Friday, 28 April 2017

Annual Meeting of Natland Parish Council

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 18th May 

All Natlanders are cordially invited to their Annual Parish Meeting.

There is no particular theme or guest speaker this year, although a lot has been going on and there may be updates on some of them, such as Natland's Common Land and the Canal Towpath Trail.
There is also the usual opportunity to put forward motions for debate and resolution.
And you will hear from the District and County Councillors, Police, parish institutions (Parish Council, Schools, Village Hall, Church) and several other Natland-based groups about their activities and plans.

There will be a chance to chat over a glass of wine or juice at the end of the meeting.

From 7.30.

Natland and Oxenholme Village Hall, Natland.

Parish Magazine for May now available

Click here to find out about spring time goings on.

Planning application officially lodged by Oakmere Homes

The controversial application to build 55 houses on the east side of Longmeadow Lane has now been put before South Lakeland District Council for their consideration. Click here to find out how you can comment.

Young at Heart Group Meetings

Natland Young at Heart Social Group for older residents
will next meet on Monday 8th May at the Village hall
from 1.45-3.45pm. Come along and join us for an afternoon
of tea, chat and company.

Lunch Club. We have a few spaces left at St Mark’s Primary School for lunch on
Thursday 25th May at 1.30 pm. Be waited on by the children and enjoy a delicious meal
for £2.50. Places are limited, so to book or cancel a place, please ring the Age UK
helpline on 01539 728180 by 18th May. This event is in partnership with St Mark’s Church
and St Mark’s School.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Village Hall AGM | Monday 8 May

All interested residents of Natland and Oxenholme are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall on Monday 8 May at 7pm in the village hall.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Coffee Morning in Church Vestry

There will be a Vestry Coffee Morning in St. Mark's Church on Thursday the 27th April from 10.30 to 12 noon.

Everyone is warmly welcome.
Coffee/Tea and homemade biscuits - £1.50. There will be a stall of plants and other goods and a raffle. Proceeds will go towards church funds.

Thank you to everyone who came. £109 was raised.

Information about James Bowman

Last year, I found George Wenman’s account of his life at Natland Home for Waifs and Strays on your website.

Oh, how I wish I had been able to contact George Wenman - he must have known my brother James Bowman while James was living at Natland.

This is probably also a very accurate outline of the kind of life that James experienced while he lived in Natland. It bears a surprisingly close resemblance to my own experiences in St Hughes Home for Boys in Lincoln, from 1940 until 1946.

James stayed at Natland from 1942 until 1953, when he was 15 years old. He was sent to work on farms in Yorkshire.

The home in Natland was closed in 1994. If anyone would like more info please contact me.

Bill Bowman (born in Penrith in 1935)

William Bowman |

Friday, 21 April 2017

Report on the last Natland and Oxenholme W.I. Meeting

President Kirsten Cannon welcomed 35 members and 5 guests to the monthly meeting.

4 members had recently attended a lunch and a very entertaining talk at The Villa by Paul Laidlaw, the television antique expert.

President Kirsten expressed her thanks to all who had helped make the Fashion Show on 17 March such a success, particular thanks to the models and those providing refreshments and to Caroline from Kitty Brown at Carnforth.  She had received many positive comments about the event which had raised £661.

President Kirsten then welcomed our speaker Sue Allen who works for The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.  Sue gave an illustrated talk on Dorothy Wordsworth the beloved sister of the famous poet William.  Dorothy was an extraordinary woman who was an accomplished writer in her own right.  Her surviving notebooks including the ‘Grasmere Journal’ are on display in The Jerwood Centre at Grasmere.  Joan Ratcliffe gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for A favourite poem was won by Lauren Harkness with Joan Ratcliffe in second place who read out their poems to the members.

The monthly raffle was won by Marlene Williamson.

Date of next meeting is May 17th at 7.15p.m. in Natland Village Hall when the guest speaker Sarah Brown will speak on ‘St John’s Hospice’.

This Saturday - The Music of John Denver for one night only in Natland

After a two year gap, Saturday 22nd April sees the reappearance in Natland of Chris Bannister performing the songs of John Denver. Chris has performed all over the UK and in the USA.  He will be performing at St. Mark's Church when he comes to Natland. Starts at 7.30.

Tickets from Natland Post Office or

Here are just some quotes about his performances 
‘I love the way Chris captures the true spirit of John’s songs, yet delivers them in his own powerful, well-honed style.’
Steve Weisberg
(John Denver’s guitarist 1972-78).    

‘When Chris sings it’s almost like John is back with us again.’

Peter Plantec, Snowmass, Colorado
Friend of John’s for over 20 years

Thanks Everyone. It was a lovely evening. Chris was able to sing without amplification because of the superb acoustics of the church. Over £1,000 was raised towards the running costs of the church.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Natland Parish Council - Agenda

The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting on the 1st May is available by clicking here.