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    West Bedlington Town Council 2019 - Autum Newsletter - https://westbedlington.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/3.-Autumn-2019-Residents-Newsletter-FINAL.pdf gave info on a Sun Dial for the Bedlington Market Place. Today - John Krzyzanowski posted this photo, and comment, on the Facebook group - Bygone Bedlington John Krzyzanowski Admin · 18 hrs I know this isn't historical yet but for those of you who no longer live in Bedlington I thought I would show you this new sundial on Bedlington Front street. designed and made by a Bedlington man. I think it's a fantastic piece of art that I would definitely stop and look at if in another town on holiday. Apparently Mr Moss spent 4 years on it. Photo courtesy of John Fox.
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    At last the upgrades to the front of the West Lea Cemetery have started. This is a jointly funded project between West Bedlington Town Council and myself. After being contacted by residents who asked about getting this path line and hedging sorted out because it was an eye sore and at times impassable, the Town Council agreed to help me fund it. Many thanks to them on another joint project in my ward. The first phase is nearing completion with the installation of a new metal fence designed to match the existing ones at the entrance. The second phase will be to plant mature hedging in all of the gaps in the existing hedge line. This will be carried out when the time for planting is suitable.
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    Visitors to my garden during isolation: Harry, the gardener. doing a great job on the dandelions, and, unfortunately, the daisies!
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    Photos fro Simon Williams
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    . How many milk teeth does a child normally get? Answer = 20 2. Which number comes next: 61, 122, 183, 244? Answer = 305 3. The first pop video was used to promote which single that first topped the charts in 1975? Answer = Don’t know which one but one of these :- 11 January "Lonely This Christmas" Mud 18 January "Down Down" Status Quo 25 January "Ms Grace" The Tymes 1 February "January" Pilot 22 February "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 8 March "If" Telly Savalas 22 March "Bye Bye Baby" Bay City Rollers 3 May "Oh Boy!" Mud 17 May "Stand By Your Man" Tammy Wynette 7 June "Whispering Grass" Don Estelle & Windsor Davies 28 June "I'm Not in Love" 10cc 12 July "Tears On My Pillow" Johnny Nash 19 July "Give a Little Love" Bay City Rollers 9 August "Barbados" Typically Tropical 16 August "I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" The Stylistics 6 September "Sailing" Rod Stewart 4 October "Hold Me Close" David Essex 25 October "I Only Have Eyes for You" Art Garfunkel 8 November "Space Oddity" David Bowie 22 November "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." Billy Connolly 29 November "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 4. Which US president was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth? Answer = Abraham Lincoln Did you know that President Lincoln was shot in the head at Ford's Theatre in Washington AND an attempt to shoot President Ford was outside a theatre whilst getting into a Lincoln. 5. What is the SI unit of work or energy, named after a British physicist? Answer = Joule Joule, unit of work or energy in the International System of Units (SI); it is equal to the work done by a force of one newton acting through one metre. Named in honour of the English physicist James Prescott Joule, it equals 107 ergs, or approximately 0.7377 foot-pounds. 6. Which dish normally consists of cooked rice, flaked fish and hard boiled eggs? Answer = Kedgeree 7. What is a hornbeam? Answer = tree 8. Who was the younger brother of Cain and Abel? Answer = Seth 9. Who starred as Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe in TV’s Wycliffe? Answer = Jack Shepherd 10. In the RAF how many squadrons make up a wing? Answer = 3 Most flying squadrons are commanded by a wing commander who oversees around 200 personnel and between 12 and 16 aircraft. A squadron is further divided into flights, under the command of a squadron leader. A squadron usually consists of three flights. 11. Linonophobia is the fear of what? Answer = string A piece of string walks into a bar A piece of string walks into a bar and walks up to the counter. The bartender says, "Sorry mate, we don't serve pieces of string in here, get lost." Upset, the piece of string walks out the door. A sudden thought strikes him. He ties himself in a knot and messes his hair up. He walks back into the bar and approaches the counter. The bartender says, "Oi, aren't you that piece of string from before...?" "No," says the piece of string, "I'm a frayed knot." 12. Which symbol denotes a battlefield on an Ordnance Survey map? Answer = crossed swords I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Reuters, now one of the world’s biggest new agencies, began in 1850 – using pigeons. Answer = Coo I never knew that. -------- My homing pigeon died. I’m worried it will come back to haunt me.
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    Wouldn't mind one of those in my garden! Love it! The whole design just screams BEDLINGTON, from the terrier to the winding gear!
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    Tuesday - June 16th 2020 :- Why did Cinderella get kicked off the football team? ...........................................Because she kept running from the ball! What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet?................................“Supplies!” You know what the loudest pet you can get is?..............................................................................................A trumpet. Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil?..............................................................Because it’s pointless! Why did the scarecrow win an award?.........................................................................He was outstanding in his field. What did the buffalo say when his son left?................................................................ Bison!
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    Sorry it's a bit late! Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Prostitute. At 85 yo she was the oldest prostitute in the UK, possibly in the world. 2. As 3. Pudding Lane 4. Keith Moon 5. The Ulna nerve 6. Thelma 7. General Pinochet 8. Binnacle 9. A tree 10. Queen Mary 11. 16 or 7 both are acceptable. Each cow has 4 stomachs –or one stomach with four compartments (depending on which line of thinking you follow. Each horse has one stomach 12. 2001 New quiz tomorrow!
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Ikea 2. Nothing compares 2 U 3. Blackthorn 4. All Saints Day 5. Brazil 6. Baron Frankenstein 7. K 8. Poult 9. Ice Skating 10. Nunatak 11. Bona fide 12. Larry Grayson
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    He used to be called Kitty Brewster by us but his actual name was Roy. He did have a loud/rough voice. I think he talked a lot. He was a mate of Morris Pattie at one time. Possibly because he lived in the same area/street.
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    Well that sorts that out! Lol
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    Sounds like the folding stuff and coins are the last thing our local taverns will take..........contactless seems to be the preferred option.....
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    So true Eggy but thats just the tip of the iceberg ! BTW we sometimes skip July.
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    Tuesday - one line joke night - Canada's turn - Vic's probably know these :- What do urine samples and Canadian beer have in common? ....................................................................... The taste! What are the 2 seasons in Canada? ........................................................... Winter and July! What do Canadians sing when they get excited .............................................................. Who let the sled dogs out! What is the difference between a Canadian and a canoe? ......................................................................................A canoe tips. How does a Canadian hold up their hair? ...................................................... With moose. How do you know Adam was a Canadian? .............................................................................. Who else could stand beside a naked woman and be tempted by a fruit?
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    Three years and one month on since I started this thread and what has progressed in the intervening period? Of course COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the works everywhere but it would be nice if the InvestingInBedlington.co.uk site was updated at least quarterly but yet again months upon months of silence. In February we were a couple of weeks away from a "final" planning decision. Whats more now the "Contact Us" page doesn't work and the email address bounces. Any ideas whether a) the redevelopment is still going ahead or if Aldi have thought twice and pulled the plug and b) assuming it is still going ahead... when are we going to see the first brick laid? Slightly annoying driving through Amble and seeing their shiny new Morrisons complete with Petrol Station that took around 12 months to approve, build and open while we are sat 5 years on from Arch acquiring the land in Bedlington with absolutely nothing to show for it.
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    My dad was Ernie Gurney the butcher next door to The Gardner’s Arms. My Mum and Dad were in business in Bedlington from 1954. My dad went to work as Manager in the meat department in Laws Stores in 1978 until he died suddenly in October 1979. My Mum ran the shop but also had a very successful outside Catering business. She continued to live in the family house until her death in June 1995. I have two brothers and a sister and we were all brought up there. I remember Ned Metcalf and his wife ‘ Ginny’ as he called her very well. They had no children and they were very fond of me. He was a strict old man but he would let me talk to him and his wife but above all, I was always with his dogs. I remember going to The One O’ Clock show with him and meeting Jackie Collins.....well I was told it was her. When something like Pathe News that used to be on at the cinemas came to make a film about the dogs, Ned said he’d only do it if They Baird’ came. I was filmed with the dogs and walked them up and down the path beside the War Memorial. I remember the film crew gave me lots of money for being a good girl and my elder brother Allan who was there watching and myself bought ice cream for the family at Bacci’s on the way home. I was also in The Blyth News when one of the dogs had a particularly good litter of pups.
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    1. Which furniture chain was founded in 1950 in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad? Answer – IKEA 2. Which Sinead O’Connor single topped the charts in 1990? Answer = Nothing compares 2 U 3. Sloes are the fruit of which shrub? Answer = Blackthorn or if you ask wor Simon, who goes out and gathers them, - Prunus spinosa 4. By what name is November 1st known? Answer – All saints day - also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints. 5. Which was the first country to win football’s World Cup four times? Answer - Uraguay 6. Which screen role connects Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Sting and Kenneth Branagh? Answer = Frankenstein 7. Which is the only letter worth five points in a game of Scrabble? Answer = K In Words With Friends both the K & V are worth 5 points. 8. What is a young turkey called? Answer = poult From the late 16th century, thousands of geese and turkeys were walked the hundred miles from Norfolk to Leadenhall market in London each year. The journey would take three months and the birds wore special leather boots to protect their feet. Geese wouldn’t allow themselves to be shod (hence the contemporary phrase “to shoe a goose” for something difficult), so their feet were dipped in tar and covered with sand. 9. Brian Orser was a world champion in which sport? Answer = Ice Skating Brian Ernest Orser, OC (born 18 December 1961) is a Canadian former competitive and professional figure skater. He is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medallist, 1987 World champion and eight-time (1981–88) Canadian national champion. 10. What name is given to an isolated mountain peak protruding through an ice sheet? Answer = Nunatak Nunatak, isolated mountain peak that once projected through a continental ice sheet or an Alpine-type ice cap. Because they usually occur near the margin of an ice sheet, nunataks were thought to be glacial refuges for vegetation and centres for subsequent reoccupation of the land. 11. Which well known Latin phrase means ‘in good faith’? Answer = Bona fides 12. Whose catchphrase was “Shut that door!”? Answer = Larry Grayson Or as my wife would tell you – me. My kids know what happens when you leave the door open from the South facing warm sitting room into the colder hall way where the thermostat is fitted ie. the warm air rushes into the hall, rises and ups the thermostat level = central heating switches off. I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Al Capone’s business card gave his profession as ‘secondhand furniture dealer’. Answer = I didn’t
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    I'll have to find something else to keep me out of mischief on a Thursday and Friday afternoon/night then. Gardening and feeding the wildlife is morning work. Last quiz, now that Britain is going to the pub on a Friday again: 1. Which furniture chain was founded in 1950 in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad? 2. Which Sinead O’Connor single topped the charts in 1990? 3. Sloes are the fruit of which shrub? 4. By what name is November 1st known? 5. Which was the first country to win football’s World Cup four times? 6. Which screen role connects Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Sting and Kenneth Branagh? 7. Which is the only letter worth five points in a game of Scrabble? 8. What is a young turkey called? 9. Brian Orser was a world champion in which sport? 10. What name is given to an isolated mountain peak protruding through an ice sheet? 11. Which well known Latin phrase means ‘in good faith’? 12. Whose catchphrase was “Shut that door!”? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Al Capone’s business card gave his profession as ‘secondhand furniture dealer’.
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    Bates Colliery behind the offices around the wash plant area taken late 1950's
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Twenty 2. 305, Add 61 to each number 3. Bohemian Rhapsody 4. Abraham Lincoln 5. Joule 6. Kedgeree 7. A tree 8. Seth 9. Jack Shepherd 10. Three 11. String 12. Crossed swords New quiz being prepared for tomorrow.
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    I still get emails about these, on my old PC, that I hardly ever check. Couldn't remember my password for this site and the PC blocks this forum. After much faffing about I'm back in. Can't believe I didn't recognise Tommy Percy, it was he who gave me lessons all those years ago, I used to go to his house every week and remember his lovely wife bringing tea and biscuits. Nice to see more names added though.
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    Copy and paste used to easy - must be me dexterity; it must be me dexterity.🙃
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    Slightly pedantic but no. 9 is Margaret JOISCE, my aunt who passed away when she was very young. My dad is enjoying looking through these photos, thank you for posting them!
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    It's Tuesday night - and that's not a joke 🐇 I’m thinking about removing my spine----------------------------------------------------- I feel like it’s only holding me back.🐦 Did you hear about the two thieves who stole a calendar? ---------------------------------------- They each got six months.🦔 I’m terrified of elevators….............................................................so I’m going to start taking steps to avoid them.🐰 I used to hate facial hair…............................................................................................... but then it grew on me.🐔 Did you hear about the two thieves who stole a calendar?............................They each got six months.🐿️ I’m terrified of elevators….......................................................... so I’m going to start taking steps to avoid them.🐍
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    ... and say hello to the quintuplets! On their first outing today with no sign of an adult. They seem to have adopted me, accept nuts and climb all over me if I sit down beside them and they are hungry. I saw mum nest-building under the barn roof a few weeks ago so I think they've been born in there. Delightful little creatures!
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    The cleaning squad. Fizzy the pheasant and his little helpers - the squirrels Nutkin. Keeping things spotless under the birdfeeders.
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    Thanks for your reply-just remembered no.2 the principle cornet player was called Trevor-so sorry no surname. No recollection of no. 4. probably a borrowed player-quite common to play for another band. At that time I was playing for Dunston silver band-Durham county youth band, Buradon Band, Felling band and Whickham comp.school band-as I had just turned 15 at the time.
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    @george.atkinson. - names updated. I assume you have copies of the photos that you are on? The member - Bandsman1966 (Biff's son) that posted the photos hasn't visited the group since November 1st 2018. Any names I have added since Bandsman1966 visited have been from ex Netherton Colliery people that are members of the local Facebook groups.
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    Hi, I have been meaning to contact you with some information about this photo for a while. I am no. 8 George Atkinson. No. 2 was the principle solo corner player-sorry can't remember his name. No.8 George Atkinson solo cornet. No.17 was called Vivien, Tenor Horn. (sorry can't remember her surname) No.21 was Brian Harding B flat bass. No.22 was Ian Lambs father. No.23 was a representative of Brentford Nylons. By the time this was taken Joe Grant had left the band (think he went to Ashington) Hope this is of some help 🎺🎺🎺🎺
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    Dorothy Sadler has identified No 10 - Bob Kennedy.👍
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Magna Carta 2. The Central Line 3. Ena Sharples 4. Pansy 5. Head to foot 6. Crimean War 7. Winston Churchill 8. Pancakes 9. Blood and Fire 10. Australian 11. An Electric guitar (Used by Jimi Hendrix) 12. Four New quiz tomorrow.
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    Are you taking bookings Eggy? I've got a big party coming up next year!
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    I was talking yesterday to a man who worked at the opencast at Westlea. This was on the right hand side of the road coming from Nedderton Village towards Bedlington. From that road you turned right into Netherton Lane towards Westlea. However he did say there was also an opencast on the left hand side of the road from Nedderton Village to Bedlington which went from the road side where you turned into Netherton Colliery and across the fields to Netherton Colliery . This would have been the 1960s. I said that it was Dr Milligan's car which had gone down into the opencast, however it was Doctor Stone and I think it was his son. Maybe in the mid 60s?
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    @Canny lass - the construction of 'Big Geordie' - hope one of these links work :- http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/big-geordie https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-big-geordie-1970-online
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    That's great. Now I know the name, I might be able to find out something more about it. Thank you for all your help.
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    Hi Alan Yes thanks I checked this site out a while ago very informative
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    It is from the old-maps.co.uk site and labeled 1984-1993 but I have found their dating to be a little unreliable sometimes. I hope that this helps!
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    1. Original copies of what can be found only in Salisbury Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and the British Museum? Answer = Magna Carta 2. On a London Underground map which line is coloured red? Answer = Central 3. Which Coronation Street character was played by Violet Carson? Answer = don’t care – refuse to look it up - 4. Which type of flower is sometimes known as heartsease? Answer = Viola Tricolor 5. What does cap a pie mean? Answer = head to Foot 6. Which war was fought 1853-1856? Answer - Crimea 7. Who said “When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite”? Answer = Winston Churchill 8. Which food item is used in an annual race at Olney, Buckingham shire? Answer = egg 9. What is the motto of the Salvation Army? Answer = Blood and Fire 10. What nationality has Wimbledon champion Rod Laver? Answer = Australian 11. What is a Gibson Flying V? Answer = Electric Guitar 12. Of how many islands does the Autonomous Region of Madeira consist? Answer = 3 (or it might be 8) Madeira Islands, Portuguese Arquipélago da Madeira, archipelago of volcanic origin in the North Atlantic Ocean, belonging to Portugal. It comprises two inhabited islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, and two uninhabited groups, the Desertas and the Selvagens. I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Nelson’s body was brought back to England for burial pickled in a barrel of brandy to stop it decomposing on the way home. Answer = I did - Stephen Fry told me on QI
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    The Holy Mount today. I found no holly but there is evidence of a Ford in the river.
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    Tuesday Night - Joke Night - it's the turn of the Swedes Why don't Scandinavians need sugar? Because they already have artificial Swedeners. What’s the difference between a smart Swede and a unicorn? Nothing, they're both fictional characters Why wasn't Jesus born in Sweden? He couldn't find 3 wise men or a virgin. I asked my Swedish friend "Who are the dumbest Scandinavians? He said "Norway am I going to answer that question." Why do Swedes always drink their milk in the store? Because on the box it says "oppnas har". A Swede was reading the phonebook, "Forsberg... Forsberg... Forsberg... It's incredible how many phone numbers that guy has." A blonde Swede was sitting on a bus reading the newspaper when all of a sudden she starts to cry. The Spanish guy sitting next to her asks what's wrong and she replies that 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed in a drug bust. The Spanish man agrees that the news is very sad. After a while the Swedish blonde asks, "How many is a Brazilian?"
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    @Malcolm Robinson - does this mean your having to put your hand in your own pocket?
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    That is very interesting. What is also strange is that on the identical site, the identical map is labelled 1962 on my computer and 1961 on yours!
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