|SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL
- A bit from me...
- Holy Island Archives
- Crossman Hall
- Lindisfarne Castle
- The island through new eyes
- Shorebird season: our first little tern egg.
- AONB launches written word competition
- News from Ford & Etal
- From the community of Aidan and Hilda
- St Mary's notices
- Love the World
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|A BIT FROM ME
Dear *|MMERGE3|* ,
Welcome, to our newsletter and for those new
to us a reminder that we do not publish an August issue.
Much of the south and west of England have
been experiencing record temperatures. Indeed, it is world news that
north-western fire services are fighting a major fire on
'Saddleworth Moor'. This is located between Lancashire and Yorkshire
to the west of the Pennines. The region includes the
famous 'Bronte Country' made famous by the Bronte
authoresses - sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Our thoughts and
sympathies go out to those living in the area and our gratitude to
the fire brigade and those called upon to assist.
At the start of the heat wave, fortunately,
local topography, the cold North Sea and weather effects in our
coastal area played their part in keeping us a few degrees
cooler. Then, as mainland temperatures began to soar, tens
of thousands will remember their experience of halcyon
skies and pleasant cooling breezes. If you did visit you will no
doubt have witnessed the hard work done at 'St Comb's Farm' by
their luscious displays of Holy-Island produce at the roadside. Well
done Alison, Nass and all the family.
St Mary's Parish
Church: the interregnum goes on. Completed on time, our
Parish Profile is now submitted to our Bishop and is a key
milestone in the process of selection of the new 'Vicar of Holy
Island. We are indebted to the Archdeacon for the provision of
Locums. We are grateful for the help of our Area Dean who keeps us
'on the straight and narrow'. We are particularly thankful for our
churchwardens who by their dedication and hard work ensure that the
church remains open that visitors might share in our worship.
The 'Dig on the
Heugh' : We are delighted that the archaeological
exploration has resumed on the Heugh. There is evidence of several
new excavations and we wait with baited breath to discover any
outcomes. Well done, Holy Island Trust/ Peregrini/HLF, for
enabling this to continue. Do try to keep us
The Old Lifeboat
Tower and The Window on
Lindisfarne: A big THANK YOU to the volunteers from
the Holy Island Development Trust whose efforts ensure the daily
openings of these community facilities.
The Holy Island
Parish Council: Those passing the village hall (Crossman
Hall) may notice that our notice board has been refurbished and also
been re-sited - see the above (top) picture. Over 20 years ago
the board was dedicated to 'Foster Wells'. Thank you to his
son 'Rick Wells' who arranged for this.
The Great Wall
Challenge: Congratulations to Jenny Moffitt who
participated in the 24-hour(!) 69-mile run from Carlisle to
Newcastle on 16th June. Whilst 600 runners took part, many
dropped out along the way. Jenny would like to thank all who
sponsored her and is delighted to report that a magnificent £2500
has so far been achieved. Proceeds raised from the run hours go
towards Hydropool for the special needs school where Jenny teaches
Our apologies to a myriad of our Christian
subscribers as we are again without 'our man' at St
Mary's and nor does St Cuthbert's have a voice this month.
Ecclesiastical protocol inhibits asking for the support
of previous priests or locums. By good fortune, whilst looking
into this I discovered long-retired vicar of Holy Island, David
Adam, is about to publish a new book. Available later in the month,
I am delighted to promote it later in the newsletter.
Normally writing through his role as 'Clerk
to the Parish Council', This month, John Bevan invites contributions
towards 'Holy Island Archive' from today's islanders as well as
those related and those who might have previously lived here. John
is 'Editor, Holy Island Section'. Newcomer, Ceris Aston, who
writes on behalf of Annie Ivison of Natural England; we have an
all-ages 'writing competition' from our local AONB; Ian
Kerr looks at our birding through 'new eyes'; David has
oodles of information on our village hall and coming events;
Nick brings news of the birth of his son and who also brings us
up-to-date with things at Lindisfarne Castle; Elspeth informs of the
vast range of events at nearby 'Ford and Etal Estates'; finally Ray
reminds us of the late Revd Michael Burden who lived with us here
for many years following retirement from Vicar of 'Holy
Trinity Church' - across the water in Berwick's-upon-Tweed.
Thank you to all these authors and to those
of you who have taken the time to write to us. Enjoy the summer
recess and we look forward to getting in touch again in September.
St COMB's FARM - HOLY ISLAND
|HOLY ISLAND ARCHIVE
The Reading 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 ww.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Island has always attracted a wide and
varied range of visitors from the man in the street, to more
well-known personages. I was away and saw the devastating fire
destroyed much of the Glasgow School of Art on TV News. The iconic
Mackintosh designed School of Art was in the final stage of
restoration following an earlier fire and now what will happen.
The fire reminded me that Charles Rennie
Mackintosh was a regular visitor to the Island during the early
1900's, attracted by the flamboyant flora and stark buildings. He
enjoyed painting and sketching in the relaxing atmosphere and when
he married Margaret MacDonald, he spent his honeymoon here.
The late Enric Miralles Spanish architect and
designer, a long term aficionado of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
visited the Island on several occasions, the first when as a
teenager living in Edinburgh learning English. He re-visited the
Island when shortlisted to submit a design for the Scottish
Parliament and he found inspiration in the upturned fishing boat
sheds around the harbour. His design for the Scottish Parliament
went on to win the competition and those visiting the Parliament
today will clearly see the influence of the Island fishing boats
featured in the building at the bottom of the Royal Mile in
Final Stage of
This month I resolved outstanding residual
payment due to our Quantity Surveyors and ensured that funds had
been set-aside by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) to meet payment(s) for
the Projects final stage, the installation of the rainwater drain
across the Winery Car Park to connect into the main sewer.
Costs have been agreed with our Contractor
and the job authorised; the installation of the rainwater drain
across Winery land to connect with the sewer and restore the
excavated ground. This work should be completed by end of July and
will see at long last the completion of what has been a long lasting
Please do not forget, we need photographs of
Mel to display in the room dedicated to his memory. All chosen
photos will be copied and returned to their owners.
Please remember that our Coffee Morning for
the 'Cancer Car service' will be held on 2 August. Bric-a-brac,
raffles prizes, tombola awards, all the usual paraphernalia is much
needed for this transport support group.
The Berwick based registered Charity provides
much needed car transport for Cancer patients to and from their
treatment Departments on Tyneside and in the Borders. Please help by
providing sale items, attending the event and/or making a
First of all I must apologise in advance for
what will be a shorter than normal update from the Castle due to the
fact I have been off for the last couple of weeks and am a little
bit out of the loop. Happily my absence was for a good reason; in
the early hours of 31 May my wife gave birth to our second son,
Fraser (8lb 9oz if you're interested) and so as you can imagine my
attentions have been elsewhere recently. That apology also applies
to anyone who has tried to contact me in the last few weeks!
Anyway, in terms of what is going on up here
we are now in the final throes of the project work. Drainage
trenches have been backfilled and finished with flagstones, leadwork
on the roof is complete, and the lime-washing outside is almost
done. This means that as I type on the 22nd June, next Monday 25th
the scaffolding will finally start coming down. This will be a long
process so photographers shouldn't get too excited just yet, but the
first thing to do is to get the temporary roof off and the structure
that supports it. Visually this will have a major impact as the
western part of the building will become visible again, but the
biggest part of the job will follow this in early July when the vast
north scaffold begins to come down. We think barring any weather
delays this should all be down by the middle/end of August and the
site clear by the end of August.
Inside the Castle the Anya Gallaccio
exhibition is in full swing and has certainly got people talking -
as you may have seen on the local news recently (I did, while
changing nappies). Although not everyone has come away feeling
positive about the work, we are still getting nice comments about
the installation from visitors. We have tweaked a few things
recently to improve the way the installation works in the Castle -
such as showing a film about the work early in the visit and having
more information on display about the project work.
I will try to have a fuller update for you
next month as the scaffold starts coming down on the north side, and
by the time we speak again after that (given there is no issue of
this magazine in August) we might just be back to relative
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|THE ISLAND THROUGH NEW EYES
fascinating to see our island and Northumberland in general through
new eyes or rather, in our case, eyes which haven't seen it for
Hazel, Michael and I had such an opportunity
recently when we were visited by an old bird-watching friend who has
spent more than 40 years living in Australia. He was back in Britain
with his partner, a first-time visitor, to catch up with family and
friends and to take the chance of paying nostalgic visits to some of
his youthful haunts. These including the island, Seahouses,
Morpeth, Tynemouth, Druridge Bay and the various valleys and hills
of the Cheviots.
After 21 days of continuous sunshine,
something that rather amazed them both coming from a land renowned
for its heat and sun, they chose a grey and rather chilly day to
visit the island. But that didn't matter at all and after a very
pleasant lunch at the Crown & Anchor they wanted a quick look
around the village, Heugh and beach.
My friend's first impression was that the
place was so crowded. It was a far cry from his youthful visits
while at Newcastle University when he recalled staying at various
village bed and breakfast spots which are now long gone. Then,
he recalled, the village was a decidedly quiet spot.
I wondered if our local birds might just seem
a little tame and dull for someone who had become used to
Australia's vast range of exotic and colourful species, particularly
the parrots. But I needn't have worried. He was delighted to catch
up with Sandwich Terns around St Cuthbert's Island and Dunlin and
Ringed Plover at the beach, all of them bringing memories flooding
back and so different from the eastern and Pacific species he
The previous day they'd visited an old
university friend in Wooler and had walked in local valleys which
were in their fresh and green late spring best. They were also
filled with the songs of summer warblers. He was particularly
surprised by the numbers of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs compared with
the situation he remembered from his younger days.
He did wonder if this was a case of a dodgy
memory. It wasn't. The numbers of both these delightful summer
species have certainly gone up spectacularly in the decades he'd
been away. Studies and survey work has shown that Blackcap numbers
have more than doubled in the intervening period while many more
Chiffchaffs are also now breeding.
Further south, they'd been fascinated to
watch Avocets breeding at Cresswell Pond. When he left Britain they
were still a national rarity and confined to a few heavily protected
breeding sites in Norfolk and Suffolk. Now they are an annual
breeder and are gradually spreading northwards towards us. Breeding
commenced in Cleveland and County Durham around 2007 and at
Cresswell in 2011. They are now fairly regular visitors to Budle Bay
so perhaps one day fairly soon we'll see them at the Rocket
Avocets: these graceful birds are rapidly spreading northwards and could be
with us fairly soon.|
Picture: Mike S
Equally as fascinating, was to see the island
through the eyes of his partner. It turned out that she's a very
talented, if modest, artist. She was persuaded, a bit reluctantly,
to show us example of her work on her tablet. These included
spectacularly brilliant Australian skies and vivid green and brown
landscapes which seemed so real we could almost feel the sun and
Around the village she was particularly
fascinated with the cobblestones in Fenkle Street and the different
colours of stone on many of the older buildings. She was also
fascinated to look around St Mary's church and soak up some of its
It's salutary to think that there was a
church there for at least 700 years before Europeans had even
discovered her home country. As for those many and varied stones,
some would have been collected from the shore and put to good use
when the suspected southern continent was simply referred to by the
Latin term of terra incognita. I gather that came about
because the early explorers and geographers believed that continents
of the northern hemisphere must be balanced by similar land masses
in the southern hemisphere. Captain Cook was eventually to prove
While we walked around the church and village
she took many photographs. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them
are used for forthcoming work from her paints. Catching up
with their family news and gossip made for a very enjoyable day. It
also reinforced to us what a very special place the island is and
the lasting effect it has on visitors even if they have been away
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE
our first little
As wedding bells pealed in Windsor, and
millions of people around the world watched the royal wedding on May
19th, the wardens at Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve were
celebrating quite different news - our first little tern egg of the
year. Quietly, with no fanfare: one small speckled egg.
If we'd had flags we'd have waved them - it's
what we've been hoping, and working, for since long before the
beginning of shorebird season. Preparation and planning is year
around, and in April staff and volunteers set out laden with fence
posts, coils of rope and a heavy mell hammer in order to fence off
safe areas for the birds - as well as coils of plastic
predator-proof netting to encircle potential nesting sites. Where to
put them? Well... who can predict the ways of terns, but based on
knowledge of their habits and the evidence of previous years, we
fenced off five areas across the reserve, the mell becoming heavier
with each post that we drove into the sand.
Little terns are the UK's second rarest
nesting seabird and Britain's smallest seabird - delicately built,
agile and very sweet. Despite their size, they migrate thousands of
miles each year - all the way from West Africa to the Northumberland
Coast. I'd never seen one except in photographs. You'll love them, I
was told. But where were they? We'd expected them at the beginning
of May yet this brought only a couple of pairs to the reserve.
Everything was ready... but the terns were late. Days passed. Where
we had expected flapping, squeaking busyness, there was only silence
and stillness. We began to wonder - would they come at all? What had
happened, so far away?
Then news - on Twitter, appropriately enough
- from the south: they're on their way. Sussex had started to see
their terns arrive. A message of hope for the north - and gradually,
finally, they arrived, squeaking like rubber balls and dipping into
the surface of the sea for fish. We still didn't know what had
delayed them, but they were here - and, we hoped, ready to mate.
What's the tern equivalent to mood lighting and Marvin Gaye? we
wondered. Their late arrival meant there wasn't much time... time to
break out the really good sand eels.
In the meantime, shorebird wardens were
watching the sites - watching, waiting, and commiserating with those
whose walks were cut shorter by the fenced off areas. The little
terns are a Schedule 1 species, meaning it is a criminal offence to
disturb them. Sadly there are many hazards for a species that lays
its eggs in small scrapes in the sand - including, but not limited
to crows, gulls, kestrels, foxes, humans, dogs off leads, high
winds, high tides, and their own sometimes poor sense in choosing
nesting spots. After the joy of our first egg, the fear (I wonder:
is this what parenthood feels like?). They are so very vulnerable.
Yet these brave little birds return, year on year. And we do what we
can to help.
Yet every intervention is a gamble - putting
up the predator-proof netting runs the risk of treading on scrapes
or eggs, causing the birds to lose their bearings, or simply leading
them to abandon the site. We move swiftly and carefully to complete
the tasks - normally barefoot. Every now and then a sharp blade of
the marram grass on the dunes prompts an exclamation, but we keep
moving - eyes downward - as the terns flutter and squeak above us.
We have ten minutes, max - in and out. Fingers fumble. We're near
the end of our time.
And then it is done and we move fast, a bee
line to the dunes. We throw ourselves down, breathless, out of
sight. Eyes glued to binoculars, we wait. Will they return? Will
they find their scrapes? Have we done more harm than good? It's a
gamble, always. We wait, and wait... and after about ten minutes are
rewarded in our efforts by the sight of the terns returning, one by
one, to their scrapes. A quick count. A sigh of relief. They're
okay. Tonight, our local Mr Fox - however fantastic - will have to
seek easier prey.
It's an intense time, and though each
successful stage comes as a relief it isn't until the end of
shorebird season that we'll be able to really breathe again. When,
we very much hope, we will see our little terns fledge. We
celebrated our first egg. We'll celebrate our first chick. But our
first fledgling? Deck out the beach in bunting and ring the bells.
We might even run to a commemorative plate.
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
or on 01289 381470.
NNR Apprentice, Beal
Ed: Please note that photograph copyright to
Kevin Simmonds and permission to use is . Little terns are a
schedule one species and may only be photographed by those with a
license to do so.
|NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AONB
AONB launches written word competition ( What
will you write? )
Do you love writing? Are you a budding poet?
Then we have a competition just for you. Write a short story or poem
about the Northumberland Coast and you could win a prize, as part of
the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Partnership 60th anniversary celebrations.
Are you a budding writer with an interest in
the coast and the natural or historic environment? Or do you work
with young people or adults who are interested in writing? This
competition aims to encourage people from Northumberland and beyond
to reflect on and write about the Northumberland Coast. Stories that
consider local people and places are encouraged. The competition is
open to three age categories: 7-11 years, 12-16 years and adults.
Entries could be short stories,
poems or verse, as long as they meet the
terms of entry. The winning entries will be published on the
Northumberland Coast AONB website and used in other displays and
presentations as part of our diamond celebrations.
Three renowned authors and poets have been
lined up to judge the competition:
Dan Smith is an award winning,
Newcastle-based author of adventure stories for younger readers, and
thrillers for adults
Dr Tony Williams is Associate Professor of
Creative Writing at Northumbria University, who writes poetry and
Richie McCaffery is an award winning poet,
with a PhD in Scottish Literature from Glasgow University. He is
originally from Warkworth
The Partnership have been awarded a grant of
nearly £900 from The Pen and Palette Club to help stage further
events. The Finale will be in the autumn, with a concert featuring
song, music and drama celebrating the cultural heritage of the
Northumberland Coast. There will be an award ceremony and prize
giving for the written word competition winners and a performance of
the winning entries.
Catherine Gray, Funding and Communications
Officer for the AONB Partnership said: "As part of our 60th
anniversary celebrations, we wanted to give people a chance to share
their energy and enthusiasm for the area. What better way than to
let imaginations run wild with a written word competition? We're
very much looking forward to reading the entries and working with
our inspiring judges".
Terms of Entry
Entry is free
Entries from 7-11 year olds should be 500
words maximum. Entries from 12- 16 year olds and adults should be
1000 words maximum
Entries must be written in English and be
your own work
Entries must be submitted using the form
provided, by e-mail to: email@example.com
or post to: Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, County Hall,
Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF
No more than one entry may be submitted
Winners will be notified by email no
later than 30 September 2018
An application form can be downloaded from
Northumberland Coast AONB
01670 622644, firstname.lastname@example.org
|NEWS FROM FORD & ETAL
July & August at Ford &
7th & 8th
July: Carham Re-enactment Weekend
A Living History and Battle Re-enactment
weekend to commemorating the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of
Carham 1018. Free admission, free parking. Full details at www.carham1018.org.uk
15th July and
19th August: Farm Market at Hay Farm Heavy Horse
Thursdays through July and August: (also 1st, 8th &
22nd July, 12th, 19th , 26th & 27th August) Pop-up Market with
the St Abb's Traders in Etal Village Hall. Shop local! Gifts,
foodstuffs, crafts and more.
Tuesday & Wednesday in July & August: Kids
Baking Sessions at Heatherslaw Cornmill, 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Get messy in the Dough
Zone! Pre-booking advisable although not essential.
Hay Farm Heavy
Horse Centre: look out for special events through the
summer including carriage rides and demonstration days.
For more information go to www.ford-and-etal.co.uk or find us on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
www.ford-and-etal.co.uk - email@example.com - Phone: 01890
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND
The funeral of Rev. Michael Burden took place
on June 1 in Surrey. After he retired as Vicar of Berwick's Holy
Trinity Church Michael and Ann lived in "White House" on Holy
Island. Ann made its garden one of the loveliest on the island, and
painted many fine pictures. Michael turned a shed into a forge where
he made iron sculptures.
For years I had been trying to change my
house for one with a garden where I could grow vegetables for local
use. When he was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimers, which
required them to move into a clergy home, he said that he wanted me
to have their house. He did not waver even though there was delay in
raising the extra money. For that I am grateful.
I have three abiding memories of Michael. The
first was when he told me that he had a second conversion. He used
to dislike tramps who habitually came from Berwick rail station to
his door, asking for money, until one day he 'saw the face of
Christ' in them and never again resented such visits..
The second memory was embarrassing for me. It
was when locals were packed into the Manor House to see the old
millennium out. After a few pints Michael shouted in a loud voice to
Jen, 'Why don't you ask Ray to say a prayer?' I wished the floor
would swallow me up!
The third abiding memory is of the last
Eucharist that Michael celebrated at St. Mary's. He said something
like: 'My body and my mind are disintegrating. But it doesn't
matter, because my soul is not. In this Eucharist I take the life of
Christ into my soul and it will last for ever.'
When I let staff workers use "White House"
and became a tenant in Berwick I took one of his garden sculptures
and placed it in my back yard where I hang flower pots and bird
feeders. Here is a photo.
Founding Guardian, The
international Community of Aidan and Hilda
Rev Michael Burden - 'blacksmith of Holy Island'
R.I.P. Dear Michael
ST. MARY'S NOTICES
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(Monday - Saturday)
Love the World
by David Adam
ISBN: 978 0 281 07776 2
19 July 2018
RRVD CANON DAVID
is one of Celtic
best-loved figures. Author of
many books, he
was Vicar of
the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
for 13 years.
by David Adam
19th July 2018
Urges us to explore and
delight in the mystery
of being through meditating on the
of the created world.
Love the World opens by looking at the
beginning of the universe, then moves on to the earths atmosphere,
the miracle of water and things that we often take for granted but
are essential for our health and happiness. It focuses on our
relationship with the world and encourages us to reflect on what
'Like countless others, I have
enjoyed and learnt a
tremendous amount about Celtic spirituality
from David Adam's writings over the years. Not only does he write
about spirituality, but he also crafts beautiful prayers in the
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