Norham Newsround


December 2018 & January 2019


 Forthcoming Events.

See main text below for WI, MU and most Church dates
Sunday 1st December : Advent Activities in Church; 11am.
Thursday 13th Dec & 10th Jan : Village Walk; meet on the Green; 9.30am
Friday 18th, Saturday 19th Jan : Village Pantomime; Village Hall; see below
Thursday 24th Jan : Drop-in-4-Coffee; Church; 10.30am-12 noon
Saturday 26th Jan : Ceilidh in the Village Hall. See below

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To the family and friends of:
Bobby Anderson, who died on 30th October;
also of Hector Whyte, who died on 25th October.

 Notices & News Items

NORHAM WI – Members please note that the day and date of the next meeting has been changed to Wednesday 5th December, 2 p.m. as usual in the village hall for the Christmas Party afternoon and not Thursday 6th December as previously advised. The members competition is four Christmas cupcakes. The first meeting in the New Year will be on Thursday 10th January 2019, 2 p.m. in the village hall; this will be a members social afternoon and the members competition will be something beginning with ‘Q’. Any queries can be addressed to either Margaret Jeffrey, President or Jan L’Argent.

NORHAM WI CRAFT – Future meetings are Thursday 13th December, please note the change of day on this occasion only and that this will be the only meeting in December. The first meetings of the New Year will be on Wednesday 9th and 23rd January 2019 and every two weeks thereafter unless otherwise stated. As usual we meet from 1 to 4 p.m, cost is £2.00 for the afternoon or part thereof. Remember we are non-profit making, all crafts welcome and bring your own project. Refreshments and a warm welcome are available at no extra charge. Details from Jan L’Argent. 01289 382897 or

ARMISTICE CENTENARY POPPY MEMORIAL – Members of the WI wish to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone in the village who contributed to the success of this commemorative display. Many of you made poppies in a variety of mediums and persuaded family and friends to contribute as well. Grateful thanks are also extended to the Parochial Church Council for allowing poppies on the churchyard gates, the Parish Council for use of the chains around the green and to Janet Young who gave permission for the village hall displays. We have had some very kind comments about the work from both villagers and visitors, once again thank you. Finally, thank you to Linda Dowdall, landlady of The Mason’s Arms who suggested the venture back in January 2018.

OilCAN – If you wish to order for January 2019 you will have to contact Carol Davison at OilCAN by Friday 11th. 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.

MOTHERS’ UNION DATES Sat 8th December Coffee Morning at Crookham Village Hall; 10am –12 noon. Monday 10th Christmas Entertainment by Ken & Jacqui Budge; Branxton Village Hall; 2pm. Monday 4th January AGM; Branxton Village Hall; 2pm.

CHRISTMAS STAMPS Please save your Christmas stamps and leave them on the big table at the back of church for forwarding to USPG.

SHOEBOX APPEAL The Mothers’ Union will once again be filling shoeboxes to be given to the homeless. Any donations – scarves, gloves, hats, toiletries etc. – will be gratefully received. Please leave donations at the back of church or with Babs at 26 West Street.

ADVENT ACTIVITIES Designed with children in mind but all ages welcome for a morning of craft and reflection. In Church; 11am; Saturday 1st December.

NORHAM VILLAGE BAND is holding its Christmas Concert in the Village Hall on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm. Entry by donation. Refreshments during the interval. There will be a raffle.

SMILE FOR CHRISTMAS Its that time of year again where we have a lot of single people on their own for Christmas Morning so we are running a smile for Christmas again. We will have collection boxes in the Masons arms and the Church if anyone would like to donate.
We ask for any unwrapped gifts of any size for either men or women, and our lovely team will go round on Christmas eve and deliver them.
If you have a neighbour who is on their own; or if you don’t wish to receive a present please let one of the team know at the Masons on 01289 382326
This has been a very successful event over the years and we would love this to carry on for many more years. Thank you for your continued support

Christmas Nativity Dress Rehearsal  12th December 1.30pm
We would like to invite all our village friends, young and old, to the dress rehearsal for our Christmas Nativity on Wednesday 12th December at 1:30pm in the Village Hall.
(A performance for family and friends will take place at 6pm.) It may not be perfect but it will be entertaining and a good reminder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
Tea and mince pies will be available — donations to PTA
2019 NORHAM CALENDAR available in the shops for £5. Photos by Pauline Kerr show the extreme weather of 2018 in Norham, month by month. The proceeds will go towards a project to produce a new guidebook for St Cuthbert’s Church.

FIRST AID/DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING There still seems to be some desire for another first aid training session, as a number of people missed the last one (including me!). To make it worthwhile we need at least 15 attendees. So…. If you are interested please contact me , and once I have 15 I will endeavour to fix a date for a session suitable for all.
Tory Craig 07745130987

NORHAM ADVENT CALENDER 24 residents of Norham have signed up to take part in the annual Advent Windows project. Each householder will decorate their window and display it to the public on the day given them.
1st Dec sees Pat Hogg (48 Castle Street) starting the calendar. Then day by day more houses will reveal their decorations. Householders can interpret the theme in any way they choose (as long as it’s Christmassy). The final window (24th Dec) will be George Straughen’s shop window We hope both residents and visitors will enjoy the trail. As last year everyone is invited to take part in a competition as they view the windows. Find the Christmas Tree gift tag with a coded Christmas anagram displayed in each window, recording your answers on a competition sheet (available from the Mason’s Arms). A small prize will be awarded to the first adult and first child to have all the words correct. You have until 31st Dec. when the winners’ names will be drawn. Good luck, and happy looking,
Any enquiries to Mary-Rose Blythe (6 Castle Street)

A BRIDGE TOO FAR cycle sportive held in Norham on October the 14th raised £1732. For Berwick Cancer cars. Thanks to all that helped on the day.

NORHAM CHURCH CHOIR In mid-October the choir joined forces with 37 choirs form the north East at Durham Cathedral for the annual Royal School of Church Music Area Festival, for a service of Remembrance which was an extremely uplifting experience for all.
The enthusiastic choir are now working hard on a number of events leading up to the Norham Church Carol Service on Sunday December 16th which is always a special occasion including the super Junior Singers leading the service as well. Please come along and enjoy the singing, and the uplifting organ music.
The first event is on Saturday December 8th 10.30 – midday when all shoppers at Morrisons Supermarket will be entertained with a background of dulcet tones of Christmas Carols to help them shop, which will be in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. All supporters most welcome.
Then on Tuesday 11th December Norham Church Choir will giving an informal concert at Birch Hill Care Home.
All enquiries about choir activities or joining the choir then please email

NORHAM CASTLE You will all have noticed that the castle car park gate is broken and so the car park remains open. English Heritage have approved the repair of the gate and the fencing along the road on either side of this. Unfortunately the are awaiting ‘scheduled monument consent’ from Historic England, for which there is no timescale, before work can commence. Until then the car park will remain open.
We are also looking for more volunteers to help with the rota for opening and closing the gates during the tourist season. Next year this will start in April for daily opening and will continue through the winter for weekend opening only. If you would like to be involved please let me know. Janet Young 382736

VILLAGE HALL Many thanks for all your patience with the recent works. I am delighted to say that the electrics have now passed all the safety tests, the windows have been repaired and repainted and the floor has been refurbished. There is more work to do in the New Year, including repainting the hall and improving the snooker room. Whilst we will be applying for grants, there are no promises and so we will also be starting some fund-raising. First off will be a Ceilidh to celebrate both Robert Burns and Village Hall week. This will be on Saturday 26th January so please put it in the diary. Look out for more details on the Notice Board.

PANTOMIME Come and laugh off the winter blues with the Norham Pantomime. Sleeping Beauty meets Dr Who (Oh No she doesn’t!) All star cast appearing at great cost to their own reputations. Friday 18th January and Saturday 19th January at the Village Hall. Tickets £5 adults £3 children. Look out for the posters. Janet Young 382736

ELIZABETH THODAY would like to thank all of you who have shown, over the past months, such loving care, kindness and support during my recent illness. Peter and I appreciate this very much. We will not be sending out cards this year so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and all best wishes for 2019.




Sunday 16th December 10.00am, Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies!
Friday 21st December 9.00am, Norham CofE First School Carol Service
Saturday 22nd December 3.00pm, The Norham Living Nativity
We gather at the war memorial, then follow Mary and Joseph and the (real live) donkey on their journey around the village to ‘Bethlehem’
Sunday 23rd December 10.00am Holy Communion
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December 4.00pm, Crib Service
11.30pm, First Holy Communion of Christmas
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December 10.00am, Holy Communion



To read the lates update on Village Community Project click here:  2018-12-Norham Co-Ordination Group Minutes


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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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