Till Valley, Archaeological Soc.

On Saturday, December 9 TillVAS is holding a coffee morning and exhibition in Crookham Village Hall, from 10am to noon.

The botanical garden on Madeira. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Three sites to uplift the gardeners

Three key sites in the hills outside Funchal proved ideal for planned garden visits.

Birds on the Farne Islands.

Northumberland, Bird Club

Following a short AGM, members and guests at Bamburgh Pavilion were entertained with a lively illustrated talk by our president Graham Bell.

Bird of paradise is grown widely on Madeira. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

‘Summer’ is not as far away as you may think

With temperatures hovering around 5C and Christmas celebrations approaching, this fellow longed for the summer warmth and flowers, even if just for a few days.

Remember when from 25 years ago, Alnwick Lions Santa

Christmas memories

This picture, published as our Remember When image last week sparked memories for one of our readers.

Acklington Village Hall

Acklington WI, Meeting

Dougie McEwan, of The Stephen Carey Fund, was the speaker when Acklington WI met on November 14, in Acklington Village Hall.

Members of Alnwick Lions Club who have been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Lions Tom Deedigan, Mick Keane, President Louis Warmington centre, Lions Malcolm Pringle, and Andrew Smail.

Jolly good fellows rewarded

Members of Alnwick Lions Club have been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship.


Did you dance the night away?

We’re searching for some information on the top picture. It was sent in by a reader and is believed to be a Hardy’s dinner and dance celebration, but we don’t know when or where it was held. Can you help us identify anyone in it?

A Doddington Dairy cheese hamper.

Trio of World Cheese Awards for north Northumberland company

Doddington Dairy has been presented with three World Cheese Awards, the highest accolade which can be bestowed upon a cheese manufacturing company.
Remember when from 25 years ago, Hipsburn school making Christmas cards

Remember when...25 years ago

Another festive picture for you this week from December 1992.

The aurora on Holy Island by Jane Coltman

Holy Island safe crossing times

From today (Thursday, December 7)

Recently, members of the Wooler U3A Reading for Pleasure Group visited the Refectory Library at Durham Cathedral (not normally open to the public)to examine rare texts relevant to a recently studied book.

A cathedral treasure trove for book group

Wooler U3A Reading for Pleasure Group visited the Refectory Library at Durham Cathedral, not normally open to the public, to examine rare texts.


North Sunderland WI, Meeting

Judith Stephenson opened the meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, welcoming 23 members.

Alnwick Rum and raisin ice-cream at Spurreli, Amble.

FOOD REVIEW: Spurreli’s, The Old Chandlery, Coquet Street, Amble

Some of you may think I’m crazy reviewing an ice-cream parlour in the cold, bleak midwinter.

Whats on
Go for plenty of flowers at bud stage when buying azalea indica. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Get more out of season’s pot plants

Two key winter pot plants, poinsettia and azalea, are perennials, but maintaining the quality of display after the initial year is not straight forward.

Dunstanburgh Castle. Photograph by Jane Coltman.

Alnwick, Camera Club

Members’ Night at Alnwick Camera Club gave people an opportunity to share their work with the group in an informal series of presentations.

Thropton War Memorial Hall.

Thropton WI, Meeting

Thropton WIs tally of excellent speakers during 2017 was raised to an inspirational level at our November meeting with a talk by Liesbeth Langford, who had been a child in Holland during the Second World War.

Phalaenopsis is tolerant of the home environment in all sorts of temperatures and its blooms last for months. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Clear the winter gloom at the garden centre

The national press and learned journals are continually informing us, quoting the relevant scientific studies, that contact with plants is good for our wellbeing.

Remember when from 25 years ago, Alnwick Lions Santa

Memories of Alnwick

These two pictures, which were published last week, have caused a stir with our readers.

Big waves with the tidal surge at Seahouses harbour Picture by Jane Coltman

Seahouses, Probus

The meeting on November 1 began with our AGM. Chairman Chris Hull started with his report of the year.

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