A BIG thank you to Kendal First Responders who have kindly donated a defibrillator to us for our new building to keep clients, volunteers and staff safer. Craig and Sandra Frazer from the group came to visit us back at Castle Lodge last year and when a new one became available they were pleased to be able to pass it on to us, saving us hundreds of pounds. Craig brought […]
Our first newsletter since the big move in the autumn is finally out! It’s on the theme of ‘Home at Last’ and includes lots of sneak peeks at the Stephenson Centre for those of you who haven’t been to visit yet. And if that whets your appetite, please do come and join us for our Open Day on Saturday 9 March.
It’s that time of year again – time to drop into the Town Hall for a coffee, a biscuit and a chat with all your Manna House friends, and leave with lots of lovely bakes from our stall, as well as a raffle prize or two. This year’s Coffee Morning takes place from 9.30am on Saturday 26 January at Kendal Town Hall and tickets are only £1 on the door. […]
The date and theme for this year’s Big Swim has just been announced – it’s a The Big Royal Swim (tiaras at the ready, please) and the date is Saturday 23 February. Organised by Friends of Manna House, this event is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year – as well as great fun of course – so please do tell your friends and pick up a sponsorship form soon. […]
What a beautiful morning we had for our first Manna House Wednesday Walk last week – bright blue skies and sunshine in the middle of a pretty grey week. We had great fun walking from our front door up to the castle and back through the park (where Alison made herself at home in the big throne sculpture right away!). Thanks to Anna and Sue for leading the walk. Let’s […]
Thank you to volunteer Neil Ralph for all his hard work in planning and leading another successful Christmas Getaway to Rydal Hall youth centre this year. Under challenging conditions (no running water in the building all week!) everyone pulled together to share lots of food and festive cheer as well as all sorts of activities – from feldenkreis to fire pit, from chiropody to card-making, from table tennis to tale-telling, as […]
Many congratulations to Nela and the Kitchen Crew (Glenys, Susan, Wendy and Barbara) for an amazing Christmas lunch on the Friday before Christmas – 70 covers were served almost simultaneously, plates heaped with lots of delicious food for vegetarians and for meat-eaters – the result of days of prep and planning in advance and hours and hours of hard work on the day by all the volunteers. Just before the […]
A huge thank you to the pupils of 8E3 at Kirkbie Kendal school who did a rough sleep for the Winter Shelter back in October. We were delighted to meet some of the children at the school yesterday and pick up a cheque for a massive £780 from the teachers who did it with them – Martin Rogers and Sophie Marshall. They slept out in the school grounds on […]
We had a tree-mendous morning and afternoon this Wednesday decorating our Christmas tree for the annual Parish Church Christmas tree festival. Ours is situated next to Space2Create tree who also chose ‘Up!’ as their favourite film and theme for their decorations. Thanks to everyone who made ours sparkle and shine.
On Tuesday 11 December, Cumbria Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service (CADAS) are holding their first ever Charity Bake Off. Competition is bound to be tough as we know that we’ve got some wonderful bakers among our supporters but don’t let that put you off. We’ve got three categories – professional, amateur and under-18 – and it only costs £5 to enter. Prizes include a signed picture of Noel Fielding, a […]