News and Recent Events
Just a quick update on preparations for the exhibition:
Jenn has been busy talking to local people and volunteers, starting to research various themes connected to the villages of Threlkeld and Mungrisdale and the mountain itself – including farming, fell running, hunting, mining and looking into local trades and mobile shops that used to line the streets. We’re really excited to have the expertise and experiences of several locals, including Lesley and Colin Smith, Eleanor Earl, Tommy Jackson and Alan Head (whose parents grew up in Mungrisdale village). Our museum volunteers and local volunteers who live in Threlkeld and Mungrisdale are now starting to collect all sorts of information relating to the Blencathra sanatorium, local people’s stories, and literary and artistic reflections on Blencathra.
Do you have any photos of local community life?
If you have a few old photos you think would help to reflect the past and present Threlkeld or Mungrisdale community, please let us know as soon as possible (before 9 March). This might include pictures of local sports, family portraits; the Sheperd’s meet, farming events, local events, photos of what the village used to look like and so on.
We’re also still looking for local information, and people’s personal connections to the mountain itself and local memories, including information on past trades so if anyone would like to contribute drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a ring 07985 215 998. Even if you just want to say a few lines about how Blencathra has influenced your life or what the mountain means to you.
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Film show starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets £4.00 on the door
Early Fish and Chip Supper may be ordered in advance from the Mill Inn
Just a quick update on preparations for the exhibition:
Jenn has been busy talking to local people and volunteers, starting to research various themes connected to Threlkeld, Mungrisdale and the mountain of Blencathra – including farming, fell running, hunting, mining and looking into local trades and mobile shops that used to form part of Mungrisdale life. We’re really excited to have the expertise and experiences of several locals, including Lesley and Colin Smith and Alan Head (whose parents grew up in the village). Our volunteers are now starting to collect all sorts of information relating to the Blencathra sanatorium, Gategill Mine, literary greats and their reflections on Blencathra, and the question of who owns the land with regards to rights and access, of which Mungrisdale Common plays a part.
We’re still looking for local information, and people’s personal connections to the mountain itself and local memories, including information on past trades so if anyone would like to contribute drop me an email on email@example.com or give me a ring 07985 215 998. Even if you just want to say a few lines about how Blencathra has influenced your life or what the mountain means to you.Jenn Mattinson (collecting community stories about Blencathra, Mungrisdale life and Threlkeld life on behalf of Keswick Museum
Why not check out the new Mungrisdale Village Hall Facebook page at http://fb.me/MungrisdaleVillageHall
By liking the page you can keep up-to-date with all the latest news and events.
Please spread the word, especially to those families with young children, that there will be a Candle lit service of Carols & Readings on Thursday 22nd December at 7pm at St Kentigern’s Church.
Mungrisdale Parish Council seeking a person with an interest of serving the community for the post of Parish Clerk effective January 2017. Enquiries to the Chairman Michael Bohling
017687 79 602.
Thursday 1st Dec 6.30 - 8.30 pm at Mungrisdale Village Hall
Following the release of his film, Terry Abraham and Keswick Museum are exploring ways of creating a complementary exhibition for 2017 and would like your input too. We’re looking for objects and photographs, stories about Mungrisdale and local life and a few volunteers to help us. Please join Sue Mackay and Jenn Mattinson for a glass of wine and a chat on:
Terry Abraham is working with Keswick Museum to create
Life of A Mountain: Blencathra THE EXHIBITION
Launching at the museum next May, the exhibition will feature some of Terry’s film footage (some unseen, additional to the film) and his still shots and, importantly, research other areas the film did not reach! They are keen to involve as many people as possible to help tell the story of the mountain and the village.
They are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help raise the money to put on the exhibition and they would like to know how many local people support the exhibition. Please could you provide the following information on the night if you support the exhibition idea and please do give them your contact details if you would like to help develop the idea further:-
Also if you could let them know how you feel you could help:-
A Free Broadband Workshop was held on Monday 17th October 2016 in Mungrisdale Hall.
Following the workshop, Northern Fells Broadband Ggroup believe that a brief synopsis of the current opportunities in Mungrisdale and Castle Sowerby parishes will be helpful.
a) Fibre-optic Broadband.
Connecting Cumbria is currently surveying Mungrisdale, Mosedale, Hutton Roof and Berrier for provision of broadband. This would probably be either through local cabinets &/or fibre to the premise. The appraisal process involves evaluation of engineering options along with scheme costings. It will be several months before the outcomes are known and whether or not projects meet certain cost benefits. Only if these are positive will they be included in the rollout programme which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
Please register your interest by visiting the CC website at www.connectingcumbria.org.uk and leaving your particulars.
b) Wireless Broadband.
4G mobile telephony and broadband is now available in many parts of Mungrisdale and Castle Sowerby parishes from the recently constructed transmitters at Hutton Roof and Newlands. Although EE coverage is particularly good the masts are available to all service providers if they choose to offer wireless data transmission.
There are a number of options: -
For anyone in the Mungrisdale Parish area wishing to have an independent no obligation EE 4G test to see if they can get a 4G internet service, then please call Steve Woolley on 017687 79678 to arrange a visit.
In conclusion we would like to thank Phil Ruston for facilitating such an informative session of useful advice and hints and tips. It was perhaps almost an overload of information but the full presentation can be found on the Connecting Cumbria website with all the services and contacts referred to shown there.
Meanwhile, rest assured that NFBG will be beavering away trying to ensure that all of northern fells gets access to broadband.
Mungrisdale was decked out with bunting and flags on Saturday 11th June as the village celebrated the Queen’s Official 90th Birthday with a “Right Royal High Tea”.
The inside of the Village Hall was set out as a grand street party and the tables were decorated in red, white and blue. The food brought in by the community looked enough to feed the whole of the Queen’s Army! The atmosphere was enhanced by live music provided by Chris and Peter Crofts and Ailsa Dunmur, usually known as the Reunion Band.
The children of the parish were encouraged to enter a competition for the best home made Crown and the judges, Chris Evans and Anne Edwards presented Lewis Wilson (pictured below) with the first prize for his splendid Crown, but all the entrants were given a runner-up prize.
The raffle on the evening raised over £150 for the Great North Air Ambulance. It was an evening to remember – in stark contrast to the event six months earlier when Storm Desmond washed away the Village car park.