News and Recent Events

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Garden Waste Skip Service Suspended

posted 2 Apr 2020, 06:41 by Steve Woolley

Eden DC have informed us that unfortunately due to the current restrictions associated with Covid-19 we have taken the decision to suspend this service which will be subject to a further review at the beginning of May 2020.

They trust you will appreciate the need for them to take this decision and they will be in contact again if a future decision is taken to resume this service.

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.

Northern Fells Group Local Help & Information to all Residents during the Coronavirus outbreak Bulletin no. 4 27/3/2020

posted 27 Mar 2020, 10:28 by Steve Woolley

Hope you are all coping and isn’t it lovely to feel a bit of sun at last, (well at least it is sunny today!) We do hope you all remember that help is out there and no one needs to feel alone, please contact your Village Agent if you need assistance of any kind.

Caldbeck Surgery has asked for patients who get their medications dispensed from the surgery, if they would give at least three days’ notice prior to collection, NFG can organize collection by arrangement by contacting any Village Agent who will organize this.

There is time to get out into the garden and prepare beds for the summer and these few dry days have helped, seeds can be bought online and posted to you so if you’ve never had time to ‘grow your own’ then why not try now, start with some salad leaves, easy to grow and much better and fresher than bagged leaves. They can even be grown on a windowsill or in a conservatory or porch.

Our local shops at Hesket Newmarket 016974 78229 and Caldbeck 016974 78252 are doing an amazing job of keeping the community supplied. Both are open and taking orders and doing deliveries so no one needs to be short of groceries. Orders can be phoned in and collected eliminating excess contact. Deliveries can also be arranged with our volunteers.

For residents in Mungrisdale, Brysons Bakery are doing deliveries, Margaret and Andy Rose will assist with deliveries if needs be, to have fresh bread, rolls delivered between Tuesday and Saturday call 017687 72257 to order.

If you are on your own and would like a phone call then please let us know, we have many volunteers who would love someone to talk to and who knows who you will meet, the world is full of interesting people. Does anyone know of a poem attributed to Spike Milligan about a smile? It’s copied below and I wish a smile was infecting the earth now instead of CV.

I hear that some of you have started on our 8” knitted squares, for anyone needing wool or needles or wanting the pattern again please let us know. If anyone would be happy to do the sewing up bit then again contact us, it will be lovely to see the finished blankets.

For those who are going to use the time to do research if you are a library member and would like to start your family history journey, please email with your name and library membership number: and they will contact you with further information.

Philippa Groves 016974 78555 NFG Village Agent, Castle Sowerby & Mungrisdale

Our Benefits advisor Dianne Bowes help re benefits changes, grants and loans for businesses. Please contact her on 07752 457513

And to help with volunteering please Simon Braithwaite 016974 77196 NFG Lend a Hand Coordinator

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.

Norther Fells Covid-19 Update

posted 20 Mar 2020, 16:24 by Steve Woolley

Local Help & Information to all Residents in the Northern Fells Area during the Coronavirus outbreak

Lots of things to remember but most importantly YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are all here to help each other during what may well be a difficult few months.

Many people are offering to help which is great, our Lend-a-Hand coordinator Simon Braithwaite is taking a list of volunteers names and contact details so if help is need in certain areas he will know the closest volunteers to contact.

We are lucky to still have local shops and they are willing to take orders and do deliveries, no one needs to be without shopping or medical supplies. We are fortunate that most of our local pubs are offering a ’take away’ service and if you are self isolating we can help with delivery by arrangement.

If you know of anyone who is on their own and would appreciate a phone call, we can find someone with a similar interest to chat with them. We will be setting up our own ‘Phone a Friend Scheme’ so no one should feel alone. ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’

Our Wool-crafts group is going to set some woolly challenges to anyone out there who is ‘crafty’. We will be introducing some challenges and quizzes over the next few weeks if anyone is interested in setting some or taking part

We have a great supply of books on all subjects so if you feel like a good read we can find someone to make sure you have some choices.

We are aware that guidelines are changing every day and sometimes by the hour and we will do our best to keep up with the news as it happens. Regular bulletins will be sent and shared.

At present nearly all of our regular NFG events are cancelled in line with the Public Health advice from the Government and NHS England.
The Millhouse Drop-In Hearing Aid Checks are still taking place this Friday 20th March for anyone in need of a supply of batteries from 9.45—11.45 at Millhouse Village Hall

Also at present the Nail Cutting service at Rosley and Hesket Newmarket on March 31st

Please contact your village Agent for further information
Philippa Groves 016974 78555 NFG Village Agent, Castle Sowerby & Mungrisdale

Helen Sturges 016974 78556 NFG Village Agent, Caldbeck, Sebergham & Welton

Barbara Stoddart 016973 42452 NFG Village Agent, Westward & Rosley

Gillian Skillicorn 07874 241604 NFG Village Agent, Ireby, Uldale & Boltons

And to help with volunteering please contact
Simon Braithwaite 016974 77196 NFG Lend a Hand Coordinator

Northern Fells Covid-19 Support

posted 20 Mar 2020, 16:17 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 20 Mar 2020, 16:24 ]

In response to the Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation, The Northern Fells Group intends to offer the following support to residents who are self- isolating or “socially distancing” -
 Picking up shopping
 Posting mail
 Collecting prescriptions or medicines
 Delivering locally cooked take-out meals
 Dog walking
 Support and information

We are working with local shops and businesses to help ensure they can remain providing a service for the area.

Most importantly we are developing a phone call or email “buddy scheme”. This will ensure that individuals either living alone, carers or people with health conditions will be contacted on a regular basis for a friendly chat to check they are OK

Call or text Simon Braithwaite our Lend a Hand Coordinator on 016974 77196 or your Village Agent Philippa Groves 016974 78555 or email if you or a relative need our help! ALSO - IF YOU HAVE TIME AND WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP - PLEASE - DO GET IN TOUCH!

Mungrisdale Recreation Room - CORONA VIRUS: COVID-19

posted 20 Mar 2020, 02:18 by Steve Woolley


The Trustees and Management Committee

regret the Hall will be closed from 20 March

until further notice.

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

United Utilities Water Problem

posted 12 Feb 2020, 03:02 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 12 Feb 2020, 14:41 ]

United Utilities have confirmed that there’s a serious problem with water in the area due to a burst pipe under a river in the Shap area. Here’s where to go for info. The report says the nearest place to get free bottled drinking water is Greystoke Village Greystoke, Penrith, CA11 0TP.

According to UU, the Leak has npw been successfully repaired, but it will be another 48 hours before the pressure gets back up to normal.


posted 7 Feb 2020, 11:58 by Steve Woolley

SATURDAY 29th February



Greystoke Forest Re-Opens

posted 7 Feb 2020, 11:53 by Steve Woolley

We are pleased to be able to inform you that Greystoke Forest will re-open on the 20th April 2020 to the 31st October 2020, for permissive pedestrian access only.


·       There will be no parking provision at the forest or at the forest entrances.

·       Those walking in Greystoke must follow any signs or instructions provided.


·       There is active deer control in the forest and there will be

times when a red notice will be displayed at the main gates.

When these signs are in place there will be no public access

to the forest.


·       All dogs must be kept on a lead and dog waste removed.


In future years Greystoke Forest will open each year from 2nd April – 31st October. It will be closed between the 1st November and 1st April inclusive. Please note that there may also be unannounced temporary closures due to high risk operations.


This information will be posted at the various gates to the site and has been forwarded to Greystoke, Mungrisdale and Skelton Parish Councils.


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