February 2018 ————– BENEFICE NEWS————–February 2018

 Services for February

  Hethersgill   Kirklinton   Stapleton   Bewcastle  
2nd Sunday

before Lent

4th Feb 10 am

HC by Ext

DD 10 am HC JS
Sunday next

before Lent

11th Feb 10 am HC DD 10 am HC RB


14th Feb 7 pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s, Stapleton RB
Lent 1


18th Feb 10 am HC EG 6 pm EP +JR
Lent 2 25th Feb 10 am United Benefice Service of Holy Communion at St Cuthbert’s, Kirklinton RB


4th Mar 10 am

HC by Ext

DD 10 am

Holy Baptism


Rt. Rev. John Richardson – +JR           Rev. Rob Brown- RB           Dick Davidson – DD

Rev Steven Collis – SC                         Rev Janice Murray – JM     Rev Elizabeth Gough EG

Rev Juliet Stephenson – JS

For enquiries please contact the Church Wardens:

Kirklinton: Carol Armstrong 01228 675534 or Violet Smith 01228 675495

Hethersgill:   Frank Heaton 01228 675516 or Doreen Sisson 01228 675378

Stapleton: Margaret Slack 016977 48337  or Tricia Coombe 016977 48833

Bewcastle: Frank Waugh 016977 48655 or Keith Thomas 016977 48157

Other Services:

Knowe United Reformed Church, Bewcastle

Service on first Sunday of the month

Russelgate Service every Sunday at 7 pm

Sunday 28th January 9am – 1pm Kirklinton with Hethersgill PCC are holding THE BIG BREAKFAST at Hethersgill Parish Hall.  Admission £6 and £3 for under 12’s.To book a table contact any PCC member (contact details for church wardens are above) or just pay on the door.  All are welcome.

Monday 5th February 7.30 pm    St Mary’s, Stapleton PCC meeting at Jan Farrell’s, (Soutermoor) 

Donations for the costs of the Newsletter would be appreciated from anyone receiving a copy. Donations can be made direct to your distributor  or to Liz Brown at Bartiestown, Hethersgill, CA6 6JB (just north of Shankhill School), tel: 01228 577374.  Many thanks to all who contributed to the Newsletter during 2017. 

February 2018———–BENEFICE NEWS————February 2018

Some years ago, at the funeral of our old school master of Shawfoot School at Hethersgill I used part of Oliver Goldsmith’s “The Deserted Village” as a tribute to someone who encouraged and inspired us to learn:

Beside yon straggling fence that skirts that way

                                    With blossomed furze unprofitably gay

                                    Thee in his noisy mansion skilled to rule

                                    The village master taught his little school.

 Our master followed the expected curriculum and, like his predecessors, added his own particular skills and talents for the benefit of his charges. His love of poetry and music; his interest in fauna and flora and his time spent on nature rambles.

Yet he was kind and if severe in aught

                                    The love he bore to learning was a fault;

                                    The village all declared how much he knew

                                    ‘Twas certain he could write and cipher too.

A century or more earlier in the first part of the nineteenth century one of the curates of the Rector of St Cuthbert, Kirklinton went up to Stapleton and presided over the closing and demolition of the old Church and the building of the present St Mary’s, in 1830, followed by a new Rectory and its outbuildings. That curate, the Rev John Hope, was made Rector and added to his pastoral duties by founding a school for young gentlemen on the loft above the stable in the Rectory yard. These fee-paying young men received the benefit of Parson Hope’s extensive knowledge of Greek, German and Law. Also, being a member of a stone mason family he was able to pass on other skills of land measurement and general mathematics – not forgetting sound religious instruction. The majority of these young men went out to teaching posts with the recommendation and blessing of their tutor. Some travelled away over long distances to be assistants in established schools while others took the opportunity to stay and open schools in their own locality where their pupils gained a valuable return for their daily pence.

In the mid-eighteenth century when Oliver Goldsmith wrote “The Deserted Village” and in the mid-nineteenth century when Parson Hope was dispensing knowledge on the Rectory loft the important matter of education was very much in a man’s world. It was adjusted somewhat by the mid-twentieth century when Parson Hope’s great-granddaughter, Jean Hope, became headmistress of Stapleton School.

Now in the early party of the twenty-first century the three remaining schools out of the original six in this Benefice are treasured centres of learning and a shining credit to teachers and pupils alike, where important preparations are made to move on to higher education and the wider world. Our hopes and prayers go with those who teach and all who learn.

Dick Davidson

February 2018 ———–NEWS AND THANKS ————– February 2018


Violet and Carol the Churchwardens of St Cuthbert’s Church, Kirklinton would like to thank everyone for their help over the past year. We have had help with flowers, cleaning, cutting grass and maintenance and it is very much appreciated.  If you have any spare time and would like to help please contact either Violet (675495) or Carol (674534).

The Church Wardens of St Mary’s, Hethersgill would like to thank all those people who have provided and arranged flowers, cleaned the church and cut the grass in the churchyard and generally kept things clean and tidy, during the past year. New Rotas will go up in the porch for 2018 and we would be very grateful to anyone who would continue to help by entering their names on these or phone 01228 675378

The Church Wardens and PCC of St Mary’s, Stapleton thank everyone for their help at church, with flowers, cleaning and keeping the churchyard tidy. Rotas for 2018 are now in the porch for flowers and cleaning and any help would be much appreciated.

Knowe Church members would like to thank everyone who came along to support the Christmas Tree Festival especially those who gave their time to decorate trees to make a beautiful display. It was much appreciated.

Bewcastle Scout Group is open to boys and girls aged 6 – 14 years old. Meets every Tuesday during term-time in Roadhead Hall 6.15 – 7.45pm. details from Simon (01228-675717) or Tony (Scouts 016977-48007), David (Cubs 07935-172942) and Alex (Beavers 01228-675717).

Shankhill C of E School Nursery education for children, free for children aged 3 plus Mon-Fri 9-12 noon with option to stay for lunch &play until 1pm 01228 577264 office@shankhill.cumbria.sch.uk. Shankhill Parent & Toddler Group every Wed 1:30 – 3:30pm during term time. 01228 577264 Shankhill Community Lunches every other Wednesday for a fresh, home cooked 2 course meal with coffee or tea for £5.00. See website or ring school. Bookings by 12 noon on day before. Shankhill PTA collects printer cartridges, but no longer takes clothes. Please leave donations at School during term time or phone 01228 577264 to arrange collection

Bewcastle School nursery education for children, free for children 3 upwards. Mon-Fri 9am- 12, option to stay for lunch till 1pm, for more details call Ms Harland on 016977 48662 or email, admin@bewcastle.cumbria.sch.uk,   School website page www.bewcastle.cumbria.sch.uk,

Bewcastle mother & Toddler group meet every Monday in term time, 1.15-2.45, come along for a coffee, chat & play, all welcome for more details ring school -016977 48662.

Bewcastle Primary School are now registered as a beneficiary with the ” Giving Machine “which generates free donations when you shop online. It does not cost you anything but by signing up to it, it will help with our fundraising. To sign up is quick & easy. Please go to our School website – www.bewcastle.cumbria.sch.uk   Community or PFA page and follow the links to get registered.  Bewcastle School Parents & Friends Association are running their Annual 50 CLUB again. This runs from April to April.  Membership is still only £ 12.00 for the year, with a draw made every month with Cash Prizes. Please send your Name, Address and Payment to Bewcastle School. (Cheques made payable to Bewcastle School PFA )Thank you for your support.

Bewcastle Parish Council now has a website.  www.bewcastleparishcouncil.org.uk.

Needlecraft self help classes at Roadhead Hall Tuesdays , 2-4pm

Stapleton Knit & Natter Group meet on Tuesdays at 7 pm at Stapleton Hall

Stapleton Carpet Bowling starts again on 21st September with AGM at Stapleton Public Hall  at 8 pm and continues every Thursday .  New members welcome

Kirklinton Carpet Bowling Club on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm. Details Ivor 01228 675534

Hethersgill Parish Hall “100 Club” To renew your membership or to become a member contact 01228 675389 or any Committee Member. The cost is £11 for 12 monthly draws.

Post Offices:  Roadhead Hall, Wednesdays  9.30 – 11.30am,Stapleton Hall, Wed 12.15 – 2 pm

Recycling at Roadhead Hall Please flatten cardboard before putting in the bins, full boxes take up too much space and don’t allow others to put cardboard in the bins.no plastic bags in other bins. 

Voluntary Social Car Scheme provides transport to members of the community of any age. Passengers pay 35p for each mile travelled (25p after 20 miles). If 2 people or more travel then the fare is shared between them. contact Freddie Nixon 016977 48241 (Roadhead) or Pat Nixon 016977 45414 (Walton). 

February 2018 ————— EVENTS   ———– February  2018

 Sunday 28th January 9 am – 1 pm Kirklinton with Hethersgill PCC are holding The Big Breakfast at Hethersgill Hall. Admission £6 and £3 for under 12’s. To book contact any PCC member or just pay on the door. All are welcome.

Saturday 3rd February 7.30 pm Stapleton Public Hall Dance with Tartan Country £7 Bar available. Details 016977 48301/48337

Monday 5th February 8 pm Penton Discussion Group Chris Dickinson: Tailored Goat & Wot a Hen Companies at Skitby House, Smithfield.

Saturday 10th February 9 am Hexhamshire Common (9.5m easy). Meet Sands, Brampton. Details Harry 01228 675910

Friday 16th February Penton Discussion Group Dinner at Skitby, Smithfield

Saturday 17th February 7.30 pm Hethersgill Parish Hall Bring & Share Supper Dance with Lyne Valley Band.  Bar £6. Contact 01228 675389/523957

Tuesday 20th February  Bewcastle Heritage Society AGM and Dinner

Saturday 24th February 9 am Walk: Trahenna Hill and The Iron Road (7m moderate) Meet at Memorial Hall, Longtown. Details Harry 01228 675910

Saturday 24 February 9.30am-12.00 Brampton Fair Trade Group Coffee Morning in Moot Hall. Traidcraft Stall. FT baking. FT raffle .Farmers’ market on at same time.

Saturday 24th February 7.30 pm Stapleton Public Hall Concert with the Haley Sisters. Refreshments included. Bar available. Tickets (£10) and details from Mary 016977 48379. ENTRY BY TICKET ONLY

Wednesday 28th February 7.30 pm Scaleby Flower Club meeting in Village Hall. Demonstration:  D.Morgan  –  Fierce Creatures


Claiming Dates

Saturday 3rd March 7.30 pm Stapleton Public Hall Dance with Border Reivers

Saturday 17th March 7.30 pm Hethersgill Parish Hall Bring & Share Supper Dance with Brian Griffin.

Monday 2nd April Easter Monday Table Top Sale at Hethersgill Parish Hall

Friday 8th June Kirklinton with Hethersgill Summer Fair

Sunday 23rd  September Kirklinton with Hethersgill Harvest Lunch

Saturday 1st  December   Kirklinton with Hethersgill Christmas Fair

WI Meetings


Kirklinton WI 13th Feb Pancakes & Poems Comp :Handwritten verse &

Flower of the month

Stapleton WI 14th Feb Lynsey Ferguson Serenity Spa Comp: wool scarf &

Flower of the month


 Deadline for the March 2018 issue is 1pm on Saturday 10th February  to Tricia Coombe, Damhead, Lyneholmeford, Roweltown, CA6 6LQ.  016977 48833 TimothyCoombe@aol.com

 Bewcastle Newsletter Outlets:  Bewcastle Church;  Bewcastle School – now online only on School website Community Page;  Mary Phillips, 7 Sleetbeck Road;  Garry Phillips, Motor Engineer, Roadhead;  Roadhead Hall;  Knowe Church;  Bailey Mill.