In lovely warm sunshine, over 90 people were able to enjoy a visit to the garden at The Old Vicarage in Beltingham last Sunday. Threatened showers never materialised, although places as near as Slaley suffered heavy rain. Visitors could enjoy a stroll around with a glass of wine, and tea and cream scones were available once other refreshments were needed. A very successful plant stall and tombola all helped to swell the proceeds from the day, which was in aid of church funds. St Cuthbert's Church was also open, and many visitors took the opportunity to go there, including one couple who had been married there 50 years ago.
Sunday April 22nd - Fourth Sunday of Easter
There was a joyous Service of Celebration at Haydon Bridge this morning.
The children sang with great enthusiasm in their newly formed choir, accompanied and led by Stephanie Carter.
During the service there were colouring activities for the children. These two were very proud of their efforts!
Nineteen children and numerous adults enjoyed a very busy Messy Church today! There were some great activities such as planting Easter gardens, making chocolate cakes with Easter symbols, making "junk" crosses and colouring tasks. After all the activity, there was a time of worship in Church and then a shared meal.
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday Service at Beltingham led by Benjamin our vicar and Gill our curate.
The choir was led by Fred Brooks and sang the anthem "O Joy of God" as well as supporting the congregation in the singing of traditional Easter hymns.
At the end of the service there was a lovely surprise - Diane had chocolate Easter eggs for everyone!
On February 13th, the Mothers' Union hosted their traditional Shrove Tuesday Lunch at the General Havelock in Haydon Bridge.
This event is always popular and all tickets were sold, thirty eight people attended from across the Benefice.
The meal was very enjoyable in a convivial atmosphere, served efficiently by the helpful staff.
The menu included pancakes which proved very popular and the raffle raised £109.