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A 19th century Slaley quilt

A section of the quilt

A section of the quilt

About the quilt

About the quilt


This is a “Wedding Quilt” made by a Miss Nixon of Slaley, some time between 1870 and 1880.

The quilt featured a few years ago in the Slaley Notes column in the Hexham Courant, following a visit to the exhibition of “Quilts: 1700 – 2010″ at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2010.  It had been given to Beamish Museum by an Elizabeth Nixon, from Greenshaw Plain, Hexham,  and Beamish had then lent it to the V & A. We understood from Beamish that Miss Nixon’s brother Joseph had married Sarah Purvis of The Steel, Hexham, and the quilt was a present to them for their wedding.

More recently, it has been shown this summer in the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain, where Karen Melvin noticed it.

Pat Wilson has provided some further information:

“My mother’s maiden name was Nixon, and there is probably a connection along a different branch of the family because Joseph was the family name of her grandfather and great-grandfather.”

Slaley Film Shows for 2014 – 2015

Slaley Film club would like to announce the programme for our eleventh season, starting in September 2014, and finishing in May 2015. The rating for each film is shown in brackets after the title.

Shows in the Commemoration Hall are always on a Friday evening, starting at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). The admission charge of £5 (£3 for under 16s) includes your supper, but not a drink (you’re welcome to bring your own).

September 19th, 2014:  “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (15)

Set in the fictional former republic of Zubrowka, this film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. As the adventure unfolds, the two heroes find themselves entangled with a savage private investigator, an inept police inspector, a conniving heir, and a pretty bakery assistant (Saoirse Ronan).

October 17th, 2014:  “Philomena” (12A)

Starring Judi Dench, this film is inspired by the true story of Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who kept a secret for 50 years. After becoming pregnant, a teenage Philomena was exiled to a convent by her horrified, very Catholic parents. British journalist Martin Sixsmith became Philomena’s partner in the journey to find her son, adopted by well-to-do Americans.

November 21st, 2014:  “Nebraska” (15)

This recent black & white film stars Bruce Dern as Woody Grant, who sets out on an 800 mile trek from his home in Montana. Woody believes he’s won a $1 million sweepstakes prize and so he’s trying to walk to the company’s offices in Nebraska to claim it. His son David takes a few days off work and agrees to drive him, but things start to get out of control …

December 19th, 2014:  “Argo” (15)

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer seeking a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. Shown for the second time (after our problems last year!) and starring Ben Affleck, this is based on a true story.

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Slaley Parish Council August 2014 minutes

Open Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Show

Commemoration Hall, Saturday 4th October 2014, Schedules available from the Rose & Crown and village shop.

Slaley Leek Club Open Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Show

This year’s Show is on Saturday 4th October 2014 in the Commemoration Hall. 12.30pm is the latest time for benching and the hall will be open for viewing from 3.30pm with tea and cakes available from 3.00pm. There’s lots of categories for you to enter your flowers, fruit and vegetables and all produce will be auctioned off at knock down prices at 5.30pm. Come along and support this great village institution or better still enter some of your favourite produce. There’s no fee to enter and cash prizes can be won!

A schedule is attached or one can be obtained from the Rose and Crown or the Village Shop.


Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Show 2014

July 2014 minutes of Slaley Parish Council