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July & August 2022

BRACKENCLOSE REOPENS. The Fell & Rock Climbing Club’s hut has reopened following its rebuilding. Brackenclose is situated in its own grounds at the head of Wastwater – with a wonderful view down the lake. This is welcome news, as the hut is a popular retreat for FRCC members, it can accommodate up to 30.

St Olaf’s churchyard is the home of the FRCC’s memorial to the 21 members who were killed serving their country during WWI, and in whose memory the Club acquired the surrounding Wasdale Head fells and vested them in the National Trust ‘for the enjoyment of the people of our land for all time’.

Many visit the memorial each year and on Remembrance Sunday, at 11am, we have a combined Act of Remembrance with the FRCC, and simultaneously another takes place on Great Gable’s summit beside the replica memorial.


Sunday 10th July – 11am Celtic Praise

Sunday 24th July – 11am Patronal Festival (St Olaf’s day is 29th July)

Sunday 14th August – 11am Morning Praise

Sunday 28th August – 11am Holy Communion

RESTORATION – Following their site visit at the end of April, the DAC have given their approval for every aspect of the St Olaf’s restoration plans, which is a major boost for us. The next stage is laser scanning to prepare 2D plans, and elevations, followed by a topographical survey.

VISITORS – this is written in mid-June, and it seems likely that by the end of the month we will have welcomed over 12000 visitors to St Olaf’s in the first 6 months of 2022.

LOCAL WEDDING – Undoubtedly the highlight in June was the wedding of Matthew Race and Stephanie Collin at St Olaf’s on Saturday 11th June. It was a truly memorable occasion, and a welcome challenge to try and fit over 60 guests into our 35-seater church. Our best wishes to Matthew and Stephanie for their future together.                                                                  Hugh Foulerton

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