nov09doc - Stamfordham Communicator

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nov09doc - Stamfordham Communicator

No. 88 Nov. 2009



    Stamfordham Women’s Institute

    You are invited to a

    Supper & Entertainment

    on Friday 20th November at 7.00pm in Stamfordham Village Hall

    Ernie & Friends followed by Imagine


    Tickets ?9.50 available from Caroline Jackson 01661 886294 or Jane Thicknes 01661 886387

     thW.I. Open Meeting 14 October

    Posters and invitations were distributed inviting guests to join us for entertainment and supper at our open meeting.

    The Ponteland Community Wind Band (made up of a wide age range of players) performed medleys of tunes from productions, including Shrek to name just one. Another member and I were sitting at the back merrily singing along, as I'm sure many others were, when the music hit a sudden hush and I was very nearly caught out in my enthusiasm.

    Following supper, Martin Merriman related his tale of The Self Wiping Dipstick, a wonderfully entertaining tale,

    heavily punctuated with local references.

    This was an evening of terrific entertainment enjoyed by members and visitors alike. We welcome visitors at any meeting, not just by special invitation and are always pleased to greet new faces.

     * * * * * * * * * * * Linda Boylan thThe W.I. meeting on 9. December will be the Christmas Meal.



    To make the most of the heat in your house and to keep you warm this winter, it should

    be well-insulated.

    Current recommended depth of loft insulation is 11 inches or nearly 30cm. If your

    current levels of loft insulation are 4 inches or less you may be entitled to have the

    addition installed for free or at a very reasonable rate.

    NORTHUMBERLAND WARM ZONE are running their programme of installing FREE LOFT and/or CAVITY WALL if:

    ; anyone in the household is over 60; OR

    ; anyone in the household is under 5; OR

    ; the householder is in receipt of one of a range of benefits.

    Many households will be eligible make a call to one of the numbers below, and mention your benefit/age entitlement straight away. Even if you’re not eligible for free insulation, Northumberland WarmZone will survey your property and give you a good deal e.g. ?129 for loft insulation in an average three-bedroomed semi. If you rent your house from a private landlord, but fulfil any of the criteria above, your landlord can have insulation fitted free in the same way as if you were the owner, but will have to be consulted about it. When you contact Warm Zone, please tell them that you heard about them from Transition Tynedale via your Parish Council.

    Call the Northumberland Warm Zone on 01670 356642 OR 01670 356624, OR apply online:

    If you take action on this you will save yourself money and help combat climate change. The Warmzones project is an initiative supported by Northumberland County Council and the UK Government in order to

    reduce CO2 emissions and to make houses more fuel-efficient.




     Fitness through movement, exercise and dance


    Are you looking to enhance your daily life to maintain a good level of mobility, posture, co-ordination and memory? Then a Keep Fit Association (KFA) class is just what you are looking for!

    Taught predominantly in local community and school halls, the KFA is convenient, social and non-competitive. The choreography, motivating music, friendly support and social

    atmosphere are key elements in a KFA class, which all help towards an enjoyable and healthy retirement.

    Classes are held at the moment in Horsley village hall on Mondays 9.45am to 10.45am. Pauline is willing to give a free taster session in Stamfordham.

     If you are interested please contact her on 01661 853365


    From the Editor: Slightly embarrassing this, but I was asked to print the following letter as received:

    Dear Ed.

    On behalf of my fellow readers of the Communicator I wish to say a huge Thank you to you for

    all your work in producing the paper.

    You collate the news, design the pages, print, photocopy and put all the sheets in order. Then cycle round to deliver to each of your distributors.

    This must take up a considerable amount of time each month.

    The result is not only very informative but also a good read and appreciated by us all.

    Lorna Telfer

    People often ask how much time I spend on it. It’s difficult to say exactly, as I do it in bits, but overall it probably adds up to about one-and-a-half working days per month; not long to keep me off the streets! All I can say in return is to thank you for the vote of confidence if it is of any use or pleasure to anybody, it makes the whole job

    worthwhile. D.



    here’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your lungs, it’s good T for the muscle and bone growth of your children and it’s good for your feeling of wellbeing! Strong scientific evidence now supports the many benefits to health of regular walking it is recommended that we take at least

    10,000 steps a day.

    Studies show that walking can:

    ; Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

    ; Lower blood pressure

    ; Reduce high cholesterol

    ; Reduce body fat

    ; Enhance mental well being

    Walking offers a great way to help kids get the active habit. If parents express excitement about the prospect of a walk in the countryside, they are more likely to transmit this feeling to their children. It’s important to treat the walk as an exploration or adventure and to go at the child’s pace, no matter how often they want to stop and look at things; take treats to eat and plenty to drink; and head for some landmark that will appeal to them such as a castle, a playground, an ice cream van or a boating pond. If children experience walking as part of a fun activity, they are more likely to want to go again.

    So, how do you find out what is on offer? John Harris, a keen walker, got fed up with the lack of information on walks in the County. So, he decided that if he couldn’t find what he was looking for – he had better create it!

    So came into being.

    This website gives you all the information you need for the best walking in the County:


Details of more than 90 walks to download and print free, details of all the Northumberland walking

    groups, maps and walk books plus loads more information.

    So check out the website and get walking!

    [This looks a good site, with lots of information and links. If you are interested, but don’t have computer

    access, remember you can do so at the Village Hall on Wednesdays at 10.00am till 12 noon.



    Thanks to all who have supported the P.D.S.A. throughout the year

    by posting stamps through my letterbox.

    The time has come again when Christmas cards appear with lots of lovely stamps on them!

    Please don't forget PETS IN NEED OF VETS

     THANKS AGAIN, in anticipation.

    Viv Fitzpatrick

     Mobile Hypnotherapist Matfen Village Hall Events Nov-Dec

    Christmas come too early

    for you? Feeling stressed?


    Then give Joanne a call!

    Complete confidential


    Competitive prices

    Fully Insured

     01661 855171

FREE TO A GOOD HOME [Photos of both on ]

    ; A large filing cabinet, 4 drawers, not in the best of health but still could be very useful.

     Contact 01661 886485

    ; Pin Board. Pine frame, cork finish on fibreboard. 58cm x 78cm. Contact 01661 886432

     Warkworth Street MOTs at Warkworth Street at 5, Grady’s Yard, Throckley, NE15 9EP Lemington NE15 8EE 0191 267 8322 or 01661 886622 07801 557 514

     Services and Repairs MOTs Paint & Bodywork Air Conditioning



     Christmas orders now been taken on holly wreaths and

    Christmas table decorations.

    Also we decorate hallways and fire places of your choice, so, if

     you want something with a bit of Christmas sparkle as you

    entertain over the yuletide, then give us a call !

     Prepare for Christmas early and get your flowers on order for friends and family who live out of the area . We can

    organise your flowers via our membership with Flowers Direct. If you are interested in flower arranging, or would like to have a go, but just don't know where to start, then watch out for upcoming workshops and demonstrations

    coming soon.

    For more information or to place an order contact us: 0191 414 5155

     07841 875 941

    Please Note: Free delivery in Stamfordham village only. A small charge applies if outside village.

    Mobile Hair Dresser IAIN NICHOLSON & CO SOLICITORS & ESTATE AGENTS Over 16yrs. of experience in all types of ;5 West Road, Ponteland, NE20 9ST hair-dressing:

     Legal Enquiries: 01661 Professional cutting, colouring or perming

    823863 in the comfort of your own home. For further details and bookings, contact House Sales Enquiries: 01661 860110 Heather on

    PLEASE CALL US FOR DETAILS ABOUT ;;;;; 01661 860512 or


     07973 550998 Iain Nicholson sponsors Stamfordham Communicator

    Ladies and Gents Clothing

    Repaired or Altered

     Trousers & Jeans

     Shortened / Lengthened

     Skirts taken in /

    let out Village Store Opening Hours: Dresses & Coats

     Monday - Friday 7.30am - 6.00pm Zips replaced......Sleeves shortened Sat & Sun 8.00am - 5.00pm Curtains/Blinds........Made/Altered Newspapers Magazines

     Wedding Groceries Local Produce

     Cash Machine Stamps Gowns......Made/Altered Cards & Gift Wrap Gifts Also Bridal and Furnishing Logs & Kindling Coal repairs undertaken Please note the Coffee Shop

    is now open for the season QUALITY SERVICE AT AFFORDABLE PRICES Ring Olive on ;;01661 886705 ;;;;; 01661 886202 or 07910500848



     TUITION Sam Watson,


    is available for riding instruction. LEARN TO PLAY ACOUSTIC GUITAR

    IN TEN WEEKLY LESSONS All levels; flatwork and jumping.

    IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS Children most welcome. All areas covered. OF ALL AGES

    FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT CHRIS on Please call Sam on: 07939 500614 01434 672725 or or

    Poppy Collection 2009 In the area covering Stamfordham, Ryal, Ingoe, Horsley, and

    Keeper’s Lodge (Matfen) and church collections and wreaths, an excellent ?1,314.53 was

    collected. Thanks to all who collected and who donated. Source: Dorothy Scott

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    Contact Michael Kober on 01661 833533 0785 509 2227

     07974 714996

     The Bay horse inn


     Food daily served 12 noon 2.00 pm, except Monday. Sunday lunch served until 3.30 pm, For full details and prices, contact J.Dias

     Dinner every evening served 6.00 - 9.00 01661 886217 07989 except Sunday and Monday. 572295 Thursday Special Pension Lunch ?3.95


    ?;5, Widdrington Drive, Stamfordham, main course, ?2.00 dessert.

    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE18 0PL Bed and Breakfast ?60.00 per double room.

    or Further information at 01661 886244 or go to FESTIVE SEASON information page 7 + + + + + + + + + + + +

     Thanks……. Looking for a Margaret’s Friends would like to say a big

    Joiner ? Thank You to all those who helped at and supported in any way their Coffee Morning on Free, without-obligation th28 Oct. A magnificent ?760 was raised. Some quotes…… photos of the event may be seen at No job too big or too small…

     Thanks are due this month to Anonymous of Any distance…… North Fens (!) for ?5 and to a new Computer Problems trouble-shooter (see advert. at top of this Contact: Philip Urwin page) for ?10 towards S.C. production costs.

     01661 886314 or 07747 696148