Tag: GRASMERE

  • 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

  • Easter Events in Grasmere!

    It's Easter time!

    It's that time of year again when the Easter bunny comes out to play, chocolate eggs cover supermarket shelves and kids have two weeks off from school! Whatever will you do to entertain them? Here are a couple of things happening in Grasmere:

    Easter Crafts

    Crafts at Allan Bank

    As they do every year, Allan Bank of the National Trust will be running Craft workshops every single day 10am-4pm from April 1st until April 23rd! This is completely free other than the usual admission fees for the venue itself and is a guaranteed great day of fun for the little ones.

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Allan Bank Cadbury Egg Hunt

    Another really exciting event being held at the Allan Bank National Trust venue is an egg hunt. All around their Red Squirrel's trail are hidden eggs which you'll have to find - if all of them are found then there will be a yummy chocolate prize waiting at the end! This event costs £2 per person and will be running on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th April from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm! This should be great fun for everyone involved and the weather for that weekend should be superb as well!

    Easter Treats at Green's Cafe

    So after a long, hard day of making beautiful crafts at Allan Bank, or searching high and low for eggs, why not pop into Green's Cafe to refuel? As always, we'll have a special cake for the occasion which hasn't been decided yet - this is a picture of last years tasty creation! As well as that, we have a great children's menu which you can have a look at here and we'll be running a specials menu especially for the holidays, so keep your eyes peeled for when we post it!

    Please don't hesitate to contact us if you've any further questions and if you're a larger group then we'd recommend giving us a ring on 015394 35790 to book to avoid any disappointment! We look forward to seeing you!

  • Fairtrade Fortnight

    It's Fairtrade Fortnight!

    Once a year, for two weeks (Monday 27 February - Sunday 12 March), Fairtrade Foundation organises the promotional campaign that is 'Fairtrade Fortnight'. Campaigners, businesses and schools get together to raise better awareness of the Fairtrade movement and what it's all about.

    Behind every bar of chocolate, mug of coffee and pot of tea (to name but a few) are the farmers and workers who are working to improve their lives and communities. When you buy products with the Fairtrade mark, you support these people. To learn more about exactly who is behind your favourite cup of tea, click here.

    Here at Green's, we believe in supporting these farmers and workers that work so hard to make their living. We use Fairtrade chocolate to make our yummy chocolate brownies, Fairtrade coffee beans from Farrer's in Kendal and make our delicious Herdy's hot chocolates using only Fairtrade ingredients. Why not pop in today and ask for something Fairtrade?

    Let's get together to support these workers. Why not try to only buy Fairtrade products for this fortnight? It's a simple change to make; just think of the good you'll be doing and how this can change these worker's lives!

    We hope to see you soon!
    Green's x

     

  • A quick update + Pancake Day!

    Hello, everyone!

    We're so happy to be back open again after our brief time closed and have been busy redecorating and creating yummy new dishes for our menu.

    Our opening hours have changed slightly and for the coming months will be as follows:

    Monday: 9:30 - 16:30
    Tuesday: 9:30 - 16:30
    Wednesday: CLOSED
    Thursday: CLOSED
    Friday: 9:30 - 16:30
    Saturday: 9:30 - 16:30
    Sunday: 9:30 - 16:30

    Please don't hesitate to contact us on 015394 35790 or at info@greensgrasmere.com if you'd like to reserve a table - we highly recommend this if you are a large group in order to avoid disappointment!

    With Pancake Day just around the corner, we'd also like to let you know that we will be serving pancakes in our cafe all day Tuesday with the options of lemon and sugar, Nutella, and gluten-free options will be available too!

    We hope to see you soon!

     

  • Opening Hours throughout November

    The North wind might well be blowing, but we're still here, ready to serve our delicious dishes to those bold enough to brave the November breeze!

    Our opening hours until the end of November are as follows:

    w/c 6th November: We are open every day (except Thursday) from 10:00-4pm

    w/c 13th November: We are open every day (except Wednesday & Thursday) from 10:00 - 4pm

    w/c 20th November: We are open every day (except Wednesday & Thursday) from 10:00 - 4pm

    We'll keep you updated going forward and on December opening hours!

     

    Green's is Grasmere's No. 1 cafe for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes........we look forward to welcoming you!

  • Jubilee Joy!

    If Her Majesty were to visit Grasmere this weekend, we're pretty sure she'd be popping into Greens for our special 'Jubilee Picnic Platter'.

    Celebrating all that is great about being British, the Jubilee picnic platter comprises all of our favourite foods - coronation chicken and cucumber sandwiches, sausage roll, scone with strawberries and cream and celebration cupcake, all washed down with delicious pimms, tea, coffee or a soft drink.

    Available to eat in or take away, the Jubliee Picnic Platter costs from £7.95 and can also be pre-ordered.

    Throughout the Jubilee weekend, we will also be serving meringues with summer fruits and good old fashioned jelly and ice cream!  Now, that's definitely all worthy of celebration!

     

     

    Green's is Grasmere's No. 1 cafe for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes........we look forward to welcoming you this Jubilee weekend!