• Rushbearing Festival with Mary Bower

    Our social media guru, Holly Goddard met up with local resident Mary Bower to find out more about the annual Grasmere  Rushbearing Festival.  Rushbearing has been celebrated in the village since 1860. It is a tradition that is celebrated every year by those living in the village who are keen to keep the tradition going.

    The Rushbearing Festival originated when rushes were laid on the church floors during the day and evening as the ground was too earthy in the winter. Celebrating Rushbearing is an ancient custom of strewing the seats with rushes, which was annually done the day after the rector had gathered his tithe wool.

    Old church with rushes on the ground

    Chruch service

    During the procession, children carry traditional bearings made by themselves, every year the bearings are different, depending on the flowers available. Just before the procession moves off, the children who have a bearing are given a five pence coin to exchange for a piece of Grasmere gingerbread. With the procession moving nearer the rush maidens appear in their green and white dresses. The rush maidens are chosen up to the age of eleven and can only be a rush maiden for two years.  The rush maidens carry the rush sheet and are positioned with one in each corner and one each side in the center.

    Rush maidens in their green and white dresses

    Joining the rush bearers are a band , the procession cross, woven with gold helenium flowers. Next comes seven of the traditional bearings from the rectory grounds, the choir, clergy, Churchwardens, and bishop. Then comes St. Oswald’s banner and the children circling the maypole held by an older girl. Followed by a band playing Jimmy Dawson’s March and Owen Lloyd’s hymn. Although there is a set order for the procession everyone can join in providing they have a bearing they have made themselves.

    Children with the maypole

    Rushbearing Festival procession

    Over the years many people in the village have contributed to the festival by making small bearings, including Mary herself. Below is a simple flower design with the words ‘HOPE RULES A LAND FOR EVER GREEN’ in cross stitch made by Mary using flowers and thread.

    Our kitchen assistant Rebeca has been a rush maiden for the Rushbearing festival, we felt this would be a good opportunity to get a picture of both Mary and Rebecca who have both been involved in the festival.

    After the observance of St. Oswald the children collect their bearings and proceed to the school field for a version of the world famous Grasmere Sports. This consists of flat races, Cumbrian wrestling and even a mini fell race. Certificates and trophies are presented to all the children who have a tea ticket which are provided with an enormous feast and a piece of Grasmere gingerbread.

    Mary has lived in Grasmere since 1966 so we felt this would be a good opportunity to ask her what she enjoyed about living in the village. “The village is lovely and I am very lucky to be close to such beautiful views of the fells”.

    Stunning view of the fells from Mary's back garden

  • Summer Opening Hours

    The number of days we are open for the summer season is increasingand look forward to welcoming you in for a drink or a bite to eat. We  are in the process of changing our menu to reflect the season so check back here soon for an update.  Can't wait to see you all on the following days:

    Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Thursday Closed

    Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

     

     

  • Good luck Rob - Windermere Marathon

    This Sunday we will be closed and supporting Rob who will be taking part in the ASICS Windermere Marathon in support of the Brathay Trust. Over the last couple of months Rob has been busy training and preparing for what lies ahead. keep an eye on our facebook page as we will be reporting live from the event.

    Founded in 1946, Brathay supports and improves the life choices and well being of young people and their families. Focusing on engagement, development and leadership, Brathay supports young people to develop, become more confident, and improve on their strengths. Brathays approach is underpinned by Awareness, Choice and Action. This approach allows young people to unlock their potential, be aware, make the right choices and take action to benefit themselves and others.

    To find out more about Brathay and the amazing work they do visit https://www.brathay.org.uk.

    If you would like to support Rob you can visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robin-stuart or come and cheer him on at the marathon taking part this Sunday. To find out more about the event and how to show your support visit https://www.brathay.org.uk/events/asics-windermere-marathon.

    The money raised through Green’s for Brathay is going towards Brathay’s Martin Campbell Memorial Fund, which is funding mental health projects for vulnerable young people. Last month we had the honor of being part of a really positive response to a very sad situation. Following the death of Matt Campbell Rob took part in finishing the last 3.7 miles for Matt at Brathay Hall. I’m sure both Martin and Matt would be very proud.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our lovely customers who have supported Rob in his efforts.

     

     

  • Thank you for your support

    Julia, Karen’s sister, has been busy making some more of her cute fluffy chicks, robins, bunnies and sheep to fundraise for Hospice UK.

    Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. They champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care across the UK. This enables them to deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life-limiting conditions, while supporting their families.

    ‘Hospice UK have been a great support to my lovely mum. Although it has been a difficult time for my mum and our family, they have been there every step of the way. My mum would like to give something back as she feels they have given her a lot of support over the course of her treatment . Myself and my mum would like to thank them for their amazing support.
    - Holly Goddard, Julia’s daughter

    Thanks again to all our lovely costumers.

    Fluffy Animals

  • Judy Hitchcock raising money for Brathay

    Also raising money for Brathay is Judy Hitchcock. Judy has been one of our lovely customers for many years and is a very talented amateur photographer. Many of her pictures have been turned into canvases and cards and are available for a suggested donation in the café. All of the donations are contributed directly to the charity, enabling them to continue their amazing work.

    Judy's display in the café

    Judy's pictures

    Dwarf Tulips - Copt Howe

    Stone Arthur in the snow - Easter 2008

    Window box - Easter 2007

    If you would like to find out more about Brathay or interested in supporting the charity visit  https://www.brathay.org.uk/

     

     

  • Sammy the Squirrel

    Meet our new team member at Greens ‘Sammy the squirrel’. He will be making appearances from, time to time. Whether it’s in the café or up a Fell, keeps yours eye peeled. Who knows where his adventures will go! Follow us on twitter and Facebook to see where Sammy’s endeavors take him.

  • February Opening Hours

    The countdown has begun. We will be re-opening on Friday 9th February at 9:30am. Looking forward to seeing all our lovely costumers soon. Our half term opening hours (12th - 16th) are everyday expect Thursday from 9:30-5:00. We will then be open Fridays to Tuesdays inclusive, closed Wednesday and Thursdays until Easter. We will keep updating our pages.

  • Christmas Holiday Opening Hours

    We are now closed until December 27th,  when we will re-open for the Christmas holiday period. We will be open from 9:30 - 4:30 each day  from the 27th of December until January 2nd. May we take this opportunity to wish all our lovely customers a very merry Christmas.

     

  • Home from Home Ordering Service

    Bringing Greens to your door! By customer demand, we`re busy this week putting the finishing touches to our brand new "Home from Home" collection and delivery service. We will be taking orders for the Christmas holidays so check back here soon. We will have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan menus available!

     

  • Happy Half Term Holidays

    A little bird told us that some of you are lucky enough to have two weeks off for October half term. We will be open from 9:30 am  to 5:00 pm Friday to Wednesday, closed on Thursday. We will be ready to serve Breakfast for all diets every morning, taking our last food orders at 4:30pm. We look forward to seeing you all serving comfort food for all, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free