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  2. Maggie,just checking if you sent this to my Watsapp messenger private contact chat line?..[aam wary of scammers!!]..Thanks if you did!!,a dinna watch the telly and knaa nowt at aal wat this is aboot..so didn't open the link!..Cheers and aal thi best for Christmas and the new year! Bill.
  3. @Maggie/915 @Canny lass Series 27 Episode 16. In Northumberland they started at Berwick and ended up in Bedlington before going to sale rooms in West Yorkshire. ( I didn't watch the program I just skipped through it on BBC iPlayer). All they showed of Bedlington was the shop front and inside the shop so had a Google and the Penny Black Antique shop is 66a East End Front Street.
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  5. Interest declared and just as previous years any member of this group can vote for anyone, or group, nominated
  6. Malcolm and myself will have to declare an interest, we're members of that group.😄
  7. In my opinoin one of the worst antique shows broadcast. it must be years ago when I watched an episode and it was two people inside a shop pretending to barter over a piece of junk. But as it's Bedlington I will record and see if the town gets a mention and if any views of the town are shown
  8. Sounds like a great suggestion fully behind it
  9. Would anyone like to comment on this years Piper Award going to :- https://www.facebook.com/Thefriendsofwestleacemetery @Andy Millne @John Fox (foxy) @Malcolm Robinson @Vic Patterson @HIGH PIT WILMA @Bedlingtonian @Pete @Jammy @Maggie/915 @_pauls @James @Symptoms @Mal @Tonyp @Beano @7RIrF @carly @Bill Straughan @oldtimer @Dave Twist @6233jane @threegee @Darren Smith @jfk @B Davison @DJA 24 @anniemarr @Katherine Hyde @Jr6468 @Sheila Prouten @Joe McNally @Patricia Wadsworth @SouthernGeordie @rosco @Linray @lynnewatson @sallywoo1971 (= all those thatv have commented or posted photos on this group in 2022)
  10. 100% behind the nomination of Friends of Westlea Cemetery for this year's Piper Award.
  11. Why not put it on the internet as do the war cemeteries abroad, after all we do have war graves in West Lea. These cemetery plans are a great help to researchers.
  12. I wonder why a doctor or an ambulance couldn't attend to the injured at the pit? I mean, moving a back injury isn't the most sensible thing to do. Would it perhaps be because the pit would have to pay the 2/6d.
  13. During WW2 my maternal Grandfather was working a double shift in the middle of the night (to help the war effort) when he was injured underground by a rock fall causing crush injuries to his legs and back. His mates dug him out, brought him to the surface and stretchered him the mile-and-a-half back to his home. The doctor was called, meds given and an ambulance was called to take him to hospital in Durham ... he worked at Sherburn Hill Colliery near Durham City. My Grandmother had to pay the Doctor for the home visit and for the ambulance - it cost her two shilling and six pence. You had to pay for all this stuff when the pits were privately owned and there was no NHS. He got plastered-up and was back at work a couple of months later.
  14. No 24 named by herself - Susan hemsted-James.
  15. Posted somewhere would be great because of scheduling especially weekends and holidays. Thank you Mal.
  16. I think there is a guide Vic but the cemetery managers have it. Don’t see why it can’t be put on the building? I have just advised some people looking for their family plot to get in touch with them so it would be handy. There are other upgrades coming soon and an expansion.
  17. Don't know Vic - @Malcolm Robinson might know. ps. I forgot to mention that @John Fox (foxy) has also helped in the restoration :-
  18. A great suggestion Alan, I was truly impressed with the cemetery last year, a lot of work must have gone into it. I have had relatives visit it this year who were very impressed. Because I don't have anyone living locally has anyone thought of marking the lanes and rows, giving a 1 by A grid to assist giving directions. (I did this for my relatives)
  19. Excellent suggestion Eggy.............In effect just two lasses spending all their free time helping to make the cemetery somewhere everyone can be proud of. They are currently making Xmas wreaths and all money raised is spent in the cemetery. BTW, Look out for a huge revamp at the Garden of Remembrance and the path behind!
  20. My thoughts for this year are as this group has been very quite and very few questions asked from members that have resulted in anyone having to dig deep to help out is that the Piper Award should go to 'The Friends of Westlea Cemetery'. They are a group of volunteers that have organised and helped in the restoring of the delapidated buildings, grounds and appearance of the cemetery. @Malcolm Robinson has been involved with them and I am sure he knows a lot about them. For Facebook (FB) members this is a direct link to their Facebook page :- https://www.facebook.com/Thefriendsofwestleacemetery An article published by the Northunberland Gazette :- https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/westlea-cemetery-in-bedlington-to-get-queen-elizabeth-ii-memorial-and-remembrance-garden-refurbishment-4339703 This is their FB cover page :- Some images of the volunteers and some of the items they work on :-
  21. Hope everybody's keeping well,apologies for absences,Hope 2024 is a better year than the last four years!![we keep saying that..!!] Cheers Bill!
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