There will be a short meeting at the village hall on Friday 2nd February between 6-7pm to discuss Brigsteer Open Gardens to be held on 15/16th June 2024 and seek support and commitment for the organisation and running of the event. This is our main fundraiser for the village hall, held every two years and this years focus will be on raising funds for solar panels on the hall. This is not just for gardeners. It requires the whole community to make this event successful. We will be seeking volunteers to help with:
Gardeners willing to showcase their garden
Design and preparation of posters
Signage of the event
Organising raffle prizes
Hosting tea shops
Car parking volunteers
So please come along to the hall on Friday 2nd February at 6pm where we will discuss the fundraiser and also have an opportunity to find out more about planned events e.g. Highlights. We welcome your input. I hope many of you will choose to join in.
If you can’t make the meeting please contact me if you have any suggestions and are able to help in any way to make BOG a whole village event: email@example.com
Tea shop will be back up & running at the end of this month so just getting organised with the cake rota.
If anyone would like to bake for Tea Shop pls message 07849 916167 with your preferred date.
Dates are as follows:
Touki (“journey” in the Wolof language) is a tour de force in multi-instrumental musical exultation, during which the musicians joyously switch between kora (West African harp), banjos, guitars, percussion and other instruments, deploying powerful beats, driving grooves, and silky voices that leap from East to West Africa and across to America.
The influences are many, and rather than remaining in any one tradition, the Touki – the musical voyage itself – is the destination.
Xanthe Gresham-Knight "Speaks like a woman spitting jewels!"
(Arts Council of England)
To really make it a Saturday night out, we're opening a bar for our StoryNights with a selection of wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and cake alongside the usual teas and coffees. All proceeds to go towards future Stealing Thunder projects and events, helping to bring world-class storytelling to Cumbria.
Bar will be open from 7pm this Saturday, we can't wait to see you.
(Please note, we sorry that due to Licensing Regulations we can no longer invite you to bring your own.)
We're back and we're delighted to be bringing you a whole season of fantastic storytelling from across the UK.
Saturday 14th October , 7.30pm
Brigsteer Village Hall, LA8 8AL
Coming up in October we have the fabulous duo of Josh and Malcolm Green, who brought us Gone Cuckoo, with their further explorations into the place where the heart meets nature:
A Twist in the Path
Join father and son Malcolm and Joshua on an imagined walk through a familiar land, where in opening our senses to the everyday we unearth the mythic. Where the trees, the stars, the birds and even our ancestors speak to us in the language of story and music, connecting the past to the present, along a twisted path to an uncertain
Made for adults, suitable for older children
Saturday 14th October , 7.30pm
Brigsteer Village Hall, LA8 8AL
£10 or £5 hardship
(cash or card on the door)
Coming up this season:
11th November - Xanthe Gresham-Knight
9th December - Chris Cook
13th January '24 - Phil Okwedy
10th February - Sally Pomme Clayton
9th March - Daniel Morden
Want to know more? contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the details of our next meeting
Our speakers are Ruth Dalton and Andrew Walter on Farming and wildlife at Whinpot Farm, Crook.
Wal and Ruth's Shetland cattle graze Brigsteer Bee Reserve to help the owners manage their land for biodiversity. They will tell us about their farm business and how they work with local landowners to manage habitats and produce high quality, pasture-fed beef.
This is the last of our Open Meetings for the year so bring along your friends (from 8p.m.)
Table Tennis is back for the autumn on Tuesday evenings at the hall! 1st session Tuesday 19th September from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
The next WI meeting will be on Wednesday 13th September in the Village Hall.
The speaker is Ian Gregg who will be telling us all about how the Greggs Bakery business started; its journey from a small Tyneside business to a major national retailer and will include its community and charitable activities.
This meeting is open to all from 8pm. £3 including refreshments.
Thank you to the 17 people and three others who attended or expressed an interest in getting Bowling again.
That number looks promising and indicates we can start this activity again.
DATES - meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7.30 pm. Indoor shoes and £3.00 per person. (No OAP concession!)
October 9th and 23rd.
November 13th and 27th.
December 11th and a week earlier on the 18th to avoid Christmas.
I will circulate reminders nearer the time as these aren't particularly memorable dates.
Looking forward to engaging in this fun, social and testing activity.
Some notices for your diaries
Tuesday 12th September: last boules session of the season at the village hall. Luigi’s hand-carved Trophy is up for grabs to retain for the winter. All welcome - bring your own refreshments. Start time 6.45.
Table Tennis Group:
Table tennis in the hall will restart on Tuesday 19th September from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and run every Tuesday through to December. All skill levels welcome. It’s good fun & good exercise. Equipment & soft drinks provided but feel free to bring your own bat.
Cost will be £2.50 pay as you go or a one-off payment of £25 for the season (14 weeks) cash preferred.
Tea shop will also be back again from September - held on the last Tuesday of the month as a drop in between 3.00pm & 4.30pm. Visitors & villagers alike are welcome and payment is by donation on the day.
We are hoping to invite Leah Dalby, physiotherapist, to our first session. Leah is raising money for The Mouth Cancer Foundation and she will offer hand massages during Tea Shop. Surplus proceeds from the session will be donated to Leah’s cause.
Shelley will be setting up a cake making rota again this season so please could any willing bakers out there confirm to Shelley directly (in person or message 07849916167) if they would like to bake for Tea Shop & which month they would prefer!
Thank you from the Tea Shop Team
That’s it - sorry it’s a long read this time!
Our Summer Sensational is all coming together nicely, so I’m really pleased to share the details with you now!
We know this will be popular so if you want to join us to see this great band, share a drink or two with neighbours, and enjoy a great evening, then please reserve your tickets asap, before it is promoted outside the village, in one of the following ways
Text or call Marion Cheeseborough or Ann Bryan
Just a reminder that Tea Shop is next Tuesday 30th May. It will be the last Tea Shop until the Autumn so pls drop by any time from 3.00pm onwards.
The Tea Shop Treasurer has been totting up and as a result of very generous donations at the Tea Shop sessions we have a surplus of funds. The Team have unanimously agreed that this should be passed on to a local charity and Manna House has been selected. Andrea from Manna House is looking forward to coming along to Tea Shop next week and receiving the cheque.
Hope to see you there
The Tea Shop Team.
The village hall AGM will take place on Monday 15th May at 7.30pm. We hope that you will join us. This is an important event: it gives us a chance to explain what we have done, what we plan to do and to take views on some of the challenges we face.
There will be light refreshments after the meeting to allow for informal follow-up.
1. Attendance and Apologies
2. Minutes of the previous meeting - 2022 (attached)
3. Report by the Trustees - 2022
4. Finance - Accounts for 2022 (attached)
5. Election of Trustees
6. Future Plans - the maintenance plan and sinking fund; the green agenda; events
7. Vote of thanks
8. AOB - non notified to date
We rotate our Trustees every three years to allow for new appointments. To date the only nominations we have are for the re-election of existing Trustees - we would welcome some new blood! We realise the commitment involved and would appreciate the help of anyone who would like to volunteer with a view to considering becoming a trustee in the future. Please think about it.
I look forward to seeing you on 15th May
Chair of Trustees
This follows-up the formal notification circulated on 12th April 2023
We have a fabulous Swing/gypsy jazz band coming to the hall next month and hope as many of you as possible will join us to make this a special night. It’s a BYO event, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.
Tickets can be purchased online at
Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
Or reserve to pay on the door by contacting me on:
Telephone 07771 737629 (text please)
Our next WI meeting is on Wednesday 10th May when our speaker for the evening is Tim Narey, who will be telling us all about The Eden Project North in Morecambe.
Tim was part of the original design team that created Eden in Cornwall in the 1990’s. He then left the UK to work overseas in Hongkong and has also worked in North America and the Middle East. He returned to join the Eden development team and is helping deliver the programme in Morecambe.
He will talk about the history of Eden Cornwall and how the Eden team and its partners are creating a second Eden in Morecambe and its unique visitor experience, design features and how it will contribute to Lancashire, Morecambe Bay and the North as a world-class visitor destination.
The meeting is open to all from 8pm - admission £3 including refreshments.
Prior to our speaker, members and any ladies who would like to join us, will enjoy a belated Coronation Toast as well as voting on this year's WI resolution - "clean rivers for people and wildlife". Please note this month's meeting starts at the earlier time of 7.15pm in the village hall. Call Sue or Liz on 07718 904082 or 07894 710014 for more information.
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