Together Magazine December 2018, January 2019

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This year is the 12th Greystoke Village Christmas Pageant which will be held at St. Andrew’s Church on Thursday 20 December at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to watch the children of Greystoke School perform a Christmas Nativity play. There will be mulled wine, mince pies, hot sausage sandwiches and lots of Christmas stalls. It is an enjoyable evening for all. If you would like to take part, have a stall, or know someone who may be interested, please get in touch with the school on 017684 83 572. All stalls are free and you are very welcome.

Christmas Floodlighting of Greystoke Church. It is that time of year, when amongst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas festivities, we can give thought to Christmas’s past, and especially those loved ones who are sadly not with us. I am sure you will agree with me, how nice it is to see the Church lit up over this time. If anyone would like to donate to this fund,
to allow this to happen once more, in memory of those very special people, we would be so grateful. Please contact any Church member.

Greystoke Social Club 

  • Monday 3 December – Christmas Bring And Buy Sale- please support this event as it brings in much-needed funds. Greystoke Village Hall, 2 pm – admission £1 to include Tea and biscuits.
  • Tuesday 11 December – Christmas Dinner at the Roundthorn Hotel, coach leaves the village at 12.30 pm
  • Monday 21 January 2019 – first meeting of the new year – A Surprise!!!

We wish all our members a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All are welcome to attend our meetings and go on our outings, we hope that in time you may join as a member.

John Danks (Chairman)

Greystoke WI’s November meeting was an informative talk by Hede Jackson about manufacturing Free From food, especially gluten-free products. She explained how many supermarkets are supplied by Bells at Lazonby. Alternatives to wheat flour were examined such as rice flour, brown rice flour and tapioca flour. Dairy-free products were also mentioned. There were also free samples to try. Her company is used by many big names on the High Street who just need one or two Free From products on their shelves.

On Thursday 6 December it is our AGM. We will also listen to the Greystoke Handbell Ringers and sing some carols. The competition will be a gift-wrapped parcel up to the value of £5 for the raffle. WI members are also asked to bring a small plate of food to share.

There is no meeting in January, but there will be a meal at the Brantwood on Friday 18 January. If you would like to join us please contact Hazel McGrath.

Carol Service, St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke Everyone is very welcome to come and sing their favourite carols and to hear once again the wondrous story of the birth of Jesus, in church at 6 pm on Sunday 23 December. We shall be entertained by the Handbell Ringers and celebrate with the winners of the Christmas Tree competition. Refreshments will be provided.

Christingle, St. Andrew’s Church, Greystoke, 3 pm on Christmas Eve. You are invited to begin Christmas with the retelling of the message of the Christingle – each part giving us a glimpse of the story of Jesus. This is a wonderful way for families to engage with the real meaning of Christmas. We look forward to meeting you all.

Frost Fair, Saturday 1 December St. Andrew’s is holding a Frost Fair on Saturday 1 December from 10 am until 2 pm in the village hall. There will be a range of stalls (incl. bric-a-brac) and a raffle and of course an excellent café. We do have a limited number of small tables so if you have a craft or product you would like to sell please contact Maureen Hardy. We look forward to seeing you.

Winter Coffee Mornings St. Andrew’s Church is holding winter coffee mornings in the Village hall on the first Saturday of the month during the winter months. After the Frost Fair the next one will be Saturday 5 January. This will be from 10 am until 12 pm, the entrance fee will be £2.50 to include a cup of coffee/tea and a piece of cake/scone. If you feel able to help please contact Maureen Hardy. Why not pop in and enjoy a chat and warming cup of coffee, to cheer us during the darker months. Everyone is welcome from a few months old to rather older!

Greystoke Village Hall Bingos continue Friday 7 December and Friday 18 January both at 7 pm. Prize donations will be gratefully received. The Village Hall AGM is to be held on Tuesday 22 January at 7.30pm.
Roy Fisher (Chairman).

The next Greystoke Parish Council Committee meeting will be on Tuesday 29 January, in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Roy Fisher (Chairman). See the parish council website for more innformation. The agenda for the next meeting can be found here: Agenda_November

Swimming Club Monthly Prize Draw We have now designed a new form which is compliant with new legislation regarding personal information. Everyone (existing and new members) needs to fill in the form which will be distributed by collectors in the next few weeks or available on our website. The form gives various options for payment, and any new members interested in joining the monthly prize draw please contact Emma Nielson. The prize draw will continue to pay out half of all collected income in cash prizes. Thank you for your continued support. Sarah Dobinson.

Greystoke Film Nights We are running two further film nights at Greystoke Village Hall. Saturday 1 December, American Animals (2018, True Story, Crime / Suspense / Drama, Cert 15) and Saturday 19 January, The More You Ignore Me (2018, Cert 15, Comedy / Drama). Tickets are available from the Post Office or from Judith Aris. The evening includes a one-pot supper and ice cream served in the interval. There will be a licensed bar. All proceeds go to swimming pool funds.

Greystoke Brownies & Guides have a renewed zest and over the last few weeks have enjoyed new challenges from the new Girl Guiding programme and mixed in some of their own seasonal activities including Pumpkin Carving, a Sparklers and Sausages evening and a trip to the Town Hall for UK Parliament Week. They were also pleased to take part in the Remembrance Day service. Approaching Christmas they’ll be thinking about how to decorate their tree for the Christmas Tree Festival and enjoying their now-traditional Christmas treat to Giannis! 1st Greystoke Brownies and Guides is for all girls. We meet from 6.30 pm on Mondays in term time – Brownies is for girls aged 7-10, and finishes at 8 pm and Guides is for girls aged 10-14 and finishes at 8.30 pm. As well as Greystoke, our members come from a wide area including Stainton, Newbiggin, Dacre and Penrith – you don’t have to live in Greystoke or indeed the parish! For more details, call Georgina Stephenson or see

Carols in the Pub: The Boot & Shoe. Monday 17 December 7.30 pm


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