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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 Village Hall – excited, serious and eager to learn

Ukulele lessons had started!

Les, 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.

Christmas Celebrations 2016

Cookery Mornings for Men

For our last session of 2016 we had a special treat and by kind invitation of Margaret Brough went to Matthew Rudding.  Margaret demonstrated a lovely winter dish of red cabbage with local sausages and shared some quick and easy canape ideas with the men.

Nine men attended the party and flowers were presented to both Margaret and Ann Robinson who is a regular helper at the monthly meetings of the group.  Over the last year recipes have included Bacon & Egg Pie, Drop Scones, Almond Slice, Chocolate Brownies, Garlic Mushrooms, Stuffed Pancakes, Potato Bake, Pasta Bake, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, Sausage Plait, Chicken Pie, Summer Pudding, Sponge Cakes, Welsh Rarebit, Homity Pie, Raised Pork Pies and Christmas Puddings to name a few.

Every session starts with coffee and involves a demonstration followed by a hands-on session where the men put their skills to the test and usually produce something to take home.  Lunch usually consists of the dish which had been demonstrated followed by a pudding and a good discussion around the table.

Numbers are limited due to the size and space in the kitchen but more men are very welcome to join the group during the coming year.  Pre-booking is essential so we have enough ingredients, pots and pans for the group; equipment has been purchased throughout the year and is stored at the Parish Hall.

Dates for 2017 are as follows Wednesdays at 10.30am on January 25th, February 22nd, March 22nd, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st, July 12th, No August date, September 13th , October 25th, November 22rd, December 6th or 13th

Please contact Philippa Groves for more information.

Millhouse Coffee Morning

Meanwhile on 16th December, the regular coffee Drop-in held in Millhouse Village Hall was transformed into a Christmas grotto for a morning of festive fare, carols and a “sing along” courtesy of our volunteers and John and Connie Foster.

The Drop-in meets every Friday morning from 10am to 11.30 am – all are welcome and transport can be provided!

Mungrisdale Arts and Crafts Weekend

A really splendid weekend Arts and Crafts Fair organised by the Northern Fells Group (NFG) was held at Mungrisdale Village Hall at the end of November (26th – 28th inclusive).

There were fabulous displays from local artists and craftspeople and an amazing choice of crafts and unique presents.  The hall was crammed with fabulous things including gorgeous wreaths, delicious food and was a lovely chance to catch up with friends old and new.

The preview evening was well attended, the hall was buzzing with chatter and the buying started early.  Those who came were given voting slips for the most attractive stall and NFG rosettes were presented to the winners by Peter Huntington Trustee of NFG and Philippa Groves, organiser and NFG Village Agent for Castle Sowerby & Mungrisdale.  First was Carol Hine with a delightful display of gifts for Christmas and animals made from fabric and felt.  Second was Robyn Vaughn, a local schoolgirl who was raising money for a school trip to Ecuador to help the local community and third was Andrew Teasdale whose delicious Christmas fare was very attractively wrapped and displayed.

There were over thirty three different artists and craftspeople and eight sides of display boards showing local artists work. There were also colourful Nepalese goods from our locally based Community Action Nepal charity run by Doug Scott and a very cheerful display of Fairtrade goods. Despite the bad weather on Friday throughout the weekend over 299 people attended the event.

Philippa Groves, NFG Village Agent for Castle Sowerby and Mungrisdale said

“Nothing successful can ever be achieved without hard work and it was amazing to see the community spirit overflowing and people helping with all sorts of jobs.  Volunteers and stallholders served wine and canapé’s on the preview evening and the whole fair was tidied away as if by magic on Sunday afternoon.  Jay Maclean, Anne Studholme and Barbara Stoddart manned the door all weekend selling raffle tickets which raised over £300, a gorgeous hamper was first prize, bottles of whisky and wine and other lovely prizes donated by exhibitors.”

Delicious soups, bacon and sausage butties, home-made scones and cakes were served all weekend by volunteers.

Helpers included Michael & Sally Bohling, Jay Maclean, Barbara Stoddart, Ann Studholme, Trisha Acland, Pat Shaw, Audrey Johnson, Ilona Furrokh, Diane Thornton, Lesley Phillip, Penny Sutton, Libby Graham, Simon & Sue Braithwaite, Jennifer Stevenson, Diane Barraclough, Gillian Skillicorn and Helen Sturges..

Baking by Anne Robinson, Gail Dewis, Judith Kent, Sue Braithwaite and Philippa Groves

Fundraising for Children in Need 2016

On a mid November day strange group of nuns, a bear, a scarecrow and a ballet dancer were reported to be seen walking around Chapel House Reservoir – emerging out of the mist – this was a scary sight!

Not to worry!

It was only 25 brave members of the Northern Fells Walking Group doing a sponsored walk for 2016 Children in Need appeal! They raised a few eyebrows and £773 for the good cause and of course finished the day at MAES Tearooms for tea and cake!

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