Take The Church Tower Challenge for The Church Organ Restoration Project

the church organ is in need of restoration.

The aim is to raise £40,000 for the church organ restoration fund.

Have you ever wanted to abseil down a church tower? Well, this summer you can! By taking The Church Tower Challenge on 30th June and 1st July you can abseil down one of the finest church towers in the UK! Often described as a miniature cathedral, St.Lawrence’s Church in Crosby Ravensworth is known for its fine architecture, stained glass and interesting carvings. This is also a rare opportunity to look out over the Lyvennet valley at height.

Above all though, you can raise funds in aid of St.Lawrence’s  organ restoration fund while abseiling down the front of the tower! You can either get yourself sponsored or you can just pay £10 a go.

In addition, there’s an open gardens event in the village of Crosby ravensworth on July 1st and there’ll be refreshments at the village hall.

Humourous cartoon advertising the Church Tower challenge 2018


All text and images by Charles Paxton, he received no payment for this article.

News from The Butchers Arms Community Pub

Here’s some news from The Butchers Arms Community Pub in Crosby Ravensworth

The Butcher's Arms

The new chef at The Butcher’s Arms has creative flair and has prepared meals for celebrities. C.Paxton photo and copyright

Reblogged from https://lyvennetcommunitypub.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/butchers-arms-update-2016-05-12/
Posted on 13/05/2016 by lvcpnews

Excellent new tenant landlords Stephen and Carrie are now serving at The Butchers Arms. All food is freshly cooked and the specials board changes regularly. There is a range of dishes to suit all tastes.

There is a position of a Commis Chef available so please contact Steve or Carrie if you are interested or know of someone who may be. Call 01931-715500

The bank holiday has been very busy with sales of nearly 600 drink sales on Saturday alone and numerous meals.

The Butchers Arms AGM is Saturday the 2nd July at 5pm.

There will be a hot buffet & vegetarian option also, this will be served at 7pm.

Please book direct with Carrie 01931-715500, Email is butchersarms.cumbria@gmail.com


  • The Butchers Arms walking group, has with the light nights, started meeting for its fortnightly Wednesday night walk followed by supper in the pub. For further information or to join the mailing list please contact me at at kitty.s65@btinternet.com
  • The Lyvennet Activity Group is coordinated by Joan Raine with support from other committee members. Joan has been successfully running a lunch club on the first Thursday in every Month. Anyone wishing to join the lunch club please contact Joan direct for more information on 01931-715351

Lyvennet Activity Group has run various fund raising events too, which has raised thousands of pounds for different charities. The last event in April raised £1,350 for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

The Charity music fest with live music and a hog roast is on Saturday the 13th August from 1pm. It is in the same field as last year, just up from the pub. It was well supported last year and raised £2,180 for 3 charities. I am trying to raise sponsorship to help cover costs. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact me directly at kitty.s65@btinternet.com

Anais, a French student, will be working at the Butchers Arms for a week in June and July to help improve her English language. It will be a good experience for her.


Secretary, Lyvennet Community Pub.


FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014
Eden Rivers Trust and the
Salmon & Trout Association
(Cumbria Branch)

invite you to a



Children under 12 free
(all proceeds to Eden Rivers Trust and Salmon and Trout Association)

                                                                                                                 6.00pm ONWARDS

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

Tickets available in advance from Eden Rivers Trust
(cheques payable to Eden Rivers Trust)

Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH
Tel. 01768 866788 email: office@EdenRT.org

The Trustees of the Eden Rivers Trust

Registered Charity Number 1123285

‘Music for a Summer Evening’, 17th May at 4.30pm, Phoenix Strings at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute, site of a Big Breakfast event

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute


The Phoenix String Orchestra

‘Music for a Summer Evening’


Saturday, 17th May

at 4.30pm


Tickets in advance:  £10-00; £5-00 for 5-11 year olds

Please ring Jane Owen:  01931 715 570

Alex Barbour:  01931 716 001


Proceeds will go to St. Lawence Church and Crosby Ravensworth and Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.


Pimms, soft drinks and nibbles are included in the ticket price and will be available during the interval.


Phoenix Strings was established on the Fylde coast in 2007, they will play light classical music and popular favourites.The Orchestra is proud to support charities, local initiatives and good causes.  John Foster,musical director and conductor, is known both as a performer and teacher throughout Britain and the USA.


For more information:  www. phoenixstrings.com

Eden District Council’s Chairman’s Carol Service at St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew's Church, Penrith

St. Andrew’s Church, Penrith

The Eden District Council’s Chairman’s Carol Service this evening at St. Andrew’s Church Penrith was led by Reverend David Sargent and held in Aid of Councillor John Thompson’s chosen charity, Eden Carers, a valuable support organisation for the many people, of various ages and circumstances, young through to elderly who are caring for someone.

The beautiful Church was filled with people from the Eden Valley and beyond and the service celebrated the first Christmas as the coming of light in the context of its difficult and dangerous times and celebrated the fortitude and nobility of people who are caring. We thought the Vicar’s prayers were very good.

There were fine readings by Councillors John Thompson and Gordon Nicholson and The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Mrs. Dianna Matthews, an amusing light reading from Julie Barrett, and the address was by The Bishop of Penrith, Rt Reverend Robert Freeman.

The music was excellent throughout with superb performances from Penrith’s Band, songs by the Lazonby and Beaconside School Choirs and Ullswater Community College Choir and  solo performances by Joan Gordon, Helen Southernwood and Emily Richardson.

It was a very uplifting service. The congregation and participants were served  refreshments afterwards in St. Andrew’s cafe.

Music For Life, Sunbeams Charity Concert at St. Patrick’s Church, Patterdale Oct.26 6 pm

Sunbeams Patterdale Concert Flyer

Sunbeams Patterdale Concert Flyer

 If you are at a loose end on Saturday evening  (Oct. 26th) – you may like to come along to our Sunbeams Music For Life concert in Patterdale!

It is to be held at St Patrick’s Church in Patterdale, at 6pm next Saturday night and is Free to the public, with donations to Sunbeams welcome.

The Sunbeams Troupe are a group of adults with with physical and/or learning disabilities and mental health problems. They work regularly with Sunbeams Musicians to put together concert programmes, which they then perform throughout Cumbria and sometimes even further (see http://www.sunbeamsmusic.org/st-martin-in-the-fields.htm for details of their trip to London!)

They are a truly inspiring group of people, who love to perform and entertain. Annie herself, is of course the founder of the Sunbeams Charity and also a world class Harpist and Singer, and she will be joining the Troupe in their performance. They all thrive on a buzzing audience, and it would be wonderful to see a full venue for them next Saturday.

Many thanks for your time,


Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust
1 Greystoke Castle Estate
Cumbria CA11 0TG
Tel: 017684 83035
email: sally@sunbeamsmusic.org
website: http://www.sunbeamsmusic.org
blog: http://www.sunbeamsmusic.wordpress.com

Registered charity no: 1117159
Company limited by guarantee no: 5794153

Lots of Opportunity to Help Eden Rivers, Eden Rivers Trust Charity Auction Catalogue Now Available

Cover of Eden Rivers Trust Auction Catalogue

Cover of Eden Rivers Trust Auction Catalogue

Open the Eden Rivers Trust  2013 auction catalogue and you’ll find outstanding artwork, stunning sculptures, fishing and shooting excursions, exclusive tours and even a nocturnal exploration with a bat expert are on offer in aid of the trust’s valuable work. In all there are 65 remarkable opportunities detailed within, and you can be certain that each lot helps raise money for the scientific research, education and conservation work of Eden Rivers Trust (ERT). The trust manages research, education and conservation projects along the 200 km of lovely waterways in the Eden river system , spreading awareness and protecting some of Britain’s loveliest natural environments.

The current economic climate is a challenging fundraising environment for charitable trusts and Eden Rivers Trust is taking an imaginative and engaging approach to their fund raising with their 2013 charitable auction in the hope that all those taking part in the bidding will do so generously.  Supporters and sponsors of the trust have certainly been generous in offering attractive and valuable lots for the auction. It’s worth looking through the catalogue just to see the superb opportunities that the kind supporters in Eden have offered in support of the trust.

If you click on this link: ERT 2013 Auction Catalogue you’ll open the Eden Rivers Trust Auction Catalogue for 2013.  Right click on it and select the ‘Save as’ option to download it to a folder of your choice.

Do the same again to access the introductory letter from ERT’s Director Simon Johnson. Letter to accompany 2013 catalogue

Within the catalogue, you’ll find 65 amazing lots, few are available via any other means. You’ll find full details of how bids can be submitted and the terms and conditions of participation on page 1 of the catalogue.

If you are lucky enough to be one of the winning bidders you will not only get something of great value in and of itself, but you’ll also be contributing to the important conservation and education work of the trust , thus making a significant impact in preserving and enhancing our superb riparian environments.

 For more information about the valuable work Eden Rivers Trust perform please see their website http://trust.edenriverstrust.org.uk/