Norham Newsround


November 2019

 Forthcoming Events.

Friday 1st November : Beetle Drive; Village Hall; 7pm. See below for details.
Thursday 7th : W.I. meeting; Norham Village Hall; 2pm
Thursday 14th : Village Walk; meet at Green; 9.30am.
Monday 11th : M.U. Wave of Prayer; Norham Church; 2pm.
Thursday 28th : Drop-in-4-Coffee; Church; 10.30am-12 noon

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Notices & News Items



OilCAN requests for November delivery need to be to Carol by Thursday 7th November before 3pm.

NORHAM WI – Our meeting is on Thursday 7 November at 2 p.m. Our speaker’s subject is Changing Faces, which is about make up for those with facial disfigurement. The members competition is A Baby Photo of You, please place in an unmarked envelope. Further details from Jan L’Argent 01289 382897.

CRAFT CLUB – Our meetings are on Wednesday 13th and 27th November,
1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own project, refreshments freely available, join us for an afternoon of crafting and chat. £2.50 for the afternoon or part thereof. Further details from Jan L’Argent 01289 382897.

STASH SALE – Last mention this year, promise! I just want to say thank you to those who rented a table, helped out and especially those who came to buy. It was a successful event raising £185 for village hall funds. I am planning to hold this event again next year so if you want to get in early and book a table get in touch on 01289 382897.

NORHAM COMMUNITY ORCHARD There has been a great response to the idea of setting up a Community Orchard on the Jubilee Field. All 40 trees have now been adopted. Weather permitting, the trees will be planted in the week of 25th November. We shall keep you posted.
LizTowner 382 065, email:

WANTED to complete our collection:1986 Norham Industrial Show programme . Please search your drawers—there’ll be one out there somewhere. M.R. Blythe 6 Castle Street, 382442,

THANK YOU. I would like say a big thank you to the many people who have been so kind since my accident in August. Those who rescued me and cared for me until the ambulance came. All those who have sent cards and messages, and the many who have visited and shopped. God bless you all. Margaret Sparkes

TABLE TENNIS A new table-tennis session has been arranged for Norham Village Hall on Fridays at 5.30pm. This is in addition to our usual time of Mondays at 10am. All ages and abilities welcome. Just turn up.

NORHAM TREE PLANTING GROUP Since I formed the Tree Planting group 7 years ago we have planted 1500 hedging plants, 140 poplars, 42 various fruit trees and managed both the riverside and the paths between Pedwell and the Bridge. When I first started the group we were lucky to be given several generous donations which have kept the fund in good stead until now, I would be very grateful of any donation no matter how small. Donations can be placed into the box on the counter in the Butchers shop. Thank you for all the support we have already had and hopefully we can keep the riverside looking good in the future. David Foreman

NORHAM ADVENT CALENDAR Building on last year’s successful advent windows, I’d like to organise the event once again and need your help. You are invited to take part by agreeing to become one of the ‘days’ where you will decorate your own downstairs window in a Christmas theme and become one of the 24 days of the calendar. A different window will be revealed each evening from Dec 1st until 24th, so that by 24th there will be 24 windows on display. Places will be given on a first come first served basis and each participating house will be given a number. A timetable will be drawn up and circulated throughout the village as well as being displayed on the notice board outside the Hall. The Calendar is intended as an attraction so visitors and villagers will come and look at the windows. It’s also a trail finding your way from one to the next.
If you’d like to be part of this Calendar, please call before Sunday 17th November to register your interest. You can choose your own number, but remember they will be given on a first come first served basis. I hope you are willing to join in.
Mary-Rose Blythe, 6 Castle Street, 382442,

6.00pm, All Souls’ Day, Saturday 2nd November
Norham Parish Church
In the Church of England we remember our departed loved ones, especially those who have died in the previous year, at a special service on All Souls’ Day. The service on 2nd November will include a Commemoration, when the names of those who have died are read aloud. It will also include the opportunity to light candles.
If you would like your departed family and friends to be remembered in this way, please write their names on the list that is available at the back of church.

BEETLE DRIVE Back by popular demand! Friday 1st November at 7pm. Including pie and pea supper. Donations of raffle prizes welcome. Tickets £5.00 available later in October (from Moira, Lynne, Frena).

FIRST AID COURSE Norham Village Hall 12th November 9am-4.30pm
A first aid course has been arranged, to be run by Rapid Reaction. On successful completion you will receive a certificate which will be valid for 3 years. The cost is £70. Spaces are limited.  If you are interested please contact Tory Craig or on 07745130987 ASAP

SONGS OF PRAISE 17th November, 2pm at Ladykirk Church. It will include Catherine’s medal presentation.

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

The Scrooge Diaries Sat 30th November 7pm Norham Church
So you think you know the Christmas Carol story? Bah Humbug!
It’s 1843 and as Christmas looms Mr.Dickens is about to publish his latest instalment of that tale. Mr.Scrooge is in his office working desperately to tell his side of the story
In this revelatory exclusive, Ebenezer Scrooge opens his diary to expose the awful truth about Tiny Tim, The Fezziwigs, Jacob Marly and that disgustingly jolly gluttonous, consumer-driven Ghost of Christmas Present, as he reveals the truth behind A Christmas Carol.
Ruin someone’s Christmas and buy them a ticket!
Tickets available on the door or on line from Adult £8; U16 £4 Group Ticket £18
For information contact Tory Craig 07745130987
An event from the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

A LITTLE NORHAM CHRISTMAS!! 22nd November 6-9pm Village Hall
Tickets £5 in advance (incl a free glass of fizz and canapés) A really lovely evening for friends, fizz and a bit of festive shopping! Over 18 only! Tickets available from Tory Craig, Sue Churchill, Janet Young or Jane Bannister.
And also from the Village Shop and The Masons Arms in Norham, and Straight Lace, Castlegate, Berwick.
Tickets are already flying out the door so don’t delay!
All in aid of Northern Soul Kitchen and Berwick & District Friends of Dementia.
Further information from Tory Craig 07745130987

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 an Anthem for Remembrance Sunday, and also the Christmas programme for the Carol Service on Sunday 22nd December. Christmas starts early for musicians!
Other exciting events include 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


FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER: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 (

SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER: COFFEE MORNING 10:30-12 NOON. There will be stalls at this coffee morning – bespoke handbags, knitwear and “Eileen’s Nuts” green cleaning products.

SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER: BORDERLINE – DOORS OPEN 7PM, MUSIC FROM 7:30PM. Organised by Robert and Gwyneth. Tickets £7.50. Bar & raffle. All profit to be split between a nominated charity and the Memorial Hall. Borderline cover an eclectic range of memorable and classic songs. Tickets on sale in Fishers Arms or call 01289 382470.

TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER : FILM – DOORS OPEN 7PM. Non members £4. Film club members free. Annual membership £12. For more information contact

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER: BERWICK SUGAR CRAFT GROUP OPEN AFTERNOON 1-4PM. Bring your Christmas cake along and decorate it with help from the experts. Mo will also be doing a hands on workshop making sugar paste decorations. Icing etc will be available to purchase on the day. Ticket price £5.00, includes refreshments.

TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER: THE ORIGINS OF CINEMA – TALK BY MARIA CHESTER – DOORS OPEN 7PM. Organised by Horncliffe Arts Society. The presentation will describe the early beginnings of the cinema industry in France during the Belle Epoque – the years between 1890 & 1914. You will have the chance to see some of these pioneering films. Tickets cost £5. Contact Sue Worth at

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER: A NIGHT OF EASTERN PROMISE. 3 course meal and entertainment. BYOB or Prosecco and wine on sale. Tickets £10, in advance, from Eileen 01289 382163 or Mo 07855 028862


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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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Minutes of Norham Parish Council

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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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