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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Wark village notes

IF everything has gone according to plan, the village should have a few strange characters lurking in odd corners; this is the scarecrow trail weekend.

I’ve been hearing secretive whispers in all sorts of places and I look forward to seeing them all. Scarecrows will be up until Sunday evening and even if you haven’t made one yourself you can be involved.

You can get yourself a map, go and have a look at them all and vote for the one that you think is the best.

The map is available from the post office or the Battlesteads and the proceeds will go towards the cost of the senior citizens’ Christmas meal.

THE eagle-eyed among you may have spotted green shoots in the flower tub by the old petrol station.

Children and staff from the school planted poppies last week.

They were grown from seeds taken from the battlefields of Belgium.

The seeds were grown by Anne Hutchinson, who very kindly invited the school to be part of this special ceremony.

It will be great to see them flower over the next few weeks.

Any spare poppies will be planted in the school grounds.

THE Friends of Wark First School held a sponsored walk last weekend and fortuitously chose the sunny Sunday rather than the very wet Saturday to do so.

In the end, a group of 11 parents and staff walked all or part of the route from Birtley to Wark and from there on to Stonehaugh, and eight of them did the whole thing.

They were all welcomed with a cup of tea at the club in Stonehaugh to round off the day.

First estimates are that about £500 has been raised.

There isn’t yet a specific ‘destination’ for that money, but I’m sure the school in partnership with the Friends will soon identify one.

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