Next Footpaths Group Walk

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Saturday 5 February 2022. This five-mile winter walk, along footpaths, farm fields and tracks, and quiet lanes, will pass the remains of an old industrial site and cross a disused railway line. Everyone is welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads (there will be sheep along some of the way – be careful not to disturb them). Some of the walk could be muddy or icy, so please come prepared. Meet by the telephone box in Wark at 10 am. There is parking on the main road or in the car park in Wark village. For more information, email the walks organiser or call 01890 850 339.

Christmas Church Services

There will be a carol service at St Cuthbert’s church, Carham, at 11.00 am on Sunday 19 December, and on Christmas day (which is a Saturday) there will be holy communion at 9.30 am. There will not be a service at the church on Sunday 26 December. Services at the church resume their usual pattern (morning worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month) on Sunday 9 January.

Citizens Advice Northumberland

Citizens Advice Northumberland has asked us to spread the word about the services it offers. It gives free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects, including debt, energy, benefits and consumer advice, and can support families after a cancer diagnosis through its Macmillan Benefits Advice team. For more information, visit Citizens Advice Northumberland or call 0808 278 7944 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm).

Have Your Say on NHS and Social Care Services

Healthwatch Northumberland is an independent organisation that exists to make sure that people’s views on health and social care are heard. It is now holding monthly drop-in sessions to give residents the opportunity to talk about their experiences of NHS and social care services. The nearest drop-in sessions are held in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the second Wednesday of the month, from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, or you can join the monthly online drop-in sessions on the second Friday of the month from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm. For more information, go to the Healthwatch Northumberland website, call 03332 408 468, or send an email. The equivalent service in Scotland is Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Farm Walk: Wark Common Farm

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Sunday 17 October 2021 at 2 pm. The walk, of about three miles, will be led by Peter Straker-Smith, who will explain the workings of the 1,000 acre, mostly arable, farm and its points of interest. The terrain is on paths and grass, so please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Parking is available at the meeting point, which is the yard behind the farm buildings. Everyone is welcome, but no dogs please. For more information, contact the Footpaths Group organiser.

70th British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

This national event, which is held in a different part of the country each year, takes place at Mindrum Mill on 9 and 10 October 2021. Featuring heavy horses, vintage tractors and giant steam ploughing engines, this is a rare opportunity to see how farming has changed over the last 300 years. As well as the ploughing competitions, there are trade stands, displays and demonstrations, country crafts, shopping, food stalls and tractor and trailer rides, all of which make it a great day out for all the family. Car parking is free, admission each day is £12 per adult, and children over five years old pay just £1. For more information, including the full programme of events, visit the Society of Ploughmen website. The first event of each day is at 08.45 hrs and the last event starts at 17.00 hrs.