Norham Newsround


October 2018


 Forthcoming Events.

Thursday 4th October : W.I. meeting; Village Hall; 2pm.
Saturday 6th : Harvest Supper; Village Hall; 7pm. See below.
Sunday 7th : Harvest Worship Service; Church; 10am
Norham Industral Show; Village Hall. See entry form for details.
Monday 8th: M.U. meeting: Branxton Village Hall; 2pm
Wednesday 10th : Norham School Career Fair; 1-2.30pm. See below
Thursday 11th : Village Walk; meet on the Green; 9.30am.
‘Dorian Gray’; Norham Church; 7pm. See below.
Friday 12th : Beetle Drive; Village Hall; 7pm. See below
Thursday 25th: Drop-in-4-Coffee; Church; 10.30am-12 noon

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 SINCERE CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of
Paddy Hewitt, former Area Dean and vicar of Lowick, who died recently.


 Notices & News Items

SYLVIA CHAPMAN Stewart, Michelle and family would like the thank all of Sylvia’s friends in the village and beyond who helped and supported her during her illness. Also for every message of sympathy and flowers received on our loss. We are planning to erect a memorial bench in the village for everyone to remember Sylvia. Thank you all.

FROM PAULINE GRUNDY On behalf of all the family I’d like to thank everyone who came to our aid when my mother- in- law became ill whilst here on holiday with us. Unfortunately Sheila passed away a few days later but because of your help everyone was able to say goodbye. Special thanks to the staff at the Masons but most of all to Glennis who’s been an absolute rock through it all.

CONGRATULATIONS to Julian Bonia who recently received a Certificate of Special Service from the Royal School Church Music for his unstinting and selfless service to churches and their communities over many decades. He is presently the rock on which church music at the Historic Church of St Cuthberts, Norham survives and thrives.
Julian is an outstanding musician and craftsman who has given unstinting and selfless service to churches and their communities over many decades.

2018 ARMISTICE CENTENARY POPPY CASCADE – Norham WI now need to start gathering up all those poppies that so many people have been making. As you know we planned to create a cascade on the west wall of the village hall but hope that we will have enough poppies to cover the churchyard gates and possibly the cross on the green too. Poppies can be brought to the craft club on the 3 and 17 October, Linda Dowdall at the Mason’s Arms, who started this idea is willing to take them in or someone from the WI will collect them. Contact Jan L’Argent on 01289 392897 or email for collection.

NORHAM WI – October is the time for our Annual Meeting and it’s the opportunity for the members to elect their President and Secretary for 2018/19. We will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday 4th October with a Pie & Pea lunch, followed by our usual meeting, then instead of a speaker we move to the election including the Secretary’s Report for the year.

CRAFT CLUB meets on the following 3 dates, 3rd, 17th and 31st October, Norham Village Hall from 1 – 4 p.m. The fee remains at £2.00 for the session, refreshments and good company are available. Bring your own project, share ideas, get help with your craft – we will if we can. You will be very welcome. Fro further details contact Jan L’Argent on 01289 382897 or

OilCAN – The next order will be placed on Friday 5th October. May I please have your orders by 11 a.m. of that day so that I can collate the order ready to be submitted to A F Affinity Ltd by midday. If you are interested in joining the scheme contact Jan L’Argent on 01289 382897 or or visit and select Supporting Individuals then OilCAN.

BEETLE DRIVE 12th October 7pm village hall. Tickets £5.00 from Lynne, Frena or Moira. Includes pie and peas. Come and enjoy a fun evening. All welcome Frena, Moira and Lynne.

MOTHERS’ UNION At the October meeting Gwen Crockett will speak about Lay Work with Young People. All welcome.

NORHAM FIRST SCHOOL-HELP WITH READING! Would you like to help at the school, by listening to pupils read? The school would love to hear from you. There are already three volunteer reading assistants but more would be better!
No previous experience necessary (but you will have to have a DBS check, which the school will pay for)! No upper age limit! If you would like to find out more please contact or call 01289382370 and leave a message.

Norham First School is looking for some help to give pupils ideas about what they might be when they grow up! They are having an informal and informative ‘careers fair’ and would like lots of people to come and tell the children about their jobs-past or present — all jobs and any jobs — to show them how wide the choice can be!If you could/would like to come or want more information about what it involves please contact or call 01289382370 and leave a message!

HARVEST SUPPER There will be a pot luck Harvest Supper in the Village Hall on Saturday 6th October at 7pm. Entry by donation. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic punches will be available but do bring your own bottle if preferred. Grape and Grain tombola, raffle, sale of work, jams jellies and chutneys – all for sale. Please contact Janet Young – 382736 – to talk about bringing a dish along.

VILLAGE HALL The Village Hall will be having various works carried out over the next few months – in particular the upgrading of the snooker room and the repair of doors and windows. All the tradesmen will do their best to work around any group that is meeting there. Starting 5th November we have to close for the week to have the floor refurbished. It will re-open on Saturday 10th. If all goes well we hope to be able to redecorate in time for Christmas so please consider your willingness to grab a paint brush to come and help!
We are keen for the Hall to be enjoyed by as many people as possible and would remind everyone to please leave it as you would wish to find it. In particular no chewing gum stuck to floors or seats, no rubbish left lying around and the kitchen wiped through.
I have no idea how many people have keys to the Hall nor even what keys are out there as I do not have a master set. It would be really helpful if you could let me know if you have any as one or more of the doors are likely to need new locks and therefore new keys will also be required.
If you are setting up for a group meeting please be mindful of others who might have booked the Hall in the hours before your meeting time and check with the booking diary that whatever you are setting up is not going to be in someone else’s way. Janet Young 382736

A Little Norham Christmas – again! Friday 23rd November 6-9pm
Norham Village Hall
Following last year’s huge (though we say so ourselves) success this festive fundraising event is returning! A little bit of Christmas shopping and a chance to meet friends with a glass of fizz!
Proceeds this year to the Northern Soul Kitchen and Berwick Cancer Cars.
Tickets on sale SOON – So don’t miss out! Put the date in your diary!

NORHAM & LADYKIRK ANGLING ASSOCIATION The final competition of the year was on 9th September for the Bert Foreman Memorial Cup at Coldingham. Fishing was tough with very few anglers getting their bag. It

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Thursday 11th October 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm) Norham Church
Tickets on the door – £8; U16s £4; Family £18
Another high quality drama production on your doorstep!
From award winning Box Tale Soup – a brand new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic – not to be missed!
Dorian Gray, young and exceptionally beautiful, sinks deep into a frivolous life-style of glamorous luxury and selfish abandon, seemingly unchanged by corrup-tion and untouched by age. But behind a thick, locked door, beneath a dark, heavy curtain, Dorian’s portrait tells a different story… “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
Witness Wilde’s haunting story of evil, debauchery and scandal, featuring Box Tale Soup’s unique form of puppetry and a powerful original soundtrack
“They are wonderful.” The Times***** “..a magnificent show” SG Fringe
**** “.. captivating from the start.” Reviews Hub
Refreshments will be available…..





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! RESUME FOR JULY 9th Meeting:-
George Straughen (GS)(Chair) –Norham Parish Council; Jim Blythe (JB) – Village Clean Up Croup;
William Jackson (WJ)– Marketing Group; Alister McPhee (AM)– Natural Environment Group;
Janet Young (JY)-Village Hall Group/Young People; Lynne Ellerby (LE)– Northumbria in Bloom Group
Tessa Archbold (TA) – Art Group; Victoria Craig (VLC)– Castle Group; Dougie Watkin – Affordable Housing
General GS confirmed he had attended a presentation re the Barmoor Wind Farm Fund. Part of Norham Parish falls within the area so in theory applications for up to £20000 may be made for community projects. Applications can be made in August and January. Regarding the proposal for a Tweed Way, GS has spoken to NCC Footpaths Officer who is very supportive although funds are short. The parish council is awaiting confirmation from other affected councils that they will become involved. GS has also been in touch with Northumbrian Magazine who want to put together an arti-cle. Contact details have been passed on.
Village Clean Up JB confirmed clearing up had been completed by Birch Hill. NCC had carried out weed killing, and the barrier at the end of Mill Opening has been replaced. The seat had been refur-bished and placed at the foot of Castle Bank.
Marketing A report on the website was awaited.
Arts The sponsoring of an event as part of the Industrial Show will not proceed this year as all arrangements for the show were already in hand. Discussions with Berwick Visual Arts are ongoing re Turner possibilities. The village hall and church have been provisionally booked for last weekend in May 2019 for possible exhibitions. In addition the possibility of another event in the Castle the same weekend had been discussed. This would effectively need to be an entire village event/effort.
Natural Environment Re ‘pollination street’ proposals some residents had expressed unhappiness about how matters had been handled. After lengthy discussion it was agreed that a more formal written proposal should be prepared and put to the Coordination Group as a whole for considera-tion, including why the pollination street was seen as an attractive option, who it would benefit, who would upkeep it (if any such upkeep was required) what plants were proposed etc.
Re the bird hide, after discussion it was agreed that further advice should be taken as to the best site for it, though in principle a hide was an attractive option.
The proposals for the heritage orchard were still ongoing. The trustees of the Jubilee Field had agreed in principle to having it in the area of the field that is currently uncut, on the west side of the field.
A photography exhibition is also being planned, with, hopefully involvement of Norham School and Longridge Towers.
Village Hall JY is planning to obtain approval for various works on the hall
Northumbria in Bloom Plans in hand for Open Gardens on 29th July. Maps will be on sale for £3 each. Teas will be on sale in the village hall. There are about 12 gardens in Norham. There will also be garage sales on in the village but not within the remit of this group.
Church An application has been mad for permission for brown tourist signs at Velvet Hall, the Salutation Inn and on the village green. An approach had been received from British Legion re the Armistice Day 100th anniversary event planned in Berwick. After discussion it was agreed that this would be something that would be dealt with by the Coordination Group, and VLC would liaise.
Castle Northumberland Day Picnic had been runner up in Best Community Involvement category at the Northumberland Day awards. The next planned event at the Castle is to be a Bat Walk on 28th September-family friendly.
The fence round the castle was in a bad state which will be reported again along with the unkempt appearance of the castle grounds. The possibility of a wildflower meadow was again mooted.
Affordable Housing There was discussion as to the geographical area to be taken in to account as regards demand for housing, and provision of housing.
Next meetings 13th August; 10th September; 8th October. 7pm.

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.


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 25th October
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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