Special Interest

Age UK Carlisle and Eden
Services to support Older People in Carlisle and Eden to live healthy and active lives and maintain independence in their homes.
Contact Appleby Office (Riverside Building) Tel 017683 54918
or Head Office, Resource Centre, Sandgate, Penrith Tel 01768 863618
Email  [email protected]

Alzheimer’s Society
Help someone with demetia to do the things they love whether its gardening, joining a local club together, or simply going out for a cup of tea and a chat,  find out how you can support someone with dementia to do more of what they enjoy. Email [email protected] or telephone 01539 742631

Bereavement Support Group
Held at the Hub Cafe in Appleby on the first Monday of each month 2 – 4pm.  This will be an informal group and anyone who has suffered the loss of someone close to them either recently or some time ago, is invited.  We will not be following a programme and will not be offering counselling – simply the opportunity to talk about what is on your mind and share your feelings with others who may have felt the same.  Grief affects everyone in different ways and a support group doesn’t appeal to everyone, but if you feel the need to chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit, please come along.  For more information please contact Rev’d Sandy Pearl – 01931714563.

Brough and Stainmore Art Group
A social group, meeting weekly to encourage painting and drawing in all media, sharing skills and materials.  Monthly workshops with professional tutors.  Meets Thursdays 9.30 – 12.30 pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, Church Brough and every Tuesday from 7pm to 9.30pm at Cornerstone Centre, Main Street, Brough.  £2 per session, no formal tuition or topics, but, plenty of sharing and support.
To find out more about us visit our website www.art-club.org.uk
Call Karen 07724 641859 or Margaret 07776228455

Brough Sowerby Lunch Club – we continue to meet the first Wednesday of every month for home cooked soups, rolls, sweets and biscuits.  We look forward to welcoming you at the Chapel between 12 noon and 1pm.  Just turn up or contact 41258 with any questions.

Christians against Poverty (CAP UK)
Do you need help dealing with unmanageable debt?
  Then help is at hand for Upper Eden residents.  Christians Against Poverty – CAP UK offer a FREE, in depth, caring service for people with spiralling personal debt regardless of age, gender, faith or background.  Our team do all the negotiating with creditors and support you until the day you are debt free.  More informations is available form the Kirkby Stephen Local Links Office, and to arrange a face to face appointment with debt coach Jon Cook call 0800 3280006 www.capuk.org

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS)
Review your fuel prices with a free and impartial comparison – Cumbria Action for Sustainability have joined forces with Energylinx to help you save money on your energy bills.  Energylinx search and compare every tariff available from all gas and electricity suppliers in the UK.  To make a comparison online, see www.cafs.org.uk/tariff or call free on 0800 520 2031 (lines are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm).
Change your home from cold to cosy – for free energy advice and to check elegibility for free draught proofing call 01768 210276 or see www.cafs.org.uk
For advice re improvements to your home to make it more energy efficient and better able to cope with extreme weather call the office on 01768 210276 or email [email protected]

Cobweb Orchestra
A music group that meet weekly (during term time) in the Methodist Church Hall, Tebay on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.
The Tebay group was the second Cobweb group to be formed, and has nurtured the playing of amateur musicians over many years.  In the true Cobweb tradition, we welcome players of all abilities who live to play a wide range of orchestral music together.  Tebay is just off junction 38 of the M6 and so is very easily accessible from all direcions, and we attract players from South and Central Lakeland, Penrith, the Lune Valley and the Sedbergh Area.
Any level, all welcome, bring instrument and music stand.
For further information see website www.cobweborchestra.org.uk

Cumbria Wildlife Trust – Upper Eden Support Group
The Upper Eden Support Group is one of a network of groups which exist to support Cumbria Wildlife Trust in its work to conserve and protect wildlife and wild places throughout Cumbria. We run a variety of fundraising activities and, members and non-members alike are welcome to join us at any of our events. These include interesting talks in winter (held at Kirkby Stephen Friends Meeting House) & walks in summer (there is a recommended donation of £3 for all events).
You can also visit our reserves (such as Smardale Gill, just outside Kirkby Stephen) any time to enjoy the wildlife or just a walk, or even roll up your sleeves and join a work party – a great way to meet people, get fit and, of course, help conserve and protect these environments and their wildlife.

To find out more about Cumbria Wildlife Trust and how to get involved, as well as events and places to visit in Cumbria, click here. You can also pick up information, books and gifts from our stand in the Upper Eden Visitor Centre in Kirkby Stephen.
Contact Richard Arrowsmith 017683 71182. For other information detailing wildlife watching opportunities visit https://sites.google.com/view/wildlife-of-upper-eden/home

Drawing or Painting for all levels
A course of 8 weekly sessions  by a qualified art teacher covering perspective, composition, texture & more…
To be held at Kirkby Stephen Local Links on Monday’s 10.00am – 12.30pm.  Booking essential – for information on next course to be held contact Yvonne Jones 017683 71776, email: [email protected]

Eden Carers
Provision of information and support to Carers of any age living in Eden District who provide substantial and regular care on an unpaid basis.
Tel 01768 890280
Email [email protected]
www.edencarers.co.uk

Eden Classic Vehicle Group
A voluntary group of local classic commercial vehicle enthusiasts who founded the annual  Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally in Kirkby Stephen and Brough over Saturday and Sunday each Easter.
Contact Nanette Rigg
Tel 07775563140
Email [email protected]
http://www.encountereden.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edenclassicvehiclegroup/

Eden & South Lakeland Credit Union
Eden & South Lakeland Credit Union is owned by it’s members.  To join just open an account – minimum deposit £3 plus a £2 membership fee.  The Board of Directors runs the Credit Union on behalf of our members.  The majority of staff are volunteers who help run our offices or perform a range of other roles.  The Credit Union welcomes donations, big or small which help pay the operating costs.  Loans – borrow from £100 to £7,000.  Savings – Junior savings & Easy access savings available, save as and when you like, no amount too small, option to save by standing order available. Ring 01768 890065 or visit www.edensouthlakeland.com for more information.

Eden Independent Living
`You Choose’ is a  new service to help people gain more independence in Eden.  You Choose is a subsidised service, designed around the needs of Eden based adults aged 18 years and over, who have low level support needs.  Our aim is to reach those people in the Eden area, who are living independently or in the process of becoming more independent, where a support package would enhance their quality of life.Our service is based around YOUR needs.  For more information ring 01768 890657 or email [email protected]

Eden Sight Support
We offer information to anyone with a visual impairment within the Eden area. To try to help support our members outside Penrith we hold an outreach event in Kirkby Stephen bi-monthly.  Members and non members are welcome to join us for a cup of tea and a chat and to get information and advice relating to their visual impairment.  If you think that you, a friend or family member may benefit from attending please join us for one of our upcoming meetings.  Further information can be obtained from the Resource Centre, Sandgate, Penrith on 01768 891724.

Eden Time Bank Association
The Time Bank is a way for people to share skills with others in their community and be rewarded for it – in time.  You give a few hours of your spare time when you want to, doing things you enjoy, and you receive the opportunity to get some help yourself when you need it and the satisfaction of making someone else’s quality of life better.
For more information, contact Suzanne Burns at Eden Time Bank
c/o Community and Council Centre
Kirkby Stephen Local Links
Vicarage Lane
Kirkby Stephen
CA17 4QX
Tel 017683 71775
Mobile 07419 372 882 or email: [email protected]

Encounter Eden
Encounter Eden is a social enterprise that was established in early 2017 to bring new life to the economy of Kirkby Stephen and South East Cumbria.  From 2018 Encounter Eden is taking on the management of the Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally in Kirkby Stephen and Brough.  The date of the 2018 Rally is 31 March – 1 April 2018.
Email [email protected]
www.encountereden.com 

GamCare
GamCare provides confidential counselling, advice and information for anyone experiencing or affected by a gambling problem.  If gambling is getting in the way of the life you and your family want to live, then what have you got to lose?  For your FREE Local Counseling Service contact 01946 820230 or visit www.thecumbriacounsellinggroup.co.uk or  www.gamcare.org.uk or ring the GamCare helpline on 0808 8020 133.

Gardeners of Eden
We aim to provide meetings of interest to amateur gardeners in the Kirkby Stephen areas.
We have a programme of outdoor visits in the Summer; and indoor meetings in the Winter in Kirkby Stephen – please contact us for further information.
Contact Sue Bradley, Secretary
Tel 017683 72700
Email [email protected]
www.gardeners-of-eden.org.uk

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland
Hospice at Home is a local charity which provides care for patients with life limiting or life threatening illnesses, who wish to remain in their own homes.  We have various volunteer fundraising groups throughout the North and East of Cumbria, as well as a team of office volunteers and shop volunteers in Carlisle and Penrith.
Contact Cath Coates, Fundraising Assistant
Tel 01768 210719
Email [email protected]
www.hospiceathome.co.uk

Kirkby Stephen Book Club
A reading group meeting on the first Monday of the month at 2.30pm at Kirkby Stephen Local Links, to discuss a chosen library book.
Contact Anne Taylor on 017683 71518
Email – [email protected]

Kirkby Stephen Bridge Club
Contract Bridge players.  Meet Monday evening 7.00pm in the upstairs room at Kirkby Stephen Social Club.
Contact Colette Dow 017683 53887 or Jean Metcalfe 017683 71672

Kirkby Stephen Community Arts
Promoting inclusive, accessible and high quality arts events in Kirkby Stephen. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact Kate on 017683 71885
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk

Kirkby Stephen and District Cancer Research Group
Charity group which holds fund raising events for Cancer Research.
Contact Bethany Handley, Chairman
Tel 07808736304
Email [email protected]

Kirkby Stephen Dog Training Club
Dog Training – puppy to advanced.  Monday nights at Brough Memorial Hall.
6.30 – 7.00pm – Puppy
7.00 – 7.45pm – Intermediate
8.00 – 9.00pm – Advanced
£3 per night, £24 – 8 week Puppy course.
Contact Mrs Jean Murray
Tel 017683 71081

Kirkby Stephen Family History Group
Research your family history – Meet 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.00pm at Kirkby Stephen Local Links.   We are a small group of enthusiasts who are willing to use our experience to help anyone with their family history research.  Through the library we have access to the major internet search tools, and can also use published parish records to assist in your search.  We can also help link your family history with local history if your family is local to the Kirkby Stephen area.  There is increasing interest in researching military histories and we can assist you if you are interested in knowing what your relatives did in various wars.
For more information email  [email protected]  or call into Kirkby Stephen Local Links.

Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team
Provides a search and rescue service for a large area which includes The Howgill Fells, the North Western Yorkshire Dales, part of the North Pennines and the Orton Fells. If you would like to know more about the organisation or would be interested in joining the team –
Contact: Adrian Cottrell, Team Leader
Tel. 017683 41111
Visit: www.ksmrt.org.uk

Kirkby Stephen Parish Church Choir
A small group meet in Church at 6.00pm. on Tuesdays to practice singing for services. New members would be very welcome.
Contact Mrs Cathy Prime, Choir Mistress
Tel 017683 71441

Kirkby Stephen Reading Group
12 members meet 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm at Kirkby Stephen Local Links.  We read one book per month and discuss this at the meeting.  Free membership and books provided by Carlisle Library.
Contact Felicity Kay, Organiser
Tel 017683 71477
Email [email protected].

Kirkby Stephen Silver Band
Open to everyone.  Band practice on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Band Hut, Riverside.  Free lessons available for beginners.  Instruments can be provided.  We are a friendly group, all welcome. Good music and fun!  We are very keen to attract new members of any age; if you are new to the area, joining the band is an excellent way of getting to know new people.
Contact: Mr. John Ockenden, Chairman Tel 017683 72650 Email [email protected]
www.kssb.org.uk

Kirkby Stephen United Charities
Group of charities providing allotments and grants for the benefit of local people.  The group meets four times per year.
Contact: Mrs Vivienne Littlefair
Address: Rancroft, Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA.
Tel: 017683 71064
Email: [email protected]

Lunespring Players
Amateur theatre group with a major performance each year. Meet weekly from October – March, at Ravenstonedale Heritage and Community Centre.
For more information ring 015396 23552.

Mind
The Connect Project by Carlisle Eden Mind works with anyone who is suffering crisis, poverty or harship and is worried about their mental health and wellbeing.  For more information or to make a referral contact www.cemind.org or call 01228 370633 or email [email protected]

Nateby and Wharton W.I.
Meets 1st Friday in the month at the Quaker Meeting House, High Street, Kirkby Stephen.
Contact Anne Cradock on tel 07799584101
Email – [email protected] or see [email protected]

Parkinsons Cafe
Join us for an informal chat and meet some new people.  There is a volunteer wearing a badge sitting at a reserved table.  Just buy your own refreshments then come and join us on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of the month 10.30 am to 12 noon at the Eden Emporium, Kirkby Stephen.  For more information please contact Andrew and Robina on 017683 41997.

Paying for Care – a not for profit company
A free information and advice service for older people paying for their own long term care.  You can contact Paying For Care by FREEPHONE on 0808 208 9994 or visit www.payingforcare.org

Penrith and Eden District Freegle
Offer your reusable items to others for free on the Penrith and Eden District Freegle group on the Internet. It’s free to join and everything must be given away for free. There are over 5,000 members across the whole of the Eden District. You can also ask for something you want.
Contact  Moderators Chris Cant, Elaine Bones, Juliet Gray and Judith-Ann Wardlaw
Tel 01931 713240
Email  [email protected]
www.penrithedenfreegle.org.uk

Penrith and North Lakes U3A
Part of a nation-wide network of self-help educational, creative and leisure activities for the retired and semi-retired.
Currently have over 40 special interest groups, from Art Appreciation to Writing for Pleasure. In addition, guest speakers offer a range of interesting and topical talks third Thursday of each month at the Penrith Players’ Theatre, 2.15pm. For further information, visit our website
www.penrithandnorthlakesu3a.org.uk
or contact the membership secretary on 07746 298694

Quitters
Social group meeting Fridays 2.00 – 4.30pm at The Friends Meeting House – to encourage and help knitters and Quilters to share patterns, information and skills with enthusiasm. Any age, any gender. Membership required for the year –  Visitors to the area most welcome.
Contact Jenny McWilliam (Treasurer) (Knitting) Tel 017683 71820 or email [email protected]
Sue Bradley (Quilter), Tel 017683 72700 or email sue.mal[email protected]

Ravenstonedale and Newbiggin Folk Dance Group
We aim to provide an opportunity for local people of all ages to dance English and American longways, square and circle dances. We meet on Thursday evenings 7.45pm. – 10.00pm. during the winter months, in Newbiggin-on-Lune Public Hall.  This is a drop in any time group – no experience necessary and no need to bring a partner.
Contact Thelma Mayfield
Tel 015396 23329  

Ravenstonedale Parish History Group
The Group’s remit is to research, collate and share many facets of Ravenstonedale’s history; its people, buildings, events, industry etc. in order to build up a picture of its evolution.
We meet on Thursdays 2.00 -4.00pm. in the Former High Chapel, Ravenstonedale. Visitors welcome.
Membership runs from the 1st January annually. Rates for membership are:
Student(under 25 years) Free. Single £5.00. Family (at one address) £7.50. Organisation £10.00.
Tel 015396 23308 for more information
Email [email protected]
Website www.ravenstonedale.org

Red Wyvern Society
A medieval (Wars of the Roses) re-enactment society.  Activities include living history, crafts, battle re-enactment, archery, trebuchet.  Regular weekends away across the Cumbria/North Yorkshire region including Appleby Castle.
Subscriptions: £10 (waged) and £5 (unwaged).
Contact via the website contact form http://www.red-wyverns.org.uk/contact-us.html
Email [email protected]
or telephone the secretary Alison Sauer on 07949 445165

Scrabble Club
Whether your a keen Srabble player or a complete beginner, come along and give Scrabble a go, it’s a great way to socialise and meet new people.  From 1.30pm to 3.30pm starting Wednesday 10th October 2018. For more information please contact Jill on 017683 71104 or Wendy on 017683 71775.

Soulby W.I.
Meets third Tuesday each month at 7.30pm at Soulby Village Hall.  The W.I. provides women with educational opportunities and the opportunity to develop new skills.
Contact Mrs Joyce Birkbeck, Secretary
Tel 017683 71554

South Eden Project
Mental Health group meets at Kirkby Stephen Day Centre.
Contact: Lindsey Holding
Tel 079666 41300

Stainmore Railway Company
Volunteer-run heritage railway project to restore Kirkby Stephen East Station and re-establish the railway. Open at weekends 10am – 4pm
Contact Dr Sue Jones, Secretary
The East Station
South Road
Kirkby Stephen
CA17 4LA
Tel:017683 71700
Email [email protected]
www.kirkbystepheneast.co.uk
www.facebook.com/pages/Stainmore-Railway-Company/260228887347271
www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stainmorerailwaycompanyshedappeal/?u=2GP993

Stainmore W.I.
Meets every second Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm at Brough Methodist Schoolroom.  Members subscription £29.50 per year. All women welcome.
Contact Mrs Margaret Hodgins
Tel 017683 41664

Suicide Safer Eden
We are a small but determined group of volunteers in Eden working towards reducing loss of life to suicide within our local area.    If you would like more information about Suicide Safer Eden or if you would like a free suicide awareness session in your community please contact Juliet from Carlisle Eden Mind on 07510 309527 or [email protected]

Tap Dancing and All That Jazz
Come and join us for Dance and Exercise. We are a small friendly group who meet at Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club.
Every Monday 2-3pm. Contact: Norma on 017683 41462

The Upper Eden Business Support Scheme – a programme to provide support, training and networking , delivered in Upper Eden, to directly benefit the local business community.  The programme has been funded by Eden District Council to proved FREE 1-2-1 support for people in the area, and a Business Hub has been established at Unit 15, Kirkby Stephen Business Park to provide a drop-in opportunity for local businesses to sound out general business matters or new ideas.  For further information please contact the Business Adviser Kellie Bradburn-Sims on 01768 89132 or email [email protected]

Upper Eden History Society
Lectures in winter, outings in summer.  Membership £12.00 p.a. or non-members £3.00 per meeting/lecture.  Other events as charged.  Meets third Monday of the month at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.
The Upper Eden History Society open their archive on the first Saturday of the month 10:00 to 12:00 at the Friends Meeting House, High Street. They have a selection of copy records, books and publications and their will be members of the committee to help with research. Refreshments available
Contact: Anne Taylor, Chairman
Tel 017683 71518
Email [email protected]
www.upperedenhistory.org.uk

Upper Eden Community First Responders
Team of Volunteers, mobilised directly by the ambulance service to assist in emergency situations until the ambulance arrives. The group also run Heartstart courses.
For further information about the group contact Dave Prince, Secretary
Tel 017683 72091 or 07887 683831
Email [email protected]
www.upperedenresponders.co.uk

Upper Eden Community Choir
“The Local Choir with a Big Heart”
Wednesday 7pm – 9pm, meet at KSGS Coffee Bar.
Cost £4
All welcome, lots of fun, music to suit all tastes.
Contact Karen West 07974 759136 [email protected]

Upper Eden Memory Club
Facility for those with memory problems are still limited at this end of Cumbria, so we feel that we provide a useful service.  With an increase in numbers over the last few months, we have decided to start a second group in Brough so-enabling us to continue to accept Clients and Carers into our Kirkby Stephen family.  We continue to meet alternate Thursdays from 10.30am to 12 noon at the Friends Meeting House on High Street, 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 further information contact Tony Taylor on 017683 42702 or [email protected] The Brough group will meet on the other alternate Thursdays, also from 10.30 am to 12 noon, at Longway, New Road, Brough (opposite the Chip Shop and cafe).  For more information contact Heather Simpkins on 017683 42476.

Uter Pendragon Masonic Lodge
Group makes charitable grants.  Meets at the Masonic Hall, Kirkby Stephen, for social occasions organising events and charity fundraising.
For more information email: [email protected]riafreemasons.org

Upper Eden Foodbank – to provide short term support to people in need.  People can receive a food parcel which is enough to feed a family for at least 3 days.  The food can be collected from the Local Links staff and other caring organisations (health services, social services, education providers and churches) can help people to get the food they need for themselves and their families.  Contact through Local Links, health professionals, charities or church staff.  Alternatively find us on our Facebook page: http://THE UPPER EDEN FOODBANK

Voluntary Social Car Scheme in Kirkby Stephen and Brough – funded by Cumbria County Council.  The scheme provides transport to members of the community of any age (under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult) who cannot make their journey by public or private transport.  Examples of journeys include getting to doctors and dentist appointments, shopping, visiting friends and making public transport connections.  Passengers pay a contribution to the cost of the transport, if two or more people travel then the fare is shared between them.  Journeys are depending on volunteer availability.  You may be asked to share transport and you may need to be flexible about the time you travel.  To book you voluntary car sheme journey or for further information please contact the local co-ordinator Robin Haywood on 017683 72678 or Trevor Capstick (local volunteer driver) on 017683 41696.

Volunteering with families – Whether you’re young, not so young, older, male, femaile, married, single, divorced etc.  Whatever fits, we’d like to hear from you if you have an interest in the wellbeing of families, and have a couple of hours a week to spare.  Could you …. help out with children, provide a parenting role model, help families experiencing stress or difficulty. We aim to offer support and reduce isolation and health inequalities and empower children and their parents.  Our dedicated team of professional staff provide training and ongoing support for our volunteers, who in turn provide meaningful support to the families who need help.  Would you like to find out more?  Contact Sarah Craig (Eden Family Support Coordinator) 01768 593103 for a chat about how you can help.

WOW (Women of Wonder)
A new and exciting ladies only group Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm at The Cornerstone Centre, Main Street, Brough.  £2 per session.  Bring with you (if you wish) Crafting items/Knitting/Cross Stitch.  Available to share – books, jigsaws, daily papers, mindfulness, colouring books and pencils, quizzes and word searches.  Learn a new craft, meet new friends, planned activities and occasional trips.  Everyone welcome.  Further details – 017683 41923 (Krissie) ore 07508 355523 (Lesley)

Warcop Drama Group – a new drama group started up in April based at thee new Warcop Parish Hall.  The group meets at the Hall on Tuesdays from 7.30pm and welcomes anyone else wishing to join and enjoy this fun hobby.  Everyone is welcome, whether experienced or novice.  There will be opportunities to just get involved with play readings if you wish or act if that’s what you feel like doing whether it be plays, sketches, improvisations and so on.  There will also be off stage parts to play when we get to put on productions.  For more information see Parish Hall Events on http://www.warcop.org.uk