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  2. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Bedlington Memoirs

    Thanks @johndawsonjune1955. Do you know if there any relatives of the Foster family still in the area that would know if there is a copy of the memoirs available to the general public?
  3. Lee Foster

    Bedlington Memoirs

    Alan thanks for your info,I had come across Johns piece on Rose Cottage previously,hopefully someone will have some knowledge of the actual memoirs,take care and once again thanks or taking the time rgds Lee Foster ( West Australia)
  4. Tonyp

    Teaching legends

    Hi everyone with the passing of the great Marty hall R.I.P I think it would be nice to hear stories from other great teachers who educated the people from bedlington with affection & fondness. I'll name a few Mrs Grey the Oval Mr Curruthers & Matty of coarse Whitley memorial,Westridge Mr Douglas & Mr Cook & the few years at Bedlington high the wonderful miss Ramshaw. Scatty but very nice..I'm sure lots of you have lots of stories to tell.
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  6. johndawsonjune1955

    Bedlington Memoirs

    Think i posted the full story ?
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  8. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Bedlington Memoirs

    @Lee Foster if you input "Rose cottage" (with the double quotes) there is a mention of the memoirs in a topic raised by @johndawsonjune1955 . I don't know if John has a copy or knows where to find one. I have seen a couple of facebook postings, with photos, on the Bedlington groups claiming to be Rose Cottage. At the moment I don't have access to them but other members will have. When I get the chance to contact John Dawson I will ask him what info he has and update you but he may read this and comment himself.
  9. Lee Foster

    Bedlington Memoirs

    Hello to all,not sure if this is the correct avenue to go down but will ask .I am seeking a copy of what I presume will be family memoirs written by Mrs JR Mather (nee Forster).She was Ethel Ada Sarah Forster (sometime Foster) and the family lived opposite the Bedlington Iron Works in Rose Cottage.I will be visiting Bedlington in May so if someone knows of a copy, perhaps in a local library or such, that I could access that would be tremendous. Many Thanks Lee Foster
  10. Five parks in Northumberland are to be upgraded thanks to an investment of £287,000. Northumberland County Council's cabinet approved to spend £204,000, with the remaining £83,000 funded by contributions from the likes of town and parish councils. As part of its medium-term financial plan, the local authority has already set aside capital funding of £150,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to invest in parks and green spaces. So far, money has been spent at Jennings Field in Bedlington , Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, and Eastwood Park in Prudhoe. Following the sign-off on Tuesday, Blyth's Ridley Park and Mermaid play area, Alexandra Park in Cramlington , Gallagher Park in Bedlington, and Rothbury's Riverside play area are all set to benefit. At Ridley Park, £45,000 will be spent in total with £25,000 being used to refurbish the hugely-popular water play area.
  11. Canny lass

    Happy Birthday, CL

    Thank you! It was a bit different this year. 31 years ago I was fooled into a hard morning's work clearing snow, followed by a sauna, followed by a roll in the snow, followed by a brown, foul-smelling and foul-tasting drink served in a small glass. It was revolting - but it didn't half put a glow inside my chest. I was lead to believe that this was normal and customary practice on birthdays celebrated during the winter. Talk about being naive and gullible - It was six years later when I learned they were taking the mickey! By that time, having recovered from the shock of the first experience, I'd started to enjoy the procedure (and even the drink - the sacrifices one makes) and ever since then I've thrown myself voluntarily into the snow with gay abandon every January 13th with the exception of one snow free year when I threw myself into a lake (3 degrees centigrade). Never again! Snow, believe it or not, is warmer! This year we are again without snow so I had to make do with the sauna and the drink (well - it might have been two) following which I spent a quiet and relaxing day doing basically nothing. I've had a hectic month with an extremely ill OH so doing nothing was absolutely wonderful!! OH is making a remarkable recovery so we'll make up for lost time when he's properly on his feet again. Thanks again for your kind birthday wishes.
  12. John Fox (foxy)

    Happy Birthday, CL

    Happy Birthday 🙂 🍾
  13. Andy Millne

    Happy Birthday, CL

    Happy birthday!
  14. Vic Patterson

    Happy Birthday, CL

    Happy birthday Canny lass, not sure when it was as I don't see the lists anywhere, hope your surviving winter so far!
  15. Pete

    Happy Birthday, CL

    A bit late But Happy Birthday Canny Lass, hope you had/have a great day
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  17. Cuts to council tax support in Northumberland were given the final nod this week as the cost-saving measure was put to a vote by all county councillors. From April, all households in the county will have to pay a minimum of 8% of their council tax bill, following approval for changes to save £1m a year. At Northumberland County Council's full meeting this week, members agreed a reduction in the level of council tax support for working-age claimants to 92%. The current scheme provides up to 100%, meaning that some households pay no council tax. To a typical band A property, the change will mean a council tax bill of £98.55 per year for a couple/family or £73.91 for a single person. The much-discussed proposal, which has attracted some fervent criticism but was supported by a majority of respondents during a six-week consultation, was passed by 31 votes to 26. There were six abstentions - the Lib Dems and the Bedlington Independents - who could have swayed the vote the other way.
  18. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    You are right about the Welfare playing in the Miners Welfare League in the 1930s onwards. I thought that they had joined a Junior league first but I may be wrong. Will check.
  19. Ovalteeny

    3 Generations Of Miners

    Richard Bloomfield, the league that most of the Colliery teams played in, before and after WW2 was called (I believe) The Northumberland Miners Welfare League. The Aged Miners element was the name of a knock-out Cup Competition. I'm not 100% certain, but from what I read in the old Blyth News/Morpeth Heralds then certainly from 1946 onwards this was the case.
  20. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    The original ground was at Hollymount, not Millfield. He is also wrong about United moving in 1922 (it was 1920) and about them folding in 1930 (it was 1938). I will see if I can post some newspaper cuttings confirming this. The book is right about Welfare Park as the football team appeared for the 1926/7 season.
  21. Ovalteeny

    3 Generations Of Miners

    Hi James, very interesting from Evan Martins book and confirms a few of my thoughts. However, I have read, previously (can't remember where) that you could access the Hollymount Football ground from Front Street East, through an archway, between buildings. So, my guess was that the pitch was where Hollymount Square is rather than Haig Road/Cornwell Crescent. But, I suppose it could be a bit of both.
  22. James

    3 Generations Of Miners

    The attached document is taken from Stephan Martin’s book ‘Bedlington”. He seems to be referring to the same football field as you are but he states it was at Millfield. This would make sense as it would have been an ideal spot for a pitch. Regarding your question about any building work around Hollymount that could of taken place in the 1920’s, there is a map in an earlier post, showing an open area behind Hollymount Hall. This is where the words Holly Mount are printed on the map. Haig Road, Beatty Road and Cornwall Crescent were built there after WW1 and it is possible that a football field could have been here. This is next to the Bedlington Terriers’ pitch
  23. An elderly woman had her purse stolen on Boxing Day after being asked for a glass of water in an alleged distraction burglary. An investigation was launched by officers at Northumbria Police after a report was made on December 26 of an alleged burglary at the home of an elderly woman on Disraeli Street, Blyth. The alleged victim reported that a man had knocked on her door asking for a glass of water – but later discovered her purse and a couple of other items were missing. Police believe the man had attempted to disguise his identity using a coat, scarf and glasses. Christopher Beaney, 40 from Lonsdale Avenue, Bebside, was later arrested and charged with burglary. He appeared at Bedlington Magistrates’ Court on December 28 where he pleaded not guilty to the offence and is next due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on January 25.
  24. Detectives have made a fresh appeal for witnesses after two people were allegedly stabbed in Alnwick minutes apart. The two alleged assaults happened in neighbouring streets in the Northumberland town in the early hours of Thursday, December 27. Officers were first called to an address on Sycamore Avenue at around 1.37am where a 37-year-old man was found and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries consistent with a stabbing. One minute later, a second alleged stabbing was reported at Howling Lane. Emergency services arrived and a 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries consistent with a stabbing. She has since been discharged from hospital. Two men have been charged in connection with the alleged assaults but the officer leading the investigation has made a fresh appeal for witnesses who noticed anything suspicious.
  25. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    B.U.D.C. workers c1978 to identify.

    Ashington Facebook member - Ian Baird is trying to get his old mates from the B.U.D.C. workers c1978. Nos 5, 6 & 11 to identify :-
  26. Maggie/915

    Rubbish of interest ( maybe)

    No idea why this has not been thrown out. circa1998 In Europe not run by Europe!!!
  27. A planning document that will shape the future of Northumberland up to 2036 and beyond was agreed by the full county council yesterday.
  28. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    I have seen the old maps. I am not that familiar with the Hollymount area but.... When the club moved to Church Lane in 1920 the press article mentioned the area where the ground was at Hollymount being part of a building scheme. The article said: "this has been taken for the building scheme". So if someone knows whereabouts houses were built at Hollymount around 1920, you can locate the old ground.
  29. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    They moved from Hollymount to Church Lane in 1920. A "grandstand" was built at Church Lane when they moved. The stand at Hollymount was only built in 1913 so they only used it for playing purposes given the intervention of the First World War. The last time they won the league was the 1907/8 season when they won the East Northumberland League and were promoted to the Northern Alliance. No trophies were won between 1913 and 1920 when the stand was there at Hollymount. It is difficult to tell from a photo but the stand doesn't look brand spanking new so I think 1928 as the Senior Cup was won in 1923 and 1928. The two shields probably symbolise the two Senior Cup victories. So I think 1928/9 ish.
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