Norham Newsround


September 2019

 Forthcoming Events.

Thursday 5th September: W.I. meeting; Norham Village Hall; 2pm
Sunday 8th : Healing Service; Norham Church; 6pm. See below.
Monday 9th : M.U. meeting; Branxton Village Hall; 2pm.
Wednesday 11th : Scottish Country Dancing; Norham Village Hall; 7.30pm.
Thursday 12th : Village Walk; meet at Green; 9.30am.
Saturday 14th : Herbal Kitchen Workshop; Village Hall; 10.30am. See below
Saturday 21st : Northumberland Day at the Castle/ See supplement for details
Wednesday 25th : Piper Laidlaw Commemoration. See supplement for details
Thursday 26th : Drop-in-4-Coffee; Church; 10.30am-12 noon
Saturday 28th : Stash Sale in the village Hall. See below.

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Notices & News Items

On Sunday 4th September at St Cuthbert’s we welcomed Tommy Hamilton Hume on the occasion of his baptism.
to Melissa Binnie and Andrew Hamilton who were married in St Cuthbert’s on 6th July;
also to Kate Rowntree and Paul Grahamslaw who were married in St Cuthbert’s on 27th July;

the family and friends of
Arnold Robinson who died on 15th July;
also John Urwin who died on 8th August;
and Doris Kerr who died on14th August.


ST CUTHBERTS SUMMER FAIR Thank You! It seems like a long time ago now but….Thank you to everyone who helped out before the day, on the day, and after the day in every small or big way-and even just came to spend some money. The weather was glorious (almost too glorious!), the entertainers were wonderful — and blow me down — the fire engine arrived!! And we made c £2200 which is a not inconsiderable amount!
Here’s to 2020!! Thank you!

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Classes restart on 11th September in the Village Hall, 7.30—9pm every Wednesday. Teacher is Angela Johnston. Experienced and beginners, young and not-so, all welcome. Good fun for all.

NORHAM WI The September meeting takes place on Thursday 5th September at 2 p.m. in Norham Village Hall. Our speaker is Liesbeth Langford, her subject is “Childhood under Occupation” and the members competition is A Wartime Item.

NORHAM WI CRAFT CLUB Our meetings during the coming month are 4th and 19th September. As always our craft club is open to all not just WI members, everybody welcome. Just bring your own project to work on and enjoy a lovely social occasion as well, refreshments are freely available. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and craft tips as well. We are completely non-profit making charging enough to cover rental of the village hall and for heating. Cost is £2.50 with effect from September for a 3 hour session or part thereof starting at 1 p.m. Further information from Jan L’Argent on 01289 382897, email

STASH SALE. SATURDAY 28th. Final countdown to a craft stash sale for sellers and buyers of fabric, sewing items, knitting products, paper craft and jewellery findings. There are still a couple of tables available at £5 per table. Refreshments will be available to buy. Sellers will be able to set up from 8:30 a.m. open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Further information from Jan L’Argent 01289 382897, email

NORHAM PILATES CLASSES. Please come and join in with our Pilates classes held weekly in Norham Village Hall. Monday 11.30am – 12.30pm and
Friday 3.00pm – 4.00pm. Please note the Thursday class will be restarting on 5th September from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Classes are £6.00 each, all equipment is supplied. To book your mat space, please contact Carrie Lambert on 07968606005 or email me on

CHURCH FLOWERS Jane would appreciate some more help. It involves decorating the pedestal near the lectern for a couple of weeks (more if you wish). Note: you don’t have to pay for the flowers, or even find them! Please contact Jane at or 01289382323.

HEALING SERVICE You are invited to a christian Healing Service in church at 6pm on Sunday 8th September. Quiet, low-key and nondemanding, come to join in or just to observe. Contact Rob for more details, 01289 382235

WILDLIFE HIDE As you may be aware we put in a successful application for a grant for A Wildlife Observation Hide, but we were only awarded a certain percentage of what was needed. We are £400.00 short. In order for us to move forward and order the materials the money needs to be in the bank. Would anyone like to donate to the Norham Development Trust? If so you can lodge it in the bank account or drop it through my door marked Wildlife. Account details: sort code 80-22-60 account number 19249062. Jim Blythe 6 Castle Street Norham. 01289382442.

NORHAM ARTS GROUP On Friday August 10th, in torrential rain and a strong wind, Norham Arts Group had the second information panel in the Norham Turner Trail installed on the village green. It is exciting as the Turner painting of Castle Street, with the castle standing guard at the top, is a rarely seen artwork by JMW Turner and is actually just the size of a postcard! We hope you like it. Information panel 3 is in production and will be installed within the castle grounds once we have all the necessary permissions in place. Keep a check on the village website!

NORHAM CHOIR NEWS A whopping total of £647.53 was raised at the Summer Musical Concert on June 30th and divided between The Norham Church Heating Fund, and Northumberland Mental Health Matters. The Berwick Concert Band, Norham Adult and Junior Choir would like to say a “huge thank you” to everyone for supporting the happy event. Do you enjoy singing? Then we need you! Please do join us at our “Norham Church Choir Open Practice” on Thursday 26th September at 6.30pm – 8pm at Norham Church. We shall sing some varied melodies, and lovely harmonies together, so that you can get a glimpse about what we sing, and how much fun we have. There will be a break for tea and cake when Patricia Bonia, the Choir Leader will be on hand to answer any questions. We shall look forward to welcoming everyone. We practice every Thursday 6.45pm- 8.15pm for various events including our Summer Concert, Christmas Carol Service, Evensong Services, and Anthems for Sunday Services. Any questions then ring Lucy on 07974 416692

Sunday 6th October 4pm Choral Evensong for Harvest. There will be traditional harvest hymns, a beautiful harvest anthem with refreshments to look forward to afterwards. We hope that you can join us.

THE NATURALLY HERBAL KITCHEN WORKSHOP Norham Village Hall Saturday 14th September 10.30am – 3pm An opportunity to learn how to use herbs and plants in your kitchen to do laundry, wash-up, clean counters, spray ironing, make beeswax food wrap to use instead of plastic wrap and make a herbal kitchen candle to reduce cooking smells. At the end of the workshop you will take home your kitchen candle, ironing spray, a little washing up liquid, counter cleaner, a beeswax food wrap sheet, a little tie-bag of laundry detergent and a handout with all the information you need to make these products at home. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the workshop on a self-service basis and the Mason’s Arms in Norham are providing sandwiches and fruit for lunch which is included in the workshop fee of £45.00. Book through or e-mail or text on 07821-784265
Catherine Sanderson has run her herbal workshops in Berwick, Paxton Village Hall and at Paxton House. She studied for her Diploma in Herbology at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and now teaches on their Herbology courses. Recycle and Share: if you can, please bring along clean jam jars with lids, old kitchen cleaner spray bottles, and old washing up liquid bottles to share.

VILLAGE HALL The snooker room is nearly done – offers of help to redecorate in October welcomed! Also if you would be interested in being part of running or helping to run the snooker club when it is ready to go. A reminder to please leave the hall as you find it whenever you use it and to pay particular attention to turning off lights, shutting and locking doors. Janet Young 382736:

DOG FOULING is again on the increase in various locations. People are reminded that if they take there dog out and it makes a mess they MUST clean up after them. Hot spots are at the entrance to the field at the school, at Galagate Farm and the path that leads from Bowell to the stile into the field that goes to the bridge. All these areas have bins in very close proximity. Just because they are outside the centre of the village doesn’t mean they can be misused. PLEASE CLEAN UP. If it persist there will be field cameras put up and people will be prosecuted, named and shamed. Something we are sure you don’t want to happen.   Jim Blythe

A LITTLE NORHAM CHRISTMAS!! 22nd November 6-9pm Village Hall
Tickets £5 in advance (incl a free glass of fizz and canapés) It seems a little early to mention the ‘C’ word but here it is!! A lovely evening for friends, fizz and a bit of festive shopping! Over 18 only! Put the date in your diary….Tickets available soon from the Village Shop and The Masons Arms in Norham, and Straight Lace, Castlegate, Berwick. In aid of Northern Soul Kitchen and Berwick & District Friends of Dementia.
Further information from Tory Craig 07745130987

NORHAM TREE PLANTING GROUP I would like to thank John Short for the tremendous help he has given over the past 7 years, John has decided to have a break from cutting the riverside path between Pedwell and the Bridge. I have a new volunteer who is willing to take over the grass cutting duties but ideally another helper would help when she wants a break. David Foreman 382260

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WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER: BEESWAX WRAP WORKSHOP BY SEA THE CHANGE – 7PM. Hands on workshop making beeswax wraps to replace clingfilm. £15 to include all materials and refreshments. To book your place contact Eileen 01289 382163.
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER: MUSIC BY FOLK DUO GILMORE & ROBERTS 7:30. £10, bring own nibbles and drinks. Raffle. Tickets available from Eileen 01289 382163 or on the door.
TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER: BERWICK SUGAR CRAFT CLUB. DECORATION OF GINGER BISCUITS 7:30PM. Demonstration by Moira Kay. Members £1.50, visitors £3.00
SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER: MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING. 10:30-12 noon. Home made cakes and bakes. Eileen’s Nuts – green cleaning and hair care products will also be there with all proceeds going to MacMillan. “Eileen’s Nuts” is a small venture in Horncliffe making green cleaning, hair and body care products, collecting and reusing used plastic bottles. All profit is to be used to help projects/clubs in Horncliffe or to be donated to charity. For a full product and price list please e-mail
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To read the latest update on Village Community Projects click here: 2019-06-Norham Development Trust update June 2019


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Booking of the village hall should be done via Linda, Masons Arms, either in person or by phone 01289-382326

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