Norham Newsround


July/August 2018


 Forthcoming Events.

Thursday 5th July : W.I. Meeting; Village Hall; 2pm
Thursday 12th : Parish Walk. Meet on the Green; 9.30am
Friday 20th : Concert; Norham Church; 7pm. See below
Monday 6th August : Coldstream Riders: Village Green
Thursday 9th : Parish Walk. Meet on the Green; 9.30am
Monday 13th : M.U. Service; Norham Church; 2pm.

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 SINCERE CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of:
of William Ridley Elliot who died on 30th May.
and of ’Midge’ McCreath who died on 10th June.


 Notices & News Items

FROM JILL ROBERTSON My grateful thanks to friends and neighbours for the cards and letters sent following Neil’s death.

M.U. The August meeting will be the Mary Sumner Day service.

CRAFT CLUB – We continue meeting through the summer. Dates are Wednesday 11th and 25th July and 8th and 22nd August. Meetings are 1 to 4 p.m. the fee is £2 per person for the afternoon or part thereof.. For more details contact Jan L’Argent on 01289 382897 or
OilCAN – The weather may be fine and sunny but you can still order heating oil through the OilCAN scheme. The next order date is Friday 6th July with the last delivery expected to be close of business on Friday 20th July and then 10th August with the last expected delivery being close of business on Friday 24 August.
OilCAN partner A. F. Affinity will send the reminder email for orders, please let your local coordinator, Jan L’Argent have your order by 11 a.m. on the date of order by phone on 01289 382897 or email

GARAGE SALE Gordon Wharton hopes to run another garage sale on 22nd July. He needs a minimum of 20. Please contact him on 382983

It has been noticed that in recent times children have been playing on and around the war memorial. There is no objection to chil-dren playing on the grass there but parents/guardians are requested not to allow them to play on the memorial itself. Please ensure that It is treated with the respect it deserves.


Thank you to everyone who has so far returned forms and agreed to open their garden and/or help on the day. We could probably do with a couple more gardens and certainly more help with refreshments etc. Apologies if you did not receive a form – it’s possible some houses were accidently missed. You can contact me (Lynne) on 382187 or email Gardens do not have to be perfect! Also a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to Norham in Bloom so far – by making planters, donating planters and plants and giving time. It’s greatly appreciated.

NORHAM W.I. welcome Jacquie Hamblett, President of Berwick W.I. who will give a floral demonstration at our meeting on Thursday 5 July. The members competition is a poem about a flower or flowers written by each member of not more than 10 lines. We meet as usual at 2 p.m. in Norham Village Hall. Visitors are welcome, if you haven’t attended a W.I. meeting before please feel free to join us to find out more or contact Jan L’Argent, Secretary on 01289 382897 or email Note that Norham W.I. do not hold a meeting in August.

NORHAM VILLAGE BAND would like to invite any interested person to join the Band. To all age groups we can offer instruments and free tuition. We meet on Tuesday evenings in the Village Hall, 6.30-8pm.
Interested? Please give John a ring on 382662. John Scarboro

ST CUTHBERT’S MIDSUMMER FAIR A huge thank you to all involved whether you helped set up, take down or anything in between – including the all important turning up and spending money – it was a great day and we raised £2368.15!

FROM SYLVIA CHAPMAN I would like to say a massive thank-you to all my true and loyal friends who sent so many lovely flowers and good wishes to me on my illness. I know that the love of my wonderful family and friends will help me through. Please come and visit me. Knock and come in!

FILM CAMERA EQUIPMENT Has anyone got any film cameras or equipment that could be sold for the benefit of Sue Brewis’ PTSD veterans charity? Obviously equipment donations would be the most welcome, but valuable items could also be bought. Peter Thoday 382099

NORHAM COORDINATION GROUP Some of you will know, and some of you may have been wondering, what has been going on since those Community Workshops were held. There have been a few meetings of what is now currently known as the Norham Coordination Group and at the last one it was agreed that we had been remiss in not letting everyone know what was happening. So from now on brief resumes of the minutes of each meeting will be put in Newsround. The plan is to have an Annual Meeting (date to be fixed) to report on progress and get any feedback from those of you who previously expressed some interest, or indeed from anyone else! I attach the most recent resume for your information!
The next meeting is 9th July.

SUMMARY MINUTES of the Annual Parish Council Meeting are in the enclosed supplement. Note that it is very much edited summaries.

ROB KELSEY is on sabbatical until the end of October. If you need the services of a priest, please contact the Revd Dennis Handley, Acting Area Dean, on (01289) 306136, or the Revd John Carr, Assistant Priest for Carham, Cornhill and Branxton, on (01289) 820239. For matters relating to Norham Parish, please contact one of the churchwardens, William Jackson, on (01289) 382028, or Ian McCreath, on (01289) 386302.

NORHAM FIRST SCHOOL’S LEAVERS’ SERVICE will be held at 9.00am in church on Wednesday 11th July. All welcome.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all who helped/supported/attended our ‘Race Night’ on Sat, 23rd June. To Ian & Wendy, Foremans, Sam (gunshop), Masons, Sarah (Avenue House Therapies), Livy & Ted ( Chain Bridge B&B), Sinner’s Café, Gemini Jewellers, and Helen, thank you for sponsoring the races. And to James, Linda & Laura at the Masons, to Lynsey & Jen for all your help in getting ready for the night, your advice and support and your help on the night THANK YOU!! Lynda and Francesca

NORHAM & LADYKIRK ANGLERS ASSOCIATION Quite a few competitions to talk about. The Barclays Plate at the end of May: conditions were very hard with a strong NE wind and nobody managed to catch anything. The Lady Susan Cup on 2nd June: tough conditions again but Eddie Thompson managed to get a couple and win as he was the only one to catch anything. The de Clermont Cup on 22nd June: again hard conditions with a cool westerly but 3 anglers managed to get hold of a fish. 1st was Ronnie Hek, 2nd Jim Cameron and 3rd Eddie Thompson. July sees another two competitions: first at Watch Water, fishing 6 until 10 with a BBQ supplied by Foremans starting at 5. Free to all paid-up Club members; second is on Friday 20th July: an Open Competition and any LEGAL method can be used, Finally I’d like to say a big ‘congratulations’ to Mark Straughen and the rest of the Scotland team who won the national River Fishing Competition held in Yorkshire last week. Mark finished second in the whole competition, so well done. That’s about it for this month so tight lines everyone, enjoy your fishing. Paul (Jim) Yeomans.

Norham Church Friday 20th July 7pm £7; U16s free
You can expect a remarkable evening of traditional Scottish/Gaelic music from foot tapping reels to thoughtful strathspeys and a great deal more in between from some hugely talented young musicians stopping off in Norham on their tour of the Scottish Borders (and a wee bit beyond!) to give us a display of their skills! Not to be missed!
Taking place in July and August, the Ceilidh Trail provides visitors to Scotland with the opportunity to experience authentic traditional Scottish music in a wide range of settings.
Fèis Rois established its successful Ceilidh Trail programme in Ross-Shire in 2000. Following the success of the Ross-Shire Ceilidh Trail, Fèis Rois started a National Ceilidh Trail for Scotland in 2012. This project has since gone from strength to strength and provides opportunities for young musicians from across Scotland to perform in locations across the country and further afield.
Many previous participants of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail have gone on to carve out very successful careers in the Scottish music industry. These include Fraya Thomsen, Mairearad Green, Matheu Watson, Mischa MacPherson, and Rachel Newton to name but a few. Refreshments available!

It cannot have escaped your attention that there are a lot of potholes on the roads. After a bad winter the County Council is working through them. If you are conscious of any that have not been repaired please report them. It is a very easy process if you have online access.
Go to .Mark the pothole (roughly will do-the more precise the better but they will get the general idea!) on the map and submit. The more reports (by different people) the better, especially of the same potholes!

BRIDGE PROJECT – Volunteer Buddies Needed in Northumberland
A local charity is calling out for Volunteer Buddies to support fellow volunteers. Northumberland CVA’s Supported Volunteering project helps some of the county’s hardest to reach unemployed people to develop the confidence and skills they need to find work.
The scheme is part of The Bridge Project, which is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, as part of their joint Building Better Opportunities Programme. Northumberland CVA is looking to expand its team of Volunteer Buddies, to support and accompany individuals undertaking volunteering to improve their confidence and life experiences in order to improve their employability.
Buddies will receive a variety of training including Safeguarding, Autism Awareness, Mental Health Awareness and First Aid Training.
Northumberland CVA Project Co-ordinator, Lisa Wackett said: “Being a Volunteer Buddy is such a worthwhile and rewarding experience. The most important skill you’ll need is an ability to explain things clearly and have empathy and understanding. You also need to be willing to commit to a minimum of only one half day per week, plus the essential training you’ll need prior to taking up your buddying role. We will need to carry out a DBS check and we’ll make sure you are never out of pocket by paying any expenses you incur.”
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Buddy, please call Lisa Wackett or Leanne Brown at Northumberland CVA on 01670 858688.

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


Any contributions should be given to Josephine Harris (382363) before Thursday 23rd August.
Newsround is put onto our website each month; if you do not wish your name, telephone number, or any other detail to be published, please advise.

To read the full version of “NORHAM NEWSROUND” as printed and distributed in hard copy around the village please go further down this page to the “Other issues of the Norham Newsround” below and click on the relevant month.

Any news or information on forthcoming events: please also send to:-the Norham Community Website at
so that your event can be listed in the Events Calendar.


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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