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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Slaley village notes

THIS correspondent is now getting back to normal, with just a bit more metal in the leg.

The hospitals in Carlisle and Hexham, along with the public and private ambulance services in this area, gave me professional and caring help during my recent accident.

My thanks to all of them. While recuperating, the weather has been great, either hot and sunny or with plenty of gloom and rain. Britain has weather, not merely a climate!

THE highlight of the bank holiday for me was, not the County Show, but a very interesting and well-attended open day at the Dukesfield Arches site.

Progress since my last visit was very impressive, with plenty to see and with a keen group of enthusiasts helping the professional archaeologists.

Although this marks the end of this year’s final excavation, more may be possible in future.

The site was in operation from 1670 until 1835, and is thought to have been the largest such mill in Europe for much of the 18th century.

Each summer’s day, 300 horse loads of lead ore came here from mines in Allendale and Weardale. Carts would have carried smelted lead pieces away up the track, past the agent’s house at Dukesfield Hall and on to the Tyne staithes at Blaydon.

THE film group is beginning to sort out next season’s films, so if anyone has any recommendations please contact Michael on (01434) 673443 or e-mail michael@elphicks.plus.com.

For a limited time we have a new member of the team who will help organise and run a few of the screenings.

We are delighted to have this help – it is part of her Duke of Edinburgh award brief. More details later, but we know you will make her welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to Carol from the Travellers Rest ladies’ darts team, who won the Teresa Singles competition in the Tynedale Darts League last week. Her highest score was 145; very impressive.

THE medicine run volunteer for next week is Hilary Hamps.

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