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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Chollerton news

JENNIFER Norderhaugh reports great excitement as the women’s institute moves into the area.

The new Chollerton Women’s Institute, covering Barrasford, Gunnerton, Colwell and Chollerton, meets at 7.30pm in Barrasford Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month.

At the initial February meeting, 25 members welcomed Pauline Wallis who spoke about the Theatre Royal refurbishment.

The March meeting will include a beading workshop and a cooking demonstration is planned for April.

CHOLLERTON Parish History Society is holding a walk to Gunnar Peak East on Sunday, March 11. Meet at St Christopher’s Church, Gunnerton, for a 1.30pm. start.

This will be a moderate three-mile walk on public footpaths to look at the archaeological features of the Iron Age/Romano British settlement, returning to St Christopher’s for tea and cake.

Unfortunately dogs will not be welcome as it is lambing season. Contact (01434) 689432 or (01434) 681877 for further information.

GUNNERTON Railway Circle recently held a successful talk on the local Border Counties line – with a steam train cake for refreshments!

On Monday, Bill Hampson will look back over 60 years of North-East railway photography at St Christopher’s Church, Gunnerton, 7pm for 7.30pm.

AT THE February parish council meeting several complaints were received about dog fouling.

A letter drop has been made in Gunnerton and Barrasford noting that the dog warden has been alerted.

It is an offence to allow animals to foul within village limits and it is especially dangerous in children’s play areas. Many thanks to the ladies who cleaned up the mess!

CHOLLERTON First School is holding a table top sale and sale of nearly new children’s clothes and equipment tomorrow at 10am.

THIS season, Birtley and District Gardening Group is encouraging folk to have a go at producing food.

In January, Kate Slade, head gardener at Battlesteads Hotel, talked to the group about ‘growing your own’ and a visit to Battlesteads garden and workshop is planned for May.

Peter Holden, an experienced market gardener and speaker, will present Tales from the Allotment at Birtley Village Hall on Tuesday, March 13, at 7.30pm.

Contact (01434) 230204 for further information.

DEB Haycock reports that the first stage of the Barrasford Village Hall refurbishment is to commence this month with removal of asbestos followed by building and repair work on the gable end and a rebuild of the porch and lean-to-store. Due to this essential work, the village hall will be closed for two weeks until Sunday, March 18.

Consequently, some activities will be cancelled or relocated. China restoration, cancelled for March 8 and March 15; Dunkers, cancelled on March 14; Messy Church, relocated to Chollerton school, on March 17.

From Sunday, March 18, the supper room will reopen, but the main hall will remain closed until the entrance work is completed.