Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Parish Council Agenda

Here is the Agenda for the next Parish Council Meeting on Monday 21st October at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Village Hall News

Welcome to the autumn update from the Natland and Oxenholme village hall team.

The hall continues to be the venue for many different activities, though there is a shifting pattern of usage with fewer long-established user groups, more new groups which we hope prove sustainable, and plenty of occasional bookings at the weekend - mainly for children's parties. Hire income has fallen since the local preschool ceased using the hall in 2018, but the running costs have also fallen and the hall currently remains on a sustainable footing.

After a lull over the summer period  the 'indoor' season has indeed started with various table tennis, badminton, indoor bowls and craft groups, WI, Monday Club, pilates, and fitness classes all available regularly.  And for children - table tennis on Monday, Brownies on Tuesday and dance classes each Saturday morning in term-time.

The summer lull also saw the re-decoration of the porch and entrance hall, so these are now lighter, brighter and more welcoming for visitors to the premises.  Improvements to the outdoor space also open up the possibility of sitting outside in the sunshine - weather permitting.

Next month sees the 20th Annual Craft Fair and Exhibition on Saturday 2nd November.  This event raises much appreciated funds for hall improvement works, and we hope that you and your friends will visit, do some early Christmas shopping with the many stallholders (including some participating for the first time), and enjoy refreshments and home-baked cakes. If you can help the team with this event please let us know - perhaps by donating home-made cakes or an interesting raffle prize, or greeting visitors and selling raffle tickets for an hour.  Please contact Ann Tilney  if you can help with a cake or serving refreshments on the day, Midge Fairhurst (01539 731727) or Sarah (07488 535251) for greeters.  Additional able-bodied help with setting up trestle tables on Friday evening or putting away at 4.30pm on Saturday, is always very welcome (contact Sarah).

Other groups are also holding fund-raising events at the hall: Natland and Oxenholme Table Tennis Club have their annual Quiz and Supper on Saturday 16th November;  Macmillan Support have another event planned for the afternoon of Saturday 23rd November  following on from their highly successful Vintage Afternoon Tea in August; and Oxenholme Village Residents Group are planning on a table-top sale.  So please come along and support these events also. 

If you would like to receive future village hall updates directly, why not join 'Friends of the Village Hall'? No ongoing commitment, no subscription!  (contact Midge or Sarah, details above).

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Monday Club Meeting

The Club will be meeting on 21st October at 2pm in the Village Hall to hear a talk given by Pat Murphy on Holehird Gardens. Refreshments will follow and the Bookstall will be open. 
New members will be welcome to join us.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

TV Licence Scam

A local person writes "I had two emails pretending to be from TV Licensing telling me they've been unable to process my direct debit for renewing the Licence and that I'll no longer be able to watch or will incur a hefty fine. I checked my real TV Licence online and the false one has these characteristics:
Sent by a person with a very foreign name.
Not originating from TV Licensing website, though it has a similar web address.
Shows the incorrect Licence Number.
Shows the incorrect expiry date.
The official website is tvlicensing.co.uk and carries a warning about scams such as these at the top of its page."

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

20th Annual Craft Fair and Exhibition

This year’s Craft Fair and Exhibition will take place on Saturday 2nd November in Natland and Oxenholme Village Hall from 10am to 4pm. The event raises funds for the Village Hall. A popular and important part of the day is the Exhibition of Craft in the small hall. This is a display of items made by local residents and loaned for the event. We would welcome more exhibits. To find out more about what is involved and to download a form, click here.
In the large hall there will be 23 stalls each selling different crafts made locally. Refreshments will be available all day and there will be a raffle.  Admission will be free this year.                               

September weather

Sept. average
Temperature at 8 a.m.
10.7° C
11.7° C
Minimum Temperature (Ave)
8.4° C
9.8° C
Maximum Temperature (Ave)
15.8° C
15.1° C
204 mm
128 mm
 Temperatures were fairly average for September . It was however very wet.
Although well above average, rainfall was still less than Sept. 2017 which was 223mm.    John Dobson

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Pro Nobis Singers Concert. Saturday 12th October

Continuing our 50th anniversary season, we are presenting a one hour recital here in St Mark’s Church on Saturday, 12 October. The programme is entitled ‘Times and Seasons’ and includes two new pieces. Composer and organist of Cartmel Priory, Adrian Self, has a written a sequence of four short pieces especially for us, all setting of poems by his wife Pam. He has called the sequence ‘Called Back to Paradise Again’ and each piece celebrates the joy of creation in one form or another.
The other main piece in the programme is my own dramatic cantata on words by Lucy Crispin, a member of the choir. This is entitled ‘The Song of the Silent Child’ and tells of the wanderings of a lonely child who appears to be remote in an ever-happy land where nothing disturbs the inhabitants, until one day when a storm arises and the silent child finds her place in society as she restores calm.  Also included in the programme will be four short pieces by Gerald Finzi, Zoltan Kodaly, Joseph Rheinberger and Peteris Vasks, all easy listening!
The concert will begin at 7.30 and entry is by programme (£10) available in advance from the Tourist Information Centre in Finkle Street. The cost of the programme includes a glass of wine /fruit juice after the concert.
Do come and join us and help us to celebrate this milestone anniversary if you are free.
Visit our website for further information: www.pronobis-singers.com
The brochure for 2019/20 is available here.
Clive Walkley
Conductor: Pro Nobis Singers

Natland Parish Council Meeting Minutes

The Parish Council met on the 23rd September and put the discussion about the proposed withdrawal of the 552 bus at the top of the agenda. Letters will be sent to all the councillors, Tim Farron and KADBUS objecting to the proposed withdrawal of this valuable service.
Click here for the full Minutes of the Meeting.
Our neighbourhood Police Constable PCSO Jenna Egglestone had emailed the Clerk to say that there was nothing significant to report at present but, as there has been an increase with house and vehicle break-ins in some of the villages around Kendal recently, residents are reminded to keep their valuables and vehicles secure.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Parish News for October

Plenty of things to do and to think about in the Parish News for October, available to download here.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

A Report of the September W.I. meeting

      President Marion Want introduced the Speaker, Philip Caine, to the meeting. He spoke about his life and career in catering, hotel, logistics and facilities management in UK, France, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Dubai and Baghdad. 
      At the recent Westmorland Show Natland and Oxenholme WI won first prize for a tin of 6 biscuits and also the cup for the most points in the preserves section.
      Click here for a full account of the meeting.
      Date of next meeting is Wednesday 16 October at 7.30 pm in Natland Village Hall when the speaker will be Margaret Lister ‘Our Colourful World’.