‘Pop-up’ discussions around climate change, biodiversity & Staveley

SENS is running a monthly informal discussion session about what we would like to do in the village to tackle climate change & biodiversity loss.  ALL WELCOME!

Dates of forthcoming meetings:

Due to Covid-19 precautions, all the pop-up events have been cancelled until further notice. 

  • Tue 24 Mar 20.00: Upstairs at the Eagle and Child (AGM beforehand at 1930)
  • Tue 21 Apr 12.00: Upstairs at Wilf’s

Notes from previous meetings:


APPLE TREE GRAFTING WORKSHOPS – Saturday 21st March 2020 

Due to Covid-19 precautions, this workshop has been postponed until further notice. 

South Lakes Orchard Group (SLOG) is running 2 workshops teaching how to graft your own apple trees onto rootstocks.

To book a place(s) on the workshops (via Eventbrite) please register using the links below:



To note:

  • Booking is essential – over 18’s only (due to SLOG insurance)
  • Bring gloves, all other equipment provided.
  • The workshops will be held in The Pavilion, Staveley
  • ÂŁ2.50 per rootstock (provided) plus ÂŁ5 suggested donation to SENS to cover costs.
  • Morning workshop (9.30 – 12.30), Afternoon workshop (13.00 – 16.00)



Keep an eye out for other events coming up in 2020. There are a few events that are currently being discussed/planned including:

Sat 21 March – EARTH Fest 2020 (contact KASTLE for details of whether this is still going ahead due to Covid-19)

Saturday 21 March will see a new family arts and environmental festival taking place at Plumgarths at the offices of Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Organised by KASTLE (Kendal Activists Saving the Little Earth), a youth-led environmental sustainability
and conservation network for businesses, organisations and individuals in Kendal, the festival will feature live music, “pay what you like” food stalls, talks and panel discussions, a kids’ woodland trail, art exhibits and more.
Click here for more information and come and join the fun!

Sat 28 Mar 10.00 – 12.00 approx: Village Clean Up: Do your bit – come and help tidy up the village. Meet outside Staveley Chippy at 10am – provide your own gloves, bags and litter pickers. A satisfying morning out!

Thurs 23rd April 19.30 – 21.00: in the Institute – cancelled due to Covid 19
How to Zero Carbon Your Home  – 
Free talk (donations to cover costs welcome) Our home represents a significant proportion of our carbon footprint. Diane Hubbard of Green Footsteps will talk about the steps to consider when trying to reduce the energy use and carbon impact of our houses.

Sun 21 June 16.00 – 20.00: Eco Street Party (location tbc)  – a decision on whether to go ahead with this will be made at the end of March. 
SENS has received a grant from the National Lottery to hold a street party on Midsummer’s Day. The aim of the event is to have fun, celebrate our community, get people together to talk about local issues – in particular how to make our village ‘climate change’ resilient, enjoy food,drink and entertainment  We are just starting to plan – if you would like to be involved come along to one of the pop-up events listed above, or email: 

If you have an idea for an event you would like to discuss, or an existing event to add please contact:

Watershed Moments – a new film about Staveley  

Mike Cambray has developed a proposal to “film the watershed”, a film about Staveley’s river catchment area.  Everyone is invited to shoot a video or videos (about 30 seconds) of the water course – once or in different weather conditions. The aim is to edit these into a film for the 2020 Staveley Film Festival. Mike Cambray will co-ordinate – please let him know which bit of the water course you have chosen. All videos to Mike by 1 September.




Film Project 2017

Our latest project is Staveley Futures – a series of short films to get people talking about our future as a rural community.  Watch this space for news of the release of the first film, due end of November 2017.

Land search

We are looking for 1-3 acres for horticulture – do you know of any land to rent or buy close to Staveley?  Contact

SENS Meetings

All welcome to attend SENS meetings – for discussion on current local/national/global issues and events and planning of local projects and campaigns

Big Onion Community Stall

The Big Onion runs a community stall on the Mill Yard in Staveley (opposite Wheelbase) selling local produce and hand made arts and crafts, all produced within 30 miles of the village. Opening hours vary depending on volunteers – hours are posted on Facebook each week. The group are always looking for new suppliers and volunteers to open the stall – drop in for a chat.


SENS events during 2017


Staveley Apple Day, Saturday 23rd September 2017, 11-3, outside Wilfs Cafe, Staveley Mill Yard

Bring your apples (and clean bottles) to be pressed into juice. Apple identification. Donations to the South Lakes Orchard Group. Wilfs apple bakery stall. Visit the Big Onion Community Stall for local produce and hand made crafts and gifts. All welcome. To get involved please email Ruth.


SENS Film Screening and AGM, Monday 10th April, 7pm, Pavilion (opposite the playground)

All welcome for a screening of 3 short films on Staveley Wearable Arts, made for SENS. Discussion facilitated by Mike Cambray from Staveley. AGM at 8.30pm


Past Events

Mince Pies, Wine and Hydro Power

Tuesday December 16th 2014 – 7.00pm at The Institute

Exploring the future of energy generation around Staveley’s natural resources.
Informal opportunity to explore the potential of a Lakeland valley to generate power from water, guided by Cumbria Action for Sustainability.
Working together.

This event is hosted by the CIC and open to the public but it’s the last opportunity of the year for SENS folk to get together for a festive drink so do come along! (We haven’t arranged a meal this year I’m afraid).
Tuesday November 18th 2014 – RECYCLING and WASTE MINIMISATION
Open meeting – All welcome – 7.30 at The Institute
Reduce waste, recycle more at home and find out what happens to our waste.
Information and advice from an experienced Local Waste Prevention Officer.

Chimney research presentation. Tuesday 17th April 2012, 7.30pm at Staveley Village Institute. Diane Hubbard of Green Footsteps will present the findings of her research into air flows in local houses with open chimneys. Come along to hear how different houses have performed and what you can do to reduce draughts and improve your home. Part of the LEAF project.

Burning Wood Well Workshop. All welcome. Tuesday 21st February, 7.30pm at the Institute Room in Staveley Village Hall. A workshop presented by Cumbria Woodlands looking at processing and storing firewood, burning wood well and the Renewable Heat Incentive. Hosted by SENS (this workshop will take place instead of a general meeting but there will be time for notices at the end). Part of the LEAF project.

Sunday 12th August. 2012 Barley Bridge Cottage, 6pm. Thirty Mile meal – al fresco bring and share meal with food sourced from within 30 miles if you can! Social eve. All welcome. Report from the evening here.
Monday 17th September 2012, Pavilion (next to the Playground)
Tues 16th October 2012 Institute room, Staveley Village Hall, 7.30pm
Mon 12th November 2012 location tbc, 7.30pm. Discussion on recommendations on how to acheive the draft Parish Plan priorities which relate to sustainability.

Mon 19th November 2012 Staveley Village Hall, 7.30pm. The Parish Council open meeting on the draft Parish Plan priorities is scheduled for this date so instead of a normal SENS meeting all SENS are invited to attend the Parish Council meeting.
Tues 18th December 2012 Christmas Meal and drinks at the Duke William.