Celebrity gardener to judge show

The sun shines on Newbiggin Bay during a warm summer's day.'Picture by Richard Dixon.
The sun shines on Newbiggin Bay during a warm summer's day.'Picture by Richard Dixon.

Parishioners at a Newbiggin church are hoping for favourable weather over the bank holiday weekend for their annual fair.

Preparations are well advanced at St Bartholomew’s Church and church centre.

Flower arrangements and a display of model fishing boats traditional fishing skills and culture will be in the church from Saturday to Monday.

The village show will take place in the church centre on Saturday and entries can be handed in on Friday from 2pm to 3pm or on the day from 7.30am to 10.30am, with judging from 11am.

And judging the show entries will be Ashington-based Sean Murray, who recently won the BBC’s inaugural Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.

The church will be open for viewing on Saturday from 10am to 4pm; Sunday noon to 4pm and Monday 11am to 4pm.

Opening times for the public to view the exhibits will be Saturday 1pm to 4pm; Sunday 1pm to 3pm.

Exhibits must be reclaimed between 3pm and 3.30pm on the Sunday and any unclaimed perishable goods will be sold at the fair on the Monday between 11am and 2pm.

On Sunday, Bishop Frank will lead a confirmation service at 6pm whilst also dedicating the gates and new path leading to the church and also a book of remembrance.