Events and Groups March 2023
Village Celebrations for the King's Coronation
A village celebration event for the King's Coronation is being planned on the afternoon of the 7th May. If anyone is interested in helping please come along to our next meeting which will be on 6th March at 7pm in the Village Hall. We want this to be a very special occasion for everyone and a fun day, so please come along if you think you can help in any way.
Contact Anne Peat on 07876 475536 if you would like any more information.
Flower Arranging Classes
Longhorsley Village Hall
Wednesdays March 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 7pm until 8.15pm
£5 per person per class to cover hire of hall, floral foam etc.
Classes are suitable for everyone and we will work together to plan our
Flower Festival for the Coronation Weekend. They will be fun!!
It is important you let us know you are coming
so we can tell you what you will need to bring.
email@example.com or 07907 714455
Dorothy, Shirley and Olive look forward to meeting you.
Longhorsley Ladies Lunch
This group plans to meet for lunch once a month and you are very welcome to come and join us. We began with a Christmas get-together and enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to carry on meeting. When it gets warmer we plan to venture out of the village and if you have any suggestions of where we should head for, please let us know.
Our next lunch date is Thursday 9th March in The Shoulder of Mutton at 12.30pm.
If you would like to join us then please email Frances Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Netherwitton Village Hall
Friday 3rd March 6.30pm: AGM, followed by Pub Night at 7.30 to 11pm.
Thurs 9th March 5.30pm: Gardening Club, presentation by Janet Dixon.
Saturday 11th March from 10.30am: Village Clean-Up, high viz clothing and equipment to be provided, followed by soup and cake.
Friday 31st March 9am to 1pm: Crafty Friday. Bring your own activity and enjoy a coffee and chat as you work.
Friday 31st March 7.30 to 11pm: Pub Night.
Contact: Peter Pacepavicius 07785 577466 or see Netherwitton Village Hall Facebook page.
Wingates Village Institute Hall
More details about all groups are in the Groups Supplement that was distributed with the September 2021 edition of the newsletter.
Extra copies are available on the Back Copies page.
We thought we knew most of the details about the Titanic but our Speaker last month, Denise Howe, proved us wrong. To highlight her talk we saw YouTube videos of reconstructions, old footage of interviews with survivors and copies of meal menus in the 3 different areas on board.
We were delighted that 3 visitors joined us then and we hope they, and others, will do so again.
At our next meeting on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm we welcome local poet Paul Mein.
For more information contact: Audrey Wiggins, Secretary, 788692 email@example.com or Mary Stephenson, President, 788232
Christian Vision for Men
The Christian Vision for Men group has monthly breakfasts at the Angler's Arms. Our next breakfast will be on Saturday 25th March at 8.30am. Our speaker that morning will be Phil Roberts from Sheffield. Phil at one time was Britain's strongest man, and so he will be telling his life story as a Christian. The charge for those attending each breakfast is £9.
For more information and to book a place, please contact
Jim Cockburn 01670 510130 firstname.lastname@example.org
Exercise to Music
We continue to exercise in the Village Hall on Monday mornings, 9.15 to 10.15am. New members are most welcome.
Shirley Forster is our instructor and sessions are in conjunction with Age UK.
Mary Stephenson 788232
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:
Monday 6th March: Seaton Sluice, led by Brenda 788470
Thursday 16th March: Felton, led by Leigh and Neil 787115
New walkers are always welcome.
For more information please contact Sheena & Jan 07801 005634
St. Helen’s Coffee Morning
Our next Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 4th March at 10am in St. Helen’s Church. All are welcome. Raffle and stall as usual.
Mary Stephenson 788232
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 £5 is charged. Doors open at 7pm with tea and coffee available for a small donation.
March 6th at 7.30pm: “Gough, saving one of the world's most important sea bird islands”, a talk by David Kinchin Smith.
April 3rd at 7.30pm: Group AGM and members’ photos.
Contact Conrad Chilvers 788351.
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 Attraction’ for March in Netherwitton Village Hall is:
9th March We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
If you would like to join us then please contact
David Sayer 07952 743448 email@example.com
Wingates Bridge Club
Would you like to learn Bridge but think it's a bit formal or that you need to bring a partner? If so then Wingates Bridge Club is the one for you.
We are a fun bridge club that meets once a week, on a Tuesday evening, in Wingates village hall for fun bridge. To help you along we are holding another starter/taster session on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm.
Just turn up at the hall or contact Robert Famelton 01669 620512 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longhorsley Local History Society
The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th March in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Admission is free.
The speaker is Martin Light, talking about “Windmills North and South”.
Windmills are rare in our part of the world because there is plenty of water to turn a wheel, even in a small settlement like Longhorsley, and watermills are cheaper to build. Nevertheless, there are some interesting remains to be found locally. Fulwell Mill, near Sunderland (as pictured), is one that has been restored.
In my talk I will be looking at the evolution of windmills and at how they worked. There will be some reference to local sites and stories about the life of millers, including one lady miller (she was not the only one).
These are some of the questions I will be answering:
What is the difference between a Post Mill and a Smock Mill?
Why was the Damsel so-named and why was it important in a mill?
Where were windmills most common in the North East? Why there?
Why did mills wear a cap?
What needed regular dressing in a mill?
What differences are there in milling practice between the North and the South?
How did a miller come to be found frozen to death at his mill in 1812?