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Issue 32 - January/February 2014

Happy New Year to all our readers

In this packed issue

Tyne Rivers Trust – Let’s learn more about our great river Engine Yard for Tyne valley kid’s – Fantastic prize giveaway Barmoor Hub – Hub of the community Anderson & Garland – Join the auction room buzz A free publication for the people of the Valley

From beautiful bathrooms to stunning kitchens, Simmer and soak is fast becoming the place of choice for all your home improvement needs. Based in Blaydon, Simmer and Soak have gained a strong foothold in the local area specialising in high quality bathrooms and SCHULLER German Kitchens. With such a wide range of products from the UK and throughout Europe Simmer & Soak pride themselves on giving customers a diverse range of styles to suit their budget!

“Here at Simmer and Soak we offer affordable luxury, where the emphasis is 100% on value for money as opposed to offering the cheapest products.� Moving into the New Year, Simmer and Soak are looking forward to expanding their current business. The full re-design of their showroom is now nearing completion and they invite you to come and take a look!

Unrivalled customer services are the key to our success with over 500 satisfied customers.

With their new range of Schuller Kitchens, Simmer & Soak are confident they can offer their German products at the price of their competitors own brand versions.

Having built the business over the last 4 years Paul has a wealth of experience in the industry. He understands the importance of quality and value for money; which is why Simmer & Soak only over the best available products.

If you are looking for the best bathrooms and kitchens on offer, come down to Simmer & Soak today. Relax in a child friendly environment while the team take care of your every need. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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7. Editor 8. Ryton Hub 11. Ryton What’s On 14. Anderson & Garland 16. Roger Clegg Photography 19. Greenside What’s On 20. Crawcrook What’s On 24. Tyne Rivers Trust 26. Wylam & Ovingham What’s On 27. Heddon & Horsley What’s On 28. Prudhoe What’s On 32. The Engine Yard 35. Quality Cleaning Company 38. Stocksfield What’s On 40. Riding Mill What’s On 42. Corbridge What’s On 44. Roger Clegg 46. Hexham What’s On 48. National Trust 52. Queens Hall, Hexham 55. Belinda Ambrose 58. Eliza Pepper Pot 60. Darras Hall & Ponteland What’s On 61. Joanne Major Front Cover Photography by Roger Clegg Photography.

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Plagiocephaly- Are head helmets the answer?

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Stunning winter scenes

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Looking Back and Forward

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Editor’s page With New Year upon us, I am delighted to welcome you to this edition of the Tyne Valley Express.

New to the magazine are articles from the Tyne Rivers Trust. Throughout the coming year they will give us some great articles about our famous river starting in this issue on page 24. Also new this issue are the auctioneers Anderson and Garland. Join the buzz of the saleroom on page 14 where I speak to Julian Thomson, Director at A&G. Wherever you are in the Tyne Valley, there is always something going on. Our fabulous what’s on pages, sprinkled throughout the magazine, are filled with many local activities, gatherings and events which the whole community are invited to join in. Don’t forget that if your event is not mentioned, you can let us know by dropping an email to the address at the bottom of each listings page. Encouraging us to get out and enjoy the beauty of winter, the National Trust has a

wealth of activities for all of the family to get involved in. Wander across to page 48 for further information and join in the fun. Capturing the beauty of the Tyne Valley with his camera, Roger Clegg’s exquisite photography can be enjoyed on page 16. Roger can also be found on page 44, giving us some hints and tips about our winter photography. Skating further down the Valley, we say hello to Belinda Ambrose (page 53) as she brings us another wonderful article about Plagiocephaly and how to combat it early on. We also welcome Eliza Pepperpot (page 58) and Joanne Major (page 61) as they share with us their words for the New Year. For those looking for a touch of theatre, the Queens Hall, Hexham (page 52) have a whole lot on offer as they introduce their winter programme of events. Also keeping in line with the creative theme, Balman Gallery in Corbridge have a spectacular range of artwork on display. Check it out on page 43.

page 32. With some activities, games and an exciting new competition, we hope our younger readers will have some fun. I hope you have a fantastic start to the New Year and enjoy all the Tyne Valley is offering this winter.

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OPEN DAY & OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF BARMOOR HUB The centre will be open on Saturday, 22nd March from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., to celebrate this important milestone for Barmoor Hub and residents of the Ryton area. There will be the opportunity try some of the courses and activities already on offer and some new ones. This will be a family event with something for all ages so come along and join in the fun

What’s on Offer:- Regular groups - After School Provision, Monday to Friday 3.15 to 6.00 p.m. - Junior Youth Club, Thursday evenings 6.15 to7.45 p.m. - Triple B (Boards, Bikes & Blades), Friday 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. University of the Third Age, offer a wide variety of activities throughout the week including – Carpet Bowls, Craft Group, Art Group, Learn to speak Spanish, History and Music Appreciation. - Zumba, Tuesdays 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. - Powerhoop, Wednesday 7.45 to 8.45 p.m. - Fitsteps, Saturday 11.00 a.m. to Noon The Centre is available for Hire at competitive rates, ideal for children’s parties and family functions and training events, we have overhead projectors, a fully equipped computer suite including ‘Smart Board’ and a variety of rooms suitable for conference, break out areas or ‘classroom’ situations.

Training Courses:A First Aid Course, a Food Hygiene Course and An Introduction to Working with Children and Young People will take place early in the year, these have been planned with other community organisations in mind and local businesses, the cost of the courses will be well subsidised and a creche is available for students with children. Dates have yet to be confirmed but if you are interested please contact the centre and let us know. Adult Learning Courses run by Gateshead Council, contact Bensham Grove on 0191 4336450 for more details.

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Ryton Ryton Methodist Church Every Thursday: MINI MESSY CHURCH: 1.30pm to 2.30pm Free coffee, songs, stories and messy craft activities for pre school children. Last Saturday of month: MESSY CHURCH. 4pm to 6.30PM. Fun, food, worship and messy craft activities for all the family. It’s church alright – but not how you would ever imagine it! Contact Judith Stoddart on 07979 481 019 / to book a place. TinyTalk TinyTalk baby signing allows babies to express themselves before they are able to talk; it’s a fun and educational class for babies and their parents/ carers from 0-2 contact Helen Angel –07734209304 or email helenan@ Tuesday 10-11 Ryton Methodist Church Holy Cross Church, Ryton Village Join us for worship Sundays...... 08.00 am Holy Communion 10.00 am Parish Communion with Young Church 1st Sunday in the month at 4.30 pm The Ark For pre-school children and their families - songs, stories, activities and tea. 2nd Sunday in the month at 6.00 pm Evensong The traditional Prayer Book service sung with Anglican Chant 4th Sunday in the month at 8.00 pm Iona Worship Contemporary contemplative. Thursdays at 10.00 am Holy Communion Followed by coffee and a chat in the Parish Hall. Holy Cross Parish Hall Thinking of holding a party or celebration? Holy Cross Parish Hall has a NEW KITCHEN and may be the perfect venue for you. Telephone 0191 4132453 for further details. Holiday & After School Child Care @ Ryton Rangers Out Of School Club Ages 4-11 Years. Free sample session for new starters. Contact-Sharon Neil, Ryton, Crawcrook & District Youth Centre. Tel. 0191 4132053 Striclee Dancing Ballroom - Latin - Social Sequence Dance Classes at St John Community Hall - Wednesday evenings beginners 7pm - Improvers 8pm. All welcome ! Contact Jean Hodgkinson for further information on 0191 4137989 or 07831101221. U3A Ryton We are a friendly group with a membership of about 100, mostly retired and new members are always welcome. All the group activities take place at Barmoor Youth Centre except where stated. Weekly Mondays Craft Group 1.45pm-3.45 Tuesday Carpet Bowls 9.30-11.30 Wednesday Carpet Bowls 9.30-11.30 Thursday Carpet Bowls 9.30-11.30

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(£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 Parent and Toddler Groups Monday 9.30am – 11.00am Holy Cross Church Hall, £2. All Welcome Friday 9.30am – 11.30am (NCT Group) Holy Cross Church Hall, - £2. All Welcome

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Join the real, “BARGAIN HUNT!” One of the few things I still watch on TV are antique related programmes where the child in me still loves the idea of finding some treasure at a fraction of the cost compared to the High St. Having been going to auction houses in our region for some years now I thought it would be nice to introduce our readers to the buzz of the saleroom. Buying from an auction house is easier than you think and there are real bargains to be had but you have to be in it to win it! Anderson & Garland of Westerhope is the largest auction house in our area. There’s always something going on, whether it’s a sale or a valuation day. It was the perfect place to get some more information on how an auction house works. There I met Julian Thomson, Director of A&G to ask a few questions.

So how does an auction house work?

It’s really quite a simple process on the face of it. Items come to us from various sources ranging from private sellers to estate clearances. These are then catalogued, valued and sold on a given sales date. We then charge a commission to both buyer and seller.

How do you determine a valuation of a given item?

This can be quite technical. Experience and research are vital but we have a great team here with a wealth of knowledge.

So if someone attends an auction for the 1st time what can they expect?

Well if they are a seller they should make an appointment to attend one of our valuation days. We can also do home visits depending on the given circumstances. Items submitted by sellers are then held securely before being catalogued. They will then be submitted into either our Town & County sale held every 2 weeks or the Fine Art sale held every 3 months. Buyers need to attend on our viewing days held prior to the sales date. It’s always worth a look and is a great day out. They can then attend on auction day, grab a numbered paddle and bid in the room. Alternatively they can leave a bid before the sale or even bid online for our Fine Arts Sale. We can also take telephone bids too. My advice is stick to your budget and don’t go over it as the buying bug can become quite intoxicating when you’re in the room!


Anderson and Garland Ltd can trace their origins back to 1840 when two businessmen set up as auctioneers in Newcastle. Trading successfully from Pilgrim Street, this company merged with another local firm, Atkinson and Garland in 1913 to form Anderson and Garland Ltd. Julian Thomson, Director of A&G

So is there treasure still to be found?

Well all things are relative. New quality furniture can be very expensive but quality second hand items can be secured for a fraction of the cost though our Town & County sale. Talking of treasure, in our last Fine Arts Sale we sold a Rolex Submariner watch for a world record £86,000. This was due to the watch having a rare explorer style dial. So yes there are real finds still out there waiting to be discovered! This also shows the importance of research on our behalf.

Anything else potential buyers or sellers should be aware of?

If you are buying always check condition etc. Also don’t forget your commission fees. This can vary from auction house to auction house and is normally around 20%. Always check and remember that this is paid on top of the final selling price. Finally enjoy yourself! In our next issue Julian will give us some insight into what’s hot and what’s not in the saleroom.

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Crawcrook Church of the Holy Spirit, Main Street Coffee Stop Every Tuesday 10am – 2pm. Drop in for coffee, cake and fellowship. Art Creativity From 1pm-3pm (term time only) during Coffee Stop, we have Art Creativity 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.; Book Club at Becky’s A free, reading for pleasure book group. Tea and coffee supplied. All 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+

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10.30am Morning Worship 6.00pm Evening worship Monday 9.30 - 11am Toddler Group (term time only) Tuesday 10 am- 11.15am Coffee Time with Devotions (Alternate weeks, look out for the banner) 2pm Ladies Friendship Group (Various speakers and time for a cup of tea and a chat) 7.30pm Bible Study (alternate weeks, please ring for details) Wednesday 10am - 12 noon Indoor Bowls Club 6 - 7pm Junior Endeavour ages 3 - 8 7.15pm Club 812 ages 8 - 12 Thursday 10am - 12noon Craft Club and coffee morning 1- 3pm Craft Club (card making, cross stitch, knitting and painting) 7.30pm Youth Fellowship age 11+ Friday 7.30pm Church Fellowship (alternate weeks please ring for details) Saturday 10am - 12 noon Coffee Morning Bimonthly lunch club - Fridays at 12noon. For further information on any event please ring Trevor Peart 01914134819 or e-mail to

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New Year, new start & a time for optimism?

Crawcrook I do not know about you, but growing up as I did in the 70’s and 80’s, this time of year always felt like time for a new and optimistic outlook as your thoughts turned to the year ahead. Even though I was young at the time, I did get the impression that adults too had that same sense of optimism for the new year ahead. I’m not sure when it happened, and it may have been gradual, but that new year new optimism seems to have evaporated over a period of time. In recent years, I think that sense of optimism has been eroded because of the credit crunch, recession, MP scandal, continual wars and global tragedies. However all of this stuff went on in the seventies and eighties, so why is it now that we allow national, and global happenings to rain on our parade, dampen our optimism and generally wear us down? I believe the key difference is 24 hour news coverage, internet news and the ability to pump news from all over the globe in an instant, direct to us in our homes. This

added to the fact the broadcasters from all media backgrounds seem to classify news as having to be bad news! To me, that is the key difference between now and the eighties. We now get bad news pumped to us twenty four hours a day through ever more slick media channels on our TV, PC, tablets and phones. We cannot change the world of communication and the media’s chosen broadcast content. However we can choose what we wish to consume, and how much we want to consume. We can start by not taking in too much of the bad news. Maybe not watching our TV news as much; changing the homepage on our mobile devices and PC’s. The bottom line is that there is a whole lot of good news, it’s just not as easy to access. For instance, there is currently a team of scientists that are in the Burmese jungle, collecting samples of undiscovered species. They aim to present a case to the Burmese government to protect all of this huge undisturbed and undiscovered forest from

being chopped down. The good news is the Burmese government is open and encouraging to this process. Other good news, that some may find hard to believe, but extreme poverty in the world has been halved in the last generation and can be completely eradicated in the next generation. Great News! But not something you’re likely to hear on mainstream news channels. So, to get that feeling of optimism back at New year and all year through, I think we all need to firstly be aware of what we consume through communication channels. Secondly, start a new year diet of how much bad news we consume, and thirdly, start looking and searching for the abundance of good stuff going on in our country and globally. Then we can truly have that sense of optimism restored at the start of each New Year.

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Business is continuing as usual following the fire. We are now just 4 doors away at Thalassa Beauty Spa.

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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 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

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WATCHING OUR RIVER Tyne Rivers Trust is delighted to be invited to run a regular feature in The Tyne Valley Express. As an independent environmental charity, we have a unique role as guardian of the whole River Tyne catchment which is deservedly famous beyond our region. This great river system dominates not only the Tyne valley, but the entire catchment which covers 3,000km2 (see catchment map); and it is the most successful salmon fishing river in England. More importantly, it has a real place in our hearts. Whether we actively walk, fish, swim or row in the river or simply drive past it – we are all “upon Tyne”. The river has recovered a great deal over the last 50 years from the pollution caused during the peak of industry activity but although the river may seem clean, there are still many problems

to be remedied. Staffed by five scientists, Tyne Rivers Trust has developed programmes which will identify and address specific river issues. These range from river habitat improvements (eg. silt and erosion reduction, invasive species management, fish passage improvements) alongside education programmes, to the development of volunteer community groups such as our local ‘River Watch’ groups. Although we apply a scientific method to all of the work that we do, science alone is not the solution; eyes on the riverbank from volunteer groups and recreational users add crucial touch points for monitoring and observing the river. You know your own river, and we can help by providing training for our volunteers - this local knowledge is an invaluable resource for us. Over the next few issues of the Tyne Valley Express this year, we will be running a miniseries of articles giving a snapshot of the sorts of things that we do – including ways that you can get involved - to help to look after our rivers throughout the Tyne catchment. And as 2014 is our 10th Anniversary year, we are planning to celebrate: watch this space!


Tyne Rivers Trust Improving fish passage One piece of recent news that should excite the ecologists as well as the anglers: the proposed new fish pass at Hexham Bridge has just received planning permission from the authorities. Hexham Bridge footings have become a major obstruction to fish movement because the river is ‘reprofiling’ itself, following the extraction of over a million tonnes of gravel downstream of Hexham between the 1890s and the 1970s. The drop between the bridge apron and the riverbed has therefore increased substantially, and this is why the existing fish pass in the middle of the apron no longer functions at most flows. This is now the most significant barrier to fish movement on the main Tyne, and if migratory fish (including salmon, sea trout and

eel) encounter difficulties in moving upstream to spawn, there is an impact on their populations – with an associated impact on river ecology as well as angling and tourism in the region. The fish pass will be paid for by public funds (Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority) as a result of our campaign for mitigation for the second Tyne Tunnel. Our next step will be to tender for the construction work.


Wylam & Ovingham 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: Thursdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Intermediate core conditioning and circuit training: Thursdays 8.30 – 9.30pm. Men’s core conditioning and circuit training: Fridays 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 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

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Contact Roger Turner 01661 852582 Wylam St Oswin’s Church of England Church Road Wylam NE41 8AT Weekly servicesSunday 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.

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Heddon & Horsley 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 LIVE MUSIC Friday 24th January 2014, 7.30pm Emily Maguire -Wonderful lyricist, singer, songwriter and musician, Emily Maguire is touring following the release of her critically acclaimed fourth album, Bird Inside a Cage. Tickets £8/£5 (under 18s, students) from the Hearth Café, 01661 853 563 Doors open at 7pm for food and licenced bar. Friday 14th February, 7.30pm Young Traditions - A selection of the very best up- and-coming young folk musicians. Tickets £8/£5 (under 18s, students) from the Hearth Café, 01661 853 563 Doors open at 7pm for food and licenced bar CLASSES Community Art and Craft Group 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 7.30 – 9.30pm. This group is open to all abilities. Demonstrations, workshops, group and solo activities and a chance to learn new techniques, share skills and swap ideas.£2.50 per regular session/£5 per artist led workshop, including refreshments. For more details email Kathryn at Creation Station Fridays 10 - 11. An arts and crafts creative fun session for toddlers. For more information, see Singing Babies & Squeaky Feet Sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, with live music, songs and a variety of instruments. Sessions stimulate and engage young babies and children. Parents, grandparents & child minders can all enjoy the chance to take part, and afterwards socialise over fresh coffee and carrot cake. Singing Babies is designed for babies in their first years, whilst Squeaky Feet focuses on the confident walkers. Art Workshops Horsley Printmakers are now taking bookings for their spring courses. Please see their website for further Ellie Langley, Sunday 23rd Feb, 10 – 4 The Book of British Wool. Learn about different wools through making samples of different wool types and creating your

own beautiful and informative woollen book. Friday 28th Feb, 10 – 4Peg loom rug weavingWeave a small peg loom rug using a variety of local fleeces. Mandy Pattullo,Sunday 9th Feb, 10 – 4, Stitched Heart Workshop. Make an embellished heart pincushion from vintage fabrics, David Holliday holds regular watercolour painting classes, please contact him for further details at To hire the hall for classes or parties please email the administrator at To 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. WI Secretary Pam McAllister and her telephone number is 01661853813 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.

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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) 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 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:

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

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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 Ladies Netball Club We meet at Prudhoe High School Sports Hall every Wednesday evening (term time only) between 7pm-9pm. If you want to get fit, have fun and meet new friends- we’d love to welcome you to our club. We are a friendly group of young (and not so young) ladies who meet for a coaching session each week and for those who want to play competitive netball- we have two teams in the netball league. For more information call Chris 01661 834901 or Janet 01661 836395 - or just pop along one week- we’d love to see you. Edgewell Christian Centre We would be very pleased to see you at any of the following events at Edgewell Christian Centre, Edgewell Road Prudhoe. NE42 6JH. Sunday Serviceevery Sunday from 11.15am starting with tea, coffee and biscuits prior to an informal time of hymn singing and bible talk. Toddler Time- Thursdays from September running throughout the school terms for children 0-4 years accompanied by their parents or other carers. Coffee Morning- First Saturday of the month 10am to 12 noon. More info: 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

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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 Monthly Ordinary Meeting is held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm (some months may vary) Planning, Contract and Works Meeting is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month 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 available via the website and Town Council notice boards on the Friday before. Minutes of these meetings available online and on request. Prudhoe in Bloom meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (excluding December and January), from 5:30pm in Room 1 of the Spetchells Centre. 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 Prudhoe & District U3A We are a friendly organisation with a wide variety of activities and interests. The U3A is not about study and qualifications, it is about members improving the quality of their lives by getting together to share interests and join in activities. Our members are from all walks of life and are either retired or in part-time work, with different life experiences to share with each other. We hold a general meeting with invited speakers on the last Monday morning of each month and a less formal meeting on the second Tuesday afternoon; these meetings are in Prudhoe St Mary’s Parish Hall on Front Street. Interest groups meet at times and places to suit their members. For more information please contact the Membership Secretary on 01661 831473 or visit our website site/u3a4prudhoe/ 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 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

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Syd taylor takes a light-hearted look at winter motoring According to forecasters one of the coldest winters is about to hit Britain with regular cold fronts sweeping across the country and prolonged bitter spells. That’s not good news for motorists. In today’s unpredictable climate a freeze-box effect is just as likely as a greenhouse effect, so wise drivers must be ready to deal with any eventuality. Everyone knows that winter journeys bring hazards for the unwary and ill prepared, so it pays to look at ways to enable you to keep on motoring whatever the weather. You might not need snow chains in the Tyne valley, but it goes without saying that at the first sign of snow, a shovel and a bit of old carpet to put under the driving wheels are essential items for the boot. I always carry a bag of industrial rock salt, but have a care that following motorists aren’t the recipients of a salt blizzard. They might take exception to the perceived attempt to reduce their vehicles to a pile of rust. Violence in winter can be no less furious than in summertime. Curiously, the blood can still run hot even in the chilliest climes. The importance of keeping a cool head in any stressful situation cannot be overemphasised. Don’t react like one local motorist did when his car slid into a snow bank. Failing to extricate it, his shovel was transmogrified into a weapon of hate directed at the former loved one that had let him down so badly. When the car was finally towed free, it sported enough indentations in the panelling to enable it to double as a colander. Readers should note that this is thoroughly unacceptable behaviour. It is, of course, always best to avoid those sort of situations, and the importance of constantly reading the road ahead cannot be overstated. Be on the lookout for little telltale signs – like the car upside down in the hedgerow and the stunned driver standing bewildered by the roadside. And if the car in front of you should suddenly execute an alarming pirouette – remember that standing on the brakes might not be the best thing to do. Today’s motorists often overlook the fact that taking one’s foot off the accelerator pedal will slow the car down. For those of you whose journeys involve changes in altitude from mist-shrouded valleys to chilly hilltops, it must be remembered that road conditions can change markedly in a short distance. Again, in snow, tracks left by vehicles that have passed earlier are often a reliable indicator of the conditions ahead. If a track starts to snake like a fairground ride – beware! You don’t want to ride the waltzer just yet. If you do get into a skid in a rear wheel drive car, steer in the direction you are

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Well it is the start of a New Year, New Beginning, New Start, New Resolutions, (Fill in your gaps here people). One of the best ways to improve both your physical and mental health is to do some exercise. We are doing creatures and perhaps our evolution into computers and consumerism, does not serve us well on some levels. The iPhone may have been around for awhile but we have been evolving for a little longer and we inherently know this fact – EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR YOU! But for those of us still struggling to break free from the mental chains of just thinking, rather than doing, how do you bridge the gap? Well the simple truth is you have to make a choice to start! You can’t think doing, you have to do doing. Don’t forget the health benefits once you start doing, as these are your rewards. - It releases built up energy. - It makes you feel alive and improves yourself esteem. - It opens up meeting new people; this is important as living in a mental shoe box can be unhealthy! - It gets you out and about instead of staying in. - It actually makes you feel better. I have seen overweight people lacking confidence go and run a marathon and become more rounded, happier people through this process. Not amazing people but normal people doing amazing things. I’m not suggesting you have to run a marathon to grow and feel better within, but you do have to make a start.

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A Shiny New Year at Balman Gallery The New Year brings fresh artists to our Corbridge gallery, new work from our favourite artists, and an NUFC-inspired show at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, for lovers of both football and art. And there are artworks to inspire you if you are making over a room or moving house.

Toon Times: Balman Gallery @ Discovery Museum 8th February – 15th October From February onwards, we’re displaying artworks to complement the Discovery’s next exhibition, ‘Toon Times,’ charting the fortunes of Newcastle United Football Club. Our exhibition showcases great quality, imaginative and original interpretations on the NUFC theme. The fans, emotions, stadium, strip, players, black and white, history and culture of football have all inspired the artists. We are showing a range of work, including Gavin Penn’s ‘Waiting for Bobby,’ so come along to Blandford Square, Newcastle, to see.

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Sue Moffitt, renowned for painting her father’s famous Hunday Herd cows, has discovered a new source of inspiration. Sue travelled to South Africa to visit her daughter there. She became captivated by wild lions, dogs, giraffes, zebras, elephants and rhinos on a trip to Kruger Park. ‘It was time for a new phase in my artistic career,’ Sue explains, ‘and I needed a new inspiration.’ We are delighted to be showing Sue’s new paintings from January 11th.

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‘God and Evil,’ Lubomyr Martinuk

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‘Head of the Valley,’ Nick Potter

Always a passionate artist, Nick Potter sold his first painting to his headmistress for £10. Nick is inspired by wild landscapes - the coasts of Cornwall and Northumberland and the mountains of Scotland and the Lakes. ‘I like to use texture in my work,’ he explains, ‘impasto paint, gesso applied with a knife or decorator’s filler. I also use artist’s brushes, stencil brushes for spattering, palette knives and trowels. I squirt paint with syringes and call on rollers, quills and tissues for blotting.’ Come into the gallery to see Nick’s rich, multi-media paintings.

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Winter has arrived To the disappointment of many - winter has arrived! Even of those who dislike winter few can deny the beauty of a pristine covering of snow. It is the season that offers the greatest variety of weather and dramatic changes in the appearance of the world around us; to me this presents many opportunities and challenges. Our climate is amongst the most varied of the planet. Winters can range from those more likely to be found in subarctic regions with severe frost and heavy snow to others where the main features are mud, rain and wind. Winter starts with a stark colourless world around us, particularly on rainy days, and ends with the beginnings of the most colourful season of the year. I enjoy winter photography, with the right protective clothing even the dull rainy days can have their charm – as long as there are not too many. The key to all successful photography is this dreadful word that many of us rail against – planning! At one time, for all the loving care that went into selecting what equipment to take and put in an excessively heavy bag, I would just pick it up and set off into the winter countryside to snap away willy nilly as I walked around. The vast majority of the results were disappointing and the pictures, after a quick glance, were consigned to the bin never to see the light of day again. I would have been much better off sorting out what equipment I didn’t need and spent that time and mental energy working out where to go and what to photograph. Many, many years ago I used to be a rep whose job included calling on some chemist shops. I remember talking to the owner of the chemist shop in Middleton-in-Teesdale who said that when it snowed in Middleton the same people took the same pictures of the same places and same things every time. He could have been talking about me! All in all, the time out in the winter weather was great - the pictures were almost entirely anything but. When I started photography with the somewhat ambitious aspirations of selling pictures (I am far too easy going to be worthy of the title of “professional”) I had to seriously review the way I approached my picture taking. It was goodbye to the endless agonising over what equipment to take, which inevitably lead to all of it (“you never knew what you might come across”) in a backbreaking rucksack. The weight of it and the tightness of packing


the stuff in became a deterrent to getting the equipment out and putting it back in again. This palaver lead to many potentially good pictures not being taken because it was too much effort to get set up and repacked. It is always easily possible to think up a good reason to justify to yourself that if you had taken the picture you would have been disappointed with it and had wasted your time – “the light will have gone before I get set up”! It was to be hello to knowing where I was going and what I wanted to photograph with no more equipment than I needed. The result was a much more enjoyable time and the joy of many, many more successful pictures. Enjoy your winter photography.

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Hexham Hexham Beacon Club for Retired Men meets weekly at 10.30 am - 12 noon on Wednesday mornings throughout the year at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham and is open to all retired men in the district. There is no subscription, only a small charge for coffee. New members are always welcome.Further details can be obtained by contacting the Programme Secretary, David Crockit 01434 604286 Headway Tynedale The Tynedale Centre, Unit 13, Haugh Lane Industrial Estate, Hexham, NE46 3PU Every Wednesday 11am – 1pm Headway Tynedale is a regional branch of the National Headway UK charity, who provide support and information to individuals with an acquired brain injury and their family/ carers. Headway Tynedale is a peer group for those individuals and their family/ carers to access information, support and socialise with individuals who have also suffered acquired brain injuries. The group often go on outings around the local area and get involved with other local Headway groups. The group are very friendly and are welcoming of new members. For further information contact: David Haxon, Group Chair on (0191) 232 0234 or dhaxon@ Creative Writing Classes These classes will inspire and encourage you to write fiction, poetry or memoir, and to share and develop your writing through stimulating workshop sessions in a friendly and supportive group. Tuesday evenings or Wednesday afternoons, at The Gatehouse, Hexham, starting late September. To enrol, or for more information, phone 01434 607298. Hexham Ladies Bridge Club We meet every Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 pm at Tynedale Cricket Club Pavilion, Eilansgate, Hexham. The second Wednesday of the month is non partner day when new visitors are welcome to come without a partner. You will be sure of a warm welcome. Secretary: Janet Fraser 01434 604123 gvjdfraser87@ President: June Halliday 01434 344523 The NT Tyne Valley Association is a local group providing support for NT English and Scottish members. We meet monthly from September to May in the Trinity Methodist Hall in Hexham for Talks and Social activities. During the summer months we organise Day and Holiday trips. Details of our events can be found on www. or by contacting Mr.C.Venables 01434 608277”

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Hexham - Messy Church First Saturday of every month (except August) 11am to 1pm at Hexham Community Church, Beaumont Street, Hexham. Lunch included. No charge! For further details contact the church office on 01434 601113 Hexham Cadets We are open for boys and girls 12 to 18yrs who want to join. We do fieldcraft, shooting on our range, drill, first aid and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme amongst many other activities. We meet Mondays and Thursdays 7pm to 9pm at the TA centre, Hencotes, Hexham. For information call second lieutenant Sean Ferguson on 07977 410385 Hexham Male Voice Choir For all ages. We do six - eight concerts a year in churches & venues for fund raising & the joy of singing. We rehearse every Thursday evening 7-9pm, West End Methodist Church Hexham. Any new members would be most welcome. Contact John Thirlwell 01434600974; Hexham Bridge Club meets on Thursday evenings at Wentworth Leisure Centre at 7.15 p.m. Friendly, competitive duplicate bridge - new members and visitors always welcome. Contact the secretaryJocelyn Gordon on (01434) 604610. Tyne Valley Canoe Club We meet every Friday throughout the year in either Tyne Riverside Country Park (April-September) @ 6.30 pm or Waterworld (October-March) @ 8.00 pm. All ages welcome. For more details contact Keith Park tel. 07846711984 Factory Dance Academy Every Tues and Thurs at the Community Centre, Hexham from 4pm to 6pm. Urban street dance classes for 4 to 14 year olds in Hip Hop, Pop Grooves, Street Dance, Zumbatonic and Hip Hop Totz. Cost £2.50. Every Tues at the Torch Centre, Hexham from 7.15pm. Bokwa and zumba classes for adults from 7.15pm. See or call 01670 363 037 for details. Hexham and District Photographic Society We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7-30 pm in the Lockhart Room, Moot Hall, Market Place, Hexham. We meet every week from the beginning of September through to the end of April. We welcome all abilities from very raw beginners to advanced photographers. We have a very varied programme throughout our season to suit all levels of photography. Anyone interested in coming along will be made very welcome and they can turn up at the club, contact our webmaster via our website www.hexhamphotographic.

The Rotary Club of Hexham Meet every Monday lunch time at 12:30pm at the Beaumont Hotel in Hexham. This is an active club whose members organise a variety of social and fundraising events in support of a variety of charities. New members are always welcome.” Tynedale U3A We are part of a national organisation comprising self help groups (including all aspects of art, walking, literature, botany, languages, history, etc) for the retired and semi retired, who come together to share our skills, experience, and knowledge. We also meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 2pm

in the Trinity Methodist Church hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham. when we have a variety of speakers. If you are interested please see our website or contact the Membership secretary Harry Shipley on 01434602360. Hexham Brass Band We are a group of brass musicians who have recently formed a new brass band in Hexham. We practise in the West End Methodist church in Hexham on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm. Anyone who plays a brass instrument (or even percussion) would be welcome to come along to join us. The contact number for us is “Sue” 07811 175849.

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Every Friday all year around Sun down at Gibside Beer Garden & Pub 6pm – 9pm Friday evenings all year round. Relax with local ales and snacks in the beer garden or stay cosy indoors while the kids explore our play area adjacent to the beer garden. Free entry

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Saturday 11 January Space the Final Frontier 5pm – 11pm Enjoy a evening of star gazing at Souter Lighthouse with South Shields Astronomical society

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Wednesday 19 February Ranger Bushcraft Day 10am to 2pm Experience what it is like to survive outdoors with woodland skills such as cooking on a fire, building a shelter, making tools and much more! Ages 6 to 11. BE Adult Free Child £10 50


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Every fourth Thursday and Sunday Ramble with a Ranger 2.30pm - 4pm Join a Gibside Ranger on an exciting ramble into the woods and gardens exploring a different seasonal theme every month from wild flowers to great crested newts! * 1st and 3rd Saturday every month all year round - Gibside Farmers Market Buy fresh, seasonal food and crafts direct from local farmers, growers, producers and crafts people. Regular live music, tastings and demonstrations. Free entry

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Sunday 9 February Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass 10.30am to 3pm Discover practical tips for pruning your fruit trees and shrubs while helping our expert Head Gardener in Gibside’s Walled Garden, workshop includes a seasonal lunch. £25 BE

Saturday 15 February Wallington until 23 February Wake up at Wallington 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 3pm Discover how the Trevelyan family lived and played at Wallington, with indoor activities and outdoor adventures every day. £ *

Saturday 15 February Bushcraft Bonding! 12 to 3pm An antidote to Valentine’s Day: meet new people and have a laugh learning skills like building campfires and shelters, includes refreshments. £10 BE

Tuesday 18 February Wallington also 25 February At home with the Trevelyans 2 – 4pm Spend the afternoon in the lovely home of Sir Charles and Lady Mary where you can learn about many of the objects used by the family or discover rooms not normally open. You’ll meet experts who now care for these precious collections and before you leave, take Tea the Trevelyan Way. Members’ exclusive event. Tel: 01670 773600. £15, including afternoon tea, the Trevelyan Way. Booking recommended.

Sunday 16 February Valentine’s Music in the Chapel 2 to 3pm Atmospheric music celebrating Gibside’s lovers in the candlelit Chapel, plus a special lunch menu for couples in the Potting Shed Café. * Monday 17 - Friday 21 February Spring into Spring Half Term Family Fun 11am to 3pm Free springtime family activities every day of half term. Join us for Explorer Monday, Foodie Tuesday, Wild Wednesday, Adventure Thursday and Fab Friday. Finishing off with a special hog roast beer garden.* Thursday 20 & Sunday 23 February Red Kite Ramble with a Ranger 2.30pm Join a local Red Kite expert to discover the secrets and stories of Gateshead’s favourite bird of prey. *

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Hexham Queen’s Hall JANUARY

Northumberland Young Farmers Clubs present 27 Up Pantomime - The Snow Queen Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 January 7.00pm Saturday 11 January 2.00pm Come along and cheer and boo as past members of Northumberland Young Farmers perform the traditional pantomime, The Snow Queen. Tickets: £14.00 / £8.00 (children)

Hexham & District Music Society presents John Paul Ekins (piano)

Wednesday 15 January 7.45pm John Paul was chosen last year as Making Music Young Artist and is enjoying a busy recital season. He has been praised for his engaging communication as well as for his accomplished playing. Programme: Mozart, Beethoven & Tippett Tickets: £15.00 / £7.50 (students) / £1.00 (schoolchildren)

Film in the Theatre: Rebecca

Thursday 16 January 8.00pm When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. Starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets: £4.50 / £3.50 (Friends / Film Club members)

The Allenheads Moving Image Archive

Saturday 18 January – Saturday 1 March GALLERY TWO The video on show here is a sample of films made by the people of Allenheads and the surrounding area to create a living archive of video and film.

Half Moon presents A Roo in My Suitcase

Saturday 18 January 11.00am & 2.00pm Funny, quirky and cuddly as a bag of marsupials, poet Rosemary Harris, and a friendly collection of Australian animals, celebrates friendship through poetry, songs and plenty of joining in! For ages 3-7yrs. Tickets: £6.50 / £5.00 (groups of 4 or more)

BITESIZE drama The Next Train to Depart

Friday 24 January 8.00pm Tuesday 28 January 2.00pm A twist on the classic train station love story, this is a poetic play, about a chance meeting, a platform to nowhere and the baggage we try, in vain, to leave behind. BITESIZE Ticket: £10.00

Traditional Music - The Outside Track

Saturday 25 January 7.30pm Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 (student)

Jazz Club

Wednesday 29 January 8.00pm In the Little Angel Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door / Under 18s free

Young Opera Venture presents The Marriage of Figaro

Half Moon presents M for Medea

Friday 17 January 7.30pm What makes us do the things we do? What are the consequences when love, jealousy and revenge are pushed to the extreme? M for Medea is a contemporary retelling of Euripides’ Medea, exploring the lengths that people will go to when they think they are right. A modern story of betrayal that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tickets: £8.50 / £4.50 (student)

Thursday 30 January 7.00pm An acclaimed production of Mozart’s great comic masterpiece, with its witty and complex plot, great music, and characters in hilarious and dangerous situations. Tickets: £16.50 / £10 (student)


Film in the Theatre: Summer in February (15)

Thursday 6 February 8.00pm In the days leading up to World War I, a colony of bohemian artists in coastal Cornwall contends with love and loss in this period drama. Based on the novel by Jonathan Smith and directed by Christopher Menaul. (2013) Tickets: £4.50 / £3.50 (Friends / Film Club members)

BITESIZE drama Perfect Fools present A Dog’s Heart

Friday 7 February 8.00pm Saturday 8 February 8.00pm A visually inventive retelling of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel brought to life through a blend of comic clowning and stylish storytelling. With shades of Frankenstein, Faustus and Dr Moreau this is a freakish tale with a bitingly satirical slant. BITESIZE Ticket: £10.00


Blackeyed Theatre presents Dracula

Saturday 1 February 7.30pm This brilliant, theatrical treatment of Bram Stoker’s adventure blends Victorian Gothic with the Contemporary. With specially commissioned live music, powerful ensemble performances and innovative design, Blackeyed Theatre’s Dracula promises an exciting and thought-

BITESIZE drama Love and Red Tape

Friday 21 February 2.00pm & 8.00pm Love and Red Tape is an invigorating satire for ages 15 years and up about love for duty where middle-management administrators lead their audience through a catastrophic health and safety crisis. Purge your frustrations and fury with laughter in this absurd clown tale about Love and Bureaucracy. BITESIZE Ticket: £10.00

Dance - Riots

Tuesday 11 February 7.30pm Southpaw Dance Company, under the artistic direction of choreographer Robby Graham, creates work within hip hop dance theatre. Riots is an exciting new dance piece featuring Graham’s unique movement style that draws on breaking, contemporary and contact movement. Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 (Friends / benefit conc) / £5.00 (student)

Young Farmers’ Entertainment Competition

Eliminators: Wednesday 12 – Thursday 13 February 7.00pm Final: Saturday 15 February 6.00pm Young Farmers’ Clubs compete in the Entertainment Competition with the top three performances qualifying for the Saturday final. The winners will then represent Northumberland YFC in the Northern Region competition. Tickets: £7.00 / £4.00 (16yrs and under / OAPs)

World Sound for Peace Day

Friday 14 February 12 noon – 2pm SoundTouch will be creating a ‘Sound Lounge’ in Gallery One using the continuous resonant sounds of gongs, Tibetan bowls, cello and vocal harmonics. Free ‘Drop-in’ event

Hexham & District Music Society presents Benyounes String Quartet

Scanning Falstone Show

Saturday 18 January – Saturday 1 March GALLERY ONE Scanning Falstone Show is a ScanLAB project that has used 3D scanning technology to document the 2013 Falstone Border Shepherds Show, a traditional village event in rural Northumberland.

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G&S Opera Opera della Luna presents The Mikado

Saturday 22 February 7.30pm Set in the zany flashy world of modern fashion houses with costumes inspired by Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier, this energetic production promises a riot of gorgeous and bizarre creations. Expect sequins, stunning gowns, glamour, glorious singing, and, of course, the company’s inimitable brand of mad-cap humour. Tickets: £15.00 / £13.00 (Friends / benefit conc) / £9.00 (student)

Theatre - My Romantic History

Wednesday 26 February 7.30pm When Tom and Amy get together after a boozy office party, it seems like they might be able to make a go of it. But soon the ghosts of relationships past begin to interfere with the here and now. And getting over our romantic histories is easier said than done. Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 (Friends / benefit conc) / £5.00 (student)

Friday 14 February 7.45pm Zara Benyounes leads this talented group which made its Wigmore Hall debut last season to enthusiastic praise. Programme: Haydn, Beethoven , Dvorak. Tickets: £15.00 / £7.50 (students) / £1.00 (schoolchildren)

Derek Acorah: Enlightenment Tour

Thursday 20 February 7.30pm Voted Britain’s Favourite Male Medium by the prestigious Soul & Spirit Magazine. Tickets: £17.50 / £16.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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Hexham Plagiocephaly – are baby ‘head helmets’ really the answer? After reading a recent issue of the Hexham Courant on a story about a little boy suffering with plagiocephaly my heart went out to him. His family’s determination to get some public awareness about their child’s condition was certainly admiral. For those that missed the article and have no idea what plagiocephaly is, here’s the low down: Plagio, from the Greek Plagios – means slanting, inclining or oblique, and Cephaly, from the Latin Cephalicus – means of/ or relating to the head. Simply put; a misshapen head. Plagiocephaly is so common, I see it everywhere because I have a trained eye to spot it, and furthermore it is one of conditions we see so often in practice life. However, most parents aren’t even aware that their baby or toddler has the condition (unless it is quite severe) until it is spotted by a midwife or health visitor and again, usually only when it is severe enough. Even when it is highlighted, medically not much significance is placed upon it, and parents are told ‘oh it will be fine, it’ll sort itself out’ or something along those lines. Let me tell you, it does NOT ‘sort itself out’ unless you do something to help that that child. So, why am I so concerned by plagiocephaly? I’m concerned because having uncorrected plagiocephaly can potentially lead to physical and developmental problems for that child, let alone having an odd shaped head for the rest of one’s life. After having my first daughter via a high forceps rotational technique, I was horrified to see the damage done to her head and face – she still bears the physical scars today. Not only that, her head was a really odd shape. Thankfully I had done the training to spot it immediately and do something about it. Her head is now beautifully round and she is a bright, beautiful and very physically active girl (I am not just being biased!). I dread to think what developmental delays she might have had if her plagiocephaly and associated spinal problems (she also had torticollis) had not been corrected. So what are the potential developmental delays or health problems that plagiocephaly can lead to you might be asking? Well it very much depends on what type of ‘strain pattern’ the skull is exhibiting. Signs and symptoms vary but may include the following: ‘overcrowding’ of teeth, poor sinus drainage/sinusitis, poor pituitary function, spinal scoliosis, learning difficulties and delayed motor function, eye problems, headaches, neck problems, allergies, personality disorders, forward head carriage, exaggerated spinal curves eg: ‘sway back’, TMJ/jaw problems and ear infections.

Plagiocephaly can be caused by various factors; some of the more common causes are due to: intrauterine constraint, birth trauma, lack of tummy time, and spinal problems. Intrauterine constraint means baby doesn’t have sufficient space in the uterus to be lying optimally, for instance in long gestations, multiple pregnancies, and pelvic misalignments in mum. Birth trauma can happen from assisted deliveries using ventouse, forceps, or rough handling. Even a fast birth can put enormous stress on the infant’s spine and skull. With spinal problems (mostly in the neck) from all the reasons cited above, baby may tend to always turn their head one side more easily than the other, and they may sleep with their head turned the same way because it is more comfortable. As a result the constant pressure on one side of the head will lead to a flattening of that aspect of the head. Also a lack of ‘tummy time’ for babies or being placed on their backs to sleep all the time will cause flattening of the back of the head. There are several other more sinister causes of plagiocephaly, one being something called cranial synostosis where some of the cranial sutures ( joints between the skull bones) become fused so the head has an odd shape from birth. As growth is restricted in the skull the brain becomes constrained leading to impairment. Another cause of plagiocephaly is from a space occupying lesion, such as a brain tumour called an astrocytoma which will push outwards towards the skull creating a misshapen head, again over time, as it grows. So what’s the treatment you might be wondering? Well there are various approaches and we’ll discuss two of the main ones. The first, medically, if plagiocephaly is recognised in the first place and if something is done about it, the option is for the baby to wear a cranial orthotic, basically a head helmet for 23 hours of the day! Imagine that, wearing a head helmet for 23 hours a day for months and months. You see them everywhere in America, they’re called ‘Doc Bands’ and they come in all the latest colours and designs rather like a fashion accessory and yes they can do the job of improving head shape, but there are some very disturbing downsides to wearing one. The first is the effect they have on the gentle cranio-sacral rhythm which is a subtle movement between the skull and the sacrum (part of your pelvis) responsible for the movement of cerebrospinal fluid - CSF (fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal column) up and down the spine and around the brain. This CSF nourishes the nervous system and protects it. CSF is vital to the health of our nervous systems which in turn is vital to our health and wellbeing. Wearing

a helmet for that many hours daily will disturb this very important physiological function, with potential consequences. Furthermore the helmets do nothing to correct other commonly associated spinal problems which can lead to other problems with that child as they get older. Other concerning problems with wearing a head helmet are that conditions such as cranial synostosis or brain tumors may go unrecognised. The constant pressure of the helmet on the area of expanding skull could have devastating consequences. On the other hand, Chiropractic is extremely effective in addressing plagiocephaly and the associated spinal problems using gentle and effective techniques, without the need for an uncomfortable, unsightly and potentially dangerous head helmet. If cranial problems persist or are unresponsive to conservative care the Chiropractor will quickly be alerted to the fact that further investigation might be warranted. On a final note, if you suspect your baby or child has plagiocephaly the sooner it is assessed and managed, the better the outcome. At Family Chiropractic we are so passionate about helping babies and children reach their maximum potential that we will see your baby or child at no charge and obligation free for a thorough physical assessment. Please call on 01434 605688 for more information, we can help.

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Turkey, Leek and Ham Pie Use the leftover meat from the Christmas bird. Turkey, ham, chicken or goose works well in this dish, but bear in mind, goose is very rich. 1 pack of frozen puff pastry 1 large leek or two small leeks 1 tablespoon plain flour 1 clove garlic 1 egg 400ml skimmed milk 100ml double cream 1 cup of dry white wine – approximately 100ml 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or what you have around) for frying ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon of either black or white pepper. (I use white pepper as I prefer the taste in this dish.)


Roll out the pastry dough, how much you will need will be dependent on the size of your pie dish. For a large pie dish you will need all of one packet. If you’re using a large pie dish you will need a pie funnel for the centre of the dish. Brush the rim of the pie dish with beaten egg, this will help the pastry to stick to the dish. Cover the pie dish with the pastry and brush with beaten egg. Cut a hole in the centre of the pastry to release the steam when cooking. Cook at 160oc for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown. Oven temperatures may vary. Enjoy!

Shred the meat from whatever has been leftover: legs, breast, wings etc. Make sure you shred the meat into bite size pieces. Chop the leeks into about ½” dice and then crush the garlic clove. Heat the oil in the pan add the leeks, sauté (fry) until the leeks are tender but not too soft. Remember they will continue to cook in the pie. Add the crushed garlic at the last minute just before you remove from the heat. Garlic can burn quite quickly, this leaves a bitter after taste which is unpleasant. Use garlic powder if you prefer. Once the leeks have softened with the garlic add the meat to the pan, stir until the meat has been heated through with all the other ingredients – approximately a couple of minutes. Add the flour by sprinkling it over the leeks and meat. Stir for a further few minutes to cook the flour. Once this is done add the wine and stir in well. Gradually add the milk, stirring in a small amount at first, then gradually pour in the rest until it has all been incorporated into the mixture and begins to thicken. Add the double cream and stir in thoroughly and season to taste. Transfer your meat and vegetables to your pie dish. Note: If you add the milk all at once into the meat and vegetables your sauce will become lumpy.

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In between that, I had organised and hosted the second Family Law tweetup in London. The first of its kind, the tweetup allowed members of the family law profession from across the country, both legal and non-legal, who had only ever connected using Twitter, to meet up and put faces to names, creating new professional relationships. I had conceived the idea in 2012 as a result of the number of connections I was making with other professionals on Twitter, and its success demanded a second and bigger event. I am a great believer in team strength, and my team all contribute heavily to the success of my business. I was delighted, therefore, to announce recently the formal appointment of my long-standing colleague and Office Manager, Jane Henderson, as my first co-director in the business. Over the course of the year, I have also added another senior solicitor, Lucinda Connell, a Business Development Consultant, and a Family Consultant to my team. As you can imagine, we are now bursting at the seams, and therefore, one of the priorities for 2014 is for the extension of our business premises to be completed. I am very excited to have our additional facilities completed, having watched the work progressing over several months.

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