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News: Venue for Wedding Ceremonies

18 January 2013 / News / Wedding

We’re very excited to announce we’ve just been formally approved as venue for Wedding Ceremonies & Civil Partnerships – Yay!

couple canoe credit Tony West

We’ve just received the great news from Cumbria County Council, Registration and Coroner Services that Thorney How Independent Hostel has been approved as a:

“Venue for Marriages in Pursuance of Section 26(1)(bb) of The Marriage Act 1949 and as a Venue for Civil Partnership in Pursuance of Section 6(3A)(a) of The Civil Partnership Act 2004”

Phew!

We’re one of a very few alternative accommodation providers and destinations in Cumbria that can also hold a wedding ceremony on site. So if you’re looking for something a little different and maybe on a smaller budget we’re here to help.

Couple credit Tony West

Our very first wedding is scheduled for April 2013 and we have a number of key weekend dates still available during 2013. We’ll be putting a new wedding package together very soon, just give us a call anytime for an informal chat. Ask for Taylor or Carolyn.


Update on build progress Jan 13

6 January 2013 / Project Thorney / Build Works

After a week of dismantling beds, moving boxes and sorting stuff out, we’ve finally emptied the Annexe ready for the restructuring work to begin on Monday.

It all started the morning after our New Year guests left the premises.

The bunk beds have been dismantled:

Dismantled bunk beds

The Annexe dorms have been cleared:

Empty Annexe dorms

The builders have already moved in:

Builders moved into the Annexe

The electrical strip out is in progress:

Electrical strip out commences

We’ve cleared the loft space above where our new shower block will be built:

We've emptied the loft

So the dining room is in chaos:

Dining room chaos

Meanwhile outside building works preparations are coming together:

Building works preparations ready

The site is prepared for the first foundations to be laid:

Foundations site prepared


Frankenstein - Film Screening 13th January

29 December 2012 / Events / Film

Our next film night presented in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust.

Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ ……….

To book a ticket (and supper) please click on the following link: Wordsworth Trust – Winter Film Screenings with Thorney How

Frankenstein Film Poster

An adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous novel and one of the greatest and most well known gothic tales of the English language.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter

For more info see Franknstein (1994)IMDb

Thorney How has expanded upon its usual Saturday night screenings and created a brand new custom film programme. Together with The Wordsworth Trust, we have selected the very best of films to celebrate the 18th Century English Romantic Poets. The programme will be shown over the course of a couple of months and will be accompanied by light discussion about the literary figures by a member of the team at The Wordworth Trust.

We invite you to watch (film only ticket price £5.00) whilst sat by our wood burning stove and what could be better than a serving of hot supper stew and chunky slice of bread for an extra £6.50 or perhaps a drink from the bar….

Films will be starting from 5pm, the event finishing at around 8.30pm.

To book a ticket (and supper) please click on the following link: Wordsworth Trust – Winter Film Screenings with Thorney How


Update on build progress Dec 12

21 December 2012 / Project Thorney / Build Works

A quick update on work carried out just before Christmas on our new building plans.
First priority is establishing a new plant room to house the new wood pellet boiler. Second priority is carrying out refurbishment work to the Annexe. Third priority is implementing the new heating system.
Estimated completion date end of March 2013.

Prior to work starting with snow on the ground in December 2012.

Before work started in the snow Dec 2012

Digging in the snow with a hired digger.

Digging in the snow

We had to remove a large old tree stump. Very surprisingly it came out easily.

Removing tree stump.

After some time we found that we had made a hole in the ground. This is where the new plant room and fuel store will be built.

First view of hole

Colours in the rock, typical of Grasmere slate.

Second view of hole

Work temporarily halted just before Christmas as digger pneumatics failed.

Digger sitting idly in the sunshine.


Literary Film Programme with The Wordsworth Trust

17 November 2012 / Events / Food / Arts / Film

Our next programme of films will feature films that celebrate the 18th Century English Romantic Poets. Presented in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust.

Join us once a month for four film screenings, December through to March, on Sunday evenings from 5pm. Tickets include supper and discussion.

Thorney How has expanded upon its usual Saturday night screenings and created a brand new custom film programme. Together with The Wordsworth Trust, we have selected the very best of films to celebrate the 18th Century English Romantic Poets. The programme will be shown over the course of a couple of months and will be accompanied by light discussion about the literary figures by a member of the team at The Wordworth Trust.

We invite you to watch the following films (film only ticket price £5.00) whilst sat by our wood burning stove and what could be better than a serving of hot supper stew and chunky slice of bread for an extra £6.50 or perhaps a drink from the bar….

Films will be starting from 5pm, the event finishing at around 8.30pm.

To book a ticket (and supper) please click on the following link: Wordsworth TrustWinter Film Screenings with Thorney How

The films will be screened on our big 3.5m screen at Throney How from 5pm on the following dates:

16/12/2012 ‘Pandaemonium’ (12) – (2000)

Pandaemonium Film Poster

The series kicks off with a film about Grasmere’s very own William Wordsworth and the breakdown of his relationship with best friend and fellow poet; Samuel Coleridge.

Director: Julien Temple
Starring: Linus Roache, John Hannah and Samantha Morton

For more info see Pandaemonium (2000) IMDb

13/01/2013 ‘Frankenstein’ – (15) – (1994)

Frankenstein Film Poster

An adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous novel and one of the greatest and most well known gothic tales of the English language.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter

For more info see Franknstein (1994)IMDb

17/02/2013 ‘Byron’ – (no rating) – (2003 made for TV)

Byron - TV Poster

This film recreates the life and times of early 19th century scribe Lord Byron and his infamous antics!

Director: Julian Farino
Starring: Stephen Campbell Moore, Oliver Milburn and Michael Elwyn

For more info see Byron (2003)IMDb

17/03/2013 ‘Bright Star’ (PG) – (2009)

Bright Star Film Poster

A film based on the last three years of the life of Poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne.

Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider

For more info see Bright Star (2009) IMDb


THIS WEEK'S FILM - 3RD NOVEMBER 2012

30 October 2012 / Events / Film

Avengers Assemble (2012) – The Avengers (original title), 143 min – 12A
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson
Genres: Action

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

Avengers Assemble, Film Poster

Note: This is our last Saturday night film this year! We are working with the Wordsworth Trust to host a series of Romantic Literature related film events in December to March

Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

92% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes

‘With a script that never forgets its heroes’ humanity and no shortage of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype — and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.’

Review by Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian, Thursday 3 May 2012
‘Joss Whedon’s ensemble comic-book outing has a sparkling script and a tremendous villain…….
It’s an enjoyably absurd and absurdly enjoyable extravaganza, both delirious and surrealist.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Avengers Assemble (2012)IMDb


THIS WEEK'S FILM - 20TH OCTOBER 2012

18 October 2012 / Events / Film

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)- 127 min, 12 Cert
Director: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron
Genres: Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Snow White and the Huntsman Film Poster

You know the story…..

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen’s immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he’s being played and turns against the Queen’s men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow’s childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her.

49% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes

While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)IMDb


Thorney How team member to raise money for charity.

14 October 2012 / Charity / Staff

One of the members of the Thorney How team will be headed out on hills, slightly further afield than usual in aid of Cyclists Fighting Cancer and Lease of Life.

Her challenge is to climb Ben Nevis You can also follow Lease of Life on Twitter.

Ben Nevis, Photo by Thomas Dohmke, licensed under creative commons

At the end of this month, Emma Nuttall, our General Assistant will be taking the weekend off from checking in customers, to go check in at a hostel in Fort William for the night, before climbing to the peak of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Britain.

Lease of Life aims to provide access to sport for any child suffering or recovering from cancer and has pledged all funds raised by their team to the Cyclists Fighting Cancer Charity, whose purpose it is to provide bikes, adapted tricycles and equipment to children and young people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

As many of our customers will understand, bikes provide a fun and practical way to regain lost strength, fitness and confidence.

With three weeks to get in shape, Emma will be sacrificing the comfort of staying inside on the couch next to the fire to do a number of mountain walks and runs around the Lake District.

So far this week, since starting her training, she has already encountered typical terrible weather, endured blisters and to top it off has been defecated on by one of the local farmer’s cows.

Thorney How will be the first to make a donation of £10.00 and is proud to be supporting Emma and the Lease for Life/Cyclists against Cancer campaign.

If you would like to help her reach her target of £300.00 please visit the Group Just Giving Page here:

Remember to detail that it is Emma you are sponsoring as this is a group page.

We appreciate your tie and help in supporting this worthy cause.


THIS WEEK'S FILM - 13TH OCTOBER 2012

12 October 2012 / Events / Film

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) – 124 min, 12A
Director: John Madden (Shakespeare in Love)
Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Dev Patel
Genres: Comedy | Drama

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Film Poster

A group of British retirees decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

87% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn’t groundbreaking storytelling, but it’s a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(2011)IMDb


THIS WEEK'S FILM - 6TH OCTOBER 2012

4 October 2012 / Events / Film

X-Men: First Class (2011)- 132 min, 12A
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

X-Men: First Class, Film Poster

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.

87% Tomatometer – Rotten Tomatoes

With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – X-Men: First Class (2011)IMDb