Heather View Country Park in Stanhope has won permission to remain open all year round.
A dedicated committee consisting of staff, governors and interested members of the community has been founded to organise Wolsingham School’s 400th anniversary next year. The school will be holding celebratory events throughout the year with a huge gala weekend over July 18/19 which will include a grand evening of entertainment on the Saturday. The committee is seeking artefacts and memorabilia associated with the school and for further information please contact Anita Atkinson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01388 766869. The school can be contacted on 01388 527302.
The Weardale Gazettes closes for the Christmas break at 12 noon on Christmas Eve and opens again on Wednesday, 2 January.
Please note that the 2 January Gazette will come out on Thursday, 3 January 2013.
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year
Our annual magazine is selling well. If you would like a copy posting to you, please make your cheque payable to: Weardale Publishing and Printing Co. Ltd for £4.19, send it to: 6 Market Place, Stanhope, Co. Durham, DL13 2UJ and we will post it off to you. The content includes: 75th anniversary of Burnhope Reservoir; The Disappearing Farms of Weardale; The Bates family of Wolsingham; Wolsingham Primary School 100 years ago; The Sound of Steam lives on in Weardale, and much more.
Chris Ruskin’s book, The Disappearing Farms in Weardale, has been postponed. She hopes to have it printed as early as possible in the new year. We will post details on our website and announce it in the Weardale Gazette once we have details available.
Life and Times in Victorian Weardale by Frank Sanderson is available from the Weardale Gazette shop, priced £9.95 + P&P =£11.45. This book has resulted from the author’s fascination with his paternal ancestors, hill farmers from Weardale. A family historian for more than 30 years, Frank came into the possession of a series of letters written by his Victorian cousin, Francis Vickers of Stanhope to his cousins George and Thomas Vickers who migrated from Stanhope to Ontario in the early Victorian period. The book also refers to the coming of the railways, schooldays, Primitive Methodism, founding the Stanhope School Board and lots of other topics. If you wish to buy a copy, please send a cheque for £11.45 payable to: Weardale Publishing and post to: Weardale Gazette, 6 Market Place, Stanhope, Co. Durham, DL13 2UJ.
To have the Weardale Gazette Calendar posted to you, please send a cheque for £5.40 (which includes p&p) payable to: Weardale Publishing & Print. Co. Ltd. and send to: Weardale Gazette, 6 Market Place, Stanhope, Co. Durham, DL13 2UJ. Please don’t forget to include your name and address.
Teacher, Nancy Wall from Eastgate, is apealing for donations of wool and help from knitters. Nancy is very active outside school and in summer took some of her students to work voluntarily in Romania. Next year she intends to take a group to Botswana in Zambia. The students have all learned to knit and are busy creating baby clothes for what are known as ‘fish and chip’ babies because they are wrapped in newspaper when they are born because of the lack of clothing. If you can help knit baby clothes, get in touch with Nancy via our Editor, Anita Atkinson, tel. 01388 766869.
Scott Rowan is appealing for women to donate bras to help Africans in Tanzania. He is fundraising for the trip next Easter where he will be volunteering in a hospital there. For further information go to www.lostevents.co.uk or visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ScottsVisitToTanzania?ref=hl
The Flower School at Wolsingham is raising money for CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) this Christmas. They will offer a stunning selection of welcome rings to adorn your front door, along with planted gift work and hand-tied bouquets. All arrangements will be made at cost with an additional 25% added for CLIC. Please order from 16 November to be ready for Christmas. Ring Emm Shaw 01388 529188 for further details.