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Friday, 22 May 2015

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Chollerton village notes

SOME time ago, Chollerton Parochial Church Council agreed to plant a garden in part of the old churchyard at St Giles’s.

The area was planted with a mix of shrubs, perennials bulbs and wild flowers to encourage birds, insects and bees and flowers for church arrangements.

The aim was to create a more interesting and inspirational area in the churchyard.

The garden is always open for visits and families are most welcome to become involved in its development.

The team is always looking for more people to join in – contact Marilyn Grant or Richard Hay (Chollerton PCC) if you are interested.

CARPET bowls is played in Barrasford village hall every other week. The next sessions are on Thursday, June 12, and Thursday, June 26.

LOOKING forward to events in June and beyond, here is a taste of what’s coming up.

Chollerton Women’s Institute will meet on Wednesday, June 4, when the members will pay a visit to a member’s garden in Darras Hall and on Monday, July 7, there will be a guided walk in Newcastle.

Please contact Jen Dover, who is coordinating the transport arrangements.

The meeting on Wednesday, July 2, will be a talk by Ingrid Kilner – A Year behind the Veil.

As usual, the members will meet at 7.30pm, in Barrasford village hall and visitors are welcome.

BIRTLEY village hall will host a coffee morning on Thursday, June 5, from 10.30am.

Delicious coffee, home bakes and great conversation guaranteed!

BIRTLEY church fete is on Sunday, June 8, at Chipchase Castle and will include a fun dog show alongside the usual stalls selling teas, cakes and plants etc.

Families can enjoy the fun canine capers with their dogs – all to raise much-needed church funds.

The castle will be open during the fete for a separate entrance fee and is well worth a visit.

CHOLLERTON church teddy bear jump is on Saturday, June 21, at 3pm, followed by a family barbecue.

Brave teddies can be booked in from 2pm.

Adult entries welcome, as in previous years. Please ensure teddies are appropriately equipped with a parachute.

Someone has very kindly donated some ready-made parachutes if you have difficulty with yours.

There will be various different categories, including best dressed teddy.

CHURCH Services in Chollerton parish in June.

Sunday, June 1, Gunnerton St Christopher, 9am; Birtley St Giles’ 10.30am.

Sunday, June 8, Thockrington 9am; Chollerton 10.30am.

Sunday, June 15, Gunnerton St Christopher 9am; Birtley St Giles’ 10.30am.

Sunday, June 22, Thockrington at 9am, Chollerton at 10.30am.

Sunday, June 29, Birtley St Giles’ 10.30am.

Other church services within the Chollerton benefice

Barrasford Methodist chapel: services at 6.30pm each Sunday in June (local arrangement on 15).

Tomorrow and Sunday, June 1, is the church’s anniversary weekend.

Tomorrow there will be a concert by Stanley Men’s Forum Gospel Choir at 7pm.

On Sunday there will be a celebration service with the Rev. Mike Slade at 6.30pm.