51st Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
continuing Northumberland’s traditions
6th April to 8th April 2018

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Many free events. Prices: adult/unwaged/school age. Under 5s free.
At some free events donation boxes will be passed around.
During the Gathering performers will visit local care homes.
NB: this year’s Castle open days take place on 21st & 22nd April.

Friday 6th April:

9.30 - 5.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION + refreshments; craft competition entries (rec’d Thur. 5th April 5.30 pm - 7 pm). Displays/stalls: needlework, shepherds’ sticks, proggy mats, leatherwork. CDs, books, photos, t-shirts on sale. Town Hall 50p at door/accompanied under-12s free
10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Punch & Judy, Rent a Peasant, Ran Tanners, Jim Grant, Archaeosoup, Time Bandits, craft activities Market Place
10.00 –4.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION art, model rail displays, family craft activities, etc. Leisure Centre café Free
10.00 DANCE WORKSHOPS 10.00 historic, 11.15 clog, 12.45 maypole, 3.30 Breton Town Hall; £2/£1 per session
10.30 – 4.30 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES: PLAY IN A DAY for adults (over16) with Dave Shaw. Smallpipes provided. Bagpipe Museum: £20 - contact Gathering to book place
2.00 OFFICIAL OPENING of Gathering by Mayor Town Hall
2.15 BOOK LAUNCH de Merlay dynasty. Mini dramas with author Bridget Gubbins Town Hall Ballroom Free
4.30 STORYTIME with Sedayne Library Free
6.00 MORPETH POETRY GROUP An evening of poetry on a Northumbrian theme with some dialect. All welcome to listen or contribute Café des Amis Donations
7.30 JOE WILSON CONCERT Johnny Handle, Benny Graham, Bob Bolam, Micky Cochrane and Phil Corbitt celebrate Tyneside’s songster Methodist Ch £10/£9/£5
8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends Tap & Spile Donations

Saturday 7th April:

(9am – 4pm Park & Ride at County Hall)

St. John Ambulance at rear of Town Hall.

9.30 - 6.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday Town Hall
9.45 CHILDREN’S STORIES with Sedayne Library Free
10.00 – 3.15 FAMILY EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café
10.00 - 3.00 FARMERS’ MARKET & ENTERTAINERS Punch & Judy, Ellington Colliery Band, Time Bandits, Sheffield City Giants, Ran Tanners, Astral Circus, local dance teams, etc. Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade
10.00 – 4.00 STORYTELLERS' GARDEN with Jim Grant, Sedayne and Rapunzel, Bakehouse Yd Millennium Green
LIVING HISTORY activities with Archaeosoup and Rent a Peasant William Turner Herb Garden (Park) Free
10.00 MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS Hear the ‘soft-link’d notes’ of the smallpipes Bagpipe Museum Free
10.00 - 10.45 CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP with Anne Walton. Bring flat hard-soled shoes Town Hall £2/£1
10.15 RING O’ BELLS; Clock Tower tours from 12 appr.
11.00 PAGEANT Border piper, flags, Lord Greystoke’s return from Otterburn, costumed groups,bands, welcomed at Town Hall by the Morpeth Gadgy and civic leaders. During this time (10.30 - 11.45 am) Market Place & town centre from Chantry to Manchester Street closed to traffic. Alternative route Dark Lane/Stanley Terrace/Wellway.
12.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSIONS Tap & Spile Free
12.00 – 1.00 NED CORVAN Dave Harker delves into the life of the music hall star St Robert’s Church Hall £2/£1
12.00 - 3.00 SINGAROUND with Beeswing Joiners Arms
12.15 - 1.15 MORPETH WAITES early music concert
St George’s Church £2/£1 at door
12.30 – 2.00 CONCERTINA WORKSHOP Steve Turner on techniques for accompanying songs Bin 21 £2/£1
1.00 – 3.00 LET’S BEE POTTY seed-sowing workshop Bakehouse Millenn.Green Free (donation for materials)
2.00 - 2.45 FAMILY SHOW including Bedlington Ukelele Band and a chance to join in St James’ Centre £2/£1
3.00 - 4.30 THE GREAT JOE WILSON Ed Waugh on his new play about the songwriter St Robert’s Ch Hall £2/£1
3.00 - 3.30 WWI RECRUITMENT AND DRILL with Time Bandits Park near the bandstand Free
4.00 - 5.00 WILLIAM SHIELD A Life in Tunes Amélie Addison on the great composer with Poppy Holden (voice) & Niles Krieger (violin) Bagpipe Museum £4/£3
5.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION David Oliver Bin 21
6.30 - 8.30 WINNERS’ CONCERT Special guest group Lowp plus 2017 winners Town Hall Ballroom £9/£8/£5
5.00 TEATIME TALES Sedayne Peppermint Café Free
8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile Free
8.00 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION with Keith Davidson Black and Grey Coach House (venue tbc) Free
8.30 FIRE-EATING EVENT Astral Circus Mkt Place Free
8.30 BARN DANCE with The Hedgehog’s Skin & guests. Bring own drinks; no stilettos! St Geo’s Ch Hall £8/£6/£5

Saturday  Competitions:

Passport ticket for entrants/audience £2.00/£1.50 includes free entry to Exhibition. Doors open 30 minutes before times stated below to allow entrants to register. 12.00 CLOG DANCING Town Hall
1.30 SPEAKING AND WRITING: dialect, stories, hoafies (tall tales) plus results of pre-judged writing classes and update from Karen Lowing on dialect in schools St Robert’s Ch Hall
2.00 BANDS, ACCORDIONS, FIDDLES, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, DUETS St. George’s Church (ground floor)
3.30 SINGING incl. new Emily Inspires! trophy Town Hall

Sunday 8th April:

9.30 - 4.30 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday Town Hall
9.30 - 11.00 ORIENTEERING event (prizes at 12) Park
10.00 - 4.00 FAMILY EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café
Punch & Judy, Maypole, Sedayne & Rapunzel, Ran Tanners, Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade
LIVING HISTORY activities with Archaeosoup and Rent a Peasant William Turner Herb Garden (Park) Free
10.00 -11.00 HANDBELLS WORKSHOP Clock Tower
10.30 CHURCH SERVICE St George’s UR Church
11.30 – 12.30 SONGS OF NAPOLEONIC TIMES with singer & instrumentalist Steve Turner Town Hall £4/£3
12.00 - 2.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION as Friday.
1.00 - 3.00 TOURS OF COUNCIL CHAMBER, Mayor’s Parlour, civic silver and artefacts Town Hall Free
1.30 - 3.00 FAMILY CONCERT including Folkestra, Ann Wilkinson, stories Town Hall £2/£1 at door
3.30 – 4.30 THE TANNING TRADE (note revised time) Presentation on the work of the medieval leatherwork guild craftsmen by Andy Bates Town Hall £2/£1 at door

Venues fully accessible except Bin 21, Tap, Clock Tower
At some events donation boxes will be passed around

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