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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Greenhead village notes

WHAT a simply delightful day was spent on Sunday – with sunshine after a refreshing shower overnight – to add to the pleasures of the second Wool on the Wall festival in the village to accompany the farmers’ market. And those wonderful spinners and knitters succeeded in completing the challenge: on the dot of four o’clock the last stitches were sewn in the shawl!

The sheep was shorn at 10 and thereafter over 40 people were hard at work, carding, spinning and knitting all through the day in the tents on the Millennium Green. It was all mesmerising for the many visitors – we counted 440 adults through the gate at the market – to watch, and not at all easy to attempt to knit the single ply wool – I did try!

The huge finished article was won in the raffle by Mrs Blackett from Morpeth – and it was quite hard to see it leave the village after so many people had been part of the making of it, all contributing to its character and texture.

A triumph for the Friday Fibre group from Gilsland whose idea it was and who, with friends from all over the North, did the work.

Clearly spinning is very good for you – the air of contented cheerfulness emanating from the tents was palpable.

Needless to say, the market and the amazing display of woollen goods and tools on sale in the Greenhead Hotel’s function room were also very busy and doing well, as were the tearoom, the pub and the hot pie stall where the staff performed miracles in coping with feeding the crowds.

A lot of money was brought in to the local economy.

The spinners were chorusing: “Again!” that evening – a request we will find hard to resist in two years’ time.

THERE will of course be another treat in the village on Sunday, July 27, when it’s the annual duck day with lots of exciting things planned, and then there’s the very special anniversary Gilsland Show the following weekend.

The premiere of the film about the show made by our schoolchildren was held in the school last week to considerable acclaim and this will be screened at the show.

TODAY is the last day for entries for Gilsland Show which will surely be a bumper one. It is also the last day of this school year for the children – let’s hope there will be more of this glorious weather for them and their teachers to enjoy.

TONIGHT there’s a domino drive in the village hall in aid of St Cuthbert’s church.

TOMORROW, Meg’s Tearoom in Gilsland is holding a Garden Party from 11am until 3pm in aid of Cancer Relief.

ON Thursday, July 24, the Calico Hinnies will be meeting in the village hall from 1pm until 4pm, to do their quilting and the Hadrian Singers will be having a night of singing and fun to celebrate another year’s progress together at their last evening meeting till September (though they’ll be singing in Featherstone Castle in August).

THE village hall committee is very grateful to all who put out bags of surplus clothing for their collection – and delighted with the £110 that they have raised as a result.

I have had a peek at the chairs they have been re-upholstering for the hall and am highly impressed with the results! A splendid effort indeed.