Norham Newsround


December 2019

 Forthcoming Events.

Tuesday 3rd December : Norham Band Christmas Concert; Village Hall; 7pm.
Monday 9th : M.U. meeting; Branxton Village Hall. 2pm;‘Christmas Fun’.
Thursday 12th : Village Walk; meet at Green; 9.30am.
Saturday 14th : M.U. Coffee Morning; Crookham Village Hall; 10am-12 noon.
Thursday 9th January : Village Walk; meet at Green; 9.30am.
Monday 13th : M.U. Annual General Meeting.; Branxton Village Hall; 2pm.

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Notices & News Items



NORHAM YULETIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET – over 25 wonderful stalls at St Cuthberts Church Norham, TD15 2LE.
Friday 6th December 5pm – 9pm Christmas shopping by candlelight with Norham Choir, boozy hot chocolate and festive treats. (The Friday is adults only)
Saturday 7th December 10am – 5pm. Family shopping day with live demonstrations, children’s activities, junior choir performance, and lots more.
Free Entry, all monies raised will go to Norham First School PFA to help provide equipment and support activities at Norham First School.
As Norham has very little phone signal we can not guarantee the use of card machines so please bring plenty of money to spend! Come along and support your local School!
Find out more on our Facebook page –

BIN COLLECTIONS OVER CHRISTMAS There are two Bank Holidays so the rubbish collections will be on Saturday 28th December and New year week the recycling bins will be collected on Friday 3rd January……unless snow gets in the way.

NORHAM ARTS GROUP Good News! Dr Mark Douglas, Properties Curator English Heritage, will be unveiling the third and final panel in the Norham Turner Heritage Trail at Norham Castle on Tuesday December 3rd at midday. Because the panel is being installed in an archaeologically sensitive site the timing may need to be a little fluid! Light refreshments will be available in the village hall afterwards.
This has been an exciting venture for Norham Arts Group and we have been overwhelmed by the support received from so many people from within the community. During the process we have uncovered much about JMW Turner and his passion for this part of the country. We hope that this trail will inform and be enjoyed by many for years to come.
If you would like to attend, please contact Sue Churchill before Friday 29th November.
62 Castle Street, , 382280

A SMILE FOR CHRISTMAS This time of year our Norham Smile Christmas Elves sit together and create a list of all the houses in Norham in which someone is likely to wake up alone on Christmas morning. We think it’s a lovely gesture from the community to donate gifts, and our elves decide who gets a particular gift.
We’re asking for donations of gifts—socks, gloves, hats, scarves, chocolates, biscuits, tea, coffee, games or something more exciting if you wish. No alcohol. All gifts unwrapped. Collection boxes are in the Mason’s Arms and at the back of Church. We don’t want to miss anybody, so if you think someone would like a gift, please let us know on 382326. Also let us know if you don’t want to receive a gift. The last thing we want is for anyone to be offended.

NORHAM WI – Our next meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday 12 December, due to the General Election and voting taking place in the village hall we have moved to The Mason’s Arms, West Street. As this is our Christmas meeting there will be an entertainment and an afternoon tea buffet, members should not bring food as this will be provided. The members competition is a Seasonal Table Centre and there will be a raffle as usual, donations of prizes are welcome. More information available from your secretary, Susan Thorburn on 07792 221554

NORHAM WI JANUARY MEETING – will take place on Thursday 9 January in Norham Village Hall as usual commencing at 2 p.m. The speaker will be local photographer Jim Gibson and the competition will be a Picture of Norham. Please don’t forget that your membership subscription of £43 is due, the annual programme will be supplied on receipt of payment. More information available from your secretary, Susan Thorburn on 07792 221554

CRAFT CLUB – The next meeting is Wednesday 11 December from 1 to 4 p.m. in Norham Village Hall as usual at £2.50 to cover hire of the hall and heating, this is a not for profit group. Everyone welcome just bring your latest project to work on in a friendly atmosphere with good craic and refreshments freely available. In January we meet on Wednesday 8 and 22 of the month. For more information contact Jan L’Argent on 01289 382897.

POPPY APPEAL Thank you once again to everyone who gave so generously to the door-to-door collection. £358.62 was raised—a marvellous total for a small village.

NORHAM ADVENT CALENDAR 24 residents have signed up to take part by decorating their window and displaying it on the day they have been given. The first of December sees Sheila Johnson starting the calendar at Abbotsford, West Street. The final window will be George Straughen’s shop window on 24th. We hope both residents and visitors will enjoy the trail.
Competition sheets are available from the Mason’s Arms. For the competition:
Find the Christmas Tree gift tag with it’s coded Christmas anagram in each window. Record it on the sheet. There will be a small prize for the first adult’s and the first child’s correct answer sheet drawn from the hat and handed in by 31st December. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY LOOKING.
Mary-Rose Blythe, 6 Castle Street, 382442,

VILLAGE BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT in the Village Hall on Tuesday 3rd December at 7pm. Refreshments and raffle. Entry by donation. All welcome.

AUTUMN QUIZ. Thank you to everyone who bought a quiz sheet & to the sellers. There were 6 people with all correct answers, with a lucky dip Gale Heck was chosen winner, well done everyone. £140 was raised for Norham flower fund. Moira Graham

HORNCLIFFE OIL BUYING GROUP The next quarterly delivery is due towards the end of January. Orders to June Hope (382683 or before 20th January (not before 10am). Min 500 lit. New members welcome.

NORHAM CHOIR NEWS The Open Choir evening in September was a great success, with some new members joining. Choir rehearsals are every Thursday 6.45 – 8.15pm. We are still looking for tenors and basses to join us – perhaps just for the Christmas period, if a full-time commitment seems a bit too much! Anyone interested please call Patricia Bonia on: 01289 382256
Rehearsals are now in the warmth of Julian and Patricia’s home where we are working on the Christmas programme for the
Carol Service on Sunday 22nd December. Christmas starts early for musicians!
6th December evening at The Norham School Fair in church with Carols and Songs
Saturday 7th December carols and songs at Morrisons Supermarket to raise funds for Hospicecare North Northumberland.
Wednesday 11th December 2.00 Carols and Songs at Birch Hill Care Home


NORHAM’S LIVING NATIVITY Saturday 21st December
You are invited to join us, meeting at 3pm at the War Memorial
Let’s follow Mary, Joseph and the (real live) donkey on their way to Bethlehem
Singing favourite carols as we go with the Norham Junior Singers and Soloist
Meeting a Roman Soldier, Wise Men, Shepherd & Angels on our way
At the end of our journey we gather around the stable at the Village Hall Adults & Children are invited to dress up as figures from the nativity story
Refreshments served at the end in the Village Hall
Donations in aid of the Norham Development Group


WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER:YOGA WITH EVANNA 6:30-8PM. Taster session. Cost £7.50. If there is enough interest then the classes will continue in 2020. For more information contact Mo 07855 028862 or Evanna 07854 092743 (
FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER:YOGA WITH EVANNA 2:00-3:30PM. Drop in sessions cost £7.50 per session or book a block of 5 sessions for £30.00. Classes take place the first Friday of every month. For more information contact Mo 07855 028862 or Evanna 07854 092743 (
TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER : FILM – DOORS OPEN 7PM. Non members £4. Film club members free. Annual membership £12. For more information contact
SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING – 10:30-12:30. MEMORY TAGS ON SALE. There will be stalls, bacon sandwiches, Christmas bakes and hopefully live music.
SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER: CAROL SERVICE – TREE BLESSING 6:45PM OUTSIDE FOLLOWED BY SERVICE IN HALL 7PM. Please come, all welcome. Local singers, musicians and readers are invited to get together to begin practicing carols for the service. Please bring your voices and instruments, any queries email Keith Giddens on
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER: HOGMANAY DANCE – 8PM-1AM. Organised by the Dancing Club. Ceilidh & Social Dance. Entry by ticket, £8, includes supper. B.Y.O.B. Contact Vera or Brian on 01890751381.
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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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