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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  017687 79640    or

Christine Fleming  017684 84217.


Please send any notices or articles for the next bulletin to


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

One off giving; Regular giving;

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


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

Covid vaccination update – those vaccinated in the week of 21 Dec 20

posted 8 Jan 2021, 10:55 by Mung Mungrisdale

Our local GP surgeries started working together to deliver cove vaccinations
from the week before Christmas, and this work is continuing to run from

Wigton Hospital. By the end of this week we will have given ~ 2,200 people at-
risk and over 80, care home and healthcare staff their first vaccination.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been
informed 6th January 2021 that the scheduled delivery of our second dose
vaccination, week commencing 11th January 2021, has been postponed. It is
with much regret that we now have to cancel all planned appointments that
patients have to attend the Wigton Covid Vaccination Site next week.
The new medical advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers is that the second
dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first
dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term
protection from the virus, you will still have a significant level of protection at
22 days after you received the first dose. The new guidance will also help
ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the
vaccine as soon as possible. Please be reassured that there are no safety
concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the
vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.
Patients do not need to call their GP practices. They have already
rescheduled your second vaccine appointment and this will be the week
commencing 8th March 2021 on the same day of the week and at the same
time of day as your original appointment was for the week commencing 11th
We can only apologise on behalf of NHSE and the Government for any
inconvenience or distress this may cause those patients affected, and if you
have any concerns or questions regarding this matter please do not contact
the practices as we need to keep our telephone lines available for patients
seeking medical attention, and to make vaccination appointments for others.

For questions and answers on these changes please

Keswick & Solway Primary Care Network
On Behalf of
Aspatria Medical Group/ Caldbeck Surgery/ Castlehead Medical Centre/
Dalston Medical Group/ Wigton Medical Practice

Tier 4 Restrictions - 31/12/20

posted 31 Dec 2020, 01:50 by Steve Woolley

As we are now in tier 4 and have no indication as to when we will come out as yet, at the moment we are sad to say that we shall not be taking any bookings through to the end of the second week in January, and will review this situation once things become clearer.


The government has not yet announced an end date to these tier allocations, but have previously stated that they will review the tier allocations every two weeks.

Digital Broadband Circular

posted 14 Dec 2020, 14:26 by Steve Woolley

Dear Residents within Mungrisdale Civil Parish,

The Parish Council considers the matter of broadband so important for the future of rural households and businesses that it has taken the unusual step of contacting all property occupiers (except Mungrisdale, see below) to raise awareness of the scheme outlined below.

There has been publicity recently in the media and on TV and radio about vouchers which can be used towards the cost of fibre broadband delivered through Community Fibre Partnerships. For a limited time there are two complimentary vouchers available worth up to £3000 per dwelling and £7000 in respect of business premises. Vouchers can be aggregated by clustering properties together in a fibre network served from either the appropriate telephone exchange or a fibre cabinet whichever is nearest.

One network is already under consideration for a cluster of premises in Mungrisdale Village from a cabinet at Mungrisdale roadends linked to the Threlkeld telephone exchange. There is scope for three or four more CFPs in other parts of the civil parish (eg: a cluster of premises loosely based on Hutton Roof, Stewart Hill and Low Mill based on the Skelton exchange, another network covering Bowscale and Mosedale with Threlkeld telephone numbers, whilst Berrier could form a cluster from the Greystoke exchange). Each group will need to nominate a person, or persons, to act as the coordinator(s) and link with the interested parties for their area.

In the first instance, levels of interest have to be identified (expressions of interest) as a basis for discussions with a network provider who will prepare costings and establish the value of the aggregated vouchers. The voucher value can sometimes cover the cost of providing the network. At that point decisions, whether or not to proceed, are made. You have been sent this note because a potential network has been identified including your property.

More information: Digital Borderlands Voucher Scheme Website. Openreach Community Fibre Partnerships Website

Unfortunately, this opportunity is available for a limited time as one of the vouchers is only on offer for a few more weeks, although there is then twelve months for the works to be carried out. If you are interested please confirm before 31st December in order that groups can form, so proposals can be prepared within the very tight time frame available.

If you are interested, with no commitment at this stage, in being part of a submission please return the attached expression of interest slip or e-mail Christine Fleming at: - or Tel: 01768 484 217 or by post to Kerensa, Low Mill Farm, Mungrisdale, Penrith, CA11 0XS

I………………………………………… interested in joining a community fibre partnership.
Would you participate in co-ordinating it? YES or NO
e-mail address:

Christmas @ Mungrisdale church

posted 7 Dec 2020, 03:58 by Steve Woolley

An al fresco Carol Service will be held in Mungrisdale churchyard on Sunday 13th December at 4pm. Covid rules will be observed with socially distanced markers for bubbles or individuals.  

There'll be lighting but please bring a torch and WRAP UP WARM - boots, gloves, scarves and the rest. 

Sorry we can't serve drinks and mince pies but at least we can sing!  All welcome.  

Note: there will be no 11am service on the 13th.


Sunday 20th December at 11am - our usual Morning Praise in the church and on Zoom.


Christmas Eve at 9.30pm  -there will be a service on Zoom on Christmas Eve led by The Rev Mike Houston. 

Please contact Brian Davis on or 017687 79640 for a Zoom invitation.


Village Hall Re-opens after Lockdown 2

posted 4 Dec 2020, 04:42 by Steve Woolley   [ updated 4 Dec 2020, 04:43 ]

The hall has reopened but is subject to Tier 2 guidelines or High Risk and use is limited accordingly.
Please ring Anne (01768 484435 or email:

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.





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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  

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