|SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL
- A bit from me...
- Our next Vicar of Holy Island
- Notice from the Fireworks Committee
- Sorry no bonfires on Trust Land
- Readers' Letters
- Crossman Hall
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Return of the Brent Geese heralds Autumn
- Natural England - Lindisfarne NNR
- Northumberland Coast AONB
- News from Ford & Etal
- From the Community of Aidan and Hilda
- St Mary's notices
|Holy Island welcomes regular birdwatcher,
|A BIT FROM ME
We welcome all our readers to the October
edition of our newsletter and are delighted to announce that we
are expecting the appointment of the new 'Vicar of Holy Island'
early in the forthcoming New Year.
Those who have worshiped with us in
the period following Paul's retirement will have noticed
various several locum Priests who have come to our aid
under our Archdeacon's watchful eye. Those familiar with the running
of a busy church during an interregnum will appreciate that
this is only the tip of an iceberg beneath which the
churchwarden team are furiously paddling to keep St Mary's
afloat. We are grateful for the continuing off-island help and give
particular thanks to the inner PCC team without whom the church
doors would never open.
And when visiting our church, you may well
have noticed that memorial to a long past son of Holy Island -
a grim reminder of that 'war to end all wars'. We remembered
one of the Island's young soldiers, James B. Patterson, on his
birthday. Next month we shall be thinking of the centenary of
the end of the war of 1914 -1918. Previous residents: please send in
any thoughts or family memories you would like to share with us.
Those who visited the island on the 19th
September will have had their dreams of an idyllic island shattered
by one of the strongest Autumn gales we have witnessed in recent
years - the island went off until
almost midnight! I
was amongst traffic being forced into single file as the winds
screamed and fought to prevent the tide ebbing from the
causeway. N.B. Residents still await the council
returning to complete the improvements to the causeway which they
began (and ended!) in October 2016.
Improvements ceased in October
For yet another
year I am reminded: Please beware that as the tide
opens Holy Island Causeway and Coast Road can be littered with
all types of flotsam as well as seals, sharp stones and potholes.
During poor weather conditions it can become a perilous place.
Be vigilant of other road users who may not be so wary as you -
particularly cyclists and walkers. That puddle you decide to
speed through, not only might it drench other road users with
salt-water - but it might be disguising a pothole waiting to
damage your vehicle's suspension...
Night': For our
international readers: 5th November is when the nation remembers Guy
Fawkes and those who plotted to blow-up King James and the
Houses of Parliament in 1605. Sentenced for treason, Fawkes threw
himself from the gallows to avoid the 'unpleasantness' of full
punishment - 'hanged, drawn and quartered'. It is traditionally
remembered by burning a straw effigy on a bonfire after
children have used the dummy to collect money (for
fireworks) using the call, "Penny for the Guy". Whilst individual
island families might celebrate privately the community has
traditionally come together having built a huge,
communal bonfire at the harbour. A coffee morning might
have been held to enable a large stock of fireworks which would
be set off at a safe distance - usually by one of the fishermen.
Last year it seemed that many traditional bonfire celebrations had
been closed down in surrounding regions, possibly due to recent
interpretations of health&safety and public liability insurance.
Our Parish Council and the owner of the land were advised to
investigate their public liability risk. As a consequence the
landowner is unable to permit bonfires on their land and are
notifying all who visit against the tipping of rubbish. We also
re-publish the article from the Fireworks Committee
cancelling the display.
Very many readers know us as an
International centre of pilgrimage and so I regret we are
again without a voice from the island's churches this month.
But we do have very much still to offer with articles on the
island's community, heritage, birdlife, natural history, coastal
region, nearby Ford and Etal estates as well as from Ray who
continues to write on behalf of the island's Christian retreat
house. And, dear reader, we share with you a couple of readers'
letters from Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and USA.
We hope you enjoy our October newsletter and
look forward to getting in touch again in November.
|OUR NEXT VICAR OF HOLY
|St.Mary's awaits the next 'Vicar of Holy
The Bishop of Newcastle is delighted to
announce the appointment of the Reverend Canon Dr Sarah Hills as the
next Vicar of Holy Island.
Sarah is currently serving as the Canon for
Reconciliation Ministry at Coventry Cathedral and leads a global
network of two hundred partner organisations which are
inspired by the story and spirit of Coventry Cathedral and committed
to working for reconciliation and peace worldwide.
We are planning for Sarah's collation and
induction early in 2019 and will announce the plans soon.
Sarah has written:
"I am honoured and delighted to be coming to
serve the parish of Holy Island and the wider community.
My family and I
are very much looking forward to being with you.
I would be
grateful for your prayers for us all during this time of
This announcement of our new Vicar is
subject to the completion of the legal formalities.
The Parochial Church
St Mary's - Holy
|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 years.
Rob Massey, Sarah Massey, Stuart Johnson,
Ashleigh Clarke-Johnson, Charlette Rodgers and Jonny
|SORRY NO BONFIRES ON TRUST
Over the last 6 months
Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust has been
working with the Parish Council and the small, volunteer fireworks
committee to find a way to ensure that the annual Bonfire Night
celebration can take place.
The Trust owns the land around the harbour
where the Guy Fawkes bonfires have traditionally been built. The
Development Trust is a charity and so its Trustees are ultimately
responsible for the safety of the event and any liabilities arising.
This means that detailed safety plans for the event have to be
approved by the police, fire service and local authority before the
Development Trust can give permission and secure insurance cover for
the event. Unfortunately the requirements are quite detailed, time
consuming and expensive to implement. The volunteer fireworks
committee has decided it cannot meet all these requirements -
neither can the Development Trust trustees. Therefore, it is with
regret that the Development Trust cannot give permission for the
bonfire to go ahead this year. Trustees politely request that people
do not place any material at the harbour for the bonfire as this
will be viewed as fly tipping.
Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development
I thought I read in the latest Sitezine a
request for people to give feedback on their visits to Holy Island.
A search did not uncover this request, but I have gone ahead anyway.
If you print it, please edit!
I am a member of the Third Order of St
Francis. In 2005, when I visited Lindisfarne, I was living in
Harare. From time to time, friars of the Society of St Francis used
to visit Zimbabwe, and often stayed a night or two with us. In this
way I got to know the late Brother Damian SSF. A friend joined The
Community of Aidan and Hilda, led by Ray Simpson, and she and her
husband visited Holy Island. This spurred me to add to my knowledge
of Celtic Christianity, which I had discovered in theological
training, and which had captured my interest. My two sons were both
living in England. I took a month's leave in July 2005, and spent it
in the UK, visiting family and friends, and I spent three nights at
the rectory on Holy Island, when Brother Damian was the Rector of St
My visit to Holy Island was a pilgrimage,
treading in the steps of the great saints. Aidan came from Iona and
started the first monastery on Lindisfarne, which became the
springboard of a great missionary outreach to England and the
Continent. In St Mary's Church there was a list of bishops and
priests headed by Aidan, and including Br Damian. What a privilege
to worship between those walls. I spent several days wandering
around the island, which truly is a thin place connecting heaven and
earth. I had hoped to meet Ray Simpson but he was away. I loved the
island, of which every grain of sand, every pebble, and every
grass-blade seemed imbued with holiness. I loved the birds and the
seals and their song, and I circumnavigated the whole coast. I also
loved what people have made of it: the castle (which I could not
enter), the village, the shops and the fishermen's boats upended
near the harbour. I contemplated Cuthbert's island, and gazed across
to Bamburgh and the Farnes. And I loved the Causeway, periodically
cutting us off from the mainland, a reminder that the ocean rules.
There is a danger of romanticising the island. Ordinary people are
living there, and the past has seen dark deeds. Our Saviour did not
spurn the ugliness of humanity, but he transformed it. I thought
that living on Lindisfarne was a wonderful privilege. So was my
Here is what I remember about my visit to
Holy Island, thirteen years later. Another visit is on my bucket
list, plus a visit to Iona. And thank you for the Sitezine, which
always brings back good memories.
Thank you editor for sending me your
bulletin!! As you probably know, we have have had abt 3 months
of fires, heat, dryness, etc. etc. Thank the Good Lord it has
cooled off to a mild lower 90s to high 80s. This smoke and
soot, fires, have been so hard on the birds this season. My
"Mrs. Bird" has not been back at all; my hummingbirds that nest in
my bottle brush plant at the front of the house has survived
beautifully!! For days we woke up with white soot flakes on
the driveways and actually had to wear nose masks for a couple of
weeks IF we wanted to go out!!!
The dog/cat kennels were loaded with
evacuated pets....some were just runaways due to fear; other were
dropped off at local make do shelters. At one point our local
kennel had to deal with 600 dogs (so I heard). So, having just
lost my little Jessie dog, I journeyed down to the shelter and
picked up a skinny little combo(?) doggie who had (I'm sure) just
bolted out of the fire area. Quite a few burned pets were
doctored at the shelters. We love our pets up this way.
Quite a number of them are bigger dogs that actually "work" on farm
type areas and also hunting type dogs.
Thank the Good Lord I did not have to
evacuate here in our park....however, the first 2 days of the
biggest fire north of us we did pack our bags and get ready to
Well, my security is in the Lord, so I held
it together pretty well. Being 83 yrs old and evacuating your
home is no easy thing to do. But at least I had not picked up
a rescued dog yet!! It is quite a feat to evac with a pet!!!
Which I have done in the past.
So goes our challenges in life. My
grandma survived diseases, tornadoes in the midwest, floods, Jesse
James crew, and odds 'n ends of other happenings.!!! She (her
spirit) keeps me put together during these challenges.
AND, I always think about the challenges my
British ancestors had leaving their homes in Scotland, Ireland and
London area. Think of the ship journeys!!! Ugh!
Makes my life seem like a picnic!
God bless you all and your care for your
birds and folks that live on your island(s). Remember, my DNA
is mixed with yours!
Regards and blessings to you all,
Barb Byington-Rosner (nee Nesbitt, Briggs,
A modern day saga - It all began in
late 2000 when the Island met and voted unanimously to rebuild the
old run down village hall. A full building survey indicated that the
old premise was on its last legs. Trustees left that meeting charged
with exploring the where-with-all of how to repair/build a new hall.
It soon became clear that there was a long up hill road to follow
and now 18 years later: Job done.
Fund raising began
and it became obvious that success would not be rapid. As well as,
money, we had to enhance our knowledge of the technicalities and
procedures needed to demolish the old hall and the
requirements essential to produce a new building. It was decided
that a small 'Working Group' of 3 or 4 would manage the day to day
business and report back to the Trustees and Residents. We soon
became enmeshed in fund raising and discovered the bureaucracy
associated with demolition and construction of a community building
in the centre of the village, underground was known archaeology and
that plus numerous national and international designations impacted
on the Island and our project.
Over the years, Residents and Friends of
Holy Island and Trustees raised a huge sum c. £300K. Money in the
Bank grew as a result of hard work and a range of initiatives. The
Trustees then undertook a desk study to review the appointment of an
Architect. We interviewed six Architects and the Practice; Ainsworth
Spark Associates were appointed and there followed a long happy and
successful relationship. The Architects went on to develop a plan
for the new hall from our design brief; and we had to find a source
of significant grant aid to complete the job.
The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) was approached
and they agreed to consider our bid. Yes, but not that simple. We
had to pass a three stage evaluation, each one was pass or fail and
each step produced a rain forest of paper, all of which used a
particular BLF format and in a language that was time consuming to
It is worth highlighting at this point an
early decision made by the 'Working Group', "let's do the job
ourselves and not use hard won funds to employ Consultants to
complete Grant Aid bids" and we did, and used all money raised to
build the new village hall.
Having cleared the BLF due diligence process
and won a significant grant, we then started the Planning Process
with the Local Authority and contracting technical input, but hold
hard. Although granted Planning Permission, there was another hurdle
to clear, the archaeology. Having achieved Planner Consent, it was a
requirement that we satisfy the County Archaeologist that known
archaeology below the hall grounds would not be damaged! We were
then faced with prolonged discussion and negotiation with the County
Archaeologist who had very definite views. Eventually compromise was
achieved and progress made. We could demolish the old building and
clear the site, but the work had to be overseen by an onsite
Archaeologist. Who paid, well guess, we did. It was a further
required that when building the new hall, no digging below 500mm was
permitted and whenever any digging was undertaken onsite, a
Consultant Archaeologist had to be present to record and conserve
any finds. For the most part they found nowt, why because the hall
grounds had all been well dug over during the last 80 or so
Throughout fund raising, planning and
construction, we enjoyed fulsome support and help from Col. Crossman
and Lady Rose, our Charity Patrons. Sadly The Colonel lost his fight
with long term illness in 2011. Lady Rose agreed to continue as our
Patron offering full support and encouragement until shortly before
her death in 2017. Acknowledging the generous support from the
Colonel and Lady Rose the Trustees agreed that the new building
would be known as the Crossman Hall.
Eventually the technical team led by
Ainsworth Spark Associates, that included Structural Engineers,
Quantity Surveyors, O&M Experts met with the Trustees Working
Group to review the Tenders to Construct and appointed a Berwick
based Company MT Richardson (MTR) as Principal Contractor the
Trustees were happy a local Firm with long experience of working the
tides were awarded the contract and that monies paid out covering
for the works would stay local.
The building grew with the Principal
Contractor, tradesmen, together with sub-contractors working well
and now the Crossman Hall stands proud in the centre of the
Why write this brief review. It is to report
that the work on the new Hall has finally been complete, yes, after
eighteen years the job is done. Last month MTR's men were on site to
finish the last element of outstanding work, work that had been
delayed whilst we secured a Legal Easement to cross neighbouring
That's it, job done, many thanks to all,
especially the Trustees and before I go I must also express our
gratitude to Ainsworth Spark Associates, Designers and Project
Managers, particularly Bill Ainsworth and David Pirie, MT
Richardson, Principal Contractor and last but not least The Big
These notes will be back to normal next
month; briefly, the hall has hosted 'the Pathway Mission' when the
Island was knee deep in Bishops. They enjoyed food, drink and
discussion in the hall, as well as, exercising their Pastoral
duties. The exercise area continues to be very popular and has been
much used this month, although the fitness area was much reduced
when the hall was set up for a RNLI Coffee Morning.
Over 2 days, two groups of 50+ children and
staff from North Tyneside enjoyed a study session and a comfortable
indoor picnic lunch. Pipes & Fiddles were back mid-month and
entertained an enthusiastic audience.
I will report next month of the Festival of
Archaeology. Bye for now.
As the scaffolding comes down we finally get
a glimpse of the finished harling and lime wash on the north
This area was first covered with a layer of
lime harling in 1996 to protect the Dining Room, Ship Room and
Entrance Hall walls against the worst of the weather. Traditionally
the dampest rooms in the Castle - these rooms have the natural crag
on one side, and the biting northerly weather on the other. Water
runs down the solid imporous face of the natural rock behind the
south and west walls of the Ship Room in particular, meaning it is
effectively surrounded on three sides by moisture. The coat of
harling was designed to absorb and then release water before it
could saturate the stone and so impact on the rooms. This was a
pretty successful intervention in that sense, but the initial colour
selection of the external lime wash was controversial at the time -
a sort of peachy colour which coupled with the pan tiled roof above
gave the Castle a rather Mediterranean feel. That colour was only
the top coat of lime wash; the base coats were in white with the
idea being that as the coloured top coats wore away, the white would
be revealed and you'd know it was time for a new top coat. But of
course time, money and opportunity were not forthcoming until
recently, so most people's recollection of the Castle's north
elevation -as visible from the garden - was a rather awkward white
block, with added green staining from failing drain pipes of course.
That was the situation before the recent
work, and naturally a key part of the job was to sort out the north
elevation. There was even talk of removing the 1996 harling
altogether and sneck-harling the lot - as we have done elsewhere on
the Castle walls - but it was quickly agreed after testing that the
harling was in pretty good condition and was doing a decent job. To
remove it would only make the Castle more vulnerable. Beyond a few
patch repairs then all that would be done to the walls was to renew
the top coats of lime wash. Colour choice then was critical, as we
wanted to not only blend better with the rest of the built Castle,
but also the natural rock below. Several different mixtures of wash
were tried but eventually we settled on Umbria which is a sort of
muddy grey. These trials were done on the wall while the scaffold
was still covered by canvas cladding, so it was difficult to see how
the colours would work with no natural light hitting the
Now the scaffold
is finally down we can get an idea of how everything looks and I
hope you'll agree it is a vast improvement!
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|RETURN OF THE BRENT GEESE HERALDS
There are many signs around the island that
autumn is upon us: rapidly dwindling numbers of Swallows, bright
berries on Hawthorn and Rowan and the beautiful silver white cups of
Grass or Parnassus along the paths through the dunes.
Then, of course, is also the noisy presence
of the newly arrived pale-bellied Brent geese. Large parties,
squabbling excitedly on the sandbanks or dredging the eel grass on
the mud, help to give the whole place its chilly autumnal
On a very blustery Sunday morning
early in September, I sat below the Heugh and watched a party of
about forty of these small and dark geese beat steadily past the
Black Law and St Cuthbert's Island. They were keeping very low, just
over the wave-tops, and struggling into a strong westerly wind.
They crossed the main channel and then
dropped in a flurry of wings on the far sandbar. It might be a bit
fanciful to say it, but I couldn't help feeling that they were
mightily relieved to have arrived after what must have been a
difficult journey against the wind.
I scanned around with my telescope and in
the distance, towards the oyster racks, other geese were ranged out
feeding. There must have been five or six hundred present but, of
course, by the time you are reading this many more will have flown
We tend to be a bit blasť about these geese.
After all, they are nearly always present when we walk along the
Heugh or go down to Jenny Bell's. We also see them along the edge of
the flats as we drive on and off the island. Perhaps we
shouldn't because they are rare in world terms and ours in their
only British wintering area.
Our Brent geese all come from breeding
grounds on the Arctic Ocean island group of Spitzbergen, often
referred to these days by its Norwegian name of Svalbard.
Brent geese come in several distinct races, the dark-bellied birds
from Siberia being by far the most numerous. They are the birds
familiar to many people in coastal areas of southern England. Other
pale-bellied forms breed in Canada. But in numerical terms the
Svalbard population is very small, probably around seven thousand
When a race is so small and particularly
when their breeding in a limited locality they are especially
vulnerable to natural catastrophe from weather, predators or,
in many instances, from the actions, either intentional or
accidental, of us humans. That makes them all the more precious in
They leave the bleak coastal tundra during
August to start their journey southwards. Like other geese, they
often move in small groups made up of family parties, young birds
obviously learning from the adults as they go.
|A flight of pale-bellied Brent geese over
the flats.- Photo: Mike S Hodgson|
Many of these youngsters will have been
lucky to survive many threats during the breeding season. These
range from those predators mentioned above. On the wastelands of
Svalbard these can include starving Polar bears stranded on land
until the Arctic Ocean starts to ice up again to fast and
opportunist Arctic foxes. Regular aerial predators include Snow Owl,
Gry-falcon and various skuas and large gulls. All are ready to snap
up vulnerable eggs or chicks.
Once with us they can lead a relatively
peaceful life, feeding and socializing and moving about in response
to the tides. There always seems to be a rather harsh grunting
cacophony from these flocks as squabbles break out. Birds will
charge at each-other with open wings but none ever seem to actually
come to blows.
They can be panicked into sudden noisy
flight by the regular appearance over the flats and island of
Peregrines, always present during autumn and winter. In autumn 2014,
I was lucky enough to be on the Heugh when every goose, duck and
wader on the reserve suddenly rose into the air as a huge
White-tailed Eagle soared majestically overhead before drifting off
out of sight over Beal. As it was the first of its kind recorded
locally for more than a century I don't know whether it was the
birds or us bystanders who got the biggest surprise.
The geese are also occasionally disturbed by
people walking the Pilgrims' Way or when there is a fusillade of
shots from folk after Wigeon along the mainland shore, But as they
are no longer a lawful quarry for shooters, the geese often tend to
be rather tame, simply wandering slowly off if they are approached
Geese are very gregarious creatures and
enjoy life as part of a flock. A lone goose always seems to
look and sound a bit like a lost soul. I've occasionally noticed the
odd goose left behind during summer and they really do look lonely
and out of place. These are generally sick or injured birds which
have been unable to migrate.
Now they are here they'll be a continual
presence right through till next March and perhaps into April before
they move off northwards. However, if the trend of recent years is
continued, numbers will gradually fall by the New Year as some
appear to then drift across to join their companions in Denmark.
The flats really are tremendous during
autumn and winter and would be a much poorer place without these
noisy visitors from the far north.
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE
Autumn and Winter Grazing - Non-native Species
Invaders on Holy
It is that time of year again when our
four-legged colleagues arrive to undertake their work over autumn
The 22 sheep
arrived last week and will intensively graze the dune slacks,
removing the rank vegetation and opening up the sward to support
biodiversity in the floral assemblage next spring. They also
help to manage non-native invasive species that have proliferated
the dune slacks, species such as pirri-prri, michaelmas daisy,
purple toad flack, contoneaster and Lady's mantle have all invaded
this habitat. The timing of such grazing activity is imperative, the
livestock will remove flower heads first, preventing flora from
going to seed and propagating. If they're put on too early, they may
graze orchid or grass of Parnassus heads, so grazing must be left
until after important native species have seeded. Grazing in this
way, with careful timing, has proven a useful method for managing
Thirty cows will arrive early in October to
extensively graze the dunes from Chare Ends over the entire dune
system across Holy Island Links, with the same purpose as the
grazing of the sheep.
The live-stock are checked daily but if you
spot a problem you can contact the Reserve office: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tel. 01289381470.
Annie Ivison (Reserve Manager)
|NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AONB
Registration opens for Celebration Concert and
Registration is now open for the
Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Partnership's 2018 Celebration Concert and Annual Forum on Thursday
11 October 2018 at Ellingham Hall.
This year, to celebrate sixty years of their
designation, the Partnership are hosting a concert - following on
from the Forum - which will feature 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.
Cllr Jeff Watson, Chair of the AONB
Partnership said " Sixty years is a significant milestone and we
have marked the occasion over the year with several events. The
concert will bring it all to a close and allow us to celebrate the
extraordinary amount of talent we have within the AONB".
The Annual Forum will provide an opportunity
to reflect on how the AONB came into being and how it can be looked
after for future generations. As well as an excellent range of
speakers and presentation throughout the afternoon, there will also
be the chance to network with others who have a similar interest in
We are delighted to welcome Robyn Brown, who
is Assistant Director Operations with the National Trust, as one of
our speakers. She will be talking about the work of the organisation
on the Northumberland Coast. We also have a local resident, Jen
Hall, giving us an insight into the preparation of a neighbourhood
This year, there is no cost to attend either
event. However, as afternoon tea will be provided between the Forum
and Concert, registration to either or both events is essential.
To book your place visit our Eventbrite page:
access it via the AONB Partnership's Facebook page. For more
information about the event please contact:
01670 622644, email@example.com
|NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AONB
Step forward to become a Coast Path
Walkers on the Northumberland coast are
being asked to become voluntary wardens to help maintain their
favourite sections of the Northumberland Coast Path and other
Coast Care, the National Lottery funded
volunteering initiative on the Northumberland coast, are seeking
walkers to step forward and help to look after the long distance
path and to keep any eye on rights of way in their area.
Iain Robson from the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, who manages
the trail, explained the role. He said: "We want people who
regularly walk a section of trail or paths in their area to help us
keep them open and easy to use.
"This includes cutting back vegetation,
picking up litter, replacing way markers and other simple
maintenance. Walkers will also be 'eyes and ears' on the coast,
reporting more serious issues to the path officers at Northumberland
County Council. There will also be opportunities to join other
wardens on bigger maintenance jobs."
The path wardens will be fully trained and
supported by Coast Care - the new volunteering initiative which is
run by Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, Northumberland
Wildlife Trust and Seahouses Development Trust and supported thanks
to money raised by National Lottery players through a grant of
£522,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Ivor Crowther, Head of the HLF in the North
East said: "The Northumberland Coast Path attracts thousands of
walkers every year who come from across Europe and beyond to walk
along the beautiful Northumberland coastline. Thanks to National
Lottery players, local people who are passionate about their
favourite section of the trail can help to look after it for the
benefit of us all which is just what we wanted to see from Coast
Volunteers will receive some basic training
before being assigned a length of the trail to look after. Other
volunteers are needed to monitor the wider rights of way network in
If you are interested in becoming a
Northumberland Coast Path Warden or Parish Path volunteer, contact
Coast Care via the website www.coast-care.co.ukor email
or call 07813 563047.
|NEWS FROM FORD & ETAL
October: Etal Manor Open Garden Sunday - in aid of
HospiceCare North Northumberland. 1pm-5pm, admission £5
adults, children free. Enjoy walking through the open spaces and
looking at the trees, which should be showing good Autumn
colour. Plant stall, home made teas and live music.
Sorry no dogs.
If you are unable to
make this Open Garden Sunday there will be an opportunity to visit
the gardens between 1 & 5pm on Sunday 21st and 28th October,
with entry by donation.
|Etal garden in
October-2nd November - Half Term Hallowe'en Fun!
The Famous Scarycrow Trail - follow the
trail around the estate and help to choose a winner!
Contributions for Scarycrow Trails welcome, proceeds to Cash 4
Carved pumpkin competition at Lavender
Hallowe'en quiz at Etal Castle
October: Spooky story night at Heatherslaw Cornmill from
6pm. Finishes with soup and home made bread. Entry by
donation - proceeds to Cash 4 Kids
October: Beastly Baking at Heatherslaw Cornmill.
Kids come and make your own pizza! Sessions at 11.30 and
October: St Abb's Pop-up Market, Etal Village Hall,
Spooky Carriage Rides at Hay Farm Heavy
Horse Centre (pre-booking required)
Through the week and on Hallowe'en itself
there will be other Hallowe'en activities and treats to enjoy
For more details:www.ford-and-etal.co.uk - firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: 01890
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND
Last month, on one day on the island,
I experienced three things to treasure:
The first was Michelle Browne's brilliant
conjectures about The Lindisfarne Gospels: She detects in the
beautiful opening illuminated letter that begins each Gospel the
influence of the Irish, the Copts, the Romans and the
Byzantines - so early England was truly multi-cultural.
The second was the launch of the Mission to
the North East by some twenty six bishops assembled on the Heugh in
their purple cassocks. After they had processed across Sanctuary
Field to join the assembled crowd in the Priory grounds Archbishop
Sentamu told the story of Aidan, who witnessed invading warriors
about to destroy Bamburgh by fire, and therefore to end King Oswy's
rule and Aidan's mission. He raised his arm in prayer and the
winds changed, blowing smoke into the nostrils of the horses and
warriors who fled. The Archbishop called us all to pray for God's
winds to blow out what is false and blow in what is good.
The third was a talk archaeologist Dr. David
Petts gave us on the site of the dig on Sanctuary Field. It is
conventional belief that monasteries only buried monks in their
cemeteries within the monastic rath, the general public were buried
elsewhere. The archeologists are digging up bones of children
and adults on this site, so they assume they have still not found
the monks' cemetery. This is indeed possible, but an
alternative possibility has also been aired. Augustine taught that
unbaptised children should never be buried in a Christian cemetery,
but an ancient Irish story says that its OK to bury children with
monks because God sends the rain and baptises them that way!
Wouldn't it be great if all the residents were one big family?
Founding Guardian, The
international Community of Aidan and Hilda
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