Your letters and emails September/October

Posted on 18th October 2011 | in Letters & Email , Opinion

Another successful Hauxley Fun Day

Once again August Bank Holiday Monday proved to be the best day of the week-end for weather, and though the sun only shone for a few minutes, the duller weather did not stop the crowds from coming to Hauxley.  And when they did arrive there was plenty to do for all the family.

All the usual side shows were there including the coconut shy, plate smashing, bouncy castles, feat of strength, and the treasure hunt.  Splat the Rat made a welcome return alongside the new “peg game” which proved popular with both children and adults.  Lots of people tried guessing the name of the dog which turned out to be “Treacle”, and he now has a new owner.  Our popular clairvoyant Myrna was kept busy while lots of children had their faces painted.
The main raffle had the usual big money prizes as well as lots of other prizes, with the winner of the first prize living in High Hauxley.   Once again our local artists put on a wonderful display of their artwork in the village chapel.

There was a record entry for the Sand Castle Competition and all to a very high standard.  The winning entry was “A water skiing Dalek”. The pet competition was well supported and the Champion was a beautiful German Shepherd dog.
Live music this year was provided by two groups, “Loose Change” and the “Netty Snecks” as well as Brian English, from Amble.

We are indebted to the following local businesses for their support with raffle and tombola prizes :- The Flower Centre and more, J & J Sea foods, The Farm Bakery, “Zecca” restaurant, “Spurreli” Ice Cream parlour, Lawrences hardware store, Pier 81, J K Crafts, Co-op, R C Roland & Son.  We very much appreciate their kindness especially during these hard times.

Of course the day would not be a success without everyone who came and had a good day out. We rely on your support and once again you did not let us down. Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Hauxley Village Hall Committee

Beach respect

Northumbria Police have launched “Beach Respect”. Posters promoting good beach etiquette are being put up at beauty spots along the coast. It works by encouraging local residents, volunteers and regular beach users to report incidents of anti-social behaviour. The poster states, No Camping. No fires. No alcohol or beach parties.

I have on many occasions sat on the beach with my partner and had a bottle of wine, this has never caused distress to anyone. In my opinion there is nothing anti social about sitting on the beach on a summers night around a fire made from driftwood collected from the beach and having a few cans of beer or a glass of wine, as long as you take your rubbish home and make sure the fire is extinguished before leaving. However, the police are saying this is anti-social and I can no longer do this. Therefore my question is who defines anti-social behaviour?

I understand some people break the fences to have fires and some leave their rubbish behind but the people without respect for others will pay no heed to these posters what so ever.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart says “The initiative forms part of the force wide ‘RESPECT – it’s a two way street’ campaign to promote tolerance and consideration in communities and highlight what police are doing to tackle anti-social behaviour”.

Therefore, if it is a “two way street” would it not be respectful to listen rather than tell people who respect others and the environment what they can and cannot do would it not be more beneficial to educate these people who do not.

George Brealey.
via email

The Hedley Family

A quick search using the infomation Geoff gave shows that the ’fruit’ link with Hedley family is through Geoff’s great grandmother Jane Turner. She was born in Seaton Delaval in 1865. Her father Thomas Turner, was born in Shiney Row in Co Durham in 1825.

Jane married Francis Hedley in Newcastle in the second quarter of 1885. Francis was born in Cramlington in 1865 and his father, also called Francis, was a miner born in Gateshead in 1825 and in       1871 the Hedley’s were living in New Colliery Row, Bedlington. Francis senior died in late 1874 and his wife Margaret remarried.  Her new husband, James Archbold, was also a miner.

In 1881 the family is shown as living in South Broomhill and the 16 year old Francis has followed his father and stepfather and his brothers and become a miner.

In 1887 Jane and Francis’s daughter Maggie was born in Newcastle and in the 1891 census they are shown as living in Elswick Lane, Newcastle. Francis was described as a fruiter cartman which might indicate he was working off the back of a cart rather than an actual shop. His assistant was Jane’s widowed father Thomas Turner.

It was after the 1891 census that the family moved to Amble for it was here their son Norman Leslie was born in late 1892 and that Francis died three years later in the last quarter of 1895.

In 1901 census Jane was operating as a Green grocer in her own right from an address Adelaide Terrace, Benwell. She was living there with Norman and two lodgers. She remarried the following year in 1902. Her second husband was William Elliott, a mineral water manufacturer from Stakeford near Choppington. In 1911 both she and her son Norman are working in the mineral water business.

The link with 30 Newburgh St comes with Jane’s brother Matthew , born in Seaton Delaval in 1867.

In 1881 when the family were living in the Westgate Rd in Newcastle, father Thomas was recorded as a Provision dealer, Jane a Shop Assistant, but 14 year old Thomas was noted as a fruiterer. (Their next door neighbour at this stage was a John Wright, a Fruit Merchant).

In 1901 Matthew was a Green Grocer , living at 30 Newburgh Street, along with his wife Jane A Turner, born in Burnley in 1865 and their 4 year old son Thomas D Turner. Thomas D Turner was born in Newcastle so the family move to Amble appears to have been recent – possibly dating after Jane had left.

Newburgh Street was only built in the 1880s and the family living there in the 1891 census were the Turnbulls who had moved up to Amble from Howdon Pans (just below the north entrance to the Tyne Tunnel).
I hope this is of some help.


Doug Ford
via comments on website

Where did they go?

I’m looking back to 1945, ‘46 or ‘47 when 12 (two lots of six) high speed launches came into Amble harbour. I know that all but one of these ex RAF vessels moved on – does anyone have any information about where they went after leaving Amble?

Brian Wrigglesworth

11, Warwick Avenue,
Carlton in Lindrick,
Notts, S81 9BS

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2 thoughts on "Your letters and emails September/October"

  1. Mo says:

    Beach Respect

    I support George Bearley absolutely. A beach is for fun and relaxation for all. Beach respect should be about respecting the others around. Having beer or wine in so cool or even a bbq. All we really need to do is take our rubbish home with us. What I deplore is dog mess or dogs chasing after frightened individuals and the owners assuring us that their beasts don’t bite. Well, I don’t have to take the risk or their word,

    I see nothing wrong with a bunch of teenagers on the beach, having a picnic or a bbq, , just minding their own business. It is their right too.

  2. Mo says:

    Beach respect

    Kindly do not publish my email address or name. Thanks.

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