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NEWS & REVIEWS

This page contains events run by Matterdale Community Association and  events that involve Matterdale residents but are run by other organisations.

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Easter Sunday - Matterdale Church

Easter Sunday morning - the sun shone and the cross was decorated with stunning daffodils and greenery.

Royal Riders - Bampton Circuit   24.03.24

A great farewell ride as Richard and Gina move on to explore new hills and cycleways.

Shanty Evening 7.3.24

We had a fantastic evening with Jonathan our "Shanty Man" with an additional surprise performance from local shanty group "Nobody's Friends" (it was a surprise to them too!)

We learnt the history of sea shanties, joined in rousing choruses (trying our hardest to sound more mariner and less Matterdale) and progressed to singing in parts and harmonising!!

A great evening and a particularly good turn out. Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

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Ullswater Breakfast Talk - Gordon Lightburn 03.02.24

What is in a place name? It would appear thousands of years of history, through which Gordon took us on a fascinating whistle stop tour. The hokey-cokey of a host of invaders created a soup pot of languages and place names that mingled to create the names we know today.

 

Ullswater Breakfast donated an amazing £210 to Gordon's chosen recipient, Andy Butcher. Every day Andy can be found feeding the swans in Glencoyne Bay come rain or shine, self-financing the floating duck and swan food.  And he's not just looking after the local wildlife he also does a daily litter pick in various bays around the lake. Thanks Andy.

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Outdoor Fitness aka "Bootcamp"
01.03.24

Nervous smiles from those bracing themselves for a good kicking!!

 

Steel Pans 26.02.24

Tonight, the steel pan group were busy practising their signature tune, Sloop John B.

If you would like to join the group, whether a total novice or an experienced musician please contact Peter Crofts for more information at peterchriscrofts@btinternet.com

There are 2 groups: Mondays 7-8pm or Wednesday 2-3pm (for anyone but especially beginners).

Glencoyne Bay Swim Group 23.02.24

Snow capped fells, lobster red limbs and running the shore to warm up post swim. What a way to start the week.

If you're interested in joining, the group meet on Mondays at 8am at Glencoyne Bay. Get in touch via the 'Contact' tab.

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Ullswater Breakfast Talk - Sam Beaumont 03.02.24

Ullswater Breakfast donated a staggering £248 to Sam's chosen charity, Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group,  following his superb presentation "Gowbarrow Farm - An Agroecological Partnership'. 

His passion for integrating farming and nature is something to behold. Weeds aren't weeds, they're plants with a purpose, mob grazing with longer rest periods increases plant species, dung beetles are truly exciting and soil ... soil is king.

 

Burns Night - 25.01.24

What a fantastic Burns Night!

A piper, haggis, neeps, tatties, cranachan, shortbread, tablet, whisky, speeches, the Big Yin (it's what Burns would have wanted), the Bald Mountain String Band and lots of dancing.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the night possible.

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 📸 Amy Bray, Simon Ball

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Ullswater Breakfast Talk - Amy Bray

Ullswater Breakfast donated £204 to Another Way following the excellent talk by Amy Bray. 

 

Amy said “Another Way is delighted to receive the generous donation of £204- we would like to thank everyone who attended and donated, and for all the insightful questions.

We rely on donations to help us carry out our work in helping support young changemakers and bring about positive climate action.

For anyone who missed the link during my talk, we have launched a Friends of Another Way scheme. This will be essential to helping us fulfil our mission and we would love to create a community who can support our work and campaign for positive change. Supporting us will help us to launch our Power of 10 scheme nationally to reach more young people. Anyone interested can find out more here https://www.another-way.org.uk/membership/

 

Thank you again.

Very best wishes for 2024

Amy and the Another Way team”.

'The Day After the Day After Xmas Quiz' -                                   27.12.23

Congratulations to 'The Hargreaves Dynasty', the winners of Emma and Helen's fantastic "The day after the day after Xmas quiz'.

The winning team lost their prize money on 'The Wheel of Misfortune' (I know, can you believe it?!!) but Ali Dixon, the new landlord of The Royal Hotel, kindly presented them with a bottle of Prosecco.

Huge thanks to Emma and Helen for writing the quiz, to Ali for providing the venue and to everyone who supported the event.

          'A Christmas Carol'  - 20.12.23

Just over a month ago Gordon mulled over producing a simple reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" - to bring the community together at Christmas.

A month on, the 'simple reading' had grown somewhat and the newly formed Ullswater Players hit the stage to a sell-out audience.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and in keeping with the message of the story all proceeds will go to the Penrith Salvation Army Foodbank.

Merry Christmas and ... "God bless us, every one"

Keep Fit - Outdoors    15.12.23

The last 'Keep Fit - Outdoors' (lovingly aka 'Bootcamp') of the year.

Thanks Debbie, for all you've done - who knew keeping fit could include so much laughter!

Classes restart Friday 12th January 2024, 12 o'clock in the beer garden of The Royal Hotel, Dockray. Come and join us.

Steel Pans  - 4.12.23

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!

If you would like to join the group, whether a total novice or an experienced musician please contact Peter Crofts for more information at peterchriscrofts@btinternet.com

There are 2 groups: Mondays 7-8pm or Wednesday 2-3pm (for anyone but especially beginners).

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Glencoyne Bay Swim Group  - 4.12.23

With lying snow, a water temperature of 8 degrees (3.5 by the stream) and an air temperature of 0.5, today's dip wasn't for the faint hearted.

Until sunrise gets a little earlier, we will be meeting at the later time of 8.30am if you wish to join us.

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Ullswater Breakfast Talk - 2.12.23

This month the speaker was the author of 'Thirlmere Before the Dam', Ian Hall.  Ian described the dramatic changes experienced by Reverend Basil Lawson and those of the Wythburn parish, a beautiful Lakeland Valley containing two lakes that met in the middle, spanned by three iconic bridges. Manchester Waterworks Committee bought up the farms and cottages and in 1894 the water began to rise and cottage by cottage, farm by farm, his parish sank below the expanding reservoir, as Thirlmere was born. 

Following a first class presentation by Ian donations totalling £123 were sent to to the Penrith Foodbank.

Keep Fit Outdoors  - 01.12.23

The sun was out and we were out in force today - enough of us for games and circuits.

 

Join us in the beer garden at The Royal, Dockray, Fridays 12-1 ( yes, I know what you're thinking but I mean for exercise!!) 

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Now on Instagram

We are now also on Instagram to help spread the word further and wider.

You'll find us at @matterdalemca

Keep Fit  - Outdoors 24.11.23

A crisp, bright morning - perfect for boxing on hedgehogs.  Using strength (?!), coordination (?!!) and balance (?!!!) - we nailed it.

 

If you would like more details about the Friday 12pm classes, in the beer garden at The Royal, please contact us.

Steel Pans  - 20.11.23

Deep concentration tonight as Peter worked us hard, practising some tricky tunes.

If you would like to join the group, whether a total novice or an experienced musician please contact Peter Crofts for more information at peterchriscrofts@btinternet.com

There are 2 groups: Mondays 7-8pm or Wednesday 2-3pm (for anyone but especially beginners).

Beetle Drive  - 19.11.23

Another night of frenzied fun at Brian's beetle drive, followed by some questionable creative attempts at potato sculpture!!

Congratulations to the winners and to the proud recipient of 'the gravy jug' and a huge thank you to Brian for organising the event.

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Winners of  The Big Quiz - 10.11.23

Congratulations to the winning team 'University Challenged'. Their supreme knowledge of Ovaltine meant they beat 'Bah! Humbug!' by one point. 

It was an excellent night with the £413 raised going to Tearfund.

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Keep Fit - Outdoors 10.11.23

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If you would like more details about the Friday 12pm classes, in the beer garden at The Royal, please contact us.

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New yoga classes with Amy Bray

Amy Bray will be running a dynamic vinyasa class, for all levels, every Tuesday at Sounds Studio, in Dacre, from 6 - 7.15pm.

 

With meditation and breath work, leaving you feeling strong and peaceful.

For more information please contact Amy on WhatsApp: 07398230824 or by email amythenatureyogi@gmail.com

Glencoyne Bay Swim Group 06.11.23

If you're wondering how cold the lake was this morning, I think the body language says it all!!

 

(Air temp 6 C and water temperature 10 C)

If you would like more details about the  Monday 8am swims please contact us.

Royal Riders 05.11.23 - Pooley Bridge Ride

From Dockray, down quiet back lanes to Pooley Bridge, with  coffee and cake at Verey Books. 

If you are interested in joining the Sunday morning rides please contact us.

Keep Fit - Outdoors 03.11.23

Only in Dockray - outdoor fitness for all!

 

Whatever your strengths or weaknesses, Debbie can adapt an exercise to make it right for you. 

 

If you would like more details about the Friday 12pm classes, in the beer garden at The Royal, please contact us.

Keep Fit - Outdoors 20.10.23

50mph winds were forecast and we still braved it - come rain, shine or storms. (But fortunately, I think Storm Babet missed us.)

If you would like more details about the Friday 12pm classes, in the beer garden at The Royal, please contact us.

Glencoyne Bay Swim Group 16.10.23

An overnight frost, vapour rising from the lake and stags bellowing on the fell - what a morning, what a swim!

 

(Air temp 2.5 C and water temperature 12 C)

If you would like more details about the  Monday 8am swims please contact us.

Royal Riders 15.10.23 - Threlkeld Ride

Beautiful, sunny, cold, clear morning for a social spin down to Threlkeld and back.

If you are interested in joining the Sunday morning rides please contact us.

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