Latest News and What's On in Greystoke in February 2020

Greystoke WI
At the December meeting of WI, Hazel McGrath was re-elected as President. We shared a light supper and listened to the Handbell ringers playing carols. In January we had the first celebration of our centenary year with a New Year meal at the Brantwood.

We also hope to celebrate our 100th birthday by producing a banner showing scenes from around the village and are inviting people outside of WI to participate. All levels of expertise and all types of media will be welcome. If you would like to contribute to this please contact Jane Hardcastle who is co-ordinating this project.

In February we have a speaker from Samaritans. The competition is something which has encouraged you or lifted your spirits.

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


Greystoke Social Club
Happy New Year!!

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

  • Monday 17 February – Friends of the Lake District, a talk by Douglas Chalmers;

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


Greystoke Parish Council
Greystoke Parish Council wishes to congratulate Greystoke School for their tremendous achievement getting the highest progress score in reading out of all the 20,000 primary schools in England in 2019.

They also achieved a 100% key stage 2 pass rate for the 4th year in succession. Why would you want to take your children anywhere else?

Roy Fisher (Chairman)


Greystoke Brownies and Guides
Greystoke Brownies and Guides meet on Mondays in term time from 6.30pm in the Village Hall. Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and Guides is for girls aged 10+.

Last term we enjoyed a wide variety of activities and challenges, including a night hike, a sleepover, we made a turtle art installation out of plastic destined for recycling, and had a trip to Keswick Climbing Wall, all alongside the Girlguiding programme. We also love playing games in the dark!

This spring term we’ll be finishing off our Skills for the Future theme badge, looking forward to going to PGL with other Brownies and Guides from Cumbria North and lots more!

We have members from a wide area, and you don’t have to live in Greystoke to join us! It’s a great way to make new friends! If your daughter would like to come and see what we get up to, contact Georgina Stephenson or register on www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus


Volunteer Opportunity
Greystoke Guides and Brownies have volunteer opportunities. You don’t need to be Nanny McPhee, Mary Poppins or Miss Trunchbull, just someone who would like to share their knowledge and skills with girls aged 7-14yrs.

Girlguiding offers you the opportunity to complete an adult leadership qualification which looks good on any CV, university application or supports someone who may wish to return to the workplace.

Girlguiding provides training:- Safeguarding Children, First Aid as well as other opportunities to develop your interests alongside the Brownies and Guides.

If you would like any further information call Georgina Stephenson or Julie Boothman.


Greystoke Village Hall
A Bingo night will be held in the village hall on Friday 7 February at 7.00pm. These bingo nights are our main fundraising activity of the year and can only take place thanks to the fantastic support we receive from our local community.


Greystoke Swimming Pool Draw
We would like to say a huge Thank You to all members (existing and new) of the Swimming Pool Monthly Draw. Last year we raised an impressive £1320 – which all helps the pool remain open.

Want to be included for 2020? It’s not too late. The draw runs January to December, with 7 monthly cash prizes and a big Christmas draw with prizes up to £50.

For more information contact Emma Nielsen or Sarah Dobinson; see the website

Congratulations to the winners of December’s Monthly Draw and to the 48 winners of the Christmas bonus draw

December 2019

  • 12 £20 – Roy and Edith Fisher
  • 84 £15 – Janice Weatherill Timmings
  • 33 £10 – Mr R Coates
  • 152 £5 – Helen Jamieson
  • 75 £5 – Bob Barnes
  • 125 £5 – Henry and Anna Howard
  • 18 £5 – Toni Hall

Christmas bonus draw, winners included …

  • 8 £50 -P&A Binks
  • 55 £50 – Steven and Tara
  • 143 £25 – R&M Dix
  • 160 £25 – Hazel and Martin
  • 109 £20 – G&J Worthington
  • 134 £20 – Ian Douthwaite
  • 114 £20 – Jane Taylor
  • 23 £20 – Brian Taylor


Greystoke 10km Trail Run
The swimming pool committee is organising a 10km run on the Castle Estate on Sunday 8 March at 10.30am with the kind permission of Neville Howard.

Starting and finishing in front of the castle, a superb loop course amid the wonderful scenery will take you on farm tracks, fields and some tarmac – expect to get muddy!

Suitable for all abilities, with a fully marked and marshalled course, refreshments and facilities available in the village hall. Prizes for major male and female categories.

£12 to enter – all proceeds going to the pool refurbishment project.

Enter online or for more information see the pool website or contact Emma Nielsen.


Christmas Services
It was wonderful to see such splendid attendances for the Village Carol Service and for the Christingle Service. At both services we took a collection for worthy charities.

We are pleased to tell you that £350 was sent to the homelessness charity Crisis from the carol service and £205 to the children’s charity The Children’s Society from the Christingle service.

A big thank you to all who participated and all who were so generous is their giving. These amounts include gift aid which the church is able to claim on open plate giving.

PCC Greystoke Church


Christmas Tree Festival
Once again a big thanks to all from the village and surrounding area who took the time to design and then erect their Christmas trees in church over the Christmas period. What a lot of creativity you displayed and what a lot of pleasure you gave to others – thank you!

Also thanks to Wendy, Clare, Ros and Janet for organising.

PCC Greystoke Church


Greystoke Swimming Pool Progress
Postlethwaites builders are progressing well with the building work and are on track to finish in early March.

The fundraising has only covered the main building work and we still need to raise money for furnishing the café.

We will need volunteers to help lay the patio outside the café and paint the outside of the building. We also hope the external wall surrounding the pool can be painted, perhaps including some community artwork.

If you can help with any of the above please leave Janice Weatherill a message.


Greystoke Film Nights

We have the following film nights scheduled for the autumn/ winter.

  • Saturday 29 February – Mrs Lowry and Son, with the excellent Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave starring in this biopic of the relationship between LS Lowry and his mother.
  • Saturday 28 March – What We Did On Our Holidays

Tickets £12 (£8 under 16) include film, one-pot supper and ice cream. Licensed bar.

Available from Greystoke Post Office or Judith Aris.


History Project

We are compiling a history of the swimming pool. Anyone with photos, memories or information, please contact Alan Marshall


Penrith Playhouse 2020 Season
Penrith Playhouse has a cracking programme for you in 2020. The season opens with Abandonment by Kate Atkinson. She is a writer loved by many and who knew she did plays? The director is new to directing but has been one of our best actresses, Viv Moules. It has a strong cast and looks like being one not to miss. It runs from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 February.

Comedies have always been popular and our second play should be no exception. Machiavelli is more famous for his political works but this play, the Mandrake, is a treat, one of Italian theatre’s classics. It has been given a modern update by Kevan France of North Cumbria Scriptwriters and should have you rolling in the aisles. It is on Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 April.

Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 June sees a version of The Hound of the Baskervilles in a fun adaptation performed by just three actors playing all the parts.

We return to Penrith Arts Festival in August, again with a play written locally, by Zoe Badder this time. Bad Reception is a comedy set in a Scottish hotel and will be on Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 August.

Those who visit Theatre by the Lake will remember Handbagged, a play about the Queen and Margaret Thatcher. This will be our autumn play, Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 October, again a comedy so make sure you get to see it.

The last play of the season is an old favourite, A Christmas Carol. In this adaptation by John Davies we will relive all our favourite moments. It runs from Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 December.

Tickets are available on our website or from Penrith Tourist Information Office.

Mike Head


Greystoke Parish Council
Action with Communities in Cumbria is offering to develop and support a travel and transport project to people who find it difficult to get transport to meet their needs. This would run alongside the present service that we have at the moment on a Tuesday.

There will be a presentation given at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 28 January, or just ring any Parish Councillor to express your interest.

Roy Fisher