December Events

Thursdays 3rd & 17th December – Thursday People – Brough Methodist Church

10.30am to 12 noon.

Brough Memory Club has now relaunched as the Thursday People meeting at Brough Methodist Chuch again on alternate Thursdays.  This group is now for all who want to come together for a chat over tea/coffee with optional activities or crafts.

We are always ready to accept newcomers and volunteer helpers.  For more information contact Tony Taylor on 017683 42702 or [email protected]

Thursday 10th December – Upper Eden Memory Club – Kirkby Stephen Methodist Church

10.30am to 12 noon.

We continue to meet alternate Thursdays at KIrkby Stephen Methodist Church (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 [email protected]

Thursday 5th December – Soup and Pudding – Warcop Parish Hall

Final coffee morning of the year

Thursday 5th December – Dementia Friendly Walks for all in the Westmorland Dales – Learning Fields Centre, Nags Head Farm, Hoff, Appleby

10.30 am to 11.30am. Easy guided walk to discover the beautiful landscape, wildlife & culture with our friendly group of volunteers.  This is the first trial walk and if well received, we provide guided walks across the area in Spring 2020, offering a gentle Strollers group and a Striders group for those wishing to explore further.  Maxiumum 1 mile.  For people living with dementia & carers/family.  Tea/coffee and cake provided in a cosy meeting space.  Toilet facilities.  Walking boots essential.

For more information or if you are thinking of coming contact Nicola Estill in advance on 01539 756625 or email [email protected]

Friday 6th December – Kirkby Stephen Grammar School PTFA Christmas Raffle Draw – The Pennine Bistro

7.30pm.  You can purchase tickets from Elaine on 07855 460123, or find us in the Co Op on Friday 22nd November and Saturday 23rd November.   Loads of amazing prizes up for grabs.  Please support your local school.

Friday 6th December – Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Sorry We Missed You’ (15) – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

A hard-up delivery driver and his wife struggle to get by in modern-day England in Ken Loach’s brilliant new film.

Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.  Adults £5 – Children (U18) £3.  For more information or tickets please visit or phone Kate Lynch 017683 71885

Friday 6th December – `Caribbean Evening‘ by Nateby and Wharton WI – Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

7.00pm.  Food & music.  Visitors welcome – £4.

Friday 6th December – Christmas Dominoes – Brough Memorial Hall

7.30pm.  By Brough Agricultural Society. Great Prizes.  Excellent Raffle.

Friday 6th December – Chofhs Prize Bingo – The Inn at Brough 

7.00pm.  In aid of Chofhs Youth Group.  Raffle and Kids Game.  Everyone welcome.  Contact Rachel for info 07890 756760

Saturday 7th December – Big Fat Christmas Quiz – The Pennine Hotel, Kirkby Stephen

£5 per person includes quiz and hot snacks.  Teams of up to 6.  Supporting The Great North Air Ambulance and The Ankoma Dream.  Great prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had.  For tickets and further information contact 07588574179.

Saturday 7th December – Santa Train Event – The East Station, South Road, Kirkby Stephen

£10 per child for train ride & gift from Santa.  One accompanying adult free per child.  Extra adults £4.00.  Open 10am to 4pm with free parking.  First train 10.15 (steam service subject to availability) no pre-booking needed.  Craft stalls and buffet car open for hot food.  Visit [email protected] or email [email protected]

Wednesday 11th December – The Arts Society Appleby in Westmorland present `The Christmas Tree: From Forest Fir to Festive Feature’ – Appleby Market Hall

Starts 11.00am, coffee served from 10.15am.  £8 on the door (Members free).  Find out more about our organisation and view our 2019 Programme at 

Thursday 12th December – Alison Neil presents `Mrs Beaton, My Sister’ – Soulby Village Hall

Mrs Beeton, My Sister recalls the extraordinary life of Mrs Beeton.  The eldest of 21 children and brought up in the Grand Stand at Epsom Race Course, Isabella Beeton fell for a publisher and joined his rackety life in journalism, culminating in her world-famous `Book of Household Management’ in 1861.  Award-winning playwright Alison Neil provides a lively retelling of the entertaining and moving story of Isabella Beeton’s surprising life, seen through the eyes of her endearing sister, Bessie.

7.30pm.  For more information contact Highlights Rural Touring Scheme at [email protected] or visit or ring 017683 53954

Friday 13th December – `Shoo Shoo Baby’s Christmas Cabaret’ – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Join this musical double-act and their multi-talented pianist for their shamelessly sparkly Christmas cabaret.  Funny, accessible, energetic, colourful, be-sequinned and camp, a Shoo Shoo Baby audience goes home smiling!

Starts 7.30pm.  Adults £10/Under 18’s £8. For more information or tickets please visit or phone Kate Lynch 017683 71885

Saturday 14th December – Air Ambulance Drop-in Collection & Coffee Morning – Warcop Parish Hall

Coffee morning 10.00 to 11.30am, the GNAA van will collect bags at 11.30am.  There will be an extra collection session on Friday 13th December at the Hall from 7.00 – 8.00pm if you can’t attend on Saturday.

Saturday 14th December – Christmas Meal – St Michael’s Church, Church Hall, Church Brough

6.30pm  Four course traditional Christmas dinner.  Bingo, Carols and Quiz.  Santa visit.  Pre-booking essential.  Call Diane on 41219 for tickets.  Adults £12.50 and Kids £6.00.  Taxi service on request.  Everyone welcome.

Monday 16th December – Upper Eden HIstory Society presents `Around the Farmhouse Fireplace’ talk given by Christine Craghill – Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

The Upper Eden History Society meets October to April 7.30pm, in the Coffee Bar, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, for a series of monthly lectures, usually the third Monday in each month.  Visitors very welcome.  £3 per meeting.

Tuesday 17th December – Eden Hearing Services Drop In Session – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

Eden Hearing Services hold a drop in clinic from 10.00am to 12 noon 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Services include advice on hearing aids and specialist equipment, hearing aids cleaned and retubed, batteries supplied.

Saturday 21st December – Brough Famers’ Market – Memorial Hall, Brough

9.30am – 2pm. Stock up with your Christmas food supplies from our stalls. Buy lamb, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, photography, jewellery, textiles and much much more, from our regular stalls.

3rd Saturday, each month, NO admission charge!  Enquiries to David on 015396 26040

Sunday 22nd December – Brough Remote Cinema presents `Yesterday’ – Brough Memorial Hall

Doors open 2.30pm, starts 3.00pm. Tickets on door £5 (in advance £4.50)  under 16’s £3. Phone 017683 41033.  Home baked refreshments on sale during the interval. For more information ring 01768 899444 or see

Sunday 22nd December – Candlelit Traditional 9 lessons and Carols – Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

6.30pm. All welcome. May the humility of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wise men, the joy of the angels, and the peace of the Christ child, be God’s gift to you this Christmas time and always.

Tuesday 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 5pm. For further information contact Judith Doig or visit

Tuesday 24th December – Crib Service – St Michael’s Church, Church Brough

4pm.  Kids can come dressed as nativity characters.  Informal and family friendly.  Come and join the fun.  Further information from Rachel 07890 756760

Wednesday 25th December – Traditional Christmas Lunch – a Churches Together in Kirkby Stephen initiative

Are you on your own on Christmas Day? Would you like some company? Join us in Kirkby Stephen for a traditional Christmas lunch.

Transport is available.  Please contact Mary 017683 72119 or Val 017683 72819

Friday 27th December – Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Horrible Histories Move:Rotten Romans’ (U) – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

A smart and quick-witted Roman teenager upsets Emperor Nero with one of his schemes.

Doors open 2.30pm for 3.00pm start.  Adults £5 – Children (U18) £3.  Family Ticket for Penguins £12.  For more information or tickets please visit or phone Kate Lynch 017683 71885