Friday, 20 May 2022

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebrations

 A growing number of people have been meeting to plan some Jubilee weekend events for the whole community.

Ideas so far:

Thursday 2nd - 5th June A Jubilee Exhibition in church. Artefacts and garden flowers. 

As part of the Jubilee Commemorations there will be a small exhibition in Church for the four days of the celebrations from 2nd June to 5th June. The exhibition will highlight many of the events that most of us remember from the last 70 years.

To illustrate some of these events it would be extremely helpful to add to the exhibition appropriate artefacts. While not exclusive these artefacts might include pottery given to acknowledge anniversaries in the Queen’s reign, magazines highlighting Royal events, photographs of special events of the last 70 years including ones which are part of your family history.

Any photographs loaned will be copied so the originals are not on display. The exhibition will be secure so any items loaned will be well looked after. If you can help please contact John Chandler <>            Thank you.

We are planning to decorate the Church with simple posies of garden flowers over the Jubilee Bank Holiday to complement the exhibition in Church. Any offers of garden flowers to make this possible would be greatly appreciated.

Flowers could be left in the porch on Tuesday 31st or Wednesday 1st June. Any queries please contact Jenny on 015395 60512.

Thank you.

Thursday 2nd - 5th June Village Walk Around. We are asking you to decorate the front of your house or your garden on a Jubilee theme. As simple as red, white and blue bunting but you could be more ambitious!

Friday 3rd June from 2 - 4pm. ‘Tea & Cake’ on the Village Green with Kendal Concert Band swing band playing, a royal cake stall, tombola, raffle and royal crown competition

As part of the Jubilee Commemorations there will be an event on the Village Green (or in the Village Hall if raining). There will be lots of cake, plenty of cups of tea and juice, and the opportunity to listen to a swing band playing. In addition there will be a red, white and blue tombola and raffle as well as a cake stall on a royal theme. 

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly we are asking that you bring your own cup or mug for your drink. We’ll charge for the first drink and piece of cake after which there will be a free refill of your drink and the opportunity to buy further cake.

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly we are asking that you bring your own cup or mug for your drink. We’ll charge for the first drink and piece of cake after which there will be a free refill of your drink and the opportunity to buy further  We need your help: Can you offer to bake something, give it a royal name and bring it along on the day?

Make a crown for the Royal Crown Competition. During the afternoon there will also be a Royal Crown Competition for all ages. Please use recycled products to make your crown. The design is up to you. All ages can take part. Wear your crown at the Tea Party. There will be prizes for the winners. Judging will take place at 3.30pm.

Sunday 5th June at 10am A Celebration Service in church. Would you like to take part in this service? Perhaps reading a reading or a prayer? By suggesting a hymn. Please let Angela know. or 015395 60355

Sunday 5th June from 12 noon - 2pm ‘The Big Picnic’. A community picnic, with games and activities for all ages, on St Mark’s CE School field and playground. If it’s raining we’ll move to the Village Hall for indoor celebrations. Bring your own food and drink for this occasion and picnic rug (though tables and chairs will be available).If you like organising games (or have some ideas for activities) please let us know as soon as possible!

Any offers of help are welcome and other ideas too.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Steam train heading north on Saturday.

 On Saturday 21st  May a steam train from the Carnforth pool will be northbound Oxenholme 11:41.

Pat Williams


Natland and Oxenholme Women’s Institute discussed business matters and then went on to have a very good time with card and board games at their May meeting.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

It’s Christian Aid Week!

Christian Aid envelopes will be delivered to homes all over the Parish this week. Please, if you would like to donate to help people world wide to combat poverty, consider donating to this charity. To find out about the sorts of projects and people they help, or to donate online, click on this link. 

Your filled envelope can be delivered to The Vicarage, to David Willan’s Foodhall, or to 1 Oxenholme Road in Kendal at any time. Or you could bring it to the Coffee Morning and enjoy a free coffee! 

Join us for a  Coffee Morning to raise funds for Christian Aid in St. Mark’s Church on Thursday May the 19th at 10.30.

Thank you to everybody who came along to the coffee morning. £602.50 was raised, so thank you to all you generous customers and donors.

Elspeth Jayne.

Monday, 2 May 2022

The Weather in Natland in April

Natland Weather Statistics                               April 2022        April Average

                                                                                     c                        c

Temperature at 8am                                                  7.0                     6.5

Average minimum temperature                                 5.3                     4.5

       "       maximum         "                                         13.0                  12.3

Rainfall                                                                      51mm                  63mm

     "                                                                              2 ins                    2.5ins

April temperatures were average with some warm days in the middle of the month.

Rainfall was low which is normal for April. The wettest day was 30th which was after a dry spell of 12 days. 

John Dobson.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

No Mow May

Sarah Roberts draws our attention to this initiative to try and rescue some of the wildflowers and wildlife which have been disappearing over the last few decades.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Natland and Oxenholme Village Hall; booking opportunities.

 Charges (from 1st August 2018)

• Standard hourly rates, including use of the kitchen for preparing refreshments:

Large hall


Small hall


Both halls


• Discount of 25% on total hourly charges applies for multiple bookings (4 or more sessions).

• Special sessional rates for community or charity fundraising events, giving exclusive use of the premises for up to 8 hours, £65 (£45 for local causes).

• Specialist or other activity outside the above, on application to the Booking Secretary.



For enquiries and bookings contact the Bookings Secretary (Sarah Roberts)



• Currently there is availability on a regular basis in both large and small halls each weekday morning and Thursday & Friday afternoons.  In addition the large hall is available from 7pm on Thursdays, the small hall on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday afternoons and 3 evenings per month on both Monday & Tuesday evenings.  

From September until April, regular activity groups currently make substantial weekday use of the premises during other afternoons and evenings.  So from April until August there is additional scope for weekday bookings.

• On Saturday afternoons and on Sundays the hall is available for hire to community groups or for private functions.

W.I. News.

 Natland and Oxenholme WI enjoyed a morning walk from Hawes Bridge to Sedgwick along the west side of the river admiring the bluebells. The return journey via Larkrigg wood involved a detour due to some very frisky bullocks !!

Friday, 22 April 2022

St. Mark’s Church Parish News for May

 The Parish News has a spring theme, with news of a Walk and Talk event (3rd May, 10.30), the setting up of an Eco Church (18th May, 7.30), and the annual Christian Aid Week door to door delivery of envelopes and Coffee Morning (Thursday the 19th May, 10.30). 

There is also advance notice of all the things that are planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the start of June. 

Click on this link for all the details.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Agenda for the Natland Parish Council Meeting

 Here is the Agenda for the last Natland Parish Council Meeting before the local elections. It’s on the 25th April in the Village Hall at 7pm.