Taste of Italian Riviera in Northumberland

A touch of the Italian Riviera is coming to the little north Northumberland village of Ford.

Roses are members of the family rosaceae, but there is much more to it than that. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually

“Why do we have to use long botanical names that are so difficult to pronounce, instead of sticking to the common type? And why do they keep changing the names of plants we’ve known for years?”

Remember when from 25 years ago, Playhouse, Sinbad the Sailor

Who was Sinbad?

We’re still searching for more information about this picture of an Alnwick amateur dramatics group in Sinbad the Sailor, published at the end of last year.


Northumberland, Bird Club

In a new venture for Christmas, the meeting of the Bird Club at Bamburgh in December was much more informal. Four members described birding holidays in 2017, and mulled wine and mince pies were served in the interval.

Jane Lovett

Get ahead with Jane’s book

A Northumberland woman has released her second cookbook.

Bonny baby of the ‘70s

Bonny baby of the ‘70s

Where did this bonny baby end up? Pictured is little Stephen Pink, sometime in the 1970s, playing with a teddy bear having won the Alnwick section of the North Eastern Co-op’s bonny baby competition.

Remember when from 25 years ago, Glendale Middle School, cheque presentation

Remember when...25 years ago

This picture, published in the Gazette in January 1993, shows pupils and staff from Glendale Middle School and a giant cheque.


Thropton WI, Meeting

President Bev Dean warmly welcomed members to our first meeting in 2018.

Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. Photograph by Jane Coltman

Holy Island safe crossing times

From today (Thursday, January 18)

The Coach Inn Onion Club, Lesbury, members at the presentation of a �200 cheque to HospiceCare North Northumberland`s representative Jane Stratton. The money was raised from a raffle and auction of produce at their annual show at The Coach Inn, and the cheque was presented by Chairman John Aynsley to Jane Stratton.

Onion club grows HospiceCare funds

Members of The Coach Inn Onion Club in Lesbury are pictured at the presentation of a £200 cheque to HospiceCare North Northumberland’s representative Jane Stratton.

A representative of Trotters Family Bakers, second left, with Carol Smillie, right, at the awards.

Baker lands double gold at top awards

A north Northumberland baker landed two gongs at a prestigious competition last week.

Puffins on the Farne Islands by Jane Coltman

Alnwick, Camera Club

Kevin Murray, a club member, gave a packed audience an outstanding show of wildlife photography. In the words of club chairman Dave Dixon, “all his images could be winners.”

The hippeastrum makes a present with a difference. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Amaryllis raises smiles in any year

No wonder the hippeastrum (Amaryllis) was flagged up as Plant Of The Month in December.

Dr Willie McDonald's Bag at Belford Museum.

New displays for the new year at museum

A new season has begun at Belford Museum.

Poached monkfish at The Jolly Fisherman, Craster.

MEAL REVIEW: The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

It’s a little over five years since my last review of The Jolly Fisherman in Craster, but it remains a staple of the north Northumberland food scene.

Whats on
Embleton Bay Beach

Embleton WI, Meeting

Icy roads and seasonal ailments prevented some members from attending the December Christmas party of Embleton WI, held in the Parish Rooms. However, vice president Lady Craft was able to welcome 11 members to the party.

Cyclamen in January. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Don’t let good plant material go to waste

Surrounding yourself with flowering houseplants is one way of making gloomy January days more bearable.

Remember when from 25 years ago, Eglingham School, 'Victoriana'

School faces of the past

This image, published in last week’s paper, has received a lot of comments on our Facebook page.

Fregola con pesce

MEAL REVIEW: Pani’s Cafe, High Bridge, Newcastle

As an entertainments reporter, panto season is a busy time of year – especially when there are so many brilliant ones to go and see in the North East.

Whats on
A view of Wooler
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Wooler, History Society

David Harris-Jones, head miller at Heatherslaw Mill, effortlessly demonstrated traditional bread-making to an intrigued audience at Glendale Local History Society.

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