Together Magazine February 2019

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The Greystoke Village Website has undergone a significant revamp and has now been relaunched. There is now also a small community section which we hope to expand going forward.

If you have a local tourist facing business and would like to advertise on there, or a non-profit community club you would like added (for free) please contact . To find out more, check out the news section of the website or the village Facebook group.

Prayer Walks in Greystoke each month. These are informal, gentle and accessible to all, including children and dogs!

We meet at the door of Greystoke church and walk for 30-40 minutes. Walks are led and interactive, and can be done with friends, in pairs or by yourself.

Prayer walks provide good opportunities for reflection and to notice our environment and creation.

The next walk is on Friday 1 February at 9.30am.

Coffee Morning Saturday 2 February 10.30am in Greystoke Village Hall

Greystoke WI enjoyed listening to the Hand Bell Group playing some Christmas favourites after December’s AGM. This was followed by a shared supper. On Friday 18 January there was a meal out at The Brantwood in Stainton.

Our meeting on Thursday 7 February will be a talk by Rachel Mills who is a physiotherapist about why women over 60 should exercise. The competition will be an exercise aid.

If you would like to join WI please contact Hazel McGrath.

A happy new year to all Greystoke Social Club members! A group of 36 members enjoyed a really pleasant Christmas Lunch at the Roundthorn Hotel just before Christmas. This followed on a hugely successful Bring and Buy sale – a big thanks to all in the village who supported this event and to all club members who by ‘Bringing’ and ‘Buying’ contributed so much to its success.

Our next meetings, at 2.00pm in Greystoke Village Hall are:

  • Monday 18th February – A talk on the charity which provides ‘Blood Bikes’;
  • Monday 4th March – Dick Gargett will entertain with Cumbrian Tales and Dialect;
  • Monday 18th March – We welcome a representative of Booths of Penrith to talk about the grocery business

We welcome all to our meetings, and we hope that you will decide to join our number. John Danks (Chairman)

Thanks to all those who contributed in any way to the Carol Service – those attending, the readers, the singers, Mike Town the organist and the Handbell Ringers, those who donated refreshments and served them. Our Lord’s birth was truly remembered in a wonderful and memorable way. The collection of £312 has been sent to the charity Crisis, which serves those without a home. Thank You. Greystoke PCC

Christingle – Isn’t it wonderful how the whole life of Christ and God’s bounty to us can be represented by an orange adorned by a candle, a red ribbon and four sticks with sweets stuck on them. Those who attended contributed £104, which has been sent to The Children’s Society to aid their work with vulnerable children. Thank You. Greystoke PCC

On behalf of all the members of St Andrews Church, Greystoke, can I once again thank everyone who so kindly donated to St. Andrew’s Church Tower Lighting fund over the festive period. It was so nice to see the tower lit up, a true reminder of what Christmas is all about. Thank you all. Di Hetherington

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way with decorating the Church with their Christmas Trees or lovely floral decorations. It was rather overwhelming once the decorating began as so many trees arrived, the Church was buzzing with happy people creating their works of art. The results ware delightful, never has the Church looked nicer and this enjoyable atmosphere continued throughout the Christmas Services. Greystoke Village folk know how to pull together, so a massive thank you to everyone for your amazing efforts. Wendy and Janet

The great news is that our planned £140,000 Improvement to Greystoke Swimming Pool has taken a leap forward following the successful bid for a major grant from the Cumbria Fells & Dales LEADER programme. This programme is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and covers the period 2014 to 2020.

The planned project is a major and much needed refurbishment of the buildings with a new café, kitchen and changing rooms. The project was developed after a local consultation exercise was carried out earlier this year. The plans by Ashwood Design were submitted to Eden District Council in August 2018 and planning approval was granted in November.

The bad news is that we still have to raise £25,000 plus to cover all of the costs. We will be fundraising even harder than is usual in the months to come. If you would like to help by donating now, simply follow the link to Greystoke Swimming Pool at

We are now accepting applications for Greystoke Swimming Pool Lifeguards for the coming season. You must be reliable and self-motivated, and able to get to the pool for your shifts both during the week and at weekends.

Applicants must be aged 16 by the time training starts around Easter this year. If you are interested, please contact Moira Dudson.

My thanks to everyone who gave prizes for the Greystoke Village Hall Christmas Bingos. After holding three before Christmas we made just over £800 profit, another will have been held in January, with the last on:

  • Friday 15 February at 7.00pm in the Village Hall

I thank you all for the support you have given me as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary before that in the past 47 years that I have been in office. Thanks must go to my wife Edith and family for allowing me to do this work for the Village Hall, which I believe is one of the most used in Eden. My first memories are the Disco Dances before there were any clubs in Penrith, and the trouble they caused but the money we made was fantastic. Also the Christmas Whist Drives with up to 50 tables of 4 people to a table of whom most were smokers – with no ash trays, and when you stood on the stage your head was in a cloud of smoke. The alterations and rooms we have added on in that time, re-roofed 3 times, new toilets and disabled access – a book full of memories which cannot be taken away! My Chairmanship ended on Tuesday 22 January. Kind Regards. Roy Fisher (Past Chairman)

Our last Film Night is on Saturday 2 March and is a topical choice. “Swimming with Men” was released in 2018 and is a drama featuring a man suffering from a mid-life crisis who finds new meaning in his life by joining an all-male middle-aged amateur synchronised swimming team.

It will follow the normal format, and tickets are available from Judith Aris or from the Post Office. Guaranteed to be a sell out so get your tickets early. Perhaps members of our community will be inspired by the film to make this one of our fundraising initiatives?!

Following discussions between Dacre and Greystoke Parish Councils and some feedback from residents, the Fellrunner Bus group are hoping to run a weekly bus service to Penrith serving Dacre, Penruddock Old Station, Motherby, Greystoke and Newbiggin. Subject to receiving the necessary permissions, Fellrunner hope to start the service in April and run the bus for a 6 month trial.

Fellrunner Village Bus is a community bus group, who operate three 17 seat minibuses on timetabled routes across the Eden area. It is run by volunteers, there are no paid staff, and is based in Langwathby where the first service started up in 1979, 40 years ago this year.

The services are open to all, NOW card (bus pass) holders and the under 5’s travel for free and single and return fares are available for everyone else. There is no pre-booking or pre-paying, just turn up and travel. The bus has low floor entry and a wheelchair space.

To start with the service will run on Thursdays, leaving:

    • Dacre at 11.15am,
    • Penruddock Old Station at 11.22am,
    • Motherby at 11.25am,
    • Greystoke at 11.32am,
    • Newbiggin at 11.40am

and arriving into Penrith Bus Station at 11.55am. In Penrith, the bus will stop at:

    • the Health Centre,
    • Sainsbury’s, King St.,
    • Booths/Morrisons,
    • Middlegate and
    • the Bus Station. (All times subject to confirmation).

The return trip will leave Penrith Bus Station at 3.30pm, giving passengers 3.5 hrs in Penrith for shopping, appointments, meeting friends, etc. More details will follow and a full timetable will be published once we have the okay to run.

If you have any comments about this proposed service, Fellrunner would be pleased to hear from you and can be contacted on or by phone on 07734 529432.

Does anyone know who owns the Grey Mazda 2 car in Village Car Park? It has four flat tyres and has been there for approximately 4 months. Please ring Roy Fisher. Thank you.

Ringing the Changes in Greystoke Tower. For a number of years Wendy Theakston has been Tower Captain. Wendy was very involved with the resurrection of the bells at the millennium and with the training and ongoing progress of the tower. Thank you Wendy. Replacing her is Tony James, also from Greystoke.

Tony writes:

We are always looking for new ringers, all ages are welcome. We are a friendly bunch. Training is done at your pace and is tailored to the individual.

We meet on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. If you are interested or have questions, please get in touch.


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