Norham Newsround


March 2019

 Forthcoming Events.

Wednesday 6th March: Ash Wednesday Service; in church; 6pm
Thursday 7th : W.I. meeting; 2pm; Norham Village Hall
Saturday 9th : Nearly New Sale; Village Hall; 10am-1pm; in aid of the Hall.
Sunday 10th : Role/Future of the Church Building in the Village;
discussion/meeting in church; 10am See below for more details.
Monday 11th : Mothers’ Union Lent lunch; 1pm; Branxton Village Hall
Thursday 14th : Village Walk; meet on the Green; 9.30am
Saturday 16th : Tractor Road Run; Green from 10am.
Monday 25th : M.U. Lady Day Service; 2pm; Branxton Church.
Thursday 28th : Drop-in-4-Coffee; Church; 10.30am-12 noon
Protect against Fraud; discussion; Mason’s Arms; see below
Friday 29th : Co-ordination Group Drop-in Session; Village Hall;
4.30-6.30pm. See below for details

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SINCERE CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of
Edward Small, who died on 17th January;
and John Robertson who died on 4th February;
and Donny Dolan, who died on 24th February.


Notices & News Items

NORHAM WI – Our next meeting is on Thursday 7 March at 2 p.m. in Norham Village Hall as usual. Our speaker is Janis Embleton, Flight Weaving showing slides of her visit to China and demonstrating a form of weaving from China. The members competition is a woven or tapestry item. Visitors welcome, no charge with the afternoon ending with afternoon tea, you’ll be very welcome.

NORHAM CRAFT CLUB dates are the Wednesday 6 and 20 March, 1 – 4 p.m. fee is still £2.00 to cover village hall rent and heating. We are non-profit making and a great place to come for a just a cuppa and a chat or bring your craft with you for the afternoon or just an hour so. Further details from Jan on 01289 382897 or

OilCAN – If you wish to order for March 2019 you will have to contact Carol Davison at OilCAN by Friday 8th. Tel 01670 517178 Email: If you would like to volunteer to be the village co-ordinator, contact Carol, or seek advice from Jan l’Argent.

ALTERNATIVE TO OilCAN is the Horncliffe Quarterly Buying group. For details contact the organiser, June Hope, on 01289 382683. The date deadlines this year are Jan 17th, April 25th, July 18th, Oct 17th.

PILATES CLASSES at Norham Village Hall. I have an additional class on a Thursday evening. The class time is 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Class times now are Monday 11.30am – 12.30pm, Thursday 6.30pm – 7.30pm, and Friday 3.00pm – 4.00pm. My number is 07968606005

UNWANTED CHRISTMAS PRESENTS? Barely worn clothes? Put them in our Nearly New sale on Saturday 9th March and support the Village Hall. Contact Janet Young – 382736;

CASTLE ROTA. Any more volunteers for opening and closing castle for visitors? Please contact Janet Young – 382736;

ASH WEDNESDAY, 6th March. A Service to mark the beginning of Lent, including the imposition of ashes will take place at 6.00pm in Norham Church.

NEW INFORMATION AND ADVICE HUB Hazel’s Centre, Hazel Marsden House, Violet Terrace, Berwick Upon Tweed TD15 1LU. Hospice Care North Northumberland, Macmillan Cancer Support and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are working together to provide a new monthly information and advice hub on the FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH at Hazel’s Centre for people affected by cancer or life limiting illness. There will also be an area at Hazel’s Centre where you can find a wide selection of information leaflets and resources displayed.
For more information contact Macmillan Support 01670855533

HEALTHWATCH NORTHUMBERLAND ANNUAL SURVEY is now live! In February and March, Healthwatch Northumberland conducts its annual survey asking the people of Northumberland their views on all aspects of health and social care. This gives us valuable information about where to focus our work. We share this information in our annual report so that service providers can reflect, gain an insight into public opinion and improve their services in the future.
Healthwatch Northumberland annual survey listening event – Berwick Friday 1st March 10am – 12noon
The Maltings Berwick
Small meeting room (lower ground floor)

ST ABBS POP-UP MARKET will be at Norham Village Hall on Easter Saturday, 20th April, 10am-2pm, and refreshments will be provided by the ladies of the Norham W.I. There will also be a car boot sale on the village green organised by Joe Dunn, please call Joe on 07521 412949 to book a space for the car boot sale.

NORHAM TRACTOR ROAD RUN is going to be on Saturday the 16th of March. Tractors will leave village at 10am and return between 3-4pm weather/route dependant.

Sat 6th April 7pm Adult £8; U16 £6; Family Ticket £24
DO NOT MISS THIS! This inspiring one-woman play tells the compelling story of jazz singer and civil rights activist, Mena Bordeaux. Black Is The Color Of My Voice is inspired by the life of Nina Simone and follows Mena as she reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. Seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father, Mena looks back on her life through a series of flashbacks to explore the men, music, politics, racism, conflicts and decisions that have shaped her journey. The play includes several Nina Simone classics powerfully performed by the show’s writer and performer, Apphia Campbell. In 2013, Black Is The Color Of My Voice opened to rave reviews in Shanghai. It later toured to sell-out venues in New York, London, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and beyond. Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida, later moving to New York where she performed Off-Broadway. In 2009, Apphia moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz and pop in various venues and eventually formed her company, Play The Spotlight Theatre Company, to focus on new works and musical pieces. This is her tribute to the remarkable life of Nina Simone.
The church will once again be transformed into a cafe, with licence, what is certain to be a thrilling evening.
Some tickets available online from
We also anticipate high demand so will be keeping a reservations list — first come first served. Tel. Jacqui/Ken Budge on 01289382554. Or on the door – though we would recommend you don’t leave it that long!

NORHAM IN BLOOM This year we are entering the village and school into the ‘Northumbria in Bloom’ competition. Many people commented on the flower displays last year, not only in the beds and planters around the village, but also colourful displays outside houses in Castle Street and West Street. It would be lovely to see even more displays this year. Thank you in anticipation! Buying plants costs money. We will therefore be having another fundraising event – by popular demand:
BEETLE DRIVE & PIE AND PEA SUPPER. Friday 5th April 7pm. This is a fun family event. Tickets in advance £5.00, children half price. Watch out for posters.
Anyone keen to help with Norham in Bloom is more than welcome. Practical help and ideas greatly appreciated. If you wish to join let us know. Lynne 382187

VILLAGE BAND is seeking new members (all abilities and all ages). Instruments and tuition provided free of charge. Come and join our friendly non-contesting band. Practice each Tuesday from 6.30—8pm. Interested? Give John a ring on 01289 382662.

FRAUD ADVICE Barclays bank would like to come to The Masons Arms in Norham on Thursday 28th March to help us all with identifying all types of fraud. This will be open to everyone to come along and join in as we feel it is very important. Contact the Mason’s for time (to be arranged).

KATHERINE WILLIAMS AT NORHAM CHURCH on Sunday 10th March. Norham Church is part of the Norham Development Co-ordinating Group, which aims to promote Norham as a good place to live and visit. The Church has obtained a grant from the National Churches Trust to employ a development worker over the next few months. Katherine Williams will consult individuals and organizations throughout the parish, to hear their views about what Norham Church has to offer the whole community, which in turn will help to make the church building more user-friendly. Katherine will be speaking to, and more importantly listening to, the congregation during the service at 10am on Sunday 10th March. Come along to find out more and have your say!

NORHAM PETANQUE CLUB will be starting the 2019 season soon. Club sessions are on Tuesday evenings from 6pm and Sundays from 3pm – new members are always welcome. Annual membership is £10 (due 1st April) and enables you to play as often as you like, to be involved in club competitions and also the South Scotland Friendly League. The Club is affiliated to the Scottish Petanque Association and we hope to be able to offer some qualified training sessions this year. Pay and play on an occasional basis is also welcomed at £1 per session.

Friday 29th March 4.30-6.30pm Norham Village Hall
Your village still needs you!
Please come and find out what all the groups have been up to since those community workshops so many months ago!
And we still want your ideas and your help!
Free tea and biscuits!!






To read the lates update on Village Community Project click here: 2019-03-Community Report March


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Minutes of Norham Parish Council

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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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