Due to exceptionally high rainfall over the last 48 hours the River Till has flooded at Heatherslaw and covered part of the railway line. As a result Heatherslaw Light Railway will not be running today (Friday 14th June). As soon as the floodwater subsides a track inspection will be carried out and the railway will resume normal service as soon as possible.
Heatherslaw Cornmill, Tearoom, Visitor Centre, Gift Shop and Handmade at Heatherslaw are all open as usual. Please check our social media for regular updates.
A unique and interesting opportunity for a part-time assistant miller has arisen at Heatherslaw Cornmill. The Mill is a working museum which still makes stoneground flour using traditional methods, supplying the adjoining gift shop and other local outlets with its flour and cereal products.
Rosemary Bell has a wonderful knack of knowing these things. Nobody else (not even your host!) had appreciated that this was the 25th Dawn Chorus on Ford & Etal. Although we are all older, and few of us probably any the wiser about the birds we love and enjoy, this morning’s walk did at least show that, 25 years on, we are all still fit, can climb a very steep hill and can scramble over a stile.
We are delighted that the Berwick Classic and Targa Rally, an annual event which this year takes place on 4th and 5th May, will utilise parts of Ford & Etal Estates. This will be the 22nd year of this event, which runs an event for pre-1986 cars (The Classic) and a separate class for slightly more modern cars (The Targa).
The Lady Waterford Hall also serves as a village hall and is sometimes hired for private events. One such event takes place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May, when the Hall will be closed to the public.
On Saturday 6th April the formal installation of Northumberland’s latest High Sheriff, Lady (Harriet) Joicey, of Etal, near Berwick-upon-Tweed took place in St Mary’s Church, Etal. Lady Joicey has taken on the role from her predecessor, Michael Orde. During the ceremony she appointed Alexander Dickinson as her Under-Sheriff and Reverend John Vilaseca as her Chaplain for her year in office.
We are looking to recruit a self-driven, motivated individual with a proven track record in hands on management of people, production and efficient working methods. The position involves a good knowledge of working machinery (forklift, tractor, Hiab crane, band saws); knowledge within the timber and sawmilling sector is desirable, however applicants with relevant experience from other sectors will be considered.
During the last few days of February and the first two days of March our little village of Ford will be under the influence of the Italian Riviera! This is no weather forecast but the promise of a delicious Italian week courtesy of Giuliano Piscina, chef and restaurant manager, who is returning to the Old Dairy following the success of last year's visit.
There will be three individual cookery classes on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th culminating in an Italian dinner on Friday 1st March and Saturday 2nd March. Saturday is already booked but there are still places on Friday.