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  2. I would like to thank all who voted and welcome them all on to the stage to accept this award with me
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  4. Happy Australia day, Hope all is well with you, stay safe Brian.
  5. The Ashington to Newcastle passenger line is due to reopen in the next few years, our 10 images recall the line as it was in the 1950s
  6. Happy Australia day to you Brian, will you be having a couple of beers?
  7. Was walking the dog in the woods behind the hazlemere estate in bedlington and found a mountain bike thrown in the bushes way off the path. I left it just in case the owner was about but it was still there next day so I dragged it out and brought it home. It is an apollo mountain bike. If you think it is yours you need to describe it to me in detail. I have found the frame serial number so if you give me that good. It also has a unique kind of lock wrapped around the frame so if you have the key for it that would prove ownership to me. I want the bike to go back to its owner so dont 'try it on' please. Reply to this forum and we will go from there.
  8. Happy Australia Day my friends
  9. Last week
  10. Today’s funeral I gather was for Bob Wright (Wrights of Bedlington). I used to look forward to a sly cake from them on Front Street West after school.
  11. There was a funeral service at St Cuthbert's today must have been 100+ stood together outside church when coffin was being loaded no one wearing a mask
  12. Posted around the same time @Family Detective posted the comment above this photo and info was posted on the Bedlington remembered Facebook group - 12th April 2017 - by Anne Ensoll. . @Bedlingtonian & @Canny lass checked the Bedlington Equitable Co-operative Society 1861-1911 album and it's 'A Locke' that gets a mention on page 57.
  13. Not a lot the general public can do or say in these Lockdown restricting times. Sorry for their loss but would hope with the current R rate etc that a large gathering doesn't pass on the virus that might result in more sadness.
  14. 1. Which instrument is used to measure the strength of earthquakes? Answer = 2. In which country is the source of the Amazon? Answer = 3. What name is given to the cultivation of plants without soil? Answer = 4. What was the Christian name of the Mr. Marks who set up penny bazaars with Thomas Spencer in 1887? Answer = 5. Which stretch of water separates Denmark from Sweden? Answer = Oresund 6. Which two cartoon characters were used by the Ministry of Food during WW2 to promote the benefits of vegetables? Answer = 7. Who had a Top Ten hit with Jo le Taxi? Answer = 8. Who chose Ottawa to be the capital of Canada? Answer = Vic 9. The volume of what shape is equal to a third of the area of its base multiplied by its height? Answer = 10. Androphobia is the fear of who or what? Answer = Men 11. How many years of marriage are celebrated in a china wedding anniversary? Answer = 20 12. Which former Prime Minister was created Earl of Stockton in 1984? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. A bumblebee can fly at speeds of up to 11 km per hour. Answer = I didn’t – but as a child I could run faster
  15. There are a number of reports, online, on the loss of the K class submarines and they include some info on the K5. Unfortunately when you see this statement you can see not a lot was known about what happened to the K5 :- K5 left Torbay on 19 January 1921 with the K8, K10, K15 and K22 as part of the Atlantic Fleet for a mock battle in the Bay of Biscay. The submarine was commanded by an experienced officer, Lieutenant Commander John A Gaimes, DSO, RN, but had a new crew. The other officers on board were Lieutenant F Cuddeford, Engineer-Lieutenant E Bowles, Acting Engineer-Lieutenant G Baker, Lieutenant B Clarke and Acting Lieutenant R Middlemist. The full complement included 51 ratings on board. All 57 hands were lost on 20 January about 120 mi (190 km) south-west of the Isles of Scilly. She had signalled that she was diving but she did not surface at the end of the exercise.[1] An oil slick was discovered and after planks from the battery covers and a sailor's "ditty box" were recovered, it was presumed that she had somehow gone past her maximum depth and been crushed. Links to the online reports on the K series subs :- https://www.submerged.co.uk/the-k5-submarine-disaster/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_K5 https://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/timeline/details/1921-loss-of-submarine-k5 https://www.britishpathe.com/video/submarine-disaster https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/45550413 This one lists some of the men on the K5 and shows a group photo of the K5 sailors :- https://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1921.htm
  16. And here are a couple of photos of Second Street/Plessey Street: This is the whole colliery area showing the four rows in question: Nearest thecamera is Third street followed by Plessey Street (2nd Second Street), Second Street (1st Second Street) and last is First Street. Here you see the gable ends of L - R Second Street (1st Second Street, Plessey Street (2nd Second Street) and Third Street viewed from the northern end (next to the railway line). Finally, this is Third Street viewed from the northern end. Plessey Street (2nd Second Street) is opposite so it's a mirror image of your grandparents home.
  17. OK Martyn, here's the info I mentioned about Second Street vs. Plessey Street. It's a long document but I think it's worth posting for future reference: 1911 census, the enumerators round followed this route around the colliery: First Street 1-32 (3 rooms), 1st Second Street 1-27 (4 rooms), 2nd Second Street 1-30 (3 rooms), Third Street 1-25 (4 rooms) Addresses given by a) Residents and b) Enumerator for dwellings in Second Street Netherton1911 census. Details in brackets are amendments to the residents entry made by the enumerator. Deletions made in the form of crossing out also made by the enumerator and the address amended to match his own records. I can add here that even one resident of First Street gives his address as Plessey Street. So great was the confusion. Note that two residents refer to their address as Plessey Street “West”. I find this odd as it would have been the eastern part of Second Street adjacent to First Street. a)Resident b)Enumerator (1st) Second Street 1st Second Street 2 Plessey Street 2 Second Street 2 Plessey Street 2 1st Second Street 2 Plessey Street West 2 1st Second Street 3 Plessey Street 3 1st Second Street 4 Plessey Street West 4 1st Second Street 5 Plessey Street 5 1st Second Street 6 1st Second Street 6 1st Second Street 7 Plessey Street 7 1st Second Street 9 (1st) Second Street 9 1st Second Street 10 Plessey Street 10 1st Second Street 12 Second Street 12 Second Street 13 (1st) Second Street 13 1st Second Street 14 (1st) Second Street 14 1st Second Street 15 Plessey Street 15 1st Second Street 17 (1st) Second Street 17 1st Second Street 19 (1st) Second Street 19 1st Second Street 20 (1st) Second Street 20 1st Second Street 21 (1st) Second Street 21 1st Second Street 22 (1st) Second Street 22 1st Second Street 23 (1st) Second Street 23 1st Second Street 24 (1st) Second Street 24 1st Second Street 25 (1st) Second Street 25 1st Second Street 26 Plessey 26 1st 2nd Street 27 1st (Second) Netherton 27 1st 2nd Street 1 (2nd) Second Street 1 2nd Second Street 2 (2nd) Second Street 2 2nd Second Street 3 2nd Second Street 3 2nd Second Street 4 Plessey (2nd Second) Street 4 2nd Second Street 5 2nd Second Street 5 2nd Second Street 6Plessey (2nd Second) St. 6 2nd Second Street 7 Second Single(Second) Street 7 2nd Second Street 8 Second Street 8 2nd /2nd Street 9 2nd Street 9 2nd Second Street 10 Second Street 10 2nd Second Street 11 2nd Second Street 11 2nd Second Street 12 Second Street 12 2nd Second Street 13 second Street 13 2nd Second Street 14 Second Street 14 2nd Second Street 15 Second Street 15 2nd Second Street 16 Second Street 16 2nd Second Street 17 2nd Street 17 2nd Second Street 18 Second Street 18 2nd Second Street 19 Second Street 19 2nd Second Street 20 Second Street 20 2nd Second Street 21 Second Street 21 2nd Second Street 22 Second Street 22 2nd Second Street 23 2nd Second Street 23 2nd Second Street 24 2nd Second Street 24 2nd Second Street 25 Second Street 25 2nd Second Street 26 Plessey Row 26 2nd Second Street 27 Second Street 27 2nd Second Street 28 Second Street 28 2nd Second Street 29 2nd Single Row 29 2nd Second Street 30 Second Street 30 2nd Second Street Any questions, feel free to ask.
  18. Hello Martyn and welcome to the forum! I was born 1947 in Howard Row but the family was moved shortly after - also to Hartford Road - when those houses were to be demolished. We returned to the colliery houses prior to my starting school in 1951when a house in Third Street, across the road from Plessey Street, became vacant. About the name Plessey Street, there’s not much more that I can say than that which I said earlier -Nov 19 2016 in the topic ‘Plessey Row, Netherton’. The houses were built around 1905 and comprised 4 rows of houses built around 3 ‘thoroughfares’ - or ‘streets’. The rows were then named First-, Second-, and Third Street BUT Second Street comprised two rows of houses which shared one ‘thoroughfare’. It was these thoroughfares that gave the address of the various dwellings, rather than the dwellings themselves. For identification purposes, the rows of houses appear to have been given, at least officially, the names: 1st Second Street and 2nd Second Street. However, there appears to have been a great deal of confusion even among the residents. I’ll post some evidence of this shortly. During my lifetime in Netherton that shared thoroughfare was never surfaced with concrete as were the other two to the east and west – First- and Third Street. It remained an area of rough ground with quite a lot of weeds. As it was flanked by the front doors (the 'posh' entrance you could say) of Second Street’s two parts, it was hardly ever used for other than funerals when coffins were taken out through the windows of the front room because a coffin leaving by either the front- or the back door was physically impossible. All services to Second Street dwellings: coal delivery, bakers-, butchers- fishmonger’s vans etc. went via the back yards of the properties facing First- and Third Street which were used for access. I sometimes wondered if that rough area had at some time been a small garden area. First and Third Street had large gardens outside their front doors - much larger than would have been possible for the two parts of Second Street. From at least 1951 (my earliest recollection of Netherton) Second Street residents had no garden but had access to an allotment on the site of what used to be the gardens of the former South Row to the east of First Street. This row must have been demolished prior to the building of the 1905 housing. There are plenty of photos of the four rows of housing in the gallery – Historic Bedlington/Netherton-Nedderton Old Photos OR Netherton-Nedderton Old Photos 2.
  19. Hi All, My mother, grandmother and grandfather lived at 26 Plessey Street, Netherton Colliery, until my grandfather died in 1922 when the steam submarine he was serving on, K5, dived and never resurfaced. There was some discussion as to why Plessey Street wasn't named until 1961, but on the telegram informing my grandmother of his loss the address is clearly shown! Anyone have any old photos of Plessey Street, or news reports of the loss of the K5 ? If so I would be grateful of anything related. My grandmother later lived in Bedlington at 19 Hartford Crescent, and later at Hogarth Cottages. Her name was Hannah Livingston, but in 1922 was known as Hannah Charman. Thanks.
  20. 1. Which instrument is used to measure the strength of earthquakes? A Richter scale 2. In which country is the source of the Amazon? Peru 3. What name is given to the cultivation of plants without soil? Hydroponics 4. What was the Christian name of the Mr. Marks who set up penny bazaars with Thomas Spencer in 1887? ------- 5. Which stretch of water separates Denmark from Sweden? The Baltic sea 6. Which two cartoon characters were used by the Ministry of Food during WW2 to promote the benefits of vegetables? --------- 7. Who had a Top Ten hit with Jo le Taxi? Vanessa Paradee 8. Who chose Ottawa to be the capital of Canada? Queen Victoria 9. The volume of what shape is equal to a third of the area of its base multiplied by its height? A cylinder 10. Androphobia is the fear of who or what? Men 11. How many years of marriage are celebrated in a china wedding anniversary? 10yrs 12. Which former Prime Minister was created Earl of Stockton in 1984? Harold MacMillan
  21. 1. Seismograph. 2. Peru. 3. Hydroponics. 4. Michael. 5. The Sound. 6. Potato Pete, Doctor Carrot. 7. Vanessa Paradis. 8. Queen Victoria. 9. Prism. 10. Men. 11. 20th. 12. Harold Macmillan.
  22. It's Friday already! 1. Which instrument is used to measure the strength of earthquakes? 2. In which country is the source of the Amazon? 3. What name is given to the cultivation of plants without soil? 4. What was the Christian name of the Mr. Marks who set up penny bazaars with Thomas Spencer in 1887? 5. Which stretch of water separates Denmark from Sweden? 6. Which two cartoon characters were used by the Ministry of Food during WW2 to promote the benefits of vegetables? 7. Who had a Top Ten hit with Jo le Taxi? 8. Who chose Ottawa to be the capital of Canada? 9. The volume of what shape is equal to a third of the area of its base multiplied by its height? 10. Androphobia is the fear of who or what? 11. How many years of marriage are celebrated in a china wedding anniversary? 12. Which former Prime Minister was created Earl of Stockton in 1984? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. A bumblebee can fly at speeds of up to 11 km per hour. Answers on Thursday next week.
  23. Great pity. John D. Tindal does have living relatives in both England and America.
  24. Out for a walk this lunchtime and I was a little surprised to see around 5-600 people attending a funeral in the cemetery.
  25. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A caring and much-loved great-great-grandmother has enjoyed birthday greetings from over 3,000 people as she turns 100. Former care assistant Rosie Cochrane entered her second century on January 21 this year. Although lockdown means the celebration, from her assisted living home in Bedlington, wasn't quite what she might have planned before the pandemic, granddaughter Christine Logan was determined to ensure 'Granny Rosie' was showered with love on her special day. Northumberland County Council fostering team manager Christine said: “Growing up I would watch her and my mam care for others, and just knew I wanted to do the same. "She has always put others first and cared for others where she can, be it family, friends or through her work. She is a real inspiration and it is because of her I chose my career path and have also fostered to help others in any way I can. "It has been a really difficult time not being able to see her. She loves to get her nails and hair done, go shopping and travel. But we know we must do all we can to keep her safe and ourselves right now.
  26. @Canny lass - reply on Facebook from Hazel Krzyzanowski - ' ..sorry I don't know anything about it . I just shared the posting off someone in our group, sorry xxx' Normally that means that the photo + comment, from the person who initially posted it, has been 'Shared' = posted from one Facebook member to another and so on and so on - so tracking back to Lewis barker could be a never ending trail of 'Shares'.
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