John Stewart

The churchwardens at St Andrew’s Church would like to invite you to attend the licensing service of the Reverend Rachel Scheffer as Priest in Charge and the Reverend Tom Birch as Associate Priest. The service will be led by Bishop Christine and will be held in St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday, September 29 at 7.30pm. Refreshments afterwards will be served at The Knott Memorial Hall. 

Robin Piette

This Saturday, September 25, the Wylam Giant Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer support will take place between 10am and 12 noon in the Institute. Cakes, raffle plus free tea and coffee and biscuits. Come and join us if you can and bring a friend too. If you wish to make a donation cheques or cash may be left in the porch letterbox at Wylam Institute.

The WI last Saturday hosted a very enjoyable soup lunch to raise money for the Great Big Green Week, and now the great-hearted Wylam Co-op is undertaking a litter pick to celebrate the project.

The dahlia fields at Halls of Heddon are as spectacular as ever – worth a visit.

Sounds good – an Autumn Fireside Sing in Wylam on  Saturday, October 9, 2-4pm, including hot drink and roasting marshmallows. Go to eventbrite.co.uk to buy tickets.

Warning of road closure of Stephenson Terrace from October 25 to November 5. Details of the disruption can be viewed at https://one.network/?tm=123483231. You can call 0345 600 6400 for further information.

Riding Mill
Carole Craig-Gilby

Welcome to the week beginning September 20 and many plans are coming to fruition—The Wednesday Riding Mill Singers are enjoying exploring all types of singing directed by the wonderful Camille –from Blow the Wing Southerly to Nothing Could Be Finer— music and singing with joy so if anyone feels they would like to be part of this come along for a warm welcome 1.30pm each Wednesday.

The Riding Mill Drama are still alive and active although present restrictions mean we have sadly decided not to stage a production the November. We are however planning to return to business as usual with productions in March and November next year. We should welcome any feedback on the extent of support for future productions – please contact us through our website ridingmilldramaclub.com with your thoughts and suggestions. In the meantime, we are holding monthly play readings via zoom. All are welcome to listen in – if you wish to do so contact us for the link.

Hope Yoga Hatha for All – from Sept on Wednesdays evenings 6.45-7.45pm in the Parish Hall. For more information see the website www.hope-yoga.com/offerings or email hopeyoga2018@outlook.com

Coffee in Riding Mill each Monday morning at 10am in Parish Main Hall will carry on until end of September and then move to Millennium Hall until further notice –Fridays at 10am are already there. 

What would you say to a Riding Mill pictorial calendar? To be sold on behalf of Village Hall trust with all proceeds to go to the trust, printed by Percy Hedley Foundation for learning difficulty adults and created by Alan Bell. A4/A6 will be available (More news about this as the project gets off the ground next week).

One thing we can be sure of is that life is forever changing in the current pandemic and if anyone needs to book or change a booking in the Halls, please contact Judy Withrew on 01434682590 or 07592898025 as she stands in as booking secretary whilst the Halls manager takes sick leave, or message through our FB page riding mills village halls. 

A craft Fair will take place on October 13 and there are still space for the last two tables. Jumble sale is going ahead on October 9 so from October 1 jumble can be stored in side office in Parish Hall please contact Linda Sheperd to discuss further 01434 682069. 

As ever if you have anything to add/ share or promote within the village please email me on ridingmillnews@gmail.com or call me 07950974874.

Ian Warburton

Ginevra Espresso Bar, Front St, will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, September 24 in memory of the late George McCreedy, with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Please join them if you can or donate via https://tributefunds.macmillan.org.uk/in-memory/George-McCreedy.

The next Ordinary Meeting of Prudhoe Town Council will be held in the Spetchells Centre, Prudhoe, on Wednesday, September 29, commencing at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend, subject to any exclusions relating to the conduct of confidential business.

Prudhoe Health Walks will be starting again on Thursday, October 7, on a fortnightly basis for the time being. All walks will start and finish at the Country Park, so there will be no need for car-sharing and the walk will be local. It’s been a long time since the group met to walk and it will be lovely to see both old and new faces at 10.30 on October 7, then on October 21, November 4 and 18 and December 2 and 16. Please pass this information on to anyone who might like to join the group.

The Royal British Legion and Royal British Legion Women’s Section will be holding their Annual General Meeting at the Prudhoe United Services Club (the Legion) on Monday, October 25, commencing at 7pm. Nomination forms will be available in the Legion from Saturday, September 25 and these need to be returned by Thursday, October 21.

Ian Warburton

Stocksfield Community Centre is hosting a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday, September 24, from 9am to 1pm. As well as hot drinks, there will be a variety of stalls for your enjoyment.

The Tuesday Club meets every week at Stocksfield Community Centre and is a club for older people, mostly those living alone, to get together over coffee and lunch. For those clients unable to attend in person, a hot lunch is delivered to them at home. The Club is currently looking for volunteers to join its friendly team, either to help ‘front of house’ by serving teas/coffees/lunches and to chat to clients or to help ‘behind the scenes’ in the kitchen. There is also a need for drivers to deliver meals to people in the village. In all cases, helpers need be ‘on’ only once per month. If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Christine Hooks on 01661-844863 or Jill Newton on 07788-808557.

Ovingham and Ovington
Malcolm Cairns

Ovington’s Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held in the Social Club on Saturday, Sept 25 at 11am until 1pm.  Coffee, tea and cakes plus a tasty ploughman’s lunch are on the menu. Cake stall will be grateful for donations. Come along and enjoy the time with friends whilst supporting a good cause. For further info contact Fred on 07990572286.

Go-Local invite all to join them for a cup of tea or coffee at Matfen Village hall Saturday, Sept 25, 10.30am until 12.30pm.  Try out their locally made chutney, jam, cheese and bread. A chance to find out more about the group and their activities.

Residents from our side of the river are invited to the Prudhoe Health Walks which will start up again on Thursday, October 7 at 10.30am and will continue on a fortnightly basis. The walks start and end at the Riverside Country Park, a chance to meet old and new faces and keep fit at the same time.

Crowds gathered early outside the Reading Room last Saturday for the return of the annual Ovingham Parish Council Jumble Sale. Trade was brisk and the bartering hard. At the end of the event £800 was raised for the upkeep of the Playing Field and Pavilion. Thank you to all who organised, donated, helped out, and to all who attended to make this such a successful event.

Reminders for the next few days- Reading Room Ovingham today (23rd) is the Macmillan Coffee Morning, Ovingham Community Orchard Apple Celebration Day on Saturday, Sept 25, 10am until 2pm., and finally the Reading Room AGM to be held on Monday, Sept 27 at 7.30pm. Everyone most welcome to come along to these events.