News and Recent Events

Latest news and recent events in the Mungrisdale area. Click an article below to go to the full story.

To submit information for this page, please e-mail details using the form on the Contact Us page

Green Homes Grant Extended Until March 2022

posted 25 Nov 2020, 01:07 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 25 Nov 2020, 01:15 ]

The Government has just announced an extension to the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme where homeowners (both freehold and leasehold owner occupiers) and landlords can apply for vouchers for two thirds of the cost, up to £5,000, towards installing Energy Efficient and Low-Carbon Heating improvements in their homes.

Measures covered include Insulation of Walls, Floors and Roofs, Double or Triple Glazing when replacing Single Glazing, and Low-Carbon Heating like Air-source and Ground-source Heat Pumps.

Some homeowners on income-based or disability benefits (e.g. Pension Credit) may be eligible for vouchers covering the full cost of improvement, up to a
value of £10,000.

Instead of all work needing to be completed by the end of March 2021, the period has been extended to the end of March 2020, as demand for the Grant
meant Accredited Installers were all getting booked up.

The list of Recommended Installers has also been increased, so more local firms should now be available.

The Scheme will also help towards supporting 100,000 jobs in Green Construction across the country.

To apply for the Grant or check eligibility, use this link:

For help applying, speak to Di Bowes, NFG Benefits Support on 07752 457513 or

Mungrisdale Village Hall Currently Closed

posted 24 Nov 2020, 15:49 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 24 Nov 2020, 16:08 ]


The Trustees and Management Committee

regret the Hall will be closed from 2 November

until lockdown ends in December.

The decision has been taken following Government advice that all non-essential social contact is to be avoided.

For updates please go to


The hall will re-open as soon as it is practicable and for future bookings

ring Anne Manger on 01768 484435

St Kentigern’s Church Mungrisdale November – December 2020 Bulletin

posted 9 Nov 2020, 02:56 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 24 Nov 2020, 15:51 ]

“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”   1 Thessalonians 5 v11


Church services

Services are held via Zoom once again until we have permission to return to the church building.  If you would like to join in, please let Brian know -  his phone number and  email address are shown below.


            Service listing:

Sunday  1st November  11am.           Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

Sunday  8th November 11am             Remembrance service led by Peter McCall

Sunday 15th November 11am                        Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 22nd November 11am                       Morning Praise led by Brian Davis

Sunday 29th November 11am                        Advent service led by Nancy Tweddell

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

Sunday 13th December 11am             tba

Sunday 20th December  11am                        tba

Thursday 24th December  9.30pm     Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 27th December  11am                        Morning Praise led by Brian Davis


Christmas:  As you can see above, we are planning the usual Christmas Eve communion service.  We also hope to hold some sort of outdoor Christmas carolling, although at present we are uncertain what form it might take. 


Mungrisdale Annual Church Meeting

This was held on 8th October via Zoom.  Minutes are available on the church notice board.  The PCC was re-elected as  follows: Bruce Blackshaw,  Carole Clark,  Brian Davis, Christine Fleming, Trevor Green, Lesley Hall, Nancy Tweddell.


How to support the church

The option of online giving is available via the following links:

One off giving;                    Regular giving;


If you have any questions about the church or about the Christian faith, you are welcome to 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




The Members of Mungrisdale WI have unanimously voted to suspend the group for a period of 3 years.


Mungrisdale Village Hall: Please contact Anne for up to date information on bookings either by email - or phone - 01768 484435.


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

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.





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


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  

Domestic Action Alliance Newsletter

posted 25 Jun 2020, 09:02 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 24 Nov 2020, 16:09 ]

Scam Alert

posted 10 Jun 2020, 08:08 by Steve Woolley


I received the following information this morning and something I believe you all should be aware of and share with family and friends.

Telephone call received that went as follows:

‘Good morning, I'm calling from the NHS Track and Trace Service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'

'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'

'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.'

'Right. Um... so ....'

'But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?'

'Ok (gave address)'

'Thank you - and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalise this and send the kit to you.'

'Sorry - a payment card? I though this was all free?'

'No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £500 for the kit, and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you're ready.'

'No - that's not right. This is part of the NHS so there's no charge.'

'I'm afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'

Puts phone down.

Checks have been made with a Goverment Tracer who said - THIS IS A SCAM. 'This is not how we work. There is no payment details of any kind taken by ANY of our teams. Please ,please do not give out your bank or payment details to anyone saying they are from track and trace. Track and trace will only confirm details with you and offer advice, they will not ask for any bank or payment details EVER. We will tell you who we are looking to speak to, we will give you the phone number and website to confirm who we are'. 

Kind regards and please stay safe
Joe Murray QPM


posted 10 May 2020, 02:11 by Steve Woolley

What are they?
Cumbria County Council provide a Blue Badge Parking Permit for those people who struggle to walk far, whether due to physical or mental health conditions, so that you can use the Disabled Parking spaces and be nearer to the shops, etc. You do not have to drive, it can be used by someone else to take you places, in any car. (N.B. You may still have to pay to park)
Who can get one?
You may have physical problems causing pain, fatigue or breathlessness, e.g. Arthritis, COPD, Asthma, Heart problems or be Registered Blind or there could be Psychological conditions such as severe Anxiety or Memory problems which make journeys very difficult.
N.B. For people who are already getting the benefits Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA), who get the Mobility Component of the benefit, you may not need to complete the whole form as you may be automatically entitled to a Badge.
How to apply
You can apply online at or you can download a paper form and complete it then send to the Blue Badge team in Carlisle.
As Benefits Support Worker for Northern Fells I am happy to come and visit you and help to complete the form, which I can bring with me, once the Lockdown Restrictions are lifted.
For now, I am more than happy to take your details and put you on a list to contact and arrange a visit, when we are able to.
What is needed?
The form will need details of the Health Conditions which affect your walking, with copies of Doctor’s letters, Prescription sheets, Hospital Reports and so on, if available, to support your claim.
You will have to provide Proof of your Address and your Identity, e.g. a copy of Birth or Marriage Certificate, an NHS letter or Utility bill with your address on.
They will need a small passport-type Photo of you which must be recent - using the same one as last time is not allowed, but I can take your photo when I do visit and email it to them.
The Blue Badge costs £10 a year – a cheque is fine, or we can phone them when I am eventually able to come and visit and you can pay over the phone.
How long does it take?
The form takes 30-40 minutes to complete and if you can have the copies of your evidence ready before I visit that will be useful. Otherwise I can take photos of the evidence and email them to the Blue Badge team, once I do visit. The questions include things like: ‘How far can you walk and what stops you?’ ‘Can you carry on after a short rest?’
The Council are usually very quick to process the applications but they will obviously take longer at the moment due to the restrictions caused by the Pandemic. Usually people have their badge, if eligible, within two weeks.
Please give me a call or email if you think you or someone you know may be eligible.
Di Bowes, Northern Fells Group, 07752 457513

Cumbria Household Waste Recycling Centres to reopen with restrictions in place

posted 6 May 2020, 03:49 by Steve Woolley

Cumbria County Council can announce today that we will reopen our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) from Tuesday 12 May following an agreement with Renewi Cumbria Ltd and Cumbria Waste Management, the companies that operate the sites. The sites will initially offer a restricted service in line with Government guidance on reopening HWRCs published on 5 May 2020.

In common with most other local authorities, the sites were closed in response to the Government lockdown and movement restrictions introduced in March. However, the Government guidance issued on 5 May 2020 advised councils they could reopen HWRCs, only where waste or recycling could not be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes such as a dedicated collection and if social distancing could be maintained.

Following this, agreement to reopen all 14 recycling centres has been secured through detailed discussions with Renewi and Cumbria Waste Management about how the sites can be run in line with Public Health England guidelines, to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 and to protect the health and safety of the public and site staff.

Councillor Celia Tibble, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Environment said: "Our District Council colleagues have done a great job in continuing to operate their waste collection services throughout this difficult time, but we know how much the household recycling centres have been missed, and our officers have been working really hard to get them to be able to safely re-open at the earliest possibility. 

“However we would ask that residents only attend the sites for essential visits where they cannot safely store their extra recycling and waste at home and to be prepared to wait patiently, especially in the first few days of opening whilst the staff and the public become accustomed to the new way of working.

“The health and safety of both staff and our residents is our absolute priority and I’d like to thank you for your patience and resilience throughout these recent unprecedented times."

Detailed inspections at HWRC sites across the county have been carried out to make sure that each facility can operate in line with Public Health England guidelines, with social distancing strictly observed by staff and visitors at all times.
The Authority is currently working with the Police on their respective plan. 

  • The following Site Rules (which are in line with Government guidance) will apply:
  • All 14 HWRCs will be open on/from 12th May 2020. 
  • Journeys to HWRCs must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means. By this we mean the waste cannot be stored without causing risk of injury, health or harm. 
  • The sites are accepting normal waste streams with the exception of asbestos.Please do not bring asbestos to site but arrange for professional removal in due course.(Waste streams may be subject to change at short notice due to the ability to service the sites). 
  • Ideally only one person should attend, but if one additional passenger has to visit site, they must be from the same household. 
  • Strict social distancing measures will be in place across all HWRC sites, which means that the number of visitors will be limited.If long queues form, people may be asked to go home and return another day/time. 
  • All site users must adhere to the 2 metre social distancing rules in place. 
  • The site operatives will not be permitted to help carry your waste, please do not ask them to and only bring what you can safely carry. 
  • No vans, trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site. 
  • No one should attend the site if they are shielding and/or self-isolating due to possible Covid-19 symptoms. 
  • If any household had Covid-19 symptoms, then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site. Waste should be doubled bagged. 
  • No pedestrians will be allowed on the site. 
  • The current permitting scheme (for vans and pedestrians) will continue to be suspended and no permits will be issued. 
  • Please check the council’s website before setting out to a HWRC 
  • PLEASE NOTE: There are likely to be long queues to gain access to the sites.

Residents are advised to visit the council’s dedicated web pages for further information on their local Household Waste Recycling Centre, including site information, opening times and site rules and restrictions - visit . Regular updates will also be provided on the council’s social media channels.

Brysons Deliveries

posted 28 Mar 2020, 05:30 by Steve Woolley

Home Bakery Delivery Service.

Available from Tuesday 31st March.

Brysons of Keswick are pleased to offer a 5 day a week, home delivery service to local residents.

Or if preferred, customers can arrange a time to collect from our store.

To order please call our office on 017687 72257 for delivery or collection the following day, we ask orders to be placed before 3pm. We can offer this service Tuesday to Saturday.

Pioneer Foods Home Deliveries

posted 22 Mar 2020, 15:51 by Steve Woolley

Further to the details on the new Caterite home delivery service, I have been made aware that Pioneer Foods are also offering the same type of service.


They can be found at


Where the state that: -


If you are a customer requiring home delivery please contact our sales team on 01228 403410 who will help you with your order.

Our online ordering site is currently NOT available for home delivery customers.


I trust that this will prove useful to some of you.

1-10 of 34