Worship and Events

 

Daily Prayer

The Church of England has a pattern of daily morning, evening and night prayer. Each day, and each time of day, uses different readings from the Bible, and different prayers.
Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer
Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.

PrayerWeekly Services

Sunday

The Parish Eucharist • at 11.00am (Common Worship, except on the first Sunday of the month when the Book of Common Prayer is used)

Said Evening Prayer  • at 5.15pm (BCP)

Tuesday
Holy Communion
at 10.00am (BCP

Weekdays

Morning Prayer • at 8.45am

More upto date information about services here...


 


Searching the Past

Village Life during the Great War

The Bamburgh Heritage Trust is presently researching life in Bamburgh Village to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. Having now obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we can go ahead with some more in-depth research. Most

of us have seen and indeed many are related to the names on the War Memorial at the foot of the Castle and the plaques and memorials in St Aidan's Church.  Information on these men who did not return is becoming more and more readily available on web sites such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Forces War Records and North East War Memorials.

One such name is familiar, W. J. Clark.

William Joseph Clark was the son of George and Elizabeth Clark 1, Radcliffe Cottages, who ran the market garden.  His obituary in the Berwick advertiser April 1918 says that Private

William Joseph Clark, Coldstream Guards, died at the 15th Casualty Clearing Station on 14th April 1918 of wounds received in action.  He was admitted to hospital in January suffering from injuries received by he explosion of a shell.   He had just been discharged from hospital and had been in action for less than a week when he received his fatal wound. When only 17 this brave lad had endeavoured to enlist, but was refused, so he left his father who he had assisted in the market garden to obtain employment in Clark Chapman's munitions factory in Gateshead.  He joined the colours on 26th December 1916.  He had a course of training at Windsor and landed in France in Oct 1917. Will was in hospital when he attained his majority in March 1918.  He is buried at Ebblingham Military Cemetery, France and is commemorated on the Bellringers' Roll of Honour in St Aidan's Church.

One name that is not on the memorial is Mark Nutman.  Mark was born in Bamburgh in 1894 and lived in Radcliffe Cottages.  Before the war he worked for Mr Dixon of Wynding House and his stated occupation on his 'war papers' was a farmer.  He joined the Royal Field Artillery as a horseman serving on the Somme.   Gunner Mark Nutman: RFA 120831 and was presented with the Military Medal for Bravery, inscribed C. 110/BDE.RFA, and was also presented with a further 2 medals.   He was demobilised on 13th March 1919 from 'O' Battery 110th Brigade RFA.  On arriving home in Bamburgh he was presented with a gold watch inscribed :

"Presented by his Bamburgh friends to record his brave and gallant conduct in the European War".  He then worked as a groom in Newcastle then returned to work at Glororum Farm where he looked after the carthorses and worked on the farm.  Mark died in 1969.

While Bamburgh had rallied to the call and many men volunteered, it is evident that village life carried on, adapting to the needs of the war effort in various ways. Law and order was strictly maintained and the Alnwick Gazette 14th March 1915 reports that at the Belford

Petty Sessions:

'The Rule of the Road must be Obeyed'

"Twelve soldiers, privates in the Northern Cyclists' Battalion, stationed at Bamburgh were each  summoned  for  riding  a  bicycle  without  having  a  light  on  the  highway  near  to

Bamburgh between 24th Feb and 14th  March and at different times".   The defendants were named and were rebuked by the Chairman that they must observe the rules of the road. The Magistrate would be lenient this time and each was fined 2s 6d......"don't let me see you again" The fines were paid.

The archives at Woodhorn Museum have a wealth of information and with so many communities also looking into their past, the staff are well prepared to help.  Trawling through back editions of local papers is an interesting but   tedious job, (most are on microfilm) as each page needs to be scrutinised for not only reports of local  soldiers but also for gems of information such as was reported in April 1915 that: "Most of the houses in Bamburgh are provided with water closets. Exceptions were Victoria and South Victoria Terrace where the privy ash pit system is out of harmony with the property.  Immediate improvement works were recommend."  Later reports stated that improvements had still not been implemented.

I hope after nearly 100 years the situation has been remedied!

As we have progressed with research, names are becoming familiar, but it is the memories of families still living here, events in the village, information, anecdotes and photographs that can be used to create  a display to commemorate World War 1 and life in Bamburgh at the time. If you can help us in any way:

Please contact:

Jude Aldred. 01668 214248.  judealdred@hotmail.co.uk

Chris Baldwin. 01668 214 525. chrisbaldwin@mypostoffice.co.uk

Sue Aldred.   01668 214 409.  sue@bamburghbutcher.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Festivals and Saints Day

 

Thinking About Getting Married At Saint Aidan’s

The Bride at St Aidans church BamburghThe Parish Church of St Aidan’s offers a splendid venue to celebrate your marriage with prayerfulness and dignity in a fabulous setting.

There are several ways that you can be legally married in the Parish Church of St Aidan’s.

These are the two simplest:

  • If one of you live in the parish, then you can be married by banns
  • If you have a “Qualifying Connection” with the parish, then again you can be married by banns

If neither of these applies to you then it may be possible for you to be married by licence and the first step is to have a conversation with the Vicar.

If you are not able to marry in the church it may still be possible to have a “blessing” service, Prayers and Dedication after a Civil Marriage and, perhaps after a civil ceremony nearby, this is a route that you will be happy with.

If you thinking about getting married in the Church of England, then there are plenty of resources from which you can draw. This web site for instance www.yourchurchwedding.org/project/

Remember, the first real step is to be in contact with the Vicar and to talk things through with him. He will also be able to advise you of available dates and the current fee for weddings.

Thinking About Having Your Child Baptised At Saint Aidan's

Baptism Group inside St Aidans church BamburghWe would be delighted to baptise your child into the Christian faith here at Saint Aidan’s. If you live within the parish or have a substantial connection with the parish church, then do please be in contact with the Vicar to talk about this possibility. If you do not live within the parish then it is important that you seek the good will of your own parish priest first.

 

 

 

 

Funerals And Memorial Services

Memorial Service While we recognise that Bamburgh has a very special place in the hearts of many people, not everyone is legally entitled to be buried in our churchyard. A copy of our churchyard policy is available for download… along with a copy of Memorials Intro...

However it may be that it is appropriate for the funeral service to be held in St Aidan’s, followed by a committal elsewhere, or else to have cremated remains (ashes) buried or scattered here, perhaps after a memorial service. If you are planning your own funeral, or coping with the death of a loved one, then please do talk with the vicar about these possibilities.

 

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