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Mungrisdale Church Bulletin June 2021

posted 1 Jun 2021, 11:11 by Mung Mungrisdale

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it...”

Good news! - a NEW TOGETHER
This is the last of these temporary church bulletins as there will be a July newsletter, New Together, produced jointly with Greystoke and Penruddock.

If you have any notices or news, please send them to me by cop Thursday 17th June
nancy.tweddell@outlook.com and I will send them on to the editorial team.

Church services are held in the church each Sunday at 11am and also on Zoom. If you
would like to join via Zoom, please let Brian know - his phone number and email address
are shown below. Covid-regulations apply in the church, including social distancing and
wearing masks and … we are not yet allowed to sing.
            June services:
            Sunday 6 th June 11am Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston
            Sunday 13 th June 11am Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell
            Sunday 20 th June 11am Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis
            Sunday 27 th June 11am Holy Communion and Baptism led by Canon Gary Gregeen

If you have any questions about the church or the Christian faith, please get in touch with
the churchwardens: Brian Davis drbriandavis@btinternet.com 017687 79640 or
Christine Fleming christine.fleming7@btinternet.com 017684 84217.

Donating to the church: We are currently trialling a contactless card device available in the
church during services; also, the option of online giving is available via the following links:
One off giving:  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale Regular giving:  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale2

E news: Join Heather Davis’ emailed newsletter - share good times as well as when
appropriate troubled times, support each other through your thoughts and prayers,
celebrate the good things and be thankful.  Contact Heather heathermary@tiscali.co.uk

OTHER NOTICES:
Caldbeck Surgery www.caldbecksurgery.co.uk Tel 016974 78254
The surgery is again participating in the countywide Protected Learning Times  (PLT) when
the entire premises close at 1 pm one afternoon a month.  The forthcoming dates are
Wednesday 16 th  June and Thursday 15 th .

Lorraine’s Tea Garden at The Mill is now open.
The Mill Inn is also serving food once more.
Both premises are subject to current government guidance.


The Village Hall is open for bookings – subject to prescribed Covid-safe restrictions. Please
contact Anne for information on   anne.manger@btinternet.com  or 017684 84435

For an Update on The Fibre to Property Broadband Group in the valley:
Please contact Andy Rose on andrew.rose@loganrose.co.uk
or Christine Fleming on christine.fleming7@btinternet.com

Parish Council information is available on the Parish Council tab on the Mungrisdale Village
website.

Blencathra Fell Race on Saturday 3rd July 2021
THE ENGLISH FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021
Dear Mungrisdale Residents,
Eden Runners (Penrith) are privileged to be organising the 2021 Blencathra Fell Race as part
of the 2021 English Championships. It is a bigger event this year. The event base and all
parking will be at Low Beckside, with grateful thanks to John for making this possible. This
will raise funds for community charity.
The route goes from just beyond the fell gate, over Bowscale, Blencathra & Souther Fell,
across the beck and to the finish on the track.
The Women’s race start at 12 noon. The Men’s at 12:15
Last entrant home through the fell gate expected to be well before 3:00 pm
Thank you for your support and understanding in helping us to plan this special event
during such a difficult time for everyone. We look forward to continuing to work with you.
Dave Sargent (Eden Runners, Penrith)

Come and play tennis in Caldbeck - the court is at the back of the school field.
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played for years or not much at all - it’s good fun and great
exercise. The more the merrier – men, women and children. We meet for social tennis
on Thursdays from 4pm and if more than four turn up, we take turns. We could organise
another evening too. Ring Sally on 016974 78626 or Nancy on 78642
Fees: Adults: £1.50 an hour per person Students and unwaged Adults: £1 an hour each
Children / Teenagers at school 30p an hour each person
Booking board is outside the Parish hall. Put money through letter box at the Parish Hall
..or buy an Annual Season Ticket
to play as often as you like with no further fee.
Adults: £16 a year Children / Teenagers at school: £6 a year
Contact Treasurer: Antoinette Ward 016974 78220

Northern Fells Group updates and bulletins can be found on the NFG website
https://www.northernfellsgroup.org.uk
and from our local NFG agent
philippa.groves@northernfellsgroup.org.uk

Blencathra Fell Race Saturday 3rd July 2021

posted 28 May 2021, 07:59 by Mung Mungrisdale

THE ENGLISH FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021

Dear Mungrisdale Residents,

Eden Runners (Penrith) are privileged to be organising the 2021 Blencathra Fell Race as part of the 2021 English Championships. It is a bigger event this year. The event base and all parking will be at Low Beckside, with grateful thanks to John for making this possible. This will raise funds for community charity.

The route goes from just beyond the fell gate, over Bowscale, Blencathra & Souther Fell, across the beck and to the
finish on the track.

The Women’s race start at 12 noon. The Men’s at 12:15

Thank you for your support and understanding in helping us to plan this special event during such a difficult time for
everyone. We look forward to continuing to work with you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dave Sargent (Eden Runners, Penrith)

Mungrisdale Church Bulletin May 2021

posted 28 Apr 2021, 12:45 by Mung Mungrisdale

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it...”


Church services are now held in the church each Sunday at 11am and also on Zoom.  If you would like to join via Zoom, please let Brian know  -  his phone number and  email address are shown below.   Covid-regulations apply in the church, including social distancing and wearing masks; though we are not yet allowed to sing, it’s been great to meet up in person.  

    May services:

Sunday  2nd May  11am          Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

Sunday  9th May 11am           Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell

Sunday  16th May 11am        Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 23rd May 11am        Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis

Sunday 30th May 11am        Morning Praise led by Peter McCall


If you have any questions about the church or the Christian faith, please get in touch with the churchwardens:   Brian Davis  drbriandavis@btinternet.com  017687 79640    or Christine Fleming  christine.fleming7@btinternet.com  017684 84217.


We are now taking up a collection during the service, however the option of online giving remains available via the following links:

One off giving; https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale            Regular giving; https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale2


WhatsApp prayer group 

If you would like to be part of our church WhatsApp prayer group, please send Brian your mobile number and he will add you to the group.  


E news: Heather Davis has started an emailed newsletter to reach as many people in the area as possible and invites you to join - to share good times as well as when appropriate troubled times, to support each other through your thoughts and prayers as well as celebrate the good things and be thankful. Please let Heather have your email address if you would like to join heathermary@tiscali.co.uk



A PARISH NEWSLETTER

Progress is being made on a new parish newsletter, jointly with Greystoke and Penruddock.  Trevor is leading on this and we may have the first edition out by the end of June to cover the July & August news and notices. 

If you would like to advertise in the planned newsletter please let us know and once it is up and running we can send you details of advertising costs, deadlines etc. 

Meanwhile this bulletin will be kept going, so please send any notices or articles to nancy.tweddell@outlook.com


OTHER NOTICES:

Lorraine’s Tea Garden at The Mill is now open.

The Mill Inn
is also serving food once more.

Both premises are subject to current government guidance.


The Village Hall
is open for bookings – subject to prescribed Covid-safe restrictions. Please contact Anne for up to date information either by email anne.manger@btinternet.com or phone 017684 84435


For an Update on The Fibre to Property Broadband Group in the valley:
Please contact Andy Rose on andrew.rose@loganrose.co.uk

or Christine Fleming on christine.fleming7@btinternet.com



Parish Council information is available on the Parish Council tab on the Mungrisdale Village website.


Cake Sale on Saturday on 29th May 2021 10am – 12 underneath the archway at The Barn, Caldbeck, by kind permission of Wendy and Robin Oatridge.   Home made cakes, traybakes and jams for sale.  Proceeds in aid of Caldbeck Multi Purpose Tennis Court fencing repairs. Covid rules will apply including social distancing and masks.  

Contact Antoinette on 016974 78220.



Northern Fells Group updates and bulletins can be found on the NFG website

https://www.northernfellsgroup.org.uk  

and from our local NFG agent  

philippa.groves@northernfellsgroup.org.uk

Mungrisdale Recreation Room - A.G.M.

posted 26 Apr 2021, 12:14 by Mung Mungrisdale

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting
of the Mungrisdale Recreation Room will be held on

Thursday, 27th May 2021 at 7.30 pm

in the Main Hall of the Recreation Room.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

CALDBECK MULTI PURPOSE TENNIS COURT ASSOCIATION

posted 1 Apr 2021, 23:42 by Mung Mungrisdale

Caldbeck Tennis Court is situated on the School Field and opens
for play in 2021 on Saturday 3rd April. It is a village tennis court
open to all, outside School hours and during the School holidays,
on payment of court fees. Please book and pay before you play
(booking board is on the wall outside the Parish Hall, opposite the
School Field). School opening hours are blocked out on the
Booking sheet as the School has sole access to the Court during
those times.
Please would everyone either put the following playing fees
through the letter box of the Parish Hall front door, opposite the

School Field:
Adults:                                                   £1.50 an hour each person
Students and unwaged Adults:             £1 an hour each person
Children / Teenagers at school:            30p an hour each person

Or buy an Annual Season Ticket – play as often as you like with no
further fee

Adults:                                                  £16 a year
Children / Teenagers at school:           £6 a year

The booking board is on the wall outside the Parish Hall, opposite
the School Field, and fees are put through the letter box of the
Parish Hall front door.

For Annual Tickets, or for information, contact the Treasurer:
Antoinette Ward, Mardale, Caldbeck, CA7 8EU. Telephone: 016974
78220. aw.caldbeck@gmail.com
Helpful advice about Covid compliance is printed on the notice on
the Booking Board.

CALDBECK MULTI PURPOSE TENNIS COURT ASSOCIATION
Registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee, Company Number 11575198
Registered Office: MARDALE, UPTON, CALDBECK, WIGTON, CA7 8EU

Mungrisdale Church Bulletin April 2021

posted 1 Apr 2021, 23:38 by Mung Mungrisdale


“He is risen, just as He said. Come, see…”

EASTER DAY SERVICE 11am in the church
Easter is the season of new life and we are so glad to be holding the Easter morning service
in the church building. Covid-regulations apply including social distancing and wearing of
masks and, although we can’t sing, it will be good to see everyone.
    April Services:
    Sunday 4 th April 11am. EASTER Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall
    Sunday 11 th April 11am Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell
    Sunday 18 th April 11am Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston
    Sunday 25 th April 11am Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis

Church services will from now on be held in the church each Sunday and also on Zoom. If
you would like to join via Zoom, please let Brian know - his phone number and email
address are shown below.

If you have any questions at all about the church or about the Christian faith, please get in
touch with the churchwardens: Brian Davis drbriandavis@btinternet.com 017687 79640
or Christine Fleming christine.fleming7@btinternet.com 017684 84217.

With the current issues of handling cash and cheques, and the lack of a collection in the
church service, the option of online giving is available via the following links:
One off giving;  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale         Regular giving;  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale2

WhatsApp prayer group
If you would like to be part of a church WhatsApp prayer group, please send Brian your
mobile number and he will add you to the group.

Reminder: Heather Davis has started an emailed newsletter to reach as many people in the
area as possible and invites you to join - to share good times as well as when appropriate
troubled times, to support each other through your thoughts and prayers as well as
celebrate the good things and be thankful.  Please let Heather have your email address if
you would like to join heathermary@tiscali.co.uk


OTHER NOTICES:

Lorraine’s Tea Garden at The Mill will open from the  April 12th weather permitting.

The Mill Inn will also be serving outside from the April 12th.

The Village Hall will be open from Monday April 12th when the Mungrisdale Art group will
paint in the main hall. Please contact Anne for up to date information on bookings either
by email -  anne.manger@btinternet.com  or phone 017684 84435

Penny Sutton has walked her challenge of 100km and more. Her fund raising page
is  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Penny-Sutton2   if you would like to support a Dementia
UK Admiral nurse.

For an Update on The Fibre to Property Broadband Group in the valley:
Please contact Andy Rose on andrew.rose@loganrose.co.uk
or Christine Fleming on christine.fleming7@btinternet.com

Parish Council information
is available on the Parish Council tab on the Mungrisdale Village
website.

A future Parish Newsletter
In view of the changes in church groupings within the new Mission Community, the PCC are
investigating together with Greystoke and Penruddock a new parish newsletter (paper)
which would replace the now defunct Together.

Meanwhile please send any notices or articles for the May bulletin to
nancy.tweddell@outlook.com

Mungrisdale Church Bulletin March 2021

posted 4 Mar 2021, 23:20 by Mung Mungrisdale

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.

Mungrisdale Church Annual Meeting
The annual parish church meeting APCM will be held via Zoom on the 25 th March at 7pm,
when anyone on the Mungrisdale church electoral roll can take part. Please contact Brian
Davis if you would like a Zoom invitation; his contact details are shown below.

Church services in March
Services will continue to be held via Zoom only. If you would like to join in, please let Brian
know - his phone number and email address are shown below.
        Service listing:
        Sunday 7 th March 11am.      Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall
        Sunday 14 th March 11am     Morning Praise led by Peter McCall
        Sunday 21 st March 11am     Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston
        Sunday 28 th March 11am     Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis

If you have any questions about the church or about the Christian faith, please get in touch
with the churchwardens: Brian Davis drbriandavis@btinternet.com 017687 79640 or
Christine Fleming christine.fleming7@btinternet.com 017684 84217.

WhatsApp prayer group
If you would like to be part of a church WhatsApp prayer group, please send Brian your
mobile number and he will add you to the group.

E-news: Heather has started an emailed newsletter to reach as many people in the parish
as possible and invites you to join - to share good times as well as when appropriate
troubled times, to support each other through your thoughts and prayers as well as
celebrate the good things and be thankful.  Please let Heather Davis have your email
address if you would like to join heathermary@tiscali.co.uk

Giving to the church: The option of online giving is available via the following links:
One off giving;  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale       Regular giving;  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale2

Please send any notices or articles for the April bulletin to nancy.tweddell@outlook.com


WI
It has been decided to suspend Mungrisdale WI for 3 years. During that time anyone may
re-start a WI here, but if not, then at the end of 3 years it will be closed by the County
Federation. Any items relating to the WI will be stored in the village hall. Please get in
touch with Pat Green if you would like to know more patriciagreen852@btinternet.com

Update on ‘The Fibre to Property Broadband Group in the valley’:
Firstly, thanks you for the fantastic response from neighbours and friends to the letter from
the Parish Council before Christmas.
An ‘overarching’ independent group has been formed led by Andy Rose with
representatives from all areas running the four separate sub-groups in respect of the four
exchanges which service our area - Threlkeld, Greystoke, Caldbeck and Skelton.

We have had several ‘Online’ meetings and have progressed to the point of:-
Threlkeld - no firm revised quote from Openreach
Greystoke and Skelton - no quote
Caldbeck - no Portal yet open.
We are chasing BT Openreach for a response.

The Borderlands Voucher scheme ends at the end of March and a new scheme is
anticipated to replace it so, meanwhile, the group have asked the Parish Council to contact
‘interested parties’ to ‘lobby’ and raise the profile of our case. This will be discussed at the
‘online’ Parish Council on 8th March. The meeting is open to all parishioners, if you wish to
have an invite then please let me know.
We are also in discussions with B4RN, who along with Openreach are a company installing
fibre broadband - you may have seen their stories in the local paper the C &W Herald. In
fact there are broadband ‘stories’ or letters most weeks. Our contact with B4RN is Chris
Eakin from Mosedale.
The next meeting of the Fibre Broadband Group is on 12th April. If you need any further
information then please let me know. Meanwhile, keep safe Christine Fleming

Parish Council information is available on the Parish Council tab on the Mungrisdale Village
website.

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

Caldbeck Surgery www.caldbecksurgery.co.uk Tel 016974 78254
We have some Protected Learning Times.(PLT)when the surgery closes at 1 pm
The next date is Thursday 18 th  March.

Steve and Jill retire from Near Howe Cottages, Mungrisdale

posted 13 Feb 2021, 01:18 by Fiona and Mark Shore

After 15 wonderful years it’s time for us to retire from Near Howe. We’ll be moving to a bungalow near Cockermouth which is ideal for Steve's health condition. It’s an exciting new chapter in our lives, and we’re looking forward to a long and happy retirement.

We would like to thank all the locals very much for making us so welcome over the years, along with all our guests who have supported the local community. We thank them for their custom and hope they will be happy to return to enjoy this Oasis of Peace and Tranquillity many times in the future.

We’ve now handed over the reins to Fiona and Mark Shore, and they intend to continue running Near Howe in very much the same way as we have over the years.

So it’s thank you and goodbye from us, keep safe and well, and all the very best for the future.

Steve Woolley and Jill Woolley

Mungrisdale Church Bulletin February 2021

posted 2 Feb 2021, 10:50 by Mung Mungrisdale

An old bedtime prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.
If I should live for other days,
I pray thee, Lord, to guide my ways.
Amen.

Church services
Services will be held via Zoom only. If you would like to join in, please let Brian know - his
phone number and email address are shown below.
        Service listing:
        Sunday 7th February 11am.          Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall
        Sunday 14th February 11am         Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell
        Sunday 21st February 11am         Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston
        Sunday 28th February 11am         Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis

Prayer
A confidential prayer group continues to meet on Zoom through these very difficult times,
so please get in touch if you need prayer.
If you have any questions about the church or about the Christian faith, please get in touch
with the churchwardens: Brian Davis drbriandavis@btinternet.com 017687 79640 or
Christine Fleming christine.fleming7@btinternet.com 017684 84217.

PRAY24PENRITH
9 am on (Ash) Wednesday 17 February to 9 am on Thursday 18 February 2021
An opportunity for us individually and collectively, across the Penrith Mission Area, to pray
for those people and situations which are on our hearts during these Covid times. At this
stage you’re asked to sign up for PRAY24PENRITH via the link and to ‘spread the word’ to
those who may not have internet access and would like to be involved.
To take part please either sign up at: http://bit.ly/Pray24Feb21 or contact Gary Cregeen
(01768 868786 or Email: Gary@GandJCregeen.co.uk), and let him know when you’re able
to pray and he will sign up for you!

Please send any notices or articles for the next bulletin to nancy.tweddell@outlook.com

Giving to the church: The option of online giving is available via the following links:
One off giving;  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale Regular giving;  https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale2

A news update on “the Gathering” Youth Café
The Gathering Youth Café in Penrith cannot open at present because of the lockdown and
large number of cases of Covid virus infection but we are using the time to submit grants
through our charity Ignite Penrith to support the activities and learning experiences for the
young people and to employ a Youth Worker to allow the Café to be open more than the
current 3 days per week. Futurekraft, a grant preparation company helping the Charity to
submit grants, has made applications to several charities that support youth work. We are
delighted that one of those, The Joseph Rank foundation has recently awarded us a grant
spread over 3 years; £15,000 in year 1, £10,000 in year 2 and £10,000 in year 3. This grant
means we have reached 1/3 of our target needed to employ a Youth Worker. We are also
incredibly grateful for the support of several churches in the Penrith area, including
Mungrisdale Church, who have given us generous gifts this Christmas.
Brian Davis

OTHER LOCAL NEWS & NOTICES
Fibre Broadband:
As you may already know, we have a Fibre Broadband initiative in our area. It is a
community initiative led by Andy Rose. All the exchanges which service the parish have
representatives who help make up the group working on this; these exchanges are Skelton,
Threlkeld, Caldbeck and Greystoke.
The ‘expressions of interest’ have been gathered up and put into the Open Reach ‘portal’.
The next part of the process is that they look at our area and the costs and the method of
installing fibre, and then get back to us, which should happen in February.
We are also looking at B4RN, an alternative company who specialise in installing Fibre
Broadband into rural areas. If you wish to know about B4RN or Open Reach, they have a lot
of information on their websites. Discussions with both companies are at the early stages
but we will keep you informed of progress.
Don’t worry if you have not registered your interest and wish to do so; please contact me
Christine Fleming

Parish Council information is available on the Parish Council tab on the Mungrisdale Village
website.

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

Caldbeck Surgery: www.caldbecksurgery.co.uk Tel 016974 78254
We have some Protected Learning Times.(PLT) when the surgery closes at 1 pm 
The next date is Wednesday 10th  February , followed by Thursday 18th  March.

Mungrisdale Church Bulletin January 2021

posted 14 Jan 2021, 11:22 by Mung Mungrisdale

Carol Service

When we held an ‘outdoor’ Carol Service before Christmas, I was reminded how momentous an event the birth of Jesus was - so momentous that the measurement of time as we know it became BC (before Christ) and AD (Anno domini, the year of our Lord). God broke into our world and sent his son Jesus to rescue the whole of mankind - that includes me and it includes you.
Jesus started with 12 disciples and two thousand years later here we all are, measured in billions. When I’m in our tiny church with our small congregation, I remind myself that I am part of the world wide Christian church which came about because of the birth of a baby, Jesus. Amazing.
Thanks to all who joined us for our outdoor carol singing; I found it very special. Christine


(Note: Thank you to all who managed to find the collection box in the dark that evening - £204.38 has been sent to the Salvation Army)


Star reflection: When we invite Jesus into our hearts, we carry the star of Bethlehem with us. There will be many times when it is cloudy and we don’t see it, but that “star of wonder, star of light, star of Royal beauty bright” promises He will never leave us. We can have inner peace even through the darkest hours, as He is the perfect light, the Saviour of the world. Adam

 

Church services

Services will be held via Zoom only.  If you would like to join in, please let Brian know  -  his phone number and  email address are shown below.

 

            Service listing:

Sunday  3rd January  11am.                 Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

Sunday  10th January 11am                 Morning Praise led by Nancy Tweddell

Sunday 17th January 11am                  Holy Communion led by Rev Mike Houston

Sunday 24th January 11am                  Morning Praise led by Dr Brian Davis

Sunday 31st January 11am                  Morning Praise

Sunday 7th February 11am                  Holy Communion led by Rev Richard Hall

 

Prayer: A confidential prayer group continues to meet on Zoom through these very difficult times, so please get in touch if you need prayer.

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  drbriandavis@btinternet.com  017687 79640    or

Christine Fleming  christine.fleming7@btinternet.com  017684 84217.

 

Please send any notices or articles for the next bulletin to nancy.tweddell@outlook.com

 

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



One off giving; https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale Regular giving; https://bit.ly/Mungrisdale2

Charity Support:  Ignite is one of the local charities supported by Mungrisdale Church.  The following is a summary of its work in The Gathering in Penrith during the past year:

 

Activities of the Gathering Youth Café in 2020

The Ignite Penrith Charity supports the activities of the young people of Penrith who are part of the Gathering Youth Café which provides a safe place for them to meet together under a Christian ethos and helps them through leisure time activities to develop their capabilities and to grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.  As part of this, the charity supported learning activities during the school summer break that are continuing through the Autumn term.

 

In response to the disruption of school and loss of learning opportunities caused by the Covid-19 pandemic we employed a company Futurekraft to help us submit a grant proposal to the Community Fund, of the National Lottery. The fund was set up to help alleviate the effect of the pandemic in communities around the country. With the help of Futurekraft we obtained a grant of nearly £10,000 that allowed us to hire tutors to help the young people develop new skills and catch up with missed schoolwork. The sessions covered GCSE subjects of English and Maths, music, cookery and outdoor activities as well as a personal development programme (ASDAN). These sessions are continuing through the Autumn Term.

The numbers attending had to be limited so that the Gathering building complied with the Government guidelines to keep those attending safe. Music and cookery sessions were very popular but the whole programme helped the young people deal with the isolation from friends and the loss of their normal community.

The young people gave the following feedback on the impact of the sessions:

• “It was really fun, it made me happy to be able to see my friends”

• “I have learned more in 2 lessons than I have in 7 years of primary school”

• “I've really enjoyed taking part as it has got me out of the house and socialising”

• “It has been really good being able to get out of the house and always know I have something to do”

• “Happy to be here”

• “I have learned more than I would at School. I have found guitar playing helpful in dealing with pressure and stress”

• “It was good it gave me the chance to do other things”

• “I have really enjoyed doing music lessons”

• “It has been really good I've really enjoyed cooking”

 

Futurekraft is helping the Ignite Penrith Charity apply for further grants to continue these learning experiences and pay tutors to provide them. However the grant money doesn’t completely cover the costs of providing the teaching sessions so we will continue to depend on your support to sustain these activities that help the young people keep up with their education and deal with the stress of isolation. If you would like to learn more about the activities or support the young people you can follow us at https://www.ignitepenrith.co.uk/home

 

On behalf of the Young People who are part of the ‘Gathering’ thank you for all your support and input to this important part of the lives of the young people of Penrith.         Brian

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