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Wednesday, 03 June 2015

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Greenhead village notes

LET’S hope for a lovely day for Sheila’s open garden event on Sunday, July 6, from 1pm until 5pm, at Braeside, which you’ll find almost at the very top of the Greenhead bank.

Even if the weather breaks, a garden is always a lovesome thing, and raindrops can be very pretty, too!

It’s a long time since we had such an event in the village and it should be lovely.

THE village hall committee and friends have been very busy, not only mending the chairs in the hall, but collecting unwanted items for recycling in a way that will bring some much-needed cash into the hall’s coffers.

There are many of us who look askance at the modern ‘throw away’ culture, remembering when mending was the only option when something broke or developed a hole!

And there are still countless people who are glad to get their hands on what we discard. So I suppose the minimalist style works well all round.

Expect more bags through the door for filling from time to time to help with the de-cluttering!

Another way to do good while making space is to take a slot at the series of car boot sales that have started at the Whistle Art yard on the last Saturday of every month. Another good cause, too.

HERE are the winners of the last of the golf club fund-raising draws that Cliff has run throughout the year.

The work on the clubhouse that the draw has helped to finance is going well and all participants are heartily thanked for their contributions.

First, David Keens; second, Jason Elliott; third, Maurice Smith, Christine James and Ruth Boyd with Alan Sharp, Miles Bell and Elizabeth Smith completing the list.

The club’s carnival golf tournament for beginners will take place next week at the course in our village on Thursday, July 10 from 3pm until 6pm – full details from Pat on (01434) 320471.

THERE’S a coffee morning on Saturday, July 12 in the Methodist hall in Haltwhistle in aid of St Cuthbert’s church.

Please support this with donations for the stalls, baking or giving a hand with the washing up, etc!! Or simply come along and enjoy the fun.

LOTS of amazing things are happening the following day, Sunday, July 13, in the village as the second Wool on the Wall festival takes place alongside the farmers’ market, to celebrate the clipping of the sheep along the tops round here, which produces our largest local crop.

We’ll be celebrating British wool in all its manifestations, from roof insulation (I can vouch for that!) to the most delicate fabrics.

And this time, in addition to all the stalls set out in the function room at the Greenhead Hotel (by kind permission of David and Sue) there’s the ambitious challenge that the Friday Fibre group from Gilsland have set themselves – to get ‘from the sheep to the shawl’ in the space of a single day!

They’ll be shearing a sheep and then processing a fleece right through all the stages until they finally produce a knitted shawl!

I’m told there’ll be at least 20 spinners at work – and that the single ply wool they’ll produce is ‘extremely lively’ for the knitters to work with!

All who can knit, etc, will be very welcome to join in to see whether the challenge will be achieved!