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  1. Nope, can’t find “poll”. Please just accept my nomination for Canny Lass.
  2. Canny Lass for 2021 Piper award (sorry, can’t find voting form). xxR
  3. Hey @Malcolm Robinson! This small town has several pubs/inns/restaurants, two dress shops, a tantalising shoeshop, butcher, purveyor of fish game and produce, plus many other services, including tourist information. And a railway station. Maybe Bedlington needs to reevaluate it’s status and facilities, particularly with the possible reintroduction of rail links. R🌈xxx
  4. Haltwhistle has a population approximately a quarter of Bedlington. Think on 💭R🌈xx
  5. Yoohoo everyone! I’m having a little holiday near Haltwhistle 😁x I saw this and thought of you:-R🌈xxxxxxx
  6. I’m not sure if these trees have been subsequently pruned- all but one are neatly cut off at the top, only one with a ragged edge where it’s been ?snapped. Did the council tidy them up? Odd that those on the other side of the path are unscathed so far.
  7. Just a note that my friend took her Dyson to this gentleman in Bedlington for assessment and repair but was given it back with a vital part missing. Something wrong when it went in rendered totally useless on return. The “manager?”, hostile and not customer friendly. Will not be using this shop ever again.
  8. Yup, that’s exactly the spot. Looks like it was policy to plant trees on all the old colliery sites. All of Me’nMax’s favourite local walks were once pits and their raas: positive thoughts Rx
  9. Strong arguments all round on this subject. It seems pertinent that those opining what Bedlington doesn’t need left the town a while ago and those advocating for community leisure provision are current residents. I grew up, went to school, made long term friends in Bedlington, but left to train and followed my career far from here, only returning after retirement. Happy to return to a quiet community with access to green spaces, woods, rivers, beaches and limited facilities suits my needs. HOWEVER, it’s been made very obvious in my 3 1/2 years here, mainly from Facebook group reports, that roaming gangs of disaffected youths have no social hub (Bedlington East Community Centre did set aside an evening I believe). In my short time back here I’ve seen a huge increase in housing being built where there used to be fields but no matching growth in what should be the heart of the town. I see facilities for mums and babies/toddlers and then pubs and restaurants but there’s nothing that I’m aware of for a large section of this community who fall in between. It’s not fair to be moaning on Facebook that “ they’re at it again’ ‘the police are moving them’ ‘ they’re heading to the woods!’”. Surely a strong community should provide for ALL of it’s constituent parts @MalcolmRobinson !. Otherwise it’s possible that Bedlington will continue to be a place where people grow up and leave? I see a lot of bricks and mortar but little in the way of the strong foundations that a sturdy community needs. A lot of us are keenly interested in Bedlington’s history but we do need to support those who are striving to create this town’s future.
  10. @Canny lass no, not euphemism- referring to her GIF attached to his post, a man with a tic which looks a lot like a very pronounced wink, is all 😁x
  11. I’m generally rummaging through posts I’ve not seen before and I’m struck by the references to additional names but more specifically initials being added and removed. My family experience is of father son and grandson all bearing the same Christian name, son was differentiated by adding the diminutive “ie” to his name, on maturity he lost the “ie”, then went on to marry and gave his son the same name again, but added his wife’s father’s name plus the name of the godfather. Despite this group of names for many years the grandson additionally carried the word “junior “ to avoid confusion with the older men of the same name. Again the junior was dropped on maturity. I’m wondering if the same sort of practice was more general and involved females, maybe the J that seems to be a very common addition is an abbreviation of junior? Probably not, just a thought 🌈x
  12. Greetings @Canny lass!x Short account indeed. Approximately 30 people gathered, majority members and about 10 newbies. David addressed the group from his position on the steps, suggested we all crowd close to him to hear him: some people were reluctant given long-standing advice about keeping safe distance while COVID is still prevalent. The history of the surrounding buildings was described giving particular reference to “the Sun Inn murders “ and David’s forebears involvement. Just as the group were moving on towards the Market Place a lady became unwell and lost consciousness, needing assistance. The group carried on regardless while the retired nurse and friend StJohn’s member attended to the lady, until she was recovered enough to be collected by her husband and taken home. Nurse and StJohn person caught up with the group as they crossed over to the Market square to be informed about the buildings present and previously. Then on to the Grapes, can’t remember the next bit. The noise from passing traffic made it difficult to hear a lot of what was being said, I did hear that David thought the TSB building was sympathetic to the previous building. Moved on again to the Trotter memorial, adjacent to the site of the old Poorhouse, replaced by the buildings of the undertakers business. David began recounting an issue with a schoolteacher when he was 6/7 years old and his father’s response. Sadly I had to leave at that point to catch a bus home; passing the few people left by the memorial it looked that the tour had concluded and a few were just chatting before moving off. @Josimarsz
  13. I’m still waiting to find out where we’re able to plant a tree other than in my garden, please? 🌈x
  14. Looking again at the oldest photo of the steppingstones there’s some obvious damage, pieces missing and one which has half missing. If these are Humford steppystones they must have been replaced at some time since the first pic was taken xxR
  15. I suspect if I plant any more trees in my garden my neighbours will be complaining in 10 years time about loss of “ancient lights “. However I’d welcome @Malcolm Robinson’s advice about which public areas I could plant a tree or two without breaking any by-laws? Please? Rx
  16. Och! @Canny lass, I was down there this morning- glorious Autumn walk from home following the currently bone-dry course of the Green Letch North into Choppington woods and out adjacent to the Travellers Rest, where we did rest, at the bus stop and took the lazy way home. I’m absolutely useless at gauging distance but it’s a 5-7 minutes leisurely walk along to Whinney Hill Farm from the Travellers Rest heading towards Guidepost. I’ve attached a screenshot of the area, the farm 3rd turnoff on the right, just above the road number A1068. Hoping this is of some help?
  17. One of the most common British Pub names is The Marquess of Granby, (but sometimes The Granby Arms.) This is a tribute to John Manners, Marquess of Granby, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland. He was an officer in the British Army during the Seven Years War and is credited with raising the characterisation of British soldiering by improving the welfare and morale of the troops. He was one of the most popular officers in the army at that time and many publicans named their pubs after him when they had left the army. There is also a common belief that he paid for old soldiers toOne of the most common British Pub names is The Marquess of Granby, (but sometimes The Granby Arms.) This is a tribute to John Manners, Marquess of Granby, son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland. He was an officer in the British Army during the Seven Years War and is credited with raising the characterisation of British soldiering by improving the welfare and morale of the troops. He was one of the most popular officers in the army at that time and many publicans named their pubs after him when they had left the army. There is also a common belief that he paid for old soldiers to set themselves up in their own pub. Maybe Generals Clyde and Havelock followed suit? x🌈
  18. Just harking back to Colin Campbell and Lord Clyde, a short pub crawl to the Alma Arms/?Tavern Glebe Road,Bedlington. Major General Sir Henry Havelock KCB was a British general who is particularly associated with India and his recapture of Cawnpore during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Wikipedia pub at East Sleekburn carries his name, all national heroes from Crimea and India or sites of notable campaigns. Seems to have been a general (forgive the pun!) trend when naming pubs, possibly Scotlandgate’s Scots immigrants felt a closer connection to the Clyde reference?
  19. https://www.rct.uk/collection/420868/colin-campbell-lord-clyde-1792-1863 XxR
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