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  1. 4 points
    Between Christmas and New Year I was contacted by a resident of Heritage Gardens regarding a letter that had been received from Northumberland County Council (NCC) on the subject of removing trees from Gallagher Park that bordered certain streets, namely Newby Close, Cragside Gardens and Stirling Drive. The concern was that the trees are a useful habitat for the endangered red squirrel and encourage the squirrels to come into the garden which this particular resident enjoyed. The letter was dated 24 December 2020 and was asking for responses by 8 January 2021 as work was due to start the following Monday 11 January 2021. I felt that this wasn’t giving residents enough time to be consulted on their opinions so I wrote to NCC to get this work delayed until a proper consultation had been carried out. Following this, I then wrote and hand delivered letters to all the properties that would be affected in the streets that were mentioned in the letter asking them to contact me with their views. The Friends of Gallagher Park, of which I am chair, have been trying to help increase the red squirrel population in the park and so this was quite a concern to me also. I am pleased to say that a considerable number of residents took the time to write to or telephone me with their views and I’d like to thank all those who did so. As with everything there were differing opinions, some wanting the trees removed and those happy to retain them as it encourages the wildlife to visit on a regular basis, and I have passed all of these comments on to NCC. As a result of highlighting this on social media, I was also contacted by residents of streets in Bedlington Central Ward who had received similar letters from NCC and also had opinions to share; my colleague, Russ Wallace, has similarly taken the matter up with NCC. All this has culminated in a response from NCC to the effect that the work will not go ahead as had been planned and that a more thorough consultation will be undertaken with a view to listening to residents concerns. I understand that some work will need to be done as the park does require some form of tree management, but hopefully a compromise can be reached and avoid this “one size fits all “ approach.
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    This is the best I can come up with. The yearly winner gets their membership tag added onto the disc for the year.
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    He was looking for his face mask - Amazon just turned up with a fresh pack
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    😂 I added a poll (nominations still open). My vote goes to Eggy for maintaining a fantastic gallery and Canny Lass for the quiz.
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    Happy new year everyone, wishing you and your families the best of health and happiness for 2021.
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    I thought we might start the New Year with a summary of the old one: Trump Death Covid Covid Trump Covid Trump Covid Covid More Covid Chrsitm …, Nope, Covid New Yea …, Nope, Brexit Don’t expect any New Year resolutions from me. I intend being the same awkward, cantankerous, irritating, sarcastic delight you’ve all come to know and love! Wishing you all a 2021 filled with good health, love and happiness. PS. Happy Birthday for tomorrow 3G
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    Happy New Year to all.
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    @Canny lass - Happy New Year from Trotter - The dog ---------------- and Wilf
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    Champion😇 All the best for 2021 to every member of this group.🌝
  11. 3 points
    Police are warning: all men who frequent clubs, party goers and unsuspecting bar regulars to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink by any woman. A date rape drug on the market called “beer” is used by many females to target unsuspecting men. The drug is generally found in liquid form and is now available almost everywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, from taps and even large kegs. “Beer” is used by female sexual predators at parties and in bars to persuade their male victims to go home and have sex with them. Typically, a woman needs only to persuade a guy to consume a few units of “beer” and then simply ask him home for no-strings-attached sex. Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several “beers” men will often succumb to her overtures and perform sexual acts on horrific looking women to whom they would never normally be attracted. After drinking “beer” men often wake up with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that something bad occurred. At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life savings in a familiar scam known as a “relationship”. It has been reported that in extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer form of servitude and punishment referred to as “marriage”. Apparently, men are much more susceptible to this scam after “beer” has been administered and sex has been offered by the predatory female over a period of time. PLEASE! Forward this warning to every male you know. However, if you do fall victim to this insidious “beer” and the predatory women administering it, there are male support groups with venues in many towns where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter in an open and frank manner with similarly affected, like-minded men. For the support group nearest you, just look up “Golf Courses” in the yellow pages.
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    Nominations are now invited to win Bedlingtonian of the year on Bedlington.co.uk and I nominate Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) for keeping this website active. There are one or two runners up although there are no prizes unless Mr Crosby, Wallace and Robinson fund it.
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    Merry Christmas to one and all. Have a healthy New Year
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    Have a great Christmas all and hopefully we see the end of corvid in 2021
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    Following the consultation on the Northumberland Line the County Council has launched another consultation on the budget proposals for 2021-22. In the current financial year the Council is forecasting a modest deficit due to the additional and unexpected spend linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information on the budget proposals can be found in the link at the foot of this piece but I would also like to share my own views. Like any organisation the Council can set a balanced budget by increasing its level of income or reducing expenditure. Increasing income is always welcome but it very much depends on the source. For example introducing car parking charges in areas that don’t have them is not something I would support. Such a proposal or something similar would be totally unacceptable as it should not be residents that are milked as a cash cow given the rises in Council Tax in recent decades and the current challenging economic conditions. What the Council needs to focus on is other ways to raise income such as the sale of assets that are no longer required. These could be held by the Council or Advance Northumberland and would provide a boost to income that will help cover the extraordinary costs associated with coronavirus. What the Council also needs to seriously look at is its own cost base and whether it simply needs to stop certain things or reduce what is delivered. Councillor Russ Wallace in a recent post highlighted that the Council has an ‘International Team’. As a Councillor of three and a half years I have little knowledge of what that team does or of any benefits. Information online suggests “It will lead to the introduction of joined-up health and care in state-of-the-art facilities in China.” Whilst this sounds extremely laudable is does beg a number of questions including why the second largest economy in the world needs investment from Northumberland for health facilities. More significantly whilst myself and Councillors Robinson and Wallace are fighting for the crumbs from the table for the town centre it is ludicrous that money is being made available halfway around the world. I would therefore argue that this project should be placed under the microscope and if the benefits cannot be demonstrated to Councillors it should be scrapped. Another pot of funding which is a cause for concern is the money that is made available to Councillors for small schemes. Whilst I endeavour to spend the £15,000 I receive every year in the best way possible I am not convinced that it has always been the case in previous administrations or in the rest of the County. Under the former Labour administration I recall that money that should have spent in Bedlington ending up in Ashington. And just recently a Councillor from elsewhere tried to use the money for resurfacing works in his own street. Not only is that fundamentally wrong but it is also the type of scheme that should be part of the Council’s core budget. Reducing the allocation from £15,000 per annum to £7,500 will not only force all Councillors to think much harder but it would also save up to half a million pounds per year. That is a hugely significant sum which can be achieved for very little impact and should be looked at in any case given that some Councillors appear to stockpile the funding over 4 years then rush to spend it with questionable outcomes. A final proposal is to freeze Councillor allowances for 2020/21. The pay of MPs has been frozen as has pay in much of the public sector including local government. It is therefore inconceivable that Councillors should receive any kind of increase in such circumstances. Please take part in the survey and put your views forward. In my opinion it is about cutting unnecessary costs rather than expecting residents to foot the bill that should be the Council’s focus. https://haveyoursay.northumberland.gov.uk/communications/2021-22-budget-consultation/?fbclid=IwAR3XCl1ONb-SoKYTlxh5djpoMspJyccgLcFsWF3C94Sciu-VXsoD3AFTp8A
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    Beware when walking down or up, the " Black Path",which leads from the car park at the bottom of the Furnace Bank,up to the Beattie Road,Hollymount Terrace area. It is being frequented by the same idiotic set of Wimpy Snowflake "Off Road" bikers,who have no consideration at all for the environment,nor the wildlife,nor those of us who just want a nice quiet walk up through the woods to excercise,and to watch for wildlife. They have removed the Baffles from the exhausts of their bikes,to sound "cool",and they can be heard from over a mile away,as the noise echoes through the wooded valley. The "Amusing" part is,the bikes are TWO-STROKE machines,which depend upon the back -pressure of the Exhaust system,to ensure smooth and efficient operation,and the removal of the baffles is the reason why they are riding by, constantly revving a dying engine as they slow down to get past..ironically,they seem to be polite as they go past and give a nod to us for going out of our way onto the grassy bank,to allow them to pass! I am not a killjoy,and enjoy riding my bike,when the time comes that I might be allowed to get out again,but these kids,are blatantly breaking every motoring and lockdown law in the book...No number plates,no tax,probably no Insurance or Mot,excessive noise,and smoke pollution,riding on prohibited pedestrian walkways, a danger to the public,riding a motorcucle "Two-up",where there is no provision for a pillion passenger..[pillion riding with both legs splayed out...no footrests]..etc etc! I have made my mind up that if I witness one go out of control and end up in the river,I will carry on walking with my terrified Wife,who has been so scared of these people running into her Mobility scooter,that she doesn't want to go back..but I am adamant that we have the right to be there,THEY DON'T!. The Police force are stretched now,so it isn't going to prevent these people ,cos they know they can get away with it. So,all I am saying is,watch how you go if you decide to take excercise down there!!
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    I'm afraid i was, Vic! it's all part and parcel of having a winter birthday. The OH had it worse: I was "taken out" for lunch though - to this hunting tower where something "warming" was waiting to be enjoyed. Sauna and roll in the snow (which I missed last year) were enjoyed on my return followed by "something warming" as is the tradition. However, it was a bit different to the usual, Plenty of phone calls but didn't see a soul all day.
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    I did 🙂 - and ended up playing Mondays 🏌️‍♂️ - Wednesdays🏌️‍♂️ & Fridays🏌️‍♂️ - stayed at home over the weekend to drink more beer🍺🍺🍺🍻🍻🍺.
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    I'm afraid I would be needing proof about that. Are you quite sure it wasn't one of these: ...or even one of these?
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    I hope all on here try to have a good time over the next few days and let's hope for better next year. With seasonal best wishes from Sym
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    December 2020 - photo by Simon Williams of Church Lane, Bedlington.
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    The Santa tour for the west end of Bedlington will being going ahead Monday night, 21st Dec. We intend starting off at 4.00pm and will head off down Link Avenue and along North Ridge. After a stop at the Willian Allen Homes to give our seniors a carol its then into the West Lea Estate. Hazlemere next and then the Meadowdale Estate followed by Cumberland and Westmorland. After going along Deanery Street and Bishops Meadow we will finally end up going to the Chesters. Sorry can’t give exact times but follow our progress and updates either on my page or Leading Link’s Facebook page. Fingers crossed for the weather! Looks like Stead Lane PTA did a great job let’s hope we see as many smiling faces tomorrow night!
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    Merry Christmas everyone, best wishes to you and your families, I hope you all stay safe and healthy.
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    Yipee! It's Christmas! Let the celebrations begin!
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    Merry Christmas everybody!
  27. 2 points
    Where's Wilf? It's not offically Christmas without Wilf!!!!
  28. 2 points
    1. In the book of Genesis, which land is said to lie to the east of Eden? Answer = Land of Nod 2. Marble is formed by the metamorphosis of which rock? Answer = Limestone 3. What would you do in a Cambio? Answer = 4. Which European country produces Tokay? Answer = Hungary 5. Which football club play at Gresty Road and are nicknamed the Railwaymen? Answer = 6. How is deoxyribonucleic acid better known? Answer = DNA 7. Tverskaya is the name of one of Moscow’s most important streets. What was it called prior to 1990? Answer = Gorky Street 8. That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind, said Neil Armstrong. Which of his feet, right or left, made that first step on the moon? Answer = Left 9. What is a killick? Answer = anchor 10. What do fennel leaves taste of? Answer = 11. What does the name Spam stand for? Answer = Specially Produced American Meat 12. Who lived at 221b Baker Street? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Author Raymond Chandler’s wife did the housework in the nude. Answer = I didn’t - but as I dream of that lady cleaning The High Window with her feather duster I imagine the event would trigger The Long Goodbye before the final Farewell My Lady as I enjoy The Big Sleep that will follow.
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    ... and also for creating one of the best galleries of Bedlington photos i've come across. He gets my vote along with Andy Millne, Vic Patterson, HPW, Jammy and your good self.
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    The Bedlington Terrier has changed dramatically since its first appearance in Bedlington in 1825.It was once considered the hardest,meanest,toughest terrier around.It was often used in dog fights,and crossed with Bull Terriers (which Stafford nailmakers had brought to Bedlington) to produce small/medium sized gladiators. Sir Mathew Ridley of Blagdon Hall and Edward Donkin of Great Tosson used Bedlingtons with their foxhounds.The Carlisle Otter Hunt used Bedlingtons with the Otterhounds.The modern Bedlington does not look anything like the original dog,especially in regards to coat. The original dogs had rough,waterproof coats that did not need trimming.The drawing below shows what the early Bedlingtons were like.William Clark,who farmed the Wind Mill Farm in Bedlington,was an enthusiastic early breeder of Bedlington Terriers,and he considered the dog in the drawing below to be remarkably similar to Ainsley's 'Piper',the first dog to be called a Bedlington Terrier,bred in St. Cuthbert's Vicarage in 1825. This is the earliest known representation of a Bedlington Terrier,a drawing of Mr. Taprell-Holland's Peachem,which was published in The Field in November 1869.The dog is very different to the modern Bedlington,with a business-like appearance and a rough coat. In January 1870,a letter by "A" (actually Mr.W.J.Donkin,the secretary of the first Bedlington Club) appeared in The Field,and he mentioned this dog. "Let me assure Senex that where pains have been taken to preserve the breed pure,there has been no degeneration in head,shape,or courage.Of this I had a striking proof at the last Darlington Show. In the Bedlington class were two light liver-coloured dogs in adjoining pens,so much alike as to pass for brothers,or sire and son. They had many admirers,one of whom was William Clark,an old and enthusiastic breeder. From him I learned that Ainsley's Piper was faithfully represented in the specimens before him. Neither of them were known to him,but I may here state Peachem was one,and William Weldon's Billy the other." So,in this drawing of Peachem,we find a "faithful representation" of Ainsley's Piper,the original Bedlington Terrier.
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    “Puns” to make you smile 1. A SIGN IN A SHOE REPAIR STORE: We will heel you We will save your sole We will even dye for you. 2 A SIGN ON A BLINDS AND CURTAIN TRUCK: “Blind man driving.” 3. Sign over a Gynecologist's Office: "Dr. Jones, at your cervix.” 4. In a Podiatrist's office: "Time wounds all heels.” 5. On a Septic Tank Truck: Yesterday's Meals on Wheels 6. At an Optometrist's Office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.” 7. On a Plumber's truck: "We repair what your husband fixed.” 8. On another Plumber's truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.” 9. At a Tire Shop: "Invite us to your next blowout.” 10. On an Electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts.” 11. In a Non-smoking Area: "If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action.” 12. On a Maternity Room door: "Push. Push. Push.” 13. At a Car Dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment.” 14. Outside a Muffler Shop: ...they really mean silencer... "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.” 15. In a Veterinarian's waiting room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!” 16. At the Electric Company: "We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don't, YOU will be de-lighted.” 17. In a Restaurant window: "Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.” 18. In the front yard of a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait.” 19. At a Propane Filling Station: "Thank Heaven for little grills.” 20. And the last...; Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck: “Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises”
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Jealousy 2. Dorset 3. Lizard 4. Bedrich Smetana 5. St. Gabriel 6. Lace 7. Theodore Roosevelt (1906) 8. Tommy Farr 9. Friday 10. Finding the Holy Grail 11. Rock (Not the Blackpool type) 12. Alan Mullery New quiz tomorrow.
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    @HIGH PIT WILMA - just for fun I thought I would check how much walking you were doing. I am always playing with Google Street View getting the distance from A to B along a road. I have seen other Apps/Tools etc that walkers use when they go off through the countryside but didn't think you could use Google Street View for checking 'Off The Road' distances. After a bit of clarting I see you can work out the Off the road distances and the distance from Dene Park car park, along the Black Path, to the exit at the top of Beatty Road is approx 1.17Km = 3,830.58 ft = 0.7254886364 miles. And using other options from the menu(s) that pop up in the white boxes you can get different tracking methods All the people with up to date mobiles will already know about this method of planning a route but with my old 1G Samsung = big keys for sending texts - I don't have any access to any Apps
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    Happy Borthdi Cl.. late as ever! Hope ye had a nice yin! Also hope ye are both keepin weel! Luv frae HPW and C xx
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    Loving the two feet of snow! Definitely going to attempt a pair in the garden.
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    Not sure what happened Vic. First 'copy & paste' looked like the images but when I saved the post the images converted to 'link addresses' so I edited the post; deleted them all and uploaded photos via the ''choose files....'
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    It’s a ’one-legged’ milking stool, a spin-off from the invention of Alfred Nobel who insisted that they were used by his workers when looking after his nitroglycerin vats (Absolut Vodka is not the only good thing to come from Sweden!). The stool prevented workers from falling asleep on the job and risking falling into the vat. Early health and safety, you might say. Nobel’s design was, of course, not so sophisticated as the one in the picture. A later, simple wooden design was used, not only by milk-maids but by people who like them moved from one workplace to another and were required to sit. Strapped to the rear end, you could take your seat with you while keeping your hands free to carry other essential work requirements – milking pails, for example. The modern variant is equipped with a spring coil which acts as a shock absorber for the spine.
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    I'm wondering if anyone knows of any history in queens road. I moved in a few years ago and have wondered about the history of queens road before it was actually called queens road. ive looked all over online and haven't found anything to help with my questions. All I've found were a couple of old pictures of football groups which haven't really been helpful. I would just like to know the history of queens road before it was a council estate in 1980.
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    @r21ewwq - I don't know the year the estate was built but there is some info in the book(s) that Evan Martin had published. A map from 1920-21, published in 1924, does not show the estate, just The Palace theatre. The first map, I can find, that shows the estate is from 1938 - published in 1947. The estate was built on The Palace Fields, next to The Palace Theater. I don't know the year the estate was built but there is some info in the book(s) that Evan Martin had published. The First photo of the Kinks Road houses is from the 1930’s in an Evan Martin book. Again from one of Evan Martin's books - The Palace Theater A compilation of the changes to The Palace Theater
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    Too late to learn John, find a teenager, or be like me and reck everything! I usually figure it out eventually but never sure how. Merry Christmas.
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    1. White Christmas 2. i) Iceland. ii) Italy. iii) Spain. iv) Denmark. v) Germany. 3. Turkey. 4. 808, (178 actual legs) 5. Cupid 6. Ebenezer 7. Michael Caine 8. Krampus 9. Jingle Bells 10. Home alone 11. Tiny Tots 12. Albus Dumbledore. 13. Scottish Reformation, (split from Catholic Church.) 14. Justin Trudeau 15. Norway 16. George V 17. Clement Clarke Moore 18. Christmas, Merry. 19. Reindeer, named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen 20. Professor Hinkle
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    Thank you for trying. Maybe there is nothing else,who knows? Every now and then,something not previously seen turns up. As we say in Wales, Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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    How many votes are we allowed? I'd like to vote for :- Andy Millne - Canny lass - Vic Patterson - High Pit Wilma - Jammy & Bedlingtonian🙂.
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    @Canny lass - nothing definite but this comment was posted by Bob Turnbull An elderly lady lived 29 second street had a Bedlington terrier cant remember her name but was Dennis O Brians gran that was late 50s early 60s
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    You're quite right that 2020 has been quite a year. I'm sure if it hadn't been for COVID we could have had a ceremony to reflect on all the exciting leaps forward in the 5 years since the town centre redevelopment began. I'm not sure which has been my favourite year of the project so far.. 2015 ? when Arch acquired the site? But then again nothing actually happened. 2016 ? when Tesco was demolished? But apart from that nothing actually happened. 2017 ? I don't think anything much happened. 2018 ? definitely a vintage year - we got a website to keep us up to date with "progress". Not that there was any. 2019 ? was probably the standout year - we got a photograph of people in hi-vis with shovels. Apart from that nothing happened. 2020 ? Covid hit so the pace of progressed slowed a little. Maybe 2021 is going to be the big year when we see a brick laid? @Russ Wallace you say 2020 is "A Year Like No Other" - I'd say as far as progressing the future of our town, 2020 has been a year very much the same as 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. I sincerely hope you and your fellow Bedlington councillors can shame your colleagues into making sure that 2021 isn't added to that list of wasted years.
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    The origin Vicarage - was what is now known as The East Wing - goes way way back to the origins of the St Cuthberts, though it has been completely rebuilt the odd time or two. The main Vicarage (nearest the church) is relatively modern, and dates from the mid nineteenth century. The West Wing was built with the proceeds of the Glebe Lands when they were sold for coal mining for the then astronomical sum of about £2000. And yes, it was built for the vicar! See this thread: http://www.bedlingto...ch/page__st__20 One of the most amusing stories was from the time when the then vicar refused to quit when ordered to and held out for many years enjoying "the living", whilst his rival was installed at The Towers just down Church Lane. The full story is told in at least one of Evan Martin's books, and I've seen a Church pamphlet also telling this tale. Surnames of modern vicars - who have been in 20th century residence - include Purvis, Osgathorpe, and Goldie. The much respected Dr. John Brown married Eileen Purvis, and so was no stranger to the vicarage in his younger days.
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    Hello Ian, I am Catherine's sister and live near Bedlington so if you do come up to visit do get in touch and we would be happy for you to stay. Our father and your grandfather were avid members of the Bedlington Cricket Team and I have very fond memories of being at the cricket field with them all.
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    Hello Ian My parents were great friends of your grandparents, John and Eileen Brown. Indeed, Eileen was my godmother and remained firm friends with my mother until her death. You don't say who your father was but I suspect he is my childhood friend and was godfather to my oldest son. We lost touch and it would be great to be in contact with the family again. My email is ******@*****.co.uk. Catherine [eMail Address edited out by moderator to protect member from spam. To contact posting member please use the protected e-mail facility in your control panel. Or alternatively the PM facility (Personal Messaging). If poster still wishes he/she may restore the post to it's original form (and delete this help message).]
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    Hi Ian, like 3g, I also have met you, and your mum several times. If I can find them, as we have since moved house, I have some photos of you taken at our house in Bedlington as a baby with your mum and maternal grandmother. PM me if you would like any more information. And yes, your grandfather was a wonderful man. He always had time to stop and speak to everyone, whatever age, and was always good to our two children.
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