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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Riding Mill village notes

IT will be all go, down in the Cafe this morning.

Not only will the parish hall foyer be filled with its loyal customers, but Linda’s exercise class will be in the main hall as usual at 10.30am (new members always welcome), Northumbria Police neighbourhood policing team members will be on hand from 11am to discuss any villagers’ concerns, and Gary Cant will be in his van outside from around 10.30am until 11am to sell groceries while the village shop is closed.

Gary will also pop into the Age Concern Luncheon Club around 1.15pm every Tuesday while the shop is shut to sell fruit and vegetables as well as the usual dairy products.

Orders can also be placed for collection the following Friday or Tuesday.

THE village hall trust management team would like to stress that the parish hall is not operating on a commercial basis. It is purely offering a temporary service to villagers who may struggle to obtain their staple shopping items until, hopefully, the much missed ‘Bobby’s Shop’ can be reopened.

ON Monday, March 10, Riding Mill Pre School is holding an open morning, from 9am until 11.45am. Parents of prospective pupils will be able to visit the pre school and allow their children to participate while they observe the activities of a normal session.

Cake and refreshments will be on offer and staff and committee members on hand to answer any questions.

ALSO on Monday, the parish council will meet in the parish hall supper room at 7.30pm.

ACTUALLY Mondays could potentially be even busier if you would like to try your hand at carpet bowls.

Alan and Pam Armstrong run this wonderfully sociable club every Monday afternoon in the parish hall and would dearly love new members to join them. You can play for fun but, if you are more serious about your sport, the club also takes part in competitions.

When you think how the Winter Olympics has made curling so popular again, without the ice, this could be the next best thing!

WEDNESDAY, March 12, also looks to be a busy day in the village with Lent soup being served in the supper room from noon until 2pm.

A Lent meeting, when the story behind the cross is explored through music, images and the written word, will take place in the Church Cottage from 2pm until 3pm, and this story will be repeated later that evening at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel.

A NOTE for your calendar for all workers young and old and in between!

Your help would be much appreciated in a spring tidy of St James’s churchyard on Saturday, April 12, starting at 10am. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be supplied but your own tools would be most helpful. Another reminder will follow nearer the date.

IF you have information for our village notes, please email pampryor@btinternet.com or telephone (01434) 682927.