Easter Playscheme 2017

The Easter Holidays arrived with weather ranging from brilliant sunshine to torrential gales – as usual!

This didn’t put off, 40 plus children and young people from taking part in our annual playscheme.

The Easter Activities Programme was distributed at the 4 schools in the area, advertised on the website and on the local noticeboards and emailed to all those on the youth database. The dates were also included in the April calendar of events.

The programme featured 8 different activities, many of which were back by popular demand! As always, parents were asked to pay a small amount for their child/children to attend an activity (between £3 and £5) to help keep the costs down along with funding from Cumbria County Council’s Allerdale Community Fund and the Frances C. Scott Trust.

This year rock climbing has been the most popular with 30 children climbing at Sandale near Ireby with Mick Stockdale of Keswick Adventures. Drama, craft at Hesta Scene, archery, horse riding, tennis coaching and Roc Sculpting have also been popular!

Many thanks to Gillian Skillicorn – our new Youth Coordinator!


Dalston Co-op

Are you a member of the Co-op? Do you know about their Local Community Fund?

How it works

Every time members choose Co-op branded products and services and use their Co-op Membership card (subject to our Membership T&Cs), 1% of what they spend will go to their chosen cause. Members can log on to the Coop website to choose their favourite cause and the group they choose will benefit from the scheme.

Last year Northern Fells Group was successful in applying to be a partner in this scheme and we have recently heard we have been awarded a grand total of £1,854.40 from the store at Dalston. We are one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who’ve benefitted from the Local Community Fund, funding that’s making a difference in the communities of the local stores.

The money will be used to help us pay for the hire of Church Halls, Village Halls and other venues in which we carry out our activities across the area.

We have also successfully applied for the next round which will run from now until October 2017 – this will be allocated towards activities for children, including the summer playscheme.

If you aren’t a member please sign up and choose us as your favourite cause? Every penny counts!



New Group!

On a wet March evening a number of enthusiastic and committed people arrived at Caldbeck Parish Hall – excited, serious and eager to learn

Ukulele lessons had started!

Lee, the tutor soon had the group strumming away

“Is that a C chord?”

“What’s an F chord?”

“ What’s the best way to hold my ukulele?”

One hour later – a rendition of Marie’s Wedding!

He also very helpfully brought along a number of ukes so that those who didn’t bring in their own could join in.

Come and join us – Monday evenings at 7.00pm in Caldbeck Village Hall.

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