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Berwick History Society meets every third Wednesday of the month, at 7.30pm, at the parish centre in the Parade.
Last month a near capacity audience welcomed Lord Beith, whose scholarly account of Methodism’s varied fortunes in Berwick since the 18th century was, in part, a heartfelt plea for maintaining a meaningful presence in our town.
Methodism’s founder John Wesley, we were told, passing through on his way to and from Scotland, often preached at the Bowling Green, the Town Hall steps, or the Guildhall, but was exasperated by Berwickers: “I would that you were either hot or cold.”
We also learnt that Wesley paid a visit to Lindisfarne, where more than a millennium had lapsed since it was made famous by St Aidan and St Cuthbert. It is to this latter figure that we turn our attentions in January.
The monk and bishop, who inspired not only the composition of the Lindisfarne Gospels, but also Durham Cathedral, will be the subject of an eagerly anticipated talk from Holy Island historian John Woodhurst.
Rediscovering Cuthbert – The Man Behind The Saint, starts at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, January 18. There is a £2 charge for non-members.