The Ambler

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

What’s On: October/November 2012

Christmas lights and Parade

The date for this year’s event is Sunday 18 November. There will be a Christmas market in Queen Street before the switching on of the Lights. There will be entertainment and stalls the full length of Queen Street and in the Town Square.
Start time: 11.30; Parade at 17.00.

There will be stalls providing Christmas wreaths, cards, mulled wine, mince pies. Some shops open with themes ranging from Santa’s Grotto to Christmas readings. There will be a carriage pulled by a miniature pony dressed as a reindeer, a choir singing Christmas music, a brass band and a DJ to entertain throughout the day. The lights in Queen Street will coming on as the lantern parade passes.

Food will be available throughout, including hog roast, burgers, hot chestnuts, toffee apples, ice cream and much more.

It is hoped to end the event at about 18.15 with the releasing of Chinese Lanterns from the Braid.
This event is a huge undertaking for Amble and volunteers are asked to come forward to help in any way. Please help as much as you can for more information ring 01665 711191 or 712342 or contact Amble Action Group

Family Swimming Group

Sessions at Amble Swimming Pool on a Friday evening during school term time from 7pm until 8pm.
Opportunity for young children to get water confidence in a friendly, safe environment with no “swimming lesson” pressures.

Vacancies for two or three families.
We have children with mums, dads, grannies and grandpas all splashing about.

If you would like to know more please ring:
01665 711497

Live music

Masons Arms Amble
13 October — Insanity
20 October — This Machine
27 October — Shotgun Hooker
3 November —  Night Train
10 November — Thyn Lizzie
17 November — Echos
24 November — Beer Monkey

Harbour Inn
2 November — Drag artist: Dusty Heels
3 November — BB Cole  comedian/singer
17 November — Pete McDonald ex Goldie singer

Rotary Interact club

Young people in the Widdrington Amble and Warkworth areas have set up an Interact club, sponsored by the Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club. Members will volunteer with the local community, fundraising for a global charity and socialising.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people aged 12 to 18. The Amble group meets every fortnight, and is joined by two representatives of the Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club. The group is actively supported by Coquet Youth Team.

Their first project is to support the local RNLI.

If you are aged between 12-18 and would like to be involved with volunteering with the Interact club, contact Angela Manktelow on 01665 710636 ext 3.

Saturday 27 October 10am – 12.30pm at RNLI lifeboat station, Radcliffe Quay. Tour of the lifeboat station, tombola, raffle, homemade cake stall. £1 entrance includes tea/coffee and biscuit. All funds to the Amble lifeboat.

Rotary notes
A group of nine Rotarians from New Zealand spent a few hours visiting Warkworth during their stay in the UK. The Rotarians, all from North Island, were staying as guests of Rotarians from Blyth and Whitley Bay.

Rotarian Fred Calvert arranged the visit to Warkworth, during which the visitors were given a guided tour of the village including the castle and the church. They were also able to meet some members of our community who had visited New Zealand at one time or another.

In the group were Alan and Joy Boniface from Warkworth, New Zealand, who were celebrating their golden wedding.

Exercise classes

Over 50? Want to keep fit?
Gentle Exercise Class Mondays 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Percy Street, Amble
Improve your mobility, flexibility and stamina
Have fun, get fit!   Everyone Welcome £2.50 per session

Northumberland Army Cadet Force

Northumbria Army Cadet Force is holding a Halloween Craft Day on Saturday 27 October at the Drill Hall in Scott Street from 10am – 4pm and a Christmas Craft Day on Saturday 15 December 10am – 4pm. Both events are for children aged between 3 and 10 years,(must be accompanied by an adult).

Small charge to cover costs for the craft items. Tea and coffee on sale: tuck shop open for sweets, crisp, juice and water.

For Health and Safety reasons, we can only have a small number of people in the building at one time; so please book for a time slot: 10am – 11.30am, 12pm – 1.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm. on each day. Email or call into the Detachment on a Monday or Thursday night between 7pm – 9pm.

Brambles Childcare Centre

Plans for October include – cooking, sports: football, cricket, tennis, badminton; art and craft, nature hunts, water play,
learning about the weather, gardening and first aid, putting on a fashion show, a visit to the library.

Half Term holiday programme Week starting 29 October
Activities based on hallowe’en and fireworks, including
art and craft projects, a visit to fire station, telling stories and writing poems, cooking and a fancy dress party.

Want to join a choir?

Has Gareth Malone’s new series ‘Sing while you work’ inspired you to join a choir? Well we have one right here in Amble. ‘Harbour Lights’ Amble’s community choir, meets in the Parish Hall, Dovecote Street on Thursday nights from 7.30pm until 9.30pm during school term time. Why not give it a try; your first session is free.

Flu Vaccinations

Amble Health Centre by appointment only – Tel 01665 710481
Monday 15 October 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Tuesday 23 October 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Monday 29 October 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Wednesday 31 October 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Druridge Bay Community Centre, Hadston by appointment only – Tel 01670 760229
Friday 19 October 9.00am – 12.00 and 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Friday 26 October 9.00am – 12.00  and 1.30 pm – 3.45 pm
We look forward to seeing you at one of these clinics but if you are unable to attend on these days we would be happy to arrange a routine appointment for you.
Who is eligible for flu vaccinations?
The Flu Vaccination is available free of charge to patients who fall into one of the categories below:-
65 years or over
Have chronic heart, kidney, liver, or neurological disease,
chest problems including certain asthmatics on steroid inhalers or steroid tablets, those with chronic bronchitis or emphysema, those who have had a stroke or TIA, suffer from diabetes, have a weak immune system, problems with your spleen or if you have had your spleen removed, if you are pregnant, those who live or work in a residential or nursing home, if you are a carer.

Remembrance Day Service 2012

A Remembrance Service organised by Amble Town Council along with Coquet Churches Together will be held in Amble Town Square on Sunday 11 November 2012. All participating organisations are required to gather in the Town Square at 10.45am and make their presence known to officials. The two minutes silence at 11.00am will be marked at the beginning and end by a Flash Maroon Rocket.

Road closures for Queen Street (Co-op at top, to junction with Turner St at bottom), Cross Street,  Bridge Street (beside Tesco to beside Jaspers), have been sought from Northumberland County Council. However, confirmation is still awaited.

The proposed times for the road closures are from 10.30am – 12.00 noon).
The participants of the remembrance service will parade from the Town Square under the leadership of Amble Cadet Force up Queen St to St. Cuthbert’s Church on Church Street where a church service will be held.

Hauxley chapel services

Sunday 14 October — Rev. Ann Shepherdson.
Sunday 21 October — Rev. Linda Coulthard. One World Week.
Sunday 28 October — Rev. Diane Westmoreland (Holy Communion Bible Sunday).
Sunday  4 November — Mrs Lilian Dixon.
Sunday 11 November — Rev. Paul Cleever-Thorpe. Remembrance  Sunday.
Sunday 18 November — Rev. Kevin Ridd, Prison Chaplain (Prisons  Sunday). Sectional Service, including members of Alnmouth, Amble, Morpeth and Pegswood Methodist congregations).
Sunday 25 November — Rev. Diane Westmoreland (Holy Communion). Women Against Violence Day.

We are a small ecumenical congregation who worship in Low Hauxley on Sundays at 4pm unless otherwise stated, followed by a cup of tea. All are welcome.


Meets bi-monthly on Thursday evenings in the Legion Room, Warkworth Memorial Hall.
Visitors are very welcome. You do not need to be ex-service to join us. Call Secretary on 07785 753100 for info.
Northumbria’s Festival of Remembrance Concert: Durham Cathedral on Sat, 10 November 7.30pm.  Tickets £15 and £10 from Gala Theatre, Durham tel 0191 3324041.

Poppy Collectors still required in Amble please contact Secretary 07785 753100.
Monday 5 November, 2012 at 7pm, Amble Army Cadets  Enrolment Ceremony at the Legion Room, Warkworth Memorial Hall. British Legion members invited.  Refreshments provided.

Branch Quiz Night – Thursday 15 November 8pm, at Trap Inn, Broomhill. £3 per person to include buffet.  Teams wanted.
All proceeds to Poppy Appeal.

East Coquet Local History Society

Thursday, 18 October, Cragside, The Armstrongs at Home
Andrew Sawyer
St Marks URC Hall, Wellwood Street at 7.30 pm
All welcome

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