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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Hexhamshire village notes

THE people who crammed into Whitley Chapel Parish Hall on Friday night were extremely privileged to be part of an incredible evening of laughter and celebration.

The amazing array of voices and talented musicians left the audience wanting more. Lead singer of Lindisfarne, Billy Mitchell, Jez Low from the Bad Pennies, Johnny Handle, Kenny Spiers and Real Time, Vin Garbutt, Kevin Doonan, the Lucky Bags and many others, gave their all and their time for free in tribute to the late Judy Dinning.

A fantastic £2,463 was raised which will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Friday night was just the first concert; on Saturday the event was repeated just over the Scottish border in Denham, which brought the final total of funds raised to £5,000 – a truly wonderful amount.

If you missed these events Judy recorded a DVD in January of this year while singing live at the Sage in Gateshead and this can be purchased by telephoning (01434) 673762.

THINGS are hotting up for the Nativity, with a dress rehearsal at the school from 9.30am, on Sunday, December 22, followed by the first run through in the church.

Thespians, angels, animals, make-up artists and hairdressers are required to be at the church at 4pm on Christmas Eve, in preparation for the Nativity play which starts in the church at 5pm.

ON Sunday, December 22, there will be a carol service at St Helen’s Church at 6pm to which everyone is welcome. Come along and raise the roof with some carols.

Sherry and mince pies will be served in the church afterwards.

CHRISTMAS Day services start at 8am with holy communion, followed by parish communion at 9.30am; to both these services family, friends and visitors are warmly welcome.

THERE will be the first ’Shire Walk of the New Year on Friday, January 3, so put the date in your calendar and come and blow those festive calories away. Meet at the parish hall at 9.30am.