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services December 2023

Sunday 3 December – Morning Praise in the Village Hall
Sunday 10 December – Holy Communion in the Church
Sunday 17 December – Morning Praise in the Village Hall
Sunday 31 December – Holy Communion in the Church

Christmas Church Services 2023

Christmas Eve – 11.00am – Holy Communion, All Saints Church, Penruddock
Christmas Eve – 3.00pm – Christingle Service, Greystoke Church
Christmas Eve – 9.30pm – Holy Communion, Mungrisdale Church
Christmas Day – 11.00am – Family Christmas Service, Greystoke Church

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Church Services January 2024

Sunday 7 January – Morning Praise in the Village Hall
Sunday 14 January – Holy Communion in Church
Sunday 21 January – Morning Praise in the Village Hall
Sunday 28 January – Holy Communion in Church

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

St. Andrew’s Greystoke, Carol Service

The carol service will be held on Sunday 17 December in church starting at 6.00pm. After the service, the award for the best Christmas Tree in the Christmas Tree Festival will be presented. Come along and join us to hear the familiar story of Christ’s birth, the witness of the Shepherds, and the adoration of the Magi, as well as the opportunity to sing the carols which have always been part of all of our Christmases. The collection will go, as always, to the charity CRISIS.

Christmas Tree Festival

The Christmas trees will come into church on Friday 15 December and Saturday 16 December, and stay until Thursday 4 January. Pay a visit to see the trees which have been contributed and decorated by local groups. Church is normally open daily from 9.30am until about 4.00pm. Better still, come to the Carol Service to see the winner announced and to hear the Christmas Story.

St. Andrew’s Church Tower Lighting Fund

Thank you to everyone who so kindly donated to our Church Tower fund last year. It was so nice to see the tower once again shining out, during these cold and dark evenings like a beacon,

Once again I am asking if everyone could pause, during all of the festive merrymaking, to remember all of those lovely Christmas’s which we celebrated in the past, with all of those loved ones, that we see no more. What a lovely way to remember them, by again donating to our star chart, on any day in December, and early January that you chose.

If you would like to donate, please contact Di Hetherington or any Church member. Cheques please to be made out to St Andrews Church, P.C.C. Greystoke.

Many thanks once again.

May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas


Greystoke Social Club

Thursday 14 December – Christmas Lunch at Roundthorn Hotel
Monday 15 January – meeting in village hall at 2.00pm – details to be arranged

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 the November meeting of Greystoke WI, our speaker, Heather Boak demonstrated découpage techniques. Making use of a thin layer of a table napkin and Mod Podge, Heather demonstrated adding découpage to a miniature cheese board and to a glass plate. This was particularly fascinating as the paper layer was added to the bottom of the plate but could be clearly seen through the glass. Heather had a huge variety of Christmas themed napkins, using them to add decoration to a variety of objects. It was an inspiring demonstration and very interesting to hear about the different sorts of Mod Podge and their uses.

Our December meeting has been moved to Thursday 14 December. Greystoke Hand Bell Ringers will play carols and Maureen will duet with Philip Lambert. There will be our usual competition and raffle of gift wrapped parcels, as well as a light supper.

There will be no meeting in January but there will be a New Year meal on Friday 19 January at The Brantwood. Please contact Eileen Lund if you wish to attend.

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

Greystoke Pantomime

The village proudly presents a “not to be missed” production of Cinderella at the Village Hall. Curtain up at 7.30pm on Thursday 7, Friday 8, and Saturday 9 December.

Fully licensed bar open from 7.00pm and ice creams available at the interval.

Adults £10; under 16s £6. Tickets on sale (online only). Go to the events page at Greystoke Swimming Pool website.

Greystoke Village Christmas Pageant

This year the Greystoke Village Christmas Pageant will be held at St. Andrew’s Church on Thursday 14 December at 6.00pm. Everyone is welcome to watch the children of Greystoke School perform a short Christmas medley on their brass instruments followed by a Christmas Nativity play.

On the evening, there will be mulled wine, mince pies, delicious food and lots of Christmas stalls. It is an enjoyable evening for all. All stalls are free and you are very welcome. If you would like to take part, have a stall, or know someone who may be interested, please get in touch with school on 017684 83 572.

Village Hall Bingo Nights

Don’t forget the Christmas Bingo on Friday 15 December. We have prizes galore waiting to be won. All ages welcome. Come and enjoy the festive refreshments – mulled wine and festive treats! Doors open 6.40pm, eyes down 7.00pm. See you there.

The Hall Committee wishes to extend thanks for the generosity shown by those donating prizes for the bingo – we couldn’t do it without you! It’s a great fundraiser for our hall. Thanks also to Roy Fisher for his input as Bingo Caller.

Save the next date – Friday 26 January 2024.

Pool Winter Weekly Café

Come and join us for coffee and a chat, or a light lunch of soup and scones.

Open every Monday in the pool café from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Swimming Pool Draw

Subs are now due for the Swimming Pool 2024 Monthly Draw. This raises funds for the pool, playpark and playing field. With cash prizes every month and a bonanza bonus Christmas draw, what’s not to like! The one off £15 fee includes 12 monthly draws and the bonus draw. 60% of your sub is kept as valuable funds and the remainder is won by lucky prize winners. Help us make 2024 the best one yet!

Payment can be made by BACS, standing order or Cash/Cheque
Bank: Santander
Sort Code: 09-01-54
Account No: 09966088
Account Name: Greystoke & District Association

Use “Draw/Surname” as reference (e.g., Draw/Smith). Our collectors will be out in December too.

Questions, queries, want to join – contact Emma Nielsen or pop into the pool winter café (Mondays 11.00am – 2.00pm) to pick up a form.

Congratulations to the winners of the Greystoke pool monthly draw for November.
£20 – Frances Munro – 16
£15 – Lucy Fawcett – 94
£10 – T&E Blenkarn – 87
£5 – B&J Duckworth – 173
£5 – Louise Chance – 178
£5 – Shirley Mounsey – 92
£5 – Hazel McGrath – 160

Greystoke Film Night

Join us on Saturday 13 January for the action packed film Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1, starring Tom Cruise. Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands. Some scenes filmed in Buttermere!

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.

Greystoke and District Sports Association AGM

The Association has an active committee who keep the pool going but we always welcome new members or people who are able to contribute to a specific project.

Everyone is welcome to the AGM in the pool café on Tuesday 16 January at 7.00pm. The pool only exists because of our wonderful volunteers, come and see what we do and how you can join in.

Update from the Bus Action Group (BAG).

A huge thanks to everyone that helped make the media event at the end of October so successful! We’re feeling very hopeful this will help our cause.

The group is going to pause meetings over Christmas but we know that during this time the council will be going through the tendering process and so we’ll still keep the website updated and email the wider group with news.

If you’re not already on the email distribution list, and would like to be, please eMail Pam.

Thanks again to everyone that has supported this, it really does feel like a whole village effort!

Pam Wood and the BAG

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