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.
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.
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.
An opportunity has arisen to lease this Grade II Listed 19th Century walled garden within beautiful historic location.
Built in the mid-19th Century for the Marchioness of Waterford, the Walled Garden remains a beautiful example of craftsmanship within 100 yards of Ford Castle. Run as a plant nursery for many years, there are a wide range of other possibilities for the garden. Large areas of the site have been cleared and the garden, a seculded and secure space, offers a blank canvas for new ventures.
Some new works of art - a splendid array of hand-crafted quilts, cushions, purses, scarves, and home textiles - can be found on display in the Lady Waterford Hall until the end of September. The creator of these beautiful pieces is the very talented Judith Bellamy of Old Lace & Roses, who lives near Wooler where she has her own studio. Much of Judith’s work incorporates upcycled, vintage and quirky fabrics which she sources online and from antiques outlets, so that each of her designs is completely individual and unique.
The Lady Waterford Hall is a multi-functional building which, as well as being a registered museum and gallery, is also a village hall available for private hire. Because of this, from time to time it is closed to the public. Please note that the Hall will be closed for two private functions on Sunday 16th September and Thursday 27th September.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.