History

Remembrance Sunday 2018

A lasting tribute from Parish and organisations to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1. Over 100 people, including riders and horses from the village Riding School attended the service led by the Rev. Bob Bain. The blessing was given by Reverend Holland. Music was by Lillian Hume, organist; Henry Hnox, Northumbrian pipes; and Dan Bain, trumpeter.

Euan Roberts and Orla Metcalf from Shilbottle Primary School lay wreaths at the War Memorial on November 11th 2018. Euan and Orla designed the cover of the Order of Service for Remembrance Day 2018.of

Remembrance Sunday 2018

To celebrate 100 years since the end of World War 1, the ladies of Shilbotle Forum created a banner bearing the name of each soldier who died from our village.

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Henry Knox plays Amazing Grace on The Northumbrian Pipes

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Banner and poppies knitted by members of Shilbottle Forum. The banner displays a knitted and embroidered poppy for every soldier from our village who was killed during World War 1.

Remembrance Sunday 2018.

Michael Mills lays a wreath to remember all who died in The Great War in memory of Councillors Mrs May Mills who died in 2018.

Shilbottle Village Background

Shilbottle is a former mining village situated approximately 3 miles South East of the County town of Alnwick and 2 miles from the A1. En route to the A1 lies the tiny hamlet of Hampeth, two rows of Colliery houses, 21 for the miners and 8 for The Officials. Although, Hampeth is in the Parish of Shilbottle, Whittle Colliery which is situated at the bottom of Elmfield Terrace lies in the Parish of Newton on the Moor.

Shilbottle War Memorial

Shilbottle War Memorial was erected in August 2014 to co-incide with the Centenary of the commencement of World War 1. This followed many months of intense fundraising and village collaboration. The Parish Council and Shilbottle Village Forum took the lead on this project with the latter taking responsibility for fundraising and organisation of events on the day.

In addition to village organisations we were joined at our fortnightly meetings by representatives from the RAF, Police,Royal  British Legion, The Duke of Northumberland, the Navy cadets, the Church and Northumberland County Council.

The day began with a piper arriving at St. James' Church to pipe guests and members of the congregation into Church. The Duke and Duchess attended with the former giving a reading from The new Testament. In attendance also was The Chief Superintendent of Police, The Group Captain from Boulmer, The Lord High Sheriff, The Chair of Northumberland County Council and many family members of those who fell in defence of their Country.

A parade led by our piper and the band of the Naval cadets led the parade to Green Hut Corner for the dedication and laying of wreaths. The RAF Seaking helicopter hovered overhead for the unveiling ceremony.

Hundreds of villagers joined the parade to The Welfare Field where a tremendous Buffet and Hog Roastw as provided by Shilbottle Forum for over 500 villagers.

Stalls, games and music continued throughout the afternoon which culminated in a Football Match between RAF Boulmer and Shilbottle Miners W\elfare football team.

We beat the forces by 13 - 0. But it was a great game and played in the spirit of the truce  enemy forces called on Christmas Day when they played football in No Man's Land.

Wreaths laid at War Memorial 2018