New Partnership – Theatre by The Lake

New Partnership – Theatre by The Lake

The Northern Fells Group is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

The aim of this is to encourage local people to visit the theatre, widening participation and ensuring that the theatre belongs to the local communities in the surrounding area.

As part of this initiative our poetry group visited the Theatre on April 19th to see the world premier of Nicholas Pierpan’s vivid and passionate new play, William Wordsworth. It was a funny, moving and poignant portrait of a man torn between poetic ambitions and family duties and it features a distinguished cast including Olivier-award winning actor Joseph Mydell, John Sackville as Wordsworth and Emma Pallant as Dorothy. Everyone enjoyed the play and the afternoon out.

Reduced ticket prices and future local workshops about the plays produced at the Theatre including As You Like It, due to run in July to November, will follow……..

Watch this space!

Photography day at Millhouse

NFG Photographic Workshop.

Huge thank you to:

Steve Blake, Stewart Carruthers, Tommy Martin and Steve Razzetti

Twenty two keen amateur photographers attended the Photographic Workshop on Wednesday 26th April arranged by NFG Village Agent Philippa Groves.  Four local photographers very generously gave up their time for free to give advice and encouragement and run the workshop.

The day started with coffee and a brief overview of the day; following that they broke into four groups led by Steve Blake, Stewart Carruthers, Tommy Martin and Steve Razzetti. The weather could not have been better and the groups went out on a field trip, some around the village or down to the river and around the local lanes and others up onto the fells.  Everyone reconvened for a delicious buffet lunch supplied by Andrew Teasdale and once refreshed and regrouped most went out again for an afternoon session, some remaining with Tommy Martin to go through some digital processing and technical work on the computer.

The day was a tremendous success with everyone thanking the photographers for giving up their valuable time for the workshop.  We are indeed indebted to Steve, Stewart, Tommy and Steve for their munificence and expertise.

Hopefully we will see some of these photographers and others entering our Photograph competition on May 19th, see details below

Please enter our NFG Photograph Competition with Wine & Cheese Evening on Friday 19th May 2017 Millhouse Village Hall 7.30pm


Theme: Any photograph taken in, or of the Northern Fells Area

Size: max 10 x 8 (also to be made available in digital format for printing if selected)    

Format: Preferably landscape — Entry is open to all and is free

 *Photographs to be at Millhouse Village Hall by noon on Wednesday 17th May (no late entries)

*Maximum no of entries per person is four (4)

*All photographs will be set up prior to judging on display boards in the hall

*Photographs to have name address, contact number of photographer on reverse

*All photographs to be accompanied with a SAE, correct postage must be attached or photographs may also be collected on the evening of 19th May after 8.30pm

*Judging will take place mainly by the Photographers who ran our workshop during the afternoon of Friday 19th May in private.

*Judge’s decision will be final

For further details please contact Philippa Groves, Northern Fells Group Village Agent for Castle Sowerby & Mungrisdale. Phone 016974 78555 email


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!


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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