|SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL
- A bit from me...
- Calling the holy island region
- Notice from the fireworks committee
- Holy Island Archives - a reminder
- Crossman Hall
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Whatever has happened to our Swallows?
- Shorebird season: our first little Tern egg.
- 'Dignation' aka Digventures
- AONB - Beach Litter Survey
- AONB - Capture the front cover image for the 2019 Visitor Guide
- News from Ford & Etal
- From the community of Aidan and Hilda
- From our United Reformed Church minister
- St Mary's notices
|maintaining a welcome|
|A BIT FROM ME
Welcome back to our newsletter after the
August break. Of course, with many of our authors looking after the
island's huge numbers of visitors it's not been a break for all of
Farm: An apology to Alison who reminded me that the name of
the farm at the bottom of our garden is St Coomb's and not St Combs.
Her stall continues to supply the discerning visitor with
oodles of delicious produce, grown on Holy Island - fruits of the
year-round hard work by her and Nass. And if you visit her stall
wish her well and let her know I said sorry....
2018: The Bonfire committee have asked to include their
apologies as they will not be arranging any future public
celebration for Guy Fawkes. Many of us regret this situation forced
upon landowners through recent interpretation of legal
liability law. The landowner (Holy Island Trust) asks that
locals do not deposit rubbish for
burning in the harbour area as there will not be a
Archive: A community has existed here since at
least the Stone age. It has continued to live here for
thousands of years influenced by the various European migrating
tribes and occupations, throughout the rebirth of Christianity
to modern times. In the same way that Lindisfarne and the names of
our northern Saints have permeated the continents so have our
kith and kin left their island and families to seek their
future elsewhere in the world. From time-to-time we get an
occasional email to let us know that they are touch. Local
resident, John Bevan, has asked that I repeat his article on the
island's archive room where he is 'Editor Holy Island Section' of
the Islandshire Archives. He is looking forward to hearing from all
who have links with Holy Island past.
Times : As well as requesting articles from
Islanders with family memories that will be lost if they are
not recorded, we are also interested in recollections
from visitors of
an eventful visit?
Mary's Parish Church: the interregnum goes on. With the
Parish Profile now submitted we wait news from Archdeacon Peter of
hope for the future. At the 'coal face' our churchwardens and locum
priests continue to ensure that St Mary's remains open.
Island Picture by Paul
Picture: Thank you to
Paul Armstrong for sending in a lovely Island picture to enhance the
slide show on our website home page. Our galleries link to www.holy-island.com/gallery/ where, in
addition to our own we host examples of the work of island
residents Emma Rothera (professional photographer) and
Paul's drone gallery. Paul works at 'The Ship' where we
had a memorable evening last Friday. As well as tasty food
I particularly recommend a pint from their new 'Cheviot
Brewery' pump and a glass (or maybe a bottle!) of
incredibly-flavoured Gin manufactured on the premises.
Thank you to the many readers who have
written with words of encouragement. I include one, from Australia,
specifically hoping to trace any relative who might be still living
s in our area. If you have information please contact me.
I am delighted to announce that
all our regular authors have made the time to write this month and
are publishing on St Aidan's day. And I am reminded that our
next bank holiday it will be Christmas!
We hope you enjoy the fruit of our labours
this month and look forward to getting in touch again in
|CALLING THE HOLY ISLAND
As a subscriber to Enzine I'm wondering if
you can help, when you get time or have somebody over there help
My name is Clive Pattie, live in Melbourne
Australia but am interested in finding more on my paternal side
& in fact if I have relatives still living or buried either on
Holy Island or in the mainland village of Lowick which I believe is
not far inland.
My family came to Australia in the early to
mid 1800's. Below is what I do know from records I have been able to
Birth: July 5 1846 - Holy
Island, Northumberland, UK
Death: Feb 7 1917 - Talbot, Vic,
Parents: James PATTIE,
Grace PATTIE (born HORNE)
Parents: James PATTIE, Jane PATTIE (born
I believe that my Great Great G'parents,
James & Grace, lived in Lowick. They were married in Bethel
Chapel close to Lowick.
I have no idea of what became of John Pattie
or his family whether they came to Australia or not.
Geoff, I'm hoping I still, after all this
time, still have family in Northumberland and I'd dearly love if
someone can give me an address if still standing where James &
Grace lived in Lowick.
The Pattie's after coming to Australia lived
in Ballarat in the Gold Rush days & I believe James senior was a
lay preacher on the goldfields. They were miners in the U.K.
Why James 2 was born on Holy Island is confusing as his parents
lived in Lowick.
Other children of James & Grace were
Isabella & Elizabeth to the best of my knowledge.
Anything you or anyone else could do to help
would be greatly appreciated & feel free to pass on my email
Sincerely & fraternally
Clive Pattie J.P.
|NOTICE FROM THE FIREWORKS
We are writing to inform you all that as of
9th August 2018 onward we will be stepping down from organizing the
fireworks display. Due to concerns raised about liability we
regrettably cannot do this without further support. We have explored
all avenues and unfortunately there is no way around this. We
understand that most of you will be disappointed, but would like to
take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past
Rob Massey, Sarah Massey, Stuart Johnson,
Ashleigh Clarke-Johnson, Charlette Rodgers and Jonny
|HOLY ISLAND ARCHIVE - a
Room is currently being upgraded to incorporate an Archive Room in
addition to its traditional function. The work will be completed
this summer and further information will be available then.
Alongside this project an On-Line Archive is
also being created with the intention of making available a wide
range of information concerning the Island and the history of its
community and of the adjoining mainland.
The site is due to go live by the end of
June and can be accessed at www.islandshirearchives.org.uk where the
very first articles can be seen. These will be added to on a regular
basis in the future and to help to build up the Archive we welcome
contributions from Islanders and friends of the Island who may have
interesting facts of their lives, their visits to and memories of
the Island and who may have photographs they are prepared to share
with the Archive.
For more information on how to contribute
information email email@example.com
Holy Island Section
It has been an active month or two with the
hall being used on several occasions by Youth Groups for exercise
activities and am dram rehearsals. We have provided facilities for a
range of different denominational Pilgrimages, including a first
visit from a West African Church Group based on Tyneside.
The two traditional Musical Evenings were a
great success. Pipes & Fiddles played in-front of a combined
audience of almost 200 and their folk evenings were well received by
Folk Music enthusiasts.
You will recall that last month we appealed
for Volunteers to help provide goodies for the sandwich and sticky
bun table and for volunteers to help man the food tables,
bric-a-brac, tombola and raffle stalls, as well as appealing for
Well the Ladies of the Village surpassed
themselves. The hall was packed out with a huge range of prizes for
the Raffle and Tombola and most important of all, the event was well
attended and a huge sum £1,400 was raised for the Berwick upon Tweed
based Charity 'Cancer Cars'. Once again the Island Community came
together and successfully raised funds to help this vital Charity
continue its good work.
A special thanks to the Boys from the SVP
Camp who boosted funds by spending their pocket money at this
special charity event. WELL DONE ALL.
NB This charity provides car transport for
those with cancer attending Treatment Centres in Edinburgh, on
Tyneside and in the Borders. More information:
Festival of Archaeology The next big event
in the hall will be the DigNation archaeology festival, Saturday 22
& Sunday 23 September 2018, when the Hall accommodates
DigVentures festival of archaeology hosted by Sir Tony Robinson. The
weekend celebrates the work of Late Professor Mick Aston who helped
prove archaeology can be exciting with a wide appeal as shown by
Time Team and other programs. Themes to be covered over the weekend
are; Monastic Archaeology, Medieval Settlements, Landscape and
All tickets have been sold, but the weekend
will live stream from the Village Hall. All lectures, live updates
from the dig in the Sanctuary Close, podcasts and other footage will
be available on-line. Our IT Consultant, Mikael Vrieling van
Tuijl, also known as Mikey, will sort out our system together with
the Technicians from the Maltings. Residents are very welcome visit
the Fringe events around the town and pop down to the dig. For more
information see DigVentures Festival web site.
Rainwater drain from Hall to main sewer the
job is done, yes truly the job is done. The work was all done and
dusted in less than a week, not like the near two year struggle we
had to obtain the Legal Easement!
That's it for now.
My confidence last month regarding the
scaffolding coming down has once again been proved to be misplaced
as at the time of writing there is still a substantial structure
looming on the north slope of Beblowe Crag. As I type the eastern
end of the north scaffold is coming down, but the larger section to
the centre and west remains.
Having said that this isn't due to anything
other than caution and a desire to do the job properly and,
importantly, once! If the architects identify defects in the work
then we are surely correct to leave the scaffold up while the work
is done, rather than leave it for a future project or do the work
via rope access. This hasn't been an issue with any other part of
the job - for example defects on the Lower or Upper Battery
elevations did not affect scaffolding programmes as remedial work
could be done with ladders or a scaffold tower. However with the
north side being so inaccessible we have to be 100% confident in the
work before dismantling the scaffold. As I have been saying
throughout this job; we want to do whatever needs to be done now and
not miss anything - there won't be anything like this happening here
for a long time!
Some of the final touches being carried out
involve slight changes to drainage routes (so leadwork and stonework
need to be modified) and repairs to the pantile roof on the north
One area which has been totally completed in
the last few weeks is the Upper Battery, which had its white tent
removed and scaffold dismantled in early July and Datim have just
finished relaying and pointing the last of the replacement
flagstones. It is a huge boost to the visitors to have the Battery
back as not only is it a wonderful viewpoint but it also relieves
pressure on the rooms inside, which are cosy at the best of times,
but without the 'overspill' area of the Battery have been tight at
times. The removal of the Upper Battery scaffold and covering has
also brightened the rooms up a lot by allowing natural light in, and
we can now open windows and get fresh air in, alleviating some of
the humidity problems being stuck inside what was effectively a
marquee can bring.
Despite all this the visitors have continued
to come and see us, with numbers being about where we would expect
them to be. The art installation has of course had a mixed reaction
(as art installations tend to) but it has certainly got people
talking. Most are interested in what work has been done here and
they can learn more in the West Bedroom we have a small display and
a video running. We have just started doing regular history talks
during the day on the Lower Battery which is proving popular, and
fills some of the gap left by the collection being in storage - I
had the office window open the other day and heard a hearty round of
applause at the end of one talk - don't remember getting applause
when I used to do them!
I'm still on parental leave officially but
am keeping in touch by coming in one day a week until the end of
September, so apologies if you have been waiting to hear from me or
wondering where on earth I've disappeared to. I'm looking forward to
getting back to normal but still making the most of the family time.
01289 389244 (press 1, then
|WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED TO OUR
Right through the summer, many people have
been commenting on a general shortage of Swallows around the village
and island with pairs missing from some regular breeding sites.
The reason is simply that far fewer birds
than normal managed to reach us during spring with bad weather
probably the main cause.
Our Swallows start to leave their wintering
areas in South Africa in late February and March and face an epic
9,000-mile journey back to their breeding sites in Britain and
Europe. They face numerous hazards along the way from
predators and starvation but principally from weather
After feeding up on the abundant insects of
central and West Africa, the vast majority of Swallows have to cross
the Sahara Desert, one of the world's greatest physical obstacles.
With very little food or water available there they face a race
against time and conditions to reach the Mediterranean where they
can re-fuel for their onwards migration to reach us during April and
May. Birds must be in peak physical condition to endure the desert
Tragically, during March there were
widespread reports of sandstorms covering huge areas of the
Sahara. Winds were severe enough to carry sand right across
the Mediterranean and into Europe and southern Russia where ski
slopes were left with a yellow and orange coating.
For Swallows, probably already tired and
hungry, the storms must have been an absolute disaster. Countless
numbers appear to have perished leaving only the fittest or perhaps
luckiest to complete their journey.
The Swallows which did arrive on the island
were generally a week or so later than usual and the numbers
involved were certainly low. The result was that far fewer pairs
have occupied even the prime breeding sites around the island.
|Swallows at St Coombs
This just wasn't a local problem with
widespread reports of similar situations right across the country
and across Western Europe.
On the island, the shortage was noticed at
the beach where lower numbers than usual occupied the fishermen's
sheds and other spots where three or four pairs would normally be
present have attracted only one or two. I reckon that across the
island numbers are down by half.
Fortunately, those which have bred have done
well. I've come across some really healthy broods of up to
five youngsters. The hot settled and dry weather of June and July
certainly produced an abundance of flies and other insects, as most
people plagued by them in their homes will know.
This meant that there were very few
casualties among the broods compared with previous summers,
particularly last year, where there were widespread deaths due to
starvation during a period of unseasonally cold
northerly weather during late June.
The first fledged broods were around the
village by mid-June and some pairs then went on to lay second
clutches which hatched during July and August. So despite
everything, the pairs which did make it have had a very successful
Swallow populations do fluctuate. Swallows
are one of our few long-distance migrants to display a positive
trajectory with numbers increasing by 50% between the mid-1980s and
2010. However, since then there has been a change in fortunes with
numbers dropping sharply with some poor breeding seasons and weather
and food problems during migration.
But they are a robust species and all they
need are a few good breeding and migration seasons to boost the
While Swallows have been fewer than normal
the same can't be said for their close relatives, House Martins. We
know a lot about Swallows and their migration strategies but much
less about the martins. Although they are a very common summer
visitor, there is still even uncertainty about where they winter in
Africa and about the migration routes they follow. Because of the
construction of their mud nests with a very small entrance hole,
it's impossible to safely reach their young so very few have been
ringed, the usual method of tracing their movements.
This year there seem to be more than ever
around the village and for the second year running a few pairs have
nested on the cliffs at Coves Haven, their only known natural
nesting site in Northumberland. I checked out the cliff during July
and August and found two pairs still feeding broods of large young
which were literally hanging out of their mud nests high under
sheltering overhangs. Other pairs had already fledged their
|THE DUKES OF BERWICK
It may come as a surprise to the reader to
learn that there is a Duke of Berwick ; more surprising, maybe, that
the title is held by a Spanish nobleman, the 19th Duke of Alba ;
more surprising still, that the Duke of Alba's family name is
FitzJames Stuart. Funny name for a Grandee of Spain, you may think.
Well, thereby hangs a tale.
The first Duke of Berwick, as he was later
to become, was born on the 21 August 1670. He was the natural son of
James Stuart, Duke of York, younger brother to Charles II, and
afterwards James II of England. His mother was Arabella Churchill,
daughter of (an earlier) Sir Winston Churchill and sister to John
Churchill, our greatest general ever, later created Duke of
James did right by the lad, having him
properly educated in France ; when he was 16 James created him Baron
Bosworth, Earl of Tynemouth and Duke of Berwick. The young man took
up a military career joining the Imperial armies and campaigning
against the Turks in Hungary.
After the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688
William of Orange became King of England ; James II decamped to
France and lived out the remainder of his life in exile. Berwick,
perforce, continued his military career in France and Spain. He did
plenty of active soldiering during the War of the Spanish
Succession. He and his uncle, the Duke of Marlborough, were on
opposite sides in that conflict, though in different theatres of
war. He became, in time, both a Marshal of France and a Grandee of
The FitzJames Stuart line, and the Berwick
title passed down the centuries through the original Duke's
descendants. Early in the 19th century the FitzJames Stuart family
acquired the titles and lands of the Dukes of Alba. The direct Alba
line had died out. For want of direct descendants, the Dukedom
passed to a more distant family connection, Carlos Miguel FitzJames
Stuart, Duke of Berwick. He became the 14th Duke of Alba. His
line continues to this day. The reader may recollect Cayetana, the
18th Duchess a colourful and much married lady.Her family lands were
so vast that it was said she could have walked the length of Spain
without having to tread on any land other than her own.
As appears from the above, the Dukes of Alba
and Berwick are, however distantly, related to the family of the
Churchills. The 17th Duke, father of Cayetana, was the Ambassador of
Spain here, during World War II. Thus it was that Winston Churchill,
Prime Minister, would refer to him as 'my
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE
success for Little Terns on Lindisfarne National Nature
Thursday 9th August saw the last 2 of our 17
little tern juveniles fledge. This season has been a great success
for these small but mighty birds, who have overcome so much to
reproduce. Little terns are the second rarest shorebird in the UK
and the additional 17 birds are the only fledglings between Aberdeen
and Norfolk. So many rangers, across a great many sites throughout
the UK work tirelessly to protect these birds. On sites or during
seasons when little or no success is realised, those who have
endeavored to support the birds are left feeling deflated; yet every
year they begin again with renewed hope.
National Nature Reserve's Ceris Aston reflects on her first
It is the end of shorebird season. The signs
and fences have been removed, the netting rolled up, our small
warden's hut taken away - and we look out upon just another stretch
of beach, indistinguishable from that 100 metres to the north or to
the south. For the past three months, this small area of dune, sand
and sea has been the centre of our hopes, thoughts and fears - or
one of the centres, for this season we protected five nesting sites
for little terns and ringed plovers. Both species have seen declines
in their breeding population in the UK, with a major factor being
human and dog disturbance. Happily, efforts of reserve staff and
volunteers, and the co-operation of walkers, have enabled these
charismatic birds a small window of space and time to court, lay
eggs, and rear chicks and fledglings.
We fenced off areas of the shore across the
reserve, chatting to locals and holidaymakers about the birds and
the reasons for access restrictions. Look - we pointed - those are
little terns! The UK's second rarest nesting seabird. People
squinted hopefully into the sky. Occasionally a little tern would
oblige, fly near enough to point out the sand eel hanging from its
bill. More often, they were visible only as a white dot on the sand
or in the sky.
We proffered binoculars. Some were
fascinated; delighted to watch as a little tern fished in one of the
tidal lagoons. Others were harder to convince of the need to close
off areas of beach. Yet we feel we must do what we can to protect
these tenacious creatures, who travel so far to breed - from West
Africa to Northumberland - and whose decline is attributable to
changing human behaviour. There are so many more of us, for one
thing - and fewer and fewer remote spots for these birds to safely
breed. Some things we can't change - the weather, for one; Storm
Hector hit the little terns hard with both sand-blow and flooding.
The tides - with tide tables and surge charts anxiously scanned.
Aerial predation of chicks by gulls, kestrel and crows, whose
presence we noted but could not alter. But we can speak to people -
show them the nesting sites - try to share what it is we find so
special about these birds.
It's hard to describe what it has been like
here. This patch of sand and sea rocket, fenced off by yellow
netting, bordered by the sea. Those small grey-white terns - a black
cap raised briefly from a scrape. Those sand-coloured chicks against
sand, so still and then suddenly frantically flapping for food. The
ringed plovers, such loyal, concerned parents, and their chicks like
fast-moving pom-poms on stilts. The sites have seen some high drama.
Fish-waggling courtship, love triangles, high-speed aerial battles,
tempests, flooding, mortal peril. Shakespeare couldn't write it
Our little terns will soon farewell the
Northumberland coast, making their way back towards West Africa for
the winter. With the adults will fly an additional 17 juveniles,
making the journey for the first time. The ringed plovers may move
south or choose to overwinter here - but they too have grown in
number; with new fluffy pom-poms becoming doughty fledglings. This
is what we have been working towards.
It's a strange feeling; the end of shorebird
season. Our gaze, so tuned in to these small areas of beach, expands
- the reserve has 3,500 hectares, covers 65km of coastline. Soon the
geese and waders will come to overwinter here - 50,000 migratory
wildfowl will fill the reserve. We stack the fence poles in the
reserve yard, untangle the netting and roll it up neatly. Some will
be used this autumn, as we graze the dunes with sheep leased from a
local farmer. We empty sand from our pockets and our shoes; look
forward to the next chapter of life on the reserve.Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is situated
on the North Northumberland coast and includes not only the Holy
Island of Lindisfarne but 3500 hectares covering 65km of coastline.
It is managed by Natural England. Our work with shorebirds is
powered by both staff and volunteers and is part of The Little Tern
Recovery Project - this work is part funded by the EU Life+ Nature
Programme. If you are interested in volunteering on this or other
projects on the reserve, please contact Annie Ivison at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01289 381470.
NNR Apprentice, Beal
Ed: Little terns are a schedule one species
and may only be photographed by those with a license to do so. We
are please to repeat this picture and note that NNR have
given permission for us to use this copyrighted photograph
by Kevin Simmonds.
'Sanctuary Close' Activities from Dr D A Petts 2017
DIGNATION FESTIVAL FRINGE
22nd - 23rd September 2018
This September, DigVentures and Durham
University are returning to Holy Island to continue searching for
evidence of the original Anglo-Saxon monastery.
At the end of the two-week excavation (4th -
19th September 2018), DigVentures will be hosting the world's first
archaeology festival in honour of the much-loved Time Team
archaeologist Mick Aston.
Taking place at the Crossman Hall, the
festival has been crowdfunded by Time Team fans from all over the
world, and will comprise a weekend of talks by well-known
archaeologists and historians, as well as family-friendly 'Fringe'
Fringe events will include archaeology
demonstrations, historically-themed stand-up comedy, and
opportunities to meet the Festival speakers, with food and drinks
being provided by a number of Holy Island businesses.
T +44 0333 011 3990
|BEACH LITTER SURVEY
Nearly done and dusted!
Volunteers needed to bring year-long litter
survey to an end
beach litter at Berwick-upon-Tweed Photo: Anna
A year-long survey of litter on beaches
within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
(AONB) will be completed by volunteers taking part in this year's
Great British Beach Clean.
The volunteering initiative - Coast Care -
has recruited a small army of volunteers who have been out counting
and recording every single piece of litter they have found over the
last year. The final survey takes place over the weekend of
14th-17th September to coincide with the Great British Beach Clean
and with 18 beaches to survey in four days, Coast Care needs more
volunteers to take part.
Laura Shearer and Anna Chouler from Coast
Care have organised the surveys and Laura said "The Great British
Beach Clean weekend is the ideal event to collect the last data and
bring the survey period to a close. The data will be analysed and
compare to a similar survey in 2007 which will provide an insight
into how the composition and amount of litter has changed.
"A report will be produced which will
provide us with the data we need to target litter at source rather
than waiting until it hits the beach before we do anything about
Community Foundation, serving Tyne Wear and
Northumberland have provided funding for the project through their
LEAF programme. Newcastle-based law firm Muckle LLP have supported
LEAF and specifically this project.
Andrew Davison OBE from Muckle LLP said
"Litter on beaches is a growing problem across the globe and the
North East is no exception.
"This volunteering initiative not only helps
clean our beaches today but the report findings will help to ensure
they will be cleaner in the future and will be very valuable for
activists and decision makers alike.
"We are very pleased as a local business to
have been able to support it."
450 volunteers have contributed over 1500
hours of time so far, cleaning beaches and completing surveys and
they will be rewarded with a beach BBQ at the end of the
With 18 clean-ups planned between Berwick
and Low Hauxley, Coast Care is urging people to come along and help
at events across the weekend. Information about each event can be
found below with more information at www.coast-care.co.uk or you
can search and book onto your local event at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events/gbbc
For further information please call Iain
Riddell, Communications and Engagement Officer
Phone 0191 222 0945, or email email@example.com
ED NOTE: For The Holy Island of Lindisfarne:
Lindisfarne Headland- Run by National Trust
Date & time: Friday, 14 September 2018 - 11:00am -
Lindisfarne castle entrance gate.
list of events see: www.coast-care.co.uk/activities/upcoming-activities/
|NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AONB
Capture the front cover image for the 2019
The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB) are once again holding a competition to find
an image for the cover of their 2019 Visitor Guide.
Photos submitted can be of virtually
anything, but to be eligible, the photo must have been taken within
the Northumberland Coast AONB in 2018. The closing date for entries
is Friday 19th October 2018.
The winner will not only see their image on
the front cover of 50,000 copies of the guide, but also receive a
voucher for £150 to spend at Stait Photo of Morpeth and Hexham, who
are once again sponsoring the competition. The runners-up will
receive a canvas print of their image. Ken Stait will be acting as
one of the judges.
Jane Coltman, Image Manager for Johnston
Press Northumberland titles is also a judge. She said: "It is always
a pleasure to look at the pictures and discover the photographic
talents of people who love the Northumberland Coast as much as we
Last year's winning entry was taken by Ben
Wayman, a photographer who lives in Newcastle. Ben explained how his
shot captured the beauty of the landscape saying: "As a change from
my usual Northumberland woodland or hill walk, I decided to head up
the coast. I was familiar with the great sweeping beaches but
thought I'd head to Holy Island/Lindisfarne early to watch the
sunrise. Luckily, the clouds began to break up and the Sun burst
through, lighting up the island. What better way to begin your day?
We are so very lucky to have such a beautiful landscape on our
doorstep; if we deserve to have it, then it serves to be looked
after and cherished"?.
Images need to be submitted in an electronic
format and be of a high enough resolution to be used on the
cover of the guide. More advice, previous visitor guide covers and
the full set of rules are on the latest blog on the AONB
Northumberland Coast AONB
01670 622644, firstname.lastname@example.org
|NEWS FROM FORD & ETAL
New Micro Brewery
The newly formed Cheviot Brewery moved into
the former North Northumberland Hunt kennels, on Ford & Etal
Estates, earlier this year and, after a lengthy period of
renovation, the brewery is now fully operational.
The team behind the brewery are all united
by a passion for good beer and rambling through breath-taking
scenery, so their base in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills is the
perfect location from which to create their ales - all of which are
inspired by the landscape of this part of Northumberland.
With a production facility able to produce
over 2000 pints in every brew, Cheviot Brewery is now supplying its
cask ales to pubs and restaurants across the North East, Cumbria,
Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders and are also looking to support
local events and markets in Northumberland. For more information
contact Peter Nash, Director of Sales on 07778 478 943 or
September Dates - As Autumn
approaches there are still lots of events at Ford & Etal:
September: Etal Show - over 170 classes; music; foodie
stalls; bar; 'have a go' dog agility; kids rides, free face
painting. Gates open at 12 noon. Adults £4.00, children
and parking free.
8th, 9th &
15th September: Heritage Open Days at the Lady Waterford
Hall. The HODS theme 'extraordinary women' fits perfectly with
the celebrations marking 200 years since the birth of Ford's
extraordinary woman, Louisa Waterford. Exhibitions, talks and
tours. Free admission (donations welcome).
Music at Etal Village Hall with Anthony John Clark. Doors open at
7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. Tickets £12.00 - please book
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September: Flour Festival,
Heatherslaw Corn mill. A brand new festival at
Heatherslaw Miill, celebrating all things floury! Classes,
competitions and activities throughout the day, with free entry into
the mill (donations welcome). See https://www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/events/event/1005-flour-festival
for full details.
29th & 30th
September: Looking Back, Hay Farm Heavy Horse Festival
Looking back at how life was in the era of the working horse,
visitors are able to watch horses and vintage tractors at work,
learn about old working skills, and visit the indoor market where
there is a range of local food produce and crafts on offer.
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|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND
In the summer I escorted Canadian Community
of Aidan and Hilda members around the island's
Lindisfarne Centre. When they saw the large depiction of birds from
the Lindisfarne Gospels one of them said 'That's just like Canada's
First Nation art.'
I also accompanied Swedish pilgrims who had
completed Saint Cuthbert's Way. They informed me of a recent
archeological find which has led Swedes to change their views as to
how Christianity reached their country. They had previously thought
that (apart from a temporary work of Anskar in the 9th century)
Christianity did not take root until the 11th century and came from
the east. But recent excavations at Kata Farm in Varnhem led
to a change in accepted Swedish history, since it proves that
Varnhem became Christian one century earlier than the rest of
Sweden. The pilgrims assume that Christianity here was brought to
them from the west, perhaps from a place such as Lindisfarne, if
Vikings returned there with Christian women and slave monks. See www.vastergotlandsmuseum.se/kata-gard-varnhem/
Towards the end of August I led an Aidan and
Hilda Studies Week. On August 25 Saint Hilda was placed in a
shrine at York; on August 31 Aidan died. This year we learned
about people they met or influenced
One of these was Oswald. On Saint Oswald's
Day I preached at St. Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, and reflected on the
great mentoring he must have received among the Irish Christians who
gave him (with his family) refuge from the age of twelve. He grew
outstandingly physically, mentally and spiritually. Dr. Frank Lake
suggested that good adolescent formation can be likened to an
upright chair with four legs. The four legs are trust, autonomy,
initiative and industry. The seat is identity and the back is
intimacy. Only when a person develops all those things can
weight be put upon them. Oswald developed all those qualities.
Founding Guardian, The
international Community of Aidan and Hilda
|FROM OUR UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
I suspect that I am not alone in finding
that August on Holy Island has passed by in a bit of a blur.
Every day has brought interactions with visitors who come here for
many different reasons. At St Cuthbert's I have hosted
exhibitions which have provoked diverse conversations, welcomed many
groups from home and abroad, and been alongside guests on individual
retreat in our Bothy.
Some of my interactions aren't face to face
ones; we have many requests for prayer made every day and, when
there isn't an exhibition on, many people sign our visitors book
commenting on the peace of St Cuthbert's.
This experience of interacting with visitors
is replicated, one way or another, in all of the churches, shops and
businesses on the Island, and in the midst of serving others, there
is also still time to keep up the interactions with our
That is quite a volume of conversation for
one small island ! Sometimes it can feel that with so many
different stories and needs, our personal ones are insignificant or
invisible. A prayer request we received in a child's
handwriting expresses something of that - they wrote 'I love you God
and Jesus. Can you see me ?'
The Bible assures us that we are all
uniquely precious to God; there is no hierarchy in divine love, with
some being more worthy to receive it than others. In all the
changing seasons of life God sees each one of us, and our needs, and
also sees the way in which through our interactions we serve and
help others. And I think that makes God smile.
Rev Rachel Poolman
St Cuthbert's Centre
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