Events and Groups April 2022


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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.

In-person events:

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.

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Morpeth Book Festival

A new weekend event taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April, in partnership with Northumberland Libraries. Events at Pleased To Meet You and Morpeth Library.

Details at the GMDT website.

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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

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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.

Longhorsley WI

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

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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

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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 planned walks for April and May are:

Monday 4th April: Bothal, organised by Tracey 07528 014772

Thursday 21st April: Shaftoe Crags, led by Sheena & Jan 07801 005634

Monday 2nd May: TBC, organised by Penny 788278

Thursday 19th May: Rothbury/Tosson lime kiln, led by Brenda 788470

For more information please contact Sheena & Jan 07801 005634

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Wingates Reading Group

The Wingates book club is still going strong. We are happy to welcome new members with an interest in books. 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 few months are:

14th April Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem

12th May The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

9th June The Louder I will Sing by Lee Lawrence

14th July The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott

11th August Waverly by Walter Scott

If you would like to join us then please contact

David Sayer 07952 743448

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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. 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

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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

Jim Cockburn 01670 510130

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Wingates Bridge Club

Wingates Bridge Club continues to meet online every Tuesday at 7.30pm. We also send out regular tips and puzzles by email.

New members always welcome.

Contact: Neil Fowler 07787 641385 or

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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

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Art Group

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

Contact Maureen Taylor 788508

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Toddler Group

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!

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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.

Penny Ford

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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.

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