December Events

9th September to 10th December 2017 - An exhibition of paintings by David William Morris - The Ruskin Museum Coniston 

`Along the lane, across the dale.........'


15th September to 1 January 2018 - `Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement' - Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere

This exhibition recognises works by women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member.


20th October 2017 to 17th February 2018 - `Land, Sea, Life - a British Art Collection' - Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

See 70 works by over 40 leading artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Laura Knight, John Piper, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Terry Frost


Friday 1st December - Kirkby Stephen Christmas Lights switch on - Festive Fun for all the Family!

The swich-on event for the Christmas Lights display will be from 5.45pm.

The wintery weather has been  a challenge at the last few switch-on events, so this year we are going to try something different.  We've been invited to hold the pre-switch on events in the Parish Church which will also allow us to use the church's PA system.  We'll be holding the usual events, Carol singing supported by the Silver Band, singing by Kirkby Stephen Primary School,  the prize giving for the Christmas window competition and drawing of the Rotary raffle inside the church.  We'll ask people to step outside when it is time for the switch on of the lights.
 

Friday 1st December - Kirkby Stephen Lights Switch On  - The Pennine Hotel, Kirkby Stephen

Hot food stall outside serving heart warming food, mince pies and mulled wine on offer in our cosy bar.
Tel: 017683 74997 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. see www.penninehotel.com or [email protected] 

 

Friday 1st December - Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `The Polar Express (U)' - Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

All aboard for a special Christmas screening of this family favourite about a young boy's extraordinary journey to the North Pole.

Refreshments are available plus some extra festive fun and games - including a prize for the best Christmas jumper!

Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.  Adults £5 - Children (U18) £3.  Family of 4 £12. Tickets available on the door or call Kate on 017683 71885


Friday 1st December - Nateby & Wharton WI December meeting - The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

Guest spearker Alison Dear - Body, Spirit and Sole Reflexologist.  7pm

Alison specialises in providing Maternity and Fertility reflexology, Reflexology Lymph Drainage, Precision Reflexology and Foot Reading in the Crosby Ravensworth, Penrith, Eden Valley and Cumbria area.
Non members are very welcome.  Come along and join us for a sociable evening, an interesting speaker, good company and a delicious buffet supper, £3.00 pp

Find us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Saturday 2nd December - Santa Train Event - The East Station, South Road, Kirkby Stephen

£7.50 per child for train ride & gift from Santa.  Accompanying adults free.  Exclusive use of compartment coach for up to six people £10 supplement.  Open 10am to 4pm with free parking.  First train 10.30 (diesel service) no pre-booking needed

www.kirkbystepheneast.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Saturday 2nd December - Christmas Sale - Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

From 2 - 4...lots to buy...gifts...household...fancy goods...Christmas novelties...refreshments..


Saturdays 2nd and 16th December - Volunteering with the John Strutt Foundation - Section on the old Stainmore railway 10.00 am

Do you fancy volunteering with the John Strutt Foundation on a section of the old Stainmore railway?  
- completing the removal of ash saplings from the track-bed
- strimming/raking the rockrose embankment to clear it of regenerating ash, bramble & hazel
- raking strimmed vegetation clear of the herb-rich grassland on rockrose embankment
- strimming raspberry, rosebay willowherb within Bighill Cutting
- transplanting more melancholy thistle - courtesy of Simon - from his garden
- raking nettle roots out of the track-bed
- burning ash saplings and nettle roots

Directions - If you would like to volunteer, please head for the village of Winton near Kirkby Stephen.  The Bay Horse Inn (CA17 4HS) lies at the heart of the village.  From there take the hill road: after a km (1/2 mile), take the R hand road to Rookby Scarth and climb for another km until you come to where the Kirkby Stephen - Stainmore railway once bridged the road at the entrance to Rookby Scarth farm.  (OS Explorer map OL19, grid reference NY 798 101).  Please do not obstruct the upper side of the entrance track: parking should be on the opposite downslope verge.  From there, climb the stone-steps on the South side of the road onto the old railway track-bed and walk up to a km along the footpath until you encounter the volunteers working.  Please make yourself known.  

For further information please contact KS Walkers are Welcome This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 3rd December - Santa's Here!  - The Pennine Hotel, Kirkby Stephen

Santa will be popping into the Pennine to say `Hello'.  Tickets are £1.00 and can be bought in advance to include a Santa Wish List to bring along on the day.  All well behaved children will receive an early gift from Santa.  We will also have a hearty, belly warming food on offer.
Tel: 017683 74997 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. see www.penninehotel.com or [email protected] 

Sunday 3rd December - Family Night Walk - meet Milleniun Bridge, Stenkrith Park, Kirkby Stephen

Lit by a supermoon (if it's not too cloudy!) we'll explore the Northern Trust Viaduct Walk and discover the countryside night life along the way.  All ages are welcome (children must be accompanied) and the walk is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Meets 5.30pm Cost - pay what you feel.

For more infomation call Kate on 017683 71885 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sunday 3rd December - John Law plays Bach's Goldberg Variations - Appleby Public Hall

with live intractive film visuals by David Daniels, operated by Patrick Dunn

Starts 7.30pm. £12 at the door (students half price/accompanied children free).  Enquiries 017684 83777 visit www.appleby-concerts.org.uk 

Monday 4th December -  Cumbria Wildlife Trust - `The Work of the Wild Trout Trust' - The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

2.30 - 4.30pm

Gareth Pedley, Conservation Officer with the Wild Trout Trust, will speak about the work of the Trust in helping to preserve wild fish populations and their habitat.

The CWT Upper Eden Support Group runs a variety of activities to support the Trust's work.  Everyone is welcome to join us for our talks,  which take place at The Friends Meeting House, 48A High St, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4SH.

There is a recommended donation of £3 for Cumbria Wildlife Trust for each talk, to include refreshments.  Children free.  Local contact: Richard Arrowsmith 017683 71182.  To find out more about the Trust and how to get involved visit www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk You can also find information about local events, together with a range of books and gifts, at our stand in the Upper Eden Visitors Centre in Kirkby Stephen.

 

Wednesday 6th December - Valerie Kendall, Kirkby Stephen District Councillor - Kirkby Stephen Local Links

I will be holding a Ward Surgery in the Community Room at Kirkby Stephen Local Links from 2pm to 4pm.  If you are unable to come along then, please feel free to get in touch on 017683 53159 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Thursday 7th & 21st December - Upper Eden Memory Club - The Friends Meeting House, High Street, Kirkby Stephen

10.30am to 12 noon.

We continue to meet alternate Thursdays at the Friends Meeting House (opposite the Spar Shop), where we enjoy fellowship over tea and coffee followed by guided activities and usually end with singing some favourite songs of old. 

We are always ready to accept newcomers and volunteer helpers.  For more information contact Tony Taylor on 017683 42702 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th December - Bugsy Malone - Kirkby Stephen Grammar School 

Three performances of the dazzling musical will take place in Kirkby Stephen in December.  The show is packed full of songs, dance and gangster mayhem.  It will be performed by students from Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and the performances will take place on Friday 8th December at 7.00 pm and on on Saturday 9th December at 2.00pm and 7.00pm.

Tickets cost £7 Adults and £5 Children/student for table seats at the front or £6 Adult and £4 Children/student for the main body of the hall.  Tickets are available from MicMacs or Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.  Prepare to be splurged in this toe-tapping show! Bugsy Malone is not be missed.


Friday & Saturday the 8th/9th & 15th/16th December - Lowther Castle - Under the Stars

Come and celebrate the festive season Under the Stars, a night of exclusive entertainment at Lowther Castle.  Open for four nights across two weekends, experience a night like no other with beautiful illuminations, upbeat live music, DJ's, great food and a range of beautiful art installations to explore across the Castle grounds.  This is the ideal celebration for families as well as young professionals, and Christmas party bookings are also available.

Contact: Tel - 01931 712192 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Monday 11th December - Upper Eden History Society Winter Programme 2017 -2018 - Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

`The Vikings in Cumbria' - by Sheena Gemmell - with Christmas mince pies and cake.

Enquiries - to Chair Anne Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wednesday 13th December 2017 - The Arts Society, Appleby in Westmorland - Appleby Market Hall

Glorious Illuminations: The Art of the Illuminated. Lecture given by Mrs Clare Ford-Wille BA

Starts at 11am (coffee is served from 10.15am - 10.45am) There is a small cost of £8 to non-members. For more information about our society please visit our website  www.taswestmorland.org.uk 


Thursday 14th December- Mini Stompers - Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen

10am to 12pm Cost £3.50

Mini Stompers is a monthly gathering for two hours of woodland fun for 0- 5 year olds and their grown ups.  Prepare to get muddy! What are you paying for? Two experienced practitioners, use of their amazing kit, two hours of fun and a cup of tea.  

How to book - Spaces are limited.  Call Kate on 017683 71885 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Thursday 14th December - Social Evening for the Christmas Season - The Old Courthouse, Shap

Music by The Davies Family Band interspersed with poetry.  Traditional festive tunes from around the country including Cumberland and Westmorland

Starts 7pm.  Tickets £3 please book in advance. Refreshments available.

visit www.theoldcourthouse.org or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday 14th & 28th December - Upper Eden Memory Club - Longway, New Road, Brough

10.30am to 12 noon

Following the success of the Upper Eden Memory Club at Kirkby Stephen we have decided to start a second group in Brough to enable us to continue to accept Clients and Carers into our Kirkby Stephen family. We enjoy fellowship over tea and coffee followed by guided activities and usually end with singing some favourite songs of old. 

We are always ready to accept newcomers and volunteer helpers.  For more information contact Heather Simpkins on 017683 42476.


Friday 15th December - Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `La La Land (12A)' - Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

While waiting for their big breaks, two LA dreamers attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.

Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.  Adults £5 - Children (U18) £3.  Tickets available on the door or call Kate on 017683 71885

 

Saturday 16th December - Brough Farmers' Market - Memorial Hall, Brough

9.30am to 2pm.  3rd Saturday, each month.  No admission charge.

Stock up with your Christmas food supplies from our stalls.  Buy lamb, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, vegetables, photography, jewellery and much much more, from our regular stalls.

Enquiries - David 015396 26040


Sunday 17th December - Candlelit Traditional 9 lessons and Carols - Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

Starts 6.30pm.  All welcome.

Sunday 17th December - Conservation Day at Smardale Gill Nature Reserve

10.30am to 3.30pm

We'll be coppicing and brash-burning along the disused railway line to maintain an open ride for butterflies.  This will encourage the diverse woodland ground flora to proliferate and keep the footpath  open for visitors.
This is the last Smardale work party until after Christmas - bring spuds or other fire offerings for a celebratory skoff.

Booking is required.  Call 01539 816300 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place.


Thursday 21st December - Eden Arts presents `Hugo (U)' - Brough Memorial Hall

Welcome to a magical world and spectacular adventure.

The resourceful orphan Hugo lives within the walls of a train station in 1930's Paris.  He discovers a secret left by his father and is determined to unlock its mystery.  Watch as Hugo embarks on a quest that will transform those around him while finding himself a place to call home.

Doors open 2.30pm for 3.00pm start.  Adults £5 - Children (U18) £3.  Advance tickets £4.50 - phone 017683 41033.  Home baked refreshments on sale during the interval.


Sunday 24th December - Christingle - Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

We would love for you, your friends and your family to join us at our Christingle celebration so we can help to support vulnerable children. Starts 5 o'clock, contact Judith Doig on 71689

 
Monday 25th December - Christmas Day Lunch - by Churches Together in Kirkby Stephen

Let us cook for you on Christmas Day, if you are on your own or with a carer and would like some company, come and join a group of friends for an informal Christmas lunch.

For more information call Alison Murray on 017683 71575 or 07922 02963 or Mary Studd on 017683 72119


Thursday 28th December - Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `The Railway Children' - Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

A screening of the spectacular theatrical adaptation of E Nesbit's family favourite.  York Theatre Royal's delightful, Olivier-award winning production is filmed at the National Railway Museum.

Starts 3pm.  Adults £5 - Children (U18) £3.  Tickets available on the door or call Kate on 017683 71885