Events and Fundraising

Photo: a band playing music.

Upcoming events

Buttermere Walk

Sun 26 April 2020 10.00 am

The Buttermere Memorial Walk of 4.7 miles is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and wishes to join us to walk and remember.

It will be on Sunday, 26 April 2020 meeting outside the Fish Hotel at 10am.

At the start of the Walk there is a simple ceremony where there is the opportunity to have the name of loved ones read out.

You can help us raise money for Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria to continue providing bereavement support to the people of Cumbria.

More details to follow. 

Previous events

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop in Dockray

Sun 08 December 2019

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop in Dockray

Drop in Wreath Making workshop with donations to Cruse Cumbria. 

If you are interested in organizing something like this to do your own fundraising event, please let us know and we can help you out. Email:

Keswick Victorian Fayre – Cruse Cumbria Stall

Sun 01 December 2019 10 am - 4 pm

Keswick Victorian Fayre – Cruse Cumbria Stall

Update: We won the trophy for Best Dressed Stall! Thank you to everybody who supported us on the day and well done to our volunteers for an amazing stall!

The annual Victorian Fayre offers the opportunity for local charities to raise money. We are delighted to have a Cruse Cumbria stall for the first time. Our volunteers have been making lovely gifts to sell and we look forward to seeing you at our stall! 

Free live entertainment on stage in the Market Place and Packhorse Court, including bands, choirs, dancers and more.

Children's Funfair. Over 30 charity stalls, both local and national, selling a selection of Christmas homemde crafts, produce, festive food and drink plus games, tombolas and raffles


Sat 19 October 2019 7.00pm

Threlkeld Village Hall, Nr Keswick.

Dancing to Blue Jam Band.

Tickets on the door £12 Includes hot meal. (£6 for under 18s) 

Bar available.


All proceeds go to Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria.

For tickets, contact


Ullswater Open Water Swim - Jaspar Joseph-Lester (fundraising event - still accepting donations) Updated with photos of the swim!

Sat 17 August 2019

Ullswater Open Water Swim - Jaspar Joseph-Lester (fundraising event - still accepting donations) Updated with photos of the swim!

Update: Jaspar completed the 7 mile challenge in 4 hours 11 minutes. There were 20 swimmers and they all completed the course under strict competition rules. The fundraising page (see below) is still open and accepting donations with all money going to Cruse. Jaspar plans to do it again next year to try to beat his current time!

Jaspar plans to swim 7 miles in Ullswater to raise funds for Cruse Cumbria, with a support team that includes the Chair of our Fundraising Committee, Richard Farncombe. We wish Jaspar all the best in this amazing feat! Here's a link to his fundraising page:

Lute in the Barn: Matthew Wadsworth Lute and Theorbo

Sat 13 July 2019

Lute in the Barn: Matthew Wadsworth Lute and Theorbo

Music by Dowland, Johnson and Kapsberger.

We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hear aclaimed Lutenist Matthew Wadsworth live in the intimate environment of Lucy's Barn on 13 July.

Matthew plays at festivals and concert halls in various corners of the world, and his many recordings have been featured as Gramophone editors choice on several occasions. On this occasion however, he is giving a recital in Lucy's Barn, and you will have a chance to hear the lute up close, just as people would have done back in the 17th century!

“The playing in this little theatre of shadows is of course ravishing throughout, with Wadsworth again demonstrating his appreciation of the lute’s propensity for subtle gradations of tone and timbre”
(Gramophone Magazine, Editors Choice, August 2017)

To learn more about Matthew, visit his website at

Or watch him on Youtube: ormation to follow.

Kenneth Wilson, the Poetical Cellist

Sat 22 June 2019 7.00 pm

Kenneth Wilson, the Poetical Cellist

Poet and cellist Kenneth Wilson presents a moving and absorbing solo show telling a story of Love through poetry and music.

Love enthrals and confuses us all. From the first heady moments of falling into it, through a rollercoaster of better and worse, to an array of possible endings – sad, violent or just inevitable – the poetical cellist is an inspired guide.

The show is based on Kenneth Wilson’s recently published collection, The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs, poems which range from the profound and shattering to the wistful and comical.

As well as a poet, Kenneth is an accomplished cellist. To illuminate the poetry, he performs a variety of airs and ballads, and Bach, which accompany and illustrate the story.

“You will laugh. You will cry. You will love better, before it ends. And you will definitely want to take up the cello!”


The Renames, Yorkshire group back by popular request

Sat 15 June 2019 7.00 pm

Fain, a duo play dance tunes, laments & airs, old & new from Scotland, Ireland & Cumbria

Sat 25 May 2019

Fain, a duo play dance tunes, laments & airs, old & new from Scotland, Ireland & Cumbria

In the fifteen years they have been appearing together as Fain, Anne-Marie Kerr (vocals, keyboard, whistles) and Ian Wright (vocals, violin) have entranced and entertained audiences around Cumbria and beyond with their distinctive sound and repertoire, centring on the lyrical clarity of Anne-Marie’s voice and beautiful tone of Ian’s violin. Combining Anne-Marie’s folk background and Ian’s classical training, they write their own arrangements of songs, dance-tunes, laments and airs, old and new, from Ireland, Scotland, Cumbria and France.


Help & Suggestions

Would you be willing to help us organise any fundraising events or do you have any suggestions of events we should hold?

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