Your letters & email: October 2013

Posted on 14th October 2013 | in Heritage & Tourism , What's On

Supporting Amble Christmas Lights
We recently held a fund raising Tombola at the Quayside Sunday market and on behalf of the Amble Lights committee, I wish to convey our gratitude to everyone who helped in any way. We would especially like to thank all the Amble businesses, the market traders and the many individuals who made donations for the tombola, thus making the day a great success. Thanks go to all of you for your generosity. Just as important, we offer a big “thank you” to everyone who took the time and trouble to come along on the day and part with their £1 coins.
We made £392.50 on the day. Thank you all so much!
Could I also make an appeal for more volunteers for the lights workshop team. We are especially short of people capable and fit enough to work on ladders. People with electrical skills are always welcome. We usually work on weekday morning, normally one morning per week. This kind of work is ideal for recently retired people in reasonable good health. Another asset would be a good sense of humour! Please give me a call on 01665 711453

Trevor Colbourne, Chairman, Amble Christmas Lights


Amble Juniors 1898 – 99
My Grandfather John William Manson who was born in Amble was the trainer of the Amble Junior Team, but I am not sure where the photo was taken.

It certainly looks like a ball had gone though one of the windows in the dressing room. I wonder who kicked it.
Sadly all of my family who would have been able to tell me more about the photo and its location have now died It will be interesting to see if anyone knows more about the photo.

Peter Manson,

Names on photo: T. Matthews  T. Laidler    R. Hume    J. Carse    T.Burton
T. Hunt    W. Smeetham    J. Manson (trainer)   R. Bartle (?)
T. Johnson    J. Tuck     T. R. Hendry

Amble Juniors 1898-99

Amble Juniors 1898-99


The last edition of The Ambler was a mix of memories tinged with nostalgia. My column went back to the 1980s but my good friend of almost a lifetime, Jean Gregor (née Pierpoint), went further back still to the late 1930s with her memories of the Boys’ Brigade.
It is wonderful to know that Jean at 93 is still reasonably active. She still remembers when we both worked at the ill-fated Coquet Cinema as ushers. I was a “bouncer’ at the “dog-end” (cost four pence) and Jean was at the “posh-end” (cost six pence and one shilling on the balcony). At the time I was 14 and received 7s 6d per week whereas when I worked at N. & F. Young I got 6s 8d.
I knew every member of that brigade group and I do hope that there are some who are still around. Thank you for those memories Jean and as the old Geordie saying goes, “Keep a haad!”

Ray King, Thailand


Looking for Amble ancestors
I live in Australia, but my grandfather and his family lived in Amble, before emigrating. My great grandfather was mentioned in the 1871 census as the inn keeper of the Harbour Inn, Thomas Young with his wife Isabella.
I am very keen to see if I have relatives living in Amble and wonder if you can recommend anyone to contact. These relatives would have descended from my grandfather’s sister Elizabeth  who married an Edward Matthews and was living with him at 9 Lime Street in 1901.They had six sons. Many thanks for any help

Ken Young,


Coffee morning

June Hoyle Thompson would like to thank everyone that came along to her coffee morning at 107 Gloster Park on August 24th. The magnificent sum of £400 was raised in aid of the McMillan charity. Thank you to the ladies of both St Cuthbert’s Parish Church and The Sacred Heart & St Cuthbert Catholic Church for their help in making the event a success.
Thank you

June Hoyle Thompson,  Amble


Hauxley Fun Day
Bank Holiday Monday dawned bright and sunny and visitors to Hauxley Fun Day enjoyed a great day out. Our resident fortune teller was soon very busy, as was Anna doing a brisk trade in face painting. The Wild Life Trust sold their merchandise and got their message across about what they are trying to achieve in the area. The RNLI also sold their wide range of products.
A picture donated by local artist Jimmy Thompson was raffled as well as the main raffle supported by local businesses. We would like to thank  Lawrence’s, Coquet Tea Rooms, Strands gifts, Jasper’s, the Co-op, RC Roland & son, 42 Queen Street, Pride of Northumbria, The Old Boathouse, The Farm Bakery, Zecca and Spurreli for all their kind donations. A thank you also to all the people who came and supported us.
The money raised helps the upkeep of the village hall (this year we have refurbished the kitchen and toilets and redecorated), but just as important is that the people who come to Fun day have a good time at a reasonable cost. We hope to see you all again next year.

Hauxley Village Hall Committee

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