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Greystoke Forest Closed

posted by Steve Woolley

You are advised that there will be restricted public access to the forest during the week of 5th October to 10th October to facilitate police training.

There will be NO Access should be taken on the Thursday 8th October and when No access signs are displayed at the entrance gates at both Millfield and Quarry Entrances.  Be aware, there may also be very occasional dull explosive sound from within the forest during this period.

Mungrisdale Village Hall is Open Again

posted 7 Sep 2020, 07:04 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 7 Sep 2020, 07:07 ]

Mungrisdale Village Hall will be open again for bookings from 1st September.


New measures ore now in place to maintain social distancing, and a thorough cleaning program has been set-up between bookings to ensure safety of both hirers and cleaners.


If you would like to make a booking please contact Anne Manger on 017684 84435 or 07789 502431 or at to discuss your requirements.

September 2020 Bulletin from St Kentigern’s Church Mungrisdale

posted 6 Sep 2020, 02:46 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 7 Sep 2020, 04:56 ]

If you have any questions about church matters, please get in touch with the churchwardens: Brian Davis  017687 79640 or Christine Fleming  017684 84217.

Please send any notices or articles for the next bulletin to

Church services

Services are now held in the church building every Sunday at 11 am. .  The seating is limited and there is mask wearing and hand sanitising but it’s been good to meet in person again, so please come.  Covid regulations allow no singing as yet but listening to recorded hymns and praise music has nevertheless been uplifting.   The services are still available live via Zoom thanks to Brian’s technical skills, so if you would like to join us on Zoom just let Brian know -  his phone number and  email address are shown above.

Service listing:

Sunday 6th September 11am              Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

Sunday 13th September  11am          Morning Praise led by Brian Davis

Sunday 20th September 11am           Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 27th September  11am          Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell

Sunday  4th October  11am.               Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

Sunday  11th October 11am               Harvest Praise led by Peter McCall


Bishop’s Harvest Appeal 2020

Each year at our harvest festival service we take an offering in support of the Bishop’s Appeal.  

The Bishop describes this year’s appeal on the diocesan website as follows: 

“The Harvest Appeal moves now to a new three year cycle and shifts focus. Over the next three years we will be working with the Mother’s Union and Christian Aid.  The two main projects* are outlined in the leaflet and I commend them to you. As in previous years ten per cent of your donation will also support three UK organisations who are working for a fairer and more sustainable world: Cumbria Development Education Centre, Carlisle One World Centre and Global Justice Now.

*This year’s projects are Christian Aid’s work in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the work of the Mothers’ Union in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Due to Covid restrictions we cannot take up an offering in the church service so if you would like to give, please use the link below.


Church Finances 

In last month’s bulletin we explained about the parish offering system.  Since then the PCC has put forward an offering to the diocese for 2021 of between £18,500  and £20,000 dependent on circumstances.


The option of online giving was also mentioned last month and anyone can now support the Church and churchyard using the following links:

One off giving;

Regular giving;


Mungrisdale Church Annual Meeting

This was postponed in March due to the Covid 19 outbreak, and will now be held via Zoom on

Thursday 8th October at 7pm.    Everyone on the electoral roll is eligible to attend so please join in by letting Brian know and he will send you a Zoom invitation. 


Boon Day

On Friday 9th October we are holding a Boon day to tidy up the churchyard and cut back some of the bushes.  If the day is wet we will reschedule,  otherwise we’ll start at 10am.  Come along any time that morning – just half an hour can make a big difference..





Mungrisdale WI

On Monday 10th August the WI met in “Lorraine’s Tea Garden” and were served with a delicious afternoon tea.  It was a beautiful warm sunny day and all members bar two were able to make it. 

Everyone had a very pleasant afternoon catching up with each other again after such a long break. “


Mungrisdale Village Hall:

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the more local support network, Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) have waded through government legislation, rules and regs and provided very helpful framework documents to help inform decision making. As a consequence, the Trustees and Management Committee have worked hard to ensure that when the hall reopens on Tuesday, 1st September it will be as Covid-19 secure as possible.

A term springs to mind 'the new normal' which highlights a way of thinking and serves as a reminder for us to get out and about again but to also remember all those mantras of keeping safe. When in the hall there are plenty of hand sanitising stations and the furniture to recommended social distancing guidelines. Face masks are now a de rigueur fashion accessory. 

Following ACT's advice the hall has been set out to accommodate 9 (nine) in the Meeting Room and 25 (twenty-five) in the Main Hall. We want to reassure everyone that the tables and chairs will have been well  cleaned before each booking. However, the downside to maintaining biosecurity is that the only facility available in the kitchen will be the hot water boiler. It was a difficult decision to place everything else out of bounds but you can still make refreshments - you just need to bring everything with you - including your own tea towel to dry up!  It feels inhospitable but for the moment, and until we see how the next few months play out, this will be the likely situation until at least the end of the year.

So, a warm welcome back to the Monday morning Art Group who return from 7 September; the Parish Council whose next meeting will be in the Main Hall on Monday, 14 September; the weekly Yoga classes starting again from Wednesday, 16 September and the Eden Valley Guild of Spinners and Weavers who return for their monthly session on Saturday, 19 September.

Bookings can be made either by email - or phone - 01768 484435.


Jonathan Scott Foundation

Grant money is available under the rules of the trust to help young people under the age of 25 years who reside in the Civil Parish of Mungrisdale, towards the cost of education, training (including social and physical training), and/or towards the cost of books and equipment which would help to prepare for or to enter a trade or profession.

Completed forms must be returned no later than 1st October.

Application forms can be obtained from;

Mrs D Elliott, Bank House, Mungrisdale,  Penrith,CA11 0 XG

Tel -  017684 84323, Email

Caldbeck Surgery Flu vaccination 2020

This year the Flu vaccination programme needs to be run differently to previous years. We can’t rely on vaccinating people when they happen to be in the surgery for another matter, and we don’t have space for safe queueing on our site. We’ve decided that to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, we need to run our flu clinics off-site were we can have queues under cover and socially-distanced.

We normally vaccinate the over 65s and those who have a condition that puts them more at-risk from flu; this year we also have those who have been officially advised to shield due to Covid-19, and the prospect (not yet confirmed by the NHS) of adding the 50-64 year olds to those eligible.

Our plan is to run flu-specific clinics at Caldbeck village hall, spread over 6 weeks (since our vaccine is delivered in tranches over this period). We will prioritise as follows:

1.     Those who are officially shielding ie have received a shielding advice letter from NHS England, including their household-members who are on the ‘at-risk’ list

2.     Those who are at-risk and those who are over 65 (the normal flu groups)

3.     (Those who are 50-64, should this cohort become included)


You will receive either an SMS text or a letter inviting you to a specific date and either an AM or a PM clinic, please attend at this time and date if at all possible. The dates that the clinics will be running are shown below, if you are unable to attend at your designated time please ring us to arrange an alternative date, *after the date you were invited*.Please be aware you may need to wait longer. (if you attend earlier we may not have enough vaccine and will have to turn you away)

In particular, if you have not been officially advised to shield, *do not attend on the shielding days*. Keeping this group of patients separate from others is of vital importance to their safety.

Please do not attend if you have not received a letter or SMS text invite. If you believe you are in an eligible group and have not been invited by 30th September please call us. We have just enough vaccine to cover our priority populations as above (pending NHS vaccine supply for the 50-64s), and we will not be able to vaccinate anyone who is ineligible (and who would therefore pay for vaccination) until we are certain that the priority groups have all been vaccinated.


Dates for flu clinics are as follows:



Shielding only



Shielding only



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk



Over 65s/ at-risk


Flu clinics will run from 09:00-12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 on each day. Hall access will be closed outside these times.  Please note that we will be using the hall side doors for entry & exit only, as the front steps aren’t suitable for limited-mobility access. To preserve safe queueing and social distance, all entry will be via the right hand door, and all exit via the left-hand door.

Clinic dates for 50-64 year-olds will be provided in due course once we have NHS confirmation of eligibility and additional vaccine stock has been provided.


Northern Fells Excess Apple Scheme

Sadly we have had to take the decision not to run the scheme this year.  This is not because we would not have had plenty of apples donated,  as it is probably going to be a bumper fruit year, but it was thought we would have had a problem selling the juice as so many of the events at which we usually sold it are not now taking place.

We are sorry to disappoint our many loyal customers but having none this year will hopefully encourage you all to buy twice as much next year to make up for what you are missing this autumn.

Tim and Anne Cartmell


House Hunt notice

“We moved to Cumbria two years ago and are currently renting a property in Ivegill.  We are now looking to make our move permanent and are looking for a property to buy.   

'Couple looking for their forever home.   Minimum 3 bedroom detached property (semi-detached considered), within 30 miles of Penrith.    Renovation/modernisation projects considered.  Contact Becca and Rich on 07768658314 or 016974 75731'.   Thank you”.


Mungrisdale Village Hall - Cleaner Required

posted 9 Aug 2020, 03:40 by Steve Woolley

Cleaner required for modern village hall - pleasant working environment and good salary. Ability to work flexible hours essential. To apply - or for more information - contact Penny Sutton on 017687 79691 Think I should also put a few notices locally - though not sure how many people read noticeboards these days.

News Bulletin from St Kentigern’s Church Mungrisdale

posted 1 Aug 2020, 15:19 by Steve Woolley

We would like to share with the Mungrisdale community news about what’s happening with the church during the Coronavirus outbreak.  We will provide regular updates to let you know about any changes.  If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with the churchwardens.: Brian Davis  017687 79640 or Christine Fleming  017684 84217.


Re-opening the building

The church building has been closed since lockdown was imposed in March.  However the church has met for worship each Sunday morning via Zoom, which has been a blessing for those who are shielding, more vulnerable or stranded elsewhere on lockdown. 

The guidelines now allow us to open the building under strict rules. To comply we must complete a detailed risk assessment and carry out a plan to ensure the church building is safe for those entering.  This has taken time, but we aim to open the building on 2nd August, for the 11am service.  However due to restrictions it will be closed in-between services.

To support those in the community who can’t physically attend, we are planning to stream Sunday services via Zoom.  Please get in touch with Brian if you would like to join the Zoom services.


Appointment of a new minister

Since the Rev Bill White retired last year, Greystoke, Penruddock and Mungrisdale churches have not had a minister and have depended on retired clergy and local church members to lead services each week. Currently, we are helping the Diocese to appoint a new minister.  The process has been delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak but is now moving ahead.


Mission Community

The Diocese is working with other denominations to divide Cumbria into a number of ecumenical Mission Communities so that groups of churches can work together to help their local communities.  St Kentigern’s Church is now part of the “Blencathra Mission Community” and will be working with the churches of Greystoke/Penruddock, and ‘The Inglewood Group of churches’: Ainstable, Armathwaite, Calthwaite, Hesket, Hutton, Skelton, Plumpton Wall, Cottage Wood Methodist Church and Skelton Methodist Church.   As this develops we will include more details in future bulletins.


The stipend for our minister is provided by people giving money regularly to the local church.  Each year local churches make a “parish offer” to the Diocese to cover the stipends of clergy.   God’s people like to be generous givers, but to be realistic and good stewards.  The Diocese has asked us to consider what we can offer for 2021.  The PCC is prayerfully and carefully working through budgets and forecasts in the knowledge that we are about to appoint a new minister.  Members of the Mungrisdale Community generously gave over £28,000 to support the church last year.  The costs, including our Parish Offer for 2020 of over £19,000, were £25,638.  With the support of the Community we hope to maintain our Parish Offer for 2021 to support a new minister.



The Diocese has provided new ways of giving to the church to supplement the current use of bank standing orders and direct debits directly to the church account. They will allow people to give via a mobile phone text as you may see on TV charity appeals, or through a Justgiving type of website.  The Diocese will pay the money raised from these each month into the local church’s account.  These new methods will help to limit handling cash in the church.  When we have set up these new systems for St Kentigern’s, we will include the details in a future bulletin, to enable people to give towards God’s work here In Mungrisdale.


The future

St Kentigern’s church has been an important part of Mungrisdale’s community and history for many generations.  During that time the church has faced many periods of local and national upheaval.  We are confident that with your support our church will continue to be the centre for God’s presence in the community.




Jonathan Scott Foundation

Grant money is available under the rules of the trust to help young people under the age of 25 years who reside in the Civil Parish of Mungrisdale, towards the cost of education, training (including social and physical training), and/or towards the cost of books and equipment which would help to prepare for or to enter a trade or profession.

Completed forms must be returned no later than 1st October.

Application forms can be obtained from;

Mrs D Elliott, Bank House, Mungrisdale,  Penrith,CA11 0 XG

Tel -  017684 84323, Email


Mungrisdale WI

There will be an update on the WI in the next bulletin.  Meanwhile if you have any questions, please  contact the President, Pat Green, on 01768 779857.

Mungrisdale Writers Update

posted 7 Jul 2020, 06:09 by Steve Woolley

Update about Mungrisdale Writers, which is still flourishing in its 22nd year. We have been furloughed from meeting in the VH since lockdown but I have run three virtual meeting via Zoom for MWG which have proved very popular. Our Hon. Sec. Trevor Coleman keeps everyone in touch with up-to-date news. I will continue to conduct a few Zoom meetings when the new term starts in September. 


I can’t emphasise enough how important these contacts clearly are to everyone. We are open to new members who are very, very welcome, so if anyone would like to try their hand at writing in these extraordinary times, or if they are already a closet? writer then please contact me on or via my website  You don’t have to live in Mungrisdale. Also some of MWG members have joined my ongoing Zoom group.


Very many thanks

All best wishes

Angela Locke  

St Kentigern's, Mungrisdale E-Newsletter July 2020

posted 3 Jul 2020, 04:50 by Steve Woolley


If you have something for the newsletter, please get in touch


Church wardens:     and

PCC secretary:


“Lord you have been our refuge in every generation…”  Psalm 90  v1

If you feel like picking up the Bible in these strange and difficult times, the Psalms are often a good place to start.


The Church in Mungrisdale is here should you have prayer requests or things on your mind which you’d like to talk to someone about.  You can make contact through Brian Davis on 07746641932 or Christine Fleming on 017684 84217, or others you know.


Although places of worship are now allowed to open, the church building is still closed as we are considering the implications of making it Covid 19 safe.   Meanwhile, we continue to meet on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 11am, and on the 3rd Sunday of the month we have a joint service with Greystoke.    If you would like to join in contact Brian – contact details as above.  

We are also holding church fellowship meetings on Thursday mornings on Zoom –to share thoughts about our daily Bible readings, to chat and to pray.  If you would like to join in please contact Brian.


Parochial Church Council:   Richard Hall has recently stepped back from being a member of the PCC.  We are very grateful for all the help and support he has given and still gives us.

If anyone would like to join the PCC, we would be pleased to hear from you; please contact our secretary Lesley Hall or churchwardens Brian Davis and Christine Fleming,  or myself (Nancy) as vice-chair. (Contact details above)


E Mail prayer:  Every month an email prayer is sent out (bcc) round our community with the names of people who need support and have consented to be included. If you wish to include anyone for prayer and/or you would like your email address to be added to the group, please email Stephen on



The WI cannot meet at present but Pat, our president, is hoping to arrange a socially distanced get-together when the weather and Coronavirus situation allow.  Pat can be contacted on 017687 79857.



Please see the Northern Fells website for all updates and newsletters.

Contact Philippa on     NFG Village Agent for Mungrisdale & Castle Sowerby 016974 785



At present, the surgery remains open as usual.  See the website for up to date information on     Tel 016974 78254


Northern Fells Broadband - Bulletin no 38

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Northern Fells Broadband - Bulletin no 37

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