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Editor: Steve Ford
The children and young adults of Haydon Bridge’s ‘Messy Church’ met in October
to design a Christmas Card for the front of The Haydon News.
The fruits of their labour will provide a Christmas Greeting for all our parishioners
from ‘Churches Together’ and will adorn the cover of our December issue.
The Messy Church meets on the second Wednesday of every month and welcomes
all children of the Parish. It’s an enjoyable session after school, well supported with
volunteer helpers, where children from 3 years and upwards can enjoy crafts,
a short time of worship and food for everyone!
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Editorial and notices
Parish Council Notes
Parish Council Notes
Historical Notes—Dennis Telford
War Memorial No. 43 / Correspondence
View from up here.
Raydon Fridge and Dusty Darmaid
Churches Working Together
Meals on wheels, Hear to Help
Euphemia Whaletrouser,Half term meditations
Christmas Art and Craft Fair
Haydon Bridge Writer’s Group, GITS
Brendan Strikes again!
Chatting of Geese
Theatre Royal News
Rosie Mace’s winning picture
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Don’t forget! If you want something in
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I need to have it before 20th November!
Meals on Wheels is a valuable support service to
those who would struggle to provide regular cooked
meals for themselves. Volunteers to help distribute
the food are always welcome and new customers too.
Regular proper meals are an important part of everybody’s life and are essential for good health. Do be
in touch with Mary Milford if you would like the
meals delivered fresh and hot to your house.
It is a delight to report that several advertisers and
article contributors have taken the trouble to email
me to tell me that they have had good results following their appearance in The Haydon News. We are
very keen indeed to promote our local economy in
any way possible and to support those providing services within the community.
Advertising in The Haydon News seems to have
saved the Hear to Help service that supports users
of hearing aids - at least for now. It is another of
those ‘use it or lose it’ type situations. Anne Shilton
will be delighted to receive your call or email.
Rosie Mace wins our second Under 16s prize—see
back page. This is a very striking and colourful piece
done when she was only 12. Very well done Rosie!
Our experiment in colour printing proved less catastrophically expensive than feared and, at least for the
foreseeable future we will continue this way. Those
with adverts are welcome to consider redrawing
them in colour and articles can be much enhanced by
well chosen illustrations—but do watch out for copyright issues! Because of the way we are charged for
the colour printing I will strive to corral the colour
items on the smallest number of pages possible—
even with a single coloured full stop a page counts as
a colour page!
Free Firewood! There is a large oak tree trunk in the
river by the old bridge. Seems a pity to waste it.
Anyone got something big enough to tow it out? I
don’t think my Land Rover would be quite man
enough for the job.
What a pleasure it is to see so many people in the
parish harvesting renewable energy. Solar PV panels, solar thermal panels and wind turbines are
springing up all over the place. Our own experience
of solar power, combined with a wood burning
stove, dramatically improved insulation and thoughtful adjustment of the control systems has reduced
our energy costs by about £2,000+ per year. Our
electricity used to cost £140 per month and now we
are down to £40 and we are using over 500 litres less
oil per year. This summer there were days when we
had more nearly boiling water for free than we could
conveniently use and so we had to switch off the solar power supply for May, June and July.
So far (!) this is proving to be an amazingly mild autumn. One wonders what winter holds in store for us.
I am personally entirely to blame for last winter’s
absence of snow - I went to the trouble of fitting
winter tyres on the car and so, naturally, not a flake
fell. Typical. It does not matter how powerful your
car is nor how many of the wheels are driven if the
tyres will not actually grip the road. Now would be a
good moment to consider getting properly prepared
Nobody has money to burn these days...
The promise of better trains but higher ticket prices
on our railway is a mixed message. On balance, I
think it is progress. Did you know that Humshaugh
has a community electric car? Do we want to do
something similar? Robert Llewellyn (Crichton on
Red Dwarf) has a website about electric cars which
is fascinating - http://www.thechargingpoint.com/
authors/robert_llewellyn.html London — Edinburgh
— London for £4 anyone — in a Tesla?
We aim for every household in the Parish to get a
copy of The Haydon News. Do you know of anybody who does not get one? Would you be willing
to help deliver them? Most of our distributors do
their own road or similar easy walking distance
houses. Do get in touch if you can help answer either question. Thanks.
UNDER 16s COMPETITION
Thinking ahead to the Autumn, the Haydon News is offering prizes for contributions by under 16s, resident in the Parish.
£25.00 each month in October, November and December will be given to the best piece submitted.
This can be writing (poetry or prose), photographs or artwork of any kind. (Remember we publish in colour now.) It should occupy
a single side of A4. Entries to the editor — see front page for deadlines.
Councillor Sharp made further reference to the recent meeting of officers, councillors and members of
the public that had recently occurred in the village.
PARISH COUNCIL NOTES
Esmond Faulks (chairman)
Mrs. E Charlton (Vice Chair)
Mrs. V Fletcher
Mrs. I Burrows
Mr. E Brown
Mrs. J Thompson
Ms. L. Thompson
Mr. S Walker
Mr. J Ridley
Mr. D Robson
Mr. D Thornhill
07810 336 537
Mrs. C. McGivern 07543 912 113
County Councillor: Cllr. Alan Sharp
The extremely rapid attention to the hedges and footpaths to the west of the village, toward the tunnel
top, was noted with satisfaction.
Definitive repair work to the Allerwash road is
scheduled to start on 10th November. The road will
be closed to all traffic, save residents, for the duration of the repair work.
The works scheduled for the Land Ends Road will
start very soon.
A meeting of the Haydon Parish Council was held in
the Haydon Bridge Community Centre on 23rd October 2014.
As already noted, a number of dropped kerbs have
appeared around the village to assist those in mobility scooters and less agile pedestrians. Any further
refinements that might be considered desirable, such
as road markings, can be dealt with in the future.
The pavement and manhole cover outside 27 Church
Street are uneven and loose, constituting a risk of
tripping for pedestrians. The problem is to be assessed and remedied.
The road past Standalone Cottage has yet to be repaired and Councillor Sharp undertook to chase it
The creation of dropped kerbs by the Co-op was welcomed as a significant help for users of mobility
scooters and less agile pedestrians. It has been noted,
however, that despite the presence of double yellow
lines cars are parking directly in front of the dropped
kerbs thus blocking access completely.
Haydon Bridge Football Club has recently taken delivery of an ATV to assist with ground maintenance.
Funding was shared between the Community Chest
and Councillor Sharp. The importance of promoting,
supporting and encouraging sporting activity, especially for the young, was noted.
Amongst the suggestions forthcoming was the taking
of a note of the registration plate of the offending
cars, informing the police or informing the parking
warden services. The possibility of additional road
markings was also mentioned.
Further to which theme, Haydon Bridge becoming
cricket champions for the second year brought forth
praise and congratulations from the council.
A large meeting of NCC officers, councillors and
members of the public has recently occurred in the
village. Amongst the issues considered was the overgrown hedge in Whittis Hill. No firm conclusion was
arrived at during the meeting and neither has one
been vouchsafed since. Councillor Sharp noted his
disappointment at the absence of a conclusion and
undertook to follow the issue up.
No start date has yet been set for the installation of
the poles that will bear the flashing speed warning
signs. Enquiries are to be made by letter.
Footpaths around the village have received attention
recently, especially weeding. More work will occur
in the near future.
A new development plan should be promulgated
within a month or so.
Contributions to a new survey are sought from the
public concerning the A69.
Declarations of Interest
Comments on any aspect of the road should be offered to Eileen Charlton. Concerns about the access
to the Alston Road are already documented.
A traffic census is underway in the village.
Allendale have submitted their Neighbourhood plan.
Because of the timing of the promulgation of the
new regulations concerning such submissions it
seems likely that Haydon Bridge’s equivalent will be
Part of the Langley Bends road by the sawmill is collapsing despite recent repairs. With winter coming
on, further deterioration seems likely. Repairs at the
earliest opportunity were advocated to forestall disaster.
That West Northumberland is not fairly represented
in Morpeth based deliberations was noted. It was felt
that this will lead to avoidable problems arising.
At a recent meeting about the location of a waste bin
near the football field a very successful outcome was
secured. Not only was a location agreed but charges
were waived and Mr. Kirsopp undertook to supervise
the bin and its emptying. The council praised Mr.
Kirsopp very warmly for his public spiritedness and
a letter of thanks will be sent to him.
Nominations for awards under the Local Heroes
Recognition Scheme are sought. Anyone may offer
names for consideration.
Development Trust - The great success of the Haydon Hundred was noted. 330 riders had competed
and some had to be turned away. Next year numbers
may be allowed to go up to 400 and three distances
offered - 140,100 and 60 kms. The longer route will
encompass the four highest peaks in the area and
should appeal to masochists everywhere. A useful
surplus arose from the event.
The cemetery bin problem is almost sorted out. Notices are to be attached to the cemetery bin and the
nearby layby bin directing users to put only compostable green waste in the cemetery bin and all
other materials, such as paper and containers, into
the layby bin.
The waste bin in the layby opposite the Shaftoe Trust
School was felt to be sub optimally located. It was
suggested that it would be better on or near the railings by the Social Club.
The Bridge - Praise was forthcoming for those
young readers who gained prizes for their reading
activities. New activities and membership was also
Whilst some dog owners are diligent in cleaning up
after their pets, some, having bagged the waste, then
hang the bags on hedges, railings or trees, instead of
putting it in a bin. More fines are needed!
Cemetery - A replacement grave digger is in prospect and a meeting is to be held shortly.
The state of the Haydon Bridge public toilets was
both questioned and praised. That they are open at
Christmas was noted with gratitude, A councillor
will visit the establishment soon and report back.
The disabled toilet has a universal key arrangement
to give 24/7 access.
Play Area - The chairman reported on his recent
instruction in the technique of ‘stress testing’ the installed equipment. He was clearly both stressed and
tested by the exertion. More wood chippings are required annually around the equipment. The steps up
to Shaftoe Green require repair.
Ownership of the lane by Park Stile seems to be in
doubt. The issue came to light when access for services installation was being considered.
A collection was made for the War Memorial
Repair is required to a light at the top of Whittis Hill.
The location of the village millennium yew tree and
plaque was disclosed in response to an enquiry.
The forthcoming change of lighting regime, in connection with the Dark Skies Initiative, was debated.
The lack of opportunity, prior to the installation of
new LEDS, for local discussion was noted.
Henry Swaddle is to be contacted about the parish
website’s Larkin content. Two of Monica Jones’
books have been donated to The Bridge. She may
have had some connection with Bletchley in WW2.
No objections were raised to any of the four applications before the council - for the West End Joinery
site, 22 Shaftoe Street, Abbey Mill or Sunnybrae.
Ben Carter, our new vicar, has expressed a wish to
come and introduce himself to the Parish Council. It
is hoped that he might attend the next meeting and
use the Public Participation section to good effect.
GITS - reports lots of support for the fireworks at
New Year. Volunteer helpers are sought for the
event. H&S has been exhaustively evaluated. Businesses south of the bridge hope for greater involvement.
Next meeting 27th Nov - Budget meeting 20th Nov.
HISTORICAL NOTES OF HAYDON BRIDGE
Bridge family and were all in the Northumberland
I continue my reports of activity on ‘The Home
Front’, at Haydon Bridge, during the Great War.
Previous recollections are recorded in the July,
August and October issues of The Haydon News.
A Langley family’s fine record was also a matter of
public record; Mr and Mrs Wilson’s five sons
Pte T. Wilson, Pte M. Wilson, Pte W. Wilson, and
Pte H. Wilson - all Northumberland Fusiliers - and
Pte J. Wilson of the 11th Black Watch.
Seventeen year old Mathew Stobbart, the son of
Joseph and Elizabeth Ann Stobbart (nee Robson) of
Stublick Hill, Langley, was killed in the War on June
16th 1915. Major D. Gibson of C company, 4th
Northumberland Fusiliers wrote:
‘ … We all deeply feel his death, though it was one
which a soldier would choose’. Mathew worked at
Langley Brickworks, was a member of the Primitive
Methodists at Deanraw and a Sunday School teacher
Public Lighting: The wartime foreign secretary, Sir
Edward Grey, may have said, “The lamps are going
out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in
our lifetime”, but in Haydon Bridge, a debate was
raging over the Haydon Bridge Gas Company’s
decision to charge £2 - 2shillings per light for the
supply of gas to twenty four lights in the village. If
the lamps were extinguished one hour earlier each
night, the Company agreed to reduce the charge per
light to £1. In 1914, the cost for gas to each lamp
had been £1 - 13shillings.
The Parish Council agreed that five lights in the
village, one on each street, would not be lit, to
reduce the cost, and ‘in this time of general demand
for economy’ it was decided not to light the Church
clock, thereby saving £10.
Second Lieutenant D.T. Turner of Haydon Lodge,
was listed in the London Gazette in June 1915, as a
Haydon Bridge resident recommended for ‘gallant
and distinguished service in the field’. Lieutenant
Turner had farmed for Mr Davison at Peel Well
before joining up at the outbreak of war. Sadly, he
was to make the ultimate sacrifice in May 1918.
At home in July 1915, two Haydonians, Robert Bell
and John Thompson, were summoned to Hexham
Petty Sessions for riding their bicycles without lights
on the highway. According to the prosecution, both
gave false names and addresses and this made it very
difficult to get to know who they were. Robert and
John were each fined seven shillings and sixpence.
It’s not that far to Tipperary: The Government
passed the National Registration Act in July 1915 as
a step towards stimulating recruitment for the army,
and to discover how many men between the ages of
15 and 65 years were engaged in each trade. The
results of this census became available in September
1915 by which time there had been a mass exodus of
Irish labourers from our parish, so as to avoid the
implications of the Act. This disappearance caused
considerable annoyance amongst our local farmers
and a great scarcity of agricultural labourers in the
district, the labourers having left before completing
their contracts in spite of having been well looked
after by their employers.
The Sanitary Inspector of Hexham Rural District
Council wasn’t too happy about Haydon Bridge
residents either in July 1915, when he reported that a
nuisance was being committed at Armstrong’s
Buildings on Shaftoe Street, by persons throwing
refuse into the Tyne through an opening in their ash
pits that backed onto the river.
In clover: It wasn’t all bad news at Haydon Bridge,
however, Mr King cut two acres of clover new laid
hay at Innerhaugh in July. This was the earliest hay
harvest in the district.
The Sunday School trip to Whitley Bay for the
children of the Haydon Bridge Primitive Methodist
Church was replaced in 1915 with a treat at the
cricket field by kind permission of Mrs Carrick. The
children joined in sports, races and tea.
Fine family records: In two consecutive weeks in
August 1915, the Hexham Courant featured families
from our parish whose men and boys were reported
as being ‘men who didn’t shirk their responsibilities’
and were, ‘a patriotic example to other young men in
the district’ who had not yet taken the ‘King’s
uniform’ and joined our forces in the war.
Sergeant Birnie (father), Pte George Birnie (son), Pte
Thomas Birnie (son), Pte Michael Birnie (son)
Sergeant C. Thompson and Pte J.M. Birnie (nephew)
had all joined up, were all from the same Haydon
Sunday School trips to Whitley Bay. What wonderful
memories. I feel a story coming on!!
James Stonehouse of ‘Tofts Cottage’, Haydon
Bridge, was posted as missing on October 2nd 1915.
Aged twenty three years, James was employed as a
miner at the Settlingstones Mines. He hadn’t lived
in the village long and having enlisted in October
1914, went to France in July 1915.
Wild Sir Mathew, a stud ram and Highland Show
champion of 1913, was purchased by Mr Pickering
of The Lees in October 1915, for £20.
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Northumberland Fusiliers in action:
As far as I’m aware, we don’t have an archive of
correspondence from our young men in action during
the Great War. It would be rather nice, however, if
there are letters or diaries out there that I could
share with our readers. In the meantime, I bring you
two items of correspondence.
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Firstly, extracts from a letter by former village postman, John Gray, who wrote to his Haydon Bridge
postmaster Mr N. Beattie after being wounded in the
first battle of the war at Mons. A battle from which
the British Expeditionary Force had to withdraw.
‘It rained shells and I lost my namesake John Grey in
the first few minutes. It turned too hot for our lot
and we had to beat a hasty retreat.’ … ‘we were led
into places which were sure death traps and had
many a good starving for want of food and tobacco.’
… ‘Talking of tobacco, we had to smoke our tea. I
smoked five tea allowances. We took tea out of the
kettle and dried it on our trench tools.’
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And a letter from T.H. (Tot) Thompson of ‘C’
Company, - from ‘Somewhere in France’ - and
written to his mother Mrs Harkness of John Martin
Street. Tot’s letter describes a different situation. It
was dated September 25th 1915 and published in the
Hexham Courant in October.
‘I received your parcel and am pleased to hear you
are well. I am in the pink myself. We are in the
trenches once more, for how long I do not know, as
arrangements are indefinite at present. A few of the
lads were wounded yesterday but not badly. The
weather these few days has been very bad. It has
hardly stopped raining at all.
When we leave the trenches we have a very good
time, as we get out and buy almost anything we
want. While I have been writing this, our lads have
been giving the Germans gip and now they have
advanced all along the line, the Germans going like
the very devil …….. So you may look for me being
home for our Christmas dinner, or this is the attempt.
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Mrs Walton: The death was recorded in Haydon
Bridge of Mrs Walton of Linton House - the Walton
family were the first owners and occupiers of Linton
House. The deceased was 64 years of age, widow of
the late Joseph Walton of West Mill Hills and the
eldest daughter of George Lee of West Land Ends.
Mrs Walton owned several estates in the district and
was a large shareholder in the Ashington Coal
The interment was held at Whitfield in the family
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A number of significant Wills were read in the
parish during the latter months of 1915:
PLAYING A ROUND AT HAYDON BRIDGE
-William Kirsopp Todd, a grocer at Haydon Bridge,
left an estate of £4,008-7s gross; £3,448-13s net.
-Isaac Walton of Geeswood House, and well known
for fifty years in the services of the Newcastle and
Carlisle Railway Company, left £1,805-10s-3d gross;
-Miss Sarah White of Bank House left an estate of
£9,117-11s gross; £4,496-16s-4d net.
-Miss Catherine White, sister of the former Sarah
White, left £4,737-10s; £2,367-4s-d.
For part 1 see the October issue of The Haydon
News, when I joined our early golfers on their
Chesterwood Park fairways; a nine hole course
that was opened officially in May 1905.
By January 1915, the Haydon Bridge Golf Club
was looking for a new home, the lease on the
Chesterwood course being due to expire in the
spring, and it was the owner and tenant of Esp Hill
Farm that came to their rescue. The Club negotiated
a lease on the field to the west of the Langley road
below Crook Hill; the old cricket field - that would,
in later years, be called the Show Field - and a small
field lying between the two that is today’s Haydon
Bridge cemetery. (See letter on page 9)
The estimated cost of setting up the new nine hole
course with tees, greens and bunkers, was £100, and
the course would be ready for play by May 1915.
I am reliably informed that the following table
shows today’s value of £1,000 in 1915:
Relative standard of living: £69,920
Relative wage of a worker: £302,400
Relative average income £391,400
Irving Reay died unexpectedly on December 1st
1915 at his home ‘Roseville’. He had retired through
ill health as a railway official earlier in the year,
having joined the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Company in 1860. Mr Reay’s record of his working
life is fascinating for those interested in the history
of the Newcastle and Carlisle line.
Irving joined the service department at Brampton
Junction as an apprentice joiner, a responsible
position in the early days of the railways. Within
two years of his employment the Company had
amalgamated with North Eastern Railway and in
1873 he came to Haydon Bridge as a Permanent
Way Inspector, to succeed his father George Reay
who had joined the railway in 1835.
In spite of the loss of the Chesterwood course, the
Golf Club’s membership and financial position was
relatively healthy, with a membership of ninety and a
balance of £50.
Out of a committee of six men, four were on active
service in 1915, but, the officers: President, C.T.
Mailing; Secretary, N. Beattie; Treasurer, W.W.
Ridley and Club captain G.A. Coning, were able to
ensure successful design and construction of the new
course. The golf course at Esp Hill was described as
having, ‘fine natural features and good old turf, and
commanding exquisite views of the surrounding
country’. The annual membership fees for 1915
were: Gentlemen, £1-11s-6d, and Ladies and youths
under thirteen years, 15 shillings.
Mr Reay could recall the days when there were only
four or five passenger trains between Newcastle and
Carlisle, whereas when he retired in 1915 there were
three times that number. In the early days the trains
were allowed to journey in a very primitive fashion,
either by the wave of a hand or a flag, as there were
only two signals in existence between Newcastle and
Carlisle. The length of each rail in 1860 was twelve
or fifteen feet, compared with forty five feet in 1915.
The new golf course was opened on Saturday, May
8th 1915, on the land owned by Mrs Bates of
Langley Castle and tenanted by Joseph Henderson.
The course architect had been J.S. Caird of the City
of Newcastle Golf Club - a gentleman who had
played an exhibition four ball match at the opening
of the Chesterwood course in 1905 - and the green
keeper was William Veitch who, according to the
Hexham Courant, ‘had carried out his work with
One of the peculiarities of the early Newcastle and
Carlisle line was the reverse running of the up and
down lines, compared to the North Eastern system.
This had to be remedied after the amalgamation and,
as a consequence, most of the station buildings had
to be transferred to the opposite side of the railway.
Nearly all these stations were devoid of platforms,
and where they did exist they were simply made, of
wood, and raised only a little above the railway line.
The 1915 Haydon Bridge golf course cannot be
traced on the ground in 2014; the Haydon Bridge
by-pass, cemetery and Show Field each covering the
‘good old turf’. Fortunately, many years ago I was
given a guided tour of the remains of the course by a
Haydon Bridge resident, the late Lance Spooner, and
I can just about remember part of its layout as Lance
The two opening holes were easy walking on the old
cricket field - The Show Field - with the third and
Irving Reay had been a member of Haydon Parish
Council since its inception in 1894, until 1910 when
he retired. He was also a manager of the village
fourth holes rising quite steeply to the fifth green just
below Crook Hill. The Hexham Courant described
the views up and down the valley across the northern
slopes from the fifth and sixth greens as wonderfully
fine. It was here that parts of the course could still
be recognised before the Haydon Bridge by-pass was
constructed and now, of course, the only driving that
is done across the one time fairways is by those on
the A69. From the sixth green, the course descended
gradually to the north, across today’s cemetery and
back into the old cricket field to the ninth green.
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Thank you to Jean Brown (nee Ridley) for this letter
which refers to a small field being let to J.E. Ridley of
‘Broadstone’ (Jean’s grandfather) that was required
by the Golf Club to complete the 1915 Esp Hill course.
The photograph below was provided by William
Veitch and shows the lady members of the Haydon
Bridge Golf Club at Chesterwood in 1905. William’s
grandmother, Jane Veitch, is at the front in the apron;
so, William comments, ‘She presumably looked after
the brew.’ (Who are the other ladies?)
William’s grandfather was green keeper for Haydon
Bridge Golf Club and was praised for his work in
constructing the new course at Esp Hill.
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Now, when I had reached that point, I was told that
whisky was another indispensable and, in proof, I am
informed that they cannot manage to have the course
opened without having liquid refreshments on the
ground. Now! I draw the line at whisky.
Continued from page 9
Before leaving my history of golf at Haydon
Bridge, for this month, I’d like to share with you
two items of correspondence sent to the Hexham
Courant in 1905, before the official opening of
our Chesterwood golf course.
Maybe you have to be a golfer to understand the
need for adjectives and alcohol. Whatever your
By the way. Does this account in any way for the
accounts you have given us of ‘turf flying’, ‘missing
the ball’ and other things of this kind?
Yours in great sorrow.
And in reply to the above letter:
I have just had a very narrow escape and I hasten to
make you aware of the facts of the case. For some
time past I have been seriously considering the
advisability of joining Haydon Bridge Golf Club and
had just reached the juncture where a final decision
in favour of that course of action seemed inevitable.
I had faced the question of bad language on the
course and had decided I could manage to keep on
the straight and narrow there without too much
difficulty, even though it is said a strong will is
needed to keep from using a form of words in which
With regard to your correspondent and drink at the
opening of the golf course (at Chesterwood), It may
be said that due to the class of people that can
expected to be there, it will not degenerate into the
common or garden boozer.
Maybe not, but which ‘class’ and which ‘boozer’
were they referring to, I wonder. In my experience,
on the golf course (or in life generally) ‘class’ is no
barrier to either ‘adjectives’ or alcohol!
THE HAYDON BRIDGE CO-OPERATIVE INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY LTD
For parts 1 to 8 see Haydon News’ February to October 2014
would be given free entry, as would, ‘all the old
people on Shaftoe Terrace who were not members’.
I left you in October, with our Co-op committee
planning a celebration for the Society’s fiftieth
year of operation in 1925.
On the big day, Mr T. Hare of Langley presided and
welcomed over 400 to the gathering, including Mr J.
Nevin of Alston and William Dickinson, both of
whom were on the twelve man committee who
bought the old Wesleyan Chapel on Ratcliffe Road
and founded the Society in 1875. And both of whom
were still serving on the committee in 1925.
The Town Hall was booked for the event on June
13th, and it was agreed that a fruit bowl would be
adopted as the Society’s ‘Jubilee Souvenir’. 450
bowls were ordered and a charge of one shilling
and sixpence (1/6d) was made to those who
wished to purchase the memento.
Membership of the Society in 1925 was 451 and the
share capital amounted to £11,290, whilst half yearly
purchases totalled £11,376-14s-3½d. A weekly
turnover of around £437; a sound financial position.
It is thanks to Jeff
Marshall that we
have an image
of the 1925
The memento was
handed down to
the family from
Following the speeches, a cinema show illustrated
the work of Co-operative Societies throughout
England. A special presentation was given for
children, and a concert was held in the evening.
The excitement of the Jubilee event over, it was
time for the committee to turn their attention to
the general organisation and administration.
In July 1925, Mr Hall resigned as manager of the
butchery department after three years of service, and
he was replaced by Mr A.M. Armour. Mr Armour
was to receive £3-10-0 a week, a health insurance
benefit and one of the Society’s cottages on Shaftoe
Street at a rent of 4/- per week. On Mr Armour’s
The West Wylam and Prudhoe Co-op was engaged
to provide a ‘meat tea’ for the Jubilee event, at 1/3d
a head; although members ‘and their housekeepers’
recommendation, the Society purchased a new cart
for the butchery department and Mr Cooper was
engaged to carry out the necessary signing on it.
C I ACCOUNTANCY
First Floor, 5 Cattle Market
In December 1925, Miss Minnie Mitchinson of
Gasworks House - her father being manager of the
Haydon Bridge Gasworks - was appointed from
thirteen applicants as check girl at a wage of 8/- per
week; a new apprentice wage structure having been
adopted. Year 1: 8/-, Year 2: 10/-, Year 3: 12/-, Year
4: 16/- ; Year 5: £1 per week. (Five years before a
recruit was accepted as a fully fledged employee of
the Haydon Bridge Co-operative!)
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To end the year, more poaching of Haydon Bridge
customers was reported, this time by West Wylam
and Prudhoe Co-op. Maybe the ‘meat tea’ provided
for the Jubilee had made a favourable impression
with the locals!
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RICHARD HUNTER JOINERY
1926 was dominated by the effects of the General
Strike and the Co-op suffered through a lack of
supplies and being unable to satisfy the demand for
its goods. A special meeting held in May 1926
agreed emergency instructions in the wake of the
- Members were informed that goods on credit
beyond the members share holding would not be
- No member would be allowed goods above his or
her usual order.
- The manager would be allowed to make the best
possible arrangements to procure foodstuffs.
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At the half yearly general meeting in June, it was
further agreed that the committee could use their
discretion in assisting in any schemes instituted to
meet distress prevailing in the district.
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The effects of the 1926 strike didn’t dampen the
committee’s enthusiasm to increase its housing stock
and after considering the purchase of Mr Curry’s six
roomed house at ‘Springfield’ for £600, Mrs Scott’s
house at 9 Alexander Terrace, and Mr Robert
Armstrong’s house for £650, a decision was made to
build two new bungalows instead; ‘of not more than
four rooms each on the vacant land at Brigwood.
adjoining, but detached from, the terrace’.
Beginners to grade 8.
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Tel 01434 688851
Cash paid for copper/lead/
Cookers/washers disposed of.
Tel: 01434 684313
During 1927, J.W. Brown had been employed as a
warehouseman at the Store on £1 per week and Alec
Rodger had completed his apprenticeship.
A tender of £1,160 from the CWS, to build two
bungalows, was accepted in 1927 and within four
months the building work was complete. The
butchery manager, Mr. Armour, moved from the end
terrace house, where he was then living, into one of
the new bungalows and George Briggs rented the
other. Each occupant paid ten shillings a week rent.
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To be continued next month
HAYDON BRIDGE WAR MEMORIAL by Pam and Ken Linge
We continue our series of articles on those individuals who died in the Great War.
The biographies are published chronologically and the forty third casualty, in 1918, was
(43) Herbert Pearson
Herbert served as Lance Corporal, 235226, 1/4th Battalion,
He died on 10th April 1918, aged 22.
Born in Hexham, one of five children of Thomas and Margery
Ann Pearson (nee Thompson). Thomas was a stone hewer.
Herbert was educated at the Shaftoe School and was a
member of the Primitive Methodist Church
He enlisted at Hexham.
As well as having his name on the War Memorial, Herbert is
also commemorated on the Reredos in St. Cuthbert’s, the
organ in the Methodist Church and the Shaftoe Trust School
Photograph courtesy of Haydon
Bridge Community Centre
Herbert has no known grave and
is therefore commemorated on
one of the panels on the
Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
If you have any information relating to Herbert Pearson, or any of those individuals on the Haydon
Bridge Memorial, then please contact Pam & Ken Linge at: Drystones, Heugh House Lane, Haydon
Bridge, NE47 6HJ, phone (01434) 684050 or email: [email protected]
variety of terrain, some forms of water - here a river
and a tarn - trees, places of interest with good views
throughout. Added benefits are that it starts and
finishes in Haydon Bridge and is easy enough to
follow from the leaflet and way markers.
But we must add that we can read a map and have
appropriate walking gear.
After doing the Heritage Trail the next step for us
was to go and see some actual paintings by John
Martin that are on display at the Laing Art Gallery in
Newcastle. To anyone who hasn’t seen them, you
must because they are truly epic.
Dennis encouraged us to do the 2 miles Northern
Section of the Trail past Haydon Old Church and
mentioned or was it persuaded us to buy the book on
Haydon Church the next time we are in Haydon
Bridge. That will be soon, and we will!
To the Editor,
As keen walkers we were pleased to meet Dennis
Telford on our recent holiday in the Lake District.
Dennis was celebrating his anniversary at the oldest
hotel in Keswick and we were doing what walkers
do at the end of a walk, have a hearty meal and real
ales. The conversation opener, as it so often is, was
our black and white collie Florrie: ‘Got the right
colours,’ said Dennis. Of course, there was a
football reference in there too.
When Dennis and his wife said that they were from
Haydon Bridge we told them we’d been there often
to ‘do’ the John Martin Heritage Trail. It came as
quite a surprise to learn of Dennis’ connections with
the Trail (John Martin admirer, author, associated
Trail plaques). We thought that we’d write to give
our endorsement, particularly, of the ‘moderately
strenuous’ - though it’s probably more on the
strenuous side - 10-11 mile Southern Section.
It has the things that we look for in a walk including
Jim and Hazel Murray
HAYDON OLD CHURCH
Mention of the Church at Haydon is a reminder to
thank the volunteers who turned up in not too clever
weather in October to do a wonderful ‘clean up’ job
there. Well done to all the friends of Haydon Church.
A VIEW FROM UP THERE …..
On a bad day I am one of the world’s worst navigators if I am in unfamiliar territory. Fortunately I don’t use
SatNav because as I approached Berwick the other day there were signs at the roadside which said in very
large letters “DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV”. I can’t recall coming across such an instruction before – maybe
the local engineer was having a bad day !!?
No question where the weather is going – we are heading for winter. The cooler and windier weather so typical of autumn is already in the air. I wouldn’t wish to bang on about this, but nature does not have the ability
to forecast the weather several months ahead. So although the hawthorn, sloe and damson are relatively prolific this year, this does NOT suggest a severe winter ahead. We can, however, see the impact of the weather
in the world around us. Much of the hedgerow fruit, such as the sloe, has shrivelled due to the shortage of rain
during September, and water courses are running at exceptionally low levels.
Strangely, September was a mild but very damp month with a remarkable number of rainless days. The average temperature was 1.2 degC above normal but there was only 46% of normal rainfall. In many parts of the
UK September was the driest month on record with less than 20% of normal rainfall. This was largely because
high pressure dominated the weather for almost all of the month, lying either directly over the British Isles or
over Scandinavia. Winds were generally quite slack, and heavy dew and fog at dawn were frequent. Early fog
tended to clear on most days to give lengthy sunny periods and daytime maximum temperatures occasionally
in excess of 20 degC.
However, while much of the British Isles experienced exceptional warmth mid-month, high pressure to the
north-east dragged in an easterly airflow over Northumberland. This very stable and damp air brought low
cloud, fog and fine drizzle between the 9th and 21st which were unpleasantly murky, and occasionally cold,
days. Over the course of the month visibility was recorded in the range poor to mist/fog on 12 mornings. Although very damp, rainfall was a relatively rare visitor and 26.8 mm fell on just two days, the 5th (16.3mm)
and 23rd (10.5mm).
Just to remind you what ‘normal’ means in a weather context. The ‘normal’ of temperature is the average
taken over a thirty year period, while that of rainfall is taken over a thirty-five year period. Statistically, rainfall varies a great deal more than temperature from place to place and from year to year. This makes the
‘normal’ less reliable, which has implications for water resource and flood management.
Monthly Weather Summary (Haydon Bridge : Height 162m asl)
Average MaxiRelative to
mum Tempera- long-term averture (Daytime)
Average Minimum Temp
And finally Gladys tells me of a little old lady who purchased two parrots, one
male, one female.
Unfortunately it was almost impossible for her to determine which was which so
she decided to watch them closely. To do this, she placed a large brown paper
bag over the cage, and watched them through a spy-hole. After some while, the
male bird shuffled along the perch and pecked the female on the cheek. Pleased
with her work, the old lady removed the bag, grabbed the male bird and painted
a white ring around its neck, so she would know in future which was which.
The very next day, the vicar called round to see how the lady was, and also to
sample some of her excellent baking. At the sight of the vicar, the male parrot
called out “Ah, I see they caught you at it too did they, vicar?”
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Haydon Bridge United AFC
Haydon Bridge United AFC have awarded this years
Edward Waite Trophy for exceptional contribution
to sport to Rosemary Todhunter.
The improvements continued as Rose got the fitness
bug and worked harder and harder. In the last 12
months her achievements have been incredible :-
Rose is 55 and for most of her life was not sporty
and only got into sport as a result of getting cancer.
Firstly she had a malignant melanoma (skin cancer)
resulting in a 3 inch by ¾ inch part of her bicep muscle being removed. Then more drastically she had
cancer in her lung and had 1/3rd of her lung removed.
Following this she could hardly walk without being
out of breath.
Gradually, through her determination, she regained
fitness and started to train regularly with Allan Valley striders running club and One Life Triathlon club
(both of which she is now secretary) entering competitions and normally being one of the last to finish.
However through her determination she got better
and better and started to win the occasional prize.
Just a year after having part of her lung removed she
completed the Great North Half Marathon.
Rose completed the gruelling Bolton Ironman
of 2.4 mile swim + 116 mile Bike + 26 mile
run in just under 16 hours!
She qualified to represent Great Britain at
Duathlon, (Run+bike+run) and in the European Championships in Holland finished in 3rd
to earn a Bronze medal. She has earned a place
for next years European Championships.
She qualified and is off to Austria in June to
represent Great Britain in the European Triathlon Championships (with eldest son Mark also
She is both the Allan Valley Striders and One
Life Triathlon club athlete of the year and runner up in the Tynedale Awards.
Rose’s story has featured in 2 National magazines –
Triathlon 220 and Running Fitness, an inspiration
Paula Collis (secretary Haydon Bridge AFC) and Kim Wright would like to thank all who sponsored them for
this years Great North Run. £1,000 was raised with half going to The Great North Air Ambulance and half to
Haydon Bridge Football Club. Thank you again.
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CHURCHES WORKING TOGETHER
WHO AND WHERE
CLERGY MESSAGE FROM:
The names and phone numbers of the Clergy who minister in Haydon Bridge:
Rev. Dr. Benjamin Carter
Rev. Dr. Benjamin Carter
with St. Cuthberts Anglican Church
The Vicarage, Station Yard
Tel. 01434 688198
November is a time for Remembering.
Growing up I always remember chants of
‘remember, remember the fifth of November.’ By the time you will be reading this the
shops will be festooned with things for Halloween many of us will be wearing poppies.
All signs that November is, by accident or
design, a month full of opportunities to remember.
Deacon Anne Taylor
with the Methodist Congregation
Woodville, Redesmouth Road, Bellingham
Tel: 01434 220283
Father Leo Pyle
with St John’s Catholic Church
St John’s Presbytery, North Bank
Tel. 01434 684265
Halloween might not seem an obvious time
to think of remembering, but the origins of
this increasingly popular festival come from
its place as the eve of the Church’s Feast of
All Hallows – which we now keep as All
Saints’ and All Souls’ days. In these festivals
we remember and draw close to the faithful
departed who have gone before us in faith.
For this reason this has become a fitting time
remember our loved ones who rest in the
love of our Father’s house.
In this act of remembering we will commit
ourselves to remember their sacrifice and
through this remember again the pain and
suffering of war as we commit ourselves to
those things that make for peace.
At the end of the month as Churches we will
also be remembering.
As the great juggernaut of Christmas begins
to approach we will be remembering through
the great season of Advent. In Advent we not
only count down to Christmas but remembering God’s great promise to each one of us
that he would come close to each one of us –
in the words of St John, that he would ‘pitch
his tent among us’ - in the person of the Messiah, the chosen one, his son Jesus Christ.
And so on November 30th all the Churches
will be remembering again this promise, and
at 3pm some of us will gather (weather permitting) on the quiet and mystery of the Old
Church to remember with Advent carols and
candlelight God’s great promise to each one
On Sunday 2nd November at 6.30pm in St
Cuthbert’s there is an opportunity to remember in quiet, and prayer, and by lighting a
candle, those who we love but see no longer.
All are very welcome to this simple service
Following fast on the heals of the remembering of All Saints and All Souls comes our national remembrance of those who have given
their lives in wartime. It will be my great
privilege, as your Vicar, to help lead Haydon
Bridge’s Act of Remembrance on Sunday 9th
November. First with a service in St
Cuthbert’s at 10.15am and then at the War
Memorial at 10.50 am. It will be particularly
poignant this year on the Centenary of the
start of the Great War to call to mind, and
read out, the names of all those from Haydon
Bridge who gave their lives in war.
Above all, in all these times of remembering
we remember God’s unchanging love for
each one us.
With love, your Vicar, Benjamin
10am Morning Worship
6pm Communion Service
Rev. Peter Wright
9.30am BCP Communion
4.00pm All Souls Service
Mass each Sunday at
Mass each Sunday at
11am at Haltwhistle
10.15am United Service at
St. Cuthbert’s Church
10.50am War Memorial—
Act of Remembrance followed by refreshments in
the Methodist Church
6.00pm Evening Service
10am Service of
Mass on weekdays (except
Mondays) at 10am
either St John’s or
10.00am Morning Worship
6.00pm Café Style Worship
Deacon Anne Taylor
10.00am Morning Worship
6.00pm Evening Service
10am Morning Worship
6pm Communion Worship
Rev. Marian Olsen
Saturday 6th Dec. 2pm
Usual Stalls, Teas
Visit from Santa
Come along and join us
ST JOHN OF BEVERLEY
11am BCP Communion
6.30 pm All Souls Service
30th November 10.00am
10.50am War Memorial
Act of Remembrance
11.00am Parish Eucharist
From front cover
‘Children from Messy
Church creating pictures for the Haydon
News Christmas edition’
11.00am Parish Eucharist
10.00am Joint Eucharist
THE MEETING PLACE
3.30 to 5.45 pm
Come along and bring your
THE METHODIST CHURCH
Come and Bring your friends for
Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10am – 12 noon
A Warm welcome to All
NOTICES & WHAT’S ON?
HAYDON BRIDGE UNITED
ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB
HBUAFC hold their monthly meeting on the first Monday of
every month at 7.30pm in the Lounge of the Anchor Hotel
where representatives of every football team in the village are
invited to attend.
This meeting is also open to members of the public.
Quiz for Red Squirrel Group
At 8.15pm on November 18th
Fund raising event for cure for Parkinsons Trust
At 8.30pm November 22nd
£2 entry. Positive Vibes playing.
WEST TYNEDALE JUNIOR RUGBY CLUB
FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGE 5yrs–12yrs
MEET AT HAYDON BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
ON SUNDAYS 10.30am– 12.00noon
Contact Dave on 07757362309
or [email protected] or the website
HAYDON & ALLEN VALLEYS
( Haydon Bridge Health Centre )
Monday to Friday: The Health Centre is open continuously
from 8.00am until 6.00pm
(except for the afternoon of the fourth Wednesday of every month)
Doctors consult between:
7.30 to 10.00pm
Only £1.50 inc. tea &
DANCING IS FOR FUN
Ask for details at:
8.00am and 11.00am
3.00pm and 5.30pm
All phone calls for appointments and visits,
including ‘out of hours’: 01434 684 216
victims of crime.
All phone calls for dispensing or prescriptions: 01434 688351
E-mail address: [email protected]
If you are a victim of crime, we can
offer support in practical and emotional ways. Just a phone call away.
Call Leanne at:
82, Front St. Prudhoe.
NATURE CLUB WINTER PROGRAMME
Meetings held at the Methodist Hall at 7.15pm.
Past, Present & Future
Mandy Roberts & Claire
The Special Qualities of N.N.P.
The Peripatetic Pensioner
HAYDON BRIDGE LOCAL ARTISTS’ GROUP
HAYDON ART CLUB
Open to all, first session free. Meets fortnightly at
HAYDON BRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE
November 12th and 26th
All Wednesdays, 6.30pm-9.15pm
please contact Barbara on 01434 688 886
A Summer walks programme will be arranged to cover April - September
2015. Copies will be available at the 19th March meeting.
All enquiries to: The Hon. Secretary Robert Ford
28 Strother Close, Haydon Bridge. Tel No 684486
ADVANCE NOTICE OF THIS YEAR’S
WINTER CRAFT FAIR
River Watch Group
SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
Litter Picking Volunteers
Anyone wishing to book a sales pitch please phone
Barbara on 688886
Land Ends and Park Stile Junction
Saturday 29th November 1pm
( We use the profit from this event to fund the Week long Art Exhibition in June)
gloves, bin bags and tools provided
(please bring your own snacks and etc.)
THE BRIDGE LIBRARY
& TOURIST INFORMATION POINT
Telephone 01434 688658
HAYDON BRIDGE JUDO CLUB.
MONDAY: 9.00am-12 noon
Coffee and tea available
Keep Fit, Have Fun!
Young and Old welcome.
On Tuesdays at Haydon Bridge High School
Juniors: 6pm – 7pm
Seniors: 7pm – 9pm
BJA Qualified Coaches
Contact Michael on: 01 434 684 783
Langley Village Hall
MEALS ON WHEELS.
Community Centre Regular Activities
Lots of different activities. Try something new.
Make new friends. Have fun.
Meals on Wheels are delivered in Haydon Bridge
on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year at a
cost of £2.70 per meal. They are cooked at The
Shaftoe Trust School during the term time and at
The Anchor Hotel during the holidays. Anyone who
would like to receive a meal, twice a week, can do
so. Recipients no longer have to be referred.
Dance Club, 7.30-10pm
If you would like to receive a meal
please contact Mary Milford, Tel;
Pilates – 9.15am
Karate – 6.15pm
In order to maintain this vital service more volunteers are needed to deliver the meals. If you feel that
you would like to help please contact Mary Milford,
at the above telephone number. This is not a huge
commitment. It involves being part of a rota of people who deliver the meals. The rota is flexible and
can be organised around personal commitments. We
need more volunteers. Without people to deliver
the meals the service will fail.
Pilates - 6.30pm
Art classes (bi monthly)
HEAR TO HELP
NEXT SESSION 13TH NOVEMBER
Irish Dance 4.15pm
Bowls Club 7.30pm (Sept-April)
Parish Council 7.30pm (monthly)
You might remember reading here recently about
the hearing aid support service that is held at Haydon Bridge health centre every two months. You
might not realise it but this listing was crucial to
keeping the service going in Haydon Bridge because
unless the numbers of people attending increased,
the service would have ceased at the end of the
year. This means that people needing hearing aid
maintenance for their NHS aids would have to go to
Hexham Hospital for help. As a result of you and
your friends reading the article and coming along,
the service is being maintained for at least 6
months. If you’d like it to continue in Haydon
Bridge, please use the service and let other people
know we are ‘Hear to Help’.
Karate – 6.15pm
Anne Shilton, Action on Hearing Loss (previously
[email protected][email protected]
Thursday 8th January
Thursday 12th March
Thursday 14th May
Coffee morning, 10am
Various groups and organisations.
12 noon – 1.00 pm
12 noon – 1.00 pm
12 noon – 1.00 pm
Hornby Model Railways Association 10am
Grant Robinson, 01661 844843
NEW ACTIVITIES ALWAYS WELCOME.
Contact: Valerie Bell 01434 684705
Following dates to be confirmed, depending upon
continued project funding:
Thursday 9th July
Thursday 10th September
Thursday 12th November
12 noon – 1.00 pm
12 noon – 1.00 pm
12 noon – 1.00 pm
The £10 Crossword
LAST MONTH’S WINNER
In case anyone was wondering most of the entries are correct and the
editor draws the winner out of a suitable
receptacle, rarely a hat.
Entries in before
Saturday 20th November
Please hand in your entry to
Claires Newsagent or post to the
editors — see page 2.
20. THE STIG
NUMBER OF ENTRIES
Former scheme a Conservative joined by way of
With its front off, loudspeaker has to irk (5)
Finish off endless white fur in gallery (9)
Grasping arms sent cleat flying (9)
Country begins its northernmost dam in Ayrshire?
No. Yes! (5)
Executive officer takes in missile for cash (6)
Censure McIlroy, maybe, in stretch of river (8)
Can back ceremonies and get salts (8)
Name of woman in Geological Society (6)
Turn poor on Dec. 1st and accordingly feel wishywashy (5)
Active Croat and seaman in charge (9)
Sun ruined everywhere because not covered (9)
Odd – insofar as lair as neat as this conceals climber
American offender at etude muddled on but kept
None kiss up at No. 54 (5)
All deny change in this northern town (7)
10 sting (6)
Hasten in no end of these songbirds (8)
Wetter conditions for Grace’s spouse? (7)
Weld a bad taunt with this building material (6,3,4)
Servant soundly fashioned by a craftsman (8)
Encountered a medic, rather an abstruse one (13)
Universal panacea not on (8)
Purchase a travel bag and pull oneself together
Dead end – main road up, old hat (7)
Plant a high ball to Charles Lamb (7)
Street reputation, sex appeal, quite a card! (
Not much of a dray reversing east (5)
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PLAYGROUP - From 2 years
Playgroup runs on Monday and Friday mornings
from 9.15 to 11.15 at Haydon Bridge Fire Station
The sessions give children a chance to learn through
play and to experience lots of different activities.
Playgroup is lead by a fully qualified Playgroup
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HB Playgroup is a member of Pre-School Learning
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CREATIVE & LOCAL
'Pre-loved' for those of you equally inept is like a
local eBay. If you don't know what eBay is then
Google it. If you don't know what Google is then....
Oh never mind - welcome to the club my friend.
MARIA AND THE LITTLE LAMB.
The many millions of readers of my fabulous articles
will know that not only are we new here but that I
am no Bill Gates when it comes to computers.
Up popped a series of adverts. Items I never knew I
needed and as such I also knew I had no need to read
on. But give a woman a cornucopia of items in a
shopping window and it's a strong woman who turns
away. I am not that woman. I read on. First advert up
said "3 gorgeous lambs for sale. Bucket trained. Can
live in the house until you're ready to eat them".
In our house Haydon Bridge is not so much Silicon
Valley as the Valley Time Forgot. Actually we quite
like it that way! In fact we're finding so do most of
the other inhabitants - the majority of whom seemed
to have lived here all their lives. As did their forefathers before them.
Take a lady I met the other day. It was pouring with
rain and bitterly cold as I drove along Philip Larkin
Road (I prefer to call it that - makes it sound very
poetic). On and on past the very useful but sadly unpoetic Co-op I went, keeping well below the 30mph
limit, when I spotted a group of optimists waiting for
the bus. I had 4 spare seats and was heading to Hexham so I stopped and offered the assembled gentlefolk a lift.
By 'bucket-trained' I have no idea if that means they
pee in a bucket or dine from one. If it's the former
then they should surely be in a circus and not on the
The second advert along similar lines said "Gertie
our much loved goose for sale. Loves to run around
so needs a large garden. Perfect for Christmas". Yep
dear reader I'm busy working that one out too. Are
we talking wrapping paper and a big bow or tin foil
All but one were off to Newcastle so the remaining
Hexham-bound bus-waitee leapt in. And turned the
usual quiet 6 mile trip into a maelstrom of joy! Ne'er
a livelier person have I met and what a bundle of
fun. I discovered Maria has lived here almost all her
life and I also discovered she loves Lionel Ritchie
and Dean Martin. Well someone has to! She too explained many people have lived in the village forever
and that it's one of the friendliest places you could
wish to find.
The third advert - by which time my attention and
appetite were waning - read "Nicely Rotted Manure.
Been rotting for 5 years. Can deliver".
I showed the site to my husband who was also reading my forthcoming Haydon News article at the
same time. He left unsaid the obvious connection
between manure and my writings. Just as well, if he
hopes to get any more of my experimental dishes.
Which will not be including locally reared lambs or
geese any day soon.
I pointed out hesitantly that I've only been here a
year and - at first - reluctantly so.
She suddenly exclaimed midway down the A69
"Aha! YOU'RE the one who writes in the Haydon
News!!" Astonished at her powers of deduction after
only 3 minutes - and given the Editor gave me a
pseudonym - I reasoned this lady should work for
MI5 or at least Bletchley as a code-breaker should
World War 3 ever break out. She dismissed my deep
awe and said "S'easy! You're new. You came here
reluctantly. It figures". In other words, no one else is
new and no one else is here reluctantly. Makes perfect sense.
I spent my first Halloween in Britain fearing what
would happen if kids come to my door saying:
“Trick or treat!” I didn’t know what to do. Was I
supposed to be scary, or kind? Would they smash an
egg against my window if they didn’t like my cakes?
Instead of feeling re-assured by information volunteered by my kind neighbours, I felt panicky.
This is all but water under the bridge and as I look
out of the window, waiting for the painted little faces
and dressed up children to arrive, I cannot help but
envy them their childhoods, their endless opportunities and education, which really is one of the greatest
in the world.
I dropped Maria off way ahead of the bus in the middle of Hexham town where her lovely granddaughter
Back to the non-Silicon Valley of Haydon Bridge.
So inept am I on the computer that I was surprised to
find a pop-up from a site called Pre-loved. Well not
surprised at that but at my ability to navigate it sufficiently to make any sense of it. And it was then that I
fully realised we live in a village miles from civilisation.
Of course, there is no comparison: in the Czech Republic we start school aged six. Also, I come from an
era where all you had was a blackboard and a whitechalk as your equipment. No computers, no Internet,
just good, continued page 25
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Art and Craft Fair
Saturday 22nd November 2014
10am – 2pm
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Local Artists – Woodturning, Walking Sticks, Cards,
Jewellery, Candles, Baking,
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Haydon Bridge Writers’ Group:
- old-fashioned text-books, hand-written notes and
Our next meeting is going to take place on Thursday, November 27, at 7:30 pm. It will be a special
one as we are going to have a script- and screenwriting workshop with Chris Dunn. He is an experienced TV writer with many creative credits to his
name (The Bill, Family Affairs) so it should be a
great insight into a completely different branch of
writing and industry.
Anyone under the age of about twenty-five will
probably think I was born at the time of Julius Caesar. I am not that old, I promise. It’s just that the
technical development has been so rapid that from a
generation that left school without knowing how to
switch on a computer or send an email to a generation who cannot say “hello” without using an iphone is literally one blink of an eye.
Should you wish to come and join the group, please
contact me at [email protected]
And it’s not only the technical advances in learning
and teaching. Today’s kids seem to have fun lessons,
tailor-made for their needs. I cannot remember ever
having a fun lesson. You either understood fractions
or spelling or punctuation, or did not. If you understood it too quickly and were bored, that was your
problem. If you could not keep up, that was your
NEW YEARS EVE AT MIDNIGHT
One of the notes from my teacher I had to deliver to
my parents read: “She is watching me through her
plastic ruler in order to see my face green.” It was
not strictly speaking true – I was trying to see the
whole world in a green colour because I was bored.
Everyone in the Get It Together Society is really
excited about the fireworks from the old bridge on
New Year’s Eve.
We’re running a competition for a drawing/
painting/work of art that depicts the spirit of the
event. It’s open to anyone aged 11 and under and
the winner will be given the opportunity to push the
button to start the fireworks at midnight!!!
My request to return to nursery was not seen even as
mildly amusing. Now, you probably expect admission what a bad pupil I was and how I struggled with
basics. On the contrary, my Dear Watson, I was a
straight ‘A’ pupil and later straight ‘A’ student.
Mrs Woodward at Shaftoe Trust Primary School
has all the details or you can take your entries to the
library. Don’t forget to put your name age and tel.
no. on the back. We look forward to seeing all your
Perhaps it also had something to do with growing up
behind the iron curtain – sticking your head above
the parapet was not desirable and you had to be
beaten into shape. I cannot even count the number of
times I was called stupid at school by my educators,
and I was not the only one.
We still need volunteers to be
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We were very well behaved, always polite, subdued,
quiet, speaking only when asked, but we were like
the dogs that obey their owners because they are
scared, not because they understand why they should
do certain things whilst others were forbidden.
Our files were filled with assessments by teachers
and we had to complete questionnaires that asked
how we wanted to contribute to the future of our socialistic motherland. I answered that I wanted to become a wood-nymph, whilst writing a number “9”
upside down in the box referring to my birthdate so
it read that I was born in the XVII century. My
mother then had to persuade my teacher that there
was really no need to send me for a psychiatric assessment.
Our AGM will take place
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The previous week I wanted to be a bin-man, the following a doctor. After all, I was only six.
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The gentle chatting of geese
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They seem to be guided by the South Tyne, passing
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It has been one of our regular pleasures to visit Caelaverock in the very early part of the year to see the
great numbers of these wild creatures that thrill when
they take off as one from their distant fields. They
are not like the whooper swans and widgeons who
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You have to go to the end of the main pathway to see
them and marvel at their numbers.
I seldom see them as they pass by beyond our garden, but yesterday morning while I was gardening, I
looked up quickly when I heard the well known
honking, and saw two v-formations progressing
quickly across the sky. One was large and strong, a
single bird at its helm. The second was small and
weaker, frequently losing its shape and having to reform and keep up.
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Maybe younger or older and weaker birds, desperate
to get to the end of their journey and to rest. My
good wishes went with them.
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The Haydon News welcomes contributions on as wide a variety
of topics as possible. Prose, poetry, artwork, photos, puzzles,
information about forthcoming events or reports on events that
have occurred. Get published—you know you want to! Ed.
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Theatre Royal News
Panto time at the Theatre Royal Newcastle is almost upon us once again!
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
- the fairest panto in all the land!
Sees Clive Webb and Danny Adams celebrating ten years of pantomime magic at the Theatre Royal – this dynamic duo have been ensuring North East audiences always go away wanting more, and with
over 72,000 seats already sold you need to book your seats NOW to
Following the huge success of the relaxed panto performance
last year, we’re all set to do it again on
Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 1pm.
‘Relaxed Performances’ are specifically designed to welcome
people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability
or sensory and communication disorders into theatres to give
those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live Theatre.
Other highlights in our programme include:
Shrek the Musical
11-29 March 2015.
JOYOUS. THE MOST FUN YOU’LL EVER HAVE. A MONSTER
HIT! The Mirror
There will also be a relaxed performance of Shrek the Musical on
Tuesday 24th March at 2pm. Tickets £20
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Barnum, The Bodyguard and To Kill A Mockingbird
are just a few of the fantastic shows for 2015.
There are always great discounts available for groups of 10 or more so contact me for details of these shows
and many more. I can check availability and reserve your seats. I can also send you a copy of our latest brochure and keep you up to date with special offers and discounts.
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One more story about Bamburgh, (apart from the one
when I ran into a tank block on the beach one New
Year’s Eve, ‘cos I’d been skinny dipping and didn’t
see it for the sleet in my eyes.) I was surfing all by
myself on a sunny day and I looked down under my
board to see a 3 metre black shape tracking me everywhere I went. It is really hard to keep your feet out
of the water on a surf board, so I threw caution to the
wind and went like a demented paddle steamer for
the shore, desperate to escape the killer whale who
was getting closer to me with every stroke.
When I finally got to shallow water it was still there!
Common sense then told me that killer whales don’t
swim in six inches of water and on further, very tentative inspection I found that I had been trying to escape the shadow of my board. In my own defense I’d
never seen it before because at Long Sands and Seaburn I’d never seen the bottom.
So, thanks to the crystal clear waters off Bamburgh
beach, I am officially a man who is scared of his
Much as I love the North East there are times when
you don’t want to hear a Geordie accent. Here’s an
example. “Gud evenin’ ladies ‘n’ gentlemen. The
neet we’ll be croozin’ at thorty six thoosand feet…”
I’ve just taken delivery of a big roll of bubble wrap.
The courier asked what he should do with it. I said
‘Just pop it in the corner.’ He’s been there for three
Some more stuff by Brendan Healy
- due to popular demand. (His mam wrote in)
I love the North East. Not like. Love. Admittedly
I’ve been here a long time, fifty-seven years minus
some bits and pieces living away, but ostensibly I
have lived here all my life, and always by choice.
Actors and musicians are told that they should go to
London, and I’m sure it is best for their careers, so I
went and I didn’t like it. I was the only person in a
West End show who celebrated when the show’s
closing notice was posted. I was homesick. It is hard
to admit to being home sick when you are a grown
up (something I will never really be) but now I look
back on the that time and realise that’s exactly what
it was. I was homesick for my family and friends but
I was also homesick for the North East itself.
Apart from great cities, towns and villages and pristine countryside within spitting distance of them, we
have the greatest beaches in the world along the
North East coast.
I wouldn’t dare put this in a national publication because the last thing we want are tourists coming here
and spoiling the place. (Dear Northumberland Tourist Board, Stop advertising.)
Where else in the world can you sit on a beach with
about three other people, on a beautiful summer’s
day, in the shade of an 11th century castle, looking
across sparkly, green seas at island bird and seal
sanctuaries in an area of outstanding national
beauty? Take a drive of less than an hour north of
Newcastle and there you are. Bamburgh.
When I was young I was a surfer, not a very good
one but I loved it. I would surf at Tynemouth, South
Shields and Seaburn and sometimes venture up the
coast to Bamburgh. It’s not a great surfing beach but
sitting fifty yards off shore can give you a whole different aspect to this ancient place.
I also had a dabble at wind surfing which was a
brand new sport when I was in my twenties. Four of
us decided to windsurf around all of the Farne Islands, and I can tell you it’s a lot further than you
The lighthouse was manned in those days, and the
dumbfounded keepers came down to the shore and
told us that we were the first windsurfers they’d ever
seen out there. They also told us that there were killer whales coming in to the islands to feed on the
seals, which prompted me to suggest we should head
On the way back the wind dropped and it took hours
for me to make shore. Eventually I ended up in
Budle Bay. I had no body harness in those days so
all the weight of the sail and rigging was taken on
my arms and shoulders. As a result I walked around
with my arms up like a zombie for a few days.
This month’s winning artwork by the under 16s is by Rosie Mace. She is in Year 8 at HBHS.
It is wonderfully colourful and inventive. Congratulations and £25 to Rosie!