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A Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

However you celebrate the Christmas season, songs and carols are such a staple. We hear them on the radio, as background music in shops, rousingly played by brass bands in our streets, and on the tinkling pianos and other instruments that our children and grandchildren are learning to play. And we would have enjoyed singing them as a local community around the Christmas tree such as Powburn’s Community Garden.

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Advent: the four weeks before Christmas

Whether or not you count yourself as religious, spiritual, agnostic or whatever, the anticipation of Christmas each year seems to me to be a wonderful thing. Today is the first day of Advent 2020 – advent being the time in the liturgical year encompassing the four weeks before Christmas.

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A Little Firework Fun 2020

Family firework fun

At a time during the second UK national lockdown when we were all unable to attend organised Bonfire Night firework displays, it was nice to see from my window that at least one family was making the most of things up on the old railway line in Powburn, well away from anyone. It was lovely to hear the sound of a child laughing and squealing in delight, as the fireworks were let off one by one by their daddy. And you couldn’t help but see the wonderful flashes of light in the near darkness at the back of Powburn near the Dene. Lifted the spirits!

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Remembrance Sunday 2020


We are sure that members of the local community will recognise the current unusual circumstances surrounding the possibility of commemorating Remembrance Sunday this year. While the UK Government has now published guidance (published 3 Nov 2020), the required actions and responsibilities mean that there is insufficient time to organise a public event. However, we do not want to let this commemoration pass us by and we want to assure you that the fallen of the Breamish Valley are never forgotten. Consequently, a wreath will be laid by May Wilson BEM on behalf of the local community.

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Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas!

Well, we’ve had a few cold and frosty mornings recently: certainly enough to get me in the Christmas spirit, as they remind me of my favourite Christmas Carol, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. And we’ve only just passed the midwinter point of the shortest, and darkest day. Things can only get brighter!

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Ingram Fireworks Fun 2019!

Fireworks fun at Ingram Village

Following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, King James I introduced the ‘Observance of 5th November Act’, an enforced annual public day of thanksgiving. Despite being repealed in 1859, the celebration has continued with enthusiasm throughout the UK. So last night – exactly 414 years after the failed plot – Ingram Village celebrated in its own community-centred style at Ingram Village Hall.

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