Norham Newsround


May 2018


 Forthcoming Events.

Thursday 3rd May : W.I. Meeting; Village Hall; 2pm
Thursday 10th : Parish Walk. Meet on the Green; 9.30am
Ascension Day Service; St Cuthbert’s Church; 7pm.
Saturday 12th : Stories with Strings; St Cuthbert’s;7pm. See below
Monday 14th : M.U. Meeting in Mason’s Arms, Norham; 2pm.
Monday 21st : Village Hall AGM; Hall ; 6pm
Sunday 27th : Northumberland Day Picnic; Norham Castle. See below.

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 SINCERE CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of:
Norman Mackay who died on 22nd March


 Notices & News Items

WELCOME On Sunday 15th April at St Cuthbert’s we welcomed Sarah Purves and Jessica De Leon-Palmer on the occasion of their baptism.

The May meeting will include a talk by Revd John Carr.

W I – Thursday 3rd,
2 p.m. Claire Short will be talking about Travels in Israel. New members welcome. Details from Jan L’Argent 01289 382897 or email

– Our craft afternoons in May are Wednesday 2 and 16 April 1 to 4 p.m. Norham Village Hall. Everyone is welcome you don’t have to be a WI member, we are non-profit making, refreshments available. Details from Jan L’Argent 01289 382897 or email

– The next order date is Friday 11th May, I will be sending out my usual email reminder but you can contact me before that on the details given here. May I please have your order no later than 11 a.m. on that date; delivery is expected to be completed by Friday 25th May More information about the scheme from Jan L’Argent 01289 382897 or email

ASCENSION DAY Thursday 10th May
. A short service of Holy Communion will take place in St Cuthbert’s Church at 7pm.

ST CUTHBERT’S MIDSUMMER FAIR Saturday 23rd June 2pm — 4pm
We know it has just been too cold and wintry to turn your mind to spring cleaning until now-but the daffodils are out so now is the time!
We are looking for tombola and raffle prizes and pre-loved and vintage (good quality and clean!…you’d be surprised…..) clothing -adult and children’s – for the fair.
And in due course we will be looking for your home-baking, produce and plants!
PLEASE NOTE we are NOT looking for bric a brac or books this year — we thought we would have a change!
And as for the Fair itself – there will be entertainment galore, fun and games, ice cream, your favourite stalls — and a strawberry cream teas marquee on the Village Green!! Any queries or if you would like to help please contact Tory Craig 07745130987

REPORTING PROBLEMS The Parish Council from time to time receives reports on a wide variety of issues from residents, including most recently empty grit bins, full bottle banks and terrible potholes. Whilst we are happy to pass on these complaints they should be directed straight to Northumberland County Council, whose responsibility these issues are.
If you have access to a computer (or know someone who does!), if you go to
there is a full list of items which can be reported direct, including fly tipping, potholes, problems with recycling and waste collection services
Please note in particular (as far as we aware) in relation to potholes the more often they are reported the more likely they are to be fixed!

St Cuthbert’s Church Norham Saturday 12th May 7pm
Tickets £7; U16s free – on the door
Fool’s Gold is Steve & Carol Robson, they perform all over the UK in Village Halls, Community spaces Churches and small theatres. Over the past few years they have played to over 50,000 people! Carol and Steve are multi instrumentalists and the live show features a wide range of instruments Their show is rooted in music, but is much more than just a concert performance. They use live music, stories and projected visuals to weave a fascinating show for all ages.
As well as performing all the songs live, Fool’s Gold reveal the stories behind the songs, the histories and mysteries, tragedies and romances that gave rise to some original and some very well known songs. The songs are engaging, catchy and melodic — audience participation is unavoidable!

SING IN in aid of Air Ambulance and St. Paul’s Church Branxton. Branxton Village Hall on Saturday 30th June from 10.30am to 2pm. ALL welcome to come and sing or listen. Refreshments available. More information and requests for songs or hymns can be emailed to: by 23rd June.

at Norham Castle 27th May 2018 11am-3pm
Bring your own picnic! Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle!
Treasure Trail for children, with prizes! Outdoor games!
and all for free!!
For any more information contact Tory Craig 07745130987

The Parish Council has been asked by the North Northumberland Royal British Legion to put forward two people to attend an event at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Berwick on 10th November from 7pm. Their plans are for
1. An ecumenical service to held at Holy Trinity Church, Berwick upon Tweed starting at 7pm on Saturday 10 November 2018
2. A 100th Anniversary Wreath to be brought to this service by 2 representatives from each community – 26 in total.
3. All the wreaths to be placed in an area of the church that will have a 5-person Vigil Party of cadets, veterans and service personnel in attendance throughout the night. The Vigil Party will change every 15 minutes.
4. A large candle to be lit by a representative from every community to burn throughout the night – 26 in total.
5. Every named First World War casualty on every War Memorial in North Northumberland to be read out throughout the night by a representative from their town or village. We would like someone from your community to read the names on your War Memorial at a set time during the Vigil.
6. A candle lit prayer vigil to continue throughout the night with the opportunity for anyone to come and light a candle or spend as long as they like in the church.
7. A ‘Book of Remembrance’ to be available for visitors to record their thoughts or commemorate a family member who served in the First World War. This book will be retained by the Berwick Archive.
8. A short service will also be held at 7.30am on Sunday 11 November 2018. The wreaths will be collected by representatives from the 26 communities and taken back to their town or village for the local Remembrance Sunday Service at their War Memorial.
They are looking for 1 person to bring a wreath, and 1 to to light a candle and one of those two to read out the names of First World war casualties from Norham. If you are interested in being involved please contact either a parish councillor or Victoria Craig
or on 01289382754

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST It was noted at the last parish council meeting how well the village seemed to have coped with being snowed in for a few days, and how everyone seemed to pull together to help each other. For that the council wished to pass on its thanks to all residents in the parish (and some beyond whose help was very gratefully appreciated).
It was also noted how useful it was to have local shops and other services in those circumstances- and how it gave pause for thought that we should all try to use those shops and services in the good times too-to ensure they are with us in the bad times!

DAFFODIL TEA Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the tea and to those who attended. Thanks to donations of baked goods to eat and to sell, some lovely raffle prizes and cash given we made a profit of £180. This will go towards the purchase of planters and plants to display in the village.

OPEN GARDENS A date has now been set: Sunday 29th July, probably 10 until 4. We are joining with Horncliffe for this event. The idea behind it is to bring visitors from Berwick and surrounding areas to increase funding for Norham in Bloom next year. (More details later). Several people have kindly offered to open their garden on the day. Let me know if you would like to have your garden added to the list. There’s still plenty of time to get everything in order! Even if you don’t think your garden worthy perhaps you might consider a really good display in the planters at your front door? Contact Lynne at or telephone 382187.

THE VILLAGE CLEAN UP GROUP would like some help in clearing the footpaths around our village. If you can help can you contact me by e mail on I propose to do a few nights each month from 6 pm until 8p.m. Most likely Mondays and Wednesdays? You don’t have to come for both nights or the full 2 hours, we would appreciate any time you can spare. Hope to hear from you.


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Minutes of Norham Parish Council

An Extract of the Minutes for Parish Council Meetings can be found on the Parish Council pages.   Also on the archived copies of Norham Newsround.




Booking of the village green should be done via the Clerk to the Parish Council, Victoria Craig,, 01289-382754.
Booking of the village hall should be done via Linda, Masons Arms, either in person or by phone 01289-382326

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