The Ambler

Amble's Community Newspaper: News & events from Amble in Northumberland – The Kindliest Port.

What’s On October to November 2011

Torchlight Procession

Sunday 20th November, leaving the Wellwood at 5pm and processing down Queen Street to the town square. This year’s theme is the Twelve Days of Christmas.


Amble Photographic Club

Coffee Morning – 10am – 11.30am Friday 4th November 2011 – Trinity Methodist Church Hall. Photograph Exhibition – Prints for sale, Books, Bric-a-brac, Home Baking, Tombola and Raffle.

You can have your portrait taken and printed on the day. These can be used to make greetings cards etc. (we can supply). Solve your Christmas present dilemma! £1 entrance to include raffle ticket and refreshments.

An exhibition of photographs in the Town Council Office, The Quayside – From 10th October – 6th November 2011. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day except Sundays when it will be open from 12.30pm until 4 p.m. Members of the Photographic Group will be in attendance on Saturday and Sunday.


Treefest 2011

Christmas may seem a long way off but St. Mark’s United Reformed Church is to hold another Treefest. The idea is that individuals, families, shops, schools, businesses, agree to provide a Christmas tree (real or artificial) with a set of lights, and decorations.

Businesses may wish to use the opportunity to advertise…for instance, an optician may decorate the tree with glasses, a plumber with bits of piping and u-bends. Others could choose any theme. A card would be displayed in front of your tree to say who provided it.

Trees will be put up on the evening of Thursday, December 15th and will be on display until Sunday 18th . Visitors will be charged a small fee to come and view them and partake in light refreshments while they are there. A special activity will take place on the morning of Saturday, December 17th for the young people. Please look out for more information nearer the time. The event will culminate in a Christmas Festival Service on Sunday, December 18th at 3.00pm after which participants will remove their trees.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Sue Swanston, 2 Burnside. Telelphone: 711177.
You must pre-book if you are taking part. We are unable to cope with all of you just turning up on 15th with loads of trees!! But we would like ALL THE PEOPLE of Amble to “just turn up” on 16th, 17th, 18th; that would be fantastic.


Help is here for war vetrans

Ken Hatton has asked us to remind readers about his charity Army-Navy-Air Force Ex-services Help, Support and Advisory Group. Ken, a disabled war veteran in his eighties, has had to overcome many difficulties in his life, but has never accepted that he must just ‘put up’ with his condition. He does not see old age as an excuse for anything.
By exploring the causes and experimenting with various solutions, he has come up with a regime to combat early morning circulation problems.

During his research he found that many other disabled war veterans suffer similar problems and his charity can offer help.

If you think that you can be helped in this way, apply to Ken at ANAF, 67 Gloster Park, Amble, NE65 0JA (postal applications only please).

The charity can help disabled veterans apply for war pensions, gratuities and home requirements; they organise lunches for veterans and their carers to help alleviate isolation and also offer volunteering opportunities.


One world supper

The Coquet Churches Together’s One World Supperwill be held on Friday 21st October at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall Amble, Entertainment by Phoenix Folk and a guest speaker from USPG.

Bring your own drink.

Cost £2 per adult, £1 per child- free supper.


Free health event

Homes for Northumberland has joined forces with a number of partners to organise a free health event ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ on Tuesday 25th October at Amble Boy’s Club, between 11am and 3pm. People can come along on the day to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Lantern workshops
  • Sports coaching
  • Healthy cookery demonstrations
  • Health checks
  • Zumba
  • Face painting
  • Information and advice on a range of local issues

For more information ring 01670 542424.


Western Front Association

Guest speakers spoke at two Western Front Association meetings last month.

First was retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel John Bessette who related the story of the American 27th Division. John’s talk focused on the division’s origins and preparation – the regiment was formerly the 23rd New York Regiment, with service in the American Civil War and Mexican Border War – as well as on operations in France.

The second speaker, on 26 September, was Professor John Derry who also focused on the events of 1918. His talk ‘From Crisis to Victory’ was delivered without notes or visual aids and the masterful manner in which John did so had his audience spell-bound and enthralled throughout.

The WFA’s next talk, on 24 October, will be delivered by Sean Godfrey. ‘Disaster at Hooge, November 1915’ should be of particular interest to anyone interested in the Durham Light Infantry.

As always, WFA meetings will be held at Alnmouth Ex-Servicemen’s Club starting at 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm. Visitors and new members welcome. The suggested minimum donation is £1 to include a light buffet supper.


Warkworth Flower Club

October 20th: Mrs. S. Winn, Workshop (TBA)

November 17th: Mrs. Christine Ogle, Christmas Sparkle


Remembrance Day

Remembrance Sunday 13th November, 11am. Wreath laying at War Memorials followed by service at St Mark’s U. R. Church, Wellwood Street, Amble.


A Ritz Tea Party

St. Cuthbert’s Church is holding a Special Tea Party in the Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, on Saturday, October 29th  2pm – 4.30pm.

  • Demonstation of flower arranging
  • Raffle; prizes include the flower arrangements
  • Enjoy an afternoon of fun and friendship

Tickets are £5 from N&F Young, Queen Street.

Contact Sheila Walsh or Dianne Hodgkinson (01665 712455).


Live music at the Mason’s

  • 15th October – Rebel Fish
  • 22nd October – Shaven Not Stirred
  • 29th October – Beer Monkeys
  • 5th November – The Shieks
  • 12th November – Insanity
  • 19th November – Night Train
  • 26th November – Insanity
  • 3rd December – Eric and the Vikings
  • 10th December – The Range and Christmas party night

Done and Dusted

To celebrate the completion of the refurbishment of the Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, a grand dance will be held there, with the title “Done and Dusted”, on Saturday, 10th December.

Music by “Before the Mast”. Buffet supper provided; bring your own drinks.

Grand opening at 8pm; doors open 7.30. Tickets £8 each or £15 per pair, available from N&F Young, Queen Street. Come along to enjoy the dancing and celebrate the “new” Parish hall. You won’t recognise it.


East Coquet Local History

  • October 20th: Bedlington Iron and Engine Works: Barry Mead (How the works put Bedlington on the world map)
  • November 17th: Medieval Morpeth: Christopher Hudson
  • Meetings at St. Mark’s Church hall at 7.30pm 3rd Thursday of the month

All are welcome.


Warkworth and Amble British Legion

Next Meeting: Thursday 13th October at 7pm, Legion Room, Warkworth Memorial Hall.

EVENT:  Poppy Collectors Evening for all existing Poppy Collectors in Warkworth and Amble. Refreshments. Poppy Collectors wanted in Warkworth and Amble for Oct/Nov.  Please contact Secretary on 07785 753100 if you can help us.

Armistice Day:  11 am, Friday, 11th November 2011. Members are requested to meet at War Memorial, Dial Place, Warkworth.

Remembrance day: Sunday, 13th November. Laying of wreaths at Warkworth War Memorial, Dial Place and afterwards at Amble War Memorial, Town Square.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  Legion Room, Warkworth War Memorial Hall  Castle St.


Scrooge – The Musical

Alnwick Stage Musical Society

Tue 20 Dec to Thu 22 Dec 7:30 pm

Fri 23 Dec 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

A spectacular festive musical production to be presented by the Alnwick Stage Musical Society, and heralding their forthcoming 25th Anniversary.
This joyful musical ‘Scrooge’ by Leslie Bricusse is based on Dickens’ tale ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Scrooge is visited by four ghosts, whose revelations force him to confront his miserly nature, showing him that it is never too late to change. This wonderful show embraces the Christmas spirit with some lively chorus numbers, including ‘Thank You Very Much’, ‘I like Life’ and ‘December The Twenty-fifth’.
Perfect seasonal entertainment for adults and children alike, it is bound to be very popular, so book your tickets early!
Tickets: Adult: £10.00, Concession: £9.00, Child/student: £6.00 (St/ch tickets for under 12s).

Box office: 01665 510785


Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, having brought joy to the lives of underprivileged children since 1990. Last year nearly 1.2 million shoeboxes filled with gifts, toys and sweets were sent from the UK to children who live in desperate conditions in some of the toughest parts of the world. For many of these children these gifts are the only ones they will ever have received.

Last year, residents of Amble and outlying areas kindly donated over 1000 gift-filled boxes to the appeal and anyone who wishes to support the campaign again this year can bring their boxes to the charity’s official drop-off points at N & F Young, 8 Queen Street or Fourways 2, Dilston Terrace, from 1st to 18th November. Alternatively they can be brought to the coffee morning at St Cuthberts Church on Saturday 12th November from 10am until 12 noon at which we hope to raise additional funds for this worthy cause.

Further information and campaign resources can be obtained from Lesley Young on 01665 712324 / 710289 or Yvonne Barclay on 07514 395045.


Rumpelstiltskin’s nearly ready

Rehearsals are taking place for Warkworth Drama Group’s traditional pre-Christmas pantomime which this year is Rumpelstiltskin.

The 19th Century fairy tale of an evil imp’s influence over a beautiful maiden and later a royal family is getting a local makeover thanks to the efforts of a talented cast and crew led by director Antonia Giacomini.

Taking liberties with the Brothers Grimm story, local playwright Daniel Watkins has scripted a show packed with comedy, song and dance.

Daniel has kept to the original plot of a beautiful maiden being given the seemingly impossible task of weaving straw into gold. If she succeeds, she wins the hand in marriage of the dashing prince, Prince Dashing. But failure will result in her execution.

Banished to a tower in the Wark-the-worth Castle to complete the spinning task the love-sick maid, Soliloquy Miller, is approached by Rumpelstiltskin who offers a solution to her deadly dilemma. But his proposal comes with strings attached.

Needless to say the story develops along some highly unlikely but humorous lines. Will love conquer all? Will good triumph over evil?

To find out what happens, make a date to attend one of the four performances at the Memorial Hall in Warkworth. The show is being staged at 7.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday 15th, 16th and 17th December. There will also be a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets, priced £6 for adults and £4 for children, will soon be available at N&F Young of Amble and Warkworth Village Store and through the drama group web site: www.warkworthdrama.org.uk


Northumberland County Council

County Councillor Robert Arckless will be holding Surgeries on Saturday 5th November & 3rd December at Amble Library, Middleton Street  from 10am – 11am.  And also on 25th November at Hauxley Village Hall  6pm. till 6.45 pm. There will be no surgery on Friday 28th October, as incorrectly stated in the Ambler.

All Constituents Welcome


Events at the Radcliffe Club

  • Saturday 1st October – Amble Darts Open (£500 added) bingo/artist in bar – Jamie.
  • Friday 7th October – pie and pea supper £1, family night free entry for all ages with disco, party games and appearance from Deano the Radcliffesaurus Rex.
  • Saturday 8th October – artist John Charles.
  • Friday 14th October – ladies night with drag artist and two strippers tickets £5 in advance £7 on night.
  • Saturday 15th October – artist Tracey Ann Jackson.
  • Friday 21st October NESSR charity night tickets £5-disco/comedian/buffet/bingo/raffle.
  • Friday 4th November Halloween family night – free entry all ages. Disco/themed fun and games/fancy dress prizes.
  • Saturday 19th November Amble fishing presentation with hypnotist.
  • Friday 2nd December – family night. Saturday 3rd December – Queen tribute night. Saturday 10th December – 12pm-4pm kids Xmas party £3 – disco/party food/present from Santa.
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