|SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL
- A bit from me...
- The Vicar of Holy Island
- Holy Island C-of-E first school
- Crossman Hall
- Hunters Moon
- Curlews fly in but for how much longer?
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Natural England - Monthly Update
- Northumberland Coast AONB - Bamburgh
- News from Ford & Etal
- From the Community of Aidan and Hilda
- St Mary's notices
|Bishop Christine of Newcastle
presents Canon Dr Sarah Hills|
the new 'Vicar of Holy
|A BIT FROM ME
After our winter break, a very happy New Year
and welcome to the first issue of our 2019 newsletter.
We start with wonderful news: The Rev'd
Canon Dr Sarah Hills is now safely installed as 'Vicar of the Parish
of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island!! And thank you to Mark@lindisfarne-scriptorium.co.uk
for the above picture.
Please take care if you are plannning to
visit the Island at the moment. From Beal Farm down to the Causeway
parts of the narrow lane have deep ruts at edges and despite a
little work, parts of the Causeway tarmac can be littered with
packed-and-rutted sand. It is a threat to drivers in good weather.
Inclemant weather can render it treacherous... But the journey is
still worth it and increasing numbers are coming to visit.
2019 Tide Table (crossing times): This is now operational
although we await opening time notification.
Website: we await revisions to the contact details as
Sarah begins to take over control.
Thank you to those who sent messages of
goodwill last month, including:
From Jim K: Thank you for
your updated Sitezine. Hope your new vicar settles in with you
all. Can I wish yourself and all of the Islanders A Very Merry
Christmas and A Happy Healthy New Year.
From Lincoln: Good
Evening Geoff. As the winter and the festive period gets ever
closer, the days dictate we spend more time indoors I have read
this Months News with interest as I do every month, and would so
wish to be with you over the Next few weeks, so to this end
I wish you all on the Island a very good Christmas and New Year
and wish You are treated well by the Weather Gods and I look
forward to you news in February. Thank you so much for the news in
this year. Kind Regards John J. Lincoln.
(Belgium): Dear Geoff, Best wishes for a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 in peace and good
health, for you, your family and the whole community of Holy
Island! From Karel & Lieve
Thank you to all our regular writers for your
consistently hard work throughout the year in helping readers 'Stay
in Touch' with us. Unfortunately, we have no messages from St Mary's
or the Cuthbert Centre this month. In the future, we look forward to
including articles from our new vicar as she settles in. But I
continue to thank our readers as without you we have no reason to
write and extol our love of this special place.
We hope you enjoy our newsletter and look
forward to getting in touch again in March.
Our thoughts are with those states of the USA
that are experiencing such record low temperatures.
|THE VICAR OF HOLY ISLAND
|Rev. Canon Dr. Sarah
Rev. Canon Dr. Sarah Hills
The service of 'Collation and Induction' took
place at 2pm on Sunday 27th January 2019 (as I write yesterday).
Sarah was presented by our 'Area Dean' (Rev'd Dr R Kelsey) and
members of the PCC for 'Collation' by the Bishop (Rt Rev'd Christine
Hardman Bishop of Newcastle). 'Induction and Installation' was then
carried out by Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne and the
Area Dean with the 'presentation of the keys' by the church wardens
at the main door. Sarah signed her acceptance of pastoral charge by
ringing the church bell and formally hand-led by the Archdeacon and
placed in the 'Vicar's Stall'.
Welcomers included: Churchwardens Maureen
Bushnell and Simon Bevan
(on behalf of HI
PCC), Rev'd Ruth Poolman (for Cuthbert's URC Centre and St Aidan's RC),
Rick Wells (for Holy Island Trust), Colin
Tigo (for HI Coastguard), Rebecca Simpson (HI and Lowick
CofE First Schools) and Heather Stiansen (HI CofE school),
Robert Coombes (for HI Parish Council), Anne-Marie Trevelyan (our
local MP) - Ed: my
sincere apologies for all those names I did not
St Mary's was well-filled with many of
Sarah's friends coming to join us. The music-filled service was
accompanied by Alison on organ and piano - including the hymns:
'Angel voices ever singing', Tell out my soul', 'Be thou my vision',
'Be still for the presence of the Lord' and 'I, the Lord of sea and
sky'. A generous invitation was extended to visit for
refreshment in new village hall afterwards. Well done to
We are grateful to members of the PCC
(particularly Churchwardens Maureen, Simon and Ordinand
Sam) who worked so hard to keep St Mary's 'up-and-running'
throughout the Interregnum. Thank you so much to Archdeacon Peter
for his guidance to the PCC and practical support to the Parish. We
are so grateful to the Locum-Priests who helped. It is beyond
the scope of these pages to individually thank all who 'stood up to
be counted' during our time of need. Whoever you are and in
whatever way you helped the PCC and St Mary's - thank you.
to Sarah, Richard, sons, Matt and Jack, and labrador, Roxy to Holy
|HOLY ISLAND C-of-E FIRST
Here at Holy Island Church of England First
School, the new year has certainly got off to an exciting start!
Nature walks, bird watching and wildlife cameras are just a small
part of our first few weeks.
First though, let's look back at the last two
weeks of the term before Christmas. Amidst the usual
hyper-excitement of anticipation for the 'main event', we welcomed
Katherine and Cerys from Natural England in to school. The children
enjoyed learning about the light bellied Brent Geese and their
annual migration to Lindisfarne. And of course we performed our
magnificent production 'Born in a Barn' at Lowick Village Hall. Our
children gave tremendous performances and we were very impressed by
their acting, singing and dancing.
We were joined by Sam Quilty here on Holy
Island for a festive afternoon of Christingle making. The children
took a great interest in the assembly of the Christingle and were
especially keen to sample the fruits and sweets they were adding to
it! Thank you Sam. We ended our last week with a very special visit
to St Mary's where Sam showed the children around the church and the
children were captivated by the beautiful nativity figures on
display. We made some doves with messages of peace and the children
were excited to be invited to hang them on the Christmas tree in
January began with the introduction of field
notebooks for all of our children. Being 'nature detectives' is a
theme we will be weaving into our learning throughout the year. Our
nature walk in Lowick Village set the scene for a comparison of
habitats - we will be looking at the lowland and coastal habitats
around school in Lowick and on Holy Island. We welcomed the children
from Lowick to the island last week. This was a very special visit
because for the first time, the children were 'cut off' from the
mainland. We took the opportunity to sketch our view of the causeway
and mainland in our field notebooks from the beach near Chare Ends.
We were joined by Katherine from Natural England and as a follow up
to our workshop last term, we used binoculars and a telescope to
look at the light bellied Brent Geese. Thank you Katherine.
Undeterred by the frosty weather, the children were able to identify
a number of other birds and are building up a keen interest and
knowledge in what they see.
Here at school we are part of an
environmental project linking us with other schools and the Great
North Museum in Newcastle. The 'Dippy Schools' project is designed
to encourage awareness and respect of our natural world. A
diplodocus 'skeleton' will be arriving in the museum soon and the
idea is that the children understand the importance of protecting
the environment. An exciting aspect of this is Durham University's
Mammal Web research project where schools are offered a wild life
camera to spot any mammals around our schools. This citizen science
approach involves the children in the investigation as they record
and upload any images captured to the website. This means their work
is part of a real research project. We mentioned this to Katherine
and she showed us a super place to site the camera down by The
Lough. We are looking forward to seeing the images and will let you
know what we see!
Our nature project also led to a visit from
artist Louise Underwood who used the children's ideas, messages and
images to create a huge textile banner, painted by the children, to
be hung at the museum when Dippy the diplodocus arrives. I know the
children will be very proud to see their work on display when they
visit the museum later this year.
We've begun to plant some seeds in readiness
for the warmer weather - our sweet peas are beginning to germinate
and we have some vegetables ready to sow indoors for now. We have a
lot of work to do in the garden - it's a huge opportunity for
learning which we want to use regularly. We have been delighted to
see our snowdrops peeping their bonny heads up through the grass on
the school field and our crocuses and daffodils are on their way up!
I'm sure you'll agree we've been very busy
and that the activities of the last few weeks have given us an
excellent start to the year.
Island Church of England First School
I hope your all enjoyed the Christmas you
wished for. I was knee deep in Family from well before the holidays
being entertained by daughter No.2 and her family in Scotland. Then
over the Christmas I joined daughter No.2 in London. At our main
meal on the 25th there were 9 around the table. But it was also good
to nap in a cozy chair.
Reflecting during the quiet periods I
remembered joyous times past spent with friends relishing a drink or
two and enjoying a good old gossip about times gone by. One old Pal
always began the conversation after Christmas with; 'aye well the
days is gettin longa now', as we looked toward to the daylight
First job in 2019 on behalf of the Trustees
is; To thank Billy Shell for keeping the Hall grounds trimmed and
tidy and to Jane Elliott, who kept our new Hall sparklingly clean.
Well done Guys.
2018 was a fair business year and we
generated sufficient funds to cover our outgoings and our
predictions for 2019 look well and we should meet our financial
forecast. The Trustees will soon complete the important review of
fees for 2019 and set new hire tariffs for 2019.
December saw the continuation of the Yoga
Class with one or two considering membership. Two local Committees,
The Parochial Church Council and the Parish Council met in the Hall
(on separate occasions).
As December began I was knee deep in an age
old problem and yes, even after very careful storage, the Christmas
Lights, when unpacked and readied for stringing around the hall and
dressing the Trees. Were, as the Bosun would say, 'in a
buggers muddle', but worth the struggle. They looked grand.
The children's Christmas party was a great
success. Well done to the Mum Organisers and Mrs Johnson who donated
a Christmas Tree for the event held in the main hall.
The last function of 2018, was a National
Trust project that involved a gathering locals to discuss a closer
neighbour to neighbour relationship now the Castle was once again
fully open and in full swing.
The Trustees reviewed energy providers and
re-signed with 'Squeaky Clean' as our energy supplier for 2019.
The big event of January saw the hall setting
out the Egyptian cotton table cloths, polishing the silver and
carefully washing the bone china (well we can dream can't we) in
readiness for the Parish Tea Party to welcome our new incumbent Rev
Canon Dr Sarah Hills and Family. See Dec/Jan Newsletter for pocket
biography. The event was very well attended with the 'full house'
sign going up.
Just before Christmas a significant breeze of
wind lifted some flashing at the SW corner of the hall roof. Our
contractor was soon on scene and sorted the problem. There was also
a difficulty with the hot water & heating system. This was
resolved by our engineer and the system is again working well.
Last year, some of you may recall I requested
that those remembered the late Melvin Walker to check their photo
albums for pictures. We still need more to complete the collage that
will hang in Melvin's Memorial Room. Any pictures provided will be
copied and returned.
Thank you for looking.
|Wildfowling on Holy
Is it a getting old thing or just yearning to
be out and about at all hours enjoying the challenge. Or is it just
The huge inter-tidal area between the Island
and mainland provides a valuable natural commercially viable nursery
for fish and shellfish, as well as, a spectacular often changing
seascape. It's also a harbours precious source food for wildfowl and
waders on migration and those that over-winter in the area far from
the inhospitable north and east.
This segment of the North Northumberland
coast could be likened to a motorway service area where you stop
off, refuel and move on. Here the intertidal area is jam packed with
a selection of invertebrate life that waders and some duck enjoy.
The marine grass zostera is the preferred feed for Wigeon and the
non-quarry Pale Bellied Brent Goose. It's that predictability of a
regular food source and a relatively quiet area that attracts the
wildfowl, waders and the Hunter to the shore. The shooter more
commonly known as a Wildfowler, pits his skill against the weather,
the terrain and sharp eyed quarry like fast flying Wigeon. The
Fowler usually operates at dawn; dusk; under the moon and when the
weather is rough and the birds are low flying, along the tides
The October Moon, often call a 'Hunters Moon'
can give the shooter the chance of a shot or two at night. Why,
because the Hunters Moon often helps the Wildfowler's night vision.
Most birds and ground game will have summered well and built up fat
reserves to help see them through the winter or migration. Those
that have crossed the North Sea can quickly restore their energy
levels feeding day and night as the tide permits prior to moving on.
Birds in good condition are a valuable asset for the table and deep
freeze and yes not so long ago those living in coastal communities
relied on wildfowl to put food on the table and a bit a cash in the
pocket of those whose boats were too small for winter seas. The
Harvest Moon was the first night time opportunity for the
fisherman/wildfowler to bag a duck or two.
At night they would walk out from the Snook
through the Pilgrims way to the Outer Swad where some had boxes sunk
into the mud. They would delve into the box for a baler, empty out
the water in the box or old bath dropped a bag or bottle of straw
into it for a dryish seat. Stack their gear safely and having looked
at the conditions and sight, set their decoys or if Fowler had no
decoys he would pull together a half a score of mud models to
resemble feeding birds and the settle back in his box until the
ducks flew. Those Fowlers without a box would lie in the bottom of a
drain or gully and hope to attract a Wigeon over their decoys by
whistling in the birds. When he'd had a shot two or three or the
tide started to flood it was time to head back to the shore.
On a good night (for the Fowler) 6 or 7
Wigeon maybe bagged. After a night on the Slakes the shooter usually
ended up in the Iron Rails and it was always said that far more
ducks were shot in the Rails than were ever shot on the
As well as 'wildfowling' on the Island other
favoured births were the South Corner at Elwick, Teal Hole & the
Realy Law at Fenham Le Moor, The Mill Burn End at Fenham and the
Dolphin Stones & North Point at Beal. On a good night for
Fowling, it was not unusual to note 60 or more shooters spread
across the hunting area. All of whom were monitored, had to show
their Permit to Shoot and their bag. No wrong doers were tolerated!
Although in the early days of controlled shooting it was a bit like
Doge City in the wild-west, but after a season or two, firm control
was established, law-abiding prevailed. Those who broke the law
often ended up in the Court.
Remember a successful Wildfowler had good
field craft and an understanding of the shore, but there were those
less aware of the hazards involved and came to grief when moving
over quicksand, through soft mud and deep drains with an incoming
tide, occasionally placed themselves at risk and required help to
get back to the shore. Those who got themselves into difficulty were
usually from the towns and cities and having been helped back to the
shore decided the wildfowling was not for them.
|CURLEWS FLY IN BUT FOR HOW MUCH
Anyone walking around the island in recent
weeks probably can't fail to have noticed the big parties of Curlews
feeding in the fields.
Most of them arrive as the tide rises and
pushes them off the mud and sands and flights of calling birds are
an everyday sight throughout winter.
With their long curved bills and mottled
brown plumage, they're probably so familiar that we don't pay a
great deal of attention. They seem so numerous that we often assume
that all is well with the Curlew.
The reality is that our largest waders are in
real trouble and we are probably lulled into a false sense of
security because many of those we see are winter visitors from
Scandinavia and other parts of Europe
Internationally, curlews breed across a broad
band of Europe and Russia eastwards to Lake Baikal and numbers right
across this range have been falling. In Britain, we still have
around 68,000 breeding pairs, quarter of the world population, but
with numbers more than doubling during winter because of
England has been least affected by the
decline but the number of breeding pairs has still dropped by around
30% since the mid 1990s, even in prime areas including the Pennines.
Scottish numbers are down by 50% while in Wales and Ireland the
losses have been catastrophic with reductions of over 80%.
The result is that the curlew in now
officially on the conservation Red List as a vulnerable
species. That seems shocking to those of us whose
memories of the spring on the moors go back a few decades when
singing Curlews seemed to be everywhere.
The wonderfully liquid bubbling call as birds
indulge in aerial displays is one of the most evocative and familiar
sounds of spring across our uplands. Males rise high with long
whistling calls which come to a trilling crescendo as they glide
back down to drop in the heather and rough tussock grass.
It's a song that has long inspired poets and
writers. Robbie Burns described it as something to 'elevate
the soul.' The Northumbrian politician Viscount Grey of Fallodon,
best remembered for his comments as Foreign Secretary in 1914 about
lights going out all over Europe, was a keen naturalist with a
finely tuned ear for birdsong.
He wrote wrote in 1927 in his classic work
The Charm of Birds: 'To listen to Curlews on a bright, clear April
day, with the fullness of spring still in anticipation, is one of
the best experiences that a lover of birds can have. On a still day
one can almost feel the air vibrating with the blessed sound.'
The song of the Curlew is still familiar
across the rough grasslands of our hills. But the stark figures are
there for all to see. Now much research is underway by organisations
including the RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology, to try to
work out what has gone wrong.
The basic problem seems to be that the
survival rates of young Curlews are now too low to sustain the
population. Curlews were once widespread right across the
country but the intensification of farming, particularly the
improvement of grasslands and the draining of boggy areas, has
largely driven them out of the lowlands.
A feeding Curlew: a familiar sight now
but the future is uncertain.
Mike S Hodgson
Today they are a bird of the uplands where
huge areas of marginal grasslands still exists. The best available
data for Northumberland comes from survey work which has been
carried out annually since 2004 by an old friend of mine, Bryan
Galloway, across some prime Curlew breeding habitat on the Otterburn
This annual work covers 26 one-kilometre
Ordnance Survey squares, comprising one tenth of training
area. The numbers of pairs across his study area averaged 46
between 2005 and 2007. Then it fell sharply for no apparent reason
in line with the national picture. However, since 2010 it has
remained at between 24 and 27 pairs, indicating that things are now
fairly stable and that the decline may, hopefully, have bottomed
On the national and international scene,
various theories have been advanced for the decline of the Curlew.
Undoubtedly, our lowlands are now generally
unsuitable for large ground-nesting birds which need deep ground
cover to conceal eggs and young and wet areas to provide food.
But numbers have also fallen in the uplands.
The spread of commercial forestry has been suggested as one cause.
It has swallowed up large areas of former grassland. It has also
provided new prime habitat for predators, including Fox, Badger,
Stoat, Carrion Crow, Buzzard and Goshawk, all of them hunting across
open adjoining land. Significantly, Curlews seem to shun areas with
a mile or two of forest edges.
Inevitably, climate change has been mentioned
with hotter summers drying out wet areas so essential to young
Curlews for feeding. But as the greatest declines have been in
Wales and Ireland, the wettest parts of the British Isles, that
Another factor could be increased human
disturbance. These days nearly all shepherds, gamekeepers and others
use quad bikes for their rounds and get daily into areas where
disturbance was probably minimal in the past. Nesting Curlews
are shy and flushed adults tend to fly long distances, perhaps
leaving eggs and young more vulnerable.
These are just a few of the theories which
have been put forward to try and explain the decline. It seems seems
likely that a range of factors, rather than a single problem, is
responsible. We'll just have to wait and see what the scientists
come up with.
Meanwhile, at least in our area we can go on
enjoying those wonderful iconic songs of the uplands in spring and
the familiar sight of parties feeding across the winter
Happy New Year to you all.
It is all-go up at the Castle getting ready
for opening on 13 February. We are very busy pulling together an
exhibition which will run until the end of March, at which point a
larger installation will arrive and remain for the rest of the
season. Both of these will give the visitor a new experience of
Lindisfarne, telling the story of the Castle from the earliest times
up until the recent restoration works. As part of this we will be
displaying items relating to the recent project, along with other
details I have come across over my decade-or-so of rummaging in
archives and dusty cupboards.
Revisiting some of these archival references
has inevitably caught my attention again, and I have begun to
explore threads and dead ends which I had abandoned long ago. For
example there were a couple of massive renovations of Hoy Island
Castle which we know very little about, one sometime between 1742
and 1813, and another in the mid-19th century, probably around 1860.
The first would have been carried out by the Board of Ordnance and
saw the present Ship Room and Dining Room rebuilt to include the
vaulted ceilings they now boast. The idea was to mount guns above as
the Castle never previously had weapons pointing north. This was
probably in response to the Jacobite rebellion of 1745-46... but
that is pretty much all we know about that. The second job was
arguably just as significant; when the Castle was re-occupied by the
Royal Artillery in 1858 the order was given by the War Office to
rearm the building with three huge 64-pounder guns on completely new
emplacements (now visible at the Castle). During the recent project,
we gained an insight into the scale of this work when it appeared
that huge sections of the Castle were demolished and then rebuilt in
concrete. Again though, apart from a military plan dated 1883
showing the new layout, no other records have been found.
A couple of new leads have come up though;
Office of Works documents in the National Archives have recently
come to my attention which may contain what I'm after, and a
researcher at the Royal Engineers Archive in Gillingham may be able
to help us too. Given the distances involved much of this work has
to be done remotely but perhaps I should go and visit my
sister-in-law in London more often, and perhaps suggest a day out at
Kew with the family...!
Thank you to all of you who came along to the
Christmas 'Do' we had in the Crossman Hall, it was a lovely day and
plenty of stories were shared back-and-forth. We are hoping to use
some of the recordings made on the day in the exhibitions this year
so look out for that. If you are an Island resident you can come up
to the Castle and collect your Residents Pass from the Admissions
Hut and pop in for a look at the exhibition.
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE
A new year on the Reserve - and after a busy
start, it's hard to imagine that it's only a few weeks since
Christmas. Daily stock checks continued over the festive season,
offering an opportunity for a moment's windblown tranquillity by the
shore, or a Boxing Day game of hide and seek with the cattle amongst
the dunes. It is a matter of constant astonishment how thirty
well-built cows in calf can conceal themselves so effectively - we
suspect a spark of mischief in these gentle-eyed, placid ladies.
Short-eared owls watched our progress, yellow-eyed, then flew off in
search of unsuspecting voles.
We have 'farewelled' the sheep and cows who
grazed the dunes and slacks since September and October
respectively. At Chare Ends we unloaded the trailer of its heavy
metal hurdles, created a corral while others parted to walk the cows
through the dunes. They appeared in a slow procession - if we must -
then parted in three rounds of ten, leaving island life for the
warmth of winter sheds.
The sheep left us too, from the Snook where
they have grazed the dune slacks intensively since September. Sweet
collie Meg showed her prowess, sent to the left and right of the
flock by the calls of 'come bye' and 'away'. A head-count followed,
along with the reflection that anyone who has suggested counting
sheep to get to sleep has never tried it! Meg, the hard work done,
pleaded for tummy rubs.
It is strange without the stock - it has
become habit to scan the dunes for the cows, chestnut and black.
Their grazing efforts have paid off though, and the flora of the
dunes and slacks will benefit. We have brought in the fences and the
signs - the former will be used in not too many months for shorebird
season, the latter stored for the autumn. Twite passed by in dipping
flocks overhead, noisy in flight.
On the coast between Sheldrake Pool and
Emmanuel Head, we spent two hours last Friday picking litter - too
much found for us to carry, so lobster pots were lifted above the
tide line for later collection, while we picked up the glut of
smaller litter that had been washed up. In one 200 metre stretch we
found 67 plastic bottles at the high tide mark. Returning to the
office, two of the Reserve's volunteers appeared in the yard to
alert us that they had found and moved a lobster pot on their
afternoon's walk - duly collected, we added it to the pile in the
yard. Ghost fishing and single-use plastic pollution have an
incredible impact upon our wildlife - last year two seals were found
tangled in rope on the Reserve, while autopsies of birds in
Northumberland have all too often shown plastics in their insides.
We continue to work to clean our beaches, helped by Reserve and
Coast Care volunteers, and a programme of beach cleans will be
For now, we wish you a good month - wrap up
warmly, and please take care not to disturb the birds.
Lindisfarne & Newham NNRs
|NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AONB
NATIONAL LOTTERY GRANT SUCCESS FOR
Aidan', a remarkable partnership project to develop the crypt of St.
Aidan's Church, Bamburgh into a beautiful interpretation space, has
been awarded a grant of £355,600 by the National Lottery.
Made possible by National Lottery players,
the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will enable the
Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, St. Aidan's Parochial Church
Council, Bamburgh Heritage Trust and Northumberland County Council
to work together to reopen the beautiful 12th century crypt to the
public once again.
The ambition is to use projection and
interactive technology to tell the fabulous story of Bamburgh. The
central message of the interpretation will concentrate on the Bowl
Hole Ossuary, created in 2016 in the small second crypt. This is the
last resting place of the people who lived in Bamburgh 1,400 years
ago, when it was the cosmopolitan centre of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.
Just like today, people lived and worked in the spectacular coastal
village or travelled from far and wide to visit and enjoy its
In addition access to the crypt will be
improved, there will be new interpretation at the rear of the
church, and a 21stcentury
digital ossuary will be created to enable the public to interrogate
the wealth of osteological data recovered from the early Anglo-Saxon
Bowl Hole cemetery. The funded project will run for three years and
will include an ambitious schools programme, events, lectures and a
traveling exhibition culminating in an academic symposium in
County Councillor for the Bamburgh ward and
member of the AONB Partnership, Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson said: "This
is such an exciting and extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the
remarkable heritage of Bamburgh in a new and innovative way.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Bamburgh and only a small
percentage know about Bamburgh's significance during the Anglo-Saxon
period. We really hope this project will enable people to see how
central Bamburgh was in relation to our great northern Christian
Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said:
"Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are very
pleased to be able to support Accessing Aidan. This is an important
project that addresses Bamburgh's Anglo-Saxon significance, as well
as enabling access to the interesting and atmospheric crypt."
The project's success is testimony to years
of hard work by dedicated volunteers from both Bamburgh Heritage
Trust and St Aidan's Parochial Church Council. The initial efforts
were led by Jude Aldred, who sadly passed away in June. It is
envisaged now that this project will serve as fitting tribute to
Jude who was much loved and is greatly missed.
Historic and Built
Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty Partnership
c/o County Hall, Morpeth,
Northumberland, NE61 2EF
Tel. 01670 622648 // Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND
In December a group of regular Holy Island
pilgrims made a pilgrimage to Istanbul. We were granted an hour's
audience with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the
world's three hundred million Orthodox Christians.
He affirmed our commitment to heal creation
and promote Christian unity. Of our Three Values (Simplicity, Purity
of motive, and Obedience to God in each person) he responded: 'This
is authentic Christianity!' He was generous in his monastic welcome,
and asked us to meet in his office instead of in the usual throne
He has a focus on saving the planet, peace
and poverty. He told us about his world-wide meetings to further
ecumenical, ecological and economic partnership based on love,
including a recent meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury to
combat trafficking and slavery, and over eight meetings with Pope
The patriarch says 'The only viable means of
spreading the gospel is the cultivation of one's own soul to become
more spacious to embrace all people.'
He presented us with two of his books and
accepted two of our books. We gave his personal Secretary, Dimitri,
a book on The Lindisfarne Gospels which describes the Byzantine
influence upon them.
The Open Gate has now re-opened for the year
and has a full programme of retreats.
Founding Guardian, The
international Community of Aidan and Hilda
ST. MARY'S NOTICES
||Pattern of worship for Sundays|
||Parish Eucharist |
worship (Monday - Saturday)
8 am Morning Prayer Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday|
8 am Eucharist Wednesday and Friday
5.30 pm Evening Prayer every day
notice board in church porch in the event of
"Light up a Life"
In Belford and
meet our hospice