Events and Groups December 2022


Christmas Services All Churches

New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve Lighting of the Beacon

Christmas Quiz Night at the Shoulder of Mutton

Wingates Village Institute Hall

Disappointingly, our Christmas family show ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which was due to take place on Friday 16th December, has been cancelled.

So we’re busy planning further community events for December and January:

  • Sunday 11th December, 1pm to 3pm: our Christmas Craft workshop with Driftworks Tidal Art is fully booked, but if you would like to go on the waiting list in case of cancellations, please contact Louise Kirkwood 07710 453148

  • Saturday 17th December from 3pm to 6pm: Family Christmas Party

  • Friday 6th January at 7pm: Games Night with bar and pooled supper

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The Northumbrian Language Society

Whaat’s On

Saturday 10th December from 2pm

Yule Meet

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum first floor meeting room

Join us for our traditional seasonal event, with dialect contributions

from the audience, a shared meal brought by those present,

“Whe’s Tellin Hoafies”, the singing of our own Yuletide Carol,

and the grand raffle!!!

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More details about all groups are in the Groups Supplement that was distributed with the September edition of the newsletter.
Extra copies are available on the Back Copies page.

Wingates Bridge Club

Wingates Bridge Club plays both in person at the village hall and online. Currently, for the winter, it is meeting online every Tuesday from 7.30pm. It will return to in person in the spring.

New members of all levels are very welcome, newcomers to bridge in particular. Don't be worried about skill levels - this is a very sociable club and lessons will be given. A basic knowledge of whist is helpful but not essential. And online is easy! The club will be organising a try-outs evening in the New Year.

And members who've dropped out will be warmly welcomed back, too.

Please contact Neil Fowler 07770 641385 or Robert Famelton They will let you have login details. Do become involved - it is a genuinely fun game.

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Longhorsley WI

Walter Riddell, from Hepple Gin, ensured our November meeting got off to a great start. He began his talk by handing out samples of Hepple Sloe Gin followed by Gin & Tonics both complete with ice cubes. Needless to say, everyone agreed it was a very enjoyable evening.

At our next meeting, on Thursday 1st December, we will be creating some Christmas Crafts under the guidance of Maureen Taylor.

On 5th January we will be welcoming Linda Davison with a talk entitled "I am a Geordie". Visitors would be very welcome.

Contact: Audrey Wiggins, Secretary 788692

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Exercise to Music

We are back to exercising in the Village Hall on Monday mornings, 9.15am - 10.15am. New members most welcome. We will take a break from the 19th December and resume again on the 9th January 2023.

Shirley Forster is our instructor and sessions are in conjunction with Age UK.

Mary Stephenson 788232

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St. Helen’s Coffee Morning

Our next Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 3rd December at 10am in St. Helen’s Church.

Raffle and stall as usual and all are welcome to come and enjoy a relaxing coffee with friends.

PLEASE NOTE there will not be a Coffee Morning in January.

Mary Stephenson 788232

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Walking Group

The walks are usually 4 to 6 miles long and it’s a good idea to bring a drink and energy snack on the walk. Where suitable there may be the option of a picnic lunch or a meal out after the walk.

The next upcoming walks are:

Thursday 8th December: Christmas walk with lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton, led by Sheena and Jan 07801 005634

Thursday 19th January: Felton (TBC), led by Leigh and Neil 787115

New walkers are always welcome.

For more information please contact Sheena & Jan 07801 005634

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust - Coquetdale Group

We meet on the first Monday of each month from September to April at the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. Outings/visits are organised in the summer months.

Guests are very welcome and a fee of £3 is charged. Doors open at 7pm with tea and coffee available for a small donation.

December 5th at 7.30pm: Phil Hanmer's talk is "Our Birds in the Gambia and a few Afro Tropicals”. As always Phil will have great photos and commentary.

January 2nd at 7.30pm: “Brockwatch”, a talk by Richard Muggeridge. A badger video diary throughout the year.

Contact Conrad Chilvers 788351.

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Wingates Reading Group

The Wingates book club is happy to welcome new members with an interest in books. We alternate between Netherwitton and Wingates Village Halls for our get togethers. All the books we read are chosen by members of the Group, so you would be able to pick your favourites for us to read and discuss.

Our ‘Forthcoming Attractions’ for the next months up to Christmas are:

8th Dec Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe (Wingates)

12th Jan Ask a Historian by Greg Jenner (Netherwitton)

If you would like to join us then please contact

David Sayer 07952 743448

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Christian Vision for Men

The Christian Vision for Men group normally has monthly breakfasts at the Angler's Arms. In December, however, we always have a Christmas dinner, and this year it is on Thursday 15th December at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Angler's Arms. The charge is £25 for 2 courses and £30 for 3 courses.

Our next breakfast will be on Saturday 28th January at 8.30am. Our speaker that morning will be one of our own members, David Riddington who will be speaking on the theme, “Not finished with me yet”. The charge for those attending the breakfast is £9.

For more information and to book a place, please contact

Jim Cockburn 01670 510130

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Longhorsley Local History Society

The next History Society meeting  is on the 10th January when there will be a display of artifacts, archive material, photographs, books, maps and folders. We will also show some videos of events around the village.

The Village Hall will be open from 6pm, feel free to drop in between then and 8pm. There will be food and drinks available.

Admission is free.

Contact Derek Knox 788329

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Embroidery Group

The next meeting is on the 2nd December. There will be no meeting in January.

Contact Val Douglas on 788338

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Toddler Group

Babies and toddlers are all welcome every Thursday morning (during term time) from 9.15-11.15 in Longhorsley Village Hall. We have lots of toys, crafts, snacks and hot drinks for grown ups - only £2 per family! It’s a great way to meet other parents/grandparents in the area while the kids have a play in a safe space. No booking required.  

Our Christmas Party will be on Thursday 15th December starting at 9.15. Games, music, and ho-ho-hopefully a very special visitor…!

Then our final session of the year will be Thursday 22nd December, before we return on Thursday 12th January 2023.

Please like or follow our Facebook page “Longhorsley Village Hall Toddler Group” for any updates. Contact Joanna Reilly 07739 321737

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Ballet Classes for Children

The classes are still being held on Friday afternoons in term time at Longhorsley Village Hall. The current schedule is:

  • 4.45-5.15pm: Primary Royal Academy of Dance

  • 5.15-6.00pm: Grade 1 Royal Academy of Dance

  • 6.00-6.50pm: Grade 3 Royal Academy of Dance

For details contact Miss Becky 07944 659090

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