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Issue 29 - July/August 2013

Summer In The Tyne Valley


From photography to festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy across the Tyne Valley



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Regular columnists...

7. Editor 11. Ryton What’s On 16. The Ark, Crawcrook 19. Greenside What’s On 20. Crawcrook What’s On 22. Lisa Jacobs column 25. Feet First Dance 26. Wylam & Ovingham What’s On 27. Heddon & Horsley What’s On 28. Prudhoe What’s On 31. Prudhoe Community Arts Week 34. Ready Steady Knit 36. Corbridge What’s On 37. Balman Gallery 38. Stocksfield What’s On 39. Corbridge Festival 40. Hexham What’s On 42. National Trust 45. Roger Clegg column 46. Queen’s Hall, Hexham 49. Belinda Ambrose column 53. Marie Curie 54. Local Photography 57. Eliza Pepperpot column 59. Darras Hall & Ponteland What’s On 61. Joanne Major column

Belinda Ambrose Do you suffer from fever phobia? Belinda remarks upon how incredible our children’s immune systems are while encouraging parents not to worry.

Roger Clegg Sometimes less is best as Roger takes us through how to ensure we have all we need to capture the perfect photograph.

Joanne Major Exploring the modern family structure, Joanne looks at how this can impact upon the impending summer holidays.

Lisa Jacobs Summertime and the livin’ is easy, let’s spread our wings and fly this summer.

Eliza Pepperpot Impress your friends this BBQ season by recreating Eliza’s Sausage Kebab’s.

What’s On?

Recognise any of these places? Northumberland, and our own Tyne Valley, have some truly spectacular hidden treasures, often where you least expect it. If these little images have got you intrigued, read through our ‘What’s On’ sections to not only find out what’s on, but also where the Tyne Valley photographer has been this month! What’s On listings are free. If you’d like to advertise a community event, simply... email:

Hit the headlines with Mini Pots of Care Front Cover Photography by Roger Clegg Photography.

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It’s with the warmest of welcomes that we invite you to ponder the pages of the summer edition of the Tyne Valley Express, soaking up all that the Valley has to offer. Whether feasting on the fantastic photography of Roger Clegg (page 54) or brushing up on our BBQ skills with Eliza’s latest creation (page 57), we’re certain there is plenty to be getting stuck into this summer. After a decade of dancing, Feet First Dance (page 25) give us an insight of who they are and what has contributed to their success as they invite us to share in their birthday celebrations. Hitting the stage at Queen’s Hall, Hexham (page 46), this is not to be missed as they showcase their finest talent. Continuing on the art theme, the hugely successful Prudhoe Community Arts Week gives us the round up on page 31. Our regular columnists are sprinkled among the Tyne Valley mix once again, providing us with valuable insight and

sharing their experiences. Belinda Ambrose (page 49) tackles Fever Phobia as she seeks to encourage and reassure parents when faced with an under the weather little one. Sharing some up and downs that the summer holidays can bring, Joanne Major (page 61) gives some advice on how to avoid potential problems within the modern day family. Sharing with us how she takes flight, Lisa Jacobs (page 22) reminds us of how we can relax into the beauty and tranquillity of the summertime. Finally, Roger Clegg (page 45) gives us some wonderful tips on taking the correct equipment when trying to capture the perfect photograph when out and about in the Valley. If we’re looking for a summer adventure suitable for the whole family, the National Trust definitely does not disappoint. Pages 42 and 43 are packed to the rafters with a whole host of fun and they would love you to come and join in with their events, rolled out across the whole Tyne Valley.

Bringing us some splendid art, we have the Balman Gallery (page 37) have some stunning pieces on display in Corbridge. Their latest exhibition features art work from across the region and further afield, provoking many an interesting thought. Finally, for more local events, our what’s on pages continue to highlight some of the ongoing community activities that you’re always invited to get involved in. We wish you all the best as you enjoy a super summer in the Tyne Valley.

God Bless Robert and the Tyne Valley Team.

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Ryton Local History Society Meets on the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in Crawcrook Library. For further details contact 0191 4138164. Movers and Shakers Pre-School Dance Music and movement classes for pre-school children and their parents and carers. Ryton Methodist Church Hall (entrance on Grange Road) on Wednesday mornings 9.30-10.30am. Term time only,. £3 per child per session (£1 each for siblings), payable on the door. Alison 07775 760670 Pre-School Movers New movement and dance class for pre-school children aged 3-4. Ryton Methodist Church Hall (entrance on Grange Road). Wednesday afternoons 12.30-1.15pm. Term time only. £20 per child per term (sibling discount available). Alison 07775 760670

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Crawcrook Come and join us at the Ark today! We are a church and community centre, offering a large play frame for children up to 12 years of age. Delicious food and drinks are available at our cafe and a toddler play corner and sensory room is available for children under 3 years and children with special needs.

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The Ark Cafe uses a range of fair-trade products and locally sourced goods. Join us for breakfast or try our range of summer specials available throughout the summer holidays!

We are working with local community groups, with a particular focus on those supporting children with disabilities.

Cafe Open Monday - Friday 9:00am- 3:00pm (last food orders at 2:30pm).

The Ark also sources its services and produce locally where possible, to support neighbouring businesses and do our bit for the local economy.



The Ark is a church, a soft play centre, and a cafe in the village of Crawcrook.

The Ark can be hired for parties! Package includes full exclusive use of the venue. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more information.

SNAP (Special Needs Accessible Play) Sessions are for children (and their siblings) with disabilities to come and play. These sessions are held on alternate Tuesday afternoons (1:30-3:00pm) and Thursday Evenings (4:006:00pm), The play frame will be closed to the general public to provide a safe time for the children to play and have access to the sensory room and sensory/craft activities. The cafe will also be accessible for drinks and snacks.

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There is a small car park at the rear of the Ark and alternative car parking in the public car park near Ryton Rugby Club, just a few hundred yards from The Ark.

SNAP Prices: Under 5’s : £2.55 Over 5’s : £ 2.85

Praise and Play coming soon.... Join us for our praise and play sessions where we will be exploring stories from the bible whilst playing on the play frame! Sessions will be held every second Sunday of the Month at 3:00pm, so watch this space! Entry is free, registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Crawcrook Crawcrook Fair Saturday, 3rd August. 2-5pm at Crawcrook Park. Come and join us for a fun day out; local crafts, goods & activities. Contact 07881229468 for stall availability & further information. Church of the Holy Spirit Coffee Stop Every Tuesday 9am – 2pm. Drop in for coffee, cake and fellowship. Art Stop From 1pm-3pm (term time only) during Coffee Stop, we have Art Stop where you can get involved in all things artistic. Hall Hire Hall & Kitchen facilities; reasonable rates. Contact the Church Office: 0191 4137279 Parish Prayer Time Every Wednesday morning 8.15am – 9am Holy Communion Service Every Wednesday 9.15am – 10am Sunday Services including Children’s & Youth Ministries Every Sunday 10am – 11.30am. Services alternate between Holy Spirit, Crawcrook and St John’s, Greenside. Check the website for service information and lots more. stjohns@; Book Club at Becky’s A free, reading for pleasure book group. Tea and coffee supplied. All

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welcome. First Tuesday of the month at 6-7pm Address: Cakes by Becky, 11 Beechgrove Terrace, Crawcrook, NE40 4LZ Contact: Kate on 07779791949 Crawcrook Centenary Methodist Church - Sunday 10.15am - 11.30am Sunday school age 2+ Morning Worship 10.30am Evening worship 6.00pm Toddler Group (term time only) Monday 9.30 - 11am Coffee Time Tuesday 10 am- 11.15am with Devotions (Alternate weeks, look out for the banner) Ladies Friendship Group 2pm (Various speakers and time for a cup of tea and a chat) Bible Study 7.30pm (alternate weeks, please ring for details) Indoor Bowls Club Wednesday 10am - 12 noon Junior Endeavour 6 - 7pm ages 3 - 8 Club 812 7.15pm ages 8 - 12 Craft Club and coffee morning Thursday 10am - 12noon Craft Club (card making, cross stitch, knitting and painting) 13pm Youth Fellowship age 11+ 7.30pm Church Fellowship (alternate weeks please ring for details) Friday 7.30pm Coffee Morning Saturday 10am - 12 noon Bimonthly lunch club - Fridays at 12noon. For further information on any event please ring Trevor Peart

01914134819 or e-mail to centenary@ Emmaville Primary School Toddlers Group Every Tuesday 1:30pm – 3:00pm Kids R Fit Group Every Monday 9:00am – 9:50am Both Groups are in the Main Hall (Term time only) ALL WELCOME! Crawcrook Library Rhymetime Preschool age. Contact 0191 4138164 or call in at the Library to discuss days/times etc. Local Councillors: Ward Surgery First Saturday of the month 10.00am Reading Group Meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7.00 – 9.00pm. Come along to read & discuss books. Crawcrook Women’s Institute Meets the third Monday of the month at 6.45pm –Emmaville Hall. Please contact

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy This timeless aria, composed by the legendary George Gershwin, is quite probably one of my favourite songs of all time. Beautifully combining a soulful melody with laid back folk inspired tones, it is no surprise that Summertime is one of the most covered songs ever. As the opening song in Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess, we see and hear it as a lullaby sang by Clara to her child. Emotive and pure, the song strikes a chord with all who listen to it. It paints a delightful picture of a mother affirming her love and desire to care for her child until she is ready to find her own path in life. For my 21st birthday, I was given a wonderful painting which features a big eagle taking flight over a green valley with mountains in the background. Sitting on the eagle is a blonde haired girl whom I have decided is me. This girl is flying across the landscape with little worry or stress, enjoying the view and the freedom of flying. Much like the child in the lullaby, she has spread her wings and taken to the sky.

This picture hangs above my piano and is a continual source of inspiration for me, reminding me of how nothing is impossible. As a musician, I often can feel so caught up in the music I’m playing that it is like flying. I easily lose sight of whatever might be causing me trouble, worry or stress as I fly way above my circumstances, just as the eagle looks down upon things rather than being caught up in the centre of them. It gives me a fresh perspective and enables me to appreciate the bigger picture. Moving into the summer, we naturally become more relaxed as we ease into holidays and hopefully see a change in the weather. We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the UK and in a country which freely allows us to live, work and worship in ways that don’t automatically land us in prison or worse. We are free to enjoy our lives and get the very best out of what life has to offer.

As the hustle and bustle begins to die down, it is a great opportunity to seek out some time to rest and recharge our batteries, especially in our glorious corner of the world with the Tyne Valley on our doorstep. Why not take the chance this summer to discover what it is that makes you fly, spread your wings and take to sky? The view will be absolutely amazing.

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Welcome to the Cummins Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic where we believe healthy feet are essential to your wellbeing. From our Clinic in Crawcrook we provide professional foot care for patients of all ages, across the Tyne Valley and the wider North East Region. We have other clinics at The Spire Hospital in Washington and in Durham. Appointments are also available in the early mornings and evenings to suit your busy schedule. Our Chiropody and Podiatry team are all Health Professional Council Registered Practitioners and have nearly 50 years of clinical experience between them. We are proud to say that many of our patients have been under our care since we first opened in 1989. If you have any problems with your feet, please give us a call and arrange an appointment, we are here to help. Tel: 0191 4136611

Treatments available include: Chiropody

We offer a wide range of treatments including: nail care, verruca removal and the management of corns and calluses

Home Visiting Service

Because we understand the difficulties our older and infirm patients experience, we offer home visits to ensure their feet stay comfortable

Nail Surgery

Ingrown toenails create a great deal of pain and discomfort, but they are easily treated with simple procedures

Biomechanical Assessment

Body movement assessments enable us to study how your body is affecting the comfort of your feet, legs and knees. We provide treatment to resolve these issues

Sports Injuries

Our team has a great deal of experience in the successful treatment of a wide variety of sporting injuries, such as: Plantar Fasciitis, Metatarsalgia, Achillies Tendonitis, Shin Splints and Anterior Knee pain

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Feet First Dance Ten years ago, a new dance company began to tread the boards in the North East of England. With a vision to see young dancers tap into their creativity and grow in confidence, Feet First Dance provide a positive and encouraging environment for members to explore various styles of dance whilst developing their understanding and technical ability. Having danced since the age of 6, Lucy Hudson realised her ambition to become a teacher following completion of her BA Honours degree in 2003. It was then that Feet First Dance was launched across the Tyne Valley, enabling many to access excellent dance tuition that was both local and affordable. With classes running in a variety of rural locations, students can take part in Stage, Contemporary, Street Dance, Musical Theatre and Ballet. Speaking from her own childhood experience of dance, Lucy was keen to avoid the negative experiences she had come through when pursuing her love for dance, saying “I wanted to provide an environment where children would not fall victim to favouritism, negative criticism or size stereotypes.” With this refreshing outlook, it is wonderful to see Feet First go from strength to strength and boasting a company of 220 students between the ages of 3 and 18. Whilst not entering students for exams, Feet First believe in striving for excellence in all areas of performance and academic development. To celebrate the success of the students, the company gather for a performance at the end of each academic term. This culminates in a summer performance at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham which showcases the incredible talent of the dancers. Across the last 10 years, Feet First Dance has taken part in a variety of local and national events, galas and festivals. Taking every effort to enjoy and encourage the hard work and determination of the Feet First dancers, it is no wonder they are sought after performers for many events across the region, most recently at the Prudhoe Community Arts Festival which successfully brought together and showcased a whole host of local talent. In recent years, the dance company have been invited to be the principle dancers on the music videos of local band, Vinyl Jacket, receiving very positive reviews. To celebrate its milestone birthday, the entire company of Feet First will be performing at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham on July 12th & 13th, Bringing to the stage a show called “Once upon a time...”. Based on a theme of fairy tales and fantasy, each dance group will perform a series of dances focusing on a different fairy tale. With each dance group being encouraged to create and develop their own style of choreography, it promises to be a spectacular performance featuring the very best the dancers have to offer and definitely not one to miss. Tickets for “Once upon a time...” are available from Lucy Hudson and from the Queen’s Hall. Prices are £9 for Adults, £7 for Children/Concessions For further information about Feet First Dance, contact Lucy Hudson on 07855 761199 or email You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Michael Cummins BSc, DPodM, MChs; Dawn Butcher BSc (Hons), MChS Cummins Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic. 1b, Jubilee Terrace, Crawcrook, NE40 4HL. email: Clinics also at: The Spire Hospital, Washington and Pity Me Durham


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Wylam Institute Victorian building with two large halls and other smaller rooms for hire - ideal for wedding receptions and private parties (up to 200 people). We also have many classes each week, from children’s dance to adult Zumba, Art, Pilates, Yoga, Badminton, drama (senior and junior) carpet bowls, exercise for over 50s and monthly clubs like gardeners and bridge. Ring Fiona on 01661 852498 for further details. The Institute office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 12noon. Wylam Methodist Church Centre Exercise Classes Beginners core conditioning: Thursday 7.30 – 8.30pm Intermediate core conditioning and circuit training: Thursday 8.30 – 9.30pm. Men’s core conditioning and circuit training: Friday 7.30 – 8.30pm All classes held in Wylam Methodist Church Centre during term time. For more information or to book onto a course please contact - Anna Little Exercise Specialist Reps Advanced Level 3 Instructor 07747 624 541 Anna@Excitesports.Co.Uk St Oswin’s Church of England Church Road, Wylam NE41 8AT Rev. Canon Robert McLean Tel: 01661 853254 Weekly Services: Sunday 8am and 9.45am (including Sunday School every second Sunday) Thursdays 9.30am. For Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals please ring 01661 853254 St Oswin’s Church Hall With its own sheltered private garden, the hall is ideal for children’s parties, receptions, fundraising events, meetings and classes. The Hall is also used by the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies and Rainbows. Further information and bookings from Rebecca and Howard Fenwick on 01661 852 733 Wylam Methodist Church Centre Chapel Lane. Wylam NE41 8DF Bookings Secretary Brian Fulthorpe 9 Dene Road Wylam NE41 8EY Tel. 01661853818 e/mail Methodist Women in Britain Every other Tuesday at 2.30pm in the foyer. Guest speakers and fellowship for ladies of all ages. Men at Home Second Wednesday of each month in the foyer at 10.30 am (coffee at 10.15am) Guest speakers and fellowship for men of all ages. Children’s Soft Play Sessions (During school term times) in the hall. For children up to 4yrs. Monday morning 09.00 am to 11.00am Thursday afternoon 1.00pm to 3.00pm

The Hearth Art Centre and Cafe, Main Road, Horsley, NE15 0NT The Hearth is home to eleven professional artists whose studios are open to the public. Call in to visit textile artists, painters, jewellery makers, a ceramic studio and Horsley Printmakers. There are regular classes, courses and art workshops. Evening activities include live music and talks. Café open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm. For information on forthcoming activities at The Hearth or to contact our artists, please visit our website www.thehearth. Heritage And History Thursday 25th and Friday 26th July, 11am – 4pm, Free entry The Engineer Robert Stephenson Robert Stephenson Trust The Hearth is delighted to host an exhibition that has toured the country. There will be 2 family days of activities, including model making, story-telling and small toy trains to play with. There will also be a chance to make semaphore railway signals. Thursday 25th July, 7.30pm The Art of Robert Stephenson A talk by the Robert Stephenson Trust. £5 on the door to include refreshments Thursday 29th August, Life on the footplate Speaker Lee Davies, A talk with videos by a serving railway engine driver To hire the hall for classes or parties please email the administrator at office@ enquire about catering for events and parties or to book a table for their famous Sunday roast, please call the Café on 01661 853 563 or email Alanna at Horsley Garden Club meets every third Monday each month from March to September 7:30 pm in The Crown and Anchor pub. We enjoy a varied programme of speakers and visits. New members and visitors always are welcome. Secretary Hazel Holliday 01661853919 Horsley WI meets every first Monday each month 7:30 pm in the WI hall at the west end of the village. We enjoy a wide variety of speakers and a delicious supper! New members and visitors are always welcome. Secretary Elizabeth Bramwell 01661853295 Horsley Book Club meets the first Friday of each month, 4 pm onwards in The Hearth cafe. New members and visitors are always welcome. Please contact Hazel Holliday 01661853919 for more details. Heddon on the Wall Ballroom Dancing Classes We welcome beginners and those with some experience. The classes take place every Tuesday during term time in the Knott Memorial Hall from 8 – 10pm. The teachers have endless patience and everyone has great fun. Find a partner and give it a try. Contacts: 0191 2365878 ( Jenian School of Dancing) or 01661 853798 (local contact)

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Wylam Pre-school Playgroup Falcon Centre, Wylam. OFSTED registered playgroup for 2 to 4 year olds. Monday to Friday 9.10am to 12.10pm. For more information contact Anna 07905059935. Wylam YOGA - Yoga for all at Wylam Institute Ongoing Yoga courses each 1/2 term HATHA YOGA on Thursday evening 7-8.30pm and Friday morning 9.45 - 11am Contact Maria Knight for booking form 01661 854636 Wylam tennis club: Club sessions: Tues 10-12am, Tues 7-9pm, Sun 2-5pm For further information please contact Anne Francis or Roy Kroese on 01661 853607. Wylam Methodist Church Chapel lane, Wylam, NE41 8DZ Tel:01661 853 075 “A welcome awaits you” Minister: Rev Jane Cook Tel: 01661 852 143 Sunday Worship 10.45am Children’s Church and Creche (5 separate age groups) All Age Service 3rd Sunday Sundae Special for younger children and their families 1st Sunday of each month, 4.30pm (except May) Regular housegroups: Sunday evenings and Tuesdays Lunchtime midweek group Soft Play for babies and toddlers Monday Mornings and Thursday afternoons Joint Youth Activities Rock Solid (for Middle School Children) 4.15 pm Wednesdays BLT at Wylam First School 12.30pm Thursdays Details Richard Shrimpton 01661852689 Women’s meetings Tuesday afternoon Soup and Pud lunch for over 70’s (1st Wednesday: contact June Pattinson 852165) Coffee/Tea served Saturday mornings Rooms available for hire for meetings/parties etc Contact Brian Fulthorpe 853818 Wylam Amateur Dramatic Society Meets every Monday at the Wylam Institute 7.30pm. For more details of the Society, please contact Angus Palmer 01661 853786 Wylam Railway Museum Wylam Railway Museum is located in the Falcon Centre, Falcon Terrace, Wylam. The Museum is open to the public during Library hours at the following times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Wylam W.I. Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month in Wylam Institute at 7.30pm. All VISITORS VERY WELCOME. For further details, please contact Mrs Robin Piette 01661 853727 Wylam Duplicate Bridge Group Meets every 3rd Monday of the month at 7.00pm in the Wylam Institute. New Members Welcome Contact Roger Turner 01661 852582

Wylam St Oswin’s Church of England Church Road Wylam NE41 8AT Weekly services- Sunday 8.00 am & 9.45 am. Thursday 9.30 am. During the vacancy following the retirement of Rev David Cant, baptisms, weddings, funerals and services are as usual. Contact the church wardens. Tel : 01661 853254. Weekly services - Sunday 8.00am & 9.45am including Sunday school every second Sunday For further details tel: 01661 853254. Wylam Camera Club @ The Wylam Institute Every other Wednesday 730pm Contact Jack Telford 01914133489 What’s On in Ovingham Reading Room To book Ovingham Reading Room or have a look around please ring 0751 885 8275 or e-mail Prices range from £12.50 to £25 party, or half day £50 full day. Regular events in the Reading Room Mon. WI 7.30 pm 2nd Mon of month Tues. Toddlers play group 9.30am-11.30am term time Yoga 2.00pm-3.00pm term time Choir

7.30pm finishes end June until Sept. Wed Dance class sessions for dif. Ages 3.00pm – 7.30pm Craft Group 7.30 finishes May until Sept. Thurs. Drama 7.30pm finishes end of June until September, Friday Butterflies Relaxation & Meditation every 2nd Thurs 6.30pm – 7.15pm Friday Dance Class 4.00pm5pm Sun. 7.30-8.30 Dance class. Film nights in the Reading Room usually last Friday in Month See notice outside Reading Room


Fitness - Self Defence - Confidence - Fun EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT at Wylam Institute, Wylam 6:30pm - 8:30pm £5 BEGINNERS FIRST LESSON FREE or just come along and see the class in action. We are a friendly bunch and don’t worry we were all beginners once so you will be well looked after, why not join us, get fit, have fun, learn a new skill, in a few years time you could be a BLACK BELT !

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Heddon WI, held on the first Monday of the month at 7pm with contact President 01661 854849 or Secretary 01661 853365. Heddon Methodist Church The Sunday morning service is 10.30am. Toddler Group which meets Wednesdays at 2 - 3 pm Elizabeth Cushion (minister) 01661 852 309. The Heddon Patchers A quilting and patchwork group who meet every other Wednesday in the Women’s Institute at Heddon on the Wall. We have a tutor and can be contacted through Ann Allsopp on 01661853695. or on line at Heddon Stitchers Anyone who enjoys needle or craft work of any variety is welcome and their expertise would be of interest to the group. Stitchers is a friendly self-help group and offer help (if required) to anyone who has not picked up a needle for years. Optional workshops are held on a regular basis. Occasionally a guest speaker will give a talk and/or demonstration on a particular technique. Trips are organised to local craft shops and exhibitions. Heddon Stitchers meet in the Knott Memorial Hall every Monday from 1pm - 3p. Contact: Ann Lockey - 01661 852832 or Alison Laker -01661 853798 Heddon Local History Group Come along – you may learn something about the area you live in or what your street was like before houses were built on the land. All meetings, unless otherwise stated, are held in the Methodist Chapel Hall on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m. A nominal fee on the night covers the cost of the hall. All welcome. Contact: Brian Charlton Heddon Art Group We are a friendly enthusiastic Art group in Heddon on the Wall. We meet fortnightly in the W.I. Hall from 7 to 9pm. At present we are up to capacity but if you are interested please get in touch and we will be happy to tell you more about what we do. Contact: Win Warcup -01661 853346 or email: Ad Murum Singers A broad based mixed voice choir originally formed for special presentations in St. Andrew’s Church, but over the years widening its scope with a view to presenting concerts in other churches and venues to assist in fund raising. The choir aim to give three or four performances during the year. Rehearsals are held in Heddon Methodist Church Hall (during term time) on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.00 p.m. New members are always welcome. Contact: Margaret Bone -01661 852656 Heddon Scrabble Group Come along and have fun with words.

All are welcome, especially new starters – help will be given. The group meets in the Knott Memorial Hall. Every Monday, at 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon. Contact: Kaye Poole - 01661 852701 Keep Fit & Flexible 1 hour to spare on Wednesday mornings? Join us for gentle exercise to music. Improve your balance, flexibility, co-ordination and have fun at the same time. The class is aimed at the over 50s but younger people are most welcome. (KFA Registered teacher and Member of Exercise Professionals.) 10 - 11 a.m. in the Knott Memorial Hall. Contact: Pauline Wright 01661 853365 Toddlers Group If you are caring for a toddler or baby, why not come along to Heddon Methodist


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Prudhoe Ready Steady Knit – Knitting Groups Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 1.30pm to 4.00pm in the shop at Ready Steady Knit, 17b Front Street, Prudhoe NE42 5HN Tel 01661 830671 Prudhoe Castle Bowling Club We meet every afternoon from 1.30pm at Oaklands Park, next to Waterworld Monday to Saturday. League matches & friendly matches are held throughout the season from late April to September. For further information come along or contact Grahame on 077124183710 Ryton And Prudhoe Brass Band Can You Play A Brass Instrument? The Ryton and Prudhoe brass band are looking for new brass players. We rehearse on a Thursday evenings at Prudhoe Methodist and take part in concerts throughout the Tyne Valley. There is no restriction on age or ability, as we just play to enjoy ourselves. Interested? Contact Ray Hutchinson 0191 4144883 or Neville Fairbairn 01661 832162 Prudhoe Methodist Church (West Road) Luncheon Club meets in on the First Floor at 12 noon on every second Friday of the month when we serve Soup and a Sweet, followed by tea/ coffee and biscuits. Price £3. All are welcome. Parent and Toddler Group 9.30-11 am Tuesdays and Thursdays (term-time) Margaret Glendinning - 01661 832066 Sunday services: 10 am, 6pm second Sunday in month Messy Church 6pm first Friday in month (all families welcome)Youth Club: Fridays 6.307.30pm (yr 5 and above) Fridays 7-8.30pm (yr 7 and above) term-time Ebenezer Methodist Church Toddler Group Parent and Toddler group meets at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Scales Crescent, West Wylam. Wednesdays 9.30am – 11am (term time). Tel: Anne Chapman, 01661 833465. Everyone welcome. Sunday evening worship 6pm Prudhoe Town Council Our Monthly Ordinary Meeting is held on the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 7:00pm (some months may vary) and our Planning, Contract and Works Meeting is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month beginning at 7:00pm (some months may vary). Both meetings are held in Room 1 of the Spetchells Centre, Front Street, Prudhoe and are open to the public. Agendas for both meetings are posted on the website and Town Council notice boards on the Friday before. Minutes of these meetings are also available on the Town Council website and on request. Prudhoe in Bloom meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month

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(excluding December and January), from 5:30pm in Room 1 of the Spetchells Centre and members discuss all things horticultural in the Town. The meetings are open to anyone and the group is actively seeking new members. If you are interested in the appearance of the Town and would like to contribute, please get in touch with Prudhoe Town Council using the contact details provided. For more details contact 01661 835487 or e-mail prudhoetc@ Prudhoe Health Walks Meet every Thursday at Tyne Riverside Country Park Visitor Centre at 10:30am for a short walk with longer extension on second Thursday of month. Tel: 01434 613227 Prudhoe Gleemen Male Voice Choir New members welcome. Website www. . We meet 7.15pm every Monday night at Prudhoe Methodist Chapel for our practices. Everyone who would like to join in can just come along. You do not need to read music. Tel no 01661 832162 West Wylam Residents Association Meet on the last Monday of every other month, We meet in The Manors, Adderlane Road, Prudhoe at 6.30 p.m. For further information please contact Caroline on 01661 831380 Prudhoe Over 50’S Forum meets on the 3rd Monday of every month in St. Mary Magdelene’s Church Hall (at the traffic lights in Prudhoe ) Meetings begin with coffee and biscuits at 9:45am. Speaker at 10am. Don’t sit at home alone this year. Come and join us. Anyone over 50 living in and around Prudhoe is very welcome at our friendly and informative meetings. Meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Front Street, Prudhoe at 9.45 for coffee and speaker at 10am Friends Of Prudhoe Woods Meet at the Creche, Prudhoe Waterworld at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month Prudhoe Community Band Meets on Saturday mornings during term time at Prudhoe High School from 9.45 - 11.45am. All ages, abilities and instruments welcome. Check out the website at www. or contact Jill Walker (Secretary) on 07790 385888. Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association This is the organisation which manages over 100 allotments for Prudhoe Town Council. Anyone in the town and the surrounding area can become a member of the Association and access the HUT which is open every Saturday morning 10am - 12noon for the sale

of seeds, garden fertilisers, compost, etc for use on the garden as well as allotment. Anyone wanting an allotment can put their name on the waiting list at the HUT. The HUT is situated behind the West Wylam Inn. For more information please ring Joan Russell 833101 or email: next event is the Prudhoe Prudhoe Jubilee Town Show – an annual event for exhibitors of veg and flowers, crafts and home baking This will be held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2013 at the Legion Club in Prudhoe Email or phone Joan Russell for a schedule Prudhoe Community Allotment This is a Community Allotment open to all whatever ability which includes mental health and special needs

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Soon after that I was approached by Brenda Lowrey, a midwife from Hexham Hospital, who was knitting baby clothes to sell to raise funds for the Iolanthe Midwifery trust, promoting health and wellbeing for mothers and babies both at home and abroad. Brenda asked if I knew anyone who could knit baby clothes to help her, and the volunteers came pouring in. Our knitting friends continue to knit gorgeous baby hats and bring in beautifully knitted baby clothes to pass on to Brenda to sell.

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This is Chris Gollon’s first NE solo gallery exhibition and he is delighted to exhibit in the region that has given him so much. In 2009, Chris was Fellow and First Artist in Residence at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), Durham University. He participated alongside leading global thinkers in the Being Human project. Many paintings in the show were created at, or inspired by, this time in Durham. Chris is exhibited in the British Museum and his art has featured in Hollywood’s Twilight saga.

Dancing Philosophers at Durham At Durham University, Chris was given a superb studio at the IAS, overlooking the Cathedral. He left his studio door open, allowing fellow academics to drift in and react verbally to his imagery. For the first time, the IAS had invited a non-academic into its midst - with huge success! One night Chris took philosophers to a club, where, after a few drinks, one or two let their hair down on the dance floor in a variety of styles - some quite alarming! This inspired the Dancing Philosophers, featuring in the show.

Town and Gown: Durham University Two Friends II also emerged from this period. ‘In my second Residency at Durham,’ Chris explains, ‘I was exploring the theme of Love. I was living on my own in St Mary’s College quarters, so on Friday nights I would go to the pub, and being alone, I observed more. Although most people think town and gown stay separate, I noticed after they’d had a few drinks, once in a while, an unlikely friendship was formed. Unlikely friendships have always drawn me, and my stay in Durham helped me to capture one.’


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Jenny Holm, A Twist in the Tail Northumbrian-based Jenny Holm’s magical, mystical paintings are a neat accompaniment to Chris’s. Witty, edgy and bristling with Biblical allusions, her new work sits alongside his well. We are always aware of a rich human story beneath Jenny’s paintings too. Jenny’s commanding figures both intrigue and compel. They leave you wanting to know more...


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Corbridge Festival is delighted to announce Toploader as this year’s headline band. Music fans will be ‘dancing in the moonlight’ on Saturday 17th August at Tynedale Park. Toploader have sold more than two million records with hits such as Dancing in the Moonlight and Achilles Heel. Earlier this year they released their comeback single ‘Turn it around’. Following on from the success of last year, Corbridge Festival 2013 is set to be even bigger. And with a great line up of bands and artists, Northumberland’s favourite open air party has music to suit everyone’s tastes!


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Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island Berwick upon Tweed Northumberland TD15 2SH Tel: 01289 389244 Saturday 3 August Farne Islands Farne Islands al fresco Join us for a unique dining experience in a loction that’s second to none: the Lighthouse garden on the farne Islands. With a limited capacity diners join each other at a long table to be served a culinary delight devised by Anna Hedworth of the renowned Grazer Supper clubs in Newcastle. www.thegrazer Sunday 4 August Holy Island An Island Experience 1pm, approx 3 hours Experience the uniqueness of Holy Island, in it’s true Island form. Meet Patrick and Louise of Footsteps in Northumberland on Holy Island as the tide closes. The Island is “cut off” from the mainland for a few hours meaning that on this walk you can experience the uniqueness and sense of peace associated with Lindisfarne. Starting at Lindisfarne Castle, you will take a circular walk offering a chance to see seals and spot all sorts of birdlife. Bring a picnic and stop to watch along the way. Meet at the Boatsheds, Lindisfarne Castle at 12.30. Adult: £15.00 Couple: £25 Child: £5 Family: £30.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children) BE Tel: 01289 389 244. Tuesday 6 August Lindisfarne Castle & Holy Island Photo Trail 9am – 1pm Join Northumberland photographer Andy Craig for a photography walk with your camera around Northumberland’s iconic Holy Island. Andy will highlight some great photo opportunities, and offer support and tuition to help you get some amazing photographs throughout the course of your walk. This event is suitable for photographers of any level, and is primarily aimed at those using compact or SLR cameras. Appropriate footwear & outdoor clothing advised. Bring your own camera, memory cards and spare batteries. Meet at Lindisfarne Castle. £ 75.00 (Places are limited) BE Tel: Andy 01665 576012 or visit www.northumberlandphototraining. Sunday 18 August Hepburn woods/ Ros Castle Discover Ros Castle 10am Discover one of Northumberlands hidden gems on a guided walk through Hepburn Woods to the top of Ros Castle. Enjoy the best 360 degree views of Northumberland, incorporating the Cheviots, Castles and the Northumberland Coast. Great opportunities to see wildlife including Buzzards and possibly the elusive Red Squirrel. An intermediate walk, some steep slopes and uneven ground. Walking boots or sturdy footwear recommended, and don’t forget your camera! Adult: £15.00 Couple: £25 Child: £5 Family: £30.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children) BE Tel: 01289 389 244

Tuesdays, 20 August Embleton Bay, Northumberland Coast Photo Trail 9am – 4pm Join Northumberland photographer Andy Craig for a photography walk with your camera around one of Northumberland’s picturesque beach locations. Andy will highlight some great photo opportunities, and offer support and tuition to help you get some amazing photographs throughout the course of your walk. This event is suitable for photographers of any level, and is primarily aimed at those using compact or SLR cameras. Appropriate footwear & outdoor clothing advised. Bring your own camera, memory cards and spare batteries. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Course Clubhouse, Embleton. £135 (Places limited) BE Tel: Andy 01665 576012 or visit www.northumberlandphototraining. Sunday 25 August St Cuthberts Cave In the footsteps of St Cuthbert 11am Starting in the Northumberland village of Belford, join Patrick and Louise from Footsteps in Northumberland, who will lead you on a picturesque walk to St Cuthbert’s Cave. The cave where the monks of Lindisfarne are said to have brought the body of St Cuthbert in 875 as they fled from the Viking raids on Lindisfarne. A beautiful walk with fantastic views, 8 miles on fairly level ground. (Sorry, no dogs on this walk). Walking boots or sturdy footwear, and waterproofs advised. Adult: £15.00 Couple: £25 Child: £5 Family: £30.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Meet Bluebell Hotel, Belford. BE Tel: 01289 389 244 Saturday 31 August Lindisfarne Castle Lindisfarne al fresco Join us for a unique dining experience in a locations that’s simply breathtaking; The Upper Battery of Lindisfarne Castle. With limited capacity diners join each other at a long table to be served a culinary delight devised by Anna Hedworth of the renowned Grazer Supper clubs in Newcastle. Seaton Delaval Hall The Avenue Seaton Sluice Northumberland NE26 4QR Tel:0191 2379100 Sunday 4 August, Seaton Delaval Hall Dog Show 11am – 5pm Bring your favourite friend to our annual dog show. We’ll have competitions with great prizes, have-a-go agility and skills tests, advice from animal charities and lots of canine friendly stalls. (please note: there is a small additional charge for entry to competitions and skills tests) * Saturday 10 August, Seaton Delaval Hall Magic Day 11am – 5pm A chance to watch, learn and try out magic for yourself on this fun-packed day of tricks illusions. We’ll have magic workshops, puppetry and magic shows from master magician Martin Duffy. Wandering magicians will also show off their sleightof-hand and maybe even let you into some magic secrets! Workshop tickets £2.50 per child. Tel: 0191 2379100 BE

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Sometimes less is best I know a lot about photographic equipment. I ought to, I’ve probably bought half the photographic equipment ever made over the last forty years, and then sold it, and bought more. I have had great big, impressive looking telephoto lenses that never took a decent picture and extreme wide angle lenses that have taken pictures where the detail has been almost too small to see. It did not stop with cameras and lenses, it also included enlargers and film and print processing equipment. It is strange that, on reflection, the more equipment I seemed to have, the already small number of good pictures taken seemed to decline. It became a nightmare trying to decide what to take out each day. The only way I could guarantee I would never miss a picture was to take it all! More and more the days out became a chore lugging a heavy rucksack miles and miles and never using most of the equipment. The trouble with following this approach to taking pictures is that the telephoto lens is all too frequently not long enough and the wide angle lens is often not wide enough resulting in the “need” to get something to address that problem – a sort of photographers OCD! It also led to a succession of ever larger bags to replace ones that became too small. I am too long in the tooth now to want to carry a heavy rucksack, so the amount of gear I use is very carefully worked out to minimise weight and try to never miss that vital picture.

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One solution to this “never missing a picture syndrome” is to use one of the excellent digital compact cameras with their zoom lenses covering a large range from wide angle to telephoto. Of course there are many compromises to achieve this and you may or may not be prepared to accept these. Another solution is to have a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) with a wide range zoom lens - a bit bigger and heavier but, to many, worth it. Again, you must accept that the design is one

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In a very early column I described the criteria I set myself in collecting pictures to build up the story of the Wall throughout the year. I wanted one type of picture to emphasise the foreground and put it into the context of its surroundings. I now rely on a moderate wide angle lens with a fixed focal length. They are relatively small and easy to make and the technical quality is superb. Gone is my ability to stand in one place and compose my picture with a zoom ring – I have to actually move around a bit for the best composition. I think this has improved my photography because I have to think more about what I am doing. The moderate wide angle lens emphasises the foreground and is wide enough to give a good idea of its context. I remember when I first used my new wide angle fixed focal length thinking “if only I had brought my very wide angle zoom lens I could have got more in”. On thinking about it I decided I could have got much more of the fabulous sky but Hadrian’s Wall, an integral part of the picture a bit further away, would have become almost invisible. Joe Cornish is a brilliant landscape photographer who has had a massive impact on landscape photography – if he does most of his photography with one moderately wide angle fixed focal length lens, it must be good enough for me. I now take out with me my wide angle lens, a very compact standard focal length lens which equates closer to the our own angle of view and a short telephoto fixed focal length lens which allows me to pull in some slightly more distant subjects and to change the apparent perspective. This is lighter

to carry in a bag over my shoulder. I have added a slightly longer telephoto lens that lives in my rucksack for less frequent use. This simplifying of my photography has refocused my mind and made it much more enjoyable. I have yet to “miss” a picture because I did not have the right lens! Plans are being finalised for a PHOTOGRAPHY DAY at CORBRIDGE ROMAN SITE on the 17th SEPTEMBER. It will be FREE! but numbers will be limited. It will be about how to get the best out of your holiday / days out photographs. If you are interested contact Alex McCroskie at Hadrian’s Wall Trust on 01434 609700. May you capture many happy memories with your cameras this Summer

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Fevers with infections are a normal response to the body fighting off the invading organism. Anytime you lower a fever artificially you’re making your body more receptive to the invading pathogens. A fever stimulates the immune system and creates an inhospitable environment for invading organisms, essentially turning up the heat high enough that the invading microbes cannot live. Yet despite evidence showing that an increased body temperature of up to 40 degrees Celsius has a number of beneficial effects including helping the body fight unwanted bugs, many parents (and physicians) are overly concerned about the rare potential complications of a fever, and will medicate their child with Calpol or ibuprofen at the slightest sign of an elevated temperature in the fear that they will suffer brain damage from it. Medical journals refer to this as fever phobia, and numerous studies have found doctors actually perpetuate fever phobia by fixating on a child’s temperature when enquiring about symptoms often resulting in a lot of unnecessary medication. With every drug, including Calpol and ibuprofen which are the most widely used drugs amongst infants and children, there are known side-effects. It is very concerning that our youngsters are exposed to the hazards of these drugs for often very minor conditions that do not threaten life. Medical research indicates that paracetamol, the main ingredient in Calpol and other cold and flu preparations for babies and children, increases the risk of developing asthma. The results of the of the world’s largest study on asthma published in The European Respiratory Journal supports the link between paracetamol use and an increased susceptibility to asthma. Non steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen

have side-effects such as inflammation and bleeding in the gut, causing increased permeability and the likelihood of a ‘leaky gut’ with regular use. That aside, there is often the fear that your child may suffer a seizure with fever referred to as a febrile seizure which will occur in 4% of children with temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius. According to Dr Murtogh who authored ‘General Practice’, febrile seizures are triggered by a rapid rise in temperature rather than its absolute level. Though a febrile seizure can be frightening, it typically will cause no lasting effects if they last for less than 15 minutes. Any seizure lasting longer than this or continuing intermittently for longer than 30 minutes will require close monitoring. When observing fevers in your child, spiking temperature which means marked variations in temperature compared to a slow rise in temperature can be problematic, and according to medical texts, a fever is not harmful unless until it reaches 41.5 degrees Celsius. It is important to note that fevers will always be highest at night and should start to decline over a 12 hour period. In most cases, rest, as your child will feel tired and nauseas and plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and plenty of TLC is all that’s needed when a fever strikes. Whilst letting your child sleep, be mindful to keep a check on their temperature. Whilst your may be feeling a bit uncomfortable lowering a fever with medications will mask symptoms which may lead your child returning to your normal activities too soon, when their body could still benefit from extra rest. Be aware though, that complete lethargy, unresponsiveness or twitching in your child will warrant medical attention. There are some other instances when a fever does require medical attention, such as fever in an infant younger than 3 months (at any temperature). A baby is much more likely to get dehydrated very quickly and complications can arise. Through personal experience when young baby Beatrice had a high temperature preceding a nasty croupy cough, we opted to use Belladonna (which is a natural homeopathic remedy) over medical drugs and it worked beautifully. We kept her well hydrated through regular breastfeeding and this also provided her with comfort. By

the morning her temperature was normal. You can also prevent dehydration if your infant has a fever by giving them water in a bottle, or if she refuses that, try using an eyedropper instead. Many parents worry a fever may be an indicator of meningitis, but there are other signs to look for here such neck stiffness, listlessness, poor appetite, vomiting, inconsolable crying, irritability, headache and possibly a rash. If you are concerned, then always seek medical help. Finally, remember that letting a fever run its course is typically the best choice to help your child fight off a viral or bacterial infection … but you should also take steps to bolster your child’s immune system to ward off pathogens without ever needing a fever in the first place, using tools like proper nutrition, exercise, stress relief, high-quality sleep and regular chiropractic check-ups. As a mother of three children I know the anxiety when children or babies become unwell but through my life and learning experiences I am in awe of my children’s bodies’ ability to heal themselves with the right support. After all, the power that made the body can heal the body. “Faith is like a bird that feels the dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.”

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In the spring, children celebrate their daffodils in bloom by holding a Mini Pots of Care Fundraising Day when they have fun painting their pots, holding fundraising activities and learning about the work of Marie Curie. Free detailed lesson plans supporting Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum for England and Wales and equivalent for Scotland and Northern Ireland are available online. Activity resources for youth groups are also available to download from the Marie Curie Cancer Care website. Local Marie Curie Community Fundraiser Gemma Dyer said: “Last year 103 local schools took part in the Mini Pots of Care appeal and dozens were thanked personally through an assembly hosted by local community fundraisers in order to show our appreciation for all of their hard work in growing their daffodils and raising thousands for the local hospice and community nurses throughout the region. Feedback has been brilliant and all the children have enjoyed taking part” Register your school or group to take part by calling 0845 052 4184 or visiting minipotsofcare by October 4, 2013. Register by August 30, 2013 and you will receive your kit by the end of September. To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information visit or call 0800 716 146.


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Hexham Pump up the Volume Hello readers, It looks like summer has eventually arrived we have certainly waited long enough! With it comes the thought of outdoor entertaining; whether it is a picnic, barbecue or something grander such as tea in the garden at some grand stately home we Brits just can’t wait to dine outside. It conjures up images of neatly trimmed lawns, tables groaning with food: pork pies, quiche, tea sandwiches, crunchy leafy salads and all manner of side dishes. But is the food on your garden table one to be proud of? If barbecuing is your thing, do you take the easy option of popping on a few burgers and sausages, and have a few white rolls at the ready. Yes! I hear some of you cry – we don’t live in a grand house or have the time. But really folks, is barbecuing so difficult – just get the coals at the right temperature and you have an outside oven – simple as that. Fish is one of the easiest things to cook on a barbecue, place it on some tin foil, drizzle over some olive oil, season it with salt and pepper a squeeze of lemon, a few sprigs of fresh dill, seal the foil, cook for 3 – 4 minutes dependent on the size of the fillet. Remember; try using fish that is sustainable, it’s usually cheaper too. Ask your fishmonger if you’re not sure. Let’s face it we’re all cutting our cloth at the moment and keeping an eye on the purse strings; and if fish isn’t your thing try my recipe for sausage kebabs –

they’re delicious. Children love them too and they get to eat vegetables at the same time. This is an economical and tasty dish that can also be done in the oven.

Sausage Kebabs (serves 4) For this recipe you will need: 1lb of good quality sausage – try to get sausage with a high meat content 1 large red pepper 1large yellow pepper

Remove the onion skins and cut them in half then quarters – the onion will come apart. You will need to use the bigger pieces of onion as these will stay on the skewer. Take the skewer and slide a whole tomato onto it, then take a few layers of onion and slide onto the skewer next to the tomato, then take the peppers and repeat the process – finish with a tomato. Repeat the process on each skewer.

4 large red onions 8 large vine ripened tomatoes or whatever your budget allows

For the marinade I use my own chili jam for this but you can purchase sweet chili sauce in the shops – this is optional if you are making them for children, dependent on how hot the sauce is.

Method Cut the sausage into 1” pieces – set aside. Half each pepper and remove the inner core and seeds –cut into pieces approximately 2” in size as they have to be slightly larger than the sausage.

You can either place the kebabs directly on the barbecue or use a sheet of tin foil over the grill itself, this makes it easier to turn the kebabs. As sausage has a high fat content it will burn very quickly, wait until the coals are quite low before you start cooking. Brush the kebabs with the sweet chili sauce, turning and brushing with the marinade as they cook. This is an economical and tasty dish that can also be done in the oven. Serve with pitta bread, a crunchy green salad, boiled rice or cous cous. Enjoy!


Darras Hall & Ponteland St Mary’s Church, Ponteland SUNDAY 8.00am Holy Communion - 1st Sunday of the month 10.00am Family Service - 2nd Sunday of the month 10.00am Holy Communion with Hymns - 3rd Sunday of the month 10.00am 10.00am Morning Service with Baptisms - 4th Sunday of the month 10.00am Holy Communion with Hymns - 5th Sunday of the month - please see Diary. Please join us for coffee in the Church Hall after the 10am service. 1st and 3rd Sundays 6.30pm - Choral Evensong 2nd and 4th Sundays - 6.30pm Evening Prayer WEEKDAY SERVICES Wednesdays 10.00am - Holy Communion Visit our website for all activities and events Summer Festival coming up 25 – 28 July. It promises to be a exciting one, themed around the Lindisfarne Gospel visit to Durham this year – Flower displays in the Church, Art, Embroidery and local photography in the hall. Children’s activities, history in the Vicarage garden and music in the Church and on the green. Of course, there will be refreshments and light lunches in the marquee in the hall garden too! Ponteland Civic Society Meetings to be held at 7.30 pm. St. Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, at which non members are cordially invited to attend for a nominal charge. Ponteland Methodist Church (by the traffic lights) Sunday services 10am & 6.30pm Sunday 10am ‘Stepping Stones’ for children Monday ‘Open door’ drop-in café, 2pm - 5pm, scones/ cakes/friendship House groups & Fellowship meetings Walking & Art groups Carpet Bowls & Luncheon Club Prayer & Fairtrade groups Youth Club & Pushchair Club & Messy Church Girls Brigade & Boys Brigade & MUCH MORE! - Contact Ann on 01661 824347 Messy Church Ponteland Methodist Church the second Saturday of the month from 4-6pm. All ages welcome, bring an adult along. Art , craft and worship followed by a light meal. Contact Hannah Middleton for more information on 0191 2713556 Ponteland Photographic Society Merton Hall, Ponteland www.pontelandphotographicsociety. We meet each Monday at 7.30pm in Merton Hall, Ponteland. The Society is very friendly, informal and always welcomes new members.

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which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. All mothers who give birth to a child automatically have parental responsibility, but it is not automatic for fathers. Although the mechanism has been in place for some time for biological fathers to acquire parental responsibility to acknowledge their role in their child’s life, the law has now envisaged the situation where it may be appropriate to acknowledge a step-parent’s role too. For the purposes of the law, you are classed as a step-parent if you are married to the child’s biological parent. If you have consistently played a significant parenting role in the life of your stepchild, there may be a number of benefits to that role being legally recognised. If everyone who has Parental Responsibility for the child agrees (and this can be just the mother, or the mother and the father), a legal agreement can be drawn up and ratified by the Court granting the step parent Parental Responsibility alongside the biological parent or parents. This does not diminish either the other parents’ rights and responsibilities towards the child or their duty to maintain, but it can be significant for both the step-parent and the child in acknowledging their relationship.

Even if the absent parent doesn’t agree, it is still possible to obtain Parental Responsibility as a stepparent if the Court is satisfied that it is in the child’s best interests to make such an order. At Major Family Law, we embrace supporting the family in whatever guise that takes. We think more step-parents should be made aware of their position and acknowledged for their role in the family. If you or someone you know is a step-parent, come and talk to us about our step-parent package, and have a happy summer!

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Spreading a bit of sunshine Not one for sitting around, Joanne Major and her legal team at Major Family Law joined local runners on the evening of 26th June for a 5km fun run along a scenic route of the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside in support of The Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund. The charity provides specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East of England, and individuals, groups, registered organisations, special and mainstream schools and hospitals can ask for their support to improve the lives of children with disabilities. The Sunshine Run is an annual event which encourages runners of all levels to take part and this is the first time that Major Family Law have been involved. Delighted by the support received for the team by way of sponsorship, the generosity no doubt spurred the team on to complete the run. Donating in support of any or all of the MFL runners is made easy by being able to give through the Major Family Law Just Giving Page at and donations are still most welcome via the link post event. Major Family Law were delighted

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