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  1. @Malcolm Robinson. LIKE +++! I was up there just before 7 this morning, soo peaceful and good for the soul. I visited Marsh Heslop’s grave while I was there, just to say hello, you’re missed Bonny lass and read the very moving messages left at her grave by her nearest and dearest. I confess I shed a few tears: this world has lost the little rainbow 🌈 which was Marsha. Adding to your list of the living residents of WestLea cemetery, not seen but heard in the evenings tawny owls, visible if you stand still long enough wrens and you’ll hear the little twittering flurries of goldfinches as they bustle about in the hedges. Our place in this life is put firmly into perspective by a visit to the resting places of our dead and, you’re absolutely right Malcolm, the young’ us should be guided to recognise that our own short span of time on Earth should be valued, used well and is ultimately brief in comparison to the bigger picture. The message being ‘don’t waste a single day and stop racing around making lots of noise, because you’re a long time dead . Spend your time wisely“ The Mexicans and the Japanese set aside special times to respect and revere their dead forbears: please Bedlington Council don’t put up a blockade to spiritually healthy meandering through this beautiful space! (However I do recognise that the a******s on dirt bikes do cause a lot of disruption and irritation- instead of closing access maybe just make it only accessible on foot? Regards RoseanneRainbow 😁🌈xxR
    3 points
  2. The cemetary is a great place to go either by yourself or with your dog to chill out for boosting mental health or with kids to teach them a thing or two. I can't be the only one who remembers being taken by Meadowdale Middle School on science/history and art field trips here. There is so much to see and learn, mostly in the old section, but the wildlife there is astonishing. Over the past few years I've seen a kestrel, a barn owl, foxes, tree creepers, woodpeckers, sparrowhawks, a weird possibly crossbreed white rabbit population (???), bullfinches, long tailed tits and much more. The trees and wildflowers are also amazing, not to mention the art of the grave engravings and some of the incredible stories and histories of the families laid to rest there. I'd hate to think that NCC is trying to make it into an empty no-go zone and I still can't understand what possible reason there is for wanting the rear of the new cemetary blocked off when it's such a sizeable area. I'd encourage everyone in Bedlington to take a walk around the place and just enjoy it, responsibly, of course.
    3 points
  3. Howw Man,wa Geordie folks on this site,[whey...my Son keeps correcting me...wa not Geordies at aal...wa Northumbrians!! ...wat thi hell!!]...wat does toot de sweetie mean in punds shullin's ind pence?!!....n wa not Frogs eetha!!Heh heh...nea disrespect..ignorance is bliss we used ti say!! When aa was 15 yrs aad,in 1959,a used ti waak from Hollymoont Square,in the deep snaa,when the Buses were laid off,and waak up the Railway [Tanky]line from the Low Pit,at Scotland Gate,reet up ti the High Pit,a stryght mile,mind that WAS hard work,trudging through Snaa two feet deep and deeper wheor the snaa had drifted![ a total of Fower Miles,afore wi even clocked on!!] The point of aal this is,we wad nivvor hae thowt that one day,ye wadn't see the line,for a lovely wood waak,the Friends of Choppingtin Woods have worked a miracle in creating that haven!! But a canna help but think,when a used ti gaan up the entrance road from Guide Post road,[the PIT ROAD!!]wi LBJ,a used ti stop where the Pit Baths were,and reminisce,get me bearings reet,the Winder Hoose was owa theor,[a gud aad Steam Winder..100 yrs aad!],the Timber Yard doon heor,and the Lamp Cabin and Tally Cabins owa thoer....!! A detested that pit,but noo that a haven't got wee LBJ,ti get me oot,a have luvly memories of gaan doon thon woods in the orly mornin sunleet..Magic!! Aye,Alan's the BUGGER ti see if ye waant ti knaa owt aboot Barn'tin!! Cheers Folks!! HPW.[absent a lot,but still kicking aboot!]
    3 points
  4. I'm fine! just been too busy coping with the heatwave and all the mature fruit it suddenly produced in the garden. Anyone want jam? I've got 37 lbs of it! I've kept up to date reading the site (on my phone - not the best instrument for writing replies) but most non-essential, heat-producing electrical goods (computers among them) have been 'in lockdown'. Thanks for your concern.
    2 points
  5. I agree ... it is a bit of a maze. Say a newby Googles "Bedlington", then selects the .co.uk choice they land on the Home Page with its recent content displayed. However, to get to the Forums (IMO the most useful part of the site) they have to choose Discussions ... a tad convoluted. I reckon most newbies come here looking to do some family history research only to be presented with local news stories ... it's not OBVIOUS where the heritage stuff is. Maybe some simple relabelling might help ... perhaps BOLD buttons saying 'Discussion Forums' with another saying 'Town History' directing newbies to the more interesting places, perhaps the reasons they came here in the first place. Just a thought and in no way a moan.
    2 points
  6. Good morning Alan, thanks for the photograph. They hadn't changed much in later years. I haven't seen either of them for many a year. I always enjoy looking at the photos on the site, some bring back memories but others go to far back. I do know that life was extremely difficult for people in bedlington, especially the miners and their families. My grandfather walked from Lincoln to bedlington to find work in the mining industry before bringing his family to live there. I wonder how Tommy Cullen is doing, don't know how long he lasted in my old regiment after I left in 70, or even if he cam back to bedlington. Hopefully he is well though. Take care and keep safe as this virus hasn't gone away Alan
    2 points
  7. If this is 1948 then nr. 5 (Maud Bower) would be about 14 and that would be about right (born 1934). However, the closure of Netherton Colliery school couldn't have been the reason for the move to West End Council School. It was open long after 1948. I was a pupil there myself for a large part of the fifties.
    2 points
  8. George Campbell is No 33 on this photo. Recently, I sent George, who now lives in Scotland, a copy of this photo. Needless to say he was very happy to get a copy after all these years. George responded with some comments about the photo. George comments that most of the boys in the photo would be aged 13/14 years old and are still wearing short trousers. George provided following information: # 26 is Sylvia Golding (Maureen Curry was a year younger) # 34 is Herbert Nicholson The following pupils are missing from the photo for some reason: Mary Snaith (Netherton) Ella McLean Mary Wilton (may have gone to musical college) Peter Leithard (Netherton) The pupils which came from Netherton Colliery School when it closed are numbers 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 34, 29, 30 in the photo.
    2 points
  9. Definitely bot Netherton. The only windows in Netherton were the four-paned sash type.
    2 points
  10. @Canny lass- some of Alan Dickson's paintings that he posts on the Bygone Bedlington, Cambois and Barrington groups. This photo I would say was 50+ years ago - could be Netherton Colliery - see text. Alan did join this group in 2014 but was only active for just under 5 months. Alan often posts a poem abut each of his paintings. This is a typical Alan Dickson poem :- Mind I had a funny dream , I was tossing and turning, Guess I had too much to dream, Just couldn't fall properly asleep, I remember I was aboot halfway counting the sheep. The cortins kinda fluttered and an old wummin came in from oot of the mist,came forward and sat on the side of the bed and gave me a kiss, I knaa I noticed the silver strands in her auburn hair, And the sparkly things dancing aboot in her eyes, Bugger this old lad was very surprised, To see his Mother putting a hand forward and stroking his head,, I reckon she must have thowt I was worried aboot this or that, But to tell the truth I didn't know what, She just spoke the once!! Son am nivvor very far away, I watch you every day!! I know your getting old, and the hairs whiter than grey, So your Mother thought she'd better call in and tell you, In her eyes, your still her little lad at the end of the day, She gave a little smile and drifted back oot in the mist, Now I wasn't sure if I had been dreaming or not. But I felt my hand ganning up to touch the spot where I thowt she had kissed, I must have fell back into deep sleep, Cos I couldn't see any more sheep.
    2 points
  11. Here's one the right way up, but I still don't know who it is?
    2 points
  12. Essential reading.
    2 points
  13. I don't, and I know canny lass doesn't (as she always checks her posts and edit's where necessary) I very rarely check anything. Most of my edits hinge around adding photos, maps etc. Editing after adding a photo to the text is the only way I've found of being able to continue writing after adding the photo. Sometimes I need to add a comment and then another photo so it involves quite a lot of editing.
    2 points
  14. Covid is looking good! and 9am and it's only 22c, rain forecasted around 2pm.I hope it is an inside wedding!
    2 points
  15. When we lived at Cramlington the living room was North facing so in the summer I could potter, and water, the South facing back garden and then come in to cool down - if i could stop the OH from putting the heating on! Since we moved to Seghill, with a South facing living room I hide in the back of the bungalow and have a 'Stay Cool, Artic Blast' personal air cooler whilst the OH stays in the South facing room, often with windows closed, in the 27c+. Hope tomorrow's forecast for Alberta - 31c + rain - keeps you and the old T running 🏎️
    2 points
  16. CL - It's the current owners of the shop, a delicatessen shop, on St Cuthberts Terrace. The aerial shot is by Nathan Miller, 2017 so it probably had a different owner then.
    2 points
  17. Change that pint to a whisky and I'd do the same.
    2 points
  18. Just reminds me what Bedlington was like on a Saturday night 😜👍🏻
    2 points
  19. Good morning @Tonyp - if we had been sitting in a pub, with pint, and you had of asked me about Viktor Orban I would have replied - no idea who he is🙂. Sitting at the old PC, outside the eu 😱 , with Google available, then it's easy to find out who he is, and what he is saying, but I'm quite happy sorting out what's what in the UK without trying to understand what's really behind what any politician, from any country and any political party, is broadcasting to their public or the rest of the world. It must be easier to follow politics in the UK as they have CCTV in the cabinet offices👁️ :-
    2 points
  20. @lilbill15 I just checked it out by putting the numbers into a grid reference-finder: gridreferencefinder.com It came up with this: Just about spot-on for Puce Bush. Useful tool to have on your outings.
    2 points
  21. This is what it must be like at Bedlington.co IT support..............😂
    1 point
  22. @Andy Millne - just me thinking out loud🙂 I've noticed there have been quite a few new members to the group in the last few weeks but none have posted any comments or questions. Has there ever been a 'New Member' category so any new member can ask about the group eg. navigating through the Gallery etc. or where Admin and/or members can post hints and tips on the group? I hadn't really taken any notice of the Category 'Subscriptions' along the blue bar at the top. Do you think any visitors to the group might think there is a joining fee for this group? I know it's voluntary - but will they? I remember when we had to agree too receive notification via email when people responded to comments. Is that still the case, following the upgraded system, for new members? I can't remember seeing a comment from any of the new members that have joined recently. so I'm wondering whether or not they have found what they joined for or if they haven't managed to navigate the system New member list from the last 5 or 6 weeks :-
    1 point
  23. That sheeps heed is nowt ti di wi me!
    1 point
  24. Jr6468 Tommy Cullen was working as a store man at G T Culpitts the cake decoration factory in Ashington in the 80s but he left there & went south he had 2 sisters one married Eddie Mount the builder the younger one always drank in the Bedlington terrier 7 days a week I believe he was married & had a few kids
    1 point
  25. I do remember those lads as they also lived in Coquetale Place & the top half of Waverley Drive. They were a couple of years older than me but were in the same year as my eldest brother, Derek, at Barrington CP school.#There is a class photo of them in the Barrington CP album. This is a direct link to the 1958 class 6 photo :-
    1 point
  26. Hi everyone, again,the pictures taken if in 1953 are probably the party held for the coronation of the present queen. I was at that party although only 5years old at the time. My Dad and Mum lived in with the Ord family at 31 Beatty road in one room with myself and my sister who was only about two or three months old as we are five years apart in ages. I remember being told to take only a tea spoon to the party. It was a weird feeling as to young to grasp. We moved across street one or two years later as I had to sleep in a drawer so my sister had a cot. Community was really friendly those days. I imagine many of those parents are long gone sadly. Thanks for memories. Jim
    1 point
  27. I don't see the similarity. Kings Road railings don't appear to have the looped top and the angled supports are at a different height. I don't think it's West Lea either. @lilbill15What is it about the photo that makes you think it's an end house?
    1 point
  28. I agree with Cl @lilbill15 - but I can't recognise the area the houses would be or can't remember seeing any old photos with that type of metal garden railings. I think all the metal garden railings in Bedlington were removed in aid of WWII. I'll have a dig around the old photos on all the groups.🍀
    1 point
  29. I LIVED IN 15 OFFICE ROW BEFORE MOVING UP TO 30 ALEXANDRA ROW. DOWN AY THE BOTTOM OF DOUBLE ROW AS YOU WENT DOWN THE HILL YOU HAD A CO-OP THEN ALONG THE TRACK TO PALMERS COACHES. THE OLD INSTITUTE AND BOYS CLUB WERE TURNED INTO THE GLOVE FACTORY. RICHARDSONS HAD A SMALL SHOP IN THERE GARDEN AND UP THE ROAD WAS THE POST OFFICE WHICH WAS THE BACKDOOR OF THE HOUSE. IWENT TO BARRINTON PRIMARY SCHOOL BEFORE GOING TO BEDLINTON SECONDARY SCHOOL.
    1 point
  30. My OH has just said I should mention my 'Mediterranean olives'. Add crushed garlic and mediterranean herbs to your fiiling. Instead of carrots in the sauce add chopped tomatoes and more garlic. A dash of tomato puré can be added to give a bit more colour.
    1 point
  31. There is no such thing as "doing something badly" Where I live, it's called "doing something differently".
    1 point
  32. lilibil15 I was joking Fred West was a a bad man from West Country & they pulled he's house down that's why he's house doesn't exist
    1 point
  33. , hmm, please forgive my first very amateurish video attempt; explanation/clarification available if required 😁🌈x (the brown/white shape on the fence post was a buzzard) x 92146DDB-9ED8-43F9-8CF6-066C1CAA3006.MOV
    1 point
  34. Yay! Fingers crossed that it’s not another flash in the (COVID frying) pan 🤞🏻xx
    1 point
  35. I agree, anything above 22c is waisted on me, I'm in the garden 7am or 8pm watering etc, like the plants I wilt in the heat, otherwise it's put down the awning on the south window, and stay inside as much as possible. Tomorrow I've been asked to drive a wedding couple around town in my old T, I hope it has cooled down by then, July 1st should also be Canada day celebration but it was moved to Saturday (due to Covid) so that may be a parade drive! Luckily we have a very dry heat so it isn't as bad as in the east where it is humid, but this heat also causes the snow on mountain tops to melt and the rivers are high and if it rains we will have big floods! Now 52c is a bit too much, but temperature is a bit like age, just a number, it's how you deal with it! Eggy 20c at three in the morning was very welcome. On the bright side tomorrow in Alberta most of our Covid restrictions are lifted!
    1 point
  36. That explains it! I was starting to think I might be going senile. Google maps and Google Earth use the same pics for the area, from March 2009. I usually concentrate on the more permanent features - lintels, chimneys, brickwork. They don't tend to change as often.
    1 point
  37. At first sight I can agree with you, but if you look at how it was 1911 there are 25: Look at the double lintel across the door and small window of nr. 25. That's been 2 doors - same as all the other double lintels. Nr 15 is for sale (green notice on pole) but the number isn't too clear on a zoomed pic. Here's a closer pic of nrs. 17, 18 and 19 so that you can recognise the doors.
    1 point
  38. I'm sure they do but the only thing I'll be buying from UK is tax-free whisky on return journeys (assuming we ever get let out again). Brexit has meant that buying anything from Blighty involves a delivery time of months. Even a first class letter now takes 3-4 weeks instead of four days. I'm still waiting for a birthday present for a grandson - ordered May 7 in good time for a birthday 3 June. Last tracked June 15 at Heathrow Airport where it was said ti o be "in the post". Should this wonder cure you speak of eventually arrive here, despite all odds, it probably wouldn't be allowed in because it's a medication - and not many are approved by the authorities. I'll just have to plod on with my pillarless airy ellipsoid just as it is.
    1 point
  39. I'm sad to say it hasn't been the same since trig pillars went out of fashion.
    1 point
  40. 28th June 2021 N Cambois beach (Brown’s Farm) happy dog and dolphins sightings this morning 😁x
    1 point
  41. @Donna Clark - including the couple of photos that @Vic Patterson posted above of the Old Hall there are just a few of the building and some info = comments by local Bedlington Facebook group, Bygone Bedlington, members - but I haven't seen any official documents on the Old Hall. This is a 'Then & Now' (Google street view 2020). When the Old Hall was demolished, late 1950's, the new building, Council Offices, included a section, left side, as you look at the building, to 'resemble' the Peel Tower that was part of the Old Hall. This comment by Brian jenkinson - Bygone Bedlington Facebook Group :- Brian Jenkinson The "square bit" on the left started life as a pele tower which predates the hall. The current square structure is "a nod" to its history but is contemporary with the rest of the building (opened in 1961) and not medieval! Some more photos, but no additional info from the members who posted the photos of the old building :- These next photos are through the archway :- This info is from the book - The People's History, Memories of Bedlingtonshire and Beyond - by a local man, Evan Martin and t info was with the photo that Vic posted above :-
    1 point
  42. Another one remember going for walks with my mum or dad,it seemed like miles looking back now it wasn't. But I remember saying how long to go now? "Just around the corner they replied." Long bloody corners lol
    1 point
  43. And a slightly clearer image from Graeme Ogle - Bygone Bedlington Facebook group.
    1 point
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