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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Wark village notes

PERHAPS this wasn’t the best idea, but I’ve had a peek at the long-term weather forecast and it looks like we might get a shower or two tomorrow, the day of Wark fete.

If the weather holds, the fete will be on the Green and it will be buzzing with activity.

There will be plenty of stalls for you to have a look at; the fete is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to bag yourself a bargain.

Wark teas are rightly famous and you’ll be able to get yours in the town hall.

There will be a cake stall, tombola and bric-a-brac, nearly new and a plant and garden stall, a great raffle and many more. It’s not too late to donate raffle or tombola prizes.

The fete starts at 2pm and all proceeds go to support St Michael’s church.

YOU could use the fete as an excuse to practise your baking and preserving skills in preparation for the leek show in September.

As I’ve mentioned before, this year’s show is the 50th and the committee is hoping it will be extra special.

You can help by making sure there are lots of entries in the open classes.

The complete list of jams and preserves is up in the window of the post office, but the jams are plum, strawberry and blackcurrant, so you’re just in time to get started with fruit in season.

LAST week, I mentioned the impending retirement of Canon Michael Thompson later this summer.

The school is hosting an informal gathering of friends and colleagues on Wednesday, July 16 at 2pm.

Anyone who wants to wish him well in his retirement can do so at this school event, with afternoon tea, although I’m sure the churches of Humshaugh, Simonburn and Wark will also be marking the occasion in due course.

If you want to make a contribution to the school’s a retirement gift, you can also do so through the school.

Please contact Val Cooper at the school if you want to come on the 16th, so they can plan the teas.

AS YOU know, these notes are written on the Sunday at the start of the week, so at the moment of writing, Dr Keep’s retirement ‘do’ in the town hall hasn’t yet taken place. I’ll give you a full report next week.

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