October Events

This Autumn at Lowther  Castle and Gardens............

The story of Lowther exhibition is now open.  The Story covers from 1150 to present day.  It's a visual and original production with a splash of humour, some stunning items and plenty of wit. From viking hogback tombs to the original Lowther Park imparkment seal (dating from 1283) through most of the family's unrivalled collection of silver, the exhibition includes many stunning items previously unseen.  These include the bracelet given by Kaiser Wilhelm II to Gracie Lonsdale when he visited in 1895. 

Day of the Dog - 1st October - Bring your dog for an organised walk at Lowther and at the same time support some wonderful charities in Nepal.  Every entrant is offered a glass of wine and a Buddhist prayer scarf.  Each dog receives a tika, a flower garland and a biscuit.  The recommended donation is £15 for one dog bringing two people - each extra dog or person in the group an extra £5.

Rotary Club Trail Run 8th October  - 10km (approx.) Trail Run - superb one lap course amid the wonderful scenery of Lowther Park, on grass, farm tracks and tarmac.  For ages 15 and over. Entry £11 in advance, £13 on the day.  Fun Run - an attractive 2 lap course on tracks and grass adjacent to Lowther Castle.  Entrants 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Entry fees £3.

Plant Up! 22nd October - an opportunity for any gardeners to come along and make your mark on the wonderful gardens at Lowther.  Volunteer planters will be given free access to the castle and gardens.  We need your green fingers to help with Plant Up.  To accompany this we are hosting a seasonal food and plant fair in the courtyard.  Judy Popley of Flower Power Fairs is bringing along a selection of plant stalls selling bulbs and seasonal garden goodies.  There will be chutney and cheese stalls alongside and in the garden, some seasonal chutney sports - including apple bobbing and pumpkin archery.

Half Term Horrors 21st to 29th October  - details to be confirmed

Halloween Friday 27th October - live bands and DJ, gourmet street food, woodland trail, spooky performers and activities, fully stocked bar and dance floor.  Suitable for all ages.  Tickets for this are likely to go quickly and will be released soon so please keep an eye on our website www.lowthercastle.org 


9th September to 10th December 2017 - An exhibition of paintings by David William Morris - The Ruskin Museum Coniston 

`Along the lane, across the dale.........'


Sunday 1st October - Westmorland Dales Heritage Workshop - `Small Scale Features in the Landscape' - Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

10.00am to 4.00pm

- Discover more about these man-made historical features
- Develop recording skills to carry out condition surveys of walls, traditional farm buildings and small scale historical features such as lime kilns, stone troughs, sheep folds, dew ponds and boundary markers.

If you would like to get involved contact David or Nicola on 01539 720788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk 

 
Monday 2nd October -  Cumbria Wildlife Trust - `Farming with Nature at RSPB Haweswater' - The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

2.30 - 4.30 pm

Lee Schofield, Site Manager, will talk about the RSPB's work to integrate improvements to wildlife and water quality with hill farming around Haweswater.  The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.

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: Mike Langley 017683 72173.  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 4th October 2017 - Repair Café - Kirkby Stephen Local Links

Do you have a toaster which doesn't toast?
A coat pocket with holes in it?
A mug with a broken handle?

Costs of repairs - a voluntary donation!  Teas, coffees and yummy cakes from Augill Castle also available.

If you're a whizz at fixing things and would like to get involved please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Organised by Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and Kirkby Stephen and Upper Eden Good Neighbours Scheme

Autumn repair café dates: Wed 6 Sept 2-4pm Wed 4 Oct 2-4pm Wed 1 Nov 2-4pm

 

Thursday 5th & 19th October - 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.


Wednesday 11th October 2017 - The Arts Society, Appleby in Westmorland - Appleby Market Hall

`Man and The Artic: Artists of Northern Norway'. The lecture is given by Dr Fenella Bazin RBV GRSM (Lond) DIP ED LRAM

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 11th October 2017 - Social Media Course for Businesses - Kirkby Stephen Community Centre

10.00 to 11.30 am

For more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-course-for-businesses-beginner-tickets-36994868648 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday 12th & 26th October - 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Friday 13th October- Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Moonlight (15)' - Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

A story of a lifetime

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


Saturdays  14th & 28th October - 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday 22nd October - Westmorland Dales Heritage Workshop - `Dry Stone Walls' - Great Asby Village Hall

10.00am to 4.00pm

- Discover more about these man-made historical features
- Develop recording skills to carry out condition surveys of walls, traditional farm buildings and small scale historical features such as lime kilns, stone troughs, sheep folds, dew ponds and boundary markers.

If you would like to get involved contact David or Nicola on 01539 720788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk 


October 2017 (date TBC) - Writing Workshop - for 10 weeks

9.30 am to 2pm on a weekday to be agreed.  £90 for 10 week course meeting fortnightly (no sessions in December).

Do you write (fiction, memoir, poems etc)?  Would you like guidance on how to develop your work? You would need to bring a new piece of writing each week, and read it out loud to the group, you will give and receive detailed feedback.

This is a workshop for adults who want constructive feedback from an experienced editor.  It will be a small closed group (5 participants, 1 tutor) meeting weekly in the comfortable surroundings of home, just outside Kirkby Stephen.

If you are interested contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. landline 017683 72970 or mobile 07724604755