Exciting times lie ahead at the Black Bull in Etal. The pub - the only thatched-roof hostelry in Northumberland - has been out of service for two years during which time it has been a huge miss with both locals and visitors.
Keeping a working mill in good running order is quite a task and at Heatherslaw Cornmill maintenance goes on behind the scenes throughout the year. As the visitor season draws to a close you might be forgiven for thinking that the miller puts his feet up on a sack of grain and takes a well-earned break but in fact the opposite is true.
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre is once again hosting the “Looking Back” event on 7th & 8th October and this year has something special to celebrate. The Centre has just been accredited by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) as a Rare Breeds Conservation Centre. This award coincides with the RSBT’s launch of their #SaveOurHeavyHorses campaign.
The River Till is the only tributary of the Tweed that lies wholly in England. As the rhyme above suggests, it has a deceptive appearance. Although picturesque and tranquil-looking, it hides strong currents, and it is a spate river – fed from the Cheviot Hills, it can rise fast in wet periods, flooding large areas.
The countryside is constantly changing, both with the seasons and with the activities of man. This week regular visitors to Ford & Etal will notice a big change to the landscape on the road between Heatherslaw Railway Station and Etal. The small clump of Poplar trees beside the cycle path has been felled.
The children from Hugh Joicey C of E First School, Ford Village, became “Heritage Heroes” this summer by taking part in the Heritage Lottery funded Village Atlas Project run by local archaeological group TillVAS.
Hannah Longmuir is a countryside artist, building delicate, detailed drawings by layering thousands of little pencil marks. She combines her love of the great outdoors with her passion for drawing and an obsession with beautiful paper goods.
Ford village, picturesque and secluded, is still recognisable as the place it was a hundred years or more ago. After centuries of border warfare, the union of England and Scotland led to a more peaceful time, and by the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the area was a quiet, rural backwater. But it was also an era of change – industry was growing, travel and communications becoming easier, the population was expanding, and agricultural estates like Ford were vital for food production.