March Events

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

Thursday 1st March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Great British Spring Clean

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am

To celebrate St David’s Day we will go seeking dragons and collect litter along the way for our yearly Great British Spring Clean.  Equipment provided, wear gloves if required.  Well-deserved refreshments after our toil.

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]

Thursday 1st March – Litter Pick – Looking for Dragons

To celebrate St David’s Day.  Meet the Cloisters 10.30am.


Thursdays 1st, 15th & 29th March
 – 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]


Friday 2nd March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Celebrate Lady Anne’s Way

Meet Kirkby Stephen Railway Station 6.45am

Train to Skipton to meet Sheila Gordon at Skipton Castle for a 5 mile Lady Anne’s Way walk to celebrate the waymarking fo the long distance trail.  Bring a packed breakfast and possibly lunch.  Boots essential.  Return by train.  Please let us know you are coming.

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 3rd March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome  Boon Day – Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen

10am to 3pm.

Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome and Jubilee Park Trustees have been working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Wildlife Conservation Officer to improve the wildlife habitat and facilities at Jubilee Park which will be used for future events and activities.  A bit of a boon day, work and explore, everyone welcome including children.  Plenty of shelter if it rains.  Why not bring a picnic.


Monday 5th March –  Cumbria Wildlife Trust – `Morecambe Bay Underwater Safari’ – The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

2.30 – 4.30pm

Using his own photographs, Gordon Fletcher will give a talk exploring the lives of the surprisingly exotic creatures that live and thrive under the waters of Morecambe Bay.

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.


Tuesday 6th March – `Introduction to Email’ – 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 6th March – Valerie Kendall will be holding a Ward Surgery – Kirkby Stephen Local Links 

4.00pm to 6.00pm.  If you are unable to come along then please feel free to get in touch via email – [email protected] or telephone 017683 53159


Wednesday 7th March – 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 March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Greenriggs Circular

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am

Boots are essential for this walk via Tarn Lane to Greenriggs Farm crossing one stile.  Back via Croglam Lane.  Special views.  Optional refreshments 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]

Thursdays 8th & 22nd March – 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.


9th – 18th March – `Words by the Water’ – Festival of Words and Ideas – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Speakers include – Martin Bell, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Burk, Vince Cable, David Owen, Peter Snow and Terry Waite.

For more information visit www.wordsbythewater.org.uk or call 017687 74411

Saturdays 10th and 24th March – 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]


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

`Cartoonery: English Attitudes’

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 15th March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Nateby circular

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am

Boots are suggested as there is some uneven ground and possibly mud along the way.  We will decide the week before if we want an alternative refreshment stop.

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]

Friday 16th March – Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Murder on the Orient Express (12A)’ – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

The all-star remake of the Agatha Christie classic.

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 17th March 2018 – Applique from a Photograph – Appleby Heritage Centre

1/2 day workshop 9.30am – 12.30pm Tutor – Aston Gilbert Cost – £20.00 (+ £5 for materials)
Learn how to create applique textiles from photographs by hand stitching, embellishing and layering a variety of fabrics.  Call 017683 53350 for more information


Saturday 17th March 2018 – Thread Bowl Making – Appleby Heritage Centre

1/2 day workshop 1.00pm – 4.00pm Tutor – Aston Gilbert Cost – £20.00 (+ £4 for materials)
Explore the art of Thread Bowl Making in this crafty Saturday workshop, run by textile designer Aston Gilbert.  Call 017683 53350 for more information

Sunday 18th March 2018 – Remote Cinema – Breathe (12A) – Brough Memorial Hall

Celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.
After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live.  With help from his wife Diana and the ground breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin emerges fro hospital and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients.  An inspiring true story about not just surviving, but truly living.

Doors open: 2.30pm                                       Film starts: 3.00pm

Tickets on the door: Adults £5    Under 16’s: £3
Advance tickets: £4.50 – phone: 017683 41033
Home baked refreshments on sale during the interval.

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

The Mining & Use of Gypsum in the Eden Valley – Graham Brookes

Enquiries – to Chair Anne Taylor [email protected]

Tuesday 20th March – 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.

Tuesday 20th March – `Getting the Best Deal from Comparison Websites’ – 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.

Thursday 22nd March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Northern Viaduct Trust accessible walk

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am or NVT car park Stenkrith as preferred

English Tourism Week.  To celebrate English Tourism Week we are offering an accessible walk suitable for buggies and wheelchairs for all the family along the Northern Viaduct Trust route with options for starting and finishing as preferred.  This is a flat easy walk on gravel along an old railway with fantastic views, two spectacular viaducts and historical display points.  Optional refreshments after the walk 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 March – Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra – Kirkby Stephen Sports & Social Club

“Newcastle’s finest swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band” – f.Roots
“That’s one hot band right there!” – Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2
“Evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt” – Uncut

Starts 8.00pone m.  Tickets £10.00/£8.00. Visit website www.teapadorchestra.co.uk  For tickets call 017683 71885.

Wednesday 28th March – 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 29th March – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Tailbrigg

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am for car share.

We are off to the wilds of the Tailbrigg high fell above Nateby where with weather permitting there are spectacular views over the Eden and Mallerstang valleys.  Boots essential as there is some rough ground.  An alternative walk will be chosen if the weather is unsuitable.  Optional refreshments 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]

Saturday 31st March – `Where’s My Igloo Gone?’ a production by The Bone Ensemble and presented by Highlights Rural Touring – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Oolik is an ordinary girl who goes on an extraordinary journey…..
Sitting in her igloo, a drop of water falls on her head.  Then another!  Is her home melting?  Join Oolik as she sets out on her journey to find help.  On her way she meets some exciting friends – including you!  Journey into a dazzling arctic world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs and starry nights.  And the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle!  Travelling through snowstorms, across oceans and into our hearts, Oolik is not the kind of girl to give up on her quest….  With enchanting live music, it’s a fun magical experience for all the family, showing that when we work together, anything can happen.

Starts 2pm.  Tickets – Adults £8, under 18’s £6, family of four £24.  To book call Kate on 017683 71885

Saturday 31st March to 1st April 2018 – Classic Commercial Vehicle Easter Rally – various locations in and around Kirkby Stephen and Brough

Starts at 11.00 on Saturday and ends 18.00 on Sunday.  Entrance is free.  Charges for parking where applicable.

Classic Commercial Vehicles exhibited, a regular classic bus route between sites and from the station, market stalls, Saturday evening road run through the Westmorland Dales, entertainment for all the family.

For more information please visit our website www.encountereden.com


Saturday 31st March to 2nd April 2018 – Art Exhibition – The Masonic Hall, Kirkby Stephen

10am to 4pm each day.  Brough and Stainmore Art Group present their Art Exhibition.  Affordable originals, prints & cards.

Wednesday 28th March – `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]