Round-up of news and events from clubs and societies in north Northumberland.
WI: A change of venue for this month’s meeting when members and friends were welcomed to the Grace Darling Museum as Bamburgh Pavilion is undergoing a large refurbishment. We all very much appreciated the warm and comfortable room as the weather was extremely cold with snow flurries and we were also fortunate that our speaker Neil Fairbairn had managed to make it through the snow to entertain us with his wonderful recollections of his life surrounded by sheep. The walking group had also been in the hills with sheep when they spent an exhilarating day at Bellshill Farm. Walking in snow feet deep certainly gave us an appetite for lunch after appreciating Narnia like scenery in the thick coating of eye blinding snow. Lucky members, whose names were drawn from the hat, attended a joyous 89th birthday celebration at North Sunderland/Seahouses Institute and we are hoping to attempt a production of a pantomime with our fellow institute during the next Christmas celebrations. Back by popular request is the Bamburgh Sand Sculpture Challenge on June 17th. The theme is transport and as has been shown in previous years the sculpture teams from Institutes all over Northumberland will once again surpass themselves with ingenuity and skill. The next walking group expedition will be to Hulne Park on February 25th this will be followed the next day by a meeting to discuss the chosen poem for the reading aloud competition and again this will be followed on the 27th by the lunch club dining at the ‘Jolly Fisherman’ at Craster. A week containing three days of WI ‘fun and games’! At the end of this meeting members signed up to an important petition for improved Broadband reception in Bamburgh a much needed facility for access to banking on the weekly mobile Post Office. Our next meeting is on March 13th once more back in the Pavilion when the speaker will be Dorothy Osler ‘North Country Quilts’ visitors would be more than welcome to join us.
XMAS LIGHTS: On Saturday, February 23 at 2.30pm we are holding an afternoon of music at the WI Hall, Beadnell. Local musicians Carole and Russ with their friends have put together a programme of folk, country, Northumbrian music and poetry. Refreshments are included. Price £5 payable at the door.
WI: Our president Lynne Angus was pleased to welcome members to what turned out to be a very pleasant evening. She led us in discussion of what would make an attractive display in our garden next Christmas, courtesy of the Village Lights Committee. Following this we firmed up plans for our 90th anniversary celebration in May. The luncheon club, having recently enjoyed a pleasant meal at the Castle Inn in Bamburgh, decided that their outing on March 1 will be to Seahouses Golf Club. Members were reminded that questions for April’s Garden Forum need to be submitted by the March meeting. Treasurer Angela Peereboom expressed her gratitude to Annette Manning for looking after the accounts so well over the past three months, whilst she, herself, has been out of action. To round it off, members read out their competition entries for valentine verses, some of which were poignant and sentimental, and others humorous. Pat and Jenny were runners-up,but Sue Dawson took the honours with a very thoughtful and inventive offering.
local history society: There was a good turn out of members and visitors to hear Charles Baker Cresswell speak about Sir James Knott, and the College Valley, which was acquired by the trust set up to manage the funds he left on his death. In 2008, our society benefitted from a grant from the Sir James Knott Trust to help in the publication of our first book Aspects of Belford. It was therefore of particular interest to learn more of Sir James Knott, and of the trust which bears his name. Charles’ talk, full of insights and leavened with gentle humour, more than fulfilled our hopes. At our next meeting on 27th February, John Field will talk on St. Cuthbert and Northumbria. All welcome, visitors £2.
METHODIST CHURCH: FridayLIVE Take 2 returns this coming Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm at Berwick Methodist Church, Walkergate. Our theme this year is ‘Making a Difference’. This week we look at ‘How can we be more like Jesus?’, and it doesn’t involve a white robe, beard and sandals! All are welcome to this lively, informal and contemporary worship.
probus club: On a morning with snow falling steadily the subject of Berwick Probus Club’s meeting showed snow and Santa Claus in abundance. Dr Thomas Christie, who has recently returned to the town on completion of a postgraduate course presented a very interesting montage to illustrate his talk on ‘Christmas Cinema History’. It showed Bing Crosby singing ‘White Christmas’, Humphrey Bogart in a song and dance role, James Stweart, Alistair Sim, Ingrid Bergman and many others dating back to 1898. Dr Christie spoke about the development of different themes over the decades but believed the 1940s and 1950s were the golden age and most of the unforgettable films were American-made in a talk which had led him to produce a book on the subject - now on sale in Berwick. He covered films about, set in and shown as Christmas movies. The real groundwork started in the 1940s and some classics still had a huge following today. A new member, Mr Bob Palder, was welcomed by the chairman, Mr Michael Yorke.
st andrew’s club: Berwick St Andrew’s Club has enjoyed two very successful functions in the last two months and President Diana Higham was congratulated on the work she had put into them. A Committee meeting at Longridge School on Tuesday heard a report on the Gatherin’ in November and the Burns Super in January. It was agreed that the annual meeting will be held at Longridge on Wednesday, May 8. Michael Baglee, the club’s accompanist for many years will become the new Presiden. He announced that his vice-oresident will be Ken Budge who is currently president of Berwick Rotary Club. The President’s Dinner which has become a very enjoyable event is to be held on Wednesday, June 12. It is hoped the venue will be the BLack and Gold club.
Rotary Club: An unusual father and son record is to be established in the Club in July after members were told last Tuesday that Les Landels has volunteered to take on the role of Club secretary when Grany Findlay moves north in March. Les was president in 2006-07 and on July 1 his son Simon will become the 2013-14 president, ensuring that the Landels family will hold two of the key roles.
INNER WHEEL CLUB: The February meeting is traditionally a business meeting only and thus in the absence of a speaker members have a little more time to indulge in conversation with friends while enjoying an excellent meal at the Black and Gold. During the meeting Mrs Rosemary Smith was proposed as President for 2013-2014 and will take office in July. President Jacqui Budge announced plans for a Ceilidh with music by Old Heads on the Block at the Black and Gold on Friday, 26th April in support of her charity, the Berwick Hospice. She will also host one of her regular coffee mornings for the same cause on Friday 22nd February. The next club meeting on Monday 11th March will be an International Evening with speakers from the Vine Trust about the support for orphans in Tanzania. There will be a Bring and Buy stall and guests of members will be very welcome.
CAMERA CLUB: There was a visual treat for members of the Berwick & District Camera Club when the images hit the screen for the last contest of the season. Ian Fullerton, a long time friend of the club, travelled down from Haddington to judge the second Projected Image Competition and passed favourable comment on most of the pictures entered. The results were:- General 1st, Peter Carr. 2nd, Nick Johnson, 3rd, Dave Sanderson; Illustrative 1st Maggie Jary, 2nd,Carolyn McGregor 3rd, John Peters ARPS; Landscape 1st, Allan Rogers, 2nd Carolyn McGregor, 3rd John Tully; Portrait 1st, Maggie Jary, 2nd Carolyn McGregor, 3rd Kenneth Patterson. Nature 1st, John Peters ARPS, 2nd & 3rd Peter Carr; Artistic 1st, & 2nd Nick Johnson. For more information about the club check out the website at www.berwickcameraclub.net.
wi: President Sheila Cassidy greeted members and guests, and started the meeting with the Creed. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. Jennifer Atkinson accepted post of Vice-President; a Press Secretary is still required. Secretary Joy Lamb will attend the Spring Council Meeting at Alnwick in April. The Spring Lunch on March 27 will be at the Golf Club, 12. for 12.30 A “Pennies for Friendship” envelope was passed around, in aid of A.C.W.W. Graham Ambrose, a woodturner from Horncliffe told us this was his first time addressing a W.I. He need have no worries, as he is a natural speaker, good at explaining and showing samples of his work, and showing us some very different woods. There are not many female woodturners, so there’s an opening for a new hobby or career. It’s a lovely tactile material to work in, and Graham’s love of his work is clear to see. A very big thank you was given by Jackie Hamblett. Tea and biscuits followed, and the Blue item competition was judged. Margaret Wood won with her blue cat, Evelyn Smith 2nd with a blue candle. Our next meeting on 13th March will be Joy Lamb and the History of Haggerston Castle. The competition is for a yellow item. Our last afternoon meeting until October. There will also be a Bring and Buy table. Looking forward to seeing you there, St. Cuthberts, Walkergate 1.30 - 3.30 on the 13th, then.
U3A: On Monday, 4th March, we are having our next Open Day when we will be given a talk by Hazel Edwards on ‘The Discovery Museum’. This will be held in St Aidan’s Hall at 10 a.m. for tea/coffee and biscuits (50p.) then the talk at 10.30 a.m. The meeting will close at noon. We have had the inauguration of the Computer Instruction at the Berwick Academy and it is now going well, with the involvement of some of the pupils. The Art Group under the supervision of Sue Handoll is now half way through Acrylic painting in various forms. They have already completed palette knife pictures; using acrylic as water colours; painted an atmospheric winter scene - all with very varied results. Group 2 managed an extra session having missed one in the Autumn so they painted a sunlit Mediterranean street (a sharp contrast to the grey and brown outside Sue’s window!). Sue is going to have another ‘Drawing on the Quayside’. This will be held on Friday 5th April when, hopefully, the weather will be a wee bit better! This session will start at 10 a.m. to noon and is open to anyone - equipment is provided but you can bring your own if you wish. As they will be near to the Granary it is close to where you can have coffee, plus shelter is available! In Sue’s Tapestry Group everyone is realising that any sewing activity takes place during this session so more members are appearing. So, if you wish to have a go at some new activity using wool, canvas, etc - ideas are always available. The Buy Bees (Craft) Group are making Daffodils/Narcissi in felt during the session of Friday, March 8th. These are easy to make - bright and cheery (though not suitable for planting!!). There is no sewing involved. The four new groups are all progressing - Art Appreciation; Carpet Bowls; Digital Photography; and IT Computer Training. Other groups at an embryo stage are Geography; TV; and Monopoly. If any of them are of interest to you then contact Jeff Armstrong. Members and non members can check up on the majority of our activities, and details of Group Leaders to contact, on www.berwicku3a.org.uk.
energy drop-in: Tomorow, Friday, Derek Russell (Low Carbon Project Officer) will run the next drop in session for anyone who needs help and advice relating to home energy. This could be anything from what is this Green Deal thing through to how do I adjust my heating controls. Come along to the trust’s offices in the William Elder building on Castlegate on this or any Friday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm or by arrangement at other times. Derek can be contacted at the trust on 01289 303366 or 07843796266 from Wednesday to Friday.
WI: Mrs Clark welcomed members and friends to the February meeting. This being a Burns Supper, Selkirk Grace was said by Rab Bell, scotch birth was served, the haggis was piped in by Duncan Bell carried by Coral Ashton, and addressed by Dick Wood. Haggis, tatties and baigies were served. Oatckaes and tea and coffee followed. Duncan Grey and Gerald Tait gave the tribute to Robbie Burns, before Duncan and Bill played a lament. Songs were sung by R Hanlon, Rab Bell, Carol Wood. There were two selections by Pat and Scott Turnbull, Joy Thompson sang a duet with Rab Bell, Joy sang accompanied by A Young. There were two recitations by Rab Smith, Tam O’ Shanter by David Clark, and Willie Wastle by Dick Wood. There was a selection by Duncan Bell. Elspeth Bell organised the food and entertainment and Jeffrey thanks Elspeth for all her hard work. Mrs Clark thanked all the entertainers, also Mr Ken Pritchard, accompanist. The raffle was drawn, and everyone joined in singing Auld Lang Syne. A great evening was enjoyed by all, and Mrs Clark wished everyone a safe journey home.
TILLVAS: TillVAS members and friends were transported across the South Atlantic to Peru, in a talk by Professor Maria Chester. She conducted them around the site of the wonderful ruined city of Machu Picchu, built about 1450 AD by the Emperor Pachicutec, high in the Cuzco Valley. The next TillVAS meeting is on Wednesday March 6th, 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall when Roger Jermy will give a talk on “Minor Railways in the Far North of Northumberland.”
camera club: Wooler Camera Club got to grips with “Pond Life” in the John Walker Cup. Some 36 entries vied with one another to give the best interpretation of that title and as the judge, Malcolm Kus of Embleton remarked, what a variety of quality images came forth. All types of flora and fauna were represented in settings as diverse as the formal garden pond to the moorland bog and at all times of the year – from full bloom in summer to water like a stone in winter. Malcolm presented an enthusiastic and encouraging judgement and awarded five Highly Commendeds. First prize went to Cyril Guthrie with his study of an osprey family and the runners up were Jean Findlay with her picture of a frog about to jump and Cyril Guthrie with another bird study, this time a heron in a tree. After the break anything went with the 35 entries in the John Wilson Cup. This gave members full scope to exercise all their artistic skills on subjects as diverse as Interiors, Agricultural Scenes, Pattern Pictures, Portraiture and Compositions. Malcolm praised members on their ingenuity, use of shape and colour, atmosphere, attention to detail and general “eye for a picture”. Again he awarded five Highly Commendeds and the first prize was awarded to Russell Young with a picture of Routin Lynn. Second came Peter Richardson’s study of a woodpecker and third Pat Young with a line up of exotic tricycle taxis entitled On Your Marks. The next meeting of Wooler Camera Club will be on Thursday, February 28 at 7.30pm in the Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. The subject will be an “Appraisal Evening with John Thompson”.