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Enjoying art slowly


Camera, action! Life as an extra.


Remembering WW2 Club for ageing ‘yoofs’


Call goes out for firefighters


Libraries - a happy ending?


Looking back...Life as an evacuee


Community workshop’s SOS


Join the ‘tattie tour’


What’s On


Recyclers plan a swop shop

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Thanks to Meg Vickers, a keen photographer and member of Wooler and District Camera Club, for the stunning cover photo of a March hare, taken near Happy Valley.

If you have a photo you think would look good on Glendale Live, send it A Glendale Life- Liz Breckons as a JPEG or PDF to Norham hits the art trail editor.glendalelive@gmail.com Pete Loam with your name and photo details.

Now that we’ve celebrated our first year in print, we’d like to invite you to meet the team at our AGM. We promise to keep the ‘business side’ short and once we’ve explained how the magazine is financed and run, there will be a chance for visitors to give us feedback on content and coverage. book page - Glendale Live. Then you can let us know what you think of the plans.

Anyone interested in joining the team can find out what’s involved. The AGM will be in the Warm Hub at the URC Church on Cheviot Street on March 18 and starts at 7pm.

We’ve had some very encouraging comments from our readers and we often get requests for extra copies from our distribution points. In fact we’ve had to up our print run to avoid disappointment.

One of the problems with a bimonthly magazine like Glendale Live is that we can’t always be as ‘up to the minute’ as we would like.

So, thank you for all the ideas and contributions. Keep them coming to: editor.glendalelive@gmail.com and send ‘What’s on’ information to: whatson.glendalelive@gmail.com by April 7.

We had hoped to bring you news of Haugh Head ford but the plans didn’t go on show until after our print deadline.


The good news is that we can pass on the information using our Face-




From old masters to the new Art conservator Susan Veitch has two jobs which couldn't be more dierent. But she sees a common thread that weaves between them as she explains to Judy Kirby

Susan Veitch’s 'day job' is restoring old paintings for galleries and castles. Paintings which have yellowed with age are brought back to life under the conservator's hands. In her other role she assists the Northumbrian abstract artist James Hugonin to convey his mathematical patterns into form and colour on to prepared boards. But what's a classical conservator doing in an abstract artist's studio?


Two days a week Susan makes her way from her home in Wooler, to James's studio in High Humbleton where she and another studio assistant, Alex Charrington, work on the intricate process involved in the making of a Hugonin painting. It could take more than a year for all three of them to finish a single work.

the cleaning of brushes, the handling of canvas, I'm familiar with all that,” says Susan. “The whole of art is a long story, evolving over time.” Artists have traditionally used the help of studio assistants to complete their paintings. “It would take me a very long time to make a picture on my own.” says James Hugonin. He doesn't know at the start what the finished painting will look like.

“I am intrigued by this work,” she admits, but nevertheless sees a natural progression from classical to modern art. The division of 'old stuff, new stuff' isn't one that artists themselves make, she notes: “Artists develop new ways but they still use building blocks handed down from previous generations.”

Surprise “A picture can surprise me and work on the eye in ways that I never thought would be possible at the outset. It is only through developing patterns of individual colours over time and allowing them to work in unpredictable and unexpected ways that the painting may begin to have its own identity.”

Developments in science and industry will also drive new artistic movements, she says: “The French Impressionists were able to paint as they did because the chemical industry in 19th century Europe produced new pigments.”

Zembla, a small occasional gallery for contemporary art in Hawick, is showing one of James Hugonin's paintings as part of International

Artists and conservators share the nitty-gritty of painting. “Oils, turps,


study it for hours or for days on end. The gallery guards eventually gave him a folding chair.

Slow Art Day on April 4. Brian Robertson, who runs the Zembla Gallery, explains: “The idea of course is to get people to really slow down and take their time to look at a single work. Several of the most respected studies show that people spend, on average, between 8 and 28 seconds looking at a work in a museum.

“He reminds us in his short book that really looking at art is a pastime that should require the closest possible attention and the time to fully engage ourselves with something wonderful. We can spend three minutes listening to a song but not the equivalent time looking at a painting or sculpture. The Slow Art movement seeks to address this.”

“We want to offer people the chance to really look at an artwork and take time to think about it, perhaps even doing some reading and then coming back to it. All within a simple, comfortable domestic setting.

The Zembla Gallery is at Little Lindisfarne, Stirches Road, Hawick TD9 7HF. The exhibition runs from Saturday 4th April until Sunday 19th April.

“The American/Libyan author Hisham Mater recounts in 'A Month in Siena' how he did nothing but look at 13th-15th century pictures. His way of looking at any painting is to

Visits are by appoinment. Contact Brian Robertson on brianrobertson7011@gmail.com for details.


Appearing in a Bafta-nominated film is all in a day's work for Malcolm Pringle. He tells Glendale Live readers how to become a 'supporting artist.'

Hollywood... ... here we come I first registered with the casting agency NE14 TV a couple of years ago when they were advertising for 'extras' – or supporting artists as they are now known – for a period drama being filmed in Rothbury.

tantly, what not to do. There was the costume department and makeup to visit and a final check over before being bussed to the set. I spent 14 hours that first day being a thug on a picket line and had to return the next day to finish the scene.

I heard nothing for a couple of weeks then got Working on set a text asking if I can be quite was available hard in cold for an episode of weather and it Malcolm in punk rocker mode for tests your paGeorge Gently one of the films he’s appeared in to be filmed in tience sitting or Durham. I standing in the couldn't say no. The night before I same place for hours on end while got an email with the start time and they shoot the scene from dozens of location and that was it. angles. It can be quite daunting turning up on set never having had any experience of this sort of thing before.

The emails from the agency keep coming in. A lot of offers are not convenient or are too far away. The farthest I will travel is Durham.

Fortunately I was one of about fifty extras that day and there were plenty of people to tell me what to do, where to go and, more impor-

You normally get about a week's notice and when you reply to an offer the agency sends your profile to the


casting director and you may or may not be selected.

oped an accredited course for supporting artists which covers all aspects of working on a TV or film set. I would recommend taking this course if you want to be a supporting artist.

With the likes of Vera, once you have appeared in a series you can't be in another episode until the next series the following year so don't expect to work every week.

A lot of people do this as a stepping stone to becoming a full time actor. For me it is a fun day out meeting new and interesting people. You get three really good meals a day and pocket money later.

Having worked on episodes of George Gently, Vera, a film with Mackenzie Crook, and Ken Loach's latest film ‘Sorry we missed you’, nominated for a Bafta award, I now have sufficient experience to know what to do on set and how to conduct myself and take direction.

Whatever your reasons it's worth visiting the NE14 TV website and registering your profile.

But it is daunting for beginners and the casting agency has now devel-

Malcolm Pringle


Ex-servicemen gathered at the memorial in the College Valley to watch a flypast by the American Airforce in tribute to shepherds John Dagg and Frank

Moscrop and sheepdog Sheila who rescued several crewmen after a B17 crashed in the Cheviots in December 1944. Photograph by Duncan Elson

Do you remember when... ... vinyl wasn’t just something you put on floors? Well, gather up your dusty records and get down to Wooler’s Warm Hub in Cheviot Street on a Tuesday Night for the ‘Over 50’s youth club’. From 6pm to 8pm you can indulge in a little musical nostalgia, play games or just ‘hang out’ like you did before responsibility kicked in.


Could you handle the hot stuff Wooler fire station needs more part time firefighters to make sure there's always someone available to come to our rescue. Jenny Pollock finds out what's involved.

If you pop in for at pizza at Cindy and Millie's on Wooler High Street, there's always the possibility that you will see Cindy down apron and dash out to her other job – as a firefighter.

Part time firefighters are paid a retainer of around £2,500 per year for a 120 hour a week contract. That means they agree to be on call during set hours. During that time they carry a bleeper and must be within 5 minutes of the station.

For 20 years, Cindy Crossman has been a part-time member of the fire service and says she loves the job. It's thanks to people like Cindy that the fire service can provide a rapid response rather than wait for crews from Berwick or Belford.

In addition, they get an hourly rate for the time they are out on call and during time they spend training or at the weekly evening drill sessions.

But the number of local part-time firefighters needs boosting so they are launching a recruiting campaign for their next course, says Cindy, now Watch Manager in charge of Wooler station.

Stamina “We're all fully trained firefighters and attend all kinds of incidents – from house fires and road traffic accidents to digging dogs out of holes and putting out wildfires,” she says.

“We have a crew of nine here, including two women, but we hope to boost it to 12 or 13 so we can increase our cover,” she says.

Would-be firefighters need to be fit – hoisting hoses is not for the faint-


Part-time fire fighter Cindy Crossman hearted. Recruits have to pass tests for fitness and stamina as well as taking tests in English and maths. Those who succeed go on to basic firefighter training in two, two-week sessions. Special training in dealing with RTCs – road traffic collisions – and working in breathing apparatus inside smoke-filled houses follows.

with training in fire awareness. There is also a 90 hour contract and the service is looking at the possibility of shorter contracts – if they cover the crucial 8-5pm weekday hours. “You have to be both physically and mentally strong to do the job,” says Cindy who has attended calls involving fatalities. “In an area like this, there is always a possibility you might know people you are called on to help. No one really knows how they will cope with a death until they have experienced it.

Recruits’ rotas are decided with the station manager. Some fire fighters, like Cindy, are self employed and are on call during the day. Others, in full time employment, cover weekends and nights. Some companies allow employees to attend calls in working hours.

“But it's a brilliant job. If you want to help your community there's none better – plus you get paid.”

“We have some local employers, like Glendale Engineering, who appreciate the community's need for firefighters to cover the 8-5pm calls during week days,” says Cindy. “They allow one of their staff to respond to calls during work hours.”

Applicants must be over 18 years old but there is no upper limit. “If anyone is interested they're welcome to come down to the station on South Road, on Thursday nights from 7pm and meet the team at one of our drill sessions. We can show them what's required and help them apply online,” says Cindy.

Having a firefighter on the staff brings benefits. They are trained in first aid, can drive HGVs, carry out risk assessments for work and help


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Reading the future As local councils struggle to make ends meet, Nothumberland’s library service is about to be “redesigned”. Library Services Manager Alison Peaden tells Glendal Live what’s in store Libraries in Northumberland have been through a tough few years. In 2015 the service was transferred to a charitable leisure trust to run. The move was disastrous Between 2015 and 2016, libraries in Northumberland lost over a third of their staff due to compulsory redundancies. This included most of the professionally qualified librarians. Spending on library books was reduced from £501,009 to £121,220. Not surprisingly, visitors dropped by 11.5 %, new library members fell by 12% and book loans were down by nearly a third. By 2019 the county council had taken the service back inhouse, appointed a library services manager and begun looking for ways to re-professionalise the service and make it sustainable. That's where Alison Peaden comes in. She's leading what is described as a “redesign” of libraries and the services they offer. The format for the future is of libraries as community “hubs” with satellite services and

possibly supported to a greater or lesser extent by unpaid volunteers. That's why library users - and non users – are being asked to fill in a survey about what they value in the library service. When the consultation ends in mid March, a new format will be drawn up. Is that just a euphemism for more cuts? “Obviously we are not going to have a blank cheque. We are expected to make some savings, but I'm pleased to say the council are prepared to invest in terms of technology - to enhance the service, not to replace,” says Alison Peaden. The NCC budget for libraries is £1,848,450. That covers the running of 30 libraries across the county, a mobile library service, schools’ library service and a prison library service. A report to county councillors last September noted that: “...the service is required to make savings of £100k in 2020/21 and a further £100k in 2021/22. This will be


achieved through a consolidated, more sustainable network of buildings, increased collaborative provision and a wider digital offer.”

for enhancing E resources (digital books, audio books and magazines available online) across the County.

As a starting point the service is saving cash and extending opening hours by moving libraries into community buildings. Four libraries, including, Ponteland, Ashington and Cramlington, are now based in leisure centres. Morpeth will be the fifth later this year. Alnwick library is in the Playhouse and Wooler library in the Cheviot Centre.

The mobile library’s future is more difficult to forecast. Councillors were told: “The Mobile Library service is the current method of providing services in rural areas of the County. There are two purpose built HGV vehicles in operation with the service in the west of the County provided by a transit van with an extremely limited stock of materials. The visits are timetabled but have been inconsistent due to the poor condition of the HGV vehicles, the legacy of the historic timetables and the limited availability of staff with the necessary driving qualifications.”

Councillors were also told in September that the Council was showing its commitment to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service by planning new libraries in Alnwick, Morpeth, Ponteland and Cramlington. A one-off investment of up to £100,000 from reserved funds would be used for additional books in the new libraries as well as

Mobile library

So does that herald big changes to the mobile service? “At the moment, no, but obviously the whole of the organisation will be looked at. I can't imagine they would have more than one visit in a period of three weeks. Some have gone to monthly, some are still fortnightly, so there may be a change in that,” says Alison. There is also, she points out, a thriving volunteer service whereby local people collect books from the library and deliver them to neighbours or other folk who are not able to get out and about. “Some of our wonderful volunteers have done this for up to 20 years,” she says. So how does she see the service in five years’ time?


Library services manager Alison Peadon (left) and Senior librarian Jenny Kinnear “I see it as a co-produced service. We will be delivering a core but there will be elements of service that might be delivered solely by volunteers or alongside the service and that can be in any of those areas.

skills and interests are and what they want to volunteer as.”

“In some libraries for example, story time has been taken on by young mums. In others there are 'reading friend' sessions where people volunteer to read with either adults or children and in 'reading ahead' volunteers read and chat with adults who have low literacy levels. It all adds to the social side of libraries which many people enjoy.” Would volunteers also check out books? “That's possible and it would free up staff time to deliver other aspects of the service but we're not saying we want one thing or the other. We want to have a dialogue with people who are interested, see what their

“There is a role for libraries to play in terms of young people who can't get a job because they have no experience. They could come to us for a period as a volunteer, gain skills and experience and, at that point, get a job. Then we'll start again.” On future funding she is optimistic. “The government has said there will be more money for libraries but talked about libraries being community hubs. The new mayor of North of Tyne also comes with funding and has expressed an interest in libraries acting as community hubs,” she says. Meanwhile, if you pick up your copy of Glendale Live before mid- March, you can take part in the library survey online at www.mylibrary.co.uk or inquire at your local library.


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Dodging the Blitz in wartime Wooler Christine Andrews first came to Wooler as an evacuee from Newcastle in 1940. She recalls those childhood days of wartime in Glendale. In 1939 there was a great fear that all the big cities would suffer heavy bombing so many of us children were evacuated. Our family was on holiday in North Berwick in late August and since it was clear that war was going to be declared we went straight from North Berwick to Glanton to rooms in a house where we had stayed often during the June Newcastle holiday of Race Week. This was a temporary measure and if we were to stay out of Newcastle

the family needed a house. In April 1940 we moved to Ryecroft Way, Wooler, to a house that had been the home of Mrs. Thompson. I was in the middle of having German Measles but there was some urgency in getting into the house in Wooler as the Army was arriving at that time and taking over houses and hotels as well as building camps in Queens Road and Chatton Road. We stayed in Wooler until 1945. As children we were free to roam as there was very little traffic and we had bicycles. We went for miles. We all made friends locally and we got to know the area within a five mile radius of Wooler very well. There were various activities we undertook for the 'war effort'. We picked hips and I think were paid a halfpenny a pound for them. There were two canteens for the soldiers, one run by Miss Butler at the top end of the High Street and one by Mrs Jaboor, the mother of the doctor in Wooler, in the church hall of what was then the Presbyterian Church in Cheviot Street. I worked in the Cheviot Street canteen in school holidays. We would make piles of sandwiches and then about 11am the soldiers would ar-


Evacuees arriving in Wooler. Photograph courtesy of Glendale Local History Society

rive for their morning break and consume all the food in about half an hour. It seems amazing that this was all voluntary work for the Army, although the soldiers paid for their sandwiches. My mother worked in the post office for Mr and Mrs Cairns as I suppose there was a shortage of staff since 18- 45 year olds were in the forces.

At one stage the Essex regiment was stationed in Wooler and the C.O. decided that all the men would wear purple socks which I supposed was a regimental colour. All the women in Wooler were recruited to knit these purple socks, which now seems a strange thing to do!

There was the land army hostel at the top of Cheviot Street and we saw the girls working in the fields. In 1943 a large camp was built for prisoners of war in Brewery Road and they worked on farms, where they were needed. The Italians made the most wonderful sculptures around the camp and I was horrified when they were all abandoned when it became a school.

The cinema on the South Road had three films a week, so we went quite often during the school holidays. Occasionally my sister and I were allowed to go into Newcastle either for the day or to stay with my grandfather. We did some shopping and went to the cinema. There were several other families who were evacuated to Wooler from Newcastle and I think it must have been a prosperous time for shops and businesses in the town.




op use rs last March ...

Workshop wins battle to re-open This time last year Wooler Community Workshop was thriving and featuring in Glendale Live.

...and a fter the tools w ere rem ove


an independent body - Wooler Skills Workshop.

Just months later, the workshop’s sponsor, RVS, after talking to the volunteers managing the project, withdrew its support, closed the workshop and later removed the group’s woodwork tools along with its funds. Rebecca Kennelly, Director of Volunteering at RVS, says they no longer had funding to pay a manager and they believed the volunteer manager and committee had agreed to the closure. But workshop users were determined that the popular local enterprise was going to survive and began campaigning to re-open it as

“We begged and borrowed tools while trying to claw back some of the assets taken,” says Steve Latimer, chair of the new committee now running the workshop. “A lot of the tools and funds had been donated, created or earned by the people of Glendale. We believed those assets should be re-allocated to the new workshop, to benefit the community as intended.” Now after several months of negotiations, the RVS has agreed to return the tools, which have been in storage, and the funds - minus rent and transport expenses. Acknowledging the hard work and enthusiasm of the volunteers, Ms


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Kennelly said the RVS had needed to ensure that a business plan and health and safety rules were in place so the workshop would have the best chance of success. Steve says they are pleased the dispute has been resolved and adds: “It was nothing to do with the local RVS who do a great job.” The successful outcome, he says, is due to support received from local benefactors, Wooler Parish Council, their landlord Jim Douglas at Glendale Business Park and the Men’s Shed movement, an umbrella body which launched UK workshops. “We plan to open on April 1st,” says Steve.“We want to provide a safe, warm environment, for adults in the area. A place to learn new skills, pass on old ones or just pop in for a brew and a biscuit. We aim to reduce social isolation, build friendships and help improve the mental wellbeing of Glendale folk.

“We’ll have activities such as woodworking, wood-turning, art, pyrography and jewellery making. There are a lot of old trades and skills hidden away in Glendale. We’d love to learn about them,” Steve says. Future plans include building a 1,000sq ft disabled-friendly workshop using converted ISO containers at Glendale Business Park. “But to get this project up and working, we need help from the good people of Glendale,” says Steve. “Our dry seasoned hardwood stocks are perilously low; our paints, glues and varnishes all but gone and we need to raise £30k to build the new workshop. “We would love to hear from anyone interested in helping us. Even better, we would love them to pop in - we make a cracking cuppa!” Wooler Skills Workshop can be contacted on : 0793 8204651.

Tours and tastings at Wooler’s ‘Particularly Good’ factory If you’re wondering what makes a great chip, then pop down to the Particularly Good Potatoes factory on March 29. The company is inviting people to drop in and see what goes on behind the green doors. “We are going to open the factory to the local community so they can look around while production is going on,” says Business Development Manager, Jack Cuddigan. “We are also planning on serving


Forg e - thi t food m nk fo i od fe les et!

free chips from our chip van at the end of the tour. We hope it will be an opportunity to let local people see what we have been up to.” The event will partic ular lygo run from 10am - noon od c o with tours taking place every half hour. The factory is on the Berwick road (B6525) opposite Turvelaws Farm. The postcode is NE71 6AJ. @ parti cula rl

If you would like to publicise your event or club in Glendale Live’s What’s On section, email the details, together with a contact telephone number to: whatson.glendalelive@gmail.com Monday

Bowsden Bowlers. Bowsden Village Hall. 7pm. £2.50. New members welcome and no previous experience necessary. Contact Norma on 01289 331260.

Wooler FC Juniors (6-12year olds) training. Wooler Football Club. 67pm. £2. Matches on Saturday mornings in the 'Glendale League', Alnwick. Contact Wendy Hogg on 07754 829373.

Boxing fitness and coaching. Boxing gym at Glendale Middle School. 6.30pm. £2.50. Also Thursdays 7pm.

Badminton. Glendale Middle School term time only. 7.45 to 9.30pm depending on numbers. £5. Contact David Pulman 01668 216520. Badminton. Kirknewton Village Hall. 7.30pm. £1. Exercise and fun. Ring 01890 850285 to check. Yoga, Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 10.30-11.30am.£6, Also Wednesdays 2-3.30pm and Thursdays 6.30-8pm. Contact 01668 281462 or chrstacle8@gmail.com Line dancing. Breamish Hall, Powburn. 2-3.30pm. £3. Further information: 07857 152999. Tuesday Wooler FC Men's training. Wooler Football Club. 6-7.30pm. Matches Saturday afternoons, Northern Alliance Development League. Contact Jack Strangeways on 07393 683075. Get fit together ladies group. Bowsden Village Hall. 10am. Lighthearted exercise, tea and a chat. Contact Eileen on 01289 388543.

Fitness/aerobic class (different class each week). Glendale Middle School. 6.30pm. £2.50. Also Thursdays. Needlework group. Bowsden Village Hall, 1.30-2.30pm. Contact Kathleen Glen 01289 388295. Wooler Knit and natter group. Parish room, St Mary's Church, Wooler. 1-3pm. Contact:01668 283186. Kirknewton Archers. Kirknewton Village Hall. 7pm. Also 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays at 1pm. Ring Janet Lomer-Cross on 01668 215787. Art group. Kirknewton Village Hall. 10am. Contact Steve Marriott 07712 042424. Wooler BP Beavers and Wolf Cubs (girls and boys). Bowling Club, Weetwood Avenue, Wooler. Beavers (5-8 years) at 5-6pm; Wolf Cubs (811 years) at 6.15-7.30pm. Contact 07712 042424. Adult swimming at Glendale Middle School pool. 6.30-7.15 and 7.15 8pm. Contact Maureen on 01668


Listings are free to charities and not-for-profit groups. We are happy to publish commercial events but ask for an advertisement or a donation of £5 per listing. The What’s On deadline for the next issue is April 7th 281470. School term weeks only.

if transport is needed. Lunch and social activites. Contact Dave Doe on 07786 635161 or davedoe@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Over 50s youth club, Warm Hub, URC church, Cheviot St, Wooler, 6-8pm

Ladies Group. Evangelical Church, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 10.30am.

Wednesday ‘Angel Delights' ukelele group. The Angel, Wooler. 6.30- 7pm. Teaching class for beginners. 7pm players.

Art group. Crookham Village Hall. 2 – 4pm. £2. Contact: 01890 828280.

Walking netball. Kirknewton Village Hall.10am.£2. Contact Dorothy 01890 850285 or Pat 01668 216306. Exercise class. Crookham Village Hall. 2-3pm. £20 for 5 sessions + £1 weekly hall fee. Tots and Toys. Evangelical Church, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 1-3pm. Kettlebell class. 6.30pm. Glendale Middle School gym. £2.50. Kung-fu for children. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 6.30-7.30pm. £4 per session with the first one free. It is taken by a qualified kung fu teacher. Contact 07592 877216

Fitness/aerobic class (different class each week) 6pm. Glendale Middle School gym. £2.50. Badminton. Kirknewton Village Hall. 10am. BP Scouts (girls and boys). Bowling Club, Weetwood Avenue, Wooler. 79pm. Ages 11+. Contact 07712 042424. Cheviot Canine Group. Breamish Hall, Powburn. 7-8.30pm. First 3 Thursdays of every month. Friday Friday Club for kids aged 5+. Evangelical Church, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 6.30pm.

Thursday Walking for health. Start at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 1pm. Free. New walkers welcome.

Wooler Netball Club. Glendale Middle School, 7-8pm. All abilities. De-stress and have a laugh. Just turn up or contact Terri 0791 789237. .

The Gathering. Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 10-2pm. £9/session plus £2



March events Monday, 2 March Bowsden History Group. Bowsden Village Hall. Allan Colman on Prehistoric Sites near Bowsden. All welcome. £2 or £10 annual membership. Contact Nick Jones 01289 388885.

Wednesday, 4 March Roddam WI. Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7pm. Visitors welcome.

Men’s Coffee Connect. Wooler Warm Hub, URC, Cheviot Street. An informal group for men. Contact Ian on 01668 281376. Thursday, 5 March Cheviot Canine Group. Breamish Hall, Powburn. First three Thursdays of every month. 7-8.30 pm. Wooler and District Camera Club presentation. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3. Friday, 6 March Wooler Film Night. Cheviot Centre. 7.30pm. Suggested donation £2. Saturday, 7 March Cafe Bowsden at Bowsden Village Hall. Doors open from 10 am. Free. Soup and a Roll. Crookham Village Hall. 12 – 2pm. £5. 'Percy and the Piglets' Breamish Hall, Powburn. Doors open 7.30pm for 8:30pm. Fish ‘n’ Chip van from

Monday, 9 March Knit and natter at Crookham Village Hall, 2 – 4pm. £2. Contact: 01890 820452. North Northumberland Spinners. Breamish Hall, Powburn. 10am3pm. Further details 01669 620207.

Monthly Quiz at the Black Bull, Etal. 7.30-10.30pm. Teams of up to 4 people. £2/head.

TillVAS Talk by Ian Roberts – “A Policeman’s Lot, 1750 to 1950”. Crookham Village Hall 7.30pm. All welcome. Visitors £4.

7.30pm. Fully licensed bar. Tickets Julia: 07776 083 662 Caz: 07919 095 706

Norham Group Mothers Union, 2pm at Branxton Village Hall. Tuesday, 10 March Hedgeley Women’s Institute. Breamish Hall, Powburn, 7pm. Contact: May Wilson 01665 578576. Wednesday, 11 March Glendale History Society, Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, £3. Glendale Connect Film Afternoon. 2pm at Wooler Warm Hub,URC Church, followed by cake. Thursday, 12 March Bowsden Ladies group. 7.30pm at Bowsden Village Hall. Dr Chris Hull on the Discovery of Anaesthetics. £2 for non-members including refreshments. Contact Denise Hodgson 01289 388684. Friday, 13 March North Northumberland Bird Club at Bamburgh Pavilion, 7.30pm. 'Swiftskeeping Morpeth's Skies Alive', Graham Sorri. Non-members £2. Further details 01668 281857. Saturday, 14 March Coffee Morning at Crookham Village Hall. 10am-12noon. £2. Contact 01890 820607. Wool Workshop.Cheviot Centre, Wooler,10am-3.30pm. Vintage lace


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knitting. £12 plus wool. Booking essential, Contact Mavis Clark 01668 281884 or email mavclark18@gmail.com

month at Crookham Village Hall, 7.30pm. £2. Contact: 01890 820452. Open Mic at the Black Bull, Wooler. Last Wednesday of the month at 8pm. PA provided,all welcome. Free.

Sunday, 15 March The Hard Way, one-woman Highlights show with music about suffragette Hannah Mitchell. Cheviot Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £10/9, child £5. Ring 01668 282209.

Pub Night in Kirknewton Village Hall, last Wednesday of the month 8pm. Table Tennis available on the same evening.

Monday, 16 March North Northumberland Spinners. Breamish Hall, Powburn. 10am3pm. Further details 01669 620207.

Thursday, 26 March Bowsden photography group. 6.45pm, Bowsden Village Hall. Image Review ‘Shot in the Dark’ and presentation on Freezing Motion. £3 including refreshments. Contact Derek Snee 01890388969

Tuesday, 17 March Film & Afternoon Tea at Branxton Village Hall. 2 pm, donations. Ring 01890 820320.

Friday, 27 March Bowsden Pub Night, Bowsden Village Hall. Socialise without having to drive. Drinks include draught real ales supplied by our local Cheviot Brewery.

Wooler carer group - for carers of patients of Glendale Surgery and Cheviot Medical Group. 10amnoon. Coffee and a chat. Contact Val 01668 216136. Wednesday, 18 March Bowsden Lunch Club at BowsdenVIllage Hall. 12 noon. Soup, sandwiches and cake with tea or coffee. Suggested donation of £5. Contact Jane Field from Bell View on 01668 219220 if you would like transport.

Spring Lunch at Branxton Village Hall, provided by Cornhill Village Shop, £13.50. For tickets, contact Val on 01890 820420. Sunday, 29 March Open Factory event at 'Particularly Good Potatoes', Berwick Road Wooler. Tour the factory while production is going on and have free chips from our chip van. Contact Jack 07531803640.

Thursday, 19 March Wooler and District Camera Club competition: Breaking the Rules and Gates, Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm.

April events

Saturday, 21 March Coffee Morning at Crookham Village Hall. 10am-12noon. £2. Contact 01890 820607.

Wednesday, 1 April Roddam WI. Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7pm. Visitors welcome.

Wednesday, 25 March Book Group, last Wednesday of the

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chaeology in the North-East and plans for 2020.Crookham Village Hall 7.30pm. Visitors £4. Men’s Coffee Connect. Wooler Warm Hub, URC, Cheviot Street. An informal group. Contact Ian on 01668 281376. Thursday, 2 April Cheviot Canine Group. Breamish Hall, Powburn. First three Thursdays of every month. 7-8.30 pm. Wooler and District Camera Club Presentation. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, £2. Friday, 3 April Wooler Film Night. Cheviot Centre. 7.30pm. Suggested donation £2. Saturday, 4 April Cafe Bowsden at Bowsden Village Hall. Doors open 10 am. Enjoy a chat in the friendly bistro-like atmosphere. All welcome. Free. Soup and a Roll. Crookham Village Hall. 12 – 2pm. £5. Twelfth Day, genre-bending music duo. Etal Village Hall. 8pm. £12. Tickets: 01890 820566 or email steve.w.taylor@btinternet.com. Charity musical evening: Glendale Voices and Lionheart Harmony Singers, Chatton Village Hall, 7pm. Bar and refreshments. Tickets £7 on 01668 215215 or 01668 215109. Sunday, 5 April Messy Church. 3pm Glendale Hall, Wooler. Crafts, games, a story and a song, followed by tea. All children welcome with an adult. No charge. Contact Bill Eugster 07736 408763.

Monday, 6 April Bowsden History Group. Bowsden Village Hall. All welcome. £2 or £10 annual membership. Contact Nick Jones 01289 388885. Monthly Quiz at the Black Bull Etal. 7.30-10.30pm. Teams of up to 4 people. £2/head. Wednesday, 8 April Glendale History Society at Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, £3. Friday, 10 April North Northumberland Bird Club, Bamburgh Pavilion, 7.30pm. 'Two Seasons with the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project', Rick Taylor. £2 for non-members. Further details 01668 281857. Saturday, 11 April Coffee Morning at Crookham Village Hall. 10am-12noon. £2. Contact 01890 820607. Country & Western Band, 'James & Wood'. Breamish Hall, Powburn. Doors open 7pm, for 7.30pm start. £8. Bring own refreshments. Tickets Pam 07765192744 or May 07901860613. Wool Workshop. CheviotCentre, Wooler, 10am-3.30pm. Vintage lace knitting. £12 plus materials. Booking essential. Contact Mavis Clark 01668 281884 or email mavclark18@gmail.com Sunday, 12 April Wooler Farmers' Market with food, drink, crafts and plants from around the area. Bus station, off High Street, Wooler. Monday, 13 April Knit and natter at Crookham Village



Hall, 2 – 4pm. £2. Contact: 01890 820452.

Branxton Spring Fair 10am – 12 noon at Branxton Village Hall.

North Northumberland Spinners. Breamish Hall, Powburn. 10am3pm. Further details: 01669 620207.

Monday, 20 April North Northumberland Spinners. Breamish Hall, Powburn. 10-3pm. Further details: 01669 620207.

Norham Group Mothers Union, 2pm at Branxton Village Hall.

Tuesday, 21 April Film & afternoon tea. Branxton Village Hall. 2pm. ‘Brassed Off’ Donations. Contact: 01890 820320.

Tuesday, 14 April Hedgeley Women’s Institute. Breamish Hall, Powburn, 7pm. New members welcome. Contact May Wilson 01665 578576. Bowsden Ladies group. 7.30pm at Bowsden Village Hall. All welcome. Admission (including refreshment) £2 for non-members. Contact Denise Hodgson 01289 388 684. Wednesday, 15 April Bowsden Lunch Club, Bowsden Village Hall, 12 noon. Home-made soup, sandwiches, cake and drinks. Suggested donation: £5. Contact Jane Field on 01668 219220 if you need transport to Bowsden.

Wooler carer group - for carers of patients of Glendale Surgery and Cheviot Medical Group. Meeting room.10- noon. Coffee and a chat. Contact Val 01668 216136. Friday, 24 April Bowsden Pub Night, Bowsden Village Hall. Socialise without the drive. Drinks include draught real ales from local Cheviot Brewery. Saturday, 25 April Music evening at Ingram Cafe. 58pm . Bring your instrument or your ears. Free. Refreshments on sale. Ring 01665 578100.

Glendale Connect Film Afternoon. Wooler Warm Hub (in URC Church), 2pm. Followed by tea and cake.

Wednesday, 29 April Book Group, Crookham Village Hall, 7.30pm. £2. Ring 01890 820452.

Thursday, 16 April Wooler and District Camera Club AGM, Best Picture and Awards. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm.

Open Mic. Black Bull, Wooler. 8pm. PA provided. All welcome. Free.

Saturday, 18 April Coffee Morning at Crookham Village Hall. 10am-12noon. £2. Contact 01890 820607. Wooler Bowling Club’s 2020 Season Opening Day from 2.00 p.m. at The Green, 2 – 4 Weetwood Road.

Pub Night. Kirknewton Village Hall, 8pm. Table Tennis on same evening. Coming soon Sunday May 3 Wooler Bowling Club’s First Open Day of the Season The Green, 2 – 4 Weetwood Road. From 1pm.


Time for a little give and take... A recent Glendale Live article on waste inspired Lynda Cairns to revisit the ‘make do and mend’ habits she and her sisters inherited from their parents as they were growing up.

print, keeping things in circulation and reducing transport and packaging costs. It also supports the local community and provides a chance for people to get together, share ideas and have a good time.

Brought about by shortages during and after the Second World War, this spirit of resourcefulness is having a revival today because of environmental concerns, as many people try to buy less and re-use more.

No money would change hands, although there could be a donation for tea or coffee, or perhaps a small entry charge to cover the cost of the venue.

Local community repair shops, upcycling, craft courses and exchange schemes are some fun and popular ways of reducing our environmental impact. Dropping in to a bustling ‘give and take’ event in North Yorkshire led Lynda to wonder if something similar could happen in Glendale. A give and take event enables people to give away things they don’t need or get something they do. Rather than take a serviceable item to the “Skip”, why not give it a new lease of life and allow someone else to get to use it – and bag a bargain at the same time.

An initial trial in Wooler in, say, April or early May, could possibly lead on to a twice-yearly event with the venue moving around Glendale. There is also the possibility of spin-offs to support local self-sufficiency, for example a “repair café”. Volunteers would be needed to help with aspects such as planning, advertising, setting up and sorting. Lynda is happy to be involved but says: “I hope this might be something our younger generation might be interested in and get on-board with.” If you like this idea and would like to help in any way, big or small, contact Lynda at lyndac302@gmail.com or on 01668 216329.

A scheme like this not only saves money, it reduces our carbon foot-

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Music - a passport for life and happiness Liz Breckons is passionate about two things: music and animals. The music started early in life; she was the daughter of a minister in Lancashire and learned the piano as a child. “Well everybody learned the piano then, didn't they?” She studied English and Music at Ormskirk and expected to become an English teacher. But that didn't happen. “The music just chased me around.” She taught music at Glendale Middle School and (one day a week) at Belford, until her retirement two years ago. And when she wasn't

teaching she was playing music, as the keyboard player for Pennydot and also occasionally for Heads on the Block. “I originally thought music would be all about accompanying others, or playing solos. Actually it was all about being one of the band. It was great fun.” Church organs She was invited to play the organ occasionally at local churches in Lucker and Doddington. Once there was a power cut at Doddington, but there were some old manual bellows so they managed to keep it going. “It did sound rather anguished though, with the notes dying away


as the bellows struggled.” The music took her all over the world, with tours in Germany, France, Australia, the US and Poland. One of the French visits turned out to be a rather highbrow baroque festival. “I think we were the light relief there”. Poland On one occasion they were invited to Kutno in Poland, representing Northumberland. “It was a rather bigger event than we had anticipated – it was their version of Children in Need.” They ended up playing in a freezing cold car park to a crowd of more than one thousand – “the biggest audience we'd ever had. But we could hardly hear their applause since they clapped with their mittens on.”

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we drew a large crowd there as well. This was a problem because we played music to dance to, and there wasn't any space. So we invented the idea of 'Irish chair dancing', with people dancing as they sat in their chairs.” Back home she got involved with the Sage in Gateshead, even before they opened. They wanted to do something in a more rural area so offered her the Steelpans – an opportunity which she grasped eagerly. “They sent us their charismatic tutor Wendy, who couldn't drive – so we put her up at home.” The Steelpans were greatly appreciated and lasted ten years until the funding ran out. Liz was a LibDem councillor for Chatton for four years, then Lowick for 8 years. She was Mayoress of Berwick over the millennium then Mayor in 2002/3. “I remember the politics then was rather bombastic.” Her charity work as Mayor involved abseiling down the Guildhall, doing a 100m bike ride (on a tandem, so not so bad), a haunted sleep-in at

the Guildhall, and winning a competition for mayors organised by Cadbury's. Her prize for that was her weight in chocolate. “I don't like chocolate actually, so it was all given away.” Another trip was to Ethiopia where she found herself teaching one afternoon at a school for about 50 deaf children. “That was a bit difficult if you're a music teacher, and don't speak the language. We ended up teaching them dancing, which they really enjoyed.” Liz moved to North Lyham in 1982, then Holburn for the past 30 years, during which time she has brought up two children and now enjoys three grandchildren. And her other passion, the animals? Well, on her six acres at Holburn she keeps sheep, alpacas, ducks, geese, two turkeys and a host of rescue chickens. That's as well as the baby grand, an upright piano and keyboard inside the house.

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Norham celebrates its artistic connections as Sue Churchill of Norham Art Group tells Glendale Live about the Turner Trail

Following in the footsteps of JMW Turner It is said that the artist JMW Turner rose from his seat and bowed to Norham Castle as his coach was driving by in 1832. He declared that his painting of the castle, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798, had been the making of his career.

visitors. One of its initial aims was to celebrate Turner’s links with Norham.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest landscape painters, Turner visited Norham three times – in 1797, 1801 and 1831 – and made many sketches and paintings of the castle from vantage points in the village and on the banks of the Tweed.

Working closely with Berwick Visual Arts, Norham Art Group’s Sue Churchill and Victoria Craig co-ordinated a Norham-based week of events to coincide with the opening of the Berwick exhibition in May 2019.

Norham Arts Group was one of several groups to emerge from a series of community workshops organised in 2017 to consider how the village could remain a great place to live and be made more attractive to

Fortuitously, Berwick Visual Arts was at that time planning an exhibition of Turner’s paintings, borrowed from Tate Britain.

Supported by local businesses and organisations, individuals and charitable trusts, Turner Week drew in many members of the community not only from Norham, but also from Berwick and surrounding villages.



Fifty local residents worked as stewards, and many others contributed time and resources behind the scenes to make the event a success. Sue says: “We needed a lot of help and support, and we received it.”

As Turner’s work developed, he became increasingly interested in the quality of light rather than precise detail, and particularly liked to paint at sunrise. He is thought to have inspired later Impressionist painters.

Heritage The week’s activities included an exhibition of locally-owned prints and paintings of Norham, combined with work by contemporary artists living in North Northumberland; a children’s art exhibition; art workshops in a marquee on the river bank; a community picnic at Norham Castle and the launch of the event’s most lasting legacy: the Turner Heritage Trail. Professor David Hill, a leading authority on JMW Turner, attended the opening of the week’s events and unveiled the trail’s first interpretation panel on the southern bank of the Tweed. This panel shows the painting to which Turner attributed his success: Norham Castle on the Tweed, Summer’s Morn.

Norham Arts Group thought it would take quite a long time to raise the money needed to install the last two panels, but they were generously funded by Berwick Preservation Trust, and with support from English Heritage to get the necessary permissions, the boards are now in place. A leaflet containing a map of the trail was produced and many people now enjoy walking it. Village Starting at the first panel on the riverbank, walkers are guided up to the second – located on the village green and depicting Turner’s only painting of the village – before continuing on to the third, which stands in the castle grounds. It is easy going and less than a mile from beginning to end. People following the trail see the views through Turner’s eyes and hopefully appreciate the atmospheric scenery and light, just as he did. Trail leaflets are available from the Cheviot Centre in Wooler and further information can be had by emailing Norham Arts Group at: norhamartsgroup@gmail.com

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maintaining or, hopefully, improving our landscape and also improving public access and animal welfare.

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Church contact list Wooler, Kirknewton, Doddington, Ilderton (Cheviot Benefice) Rev Suzanne Cooke, 01668 283502, suzanne@cookehouse.co.uk Rev Judith Dobson. judedob@gmail.com Wooler URC Jean Armstrong (Secretary), 01668 216205, jean.arms50@gmail.com www.woolerurc.org.uk Glendale Crossing Places Rev Bill Eugster, 01668 282176, bill.eugster@glendalecrossingplaces.org www.glendalecrossingplaces.org Wooler St Ninian's (Roman Catholic) Father David Philips, 01665 574240 Wooler Evangelical Church Michael Veitch, 0777 900 4253, michaelgveitch@yahoo.co.uk www.wooler-evangelical.org.uk

Chatton, Chillingham, Eglingham, Ingram, South Charlton (Breamish & Till Benefice) Vacant Lowick, Ford, Etal, Ancroft, St John the Baptist (Vacant) Milfield Methodist Rev Kim Hurst, 01289 306291, www.lindisfarnemethodistchurches.org.uk Crookham URC Rev Mary Taylor, m.taylor_1@btinternet.com Wooler Christian Brethren David Pulman, 01668 216520 Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Community of the Holy Mother of God and St Oswald. Reader, John-Michael, 01668 215397, email, ikons@gmx.com

Useful telephone numbers continued from back page Cornhill Parish Council

parishclerk@cornhill-on-tweed.co.uk 01890 820501

Bowsden Parish Council

01289 388871(Clerk Mike Simpson)

Ingram Parish Council

01665 578906

Carham Parish Council

clerk@carhamparish.org 01890 850 336

County Councillor:

01668 281062(Cllr Anthony Murray) Anthony.Murray99@northumberland.gov.uk

Glendale Gateway Trust:

01668 282406 ggtadmin@wooler.org.uk


01668 281362 ww.u3asites.org.uk/wooler/home


call free any time on 116 123

Useful contacts Cheviot Centre, Wooler:

01668 282406

Glendale Hall, Wooler:

01289 388387

Kirknewton Village Hall:

01890 850285

Chatton Village Hall:

ggtadmin@wooler.org.uk kirknewtonvillagehall@gmail.com villagehall@chatton.uk

Lowick Village Hall:

01289 388285

Bowsden Village Hall:

01289 388543

Etal Village Hall:

hgew13@gmail.com www.etalvillagehall.org.uk

Crookham Village Hall:

01890 820446

Ford Village Hall

07790 457580

Bolton Village Hall

01665 574689

Ingram village hall

01665 578980

Wooler First School:


01668 281470 www.wooler.northumberland.sch.uk/website

Glendale Middle School:

01668 281470

Ford Village School:

01890 820217

www.glendale.northumberland.sch.uk/website www.ford.northumberland.sch.uk/website Lowick First School:

01289 388268 www.lowickholyislandschools.org.uk/website

Glendale Surgery:

01668 281740

Cheviot Medical Group:

01668 281575

Glendale Pharmacy (Wooler):

01668 281343

Opticians (Wooler)

01668 281066

Wooler Tourist Information:

01668 282123

Wooler Police Office:

101 (Non- emergency only)


Wooler Parish Council:

Clerk: Kerren Rodgers 07501169591 woolerparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

Kirknewton Parish Council:

0191 257 1948 clerk.kirknewton.pc@gmail.com

Lowick Parish Council:

01289 388205 lowickparishcouncil@btconnect.com

Ford Parish Council:

www.northumberlandparishes.uk/ford clerk.fordpc@btinternet.com 01890 820566

Milfield Parish Council

0785 657 7181

Tillside Parish Council:

milfieldpc@gmail.com 01289 306365 tillsidepc@btopenworld.com

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Community magazine for Wooler and Glendale in North Northumberland, UK

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Community magazine for Wooler and Glendale in North Northumberland, UK