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Church Parishes of Drigg, Eskdale, Irton, Muncaster and Waberthwaite

Drigg

St Peter's Church, Drigg

Location:

Drigg Parish church stands in an elevated position in the centre of the village, 100 yards from the Community Centre.

Description:

Local sandstone built church dating from the buildings consecration in July 1850, under a Burlington blue/grey slate roof.
The steeply sloped timber roof structure covers the main church. The side aisle is covered with a lean to structure with exposed timbers.
Family friendly worship.

Services:

Holy Communion on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month at 11am.
Family Service on the 4th Sunday of the month at 11am.


St Peter's, Drigg

Parish News and Events

Drigg Parish Church
Summer is here at last and there are positive signs that from 21st June we could enjoy greater freedom, a better quality of life & social groups will be able meet up again!


This Summer, some of our local clergy & worship leaders will be taking a well-deserved break so starting this month there's a different pattern to our Sunday services.

Drigg Rota for Services in June:

Readers Flowers





  1. Sun 6th    11 am:  Family Communion  M Deane, J Longton Mrs D Osborn
  2. Sun 13th 9.30am: Family Service.        H Harrison Mrs E Mounsey
  3. Sun 20th 9.30am: Family Communion A Millington, E Brooks "
  4. Sun 27th  11am:  Morning Prayer       M Deane, J Longton


    Holy Communion is also celebrated at Drigg on Wednesdays at 10.30am

    Following the Sunday and Wednesday services, the Church is open until 4.30pm for private prayer.

    During the interregnum, for any enquiries about arranging a Baptism, Marriage or Funeral service, please visit the Drigg page on 'A Church near You' website, or contact the Warden, Adrienne: Phone on 019467 24272 email: ahmillin~on@hotmail.co.uk
    Tuesday Chat
    Since the March 2020 lockdown, we've kept in touch by phone, doorstep deliveries with a socially distanced brief chat but it's been a very long time since our friends at Tuesday Chat have been able to get together! We have all missed these social afternoons and the chance to catch up with friends and meet neighbours over a cuppa and cake! Hopefully, if the restrictions are lifted as expected on June 21 st, we'll be able to confirm a date to re­start Tuesday Chat meetings.

    Adrienne
    Subscriptions: Thank you to everyone who paid their subscription in May. Please give any outstanding subscriptions to your usual collector. Cheques payable to 'Drigg Church PCC' or if you wish to make a Bacs payment, please email for the bank details: ahmillin~on@hotmail.co.uk

    Welcome to our new members who joined in May





Eskdale - St Catherine's

St Catherine's Church, Eskdale

Location:

Near Boot, in Eskdale

Description:

Under the hills next to the River Esk and far from other houses and homes lies Saint Catherine's. There has been a place of worship in this place since a seventh century hermit sat by his well and offered Holy Water, Prayer and Healing to all who sought him.

Services:

• 1st Sunday:11am Eucharist

• 2nd Sunday:11am Eucharist

St Catherine's, Boot

Parish News and Events

Seat Reservation for Attendance at services at St Bega's and St Catherines
We are observing strict Social distancing in our churches and seating may therefore be limited.
Please contact Tony Fox Tel:019467 23214 or email:longrigg2033@yahoo.co.uk before the service date
to reserve seats.
Please leave full contact details including Name, Contact Tel. number and the number of places that you like to reserve.
If you are trying to reserve more than one place, please state whether you are all in the same 'bubble' as this enables space to be used more efficiently.
Thank you and Welcome!


April update Eskdale
Our church buildings were finally able to open again for worship on Palm Sunday, 28th March, with the control measures in place as specified by our risk assessments. It's been lovely to be back in church and actually see real people rather than peering at them on a screen! Since Gill Hart's retirement there are a team of people covering all the services across the whole Mission Community (that's our Benefice from Whicham to Eskdale, plus the next door Seatallan Benefice which covers Gosforth, Seascale, Wasdale, Calder Bridge and Beckermet). Details as to the Eskdale services are on the South Calder Mission Community website, see http:// southcalder.org , or see the Eskdale Valley Community Facebook page where I normally post about services each week. It would be lovely to see you!
Before services restarted, I was going into St Catherine's each Sunday morning on my own to say Morning Prayer and was happy to take any prayer requests that people had. That still stands: if anyone would like prayers said for any reason, please contact either me or Charles Browne. Contact us either via Facebook messenger, or email me jackieoakes58@gmail.com. All requests are treated confidentially.
Finally, I wanted once again to pass on thanks for your amazing generosity towards the Foodbank. We started the weekly collection point when the first lockdown began last March, and since then, a car boot full of food has been donated every single week except for the few times the foodbank in Egremont was shut. We have been directly supporting a couple of local families, and sending any surplus to the Foodbank hub at Egremont. The families and the Foodbank staff have all asked for their thanks to be passed on. A reminder that food donations can be left in the boxes at St Bega's church porch for collection each Friday lunchtime, and there is also a donation tin at the shop for anyone who wants to give a cash donation instead. Our grateful thanks to all involved.
Many thanks


Irton

St Paul's Church, Irton

Location:

Between Holmrook (on A595) and Santon

Description:

The Celtic Cross amidst the other grave stones in the churchyard bears witness to this being a meeting place for Christians in the ninth century, probably earlier.
The present, rather grand Victorian, Church (a Grade II* listed building) has recently had extensive renovation
Website:
http://www.eskdalebenefice.org.uk

Services:

2nd Sunday:
9.30 am Eucharist

4th Sunday:
11.00 am Eucharist

St Paul's, Irton

Parish News and Events

St Paul's Church

The plants are putting up new shoots for Spring all around us, we feel much the same at St Paul's! Our Stewardship renewals were encouraging, thank you for giving us the support to move forward, Church attendances have held up and we having a fresh look at ideas for welcoming more visitors to the church.to share our special features.
We hope those in the benefice will join us for the service on May 30th 11 am. The church was so beautifully decorated for Easter but we find that some lovely containers have been left behind, they are in the porch ready to be claimed!

June13thJune27thJuly 11th
AltarLouise StewartSally SteeleJanet Jennings
SidesmanSally SteeleCaroline MarsdenLouise Stewart
ReaderJanet JenningsLouise StewartChris Ventiroso

Jill Korwin Granford Rona DanielsLesley Evans
FlowersPhizaclea Family
Rona Daniels
CleaningJanet Jennings
Lesley Evans
Santon Bridge village hall now open!
The village hall is now open and operating under the guidelines in the government road map out of lockdown. Please contact us for in­formation about bookings, relevant operating procedures, terms and conditions and risk assessments (info

New Meeting to be arranged - please watch this space

Muncaster

St Michael's Church, Muncaster

Location:
The church is some distance south of Ravenglass village. Use the southern (or coach) entrance to Muncaster Castle (SatNav CA18 1RJ) just off the A595

Description:

The village of Ravenglass, dating back tot he Roman occupation of Britain (AD43 to c.AD410) and the largest centre of population on the Eskdale Benefice, is unusual in that the church, dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels, is some distance away surrounded by the gardens of Muncaster Castle. This reflects its close links with the Pennington family who have been at Muncaster since at least 1208. Before that, the monks of Furness Abbey had recognised that on this great Fell they could safely live and graze their sheep.
The current church dates from sometime in the 12th century although the site had been of religious significance to the local community probably from pre-Christian times. An Anglo-Norse preaching cross in the churchyard dates from around 950AD and an ancient burial mound is also present.

The church is Grade 1 listed, having been reworked in the 16th century. There have been later additions and alterations, including a restoration and the addition of a north transept in 1874 by Anthony Salvin. Further repairs and a renovation were carried out for the 2000 Millennium with the aid of a substantial English Heritage grant. In the north transept is an interesting Forster and Andrews organ. The church has particularly fine stained glass windows in the arts and Crafts style and the Madonna and Child in the vestry is possibly by William Morris himself.
Two thirds of the churchyard is now closed and maintained by Copeland Borough Council. In the open section of the churchyard, spaces remain available for burials and there is a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes.


Services:

1st Sunday: 11.00am Eucharist

3rd Sunday: 11.00am Eucharist

St Michael's, Muncaster

Parish News and Events

Muncaster Parish Hall
The Parish Hall at Ravenglass will be available for bookings from 17 May, subject to the Covid secure arrangements adopted last summer being required for the immediate future. Whenever the national guidelines for England change after 21 June, operating arrangements will be adjusted to enable the widest spread of activities to take place once again comfortably and safely.
The Antiques Fairs will resume at the current Spring and August Bank Holidays. The Parish Council will return from June to live meetings as advertised most months on the traditional second Tuesdays. A programme of films is projected for the autumn, once again with subtitles to aid accessibility and providing an opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours in the interval. We will take advantage of the subsidised live music and theatre promoted by Arts Out West and local artists.
However what else can happen is up to you, either to suggest ideas or support them. Lots of things have happened in the hall in the past, bringing people together to keep fit or feast. The last year has introduced us all to digital ways of working and being entertained, stretching our horizons beyond imagination. It has also brought home the limits of a social restricted world.
Residents of Ravenglass should expect a questionnaire. We know our events have also been supported in the past by people from the wider district, indeed that is the only way the costs have been covered. There will be opportunity for others to download and return their responses.
The Management Committee welcome Edna Parr as a new trustee alongside a representative of Muncaster Parish Council. The Committee currently has space for further trustees, and any resident of Muncaster and the adjoining parishes wishing to fill a casual vacancy or taste the water should contact the Secretary Sarah Bell -sjbwingrove(@gmail.com- or attend the AGM. The 2020-21 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Hall at 7-30pm on Tuesday 5 July and everyone is invited to be there.
For more years than we care to remember, Tony Conroy has been a stalwart behind the scenes supporting his late wife Pam on the committee and more recently as the treasurer of the Charity and the fund raising 200 Club. Quite apart from handling the funds and balancing the books, he, Gill Howe and Ian Bell have excelled at getting the small monthly or modest annual subscriptions out of well-wishers - before distributing the prize money! Our thanks are due to them all.
Peter van Zeller


Frederick Gilbert {Gil) Wilson has died two days short of hi1J 102nd birthday. He was born 10th May, 1919, the eldest of Adeline and Jack Wilson's seven children. The family farmed at Home Fann, Grizedal for many years.
Aged 19, Gil went into the army and in 1942 joined the Parachute Regimen
where he learned skills that would last him for the rest of his life
After the War, at the wedding of his brother Kenneth, Gil was introduced t and fell in love with Joan, the sister of Kenneth's bride, Betty. Gil and Joan were married in February 1948 and subsequently brought up their 3 children (Elizabeth, John & Sally) at Middle Dale Park Fann near Satterthwaite. They continued farming until 1967 when they moved to the Isle of Wight where they ran a busy guest house for 20 years. They retired to Croftlands Drive in Ravenglass in the late 80's. Gil was widowed in 1997. He proved to be a very competent cook, carefully maintaining his home and enjoying his hobbies of carpentry, gardening and 'car boot sales'. Thrifty and practical he enjoyed finding bargain vintage tools and then tenderly restoring them to usefulness.
Throughout Gil's life he benefitted from the personal and practical skills he had acquired during his years in the Parachute Regiment. He was, as a close friend once said, 'The man you'd want with you should you ever be stuck on a desert island'. He was very resilient, disciplined, versatile and self-reliant and only submitted to accepting nursing home care in his 100th year.
His 101 st birthday was 'celebrated' in hospital with Covid, at the height of the first save. But he fully recovered, and from there he was moved to Risedale at Lonsdale Nursing Home in Barrow, where he could bask in comfort in the hands of a highly professional team of the kindest carers who took the time to listen to Gil and hear his life story and join in with his banter and lively sense of humour. The care and kindness at Risedale gave this 'old soldier' a quality of life that has been very much appreciated. Gil passed away peacefully on Saturday 8th May, 2021 in the company of family members and all the staff who had taken care of him over the period of his stay.
A much loved man, Gil is survived by his 3 children, five grandchildren: Matthew, John­Mark, Karen, Antonia & Edward and four great-grandchildren: Adam, Maisie, Zach & Isabella.
The funeral will be held at midday on Friday 21st May, 2021 at the Trevelyan Chapel, Little & Caine, Funeral Directors, Barrow-in-Furness.

Waberthwaite

St John's Church, Waberthwaite

Location:

In a farm yard one mile off the A595


Description:

Waberthwaite Church is remarkable in location and in simplicity. Its history has been understated for many years, but recent research is starting to reveal its significance. - it has sat by the estuary of the River Esk for over a thousand years. It is a simple barn shaped building with box pews and a graveyard that is at its best in Spring!


Services:

• 1st Sunday: 9.30 am Eucharist

• 3rd Sunday: 9.30 am Eucharist

St John's, Waberthwaite

Parish News and Events

Waberthwaite


Waberthwaite Garden Party
Thank you to all who supported the Garden Open Day over the Bank Holiday Weekend - a special mention to three intrepid gardeners who turned up in torrential rain on Monday. We raised £807 which is a wonderful amount. It will go towards the various surveys and professional advice we are needing at the moment.
To catch up with our progress look St Johns Heritage Project up on Facebook or St John's Church on www.achurchnearyou.com. We have started to upload videos explaining what is happening. A consequence of all this is that my technical skills are improving rapidly. Catherine





Eskdale - St Bega's

St Bega's Church, Eskdale

Location:

Eskdale Green: in the centre of the village, on the right as you go east up the valley


Description:


Built as a school and Chapel of Ease and taken over as a church in 1997 the building is well used and in fact now incorporates the village Post Office.

Its significance is defined by its value to the local community; not just as a place of worship but for many other functions. The terracotta font comes from an earlier church.
It houses a Post Office for the village.

Services:

• 3rd Sunday: 9.30am :- Morning Prayer

• 4th Sunday: 9.30am :- Family Communion

St Bega's, Eskdale

Parish News and Events

Seat Reservation for Attendance at services at St Bega's and St Catherines
We are observing strict Social distancing in our churches and seating may therefore be limited.
Please contact Tony Fox Tel:019467 23214 or email:longrigg2033@yahoo.co.uk before the service date
to reserve seats.
Please leave full contact details including Name, Contact Tel. number and the number of places that you like to reserve.
If you are trying to reserve more than one place, please state whether you are all in the same 'bubble' as this enables space to be used more efficiently.
Thank you and Welcome!


April update Eskdale
Our church buildings were finally able to open again for worship on Palm Sunday, 28th March, with the control measures in place as specified by our risk assessments. It's been lovely to be back in church and actually see real people rather than peering at them on a screen! Since Gill Hart's retirement there are a team of people covering all the services across the whole Mission Community (that's our Benefice from Whicham to Eskdale, plus the next door Seatallan Benefice which covers Gosforth, Seascale, Wasdale, Calder Bridge and Beckermet). Details as to the Eskdale services are on the South Calder Mission Community website, see http:// southcalder.org , or see the Eskdale Valley Community Facebook page where I normally post about services each week. It would be lovely to see you!
Before services restarted, I was going into St Catherine's each Sunday morning on my own to say Morning Prayer and was happy to take any prayer requests that people had. That still stands: if anyone would like prayers said for any reason, please contact either me or Charles Browne. Contact us either via Facebook messenger, or email me jackieoakes58@gmail.com. All requests are treated confidentially.
Finally, I wanted once again to pass on thanks for your amazing generosity towards the Foodbank. We started the weekly collection point when the first lockdown began last March, and since then, a car boot full of food has been donated every single week except for the few times the foodbank in Egremont was shut. We have been directly supporting a couple of local families, and sending any surplus to the Foodbank hub at Egremont. The families and the Foodbank staff have all asked for their thanks to be passed on. A reminder that food donations can be left in the boxes at St Bega's church porch for collection each Friday lunchtime, and there is also a donation tin at the shop for anyone who wants to give a cash donation instead. Our grateful thanks to all involved.
Many thanks