The Ambler

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

What’s On: Aug-Oct 2013


Harbour Day 2013

Amble Lifeboat Station Harbour Day will take place on Sunday 25th August 2013. The service will start at 10am and the day will be opened by Dr. Long, who is the resident doctor for Amble Lifeboat Station crew.

A fun day out for all of the family.

Stalls: Cakes, adult and junior tombola, books, bric-a-brac, water or wine, toys and souvenirs.

Refreshments upstairs in the boathouse, with sandwiches, cakes etc. Rides for the children on the Little Shore.

Grand raffle for a painting by local artist Jimmy Thompson. Representatives from the Fire Service; paintballing; display of the hornpipe by the Sea Cadets;  Classic Motorcycles; live music in the form of the Steel Band; visit by the Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer, (unless called out on an emergency).  The helicopter will take part in an exercise with the Amble Inshore Lifeboat at 2.30pm.

A day out not to be missed; come along, and support the RNLI.

RNLI coffee mornings

There will be Coffee Mornings held on 22 September, and 20 October. Please support us

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Hauxley Fun Day

Bank Holiday Monday 26 August

This year we hope the weather will be kinder and we can run all our usual stalls and entertainment.  The “Ringtones” have promised to give us their mixture of pop classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  Stalls: fortune-teller, the “Feat of Strength”, coconut shy, plate smashing stalls, Splat the Rat, the Peg game, Bric-a-brac and the usual money and prize tombolas.

For the younger ones; face painting, two bouncy castles, the parents can enjoy a drink at the bar or one of the famous Hauxley Pork Buns from the BBQ.  Ice creams, refreshments in the hall. Pet show  with lots of prizes.

On the beach: sandcastle competition with cash prizes to be won.  Main raffle: a top prize of £150, second prize of £75 and many more prizes will be drawn in the afternoon.  An art raffle gives the chance to win a superb picture from one of our local artists.  Members of the art group will be displaying their work in the chapel with pictures for sale at very reasonable prices.

We have kept our prices low to ensure our visitors get great value as well as a fun day out. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hauxley Village Hall Committee

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Summer activities at Shorebase Trust

Summer Holiday activities for juniors (Age 8 – 16) on the lake in Druridge Bay County Park
From July 23rd to August 22nd. 10:00 – 12:30 / 1:00 – 3:30.  (lunchtime supervision is included.)
Cost:  1 session: £25,   full day: £40.
Tuesdays: Canoeing/kayaking.  (am/pm)
Wednesdays: Sailing (am/pm), Windsurfing (pm.)
Thursdays: Sailing (am/pm), Canoeing/kayaking.  (am/pm)
If days are over subscribed, other days will be offered.

Activities are a mix of fun and skills learning – you can work towards RYA or BCU awards, depending on your level of experience, or just enjoy being on the water in good company!
Our premises next to the visitor centre should be open in early Aug.

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Emerge concert  rescheduled

The Emerge young people’s music festival which was cancelled due to bad weather during the Puffin Festival will now take place on Saturday 31 August in Amble Town Square. 2pm – 8pm.  FREE ENTRY

BBQ and Face Painting

Line Up includes:  Thieving Herer,  First Born Son,  Charlie Wilson,  Last Seduction,  Hollow

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Jack and the Bean Stalk

Warkworth Drama Group Auditions: Sunday, 1 September, 7pm Warkworth Parish Rooms
Performance:  December 12th, 13th and 14th

If aged between 9 and 90, come and join us – acting or back stage work. If you are interested but unable to attend, call Antonia on 07853068195. For more information go to www.warkworthdrama.org.uk

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Royal British Legion

The branch meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, every two months, in the Legion Room at the Memorial Hall, Warkworth.

Next meeting: Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Talk on “Air Raids over Newcastle on Tyne during WW2” by historian Stephen Moore The annual fundraising Dinner/Dance, on 1 June 2013 raised £655 for the Poppy Appeal. Thanks for all support and donations.

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Family fun at 142nd Warkworth Show

There are hundreds of classes ranging from fruit, flowers and photos to honey and handicrafts in the annual Warkworth Show.
In the castle grounds on Saturday, August 17.

Entertainment includes fancy dress for children, music from the Alnwick Playhouse Band, dancing, magic tricks, face painting. Refreshments, produce, craft stalls and hundreds of exhibits and displays.  Fun run of 2.5km. and dog obedience demonstration.
Show opens at 12 noon. Admission: £6 adults (£5 concessions), £3 children (free to under-fives), £15 family ticket.

English Heritage members can enter free of charge.

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Keep kids reading

Are you looking for ways to keep your kids occupied during the summer holidays? Then why not join the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge.  It’s free fun for 4 – 11 year olds and encourages reading throughout the holidays, rewarding those who complete it with a certificate, medal and entry into a prize draw to win a new bike.

This year’s theme is Creepy House, and is designed to thrill and stimulate the imagination. A colourful starter pack will help children to keep track of their reading, collecting incentives and rewards along the way.

Parents and carers can get involved so please visit your local library and sign up to this great summer scheme.

Northumberland Libraries are currently stocked with over 120,000 free books and audiobooks specifically for children as well as a large collection of DVDs that can be borrowed for a small fee.
Details of all the exciting events and how to join your local library for free can be found online at www.mylibrary.co.uk

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New comedy night at Radcliffe Club

Star of BBC2s ‘Hebburn’ Steffen Peddie will host this new stand up comedy night.
Starts  Friday 16 August. Doors open 7.30pm
Show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets £8, concessions £5.
Radcliffe Club, Charles Rd, Amble 01665 710406

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Felton and Swarland Local History

Monday, 16 September – Andrew Sawyer Conservation Officer for the National Trust at Cragside: ‘Birds of Cragside’. He compares the bird population now with the list drawn up by the famous local historian David Dippie Dixon in 1903 and illustrates his talk with some fascinating Victorian bird pictures.
We meet at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of every month in Felton village hall. Membership is £11 a year. Visitors and guests are welcome to all meetings; entry fee £2.50. For further information, please contact Chris Guthrie 01670 787421 or chrisguthrie@btinternet.com

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Cheers! for the revue

Cheers, Tears, Fears and Beers – that’s the title of the next revue to be staged by Warkworth Drama Group in September.

The cheers element is to be supplied by the brilliance of Simpson and Galton’s classic Blood Donor sketch which helped cement Tony Hancock’s place as a master comedian in the 1960s.
Alan Bennett’s superb monologue ‘Cream Cracker Under the Settee’ is expected to invoke the tears as Meg Dixon plays the part of the elderly woman, lying helpless after a fall in her front room, reflecting  poignantly on her life.

And the fears arrive in Pru Heathcote’s play ‘The Wide Blue Yonder’ which centres on an agoraphobic woman who yearns to break out of the emotional straitjacket that has been created by her manipulative and mentally bullying husband.

Performances: Thursday 26, Friday 27, and Saturday 28 September. Doors open at 7pm. Matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Warkworth Memorial Hall with licensed bar serving wine, soft drinks and the beers that form the fourth element of the revue title.

Tickets cost £6 and are available from N&F Young of Amble, Warkworth Village Store and on-line via www.warkworthdrama.org

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New Writing North

Will be holding a writing summer school for young people aged 12-19 in Alnwick in August. Three-day course; every day will focus on a new genre or writing style, from scripts to dystopian fiction and even a bit of photography too! Workshops will be led by professional writers and suitable for all, from beginners to more experienced writers.

Tuesday 27 August : Dark fiction (vampires, zombies, dystopias etc.) with Amy Mackelden.
Wednesday 28 August : Writing a script with Carina Rodney.
Thursday 29 August : Photography and poems with John Challis.

All workshops from 11am-4pm at Alnwick Playhouse and are free. Come along to one workshop or all three.
Following the summer school, we hope to establish a new fortnightly young writers’ group based at Alnwick Playhouse.

To sign up for either the summer school or the fortnightly sessions, young people/ parents/ guardians just need to email laura@newwritingnorth.com

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WEA: Trees, Landscape and History

An eight week course designed to introduce styles and fashions in creating landscapes and planting trees and gardens.

Tutor: Peter Regan

Includes a guided visit to the Arboretum at Howick Hall gardens.
Looks at the historical forces and practices, which made parks, pleasure grounds, gardens and cemeteries look the way they do today

Eight Thursdays, starting 26 September 2013, 10am – 12 noon
In St. Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street.
Everybody welcome. Enrol at 1st or 2nd meeting
Further information from H. Peacock 711156 or N. Hinson 710583

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Free Open Days

Visit some of the county’s hidden architectural treasures when they are opened to the public, free of charge from 12 – 15 September.

The open days are free and fun for people of all ages, residents and visitors. Tours, events and activities are also on offer.

Northumberland County Council is co-ordinating the event.  Click here for more information  or look out for leaflets that will be available from your local library.

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