WI: At a well-attended meeting which included two visitors, Norma and Val, president Lynne Angus was pleased to report impressive progress being made on the contributions to the anniversary screen. However, members were asked to look out for a couple of items which have unfortunately been misplaced. They were also asked to sign their names so that they can be embroidered for posterity! Nancy Wardropper told us which sections of the proposed cookery book required additional recipes. Arrangements were made for the luncheon club to meet at The Olde Ship Hotel on December 7 and at The Beadnell Towers Hotel on January 11. Next month’s meeting will see us enjoying our traditional Christmas Party. This month’s meeting also gave us food for thought. Mark and Daniel, from Turnbull’s Butchers in Alnwick, demonstrated the preparation of a variety of cuts of meat ranging from the humble oxtail to prime rib of beef, which made our mouths water! We were inspired by new takes on traditional recipes and reminded of dishes we’ve enjoyed in the past. It was a privilege and inspiration to watch a professional at work. The competition for a meat serving dish was won by Pat Brand, with Jenny Spark and Dorothy Hodgson as runners- up.
MOTHERS’ UNION: Diana Higham went to Tiree with her husband, Bob, when he took up the post of Minister in the Church of Scotland there. And she brought the culture, poignancy and humour of the island to Belford for the Mothers’ Union November meeting. We sometimes think we’re remote here in north Northumberland, but Tiree is a four hour sail from Oban, measures just 30 miles by nine at its thickest and has just 800 residents. Still, the newspapers arrive within a day or so of publication – unless there’s a funeral and the plane takes passengers instead of goods – and the boats bring produce when ever the weather allows – a entire Beaufort scale can be experienced in a quite a short space of time. Its true – people listen to the shipping rather than the weather forecasts! Gardening is difficult with shallow soils, but there’s a local show every year with people proudly exhibiting their vegetables. The anemometer set up to measure wind speeds fared less well and was blown over! The population includes enough young people to warrant both a primary and a secondary school and Gaelic is freely spoken. Youngsters who move away for university education rarely return - a pattern of behaviour familiar to us all. Diana described many of the residents she got to know and some community habits. A most useful household tool was a pair of binoculars enabling her to see what was happening across the island and what boats were coming in to the pier. Diana and Bob remember their residence fondly and return whenever they can. Branch leader Sue Smith said: “What a brilliant way to start my time as branch leader – Diana is one of the best speakers we’ve heard. She entertained and informed us at the same time. Here’s hoping all our speakers can engage us as well as she has.” The MU December meeting will be a celebration of Christmas, with songs, poems and favourite hymns together with a shared supper. And members will be bringing contributions to add a seasonal element to donations to the Food Bank. All welcome.
North Northumberland Rock Garden Group: The next meeting of the North Northumberland Rock Garden Group will be on Thursday, November 22 when the speaker will be Lindsay Morrison from Carberry, Musselburgh. She will speak about “Making the Garden at Inwood-a 30 year journey”. The meeting will be held at the Community Club, West Street, Belford at 2.15pm. New members welcome.
CO-operative: John Hush, Freeman of Berwick-Upon-Tweed will switch on the memorial Christmas tree lights at 2pm on Thursday November 22 at the Tweedmouth funeral home. A short service of dedication will be held. Our chosen charity this year is Berwick & District Cancer Support Group. All are welcome.
inner wheel: Lammermuirs to London Bridge was the intriguing title chosen by Fay Waddell for her presentation at the club’s November meeting. She enthusiastically described the long preparation for and participation in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the Thames this year by two Eyemouth boats. They were the rowing skiff, Unity and the tug, Biscoe Kid. Children took part in a competition to design a “Flag for Unity” to be used on the day; money needed to prepare and transport the boats was raised by a seven venue quiz and by a sponsored challenge from Abbey St. Bathans to Eyemouth which resulted in all Berwickshire becoming involved in the project. Those sailing on the Biscoe Kid included the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire and his Lady and a winner of the quiz who comes from Abbey St Bathans. The long day on the River Thames was much enjoyed by the crews of both boats despite the heavy rain in the afternoon. It was described as the experience of a lifetime. Eileen Gladstone thanked the speaker on behalf of the members who described it as one of the best presentations they remember. President Jacqui Budge invited members for coffee at her home on 30th November in aid of her chosen charity Berwick Hospice, announced that a ceilidh was planned for April 19 and confirmed May 30 as the date for the Interclub Meeting. She also reminded members that following changes made by the Inner Wheel Convention of 2012 Inner Wheel Clubs are open to all ladies interested in the objects of the movement and hoped that the club would attract new members. The next important date in the club’s calendar is the Cancer Research Coffee Morning in the Guildhall on November 24 when they will provide the cake stall and the next meeting will be the Christmas dinner on Monday, December 10.
Male Voice Choir: Berwick Male Voice Choir will be giving a concert at Paxton House on November 16, at 7.30pm. £5 and £3. Tickets at the door or from Paxton House anytime. Proceeds to Paxton House Charity. 01289 386291.
DIABETES: The Berwick branch of Diabetes UK will be holding its monthly meeting on November 19 at 7.30pm in the Day Hospital, Berwick Infirmary. The speaker will be Malcolm from Lloyds Pharmacy in Berwick. All welcome.
residents association: The next meeting of St. Boisil’s Residents’ Association will be the AGM, to be held in the Church Hall, opposite St Bartholomews Church, Tweedmouth, on Tuesday, November 20, at 7pm.
DANCE CLUB: St Aidans Dance Club are this Sunday (Nov 18) hosting a dance in support of Berwick and District Cancer Support Group. Dancing starts in St Aidans Hall (next to Berwick police station) at 2pm and continues until 5pm. Entrance of £3 is payable on the door and includes light refreshments. Everybody welcome.
probus club: A river journey through Burma to Mandalay was recalled on Wednesday by Isobel Gordon, guest speaker at Berwick Probus Club. She told members that the country (now Myanmar) is making progress in democracy but is still a military regime and the crew of the boat she was on were constantly monitored. Slides illustrated the beautiful pagodas and temples, The River Serawaddy with its treacherous sandbanks and the varying countryside of a land which once provided 40 per cent of the worlds rice. She explained that Burma was isolated for centuries. The British arrived in the 18th century and was granted independence in 1947. Since then there had been endless trouble because promises made to seven ethnic states had not been fulfilled. She revealed that all Burmese buts and men spent some time in one of its many monasteries
rotary club: A former Sheriff and Borough Council leader, John Stephenson recalled a career in which he left Ireland with a primary school education, joined the Army and rose through the ranks to become a Major, when he spoke to Berwick Rotary Club on Tuesday. In a life he described as fascinating Mr Stephenson has travelled extensively and he and his wife Christine have been married for 55 years and are now living in their 25th home. He joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1948 as a shorthand typist but quickly transferred to the pay corps. He was posted to Edinburgh then to Singapore and Malaya. He undertook a guided missile course, spent some time in Canada and near Nottingham before returning to Singapore when the British Army was being supplied during the Borneo Campaign. Returning to the United Kingdom he worked, with the Ministry of Defence before going on to Skarjah, Hong Kong and Nepal. He ended his career at Edinburgh. He told Rotarians he had enjoyed his life. The Army had helped educate him, encouraged his sporting activities and prepared him for a business life when he retired.
wi: Mrs K Telford welcomed members to the November meeting. The next meeting will be a birthday party on December 6. This is to be in the Village Hall. Mrs Fairly is to do a two course meal, which will cost £13 a head. A thankyou card received from Mrs M Pittman thanking members for donations she received for her abseil was read out. She made £3,000 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. She has done very well. Sarah and Wendy were interested in the Christmas Decorations. Mrs Telford introduced Alex and Paddy from Northumberland Ambulance Services. This was a very interesting talk and demonstration. Members felt they had learnt a lot. The competition was for a First Aid Kit. 1st Mlockie 2nd L Brookes. A beuffet meal was enjoyed, and the raffle drawn.
AUTUMN FAIR: Lowick and Holy Island First Schools’ Autumn Fair will be held on Saturday November 17 in Lowick First School from 10am to 2pm. There will be lots of pre-Christmas shopping opportunities from the various stalls. Refreshments will be available as well as a tombola and cakes. We will be drawing our Grand Raffle on the day. Further details available on 01289 388268.
st andrew’s wallace green and church of scotland: Today, Thursday November 15 the Work Party meet at 1.30pm but there is no choir practice. On Saturday the prayer group meet at 9.30. This Sunday, November 18, there will be a service in Lowick at 9.45am and in Berwick at 11am when the Sunday Club also meet. This is the first Sunday in Guild week when the focus of the service will be on one of the current Guild projects ‘Mary’s Meals’. Monday November 19 sees bowls at 1.45pm and on Tuesday Keep Fit at 10am. Advance Notice: At 6pm on Sunday November 25 St Andrew’s Wallace Green will be hosting the St Andrew’s Day Service organised by the St Andrew’s Club o’ Berwick. Rev Bob Higham will be hosting with Rev Dr Adam Hood sharing some of his stories and favourite hymns.
u3a: On Monday last week we held our first Open Day of the season when Angela Clough of Age UK gave us a talk on Attendance Allowance - what qualifies for it and how one can claim it. Our next members meetings are all to do with celebrating Christmas. On Monday, December 3 we have Christmas Festivities in St Aidan’s Hall when various groups entertain us. On Thursday, December 20 we hold our Christmas Lunch which is being held in The Black & Gold Club. This 3 course meal costs £14.50 and members are asked to fill in the menu form (there is a downloadable one on our website) and send it to Mary Patterson with the money. There will be no Art Group meeting on December 5. There will be an Art Group 2 meeting on December 12 and an Art Group 1 meeting on December 19. The Bridge Group is having its Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 18 in Berlino’s. Please let the Group Leader, George Martin, know if you can attend. There are several groups who have still to give details of their activity to George Martin who urgently requires them to update and correct the website. Members and non members can check up at least the majority of our activities, and details of Group Leaders to contact, on www.berwicku3a.org.uk.
WI: North Sunderland and Seahouses Women’s Institute membership is gradually growing and 25 attended our November meeting held in the Social Club. Mrs Minto opened the meeting, Sandra MacFarlane read out the minutes of the previous meeting, these were approved and signed. The short list will appear in the November issue of the WI Life Magazine, with a resolution selection slip. This is our opportunity to decide which goes forward to the AGM. Our successful Pub Lunch was held at the Barn at Beal on October 27, followed by a Berwick shopping trip. Our next Pub Lunch will be at the Ship (Seahouses) on Saturday, November 24. Our Christmas Lunch this year will be on Tuesday, December 18 at the Links Hotel, Seahouses. Our Christmas Party will be on Tuesday, December 4 in the Pool Room at the Social Club at 7.30pm. A pooled supper is being organised. That evening will be the last meeting for this year. Please note that future meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. Our guest speaker for the evening was Pamela Emery, her subject being “Life’s Great Rituals”. This proved to be very thought provoking in as much as she explained and gave the reasons for many of the little day-to-day rituals that we all take for granted. Examples were given as in births, marriages and deaths – all family get-togethers of celebrations and renewing old family ties. The baby naming, varying from continent to continent and the custom that goes back over the centuries. In marriages, for example, there are such occasions as stag parties, wedding bouquets, the ring and such hilarity as carrying the bride over the threshold – caveman stuff! Finally, of course, there is the eventual demise of all of us – the systems operated by various denominations and how we all deal with it. Ms Emery also mentioned the coming of age of individuals and how we celebrate it – or not, the starting up in a new business, divorce and many other occasions in our lives. The competition – “R” was won by – Mrs N. Mileham (Rosary) Mrs S. Dixon (a roller for hair) and Mrs M G Turner(bottle of Rose).
PROBUS: The AGM was presented with the reports for the year by the secretary, treasurer, social secretary and chairman. These were accepted by the members who then elected the officers for 2013. The new chairman is Brian Brand, vice chairman Bill Godfrey, secretary Fraser Suffield, treasurer Forbes Grant, social secretary Bill Godfrey and Auditor Les Parsons. Fraser Suffield introduced our speaker, George Taylor, who spoke to us on the topic of “A Life’s Tour of Northumberland”. The first few sentences gave us the flavour of what was to follow. George was born the son of a policeman and was in his third house by the age of five. His father’s work meant that by the age of 11 George had stayed in Morpeth, Alnwick, Wallsend, Berwick and Gosforth. George did manage to join a Cub group in Gosforth but at 12 was in Prudhoe, where he joined Hexham Grammar School, having passed his 12+. His father was posted to Bellingham where George was living when National Service called. After National Service George attended Bede College, Durham for Teacher Training and had a variety of part-time jobs during the vacations, before starting teaching in schools around Northumberland. George related stories for every job and location and was delighted on many occasions to find relationships and coincidences which he referred to as “it’s a small world”. When George retired he became a car/ambulance driver volunteer and related one series of journeys linking Berwick, the Wansbeck Hospital, Low Fell and Hexham which was around 300 miles in one day. In questions, Norman Laidler, reminded George of cricket at Harbottle and the memories it brought back. David Wilson in his vote of thanks said it brought back many memories for him of his National Service days in the Royal Engineers and working at Otterburn. He said “George was born here and I was sent here!”