Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Village Hall AGM | Monday 8 May

All interested residents of Natland and Oxenholme are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall on Monday 8 May at 7pm in the village hall.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Coffee Morning in Church Vestry

There will be a Vestry Coffee Morning in St. Mark's Church on Thursday the 27th April from 10.30 to 12 noon.

Everyone is warmly welcome.
Coffee/Tea and homemade biscuits - £1.50. There will be a stall of plants and other goods and a raffle. Proceeds will go towards church funds.

Information about James Bowman

Last year, I found George Wenman’s account of his life at Natland Home for Waifs and Strays on your website.

Oh, how I wish I had been able to contact George Wenman - he must have known my brother James Bowman while James was living at Natland.

This is probably also a very accurate outline of the kind of life that James experienced while he lived in Natland. It bears a surprisingly close resemblance to my own experiences in St Hughes Home for Boys in Lincoln, from 1940 until 1946.

James stayed at Natland from 1942 until 1953, when he was 15 years old. He was sent to work on farms in Yorkshire.

The home in Natland was closed in 1994. If anyone would like more info please contact me.

Bill Bowman (born in Penrith in 1935)

William Bowman |

Friday, 21 April 2017

Report on the last Natland and Oxenholme W.I. Meeting

President Kirsten Cannon welcomed 35 members and 5 guests to the monthly meeting.

4 members had recently attended a lunch and a very entertaining talk at The Villa by Paul Laidlaw, the television antique expert.

President Kirsten expressed her thanks to all who had helped make the Fashion Show on 17 March such a success, particular thanks to the models and those providing refreshments and to Caroline from Kitty Brown at Carnforth.  She had received many positive comments about the event which had raised £661.

President Kirsten then welcomed our speaker Sue Allen who works for The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.  Sue gave an illustrated talk on Dorothy Wordsworth the beloved sister of the famous poet William.  Dorothy was an extraordinary woman who was an accomplished writer in her own right.  Her surviving notebooks including the ‘Grasmere Journal’ are on display in The Jerwood Centre at Grasmere.  Joan Ratcliffe gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for A favourite poem was won by Lauren Harkness with Joan Ratcliffe in second place who read out their poems to the members.

The monthly raffle was won by Marlene Williamson.

Date of next meeting is May 17th at 7.15p.m. in Natland Village Hall when the guest speaker Sarah Brown will speak on ‘St John’s Hospice’.

This Saturday - The Music of John Denver for one night only in Natland

After a two year gap, Saturday 22nd April sees the reappearance in Natland of Chris Bannister performing the songs of John Denver. Chris has performed all over the UK and in the USA.  He will be performing at St. Mark's Church when he comes to Natland. Starts at 7.30.

Tickets from Natland Post Office or

Here are just some quotes about his performances 
‘I love the way Chris captures the true spirit of John’s songs, yet delivers them in his own powerful, well-honed style.’
Steve Weisberg
(John Denver’s guitarist 1972-78)

‘When Chris sings it’s almost like John is back with us again.’

Peter Plantec, Snowmass, Colorado
Friend of John’s for over 20 years

Duchess of Sutherland passing through on Saturday

On Saturday 22 April, 46233 Duchess of Sutherland will be northbound through Oxenholme at 11:40.

Pat Williams.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Natland Parish Council - Agenda

The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting on the 1st May is available by clicking here.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Monday Club Meeting

Club members will meet, as usual, in the Village Hall at 2pm, on 24th April when Pat Ascroft will speak on "Arctic dog-sledding".
Refreshments and Bookstall to follow.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Parish Council is objecting to "short-sighted folly"

The Parish Council is objecting to a proposed new development off Longmeadow Lane by Oakmere Homes. Their objections can be boiled down to the need to maintain separation between Natland and Oxenholme, the adverse visual impact on the landscape, the inability of the narrow village lanes to accept any more traffic, and the distance from the village centre – it’s the wrong direction in which to expand this settlement
In addition the proposed ‘amenity space’ is not needed in a rural village .
Another objection is the uncertainty about what lies beneath this site – limestone with caves – and where the water off The Helm goes. Click here to read the full letter of objection 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

An Appeal from the Natland and Oxenholme Village Hall Committee

Your Village hall is a vitally important facility for the whole community and all age groups, providing a safe and reliable venue for many activities and events.
The Management Committee needs more volunteer members to help run and maintain the Hall to ensure it remains sustainable.
No specific previous experience is required – everyone has knowledge or skills that might help the team to make good decisions in managing the use and upkeep of this valued facility.
If you’re interested, please contact the Secretary, Rhian Peters on 015395 60671, for more information.