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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Slaley village notes

ON a foggy wet Saturday afternoon, a select group made their way to the Commemoration Hall and were cheered by the sight of Nigel in an array of wigs, winding up a bingo machine about the size of one of his hands and chasing a number of fingernail-sized balls around the table.

Anyone stepping out of line in any way whatsoever received a flying bag of dried seaweed. He was doing this for the joint parish councils (Slaley and Healey) fund-raising afternoon.

Prizes abounded, along with tea, cakes and tray bakes. It was a good antidote to a miserable Saturday afternoon, and many thanks to all who supported it and provided prizes and refreshments.

BRADLEY Armstrong has now left the village for pastures new. The bowls club – and his partner – will miss him. So come on and support the village carpet bowlers.

There is a delightful note on the Slaley website (slaley.org.uk) about the bowls club that will give you full match reports and pictures, including Bradley’s farewell cake.

Everyone is sure he will pop into the village from time to time, and we all wish this lad every success as he joins the Navy.

THERE will be an Easter themed coffee morning at St. Mary's for church funds, from 10.30am until noon tomorrow, with sweet and savoury home baking and seasonal tombola prizes.

TOMORROW, the Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers group is hosting a printing workshop with expert printmaker Jan Blaxandall, from 10am until 4.30pm.

The workshop is free, with a few places still left, but pre-booking is essential via email to Dukesfield@outlook.com or 07513 413935.

SLALEY women’s darts team is holding a sponsored slim to contribute to fund-raising by one of the teams in the league, The Grapes in Hexham.

The Grapes is raising money for Ward Four at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in support of the 18-month-old daughter of one of their players, who has been in the paediatric oncology ward after losing an eye through cancer.

There will be sponsorship forms in the shop and the pub, and some hungry darts players too.

ON Easter Saturday the Dukesfield group is staging an open day with plenty of activities and food. It is well worth checking its website (dukesfield.wordpress.com) for other interesting workshops and activities.

ON Easter Sunday the Slaley craft group is putting on what it is famous for – afternoon tea.

THE volunteer for the medicine collection next week is Anne Lishman.