February Events

Wednesday 24th January to Wednesday 15th February – Four Week Series of Meditation Classes – Friends Meeting House, 48A High Street, Kirkby Stephen

Become the person you want to be.  For more information ring 01229 584029 or email [email protected]

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


12th January – 28th April 2018 – `Monet’ – A World Masterpiece in Kendal – Abbot Hall Art Gallery

For more information visit www.abbothall.org.uk

26th January – 10 May 2018 – Katie Spragg – Ceramics – Blackwell , The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere

Free parking, open daily, kids go free, 5 mins by car from Bowness-on-Windermere.  Visit www.blackwell.org.uk

Thursdays 1st & 15th February – 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 [email protected]


Thursdays 1st, 8th & 15th February
 – FREE short course to improve your interview skills – Eden Foyer, London Road, Penrith

Prepare for Success!  A short course to help you improve your interview skills.  Take part in a FREE Cumbria Community  Learning and Skills Course.  Please note you must be able to attend ALL THREE sessions.

What to do before a job interview – hints and tips about what to wear, what to ask and what to say.  Develop your skills at speaking with confidence.  Have a practice interview with a real employer.  Explore techniques to help you with nerves and pre interview stress.  Find out about further learning opportunities.

To book a place on these FREE workshops, please speak to Nicola Hartley at Community Learning on 079666 641332 or email [email protected]


Monday 5th February –  Cumbria Wildlife Trust – `Red Squirrels in the North of England’ – The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

2.30 – 4.30pm

Simon O’Hare, of the Red Squirrels of the North of England project, on the current status of red squirrels across the north and why we fight to preserve them.

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 7th February – Repair Cafe – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

From 2 – 4pm.  Kirkby Stephen Repair Cafe helps to reduce waste sent to landfill, saving money and resources by using expert volunteers to fix everyday household items.

We have a friendly team of DIY and sewing experts ready to take on your repairs.  Bring along any clean clothes, electricals, jewellery, toys, small items of furniture etc…that are in need of attention and we will do what we can to help!

The Repair Cafe is run by Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and Kirkby Stephen and Upper Eden Good Neighbours Scheme, with support from Kirkby Stephen Town Council.  For more information contact Kate on 017683 71885 or visit www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk or contact Kirkby Stephen Local Links on 017683 71775 or visit www.kirkbystephen.com


Thursday 8th  February – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Hartley Circular

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am

One of our favourite walks to the pretty village of Hartley on tarmac returning via Gramsceugh and Frank’s Bridge.  Optional refreshments after the walk.

Please wear boots or shoes suitable for some uneven surfaces, mud and standing water where stated, subject to the day’s weather.   We will go whatever the weather – please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the day – we will adapt walks when essential.  Everyone welcome, suggested donation £1 per walk towards expenses.  Find us on facebook https://facebook.com/wawks visit http://www.walkeden.org/ [email protected]

Thursdays 8th & 22nd February – 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 9th February 2018 – Nateby & Wharton WI present Marjorie Bidgway on: My Collection and the History of Buttons – at The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

Starts 7.00pm.  Non members please come and join us and enjoy a good speaker, excellent company and a delicious buffet supper at £3.00pp.

Visit our website at www.natebyandwhartonwi.wordpress.com

Friday 9th February – Volunteering Fair – The Public Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby

Come along and talk to local organisations about a range of volunteering opportunities. Volunteer groups attending  – Appleby Emergency Repsonse Group, Hospice at Home, Citizens Advice, Age UK, People First, Cumbria CVS, Eden Carers, Eden Independant Living, East Cumbria Family Support Assoc, Depaul UK, Cumbria CC, HITES Cumbria.

Get involved and make a difference.  From 12 noon to 1.30pm.  For more information call 01768 800350, email [email protected] visit www.cumbriacvs.org.uk

Saturdays 10th and 24th February – 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 [email protected]

Sunday 11th February  – `Learning To Be Happy Through Meditation and Mindfulness’ – Temple for World Peace, Ulverston

with international teacher Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.  Everybody welcome.

Learn how to make a determined choice to follow thoughts and ideas that lead to happiness, not just be led by strong negative emotional habits.  Gen-la Dekyong is an internationally renowned meditation teacher and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC.  Through her good heart, wisdom and sincere wish to benefit others, her teachings have inspired many thousands to find a genuine path to happiness within their busy daily lives.

Please register in advance at www.manjushri.org  Telephone 01229 584029

Wednesday 14th February 2018 – The Arts Society, Appleby in Westmorland – Appleby Market Hall

`Laura Knight and Evelyn Dunbar: which was the greater artist?’

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

Wednesday 14th February 2018 – Cumbrian Great North Air Ambulance Drop In Collection – Brough Memorial Hall

GNAA have had to cease their kerbside collections in Cumbria but still need the donations.  This is an opportunity to help this important service to survive!
Brough Memorial Hall will be open from 12 noon to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm for you to bring in towels, curtains, handbags, belts and shoes (in pairs) etc.

Mobile phones (working or not!), and empty printer cartridges also welcome (in a separate bag please).  Books in fair condition are acceptable (in box if more than 5).  We can also take soft toys and small toys (in separate bag).  If you can’t manage the exact times, please phone for possible alternatives.  YOU might be the next one they save!

Any queries? contact 017683 42135
 

Thursday 15th  February – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Slack Gap Lane

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am

A circular walk on tarmac and gravel via Eden Place towards Winton and cutting through Slack Gap Lane to Hartley Fold returning Hartley Road.  Optional refreshments after the walk and perhaps share some tales of Valentine’s Day.

Please wear boots or shoes suitable for some uneven surfaces, mud and standing water where stated, subject to the day’s weather.   We will go whatever the weather – please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the day – we will adapt walks when essential.  Everyone welcome, suggested donation £1 per walk towards expenses.  Find us on facebook https://facebook.com/wawks visit http://www.walkeden.org/ [email protected]

Saturday 17th February – Brough Farmers’ Market – Memorial Hall, Brough

9.30am to 12 noon (Winter closing time).  3rd Saturday, each month.  No admission charge.

Whatever the weather you will be warm and dry with us.  Buy lamb, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, vegetables, photography, jewellery, textiles and much much more, from our regular stalls.

Enquiries – David 015396 26040


Sunday 18th February – Eden Arts presents `The Hundred-Foot Journey’ – Brough Memorial Hall

A family from India, led by Papa Kadam (Om Pun), settles in a village in the south of France and opens an Indian Restaurant. Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), chef and owner of a Michelin starred restaurant isn’t thrilled to have a new restaurant opening a mere 100 feet across the road.  Watch and laugh as an all-out war between the two restaurants leads to unexpected friendship.  Competition is the spice of life.

Doors open 2.30pm for 3.00pm start.  Adults £5 – Children (U16’s) £3.  Advance Tickets £4.50.  Home baked refreshments on sale during the interval.


Monday 19th February – FREE short course on CV and letter writing – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

Would you like help with what to include in a CV or covering letter?  Eden Community Learning & Skills are offering a FREE short course, arranged in partnership with Penrith Job Centre Plus and Kirkby Stephen Local Links.  The course will cover what to include, how to word it, best ways to begin and end a letter, help with spelling, and how to make your skills, qualifications and experience look good on paper.

To book a place, please speak to a member of staff at Local Links, or contact us by email at edenclas.cumbria.gov.uk , or ring 01931 716447.  Refreshments and course materials provided.


Monday 19th February- Upper Eden History Society Winter Programme 2017 – 2018 – Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

The History of Cross Keys and it’s Quaker Connection – by Alan Clowes

Enquiries – to Chair Anne Taylor [email protected]

Tuesday 20th February – `Introduction to your Tablet’ – Appleby Heritage Centre

FREE Course over two weeks from 9.30 to 12.00.

Numbers are limited on free courses, book early to secure your place.  You are only eligible for a maximum of four free courses per person.

Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 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.

Friday 23rd February – Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Dunkirk (12A)’ – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller based on the event that shaped our world.  (Screening deferred from November 2017)

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

Monday 26th February 2018 – Nateby Inn meeting – 7.30pm

A meeting has been organised to give valuable information about how we can secure the purchase of The Nateby Inn as a community pub.  We need to know what the public opinion is for this project and would be grateful if as many people as possible could come along to the meeting and show support.

Wednesday 28th February – Parkinson’s Cafe – The Eden Emporium, Kirkby Stephen

Parkinson’s UK – Change attitudes.  Find a Cure.  Join Us.  We continue to meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10.30 to 12.00.  For more information call Andrew or Robina on 017683 41997.


Thursday 22nd  February – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Beck Foot Lane

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am for car share

A short drive up Appleby Road to Beck Foot Lane and walk by the river to see the display of snowdrops.  Optional refreshments back in Kirkby Stephen.

Please wear boots or shoes suitable for some uneven surfaces, mud and standing water where stated, subject to the day’s weather.   We will go whatever the weather – please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the day – we will adapt walks when essential.  Everyone welcome, suggested donation £1 per walk towards expenses.  Find us on facebook https://facebook.com/wawks visit http://www.walkeden.org/ [email protected]


Sunday 25th February – Big Breakfast – Brough Memorial Hall

10.30am to 2.00pm.  Adult £6.50, Children £3.00.  All proceeds to Brough Memorial Hall Rennovation and Improvement Fund.  Everyone Welcome.


Sunday 25th February – Soprano and Lute Duo Gwem Martin and Toby Carr – Appleby Public Hall

Bewitching songs of the 17th Century by Dowland, Monteverdi, Purcell and their contemporaries.

£12 at the door.  Students half-price/accompanied children free.  Visit www.appleby-concerts.org.uk Tel 017684 83777

Wednesday 28th February – `Introduction to Tablet, iPad & kindle – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

10.00am to 12.30pm. Booking is essential.  For more information or to book your place contact Helen on 01539 728118 or email [email protected]