Norham Newsround


March 2020

 Forthcoming Events.

Monday 9th March : M.U, Lent Lunch; Branxton Village Hall; 1pm.
Thursday 12th : Village Walk; meet at Green; 9.30am.
Monday 23rd : M.U. Lady Day Service; Norham Church; 2pm. Refreshments.
Thursday 26th : Drop-in-4-Coffee; Church;10.30am-12 noon; all welcome.
Friday 27th : Norham Development Trust; drop in & find out session; Village Hall; 4.30-6.30. See below for details.


CONGRATULATIONS to Jean and John Steel who celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary on 19th March

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Notices & News Items

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HELP NEEDED The Village Brass Band needs more players. Tuition will be provided free of charge, as will the instruments. All age groups welcome.
For more information give John a ring on 382662
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS VERGES! This plea, from the parish council, is directed mainly at residents in Castle Street and West Street. The grass verges are not for parking on — they help keep pedestrians safe, and enhance the appearance of the village.
The Northumbria in Bloom group, and the Norham Clean Up group, are working very hard on your behalf to make the village as attractive as possible. Their efforts are being undermined by the small number of people who continue to park on the grass.
Please could residents refrain from parking on the grass, and please could those who rent out properties to holiday makers ensure that their guests are also aware of this request.
NORHAM WI – Our next meeting is on Thursday 5 March, 2 p.m. Norham Village Hall. Our speaker will be Isobel Gordon and her subject is ‘Dying for a Cuppa’, the members competition is ‘A Pretty Tea Cup’. If you’ve not been part of a WI before come along for a taster meeting and enjoy afternoon tea once the meeting has closed, you will find a warm welcome. For more information please contact Secretary, Susan Thorburn 07792 221554.
CRAFT CLUB – Please note club dates for the coming month are Wednesday 4 and 18 March at Norham Village Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. All welcome, we have quilters, knitters, patchworkers and more all able to provide help and inspiration so bring your own project and also enjoy a sociable afternoon. We have tea/coffee and biscuits freely available and all for £2.50. For further information contact Jan L’Argent on 01289 382897 or
NORHAM WI SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH – We would like to say a very heart felt thank you to all who attended and/or made donations, your generosity is very much appreciated. On the day we raised a little over £400 but have received more in donations and also promised; all to supportNorham in Bloom and North Northumberland Hospice Care. Thanks also need to be extended to all the ladies who voluntarily made soup, sandwiches or just came along to help make the event such a success. We are pleased to be able to say that Norham WI has covered all expenses so that the money raised goes entirely to the beneficiaries.
NORHAM VILLAGE HALL – We need to raise funds in order to carry on with refurbishment projects. To achieve this we are planning A Promise Auction and Cheese & Wine Evening, date and time to be confirmed shortly. To make this a successful evening I’m looking for promises to auction; this could range from a promise to cut the lawn, bake a cake, weed the garden or something else for the successful bidder(s). I’m also hoping to get promises from local traders too. Please let me know if you are willing to offer promises for auction along with details of what you can offer. Thank you in advance and to let me know about your promises on 01289 382897 or email, Jan L’Argent
ALSO From Janet Young
i) A huge thank you to all those who have helped with tidying up and decorating the Hall over the last few weeks.
ii) We intend to hold a number of other fund-raising events through the year. The following are planned:
Saturday April 11th Golden Oldies night
Friday May 15th Promise Auction
Saturday July 11th Coffee Morning
September Stash Sale
October Quiz night
NORHAM DEVELOPMENT TRUST – Drop in and Find out!
Friday 27th March 4.30-6.30pm Norham Village Hall
So….You’ve been asking yourself what is this Norham Development Trust, and indeed Norham Co-ordination Group?? Who are they? What are they doing? Are their intentions honourable?
Come and find out what we’ve been up to and what we would like to be up to! And tell us what you would like us to be up to!
And don’t worry you wont need to join anything or offer to do anything!
Just for information only — all (well most) of your questions answered!
For more information contact Tory Craig 0774130987 PS Free tea and cake!
GROWING IN FAITH For more information about the following, contact the Revd Rob Kelsey on (01289) 382325, or pick up a leaflet from the back of church (from Sunday 9th February):
Two Lent Groups will meet weekly during Lent, on an afternoon to be decided, and on a Wednesday evening. We will learn about the Creeds – the Church’s declarations of the Christian faith.
Bible reading notes are a helpful way to study the Bible on a daily basis. Norham Church will be ordering some notes for use during Lent.
A Confirmation Group will meet in preparation for the Deanery Confirmation Service on Sunday 14th June. The group is open to anyone who would like to learn about, or refresh their understanding of, the Christian faith.
NORHAM COMMUNITY ORCHARD After delays caused by the weather, the orchard of 42 fruit trees was planted in January 2020 in the Jubilee Field. The trees have since been lightly pruned. A bark mulch will be spread around each tree and in March, grass will be sown between the trees. A Book of the Orchard is being prepared. A launch event will be held after Easter and all adopters and sponsors will be invited. Liz Towner 382065, email:
NORHAM CHOIR NEWS A brief look backwards before we look forwards – we had a wonderfully busy time over Christmas, with carol singing at Morrisons and Birch Hill and for the School PFA Fair. The Carol Service was also a lovely occasion – we really enjoy singing with the Norham Junior Singers and it is great to sing well-known carols with a full church congregation and the organ at its best. With everything we have done in 2019 we calculate we have helped raise about £900 for local good causes.
2020 is our 20th anniversary year, as the choir in its present form was set up in 2000. We plan to celebrate in style, with a Festival Eucharist on 24th May and a combined Concert and Tea Party at 3 pm on Sunday 14th June. More information about that later.
Meanwhile, as well as preparing some new anthems for Sunday mornings, we are getting ready for the Service of Devotion on Good Friday at 2pm and, of course, for Easter Sunday. Thank you to everyone who continues to support and encourage us in everything we do.
NORHAM ARTS GROUP is very pleased to offer, An Introduction to Collage using Everyday Materials. Experienced local teacher, Mary-Rose Blythe will be running a workshop, Friday 27 March 10-12.30, in Norham Village Hall. The cost for this is £10 which not only includes all materials used during the session but also art materials to take away! Refreshments will be provided. There will be demonstrations and opportunities to try out new skills. This should be a fun morning so book early to ensure a place as numbers will be restricted. If you have any images of buildings that you particularly like, please bring them along.
To register a place, please contact Sue Churchill <> / tel. 01289 382280
WEDDINGS AT NORHAM CHURCH As a general rule, anyone who lives in the parish, or has a family connection with the parish, can get married at Norham Church.
We are obliged to charge the statutory fee of about £500. About half is retained by Norham Church, and about half is passed on to the diocese as a contribution to the cost of providing a Vicar for the parish. (None of the fee goes into the Vicar’s pocket! He is paid by the diocese to provide a service to anyone who asks, which he is very happy to do.)
Norham Church operates a Wedding Support Fund, which exists to help couples to get married in church, who might otherwise be put off by the fees.
If you or someone you know would like to get married in Norham Church, please speak to the Vicar (and ask about a grant from the Wedding Support Fund, if necessary).




SATURDAY 7 MARCH: SOUPER SATURDAY 12-1:30PM. The newly formed ‘Horncliffe Community Church’ would like to invite you to drop-in for lunch from 12-1.30pm on Saturday 7 March at The Memorial Hall. Enjoy a choice of soup, bread, cake and a drink. £3 per person.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH: 7PM – FILM “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”. The life and work of Syvia Pankhurst. Donations.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 10-4PM. Presented by Berwick Trades Union Council, excellent speakers, buffet lunch and in the evening live music by Jenny Biddle. £10. Further information from Mo 01289 382935 and in the next newsletter.
TUESDAY 10 MARCH : FILM – DOORS OPEN 7PM. ” THE SHAPE OF WATER”. Non members £4. Film club members free. Annual membership £12. For more information contact
WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH: YOGA WITH EVANNA – 6PM-8PM. £7.50 per class. Suitable for all, all welcome. Pre-booking not necessary. For more information contact Evanna – 07854 092743,, fb: Yogawith Evanna or Also last Friday monthly 2-3:30pm.
SATURDAY 14 MARCH: BELLY DANCING TASTER SESSION: 3-5pm – run by Luna Nigra. Cost £5 to include refreshments.
TUESDAY 24 MARCH: SUGAR CRAFT HANDS ON NIGHT “HAPPY HIPPO MODELING” – 7:30PM. Non members £4 – annual membership £12
FRIDAY 27 MARCH: YOGA WITH EVANNA – 2-3:30PM. £7.50 per class. Suitable for all, all welcome. Pre-booking not necessary. For more information contact Evanna – 07854 092743,, fb: Yogawith Evanna or
SATURDAY 28 MARCH: COFFEE MORNING – 10:30-12 NOON. “Eileen’s Nuts” Green Cleaning Body & Hair Care products on sale.
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Booking of the village hall should be done via Linda, Masons Arms, either in person or by phone 01289-382326

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