Events and Groups April 2022
The 54th Morpeth Gathering
Online Saturday 23rd April 2022 via YouTube, Zoom and Facebook.
There are some in-person events Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th.
Any last-minute changes, see Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering on Facebook.
Fri 22nd April: Northumbrian Pipes Taster Day - Chantry (pre-book)
Sat 23rd April: Morris dancing and stories (tbc) - Market Place
Sat/Sun 23/24 April: Morpeth Castle Open Days + music & stories - Castle (pre-book via the Landmark Trust website)
For a full list of events see the Northumbriana website.
Netherwitton Village Hall
Pub Night: First Friday in the month, 1st April, from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. Join us for drinks and conversation with friends.
Brunch: Saturday 23rd April from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Join us for a leisurely breakfast or mid morning snack.
AGM: Friday 6th May from 6.00pm. Come and contribute to the quorum, then stay on for the May pub night.
Contact: Peter Pacepavicius 07785 577466
We had 15 interested members to our March talk by Ian McArdle on the Victoria Tunnel in Ouseburn. He outlined its history from 1842, when it was opened to transport coal from Spital Tongues colliery to the collier ships on the Tyne, right through to its use in the WW2 as an air raid shelter. It is obviously worth a visit.
At our next meeting on Thursday 7th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, we have a talk from Julie Frost, who is the Marketing & Services Communications Officer for HospiceCare North Northumberland. Based in Alnwick, they offer personalised care and support for patients, carers and families in the local area. Do please come along if you would like to hear about their services.
1st April is the beginning of our new subscription year - what better time to come along and meet our members, find out what the W.I. is all about and perhaps consider joining us - you would be made most welcome - it’s not all Jam and Jerusalem! If you are new to the village, come and make some new friends - you are allowed two ‘free’ visits before committing yourself. Please contact me or Mary (788232) if you would prefer to come in with someone and we can put you in touch with a member near you.
We look forward to meeting up in April now the lighter evenings are coming.
Contact: Marian Chilvers, Secretary 788351
Exercise to Music
We are continuing to exercise in the Village Hall on Monday mornings 9.15am 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 planned walks for April and May are:
For more information please contact Sheena & Jan 07801 005634
Northumberland Wildlife Trust - Coquetdale Group
We meet on the first Monday of each month from September to April at the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. Guests are very welcome and a fee of £3 is charged.
Doors open at 7pm with tea and coffee available for a small donation.
4th April 7.30pm Members Evening.
Evening meetings will restart in September. Outings/visits are organised in the summer months.
Contact Conrad Chilvers 788351
Christian Vision for Men
The Christian Vision for Men group has monthly breakfasts at the Angler's Arms. We shall be meeting on Saturday 30th April at 8.30am.
Our speaker that morning will be one of our own members, Tony Henry, a retired orthopaedic surgeon. His title is “Creation of the Universe”. The charge for those attending is £9.
For more information and to book a place, please contact
St. Helen’s Coffee Morning - Supporting Ukraine
A Coffee Morning to support the people of Ukraine will be held on Saturday 2nd April at 10am in the Village Hall. There will be a raffle and stall. All are welcome, but one or two volunteers to help serve teas and coffees would be appreciated. Please contact me.
Mary Stephenson 788232
Members of the art club past and present have work on display at Woodhorn Museum as part of the ‘Portrait of Northumberland’ exhibition, which runs until 24th April.
Please try to go along to have a look. Check the Woodhorn website for details at museumsnorthumberland.org.uk
Contact Maureen Taylor 788508
Come along to toddlers every Thursday morning during term time, from 9.15 to 11.15am, in the Village Hall. We have lots of toys, snacks, crafts and singing at the end! All are welcome, only £2 per family.
Follow us on Facebook at “Longhorsley Village Toddler Group” or contact Joanna Reilly 07739 321737 with any questions!
Longhorsley Local History Society
We held a very interesting and informative meeting in March. Our speaker, Eleanor George, had thoroughly researched her topic, Pumphreys Tea and Coffee Merchants. We learned of the development of the company and the hard working and very public spirited individuals who owned and managed it and were very much a part of the growth of Newcastle.
Longhorsley Cinema Club
Sadly Pattie and Clive Taylor will no longer be able to run the Cinema Club.
If anyone is interested in taking over running the Club, you can get further information about what is involved by phoning Pattie on 07711 236261.